Stargate Atlantis

Season 5 Episode 3

Broken Ties

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Jul 25, 2008 on Syfy



  • Trivia

    • At the end of the episode, Woolsey has a bottle of water in front of him. Even though we can't see the brand name, it is recognizable as a bottle of Evian, a French brand of mineral water.

    • The addicting enzyme injected during the Wraith feeding process is designed to strengthen the human body and prevent the body from failing prematurely. This is the same enzyme that Lt. Aiden Ford became addicted to in the episode "Siege (3)."

    • Tyre took Ronon to a planet called Sarif Sur, where Ronon had previously saved Tyre's life when they were both members of the Satedan military. A flashback scene involving this rescue was scripted but never made it to camera.

    • Teyla: (about Solen Sincha) He is a survivor of the Wraith attack on Sateda. Ronon and I encountered him on a trade mission to Belkan two years ago.

      Teyla is referring to the season 2 episode "Trinity."

    • Goof: In "Rising (2)," all the surviving Athosians moved to Atlantis and lived there for three months before moving to the Mainland. That would, of course, have to have included Kanaan. So why would he, upon his return to the City from the Mainland, be scared of the shower? Presumably he bathed during those three months?

  • Quotes

    • Ronon: You're wasting your time. I'll die before I turn, just like Morika and Hemi.
      Wraith: (Laughs) I'm afraid you're mistaken. Your friends didn't die because they were strong. They died because they were too weak to withstand the process. Their minds and bodies eventually shut down under the strain. But you... You're stronger, and it is your strength that will prove your undoing. (Starts feeding on Ronon)

    • Teyla: What is it? What's happening?
      Sheppard: We know where Ronon is.
      Teyla: I'm coming with you!
      Sheppard: Gear up.
      Woolsey: Uh, Teyla, this is exactly the kind of decision we were discussing ...
      Teyla: (talking over him) I was just about to meet Kanaan in the cafeteria. Would you please explain to him the situation?
      (She hands Torren over to Woolsey. He flusters nervously.)
      Teyla: Please!
      Woolsey: All right.
      (He takes the baby. Teyla strokes Torren's head for a moment, then turns and races off after John. Woolsey smiles down at Torren.)
      Woolsey: Well, well, well! Who have we here?!
      (Torren starts to wail. Woolsey looks around nervously.)
      Woolsey: Cafeteria. Cafeteria!

    • McKay: All right, I got it. We tell them we have some vital information that we're willing to give up, but we will only share it with Ronon. So, they send Ronon, he shows up, we appeal to him ... I mean, the part of him that's still ... him.
      Sheppard: Well, I can only think of three things wrong with that plan, but go on.
      McKay: He hasn't been brainwashed as long as Tyre, which means he might be more susceptible to our influence. We convince him to let us out or, or, or lead us out of here and then, you know, worst case scenario, he's not entirely convinced ...
      Sheppard: That's your worst case scenario?
      McKay: Hey, I'm just spinnin' here, but, um, we could, you know, take advantage of that moment of uncertainty and, and, and, and ...
      Tyre: Sheppard.
      (Everyone looks around as Tyre, accompanied by a Wraith guard, walks into view. The cell door slides up.)
      Tyre: You've been summoned.
      McKay: (quietly to John) You wanna go over the plan one more time?
      Sheppard: No, no, I think I'm good. (He turns to Tyre.) Guess it's my turn for the sales pitch, huh?

    • (after Tyre leads them into a trap with the Wraith)
      McKay: Well, you know, on the bright side, at least we'll never have to go back to Atlantis and hear Woolsey say, "I told you so."

    • Sheppard: You got anything?
      McKay: Ah, nothing. I tried everything: pacing, snacking, bathing ...
      Sheppard: Bathing?
      McKay: Yeah, like Archimedes.
      Sheppard: You mean the Greek scientist who had a crush on Teyla?
      McKay: No, like the Greek mathematician who came up with the Archimedes principle. The physical laws of buoyancy? According to legend, the idea came to him when he was sitting in the bath, so ... Look, the point is that the revelation occurred while he was, you know, relaxing, not thinking about the problem. The solution, as it turns out, was right in front of him all along.
      Sheppard: You think we've overlooked something?
      McKay: (exasperated) I don't know. Maybe. Look, all I know is I was up all night going over it and I'm drawing a blank, so, look, I could use a fresh perspective.
      Sheppard: I'm not taking a bath with you.
      McKay: (ignoring him) Let's just go over what we know.

