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5.09 "Between Two Fires"

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The SG-1 team is surprised to discover that the advanced Tollans have reversed their policy on sharing technology and are now willing to trade advanced weaponry with Earth. But the deal seems too good to be true when SG-1 learns of the Goa'uld's involvement.

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TEASER

VOICEOVER
Previously on Stargate SG-1…

FLASHBACK FROM PRETENSE

[SG-1 walk through the Gate with Narim.]

INT—SGC

FLASHBACK FROM ENIGMA

OMOC
I am Omoc. Our world is called Tollan. I find it unbelievable that anyone so primitive could have deciphered the Gate system.
O'NEILL
Did you say primitive?

FLASHBACK FROM SHADES OF GREY

INT—TOLLANA COUNCIL CHAMBER

TRAVELL
You are, after all, the people who saved us from the Goa'uld.
DANIEL
Well, in that spirit, we'd like to arrange for a trade.
TRAVELL
What would you like to trade?
DANIEL
Technology.
TRAVELL

(voice over following scene)

You know that is the one thing we can not give you.

FLASHBACK FROM PRETENSE

INT—SCG GATE ROOM

[Narim walks through the closed iris.]

EXT—TOLLANA, DAY

O'NEILL
Cover!

[Death gliders are swooping overhead as people run for cover. An ion cannon shoots at the gliders and the Goa'uld mothership.]

FLASHBACK FROM ENIGMA

OMOC

(to Daniel)

Narim was right about you. Perhaps, in time, we'll meet again.

END FLASHBACKS

EXT—TOLLANA, DAY

NARIM
Though we should not mourn the passing of our friend Omoc, as much as we should celebrate his existence. He helped us through one of the greatest challenges in our people's recent history. His efforts contributed to the rebirth of our great nation as it stands today. He'll always be remembered.

[Travell walks to a podium. As she passes her hand over it, a flame ignites.]

CARTER

(to Narim)

Very nice.
O'NEILL
Very intimate.
NARIM
Counselor Omar was well aware that he had very few true friends. He was not concerned with trivial relationships. In his testament, he asked that his memorial be attended only by those whom he respected.
DANIEL
Uh, no offence, but what are we doing here?
NARIM
He may not have shown you much warmth or affection, but I can tell you, Omoc had a great deal of reverence for all of you.
TRAVELLE
As do we all. Colonel O'Neill, please know that we have not dismissed what you have done over the past few years for the Tollan people.
O'NEILL
Don't mention it. We appreciate everything you've done for us—too.
TRAVELL
If you are referring to our policy of not sharing our technology, I think renewing such a discussion would be better suited for another time and place.
O'NEILL
Really?
TRAVELL
The Tollan Curia has recessed for a day of mourning out of respect for Omoc. Would you consider returning tomorrow to meet with me?
O'NEILL
Sure.
TRAVELL
Thank you all for coming today. I look forward to seeing you again soon, Colonel. Narim, will you show our guests to the Stargate?

[SG-1 follow Narim, as Travell walks away towards a group of men. They nod, then leave.]

O'NEILL

(to Narim)

Any idea what she was talking about back there?
NARIM
I was as surprised as you by her invitation.
TEAL'C
The Chancellor seems to suggest the Tollan Curia may now be willing to share its technology.
NARIM
I would seriously doubt that. She merely said they would be willing to discuss it with you.
DANIEL
You think she'd invite us back here if things were status quo?
NARIM
I am not on the Curia. I really have no idea what she wishes to see you about.

[The Gate opens.]

NARIM
Have a safe trip home.

[Carter waits behind a little as the men move toward the Stargate.]

NARIM

Samantha?
(he takes her hand)

I hope I will have a chance to see you upon your return.

[Carter looks down at their hands, before looking up at Narim. He shakes his head slightly. She releases his hand, closing her fingers over the device that he has passed to her. Carter walks through the Gate and down the ramp, removing her hat.]

CARTER

Sir?
(o'Neill turns towards her.)

Narim just handed me this.

[Carter opens her hand. A hologram of Narim comes from the device.]

NARIM
Samantha, I'm sorry I was unable to tell you this in person. I do not know who I can trust. Before his death, Omoc gave me a warning, and I believe it to be true. Earth is in grave danger.

