Stargate SG-1

Chain Reaction

Season 4, Ep 15, Aired 1/5/01
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  • Episode Description
  • When General Hammond announces he is stepping down as head of the SGC, O'Neill suspects that there is more to his decision than he is letting on. And, as it turns out, O'Neill is right as he discovers that the NID was behind the change of command. Fed up with the general's inability to acquire alien technology through whatever means necessary, it pressured him into resigning. When Hammond's replacement breaks up SG-1 and assigns Carter the task of building a planet-killing Naquadah bomb, O'Neill takes matters into his own hands. He decides to take on the NID, but his success will rest in the hands of a most unlikely ally: Colonel Maybourne.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Richard Dean Anderson

    Colonel/Brigadier General Jonathan J. "Jack" O'Neill

  • Christopher Judge


  • Paul Mullie

  • Martin Wood

  • Tom McBeath

    Colonel Harry Maybourne

  • Fan Reviews (4)
  • Looking back on the show

    By ltcomstella, Jan 02, 2013

  • General Hammond is blackmailed into retirement...

    By MurrayTheJaffa, Oct 20, 2008

  • What Jack is ready to do for his team... and for some other people too...

    By Parricida, Mar 15, 2008

  • General Hammond has decided that he no longer wants to be head of the sgc, says he is tired of sending good people out not knowing if they were even going to make it back. Jack thinks there is more to it than that. Well, he was right.

    By okeydokeythen, Apr 09, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (19)

    • Bauer: My name is Major General Bauer. I’ll be your new commanding officer. I’d just like to say I look forward to working with all of you. Thank you. Jack: Squadron at ease! Always leave them wanting more, I guess.

    • Bauer: Well, there's no point staying here. I'll inform the President from the surface. (walks away) Sam: Yes, sir. I'm sure it'll be much safer up there.

    • Maybourne: That's it, we're in. I'm downloading now. Kinsey's online activities connect him to NID actions over the last year and a half. Including the secret operation I ran out of Area 51, the involvement with the Russians... and the threats to Hammond.
      Jack: You're a piece of work, Kinsey. Try to shut down the SGC, you make this big speech about how much you hate secret organisations and then you jump in bed with the NID. What is that?
      Kinsey: Oh, I still think the Gate is a Pandora's box and I still think it should be buried forever, but as long it's open and as long as it's a threat to this planet, then I'm damn well going to make sure it's used the way it should be used. To defend God's creation.
      Jack: Oh, blow the rhetoric up somebody else's nose. You're nothing but a power-hungry hypocrite.
      Kinsey: The only currency in this town is power. So if I have to shake hands with the Devil to do the Lord's work, then so be it.

    • Jack: So this Bauer guy is part of it? Maybourne: Truth is, I don't know. I've been out of the loop for a little while, but it's possible he's just a patsy, unwittingly maneuvered into position because he's got the right mentality. Jack: All sounds so cloak and daggery... Maybourne: You're a Special Ops Colonel, Jack. Why do you always pretend to smell like roses? Jack: Hey! I never threatened a two-star general by kidnapping his grandkids! Maybourne: Don't pretend to be so naive either.

    • Sam: So what do we know about this new guy? Jack: Not much. Daniel: Let's hope he's not some sort of spit and polish, brass tacks... Jack: Hard ass? Daniel: I was building up to that.

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    Notes (4)

    • The original ending to this episode saw Maybourne walking free and Jack looking the other way. The producers decided not to go forward with this idea as it would be too out of character for Jack.

    • Senator Kinsey's dog, Oscar, was played by Richard Dean Anderson's (Colonel Jack O'Neill) real-life dog, according to writer/producer Joseph Mallozzi.

    • Actor Lawrence Dane, who portrayed General Bauer in this episode, auditioned for the role of General Hammond when the series was being cast.

    • Syndication airdate: February 4, 2002.

    Trivia (3)

    • Trivia: Maybourne's prison number: S2989.

    • When Jack shows up at General Hammond's home, there is a game of Connect 4 on the table, and the top two rows are completely empty. By the end of the scene, a red chip has mysteriously appeared in the second row from the top.

    • When Maybourne "accesses the internet" in the apartment, the URL displayed in his browser clearly begins with "file:" - a file on his computer, NOT on the internet. (This actually happens almost every time that a web browser is shown in the series).

    Allusions (1)

    • Jack: Afternoon, ma'am. I'm Mr. Starsky, this is... Hutch. Starsky and Hutch (1975-79) was an American television show that aired on the ABC network. The show featured two Californian policemen, Detective David Starsky (Paul Michael Glaser) and Ken 'Hutch' Hutchinson (David Soul), involved in gritty, often violent, plotlines.

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