For the type of planet with no Stargate, see Off the grid planet.

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"Off the Grid" is the sixteenth episode of the ninth season of Stargate SG-1.


During a failed mission to learn about the new, extremely addictive Lucian Alliance crop called Kassa, the planet's Stargate is beamed away before SG-1 can escape. After discovering that multiple Stargates have disappeared, Major General Henry Landry questions the imprisoned Nerus about who is responsible.

Previously on Stargate SG-1[]

SG-1 have a run-in with the Lucian Alliance. The Goa'uld Nerus offers to help Stargate Command with the fight against the Ori but leads them into a trap while revealing that he is working with the Ori. In response, Major General Henry Landry imprisons Nerus in the basement of Area 51 without food until he can come up with a defense against the Ori.


While investigating the nature of an addictive corn-like crop grown on an P6G-452, found by accident by SG-3, SG-1 gets into a firefight with members of the Lucian Alliance. After SG-1 retreats to the gate, Dr. Daniel Jackson tries to dial out only to witness the Stargate beamed away before he can finish.

Having nowhere to retreat to, SG-1 is captured and Worrel, leader of the local Lucian Alliance faction, interrogates the team on the belief that they are responsible.

Meanwhile, on Earth, Major General Henry Landry learns from the Tok'ra that someone has been stealing Stargates all over the galaxy. He suspects Ba'al but needs proof and turns to the imprisoned former follower of Ba'al, Nerus.

At the same time, the newly commissioned Odyssey, with Colonel Paul Emerson commanding, receives a call from Landry who informs him of the development. Despite the Odyssey being on her shakedown mission, Emerson agrees to take on the mission and orders Major Kevin Marks to set a course for P6G-452.

Nerus confirms Landry's suspicions and tells him that Ba'al is likely trying to establish a new empire with the gates. Following a sizable feast provided by Landry, Nerus admits to having developed a way to disable a Stargate's correlative update system, effectively rendering one undetectable to the network. Ba'al plans to establish a network of Stargates on the planets within his domain, isolating himself from the wider network.

Battle of the Stargates

The Odyssey faces Ba'al

Meanwhile, on P6G-452, Worrel is about to execute SG-1 when they are beamed aboard the Odyssey and filled in with the latest information on Ba'al's scheme. Nerus requests his freedom in exchange for the coordinates to Ba'al's location, but Landry is reluctant to accede. Knowing better than to trust a Goa'uld, Landry secretly feeds a subspace locator beacon to Nerus and then agrees to release him. When Nerus finally returns to Ba'al's ship, the beacon transmits his position to the Odyssey. When trying to use his technology with Ba'al's ship, a virus created by Dr. Bill Lee executes, disabling the ship's defenses and rendering it blind to the arriving Odyssey.

Off the Grid

SG-1 on board Ba'al's ship.

SG-1 beams aboard Ba'al's ship, makes their way to the cargo hold where the stolen gates are being stored, and begins planting locator beacons on the gates so they can be detected by the Odyssey.

Not everything goes smoothly as the Lucian Alliance has located Ba'al as well, and three Ha'taks begin firing on Ba'al's defenseless vessel. Ba'al quickly manages to restore his shields, preventing Odyssey from beaming out SG-1 and the final gate.

With Jaffa closing in, SG-1 launch a final attack.

Seconds later, Marks reports that Ba'al's ship has been destroyed.

On the Lucian Alliance ship, Netan orders an attack on the Odyssey.

Emerson orders the Odyssey to jump to hyperspace, stunned at the possibility that SG-1 may be dead.

As such, the Odyssey jumps into hyperspace while back on the Lucian Alliance ship, Netan is furious, his chance at attacking the Odyssey having been denied.

A while later, SG-1 returns to Earth revealing that Carter was able to successfully reprogram one of the DHDs, allowing them to escape.

Carter suggests that they let the Odyssey know that they're OK with Daniel agreeing since the Odyssey probably still thinks that SG-1 was still on board Ba'al's ship when it exploded.

