By Joseph Mallozzi
Writer and Executive Producer, Stargate SG-1
We always wanted to do a "fish out of water" story, an episode wholly dedicated to Teal'c and his attempts to fit into Earth society. Unfortunately, this was an episode that should have been done during the show's first season and so, we assumed, the opportunity had passed.
But last November, I pitched out a story that had an amnesiac Teal'c imprisoned on an alien world, accused of a murder he doesn't remember committing. While O'Neill struggles to keep the diplomatic channels, Carter and Daniel are dispatched to the alien planet in an attempt to prove Teal'c's innocence. Along the way, the evidence against Teal'c mounts and, just when Carter and Daniel discover that "all is not as it seems," Teal'c regains his memories -- and, specifically, the memory of the murder he did, in fact, commit. How? Why? And what nasty little secret are the people of this alien world hiding? Well, those are questions for another season (or, barring another season, my very own fanfic story).
However, the aforementioned pitch did get everyone to thinking and gave rise to the basic premise for "Affinity": Teal'c is accused of murder and must go on the run. We figured it was high time Teal'c got his own place and, after some discussion, it was decided that this story would offer us the opportunity to finally do that "fish out of water" episode we had always wanted to do.
Throw in a cutesy-wootsy romantic B-runner involving Carter and Pete, and we were on our way.