Series: Stargate SG-1Episode begins with Teal'c in a tent observing some sort of ritual, which then changes to a sort of nightmare as he is pinned down on a table of some sort and a Goa'uld larva is held over him. He awakens screaming "Rya'c!". He is in the medical bay where Dr. Frasier was testing some sort of medicine to see if Teal'c could survive without his Goa'uld for an extended period of time. Turns out he can only last a few hours before his body starts to fail, which means the government scientists can't really study the larva. Teal'c then mentions that there is a planet where many Goa'uld larva are located, Chulak. Hammond immediately shoots down that idea since it is too big of a risk to return there.Teal'c withdraws to his room and is meditating when Jack comes in. Jack gets Teal'c to open up and finds out that he had a family he left on Chulak, his wife and son. His son is nearly the age for the ritual which implants him with a larva, and binds him as a slave to the Goa'uld. Teal'c wishes to stop the ceremony in order to free his son from the bondage of the Goa'uld. With this new information, they are able to convince Hammond to let them put together a mission back to Chulak to rescue Teal'c's family. They disguise themselves as priests and head through the stargate. Teal'c bluffs his way past the guards and they head to his home.Upon arriving, they find the house burned down and marked with the symbol 'Shol'va', which means traitor. Teal'c freaks out for a bit, but luckily his former master Bra'tac was in the area and comes to confront them. Teal'c introduces the team, and Bra'tac goads them saying they are not the mighty warriors he believed they were. Jack gets into a bit of a throwdown with him to prove his skill. Bra'tac accepts his fighting skill, then tricks O'neill and throws him down, laughs are had by all. Bra'tac then informs Teal'c that his family did escape and they are living in one of the outcast tent areas outside of the city, and they leave to search for them. Daniel and Carter are sent back to wait for them near the gate.Arriving at a tent village, Teal'c notices an elaborate tent, one used for the implantation ceremony. Teal'c rushes in and stops the priest before he is able to implant his son. His wife jumps on his back during the scuffle to try and stop him, and the priest ends up dead. His wife is bitter about how difficult their life is now that he is a traitor, and she was only trying to help their son. Turns out that Rya'c is sick and the larva would have healed him. Jack thinks it's scarlet fever and if they can get to Earth, the doctors should be able to heal him.Meanwhile, Daniel and Carter come across a procession of priests carrying an unusual vat of some sort. They follow the priests to a shrine of sorts where a tank holding many larval Goa'uld is seen. Daniel and Carter decide to grab one to bring back to study. They grab one and shove it into a thermos, and as they leave Daniel is seen contemplating destroying the tank, to save others from being turned into hosts. Carter says to leave them, to kill them in this vulnerable state makes them as bad as the Goa'uld. Daniel considers this and turns to walk away...then turns back and blasts the tank to bits.Jack and Teal'c and company are making their way to the gate, when Rya'c stops breathing. Teal'c decides that he will give up his larva to save Rya'c. Daniel and Carter join them, and when they find out what happened, they mention that they have a larva to give to Teal'c. Teal'c regains his strength, and they are able to head to the gate, which is still being guarded. Bra'tac pretends to be taking them as prisoners to Apophis, and singlehandedly takes out the guards. The team returns to Earth, Teal'c glad in the knowledge that his family is alive and Bra'tac will be teaching his son.
Episode: Season 1, Episode 11
Previous: "The Torment of Tantalus"
Next: "Fire and Water"
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