Stargate Atlantis

Season 4 Episode 9

Miller's Crossing

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Nov 30, 2007 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

After McKay and his sister Jeanie Miller are kidnapped on Earth, Sheppard and Ronon must enlist the help of the NID to find them.

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  • back to earth...

    What a pointless episode. I felt like I was watching SG-1 again...anyways, McKay's sister was kidnapped and he, Ronon, and Sheppard went to earth to attempt to locate her. McKay then gets kidnapped and he and his sister are asked to save a girl's life by programming nanites. I just thought the story in this episode was predictable and uninteresting. I did like the development of McKay's character, as well as John's. I thought it was interesting seeing John's decision to save McKay, but doom another. Overall, the story just sucked, but the characters salvaged what they could to make the episode watchable.moreless
  • I've NEVER given an episode of ANY series a rating so low before but...NO WAY IN HELL!!!

    There's NO WaY IN HELL they let a WRAITH...let me say it again "A WRAITH" step foot on EARTH soil just to save RODNEY'S sister or ANYBODY'S sister for that matter!! Give me a break!! Oh yeah, I'm sure that Wraith has no way of sending any signal in anyway or anything to lead the Wraith to earth or pinpoint it's location..yeah, we know them well enough..send him on over there and let him get his lab on with good ol' Rodney because we may lose soldiers in battle all the time, but no way we let Rodney's sister die, oh hell no, that's unacceptable. If it means sending a Wraith, who by-the-way we've been making sacrifices for years in order to keep them from even a thousand lightyears from even the THOUGHT of earth's location, over to earth to save her, then that's just what we have to do. ....oh yeah! And if you get a chance, don't let ol' Wraithy Boy leave without samplin' some of that good ol' Earthling flesh. He'll love it! Way to go, JOHN!! omg.

    I couldn't submit "0". I guess we can't-but they don't even deserve a fraction of a point for this episode because they blatantly disregarded their own storyline. What a shame. Well, I guess any series is allowed a couple of "Bottom of the Barrell" episodes in a 4 yr. span, but I must say-This is DEFINITELY a BIG one for SGA

    ..........omg...can you believe it?....a WRAITH on American soil....oh sure.....(oh let me stop, I could go on for days. lol)

    I can't stop shaking my head in disbelief.moreless
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    Miller's Crossing was a great episode of Stargate Atlantis. This was a character driven episode where we saw the growth of Dr. Rodney McKay. It was really nice to see his sister again as well. She is just as smart as him, and ends up getting kidnapped because of it. McKay ends up getting kidnapped too, and the 2 have to solve a puzzle or else it's their lives on the line. There were some moral dilema's in this episode for some characters and it was fun to watch them deal with the situations at hand. I hope we get to see Jeannie again some time.moreless
  • Definitely one of the most difficult SGA episodes to handle and comprehend…

    Definitely one of the most difficult SGA episodes to handle and comprehend…

    Some spoilers if you continue…

    On the surface, the plot is rather simple. Henry Wallace heads a company that is developing "alien technology" for commercial use on Earth. He has some nanites developed as a result of research in the Pegasus Galaxy. He even has the basic "replicator program" for these nanites. He's very much aware of Star Gate Command and Dr. Rodney Mc McKay's work with the nanites and the underlying programming of them. He has injected these nanites in his daughter (who is suffering from leukemia) but his programmers can't make them work. He's monitoring email traffic and when Rodney contacts his sister, Jeannie (introduced in Season 3: McKay and Mrs. Miller), Wallace has her kidnapped. This prompts Rodney (along with Sheppard and Ronon) to return to Earth where upon Rodney is also promptly kidnapped.

    Wallace tells McKay and Jeannie that he'll free them if they can get the nanites to heal his daughter. Jeannie is inclined to do this but McKay wants to escape. The escape attempt fails and Wallace injects nanites into Jeannie to motivate them to complete the program. They basically remove the nanite restrictions and let them do what they are supposed to do. The young girl recovers. However, she soon has heart failure and dies. Shortly thereafter though, she revives. It turns out she had a heart problem and the nanites decided to fix that by shutting down her heart. This, of course, causes brain damage which the nanites repair but can't bring back her memories and/or etc. She is "blank slate."

    Enter Sheppard and Ronan to the rescue. The race is now on to reprogram the nanites in Jeannie since she has epilepsy and they might also shut her brain down. They break her legs to give the nanites something to do but McKay can't do the reprogramming. So, they bring Todd (the Wraith) to Earth to help out. But, he's too week from hunger so Sheppard turns to Wallace to sacrifice himself to Todd so he can complete the reprogramming and save Jeannie.

