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Recap / Stargate SG 1 S 10 E 5 Uninvited

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"We all need to stop for air now and then, or we'll burn out. That's the one thing you people don't know how to do."
— Maj. Gen. Hank Landry

Landry arranges some downtime for the team to bond at O'Neill's cabin in Minnesota, but Mitchell ends up left alone with general as the others are tied up at the SGC. As Carter, Teal'c and Vala investigate a rash of savage animal attacks across several planets, Mitchell and Landry's vacation is cut short when a local hunter is killed in remarkably similar circumstances.

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"Uninvited" provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Absentee Actor: Daniel again.
  • Adorkable: Landry of all people, while discussing the "Fulvous whistling duck."
  • Alien Autopsy: Dr. Redden dissects one of the mutant creatures after it's brought back through the gate, revealing that it's infected with a radioactive parasite.
  • Aliens in Cardiff: Man-eating mutants in Minnesota.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Discussed by Mitchell and Landry regarding the sheriff's suspicions about the creature.
    Mitchell: This sheriff doesn't think we've got a Bigfoot on our hands, does he?
    Landry: He's a decent enough guy, he probably just watches too much television.
    Mitchell: On the other hand, we have seen real-live alien monsters.
    Landry: He doesn't know that.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: The hunting party comprised of SG-1, SG-3 and General Landry all stand back-to-back in a defensive formation as the creature is stalking them.
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  • Bring It Back Alive: To begin with, this is Vala's opinion of what they should do with the creature, as it'll be more valuable that way. Unsurprisingly, everybody ignores her.
  • Continuity Nod:
  • A Day in the Limelight: Landry has a much bigger role in this episode than most others.
  • Diving Save: Teal'c tackles Vala out of the way of the explosion after killing the first creature with a grenade.
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  • Formerly Fat: While not exactly thin currently, Landry reveals that he was this as a child after taking offense to an insensitive remark made by Mitchell.
    Landry: (about Daniel) Still in England. Seems he's met some lord or earl with a private library of ancient reference material on Merlin and Morgan La Fey. He's obviously quite excited.
    Mitchell: Yeah. Like a fat kid in a candy store.
    Landry: (suddenly serious) I was a big boy in my youth. Never did appreciate comments like that.
    Mitchell: Yes, sir. Sorry, sir.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Pretty much every time someone is mauled by one of the creatures.
  • Healing Hands: Vala makes a comment about using the Goa'uld healing device on the members of SG-25 after they're attacked.
  • Heroes Gone Fishing: Landry drags the team out for some bonding downtime at O'Neill's cabin, despite the fact there's still a war raging on.
  • Hidden Depths: Landry off-duty is revealed to be something of a Cloudcuckoolander and an animal lover who takes his bird-watching very seriously.
  • In Harm's Way: Mitchell claims that the only time he feels "relaxed" is when he's in the middle of the action fighting for his life, and that he gets antsy with nothing to do.
  • Incredibly Lame Fun: Mitchell's reaction when Landry starts enthusing about getting to see the "Fulvous whistling duck".
    Mitchell: That's a good one, sir. You know what, the hat really sells it.
    (Landry just looks at him)
    Mitchell: Oh, you're serious. Well sir, as, uh... tempting as a duck that whistles sounds, I was thinking about going for a run.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Played for laughs when Teal'c loses the team poker game to Carter at the end of the episode.
    Teal'c: A true warrior... knows when to fold them.
  • LEGO Genetics: The parasite somehow "rewrites" the host DNA to turn them into huge mutant creatures that don't even remotely resemble the original species.
  • Make Sure He's Dead: After Mitchell kills one of the creatures, Vala proceeds to unload another clip into it, just to be sure.
    Mitchell: What the hell are you doing?!
    Vala: Rule number two: never approach a creature assuming that it's dead.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Carter realizes that the sudden appearance of the parasites is the result of the SGC scientists eliminating a radioactive field given off by the Sodan cloaking devices to make them safer for humans to use — except it turns out that the purpose of the radioactivity was to repel the parasites.
  • Odd Couple: Teal'c and Vala form one when they're paired up offworld.
  • Reckless Gun Usage: Lampshaded when a hunter comes charging out of the forest rambling about a creature while swinging a shotgun around; Mitchell tells him to watch where he's pointing it and eventually confiscates the gun before letting the man continue.
  • Side-Effects Include...: After the side effects of the cloaking devices are discovered:
    Vala: The Sodan have been using these devices for hundreds of years. You'd think there'd at least be a label on the side in bold print that says, "Beware: may cause deadly extra-dimensional radioactive monster-causing creature to appear"... or at least "Danger" would have been nice.
  • Smart People Play Chess: Landry engages Mitchell in a chess match while they're at the cabin, though the latter is self-admittedly terrible.
  • Suggestive Collision: Played for laughs when Teal'c lands on top of Vala after tackling her out of the way of an explosion.
    Vala: Well, I'm flattered, but I don't think we have time for this.
  • Trash Talk: While the team are playing poker:
    Carter: I'm not much of a gambler.
    Teal'c: That is obvious.
  • Villain Decay: Discussed in-universe when Teal'c comments on the fact that a few years ago the presence of the Goa'uld on Earth would be considered a major catastrophe, whereas now it's a secondary concern at most.
    Teal'c: It is ironic that not so long ago the mere presence of the Goa'uld on Earth would have been cause for great concern.
    Carter: Seriously! Who'd ever think that we'd have bigger fish to fry... or that you'd use the word "ironic" in a sentence?
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