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                                      STARGATE SG1

                                      Episode 619

                                    "THE CHANGELING"

                                           By

                                   Christopher Judge




               HOSPITAL

               
               A doctor walks through the hospital. He goes into an operating 
               room
 
               and we see there is a patient whose face is obscured by the sheet.
 
               
               
                                     DOCTOR
                         Let us proceed.

               
               We go above the sheet and see Teal'c having an oxygen mask put 
               on
 
               his

               face. He then sees the doctor is Apophis whose eyes glow.

               
                                     APOPHIS
                         Scalpel.

               
               BARRACKS

               
               Teal'c sits up in bed, breathing heavily. He gets up to wash 
               his
 
               face. Probie (Jonas) gets up.

               
                                     JONAS
                         You all right?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         What?

               
                                     JONAS
                         Another nightmare?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Yeah.

               
                                     JONAS
                         What about?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Nothin'!

               
               Jonas shrugs.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Look, I'm fine. Go on back to sleep, 
                         Probie, you got
 
               a big

               day tomorrow.

               
                                     JONAS
                         Hey, you know, if I was doing what you're 
                         doing for my
 
               stepfather, I'd?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I'm fine with it.

               
                                     JONAS
                         I know you are. I'm just saying that 
                         I'd be having
 
               nightmares

               too. Listen T, you made me feel like one of the team, if there's
 
               
               anything I can do.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Probie, forget about it. Go on back 
                         to sleep, man.
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         You sure you're okay?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Yeah. Yeah man, get out of here.

               
               Jonas leaves. Teal'c looks down at his stomach.

               
               SGC

               
               Teal'c looks up and we see he is kel'no'reeming. He

               touches his pouch.

               
               COMMISSARY

               
               Sam is looking at the desserts. Teal'c walks in.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Major Carter.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Teal'c. I thought you were going to 
                         get in a few hours of
 
               kel'no'reem?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I was unable to do so.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Does that happen often?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         It is rare. Most often when recovering 
                         from an injury.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         You look okay to me. Why don't you try 
                         a glass of warm
 
               milk?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I would prefer not to consume bovine 
                         lactose at any
 
               temperature.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Cup of herbal tea, then? Can't hurt.
 
                         
               
               She pours him a drink.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Very well.

               
                                     CARTER
                         You know you might be preoccupied with 
                         the upcoming mission.
 
               I mean there is a lot at stake, this could be the rebel jaffa's
 
               
               last

               chance?.

               
               The scene shifts and T is drinking a cup of something.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Don't deny you're worried about it; 
                         it's all over
 
               your face.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         What's on my face?

               
               Jack/Chief walks in.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         You know, T, maybe Carter's right. You 
                         should think
 
               about

               this a little more.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         What?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         The whole kidney thing.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         You're talking about the transplant.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Yeah, T man we're talking about the 
                         transplant.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Hey what do I need with two, right?
 
                         
               
                                     JONAS
                         Yeah, one'll do you right. Well isn't 
                         it true you can
 
               lead a

               perfectly healthy life with just one kidney?

               
               Jack and Teal'c just look at him.

               
                                     JONAS
                         I'll go check on breakfast.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         T, this is major surgery.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I know that. Look, we've gotten second 
                         and third
 
               opinions and

               second and third opinions on those opinions and they all come 
               back
 
               the same. They're not going to find a better match than I am.
 
               
               Either

               I do this or Bray dies. And frankly, after all Bray's done for
 
               
               me, I

               owe him.

               
                                     CARTER
                         All we're saying is if there was another 
                         option?
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         It's already arranged and booked. I 
                         go in day after
 
               tomorrow.

               
               Jonas comes out chiming a bell.

               
                                     JONAS
                         Gentlemen and Lady. Breakfast is served.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         That's Captain to you Probie and it 
                         better be good.
 
               
               The alarms go off. Everyone gets up.

               
               Jack gets into a van. Everyone else gets into a truck with all 
               their
 
               gear on.

               
               The fire trucks move out.

               
               ENGINE 7

               
               Carter is in the front.

