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Off the Grid

09.16 Episode 190
Airdate: February 10, 2006

A highly addictive corn-like crop called kassa may be the work of the Priors, and SG-1 travels to P6G-452 to investigate, posing as prospective buyers. There they encounter Worrel, an unscrupulous operative who supplies the planet's crop to the Lucian Alliance. The meeting does not go well, however events turn even worse when SG-1 attempts to flee under fire and the stargate is suddenly beamed away before they can make their escape. As Worrel's prisoners, SG-1 is beaten for information about the missing gate, but back on Earth an intelligence report indicates that stargates on at least four other planets have also vanished.

With SG-1 out of touch and overdue, Landry orders Colonel Emerson and the Odyssey to extract the team. Then he pays a visit to Area 51 where the deceitful Goa'uld, Nerus, remains a prisoner. Offered a feast in return for information, Nerus divulges that the theft of the stargates is the work of Ba'al, who seeks to rebuild his empire, but he will only disclose Ba'al's location in return for his freedom. Landry consents and Nerus is released, unknowingly tagged with a locator beacon. Meanwhile, Worrel is recalled by the Alliance and orders SG-1 killed, but just as they are to be executed, the Odyssey arrives and beams them aboard.

As Nerus arrives aboard Ba'al's mothership, his coordinates are relayed to Odyssey, and SG-1 plans to beam aboard his ship, tag the stolen gates, and beam themselves and the gates back out. However, within Ba'al's cargo hold the team discovers many dozens of stargates must be tagged, and they come under fire from Ba'al's Jaffa. Suddenly, three motherships of the Lucian Alliance arrive and fire upon Ba'al's ship. Odyssey acquires the tagged gates but is unable to extract SG-1 before Ba'al's mothership is destroyed. However, a gate and a DHD aboard the ship had provided an alternate escape, and SG-1 safely returns home through Earth's stargate.

Written by: Alan McCullough
Directed by: Peter DeLuise

Guest Starring: Cliff Simon as Ba'al, Matthew Glave as Colonel Paul Emerson, Vince Corazza as Worrel, Eric Steinberg as Netan, Gary Jones as Sergeant Harriman, Eric Breker as Colonel Reynolds, Maury Chaykin as Nerus, Martin Christopher as Captain Marks, Michael Suncyzk as Vi'tak, Peter New as Farmer

Reference: Area 51, Asgard Transport Beam, Automatic Correlative Update, Ba'al, BC-304, Clones, Paul Emerson, Ha'tak, Kassa, Hank Landry, Locator Beacon, Lucian Alliance, Major Marks, Nerus, Netan, Odyssey, P6G-452, Colonel Reynolds, SF Guard, Shaft, Subcutaneous Transmitter, Vi'tak, Worrel


Destinations & Inhabitants


Destinations & Inhabitants

Lucian Alliance


  • After the events on Tegalus, SG-1 was the first to receive the new subcutaneous locator chip implants.
  • Colonel Emerson, commanding the Odyssey on its shakedown cruise, was called into action to rescue SG-1 from P6G-452.
  • Netan is the head of the Lucian Alliance.
  • Kassa, an agricultural crop similar to corn containing an engineered and highly addictive psychostimulant, is grown by the Lucian Alliance. Two-thirds of the crop controlled by the Lucian Alliance is grown on P6G-452.
  • Nerus had been studying the stargate system for months to help defeat the Replicators, and stumbled upon a way to disable the correlative update program so a stargate could be moved without having it transmit its new position to the rest of the network.


  • Teal'c, which one of us is closer? [Mitchell]
    I believe the three of you to be equidistant. [Teal'c]
    Oh, please! Mary Poppins is not even in the running! [Mitchell]
  • That's got to be the single stupidest thing I've ever heard. [Daniel]
    Do things always go according to plan in your world, Dr. Jackson? [Worrel]
    No, not usually, no. [Daniel]
  • Houston, we have a problem. [Mitchell]
  • We have got the best jobs in the world, don't we? [Mitchell]
    I'm going to hit the shower. [Carter]
    I'm going to find a doctor. [Daniel]
    We are indeed suitably employed. [Teal'c]


  • Peter DeLuise cameo: SF behind Landry in the final scene
  • Injuries:
    • All members of SG-1: beaten under interrogation by Lucian Alliance
  • Popular Culture References:
    • Apollo 13
      • Houston, we have a problem.