2.14 "Touchstone" Transcript

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2.14 "Touchstone"

Episode Guide

Précis

A climate-controlling device is stolen from the planet Madrona and the SG-1 team is accused of the theft. Whoever took the device has the ability to disrupt Earth's climate. With Madrona wracked by storms, Jack and Daniel find a second Stargate active on Earth and the team's investigations take them to Area 51, the NID and Col. Maybourne.

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Transcript

TEASER

INT—SGC—BRIEFING ROOM

[Opens to view of Stargate from the briefing room window. The members of SG-1 along with General Hammond are sitting around the table.]

CARTER
In the 5 weeks since our return from PX7-941.
DANIEL
Known to its indigenous population as Madrona.
CARTER
We've been able to process most of the data we've collected and as a result we think we've corroborated some fairly startling first hand observations.
HAMMOND
Which are?
CARTER
Well…sir, the inhabitants of this planet can proactively affect their own climate.
O'NEILL

That's a bit of an understatement General. They can call it up just like…
(snapping his fingers)

…that.
DANIEL
You got a crop that needs some water, order some rain, you have a crop that needs sun, it's literally a matter of dialing it up.
HAMMOND
You sure you weren't under the local voodoo?
CARTER
Believe me General, no one was more skeptical than I, but the fact is we may have stumbled on the most important piece of technology the SCG mission has discovered to date.
TEAL'C
Even the Goa'uld do not possess such technology.
HAMMOND
And you think you know how they do it.
CARTER
Well our best theory is the planet was terraformed about 900 years ago.
DANIEL
Now the Madronans are technologically primitive so it's likely the planet was terraformed by another alien race.
CARTER
Weather seems to be regulated by this device.

[She turns on a monitor with a picture of a statue holding a device in its right hand.]

DANIEL

The Madronans call it a Touchstone. It's an ancient artifact probably made by the other alien race. Uh…It-It's right there.
(pointing at the picture)

It's in the statue's hand.
CARTER
And the high priest turns a series of calibrated rings, which seem to determine meteorological conditions over the entire planet's surface.
HAMMOND
We have any idea what makes it tick?
O'NEILL
That's why we'd like to go back, sir. Carter wants to get a closer look with some of her specialized doohickeys.
HAMMOND
Doohickeys?
O'NEILL
I believe that's a technical term, sir.
CARTER

(Smiling, turning the overhead lights back on with a remote)

My instruments will measure the Touchstone's emissions and hopefully give us a better idea of how it works.
HAMMOND
Any chance we can borrow it for a few days, do a little backward engineering?
CARTER
You have to understand, General, the Touchstone maintains the weather on this planet.
HAMMOND
Right…Okay then…go see what you can figure out.

[Carter and O'Neill nod.]

O'NEILL
Okay.

EXT—EXIT THE GATE ON MEDRONA

[The team step out to darkness with lightning crashing around them. There is a temple a short distance from the Stargate with a body of water in the background. Several people are standing there. A man and a woman approach the team.]

[Daniel bends his knees and bows at the waist with his hands together.]

DANIEL
Greetings Roham, Princess La Moor.
PRINCESS LA MOOR
It's the visitor's, Uncle.
ROHAM
We demand that you return the Touchstone.
CARTER
What? I-It's missing?
ROHAM
Do not play games. You must return it at once.
O'NEILL

(Taking off his sunglasses)

No games. We didn't take it.
ROHAM
It is gone. Come…see for yourselves.

[They all follow them to the temple. They walk past guards who are warily holding their bow-and- arrow weapons ready as the team go by cautiously noting the threat.]

INT—MEDRONAN TEMPLE

[Princess La Moor and Roham lead the group down the stairs into the temple and to the statue. O'Neill approaches it and examines the hand where the Touchstone was.]

CARTER
Well, I guess this explains the storm clouds outside.
ROHAM
Without the Touchstone to shield us, we shall soon be overtaken by the elements. It's only a matter of time before we begin to die because of your theft.

[Carter shifts uncomfortably.]

O'NEILL

(Stepping down from the statue's pedestal)

All right…here's a question for you. If it was so important why wasn't it guarded?
ROHAM
It was guarded. We let down our guard because of your people.
PRINCESS LA MOOR
We trusted you.
O'NEILL
We did NOT take it.
TEAL'C
Had we taken the artifact, there would have been no need to return to this place.
PRINCESS LA MOOR
There were witnesses.
O'NEILL
And what did these witnesses see?
PRINCESS LA MOOR
A group of people taking the Touchstone in the dead of night. They were dressed much as you are and carried weapons like yours.

[Carter, looking puzzled, looks to Teal'c.]

O'NEILL
Did they see where these people went?
ROHAM
They left by your Stargate.

[Daniel looks around.]