END OF TEASER—OPENING CREDITS

SGC—BRIEFING ROOM

HAMMOND
Narim gave you no other indication that something might be wrong?
CARTER
No, Sir. Everything was fine.
O'NEILL
For a funeral.
DANIEL
You have to admit, it was strange there were so few people there.
O'NEILL
Hey, you knew him—what's strange?
CARTER
Whatever he meant, I'd be willing to bet that Omoc's warning has something to do with what Travell wants to meet with us about.
HAMMOND
Agreed. Let's see what they have to say.

EXTEXT—TOLLANAmdash;TOLLANA, DAY

INT—TRAVELL'S OFFICE

O'NEILL
Cozy.

[Travell enters.]

TRAVELL
Colonel O'Neill, Doctor Jackson—thank you so much for returning.
O'NEILL
Well, thanks for having us.
TRAVELL
Are Major Carter and Teal'c not with you?
DANIEL
They wanted to spend some time catching up with Narim.
TRAVELL
Of course. Shall we get down to business. The Curia met this morning as I indicated, and the topic was our policy of sharing technology with Earth. In an odd way, Colonel O'Neill, the unfortunate death of Omoc has proven to be advantageous for you.
O'NEILL
Well, then I guess I'm both sad, and happy.
TRAVELLE
You've often expressed a strong interest in obtaining some of our technology.
O'NEILL
You could say.
TRAVELL
In the past, the prevailing beliefs of the Curia have made any such arrangements impossible.
DANIEL
I'm sorry. What does this have to do with Omoc's death?
TRAVELL
Some members of the Curia have been slowly changing their point of view about our isolationist ways. Recently, the balance of the votes on these issues have been split. Omoc strongly supported the old ways.
DANIEL
So with his passing, those in favour now control the vote?
TRAVELL
We would like to propose an exchange.
O'NEILL
Ah, the sound of the other shoe…
TRAVELL
Please, Colonel. Have you ever known any political body to act solely without concern for its own needs?
O'NEILL
What do you want?
TRAVELL
We originally chose this planet for our new home because of its natural supply of Trinium. However, our nation has grown much quicker than anyone anticipated. And the resources are becoming depleted.
DANIEL
Always a good reason to reassess your isolationist ways.
TRAVELLE
As I said, Doctor Jackson, politics have common threads where ever you go.
O'NEILL
Okay, so you need Trinium. Why not go get some?

[Travell walks away from them.]

O'NEILL

(to Daniel)

What'd I say?
DANIEL
I don't know.

[Travell gets up on the podium and lowers the lights.]

TRAVELL
I have temporarily deactivated security in this room. Normally, everything is recorded, and I wish to speak confidentially without repercussions.
O'NEILL
Off the record?
TRAVELL
Yes. The truth is, Colonel, those Councillors that oppose this arrangement still have strong voices among our people.
O'NEILL
So, the whole Trinium thing is just an excuse to save face publicly?
TRAVELLE
We do need it. But as you suggested, we can get it elsewhere if necessary.
DANIEL
How much do you need?
TRAVELL
Would you repeat that?

[The lights come back on.]

DANIEL

(louder)

How much do you need?
TRAVELL
Our scientists will work out the specifics, but given that you now have an offworld Trinium mine, I am sure it's within your capabilities.
O'NEILL
Okay, uh—in exchange, we get…?
TRAVELL
A Tollan ion cannon.
O'NEILL
One of those big, honking, space guns that shoots Goa'uld ships out of the sky?
TRAVELL
Yes.
O'NEILL
Cool.

EXTEXT—TOLLANAmdash;TOLLANA, DAY

[Carter and Teal'c are sitting on a bench looking at the water.]

TEAL'C
I have observed that Narim appears to have strong personal feelings for you.
CARTER
I know. It's just that…
NARIM

(joining Carter and Teal'c)

Forgive me, Samantha, Teal'c. My duties did not allow me to get away before now.
CARTER
It's okay. You all right?
NARIM
Yes, I'm fine.
CARTER
You look concerned.
NARIM

(motions for them to walk)

I apologise for having to send that message the way I did. There were so many extra security forces around yesterday, I really didn't know who I could trust—except you, of course.
CARTER
It's okay. Thank you.
TEAL'C
Did Omoc not say any more about the danger to the Tau'ri?
NARIM
All I know is what it said in the message. Omoc seemed to be under great strain recently.
CARTER
Which may explain why he had the heart attack.

[O'Neill and Daniel come down the steps to join the others.]

