Stargate SG-1

Season 8 Episode 15

Citizen Joe

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Feb 18, 2005 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

Jack is confronted in his home by an irate barber...who claims to know everything about the Stargate project and SG-1.

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  • How to make a clip show not feel like a clip show

    How to make a clip show not feel like a clip show. In other words, how to make it not boring.

    Ingenious framing device with the SG-1 "fan" vicariously experiencing everything Jack O'Neill went through for the past seven years.

    This enabled the series writers to recycle seven years of old clips without making it feel like that was what they were doing.

    Glad the poor guy's wife didn't leave him!moreless
  • The best of all the flashback episodes by 4 billion%, jack should get a cake for this one.

    Like I said the best flashback episode of the entire series. Jack, and Homer in the same show, and of course the humor in season 8 remains the best. Great episode. when Jack lets everyone know he has been seeing the life of a barber for the last several years was one of the funniest points of the entire show. hehe.
  • I was expecting a funnier episode. When I heard that Dan Castellaneta was going to be on this episode I imagined an episode filled with laughter. But I still loved the episode.moreless

    This was a different episode. I have to say that I was expecting something entirely different but I wasn’t disappointed I was just surprised.

    I loved to see Dan Castellaneta as Joe Spencer because he is the voice of Homer Simpson and e all know how much RDA loves the Simpsons so to see them working together was wonderful. I also think that Dan Castellaneta is a great actor and was perfect for the part.

    The idea of having a normal person seeing the adventures of SG-1 is great. A simple barber that sees his life go upside down when he starts seeing something that he wasn’t supposed to. I felt sorry for him when everyone started to abandon him. So this episode to me had everything: drama and comedy. Can we ask for something more that what this episode gave us? No way is my answer.

    I loved the comment about Burns being a Goa’uld. I see it too.

    I found both funny and strange that Jack was seeing pieces of the life of a barber but then I remembered that it was Jack we were talking about.

    From all the episodes they ever made that had images of previous episodes this one was the best. I just have to give it a good grade. Not only because of the Simpsons references but also for the great acting, writing and directing.

  • This was a great twist on the clip show. Well done and really interesting.

    This was a terrific episode. The only downside was that it was not new information and the main characters were mainly shown at the end or in non-speaking flashbacks. Dan (Homer) was terrific as the barber who saw visions and the way it destroyed his life was really well conceived. Seeing his son get older as the flashbacks increased toward modern day was also good.

    I liked many things about this episode, not the least of which is when Daniel reminds Jack this is the second time in 2 weeks his home has been invaded. Daniel suggests alarms, Jack suggests dogs but "Joe" just suggests that he start locking his door. The banter is smooth and this show is definitely worthly of this series. Clipshow or not.moreless
  • funny...

    This is the best clip show I've seen of Stargate. Generally, I hate flash back episodes and I think they're pointless, but this one was funny. For seven/eight years a barber named Joe has seen Jack's missions and confronts him. I just really like how they did this story. They go back and show what Joe saw and how it ruined his life. It was great. I love the end when SG-1 and Joe are all in the briefing room and they find out that Jack has actually been seeing clips of a barbers life for seven years. It's halarious. Seven years of seeing random flashes and Jack said nothing. Anyways, great episode.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

Michael Shanks

Michael Shanks

Dr. Daniel Jackson

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Trivia: Jonas Quinn (Corin Nemec) is mentioned in this episode for the first time since "Death Knell."

    • Trivia: As Joe was getting his stuff repossessed, the name on the back of the employees' jumpsuits says "Grimm Brothers Repos."

    • Trivia: In his phone call to Carter, Jack mentions he has a meeting with a Johnson from the CIA about the Kinsey incident. This is most likely Kerry Johnson, who later becomes Jack's girlfriend in "Threads".

    • Trivia: It's revealed that Wormhole X-Treme! was canceled after one episode because of low ratings.

    • When Jack first encounters Joe, he doesn't recognize him at all, but later he says that he has been seeing Joe's life for seven years. Since Joe recognized Jack, shouldn't the reverse be true?

    • David Kemper is not credited for his excerpt work as "Story" for "There But For the Grace of God," even though other Story crew are.

    • Joe tells his wife that O'Neill is head of the SGC, months before he is promoted.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Jack: Bowling league, Thursday nights?
      Joe: You saw that?
      Jack: You've got game, son.

    • Joe: You're Brigadier General Jack O'Neill, head of Stargate Command at Cheyenne Mountain. You used to lead SG-1 which is now lead by Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter. You once visited a planet called Argos where the nanites in your blood caused you to age artificially. You had the entire repository of the Ancients knowledge downloaded into your brain. Twice. You have a thing for The Simpsons, fishing, Mary Steenburgen, the color peridot and you're a terrible ping-pong player.
      Jack: Have we met?
      Joe: My name's Joe Spencer. I'm a barber.

