CHAIN REACTION

04.15 Episode 81
Airdate: January 5, 2001

General Hammond abruptly resigns from the SGC, and is replaced by General Bauer, who promptly dismantles SG-1, reassigning the team members and placing O'Neill on temporary leave. O'Neill suspects that there is more to Hammond's sudden decision than he is saying, and an investigation reveals that he is right. Powers within the NID were behind the change of command, resorting to blackmail to remove Hammond, in order to force a more aggressive approach toward acquiring alien technology.

General Bauer's first project is to assign Carter the task of building a naquadah-enhanced nuclear weapon. Despite her warnings of the devastating chain reaction such a device could cause, a prototype is developed and tested off-world. The destructive power is enormous, and begins to translate back through the gate, posing a threat to Earth, until the gate can finally be disengaged. Meanwhile, O'Neill begins an investigation into the powers behind the NID, and he turns for help to an unlikely source: Colonel Maybourne, who has been serving time in prison for treason.

In exchange for temporary release from prison, Maybourne agrees to use his contacts to assist O'Neill. Their investigation through a covert chain of command leads to Senator Kinsey and the very highest echelons of political power. A confrontation with Kinsey reveals only the tip of the iceberg of a conspiracy that reaches far beyond the NID itself. However, the evidence they uncover from Kinsey's own computer sets the wheels in motion to restore Hammond's command, and also provides Maybourne with an opportunity to guarantee his freedom.

Written by: Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie
Directed by: Martin Wood

Guest Starring: Lawrence Dane as General Bauer, Tom McBeath as Colonel Maybourne, Gary Jones as Technician, Ronny Cox as Senator Kinsey, Dan Shea as Sergeant Siler, Patti Allan as Kinsey's wife, Gina Stockdale as Maid, Mark Pawson as Reporter, Norma Jean Wick as Reporter, Jacquie Janzen as Aide, ZoŽ as Oscar

Reference: General Bauer, George Hammond, Kayla, Robert Kinsey, Harry Maybourne, Menard, Naquadah, NID, NID Rogue Operation, Oscar, Sergeant Siler, Tessa, Major Wood


LOCATION


Kinsey's Mansion


Robert Kinsey


Harry Maybourne


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