The Broca Divide

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Members of SG-1 become infected with an alien virus that turns them into primitive beings. Dr. Fraiser must find a cure to save the team and the alien population from whom it was contracted.

FAN RATING - 8.53 
DVD DISC: Season 1, Disc 2
WRITTEN BY: Jonathan Glassner
DIRECTED BY: William Gereghty
GUEST STARS: Teryl Rothery (Dr. Janet Fraiser), Gary Jones (Technician), Steve Makaj (Makepeace), Nicole Oliver (Leedora), Gerard Plunkett (High Councillor Tuplo), Danny Wattley (Lieutenant Johnson), Roxana Phillip (Melosha)
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  • "What a pleasant experience. The director, Billy Gereghty, is a wonderful man and so easy-going. Before we began filming he said to me, 'Now, I really need you to bring life to Fraiser. I want to see lots of youthful energy as she deals with this problem.' I said, 'OK, absolutely!' Some of the dialogue was quite technical and tongue-twisting, as it still is today, especially for Fraiser and Sam Carter. Fortunately, I'm pretty good at that type of thing and the words just spilled out of my mouth.

    "It's funny, I remember thinking, 'Oh, my gosh, I wonder what it's going to be like to work with Richard Dean Anderson [Colonel Jack O'Neill]. Sometimes you can be intimidated by certain actors and I have a lot of respect for him. Well, Rick is a delight and he immediately clicked with everyone on the show. There is a touching scene in this episode between O'Neill and Doctor Fraiser in which she feels so helpless. He's been transformed into a stone age man and there's a little piece of who the Colonel once was that reaches out to Fraiser and says, 'Experiment on me.'

    "I still get goosebumps thinking about it because Rick did such a great job. It's hard to see on the television screen but he was crying and they had put red colouring in his eyes as part of his makeup and he looked awful. It was just gut-wrenching playing a doctor and having to stand back and say, 'I won't fight you on this. If you feel so strongly about my experimenting on you to find a cure then I will.' Of course, Fraiser's respect for the colonel as her superior officer and the moral struggle of whether or not it was humane for her to do this to him added to the drama of the situation." (Actress Teryl Rothery, in a 1999 interview with Steve Eramo)