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3.21 "Crystal Skull"

Episode Guide

Précis

Daniel finds a glowing crystal skull identical to one first discovered by his grandfather decades before. When Daniel stares into the skull's eyes, a mysterious force makes him disappear. Now SG-1 must find Daniel's grandfather to unlock the mystery of the skull and bring Daniel back.

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TEASER

FADE IN

EXT—ALIEN WORLD (DAY)

[The Stargate has been opened and a MALP is making its way down a vast walkway, heading towards an immense pyramid in the distance.]

INT—CONTROL ROOM, SGC

[SG-1, watching the MALP's progress on a computer, see the pyramid.]

CARTER
This is well over a thousand metres high.
O'NEILL
And as pyramids go that's…big?
TEAL'C
I know of no Goa'uld structure of that magnitude.
DANIEL
Definitely Mayan. This is a major find, I have to see this.
O'NEILL
Any signs of life there?
CARTER
There is a breathable atmosphere, sir, but no complex life signs.

[On the computer, the MALP enters the pyramid. It comes to a huge cavern, filled with stalagmites.]

CARTER
This is a major find. I have to see this.
O'NEILL
You too?
CARTER
Well look at these readings, sir. These are leptons.
O'NEILL
Get out.
CARTER
That means something inside this pyramid is slowing down neutrinos. Normally neutrinos pass right through ordinary matter, no matter how dense. I mean, something like five hundred million billion just passed through you.
O'NEILL
No matter how dense?
CARTER
A material that slows neutrinos could change everything we know about physics, the formation of the universe…
DANIEL

(cutting her off)

Wait a minute, Sam. Get uh, get closer.

[The MALP's camera shows a narrow bridge, leading to a stone island in the centre of the cavern.]

CARTER
I can't. The MALP's too big to cross the span.
DANIEL
Zoom in. On that.

[He points at the screen and Carter zooms in. The camera focuses on a pink skull.]

TEAL'C
It appears to be a human skull.
DANIEL
No that's a crystal skull.
CARTER
How do you know?
DANIEL
Because it's exactly like the one found in 1971 in Belize. By my grandfather.

END OF TEASER

INT—BRIEFING ROOM, SGC

[Daniel is standing before the projector, clicking each picture to the next. They show various archaeological digs and other crystal skulls found on Earth.]

DANIEL
I could name at least a dozen different crystal skulls from various parts of the world, but the skull that Nick discovered in Belize was unique.
O'NEILL
Nick?
DANIEL
Uh, yeah, the uh…the great explorer, the not so great grandfather Nicholas Ballard. He preferred being called Nick even when I was a kid. It was uh…Anyway, the point is that no one can explain how the skull that Nick discovered was carved from a single piece of crystal, against the grain, given the technology of the day. He claimed that it possessed a certain…power.
HAMMOND
What kind of power?
DANIEL
That if one were to look into the eyes of the skull, one would be teleported to see…aliens.
TEAL'C
Your grandfather saw these aliens?
DANIEL
So he insisted to the entire academic community.
FRASIER
I take it his claim didn't go over very well.
DANIEL
As you might imagine, no. Um, he tried for years under controlled conditions to make the skull teleport him again to where the aliens lived, but he…never could.
O'NEILL
Doesn't mean he wasn't right.
CARTER
The academic community didn't believe your theory that the pyramids were landing sites for alien spaceships either.
O'NEILL
We have to see this.
HAMMOND
I'll authorise a standard recon mission.
FRASIER
Colonel I can only guess the effect this type of radiation may have on the human body. I recommend limited exposure, ten, fifteen minutes at most.
DANIEL
Wait a minute, that's not enough time. I mean, there has to be some sort of radiation suit or…
O'NEILL
Hey. If you'd been listening, you'd know that Nintendo's pass through everything.
DANIEL
I heard.

[Carter smiles.]

O'NEILL
Everything.

EXT—ALIEN WORLD (DAY)

[The Stargate closes as SG-1 walk towards the pyramid.]

O'NEILL
Whoa.

INT—PYRAMID

[SG-1 find the MALP, still sitting at the end of the narrow bridge. Carter is checking radiation readings with a device.]

CARTER
Muon radiation is increasing.
O'NEILL
Unhealthy?
CARTER
I don't think so, sir. Not if it stays at these levels.

[They stand at the edge of the huge cavern, looking out across the bridge.]

TEAL'C
Whoever the builders are, they appear to be a formidable race.
DANIEL
You could fit every pyramid on Earth inside this thing and still have room to spare.
O'NEILL
Can you imagine heating this place?

[He steps out onto the bridge and they begin to cross towards the island.]

O'NEILL
Major? Start the clock.

