Stargate Atlantis

Season 2 Episode 16

The Long Goodbye

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Feb 10, 2006 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

Alien combatants look to settle an ancient score by using Weir and Sheppard as pawns.

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    The Long Goodbye was an ok episode. Basically 2 alien beings are rescued from pods, and their consciencous minds are transferred into Weir and Sheppard. Weir's alien makes it seem as if the other is her husband, though its really her enemy. It was interesting to see Weir and Sheppard more or less square off against eachother, which was a good challenge for the actors. The episode could have packed a little more bang though. It did not seem as if there was anything significant about this episode in relation to major storylines. Acting was good if not a little awkward at times in this episode.moreless
  • Sheppard's team find two life pods circling a planet and discover two people barely alive. They actually let one inhabit Sheppard's body after one has taken Weir's. A centuries old feud between two old foes pit Weir and Sheppard against one another.moreless

    Really? This episode showed such promise in the first ten minutes and the last five minutes. Just those fifteen minutes would have received a nine. I especially liked the analogy that Weir and Sheppard were taken just like Caldwell was and how he could sympathize. He was the one dissenting voice when it came to Sheppard being inhabited.

    The rest of the episode was not really worth watching. As two old foes (Star Trek's Let That Be Your Last Battlefield actually did this forty years ago and better with Frank Gorshin) do whatever it takes to settle a centuries old score no matter the cost to anyone around them. A really uplifting message for a happy time. There is no moral to this lesson except that humans are naturally corrupt and can carry hatred for a very long time.

    The only redeeming sections were in order the kiss between Weir and Sheppard, Teyla not killing Sheppard no matter what, and the final scene with Caldwell, Sheppard, and Weir.

    That is all. Thanks for reading...moreless
  • This is the episode where Sheppard and Weir are taken over by alien entities who try to kill each other.

    This episode was fantastic! I was completly drawn in. It moved through the story very nicely. It had funny moments and action. I really love everything about this episode. McKay did his wonderful ranting. Caldwell came back just when others had the experiance he had (with the Goua'ld), and just in time for him to take command. Which I thought was great for the show. Teyla and Ronan were on for nice bits and their personalities were played out great. I loved the part were the two alien eniemies pretended to love each other, then even work together, in the begining. I thought that was a wonderful touch and it kept me wanting to see more. I liked how the alien in Sheppard only stunned people and even called for help after Roanan was shot. My favorite parts where when the alien in Sheppard would say things about Sheppard (i.e. Sheppard screaming like crazy in his head, and that Sheppard liked Teyla more than she knew). That was really great! In summary, this episode was one of the best of all time!moreless
  • Revenge...

    To be honest, it was not the best episode. At the beginning, it was really catching, but the end - it somehow got lost. The idea was intriguing and it promised to be much more at the beginning - I was dreaming about episode with two survivors of their spice, getting some great moments, but no... they were last survivors, but they were on war and we got all episode full of trying to destroy the Atlantis, banging and cat-mouse game. It was watchable but not great storyline, did not get us nowhere and... ok, it had it's own good moments but quite boring and avarage.moreless
  • funny episode that was pretty good, but nothing special

    Two pods are found floating around in space and Sheppard brings them back to Atlantis. They open one to see an old lady inside, near dath. Her conciousness, however, downloads into Weir and takes over. Later on, the other pod is opened to find a man which becomes Sheppard. Then they start on a battle to kill each other and they have to evade Atlantis personell. In the end, everything is put back to normal and a disaster was avoided. This episode is ok. It was pretty funny and had an ok story line. Overall, though, it seemed like a filler.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

Chuck Campbell

Chuck Campbell


Recurring Role

Gerry Durand

Gerry Durand

Sergeant Levine

Recurring Role

Kavan Smith

Kavan Smith

Major Evan Lorne

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Phoebus/Weir: [Dr. Weir] is merely harboring my consciousness.
      McKay: Oh, here we go again.

      McKay is referring to his own experience of housing another person's consciousness during the course of the episode "Duet."

    • Caldwell: The host to a Goa'uld parasite is aware of what's happening to them. I won't soon forget what I was forced to do.

      Caldwell is referring to the events of the episode "Critical Mass."

    • Goof: After Ronon is shot by Weir, a bootprint appears and disappears on his arm.

    • Goof: Phoebus/Weir is incorrect. Halon 1301 gas does not "extinguish life as well as fires." It is biologically inert and not lethal except at concentrations high enough to displace large amounts of oxygen. 1301 systems were used in computer rooms, airliners, ship engine rooms and other inhabited spaces.

