05.02 Episode 90
Airdate: July 6, 2001

Although SG-1 has rescued Teal'c's body, his mind remains loyal to Apophis. Having been revived from death in the sarcophagus, Teal'c has returned to the belief that he is once again Apophis's First Prime. SG-1 must take drastic action to free his mind from the hold of the Goa'uld, and Bra'tac demands the Rite of M'al Sharran. The risky and ancient ritual, similar to a Last Rite, would save Teal'c's soul by taking him to the very threshold of death, and as his memories wash over him, he would be forced to remember, and to choose his true path.

Teal'c's symbiote is removed, and his immune system begins to fail, bringing him ever closer to death. As his friends remain by his bedside, Teal'c begins to relive his life's journey. He recalls his days in training on Chulak as an apprentice under Master Bra'tac and a member of Apophis's personal guard. He remembers his friend, Va'lar, whom he was ordered to kill for failure in battle, but whom he set free, only to later burn his village under orders from Apophis. He relives his indecision as his mentor spoke of false gods, even as he became Bra'tac's successor and rose to First Prime.

As Teal'c reaches the moment of death, his memories return him to the dungeon on Chulak, and his first encounter with SG-1. There he had seen a strength, and had tasted a first hope for freedom. He had taken to heart his master's teachings of false gods, and had put his faith in Jack O'Neill. This memory is the turning point. In that instant, the flood of memories returns, and once again Teal'c rediscovers his true path. He chooses freedom. The Rite of M'al Sharran is successful, and Teal'c's mind and body are restored as a member of SG-1.

Written by: Brad Wright
Directed by: Peter DeLuise

Guest Starring: Tony Amendola as Bra'tac, Brook Parker as Drey'auc, Peter Williams as Apophis, David Lovgren as Va'lar, Teryl Rothery as Dr. Fraiser, Eric Schneider as Dr. MacKenzie, Karen van Blankenstein as Nurse

Reference: Apophis, Bashaak, Bra'tac, Chulak, Drey'auc, Jaffa, Junior, Dr. MacKenzie, Nurse, Rebel Jaffa, Rite of M'al Sharran, Serpent Guard, Teal'c, Va'lar