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4.07 "Watergate"

Episode Guide

Précis

SG-1 joins forces with a beautiful Russian scientist to investigate a rogue Stargate in Siberia, linked to a mysterious water planet. The team must venture via submarine to the water planet, where they encounter an unexpectedly terrifying alien precense that just might destroy them all.

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Transcript

TEASER

FADE IN

INT—SGC CORRIDOR

[A fully geared up SG-1 is walking down the corridor to the Gate room.]

CARTER
The MALP readings indicate a very low UV level. All other indications suggest a positive environment.
O'NEILL
Sounds good.

[They enter the Gate room to the sound of the Gate activating.]

DANIEL
It's going to take us two weeks to get the Enkarans fully transplanted.
TEAL'C
If the planet proves to be suitable.
DANIEL
It better be, they're running out of time.

[They wait at the foot of the ramp for the Gate to open. The seventh chevron falls into place, but the Gate doesn't open. O'Neill turns to look at Sgt Davis in the control room.]

DAVIS
Chevron seven won't engage.

[All of SG-1 turn around to look at the control room. O'Neill looks at Carter who nods and goes to help in the control room.]

DAVIS

(to Carter)

I don't understand it, the diagnostic shows no problems.

[Carter looks at the computer display, which reads 'total errors = 0']

CARTER

(on speaker)

Sir, this is going to take a while.

[She starts working on the computers.]

INT—GATE ROOM

[The Gate is still inactive.]

INT—CONTROL ROOM

[Carter is sitting at the console with Sgt Davis. Hammond and the rest of SG-1 are standing nearby.]

CARTER
It looks like there was an energy spike in our power log about eight minutes before we first tried dialing out.
[Daniel looks at Teal'c in surprise.]
DANIEL
Err, correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't that something we've seen before when another Gate is being used on Earth?
O'NEILL
Like when Maybourne's NID guys had the other Gate.
TEAL'C
There is no longer a second Stargate on Earth.
HAMMOND
Ours was destroyed along with Thor's ship.
CARTER
But if there was another Gate and its use was responsible for the energy spike, there might be a corresponding seismic tremor, like when the Gate was found in Antarctica.
DAVIS
I've got something.

[A computer screen shows a map of Siberia and surrounding countries. A dot is flashing in the center of the map. O'Neill moves to look at the screen.]

CARTER
There was a minor seismic event that matches the time in our power log exactly.
O'NEILL
Is that Siberia?
CARTER
Yes, sir, and there's only one explanation I can think of.
DANIEL
The Russians have a Stargate!

END OF TEASER

INT—BRIEFING ROOM

[O'Neill is standing looking out on some airmen running diagnostics on the Gate. He walks over to the table as Hammond enters and they sit down.]

HAMMOND
The Russians recovered the Stargate from the bottom of the ocean.
O'NEILL
I though we swept that whole area.
HAMMOND
We're talking about hundreds of square miles, Colonel. The Russian navy was on alert because they picked up Thor's ship on satellite. They must have got lucky and beat us to it.
CARTER
And they're admitting this?
HAMMOND
We didn't give them much choice, Major. The Pentagon said we had the evidence that could prove it.
DANIEL
Obviously they figured out how to use it.
CARTER
It took us years!
HAMMOND
Apparently the Russians know quite a bit about the SGC.
O'NEILL

(suspiciously)

How?
HAMMOND
They didn't say. How they got it open isn't the issue right now, either. The problem is it won't close.
DANIEL
Well, that doesn't make any sense. I mean, shouldn't it eventually shut down on its own?
TEAL'C
Even the Goa'uld themselves have not been able to sustain a wormhole for longer than thirty-eight minutes.
O'NEILL
What about another black hole planet?
O'NEILL
We would detect a gravitational anomaly, sir.

[He looks at her, annoyed that his good idea was wrong.]

HAMMOND
The Russian government is divided on how to deal with the situation. It seems the Russian president didn't support setting up a Stargate program in the first place. Until we called they were planning on bombing the facility and covering the whole thing up.
O'NEILL
And now?
HAMMOND
One of the Russian scientists involved in starting the program convinced them to send in a team to assess the situation and determine if it can be resolved in another way.
CARTER
Who's the scientist?
HAMMOND
Dr. Svetlana Markov.

[Carter looks surprised.]

CARTER
Wow, I know her work, she's brilliant.
HAMMOND
She knows about you too, Major. To that end she's convinced Moscow to let SG-1 be the team that goes to Siberia.

[O'Neill doesn't look too convinced.]

O'NEILL
You're kidding?
HAMMOND
Jack, I'm thankful they're smart enough to realize this has global implications and that you are the foremost experts on the Stargate.
O'NEILL
General, we'd be walking into an unknown situation to save their rosy butts!
DANIEL

(to O'Neill)

Err…we can't use our Gate until they get their's shut down.
CARTER
Not to mention the potential danger of having an open wormhole between Earth and who knows where.
HAMMOND
You'll rendezvous with Dr. Markov in Russia and proceed to the base from there.

