Stargate Atlantis

Season 5 Episode 7


Aired Friday 10:00 PM Sep 05, 2008 on Syfy



  • Trivia

    • Chronologically, this episode takes place 6 months after the events of "The Seed."

    • Sheppard: The last thing I need is three tons of rubble falling on my head, again.

      Sheppard is referring to the events of the season 5 premiere "Search and Rescue."

    • The book that Dusty is reading before she goes to check the perimeter and makes the doorknob comment is The Martian General's Daughter by Theodore Judson.

    • When Mirellus is looking through the window, right before he is killed, someone can be seen walking by with the blue glowsticks.

    • Beckett: Not to mention two months in a stasis pod, thank you.
      Sheppard: Two months. Try eight hundred years, that'll give you rubber legs.

      Sheppard is referring to the events of the season 4 finale "The Last Man."

  • Quotes

    • (The team has set up camp in a house.)
      Sheppard: All right, we're going over to the next village to talk to some locals. You guys need anything, want anything?
      Porter: Yeah. If you happen to pass a Starbucks, I'll take a grande triple sugar free vanilla latte.
      Sheppard: No problem! (looks at Mehra) Sarge...
      Mehra: (sighing) I'm babysitting. Yes, sir.
      Sheppard: Be back in a couple of hours.
      (Sheppard, Teldy and Vega leave.)

    • (Mehra is eating an energy bar as Carson and Porter continue working on the console. Mehra walks over to a stasis pod, knocks on the glass a couple of times and then turns back to the others.)
      Mehra: They alive?
      Beckett: They're in stasis.
      (Mehra looks at him blankly.)
      Beckett: Their physical and chemical processes have been suspended but, yes, they're alive.
      Mehra: So, can you wake them up?
      Beckett: Well, without the proper understanding of their respective conditions, I'm afraid that might kill them.
      Mehra: Hmmm. Just gonna keep them on ice until you figure something out, huh?
      (Carson looks uncomfortable.)
      Mehra: Well, I guess it doesn't matter to them…or their families who've probably written them off. But, boy, that would make for one hell of a reunion, huh?
      (Mehra grins. Porter coughs pointedly and glares at Mehra who gets the message.)
      Mehra: I'm gonna check the perimeter. Holler if you need me.
      (Mehra leaves the room.)

    • (Sheppard turns to Mehra.)
      Sheppard: Sergeant.
      (Mehra smiles at Sheppard, eager to get going.)
      Sheppard: You're with them.
      (Mehra's smile fades.)
      Sheppard: Make sure they don't geek out too much, all right?
      (Sheppard, Teldy and Vega leave. Carson turns to Porter.)
      Beckett: Nice work, Doctor.
      Porter: Thank you.
      Beckett: Very nice.
      (Beckett glances at Porter appreciatively, then turns and looks at Mehra who rolls her eyes and turns away, sighing in exasperation.)

    • Beckett: Now it's time to move on to the more important work of saving lives.
      (Sheppard enters)
      Sheppard: Hey Doc.
      Beckett: Maybe I spoke too soon. Another off-world situation requiring my expertise?
      Sheppard: Actually I just came to see if you needed some help.
      Beckett: Oh, much appreciated.
      Sheppard: Oh, by the way how's Porter?
      McKay: Who?
      Beckett: Oh, she's fine, fine. Couple of weeks of R & R and then she'll be back in the Pegasus Galaxy. You know, Colonel, someone like her could be a real benefit to the type of work I'll be doing.
      Sheppard: Yeah, I'll bet.
      McKay: Who's Porter?
      Beckett: Something you might want to mention to Mr. Woolsey.
      Sheppard: Consider it done.
      Beckett: Thank you.
      (Beckett and Sheppard start to walk away, leaving a confused Rodney)
      McKay: Fine, you know what, I don't even want to know. Don't tell me…Okay, come on tell me.

    • Teldy: What's the signal?
      Sheppard: That would be the well blowing sky high.
      Mehra: And where will you be?
      Sheppard: Hopefully as far away as possible.
      Teldy: What if this goes sideways?
      Sheppard: Don't be so negative, Teldy.
      Teldy: I'm serious, Colonel.
      Sheppard: You take up positions, you sit tight, and wait for the signal. You don't move, you don't make a noise until the well blows.
      Mehra: Colonel…
      Sheppard: I think I've made myself clear, Sergeant.
      Mehra: Yes sir.

    • Sheppard: All right, well, we saw twelve of those pods in the lab. I killed one back in the forest, so uh…
      Mehra: I tagged two, which instantly puts me in the lead.

