"The Curse" is the thirteenth episode of the fourth season of Stargate SG-1.


After Dr. Daniel Jackson learns that his old archaeology professor has died in an explosion, he soon suspects that it may not be an accident, and that one of the professor's colleagues is responsible for his death. Meanwhile, he finds out a shocking secret about the Ancient Egyptian artifacts they're studying.


Dr. Daniel Jackson reads in a magazine that his archaeology professor, Dr. David Jordan, has died in a lab explosion. He attends the funeral, where he is reunited with colleagues whom he knew before he began speaking about his 'wild theories' concerning the Egyptian gods. Dr. Steven Rayner is not pleased to see Dr. Jackson because of Dr. Jackson's theories. Dr. Sarah Gardner, with whom Daniel had a relationship before he entered the Stargate Program, is happy to see him.

Gardner shows Jackson the artifacts from the Stewart expedition, which are rumored to be cursed. Sarah realizes a gold amulet is missing. Jackson goes to the storage area of the museum, where he finds an Egyptian burial jar which Dr. Jordan had been forbidden to open by the Egyptian government. Jackson calls Major Samantha Carter to inform her that the canopic jar has Egyptian hieroglyphs and Goa'uld symbols on it. Jackson takes the jar to the SGC. Jackson calls Teal'c, fishing in Minnesota with Colonel Jack O'Neill, for help with a translation from Goa'uld of the line "banished to oblivion."

Jackson explains to Major General George S. Hammond and Carter that the jar is related to the myth of the mother of the Egyptian gods, Isis, who was thrown into the Nile along with Osiris by Setesh. Furthermore, the record of the expedition that found the jars records two jars having been found. Jackson returns to Chicago in search of the other jar. Rayner tells Daniel that the Osiris jar was destroyed in the explosion of the lab and denies knowledge of the missing amulet.

Samantha Carter performs an MRI on the canopic jar of Isis, and finds inside it a Goa'uld symbiote. Dr. Janet Fraiser removes the symbiote from its jar. It is dead, but in perfect condition. The jar was meant to keep the symbiote alive indefinitely, but when the jar's seal was broken, it died.

On Dr. Jordan's computer, Gardner finds an e-mail he received on the night of his death, which reveals that the carbon dating analysis on the missing gold amulet proved it to be about 10,000 years old. Dr. Gardner realizes that Dr. Jackson's theories have been right all along. Gardner also realizes that the results of the test were sent to Dr. Rayner.

Transportation rings

Osiris escapes using Transportation rings

Jackson tells Gardner that he believes Dr. Rayner stole the amulet and killed Jordan, the Curator, and the technician who performed analysis on amulet. Jackson returns to the SGC to inform the team that he thinks that Steven Rayner has been possessed by the Goa'uld Osiris, and is in possession of a gold amulet which could be Goa'uld. Carter, Jackson, and Dr. Fraiser head to a temple near Cairo, Egypt to find Rayner.

At the temple, Rayner uses the amulet to remove a Goa'uld hand device from the wall, but he is attacked by Gardner, who is instead revealed to be possessed by the Goa'uld Osiris.

When Sam, Daniel, and Fraiser enter, she attacks them also. She raises a pyramidal spacecraft and escapes via the rings after threatening to one day return.

Osiris' return on Earth 2

Osiris's ship leaving the pyramids in Egypt.

As Sam, Daniel and Fraiser tend to Rayner, Osiris' ship leaves the pyramids where it was stationed and heads for outer space.


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Notable quotes[]

Gardner: I've looked for signs of you out on the fringes. There's been no papers, no research projects. It's like you fell off the face of the Earth.
Jackson: Yeah, it is a little like that, isn't it?
Rayner: As I recall, the last time I saw you, you were giving a lecture to an empty room.
Jackson: Well it was full when I started.

O'Neill: Carter! You finally ready to take me up on that fishing trip?
Carter: Actually, sir, I have a few projects on the go.
O'Neill: Come on. Are you really trying to tell me you’d rather work in the dark, dank, dismal underground than sit on a dock with your feet perched up, sipping a cold one and casting for that ever-illusive crappie?
Carter: As strange as it may sound sir, yes.

