Stargate SG-1

Season 3 Episode 5

Learning Curve

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Aired Friday 8:00 PM Jul 23, 1999 on Syfy
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In the pursuit of knowledge, Jack O'Neill, Teal'c, and Daniel Jackson travel to the planet Orban as part of an exchange program. Daniel and Teal'c remain on the planet -- Daniel to study an ancient mosaic pattern on the floor of their Stargate room that he hopes will explain the origin of the Orbanian people, and Teal'c to prepare the Orbanians, should they ever encounter the Goa'uld, by sharing his knowledge with them. O'Neill travels back to Earth with a young Orbanian girl, Merrin, and her chaperone, Kalan, to present the SGC with a valuable Naquadah reactor. All are surprised when it is the young Merrin who volunteers to stay at the SGC and teach Samantha Carter how to build such a complicated technical device. As Carter and O'Neill spend more time with Merrin, they become aware that she is not a typical eleven-year-old. She is incredibly knowledgeable, but has no understanding of fun or play. O'Neill and the rest of SG-1 uncover the truth behind Merrin's intelligence, and how it will affect her and the other children of Orban. He defies orders and sets out to change Merrin's fate by taking her off base, to show her the value of what her childhood could be like and what she has been missing.moreless

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Richard Dean Anderson

Richard Dean Anderson

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

Christopher Judge

Christopher Judge

Teal'c

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

Britt Irvin

Britt Irvin

Merrin

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Andrew Airlie

Andrew Airlie

Kalan

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Lachlan Murdoch

Lachlan Murdoch

Tomin

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Teryl Rothery

Teryl Rothery

Dr. Janet Fraiser

Recurring Role

Laara Sadiq

Laara Sadiq

Technician

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