SGA 2.04 "Duet" Transcript

From StargateWiki
Jump to: navigation, search
2.04 "Duet"

Episode Guide

SGA 2.04 "Duet" Episode Guide

Précis

A technical glitch during their rescue from a Wraith ship forces McKay and Lt. Cadman to coexist inside McKay's body.

Guide | Transcript

Transcript

TEASER

EXT—STARGATE CLEARING ON PLANET, DAY

[Several Marines are guarding the Stargate, which stands in the open on a grassy hillside. There is smoke rising from the trees in the background and evidence of burnt buildings in front of the gate.]

EXT—FOREST ON PLANET, DAY

[Sheppard and two marines are making their way through the forest.]

SHEPPARD
All right. I'm about ready to call this one. Doesn't look like there are any survivors.

EXT—FOREST ON PLANET, DAY

[In another part of the forest, Teyla, Lorne and a Marine are walking past the remains of a settlement.]

TEYLA
The cullings are getting more and more intense.
SHEPPARD

(over radio)

You said it yourself…

EXT—FOREST ON PLANET, DAY

[Sheppard and two marines are making their way through the forest.]

SHEPPARD

(into radio)

Too many Wraith woke up at the same time. Too many mouths to feed, or hands to feed.

EXT—FOREST ON PLANET, DAY

[In another part of the forest, Teyla, Lorne and a Marine are walking past the remains of a settlement.]

LORNE
We're heading back to the 'gate. Meet you there?

EXT—OPEN AREA ON PLANET, DAY

[McKay, Beckett and Cadman are walking across the field.]

SHEPPARD

(over radio)

Sounds like a plan. McKay, Beckett, you having any luck?
BECKETT
Negative, Colonel. We haven't found anyone.
SHEPPARD

(over radio)

Make your way back to the 'gate.

EXT—FOREST ON PLANET, DAY

[Sheppard and two marines are making their way through the forest.]

BECKETT

(over radio)

Will do. Beckett out.

EXT—OPEN AREA ON PLANET, DAY

[McKay, Beckett and Cadman are walking across the field.]

CADMAN
So, maybe you should pick some wild flowers from around here. I think she'd get a kick out of that.
MCKAY
What are you talking about?
CADMAN
You've got a date tomorrow night with Katie Brown, right? She's a botanist. She never gets to go off-world.
BECKETT
What's this now?
MCKAY
It's nothing. Nothing.
BECKETT

(snickering)

You have a date, Rodney? With a woman?
MCKAY

(testily)

It is simply two adults sharing some friendly… Yes, with a woman!
CADMAN
Well, she's excited about it. I'm not sure why, though.
MCKAY
How would you know?
CADMAN
Girls' poker night. I know a lot of things, McKay.
MCKAY
And I'm sure it is none of your business. This is inappropriate field conversation.
CADMAN
What? I was just suggesting you might want to pick flowers.

[A buzzing can be heard in the distance.]

MCKAY
Yes, and maybe you should just do your job, which is to protect us…
CADMAN
Shut up.

[The buzzing getting louder.]

MCKAY
Shut up? Let me tell you something…
CADMAN
Hey, stop speaking!

[They stop and listen.]

CADMAN
Dart.

EXT—FOREST ON PLANET, DAY

[Sheppard stops to listen to Cadman's report.]

CADMAN

(over radio)

We have a Dart incoming.

EXT—FOREST ON PLANET, DAY

[In another part of the forest, Teyla, Lorne and the Marine break into a run

EXT—OPEN AREA ON PLANET, DAY

[Cadman signals to Beckett and McKay.]

CADMAN
Move it!

[The three break into a run.]

EXT—FOREST ON PLANET, DAY

[Sheppard signals to the Marines to run.]

SHEPPARD
If it's seen us, it'll blow Atlantis' cover.

EXT—FOREST ON PLANET, DAY

[Teyla and Lorne are running through the forest.]

SHEPPARD

(over radio)

Anyone get a clear shot, you take it. Understand?

EXT—OPEN AREA ON PLANET, DAY

[Cadman, Beckett and McKay are running across the open space together. The Dart is in the sky behind them, heading in the same direction. Cadman pushes Beckett out of the way and he falls to the ground.]

CADMAN
Scatter!

[As Beckett lies on the ground, McKay and Cadman continue running. The Dart activates its beam and both of them are caught and disappear. Beckett watches the Dart fly away.]

EXT—STARGATE CLEARING ON PLANET, DAY

[The Stargate activates, the Marines are on alert and Sheppard takes up a position directly in front of the open wormhole.]

EXT—CLEARING ON PLANET, DAY

[Teyla, Lorne and the other Marine enter the clearing. As the Dart flies overhead, Teyla and the Marine fire their P-90s at it. Lorne fires the rocket launcher he has been carrying on his shoulder, but the shot hits a tree.]

TEYLA

(into radio)

It is heading towards the gate.

EXT—STARGATE CLEARING ON PLANET, DAY

[A Marine is pacing in front of the Stargate.]

TEYLA

(over radio)

We damaged it, but it is still on its way.

[Beckett comes running across the clearing.]

BECKETT
Wait! McKay and Cadman have been beamed aboard that Dart.
SHEPPARD
We can't risk the Dart making it back to the Hive ship.

[The Dart flies directly towards the Stargate and Sheppard and the Marines open fire. Smoke pours from one of the Dart's engines as it careens towards the hillside and Beckett.]

BECKETT
Oh, God.

[Narrowly missing Beckett who throws himself to the ground, the Dart crashes on the hilltop. Sheppard and the Marines run towards the crash site. Beckett lifts himself from the dirt and surveys the burning wreckage in front of him.]

END TEASER

OPENING CREDITS

EXT—STARGATE CLEARING ON PLANET, DAY

[As Beckett approaches the smoking wreckage of the crashed Dart, the cockpit opens. Beckett raises his sidearm and walks slowly towards the ship. The Wraith at the controls is badly injured. As Beckett and the Wraith exchange looks, Beckett lowers his gun and raises his other hand in a gesture of conciliation.]

BECKETT
I'm a doctor. I can help.

[The Wraith reaches towards the control panel of the Dart. As it does so, it is hit by a barrage of gunfire. Sheppard and the Marines have arrived on the scene.]

