"Bounty" is the fifteenth episode of the tenth season of Stargate SG-1.


SG-1's efforts to weaken the Lucian Alliance drives Netan to place a bounty on each of their heads. While SG-1 go their separate ways to spend their time off, the bounty hunters are on their trail.


Lt. Colonel Cameron Mitchell rings into a darkened room. Moving to the cargo he slices open a bag with his knife, finding kassa kernels inside. Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter, Teal'c, and Dr. Daniel Jackson ring into similar cargo rooms and begin setting explosives with a countdown of one minute. Sam notices a green light scanning the room. She radios the team telling them to get out. Daniel and Teal'c finish, and all but Mitchell ring out. He has been caught by a number of guards. A firefight ensues, pinning Mitchell.

Lucian Alliance freighter

The Lucian Alliance freighter

Aboard a Goa'uld Tel'tak piloted by Vala Mal Doran, Carter informs Mitchell that everyone else is done. Teal'c offers to help, but there is no time—the explosives will detonate in less than 30 seconds. Sam 'comms' Mitchell to just get onto a ring platform and she'll manage to activate it remotely from the transport, which he only just manages to do so by the 'skin of his teeth'. The transport flies away as the Lucian Alliance freighter explodes.

On board a Lucian Alliance Ha'tak, Netan, the leader of the Lucian Alliance, receives the news that a third raid by SG-1 has destroyed yet another of their kassa transports. This has not only severely depleted the kassa supply but Netan deduces was specifically designed to make him look weak. So, enraged by SG1's tactics, Netan places a bounty on their heads.

Back on Earth, Vala convinces Mitchell to let her accompany him to his high school reunion in Auburn, Kansas, which he'd much rather avoid it seems. Carter and Dr. Bill Lee are at a scientific conference, presenting the "new" technologies of the Chimera holographic projector (revealed in "Covenant") and as it happens "busted" X-699 plasma cannon. Daniel, meanwhile, is in a library conducting research when he encounters an attractive young woman who seductively offers to help him with his searches.

Two alien bounty hunters are shown on board a Tel'tak scout ship, when suddenly the whole ship rocks, and it is revealed that the ship was shot by staff cannons mounted on another Tel'tak commanded by the Bounty hunter Odai Ventrell. The Tel'tak controlled by two aliens has it's shields drained, and one of the Aliens appear to operate the hyperdrive. Ventrell's Tel'tak manages to destroy the other Tel'tak before it jumps into hyperspace. He then replies to himself: "Sorry boys, but I don't like competition."

Off-world, the Jaffa Cha'ra urges Teal'c to take a position on the Jaffa High Council. They are suddenly attacked by unseen bounty hunters and Teal'c is grazed by an energy blast. Teal'c urges Cha'ra to put out word that he was gravely injured in order to lure the attackers into a trap.

Vala and Mitchell sit with his parents, and Vala misleads them into thinking she and Cameron are dating. While setting up for the reunion, Mitchell reunites with Amy Vanderburg, "the one who got away". Vala is introduced to Mitchell's old friend Darrell Grimes, who is immediately smitten by Vala's charms. Elsewhere, Daniel again encounters the strange young woman, who now attempts to seduce him by asking him if he'd like to go somewhere more private with her. Daniel suspiciously declines, to which the woman pulls out a Goa'uld Za'tarc ring and fires it at him. Daniel runs while she shoots repeatedly, missing him by mere inches. Daniel exits the museum, but the woman teleports in behind him and tells him to stop or she'll start killing innocent bystanders - a woman walking down the sidewalk with her baby, as it happens, to which she has her weapon pointed at. Daniel surrenders, but just then his pursuer is run over by a bus, much to his surprise.

Carter, at the conference, receives a call from Major General Henry Landry about the incident. Landry, believing this to be an isolated incident, tells her not to worry and to stay at the conference. Mitchell's cell phone has no service and he is unable to hear Landry's message.


