"Sacrifices" is the ninth episode of the eighth season of Stargate SG-1.


The Hak'tyl Resistance plans on moving to another planet after Moloc finds out about the resistance. Rya'c intends to marry one of the Hak'tyl members. Teal'c and Ishta have an opportunity to take out Moloc.


Teal'c and Bra'tac return from a visit with the Hak'tyl Resistance, the former in a foul mood. He has just discovered that Rya'c is in love and has pledged to marry a young Hak'tyl woman in three days time. Teal'c not only believes that he is far too young, but is also angered by not being consulted by Rya'c first.

Ishta arrives through the Stargate with urgent news: Hak'tyl may be compromised. She requests that haste be made to locate a new world for her people before Moloc finds out about the resistance. In the interim, Brigadier General Jack O'Neill agrees for their entire population to take up temporary residence at Stargate Command

Rya'c and Kar'yn, his bride-to-be, arrive with the scores of Hak'tyl, announcing to Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter and Dr. Daniel Jackson that relocation will not change their wedding plans: they intend to marry among friends at the base.

Teal'c believes Ishta has been avoiding him, but she says that he must have no respect for her because Rya'c is marrying a warrior that is not worthy of his father's respect. Teal'c makes it clear that he simply believes he has too much life ahead to make such a rash decision so early, but Ishta argues that as Teal'c had no choice but to break away from his family to serve, Rya'c should have the authority to do the same. Their opinions also differ on how to proceed in the war against the Goa'uld.

Carter reports that they have scouted a planet Ishta may be comfortable with, but that it will take about a week to set up a livable camp, meaning the wedding will still proceed on-base. Therefore, Bra'tac begins preparations, including a practice session of the ceremony. It is then that Rya'c and Kar'yn's beliefs are revealed to differ considerably. Kar'yn refuses to kneel before her would-be husband, and Rya'c is unable to put up with her aversions from the old ways.

Ishta receives a communication from Jaffa resistant to Moloc to convene in a summit on the new home world, as it will be the most secure location from the Goa'uld. In preparation for this meeting, she speaks to Kar'yn about the importance of the Jaffa men to make the war their priority above all other things. Bra'tac does the same with Rya'c.

At the summit the Jaffa soldiers report that the numbers of loyalists to their cause are growing too large to conceal. In order to prevent the risk of exposure prior to the fact, Moloc must be defeated soon. As Teal'c attempts to dissuade them from acting prematurely, their tent is swarmed with dozens of plasma blasts. Moloc's Imperial Guard have been alerted. Only Teal'c, Ishta and a Jaffa named Aron manage to escape in time.

As night falls, the three warriors spy on Moloc's encampment. It is not yet known if he has joined his troops, but it is clear that survivors are being tortured for information, their cries piercing the darkness. They move off to a safe distance to rest. While alone, Teal'c and Ishta discuss the possibility that Aron might be the infiltrator who told Moloc of the meeting. Teal'c encourages her to rest and takes first watch.

When daylight comes Aron wakes Teal'c and asks where Ishta has gone. But it is too late. She has been captured and now faces Moloc. Aron believes Teal'c is weak for carrying feelings for Ishta and wants to take Moloc immediately. To insure that he cannot betray him, Teal'c shoots him with a Zat'nik'tel and takes his staff weapon.

While Ishta is tortured by Moloc's hand device, S.G.C. makes plans to send an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle to the planet to drop Tretonin for Teal'c and target the Jaffa back at the Stargate. However, it is shot from the sky, five hundred meters from Teal'c's location. He gathers the tretonin upon arrival, but it is soon obvious that he has been tracked by the Imperial Guard, and he doesn't have time to take it. After a failed attempt to convince the guards to join the fight for freedom, Aron arrives and takes out three Jaffa. Teal'c also grabs a weapon, injects himself with the tretonin, and together they fight off the remaining guards. Teal'c thanks Aron, and they continue toward the Stargate.

Ishta is now too weak to stand. Moloc learns that 2,000 Jaffa have gathered against his temple on Goranak. Moloc taunts her, offering her a vial of tretonin if she will beg for more time with her god. When he prepares to depart, Earth makes contact with the planet, sending missiles through. Aron, possessing a targeting device for the missiles, aims the weapons straight at Moloc, killing him and his battalion. Meanwhile, Teal'c saves Ishta from Moloc's First Prime, Cha'ra. She had secretly taken the tretonin after Moloc left, enabling her to survive the encounter. Ishta can barely believe that after everything, Moloc is dead so Teal'c suggests they go see for themselves. However, Ishta needs a moment to regain her strength before she can go confirm her foe's death.

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Rya'c and Kar'yn at their union.

At their ceremony, Rya'c and Kar'yn give their vows and Bra'tac completes the joining, without the kneeling Kar'yn had objected to. Later, Teal'c tells Rya'c that he could not have made a better decision for a companion, and that Drey'auc would have been equally proud. He wishes both of them well as they depart to another planet that the SGC has managed to locate. Unfortunately, Moloc's defeat has opened his dominion to Ba'al. Eager to meet again, Teal'c and Ishta embrace before she and the rest of her people depart.


