7.20 "Inauguration" Transcript

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7.20 "Inauguration"

Episode Guide

Précis

On his first day in office, President Hayes is briefed on the Stargate program. Vice President Kinsey immediately tries to convince the President to replace General Hammond and SG-1, assisted by investigator Richard Woolsey. The two try to persuade Hayes that SG-1 is not to be trusted. Woolsey has a change of heart about Kinsey and backtracks with the President, who remains noncommittal.

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TEASER

EXT—WASHINGTON, D.C, DAY

INT—WEST WING, WHITE HOUSE

[The newly elected President, Henry Hayes, and some aides, including Stan, walk down a corridor, passing some secret service agents at their respective posts. Hayes stops and admires a bronze bust of a nineteenth century President.]

STAN
The Nikkei dropped eight percent last night. The Yen continued it's free fall. Also, the President of Togo was deposed about six hours ago. He managed to get a plane to Nigeria. Now he's calling for American troops to help restore order.
HAYES
This is my first day!
STAN
Yes, Mr. President. The New York Times is about to launch an investigation into voting irregularities in six Southern states. I've got Teddy on it.

[Hayes pauses at a bust of Abraham Lincoln and studies the sculpture for a moment while the aide speaks. He starts moving down the hall again, Stan beside him and other aides following.]

HAYES
Stan, who are these people following me?
STAN
They work for you, Mr. President. Also, there's a storm in the Atlantic about to hit the coast of Maine. They're expecting gale force winds and twenty inches of snow.

[As Stan speaks, Hayes pauses by a bronze bust of Kennedy, staring into the statue's eyes before rising to his full height and looking at his reflection in the mirror above the bust. He glances at the aides.]

HAYES

(to Stan)

Shouldn't I know who they are?
STAN
Yes, Mr. President.

[They continue walking down another corridor, the other aides trailing a few steps behind.]

STAN
Emergency management teams are standing by, but we've scheduled a call to the governor for 10:00, so you can pledge our support.
HAYES

(looking back at other aides)

They're not going to follow me around all the time are they?
STAN

(smiles)

No, Mr. President.
HAYES
Good.

[As Hayes and Stan walk into the outer offices to the Oval Office, the aides continue down the corridor.]

INT—SECRETARY'S RECEPTION AREA OUTSIDE OVAL OFFICE

[The President's secretaries rise as he enters.]

HAYES

Hello.
(smiling at one)

Holly.
STAN
The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs is waiting for you in your office.

[Hayes peeks through the open door to the Oval Office and sees General Maynard and a military aide waiting for him inside. He turns back to Stan.]

HAYES

(low, to Stan)

He knows it's my first day, right?
STAN
Yes, Mr. President.
HAYES
Good.

[Hayes enters the Oval Office.]

INT—OVAL OFFICE

[Hayes and Stan enter.]

HAYES
Francis.

[Hayes sticks out his hand in greeting and Maynard shakes it.]

MAYNARD
Mr. President. We need to talk, sir. It's important.

[Hayes continues to the sofa, where he takes off his dress shoes with a grunt.]

HAYES

(chuckling)

Guys. Let me enjoy the moment.

[Hayes stands and wiggles his toes on the Oval Office rug in the middle of the Presidential Seal.]

MAYNARD

(stone faced)

Moment's over, sir.

[Hayes studies Maynard for a moment.]

HAYES

Right.
(to Stan)
Stan, thank you.
(to military aide)

Thank you.

[Stan and the military aide leave the Oval Office. Hayes and Maynard sit.]

MAYNARD
Mr. President, I'm here to bring you up to speed on a program we've been running out of Cheyenne Mountain for the past seven years.
HAYES
I've already had my top secret briefing.
MAYNARD

Yes, Mr. President, but not this.
(He hands the President a classified folder.)

Mr. President, for the past seven years, the United States Air Force has been sending teams to other planets by means of an alien device known as the Stargate.

[Hayes looks at Maynard for a moment, then begins to laugh.]

HAYES
Ha ha. That's funny. That's very funny. My first day. This is a joke, right? I have a great sense of humor. I didn't know that you had one, but this is good, because we're finding out about each other. Now I have to call the ex-President of Togo, and when I'm done, apparently the rest of the world is coming to an end.

[As he speaks, he rises and moves over to his desk, still chuckling.]

MAYNARD

(stone faced)

The ex-President of Togo will have to wait, sir. This is not a joke.

[Hayes studies Maynard for a moment, then sobers, taking a deep breath.]

HAYES
The United States Air Force has been sending people to other planets.
MAYNARD
Yes, sir.
HAYES
For the last seven years.
MAYNARD
That's correct.
HAYES
By means of an alien device.
MAYNARD
Known as the Stargate.

[Hayes sits behind his desk with a sigh.]

END TEASER

OPENING CREDITS

INT—OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT

[Vice President Kinsey leans on his desk while discussing political affairs with his aide.]

SARA
Senator MacKnight is requesting we move your meeting to next week.
KINSEY
He's trying to duck me. He doesn't want to commit on the crime bill.
SARA
What should I tell him?
KINSEY
Forget it! The son of a bitch came in on our coattails, now it's time to pay the piper.

[The door bursts open and Hayes stands in the entry way, incensed.]

HAYES
What the hell were you thinking?
SARA
Mr. President…
HAYES
Why didn't you tell me?
KINSEY
Uh, Sara, uh… would you excuse us for a moment, please?