[They reach the other side and Daniel heads over to the skull, mounted on a stone pedestal.]

DANIEL
It's identical to the one Nick discovered in Belize.
TEAL'C
Can you determine if it is a means of transport as your grandfather believed?
DANIEL
Uh, I can't be sure, there's no writings of any kind on the pedestal.
CARTER

(to the others)

This cavern must act like some sort of containment body.
DANIEL

(to himself)

It's no wonder Nick was so fascinated.
CARTER
If I can get a sample of the substance that's slowing down these neutrinos, we can change the face of physics.
DANIEL
It's like a living thing, it's…
O'NEILL
I wonder how far down that it.

[He cautiously glances over the edge as Teal'c approaches Daniel, who is staring into the skull's eyes.]

TEAL'C
Daniel Jackson.

[Daniel doesn't answer, seemingly engrossed. As Teal'c watches, the skull is filled with tiny lights.]

CARTER
Sir, radiation is spiking! It's at three hundred percent.
O'NEILL
What?
CARTER
Four hundred.
O'NEILL
Right, that's it, we're outta here. Daniel?

[The lights explode from the skull in an energy field that engulfs Daniel. Teal'c raises his zat and fires at the skull, knocking Daniel away. The energy field collapses. Daniel is lying stunned on the floor, but none of the others go over to check on him.]

O'NEILL
Where'd he go?

[Teal'c crosses over to the stone pedestal and steps right through Daniel where he is lying unconscious on the floor.]

TEAL'C
He seemed to disappear.
CARTER
Sir, these readings are off the scale now. If we don't leave here soon…

[She suddenly passes out and is caught by O'Neill, who lifts her over his shoulder and starts running back across the bridge.]

O'NEILL
Teal'c, get out of there!

[After a moment, Teal'c turns and runs after them.]

INT—CONTROL ROOM, SGC

TECHNICIAN
Incoming traveller, sir. It's SG-1.
HAMMOND
Open the iris.

[The iris is opened as Hammond runs into the Gate room. O'Neill, Carter and Teal'c stumble through the Stargate and collapse on the gate ramp. Hammond rushes up to them.]

HAMMOND
Get a medical team in here!

[An airman rushes off to get FRASIER. Carter appears unconscious, while O'Neill and Teal'c struggle to move.]

HAMMOND
Where's Doctor Jackson?

[None of them can answer and O'Neill passes out.]

INT—INFIRMARY, SGC

[O'Neill, Carter and Teal'c are lying in the infirmary, while FRASIER and other medical personal attend to them. Teal'c is conscious as O'Neill slowly wakes up, sweating, and puts a hand to his head.]

FRASIER

(to Hammond)

He's coming to, sir.
O'NEILL
Carter? Daniel?
FRASIER
She's still unconscious. Teal'c is better off than both of you. His symbiote is helping him. It was close, Colonel. If you hadn't left when you did…
O'NEILL
Hot.
FRASIER

Yes, I know. We're trying to keep your temperature down. The muon radiation affected your hypothalamus. (She pats him down with a damp cloth.)

Essentially, your internal thermostat went haywire. Your respiration, heartbeat and your temperature have been fluctuating wildly.
O'NEILL
No kidding.
HAMMOND
As for Dr Jackson, Colonel, he never returned with you.
TEAL'C

(sitting up)

He is no longer there, General Hammond. The skull enveloped him in an energy field. I fired my zat'nikatel, but it was too late. He seemed to disappear.
HAMMOND
What?

INT—PYRAMID

[Daniel is still lying on the floor, unconscious.]

EXT—CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN (NIGHT)

[Armed guards are patrolling the entrance to the mountain.]

INT—CONTROL ROOM, SGC

[The Stargate is open and Hammond and a technician are looking through the MALP's camera.]

HAMMOND
Pan the camera left again.

[He points to the screen and the technician obeys.]

HAMMOND
Do the infrared sensors detect any sign of Dr Jackson?
TECHNICIAN
No, sir.

[Teal'c enters the Control Room.]

HAMMOND

(to Teal'c)

You should be in the Infirmary.
TEAL'C
I am well again, General Hammond.
HAMMOND
Not according to Dr FRASIER.
TEAL'C
Nicholas Ballard believed the crystal skull to be a teleportation device. Recovering the skull may help us to determine the location to which he was teleported.
HAMMOND
The MALP telemetry suggests the radiation levels are still too high.
TEAL'C
My symbiote provides me with a greater tolerance against the effects of radiation.
HAMMOND
And if that thing zaps you to where it sent Dr Jackson?
TEAL'C
Then I will have succeeded in locating him.

[Hammond appears to consider his offer.]

