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'''Proving Ground''' is the thirteenth episode of the fifth season of [[Stargate SG-1]].
 
'''Proving Ground''' is the thirteenth episode of the fifth season of [[Stargate SG-1]].
 
==Plot==
 
==Plot==
SG-1 trains several young lieutenants for the rigors of off-world missions using several life-like scenarios that appear incredibly realistic. Through a very elaborate ploy set up by SG-1, General Hammond, and the entire SGC, the lieutenants are led to believe that the SGC has been totally infiltrated by the Goa'uld, and all of the staff are under a sort of mind control last seen on the planet Argos. Using stun weapons leftover from a previous training mission, the cadets manage to infiltrate the SGC and destroy the device that was supposedly putting everybody under a state of mind control. SG-1 and Hammond then congratulate the lieutenants and reveal the true nature of the exercise. Suddenly, the Stargate engages and opens a wormhole to a planet releasing deadly radiation. Lt. Hailey rushes in and manually overrides the iris, electrocuting herself in the process and passing out. The leader of the team of cadets, Lt. Elliot, ignores General Hammond's orders to evacuate and runs into the embarkation room anyway to attempt to rescue his fallen teammate. She turns out to be fine, a part of another 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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[[SG-1]] trains a group of four young lieutenants for the rigors of off-world missions using several life-like scenarios. However, they fail to complete their latest two missions, and the leader already considers himself a "wash-out" for leaving one of his team ([[Carl Grogan|Lt. Grogan]]) behind during a simulated explosion.
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[[Jonathan J. O'Neill|O'Neill]] receives a phone call from [[Samantha Carter|Major 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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Infiltrating the [[SGC]], 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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The plan is to have the cadets shut off the gate, and then destroy the device. However, when outside the [[embarkation room|Gate Room]], O'Neill recalls them, ordering them to fall back to the lab where he is.
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On their third attempt, they manage to reach their goal: they disable everybody in their way (including [[Daniel Jackson|Daniel]]<!-- Lt. [[Satterfield]] managed to act despite her personal feelings, shooting Dr. Daniel Jackson. --> 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 and [[George S. Hammond|General 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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[[Jennifer Hailey|Lt. 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, [[Kevin Elliot|Lt. Elliot]], ignores General 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.
   
 
==References==
 
==References==

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

Plot

SG-1 trains a group of four young lieutenants for the rigors of off-world missions using several life-like scenarios. However, they fail to complete their latest two missions, and the leader already considers himself a "wash-out" for leaving one of his team (Lt. Grogan) behind during a simulated explosion.

O'Neill receives a phone call from Major 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 the SGC, 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).

The plan is to have the cadets shut off the gate, and then destroy the device. However, when outside the Gate Room, O'Neill recalls them, ordering them to fall back to the lab where he is.


On their third attempt, they manage to reach their goal: they disable everybody in their way (including 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 and General 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.

Lt. 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, Lt. Elliot, ignores General 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.

References

SG-3, SG-17, foothold

Notes

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  • Elisabeth Rosen appears as Lieutenant Jennifer Hailey, who originally appeared in the episode Prodigy.
  • Courtenay J. Stevens appears as Lieutenant Elliot, a role which he would reprise in the episodes Summit and Last Stand. He would also later appear in the first season of Stargate Atlantis, playing the role of Keras in "Childhood's End."
  • David Kopp appears as Lieutenant Grogan, who would return in Season Five episode, The Sentinel.
  • Grace Park, Lt. Satterfield, is perhaps better known as Sharon "Boomer" Valerii on Battlestar Galactica.

Sources

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