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{{Infobox Episode
 
{{Infobox Episode
 
| name=Proving Ground
 
| name=Proving Ground
| image=[[File:Proving Ground.jpg|250px]]
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| image=[[File:Vlcsnap-2015-03-06-11h28m50s189.png|250px]] {{Caption|The recruits engaging in a stand-off with Sam who has her weapon trained on Daniel.}}
 
| series=''[[Stargate SG-1]]''
 
| series=''[[Stargate SG-1]]''
 
| episode=[[SG-1 Season 5|5.13]]
 
| episode=[[SG-1 Season 5|5.13]]
 
| production=513
 
| production=513
| airdate=March 8, [[2002]]
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| airdate=[[March 8]], [[2002]]
 
| story=
 
| story=
 
| writer=[[Ron Wilkerson]]
 
| writer=[[Ron Wilkerson]]
 
| director=[[Andy Mikita]]
 
| director=[[Andy Mikita]]
| guests=[[Courtenay J. Stevens]] as [[Military rank|Lt.]] [[Kevin Elliot]]<br />[[Elisabeth Rosen]] as [[Military rank|Lt.]] [[Jennifer Hailey]]<br />[[Grace Park]] as [[Military rank|Lt.]] [[Satterfield]]<br />[[David Kopp]] as [[Military rank|Lt.]] [[Carl Grogan]]<br />[[Michael Kopsa]] as [[Military rank|Brigadier General]] [[Michael Kerrigan]]
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| main = [[Richard Dean Anderson]] as [[Colonel]] [[Jack O'Neill]]<br>[[Michael Shanks]] as [[Dr.]] [[Daniel Jackson]]<br>[[Amanda Tapping]] as [[Major]] [[Samantha Carter]]<br>[[Christopher Judge]] as [[Teal'c]]<br>[[Don S. Davis]] as [[Major General]] [[George S. Hammond]]
| preceded_by=[[Wormhole X-Treme! (episode)|Wormhole X-Treme!]]
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| guests=[[Courtenay J. Stevens]] as [[Lt.]] [[Kevin Elliot]]<br />[[Elisabeth Rosen]] as [[Lt.]] [[Jennifer Hailey]]<br />[[Grace Park]] as [[Lt.]] [[Satterfield]]<br />[[David Kopp]] as [[Lt.]] [[Carl Grogan]]<br />[[Michael Kopsa]] as [[Brigadier General]] [[Michael Kerrigan]]
| followed_by=[[48 Hours]]
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| preceded_by="[[Wormhole X-Treme! (episode)|Wormhole X-Treme!]]"
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| followed_by="[[48 Hours]]"
 
}}
 
}}
 
{{SG1-5}}
 
{{SG1-5}}
'''"Proving Ground"''' is the thirteenth episode of the [[SG-1 Season 5|fifth season]] of ''[[Stargate SG-1]]''.
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'''"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. Training doesn't go very well, so [[Colonel]] [[Jack O'Neill]] plans to motivate them.
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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 [[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.
   
 
==Plot==
 
==Plot==
[[SG-1]] is busy training a group of four young [[Stargate Command]] recruits ([[Lt.]] [[Kevin Elliot]], [[Lt.]] [[Jennifer Hailey]], [[Lt.]] [[Carl Grogan]], and [[Lt.]] [[Satterfield]]) for the rigors of off-world missions using several life-like scenarios.
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[[Colonel]] [[Jack O'Neill]] and [[Teal'c of Chulak]] led a group of four young [[Stargate Command]] recruits, [[Lt.]] [[Kevin Elliot]], [[Lt.]] [[Jennifer Hailey]], [[Lt.]] [[Carl Grogan]], and [[Lt.]] [[Satterfield]] through a small wooded area.
   
The episode opens with O'Neill and Teal'c leading the four recruits to an abandoned warehouse, where they hope to find Major Carter and Dr. Jackson -- whom Jack says were taken by the Goa'uld.
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This is the recruits's training program and also a means of preparing them for the rigors of off-world missions by having them participate in various mission-like scenarios.
   
