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Smoke & Mirrors 

Senator Kinsey is shot in the chest at a public event, killing him just before his party's presidential nomination. Jack is arrested for the murder, and General Hammond assigns the rest of SG-1 to uncover the truth.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Colonel Jack O'Neill
... Major Samantha Carter
... Teal'c
... Jonas Quinn
... Major General George Hammond
... Major Paul Davis
... Agent Malcolm Barrett
... Senator Robert Kinsey
... Dr. Janet Fraiser
... Agent Devlin (as Jon Cuthbert)
... Dr. Langham
... Luthor
... Area 51 Technician
... Committee Member #1
... Committee Member #2 (as Don Mackay)


After Senator Robert Kinsey is seemingly assassinated, Jack O'Neill is arrested for his murder. The authorities have CCTV footage that clearly shows O'Neill - or someone who very much looks like him - in the hotel from which the fatal shot was fired. No one at SGC can believe he is the assassin and Carter thinks that the mimic device used to attack the SCG three years ago may have been used. The 12 devices they captured were stored at Area 51 but on examination, Carter finds that they are missing. She heads to Washington where NID agent Malcolm Barrett tells her he is working on rooting out rogue NID forces. After tracking down the scientist who stole the mimic devices, Teal'c and Jonas Quinn seek out whoever is impersonating O'Neal. All is not as it seems. Written by garykmcd

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24 January 2003 (USA)  »

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16 : 9
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Did You Know?


The newswoman at the beginning on this episode reporting on the shooting is a local news reporter in Vancouver, British Columbia where the show's filming was based. See more »


Agent Barret's tie changes position between shots. See more »


Jonas Quinn: How'd ya learn to drive?
Teal'c: It was Daniel Jackson that instructed me.
Jonas Quinn: Oh, when was that?
Teal'c: I believe the year was 1969.
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Featured in Stargate SG-1: Inauguration (2004) See more »


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Written by Joel Goldsmith and David Arnold
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The Assassination of Senator Kinsey
24 May 2017 | by See all my reviews

Three days after the assassination of Senator Kinsey by a sniper, O 'Neill returns from his vacation to the SGC and is arrested for his murder. The liaison Major Davis shows a footage from the security camera of the hotel where the sniper shot Kinsey with O'Neill leaving the spot. General Hammond assigns the SG-1 to investigate the crime and soon Sam believes that someone might have used the alien mimic device stored at Area 51 to impersonate and incriminate O'Neill. Their further investigation shows that the devices have been stolen and replaced by fake ones and one scientist is the prime suspect. Meanwhile Sam heads to Washington to meet NID agent Malcolm Barrett that discloses a shadow internal organization in NID formed by rogue agents is under top secret investigation and Kinsey was helping them.

"Smoke & Mirrors" is another excellent episode of SG-1. Now rogue agents are using the mimic devices from "Foothold" to get rid of obstacles in their Machievellian plan. The last scene with O'Neill and Kinsey indicates that the storyline may have a detour if Kinsey succeeds in his intent. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Smoke & Mirrors"

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