[O'Neill rolls his eyes, obviously unhappy with the situation.]

EXT—RUSSIAN AIRBASE—KYUBYSHEV

[A USAF airplane is on the runway, being checked over by airmen. SG-1 are standing beside it, dressed in cold weather gear. A jeep drives up beside it and a woman gets out and walks over to Carter and O'Neill, smiling.]

O'NEILL
Dr. Markov, I presume?
MARKOV
Sorry I'm late.
CARTER
Doctor, it's an honor. I've read your work.

[They shake hands.]

MARKOV
And I yours, Major Carter. I had hoped we would meet under different circumstances.
O'NEILL

(offering his hand)

Jack O'Neill

[Markov looks at him for a moment.]

MARKOV
Yes…

[She looks at Daniel and Teal'c who are standing to the side.]

MARKOV
Dr. Daniel Jackson and Teal'c.

[They all look surprised that she knows them. Teal'c gives a slight bow to her in acknowledgment.]

CARTER
How do you know about the SGC?
MARKOV
I have read extensive files on all of you.
O'NEILL
The question was…how?
MARKOV
I learned to read English at the age of six. It was not difficult.

[Carter looks at O'Neill and smiles.]

O'NEILL
Russian humor.
MARKOV

I will tell you what I can on the way.

[They all follow her onto the plane.]

EXT—RUSSIAN AIRBASE—KYUBYSHEV

[The USAF airplane takes off from the runway.]

INT—USAF AIRPLANE

[The plane is airborne. Carter joins O'Neill, Daniel and Markov who are sitting on benches along the sides. They are wearing headsets to communicate over the engine noise.]

MARKOV
I was first contacted shortly after Russian satellites picked up what we believed was an alien spaceship entering the atmosphere.

[Daniel looks at O'Neill.]

O'NEILL
Alien spaceship, huh?
MARKOV
About two months ago. It disintegrated during entry and crashed into the Pacific. The Stargate was recovered after an extensive sweep of the ocean floor. During that search one of our Foxtrot submarines went missing. You may be familiar with the incident.

[She looks at O'Neill.]

O'NEILL
Not a clue.

[Markov looks at him, probably knowing he was on the submarine.]

MARKOV
I was assigned as chief science officer, second in command to Colonel Sarkalov. We've been in operation for 37 days, albeit against the wishes of certain very powerful people in the government.
CARTER
What did they want to do?
MARKOV
They threatened to expose the existence of your program.
O'NEILL
To what end?
MARKOV
To get the US to share the technology you have obtained.

[O'Neill raises his eyebrows at her.]

CARTER
So what stopped them?
MARKOV
We activated our Gate. I convinced the military that we could benefit from our own program more than we could trust you.

[O'Neill looks at her with a smirk on his face.]

O'NEILL
Ah!
DANIEL
How did you activate it?
MARKOV
We have a dialing device.

[Daniel looks surprised.]

DANIEL
The DHD, you found the one from Giza!

[Teal'c approaches and sits down next to Daniel.]

MARKOV
It was confiscated from the Germans after the Second World War.
CARTER
Well, now I understand how you can send your people through and get them to return to your Gate instead of ours.
O'NEILL
That makes one of us.

[Markov looks at him.]

MARKOV
Our Gate superseded yours as long as the dialing device was connected. We only kept it connected when we were using it, to prevent any crossover. It required precise timing, but it worked.
O'NEILL

(sarcastically)

Until now.
MARKOV
As for the current situation, I really don't know what has happened. There has been no contact with the base since yesterday at twelve hundred hours.

[The co-pilot walks up to O'Neill.]

CO-PILOT
Sir, we have a visual from the target runway. It appears to be iced over and there's no response from the control tower.
MARKOV
We're going to have to jump.

[Daniel looks at O'Neill, panicked.]

DANIEL
Out of the plane?

[Teal'c looks unsure and Carter closes her eyes at the thought.]

MARKOV
I'm going, with or without you, Colonel.
O'NEILL
I suppose you expect my male bravado to kick in right about now?
MARKOV
I read your file.
O'NEILL
No mention of bravado, eh?
MARKOV
There are forty-seven people down there who may need our help.

[O'Neill leans forward.]

O'NEILL

(seriously)

Look, you don't have to tell me what's at stake here. We've got seven teams off world who can't get home until we fix what you screwed up.

[O'Neill leans forward and speaks down his headset at the co-pilot.]

O'NEILL
Stu…gear em up…for a jump.

[He stands up to get ready. Daniel is nervously sitting on the bench looking at O'Neill. The co-pilot gives everyone a parachute. Teal'c looks at his in confusion.]

TEAL'C
I do not understand, O'Neill.
O'NEILL
It's called a parachute.

[Carter looks up from getting ready.]

CARTER
It slows your descent after you jump out of the plane.

[Teal'c seems unconvinced.]

TEAL'C
This device appears to be poorly designed to perform such a function.
O'NEILL
It opens after you jump…don't worry about it, I've done it hundreds of times.
MARKOV
I assume you've brought haz-mat.

[O'Neill looks at her and speaks sarcastically.]

