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1.11 "The Eye Part 2"

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SGA 1.11 "The Eye Part 2" Episode Guide

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With Atlantis under the control of the Genii and the team scattered, Sheppard must play a dangerous game of cat and mouse with the soldiers to save the remaining members of the Stargate team, as the city faces imminent destruction.

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TEASER

EXT—ATLANTIS GROUNDING STATION, DAY

[Sheppard is yelling for Kolya not to kill Weir.]

SHEPPARD

(into radio)

Kolya! Kolya don't do this!

INT—ATLANTIS CONTROL ROOM

[Kolya points his gun at Weir.]

WEIR
How is this going to help you get what you want?
KOLYA
Sheppard put you in this position, not me.

[McKay steps in front of Weir.]

MCKAY

(pleading)

You can't do this. This is crazy. You need her.
SORA
She's right, Commander.
MCKAY

I’m not kidding. There are codes required to activate the shield, codes that only she knows. You can't do it without her.
(realizing Kolya might kill him instead)
Well, you can't do this without me either. I mean, we're a package deal. I mean, you take us out of the equation, and you don't have an end game. Granted, that's a chess term. My point is, we're the only ones who can fix the grounding station.
(voice increasing until he's shouting)

We're the only ones who can activate the shield. We're the only ones that can solve problems I can’t even think of yet. You kill either one of us, and you don't get what you want! That's how important we are. It's impor—
WEIR
Rodney. Rodney, he gets it.

[Kolya lowers his gun and walks away. McKay grabs his arm as if remembering the pain and that it is bleeding.]

WEIR

(to Sora)

I appreciate—
SORA
You're an asset we need to complete this mission.

[She storms off.]

WEIR
You stepped in front of a gun for me.
MCKAY
Don't thank me just yet. We've got two and a half hours till the storm hits, and unless our luck changes drastically, this city is going to be obliterated.

[Kolya rests against a console and picks up a Genii radio.]

KOLYA

(into radio)

Major Sheppard, how's this for credibility? Weir is dead.

EXT—ATLANTIS GROUNDING STATION, DAY

SHEPPARD

(into radio)

I am going to kill you.

INT—ATLANTIS CONTROL ROOM

KOLYA

(into radio)

Maybe. Stay out of my way, or McKay will join her.

EXT—ATLANTIS GROUNDING STATION, DAY

[Sheppard huffs in frustration and lowers the Genii wrist radio. Off the balcony, the storm approaches and it grows dark. Sheppard runs back into Atlantis.]

END TEASER

OPENING CREDITS

EXT—ATLANTIS, DAY

[The city is being beaten by waves and rain.]

INT—ATLANTIS CONTROL ROOM

[In the rear part of the gate control room, Ladon uses an Atlantis laptop and the large display to find Sheppard in the city. He is several levels below the control room.]

LADON

This is amazing. There you are.
(to soldier)

We're here. Take two men, head there. Four levels down. That's Sheppard.
GENII SOLDIER

(to other soldiers)

Yes, sir. Let's go. You're with me.
LADON

(to Sora)

He's heading out of the hallways.

INT—ATLANTIS NEAR STAIRWAY

[Sheppard descends the stairway, his machine gun drawn and ready to fire.]

EXT—ATLANTIS MAINLAND, DAY

[The puddle jumper is still being deluged with rain and lightening.]

INT—PUDDLE JUMPER

[The jumper is shaking. A huge tree falls to the ground just in front of them.]

FORD
Holy—
BECKETT
All right. That's it!

[He starts to manipulate the Jumper controls.]

FORD
What are you doing, man?
BECKETT
Adding weight to the Puddle jumper by resetting its inertial dampeners.
FORD
You shouldn't screw with those controls. We're heavy enough.
BECKETT
Can't be too careful.
FORD
Yes, you can. You can be way too careful. There's no chance we're going to blow away here. Let it go.
BECKETT
That should be enough.
TEYLA
How much longer until the storm passes?
BECKETT
I guess we're barely halfway through, but there's no way to tell.

[Teyla gives him a worried look.]

FORD
I know. I hope they're okay, too.

INT—ATLANTIS LOWER LEVELS

[Sheppard makes his way into a room with a circular platform, then goes down some steps, using his life-signs detector to guide him. After a moment, he runs off.]

INT—PUDDLE JUMPER

[The sun breaks through, and the rain stops.]

BECKETT
What's this then?
FORD
We're through it?
BECKETT
We can't be. It's not possible.

INT—ATLANTIS LOWER LEVELS

[Sheppard examines the LSD and uses it to guide his movements. He stops at a corner and looks at his watch, then at the LSD again, then keeps going.]

INT—ATLANTIS CONTROL ROOM

LADON
He's moving.

[The large display shows Sheppard moving one direction and three others, Genii, moving the opposite direction in the corridor next to Sheppard's.]

INT—ATLANTIS LOWER LEVELS

[Sheppard takes a position where he can overhear the soldiers talking on the walkway level just below him.]

GENII SOLDIER
Are you sure we're on the right level?

INT—ATLANTIS CONTROL ROOM

GENII SOLDIER

(over radio)

Where did he go?
LADON
Shh. He can probably hear your stupid questions.

