Stargate Atlantis

Season 5 Episode 14

The Prodigal

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Nov 07, 2008 on Syfy



  • Trivia

    • At the end when Woolsey speaks to Ronon in the infirmary, Ronon's legs are over the blanket. In the next shot, his legs are under it.

    • Goof: When Ronon falls from the balcony and rolls down the steps, the illuminated Lantean letters on the first and second steps are upside-down.

    • This episode marks the death of Michael. This makes him the longest surviving Wraith at this point in the series, lasting 56 episodes and almost 3 years.

    • Goof: Near the beginning of the episode, after McKay and Sheppard attempt to climb up to the control room, McKay is seen with sweat dripping from his hair and has a sweat stained shirt. Shortly thereafter in his lab, his shirt is completely dry and his hair is dry and styled.

  • Quotes

    • McKay: I've been examining the energy reading we picked up and it appears that Michael has somehow managed to modify the Wraith stun pulse technology and integrate it with the Puddle Jumper cloaking mechanism.
      Zelenka: Yeah, creating a kind of a stun bubble.
      McKay (grimacing): No, a forcefield – around the Control Room and the Gateroom. Look, while it's in place, we're not getting in there.
      Sheppard: Well, I know that. What you haven't told me is how we're gonna turn it off.
      McKay: That's because we haven't figured that part out yet. Look, it's gonna be very tricky.
      Zelenka: Yeah, you see, Michael is using the Puddle Jumper as an external power source, not only for the Control Room and the Gateroom, but also using it to power the...the stun bubble.
      McKay (rolling his eyes): Ok, enough with the "stun bubble."
      Zelenka: Well, that's an accurate description.
      McKay: It's a stupid description.
      Zelenka: It's a stun bubble!

    • Sheppard: I figure he's got himself a forcefield.
      McKay (still working on his device): He is nothing if not annoyingly industrious.
      Sheppard: All right. What do we do?
      McKay: Well, we disable it.
      Sheppard: How?
      McKay: We...we...That's a good question.

    • (while racing toy cars in the hallway)
      McKay: Oh yeah. I will trample you!
      Sheppard: Don't trip on your skirt.

    • (Sheppard and Rodney are racing cars in the hallway)
      Sheppard: The nursing home just called, Rodney. They want their scooter back.

    • (after Woolsey tells Ronon he needs to start doing mission reports)
      Ronon: I'm not good at writing.
      Woolsey: I figured you might say that. Use this.
      (He hands him a small device.)
      Woolsey: It's a digital voice recorder. Speak into it – we'll plug it in and your report will be automatically transcribed and filed with the others.
      (Ronon looks uncomfortable.)
      Ronon: I'm not good at talking either.

    • Woolsey: May I ask why you have not filed a single mission report since I have assumed command of this base?
      Ronon: 'Cause I haven't given you any?
      Woolsey: As you know, one of the changes I made around here is to require every team member to file mission reports, as opposed to only team leaders and science officers.
      Ronon: Really. I didn't… I didn't know that.
      Woolsey: I announced it my fourth day here. At an away-team orientation meeting detailing changes to mission protocol.
      Ronon: Was I there?
      Woolsey: Yes. It was mandatory.
      Ronon: Because I don't remember…
      Woolsey: I saw you there. It's kind of hard to miss you.

    • Sheppard: What?
      McKay: Well, it's just… what you're about to do…
      Sheppard: Yeah, it's not like it's the first time. How many suicide missions have I flown?
      McKay: I don't know, I lost count.
      Sheppard: Well, there you go.

    • Ronon: "Mission report. Michael invaded Atlantis. Tried to blow it up. We stopped him. End of report."

    • Woolsey: How's Dr. Keller's most cantankerous patient.
      Ronon: You gotta be kidding me. You get released and I've gotta stay here another day?
      Woolsey: Because I only fell down a flight of stairs. You, my friend, were hurled from a much greater height. You're lucky you only suffered a concussion and didn't break your neck.

    • McKay: What are you doing?
      Sheppard: I'm flying the jumper and crashing it into the tower.
      McKay: Crash it.
      Sheppard: It's the best chance of taking out Michael's jumper.
      McKay: Not to mention yourself.
      Sheppard: I have crashed jumpers into towers before.

    • Lorne: I thought Michael was dead.
      Zelenka: As did I.
      Lorne: I mean we blew up his ship, right?
      McKay: He's the one who stole our jumper, used it to escape from his cruiser before we could destroy it. He's like a cockroach. You know, every time you step on him he just skitters away.

    • Sheppard: Oh, you've gotta be kidding me.
      McKay: It was the next thing on my list.
      Sheppard: You said you were gonna fix them.
      McKay: I know, and I was getting to it, I swear.
      Sheppard: And you had two years.
      McKay: I've been busy.

    • Ronon: You can fight?
      Banks: Five years of kickboxing.
      Ronon: Good to know.

  • Notes

    • Brad Dryborough (Lead Hybrid) previously played an Outta Control Driver in the Stargate SG-1 episode "Sight Unseen."

    • International Air Dates:

      -This episode aired in Canada on November 10, 2008 on Movie Central and The Movie Network.
      -This episode aired in the UK on November 18, 2008 on Sky One.
      -This episode aired in Sweden on December 26, 2008 on TV6.
      -This episode aired in Germany on October 21, 2009 on RTL II.
      -This episode aired in the Czech Republic on November 19, 2009 on AXN Sci-fi.
      -Syndication Premiere: February 27-28, 2010.
      -This episode aired in Australia on April 21, 2010 on 7TWO.

    • Jewel Staite does not appear in this episode.

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