O'Neill and Teal'c go inside, and the young soldiers -- commanded by Lieutenant Elliot -- rush in a few moments later when they hear gunfire despite Elliot hesitating over the situation.
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As Jack and Teal'c head to an abandoned warehouse, Jack tells the four recruits that two of his team members: [[Major]] [[Samantha Carter]] and Dr. [[Daniel Jackson]] are missing, having been kidnapped by a Goa'uld.
   
The recruits find O'Neill and Teal'c unconscious on the floor, and Sam and Daniel pointing weapons at each other with each claiming the other is a Goa'uld despite Sam insisting that she's a Tokra.
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Jack and Teal'c head into the warehouse and the young soldiers—commanded by Lieutenant Elliot—rush in a few moments later when they hear gunfire despite Elliot hesitating over the situation.
   
Lt. Grogan subdues Carter which in turn draws Elliott's anger and the group begin bickering amongst themselves about Grogan shooting her but there's a nasty surprise in store as Daniel reveals that Sam was telling the truth all along: she's a Tokra and he's actually a Goa'uld.
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The recruits storm into the warehouse where they find O'Neill and Teal'c unconscious on the floor, and Sam and Daniel pointing weapons at each other with Sam stating that she's a Tok'ra and Daniel is a Goa'uld.
   
Without waiting for a response, he uses his gun to shoot the four recruits who are stunned by the revelation.
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Daniel claims that Sam is a Goa'uld, advising Elliot to listen to Sam's voice.
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Grogan eventually subdues Carter which in turn draws Elliott's anger and the group of recruits begin bickering among themselves about Grogan shooting her with Grogan insisting that he did the right thing and that two shots from a zat will kill someone.
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The argument comes to a halt when Daniel tells the recruits that may be true but they're wrong about one thing before stating in a Goa'uld voice that Sam was actually telling the truth all along: that she was a Tok'ra and that Daniel himself is a Goa'uld.
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[[File:Vlcsnap-2014-04-14-00h29m26s136.png|thumb|left|Lieutenant Elliot being zatted by "Goa'uld" Daniel Jackson.]]
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Without waiting for a response and as the four recruits stand there, shocked, Daniel uses his gun to stun all four of them.
   
 
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 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 [[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.
   
Back at the training facility, Colonel O'Neill leads the recruits in another simulation. They are to infiltrate a building believed to house a valuable piece of Goa'uld technology. They find the device, but it is booby-trapped. After a moment of indecision, Elliot orders his team out, and the device explodes. But one of his men, Grogan, doesn't make it out. O'Neill condemns Elliot for leaving a man behind, and declares the exercise to be another failure.
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[[File:Vlcsnap-2015-05-21-16h23m41s92.png|thumb|right|Jack and the recruits about to undergo another training exercise.]]
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The next day, back at the training facility, Colonel O'Neill leads the recruits in another simulation. They are to infiltrate a building believed to house a valuable piece of Goa'uld technology. They find the device, but it is booby-trapped.
   
And as a result, the leader already considers himself a "wash-out" for leaving one of his team (Grogan) behind during a simulated explosion.
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After a moment of indecision, Elliot orders his team out, and the device explodes. But one of his men, Grogan, doesn't make it out.
   
[[Colonel]] [[Jack O'Neill]] receives a phone call from [[Major]] [[Samantha Carter]], warning him about a situation at "Sierra Golf Charlie"; he consequently attacks the personnel that met him near the training area; one of the opponents manage to shoot him back. The trainees offer their help, stating that they're all that's available.
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Jack condemns Elliot for leaving a man behind, stating that leaving someone behind is something Jack himself will not tolerate under any circumstances and declares the exercise to be another failure and as a result, the leader already considers himself a "wash-out" for leaving one of his team (Grogan) behind during a simulated explosion.
   