BECKETT
What the hell do you think you're doing?
SHEPPARD
He was reaching for the self-destruct.
BECKETT
He's the only one that could get Cadman and McKay out!
SHEPPARD
I seriously doubt he'd oblige.

[Teyla, Lorne and the Marine arrive at the scene.]

BECKETT
Well, we'll never know now, will we?
TEYLA
Is everyone all right?
SHEPPARD
We're fine. Hansen, radio Atlantis. I want Zelenka here ASAP. We've got a problem.

[Later. The crash site is ringed by Marines as a group of scientists work on the Dart.]

BECKETT
Colonel!

[Sheppard approaches where Beckett and Zelenka are working at the back of the Dart. They have a laptop computer wired into the wreckage. Sparks suddenly start flying as Zelenka performs an operation on the computer and he jumps in fright.]

SHEPPARD
First time off-world?
ZELENKA

(nervously)

Yes.
SHEPPARD
Well, if there were any more Wraith, they would have attacked us by now.
ZELENKA
Really?
SHEPPARD
If it makes you feel better. Did you find what we want?
ZELENKA
Uh, well, yes, but it's very complex. This interface controls the machine that dematerializes people, stores their information, and then rematerializes them again when commanded to.
SHEPPARD
Great. Command it to.
ZELENKA
Uh, I can't.
BECKETT
From what we can tell the materializer is storing two life-signs.
ZELENKA
Yes.
SHEPPARD
Which is good.
ZELENKA
Yes, but there is only enough power in the Dart's energy cell to successfully re-materialize one of them.

[The computer screen shows two white blips.]

ZELENKA
Power to the re-materializer has been completely severed, and emergency backup power is completely run down.
SHEPPARD
Okay.
ZELENKA
You have to decide which one we are going to beam out.
BECKETT
It's a terrible choice to have to make.
SHEPPARD
It's easy. Beam out McKay. He'll figure it out how to get Cadman free.
ZELENKA
No. No, sorry. I was unclear.
BECKETT
There's no way of telling which is which.
ZELENKA
Yes. They just read as life-signs.
SHEPPARD
Perfect.

[Sheppard regards the screen for a moment then points.]

SHEPPARD

All right, that one. Go.
(to the people standing nearby)

Stand aside.

[Everyone stands back from the rear of the Dart. As Zelenka performs an operation on the computer, the re-materialization beam activates and McKay appears.]

SHEPPARD
Rodney, you okay?
MCKAY
Mm.

[McKay faints and Beckett rushes to him.]

BECKETT
His pulse is stable but I need to get him back to Atlantis.
SHEPPARD
Teyla and Lorne, help the doc get back to the city with McKay. I'll stay here with Zelenka and try and bring as much of the Dart back as possible.

[Teyla, Beckett and Lorne struggle to lift McKay.]

EXT—ATLANTIS, DAY

INT—ATLANTIS INFIRMARY

[McKay is still unconscious, now lying in a hospital bed under a scanner with electrodes attached to his head.</blockquote>

BECKETT
All of his vitals are stable. His body's reacting like he's been struck by a Wraith stunner.
WEIR
So you think once the initial shock is over, we'll have the old McKay back?
BECKETT
I'm afraid so.

[Beckett and Weir smile.]

BECKETT
Have they had any luck with the wreckage?
WEIR
No. Lieutenant Cadman is still in there somewhere. Did you know her well?
BECKETT
No, not really. She's with the new batch that came aboard the Daedalus. She seemed quite lovely, though. She saved my life.
WEIR
Well, you'll be the first person I call when we find her.
BECKETT
Thank you.

[Weir leaves the infirmary.]

INT—ATLANTIS HANGAR

[A scientist is removing the materializer interface from the remains of the Dart. Several other scientists work on various things around the hangar.]

SCIENTIST

Ugh!

(mutters in German).
SHEPPARD
How's it coming?
ZELENKA
Well, the good news is we were able to stabilize her life-sign signature. Now it's just a question of getting the machine on-line again.
SHEPPARD
Great. How do we power it up?
ZELENKA

Well, that's the bad news. The machine uses a very specialized transformer to convert raw power into highly stable, very specific stream of power. Now, the transformer's crucial in operating the machine safely, and, uh, it's been

damaged.

[Zelenka shows Sheppard a container holding several pieces of twisted, charred metal.]

SHEPPARD
I don't suppose there are any spares in the trunk?
ZELENKA
We're working on reverse-engineering one.
SHEPPARD
Good. Let me know the second you have something.
ZELENKA
(gives instruction to the other scientists in Czech)

INT—ATLANTIS MESS

[Ronon is eating a large plate of food with his fingers. Sheppard enters the mess and sits at the table opposite him.]

SHEPPARD
Not bad, huh?
RONON
It's fine.
SHEPPARD
So, what do you think of Atlantis?
RONON
It's fine.
SHEPPARD
Have you thought about what you want to do after you're done here?
RONON
Do you want me to leave?
SHEPPARD
No, no. Stay as long as you like. I'm just saying, uh, you know your way around. You can take care of yourself in a fight. You hate the Wraith as much as we do.

[Ronon looks at him pointedly.]

SHEPPARD

Okay, maybe more than we do. The point is, we could use a guy like you around here and you look like you could use a place to

stay.

[Ronon casts a look over his shoulder at the Marine guarding him.]

RONON
I'm not sure I fit in here.
SHEPPARD
There's only one way to find out.
RONON
Do I have to decide now, or can I finish eating?
SHEPPARD

Take your time. And, uh…
(offering a knife and fork)

…try these. They work great.

[Ronon takes the cutlery from Sheppard and resumes eating.]

INT—ATLANTIS INFIRMARY

[McKay wakes with a groan. Beckett, who has been tending to another patient, comes to his bedside.]

MCKAY
Hello. Oh…
BECKETT
How are you feeling, Rodney?
MCKAY
Um… terrible. What happened?
BECKETT
You were scooped up by a Dart.
BECKETT
Oh, great. How'd I get out?
MCKAY
It's a long story, but I'm glad to see you're doing well.
CADMAN

(voice)

Hello? Dr. Beckett?
MCKAY
Is that Cadman?
CADMAN

(voice)

Dr. McKay?

[McKay looks around the infirmary.]