    • Goof: Ronon should have been more injured than he was from the gunshot wound in his stomach. There are a lot of damageable organs around there, and there is only a really small chance that none of them were hit.

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Phoebus/Weir: Weir to Sheppard. I'm assuming you can hear me.
      Thalen/Sheppard: Yeah, I can hear you, but if we keep using these radios, it'll only help them find us.
      Phoebus/Weir: We don't have much time, Thalen. The imprinting is temporary, and these people are gonna try to stop us.
      Thalen/Sheppard: We've got all the time in the world, and there's only one of them I'm worried about.
      Phoebus/Weir: We both want a shot at the same thing.
      Thalen/Sheppard: You mean each other.
      Phoebus/Weir: And neither one of us will get that chance if you keep running.

    • (Weir wakes up, back in control)
      Sheppard: Good morning.
      Weir: Good morning.
      Sheppard: What's her name sure hung in there for a while.
      Weir: When did she?
      Sheppard: Some time in the middle of the night, kicking and screaming.
      Weir: That was the...strangest feeling you know? The entire time I was shouting to everyone but nothing I wanted to would come out of my mouth.
      Sheppard: I know. It was a real nightmare. Especially when you shot Ronon.
      Weir: Oh God, but I wasn't...
      Sheppard: I know, I know, it was her.
      Weir: How is he?
      Sheppard: He's fine. Teyla and Rodney just went to see him in post-op.
      Weir: Did they believe you
      Sheppard: To be honest, I think the only people who believe one hundred percent are Beckett and you.
      Caldwell: And me.
      (Caldwell enters)
      Caldwell: In fact I can safely say that I know how you feel.
      Sheppard: Yes sir.
      Weir: Thank you Colonel, for keepign a potentially explosive situation under control.
      Caldwell: Yeah, well it was a lot closer than I would like to admit.
      Sheppard: For what it's worth, McKay says you did a good job.
      Caldwell: Did he? Well, maybe there's still hope for me yet.
      Weir: Oh God no, don't believe anything she might have said...
      Caldwell: I'm kidding. Don't give it another thought. Well if you'll excuse me, I'm sure you'll both agree that the paperwork on this is going to be a nightmare. Especially that kiss.
      (Awkward moment)
      Sheppard: Yes sir.
      Caldwell: Well, try not to kill each other while I'm gone.

    • (After the real Sheppard is back in control)
      Sheppard: Teyla.
      Teyla: Is that really you?
      Sheppard: You're never gonna believe me, so I'm not even gonna try.

    • (After the kiss)
      Thalan/Sheppard: It's not what I expected.
      Phoebus/Weir: I know this body is different, but I assure you Thalan it's me. Is it possible for us to be alone, just for a few minutes?
      Caldwell: No. Absolutely not.
      Beckett: Oh, don't be so heartless.
      McKay: Look they are two consenting adults.
      Caldwell: That's not what I'm concerned about doctor.
      Thalan/Sheppard: Colonel's right.
      Phoebus/Weir: Doctor Weir is in charge of this facility.
      Thalan/Sheppard: I'm just saying there should be an armed guard just outside the door.
      Phoebus/Weir: Two guards. One at each door.
      Caldwell: I've already taken that precaution, they're right outside.
      Phoebus/Weir: Of course they are.
      (Both Thalan/Sheppard and Phoebus/Weir move towards the doors and take out the guards)

    • Phoebus/Weir: Now radio security and tell them everything's fine.
      Beckett: Everything's not fine!
      Phoebus/Weir: (shoots Beckett) Rodney?
      McKay: (triggers radio) Security, this is Dr. Rodney McKay. Everything is fine, never been better. Uh, Col. Caldwell was kidding when he said what he said.
      Phoebus/Weir: Oh, forget it. (shoots McKay)

    • McKay: I would just like to state, for the record, that it is astounding to me that I find myself once again in the position of having to save this city when you and your…space marines can't figure out how to track down two people!
      Caldwell: They're two people with the skills and resources of Dr. Weir and Col. Sheppard who probably know this city better than anyone else. And, also for the record, I was against this from the very beginning.
      McKay: Yes!....(much quieter) Yes, you were.

    • McKay: All right, but I'm using my command code.
      Caldwell: Why, 'cause you still don't trust me?
      McKay: No, because it is a sixteen digit alphanumeric code that I will have to enter God knows how many times, and I haven't got around to memorizing yours yet.