The X-699 on display

Carter walks onto the stage to deliver her presentation and is shot at by a sniper. The shot, however, passes directly through her—it was a holographic projection, luckily for Carter it passed through the projection of the device they were demonstrating, and the real Carter is backstage still safe and sound. A surprised Sam shuts off the device, and with Lee's help fixes the X-699 enough for a single shot. Carter walks onto the stage with the gun and shoots the sniper. The audience, believing this all to be part of the presentation, applaud them with a standing ovation.

Back in the Jaffa Encampment, a cloaked stranger enters the tent where Teal'c is being treated. He pulls out a knife, but is shot with a Zat'nik'tel by Teal'c. Cha'ra and his men come back, astounded that the would-be assassin was a Jaffa. Teal'c is not convinced. With one finger, he wipes the assassin's "tattoo" off his forehead, revealing it to be a fake.

Mitchell receives another call from Landry but cannot hear anything intelligible. Two bounty hunters follow him in his search for a hard-line. One is using a mimic device. The other, Ventrell, leads the first bounty hunter into a closet and kills him, then continues to follow Mitchell.

Meanwhile, Darrell offers Vala some 'fire water' (which only puzzles her), then takes her into an auditorium where they sit as Darrell attempts to woo her. Vala stops him cold, telling him that unfortunately she is married, much to Darrell's disappointment.

Mitchell calls Landry, but finds himself held at gunpoint. Ventrell takes the phone and, using a device to mimic Mitchell's voice, tells General Landry to send backup. He then tells Mitchell to 'sit tight', for he intends to wait in order to get all of SG-1 at once.

Vala, coming back from the auditorium with Darrell, recognizes Ventrell and assumes he is after her, when in truth he doesn't even know she's there (yet). Amy, finally getting her longed-for dance with Mitchell, is somewhat disappointed when she senses him holding back and distracted. And to that is added utter confusion when he asks her to slap him and leave the auditorium. But just then Darrell distracts the bounty hunter so Vala can throw a fire extinguisher at him, which does little more than just bounce off his back with a slight energy-flash from his body shield. Ventrell turns around and is delighted to see Vala, which he sees as an added bonus, then punches her flying onto one of the tables, to everyone's cries of bemusement and shock (especially Darrell, who is amazed to see Vala survive such a blow with nonchalance).

The bounty hunter pulls out a gun and fires once into the air. The crowd panics and tries to get out, but the bounty hunter has magnetically sealed the door. He threatens to shoot Amy or Darrell, but calms down upon hearing Carter saying that SG-1 will surrender as soon as the hostages are released. The bounty hunter tells Sam that the hostages will be released, but SG-1 has to come in first. Carter, Teal'c, and Daniel beam in unarmed. The bounty hunter herds SG-1 into the center of the dance floor. Suddenly rings break through the ceiling of the gym and they are all ringed aboard a transport ship sitting on top of the gym.

A bewildered Ventrell is surprised to find himself held at gunpoint in his own ship. Carter explains that they found the ship, and then used the holographic projection technology to create the illusion that they had beamed into the gym. Ventrell tells SG-1 that stopping him will not stop the bounty hunters. Mitchell replies that Netan's followers will see this incident as yet another failure on Netan's part.

Later, on Netan's flagship, an intruder dispatches Netan's guards and enters his quarters, but is shot by Ventrell. Netan tells Ventrell he will be richly rewarded. Ventrell points his gun at Netan and says that he will be, but not for saving him.

Amy Vanderburg kisses Mitchell

Back in Kansas at the Mitchell family farm, Amy and Mitchell set things straight and share a kiss, before being interrupted by Vala. Amy agrees to visit Colorado Springs, sometime soon.


Appearances for Bounty





Sentient Species



Notable quotes[]

Mitchell: Intel looks good.  We've got ourselves a space train full of evil Orville Redenbacher.

Vala: I can't wait to meet your parents.
Mitchell: Yeah, just don't embarrass me.
Vala: I would never embarrass you.

Landry: Sounds like you two are having a hell of a time.
Mitchell: Oh yeah. Me and Daisy, we're livin' large.

