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                                      STARGATE SG1

                                      Episode 216

                                   "A MATTER OF TIME"

                                           By

                                    Misha Rashovich




               The scene opens offworld on P3W-451. A black hole is pulling 
               matter in. An SGC team are desperately trying to get to the gate, 
               but everything appears to be going in slow motion.
 
               
                                     BOYD
                         Come on!

               
               
               
               One of the men falls. He is grabbed by another member of the 
               team. They reach the top of the hill and start on their way down.
 
               
               
               
               
                                     CAPTAIN
                         It's right on top of us!

               
                                     BOYD
                         Dial home, Captain! That's an order!
 
                         
               
               
               
               The woman falls and is helped up again. They reach the DHD

               
               
               
               
               
                                     CAPTAIN
                         We're not going to make it!

               
                                     BOYD
                         We'll make it! Dial now!

               
               
               
               Control room

               
               
               
                                     JACK
                         Look, I know I should know this by now. 
                         I swear it'll be the last time I ask. 
                         These wormholes we go through, they're 
                         not always there, right?
 
               
                                     SAM
                         No, sir. It can only form between two 
                         open gates.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         What's with the worm part? The worm 
                         thing. I don't get that.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         That's just a metaphor.

               
                                     JACK
                         Right. I knew that.

               
                                     SAM
                         Imagine the galaxy is an apple. We burrow 
                         our way through the apple like a worm, 
                         crossing from one side to the other 
                         instead of going around the outside.
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         Okay.

               
                                     SAM
                         Now, of course, the diameter of the 
                         apple is just a two- dimensional representation 
                         of space-time and well, the hole isn't 
                         a hole per se, but an interdimensional 
                         conduit .Colonel?
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Okay. I'll be all right.

               
               
               
               The gate is activated from offworld

               
               Control room

               
               
               
                                     SIMMONS
                         We've got an incoming unscheduled traveler.
 
                         
               
               " Closing iris"

               
                                     SIMMONS
                         Getting a signal.

               
                                     JACK
                         Who've we got out there?

               
                                     SIMMONS
                         SG teams 4, 6 and 10 are the only units 
                         presently off world, sir.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Daniel's with 6, isn't he?

               
                                     SAM
                         Yeah, he's on a dig on P3X-808.

               
                                     SAM
                         Let me hear it. Intermittent RF pulses, 
                         low frequency.
 
               
               
               
               Hammond enters the room

               
               
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         What have we got?

               
                                     JACK
                         Don't know, sir. Some kind of signal.
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         There's a repeating signal. Lieutenant, 
                         play it through the computer. We can 
                         run it a lot faster.
 
               
                                     SIMMONS
                         Trying 200 percent.

               
                                     SAM
                         Go 6.

               
               
               
               SG10's code is put through

               
               
               
                                     SIMMONS
                         Computer now recognizes the signal as 
                         SG10's iris code.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         That's Henry Boyd's team.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Why would their code be coming through 
                         so slowly?
 
               
                                     SAM
                         I have no idea, sir, but if we don't 
                         open the iris.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         The next thud we hear will be Henry 
                         Boyd's team.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Do it.

               
                                     JACK
                         Come on, Hank. The door's open.

               
               
               
               The wormhole dies

               
               
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         What happened?

               
                                     SAM
                         I don't know, sir.

               
                                     JACK
                         General, SG-1 would like the rescue 
                         mission.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Not yet, Colonel.

               
                                     JACK
                         Hank would do the same for us.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         I know he would, if and when I gave 
                         the order. In the meantime, I want a 
                         probe on the ramp and ready to go ASAP. 
                         Colonel, have units SG-1 and 3 geared 
                         up and standing by.
 
               
               Titles

               
               
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         SG-10 was on a routine exploratory mission 
                         of P3W-451.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         It's a binary system. We just recently 
                         discovered it.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Were there any indications of an enemy 
                         attack?
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         None. One thing Major Boyd's team reported 
                         was that whatever indigenous life there 
                         may have been on 451 recently became 
                         extinct. They were trying to determine 
                         the cause. In the event I authorize 
                         this mission, SG-3 will back you up.
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         In the event, sir?