               
                                     DESPATCH
                         Rescue to engine 7, we have a 2 car 
                         head on collision with
 
               possible multiple injuries. BE advised one of the vehicles is 
               leaking
 
               gas.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Roger that despatch, confirm location 
                         at Taylorway overpass.
 
               
                                     DESPATCH
                         Roger that.

               
                                     CARTER
                         ETA five minutes.

               
                                     DESPATCH
                         Ten four.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Ten four, over and out.

               
               Teal'c and Jonas are in the back.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Okay, Probie, great way to get your 
                         feet wet.
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         Ready.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Yes you are.

               
               TAYLORWAY OVERPASS.

               
               The engines pull up. Two people are still in one car, another 
               man is
 
               lying in the road with a woman beside him.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Probie, air up. Ray, stretch out a pre 
                         connect. Terry I want
 
               foam on that line.

               
               Teal'c is with the man on the road.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Can you hear me?

               
               Jack arrives.

               
                                     FIREMAN
                         Chief, we got one adult male and the 
                         kid trapped inside the
 
               northbound vehicle, other driver's outside and the red

               vehicle's

               leaking gas pretty bad.

               
               Sam and Jonas move past.

               
                                     FIREMAN
                         I got the gas leak.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Great.

               
               Sam goes to the child.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Hi there, can you hear me?

               
               The child nods.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Good boy. I need you to stay still, 
                         we're gonna get you
 
               out

               of here soon. (To someone else) He's alert and responsive. What
 
               
               have

               you got?

               
               Jonas just shakes his head.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Okay, give me a hand here. (To someone 
                         else) Let's pop
 
               the

               door. (To the boy) Okay, stay still, we're gonna get you out.
 
               
               Come on

               Probie.

               
               Teal'c is with the man on the road.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Hurry up with that clamp! (To the man) 
                         It's all
 
               right. You're

               gonna be all right. Easy now, on my count. 3, 2 ,1.

               
               They turn him over. It's Apophis.

               
               Teal'c jumps back. He looks again and it's a man who looks

               like

               Apophis.

               
               Back to the red car, they start to open the passenger door and 
               the
 
               car is on fire.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Let's get this fire out.

               
                                     FIREMAN
                         Can't charge the line. No pressure.
 
                         
               
               The flames get larger as they try to get the driver out. Teal'c
 
               
               looks

               at the car and sees Bra'tac reaching out.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Everybody out of there!

               
               Everyone retreats except Teal'c.

               
                                     CARTER
                         T, get your ass out of there, that's 
                         an order!
 
               
               Teal'c just jumps over the car and goes to the driver.

               
                                     BRA'TAC
                         Save yourself.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I'm getting you out Old man.

               
                                     BRA'TAC
                         Save yourself!

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         No!

               
               Teal'c tries to break the front windshield. The car explodes 
               and
 
               throws him back.

               
               COMMISSARY

               
               Teal'c hits the ground.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Teal'c! Get a medical team down here 
                         now!
 
               
               INFIRMARY

               
               Teal'c is having the penlight treatment.

               
                                     FRAISER
                         Well whatever happened, you seem fine 
                         now. Still, I've
 
               never

               heard of any jaffa fainting before, let alone you.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I did not faint, Doctor Fraiser.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Sorry Teal'c but you did. One minute 
                         I was talking about
 
               the

               upcoming mission, the next minute you were lying flat on your 
               back.
 
               Could this have anything to do with his inability to

               kel'no'reem

               earlier?

               
                                     FRAISER
                         Well, kel'no'reem meditation is like 
                         sleep in the
 
               sense that

               it's necessary in order for a jaffa to rejuvenate his body but
 
               
               not

               being able to reach a state of kel'no'reem on just one

               occasion

               wouldn't cause you to faint like that, would it?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         No it would not.

               
                                     FRAISER
                         And you're not in any pain?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         None.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Maybe you were just bored of what I 
                         was saying?
 
               
               Teal'c just looks at her.

               
                                     CARTER
                         No, fine. On that note, I'll say goodnight.
 
                         
               
                                     FRAISER
                         Night Sam.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Prescribe him some warm milk.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I have no intention of remaining here 
                         Dr Fraiser.
 