    • Jack: He's a barber.
      Daniel: Broke into your house?
      Jack: Yeah.
      Daniel: Second week in a row.
      Jack: A-hmm
      Daniel: Alarm.
      Jack: I'm thinking dog.
      Joe: You could try locking your front door.

    • Fred: Look, no offence, but how many times can (SG-1) save the world from Apophis? What's it up to now? Five, six times?
      Joe: This story's about Anubis. Apophis is dead.
      Fred: What's the diff? You know what I'm saying? It's getting a little repetitive.

    • Bert: They rejected "Hathor"?! Oh, but it was gold!

    • Charlene: It's your mid-life crisis.
      Joe: It is?
      Charlene: Except instead of chasing your youth by buying a sports car or going hang-gliding, you're seeking immortality through creativity.
      Joe: We can't afford a sports car.
      Charlene: Honey, it's a good thing, especially if it means you're not gonna have an affair with a younger woman.

    • Joe: I'll tell you what. You get all your chores done and I'll finish the story done.
      Andy: Chore?!? What are we, Amish?

    • Jack: I just walked in with a whole handful of ingredients for my world-famous omelette.
      Sam: World-famous - what's in them?
      Jack: Eggs.
      Sam: I don't think that that actually qualifies as a recipe.
      Jack: Oh don't kid yourself. There's a secret ingredient. I can't tell you what it is or I'd have to shoot you.
      Sam: It's beer isn't it?

    • Jack: First of all, Joe - I'm not a terrible ping-pong player.

    • Joe: I was particularly impressed with the time you blew up that sun.
      Sam: Thank you. I had a bit of help.

    • Joe: Between you and me, I totally see the analogy – Burns as Goa'uld.
      Jack: Thank you!

    • Joe: Doctor Jackson, can I just say, thank goodness you're back. Not that Jonas was a bad guy, but after all you've been through together, you belong here with SG-1.
      Daniel: Thank you. Jack...?

    • Joe: (staring at Teal'c) I know the hair makes you look different but... didn't you used to be more gold-colored?

    • Joe: I just want you to know, if you ever need me to use the Chair device in Antarctica in defense of the planet, I'm there.
      Jack: Thank you.

    • Daniel: Wait a minute, Jack, you've been seeing parts of the life of a barber in Indiana for seven years and you never mentioned it.
      Jack: Yeah, sure I did, I know I did.
      Sam: No... no, you didn't, sir.
      Jack: I didn't?
      Daniel: You didn't find that the least bit odd?
      Jack: Actually, no. I found it quite... relaxing.

  • NOTES (5)

    • On the European DVD boxset this episode and the episode "Threads" are in the wrong order

    • Amanda Tapping (Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter) is clearly pregnant here and wearing long shirts/black tops on black chairs...etc.

    • Basically a clip show (albeit a well-financed one), using footage from previous stories. Excerpts Written by: Robert C. Cooper ("There But For the Grace of God"), "The Fifth Race", "Meridian", "Fallen (1)", "Heroes (2)", "Lost City(2)"), James Crocker ("Within the Serpent's Grasp (2)"), Peter DeLuise ("Orpheus", "Evolution (2)"), Jonathan Glassner ("Children of the Gods"), V.C. James ("A Hundred Days"), Damian Kindler ("Evolution (2)"), Joseph Mallozzi & Paul Mullie ("Wormhole X-Treme!" on Joe's tv), and Brad Wright ("Within the Serpent's Grasp (2)", "1969", "A Hundred Days", "Abyss", "Lost City (2)"). Shows excerpted and credited stars: "Children of the Gods" & "Within the Serpent's Grasp" (Alexis Cruz, Peter Williams), "1969" (Sean Campbell, Efosa Otuomagie), "Wormhole X-Treme" (Michael DeLuise, Jill Teed, Christian Bocher, Herbert Duncanson), "Evolution" (Victor Favrin, Enrico Colantoni), "A Hundred Days" (Michele Greene). Additional footage from "The Fifth Race"

    • Many references are made to the Simpsons again in this episode as they were in "Lost City, pt. 1" (Season 7). The Simpsons is confirmed as Jack's favorite show, and Joe (Dan Castellaneta - Homer and others on The Simpsons) agrees with Jack's statement from "Lost City, pt. 1" by saying "Between you and me, I totally see the analogy. Burns as Goa'uld." Joe's wife refers to her friends Margery and Lenny.

    • Originally aired in the UK on the 18th of January 2005.


    • Fred: I saw the movie. Hits Paris.
      This is a reference to the Season 5 episode Fail Safe where Jack says almost exactly the same thing, which in turn is a reference to the movie Armageddon.

    • Joe: Between you and me, I totally see the analogy – Burns as Goa'uld.
      Dan Castellaneta (Joe Spencer) stars as Homer Simpson on The Simpsons so he would get the analogy of Mr. Burns as a Goa'uld.

    • Gordie: Furlings...they sound cute. Like Ewoks.
      Ewoks are the teddy-bear like creatures in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.

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