Ronon Dex reunites with his long-thought dead Satedan friends, who want help in breaking into a Wraith laboratory. However, a torn Ronon is soon pushed by his friends to abandon the Atlantis expedition and join them, but there is something more than meets the eye. Meanwhile, Colonel Samantha Carter is appointed the new leader of the Atlantis expedition.
At a small village on some forested planet, Teyla Emmagan and Ronon Dex enter the village, where they are greeted by a local, who believes that Teyla is the woman he arranged to marry. Teyla tells him that she has not come for him. Instead, they are looking for a group of travelers who came to the village, which Ronon believes is a group of Satedans. The villager tells them that they're usually in the local inn, or the tavern. While Ronon checks the inn, Teyla checks the tavern, where she asks the bartender about the group of travelers boasting many Wraith kills. There, a man approaches her and warns her to keep the information to her self. After he insults her, Teyla tries to fight him, where the man is given help by his two friends, who overpower her. Just as they threatened to take off her eyes or ears, Ronon approaches them with his Particle magnum trained on them. However, just as they turn around, Ronon easily recognizes them, as his Satedan friends, Ara, Rakai and Tyre and embraces on a joyful reunion.
Meanwhile, in Atlantis, Dr. Rodney McKay approaches Dr. Radek Zelenka concerning their new leader the International Oversight Advisory will appoint, despite no announcements yet. He tells Zelenka that the leader is their foremost expert in Ancient technology and Replicator activity, which McKay assumes means him being the new leader. He then meets up with Lt. Colonel John Sheppard, who is talking about the situation of the Asuran-Tau'ri-Wraith war to Colonel Samantha Carter, who is in Stargate Command. When McKay talks to Carter, he soon realizes that it is her, not McKay who is going to be the new leader of Atlantis.
Back at the Tavern, the Satedans and Teyla starts drinking and conversing about what happened to them. Ronon believed they were dead, since he saw several Wraith Darts approaching them on a botched operation. They explain that they were hiding in a network of caves, but soon collapsed and were sealed in. After they dug their way out, they saw an infantry of Wraith preparing to attack Sateda. By the time they arrived, the city was left in ruins and were forced to move around, where they spent most of their time eating, drinking, and killing several Wraith. They also heard of Ronon's time as a runner. They then toast the reunion.
In Stargate Command, Carter packs up for Atlantis, where Teal'c comes in the room and gives her a farewell. Carter admits that she is looking forward to it, but can't help but miss SG-1. Teal'c assures her that her team will come to visit one day, and that it is not goodbye forever. The two embrace before Carter walks to the Embarkation room. In Atlantis, the expedition all await Carter's arrival, while McKay holds a basket full of fruit from the planets they traded with. Sheppard thought this was "lame" and tells him to get some flowers instead. He hands another man the fruit basket and tells him to get rid of it. The Stargate activates, revealing Carter. She gives off a speech, telling the team of her looking forward to working with them all, before going to her new quarters.
Back on the planet, the Satedans talk some more. They tell him that they were five of them in the caves. Over the years, Marika and Hemi, the other Satedans were killed during battles against the Wraith. They admit that living on the run is not without its casualties. Ronon then attempts to tell them about the help he could provide, only to be stopped by Teyla, who then toast to Marika and Hemi.
In her quarters, McKay comes in with a bunch of flowers, when he notices the fruit basket, which Carter says was given to her by Sheppard, meaning he had double-crossed McKay. He does however come and welcome her, and abruptly mentions that he is seeing someone. He brings this up since they will both work together more often. As they chat more, Ronon enters, breaking up the conversation, and wonders if Carter is the new woman in charge. He wants his friends to come to Atlantis, and wants Carter to clear them for entry. Unfortunately, since the planet is on a new location, more safety protocols have been put in place to keep Atlantis' location a secret, despite Ronon's assurances that they won't talk. But after learning that she is not going to let his friends join, Ronon becomes agitated and gives her an intimidating look before leaving. Carter asks McKay if Ronan is always so aggressive. McKay replied that she actually caught him on a good day.
Ronon spreads the bad news to Tyre, who knows of Atlantis, but intends to keep the fact he was working with them a secret. He then tells Ronon to join them, and persuades him that the Atlantis expedition are merely their allies, not friends, no matter if they caused more damage to the Wraith than anybody else. This leaves Ronon torn on what he is to do next; leave his friends, or Atlantis.
Meanwhile, Sheppard confronts Carter about his proposed plan to rescue Dr. Elizabeth Weir from Asuras. She denies it, since they were lucky the first time they infiltrated the Asurans, but without the advantage, going back would be suicide. She tells him that she will consider the plan when he will come up with one that will have a slight chance of even succeeding.
