A TRIBUTE TO JANET FRAISER
She first proved her worth in "The Broca Divide," saving the S.G.C., and potentially the entire human race, from a malicious histiminalytic virus. The rest is history. Now, in the most painfully bittersweet Stargate episode to date, Janet Fraiser has taken on the ultimate challenge of existence.
In the entire run of the series, Fraiser's appearances were involved with solving the problem at hand. Rarely did we see her outside of her work environment. On the few occasions we were granted the opportunity, we saw a warm and loving home -- though perhaps not everything (particularly an alien girl's teenage emotions) could be in good spirits all of the time.
Below is a chronicle of Janet Fraiser's contributions to the S.G.C., her highlight episodes, as well as a few miscellaneous facts to sink your teeth into.
The Broca Divide
Outline: Members of SG-1 become infected with an alien virus that turns them into primative beings. Dr. Fraiser must find a cure to save the team and the alien population from whom it was contracted.
Fraiser finds herself in a race against time to unlock the secrets of a virus located on a planet the locals know as the "Land of Light." Everyone seems to be susceptible to the virus with a few exceptions -- Daniel, Teal'c, and Janet herself. As Teal'c carries a Goa'uld symbiote and is therefore immune to most illnesses, Fraiser finally manages to piece together a plausable explanation: the virus is histiminalytic, and if there is no histimine in the human body there is nowhere for the organism to thrive. She then concocts an antihistimine antedote to administer to the population of the Land of Light (encouraging them to eat the foods which contain a natural antihistimine) as well the S.G.C. personnel affected.
Fraiser Facts: She takes daily doses of antihistimines to keep her allergies under control.
Speculation: It is presumed Fraiser carries the rank of major, but no evidence has been shown to present this as fact.
Outline: The banished Goa'uld Hathor is found in an ancient sarcophagus on Earth. Hathor takes over the S.G.C. with hopes of raising a new army against the System Lords.
Since Hathor's airborn organism is only useful on men (not counting Jaffa), Fraiser and the four other women stationed at the S.G.C. develop a plan to free themselves from a cell and regain control of the base. Fraiser beckons several officers to enter the cell and become intimate with them, and since the organism makes them particularly susceptible to female seduction, they comply. Fraiser snatches away the airman's sidearm and the women systematically comb the base for Hathor, who has taken refuge in the men's locker. After forcing the Goa'uld into a situation where she must leave the base through the Stargate, the men are returned to normal. General Hammond puts Fraiser and Carter up for medals of commendation.
Fraiser Facts: She has had some training with a sidearm but has not touched one in years. She was once married.
Speculation: Considering the way Fraiser spoke of her ex, it's likely she left him for a career in the Air Force, an act he was fervently against.
In-Character: Since Fraiser is a doctor, and therefore has taken the Hippocratic Oath, her life's work revolves around the motto of doing no harm. Even though Hathor has taken control of the S.G.C. she is still inclined to make decisions based far from harming her comrades, or the very Goa'uld they seek to remove from power. She is hesitant to handle a firearm, but does so anyway because she knows there is no other option. However, her willingness to include herself in the plan leads her to the recently "Jaffa'ed" Colonel O'Neill, and ultimately a commendation medal for her heroism.
Outline: A mysterious affliction wipes out the entire population of a planet, plus an SG team -- except for one young girl. Carter befriends her, but learns that she is being used by the Goa'uld.
Fraiser travels to planet Hanka to determine the fate of roughly a thousand locals, including SG-7. She determines that a bacteria infection killed the inhabitants. But one child, Cassandra, was immune. Fraiser locates a naquadah-sensitive device within her chest which nearly destroys the base when attempting to return the girl to Hanka via the Stargate. After the countdown completes and the device does not detonate, Cassandra remains on Earth under the care of Fraiser.
Fraiser Facts: This episode marks Fraiser's first (on-screen) travel to another planet.
