Some are born with natural musical ability.  Others are gifted with athletic prowess.  Still others find their calling in subtler but no less fulfilling pursuits: science, mathematics, literature.  Me?  I’m really good at hiding shit.  Really, really good.  I hide things so well that no one can find them.  Not even me! Several months ago, it was a story outline that seemed to disappear…into thin air!  More recently, it’s a laptop – specifically, my old laptop containing a bunch of documents my accountant requires in order to file my taxes.  Vanished…without a trace.  Impressive, no?  Take THAT, David Blaine!  I figure that when my days on Stargate finally draw to an end, I can start a second career as a magician.  “I say the magic words – Abracadabra – open the cabinet and – Presto! – he’s disappeared!  Thank you, thank you.  For my next trick…What’s that?  You want your husband back now?  Oh.  That…could be a problem.”

Last night, Paul and I went to dinner with our SGU network point-person, Syfy’s Director of Development Erika Kennair…

Our lovely dining companion - Syfy's Erika Kennair
One of the nice things about Don Francesco Ristorante is their flexibility when it comes to the pasta menu. If you'd rather have that gnocchi with a different sauce, or replace the fettuccine with spaghetti, they'll be more than happy to accommodate. I felt like Penne Arrabiata last night but didn't see it on the menu. I also wanted their always fantastic Squash Agnolotti with Black Truffle Butter. No problem. The kitchen whipped up a half portion of each.
Erika had a hard time deciding between several desserts - so, in the end, we opted for all tree. The kitchen was kind enough to split them up for us. All very good, but the hands-down winner was the cheesecake with a hint of amaretto. Molto saporito!

Switching gears on the Stargate Art Department front, here is some design work from Atlantis’s fifth season episode Missing…

Athosian Rope Bridge - Stargate: Atlantis, Season 5, Missing. In the episode, Keller is terrified of the footbridge while Teyla forges ahead, unruffled. In reality, actress Jewel Staite had no problem actually negotiating the footbridge while Rachel Luttrell wouldn't set foot on it (which is one step better than me given that I wouldn't have gotten anywhere near the damn thing). Due to safety and security concerns, guards had to be posted morning and night to ensure no local daredevils attempted to hazard the bridge.
Bola Kai Throwing Star - Stargate: Atlantis, Season 5, Missing. Ah, the old "throwing star imbeds in a tree" gag. That one never gets old.

Suriken Tree Gag - Stargate: Atlantis, Season 5, Missing.
Bola Kai Mace - Stargate: Atlantis, Season 5, Missing. Again with the teeth from a nasty alien creature. If I'd been producing the episode, the metal head of the mace would have also contained tufts of human hair from the last victim. It's the little touches...

Athosian Hunters Blind - Stargate: Atlantis, Season 5, Missing. For duck-hunting season of course!

Bola Kai Dressing - Stargate: Atlantis, Season 5, Missing. After taking the Athosian village, the Bola Kai picked up a bunch of cool stuff from Pottery Barn to decorate the new digs.

Alien Slug - Stargate: Atlantis, Season 5, Missing. The whiskery elongated nose is the tastiest part.

Bola Kai Tattoos - Stargate: Atlantis, Season 5, Missing. I preferred the Bola Kai with the "keep on truckin'" tat on his bicep.

Multiple correct guesses.  I believe the first one to get it was Chevron7…



Episode #8: MALICE

Episode #9: ???

Episode #10: RESURGENCE

As for episode #9 – At this point, you guys know as much as I do.

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So, I must ask…even if I fear someone already has and I’ve missed the whole conversation…is that Daniel Jackson in the promos for the return of SGU? There is some “discussion” here about that possibility.

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Wait!! Missing is a season 4 episode, right????


Maybe episode 9 should just be titled Procrastination? Love the Atlantis pics, not to mention the comments. They emphasize why you make such an excellent Evil Overlord. Hair tufts indeed.
You’re not the only one with a knack for losing things, though my luck does tend to allow me to find said items eventually. As witnessed by the last work night where my radio antenna disappeared. Radio was still in my jacket pocket, but somewhere during work the antenna detached itself. Only to turn up while the investigators were scouring the scene yesterday. So, my next book run is safe as I no longer having to fear having my pay docked.(not really, my bosses are pretty understanding).
Thanks for the pics and laughs, and glad your streak of satisfied dining experiences continues unbroken for now.


