04.06 Episode 72
Airdate: August 4, 2000

On P4X-639, SG-1 meets Malikai, an explorer from another world studying the planet's ruins, including an ancient alien computer that seems to hold the key to the planet's mysteries. The computer draws its power from geomagnetic storms caused by increased solar activity, and as Malikai begins to activate the device, O'Neill and Teal'c are caught with him in a strange blue energy field. Suddenly, O'Neill finds himself back at the SGC, ten hours earlier, eating breakfast, and preparing for the mission to P4X-639 from which he has suddenly just returned.

No one can explain why O'Neill and Teal'c insist that events are repeating themselves, but when the phenomenon occurs again, and again, it becomes apparent that all of the SGC is caught in a time loop. Time after time, O'Neill returns to the same bowl of Fruit Loops as the previous ten hours are repeated, but only O'Neill and Teal'c retain any memory of the previous loops. First they must convince the other members of the SGC that the time loop is real, and then they must find a way to decipher the alien device in order to break the cycle.

The writing on the device holds the answers. Built by a colony of the Ancients as a means of time travel to save their dying world, the device had never worked. However, Malikai is convinced that he will find the solution that eluded the Ancients, enabling him to travel back in time to be reunited with his deceased wife. SG-1 must convince him to accept the inevitable, to abandon his quest and deactivate the machine, thus releasing thirteen worlds from an endless loop in time.

Written by: Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie
Directed by: Peter DeLuise

Guest Starring: Robin Mossley as Malikai, Teryl Rothery as Dr. Fraiser, Dan Shea as Sergeant Siler, Daniel Bacon as Technician, Bill Nikolai as Technician, Cam Cronin as Door Airman

Reference: Ancient Control Console, Ancient Language, Force Field, Malikai, Malikai's Wife, Joseph Mallozzi, P4X-639, SF Guard, Sergeant Siler, Technicians, Time Loop, Time Travel, Vern