Stargate SG-1

Season 10 Episode 13

The Road Not Taken

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Apr 27, 2007 on Syfy



  • Trivia

    • When Sam surfs the Internet after her interview is pulled, a couple of humorous and risque "hits" may be seen briefly on her computer screen.

  • Quotes

    • Carter: Not Rodney Mackay?
      Lorne: Yeah. You have one too, huh? Is he a jerk in your universe?
      Carter: Hah, some people think so.

    • President Landry: Charlie, I need a speech explaining to the American people why it's a good thing they'll be without power for an undisclosed period of time.

    • Alternate McKay: (to Sam) I saw you on TV. Well, recorded you, actually. Not that I watched it more than once, I recorded it in order to watch you…once. How can I help you?

    • Sam: No, this is different. Look, according to M-theory there are a fixed number of alternate dimensions existing in parallel with our known universe. The multi-verse theory, on the other hand, posits the existence of an infinite number of alternate universes, each evolving concurrently with our own.
      Lorne: Well, is there a universe out there somewhere where you're giving me a straight answer?

    • Hammond: I understand you're coming to see certain things about this world that you don't like. To tell the truth, we don't much like them either. But you weren't here for the riots. You didn't see American citizens shooting each other over food, water and gasoline. Hank Landry brought us back from the brink of chaos!
      Sam: That was three years ago!
      Hammond: The threat is still out there!
      Sam: That's the problem! It always will be.

    • Sam: At least on my world we don't intend to abandon the rest of the galaxy to the Ori.
      President Landry: Maybe not now. But what do you think will happen if you give them a foolproof way to hide like you've given us? Don't be surprised if the rest of the galaxy suddenly doesn't seem that important anymore.
      Sam: Well, see, I know at least one man who won't feel that way. He's the leader of Stargate Command. His name is General Hank Landry.

    • Sam: The Rodney I know is a master of subtle persuasion.
      Alternate McKay: Hmmm. Oh, you're lying again, aren't you?

    • Alternate McKay: I'm not sure what you said, but they're letting you go.
      Sam: Wow. I guess they must have realized I'm more trouble then I'm worth.
      Alternate McKay: Huh, I remember I said the same thing the day we got divorced.

    • Sam: This is not a joke, McKay. In my reality, you're a key member of a team of international scientists and explorers based in the Pegasus Galaxy. You go on dangerous adventures, you deal with high-level alien technology.
      Alternate McKay: Hmm, sounds like I'm a chump.

    • Sam: This is gonna come as a bit of a shock but... I'm not who you think I am
      McKay: Oh my god, you're a lesbian, is that what you're trying to tell me?

    • Vala: Hey what was I like in that reality?
      Sam: You were in jail.
      Vala: Not again.

    • Teal'c: When you did not return for several hours we began to suspect that something may have gone wrong.
      Vala: Well we just assumed that the machine had malfunctioned and you were stuck out of phase.
      Teal'c: We attempted to communicate with you using the Sodan cloaking device, and when that failed...
      Sam: What?
      Vala: We took shifts, trying to keep you company.
      Sam: You mean...?
      Mitchell: Yeah, we talked to an empty room.
      Sam: For two weeks.
      Mitchell: It did stop eventually, but it did go on for quite some time.
      Teal'c: Indeed.
      Sam: Well that must have been some conversation.

    • Sam: The Rodney McKay I know wouldn't back down from a challenge. He is one of the most forthright, courageous and selfless men I have ever met.
      Alternate McKay: Hmm. Oh, you're making that up aren't you.
      Sam: Most of it, yeah.

    • (Mitchell walks in to the room where Sam is working and walks into a forcefield)
      Sam: Didn't you read my sign?
      Mitchell: No! Yes. (sees the paper sign on Sam's desk and shows Sam) You mean this one?
      Sam: (quietly) That was supposed to be outside.

  • Notes

    • When Sam's at the celebration party the President throws after being saved from the Ori attack, we can hear Stargate's main theme being played at the piano.

    • Dr. Daniel Jackson does not appear in this episode.

    • Coincidentally in early drafts of the scripts for "Lost City", the President did disclose the Stargate program to the world similar to the back story of this episode. Had that remained, that would have had a more positive effect as it would have been the basis for the large multinational cooperation in the Atlantis Expedition in Stargate Atlantis instead of shattering alliances and diplomatic ties among Earth's nations.

    • International Air Dates:
      Australia: October 4, 2007
      Canada: April 26, 2007
      New Zealand: October 6, 2007

    • This is the 200th episode appearance for Amanda Tapping as the character Samantha Carter in the Stargate SG-1 series.

    • First aired Tuesday, January 23th, 2007 at 8pm on the British television channel Sky One.

  • Allusions

    • Title
      The title of this episode is an allusion to the poem by Robert Frost of the same name. Frost wrote this poem in response to his friend Edward Thomas who would, in their walks together, take Frost down one path and then wonder about the other path they could have chosen.