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2.18 "Holiday"

Episode Guide

Précis

The alien Ma'chello traps Daniel Jackson with his body-swapping invention, steals Daniel's body and escapes to Earth. As Daniel lays dying in Ma'chello's ailing body, Jack and Teal'c attempt to help him, but they end up swapping bodies, too. Can they find Ma'chello and convince him to return to his own body in time to save Daniel?

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TEASER

INT—AN ALIEN CHAMBER

[The room has several columns of red draperies, a DHD, and a Stargate. It is quiet and deserted. The Stargate activates.SG-1 comes through it.]

O'NEILL
Looks like somebody's closed up for the winter, hmm?

[They step into the room and investigate the sheer draperies, each of which seems to cover some sort of device.]

CARTER
Teal'c, is this Goa'uld technology?
TEAL'C
These devices are unfamiliar to me.

[Carter picks up an electronic tablet and activates it. It shows Egyptian-looking symbols or icons.]

CARTER
Ah, this is interesting.
DANIEL
I wonder what's in there.
MA'CHELLO

(from behind a curtain)

I am in there.

[Alarmed, O'Neill and Carter bring up their weapons. Ma'chello enters from behind the curtain. He is a very old, frail-looking man.]

MA'CHELLO
I am unarmed.
O'NEILL
Who are you?

[Teal'c walks up to him and stares at him for a moment.]

TEAL'C
You are the one called Ma'chello, are you not?
MA'CHELLO
Do I know you?
TEAL'C

You do not. But I have seen images of you. Though your face had not seen as many years, it was you.
(to the others)

Since before I was born, this man has been a fugitive from the System Lords. One of my first assignments as First Prime of Apophis was to hunt this man.
DANIEL
What did he do?
TEAL'C
He was developing advanced technology to battle the Goa'uld. He was captured and tortured. The System Lords marked him to become a Goa'uld host, so his knowledge could be retained. Before the ceremony of implantation, he killed several Jaffa and escaped.
O'NEILL

(disbelieving)

He did that?
MA'CHELLO
I am not this person you speak of. You are mistaken.
DANIEL
Um, you don't have to be afraid. We're not Goa'ulds.
MA'CHELLO
We're not? Of course we are not! But if we are not Goa'ulds, who are we?
DANIEL
Well, I'm…I'm Daniel Jackson, from the planet Earth.
MA'CHELLO
Yes. Yes, that's right! I am Daniel Jackson from the planet Earth. Pleased to meet you.
DANIEL
No, I'm…I'm Daniel Jackson.
MA'CHELLO
No, I'm Daniel Jackson.
CARTER
Uh, these are very interesting machines. Are they inventions to fight the Goa'uld?
MA'CHELLO
Yes, inventions to fight the Goa'uld!
DANIEL
Well, do you think you could show us how they work?
MA'CHELLO
Are we sure we are not Goa'uld?

[O'Neill rolls his eyes. Daniel nods]

MA'CHELLO
You, you, you…here, quickly. Inventions to fight the Goa'uld.

[He uncovers one of the devices, which has two sets of handles, one on either end. He grabs one set of handles and nods to Daniel. Daniel grabs the other set. There is a sound and some sort of small jolt. Ma'chello falls to the ground.]

CARTER
Daniel?
DANIEL/MA'CHELLO

I'm fine. I think.
(to Ma'chello/Daniel)

Are you all right, sir?
CARTER

(checking Ma'chello)

He's got a faint pulse.
O'NEILL
All right. Carter, why don't you dial us out of here? Teal'c, grab the gentleman. Let's take him back to the base.
CARTER
Yes, sir.

[Shot of Ma'chello unconscious on the floor.]

END TEASER

OPENING TITLES

INT—SGC INFIRMARY

[Fraiser enters. Daniel/Ma'chello is sitting on a bed.]

FRAISER
Well, everything seems fine. Yep, all your numbers are normal.
DANIEL/MA'CHELLO
Good. I feel fine.
FRAISER
Yeah? You just…you seem a little out of it, Daniel. Is there something bothering you?
DANIEL/MA'CHELLO
No. I'm just exhausted.
FRAISER
Well, that's not unusual for someone who just received a high-voltage electric shock. Any idea what that machine was supposed to do?

