|SG-1 Season 3|
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An angered Colonel Jack O'Neill steals a piece of technology from the Tollans after they refuse to give some away to the Tau'ri. Major General George S. Hammond later finds out about this and O'Neill soon resigns. During his retirement he is approached by Colonel Harold Maybourne of the NID with the purpose of recruiting him to work for the NID and steal technology from other worlds.
SG-1 goes to Tollana to negotiate a treaty with the Tollan, asking for technology to help defend Earth against the Goa'uld. The Tollans have not changed their policy about sharing their technology, and refuse to give them anything. In response, an angry Colonel Jack O'Neill steals a device that disables weapons. After SG-1 returns to Earth, the diplomatic incident caused by the Tollan's discovery of the theft forces O'Neill into early retirement. When Dr. Daniel Jackson visits him at home in an attempt to figure out what's going on, O'Neill insults him, telling him that apparently his teammates didn't really know him at all, and that he's finally acting like himself.
Now retired and unaffiliated with Stargate Command, O'Neill is approached by Colonel Harold Maybourne to take part in a secret operation regarding the Stargate. After accepting Maybourne's proposal, O'Neill joins a rogue SG team whose standing orders are to acquire technology from other worlds, through trade or by theft. One member, Major Dean Newman, is one of the men who fled through the second gate when SG-1 re-captured it in Utah. O'Neill's first mission as a member of the rogue SG team is to steal an Asgard invisibility device on a protected world.
SG-1 is informed that a new commander will be taking O'Neill's place, and that Major General George S. Hammond has chosen Colonel Robert Makepeace over Daniel Jackson's desire to have the team led by Major Samantha Carter.
Upon returning, Newman explains to O'Neill that they attempt to reverse engineer most of the technologies they find, while smaller items such as the invisibility device are secretly passed to a mole in the SGC. Maybourne gives them the drop-off address for the device, and O'Neill offers to run the mission himself, explaining it as a desire to do at least once every job his new command does.
Arriving at the planet where the mole will soon be, O'Neill hides the Asgard device underneath a rock near the Dial Home Device. Just as he tries to dial back, the Stargate opens, and SG-1 comes through. O'Neill barely makes it to cover in time. He watches as Makepeace retrieves the hidden Asgard device and SG-1 goes back through the gate. O'Neill returns to the rogue team base after SG-1 leaves, and an Asgard appears next to the DHD as O'Neill departs, noting the address.
When O'Neill returns to the base, an Asgard ship descends and begins beaming out the stolen items. O'Neill reveals his true allegiance to the SGC and dials the Stargate to Earth. He tells the rogue team that the Asgard will start taking prisoners once they finish beaming up the stolen technology, and that their only other option is to follow him through the gate, which he will be holding open on the other side to prevent any redialing. The rogue team decides to follow O'Neill and arrives at the SGC, where Hammond has them arrested. O'Neill arrests Makepeace personally. O'Neill and Hammond reveal to the remaining members of SG-1 that O'Neill's uncharacteristic actions, at the request of the Tollan and the Asgard, were a ploy to get Maybourne to reveal the location of the rogue team, which had been damaging Earth's interests by stealing off-world technology.
Carter, Teal'c and Daniel are all offended that they weren't in on the plan, though Hammond explains that he had to be sure their reactions were genuine. Not to mention that the Asgard were the ones who had requested that O'Neill be the only one involved. As the reunited SG-1 leave the Gate room, O'Neill apologizes to Daniel for his behavior, saying that their friendship is solid and that the fact that it was Daniel who visited him "means something." Straight-faced, Daniel tells him that it didn't: "We drew straws. I lost."
|Appearances for Shades of Grey|
Jackson: What are you doing?
O'Neill: We never should have saved their technologically-superior butts. This is that thing they disable our weapons with, isn't it?
Teal'c: As well as the Goa'uld technology.
Jackson: Don't even think about it.
Carter: Sir, isn't this against regulations?
O'Neill: I suppose it is, Carter. Let's go.
Jackson: Jack, you're crossing a line.
O'Neill: Shut up, Daniel.
(During the debriefing after SG-1's return from Tollana, discussing the device)
Hammond: So, what did you have to promise them in return, Dr. Jackson?
Jackson: Actually, General, we didn't have to promise to give them anything.
Hammond: They just gave you the device as a reward for saving them from the Goa'uld?
Jackson: Actually, General, the Tollan refused to give us any technology.
