Rodney is called back to Earth to deal with a family emergency – his sister, Jeanie Miller, has written a scientific proof that could be a turning point in Atlantis’ energy problems, drawing zero point energy through a bridge to a parallel universe, on a scale much larger than a ZPM could provide. But Jeanie won’t sign a confidentiality agreement with the U.S. government that would allow her to do further research with the Stargate program. Though Carter hopes Rodney can talk her into helping, it quickly becomes apparent that Rodney is even less likely to convince his sister, not having spoken to her since she abandoned a promising career in theoretical physics to start a family. After a short demonstration that the Stargate program is for real, and interstellar and intergalactic travel are possible, she agrees to return to Atlantis to help test her theory. The one thing that she expects even less than all of these discoveries, however, is that along with energy from another universe, her theory will introduce her to another version of her brother from that universe. The alternate Rodney has a completely different personality, quickly endearing himself even to those Atlantis crew members who are tired of their own version of him. But his arrival could mean the end of both universes.
written by Martin Gero
excerpt written by Carl Binder
directed by Martin Wood
music by Joel Goldsmith
Guest Cast: Amanda Tapping (Colonel Samantha Carter), Kate Hewlett (Jeanie), David Nykl (Dr. Zelekna), Brendan Call (Kaleb), Madison Bell (Madison), Trevor Devall (voice of Hermiod), Sheri Noel (Scientist)
Notes: Rodney’s full name is revealed to be Meredith Rodney McKay, something which seems to delight Carter to no end. Rodney’s video message to his sister was recorded in season 1’s Letters From Pegasus, but apparently she didn’t receive it.
LogBook entry by Earl Green