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Dan Castellaneta as Joe Spencer
|SG-1 Season 8|
|Season 7||Season 9|
- This episode is a clip show: it is largely composed of clips of previous episodes.
The episode opens with Brigadier General Jack O'Neill walking into his kitchen, talking on the phone to Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter about his "world famous omelet" (the "secret ingredient" being beer), when a man O'Neill has never met bursts in with a gun claiming that O'Neill has ruined his life. The viewer is then taken to a flashback 7 years earlier where Joe Spencer, the man in O'Neill's house, is at a garage sale and picks up a mysterious black stone. When he does, he receives a vision of SG-1 going through the Stargate against orders in the season 1 episode "Within the Serpent's Grasp". He buys the stone and, as the episode progresses, continuously receives more and more visions of the exploration team.
Joe, unable to create or tell amusing jokes or stories of his own, tells of the visions he sees as if they were stories he had conjured out of thin air. To start with, he tells these visions to his son Andy Spencer and the customers in his barbershop, entertaining them where he had previously been nothing but a bore. Later, at the suggestion of his wife Charlene Spencer, he starts to write them down and send them in to various magazines (all of which reject them) instead of telling each and every individual the tiniest of details relating to SG-1. As the episode goes on, skipping ahead in years, the people he tells start to get tired of the tales of SG-1 and, eventually, they stop coming to his barbershop. Despite his wife's urging, telling him to stop writing the episodes down, he continues to type and becomes convinced that the visions are actually happening. After years of too-intense focus on SG-1, long since passed into obsession, his wife leaves with their son. At this point he tries to find evidence that what he has been seeing is real, collecting data on mysterious stellar phenomenon and unexplained deaths, but is unable to contact Colonel O'Neill. Eventually, he tracks down where O'Neill lives, bringing the viewer to the opening scene.
It is then discovered that the reason Joe has been seeing the visions, flashes of the life of Jack O'Neill, is because of an Ancient Long-range communication stone brought back from P3R-233 the same world as the Quantum Mirror. The device, which was activated by O'Neill when he touched a mysterious black stone in Dr. Daniel Jackson's lab, connects two minds together telepathically and Joe, who possesses the same Ancient gene as O'Neill, activated the companion device when he touched the stone at the garage sale. That stone, we find out, was discovered by the grandfather of the garage sale's operator and had been found at a dig in Egypt. When Jack had been on the base, writing his mission-reports of their off-world adventures, the stone in Daniel's lab transmitted his thoughts to Joe. Conversely, O'Neill had been seeing visions of Joe's everyday life periodically, as the two devices could work in either direction; Jack never said anything because he found the visions "relaxing." At the close of the episode O'Neill helps Joe start to piece his life back together by personally talking to Joe's wife. Just as the camera pans out O'Neill begins by telling Joe and his wife that "it's all true".
Ancients; Ancient Technology Activation gene; Antarctica; Anubis; Apophis; Argos; Armageddon; Armin Selig; Asgard; Battle of Antarctica; Beer; Bowling; Central Intelligence Agency; Control chair; Chulak; Dog; Drey'auc; Egypt; Fishing; Furling; Goa'uld; Golf; Hathor; Indiana; Kerry Johnson; Robert Kinsey; Klorel; Long-range communication stone; Nanite; Naquadah asteroid; NID; Omelet; O'Neill's house; P3R-233; Pacific Ocean; Paris; Ping pong; Quantum Mirror; Jonas Quinn; Repository of knowledge; Reetou; Rya'c; Setesh; Pete Shanahan; The Simpsons; Skaara; Stargate Command infirmary; Star Wars; Mary Steenburgen; Wormhole X-Treme!
O'Neill: I just walked in with a whole handful of ingredients for my world famous omelet.
Carter: World famous, huh? What's in it?
Carter: I doubt that that actually qualifies as a recipe.
O'Neill: Oh, don't kid yourself. There's a secret ingredient. Can't tell you what it is or I'd have to shoot you.
Carter: It's beer, isn't it.
O'Neill: Okay, look. This obviously isn't your forté. So why don't you just put the gun down before you get hurt.
Joe: Don't come any closer!
O'Neill: I know your gun isn't real. However... mine is.
