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                                      STARGATE SG1

                                      Episode 610

                                         "CURE"

                                           By

                                     Damian Kindler




               PANGAR (ALIEN PLANET)

               We see several people working at what appears to be an archealogical 
               dig, including a blond woman. She looks off camera and begins 
               walking in that direction. The camera pans in the direction she 
               is walking to reveal a Stargate. There are four individuals standing 
               next to the DHD, waiting for something. One of them is wearing 
               what appears to be a military type uniform and is pacing slightly. 
               He looks directly at the man nearest him who is wearing a long 
               grey suit coat.
 
               
                                     DOLLEN
                         "Calm yourself, Commander."

               
                                     TEGAR
                         "We are about to meet an alien race 
                         in person for the first time. If you 
                         are correct, they are more advanced 
                         than us and capable of being a significant 
                         threat. That gives me good reason to 
                         be on the highest alert."
 
               
               He turns to stand next to Representative Dollen. Several people, 
               including the previously seen blond woman are seen approaching 
               and standing behind them.
 
               
                                     DOLLEN
                         "Since the discovery of the temple ruins, 
                         we have had reason to believe that there 
                         are other inhabited planets in the galaxy 
                         and now finally, we have our proof. 
                         I, for one, am relieved that the very 
                         first contact that we have made is with 
                         a race of humans that seem to be very 
                         much like us."
 
               
                                     TEGAR
                         "Maybe you trust them without suspicion, 
                         but I cannot."
 
               
                                     DOLLEN
                         "Nevertheless Commander, we must proceed."
 
                         
               
               The Stargate activates. All stand and watch with anticipation.
 
               
               
                                     DOLLEN
                         "They are sending their most respected 
                         team of representatives. No doubt, the 
                         leader of this group will be a brilliant 
                         and savvy negotiator."
 
               
                                     TEGAR
                         "We must be at our best to match the 
                         challenge."
 
               
                                     DOLLEN
                         "Personally, I cannot wait to meet a 
                         man of such genius."
 
               
               Just then, Jack, Sam, Teal'c and Jonas step through the 'gate.
 
               
               
                                     JACK
                         "Howdy, folks."

               
               Dollen looks at them in their full gear, and his smile fades, 
               slightly. Jack smiles and walks toward them.
 
               
               
               PANGAR

               We see what appears to be a gondola platform overlooking a city 
               on a body of water. There are airships (derigible-type) flying 
               in the air. Next, SG-1 is lead into a Japanese style room by 
               Dollen. Someone is placing a tray of refreshments on the table.
 
               
               
                                     JACK
                         "Nice."

               
                                     DOLLEN
                         "Thank you, Colonel. We would be happy 
                         to take you on a full tour of our city, 
                         but first, we would like to spend a 
                         little time talking about our mutual 
                         interests. So, please, please, sit."
 
                         
               
               SG-1 takes a seat across the table from Dollen.

               
                                     DOLLEN
                         "To be honest, we are still trying to 
                         adjust to the fact that our...Stargate, 
                         as you call it...is no longer a mere 
                         relic of a bygone era."
 
               
                                     TEGAR
                         "Obviously, it was quite a shock when 
                         your communication machine appeared 
                         last month."
 
               
                                     SAM
                         "First contact can be somewhat unnerving."
 
                         
               
                                     DOLLEN
                         "Well, we are all very pleased to finally 
                         get the chance to talk face to face."
 
                         
               
                                     TEGAR
                         "From our study of the ancient temple, 
                         we have been able to deduce the Stargate 
                         was an interplanetary transportation 
                         device..."
 
               
                                     DOLLEN
                         "...but we haven't determined how to 
                         make a connection with the many worlds 
                         described in the writings in the temple."
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         "It took us a while to get the hang 
                         of it too."
 
               
                                     DOLLEN
                         "We know that the symbols on the Stargate 
                         itself are the key, but as for the number 
                         and sequence to enter in the dialing 
                         device..."
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         "We can definitely help you out there."
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         "Once we get to know you a little better."
 
                         
               
                                     DOLLEN
                         "Oh, yes, well, of course. We intend 
                         to allow you full access to our...our 
                         citizens, our history, our culture, 
                         so that you may come to trust us."
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         "I hope we can reciprocate."

               
                                     DOLLEN
                         "We also want to make it clear that 
                         we intend to offer all that we can in 
                         trade for any knowledge or technology 
                         that you are willing to share."
 
               
               A bottle of purple liquid is placed on the table in front of 
               Jack and Sam. They look at it and and each other. Sam gives a 
               cute little combination shrug and questioning look. Jack picks 
               up the bottle and looks at it.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         "Qu'est-ce que c'est?"

               
                                     DOLLEN
                         "We call it Tretonin, Colonel. It is 
                         our greatest scientific discovery."
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         "How so?"

               
                                     DOLLEN
                         "Major Carter, from what you have told 
                         me about your world, your people suffer 
                         from a myriad of illnesses. Many of 
                         them are untreatable. Tretonin makes 
                         our immune systems impervious to any 
                         ailment. We live in perfect health."
 
                         
               
               PANGAR

               We see Jonas and Teal'c walking among the ruins near the Stargate.
 
               
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         "What is it you hope to achieve here, 
                         Jonas Quinn?"
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         "I figure if we're gonna learn about 
                         these people, the best place to start's 
                         at the beginning."
 
               
               Suddenly, the blond woman seen earlier, shouts to them.

               
                                     ZENNA
                         "Earthans!"

               
                                     JONAS
                         "Uh, that's Earthlings." (then, quietly 
                         to Teal'c) "...sort of..."
 
               
                                     ZENNA
                         "I am Zenna Valk, supervisor of the 
                         temple research project. It is a pleasure 
                         to meet the explorers from the planet 
                         Earth."
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         "Well, we're not originally from there..."
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         "...however, we have dedicated ourselves 
                         to the cause of the Tau'ri." (Then, 
                         when Zenna gives him an uncomprehending 
                         look) "Earth."
 
