This episode is a clip show: it is largely composed of clips of previous episodes.

"Citizen Joe" is the fifteenth episode of the eighth season of Stargate SG-1.


Joe Spencer, a barber from Indiana buys a mysterious stone in a garage sale seven years ago, and ever since then, has received several visions concerning SG-1 and their missions to save the world.


The episode opens with Brigadier General Jack O'Neill walking into his kitchen, talking on the phone to Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter about his "world famous omelet" (the "secret ingredient" being beer), when a man O'Neill has never met bursts in with a gun claiming that O'Neill has ruined his life. The viewer is then taken to a flashback 7 years earlier where Joe Spencer, the man in O'Neill's house, is at a garage sale and picks up a mysterious black stone. When he does, he receives a vision of SG-1 going through the Stargate against orders in the season 1 episode "Within the Serpent's Grasp". He buys the stone and, as the episode progresses, continuously receives more and more visions of the exploration team.

Joe, unable to create or tell amusing jokes or stories of his own, tells of the visions he sees as if they were stories he had conjured out of thin air. To start with, he tells these visions to his son Andy Spencer and the customers in his barbershop, entertaining them where he had previously been nothing but a bore. Later, at the suggestion of his wife Charlene Spencer, he starts to write them down and send them in to various magazines (all of which reject them) instead of telling each and every individual the tiniest of details relating to SG-1. As the episode goes on, skipping ahead in years, the people he tells start to get tired of the tales of SG-1 and, eventually, they stop coming to his barbershop. Despite his wife's urging, telling him to stop writing the episodes down, he continues to type and becomes convinced that the visions are actually happening. After years of too-intense focus on SG-1, long since passed into obsession, his wife leaves with their son. At this point he tries to find evidence that what he has been seeing is real, collecting data on mysterious stellar phenomenon and unexplained deaths, but is unable to contact Colonel O'Neill. Eventually, he tracks down where O'Neill lives, bringing the viewer to the opening scene.

It is then discovered that the reason Joe has been seeing the visions, flashes of the life of Jack O'Neill, is because of an Ancient Long-range communication stone brought back from P3R-233 the same world as the Quantum Mirror. The device, which was activated by O'Neill when he touched a mysterious black stone in Dr. Daniel Jackson's lab, connects two minds together telepathically and Joe, who possesses the same Ancient gene as O'Neill, activated the companion device when he touched the stone at the garage sale. That stone, we find out, was discovered by the grandfather of the garage sale's operator and had been found at a dig in Egypt. When Jack had been on the base, writing his mission-reports of their off-world adventures, the stone nearby in the archives transmitted his thoughts to Joe. Conversely, O'Neill had been seeing visions of Joe's everyday life periodically, as the two devices could work in either direction; Jack never said anything because he found the visions "relaxing." At the close of the episode O'Neill helps Joe start to piece his life back together by personally talking to Joe's wife. Just as the camera pans out O'Neill begins by telling Joe and his wife that "it's all true".


Appearances for Citizen Joe





Sentient Species


  • Dog (Mentioned)
  • Monkey (Mentioned)




Notable quotes[]

O'Neill: I just walked in with a whole handful of ingredients for my world-famous omelet.
Carter: World-famous, huh? What's in it?
O'Neill: Eggs.
Carter: I doubt that that actually qualifies as a recipe.
O'Neill: Oh, don't kid yourself. There's a secret ingredient. Can't tell you what it is or I'd have to shoot you.
Carter: It's beer, isn't it.

O'Neill: Okay, look. This obviously isn't your forté. So why don't you just put the gun down before you get hurt.
Joe: Don't come any closer!
O'Neill: I know your gun isn't real. However... mine is.
Joe: Oh god! I'm sorry, I'm sorry. You're right. It's just a toy. Please don't shoot me.
O'Neill: I'm not gonna shoot ya.
Joe: I'm sorry. I just thought it was the only way to make you listen to me.
O'Neill: Oh, where you're going people will listen. They got nothing to do but listen to what you have to say. They have nice white coats, padded walls. The whole nine yards.

Joe: You have a thing for The Simpsons, Fishing, Mary Steenburgen, the Color Peridot and you're a terrible Ping Pong Player.
O'Neill: Have we met?

Joe: Between you and me, I totally see the analogy: Burns as Goa'uld.
O'Neill: Thank you!

Joe: Dr. Jackson, can I just say, thank goodness you're back. Not that Jonas was a bad guy, but after all you've been through together, you belong here with SG-1.
Jackson: Thank you. Jack?
O'Neill: He's a barber.
Jackson: Broke into your house?
O'Neill: Yeah.
Jackson: Second week in a row.
O'Neill: Mm hm.
Jackson: Alarm.
O'Neill: I'm thinking dog.
Joe: You could try locking your front door.

