Stargate SG-1

Season 10 Episode 18

Family Ties

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Jun 08, 2007 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

Vala's father Jacek contacts SGC claiming to have vital information that could impact the survival of Earth. Meanwhile, Gen. Landry's ex-wife pays a visit.

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  • Teal'c gets a ticket to the Vagina Monologues

    Teal'c gets a ticket to the Vagina Monologues.
  • Funny but very weird.

    Overall this was a good episode. I think it tried a little too hard to be funny but some of it was good. So finally we meet Vala's father and its such a shame that he only comes into the show 3 episodes from the final. But nonetheless he gives a memorable proformance. Basically he comes to earth looking for safety and in return he offers to tell the SGC about the Tallion army thing from the previous episode. However not supprising Vala's father is like her and he tries to double cross the team, but he does not get away with it. I really did enjoy this one. Its just a shame a pointless episode like this was not done earlier this season to make way for a better final. Well i liked the comments about the cancelation that were sneaked into the script.moreless
  • Totally useless but, poor Teal'c

    Another useless episode meant to slow down the usual pace we're used to, some chill time for SG1, involving matters of domestical nature and...vaginas. While all these informations regarding Vala's past or Landry's are interesting they are totally not necessary so close towards this show's end. It's probably the calm before the storm. A rather boring episode with some funny bits, but the final scene is something else. The ever exhausted Teal'c, wanting and taking joy into any show Earth has to offer for him, ends up into a not such a common place for a fellow man, quite the opposite.moreless
  • This was a good episode...I like the ones where they go into details on the characters...if it was just generic bad guy vs good guy crap every week I'd be bored senseless. I'm glad the Stargate series doesnt go down that road. Warning: includes Spoilers!moreless

    the guy playing Jasek is always a funny guy so I was glad to see him in the gate. With Jasek constantly trying to pull stuff was funny, like the stardust commercial and even though I saw the cargo ship switch coming the way he pulled his ass out the fire with the guy he was gonna buy it to was freakin funny "fertility snacks"...but the best part had to be the end with Teal'c...that vagina thing was so damn hilarious...kept me laughing for at least 5 If the rest are going to be that funny then I cant wait.moreless
  • Vala’s father appears to disappoint her one last time (SPOILERS).

    As Sam and Vala come back to the base after a well deserved day out, a message from Vala’s stranded father asking asylum is received by Walter but more than mad she seems scared by this: her father has disappointed her way too many times to trust him and she doesn’t want him to ruin all what she has accomplished during her time here with one of his schemes. As an absent father himself, General Landry identifies with Jaceck and not only does he grant him asylum but, he also tries to fix things with his own family as he invites the base Doctor to have a long overdue daughter/father dinner with him.

    I’ve got to say, the idea that the Oricy’s grandfather is nothing but a conman/petty thief is quite disturbing, though it does explain most of Vala’s trust issues as her father Jaceck has always been too busy to even remember which of his wives was Vala’s mother, as used to take the fall for him Vala spends most of her time waiting for the latest scam to unfold. Daniel does his best to help her fix things with her father as he argue that Vala is the only one who could fully understand Jaceck need to stop running, so to prove him wrong, she takes him along with her to Jaceck’s apartment only to confirm that Jaceck has, indeed, escaped but the surprise is on Vala as the SGC had already prevented the possibility and Daniel calls them to activate the tracking device they put on him. Then, why make her go through all this if he already knew Jaceck was not to be trusted? Because he’s your father he responds and she does need to make peace with him (just as much as Adria needs to make peace with her despite their differences).

    In the end, Teal’c helps Vala to con the conman for the information the team needs and Carter & Cameron save the day while Jaceck leaves her daughter once again only this time she is not disappointed if only because that’s exactly what she expected from him. Just as soon as the operative is done, Landry scatters as he’s already late to have dinner with his family but he’s lucky enough both his ex wife and daughter waited for him this time and before Vala puts the latest keepsake her father gave her on her box of treasures, Sam shows up for a much needed girl talk.moreless
Amanda Tapping

Amanda Tapping

Captain/Major/ Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter

Beau Bridges

Beau Bridges

General Henry "Hank" Landry

Ben Browder

Ben Browder

Lieutenant Colonel Cameron Mitchell

Christopher Judge

Christopher Judge


Claudia Black

Claudia Black

Vala Mal Doran

Michael Shanks

Michael Shanks

Dr. Daniel Jackson

Fred Willard

Fred Willard


Guest Star

Martin Christopher

Martin Christopher

Major Marks

Guest Star

Fulvio Cecere

Fulvio Cecere

Col. Davidson

Guest Star

Lexa Doig

Lexa Doig

Dr. Carolyn Lam

Recurring Role

Bill Dow

Bill Dow

Dr. Lee

Recurring Role

Dan Shea

Dan Shea

Sgt. Siler

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (11)

    • Daniel's phone changes color from black in Jacek's apartment to silver in the woods.

    • When ambushing the Jaffa, why fire a warning shot as a signal to attack? Why not fire the first shot into one of the Jaffa? It's just as noisy.

