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Stargate Command gets a video message from Vala's extremely unreliable father Jacek on the planet Robak- he claims to know about the late Arkad's plans to attack and blow up Earth, even about the several cloaked, naquadah-laden cargo ships in orbit, and offers details in exchange for sanctuary. General Landry asks Dr. Lam to help him resume contact with her mother Kim, his ex-wife. Even after the cargoes are found and blown up, Vala abhors her dad's entry. The general asks her to go easy on him, realizing that he, too, neglected his daughter because of his career, even if Jacek's neglect was just criminal. When Cam and Daniel go tell Jacek he shouldn't scam people, he tricks them into talking to Vala for him. Vala goes over just for catharsis, telling him she's through picking up the pieces of his tricks, and he certainly keeps scamming- as Daniel also finds even with Terak, a Jaffa from an escaped cargo ship, who hopes to sell the naquadah. When they are apprehended, Jacek promises to help track it and override the rigging of the cargo ship. The Jaffa wait for Jacek and Vala, intending to eliminate them now that Terak is gone, but SG-1 saves them. Since there never was an override, he cheerfully flies away alone in the cargo ship, ignoring that his treachery was anticipated, it's a decoy.
The SGC is contacted by Jacek who says he has valuable information for them: he will give them the location of Arkad's store of naquadah in return for asylum on Earth. Vala doesn't believe they should deal with the man whom she knows very well: he's her ne'er-do-well father who was absent for much of her life. His information proves to be correct and Landry approves the deal. Jacek however is soon up to his old tricks running a telephone charity scam and bilking the old ladies in his building at bingo. Everyone on the team tries to keep him on the straight and narrow, for Vala's sake if no other reason. Despite his promises Jacek continues in his ways but he soon has an opportunity to prove himself. Meanwhile, Vala's situation causes General Landry to review his own family situation.
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