"Rules of Engagement" is the ninth episode of the third season of Stargate SG-1.


SG-1's efforts to retrieve SG-11 thought to be MIA gets them stunned and captured. They work out that the "SG team" is actually made of slaves who work for Apophis to invade Earth. SG-1 must convince them that Apophis is dead and to stop them from carrying out their mission.


Apophis' training camp

Upon exiting the Stargate on an unnamed planet, SG-1 finds a group of SG soldiers in the midst of battle with a Jaffa army. Believing the soldiers to be the MIA SG-11, Colonel Jack O'Neill radios them but receives no response. O'Neill decides to assist them but the SG soldiers shoot them with their weapons.

SG-1 wakes up in the soldier's training camp with headaches and no weapons. They are taken to the camp's leader, Captain Kyle Rogers, who assumes they are from a rival camp. When Rogers accidentally refers to the Stargate as the Chappa'ai, Teal'c recognizes that he is a Jaffa being trained by Apophis to infiltrate Stargate Command. Teal'c tells the soldiers that they were sent there by Apophis to test them.

Major Samantha Carter and Dr. Daniel Jackson go to the weapons tent to retrieve their weapons but they find replica weapons called Intars that inflict no real harm on the opponent, but instead deliver a nasty jolt. This is trouble though, because SG-1's weapons are recirculated into the fake ones and are missing.

Vo'cume projector 2

Teal'c uses the Vo'cume projector to summon all the soldiers to the campsite and O'Neill tries to call off the training by telling them that Apophis is dead so they are all dismissed, but they believe it is just a test of their loyalty. Unable to convince them not to participate in the battle, SG-1 goes looking for their missing weapons. Rogers is accidentally seriously injured with one of the real weapons, but instead of stopping, the recruits see this as a sign to upgrade to real weaponry in their war games.

SG-1 convinces Rogers to come back to the SGC for treatment of his wounds by telling him he is going to meet Apophis. When they arrive at the base and Rogers realizes that he is not being taken to Apophis, he loses control and must be restrained. In the Briefing Room, Teal'c explains how, in a Jaffa's training they use the nonlethal weapons until blood is shed for the first time, then the soldiers are issued real weapons and do battle to the death until one side is victorious.

O'Neill visits Rogers in the infirmary and tries to convince him that Apophis is not a god and is dead. Rogers is not convinced until he is shown a video of Apophis on his death bed. Rogers agrees to help SG-1 stop the final challenge.

In order to prevent the boys from pointlessly slaughtering themselves, the team hatches a plot to prevent both the invasion of Earth through the SGC and to convince the boys that Apophis is a false god. After returning to the planet and stunning many soldiers with Intars, SG-1 and Rogers hold off the remaining soldiers until Carter can upload the recording of Apophis' death into the Vo'cume. His fear followed by his death proves his lack of godhood, and the soldiers disband and return to their planets of origin.


Appearances for Rules of Engagement





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Notable quotes[]

Hibbert: Hello, boy are you guys gonna get it.
O'Neill: Get what? From whom?
Hibbert: Hey! You can't talk!
O'Neill: And why not?
Hibbert: Because you're dead!
O'Neill: Dead?
Hibbert: Pretending not to be dead will just get you into more trouble.
O'Neill: More trouble than dead?
Hibbert: C'mon Colonel you know better, stop breaking the rules.
O'Neill: Sorry... Who's in charge here?
Hibbert: Casualties don't ask questions.
Carter: Uh, what rules are we talking about exactly?
Hibbert: (walks to Carter and points the MP5 at her) I said, stop!
Jackson: We just trying to understand, if we're supposed to be dead, how are you supposed to kill us again?
Hibbert: You wanna find out four eyes, huh? (points weapon at Daniel)
Jackson: ...Four eyes?
O'Neill: Easy big fella... just, play dead.
Teal'c: Indeed.

Carter: Teal'c, what about these?
Teal'c: They are Intar.
O'Neill: Short for... ?
Teal'c: Intar.