INT—PYRAMID

[Teal'c is running across the narrow bridge towards the crystal skull and pedestal. He doesn't see Daniel lying on the floor. Daniel slowly wakes up and climbs to his feet as Teal'c runs passed and begins to take off his pack.]

DANIEL
Teal'c!

[Teal'c grabs the skull and puts it into his pack, not answering.]

DANIEL
What happened? Where is everybody?

[Teal'c still doesn't answer. He pauses to look around, then heads down the steps, passing straight through Daniel on his way out.]

DANIEL

(shocked)

You just ran right through me. Teal'c!

[He starts running after Teal'c. Teal'c pauses at the end of the bridge and looks back. Daniel stops but it's clear Teal'c doesn't see him.]

DANIEL
What the hell is going on?

[Teal'c turns and starts running back to the Stargate.]

INT—GATE ROOM, SGC

[The Stargate opens and Teal'c steps through, closely followed by Daniel. The Stargate immediately closes behind them, almost catching Daniel.]

DANIEL

(annoyed, to the technicians)

Hey!

[Teal'c heads down to the bottom of the ramp where Hammond and Siler are waiting for him.]

HAMMOND
Well done, Teal'c.
TEAL'C
Regrettably, there was no sign of Daniel Jackson.

[Teal'c hands the pack to Siler as Daniel runs down to them.]

DANIEL
So I take it nobody else can see me either?

[He waves his hand in front of Siler, who doesn't react.]

HAMMOND

(to Siler)

Dr Rothman is awaiting the artefact in Lab 3C.
SILER
Yes, sir.

[Siler heads off as Daniel waves his hand through Hammond.]

TEAL'C
Major Carter will also want to study it.
HAMMOND
As soon as she's fully recovered.

[Daniel glances at his hand, then at Hammond.]

DANIEL
Recovered from what? What happened?

[They fail to answer him and walk away.]

INT—INFIRMARY, SGC

[Teal'c enters the Infirmary, followed by an invisible Daniel, and heads over to Carter's bed.]

FRASIER
She's going to be fine, Teal'c. Her exposure wasn't long enough to cause any permanent damage.
O'NEILL
Doc!

[Frasier turns to the other bed and pulls back the curtain. O'Neill is lying in the other bed, wrapped up to keep warm.]

FRASIER
You can protest all you want, Colonel, but it'll be a while before you get your strength back. So relax.
O'NEILL
Oh come on…
FRASIER
Ah! Doctor's orders.

[She leaves.]

O'NEILL

(muttering)
Napoleonic power monger. (He rolls over to face Teal'c.)

News?
TEAL'C
Daniel Jackson was nowhere in the vicinity of the pyramid.
O'NEILL
What the hell happened to him?
TEAL'C
I do not believe the skull is a weapon, O'Neill.
DANIEL

(to himself)

Well, you're right about that, it's not a weapon.
TEAL'C
It is indeed a teleportation device. I believe the artefact itself…
DANIEL

(speaking over him)

No, something else happened.
TEAL'C
Dr ROTHMAN is now studying it.
O'NEILL
ROTHMAN couldn't figure out an ashtray. The guy we need working on that skull is Daniel.
TEAL'C
It is he whom we endeavour to locate, O'Neill.
O'NEILL
Look, I'm sick of laying around. Help me up.
TEAL'C
Dr FRASIER believes you are not strong enough to undertake such a mission.
O'NEILL
Yeah, whatever.

[He tries to get up and succeeds in rolling off the bed and onto the floor.]

TEAL'C
Dr FRASIER is usually correct in such matters.

[He bends down and hauls O'Neill back onto the bed to lie facedown.]

O'NEILL

(muffled)

Thank you.
TEAL'C
You are welcome, O'Neill.

INT—ROTHMAN's OFFICE, SGC

[Rothman has the crystal skull on his desk and is flicking through papers. Daniel is leaning on the desk, speaking to him.]

DANIEL
Ok, you can do this Robert, I know you can. Focus on the Mayan legends, on the lost pyramids of Belize, the Ballard skull, that's where the answer is.
ROTHMAN

(sounding like he has a cold)

Well, it's a crystal skull.
HAMMOND
We knew that Doctor.
ROTHMAN
It's almost identical to Nicholas Ballard's skull in the Smithsonian.
DANIEL
He doesn't know it was found on P7X-377.
ROTHMAN
Actually, the craftsmanship is very impressive. It's probably made in Germany, early 1800s. What I don't understand is what it has to do with Daniel being missing?
TEAL'C
We believe it to be a teleportation device.
ROTHMAN
Are you serious?
DANIEL
That's good, Robert. Be sceptical.
HAMMOND
We were hoping your archaeological expertise could help provide insight into where he may have been sent.

