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Stargate Atlantis: Brain Storm

Rodney reluctantly returns to Earth with Keller to watch the unveiling of his rival's new weather device, but when it goes awry, he's the only one who can stop it.

Episode Info

Episode number: 5x16
Airdate: Friday November 21st, 2008

Director: Martin Gero
Writer: Martin Gero

Alternate Airdates:

CA (Movie Network) Nov 24, 2008
UK (sky 1) Dec 02, 2008
Ireland Dec 02, 2008


Guest Stars
Gary Jones (1)Gary Jones (1)
As Sgt. Walter Harriman
Dave FoleyDave Foley
As Dr. Malcolm Tunney
Marshall BellMarshall Bell
As Terrence Kramer
Bill NyeBill Nye
As Himself
Neil deGrasse TysonNeil deGrasse Tyson
As Himself (as Neil deGrasse Tyson)

Co-Guest Stars
Michael ColemanMichael Coleman
As Front Desk Guy
Naomi DayneswoodNaomi Dayneswood
As Assistant
Shirley NgShirley Ng
As Scientist
Main Cast
Joe FlaniganJoe Flanigan
As Major / Lieutenant Colonel John Sheppard
David HewlettDavid Hewlett
As Doctor Rodney McKay
Jason MomoaJason Momoa
As Ronon Dex
Jewel StaiteJewel Staite
As Doctor Jennifer Keller


On Atlantis, Sheppard and Ronon notice that Rodney is having lunch with Keller but hasn’t asked her out yet. Everyone is preparing to take leave on Earth but Sheppard plans on staying. At the table, Rodney finally gets up the nerve to ask Keller to accompany him to a presentation on Earth that his old friend Malcolm Tunney is having. Rodney would like to arrive there with a beautiful woman since he’s been out of public sight and hasn’t published anything in several years. She says she wishes he’d just ask her on a date and he does so, and she agrees to go...

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Episode Quotes
Sheppard: (seeing McKay and Keller) Think he’s ever going to make a move?
Ronon: Who cares?

Kramer: Some of these worst-case scenarios are terrifying…
Tunney: Of course they’re terrifying—they’re worst-case scenarios. They are the worst possible thing that could happen, ever.

Bill Nye: See, back in the day whenever one of these people came up with a new idea or published a new paper, Dr. McKay here would swear that he was already working on something very similar. Just hadn’t gotten around to publishing it yet.
Neil Tyson: He’d say things like “I was about to say that very same thing,” or “ I was just about to have that same idea.”
Rodney: Hey, at least I didn’t declassify Pluto from planet status. Way to make all the little kids cry, Neil. That make you feel like a big man?

McKay: I think maybe this was a bad idea.
Keller: Why?
Rodney: Well, it’s just… I remembered I don’t really like these people.
Keller: Is it that you don’t’ like them, or maybe they don’t like you.
Rodney: Possible. I mean, I used to be a little… abrasive?
Keller: Oh, used to be, yeah.

Rodney: Humble, eh? I guess I can try anything once.

Front Desk Guy: Mr. Tunney would like a word.
Rodney: Ah-hah. Well, I’m guessing that that word is “I apologize.
Bill Nye: That’s, uh, two words, genius.

Rodney: Okay, this little side effect is going to really hamper our attempts to shut this thing down.
Keller: And by “hamper,” you mean “get us all killed.”
Rodney: Yeah. Something like that.

Keller: You guys need to suck it up and get along.
Bill Nye: It’s like I’ve always said. You see, people are more alike than they are different…
Keller: Not now, Nye.
Bill Nye: Okay.

Rodney: Hey, I’m Dr. Rodney McKay, all right? “Difficult” takes a few seconds, “impossible,” a few minutes.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorBrad Wright  |  Robert C. Cooper
Executive ProducerN. John Smith  |  Carl Binder  |  Martin Gero  |  Paul Mullie  |  Joseph Mallozzi  |  Robert C. Cooper  |  Brad Wright
Supervising ProducerAlan McCullough
ProducerJohn G. Lenic  |  Andy Mikita
Associate ProducerJennifer Johnson (1)
Production DesignerJames Robbins
EditorBrad Rines
CastingPaul Weber  |  Jennifer Page  |  Corinne Clark
MusicJoel Goldsmith  |  Neal Acree
Music EditorRick Chadock
Location ManagerLorne Davidson
Transportation CoordinatorDavid R. Anderson
Assistant EditorRyan Malone
Re-Recording MixerKevin Belen  |  Kelly Cole
OtherLawren Bancroft-Wilson (Executive Producers' Assistant)  |  Joel Goldsmith (Main Title Theme)  |  Julie Rieder (Production Accountant)  |  Mark Savela (Visual Effects Supervisor)
Director of PhotographyMichael C. Blundell
Stunt CoordinatorJames Bamford
Post Production CoordinatorKerry McDowall
Production ManagementJohn G. Lenic
Sound EditorKirby Jinnah
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