Infiltrating [[Stargate Command]], they use the armory to stock up on stun weapons and back-up "live ammunition" handguns. Reaching Carter's lab, they find out that the entire SGC, including the rest of the SG-1, appears to be under a sort of [[Goa'uld]] mind control last seen on the planet [[Argos]] (identified as P3X-8596).
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[[Colonel]] [[Jack O'Neill]] receives a phone call from [[Major]] [[Samantha Carter]], warning him about a situation at "Sierra Golf Charlie"; he consequently attacks the personnel that met him near the training area; one of the opponents manage to shoot him back.
   
The plan is to have the cadets shut off the gate, and then destroy the device. However, when outside the [[Embarkation room]], O'Neill recalls them, ordering them to fall back to the lab where he is.
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The trainees offer their help, stating that they're all that's available.
   
On their next sortie, they retrieve Carter, and upon returning to the lab come to the conclusion that O'Neill has been "infected."
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Infiltrating [[Stargate Command]], they use the armory to stock up on stun weapons and back-up "live ammunition" handguns. Reaching Carter's lab, they find out that the entire SGC, including the rest of the SG-1, appears to be under a sort of [[Goa'uld]] mind control last seen on the planet [[Argos]] (identified as P3X-8596) and it appears that the leader is none other than Daniel Jackson.
   
On their third attempt, they manage to reach their goal: they disable everybody in their way (including [[Dr.]] [[Daniel Jackson]]) and rig the supposedly mind-controlling device with [[C-4]]. When it doesn't explode (it was clay, not C-4), SG-1 and [[Major General]] [[George S. Hammond]] reveal that the whole thing was a very elaborate ploy set up by SG-1, Hammond, and the SGC personnel; the "real" bullets were in fact blank ones. They congratulate the lieutenants.
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The plan is to have the cadets shut off the gate, and then destroy the device. Jack wants to go along with them but is badly injured with Elliot urging Jack to stay behind while telling Jack that he's no good to them if he's dead with Jack telling Elliot that these are their people.
   
Hailey, however, is still in the Embarkation Room, trying to finish her part of the mission. Suddenly, the Stargate engages and opens a wormhole that turns out to be releasing deadly [[radiation]]. Hailey tries to manually override the [[Iris]], but is electrocuted in the process and passes out. The leader of the team of cadets, Elliot, ignores Hammond's orders to evacuate and runs into the room anyway to attempt to rescue his fallen teammate. She turns out to be not only fine, but also a part of this last training exercise. SG-1 congratulates the cadets again, and all four members are told that they have a bright future in the SGC.
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With that, the recruits depart with Elliot and Hailey taking the upper level and Grogan and Satterfield head to Daniel's lab.
   
==Major Events==
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However, when Elliot and Hailey are outside the [[Embarkation room]], O'Neill recalls them, ordering them to fall back to the lab where he is.
*Lt. Kevin Elliot, Lt. Carl Grogan and Lt. Satterfield are all introduced for the first time.
 
*Lt. Jennifer Hailey returns and it's revealed that she's part of the new group of recruits SG-1 are training.
 
*After failing the first few training situations, the group eventually pass and are presumbly assigned to SG teams.
 