[Kinsey escorts Sara to the door. She leaves and closes the door behind her.]

KINSEY
I take it you've just been briefed by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs on our "new reality."
HAYES

(furious)

Not only do I find out that the Air Force is engaged in interstellar travel, but I also find out that my RUNNING MATE KNOWS ALL ABOUT IT!
KINSEY
I was under a special executive gag order.
HAYES
Since when?
KINSEY
A little over six years now.
HAYES
That's unbelievable!
KINSEY
Mr. President, I realize this is a little overwhelming right now, but what you really need to know is that the Stargate is being seriously mismanaged. It's urgent that we act now.
HAYES
What are you talking about?!?
KINSEY
I have desperately tried to maintain some proper control and accountability, but the oversight in place is completely inadequate. The military, specifically the personnel directly involved in the SGC, need to be replaced immediately. Now, I have several recommendations regarding…
HAYES
Ack! Whoa, Bob! Hold on here.
KINSEY
Mr. President, why do you think I was ordered to keep quiet? This was a deliberate attempt by the military, and-and the previous administration, to drive a wedge between us, because they knew I was going to come after them. We need to stick together on this.
HAYES

(incredulous)

For God's sakes, Bob! Think of the magnitude of this!
KINSEY
For God's sake is right.
HAYES
Oh, come on, Bob. If you want me to buy into your "holier than thou" position, you've got to convince me you're right!

[Kinsey blinks at him.]

EXT—WHITE HOUSE, NIGHT

INT—OVAL OFFICE

[Hayes sits on the sofa. A pile of blue classified files are scattered on the coffee table in front of him. He has one file in his hands, skimming its contents. Maynard stands nearby.]

HAYES

(commenting while reading the report)

"Hosted alien dignitaries"…."Acquired alien technology"…."Traveled back in time"?…Did they really blow up a sun?
MAYNARD
As I understand it, sir, yes they did.
HAYES
That's gotta look awfully good on the ol' resume, eh?
MAYNARD
Yes, sir. They've done some pretty amazing things.
HAYES
You sound like a fan, Francis.
MAYNARD
Well, I can't help but appreciate the number of times they've saved this world.
HAYES

(chuckling)

Some people think this world wouldn't have needed saving had we left well enough alone.
MAYNARD

(sitting)

Well, you can't deny what's out there, sir. The enemy would have come for us anyway. We need to be prepared. And no matter what anyone says, the people at the SGC have done the best job anyone could have under the circumstances.
HAYES
You don't trust the Vice President.
MAYNARD

(choosing his words carefully)

He obviously has his own agenda.
HAYES
I know he tried to shut 'em down when he was at Appropriations.
MAYNARD
Well, frankly, I think the Vice President knows as well as anyone else it's too late for that. If he didn't six years ago, he certainly does now.
HAYES
What does that mean?
MAYNARD
He clearly doesn't want to shut the gate down anymore. He wants to control it.

EXCERPT FROM 6.17 "DISCLOSURE"

INT—PENTAGON BRIEFING ROOM

[Representatives from various world powers sit around a table with Sen. Kinsey, Gen. Hammond, and Major Davis.]

KINSEY
We have a civilian agency known as the NID. Now its mandate has been to keep an eye on top secret projects like the Stargate program, and has done so from the beginning. I propose that we give this organization direct control of the Gate, effective immediately.

END EXCERPT

INT—OVAL OFFICE

MAYNARD
There's only one reason he wanted them to give control to the NID.
HAYES
Because he was about to become chairman of the Intelligence Oversight Committee.
MAYNARD

(nodding)

Which would have put the NID and the Stargate in his back pocket. He had the ambassadors eating out of his hands. It was only because of some extraordinary intervention that it didn't work.

EXCERPT FROM 6.17 "DISCLOSURE"

[Thor beams into the conference room. The various government representatives look at the Asgard in shock.]

FRENCH REPRESENTATIVE
Hello?
THOR
Hello. I am Thor, Supreme Commander of the Asgard fleet.
KINSEY

(standing)

Commander Thor, My name is—
THOR

(interrupting)

Senator Kinsey. O'Neill suggested I send you to a distant planet for your actions here, but I am reasonably certain his statement was in jest.
KINSEY

(lifting his finger)

I'm sure it was, Commander…
THOR

(raising his own finger)

Supreme Commander. It is the opinion of the Asgard High Council that Stargate Command should be left in the very capable hands of General Hammond and his team. And while our continued friendship with Earth is not contingent on that…it is preferred.

END EXCERPT

INT—OVAL OFFICE

HAYES
I wonder why he wants it so badly. I mean, besides his belief in his "divine right."
MAYNARD
I don't know, sir.
HAYES
Not that that's not enough, but…I get this feeling that there's something more to it.
MAYNARD

(knowingly)

Yes, sir.
HAYES
That rogue element at NID, that he took credit for taking down last year…
MAYNARD
We've never had any proof connecting Senator Kinsey to anything nefarious.
HAYES
I'm starting to get a bad feeling about where some of that campaign financing came from.
MAYNARD
Mr. President…
HAYES

(with false innocence)

Did I say that out loud?

EXT—WASHINGTON, D.C., DAY

INT—OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT

[Sara lets Woolsey into Kinsey's office. Kinsey sits at his desk reading a report.]

