Official 'Acquisition' Information Released

By Caillan
March 12, 2002 - 1:18 PM

See Also: 'Acquisition' Episode Guide

The Enterprise crew will fall victim to a group of Ferengi thieves in 'Acquisition,' set to air later this month. today released the below official synopsis of the episode:

When the Ferengi, a group of intergalactic thieves, stun the Enterprise crew and try to rob the ship, it's up to Trip to work covertly to stop them. After the Ferengi awaken the Captain to force his assistance in pillaging his ship, Trip secretly reveals to Archer that he has inadvertently escaped the effects of the noxious gas and they work together to try to surreptitiously thwart the robbery and save the crew.

'Acquisition' was written by story editors Maria and Andre Jacquemetton based on a story by co-creators Rick Berman and Brannon Braga. The Jacquemettons penned 'Breaking The Ice' and 'Dear Doctor' earlier this season.

Industry veteran James Whitmore Jr. helmed the episode. Whitmore Jr. has directed for series such as The X-Files, Roswell and Quantum Leap, which starred Scott Bakula (Jonathan Archer).

The official site also released details of the episode's guest cast:

  • Jeffrey Combs as Krem
  • Ethan Phillips as Ulis
  • Clint Howard as Muk
  • Matt Malloy as Grish

Combs, Phillips and Howard will all be familiar to longtime Trek fans. This is Combs's second role on Enterprise; he previously portrayed the Andorian Shran in 'The Andorian Incident' and 'Shadows of P'Jem.' The actor also appeared regularly on Deep Space Nine as the wily Vorta Weyoun and the greedy Ferengi Brunt.

Best known to Trek fans as the Talaxian jack-of-all-trades Neelix on Voyager, Phillips's credits include 'Jeffrey,' 'Green Card' and the television series Benson. He too is familiar with Ferengi makeup, having played Doctor Farek in The Next Generation's 'Ménage à Troi.'

Howard was introduced to the Trek world as a child when he played Balok in the Original Series's 'The Corbomite Maneuver'; he later went on to guest star in DS9's 'Past Tense, Part 2.' The brother of Academy Award-nominated director Ron Howard, he regularly appears in his brother's films, including 'EdTV,' 'How The Grinch Stole Christmas' and 'Apollo 13.'

Malloy has featured in series such as Law & Order, NYPD Blue and Now and Again. He also had small roles in 'Election,' 'A.I.' and 'Armageddon.'

Executive producer Brannon Braga recently gave his take on the episode. "The Ferengi take over the ship and Trip spends the entire episode in his underwear, running around the ship like Bruce Willis."

'Acquisition' will air on UPN at 8:00pm March 27. The original article can be found here at

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