MCKAY
Where is she?
CADMAN

(voice)

I'm right here.
BECKETT
Lieutenant Cadman is still trapped in the Dart.
CADMAN

(voice)

What?
MCKAY
Who said that?
BECKETT
I did.
MCKAY
You said "what?"
BECKETT
I said Lieutenant Cadman is still trapped inside the Dart.
MCKAY
No, no, no. Did you just say the word "what?"
BECKETT
No, I didn't.
CADMAN

(voice)

McKay?
MCKAY
Yes. Where are you?
BECKETT
I'm right here.
MCKAY
No, no, I'm talking to Cadman. Shut up for a second.
BECKETT
She's not here, Rodney.
CADMAN

(voice)

Yes, I am.
MCKAY
You didn't just hear that? You didn't just hear Lieutenant Cadman?
BECKETT
No, I didn't.
MCKAY

Head set!
(checks his ears)

Not wearing a head set.
CADMAN

(voice)

McKay, where are you?
MCKAY
I'm right in front of Carson.
CADMAN

(voice)

Oh, no. Put your hands over your eyes.
MCKAY
Why?
CADMAN

(voice)

Just do it!
BECKETT
Lieutenant Cadman is still trapped inside the Dart, and I think maybe you're experiencing some sort of…

[McKay puts his hands over his eyes.]

BECKETT
Rodney, what are you doing?
CADMAN

(voice)

Oh, this is terrible.
MCKAY
What's terrible?
CADMAN

(voice)

I can see that. I can see your hands over your eyes as if they were my eyes.

[McKay uncovers his eyes.]

MCKAY
Carson. Hi.
BECKETT
Hello.
MCKAY
Who got us out of the Dart?
BECKETT
Zelenka. But he only got you out. Lieutenant Cadman is still trapped inside the Dart.
MCKAY

(shaking his head)

No, no, no, no, no, no, no.
CADMAN

(voice)

This cannot be happening.
MCKAY
Cadman's not trapped in the Dart.
BECKETT
Excuse me?
MCKAY

(pointing at his head)

She's in here.

INT—ATLANTIS HANGAR

[McKay takes a piece of metal from the box holding the remains of the power transformer. Sheppard, Weir and Beckett are looking on.]

MCKAY
Oh, nice work.
ZELENKA
We were running out of power. I knew hardly anything about the machine. Who would have thought this could be one of the side effects?
MCKAY
So instead of waiting to understand what it was that you were doing you just sort of mashed on the keyboard, hoping something would happen?
ZELENKA
You're alive, aren't you?
CADMAN

(voice)

Ask him if he knows how to fix it.
MCKAY
He doesn't know how to fix it.
ZELENKA
What?
MCKAY

(pointing at his head)

Talking to her.
WEIR
So you can hear her thoughts?
MCKAY
No, no, not her thoughts, thank God. I can hear when she's speaking, or when, I suppose, she's trying to speak.
WEIR
Are you sure he should have been discharged from the infirmary Carson?
BECKETT
According to the MRI, he's as healthy as he ever was.
CADMAN

(voice)

It doesn't feel very healthy in here.
MCKAY

Well, we can't all be track stars, now, can we?
(to the others present)

It was her again.
SHEPPARD
Maybe there's something wrong an MRI wouldn't pick up, if you know what I mean.
MCKAY
I'm not crazy. I just have another consciousness in my brain.
SHEPPARD
So he just looks crazy?
MCKAY
I'm sure I do, but only because Dr. Fumbles McStupid over here was in way over his head.
ZELENKA
Yes. Yes! I made a mistake trying to save your life! Now, do you want to try to fix it or do you want to continue to berate me some more?
MCKAY
I am perfectly capable of doing both at the same time. Now, I assume you've tried to run one of our own generators…
ZELENKA
It's not as simple as that.
CADMAN

(voice)

Why not?
ZELENKA
The trick is having it interface with the Wraith machine in real time. The power fluctuations are, are huge. If we overshoot just a little…
CADMAN

(voice)

Wait. What does that mean?
ZELENKA
…we're screwed up.
MCKAY
Okay, okay. I'm sure if maybe we can write an interface program that can take care of all…
CADMAN

(voice)

Hello? Rodney? Will you please answer me?
MCKAY
Here's what I want us to try.
CADMAN

(voice)

Rodney?
MCKAY
We'll take a, um…
CADMAN

(voice)

Rodney?
MCKAY
A naquadah generator…
CADMAN

(voice)

Rodney!
MCKAY
And, um…
CADMAN

(voice)

Rodney!
MCKAY
And, uh…
CADMAN

(voice)

Rodney!
MCKAY

(shouting)

Yes! What?

[Everyone looks at McKay in surprise.]

CADMAN

(voice)

Stop ignoring me.
MCKAY

(frustrated)

Well, stop asking stupid questions.
BECKETT
Rodney?
MCKAY
I will get you out of here, okay? But just be a good little girlie and keep quiet.
CADMAN

(voice)

Don't you dare condescend me. This is as much my problem as it is yours.
MCKAY
And do you have a degree in physics? Hmm? Well, what about mechanical engineering?
WEIR
Rodney?
MCKAY

(snaps)
Yes?
(calming down)

Sorry. I'm sorry. What? Please?
WEIR
Why don't we let Zelenka handle this?
MCKAY
I, I'm fine.
SHEPPARD
No, you're not.
WEIR
And I'd like you to talk to Dr. Heightmeyer.
MCKAY
I think it would be more useful if I was to…
WEIR
Rodney. I'm not asking you.

[McKay looks around the room at everyone staring at him.]

MCKAY
Fine.

[McKay leaves the hangar.]

INT—ATLANTIS CORRIDOR

[McKay is walking along, appearing to talk to himself.]

CADMAN

(voice)

Oh, stop sulking. You're acting like a two-year-old.
MCKAY
This is your fault, you know.
CADMAN

(voice)

How do you figure that?
MCKAY
All you had to do was keep your mouth shut while I was working.
CADMAN

(voice)

You have no idea what it's like in here, okay?

[Katie Brown steps into the corridor behind McKay. McKay stops walking and she watches him seemingly talking to himself.]

