Stargate SG-1: Season 7, Episode 3

Fragile Balance (20 Jun. 2003)

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A teenage boy shows up at the SGC claiming to be Jack O'Neill. He recalls a dream in which an Asgard was studying him. They determine that they must find this Asgard to fix what has been done to Jack.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Gregory Bennett ...
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Poppi Reiner ...
Pamela Ambrose
Ed Hong-Louie ...
Ralph Alderman ...
Shop Owner
Evan Frayne ...
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SGC security stop a teenager who has gained access to the facilities by using Jack O'Neill's key card. When asked how he got hold of the card, his answer is simple: he claims to be Jack O'Neill. Although incredulous at first, the knowledge the young man displays about their operation eventually convinces them that they are in fact dealing with Jack. All he can remember is being in a dream-like state and being taken by the Asgard. Medical tests reveal that his body is changing at the cellular level and Jacob Carter recommends that Jack be put into stasis until they can figure out what exactly has happened to him. Jack's solution is to leave the SGC without permission. Soon after he leaves, Dr. Carter and Jacob figure just who they are really dealing with. Written by garykmcd

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Colonel Jack O'Neill was born October 20, 1952. In Fragile Balance, you can see a short glimpse of his ID card portraying this information as Major Carter is glancing at it in her hand. See more »


Teal'c: [looking in O'Neill's refrigerator] Are you conducting some sort of scientific experiment, O'Neill?
Young Jack O'Neill: Hey, come one, that salsa's still good.
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References Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) See more »


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One of the funniest episodes!
8 July 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As per previous comments, Michael Welch hits his role spot on. The Character of Jack O'neill (two l's) is one of the most endearing aspects of Stargate SG-1. His humor throughout the series is classic and truly enjoyable. I think this episode along with Window of Opportunity are the funniest of the series (I will mention Citizen Joe, but it's comedy was mostly at the end when Jack O'neill Reveals he had been seeing parts of Joe's life for the last 7 years).

It amuses me when I see others comment negatively about the humor of Jack O'neill's character. Yet, I do not think the show would have lasted if Richard Dean Anderson had played this role as serious as Kurt Russel did. To be fair Kurt Russel's role as Jack O'neill fit better with the original movie. However, I do not think Richard Dean Anderson could have pulled that off for the 10 seasons of the show (Though he is a lot more serious in his guest shots on SGU).

To sum up, I had to rewing this episode many times because it was so well done and funny. While I could mention numerous parts that were laugh out loud funny, I will stick with one. The f-302 briefing. Hearing the ruckus outside the presentation room, then opening the door to see young Jack O'neill (Michael Welch) being pinned to the wall, begged to be seen a few times. Also the reaction when he says, "I know it doesn't say colonel anywhere on this uniform, but it shuold" Was awesome!

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