Speculation: Though it is not clear, it's likely Fraiser makes Cassandra's adoption official (considering schooling, etc.), making Cassandra a Fraiser.
Outline: Apophis, SG-1's greatest enemy, seeks sanctuary from Sokar and ends up near death in the S.G.C. infirmiry.
Despite the hostility of her comrades, Fraiser fights to keep Apophis alive. She appears to be one of very few who would regret the Goa'uld's death. In the end she is unable to prevent his death, as the symbiote itself had been tortured by the same device the Jolinar-chasing Ashrak was armed with. When Apophis dies, only then does she allow his body to be returned to Sokar.
In-Character: Fraiser is far more inclined to keep the blood-enemy of Earth alive than see him die. Apophis is her patient, and even if it was Hitler, she would refuse to allow him to die while she is on duty. Throughout this episode she appears to be the only prominent character who refuses to look down on Apophis as anything other than an individual in need of medical care.
Outline: When Daniel goes insane, SG-1 must deal with the legacy of Ma'chello's anti-Goa'uld technology.
While dissecting Ma'chello's Goa'uld killers, Fraiser, Carter and O'Neill are infected. Since Janet has never been possessed by a symbiote, she begins to experience a form of schizophrenia. Biting back her fears that someone is trying to suffocate her, she tells Carter what to do to drive the organisms from their bodies. Though Dr. Warner says she has succumbed to her nighmarish state, Fraiser turns out to be correct.
Fraiser Facts: Fraiser is infested by three of Ma'chello's Goa'uld killers, and because of the number of organisms in her body, she begins to suffer from the same schizophrenia as Dr. Jackson -- only much faster.
Outline: A Tok'ra archaeologist arrives at the S.G.C. with newly discovered technology, giving the SG-1 team superhuman powers.
Fraiser feels her position is compromised when Anise of the Tok'ra turns SG-1 into laboratory experiments, applying Antoneik devices to their arms, increasing all their natural abilities. Anise promises to show Fraiser how to use the Tok'ra technology monitoring the patients, but her promise eventually falls through as the Tok'ra becomes more obsessive with uncovering the potential behind the armbands. Eventually Fraiser turns to General Hammond to override Anise's experiments, but only too late when SG-1 is unable to remove the devices themselves.
Fraiser Facts: Throughout this episode Fraiser is pitted against Anise. Fraiser, full of caution, and Anise, full of goals, continue to clash against one another as they follow their motives and personal beleifs. Symbiotes, whether Goa'uld or Tok'ra, are typically impatient risk-takers -- the very opposite of Janet Fraiser, who believes the members of SG-1, while under her care, should adhere to strict safety protocols. Unfortunately SG-1 is under the influence of Antoneik technology and refuse to obey, something which likely keeps Fraiser on her toes during the duration of their mission to PX9-997.
Fandom: Fraiser's heated moments with Anise, coupled with the presence of a "Seven of Nine" type of character allegedly to boost ratings, created a response from the fandom world unlike any that would be seen until the departure of Michael Shanks in Season Five. Fraiser's confrontation, along with several other uncomfortable moments with the rest of the cast and crew (not to mention the outcry of many fans), eventually encouraged the writers to write Anise out of any new appearances.
Outline: Ten years into the future, the former members of SG-1 must send a message into the past to prevent the extinction of the human race.
Fraiser attends the tenth anniversary ceremony commemorating SG-1's first encounter with the Aschen, and celebrates with the team. She takes a walk with Sam, explaining that with all of the Aschen's advanced medical technology she has become obsolete. Since she still keeps an office, Janet invites Sam over to perform her own medical tests in the hopes of discovering the reason why Sam and her husband are unable to conceive a child after nearly three years of
trying. Fraiser discovers Sam's ovaries are damaged beyond repair. The deception behind the Aschen lie regarding her condition leaves the two to discover anything related to the birth rates of others.