[He shakes his head.]

FRAISER
Okay, well if you are not back to normal in a couple of days, you let me know.

[He stands up. She stops him with a hand on his arm.]

FRAISER
Uh, wait a minute. I don't want you driving for a couple of days.
DANIEL/MA'CHELLO
All right.
FRAISER

(bemused)

Okay.

[He stops to look at Ma'chello/Daniel, who is unconscious in the next bed, with an oxygen mask on his face.]

DANIEL/MA'CHELLO
How is he?
FRAISER
Not good. He has severe scar tissue all over his body. Looks like he was burned or electrocuted. My guess is he was tortured.
DANIEL/MA'CHELLO
He's not going to live much longer, is he?
FRAISER
I don't think so.

INT—SGC BRIEFING ROOM

[Hammond, O'Neill, Teal'c, and Carter are sitting at the table.]

HAMMOND
Let's continue without Doctor Jackson. Captain Carter, you were about to brief us about the device?

[Carter is holding the electronic tablet she found on the planet.]

CARTER
Yes, sir. I believe it's some sort of database for all of Ma'chello's inventions. These symbols are like icons on a computer. When I press one of them, a schematic diagram appears with notes on the side.
HAMMOND
Any idea what any of it is?
CARTER
Well, sir, that's the problem. It's not in any dialect that I understand. I was hoping that Daniel or maybe Teal'c could shed some light on these symbols.

[She hands the tablet to Teal'c.]

TEAL'C
I do not recognize them.

[Daniel/Ma'chello walks in.]

DANIEL/MA'CHELLO
I apologize.
HAMMOND
How are you, Doctor Jackson?
DANIEL/MA'CHELLO

(sitting)

Tired. Doctor Fraiser says it'll wear off in a few days. I'll be fine.
CARTER

(handing him the tablet)

Daniel, do you recognize any of these symbols?
DANIEL/MA'CHELLO
No.

[Carter looks uncertain about Daniel's response.]

HAMMOND
Keep trying, people. This could be some valuable technology. Dismissed.
DANIEL/MA'CHELLO
General. Doctor Fraiser thought I should go home, get some rest.
HAMMOND
Take a day.
DANIEL/MA'CHELLO
Thank you.

EXT—A CITY STREET, OUTSIDE AN APARTMENT BUILDING

[Daniel/Ma'chello gets out of the passenger side of a car.]

DANIEL/MA'CHELLO
Thank you, I'll be fine from here.
AIRMAN
Yes, sir.

[He starts to go into the building but hesitates. A pretty woman exits the building, smiling at him, and he starts to follow her down the sidewalk.]

INT—SGC INFIRMARY

[Hammond is at the foot of Ma'chello/Daniel's bed when O'Neill, Carter, and Teal'c enter. Fraiser is standing near the head of the bed.]

O'NEILL
You called, sir?
MA'CHELLO/DANIEL
Jack, Sam, Teal'c. Finally.
O'NEILL
How does this gentleman know our names?
MA'CHELLO/DANIEL
As I've been trying to tell the General and the good Doctor here, I am not Ma'chello, I am Daniel Jackson.
O'NEILL
Oh, here we go.
MA'CHELLO/DANIEL
I realize what I look like. But I'm telling you, that machine somehow switched us.
FRAISER
He, uh, knows a lot about Daniel.
MA'CHELLO/DANIEL
Ask me anything. Something only Daniel would know.
CARTER
Okay. Who's Cassandra?
MA'CHELLO/DANIEL
She's a twelve-year-old girl we found abandoned on P8X-987.
O'NEILL
P8X…
CARTER
987, yeah.
O'NEILL
All right, lucky guess.
HAMMOND
Where was the Stargate found?
MA'CHELLO/DANIEL
At a dig in Giza.
O'NEILL
All right, describe for me the dress your sister wore last week when I took her out.
MA'CHELLO/DANIEL
I don't have a sister, Jack, and if I did, I wouldn't let you near her.
HAMMOND
Okay, let's assume for a moment that you are Daniel Jackson. Then who the hell did we just send home?