               
                                     SIMMONS
                         Chevron 3 encoded.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Let's see what the pictures the probe 
                         sends back. Make the proper threat determination.
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         General...

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         You could gate into an ambush for all 
                         we know.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         I recommended Major Boyd for this command. 
                         Now, if he's in trouble, I want to go 
                         in.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         I'm aware of that, Colonel.

               
                                     SIMMONS
                         Chevron 4 encoded.

               
                                     JACK
                         Yes, sir.

               
                                     SIMMONS
                         Chevron 5 encoded.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Major Boyd is a capable warrior, O'Neill. 
                         You trained him well.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Yeah.

               
                                     SIMMONS
                         Chevron 6 encoded. Chevron 7 locked.
 
                         
               
               
               
               The gate is open and the malp goes through. Images are played 
               back
 
               
               
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         I don't understand. It's just....

               
                                     JACK
                         Red, sir.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Are we receiving telemetry?

               
                                     SIMMONS
                         Yes, sir, but at an even slower rate 
                         than before.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         There's an image here. Input the video 
                         feed into the computer, but compensate 
                         for a longer light wavelength. Step 
                         it up in 20 millimicron increments.
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Captain?

               
                                     SAM
                         Sir, it's possible that the image we're 
                         receiving from the probe has red-shifted, 
                         distorted toward the infrared end of 
                         the spectrum
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Why?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         The same reason their codes came through 
                         so slowly.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         Yeah, whatever that is.

               
                                     SIMMONS
                         It's working.

               
                                     JACK
                         What the hell's going on, Hank?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Is something pursuing them?

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         See if you can play back the video transmission 
                         in real time. We need to find out--
 
                         
               
                                     SIMMONS
                         This is all we've received so far, sir. 
                         11 frames of digital picture in the 
                         last 6 minutes.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         That represents a fraction of a second.
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Perhaps a malfunction?

               
                                     JACK
                         No. The picture tells us everything 
                         we need to know. That team is in trouble, 
                         probably under attack. Permission to 
                         go in, sir?
 
               
                                     SAM
                         Negative, sir.

               
                                     JACK
                         What do you mean, negative?

               
                                     SAM
                         I'm sorry, Colonel, with all due respect, 
                         but if I'm right, we can't help them. 
                         Now the camera may still respond to 
                         commands. See if you can tilt it up 
                         and give us a wider angle. I think I 
                         know what Major Boyd seems so afraid 
                         of. There. Isolate that area and digitally 
                         enhance.
 
               
               
               
               They look at the black hole

               
               
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         What am I looking at?

               
                                     JACK
                         That's a black hole, sir.

               
                                     SAM
                         A newly formed one by the looks of it. 
                         P3W-451 was orbiting its companion star. 
                         The orbit's probably pulling them closer 
                         and closer.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Why don't they just gate out of there?
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         They're trying to, sir, but the closer 
                         you get to a black hole...
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Time slows down.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         It almost appears to stand still.

               
                                     SAM
                         From our perspective, yes, but you have 
                         to remember that time is relative. As 
                         far as SG-10's concerned, only a few 
                         seconds have passed. They're still trying 
                         to save themselves.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         What will happen to them?

               
                                     SAM
                         Well, sir, the time dilation is a result 
                         to the intense gravity, which is directly 
                         proportional to their proximity.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Captain!

               
                                     SAM
                         Sorry, sir. Their bodies will be pulled 
                         apart by increasing tidal forces.
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         They did manage to activate the Stargate 
                         once.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         Yeah, but from their perspective, it 
                         couldn't have been open for more than 
                         a second.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Is there nothing we can do to save them?
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         They've had it, sir.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         You know that for a fact, Colonel?
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         No, sir. I don't, but have a look at 
                         Major Boyd's face. What does that say 
                         to you?
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Very well. Disengage the Stargate.
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         Sir. By some fluke of Stargate technology, 
                         we are witnessing something that the 
                         laws of physics say we can't possibly 
                         witness.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         We are witnessing good men dying in 
                         slow motion, Captain.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         You're right.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Shut it down.

               
                                     SIMMONS
                         Sir, it won't disengage.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Try again.

               
                                     SIMMONS
                         I already have, sir. Twice. It won't 
                         shut down.
 