PRINCESS LA MOOR
As you know, none of our people know how to use the portal.

[Teal'c raises his eyebrow, O'Neill cocks his head.]

ROHAM
Guards…Disarm the wrongdoers.
O'NEILL
HOLD IT!

[Pulls his Beretta and points it at the guards. Teal'c, Daniel, and Carter look around concerned.]

O'NEILL
All right…we came here in peace, we expect to go in one….piece.
ROHAM
Then explain yourself, but be warned. If your answers are not satisfactory, then we have no choice but to seek retribution.
TEAL'C
Taking revenge on us will not return the Touchstone for we are not those who took it.
ROHAM
Perhaps not, but it will lead us to those who did.
O'NEILL
Only if they care what happens to us.

[Rohan considers his words.]

O'NEILL
Look, let me give you a little life lesson on thieves. They're not really in touch with their feminine side.

[Roham turns away from him disgustedly, and O'Neill looks at La Moor puzzled.]

O'NEILL
Caring would be on a low priority.
PRINCESS LA MOOR
My uncle grows impatient.
DANIEL
If the thieves took the Touchstone, used the Gate to escape, then the only hope to get it back is to let us go back through the Gate.
CARTER
And if they did come from Earth, we have technology to help us find out who the thieves might have been.
ROHAM
How do we know that you will not use the Gate to escape responsibility?
O'NEILL
Trust us?
PRINCESS LA MOOR
We are a simple people Colonel. We have no means to protect ourselves from this disaster. If my uncle decides to trust you this day, our entire future will depend on that decision.
O'NEILL

(pauses)

Ok, that's a little pressure! But we can handle that.

[A high wind blows into the temple and thunder and lightning continue to crash outside. Two guards close the double doors.]

ROHAM
Let them go.

[Choicelessly and desperately, he looks at O'Neill.]

ROHAM
Please…help us.

END TEASER

OPENING CREDITS

EXT—CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN ENTRANCE

INT—SGC—GATE ROOM

[SG-1 walks through and down the ramp.]

HAMMOND
Colonel! Why are you back so early? You were supposed to be studying that weather device.
O'NEILL
And we would be, sir. If it were still there.
HAMMOND
What do you mean?
O'NEILL
We should talk in your office.

[They leave the Gate Room.]

INT—SGC—HAMMOND'S OFFICE

[Hammond enters with O'Neill following closely behind. The general takes a seat.]

HAMMOND
What's this about, Colonel?

[Hammond takes his seat. O'Neill closes the door and stands before Hammond's desk.]

O'NEILL
The Touchstone was stolen, sir. By people wearing SGC uniforms who came and went through the Stargate.
HAMMOND
What? Well who was it?
O'NEILL
Everyone involved here would like to know that, sir.
HAMMOND
I don't appreciate your implication Colonel. Why would I send your team to study the thing if I knew it wasn't there?
O'NEILL
No implication intended, sir, but circumstances do beg the next logical question…which is…Could any one of the other SG teams have gone through without your order?
HAMMOND
Not without my knowing about it.
O'NEILL
Yes, sir. General, do you mind if I have Carter recheck the dialing computer. Just to see if there are any signs anyone…sneaking through the Gate…covertly, behind your back as it were, sir.
HAMMOND
Nothing happens regarding that Stargate without my knowing about it, If a person sneezes near it, I get a report.
O'NEILL

(looking disappointed)

I understand, sir.

[He walks over and opens the door.]

HAMMOND
Colonel.

[O'Neill turns around.]

HAMMOND
Have Carter check it anyway.
O'NEILL

(looking relieved with a slight smile on his face)

Thank you very much, sir.

[O'Neill walks out closing the door on a very worried General.]

INT—SGC CONTROL ROOM

[Carter is seated at a computer going through a search. Daniel and Teal'c are seated in front of another monitor.]

O'NEILL

(walking into the room)

Anything yet?
CARTER
Not on the Touchstone, sir.
DANIEL
Possibly its affects. Have you been watching the Weather Channel?
O'NEILL
I'm more of a C-SPAN guy.
TEAL'C
Observe, O'Neill.

[Teal'c hits the enter button on the keyboard. The monitor shows a raging river.]

VOICE OF TV REPORTER
Chalk it up to the El Nino effect or just a run of bad luck, but another set of storms have stretched all over America…

[O'Neill sits down.]

VOICE OF TV REPORTER
…and in of all places, Phoenix, Arizona, causing widespread damage.

[Monitor shows people rowing in a boat through the streets of a flooded town.]

VOICE OF TV REPORTER
Reports of injuries are still trickling in.

[Monitor switches to cars driving on a flooded street.]

