"48 Hours" is the fourteenth episode of the fifth season of Stargate SG-1.


After escaping the Goa'uld, and killing Tanith, the Stargate shuts down just as Teal'c is still in the wormhole. SG-1's efforts to halt the Stargate Program are threatened when Colonel Frank Simmons of the NID gives them a 48-hour deadline to save him or else the Stargate Program will continue, resulting in Teal'c's death.


On the planet Memphis, SG-1 run for the gate while coming under heavy fire from various Al'keshs and Death Gliders.

As soon as they've reached the Stargate, Dr. Daniel Jackson dials the address for Earth via the DHD. As he does that, Major Samantha Carter, Colonel Jack O'Neill and Teal'c protect Daniel and also provide cover fire by shooting back at the Death Gliders.

Once the wormhole to Earth is active, Jack orders Sam and Daniel to go through which they do.

As they head off, Jack fires back at a glider but is knocked to the ground with Teal'c later helping him.

As Jack heads for the Stargate, Teal'c sees Tanith's Al'kesh emerge and seeing this as an opportunity, uses the Death Glider cannon he has to destroy the ship.

As the single shot destroys the center of the Al'kesh, Teal'c smiles and heads into the wormhole but moments after Teal'c has entered the Stargate, the Al'kesh crashes into the DHD, causing a huge explosion that cuts off the wormhole to Earth and also severs the connection, presumably destroying the Stargate as well.

48 Hours 1

Daniel, Jack and Sam watching as the Stargate abruptly shuts down.

Back on Earth, Daniel, Jack and Sam are in the Embarkation room, waiting for Teal'c to come through but instead they watch as the Stargate disconnects before cutting off altogether.

Major General George S. Hammond walks in, wondering where Teal'c is but Jack states that he doesn't know before stating that Teal'c was right behind him.

Hammond, Jack, Daniel and Sam head for the Stargate Operations room where Walter Harriman redials the planet in the hope that they'll be able to contact Teal'c but Davis reports that they're getting an "Unknown Error", causing Sam to realize that there's a problem with the Stargate, not the SGC's Dialing computer.

With the error still there, Sam has them abort the sequence and Davis does so, resulting in the Stargate being shut down.

Up in the Briefing Room, Daniel and Hammond discuss what happened on the planet with Hammond believing that the Tok'ra intel was right and that the Goa'uld were scouting the planet for a new Base. Daniel states it looks like that way except for the fact that the Tok'ra didn't tell them the identity of the Goa'uld: Tanith. Teal'c wanted to kill Tanith to avenge the death of Teal'c's former lover Shan'auc (See Crossroads). Tanith chased them after a Glider made their position.

Sam soon arrives, stating that Teal'c's energy signature is in inside the gate's energy pattern buffer and grimly concludes that if someone off-world tries dialing into the SGC or if they try dialing out, then Teal'c's energy signature will be permanently erased.

When Hammond wonders how they can stop an ongoing wormhole, Sam tells him that they can do this by moving the Iris back several micrometers which would have the same effect as them actually burying their Stargate before informing Hammond and Daniel that Sylvester Siler and his team have told her that they can have it done in an hour.

When Hammond asks how they're getting their people home, Daniel realizes that they need the Russians's DHD with Sam agreeing.

Hammond goes to call the Pentagon while Daniel heads off to look at the team schedule to determine how long they've got before the next SGC team is due back.

As Sam oversees things with Davis, Hammond informs the President that they're doing everything they can and that it's only a temporary situation before stating that they'll get their best man on the job. Daniel arrives in, telling Hammond that the next team due is SG-5 who have a scheduled mission report at 1600.

Hammond wants to know how the work on the iris with Daniel stating that they're working as fast they can. Hammond then announces they need a liaison to help get the Russians agree to their demands before telling Daniel to pack a bag and that he leaves in half an hour which has Daniel stunned.

48 Hours 4

Sam and Jack in the Stargate Operations room.

Having been treated for his injury in the Stargate Command infirmary, Jack arrives into the Control Room and learns from Sam that for all the efforts they're putting into this, they may not be able to get Teal'c back.

