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Show: SGA

Rec Category: Crossover (Firefly)
Characters: Rodney McKay, Kaylee
Pairings: None
Categories: Crossover, Angst, Dark, Slave, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: Off screen death of SGA member and it is Reavers so lots of gore, violence, mutilation, rape, and cannibalism
Author's Website: AO3 or Livejournal
Link: The Monster in the Closet and the sequel

Why This Must Be Read:

Kaylee have been captured by Reavers and barely surviving on their ship. Circumstances are extremely grim. Until one day a new, strange prisoner arrives...

What happens to Kaylee and Rodney is horrific, and it's written from the POV of a Kaylee who has been bludgeoned into becoming matter-of-fact and almost affectless about the horror, though bits of her canon personality still peek through. The way she and Rodney end up escaping the Reavers is a nice ironic twist. (Don't feed Wraith to those who know what they are.) A short but haunting story, which, despite the warnings and grimness, ends on a note of real, sweet hope. It has a sequel that, although it deals with PTSD, offers a happy ending.

snippet of fic )
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[personal profile] mific
Show: SGA
Rec Category: Alternate Universe - specifically, fairy-tale type AUs
Characters: John Sheppard, Rodney McKay, Teyla Emmagan, Ronon Dex,  Elizabeth Weir, Radek Zelenka, Michael, Jeannie Miller, Lucius Lavin, Acastus Kolya
Categories: slash (John/Rodney). Also a little background Elizabeth/Zelenka.
Warnings: Nil
Author on DW/LJ:  [personal profile] cesare 
Author's Website: See the AO3
Link: Outfoxed on AO3
Why This Must Be Read: This is a charming and engaging story, and what I love most is how wonderfully in-character everyone is, despite the fairy-tale AU format. Rodney, especially, is utterly himself, even transformed into a fox - as the excerpt below shows. A delightful read. 

snippet of fic )
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[personal profile] mific
Show: SGA
Rec Category: Alternate Universe - specifically, fairy-tale type AUs
Characters: OFC, John Sheppard, Rodney McKay, Teyla Emmagan, Ronon Dex, et al. 
Categories: Gen
Warnings: Nil
Author on DW/LJ:  [personal profile] valderys 
Author's Website: See the AO3
Link: Looking-Glass on AO3
Why This Must Be Read: This is a more unusual one, being allegorical rather than a straight fairy-tale - also it's a fusion with Neal Stephenson's 'The Diamond Age', although it was part of an SGA Flashfic "fairy-tale' challenge. I love the idea and how the SGA characters help the protagonist, also love the outsider POV. It's a lovely story and a great read. 

snippet of fic )
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[personal profile] smilebackwards
Show: SGA

Rec Category: John/Rodney
Characters: John Sheppard, Rodney McKay, Ronon Dex, Teyla Emmagan
Pairings: John/Rodney
Categories: Slash, Drama
Warnings: None
Author’s Website: Bead on AO3
Link: Freeze

Why This Must Be Read: Rodney tries to talk to John about feelings and John shoves Pegasus-equivalent steak into his mouth to escape. This is just really nicely written from the emotional repression to the emotional conclusion. Love it.

First paragraph to get you started )
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[personal profile] mific
Show: SGA / SG1 crossover
Rec Category: 5 Things
Characters:  John Sheppard, Teyla Emmagan, Ronon Dex, Rodney McKay, Elizabeth Weir, Cameron Mitchell, Sam Carter, Hank Landry, Vala Mal Doran, Carson Beckett
Categories: Gen
Warnings: Nil
Author on DW/LJ: n/a
Author's Website: See the AO3
Link: It's Not As Fun As It Sounds (And Other Stories) on AO3
Why This Must Be Read:  More "5 Things" recs this month. This one is a transition to several SG1 recs, and includes both SGA and SG1 characters. It's another nice gen collection with several amusing scenarios as the SGA crew adjust to being on Earth again and interact with (or cause headaches for) their colleagues at the SGC.  