               
                                     ZENNA
                         "Am I at least correct in assuming you 
                         are Jaffa?"
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         "Indeed."

               
                                     ZENNA
                         "I cannot tell you how exciting this 
                         is. We have learned much from the discovery 
                         of this site, but it must pale in comparison 
                         to what you can teach us."
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         "I don't know about that, but we'd love 
                         it if you showed us around."
 
               
                                     ZENNA
                         "By all means, that was my intention. 
                         We first discovered these ruins over 
                         a hundred years ago and since then, 
                         we've dedicated ourselves to studying 
                         the secrets the Goa'uld left behind. 
                         This area was obviously some sort of 
                         reception colonnade for greeting travelers 
                         who came through the Stargate. The real 
                         discovery was made just over here."
 
                         
               
               
               BACK IN THE NEGOTIATING ROOM.

               Jack is holding up the Tretonin bottle.

               
                                     DOLLEN
                         "Although we fully admit Tretonin is 
                         not without side effects, we assure 
                         you, the good it can do far outweighs 
                         any negative aspects."
 
               
                                     SAM
                         "What kind of side effects are we talking 
                         about, exactly?"
 
               
                                     TEGAR
                         "It depends on the individual. Most 
                         people experience almost no reaction 
                         to it. Those who do merely require more 
                         regulated doses."
 
               
                                     SAM
                         "We'll need a decent amount for testing..."
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         "...on Earth, of course."

               
                                     DOLLEN
                         "Yes, certainly."

               
                                     TEGAR
                         "Of course, we will need something in 
                         return from you, as a measure of good 
                         faith."
 
               
                                     SAM
                         "We've been authorized to give you these 
                         ten addresses and a rudimentary lesson 
                         in 'gate technology. These are all peaceful 
                         planets, safe from hostile forces, rich 
                         with historical relics and natural resources."
 
                         
               
                                     DOLLEN
                         "Well, this is a very generous offer, 
                         Major, very generous. However, based 
                         on our own studies of the writings in 
                         the temple, we have compiled a list 
                         of the names of the worlds that we would 
                         like to visit."
 
               
               He hands a booklet to Jack and Sam.

               
               
                                     JACK
                         "Do you recognize any of these?"

               
                                     SAM
                         "Well, I'll have to cross-reference 
                         the Goa'uld names with our database 
                         of Stargate addresses, but off-hand, 
                         I recognize these three, sir. They're 
                         classified off-limits: Goa'uld homeworlds."
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         "Yeah, uh, fellas...you really don't 
                         wanna go here. Not exactly a walk in 
                         the park, you know what I mean?"
 
               
                                     TEGAR
                         "We know the Goa'uld are a hostile race 
                         that once ruled this planet centuries 
                         ago."
 
               
                                     JACK
                         "All right, you're new to this, so I'll 
                         cut you a break..."
 
               
                                     TEGAR
                         "Those are the worlds we wish to explore."
 
                         
               
                                     DOLLEN
                         "We believe that they are significant 
                         to our history."
 
               
                                     JACK
                         "Look, guys, we're not lying to you 
                         about this...you don't wanna go there 
                         first time out. Trust me."
 
               
                                     TEGAR
                         "If you have been to these worlds and 
                         survived, can we not?"
 
               
                                     JACK
                         "All I'm tryin' to say to you is...it 
                         would be stupid."
 
               
                                     TEGAR
                         "We are aware of the risks and believe 
                         the rewards are worth the potential 
                         consequences, as you and your people 
                         obviously do, Colonel."
 
               
                                     DOLLEN
                         "Please, Colonel, in exchange for the 
                         Tretonin, we are simply asking that 
                         you respect our wishes."
 
               
               
               BACK AT THE RUINS.

               Zenna is still leading Jonas and Teal'c around.

               
                                     ZENNA
                         "There is an underground tunnel system 
                         that leads to the main temple."
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         "It is most likely a means of escape 
                         to the Stargate in case of an attack."
 
                         
               
                                     ZENNA
                         "That's exactly what I thought." (They 
                         have reached the tunnel entrance and 
                         she gestures for them to follow her 
                         in.) "Please."
 
               
               
                                     TIME JUMP
                         Inside the temple.

               
                                     ZENNA
                         "The writing in this chamber seem to 
                         tell the story of the Goa'uld who once 
                         ruled here. We've been attempting to 
                         decipher this section of the wall for 
                         many months. Thus far, with limited 
                         success."
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         "It is written in a rare dialect of 
                         ancient Goa'uld...an account of the 
                         warlord Shak'ran."
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         "He was a system lord who was eventually 
                         defeated by Apophis about 300 years 
                         ago."
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         "Indeed. Until his defeat it appears 
                         Pangar served as Shak'ran's homeworld."
 
                         
               
                                     ZENNA
                         "And what of the Goa'uld Apophis? The 
                         one who conquered Shak'ran?"
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         "He was killed in battle, not long ago."
 
                         
               
                                     ZENNA
                         "As I suspected, you have much wisdom 
                         to share."
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         "Teal'c and I'll be more than happy 
                         to help you out with the translations. 
                         I've got at least a dozen ancient ciphers 
                         I can try..."
 
               
                                     ZENNA
                         "Please...I do not wish to be overheard 
                         by the Pangar security contingent. There 
                         is something you need to know about 
                         the Tretonin..." (Then she notices someone 
                         coming.) "Please come with me and I 
                         will finish showing you the rest of 
                         the ruins." (The quieter, so just Jonas 
                         and Teal'c can hear) "I will try to 
                         talk to you later."
 
               
               
                                     TIME JUMP
                         Outside the ruins.