               
               A team of men are outside the mountain

               
               
               
                                     MAN
                         Go! Go! Move! Move!

               
                                     CROMWELL
                         Sergeant, how long have you been out 
                         of contact with this facility?
 
               
                                     SGT
                         Coming on four hours ago, sir. But it 
                         was funky for a while before that.
 
                         
               
                                     CROMWELL
                         Is that proper military terminology? 
                         What exactly does funky mean, Sergeant?
 
                         
               
                                     SGT
                         Everyone was talking real slow, like 
                         when the batteries die on your Walkman.
 
                         
               
                                     CROMWELL
                         Uh huh.Will that shaft take me directly 
                         to Sub-level 28?
 
               
                                     SGT
                         Yes, sir, but I don't know how you're 
                         going to get down there.
 
               
                                     CROMWELL
                         Not to worry, we brought our own transportation. 
                         Gentlemen, hook 'em up. Begin. Clear.
 
                         
               
               
               
               Hammond picks up the phone

               
               
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         This is Major General George Hammond. 
                         I have an urgent matter to discuss with 
                         the President.
 
               
               
               
               Sam is trying to solve the problem

               
               
               
                                     SAM
                         Sergeant, try disconnecting the super-conductive 
                         interface.
 
               
                                     SILER
                         Already tried that, Captain. It's stuck.
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         Teal'c, Siler could use a hand.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I will assist.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Captain Carter.

               
                                     SAM
                         General. I was just on my way to report, 
                         sir. The capacitors should've fully 
                         discharged by now, but somehow, the 
                         gate is drawing power directly.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Isn't there supposed to be a theoretical 
                         time limit to how long a wormhole can 
                         be maintained?
 
               
                                     SAM
                         Yes, sir. We just passed it.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Then how is this possible?

               
                                     SAM
                         Well, since time is passing more slowly 
                         on P3W-451, relative to Earth, we're 
                         experiencing a paradox the Stargate 
                         was never designed for.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Why in God's name is it doing that?
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         I have no idea, sir.

               
                                     JACK
                         It started just after you got online 
                         with the President.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         I never got through to the President.
 
                         
               
                                     SIMMONS
                         Beg your pardon, sir. It seems we've 
                         lost communication below Sub-level 24.
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Where is the nearest secure phone above 
                         that?
 
               
                                     SIMMONS
                         NORAD, main level.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         I won't be gone long. In the meantime, 
                         Colonel...
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Understood, sir. Carter, what would 
                         happen if we simply pull the plug?
 
                         
               
               
               
               Jack and Siler go to the circuit breakers

               
               
               
                                     JACK
                         Carter, we reached the main power vault.
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         We'll isolate the capacitors first.
 
                         
               
                                     SIMMONS
                         Panel 6.

               
                                     SAM
                         Colonel, pull breakers 90 through 94 
                         on panel 6.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Roger that. Stand by.

               
                                     SAM
                         Stand clear, people. I have no idea 
                         what this is going to do.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         We must vacate this area.

               
                                     JACK
                         Alright. We're kind of shorting out 
                         up here.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         Main breaker?

               
                                     SIMMONS
                         It'll overload.

               
                                     SAM
                         We've gotta do it. Colonel, pull the 
                         main breakers.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         On one. 3. 2. 1.

               
               
               
               They do it and are injured

               
               
               
                                     SAM
                         Colonel, are you all right?

               
                                     SIMMONS
                         Medical emergency to the gate room.
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         Colonel, are you all right?

               
                                     JACK
                         Siler's hurt. Did it work?

               
                                     SAM
                         Negative, sir. Even with the power cut, 
                         it still won't shut down.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         How's that possible?

               
                                     SAM
                         It must be deriving its energy from 
                         the black hole itself. Get a med team 
                         to the main power vault. We gotta get 
                         these fires out!
 
               
                                     SIMMONS
                         Med team to the main power vault.

               
                                     FEMALE VOICE
                         The Mountain is now on emergency internal 
                         power.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         Help is on the way.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Do not concern yourself with my injury.
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         You're badly burned, Teal'c, even for 
                         you.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Look at the Stargate.