EXT—ALONG A CITY STREET

DANIEL/MA'CHELLO

(to various people walking along, who all ignore him)

Hello, friend. I am new to this area. I would like to learn about your culture and customs. Will you teach me? Do you not understand me?
FRED

(holding out a paper cup)

Spare any change, please?
DANIEL/MA'CHELLO
Why does no one answer me?
FRED
'Cause you're strange.
DANIEL/MA'CHELLO
Am I? Tell me how I am strange.
FRED
Man, you can't be just walking up to people you don't know on the street, and talking all weird like that, asking for stuff.
DANIEL/MA'CHELLO
Isn't that what you are doing?
FRED
Well, yeah, but…
DANIEL/MA'CHELLO
Then you must be strange as well.
FRED
I been called worse. Sure, I'm strange, too.
DANIEL/MA'CHELLO
I am called Ma'chello.
FRED
I'm Fred.

[They shake hands.]

DANIEL/MA'CHELLO
Let us feast together, Fred, and celebrate our strangeness, and new-found friendship.
FRED
On you?
DANIEL/MA'CHELLO
If that is the custom, we will feast on me!

INT—SGC BRIEFING ROOM

HAMMOND
Doctor Fraiser?
FRAISER
Well sir, medically speaking, he is an elderly gentleman suffering from acute pulmonary damage. With the conscious awareness and memory of Doctor Daniel Jackson.
HAMMOND
How?
FRAISER
Well I can't tell you the method used to do it, General, but I can tell you that our personality, our memory, our conscious selves are derived from unique networks of neurons in the cerebral cortex. Somehow Daniel's networks were remapped onto the old man's by that alien device.
O'NEILL
So this could be a one-way deal, right?
FRAISER
I'm not following, sir.
O'NEILL
We don't know that it went both ways. Daniel could still be Daniel.
HAMMOND
His doorman said he never came into the building after he was dropped off.
O'NEILL
There you go. Let's find him.
CARTER
And what if he isn't Daniel?
HAMMOND
We're going to have to prepare for that possibility. Doctor Fraiser?
FRAISER
Sir, this, uh, problem is beyond my expertise. I'm going to have to consult with some neural specialists, sir.
HAMMOND
Do it.
O'NEILL
General, wouldn't it be a little easier if we just went back, got this machine, tried to slam it into reverse?
HAMMOND
All right, Colonel, retrieve it. But consider that device hazardous material. Prepare yourself accordingly.
O'NEILL
Yes, sir.

INT—MA'CHELLO'S CHAMBER

[O'Neill, Carter, and Teal'c enter from the Stargate, all dressed in full-body green hazmat suits.]

CARTER
I want to check out Ma'chello's room. Maybe he has some electronic notebooks that I can actually read.
O'NEILL
All right. Uh, Captain? Maybe you shouldn't touch anything in there.
CARTER
I'll be careful, sir.

[O'Neill and Teal'c pull insulating block-like handles from a case.]

O'NEILL
All right, let me get mine on first, here.

[O'Neill puts his handles over the handles of the switching device. Teal'c does the same.]

O'NEILL
All right, on three. One, two…
CARTER

(from behind a curtain, where she has seen a sort of bed)

Colonel!

[O'Neill pulls his hands back from the handles, spooked.]

O'NEILL
Captain?
CARTER
Sorry. Uh, I think I know how Ma'chello has lived so long. I think this is some sort of medical device. There's all sorts of tubes and thermal units that look like they're for life support.
TEAL'C
But Ma'chello was conscious when we found him.
CARTER
Well maybe it's triggered to automatically deactivate when someone comes through the Gate.
TEAL'C
Then we can place Daniel Jackson in the hibernation chamber so his body can be maintained.
CARTER
Yeah, possibly, if I can figure out how to get it to work again.
O'NEILL
How long, Captain?
CARTER
I don't know, sir. I might not be able to figure it out at all.
O'NEILL
Well, then, let's just get this thing back to Earth. It might be all we need. On three. One, two, three.