[Rothman inhales a nasal spray.]

ROTHMAN

(cynically)

It's a skull!
DANIEL

(closing his eyes)

Not that sceptical.
TEAL'C
I myself witnessed the artefact create a tremendous field of energy which engulfed Daniel Jackson.
ROTHMAN
It's made of crystal, not plutonium. I don't see how this could…
HAMMOND

(cutting him off)

Humour me, Doctor! I want a full report within twelve hours.
ROTHMAN
Yes, sir. I-I was…
TEAL'C
Do not look directly into its eyes.
ROTHMAN
Ok.
DANIEL
Don't let me down, Robert.

[He follows Teal'c and Hammond out of the door.]

ROTHMAN
Teleportation device?

[He looks to SILER, working opposite him.]

ROTHMAN
What do you think?
SILER
I think you're gonna get fired.

INT—TEAL'C'S QUARTERS, SGC

[Teal'c is meditating in his quarters, sitting cross-legged and surrounded by dozens of lit candles. Daniel, unseen, is sitting opposite him, watching.]

DANIEL
Teal'c. In case I don't ever get the chance to…say this. If you hadn't come back for me, I would have been stuck in that place forever so…thank you.

[Teal'c's eyes snap open and he looks around.]

TEAL'C
Is there someone present?
DANIEL

(excitedly)
Yes.
(He gets to his feet and stands before Teal'c.)

Yes, it, it's me, it's Daniel. I'm right here. I'm right here, just don't walk…

[Teal'c passes through him.]

DANIEL
…through me. It's very disconcerting.

[Teal'c opens the door and look out into the corridor. Daniel follows him out.]

DANIEL
You sensed I was in the room, you just can't see or hear me. Which is a little frustrating as you may imagine.

[Teal'c returns to his quarters and closes the door. Daniel appears disappointed.]

INT—ROTHMAN's OFFICE, SGC

[Rothman has his face close to the skull's and he is gazing into its eyes.]

CARTER
Stop!

[He jumps and looks up as Carter and FRASIER enter the room.]

CARTER

(cont'd)

That is exactly what Daniel was doing when he was absorbed by the energy field.

[Daniel is sitting on a table in the corner.]

DANIEL

(wearily)

That's what I've been trying to tell him.

[He drops his head.]

ROTHMAN
I-I know that. I was trying to prove something.

[He takes off his glasses.]

FRASIER
Prove what?
DANIEL
That the skull didn't do this.
CARTER

(to Rothman)

You don't think the skull is responsible for what happened to Daniel, do you?
ROTHMAN
I'm still here.
CARTER
There was intense muon radiation at the time the energy…
ROTHMAN
There is no residual radiation.
CARTER
Look, I saw what that thing is capable of.
ROTHMAN
Hey, I wish it was a teleportation device. I could use it to go find Daniel. He's my friend too, you know. I don't think that's what we've got here. I think what we've got here is…a paperweight.

[Carter looks angry.]

ROTHMAN

(apologetic)

I'm sorry. I…that's my opinion.

[He turns away, looking tired.]

CARTER

It's all right. I'll take over from here.
(to Siler)

There may be properties within the crystalline structure that are invisible to the naked eye. We should run some diagnostic tests.

[Frasier goes over to a table to fetch Carter a glass of water.]

DANIEL
Wait a minute, I'm not hungry or thirsty. Why not?
CARTER

(to Frasier)

Thank you.

[Daniel jumps off the table.]

DANIEL
Because I'm dead?

[Carter stops drinking her water and appears disturbed.]

ROTHMAN

(looking around)

What?
CARTER
Did anybody else feel that?
FRASIER
What?
DANIEL
What if I'm a ghost?
CARTER
I just got a shiver.
FRASIER
Well, you're still feeling the after-effects of the radiation.
DANIEL
No, I think that was me.

[He appears as disturbed as Carter.]

INT—GATE ROOM, SGC

[Technicians are preparing a UAV for launch.]

INT—CONTROL ROOM, SGC

[The Stargate is dialling up.]

TECHNICIAN
Chevron four encoded…

[SG-1 is present, along with FRASIER. Daniel is sitting behind them on a piece of equipment.]

CARTER

(to Hammond)

Sir, we've subjected the skull to every piece of diagnostic equipment we have.
TECHNICIAN
Chevron five encoded…
HAMMOND
What have you found?
CARTER
Nothing.
O'NEILL
We could take another look at that planet, sir.
FRASIER
I'd strongly recommend against it. We're still getting readings periodically from the MALP. The radiation levels have dropped slightly, but their still elevated.
TECHNICIAN
Chevron six encoded…
HAMMOND
We are preparing a UAV for a long-range search around the pyramid. I don't see any point in risking another SG team unless that search turns up something.
TECHNICIAN
Chevron seven locked.