VOICE OF TV REPORTER
We have flooding in Palm Springs, California and in Florida
DANIEL
And that's not all. There's record rainfall in Albuquerque, golf ball size hail in the Panhandle, and three major rivers are cresting.
TEAL'C
Something is definitely altering this planet's weather.
O'NEILL
And you think it's this Touchstone.

[Daniel looks at O'Neill.]

O'NEILL
Kind of a reach, isn't it?
DANIEL
Well, not really if you think about it. Whoever left that device originally on Madrona probably keyed it to the atmospheric conditions of that planet. Somebody steals it and brings it back to Earth, starts fiddling around with it with no idea of what they are doing…and…who knows?
O'NEILL
We don't know it's on Earth.
CARTER
I'm thinking it is. There was a huge transitory glitch three days ago when SG-2 returned from a routine mission roughly the same hour as the Touchstone was taken.
TEAL'C
But SG-2's point of origin was galaxies away from Madrona.
CARTER
Yeah, but the energy spike is off the charts. You remember what happened the last time the Gate's power supply was overloaded?
DANIEL
It jumped to the second Gate in the Antarctic.
O'NEILL

(leaning back in his chair)

Yeah! Thanks for the memory.
TEAL'C
Captain Carter, are you suggesting that SG-2 used the second Gate to steal the Touchstone?
CARTER
No. Not SG-2. They're mission went as planned through our Gate, but these readings suggest that someone might have been using the second Gate the split second after SG-2 used ours to try to hide the energy spike in ours.
O'NEILL
Kind of like shooting off a gun when a train's going by.

[Everyone looks at him questioningly.]

O'NEILL
To hide the sound.
CARTER
Yes, sir. Now, let's see if I'm right, SG-2's log should have the same electronic signature that was present the last time the wormhole jumped its tracks. Bear with me.
O'NEILL
Bearing.

[Carter works at the keyboard. The monitor shows NO MATCH.]

CARTER
Damn. It should show up on the primary metalog. Nothing.
DANIEL
Try the backup log.
CARTER
Yeah…possibly.

[She keys in some more-searching…still NO MATCH.]

CARTER
Now, if someone did try to systematically erase all the relevant data, it would be easy to overlook a third-tier back up.

[She keys again-searching…MATCH FOUND.]

CARTER
YES! There it is. The second Gate had to have been used. The energy signal's identical.
DANIEL
Who would have been authorized to use the second Gate? I thought it had been officially decommissioned.
O'NEILL
It was…officially.

INT—SGC—HAMMOND'S OFFICE

[Hammond is talking on the red phone. Hammond sees O'Neill approaching through his office window and waves him in the room. O'Neill knocks on the door.]

HAMMOND
Come.

[O'Neill enters. Hammond motions for him to sit down and continues speaking with the party on the other end.]

HAMMOND
No, I need to talk to him now. Son, do you know what color this phone is? Yes, I'll hold.

[Hammond places his hand over the receiver.]

HAMMOND
Carter find anything?
O'NEILL
Yes, sir. Apparently the second Gate is being used.
HAMMOND
What? I was given top-level assurances that Gate was to be sealed.
O'NEILL
A case of the left hand not knowing what the right foot is doing, sir?
HAMMOND

That's what I'm trying to find out.
(into the phone irritably)

No, It can't wait, son. Well, make sure he gets the message the second he comes out.

[hangs up the phone.]

O'NEILL
And suddenly, the President wasn't available.
HAMMOND
Every time I call, he's tied up. It's like someone is orchestrating his schedule to keep us from speaking today.
O'NEILL
Got a someone in mind, sir.
HAMMOND
This is going to sound paranoid, Colonel. Back when the SG program began, there was a philosophical skirmish about its mandate. Some people wanted to make sure that any and all discoveries were brought back regardless of considerations like interplanetary diplomacy.
O'NEILL
Do you mind if I ask who these "some people" were?
HAMMOND
Well, the truth is I'm not sure I ever fully knew who they were. I had a feeling that someone chose not to surface during the debate. Not military — politicians pulling strings behind the scenes. No one said so exactly. 30 years in the service you develop an instinct about these things.
O'NEILL
General, is your gut telling you that this group, person, whatever is responsible for stealing the Touchstone?
HAMMOND
I'm a long way from drawing that conclusion, but I'll be damned if I'll be blocked by some sycophant in the White House. I have other channels I can pursue, markers I can call in.
O'NEILL
General, I know I don't have to tell you this, but whoever these dark side guys are, they can do some pretty nasty damage if they figure out how to work this thing.
HAMMOND
I know, Colonel. I know. Let me do some digging.

EXT—CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN ENTRANCE

INT—SGC BRIEFING ROOM

[Hammond, O'Neill, Daniel, and Teal'c are seated at the table. Carter walks around the table and takes a seat.]

