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1.13 "Hot Zone"

Episode Guide

SGA 1.13 "Hot Zone" Episode Guide

Précis

When members of the team show signs of an unusual infection, it is discovered to be caused by a nanite virus, which induces hallucinations and then death due to brain hemorrhage. Can the deadly technology be stopped before it cuts down the entire city?

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Transcript

TEASER

INT—CORRIDOR IN LOWER LEVELS OF ATLANTIS

[McKay, Zelenka, Ford, and Hays explore the area using flashlight. The floors are wet, indicating they are on a lower level.]

ZELENKA
7,549.
MCKAY
Oh, please. Prime. 4,021.
ZELENKA
Ah, nice try. Not prime. Okay, Lieutenant Ford, 599.
FORD
I don't care if it's a prime number or not.
ZELENKA
Oh, come on. Yes or no?
FORD
No.
ZELENKA
It's incredible. Ten for ten.
MCKAY
He is terrible.
FORD
So I suck at prime/not prime. Somehow I'm going to sleep tonight.
ZELENKA
At this point, it's gone way beyond you not knowing your prime numbers.
MCKAY
It's a true/false game. Statistically, just by guessing, you should be getting at least half of these right. Look, 993.
FORD
Prime.
MCKAY
Oh, come on. That's an easy one. Are you hearing this, Hays?
HAYS
Not really. I guess I've been too busy doing my job.
MCKAY
We've already been through this section of Atlantis, Dr. Killjoy. It's structurally sound.
ZELENKA

(starting to laugh)

Lieutenant Ford, would you mind being a subject of research paper on statistical improbabilities?
FORD
This this some sort of payback for guys like me beating up guys like you in high school, right?

INT—ATLANTIS EAST PIER

[Technicians and scientists pack up their equipment. McKay and his team arrive.]

WEIR

(over radio)

So, Rodney, what's it like out there in the suburbs today?
MCKAY

(into radio)

Essentially, with the exception of the upper-level storage room, which the lovely and talented Dumais informs me is in no immediate danger, this pier is in relatively good shape.

INT—ATLANTIS CONTROL ROOM

[Weir is in the control room, working on a tablet computer.]

WEIR

(into radio)

Even after all the flooding from the storm?

INT—ATLANTIS EAST PIER

MCKAY

(into radio)

Well, it's dark, it's damp, and it smells terrible, but from an engineering standpoint, we're good.

INT—ATLANTIS CONTROL ROOM

WEIR

(into radio)

Head back.

INT—ATLANTIS EAST PIER

MCKAY

(into radio)
Heading back.
(speaking up to assembled scientists)

All right, you clowns, listen up. I don't often get a chance to say this, so savor it: Good work, boys and girls. Let's go home.
ZELENKA

(looking at his tablet computer)

Wait, wait, wait. We're missing Johnson and Wagner.
MCKAY

(into radio)

Wagner, Johnson, what's your position?
JOHNSON

(over radio, frantic)

We need backup! They're coming at us!
MCKAY
What?
FORD
Where are they?
ZELENKA

(consulting tablet)

Down this corridor.
MCKAY

(into radio)

We're on our way!

[They all rush out.]

INT—ATLANTIS CORRIDOR NEAR EAST PIER

[Wagner lies on the floor. Johnson, a female, sits huddled nearby.]

MCKAY
Johnson. Johnson, are you okay?

[Ford checks Wagner.]

FORD
McKay, he's dead.
MCKAY
Johnson, what happened here?
JOHNSON

(crying)

They got him.
MCKAY
Who got him?

[Terrified, she stands up, pushing herself against the wall, looking at something over McKay's shoulder.]

MCKAY
Calm down. There's nothing here.

[She strikes out with her hands as if batting something away.]

JOHNSON
Can't you see them? They're everywhere!
MCKAY

(into radio)

Beckett, I need a medical team down here, STAT.

[She falls back to the floor, Zelenka and another scientist trying to help her. She grabs her head in pain and screams, then falls silents. She is bleeding from her nose and mouth. Zelenka checks her pulse, then shakes his head.]

ZELENKA
It's no use. She's gone.

[McKay and the others react with shock.]

END TEASER

OPENING CREDITS

EXT—ATLANTIS, EVENING

INT—MEDICAL LAB

[Beckett and other medical personnel are working.]

BECKETT

(into radio)

McKay, this is Dr. Beckett. What exactly is the nature of the emergency?

INT—CORRIDOR NEAR EAST PIER

[The conversation switches between Beckett and McKay's positions over the radio.]

MCKAY

(into radio)

It's too late. They're gone.
BECKETT

(into radio)

Who's gone? How?
MCKAY

(into radio)

Wagner and Johnson. I need a containment team here.
BECKETT

(into radio)

I'm sorry?
FORD
A containment team? Why?
MCKAY
People don't just see things and drop dead, Lieutenant. We've spent the last hour surveying unexplored areas of the city. I think Wagner and Johnson were exposed to something—
FORD
Yeah, but—
MCKAY
And if they were infected, there's a very good chance that we were too.
ZELENKA
I recommend a level-four quarantine until we know what we're dealing with.
MCKAY

Agreed.
(into radio)

Carson, you hear all that?
BECKETT

(into radio)

Aye. We'll get into our HAZMAT gear and head down. Sit tight. I'll make sure Dr. Weir is briefed.
MCKAY

(into radio)

Thank you very much.
BECKETT

(to other medical personnel)

Okay, you heard the man. Follow me, ladies and gentlemen.

INT—CORRIDOR NEAR EAST PIER

PETERSON
So wait, what? We're just going to stay here?
MCKAY
That's the plan. Yes.
PETERSON
May I say it's a terrible one?
MCKAY
No, you may not.
PETERSON
I think we should get the hell out of here.
ZELENKA
If it is an airborne agent, we may already be infected. Heading back to the city would only endanger the rest of the population.
PETERSON
But what if we're not infected yet?
MCKAY
There's no way of knowing.
PETERSON
But I feel fine. I feel perfectly fine!
MCKAY

End of discussion. Peterson, we're staying here. Actually, wait a second.
(snapping his fingers in realization of something)

Everyone, follow me.

