EP 703 - Fragile Balance
Season 7 Episode 3
|Original Air Date:||June 20, 2003|
|Story By:|| Peter DeLuise|
|Teleplay By:||Damian Kindler|
|Directed By:||Peter DeLuise|
When a 15-year-old boy claiming to be Colonel Jack O'Neill uses the colonel's security I.D. to enter Stargate Command, he is taken into custody. The rest of SG-1 soon realise that the boy has the knowledge of Jack along with his smart-ass attitude. When Fraiser runs a DNA test on him, they find that apart from a minuscule difference, the boy is an exact match for Colonel Jack O'Neill. In an attempt to discover how Jack has apparently regressed 30 years overnight, the teenage version of Jack, along with Sam, Daniel and Teal'c go to his house where he has a flashback of an Asgard visitation during which he saw four green lights. Back at the base, General Hammond decides that Sam should take over one of Jacks briefings on the F-302 fighter jets to some new test pilots. To which neither Jack nor the test pilots are happy. In the middle of the briefing teenage Jack tries to get in, and the airman at the door are unable to stop him, and Sam is relieved to allow Jack to finish the briefings. However, the test pilots are confused as to why a 15 year old is giving them the lecture, however they soon learn that although he is 15 he definitely knows about the F-302. Meanwhile, Fraiser informs SG-1 that the genetics team she called in has discovered that teenage Jack's genetic structure is breaking down meaning that he is dying. Jacob arrives at the SGC and offers a temporary solution: The Tok'ra can freeze Jack until they can better understand his condition. Jack isn't to pleased at the idea, and says that he'll think about it, but instead escapes from SGC. When Selmak looks at Jacks test results, he realises that the boy isn't actually Jack, but a clone. Whilst trying to find out what happened, Sam, Daniel and Teal'c, research alien-abduction and find many cases similar to Jacks, surmise that an Asgard had abducted each of them to find a suitable person that they can clone, as the genetic structure of the Asgard is degrading. They soon realise that Jacks regression was a mistake of which the Asgard researcher is still unaware, and plan to intercept the next switch so that they can apprehend him. When SG-1 catches up with the clone Jack, he's not thrilled with the plan; he'd rather find the Asgard researcher himself and force him to correct the genetic mistake. Convincing General Hammond to give him a zat, the teenage Jack waits in bed at home for the switch to occur at the time SG-1 has figured. When the cloned Jack is teleported up to the Asgard ship, the original O'Neill is returned to his bed without a clue of what happened. On the ship, the clone zats his Asgard abductor, straps him down to his own examination table and then, following Carter's instructions, beams SG-1 onto the ship. The original Jack is then brought up to speed and interrogates the Asgard researcher, who turns out to be Loki the norse god of mischief. He reveals that he is a renegade who was convicted 19 years ago of performing unsanctioned experiments on humans in an attempt to create the perfect clone body for the Asgard. He has risked punishment again because he believes that Jack, who is legendary to the Asgard for his advanced human genetics, could be the key he's been searching for. Sam contacts Thor, who arrives just as the cloned Jack starts to become ill. Thor admonishes Loki, who should have known that O'Neill's genetic code is protected by a marker in his DNA, set by the Asgard to protect Jack from being cloned. The clone Jack is provided for by the Air Force and decides to go back to high school, where he can show up his teachers and score with girls having the knowledge of a 40 year old.
 Mistakes in the Script
- When the clone Jack goes back to the ship, how is he able to move, if you watch the episode, they say that your paralysed when Loki beams you up, so the clone should not have been able to zat Loki
|Carter: Colonel, you all right?|
No movement from Jack.
Daniel: Jack! Jack!
Still no movement.
O'Neill: What are you all doing in my bedroom?
|O'Neill: You know, uh, I think you two are enjoying this just...a little too much|
Carter: Well...you are kinda cute
O'Neill: That's "Sir" to you
|O'Neill: I'll tell you what's wrong. I just woke up, haven't had coffee, let alone a pee in seven days...and I find out you stole my ass and made a...mini me.|
Jack takes a look at the young Jack
O'Neill: Carter...I should be irked, currently...yes?
|Daniel: now, admittedly, all of this does sound familiar, cliché even, if you watch enough TV|
|O'Neill: Daniel...will you tell them who I am...please?|
Daniel: Okay...love to...who are you?
|Daniel: Stranger things have happened...|
Teal'c: Name but one
Daniel: Well, there was the time he got really old, the time he became a caveman, the time we all swapped bodies...