6.19 "Changeling" Episode Guide

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Précis

Teal'c mysteriously begins to lose his sense of reality, haunted by visions of an alternate existence where he is a normal human being. As his paranoia deepens, Teal'c must rely on the help and comfort of his old friend Daniel Jackson to determine where his dreams end…and his reality begins.

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MGM/SciFi.com Official Summary

In a busy hospital Teal'c is being wheeled into surgery. As the surgeon in charge looks at him, the doctor's eyes glow white: It is the Goa'uld system lord Apophis.

Teal'c awakens startled, in his bunk at the firehouse where fellow firefighter Jonas Quinn seems concerned. Teal'c does not have his head markings and is speaking to Jonas in Earth slang, calling him "man" and "probie" — the nickname for new recruits, on probationary status. Teal'c says he's fine and to go back to sleep. But then Teal'c notices his symbiote pouch is missing. Teal'c awakens from his hibernation-like state of Kelnoreem to find himself back in his quarters at Stargate Command.

Later, in the SGC mess hall, Major Carter suggests that perhaps Teal'c is concerned about the upcoming mission. Teal'c suddenly finds himself back at the firehouse with Captain Carter suggesting that perhaps he was worrying about his upcoming surgery, in which he would be donating a kidney to his stepfather, Brae. Fire Chief O'Neill suggests Teal'c give the matter more thought. But there is no better donor match and he cannot let Brae die.

The alarm sounds and the firefighters are called to a highway accident. One of the men being carried out on a stretcher looks up at Teal'c — his eyes glowing white. Again, it is Apophis. Chief O'Neill orders everyone away from the site, as one of the cars is about to explode. But Teal'c sees Brae — whom he now knows is his father figure, Bra'tac, in his other reality — trapped in the car—which car explodes, its force throwing Teal'c clear but injuring him.

Teal'c now finds himself collapsed on the floor of the SGC cafeteria, and he's rushed to the infirmary. Dr. Fraiser is quite concerned: No Jaffa has ever fainted before.

In Teal'c's other reality at the hospital after the explosion, Brae/Bra'tac points out how strange it is that Teal'c was not burned or even scratched. Teal'c's wife Shauna, who was Shaun'auc in his other reality, is deeply concerned as well and asks Chief O'Neill to get Teal'c some help.

The help comes in the form of Dr. Daniel Jackson — who tells Teal'c he's postponed the kidney transplant, but promises he'll do everything he can to help save Brae/Bra'tac.

Back at SGC, Teal'c goes through the Stargate, only to return to the hospital where Apophis keeps appearing, both as himself and as a surgeon. Apophis tells him, "You cannot escape your fate, shol'va," using the Jaffa word for "traitor."

Back at the hospital, Brae/Bra'tac begs Teal'c to let him die, but Teal'c refuses. Daniel Jackson appears again, and talks Teal'c through the similarities between his life as a firefighter and as a Jaffa working for the Tau'ri (Earth humans) against the Goa'uld. Both seem equally real. Then Daniel suggests the impossible — that neither scenario is real.

It finally occurs to Teal'c what has happened. Back at SGC with Dr. Fraiser, O'Neill, and the rest of SG-1, he recalls a meeting of the rebel leaders that had turned out to be a trap. Someone had slaughtered over a hundred Jaffa and removed their symbiotes. Teal'c found Bra'tac, and passed his symbiote between them until help arrived.

But they had each gone without a symbiote for too long, and are both about to die. General Hammond contacts the Tok'ra, of whom Jacob Carter/Selmak divines a solution. They adapted for Jaffa physiology the human life-extending drug tretonin — a distillate of Goa'uld symbiotes — that SG-1 had brought back from the planet of the Pangarans. If it works, it would mean that both Bra'tac and Teal'c will be able to live without their symbiotes — though they will be dependent on the drug until the Tok'ra can devise a way to make the effects permanent.

The experiment is a success. As Teal'c recovers in the infirmary, Daniel Jackson materializes from his ascended plane to assure him that Bra'tac is fine — and that this reality is indeed genuine. Teal'c sees this as a very good thing, because it means that his and Bra'tac's new ability to live without their symbiotes could one day mean the end of Goa'uld oppression for all Jaffa.

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--Kylie Lee 10:53, 26 Jun 2004 (PDT)