snippet of fic )
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[personal profile] popkin16

Show: Stargate Atlantis

Rec Category: John Sheppard/Rodney McKay
Characters: John Sheppard, Rodney McKay, Ronon Dex
Pairings: John Sheppard/Rodney McKay
Categories: Slash, Romance, Meet Cute, First Time
Warnings: None
Author's Journal: [personal profile] respoftw
Author's Website: AO3
Link: It Happened in Vienna

Why This Must Be Read: John and Rodney meet on a train! Rodney ends up taking a seat across from John, and John - who had been traveling alone for some time - wishes for a little human contact and strikes up a conversation. Rodney is on his way back to Switzerland, to his job at CERN. They're just two ships passing in the night, but there's a connection there. John's flight isn't until the next day, so he asks Rodney to spend the rest of the evening with him, walking the streets of Vienna. Respoftw is great at the endearing banter that define John and Rodney's relationship. This fic is funny and absolutely charming.

Fic snippet )


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[personal profile] popkin16
Show: Stargate Atlantis

Rec Category: John Sheppard/Rodney McKay
Characters: Rodney McKay, John Sheppard, Ronon Dex, Dave Sheppard, Evan Lorne
Pairings: John Sheppard/Rodney McKay
Categories: Slash, Alternate Universe (Western), First Time,
Warnings: Period-typical homophobia
Author's Journal: nagi-schwarz
Author's Website: AO3
Link: In Bane or Bliss

Why This Must Be Read: Rodney works as a tutor for Dave Sheppard's children on his estate in the wild frontier. Rodney runs into an incredibly hot "outlaw" in the stables, then out at the lake, and the tension between the two of them is electric. Trying to keep his relationship with John hidden is made all the more difficult by patrols against the repeated attacks by the dangerous outlaws Wraith. Rodney has no idea who John is, and the potential revelation instills in the reader a tension. The plot moves along briskly and the characters are recognizably themselves despite the historical setting. This fic is just so fun and well done - you'll be rooting for John and Rodney's happy ending.


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[personal profile] mific
Show: SGA

Rec Category: Kidfic - of the accidentally de-aged type
Characters: Rodney McKay, John Sheppard, other Atlantis characters
Categories: Gen
Warnings: Apparent character death initially, but the reality's much stranger.
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] sardonicsmiley
Author's Website: smiley.zonezine.net
Link: The Other Side of Grace

Why This Must Be Read: I've been reccing a few de-aged John stories, and this is the big story about Rodney being accidentally de-aged back to five, and about John caring for him, fiercely protective. It's a big story in every way - satisfyingly long, and dealing with big issues and feelings. There's some angst in Rodney's background, and in how the authorities react, and the underlying sadness for John/Rodney fans that their relationship has to change into that of a parent and child, driven by their bond. It's a great read - highly recommended. There's also a podfic by librarychick_94.

snippet of fic )
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[personal profile] goddess47
LJ Subject Line: One Way Ticket (series) by Tarlan (NC-17)

Show: SG-1 / SGA

Rec Category: Jack O'Neill
Characters: Jack O'Neill, Daniel Jackson, John Sheppard, Rodney McKay, Elizabeth Weir
Pairings: Jack/Rodney, implied John/Daniel
Categories: slash, action/adventure, crossover, team
Warnings: canon level violence
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] tarlanx
Author's Website: Tarlan on AO3
Link: One Way Ticket



Author's Summary: Jack O'Neill needs a vacation... away from Earth...so what better place than a whole new galaxy.


Why This Must Be Read:

Jack and Rodney together on Atlantis! It's a less often seen combination and Tarlan hits this one out of the park.

This is a series of fic, but the majority of the story is in the initial fic, One Way Ticket. There are five ficlets that go with the base fic, mostly after the initial fic. But they make a good follow up to the basic story.

It's mostly from Jack's POV, and he spends a good part of the fic angsting over his attraction to Rodney. But Rodney gets his own in, pining over Jack.