               
                                     FRAISER
                         Teal'c this has never happened to you 
                         before so I do
 
               want to

               run a few tests.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         That would be completely..

               
                                     FRAISER
                         AH! Doctors orders! And close your eyes 
                         and try to relax
 
               okay?

               
               Teal'c lies down.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Very well.

               
               HOSPITAL

               
               Teal'c is lying in a bed.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         You are one lucky son of a bitch.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         O'Neill. Bray. Bray, he was in that 
                         car.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         What?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         He was in the car.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Who was?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Bray. Did you get him out?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         T, he's two floors up. Waiting for his 
                         new kidney.
 
               We're

               trying to arrange for him to come down for a little visit.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         The guy in the car, what happened to 
                         him?
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         There's no way, he was dead before we 
                         got there.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I could have sworn?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Listen, um, they're thinking of postponing 
                         the
 
               surgery for a

               day or so.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I'm fine.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Sure you are. How's your head?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Pretty bad.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Why don't I go see what Western medicine 
                         has for
 
               you, huh?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Chief, thanks for being here for me, 
                         man.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Any time.

               
               Jack walks off.

               
               HOSPITAL CORRIDOR.

               
               Jack walks down the corridor. Bray (Bra'tac) is being pushed 
               in a
 
               wheelchair by Shauna. (Shau'nac)

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Bray, you old fart, you still alive?
 
                         
               
                                     BRAY
                         Chief, you sorry excuse for a human 
                         being. When are you going
 
               to get the message and stop visiting me?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Like a moth to flame, I can't help myself. 
                         Hi honey.
 
               (To

               Shauna)

               
                                     SHAUNA
                         Hi Jack. Isn't he awake?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Yeah. He's got a little bit of a headache.
 
                         
               
                                     BRAY
                         I'm not surprised he's in pain. He was 
                         sent flying, the
 
               way I

               hear it.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Yeah. Why don't you go in?

               
                                     SHAUNA
                         Uh Jack? (To Bray) You go ahead without 
                         me. Did T say
 
               anything about Bray?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         About thinking he was the guy in the 
                         car?
 
               
                                     SHAUNA
                         Yeah, I mean he's being mumbling in 
                         his sleep. Do you
 
               think

               he's okay? I mean, do you think this transplant thing is making
 
               
               him?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         This is a big deal. I think it'd mess 
                         with
 
               anyone's head.

               Look, I know a resident psychologist here; I'll have a talk with
 
               
               him.

               He's good, you'll like him.

               
                                     SHAUNA
                         Thanks Jack.

               
               TEAL'C'S ROOM

               
               Teal'c and Shauna are kissing while Bray looks out of the window.
 
               
               
                                     SHAUNA
                         I don't know what I would do, my love.
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         You'll never have to know.

               
                                     BRAY
                         You want to tell me what the hell you 
                         were thinking? Hmm?
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I guess I wasn't.

               
                                     BRAY
                         We're fireman. There's putting your 
                         life on the line
 
               and

               there's being stupid. Guess which one you picked?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I know. I know.

               
                                     SHAUNA
                         His only fault is he wants to help people.
 
                         
               
                                     BRAY
                         By sacrificing himself?

               
                                     SHAUNA
                         Doesn't matter now. It's over. He's 
                         all right.
 
               
                                     BRAY
                         No he's not.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Bray, what are talking about man? You're 
                         starting to
 
               scare me.

               
                                     BRAY
                         You should be scared.

               
                                     SHAUNA
                         Bray.

               
                                     BRAY
                         Why aren't you burned anywhere? The 
                         car exploded right in
 
               your

               face and you come away from it with a headache? Something's
 
               
               wrong.

               And he knows it.

               
               INFIRMARY

               
               Janet is talking to Jack.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         What is happening?

               
                                     FRAISER
                         I'm sorry Teal'c; I didn't mean to wake 
                         you.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Wake me?

               
                                     FRAISER
                         According to these readings, you've 
                         been fast asleep for
 
               most of the night.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         My mind was filled with images. Thoughts 
                         of me yet I was
 
               not

               entirely myself.