   
==References==
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In the lab, the recruits regroup and discover a blood sample with nanobots while Jack is less than impressed with the memory of being on Argos, stating that when he was a hundred years old and that the memory's the first to go.
[[Air Force Academy]]; [[Argos]]; [[C-4]]; [[Cell phone]]; [[First Prime]]; [[Foothold situation]]; [[Gamma ray]]; [[Goa'uld]]; [[Intar]]; [[Iris]]; [[Jello]]; [[Level 14]]; [[Level 16]]; [[Level 18]]; [[Level 19]]; [[Level 20]]; [[Level 26]]; [[Level 27]]; [[Level 28]]; [[Manual iris control]]; [[Major]] [[Mansfield (SG-17)|Mansfield]]; [[Nanite]]; [[Pelops]]; [[The Pentagon]]; [[Protein marker]]; [[SG-3]]; [[SG-17]]; [[Special Operations]]; [[Stargate Command armory]]; [[Stargate Command monitoring station]]; [[Zat'nik'tel]]
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After forming a plan, the recruits depart once again.
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Once they've left, Jack tells someone that they're on their way.
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In the hall, the recruits approach and find Carter around a corner. They search her and deem that she's fine although when they head into the lab, they find Jack ready to interrogate the guard.
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The guard is immediately knocked unconscious and Carter draws Sattersfield's gun, revealing that she believes that Jack has been compromised.
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Elliot sedates Jack and tells Carter that thanks to the blood sample, they figure out that Carter is immune to any kind of Goa'uld nano technology.
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The recruits then head back into the hall and split up once again.
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In the lab, Jack who has recovered is pissed at the fact that Carter told the recruits that he'd been compromised. Carter assures him otherwise and informs him that the Pentagon staff are monitoring the situation.
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In a security room, [[Major General]] [[George S. Hammond]] and [[Brigadier General]] [[Michael Kerrigan]] discuss the supposed foothold situation which is actuality a training exercise.
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The recruits then launch their attack on Daniel and Teal'c and rig the supposedly mind-controlling device with [[C-4]]. When it doesn't explode (it was clay, not C-4), SG-1 reveals that the whole thing was a very elaborate ploy set up by SG-1, Hammond, and the SGC personnel; the "real" bullets were in fact blank ones. They congratulate the lieutenants.
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Hailey, however, is still in the Embarkation Room, trying to finish her part of the mission. Suddenly, the Stargate engages and opens a wormhole that turns out to be releasing deadly [[radiation]]. Hailey tries to manually override the [[Iris]], but is electrocuted in the process and passes out. Elliot, ignores Hammond's orders to evacuate and runs into the room anyway to attempt to rescue his fallen teammate.
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She turns out to be not only fine, but also a part of this last training exercise.
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SG-1 congratulates the cadets again, and all four members are told that they have a bright future in the SGC with Hammond revealing that Elliot will be assigned to SG-17 under the command of Major Mansfield.
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==Appearances==
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{| class="mw-collapsible mw-collapsed wikitable" width="100%"
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! Appearances for Proving Ground
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'''Locations'''
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*[[Argos]] <small>(mentioned)</small>
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*[[Colorado Springs]], [[Colorado]]
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**[[Air Force Academy]] <small>(mentioned)</small>
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**[[Stargate Command]]
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***[[Astrophysics Lab]]
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***[[Briefing Room]]
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***[[Embarkation room]]
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***[[Daniel Jackson's Lab]]
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***[[General's Office]]
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***[[Stargate Command armory]]
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***[[Stargate Command mess hall]]
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***[[Stargate Command monitoring station]]
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***[[Stargate Operations room]]
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**[[Stargate Command training facility]]
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*[[The Pentagon]] <small>(mentioned)</small>
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'''Items'''
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*[[C-4]]
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*[[Cell phone]]
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*[[First Prime]] <small>(mentioned)</small>
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*[[Foothold situation]]
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*[[Gamma ray]] <small>(mentioned)</small>
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*[[H&K MP5A3 submachine gun]]
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*[[Intar]]
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*[[Iris]]
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*[[Jello]]
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*[[M9 pistol]]
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*[[Nanite]]
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*[[Protein marker]] <small>(mentioned)</small>
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*[[Red phone]]
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*[[Special Operations]] <small>(mentioned)</small>
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*[[Sunglasses]]
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*[[Zat'nik'tel]]
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'''Sentient Species'''
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*[[Goa'uld]] <small>(mentioned)</small>
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*[[Jaffa]]
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*[[Tau'ri]]
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*[[Tok'ra]] <small>(mentioned)</small>
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'''Organizations'''
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*[[Stargate Program]]
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**[[SG-1]]
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**[[SG-3]]
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**[[SG-17]] <small>(mentioned)</small>
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*[[United States Air Force]]
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'''Mentioned'''
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*[[Major]] [[Mansfield (SG-17)|Mansfield]]
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*[[Pelops]]
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|}
   