It's on a mission gone awry where Jack gets hurt that our boys get together, but it's not easy.

But after some steamy sex, Jack needs to go back to Earth. He's on vacation after all! But, being his brilliant self, Rodney comes up with a solution that makes everyone happy!


snippet of fic )
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[personal profile] mific
Show: SGA

Rec Category: Slavefic
Characters: Rodney McKay/John Sheppard
Categories: slash
Warnings: dubcon, being slavefic, but see the notes below
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] resonant
Author's Website: See the AO3
Link: Advantage on AO3

Why This Must Be Read: Everyone will already know this one of course, but it was last reccd here 12 years ago, the link wasn't to the AO3, and it just has to be in a set of slavefic recs. :) This is also a tribute as 'Advantage' was my gateway drug into SGA fandom, especially to McShep. It's definitely slavefic but with a wonderful take on the trope, and it's by turns hilarious, touching, and hot. John's accidentally enslaved to Rodney off-world (like you get), but the fic is about Rodney trying very hard - first to ignore John's enslavement, and then trying hard not to be a dick about it (with patchy results - this is Rodney, after all). Along the way there's a massive amount of snark, romance, and even some action. Run, don't walk, if you've never read it, and if you have, time for a re-read! It's a classic.

(There are two podfic versions as a bonus as well, by me and dodi )

snippet of fic )
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[personal profile] mific
Show: SGA

Rec Category: Slavefic
Characters: Rodney McKay, John Sheppard, Ronon Dex, Teyla Emmagan, Elizabeth Weir, Radek Zelenka, Carson Beckett, Acastus Kolya
Categories: Gen
Warnings: No AO3 warnings apply, but the tags mention Implied/Referenced Torture, Aftermath of Torture, and Memory Loss. Rhymer's note says: 'There are mentions of torture. It's not immensely graphic, and most of it's seen in brief flashbacks, but it's still there.'
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] rhymer23
Author's Website: See the AO3
Link: Born in the Barrens on AO3

Why This Must Be Read: So this may not be what you expected me to rec as slave-fic! *G*. This is a long, plotty fic with rhymer's usual lashings of John!whump, in a fantasy AU where John's a slave of Kolya's who's given to Rodney, who's a master alchemist. It's riveting, as are all of rhymer's stories - this one focuses on abuse, recovery, and the slow development of trust and friendship as John regains his identity. The world-building's excellent - the story starts in the dystopian world of the Genii and we meet more Atlantis Expedition characters later on. Sheppard doesn't start to get his identity back until about half way through. A bit grueling in places, but overall it's a gripping read.

snippet of fic )
[identity profile] annieb1955.livejournal.com
Show: SGA
Rec Category: Rodney McKay
Characters: Rodney McKay, Ronon Dex, Teyla Emmagan, Evan Lorne, Carson Beckett, Jennifer Keller, Samantha Carter
Categories: gen, episode related
Warnings: canon character deaths
Author on LJ:
Author's Website: Xparrot on AO3
Link: A Mantra For These Times
Summary by the author:
Missing scenes for "The Last Man" "It doesn't sound so bad." Untold parts of Rodney's story preceding his idea.

Why This Must Be Read:
Rodney's voice is down pat, it encapsulates his guilt and longing and need to fix this so well. I even liked Jennifer Keller in this.


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[identity profile] mific.livejournal.com
Show: Stargate Atlantis/Firefly

Rec Category: crossovers (specifically, with Firefly)
Characters: Rodney, River, the usual SGA favourites
Categories: Gen
Warnings: None
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] sentientcitizen
Author's Website: see the Ao3
Link: Meetings on the Stair

Why This Must Be Read: This is another nice take on Rodney and River meeting, although this is canon Rodney, still on Atlantis, with River mysteriously appearing, due to certain people having a special relationship with the 'verse. A good character study about Rodney, with River as an unlikely and somewhat frustrated messenger, trying to get through to him.