               
                                     FRAISER
                         Happens to humans all the time.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         It's called dreaming, Teal'c.

               
                                     FRAISER
                         You don't dream while in kel'no'reem 
                         meditation?
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Not in this manner. While in a state 
                         of
 
               kel'no'reem I am in

               complete control of my thoughts.

               
                                     FRAISER
                         So how do you feel?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         It was so real.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Oooh, I love when that happens.

               
                                     FRAISER
                         It's not uncommon especially in the 
                         first moments after
 
               one

               wakes up to feel disoriented. Not uncommon for humans, very strange
 
               
               for jaffa.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         So, Doc this is Teal'c we're dealing 
                         with here,
 
               right? I

               mean aside from the bad dreams and the odd fainting spell, he's
 
               
               still?

               
                                     FRAISER
                         He's still better off than 99% of my 
                         patients. Tests
 
               show

               you're in otherwise perfect health.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Good. So he can go back to work?

               
                                     FRAISER
                         Yeah, so long as the dreams don't become 
                         debilitating or
 
               you

               faint again, I don't see why not.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Excellent. Let's go.

               
                                     FRAISER
                         Ah, just two more minutes Colonel. I'd 
                         like to perform a
 
               routine examination of his symbiote and then you can go.

               
               She draws the curtain.

               
               HOSPITAL

               
               Daniel pulls back the curtain.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Hi.

               
               Teal'c looks up.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Hi.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         I'm Doctor Daniel Jackson; I'm with 
                         the resident
 
               psychologists here. I heard you might like to talk.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         So, Daniel Jackson.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Ah, you can call me Daniel if you like.
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         You think I'm crazy?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         No, not yet. We just met.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         We haven't met before?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         No, no I don't think so.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I'm sure we have.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Well maybe in another life or something 
                         like that, if you
 
               believe in that sort of thing. Some people do. I just came by 
               to talk.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         About what?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Whatever's on your mind. Possibly about 
                         this operation
 
               that's

               scheduled for what is it, tomorrow? Course it had to be postponed
 
               
               because apparently you were blown twenty feet across a street 
               so?
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I'm going through with it.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         I never said you shouldn't go through 
                         with it but a
 
               couple of

               your friends thought you might want to talk about it. Just so 
               you
 
               know. Could we get out of here, maybe go for a walk or something.
 
               
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Sure. You're the doctor.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Right. Let's go.

               
               OUTSIDE THE HOSPITAL

               
               Daniel and Teal'c are walking.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         So how did Bray become your step father?
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Technically, I guess he isn't, I just 
                         think of him
 
               that way.

               He raised me after my father died.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Good. You got a good job, you help people 
                         out and from what
 
               your friends tell me, you're quite the hero.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Yeah, well that was just plain stupid.
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         What was?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         What brought me here in the first place. 
                         We came on a
 
               crash

               site and one of the drivers was hurt pretty bad.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         You thought he was Bray, your step father.
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Who told you that?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Your friends care about you, that's 
                         why they've asked
 
               me to

               see you. It's a good thing. You're giving up a part of

               yourself, a

               vital part and you're doing it out of love.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         So?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         So, maybe you're afraid. Maybe subconsciously 
                         you're
 
               afraid

               that you won't be yourself anymore.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         The doctor told me I would lead a perfectly 
                         normal life
 
               after

               the transplant.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Self preservation is a powerful instinct.
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I'm not afraid Doc. Not one bit.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         That's quite a burden to carry, all 
                         that denial. And
 
               until

               you're willing to let it go, I can't let you go through with
 
               
               the

               operation.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         No you can't stop me.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Ah yes, I can actually and I will.
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Why?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         In medicine we don't destroy one man's 
                         life to save
 
               another.