[The Stargate opens.]

HAMMOND
Launch when ready, sergeant.
TECHNICIAN
Launching UAV in five, four, three, two, one…mark.

[The UAV shoots into the wormhole.]

CARTER
I can't believe I'm gonna suggest this, but what about Daniel's grandfather?
DANIEL AND O'NEILL

(in unison)

Nick?
CARTER
Well, he claimed that the skull teleported him somewhere. He may be the only person who actually knows where Daniel is.
FRASIER
I'm not so sure, Major. I've already taken the liberty of looking him up.
DANIEL

(cringing)

Oh you didn't.
FRASIER
His current address is a psychiatric institution in Oregon.
O'NEILL
Psychiatric?
FRASIER
Apparently his failure to prove the crystal skull was more than just a curiosity caused a severe mental breakdown from which he's never been able to fully recover. Nick checked himself in.
CARTER
Why wouldn't Daniel have told us that?
DANIEL
Oh, yes, by the way he's insane.
FRASIER
Daniel was a regular visitor there up until four years ago, right before he joined the Stargate program.
DANIEL
Oh please, he kicked me out. We had a huge fight.
FRASIER
Apparently, Nick still talks about him all the time.
DANIEL
He doesn't want anything to do with me.
FRASIER
The doctor I spoke to says any friends of Dr Jackson's are welcome.
DANIEL

(surprised)

What?
CARTER
We don't have much else to go on.
HAMMOND
Find out what you can, but I needn't remind you the details of this matter will have to remain classified. That means you won't be able to tell him what happened to Dr Jackson or where the skull was found.

INT—PSYCHIATRIC INSTITUTION, OREGON (DAY)

[O'Neill is fetching himself a drink from a machine and being stared at intensely by an inmate.]

NURSE

(over intercom)

Dr Nelson, please report to ward 2 East. Dr Nelson, please report to ward 2 East.

[O'Neill quickly walks away and heads over to Carter and Teal'c. Daniel is leaning, unnoticed, against a wall.]

[A nurse comes out of a room to meet them.]

NURSE
Sorry for the wait. Is there anything I can do for you?
TEAL'C
You may take us to Nicholas Ballard immediately.

[The nurse appears taken aback at his abrupt manner.]

O'NEILL
He's just a little anxious to see old Nick.
NURSE
Oh, are you close?
O'NEILL
Yes.
TEAL'C

(at the same time)

No.

[O'Neill looks at him.]

TEAL'C
Yes, extremely.
NURSE
Well, I'll just check and see if he's ready for you.
DANIEL
What am I waiting for?

[He follows the nurse and passes through the doors to Nick's room. Inside, Nick and a doctor are present.]

NURSE

(to the Doctor)

Colonel O'Neill and his party are here.
DOCTOR

(to Nick)

Friends of Daniel I told you about are here, just outside. Would you like to see them now?

[Daniel crosses the room and Nick seems to watch him.]

NICK
I miss him.
DANIEL
Hi Nick, long time no see.
DOCTOR

(to Nurse)

Would you show them in please?

[Daniel crouches down before his grandfather.]

DANIEL
Nick, I need your help. Friends of mine want to ask you about the skull you found in Belize. Tell them everything, just trust them.

[The rest of SG-1 enter the room.]

DOCTOR
Nick, this Colonel Jack O'Neill. He's a friend of Daniel's.
O'NEILL
Doctor, would you mind if we…?

[The doctor understands and leaves.]

NICK

(pointing to himself)

Nick.
O'NEILL

Jack. (He offers his hand, but Nick doesn't take it.)

Colonel.

[He sits opposite Nick.]

NICK
Daniel followed my footsteps.
O'NEILL
You must be very proud.
NICK
He made a fool of himself.
DANIEL
Oh yeah, here we go.
NICK
He staked his entire academic career on this belief that the great pyramids of Egypt were made by aliens.
O'NEILL
Yes, well, that's…
NICK
He was more insane than I was. I told him so. I told him to forget all that nonsense.
DANIEL
Uh, it wasn't nonsense. I was right.
NICK
He lost his apartment, his research grant, he hasn't published a paper in two years. Now where is he? Where is he now?
CARTER
In a way, that's what this is all about. We wanted to hear exactly what happened to you back in '71 when you first found the skull.
NICK
Nothing happened. There were no aliens.
DANIEL
Trust them, Nick.
NICK
No one believed me.
O'NEILL
Daniel believed you.
DANIEL
Oh, no, no, no don't. Don't.
NICK
He didn't. He wanted to. He did listen. In the end he did not believe in my theories of the skull just as I did not believe his theories of the pyramids and the aliens.
DANIEL
I guess we both were right.
O'NEILL
Nick, can you tell us what happened when you found that skull?
NICK
Why?
O'NEILL
Because we've found another skull, identical to the one you found in Belize.
NICK
Show me.
CARTER
It's in a high security facility at the moment. But if you tell us about your experiences, we…
NICK
Then take me there.
O'NEILL
We can't do that. It's classified.
DANIEL
You have to.
NICK
If you don't, then I won't tell you anything.