NARIM
Colonel O'Neill, Doctor Jackson.
CARTER
What did Chancellor Travell say?
O'NEILL
She offered us an ion cannon.
NARIM
I don't believe it!
O'NEILL
Neither did we.
DANIEL
In exchange for some Trinium.
NARIM
That's impossible! The Curia would never agree to that.
DANIEL
Well, apparently, Omoc was the swing vote.
NARIM
But it goes against everything we've stood for!
CARTER
Do you think this is what Omoc was so worried about?
NARIM
Of course, it must have been. As you know, another world once destroyed themselves because we shared our technology with them. That's why we have so strongly resisted sharing what we know with more primitive societies.
O'NEILL
You know, we prefer "less advanced" if you don't mind.
NARIM
My apologies. You know what I meant. If used the wrong way, this ion cannon could lead you to disaster.

INT—SGC BRIEFING ROOM

[A picture of an ion cannon is projected onto the screen.]

CARTER
The ion beam technology is very advanced. Unfortunately, it's so advanced that backward engineering one of these things for mass production is well beyond us. And that poses a bigger problem.
HAMMOND
How so?
CARTER
Well, Sir. Even strategically placed in, say, Washington DC, one ion cannon provides very little range of defence coverage for a planet the size of Earth. Even if we could mobilise it, a fleet of Goa'uld mother ship could still easily strike at will.
DANIEL
Not to mention the fact that the Russians might take issue with our having control of a single ion cannon.
HAMMOND
Our current relationship with them in these matters is tenuous at best.
CARTER
So, at this point, one ion cannon is likely to cause more harm than good.
HAMMOND
How many do we need to set up a proper protective net around the entire planet?
CARTER
Thirty-eight. Minimum.
O'NEILL

DANIEL
(together)

Thirty-eight?
CARTER
To provide total global coverage? Yes, Sir. And that's not including back-ups.
O'NEILL
Couldn't hurt to ask, Sir.
CARTER
Sir, I feel obligated at this point to mention the fact that Narim is opposed to this exchange and thinks that Omoc's warning is directly related.
HAMMOND
You believe the Tollan Council has ulterior motives that do not represent our best interests?
O'NEILL
Something's going on—I just don't know what.
HAMMOND
I'm ordering you to proceed with the negotiations.
O'NEILL

(getting up)

Okay.
HAMMOND
Colonel, under the circumstances…
O'NEILL
If you are going to recommend that I continue to be suspicious and skeptical…
HAMMOND
I wouldn't waste my time.
O'NEILL
Good thinking, Sir.
HAMMOND
Just remember this deal could change the course of our history.
O'NEILL
So—don't blow it?
HAMMOND
What you're sensing as trouble could be simple internal political wrangling.
O'NEILL
I understand that.
HAMMOND
Or we could be walking into a minefield.
O'NEILL
Thank you, Sir. These little chats of ours always bring me great joy and serve to ease my mind.

EXTEXT—TOLLANAmdash;TOLLANA, DAY

[Narim is walking, looking worried.]

NARIM

(to SG-1)
Greetings.
(to men escorting the team)

Chancellor Travell has asked that I personally escort them the rest of the way.
O'NEILL
Is that true?
NARIM
No. I heard you had arrived back on Tollana to meet with Chancellor Travell again.
O'NEILL
Yeah. Uh—we're going to ask for a whole whack of space guns.
NARIM
This is much worse than I thought.
CARTER
Narim, we understand why you're concerned, but those ion cannons could save Earth one day.
DANIEL
You're just going to have to trust our people won't blow each other up with them.
O'NEILL
And if we do, we won't blame you, promise.
NARIM
You don't understand. Every Tollan has a small implant that monitors their health.

Narim puts a device on his wrist. It bleeps.]

NARIM
See? This is my current health data.
CARTER
I'm assuming you're okay?
NARIM
Yes, perfect health. However, I am overseer of Omoc's personal property including this device which contains his health records. After our last conversation, I decided to do some checking. As you know, Omoc died of a heart attack.
O'NEILL
Narim—where are you going with this?
NARIM

Despite the fact that…
(he pauses as some Tollan walk past.)

Despite the fact that Omoc looked as if he was under great stress, he, too, was in perfect health.
CARTER
Well, people sometimes die of heart attacks without warning.
NARIM
Our implants are linked to a central system. If anything goes wrong, health officers are dispatched immediately. Now, normally, maximum response time is under five minutes. The night of Omoc's death, it took them over ten minutes.
CARTER
What are you saying?
NARIM
That just doesn't happen. The system is flawless.
O'NEILL
No. What are you saying?
NARIM

Well, I believe…
(pauses, looks around.)