(the vo'cume projects a 30-foot hologram of Apophis)
Apophis: Warriors of Apophis, assemble before me and listen to he who possesses the vo'cume.
Carter: (runs out from inside the armory) Sir!?
O'Neill: Just a huge, honkin' Apophis, Major. Nothing to worry about.

O'Neill: Master Teal'c, if I may?
Teal'c: (to the warriors) This is Colonel O'Neill. He is much loved by Apophis. (to O'Neill) You may address the warriors.
O'Neill: Apophis wanted me to tell you that you've all been doing a wonderful job. Couldn't ask for more. Well done. But, he also wanted me to tell you that the whole "invasion of the Tau'ri" idea has been cancelled, due to... rain. So, the war games are officially over as of right... (looks for his watch, which is now missing )... now.

Nelson: You speak more like a Tauri than a warrior of Apophis.
O'Neill: Well, thanks. You're not so bad yourself. Who taught you?
Nelson: If you are who you say you are, you already know the answer to that, sir.

Teal'c: Warriors of Apophis, hear me. Apophis has been slain in battle with his enemies.
(no response)
O'Neill: Hey! He's telling you the truth. The battle you've been preparing for is never gonna happen. He's not coming back. Hello, is this mike on? We're trying to tell you something important here!
Rogers: Apophis is a god. And gods cannot die.
Nelson: Therefore, Apophis cannot be dead. Any anyone who says otherwise is either testing us or is a traitor, sir.

Hammond: What happened, Colonel?
Rogers: My lord?
O'Neill: Actually, we just call him General Hammond.

Hammond: I'd like to debrief ASAP, Colonel.
O'Neill: Yes, my lord.

Fraiser: He won't eat, he won't speak... except to call me a "shol'va".
O'Neill: Then you must be doing a good job.

O'Neill: Ol' Doc Frasier says you haven't been eating/
Rogers: It's poison.
O'Neill: It's hospital food, of course it is.
(O'Neill starts to eat half of the sandwich)
O'Neill: Mmm... Tuna.
Rogers: Go to Sokar.
O'Neill: It's "go to hell", actually. Which, by the way, is a very rude thing to say to a person offering you a sandwich.
Rogers: It means the same.
O'Neill: You've got a point.
Rogers: I will reveal nothing. You may begin torturing me.
O'Neill: Oh, I've already begun. This is the infamous "tuna torture."

Rogers: My true name is Rophiapgisy, sir.
O'Neill: Your Earth name is Kyle. Can we call you Kyle?

O'Neill: You will listen to everything I tell you and you will do everything I tell you or I will shoot you myself, is that clear!

O'Neill: Get the vacuum.
Rogers: Vo'cume.
O'Neill: Whatever. Get it.

(An explosion occurs nearby.)
O'Neill: Rogers! What the hell was that?!
Rogers: Mortars.
O'Neill: What else is in that cave?
Rogers: Stingers, M60s, M72s.
O'Neill: You're telling me this now! What the hell? Get down! Dammit! Carter!


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Guest Stars


  • This is the first appearance of the Intar, a training weapon. These weapons were collected and used by young Stargate Command recruits for training in the season 5 episode "Proving Ground".


  • When SG-1 returns with Rogers to the planet, the Stargate can be seen in the reflection of the glass with chevrons lit but with no active wormhole.
  • In the scene where SG-1 assault the encampment just before Rogers reveals himself to the gunner, a man in a jacket and jeans can quite clearly be seen on the left behind the tent in the background. In the next view of the tent he disappears. [mark 38:09, DVD version]

Other languages[]

  • French: Règles de Combat (Rules of Combat)
  • Italian: Regole di Combattimento (Rules of Combat)
  • Spanish: Reglas de Batalla (Rules of Combat)
  • Czech: Bitevní řád (Rules of Combat)
  • German: Regeln der Kriegsführung (Rules of Warfare)
  • Hungarian: A hadviselés szabályai (Rules of Warfare)
  • Russian: Правила боя (Rules of Combat)

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