Meanwhile, Daniel and Major Paul Davis arrive in Russia in order to negotiate for temporary use of their Stargate to allow eight SG teams to return to Earth, and later for the Dial Home Device needed to rescue Teal'c but, for their help the Russians led by Colonel Chekov demand access to all technology retrieved by the SGC.

Hammond arrives in the Mess hall where Jack curses the Jaffa revenge thing and rues the fact that Teal'c didn't follow orders. Hammond insists that Jack go get some sleep and that everything can be done is being done before ordering Jack to get some rest.

With that, Hammond leaves.

Hammond then arrives into the Briefing Room where he meets Colonel Frank Simmons who is being accompanied by Dr. Rodney McKay with McKay instantly making an enemy of Carter by pointing out the flaws with the dialing program that Carter created.

Hammond later summons Simmons to his office and tells him that the other man is not allowed to give Hammond any kind of orders whatsoever. Simmons insists that he's only bringing Hammond his orders and that Carter and McKay have two days to come up with a way to save Teal'c or else Hammond will be ordered to resume sending SG teams through the Stargate.

In Russia, Daniel and Major Davis continue talking with the Russians but things aren't going in the American's favor.

48 Hours 5

Jack confronting Harry Maybourne.

Jack, now in civilian clothes meets Harold Maybourne at a gas station causing Jack to react violently over the fact that Jack believed that Maybourne shot him in Desperate Measures with Maybourne insisting that he's innocent.

Maybourne then tells Jack that he heard about Teal'c and that he hopes the SGC get him back before warning Jack to be wary of Simmons because according to Maybourne, whatever Simmons has on his mind, it won't be good for either Teal'c or the SGC.

Maybourne states that if Jack needs him, then Maybourne's at the Accent Inn, using the surname, "Cassidy". Jack wonders if it's David or Shaun Cassidy with Maybourne stating, "Butch".

As Maybourne walks off, Jack shouts that Simmons believes that Maybourne is the one who sullied the name of the NID with Maybourne wondering if Jack believes that. Jack admits that he doesn't with Maybourne grimly sating that he knows Simmons well because as it turns out, Maybourne was the one responsible for recruiting Simmons into the NID.

In Carter's lab, she's busy working on her computer when McKay wanders in, having been looking for her. The two instantly clash with McKay angrily berating Carter for the system she created for the Stargate while he also points out the many flaws as well.

Left extremely annoyed, Carter snaps that her job is to present the risks, not to decide whether to take them before telling McKay that if he doesn't have anything positive to add then he should get out of her lab.

McKay's response is interrupted by Daniel contacting from Russia where Daniel tells her that SG-5 just contacted the Tok'ra who have suggested using the DHD as a means of freeing Teal'c but Daniel soon tells Sam that the negotiations aren't going too well which has Sam hanging up, obviously disappointed.

Simmons arrives into Hammond's office and blackmails Hammond into giving him a Goa'uld Hand Device- a Kara kesh. Hammond refuses but soon realizes that the only reason Simmons would want it is due to the fact that Simmons has the Goa'uld that escaped during "Desperate Measures".

Jack arrives at Maybourne's house where Maybourne states that they've got to find the Goa'uld first before realizing why Jack is here.

In Russia, Major Davis isn't impressed with what the Russians have to offer but Daniel suggests that they ought to compromise.

In the hotel room, Maybourne is illegally hacking into the NID database and later finds that Simmons diverted to Minot Air Force Base on his way to Colorado Springs.

In the mess hall, Carter and McKay are having lunch together with the two still debating over the Stargate as they try to form a plan to save Teal'c from the Stargate.

During the lunch, McKay reveals that he has a fatal allergy to anything lemon-related and that he needs to constantly eat to stop a severe hyperglycemic reaction from happening before he yet again berates Carter's plans.

Carter soon discovers that McKay was the one responsible for the Pentagon's 48 hour deadline because McKay told them that Teal'c would already be dead.

