Stargate Atlantis

Thirty Eight Minutes

Season 1, Ep 4, Aired 7/30/04
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  • Episode Description
  • The Puddle Jumper has been damaged and is stuck part way through an Orbital Space Gate. The team have only 38 minutes to find a way to dislodge themselves before the Stargate shuts down, cutting the Jumper in half. To make matters worse, John Sheppard has an alien creature attached to his neck that is sucking the life from him.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Joe Flanigan

    Major / Lt. Colonel John Sheppard

  • Paul McGillion

    Dr. Carson Beckett

  • Fiona Hogan

    Dr. Simpson

  • Joseph May

    Sgt. Markham

  • Torri Higginson

    Dr. Elizabeth Weir

  • Fan Reviews (21)
  • The panicky whiner character

    By BevinChu, Aug 22, 2012

  • Sheppard's team does a recon of the Wraith planet to find them gone. As if it flew away in on piece. Sheppard is attacked by a large insect and the "Puddle Jumper" ends up lodged halfway in the Stargate leaving thirty eight minutes before they die.

    By jyarter, Aug 07, 2009

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    By TrueTvWatcher, Sep 09, 2010

  • The team finds themselves in mortal danger when their puddle jumper ship becomes lodged in the Stargate.

    By bahaa3, Jun 15, 2008

  • Troubles in the middle..

    By Parricida, Jan 20, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (34)

    • Teyla: Did the doctor not say to pour salt on the creature? McKay: I think that was a metaphor? But, it doesn't matter, just try everything.

    • McKay: Zelenka. Why can I never remember that name?

    • Weir: All right. You perceive death a certain way. I accept that, in fact, I respect that. But we do not prepare for death. We do everything we can to stave it off. That is who we are. Halling: I am not asking you to suspend your efforts. Weir: No. You want me to tell everyone on that ship that they should expect to die? I will not send them that message. And if you feel that violates Teyla's personal rights, I apologize, I truly do. But there's nothing I can do about that right now.

    • Beckett: Son, you don't cut leeches off, you pour salt on them.

    • Sheppard: (To McKay about the bug on his neck) What I'm trying to say is if you don't get this damn thing off me, I have even less time than you do.

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    Notes (4)

    • According to an interview, this episode is one of Joe Flanigan's (John Sheppard) least favorite episodes.

    • International Airdates: -This episode aired in Canada on August 2, 2004 on The Movie Network and Movie Central. -This episode aired in the UK on November 2, 2004 on Sky One. -This episode aired in Australia on April 7, 2005 on Channel 7. -Syndication Premiere: October 15-16, 2005

    • This episode is directed by Mario Azzopardi. It is the first time he has directed an episode of Stargate since the Stargate SG-1 episode "Cor-Ai".

    • This episode marks the first appearances of Dr. Zelenka (David Nykl) and Dr. Kavanagh (Ben Cotton) on the series.

    Trivia (10)

    • Goof: At the end of the episode, when they are through the gate, Shepard has no heartbeat and is dead. Yet you can clearly see him breath while they are trying to reanimate him!

    • Zelenka says several lines in Czech in this episode. First he says "Můžeš mi dát ty nejnovější data, prosim? Já se s tímhle nemůžu hnout." which translates to "Please, could you give me the latest data? I can't seem to solve this." Then he says "Ne, tak aspoň, aspoň tři mi dej." which translates to "No. Give me at least, at least three." Lastly he says "To je ono, my to máme. which translates to "That is it, we have it."

    • At the beginning of the episode, Lieutenant Ford mentions "threading the needle", a Jaffa expression meaning to fly through the Stargate, which was first mentioned by Bra'tac in the Stargate SG-1 third season premiere "Into the Fire".

    • Dr. Kavanagh's motion-by-decompression solution is the same one used in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Cause and Effect". Additionally, Samantha Carter attempts to use this method to propel the Prometheus out of a nebula in the seventh-season Stargate SG-1 episode "Grace".

    • Goof: At the beginning of the episode it shows the Puddle Jumper flying towards the gate, and the event horizon can be seen. In the next shot McKay tells one of the crew to radio Atlantis when the gate is active, but no one does.

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    Allusions (1)

    • Beckett: I'm told you have something of a cling-on. Referencing the Klingons of the Star Trek universe. The words Klingon and cling-on being homophones.

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