O'NEILL
Yeah, we thought somebody should be prepared.

[Markov looks at Carter in frustration.]

MARKOV
Is he always like this?
CARTER
Actually, this is quite charming.

[Markov rolls her eyes at this.]

[The plane doors open. Two airmen drop a crate of supplies out of the plane on a parachute. Then SG-1 and Markov approach the doorway. Teal'c appears very apprehensive as he walks to the doorway with O'Neill.]

O'NEILL
It's easy, just jump, then pull this.

[He indicates the parachute release wire.]

TEAL'C
This does not seem wise, O'Neill!
O'NEILL
I said it was easy, not wise.
MARKOV
If we get separated, we'll rendezvous at the base.

[She jumps out of the plane, followed by Carter.]

TEAL'C
This does not seem wise!

[O'Neill gives him a little push and he jumps. Daniel approaches O'Neill and gives him an apprehensive look before jumping. O'Neill then jumps himself.]

EXT—SIBERIA

[There is a large building surrounded by snow covered mountains. O'Neill, Carter and Markov are making their way to the building.]

O'NEILL

(on radio)
Teal'c, Daniel come in….
(To Carter and Markov)

There's been no response on the radios.
MARKOV
Their signals may be blocked if they are already inside.

[They continue on towards the building.]

INT—RUSSIAN STARGATE COMPLEX

[O'Neill, Carter and Markov open the large entrance doors and cautiously enter with their weapons drawn. They are all wearing gas masks.]

MARKOV
Up there.

[She indicates above them.]

O'NEILL

(on radio)

Teal'c, Daniel do you read?
TEAL'C

(on radio)

I am here.
O'NEILL
Where?

[O'Neill, Carter and Markov make their way up some stairs. The building is in darkness, except for flashing red alarm lights.]

TEAL'C
In the facility.
DANIEL
Yeah, I'm here too.
O'NEILL
Where?
DANIEL
Well, I don't know exactly. Where are you?
O'NEILL
We just got inside, hang tight.

[They reach the top of the stairs and walk along the platform.]

CARTER
I'm picking up trace amounts of chlorine.
O'NEILL
Yeah?
CARTER
Nothing dangerous at these levels, sir.

[O'Neill looks around the area.]

O'NEILL
All right, what is this place?
CARTER
It obviously wasn't built specifically for the Stargate program.
MARKOV
It was an experimental power station.
CARTER
Experimental?
MARKOV
All that I am allowed to say is that it was decommissioned two years ago.
O'NEILL

(under his breath)

Oh please!
CARTER
Are there lights?
MARKOV
The power appears to have been diverted from all non-essential base functions. This way to the main control center.

[They walk ahead and then hear footsteps approaching. O'Neill crouches forward quietly. A figure walks towards them quietly with a torch.]

O'NEILL

(on radio)

Daniel, is that you?
DANIEL

(on radio)

I don't know. I'm walking down a long corridor.
O'NEILL

(on radio)

Which one?

[The figure gets close and O'Neill shines his torch at the figure. It is Daniel and he looks at them, surprised.]

DANIEL
This one!

[Markov stands and walks past Daniel.]

MARKOV
This way.
DANIEL
Actually you might wanna see this first.

INT—RUSSIAN STARGATE FACILITY

[Teal'c turns over a man's body. The man has been shot several times. There are other bodies in the corridor. Markov and the rest of SG-1 approach.]

TEAL'C
These three were shot. I am unaware of how the others died.
MARKOV
These doors lead to the Stargate.

[She goes to a set of heavy doors and types in a pass code on the lock. She then runs an ID card through the sensor and the lock releases. Markov pushes the door open to reveal the active Stargate. There are more dead bodies surrounding the Gate. Markov slowly looks around and checks the bodies, followed by SG-1.]

MARKOV

(quietly)

They're all dead.

INT—RUSSIAN CONTROL ROOM

[Markov and SG-1 descend some stairs into the room. A man's body is slumped in a chair at the main console. Markov looks at him.]

MARKOV
I need this station.

[Teal'c and Daniel move the body to one side. Markov starts the base computers up and reads the information. She takes her gas mask off and we see that she is crying.]

MARKOV
It's safe.

[Teal'c removes his mask and breathes in.]

TEAL'C
The air is indeed clean.

[The rest of SG-1 remove their masks. Carter places a hand on Markov's shoulder. Markov is clearly upset.]

CARTER
Are you ok?
MARKOV
I knew these men and women, Major, some of them quite well.

[Markov continues working at the computer.]

O'NEILL
So what happened here?
MARKOV
Colonel Sarkalov enacted the extreme measures protocol.
DANIEL
What's that?
MARKOV
The Stargate room is sealed and substance thirty-five is released throughout the base.

[O'Neill looks around blankly.]

CARTER
Nerve gas.
O'NEILL
Nerve gas!
MARKOV
It's ok, Colonel. It's a non-persistent gas, it evaporates after three hours.

[O'Neill shakes his head unconvinced.]

