|Original air date|
|SG-1 Season 1|
The Goa'uld queen, Hathor, named for the Egyptian sex goddess, awakens after being discovered in her Sarcophagus in Mexico and makes her way to Stargate Command. She begins to exert her influence on the men of the base in order to start building her new Jaffa army. Soon, with all the males loyal to her, it is up to the females of the base to stop Hathor before it's too late.
In Mexico, a team of archaeologists, which consists of Dr. Kleinhouse and Dr. Cole investigate a Mayan pyramid, which houses an ancient tomb. They note that until recently, the Mexican government wouldn't allow them to investigate the tomb. In the tomb, they find a Sarcophagus. Cole discovers that the sarcophagus somehow contains Egyptian hieroglyphs, in a Mayan temple, and it has the symbols of the Egyptian goddess Hathor. Kleinhouse remembers reading a journal from "ridiculed" Egyptologist, Dr. Daniel Jackson, leading them to believe his idea that all ancient cultures are alike may be true (to the oblivious Tau'ri) after all. They open the sarcophagus, where a woman rises. In a Goa'uld voice, she demands to know where Ra is. When she realizes they are not Goa'uld, she uses her Kara kesh, and kills the team.
Sometime later, the sarcophagus makes its way into the Embarkation room of Stargate Command by the living members of the archaeology team in Mexico, who believed Cole and Kleinman were murdered by crypt robbers. They heard of Jackson's work and managed to track him down. Jackson and Colonel Jack O'Neill recognize this from Abydos, since they could bring people back from the dead. They are interrupted by an SF, who informs Major General George S. Hammond that an intruder has entered Cheyenne Mountain. Furthermore, she somehow knows of the Stargate's existence.
She is detained by base guards, and put in a cell. Hammond, along with Jackson and O'Neill arrive at the cell. She is the same woman who killed Kleinman's team in Mexico, and introduces herself as Hathor, the Egyptian goddess of fertility, inebriety and music (or sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, as O'Neill puts it). Thinking she isn't a threat, Jackson decides to remove her restraints. She thanks him for this, and kisses his hand. Unknown to him, she blows out a mysterious pink mist. This seems to have some sort of effect on Jackson. She tells them she was drawn to the "chappa'ai", and wants to know where Ra is. They cannot say, as the information is on a "need to know" basis. She then wants to kiss Hammond's hand. Thinking she is crazy, he still plays into her delusions. When the pink mist makes its way to his hand. Hammond and O'Neill leave the room so Hathor could talk to Jackson. She again ask him where Ra is, and after glowing her eyes, Jackson co-operates and tells her Ra is dead. However, Hathor is quite thrilled by the news, especially when she learns they killed him. She declares Jackson to be her beloved, and after using the pink mist again, they kiss.
While they consider who Hathor is, Jackson enters the Briefing Room with Hammond and the rest of SG-1, and tells them that the woman claiming to be Hathor has either extensively researched Ancient Egypt, or has lived there, meaning she's a Goa'uld, but possibly a "good" Goa'uld, since she may help defeating Apophis and other "evil" Goa'ulds. He requests to allow her into the briefing room. O'Neill, Captain Samantha Carter and Teal'c seems to reject the idea, but Hammond decides to go ahead with it, though he is persuaded to hide the Stargate by closing the blast door. Hathor later enters, and meets O'Neill again, who she learns was the one who killed Ra. O'Neill attempts to avoid her, but after using the pink mist again, O'Neill complies with her wishes. She attempts the same thing on Teal'c, who doesn't wish to serve any Goa'uld. The pink mist does not work on him. When she notices that the Human males are acting strangely, Carter questions Hammond's orders. She tells O'Neill if he could back her up, in which he says he will, if there is a problem, oblivious to the fact that there is a problem.
After Carter is stunned, Hammond offers Hathor a tour of the facility. She is taken to guest quarters, and is informed that two guards will be posted for her protection. However, she suggests to remove the guards. When she breathes the pink mist again at him, he obliges and orders the guards to leave. The power of her suggestion also reaches to O'Neill. After Hammond and O'Neill leave, Hathor wishes to talk to Jackson alone again. She wishes Jackson to be her "chosen one", her pharaoh, and with the power of suggestion, Jackson says that he will honor, and even die for her.
Carter is getting suspicious that all the males in the facility seem really infatuated with Hathor. She decides to some research, without Jackson's help. Despite the lack of experience, she finds a website that says that all the sex goddess from various mythologies may be the same woman, included Greece's Aphrodite, Babylon's Ishtar, Syria's Astarte, and Rome's Ceres. It isn't only Carter that is suspicious of Hathor, all of the females of the facility; including Dr. Janet Fraiser also notice. Fraiser thinks that Hathor may be using some kind of chemical to influence the men. Believing Hathor is a threat, Carter suggests that they should neutralize her.
