Stargate SG-1

Season 9 Episode 4

The Ties That Bind

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Aug 05, 2005 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

In order to free themselves of the bond created by the Jaffa bracelets, Daniel and Vala must locate and return the items she stole from the bracelets' previous owner.

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  • Aftermath of the Goa'uld cuffs leads the not yet "SG1" team to get back on Vala's past forfeits.

    Not that it has been unpleasant to watch, but this episode is the weakest of the season so far. Vala is receiving some character developpement but finally were we to be convinced she was a hifh standard interplanetary crook? I don't think so!

    More interresting point to the stragate continuity, the budget issue raised by this episode (Stargate command should operate on a 70% budget cut, with priorities given to the spatial shipbuiding) highlights the effect of the Atlantis mission on the whole stargate program. It is now time to prioritize in a universe where budgets are not unlimited (see nowadays isues of cuts in armament programs).

    But this subplot gives also strength to the necessity to go and dig so as to find proof of the malivolent intentions behind the actions of the now appearing Ori's priar. The Ori have not yet be "allowed" to achieve the rank of arch vilain, and my guess is that they won't be until a big mid-season cliffhanger.

    Daniel Jackson seems to be still the lead character. That's logical in some extent, but we need some more leadership taken by Mitchell. he needs to be put in tough choices situations so as to make the best out of his character.

    One last issue to be raised: not having seen that much of Farscape's episodes i am not polluted by the Black and Browder presence on screen. But i cannot either assert if some of their previous acting dynamic is somehow existing on screen. If someone has an opinion on that, i would be glad to hear!moreless
  • Silly, Humorous episode, breaks the serious monotony of the show...

    They writers must feel that the show has been too serious and decided to take a goofy turn. This episode was funny, and made me laugh. Every show needs this once in a while!! [Note: if any writers read this... ONCE IN A WHILE] But hopefully they will get back to business next week.
  • Vala and Daniel Jackson go on a scavenger hunt!

    The Ties That Bind

    In looking at the preview for this episode it became evident to me that Claudia Black (Vala) was involved in a six story arc, even though the episode titles do not indicate that the stories are all related. While some may complain that all of the planets looks like Earth (specifically the Pacific Northwest) there is a certain logic to that since the Goa’uld would seed the humans on planets that would support them with a minimum of work on their part.

    While this is a story that has been done before (M.A.S.H. Episode 41, “For Want of a Boot” among others) it is a standby that always works. The progression from Arlos (and the images of Wallace Shawn and Claudia Black having a passionate, hot relationship) desire for the necklace back, to Inago wanting the obsolete power coil back (his shop being located in a Ha’tak Pyramid Mall is a nice touch) to Brother Caius needing his Cargo Ship to Tenat and Jup wanting Vala (to bring her to ‘justice’) has just enough of the suggestion of the ridiculous to make this an excellent episode.

    After the high drama of “Origin” an episode that simultaneously provides some comic relief while still moving the Vala Story Arc is to be applauded. Not what we want every week, but a nice change of pace.moreless
  • Te 9th season, a whole new stile comming from farscape???

    The 9th Season is completely different than the others, but in a good way. Finaly the stargate comand is creating something new. I am not sure everyone will love it, but I do. Now it is a mix of Stargate and Farscape. The 2 new characters that comes from the Farscape serries are realy putting something new into the stargate (more fun maybe). I realy think his serries neede new blood, because all that they had to say were said (ghoa\'uld, replicants, ...) you can always invent a new enemy but a new way of expressing them is great. Keep on the good work!moreless
  • I can see where this is going

    It is becoming painfully obvious where this is leading. The show was going down hill halfway through Season 7 but now it is just falling down that hill. In the older seasons planets were given the flavor of being unlike Earth, but now where ever we go, we might as well be on Earth. Just. We are even getting that Atlantis feeling of having inferior characters. If the rest of the galaxy from this point is like life on earth, then I might as well stay here.moreless
Christopher Judge

Christopher Judge


Ben Browder

Ben Browder

Lieutenant Colonel Cameron Mitchell

Beau Bridges

Beau Bridges

General Henry "Hank" Landry

Michael Shanks

Michael Shanks

Dr. Daniel Jackson

Wallace Shawn

Wallace Shawn


Guest Star

Michael P. Northey

Michael P. Northey


Guest Star

Darren Moore

Darren Moore


Guest Star

Claudia Black

Claudia Black


Recurring Role

Morris Chapdelaine

Morris Chapdelaine


Recurring Role

Lexa Doig

Lexa Doig

Dr. Carolyn Lam

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (22)

    • Vala: I noticed you've assigned a woman. Are you afraid that I might corrupt one of your impressionable young men?
      Daniel: No, I just thought I'd save someone the trouble of having to rebuff your advances.
      Vala: How do you know you succeeded?
      (Vala winks at the female guard)

    • Vala: This is a little keepsake. Something to remember you by.
      Daniel: This is a priceless artifact.
      Vala: As priceless as the memories we share?
      (Daniel snatches the artifact away)

    • Merchant: This once belonged to the First Prime of Bastet. It's completely unique, one of a kind. And I am going to give it to you, for three ounces of naquadah. Huh? No? (shows another exact replica) Two for five!