KINSEY

(looking up)

Ah, Mr. Woolsey. I hope my confidence in you has not been misplaced.
WOOLSEY
You have my word, sir. Once I finish presenting the evidence, the President will have no choice but to follow your recommendation and clean house at Stargate Command.

[Kinsey closes the report and smiles.]

INT—OVAL OFFICE

[Holly opens the door from outside and lets Maynard in. Hayes is sitting in a wingback chair in front of his desk, a report in his lap. Woolsey and Kinsey are seated nearby.]

MAYNARD
I'm sorry to keep you waiting, Mr. President. I was just wrapping up a meeting with the Joint Chiefs when I got your message.
HAYES

(gesturing to the sofa)

Francis, I thought you'd want to sit in on this one.
MAYNARD

(glancing at Kinsey and Woolsey)

Thank you, sir.

[Maynard sits on the sofa.]

KINSEY
General, I don't believe you know Richard Woolsey. For the past several months, he has been working with the NID conducting a thorough investigation of all Stargate personnel. I've asked him here to kindly present us with his findings.
MAYNARD
If this is a discussion about the competence of those running the SGC, shouldn't George Hammond be included?
WOOLSEY
Unfortunately, sir, General Hammond is part of the problem.
MAYNARD

(angry)

George Hammond is a highly decorated officer, a thirty year veteran with the United States Air Force. And while that may not carry a lot of wait over at the NID, it still means something to certain people in this town.
WOOLSEY
This isn't a trial, General. Although, it certainly wouldn't surprise me if it came to that.

[Maynard bristles.]

HAYES
Let's stick to specifics here. If these people need to be replaced, I want to see evidence.
WOOLSEY

(picking up a report)

Thank you, Mr. President. The most recent incident was less than a month ago. General Hammond ordered an offworld rescue operation despite ample indication that he was sending his people into an ambush. As a result, a very valuable member of Stargate Command was killed, Dr. Janet Fraiser.
MAYNARD
Sending your people into potentially dangerous situations is a natural consequence of military command.
WOOLSEY
Maybe so, but ignoring evidence of an enemy trap is at best foolish, and at worst, criminally negligent. General Hammond admits his responsibility. His own report is essentially a confession.

[Woolsey slaps his folder down.]

MAYNARD
All that proves is the man had the guts to own up to his mistakes.
WOOLSEY
Unfortunately, in this case, mistakes can lead to compromising the entire planet. I have uncovered a mountain of evidence implicating not only Gen. Hammond, but his first-line team as well.
MAYNARD

(seething)

Those people are heroes.
KINSEY
We have no intention of minimizing the accomplishments of either the General or SG-1. Their respective achievements speak for themselves. But, intermittent successes cannot excuse ongoing misconduct.
WOOLSEY
Over the past seven years, SG-1 has shown a disregard for military authority. They have compromised national security and exercised extremely poor judgment in the performance of their duties.
HAYES

(laughing, to Woolsey)

You should be on my speech writing team! Come on, cut the crap, will you? As crazy as it sounds, we're sitting around here talking about people who are fighting aliens, right? Could we PLEASE be specific!
WOOLSEY

(picking up a file)

Yes, sir. Let's start with insubordination. Approximately five and a half years ago, the Gate was shut down. The SGC was under orders to suspend all offworld travel pending a full review. SG-1 chose to ignore those orders.
MAYNARD
And in the process, they managed to head off an invasion.
WOOLSEY
Nonetheless, they were guilty. And it was by no means an isolated incident.

EXCERPT FROM 4.03 "UPGRADES"

INT—SGC CONTROL ROOM

[A gate technician stands by her station, and is suddenly sedated by Carter, who has sped in and injected him with a tranquilizer. Carter starts a lockdown procedure and dials the gate at an extraordinarily fast speed. Daniel and O'Neill have followed Carter in and sedate the remaining control room personnel equally as quickly.]

INT—SGC CORRIDORS

[Personnel attempt to reach the blast doors before they are sealed shut.]

INT—SGC CONTROL ROOM

[The Stargate begins to dial. The blast door lowers and blocks the view of the Stargate.]

CARTER
Let's go.

INT—SGC GATE ROOM

[Carter, Daniel, and O'Neill enter and wait for the Gate to finish dialing. As it activates, Teal'c enters.]

TEAL'C
O'Neill.
O'NEILL
Not this time, Teal'c.

[The three run through the gate, leaving Teal'c standing in the room.]

EXT—PLANET, DAY

[O'Neill, Carter, and Daniel speed through the gate knocking the Jaffa unconscious before the guards can even see them. The three meet up at the far side of the clearing.]

END EXCERPT

INT—OVAL OFFICE

MAYNARD
They sabotaged a mother ship the Goa'uld would've eventually been used to attack Earth.
WOOLSEY
They used the Stargate against the direct order of a superior officer.
MAYNARD
You can't hold them accountable for that. Read the damn mission report. They were under the influence of an alien device.
WOOLSEY
Yes, of course. Which brings us to the alarming frequency with which members of SG-1 have fallen under alien influence.

[Woolsey moves a pile of folders closer. He lifts the top file off the pile.]

WOOLSEY
Major Samantha Carter: implanted with a Goa'uld symbiote. Then, two years ago, her body became host to an alien virus.