MARKOV
According to the computer the protocol was enacted yesterday.
TEAL'C
For what reason?
MARKOV
The computer log doesn't say.
O'NEILL
All right, people were shooting each another around here before they got gassed. I wanna know why.
DANIEL
I'll see what we can find out.

[He looks at Teal'c. Markov grabs some pieces of paper and hands them to Daniel.]

MARKOV
This is a list of all personnel assigned to the base. They should all be wearing ID tags.

[Daniel and Teal'c leave the control room as Markov continues on the computer.]

O'NEILL
So, what about the Gate?
MARKOV

It's an outgoing wormhole but…
(she looks at the computer readout)

That doesn't make sense. The EM protocol cuts off the dialing device. If the protocol was enacted yesterday, where has the outgoing wormhole been drawing its power from since then?
CARTER
We've seen one drawing power from the source of the destination.
MARKOV
Of course! The black hole incident.

[Carter and O'Neill exchange surprised looks.]

O'NEILL
Is there anything you don't know?

[Markov ignores this and continues with the computer.]

MARKOV
What were they doing?

[She stands up and runs out of the room followed by O'Neill and Carter.]

INT—RUSSIAN COMPLEX

[Markov rushes towards a large storage device. She climbs the ladder at the side of it and opens the top, looking for something.]

MARKOV

(annoyed)

It's gone!

[O'Neill and Carter approach.]

O'NEILL
If I ask what and you say it's classified…I'm going to shoot ya!
MARKOV
The seventh address we successfully dialed led to a Stargate entirely submerged under water. We sent a reconnaissance drone and found a dialing device, so it was decided that a manned mini submarine would go next. A sample of the water was retrieved. It seemed to have unbelievable properties.
CARTER
Like what?
MARKOV
It was spontaneously emitting energy in the form of heat. If this liquid turned out to be an abundant clean energy source…
CARTER
Err, that doesn't seem possible.
MARKOV
I was called away to Moscow before I could perform any significant analysis.
CARTER
So, now you're saying the water sample is gone?
MARKOV
Yes. There was a sealed container being kept in this containment vessel.
CARTER
And the Stargate is dialed into the water planet now?
MARKOV
Apparently, but that doesn't make sense. They were supposed to continue on to the next two planets on our planned sequence and not revisit the water planet until I got back.
CARTER
Let's confirm it. Do you have another reconnaissance drone?
MARKOV
We left the first one there.

[She climbs down from the container.]

MARKOV
All we have to do is reactivate the receiver.

[They all head back to the control room.]

INT—GATE ROOM OF RUSSIAN COMPLEX

[Daniel and Teal'c are trying to identify the bodies of the Russian SGC personnel. Daniel retrieves some ID tags off one of the bodies.]

O'NEILL

(via radio)

Daniel, Teal'c?

[Daniel activates his radio and talks into it.]

DANIEL
Err, what's up?
O'NEILL

(via radio)

Head back to the control room. Dr. Markov thinks you might want to see this.

[Daniel looks at Teal'c.]

INT—RUSSIAN CONTROL ROOM

[Daniel and Teal'c walk down the stairs into the room. Markov walks over to them. Carter is sitting at a computer terminal and O'Neill is checking over the bodies of two people slumped over computer consoles.]

TEAL'C
Thus far we have accounted for twenty-eight of the forty-seven names on the list.

[Daniel hands her the paper with the names on.]

DANIEL
Six of them were dressed as civilians not soldiers. They were all shot and there was no apparent reason why.
MARKOV
They were the scientists working in the lab.
O'NEILL
So the guys experimenting on that water gave the soldiers reason to shoot.
MARKOV
So it seems.

[She walks to another computer terminal.]

DANIEL

(confused)

What water?
CARTER
It was a sample brought back from a planet where the Stargate was submerged.
MARKOV
I thought you might be interested, Dr. Jackson.

[Daniel and the others walk over.]

MARKOV
We found some unusual ruins from an obviously extinct civilization on the ocean's floor. Recording signal from the reconnaissance drone.

[She works at the computer and we see the drone's recording of the underwater ruins.]

DANIEL
Can you get close?
MARKOV
The drone is malfunctioning. I can only pan and tilt.

[The camera pans and bodies come into view. Markov stares at the screen in shock.]

TEAL'C
Why would those men proceed through the Stargate knowing they would drown on the other side?

[O'Neill shakes his head.]

CARTER

(standing up)

Can you shut off the drone's transmitter from here?
MARKOV
Why?
CARTER
Well, even though the wormhole only allows matter to travel one way we are able to transmit radio signals back and forth.
MARKOV
You think the drone's radio transmitter is what is keeping the Gate open?
CARTER
That Gate won't close if the drone is aiming a strong enough signal directly into the event horizon.
MARKOV
And the energy being emitted by the water has allowed the Gate to stay open this long.
CARTER
Exactly, it's a combination of factors but all we have to do is shut off the drone.

[Markov attempts to shut off the drone. The screen flashes red.]

MARKOV
It's not responding to my command, I can't shut it down.
CARTER
How long before its batteries die?
MARKOV
The drone is nuclear powered.