O'Neill: It's going to be me, Teal'c, and the great outdoors. That means no cell phones, no fax machines, not another living soul for miles. We'll be unavailable, inaccessible.
Hammond: Incommunicado.
O'Neill: Minnesota, sir.
Hammond: I stand corrected.
O'Neill: If Thor needs me, he'll have to beam me up.  If the Tok'ra, forget it.

(During the act of fishing)
Teal'c: There appears to be no fish here, O'Neill.
O'Neill: T... it's not about the actual fish... themselves. Fish are not important in this context, it's about fish-ing, the act of fishing itself.
Teal'c: I see.
(Phone rings)
O'Neill: You didn't?
Teal'c: By request of General Hammond.
O'Neill: No way.
O'Neill: (to the phone) What? Yes, Daniel, he's right here, please hold.
Teal'c: (to the phone) Daniel Jackson! We have caught nothing, we are fishing.

(While fishing with O'Neill, on the phone to Daniel Jackson)
Teal'c: If you require assistance, I would be more than happy to return to the SGC.
Jackson: No, thanks, I... I think I can take it from here.
(Sideways glance at O'Neill)
Teal'c: Are you certain?
O'Neill: Give me that!

Osiris: Where is my brother Setesh?
Jackson: You mean Seth? He's dead. We, uh, we killed him.
Osiris: You lie.
Jackson: No. No. We also killed Ra and Hathor and... who else? Sokar.
Osiris: Then you have done me a great favor. I will rule without opposition.
Jackson: No. No, you won't rule at all. You see, we don't worship false gods anymore.

Osiris: Make no mistake. Osiris will return. And the rivers of the Earth will run red with blood.


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  • Dr. Steven Rayner's line "Maybe the world wasn't ready to hear that the pyramids were built by aliens... or was it men from Atlantis?" is lifted almost word-for-word from Dr. Daniel Jackson's first scene in the Stargate feature film, where the audience at his lecture begins to mock the theory that aliens constructed the Great Pyramids.
  • Jackson also snatches the magazine out of Colonel Jack O'Neill's hands in a similar way his character takes the newspaper out of the hands of a guard in the Stargate movie.
  • The yellow device with which Jackson is seen going over some artifacts is a Garmin GPS tracking device. It is later used by Major Samantha Carter as a GPS in Egypt.
  • Osiris asks about the Stargate, but she has never heard a human say the word, and the Goa'uld and the ancient humans only addressed it as a Chappa'ai. It is possible though, that some Goa'uld refer to it as a Stargate, and not Chappa'ai. Indeed, given the Ancient Egyptian in the original film translated as 'Stargate' and the Supergate was referred to as a 'Chappa'ko', it's quite likely that Chappa'ai translates directly as 'Stargate' (Chappa meaning 'Gate' and 'ai' meaning Star). From a real-world perspective, this is probably a script oversight.
  • The Goa'uld symbiote that Dr. Janet Fraiser dissects is actually a prim'ta prop, which would make it far too young to take a host.
  • When Sarah Gardner is looking in Dr. David Jordan's computer for any tests he may have done on the jars, one of the directories is labeled "Chessmaster 2000" - the first entry of the Chessmaster series, released in 1986.
  • The episode's title is a reference to the curse of the pharaohs, a long-held superstition that thieves and archaeologists who disturbed mummies and other Egyptian antiquities be cursed with bad luck, illness, or death.
  • The exterior scenes in Egypt were filmed at the Richmond Sand Dunes.


Other languages[]

  • French: La Malédiction (The Curse)
  • Italian: Il vaso di Iside (Isis' Jar)
  • Spanish: La Maldición (The Curse)
  • Czech: Kletba (Curse)
  • Hungarian: Az átok (The Curse)
  • German: Die Rückkehr der Osiris (The Return of Osiris)

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