Star Trek: Voyager (1995–2001)
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False Profits 

Voyager comes across a pair of Alpha Quadrant Ferengis who have set themselves up as gods on a primitive planet. Voyager wants to end their reign and use the nearby wormhole to return home.


Cliff Bole


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 4 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Kate Mulgrew ... Captain Kathryn Janeway
Robert Beltran ... Commander Chakotay
Roxann Dawson ... Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres (as Roxann Biggs-Dawson)
Jennifer Lien ... Kes
Robert Duncan McNeill ... Lieutenant Tom Paris
Ethan Phillips ... Neelix
Robert Picardo ... The Doctor
Tim Russ ... Lieutenant Tuvok
Garrett Wang ... Ensign Harry Kim
Dan Shor ... Arridor
Leslie Jordan ... Kol
Michael Ensign ... Bard
Rob LaBelle ... Kafar
Alan Altshuld ... Sandalmaker
John Walter Davis John Walter Davis ... Merchant


Voyager finds two Ferengi who came to the Delta Quadrant via the Barzan Wormhole using their superior technology to be gods to a primitive culture. (See Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Price.") The Voyager crew wants to stop the reign of these false gods while using the wormhole to get home. Written by laird-3

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2 October 1996 (USA) See more »

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This episode ties into Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Price (1989), where two Ferengi get lost in the Delta Quadrant after trying to secure the Barzanian Wormhole. This shows us what happened seven years later. Dan Shor reprises his character of the Ferengi Arridor, but Leslie Jordan replaces an uncredited J.R. Quinonez as Kol. See more »


At the start of Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Price it was stated that the wormhole leads to the Gamma Quadrant; Star Trek: Voyager is set in the Delta Quadrant. However, in "The Price", the wormhole did indeed exit in the Delta Quadrant when Data and La Forge explored it (along with the ill-fated Ferengi). See more »


Bard: W-well? What did you think?
Commander Chakotay: It was... er, very nice.
Bard: *Nice?* I'll wager you've never heard the Song of the Sages more beautifully or faithfully recited!
Lieutenant Tom Paris: He's got a point. We have *never* heard the Song of the Sages more beautifully recited.
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Price (1989) See more »


Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title
Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway
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Kind of fun but the end was pretty well as disappointing.
17 February 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

One of the best things about "Star Trek: Deep Space 9", in my opinion, was that although many of the episodes were deadly serious, every so often they'd toss in a comedic episode starring the Ferengi to keep things light and fun. Unfortunately, through much of "Star Trek: Voyager" light and fun are NOT words you'd use to describe the show and too often the series needed something like this. Well, someone must have realized this when they came up with "False Profits"--an episode that inexplicably brings the Ferengi into the Delta Quadrant.

When the show begins, Voyager comes upon an M-class planet that demands their attention. This is because although it's social evolution places it squarely in the Bronze Age, there are replicators on there as well!! Obviously some advanced race has imposed itself on the planet. However, when Paris and Chakotay go to investigate, they're horrified to find two Ferengi jerks are there--and they've created a religion around themselves and are completely taking advantage of these naive people. Voyager needs to not only get these jerks away from these people but figure out how they got there so that Voyager can use the same method to get themselves home.

This episode made me laugh though it clearly is not among the best Ferengi shows. Additionally, the ending really was a letdown. Although some wormhole was available to get them back to the Alpha Quadrant, a contrived reason they could NOT use it was tossed in and it really made little sense. It was just an excuse not to end the series and it seemed like it.

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