[They follow McKay out. Peterson hesitates, but two soldiers smile at him menacingly and he leaves as well.]

INT—WEIR'S OFFICE

[Grodin briefs Weir.]

GRODIN
They've begun to institute a level-four quarantine.
WEIR
It can't really be a biological infection, can it?
GRODIN
I have no idea what it is… But I agree we should play it safe and initiate self-regulated quarantine in all populated sections of the city.
WEIR
That's pretty severe.
GRODIN
We've known for some time that the Ancients suffered from a plague. If McKay and his team have somehow stumbled upon it and become infected, we'll need to take every precaution to prevent an outbreak.
WEIR
All right. We will suspend any and all gate activity and keep everyone where they are, again, just until we have a clearer picture of exactly what it is that killed Wagner and Johnson.

INT—TRAINING ROOM

[Teyla and Sheppard spar with bantos rods. Teyla appears to have the upper hand after each encounter. In the third, she hits him in the arm and then the rear several times, finally pushing him to his knees with her bantos rods against his neck.]

SHEPPARD

(as she hits him)

Ahh! Ooh!
TEYLA
You have not been practicing.
SHEPPARD
Yes, I have.
TEYLA
If this was really a fight—
SHEPPARD
If this was really a fight, I would have shot you by now.

[Annoyed, she lets him go and pushes him away. They walk over to gather their gear from a bench.]

SHEPPARD
You know, no matter how many hours I put into this, you're still going to kick my ass.
TEYLA
It is not for the winning that we practice.
SHEPPARD
Well, what's the point?

[The are approaching the door when they hear Weir's voice over the intercom.]

WEIR

(over radio)

May I have everyone's attention, please. We have run into a questionable medical situation, and at Dr. Beckett's suggestion, we have decided to put the city into a self-regulated quarantine. For at least the next couple of hours, I need everyone to stay where they are and report anyone moving freely through the halls. I hope you’ll understand. Thank you.
SHEPPARD

What the hell is this?
(checking his back for his radio)

Did you bring your radio?

[Teyla starts to look for hers.]

INT—CORRIDOR NEAR EAST PIER

[The entire groups moves through the corridor.]

FORD
Isn't this the same section Wagner and Johnson were exploring?
MCKAY
Yes.
FORD
So we're retracing their steps?
MCKAY
That's right. Don't worry. My motivations are based entirely on self-preservation.
PETERSON
Wait, wait, wait. Ford's right. Doesn't this increase our chances of getting infected?
MCKAY
All right. Let me spell this out for you, okay? If there is a bacterial agent and it is not airborne, then it should be relatively safe for us to look around as long as we take the proper precautions. However…if it is an airborne agent, then there's a very good chance we've already been infected.
FORD
Well, shouldn't we wait for Dr. Beckett to decide that?
MCKAY

Those men were only down there for 12 hours. Even if they were infected right away, that's an alarmingly short incubation period. Now, if anyone else is infected, as in, oh, I don't know, maybe us? Seconds are going to count, Lieutenant. All right, light.
(taking a flashlight)

Let's go.

[They move along. McKay finds an open door into a room with some lighted tables.]

MCKAY
Everybody, stay here.

[Ford steps away.]

MCKAY

(annoyed)

Ford.
FORD
You just told me to—
MCKAY
Everybody except Ford stay here. You think I'm going in there by myself? Uh-uh.

[They go inside.]

INT—ANCIENT LAB

[Many components in the room are broken, and there are pieces of glass on the floor.]

MCKAY
Don't touch anything.

[McKay realizes he is looking at long, broken tubes sitting inside a fixture. Some still have a white substance in them.]

MCKAY
This is not good.

INT—TRAINING ROOM

[Sheppard paces, using Teyla's radio to speak to Weir.]

SHEPPARD

(into radio)

I'm ranking military officer here.

INT—WEIR'S OFFICE

WEIR

(into radio)

Yes, I'm aware of that, Major. You were off radio, and we had to act quickly. Now, this is all protocol that was put into place long before this expedition even began. Bates is here with me, and we agreed this was the best plan of action.
SHEPPARD

(into radio)

All right. All right. Teyla and I are coming up to join you.

[The conversation switches between Sheppard and Weir's locations.]

WEIR

(into radio)

We're in a self-regulated quarantine, Major. Everyone stays where they are.
SHEPPARD

(into radio)

They're nearly a mile away on the east pier. Do you really think I'm in any sort of danger walking from here to the control room?
WEIR

(into radio)

At this point, we don't know where they contracted the virus. This is a medical situation, John. Only authorized personnel in hazmat suits are allowed to roam freely. Those rules apply to everyone, including you.
SHEPPARD

(into radio)

Well, then get someone to bring me a hazmat suit.
WEIR

(into radio)

Everyone in hazmat is busy configuring the lab to deal with a possible outbreak. Now, if an opportunity arises, I will send someone to come get you, but in the meantime, radio contact will have to do.
SHEPPARD

(into radio)

All right. Just…keep us in the loop.
WEIR

(into radio)

Will do.

INT—ANCIENT LAB

[The rest of the group has entered.]

ZELENKA
Any number of these smashed and open containers could have released the virus that killed Johnson and Wagner.
FORD
And how would something like that survive for all these years?
DUMAIS
Viruses can remain dormant for long periods.
ZELENKA
I'm hoping the answer will be found in the database. Okay, I think that we have to—

[Zelenka approaches McKay, who is working at a laptop connected to the lap equipment.]

MCKAY

Yes, yes. Yes, yes, yes. Doesn't appear to be networked in with the rest of the Ancient systems. In fact, if you look, it only contains information about the experiments that took place in this room.
(into radio)

Weir, it's McKay.