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Notable quotes[]

O'Neill: Fellas! How was the trip?
Teal'c: I have been betrayed by those I trusted most.
O'Neill: That good, eh?
Bra'tac: His mood is foul indeed. Greetings. It is good to see you both.
Jackson: Bra'tac, what's going on?
Bra'tac: There was a complication.
O'Neill: Ishta?
Bra'tac: She is well. And as lovely as ever, O'Neill. The problem, I fear, lies with Rya'c.
Jackson: Is he okay?
Bra'tac: He is in love. And plans to be married.

O'Neill: Look, T, I'm not gonna tell you how to raise your kid… but I've always found that sticking your fingers in your ears and humming loudly solves a whole slew of problems.

O'Neill: They want a what?
Carter: A goat, sir.
O'Neill: You can tell them lamb is far less gamey.
Carter: They want it for a ritual sacrifice.
O'Neill: Yeah, well you can tell them that's not going to happen.
Carter: Yeah, I was hoping you'd say that.
O'Neill: They can have a pinata. That's always fun.

Kar'yn: I kneel before no man, not even my husband.
Bra'tac: This action has been part of the ceremony for thousands of years.
Kar'yn: Then he should kneel before me as well! Or am I too weak to have such respect given to me in return?
Rya'c: You disgrace my name.
Bra'tac: Perhaps if we took a short recess.
Kar'yn: If you insist on treating me like a fragile handmaiden then I have chosen poorly for a husband!
Rya'c: Well perhaps I have chosen poorly as well! (She storms off)
Bra'tac: I can see why one must rehearse these events.

(Jackson is attempting to calm the outraged Jaffa in the meeting room, when Bra'tac and O'Neill enter)
Bra'tac: Silence!
O'Neill: Thank you. Now, Daniel, what's going on here?
[The Jaffa resume their shouting. O'Neil rolls his eyes and points to Bra'tac.]
Bra'tac: Silence!
O'Neill: I said, "Daniel".

O'Neill: Teal'c. You there?
Teal'c: Proceed O'Neill.
O'Neill: You know how I get when you don't call.

(Moloc has been killed and Ishta rescued)
Ishta: (barely able to believe it) Is it true that Moloc is dead?
Teal'c: If you have the strength, we can see for ourselves.
Ishta: (too weak to move) In a moment.

Bra'tac: May you love and fight like warriors. Just not with each other.


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  • This episode marks the death of Moloc, the twelfth powerful Goa'uld who is killed by SG-1.
  • The original title for the episode was "My Big Fat Jaffa Wedding", referring to the 2002 romantic comedy My Big Fat Greek Wedding.
  • The ramp leading to the Stargate looks notably different during two scenes of the episode - whenever there are horses walking through the gate. The ramp is padded, and the two stairs at the bottom are replaced by another ramp - presumably, it is in order to avoid damaging the set and/or the horses.
  • In the final scene with the women leaving, when the camera moves closer up on them, you can clearly see a long vertical line on the event horizon, possibly due to the green screen being bent.
  • It's ironic that Teal'c and the SGC advocate not to kill Moloc – reasoning another Goa'uld would simply take his place –, as the Tok'ra once scolded them for something similar: in "Exodus", Jacob Carter pointed out how SG-1's habit of killing any System Lord they come across was causing terrible chaos in the Goa'uld Empire and, in fact, allowed Apophis to gain as much power as he did. He was right about this, as they killing Sokar and causing Apophis to kill Heru'ur gave him their forces. At some point between "Exodus" and "Sacrifices", the SGC and SG-1 apparently learned this lesson, as they warn Ishta Moloc's forces will just be absorbed by Ba'al. They – and the Tok'ra, once again – are proven right, as killing Moloc causes just that.
  • According to Jackson, the current plan to defeat the System Lords is to gather as many Jaffa as possible into the Rebel Jaffa and have them rise up and overthrow the Goa'uld all at once. Unfortunately, this won't stop Ba'al as he has the Kull Warrior army meaning that the war won't end at that point until both the Kull Warriors and Ba'al are gone too.
  • Moloc's First Prime, Cha'ra, later returns as a member of the Free Jaffa Nation despite disbelieving Moloc's death and being somewhat fanatical in his belief. Presumably after he was shown Moloc's body, he changed sides.
  • This episode shows why Tretonin puts Jaffa at a disadvantage as they need to use the drug on a regular basis unlike a Symbiote
  • This episode marks the final appearance of Rya'c and Ishta.


  • Teal'c and Brigadier General Jack O'Neill play ping pong while discussing. O'Neill serves the first two exchanges, Teal'c serves the last one, O'Neill completely misses and the ball falls on the floor. Second later, Teal'c throws the ball to O'Neill, although we did not see anyone pick it up.
  • The ping pong game scoring is not correct. Teal'c is not correctly returning the ball but the scoring is going his way.

Other languages[]

  • French: Discordes (Discords)
  • Italian: Sacrifici (Sacrifices)
  • Spanish: Sacrificios (Sacrifices)
  • Czech: Oběti (Casualties/Sacrifices)
  • German: Die Vertreibung (The Expulsion)
  • Hungarian: Áldozatok (Sacrifices)

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