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4.16 "2010"

Episode Guide

Précis

A decade in the future, Earth's alliance with a highly intelligent race of aliens has rendered SGC obsolete. But when Carter, now married to a human ambassador to the aliens, uncovers a terrifying secret about these "benevolent" beings, she must reassemble SG-1 to send an urgent message to the past.

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TEASER

EXT—AN OPEN-AIR CAFE

[Joe Faxon is siting at a table reading the Washington Post. The headline reads "Aschen Promise Anti-Ageing Vaccine Worldwide." Carter walks up and sits down.]

CARTER
Hon, I am so sorry.
JOE
It's all right.
CARTER
No, if you were this late I'd…
JOE
Hon, I know how busy you are—don't worry about it. Besides, it's a beautiful day to wait. And wait.
CARTER
Have you eaten?
JOE
Yeah I'm sorry, Honey, I had to, I'm scheduled to be offworld at 13:30. What?
CARTER
Just found out.
JOE
I thought for sure this time.

[The waitress comes over with the bill. Joe pays for it with a card.]

JOE
Thanks very much.
CARTER
They said it isn't either one of us. We just have to keep trying.
JOE
Not that I mind the trying…I just…thought we'd be working on our second child by now.
CARTER
Me too.
JOE
Walk me to the terminal?

EXT—OUTSIDE STARGATE TERMINAL

[Joe and Carter appear on a transporter pad.]

JOE
Maybe we should get a second opinion.
CARTER
The Aschen are hundreds of years more advanced in medicine than we are.

INT—STARGATE TERMINAL.

[Sound of the Gate dialling. People are walking around, going about the daily lives. Carter and Joe walk through with their arms around one another.]

CARTER
So how long will you be gone?
JOE
Ah, well, I have to visit that new embassy on the southern continent, tour the nine planets…
CARTER
You're kidding?
JOE
Of course I'm kidding. You don't think I'd miss your anniversary ceremony tomorrow, do you?
CARTER
It's no big deal…
JOE
Ah, it's no a big deal…If it wasn't for you, we'd have never even met the Aschen. I'll be back tonight, okay?

[Joe and Carter kiss.]

ANNOUNCEMENT

(over speaker)

Outbound travellers to the Confederation planets, please stand by in the departure area.
JOE
Bye.

[Joe and Carter kiss again.]

CARTER
Bye.

[Joe goes down an escalator to the open Stargate. It stand on a platform out in the open.]

OPENING TITLES

INT—STARGATE TERMINAL

[A ceremony is in progress around the Stargate. Five armed Air Force soldiers parade up the steps to the inactive Gate and turn. A screen is lowered from the ceiling.]

ANNOUNCEMENT

(over speaker)

Ladies and gentlemen, the President of the United States.

[Kinsey appears on the screen.]

PRESIDENT KINSEY
My fellow Americans. Ten years ago this very day, a team code-named SG-1, then working in secret, came upon an alien race: the Aschen. With that introduction, I was able to forge the greatest alliance this country—indeed, this world—has ever known.

[The assembled crowd claps. Daniel, Carter and Teal'c are standing at the front of the crowd. They smile at each other.]

PRESIDENT KINSEY
I read from Colonel Jack O'Neill's mission report of that first contact. "These folks sound too good to be true. Willing to share their science and technology. Friendly, smarter than we are. One thing's for sure: the Goa'uld are coming…The Aschen could save our asses." Well, guess what, Jack? They did.

[The crowd claps.]

PRESIDENT KINSEY
Jack O'Neill could not be here today, but those candid words hurriedly scratched down in a mission report ten years ago were prescient. Membership in the Aschen Confederation guarantees the security, the health, and the future of every human being on God's Earth. Dr. Samantha Carter, Dr. Daniel Jackson, Teal'c. Would you please step forward?

[Carter, Daniel and Teal'c walk to the base of the Stargate steps. The crowd applauds as an Official of the President offers each of them a medal.]

PRESIDENT KINSEY
Though the nations business has kept me from being with you in person, nonetheless I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for what you've done for me, and for our country. God bless you all.
VOICE

(off screen)

Aim. Fire.

[The seven airmen at the top of the Stargate steps raise their rifles and fire three times in unison. The Aschen representatives put their fingers in their ears.]