MCKAY
Yes. Yes, I do. I know exactly what it's like in here because I live in here. I like it here.
KATIE
Rodney?
CADMAN

(voice)

Be cool.
MCKAY
Katie? Hi.
KATIE
Is everything okay?
MCKAY
Yes. Yes, everything is just fine. I was just, uh…
CADMAN

(voice)

Talking on the radio. Talking on the radio!
MCKAY
Talking on the radio. You're well, I take it?
KATIE
I, uh, heard you ran into some trouble off-world today?
MCKAY
Oh, yes. Yes, yes, yes, but everything's fine now. It's all been sorted out. Back to normal.
KATIE
Good. So we're still on for tomorrow?
MCKAY
Yes, yes. Yes, I tell you, I'm very much looking forward to it. In fact, I'm sure it'll be a, you know, a wonderful…evening, and whatnot.
KATIE
Right. Well, I'll see you then.

[Katie walks away, turning back to give McKay a confused glance.]

CADMAN

(voice)

You really know nothing about women, do you?
MCKAY
I know plenty.
CADMAN

(voice)

Maybe this is a good thing.
MCKAY
Excuse me?
CADMAN

(voice)

I could teach you a thing or two about the opposite sex, McKay. Lord knows you need it.
MCKAY
This is hell. This is my own personal hell.

[McKay strides off down the corridor.]

INT—ATLANTIS GYM

[Sheppard looks on while Ronon is sparring with four Marines, punching them and throwing them to the mat on the floor.]

SHEPPARD
All right. Let's try that again.

[One of the Marines looks up at Sheppard from the mat.]

MARINE
How about you try that again… Sir?
SHEPPARD
Maybe that's enough for today.

INT—ATLANTIS, HEIGHTMEYER'S OFFICE

[Rodney is sitting opposite Heightmeyer on a sofa.]

MCKAY
And how do you feel you're qualified to help us with this problem, huh?
HEIGHTMEYER
I'm not. Who could be? This was not covered in medical school. But I have spent quite some time as a couples therapist.
CADMAN

(voice)

Ha. We're not a couple.
MCKAY
In any sense of the definition, not a couple.
CADMAN

(voice)

No.
HEIGHTMEYER
In physics, a couple is defined as a pair of forces equal in magnitude, acting in opposite directions.

[McKay rolls his eyes.]

HEIGHTMEYER
So you don't feel that applies here?
MCKAY
That's very clever, but we're not equal forces.
CADMAN

(voice)

Watch it.
MCKAY
And what I mean by that is that she's just a voice in my head. I have control of the body.
CADMAN

(voice)

I've seen your body, McKay. You can keep it.
HEIGHTMEYER
How do you know that? She been able to access the part of your brain that creates speech and controls hearing. Why not movement?
MCKAY
Well, if she could've, she would have by now.
HEIGHTMEYER
Maybe you need to release control.
MCKAY
Why would I do that?
HEIGHTMEYER
Because, like it or not, you're sharing that body. The roles could have easily been reversed, Rodney. You could be trapped inside her body and wouldn't you like a chance to, say, talk to others without having to go through her?
CADMAN

(voice)

Yeah!
MCKAY
Maybe.
CADMAN

(voice)

Maybe?
MCKAY
Okay, yes! I would want that.
HEIGHTMEYER
So let her.
MCKAY
Oh.
HEIGHTMEYER
Close your eyes. Take deep breaths and stop trying to control everything for a second.

[McKay closes his eyes.]

MCKAY

(as Cadman)

Hello? Hello?
HEIGHTMEYER
Laura?
MCKAY

(as Cadman)

Oh, this is weird, hearing his voice when I speak.
HEIGHTMEYER
Can you move?
MCKAY

(as Cadman)

I don't know. Let me try.

[McKay lifts his hand and wiggles his fingers, then suddenly snaps his eyes open.]

MCKAY
Okay. That's enough of that.
CADMAN

(voice)

Oh, come on.
HEIGHTMEYER
Dr. McKay, we were just starting to make progress.
MCKAY
Well, progress won't be necessary if we can get her out of here. Now, I've calmed down. So has she. Now let me get back to work.
CADMAN

(voice)

Okay.
MCKAY
Really? Oh, she's fine with this, by the way.
HEIGHTMEYER
Sort of.
MCKAY
So, yeah. Should I…

[McKay gets up and hurries from the room.]

INT—ATLANTIS ARMORY

[Sheppard is showing Ronon a variety of weapons.]

SHEPPARD
This is a P-90. It's a compact, lightweight, incredibly sturdy, fully…

[Ronon picks up a P-90 and fires a barrage at a paper target, all of them hitting their mark.]

SHEPPARD
Good. That's… ahem, good. All right, uh… This is a nine millimeter, semiautomatic…

[Ronon picks up a nine millimeter and fires off eight shots at a target, again all of them hitting their mark.]

SHEPPARD

(smiling)

That's good, too.
RONON
I prefer this.

[Ronon pulls out his blast weapon and fires a hole through the center of the target.]

SHEPPARD
I can see why you would.

INT—ATLANTIS HANGAR

[McKay and Zelenka are looking intently at a computer screen and technicians work on the Dart wreckage and at terminals around them.]

MCKAY

All right. Let's give this bad boy a try.
(to the German scientist)

Start her up, but slowly ease her into it.
ZELENKA
No, no, no, no. It's not ready. Some of these calculations are not right.
MCKAY
Maybe you just don't understand them.

[A small explosion in the Dart wreckage sprays sparks and leaves a plume of smoke in the room. The scientist starts speaking in German in the background as she gets things under control.]

MCKAY
What the hell happened?!
SCIENTIST
We started it up.
MCKAY

(furious)

I said, "Slowly ease her into it!"
SCIENTIST
I was at three percent.
ZELENKA
The power requirements are delicate. We should have run more simulations before we…
MCKAY
Yes, yes! Twenty-twenty hindsight.
ZELENKA
You shouldn't be here.
MCKAY
I'm sorry?
ZELENKA

(firmly)

I'm telling you, these calculations are wrong. Having two consciousnesses inside of a single brain must be very taxing.
MCKAY
Listen…
ZELENKA
You're making mistakes.

[Zelenka holds up a tablet screen and shows it to McKay.]

ZELENKA
Now, leave it to me before you do more harm than good.

[McKay walks away.]

EXT—ATLANTIS, NIGHT

INT—ATLANTIS CORRIDOR

[McKay is walking along the corridor, rubbing his eyes tiredly. Sheppard comes up behind him.]

