"Bad Guys" is the sixteenth episode of the tenth season of Stargate SG-1.


SG-1 travel to P4M-328 to search for the Clava Thessara Infinitas, but discover that the Stargate there is a museum piece without a working Dial Home Device, and they can't go back. Things get worse when they are spotted by the natives. Believed to be rebels, SG-1 is forced to hold hostages.

Previously on Stargate SG-1[]

Vala Mal Doran is kidnapped by Athena and The Trust in order to access her memories to find the location of the Clava Thessara Infinitas, a storehouse of Ancient treasure.


The SG-1 team, minus Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter - who has gone to The Pentagon to brief them on the consequences the alternate Earth had in revealing the Stargate program - set out to a planet in search of Clava Thessara Infinitas treasure (from the episode "Memento Mori"). Upon arriving at the planet they find they are in fact inside a museum, which is hosting a party. Choosing to follow protocol and return home - then make contact with the local inhabitants who are unaware of the Stargate through use of the MALP - the team discover that the Dial Home Device is only a replica constructed from drawings the natives found.

Their initial plan (to wait until the team misses their scheduled check-in) fails when they are mistaken for a band of zealous rebels. After a shootout in the lobby, the museum is put into a lockdown mode. Along with a wounded security guard, many of the patrons of the party are taken as hostages. After insisting their intentions were peaceful, the team is forced to pose as kidnappers until the scheduled check-in passes.

After "negotiations" begin, Dr. Daniel Jackson suggests the local task force send in medical personnel to tend to the injured security guard. Two medics are sent into the museum and attack Daniel with stun weapons, but are quickly subdued. Quartus then takes command of the negotiations.

Cicero, one of the hostages and a researcher at the museum, realizes that this is the incident that will prove his theories about the Stargate being a portal allowing travel to other worlds. He begins to assist SG-1, instructing them on what demands to make so as to pass themselves off as real rebels.

Jayem Seran, a night-time security guard inside the museum, hopes to be a hero and contacts the authorities outside with an offer to help take down SG-1.

While searching for possible fragments of the destroyed DHD, Lt. Colonel Cameron Mitchell and Vala Mal Doran discover one of the many Goa'uld artifacts in the exhibits in the museum: a Naquadah bomb. After Jayem attempts to 'save' Cicero from his 'captors' Mitchell and Vala, he attempts to find the other 'rebels'. When he leaves Cicero continues to assist Mitchell and Vala. When Mitchell and Vala capture Jayem, they return to Cicero but discover he has disappeared. Vala activates the timer on the Naquadah bomb, forcing Jayem to enter his security access code. Upon discovering that the bomb cannot be De-activated Mitchell and Vala begin to connect the bomb to the Stargate in order to dial out.

After Cicero, who had escaped the museum, informs Quartus of the "rebels" true identity, he instructs his Special Forces team to storm the museum. As SG-1 retreats, they are ambushed and captured by Quartus's military forces. Mitchell then makes a plea to Quartus to let them return home. Mitchell warns him that "there are worlds and races out there that do intend to do you and your people harm, but we are not one of them" and that "we are a peaceful people, but we do not take acts of aggression lying down." Quartus agrees to allow SG-1 to travel through the gate. The military commander begins a cover-up and buries the Stargate, creating a cover story that a night guard killed four rebels and saved several hostages. In protest of the cover up, Cicero attempts to contact the ruling Viceroy to change the decision, but is assumed to have failed. It is implied that the fact the Stargate is a means of intergalactic travel are one of the rebel movement's beliefs, which would legitimize its position if the information were ever made public.

Stargate Command makes two attempts to dial the (buried) gate but is unable to establish a connection. Major General Henry Landry concludes that the world has no interest in establishing relations with other worlds. Effectively, they have "stuck their heads in the sand."


Appearances for Bad Guys



  • Standoff on P4M-328


Sentient Species



Notable quotes[]

Vala: Well then you should say what you mean.
Jackson: I don't think you want me to start doing that.
Vala: I don't think you want to start thinking what I think.

Jackson: We can always dial the Gate manually.
Mitchell: Right. Kick it rotary-style. We still need a power source. What about the MALP?
Jackson: Nope.
Mitchell: Seaweed?
Jackson: Don't go there.

Cicero: I'm published dozens of papers, written a book. No one listens. My colleagues think I'm a bit of a joke.
Vala: Oh Daniel, you've found a kindred spirit.

