"Need" is the fifth episode of the second season of Stargate SG-1.


On a planet, SG-1 are captured and sent as slaves to work in the local mine. As Colonel Jack O'Neill, Captain Samantha Carter and Teal'c try to devise an escape plan, Dr. Daniel Jackson meets the alien princess who introduces him to the Sarcophagus, which has negative effects on his personality.


SG-1 travel to the planet designated P3R-636 and observe raw Naquadah being sent through the Stargate. They decide to try to obtain some of the metal for research. While they investigate the planet, they see a large pyramid and some Jaffa. They follow Shyla through the forest, and Dr. Daniel Jackson rescues her when she is about to commit suicide. She starts to scream, and Jaffa surround SG-1. The team is brought into the pyramid and before the woman's father Pyrus, the ruler of the planet. She is unwilling to tell her father the truth about what Daniel Jackson has done, and Pyrus doesn't believe that the team comes from a Goa'uld-free world. SG-1 is forced into labor in the Naquadah mines of the former Goa'uld planet, accused of attacking the princess.

SG-1 has to work in the mines as slaves. While working, they conclude that Pyrus isn't a Goa'uld and that the people in the Jaffa armor aren't real Jaffa.

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Daniel left unconscious and badly injured after being caught in the rock slide

In the evening, SG-1 attempts to escape the mines, but Jackson is badly injured in a rock fall due to pursuing shots from Staff weapons wielded by the pseudo-Jaffa.

Daniel later wakes up in a Sarcophagus, and the princess who Jackson rescued, Shyla, tells him that he is destined for her. Jackson attempts to have SG-1 released, but the princess tells him that he will first have to earn the trust of her father, who believes that SG-1 are spies sent from the Goa'uld to retake the planet.

While Jackson lives a life of luxury, the rest of the team are tortured and are worked to the breaking point. Shyla asks Jackson to use the sarcophagus again on the grounds that it will make him feel better than ever, and he initially refuses, but does it to gain her trust. Jackson becomes increasingly deranged from frequent use of the sarcophagus and finds himself in an ever-deepening relationship with the princess. After agreeing to marry Shyla, who is about to become queen due to the senility of her father, Jackson secures SG-1's release. Jackson returns with the rest of SG-1 to Earth, promising that he will come back to marry the princess.

Upon returning to Earth, it's clear that Daniel has changed for the worse. He experiences a tense withdrawal stage which leaves him mentally unstable to such an extent that the SGC's medical personnel are forced to restrain him.

Later, Dr. Fraiser goes to administer some sedative to keep him under control, but Dr. Jackson escapes from his restraints. He knocks the doctor to the ground and beats up an airman who was stationed outside his cell, taking his sidearm before running off to attempt escape through the Stargate back to P3R-636 and the Sarcophagus. Colonel Jack O'Neill notices Jackson's absence via security camera feed and gives chase, alerting the base. Jackson is forced to hide in a supply room with O'Neill cautiously entering after him. Dr. Jackson fires one round, which hits a light with O'Neill taking cover behind some supplies. Jack manages to talk Daniel down, and he collapses sobbing as O'Neill embraces him.

After he has recovered, SG-1 returns to the planet. Shyla's father has finally died, and Daniel persuades her to destroy the Sarcophagus and lead her people in a different way of life than her father did. She complies and fires a Staff weapon on the Sarcophagus. Afterwards, she has to say goodbye to Daniel. It is also mentioned that Stargate Command intends to find an alternative to slavery for mining the Naquadah, which shows great promise for military applications.


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Notable quotes[]

Carter: Colonel, he isn't a Goa'uld. I don't think these are real Jaffa either.
O'Neill: How do you know?
Carter: First clue was his voice.
O'Neill: Yeah, I noticed that too.
Carter: Sir, I can't really explain it, but when he grabbed me I just knew. I felt it. Or, to be more accurate, I didn't feel it. Sir, I think it has something to do with the Goa'uld that invaded me. Lately, I...I get this weird feeling when I'm near Teal'c.
O'Neill: Hey, who doesn't?