EXCERPT FROM 4.20 "ENTITY"

INT—SGC CORRIDOR

[The Entity possessing Carter stands in the middle of the corridor, energy emanating from her hands and going into the ceiling. O'Neill winces and fires his zat. Carter's body collapses to the floor.]

END EXCERPT

INT—OVAL OFFICE

[Woolsey sets down one folder and picks up another. Hayes shifts in his chair, suppressing a smile.]

WOOLSEY
Daniel Jackson: fell under the influence of alien technology on numerous occasions. Had his body play host to not one, but twelve alien psyches simultaneously. Most interestingly of all, apparently…died and, according to the report, "evolved into a higher being."

[Hayes glances at Maynard with bemused incredulity. Maynard pointedly avoids the look.]

EXCERPT FROM 5.21 "MERIDIAN"

[SG-1, Jacob, Hammond, and Fraiser surround Daniel's deathbed as his body disappears and becomes a glowing white energy field which rises to the ceiling.]

END EXCERPT

INT—OVAL OFFICE

WOOLSEY
Teal'c: an alien. Former soldier of the Goa'uld. Now possesses full security clearance at our most secret facility.
MAYNARD

(angry)

He earned that trust.
WOOLSEY
Yes, that trust almost cost SG-1 dearly when he rejoined the ranks of the system lord, Apophis.

EXCERPT FROM 5.01 "ENEMIES PART 2"

INT—GOA'ULD HA'TAK CORRIDOR

[O'Neill, Daniel and Carter turn the corner of a corridor to find Teal'c standing at the end of the hall waiting for them. O'Neill embraces Teal'c with a large smile. Daniel and Carter appear equally relieved.]

O'NEILL
Buddy!

[Teal'c takes advantage of O'Neill's action and disarms the Colonel, pointing his handgun at his three teammates. Jaffa arm staff weapons and appear from the end of the corridor.]

O'NEILL

(cautiously)

What you got going here, Teal'c?

[ Apophis turns the corner and approaches.]

APOPHIS
Well done, Teal'c. Finally you will resume your rightful position as my First Prime.

END EXCERPT

INT—OVAL OFFICE

MAYNARD

(through gritted teeth)

He'd been brainwashed by the enemy—
WOOLSEY

Yes, like his fellow team members, he too has shown a vulnerability to alien influence. Which finally brings us to the team leader, Jack O'Neill.
(Picks up another folder and flips pages in it.)

Affected by alien contagions a half dozen times. Experimented upon by extraterrestrials another half dozen times. Had his memories manipulated on numerous occasions. Had the entire repository of an Ancient alien database effectively downloaded into his head.

EXCERPT FROM 2.16 "THE FIFTH RACE"

[O'Neill looks into the wall device of the Ancient Repository of Knowledge. He sees a strange light and starts to back away.]

O'NEILL
Whoa!

[The device grabs him as if a large hand encompasses his head and holds him in place. O'Neill frantically grasps at the device to no avail. The light approaches. O'Neill cries out in frustration and pain. Mere seconds pass, in which time his team cannot react. The device suddenly releases him, and O'Neill collapses to the ground, catatonic.]

CARTER
Colonel?!?

[Carter and Daniel quickly approach and check O'Neill's condition.]

END EXCERPT

INT—OVAL OFFICE

WOOLSEY
Not long after this incident, the Colonel began exhibiting strange behavior, speaking an alien language, demonstrating superhuman intellect. As it turns out, he was undergoing some sort of transformation as a result of the knowledge he had absorbed. Were it not for the timely intervention of another alien race, he would've been lost to us.
HAYES
How these people maintain their sanity is beyond me. I'm having trouble just sitting here listening to it.
WOOLSEY
That, Mr. President, is exactly my point. How can we trust these individuals to protect our planet after everything they've been through?
HAYES
Well, they seem to be handling it very well.
WOOLSEY
But who's to say they are completely free of these influences?
MAYNARD
They're routinely checked and cleared by medical professionals.
WOOLSEY
We can no longer allow the Pentagon to look the other way. The number of times the members of SG-1 have been compromised should have warranted at least a reconsideration of their offworld status, transfers to less decisive positions, a couple of sick days, for God's sake.
HAYES
The first time I heard about this, I couldn't believe what I was hearing. I tried to imagine myself doing what these people have been doing for the last seven years, and quite frankly, I don't think any of us can really understand what they've been going through, no matter how many files we read.
WOOLSEY
All the more reason for intensive scrutiny. If new protocols and standards of conduct need to be established, this is where it has to start.

[Everyone watches Hayes for his reaction.]

HAYES

(nodding in thought)

What do you say we take a break?
MAYNARD
Yes, sir.

[Woolsey and Maynard leave. After they are out the door, Kinsey approaches Hayes, who has moved behind his desk.]

KINSEY
You can't possibly be taking their side!
HAYES

(gathering his thoughts)

I need time to absorb this, Bob.
KINSEY
We may not have much time. The longer those people are—
HAYES

(interrupting)

Relax. All I'm saying is, at the moment, I'm going to give them the benefit of the doubt. I need to know more.
KINSEY

(agitated)

I think you know all you need to know, and that includes WHY you're here.
HAYES
I'm here, Bob, because the people of this nation elected me to run their country, not the whole damn galaxy. And this is my office, Bob, not yours, no matter what you may think you did to make this happen. And don't you ever, for one second, forget that.
KINSEY

(bitterly)

Yes, Mr. President.
HAYES
Let's take a break.