 
==Notable Quotes==
 
==Notable Quotes==
'''Elliot:''' ''(after seeing Dr. Jackson on the monitor)'' Looks like their leader is Dr. Jackson.<br />
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'''O'Neill''': What's your excuse?<br />
'''O'Neill:''' I always knew he wanted that office.
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'''Satterfield''': I didn't believe Dr. Jackson was a Goa'uld.<br />
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'''Carter''': Why not?<br />
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'''Satterfield''': I don't know, Ma'am. That was just my instinct.<br />
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'''Hailey''': She thinks he's cute.
   
'''O'Neill:''' What's your excuse?<br />
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'''O'Neill''': Okay, so one of your team members distracted you into getting shot by the enemy and you want to poke holes in the training scenario.<br />
'''Satterfield:''' I didn't believe Dr. Jackson was a Goa'uld.<br />
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'''Elliot''': It wasn't a fair test.<br />
'''Carter:''' Why not, Satterfield?<br />
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'''O'Neill''': There's such a thing as over thinking a situation, Lieutenant. When you're dealing with what we deal with, you've got to think on your feet and think fast. These and other clichés will be available to you all for one more day of training with me. After that, you'll either be assigned to an SG team. Or not. Dismissed.
'''Satterfield:''' I don't know, Ma'am. That was just my instinct.<br />
 
'''Hailey:''' She thinks he's cute.
 
   
'''Carter:''' Try to remember when you were in their shoes.<br />
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'''Carter''': ''(About Elliot)'' You have to admit he's got leadership potential.<br />
'''O'Neill:''' I wore boots.
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'''O'Neill''': Do I?<br />
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'''Carter''': Grogan. He'll make a fine addition to an SG team one day.<br />
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'''O'Neill''': He'll make a fine target. He's good at getting shot.<br />
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'''Carter''': Okay, Satterfield's bright.<br />
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'''O'Neill''': I give her high marks for her... high marks. But I'd never go into combat with her.<br />
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'''Carter''': And there's Hailey.<br />
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'''O'Neill''': Oh yeah. Four foot nine fighting machine.
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'''Carter''': Try to remember when you were in their shoes.<br />
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'''O'Neill''': I wore boots.
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'''Elliot''': You're injured. You're going to need help.<br />
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'''O'Neill''': This is not an exercise.<br />
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'''Elliot''': No sir, it's a foothold situation. And from what we just saw it looks like it's already reached outside the SGC. You need our help.<br />
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'''O'Neill''': Forgive my bluntness, Lieutenant, but I was just about to fail you. I'm not sure I want your help!<br />
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'''Elliot''': Can't speak to that, sir. But at the moment we're all you've got.
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'''Elliot''': ''(after seeing Dr. Jackson in the Generals office on the monitor)'' Looks like their leader is Dr. Jackson.<br />
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'''O'Neill''': I always knew he wanted that office.
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'''Elliot''': ''(after seeing Dr. Jackson on the monitor accessing some glowing object)'' What is that?<br />
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'''O'Neill''': That's not our normal centerpiece.
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'''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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'''Teal'c''': Indeed, I have not.<br />
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''(the red phone rings and Daniel answers)''<br />
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'''Jackson''': Hello?<br />
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'''O'Neill''': ''(ominously)'' Have fun, Daniel.<br />
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'''Jackson''': Yeah, you did tell them to take me prisoner and not shoot me, right? Right? Hello?<br />
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''(a smug O'Neill hangs up without answering)''
   