In the guest quarters, Jackson learns that Hathor is a Goa'uld Queen, where she creates the Goa'uld. He also learns that she wants Jackson's DNA, through sexual reproduction to create more Goa'uld. Jackson tries to stop her, but after using the pink mist again, they kiss again, so she could get him to impregnate her.
In an armory, Carter, Fraiser and the females of the SGC arm themselves in order to kill Hathor. They are interrupted by Teal'c, who believe him to be under Hathor's control. However, Teal'c's Goa'uld protects him from Hathor's influence. They allow Teal'c to join them, as Hathor plans to use the base as her nest to spread out. Eventually, Earth will be filled with Goa'uld. After cautiously making their way through the base, they arrive at the guest quarters, where they see Jackson, motionless. They soon track her to the locker room, where they see her resting in some sort of bath, by herself. As they make their move, Hathor awakens and orders the guards to protect her. They circle her, and Hammond orders the women to stand down. After they are surrounded, the women and Teal'c decide to stand down, who are then taken to the brig.
At the cell, Carter realizes Hathor's powers are very advanced, since O'Neill has been given Special Forces training to repel mind control techniques, and is now under her influence. While Carter explains that she often feels like "the girl", Fraiser has a revelation; if Hathor's drug is hormone-driven, it could drive the men to become libidinous, so they decide to seduce the SFs to escape. The plan works, and they are able to seduce, and then subdue the guards, takes their weapons, and locks them up.
O'Neill visits Hathor in order to ask her questions about herself. However, instead, Hathor decides to give him a gift. Under her uniform is a glowing device on her belly. It is active. She then embraces O'Neill firmly. The device causes considerable pain to O'Neill. Hathor announces that he would become Hathor's new First Prime. After she pushes him away, O'Neill is startled to see that the device has created a symbiote pouch in O'Neill's abdomen, turning him into a Jaffa.
The women are able to subdue a few more men, including General Hammond, who is knocked out by Carter, who feels that once he recovers, her military career would be over. They then free Teal'c, and decide to return to the locker room.
There, they see Hathor rising from the bathtub, which is now filled with infant symbiotes. She then puts an unconscious O'Neill into the bathtub, and leaves him to allow a symbiote into his pouch. After she leaves, Carter, Fraiser and Teal'c remove him from the bath, and after checking the pouch, finds that no symbiotes made its way inside it. However he now has no immune system. Teal'c suggests they use the sarcophagus in the Gate room to heal him.
They are able to place him into the sarcophagus and closes it. After it is closed, the blast doors open, where two Airmen immediately open fire on Carter, Fraiser and Teal'c. While she fires back, Fraiser is shot and wounded, as is Teal'c. Hathor stops the airmen, and sees O'Neill emerge from the sarcophagus, healthy again. When she realizes O'Neill is human again, she uses her hand device at the sarcophagus, before leaving the room. As the sarcophagus goes into an overload, the team hastily leave the gate room, seconds before it is destroyed. Carter checks O'Neill's stomach, where the symbiote pouch has been completely removed.
Now O'Neill is back, Fraiser and Teal'c go to the infirmary. O'Neill takes Carter to a storage room, to arm themselves with tranquilizer guns to stop the guards by non-lethal means. They soon find Hathor in the locker room again, where she tells the Airmen to capture Carter and kill her to regain her retribution. They then emerge and shoots the SFs with tranquilizers. Hathor retaliates by knocking Carter back with her hand device. Before she could use it again to attack O'Neill, Carter quickly gets up and shoots her several times with her sidearm. The tub catches fire, killing the infant Goa'uld. While Jackson, still under her influence looks in disbelief, unknown to them, Hathor actually leaves, using the energy shield of her Kara Kesh to escape unscathed leaving while everyone is concentrating on the stunned Jackson.
She dials the Stargate to Chulak and leaves. The second she leaves Earth, all the men are quickly snapped out of their trance, and are returned to normal; there must be some kind of proximity to her influence. In the infirmary, Hammond confronts Carter. As she explains her actions, Hammond tells her that he is putting her and Fraiser in for commendation; even though she knocked him out, he congratulates her, and if it weren't for her actions, Stargate Command, and Earth would face certain doom.