[Hayes smiles. Kinsey turns and leaves. Hayes's expression turns serious.]

EXT—WHITE HOUSE, DAY

INT—OVAL OFFICE

[Hayes, Woolsey, Kinsey, and Maynard continue their meeting.]

WOOLSEY
According to the military, Stargate Command is our first and best line of defense against potential alien threats to this planet, If that's true, we should be very, very concerned. Time and again, General Hammond and SG-1 have demonstrated shockingly poor judgment, placing themselves, the base, this very planet in jeopardy. The decision to bring back suspect technology through the Gate has precipitated a number of crisis situations. For the most part, they've been dealt with within the confines of SGC. However, last year, the effect of an alien device broke containment and found its way into the civilian population.

EXCERPTS FROM 6.13 "SIGHT UNSEEN"

INT—GAS STATION

[Vernon Sharpe finishes sorting cash in his register drawer. He reaches out to take a bite of his half-eaten sandwich that sits on the counter. As he is about to touch it, a strange alien centipede-
like insect appears through the countertop, narrowly missing his hand. It crawls over his sandwich and around the front of the register.]

VERNON

(backing up and watching fearfully)

Whoa! Son of a—

EXT—A ROAD, DAY

[O'Neill drives down a road, speaking to Hammond using a hands-free cellular phone.]

O'NEILL
Sir, I have reason to believe an individual I came in contact with has breached the quarantine.

EXT—A DIFFERENT ROAD, DAY

[A man in a pick-up truck cries out in fear. Through his windshield, he sees a large alien slug, sitting on the hood of his car, its face sucking the window. To any outside observer, the slug is not visible. The truck swerves and crashes.]

END EXCERPTS

INT—OVAL OFFICE

MAYNARD
The situation was taken care of, a cover story was created, and the civilian population was none the wiser.
KINSEY
Well, I for one, would like to know how many more times we're going to have to clean up after these people.
MAYNARD
They have a mandate to acquire off-world technology, and that entails necessary risks.
WOOLSEY
And how would you define "necessary"? Only a few months ago, General Hammond allowed the testing of an unproven computer virus that infected and shut down our entire gate network, leaving us open to a potential planetary assault.
MAYNARD
You can't hold Hammond responsible for that! It was a Goa'uld modification of the virus that caused the problem.
WOOLSEY
In other words, General Hammond effectively gave the Goa'uld a weapon to use against us.
MAYNARD
Like the President said, you can't even begin to understand what their jobs demand of them.
WOOLSEY
Maybe not, but I would like to think that it includes common sense and the willingness to set aside personal feelings in the heat of battle.
HAYES

(interested)

What are you referring to, Mr. Woolsey?
WOOLSEY

An incident three years ago, when General Hammond allowed emotion to override established

Gate Room protocol.

EXCERPT FROM 4.15 "CHAIN REACTION"

INT—SGC CONTROL ROOM

[The iris opens and staff weapons' blasts strike the walls of the Gate Room.]

HAMMOND
Evacuate the Gate room!

INT—SGC GATE ROOM

[Guards evacuate. Weapons fire strikes the blast door as it lowers.]

INT—SGC CONTROL ROOM

HAMMOND

(into broadcasting microphone)

Colonel O'Neill, we're taking fire. Report.

[A Gate Room monitor shows only weapons fire coming out of the active wormhole.]

HAMMOND

(more anxiously into microphone)

Colonel O'Neill?!?
HARRIMAN
Sir?
HAMMOND
Give them some more time.

INT—SGC GATE ROOM

[SG-1 run through the Stargate, turning while still on the ramp to watch the iris close.]

END EXCERPT

INT—OVAL OFFICE

WOOLSEY
General Hammond's decision to wait for SG-1 worked out in the end. But I can't help but wonder if he'll be so lucky the next time.

[Hayes exchanges a sober look with Maynard.]

WOOLSEY

(grabbing another file)

The members of SG-1 have similarly suspect priorities, and no wonder. Not one, but two people that Dr. Jackson had close, personal relations with were taken as Goa'uld hosts. Teal'c's family and associates among the ranks of the enemy Jaffa make him an easy target for Goa'uld retaliation and manipulation. And both Colonel O'Neill and Major Carter have demonstrated an alarming tendency to let interpersonal relationships cloud their decision making process.
HAYES
They have a right to their feelings. Unless, of course, you're suggesting, uh, some kind of inappropriate relationship here?

[Woolsey begins to shake his head in the negative.]

KINSEY
Inappropriate, yes! That is exactly what he's suggesting. It's difficult to come away from these reports without the distinct impression that there is a LOT more going on between Col. O'Neill and Maj. Carter than simple "friendship and respect". For example, there was an example last year where Col. O'Neill went missing.

[Woolsey looks surprised and disturbed at Kinsey's comments, then recalls a reference.]

WOOLSEY

(nodding hesitantly)

Based on a report on one of the scientists on the mission in question. Maj. Carter's behavior was…erratic at best.

EXCERPT FROM 6.15 "PARADISE LOST"

INT—RUINS, ALIEN PLANET

[Carter studies a computer hooked up to the alien technology. Lee approaches her.]

LEE
Major, this technology's unlike anything else we've come across before.
CARTER

(clipped)

I know.
LEE

(frustrated)

We have no reference, no way to interface!
CARTER

(angry)

I'm working on it, Doctor. As you should be.
LEE
Right.