[He gets up and goes over to the window, looking out.]

NICK
It is up to you.

INT—HAMMOND'S OFFICE, SGC

[Daniel is leaning, unobserved, against the window, while O'Neill speaks with Hammond.]

HAMMOND
Colonel, there is no greater secret in this nation than the Stargate.
O'NEILL
So, we keep him away from level 28.
HAMMOND
A civilian? Who has spent the last twenty years of his life in a psychiatric institution?
O'NEILL
Exactly. Who's gonna believe him if he says anything?
HAMMOND
Colonel, you walk a fine line.
O'NEILL
Thank you, sir.

[He walks out. The phone rings.]

HAMMOND

(into the phone)

Hammond.
DANIEL
General, I know you can't hear me, but thank you.
HAMMOND

(cont'd)
Absolutely, put her through. Kayla, sweetheart, this is grandpa. Isn't this past your bedtime?
(He laughs at something his granddaughter says)
You lost another tooth. Well, you put it under you pillow tonight. I bet your big sister Tessa wishes she lost a tooth.
(He pauses as she speaks)

I'd love to come to see you in your school play tomorrow night, sweetheart, but can't. Well, a very close friend of mine is lost and he needs my help. Yes, he's a very close friend. I hope so too.

[Daniel pauses, seemingly touched, then leaves.]

INT—CARTER'S LABORATORY, SGC

[Nick is escorted into the lab where the skull is being kept. He walks over to it and reaches out to touch it.]

SILER
I don't think you should touch that, sir.
CARTER
Uh, it's all right, sergeant, thank you. Nick, this is Doctor Robert Rothman.
ROTHMAN

(eagerly offering his hand)

It's, it's a pleasure to meet you…
NICK

(ignoring him completely)

It's exactly the same as the one I found in Belize. Where did you find it?
O'NEILL
We can't tell you that.
DANIEL
You're gonna have to tell him eventually, Jack.
NICK

The skull stood on a stone pedestal.
(He interprets their knowing looks.)

You have been there, haven't you?
CARTER
You mean Belize?
NICK
No, no, no. That was the ruins of the temple where I found the skull. But it's all gone, collapsed. I am talking about a cavern.
TEAL'C
Do you know the location of this cavern?
NICK
Nowhere on this Earth. It was so enormous that…that the light of my torch never reached the bottom.
DANIEL
Yes, but how did you get there?
NICK
I don't know how I got there. A field of energy surrounded me and suddenly I was simply there. And then they came.
CARTER
They?
NICK
The giants.
CARTER
Giants?
NICK
The giant aliens. They rose up as if they were made of mist. They flew around me like spectres.
DANIEL
Now you know why no one believed him.
NICK
They spoke 'Oo ya waaling waaling wey tayil'.
ROTHMAN
That's, that's Mayan. The enemy of my enemy…
DANIEL

(speaking over him)

The enemy of my enemy is my friend, yes, but what does it mean?
NICK
I was afraid to answer. I just closed my eyes and suddenly I found myself back again under the temple in Belize. And the ground was shaking as if in an earthquake and I just grabbed the skull and…and climbed out and everything collapsed.
O'NEILL
Wow, that's uh…giants.
CARTER
So, you were sent to this cavern and back again without ever knowing where it was, in the ruins where you found the skull?
NICK
I spent years trying to find it again, but it was as if the temple never existed.
CARTER
So I guess you couldn't take us there either.
NICK
Can you imagine what it feels like to go on the most incredible journey of your life and have no one believe you?

[No one answers.]

O'NEILL
Uh, Teal'c, you wanna escort Nick down to the VIP room?
TEAL'C
Nicholas Ballard, would you come with me please.

[Nick tears himself away from the skull and follows him out of the room.]

O'NEILL

(to Rothman)

So. Tell you anything?
ROTHMAN
Oh, maybe. I mean, I…uh, no.
O'NEILL
Work on it.

[He and Carter leave.]

INT—CORRIDOR, SGC

[O'Neill and Carter are heading down the corridor towards the elevator.]

