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                                      STARGATE SG1

                                      Episode 308

                                        "DEMONS"

                                           By

                                       Carl Binder




               EXT - PLANET, STARGATE CLEARING (DAY)

               
               SG1 step out of the STARGATE onto a foreign world. The STARGATE 
               closes behind them
 
               
                                     O'NEILL 
                         Ah trees, trees and more trees. What 
                         a wonderfully green universe we live 
                         in eh? Where's that village?
 
               
                                     CARTER 
                         The UAV found it eleven klicks Southwest 
                         of here.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL 
                         Eleven?

               
               TEAL'C discovers a muddied track.

               
                                     TEAL'C 
                         Here. This path is well travelled.
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL 
                         Which means the STARGATE is still in 
                         use by someone.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL 
                         Or.something.

               
               They head out into the countryside, following the path.

               
               EXT - WOODS (DAY)

               
               CARTER sees a building in the next valley.

               
                                     CARTER 
                         The UAV photos were right, there it 
                         is. Looks like a church.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL 
                         And that would mean what?

               
                                     TEAL'C 
                         That it is most likely Christians reside 
                         here.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL 
                         Thank you TEAL'C. C

               
                                     ARTER 
                         Well, this is the first sign of Christianity 
                         we've encountered, Sir, in hundreds 
                         of missions.
 
               
                                     DANIEL 
                         Which means they probably had to have 
                         been taken from somewhere in medieval 
                         Europe through the Antarctic gate.
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C 
                         By which Goa'uld?

               
                                     DANIEL 
                         That's a good question.

               
               They head down into the valley towards the village.

               
                                     DANIEL (CONT'D) 
                         Most Goa'uld that we've encountered 
                         that have enslaved ancient human populations 
                         have taken on the roles of those cultures' 
                         deities. RA, APOPHIS, HATHOR from the 
                         Egyptian pantheon.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL 
                         Yeah, yeah, yeah, we got it.

               
                                     DANIEL 
                         Well, if these people were already Christians 
                         when they were taken from Earth, that 
                         suggests this Goa'uld is.is playing.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL 
                         God? As in GOD God? It's a bit of a 
                         stretch, don't you think?
 
               
                                     TEAL'C 
                         I know of no Goa'uld capable of showing 
                         the necessary compassion or benevolence 
                         that I have read of in your Bible.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL 
                         You read the Bible, TEAL'C?

               
                                     TEAL'C 
                         It is a significant part of your Western 
                         culture. Have you not read the Bible 
                         O'NEILL?
 
               
                                     O'NEILL 
                         Oh yeah, yeah, not all of it. Actually, 
                         I'm listening to it on tape. Don't tell 
                         me how it ends.
 
               
               EXT - VILLAGE (DAY)

               
               SG1 enters what appears to be a medieval village. When it's inhabitants 
               see SG1 they run into their houses. DANIEL approaches one house 
               whose door is still open. A woman and her children are looking 
               out.
 
               
                                     DANIEL 
                         Hello? We're not going to hurt you.
 
                         
               
               The woman slams the door in his face.

               
                                     DANIEL 
                         We're peaceful travellers.

               
                                     O'NEILL 
                         They're not buying it Danny.

               
               He finds a stone pedestal with the symbol of a cross and writing 
               on it.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL 
                         Is this English?

               
                                     DANIEL 
                         Middle English, pre-Chaucer. 'Show mercy 
                         to those who are about to be delivered 
                         unto the devil.'. It's a.a derivative 
                         of the Catholic prayer for Suffering 
                         Souls.
 
               
               O'NEILL then catches sight of a young woman chained to a post 
               in the middle of the Village Square.
 
               
               END OF TEASER EXT - VILLAGE (DAY)

               
               SG1 hurry over to the woman, who is frightened by their presence.
 
               
               
               
                                     MAN 
                         Spare her please!

               
                                     DANIEL 
                         Oh, we're not going to hurt her. Or 
                         you. We're friends. I'm DANIEL.
 
               
                                     MAN 
                         I am SIMON. You have come through the 
                         Circle of Darkness?
 
               
                                     CARTER 
                         The STARGATE? Yes.

               
                                     SIMON 
                         Then you must be of his brethren. I 
                         beg of you, MARY is so young. She did 
                         nothing to warrant Sacrifice.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL 
                         Whoa. What sacrifice?

               
                                     SIMON 
                         If you leave her body, the village CANON 
                         may choose another possessed soul.
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL 
                         You think we're demons. (To O'NEILL) 
                         He.thinks we're demons.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL 
                         Uh-huh. (To SIMON) Well, we're not demons. 
                         We're human, like you. From Earth, like 
                         you.
 
               
                                     DANIEL (TO SIMON) 
                         Do other demons come through the Circle?
 
                         
               
                                     SIMON 
                         You know he does.

               
                                     DANIEL 
                         Uh, no, we don't know anything about 
                         him, but we'd like to. What does he 
                         look like?
 
               
                                     SIMON 
                         Mostly he comes in his true form. But 
                         demons can take many shapes.
 
               
               He looks over at TEAL'C, who is examining the chains holding 
               MARY.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C 
                         Major CARTER. Shield her eyes.

               
               CARTER leans over to cover MARY'S face. TEAL'C shoots the chain 
               with his staff weapon.
 