    • This is the second time Ben Browder and Claudia Black have appeared in episode called "Family Ties." The first was Episode 22 of Season 1 of Farscape.

    • At the end, as Sam takes a drink of champagne, at the same time she manages to say, "And Teal'c got tickets to some show"

    • As Vala brings the boxes to Daniel's office and throughout their conversation, Vala's mission patches were on the wrong shoulders.

    • Trivia: This episode marks the first appearance of Odyssey's new commander, Colonel Davidson, played by Fulvio Cecere. Davidson replaces Odyssey's previous commander, Colonel Emerson, who was killed in "Company of Thieves."

    • During the second briefing with Landry, Vala's mission patches are on the wrong shoulders again.

    • As Vala gets into the lift to go see her father, her mission patches are again on the wrong shoulders.

    • During the briefing with Landry near the beginning of the episode, Vala's mission patches were on the wrong shoulders.

    • When Vala shoots the sentry by the cloaked cargo shuttle with a zat you can see that the zat is in the closed or off position when she walks on-screen.

    • If SG-1 set up a decoy cargo ship for Jacek, why didn't they disable its engines? Why allow a known criminal to get away with a perfectly good cargo ship? They could've even rigged its engines to stop working at the touch of a button.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Landry: I made a deal. I'm not going back on my word.
      Vala: Might I suggest a more liberal interpretation of the agreement? For instance the word sanctuary could mean anything from accommodations in an idyllic tropical setting to, say, lifetime incarceration in one of this planet's more unpleasant penal facilities.

    • Daniel: Yeah, we heard you haven't exactly been a model citizen.
      Jacek: I'm not sure what you mean.
      Daniel: The charity phone scam? Little Pepito needs a new set of kidneys?

    • Jacek: The way I see it, I'm selling people hope.
      Mitchell: No, you're selling glitter shavings in a tube for twenty bucks a pop.
      Jacek: Plus shipping and handling.

    • Vala: (over radio) Oh, Jacek, you idiot!
      Daniel: That's the signal.

    • Teal'c: May I offer you a word of advice?
      Jacek: Hello. Any input that would help me better myself would be greatly appreciated.
      Teal'c: Maybe three words. "Be less annoying."

    • Mitchell: So what's the deal with the accent, or in your father's case, the lack thereof?
      Vala: Well, the accent, like most of my other good qualities, I got from my mother. My charm, my wit, my good looks.
      Daniel: What did you get from your dad?
      Vala: Some minor food allergies.

    • Jacek: Vala is that you?
      Vala: Yes it is.
      Jacek: Sweetheart, how is life treating you?
      Vala: Certainly better than you ever did.
      Jacek: I suppose for the benefit of your friends there, you're going to want to list all the reasons I was such a bad father?
      Vala: Oh I wish I could, but a wormhole can only be maintained for thirty-eight minutes.

    • Mitchell: Uh, and by cultural offerings you mean...
      Sam: Pedicures, mochaccinos, and Victoria's Secret.

    • Mitchell: They canceled it, really? I didn't even know a new season had started. That's something you don't see every day.
      Siler: Yes, Sir.

    • Sam: But the truth is the Stargate program doesn't get the support it used to from the people in charge.
      Jacek: Why not?
      Dr. Lee: Eureka! One down, twelve to go.
      Jacek: That's too bad because after all your Stargate program has accomplished for this network of planets, I would think that the decision makers would show it the respect it deserves.

    • Jacek: Say, how would you like to go out to dinner with me once this is all over?
      Sam: Oh, I don't think so.
      Jacek: Why not?
      Sam: Well, I'm an incredibly busy person, with very little free time. (pause) Oh! And you're a jerk!

    • Vala: To think I believed in you.
      Jacek: I'm trying to change. It's an ongoing process.

    • Dr. Lam: You know that grey sports jacket that you have with the patches on the sleeves?
      General Landry: Uh hum.
      Dr. Lam: Don't wear that.

    • Daniel: You want us to talk to her for you?
      Jacek: I was going to suggest tricking her into coming here, but if you think talking will work…

  • NOTES (4)

    • When Sam and Vala got together for a girl's night in, as well as their earlier shopping spree, it was to fulfill something showrunner and writer Joe Millozzi tried to put in during another episode (Morpheus) to show that there were no rivalries between the two women, but the previous scene was cut for time. It wasn't until the very end of the season he was able to get the bonding scene he wanted.

    • International Air Dates
      Canada: June 7, 2007 on Space
      New Zealand: November 3, 2007 on TV2
      United Kingdom: February 27th, 2007 on Sky One
      Australia: November 8, 2007 on Channel Seven

    • In-joke: Sam and Jacek's conversation in the lab is a an inside reference to the SciFi channel's unexpected cancellation of Stargate SG1, as is the conversation between Mitchell and Siler at the beginning of the episode.

    • Fred Willard was credited as Special Guest Star.


    • The Virginia Dialogues
      This play parodies The Vagina Monologues, by Eve Ensler, where women speak on stage about various issues relating to their vaginas. The play opened in 1996 and has been updated occasionally by Ensler.