[O'Neill looks up surprised.]

O'NEILL
A nuclear powered drone?
MARKOV
We built several of them, we thought we might want to leave them on other planets for long term observation.
CARTER
How long term?

[Markov looks at Carter and O'Neill anxiously.]

MARKOV
Ten years.

[O'Neill looks at Carter, annoyed.]

INT—RUSSIAN BASE

[Markov is removing some covering sheets from a small submarine. SG-1 are standing to one side observing.]

MARKOV
It will be simple to deactivate the drone from the other side.
CARTER
Once it stops transmitting its signal the wormhole should close.
DANIEL
I'd like to get a closer look at those ruins.
O'NEILL
How many people does that thing hold?
MARKOV
Three.
O'NEILL

(sarcastically)

Oh darn…I've never been in a submarine before.

[He looks at Markov and she looks at Carter, clearly annoyed with his attitude.]

INT-SUBMARINE

[Carter, Daniel and Markov descend the ladder into the submarine. It is very small inside. Markov switches on all the systems as Carter and Daniel look around and take their seats.]

DANIEL

(sarcastically)

Spacious, roomy, very nice.

[Markov takes the pilot's seat and sets up the controls.]

DANIEL
So exactly how much air do we have in this thing?
MARKOV
Over a day's worth. We won't need more than an hour.

[Daniel and Carter exchange apprehensive looks.]

INT—RUSSIAN CONTROL ROOM

[O'Neill and Teal'c enter. They see what is happening inside the submarine via a video link.]

MARKOV

(via link)

Colonel, can you hear us?

[O'Neill flips a switch so he can talk to them.]

O'NEILL
Yeah, I read you.
MARKOV
Pressurizing and proceeding through the Gate.

INT—RUSSIAN GATE ROOM

[The submarine is being lifted and moved to the active Stargate. Once it is part way through the event horizon the wormhole supports its weight and it goes through on its own. O'Neill and Teal'c watch via the video link.]

O'NEILL
Good luck.
CARTER

(via link)

Thank you.

EXT—ALIEN PLANET SUBMERGED IN WATER

[The submarine exits the Stargate and moves forward.]

INT—SUBMARINE

[Carter and Daniel look around, amazed.]

CARTER
Wow!
MARKOV
It is quite beautiful.
DANIEL
What?
MARKOV
The rapid pressurization might cause your ears to block.

[Daniel clamps his hands over his nose and blows to pop his ears.]

MARKOV
As you might notice, there is no plant or animal life.

[Daniel succeeds in clearing his ears.]

DANIEL
There doesn't appear to be any plant or animal life.
CARTER

(via radio)

Colonel, do you read?

INT—CONTROL ROOM

[O'Neill and Teal'c are at a computer console, watching the video of the submarine.]

O'NEILL
Yeah?

[They see a video image of Daniel.]

DANIEL

(via video)

We're counting five bodies on this side.
TEAL'C
Which means there could still be several personnel unaccounted for.
O'NEILL
All right. We'll have another look around.
MARKOV

(via link)

We're capturing the drone. Once it is inside the containment tank we can deactivate it, and if Major Carter is right the Gate will shut off. Ending transmission, over and out.

[Markov leans over and cuts the transmission. The screen goes blank. The Stargate shuts down.]

O'NEILL
So let's have that look around.

[They get up and leave the control room.]

EXT—UNDERWATER

[The submarine proceeds away from the Stargate.]

INT—SUBMARINE

[Daniel, Carter and Markov are sitting in the sub as it proceeds away from the Stargate, exploring the surroundings.]

MARKOV
I'm glad you were right, Major.
CARTER
Well, it still doesn't explain why your soldiers started shooting the scientists who were experimenting on the water.
MARKOV
Or why those men were either forced through the Gate, or felt compelled to go through on their own, knowing that they would die.
DANIEL
Well, the existence of the ruins suggests the planet wasn't always completely submerged. Maybe there's some clues down there.
MARKOV
Let's have a look.

[She steers towards the ruins. The engine sound increases and Markov looks at the readout, puzzled.]

CARTER
Something wrong?
MARKOV
The controls are getting heavy. I haven't touched the power, yet we're slowing down.
CARTER
Strong current?
MARKOV

It's possible.
(She makes adjustments at the controls)

I'm pushing it to full power.

[The engine sound increases as it fights to move forward faster. Markov stares at a reading that is counting down from 6. Daniel looks around, worried, and sniffs.]

DANIEL
What's that smell?

[Carter sniffs the air too and looks around, worried.]

MARKOV
We've completely stopped!

[Suddenly there is a bang and the engine in the back blows. There is a small fire in the rear of the submarine. They all jump and look around, alarmed.]

DANIEL
Err…fire!

[They all stand and go towards the rear.]

MARKOV
Extinguisher.

[She points at the small extinguishers and Daniel grabs one. He sprays it at the fire, puts it out and turns to Carter and Markov.]

DANIEL
It's out, we're ok.

[Carter goes to look out of the front viewport at the surroundings while Markov inspects the damaged engine. Daniel looks around, worried.]