INT—CONTROL ROOM

[Weir walks with Bates.]

WEIR

(into radio)

Go ahead, Rodney.

INT—ANCIENT LAB

MCKAY

(into radio)

Where's Beckett?

[The conversation switches between Sheppard and Weir's locations.]

WEIR

(into radio)

On his way. It takes some time to load a whole medical team into suits.
MCKAY

(into radio)

Well, we seem to have stumbled across something that I find…a little troubling.
WEIR

(into radio)

That's not what I wanted to hear.
MCKAY

(into radio)

I think we may have found an Ancient viral lab. Wagner and Johnson must have been exposed here. Now, it'd take weeks to sift through all this data, and there's no way of knowing whether the Ancients were just studying the viruses or actively creating them. Either way, the storm has done quite a number on this place, and I've got—

[Dumais stiffens and begins to shake, as if terrified and seeing something.]

MCKAY
Dumais. Dumais? Dumais!

[She approaches another scientist and starts scraping at his shirt.]

DUMAIS
It's all over you!
MCKAY
Dumais! Dumais.
DUMAIS
They're all over you. They're all over you!
MCKAY
Dumais! Get her off. Dumais!

[McKay pulls her away. She screams. Nearby Peterson sees a vision of a smoky skeletal creature. He sneaks out of the lab. Dumais falls to the floor and bleeds from her ears and nose. Zelenka confirms she has not pulse.]

MCKAY

(shouting, into radio)

Tell Beckett to pick up the pace. I've just lost another member of my team.
FORD
Where's Peterson?
MCKAY
What?
FORD
Peterson.

INT—CORRIDOR NEAR EAST PIER

[Peterson walks briskly.]

INT—CONTROL ROOM

[Weir and Bates looks at life-signs on a large display.]

WEIR

(into radio)

Yes, okay, I think we have him. He's trying to make his way back. It should be okay. Grodin is locking all the doors in the hallway and killing power to the entire section.

INT—ANCIENT LAB

MCKAY

(into radio)

You need to send someone to stop him.

[The conversation switches between McKay and Weir's locations.]

WEIR

(into radio)

It's under control, Rodney—
MCKAY

(into radio)

No, Elizabeth, it's not under control. He knows almost as much about Ancient technology as I do. At the very most, what you're doing will just slow him down.

INT—CORRIDOR

[Peterson uses a knife to jimmy a door control so that the doors slide open. He squeezes through.]

INT—CONTROL ROOM

[The computer monitor shows Peterson moving through a corridor.]

WEIR
Where does that hallway lead?
GRODIN
Straight here.

INT—CORRIDOR

[Peterson works on another door control.]

WEIR

(over radio)

Peterson, this is Elizabeth Weir. Can you hear me? I can't imagine how frightening this whole ordeal must be, but Dr. Beckett has reached the rest of your team and begun to treat them. Now, I think the best thing for you to do is to head back. If Beckett gives you a clean bill of health, we'll make sure you get back to the city as soon as possible.

[Peterson gets the door open.]

INT—CONTROL ROOM

[The screen shows Peterson moving closer.]

WEIR
Are you sure he can hear me?
GRODIN
Positive.
WEIR
Can you do anything to make it harder to get through those doors?
GRODIN
I can try.

INT—ANCIENT LAB

[Beckett and his team, in hazmat suits, examine the personnel. Beckett takes McKay's blood pressure.]

BECKETT
Well, you seem perfectly fine.
MCKAY
Well, Dumais seemed fine right up to the point where she wasn't.
BECKETT
I've had them set up a small field station down the corridor. We've already started the autopsies.
MCKAY
Any ideas?
BECKETT
From what we can tell, you're all in good shape so I wouldn't jump to any—
MCKAY
Stop trying to convince me I'm fine, Carson. I think we all know better.
BECKETT
I was just trying to—
MCKAY
Are we done here?
BECKETT
Yes.

[McKay takes off the pressure cuff.]

MCKAY
I'm going to see what I can get from the database. Let me know what the autopsy shows up.
BECKETT
All right.
MCKAY
Oh, and tell your pathologists to start with their heads.

[McKay steps away, then appears to see a hallucination for a moment. Zelenka notices. McKay shrugs it off anxiously and goes back to work on his laptop.]

INT—TRAINING ROOM

[Sheppard and Teyla sit on the bench. The door to the room is open.]

SHEPPARD

(into radio)

Someone has to do something.

INT—CONTROL ROOM

WEIR

(into radio)

We are doing something. Grodin's working on a plan to limit door controls—

[The conversation switches between Sheppard and Weir's locations.]

SHEPPARD

(into radio)

That's not good enough. Someone has to go out there and stop him. Teyla and I are ready.
WEIR

(into radio)

Major we've been—
SHEPPARD

(into radio)

Peterson obviously isn't thinking straight, and he's endangering the entire population of the city.
WEIR

(into radio)

We don't yet know the nature of the virus we're dealing with. This is still a medical situation.
SHEPPARD

(into radio, dismissively)

We don't have time for this. I'm heading out.

INT—CONTROL ROOM

WEIR
Grodin, seal the gym.

INT—TRAINING ROOM

[The doors slide shut.]

SHEPPARD

(into radio)

What the hell is this?

INT—CONTROL ROOM

WEIR

(into radio)

You said so yourself. You are the ranking military officer. I can't chance you getting infected.

INT—TRAINING ROOM

SHEPPARD

(into radio)

I can't chance you getting infected. Bates?

INT—CONTROL ROOM

[The conversation switches between Sheppard and Weir's locations.]

BATES

(into radio)

Yes, sir.
SHEPPARD

(over radio)

Unlock the gym.
BATES

(into radio)

Yes, sir.
WEIR

Stand down, Bates.
(into radio)

You are not in command here, Major.
SHEPPARD

(into radio)

Well, we'll agree to disagree. Bates, open the door.

[Bates steps toward the control station.]