Hmmm…the title for episode 9 is really the question marks?

Posed by a new alien species the SGU crew encounters I imagine (well, I’m trying to imagine a new alien species)…

The Whys?

(Small children who never grew up, and constantly wander the universe asking Why?)


I’m really good at hiding shit. Really, really good. I hide things so well that no one can find them. Not even me!

Me, too. Although I’m usually putting it someplace where I’ll be able to “find” it, only for it never to be seen again. Personally, I think a black hole opens up just long enough to swallow whatever it is that’s disappeared then vanishes again taking the item with it.


ummm I believe it was malicE not malic smile good luck with finding ur old laptop, stuff like that always happens at the worst times



You mean “Malice”, right Joe?


Ok Joe, you’re freaking me out! What’s with all the “after Stargate” talk? It seems you don’t understand that SG is supposed to run forever, and that you need to be there for it!

Now that this is finally settled, I can hit the sack. Have a great night. Dreaming up an endless supply of scripts.


Canadians have to do their taxes, too?


Ooooooh, amaretto cheesecake! Pasta! That chocolate dessert I can see on the plate! Um, I should mention here that ten days ago I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, so I might be drooling a little bit. Just a little. I HAVEN’T HAD A PEPSI FOR 10 DAYS!! I haven’t gone that long without a Pepsi since 1978. Seriously. And at the moment I’m obsessing, just a little. By the way, what was that chocolate dessert in the background?


That alien slug looks perfect for your wierd food vids!
Wonder when the rest of that stuff is going to show up on Ebay, bet quite a few people would pay bucco bucks for those weapons!
(PS – MALIC??? I’d still like to buy a vowel) smile


nice pasta dish !
The name of episode 8 is Malic question exclamation eek
arrow mal·ic   /ˈmælɪk, ˈmeɪlɪk/ Show Spelled[mal-ik, mey-lik] Show IPA
1.pertaining to or derived from apples.
2.Chemistry. of or derived from malic acid.

1797, from Fr. malique, from L. malum “apple.”

Pronunciation: ‘mal-ik, ‘mA-lik
Function: adjective
involved in and especially catalyzing a reaction in which malic acidparticipates

the name of a new character ???

Narelle from Aus

Sorry Joe. You losing your laptop is my fault. I found Nath’s wedding ring after it being lost for 12 months. You don’t find something that’s been lost for that long without a price.


Wow, that food looks AMAZING!! And I’m not even hungry.

One of these days, you should ask one of your Syfy exec friends to do a Q&A, too. I’d love to know how a network exec got into their job, what they did before, advice they have, what exactly they do. I may be the only one, but I think that’s gotta be an interesting story!

Also, yeah. Missing is season 4. Loved that creepy squid/slug thing, though.


Joe, these are supposed to be easy words to guess ? Malic sounds like an unlikely tittle for an episode !!!
I think this unusual tittle deserves some explanation to clarify the sense of ambiguity I’m currently feeling regarding its meaning :l
…how about you post the first few pages of the script grin


I believe the first one to get it was Chevron7

Hmmph. I thought I was first with Malice in the last post.

On the “stuff disappearing” front, I have two kids at home and I’m continually amazed at what disappears. Lately, forks have been disappearing. Spoons are fine, butter-knives are fine…forks? I’m down to two.


Apparently you’ve hidden an “e” somewhere as well. That might be easier to find than the script outline, though.


Is malic a word? And here I thought I possibly had a shot with damage. Shoot.

OMG, those desserts look amazing. You’re making me hungry. Please stop with the food posts. No, don’t stop with the food posts. I never get to eat that well, only when I actually find the time to go out to dinner, which doesn’t happen very often.

That rope bridge was that real? I’m with Rachel on that one.

Mackenzie's Momma

Loving the art from SGA that you’ve been posting. Boy does that food look yummy! So I survived my first stage role on Monday. Though it didn’t come without a moment where I was wishing I really *was* dead. My laptop was being used as our sound system and it decided to start spouting off Stargate quotes in the middle of our play (lets just say that wasn’t the atmosphere we were going for). It has now numbered its days.