SHEPPARD
You're up late.
MCKAY
Mm. I, uh… couldn't sleep I was trying to clear my head.
SHEPPARD
I hear the transformer test didn't go so well.
MCKAY
Well, you heard right.
SHEPPARD
Uh, listen, I wanted you to know that I gave the command to take the Dart down.
MCKAY
Look, as much as I'd like to pretend that this is remotely your fault, the thought of what would've happened if you hadn't shot the Dart down is, uh…
SHEPPARD
So… We're cool?
MCKAY
No, you're cool. I'm fine.
SHEPPARD
You should get some sleep.
CADMAN

(voice)

I could actually use some rest, Rodney.
MCKAY

(pointing at his head)

She says she's tired.
SHEPPARD
Good night.

[Sheppard walks away.]

INT—ATLANTIS, MCKAY'S QUARTERS

[The door slides open and McKay enters, drops his headset on the table, and lies down on the bed. He appears to fall asleep, but then opens his eyes. He gets up, checks his body, then partially opens the zipper on his top.]

INT—ATLANTIS INFIRMARY

[Beckett is sitting at a computer, drinking a cup of something while he works. McKay enters and stands in front of Beckett, one hand on his hip.]

MCKAY

(as Cadman)

Busy?
BECKETT
No, no. Come in. How are you feeling?
MCKAY

(as Cadman)
(grinning)

Fine.
BECKETT
Really?
MCKAY

(as Cadman)

Mm. Mainly because of Cadman. She's calming, you know? Between you and me, I am damn lucky it was her.
BECKETT
Should you, uh…
MCKAY

(as Cadman)

Oh, she's asleep, can't hear a thing.
BECKETT
Oh, well, yes, then. She seems like a lovely lady.
MCKAY

(as Cadman)
(patting Beckett's hand)

Oh, that is so nice.

[Beckett looks uncomfortably at McKay's hand on his.]

MCKAY

(as Cadman)
(pulling his hand away)

Ahem. Hey, um… You want to, uh, do me a favor? You know, you want to ride shotgun on this date tomorrow night?
BECKETT
With Dr. Brown?
MCKAY

(as Cadman)

Katie.
BECKETT
You're going through with it?
MCKAY

(as Cadman)

Well, I've canceled on her so many times. I don't want to mess this up.
BECKETT

(confused)

But what do you want me to do?
MCKAY

(as Cadman)

Listen, I don't think it's any big secret that I am terrible with women. Having someone there to cut me off when I start making a fool of myself would be a great help. I'd consider it a personal favor.
BECKETT
Okay, Rodney. Fine.
MCKAY

(as Cadman)

Great.

[McKay slaps Beckett on the chest and turns to walk out. He stops and waves back.]

MCKAY

(as Cadman)

And thanks.

[Beckett looks mystified when McKay leaves.]

EXT—ATLANTIS, DAY

INT—ATLANTIS, CADMAN'S QUARTERS

[McKay wakes up, disoriented because he is clearly not in his own quarters.]

MCKAY
Where am I?

[He glances around and notices that he is naked under a sheet.]

MCKAY
Where are my clothes?
CADMAN

(voice)

Uhh… can't we sleep just a little longer?
MCKAY

(grabbing his watch)

It is 2:00 in the afternoon. Where the hell are we?
CADMAN

(voice)

We're in my room. Your mattress sucks.
MCKAY
That is a prescription mattress. I need that for my back. Now, how the hell did we get here?
CADMAN

(voice)

I walked here, while you were sleeping.
MCKAY
You did what?
CADMAN

(voice)

Yeah, it was a lot easier to use your body when you were asleep.
MCKAY
Pants. Where are my pants?
CADMAN

(voice)

They're over on the chair.

[McKay goes to get out of bed, wrapping the sheet around himself.]

CADMAN

(voice)

Seen it.
MCKAY
We have got to set some boundaries.
CADMAN

(voice)

Yeah. I'm sorry about that. I'm kind of used to sleeping in the buff.
MCKAY
Okay, you've crossed a line here, Cadman.
CADMAN

(voice)

I guarantee it was more traumatic for me.

[McKay struggles to stand, wincing in pain.]

MCKAY
Why are my legs burning?
CADMAN

(voice)

Oh, I sorta took us for a run before we went to bed.
MCKAY
Oh, why in the world would you do that?
CADMAN

(voice)

Because it helps me unwind.
MCKAY
Okay, okay, this is very important. Did you ingest any citrus? I, I am, I'm deathly allergic to citrus.
CADMAN

(voice)

Uh-oh.
MCKAY
"Uh-oh?"
CADMAN

(snickering)

Rodney, look, I worked out, I came here, and I went to bed. Jeez, loosen up.
MCKAY
I would love to, but every muscle in my body is sore from your stupid workout.
CADMAN

(voice)

So, uh, what's on the board for today?
MCKAY
More of the same. Why? You have any ideas?
CADMAN
Yeah, actually, I do.

[McKay fumbles with his underwear behind the sheet.]

MCKAY
Don't look.

INT—ATLANTIS GYM

[Teyla and Ronon are sparring with Bantos rods. The door opens and Sheppard enters.]

SHEPPARD
I thought we were supposed to be sparring today.
TEYLA
You were late, so Ronon and I…

[Ronon knocks a rod from Teyla's hand as she turns her head to speak to Sheppard. The other rod flies from her grip too, Ronon grabs her by the throat and throws her to the mat, pinning her on her back with his rod in her face. Sheppard rushes over, grabs the rod and pushes Ronon away.]

SHEPPARD
What the hell do you think you're doing?
RONON
I wouldn't have hurt her.
SHEPPARD
Well, it sure the hell looked like you were going to.

[Ronon walks away.]

SHEPPARD
You okay?
TEYLA
I am fine.

[Ronon walks out of the gym, followed by his two guards.]

TEYLA
I told him that he did not have to go easy on me.
SHEPPARD
You've got to be careful what you say to this guy.

INT—ATLANTIS, CADMAN'S QUARTERS

[McKay is sitting on the bed, tying his shoelaces.]