WEIR

(into radio)

Don't.
SHEPPARD

(into radio)

Elizabeth, he's heading right for you.
WEIR

(into radio)

So we'll stop him. We'll talk him down, we'll block his way—
SHEPPARD

(into radio)

Sergeant Bates I am ordering you to open up the doors between the gym and the med lab right now.

INT—TRAINING ROOM

[The doors slide open.]

SHEPPARD

(into radio)

We're heading out.

INT—CONTROL ROOM

[Weir stares at Bates.]

BATES
I'm sorry, ma'am.
WEIR
Doesn't really matter now, does it?

INT—MAKESHIFT AUTOPSY ROOM

[Suited personnel arrange bodies, in body bags, on makeshift stands. An area is screen off with plastic, where autopsies are being conducted. Inside, Biro briefs Beckett, who is with the living patients.]

BIRO

(into radio)

Dr. Beckett? I have the preliminary autopsy results on the first two victims, sir.
BECKETT

(over radio)

Anything of interest?
BIRO

(into radio)

They both died of a ruptured saccular brain aneurysm, which, in and of itself, isn't all that remarkable. I mean, sure, the chances of two people standing next to each other and dying of it is statistically improbable, yes, but it's not the smoking gun we were hoping for, because I know you said—

INT—ANCIENT LAB

BECKETT

(into radio)

Get to the good part, Dr. Biro.

INT—MAKESHIFT AUTOPSY ROOM

BIRO

(into radio)

Sorry, sir. What's truly interesting is that both ruptures happened in exactly the same place, right above the visual cortex.
BECKETT

(over radio)

And the third one? Dumais?
BIRO

(into radio)

Just getting to her now, sir. I'll let you know.

INT—ANCIENT LAB

[McKay has overheard everything.]

MCKAY
She did say, "brain aneurysm," right?
BECKETT
That's right.
MCKAY
That's the best news I've heard all day. Let me show you something.

INT—MEDICAL LAB

[Sheppard and Teyla put on hazmat suits.]

TEYLA
You should not have undermined Dr. Weir's authority in front of Sergeant Bates.
SHEPPARD
Sometimes, Elizabeth makes a decision early on and gets locked into it. That's a problem.
TEYLA
She is not the only one who suffers from that affliction.
SHEPPARD

(into radio)

Dr. Weir, this is Sheppard. Teyla and I are ready to head out. What's Peterson's location?…Elizabeth.

INT—CONTROL ROOM

WEIR

(into radio)

He's in section E-19, level three.

INT—MEDICAL LAB

[They put on their helmets.]

SHEPPARD
Let's head out.

[They grab machine guns on the way out.]

INT—CORRIDOR

[Peterson jimmies another door partially open. Before he can finish, he screams and flails at more hallucinations. After a moment he recovers and pushes through the doorway.]

INT—ANCIENT LAB

[Showing Beckett an entry on his laptop.]

MCKAY
I haven't read the entire entry because it's incredibly long, but this looks like our guy. Six-hour hibernation, recurring visions, and, best of all, so I've left it to last—brain hemorrhage or aneurysms.
BECKETT
That definitely sounds familiar.
MCKAY
Yeah. Maybe there's something in here about how to— No!

[McKay sees a dark, smoky vision and cowers. He recovers himself and sees everyone staring at him with concern.]

MCKAY
Sorry.
BECKETT
Rodney?
MCKAY

(emotionally)

I've been seeing things.
BECKETT
Since when?
MCKAY
About an hour. First you think it's just your eyes playing tricks on you but eventually—
HAYS
They get worse.
MCKAY
You, too?
HAYS
They come right at you.
MCKAY
It's like a…ghost.
ZELENKA
I've been going over the survey schedule. Johnson and Wagner started off on their own, but then crossed paths with Dumais an hour later.
BECKETT
Dumais died almost exactly an hour after Johnson and Wagner. Who did they meet up with next?
ZELENKA
My greater concern is who Dumais met up with next.
BECKETT
Dumais? Who did she run into?

[Zelenka looks down, then at McKay.]

MCKAY
Me. She ran into Hays…and me. We're next.

EXT—ATLANTIS, EVENING

INT—CORRIDOR

[Peterson makes his way through another door then comes face-to-face with Sheppard and Teyla.]

SHEPPARD
Dr. Peterson, I presume?
PETERSON
I'm not going back there.
SHEPPARD
You don't have much of a choice. Easy…
PETERSON
I go back there, I get infected. That's murder.
TEYLA
Once we ensure that you are not infected, you will be allowed back into the city. Until then you are a threat to the rest of the population.
PETERSON
You won't shoot a member of your own team.

[Peterson approaches them. Sheppard raises his weapon.]

SHEPPARD
Peterson, you will not be allowed to go back to the city.
PETERSON
Wait, wait. Just wait a second. Take me back to the med lab. Just quarantine me there. I'll go voluntarily. Just, please, don't make me go back there. Really, I'm fine. I feel perfectly fine.
SHEPPARD

(into radio)

Dr. Weir, this is Sheppard. Peterson has agreed to go back to the med lab until we can get the situation resolved.

[Seeing something, Peterson panics and runs to a transporter.]

SHEPPARD
Stop!

[Sheppard fires and hits him in the arm, but he has already hit a destination, and the doors close.]

INT—MESS HALL

[Peterson staggers out of the transporter and falls to the floor in front of all the personnel in the mess hall. Several crewmen run to him.]

VOICE
Oh my God, is he all right?
VOICE
Oh my God!
VOICE
He's been shot.
VOICE
What's going on?
VOICE
What happened to him?

[The personnel touch Peterson, turning him onto his back. The Atlantis klaxons sound.]

INT—TRANSPORTER

[Sheppard and Teyla enter to follow Peterson, but it shuts down. All doors around the city begin closing, including the one to the cafeteria, briefing room, and control room.]

INT—CONTROL ROOM

WEIR
What's going on?
GRODIN
Ancient controls are unresponsive.
BATES
I'm getting reports that Peterson transported into the mess hall.