DANIEL

(to Markov)

Can you fix it?
MARKOV
Yes.

[Daniel walks over to where Carter is looking out of the viewport and stands next to her.]

DANIEL
What?
CARTER
If it was a strong current it should be pushing us back now.
DANIEL
But it's not.
CARTER
No, we're completely stationary. It's like we're stuck in the mud.
DANIEL
Without the mud.

[They continue looking out of the viewport.]INT—RUSSIAN FACILITY

[O'Neill and Teal'c are cautiously looking around the base. O'Neill stops suddenly and looks at Teal'c.]

O'NEILL

(sniffing)

What's that smell?

INT—FACILITY KITCHEN

[O'Neill and Teal'c enter the large room slowly with their weapons drawn. The kitchen is a mess and there is a body on the floor. O'Neill looks at it and continues on. One of the ovens is still on and is smoking. O'Neill turns it off and then notices a trail of footprints leading to the large refrigerator. He raises his gun and hand signals to Teal'c to open the door. Teal'c crouches down and opens the door. O'Neill stands at the doorway with his gun aimed inside. A man stands inside, frozen. O'Neill and Teal'c look at him, shocked.]

O'NEILL
Holy frozen bad guys!

[The frozen man is Colonel Maybourne.]

EXT—UNDERWATER

[The submarine is stationary, near the ruins.]

INT—SUBMARINE

[Markov is in the back of the submarine, trying to fix the engine. Daniel comes up to the hatch behind her.]

DANIEL
How's it going?
MARKOV
I think I can fix it.
DANIEL
Wait, five minutes ago you said you could definitely fix it and now you just think you can?

[Markov shakes her head, annoyed, and continues with the repairs.]

MARKOV
What do you want to hear? I don't understand why this happened.
DANIEL
Well, given the obvious solid craftsmanship that went into this thing, I don't see how this could have possibly happened.
MARKOV
If you're implying that everything Russian made is poor quality, actually the sub is Swiss.
DANIEL
So they occasionally catch fire but they keep perfect time?

[Markov sighs and ignores his comment.]

DANIEL

Sorry,
(murmuring)

I've been hanging around Jack O'Neill too much.

[He turns around and goes over to Carter.]

MARKOV
There was nothing impeding us! It shouldn't have happened.
CARTER
Well, here's something else that shouldn't be happening. The outside pressure is increasing.

[Markov looks shocked and puts her tools down.]

MARKOV
What?

[She runs to the controls in the front.]

MARKOV
The gauge must be malfunctioning.
DANIEL

(sarcastically)

But it's Swiss.

[Markov turns to look at him, annoyed.]

CARTER
Our depth is constant and pressure should be relative to depth.
DANIEL
And if it keeps increasing?

[Carter and Markov turn to look at him.]

CARTER
The sub will implode.

[They all look worried.]

EXT—SIBERIAN MOUNTAINS

[The Russian power station in the background.]

INT—KITCHEN

[O'Neill and Teal'c carry the frozen form of Maybourne out of the freezer and place him on a table.]

TEAL'C
Now we know how the Russians acquired their information.

[O'Neill stares at Maybourne and taps his face to see how frozen he is.]

O'NEILL
Solid!

[Suddenly Maybourne breathes out and O'Neill steps back in surprise with his handgun drawn.]

O'NEILL
Whoa!
TEAL'C
Do not humans usually die when they are frozen?
O'NEILL
Usually.

[They stare at Maybourne, who is continuing to breathe.]

O'NEILL
They usually don't breathe when they're dead either.

INT—SUBMARINE

[Daniel is looking out of one of the small side viewports. He looks at Markov who is still in the back working on the engine.]

DANIEL
So Svetlana, could you go over exactly what happened last time you were here?
MARKOV
We came through the Stargate just as we did this time. We took the sub straight to the dialing device and redialed Earth. The Gate opened and we headed through.
DANIEL
That's it?
MARKOV
We collected the water sample just before heading back through the event horizon.
CARTER
No trouble?
MARKOV
We had to push the engines a little harder to get through the Gate but I expected it was some kind of intuitive countermeasure intended to keep the water from flowing through the Gate.
CARTER
It's possible. My research indicates that the Gate actually has the ability to use density of molecular structure, and the force being exerted on the event horizon, to determine whether something's actually trying to pass through.
MARKOV
I know, that's where I got the idea.

[Suddenly the submarine starts creaking and they all look around, alarmed.]

INT—KITCHEN

[Maybourne's hand drops down from where it was frozen as he defrosts. O'Neill and Teal'c are observing this.]

O'NEILL
Maybourne?

[There is no response.]

TEAL'C
His heart is beating, albeit slowly. He is getting warmer, O'Neill.
O'NEILL
Maybourne!

[Suddenly Maybourne looks from side to side.]

O'NEILL
You hear me?

[Maybourne looks at O'Neill.]

INT—SUBMARINE

[Markov is quickly trying to finish fixing the engine. She walks into the main compartment and sits down in front of the controls. Carter and Daniel take their seats. Markov powers up the sub and the engine strains to get the sub moving.]

