Stargate SG-1

Season 8 Episode 18


Aired Friday 8:00 PM Mar 11, 2005 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

While Daniel finds himself in a mysterious diner suspended between death and ascension, Jacob's fate takes an unexpected turn, Jack and Sam consider their romantic lives, and Anubis unleashes his plan for galactic destruction.

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  • Noooooooooooooo!! It can't be him!!

    Oh, man, this was one of the best episodes by far! It was great to finally get some good insight into the nature of the Ascended. I felt the episode was executed wonderfully. I got chills when I realized "Jim" was Anubis. And then I got this weird retroactive creepy feeling as I re-played the episode's events in light of this revelation.

    Oma! Dumb, dumb, Oma! How could you be deceived by that snake! Argh!!!

    But I guess I shouldn't be so hard on her.. she's apparently the only ascended one who actually takes a concerned interest in the material realm. Yay, Oma!

    Oh, nevemind, I forgot about Orlin. But then again, he was just infatuated with Carter... not really an altruistic interest I suppose.

    Yah, so yay, Oma! :)moreless
  • The aftermath of the final battle that could be called the series finale.

    With the Replicators destroyed and the Goa'uld beaten and exposed as false gods only some things were left to be resolved. Firstly, of course, the storyline of Anubis finally ended with the sacrifice of the being who helped him ascend. Oma Desala did what she had to do and so she is the hero - not the ignorant Others. I think it's safe to say that they had no right to let Anubis destroy the galaxy just to teach Oma a lesson. I would have even liked it if not only the Ori were destroyed (season 10) but the Ancients also.

    Then, Sam&Jack storyline also developed but I think that more should have happened between them (mainly because nothing will ever happen even when the series end). I mean - both of them were single by the end of this episode. So the writers should have gone for it and finally "make them happy". Well that's what I think anyway - therefore 9.5 not 10, 'cause it looked as if the writers were afraid to end this once and for all.

    As I said this episode is worthy of the title of Series Finale because after watching it the whole show seemed "complete" for me.

    [Wrote this review after rewatching almost all of SG-1 - and to make it short - both parts of Reckoning and Threads are the best episodes of Stargate SG-1]moreless
  • A very powerful episode.

    Oh, this was just amazing. With the Reckoning parts and this - they really seem like to close things and this really looked liked the ending - a very emotional, powerful and beautiful.

    I adore Daniel in cafe and all that talk. Oma storyline has been one of the most fascinating ones, I most say. And the way we finally learn much more about her and the reasons and her past - that makes so much more clear.

    Then the Jaffas. The way it looks like all the gained has now lost and just on the right moment Oma makes the right decision. Amazing storyline.

    And ofcourse.. the most important storyline of this episode Sam - Jacob has been such a great char and he has really become very sympathetic and one of those chars you are always happy to see. I was crying... And maybe even more in the end scene - it looked so peaceful.. finally going to fishing... it was amazing episode.moreless
  • Felt like a finale.

    This episode was near perfect. Not really an action packed one, but it was really emotional and with some intense moments. I could have rate it 10 but I still don`t understand why Jack and Carter are still not together after that? OK, everything in that episode did lead to their union ...right? I would have been satisfy with Jack retiring to get with Sam. With Richard Dean Anderson leaving the show afterwards, it would have been a fair closure for Jack...leaving room for some guest appearances for sure. That`s my only complain...this relationship is just not getting a closure.

    I love Daniel`s story. It was intriguing and that coffee guy later revealed to be Anubis, that was quite a shock. Also, we got answers on what happened when and why Daniel was brought back to life after being ascended.

    Well, it did feel like a finale. The grand victory over Anubis and the replicators defeated in the previous episode. Everything was patched up beautifully.moreless
  • good episode...