               
               
               
               Sam goes to the open gate and holds her dog tags up against the 
               event horizon. They are pulled towards it
 
               
               
               
                                     SAM
                         Lieutenant, close the iris!

               
                                     SIMMONS
                         It's an outgoing wormhole. Nothing can 
                         come through this way.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         Except for the black hole's gravity. 
                         Now close it! That's an order!
 
               
                                     SIMMONS
                         Closing the iris.

               
               
               
               Hammond nears the surface and is stopped

               
               
               
                                     MAJOR DAVIS
                         Hold your fire! It's the general!

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         What the hell's going on? Who are you?
 
                         
               
                                     MAJOR DAVIS
                         Major Davis, sir. I'm with the Office 
                         of the Joint Chiefs. If you'll come 
                         with me, please.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         What are these men doing in my facility?
 
                         
               
                                     MAJOR DAVIS
                         We were under the impression that there 
                         had been an alien incursion, sir. A 
                         Special Forces team had already been 
                         sent down before we understood what 
                         was going on. If it's all right with 
                         you, sir, I'd like to brief you on the 
                         way to your aircraft. Time is of the 
                         essence.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         We've got an emergency situation Major! 
                         I'm not going anywhere until I talk 
                         to the President!
 
               
                                     MAJOR DAVIS
                         He wants to talk to you personally, 
                         sir. Your aircraft is standing by on 
                         the tarmac. It is urgent that we leave 
                         immediately.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Lead the way.

               
               
               
               Janet is running through the hallway. She is stopped by Cromwell
 
               
               
               
               
               
               
                                     CROMWELL
                         Freeze! Up against the wall! Move! Move! 
                         Tags! Doctor Fraiser.
 
               
                                     JANET
                         Yeah. Who the hell are you? Put that 
                         down!
 
               
                                     CROMWELL
                         Colonel Frank Cromwell, Air Force Special 
                         Operations. Five hours ago, all contact 
                         was lost with this facility. I am here 
                         to find out why.
 
               
                                     JANET
                         Colonel, I have been called to a medical 
                         emergency.
 
               
                                     CROMWELL
                         My superiors have reason to believe 
                         the SGC had been overrun by alien hostiles.
 
                         
               
                                     JANET
                         All I can say is that they've been misinformed.
 
                         
               
                                     CROMWELL
                         Hell, from what I've read about what 
                         goes on in this place, Doctor Fraiser--hell, 
                         you could be one of them for all I know. 
                         Move out! Take the six!
 
               
               
               
               The surface

               
               
               
                                     MAJOR DAVIS
                         We were hoping that someone such as 
                         yourself would come back up and confirm 
                         our hypothesis.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Which is?

               
                                     MAJOR DAVIS
                         We now know that the SGC is experiencing 
                         what is called time dilation. Time is 
                         quite literally passing slower within 
                         the facility than it is topside.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         That would explain the communications 
                         problem.
 
               
                                     MAJOR DAVIS
                         Yes, sir. We also know that there are 
                         only two things according to relativity 
                         that would cause this effect: velocities 
                         near the speed of light or extreme gravity.
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Approximately ten minutes ago, we established 
                         a wormhole to a planet at or very near 
                         the event horizon of a black hole.
 
                         
               
                                     MAJOR DAVIS
                         Since time is more or less at a standstill 
                         on the other side, you've been unable 
                         to disengage the Stargate. That was 
                         our hypothesis, sir. Keep in mind we've 
                         had a few more hours than you have to 
                         thin about this. They'll be conferencing 
                         you with the President aboard the aircraft, 
                         sir.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Thank you, Major.

               
                                     MAJOR DAVIS
                         Good luck, sir.

               
               
               
               Hammond heads to Washington

               
               Jack and others bring Siler to the infirmary. Teal'c has also 
               been injured
 
               
               
               
               
               
                                     JACK
                         Siler took a pretty good hit. How're 
                         you doing, Teal'c?
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I suffered simple electrical burns, 
                         O'Neill. Nothing more.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         He'll be out of commission for a few 
                         days.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Carter?

               
                                     SAM
                         Gravity waves. Colonel, I assumed that 
                         the wormhole itself would insulate us 
                         from the black hole's gravitational 
                         field, but it seems that our space-time 
                         has begun to warp just like on P3W-451.
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         Will you stop that?