 
==Notes==
 
==Notes==
{{Source images}}
 
 
*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]]".
*The plot is similar to that of the ''[[Star Trek: The Next Generation]]'' episode "[[w:c:memoryalpha:Lower Decks (episode)|Lower Decks]]".
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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.
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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]]" which was also written by [[Ron Wilkerson]].
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*This is [[Michael Shanks]]' 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 [[Stargate Command mess hall|Mess hall]] discussing the recruits was written and added.
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*[[Lt.]] [[Kevin Elliot]] is assigned to [[SG-17]]. This is the first mention of the newly created team.
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*The bowl [[Linea]] used on the prison planet is seen on [[Dr.]] [[Daniel Jackson]]'s desk.
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*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 the ''[[Stargate SG-1]]'' episode "[[Prodigy]]". In that episode he says that he did not have any knowledge of [[Stargate Command]].
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*[[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]]".
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*[[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]]".
*[[David Kopp]] appears as [[Lt.]] [[Carl Grogan]], who would return in Season Five episode, "[[The Sentinel]]".
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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]]''.
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*[[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]].
*This is [[Richard Dean Anderson]]'s 100th Episode.
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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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*[[Lt.]] [[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]]''.
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==Awards==
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*Nominated Leo for "Dramatic Series: Best Director" ([[Andy Mikita]])
   
 
==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)''
*'''Italian:''' Terreno di Prova ''(Proving Ground)''
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*'''Hungarian''': A tettek mezeje ''(Field of Acts)''
*'''Spanish:''' Terreno de Pruebas ''(Proving Ground)''
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*'''Italian''': Terreno di Prova ''(Proving Ground)''
*'''Czech:''' Zkouška ohněm
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*'''Spanish''': Terreno de Pruebas ''(Proving Ground)''
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*'''Czech''': Zkouška ohněm ''(Trial by Fire)''
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*'''German''': Bewährungsprobe ''(Trial)''
   
==Sources==
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==External links==
* [http://stargatesg1.com/SeasonFive Official ''Stargate SG-1'' site]. [[MGM]]. Visited June 8, 2006. Most of site requires [[Macromedia Flash|Flash]]. <!-- There is a synopsis of the episode in there, but it cannot be linked to directly to our knowledge. Though the URL above contains links to the rest of the site (which is Flash), it in itself is not Flash; hence this link is in accordance with WP:EL. Even if it were, it is acceptable because it is the official Stargate site and is being used as a reference. -->
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*{{GateWorld|sg1/s5/513.shtml|Proving Ground}}
* {{cite web
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*{{Solutionswiki|5.13_%22Proving_Ground%22_Episode_Guide|Proving Ground}}
| url = http://media.dave.tv/sites/stargatesg1/screenplays/s05e13.PDF
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[[Category:Story arcs/Goa'uld]]
| title = Screenplay
 
| date = 2001-09-21
 
| format = [[PDF]]
 
| publisher = Distributed by [[MGM]]. Prepared by Casablanca Continuity
 
}} Linked to from [http://stargatesg1.com/SeasonFive Official Stargate SG-1 site].
 
<!-- * [http://www.stargate-sg1-solutions.com/wiki/5.13_%22Proving_Ground%22_Transcript Transcript] from StargateWiki. Visited May 7, 2006. -->
 
* [http://www.gateworld.net/sg1/s5/513.shtml Summary] from GateWorld. Visited May 7, 2006.
 
* [http://www.gateworld.net/sg1/s5/reviews/513.shtml Review] from GateWorld. Reviewed by Morjana Coffman. Visited May 7, 2006.
 

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"Proving Ground" is the thirteenth episode of the fifth season of Stargate SG-1.

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.

Plot

Colonel Jack O'Neill and Teal'c of Chulak led a group of four young Stargate Command recruits, Lt. Kevin Elliot, Lt. Jennifer Hailey, Lt. Carl Grogan, and Lt. Satterfield through a small wooded area.