    I usually don't like slow episodes that have little action, but this one was really good. It was major character development and it was quite interesting, on all fronts. Daniel is stuck in a diner between the two planes of existence and Oma is trying to get him to ascend. Meanwhile, Sam is having some boyfriend problems and her father dies. I love Selmac/Jacob. He was one of my favorite regular characters. I'm happy that he died the way he died; it was pretty cool. The show needs to change after 8 seasons and, if that means killing Selmac, then so be it. There were some very sweet moments between Jack and Sam and it really makes me think that one should resign and they should be together. They are perfect for each other. The show keeps hinting at it, why don't they just go off and love each other! Anyways, I'm happy that Sam broke it off with Pete, or she will anyways. I didn't like him. He wasn't right for her. Jack's girlfriend was pretty pointless. It just shows that Jack and Sam are the only ones right for each other. Anyways, it was a really good episode. We get to see the semi-ascended version of Anubis, which was creepy. His laugh just creeped me out. Overall, very well-written episode, great story, great development, great everything.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

Michael Shanks

Michael Shanks

Dr. Daniel Jackson

Mel Harris

Mel Harris

Oma Desala

Guest Star

Isaac Hayes

Isaac Hayes


Guest Star

Rik Kiviaho

Rik Kiviaho


Guest Star

Carmen Argenziano

Carmen Argenziano

Jacob Carter/Selmak

Recurring Role

David DeLuise

David DeLuise

Pete Shanahan

Recurring Role

Tony Amendola

Tony Amendola


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • When Oma places Daniel's order she says "Two Checkersboards," meaning he should get two waffles. Yet when he receives his order, he has four waffles on his plate.

    • Trivia: The "Ancient Device" Anubis is trying to gain control of that will destroy our galaxy (the Milky Way), was originally used by the Ancients to create life in the Milky Way.

    • When Sam is talking to Jack at Jack's house, the door seen behind Sam changes from being open just a little to being more open. This changes several times.

    • When Anubis was dialing in to Earth (along with all other planets), the dialing computer reads "IDLE" and does not move the ring on the screen like it usually does when someone activates the gate offworld.

    • Carter says Jacob should have died four years ago. But Selmak saved his life in "The Tok'ra Part Two" from Season Two which was nearly six years ago.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Sam: Dad?
      Jacob: What?
      Sam: Its been two hours since Pete left, you haven't said a word.
      Jacob: I did so.
      Sam: "He seems nice."
      Jacob: I believe that's three words.

    • Daniel: I don't understand. They only sent (Anubis) half way back, why not all the way?
      Oma: It's complicated.
      Daniel: Yeah, what isn't around here?

    • Bra'tac: What our people will require is a youthful, vital, leadership, and that is something others are better suited to provide.
      Teal'c: You are only as old as you believe yourself to be.
      Bra'tac: Talk to me in fifty years!
      Teal'c: Indeed I will.

    • Jim: I don't have anything against Oma. I think she's great, don't I? Hell, she's the one that helped me ascend. (Jim smiles evilly) You got it, huh?
      Daniel: You are Anubis.
      Jim/Anubis: Cheers!

    • Sam: Thank you, sir.
      Jack: For what?
      Sam: For being here for me.
      Jack: Always.

    • Daniel: So you're saying I can know Anubis is plotting to destroy all life in the galaxy and all I can do about it is stay here and contemplate my own enlightenment?
      Oma: You can eat your waffles.
      Daniel: No syrup?!

    • Daniel: Menus?
      Oma: We don't need them here. Just order what you'd like.
      Daniel: Okay I'll have the truth with a side order of clarity.
      Oma: The Replicator version of Sam was in your head trying to access the knowledge buried in your subconscious, but you gained control of her instead. She killed you to stop you. That's where I stepped in. How's that?
      Daniel: Pretty clear.
      Oma: Well, we aim to please. The customer comes first, you know!

    • Pete: This is great! You've really got one of those things in your head?
      Jacob: If, by "one of those things", you mean a two thousand year old Tok'ra symbiote, yes.
      Pete: Seriously?! Go on! (laughs.) That has gotta freak you right out sometimes! It's weird!

    • Sam: Pete Shanahan – Jacob Carter. Dad, this is Pete.
      Pete: Dad!
      Jacob: Not quite yet. You have to actually marry my daughter before you can call me that.

    • Jack: All we know for sure is that he's missing.
      Sam: Sooner or later ...
      Jack: Forget it! I'm not fallin' for it this time.
      Sam: "Falling for it"?
      Jack: Yeah! How many times have you thought he was gone, and then he shows up – in one form or another. I'm sorry, but we're not having a memorial service for someone who is not dead. You hear that?! I'm not buyin' it! (they look for a response - get nothing.) What? He's just waitin' for us to say a bunch of nice things about him. Next thing you know, he'll come waltzin' through that door, like, right now. (He and Sam look hopefully at the door - nothing still happens.) Waltzing ... now.