CARTER
In an effort to determine whether the Touchstone was being used on Earth, I figured out a way to measure the doppler shift for gravitational and radiation emissions. I used one of my monitoring instruments and tied it into two NOAA satellites.
HAMMOND
What did you find?
CARTER
Well, sir…it's somewhere in the Nevada desert. Now from the crude triangulation, I was able to determine it's—
HAMMOND

(cutting her off)

Nevada?
CARTER
Yes, sir. Something wrong?

[Hammond looks at O'Neill.]

O'NEILL
The second Gate ended up in Nevada, didn't it, sir? Nellis?
HAMMOND
Yes.

[Teal'c raises his eyebrow. Daniel looks puzzled.]

O'NEILL
Well, if the Gate is there, it makes sense that the Touchstone has at least been there.
HAMMOND
You're going to love this, Colonel. Guess who just got himself reassigned to Nellis?
O'NEILL
Do tell.
HAMMOND
Colonel Maybourne.
O'NEILL

(dryly)

Oh,well, there's good news!
DANIEL
Nellis. That's the base we send the technology we bring back through the Gate, right?
HAMMOND
Yes. The Groom Lake Facility.
O'NEILL
Area 51

[Daniel looks sharply at O'Neill.]

INT—SGC CONTROL ROOM

[Hammond is coming down the stairs to the busy control room where SG-1 are seated around a monitor.]

HAMMOND
What are we looking at?
CARTER
We sent the MALP back to Madrona.

[The monitor shows snow blowing around.]

CARTER
It's basically a blizzard, sir. Winds gusting up to 80 miles an hour. It gets any more intense and their whole planet's a write-off.
TEAL'C
How much time do they have remaining?
CARTER
Well, if my extrapolations are correct, we're looking at 48 hours maybe 72, before all the terraforming is kaput.
O'NEILL
Permission to take a little trip to Nevada, sir.
HAMMOND
Ok. I'll call the Commander at Nellis and get you cleared.
O'NEILL
Uh, General. It's become pretty obvious that our own people are involved here. The government types, you know. How do you know who to trust?

[He looks at Hammond pointedly.]

CARTER
We already have the necessary clearance level, sir.

[Putting together O'Neill's unspoken concerns, he eyes the colonel cagily.]

HAMMOND
Colonel, I need some documents hand delivered to the Groom Lake Facility.
O'NEILL
Are those documents sensitive enough to warrant a three-man team with a Jaffa escort?
HAMMOND
Absolutely.

[O'Neill nods, a slight knowing smirk on his face.]

EXT—ENTRANCE

[A white Chevy suburban drives into the garage entrance and stops. An officer approaches the SUV as SG-1 get out of the vehicle.]

REYNOLDS

Colonel O'Neill. Major Reynolds, NID.
(saluting)

Welcome to Area 51.
O'NEILL

Yeah, nice to meet you.
(saluting quickly)

This is Captain Carter, Dr. Jackson, and Teal'c.
REYNOLDS
Gentlemen, Ma'am. I can't tell you what an honor it is to meet you. You guys are a bit of a legend around here.
O'NEILL
Yeah…well…thanks. We were hoping to meet with Colonel Maybourne.
REYNOLDS
He's been paged, sir. I'm sure if you'll come inside he'll find you there.
DANIEL
So….you obviously know who we are.
REYNOLDS
Of course, sir. If it wasn't for you and the other SG teams, we'd be out of business here. Follow me please.

[O'Neill puts on his cap and they follow him inside.]

INT—AREA 51 CORRIDOR

[SG-1 and Major Reynolds are walking through the corridor.]

REYNOLDS
To your left is medical research. They're focusing on the potential cure for Alzheimer's that SG-5 brought back. The other side is geology, space metallurgy and artifacts study. That's where they're poring over your notes on that Heliopolis place, Dr Jackson. The meaning of life stuff. I love that.
PA SYSTEM
Dr Dobson, to room 483, Dr Dobson.

[Major Reynolds stops at a door and punches in a code on the keypad. Two people in white lab coats walk through and open a door. Inside is a death glider. Close up of O'Neill then Teal'c. Several people are working on it. Close up of Daniel.]

REYNOLDS

That's where we are studying those two Goa'uld death gliders you were in after you guys did your hero thing.
(doors close)

Nice work by the way.
O'NEILL
Yeah….thanks.

[Close up of Carter.]

REYNOLDS

This way.
(opening the door)

This is the bioresearch lab.
O'NEILL
This where you're keeping the little green men?
REYNOLDS

(Woodenly)

There are no alien life forms at Area 51.
O'NEILL

(looking at Teal'c)

Present company excluded, of course.

[Reynolds regards the Jaffa warily as Maybourne enters and approaches the group.]