Jackson: Wait a minute. Jack, you've been seeing parts of the life of a barber in Indiana for seven years and you never mentioned it?
O'Neill: Yeah. Sure I did. I know I did.
Carter: No. No, you didn't, sir.
O'Neill: I didn't?
Jackson: You didn't find it the least bit odd?
O'Neill: Actually, no. I found it quite relaxing.


Main Characters

Guest Stars


  • On the European and Australian DVD releases of Season 8, this is the 18th episode, not the 15th. The previous episode to "Citizen Joe" is "Threads" and the next episode is "Moebius, Part 1" on those DVDs.
  • Only the Region 1 DVD set has a commentary for this episode.
  • The laptop which Carter uses to confirm Joe's Ancient gene is a Dell Inspiron 5100. It was first available in 2003.
  • In the brief flashback where O'Neill activates the stone, Jackson has longer hair. However, the fact that the style and shade are noticeably different from the way Michael Shanks wore his hair for the first two seasons make it clear that he is wearing a wig in this scene.
  • The three stories that Joe's wife had read, and didn't like are also the titles of the episodes "Holiday", "The Light" and "The Sentinel". Joe then says: "Okay, I admit those may have been a few small missteps. But on the whole they are getting better, aren't they?" Earlier, "Seth" is also mocked as having been a weak story.
  • The park where Joe meets with his wife Charlene Spencer to talk, and then finally to introduce her to O'Neill, is the Charles Rummel Park in Burnaby, British Columbia.
  • Many changes and criticism of the show are referenced here. While telling a man the story of "Fail Safe", Fred states "How many times can they save the world? It's getting repetitive", Joe's wife states that the team "just doesn't work together like they used to" and Joe mentions Teal'c's huge change in appearance, "I know the hair makes you look different, but didn't you used to be more gold-colored?"
  • In the flashback to 1998, O'Neill tells Jackson that they have received intel suggesting that Apophis survived the destruction of his fleet and that he escaped to Chulak. Chronologically, this places the flashback as occurring at some point between the events of "The Serpent's Lair" (in which Apophis' fleet was destroyed) and "Family" (in which the SGC learned from Bra'tac that Apophis was still alive and had kidnapped Rya'c).
  • This is the last clip show of the series.
  • Dan Castellaneta, who plays Joe Spencer, is also the voice of Homer Simpson on The Simpsons. It has been frequently stated that The Simpsons is Brigadier General Jack O'Neill's favorite television show and it is also that of Richard Dean Anderson. Therefore, in this episode "Homer" is hero-worshiping O'Neill rather than vice-versa. Joe mentions that he sees O'Neill's analogy of Montgomery Burns as Goa'uld. Richard Dean Anderson would guest star on The Simpsons episode "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bangalore" the following year. Richard Dean Anderson's name also frequently comes up on The Simpsons as Marge's sisters, Patty and Selma, are huge fans of MacGyver and have crushes on Richard Dean Anderson. Among the people Joe's wife says are tired of hearing his stories are Margery and Lenny. Both names are shared by characters close to Castellaneta's character on The Simpsons.


  • According to a calendar in Joe's barber shop, the events of "Within the Serpent's Grasp" and "The Serpent's Lair" take place in August of 1997.
  • At the end of the episode it is revealed that as Joe Spencer was seeing visions of SG-1, Brigadier General Jack O'Neill was seeing visions of Joe's life. In the beginning of the episode, O'Neill doesn't seem to recognize Joe. However, his visions would have been from Joe's perspective, so, despite Joe standing in front of a mirror frequently as a barber, he may have never gotten a good look at Joe's face.
  • At the start O'Neill references meeting with someone named Johnson from the CIA relating to recent events with ex-Vice President Robert Kinsey. This person is quite clearly implied to be Kerry Johnson whom O'Neill is shown to be having a relationship with at the start of "Threads" (she is a CIA agent involved in investigations after the Kinsey incident). So a subtle mistake here occurs when this episode is aired after Threads in some DVDs as O'Neill acts as though he doesn't know her yet.
  • In the last scene of the episode, O'Neill is not wearing regulation shoes for United States Air Force dress uniform.

Other languages[]

  • French: Rien à Perdre (Nothing to Lose)
  • Italian: Il Cittadino Joe (The Citizen Joe)
  • Spanish: Ciudadano Joe (Citizen Joe)
  • Czech: Občan Joe (Citizen Joe)
  • German: Joe
  • Hungarian: Joe polgártárs (Citizen Joe)
  • Polish: Obywatel Joe (Citizen Joe)

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