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Major / Lt. Colonel John Sheppard
Dr. Rodney McKay
Dr. Carson Beckett
Dr. Elizabeth Weir
Colonel Steven Caldwell
Dr. Radek Zelenka
Dr. Kate Heightmeyer
In this episode Zelenka speaks Czech: "Zaplať pánbůh." which translates to "Thank goodness."
McKay: ...probably the very same whale that saved me last year when I was trapped in that submerged jumper.
McKay is referring to the events of the second season episode "Grace Under Pressure."
Ronon: Well, we've seen devices that mess with people's minds, cause them to hallucinate things.
Ronon is most likely referring to the Wraith device from the episode "Phantoms."
In this episode McKay indicates that the Canadian football field is larger then the American football field. The Canadian football field is 150 yards by 65 yards, a total of 9,750 square yards. The American football field is 120 yards by 53 1/3 yards, a total of 6,400 square yards. So the Canadian football field is wider, longer, and the area is larger.
The pulse in which the flagisalis send to the members of the Atlantis expedition is a form of communication. The last time the solar phenomenon took place, the device McKay found in the bio–lab transmitted a record of events to the flagisalis and they then stored it in their genetic memory. When the creatures sensed the phenomenon was taking place again, they then used this pulse to send visual messages (The beings the expedition members were seeing) of the events from their genetic memory to the expedition members in order to warn them.
The first time the solar phenomenon took place, an Ancient science vessel known as the Adaris was caught in the blast and its crew were all killed instantly, however a pilot on board managed to open a hyperspace window just as the blast hit and escape to warn Atlantis. When the lone surviving pilot returned to Atlantis to warn the Lantean people of the coming danger, the Lanteans were able to prevent Atlantis' and Lantea's destruction. They used their 3 ZPMs to extend the shield over a large portion of the surface of Lantea, protecting the city and also a large number of the population of the Flagisalis.
Three ZPMs were installed in Atlantis to power the star drive during the Asuran invasion in "The Return Part 2", which were recovered by the expedition when they reclaimed the city. One ZPM is being used by Atlantis, while the other two are being used to power the Ancient outpost in Antarctica and the Odyssey (to combat the Ori), respectively.
Meredith is McKay's first name - Rodney being his second. This was revealed when his sister Jeannie called him "Meredith" in the episode "McKay and Mrs. Miller" season 3 episode 8.
Rodney's computer graphics of the sun included a schematic of the Daedalus long before anyone thought to use the ship to protect Atlantis from the coronal mass ejection.
The name of the alien whale species in the ocean of Lantea is Flagisalis according to McKay.
There are new areas of the city that can be explored due to the repairs completed by the Asurans, such as the lab discovered by Rodney.
Teyla: (soothingly) And then slowly exhale, allowing each breath to cleanse you, restoring your body and spirit. Feel your body and mind clearing, open to all that surrounds you. Embrace the silence. (snoring sound) Ronon? (more snores)
Weir: Rodney, we have enough power now to raise the shield, and cloak the city, and dial home. Please, can you start seeing the glass as half full?
McKay: Well, you mean one-third full.
McKay: Now, unfortunately, these whales are several generations removed from the incident, so they're finding the language a bit of a tough go. It's kind of like trying to sing the lyrics to the Macarena. You can sound out the words, but you have no idea what you're singing.
Beckett: Their eardrums have been perforated.
Zelenka: The whales are emitting an intense low-frequency-pulse, like a sonar, as well as an EM field. The combination is very dangerous to humans, particularly in such close proximity.
McKay: (yelling) It's the whales.
Beckett: (of the yelling to Weir) Hearing's been impaired. It should heal soon.
McKay: (still yelling) It's their echolocation. It's creating very powerful vibrations. The closer we got, the worse it became.
Zelenka: (yelling back) Yes. Yes. Rodney, we know.
Sheppard: (yelling) What?
Beckett: They should rest.
McKay: All right, not too close now, okay? We still have no idea what these things eat. (Sees Sheppard look pained) What? What is it?
Sheppard: Nothing. Just got a headache all of a sudden.
McKay: Where'd they go?
Sheppard: I don't know.
Zelenka: (from Atlantis) Oh, they're right in front of you.
Sheppard: Yeah, well, we're away of that. (Sees McKay look pained) What's wrong?
McKay: Now my head's hurting too.
Sheppard: That's not a coincidence.
McKay: I don't think so.
Sheppard: I'm pulling back.
McKay: Good idea.
Zelenka: Perhaps, it's the whales' echolocation mechanism. It's creating uncomfortable vibrations which are...
McKay: Yes, Radek. We are moving away. Try to keep up, okay?
Zelenka: (seeing something on the monitor) Oh, my.