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[identity profile] mific.livejournal.com
Show: SGA/Firefly

Rec Category: Crossovers (with Firefly)
Characters: Mal, Wash, Zoe, Kaylee, Jayne, Simon, River, Rodney McKay
Categories: Het
Warnings: Rodney's thawed out from cryo in the very far future of Firefly-verse, so all our other SGA favourites are long gone
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] mandysbitch
Author's Website: See author's site on the Wayback machine
Link: The Big Bang and Everything After

Why This Must Be Read: This is one of those haunting stories that stays with you. It's been reccd here before, but not for 11 years, and the link needed updating as the author's works can still be located via the Wayback machine. Don't let the warning above put you off as it's not ultimately sad, with Rodney and River discovering each other and comparing 'verses. The characterisations are great, there's some excellent snark and it's a classic crossover that just works brilliantly.

snippet of fic )
[identity profile] brumeier.livejournal.com
Show(s): Stargate Atlantis/Stargate SG1

Rec Category: Crossovers
Pairing(s): John/Rodney, Evan/Jonathan (clone!Jack)
Characters: John, Rodney, Evan, Radek, Carson, etc.
Categories: emotional hurt/comfort, physical impairment, pining, angst
Warnings: John’s violently tragic backstory, Patrick Sheppard being awful
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] ficsco_and_nagi
Link: Read My Lips

Why this must be read: This is an Atlantis-based AU that has one major difference from canon: John Sheppard is a deaf mathematician. He and Rodney have the best meeting ever, he proves himself just as necessary to the expedition as he did when he was a Major, and he has a terrible, horrible backstory. (Spoiler: he wasn’t born deaf)

I love how John’s physical impairment alters canon events, and changes the way the expedition members relate to him. And I love that at the core of himself John is just the same as he always was, ready to do what’s necessary to protect the people he loves.

As always, [livejournal.com profile] nagi_schwarz does a wonderful job with the variety of POVs she employs to fill out this 'verse and make it work so well. She's especially adept at writing Evan as John's put-upon translator, and Jonathan as the tortured clone who has to build a whole new life for himself. Is there anything she can't write in this fandom? Answer: no! ::grins::

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[identity profile] mific.livejournal.com
Show: SGA

Rec Category: Outsider POV
Characters: Rodney McKay, John Sheppard, Elizabeth Weir
Pairings: Rodney McKay/John Sheppard
Categories: slash
Warnings: None
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] luthien
Author's Website: See the AO3
Link: Enlightenment on AO3

Why This Must Be Read: I really like outsider-POV stories for the fresh perspective and insights they bring. There are different sorts of outsider-POV fics (friend/colleague's POV on a pairing, stranger's POV on characters we know well, new arrival's first impressions of Atlantis and her people, etc.) This one has well-known central characters rather than a stranger's POV, but it's the word "outsider" that's crucial here, as Elizabeth processes an accidental discovery about John and Rodney. This is an interesting and thoughtful fic, as much about Elizabeth's situation as John and Rodney's, and the characterizations are great.

snippet of fic )
[identity profile] morena-evensong.livejournal.com
Show: SGA

Rec Category: Rodney McKay
Characters: Rodney McKay, John Sheppard, Radek Zelenka, Elizabeth Weir, Carson Beckett, Ronon Dex, Teyla Emagen
Pairings: None
Categories: Gen, Angst, Adventure
Warnings: Harsh survival situations, Perceived character death, violence, way too many giant bugs
Author on LJ: Unknown
Author's Website: FF.net Profile
Link: Sometime Somehow

Why This Must Be Read:
Author's summary: Radek Zelenka's pet experiment goes horribly wrong and Rodney McKay pays the price.

This story starts off as a bit of a Doranda flip -- not as an AU to that episode, though -- where Zelenka comes up with a brilliant idea that could solve their power problems and this time it's Rodney who's the voice of caution. There are a lot of stories out there with characters struggling to survive alone in harsh conditions, however not only does this story pack an interesting twist, but G.E. Waldo also keeps the readers anxious to find out what's going on by focusing on those left in Atlantis with only a few glimpses of Rodney. And boy does she use those glimpses well. At 62K, this story is definitely on the long-ish side, but well worth reading.