CARTER
We're not going anywhere, are we?

[Markov looks at her, then gets up and turns the engines off.]

DANIEL
What are you doing?
MARKOV
Pushing the engines harder will only burn them out again. Next time I may not be able to fix them.
DANIEL
And if we stay here we'll run out of air.
MARKOV
If the pressure keeps increasing at the current rate the sub will implode long before we run out of air.
DANIEL
Or that!
CARTER
I figure we have maybe an hour.
MARKOV
I agree. The front bubble will be most susceptible. It will be the first to go.
DANIEL
Err…can we stop agreeing on how we're going to die and start doing something about it?

[Markov and Carter just stare around the sub., unsure of what to do.]

INT—KITCHEN

[Maybourne suddenly sits up, surprising O'Neill and Teal'c.]

O'NEILL
All right, that's far enough.

[Maybourne stares straight ahead and starts walking out of the kitchen.]

O'NEILL

Maybourne…
(he raises his gun)

Maybourne, stop!

[Teal'c stands in the way of Maybourne to stop him from leaving the kitchen.]

O'NEILL
Move again and I'll shoot.

[Maybourne turns around and starts to walk towards O'Neill. He suddenly stops and clutches at his chest, coughing. He drops to the floor and coughs up what appears to be water. O'Neill looks at him in disgust.]

O'NEILL
Damn!

[Maybourne suddenly seems to come to his senses. He stares at the water, shocked.]

MAYBOURNE
Jack, the freezer!
O'NEILL
What?

[He grabs Maybourne by the collar and aims his gun at him.]

MAYBOURNE
Move if you wanna live. Shoot me if you want to, we're dead if we don't move now!

[O'Neill looks at Teal'c who is standing over the water.]

O'NEILL
Teal'c?

[Suddenly the water turns into a vapor and Teal'c is forced to breathe it in. As this distracts O'Neill, Maybourne grabs the opportunity and shoves himself and O'Neill back inside the freezer, closing the door behind them. O'Neill struggles to get out past Maybourne.]

O'NEILL
What are you doing!
MAYBOURNE
Don't wait for him! Jack, you open that door and we're both dead, I swear! You can't help him.
O'NEILL

(angrily)

Get the hell out of my way!

[He pushes past Maybourne and looks through the window at Teal'c. Teal'c is standing, unmoving, until he suddenly looks up and walks off towards the Stargate room.]

O'NEILL
What the hell's going on here?

EXT—UNDERWATER

[The submarine is still not moving in the 'water'.]

INT—SUBMARINE

[Carter, Markov and Daniel are discussing the situation.]

DANIEL
You said it's like we're being held here.
CARTER
Like someone is squeezing the sub.
MARKOV
But there's only water out there.

[The submarine is creaking from the increased pressure.]

DANIEL

(looking around)

What if it's not water?

[Markov looks as though she never considered that possibility.]

CARTER
Exactly what tests did you run on the sample when you brought it back?
MARKOV
As I said, we had begun preliminary analysis. It was being kept in a sealed container. It hadn't even been opened yet when I went away.
CARTER
How did you know it was giving off energy?
MARKOV
The container maintained a temperature several degrees above room temperature.
CARTER
And you never performed a chemical analysis?
MARKOV
I insisted the proper controls were set up. They were supposed to wait until I got back.
CARTER
But they didn't?
MARKOV
Colonel Sarkalov was under a lot of pressure to prove that the money being spent was going to be worth it.
DANIEL
So we don't know that's actually water out there!

[The glass at the front viewport creaks and they all turn and stare at it.]

INT—KITCHEN FREEZER

[O'Neill looks out of the window with his gun ready. He looks at Maybourne who has his arms crossed at his chest.]

MAYBOURNE
It's alive.

[O'Neill walks towards him angrily.]

O'NEILL
What?
MAYBOURNE
The water. When they exposed it to the air to start a chemical analysis it just evaporated, turned into vapor.
O'NEILL
You were there?
MAYBOURNE
We inhaled it, didn't give us a choice.
O'NEILL
Who's us?
MAYBOURNE
The scientists in the lab. I knew what was going on but I couldn't control myself. They wanted to go back through the Stargate.
O'NEILL
Who's they?

[Maybourne slowly approaches O'Neill.]

MAYBOURNE
Life forms, in the water. Countless numbers of microscopic organisms, intelligent life forms.
O'NEILL
Are you trying to tell me this water thinks?
MAYBOURNE
We were killing them. They forced us to try to take them back through the Gate. The soldiers tried to stop us, they were shooting. If an infected man was killed the fluid came out of him and more were infected. It was chaos. One of the infected soldiers managed to get to the DHD and get the Gate open. That's when the base commander enacted the EM protocol to stop it. The infected men started running through the Gate, trying to escape the gas.
O'NEILL
Why didn't you?
MAYBOURNE
I was cut off from the Gate room. I think the liquid organisms inside me knew the only way to keep themselves alive was to escape the gas and freeze themselves. They forced me in here.
O'NEILL
You were frozen solid when I found you.
MAYBOURNE
They kept me alive.
O'NEILL

(skeptically)

How do you know all of this?
MAYBOURNE
I don't know how exactly, I just do. They must have communicated it to me.
O'NEILL
This is the stuff that's in Teal'c now?