MCKAY
No, it is completely out of the question.
CADMAN

(voice)

Why? You'd rather go it alone?
MCKAY
Oh, yes, imagine that. I'd rather go it alone.
CADMAN

(voice)

Well, consider the opportunity, right? To have a woman there with you, helping you out, feeding you lines. I really think you could learn something.
MCKAY
Thank for the offer, Cyrano, but I think I'll pass.
CADMAN

(voice)

I was there when you bumped into her, okay? I felt how nervous and awkward you were.
MCKAY
I'm sure that has nothing to do with my current situation.
CADMAN

(voice)

Come on, Rodney, let me do this for you. Maybe this is why this happened.
MCKAY
This is why this happened?
CADMAN

(voice)

Yeah.
MCKAY
Are you insane?
CADMAN
Considering our situation here, I think I've been extremely reasonable. I can make this a living hell for you, Rodney. This is something I want to do, and we're doing it.

EXT—ATLANTIS, NIGHT

INT—ATLANTIS, TEYLA'S QUARTERS

[Teyla is doing stretching exercises on her bed. The door opens, revealing Ronon standing outside. His two guards are behind him. Teyla sits up.]

RONON
I wanted to apologize.
TEYLA
Come in.

[Ronon enters.]

TEYLA

Do not worry Ronon. It was… impressive.
(offering him a seat)

Please.

[Ronon sits on a chair, facing Teyla.]

TEYLA
How are you finding your training?
RONON
You mean my test?
TEYLA

(concerned)

Is that what you think?
RONON
Am I wrong?
TEYLA
Colonel Sheppard believes you can be of great help to us.
RONON
Why did you join them?
TEYLA
My people are strong and proud, but Atlantis is the best hope for us all. I suspect you see it, too, or you would have already left.

INT—ATLANTIS, KATIE'S QUARTERS

[Katie is putting an extra place at the table that she had set for dinner.]

BECKETT
I am so sorry. I thought he told you that I'd be joining you for dinner.
KATIE
Well, he has been under a lot of stress lately.
BECKETT
Yes. In fact, that's why I'm here.
KATIE
Is he all right?

[The door open and McKay enters.]

MCKAY
I'm late. Sorry. Hi.
KATIE
Carson kept me company. Sit down. The first course is all set to go.
MCKAY
Carson.
BECKETT
Rodney.
MCKAY

(confused)

What are you doing here?
BECKETT

(equally confused)

You invited me.
MCKAY
Oh, I did? Did I? Yes!
KATIE
Please, sit.

[Katie serves Beckett salad while McKay starts eating.]

CADMAN

(voice)

Don't start eating, you idiot! Make a toast first.
MCKAY

(whispers)
Yes. Yes. Yes…
(aloud)
A toast.
(raising his wineglass to Katie)

To you. We've been working together for… some time now, a short time, but, um, in that time, I've often found our interchanges very, um…

[Katie and Beckett exchange awkward looks.]

MCKAY
Ah… what I mean to say is that you are very funny and smart and… and, uh… And from what I can tell, you, you make a delicious salad. So… to you.

[Katie smiles.]

BECKETT
Yes. Cheers.
CADMAN

(voice)

All right, good. That wasn't so bad. She's obviously into you, so at least we have that working for us. Now, I was thinking that we…

[McKay begins drinking down his glass of wine.]

CADMAN

(voice)

Wait, McKay. McKay.

[Katie looks uncomfortable at McKay.]

CADMAN

(voice)
Stop drinking the wine. You're going to get drunk. Actually, wait, yes! You need that to loosen up a bit.

Finish it off!

[McKay drains the glass.]

CADMAN

(voice)

Good boy. Yeah.

[Katie and Beckett are eating in silence.]

CADMAN

(voice)

Say something, McKay. Come on, say something that'll start a conversation.
MCKAY
So, um… Do you, uh… um…
KATIE

(expectantly)

Yes?
MCKAY
I forgot what I was going to say. What was it? Um…

[McKay stands up, one hand on his hip.]

MCKAY

(as Cadman)

Okay, this is ridiculous.

[McKay walks around the table to where Katie is sitting and takes her hand in his.]

MCKAY

(as Cadman)

Katie. I really like you. In fact, the past few months here have been made more livable, thanks to you. I wanted tonight to be special, but for reasons I can't go into now, I've got to leave.
KATIE

Oh.
(standing up)

I'm sorry to hear that.
MCKAY

(as Cadman)

But I don't want you to be insulted or to wonder whether or not I am interested in you, because I am. I am very, very interested.

[McKay takes Katie in his arms, dips her and kisses her, then he stands her up again and releases her.]

MCKAY

(as Cadman)

See you soon.

[McKay turns around and puts one hand on Beckett's face for a moment, then walks out.]

INT—ATLANTIS CORRIDOR

[McKay is walking along the corridor, seemingly talking to himself.]

MCKAY
Give me back my body. We have to go back.
MCKAY

(as Cadman)

And do what? I bet that is the most honest you've ever been with a girl, and it wasn't even you.

[McKay struggles to regain control of his body.]

MCKAY
I can't believe you're doing this.
MCKAY

(as Cadman)

We just tried to do too much too fast, McKay.

[McKay continues to struggle to turn around.]

MCKAY
Please. Please, go back.
MCKAY

(as Cadman)

Nope.
MCKAY
Uh, uh…rock, paper, scissors. I'm the left hand, you're the right. Cadman…
MCKAY

(as Cadman)

Fine.

[McKay plays rock, paper, scissors with himself, the left hand forming rock and the right forming paper.]

MCKAY

(as Cadman)

Yay! Paper beats rock. We leave.
MCKAY
No. We…

[McKay slaps himself on the face.]

MCKAY
Ow!
MCKAY

(as Cadman)

Get ahold of yourself, man.
ZELENKA

(over the public address system)

Dr. McKay, report to the hangar. Dr. McKay, report to the hangar.
MCKAY
Hello. That's us.

[McKay turns around awkwardly.]

MCKAY
Thank you.

[McKay walks off down the corridor.]

INT—ATLANTIS HANGAR

[A scientist puts a plastic box containing two white mice on a table. Sheppard and Weir look at them curiously as Zelenka shows McKay the work on his computer.]