    • Mitchell: (to an alien) So who do you like in the NFL this year? You kinda strike me as a Raiders fan.

    • Vala: Here to see me off – that's sweet.
      Daniel: We've been through a lot together. I just wanted to come here myself and . . . make sure you're thoroughly searched.

    • Vala: Can't blame a girl for trying.
      Daniel: Yeah, I can.

    • Landry: Walter, don't make me promote you . . .

    • (While trying to hack a door control panel)
      Vala: Daniel, why don't you let me do it?
      Daniel: I can do it. Just do me a favor, I need some help!
      Vala: Okay, what?
      Daniel: Go to the panel by the near exit!
      Vala: Ok, now what?
      Daniel: Stay there, shut up and let me finish!

    • Vala: How dare you assume I stole them. I may have a less than perfect reputation, but . . .
      Daniel: You told me you stole them!
      Vala: Did I?
      Daniel: Yes.

    • Vala: Nice distraction, boys.
      Mitchell: Oh, that's what we're doing . . .

    • Mitchell: Well, wait, wait, wait. I've got an idea. We dig a big old pit, we drop these two in it, and we let them fight it out.
      (Daniel and Mitchell point their zats)
      Daniel: I'll ask again. Deal?

    • Vala: Daniel, do you happen to have one of these... credit cards.
      Daniel: Yes I do. And no you can't.

    • Vala: We can be partners – we can split everything down the middle, 60/40.

    • Vala: Since I'm here, shall we make the best of it?
      Daniel: No, we shalln't.

    • Daniel: Sometimes I just forget what you've been through. If you've actually been through any of that – are you messing with me?
      Vala: Is it working?
      Daniel: Get out! Go, get out! Go!

    • Vala: I have to assume that the reason you want to build more ships is, like other men, you like big machines with big engines that fire big missiles, because you have a deep-seated need to overcompensate for your own shortcomings.
      Appropriations Chairman: Excuse me?
      (female stenographer snickers)
      Vala: See? She knows what I mean.

    • Vala: Am I really so repulsive?
      Jackson: No.. eh?...No!

    • Inago: Vala, you cowardly backstabbing sorry excuse for a woman! How have you been?
      Vala: Inago, you filthy double-talking slug. Nice to see you.
      Mitchell: Obviously they dated.

    • Teal'c: Col. Mitchell, at times you remind me of O'Neill.
      Mitchell: I'll take that as a compliment.
      Teal'c: As you wish...

    • Brother Kaias: I have to get out of here. I can't take anymore...the fasting, the chanting...bathing of the poor...if I have to weave one more prayer basket... I'm gonna kill someone... (to passerby) Pleasant day! Pleasant day!

    • Mitchell: Well...that went better than I expected.
      Vala: I'm picking up ships...lots of 'em.
      Mitchell: Correction. That went much worse than I expected.

    • Vala: I hate long good-byes.
      Daniel: (quickly) Okay, good-bye.
      Vala: Don't I get a hug...?

  • NOTES (7)


    • Mitchell: Well, you've only got 45 minutes before you turn into a pumpkin and I have to drag you back
      This is a reference to the fairy tale Cinderella, in which a fairy godmother turns a pumpkin into a stage coach, in order for a princess to attend a ball. However, she only has until midnight before the stage coach reverts back to a pumpkin.

    • Mitchell: We don't know any Vala.
      Mitchell says this while negotiating with Arlos, and waves his hand in a manner reminiscient of Jedis using the Jedi mind trick. This alludes to the various Star Wars movies where the Jedi could influence the weak-willed.

    • Mitchell: Trebek the Destroyer?
      This is a reference to Alex Trebek, the long-time host of the game show Jeopardy!.

    • Mitchell: Well...Grabthar the Hammer.
      This is a reference to the film Galaxy Quest in which "By Grabthar's hammer, by the sons of Worvan, you shall be avenged." is the catchphrase of Dr. Lazarus/Alexander Dane (Alan Rickman) in the fictional TV show, also called Galaxy Quest, featured in that film.

    • Vala's pulse-pistol
      The weapon Vala (Claudia Black) points at the salesman she sold the necklace to (around 13 minutes into the episode), is almost identical to the one she and Ben Browder used in Farscape, but not quite the same design. Almost certainly a deliberate in-joke to that series.