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'''"Proving Ground"''' is the thirteenth episode of the [[SG-1 Season 5|fifth season]] of ''[[Stargate SG-1]]''.
 
'''"Proving Ground"''' is the thirteenth episode of the [[SG-1 Season 5|fifth season]] of ''[[Stargate SG-1]]''.
   
 
==Synopsis==
 
==Synopsis==
[[SG-1]] is training a group of recruits to test their limits when joining an [[SG team]]. After a training exercise, it becomes apparent that [[Stargate Command]] has been overrun. It's up to [[Colonel]] [[Jack O'Neill]] and the four young recruits to find a way to stop the incursion before it's too late.
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[[SG-1]] is training a group of recruits to test their limits when joining an SG team. After a training exercise, it becomes apparent that the SGC has been overrun. It's up to [[Colonel]] [[Jack O'Neill]] and the four young recruits to find a way to stop the incursion before it's too late.
   
 
==Plot==
 
==Plot==
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Seconds later, the training exercise ends, and as everyone recovers, Colonel O'Neill chastises Elliot and his team for failing.
 
Seconds later, the training exercise ends, and as everyone recovers, Colonel O'Neill chastises Elliot and his team for failing.
   
Later in the SGC mess hall, Carter talks to O'Neill about Lieutenant Elliot. Jack recognizes that Lieutenant [[Jennifer Hailey]] ("[[Prodigy]]") is brilliant, but thinks that the rest of the team doesn't hold great promise for the future of the SGC. Elliot is a fine Air Force Academy graduate, but being in the SGC takes an extra something. Jack believes that Elliot thinks too much, and that makes him indecisive.
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Later in the SGC mess hall, Carter talks to O'Neill about Lieutenant Elliot. Jack recognizes that Lieutenant [[Hailey]] ("[[Prodigy]]") is brilliant, but thinks that the rest of the team doesn't hold great promise for the future of the SGC. Elliot is a fine Air Force Academy graduate, but being in the SGC takes an extra something. Jack believes that Elliot thinks too much, and that makes him indecisive.
   
 
[[File:Vlcsnap-2015-05-21-16h23m41s92.png|thumb|right|Jack and the recruits about to undergo another training exercise.]]
 
[[File:Vlcsnap-2015-05-21-16h23m41s92.png|thumb|right|Jack and the recruits about to undergo another training exercise.]]
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***[[Embarkation room]]
 
***[[Embarkation room]]
 
***[[Daniel Jackson's Lab]]
 
***[[Daniel Jackson's Lab]]
***[[General's Office]]
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***[[Mess hall]]
 
***[[Stargate Command armory]]
 
***[[Stargate Command armory]]
***[[Stargate Command mess hall]]
 
 
***[[Stargate Command monitoring station]]
 
***[[Stargate Command monitoring station]]
 
***[[Stargate Operations room]]
 
***[[Stargate Operations room]]
**[[Stargate Command training facility]]
 
 
*[[The Pentagon]] <small>(mentioned)</small>
 
*[[The Pentagon]] <small>(mentioned)</small>
   
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'''O'Neill''': That's not our normal centerpiece.
 
'''O'Neill''': That's not our normal centerpiece.
   
'''Jackson''': ''(sitting in Hammond's chair, yawning)'' Oh I have to tell you, I like this scenario ''way'' better than the last one! ''(taps the chair; to Teal'c)'' Have you tried this chair? This is like... ''really'' comfortable.<br />
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'''Daniel''': ''(sitting in Hammond's chair)'' Oh I have to tell you, I like this scenario ''way'' better than the last one! ''(taps the chair; to Teal'c)'' Have you tried this chair? This is like... ''really'' comfortable.<br />
'''Teal'c''': Indeed, I have not.<br />
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'''Teal'c''': Indeed I have not.<br />
 
''(the red phone rings and Daniel answers)''<br />
 
''(the red phone rings and Daniel answers)''<br />
'''Jackson''': Hello?<br />
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'''Daniel''': Hello?<br />
'''O'Neill''': ''(ominously)'' Have fun, Daniel.<br />
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'''O'Neill''' ''(ominously)'' Have fun Daniel.<br />
'''Jackson''': Yeah, you did tell them to take me prisoner and not shoot me, right? Right? Hello?<br />
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'''Daniel''': Yeah, you did tell them to take me prisoner and not shoot me, right? Right? Hello?<br />
 
''(a smug O'Neill hangs up without answering)''
 
''(a smug O'Neill hangs up without answering)''
   
 
==Notes==
 
==Notes==
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*The set for the training ground warehouse was previously used in the ''[[Stargate SG-1]]'' episodes "[[Tin Man]]", "[[Watergate]]" and "[[Beneath the Surface]]".
 