[O'Neill and Teal'c grab the insulated handles they have placed on the device. The device makes a sound and vibrates. Teal'c looks surprised.]

CARTER
What?

INT—SGC GATE ROOM

[O'Neill, Carter, and Teal'c come through the wormhole with the device on a cart.]

HAMMOND
How did it go, Colonel?
O'NEILL/TEAL'C
It did not go well, General Hammond.
TEAL'C/O'NEILL
Ya think?

[Everyone realizes Teal'c and O'Neill have switched bodies.]

INT—SGC LABORATORY

[The device is sitting on a table.]

O'NEILL/TEAL'C
This is indeed uncomfortable.
TEAL'C/O'NEILL
How do you think I feel, Teal'c? I've got a snake in my gut. You've got a comfortable, normal body.
O'NEILL/TEAL'C
It is normal to you, O'Neill. Having a symbiote within is normal to me.
TEAL'C/O'NEILL
Yeah, well, whatever. It's bad, okay?

[Carter enters.]

CARTER
Hey.
O'NEILL/TEAL'C
Have they located Doctor Jackson?
CARTER
No, they're still looking. The good news is I found the switching device on Ma'chello's computer. The problem is all of the notations are in that strange dialect. You know, when you think about it, it's actually kind of a good think that this happened. I mean, I can experiment with the two of you, and then when we find Daniel, Ma'chello, we can reverse the process. Assuming of course that it's reversible.
TEAL'C/O'NEILL
Captain, can we just get on with this?
CARTER
Right. Well, uh, I couldn't find any buttons or switches, so unless I've missed something, it must be triggered by the handles themselves. I think that we should try different ways of grasping the handles. First, let's just try grasping it normally, the same way you did before.

[O'Neill and Teal'c grasp the handles. A shortened sound is heard.]

TEAL'C/O'NEILL
Nope. Still got Junior.
CARTER
All right. Uh, all right, uh, maybe there's an in and an out handle. Why don't you switch sides.

[O'Neill/Teal'c spins the machine around on the table. They grasp the handles again. The same abortive-type sound is heard.]

O'NEILL/TEAL'C
We did not make progress.
CARTER
Okay, um, maybe it has something to do with the order in which you grab the handles.

EXT—ENTRANCE TO MOUNTAIN

INT—SGC LABORATORY

[Some time has passed. Teal'c/O'Neill looks sweaty and restless.]

TEAL'C/O'NEILL
I'm not feeling so hot.
O'NEILL/TEAL'C
What are you feeling, O'Neill.
TEAL'C/O'NEILL
All of the sudden, Junior's moving around a lot in there.
O'NEILL/TEAL'C
This likely means my body has contracted an illness my symbiote must repair.
CARTER
Illness. Great.
O'NEILL/TEAL'C
It is common. The symbiote will remedy the problem.
TEAL'C/O'NEILL
Okay, when?
O'NEILL/TEAL'C
It can only accomplish its work if you put your body into a state of kelno'reem.
TEAL'C/O'NEILL
Translation, Teal'c.
O'NEILL/TEAL'C
Similar to a state of hibernation.
CARTER
Meditation?
O'NEILL/TEAL'C
Perhaps, but I sense much deeper than that of any human meditation. It is imperative that you do this, O'Neill, or my body will be as if it has no immune system.
TEAL'C/O'NEILL
Okay. Tell me what to do.

INT—TEAL'CS QUARTERS

[O'Neill/Teal'c is lighting candles while Teal'c/O'Neill looks into a mirror on the wall. He looks quite ill.]

TEAL'C/O'NEILL

(speaking to his own reflection)

You don't look so good. You mean I don't look so good.
O'NEILL/TEAL'C
You will become increasingly ill as long as my symbiote does not have the opportunity to make the necessary repair.

[Teal'c/O'Neill sits on a chair, weakly.]

TEAL'C/O'NEILL
So you're telling me this is just going to get worse.
O'NEILL/TEAL'C
If you do not perform kelno'reem, it could lead to my death. Rather, your death.
TEAL'C/O'NEILL
What do I do?
O'NEILL/TEAL'C
Please, be seated.