MAYBOURNE
Colonel O'Neill.
O'NEILL
Hello, Maybourne.
MAYBOURNE
Major, if you'll excuse us.

[Major Reynolds leaves.]

MAYBOURNE
Teal'c, it's good to see you well.
TEAL'C

(approaching Maybourne)

In my culture, I would be well within my rights to dismember you.

[With a barely perceptible sneer, Teal'c passes him.]

MAYBOURNE

(a bit surprised)

Well….that's interesting.

[O'Neill smiles.]

MAYBOURNE
Is there something I can do for you, Colonel O'Neill?
O'NEILL
Yeah. We assume the Touchstone was brought here.
MAYBOURNE
Excuse me?
CARTER
Maybe you have a different name for it. The weather controller from Madrona PX7-941.
MAYBOURNE
It seems that someone has sent you on a fool's errand, Colonel. Nothing even remotely like that here.
TEAL'C
You are, however, aware of our mission.
MAYBOURNE
I remember a reference to it, but correct me if I'm wrong, nothing came back from the survey.
O'NEILL
Not by our team.
MAYBOURNE
Another SGC team?
O'NEILL
You tell me.
MAYBOURNE
If you're looking for specific answers, I'd ask that you be a little less cryptic with your questions.
O'NEILL
Fine. Where's the damn Touchstone?
DANIEL
Has the second Stargate been activated?
MAYBOURNE
It's been under complete lock-down since it's arrival here. It hasn't even been powered up.
CARTER
Do you mind if we have a look?
MAYBOURNE
I guarantee it's been dormant since you came through it.
O'NEILL
Then there's no harm in taking a look. Is there?

[Maybourne turns to leave, nearly running into Teal'c is standing right behind him. Maybourne looks at O'Neill and then walks around Teal'c looking very nervous. Teal'c smirks and SG-1 all smile at each other as they follow Maybourne.]

INT—A STORAGE FACILITY AT GROOM LAKE

[A large door opens revealing SG-1, Maybourne and some guards standing just outside. A very large crate in the middle of the room.]

MAYBOURNE
There it is. Happy now, Colonel?
O'NEILL
Carter.

[They all walk into the room. O'Neill unfastens the latches and raises the lid. Teal'c climbs up on the crate. They move around the packing and see the Stargate in the crate.

MAYBOURNE
Satisfied?
O'NEILL

(looking discouraged)

Not really. Just proves it got packed up real nice after it was used.
MAYBOURNE
I assure you that Gate has been in that crate since it was brought here from the Antarctic.
O'NEILL

Come on, Harry.
(taking off his sunglasses)

You and I have been through this dance before.
CARTER

Uh…Colonel.
(she taps the Gate)

This Gate is plastic.
MAYBOURNE
What?
TEAL'C
Captain Carter is correct.
MAYBOURNE
That's ridiculous.

[Maybourne charges over to the crate and touches the Gate. O'Neill knocks on the Gate. Daniel watches as Maybourne walks away from them looking concerned.]

MAYBOURNE

(turning back to them)

That's the Gate that was brought back from the Antarctic. It's been under lock and key since it got here.

[O'Neill looks at Daniel.]

CARTER
This Gate's plastic. Where's the real one?
O'NEILL
So…what the HELL happened to the Stargate?
MAYBOURNE
It's obviously been moved.
O'NEILL
So it can be fired up without raising any eyebrows?
MAYBOURNE
That's highly speculative.
O'NEILL

(walking up to Maybourne)

I don't know who's giving you orders, Maybourne, but they better come from where the air is REAL thin.
MAYBOURNE
Is that a threat, Colonel?
O'NEILL
You tell me the punishment for losing a Stargate.
MAYBOURNE
That presumes there was no authorization to move the Stargate.
DANIEL
So…who authorized it?
MAYBOURNE
That's classified.
O'NEILL
We have the highest clearance.
MAYBOURNE
Within the military, you do.
O'NEILL

(looking around astonished)

Are you telling me this is a civilian operation?
MAYBOURNE

(to the guards)

Gentlemen, Colonel O'Neill and his people need an escort back to their vehicle.

(the guards approach)

O'NEILL
Who's pulling the strings, Maybourne?
MAYBOURNE
Take a piece of advice, Jack. Let this one drop.
O'NEILL

(very angry)

DROP IT?
MAYBOURNE
Please…Don't make these gentlemen have to get disrespectful.

[O'Neill looks at Maybourne then around at everyone else very angry. Grabs his cap and they all start to leave while Maybourne looks on smugly.]

EXT—CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN ENTRANCE

INT—SGC BRIEFING ROOM

[Carter, Daniel, and Teal'c are seated at the table. O'Neill is standing at the end of the table. General Hammond walks in.]