               Jonas and Teal'c are meeting up with Sam and Jack.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         "She said there was something we needed 
                         to know about the Tretonin..."
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         "...and she seemed to be worried about 
                         these guys, like she was going way out 
                         on a limb just talking to us about something 
                         other than Goa'uld hieroglyphs."
 
               
                                     JACK
                         "All right. You guys keep digging. See 
                         what you can find. Carter and I'll take 
                         this sample back to the SGC."
 
               
               Sam and Jack separate from the pair and continue on.

               
               
               THE TEMPLE CHAMBER.

               Zenna is alone in the chamber. Jonas enters.

               
                                     ZENNA
                         "Jonas."

               
                                     JONAS
                         "Dr. Valk."

               
                                     ZENNA
                         "Please, call me Zenna."

               
                                     JONAS
                         "How's it coming?"

               
                                     ZENNA
                         "It's slow and painstaking. Any help 
                         you're willing to give me..."
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         "Certainly, I brought those ciphers 
                         I was telling you about." (He looks 
                         around.) "Looks like we're alone."
 
                         
               
                                     ZENNA
                         "What do you suppose this means?"

               
                                     JONAS
                         "You said that there was something we 
                         needed to know about the Tretonin."
 
                         
               
                                     ZENNA
                         "I'm sorry, you must've misunderstood."
 
                         
               
                                     JONAS
                         "No, I think you were pretty clear." 
                         (She looks at the door behind him.) 
                         "No one's coming. Teal'c is up there 
                         standing guard. You can talk to me."
 
                         
               
                                     ZENNA
                         "I don't have anything to say..."

               
                                     JONAS
                         "Zenna! If you know something..."

               
                                     ZENNA
                         "No, I don't!"

               
               She breaks free and walks out of the temple. Outside, Teal'c 
               watches, surprised as Zenna rushes out past him. Seconds later, 
               Jonas follows her out.
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         "That was strange."

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         "What did Zenna Valk have to say?"
 
                         
               
                                     JONAS
                         "Nothing. Someone must've got to her."
 
                         
               
               
               

               
               
               PANGAR

               Teal'c and Jonas are hanging out near Zenna's tent. Teal'c notices 
               Zenna leave and silently signals Jonas that it is time to move 
               out. Jonas tries to be sneaky and slips into Zenna's tent to 
               do some looking around. He looks at one book, replaces it and 
               then moves to another pile of books. He finds a map in another 
               book and snags it.
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         "I think I've got something here. She's 
                         on Tretonin herself; looks like she 
                         has regular appointments to get injections."
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         "Continue."

               
                                     JONAS
                         "I was thinking we go and check out 
                         the place they get their shots. I found 
                         a map of the city. I'm pretty sure I 
                         can get us there." (Teal'c nods.) "Let's 
                         do it."
 
               
               As they leave, the camera stays behind to reveal that Zenna has 
               overheard their conversation.
 
               
               
                                     TIME JUMP
                         It's nighttime.

               Jonas and Teal'c are sneaking into the Tretonin facility through 
               an underground tunnel entrance. They walk along with flashlights. 
               They come upon what looks like a lab. There are several bottles 
               on a table, some of which look just like the one give to Sam 
               and Jack.
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         "Looks like this is where they actually 
                         make the drug as well as administer 
                         it."
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         "This way."

               
               They walk onto a catwalk suspended above what appear to be fish 
               hatchery-type tanks. Sounds of water can be heard.
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         "What is it?"

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         "I am not sure."

               
               They continue along the catwalk.

               
                                     JONAS
                         "Well, something tells me this isn't 
                         the rec room."
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         "No, it is not."

               
               They come to a point where the catwalk turns at a 90 degree angle, 
               a corner, and peer over the rail into the water tanks below.
 
               
               
                                     JONAS
                         "There's something living in there."
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         "Goa'uld symbiotes."

               
                                     JONAS
                         "Are you sure?"

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         "Yes...and there are a great many."
 
                         
               
                                     JONAS
                         "What are they doing?"

               
                                     GUARD
                         "Who's there? Identify yourselves!"
 
                         
               
               Suddenly alarms go off. Teal'c hears guards coming up behind 
               them and turns to take them on.
 
               
                                     GUARD
                         "Stop!"

               
               Teal'c fights with a couple of guards and another tackles Jonas 
               from behind. The railing gives ways and Jonas and his attacker 
               plummet into the tanks below.
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         "Teal'c!"

               
               Teal'c stops fighting and rushes to the corner to see Jonas in 
               the water below. He continues on the catwalk to find a way down 
               to the tank level. Meanwhile, in the tank, Jonas and the guard 
               stop fighting and look at the water around them. Jonas sees a 
               symbiote headed for him. He starts swimming toward the edge and 
               get there just as Teal'c arrives to help haul him out. The guard 
               is not as fortunate and as Teal'c and Jonas turn to try and help 
               him, he is dragged under the surface. All watch for a few seconds 
               and then the guard emerges and they help him out of the water. 
               Immediately, Jonas and Teal'c turn him over. An entry wound is 
               seen on the back of his neck.
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         "He's got one in him."

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         "Stand aside."

               
               However, the guards who have gathered around him have other intentions. 
               They pull their arms.
 
               
                                     GUARD
                         "Lower your weapon!"

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         "This man is a Goa'uld."

               
                                     JONAS
                         "Teal'c. Something's not right. This 
                         guy's completely out of it."
 
               
                                     GUARD
                         "Lower your weapon now!"

               
               Teal'c reluctantly lowers the Zat.

               
               
               THE PANGARAN NEGOTIATING ROOM, THE NEXT MORNING.

               
                                     TEGAR
                         "Would you care to tell us what you 
                         were doing at the Tretonin facility?"
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         "You wanna tell us why you have a pool 
                         full of Goa'uld symbiotes?"
 
               
                                     DOLLEN
                         "You have betrayed our openness with 
                         you."
 