INT—A DINER

[Fred and Daniel/Ma'chello enter. A pretty waitress walks up to them.]

WAITRESS
Can I help you?
DANIEL/MA'CHELLO

Hello. This is Fred. I am Ma'chello. We wish to feast, on me.
(louder)

In fact, let everyone here feast on me.
WAITRESS
You celebrating something?
DANIEL/MA'CHELLO
Indeed we are. Life.
WAITRESS
Okay, but I'm going to need a credit card.
DANIEL/MA'CHELLO
A credit card. Where would I find such a card?
WAITRESS
Usually, in your wallet.

[She gestures to his pocket and he finds a wallet and takes it out, opens it, and shows it to her.]

DANIEL/MA'CHELLO
Will one of these cards do?
WAITRESS

(taking a gold one)

Absolutely.
DANIEL/MA'CHELLO

(gazing at her)

You are one of the most enchanting women I have seen in my lifetime. I would be honored by a kiss.
WAITRESS

(smiling and walking away)

Yeah, I bet you would.

INT—TEAL'C'S QUARTERS

O'NEILL/TEAL'C
Very good, O'Neill.
TEAL'C/O'NEILL
It is? I'm not feeling any better.
O'NEILL/TEAL'C
You have not yet reached kelno'reem.
TEAL'C/O'NEILL
So how do I do it?
O'NEILL/TEAL'C
Relax. Concentrate. You must imagine the center of your mind and focus. Allow it to take you into a waking sleep. There you will dream. When you do so, it will be in harmony with the symbiote. Your subconscious minds will be as one. At that moment, you will have achieved kelno'reem. Here the symbiote will receive information necessary to repair your sickness.

[Teal'c/O'Neill, eyes closed, appears to be succeeding.]

INT—SGC INFIRMARY

[Ma'chello/Daniel is in bed with books and one of Ma'chello's electronic tablets on a table over his lap. Carter is sitting with him.]

MA'CHELLO/DANIEL

(defeated)

It's useless.

[He leans back into the pillow with his eyes closed]

CARTER
No, it's not. You've already figured out that it's a mixture of ancient Latin and Greek. We're getting closer.
MA'CHELLO/DANIEL

That's obvious because of the forms. The alphabets may be the same, but it's an entirely original language.
(agitated and struggling)

There's no sentence structure, there's no…

[Medical monitor begins to be epinalarm.]

CARTER
Take it easy.

[He appears to become unconscious as the machines continue to beep. Fraiser enters.]

FRAISER

His blood pressure's going up.
(shines penlight into his eyes)

He's not responding. Let's get a CT and check for hemorrhage. And, uh, get a respirator ready just in case.
CARTER

(alarmed)

Janet?
FRAISER
He's non-responsive. He's in a coma.

INT—DINER

[The waitress takes away empty plates and sets down hot-fudge sundaes in front of Daniel/Ma'chello and Fred.]

FRED
Dig in, Ma'chello, before the hot fudge melts all the ice cream.

[Daniel/Ma'chello takes a big bite of whipped cream, leaving bits of it around his mouth.]

FRED
So, uh, I get the feeling you fought in the Gulf. Am I right?
DANIEL/MA'CHELLO
No, but I was a soldier. I fought many battles. I was captured and tortured.
FRED
That explains a lot.
DANIEL/MA'CHELLO
I continued to fight, and lost all that I loved and cared for. But I knew I could not surrender. For you. If it were not for me, you would all be conquered by now.
FRED

(incredulous)

By who, Saddam?
DANIEL/MA'CHELLO
He is not a System Lord I am familiar with. But several others would have wiped you out.
FRED
Whatever you say, man.
DANIEL/MA'CHELLO
But I do not wish to fight any longer. From now on I only want to eat hamburgers and french fries and ice cream sundaes, and I want to be with good people like you, Fred.
FRED
All good things come to an end, Ma'chello.
DANIEL/MA'CHELLO
Oh no, my friend. Only evil things must come to an end. For good things, such as ourselves, it is possible to go on forever.
FRED
Cool.

INT—TEAL'C QUARTERS

[Teal'c/O'Neill opens his eyes, looking amazed.]