INT—ATLANTIS LOWER LEVELS

[Sheppard activates and sets down some smoke canisters.]

INT—ATLANTIS CONTROL ROOM

[Ladon and Sora look in frustration as Sheppard's life-sign moves away from the soldiers'.]

EXT—ATLANTIS GROUNDING STATION, DAY

[McKay leads Weir and Kolya to the grounding station Sheppard was at last. It's raining hard there, and they all get soaking wet immediately. McKay examines the station.]

MCKAY
Oh, will you look at this? Now, that is just… That is just never going to be useful again.

[He pulls a cover off, revealing fiber optic cables.]

MCKAY
I should be able to bypass this switching station entirely.
KOLYA
Good. How long?
MCKAY
It's not half as bad as it looks. I'd say fifteen, twenty minutes tops.
KOLYA
Do it.
MCKAY
Dr. Weir, I need you to—
WEIR
Right, of course.

[She kneels beside him and shines the flashlight.]

MCKAY
Keep that there.

INT—ATLANTIS LOWER LEVELS

[Sheppard makes his way back to a room. He looks at his watch and the LSD again, then sets out another smoke canister and leaves. Smoke starts to fill the room.]

EXT—ATLANTIS MAINLAND, DAY

[Ford, Teyla, and Beckett walk down the back ramp of the Jumper. The weather is calm, the sun shining. There are large clouds around them.]

FORD
We're in the eye.
BECKETT
Right. Has to be.
TEYLA
The eye?
BECKETT
Dead center of the storm. The storm swirls around a twenty- to forty-kilometer-wide area.
TEYLA
Then this calm will not last?
BECKETT
No, in fact, in about ten minutes, it's going to get very ugly again.
FORD
Well, come on. We have to help the Major.
BECKETT
Aye, we can take off but landing's twice as hard, believe me. What if the storm's reached Atlantis?
FORD
Has it?
BECKETT
Not just yet, but it will anytime now.
FORD
Stop wasting time. Let's go. Let's hit it. Let’s go.

[Ford pushes Beckett into the Jumper.]

INT—PUDDLE JUMPER

[Beckett sits in the pilot seat.]

BECKETT
We still have to fly straight through the storm, Lieutenant. It's insanity.
FORD
This is not insanity. This is a spaceship. We can fly up and over.
BECKETT

(incredulous)

Straight up and down?
FORD
Straight up and down.
BECKETT
I'm a bloody medical doctor, not a magician!
FORD
You can do it.
BECKETT
Teyla?
TEYLA
If we can help, we must.
BECKETT
Oh! Oh, crap.

[He turns to the controls.]

INT—ATLANTIS CONTROL ROOM

LADON

(watching the display of life-signs)

Twenty feet away.

INT—ATLANTIS LOWER LEVELS

[The Genii soldiers make their way to the room Sheppard was last in, but the air is smoky.]

INT—ATLANTIS CONTROL ROOM

[The display shows the soldiers to be nearly beside Sheppard.]

LADON
Five feet.

INT—ATLANTIS LOWER LEVELS

GENII SOLDIER
There's so much smoke. Which way?

INT—ATLANTIS CONTROL ROOM

LADON
You're right on top of him.
GENII SOLDIER
Yeah? I think I would see him if I was.
LADON
Stand by.

INT—ATLANTIS LOWER LEVELS

[Sheppard is poised on the catwalk above the soldiers. He uses his laser site to aim at them.]

INT—ATLANTIS CONTROL ROOM

[Ladon and Sora hear gunfire.]

LADON
Do you see him? Did you get him? Report.

[The life-signs blink out on the display until there is only one remaining. Laden lowers his head in sorrow.]

EXT—ATLANTIS GROUNDING STATION, DAY

SORA

(over radio)

Commander.
KOLYA

(into radio)

Yes, Sora.

INT—ATLANTIS CONTROL ROOM

SORA
Ladon has been leading three of our men on a reconnaissance mission. It seems Major Sheppard has killed three more of our strike team.

EXT—ATLANTIS GROUNDING STATION

KOLYA
Tell everyone to move back to the control room.
SORA
Right away, sir.

[Kolya turns away, leaving McKay and Weir able to talk.]

WEIR
Why did you tell him you could have this fixed in fifteen to twenty minutes?
MCKAY
Oh, I don't know. Maybe so he wouldn't kill us.
WEIR
I understand that, but once the shield is operational, we won't be very useful, now, will we?
MCKAY
Why did you let me tell him I could fix it in fifteen or twenty?
WEIR
You just have to stall him some more.
MCKAY
Well, I just told him how long it'll take.
WEIR
Find another problem with it. Tell them that the power loop interface isn't jiving with your walkabout, something.
MCKAY
"Isn't jiving"?
WEIR
Rodney, you get my point. Though from the sounds of it, if we can buy Sheppard enough time, it seems like he can take care of the rest of them on his own.
KOLYA

(into radio)
Radio Chief Cowen. Tell him to send reinforcements. A full company. (to Weir)

If you're hoping Major Sheppard can diminish our numbers, you are mistaken.

INT—ATLANTIS LOWER LEVELS

[Sheppard comes to a halt.]

SHEPPARD
Okay. What would McKay do?

[He gets and idea and runs off.]