LATER

CARTER

(angry and sarcastic)

Excuse me. Where's Colonel O'Neill? I don't see him, do you? Did you guys find him while I was gone?

[Lee shakes his head and moves away from her temper.]

CARTER

(furious)

I say when we're done here!

END EXCERPTS

INT—OVAL OFFICE

MAYNARD
That's it? That's your evidence?
KINSEY
Oh, I believe there's a lot more to this than we've been told. Well, of course, I hardly expect them to incriminate themselves with their own reports, but we can all read between the lines.

[Kinsey nods knowingly. Maynard sighs in disgust.]

HAYES
All right, I've heard enough. Thank you, gentlemen. Thank you, Mr. Woolsey.
WOOLSEY
Mr. President.

[Woolsey gathers his materials and he, Maynard, and Kinsey leave the office.]

INT—OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT

[Kinsey pours himself a drink. Sara opens the door to his office and pokes her head in.]

SARA
Mr. Woolsey is here to see you, sir.
KINSEY
Send him in.

[Sara nods to Woolsey and allows him to enter, closing the door behind him.]

KINSEY
Would you like a drink?
WOOLSEY
No, thank you.
KINSEY
That was nice work today, Richard.
WOOLSEY
Really? I got the distinct feeling it didn't go so well.
KINSEY
Ah well, it doesn't matter.
WOOLSEY
It doesn't?
KINSEY
Nah. The President's going to come around.
WOOLSEY
I didn't get that impression, Mr. Vice President. In fact I clearly sensed that he was siding with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs.
KINSEY

(chuckling)

Today was a formality. Don't get me wrong, the job you did was vital. The President has to appear to be hearing both sides, considering his position. But…he'll see things my way eventually.
WOOLSEY
And if he doesn't?
KINSEY

(chuckling darkly)

Things happen.
WOOLSEY

(taken aback)

What is that supposed to mean?
KINSEY

(pausing)

It means you chose the right side, Richard. One way or another, I promise you, I'm going to win this one.

[Woolsey looks troubled.]

INT—OVAL OFFICE

MAYNARD
Mr. President?
HAYES
General. I take it you're here to make a case for the, uh, defense.
MAYNARD
I'm not going to get into a point, counter-point.
HAYES
Look, it may very well be that Hammond and SG-1 have done their very best under difficult circumstances, but there's a political aspect to the Vice President's position that makes a lot of sense.
MAYNARD

(confused)

Sir?
HAYES
A lot of people know about Stargate. We can't keep it a secret forever. When it finally comes out, we're going to be in the fight of our lives. We'll need the public's confidence.
MAYNARD
And you think cleaning house at the SGC now shows you're in control.
HAYES
You disagree?
MAYNARD
I think there's time for that, still, sir. But, for the immediate future, I'm here to let you know what you're up against, and why we need Hammond and SG-1 right now, more than ever.
HAYES
Have a seat and fire away.

[The two sit in chairs across from each other by the sofas.]

MAYNARD

The system lords have proven themselves to be formidable adversaries, and yet, despite our obvious disadvantage, we've managed to hold our own, maybe even take 'em down a notch or two. We've been good, and we've been lucky. But I'm afraid that could change. There's a new

Goa'uld in the mix.
HAYES
I take it you're referring to the one who calls himself…Anubis?
MAYNARD

(nodding)

He's more powerful than any of his predecessors. He came to our attention a little over a year ago when he tried to take out Earth with an asteroid, and then used our own Stargate as a weapon against us. We've thwarted him both times. Since then, he's redirected his attention to his rivals, waging a year long war against the Goa'uld.

EXCERPTS FROM 6.22 "FULL CIRCLE"

INT—BRIDGE OF ANUBIS'S HA'TAK

[Anubis sits on his throne.]

ANUBIS

(into communication device)

Your time is up.

EXT—SPACE

[Anubis fires at the system lords ha'taks. A firefight ensues; many ha'taks are destroyed. Anubis shields hold out from the enemy fire.]

END EXCERPTS

INT—OVAL OFFICE

HAYES
Well, that's good for us. Let them fight amongst themselves.
MAYNARD

(shaking his head)

The problem is, when he's through with them, and it's only a matter of time, he'll come gunning for us. And when he does, we'll be facing a whole new threat.

EXCERPT FROM 7.11 "EVOLUTION, PART 1"

EXT—RAMIUS'S PLANET, DAY

[The Kull Warrior reaches his hand out and breaches the force field. He walks through the barrier and continues on his way. SG teams and Jaffa fire weapons and set off explosions, but cannot stop the warrior. The warrior shoots down several Jaffa. Reynolds is struck in the shoulder.]

O'NEILL
Fire in the hole!

[O'Neill presses the detonator, and a blast of explosions surround the Kull Warrior. The smoke and dust from the explosions obscures the view. A few seconds later, the Kull Warrior emerges as if nothing happened.]

END EXCERPT

INT—OVAL OFFICE

HAYES
A supersoldier?
MAYNARD
Not just one. He's got a whole army.

EXCERPT FROM 7.12 EVOLUTION PART 2

[Hundreds of Kull Warriors present themselves in battalion groups and bow before Anubis standing on his dais.]

KULL WARRIORS
Hail Anubis! Hail Anubis!