TEAL'C/O'NEILL

Whoa. Sweet.
(turns to look at Teal'c/O'Neill, becomes alarmed)

Teal'c?

[O'Neill/Teal'c is beginning to cut his hair withapairofscissors.]

TEAL'C/O'NEILL
What are you doing?
O'NEILL/TEAL'C
If I am to remain in this body, I must shave my head.
TEAL'C/O'NEILL
You're making a joke, right?
O'NEILL/TEAL'C
I am not joking.
TEAL'C/O'NEILL
Teal'c, you will not shave my head.
O'NEILL/TEAL'C
It is presently my head, O'Neill.
TEAL'C/O'NEILL
Teal'c, this is temporary!
O'NEILL/TEAL'C
And, if it is not?
TEAL'C/O'NEILL
Just give 'em a chance to find Daniel, okay? Teal'c, I'm going to see General Hammond. Promise me you won't touch the head until I get back.

[O'Neill/Teal'c raises an eyebrow as Teal'c/O'Neill leaves.]

INT—HAMMOND'S OFFICE

[Hammond waves Teal'c/O'Neill in.]

TEAL'C/O'NEILL
Sir, I feel like I need to be involved in finding Daniel.
HAMMOND
Well, I think we may have him soon. Daniel's credit card was just used at a local diner.
TEAL'C/O'NEILL
Request permission to go there, sir.
HAMMOND
Denied. You'll remain here until they bring him in. Be patient, Colonel.
TEAL'C/O'NEILL
I can't be patient, sir. Daniel is dying. And I'd rather we get to Ma'chello than risk some yahoo civvy officer shooting him and blowing any chance we have of saving him.
HAMMOND

Much as I'd like to, you're not exactly yourself.
(standing to face him)

Request denied.

EXT—ALONG A CITY STREET

DANIEL/MA'CHELLO
It has been a lifetime since I have enjoyed such companionship, Fred. I have truly enjoyed it.
FRED
Likewise.

[They look at a passing woman.]

DANIEL/MA'CHELLO
How does one court a wife, Fred?
FRED
Usually with lots of time, energy, and those credit cards.
DANIEL/MA'CHELLO
Good. Let us begin now.

[Two policemen have approached them from behind.]

COP
Hold it there, buddy.

[Daniel/Ma'chello and Fred turn around to face the officers.]

DANIEL/MA'CHELLO
I will not go back. It is impossible.
COP
Put your hands behind your head.

[Fred does so.]

FRED
Do it Ma'chello. You don't know these cops like me.

[Daniel/Ma'chello turns and runs. Cops begin to chasehim.]

FRED
Don't shoot him, man! He's a hero!

[Daniel/Ma'chello runs right into a police car. Three officers grab him and force him face down onto the hood of the car. They handcuff his hands behind his back.]

FRED
Aw, don't hurt him.
DANIEL/MA'CHELLO

(standing and turning to face Fred)

You were right, Fred. All good things do come to an end.

[They push Daniel/Ma'chello into the back of the police car.]

INT—SGC INFIRMARY

[Carter is standing at the foot of Ma'chello/Daniel's bed.]

CARTER

(anguished)

Come on, Daniel. They've found the guy, they're bringing him in. You have to wake up.

[She moves to the side of the bed and takes his hand, then leans over him.]

CARTER
Daniel. You can't die on me now.
MA'CHELLO/DANIEL

(weakly)

It's nice to know you don't just like me for my looks.
CARTER

(smiling)

Hey.

[She looks up at the sound of footsteps]

CARTER
Janet.

FRAISER
(smiling to see Ma'chello/Daniel awake)
Well, it is good to have you back, Doctor Jackson. You have impeccable timing. Sam, they're on their way in. We should get that machine of his in here.</blockquote>

[Carter kisses Ma'chello/Daniel on the temple, then leaves.]

INT—SGC INFIRMARY

[Carter and Fraiser wheel in the body-switching device. Teal'c/O'Neill is standing next to Ma'chello/Daniel's bed. Hammond enters followed by Daniel/Ma'chello and two SF's.]