Mitchell expresses hope that the Odyssey managed to get all the Stargates off Ba'al's ship before it was destroyed. Landry welcomes them home and tells them that it's been an eventful few days before announcing that they'll debrief in one hour.

Mitchell remarks to his teammates that they've got the best jobs but Daniel and Carter don't share his joy with Carter stating that she's going to hit the shower while Daniel states he's going to find a doctor.

Only Teal'c agrees with Mitchell, stating that they are indeed suitably employed.

As SG-1 go their separate ways, Mitchell stares at his gun and remarks that it was a good day before he too heads off.


Appearances for Off the Grid





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Notable quotes[]

Carter: What did you say to them?
Mitchell: Look, obviously it didn't go so well.
Teal'c: I did advise that you were a most unlikely drug smuggler, Colonel Mitchell.
Mitchell: Can we please just fall back to the Gate?

Jackson: (after the Stargate beams out) Guys we have a problem!
Mitchell: (unaware of what's happened) Yes, bad men are shooting at us! Just hurry up and open the damn... (turns around to see the Stargate gone) Gate.

Jackson: What the hell was that?
Mitchell: What was what?
Carter: We're supposed to stay under the radar.
Teal'c: I doubt if this world possesses such technology.

Mitchell: I have no intention of taking anybody on. I'm just going to pose as a buyer.
Jackson: You?
Mitchell: Well no offense, Jackson, but you do not strike me as the drug dealer type. In fact you're not even close.
Jackson: I think I'm as close as you are.
Carter: Come on, you're miles away.
Mitchell: Teal'c, which one of us is closer?
Teal'c: I believe the three of you to be equidistant.
Mitchell: Oh please! Mary Poppins is not even in the running.
Carter: Hey!

Worrel: So, you were done slaying System Lords and decided to move on to more pressing agricultural concerns?
Mitchell: That's exactly it. Corn patrol.

Emerson: I can't think of a better first operational mission for the Odyssey than to bring home SG-1.
Landry: Neither can I, Colonel. Good luck.

Nerus: Individually frosted cakes!

Walter: Sir, if you don't mind me asking...
Landry: How did we plant the beacon on Nerus?
Walter: Yes, sir.
Landry: It was a piece of cake.

Mitchell: We have got the best jobs in the world, don't we?
Carter: I'm going to hit the shower.
Daniel: I'm going to find the doctor.
Teal'c: We are indeed suitably employed.


Main Characters

Guest Stars


  • Following SG-1's return to Earth, Mitchell comments that "it was a good day." After the death of Colonel Lionel Pendergast and the destruction of the Prometheus in the previous episode "Ethon", he commented that it was a "rough day." He also commented that he was having a bad day in "Stronghold"
  • It's likely that some of the Stargates that the SGC confiscated from Ba'al were later used for the intergalactic gate bridge.


  • Before SG-1 is beamed on board the Odyssey, Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter is seen with blood from cuts on her face. After being beamed aboard the blood and cuts are no longer visible. Additionally, all four are seated when beamed up from the planet, yet are standing when they appear on Odyssey's bridge.
  • When the Dial Home Device is beamed up before Dr. Daniel Jackson's eyes what is left behind is matted down grass. The DHD should have left an impression in the dirt that was devoid of grass, especially if one assumes that it had been present there for years (maybe even centuries).
  • Marks says that Ba'al's shields have failed, thus allowing them to beam the Stargates aboard. However, moments later, when the Lucian Alliance weapons fire is shown striking Ba'al's ship the shields are shown still up for a few more shots.
  • The exterior shot of Area 51 shows numerous trees in the background. Area 51 is located in the middle of the Nevada desert.

Other languages[]

  • French: Hors Limite (Off Limit)
  • Italian: Un Souvenir per Nerus (A Souvenir for Nerus)
  • Spanish: Fuera De la Parrilla (Off the Grid)
  • Czech: Narušená síť (Damaged Network)
  • Hungarian: A radar képén kívül (Outside of the Radar)
  • German (DVD/TV): Ohne Netz (Off Grid) / Das Verschwundene Stargate (The Missing Stargate)

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