Stargate Atlantis

Season 3 Episode 8

McKay and Mrs. Miller

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Sep 08, 2006 on Syfy
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When his sister Jeannie comes up with a vital mathematical proof, Rodney returns to Earth to take her back with him to Atlantis. But things become complicated when another Rodney McKay from a parallel universe arrives.

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  • Link to the Vegas Episode

    This was a great episode indeed. What is wonderful with Atlantis series is how they tie in episodes together like In the 2nd last show of StarGate Atlantis John Sheppard is a detective in Vegas in a parallel universe. McKay references that he met another John Sheppard in a parallel universe that was different. It must be in reference to this episode. Both were great. It's too bad that the powers that be are not seeing the value in what Atlantis brought to television. I miss it and would have been happy with made for TV movies on the subject.moreless
  • Superb episode!

    Superb episode!

    A wonderful combination of hard science fiction and domestic drama, all in one. Reminiscent of some of Isaac Asimov's humorous short stories.

    A true surprise.
  • See Summary

    McKay and Mrs. Miller was quite the episode, and not what may be expected. It was a real look into McKay, his past, and possibly how he will change his own future based upon what he learns. It was cool how they introduced his sister into the show, and she happens to be a genius too!!! When they are experimenting another McKay appears, from a parallel universe, that is being destroyed by their experiment. Everyone seems to like the other McKay better, he is the opposite of our McKay, and we see how he deals with this, and makes us wonder how would we deal with it too. In the end though, everyone realized how much they really do like their own McKay, and McKay recognized his past mistakes, and made a visible effort to start repairing the relationship between himself and his sister. It was fun to watch her being brought into this world, finding out that the USAF has space flight capabilities, that their are aliens, and the fate of earth could rest on her shoulders.moreless
  • Wasn't expecting such a pleasant episode.

    This has gone beyond my expectations. It is the best episode of season 3 so far, and it's maybe the second or the third in which we get to see the team spending some quality time together. It is not only funny, i laughed on various occasions, but it's got some sort of unexpected charm that i welcomed pleasantly. Entertaining and exiting, from trying to create endless energy to depleting energy, 2 Rodney's are better than one, first episode regarding multiverse theory in Atlantis and couldn't be better. Rodney solves some...domestic issues and after he's seen an alter him, he might reconsider changing his perspective and prioritize...naaahh, but still just proves the great actor that David Hewlett is, and find something else about him...Meredith Rodney McKay. Lovely episode. Enjoy!moreless
  • Family of genius.

    This was lovely episode - all the different parallel universes and the change that maybe they could get themselves a ZPM. This time there was no destroyed galaxy but it would have been the whole universe.

    I loved the way the episode start, they appearance of Carter and then they way McKay's sister was brought it and they introduced her the whole new world, she has not known. I loved the shocking effect and the way it was played out.

    Also, the whole thing with McKay from another universe, who was so nice... It just adore the idea of the parallel existence and they found so great storyline - meeting with yourself from other universe.

    The only thing, I could little dislike, would be.. the episode could have been more intense.. some more motion.moreless
Joe Flanigan

Joe Flanigan

Major / Lt. Colonel John Sheppard

Rachel Luttrell

Rachel Luttrell

Teyla Emmagan

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

Brendan Gall

Brendan Gall

Kaleb Miller

Guest Star

Sheri Noel

Sheri Noel


Guest Star

Madison Bell

Madison Bell

Madison Miller

Guest Star

Kate Hewlett

Kate Hewlett

Jeannie Miller

Recurring Role

David Nykl

David Nykl

Dr. Radek Zelenka

Recurring Role

Trevor Devall

Trevor Devall

Hermiod (voice)

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (11)

    • The two men that accompany Carter to Jeannie Miller's house are Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officers as Jeannie's house is in Canada.

    • Sheppard: (referring the alternate McKay) We put him here in the guest quarters until we can find something more permanent.
      McKay: Something more permanent? Well, we're not keeping him!
      Sheppard: He can't go back.

      This is similar to an incident that happened at Stargate Command in the Stargate SG-1 episode "Point of View." The alternate Carter was experiencing what they call 'Entropic cascade failure'. It happens when someone from another reality shares the same reality as their counterpart. Later, it will involve the death of the alternate person. The alternate McKay would have not been able to survive in their universe since the original McKay of the universe is still alive.

