Stargate SG-1/The Broca Divide

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The Broca Divide
Season 1, Episode 5
Airdate August 15, 1997
Production Number 104
Written by Jonathan Glassner
Directed by Bill Gereghty
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The Broca Divide is the fifth episode of the first season of Stargate SG-1, and the fifth episode overall.

Guest Stars: Steve Makaj (Colonel Robert F. Makepeace (SG-3)), Teryl Rothery (Dr. Janet Fraiser), Gary Jones (Technician/Sergeant Walter Davis), Gerard Plunkett (Councilor Tuplo), Danny Wattley (Johnson), Roxana Philip (Melosha)


Plot Overview

O'Neill and the SG-1 team head through the Stargate to a planet known as P3X-797 and discover a world divided between a dark and light side, with a population similarly split between the Touched and the Untouched. The Untouched, who live on the bright side, are humans, a Bronze Age people who seem almost like the Minoan civilization of Earth. The Touched, who live on the dark side, are heavy-browed primitives with limited skills and the brutal instincts of animals. The findings would only be of academic interest, but when the SG-1 team return, all but Teal'c and Jackson begin a startling transformation: they develop the heavy brows and act with the animal brutality of the Touched. Worse, so do many others at Stargate's mountain headquarters, including General Hammond. As order breaks down and the project is jeopardized, Jackson and Teal'c head back through the Stargate in an attempt to discover the reason for this mysterious transformation.


  • Syndication airdate: October 5, 1998.
  • We learn that the planets' names are coded from Samantha Carter's computer program.
  • The Episode "Politics" States this episode occurred in March.

Arc Advancement



  • This is the first appearance of Teryl Rothery as Dr. Fraiser.
  • This episode marks the 1st appearance of Steve Makaj as Col. Robert F. Makepeace.



The Show

  • Teryl Rothery and Steve Makaj previously appeared in the film "Masterminds" together

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments


  • When dialing to P3X-797, they yet again used the Abydos coordinates.
  • When Teal'c and Daniel walked through the gate to get a blood sample you could still see their shadow even after they went through.
  • The "C-2" label was missing on the door into the gate room in this episode.


Jack: Daniel, you dog! Keep this up and you'll have a girl on every planet.

Jack: Lucy! I'm home!
Teal'c: I cannot be certain you are back to being your old self. You referred to me as Lucy.

Makepeace: You can count on us to watch your backside.
Daniel: Actually, I was more worried about my frontside.

Daniel: These don't look like my prescription. (referring to night vision goggles)

Jack: I'm a big fan of all this stuff, but art appreciation is not what this mission is about.

Teal'c: General, I would prefer to not hurt this man.

Jack: [Sam] uh, tried to seduce me.
Daniel: Oh, you poor man.


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