               That's not how it works.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Look at me Doc. I'm the healthiest damn 
                         human being
 
               you've

               ever seen and you know it. I'm a 100%.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         I'm not just talking about your body.
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Then what?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         You've been having nightmares, almost 
                         every night, from
 
               what

               I've been told.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Big deal.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         And? And it's a big and, yesterday you 
                         had a full blown
 
               hallucination. I'm sorry but that is a big deal. Look all I'm
 
               
               saying

               is your life is every bit as important as Bray's, so if

               you're going

               to go through with this, you have to accept what it is going 
               to do to
 
               you.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I want to save Bray.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         I know you do. And I want to help you 
                         do that. That is a
 
               promise. Now if you know your way back to your room, I have to 
               go,
 
               I'm extremely late for another appointment. So uh?

               
               He walks off.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         What is it Doc, is my hour up already?
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         No actually your twenty minutes are 
                         up, we'll work our
 
               way up

               to an hour.

               
               He leaves. Teal'c walks off back into a corridor at the SGC.
 
               
               
               GATE ROOM

               
               The Gate is on. Teal'c walks in.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Hey. Let's go. You know how much it 
                         costs to keep
 
               that thing

               on?

               
               Sam, Jack and Jonas are standing on the ramp.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I'm ready.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Good, let's move out. What's wrong with 
                         you?
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Nothing is wrong O'Neill.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         I need you to focus.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I am ready.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         All right then.

               
               Jack waves Teal'c through.

               
               Teal'c exits the wormhole back into the hospital.

               
               HOSPITAL CORRIDOR

               
               Teal'c walks into a room and sees Apophis.

               
                                     APOPHIS
                         You are afraid to die.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         No.

               
                                     APOPHIS
                         Because you know I will be waiting for 
                         you in the afterlife.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Who are you?

               
                                     APOPHIS
                         You know who I am Teal'c. I am your 
                         God.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         No!

               
                                     NURSE
                         Excuse me sir? Are you lost?

               
               Teal'c is now wearing ordinary clothes and the previously empty
 
               
               room

               is full of patients.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         No I'm..

               
                                     NURSE
                         Are you sure you're all right?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I'm fine. Wrong room. Sorry.

               
               Teal'c leaves.

               
                                     NURSE
                         Sir, sir?

               
               Teal'c reaches a door and turns to see a Doctor in surgical garb.
 
               
               It's Apophis again.

               
                                     APOPHIS
                         You cannot escape your fate, shol'va.
 
                         
               
               Teal'c opens the door and again enters the Gateroom.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Hey come on, let's go. You know how 
                         much it costs to
 
               keep

               that thing open? Bra'tac's waiting for you.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Something is wrong.

               
                                     CARTER
                         What is it?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         He must have taken it.

               
                                     JONAS
                         Who must have taken what?

               
               Teal'c starts to undo his jacket.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Shut it down.

               
               The Gate shuts down.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Teal'c?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         My symbiote is gone.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Fraiser just gave you a clean bill of 
                         health.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         My symbiote is gone! My symbiote is 
                         gone!
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Get a medical team down here right now.
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Help me, help me.

               
               PLANET

               
               We see a field full of dead jaffa. Teal'c and Bra'tac are

               lying

               together near a lake.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Hold on old man.

               
               Teal'c takes the symbiote from Bra'tac and puts it in his own
 
               
               pouch.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Help me, help me.

               
                                     SHAUNA
                         It's just a nightmare, you're safe.
 
                         
               
               Teal'c is now in bed with Shauna.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I was in the hospital.

               
                                     SHAUNA
                         That's right. They performed the transplant 
                         and you
 
               recovered. They sent you home.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I don't remember.

               
                                     SHAUNA
                         You saved his life.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I don't remember coming home.

               
                                     SHAUNA
                         But you are home. With me. And everything's 
                         all right.
 
               
               Teal'c sits up and sees a scar.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         O'Neill. O'Neill picked me up and he 
                         took me home.
 
               
                                     SHAUNA
                         That's right. Bray's gonna be fine. 
                         And so are you.
 
               It's just

               a nightmare, my love.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I feel like? Shauna, I feel like I'm 
                         going insane.
 
               
                                     SHAUNA
                         A few bad dreams.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         You can't tell anyone about this, okay? 
                         Because I
 
               don't want

               people to start thinking I'm going crazy.

               
                                     SHAUNA
                         I promise.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         When I'm there, this is the dream.
 
