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"Stand easy. We're here to rescue you!"
— Dr. Jay Felger

After witnessing SG-1 get ambushed and captured by a group of Jaffa, incompetent scientists Jay Felger and Simon Coombs take it upon themselves to rescue the team.


"The Other Guys" provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Actor Allusion: Coombs, who is a Trekkie is played by John Billingsley, who also played Doctor Phlox on Star Trek: Enterprise.
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  • Agony Beam: Her'ak tortures O'Neill with the Goa'uld cattle prod.
    O'Neill: Crap. I hate that thing.
  • Air-Vent Passageway: Felger and Coombs crawl through one of these to reach the holding cell where the team are being kept on the mothership.
  • All Up to You: Gets parodied with Felger thinking that this is the case, only for it to turn out that SG-1 deliberately allowed themselves to be captured in order to meet up with a Tok'ra spy. Played somewhat straighter in the second half of the episode, however, when the spy is exposed and the team are captured for real.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Dr. Felger is absolutely giddy at the prospect of running off on a mission to save his heroes, SG-1. His colleagues are allot more reluctant.
  • Big Damn Heroes: O'Neill and Teal'c going back to save Coombs when he's pinned down by Jaffa at the end.
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  • The Coup: Her'ak overthrows Khonsu after finding out that he's actually a Tok'ra and declares himself in charge until Anubis returns.
  • Daydream Surprise: Happens at the end of the episode, with Felger fantasizing about receiving medals and getting kissed by Carter, only for Coombs to snap him out of it and reveal that they're actually in the lab. Notoriously, this was edited in such a way as to make it unclear whether Felger dreamed just the medal ceremony or the entire episode. Word of God and later episodes confirm that the medal ceremony was the only part which didn't happen.
  • Death Is Cheap: O'Neill lampshades this when Her'ak declares Khonsu to be dead:
    O'Neill: Completely dead, or semi-dead? You guys seem to have a grey area in that regard.
  • Dressing as the Enemy: Felger and Coombs steal the armor of two dead Jaffa in order sneak off the ship and into the temple undetected, attempting to cover up the holes from where the previous owners were shot with staff weapons.
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  • Grammar Nazi:
    Her'ak: No matter what you have endured, you have not experienced the likes of what Anubis is capable of.
    O'Neill: You ended that sentence with a preposition... Bastard.
  • Hero-Worshipper: Felger, towards SG-1.
  • Lower-Deck Episode: Follows the exploits of the previously-unseen Felger and Coombs, though the team are still present.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: When Her'ak goes to see the team after they first get captured:
    Her'ak: Colonel O'Neill. Major Carter. The so-called greatest of all Tau'ri warriors. And the shol'va, Teal'c. (to Jonas) You, I'm not familiar with.
    O'Neill: He's new.
  • No One Gets Left Behind: Felger cites this rule as the reason that he and Coombs have to "rescue" SG-1. Played straight at the end of the episode when O'Neill and Teal'c go back for Coombs.
  • Nobody Here but Us Birds: Parodied when Coombs and Felger use to attract the team's attention...on a spaceship.
    Jonas: Is that a...bird?
  • Perpetual Smiler: Carter gently pokes fun at Jonas's tendency to get excited over every new experience when the team are captured.
    Carter: How come you're not smiling?
    Jonas: Should I be?
    Carter: Well, it is your first time being captured by a Goa'uld.
    Jonas: Funny.
  • Red Shirt: At one point Coombs hysterically states that he and Felger "might as well be wearing red shirts", though they both live through the episode in one piece.
  • Reverse Mole: Khonsu is revealed to be a Tok'ra operative posing undercover as a minor Goa'uld in the service of Anubis.
  • Shout-Out: There are numerous references to Star Trek throughout the episode.
    • There is a Klingon bat'leth hanging on the wall behind Khonsu in his throne room.
    • Felger and Coombs explicitly discuss the franchise, with Coombs an avid Trekkie and Felger dismissive. Felger mocks the made-up technobabble which is the franchise mainstay, while Coombs wonders how Felger can consider himself a scientist and not "worship at the altar of Roddenberry".
    • Coombs lampshades their inexperience with combat and likelihood to die by saying that they might as well be wearing red shirts. Khonsu, the character who is killed to signify a change to the episode status, actually is dressed in red.
  • Some Kind Of Forcefield: The team are kept imprisoned by one that gives off electric shocks when touched.
  • Take Care of the Kids: Parodied, with Coombs telling Felger to take care of his cats after he's cornered by Jaffa.
  • Tempting Fate:
    Felger: This is great, you know? Sneaking around with you guys in a Goa'uld pyramid on some alien planet? This is... only thing missing is some Jaffa chasing us (laughs).
    (Cue the sound of several Jaffa approaching.)
    Felger: Okay, that's not my fault 'cause there's no possible... Simon! Simon, hurry up, we got company.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: Happens when Coombs throws up after he and Felger are confronted by a Jaffa. It causes just enough of a distraction that Felger manages to zat the guy.
  • The World Is Always Doomed: Lampshaded at the beginning of the episode:
    O'Neill: What's your time frame there?
    Felger: Uh, a day or so, then you guys can get right back to saving the world again! For the seventh time.
    Teal'c: Eighth.
    O'Neill: What, you're counting?
    (Teal'c smirks.)
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