HAMMOND

We're operating under a virtual blackout.
(sitting at the head of the table)

No one will confirm or deny a thing.
CARTER
Well, this is too bizarre. The only other Stargate on the planet gets spirited away and it's business as usual.
HAMMOND
There's nothing usual about it, Captain. Someone's clamped down on the communication channels.
TEAL'C
What of the Touchstone?
CARTER
Well, sometime while we were gone, my instruments readings dropped to zero.
DANIEL
So either they've stopped using it or they've found a way to shield it from detection.
CARTER
Well, the weather anomalies seem to have abated on Earth.
DANIEL
They probably realized experimenting with it was causing too many problems or attracting unnecessary attention.
CARTER
Exactly. Now, if we can't track the Touchstone, there may still be a way to track the second Gate on Earth.
O'NEILL

Oh Sure!
(playing with his tie)

Let's just put out an APB for a huge honkin two-story metal ring with 39 little pictures all nicely engraved on it.

[O'Neill sits down.]

CARTER
Actually, I had another thought.
HAMMOND
Go ahead, Captain.
CARTER
We use our Gate to go to Madrona, then do a quick 180 and return through the second Gate here on Earth.
TEAL'C
Captain Carter, If one were to input the Earth's coordinates on the Madrona dialing device he would be sent back to the Gate on this facility.
CARTER
You would. Unless you intentially overpower the Gate.
DANIEL
Of course! The way the wormhole arced to send the two of you to the other Gate. We just have to duplicate those conditions.
HAMMOND
As you may recall, it was a minor miracle that either of you survived that incident.
DANIEL
What if we used the MALP robot?
CARTER
Perfect. The GPS could give us an exact position as soon as the MALP made it through.
TEAL'C
Someone would have to accompany it to Madrona then put in the correct address on the dialing device.
O'NEILL
Uh…I would be that person.
DANIEL
I'll go, too.
CARTER
You'll also need to bring the necessary equipment to modulate the power on the Gate.
HAMMOND
Let's do it.

[They all rise from their seats.]

EXT—WORMHOLE ESTABLISHING SHOT AND TRAVEL

EXT—MADRONA STARGATE

[O'Neill and Daniel step from the event horizon dressed in cold weather gear, carrying a large box between them. A blizzard blows around them.]

INT—SGC CONTROL ROOM

[Carter is sitting in front of a monitor with General Hammond and Teal'c standing behind her. The Stargate is engaged.]

CARTER
They've arrived through the Madronan Gate, sir.
HAMMOND
Here we are transporting our people across the galaxy to find something we've lost in our own backyard. Incredible.

EXT—MADRONAN TEMPLE

[Roham, Princess La Moor, and several others come out of the temple. The blizzard rages all around them. They must shout to be heard.]

PRINCESS LA MOOR
They're back, Uncle Roham.
ROHAM
Did they bring the Touchstone?
O'NEILL
Not yet. We're working on it.
ROHAM
Don't you understand? Look around you. The rivers have turned to ice. Before long all our croplands will be disseminated.
PRINCESS LA MOOR
Why did you return?
DANIEL
We have to set this machine from here to track the Touchstone.
ROHAM
You're lying!
O'NEILL
We're not lying.
DANIEL
Look, we really are trying to help.
ROHAM

(Ignoring them, he addresses his own people)

Come now.

[Everyone returns to the sanctuary of the temple, leaving O'Neill and Daniel standing there. They finish hooking up the machine and attach it to the Stargate. Daniel goes to the DHD and starts dialing.]

INT—SGC CONTROL ROOM

[Carter is still seated at the console.]

CARTER
They should be inputting the last address now.

EXT—MADRONA STARGATE

[O'Neill turns to powers up the machine and walks over to Daniel standing by the DHD. He pats him on the shoulder a couple of times. Daniel presses on the center of the DHD activating the Gate.]

EXT—WORMHOLE TRAVEL SHOT

INT—SGC CONTROL ROOM

[Chevrons on the Gate light up momentarily.]

HAMMOND
Status, Captain.
CARTER

(looking at a computer monitor)

It's through, sir. It's on Earth.
HAMMOND
Well…where the hell is it?
CARTER
Switching over to terrestrial video signal. We have visual, but it's dark.
HAMMOND
Can you make out anything?
CARTER
No, not much. Looks like there's somebody moving.
TEAL'C
Can you ascertain its location?
CARTER
I'm resetting the MALP global positioning system to Telsat 13…Attempting to triangulate.

[The monitor shows a room, then a hand holding a gun just before it loses signal.]

HAMMOND
What the hell happened?
CARTER
They blew it away, sir.

EXT—CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN ENTRANCE—NIGHT SHOT

[General Hammond, Carter and Teal'c are in the control room.]

