"The Changeling" is the nineteenth episode of the sixth season of Stargate SG-1.


Teal'c awakens to find he is a fireman, but is plagued by dreams that he is not who he thinks he is. His dreams involve a Stargate.


In a hospital, a doctor visits a patient. The patient is Teal'c and the doctor is Apophis. Teal'c (who has no tattoo or symbiote pouch) wakes up and is asked how he is by Jonas Quinn, who calls him "Tee" and whom he in turn calls "Probie" (which is short for probationary fireman). They talk in colloquial English about Tee's stepfather and suddenly Teal'c again wakes up after a kelno'reem. He visits the mess hall, and is talking to Major Samantha Carter when the scene changes to the interior of a fire station. He is talking with the other members of SG-1, who are all members of a fire brigade, about a kidney transplant for Teal'c's stepfather, Bra'tac (whom people call "Brae" in the fireman reality).

The alarm rings and the fire brigade responds to a car collision. There they prepare to help the wounded in one car while Teal'c helps another victim outside the second car (who again looks like Apophis). The first car, leaking gas, catches fire and Teal'c sees Bra'tac alive inside the car as the previously declared dead driver. Against the team's advice, he tries to free Brae, and continues despite Brae's urge to save only himself; moments later, both cars explode. In the canteen at Stargate Command Teal'c is thrown backwards (appearing as if he fainted) and is taken to the infirmary. Dr. Janet Fraiser doesn't know what is happening, so she asks him to stay while she completes a more detailed check-up. Teal'c tries to sleep but wakes up in a hospital bed. He talks with Colonel Jack O'Neill, who is again the chief of the fire brigade, about what has happened. Outside he meets Brae (Bra'tac) and Teal'c's wife Shauna (Shan'auc). Brae says that something is wrong because he has no burns from the accident.

Teal'c is at SGC again. O'Neill and Fraiser talk to Teal'c about his situation, and he tells them about his "visions," which they find similar to dreaming. Teal'c is in the hospital again, where he is visited by Dr. Daniel Jackson, the hospital psychologist. They leave the hospital to talk about Brae and the transplant but Teal'c insists he isn't afraid of the operation. Daniel leaves and Teal'c finds himself back at SGC shortly before he and SG-1 leave on a mission through the Stargate. They go through the gate but Teal'c finds himself in a hospital, where he is confronted by Apophis. A nurse calls out to him (he seems lost) and he runs away, only to find himself in the gate room again. He believes that his symbiote is missing and passes out. Teal'c wakes up on another planet full of dead Jaffa, where he and Bra'tac are lying half dead next to each other. Teal'c takes Bra'tac's symbiote and implants it in himself.

Teal'c wakes up "at home" with his wife Shauna and they talk about the kidney transplant he just had and about Teal'c's dreams. His wife convinces him that all is OK. Teal'c says that when he is at the SGC, the fireman life feels like a dream, but when he is in the fireman reality, the SGC seems like a dream. Teal'c tries to tell her that what "where he is is a dream" and that "it can't be real". On the next day Teal'c visits Brae who tells him that his body is rejecting the kidney. Teal'c is shocked and outside the hospital he meets Daniel again. They talk about the operation and especially Teal'c's dreams. Daniel tries to find connections between the two dreams but Teal'c can't say what is real.

Daniel says that perhaps both worlds aren't real and walks off just as Jack approaches, placing his hand on Teal'c's shoulder with the scene soon shifting again to the gate room where a badly wounded Teal'c is lying on the ramp.  Obviously stunned at what's happening, he is without his symbiote and is taken immediately to the infirmary.

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A badly injured Teal'c on the ramp in the Embarkation Room.

As this happens, SG-1 tells Major General George S. Hammond that a supposed meeting of the rebel Jaffa was actually an ambush and that they found over a hundred Rebel Jaffa dead, each one having had their symbiotes removed while Teal'c kept himself and Bra'tac alive for three days by sharing his symbiote between them.

Dr. Fraiser reveals that because they were sharing the symbiote, it is not strong enough to heal either and all three of them are dying.

Some time later Jacob Carter arrives and brings a modified version of Tretonin which has been engineered for Jaffa physiology. They then decide to use it because the symbiote is dying.

When Teal'c wakes up later, Daniel appears at his side, and they talk about what has happened. Teal'c thanks him but Daniel says it's all because of his strength and explains that the dreams were Teal'c's mind's way of coping until he could be rescued. Daniel promises that this reality is the real one and that Teal'c will be fine before disappearing.


Appearances for The Changeling





Sentient Species



  • Cow (Mentioned)



Notable quotes[]

Fraiser: Well, whatever happened, you seem fine now.  Still, I've never heard of any Jaffa fainting before, let alone you.
Teal'c: I did not faint, Dr. Fraiser.
Carter: Sorry Teal'c, but you did. One minute I was talking to you about the upcoming mission, and the next minute, you were lying flat on your back.