INT—ABOVE ATLANTIS

[The Puddle Jumper is making a steep descent to the city.]

INT—PUDDLE JUMPER

[Beckett is struggling to fly the craft.]

FORD
Uh, you're coming in a little steep, Doc.
BECKETT
Thank you, Lieutenant. I'm very aware of that.
FORD
I told you not to play with the inertial dampeners.
BECKETT
I'm pretty sure I got them back where they were. Why don't you try to contact the major?
FORD
First, you got to get us in there.
BECKETT

(fighting the controls)

Come on.

INT—ATLANTIS LOWER LEVELS

[Near tubes filled with colored liquid and a stack of metal trunks, Sheppard sees a hand-painted sign that says "Really Really Dangerous — Don't Touch — McKay". He grimaces. He is standing next to a naquadah generator.]

INT—ATLANTIS CONTROL ROOM

[Ladon and Sora see that Sheppard is near a power source.]

LADON

(rhetorically)

What are you up to?

INT—ATLANTIS LOWER LEVELS

[Sheppard lifts the control on the generator, de-activating it.]

INT—ATLANTIS CONTROL ROOM

[The power goes out. Ladon and Sora turn on flashlights.]

SORA
What's he done now?

INT—ATLANTIS LOWER LEVELS

[Sheppard moves away.]

INT—ATLANTIS CONTROL ROOM

LADON
I should have seen this coming.
SORA

(into radio)

Commander. Major Sheppard has cut power to the control room.

EXT—ATLANTIS GROUNDING STATION, DAY

KOLYA

(into radio)

How?

[The conversation switches between the control room and the grounding station.]

LADON

(into radio, investigating the various control consoles as he speaks)

It looks like Atlantis is being powered by five small generators, each responsible for a separate area of the city. Major Sheppard has just disabled the one generator that powers Stargate operations in this tower. Now, we still have most primary operations. We have definitely lost all secondary systems.
KOLYA

(into radio)

Can you still track Sheppard?
SORA

(into radio)

No.
KOLYA

(into radio)

And we have no idea where he is now?
SORA

(into radio)

No, sir.

INT—ATLANTIS CORRIDOR

[Sheppard enters a transporter station. He is able to overhear the Genii conversation.]

KOLYA

(into radio)

Is the control room secure?
SORA

(into radio)

Yes, Commander. I suggest we send some men to guard the remaining generators.

[Sheppard exits the transporter on a higher level. He takes a deep breath and moves out, using his LSD, his machine gun ready.]

KOLYA

(into radio)

No! He's trying to divide us into manageable numbers. Just hold Stargate operations until the reinforcements arrive.
SORA

(into radio)

Understood.

[Sheppard keeps advancing.]

EXT—ATLANTIS GROUNDING STATION, DAY

MCKAY

(to Weir)

If he asks what's taking so long, you have to do all the talking, okay?
WEIR
You'll be fine.
MCKAY
No, no, I won't. I'm a terrible bluffer. I've lost small fortunes at poker. My eye twitches. I laugh inappropriately. It's not pretty.
KOLYA
What's our progress?
WEIR
We've hit a small snag. We're just running a diagnosis to make sure we can interface our codes properly.
MCKAY
It's a small snag, small snag. It's, like, half an hour at the most.

[The power around their area goes out.]

LADON

(over radio)

Commander Sheppard has just disabled another generator.
KOLYA

(into radio)
Yes, Ladon I’m aware of that. He's cut the power to grounding station three.
(to McKay)

Can it still be repaired?
MCKAY

(looking at dead connectors)

Without power? No.
KOLYA
Can the plan be completed without it? The other three grounding stations have been disabled.
MCKAY
No. No, it's just not good enough. Look, by uncoupling the grounding stations, it means that when lightning strikes the city, the electricity will have nowhere to go. Now, if we can channel the electricity properly through the conduits that line the city corridors, we should be able to power the shield…temporarily. If any of these grounding stations are left active, a sizable amount of electricity will find its way to ground and no shield.

EXT—ATLANTIS, DAY

[The storm is deluging the city, and causing near darkness.]

INT—ATLANTIS CONTROL ROOM

SORA

(starting to panic, into radio)

Commander, the storm has not slowed its pace. We have little time to get the shields activated. We should re-evaluate our goal. Perhaps—

EXT—ATLANTIS GROUNDING STATION, DAY

KOLYA

(into radio)

We still have more than enough time to complete our objectives.

[The conversation switches between the control room and the grounding station.]

SORA

(into radio)

Then I must strongly advise that we send men down to repair the deactivated generators and to guard the remaining active ones.
KOLYA

(into radio)

Agreed, teams of two but I want you to watch over the control room. As soon as the reinforcements arrive have them take Sheppard with overwhelming force.
SORA

(into radio)

Understood.

EXT—ATLANTIS GROUNDING STATION, DAY

MCKAY
Perhaps we can be under shelter while we wait. I'm liable to catch a cold like that…

[Kolya just stares at him.]

MCKAY
I take it that's a "no"?

INT—PUDDLE JUMPER BAY

[The jumper has landed. Ford and Teyla check the surroundings, and Ford gets a second machine gun. One of the Athosians rushes out, but Teyla bars his way.]

