SGA 4.15 "Outcast" Episode Guide

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Always keen on helping their allies, Sheppard and McKay accept a proposal made by Harmony’s sisters to accompany her on a trek into the forest to seek guidance to become queen in her late mother’s stead. Will Harmony become the planet’s new queen, or will an enemy assassinate her — and her escorts?

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MGM/ Official Summary

The official summary is not available as this episode has not yet aired in the United States.

Spoiler Summary

There was some strain between John Sheppard and his father, but during his father’s wake, John’s brother Graham tries to convince him that their father regretted what happened between the two of them all the way up to the end of his life.

Sheppard also meets up with Nancy, his ex-wife, who was admired by Sheppard’s father.

While Sheppard and Ronon wait for service at the open bar, Ava Granger approaches them about a secret project involving alien nanotechnology. Granger has worked for the past five years in a company called Stanton Research, a division of Devlin Medical Technologies. It was Devlin Medical Technologies’ Henry Wallace who kidnapped Rodney McKay and McKay’s sister Jeanie Miller to obtain their assistance in programming alien nanotechnology to cure his daughter of a fatal disease (4.09 ”Miller’s Crossing”). Dr. Richard Poole recruited Granger for the project “Archetype” and after receiving a key piece of programming, they created a human form Replicator in their lab (theoretically, replication is not Archetype’s primary directive). After Wallace kidnapped the McKays, the IOA launched an investigation. Dr. Poole tried to destroy all of the evidence leading to Archetype’s creation, including Archetype himself, and in self-defense, Archetype threw Poole across the room. In his escape, he killed two security guards. This escape happened three weeks ago, and Granger has had no luck in tracking Archetype down.

Granger leads Sheppard, Ronon, and a security detail to Poole’s lab, where Poole is still working to find a way to track and recover Archetype. He expresses his dismay at Granger’s betrayal, but Sheppard insists that Archetype is dangerous and must be stopped. Poole protects Archetype’s actions, claiming that he only killed in self defense and would only do that again if threatened.

Sheppard, Ronon, Granger, and Poole are beamed to the Apollo from where Sheppard intends to track down Archetype, but Poole refuses to give the access code to the data files they recovered from his lab. Onboard the Apollo, Sheppard is reunited with Sgt. Bates, now honorably discharged from the Air Force after he was injured by a Wraith (1.19 ”The Siege Part 1″). He is now working for the IOA in a new field division designed to deal specifically with operational threats to Earth. Together, they must find Archetype, a valuable and incredibly advanced piece of technology, before he harms others again.


Guest Stars

  • Bill Dow as Dr. Bill Lee
  • Dean Marshall as Sgt. Bates, USAF retired
  • Kari Wuhrer as Nancy (Sheppard’s ex-wife)
  • Emma Lahana as Ava Granger
  • Graham (John’s brother)
  • Dr. Richard Poole
  • Archetype (human form Replicator)
  • Tactical Sergeant


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Production Notes

  • "We start the spinning. There’s the other Earth-based episode Joe F. pitched out. The return-of-that-character two-parter with its Fargo-esque first part, the big team-up eppy, and the puzzle piece." (Joseph Mallozzi's June 1 blog)
  • "Then comes Joe F.’s story, still in play, and Paul’s season finale. Send in the Clones is toast." (Joseph Mallozzi's June 8 blog)
  • "Today, we gave Alan notes on his outline, discussed Midway, and had a very brief discussion of Martin’s next episode which we should start breaking tomorrow. That will leave three scripts to be written when we get back: the Joe F. story, Paul’s season finale idea, and the empty slot." (Joseph Mallozzi' June 18 blog)
  • "No new details until Monday [July 23] when we’re scheduled to start breaking it." (Joseph Mallozzi's July 19 blog)
  • "We spent the better part of the morning spinning Joe F.’s notion into the actual beginnings of a story. Due to a schedule sleight-of-hand, Marty G. will be taking a break from that troubled trio script to tackle this one. We discussed the basic premise, the type of story to tell, and also started hashing out some of the Sheppard backstory. What brings Sheppard back to Earth? Who goes with him? Which individuals from his past will put in an appearance? What’s at issue? How will the action progress? Although we didn’t get around to actually breaking the story, we’re all pretty happy with the direction we’ve taken." (Joseph Mallozzi's July 21 blog)
  • "Finally, we will get around to breaking that Sheppard on Earth story next week along with what we hope will be the season finale." (Joseph Mallozzi's August 2 blog)
  • "We started spinning the story but took a break to work on Harmony, then will switch gears again to work on the Sheppard on Earth story next week. Martin was writing the Sheppard on Earth story but, having finished Trio (formerly Three’s Company), he will start on Harmony while Alan McCullough assumes writing duties on the JF-inspired eppy." (Joseph Mallozzi's August 3 blog)
  • "Back in the office today and we broke the JF story today. More on it, some snaps from Kindred II, and the mailbag tomorrow." (Joseph Mallozzi's August 7 blog)
  • "Still looking for a title for the Sheppard on Earth story we finished breaking yesterday. To those of you who are using the bio on the Sci Fi website as a guide, stand advised - the reference to his father being a Cold War Colonel is not canon. I’m not even sure where it came from. So, expect some insight into Shep’s past relationships late in season four. [...] Delving into Sheppard’s backstory was one of the things on our To-Do list at the beginning of the season, and Joe’s idea gives us the perfect scenario in which to do it." (Joseph Mallozzi's August 8 blog)
  • Part of Sheppard's backstory is his ex-wife who "will be making an appearance" in this episode. (Joseph Mallozzi's August 9 blog)
  • "Marty G. pitched out a special guest star for Outcast, a character we haven’t seen since his debilitating injury in season one. Won’t the fans be surprised. Well, probably not as I’m sure you’ve figured it out." (Joseph Mallozzi's August 15 blog)
  • "Outcast is being re-written as we speak and there’s a first draft out of the season finale, The Last Man. We are partway through filming Harmony and will be moving on to Trio next. Outcast will follow Trio and then we’ll be finishing up with season finale." (Joseph Mallozzi's September 2 blog)
  • "Kari Wuhrer, who does a wonderful job as Sheppard’s ex-wife, Nancy, is an incredibly sweet person. She chatted with us between set-ups, was very complimentary about the script, the show, and her character, and I even overheard her offering to go down and grab some coffee for the gals in the make-up department." Pictures of the park bench scene with Joe Flanigan are also included. (Joseph Mallozzi's September 21 blog)
  • Emma Lahana was cast as Ava and pictures and a video of her with Joe Flanigan rehearsing are included in Joseph Mallozzi's 21 blog.
  • More images for the episode are included in Joseph Mallozzi's September 22 and 23 blogs.

Further Reading

--DeeKayP 19:39, 13 August 2007 (PDT)