Nitpick: The team couldn't gate directly back to Atlantis as the tower would have been flooded, so they waited 9 hours for the water to recede. However, as the wormhole shut down after 38 minutes, they could have simply dialled a space gate and allowed the water to come through with them (into space), then dial Atlantis from there after a further 38 minutes. Given that Rodney lost consciousness and appeared to be very ill, it is unlikely that they would have stayed on the planet for 9 hours when they could've been back in 76 minutes.
Woolsey reveals that his father had Alzheimer's. The disease is similar to "Second Childhood," the Pegasus galaxy equivalent but is not caused by a parasite. "Second Childhood" is also more severe in that all memories are affected including speech.
Talus is a planet once that once belonged to the Lanteans. They built a shrine, where a person afflicted with "Second Childhood" can be him or herself for a day, before they die. The planet was taken over by the Wraith during their war with the Asurans and is now home to 2 Hive ships.
This episode implies that a submerged Stargate could bring in water to Atlantis.
Although it is never mentioned on screen during the series it is not possible for a Puddle Jumper to enter the Stargate while cloaked, which is why Sheppard used his smoke technique. The Puddle Jumper console contains a warning in Ancient that translates to "Never Attempt Gate Reentry When In Cloak Mode."
The flooded planet is designated M44-5YN. The planet was used by the Atlantis Expedition to study the long term effects of global warming.
Rodney: I can't stop shivering!
Ronon: You're letting all the hot air out of your mouth.
Teyla: Were you running a fever before we left?
McKay: I don't know. I'm always running something.
Ronon: I thought you didn't believe?
Keller: Is that a prerequisite?
McKay: Look, my brain is not some new deck off the back of your house.
Sheppard: I'm not the one doing the surgery.
McKay: (to Keller) Yeah, and as my parting advice, you need to stop letting these guys talk you into doing stupid things!
Keller: I have enough anesthetic to put you out. You're not going to feel a thing.
McKay: Yeah, it's probably a hammer.
(Ronon blasts the parasite)
Sheppard: You could have stepped on it.
Ronon: She told me to shoot it.
Sheppard: Well actually we're gonna have a big feast first.
McKay: Last supper, huh?
Sheppard: Well, suits your Messiah complex.
McKay: How about we say goodbye now.
McKay: What do you mean no?
Sheppard: I mean, I'm not saying goodbye.
McKay: Well I'm saying it anyway.
Sheppard: Well, I'm not listening.
McKay: Pretty soon I won't know who you are.
Sheppard: Then I'll remind you.
McKay: Yeah, but I don't want you to see me like that. I want you to remember me as I am, as your genius friend. Not as some…
Sheppard: Not happening.
Sheppard: You're stuck with me, Rodney. Just accept it.
Sheppard: No. That's final.
McKay: You've been a good friend, Arthur.
(They look at each other and burst out laughing)
(Sheppard hands McKay a beer)
McKay: I don't know, should I have another?
Sheppard: What could happen?
McKay: I shouldn't have banged on your door like that. I feel ridiculous.
McKay: Been trying to remember the name of my sister's kid.
McKay: Betty? Pretty sure that's not it.
Sheppard: It's Madison. See, at least you remember what it wasn't.
McKay: Well, it's an underrated skill.
Sheppard: I'm just saying you might not be as far gone as you think.
McKay: I'm hiding it. Believe me, I've already forgotten more than most people will ever know. And I know that sounds…arrogant, is that right.
Sheppard: Yeah, that works.
Sheppard: Stuff happens, Woolsey. And by stuff I mean...
Woolsey: I know what you mean, thanks.
Keller: You can go ahead, Rodney.
McKay: I don't remember where to start.
Keller: Sure you do.
Keller: Just like we've been doing. We'll just go from there.
McKay: My name is Mr. Rodney McKay.
Keller: Come on now, you're Dr. McKay. Remember?
McKay: No, I'm not anymore. I'm not smart anymore. Doctors are smart, so I'm mister. Now.
McKay: I used to be the smartest person ever. And now…and now I'm not.
Keller: That's what we're trying to fix. Right?
McKay: You can't fix me.
Keller: You know we're trying our very best.
McKay: You can't. You can't. Can't.
Keller: It's okay. Rodney, what's the next thing you're supposed to remember?
McKay: Where'd John go?
Keller: He just had to go away for a few minutes, he'll be…
Keller: Rodney. Rodney, I'm your friend. I'm right here.
McKay: Where are you John? John.
Jeannie: Why the hell didn't you tell me my brother was this far gone?
Sheppard: You know Woolsey wants to send a M.A.L.P. ahead of every transit?
McKay: That's gonna get old fast.
Sheppard: That's what I said.
McKay: I think I got a little wetter than you did.
Sheppard: I don't know. I got a little damp dialing the DHD.
-This episode was nominated for an Nebula Award for Best Script to Brad Wright.
Although credited, all of David Nykl's scenes were cut from the final cut. He was however, seen for a few seconds, passing the team in the control room, but he had no dialogue.
International Air Dates:
-This episode aired in Canada on August 25, 2008 on Movie Central and The Movie Network.
-This episode aired in the UK on September 23, 2008 on Sky One.
-This episode aired in Sweden on October 31, 2008 on TV6.
-This episode aired in Germany on August 26, 2009 on RTL II.
-This episode aired in the Czech Republic on October 22, 2009 on AXN Sci-fi.
-Syndication Premiere: October 24-25, 2009.
-This episode aired in Australia on February 25, 2010 on 7TWO.
This episode had to be renamed from "The Shrine of Talus" to simply "The Shrine", due to legal clearance issues.
This is the 300th episode produced in the Stargate franchise, 214 episodes of Stargate SG-1 and 86 episodes of Stargate Atlantis.