TEYLA
Remain here and be still. I will return for you.
BECKETT
Where are we going?
FORD
Armory.
BECKETT
Are you sure that’s what we should be—
FORD
You know you're always saying you're not military, you don't have to take orders?
BECKETT
Aye.
FORD

(handing Beckett the gun)

Now you do.
BECKETT
So long as it's temporary.

[The move out then pause.]

BECKETT
Should we try and contact the Major now?
TEYLA
The Genii may be monitoring our frequencies. We do not want to alert them of our presence.
FORD
Life-signs detector.

[He hands one to Beckett.]

BECKETT
These wee dots don't tell us much about who's who. How do we know which one's the Major?
FORD
He'll be the dot getting rid of the other dots.
BECKETT
Great.

INT—ENTRANCE TO GENERATOR ROOM

[Two Genii guard the entrance to a room with a naquadah generator. Elsewhere, two more soldiers do the same.]

EXT—ATLANTIS OCEAN, DAY

INT—ATLANTIS CONTROL ROOM

SORA
How many should we expect?
LADON
A full company, sixty or more. I don't know how we were expected to take a facility this size with any less.
SORA
It was supposed to be a raid to retrieve what was rightfully ours.

[The Stargate activates.]

SORAS

(to solider)

With me. Come on.

[They run down the stairs.]

LADON

(into radio)

Reinforcements are arriving now, Commander.
KOLYA

(into radio)

Have them secure Stargate operations and report back to me.

[Soldiers are coming through the Stargate.]

LADON

(into radio)

Yes, Commander.

[Ladon turns around, right into a punch from Sheppard. Sheppard lowers him to the floor quietly then goes to a console and does something to the 'gate.]

INT—ATLANTIS GATE ROOM

SORA

(to arriving soldiers)

Secure the area. Then I want you to—

[The Stargate starts to flicker strangely as the shield has been raised.]

SORA
Shut it off. Ladon!
GENII BASE GUARD
Oh, my god!

[She looks up to see Sheppard in the control room.]

SORA
Stop him!
GENII BASE GUARD
Up there!

[Sheppard runs out, shooting down at the soldiers as he goes.]

SORA

(into radio)

This is Sora. Stop sending the reinforcements! The Stargate shield has been raised.

EXT—ATLANTIS GROUNDING STATION, DAY

[McKay, Weir, and Kolya overhear.]

SORA

(over radio)

Sheppard has raised the gate shield.
KOLYA

(into radio)

Shut it down. Turn it off.

INT—ATLANTIS CONTROL ROOM

SORA

(into radio)

I don't know how. Ladon is unconscious.

[She works frantically to open the shield, while the sounds of bodies hitting it are heard over and over.]

EXT—ATLANTIS GROUNDING STATION, DAY

KOLYA
Tell her the procedure.
MCKAY
I can't. I don't know what he's done!
KOLYA
Tell her.
MCKAY
Well, he must have entered his own personal command code.

[Kolya grabs McKay at the railing of the balcony.]

KOLYA
What is it?
MCKAY
I don't know!
WEIR
Only Sheppard would know it.
MCKAY
Trust me, I'm not that brave. I would help you if I could.
KOLYA
You have command codes.

INT—ATLANTIS CONTROL ROOM

SORA

(sadly, into radio)

It's no use. It's over. The gate has shut down. There are no more men coming.

EXT—ATLANTIS GROUNDING STATION, DAY

KOLYA

(into radio)

How many men made it?

INT—ATLANTIS CONTROL ROOM

SORA

(into radio)

Five. Five of sixty.

EXT—ATLANTIS GROUNDING STATION, DAY

[Kolya grabs McKay as if he is going to kill him. Weir grabs Kolya but he barely notices.]

MCKAY

(shouting)

You still need me if you want this city! You still need both of us!

[Kolya backs off. Weir helps McKay up. He puts his face in his hands, and Weir appears to be freezing.]

EXT—ATLANTIS CITY, DAY

INT—ATLANTIS CONTROL ROOM

LADON

(somberly)

He's entered some sort of security code to lock down the gate. Just give me some time. I should be able to crack it.
SORA

Do it.
(into radio)

Commander? Ladon thinks he can have the gate fixed.

[The conversation switches between the control room and the grounding station.]

KOLYA

(into radio)

Did Athor's son make it through the gate?
SORA

(into radio)

I'm sorry?
KOLYA

(into radio)

His name is Idos. Did he make it?
SORA

(into radio)

No, sir.
KOLYA

(into radio)

Over sixty men killed.
SORA

(into radio)

Defending his home and his people, Commander, as we would.
KOLYA

(into radio)

When can more reinforcements be sent?
SORA

(into radio)

It will take time, perhaps an hour.
KOLYA

(into radio)

Unacceptable!
SORA

(into radio)

Yes, Commander, it is unacceptable, because by then, we will be in the full force of the Storm.

[McKay and Weir sit on the steps, fully in the rain.]

MCKAY
Probably sooner.

INT—NEAR NAQUADAH GENERATOR ROOM

[Sheppard stalks the room, preparing to attack the men guarding it. His ear-piece radio activates.]

KOLYA

(over radio)

Major Sheppard, I have a proposition for you.

[Sheppard moves away from the guards.]

