Stargate SG-1

Season 4 Episode 7

Watergate

3
Aired Friday 8:00 PM Aug 11, 2000 on Syfy
8.5
out of 10
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248 votes
5

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Episode Summary

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The Russians ask for assistance when they reveal they have the second Stargate, but it has become locked onto an alien water planet, not only preventing the SGC's Gate from functioning but endangering the Russian base.

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  • Ohh No

    6.5
    Please.... anyone but Marina Sirtis. Hell, it could ave been Ruth Buzzi, just not Marina Sirtis's horrible Russian accent. The SG team is contacted by the Russians after they open A stargate and it refuses to close. What we find is that the water sample taken form the planet is actually an intelligent life form and it only wants to go home.
  • The Russians have a stargate...

    9.0
    This another classic season 4 episode, and now for the first time in the series another government becomes aware of the stargate. Plus Harry Maybourne returns! Yay! For some reason I really kind of like Maybourne, largely because of his change in heart later in the series when he tries, in his own way, to help the SGC. Anyway, this episode was pretty neat, lots of good Jack humor, especially when they jump out of the plane. The "water" in this episode was a pretty far out concept and yet it was still pretty believable. I really liked the idea of sending a sub through the gate, and that makes me wish they would've sent a different vehicle(Humvee, maybe, I think the gate's big enough) through our gate at some point in the series. I mean it would make sense to use a transport for some planets to cover more ground. I really liked the line Jack gave at the end, too, really good line to fade out on.moreless
  • One Stargate for every nation...

    6.9
    It looks like they just could not do it without backup Stargate. Now, when they have lost one, they needed to find new one. And Russians did found it and we had one of those stories where difference of the cultures brings some troubles - this case a little more than some. We also learn what Maybourne is doing after little set-backs on his stealing artifacts affair. If SGC takes a stargate, he will find himself a new one.



    On the whole, the episode had little action, little mysteries but nothing too much compared with the last two previous episodes. So, avarage but nothing too special.moreless
  • I didn't like this episode...

    6.5
    SG-1 has to go to Russia to stop their outgoing wormhole that they established with the Antarctic gate that they fished from the ocean. It ends up just to be a misunderstaning between the lifeforms that the Russians brought through the gate and everything returns to normal by the end. The episode story was ok, but slightly boreing. The main thing that annoyed me was the russian scientist woman. She was annoying. That simple. ANNOYING! Anyways, the episode had its moments, but it was predictable and slow. There have been a lot better SG-1 episodes and this one is just a downer.moreless
  • A good, entertaining story and some great humour. Exactly what I've come to love about this show.

    8.5
    I've always had a soft spot for this episode. It's easy to disregard it as a lesser episode partly for the fact it comes right after the much-loved "Window of Opportunity", but I don't. This is an episode I can watch again and again and not get bored of, despite some lulls.



    So, the good points. Like I said in the summary, I think this episode has a very entertaining, well-written plot. It's a neat little idea to have the Russians find the Stargate from Thor's ship, but it's also in a way pivotal for starting off the fragile relationship between America and Russia concerning the Stargate, which is something I've come to enjoy quite a bit.



    But of course one of the episode's biggest attributes is its humour. There are plenty of great gags throughout this episode, in particular between O'Neill and Markov. But it's also nice to see Daniel make a couple of wisecracks for a change. Is this the starting point of Daniel's character change into more of a smart-ass? (Which, I must admit, is a change I'll come to love).



    And, I must admit, I love practically every episode featuring Maybourne. I just love his character and Tom McBeath who plays him, as well as the brilliant chemistry he has with O'Neill. It's a shame he doesn't appear until later on in the episode, but he's a joy to see onscreen either way.



    The only real bad things about this episode are minor. Firstly I'm not really a fan of Marina Sirtis' performance as Markov. She certainly emotes adequately, but there's something about her accent that doesn't quite ring true (and my mother, who's Russian, commented a few times on some of her pronunciations), and, as much as I fear that it will make me sound insensitive and racist, I found her accent at times to be quite irritating.



    A couple of other little thing I remember specifically about this episode that annoy me a little involve some of the effects. The vomiting effect, for instance, just seems silly and unrealistic. But in particular the final living water effect where it consumes Daniel, Carter, and Markov just seems really fake and silly to me. But one thing I should add briefly at the end here is that I really like the ending. On the audio commentary, the director said he wasn't happy about it and that there was another ending that they dropped, but I personally felt they made the right choice. I love O'Neill's last lines, and I enjoy saying them along with him whenever I watch it.