    • (the team go fishing)
      Sam: This is great.
      Jack: I told you.
      Sam: I can't believe we didn't do this years ago.
      Jack: Well, let's not dwell on it.
      Sam: There are no fish in this pond, are there?
      Jack: No.

    • Kerry: Well, y'know, now that the cat's out of the bag, you're here, why don't you just stay? I'm sure there's enough charred meat on the grill for all three of us.

    • Pete: How 'bout ... Selmak?
      Sam: Ah! He thought you were very charming.
      Pete: For a human.
      Sam: Well, generally speaking, that's my type!

    • Daniel: Can you tell me why you stopped me from killing Anubis the last time I was ascended?
      Oma: Because if I didn't stop you, the Others would have, and they wouldn't have been as nice about it.
      Daniel: You mean they wouldn't have erased my memory and left me naked on a planet?
      Oma: That was your choice. Okay, maybe not the naked part.

    • Daniel: But there is something you're not telling me.
      Oma: Is that what Jim said? You shouldn't be listening to him.
      Daniel: Why not?
      Oma: Because.
      Daniel: Good answer!
      Oma: Yes.

  • NOTES (10)

    • The stripped-down version omits the following material:
      Firstly, there wasn't a "Previously on Stargate SG1..."
      The opening scene between Ba'al and decaying Anubis where he says Ba'al has betrayed him.
      When Daniel first enters the diner.
      The entire scene of knighting Bra'tac and Teal'c on Dakara - nothing is mentioned of Jaffa freedom save they have control of the weapon.
      Some bantering between Pete and Sam when they walk down the corridors of the SGC (understandably non-essential) and the bantering between Sam, Pete and Jacob "Why didn't you tell me?" 'cept there was the "Do you really have one of those things in your head?"
      Oma explaining where exactly Daniel was and how he got there.
      Any scene with Bra'tac and Teal'c on a ship.
      Waking Jack up with Kerry in his bed.
      Daniel trying to talk to the other Ancients in the diner.
      The phone call from Pete, the florist scene and driving to the new house.
      Sam waiting in the car outside Jack's house.
      Teal'c and Bra'tac talking about age.
      Teal'c and Bra'tac on the ships when they were lured out.

    • The cafe where Daniel Jackson is with the ascended is the same set as "Der Waffle House" in another MGM production, Dead Like Me. In addition to reusing the Dead Like Me sets, there are subtle references to DLM. First, Daniel sits at the booth commonly used by the characters of DLM. Second, he mentions coming there after a funeral, and DLM was about grim reapers. Third, he orders waffles, as in "Der Waffle Haus." Fourth, at one point in the diner a woman dressed in a metermaid outfit walks right pass the camera, resembling Roxy from DLM.

    • This episode was played in Australia on March 3, 2005. However, the 60-minute version (including commercials) was the version played.

    • Other paper headlines:

      Astral Diner to be given infinite status.
      Yoga NOT the path to enlightenment.
      Ethereal Awareness Seminar to be held in Talnak Quadrant.
      Edge of Universe Discovered.
      Wraith On Way To Atlantis.

    • George Dzundza is the fourth actor to play Anubis. The Goa'uld was played by David Palffy in "Revelations", "Redemption Part I", "Full Circle", "Fallen", "Homecoming", "Evolution Part II" and "Lost City Parts I & II", by Dean Aylesworth in "Reckoning Part I", and by Rik Kiviaho in "Reckoning Part I" and this episode.

    • The officer at the desk when Carter gets the phone call from Pete (David DeLuise) is show producer—and brother—Peter DeLuise.

    • Originally aired on Sky One in the UK on the 8th of February 2005.

    • In the paper that Daniel is reading you can see part of a heading which reads "Wraith on the way to Atlantis". So the timelines of both series are still "synced"

    • Isaac Hayes is once again credited as "Special Guest Star Isaac Hayes".

    • Two versions of this episode were made. One is 90 minutes (including commercials) in length; the other, for syndication purposes and some overseas markets, is the standard 60 minutes in length, like any other normal episode of the show. The 90-minute version of this episode premiered on the Sci-Fi Channel in the USA and aired on Sky One for the UK.


    • Anubis: *whistling*
      When Anubis is in the cafe, he is whistling "Amazing Grace". Once we learn who he really is, the tune takes on a much more ironic meaning.