Also be sure to check out the sequel Someone Somewhere, which is just as amazing as the first story with an interesting, original premise that make it more than just your typical 'what happened next' story.
[identity profile] morena-evensong.livejournal.com
Show: SGA

Rec Category: Rodney McKay
Characters: Rodney McKay
Categories: Gen, Five Things, Humour, some Angst
Warnings: Minor violence (also, please note that the authors actually rated this fic as PG-13, but the full rating didn't fit into the subject line... although, personally, I think PG is a sufficient rating anyway)
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] leesa_perrie
Author's Website: Leesa Perrie's of the Web and Jayne Perry's Atlantis Fanfiction
Link: Click here

Why This Must Be Read: I absolutely love that none of the skills Rodney learns are the obvious choices and the scenarios in which he acquires them are also interesting and fairly unique. Okay, maybe the last one's a bit predictable, but it's a story about Rodney so it sort of had to go there eventually. The story's fun and entertaining: what more could you possibly want?
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[identity profile] sg-fignewton.livejournal.com
Show: SG-1/SGA

Rec Category: Apocafic
Characters: Cameron Mitchell, Daniel Jackson, Samantha Carter, Teal'c, Jack O'Neill, Teyla Emmagan, John Sheppard, Elizabeth Weir, Rodney McKay, Ronan Dex, Carolyn Lam, Evan Lorne
Categories: gen, crossover, angst, team, AU, hurt/comfort, friendship
Warnings: it's apocafic! :) Includes major character deaths/permanent injuries (mental and physical)
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] abyssinia4077
Author's Website: Abyssinia at AO3
Link: Drfiting Out at Sea

Why This Must Be Read: The hardest part about the apocalypse isn't losing Earth. The hardest part is holding everything together afterwards.

Here is solid, aching Cam perspective as the Earth is lost and the survivors scrabble to find new footing on a cut-off Atlantis. Characterization all-round is moving, powerful, and poignant. This is a long, gripping story that ends, despite everything, with Cam's eternal optimism offering hope.

snippet of fic... )
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[identity profile] sg-fignewton.livejournal.com
Show: SG-1/SGA

Rec Category: SG-1/SGA Crossover
Characters: Jack O'Neill, Samantha Carter, Daniel Jackson, Teal'c, John Sheppard, Rodney McKay
Categories: gen, humor, friendship, team
Warnings: none
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] auburnnothenna and [livejournal.com profile] eretria
Author's Website: auburn and eretria at AO3
Link: Care Packages; also podficced by ArwenLune

Why This Must Be Read: When it's time to send care packages to Atlantis, Rodney and John get some very specialized attention from Sam, Jack, Daniel and Teal'c...

This is fun and teamy and friendly and snarky, and a truly enjoyable read - or listen, if you choose the podfic version!



John opened the Scotch and poured them each a shot. "Here's to Col. Carter and the rest of SG-1."
[identity profile] morena-evensong.livejournal.com
Show: SGA
Rec Category: Rodney McKay
Characters: Rodney McKay, John Sheppard, Aiden Ford, Teyla Emmagen, Elizabeth Weir, other Atlantis members
Categories: Gen, Humour
Warnings: None
Author on LJ: Unknown
Author's Website: on FF.net
Link: How the Grinch Saved Christmas

Why This Must Be Read: Okay, so admittedly this is a little out of season, but it's such a thoroughly enjoyable story that, really, who cares?

