Stargate Atlantis

Season 2 Episode 4

Duet

4
Aired Friday 10:00 PM Aug 05, 2005 on Syfy
9.0
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After McKay and Lt. Laura Cadman are culled by a Wraith dart, Sheppard's team shoots it down. After attempting to re-materialize the pair, Lt. Cadman's mind ends up sharing McKay's body.

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  • See Summary

    7.5
    This Episode was ok, it was primarily focused on Dr. Rodney McKay who was sharing his conscience with a female air force person, and it was funny to see the dynamic play out. We got a little deeper into McKays character, seeing a little more of the real him, and it was quite humorous to watch the girl in control of his body, and she had a crush on Dr. Beckett, which being in McKays body was funny. We also learned a little more about Wraith Technology, and it looks like Ronin may join Stargate Atlantis as a Team member under LT Colonel Sheppard. So far the season is good, keeping things moving fairly well.moreless
  • Double The Fun!

    9.0
    David Hewlett, we knew he was good at playing McKay, making him both annoying and likeable at the same time. But this episode was truly multi-task acting. In one episode, we see McKay, Cadman, and Cadman trying to act like McKay, and viewers can clearly tell each apart. The jarring, Gollum-esque cuts to show that McKay is speaking with two voices in the scene in Heightmeyer's office are unnecessary, as Hewlett excels at differentiating two characters in a back-and-forth argument. "Duet," overall, is an entertaining, hilarious episode that just doesn't play it for laughs and shows off David Hewlett's acting ability. It turned out to be excellent.moreless
  • this episode was absolutely hilarious!

    9.8
    I have never laughed so hard watching Stargate Atlantis. The scene where Dr. McKay eats dinner with this woman (forgot her name) just cracked me up (and of course all the other scenes where Lt. Laura Cadman takes over Dr. McKay's body). I thought this was a great episode (David Hewlett

    did a great job).
  • Guess I'm in the minority here, but this was a big waste of time.

    5.0
    So the premise here is due to a Dart transporter accident, Lt. Laura Cadman is trapped inside McKay's mind. By itself, sounds fun, right? Wrong!



    While I could take the plot point that Laura's presence has hampered McKay's ability to work - she didn't even give him a chance too. I don't know about you, but in any critical situation (especially one where your very existence is at stake), you don't bother the point person with annoying questions. You sit back and let them get to work. So McKay is the lead scientist right AND has a vested interest in getting Laura back to her own body - Agreed? But what does Laura do? She starts annoying him like a kindergarten child teasing another child.



    Personally, I would've had Dr. Beckett put me under anesthesia, restraints and/or suspended animation until the other scientists had figured it out.



    I was rooting for the early death of Laura. Well, there's always next week...moreless
  • While searching a devastated world a Wraith Dart appears and captures Dr. McKay and Lt. Cadman. The team manages to shoot the Dart down. Zelenka can only get the device that captures the energy to release McKay but Cadman's consciousness comes with him.moreless

    10
    An entertaining episode where McKay really finally shines. He has to play not only himself but also Cadman when she controls his body. Not that its that strange these days, but he also gets to kiss Dr. Beckett obviously as Lt. Cadman.



    Cadman played by Jaime Ray Newman is great. She brings some honest humor to McKay's character. Dr. Beckett played by Paul McGillion is also now a full fledged cast star and is entertaining in this storyline. Also featured as Dr. Katie Brown is Brenda James as Dr. McKay's love interest. The "date" was very funny. I enjoyed all of their performances.



    The secondary plot line is Sheppard trying to get Ronon Dex played by Jason Momoa to join his team. He works with Teyla and the rest of his men to bring Ronon into the group. Weir talks with Ronon and they have a very short but revealing conversation. In the end she relents and tells Sheppard that Ronon is his responsibility if he wants to join Sheppard's team.



    This type of episode is a welcome change for this series with a little bit of humor and some action and tension mixed in. Overall a very enjoyable episode with no real weaknesses. Thanks for reading...moreless
Rachel Luttrell

Rachel Luttrell

Teyla Emmagan

Joe Flanigan

Joe Flanigan

Major / Lt. Colonel John Sheppard

David Hewlett

David Hewlett

Dr. Rodney McKay

Jason Momoa

Jason Momoa

Ronon Dex

Paul McGillion

Paul McGillion

Dr. Carson Beckett

Torri Higginson

Torri Higginson

Dr. Elizabeth Weir

Jaime Ray Newman

Jaime Ray Newman

Lt. Laura Cadman

Guest Star

Tina-Jane Krohn

Tina-Jane Krohn

Scientist

Guest Star

Jeffrey C. Robinson

Jeffrey C. Robinson

Wraith Pilot

Guest Star

Kavan Smith

Kavan Smith

Major Evan Lorne

Recurring Role

David Nykl

David Nykl

Dr. Radek Zelenka

Recurring Role

Claire Rankin

Claire Rankin

Dr. Kate Heightmeyer

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (7)

    • It is strange, that Ronon, who comes from an industrialized and therefore rather advanced society, doesn't know what a fork and knife are and doesn't know how to handle them correctly.