This causes Carter to get up in disgust as McKay remarks that he wishes he didn't have a weakness for dumb blondes.

"Go suck a lemon", Carter snarls before she storms out of the mess hall, leaving McKay still there, eating while muttering, "Sexy. Very sexy".

At an NID "safehouse", Jack and Maybourne who have teamed up take down the operatives stationed around the house, using Zats to knock the men unconscious before Jack meets the Goa'uld controlling Adrian Conrad. He refuses to help them, but after Jack stuns him, reveals that Simmons was a better negotiator.

This prompts Jack to seek the surveillance videos which indeed show Simmons interrogating the Goa'uld prisoner; also recorded was the Goa'uld describing how to rescue Teal'c.

Daniel manages to convince the Russians to loan them the DHD - a requirement for the rescue - by offering them Naquadah generator technology with his heartfelt plea managing to finally secure them the DHD.

At the SGC, Sam informs Hammond of the development, only to be told that Hammond has been ordered to resume operations by the President and that SG-2 are preparing for a mission to P4C-796. Sam protests, stating that if they open the Stargate, then they're murdering Teal'c before she realizes that she can't tell Hammond.

In the Control Room, Walter Harriman begins dialing the Stargate as Sam looks on from the Briefing Room, angered. Sergeant Westerholm arrives, informing Carter that she has an urgent phone call from Jack.

Down in the Operations Room, the dial-up is still continuing when Sam arrives, telling them that they've got to abort. Simmons pulls rank and orders that she stand down but Sam continues on, stating to Hammond that Jack has the information they need to save Teal'c as well as knowledge that incriminates Simmons.

Simmons insists that she's lying but Hammond overrules him, ordering that the dialing be stopped and that Simmons is to be arrested before telling the Airman that if Simmons resists, then the Airman should shoot Simmons.

In the Briefing Room, after the clip of Simmons talking to the Goa'uld has aired, McKay protests, stating that it's impossible and that the Goa'uld wants them to destroy themselves. When Carter objects, McKay states that she's a certifiable whackjob and that she's letting her feelings get the better of her before insisting that Teal'c is dead.

McKay's ramblings are interrupted by Hammond who tells him that his plane for Russia leaves in an hour. As a stunned McKay struggles to digest the news, Hammond states that McKay's new assignment is to help Russia with their Naquadah generator technology with McKay protesting and refusing to go.

Carter then drops McKay in it by stating that as long as McKay's on the Air Force payroll....

48 Hours 2

"This really sucks"- McKay's reaction to being told that his new assignment is in Russia.

The revelation then finally sinks as McKay who realizes that he has no way out of this. He then complains again, stating that it really sucks before he rushes out the door.

As McKay runs out the door to get ready, Hammond tells Carter that she should do whatever she needs to do with Carter getting straight to work.

A while later, with Jack, Hammond, Chevok, Daniel and Major Davis in the Control Room, Carter and Siler use the DHD to make the necessary modifications to the DHD, by removing the main control crystal, in order to create an event horizon without a wormhole, thereby "tricking" the Stargate into reintegrating Teal'c.

48 Hours 3

Teal'c emerging from the temporary wormhole created by the Russian DHD.

As the DHD powers up, it creates a temporary hole of some sort and Teal'c stumbles through the Stargate with no perception that something had gone wrong much to the joy of Sam and Jack.

However, the DHD unexpectedly explodes moments later.

Teal'c then steps off the ramp and states that he has had his revenge - Tanith is dead before wondering what has gone in his absence.

As they head off, Jack tells Teal'c that he owes his life to a Goa'uld despite Teal'c being in denial while the DHD soon crackles and fizzles as they walk past it.


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Notable quotes[]

Carter: The error we're receiving from the Gate seems to indicate that there is still an energy pattern stored in the memory buffer.
Jackson: Teal'c.
Carter: If the Al'kesh crashed into the DHD on the other planet, it would have cut off power to the outgoing Gate. The wormhole would have been severed prematurely. Now if that happened before our Gate was able to reconvert Teal'c's energy signature back into matter...
Hammond: Teal'c is in our Stargate.
Carter: His energy signature, yes. Stored in the memory.
Jackson: Well let's get him out.
Carter: Right now I'm not sure how. That's not the worst problem.
Jackson: There's worse?