CARTER
He described the cavern perfectly, sir, he had to have been there.
O'NEILL
Uh, giants?
DANIEL
Yes, that's weird, I admit.
CARTER
Somebody built that place.
O'NEILL
Didn't help us.
DANIEL
But if he really was transported to P7X-377, maybe this skull was trying to send me somewhere and something interrupted the process.

[Carter enters the elevator and turns to O'Neill.]

CARTER
Do you get the feeling that Daniel is still around?
DANIEL
We have to go back there.
O'NEILL
Kinda.
CARTER
I guess it's 'cause we miss him.
DANIEL
And we have to talk to those giant aliens.
O'NEILL
Or radiation sickness.

[Carter smiles.]

CARTER
Goodnight, sir.

[The lift doors close and O'Neill heads back down the corridor.]

DANIEL

(calling after O'Neill)
What? That's…that's it? What ever happened to working through the night?
(In a small voice)

I'd do it for you.

INT—VIP ROOM, SGC

[Teal'c shows Nick to his room.]

TEAL'C
There will be a guard posted outside your door should you require assistance.
NICK
When you see Daniel, would you tell him I…? Well, never mind. It's something I should tell him myself.
TEAL'C
Very well.

[Teal'c leaves and the airwoman closes the door. Nick sits down on the bed. Daniel is leaning against a wall, watching.]

NICK
I am sorry.
DANIEL
For what?
NICK
For not adopting you when your parents died.
DANIEL
You were travelling all over the world.
NICK
It wasn't your fault.
DANIEL
I was eight years old, how could it have been my fault?
NICK

I am sorry for allowing my obsession to drive me to madness.
(He looks directly at Daniel.)

Would you forgive me?
DANIEL

(walking towards him)

You can see me?
NICK
Yes Daniel, I can see you.
DANIEL

(exasperated)

Why didn't you say something?!
NICK
You're not real so it doesn't mean anything.
DANIEL

(going to his knees before the bed)

No, no, no no, Nick. Nick, I'm real, I'm real. You're not hallucinating.
NICK
Hallucinations always say that.
DANIEL
Not this time, Nick. The skull, the skull did this to me. I'm trapped, I'm in another dimension, I'm out of phase, something. Look, all I know is I need your help. If you don't help me, I don't know how I'm gonna get home.

[Nick appears shocked.]

NICK
So what do you want me to do?

INT—BRIEFING ROOM, SGC

[Hammond, Frasier and O'Neill are in conference when Nick comes down the stairs, escorted by an airwoman and followed closely by Daniel.]

AIRWOMAN
Sirs, Mr Ballard insisted on seeing both of you immediately.
NICK
Forgive me. He insisted. Daniel is here.
HAMMOND
Here?
DANIEL
Repeat what I'm saying. 'I'm standing right beside you'.
NICK
Standing right beside me.
O'NEILL

(sarcastically)

He's lost a few pounds.
DANIEL
Jack, don't be an ass.
NICK

(repeating his words)

Jack, don't be an ass.

[They all seem surprised.]

O'NEILL
Daniel?
DANIEL
Yes. We have to go back to the planet and we have to let the skull finish what it started.
NICK
We must go back to the planet.
HAMMOND

(to O'Neill)

Planet?
O'NEILL
Uh, not a word, sir, I swear.
NICK
Daniel told me all about the Stargate. We must replace the skull on the pedestal so that the giant aliens will come. Something must have interrupted this process.
O'NEILL
Uh, Teal'c fired his zat. That's all I can imagine it would be, sir.
DANIEL
That's it. That's what interrupted the process. We have to, we have to…let it happen, we have to trust it.
HAMMOND

(to Nick)

Why didn't you say something sooner?
NICK
I thought I-I was hearing voices. It wouldn't have been for the first time.
FRASIER
Forgive me, but why are you the only person who can see him?
NICK
Perhaps because I went through the same experience.
DANIEL
Tell General Hammond if we go back right now, he might be able to see his granddaughter's school play after all.
NICK
General Hammond, if you let us go now, you may be able to see your granddaughter's play.
HAMMOND

I was alone in my office when Kayla phoned.
(to the air beside Nick)

Uh, Dr Jackson, are you absolutely certain you and SG-1 can safely return to the planet?
DANIEL
Say yes.
NICK
Yes.
O'NEILL
It's good enough for me, sir.

INT—CORRIDOR, SGC

[O'Neill and Nick are heading towards the Gate room, trailed by Daniel.]

