Stargate Atlantis

Season 3 Episode 4


Aired Friday 10:00 PM Aug 04, 2006 on Syfy



  • Trivia

    • In a flashback, Ronon and Melena argue about how he wants her to go offworld with Kell, who was Ronon's task master and was seen (and killed by Ronon) in "Trinity."

    • After McKay gets shot in the backside, he refers several times to not being able to sit down. However, during most of his time in the Puddle Jumper on Sateda, he was sitting in the cockpit.

    • Goof: In the flashback, when Ronon reunites with Melena at the hospital, he asks her to leave with him, saying he can get them to the Stargate. But in his first appearance in "Runner", Ronon said "I've always known it as the 'Ring of the Ancestors'."

  • Quotes

    • McKay: (on morphine) So many colors...all the pretty horses.
      Weir: What's he talking about?
      Beckett: I gave him some morphine for the pain.
      Major: I need to know how many villagers. How far is the gate from the village?
      McKay: Have you seen a guy around? He looks like you, but he's got messy hair. I think I lost him somewhere, and a pretty girl and a caveman.
      Beckett: I may have given him a wee bit much.

    • McKay: What the hell is going on down there?
      Sheppard: Ronon thinks he can get the head Wraith responsible for all this to come down and fight him if we kill all these Wraith first.
      McKay: That is the stupidest plan I have ever heard.
      Sheppard: I don't know, killing a bunch of Wraith always seems like a good idea to me.
      McKay: They outnumber you 25-to-3.
      Beckett: It's actually 22-to-3. 21.
      Teyla: And Ronon appears to be quite angry.
      McKay: (sarcastically) Well that evens it out.

    • Ronon: You kill him before I do, I kill you.
      Sheppard: What if he kills you first?
      Ronon: Then you kill him.

    • McKay: I'm going.
      Beckett: You can barely walk!
      McKay: I can walk fine, I just can't sit.
      Beckett: And you're a terrible shot.
      McKay: Oh, and you're Rambo now?

    • Beckett: (about Ronan) Oh, you're buddies now, are ya?
      McKay: Yeah, more than that, he saved my life. He's like a brother to me.
      Beckett: Aye, a brother who got every gene you didn't, and vice versa.

    • Sheppard: It seems Ronon doesn't want to leave.
      McKay: Well, too bad! You tell that ungrateful example of unevolved humanity that we came all this way to rescue him, so he'd better get off his a--
      Sheppard: (interrupting McKay to speak to Ronon) McKay says he's very hurt you won't come with us.

    • McKay: (to Sheppard) How about I leave the bad jokes to you and you leave the brilliant science stuff to me?

    • Teyla: They made sport out of trying to kill [Ronon] in the past.
      Sheppard: He was the one that got away.
      Teyla: I believe they will try again.
      Sheppard: Ronon will not go down easily.

    • Ronon: I should never have come here. I should never have stayed. I'm sorry about what happened to your village but if you think turning me over to the Wraith will keep you safe, fine. Do it. I'll do whatever I have to to make up for what happened, but don't punish them for my mistake. They're good people. You let them go, or I'll be dead before the Wraith get here. I promise. Then see what the Wraith do to you.

    • Keturah: They promised that if he ever came back, and we captured him, we would be forever free from culling in the future.
      Teyla: They "promised"? They are Wraith!

    • Rutherford: Snap out of it, McKay. It's important. Come on. What kind of weapons did they have?
      Beckett: (indicating McKay's backside) I'd say something that shoots arrows is a good guess.

    • Sheppard: Something wrong?
      Ronon: I have a bad feeling.
      McKay: Yeah, I always feel like that. Like something horrible's about to happen.
      Teyla: (a little sarcastically) How do you live?

    • Caldwell: Look, you know I want to help, but I will not put my crew and the only ship that we have in this galaxy at risk for one man.
      Sheppard: One man who isn't a member of the U.S. military.
      Caldwell: I didn't say that!
      Sheppard: He's a member of my team, and he deserves the same respect as anyone on this expedition.
      Weir: We don't leave our people out there, Colonel, not if there's any chance.
      Caldwell: Don't preach to me about leaving people behind, Dr. Weir. I'm just saying it's a very bad risk/reward situation.
      Sheppard: Fine. Then, just get us close. We'll take a cloaked jumper the rest of the way.
      Beckett: I'll go with them; remove the tracking device before we get back on board.
      Sheppard: We'll be out of there before the Wraith even know what happened.
      Caldwell: I won't bail you out if you get in trouble.
      Sheppard: You say that as if we are always getting in trouble.