END EXCERPT

INT—OVAL OFFICE

HAYES
If that's true, I can't imagine how having Stargate One on the front lines is going to make one damn bit of difference when the time comes.
MAYNARD
Anubis may be incredibly powerful, but he's not invincible. There is a way to take him out.
HAYES
And how's that?
MAYNARD
By finding the Lost City.
HAYES
You'll have to forgive me, Francis. I'm not up to speed. I've only gone through about a third of those files.
MAYNARD
The Gate system was built by a highly advanced race of aliens known as the Ancients. They died off millions of years ago, but it seems, they haven't disappeared completely.

EXCERPT FROM 3.20 "MATERNAL INSTINCT"

INT—TEMPLE OF KHEB

[The monk's body disappears as he becomes glowing white energy. SG-1 watches in wonder as it leaves the temple.]

END EXCERPT

INT—OVAL OFFICE

MAYNARD
They've evolved into higher life forms.
HAYES
Well, will they help us?
MAYNARD
No, sir.
HAYES
Why the hell not?
MAYNARD
It's beneath them. They won't involve themselves in our affairs.
HAYES

(nodding)

So, where are you going with this?
MAYNARD
Last year, SG-1 made an amazing discovery on a planet called Abydos.

EXCERPT FROM 6.22 "FULL CIRCLE"

INT—PYRAMID CHAMBER, ABYDOS

[SG-1 and an ascended Daniel stand in the chamber. O'Neill and Daniel face each other while the others are on guard for the advancing Jaffa.]

DANIEL
You're going to find the Lost City of the Ancients.
O'NEILL
Lost city?!?
DANIEL

(looking over his shoulder to Carter)

Didn't tell him about that either, huh?

[Carter looks exasperated and shrugs with her weapon, nodding towards where the enemy waits.]

CARTER
Daniel found a tablet talking about a lost city.
DANIEL
Where there are powerful ancient weapons capable of giving you a big advantage over Anubis.
O'NEILL
Do you know where it is?
DANIEL
No, but I'll help you find it.

END EXCERPT

INT—OVAL OFFICE

MAYNARD
Hammond and SG-1 are close to finding the Lost City. Let them do their jobs, sir. Let them save this planet one more time.

[Hayes and Maynard stand. Hayes sighs and moves back behind his desk.]

HAYES
I wish it were that simple.
MAYNARD

(after a pause)

I'm not sure what you mean, sir.
HAYES
The Vice President may be a pain in the ass, but I can't just ignore him.
MAYNARD
You're the Commander-in-Chief. It's your decision.
HAYES
True, but if I cross him on this one…well, let's just say that I haven't viewed all the angles yet. Is there anything you haven't told me?
MAYNARD
No, sir.
HAYES
Then as far as I can tell, Hammond and SG-1 have done an extraordinary job under very difficult circumstances. But in doing so, they've made some mistakes. They've made some enemies. And frankly, I don't know if I can protect them.

[Maynard sighs.]

EXT—PENTAGON, NIGHT

INT—PENTAGON OFFICE

[Maynard meets Woolsey in a room, lit by only one small lamp.]

WOOLSEY
General.
MAYNARD
Mr. Woolsey.
WOOLSEY
Thank you for meeting me.
MAYNARD
I take it the Vice President doesn't know about this.
WOOLSEY
No, and I'd like to keep it that way.
MAYNARD
What do you want?
WOOLSEY
I want to warn you. I think the Vice President may be involved with people capable of…well, anything. I believe they may have even attempted assassination at least once before as a means to get what they wanted.
MAYNARD
Do you realize the seriousness of what you just said?
WOOLSEY
Yes, sir. Look, no matter what you might think of me, I consider myself to be a man of integrity. I took the job with the NID because I strongly believe in civilian oversight of top secret military operations—
MAYNARD

(starting to interrupt)

Mr. Wool—
WOOLSEY

(continuing)

I don't have any proof, sir. But I'm starting to question whether those to whom I have dedicated my allegiance are as honorable as I had hoped.
MAYNARD
You're a resourceful man, Mr. Woolsey. If you think there's proof out there, find it.

[Maynard leaves. Woolsey drops his head and stays rooted in his spot.]

EXT—CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN, DAY

INT—HAMMOND'S OFFICE

[Hammond sits at his desk. The phone rings once, and he answers it.]

HAMMOND

Hammond.
(pause)

Show him in.

[Hammond slams the receiver down, an expression of disgust on his face.]

WOOLSEY
General.
HAMMOND

(skeptical)

This must be important for you to have come all this way.
WOOLSEY
I know you have no reason to trust me, General. That's why I felt I had to come here in person.
HAMMOND
Sit down.
WOOLSEY
I take great pride in my work, General. My job demands meticulous research, and above all else, impartiality in its execution. My aim is to present an air-tight argument, a point of view for consideration by those I serve with no personal agenda whatsoever.
HAMMOND
Get to the point.
WOOLSEY
I stand by my case against you and your personnel, despite what I'm about to say to you.
HAMMOND
I hope you don't expect that to gain my respect.
WOOLSEY

(leaning forward)

You recall the assassination attempt on then Senator Kinsey?

EXCERPT FROM 6.14 "SMOKE AND MIRRORS"

EXT—WASHINGTON, D.C., OUTSIDE HOTEL, DAY

[Through a rifle scope, Sen. Kinsey can be seen exiting a hotel. He pauses by the car and waves. The assassin fires. Kinsey is struck. He falls to sidewalk, an expression of anguish on his face. The crowd panics.]