               
                                     JACK
                         "Openness? You're raising Goa'ulds! 
                         When were you gonna tell us that?"
 
                         
               
                                     DOLLEN
                         "The symbiotes are a critical component 
                         to making Tretonin."
 
               
                                     SAM
                         "Excuse me?"

               
                                     DOLLEN
                         "It is a complicated process, one which 
                         is better explained by our scientists. 
                         Quite frankly, we intended to tell you 
                         how the Tretonin was made, eventually. 
                         We just wanted to first assess how you 
                         might react."
 
               
                                     JACK
                         "Not well."

               
                                     TEGAR
                         "I don't know why you're taking such 
                         offense. You've told us yourselves, 
                         the Goa'uld are mortal enemies who have 
                         enslaved countless humans. Where is 
                         the harm in using them to enhance our 
                         quality of life?"
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         "Do you really understand the risks 
                         involved?"
 
               
                                     DOLLEN
                         "We have been using the same method 
                         to produce Tretonin for nearly 30 years. 
                         We take every precaution possible to 
                         protect our people."
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         "How were these symbiotes procured?"
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         "Yeah, for people who haven't mastered 
                         'gate travel, you sure got a lot of 
                         'em."
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         "We would require answers before sharing 
                         any further information about the Stargate."
 
                         
               
                                     TEGAR
                         "We have already told you everything 
                         that is necessary."
 
               
                                     DOLLEN
                         "Tegar, the Colonel is right. There 
                         is no reason to keep more secrets."
 
                         
               
               
               THE TRETONIN FACILITY

               SG-1 and Dollen are walking down a hall.

               
                                     DOLLEN
                         "The drug was developed and is now manufactured 
                         and administered here...and since it's 
                         use has spread to more of the general 
                         population, we've, uh, implemented other 
                         treatment centers throughout Pangar 
                         as well. Now, through here is the reason 
                         we were able to create Tretonin in the 
                         first place. The symbiotes were not 
                         procured through 'gate travel." (He 
                         opens a door and ushers SG-1 into a 
                         room.) "Our symbiotes are all bred here 
                         in captivity."
 
               
               SG-1 are stunned to see what appears to be a Goa'uld symbiote 
               attached to a large womb in a tank similar to a fish tank. There 
               are wires attached to the womb portion which is fleshtone in 
               color and in stark contrast to the grey color of the symbiote. 
               The symbiote seems to look at them as they enter the room
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         "A queen."

               
                                     JACK
                         "No kidding."

               
               
               A PANGARAN HOSPITAL?

               We see the guard who was implanted strapped to a type of hospital 
               bed. A female walks by carrying a tray and the camera pans back 
               to reveal Dollen standing outside the room. He turns to Sam and 
               Jack.
 
               
                                     DOLLEN
                         "Is there nothing you can do to help 
                         him?"
 
               
                                     SAM
                         "What's his condition?"

               
                                     DOLLEN
                         "Well, his lower-brain functions seem 
                         to be intact. His breathing and heart 
                         rate are normal, but he is completely 
                         unresponsive to any stimulus."
 
               
                                     SAM
                         "It doesn't make sense."

               
                                     JACK
                         "Teal'c?"

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         "Prior to the process of incubating 
                         Goa'uld symbiotes using Jaffa, the blending 
                         between Goa'uld and host had only a 
                         one-in-two chance of success. The Jaffa 
                         were created for the very reason of 
                         improving the ability of the symbiote 
                         to take human hosts."
 
               
                                     SAM
                         "So the fact that this symbiote was 
                         raised in a tank could explain the coma-like 
                         state?"
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         "To the best of my knowledge, a failed 
                         blending results in death to both Goa'uld 
                         and host. This man is very much alive."
 
                         
               
                                     DOLLEN
                         "Our understanding is that this is a 
                         typical reaction to contact with Goa'uld 
                         offspring."
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         "A Goa'uld offspring is born with the 
                         intellect and knowledge of the queen 
                         who bore it. Normally, the fully developed 
                         personality would emerge, allowing the 
                         symbiote to control the host immediately 
                         upon blending. "
 
               
                                     JACK
                         "Glowing eyes, cliché behavior, evilness, 
                         that kind of thing."
 
               
                                     SAM
                         "This one's more of a blank slate."
 
                         
               
                                     DOLLEN
                         "Is it possible that the production 
                         and raising process has somehow hindered 
                         the development of the symbiote?"
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         "This I do not know."

               
                                     SAM
                         "Colonel, I recommend we contact the 
                         Tok'ra. They may have a deeper understanding 
                         into this man's condition and in the 
                         very least they may be able to take 
                         the symbiote out of him."
 
               
                                     DOLLEN
                         "Uh, I-I'm sorry. Who are the Tok'ra?"
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         "Uh, basically, they're an offshoot 
                         of the Goa'uld who oppose them philosophically 
                         in every way."
 
               
                                     DOLLEN
                         "You propose to bring these Goa'uld 
                         here?"
 
               
                                     SAM
                         "They're very different. They co-exist 
                         with their hosts in a much truer symbiotic 
                         relationship." (Jack rolls his eyes.)
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         "They are, in fact, allies."

               
                                     DOLLEN
                         "And they can help?"

               
                                     JACK
                         "We'll see."

               
               
               ZENNA'S TENT

               Jonas enters and knocks on something wooden.

               
                                     JONAS
                         "Hi."

               
                                     ZENNA
                         "Hello."

               
                                     JONAS
                         "I have an admission to make. You know 
                         Teal'c and I tracked down the Tretonin 
                         facility."
 
               
                                     ZENNA
                         "Yes, I heard."

               
                                     JONAS
                         "Yeah. Well, I did it by goin' through 
                         your stuff when you weren't here. I 
                         was wrong..."
 
               
                                     ZENNA
                         "I know..."