O'Neill: Offered us a nice fruit basket though.
O'Neill: Well, look who's here! Come to retrieve your vastly superior stuff? You know it'd be a lot more superior if it weren't so easy to steal.
Hammond: Colonel O'Neill come in and take a seat!
Hammond: You and your team have committed a court-martialable offense.
O'Neill: To be fair, General, I did it. Carter and Daniel protested. And Teal'c ... well he really didn't say anything, but I could tell he was opposed to my actions by the way he ... cocked his head and sort of raised his eyebrow.
Hammond: Enough Colonel!
O'Neill: Hello Newman.
Tobias: What are they doing?
O'Neill: Taking back what's rightfully theirs, I guess. Listen up, all of ya. You've got two choices here. As soon as they stop taking stuff they're going to start taking people. Now you can go with the Asgard, or you can follow me. Your choice. I'll be holding the door open so you can't go anywhere else.
Makepeace: You pissed off the wrong people.
O'Neill: Like the Tollan, Tok'ra, Asgard, Nox.... Those folks?
Makepeace: They refuse to give us the things we need to defend ourselves against the Goa'uld.
O'Neill: We don't need their stuff, Makepeace. We do need them.
O'Neill: Obviously the whole friendship thing, the foundation, it's all solid.
O'Neill: Nothing to worry about. No, I feel a little.... I do appreciate that you were the one who came to see if I was okay. That means something.
Jackson: Ah, actually no it doesn't.
Jackson: Um... we drew straws. I lost.
- Colonel Jack O'Neill's phrasing and tone of his initial greeting to Major Dean Newman is a reference to the sitcom Seinfeld. A Seinfeld character also named Newman, loathed by other characters, was often greeted in the same manner.
- The opera passage heard during the scene between O'Neill and Colonel Harold Maybourne is Vesti la Giubba ("Put on your costume") from Pagliacci ("The Clowns") by Ruggero Leoncavallo. "The Opera" was also a popular episode in Seinfeld, which was about Pagliacci. This might be perceived as another Seinfeld reference.
- The Stargate SG-1: Apocalypse trilogy centers around an alternate timeline where the events of this episode never occurred. Due to the machinations of the Goa'uld Hecate, SG-1 gets trapped in the wormhole for ninety-eight years before ending up in a future where, because Colonel Jack O'Neill never exposed Maybourne's operation, Earth was destroyed and has become a battleground between the Goa'uld and the Wraith. During Stargate SG-1: Insurrection, the O'Neill and Major Samantha Carter of that timeline use the Time Jumper to ensure SG-1 makes it back to Earth, creating what for them becomes an alternate timeline but sets history on its current course.
- During the scene when Colonel Jack O'Neill enters the N.I.D. Base through the Stargate, Earth's point of origin can be seen on it. It has been established that Stargates other than the primary one in use at the SGC have unique points of origin symbols on them. Even the Beta Gate originally discovered in Antarctica has its own unique point of origin.
- The move O'Neill makes while playing chess with himself in his house before answering the door to Dr. Daniel Jackson is technically illegal, as he moves his King into check from his opponent's Queen.
- When O'Neill is leaving Earth to join the rogue N.I.D. base, Major General George S. Hammond, Major Samantha Carter and Dr. Janet Fraiser salute O'Neill. Fraiser's salute is with the back of her hand against her forehead, which is incorrect for the United States Air Force or any United States military. This style of salute is more typically associated with British Army or the Royal Air Force.
- When the Marines are taking defensive positions in the gate room during the Tollan dial-in, the gate is still being dialed. However, many seconds before this the gate was already seen to be activated. This is likely due to the use of stock footage.
- When O'Neill is dialing the rogue N.I.D. Base after Colonel Robert Makepeace takes the Asgard device and leaves with SG-1, only 6 chevrons are pressed before activating the gate instead of the usual 7.
- Newman apologizes to O'Neill for returning fire in the Utah hanger in "Touchstone". However, neither he nor any of the other rogue NID agents actually did so.
In Other LanguagesEdit
- French: Trahisons (Betrayals)
- Italian: Ombre Di grigio (Shade of Grey)
- Spanish: Ni blanco Ni negro (Neither White nor Black)
- Czech: Odstíny šedi (Shades of Grey)
- Hungarian: Sötét ügyek (Dark Matters)
- German: O'Neill auf Abwegen (O'Neill going astray)
- Stargate SG-1 Solutions' article on
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