Stargate SG-1

Season 4 Episode 15

Chain Reaction

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Jan 05, 2001 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

When General Hammond announces he is stepping down as head of the SGC, O'Neill suspects that there is more to his decision than he is letting on. And, as it turns out, O'Neill is right as he discovers that the NID was behind the change of command. Fed up with the general's inability to acquire alien technology through whatever means necessary, it pressured him into resigning. When Hammond's replacement breaks up SG-1 and assigns Carter the task of building a planet-killing Naquadah bomb, O'Neill takes matters into his own hands. He decides to take on the NID, but his success will rest in the hands of a most unlikely ally: Colonel Maybourne.moreless

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  • Looking back on the show

    I'm re watching all episodes in order and this one stands out as one of the worst plots/story arcs..

    even tho it was all well made/acted

    i never will like the political plots 'baur' for all his chest puffing bravado and 'murica' mantra was a complete fool, maybe that was the whole point of him but, destorying a planet and causing the death of one soldier from no mention of it too think the nid had that much control over the sgc to get a hammond out to put someone else in yet be easily blackmailed by jack and maybourne ? i think the writers dropped the to have hammond back in one only really positive thing is it acts as a part one to 2010 and gets maybourne out of his jail cell.. but i never liked or will ever like kinsey...moreless
  • General Hammond is blackmailed into retirement...

    Truly a fun episode where Jack breaks rules to save the day. And he has an unlikely ally at his side in Harry Maybourne. Jack and Harry always have good back and forth, and this episode was no exception, lots of good humor there. The side story was only so-so, a general takes over and causes serious problems when he tests a naquadah bomb. The high point of the episode was when Jack and Harry confront Senator Kinsey at his home. It was great to see them get back at Kinsey, who is one of those characters I just love to hate. Unfortunately Kinsey is not put entirely out of commission and he shows up many more times later in the series. Good ending too, just a fun little episode that really mixes it up with the cast.moreless
  • What Jack is ready to do for his team... and for some other people too...

    This was lovely episode that really had the excitement up, some of that kind episode I really love.

    First the motion and the dilemmas Jack had to had - the only people to help him was Meyborne and somehow he resurrected himself for us - after all he had done, he did something good, helping Jack to get to the information what made them to get Hammond back. Meanwhile, when O'Neill is out trying to get the puzzle together, all the other members of SG-1 are on their divided jobs. Daniel does paperwork (what I am sure he hates), Teal'c's new team is sent to unneeded risk and Carter... she has to create doomday bomb.. very happy, I am sure..

    Really lovely episode.moreless
  • General Hammond has decided that he no longer wants to be head of the sgc, says he is tired of sending good people out not knowing if they were even going to make it back. Jack thinks there is more to it than that. Well, he was right.moreless

    This episode shows just how sneaky the nid could ever possibly be. They are all apart of this decision. Jack is very upset when he finds out that they have dismantled sg1. He wants to know what exactly is going on. So he goes to General Hammond's home to talk to him. He finds out that the NID had his grand children picked up from school and then taken home, so he decided for the safety of his family it was time to back out.

    In the mean time the new head of the sgc is tearing the place apart. He has ordered Sam to build and Naquadria bomb. She explains how dangerous this is but he insists that it is to be done.

    Jack had to result in going to Maybourn. N ot his favorite person but he figures he either knows something or can find out something. Maybourn says the only way he can help him is for him to get him out of prison to help find things out.

    So Jack does exactly that.

    While the new head of sgc send sg3 to a gouald strong hold to aquire more naquadria they lose a member but they are able to get the naquadria. Maybourn and Jack find out that this whole thing goes all the way to the Senator Kinsey. Now they ahve to find out how to get the general back and stopo the maddness.

    the new head of sgc says they need to do a test with the bomb. Sam explains to him that it could destroy the whole planet and maybe even the sgc. He says it will be done. and She has to follow orders. Once the bomb is set off it is catastrophic, and they cannot get the gate to shut down, it seems to drawing energy from the blast and it is going to take the sgc with it. this scares him cause he really had no idea what he was doing. all his short cuts have proven to be disasterous.