Their find is staggering: The human birth rate has halted 90 percent worldwide -- anywhere the Aschen anti-aging drug has been administered. Fraiser and SG-1 reunite to discuss the solution. She explains that the night before Hammond died he called her and said they needed to meet to speak of something very important. The team plan to send a message to themselves 10 years in the past, before they encountered the Aschen, in order to avert mankind's eventual destruction. When the plan is set in motion, Fraiser travels to Chulak to inform Teal'c that it's time to return to Earth and defend the Stargate platform so that SG-1 can send a message back.
Fraiser Facts: Fraiser was among those who took both the anti-aging and anti-cancer vaccines. Though she doesn't check herself, it's likely she too shows signs of ovary damage.
Outline: His mind altered by Apophis, Teal'c must undergo a ritual that takes him to the edge of death itself, in order for him to rediscover who he is.
Fraiser is under orders by General Hammond not to interfere with the Jaffa Rite of Malshuraan, and threatens her resignation if they let Teal'c die. However, she is convinced by Bra'tac that there is no better way to return Teal'c to the way he was. Up to Teal'c's very heart stopping she threatens to pull the plug on the entire Malshuraan rite. She returns the symbiote into his body and, fortunately, Teal'c returns to life; but better yet, he returns as Teal'c.
In-Character: Once again Fraiser is forced by those around her to put aside her standards of medical practice. The Rite of Malshuraan is a representation of almost everything she stands against. Torture is not approved, yet it is necessary to save Teal'c's life.
The Fifth Man
Outline: O'Neill and Lieutenant Tyler are ambushed by Goa'uld forces and trapped behind enemy lines -- while the rest of their team discover they don't know who Tyler is.
Fraiser and her staff take Teal'c, Sam and Daniel's uniforms for analysis. She takes a closer look at Teal'c's jacket and finds a powdery residue. As she turns away she suddenly recalls the face of a man -- Tyler. She reports this to Sam (in lock-up) who pleads with her to gather more evidence before O'Neill is killed by Jaffa patrols. Fraiser identifies a particular region of the brain that relates to facial and memory recall has been tampered with by the alien chemical, and encourages Hammond to return to the planet to save O'Neill before time runs out.
Rite of Passage
Outline: Cassandra mysteriously falls ill, sending SG-1 back to her home planet -- where they uncover a dark Goa'uld secret.
Fraiser's patience is tested when her adopted daughter falls into a "mind fire" (a Hankan term for her condition) on the front porch of their home. They rush her to the S.G.C. infirmary and find she is running a temperature. Cassie is persistent in wishing to return to her home planet and enter the forest. SG-1 travels back to Hanka and learns the Goa'uld Nirrti originally ran experiments on the children who were drawn into her lab during the mind fire. Nirrti herself returns with the team (invisibility device on) to the S.G.C. and begins studying Cassandra's progress. When the girl detects the Goa'uld presence in her room a sweep of the base is made, bringing Nirrti out of the shadows.
While Nirrti is under lock-and-key the team debates what to do with her. Fraiser takes matters into her own hands and fixes a gun point-blank at the Goa'uld's head. Hammond convinces Fraiser to put the weapon down saying SG-1 has already made her case for Cassandra's life. Fraiser returns to her daughter's side as Nirrti cures her from the mind fire.
In-Character: Fraiser is faced with a decision she has never been confronted with before: the possible sacrifice of her daughter. Certainly the members of the S.G.C. are her family, but never has Janet been forced to make a decision so close to home, to stand idly by while a Goa'uld sits in a cell with the very knowledge necessary to save Cassandra's life. Against all of her decisions prior to now, Fraiser threatens the life of Nirrti for the methods required to save Cassandra.
Fandom: Rite of Passage is considered by many fans, including Teryl Rothery herself, to be Fraiser's most powerful episode, and Rothery's best performance on Stargate SG-1.
Outline: SG-1 investigates the discovery of a woman frozen in the ice in Antarctica, who may be a link to the gate builders. A mysterious disease threatens to kill everyone at the research base.