ZELENKA
We've been running simulations all day. I think I may finally have something. I was able to get the generator to run on a buffer loop, which tricks the Dart into taking only the power that it needs without overloading.
MCKAY
Mm. Great. Good thinking. Now, can we just see it?
WEIR
Anxious?
MCKAY
Yes.
ZELENKA
Okay. Firing.

[The Dart materializer unit is mounted in front of the table and fires a beam at the mice, which disappear from the box.]

ZELENKA
All right. Life-signs holding steady. Now, re-materialization initiated.

[The beam fires again. Everyone has a look of disgust on their faces. The box contains two charred, smoking black mice.]

SHEPPARD
Now, I'm no scientist, but those mice used to be a different color.
MCKAY
This is never going to end. I'm going to be stuck like this forever.

EXT—ATLANTIS, SUNRISE

INT—ATLANTIS CONTROL ROOM

[Weir is walking around the control room making notes on a tablet while Sheppard follows her.]

WEIR
I'm not sure it's a good idea, John.
SHEPPARD
Elizabeth, you've got to see this guy in action. He is an incredible shot. None of my guys could beat him in a fight, and he's ex-military.
WEIR
Yeah, not a military on Earth.
SHEPPARD
Well, look, the guy's got no place to go.
WEIR
You're not just being charitable?
SHEPPARD
No. I'm not, and I think he'd make a great addition to my team.
WEIR
We don't know anything about him.
SHEPPARD
Well, what's there to know?

[Weir leaves the control room and towards her office where people are waiting for her. Sheppard follows.]

WEIR
Well, anything would be helpful. He's not very forthcoming.
SHEPPARD
He's been on the run from the Wraith for the past seven years. What do you expect? Look. Listen. Just talk to the guy. You owe him that, at least.
WEIR
Okay.

[Weir goes into her office and Sheppard walks away with a slightly worried look on his face.]

INT—ATLANTIS, HEIGHTMEYER'S OFFICE

[McKay sits opposite Heightmeyer on a sofa. McKay has is face in his hands then takes them away and looks up with an angry expression. McKay and Cadman are both speaking with McKay's voice, but he turns his head to the side when it's Cadman speaking.]

MCKAY

(as McKay)

I would like an apology.
HEIGHTMEYER
Laura?
MCKAY

(as Cadman)

Forget about it.
HEIGHTMEYER
You did take over his body without permission.
MCKAY

(as Cadman)

He doesn't ask permission when he takes over.
MCKAY

(as McKay)

You… because it's my body!
MCKAY

(as Cadman)

Yeah, and I'm a guest. Try and be a little more courteous.
MCKAY

(as McKay)

You see? Do you see what I have to put up with?
MCKAY

(as Cadman)

"Put up with?"
MCKAY

(as McKay)
(angrily)

There's a lot of stuff that I am not doing right now that I would be doing.
MCKAY

(as Cadman)

I don't want to hear about it.
HEIGHTMEYER
All right, you two. Settle down.
MCKAY

(as Cadman)

Huh.
MCKAY
Would you…

INT—ATLANTIS, GYM

[Ronon is teaching a group of Marines some knife fighting techniques. One of the Marines feigns attack and he goes through a series of moves.]

RONON
Thigh. Strip. Cut. Lift. Cut. And finish.
MARINE
Awesome.

[The door opens and Weir enters.]

WEIR
Ronon.
WEIR
Can I have a word?

[Ronon hands one of the Marines the practice knife.]

RONON
Here.

[Ronon walks over to Weir. He folds his arms and waits for her to speak.]

WEIR
I understand Major Sheppard extended an invitation to you to join his team.
RONON
Yeah, he did.
WEIR
Well, he was supposed to speak to me about that first.
RONON
Okay.
WEIR
Look, it's not that I don't trust you, or value any contributions you may have to make. Or that you will make, if you do join us, it's just… it is a rather big decision.

[Ronon doesn't answer.]

WEIR
So how do you feel?
RONON
I'm thinking about it.
WEIR
Okay. Good. Well, I'm thinking about it, too. So I guess we'll just keep in touch, then.
RONON
Okay.

[Ronon turns and goes back to the training session.]

WEIR
Okay.

[Weir watches as Ronon resumes his training.]

RONON
All right. Dismembering a defeating arm. Two knives. Slice. Cut.

INT—ATLANTIS, HEIGHTMEYER'S OFFICE

[McKay sits opposite Heightmeyer on a sofa. McKay has is face in his hands then takes them away and looks up with an angry expression. McKay and Cadman are both speaking with McKay's voice, but he turns his head to the side when it's Cadman speaking.]

MCKAY
You're the one who said set up rules. Well, I did. I followed them. I stuck to them! She basically hijacked me.
MCKAY

(as Cadman)

Hey. You had a real opportunity to get inside the mind of a woman and actually expand your horizons. But, no.
MCKAY

(becoming frantic)

Did you ever, for a second, consider that I might not want to get inside a woman's…

[Rodney starts having convulsions.]

HEIGHTMEYER
Rodney? Rodney!

[Heightmeyer lies McKay on the floor then runs to the intercom.]

HEIGHTMEYER
This is Heightmeyer. Get Beckett in here stat!

[McKay passes out.]

EXT—ATLANTIS, DAY

INT—ATLANTIS INFIRMARY

[McKay wakes up in a bed in the infirmary. Beckett, Zelenka and Heightmeyer are standing by his bed.]

MCKAY
What happened?
BECKETT
You had a seizure.
MCKAY
Why?
BECKETT
From what we can tell, the constant fighting over the dominance of your brain is having a deleterious effect on its lower functions. Heart rate, respiration, organ function…
MCKAY

(as Cadman)

And that's not good.
MCKAY
Of course it's not good.
BECKETT
I'm not sure how long you can go on like this.
MCKAY
What do you mean?
BECKETT
These misfires will only increase in frequency and severity with time.
MCKAY
Fine. She'll stop trying to take control of my body.
BECKETT
It's not as simple as that, Rodney.
HEIGHTMEYER
One of you has to release control. One of you has to let go completely.
MCKAY
Oh, well, maybe if someone, say you, hadn't told her to try and take control in the first place, none of this would've happened.
HEIGHTMEYER
I was just trying to help both of you.
MCKAY
What happens to the person, the one who "lets go"?
BECKETT
Well, we're not certain, of course. It's not like we've run into a lot of these situations before.
MCKAY

(as Cadman)

They would disappear. I know they would, because I can already feel it happening to me. It's getting harder to be in here. It's taking more of an effort.
MCKAY
Has it always been like that?
MCKAY

(as Cadman)

The past few hours. You haven't felt it too?
MCKAY
Of course I have, but I just thought I was fighting with you.
MCKAY

(as Cadman)

Look, where are we at?
ZELENKA
Well, we successfully re-materialized a pair of mice. They were whole and correctly reconstructed…
MCKAY
But?
ZELENKA
They didn't survive.
BECKETT
I'm afraid that if one of you doesn't let go, both of you will die.
MCKAY
I'll do it.
BECKETT
Which one of you said that?