I believe Omoc may have been murdered.

INT—A MEETING ROOM ON TOLLANA

DANIEL

(to Travell, who is looking at a block of trinium)

Mind if I ask what you need Trinium for?
TRAVELL
Trinum is combined with a number of elements to create a compound that is used in various Tollan technologies.
O'NEILL
Do you people practise being vague?
TRAVELL
I will have this sample analysed for purity. Then I will be able to give you the amounts we require for our exchange.
O'NEILL
Yeah—about that.
TRAVELL
Have you reconsidered?
O'NEILL
No—No, no. We just don't feel one cannon is going to work.
DANIEL
You see, one just doesn't go so far in protecting the entire planet.
TRAVELL
Yes, that was discussed by the Curia.
O'NEILL
Well, we've come up with a solution you may not have considered.
TRAVELL
Yes?
O'NEILL
Give us more than…
O'NEILL

DANIEL
(together)

One.
TRAVELL
How many would you require?
DANIEL

(hesitently)

Mmmmm—thirty…
O'NEILL
…eight.
DANIEL
Thirty-eight. Total.
TRAVELL
I see. Well, I understand your dilemma. Please, give me some time to present your request to the Curia.
O'NEILL
That went—well.

INT—NARIM'S HOUSE

CARTER'S VOICE
Greeting, Narim. Welcome home. Atmospheric control is active. Shall I prepare a mid day meal for you and your guests?
NARIM
No, thank you.
CARTER
Narim?
NARIM
Yes, Samantha?
CARTER
Is that my voice?
NARIM
I'm sorry. I was hoping you wouldn't notice.
TEAL'C
Colonel O'Neill asked us to find proof of Omoc's murder. Should we not begin?
NARIM
I really do not know where to start. The fact is there hasn't been a murder among the Tollan for as long as I can remember.
TEAL'C
Is crime so uncommon here?
NARIM
There are occasional crimes of indiscretion which are duly punished, but nothing even approaching the severity of murder. Our security systems prevent it, which is why I was so reluctant to even suggest it.
CARTER
This doesn't make any sense. Sure, the Curia disagreed with Omoc over whether or not to give us your weapons, but do you really think they would kill him over it?
NARIM

I don't know what to believe anymore, Samantha.
(to Teal'c.)

The records of all Curia meetings are public. We can read through them right here.

[Narim walks to a computer device in the wall.]

TEAL'C
There appears to be much information.
NARIM
Yes. But as Samantha suggested maybe there is something in all this that will indicate the seriousness of the conflict between Omoc and the other members.
CARTER
Can you translate it for us?

EXTEXT—TOLLANAmdash;TOLLANA, DAY

[O'Neill and Daniel are sitting leaning against a wall.]

DANIEL
You think Narim's right about Omoc?
O'NEILL
I think this thing smells worse and worse by the minute.
DANIEL
Are you still willing to proceed?
O'NEILL
Well, I think it's the only way we're going to find out what's really going on.
DANIEL
The question is, how far do we go?
O'NEILL
Well, all we know is that these people might be willing to part with some very powerful weapons. I have No problem with that.
DANIEL
Oh—no surprise there.
O'NEILL
At worse, some people disagree on some philosophical level that I don't even care to understand.
DANIEL
Actually, worst, they killed someone to make sure this would happen.
O'NEILL
Now, see? That makes no sense to me.
DANIEL
Exactly. So, we push on blindly, then.
O'NEILL
Blindly, yes. But we still have our slightly heightened sense of smell.

[O'Neill looks up to see a Tollan guard.]

GUARD
Chancellor Travell is ready for you now.

INT—NARIM'S HOUSE

[Teal'c is using the computer. Narim and Carter are sitting on the couch looking at another computer.]

NARIM
Shall we take a break?
CARTER
Isn't there some way to narrow this down? Search the records for specific topics?
CARTER'S VOICE
Please indicate the topic of interest.
CARTER
Okay, how do we shut that off?
NARIM
Voice system off. What do you want to search for?
CARTER
Let's start with ion cannons.
NARIM
Okay, search topic ion cannons timeframe six months.

[O'Neill is seen on the computer screen, which is relaying the front door security camera.]