               
                                     JONAS
                         "Well, you know it was wrong or..."
 
                         
               
                                     ZENNA
                         "I know what you did...I saw you."
 
                         
               
                                     JONAS
                         "Really? 'Cause I thought that we were...we..."
 
                         
               
                                     ZENNA
                         "...Not so good."

               
                                     JONAS
                         "No?...but you didn't try and stop us..."
 
                         
               
                                     ZENNA
                         "No, I wanted you to know. In some ways 
                         I'm glad you did what you did. In others, 
                         I'm disappointed you were so willing 
                         to betray me."
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         "You know, I never would have done this 
                         had you not come to me first."
 
               
                                     ZENNA
                         "I should have told you outright. I 
                         was afraid. Tretonin is not available 
                         to everyone in Pangar yet. Taking it 
                         is a privilege...on that can be revoked."
 
                         
               
                                     JONAS
                         "I hope I didn't get you in trouble."
 
                         
               
                                     ZENNA
                         "No, but our relationship, our people's 
                         relationship, if we ever are to trust 
                         each other...we're not off to a very 
                         good start."
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         "I know."

               
                                     ZENNA
                         "You could make it up to me..."

               
                                     JONAS
                         "How?"

               
                                     ZENNA
                         "Help me finish the translations in 
                         the tomb."
 
               
               
               PANGARAN HOSPITAL

               Malek and Kelmaa are examining the Goa'ulded guard.

               
                                     KELMAA
                         "It is as though the symbiote within 
                         this man has taken a host before it 
                         was mature enough to do so."
 
               
                                     MALEK
                         "And yet our scans indicate it to be 
                         a full-grown adult. Most puzzling."
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         "Can you account for its lack of identity?"
 
                         
               
                                     MALEK
                         "As you know, memory is passed on genetically 
                         by the queen allowing them to be born 
                         with the collective knowledge of their 
                         lineage."
 
               
                                     KELMAA
                         "It is possible that the queen that 
                         spawned him was unable to pass on this 
                         information to her progeny."
 
               
                                     JACK
                         "Unable?"

               
                                     MALEK
                         "The knowledge imparted on her young 
                         by a queen is done so voluntarily."
 
                         
               
                                     KELMAA
                         "In this case, if nothing were passed 
                         on to this symbiote it would be, uh, 
                         as you say, an empty vessel."
 
               
                                     SAM
                         "Can you remove it without harming the 
                         host?"
 
               
                                     MALEK
                         "Possibly, although such a procedure 
                         would be dangerous." (Turning to look 
                         at Sam and Jack.) "We would like to 
                         see the queen that spawned this Goa'uld."
 
                         
               
               
               THE QUEEN'S TANK ROOM

               Sam, Jack, Kelmaa, and Malek are looking at the queen.

               
                                     JACK
                         "Not a pretty sight, even for a Goa'uld, 
                         huh?"
 
               
                                     KELMAA
                         "She is extremely old."

               
                                     MALEK
                         "She's been kept in this manner for 
                         decades?"
 
               
                                     SAM
                         "According to the Pangarans, they began 
                         using her for medical experiments over 
                         fifty years ago. She's been breeding 
                         symbiotes to make Tretonin for more 
                         than half that time."
 
               
                                     JACK
                         "All right. Now, how is that possible? 
                         I mean, how does she make kids without 
                         a...man friend?"
 
               
                                     MALEK
                         "Symbiote queens are able to fertilize 
                         their own eggs. It is essentially an 
                         asexual process."
 
               
                                     JACK
                         "That why you guys take hosts?"

               
                                     KELMAA
                         "It is impressive that a primitive human 
                         culture could develop this process of 
                         creating such a drug."
 
               
                                     JACK
                         "Does it bother you at all that they 
                         use Goa'ulds like this?"
 
               
                                     MALEK
                         "No."

               
                                     JACK
                         "Okay."

               
                                     MALEK
                         "The Goa'uld have done no worse than 
                         this to humans for centuries. That the 
                         Pangarans can use them for a beneficial 
                         result is surprising but not morally 
                         objectionable to me, if that's what 
                         you mean."
 
               
                                     KELMAA
                         "I believe her condition is the reason 
                         her offspring are not mentally developed. 
                         Most unfortunate."
 
               
                                     SAM
                         "What is it?"

               
                                     KELMAA
                         "My scans indicate massive cellular 
                         degeneration. Quite simply, she is dying."
 
                         
               
               
               

               
               
               SGC CONTROL ROOM

               Dr. Fraiser and General Hammond are talking with Sam and Jack 
               via M.A.L.P transmission.
 
               
                                     JANET
                         "I am sorry, Colonel. The Pangarans 
                         totally sugarcoated the whole side effect 
                         aspect of the drug."
 
               
                                     JACK
                         "Well, that's a shock, isn't it?"

               
                                     JANET
                         "While Tretonin does appear to cure 
                         most diseases, it ultimately creates 
                         far bigger problems than it solves."
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         "How so?"

               
                                     JANET
                         "The drug acts like a symbiote in many 
                         ways. Upon entering the user's bloodstream 
                         it immediately takes over, completely 
                         suppressing the normal human immune 
                         system. The result is a powerful resistance 
                         to disease."
 
               
                                     SAM
                         "But..."

               
                                     JANET
                         "The healing effect is not permanent 
                         and the user's own immune system remains 
                         suppressed. Basically, you have to keep 
                         taking the drug for it to work."
 
               
                                     SAM
                         "Considering how it's made, we'd never 
                         create enough to sustain our population."
 
                         
               
                                     JANET
                         "I don't know how the Pangarans can 
                         make enough for their population."
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         "They don't...only about 20% are on 
                         it and they seem to be running into 
                         a wall as far as production's concerned."
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         "They've sucked the queen dry, Doc."
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         "According to the Tok'ra, she's dying."
 