[McKay doesn't answer.]

EXT—ATLANTIS, NIGHT

INT—ATLANTIS INFIRMARY

[Beckett and Heightmeyer are off to one side of the room, talking. McKay lies in bed, talking with Cadman.]

MCKAY
You don't have to do this.
CADMAN

(voice)

Yes, I do, Rodney. It's your body, and you're not going to do it.
MCKAY
Oh, what makes you so sure?
CADMAN

(voice)

They need you here, and as much as I hate to admit it, I'm not as important as…
MCKAY
Stop it. That's not true.
MCKAY

(as Cadman)

Carson? I need something to write with.
MCKAY
What are you doing?
CADMAN

(voice)

I'm going to write a letter to my folks. I'd appreciate it if you delivered it yourself the next time you gate back to Earth, Rodney. Explain what happened.
MCKAY
Well, I'm not sure when I'll… The gate. We can use the gate!
BECKETT
What are you talking about?
MCKAY
The gate dematerializes you as you step into it, sending your information to the next gate so it can re-materialize you on the other side.
CADMAN

(voice)

We know that.
MCKAY

(becoming excited)

If we can take one of the crystal control modules from the gate and interface it with the Dart, we should be able to build a stable system.

[McKay tries to get out of bed but Beckett stops him.]

BECKETT
Rodney, wait. I don't think you're in any condition to do this.
MCKAY
I don't have time to talk. I need to get this done before the next seizure.

[McKay gets out of bed and runs off.]

INT—ATLANTIS HANGAR

[Zelenka looks on while McKay, still in scrubs but wearing a robe over them, places crystal in a control module which is wired up to the Dart module.]

MCKAY
All right, let's do this.
ZELENKA
Well, just because it works in simulation doesn't mean…
MCKAY
I would prefer not to suffer a fatal seizure while we wait for you to round up more mice for testing, so, shall we?
CADMAN

(voice)

Rodney…
MCKAY
Don't try and talk me out of this. I may very well listen.
CADMAN

(voice)

I was just going to say, "thanks".
MCKAY
Well, you're welcome. I can honestly say that the entire experience has been very, um…

[Beckett, Weir and Sheppard arrive.]

MCKAY
Ah. About time.
SHEPPARD
Hold on, Rodney. I thought all the mice died.
MCKAY
Well, what are we, mice or men?
WEIR
Are you sure about this?
MCKAY
Absolutely. Yes.

[Everyone looks very concerned.]

WEIR
Okay.
MCKAY
Just give me a sec.

[McKay steps into the beam target area.]

MCKAY
Well, Laura, it's been, um… unique.
CADMAN

(voice)

To say the least.
MCKAY
Good luck us both, hmm?

[Zelenka punches keys on the computer.]

ZELENKA

All right. It's ready.
(to the others)
I suggest you take a step back.
(to the computer)

All right.

[McKay raises a finger.]

CADMAN

(voice)

Wait!

[McKay walks over the Beckett, takes him by the lapels and kisses him.]

MCKAY

(as Cadman)

Just in case this doesn't work.
MCKAY

(stepping back to the target area)

Oh… oh… just… just… Hit it.

[Zelenka hits a button, the beam fires and McKay disappears. The computer screen shows two blips.]

ZELENKA
Okay. It's reading as two life-signs. Power levels are steady…
SHEPPARD
Get 'em out of there.

[Zelenka hits another button, the two blips disappear from the screen and both McKay and Cadman re-materialize in the beam target area. They both fall to the floor, unconscious.]

BECKETT
Let's get them to the infirmary.

EXT—ATLANTIS, SUNSET

INT—ATLANTIS GATE ROOM

[Sheppard catches up with Weir.]

SHEPPARD
Oh, did you get the chance to talk to Ronon?
WEIR
Yes, I did. Chatty fellow, isn't he?
SHEPPARD
And?
WEIR
He would be your responsibility.
SHEPPARD
I knew you'd say yes.
WEIR
I haven't said yes.
SHEPPARD
Well, you were about to.
WEIR
Yes.
SHEPPARD
There you go.

INT—ATLANTIS INFIRMARY

[McKay wakes up, his blurred vision just making out Weir, Sheppard and Zelenka sitting near his bed.]

CADMAN

(voice)

Feeling better?

[McKay looks at the empty bed to his left.]

MCKAY
Oh, no.
CADMAN

(voice)

Over here…

[McKay turns to the right, where Cadman is lying in a bed, waving at him.]

MCKAY
Oh. Um… a little less crowded. You?
CADMAN
Same. It's nice to have my own body back.
BECKETT
You're doing supremely well.
MCKAY

Oh, good to hear.
(to Zelenka)

Nice work.
ZELENKA
Well, it was your idea.
MCKAY
Well, of course it was, but you… you were… there.
SHEPPARD

(To Cadman)

Lieutenant, way to survive what I think may be my worst nightmare.
CADMAN
Thank you, Sir.
MCKAY
Yes, thank you.
WEIR
I imagine you two might want a moment.
CADMAN
Actually, Ma'am, I think I'd like some time alone.
MCKAY
Same here. It's, um, it's been a while.
WEIR

(to Beckett)

All right, release them as soon as you can.
BECKETT
Aye.

[Everyone walks away, Beckett giving Cadman's hand a squeeze before he goes. Cadman smiles at McKay and he smiles uncomfortably back.]

MCKAY
Hey.

[McKay turns his head away and sighs heavily.]

FADE OUT

END CREDITS

Transcribed for Stargate Solutions by Lahela, September 2010.

Related Articles

Related Links

Official

Fan


--Michelle 04:01, 18 September 2010 (UTC)