Ronan, having returned to Atlantis, has a sparring session with Teyla, who senses his unease. He tells her that he is thinking of leaving Atlantis. Teyla tells him that she has been in his position when she left her people, but realized that she can do more for them with Atlantis to hurt the Wraith more than anyone could.
Sheppard approaches Ronon in the mess hall and hears of Ronon's decision to leave. There, Ronon informs him that the Satedans have an operation, that will require Sheppard's help.
Both teams meet on the planet and Sheppard is made aware of a proposed strike of a Wraith weapons research facility. The only thing the Satedans need is a Puddle Jumper to insert them into the facility undetected and extract them. However, Sheppard declines, since the Wraith are being attacked, but soon changes his mind when they are told that the Wraith are working on a way to de-activate the Wraith attack code. When they plan to leave, Ronon tells Sheppard that he has made his choice; he is going to leave Atlantis. Upon hearing the news, Carter comes into Ronon's quarters, where he is packing. She attempts to convince him to stay, but Ronon still stays with his choice. This forces Carter to stop, and even arrest Ronon, if he does leave after the operation.
Sheppard, McKay, Teyla, and Ronon accompany the Satedans to the facility. After taking out some of the Wraith and making its way to one of the levels, Sheppard's team and the Satedans split up, with Ronon staying with the Satedans, and wishing them luck. However, they are soon ambushed by Wraith. Ronon hears the FN P90 Personal Defense Weapon fire from a distance and runs towards Sheppard's team, despite the Satedans' attempt to stop him. Ronon runs and shoots several Wraith. Sheppard's team attempts to break into a room. However, Teyla and Sheppard gets stunned, but McKay was able to hide in an empty cocoon. He then meets the Satedans, and is grateful to see him. However, Rakai raises his stunner and shoots him with it. So it is revealed that the Satedans are actually working for the Wraith. The Wraith Commander brings Sheppard's team to a holding cell. When they regain consciousness, McKay tells the rest that the Satedans are actually working for the Wraith. The Commander makes another appearance and takes McKay away.
Meanwhile, Ronon returns to Atlantis and explains about the ambush. Carter immediately orders a rescue and recovery operation to get the teams back. She plans on sending two Jumpers to the location, and then mentions that she will now respect Ronon's decision on his future and both agree to make the most of their one and only operation together.
Back at the research facility, the Commander reveals that the Wraith actually shut down the Replicators' attack code 10,000 years ago after defeating the Ancients, after they discovered the attacking Replicators weren't people, so they let them thrive on their planet. Now that McKay reactivated the code, the Wraith tells him that their war against the Replicators is going badly. They attempted to upload the deactivation code, but their virus is no longer effective. They bring McKay to a captured Replicator and force him to find a way to reprogram the Replicators so that they would no longer be aggressive to the Wraith.
Carter's team uses one of the Jumpers to lure the Wraith Darts out, leaving her Jumper easy access, where they ambush the Wraith and shut down the facilities' main power. During the fighting, they rescue Sheppard and Teyla. When they reach the room McKay is being held in, the Replicator breaks free from his prison. The team attempts to shoot it with lots of firepower, but the bullets simply cause no effect on it. However, the Replicator is not targeting the humans, instead he follows his programming and begins to kill all of the Wraith in the facility with ease.
Meanwhile, Ronon runs into the Satedans and discovers that they are working for the Wraith. They explain that they were captured and repeatedly tortured and brainwashed, by being fed on by the Wraith until they were at the brink of death, and then given their lives back. They went through this several times until they swore allegiance to the Wraith. They want Ronon to join them. They also admit that they killed the other two Satedans they mentioned in the village when they refused to work for the Wraiths. Angry, Ronon urges them to leave before he kills them, saying "You are not Satedans". They refuse to leave and all four set aside their weapons in an honor ritual. Ronon engages the Satedans in brutal hand-to-hand combat.
After knocking out Ara and Rakai, he goes for Tyre, who is better at fighting. After a while, Rakai gets back up on his feet and takes out a knife. When Ara tells him not to use weapons, a startled Rakai slits her throat, and she dies. Ronon directs his attention to Rakai, manages to break his arm and takes his knife before driving it into Rakai's chest, killing him. Ronon, visibly upset turns his back on Tyre, saying "Has there been enough killing?". Tyre then decides to walk away. After the fight, Ronon meets up with Carter and the others and Carter questions where his friends are. Looking at Sheppard, Teyla and McKay, Ronon declares that they are "right here" and returns to Atlantis.
(Teyla and Ronon enter a village, where they are met by a man, keeping an eye on Teyla.)