INT—ATLANTIS CORRIDOR

[Ford and the others have overheard Kolya's transmission.]

FORD
Do you recognize that voice?
TEYLA
No.

INT—ATLANTIS STAIRCASE

[Sheppard descends quickly while speaking.]

SHEPPARD

(into radio)

Kolya I'm having a hard time keeping up. What's the score again?

EXT—ATLANTIS GROUNDING STATION, DAY

KOLYA

(into radio)

My men have informed me that not only have you disabled some crucial generators, but you've stolen key components which make it impossible for them to be restored.

[The conversation switches between Sheppard's location and the grounding station.]

SHEPPARD

(into radio)

Yeah, I did that.
KOLYA

(into radio)

There are two flaws in your plan.
SHEPPARD

(into radio)

I'm always open to constructive criticism.
KOLYA

(into radio)

One, the assumption I would believe you'd rather destroy the city than let it fall to us is childish.
SHEPPARD

(into radio)

Doesn't sound like me.
KOLYA

(into radio)

Second, if and when I determine Atlantis unsalvageable, Doctors Weir and McKay become obsolete.

[Sheppard stops short.]

SHEPPARD

(into radio)

Weir is alive?
KOLYA

(into radio)

Dr. McKay was able to make a strong case for keeping her alive.
SHEPPARD

(into radio)

Let me talk to her.

[Kolya brings the radio to Weir.]

WEIR

(into radio)

Sheppard. We're both here.
SHEPPARD

(into radio)

It's good to hear your voice.
WEIR

(into radio)

Yeah, it's good to hear.
KOLYA

(into radio)

We have less than one hour before the storm hits full-force. If the power is not returned to grounding station three within the next ten minutes, Dr. Weir dies.
SHEPPARD

(into radio)

Again, you mean.
KOLYA

(into radio)

Her death will buy you another ten minutes, after which should the power still be out, Dr. McKay dies. We will then leave with what we can, and the city will be destroyed.
SHEPPARD

(into radio)

Well, that's not enough time.
KOLYA

(into radio)

If you don't mind destroying Atlantis, stay where you are for the next twenty minutes…starting now.

[Sheppard takes off running down the stairs.]

INT—ATLANTIS ARMORY

[The three arrive.]

FORD
Don't load up so much. It'll slow you down. Two extra magazines each.

[He hands Beckett and Teyla magazines of ammo then grabs a Wraith stunner for himself.]

FORD
All right.
BECKETT
What do you need that for?
FORD
Anything I see moving is going to get shot.
BECKETT
So what if it's the Major?
FORD
Then he'll get hit with a Wraith stunner instead of a P-90.
BECKETT
What if he sees us first?
FORD
He'll probably hear you first.
BECKETT
Are you telling me to shut up again?
FORD
Again.
BECKETT
Right.

INT—ATLANTIS CORRIDOR

FORD
Let's go.

[The find a wall map.]

TEYLA
Which naquadah generator would power the third grounding station?
BECKETT
You're asking me?
FORD
Whichever one it is, it's going to be an ambush. We've got to be there.
BECKETT
There's one here.
FORD
Is that a guess?
BECKETT
Aye, but it makes sense.
FORD

It's the closest. All right, I'll take point. Teyla, you're on our six. (Beckett)

You, don't open your mouth until I say so. Only shoot at what I tell you to shoot at.
BECKETT
You don't have to be so bloody pushy.
FORD
That's an order.

INT—ATLANTIS CORRIDOR

[Guards are searching for Sheppard. He avoids them.]

INT—NAQUADAH GENERATOR ROOM

[Sheppard arrives back at the generator that powers the third grounding station. He starts to plug it back in, pulling out the key component from his backpack. Guards come in behind him.]

GENERATOR ROOM GUARD
Stop!
SHEPPARD
Look, your boss wanted me to turn this thing back on, so I think we should do what he says.
GENERATOR ROOM GUARD

Be quiet. (into radio)

Sora. We have him.

INT—ATLANTIS CONTROL ROOM

SORA

(into radio)

Keep him alive. I'm on my way.

INT—NAQUADAH GENERATOR ROOM

[The three arrive to find the generator working normally.]

BECKETT
Is it the wrong one?
FORD
Yeah, I'd say so.
BECKETT
Oh, don't you blame me for this. I'm not an engineer. I really only have a basic understanding of how Rodney and his team configured the power, so don't expect me to—
FORD
You just can't stop talking, can you? You just can't help yourself. No matter what I say—
BECKETT
Aye, and you're such a nice young lad until you're put in charge, you cheeky little bugger.
TEYLA
Wait… What if this is the right station and the Major has not made it back yet?
BECKETT
Oh, she's right.
FORD
No. No, this one's working.
TEYLA
How much time?
FORD
Two minutes. There's five generators. It's not this one. It can't be the one that powers the control tower. That leaves three. We've got a one in three chance of guessing the right one.
BECKETT
Even so we may just be walking into the very ambush we're trying to save him from.
TEYLA
We're not far from a transporter. Are any of the generators near a transport station?
BECKETT
Aye. There's two.
FORD
Well, let's go.

[They rush to a transport station.]

BECKETT
Okay, if I remember correctly—

INT—TRANSPORT STATION

[Beckett studies the map/control panel.]