    • In this episode Rod speaks Czech to Zelenka: "Měj se." which translates to "Take care."

    • The McKay from the parallel universe says that their plan to get to 'our' universe involved using an ancient personal forcefield for protection when transporting over the bridge to the other universe. After hearing this 'our' McKay mentions that he depleted theirs, referring to the incidents in the first season episode "Hide and Seek", where McKay, after getting ancient gene therapy, manages to turn on the personal forcefield, but is then unable to turn it off at will. He did manage to turn it off eventually, only to later willfully turn it on again to remove an energy-based lifeform through the Stargate.

    • Carter: About a year ago, your brother came across an abandoned alien experiment called project "Arcturus".

      Carter is relating events from the second season episode "Trinity".

    • (after seeing a video message from her brother)
      Jeannie: When did [Rodney] record this?
      Sheppard: Couple years back when we thought the bad guys were going to get us.

      In the first season episode "Letters from Pegasus", many of the expedition members -- Jeannie's brother, Rodney McKay, included -- composed video messages to their families.

    • This episode reveals that McKay's full name is Meredith Rodney McKay.

    • In this episode Rodney drains the Z.P.M. that was acquired in the Stargate SG-1 episode "Moebius (2)."

    • Nitpick: After sending the alternate McKay back to his universe, the computer screen reads "ZPM Module Depleted". However, the second "module" is redundant as without the "ZPM" abbreviation the message would read "Zero Point Module Module Depleted".

    • Teyla has the hots for one of the new marines.

    • In the alternate universe, "Rod" mentions that Jeannie has three kids - Madison, Bradley and Robbie. The boys are probably a reference to series co-creators Brad Wright and Robert C. Cooper.

  • QUOTES (34)

    • (McKay's sister refuses to sign the confidentiality agreement to get working on the project.)
      Carter: You and I both know this would go a lot faster if your sister were onboard!
      McKay: Well, what do you want me to do? She's not gonna listen to me!
      Carter: You're her brother!
      McKay: (Laughs) Yeah, exactly!

    • McKay: ZPM is at fifty percent.
      Zelenka: It's still not enough, Rodney!
      Jeannie: We have to max it out!
      McKay: Thirty percent.
      Jeannie: The bridge is collapsing. We've done it!
      Zelenka: Okay, we can shut it down now!
      McKay: Not yet.
      Zelenka: What?!
      McKay: According to these readings, if we shut it down now, he won't make it!
      Jeannie: Give it a few more seconds!
      Zelenka: ZPM is at five percent.
      McKay: Almost there... (short pause) Cut power now!
      Zelenka: How much power did we drain from the (looks at screen) Z... P... M...?
      (The screen displays "ZPM MODULE DEPLETED")
      McKay: All of it.

    • Jeannie: (about her calculations) Grant Peel has better things to do than look over my nonsensical scribblings.
      Kaleb: They didn't look nonsensical to me. Okay, fine, they did, but I'm an English major. What the hell do I know?

    • Jeannie: Why are you here?
      McKay: What, I can't just stop by and say hi to my little sister?
      Jeannie: Well, we haven't spoken in four years and you've never done anything like this, so no, you can't.

    • McKay: Do you have any idea what you've written?
      Jeannie: A math proof. Some, some theoretical physics. I'm willing to wager it has no practical application at all.
      McKay: I'll take that action.

    • Madison: Did you bring me a present?
      McKay: What? No. I didn't know that was a rule.
      Madison: It is!
      McKay: Well, I guess I broke that rule.

    • Jeannie & McKay: Sorry.
      (Sam smirking)
      McKay: What?
      Carter: Well, it's just that you both said 'sorry' in that cute little Canadian way and I… Sorry. Touch base when you get back to Atlantis.

    • Jeannie: (beaming in) Holy cow! That can't be good for you!

    • Jeannie: Does this mean I'll see you at Christmas?
      McKay: If you can convince Kaleb not to make tofurkey.

    • Jeannie: I solved your problem in my spare time... with finger paints.
      McKay: Here we go.
      Jeannie: I just can't imagine how you're surviving the humiliation.

