Stargate Atlantis

The Real World

Season 3, Ep 6, Aired 8/18/06
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  • Episode Description
  • Dr. Weir awakes in a sanitarium outside Washington, D.C., and is told that Atlantis and the Stargate program exist only in her mind.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Carl Binder

  • Paul Ziller

  • Joe Flanigan

    Major / Lt. Colonel John Sheppard

  • Rachel Luttrell

    Teyla Emmagan

  • Alan Ruck

    Dr. Adam Fletcher

  • Fan Reviews (33)
  • Been there, seen it, done it!

    By bulletproofpoet, Sep 04, 2008

  • boring...

    By Fwirrel, Oct 16, 2007

  • Dr. Weir is taken over by microscopic nanites that make her believe that the Stargate program is fake. She is lead to believe that the two years spent in the Pegasus galaxy were a fantasy conjured up to escape the pain of Simon's death.

    By anyankasghost, Jan 29, 2007

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    By TrueTvWatcher, Sep 30, 2010

  • Weir gets to steal the stage

    By foothilldave, Feb 14, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (14)

    • O'Neill: I don't know anything about Atlantis...except that it was a fairly mediocre Donovan song, not one of my favorites.

    • Fletcher: (to Weir) Imagine you were in my position, listening to your story. Traveling to another galaxy through a Stargate. Leading an expedition to the lost city of Atlantis. Would you believe it?

    • O'Neill: Now, just to be sure we're on the same page, we're against the proliferation of nuclear weapons, right? Weir: Got it.

    • (Sheppard appears in the nanite illusion) Sheppard: Elizabeth? Weir: John. Sheppard: You've been infected by nanites. They're trying to take control of your mind and body. Don't let them do it. You have to fight them. So fight. O'Neill: Elizabeth. You have to come with us. I'm sorry. Sheppard: You know which way you have to go. Run.

    • (In Weir's fantasy world) O'Neill: Dr. Weir. It's okay. You're safe now. Weir: Where am I? O'Neill: Stargate Command. it's okay. Follow me. (Sheppard appears) Sheppard: Elizabeth. Don't listen to them. O'Neill: What's wrong? Sheppard: This way. O'Neill: I'm not going to hurt you. Weir: The hell you aren't.

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    Notes (3)

    • International Air Dates: -This episode aired in Canada on September 18, 2006 on Movie Central and October 16, 2006 on The Movie Network. -This episode aired in the UK on November 22, 2006 on Sky One. -Syndication Premiere: October 27-28, 2007. -This episode aired in Australia on April 3, 2008 on Channel 7. -This episode aired in the Czech Republic on May 6, 2009 on AXN Sci-fi.

    • Richard Dean Anderson is billed as "Special Appearance By."

    • Alan Ruck is the second Spin City veteran (after Richard Kind) to appear on Stargate Atlantis this season.

    Trivia (7)

    • Nitpick: Jack O'Neill, before he got promoted to General, was a special forces Colonel who, basically, did the jobs that no one else would and no one wanted to or could talk about. Why would Elizabeth, who knows this, not find it strange that he is the one in charge of something as huge and important as a nuclear non-proliferation treaty?

    • Nitpick: If it wasn't for the Stargate Program, which the Nanites wanted Elizabeth to believe was a figment of her imagination, Jack O'Neill would have killed himself after his son died. The only reason he didn't was because he was offered the suicide mission to Abydos (the original Stargate movie). Of course, in a timeline where the Stargate is not discovered, or at the very least, not successfully brought to America, O'Neill's son may not have accidentally shot himself (as witnessed in Stargate: Continuum). Or, O'Neill just simply didn't commit suicide (as witnessed in the SG-1 Season 8 finale, "Moebius").

    • Goof: Dr. Elizabeth Weir was introduced to Colonel Jack O'Neill for the first time in Stargate SG-1's seventh season episode "Lost City (1)." She was the one who informed him of his promotion to General in the second episode of that show's eighth season ("New Order (2)"). Dr. Weir certainly did not know him two years early during her treaty negotiations and, even if she had, O'Neill would only have been a Colonel.

    • Ever since season two, Dr. Weir's office has slowly become more personal as she has been able (presumably via the Daedalus) to obtain some more of her own favored personal items from Earth. However, ever since season one, when very few personal items were brought to Atlantis by individuals, the most noticeable ornament in her office - and always on her desk - was a silver pocket watch. It remained there amongst her other, newly acquired items throughout season 2 and 3. This pocket watch is now addressed in "The Real World". It was inherited by Dr. Weir from her father.

    • General Jack O'Neill was clearly shown as having two silver stars on his uniform, marking him as being a Two Star General in the air force, or rather a Major General, which is a senior officer to a Brigadier (Brigade Leader) General (One Star), and a subordinate officer to a Lieutenant General, General, and General of the Air Force (Three, Four, and Five Star Generals respectively), and is considered to have the same rank as a Rear Admiral (Upper Half; RADM) in the U.S. Navy. His military grade would be 0-8.

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    Allusions (2)

    • Willoughby: When Dr Weir wakes up in the opening, she is told that she is in Willoughby State Hospital. Episode 130 of The Twilight Zone is called "A Stop At Willoughby". It is about a man on a commuter train who falls asleep and dreams of a peaceful town called Willoughby, which exists only in his dream.

    • Jack O'Neill: I don't know anything about Atlantis! Except that it was a fairly mediocre Donovan song...not one of my favorites. Donovan is a Scottish singer/songwriter who was popular in the 60s and 70s and known for such hits as "Mellow Yellow" and "Season of the Witch". He released a song entitled "Atlantis" in 1968, which hit the top 10 in both America and Australia. Apparently it was not in Jack's top 10.

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