The Atlantis expedition's first Christmas is approaching and with everyone becoming a little glum about spending the holidays so far away from home, Elizabeth decides to just start the festivities in November to the delight of everyone. Well, almost everyone. This story is sweet and funny and full of misunderstandings as the base reacts to Rodney's apparent hatred for the holidays by calling him the Atlantis Grinch. Oh, and for his final act, Rodney juggles.
[identity profile] morena-evensong.livejournal.com
Show: SGA
Rec Category: Rodney McKay
Characters: Rodney McKay, John Sheppard, Radek Zelenka, Laura Cadman, Ronon, Teyla, others
Pairings: None
Categories: Gen, Humour
Warnings: None
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] maryavatar
Author's Website: on Livejournal
Link: Twenty-Four Hours with a Rodneysaur

Why This Must Be Read: As the title indicates, this is a story where Rodney gets turned into a dinosaur mostly by accident. It's a highly enjoyable bit of fun that will leave you with a smile on your face.

snippet of fic )
[identity profile] annieb1955.livejournal.com
Show: SGA

Rec Category: Hurt/Comfort
Characters: Joh Sheppard, multiple Rodney McKays, Carson Beckett, Elizabeth Weir
Categories: slash, quantum mirror,hurt/comfort, John Sheppard/Rodney McKay pairing
Warnings: none
Author on LJ: N/A
Author's Website: Delilah
Link: No Place Like Home

Why This Must Be Read: Okay, so there's not heaps of h/c in this fic but there's enough for me to use it here. Besides it's sweet and funny as John finds himself traveling through several different parallel universes trying to get home and realizing something along the way.

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[identity profile] morena-evensong.livejournal.com
Show: SGA

Rec Category: Rodney McKay
Characters: Rodney McKay, Todd, other wraith, Team
Pairings: hinted one-sided Rodney/Todd, pre-Rodney/John
Categories: Gen, Angst
Warnings: violence, language, mind-fuckery
Author on LJ: Unknown
Author's Website: no more tears
Link: Permutationality

Why This Must Be Read: Author's summary reads: "Rodney gets a crash course in the inner workings of a Wraith Hive. John gets him back."

On the surface that sounds extremely straight-forward. What I love about this story is that it's really not. Just beneath the premise of Rodney spending months on board a wraith hive ship (thankfully he's captured by Todd's hive back when they still had a queen) as a prisoner, forced to help them with their part of the Wraith Civil War. It's an obvious parallel to when Todd was on Atlantis helping to defeat the replicators. sardonicsmiley takes that premise one step further, though, and shows us a side of the hive we didn't get to see on the show, the one that stems from the reality of the hive being an organism. And, of course, the longer Rodney spends in the hive, the more he begins to understand how it works and the more he begins to see the wraith themselves as more than just evil spacemonsters.

The term Stockholm Syndrome is never once out-right stated and I think what actually happens isn't quite as straightforward as that. While Rodney does start seeing his captors as individuals, he never truly does sympathize with them and his end goal never stops being rescuing the humans being kept on board as food. Even if he does accidentally save the Queen. Oops.

Word of warning: while the hinted one-sided Rodney/Todd is actually done in a way that isn't nearly as creepy as it sounds, if the idea of the pairing really does squick you then DO NOT go on to the follow-up snippet linked to at the bottom of the story. It does actually add a bit more context to the story itself, but not in a way that's necessary. And it's rated R with dub-con Rodney/Todd and Rodney/Hive (no orgies and no tentacles though, I promise).

snippet of fic )
[identity profile] morena-evensong.livejournal.com
Show: SGA
Rec Category: Rodney McKay
Characters: Rodney McKay, Carson Beckett, Radek Zelenka, Colonel Sumner, John Sheppard
Pairings: Rodney/Carson friendship
Categories: Gen
Warnings: None
Author on LJ: Unknown
Author's Website: Wraithbait
Link: The Perils of Lemon

Why This Must Be Read: According to the author's summary, this story is a take on how Carson and Rodney met and became friends. Which is a fun dynamic to watch develop, but what I really like about this story is how it shows Atlantis' crew coming together even before they get to Atlantis. And how protective some of them are of their Head of Sciences behind his back even as he pretends to forget their names. Interestingly enough, it's also a story that shows Sumner in a good light and takes Sheppard to task over that thing with the lemon in SG1 (which is something that's always bothered me).

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