    • Sheppard: Say what you want. I know what this is about.
      McKay: Oh, really. Mr. "Mensa in a Parallel Universe"? What is this all about?
      Sheppard: You think Jeannie likes him more than you.
      McKay: What? That's crazy. That's...That's...That's possibly true.

    • Weir: Has he talked about his sister with you?
      Sheppard: Once or twice in passing. Usually like, "Come on, even my sister can do it." You know, that type of thing.

    • McKay: You're right. Of course, you're right. [My sister Jeannie] has every reason to hate me.
      Sheppard: I didn't say she hates you.
      McKay: Well, she should.
      Sheppard: If you insist.
      McKay: I do.
      Sheppard: Fair enough.

    • McKay: I'm not very good at saying I'm sorry or that I'm wrong, possibly because it happens so rarely.

    • Jeannie: Not a fan of vegetarian cuisine, eh?
      McKay: Hmm, yes, well, I suppose I was just in the mood for...well, food.

    • McKay: (to Carter) [My sister Jeannie] was on a fast track to some pretty exciting grants, doing some interesting work. I mean, she was no me, of course, but she was at least a you.

    • McKay: (Comes into the mess to find everyone for the third time) Am I just not getting the team e-mails anymore?
      Sheppard: Take it easy. We're just talking about Rod.
      McKay: Yes, well, of course you are.
      Teyla: Do you think he made it back to his universe?
      McKay: Well, it's hard to say, really, but I doubt he'll be back, though.
      Sheppard: That's good, uh, we found him a little creepy.
      McKay: What?
      Ronon: I can't stand people who are nice all the time. It makes me feel like they're trying to hide something.
      McKay: Really?
      Teyla: He kept trying to correct me on my Athosian history. It grew tiresome very quickly.
      McKay: Well, he wasn't that bad.
      Sheppard: Let's be honest. Rod was annoying.
      McKay: Well, I'll be honest with you. That's kind of nice to hear. Now... (Pulls up a chair)...What else has been happening?
      Sheppard: Well, Teyla's got the hots for one of the new Marines.
      Teyla: (Kicks Sheppard in the leg)
      Sheppard: Ow!
      Teyla: That is not true.
      Ronon: You know it is.
      McKay: Hardly new, either.
      (Everyone laughs)

    • Jeannie: How's it go with Weir?
      McKay: Oh. Um, well, she wasn't too happy about the whole killing-the-ZPM but, you know, in the grand scheme of things, we did prevent the destruction of the universe, so... you know, not fired.

    • (Rodney and Sheppard are arguing over whether or not to keep Rod on Atlantis
      McKay: What? What does Elizabeth have to say about this?
      Sheppard: She says that two McKays are better than one.

    • Sheppard: (mouthed) "Mer"?

    • Jeannie: How long would I be gone?
      McKay: Well, it's like...a couple months tops.
      Jeannie: A couple months! Are you joking?...I...Madison has her first ballet recital next Tuesday.
      McKay: She's four. How good could she possibly be?

    • McKay: Boy, aaa, Madison sure grown, huh?
      Jeannie: Since she was born? Yeah, yeah, she has.

    • Kaleb: I just made some dinner, would you like to join us?
      McKay: "Um.. yeah that would be great. I'm starving. You have no idea what timezone I just came from.

    • Rod: Besides, they're not looking for another McKay around here. They already have one.
      McKay: Guess just a lesser model, huh?
      Rod: I envy you. You say exactly what's on your mind no matter how it makes you look. I can only imagine the freedom you must have not caring whether people like you or not.
      McKay: People…don't like me?

    • Sheppard: Well, I've got to admit, between you and me, you're a lot different than our Rodney too.
      Rod: How so?
      Sheppard: It's the little things. You like golf, you say "please" and "thank you," you're--what's the opposite of "condescending"?

    • Kaleb: I sure hope you like tofu chicken.
      McKay: I sure hope he's kidding.

    • McKay: Oh, right. Uh... got this for Madison.
      (McKay hands over a small statue to Jeannie, who doesn't look overly excited)
      Jeannie: Oh...
      McKay: Yeah, uh... swiped it from Weir's desk. It's not like there's a Toys 'R Us nearby so, uh...
      Jeannie: Well, it's, it's the uh, it's the thought that counts. I guess.