INT—A RECEPTION

[Carter, Joe, Daniel, Fraiser and Teal'c stand in a circle and raise glasses of champagne.]

CARTER
To General Hammond.

[They clink glasses.]

FRAISER/CARTER/TEAL'C/DANIEL
To General Hammond.
CARTER
I miss him. Especially today.
DANIEL
Yeah, how long has it been, anyway?
TEAL'C
It has been six years.
DANIEL
Which reminds me, what was Jack's excuse? I expected to see him here.
TEAL'C
O'Neill has made his feelings very clear concerning the Aschen Alliance.
DANIEL
Well, he could have come to see us.
FRAISER
I almost didn't come myself.
DANIEL
What?
FRAISER
It's easier for you, Daniel. I mean your job wasn't made obsolete, and if I…Molum.

[The Aschen scientist Molum approaches the small group.]

MOLUM
Forgive me for interrupting…Ambassador? The Aschen delegation is eager to hear about your visit to our south continent.
JOE
Yep, it would be my pleasure.

[Molum leaves.]

JOE
Well, I think we can safely assume I'll be late.

[Joe kisses Carter.]

JOE
Doctors, Teal'c. Congratulations again.

[Joe leaves.]

CARTER
So, where are we going?
TEAL'C
I had planned to return to Chulak.
CARTER
Oh, come on, Teal'c! We haven't seen each other in ages. Please.
TEAL'C
Very well.
DANIEL
Dinner?
CARTER
Sounds great.
FRAISER
Yes, dinner.
CARTER
Great to see you again.
FRAISER
I'll see you soon.
DANIEL
Okay.
FRAISER
Bye.

[Carter and Fraiser kiss Teal'c and Daniel on the cheek. Daniel and Teal'c walk off.]

CARTER
So.
FRAISER
What?
CARTER
What was that?
FRAISER
What was what?
CARTER
Going on again about being obsolete.
FRAISER
Think about it, Sam. We've all taken the antiageing vaccine and the anticancer vaccine…and now the Aschen have these medical machines that can reverse tissue damage and mend broken bones…I mean, where does that leave me?
CARTER
I guess when you put it that way I know what you mean. I mean half the time the science they're talking about is so far over my head, I feel like a lab assistant…
FRAISER
Ah, but you have something to do.
CARTER
Yeah.
FRAISER
Okay, enough of that. Tell me, by any chance are you and Joe…?
CARTER
Not yet. They say it isn't either one of us; we just have to keep trying.
FRAISER
You know, they still let me keep an office in Washington even though I have nothing to do. So I'd be more than happy to give you a check-up.
CARTER
No, they said I was fine.
FRAISER
Sam, the medicine I practiced may seem like the Dark Ages now, but I was your doctor for a long time. How long have you been trying?
CARTER
Almost three years.
FRAISER
Yes.
CARTER
When can we do this?

EXT—OFFICE BUILDING, WASHINGTON

INT—FRAISER'S OFFICE

[Carter is seated, waiting. Fraiser enters and sits behind her desk.]

FRAISER
Hey. Sorry to keep you waiting, but I just wanted to double-check my results…
CARTER
And I'm fine. Right?
FRAISER
Sam, I don't know how your Aschen doctor could have missed it, and frankly, I just don't think it's possible he could have.
CARTER
What?
FRAISER
You can't have children.
CARTER
They said everything was normal.
FRAISER
In every other way, it is.
CARTER
Then this is a mistake.
FRAISER
Here, let me show you the scan.

[Fraiser turns the computer screen on her desk to Carter. Carter is visibly and obviously upset.]

FRAISER
There's no room for interpretation. Clearly your ovaries are damaged.
CARTER
Why?
FRAISER
I don't know. I don't know what may have caused it or when it may have happened, but obviously it was some time…
CARTER
No. I want to know why the Aschen doctors looked me in the eye and told me that I was okay. Why did they lie to me?
FRAISER
I don't know. But I'm willing to help you find out.

EXT—ASCHEN LAB

INT—CARTER'S LAB

[Carter enters. Molum is waiting for her next to a large centrol control console.]

MOLUM
I've been waiting.
CARTER
Sorry.
MOLUM
Is something wrong?
CARTER
No.
MOLUM
All right.

[Molum activates a hologram projector in the centre of the console. It shows Mars and the surrounding planets.]