    They go to Kinsey home who at the time is haveing a party with lots of big wigs. So anyway they get Kinsey in his office in his home and they tell him what they know and of course he denies everything. While Maybourn is on his computer pulling up all his resisent activity online he finds that Kinsey is linked to the threats on Hammonds family and among other things. Jack is holding a gun on Kinsey but he knows he cannot shoot him. So they arrange a crew of reporters to come to the mansion where they are so that they can get out without interference from the agents that have ppulled up outside and make their big getaway, and of course Kinsey agrees to get Hammond back in the sgc with the agreement that they do not let anyone know what they found on his computer and his involvement with the nid.

    the 38 minute window for the gate to shut down on it's on approaches now they have to evacuate the sgc. But just in time the gate sguts down. General Bower is now affraid of what he has done. He tells Sam that he wrong and she was right and he was sorry. General Hammond makes it back to the sgc and Maybourn gets to take a trip to a tropical zone for a wait on his execution Now Jack feels that he has sold his soul to the devil.moreless
Richard Dean Anderson

Richard Dean Anderson

Colonel/Brigadier General Jonathan J. "Jack" O'Neill

Christopher Judge

Christopher Judge


Amanda Tapping

Amanda Tapping

Captain/Major/ Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter

Don S. Davis

Don S. Davis

Major General George S. Hammond

Michael Shanks

Michael Shanks

Dr. Daniel Jackson

Lawrence Dane

Lawrence Dane

Major General Bauer

Guest Star

Patti Allan

Patti Allan

Kinsey's Wife

Guest Star

Gina Stockdale

Gina Stockdale


Guest Star

Tom McBeath

Tom McBeath

Colonel Harry Maybourne

Recurring Role

Ronny Cox

Ronny Cox

Senator Robert Kinsey

Recurring Role

Gary Jones

Gary Jones

Technician/Sergeant Walter Davis

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Trivia: Maybourne's prison number: S2989.

    • When Jack shows up at General Hammond's home, there is a game of Connect 4 on the table, and the top two rows are completely empty. By the end of the scene, a red chip has mysteriously appeared in the second row from the top.

    • When Maybourne "accesses the internet" in the apartment, the URL displayed in his browser clearly begins with "file:" - a file on his computer, NOT on the internet. (This actually happens almost every time that a web browser is shown in the series).

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Bauer: My name is Major General Bauer. I'll be your new commanding officer. I'd just like to say I look forward to working with all of you. Thank you.
      Jack: Squadron at ease! Always leave them wanting more, I guess.

    • Bauer: Well, there's no point staying here. I'll inform the President from the surface. (walks away)
      Sam: Yes, sir. I'm sure it'll be much safer up there.

    • Maybourne: That's it, we're in. I'm downloading now. Kinsey's online activities connect him to NID actions over the last year and a half. Including the secret operation I ran out of Area 51, the involvement with the Russians... and the threats to Hammond.
      Jack: You're a piece of work, Kinsey. Try to shut down the SGC, you make this big speech about how much you hate secret organisations and then you jump in bed with the NID. What is that?
      Kinsey: Oh, I still think the Gate is a Pandora's box and I still think it should be buried forever, but as long it's open and as long as it's a threat to this planet, then I'm damn well going to make sure it's used the way it should be used. To defend God's creation.
      Jack: Oh, blow the rhetoric up somebody else's nose. You're nothing but a power-hungry hypocrite.
      Kinsey: The only currency in this town is power. So if I have to shake hands with the Devil to do the Lord's work, then so be it.

    • Jack: So this Bauer guy is part of it?
      Maybourne: Truth is, I don't know. I've been out of the loop for a little while, but it's possible he's just a patsy, unwittingly maneuvered into position because he's got the right mentality.
      Jack: All sounds so cloak and daggery...
      Maybourne: You're a Special Ops Colonel, Jack. Why do you always pretend to smell like roses?
      Jack: Hey! I never threatened a two-star general by kidnapping his grandkids!
      Maybourne: Don't pretend to be so naive either.