HAMMOND
Reverse what you've done to my people.
DANIEL/MA'CHELLO
I cannot do what is impossible.
HAMMOND
Then you won't cooperate?
DANIEL/MA'CHELLO
On the contrary, I am telling you the truth. It is not possible.
CARTER
Why not?
DANIEL/MA'CHELLO
In simplest terms, the device retains a memory of every transference. For the very reason you are asking me, I designed it so that it encrypts the transference, blocking any reversal.
HAMMOND
Then reprogram it so it will unblock it.
DANIEL/MA'CHELLO
You do not have the necessary technology. Even if I wanted to change it, I could not.

INT—SGC BRIG

[Daniel/Ma'chello is inside, alone. An SF opens the door; Hammond and Carter enter. Carter is holding one of Ma'chello's electronic tablets.]

DANIEL/MA'CHELLO
Thank you for coming.
CARTER
Hope you're enjoying the scenery. It's the only view you'll have for the rest of your life.
DANIEL/MA'CHELLO
Yes, that is why I called you. I thought perhaps I might be able to negotiate for better accommodations.
HAMMOND
We're listening.
DANIEL/MA'CHELLO

(sits on the lower bunk bed)

First, let me apologize for the unfortunate transference of your Colonel and the Jaffa.
HAMMOND
Just get to the point.
DANIEL/MA'CHELLO
The symbols you've no doubt tried to decipher are unique. In form they're similar to my native language, but they're actually an original code I devised, in case my work came into enemy hands.
HAMMOND
We're not your enemy. If anything, we're allies.
DANIEL/MA'CHELLO
That is why I will teach Captain Carter that code. With my knowledge I guarantee you not only will you be able to effectively defend yourselves against the Goa'uld, you will in fact be able to defeat them.
CARTER
And our cost for this knowledge?
DANIEL/MA'CHELLO
My freedom, of course.
HAMMOND
And Doctor Jackson?
DANIEL/MA'CHELLO
He is not an issue.
CARTER
Not an issue? We're talking about a friend's life.
DANIEL/MA'CHELLO
Your friend was my solution to hiding my face permanently. Consider him a casualty of war. I am offering you the salvation of your planet. Is this not worth more than the life of one archaeologist?
HAMMOND

(serious, indignant)

I don't know about the customs of your planet, but here on Earth, the value of a life is priceless.

[Hammond leaves.]

CARTER
I want you to get to know your casualty.

INT—SGC INFIRMARY

[Carter enters, followed by Daniel/Ma'chello. Carter angrily makes him sit in the chair next to Ma'chello/Daniel.]

CARTER
I believe you two have met.
MA'CHELLO/DANIEL
Well, from what I can see, you're looking good.
DANIEL/MA'CHELLO

(patronizing)

What would you like me to say? I am sorry? That I wish I could undo it? I do not.
MA'CHELLO/DANIEL
Why?
DANIEL/MA'CHELLO
Why? Because I earned it. That is why. I earned it because I sacrificed my life for you and your people. The least you could do was compensate me with another.
MA'CHELLO/DANIEL
What right do you have to judge the value of my life?
DANIEL/MA'CHELLO
I have suffered more than anyone should suffer in a lifetime. For fifty years I fought against the Goa'uld. Then I was betrayed by my wife, whom they secretly turned into a host.
MA'CHELLO/DANIEL
So was mine. She is still with them.
DANIEL/MA'CHELLO
At least you still have a planet. And friends. Two billion of my people died rather than surrender me to the Goa'uld.
MA'CHELLO/DANIEL
You have made great sacrifices. We owe you gratitude. But still it does not give you the right to take another's life.
DANIEL/MA'CHELLO
If you had the technology, you would do the same.
MA'CHELLO/DANIEL
No, I wouldn't. Because then I would become no better than the Goa'uld.
DANIEL/MA'CHELLO

(angry)

I am not a Goa'uld. I hate the Goa'uld.
MA'CHELLO/DANIEL
The Goa'uld use hosts because they think they are better than humans. Because they believe they deserve it. You're a Goa'uld, Ma'chello. I am nothing but a host to you.
DANIEL/MA'CHELLO
I am not a Goa'uld.
MA'CHELLO/DANIEL
My wife is still alive. There is a chance I can still save her. You are stealing that chance.
DANIEL/MA'CHELLO
Even if you still had this body, you will never find her.
MA'CHELLO/DANIEL

(defiant but weak)

I will find her. I will find her.

