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The Odyssey is hijacked by the Lucian Alliance while Carter is onboard; the rest of the team attempt to find the ship's location, only for Daniel and Vala to get themselves captured as well. Mitchell uses Reeoul venom in order to infiltrate the Alliance by posing as one of Netan's top enforcers, but may be forced to blow his cover when Netan takes Teal'c hostage.


"Company of Thieves" provides examples of the following tropes:

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  • Alone-with-Prisoner Ploy: Mitchell pulls this while posing as Kefflin, claiming he wants to torture Teal'c himself in order to speak with him alone.
  • Brick Joke: Daniel telling Marks to have "weapons at the ready" because he "thought that's what you were supposed to say" while he's in command of the Odyssey, is a reference to the Star Trek parody from "200", where Daniel snarks at Martin Lloyd for using "weapons at maximum" as a catchy sci-fi buzzword in situations where it doesn't make much sense.
  • Brutal Honesty: Mitchell takes a gamble on this by openly criticizing Netan's strategies while he's pretending to be Kefflin. Fortunately it pays off, as Netan states that he appreciates Kefflin's honesty.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Mitchell pretends to do this to Teal'c in order to maintain his cover.
  • Continuity Nod:
  • Deadly Euphemism: Anateo tells his men to "take care" of the scrapyard dealer Gavos after he turns Daniel and Vala over. The man actually seems to think this is a good thing.
  • Dramatic Space Drifting: Anateo does this after Vala accidentally beams him out of the ship; he actually stays alive long enough to fire off a few shots before bouncing off the window.
    Daniel: Well, Sam did say it was risky.
    Vala: When she's right, she's right.
  • The Glomp: Vala hugging Gavos when she and Daniel go to meet with them.
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  • I Will Punish Your Friend for Your Failure: After realizing Daniel and Vala have escaped from the hold, Anateo threatens to kill Carter and the rest of the crew if they don't turn themselves in. This doesn't end well for him.
  • If You're So Evil, Eat This Kitten: While Mitchell is undercover as Kefflin, Netan tells him that they've gotten all the information they can out of Teal'c and now they can kill him together. Fortunately, they're interrupted before Mitchell is forced to blow his cover.
  • Impersonation Gambit: Mitchell poses as Kefflin, one of Netan's top enforcers, in order to infiltrate the Lucian Alliance and find out what happened to the Odyssey. He uses the Reeoul venom on Netan himself and argues that no-one else knows what Kefflin is supposed to look like due to his reclusive nature, which works well enough until Tenat shows up.
  • Indy Ploy: Mitchell admits that his "plan" pretty much amounts to this.
    Teal'c: What is your plan?
    Mitchell: I'm making it up as I go along.
  • Kick the Dog: Anateo has one of his flunkies shoot and kill Colonel Emerson in cold blood just for ordering Carter not to help them fix the ship.
  • Killed Off for Real: Emerson.
  • Lie to the Beholder: Mitchell achieves this effect by using the Reeoul venom to disguise himself as Kefflin.
  • Percussive Maintenance: Vala "fixes" the cloak on the team's faulty cargo ship by kicking the control console.
  • Put Their Heads Together: Teal'c takes out two of Netan's mooks this way.
  • Space Mines: The Odyssey ends up in the middle of a minefield at the beginning of the episode.
  • Teleporter Accident: Discussed when Vala is trying to get the Odyssey's beaming capabilities online; she wants Daniel not to rush her unless he wants the crew to get stuck between the decks.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: One of Anateo's men shoots Emerson in the chest, then proceeds to empty three more bullets into him after he goes down.
  • This Means War!: While the SGC has already had some skirmishes with the Lucian Alliance, things escalate here with the hijacking of the Odyssey and the killing of Emerson. The episode ends with Mitchell noting:
    "We have officially declared war on the Lucian Alliance."
  • Torture Technician: The real Kefflin is apparently one of these.
  • Uriah Gambit: Netan tried to do this by sending Anateo on what should have been a suicide mission to rescue the Odyssey; unfortunately, this backfires on him when Anateo pulls it off, fully aware that he wasn't supposed to have succeeded.
  • Villainous Friendship: Despite Netan being a Bad Boss to most of his underlings, it seems that he and Kefflin are genuinely good friends with each other.
  • You Are in Command Now: A particularly dark version of the trope; Anateo has Emerson killed purely so that Carter will be the ranking officer on the ship and won't be bound to follow anyone's orders.
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