INT—TRANSPORTER

SHEPPARD

(into radio)

For some reason, we can't follow him.

INT—CONTROL ROOM

GRODIN
The city has taken over, put us into a lockdown.
WEIR
Override it.
GRODIN
I can't. Atlantis must be designed to respond to outbreaks automatically. The city initiated a lockdown when Peterson transported out of the east side.
WEIR
Why now? Why not when Johnson and Wagner became infected?
GRODIN
The city's detection systems might have been affected by the flooding in those areas… But once Peterson entered the mess hall, the pathogen was almost instantly detected by automated systems, and the city protected itself.
WEIR
All right, what are my options?
GRODIN
Limited. As of now, we're completely locked out of the mainframe.

EXT—ATLANTIS, NIGHT

INT—ANCIENT LAB

[Beckett is attaching leads to McKay's torso under his shirt.]

MCKAY
Is this really necessary? I am about to die of a brain aneurysm. How does being attached to a heart monitor help?
BECKETT
If you die like the others, we'll have a better idea of how.
MCKAY
At that point, I will cease to care.
FORD
There are a lot of other people that live in the city, man.
MCKAY
Yes, the living!

INT—CORRIDOR

[A door opens beside where Sheppard and Teyla are walking.]

SHEPPARD

I thought we were in a lockdown. Why'd that open up for us?
(into radio)

Weir, this is Sheppard. Were you able to get the transporters online or not?

INT—CONTROL ROOM

WEIR

(into radio)

It doesn't look promising. Atlantis itself seems to have somehow sensed a threat and taken over most of the controls.

[The conversation switches between Sheppard and Weir's locations.]

SHEPPARD

(into radio)

So it shut down the transporters?
WEIR

(into radio)

That's right.
SHEPPARD

(into radio)

Well, I wish we would have thought of that.
WEIR

(into radio, angry)

We did think of that, Major. That entire section had to be powered up for you to open the door to Peterson. In fact, if you hadn't gone after him, he wouldn't have been able to use the transporters…Do you still feel it was a good idea?
SHEPPARD

(into radio, annoyed)

Where'd he transport to?
WEIR

(into radio)

The mess hall. Thankfully, everyone else respected the quarantine. There's only a handful of people there.
SHEPPARD

(into radio)

All right, you've made your point.
WEIR

(into radio)

Make your way back to the city. Wait in Beckett's lab for further instructions.

INT—MAKESHIFT AUTOPSY ROOM

BIRO

(into radio)

Dr. Beckett?
BECKETT

(over radio)

Any progress, Dr. Biro?
BIRO

(into radio)

Just finished Dumais' autopsy. Would it surprise you to learn she died of a ruptured brain aneurysm above the visual cortex, sir?
BECKETT

(over radio)

No, it wouldn't. Thank you, Doctor.
BIRO

(into radio)

Didn't think so.

INT—ANCIENT LAB

BECKETT
You know, the position of the rupture could explain the visions. Swelling in that area before the breakage could absolutely account for the hallucinations.
MCKAY
Look, I'm no MD, but wouldn't brain swelling on the visual cortex just mean that we experience washes of color or weird visual anomalies?
BECKETT
It would depend on the person.
MCKAY
Yeah, that's my point. All of our visions are so similar. If they're the result of arterial swelling, wouldn't the visions we experience be more random?
BECKETT
Most likely.
MCKAY
Yeah, well, the things we're seeing are pretty damn identical!
BECKETT
And you think it might have something to do with the nature of the—
MCKAY
There’s a good chance—

[Hays starts to panic and slap his hands at his hallucinations.]

HAYS
No…no!
MCKAY
Hays, it's not real. Remember, it's not real.
HAYS
No! No. They're coming right at us! Can't you see them?

[Hays screams and fights as the heart monitor speeds up.]

BECKETT
His heart rate's spiked, but aside from that—
MCKAY
Don't say "fine!" He's not fine. Do something!
BECKETT
There's nothing to do.

[Hays falls still; the heart and blood pressure monitors showing no activity. Beckett starts CPR on him. Zelenka puts his hands to his face.]

BECKETT
One, two three, four five… One, two three, four, five.

[Beckett stops and looks up at McKay.]

MCKAY
Stop. It's not his heart. Just…stop.

[The team stops trying to save Hays; they stand and look at McKay. McKay looks away, sad. The other scientists cry and comfort each other.]

FORD
How are you feeling?
MCKAY
I'm…I'm… Listen, I have a sister. We're not close. I don't even know how you'd find her—
FORD
Don't talk like that.
MCKAY
She's the only family I really have, so someone should tell her what happened… And make it sound good, okay? Tell her I died saving someone…kids. I died saving kids, a bunch of them… And, Zelenka I've got some theories on looping the power in the gate to charge a dummy ZPM. It probably won't work, but you should have someone look at it, because it might lead somewhere else.
ZELENKA
We'll look at it together.
MCKAY
You seriously have to stop interrupting my last thoughts. I mean, this is important stuff you need to hear. Now…if you're here for more than a year, I've left some notes on how to roll blackouts to effectively maintain your power requirements, and-and-and… Oh! Tell everyone that I was inches away from a theory of unification, but the notes, they were lost when I died saving the…
ZELENKA
Kids.
MCKAY
Yeah.

[McKay look around the room for several seconds.]

MCKAY
Okay? I should be dead now.

[Beckett approaches McKay.]

BECKETT
You ran into Dumais at the same time?
MCKAY
Exactly the same time.
BECKETT
Then, yes, you should be dead.
MCKAY

Oh, God.
(smiling)

I'm still here.
FORD
Yes, you are.
ZELENKA
Interesting.
MCKAY
Interesting?
BECKETT
Don't take this the wrong way, but—
ZELENKA
Why?
BECKETT
Exactly.
MCKAY

Well, I don't care.
(giddy)

I mean, I really don't care.

