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Stargate SG-1: Ex Deus Machina

A lone Jaffa is found dead after a hit and run on Earth, and trying to find out why he was here, Teal'c heads to Dakara to question Gerak. They find out that Ba'al is inf act on Earth in hiding. Now the SGC has to deal with finding Baal on Earth and trying to stop Gerak's Jaffa from running around Earth looking for him while running the risk of exposing the Stargate program, as well.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 9x7
Production Number: 907
Airdate: Friday August 26th, 2005

Alternate Airdates:

Ireland Nov 22, 2005
UK (sky 1) Nov 22, 2005
Canada Dec 22, 2005
FR (M6) Mar 25, 2006
AT (ATV) Jun 05, 2006
DE (RTL 2) Dec 06, 2006
CZ (nova) May 23, 2007

Guest Stars
Barclay HopeBarclay Hope
As Col. Pendergast
Cliff SimonCliff Simon
As Ba'al
Gary Jones (1)Gary Jones (1)
As Sgt. Walter Harriman
Kendall CrossKendall Cross
As Julia Donovan
Louis Gossett, Jr.Louis Gossett, Jr.
As Gerak
Peter FlemmingPeter Flemming
As Agent Malcolm Barrett
Sonya SalomaaSonya Salomaa
As Charlotte Mayfield
Chilton CraneChilton Crane
As Shiela

Co-Guest Stars
Gardiner MillarGardiner Millar
As Yat'Yir
Martin ChristopherMartin Christopher
As Lt. Marks
Simone BaillySimone Bailly
As Ka'lel
David MacInnisDavid MacInnis
As Williams
Diego KlattenhoffDiego Klattenhoff
As Team Leader
Ken DresenKen Dresen
As Alex Jameson
Kevin BlatchKevin Blatch
As Tobias
Main Cast
Michael ShanksMichael Shanks
As Dr. Daniel Jackson
Amanda TappingAmanda Tapping
As Captain/Major/Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter
Ben BrowderBen Browder
As Lieutenant Colonel Cameron Mitchell
Beau BridgesBeau Bridges
As Major General Hank Landry
Episode Notes
In this episode, we discover that Baal has been hiding out in Earth ever since "Reckoning, pt. 2," when all the Jaffa realised that he and the other Goa'uld were not gods, and he has created an unknown number of clones of himself so that no one would know who the real Baal is.

Episode Quotes
Baal: Over six hundred channels and nothing to watch.

Mitchell: And I’m guessing those Jaffa aren’t exactly kicking it back at the local Denny’s. Plus, isn’t it a long stinky ride from Dakara in a cargo ship?
Teal’c: (smiling) Indeed.

Mitchell: So?
Daniel: That office was a war zone: staff weapons versus semi-automatics.
Mitchell: Who won?

Daniel: (to General Landry) Now, all the individuals we managed to identify so far are major players in the areas of business and high finance - very powerful, very influential and, in the case of these two, very missing.

Daniel: (referring to a dead Jaffa) He was discovered this morning at a remote road off Interstate 77 in Virginia. He was spotted by a passing motorist. the local authorities say he’s been dead about a day or so. Probably the victim of a hit-and-run driver.
Mitchell: So what do we figure, this guy got lost and he was hitching a ride back to Chulak?

General Landry: Colonel, did you find the bomb?
Sam: Sort of.
General Landry: What’s that supposed to mean?
Sam: Readings indicate that the entire superstructure of the building is laced with naquada. It was built that way. Baal’s been planning this for a long time.
General Landry: I’m not sure I understand, Colonel.
Sam: The bomb isn’t in the building, sir. The bomb is the building.

Mitchell: Witnesses?
Daniel: One. Some guy who was working overtime and spent most of the firefight under his desk, but was able to provide the descriptions of three individuals; big, tattooed, chain mill pants.
Mitchell: So it’s either our Jaffa or Kiss is back on tour.

Agent Barrett: How’s Pete?
Sam: We broke up.
Agent Barrett: Really? Uh, I mean I’m sorry to hear that.
Sam: Oh, it was the best thing for both of us.
Agent Barrett: So you’re single again.
Sam: Not exactly.

Agent Barrett: How have you been?
Sam: Pretty good. You?
Agent Barrett: Yeah, pretty good, can’t complain. What’s new?
Sam: Uh, let’s see... I was leading R & D for a while there.
Agent Barrett: Well, I never figured you the type to settle for a desk job.
Sam: I needed something with more flexible hours. Janet’s adopted daughter Cassie was going through a hard time.
Agent Barrett: Oh, I see.
Sam: Spent some time on the Prometheus away on deep-space reconnaissance.
Agent Barrett: Uh, huh.
Sam: Oh, helped stop a dangerous new enemy from getting a foothold in the galaxy.
Agent Barrett: Yes. I heard about that.

Cultural References
Deus Ex Machina

This is Latin, translated into English, it is "god from the machine". The phrase deus ex machina has been extended to refer to any resolution to a story which does not pay due regard to the story's internal logic and is so unlikely it challenges suspension of disbelief; allowing the author to conclude the story with an unlikely, but more palatable ending. It is also something of a play on words, since one could take the modified title "Ex Deus Machina" to refer to the "machinations" of a former god ("ex deus").

Other Episode Crew

DeveloperBrad Wright  |  Jonathan Glassner
Executive ProducerBrad Wright  |  Robert C. Cooper  |  Joseph Mallozzi
CastingMary Jo Slater
OtherDavid Arnold (Theme)
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