FORD
Remember correctly.
BECKETT
I think they are here and here.
FORD
Which one are you sure is next to a power generator?
BECKETT
Okay, just give me a moment.
FORD
No moments. Pick one.
BECKETT
I'm the one you're going to blame if it's wrong.
FORD
We have to go now.
BECKETT
Here.

[He pushes a destination and closes his eyes, breathing hard.]

INT—NAQUADAH GENERATOR ROOM

[Sheppard is on his knees, his back to the soldiers.]

SHEPPARD
I don't mean to be a bad prisoner or anything, but Kolya is going to kill one of my people if I don't get this thing turned back on in time, so—
GENERATOR ROOM GUARD
Turn around.

[He stands up and turns to face them.]

SHEPPARD
You turn around.
GENERATOR ROOM GUARD
What?
SHEPPARD
Well, if I have to turn around, you should turn around.

[The two soldiers are stunned from behind by Ford.]

SHEPPARD
What the hell took you so long?
FORD
Well, there's this storm—
SHEPPARD
Just hold that thought.

[Sheppard re-activates the generator.]

EXT—ATLANTIS GROUNDING STATION, DAY

[The lights come back on.]

KOLYA
It seems Major Sheppard wants you to live. Let's get back to work.

[McKay and Weir get up and return to the station, miserably wet.]

INT—ATLANTIS CORRIDOR

[Sora approaches the generator room and overhears the Lanteans speaking.]

FORD
You okay, sir?
SHEPPARD
I've been better. Been worse. My shoulder's a little sore.
BECKETT
Do you want me to take a look at that?
SHEPPARD
I’ll take a rain check there, Doc.
TEYLA
We should leave this area. More Genii will be on their way.
BECKETT
I couldn't agree more.

[Sora listens as the leave, not having seen her. She follows them.]

EXT—ATLANTIS GROUNDING STATION, DAY

MCKAY
If this doesn't work…
WEIR
It will.
MCKAY
I'm just saying, if it doesn't work…
WEIR
It will.
MCKAY
I'm sure it will, but in the unlikely event that it doesn't—
WEIR
Rodney…Please.

[McKay activates the controls. Out over the water, the grounding station disconnects from the ground pole.]

KOLYA
Fantastic.
MCKAY
Oh, thank God.

[Weir smiles.]

INT—ATLANTIS LOWER LEVELS

SHEPPARD
McKay figures he can harness the storm's lightning to fire up the shield.
BECKETT
This lightning?
FORD
SG teams have done it before to power a Stargate.
BECKETT
There's a big difference between a Stargate—
FORD
I didn't say you could talk.

EXT—ATLANTIS GROUNDING STATION, DAY

MCKAY
Now…I need to run the subroutine that will convince the input buffers in the shield generator to attenuate the raw electricity into usable power. I can only do that from the control room. That's where Dr. Weir's codes come in.
WEIR
Yes.
KOLYA
Only primary systems are operating. Sheppard has to repair the other generator.
MCKAY
The shield's considered a primary system. We're good to go, but we have to go now. I mean now. I mean everybody, all your men.
KOLYA
What does that have to do with my men?
MCKAY
Now that the grounding station's been deactivated electricity will be free to flow through the conduits that line every corridor in the city.

INT—ATLANTIS LOWER LEVELS

BECKETT
What kind of a plan is that?
SHEPPARD
A Rodney McKay kind of plan. It's all we've got.
FORD
And it leaves us only one place to go.
TEYLA
Where the Genii will also be.

EXT—ATLANTIS GROUNDING STATION, DAY

MCKAY

Now, the control room and Stargate operations are shielded, but the rest of the city… (he shakes his head)

Once the lightning starts to hit…

INT—ATLANTIS LOWER LEVELS

SHEPPARD
Anybody left in the hallway is as good as dead.

EXT—ATLANTIS GROUNDING STATION, DAY

[Kolya considers what to do as Weir stands shivering.]

EXT—ATLANTIS CITY, DAY

[Some lightening starts to strike the city.]

INT—ATLANTIS CONTROL ROOM

[Weir and McKay work at a station, Weir entering her command codes.]

KOLYA

(into radio)

Why haven't you responded?

INT—ATLANTIS LOWER LEVELS

[Sora follows Sheppard and the others.]

SORA

(into radio)

She's here, Commander.

[The scene switches between the control room and Sora's position.]

KOLYA

(into radio)

Who?
SORA

(into radio)

Teyla. She and two others have joined Sheppard.
KOLYA

(into radio)

Why wasn't this reported sooner? Fall back to the control room immediately.
SORA

(into radio)

She's just out of my reach. If I am patient—
KOLYA

(into radio)

I gave you an order.
SORA

(into radio)

She left my father for dead.
KOLYA

(into radio)

The storm is upon us. The city is no longer safe.
SORA

(into radio)

I don't care.
KOLYA

(into radio)

Fall back. You have my word. Your father will be avenged.
SORA

(into radio)

By me!
KOLYA

(into radio)

Sor—

INT—ATLANTIS LOWER LEVELS

[Sheppard and the others move quickly.]