Sheppard: "Oh, my," what?
Zelenka: I'm detecting several more whales.
McKay: How many more?
Zelenka: Dozens more. They're still several kilometers away from you, but they're heading towards you.
Sheppard: Your nose is bleeding.
McKay: There you are.
Weir: Rodney, I told you-
McKay: Oh no not you I mean Sheppard.
Weir: Thank you.
(McKay speaks very rapidly)
McKay: Oh I mean not that I don't want to talk to you, when you can be a part of this conversation, in fact I think you'll find it every bit as interesting as-
Sheppard: What are you saying?
(Sheppard comes up behind McKay, who is looking out at the sea)
McKay: Huh. Hey, how long have you been standing there?
Sheppard: Hour or so.
McKay: What? Why didn't you say anything? I feel like a...oh. It's the kidding.
Sheppard: What about you? How was the hunting?
Ronon: If there was any game, it was all scared off by the noise his stupid machines made.
Zelenka: I said I was sorry. It was necessary for the tests.
Sheppard: You're the one who volunteered to go.
Ronon: Well, if I do something like that again, shoot me.
Zelenka: He was like this all night, you know, very agitated. Had me scared.
Ronon:(walking over to a meditating Teyla) Mind if I join you... ?
Teyla: If you fall asleep one more time...
Ronon:(picking up one of the Bokkens resting against the wall and offers it to her) Hit me with that.
McKay: It's over.
Sheppard: And we're not toast.
McKay: We're not toast!
Sheppard: Good plan, huh?
Ronon: How're they doing?
Zelenka: Well, according to my calculations, the blast wave should have hit us by now but I'm reading no discernable increase in radiation.
Ronon: So they're doing good?
Zelenka: Yes. So far, anyway.
Caldwell: How long will this last, Doctor?
McKay: Anywhere from a few seconds to several hours.
Sheppard: Hours?! You never said anything about hours!
Caldwell: We're building up serious heat behind the shield.
McKay(plaintively): I told you this wasn't a good plan!
Sheppard(over the radio): How's it going, Rodney?
McKay: You know, this might look easy, but it's actually a little more complicated than just flipping a switch.
McKay: I don't think you fully grasp the reality of just how damned hot it gets that close to the surface of the sun.
Sheppard: That's why we're taking a ZPM, to strengthen the shields.
McKay: From the blast wave, yes, but even with the shields at that strength, the build-up of residual heat behind it could cause serious problems for the Daedalus...(pointing to himself) … and everyone inside it.
Sheppard: Could. Could cause.
McKay: This is not a good plan.
Sheppard: Sure it is.
McKay: You realise just how close we'll have to get to the sun?
Sheppard: Pretty damned close, I'm thinkin'.
McKay: Suicidally close. I mean, we'll be toast.
Sheppard(over the radio): Colonel Caldwell? This is Sheppard.
Caldwell: Go ahead, Colonel.
Sheppard: I think we have a plan.
McKay: We do?
Weir: What's wrong?
Sheppard: We figured it out.
McKay: Well, actually, I did most of the figuring...
Weir(to Sheppard, about Rodney): How's he doing?
Sheppard: I don't know. He's taking a while. A lot longer than he usually takes.
McKay: He can hear you, you know!
Sheppard: Yeah. We know.
McKay: It's like a receiver calibrated to the specific frequencies on which the whales communicate.
Sheppard: The Ancients designed it to study whales so they could learn about their songs.
McKay: They were studying the whales' language, trying to assign frequencies to emotions and identify moods.
Sheppard: All sorts of tree-huggy stuff.
Beckett: These should help, but don't take them until you can have at least eight hours of uninterrupted rest.
Weir: Huh! Around here?! When does that ever happen?
Sheppard: So, these, uh, whales. Did the Ancients say they're good eating?
McKay: Oh, you wouldn't!
Sheppard: I would.
Weir: I trust this little diversion isn't actually cutting into your work time?
McKay: Oh, no, no. No, of course not. No, I'm just dabbling in my free time.
Weir: Alright, then, boys. Dabble away!
Sheppard: Did the Ancients have a name for it?
McKay: Yeah. Flagecallus… I know, they were terrible at naming things. I've just, um... I've just called it "whale" for now.
Weir(pointing to the tablet): And what is that?
Sheppard: That's Rodney's whale friend.
McKay: Ah, but not actually a whale. Whale-like, but not a mammal. It's a fish. It's a big, big fish.
Teyla: Many Ancestors died here recently. During the Replicator invasion the crew of the Tria were all murdered. Perhaps they attempted to ascend but were prevented from fully doing so… Trapped between this plane of existence and the next.
Weir: You mean ghosts?
Ronon: You ask me, it's too much meditation.
