Stargate Atlantis

Grace Under Pressure

Season 2, Ep 14, Aired 1/27/06
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  • Episode Description
  • Dr. McKay is trapped underwater in a sinking Puddle Jumper and he must rely on Samantha Carter for his survival.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Nimet Kanji

    Dr. Bryce

  • Martin Gero

  • Martin Wood

  • Amanda Tapping

    Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter

  • Joe Flanigan

    Major / Lt. Colonel John Sheppard

  • Fan Reviews (15)
  • See Summary

    By TrueTvWatcher, Sep 26, 2010

  • McKay's Mind!

    By G3ckOz, Sep 26, 2010

  • Retread, retread, retread...

    By entil2001, Jan 30, 2006

  • Rodney and a Captain Griffin are out test flying a puddle jumper that had crashed when it loses flight capabilities and crashes in the ocean. Griffin sacrifices himself to save Rodney and Rodney hallucinates Colonel Samantha Carter to keep him company.

    By jyarter, Aug 23, 2009

  • Deep under water...

    By Parricida, Feb 01, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (31)

    • McKay: Radek, you're gonna have to hurry it up, we are already 1200 feet deep and sinking at a rate of about... 20 feet a minute. Zelenka: That's very impressive. McKay: Excuse me?!

    • McKay: Look, I need to be the one on the surface saving the poor bastard stuck down here, not actually be the poor bastard stuck down here. By the time Zelenka comes up with a plan, I'll have died of old age.

    • Griffin: So, let me ask you something. As a scientist does it bother you that most of your work, no matter how brilliant, will eventually be considered misguided? ‘Cause that would bother me. McKay: I’m sorry? Griffin: Well, given enough time, everything’s pretty much proven wrong, right? McKay: No. Griffin: Everything from the Earth being flat and the sun revolving around us? McKay: Well, if you wanna go back hundreds of years…

    • McKay: (to himself) Wide open fields. Wide open fields. You are not stuck in a metal casket in a thousand feet of water; you are in a wide open field.

    • McKay: (to himself) Radio transmitter is in the forward section which is now flooded with water. Which means that you have no way to contact the surface which means that they have no way to triangulate your position. Okay. All right. Been in worse situations. That you can’t think of them right now doesn’t make it any less true.

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    Notes (7)

    • The shot where the water level lowers when McKay is rescued was sped up in post-production as it wouldn't lower quick enough. This can be seen through the speed of the bubbles rising underwater.

    • This episode is a bottle show, that is, an episode that uses no new sets and very few new visual effects in an effort to reduce costs.

    • The character of Captain Hugh Griffin was named for a friend of Martin Gero.

    • Awards: -Joel Goldsmith was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition For A Series (Dramatic Underscore) for this episode.

    • This is the first episode of the series in which Rachel Luttrell does not appear.

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    Trivia (8)

    • Sheppard: When the Wraith attacked the city, you were able to turn the shield into a cloak. This refers to events in the Season 2 opening episode "Siege Part 3."

    • McKay: (about the jumper he's in) This is the first flight this thing has had since it was shot down and repaired. This most likely refers to the Puddle Jumper shot down by the prisoners in the episode "Condemned."

    • Nitpick: Atlantis sensors are able to pick up Wraith ships several weeks away, and can track every life form in the city. It seems odd that those same sensors wouldn't be able to find one of its own jumpers in the ocean surrounding the city.

    • The whale that leads Sheppard to the Jumper would later be revealed to be a Flagisallus, and not a mammal like a whale but a big fish, in the episode "Echoes."

    • The planet in the Pegasus Galaxy that Moore and McNab brought equipment to cut through the ice and study the ocean was designated M8R-169.

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    Allusions (4)

    • McKay: I'm treating an alien whale like Lassie. Lassie is the quintessential loyal canine, she has been seen in various incarnations from original book form in Lassie Come Home in 1938 all the way to the latest film simply titled Lassie in 2005.

    • Sheppard: Chocolate and peanut butter. During the 70's and 80's, the Reese's Peanut Butter Cup slogan was about "chocolate and peanut butter" together.

    • McKay: No. No, I'm not gonna fall for your plan, Lt. Colonel Siren! In Greek mythology the Sirens were sea nymphs who lived on an island called Sirenum scopuli, which was surrounded by cliffs and rocks. Approaching sailors were drawn to them by their enchanted singing, causing them to sail onto the rocks and drown.

    • Title: "Grace" refers to the Stargate SG-1 episode "Grace". In that episode, Samantha Carter was trapped alone on a ship and hallucinated people she knew to help her. In this episode, McKay hallucinates her to help him in the same situation.

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