O'NEILL
Hello?

[Narim rises and walks toward the door.]

O'NEILL
You sure this is the right spot?
DANIEL
The directions he gave said here.
O'NEILL
How do know this is Narim's house? They all look the same here.

[Narim opens the door.]

DANIEL
Cause that's Narim.
O'NEILL

(to Daniel)

You're good.
NARIM
Come in.
O'NEILL

(to Teal'c)

Whatcha reading' there fella?
TEAL'C
Tollan Curia records.
O'NEILL
Don't wreck it for me.
CARTER
What did Travell say?
O'NEILL
We got the guns.
NARIM
That cannot be true.
CARTER
All of them?
DANIEL
Over time as we deliver the Trinium.
CARTER
Wow!
O'NEILL
What do you guys got?
CARTER
Uh, well, so far, not much.
TEAL'C
Narim, Colonel O'Neill. This says that two months ago, there was an unscheduled test of Tollan ion cannons. And that Omoc filed an official protest.
NARIM
Yes. I remember it well. We were supposed to have an evening meal together. Omoc was late. He was very angry when he arrived. He spent the entire time ranting about the unfairness of random testing on the Tollan people.
DANIEL
I don't understand. Why is this important?
CARTER
Well, we're looking for indications of Omoc's difference of opinion with the Curia.
NARIM
This can't be!
O'NEILL
What?
NARIM
According to this record, the Curia meeting adjourned in the late afternoon. Omoc came here straight from the meeting, I'm sure it was well into the evening.
CARTER
So?
NARIM
It means there are at least two hours of notations missing from these records.
O'NEILL
A slight omission?
NARIM
That's not possible.
CARTER
Narim, if the Curia can commit murder, they can certainly erase a couple of hours from the public record.
NARIM
You don't understand our laws. For the highest members of our government to deceive the people—as strange as it may sound, it's an even more heinous crime than murder, it's, it's unthinkable. At the time, I thought it was strange that Omoc would be so upset over an ion cannon test.
O'NEILL
So, there's slightly more to it than that, eh?
DANIEL
If the Curia wanted to cover up details of this incident, why leave Omoc's protests on record?
NARIM
Because an official protest of Tollan policy is filed with every level of every branch of the government. It would be impossible to erase it without a conspiracy of massive proportions reaching far outside the Curia.
CARTER
So, whatever happened in the time missing from these records, it could be why Omoc was killed.

INT—SGC BRIEFING ROOM

HAMMOND
As far as what you told me, there seems to be an evil conspiracy among the Tollan Curia, whose apparent goal is to give us everything we ever wanted. That makes no sense.
O'NEILL
I said that.
TEAL'C
Unless the Tollan can not procure Trinium on their own as easily as they claim.
DANIEL
Travell did go to great lengths to convince us it was just a face-saving exercise to appease the nay-sayers.
HAMMOND
Do we have any idea what the Tollans are going to do with the Trinium?
O'NEILL
Lots and lots of very interesting and unspecific things.
CARTER
Sir, we could try tagging the first shipment, see where it goes.
HAMMOND
How?
CARTER
Well, we introduce a barely detectable radioactive isotope. If the Tollans catch it and enquire, we say it's a by-product of the purification process, and we've been unable to eliminate it entirely.
HAMMOND
Do it.

INT—NARIM'S HOUSE

[Carter is looking at a monitor.]

NARIM
And Travell doesn't suspect you?
O'NEILL
If she does, she's not letting on.
DANIEL
We're the primitive, inferior race, why would she suspect us?
CARTER
The Trinium's still moving. Right now it's two clicks south-southwest of here.
NARIM
Do you realise what you have done by involving me in this? Just knowing what you've done…
O'NEILL
Hey! You involved yourself in this when you sent us that warning.
NARIM
Warning you that your world is in danger is not the same as committing treason against my own government.
DANIEL
If your leaders are involved in something untoward and they committed murder to cover it up, what you're doing is not treason.
NARIM
What I am doing is nothing.
O'NEILL
Then help us.
NARIM
How?
CARTER
Tell us how to get into Travell's office and access her computer.
NARIM
What?
DANIEL
If there is a conspiracy, she's in on it.
TEAL'C
It was in fact Travell that offered us the ion cannons.
NARIM
It's impossible! There's no way.
O'NEILL
Narim, will you get your head out of your ass? You started this!
DANIEL
Your government is deceiving its people. You said yourself, that's the most heinous crime you can think of.
NARIM
I should have reported this to the security office long ago.
CARTER
But you can't because the Curia ultimately have more power.
TEAL'C
As a citizen, is it not your duty to investigate such a crime?
NARIM
The security systems prevent…
DANIEL
Travell was able to turn them off in her office.
NARIM
Why would she do that?
O'NEILL
So she could talk to us off the record.
NARIM
That is a severe violation of the governmental conduct code.
O'NEILL
Gee, what a shock!
NARIM
There is one chance. Only the highest ranking members of the Curia would have access codes to the security system in the building where Travell's office is located. Omoc was among them.
CARTER
And you have his personal effects?
NARIM
His code would be in the data device if it is not deactivated.
O'NEILL