TEYLA
Will the young hunters in the Jumper be safe?
SHEPPARD
The Jumper bay's part of Stargate operations. They'll be protected.
FORD
Then maybe that's where we should be headed.
SHEPPARD
If the shield goes up over the city, Weir and McKay are expendable to Kolya. We got to take the control room first.
TEYLA
Would he really kill them just because they are of no further use to him?
SHEPPARD
No, he'd kill them to punish me. Now, here's the deal. Ford and I get into position, just below the control room stairs. Teyla and Beckett head to the Jumper bay.
TEYLA
I intend to fight alongside you.
SHEPPARD
And I intend you to fight with us. Once you get in position, lower the ship into the gate room, open the weapons pods. That should create enough distraction for Ford and me to go in. We take back the control room, get the shield up. City's saved. Weir and McKay saved. Take the rest of the day off.
FORD
Sounds like a plan, sir.
SHEPPARD
Stay on channel two. Let's move out.

[Beckett and Teyla head toward the Jumper Bay.]

SHEPPARD

(to Ford, referring to Wraith stunner)

You're not going to need that thing. Shoot to kill.

[Ford sets the stunner aside.]

INT—ATLANTIS CONTROL ROOM

LADON
The winds are getting stronger and the wave heights are growing.
WEIR

(to McKay only)

We need to keep stalling.
MCKAY
What for?
WEIR
Major Sheppard is still out there. If you activate—
KOLYA
Now, McKay.
MCKAY
It's done. Dr. Weir, I need you to enter your codes now.
WEIR
Yes, of course. Seven, nine… Four, two, one.
MCKAY
Yes?
WEIR
Zero, three, two, four, five.
MCKAY
And the second sequence?

INT—ATLANTIS LOWER LEVELS

BECKETT
I'll be glad when this following-orders business is over—

[Sora steps out and hits Beckett with her gun, knocking him unconscious.]

SORA

(mad with anger)
Drop it! (pointing gun at Beckett)

I'll kill him.

[Teyla takes off her gun and lowers it to the ground. Sora puts down her weapon and prepares for hand-to-hand fighting.]

SORA
I would hate to kill you so quickly.
TEYLA
I have known you for almost all your life. Why are you doing this?
SORA
You left him to die…
TEYLA
Your father killed an innocent. He alerted the Wraith to our presence.
SORA
And you escaped.
TEYLA
If I am to die by your hand, Sora…I die knowing there was nothing I could have done to have saved Tyrus.

INT—ATLANTIS STAIRWAY AT EDGE OF GATEROOM

SHEPPARD

(into radio)

We're in position.
FORD
This isn't right.
SHEPPARD
What?
FORD
Teyla and Beckett should have easily made it to the Jumper Bay first. They should have been waiting for us.
SHEPPARD

(into radio)

Teyla, what's your position? Teyla?

INT—ATLANTIS LOWER LEVELS

[Sora holds up a knife.]

SORA

(yelling)

This was my father's. It was handed down from his father.

[Teyla pulls out her own knife.]

TEYLA
If you want to fight this way, Sora, I will win. You will have avenged no one.
SORA
We'll see.

[The spar. Sora slashes Teyla on the arm.]

INT—ATLANTIS CONTROL ROOM

KOLYA
Engage the shield.
MCKAY
I'm almost finished.
LADON
A massive wave is approaching from the West. Without the shield—
KOLYA
McKay!

EXT—ATLANTIS CITY, DAY

[The storm is growing in intensity.]

INT—ATLANTIS CONTROL ROOM

MCKAY
We're starting to get hits on the Northern Pier. Routing power to the corridor…now. Now… Now.

[He tries to activate the plan, but the computer doesn't respond.]

MCKAY
Okay, this is a problem.
KOLYA
What?
MCKAY
Look, I told you this was a long shot from the beginning.
LADON
We already have serious flooding on the North and West Piers.
MCKAY
It's no use. The city conduits just can't handle this kind of raw power.
WEIR
Is any power getting to the shield generator?
MCKAY
Nominal amounts. Nowhere near enough.
KOLYA
You said this would work.
MCKAY
I don't know if you noticed or not, but I am an extremely arrogant man who tends to think all of his plans will work!

[Kolya hits McKay in the face.]

KOLYA
Idiot!
WEIR

(yelling at Kolya's back)

Hey, this was a long shot at best. Why else would we evacuate the city? It was always our intention to dial out in case this didn't work. Within minutes, Atlantis will fail. You can leave and survive, or you can go down with the city. You choose.

[Kolya turns back to Weir.]

EXT—ATLANTIS CITY, DAY

[Waves are coming over the piers.]

INT—ATLANTIS LOWER LEVELS

[Teyla and Sora continue to fight. Teyla slices Sora on the leg.]

SORA
Ow.

[Teyla gets the upper hand and throws Sora to the floor.]

INT—ATLANTIS CONTROL ROOM

MCKAY
We're just not getting enough power to the shield generators.
WEIR
Are you really going to sacrifice the lives of all of your men on the off-chance that this city won't be completely destroyed?
KOLYA

(to his men)

Open the Stargate. Start evacuating the remaining men.
WEIR
You're making the right decision.
KOLYA
You're coming with us.
WEIR
What?
KOLYA
You'll both serve the Genii as payment for what you've done.

[Soldiers grab McKay.]

MCKAY
Oh, for what we've done?