    • Jeannie: These alien creatures must be quite the threat for you to even try what you're doing.
      McKay: Now, I don't wanna scare you, but you need to know the stakes. We're at war.
      Jeannie: Did you start it?
      McKay: What? No! Come on!

    • McKay: What'd you tell Kaleb?
      Jeannie: The truth.
      McKay: What?! Do you have any idea what non-disclosure means?
      Jeannie: Just because we don't keep secrets from each other it doesn't mean we're incapable of it.
      McKay: Well, what'd he say?
      Jeannie: Um, yeah he's concerned that me telling him will get him assassinated... That, that won't happen, right?
      McKay: Mm, probably not.

    • McKay: I need to speak to whoever is in charge of this project.
      Zelenka: But...that's you.
      McKay: Well then...I guess I need to speak to me.

    • Sheppard (shaking Jeannie's hand): John Sheppard.
      McKay: Yeah, she's married and she's my sister.
      Sheppard: I'm just saying hi.
      McKay: Yeah, I know, I know exactly what you're doing. I've seen that look before, Kirk.

    • Ronon (to McKay): Relax, we all have embarrassing childhood stories.
      Sheppard: Of course we do.
      Ronon: There was one time the school bullies made me eat lunch with my underwear on my head.
      McKay: Oh?
      Ronon: Oh, wait, that was you.

    • Jeannie: Mer told me so much about you.
      Sheppard: All good, I -- did you just call him "Mer"?
      McKay: It's a pet name... Where are we?

    • Jeannie: What have you got yourself involved in here, Meredith?
      Carter: Meredith?
      McKay: Ouf... long story.
      Jeannie: It's his name.
      Carter: Your name is Meredith McKay?
      McKay: Meredith Rodney McKay, yes, but I prefer to go by Rodney. (to Jeannie) Stick to the point here, look out the window, much more interesting than my name.
      Carter: Your name is Meredith?

  • NOTES (7)

    • Awards:

      -Martin Gero was nominated for a Gemini Award for Best Writing in a Dramatic Series for this episode.

    • The house used in the exterior for Jeannie's house is the same one used for Samantha Carter in Stargate SG-1.

    • International Air Dates:

      -This episode aired in Canada on October 2, 2006 on Movie Central and October 30, 2006 on The Movie Network.
      -This episode aired in the UK on December 6, 2006 on Sky One.
      -Syndication Premiere: November 10-11, 2007.
      -This episode aired in Australia on April 17, 2008 on Channel 7.
      -This episode aired in the Czech Republic on May 13, 2009 on AXN Sci-fi.

    • Paul McGillion does not appear in this episode.

    • The excerpt written by Carl Binder was from the season one episode, "Letters from Pegasus".

    • Amanda Tapping is billed as "Special Guest Star."

    • David Hewlett ("Rodney McKay") laid the groundwork for his sister Kate to make a guest appearance in this episode back in Season One. As he tells it, "When we did "Hot Zone," where [McKay] confesses that he has a sister, it had originally been written as a brother. And I said, 'Look, just on the off chance, I've got a lot of sisters and one of them happens to be an actress. I'm not saying you have to cast her, but just on the off chance, can I say "sister?" ' And they said, 'Oh, that's a good idea. That's fine.' "


    • Jeanie: Holy cow! That can't be good for you.
      Sheppard: Nothing to worry about. I've done it dozens of times. John Sheppard.
      McKay: Yeah. She's married, and she's my sister.
      Sheppard: I'm just saying hi.
      McKay: Yeah. No, I know exactly what you're doing. I've seen that look before ... Kirk.

      The name Kirk is in reference to Captain James T. Kirk from the original Star Trek series and eight movies with Kirk being notorious for his way with women.

    • Terminator:

      When "Rod" appears suddenly he is in the same pose as Arnold Schwarzenegger in the Terminator when he suddenly appears from the future, and is even wearing a leather jacket like in the movie, too.

    • McKay: You'll just need to click your heels together, huh?

      This is a reference to The Wizard of Oz, where the main character, Dorothy, clicks her heels together in order to get back home in Kansas.

    • Title:

      This is a take-off on the title of Robert Altman's 1971 movie McCabe & Mrs. Miller. The title characters, played by Warren Beatty and Julie Christie, are mismatched and somewhat reluctant partners in running a brothel in a Pacific Northwest frontier town.