    Ethical problem #1: One of the primary goals of our heroes is to prevent the Wraith from getting to Earth. Yet, they bring one here. This shocked and concerned a lot of viewers. And, without question, this is a deviation from our heroes' directive and morals.

    Ethical problem #2: Another goal of our heroes is to prevent Wraith from feeding on humans. Yet here, Sheppard arranges for a Wraith to feed on a human. He does so in such a way that it can only be called "assisted suicide by Wraith." He also says the report will indicate that it was accident and the Wraith attacked Wallace while on a tour meaning he's going to falsify the whole thing. There's no question this is totally out of context of what we know about Sheppard and what we expect from our SGA heroes.

    The clue maybe found in the episode title. "Miller's Crossing" was an early '90's Coen brother's film. It was all about a mythical place where two crime syndicates were battling each other. Usual "social morals" were completely absent and everyone established their own ethics. Nevertheless, even those ethics could be changed based on someone else changing their ethics.

    In this case, it was Wallace who changed the ethics first which led to Sheppard changing his ethics. I would not recommend this for people who want SGA to stay in single ethical/moral bent. The ethical switch is simply too radical for some to accept. For myself, I appreciate what the story is trying to do but really would like to live in a continual fantasy that our heroes are always going to be above this sort of thing.moreless
  • Brining Wraith to Earth?!?

    If not thinking that they made a worst mistake ever - brining wraith to Earth it was pretty good episode. The way it started - I thought as the start promised, to be lovely try to solve the code episode but what came out - it was really... exciting. The kidnap, McKay and his sister all together dealing with the nanos and dying kid... A lot of excitement, specially the end.

    On the writing, I think it was not the best episode as the story looked really chaotic and not well structured but they made it up with the excitement. And the illogic with the wraith on earth and letting man to sacrifice himself... It makes me wonder how could this would have been if those mistakes were avoided as it was great episode.moreless
Joe Flanigan

Joe Flanigan

Major / Lt. Colonel John Sheppard

David Hewlett

David Hewlett

Dr. Rodney McKay

Jason Momoa

Jason Momoa

Ronon Dex

Peter Flemming

Peter Flemming

Agent Malcolm Barrett

Guest Star

Steven Culp

Steven Culp

Henry Wallace

Guest Star

Brendan Gall

Brendan Gall

Kaleb Miller

Guest Star

Kate Hewlett

Kate Hewlett

Jeannie Miller

Recurring Role

Gary Jones

Gary Jones

Chief Master Sergeant Walter Harriman

Recurring Role

Christopher Heyerdahl

Christopher Heyerdahl

Todd the Wraith

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • McKay says that he has two PhD's. They are in Astrophysics and Mechanical Engineering.

    • This marks the first time we see Ronon on Earth. He went there in the Season 3 episode "Sunday", but it was not shown.

    • Jeannie: Remember when we went to West Edmonton Mall and Dad had to call the police to find you?

      West Edmonton Mall is a shopping mall in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, built in 1981. It was the world's largest mall from 1981 until 2004. It is now the largest mall in North America. Some of its indoor contents include: A waterpark, an amusement park, an ice-skating rink, 110 eating establishments, a mini-golf course, a 354-room hotel, a shooting range, a casino, a lake with an exact replica of Christopher Columbus's ship: the Santa Maria, and a 13-screen and 6 screen (2 theatres) movie theatre. The mall has over 800 shops and services, and covers over 5.3 million square feet, the same as 104 Canadian football fields (115 American).

    • This episode marks the first time that a Wraith has set foot on Earth.

    • Goof: The IOA would never allow a Wraith to come to Earth. A more workable solution would be to bring Jeannie to Atlantis to work on the nanites.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • McKay: I'm really sorry about all of this.
      Jeanie: Oh, I'm going to hold this over your head for...forever. Like, you're going to eat a lot of vegetarian food and not complain about it.
      McKay: Sure, sure.
      Jeanie: And you're going to read Madison three stories instead of her usual two.
      McKay: Right.
      Jeanie: You're gonna buy me a car.
      McKay: Let's not get out of control here.
      Jeanie: You almost got me killed. That's at least a car, a nice one. A hybrid.

    • Jeanie: Man, medical comas are weird.
      McKay: Yeah, you're not the first to mention it.

    • Fuller: You're not Dr. Lee sir.
      McKay: Oh, is that Lee's card? You know, we were just at the gym and, uh, must have swapped pants, so, uh, would you just open the door for me?

    • Sheppard: Where you going?
      Ronon: To get some food.
      Sheppard: Well in case you forgot, McKay and his sister are still missing.
      Ronon: What, and you want my help dissecting corporate structures. When you find someone to point a gun at, you let me know.