(O'Neill finds Maybourne near his car)
Maybourne: Hi, Jack.
O'Neill: (runs towards him) You rat bastard!
Maybourne: (takes cover) Hey, hey, take it easy!
O'Neill: I'm so gonna kick your ass!
Maybourne: There's people watching.
O'Neill: I don't care!!
Maybourne: It wasn't me. I didn't shoot you, Jack.
O'Neill: I trusted you!
Maybourne: Come on, would I come back here like this if I'd done it?
O'Neill: You might!

(After O'Neill's disbelief in his offer of assistance)
Maybourne: If you need me, I'm checked into the Accent Inn under the name Cassidy.
O'Neill: David, or Shaun?
Maybourne: (gives him a look) Butch.

Carter: (on the phone to Daniel) Is there any chance you can get the Russians to give us their DHD?
Chekov: (in other room) This is impossible at the moment.
Jackson: Not without giving back Alaska.

McKay: There's no switch. The crystals are wiped clean by an unstable vortex of a forming wormhole, hmm? (Steps to his left, opens the glass case, and reaches for a pie) Do you have any idea how much excess energy one of those blasts gives off?
Carter: As a matter of fact, I do. Now, what we need to do is to find a way to establish an event horizon without the vortex.
McKay: (laughs slightly) That's impossible.
Carter: I've seen it done before.
McKay: What? By magical fairy beings? (Turns to the cook) Is there lemon on the chicken?
Cook: (Looks annoyed) It's lemon chicken.
McKay: (laughs slightly) So it is. I am mortally allergic to citrus. One drop of lemon and I could die. I'll have whatever that is.
(The cook looks annoyed while plopping the stuff onto McKay's plate. Carter looks worried as the stuff is being plopped onto McKay's plate.)
McKay: I have to be very careful.

McKay: I wish I didn't find you so attractive. I always had a weakness for dumb blondes.
Carter: Go suck a lemon. (Walks away)
McKay: Very sexy. Very very sexy.

O'Neill: Hey. You sure you want to be in there for this.
Siler: Not really, sir.
O'Neill: I wasn't talking to you!

Teal'c: I had my revenge. Tanith is dead.

O'Neill: Well, believe it or not, you owe your life to a Goa'uld!
Teal'c: Never!
O'Neill: Oh yes!


Main Characters

Guest Stars


  • This episode marks the death of Tanith, the eighth powerful Goa'uld who is killed by SG-1.
  • This episode was originally titled "Teal'c Interrupted".
  • Shortly after the dire situation is presented in this episode, Major Paul Davis a.k.a. 'Major Disaster' walks on the scene.
  • The Tanith in this episode was computer generated. The writers wanted to have him die in an epic battle with Teal'c, but due to problems, they killed him off in this way.
  • This is the first time SG-8 is mentioned explicitly.


  • When Harold Maybourne shows Colonel Jack O'Neill the NID flight data, the page lists the first flight as landing in "MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, NORTH DAKODA". 'Dakoda' is an obvious misspelling of Dakota. It is correct on the second flight though.
  • When Stargate Command resumes gate operation, first chevron lock is heard while Major Samantha Carter looks from the briefing room (at 36:26 mark), then 6 seconds later, we see and hear the first lock.
  • As far as Teal'c is aware only a few seconds have passed but he doesn't question how Carter and O'Neill changed so quickly.
  • After the DHD explodes from the feedback, as Teal'c walks down the ramp, his boots can be seen completely unlaced.

Other languages[]

  • French: 48 Heures (48 Hours)
  • Italian: 48 Ore (48 Hours)
  • Spanish: 48 Horas (48 Hours)
  • Czech: 48 hodin (48 Hours)
  • Hungarian: 48 óra (48 Hours)
  • German: 48 Stunden (48 Hours)
  • Catalan: 48 hores (48 Hours)

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