               
                                     SAM
                         We're in trouble, sir.

               
                                     JACK
                         Thank you. Think of something.

               
               
               
               He leaves

               
               
               
                                     SAM
                         Yes, sir.

               
               
               
               Jack bumps into Janet and Cromwell

               
               
               
                                     JANET
                         Colonel!

               
                                     CROMWELL
                         Clear!

               
                                     JACK
                         Cromwell?

               
                                     JANET
                         You know this guy?

               
                                     JACK
                         Oh, yeah. Go. Go on. It's been a while.
 
                         
               
                                     CROMWELL
                         Yeah. Five hours. Got everybody pretty 
                         worried upstairs. Where's the general?
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         What's the five hours?

               
                                     CROMWELL
                         That's how long this facility's been 
                         out of contact with the outside world. 
                         Pentagon suspected alien hostiles.
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         And they sent you?

               
               
               
               Control room

               
               
               
                                     CROMWELL (WHISTLES)
                         So, this is the Stargate. What's the 
                         problem?
 
               
                                     JACK
                         We gated to a planet that's being sucked 
                         up by a black hole. Very bad. Very dangerous.
 
                         
               
                                     CROMWELL
                         And why is that?

               
                                     JACK
                         Things tend to get sucked in.

               
                                     SAM
                         Took the liberty of closing the iris, 
                         sir.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Captain Carter, Colonel Cromwell. He's 
                         come to rescue us. I wouldn't count 
                         on it.
 
               
                                     CROMWELL
                         Pentagon was concerned you were under 
                         alien attack when we lost contact.
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         How long ago was that?

               
                                     CROMWELL
                         A little over five hours ago. Why?
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         My watch reads 1330 hours. What does 
                         yours say?
 
               
                                     CROMWELL
                         Running slow, Captain. It's almost 1900.
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         Damn it. Colonel, I have to get off 
                         this level.
 
               
                                     SIMMONS
                         Captain Carter

               
                                     SAM
                         What is it, Lieutenant?

               
               
                                     SAM
                         Keep your distance, Lieutenant. Sir, 
                         for some reason, the warping of our 
                         space-time seems to be in advance of 
                         the gravitational field rather than 
                         as a result of it. It's probably a lensing 
                         effect generated by the Stargate itself, 
                         but I can't be sure.
 
               
                                     CROMWELL
                         Don't even pretend you understood that.
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         The point is, sirs that time is passing 
                         more slowly down here than it is outside 
                         the mountain.
 
               
                                     CROMWELL
                         Time is time.

               
                                     SAM
                         No, sir. Not according to relativity. 
                         Now with the intense gravity field of 
                         something like a black hole, time actually 
                         slows down.
 
               
                                     CROMWELL
                         We're not in a black hole.

               
                                     JACK
                         Not yet.

               
                                     SAM
                         But we are connected to its gravitational 
                         field through the Stargate and it's 
                         expanding in this direction like a bubble 
                         slowly expanding outward. That's why 
                         I have to leave, sir. I have to contact 
                         the Pentagon and try to find a solution 
                         before the gravity field extends beyond 
                         the gate room.
 
               
               
               
               Hammond enters

               
               
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         I just came from there myself, Captain. 
                         Colonel Cromwell, I presume.
 
               
                                     CROMWELL
                         General Hammond.

               
                                     JACK
                         You just came back from Washington, 
                         sir?
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         There and back again. After someone 
                         upstairs managed to explain what was 
                         going on to me, we called an all-night 
                         session with the President and the Joint 
                         Chiefs. I've been gone nearly eighteen 
                         hours.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         I thought you were on the phone.

               
                                     SAM
                         It means the time dilation is getting 
                         worse as the field expands.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         That's the consensus. We set up a command 
                         post directly above, right on top of 
                         the mountain to monitor the expansion.
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         I have to get up there.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         The experts we consulted believe we're 
                         going to have to commence an auto destruct 
                         sequence to destroy the Stargate itself.
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         Sweet.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         They assure me that the gravity field 
                         now present around the gate will help 
                         contain the blast within the mountain 
                         and pose no threat to the civilian population.
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         With all due respect, sir. I don't think 
                         so.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         If we don't try, we lose the planet 
                         right through that.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         We may well succeed in destroying the 
                         base, sir, but leave the gate and the 
                         wormhole intact. What happens to the 
                         planet then?
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Orders have been given at the highest 
                         levels, Captain. It is our duty to carry 
                         out those orders.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         But, sir....