Abydos; Apophis; Babylon; Book of the Dead; Central Intelligence Agency; Chulak; Colt M16A3 rifle; Commendation medal; DNA; Egypt; First Prime; Foothold situation; Goa'uld; Goa'uld queen; Greece; Handcuffs; Hathor's infiltration of Stargate Command; Hieroglyphs; H&K MP5A3 submachine gun; Immune system; Kara kesh; Level 28; Major Lowell; M9 pistol; Mayan; Mexico; Nish'ta; The Pentagon; Pharaoh; Police; Pyramid; Ra; Rome; Sarcophagus; Sex; Sha're; Sodium pentathol; Special Forces; Stargate; Stargate Command; Stargate Command brig; Stargate Command infirmary; Stargate Command locker rooms; Symbiote pouch; Syria; Tranquilizer gun; United States Air Force; United States Army; Water
Jackson: Hathor was the Egyptian goddess of fertility, inebriety and music.
O'Neill: Sex, drugs and rock and roll?
Jackson: In a manner of speaking, yes.
O'Neill: Do we really think anyone is going to believe that woman if she goes around blabbing about a (makes an air quote) "Star-gate"? I mean, I have a hard time believing this woman down on 73rd who walks around talking about all these little devil people that live in her hair. Even though she could use a little conditioner.
(Hathor hugs O'Neill so she could create a symbiote pouch)
Hathor: Do not worry yourself. You will enjoy the richness that come with what we are giving you. You will cherish the good health and long life that goes with being... (switches to her Goa'uld voice) Hathor's first, new, Jaffa.
Fraiser: You just gave me an idea on how to get us out of here. Look, if Hathor's control drug is hormone-driven like I suspect, that means she's making the men libidinous.
Carter: Okay. Why do I get the feeling I don't like where this is going?
(After Carter knocks Hammond into unconsciousness)
Carter: Yeah, my career is over.
Fraiser: Don't worry about it. I can fix him up as good as new when this thing's over.
Carter: Great. So he can bring me up on charges.
Fraiser: Maybe we'll at least get a cellular level analysis on the Goa'ulds, maybe we even find some DNA information.
Jackson: A lot of that will probably be mine.
- Hathor refers to herself in the plural ("We are Hathor. You would be wise to unbind us and kneel before your goddess.") This is a convention of royalty, known as a "royal we," but was likely done by the show's producers simply for the camp of it.
- The scene where Hathor exits from her bathtub completely dry seems to be Hathor entering the tub, but played backwards.
- This episode, along with "Thor's Hammer" is featured on the Region 2 release of Stargate SG-1: The Complete Second Season.
- This episode was heavily criticized, and the series' writers themselves acknowledged that it was one of the weakest episodes of the series, particularly during the season 8 episode "Citizen Joe" in which characters self-referentially point out the goofiest moments in the series.
- After the tub has caught fire, at approximately 40:33, you can see Hathor leaving the room through the door in the background. Just before this you can see the visual distortion of the flames from the energy shield and the subtle sound it makes.
- This is the only episode of Stargate SG-1 written by David Bennett Carren and J. Larry Carroll.
Later episodes spoiler alert:
- The pink pheromone from Hathor's breath would later be revealed as being similar to nish'ta, which would be featured in "Seth".
- Hathor later returns in "Out of Mind" and "Into the Fire" where she has risen to the rank of System Lordand tries to trick SG-1 into revealing information helpful to her in her quest for dominance of the galaxy. In a battle where General Hammond himself goes to help, Hathor is killed by O'Neill and her forces defeated by Rebel Jaffa led by Teal'c, Bra'tacand General Hammond.
- When Captain Samantha Carter is researching Hathor on the web, the browser shows the web address to be "file///c:/http/www/ancient/eternal/hathor.html" which is not a valid address format. This is probably a saved website on the computer used for the scene.
- Teal'c's Jaffa mark is seen sideways in some scenes.
- When Dr. Jackson first shows Hathor the Stargate in this episode, it is possible to see a break on the Stargate where two pieces of the prop meet.
- While Hathor presumably survives the fire due to a personal shield, Carter shoots her several times and she is shown to both be hit and later completely uninjured.
- When Hathor escapes through the Stargate, a male voice announces that the Stargate is in use on the PA system. However, all the males in the base are under Hathor's control and there is no one in the Control Room when SG-1, minus Teal'c, arrives. Note: This could be a pre-recorded, automated alert, set to play as the control room was unoccupied at the time.
In other languagesEdit
- French: Hathor (Hathor)
- German: Der Kuss der Königin (The Kiss of the Queen)
- Italian: Il Sortilegio di Hathor (Hathor's Spell)
- Czech: Hathor (Hathor)
- Spanish: Hathor (Hathor)
- Hungarian: Hathor (Hathor)