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After a Wraith hive ship shows up over Atlantis transmitting a distress call, a team investigates and finds that its crew have been stricken with a familiar disease.

Episode Info

Episode number: 5x17
Airdate: Friday December 05th, 2008

Director: Andy Mikita
Writer: Alan McCullough

Alternate Airdates:

Ireland Dec 09, 2008
UK (sky 1) Dec 09, 2008


Guest Stars
Christopher HeyerdahlChristopher Heyerdahl
As Wraith Leader / "Todd"
Kavan SmithKavan Smith
As Major Lorne

Co-Guest Stars
Sharon TaylorSharon Taylor
As Amelia Banks
Christopher PearceChristopher Pearce
As Marine Williams
Main Cast
Joe FlaniganJoe Flanigan
As Major / Lieutenant Colonel John Sheppard
David HewlettDavid Hewlett
As Doctor Rodney McKay
Rachel LuttrellRachel Luttrell
As Teyla Emmagan
Jason MomoaJason Momoa
As Ronon Dex
Jewel StaiteJewel Staite
As Doctor Jennifer Keller
Robert PicardoRobert Picardo
As Richard Woolsey


A hive ship arrives in the Atlantis planet's star system and the team nervously tracks its approach for the planet. Rodney suggests they bring up the shields but Woolsey prefers to stay quiet and orders the cloak device engaged. The ship arrives in orbit but there's no attack. There is a file transmission but the file is corrupted. Rodney manages to decrypt part of it and it's a distress message from Todd the Wraith, saying that his crew needs Atlantis' help with some infection derived from Keller's anti-Wraith gene therapy...

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Episode Quotes
Dr. Keller: I just feel like I'm in over my head.
Rodney: What are you talking about?
Dr. Keller: I look at you, and Colonel Sheppard, the rest of the team… and you guys are so used to making decisions that affect the lives of thousands, and even millions, of people. I'm not so used to having the fate of the galaxy hanging in the balance.
Rodney: Oh, that. You get used to it. Helps to have a massive ego.

Todd: Sheppard.
Sheppard: How are you feeling?
Todd: I dared not think you would come.
Ronon: What are friends for?

Rodney: Someone woke up on the wrong side of the pod this morning.

Sheppard: What’s our status, Rodney?
Rodney: I’d say “screwed” is an apt description.

Woolsey: You realize this is the kind of decision that could cost me my job?
Sheppard: Aren't they all?

Other Episode Crew

CreatorBrad Wright  |  Robert C. Cooper
Executive ProducerMartin Gero  |  Carl Binder  |  N. John Smith  |  Paul Mullie  |  Joseph Mallozzi  |  Robert C. Cooper  |  Brad Wright
Supervising ProducerAlan McCullough
ProducerAndy Mikita  |  John G. Lenic
Associate ProducerJennifer Johnson (1)
Production DesignerJames Robbins
EditorRick Martin (1)  |  Brad Rines
CastingPaul Weber  |  Corinne Clark  |  Jennifer Page
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 PhotographyJim Menard
Stunt CoordinatorJames Bamford
Post Production CoordinatorKerry McDowall
Production ManagementJohn G. Lenic
Sound EditorKirby Jinnah
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