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Ex Deus Machina

09.07 Episode 181
Airdate: August 26, 2005

A lone Jaffa turns up on a remote Virginia road, the victim of a hit-and-run, and an investigation reveals that Alex Jameson, CFO of the nearby aeronautics firm, Farrow-Marshall, has been reported missing. The SGC suspects a link to the Trust and to Gerak, the leader of the Jaffa Council, but inquiries at Farrow-Marshall and on Dakara turn up nothing. Gerak is hiding a dark secret, however. Jameson, now a Goa'uld host and Gerak's prisoner on Dakara, is being tortured for information, and Ka'lel offers Mitchell and Teal'c a cryptic warning. It is Ba'al whom Gerak seeks, and the answers are on Earth.

Ba'al has sought refuge on Earth, posing as a businessman within Farrow-Marshall Aeronautics, and SG-1 must find him before Gerak does. Carter and Daniel coordinate with Barrett and the NID in a search for Ba'al while Mitchell and Teal'c, aboard the Prometheus, search for Gerak's Jaffa. Ba'al eludes capture, however, escaping from a midnight raid by Jaffa on his office headquarters, then warning the SGC that any further attempts to capture him will result in the detonation of a naquadah bomb. As the SGC prepares to seize Ba'al's secret compound, he announces that a bomb in Seattle's Halcyon Tower will be detonated in 45 minutes.

With time running out, Gerak's forces attack Ba'al's compound as SG-1 prepares to launch symbiote poison into the facility and begins a desperate search of the Halcyon Tower. Readings indicate, however, that the entire tower is a bomb, and with seconds to spare, Prometheus beams the building into space before detonation. Meanwhile, on Dakara, Gerak triumphantly delivers his prize, the prisoner Ba'al, whom he kills before the Council, gaining the allegiance of his people. However, documents discovered at Ba'al's compound suggest research in genetic replication. The prisoner may have been a clone, and the real Ba'al may still be at large.

Written by: Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie
Directed by: Martin Wood

Guest Starring: Cliff Simon as Ba'al, Kendall Cross as Julia Donovan, Barclay Hope as Colonel Pendergast, Gary Jones as Sergeant Harriman, Peter Flemming as Agent Barrett, Sonya Salomaa as Charlotte Mayfield, Chilton Crane as Sharon, Louis Gossett Jr. as Gerak, Gardiner Millar as Yat'Yir, Simone Bailly as Ka'lel, Martin Christopher as Lt. Marks, Ken Dresen as Alex Jameson, David MacInnis as Agent Williams, Diego Klattenhoff as Team Leader, Kevin Blatch as Tobias

Reference: Asgard Transport Beam, Athena, Ba'al, Malcolm Barrett, BC-303, Clones, Dakara, Julia Donovan, Farrow-Marshall, Gerak, Halcyon Tower, Inside Access, Jaffa, Jaffa High Council, Jaffa Nation, Alex Jameson, Sheila Jameson, Ka'lel, Major Marks, Charlotte Mayfield, Naquadah, NID, NORAD, Lionel Pendergast, Prometheus, Sergeant Siler, Symbiote Poison, Tobias, Torture Device, Trust, Agent Williams, Yat'Yir


Destinations & Inhabitants


Destinations & Inhabitants


Destinations & Inhabitants

Farrow-Marshall, Bethesda

Destinations & Inhabitants

Halcyon Tower, Seattle

Destinations & Inhabitants



  • The band is back together. SG-1 is officially reunited.
  • Gerak is now the leader of the Jaffa High Council.
  • Ba'al and Charlotte Mayfield now operate out of Farrow-Marshall, an aeronautics firm headquartered in Bethesda, and a Trust-operated facility. Ba'al has been on Earth for 9 months and is now considered the de facto head of the Trust's operations.
  • The disappearance of the Halcyon Tower in Seattle was explained as a gas line explosion.


  • Big, tattooed, chainmail pants. [Daniel]
    So, it's either our Jaffa or Kiss is back on tour. [Mitchell]
  • Prometheus… [Barrett]
    Beats flying coach. [Daniel]