Stargate SG-1: Season 8, Episode 15

Citizen Joe (18 Feb. 2005)

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A man breaks into Jack's house and hold him at gunpoint claiming that Jack ruined his life. Seven years ago he came upon an Ancient artifact at a garage sale that allows him to see all of SG-1's missions.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Hansen ...
Beatrice Zeilanger ...
Cindy (as Beatrice Zeilinger)
Peter Williams ...
Apophis (archive footage)
Skaara / Klorel (archive footage)


Seven years ago Joe Spencer, a small town barber, bought a strange looking stone at a yard sale. Every time he touches the device, he has a vision of the SG-1 team and a mission they've undertaken. Over time, he becomes very involved in what he sees. He tells the stories to family and friends, couching it in terms of a science fiction story he's developed. He even tries to make contact with Jack O'Neill, but with little success. As his obsession with SG-1 grows, his friends become bored with it all and his wife leaves him. With little to lose, he tracks down Jack who seems to know exactly what he's talking about. Written by garykmcd

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The "For Sale" sign seen outside the house of Joe Spencer (Dan Castellaneta) is the same one seen in "Threads" with some flyers stuck to it. See more »


Joe's employee Gordie mentions that he dropped off an application at the local Piggly Wiggly. There are no Piggly Wigglys in Indiana where the episode is set. See more »


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One of the best and underrated episodes of season 8.
13 August 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The episode in a nutshell is an average guy that activates an Ancient communication device the same exact time as Col./General O'Neill and for the last seven years (since the end of season 1) they have been sharing thoughts and experiences.

Joe takes his visions of all of the SG1 missions as fiction and tries to share his stories until he realizes they are real. Trying to prove that it is actually happening, he loses his business and his family. He finally confronts O'Neill and is able to prove to his wife that he was right a long.

The best thing about this episode is something that is constantly overlooked. Daniel says that the device form a psychic link between 2 people. Psychic not only implies visions but feelings. Through Joe we get to see O'Neill's true feelings of some of the events that have taken place. Like Daniel passing away and coming back, "Burns as Goa'uld", and feelings for Carter.

Joe is the perfect insight to O'Neill and that is why this is one of my favorite episodes. I laugh and cry every time.

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