                         
               
                                     SHAUNA
                         When you're there?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I'm part of something. Military or underground. 
                         A
 
               secret

               place.

               
                                     SHAUNA
                         Sweetheart, I don't understand what 
                         you're saying.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I'm serious.

               
                                     SHAUNA
                         It's dreams.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         They say this is the dream. And when 
                         I'm there I
 
               believe it.

               When I'm there, it makes sense that this can't be real. When
 
               
               I'm

               here?.

               
                                     SHAUNA
                         Honey, Look at me. Look at me. Kiss 
                         me. How can that not be
 
               real?

               
               Shauna puts her head on his shoulder.

               
               HOSPITAL

               
               Teal'c is walking along the corridor. He walks into Bray's

               room.

               
                                     BRAY
                         Hey. How're you feeling?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Better. And you?

               
                                     BRAY
                         They haven't told you? They say my body's 
                         rejecting the
 
               new

               kidney.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         What?

               
                                     BRAY
                         They're pumping me full of anti-rejection 
                         drugs. This and
 
               that

               and everything, but I got to say, if it doesn't take, I'm

               ready to

               go. I really am. How do you know this operation isn't keeping 
               me
 
               from

               going to a better place?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Come on Bray; don't even start talking 
                         like that!
 
               
                                     BRAY
                         Why are we so afraid of dying? I'm not 
                         afraid.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I am, okay. I'd rather die myself than 
                         let you go. So
 
               you

               hang in there, old man. Because I did not go through this so 
               you
 
               could give up on me.

               
               OUTSIDE THE HOSPITAL

               
               Teal'c is sitting down and Daniel walks up.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Am I late? I thought I was supposed 
                         to be at eleven?
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         It is.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Oh. Been up to see Bray?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Just came from there.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         How's he doing?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         His body is rejecting the new kidney.
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Well you knew that might happen.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         There's got to be something we can do.
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         You've done everything humanly possible.
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I didn't go through this so Bray could 
                         die.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Why are you going through this? I mean, 
                         why do you think this
 
               is happening? All of it, Bray, the nightmares you've been having?
 
               
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         The nightmares are gone.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         You're not dreaming you're part of some 
                         secret
 
               military

               operation underground?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Shauna told you.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         No.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Then how the hell do you know?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         I just know, it doesn't matter.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Fine. I'll ask her myself.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Because we've talked about this before. 
                         You just
 
               don't

               remember, just like you don't remember the operation or getting
 
               
               discharged from the hospital, all right? Right? Well, tell me 
               about
 
               it again.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I'm part of something, a team.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Who's on this team?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Same as at the fire hall. Chief O'Neill, 
                         Captain
 
               Carter, hell

               even Probie's there.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Probie is who?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Probationary fireman. It's the same 
                         as calling
 
               someone a

               rookie.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Right.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         His name's Jonas.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         And what does this team do? The one 
                         in your dream?
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Go places, you know, try to make a difference. 
                         Help
 
               people.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         You're a fireman.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         No we um?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         You're just gonna have to trust me.
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         All right. We go to other planets through 
                         a big ring of
 
               shimmering blue water. I'm not even human.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         You're a?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         A jaffa. I carry this thing round in 
                         my gut that's
 
               called a

               symbiote. Helps keep me alive.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Something like a kidney, something you 
                         might be hesitant to
 
               give up? Let me ask you this, does Bray fit anywhere into your 
               dream?
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Which one? Hell I don't even know what's 
                         real any
 
               more.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         You're not alone in that. Lot's of people 
                         have been
 
               trying to

               figure out the answer to that question for a long time. So just 
               let
 
               me get this straight. When you're there, this is the dream. When
 
               
               you're here, that's the dream?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         They're both so real.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         And both you're having nightmares?
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Hell, I'm not even supposed to dream 
                         in the other one.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Because you're jaffa?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Don't ask me.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         I mean it's really neither here nor 
                         there; the point is
 
               both

               can't be real.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         No.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         So you're trying to figure out which 
                         of the two lives you
 
               seem to be leading is the real one so that you can stay there 
               or here
 
               or wherever it is you're supposed to be once and for all. But
 
               
               maybe

               the answer to that question is something you haven't even

               considered.