                         
               
                                     JANET
                         "As far as I know, there's no way to 
                         reverse the drug's effects. If their 
                         queen is dying, as you say, it's just 
                         a matter of time before anyone currently 
                         living off Tretonin will be facing death 
                         as well."
 
               
                                     JACK
                         "Okay?" (Sam nods - then he walks up 
                         to the M.A.L.P, his face filling the 
                         computer terminal.) "O'Neill out."
 
                         
               
               
               PANGARAN NEGOTIATING ROOM.

               
                                     JACK
                         "So you wanted the 'gate addresses to 
                         the Goa'uld worlds because you wanted 
                         to snag another queen?"
 
               
                                     DOLLEN
                         "Colonel, we have no choice but to replace 
                         the one we have."
 
               
                                     SAM
                         "Exactly, how did you get to this point?"
 
                         
               
                                     DOLLEN
                         "60 years ago, our archaeologists discovered 
                         a secret chamber beneath the temple. 
                         We found a sealed canopic jar containing 
                         a living female symbiote, perfectly 
                         persevered in stasis."
 
               
                                     TEGAR
                         "From our study of the temple, we knew 
                         the Goa'uld never suffered from illness 
                         or disease. We saw this discovery as 
                         an opportunity to learn why."
 
               
                                     DOLLEN
                         "Of course, once the queen gave birth, 
                         we immediately began experimenting on 
                         her offspring's physiology, searching 
                         for a way to mimic their seemingly perfect 
                         immune system. After decades of trying, 
                         we finally came up with Tretonin. It 
                         seemed like a miracle at first."
 
               
                                     SAM
                         "Couldn't your scientists foresee the 
                         negative effects?"
 
               
                                     DOLLEN
                         "Of course. What we couldn't predict 
                         was our inability to refine the drug. 
                         We were confident that we could solve 
                         the problems if we limited the use, 
                         but ultimately, we didn't see why we 
                         shouldn't reap the benefits while working 
                         to overcome the down side."
 
               
                                     TEGAR
                         "We know the risks in confronting the 
                         Goa'uld, but tens of thousands of lives 
                         will be lost if we do nothing."
 
               
                                     DOLLEN
                         "Perhaps, you could assist us. Now you 
                         have faced the Goa'uld many times. Your 
                         knowledge could give us a tactical advantage."
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         "No...there is no tactical advantage 
                         when you're dealing with the Goa'uld. 
                         We've stayed ahead of the game only 
                         because we don't bite off more than 
                         we can chew...usually."
 
               
                                     SAM
                         "Besides, we need to get you off the 
                         Tretonin, not find another source."
 
                         
               
                                     DOLLEN
                         "Our scientists have been trying for 
                         years to find a way to reverse its effects. 
                         We've made very little progress. We 
                         need more time."
 
               
                                     SAM
                         "...or...more help."

               
               
               THE TEMPLE CHAMBER

               Zenna, Jonas and Teal'c are working on translating the walls 
               of the chamber.
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         "This is important to you. More so than 
                         just curiosity about your history."
 
                         
               
                                     ZENNA
                         "As you now know, the Tretonin may not 
                         be available to us for much longer...and 
                         when we run out, those of us taking 
                         it are going to die."
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         "Not if we can help you find some kind 
                         of antidote."
 
               
                                     ZENNA
                         "Do you think that's possible?"

               
                                     JONAS
                         "Anything's possible."

               
                                     ZENNA
                         "If we could find a new queen..."

               
                                     JONAS
                         "Long term..."

               
                                     ZENNA
                         "I know it's not the answer, but it 
                         could buy us a little more time...until 
                         another option is available. This has 
                         been my life's work...my father's life's 
                         work."
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         "Your father?"

               
                                     ZENNA
                         "My father was the one who found the 
                         jar that contained the queen. He was 
                         attempting to remove a section of the 
                         temple ruins for further study when 
                         he literally stumbled into the chamber. 
                         Of course, he had no way of knowing 
                         that his discovery would...eventually 
                         doom so many people."
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         "The result...is not his fault."

               
                                     ZENNA
                         "No."

               
               Jonas turns to his right (he currently has his back to the wall 
               that Teal'c is working on) and looks at the wall at the back 
               of the chamber.
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         "Teal'c." (He walks to the wall to get 
                         a closer look.) "Didn't you say this 
                         temple was built by Shak'ran?"
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         "It was."

               
                                     JONAS
                         "Then why does this section of the Fresco 
                         mention Ra?"
 
               
               Teal'c turns from his task to look at Jonas.

               
                                     ZENNA
                         "Who's Ra?"

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         "Ra was a powerful system lord, brother 
                         of Apophis. He, too, is dead."
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         "Well, according to this...Ra used to 
                         live here."
 
               
               
               A LAB

               Sam and Jack are talking with Kelmaa and Malek.

               
                                     KELMAA
                         We will examine the drug."

               
                                     MALEK
                         "If it acts as I suspect, it may be 
                         impossible to perfect as the Pangarans 
                         would hope. The best we might be able 
                         to do is essentially provide an antidote 
                         that will allow their normal immune 
                         systems to regenerate. They would not 
                         possess the superior health that they 
                         do now."
 
               
                                     JACK
                         "And how long will it take to go from 
                         theoretical to...enough for everyone?"
 
                         
               
                                     MALEK
                         "We can make no promises, Colonel O'Neill. 
                         However, as you say, we are in your 
                         debt. We will begin immediately."
 