    • Sam: So what do we know about this new guy?
      Jack: Not much.
      Daniel: Let's hope he's not some sort of spit and polish, brass tacks...
      Jack: Hard ass?
      Daniel: I was building up to that.

    • Hammond: Jack, weren't you there for my goodbye speech?
      Jack: Yes, I was. Of course. You know that. And it was lovely, General, but do you really think I believe you're quitting because we ran into a little trouble out there? Hell, we've been presumed dead before!
      Hammond: I don't have to explain myself to you, Colonel.
      Jack: No, sir, you don't, you're my commanding officer. (pause) But could you throw me a bone?!

    • Jack: About what you owe me...
      Hammond: Anything I can do.
      Jack: Well, nothing right now but one of these days I might ask you to buy back my soul.

    • Maybourne: (has food in his mouth) I have to know I can trust you.
      Jack: Under no other circumstances would I sit here and watch you eat.

    • Jack: If it wasn't for SG1, you'd be sitting here with a snake in your head, rather than your head up your ass.

    • Bauer: In the future you might want to consider using bullet-points and summaries at the end of each section.
      Jack: Bullet-point summaries . . .
      Bauer: Is there a problem with that?
      Jack: General, I realise the format of my reports is of vital importance and if you'd like, some day we can get together and talk about fonts and margins, but right now I like to discuss the fact you're dismantling my team without discussion.

    • Jack: SG-1's been dismantled. Daniel's got a desk job, Teal'c's with SG-3, and Carter's working on some kinda doomsday machine. You know, same old same old.
      Hammond: Are you serious?
      Jack: For once, yes.

    • Senator Kinsey: Half of all American citizens won't even vote, and the half that do vote are too stupid to know what they're doing!
      Jack: Which explains how you got elected.

    • Senator Kinsey: Colonel, have you completely taken leave of your senses?!
      Jack: I'm hanging around Maybourne - what does that say?

    • Maybourne: How nice of you to come by. I don't get a lot of visitors.
      Jack: I find that hard to believe...

    • Teal'c: On Chu'lak when a great warrior retires from battle it is customary to sing a song of lament. (long pause, everyone looks leery) Fortunately we are not on Chu'lak.

    • Sen. Kinsey: How dare you come into my house waving a gun?!?
      Jack: Not waving. Pointing.

    • Jack: Afternoon, ma'am. I'm Mr. Starsky, this is... Hutch.
      (inside party, Jack pets the dog)
      Mrs. Kinsey: He seems to like you Mr. Starsky.
      Jack: Birds of a feather, ma'am.
      Sen. Kinsey: Dear, Starsky and Hutch is an old TV show.
      Mrs. Kinsey: Ah, you're actors then!

    • Jack: I see you're on the famous beer and mustard diet. How's that working out for you?

    • Jack: Have you heard of Ikea? (to Col. Maybourne, about his bare safehouse)

  • NOTES (4)

    • The original ending to this episode saw Maybourne walking free and Jack looking the other way. The producers decided not to go forward with this idea as it would be too out of character for Jack.

    • Senator Kinsey's dog, Oscar, was played by Richard Dean Anderson's (Colonel Jack O'Neill) real-life dog, according to writer/producer Joseph Mallozzi.

    • Actor Lawrence Dane, who portrayed General Bauer in this episode, auditioned for the role of General Hammond when the series was being cast.

    • Syndication airdate: February 4, 2002.


    • Jack: Afternoon, ma'am. I'm Mr. Starsky, this is... Hutch.
      Starsky and Hutch (1975-79) was an American television show that aired on the ABC network. The show featured two Californian policemen, Detective David Starsky (Paul Michael Glaser) and Ken 'Hutch' Hutchinson (David Soul), involved in gritty, often violent, plotlines.