Joe: Oh god! I'm sorry, I'm sorry. You're right. It's just a toy. Please don't shoot me.
O'Neill: I'm not gonna shoot ya.
Joe: I'm sorry. I just thought it was the only way to make you listen to me.
O'Neill: Oh, where you're going people will listen. They got nothing to do but listen to what you have to say. They have nice white coats, padded walls. The whole nine yards.
Joe: You have a thing for The Simpsons, fishing, Mary Steenburgen, the color peridot and you're a terrible ping pong player.
O'Neill: Have we met?
Joe: Between you and me, I totally see the analogy: Burns as Goa'uld.
O'Neill: Thank you!
Joe: Dr. Jackson, can I just say, thank goodness you're back. Not that Jonas was a bad guy, but after all you've been through together, you belong here with SG-1.
Jackson: Thank you. Jack?
O'Neill: He's a barber.
Jackson: Broke into your house?
Jackson: Second week in a row.
O'Neill: Mm hm.
O'Neill: I'm thinking dog.
Joe: You could try locking your front door.
Jackson: Wait a minute. Jack, you've been seeing parts of the life of a barber in Indiana for seven years and you never mentioned it?
O'Neill: Yeah. Sure I did. I know I did.
Carter: No. No, you didn't, sir.
O'Neill: I didn't?
Jackson: You didn't find it the least bit odd?
O'Neill: Actually, no. I found it quite relaxing.
- The episode is largely a clip show containing scenes from previous episodes. Clips from the following episodes were included:
- "Within the Serpent's Grasp" (excerpts written by James Crocker & Jonathan Glassner)
- "The Serpent's Lair" (excerpts written by Brad Wright)
- "The Fifth Race" (excerpts written by Robert C. Cooper)
- "1969" (excerpts written by Brad Wright)
- "A Hundred Days" (excerpts written by V.C. James & Brad Wright)
- "Wormhole X-Treme!" (excerpts written by Brad Wright, Joseph Mallozzi & Paul Mullie)
- "Meridian" (excerpts written by Robert C. Cooper)
- "Abyss" (excerpts written by Brad Wright)
- "Fallen" (excerpts written by Robert C. Cooper)
- "Orpheus" (excerpts written by Peter DeLuise)
- "Evolution, Part 2" (excerpts written by Damian Kindler & Peter DeLuise)
- "Heroes, Part 2" (excerpts written by Robert C. Cooper)
- "Lost City, Part 2" (excerpts written by Brad Wright & Robert C. Cooper)
- Jack refers to the events of "Full Alert", Daniel refers to those of "There But for the Grace of God", Joe refers to those of "Brief Candle", "The Serpent's Lair", "Family", "Secrets", "Show and Tell", "Exodus", "Fail Safe", "Descent" and "Smoke and Mirrors", Bert refers to those of "Hathor" and Gordie refers to those of "Seth".
- The plot of this episode is very similar to Steven Spielberg's science-fiction film Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Both feature a working-class father from Indiana who becomes estranged from his family due to his obsession with strange visions.
- On the European and Australian DVD releases of Season 8, this is the 18th episode, not the 15th. The previous episode to "Citizen Joe" is "Threads" and the next episode is "Moebius, Part 1" on those DVDs.
- Only the Region 1 DVD set has a commentary for this episode.
- This is the second week in a row that O'Neill's house has been broken into, the previous instance caused by ex-Vice President Robert Kinsey in "Full Alert". Joe himself suggests that, to prevent further invasions, Jack might try locking his front door.
- Joe says that Armin Selig was killed by the NID. His murder, which occurred in "Secrets", had remained unsolved to this point.
- In the brief flashback where Jack activates the stone, Dr. Daniel Jackson has longer hair. However, the fact that the style and shade are noticeably different from the way Michael Shanks wore his hair for the first two seasons make it clear that he is wearing a wig in this scene.
- The three stories that Joe's wife had read, and didn't like are also the titles of the episodes "Holiday", "The Light" and "The Sentinel". Joe then says: "Okay, I admit those may have been a few small missteps. But on the whole they are getting better, aren't they?" Earlier, "Seth" is also mocked as having been a weak story.