Carter: Maybe you were just bored with what I was saying. Oh. Fine. On that note, I'll say goodnight.
Fraiser: Goodnight Sam.
Carter: Prescribe him some warm milk.

Teal'c: My mind was filled with images. Thoughts of me, yet I was not entirely myself.
Fraiser: Happens to humans all the time.
O'Neill: It's called dreaming, Teal'c.

Jackson: Hi.
Teal'c: Hi.
Jackson: I'm, uh, I'm Dr. Daniel Jackson, I'm one of the resident psychologists here.  I heard you might like to talk.
Teal'c: So. Daniel Jackson.
Jackson: Ah, you can just call me Daniel if you like.
Teal'c: You think I'm crazy.
Jackson: No, not yet, we just met.
Teal'c: We haven't met before?
Jackson: Nope, no, I don't think so.
Teal'c: I'm sure we have.
Jackson: Maybe in another life, or something like that, ya know, if you believe in that sort of thing. Some people do. I just came by to talk.

O'Neill: Hey. Let's go. You know how much it costs to keep that thing open?

Jackson: Both can't be real.
Teal'c: No.
Jackson: So you're trying to figure out which of the two lives you seem to be leading is the real one so that you can stay there, or here, or wherever it is you're supposed to be, once and for all.

Jackson: Maybe the answer to that question is something you haven't even considered.  Maybe neither one is real.
Teal'c: What?
Jackson: Think about it. If you can't distinguish between them, if the one seems equally as real as the other, maybe you don't belong in either one.
Teal'c: Then what do I do?
Jackson: Hang in there. Just a little while longer.
Teal'c: Hey, you can't leave me here like this!
Jackson: I haven't left your side, Teal'c. And I'm not going to. That's a promise.

O'Neill: Teal'c without Junior... that's a concept.


Main Characters

Guest Stars


  • The parts of the episode where Teal'c is a human take place in Coquitlam, which is a city in the Greater Vancouver Regional District.
  • This episode is one of only four episodes to feature Teal'c without his golden Apophis tattoo.
  • When Teal'c is a human, his false life is that of a fireman, with his SG-1 teammates fellow firefighters. They each have the same names as in reality; i.e., Jack O'Neill is still Jack O'Neill, even if he's not a Colonel. Bra'tac, who takes the role of Teal'c's stepfather, is referred to as 'Brae.' Shan'auc, who takes the role of Teal'c's wife, is referred to as Shauna. However, Teal'c's alternate name is never made clear. His squad-mates alternately refer to him as 'T' or 'T-man', but do not refer to him by a full name. Dr. Daniel Jackson refers to him as "Teal'c", but this is the real Jackson, who understands the reality of the situation. However, when Jackson first speaks to him, "Tyler" is written on the medical band around his wrist.
  • In the fireman reality, Teal'c speaks in colloquial English. In all other episodes, Teal'c speaks with great formalism, even in the presence of mundane humans.
  • The events of this episode are very similar to a Doctor Who episode entitled "Amy's Choice". In both instances, the two worlds portrayed throughout respective stories are both unreal, with the real world only appearing at the end of the story. Furthermore, "The Changeling" and "Amy's Choice" seem to focus around one particular person; Teal'c and Amy Pond, respectively.
  • This is the only episode where Bra'tac is seen without his golden tattoo.


  • In the fire truck when Major Samantha Carter is reaching for the radio to respond to dispatch, the C on the back of her coat is missing. When they reach the accident, in a glimpse of her back as she instructs Ray to stretch out a preconnect, the C has returned.
  • When ending the radio transmission, Carter says "over and out", as it has happened multiple times in the series, the two words are not used together - "over" marks the end of a single message, "out" marks the end of a conversation.
  • Teal'c is dressed in scrubs, which are what hospital staff wear; not patients. As a patient, he should've been wearing a hospital gown.
  • When we first see the true reality of Teal'c and Bra'tac's situation, as the shot pans over the battlefield, one of the supposedly dead Jaffa moves his arm slightly. Happens at 24:28-ish.
  • When Dr. Daniel Jackson and "T" are talking at the picnic table outside the hospital after finding out that "Brae" is rejecting the kidney transplant, "T's" hands can be seen changing to a different position in each shot as they go back and forth between him and Jackson without him having moved them. Jackson's hands can also be seen switching between two places between the shots.
  • When the team discuss the possibility of administrating the Tretonin to Teal'c and Bra'tac, we can see Teal'c shivering when the camera is shooting at close up view but he is very still at wide angle.

Other languages[]

  • French: La Porte Des Rêves (The Dreamgate)
  • Italian: Vite Parallele (Parallel Lives)
  • Spanish: Sustitución (Substitution')'
  • Czech: Dvojí Realita (Dual Reality)
  • German: Hilfe aus der Traumwelt (Help from the Dreamworld)
  • Hungarian: Az átváltozás (The Conversion)

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