    • Porter: I feel like I'm back in college studying for my midterms.
      Beckett: I know what you mean. Where was that then?
      Porter: Cal Tech, go Beavers.
      Beckett: What year did you graduate?
      Porter: 1996.
      Beckett: Oh, so you're just a youngster.
      Porter: Thank you.
      (Sergeant Mehra laughs, Beckett and Porter look at her)
      Mehra: I just read something funny…and really obvious.
      Beckett: Anyway, what brings you here to the Pegasus Galaxy.
      Porter: Well, you can just chalk that up to my sense of adventure. A desire to visit strange unexplored worlds, meet new and interesting people.
      (Both laugh)
      Mehra: Okay, I'm gonna go check the perimeter. Be back in twenty…unless there's a sock on the doorknob.

    • Beckett: She's right. Resurrections make for very interesting reunions, especially when the dead man had no idea he was dead to begin with. What about you, Dr. Porter?
      Porter: Alison.
      Beckett: Alison. Any interesting experiences you'd like to share? Encountered any dangerous predators? Been cloned lately?
      Porter: No, but in all fairness, I am new to the Pegasus Galaxy. And I hear that cloning is a second-year thing.
      Beckett: Third, actually.

    • Teldy: You know what I'd love right about now?
      Sheppard: Let me guess, a beer?
      Teldy: Puddle jumper.
      Sheppard: That could have been arranged had I known we'd be walking for so long.
      Teldy: Yeah, well, the area is too heavily forested. Besides, it's good exercise. It firms up your glutes and calves.
      Sheppard: Oh great, couple more hours of this and I can skip my cardio-funk workout.

    • Sheppard: Major Teldy, Dr. Beckett, Dr. Beckett, Major.
      Teldy: This is Sergeant Mehra, Dr. Porter, and of course you've already met Captain Vega.
      Sheppard: I didn't realize you, uh…
      Teldy: That my team was a bunch of girls, sir?
      Sheppard: That's not what I was gonna say.
      Beckett: No.
      Sheppard: But, you know, now that you mention it…
      Teldy: Well, I was told to pick the best and the brightest. Funny how that worked out.
      Sheppard: Funny.
      Teldy: Shall we?
      Beckett: Aye, yes.
      (As women walk away Sheppard and Beckett bump fists)

    • Beckett: I wish you'd tell me we'd be doing so much walking.
      Sheppard: I forget to mention that?
      Beckett: Aye, you did. You also forgot to mention the fact that we'd be repelling down the side of a mountain. My legs are seizing up.
      Sheppard: Well that's what happens when you do nothing for six months in R and R.
      Beckett: Not to mention two months in a stasis pod, thank you.
      Sheppard: Two months. Try eight hundred years, that'll give you rubber legs.

  • Notes

    • Rachel Luttrell, Jason Momoa, Jewel Staite, and Robert Picardo do not appear in this episode.

    • Leela Savasta (Captain Alicia Vega) previously played Dr. Esposito in the Season 3 episode "Tao of Rodney."

    • International Air Dates:

      -This episode aired in Canada on September 8, 2008 on Movie Central and The Movie Network.
      -This episode aired in the UK on September 30, 2008 on Sky One.
      -This episode aired in Sweden on November 7, 2008 on TV6.
      -This episode aired in Germany on September 2, 2009 on RTL2.
      -This episode aired in the Czech Republic on October 27, 2009 on AXN Sci-fi.
      -Syndication Premiere: October 31-November 1, 2009.
      -This episode aired in Australia on March 4, 2010 on 7TWO.

    • Leela Savasta's character Captain Alicia Vega was originally going to be Captain Alison Porter in the season 5 premiere episode "Search and Rescue" but was changed. Later in the season Joe Mallozzi decided to use the name Alison Porter for the doctor in this episode.

    • Christina Cox (Major Anne Teldy) has also appeared on two episodes of Stargate SG-1. She played the alien T'akaya in the Season 2 episode "Spirits", and rogue NID operative Lieutenant Kershaw in the Season 5 episode "The Sentinel." She is best known as supernatural private eye Vicki Nelson in the Lifetime series, Blood Ties from 2007-2008.

    • The character of Dr. Alison Porter is played by science fiction veteran Nicole de Boer. De Boer also worked with David Hewlett on the 1997 film Cube.

    • The character Major Anne Teldy is named after the winner of Joseph Mallozzi's contest for the 1,000,000th visit to his blog. Anne Teldy is a frequent contributor to's Stargate Atlantis guide.

  • Allusions

    • Sheppard: All we need now is for the prom queen and the kid in the wheelchair to wander off and we're all set.

      Colonel Sheppard is referring to the first and fourth Texas Chainsaw Massacre movies. One of the victims in the first one was a young guy in a wheelchair, and a prom queen and her friends were killed in the fourth.

    • The Ring:

      The creature climbing up the well is reminiscent of the 2002 film The Ring starring Naomi Watts.