- Many changes and criticism of the show are referenced here. While telling a man the story of "Fail Safe", Fred states "How many times can they save the world? It's getting repetitive", Joe's wife states that the team "just doesn't work together like they used to" and Joe mentions Teal'c's huge change in appearance, "I know the hair makes you look different, but didn't you used to be more gold-colored?"
- In the flashback to 1998, Jack tells Daniel that they have received intel suggesting that Apophis survived the destruction of his fleet and that he escaped to Chulak. Chronologically, this places the flashback as occurring at some point between the events of "The Serpent's Lair" (in which Apophis' fleet was destroyed) and "Family" (in which the SGC learned from Bra'tac that Apophis was still alive and had kidnapped Rya'c).
- This is the last clip show of the series.
- Jonas Quinn (Corin Nemec) is mentioned in this episode for the first time since "Death Knell". This is the final reference to him on the series.
- Bruce Woloshyn (digital effects supervisor) appears in a cameo as the garage sale homeowner who sells Joe Spencer the Ancient Long-range communication stone.
- Dan Castellaneta, who plays Joe Spencer, is also the voice of "Homer" on The Simpsons. It has been frequently stated that The Simpsons is Brigadier General Jack O'Neill's favorite television show and it is also that of Richard Dean Anderson. Therefore, in this episode "Homer" is hero-worshiping O'Neill rather than vice-versa. Joe mentions that he sees O'Neill's analogy of Burns as Goa'uld. Richard Dean Anderson would guest star on The Simpsons episode "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bangalore" the following year. Richard Dean Anderson's name also frequently comes up on The Simpsons as Marge's sisters, Patty and Selma, are huge fans of MacGyver and have crushes on Richard Dean Anderson.
- Among the people Joe's wife says are tired of hearing his stories are Margery and Lenny. Both names are shared by characters close to Castellaneta's character on The Simpsons.
- The park where Joe meets with his wife Charlene to talk, and then finally to introduce her to Jack O'Neill, is the Charles Rummel Park in Burnaby, British Columbia.
- This episode is Michael Shanks' 150th episode.
- At the end of the episode it is revealed that as Joe was seeing visions of SG-1, Jack was seeing visions of Joe's life. In the beginning of the episode, Jack doesn't seem to recognize Joe. However, his visions would have been from Joe’s perspective, so, despite Joe standing in front of a mirror frequently as a barber, he may have never gotten a good look at Joe’s face.
- At the start Jack references meeting with someone named Johnson from the CIA relating to recent events with ex-Vice President Robert Kinsey. This person is quite clearly implied to be Kerry Johnson whom Jack is shown to be having a relationship with at the start of "Threads" (she is a CIA agent involved in investigations after the Kinsey incident). So a subtle mistake here occurs when this episode is aired after Threads in some DVDs as Jack acts as though he doesn't know her yet.
- When Joe is trying to convince his wife that Jack is real he says that Jack is in charge of Stargate Command. However he then has a vision of the Battle of Antarctica which he says was happening right at that moment. During that time it was Elizabeth Weir not Jack who was in charge of Stargate Command.
- As explained both had to be in proximity to the stones for the visions to occur, whilst Joe could have had the stone on him at all times O'Neill only occasionally went near it as it was in Daniels' office. It also explains that the room where O'Neill did his reports was near it's location so Joe would be receiving them after the fact when O'Neill was recalling what happened and he wouldn't have written his report until after the events of "New Order, Part 2" having been in stasis before being revived and promoted. Joe did not yet know that he was receiving these visions after the fact at this point.
- In the last scene of the episode, Jack is not wearing regulation shoes for USAF dress uniform.
- Even back in 1998 it would have been relatively easy for Joe to look up either Daniel Jackson or Samantha Carter, as both are respectively infamous and famous in their fields. Looking up Daniel would have shown he hasn't been heard from since the inception of the Stargate program, and looking up Samantha Carter would have shown her working deep space telemetry out of Cheyenne Mountain. Both would have confirmed a significant part of his visions.
In other languagesEdit
- French: Rien à Perdre (Nothing to Lose)
- Italian: Il Cittadino Joe (The Citizen Joe)
- Spanish: Ciudadano Joe (Citizen Joe)
- Czech: Občan Joe (Citizen Joe)
- German: Joe
- Hungarian: Joe polgártárs (Citizen Joe)
- Polish: Obywatel Joe (Citizen Joe)
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