               Maybe neither one is real.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         What?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Think about it. If you can't distinguish 
                         between them, if
 
               the

               one seems equally as real as the other, maybe you don't belong 
               in
 
               either one.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Then what do I do?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Hang in there, just a little while longer.
 
                         
               
               Daniel gets up and walks off.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Hey you can't leave me here like this!
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         I haven't left your side Teal'c. And 
                         I'm not
 
               going to. That's

               a promise.

               
               O'Neill puts his hand on Teal'c's shoulder and he is back

               in the

               Gateroom. He's wearing a robe and looks a little worse for wear.
 
               
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         O'Neill.

               
                                     FRAISER
                         It's okay.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Yeah, you're gonna be all right, just 
                         hang in there.
 
               
                                     FRAISER
                         Teal'c, listen to me okay. This is very 
                         important. How
 
               long

               have you gone without your symbiote?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Bra'tac?

               
                                     FRAISER
                         It's okay, it's okay. He's alive, thanks 
                         to you
 
               but I need

               to know how long?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         You must save Bra'tac!

               
                                     FRAISER
                         We'll do our best okay. Let's take them 
                         both
 
               directly to OR

               1. Let's move. Easy.

               
               Teal'c is put on a gurney and wheeled out. Hammond walks in.
 
               
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         What happened Colonel?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         It was a set up from the get go Sir.
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Meeting of the rebel leaders?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         There was no meeting. It was an ambush.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         We found over a hundred rebel jaffa 
                         dead. Every single one of
 
               them had had their symbiotes removed except one.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Bra'tac.

               
                                     JONAS
                         He and Teal'c were the only warriors 
                         left alive.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Teal'c left for this meeting over three 
                         days ago. How
 
               did he

               manage to stay alive that long without a symbiote?

               
                                     CARTER
                         Sir, it's possible Teal'c survived the 
                         ambush and
 
               used his

               own symbiote to keep both he and Bra'tac alive until we got there.
 
               
               
                                     JONAS
                         He knew we'd show up as soon as he was 
                         late.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Well how long can two jaffa survive 
                         with only one symbiote
 
               between them?

               
                                     CARTER
                         We've no idea Sir. Up until a couple 
                         of hours ago, we
 
               didn't

               even think it was possible.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Report to the briefing room in one hour.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Yes Sir.

               
               CONTROL ROOM

               
               Janet and Hammond walk up the steps to the briefing room.

               
                                     FRAISER
                         We've managed to stabilise them by using 
                         the same method
 
               Teal'c must have used to keep them both alive otherwise he would
 
               
               have

               been dead when they found him. You see, we're essentially

               transferring from one to the other.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         How long can you keep them both alive 
                         that way?
 
               
                                     FRAISER
                         I really don't know Sir. It's a miracle 
                         they've
 
               survived

               this long. Don't ask me how Teal'c had the strength or the

               where with

               all to keep it up.

               
                                     JONAS
                         Dr Fraiser, forgive the obvious, but 
                         why can't we just get
 
               him

               another symbiote?

               
                                     CARTER
                         We've looked into it. It's all but impossible 
                         right
 
               now to

               find a symbiote that isn't already being used.

               
                                     JONAS
                         Right.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         We contacted the Tok'ra as soon as we 
                         received your
 
               emergency radio transmission and apprised them of Teal'c and
 
               
               Bra'tac's condition. Jacob's on the way.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Sir, if it comes down to a choice?
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Jack, we have to consider that Teal'c 
                         has already made a
 
               choice. Now according to Dr Fraiser, he's gone through hell in
 
               
               order

               to see it through.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Well let's hope it doesn't come down 
                         to that.
 
               
               GATEROOM

               
               Sam walks up the ramp. Jacob walks through.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Dad. Thank God you're here.

               
                                     JACOB
                         Hopefully I'm not too late.

               
               INFIRMARY

               
               Teal'c and Bra'tac are on adjoining beds.

               
                                     JONAS
                         How are they?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Shauna.