(Sylvana and Varina are physically fighting)
Jackson: What the hell are you doing? Stop it!!
Varina: She started it!
Sylvana: Hah! I think you started it when you kissed Heren.
Jackson: Shut up! Shut up! You're hostages! This is like a life and death situation here! Start acting like it.
Sylvana: Oh please. You're not rebels. We're not deaf you know. Everyone in this room knows it.
Jackson: That doesn't matter. You're hostages! We're your captors. We're heavily armed. There's rules. There's a whole school of etiquette to this. (Sylvana glares at him) Don't eyeball me.

Jackson: We're in no rush.
Quartus: I'm sure the hostages would disagree with that.
Jackson: They're fine. We're not going to hurt them.
(Teal'c gives him a look.)
Jackson: Unless you get cute, in which case there's gonna be killing. And... whatnot.

(Vala is hooking up the Goa'uld Naquadah bomb to the Stargate)
Mitchell: How goes it on our end?
Vala: I think I have it ... maybe.
Mitchell: Vala?
Vala: There's a seventy percent chance that if we dial manually we will be able to establish a connection, and a fifty percent chance that the bomb will just go off.
Mitchell: That's a hundred and twenty percent.
Vala: Well, there's some crossover where we establish a connection and the bomb goes off.
Mitchell: (Into his radio) Jackson, did you catch any of that?
Jackson: Yeah, a hundred percent chance we should have brought someone who knows what they're doing.

(After Teal'c Zats a hostage)
Teal'c: Please remain calm as we attempt to rectify this most unfortunate circumstance.

(Vala activates a bomb)
Jayem Seran: You're insane!
Mitchell: You ever meet a sane rebel?
Jayen Seran: You make a good point.


Main Characters

Guest Stars


  • About 22 filmed minutes of the episode ended up on the cutting room floor.
  • Some of the artifacts seen in the museum, as well as the Stargate, include: a pair of Serpent Guard suits, a Horus Guard helmet and a Setesh figurine head, suggesting that this planet had been taken over by a number of Goa'uld over the years.
  • Michael Shanks criticized this episode on his blog, calling it "not so good", "not one of my favorites", and "not one of our stronger offerings". He added, "for the first time in a while, I can honestly say that it renders my performance appalling. Note that when Daniel goes off the deep end to the hostages — something completely out of his character and purposely meant as such — there is a missing scene in between there that helped to make the outburst a little more sensible."
  • Cicero states that he has written dozens of papers and even written a book about the Stargate being a portal, but laments that his colleagues think he's a joke. This mirrors how Dr. Daniel Jackson's theories about the pyramids were similarly mocked, as Vala Mal Doran is quick to point out.
  • This episode contains many references to the movie Die Hard including the security guard on the inside who makes contact with the hostage negotiator, to whom Lt. Colonel Cameron Mitchell refers as "John McClane" (the name of Bruce Willis's character in that movie). The suggestion by the chancellor that they are thieves pretending to be terrorists is also a reference to Die Hard.
  • The weapons used by the guards at the party are Skorpion vz. 61s, and are specifically the M84 variant from Yugoslavia.


  • On the museum's replica Dial Home Device, one of the glyphs is that of Earth's Point of Origin, but upside down. It could perhaps be that this is P4M-328's Point of Origin, but this is unlikely given the general uniqueness of such glyphs.
  • After Cicero returns Vala Mal Doran and Lt. Colonel Cameron Mitchell's weapons and they leave to apprehend Jayem Seran, you can see the reflection of one of the crew members (possibly a cameraman) in the display case as Cicero runs off and the camera focuses on the Naquadah bomb.
  • When SG-1 and Major General Henry Landry walk through the hallways at the end of the episode, both elevators on the set are clearly visible in the background. In previous episodes it has generally been established that each level of the facility only has one elevator entrance, with one level in the middle that is used as a transfer point between the two shafts ("Children of the Gods"). Since they are on sub level 28, there should only be one elevator shaft.
  • When Vala and Mitchell are dialing out from the planet the chevrons lock in the wrong order.

In other languages[]

  • Russian: Плохие парни (Bad Guys)
  • French: Prise d’Otages (Hostage Taking)
  • Italian: I Ribelli (The Rebels)
  • Spanish: Los Malos (The Bad Ones)
  • Czech: Padouchové (The Baddies)
  • Hungarian: Rossz fiúk (Bad Guys)
  • German: Die Geiselnahme (The Hostage Taking)

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