Okay. Daniel, Carter. go with Narim. Check out Travell's office. See what you come up with. Teal'c and I'll track the Trinium.
(to Narim)

Um, that's the thing that lets you go through walls, right?
NARIM
Yes.
O'NEILL
Got a couple extra layin' around?
NARIM
That would be a violation of…
O'NEILL
Good! How about weapons?
NARIM
Colonel O'Neill…
O'NEILL
Just in case.
NARIM
You know our security sensors disable…
TEAL'C
The weapons carried by your security forces remain unaffected.

INT—A HALLWAY OUTSIDE TRAVELL'S OFFICE

NARIM
If this doesn't work, security will be here in seconds.

[Narim enters a code into a wall device. The door opens and they enter.]

DANIEL
Way to go, Omoc!
NARIM

(at console)

Here. This is a private communication sent to our chief of science and technology just after the meeting.
CARTER
There was no random ion cannon test.
NARIM
It says a Goa'uld ship entered orbit, and that the ion cannons fired in defense.
DANIEL
"Ineffectively?"
NARIM
I don't see how that could be! Our ion cannons have always been successful against Goa'uld mother ships.
CARTER
Maybe this Goa'uld has developed shields that defend against them.
NARIM
That would be catastrophic. We have no other weapons capable of defending…
CARTER
Wait a second—this makes no sense. It says, "Despite resisting your attack, the ship left peacefully."
DANIEL
Yeah, right.
CARTER
Why would a Goa'uld mother ship impervious to your ion cannons just leave?
NARIM
There must be more.

[He checks the records.]

NARIM
No other records of communications mentions a Goa'uld ship.
DANIEL
It must have been discussed off the record after that.
CARTER
Well, we know the ion cannons are useless if they won't defend against Goa'uld mother ships anymore.
DANIEL
Which explains why Travell was willing to give us as many as we wanted.
CARTER
Let's see if we can find out what the Trinium's being used for.

INT—A TOLLAN BUILDING

[O'Neill and Teal'c enter the building and walk down a corridor. They stop at a door.]

O'NEILL
Hey, looks like our Trinium is in here.
TEAL'C

(he holds up his arm)

Narim said for the device to work on both of us, we must hold hands, O'Neill.
O'NEILL

(after a nervous pause.)

I know.

[O'Neill takes Teal'c'shand. They interlock their fingers and walk through the wall together. O'Neill pulls his hand away. They walk over to some sort of weapon.]

TEAL'C
This is unlike any Tollan device I have previously seen.
O'NEILL
Well, whatever it is, they seem to think they're going to need a lot of them.

INT—TRAVELL'S OFFICE

[Narim is looking at a screen which is showing an explosion.]

CARTER
Whoa!
NARIM
It's a weapon of mass destruction.

[On the screen, a weapon is seen spinning round.]

DANIEL
Okay, where does the Trinium come in?
NARIM
Trinium is required to house any device that generates our phase shift technology.
DANIEL
Are you saying this bomb is being made so it can go through anything?
NARIM
Theoretically, yes. Of course, that must be it. This weapon is intended to replace the ion cannon in defence of our planet.
CARTER
Sorry, Narim. That just doesn't add up. A Goa'uld would never drop by just so you could check out his new shield technology and then go away to give your people time to build a weapon to penetrate it.
NARIM
What else could have possibly happened?

[Travell enters, accompanied by a number of security officers.]

TRAVELL
Please, lower your weapons. The building is full of security.

[The guards disarm Carter and Daniel.]

TRAVELL
What do you think you're doing, Narim?
NARIM
What do you think you are doing, Chancellor?