    • In this episode Zelenka speaks Czech: "No jo... Tak jo děcka, do toho, jdeme, jdeme, jdeme, musíme tohle dodělat, pojdte už, honem!" which translates to "Yeah... Okay kids, come on, go go go, we have to finish it, come on, move on!"

    • At one point Heightmeyer tells McKay that the problem in question wasn't covered in medical school. However, in the episode "The Gift", Dr, Heightmeyer told Teyla she is a psychologist which means she has a doctorate in psychology and did not attend medical school.

    • Dr. McKay has a signed picture of the Space shuttle's "Canada Arm" on the wall of his room.

    • Goof: When Sheppard is showing Ronon the different guns, the position of Ronon's gun changes positions between shots.

    • Goof: Zelenka says that this is first time he has been off-world since arriving in Atlantis. However, he didn't stay behind when the city was evacuated in the Season 1 episode "The Storm".

    • Goof: Dr. Weir refers to Sheppard as a Major instead of a Lt. Colonel.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • McKay: This is hell! This is my own personal hell!

    • Cadman's Voice: You have no idea what it's like in here, OK?
      McKay: (stopping walking) Yes, yes, I do. I know exactly what it's like in here because I live in here. I like it here!

    • Sheppard: So we're cool?
      McKay: No you're cool, I'm fine.

    • Beckett: Lt. Cadman is still trapped inside the dart.
      Cadman: (in McKay's mind) What?
      McKay: Who said that?
      Beckett: I did.
      McKay: You said "what"?
      Beckett: I said "Lt. Cadman is still trapped inside the dart".
      McKay: No, no, no. Did you just say the word "what"?
      Beckett: No I didn't.
      Cadman: McKay?
      McKay: Yes, where are you?
      Beckett: I'm right here.

    • Sheppard: You hate the Wraith as much as we do.
      (Ronon looks up from eating with a glare)
      Sheppard: Okay maybe you hate them more then we do.

    • Teyla: The Cullings are getting more and more intense.
      Sheppard: You said it yourself, too many Wraiths woke up at the same time. Too many mouths to feed....or hands to feed.

    • Sheppard: Uh, did you get the chance to talk to Ronon?
      Weir: Yes, I did. Chatty fellow, isn't he?!
      Sheppard: And?
      Weir: He would be your responsibility.
      Sheppard: I knew you'd say yes!
      Weir: I haven't said yes.
      Sheppard: Well, you were about to.
      (Weir narrows her eyes at him for a moment)
      Weir: Yes.
      Sheppard: There ya go!

    • Sheppard: (to soldier downed by Ronon) All right. Let's try that again.
      Soldier: How about you try that again... Sir?

    • Weir: You think once the initial shock is over, we'll have the old McKay back?
      Beckett: I'm afraid so.

    • Cadman-in-McKay: It doesn't feel very healthy in here.
      McKay: Well, we can't all be track stars, can we?!?

    • (after McKay has a conversation with Cadman/himself)
      Sheppard: Maybe there's something wrong a MRI wouldn't pick up, if you know what I mean.
      McKay: I'm not crazy. I just have another consciousness in my brain.
      Sheppard: So he just looks crazy.
      McKay: I'm sure I do, but only because Dr. Fumbles-McStupid over here was in way over his head!

    • Beckett: You have a date, Rodney? With a woman?
      McKay: It is simply two adults sharing some friendly...Yes, with a woman!

    • (After two white mice are burnt to black crisps)
      Sheppard: I'm no scientist, but those mice used to be a different color.

  • NOTES (4)

    • The laptop that Zalenka uses at the beginning of this episode actually belongs to James Tichenor, Head of the Visual Effects Team.

    • According to the audio commentary, 'Cadman' is the surname of episode writer Martin Gero's girlfriend.

    • According to series writer Martin Gero, while rehearsing the scenes where Cadman has control of McKay's body, Jamie Ray Newman would do a scene first, and then David Hewlett would try to mimic her movements, cadence, accent, etc.

    • International Airdates:

      -This episode aired in Canada on August 8, 2005 on The Movie Network and October 3, 2005 on Movie Central.
      -This episode aired in the UK on November 9, 2005 on Sky One.
      -This episode aired in Australia on December 7, 2006 on Channel 7.
      -Syndication Premiere: October 14-15, 2006.

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy

      As confirmed by Martin Gero in this episode's DVD Commentary, the scene where McKay rushes to the Wraith Dart in his bath robe is a subtle reference to the film, The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

    • Little Britain

      As confirmed by Martin Gero in this episode's DVD Commentary, the scene where Cadman (in McKay's body) places her hand on Dr. Beckett's face is a reference to the character of Anne in the popular British comedy show, Little Britain.

    • McKay: Well, what are we -- mice or men, hmm?

      McKay is referencing the novella Of Mice and Men written by Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck and eventual film starring John Malkovich and Gary Sinise.

    • All of Me:

      Part of the storyline is similar to the 1984 Steve Martin movie All of Me in which a man has to share his body with a woman's consciousness. Some of the physical comedy is reminiscent of Steve Martin in that movie. In fact, it is revealed in the audio commentary that writer Martin Gero originally wanted to call this episode "All of McKay".

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