This is the recruits's training program and also a means of preparing them for the rigors of off-world missions by having them participate in various mission-like scenarios.

As Jack and Teal'c head to an abandoned warehouse, Jack tells the four recruits that two of his team members: Major Samantha Carter and Dr. Daniel Jackson are missing, having been kidnapped by a Goa'uld.

Jack and Teal'c head into the warehouse and the young soldiers—commanded by Lieutenant Elliot—rush in a few moments later when they hear gunfire despite Elliot hesitating over the situation.

The recruits storm into the warehouse where they find O'Neill and Teal'c unconscious on the floor, and Sam and Daniel pointing weapons at each other with Sam stating that she's a Tok'ra and Daniel is a Goa'uld.

Daniel claims that Sam is a Goa'uld, advising Elliot to listen to Sam's voice.

Grogan eventually subdues Carter which in turn draws Elliott's anger and the group of recruits begin bickering among themselves about Grogan shooting her with Grogan insisting that he did the right thing and that two shots from a zat will kill someone.

The argument comes to a halt when Daniel tells the recruits that may be true but they're wrong about one thing before stating in a Goa'uld voice that Sam was actually telling the truth all along: that she was a Tok'ra and that Daniel himself is a Goa'uld.

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Without waiting for a response and as the four recruits stand there, shocked, Daniel uses his gun to stun all four of them.

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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Jack and the recruits about to undergo another training exercise.

The next day, back at the training facility, Colonel O'Neill leads the recruits in another simulation. They are to infiltrate a building believed to house a valuable piece of Goa'uld technology. They find the device, but it is booby-trapped.

After a moment of indecision, Elliot orders his team out, and the device explodes. But one of his men, Grogan, doesn't make it out.

Jack condemns Elliot for leaving a man behind, stating that leaving someone behind is something Jack himself will not tolerate under any circumstances and declares the exercise to be another failure and as a result, the leader already considers himself a "wash-out" for leaving one of his team (Grogan) behind during a simulated explosion.

Colonel Jack O'Neill receives a phone call from Major Samantha Carter, warning him about a situation at "Sierra Golf Charlie"; he consequently attacks the personnel that met him near the training area; one of the opponents manage to shoot him back.

The trainees offer their help, stating that they're all that's available.

Infiltrating Stargate Command, they use the armory to stock up on stun weapons and back-up "live ammunition" handguns. Reaching Carter's lab, they find out that the entire SGC, including the rest of the SG-1, appears to be under a sort of Goa'uld mind control last seen on the planet Argos (identified as P3X-8596) and it appears that the leader is none other than Daniel Jackson.

The plan is to have the cadets shut off the gate, and then destroy the device. Jack wants to go along with them but is badly injured with Elliot urging Jack to stay behind while telling Jack that he's no good to them if he's dead with Jack telling Elliot that these are their people.

With that, the recruits depart with Elliot and Hailey taking the upper level and Grogan and Satterfield head to Daniel's lab.

However, when Elliot and Hailey are outside the Embarkation room, O'Neill recalls them, ordering them to fall back to the lab where he is.

In the lab, the recruits regroup and discover a blood sample with nanobots while Jack is less than impressed with the memory of being on Argos, stating that when he was a hundred years old and that the memory's the first to go.

After forming a plan, the recruits depart once again.

Once they've left, Jack tells someone that they're on their way.

In the hall, the recruits approach and find Carter around a corner. They search her and deem that she's fine although when they head into the lab, they find Jack ready to interrogate the guard.

The guard is immediately knocked unconscious and Carter draws Sattersfield's gun, revealing that she believes that Jack has been compromised.

Elliot sedates Jack and tells Carter that thanks to the blood sample, they figure out that Carter is immune to any kind of Goa'uld nano technology.

The recruits then head back into the hall and split up once again.

In the lab, Jack who has recovered is pissed at the fact that Carter told the recruits that he'd been compromised. Carter assures him otherwise and informs him that the Pentagon staff are monitoring the situation.