MOLUM
We're still not finding the necessary material to initiate the conversion.
CARTER
Well, we'll just have to find a way to collapse it faster; revise the calculations.
MOLUM
Interesting.
CARTER
Am I wrong?
MOLUM
Oh, no, you're absolutely correct, it's just that a year or so ago you never thought this project was possible and now you seem so…determined.
CARTER
You've convinced me.

[Molum touches a button and the hologram disappears.]

MOLUM
Did your people ever imagine converting a planet into a star?
CARTER
No. I doubt it.
MOLUM
I should think you would have at least considered it, given the rapid growth of your population and the viability of the planet.
CARTER
Humans just don't think quite as far ahead as the Aschen seem to.
MOLUM
All right, since you are so determined, revise the calculations.
CARTER
If I use our computers it'll take weeks…on the other hand, if I can interface with the Aschen computer core…?
MOLUM
You know that's strictly for Aschen personnel.
CARTER
It's not like you haven't given me access before.
MOLUM
Samantha, why do I let you talk me into this?

[A computer screen is projected above the console. Molum enters a command.]

MOLUM
There. You have core access.
CARTER
Thank you, Molum.

[Molum leaves. Carter begins to type at the console. Fraiser enters.]

FRAISER
Are you in?
CARTER
Not yet.
FRAISER
The medical subcore has its own code you're not going to be able to access.
CARTER
I'm in, I'm in. Now what? Its calling for search parameters.
FRAISER
Right. Try medical records.
CARTER
I don't think I'm going to find anything specific to me in here.
FRAISER
So maybe this has happened to some other people. Do a general search. Human reproductive statistics.

[Information starts to come up on the projected screen.]

CARTER
That's it.
FRAISER
You can read this?
CARTER
Oh, that can't be right. If I'm reading this properly, the worldwide birth rate has dropped almost ninety-one percent in the last two years.
FRAISER
What?
CARTER
That's what it says right here. These are Aschen numbers.
FRAISER
Yeah, but we would know.
CARTER
It's happening everywhere the antiageing vaccine has gone.
FRAISER
Turn it off.
CARTER
They're doing it systematically!
FRAISER
Just turn it off, please.
FRAISER
Okay, we can't let them know we know.
CARTER
Molum leaves me alone for hours at a time…
FRAISER
Sam, you're on the inside, you don't see them the same way I do.
CARTER
Janet, they have done this to us deliberately. We have to do something.
FRAISER
I know, but we can't talk about it here. We'll talk tonight at the restaurant, okay? I have to go.

INT—RESTAURANT

[Daniel, Carter, Fraiser and Teal'c are sitting around a table.]

DANIEL
Guys, I think it would be public knowledge if something this catastrophic was happening to the entire population.
CARTER
Would it? The Ashen can convert planets into stars, you don't think they could control the media if they wanted to?
DANIEL
Assuming the Aschen could keep something that big secret…it's been ten years. Why now?
CARTER
We were completely taken in. This way they didn't have to fire a shot. It's slow, methodical, painless.
DANIEL
Okay, then, why provide a vaccine that almost doubles the human lifespan? That doesn't make any sense.
FRAISER
Unless that's the mechanism they've used to sterilize the population.
CARTER
They're certainly patient enough. All they have to do is wait.
TEAL'C
Then, within two hundred years, there will be very few, if any, humans remaining. The Aschen will have this world to themselves.
DANIEL
Well, we have to do something. I don't know—I mean, tell somebody.
FRAISER
The night before General Hammond died, he called me and said he needed to speak with me about something very important. Something that he couldn't discuss over the phone. The next day I told the Ashen doctors, I said this is impossible, he could not have died of a heart attack, he was in perfect health, but they said their diagnostic machines were infallible.
TEAL'C
You believe he was murdered.
FRAISER
At the time, no. I believed like everybody else; the Aschen were our saviours.
DANIEL
So we can't tell anyone, we have to keep this to ourselves.
CARTER
Well, I have to tell Joe.
DANIEL
Maybe you shouldn't.
CARTER
Daniel, if you're even suggesting he knows…
DANIEL
I'm just saying that it's all of our lives are at stake here.
CARTER
Yes! He can help us.
DANIEL
How? Say he goes to the President. The President goes to the rest of the world. Even if what's left of every army on Earth mobilizes…what are they going to do?
FRAISER
Fight back.
TEAL'C
They would be defeated. As were the Goa'uld.
DANIEL
We have to think of something else.
CARTER
Like what?
DANIEL
I don't know…contact the Tollan. Find the survivors of the Tok'ra, I mean there have to be some left out there. Err…Teal'c, what about the Jaffa?
TEAL'C
Few remain loyal to the Tau'ri since the war's end. There are a few symbiotes available for implantation.
CARTER
We don't even control the Stargate. God, what have we done? This morning we were celebrating…
DANIEL
Now I wish we could take it all back.

