Stargate SG-1

Season 5 Episode 17

Fail Safe

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Apr 05, 2002 on Syfy



  • Trivia

    • Trivia: With SG-1 dealing with Leonid, that would put the timing of the episode in early-mid November.

    • Trivia: Bomb deactivation code: 03310310

    • In the scenes where Jack and Teal'c are trying to repair the Goa'uld vessel, there are visible gaps between the visor plate and actual "body" of their spacesuits - enough for their faces to be seen through it.

  • Quotes

    • Sam: I was right.
      Daniel: This could be a problem.
      Teal'c: Indeed.
      Jack: I don't want to hear it!
      Sam: Sir, the asteroid's core is composed almost entirely of naquadah.
      Jack: Of course it is!
      Sam: It makes up about 45 percent of the total mass.
      Daniel: Of course it does.

    • (the ship starts to shake)
      Jack: What was that?
      Teal'c: I am having difficulty with the sublight engines.
      (the ship shakes more violently)
      Daniel: Yes, you are.

    • Sam: Teal'c, try to take it easy on the engines when we take off.
      Daniel: Why?
      Sam: Well, I'm just slightly concerned that if we push them too hard and they burn out before we reach escape velocity... (pause and Jack stares at her) ...that we'll come crashing back to the planet.

    • Daniel: This big enough?
      Sam: Packs 1200 naquadah enhanced megatons.
      Daniel: And that's a lot?
      Sam: This is the most powerful warhead ever created Daniel. It's the equivalent of 1 billion tons of TNT.
      Jack: That's a lot.

    • (in gate room)
      Jack: Teal'c, show'em the way!
      Teal'c: This way.

    • Jack: Bomb?
      Sam: It's good to go, sir. If it comes right down to it we can detonate it right here. What's our position?
      Daniel: Personally, I'm against it. If you wanna know where the ship is…

    • Spellman: I think I speak for about six billion when I say "Good luck."

    • Jack: Aww, come on! We came, we saw, we planted the bomb. We had a little fun with a meteor shower. We went home. It's a great story! (looks at Daniel and Teal'c) Isn't it?

    • (just as the team runs out of air)
      Jalen: I am Jalen of the Tok'ra. We received your distress call and came as fast as we could. Can we render assistance?
      Jack: Well, you know, it's not like we don't have everything totally under control. But, sure, render away.

    • Sam: Choice three, sir. We expand the ship's hyperspace field to encompass the entire asteroid. We take it out of normal space long enough to avoid the collision with Earth.
      Jack: (dubiously) Is there a four...?

    • (repeated several times)
      Daniel: I'm confident.
      Jack: Me too.
      Teal'c: As am I.

    • Jack: The X301? That was you guys?
      Webber: You have to admit it performed beautifully right up until the point you and Teal'c were sent into deep space.

    • (refusing to go through the Stargate)
      Jack: I do this every day.
      Spellman: That's probably because you don't understand what actually happens to your body when you go through this thing. I do.

    • Jack: Now see, that's gonna be a problem. Seeing as [the Tollan] been wiped out by the Goa'uld.
      Freyr: That is unfortunate.
      Jack: And Earth gets hit by that rock and we're all wiped out, that's gonna be unfortunate too?
      Freyr: Very.
      (cut to Jack back at SGC)
      Jack: And after that I kind of lost my temper.
      Hammond: What does that mean?
      Daniel: Let's just say Jack made a reference to Freyr's mother.
      Hammond: We'll discuss Colonel O'Neill's diplomatic shortcomings later...

    • Jack: I've seen this movie. [The asteroid] hits Paris.
      Jack: This wasn't in the movie.

    • Jack: Plan three - works every time.

    • (seconds from crashing into Earth)
      Jack: Carter... I can see my house!

    • Jack: (preparing to defuse a government bomb with five yellow wires) You know, I'd like to take this opportunity to say that this is a very poorly designed bomb and I think we should say something to somebody when we get back.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Jack: I've seen this movie... it hits Paris.
      This is a reference to Armageddon, whose plot this episode parallels. In Armageddon, a piece of an asteroid on a collision course with Earth hits, and destroys part of Paris. A group of humans lands on the asteroid and detonates a bomb, saving Earth.