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         The decision's been made, Captain. Don't 
                         forget those people up there've been 
                         working on this a lot longer than you 
                         have. It's what they came up with.
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         Yes, sir.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         I'm ordering the complete evacuation 
                         of the SGC, effective as of right now. 
                         I'll need two volunteers to stay behind 
                         in order to give our personnel a head 
                         start.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         I'll stay, sir.

               
                                     CROMWELL
                         Me too, sir.

               
                                     JACK
                         Anyone else?

               
                                     CROMWELL
                         Looks like you're stuck with me, Jack.
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Done! It takes two officers to initiate 
                         the countdown. (He walks over to the 
                         mike and looks out over the gate room.) 
                         Attention! This is General Hammond. 
                         All personnel are ordered to evacuate 
                         this facility immediately! Repeat, all 
                         personnel report to the main level immediately! 
                         That is all!
 
               
               
               
               The infirmary is evacuated

               
               
               
                                     JANET
                         Okay. Move it. On my count. 3. 2. 1. 
                         Easy. Watch his chest. Move him out! 
                         Let's go!
 
               
               
               
               Control room

               
               
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Wait five minutes, then start the countdown. 
                         Good luck.
 
               
                                     CROMWELL
                         Thank you, sir.

               
                                     SAM
                         Make sure you give yourself enough time 
                         to get out, sir.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Time, right.

               
               
               
               Hammond goes back to the surface

               
               
               
                                     SGT
                         General. We were getting worried.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         How long was I gone?

               
                                     SGT
                         22 hours, sir. General Colin's waiting 
                         for you in the command post.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Thank you, Sergeant. By my reckoning, 
                         I was gone 20 minutes.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         Well, sir, accounting for time spent 
                         coming and going, I would guess that 
                         time in the SGC facility has slowed 
                         to an average of about 600 percent below 
                         normal. When you ordered Colonel O'Neill 
                         to wait 5 minutes, you were really telling 
                         him to wait 6 hours, maybe more.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Captain, relativity gives me a headache.
 
                         
               
               
               
               Cromwell looks at the video images

               
               
               
                                     CROMWELL
                         Who's this?

               
                                     JACK
                         Henry Boyd. Good officer. Smart. Kinda 
                         reminds me of Carter a little. This 
                         was their first mission as a team.
 
                         
               
                                     CROMWELL
                         He looks scared to death.

               
                                     JACK
                         He's on a planet that's about to be 
                         swallowed by a black hole and he knows 
                         it.
 
               
               
               
               Sam is in a command tent, trying to work on the problem. She 
               eats a dougnut
 
               
               
               
                                     SAM
                         No, thankyou.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Perhaps with rest, the answers will 
                         come.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         Hey, Teal'c. You know anything about 
                         quantum gravity?
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Nothing.

               
                                     SAM
                         Apparently, neither do I.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         What do these equations represent?
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         Probably a life's work. I don't have 
                         that much time, unfortunately.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         How may I be of assistance?

               
                                     SAM
                         We're experiencing a time dilation in 
                         a radius wider than the gate room itself. 
                         Most of the SGC in fact and it's expanding. 
                         But it's all happening in advance of 
                         the gravity field that's causing it. 
                         Now according to everything I thought 
                         I knew about relativity that is just 
                         not possible.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Yet it is so.

               
                                     SAM
                         Right. If it wasn't, we'd be pulled 
                         apart by now. You know, they're proceeding 
                         with a plan that makes assumptions about 
                         gravity and space-time with absolutely 
                         no regard for the fact that it completely 
                         contradicts our observations.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I see.

               
                                     SAM
                         In other words, Teal'c, they don't really 
                         know what the hell's going on, so they're 
                         just going to blow it up. There doesn't 
                         seem to be a damn thing I can do about 
                         it.
 