Villager: Praise the gods you have finally arrived. And you are far more beautiful than I ever could have imagined.
Ronon: Excuse me?
Villager: You have not come for the arranged marriage?
Villager: Oh. Would you perhaps be seeking a husband?
Villager: (Disappointed) Oh. Then what brings you to our town?
Teyla: We've heard of strangers who recently arrived, a rough-looking group boasting of many Wraith kills.
Ronon: Yeah, we think they might be Satedan.
Villager: Ah, yes. You mean the three loud-mouthed drunkards who spend their days carousing at the tavern.
Ronon: Sounds like my people.
Villager: They've taken rooms at the local inn.
Teyla: Thank you.
Villager: You are most welcome. And should you ever reconsider your desire for a husband... (Ronon charges towards him, scaring him off)
(McKay steps into the control room, thinking he is the new boss of Atlantis. He sees Carter in a video conference from the SGC, not knowing she is to be the new boss.)
McKay: Sam! Uh, what's new?
Sheppard: Just making preparations for the change in command.
McKay: You don't have to tell me. I already know.
McKay: I just wanna say that I think the IOA could not have made a better choice.
Carter: Thanks, Rodney!
McKay: No no no, you are too kind (realises something) What? Uh, "thank you, Rodney." No no no, wait a minute. You mean that...
Sheppard: Yeah. She's our new boss.
McKay: Nice speech.
Carter: Thank you, I also do weddings and award shows. Book early to avoid disappointment.
McKay: Look, I just came by to welcome you to Atlantis, see how you're settling in and, you know, if you needed anything, and, did I mention I was seeing someone?
Carter: I'm sorry, what?
McKay: I'm seeing someone. Yes, I only bring it up now because you're here now and we'll be working together a lot more and, you know, I just thought with our past.
Carter: Our past?
McKay: Well, you know, the unrequited lust that's been hanging over our heads for what seems like forever.
McKay: I just don't want things to be awkward between the two of us, you know, uh, kind of like they are now.
(Sheppard's team is under fire from the Wraith, while McKay attempts to break into a lab)
Sheppard: Rodney, get that door open!
McKay: (presses buttons on the wall panel but can't open the doors) Ah, to hell with it! (Fires several rounds at it, but nothing opens) Oh, come on! It worked for him! (Referring to Ronon, who shot a panel earlier, which succeeded in opening a door)
(Seeing Ronon walking towards them alone and covered in blood)
Carter: Ronon, where are your friends? (Ronon looks at them and keeps walking)
Ronon: They're right here. Let's go home.
- Joe Flanigan as Lt. Colonel John Sheppard
- Amanda Tapping as Colonel Samantha Carter
- Rachel Luttrell as Teyla Emmagan
- Jason Momoa as Ronon Dex
- David Hewlett as Dr. Rodney McKay
- Christopher Judge as Teal'c
- David Nykl as Dr. Radek Zelenka
- Scott Heindl as Wraith
- Aleks Paunovic as Rakai
- Kyra Zagorsky as Ara
- Mark Dacascos as Tyre
- Arran Landry as Townsperson
- Rob Avery as Lt. Lou Miller
- Byron Lucas as Replicator
- Peter Kufluk as MSgt. Connor (Uncredited)
- Barry Nerling as Sgt. Green (Uncredited)
- Ari Solomon as Billick (Uncredited)
- David Neale as Technician (Uncredited)
- Lalo Espejo as Scientist (Uncredited)
- This episode marks the change in command after Dr. Elizabeth Weir was left behind on the Asuras. Colonel Samantha Carter takes her place as leader of the Atlantis expedition.
- In a deleted scene, it is explained that Ronon Dex' painting is of the Satedan victory at Vetariss, which used to hang in the Satedan military museum, Ronon went back for it at some point.
- In another deleted scene, it is explained that during his pre-military years, Ronon was a good poet, artist and painter.
- In another deleted scene, the captured Asuran attempted to talk Dr. Rodney McKay into releasing him, so he could attack the Wraith, but McKay didn't comply with his wishes.
- In an extended version of the scene between McKay, Lt. Colonel John Sheppard, and Carter she goes into why she believes the I.O.A. chose her to lead the expedition, and why she eventually decided to accept the position.
- A scene written but ultimately never shot, Ronon's squad takes a young Ara on her first offworld op. She accidentally injuries Hemi thinking he was a Bola Kai combatant. Ronon comes to the groups rescue much to Ara's relief.
- A scene written but ultimately never shot featured Ara in the aftermath of her first offworld op telling Ronon that after her failure she intends to transfer to a different division so that she won't endanger the team again. Ronon convinces her that she has potential and to stay on with them.