               
                                     JONAS
                         Shauna?

               
                                     FRAISER
                         Shau'nac. She was very important in 
                         Teal'c's
 
               life. You see,

               when a jaffa goes without a symbiote for any protracted length 
               of
 
               time, at least according to jaffa legend, his life flashes before 
               his
 
               eyes. You know it might help if you talk to him.

               
                                     JONAS
                         Yeah. Teal'c, you gotta hang in there. 
                         I need you. You
 
               made me

               feel like one of the team. If there's anything I can do.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Don't worry about it Probie. Go back 
                         to sleep.
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         Probie?

               
               Jacob, Sam, Jack and Hammond walk in.

               
                                     JACOB
                         Dr Fraiser. What's their condition?
 
                         
               
                                     FRAISER
                         They're critical. All three of them.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Three?

               
                                     FRAISER
                         Due to his advanced age and the fact 
                         that his body is
 
               showing signs of rejecting the symbiote, Bra'tac has had to have
 
               
               it

               longer than Teal'c. Now it seems the strain of keeping them both
 
               
               alive is too much for the symbiote. I don't think it could

               restore

               either one of them at this point.

               
                                     JONAS
                         What about a hand device?

               
                                     JACOB
                         I've brought something better. Something 
                         that should work
 
               as

               effectively as a symbiote. At least for the short term.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         What's that?

               
                                     CARTER
                         Tretonin sir.

               
               Jacob hands it to Janet.

               
                                     JONAS
                         The drug the Pangarans offered us?
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Whoa. That's ground Goa'uld isn't it?
 
                         
               
                                     JACOB
                         It's a little more refined than that 
                         Jack, but yes it is
 
               derived from Goa'uld symbiotes.

               
                                     CARTER
                         It supplanted the immune systems in 
                         the Pangarans, why
 
               couldn't it do the same for the jaffa?

               
                                     FRAISER
                         I've already considered it, it won't 
                         work. The
 
               sample I

               studied was designed to take the place of a human immune system.
 
               
               
                                     JACOB
                         We've since refined it specifically 
                         for jaffa physiology.
 
               The

               Tok'ra have been looking forward to an end of the jaffa's

               dependence

               on symbiotes for centuries. We've been working on this tretonin
 
               
               variant ever since you introduced us to the Pagarans. But it
 
               
               hasn't

               been tested.

               
                                     FRAISER
                         But even if it does work, I mean, Teal'c 
                         and Bra'tac
 
               will

               become just as dependent on the tretonin as the Pangarans.

               
                                     JACOB
                         Given time, we can solve that problem. 
                         But at least
 
               they'll be

               alive.

               
                                     FRAISER
                         If I knew for a fact that this is what 
                         Teal'c wanted..
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Janet, this could ultimately lead to 
                         freedom from Goa'uld
 
               oppression for all jaffa. That's something that Teal'c and

               Bra'tac

               want more than anything.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Do it.

               
                                     FRAISER
                         Yes sir.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Teal'c without Junior. That's a concept.
 
                         
               
               INFIRMARY

               
               Teal'c is in bed. He opens his eyes to see Daniel.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Hey Teal'c.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Am I dreaming?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         No, not this time. It's late, everyone's 
                         gone home
 
               for the

               night. I just wanted to make sure you're okay.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         What of Bra'tac?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Bra'tac's fine. Thanks to you.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         And to you as well I believe.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         No, no that was you. I don't know anyone 
                         that could have
 
               done

               what you did. You kept him alive for three days without ever 
               thinking
 
               about yourself. Every time you gave up your symbiote you knew 
               it
 
               might be for the last time.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         This experience has been very different 
                         for me. It seemed
 
               so

               real.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Your mind took you where it needed to 
                         go. I promise you this
 
               is real. You're just going to have to trust me on that. You go 
               to
 
               sleep. When you wake up, everything's gonna be fine.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Is that a promise Daniel Jackson?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         That's a promise.

               
               Teal'c closes his eyes.

               
               THE END

               

Changeling



Writers :   Christopher Judge
Genres :   Sci-Fi  Action  Adventure


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