               
               
               
               Control room

               
               
               
                                     JACK
                         Let's get set up. Computer needs your 
                         authorization code before it'll accept 
                         the command. go ahead and enter it.
 
                         
               
                                     CROMWELL
                         Maybe now you know how it feels.

               
                                     JACK
                         You done?

               
                                     CROMWELL
                         Roger that.

               
                                     JACK
                         When the time comes, hit the enter key 
                         on my mark and then run like hell.
 
                         
               
                                     CROMWELL
                         Got it.

               
                                     JACK
                         Two minutes.

               
               
               
               Sam reports to Hammond

               
               
               
                                     SAM
                         Gravity field extends to the blast doors 
                         of the control room now, sir. It's not 
                         good.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         I take it you still believe our plan 
                         isn't going to work?
 
               
                                     SAM
                         To be honest, sir, I'm afraid the gravity 
                         field will dampen the effects of the 
                         explosive. We'll lose the SGC, but the 
                         wormhole will be intact. What's left 
                         of the mountain will collapse into the 
                         wormhole. Six months after that, the 
                         state of Colorado. Six months after 
                         that.... At least Daniel'll live out 
                         there.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         If you're wrong, and for once I hope 
                         you are, we can restart the SGC with 
                         the second Stargate at Nellis and in 
                         time we....
 
               
                                     SAM
                         Wait a minute. Sir, that's it. We do 
                         use a bomb, but we focus the energy 
                         of the blast. When Colonel O'Neill and 
                         I were sent to the Antarctic gate, it 
                         was because we were under enemy fire.
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         It caused an energy surge.

               
                                     SAM
                         Yes, and that surge caused the wormhole 
                         to jump from one destination to another. 
                         If we can channel enough energy in the 
                         direction of our Stargate, it should 
                         cut the connection with the black hole 
                         and cause the matter stream to jump 
                         to any gate along the way.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Leaving our Stargate connected to some 
                         other world.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         Yes, sir, but then all we have to do 
                         is shut it down. Sir, we have to stop 
                         Colonel O'Neill.
 
               
               
               
               Control room

               
               
               
                                     JACK
                         One minute.

               
                                     CROMWELL
                         Maybe the last one. We used to be friends, 
                         Jack.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Yep.

               
                                     CROMWELL
                         I was sick to my stomach when I found 
                         out you were still alive. I wanted to 
                         go back for you.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Why don't we just do this and get the 
                         hell out of here, alright?
 
               
                                     CROMWELL
                         Someone dropped a dime on the incursion. 
                         You got hit, you went down. I made a 
                         judgment call to save the rest of the 
                         team.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         And I saw you take off. And then I saw 
                         four months of my life disappear in 
                         some stinking Iraqi prison.
 
               
                                     CROMWELL
                         I thought you were dead!

               
                                     JACK
                         You thought wrong! What do you want? 
                         You want me to forgive you, is that 
                         it?
 
               
                                     CROMWELL
                         Yeah, I guess I do.

               
                                     JACK
                         Well, that's tough. What happened to 
                         nobody gets left behind?
 
               
                                     CROMWELL
                         Well, what about him?

               
                                     JACK
                         That's a totally different scenario.
 
                         
               
                                     CROMWELL
                         That is the exact same damn thing, Jack.
 
                         
               
               
               
               Sam and Siler arrive

               
               
               
                                     SAM
                         Don't activate the auto destruct, sir. 
                         It won't work. I have another idea.
 
                         
               
               
               
               
               
               Jack and Cromwell are going to use a rope to get to the gate 
               and send a bomb through
 
               
               
               
                                     SAM
                         The G-suits should help you withstand 
                         the higher gravity on the way down.
 
                         
               
                                     CROMWELL
                         What's this bomb we're delivering?
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         It's a shaped charge. We want to focus 
                         the explosive force toward the wormhole, 
                         hopefully with enough energy to cause 
                         it to jump, like what happened to us 
                         in Antarctica.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Right. Where is it?

               
                                     SAM
                         They're modifying the warhead's yield 
                         to my calculations and it's being flown 
                         in from Travis.
 
