10.02 Episode 196
Airdate: July 21, 2006

The SGC's only hope to defeat the Ori seems to be Merlin's Ancient weapon capable of destroying ascended beings. When Daniel's research uncovers an address for Vagon Brei, a legendary planet associated with the Sangreal, SG-1 departs immediately, but Vala is ordered to stay behind to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. On the misty, eerie world, SG-1 and the team find records of a mysterious sleeping sickness and a village of skeletons who seem to have died in their beds. However, when Ackerman falls asleep and cannot be awakened, it becomes apparent that they all suffer from the same infection, and if they fall asleep, they may not wake up.

Vala meets with Dr. Hutchison, who will determine her fitness for the SGC, but Vala's attempts to outwit the ink blots and polygraph only complicate the evaluation. Discouraged, she is approached by Woolsey, who offers her a place at the SGC in exchange for providing inside information to the IOA. Meanwhile, on Vagon Brei, Mitchell and Teal'c explore a nearby cave for clues as Carter and Dr. Reimer conduct medical tests which reveal a microscopic parasite that feeds on melatonin and grows dramatically in the brain, killing the host. When Dr. Reimer suddenly dies of a heart attack, the team must depend on each other to stay awake and find a cure.

In the cave, Mitchell and Teal'c find a lizard which seems to have a natural immunity to the illness, and Teal'c manages to capture the elusive creature. As the team slips ever closer to an endless sleep, a hazmat team arrives to return them to the SGC, where the alien creature and Dr. Reimer's research provide the key to a serum that will kill the parasite. The team recovers, but an angry and hurt Vala insists she is leaving Earth, until she is informed that she has passed her test. Woolsey's offer was part of the test, and she has proven herself trustworthy. As a probationary member of the SGC, she is anxious to celebrate, and to gather her share of the "loot."

Written by: Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie
Directed by: Andy Mikita

Guest Starring: Robert Picardo as Richard Woolsey, Ben Ratner as Dr. Hutchison, Robin Mossley as Dr. Reimer, Patrick Gilmore as Ackerman, Toby Berner as Grimsby, Chris Bradford as Medical Technician

Reference: Bernard Ackerman, Gate Alliance Treaty, Dr. Grimsby, Hazmat, Dr. Hutchison, International Oversight Advisory, Vala Mal Doran, Radio, Dr. Reimer, Sleeping Sickness, UTD, Vagon Brei, Vagon Brei Lizard, Vagon Brei Parasite, Richard Woolsey


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