Fraiser travels to Antarctica with the rest of SG-1 to investigate a mysterious woman encased in ice. The woman, named Ayiana, is at least three million years old -- and potentially many many millions of years older than that. Fraiser discovers a cordical response and realizes Ayiana is returning to life. After she is freed from her icy tomb, Jonas begins to attempt communication. Soon Fraiser and the others are infected by a persistent virus that Ayiana is carrying -- perhaps the very virus that destroyed the Ancients. In so doing, she saves Fraiser and the majority of the infected by using a healing ritual, curing them.
Outline: The team finds an impoverished world enslaved by a Goa'uld underlord, but their plans to free it may be compromised when Jonas experiences unexplained visions of the future.
Fraiser has considered the possibility that previous naquadria research has begun to take its toll on Jonas Quinn (in the form of a brain tumor), until Nirrti's genetic experimentation arises as a probable cause. Janet, skeptical of E.S.P. other non-scientific explanations, is not entirely certain of what to make of the predicament the Kelownan has entered. As Jonas' condition begins to deteriorate, Fraiser is obligated to fight him in his decision to remain in his present state for the sake of gaining more information vital to SG-1's latest mission. Jonas, who still feels he must prove his worth to his teammates, has taken on an ability to see into the near future, and has great potential for defending the S.G.C. from the Goa'uld. Eventually he passes out on the floor of his office. With the aid of Dr. Van Densen, Fraiser is successful in removing the tumor from Jonas' brain.
Outline: When SG-1 finds a crashed alien space ship, Daniel's mind is taken over by its disembodied passengers.
Following SG-1's return from the desolate P2A-347, Fraiser is confronted with a Daniel Jackson suffering from a multiple personality disorder. Twelve occupants of the Talthun sleeper ship Stromos have taken refuge within his mind. Janet must summon all of her knowledge and put all personal feelings aside as she confronts a Talthun Sovereign and other passengers of various ages and status. Unfortunately, there is very little she can do other than cope with the situation and try to not make it any worse, until a hidden Talthun arrives at the S.G.C. with a promise to return Daniel's body to the Stromos and flush out the errant personalities.
Heroes, Part 1
Outline: A film crew arrives to document the work of the S.G.C. for eventual disclosure to the public, but finds that the base's personnel are less than eager to participate.
Fraiser is interviewed by the film crew assigned to document the S.G.C. from top to bottom as one of the President's final decisions before leaving office. During the interview she discusses her role at the S.G.C. as well as how she feels the facility is involved in pressing humanity forward on the frontier of discovery. Fraiser is taken by Bregman and consents to a dinner date in the commissary following her interview. During the encounter she is called away to take part in the rescue of SG-13, which has come under fire by Anubis' patrols on another planet.
Heroes, Part 2
Outline: SG-1 is called into action while a film crew is documenting the Stargate program, but the S.G.C. comes under investigation after the mission goes terribly wrong.
MAJOR SPOILERS BELOW.
Dr. Fraiser arrives with SG-1 on the alien planet and finds the downed Airman Simon Wells, who has been shot by a Jaffa. While Dr. Jackson attempts to calm the frantic soon-to-be father, he tapes a recording to be later taken to his wife in the event he does not survive. Fraiser is successful at stemming the bleeding, essentially completing the procedure. While giving the airman words of encouragement in a fight to survive and see the birth of his son, Fraiser is struck by a staff blast in the chest and killed. Daniel frantically calls for a medic, but nothing can be done to save her life.
Fraiser Facts: Simon Wells survives the skirmish to return to his wife's side and discovers he is the father of a beautiful girl, who he names Janet in honor of she who saved his life.
Fandom: With the leak regarding the death of Janet Fraiser well-known among spoiler circles, the Save Janet Fraiser Web site was born. To the date of this writing they have been unsuccessful at resurrecting the famous chief medical officer of the S.G.C. But, as with all science fiction, anything is possible.