[O'Neill walks in followed by Daniel, both still dressed in cold weather gear.]

O'NEILL
Carter?
CARTER
The link is gone. They destroyed the MALP.
O'NEILL
Did you get the coordinates?
CARTER
Didn't have time for a full triangulation, but we've got it narrowed down.
O'NEILL
How far down?
CARTER
Well, as far as we can tell, it's in Southern Utah.
O'NEILL
Oh well…Southern Utah.
DANIEL
Well, at least that's a start.
HAMMOND
I have one last marker I can call. Let me see what I can find out.

[He walks out of the room, leaving SG-1 alone. O'Neill looks at Daniel and shrugs.]

EXT—A LOCAL PARK

[A man in a dark suit sits on a bench as General Hammond, dressed casually clothes sits down next to him.]

WHITLOW
Hello, General.
HAMMOND
Whitlow.
WHITLOW
Shall we walk?
HAMMOND
As I told you on the phone. I don't really have time for all this cloak-and-dagger stuff. I need to know—
WHITLOW
Please…walk. Makes it harder for the parabolics.
HAMMOND

(chuckling)

Glad to see the paranoia quotient is as high as ever.

[They rise and take a walk.]

WHITLOW
These are dangerous times George. You never know who's listening. What do you need to know?
HAMMOND
Two things. Who's got the Stargate? Who's got the weather device?
WHITLOW
I wish I had that info.
HAMMOND
I don't have time for games, Whitlow.
WHITLOW
George, really, as much as I'd love to clear our little IOU, I don't know anything. I don't even know what you're talking about in regards to a weather device. But are you telling me that the Stargate is missing?
HAMMOND
The second one is, yes.
WHITLOW
That doesn't sound like a good thing.
HAMMOND
Come on, Whitlow. You've got your fingers in every agency. You haven't heard anything. Military intelligence? NSA? CIA?
WHITLOW
George, if it were military, I'd know about it. It's got to be civilian.
HAMMOND
Anything strange going on at Nellis?
WHITLOW
There's always something going on at Nellis, and most of the time it's strange. But nothing about a Stargate or a weather…thingy. Hey! Does this have something to do with all the weird weather lately?
HAMMOND

(chuckles)

How about Southern Utah? Heard about anything going on there?
WHITLOW
Southern Utah? Yeah. As a matter of fact, a requisition just crossed my desk requesting a C-5 for a classified pick-up at a NID landing site. It's in Utah.
HAMMOND
Hm…No idea what it's for?
WHITLOW
Not officially, but I don't have to tell you a C-5 is a big airplane. Big enough to hold a Stargate and transport it anywhere in the world.
HAMMOND
Where's the strip?
WHITLOW
Just south of the Black Mountains. About 40 clicks west of Parowan.
HAMMOND
Thank you, Whitlow

[Turns to walk away.]

WHITLOW
George.

[Hammond turns around.]

WHITLOW
Does this mean we're even?
HAMMOND
If it pans out, it does.

[Hammond walks away.]

INT—SGC BRIEFING ROOM

[SG-1 are all lined up on one side of the table. Hammond walks in.]

HAMMOND
Ok, here's the deal. This NID landing strip doesn't officially exist therefore I don't think there's a jurisdictional issue. But even if there is, that C-5 is Air Force property and it is our jurisdiction.
O'NEILL
Can we go now, sir?
HAMMOND
There's a chopper waiting up top. It will take you to Hill Air Force Base. From there, you're on your own.
O'NEILL
Thank you.

[Teal'c and Daniel leave.]

HAMMOND
One other thing, Colonel. We don't know if the people who took the Gate and the Touchstone are friend or foe. Therefore, under no condition are you to fire on them. Understood?
O'NEILL

(looking confused)

Under no conditions…fire.
HAMMOND
That's right.
CARTER
What if they fire on us, sir?
HAMMOND
Then you are to take cover. Do not return fire unless it's the only option remaining in order to defend yourselves.
O'NEILL
General, I don't think that's going to—
HAMMOND

(cutting him off)

Those are my orders, Colonel. We're already going way out on a limb on this one. I don't want my people mortally wounding another American who may just be following orders. Understood?
O'NEILL
Yes, sir.

[O'Neill and Carter look at each other before walking out.]

EXT—LARGE BUILDING—UTAH

[O'Neill is looking through a periscope along the side of the building. Putting it away and taking his gun in his hands, they all move weapons in hand through a Gate and along the building to a door. Seeing a broken window above him, O'Neill takes out the periscope and positions it for a look inside the building. He sees a large Stargate size crate, a white moving truck with the back raised and two men standing by the crate. Another man walks toward the crate carrying a small metal box. Taking the periscope down, he sends a series of hand signal to the team.]