Huh. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Missing, at least – not all the way through. It’s vaguely familiar, but there are about 4 eps from the beginning of S4 that I’ve not watched, and I think that’s one. I really should, but I’m such a procrastinator… razz



Unfortunately, I just lost my night job after 5 years. I have no idea where or if I’ll ever find another one. It’s really tough out there.

@Gilder Thanks for the kind thoughts about my mom. Hope you’re feeling better.


Oh, and Joe – hubby is a pretty good magician, too – we actually call him Houdini because of how well he loses ‘hides’ things, especially his keys and glasses. The good thing, however, is that I’m a damn good detective, and can usually find whatever’s gone missing. I know all of his ‘hiding’ places, and often use that little fact as my bargaining chip: “Honey, if I find it first, you have to wash the dishes!” I get out of doing a lot of chores that way… grin

Most men I know are really good at ‘hiding’ stuff, and most women I know are good at finding whatever’s hidden or lost. I’ve noticed that guys like to have everything visible – everything on display. If it’s not right in front of them, they can’t find it. Glass cabinet doors, paperwork scattered all over a desk instead of filed away, shoe lined up outside the closet doors. I’ve said that the perfect refrigerator for a man would be 6″ deep, and 5′ wide…with a glass door. That way nothing can hide behind the Immovable Milk Carton. roll

“Husbands think we should know where everything is — like the uterus is a tracking device. He asks me, “Roseanne, do we have an Chee-tos left?” Like he can’t go over to that sofa cushion and lift it himself.” ~ Roseanne Barr




Alright, now I’m worried.

Within this single blog post, Joe has showed us that he has forgotten:

1. The location of his script outline; nevermind that that happened weeks ago; that’s irrelevant.

2. The location of his laptop, full of his most theft-worthy financial information, useful in blackmailing him should the need arises.

3. The location of the husband in his hypothetical scenerio. Though it wasn’t a real event, the fact that his mind came up with a scenerio where he forgot something is a clear sign of his degrading hippocampus.

3. The fact that “Missing” was a Season 4, not season 5 episode of Stargate Atlantis. Clearly, the word “Missing” itself is an allusion to Joe’s crumbling memory systems.

4. An “e” in the word “Malice”; note how there is also an “e” in the word “forgotten”. Oooooooooo.

5. The title of the 9th episode. It is my belief that Joe has been hoping that we’d come up with the right title to trigger something in his memory so that he may remember it again. Alas, we failed. Joe telling us the lie that no title has been given to the episode is just an effort on his part to cushion the severity of our failure. Thank you for that, Joe.

6. That he owed us all 1 million dollars, which he promised us on his birthday last year in a drunken stupor.

7. A whole bunch of other important things that he didn’t mention, which just shows that he has forgotten them all.

We must do something about this; perhaps a gift of Post-It notes?


Woohoo!!! I got another episode title…I’m very competitive…sorry

Hey @JeffW … Hmmm….lets see…I guessed Malice on March 12, 2010 at 1:51 pm and you guessed it on March 15, 2010 at 5:19 pm…..Do you concede? smile

I remember being surprised the day after that none of those guesses was correct. Joe, were you deliberately messing with me?

Cheers, Chev


Hi Joe, pass the pasta and the chocolate, please. Cheesecake would be nice, too. So, it’s almost 4 a.m. and now it’s Elway at the hospital with seizures again. I was totally exhausted last night and went to bed relatively early, only to have to get right back up to take him in. Got to sleep for 3 whole hours and now I’m up again, worried. Just spoke to the vet at the ER and he’s had 2 more seizures, but at least he’s in a good place for the night. This dog is too cute. He had a seizure in my bed, took a while to come out of it and when he finally did, went for his leash and collar to go to the ER, happy as a clam.

Yesterday it was the dental appointment for the filling that fell out and now it turns out I need a frickin’ root canal (WTF?). So yeah, please pass the chocolate smile Some healing thoughts would be nice, too! Or an exorcist.