Stargate Atlantis

Season 3 Episode 3


Aired Friday 10:00 PM Jul 28, 2006 on Syfy



  • Trivia

    • Three flag patches that hasn't been seen much on Atlantis so far can be detected in this episode at several occasions: Sweden, Russia, and Japan.

    • Dr. Beckett mentions that the pre-frontal cortex is responsible for positive emotions. Actually the pre-frontal cortex, aka primary motor cortex, is controlling the conscious movement of the body.

    • Weir ordered McKay to burn all remaining samples of the herb, after finding that he has used it to influence Sheppard.

    • In this episode Zelenka speaks Czech: "To je frajer teda, to je..." which translates to "That's a cool guy, heh, that is..." and "On letí, on tak krásně letí..." which translates to "He's flying, he's flying so beautifully..."

    • The planet where the herb grows and is now home to three Wraith Hive ships was designated M6H-491. Sheppard reports that an unused Stargate has been found in orbit of a planet designated M3R-428.

    • This episode marks the first time John and Rodney trade trivia about old TV shows, in this case about who played Catwoman on Batman and when. This becomes a game that the two play through all released episodes.

    • This episode has the first mention of the McKay-Carter Intergalactic Gate Bridge. McKay says that it was Colonel Carters' idea. This mostly likely occurred when Carter visited Atlantis in the Stargate SG-1 episode "The Pegasus Project," indicating that this episode takes place after.

  • Quotes

    • Sheppard: This is creeping me out.
      McKay: Yeah, reminds me of an old Batman episode, actually. Catwoman used a drug to put a spell on Batman, making him fall in love with her. Ending up doing all sorts of evil things for her. Kind of a turn-on actually. It's Julie Newmar in a cat outfit...
      Sheppard: Eartha Kitt was Catwoman.
      McKay: Not till season three.
      Sheppard: Really?
      McKay: Yeah, you didn't know that?

    • Lucius: Where do you get a machine like that? I mean, it's a wonderful way to travel. Can I get one? Are they hard to fly?
      Sheppard: Yes. They are hard to fly, and no, you can't have one.
      Lucius: But I want one. Please.
      Sheppard: Sorry.

    • McKay: Okay, let's just make contact, buy our souvenirs and get out of here.
      Attractive Village Woman: Fair day to you.
      Sheppard: Fair day to you...Nothing here. We should probably go.
      McKay: Yeah, probably would't hurt to make contact with the locals, though.
      Sheppard: No, no. When you're right, you're right.

    • Sheppard: All right, all right. (Turns to McKay.) Hey, buddy, I'd better get back and clean your quarters before the next scout.
      McKay: Right.
      Weir: Rodney.
      McKay: It was one teeny, tiny taste for research purposes.

    • Willa: day, as [Lucius] returned from trading his wares with a distant people, he told me a story, a wonderful, wise, sweet story about something he accidentally stepped in.

    • Lucius: (in rapid-fire speech) What, did you come all this way, you don't even want to do a trade? Look, it doesn't have to be the ship. Forget the ship. I don't even want the ship. Ok? You got to have some other stuff that you want to trade, right? (to Sheppard) Ok, like, like, how do you get your hair to go like that?

    • Sheppard: Dr. Weir?
      Weir: Oh, hi John. We were just discussing the gate harvesting program.
      Sheppard: Yeah, I heard.
      Weir: And Lucius knows of an excellent planet that we should investigate.
      Sheppard: I heard that, too. (pauses) We got intel that the Wraith have just set up a major outpost ... an alliance of three hives.

    • Sheppard: (to Lucius) You knock it off!
      Weir: Colonel! I think it's worth checking out.
      Sheppard: No. I won't allow it.
      Weir: John ... are you questioning my authority?
      Sheppard: When it comes to the protection of this base, you're damn right I am. From now on, no one goes through that gate without my authorization.

    • McKay: You know they have marmot's on their planet? Well, not marmot's exactly, but close to the rodent ...
      Sheppard: I thought you said you were going to stay away from the nuts.
      McKay: Yeah ... well, I tried to stay to myself, but Lucius here was concerned for me, so he came down, Ronon held me against the wall, and we have a nice, long talk.