Wendy: Here's some extra towels. The spare bedroom's all made up.
Mitchell: Alright, great. Where do you want me to sleep?
Wendy: Well I thought that you two would... you know...
Mitchell: (laughs awkwardly) No, ma, that's okay.
Wendy: It's all right, dear. I'm not as old-fashioned as you think.
Mitchell: What?
Wendy: You know, I think Cam sometimes finds it convenient to forget that I grew up in the sixties. I could tell you some stories.
Mitchell: No, Mom, no! No, mother. Please, now, no! We don't want to hear your stories!
Vala: I do!
Mitchell: No!
Wendy: We'll talk later.
Vala: Okay! (to Mitchell) I like your mother.

Jackie: Cameron? Hey, welcome back!
Mitchell: Jackie, hey!
Jackie: (to Vala) And…Vay-la?
Vala: Vala.
Jackie: Vala. Now, I can't remember, did you go to GW?
Vala: Oh, I didn't attend school, as much as I was sold as a domestic servant to a weapons smuggler named Firenze. After I killed him and won my freedom I considered my education more or less complete.
Jackie: (bewildered) …Well, it was sure nice to meet you. (turns away with a horrified look)

Amy: Where's your date?
Mitchell: My date? Date, Oh Vala, Vala is over there plotting my death with Gary Walesco.

Vala: I'm married.
Darrell: Oh, you're kidding.
Vala: It's something I don't like to talk about much. He's a religious zealot bent on total domination of every human being in this galaxy.
Darrell: So you're separated?

Jackson: (to Ventrell) And you might have gotten away with it too, if it wasn't for us meddling kids.

Mitchell: She's a nice girl. I like her.
Vala: Nice. She's a cure for insomnia.


Main Characters

Guest Stars


  • During the scene in which Lt. Colonel Cameron Mitchell is looking for a land-line telephone 2 leaflets can be seen hanging on the wall saying: "Peter DeLuise for class secretary." His running mate, the other leaflet on the wall said "Damian Kindler for class treasurer". Damian Kindler is SG-1's Supervising Producer and the writer of this episode, with Peter DeLuise being the director.
  • The Gun used by Odai Ventrell is the same weapon used by Hannibal King and the Nightstalkers in Blade: Trinity, another item 'donated' to the Stargate franchise from this film, the other being the set used to build several sets in Stargate: Atlantis.
  • After catching Ventrell, Michael Shanks improvises a line similar to the famous quote from Scooby-Doo that is commonly heard after catching the villains, "And I might've gotten away with it, too, if it wasn't for you meddling kids."
  • Dr. Bill Lee's demonstration of the X-699 is reminiscent of Dr. Jay Felger's attempted demonstration of his prototype plasma cannon. Both scientists preface their "demonstrations" by announcing "Welcome to the future!" and both weapons fizzle unspectacularly (albeit, in the case of the X-699 the malfunction was deliberate).
  • The mascot for George Washington High School is almost a direct copy of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets' mascot Buzz with some minor differences in the wings and abdomen.
  • There is a possible reference to the film Groundhog Day when the Gary Walesco talks to the Jup disguised as "Phil" he says "How's Nancy?" In Groundhog Day Phil Connors encounters Ned an insurance salesman and later uses the timeloop to have a one-night stand with a woman named Nancy.


  • During the first attack on Teal'c, Teal'c fires from a closed Staff weapon. Immediately afterward, however, when the camera changes, the staff weapon is open. In the next shot, it is closed again.
  • When Vala Mal Doran and Darrell Grimes are shooting cans, the last shot Vala takes can be heard a fraction before the hammer is seen firing.

Other languages[]

  • French: Morts ou Vifs (Dead or Alive)
  • Italian: Cacciatori di Taglie (Bounty Hunters)
  • Spanish: La Recompensa (The Reward)
  • Czech: Odměna (Reward)
  • German: Der Kopfgeldjäger (The Bounty Hunter)
  • Hungarian: Vérdíj (Bounty)

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