[A waitress comes over with the bill.]

WAITRESS
Will there be anything else?
DANIEL
Apparently not.
CARTER
Maybe we can. Take it back.
DANIEL
How?
CARTER
General Hammond showed us.
DANIEL
He left us a note.
FRAISER
What—what are you talking about
CARTER
A number of years ago a freak accident sent us back to 1969. We know that by dialling coordinates that are precisely on the opposite sides of the sun at the exact moment of a solar flare, it causes the wormhole to turn back towards Earth on itself and it creates a time distortion. Now, theoretically, we could send ourselves a message.
DANIEL
Wait a second. I thought you said it was impossible to predict the exact moment of a solar flare.
CARTER
For us, yes, it was. But with access to Aschen computer…
FRAISER
Okay, wait a second here. We are considering changing the lives of the entire human race on Earth. Do we have the right?
CARTER
If we don't, then we will live to see the end of the entire human race on Earth.

EXT—O'NEILL'S CABIN

[Carter knocks on the door. She walks around the side of the cabin to see O'Neill.]

CARTER
Hi.
O'NEILL
Hi.
CARTER
So this is the place you kept threatening to take me. It's good to see you, Sir.
O'NEILL
I'm retired, Carter. Lose the "sir."

[O'Neill sits down on a wooden bench.]

CARTER
Right.

[Carter sits on the bench with him.]

CARTER
Jack.
O'NEILL
What are you doing here?
CARTER
It turns out we made a mistake. A big one.
O'NEILL
Which one? We made a few.
CARTER
Our alliance with the Aschen.
O'NEILL
Oh, that. Not working out, is it? Gosh, I wish I'd seen that coming. Oh, wait…I did see that coming.
CARTER
It isn't what you thought. A couple of days ago I found out that I can't ever have children.
O'NEILL
I'm sorry to hear that.
CARTER
So was I. According to the Aschen doctors, I was fine. But not according to Doctor Fraiser. We got into the Aschen computer network; they keep statistics on everything. In the past couple of years, without our even knowing it, they have managed to sterilize over ninety percent of the world's population. The other ten percent are probably just a matter of time. We don't know how they've done it, or even how they've even managed to keep it a secret this long…
O'NEILL
So what d'you want me to do about it?
CARTER
Help us.
O'NEILL
Do what?
CARTER
We can undo this.
O'NEILL
Oh, here we go.

[O'Neill stands and starts to walk off. Carter follows him.]

CARTER
We send a message back through the Stargate to ourselves ten years ago. We stop this from ever happening.
O'NEILL
Stop this from happening?
CARTER
We know it's possible.
O'NEILL
Why am I having this conversation?
CARTER
We know what we have to do. I am almost positive that with the Aschen computer and solar observatory I can predict a flare within a few hours of its happening, and we should be able to get our hands on a GDO. So it'll come down to accessing the Gate within that window, dialling the right address, and sending the message.
O'NEILL
Well, if it just comes down to that, do it.
CARTER
Look, if I thought it was easy, I wouldn't be standing here asking for your help.
O'NEILL
Just out of curiosity, say we do this. What happens to everything that's happened the past ten years?
CARTER
It won't happen.
O'NEILL
So we don't go to P4C-970. We don't meet the Aschen, then…what?
CARTER
I don't know.
O'NEILL
Let me tell you something, Carter. You want to erase your mistakes? That's your business. My conscience is clear. I warned everybody, I threw up the red flag and everybody—including you—shut me down.
CARTER
I'm asking you to put that behind us.
O'NEILL
You're not happy with the way things turned out…I'm sorry to hear that. Personally, I like things the way they are. No more saving the world, just a nice pond with no pesky fish in it, and the single most pressing issue in my life is whether or not to get a dog…There're a lot of pros and cons to consider.
CARTER
Jack. I'm talking about the future of the human race.
O'NEILL
So was I.
CARTER
We're doing this.
O'NEILL
Let me know how it turns out.
CARTER
Our chances are a lot better with you than without you.
O'NEILL
Let me ask you something. What does your dearly beloved ambassador say about all this?
CARTER
I haven't had a chance to tell him.
O'NEILL
Maybe he can help you.
CARTER
Yeah.