    • Kaleb: This is your fault.
      McKay: Hey, just a second.
      Kaleb: She got kidnapped because of you.
      McKay: Ok, we do not know that for sure.
      Kaleb: We don't, really? You figure four masked men with guns broke in here to steal her secret apple dumpling recipe? Jealous neighbor maybe?

    • (Ronon is wearing regular clothes)
      Ronon: I look dumb.
      Sheppard: Helps you blend in a little.
      Ronon: I'm gonna stand out no matter what you dress me in.
      Sheppard: (looks at him) You got a point.

    • Sheppard: Hi, look who's back. How's the family?
      McKay: Ah great. Bought them a Prius.
      Sheppard: Guilt.
      McKay: Yeah. Listen, I can't believe what you did.
      Sheppard: I don't really want to talk about it.
      McKay: You talked Wallace into sacrificing himself.
      Sheppard: No, I didn't.
      McKay: Well, then how did he?
      Sheppard: I...I presented a situation. He volunteered.
      McKay: Still, you talked a man into killing himself.
      Sheppard: He wanted to make things right. I merely uh...
      McKay: Presented the situation.
      Sheppard: Yeah...
      McKay: Thanks.

    • Wallace: The best doctors in the world have told her to start saying her goodbyes, begin making funeral plans.
      (Jeanie looks at him sympathetically)
      McKay: That's what I'm saying – neither of us are doctors. Look, yes, I have a PhD ... two, actually ...

    • McKay: We gotta go back.
      Jeannie: Go back? Why?
      McKay: Because I got all mixed around. We gotta start again. Maybe what I thought was north was south. It's hard to tell.
      Jeannie: I can not believe I am betting my life on your sense of direction.
      McKay: What are you talking about I have an excellence sense of direction.
      Jeannie: Oh really? Remember when we went to West Edmonton Mall and Dad had to call the police to find you.
      McKay: That mall is huge!
      Jeannie: There are maps every 7 meters!
      McKay: Misleading ones!

    • McKay: What is this a lab?
      Jeannie: Wow that's some great detective work there, Nancy Drew.

    • Sheppard: You learn any new information yet?
      Barret: The NID is liaising with CSIS on the ground. They are expecting us.
      Sheppard: C what now?
      McKay: Canadian Security Intelligence Service. It's kinda like our CIA.
      Sheppard: CSIS, that's the best you guys could do huh.

    • Rodney: (To Sheppard) We're about even when it comes to looks, right?
      Sheppard: Who's been lying to you?
      Rodney: No, I'm being serious.
      Sheppard: I am too. Who's been lying to you?

    • Barrett: We will be out in the open. So we'll have to change your clothes.
      (Agent looks pointedly at Ronon in his usual clothes)
      Ronon: Why?

    • Zelenka: I cannot wait here for you to have an epiphany. I'm losing the will to live.

  • NOTES (7)

    • The comic book that Sheppard is reading at the end of the episode features series director, Martin Wood, as a superhero on the cover. The comic book was created as a special request to the Art Department by Martin Wood and was just picked up as something for Sheppard to be reading in this episode.

    • The sets inside Wallace's facility were filmed at Riverview Psychiatric Hospital in Coquitlam, British Columbia.

    • The building McKay enters just before he is taken by Henry Wallace's men is the series' Visual Effects building.

    • Martin Gero's intention was for the Millers to live in Toronto when he wrote the first Jeannie Miller episode ("McKay and Mrs Miller") but here we learn that Jeannie, Caleb, and Madison reside in Vancouver where the series is shot.

    • Ron Blecker (Goon) works as an armorer and co-ordinates the movements of the military personnel for the show, himself being ex-special forces. He has previously appeared as a Marine in the episode "Siege (3)."

    • Amanda Tapping and Rachel Luttrell don't appear in this episode.

    • International Air Dates:

      -This episode aired in Canada on December 3, 2007 on The Movie Network and Movie Central.
      -This episode aired in the UK on December 4, 2007 on Sky One.
      -Syndication Premiere: November 15-16, 2008.
      -This episode aired in the Czech Republic on July 27, 2009 on AXN Sci-fi.
      -This episode aired in Australia on November 26, 2009 on 7TWO.


    • Jeannie: That's some great detective work, Nancy Drew,

      Nancy Drew is a popular fictional character that has appeared in literature, TV and film, originally in the 1930's. She is a teenage sleuth that solves crimes through her vast knowledge, mostly gained from reading books.

    • Title:

      Miller's Crossing is the title of a 1990 Coen brothers film about an adviser to a Prohibition-era crime boss, played by Gabriel Byrne.