                         
               
               
               THE TEMPLE CHAMBER

               Zenna, Teal'c and Jonas are still talking.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         "It is possible that Shak'ran captured 
                         this world from Ra in battle."
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         "And built this entire temple on top 
                         of whatever Ra had here before. It goes 
                         on to say something about this being 
                         some kind of prison...or, or tomb... 
                         for one of Ra's enemies." (Jonas and 
                         Teal'c look at each other.) "Wait a 
                         minute..." (Jonas walks over near where 
                         Teal'c has been working.) "... 'Here 
                         lies Egeria, betrayer of the Goa'uld, 
                         may she...suffer for all...eternity.'" 
                         (He points to another symbol on the 
                         wall.) "Egeria..." (He turns to look 
                         at Teal'c and opens one of Daniel's 
                         journals which he is carrying.) "Dr. 
                         Jackson's notes mentioned her. Isn't 
                         she supposed to have been killed?"
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         "Indeed she was, but this would seem 
                         to indicate otherwise."
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         "That means..."

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         "...the queen the Pangarans are breeding 
                         is not Goa'uld. She is the origin of 
                         the Tok'ra."
 
               
               
               

               
               
               THE PANGARAN NEGOTIATING ROOM.

               
               SG-1 are the only people present.

               
                                     JACK
                         "This could be a problem."

               
                                     SAM
                         "Are you sure?"

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         "The writings in the chamber are extremely 
                         clear."
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         "From what we can piece together, Ra 
                         used this planet as his base of operations 
                         in this sector of the galaxy."
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         "Centuries later, a rival Goa'uld named 
                         Shak'ran captured this world in battle 
                         forcing Ra to abandon it."
 
               
                                     SAM
                         "The question is do we tell Malek and 
                         Kelmaa?"
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         "How can we not tell them?"

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         "If we remain silent, the Pangarans 
                         will continue to use Egeria as a source 
                         for their drug until she is dead."
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         "And if we don't find a way to get them 
                         off the drug, they're gonna die eventually, 
                         anyway.'
 
               
                                     JACK
                         "We have to tell them."

               
               
               THE TOK'RA LAB

               Sam and Jack have come to tell Malek and Kelmaa.

               
                                     SAM
                         "Please understand, we had no idea who 
                         she was until now."
 
               
                                     MALEK
                         "It is hard to believe."

               
                                     KELMAA
                         "Many of our historians speculated that 
                         Ra did not kill Egeria, as was widely 
                         believed, but...we never dared hope 
                         that she would ever be found."
 
               
                                     MALEK
                         "She must be freed immediately, of course. 
                         Every moment that she is kept in this 
                         condition is an affront to the Tok'ra."
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         "We're going to talk to the Pangarans, 
                         now. It would help if you had something 
                         to offer."
 
               
                                     JACK
                         "Like, say...an antidote?"

               
                                     MALEK
                         "Unfortunately, finding an antidote 
                         to the Tretonin may be more problematic 
                         than we had first hoped."
 
               
                                     JACK
                         "And why is that?"

               
                                     KELMAA
                         "There is something unusual about the 
                         genetic structure of the symbiotes beyond 
                         their lack of knowledge."
 
               
                                     MALEK
                         "In fact, the Tretonin should be working 
                         far better than it does and we're not 
                         sure why it doesn't."
 
               
                                     KELMAA
                         "We cannot seem to identify the defective 
                         gene that is causing it's effects to 
                         break down."
 
               
                                     JACK
                         "But we can say you'll solve this eventually, 
                         right?"
 
               
                                     MALEK
                         "At this moment, all I can say is it 
                         is a mystery."
 
               
                                     JACK
                         "What, you're suddenly stumped?"

               
                                     MALEK
                         "I understand the implication, Colonel. 
                         This revelation about Egeria is in no 
                         way affecting our analysis of the Tretonin. 
                         As of right now, we cannot help the 
                         Pangarans."
 
               
               
               THE PANGARAN NEGOTIATING ROOM.

               Dollen and Tegar Tegar are talking with Sam and Jack.

               
                                     DOLLEN
                         "We could not have known. Surely the 
                         Tok'ra don't hold us directly responsible."
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         "They're demanding the immediate release 
                         of their queen."
 
               
                                     TEGAR
                         "How could we? It would doom thousands 
                         without a remedy."
 
               
                                     SAM
                         "The Tok'ra have suffered great losses 
                         in the last little while. Their number 
                         are severely diminished. Restoring Egeria's 
                         health may be their only hope of survival 
                         as a people."
 
               
                                     DOLLEN
                         "Have they made no progress at all in 
                         reversing the effects of Tretonin?"
 
                         
               
               
               THE LAB

               Malek, Tegar Tegar, Dollen, Sam and Jack are talking.

               
                                     TEGAR
                         "I'm sorry, but you ask the impossible."
 
                         
               
                                     MALEK
                         "She is our queen. Her freedom is not 
                         open for negotiation."
 
               
                                     DOLLEN
                         "We deeply regret who she is, but freeing 
                         her would mean death for many of our 
                         people..."
 
               
                                     TEGAR
                         "...unless, of course, you can offer 
                         and alternative."
 
               
                                     SAM
                         "Malek and Kelmaa are having trouble 
                         locating a particular element in the 
                         symbiotes genetic structure. Obviously, 
                         until they do, the chances of synthesizing 
                         an antidote are slim."
 
               
                                     DOLLEN
                         "Then we have no choice."

               
                                     MALEK
                         "You do not understand. Her existence 
                         is a miracle to the Tok'ra. We are also 
                         a dying race. You may lose thousands. 
                         Our kind will become extinct."
 
               
               
               EGERIA'S ROOM.

               Just outside the door we hear a Zat blast and a grunt. Then the 
               door opens and Kelmaa walks into the room. Egeria immediately 
               looks toward her. Kelmaa approaches the tank, reverently and 
               sadly.
 
               
               
               BACK IN THE LAB

               
                                     TEGAR
                         "I am sympathetic to the Tok'ra, but 
                         what you are asking of us would amount 
                         to a holocaust."
 
               
                                     MALEK
                         "She is a sentient being! Using her 
                         in this manner is an insult to our very 
                         existence."
 
