As the new head of the SGC, General O'Neill is beginning to feel the weight of his load, and he starts to have second thoughts about the whole idea, questioning his own competency.



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After the promotions, now General Jack O'Neill feels out of his depth, dealing with paperwork and protocol. At least he gets a new administrative assistant. Two Amran delegates for an interplanetary trade treaty bicker so Jack locks them up. He permits Dr. Bill Lee to research an alien plant but it runs wild all over the base. Commanding SG-1, new colonel Carter orders her back-up team to guard the gate during a mission to a secret Anubis base and is reported missing. System-lord Ba'al demands their exchange for Camulus, a Goa'uld who was granted asylum and offers instead an Ancient power device. It proves priceless, but also booby-trapped. Jack is now gloomy enough to write a resignation letter, but after an iris alert lots of things turn out surprisingly. Written by KGF Vissers

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30 July 2004 (USA)  »

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(Dolby 5.1)


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16 : 9
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Dr. Lee is showing the out-of-control plant to O'Neill and says that at least it has not eaten anyone. O'Neill says,"Thank you, Seymour". In The Little Shop of Horrors (1960) Seymour raises a giant plant, Audrey II, who eats several people. See more »


We hear General O'Neill mentally dictating his resignation letter he says he regrets not being able to fill Hammond's "sizeable and shiny shoes" and at the very end of the episode when the camera zooms into the letter you can read the line and it says only "sizeable shoes". However, this may also be yet another instance of O'Neill's tendency to make smart-ass remarks, moderated by the need for formal conduct in a letter. See more »


Sgt. Walter Harriman: General O'Neill, Mark Gilmour. He's your new administrative aid.
Mark Gilmour: General.
Brigadier General Jack O'Neill: Did I order one of these...
Sgt. Walter Harriman: [speaking over him] No, sir.
Brigadier General Jack O'Neill: Do I really need...
Sgt. Walter Harriman: [speaking over him] Yes, sir.
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References The Little Shop of Horrors (1960) See more »


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Written by Joel Goldsmith and David Arnold
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Swerve Time
18 September 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Everyone is swerving everyone in this episode.

Frankly, the sub-plot with the out of control plant is more interesting than the main plot. Ba'al swerves O'Neill, Cumulus tries to swerve O'Neill and Ba'al, O'Neill swerves Cumulus and Ba'al.

But it moves up from a -3 to a 7 for the sub-plot of O'Neill wanting to resign. When things are darkest, the whole of SGC gathers in the Gate Room to show their faith in O'Neill's leadership.

This episode, and the whole of O'Neill's command position to this point in the series, is about minutia. The heroic stuff in life, the big stuff, on its own is hard. But it's the every day concerns - potatoes, bunting, silly negotiations, menus - in between that take up energy and make the heroic and big stuff tough.

The episode doesn't advance the main story. It uses Go'auld as props. But it's worth watching for the show of faith.

Matthew 8: 5-13 When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. "Lord," he said, "my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly." Jesus said to him, "Shall I come and heal him?" The centurion replied, "Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, 'Go,' and he goes; and that one, 'Come,' and he comes. I say to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it." When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, "Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith. 11 I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth." Then Jesus said to the centurion, "Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would." And his servant was healed at that moment.

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