OMG! I mean OMFG! This ep... this ep was sheer perfection... until the last 5 seconds. Can I just pretend those last 5 seconds never took place and go back to saying OMMFG!!!! David Hewlett was incredible, Joe Flanigan was amazing, and the two of them together was magic to behold. And the team gathering around Rodney and.... and .... and....
John trying to be upbeat then turning away and his chest actually hitching when he took a breath. Just... I felt my own throat constrict. The way Rodney was always looking for John when he got scared and how Keller was almost promising John would be there as if it was a treat and the way Rodney's just completely lit up when he saw John because it *was* a treat! Rodney running through the halls *looking* for John and banging on his door and calling his name and John feeling guilty he had left him when he thought he was asleep.... oh, God, I think I have my detail fic right there!....and John promising he was there and not going anywhere and trying to make it right and the pier! Dear God, the scene with them on the pier with Rodney *WEARING JOHN'S JACKET*. Then they fall right back into the snark when Rodney comes back to himself in the cave. And John convincing Keller to use what she had available because it was Rodney's only chance and you just *knew* John wasn't going to give up trying to convince her until she did it.
Ronon insisting he owed it to Rodney to take him to the Shrine and Teyla helping him walk and Jeannie breaking down the first time she sees him and Ronon trying to comfort her.... just... just... Yes, I'm babbling and I know it but I DON'T FUCKING CARE because I'm on such a high right now and it come back on again in 28 minutes and I'll just turn it off before the crappy ending that did not need to be there. I mean, I know *why* they did it given some spoilers I've seen for the back half of the season but it would have been just as good if not better if they had left that stupid confession out.
But the rest, the rest was pure unadulterated heaven and I'll just add this first 59 min and 55 seconds of the ep on a continuous loop with Tao of Rodney and Doppelganger and die a happy woman now.