Jackson: Hi guys.
Carter: Daniel!
O'Neill: Well. It's surprisingly difficult to kill you, isn't it?
Teal'c: We are pleased to see you, Daniel Jackson.
Carter: What happened?
Jackson: Uh. Sam was right. Pyrus isn't a Goa'uld.
O'Neill: What's with the dress?
Jackson: Oh! Ah, they're royal robes. Ah, long story short, they have a sarcophagus. Um, the princess put me in it and saved my life because she has a, ah, a crush on me.
Carter: A crush?
Jackson: Yeah. Actually, she thinks I'm her destiny, the whole saving her life thing. I guess she was grateful after all.
O'Neill: Well, good job. Now how about getting the goons to unlock us and get us the heck out of here?
Jackson: Uh yeah, not yet.
O'Neill: I'm sorry?
Jackson: Well it''s kind of a sensitive situation. Pyrus hasn't exactly agreed to let you go yet, but I'm working on it. I'm trying to gain his trust. Yeah, I know. This is really...
O'Neill: Weird?
Jackson: Look, I just wanted to let you guys know I was okay, and I will talk to Pyrus tonight at dinner.
Carter: You get dinner?
Jackson: Yeah, um, some feast in my honor. Or something.
O'Neill: Feast? There is a feast?
Jackson: Just trust me. Okay. I just, I need more time.
(Daniel turns and leaves with his escort.)
O'Neill: Glad you're okay!

O'Neill: Carter's been having those... Goa'uld flashbacks of hers. She says if you don't stop using that... thing, you'll go to the dark side on us. If you haven't already.

Guard: Hey! You will meet the quota for today, or you will not eat!
O'Neill: You know. . . I've seen an awful lot of union violations in here. I should probably speak to your supervisor.
Jaffa: You will work!
O'Neill: Hi ho, hi ho. Back to work.

O'Neill: We had a nice time, Sir. Carter picked up some Naquadah, Teal'c made some new friends, as usual. Daniel got engaged, and um... I'm gonna hit the showers.


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  • This episode establishes that continual use of the Goa'uld Sarcophagus leads to mental instability. Along with genetic memory, this is the primary explanation for the inherently evil nature of the Goa'uld race, and also why the Tok'ra are not similarly evil, as they only use the far weaker Goa'uld healing device and refuse to use the Sarcophagus.
  • Shyla tells Jackson how beautiful trees are and thinks they are unique to her world. This is an in-joke at the constant use of forests as scenery throughout the series. Coincidentally, Richard Dean Anderson reportedly expressed annoyance that every 'alien planet' seemed to have pine and cedar forests.
  • After "Prisoners", this marks the second time in three episodes that SG-1 have been sentenced to life imprisonment.
  • O'Neill tells Jackson that he has previously struggled with addiction and withdrawal.
  • When a guard tells O'Neill to kneel, he mentions that he can't because he has "a cartilage problem, an ACL thing." This is true in real life as Richard Dean Anderson actually has injured his knees several times, including having surgery shortly before the sixth season which had to be written into "Redemption, Part 1".


  • While SG-1 is being brought before Pyrus in chains, Teal'c is at the end of the line tripping over his chains as one wraps around his ankle, and then swinging his right leg back and forth to untangle it.
  • When Dr. Daniel Jackson escapes from his bonds and knocks out the guard, his third punch very visibly misses the guard entirely. Others aren't particularly well acted either.

Other languages[]

  • Czech: Závislost (Addiction)
  • French: La Princesse Shyla (Princess Shyla)
  • German: Der Sarkophag (The Sarcophagus)
  • Hungarian: Szarkofág (Sarcophagus)
  • Italian: Il Sarcofago (The Sarcophagus)
  • Polish: Pragnienie or Potrzeba (Desire or Need)
  • Russian: Зависимость (Addiction)
  • Spanish: Necesidades (Needs)

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