[Carter walks off.]

EXT—STARGATE TERMINAL

[Carter appears on a transporter pad. Teal'c and Daniel are waiting.]

CARTER
We're on our own.
DANIEL
You're kidding me—he said no?
TEAL'C
That is unfortunate.
CARTER
We can still do this. Did you track down the GDOs?
DANIEL
Err…yes and no. From what I could gather in the museum records there's only one original remote left on display at the SGC.
CARTER
Well, that's our next stop. Teal'c, you'd better return to Chulak. We don't want to arouse any more suspicion than we already have. It'll take at least two days, but we'll contact you when it's time.
TEAL'C
I will be prepared.

EXT—STOCK SHOT, SGC, MOUNTAIN ENTRANCE

INT—SGC

[An elevator door opens and the guide and small visiting party, including Carter and Daniel, step out into the corridor.]

GUIDE
All righty everyone, everyone please step all the way out. We've arrived at Level 28. Can anyone guess at what special room is on this floor?
KID
The Gate room?
GUIDE
That's very, very close…Anyone else?
DANIEL
He's right. It's the Gate room.
GUIDE
What I'm sure many of you don't know is that officially it was known as the embarkation room because that's where the SG teams embarked from. Okay, now we're walking…This way.

[The guide leads the party along a corridor. All around them is SGC memorabilia. They stop at a photo of SG-1 taken in season 2, R-L, back row Hammond, Carter, Teal'c, front row Daniel, O'Neill (seated).]

GUIDE
And these people comprise the famous SG-1, arguably the most important—although not my personal favourite team of the entire command.

[Daniel and Carter glance at each other.]

GUIDE
And we're walking…

INT—SGC, GATE ROOM

[People are walking around exhibits of the MALP, the Stargate, etc. The party enters.]

GUIDE
While of course the real stargate is in Washington at the J. R. Reed Space Terminal, this one is a perfect replica of the original. Should you want photos, they are twenty-seven dollars each and please do not touch the Stargate itself as you'll leave fingerprints. See you on the other side.
DANIEL
This is ridiculous.
CARTER
We couldn't break away until there were more people around. Once we're in the control room.
DANIEL
Not her personal favourite SG team?
CARTER
Just don't ask for the photo.

[They look up to see O'Neill walk past. He looks at them and slides his sunglasses on.]

O'NEILL
And we're walking…

INT—SGC, BRIEFING ROOM

[O'Neill is seated at the table drawing. Most of the chairs are covered by dust sheets. Daniel and Carter run up the stairs. In front of O'Neill are a couple of zats and a GDO.]

O'NEILL
Hey. Thanks for showing.
CARTER
We decided to take the last tour of the day. So, when did you decide against getting a dog?
O'NEILL
I'm still thinking about it. In the meantime I did a little shopping on your behalf. The zats are completely operational.

[O'Neill slides the GDO across the table.]

O'NEILL
This, however, presents a problem.

[Carter studies it for a moment.]

CARTER
It's a replica.
CARTER
Daniel, was this the only one?

[Tech Davis appears at the door.]

TECH DAVIS
Excuse me, you people aren't supposed to be…

[O'Neill stands. Tech Davis steps over the rope into the room.]

TECH DAVIS
Colonel O'Neill?
O'NEILL
Sergeant…what are you doing here?
TECH DAVIS
I…I work here now. Sort of the, er, operations tech advisor.
DANIEL
Oh…Well, you're doing a great job.
TECH DAVIS
Uh…This section is closed off. Are you here for old time's sake?
O'NEILL
That's it exactly.
TECH DAVIS
Where did you get those?
O'NEILL
The zats? Armory. We're taking them.
TECH DAVIS
Oh, no, no, no.
CARTER
Sergeant, please this is really important. D'you know where our real GDOs went?
TECH DAVIS
I'm not a sergeant anymore, and you're not colonels, and you're not supposed to have that remote either…
DANIEL
Oh, that's good, because actually, we don't want that one, we want the real one.
TECH DAVIS
It's in the White House. In the Oval Office, on the president's desk.
O'NEILL
Kinsey grab a souvenir on the way down?
TECH Davis
Look guys, I don't know what…
O'NEILL
Ahh Wal…ter. Right now I need you to trust us. Just turn around, walk away, pretend we weren't even here. I'll bring everything back I promise. Thursday.
TECH DAVIS
Then you'll tell me what's going on?
O'NEILL
Absolutely everything.
TECH DAVIS
Okay.
CARTER
Thank you.
DANIEL
Thank you.
TECH DAVIS
Thursday.