[Travell looks past Narim to Tanith.]

TANITH
She is doing what she must to preserve your world.

INT—NARIM'S HOUSE

[O'Neill enters, to be met by security guards holding weapons.]

O'NEILL
Hello, fellas.

[One of the guards is shot by a laser beam, while O'Neill shoots the other.]

O'NEILL
This is not a good sign.

INT—TRAVELL'S OFFICE

NARIM
You are in league with a Goa'uld!
CARTER
His name is Tanith.
DANIEL
Yeah, aren't you supposed to be dead?
TANITH
If you must know…
DANIEL
I must.
TANITH

I had left Apophis's ship in an escape pod long before the sun exploded.
(to Carter)

Thank you, by the way. In destroying his fleet, you did me a great favour.
CARTER
It was nothing.
TANITH
How lovely it is to see you both here. I assume Teal'c must be around here somewhere.
TRAVELL
The others are being apprehended as we speak.
TANITH
I am so looking forward to seeing him and Colonel O'Neill again.
NARIM

(to Travell)

How could you do this?
TRAVELL
I have done nothing alone, Narim. The Curia is acting in the interest of Tollana.
NARIM
You murdered Omoc!
TRAVELL
Had we not done what we did, there would be no Tollana to speak of.
TANITH
And there won't be if you do not fullfil your promise, Chancellor.
TRAVELL
Rest assured, we will deliver as promised.
NARIM
You and the Curia are not in power to make such deals on behalf of the Tollan people. We would rather fight and die than trade our technology to the Goa'uld.
TRAVELL
I wonder if you would you be so quick to make that decision were you in my position.

[Narim and Carter exchange a look. Carter indicates the device on his arm and signals silently to Narim. He uses the device to create a diversion and he, Carter and Daniel start to run. Tanith catches Carter and Daniel in his ribbon device, sending them crashing against the wall. Narim escapes by jumping through the wall.]

TRAVELL
After him! He will not get away!

EXT—TOLLANA, NEAR NARIM'S HOME, DAY

[Narim walks down some stairs, then along a path near his home. Teal'c grabs him.]

NARIM
How did you find me?
O'NEILL
You're the one wearing grey.
TEAL'C
DanielJackson and MajorCarter?
NARIM
We were caught by Travell and the Goa'uld the Curia have entered into a bargain with. I managed to escape with this.

[He holds his arm up to show the device.]

NARIM
But the entire security force of Tollana must be looking for me—and you for that matter.
O'NEILL
Uh, back up to that Goa'uld bargain part.
NARIM
The Tollan Curia have made a deal with a Goa'uld. His name is Tanith.

[Teal'c reacts to the name.]

O'NEILL
Easy, big fella. What kind of deal?
NARIM
This Goa'uld's mothership has a new kind of shield which is impervious to our ion cannons. For the first time, Tollana is vulnerable to attack.
O'NEILL
There hasn't been an attack.
NARIM
No, to prevent our destruction, the Curia has agreed to build weapons for the Goa'uld.
TEAL'C
We have seen these weapons. There are a great many.
O'NEILL
What exactly can they do?
NARIM
They are explosives of great power that utilise the Tollan phase-shift technology. They will be able to penetrate any solid matter prior to detonation.
O'NEILL
Like—an iris?
NARIM
As you've witnessed before, I've used our technology to walk right through the barrier that protects your planet's Stargate.

INT—TRAVELL'S OFFICE

GUARD

(to Travelle)

We've been unable to locate them thus far. Our efforts continue.
TRAVELL
Use Narim's health implant to locate him.
GUARD
But that would be in violation of…
TRAVELL

Do it!
(to Tanith)

Tell your master we will make the delivery on schedule.
CARTER
Excuse me—your master?
DANIEL
Well, you don't think he could do all this by himself, do you?
CARTER
Apophis dead, fresh out of an escape pod—of course he would have to ally himself with someone more powerful wouldn't he?
DANIEL
So, who are you taking orders from now?
TRAVELL
Apparently the one he serves has no name.
TANITH
Oh, he has a name. The likes of you are simply forbidden to know it. Do with them as you wish. However, if your pathetic security forces finally manage to capture Teal'c have him transported up to me.

