Stargate Atlantis

The Return (2)

Season 3, Ep 11, Aired 4/13/07
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  • Episode Description
  • Major General Jack O'Neill's mission to defend Atlantis fails as he and Richard Woolsey are taken prisoner during a Replicator assault on the city. Sheppard's team, Dr. Weir and Dr. Carson steal a Jumper from Stargate Command on Earth and come back to Pegasus galaxy with a plan to retake Atlantis.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Robert Picardo

    Richard Woolsey

  • Martin Gero

  • Brad Turner

  • Joe Flanigan

    Major / Lt. Colonel John Sheppard

  • John O'Callaghan


  • Fan Reviews (15)
  • Return 1 and 2 were great, until ...

    By BevinChu, Aug 28, 2012

  • See Summary

    By TrueTvWatcher, Sep 30, 2010

  • Good, but not great.

    By TVvuer69, Apr 17, 2007

  • O'Neill's back...

    By CaptainHarkness, Jul 16, 2008

  • Plan D... or was it...?

    By Parricida, Feb 06, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (53)

    • Weir: Well, I think I speak for all of us when I say thank you very much. O’Neill: Hey, you came back to rescue me. Weir: Hmm! Yes, we did. O’Neill: Of course, next time, consider bringing Carter with you.

    • O’Neill: You can stay. Weir: Really? O’Neill: You’re probably still gonna have to get the rubber stamp from the IOA, but since you saved Woolsey’s ass and you did a fair job on mine, I don’t think that’ll be a problem.

    • O’Neill: Gettin’ all settled in? Weir: Easily. Although their decorating? Little bit spartan for my liking. But the Replicators did do a fine job on rebuilding Stargate Operations back to its original state. How about yourself? Do you check out OK? O’Neill: Apparently I don’t have any little tiny robots floating in my bloodstream, which is always nice to hear. Weir: Huh! That it is.

    • McKay: We turned the shield into a giant Replicator weapon. O’Neill: I knew that! Woolsey: You knew? O’Neill: Well, I’ve seen Carter crack enough codes to know that McKay was faking the door thing. Woolsey: He was? I bought it completely. Teyla: I believe that was the point. Woolsey: Wait a minute… You... You used me? Beckett: You’re alive, and you’re welcome.

    • McKay: Ha! It worked! I can’t believe it worked! Weir: Rodney… Amazing. McKay: Well, it was a group effort. Sheppard: Good old Plan D. Works every time.

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    Notes (6)

    • As he is about to get into the water, there is a sigh from O'Neill as he realizes what he is about to do. This sigh wasn't actually from Richard Dean Anderson, instead being added by Martin Gero in post production.

    • The shot of the puddle jumper underwater is a re-use from the season 2 episode, "Grace Under Pressure".

    • The shot of the puddle jumper heading towards the planet is a re-use from the season 1 episode, "The Storm".

    • David Hewlett voiced the "previously on Stargate Atlantis" line.

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

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    Trivia (18)

    • Goof: McKay said that for the massive anti-replicator wave to work they needed to modify all 10 of the shield emitters. However, as none of them were carrying a spare ARG, they only had one each, which means they only had 6 anti-replicator crystals, and as Teyla's ARG was still working when she entered the chair room, only 5 of the shield emitters could have been modified with anti-replicator crystals. Therefore, the plan shouldn't have worked.

    • Nitpick: Sheppard surmises that the chair is "active and powered" because the replicators fired drones at them when they approached the city. However, being replicators, they wouldn't use the chair to fire drones as they lack the ancient gene required to use it, so the drones would have to have been fired another way.

    • Goof: After the water is drained from the underwater jumper bay, the Puddle Jumper ramp is wet before Sheppard lowers it, presumably from previous takes.

    • Goof: Throughout both this episode and "The Return, Part I", O'Neill wears the rank insignia of a Brigadier General (1-star) when his actual rank is Major General (2-stars).

    • While the Replicators are repairing the tower, one of them make reference to the Puddle Jumper by calling it "the gateship." Even though the name was said by a replicator, it is more likely that 'gateship' is the original name. Also in the pilot episode, McKay wants to name them 'gateships' but Sheppard disagrees with them and names them 'Puddle Jumpers'.

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    Allusions (5)

    • O'Neill: Well, I like to close my eyes and think of England. During the Victorian Era mothers supposedly advised their daughters before the wedding night to just 'lie back and think of England', thereby remembering the duty towards their country.

    • Cetus: What were you doing in the flooded sections of the city? O'Neill: The backstroke...I think. Richard Dean Anderson had very similar dialogue in the the MacGyver Season 5 episode "Deep Cover".

    • Sheppard: Good to be back home, huh? Weir: There's no place like it. This is a reference to Dorothy's famous line from The Wizard of Oz, "There's no place like home."

    • Lee: It was like a scene out of The Sting. This is the comparison Lee uses for McKay and Weir's "covert operation" in his office. This is an allusion to the 1973 Oscar winning movie The Sting. The movie involves the two main characters conning a mob boss ("the mark") into giving away all his money by a series of "con games". If the con game is successful, the mark does not realize he has been "taken" (cheated), at least not until the con men are long gone - very like Lee's situation.

    • McKay: Well, I did win a Sears dramafest award when I was a kid. Could have made it a career if I wanted to. The Sears Ontario Drama Festival is a prestigious showcase of theatre performances by high school students, held annually since 1946. Winners are selected by district. Awards are given in the categories of acting, directing, writing, sound and lighting, set design, and music.

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