[Davis leaves. O'Neill sits back down.]

O'NEILL
Okay…last time I was in the Oval Office, I got kicked out. Can we do it without a GDO?
DANIEL
Radio?
CARTER
There's an EM dampening field around the terminal—part of the automated defenses.
O'NEILL
So we're about as far back in time as we're going to go?
CARTER
I think I can get it.
DANIEL
Joe?
CARTER
He's a good guy.
O'NEILL
If you tell him, there'll be no going back.
DANIEL
Of course if you don't tell him, there'll be…no going back.
CARTER
He'll do it. I know he will.

EXT—CARTER'S HOUSE

[Carter is lying on her bed. sound of a door opening.]

JOE

(off screen)

Sam?

[Carter sits up. The bedroom door opens and Joe enters.]

JOE
Sam. Hey, honey. How're you feeling? You were out this morning before I could say goodbye.
CARTER
I'm fine.
JOE
Molum said you left the lab early—you were feeling kind of ill. Honey, you're just depressed. We can just keep trying. All right?
CARTER
No, we can't, Joe. Nobody can.
JOE
What are you talking about?

INT—THE RESTAURANT

[Daniel, Fraiser and O'Neill sit at a table. Daniel slides a piece of paper across the table to Fraiser.]

DANIEL
I think this is the note we should send.

[Fraiser reads it. O'Neill takes it and reads it.]

FRAISER
That's it?
DANIEL
I thought about including more information, but I think in this case, the simpler the better.
O'NEILL
Why don't we just stick one on a rock and throw it through?
DANIEL
It would never make it through the automated defences.
O'NEILL
Can we at least mention who won the Super Bowl in 2004?
DANIEL
No.
O'NEILL
World Series?
DANIEL
No.
O'NEILL
Grey Cup.
DANIEL
I put it in my own handwriting so I'll be able to recognize it when I read it.
O'NEILL
I think we should all write a note of our own. Case I don't make it to the Gate, you can keep trying.

INT—CARTER'S HOUSE, BEDROOM

JOE
You're wrong.
CARTER
I saw the numbers, Joe.
JOE
The Aschen doctors said you were fine.
CARTER
This isn't just about me. I read this right from an Aschen terminal. Molum gave me access to work on something else. The birth rate has been cut over ninety percent.
JOE
Oh my God. It was supposed to be a third of that.
CARTER
You knew?
JOE
The Aschen insisted on it.
CARTER
Oh, my God…
JOE
Honey, they see farther ahead than we do. They knew that if we didn't limit growth…
CARTER
Is that what you call this?
JOE
This obviously isn't what we agreed to!
CARTER
I can't believe this…
JOE
We didn't have a choice, Sam.
CARTER
You sold us out!
JOE
You think this was my decision?
CARTER
You could have told me!
JOE
Oh, come on, you know how it works! Before the Alliance you spent most of your adult life in secrecy.
CARTER
Please, that was different!
JOE
Sam, it's the same.
CARTER
No!
JOE
It's exactly the same. Our population was unsustainable. Without drastic measures, the Aschen didn't think we were worth investing in. Obviously they went too far, but I can't believe they did this deliberately. There must be some sort of reverse medical procedure they have…
CARTER
You still don't get it.
JOE
Sooner or later the Goa'uld would have wiped us out. Would you prefer that?
CARTER
The Aschen way is slower. That's all.
JOE
They're not limiting growth, they're…I have to talk to the President. I…
CARTER
Yes, you do. But not about this.

[Carter hands Joe the replica GDO.]