               
                                     CROMWELL
                         How long's all that going to take?
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         Well, sir, with any luck, about 5 minutes, 
                         relatively.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Relatively speaking?

               
                                     SILER
                         Anytime you're ready, sirs. I don't 
                         know how much longer that iris's going 
                         to hold.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         They have to wait for the bomb.

               
               
               
               Teal'c brings the bomb

               
               
               
                                     JACK
                         You got better quick.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         It has in fact been several days.

               
                                     JACK
                         Yeah. I knew that.

               
                                     SAM
                         Everyone who doesn't have to be here 
                         should go topside.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Cromwell.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Cannot the bomb be detonated by remote?
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         It has to be set a certain distance 
                         from the gate and at an exact angle. 
                         The timer can't be set until they're 
                         into position because of the variance 
                         in time dilation.
 
               
                                     CROMWELL
                         Man, she is....

               
                                     JACK
                         Way smarter than we are. I know.

               
               
               
               They begin to climb along the rope

               
               
               
                                     CROMWELL
                         Just like old times, huh, Jack?

               
                                     JACK
                         Oh yeah. Black holes, wormholes. Just 
                         like old times.
 
               
               
               
               Simmons brings Hammond some coffee, on the surface

               
               
               
                                     SIMMONS
                         Sir?

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Thank you, Lieutenant.

               
                                     SIMMONS
                         Do you think they'll be able to shut 
                         it down, sir?
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         We'll know sometime tomorrow.

               
               
               
               Gateroom

               
               
               
                                     JACK
                         Oh, yeah. Yeah. We're pulling some major 
                         gees now.
 
               
                                     CROMWELL
                         I feel like I put on a couple hundred 
                         pounds.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         I wasn't going to say anything.

               
               
               
               Control room

               
               
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         They appear to be moving very slowly.
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         Only from our perspective.

               
                                     SILER
                         Ah, Captain.

               
               
               
               The window shatters and the glass is drawn towards the gate
 
               
               
               
               
                                     SAM
                         Colonel! Colonel, look out! Colonel!
 
                         
               
                                     CROMWELL
                         Did you hear that?

               
                                     JACK
                         Look out!

               
               
               
               Some glass hit's Cromwell's rope

               
               
               
                                     CROMWELL
                         Are you all right?

               
                                     JACK
                         This is close enough! Set the timer! 
                         20 seconds!
 
               
                                     CROMWELL
                         We won't make it out.

               
                                     JACK
                         20 seconds.

               
                                     CROMWELL
                         Set!

               
                                     JACK
                         Do it!

               
               
               
               Jack is almost sucked in

               
               
               
               
               
                                     CROMWELL
                         I got you!

               
                                     JACK
                         Get up there and arm that damn bomb!
 
                         
               
                                     CROMWELL
                         I've got you! Just climb!

               
                                     JACK
                         Just arm the damn bomb!

               
                                     CROMWELL
                         Why?

               
               
               
               Jack is having difficulties holding onto him. When he loses his 
               grip, Cromwell just lets himself fall. Jack set's the bomb
 
               
               
               
               
                                     SAM
                         Teal'c, pull him up!

               
               
               
               The bomb detonates

               
               Later in the Infirmary

               
               
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Hey, Jack. Did I miss anything?

               
                                     JACK
                         I made it?

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         We all made it, thanks to you and Captain 
                         Carter.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         How?

               
                                     SAM
                         Teal'c managed to pull you far enough 
                         away from the bomb before it went off.
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         Thanks.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         You are welcome.

               
                                     SAM
                         The majority of the blast energy went 
                         right where it was supposed to. The 
                         wormhole jumped to P2A-270 and once 
                         it did that, we shut it off.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Good thinking, Captain.

               
                                     SAM
                         Thank you, sir.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         A new trinium-strengthened iris is being 
                         installed right now. We should be back 
                         in business in no time.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         What day is it?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Well, this might be a little difficult 
                         to accept, but since you reported for 
                         duty yesterday, two weeks have actually 
                         gone by.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Two weeks? Think I'll sleep in.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         You do that.

               
               
               
               THE END
               
               

A Matter Of Time



Writers :   Misha Rashovich
Genres :   Sci-Fi  Action  Adventure


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