Stargate SG-1

Season 4 Episode 6

Window of Opportunity

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Aug 04, 2000 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

When an alien scientist activates a device that the Ancients created for time alterations, Jack and Teal'c get caught in a time loop.

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  • I loved this episode

    Window of Opportunity is one of my all time favourite episodes of Stargate, and of any TV show, ever made. The episode is great as it puts the focus on the two men of action in the show, Jack and Teal'c, and make them do the stuff Carter and Daniel would normally do.

    After being stuck in a time loop, Jack and Teal'c have to keep telling the other main characters each time that they are stuck and to try and work out how to fix it. They then start to translate the Ancient text bit by bit. However, they soon get bored and after perfecting a double juggling act, Jack and Teal'c decide to have a bit of fun instead. Cue the most hilarious scene in Stargate history.

    Everything about this scene was great. The now infamous Stargate golf segments were great. "Colonel O'Neill, what are you doing!?" "In the middle of my backswing!" The first official sign that Jack did love Carter was seen in this episode too, with him kissing Sam after resigning in one of the loops. Teal'c getting made at being bumped into each time and pushing the poor guy (I think it was Siler) through the door after snapping is also great. Jack not telling Daniel to watch out as someone is coming every time was also great (something Daniel actually guessed was happening in one time).

    This episode was great and funny without the need of parodies (*cough* 200 *cough*) and is in many, many fans best episodes lists, and for a good reason.moreless
  • Hysterical

    This is probably the single most funny SG episode ever created. O'Neill and Teal'c are stuck in a time loop and for the majority of the episode we get to see them carry on in absurd ways. The skill and comedic writing of this episode are superb as well as the execution of said writing by the actors. we also get to see the hint of Jacks real intelligence instead of the dumb dog he plays in most episodes. It is truly a shining episode in the entire SG-1 series.moreless
  • Stargate SG-1 meets Groundhog Day

    Stargate SG-1 copies from Groundhog Day, but not in a bad way.

    "Window of Opportunity" makes creative use of the premise of Groundhog Day for its own purposes. As you can probably guess, much hilarity ensues.

    The cleverest, hence funniest, is the technophobic, anti-intellectual Jack being forced to become knowledgeable about the esoteric minutiae of Daniel and Sam's scientific specialties -- ancient languages and astrophysics. It's the only way he and Teal'c can escape from the time loop. The series writers were at the top of their form here.

    I even liked the Callaway Golf product placement tableau.moreless
  • different and hilarious episode...

    this episode was really funny.

    i got to say that it was one of the better written episode because it allowed us to see a more funny side of teal'c and it also gave us an opportunity to see jack and teal'c be the one's that had to come up with an idea to save them, to solve the situation (normally sam and daniel are the ones that make the plans) so for me it was a different and hilarious episode.

    i loved the part that jack and teal'c were playing golf through the stargate.

    the final scene was very good i liked the fact that the guy from the planet only did it because he wanted to see his wife, it was a better solution that make him a bad guy.

    jack's words at the end about how he couldn't see his son die again were very emotional.moreless
  • Definately the best episode, great example of why SG-1 is so good

    This episode is without a shadow of a doubt the funniest and best to date. It is a really good example of what sets SG-1 apart from other Sci-fi's. I am yet to find another science fiction show that makes me laugh as hard as this one. Window of Opportunity is a "Groundhog Day" kind of episode that really shows how well the entire show is written and how good the actors are at comedy. I doubt that they will ever top this episode especially since Richard Dean Anderson has left. In any case, should some idiot need convincing of how funny the show can the show can be then they need to see Window of Opportunity.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

Robin Mossley

Robin Mossley


Guest Star

Cam Cronin

Cam Cronin

Door Airman

Guest Star

Peter DeLuise

Peter DeLuise

Airman Helping Daniel (uncredited)

Guest Star

Teryl Rothery

Teryl Rothery

Dr. Janet Fraiser

Recurring Role

Dan Shea

Dan Shea

Sgt. Siler

Recurring Role

Daniel Bacon

Daniel Bacon


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Carter states at the end of the episode that there is no way to know how much time passed. Actually, this isn't true, they can know the time. Very few planets were in the timeloop with them. They can go anywhere they were before the day the timeloop started. If there passed more than one day, that planet wasn't in the timeloop, so the time passed regularly there, and they can calculate the real time on Earth. Even more simple to ask their own teams, who were out somewhere else during the events (and couldn't come home).

    • When Jack is trying to convince Malikai to stop the device in the final loop, reflected in the sunglasses of Jack and Sam are the stage lights used. This light is not from the sun as the direction they are facing puts the sun behind them and no other lights are seen intentionally put there.

    • Although Jack's fruit loops are glued to the spoon for the breakfast scene (as mentioned in Notes), the people walking around in the background change every time events reoccur.

    • Trivia: P4X-639 was once a colony of the Ancients. They thrived there for thousands of years until they were struck with some sort of cataclysm or disease to which end they built a time machine to avoid their destruction. Instead of sending a team of scientists to the key moment of their history, the device caused a short term continuous loop. They experienced the same day, dozens perhaps thousands of times trying to get the machine to work but in the end they gave up, shut it down and let the end come.

