Stargate SG-1

Season 8 Episode 4

Zero Hour

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Jul 30, 2004 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

Five days in the life of SGC as Jack assumes full command of the base and has to deal with a rapidly growing alien plant, the capture of SG-1 by Ba'al, arguing alien delegates, and a tricky traitorous System Lord.

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  • Poor O'Neill...

    O'Neill is struggling with his new role as SGC commander, and though it can't have been pleasant for him, the result is some very funny situations for us viewers...

    SG-1 is missing, and Baal claims responsibility. In the end it turns out they were trapped in one of Anubis' old bases, and Baal was simply bluffing.

    Meanwhile, O'Neill is being spied on...

    Apart from the amusing bits with O'Neill struggling with his new responsibilities, this was a very average episode, certainly not one of the best of the season.

    I think it's taking some getting used to the changed dynamics, but it's not as bad as I had initially feared.moreless
  • It's a plant invasion! And Ba'al is back!

    It's been a while since I've seen Stargate Sg-1 but today I decided to start watching it again and continue where I'd left a coulpe of months ago.

    This episode is a good hour of entertainment, but I never really liked Jack and seeing him as the boss of the SGC isn't my idea of great, but he does it nice though.

    There where a couple of suprises in this episode and I liked that but aside from that I think season 8 untill now is pretty standard, the plant was funny and I have to agree with Pierre Bernard that SG-1 was better without Daniel Jackson.moreless
  • Zero Hour...

    This episode is an O'neill episode. he's the character focused on throughout the entire episode. As we can see he is getting frusterated. Everyone thinks that sg1 have been captured by baal but by the time the episode ends it turns out it wasn't baal that captured them. This guy has been assigned to O'neill ro help him be organized. For anyone who watches superman the animated series that guy that helps O'neill is david kaufman the guy who voices jimmy olsen. I liked it in this episode when O'neill is writing his letter of resignation and it shows it at the end and after all the stuff O'neill wrote, the camera zoomed in and at the bottom it just said Never Mind. Later...moreless
  • great episode...

    A civilian is sent from the president to judge O'Neill. Meanwhile, SG-1 goes missing, Ba'al claims he's captured them, a plant almost takes over the base, and some representatives are negotiating for peace, but are more like bickering children. This episode was just funny. It really showed what the general has to do. All of these years we've seen Hammond doing his job, but we never really got to see what all he really had to do. I loved the idea of this episode. The plant was just halarious and the bickering negotiators were funny too, especially with the fruit basket. Anyways, great story, great to see Ba'al again, and just great episode.moreless
  • Captain O'Neill takes Charge!

    Captain O'Neill got his assistant so he can finishs his work more fast. I have to be honest he should get his assistant to assist him. But sadly his assistant have to leave his position because he takes notes about him and learn about him from President. Capt. O'Neill understood quickly. But one more thing I am disappointed about team are separated. They had small roles in this episode! Capt. O'Neill is really funny and I realizes that he is not "normal", he is special person and cool! Great Episode! It is perfect show for SCI-FI!! I love this show!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

Pierre Bernard

Pierre Bernard

Technician #2/Master Sergeant O'Brien

Guest Star

David Kaufman

David Kaufman

Mark Gilmour

Guest Star

Jesai Jayhmes

Jesai Jayhmes

Amra Delegate

Guest Star

Cliff M. Simon

Cliff M. Simon


Recurring Role

Eric Breker

Eric Breker

Colonel Reynolds

Recurring Role

Colin Cunningham

Colin Cunningham

Major Paul Davis

Recurring Role

Featured Episode Clip

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Walter: Your 0830 debriefing is SG-2, regarding their recent mission to P8F-809. Folder's on your desk, along with the personnel files you have yet to review.
      Jack: How many do I have left?
      Walter: All of them.

    • Jack: It's a great story. More importantly, did Anubus leave anything cool behind?
      Daniel: Not really, no.
      Jack: Nuts.

    • Major Davis: General, if I might have a moment with you. We're completely stalled. The Amrans can't agree with each other, let alone us. They're like (does a 'yack yack yack' motion with his fingers) bickering children.
      Jack: Maybe they need a timeout?

    • Daniel: Hey, you uh wanna get some lunch?
      Sam: No, I'm fine.
      Daniel: You just going to sit in here all day and...
      Sam: I'm not sulking!
      Daniel: ...working, gonna say working!

    • Sam: General.
      Jack: Colonel. We've all met.
      Daniel: Yes, actually we know each other's life stories.
      Jack: Is that snippiness?
      Daniel: ...Is that a word?

    • Gilmour: The bunting is not available in red, white and blue.
      Jack: No bunting?
      Gilmour: They'll get some blue and white and mix in some red.
      Jack: It just...won't be the same.

    • Ba'al: You have one day.
      Jack: Is that one Earth day, or . . . ?

    • Jack: Give it another day.
      Walter: You think you can get everything resolved by then.
      Jack: Wait a minute - maybe there's a joke in there somewhere. (long pause) No. Got nothing.

    • Gilmour: You know, O'Neill hasn't slept in two days.
      Lee: Yeah, that's why I want you to do it.

    • Jack: Walter, I just don't have the decorating gene. Would you mind . . . ?

    • Jack: So . . . trapped in a secret base all this time. Go figure.

    • Jack: Carter had this thing fixed like that. No offense meant there, Siler.
      Siler: (doubtfully) None taken, sir.

    • Gilmour: Is it really wise to provoke him?
      Jack: (long pause) It's what I do.

    • Sam: I've been second-guessing myself for ordering SG3 to remain at the Gate.
      Jack: Oh, pshaw!

    • Jack: You should read what Teal'c and Daniel wrote about your conduct under fire.
      Sam: Can I?
      Jack: No.
      Sam: Damn!
      Jack: Teal'c said you were an animal.
      Sam: He's such an exaggerator.
      Jack: Isn't he?

    • Sam: It could've actually destroyed the entire solar system.
      Jack: What's the difference?
      Sam: Well my point is if we figured it out, so could Ba'al. He could use it as a weapon against us.
      Jack: All true, Carter. Which is exactly why I didn't give Camulus the tainted one.
      Sam: Sir?
      Jack: I gave him the dead one. It's worthless, right?
      Sam: Ba'al is going to be pretty pissed at Camulus...
      Jack: Yeah...

    • Jack: Send Sam back. You'll have Camel Ass back in your grubby little mitts. Ba'al: You dare mock me? Jack: Ba'al, come on. You should know. Of course I dare mock you.

    • Gilmour: Well, [O'Neill's] not like other generals.
      Davis: Actually, he's not like other people.

    • Jack: (typing letter) Dear General Hammond. Wish you were here, and that I was... not.

  • NOTES (2)

    • The base concept for this episode (The alien plant) was originally thought up as a season 4 episode but was shelved until season 8.

    • The bald gate technician at the end working where Walter usually does, seen when Col. Carter and SG-1 are coming through the Gate, is Pierre Bernard, a graphics designer for the "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" show. He got the cameo on SG-1 after a rant on Late Night where he said the show was better without Daniel Jackson. The Stargate people saw it and offered him the cameo. A behind-the-scenes look at the filming of his part was later shown during the summer on Late Night.


    • Jack: Thank you, Seymour.
      The General's response to being told that the plant had not eaten anyone yet is a reference to "Little Shop of Horrors" and carnivorous plant, Audrey II.

    • Walter Davis: Acting as Jack's aide
      Sgt./Technician Davis has a serious "I've already anticipated what you want, Sir" vibe going for him, sounding and even looking a lot like another Walter - Walter "Radar" O'Reilly on M*A*S*H.