[He goes still, but with his eyes open. Tears run down his temple. The heart monitor alarm goes off. The display shows his heart has stopped.]

FRAISER

He's in V-Fib.
(begins compressions on Ma'chello/Daniel's chest)
Prepare the paddles!
(keeps up compressions)

Come on, Daniel!

[Slow motion view of Fraiser doing CPR, Carter upset, looking at Daniel/Ma'chello, who is now uncertain. Heart monitor display shows a pulse starting up.]

FRAISER
Wait a minute. I've got a heartbeat, but I don't know for how long. Give me one mil eppy.
DANIEL/MA'CHELLO
If I could trade places with him again, I would. But unfortunately, I am the only one who cannot.
CARTER
Wait a minute. You're the only one who can't?
DANIEL/MA'CHELLO
Yes.
CARTER

(to SF)

Get Colonel O'Neill and Teal'c.

INT—SGC CORRIDOR

[Teal'c/O'Neill, Hammond, and O'Neill/Teal'c walking through the corridor into the infirmary.]

INT—SGC INFIRMARY

TEAL'C/O'NEILL
What's going on, Captain?
CARTER
I think I may have come up with a solution to this whole mess.
TEAL'C/O'NEILL
Finally.
FRAISER
Well, whatever you're going to do, do it fast.
CARTER

All right, it's a little complicated, so I need you to do exactly as I say. We're going to have to play a little musical chairs with your bodies. First, Colonel, you and Ma'chello will switch.
(Teal'c/O'Neill looks doubtful)

Trust me, Colonel.

[Daniel/Ma'chello and Teal'c/O'Neill grab the handles of the device. The device makes the same transference sound as before.]

CARTER

(to Daniel/O'Neill)

Colonel?
DANIEL/O'NEILL
I'm here.
CARTER
How do you feel, physically?
DANIEL/O'NEILL
Peachy.
TEAL'C/MA'CHELLO
The transference was successful. Physically we are fine. Please continue, Captain.
CARTER

All right.
(to O'Neill/Teal'c)

Now you and Daniel should switch.

[She pulls the device over to Ma'chello/Daniel's bed. She places his hands on the handle of the device. O'Neill/Teal'c grabs the other handles, and the transference takes place.]

O'NEILL/DANIEL
Whoa! Whoa, what a dream. What happened?
CARTER
I don't have time to explain right now, Daniel. Just bear with me.
O'NEILL/DANIEL
Okay.
DANIEL/O'NEILL
Danny-boy.

[He gestures with a finger for him to walk over]

O'NEILL/DANIEL
Jack?

[He walks over to join Daniel/O'Neill]

TEAL'C/MA'CHELLO

(to Carter)

I wish I had time to teach you the symbols. In your hands my inventions could go on fighting the Goa'uld.
CARTER
It's all right, I'll figure it out. Please.

[He grabs the handles, and Ma'chello transfers back into his own body.]

TEAL'C
I am myself again. Thank you, Captain Carter.
CARTER
Any time.
[Fraiser and Carter take Ma'chello's hands off the device. Carter gestures to Daniel/O'Neill and O'Neill/Daniel to come over to the machine.]
DANIEL/O'NEILL

(patting O'Neill/Daniel on the shoulder)

Our turn.

[They grab the handles and exchange bodies.]

O'NEILL

Yes, Yes!
(to Teal'c)

Shave my head!?

[He pats Teal'c on the belly and face.]

DANIEL
I'm back.
FRAISER
He's conscious again.

[Daniel approaches him.]

MA'CHELLO

(to Daniel)

Thank you, for my holiday.

[Ma'chello dies. Fraiser closes his eyes with her hand. She is tearful. She turns off the blaring heart monitor. Everyone looks sad at his death.]

HAMMOND

(somberly)

Welcome back, SG-1.

FADE OUT

END CREDITS

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