EXT—NEAR NARIM'S HOME

TEAL'C
We must not allow Tanith to possess these weapons.
O'NEILL
I know.
NARIM
What can we do?
O'NEILL
Destroy them.
NARIM
How?
O'NEILL
You tell me.
NARIM
Travelle is right. It's not so easy when the fate of your planet is in your own hands.
O'NEILL
Narim…
NARIM
Look, the Goa'uld will attack Tollana if the delivery is not made. You are asking me to destroy my own world.
O'NEILL
I am asking you not to destroy Earth and God knows how many other planets to save your own ass. I'm asking you to do the right thing, and you know it.

INT—TRAVELL'S OFFICE

TANITH

(on screen)

Your time is up, Chancellor.
TRAVELL
We are ready to make the first delivery.
TANITH
Very well. However, before accepting, we will first require a demonstration of the technology to ensure that it works as expected.
TRAVELL
I assure you, it has been tested and each weapon is fully…
TANITH
You will activate one of these weapons and sent it through your Stargate to the Tau'ri. You have thirty minutes.

INT—THE WEAPONS ROOM

[O'Neill and Teal'c go to one of the weapons.]

O'NEILL
You got any idea what you're doing?

[A sound of the bomb activating is heard.]

TEAL'C
None.

[A number of guards enter pointing weapons. O'Neill smiles and puts his hands up in surrender.]

O'NEILL
Good enough.

INT—TRAVELL'S OFFICE

DANIEL

(to Travell)

You know exactly why you were building these devices and what they would be used for.
CARTER
You just didn't expect them to make you pull the trigger.
DANIEL
The Goa'uld have no choice. Earth is a protected planet. They can't do it themselves without having to deal with the Asgard.
TRAVELL
I had no choice either.
CARTER
Yes, you did.

[The door opens. O'Neill and Teal'c enter, followed by the Tollan Guards.]

O'NEILL
Hi, kids!
GUARD
They were captured attempting to sabotage one of the weapons. They had this on them.
TRAVELL
Narim's heath implant. What have you done to him?
O'NEILL
Nothing. However, while these guys were chasing us…
TEAL'C
Narim was able to move freely.

[On the screen, an ion cannon is shown blasting a building. The room shakes.]

TRAVELL
Leave them! Come!
O'NEILL
Where you guys goin'?

[O'Neill walks towards the door.]

O'NEILL
Hey!

[O'Neill touches door and gets an electric shock.]

O'NEILL
Ow! Damn!

[Narim enters by walking through the wall. Carter and Daniel get up.]

NARIM
If they haven't already, the Goa'uld will soon realise that we no longer intend to honour our end of the bargain.

[The room shakes from an explosion.]

O'NEILL
Uh, hey—we should go!

[They all head for the door.]

EXT—TOLLANA, DAY

[People are running everywhere in panic, screaming.]

NARIM
You must hurry straight to the Stargate.
CARTER
Aren't you coming with us?
NARIM
My actions have forced my people to fight a battle we may very well lose. The least I can do is stay and fight with them.
O'NEILL

(shaking Narim's hand)

Good luck.

[O'Neill, Teal'c and Daniel start to run from the plaza.]

CARTER
I hope this isn't goodbye.
NARIM
Go!

[Carter runs up the stairs. She turns to look at him. He smiles and nods to her. Narim is last seen standing in the plaza with buildings blowing up behind him.]

INT—SGC BRIEFING ROOM

HAMMOND

(looking out the window to the Gate)

So, we can reasonably assume the Goa'uld did not get any of these weapons.
O'NEILL
We can only hope.
HAMMOND
What about these new shields?
TEAL'C
The Goa'uld do not share technology.
CARTER
Well, whoever Tanith is now working for, these new shields give him a decided advantage.
HAMMOND
Teal'c? Any guesses who it might be?
TEAL'C
None, General Hammond.
HAMMOND
I suppose we have to rest assured that who ever it is, they are still afraid of confronting the Asgard or they would have attacked Earth themselves.
DANIEL
For now.
DAVIS

(over intercom)

Incoming communication!

[Hammond leads the way down to the control room.]

DAVIS
We're getting a direct transmission from a Tollan long range communication device.
NARIM

(garbled transmission over radio)

…To get the people out. The Stargate was destroyed…
CARTER
Narim.
NARIM
All defenses failing…our ships attempting to escape are being shot down…I just want you to know that…

[The transmission dies into static.]

DAVIS
I'm sorry, Sir. That's it. The transmission just died.

[Carter looks away with tears in her eyes.]

FADE OUT

END CREDITS

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