    • Sheppard: So, everyone here back to normal?
      Weir: We're still fine John.
      Sheppard: No lingering desires? Secret longings for his touch?
      Beckett: It's embarrassing enough without you constantly reminding us, thank you.

    • Weir: So, how was Lucius' homecoming?
      Sheppard: Well, they didn't kill him. Although I do see a string of divorces in his future.
      Ronon: That's if they haven't strung him up first.

    • (After everyone thinks Lucius is flying the Jumper)
      Zelenka: On letí, on tak krásnì letí.
      McKay: Fly, Lucius, Fly.

    • Sheppard: So, that herb of yours.
      Lucius: One of my greatest dicoveries...Well it's my only great discovery but you got to admit, it's pretty great.

    • Sheppard: You said you needed the liquid.
      McKay: Yeah, but this place is turning into a nut house.
      Sheppard: Somebody has got to stay. Just keep away from the nuts.

    • Sheppard: Teyla, this is the man who asked you to be his seventh wife.
      Teyla: I know, I hope I didn't upset him.

    • Beckett: He also possesses many valuables herbs and spices. And gourds.
      McKay: Did you just say "gourds"?
      Beckett: Yes, Rodney, gourds. We don't know everything despite what you might think.

    • McKay: Why'd you shoot [Sheppard]?!? Now we're going to have to carry him all the way back to the Jumper!

    • Teyla: That is, unless we discover he's revealed the location of Atlantis to anyone.
      Ronon: In which case I said I would track [Lucius] down, hang him up by his feet, and cut off his…
      Weir: Thank you, we get the idea.

    • Lucius is telling his medical accomplishments
      Lucius: ... the lame can walk again.
      Well... some of them crawl, but they crawl much faster than they used to.

  • Notes

    • International Air Dates:

      -This episode aired in Canada on August 28, 2006 on Movie Central and September 25, 2006 on The Movie Network.
      -This episode aired in the UK on November 1, 2006 on Sky One.
      -Syndication Premiere: October 6-7, 2007.
      -This episode aired in Australia on March 13, 2008 on Channel 7.
      -This episode aired in the Czech Republic on April 27, 2009 on AXN Sci-fi.

    • In this episode, Richard Kind joins the limited number of people who have appeared in both a television version of Stargate and the original 1994 feature film. In the movie, he played Doctor Gary Meyers, whose attempts at translating the hieroglyphs on the cover stone relating to the Stargate were derided by Daniel Jackson (as played by James Spader).

      Unlike the only other two film alumni to appear, Alexis Cruz (Skaara) and Erick Avari (good Father Kasuf), who both appeared in several episodes of Stargate SG-1, Kind did not reprise his movie character. Lucius is scheduled to return in episode 3-13, "Irresponsible".

    • Director Martin Wood filmed this episode in the style of a "three-camera sitcom," with looser shots and no tight close-ups.

    • An early title for this episode was "Delicious Fat Guy," according to executive producer Joseph Mallozzi.

  • Allusions

    • McKay: Yeah, reminds me of an old Batman episode, actually. Catwoman used a drug to put a spell on Batman, making him fall in love with her. Ended up doing all sorts of evil things for her. Kind of a turn-on, actually. Julie Newmar in a cat outfit...
      Sheppard: Eartha Kitt was Catwoman.
      McKay: Not 'til Season three.

      The evil scheme McKay refers to that Catwoman used was seen in the episodes "That Darn Catwoman (1)" and "Scat, Darn Catwoman (2)." She uses the drug Cataphrenic to first subvert Robin and then Batman under her hypnotic spell.

    • Sheppard: What do I mean? We leave for a few hours, and Lucius turns you all into Stepford wives!

      This references the 1972 book by Ira Levin which was made into a movie in 1975. The plot of The Stepford Wives featured husbands in the town of Stepford transforming their wives into obedient servants. The movie spawned three TV sequels: Revenge of the Stepford Wives (1980), The Stepford Children, and The Stepford Husbands (1996). A remake of the original movie was made in 2004.