Stargate SG-1

Learning Curve

Season 3, Ep 5, Aired 7/23/99
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  • Episode Description
  • In the pursuit of knowledge, Jack O'Neill, Teal'c, and Daniel Jackson travel to the planet Orban as part of an exchange program. Daniel and Teal'c remain on the planet -- Daniel to study an ancient mosaic pattern on the floor of their Stargate room that he hopes will explain the origin of the Orbanian people, and Teal'c to prepare the Orbanians, should they ever encounter the Goa'uld, by sharing his knowledge with them. O'Neill travels back to Earth with a young Orbanian girl, Merrin, and her chaperone, Kalan, to present the SGC with a valuable Naquadah reactor. All are surprised when it is the young Merrin who volunteers to stay at the SGC and teach Samantha Carter how to build such a complicated technical device. As Carter and O'Neill spend more time with Merrin, they become aware that she is not a typical eleven-year-old. She is incredibly knowledgeable, but has no understanding of fun or play. O'Neill and the rest of SG-1 uncover the truth behind Merrin's intelligence, and how it will affect her and the other children of Orban. He defies orders and sets out to change Merrin's fate by taking her off base, to show her the value of what her childhood could be like and what she has been missing.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Richard Dean Anderson

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

  • Christopher Judge


  • Heather E. Ash

  • Martin Wood

  • Britt Irvin


  • Fan Reviews (6)
  • Jack makes a new friend, then loses her, but in doing so changes a civilization...

    By MurrayTheJaffa, Sep 15, 2008

  • Learning to be a kid..

    By Parricida, Feb 14, 2008

  • Good O'Neill development

    By lowriderz95s10, May 06, 2007

  • What a great episode...

    By farscapefanuk, Mar 05, 2007

  • An important episode for O'Neill's character and a fascinating science fiction story.

    By The_Womp, Nov 26, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (11)

    • Sam: Ok, so karasa. That's the converter, right? Merrin: The heating element. Sam: What? When did we talk about the heating element? Merrin: In the very beginning when I described the foldnar.

    • Jack: Hello, children. Daniel, no child labour laws here on Orban.

    • Merrin: Urrone children require little sleep. Sam: Okay, now I am jealous.

    • Jack: Daniel, have fun. I know you will. Teal'c... make friends. As always.

    • Kalan: Colonel O'Neill. You are most punctual. Merrin and I are eager to participate in this exchange between our worlds. Jack: Major Carter is eager as well. She's really looking forward to it. So is Teal'c. Teal’c: I will share my knowledge of the Goa'uld freely. Jack: Teal'c's eager on the inside.

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    Notes (2)

    • Andrew Airlie (Kalan) later played the human scientist Dr. Carmichael in the season eight episode "Avatar".

    • Syndication airdate: October 30, 2000.

    Trivia (1)

    • The first time Merrin asked O'Neill for paper, the dimensions requested were 48 centimeters by 23 centimeters. The second time she asks, Merrin requests paper 43 centimeters by 28 centimeters.

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