Stargate SG-1

Season 1 Episode 3

The Enemy Within

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Aug 01, 1997 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

While the U.S. government determines the fate of Teal'c, SGC must deal with one of its own that has been taken over by a Goa'uld.

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  • Labotomy

    Poor Kawalsky. As seen in the end of the pilot. Kawalsky is infected with a Goa'uld and the SG team need to find a way to remove it. Being the third 'Episode" of the show we are also intorduced to the general psychological operation of the Goa'uld and what it means to be infected with one and what it would take to remove it.

    I always felt bad for Kawalksy he was a very likable character in such a short time and yet in the end... Sniff.moreless
  • Picking up right where it left off, this episode is a good concusion to the seasons beginning.

    (If you have not seen this episode you may want to refrain from reading any further, as this review contains spoilers)

    The episode is centered on Kowalsky, showing us in a systematic fashion the changes that he undertakes as the goa'uld parasite within him vies for control. The result is a very fast paced episode that leads us successfully to the dramatic conclusion.

    The most important aspect about the episode is the great bond between O'neill and Kowalsky, on which the writers have been working on in the pilot as well. The lines changed between the two are quite few in number, but they are well enough written and played to make us warm up to the tragic ending. From the moment O'neill recommends Kowalsky for promotion in the pilot (joking that he had a moment of weakness) there is obviously a great attachment between the two. Kowalsky has the heart and spirit of a young cadet in a way, his energy and dream of commanding a team perhaps being similar to that of O'neill's himself once. The fact that most of Jack's other teammates in SGC are scientists, makes for an even better reason to see in Kowalsky one of his best friends, with whom he can best identify. Following this line of thought, from my point of view, O'neill's joke about the stereo is the true climax of the episode. It's the last conversation between the two, because as the colonel will later recount, his friend died on the opperating table.

    Apart from Kowalsky's drama, the epispode also shows us a little more on how "the goa'uld work". Impudent as always the goa'uld will not even consider a negotiation, the word "demand" being one of the few in his dictionary. A thing that ultimately works excelent, and the word-war between the general and him representing some strong plausible writing.

    Last but not least, Teal'c also proves himself and joins SG1. His proud, upright stance, with the stargate glowing behind him, as he challenged the goa'uld was also a very nice touch.

    So, drawing the line this was a very good second episode. The tension was just as high as in the first and from many points of view this can be seen as part 3 of the pilot.moreless
  • Kawalski may have more than a headache...

    “The Enemy Within” is such a great episode, I enjoyed it more than the previous two episodes, but those were great as well. The entire story about Kawalsky having the alien in him that takes him over and wants to communicate with Teal’C is just really cool. This also felt like the real first episode of the TV series, the first two just seemed to wrap up the lose ends of the movie. From the acting to the writing, it really kept me on the edge of my seat. With all that said, this was a great way to begin!moreless
  • Another great episode!

    I hadn't realized how much I had liked Kawalsky until I watched this episode for a second time. I think O'Neill and Kawalsky were great at bouncing things off each other. They just had this chemistry that I hadn't paid attention to before. I think it would have been nice if Kawalsky could have been a regular on the show and leader of SG-2. I'm not saying that he should of been in the show every week, but he still could of showed up every once in awhile.

    Anyways, I thought this episode was a good one. It's nice to look back every once in a while and see how the characters have changed over the years, especially Teal'c.moreless
  • Major Kawalsy is taken over by a Gould and the SGC must help restore him to normal.

    This is one of my favorites. I personally like Major Kawalshy's character and would have enjoyed him as a recurring character that commanded SG-2. Anyway this episode was well written, up and til the end it was a suprise to find out the Major was not cured and that there is still a crisis. I like this show because its not perdictable, its not a "happily ever after all the time" show. It also marked Teal'cs alligence to Earth and formed the SG-1 team. I always liked it when a member of the SGC is taken over and the battle between the Gould and the Host. Overall well-written. A standard to what the show Stargate:SG-1 is about, handling a crisis and trying to do the moral thing at the same time.moreless
Richard Dean Anderson

Richard Dean Anderson

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

Christopher Judge

Christopher Judge


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

Kevin McNulty

Kevin McNulty

Dr. Warner

Guest Star

Alan Rachins

Alan Rachins

Colonel Kenedy

Guest Star

Warren Takeuchi

Warren Takeuchi

Young Doctor

Guest Star

Jay Acovone

Jay Acovone

Major Kawalsky

Recurring Role

Gary Jones

Gary Jones

Technician/Sergeant Walter Davis

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (10)

    • During the operation on Kawalsky there is a closeup of the timer showing 01:19:50 and counting but in a later shot there is a glimpse of the timer under the surgeon's arm showing 00:23:48.