    • Beckett: (standing in a dark infirmary with a shot Ronon) Bloody dark ages!

    • McKay: Well, how do we know that Sheppard isn't down there waiting in ambush?
      Beckett: Because he's not tryin' to kill us. He's tryin' to kill Doctor Weir.
      McKay: Oh, that is so much more comforting!

    • Caldwell: I need for you to get down to the Power Room, Doctor. Restore primary systems.
      Beckett: I should go along too. Marines could be hurt.
      McKay: Exactly! Marines may have been injured. We can't go down there!

    • Ronon: All right, we need to split up. I'll take Sheppard, you go after Weir.
      Teyla: Why?
      Ronon: Cause I know how he thinks. I don't have the slightest clue how she thinks.

    • McKay: (about Weir and Sheppard) I think I just located one of them near the Power Room. (The lights go out everywhere in the city) Oh, you're kidding!

    • Caldwell: From the sound of it, we have two fighter pilots who don't know that their war is over.
      McKay: It is much worse than that. They know everything about this city; the layout, defensive systems, how to access weapons.
      Caldwell: We just need to find a way to stop them without unduly harming the hosts.
      McKay: Unduly, what does that mean?
      Caldwell: Well, obviously, some force may be necessary.

    • Thalan/Sheppard: You didn't have a plan. You just wanted me dead.
      Phoebus/Weir: Still do. As a matter of fact, I can't wait to see that look of defeat on your face, just one last time.
      Thalan/Sheppard: You mean the look on my face when you rammed my fighter, making sure neither one of us would win? That was hatred, not defeat, Phoebus.
      Phoebus/Weir: Is that any way to talk to your wife? Thalan? Run all you like. The moment I find you, you die.
      Beckett: Well... they're heading straight for divorce.

    • McKay: (after Weir and Sheppard tried to kill each other) You two need some very serious marriage counseling.

    • Beckett: Colonel Sheppard, you'll have to be in close proximity to the pod for the transfer to happen.
      Sheppard: Yeah, yeah, I know.
      Beckett: But you're not moving.
      Sheppard: You know, they were husband and wife. Anything could happen.

    • Caldwell: Are you sure she's up for this?
      Beckett: Physically, she's perfectly fine. Besides, Elizabeth wouldn't take no for an answer.
      Weir: Ah, love is a powerful thing, Carson.
      Sheppard: You're a hopeless romantic, you know that?
      Weir: Well, you're just as hopeless, otherwise you wouldn't have agreed.

    • Sheppard: You okay?
      Weir: Doctor Weir is fine.
      Sheppard: Doctor Weir doesn't talk about herself in the third person.

    • Ronon: So people just sit and watch this box for hours at a time?
      Sheppard: Yeah, people do.
      Teyla: Is it that engaging?
      Sheppard: Depends what's on it. There are lots of programs on dozens of channels, every day, all day.
      McKay: Most of which are fictional representations of ridiculously attractive people in absurd situations.
      Sheppard: There are educational programs, all sorts of documentaries. Not many people watch 'em but, uh, well, they're on.
      Ronon: And that's what everybody on your planet does for entertainment? Watch a box?
      McKay: Not everyone, although I will confess to the occasional half hour of Jeopardy.
      Ronon: Jeopardy?
      McKay: It's the name of the show: "Jeopardy".
      Ronon: Sounds dangerous.
      Sheppard: Double jeopardy, that's twice as dangerous.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Torri Higginson read the "Previously on Stargate Atlantis" line.

    • International Airdates:

      -This episode aired in Canada on January 2, 2006 on The Movie Network and Movie Central.
      -This episode aired in the UK on February 15, 2006 on Sky One.
      -This episode aired in Australia on May 17, 2007 on Channel 7.
      -Syndication Premiere: February 24-25, 2007.


    • McKay: Although, I will confess to the occasional half hour of Jeopardy.

      Jeopardy! is an American television quiz game show. It originally aired on NBC from 1964 until 1975. Following a few revivals, its most successful incarnation is the current Alex Trebek-hosted version (1984). Jeopardy! is a game of trivia where three contestants answer questions, covering topics such as history, literature, and pop culture.

    • Title:

      The title "The Long Goodbye" is borrowed from a novel by Raymond Chandler featuring the hard-boiled detective Philip Marlowe. In 1973, director Robert Altman made a film based on the novel, starring Elliott Gould as Marlowe. "The Long Goodbye" is also the title of a Brooks & Dunn song.