               
               Just then a guard approaches the Tegar.

               
                                     TEGAR
                         "Someone has breached security in the 
                         manufacturing wing."
 
               
               All follow him to the manufacturing wing. They enter Egeria's 
               room to see Kelmaa's host laying on the floor and Kelmaa lying 
               beside her former host. Egeria's womb is still in the tank.
 
               
               
                                     TEGAR
                         "What has she done?"

               
                                     JACK
                         "Oh, is that...was that...?"

               
                                     MALEK
                         "Kelmaa has given her life for our queen. 
                         Her host belongs to Egeria now."
 
               
               
               THE LAB\

               Jack is looking in a microscope as Sam and Teal'c listen.

               
                                     JACK
                         "I'll bet the Pangarans would give the 
                         queen if the Tok'ra would hand over 
                         the antidote."
 
               
                                     SAM
                         "You think they know how to save the 
                         Pangarans and are withholding a cure?"
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         "To get what they wanted, yeah, sure."
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         "Sir, with all due respect, I disagree."
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         "Carter...they're pissed off."

               
                                     SAM
                         "Wouldn't you be? They just discovered 
                         that the founder of their race has been 
                         abused for the sake of medical experimentation 
                         for over 50 years."
 
               
                                     JACK
                         "Oh, c'mon Carter, face it. For all 
                         their high morals and fancy preaching 
                         about co-existing with humans, we are 
                         just a...nice place to live."
 
               
                                     SAM
                         "I don't think that they would just 
                         lie outright and doom thousands of innocent 
                         people."
 
               
                                     JACK
                         "The Tok'ra laying on that table in 
                         there just did."
 
               
               Dollen approaches them.

               
                                     DOLLEN
                         "Egeria has awakened."

               
               
               

               
               
                                     MALEK
                         "Egeria, it is an honor."

               
                                     EGERIA
                         "Rise, Malek. You are not my servant. 
                         Kelmaa was generous in giving her life 
                         to free me, but I am afraid it is to 
                         late."
 
               
                                     MALEK
                         "Save your strength, my queen. Your 
                         people need you, now more than ever."
 
                         
               
                                     EGERIA
                         "Kelmaa's assessment of my condition 
                         was correct, Malek. My time is almost 
                         done. I shall not live long enough to 
                         see more of my children. My host has 
                         shared her knowledge of the Tok'ra with 
                         me. You are beyond my greatest hopes 
                         and dreams."
 
               
               Malek looks up at Sam, Jack and Teal'c who are standing in the 
               doorway.
 
               
                                     MALEK
                         "These are the Tau'ri who ally themselves 
                         with the Tok'ra."
 
               
                                     EGERIA
                         "I know." (Turning her head to address 
                         them.) "Come forward." (Sam approaches 
                         the bed.) "My host tells me you seek 
                         to help the Pangarans despite what they 
                         have done to me."
 
               
                                     SAM
                         "This has all been a terrible mistake, 
                         but not a malicious act."
 
               
                                     EGERIA
                         "Not was mine, Major Carter."

               
               
               THE PANGARAN RUINS.

               Jonas approaches Zenna, who is sitting on a mound of dirt. He 
               takes a seat beside her.
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         "You know, back on my home planet, my 
                         people discovered a substance that had 
                         an incredible potential to generate 
                         energy. After years of research...and 
                         a serious lack of moral fortitude...they 
                         used it to make a bomb...that being 
                         the reason I left. Well, the point is, 
                         uh, your people had good intentions."
 
                         
               
                                     ZENNA
                         "We thought we had found a cure for 
                         all disease. Now it may kill so many 
                         of us. I am not afraid to die, but I 
                         am afraid that my people will not have 
                         learned from this."
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         "I think they already have."

               
               
               EGERIA'S ROOM.

               
                                     EGERIA
                         "I passed on the flawed gene that gave 
                         the drug it's weakness. You are unable 
                         to construct an antidote because of 
                         the manner in which I sabotaged my young. 
                         I did it in the hope that they would 
                         ultimately prove useless to the Pangarans. 
                         I wanted to force them to abandon their 
                         research once the drug proved untenable. 
                         Instead, they continued to make it in 
                         ever increasing quantities."
 
               
                                     SAM
                         "And now, they can't live without it."
 
                         
               
                                     EGERIA
                         "It is not what I intended."

               
                                     MALEK
                         "Their fate is their own doing, not 
                         yours. You merely tried to free yourself 
                         the only way you could."
 
               
                                     EGERIA
                         "They do not deserve this end, not when 
                         it can be prevented."
 
               
                                     SAM
                         "You created the flaw. You can create 
                         the antidote that will save them."
 
                         
               
                                     EGERIA
                         "I will tell you what you need to know."
 
                         
               
                                     DOLLEN
                         "Thank you. On behalf of our people, 
                         please forgive us for what we have done 
                         to you. Had we known..."
 
               
                                     EGERIA
                         "The salvation of the Pangarans shall 
                         be my final act. Such is the spirit 
                         of Tok'ra that I wish to live on."
 
                         
               
               
               THE PANGARAN STARGATE

               Malek and other Tok'ra carry a covered Egeria on a stretcher 
               into the Stargate and away from Pangar. SG-1 and several Pangarans 
               are gathered near the DHD.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         "Malek says he should have a prototype 
                         of the antidote ready soon."
 
               
                                     TEGAR
                         "We are grateful for his efforts, Major, 
                         and yours."
 
               
                                     DOLLEN
                         "It is our hope, we will be able to 
                         repair any mistrust that may have developed 
                         between us so that we can pursue a long-lasting 
                         friendship between our people far into 
                         the future."
 
               
                                     JACK
                         "Well said."

               
               Sam moves to the DHD and begins dialing home.

               
               THE END

               

Cure



Writers :   Damian Kindler
Genres :   Sci-Fi  Action  Adventure


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