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Stargate SG-1: Learning Curve

The SG-1 team gates to the planet Orban to learn about their culture and their technology. The team decides to invite two Orbanians back to Earth, while two of the team, Jackson and Teal’c, remain to observe things there.

Once back on Earth, the SGC is surprised to learn the Orbanian pair they brought back are not what they appear. The little girl, Merrin, is the one that has the technical knowledge the SGC is looking for, and the grown man, Kalan, turns out to just be her chaperone.

This strange twist leads the team to investigate further, leading the team to propose drastic action to resolve the situation they find on Orban.

Episode Info

Episode number: 3x5
Production Number: 305
Airdate: Friday July 23rd, 1999

Director: Martin Wood
Writer: Heather E. Ash

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky 1) Oct 20, 1999
Ireland Oct 20, 1999
Canada Oct 28, 1999
Australia Nov 25, 1999
FR (M6) Apr 20, 2000
DE (RTL 2) Aug 30, 2000
CZ (nova) Sep 08, 2000

  • Currently 8.7/10
8.7/10 (3 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Andrew Airlie
As Kalan
Laara Sadiq
As Technician
Teryl Rothery
As Dr. Janet Fraiser
Diane Stapley
As Mrs. Struble
Rob Farrell (1)
As SF Guard
Sarah Goodwill
As Student
Main Cast
Richard Dean Anderson
As Colonel/Brigadier General Jack O'Neill
Michael Shanks
As Dr. Daniel Jackson
Amanda Tapping
As Captain/Major/Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter
Don S. Davis
As Major General George S. Hammond
Episode Quotes
Jack: So, Merrin, I hear you're a reactor specialist.
Merrin: Yes.
Jack: How old are you?
Merrin: I am eleven. How old are you?
Jack: (hesitates) So, Merrin, I hear you're a reactor specialist.

Merrin: You're not a scientist?
Jack: Oh, no!
Merrin: Then you are not as smart as Major Carter and Dr. Fraiser?
Jack: Well, that depends on what you mean by...Okay, no I'm not.

Sam: Merrin, you're only eleven! Half the interesting things in my life didn't happen until I turned fifteen!
Merrin: What kind of interesting things?
Sam: Oh, uh...just...stuff.

General Hammond: In the future, Major, before you activate any device that includes the word "reactor" in its name, I'd appreciate it if you'd notify me first.

Other Episode Crew

DeveloperBrad Wright  |  Jonathan Glassner
Executive ProducerMichael Greenburg (1)  |  Jonathan Glassner  |  Brad Wright  |  Richard Dean Anderson
CastingMary Jo Slater
OtherDavid Arnold (Theme)
Warning: Stargate SG-1 season 3 episode 5 guide may contain spoilers
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