In a security room, Major General George S. Hammond and Brigadier General Michael Kerrigan discuss the supposed foothold situation which is actuality a training exercise.

The recruits then launch their attack on Daniel and Teal'c and rig the supposedly mind-controlling device with C-4. When it doesn't explode (it was clay, not C-4), SG-1 reveals that the whole thing was a very elaborate ploy set up by SG-1, Hammond, and the SGC personnel; the "real" bullets were in fact blank ones. They congratulate the lieutenants.

Hailey, however, is still in the Embarkation Room, trying to finish her part of the mission. Suddenly, the Stargate engages and opens a wormhole that turns out to be releasing deadly radiation. Hailey tries to manually override the Iris, but is electrocuted in the process and passes out. Elliot, ignores Hammond's orders to evacuate and runs into the room anyway to attempt to rescue his fallen teammate.

She turns out to be not only fine, but also a part of this last training exercise.

SG-1 congratulates the cadets again, and all four members are told that they have a bright future in the SGC with Hammond revealing that Elliot will be assigned to SG-17 under the command of Major Mansfield.

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Notable Quotes

O'Neill: What's your excuse?
Satterfield: I didn't believe Dr. Jackson was a Goa'uld.
Carter: Why not?
Satterfield: I don't know, Ma'am. That was just my instinct.
Hailey: She thinks he's cute.

O'Neill: Okay, so one of your team members distracted you into getting shot by the enemy and you want to poke holes in the training scenario.
Elliot: It wasn't a fair test.
O'Neill: There's such a thing as over thinking a situation, Lieutenant. When you're dealing with what we deal with, you've got to think on your feet and think fast. These and other clichés will be available to you all for one more day of training with me. After that, you'll either be assigned to an SG team. Or not. Dismissed.

Carter: (About Elliot) You have to admit he's got leadership potential.
O'Neill: Do I?
Carter: Grogan. He'll make a fine addition to an SG team one day.
O'Neill: He'll make a fine target. He's good at getting shot.
Carter: Okay, Satterfield's bright.
O'Neill: I give her high marks for her... high marks. But I'd never go into combat with her.
Carter: And there's Hailey.
O'Neill: Oh yeah. Four foot nine fighting machine.

Carter: Try to remember when you were in their shoes.
O'Neill: I wore boots.

Elliot: You're injured. You're going to need help.
O'Neill: This is not an exercise.
Elliot: No sir, it's a foothold situation. And from what we just saw it looks like it's already reached outside the SGC. You need our help.
O'Neill: Forgive my bluntness, Lieutenant, but I was just about to fail you. I'm not sure I want your help!
Elliot: Can't speak to that, sir. But at the moment we're all you've got.

Elliot: (after seeing Dr. Jackson in the Generals office on the monitor) Looks like their leader is Dr. Jackson.
O'Neill: I always knew he wanted that office.

Elliot: (after seeing Dr. Jackson on the monitor accessing some glowing object) What is that?
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.
Teal'c: Indeed, I have not.
(the red phone rings and Daniel answers)
Jackson: Hello?
O'Neill: (ominously) Have fun, Daniel.
Jackson: Yeah, you did tell them to take me prisoner and not shoot me, right? Right? Hello?
(a smug O'Neill hangs up without answering)

Notes

  • 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".
  • Lt. Satterfield is the only one in the group to appear in one episode.

Awards

  • Nominated Leo for "Dramatic Series: Best Director" (Andy Mikita)

In other languages

  • French: L'Épreuve du Feu (Ordeal by Fire)
  • Hungarian: A tettek mezeje (Field of Acts)
  • Italian: Terreno di Prova (Proving Ground)
  • Spanish: Terreno de Pruebas (Proving Ground)
  • Czech: Zkouška ohněm (Trial by Fire)
  • German: Bewährungsprobe (Trial)

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