INT—CONTROL ROOM

[Personnel work frantically at the consoles.]

SHEPPARD

(over radio)

Dr. Weir?
WEIR

(into radio)

Yes, Major?

INT—CORRIDOR

[Sheppard and Teyla enter a room through a door that opens automatically.]

SHEPPARD

(into radio)

We've reached the city, but we haven't hit the city's quarantine. Are you sure it's locked you out?

INT—CONTROL ROOM

WEIR

(into radio)

Pretty sure. I can't even get into my office.
SHEPPARD

(over radio)

It hasn't giving us any trouble yet.
GRODIN
Hazmat suits. They're protected.
WEIR
What?
GRODIN
The city must be capable of sensing they're in no danger of infection. It makes sense, actually. This way, Atlantis allows protected personnel to assist the infected.

INT—CORRIDOR

TEYLA

(into radio)

If that is the case we should make our way to the mess hall. I imagine everyone there will be very scared and confused.
WEIR

(over radio)

I agree. Get to the mess hall and report back.

INT—MAKESHIFT AUTOPSY ROOM

[The medical team is doing an autopsy on Hays.]

BECKETT
Are you certain you really want to see this, Rodney?
MCKAY
It's too accurate. How can something organic be that efficient?
BECKETT
Again, we're in the middle of another galaxy. Just because it's out of the ordinary for us, doesn't mean it's not commonplace here.
MCKAY
No, no, no, I don't buy that. Most of the habitable planets we've encountered thus far are carbon copies of Earth in terms of environmental conditions. Unless…

[McKay snaps his fingers and rushes out.]

BECKETT
I'll be back. What's up, Rodney?

INT—ANCIENT LAB

MCKAY
Incubation to completion is exactly six hours. The visions are identical for all the infected, and the location of the aneurysm is the same for every single deceased.

[McKay opens his laptop, which shows an image of small devices moving around inside a cell.]

BECKETT
Is that what I think it is?
MCKAY
It's a nanovirus, one manufactured to kill humans.

EXT—ATLANTIS, NIGHT

INT—CONTROL ROOM

WEIR

(into radio)

A nanovirus?
MCKAY

(over radio)

That's right.
WEIR

(into radio)

Okay, let's pretend I don't know exactly what that is.

INT—ANCIENT LAB

MCKAY

(into radio)

Nanotechnology…it's technology that operates on a nanite scale. It's around a billionth of a millimeter.
BECKETT

(into radio)

Basically, they're microscopic machines that are able to carry out very specific tasks suited for their size.
MCKAY

(into radio)

It's the whole idea of being able to swallow a pill and having a million little robots go to work and cure whatever ails you.

INT—CONTROL ROOM

WEIR

(into radio)

You're all infected with microscopic machines?

INT—ANCIENT LAB

MCKAY

(into radio)

Yeah, they're no bigger than a single-celled organism, although instead of having a sole purpose of curing a disease or mending a blood vessel…
BECKETT

(into radio)

The virus is programmed to terrorize its victims by tapping into their visual cortex and then rupturing an artery in their brain.
MCKAY

(into radio)

Infecting others along the way as they can.
BECKETT

(into radio)

There's one good thing. I doubt they can multiply…I don't know how many nanites it takes to kill a human, but eventually, I imagine they'll spread themselves too thin.

INT—CONTROL ROOM

WEIR

(into radio)

Could it be Wraith?

INT—ANCIENT LAB

BECKETT

(into radio)

That would definitely be my first guess.
MCKAY
I'm not so sure about that.
BECKETT
But the visions, the shrill sound you told me they make when they—
MCKAY
I'll give you that they're equally terrifying, but why would the Wraith even create the equivalent of a WMD? They're killing us not because they sadistically want us dead, but because they need to consume us for food. Look, it would be like the equivalent of cattle farmers creating mad cow disease. I don't buy it.

INT—CONTROL ROOM

WEIR

(into radio)

You did come across it in an Ancient lab.

INT—ANCIENT LAB

MCKAY

(into radio)

What, so, wiping out the Wraith's food supply is a last-ditch consideration?
BECKETT

(into radio)

I don't believe that for a moment. The Ancients would never create something like this.
MCKAY

(into radio)

That doesn't explain the visions, either.

INT—CONTROL ROOM

WEIR

(into radio)

Okay, for the moment who built the virus is really the least of our concerns.
MCKAY

(into radio)

Good point.

INT—MESS HALL

[Personnel stand nervously around Teyla. Sheppard looks at Peterson's body.]

TEYLA
We have yet to determine how one contracts the virus. It is very possible that none of you have been infected.
CROWN
Then why are you in hazmat suits?
TEYLA
Just as a precaution.
MCKAY

(over radio)

Major Sheppard, this is McKay.
SHEPPARD

(into radio)

What is it?
MCKAY

(over radio)

I could use your help at my lab.
TEYLA
Go. I will be fine.

INT—ANCIENT LAB

MCKAY

(into radio)

Hays and I were infected at the same time. There's only one thing that explains why I survived.
BECKETT
Rodney has the ancient gene. Hays did not.

INT—CONTROL ROOM

WEIR

(into radio)

But Rodney's not an Ancient.
BECKETT

(into radio)

Aye, but he's been inoculated with the A.T.A. gene.

[The conversation switches between McKay and Weir's locations.]

WEIR

(into radio)

You're saying the virus is designed to only kill humans?
MCKAY

(into radio)

Well, I'm human.
BECKETT

(into radio)

Yes, yes. We're making a point, Rodney.
WEIR

(into radio)

So we give everyone the gene therapy?
MCKAY

(into radio)

No, that's not going to do it.