[The C-5 lands on the airstrip nearby. With guns ready, they all move into the building. The noise from the airplane covers their footsteps. SG-1 enter the facility. There are two men standing at the crate, one kneeling down beside a small metal box. SG-1 come up behind the men.]

O'NEILL

Stand to, gentlemen.
(guns clicking)

Keep those hands visible.

[All three men raise their hands.]

NID MAN
Who the hell are you?
O'NEILL
No one's damn business! Step away from the crate.

[O'Neill walks past the men and to the crate. The sound of the Gate dialing, then the splash of the Gate opening straight up and falling back to an open wormhole. Everyone falls to the floor. The man that dialed the DHD in the back of the truck, jumps down and grabs for the small metal box.]

O'NEILL
Stop!

[O'Neill fires shots around the box. The NID man turns and jumps up on the crate and into the wormhole. Two more jump through. The last man tries to grab the small box.]

O'NEILL
Don't do it!

[O'Neill fires more shots around the box, hitting the man in the arm. The NID man turns and jumps down through the wormhole. Daniel leaps up into the back of the truck to the DHD just as it blinks out.]

DANIEL
Arrrgh!
O'NEILL
What?
DANIEL
I missed the address.
CARTER

(opening the small metal box and taking out the Touchstone)

At least we have this.

EXT—MEDRONAN STARGATE

[SG-1 step through the Gate into the blizzard and walk toward the temple. Roham, Princess La Moor, and several others exit the Stargate to meet them.]

PRINCESS LA MOOR
They've come back, Uncle Roham! Just as I told you.
ROHAM
Do they have the Touchstone?
PRINCESS LA MOOR
They do.

[O'Neill approaches Roham and hands him the Touchstone. Roham turns some dials and yellow dots of light are seen all around coming from the Touchstone. The weather begins to quiet as they all walk to the temple.]

INT—MEDRONAN TEMPLE

[They all approach the statue in the temple. Roham turns, gives the Touchstone to Princess La Moor, who places it where it belongs. Princess La Moor beams at them. The Medronans bow down.]

ROHAM

(bowing his head to O'Neill)

Thank You.
O'NEILL
You're very welcome.
DANIEL
We hope the faith and trust between our two worlds have been restored.
PRINCESS LA MOOR

You have lived up to your promises.
(bowing down)

Let there always be peace between our worlds.

[She rises.]

ROHAM
We must remain vigilant, lest those that trespassed before come back to violate the sanctity of the Holy Touchstone.
O'NEILL
Yeah, just make sure your guards are paying attention this time.

[O'Neill hands him his sceptre.]

ROHAM
Blessings be upon you.

[Princess La Moor removes the cloak she had around her shoulders, steps down from the statue's pedestal and walks over to the double door, opening them. A bright blue sky and the sun is shining on the Stargate. Close up of O'Neill.]

EXT—CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN

INT—SGC BRIEFING ROOM

[General Hammond and SG-1 are sitting around the table.]

CARTER
And everything should be back to normal within a few weeks both here and Madrona.
DANIEL
That's simply why we think they'll be happy we return through the Gate to do the studies we had hoped to do.
O'NEILL
Any ideas what happened, sir?
HAMMOND
To be honest, it's still something of a shell game. The investigation has been taken out of my hands.
O'NEILL
By whom?
HAMMOND
I'm still trying to find that out.
DANIEL
So we may never know who those men were who went through the Gate.
HAMMOND
Not unless you can tell me where they went. Well, until then, all SG units are to be on watch for four NID guys wandering around on other planets.
O'NEILL
Great! So all this could happen again, huh?
HAMMOND
No, Colonel! This time I was able to ensure that our Stargate will be the only one in use.
CARTER
Sir, the second Stargate is being retired?
HAMMOND
Yes, only this time there will be a permanent iris welded over it and it will be placed under round-the-clock guard under the command of the SGC, my command.
O'NEILL
No lying and deceit, smoke and mirrors?
HAMMOND
You'll be there yourself. All of you will when they put it away for good.

[Hammond leaves SG-1 in the room.]

INT—STORAGE FACILITY AT AREA 51

[Two men are welding an iris in place. Major Reynolds and Colonel Maybourne are standing beside the crate. SG-1 along with General Hammond are standing a little ways back. O'Neill approaches to Maybourne taking off his sunglasses.

O'NEILL
This put you out of a job, Maybourne?
MAYBOURNE

(smugly)

Oh! You'd be surprised. Strange things happen in high places, Colonel.
O'NEILL
Don't I know it.
MAYBOURNE
People get reassigned. So does property. Artifacts get misplaced, orders change. Every day's a new day.

[Maybourne walks away smugly.]

FADE OUT

CREDITS

Transcript by Kira Rothery, revised by Marcia for Solutions, 16 Mar 03

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