CARTER
I need you to take this iris remote and change it with the one on the president's desk without getting caught. And bring the other one back to my lab. I need you to do this first thing tomorrow.
JOE
How am I going to do that?
CARTER
Just come up with some excuse, I don't care, but you can't say one word about what we've talked about or they will kill you.

EXT—ASCHEN LAB

INT—CARTER'S OFFICE.

[A holographic projection of the sun is in the centre of the control console. Carter, Fraiser and Daniel are standing around the console. O'Neill enters.]

O'NEILL
Hot in here?
CARTER
This is a real time representation of the actual sun, recorded by Aschen satellites all over the solar system.
FRAISER
How do you use it to predict a solar flare?
CARTER
I've been studying Aschen knowledge of solar dynamics for the Jupiter ignition project. And there are significant changes just beneath the surface of the sun preceding a flare that are detectable by the satellite net. Look right here. If my calculations are right, there should be a flare in about five seconds.

[O'Neill is keeping a check on the door and corridor. The projection shows a solar flare shooting from the sun.]

DANIEL
That's it.
CARTER
Now all we need to do is for the computer to predict another flare.
CARTER
Have you got your travel papers for Chulak?
FRAISER
Yeah, all set.

[Carter hands Fraiser a piece of paper.]

CARTER
Give this to Teal'c. It's the coordinates he'll need.
O'NEILL
Joe's here.

[Joe enters.]

O'NEILL
Ambassador.
JOE
I knew you'd have something to do with this.
O'NEILL
Did you get it?
JOE
Yes.
CARTER
Thank you.
JOE
What do you going to to do with it?
O'NEILL
Send a message.
JOE
To who?
O'NEILL
To whom. Let's have it.
JOE
I'll hand it over if you give me your word that Samantha will play no part in this.
O'NEILL
I can't do that.
JOE
It's in a briefcase at the customs office at the Stargate Terminal. They've been instructed not to release it without my authorization. Your word.
O'NEILL
We need her to pull this off.
JOE
Whatever it is, you'll have to do it without Sam.
CARTER
Joe, unless I help…
JOE
This is not negotiable. You don't want to tell me what it is you're planning, that's fine. But if it involves GDOs, then it involves the Stargate. And the terminal is the last heavily defended place left on this planet. I will not let you risk Sam's life.
O'NEILL
Okay.
CARTER
You won't have back up…
O'NEILL
We won't need it.
DANIEL
Uh…The sun's beeping.
CARTER
We have a flare prediction…fifty-seven minutes from now. Is that enough time?
O'NEILL
It'll have to do.

EXT—STARGATE TERMINAL

INT—TERMINAL

[O'Neill walks through with two bags over his shoulders. Joe gives a box to O'Neill.]

O'NEILL
Thank you.
JOE
If you can manage, give us enough time to get away from here…
O'NEILL
The message goes in six minutes.
JOE
Sam wanted me to wish you good luck.
O'NEILL
Give her my best.

[Joe walks off. O'Neill looks at Fraiser at the top of the escalator. O'Neill heads around a glassed area. Daniel walks passed him carrying a briefcase.]

ANNOUNCEMENT

(voiceover)

Outgoing travellers to Chulak, please stand by in the departure area.

[Fraiser takes the escalator down to the Stargate.]

INT—QUIET GLASSED ROOM

[O'Neill loads a piton gun and puts a zat in his bag.]

EXT—STARGATE ARENA

[Daniel watches Fraiser leave and waves.]

EXT—STARGATE TERMINAL

[Carter waits by the transporter. Joe emerges from the terminal and greets her.]

JOE
All right, let's go.
CARTER
I'm staying. You go if you want to.
JOE
C'mon. Sam, we've got to go.
CARTER
Joe, don't…
JOE
Sam. Listen to me. We can work this out, all right? Right now, I think it's best for both of us if we're very far away from here.
CARTER
If they manage to do this, it will not matter where we are.

INT—STARGATE TERMINAL

[O'Neill emerges from the glassed area. Molum walks up to him.]

MOLUM
Colonel O'Neill?
O'NEILL
Melon?
MOLUM
Molum.
O'NEILL
Molum. I'm sorry. It's the war, you know.
MOLUM
You didn't come to the anniversary celebration.
O'NEILL
What's to celebrate? I say.
MOLUM
Surely the Aschen have proven your earlier misgivings erroneous. For all we've done.
O'NEILL
Yes. You've certainly done your part.
MOLUM
What brings you here?
O'NEILL
Ah, well you know my friend, Teal'c. I missed him at the celebration. He's coming into town. I brought him a hat.
ANNOUNCEMENT

(voiceover)

Incoming travellers from Chulak. Please stand clear of the arrival area.
O'NEILL
He's right on time.