    • Teyla: John, why wasn't I informed about the mission to rescue Ronon?
      Sheppard: (pauses) We were playing on a hunch, we had to act fast.
      McKay: I'm going to, um, see if there still serving lunch. It's ah, Keto Tuesday.
      Keller: I think I'll join you.
      (Keller and McKay leave Sheppard and Teyla)
      Teyla: I'm surprised that you would be so quick to move forward with out me.
      Sheppard: Don't put this on me. You're the one having second thoughts about returning to the team. I can not give you the option every time we are going off world.
      Teyla: This is not an easy decision for me.
      Sheppard: You think you're the only one feeling pressured? I've got Woolsey pushing me hard to find a replacement for you.
      Teyla: What did you tell him?
      Sheppard: I told him that I wasn't going to do anything until I talk to you. Now, if you want to join the team, great! I'll call Woolsey, I'll make it happen! But if you want to spend time with your son, I understand, I do, I really do! (pauses) You got to make a decision.

    • Teyla:It's difficult for Kanaan. He has Torren and me, of course, but I still think he feels isolated.
      Ronon: Yeah, well, he just needs to make some new friends. You should get him to come by the gym some time. We could spar.
      Teyla: Thank you. That's very kind of you, but I need him in one piece for the foreseeable future!
      Ronon: Ah, you're no fun!

    • Ronon: How's he liking life in the big city?
      Teyla: He's happy to be reunited with Torren and I but he's having difficulty adjusting to life in Atlantis.
      Ronon: (laughs) Yeah I hear the shower scared him.

    • Teyla: Mr. Woolsey, do you have children?
      Woolsey: No, but I had a Yorkie for many years. (Teyla stares, puzzled) It's a small dog.
      Teyla: Ah.
      Woolsey: But my wife got him in the divorce. I loved that dog. I never really had the chance to say goodbye. So no, no children.

    • Teyla: And you once stunned Dr. Gero at your own surprise birthday party.
      Ronon: He spooked me.
      Teyla: Uh-huh.

    • Ronon: All right. Just untie me and I'll listen to what you have to say.
      Tyre: Would that be before or after you beat me unconscious?
      Ronon: I don't know. You choose. Or I could just surprise you.

    • Sheppard: We need your help.
      McKay: Ronon Dex is in trouble.
      Solen: Ronon Dex is always in trouble.
      McKay: Well, his life is in danger.
      Solen: Again, what else is new?

    • Wraith: Ronon Dex. I looked forward to the day when you would finally serve me.
      Ronon: Well, then, I'm going to feel real bad disappoint you.
      Wraith: Oh, I'm sure you'll try, but in the end you'll come around.

    • Wraith: How does it feel to have your life stolen, to be pushed so close to the darkness, only to be pulled back from the brink? From what I understand, it's a magnificent sensation.
      Ronon: To be honest… I've felt better.

    • Sheppard: Nothing.
      McKay: So we were wrong. It has been known to happen. Hey, I always said this was a long shot.
      Lorne: Colonel, this is Lorne. We've got something.
      McKay: I knew it!

    • Wraith: Kneel.
      Sheppard: You know what would be really creepy and unexpected, is if you knelt instead.

    • McKay: Ronon? How do you feel.
      Ronon: Like hitting someone.
      McKay: Anyone in particular?
      Ronon: You, if you don't loosen these straps and get me something to eat.
      McKay: That is a good sign. It's a good sign. He's back! He's back!

  • Notes

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

    • Tyler McClendon (Wraith) previously played Lt. Banks in the Stargate SG-1 "Avalon (1)".

    • International Air Dates:

      -This episode aired in Canada on July 28, 2008 on Movie Central and The Movie Network.
      -This episode aired in the UK on September 2, 2008 on Sky One.
      -This episode aired in Sweden on October 10, 2008 on TV6.
      -This episode aired in Germany on August 19, 2009 on RTL2.
      -Syndication Premiere: October 3-4, 2009.
      -This episode aired in the Czech Republic on October 13, 2009 on AXN Sci-fi.
      -This episode aired in Australia on February 4, 2010 on 7TWO.

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