    • McKay: Oh of course, if it sounds like it might be impossible, you look at me.

    • Sheppard: Look, Teyla, I'm not really good at… uhh…, actually, I'm terrible at expressing… I don't know what you call it…
      Teyla: Feelings.
      Sheppard: Yeah, sure, okay. Point is I don't really have good… uh…
      Teyla: Social skills?
      Sheppard: Well, that is why I enjoy flying choppers on the most remote part of my world before all this craziness happened. You should know I don't have…
      Teyla: Friends?
      Sheppard: No, I have friends. (long pause) You, Elizabeth, Ronon. Even Rodney, are the closest thing I have to…
      Teyla: A family?
      Sheppard: I'd do anything… for any one of you. If I had to give up my life the way Ronon was going to, I would.

    • McKay: You know, you really don't appreciate the simple things in life, like sitting.
      Sheppard: I don't envy you. Must be a real pain in the ass.
      McKay: Oh, how long did you work on that?
      Sheppard: Longer then I care to admit.

    • Sheppard: That's it. We got 'em all. McKay!
      Rodney: Yes, just you guys left! That was quick!
      Sheppard: Yeah, I got six, Teyla got...
      Teyla: Eight.
      Sheppard: I got nine, Teyla got eight, Ronon got the rest.

    • Rodney: (Screaming like a girl after being shot in the butt with an arrow) Oh my god it hurts! I can't feel my leg!

    • (on the Puddle Jumper after Ronon is rescued and they are safely away from Sateda)
      Ronon: (to Beckett and McKay) Which one of you killed that Wraith?
      Beckett: I did.
      McKay: But it was my idea
      Sheppard: Hey, I would've shot it but Teyla stopped me.
      (Ronon suddenly advances towards Beckett)
      McKay: (afraid of what's about to happen): (indicating Beckett) It was all his idea!
      (Ronon grabs Beckett but instead of hitting him he hugs him, surprising everyone)
      Ronon: Thanks, Doc.
      McKay: (protesting) Hey, what about me? It was my idea.
      Ronon: (turning to address the rest of the team) Thank you. All of you.
      Beckett: (getting back to business) Right, now let's remove that tracking device. This time you won't mind if I sedate you first? (Ronon passes out) Or not.
      Sheppard: Who's flying the ship?
      McKay: I am (Sheppard gives him a look but McKay heads up front to the controls anyway)

    • (Just as the Wraith leader is about to feed on and kill Ronon the team's Puddle Jumper decloaks in front of them surprising Sheppard, Ronon, Teyla and the Wraith)
      Beckett: (Sitting at the controls): If he doesn't like it he can sue me. (Closes his eyes and concentrates)
      Ronon: (To the Wraith) I win!
      (Beckett fires a drone into the Wraith leader blasting him backwards propelled by the drone into a wall where it explodes killing the Wraith and taking down the building)

    • McKay: (Shocked after being shot in the buttocks with an arrow) Ahh!!That did not just happen!!

    • McKay: Where do you think you're going?
      Beckett: (grabbing a gun) I'm going to help them.
      McKay: What, are you crazy? You're a doctor!
      Beckett: What does that have to do with it?

    • Rodney: (on morphine) Excuse me! Why am I laying here?
      Beckett: You have an arrow, Rodney, in your gluteus maximus!
      Rodney: Oh! Well, that sounds painful.
      Rodney: Gluteus maximus... Gluuuteus maaaximus... Oh my god! That's my ass isn't it?
      Beckett: Aye.

  • Notes

    • This episode had an unusually large budget, making it the most expensive episode of Stargate Atlantis since the 2-hour pilot movie.

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: September 4, 2006 on Movie Central, October 2, 2006 on The Movie Network.
      UK: November 8, 2006 on Sky One
      Syndication Premiere: October 13-14, 2007.
      Australia: March 20, 2008 on Channel 7
      Czech Republic: April 29, 2009 on AXN Sci-fi

  • Allusions

    • McKay: Oh, what, and you're Rambo now?!

      This is a clear allusion to the popular cult movies Rambo starring Sylvester Stallone. The Rambo movies, the first of which was First Blood were often violent and bloody, due to Rambo's excellent shooting capabilities - something McKay believes that Beckett doesn't have.