[Daniel arrives at the base of the Stargate escalator. Teal'c steps through the Gate with another Jaffa. Both are dressed in Jaffa robes and carry staff weapons. The dialer walks up to them.]

DIALER
I'm sorry, sir, but weapons are not allowed.

EXT—DANIEL WALKING THROUGH THE SECURITY SCANNERS

[The alarms sound.]

DANIEL
It's archaeological equipment, this happens every time…

[Daniel goes to open the briefcase.]

EXT—TEAL'C ON THE STARGATE STEPS

TEAL'C
We carry these for ceremonial purposes only.
DIALER
I'm sorry, but you'll have to let me have it.
TEAL'C
Very well.

[Teal'c fires his staff weapon at the Dialer. Daniel takes a zat from the briefcase and shoots the security guard. Teal'c heads to the DHD and begins dialling the coordinates. sound of alarms.]

INT—MOLUM WITH O'NEILL

MOLUM
What's happening?

[O'Neill shoots Molum with the zat.]

ANNOUNCEMENT

(voiceover)

Terrorist attack in progress. Please evacuate the building immediately.

[People start running for the exit.]

[Automated defences start to fire at Teal'c from all the walls. One strikes Teal'c in the shoulder. The other Jaffa shoots out one of the automated weapons. O'Neill fires the piton gun straight over the Gate. The Jaffa is killed by the automated weapons. Teal'c is struck several times again. The Gate opens. Teal'c and Daniel keep firing at the automated weapons.]

EXT—STARGATE TERMINAL

[People start running out. Carter breaks away from Joe and runs back inside.]

JOE
Sam! Sam!

INT—STARGATE TERMINAL.

[O'Neill sets the GDO on his wrist and attaches himself to the piton line. He slides down it as Teal'c is killed by the automated weapons. Daniel takes out another weapon as O'Neill falls from the line to the floor, being shot at by the defence system. O'Neill makes it half way up the Stargate steps before dying. Carter runs into the terminal to see O'Neill die. Daniel runs to the Stargate as Carter runs down the escalator to join him. Daniel is killed on the Stargate steps as Joe runs in to the terminal.]

JOE
Shut down the system! Shut down the system!

[Carter runs to Daniel, takes the note and runs up the steps. Carter is hit by the weapons and falls towards the event horizon, throwing the note through the Gate as she collapses and dies.]

JOE
No!

INT—SGC, CONTROL ROOM, PRESENT DAY

TECH DAVIS
Incoming traveller!
HAMMOND
Who is it?
TECH Davis
It's…SG-1, sir.
O'NEILL
Hello…
FRAISER
How can that be?

[Hammond, O'Neill, Daniel, Carter, Fraiser and Teal'c approach the control computer.]

HAMMOND
Let's find out. Defense teams stand by! Open the iris.

INT—GATE ROOM

[The iris opens. A note falls onto the ramp. O'Neill, Hammond, Carter, Fraiser, Daniel and Teal'c enter.]

HAMMOND
Stand down. What is it?

[O'Neill walks up the ramp. He picks up the note and walks back down, reading it.]

DANIEL
Well?

[O'Neill hands the note to Daniel.]

O'NEILL
You tell me.
DANIEL
"Under no circumstances go to P4C-970. Colonel Jack O'Neill." That looks like your handwriting.
O'NEILL
It is my handwriting. And that's my signature.
TEAL'C
Though you sent no such note.
O'NEILL
No.
FRAISER
Sir, may I?

[Daniel hands the note to Fraiser.]

FRAISER
That looks like blood, sir.
HAMMOND
Have it analyzed.

[Fraiser leaves.]

O'NEILL
General, wasn't 970 on our mission list?
HAMMOND
It was. Not anymore. I'm not taking any chances. I want P4C-970 removed from the dialling computer immediately. Dismissed.

[Hammond walks out. O'Neill sits down on the side of the ramp.]

CARTER
I wonder why you sent it…I wonder when.
O'NEILL
Yeah. You got to wonder…

ROLL CREDITS

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

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