- When Carter is unpacking her things, a picture of Major General Jack O'Neill can be seen in one of the boxes.
- Christopher Judge has a brief cameo as Teal'c. Judge is the last original Stargate SG-1 regular to appear on Stargate: Atlantis; the other three characters of the original SG-1 team all appeared in Atlantis' first season, as did Lt. General George S. Hammond, while Major General Henry Landry appeared in Seasons 2 and 3. The other three characters who have, at one time, been regular characters on "SG-1" - Colonel Cameron Mitchell, Vala Mal Doran and Jonas Quinn - never appeared on Atlantis. However, Mitchell and Vala did visit the city of Atlantis in the Stargate SG-1 episode "The Pegasus Project".
- Teal'c repeats the line "Undomesticated equines could not keep me away." The first time that Teal'c used this line was in the Season 2 Stargate SG-1 episode "Message in a Bottle" and was quoted by O'Neill in the Season 7 episode "Birthright."
- Jason Momoa's tattoo on his left forearm is real. It remains covered until the scene where Rakai gives it to Ronon Dex in the tavern. In reality, the tattoo took 8 hours to complete; 2 hours to draw, and 6 hours to ink.
- Rachel Luttrell is visibly more pregnant in this episode than she is the following three. This is because even though this episode aired third, it was seventh in the production order to give the art department more time to build the Wraith set.
- This episode introduces a new set of expedition uniforms for all the senior staff except Sheppard. The new jackets have the department color stripe under each shoulder and around the forearms. Most of the supporting characters keep their old uniforms.
- Sheppard and Carter's conversation on the balcony about rescuing Dr. Elizabeth Weir closely mirrors the conversation Sheppard and Weir had in "Rising" about rescuing Colonel Marshall Sumner's team from the Wraith. Carter even says one of the same lines as Weir: "you come to me with a plan that has even an outside chance of succeeding and I'll consider it."
- This episode features the first full use of the McKay/Carter Intergalactic Gate Bridge when Carter travels to Atlantis to take command. The Gate Bridge goes into full use following the episode until it is destroyed in "Midway".
- Atlantis is shown to have been repaired from the damage it sustained from the Asuran Stargate satellite. Noticeably the windows shattered by the beam have been replaced.
- Its stated that since the Asuran attack command was reactivated in "Lifeline", the war between the Asurans and the Wraith is in full swing. The Asurans are winning the war while the Wraith are trying and failing to deactivate the attack command once more.
- This episode is the first time since "Sateda" that the regular Wraith are the main enemy. Rogue Wraith Michael Kenmore and his Bug People were the main enemy of "Vengeance", but they were a rogue faction rather than a regular Wraith threat.
- This episode sees the first on-screen Wraith kills by McKay. After beaming to the second level, McKay kills one of the Wraith waiting near the "elevator" and later kills a Wraith warrior when he and Sheppard are ambushed. Previous to this, McKay is only known to have killed Niam.
- During the gate room scene where the Atlantis expedition is waiting for Carter's arrival, McKay is holding a basket of "various fruits from the worlds we trade with". We can see the basket contains a pineapple spray-painted red, a dragon fruit and a coconut. This is possibly a reference to "Wormhole X-Treme!" where Martin Lloyd tells the props guy to "..get some kiwis, spray paint them red.."
- Mark Dacascos makes an appearance in this episode as a Satedan named Tyre. He is best known for his work as the chairman on Iron Chef America, a Food Network cooking competition show.
- Aleks Paunovic (Rakai) previously played Shaq'rel in the Stargate SG-1 episode "Redemption, Part 1" and "Redemption, Part 2".
- Scott Heindl (Wraith Commander (Reunion)) previously played Merrick in the Stargate: Atlantis episodes "No Man's Land" and "Misbegotten".
- Whilst Teyla Emmagan and Ronon Dex are conversing in the Atlantis gym, the position of the teeth on Ronon's necklace changes from together, to apart, and then back again.
- During the conversation between Lt. Colonel John Sheppard and Colonel Samantha Carter, Carter casts immediate doubts on Dr. Elizabeth Weir still being alive and Sheppard being able to find her. At the end of the previous episode "Lifeline", she showed faith in Weir's survival and Sheppard finding her.
- Ronon returns to Atlantis through the Stargate on foot very quickly despite Tyre stating that the Stargate is "half a day" on foot from the Wraith weapons research facility.
- When Carter's Puddle Jumper approaches the facility, the Dial Home Device is lit up like the Jumper has dialed the Stargate.
- Hungarian: Találkozás (Encounter)
- German: Das Wiedersehen (The Reunion)
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