    • Trivia: In this episode we learn that an immature symbiote cannot exert control until the host loses consciousness. This concept is not visited again until the Season 6 episode, "Nightwalkers."

    • During Jackson and Carter's briefing on the DHD, all the people sat around the table are wearing SG-1 mission patches. Only O'Neill, Carter and Jackson should have had those at the time.

    • Trivia: Standard recon missions to P3A-575 and P3A-577 are mentioned.

    • When Kawalsky is dialing out, we hear the sound of the wormhole opening, but a moment later, the camera perspective shifts to a view out the control room window and the Stargate is still dialing, the wormhole not yet active as the blast shield comes down.

    • After the first attack you hear the wormhole shutting down and Sgt. Walter Davis looks at the computer screen it display's the wormhole as idle but when General Hammond calls for the radiation teams to move in you can still see the symbol lights lit and when the camera pan's back the shimmering white light from behind the Stargate is still there, then when Maj. Kawalsky leaves you can see all the computer screens flashing Destruct sequence activated even though the destruct sequence had been aborted by Hammond and Davis. Then when the Stargate starts to move again the lights are still on around the Stargate. This has not happened in any other episodes.

    • How did Kawalsky start the auto-destruct by himself? It takes two officers to start it and to abort it.

    • When Teal'c is in his quarters, the symbol on his head is upside down.

    • When Kawalsky (Goa'uld) was dialing out, they said he was going to Chulak but he was going to Abydos because the last glyph was that of Abydos and probably because they used the dialing sequence from the Stargate movie.

    • Kawalsky goes from barely able to speak at all when he is speaking to Jack in pre-op to being able to speak clearly and ask General Hammond to make sure that he wakes up as "me or not at all" without any croak in his voice or any other apparent strain.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Daniel: You don't think the Goa'ulds are sending people through, do you?
      Jack: Be like bugs on a windshield.

    • Teal'c: Some, like Apophis, are great kings and rule over many worlds as their Gods but they have no need for peace. If they could kill you, they would.

    • Jack: (to Kawalsky, post-operation) That's right, Dorothy. It was all a dream.

    • Teal'c: He was your friend.
      Jack: My friend died on the table.

    • Hammond: Just what kind of officer are you, Colonel?
      Kennedy: Sir?
      Hammond: As long as there is a snowball's chance in hell that my officer will come out of this procedure alive. We'll go ahead with it.
      Kennedy: With respect, General, I feel I should take this to my superiors.
      Hammond: Well, me, I'll probably just call the President and get approval right from the horse's mouth. But sure, you go right ahead, Colonel. Talk to your superiors. In the meantime, let's get the job done.

    • Kennedy: I heard the operation was a big success, sir. Congratulations. I have my orders to return to Langley.
      Hammond: Don't let the door hit your ass on the way out.

    • Hammond: I can understand how Kawalsky feels - this job gives me a headache too.
      Jack: What's the bad news, General?
      Hammond: Not much for small talk are you, Colonel?
      Jack: How was your weekend? Get any fishing in?

    • Teal'c: If I had killed you then, I would not be here now.
      Jack: Neither would I.

    • Daniel: So this iris is going to hold, right?
      Sam: Pure titanium, less than three micrometers from the event horizon. It won't even allow matter to fully reintegrate.
      Jack: So this iris is going to hold, right?
      Sam: If it doesn't, the fail-safe device will detonate, this whole mountain will vaporize, and there'll be nothing to worry about.
      Jack: Ah, good. I feel much better.

    • Jack: You know, I'm kinda partial to P3A-575. You don't mind taking P3A-577, do you?
      Kawalsky: No, I'll take 577.
      Jack: I'm not married to it. I want to be fair about this. How 'bout we flip for it?

    • Jack: (to a barely coherent Kawalsky) If you don't make it...can I have your stereo?

  • NOTES (3)

    • During the making of this episode, Amanda Tapping (Samantha Carter), was injured. In the scene when Kawalsky and Carter are in the elevator, and Carter reaches for the phone, Kawalsky throws her against the wall. This is where Tapping was actually injured. They couldn't use a double because the camera was pointed towards her face.

    • Jay Acovone (Major Kawalsky) would later return in the Season Two episode "The Gamekeeper", the Season Three episode "Point of View" and the Season Eight finale "Moebius Part II"

    • Syndication air date: September 21, 1998.