INT—ANCIENT LAB

ZELENKA
I've already been given the gene weeks ago. It didn't take.
MCKAY
I know. I'm already on it.
ZELENKA
The gene therapy is only effective in 48% of recipients.
FORD
If I was given the gene shot right now, how long would it take to kick in?
BECKETT
A minimum of four hours.
FORD
Well, I don't have four hours! I met up with McKay and Hays ninety minutes after they met up with Dumais. I have…a little under an hour before my brain explodes.
BECKETT
Aiden, listen to me. You've been up for almost twenty hours now. You're not thinking straight. Just try to stay calm.
FORD
Calm? You told me I have a million tiny robots running through my veins whose only purpose is to terrorize and kill me! You stay calm.
ZELENKA
We are about to have hallucinations. We are infected, Carson. How do you expect us to act?
FORD
There's got to be another way.
MCKAY
I've already told you, I am working on it.
SHEPPARD

(over radio)

All right, McKay. I'm here.
MCKAY

(into radio)

Do you see it?
SHEPPARD

(over radio)

Is it the big thing in the middle of the room?
MCKAY

(into radio)

Yeah, that's the one.

INT—MCKAY'S LAB

[Sheppard is near a large cylindrical device with warning tape around it. It is an EMP generator.]

SHEPPARD

(into radio)

Should I pay attention to all these warnings?
MCKAY

(into radio)

Not today, no.

INT—ANCIENT LAB

FORD
What are you going to do?
MCKAY
Well, as small as they are, the nanovirus is still effectively just a machine run by a computer. The best way to knock out a computer is with an electromagnetic pulse. Thankfully, that's something we can do.

INT—CONTROL ROOM

[Personnel shut all the laptops in the control room.]

WEIR

(into radio)

We're about through shutting down all the electronic gear we brought from Earth. We're still locked out of the Ancient controls, though. There's no way to power them down.
MCKAY

(over radio)

Well, it's not going to be necessary. The Ancient technology works differently than ours. An EM pulse shouldn't have any long-lasting effect on it.
GRODIN
We're ready.
WEIR

(into radio)

We're all set, Rodney.
MCKAY

(into radio)

Okay…here we go.
WEIR

(into radio)

Wait. How are we going to know if it works?

INT—ANCIENT LAB

MCKAY

(into radio)

Well, Sheppard's dialing up the most powerful pulse the generator can manage. It probably won't make it all the way down here, but it should affect most of the central tower. I imagine once it wipes out the virus, the city should return control of it to you and end the lockdown.
FORD
It won't make it here?
MCKAY

If the pulse works, it'll simply be a matter of walking you down to my lab, sitting you down in front of the EMP, and repeating the process.
(into radio)

Major?

INT—MCKAY'S LAB

[The generator is active and spinning up.]

SHEPPARD

(into radio)

It's working. When I should hit the discharge button?
MCKAY

(over radio)

Okay, there should be a red overload light.
SHEPPARD

(into radio)

Yeah, I see it.
MCKAY

(over radio)

Wait till it comes on, give it a good ten-count, and then discharge.
SHEPPARD

(into radio, incredulous)

A ten-count?

[The conversation switches between McKay and Sheppard's locations.]

MCKAY

(into radio)

Don't worry. I've probably been around more EMPs than anyone.
SHEPPARD

(into radio)

This is going to be— I'm going to be fine, right?
MCKAY

(into radio)

Yes, that's a yes. You'll be fine…

[The red button lights up. Sheppard counts to ten and pushes the discharge button. After a moment the generator starts spinning down.]

INT—CONTROL ROOM

[The Ancient screens are unchanged.]

MCKAY

(over radio)

Anything?
WEIR

(into radio)

Is it possible it might take some time?

[The conversation switches between McKay and Weir's locations.]

MCKAY

(into radio)

Doubtful. Are you still locked out of the Ancient mainframe?

[Grodin tries but still can't access the mainframe.]

WEIR

(into radio)

Got any other ideas?

INT—ANCIENT LAB

FORD

(somberly)

Twenty-nine minutes.

INT—MESS HALL

[The crew stand around nervously. Suddenly many of them start hallucinating. Apparently not affected, Crown approaches Teyla.]

CROWN
It didn't work! It didn't work!
TEYLA
It is still unclear.
CROWN
What's unclear? Either it worked or it didn't.
TEYLA
They are trying to determine—

[Crown starts seeing things.]

CROWN
Okay. Okay. They're everywhere!
TEYLA
You are experiencing a hallucination.

[Everyone is scrabbling madly at themselves and others Crown attacks Teyla, and the two women fly over a table. Teyla lands on broken glass that rips her hazmat suit.]

CROWN
Oh, my God.

INT—MCKAY'S LAB

SHEPPARD

(into radio)

I've already tried that. It's blown.

INT—ANCIENT LAB

MCKAY

(into radio)

That is before we reset the sub-switch.

[The conversation switches between McKay and Sheppard's locations.]

SHEPPARD

(into radio)

Well, maybe we shouldn't have overloaded it so much.
MCKAY

(into radio)

Look, it's fixable. It's fixable. We just need to use a little trial and error.
SHEPPARD

(into radio)

Look, even if we get this thing working who's to say the pulse is going to get any bigger? Ford and Zelenka have twenty minutes before their arteries rupture…Are you sure an EMP will kill this thing?
MCKAY

(into radio)

Yes.
SHEPPARD

(into radio)

All right. I have an idea.

[Sheppard rushes out of the lab.]

INT—ATLANTIS LAB

[Sheppard stands beside an active naquadah generator.]

SHEPPARD

(into radio)

What do you mean, "No"?
WEIR

(over radio)

It's too dangerous.
SHEPPARD

(into radio)

You'd rather lose a third of our population?

INT—CONTROL ROOM

WEIR

(into radio)

We're not there yet, Major.

INT—ATLANTIS LAB

SHEPPARD

(into radio)

We are there! Ford and Zelenka are next. The people in the mess hall have a little over three hours. This is a full-blown outbreak. People are going to keep dying unless we do this.

INT—ANCIENT LAB

MCKAY

(into radio)

Even if we were able to get the EMP generator back online, the chances are slim that we would ever be able to get it powerful enough.

[The conversation switches between Sheppard, McKay and Weir's locations.]

