Col. Carter accompanies the Odyssey to follow up intelligence on the location of another Ori supergate. Instead of a gate, however, the ship encounters a neutron star that weakens its shields and disrupts its systems. Goa’uld motherships attack the Odyssey, drive it into a minefield, and capture it. Anateo, a second in the Lucian Alliance, orders Carter to deactivate the ship’s transponder. When she refuses, Anateo kills Col. Emerson.
Vala is able to scrounge up a cargo ship in less-than-optimal condition, and goes with Mitchell, Daniel and Teal’c to try to find the ship. Unfortunately, her contact has already been approached by Anateo’s men, and she and Daniel are captured. Mitchell proposes that he impersonate Keflinn, one of Netal’s most trusted seconds, in order to infiltrate the Alliance and find the ship. No one but Netal knows what Kefflin looks like, and Mitchell can use the Reole chemical to convince Netal. The plan works, and Mitchell learns that Netal ordered the attack on the Odyssey . . . but he doesn’t know where it is. Anateo has clearly gone rogue, and now Netal wants him stopped. Carter, Vala and Daniel provide some assistance on that score by taking the Odyssey back from Anateo, but the damage is severe – the ship is a sitting duck. And as a final complication, the cloaking device on Teal’c’s ships fails. When Teal’c is captured, Mitchell must maintain his cover, find the Odyssey, and prevent Netal from claiming it for his own.
written by Alan McCullough
directed by Will Waring
music by Joel Goldsmith
Guest Cast: Eric Steinberg (Netan), Rudolf Martin (Anateo), Matthew Glave (Colonel Emerson), Hawthorne James (Lucian Second), Martin Christopher (Major Marks)
Notes: The main title sequence was edited to include Vala running into the gate room to join Mitchell, Carter, Daniel and Teal’c going through the gate. This episode is the 203rd episode produced, breaking The X-Files’ record for longest-running American science fiction series. (The 2007 Guinness Book of Records credits the series as the world’s “longest consecutively-running science fiction series.” Figures a Time Lord would fall through a loophole.) Mitchell met the alien bounty hunter in season 9’s The Ties That Bind. Daniel used the memory-altering chemical in season 5’s Summit.
LogBook entry by Dave Thomer