*The set for the training ground warehouse was previously used in the ''[[Stargate SG-1]]'' episodes "[[Tin Man]]", "[[Watergate]]" and "[[Beneath the Surface]]".
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*The plot is similar to that of the ''[[Star Trek: The Next Generation]]'' episode "[[w:c:memoryalpha:Lower Decks (episode)|Lower Decks]]".
*The plot is similar to that of the ''[[Star Trek: The Next Generation]]'' episode "[[w:c:memoryalpha:Lower Decks (episode)|Lower Decks]]" which was also written by [[Ron Wilkerson]].
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*This is [[Michael Shanks]]'s 100th episode.
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*This episode was originally short so the scene in which [[Colonel]] [[Jack O'Neill]] and [[Major]] [[Samantha Carter]] are eating in the [[Mess hall]] discussing the recruits was written and added.
*This is [[Michael Shanks]]' 100th episode.
 
 
*This episode was originally short so the scene in which [[Colonel]] [[Jack O'Neill]] and [[Major]] [[Samantha Carter]] are eating in the [[Stargate Command mess hall|Mess hall]] discussing the recruits was written and added.
 
 
 
*[[Lt.]] [[Kevin Elliot]] is assigned to [[SG-17]]. This is the first mention of the newly created team.
 
*[[Lt.]] [[Kevin Elliot]] is assigned to [[SG-17]]. This is the first mention of the newly created team.
 
*The bowl [[Linea]] used on the prison planet is seen on [[Dr.]] [[Daniel Jackson]]'s desk.
 
 
 
*The recruits use the [[Intar]] stun weapons from the episode "[[Rules of Engagement]]".
 
*The recruits use the [[Intar]] stun weapons from the episode "[[Rules of Engagement]]".
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*This is the second appearance of [[Brigadier General]] [[Michael Kerrigan]]. The first being in ''[[Stargate SG-1]]'' episode "[[Prodigy]]". In that episode he says that he did not have any knowledge of [[Stargate Command]].
*This is the second appearance of [[Brigadier General]] [[Michael Kerrigan]]. The first being in the ''[[Stargate SG-1]]'' episode "[[Prodigy]]". In that episode he says that he did not have any knowledge of [[Stargate Command]].
 
 
 
*[[Elisabeth Rosen]] appears as [[Lt.]] [[Jennifer Hailey]], who originally appeared in the episode "[[Prodigy]]".
 
*[[Elisabeth Rosen]] appears as [[Lt.]] [[Jennifer Hailey]], who originally appeared in the episode "[[Prodigy]]".
 
 
*[[Courtenay J. Stevens]] appears as [[Lt.]] [[Kevin Elliot]], a role which he would reprise in the episodes "[[Summit]]" and "[[Last Stand]]".
 
*[[Courtenay J. Stevens]] appears as [[Lt.]] [[Kevin Elliot]], a role which he would reprise in the episodes "[[Summit]]" and "[[Last Stand]]".
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*[[David Kopp]] appears as [[Lt.]] [[Carl Grogan]], who would return in the Season Five episode, "[[The Sentinel]]".
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*[[Satterfield]] is the only one in the group to appear in one episode.
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*[[Grace Park]] ([[Lt.]] [[Satterfield]]) is better known as [[BattlestarWiki:Sharon Valerii|Sharon "Boomer" Valerii]], [[BattlestarWiki:Sharon Agathon|Sharon "Athena" Agathon]] and other [[BattlestarWiki:Number Eight|Number Eights]] on ''[[BattlestarWiki:Battlestar Galactica (RDM)|Battlestar Galactica]]''. Unlike the other three, this is the only episode in which she appears. Park currently appears as Officer Kono Kalakaua in the 2010 TV series, "Hawaii Five-0" which is a modern remake version of the original Hawaii Five-O which first aired in the 1960s.
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*The bowl [[Linnea]] used on the prison planet is seen on Dr. [[Daniel Jackson]]'s desk.
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*O'Neill states that Grogan is good at getting shot and will make a good target. Ironically he's the only member of his team to survive a Goa'uld attack in "[[The Sentinel]]."
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*It's revealed that the term, "Sierra Golf Charlie" is military speak for "Stargate Command".
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**"Sierra Golf Charlie" is simply "S.G.C." in [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NATO_phonetic_alphabet phonetic alphabet].
   