    • Trivia: A total of 21 different time loops are seen during the episode.

    • When O'Neill was predicting when the Gate would activate and when it did, the computers in the background's screen still read "Idle" even though the Gate was active which then it should have changed from Idle.

  • QUOTES (21)

    • Teal'c: It is powered by ionization.
      Jack: In the atmosphere, right. Which is caused by... yut! (holds up finger) I know this one. Magnets!
      Teal'c: The geomagnetic storm.
      Jack: Close.

    • Hammond: So the loop can be broken?
      Daniel: (walks over to the computer screen) Err... there's a section of text on the altar that deals specifically with the geomagnetic storms that power the device. Apparently, they recur every fifty or so years, which is why incidentally...
      Jack: Yes, sir! The loop can be broken!

    • Daniel: If we really have had this conversation before, then I probably pointed it out to you that there's no way I can translate this entire text in less than a day.
      Jack: I'm one step ahead of you... I put the whole thing on tape last time. So you don't have to start from scratch.
      (Jack plays the tape; nothing but static. He rams it onto the side of the table, but to no avail)
      Daniel: If what you say is true, then when the loop started again... your recording wouldn't have happened yet.
      Jack: Yeah... right.
      Teal'c: Did I not say your plan would be unsuccessful?
      Jack: Careful! Be careful!

    • Sam: I'm gonna go run a few simulations.
      (Sam walks away)
      Jack: (to himself) You run. Simulate. Let me know how it turns out. Keep me posted. Keep me apprised.

    • (after the first loop, sitting in the commissary)
      Jack: Weren't we just somewhere else?
      Daniel: Where?
      Jack: Some planet.
      Daniel: When?
      Jack: Just now.
      Daniel: No.
      Jack: Ya sure?
      Daniel: Yeah...

    • Sam: It's a coronal mass emission. Like a solar flare.
      Jack: But it's safe, right?
      Sam: That's what this equipment is designed to find out. Apart from disrupting the planet's magnetic field, it might cause a significant increase in surface radiation.
      Jack: But it's safe, right?

    • Jack: You know the worst part about this? Every time we loop Daniel asks me a question and...I wasn't listening the first time!

    • Hammond: Colonel what are you doing out of uniform?
      Jack: Handing you my resignation.
      Carter: You're resigning? What for?
      Jack: So I can do...this!
      (kisses Carter just as the time resets)

    • Jack: (hitting golfballs through the Stargate) How far is Alaris, anyway?
      Teal'c: Several billion miles, O'Neill.
      Jack: That's gotta be a record.

    • Hammond: What do you make of all this?
      Sam: Well, sir, when was the last time you heard Colonel O'Neill use terms like "subspace field" and "geomagnetic storm"?
      Hammond: Good point.
      Sam: And he used them correctly... for the most part.

    • Jack: ...but I do know for a fact that there's no point letting ole' Doc Fraiser examine us again. (scene changes, the now familiar scene in the infirmary, with Fraiser yet again examining Jack's eyes) I ask you, what could possibly be in my eye that could explain this?

    • Jack: (suspecting Malikai) What kind of archaeologist carries a weapon?
      Daniel: Umm...I do.
      Jack: Bad example.

    • Jack: But what about Teal'c? C'mon, is this the face of a crazy man? (looks over at Teal'c) Bad example.

    • Jack: I'm telling you, Teal'c, if we don't find a way out of this soon, I'm going to lose it. "Lose it." It means go crazy. Nuts. Insane. Bonzo. No longer in possession of one's faculties. Three fries short of a happy meal. Wacko!!!

    • Hammond: Colonel O'Neill! What the hell are you doing?!?
      Jack: (interrupting his golf shot) In the middle of my backswing?!?

    • Daniel: I realize that the Asgards returned [Jack] to normal, which is fortunate... I suppose...

    • Daniel: Anyway, I'm sorry but that just happens to be how I feel about it. What do you think?
      Jack: Ask me tomorrow.

    • Jack: And you'll all believe me when SG-12 comes through that gate in 4..3..2..1.
      (Nothing happens as everyone stares at Jack)
      Hammond: SG-12 isn't due back for 3 days.
      (Incoming traveler alarm goes off)
      Technician: (over speakers) Unscheduled off world activation.
      Jack: So close!

    • Sam: We haven't been to P4X-639.
      Jack: Yes we have…(points at Daniel) No we haven't. That's what you were going to say.
      Daniel: Of course that's what I was going to say.
      Jack: Okay, bad example.

    • Jack: You know what they say, if at first you don't succeed, try, try, try, try, try, try again.

    • Jack: How would I know that?
      Sam: Maybe you read my report?
      Daniel: Maybe he read your report?!?

  • NOTES (8)


    • Jack: D'oh
      Jack and Teal'c are with Hammond in his office when there is an off world activation alarm. Jack says "D'oh" as they leave the office. "D'oh" is the catchphrase of Homer Simpson, from the animated series The Simpsons. Homer usually says this when he injures himself, of after he does something stupid.

    • Jack: Why? So you can be king of Groundhog Day?
      Groundhog Day was a movie starring Bill Murray. In the movie Bill Murray's character got stuck in a time loop similar to what SG-1 was experiencing.