08.15 Episode 169
Airdate: February 18, 2005

For the second week in a row, O'Neill finds an intruder in his home. The nervous man pointing a gun at him is Joe Spencer, a barber from Indiana, who declares that O'Neill has ruined his life. Seven years ago, Joe had purchased an unusual etched black stone at a garage sale, and the instant he touched it, his mind saw vivid flashes of the stargate activation, and SG-1. He began sharing the adventures of the stone's images with his family and customers, and soon the whole town had heard the stories of a team of explorers known as SG-1 and their fearless leader Colonel Jack O'Neill.

Over the years, Joe continued to share the saga of SG-1, which was met at first with great enthusiasm, but as his customers began to lose interest, his wife, Sharlene, encouraged him to write the stories down instead. However, she became increasingly concerned as his obsession grew, his customers dwindled, and he began to insist that SG-1 and Colonel O'Neill were real. Seven years of writing and submitting his stories had only yielded 326 rejections, and eventually Joe lost his house, his business, and his wife, who pleaded with him to seek help for manic psychosis combined with grandiose delusions.

As Joe stands in O'Neill's kitchen, he insists he is not crazy, that he knows about the SGC, the Goa'uld, and O'Neill's fondness for the Simpsons. O'Neill brings Joe to the SGC where it is discovered that his stone matches one recovered from P3R-233, and that the pair works as a long-range communication device. Both Joe and O'Neill possess the Ancient gene, making their psychic link possible, and as Joe had witnessed O'Neill's adventures, O'Neill admits to experiencing visions of the life of a barber for seven years. Joe is reunited with Sharlene, but this time General O'Neill joins them, and begins to tell Sharlene an incredible story.

Story by: Robert C. Cooper
Teleplay by: Damian Kindler
Directed by: Andy Mikita

Guest Starring: Dan Castellaneta as Joe Spencer, Deborah Theaker as Sharlene Spencer, Eric Keenleyside as Fred, Louis Chirillo as Bert Simmons, Chad Krowchuk as Gordie Lowe, Alex Ferris as Andy Spencer, Mark Hansen as Older Andy Spencer, Andy Thompson as Calvin, Beatrice Zeilinger as Cindy Simmons

Reference: Ancient Communication Stone, Ancient Gene, Calvin, Fred, Garage Seller, Gordie Lowe, Passerby, Bert Simmons, Andy Spencer, Joe Spencer, Sharlene Spencer, Wormhole X-treme!


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Joe Spencer