[Maybourne nods at him.]

O'NEILL
How do we get it out?

[Maybourne shrugs his shoulders.]

O'NEILL
Come on Maybourne, it came out of you.
MAYBOURNE
They needed to go back. You wouldn't let me go. I guess they thought Teal'c could get them home.

[O'Neill just shakes his head at Maybourne, opens the door and heads out after Teal'c.]

INT—SUBMARINE

[Carter and Markov are sitting, working at the console. Daniel is pacing back and forth considering the situation.]

DANIEL
What if it's a life form?
MARKOV
That is pure assumption.
DANIEL
Well, it would sure explain everything.
CARTER
After you collected the sample you said you experienced resistance trying to go back through the Gate?
DANIEL
It wasn't the Gate causing the resistance, it was the life form trying to prevent you from leaving.
CARTER
And now it's perceiving us as some kind of threat.

[Suddenly there is a crunching sound and a large crack appears in the front view port. They all stare at it, alarmed.]

EXT—SIBERIAN MOUNTAINS—DAY

INT—RUSSIAN COMPLEX—CORRIDOR

[Teal'c, possessed by the 'water', is walking down the corridor towards the Stargate. O'Neill is running to catch up with him.]

O'NEILL
Teal'c…Teal'c!

[He runs up to him and grabs him from behind and they fall to the floor, wrestling. They manage to stand and grab hold of each other by the collar.]

O'NEILL
Fight it! Fight it!

[Teal'c overpowers O'Neill and throws him to the floor outside the Stargate room, knocking him unconscious. He closes the door on O'Neill.]

INT—SUBMARINE

[The crack in the viewport is increasing and Carter, Daniel and Markov are watching it grow, not able to do anything about it. Markov stands and moves over to the oxygen canisters. She hands one each to Daniel and Carter and takes one herself.]

MARKOV
It all we've got!
CARTER
The pressure alone will…

[Suddenly the crack increases and the whole viewport glass shatters. Instead of the submarine imploding, the 'water' just stays as though the glass were still there. They all back against the back of the submarine.]

INT—RUSSIAN GATE ROOM

[Teal'c slowly walks up to the Gate. His face is screwed up as though he is fighting the aliens possessing him. He reaches the DHD and begins inputting the symbols for the underwater Stargate.]

INT—SUBMARINE

[The 'water' is still not imploding the submarine. Carter, Daniel and Markov are staring at it. Daniel looks at it curiously and walks over to the front of the sub.]

CARTER
Daniel?

[Daniel puts his hand into the 'water'.]

MARKOV

(to Carter)
What is he doing?
(To Daniel)

What are you doing?
CARTER
Daniel!

[Daniel is putting his hand further into the 'water'.]

DANIEL
I think it just wants to understand.
MARKOV
What?
DANIEL
Us.

[Suddenly the water seems to hold on to Daniel and pull him in. Markov and Carter rush over to try to stop it but the 'water' envelops them completely pulling them in too.]

INT—CORRIDOR OUTSIDE STARGATE ROOM

[O'Neill awakens on the floor outside the Stargate room. He hears the sound of the DHD being activated. O'Neill stands quickly and walks through the door into the Gate room just as Teal'c activates the Gate. The Gate opens and Teal'c walks towards it. Suddenly Teal'c falls to the floor and 'vomits' the 'water' up as Maybourne did. O'Neill looks on in horror. The 'water' turns to a vapor and goes through the Stargate, which then deactivates. O'Neill rushes up to Teal'c, who appears dazed but unharmed.]

O'NEILL
Teal'c?
TEAL'C
They had no wish to kill me, O'Neill. They only wished to travel home.
O'NEILL
That's good. You all right?
O'NEILL
I will be.

[Suddenly all the chevrons on the Gate light up.]

O'NEILL
Ok, I think we should…duck!

[They both crouch down as the Gate activates above them. The vortex narrowly misses them. When the Gate has opened they stand up and Daniel, Markov and Carter come flying through the Gate, landing hard on the ramp.]

O'NEILL
Aghh! That had to hurt!

[O'Neill and Teal'c walk over to the others, who are slowly and painfully standing up, dazed.]

O'NEILL
Didn't you guys leave here in a submarine?

[They all stare at him, shocked.]

CARTER
We err…
DANIEL
Last thing I remember is being pulled into the…

[He gestures towards the Stargate, puzzled.]

CARTER
Not really sure what happened, sir.

[Teal'c looks towards O'Neill.]

O'NEILL
Here's a thought. We just exchanged hostages…

[Carter, Daniel and Markov stare at him, puzzled, unaware of what has happened at the base.]

O'NEILL
It's just a thought.

FADE OUT

THE END

Transcribed by Andrea-T for Stargatefan

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