*[[David Kopp]] appears as [[Lt.]] [[Carl Grogan]], who would return in the Season Five episode, "[[The Sentinel]]", in which it is revealed that he was assigned to [[SG-9]].
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==Goofs==
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*In the first scenario, when Daniel reveals himself to be a Goa'uld and shoots the team, his pistol does not reciprocate as a real semi-automatic weapon does. Most likely they used an inert prop gun to ensure actor's safety, and the same can be seen in some other episodes as well, most often when the actor on the receiving end could be in danger if the gun was by mistake real.
*O'Neill states that Grogan is good at getting shot and will make a good target. Ironically he's the only member of his team to survive a Goa'uld attack in "[[The Sentinel]]".
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*When Hailey shoots the SF she shoots him in the right shoulder (the bullet impact is visible) yet up close it looks like she hit him in the heart.
 
*[[Lt.]] [[Satterfield]] is the only one in the group to appear in one episode.
 
 
*[[Grace Park]] ([[Lt.]] [[Satterfield]]) is better known as [[BattlestarWiki:Sharon Valerii|Sharon "Boomer" Valerii]], [[BattlestarWiki:Sharon Agathon|Sharon "Athena" Agathon]] and other [[BattlestarWiki:Number Eight|Number Eights]] on ''[[BattlestarWiki:Battlestar Galactica (RDM)|Battlestar Galactica]]''.
 
   
 
==Awards==
 
==Awards==
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===Nominations===
 
*Nominated Leo for "Dramatic Series: Best Director" ([[Andy Mikita]])
 
*Nominated Leo for "Dramatic Series: Best Director" ([[Andy Mikita]])
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==First appearances==
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===Characters===
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*[[Lt.]] [[Kevin Elliot]]
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*[[Lt.]] [[Carl Grogan]]
   
 
==In other languages==
 
==In other languages==
*'''French''': L'Épreuve du Feu ''(Ordeal by Fire)''
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*'''French:''' L'Épreuve du Feu ''(Ordeal by Fire)''
*'''Hungarian''': A tettek mezeje ''(Field of Acts)''
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*'''Hungarian:''' A tettek mezeje ''(Field of Acts)''
*'''Italian''': Terreno di Prova ''(Proving Ground)''
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*'''Italian:''' Terreno di Prova ''(Proving Ground)''
*'''Spanish''': Terreno de Pruebas ''(Proving Ground)''
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*'''Spanish:''' Terreno de Pruebas ''(Proving Ground)''
*'''Czech''': Zkouška ohněm ''(Trial by Fire)''
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*'''Czech:''' Zkouška ohněm ''(Trial by Fire)''
*'''German''': Bewährungsprobe ''(Trial)''
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* '''German:''' Bewährungsprobe ''(Trial)''
   
 
==External links==
 
==External links==
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*{{SciFi|stargate/episodes/season05/0513/|Proving Ground}}
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*{{MGMsite|view/episode/2567/index.html|Proving Ground}}
 
*{{GateWorld|sg1/s5/513.shtml|Proving Ground}}
 
*{{GateWorld|sg1/s5/513.shtml|Proving Ground}}
 
*{{Solutionswiki|5.13_%22Proving_Ground%22_Episode_Guide|Proving Ground}}
 
*{{Solutionswiki|5.13_%22Proving_Ground%22_Episode_Guide|Proving Ground}}
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