Weir: We cannot keep all three ZeePMs from the Replicator take-over, Rodney. We get one. Now, I don't know how to make it any clearer for you.
McKay: Well, I felt if I could just outline the reasons for keeping them, you know, bullet point, very brief...
Weir: It was twenty-six pages!
McKay: Elizabeth. Did you get my email?
Weir: Which email? One of the seven today, or one of the eighteen yesterday?
Zelenka(about Ronon): He was like this all night, you know, very agitated. Had me scared.
Sheppard: He'll be alright. Get him home, get him a nice warm bath, hot meal...
Sheppard: Well? How'd the camping go?
Zelenka(sounding very excited): Oh, splendid. I was able to run several ground-penetrating radar tests. You know, to test the dielectric permittivity of the region's subsurface.
McKay: I've been monitoring Sam on the underwater scanner.
Sheppard: Stop calling him that.
Sheppard: It's creepy.
McKay: No it's not. Look. Here he is circling the city. He's been doing this for a while. Won't leave.
Sheppard: You didn't feed him did you?
Sheppard: Ah another whale.
McKay: Yeah, probably the mother.
Sheppard: That guy's the size of a football field!
McKay: A Canadian football field.
Weir: Okay, so our shield is already activated. What else?
McKay: Ah, small problem? The ancients had three ZPM at their disposal, we... as you know, only have one. Maybe I was so insistent on keeping them because I, too, was able to sense trouble in the horizon.
Sheppard: Just like a pigeon.
Weir: And why are you studying this?
McKay: Oh, 'cause he's out there right now, circling the city. Sheppard and I saw him. Probably the very same whale that saved me last year when I was trapped in that submerged Jumper.
Sheppard: I thought Zelenka and I saved you.
McKay: Well, you did, technically... but only after Sam led you to me.
McKay: Aah... it's the whale. I named him, uhh... after... Sam... antha Carter? It's personal use.
Sheppard: You named him after Samantha Carter?
McKay: Well, Sam's a boy's name, too.
Weir: And... how do you know... he's a he?
McKay: Oh, because I cross-referenced the renderings in the database with the whale outside and you'll see... the males have a rather prominent...
Weir: Oh it's okay, never mind. I'll take your word for it.
(about the whales coming to Atlantis)
Weir: Yeah, but the whales were aware this was happening.
McKay: Well, a lot of animals--whales, dolphins...
McKay: Are affected by the tiniest anomalies in the magnetosphere. It's as if their internal compasses were somehow, well...pigeons?
Zelenka: Yeah, homing pigeons. I used to raise them before coming here. We used to consult solar charts before our pigeon races.
McKay: Pigeon races?
Sheppard: Pain's going away. Think my hearing's getting better too. What about you?
Sheppard: Canadian Football League is a joke!
Sheppard: Celine Dion is overrated!
Sheppard: Zelenka is smarter than you are!
McKay: Hey! I found a mention of a biolab in the database. Ancient scientists used it to study animal life. We should check it out!
Sheppard: Okay... Meredith!
Two lines were cut from the end of the scene with McKay and Sheppard in the Infirmary. Beckett was to say "We'll talk later" to which McKay replied, "Darth Vader?".
The painkillers that Dr. Beckett hands out are actually jelly beans that have been packaged up.
The shot of the Daedalus flying towards the sun is re-used from "The Intruder".
The shot of the Puddle Jumper diving underwater is re-used from "Grace Under Pressure".
Rachel Luttrell voiced the "previously on Stargate Atlantis" line.
International Air Dates:
-This episode aired in Canada on November 27, 2006 on Movie Central and January 15, 2007 on The Movie Network.
-This episode aired in the UK on January 17, 2007 on Sky One.
-Syndication Premiere: January 26-27, 2008.
-This episode aired in Australia on May 15, 2008 on Channel 7.
-This episode aired in the Czech Republic on May 27, 2009 on AXN Sci-fi.
Sheppard: Rodney's on his way, he's just taking some Dramamine.
Dramamine is a medicine used to prevent motion sickness, especially seasickness. It is manufactured by Pfizer.
McKay: Did you know that there was a lobster-like crustacean down there the size of a Buick?
Buick is a brand of luxury automobiles built in the United States and China by General Motors. Buicks are also sold in Canada and Israel. The line itself appears to be a take-off of a line from Woody Allen's Annie Hall in which Alvy Singer (Allen) says "Honey, there's a spider in your bathroom the size of a Buick."
McKay: So they're, um, finding the language a bit of a tough go. It's kind of like singing the lyrics to the Macarena. You can sound out the words, but you have no idea what you're singing.
"Macarena" is a 1995 song by Los del Río that became a worldwide hit. It also inspired a much-parodied dance craze.
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