Stargate SG-1 (1997–2007)
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Memento Mori 

Vala is kidnapped by agents of the Trust who are trying to find an ancient treasure when an accident causes Vala to forget who she is.


Peter DeLuise


Brad Wright (developed for television by), Jonathan Glassner (developed for television by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Browder ... Lt. Colonel Cameron Mitchell
Amanda Tapping ... Lt. Col. Samantha Carter
Christopher Judge ... Teal'c
Claudia Black ... Vala Mal Doran
Beau Bridges ... Major General Hank Landry
Michael Shanks ... Dr. Daniel Jackson
Don Stark ... Sal
Adrian Holmes ... Detective Ryan
Sonya Salomaa ... Charlotte Mayfield / Athena
Brendan Beiser ... Weaver
Gary Jones ... Chief Mst Sgt. Walter Harriman
Peter Benson ... Devon
Patricia Harras ... Fake Carter
Brian Davies ... Waiter
Phillip Mitchell ... Guy #1


When Vala has a dinner with Daniel, she is kidnapped by the Trust, interrogated, and dumped with almost total amnesia, as waitress in a diner, where she does however demonstrate to have retained her fighting skills when a robber has the misfortune to come during her shift. Even after Daniel figures out which Goa'ulds on Earth -including Athena, and especially Ba'al- can be involved, it proves difficult to retrieve her. And when Mitchell does, she suspiciously takes him captured, badly wounded. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

8 September 2006 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)



Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Did You Know?


Vala mentions watching re-runs of The X-Files (1993). It was with this episode that Stargate SG-1 (1997) matched "The X-Files" as the longest running North American science fiction series at that time. See more »


The series is set in and around Cheyenne Mountain and Colorado Springs, Colorado, however during the motorcycle chase scene, Col. Mitchell passes an exit guide sign listing the cities of Ladner and Surrey along British Columbia Provincial Route 10 in Canada. See more »


Lt. Col. Samantha Carter: A member of this facility gets kidnapped unchallenged, it's no wonder he doesn't think we can protect him.
Dr. Daniel Jackson: But we can protect him.
Lt. Col. Samantha Carter: Yeah, by locking him away for the rest of his life.
Lt. Colonel Cameron Mitchell: What can you say? There's a downside to working for supervillains.
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References The X-Files (1993) See more »


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Written by Joel Goldsmith and David Arnold
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Vala loses her memory.
12 September 2006 | by groazamicaSee all my reviews

The Trust kidnaps Vala and uses a Goa'uld device meant to recover some of her memories, but the device is destroyed in a bad moment and erases all her memory. There is a funny twist: she works as waitress (which seems to me to fit her perfectly - I think because of her attitude) for a couple of weeks until she singlehandedly stops two robbers. It's a classic theme (amnesia), but the script is pretty good and it works. The fans can't be disappointed as there are a few details that are adorable (Daniel takes Vala out, but refuses to call it a "date", Col. Mitchell is "kidnapped" by Vala,…). Besides these, I always find it refreshing to see the characters on Earth - in street clothes, trying to behave normally (and the actors trying to pretend they are pretending to be normal… hihihi) and the way the common people get entangled.

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