Stargate SG-1

Season 6 Episode 5


Aired Friday 8:00 PM Jul 12, 2002 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

Carter, Teal'c and Jonas investigate the death of a scientist with connections to the Goa'uld, and find a small town whose inhabitants are part of a secret experiment.

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  • Just saw this again after many years and it struck me as being one of the excellent episodes of Season 6.

    Despite having neither Jack O'Neill nor Daniel Jackson in it the performance of Samantha Carter (in reality of Amanda Tapping) made this a pleasure to watch. For once the writers gave her a script that she could get her teeth into. Unlike many later episodes where all she was called all to do was to say "Yes sir" to Jack and then produce a mouthful of technobabble! Amanda's conversations with Corin Nemec (Jonas Quinn) were delightful and brought many a smile to my face.

    The plot was a homage to the X-Files (nothing wrong there) although the townsfolk of Steveston were rather wooden and over-the-top.

    Still it did show just how brilliant Amanda Tapping is when she gets a good script.moreless
  • Strange down...

    Mm.. this episode was somehow maybe too clichee - who has not seen the storyline before - little down in the middle of nowhere and all the people are something else they seem? I can county quite many. Anyway, on it's own and if not think that idea has so much used, it was funny and exciting - all that kind of murder solving - find the little glues and put together the greater picture. And even if the ending, again was little clichee, it was funny to watch - it was so sure that Sam is not under the influence of the Goa'uld and she is just fooling. And those guys were not as smart as they thought. Another Goa'uld invasion stopped.moreless
  • not my favorite episode...

    Carter, Teal'c, and Jonas go to a small city to investigate the disappearance of a scientist that called Sam before he disappeared. It turned out that some scientists cloned symbiotes and the townspeople were all hosts. The team runs into some resistance with the goa'ulds but they prevail. Basically, the episode was ok and had an ok story line. However, it was pretty slow and boreing and very predicatable. There were a few funny moments with Jonas, but, other than that, it was pretty dry. It was sad that Jack wasn't in it at all, being that he's a host at the moment. The show is pitiful without Jack.moreless
Christopher Judge

Christopher Judge


Corin Nemec

Corin Nemec

Jonas Quinn

Amanda Tapping

Amanda Tapping

Captain/Major/ Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter

Don S. Davis

Don S. Davis

Major General George S. Hammond

Peter DeLuise

Peter DeLuise

Posssessed Town Citizen (uncredited)

Guest Star

Dave Ward

Dave Ward


Guest Star

Blu Mankuma

Blu Mankuma


Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When Sam is looking at Dr. Flemming's computer it says that there are 0 bytes of used space. This is highly unlikely since the operating system would take up at least some space.

    • While there is no Steveston, Oregon, there is a Steveston, BC, a historic fishing village, which is just south of Vancouver. It has since been absorbed by neighboring Richmond, BC.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Sam: (to Jonas) I'm going to talk to the sheriff. Keep an eye on Teal'c. (to Teal'c) Keep an eye on Jonas.

    • (Sam picks warehouse lock)
      Jonas: You have got to teach me how to do that.
      Sam: Wormhole theory, motorcycle riding, or lock picking?
      Jonas: Not necessarily in that order.

    • (Jonas dips onion ring into milkshake and eats it)
      Sam: Nice lunch.
      Jonas: Mmm... I'm really starting to enjoy this traditional American food, Mmm...
      Sam: We have another tradition. It's called hardened arteries.

    • Teal'c: The people of this town are behaving strangely... even for humans.

    • Jonas: So when we were in the sheriff's office, you were in complete control?
      Sam: That's right.
      Jonas: And you felt it absolutely necessary to really slap me?
      Sam: Well...had to make it look good.
      Jonas: ...
      Sam: Let's get some lunch.

    • Jonas: I just don't want people around here to start thinking I'm a little... strange.
      Sam: People don't think you're... strange.
      Jonas: What about Colonel O'Neill?
      Sam: ...let's get some lunch.

  • NOTES (4)

    • This is the first episode in which neither Richard Dean Anderson (Jack O'Neill) nor Michael Shanks (Daniel Jackson) appear, making it also the first episode where no one from the movie appears. When Jonas Quinn inquires of Jack, Samantha Carter explains that the Tok'ra are still attempting to locate a host for his symbiote.

    • As of this episode, Amanda Tapping and Christopher Judge are the only actors in appear in every single episode (though they only appear in "Disclosure" and "Inauguration" in clips from previous episodes.)

    • Syndication airdate: October 26, 2003.

    • Peter DeLuise director's cameo: Peter is one of the guys strolling out of the cafe when the townspeople go on their nightly zombie-march.


    • Sherlock Holmes
      The sign outside Crusty Bill's Bar features the image of a man with the similar likeness of Sherlock Holmes. The man in the sign is outfitted with both a drop-step pipe, and a deerstalker hat. Both articles are synonymous with Holmes. This allusion mirrors the plot of the episode, with SG-1 acting as detectives.