O'NEILL
So it wasn't the skull alone that did this, it was its connection to the cavern.
DANIEL
Yes, I think the skull is just the icon that represents the human form.
NICK
Yes.
O'NEILL
And Daniel said you should come along to make it work?
DANIEL
Wait, I never said that. You're taking advantage of me.
NICK
Yes.

INT—GATE ROOM

[Carter and Teal'c are already waiting at the bottom of the ramp. The Stargate opens and the event horizon shoots out, shocking Nick.]

NICK

(to Daniel)

So this is what you have been doing these past few years.
DANIEL
Exploring planets.
HAMMOND

(over microphone)

SG-1, you have a go. Maintain radio contact.

[O'Neill and Carter head up the ramp and disappear through the Stargate.]

NICK
Daniel, behind that is another world? You must tell me everything.
DANIEL
As soon as we get back, I promise.
TEAL'C
After you, Nicholas Ballard.

[They head up the ramp and enter the Stargate.]

VFX—SHOOTING THROUGH WORMHOLE

EXT—ALIEN WORLD (DAY)

[SG-1, along with Nick cross the long expanse towards the pyramid.]

INT—PYRAMID

[They enter the pyramid and pause by the original MALP, looking out over the cavern.]

NICK

(excitedly)

It's just as I remembered it. This is where they live.

[He starts to cross the narrow bridge, stumbles slightly and is steadied by O'Neill. They cross the bridge and reach the island. Daniel walks over to the pedestal while Teal'c retrieves the skull from his pack. He hands to Nick, who goes to the pedestal and places it on top.]

NICK
Now we must wait for the giant aliens.
O'NEILL

(dryly)

That just has a nice ring to it.

[Nick steps down from the pedestal.]

O'NEILL

(into his radio)

General Hammond, we're in position.
HAMMOND

(over the radio)

Understood Colonel. Proceed.

[Daniel bends forward and looks directly into the eyes of the skull. It starts to glow and the energy field springs up, enveloping all of them.]

CARTER
Sir, radiation's climbing again.
NICK

(looking at the lights surrounding them)

This is incredible.
O'NEILL
Daniel said to let it happen.

[Daniel is still staring into the eyes of the skull, when the field collapses back into the skull.]

CARTER

(seeing him)

Daniel!

[He turns around.]

DANIEL
Sam.

[He heads down the steps towards them.]

DANIEL

(cont'd)

It worked.

[Teal'c is looking around.]

TEAL'C
O'Neill! Major Carter!

[He doesn't appear to be able to see any of them. O'NEILL waves his hand through TEAL'C.]

O'NEILL
Carter?
CARTER
It appears that we're out of phase like Daniel, but Teal'c isn't.
DANIEL
Why?
O'NEILL
You're asking me?
TEAL'C

(into his radio)

General Hammond, I was not teleported with the others.
HAMMOND

(over the radio)

Return to base immediately.

[After one last look around, Teal'c obeys. A mist suddenly rises up from below them, materialising into the form of a giant, human-shaped being.]

O'NEILL

(taking a step back)

Holy smoke! Hello! What's your name?
GIANT ALIEN
Oo ya waaling waaling wey tayil.
O'NEILL
Daniel?
DANIEL
'The enemy of my enemy is my friend.'
O'NEILL
I know what it's saying, why is it saying that?
DANIEL
It didn't affect Teal'c, why?
CARTER
Because he's Jaffa.
DANIEL
He's carrying a symbiote, a Goa'uld.

[He steps towards the alien.]

DANIEL

(to the alien)

We are enemies of the Goa'uld!
GIANT ALIEN

(in English)

Then you are welcome here.
O'NEILL

(to Daniel)

Keep talking.
DANIEL
We're travellers, we come in search of friendship. We'd like to exchange our knowledge and culture.
GIANT ALIEN

We accept your proposition.
(He points to Nick.)

You may remain.
NICK
Me?
O'NEILL
Him?
GIANT ALIEN

(to Nick)

This is not the first time you have journeyed here.
NICK
You remember.
DANIEL

(to the alien)

There are others among our people who would gladly return.
NICK
No, Daniel. Let me.
DANIEL
Nick.
NICK
This was my life's work. I've been hoping for another chance at this for twenty-nine years. Please.
DANIEL
You just came back into my life.
NICK
I'll be back again.
GIANT ALIEN

(to the others)

Look again into the eyes of the skull.
O'NEILL
Well, Nick…take notes.
NICK
I will.

[Carter waves goodbye as she and O'Neill head towards the skull.]

DANIEL
You have to tell me everything.
NICK

I promise.
(He places his hands on Daniel's shoulders.)

Daniel, I am proud of you.
DANIEL

Goodbye… (he smiles)

Grandpa.

FADE OUT

THE END

Transcribed by Dee for Stargatefan

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