SECRET SERVICE AGENT
The Senator's been hit! He's been hit!

END EXCERPT

INT—HAMMOND'S OFFICE

WOOLSEY
…and later gained notoriety for bringing those responsible to justice.
HAMMOND
I can only assume you're going somewhere with this.
WOOLSEY
Let's just say…I've recently come to believe that those behind the rogue element of the NID have not entirely been eliminated. In fact, they may be stronger than ever. And Vice President Kinsey may still be tied to them.
HAMMOND
They tried to have him killed, and then he tried to take them down. That seems unlikely.
WOOLSEY
At the time, something must have made Kinsey a liability. But after the assassination attempt failed, the opportunity presented itself to propel Kinsey onto the Presidential ticket. That could've been enough to motivate a reconciliation.
HAMMOND
Either way, I'm not surprised by any of this, Mr. Woolsey.
WOOLSEY
Well, I'm sorry to say that I am. And I want to do something about it if I can.
HAMMOND
Like what?
WOOLSEY
Like present evidence, if there is any, connecting Kinsey to illegal activity involving those behind the rogue NID.
HAMMOND
What makes you think evidence like that exists?
WOOLSEY
Because you're sitting right there.
HAMMOND
I'm sorry?
WOOLSEY
Three years ago, you left SGC, supposedly retired. I'm guessing you were blackmailed.
HAMMOND
And?
WOOLSEY
And then you came back. Nothing about that ever made any sense to me. I want to know why, how. You've got something on Kinsey, something I can use.

EXCERPT FROM 4.15 "CHAIN REACTION"

INT—DEN, KINSEY'S HOME, WASHINGTON D.C. AREA

[Maybourne sits at Kinsey's computer. Kinsey sits in a couch across the room. O'Neill stands between them, his gun trained on Kinsey.]

MAYBOURNE
That's it. We're in. I'm downloading now. Kinsey's online activities connect him to NID actions over the last year and a half, including the secret operation I ran out of Area 51, the involvement with the Russians, and the threats to Hammond.
O'NEILL
You're a piece of work, Kinsey. You try to shut down the SGC, and you make this big speech about how much you hate secret organizations, then you jump in bed with the NID. What is that?
MAYBOURNE
I'm done.

[O'Neill walks over and holds out his hand for the disk. Maybourne gives it to him.]

KINSEY

(scoffing)

What are you going to do? Take down the whole NID?
O'NEILL
Nope. Here's the deal. Get them to reinstate Hammond, or this disk goes to the press.

[O'Neill places the disk in his pocket.]

END EXCERPT

INT—HAMMOND'S OFFICE

WOOLSEY
You've got connections, General. You must know what's going down.

[Hammond studies Woolsey for a moment, then sighs and opens a drawer, tossing an envelope to Woolsey. Woolsey opens the envelope and pulls out a computer disk.]

HAMMOND
That's not the only copy.
WOOLSEY
Why haven't you given this to someone before now?
HAMMOND
I didn't know who to trust. I still don't.

[Woolsey secretes the disk in his blazer, drops the envelope on Hammond's desk, and exits.]

INT—SECRETARY'S RECEPTION AREA OUTSIDE OVAL OFFICE

[Holly stops typing and answers her ringing telephone.]

HOLLY

(into phone)

Yes, sir. Right away.

[Holly hangs up and looks at Woolsey, who is standing by her desk.]

HOLLY
The President will see you now.
WOOLSEY
Thank you.

[She escorts him to the door.]

INT—OVAL OFFICE

[Hayes sits at his desk. Woolsey enters.]

WOOLSEY
Thank you for seeing me, Mr. President.
HAYES
Is there something you wanted to add to your report, Mr. Woolsey?
WOOLSEY
Yes, sir.

[The President takes off his glasses and leans back expectantly.]

WOOLSEY
As I'm sure you're aware, the NID does not exactly have a spotless record. For several years, a group of rogue agents operated inside of its ranks. They were acting on behalf of a cabal of international business interests, intent on acquiring alien technology for their own profit.
HAYES
One could only hope.
WOOLSEY

(confused)

Mr. President?
HAYES
I know they're out there, Mr. Woolsey. What I'm saying is one can only hope that money was their chief motivation. However, I doubt the type of person who is behind this is short-sighted enough for that given what he must know. In light of the new reality that Stargate presents, there are aspirations beyond mere financial greed that could be much worse.
WOOLSEY
I agree.
HAYES
You're here to tell me that the Vice President is still in league with them?
WOOLSEY
If these people are as powerful as we both think, it does make one wonder what the Vice President could have possibly offered them in exchange for the price on his head.
HAYES
Obviously the full control of the Stargate program that the White House affords.
WOOLSEY
The Vice President brought key financing to your campaign victory. I just hope it didn't come at too high a cost.

[Woolsey lays Hammond's disk on the President's desk and starts to leave. He pauses at the door.]

WOOLSEY
I also hope history one day shows that I tried to do the right thing.
HAYES
Whose version of history, Mr. Woolsey?

[Woolsey nods and exits. The President sits in contemplation at his desk.]

FADE OUT

END CREDITS

Transcribed for Stargate Solutions by Aurora Novarum, February 2006

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