Stargate SG-1

Season 2 Episode 9

Secrets

5
Aired Friday 8:00 PM Aug 21, 1998 on Syfy
8.7
out of 10
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282 votes
10

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Jackson and Teal'c travel back to Abydos to fulfill a promise he made to Shau're's father Kasuf. When they arrive, Daniel learns that his wife, whom he hasn't seen since she was taken by the Goa'uld, is nine months pregnant. The father is Apophis, who plans to use the baby as his new host.moreless

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  • Maybe out of sequence?

    8.0
    Good episode, but the whole time I was watching I was thinking, "OK, now take her to Thor's Hammer". At the end of the episode I was just disappointed. I will just have to pretend I watched this episode before I watched "Thor's Chariot".
  • I say "Out of Character" because it's the closest I can get to "EPIC CONTINUITY FAIL;" the characters are not supposed to be as flagrantly obtuse as they are in this episode.moreless

    1.0
    The episode, taken by itself, isn't bad; the problem with it is that it takes place three episodes after "Thor's Chariot," in which SG-1 made contact with the Asgard on Cimmeria, and at the end of which the Asgard restored the functionality of Thor's Hammer -- the weapon which will destroy any Goa'uld parasite passing through it's energy field, while leaving the human host of a mature Goa'uld (as opposed to the Jaffa host of an immature one, who cannot live without the symbiote) intact, their original memories and personality restored. (Don't get me started on the short-sighted stupidity of SG-1 disabling the hammer in the first place, when all they needed to do was nip back to the SGC for some digging equipment and tunnel past it to let Teal'c out of the cave, then wall it up again to keep any other Jaffa or Goa'uld from escaping the trap.) So why in the nine circles of Dante's Inferno didn't Daniel whisk Shau're through the Stargate to Cimmeria to be freed of her parasite the moment he found her on Abydos?!?!? It's as if the screenwriter for the episode wasn't aware that the Hammer exists and is functional once again, so both Daniel and Teal'c develop an acute case of amnesia on that topic. Stupid, stupid, stupid.moreless
  • HERE LIES THE TRUTH

    9.0
    Jackson discovers that his wife has returned to Abydos, and is nine months pregnant with the son of Apophis. O'Neill must keep the secret of the Stargate program from being uncovered. This episode has the making of a true SG-1 classic. It has action, mystery and some romance between Jackson and his wife. Back on Earth who leaked information about the Stargate program to the reporter? Did he or she tell anyone else of the top secret program? Was General Hammond, or anyone else at the SGC, responsible for the death of the reporter? How might this incident affect Jack's confidence in his superiors? And will Heru'ur hold a vendetta against SG-1? Will Sha're ever be rescued?moreless
  • And we're back on Abydos!

    9.5
    One of the best episodes of the season to date, with not one, not two, but three different story lines.



    While in Washington, for a prize ceremony, Jack meets a journalist that has somehow find out about the Stargate. Jack's bluff is great in their little interviews - he gives absolutely nothing away. The death of the journalist was quite touching as well.



    Also in Washington, we meet Sam's father. This episode sets up the Tok'Ra episodes later on, as we find out about her dad's cancer ... problem (let's call it). I loved that the dad was pulling strings even up to his last days of his life (as far as he knows) to help Sam get into NASA - her lifelong dream, according to him. Little did he know that she has already fulfilled her dream ... and more. Sam's expression during their talk is awesome.



    The main storyline is back on Abydos (one year after Daniel left). Apparently Shau're is back and pregnant with Apophis' baby. Somebody could've told Daniel! :)

    We see Her'ur again ... this time he's trying to foil Apophis' plans, by trying to steal his baby. Of course it doesn't work, but that's a long story ... or a lengthy tale, as Teal'c puts it. You'll have to watch it for yourself ... you won't regret it.moreless
  • Daniel returns to Abydos and learns of Shau're's whereabouts, while Sam and Jack go to awards ceremony.

    9.2
    This is an excellent episode for many reasons. Firstly, it was great to see Daniel and Shau're reunited. This storyline sets up several episodes further down the road dealing with both Shau're and her child. I thought Daniel's performance was very good with just the right amount of emotion. Jack and Sam also have a great storyline in this episode, they go to DC to attend an award ceremony in their honor. While there they run into a reporter who threatens to go public with knowledge of the SGC. A well done interpretation of a very likely scenario, after all the stargate is a big secret that I think would be hard to hide. Another subplot that I really enjoyed foreshadowed the official introduction of the Tok'ra, when Jacob Carter tells Sam he has cancer after trying to get her to join NASA, I found their dialog to be quite touching, actually. Good episode all around with lots of stuff going on.moreless
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

Vaitiare Bandera

Vaitiare Bandera

Shau're/Amaunet

Guest Star

Douglas Arthurs

Douglas Arthurs

Heru'ur

Guest Star

Chris Owens

Chris Owens

Armand Selig

Guest Star

Carmen Argenziano

Carmen Argenziano

Jacob Carter/Sel'mac

Recurring Role

Peter Williams (IV)

Peter Williams (IV)

Apophis

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (7)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Jack: Um, will you excuse me? We just don't get out of Cheyenne Mountain enough. I'm, gonna grab some air... outside. General, Captain, General... waiter!

    • Sam: I see General Hammond's already doing the rounds.
      (Jack snaps his fingers while speaking)
      Jack: Oh, yeah. He's a player. He knows how to work a room. Punch?

    • Sam: Good thing you remembered the shield's deflection capability's directly proportional to the amount of kinetic energy directed at it.
      Jack: Right...

    • Selig: Look, I've got all I need. I don't need you, but I've got to admit I wanted to meet you anyway. When this breaks, you're going to be a hero.
      Jack: Cool. So what're you going to say about me?

    • Teal'c: Daniel Jackson assures me the Abydonians are a peaceful people.
      Jack: They're a great people, are you kidding? (To Carter) In fact, what do you say you and I blow off this medal ceremony thing and go with the boys?

    • (Jack to an annoying reporter)
      Jack: Alright... if you're gonna go ahead with it, I wanna make sure you get one thing right. It's O'Neill, with 2 L's. There's another Colonel O'Neil with only one L - he has no sense of humor at all.

    • Jack: Somebody explain to me what just happened.
      Teal'c: It is a lengthy tale, O'Neill.
      Jack: 'Long story', Teal'c.

  • NOTES (6)

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Finger Snapping
      When Jack snaps his fingers while referring to Hammond's ability to work a room, Jack is imitating Frank Sinatra. Sinatra was famous for--among other things--his ability to work a room and his smooth finger snaps while singing.

    • Amonet:
      She is a goddess whose name means "hidden one". Her shadow, among the primeval gods, is a symbol of protection. She is also known as Amaunet

    • Col. O'Neill: All right... if you're gonna go ahead with it, I wanna make sure you get one thing right. It's O'Neill, with 2 L's. There's another Colonel O'Neil with only one L - he has no sense of humor at all.
      The Colonel O'Neill in the movie Stargate spelled his name with only one L so it looked like, Colonel Jack O'Neil.

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