WEIR

(into radio)

Can we bring the infected to the generator?
GRODIN

(into radio)

We can't. The city won't let infected personnel through any of the doors.
MCKAY

(into radio)

The major is right. The only way to create an EMP strong enough to wipe these little guys out is—
WEIR

(into radio)

To detonate a nuclear explosion in the atmosphere, yes. I heard the first time.
MCKAY

(into radio)

I know it sounds severe, but if the major was able to overload a naquadah generator twenty miles above the city, we'd be perfectly safe from a radiological standpoint, and the ensuing blast would be capable of creating a devastating electromagnetic shock wave. Definitely enough to knock this virus out.
GRODIN

(into radio)

Hopefully without destroying all our own computer equipment.
SHEPPARD

(into radio)

It's worth the risk.
WEIR

(into radio)

Okay, you have a go.

INT—ATLANTIS LAB

[Sheppard powers down and disconnects the naquadah generator, then carries it out.]

INT—JUMPER BAY

[A Puddle Jumper rises out of the bay.]

INT—PUDDLE JUMPER

[Sheppard, his hazmat helmet removed, pilots the jumper.]

SHEPPARD

(into radio)

I'm almost in position.

INT—CONTROL ROOM

WEIR

(into radio)

Understood. Will the EM pulse have any effect on the Puddle Jumper?

INT—PUDDLE JUMPER

SHEPPARD

(into radio)

I'm hoping not. Either way, I'm more worried about the shock wave.

INT—CONTROL ROOM

WEIR

(into radio)

Good luck.

INT—PUDDLE JUMPER

SHEPPARD

(into radio)

You too.

INT—ANCIENT LAB

MCKAY

(into radio)

You're only going to have thirty seconds once you release it before it explodes. You need to get as far away as you can.

INT—PUDDLE JUMPER

SHEPPARD

(into radio)

Get as far away from the nuclear explosion as possible. That's good advice, Rodney. Thanks.

INT—ANCIENT LAB

MCKAY

(into radio)

You're welcome.

INT—PUDDLE JUMPER

SHEPPARD

(into radio)

I'm releasing the generator… now.

EXT—SPACE ABOVE ATLANTIS

[The naquadah generator leaves the Jumper and powers up. The Jumper speeds away around the planet.]

INT—CONTROL ROOM

GRODIN
Detonation in 25 seconds. 20 seconds… 15 seconds… Detonation in 10…nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one.

[As he counts down, personnel in the mess hall and lab are seen waiting. Sheppard watches anxiously from the Jumper.]

EXT—SPACE ABOVE ATLANTIS

[The generator explodes, sending out a two-dimensional shock-wave across space.]

INT—PUDDLE JUMPER

[Sheppard sees it coming.]

EXT—SPACE ABOVE ATLANTIS

[The Jumper is overtaken by the shock-waves.]

INT—PUDDLE JUMPER

[Sheppard fights to retain control.]

EXT—ATLANTIS, NIGHT

[The pulse begins.]

INT—ATLANTIS

[The pulse shows itself in beams of light crossing the mess hall and control room.]

INT—CONTROL ROOM

WEIR

(into radio)

Major Sheppard, come in… This is Weir. Please respond.
GRODIN
Communications may have been disrupted by the blast.
WEIR

(into radio)

Major, do you read me?

[Personnel all over the ship wait to hear something.]

INT—PUDDLE JUMPER

SHEPPARD

(into radio)

This is Sheppard. I've cleared the blast. I'm returning home.
WEIR

(over radio)

Glad to hear it, Major.

INT—CONTROL ROOM

SHEPPARD

(over radio)

Did it work?
WEIR

(into radio)

We're about to find out.
MCKAY

(over radio)

We should know almost right away. The pulse only lasts a couple of microseconds—

[The doors have already started opening. Personnel start to open their laptops.]

WEIR

(into radio)

The city is already ahead of us, Rodney. You have a green light to return.

INT—ANCIENT LAB

[McKay sags in relief.]

BECKETT

(to Ford)

You all right?

[Everyone starts congratulating each other. Beckett hugs Ford, who then hugs McKay.]

EXT—ATLANTIS, DAY

INT—WEIR'S OFFICE

[Sheppard sits in front of Weir's desk. She enters.]

WEIR
You okay?
SHEPPARD
Yeah, just a little nuke. Nothin', really.
WEIR
The naquadah generator plan was very clever. Good work.
SHEPPARD
Thank you. Now I'm going to bed.

[He gets up to leave.]

WEIR
We need to discuss what happened earlier.
SHEPPARD
Now?
WEIR
That can never happen again.
SHEPPARD
Look, I'm sorry about—
WEIR
I understand your expertise in military matters, and I agree that I should defer to those expertise in such situations…
SHEPPARD
Thank you.
WEIR
But you are not the one who decides what is and what is not a military situation. Now, both General O'Neill and Colonel Sumner warned me that you don't respect the proper chain of command.
SHEPPARD
Well, sometimes I see a situation a little different than they do—
WEIR
No, listen to me, John. Now, you endangered yourself and the lives of many others.
SHEPPARD
Because I thought it was the best course of action to take. And, by the way, I saved your ass.
WEIR
I know you did…but you have to trust me.
SHEPPARD

(nodding)

I do.
WEIR
Do you?

[McKay and Beckett arrive.]

MCKAY
You guys have a minute? We've been able to spend some quality time with the nanovirus samples.
BECKETT
From what we can tell, they've all been incapacitated.
WEIR
Well, that's good news.
MCKAY
Yes, also, upon further investigation, I think we can rule out that they were created by the Wraith. They're different than any Wraith technology we've come across thus far.
SHEPPARD
If not the Wraith…then who made them?
MCKAY
I honestly don't know. Whoever they were, let's just hope that they're not still around.
WEIR
Let's hope.

FADE OUT

END CREDITS

Transcribed for Solutions by Michelle, January, 2011.

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