INT—ATLANTIS LOWER LEVELS

[Teyla throws Sora into some crates, then flips her to the ground.]

INT—ATLANTIS GATE ROOM

[The Genii soldiers carry the supplies they have taken through the Stargate. Sheppard and Ford watch.]

SHEPPARD

(to Ford)

Change of plan.

[The move around to a different position with a sight on the stairway.]

SHEPPARD
You got McKay.

[McKay is being herded down the stairs and to the Stargate.]

MCKAY
Seriously, this is a bad idea. You saw what happened to my last plan. This is not what—

[Sheppard and Ford start firing, shooting the soldiers. McKay gets away from the Genii. Ladon goes through the 'gate. Kolya grabs Weir.]

SHEPPARD
You're not going anywhere…. I will shoot you if you don't let her go.
KOLYA
And risk hurting Dr. Weir?
SHEPPARD
I'm not aiming at her.

[Sheppard fires a single shot and hits Kolya in the chest, sending him backward through the 'gate. Weir falls to the floor, then gets up.]

SHEPPARD

(to Ford)

Find Teyla and Beckett. Make sure that's all of them.

[He rushes up to Weir.]

SHEPPARD
Sorry about that. I had to… You okay?
WEIR
No.
SHEPPARD
You will be. Come on.

[He grabs her hand and drags her up the stairs toward the control room.]

INT—ATLANTIS CONTROL ROOM

[McKay goes to his console.]

FORD
Wait! What are you doing?
MCKAY
I thought I'd activate the shield and save the day. You got something else in mind?
FORD
Teyla and Beckett are still out there.
MCKAY
Tracking system's down. There's a tsunami headed towards the city, Lieutenant. In two and a half minutes, they're dead.
SHEPPARD
Then give them two minutes.

[McKay sighs in frustration at the situation.]

INT—ATLANTIS LOWER LEVELS

[Teyla and Sora fight. With the upper hand, Teyla drops her knife on purpose. She attacks with no weapon and turns Sora's knife against her, pinning Sora to the wall.]

TEYLA
This is not what your father would have wanted. Our people were destined to be allies—
SHEPPARD

(over radio)

Teyla and Beckett, fall back to the control room.
TEYLA
This must end now!
SORA
Then end it.

[Teyla takes Sora's knife and throws it to the floor, then runs out, leaving Sora standing alone. After a moment, she follows, leaving her knife behind.]

INT—ATLANTIS CONTROL ROOM

MCKAY
There's no more time. We either lose them, or we lose the city.

[Sora and Teyla enter, supporting Beckett between them.]

WEIR
Rodney, go!
MCKAY
Going!

EXT—CITY OF ATLANTIS, DAY

[Lightening starts hitting the city strongly.]

INT—ATLANTIS CORRIDORS

[The lightening travels down corridors all over the city, doing some damage.]

EXT—CITY OF ATLANTIS, DAY

[A huge wall of water approaches the city.]

INT—ATLANTIS CONTROL ROOM

WEIR
What's happening?
MACKAY
It’s working. It just needs to build up enough power for the shield to activate. Wait for it.
MCKAY

(in greeting)

Carson.
BECKETT
Rodney.
MCKAY
Just in time to see how this ends, huh?

EXT—CITY OF ATLANTIS, DAY

[The wall of water nearly reaches the city. It is much higher than the highest towers.]

INT—ATLANTIS CONTROL ROOM

MCKAY

(pushing a button)

Now.

EXT—CITY OF ATLANTIS, DAY

[The shield rises just as the wave reaches the city. It dissipates the force of the water.]

INT—ATLANTIS CONTROL ROOM

WEIR
Nice work, Rodney.
MCKAY
Did you ever doubt me?
WEIR
Yes, several times.
MCKAY
Oh.
SHEPPARD
I see you've made a new friend, Teyla.

EXT—CITY OF ATLANTIS, EVENING

[The skies are clearing as the sun sets (or rises).]

EXT—ATLANTIS GATE ROOM

[The 'gate is active. Athosians and Atlantis personnel come through with their supplies. Sheppard and Weir watch from the control room balcony.]

SHEPPARD
What do you want to do with her?
WEIR
I don't know yet. We'll keep her locked up for the time being. Maybe releasing her back to the Genii would help ease tension between us.
SHEPPARD
You're extremely optimistic. You know that?
WEIR
You think so?

[McKay arrives. He has a bandage around his forearm, on the outside of his jacket.]

MCKAY
Everyone getting back okay?
SHEPPARD
Looks like it.
WEIR
How fares our city?
MCKAY
Well, we've begun pumping out the lower levels of the East Pier, which was flooded. There is structural damage, nothing too serious. Beckett's suffered from a minor concussion. Hasn't been able to look at this. I had to do this myself.

[Sheppard rolls his eyes at McKay's injury.]

MCKAY
Still, on the bright side I've had my first decent meal in twenty-four hours, so all things considered, I would say we are just fine.
SHEPPARD
They say these things happen every twenty years, right?
WEIR
That's what they tell us.
SHEPPARD
How far in advance can we book days off?

[McKay smiles weakly, and they all walk back into the control room.]

FADE OUT

END CREDITS

Transcribed for Solutions by Michelle, September, 2010.

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