    All in all, this is a personal favourite of mine from season 4. A well-written, entertaining episode in the classic SG-1 tradition, and an important starting point for the relationship with Russia that will go on to be well developed.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

Marina Sirtis

Marina Sirtis

Dr. Svetlana Markov

Guest Star

Darryl Scheelar

Darryl Scheelar

Co-Pilot

Guest Star

Tom McBeath

Tom McBeath

Colonel Harry Maybourne

Recurring Role

Gary Jones

Gary Jones

Technician/Sergeant Walter Davis

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Trivia: Concerning Jack's statement about never being on a submarine, Jack was on the Russian submarine Foxtrot in the season opener "Small Victories", but is maintaining the US fiction that they have no idea what happened to that sub.

    • Trivia: Russian Stargate room pass code: 6996

    • When the submersible goes through the gate, the cable suspending it detaches from an anchor on the top of the sub, but when they emerge from the other side of the gate, the anchor is gone.

    • At about 15:47 into the episode when SG1 and Marina Sirtis are at the Russian facility, you can see that she has some sort of mouthpiece. In the next shot it is gone.

    • In most cases, Russian surnames are gender specific. Markov would refer to a male member of her family, whereas her name should be Markóva.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Dr. Markov: We're going to have to jump.
      Daniel: (incredulously) Out of the plane?

    • Jack: (about jumping out of the plane) It's easy! Just jump and pull this.
      T'ealc: This does not seem wise, O'Neill.
      Jack: I said it was easy, not wise.

    • Markov: I'm going with or without you, Colonel.
      Jack: I suppose you expect my male bravado to kick in right about now?
      Markov: I've read your file.
      Jack: No mention of bravado, eh?

    • Markov: (about Jack) Is he always like this?
      Carter: Actually, this is quite charming.

    • Daniel: Could we stop agreeing on how we are going to die and start doing something about it?

    • Teal'c: (staring at a frozen Maybourne) Do not humans usually die when they are frozen?
      Jack: Usually... they usually don't breath when they're dead either...

    • Daniel: (sarcastically) Well, given the obvious solid craftmanship that went into this thing, I don't see how this possibly could have happened.
      Markov: If you're implying that everything Russian made is of poor quality, actually, the sub is Swiss.
      Daniel: So they occasionally catch fire but they keep perfect time?... Sorry, I've been hanging around Jack O'Neill too much.

    • Carter: We are completely stationary, it's like we're stuck in the mud.
      Daniel: Without the mud.

    • Markov: What? The gauge must be malfunctioning!
      Daniel: But it's Swiss...

    • Jack: It's called a parachute. (Teal'c looks skeptical)
      Sam: It slows your descent when you jump out of a plane.
      Teal'c: This device seems poorly designed to provide such a function.

    • Sam: How do you know about the SGC?
      Markov: I have read extensive files on all of you.
      Jack: The question was: how?
      Markov: I learned to read English at the age of 6, it's not difficult.
      Jack: Russian humor...

    • Dr. Markov: (looking down into a container) It's gone!
      Jack: If I ask what and you say it's classified, I'm gonna shoot you.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Marina Sirtis (Dr. Svetlana Markov) who played Counselor Deanna Troi on The Next Generation is the fourth "Star Trek" regular/recurring role to appear on the show as of this episode. She was preceded by Armin Shimerman (Anteaus) in "The Nox", who played Quark on Deep Space Nine, Dwight Shultz (The Keeper) in "The Gamekeeper", who played Lieutenant Barclay on The Next Generation, and Rene Auberjonois (Alar) in "The Other Side", who played Odo on Deep Space Nine.

    • Kurt Russell, who played Colonel Jonathan "Jack" O'Neil in Stargate, visited the set during the filming of this episode. He was filming 3000 Miles to Graceland nearby.

    • Syndication airdate: October 29, 2001.

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Jack: Holy frozen badguy!
      This is most likely a take on the old Batman show from the 60s in which Robin would say "Holy (something here)" in every episode.

    • Solaris:
      The idea of the Soviets/Russians encountering an sentient ocean on another world is similiar to the Andrei Tarkovsky version of Solaris.

    • Title
      The title of this episode is clearly a reference to the Watergate scandal during the Nixon administration.

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