               
                                     SIMON (TO MARY) 
                         Go into the house! Quickly!

               
               MARY runs away into the house. SIMON falls to his knees before 
               O'NEILL.
 
               
                                     SIMON 
                         Leave her body, please.

               
                                     O'NEILL 
                         Come on, get up.

               
                                     SIMON 
                         Take me in her place!

               
                                     O'NEILL 
                         Look, stop that, will ya? Come on. Let's 
                         go, come on.
 
               
               He pulls SIMON to his feet.

               
                                     O'NEILL 
                         Listen to me. We're not demons. And 
                         MARY is not possessed. From the looks 
                         of it, she's a little sick. If you let 
                         us, we might be able to help.
 
               
               SIMON nods and leads them to his house.

               
               INT - SIMON'S HOUSE, VILLAGE (DAY)

               
               MARY is lying in a bed, SIMON sitting at her side, while CARTER 
               checks her temperature.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL 
                         Chickenpox. Trust me.

               
                                     CARTER 
                         Her fever's pretty high.

               
                                     O'NEILL 
                         It'll break. (To MARY) Those spots will 
                         get itchy, but that's about as bad as 
                         it'll get. You'll be fine in a couple 
                         of days.
 
               
                                     SIMON 
                         That won't be soon enough. The time 
                         of Sacrifice is at hand. The elders 
                         will have to perform the trepanning 
                         ritual tonight to cleanse her.
 
               
                                     DANIEL 
                         Oh jeez.

               
                                     O'NEILL 
                         What?

               
                                     DANIEL 
                         It was a procedure often done in the 
                         Middle Ages. They.well they drill a 
                         hole in the person's head. By drilling 
                         a hole, the evil spirits are released, 
                         thus saving the person from eternal 
                         damnation.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL 
                         Thus.saving the person?

               
                                     DANIEL 
                         Well, they didn't call them the Dark 
                         Ages because it was dark.
 
               
               Outside, they hear the sound of a horn.

               
               SIMON takes his cross and starts to pray over MARY, who is clearly 
               frightened.
 
               
                                     SIMON (PRAYING) 
                         My Jesus, let the sorrows you suffered.
 
                         
               
                                     VILLAGER (OUTSIDE) 
                         (Peter DeLouise Alert! ;))The demon 
                         comes!
 
               
               EXT - VILLAGE SQUARE (DAY)

               
                                     VILLAGER 
                         The demon comes!

               
               He runs away as an Unas enters the village.

               
               INT - SIMON'S HOUSE, VILLAGE (DAY)

               
                                     O'NEILL 
                         The demon comes?

               
               SG1 go over to the windows and look out.

               
               O'NEILL sees the Unas enter the Village Square.

               
                                     O'NEILL 
                         Damn. Unas?

               
                                     TEAL'C 
                         You are correct O'NEILL. The first host 
                         of the Goa'uld.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL 
                         No, no, no.we killed him, he's dead.
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C 
                         We only killed one Unas.

               
                                     O'NEILL 
                         I thought there only was one. Unas, 
                         uno.one.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C 
                         They are in fact a species.

               
               The Unas examines the area when MARY was chained. He addresses 
               the village.
 
               
                                     UNAS (OUTSIDE) 
                         The time of Sacrifice is at hand. My 
                         lord Satan calls for five wretched souls 
                         to reclaim as his.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL 
                         Satan?

               
                                     TEAL'C 
                         SOKAR.

               
                                     CARTER 
                         Gathering host bodies.

               
                                     UNAS (OUTSIDE) 
                         At sunrise shall I return to claim the 
                         five. If you have not chosen, I shall 
                         take whom I please in far greater numbers.
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL 
                         I think we were wrong about this Goa'uld. 
                         He isn't playing God. He's playing the 
                         devil.
 
               
               INT - SIMON'S HOUSE, VILLAGE (DAY)

               
               SIMON rises from MARY'S bedside.

               
                                     SIMON 
                         The time is at hand.

               
                                     MARY 
                         No! No, no!

               
               SIMON takes out a package and begins to unwrap it.

               
                                     O'NEILL 
                         SIMON.

               
                                     SIMON 
                         CANON will return from his hermitage 
                         soon.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL 
                         The creature that just sauntered through 
                         your village is called an Unas.
 
               
               SIMON ignores him and continues to unwrap the package.

               
                                     SIMON 
                         The time of Sacrifice has been declared. 
                         I feared it would be.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL 
                         SIMON! Listen to me.

               
               SIMON pauses and climbs to his feet to face O'NEILL.

               
                                     O'NEILL 
                         Look, we've run into this kind of thing 
                         before. Now, it's not a demon. It's 
                         demonesque I'll grant you, but it's 
                         just a big, ugly creature.
 
               
               
                                     O'NEILL 
                         Yes. It's a very smart, resilient creature.
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL (QUIETLY) 
                         In the service of SOKAR, who, for all 
                         intents and purposes, is Satan to these 
                         people.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL 
                         But it's not a demon.

               
                                     DANIEL (TO SIMON) 
                         No, it's not a demon.

               
                                     TEAL'C 
                         My friends speak the truth, SIMON. This 
                         demon is nothing more than a parasite 
                         that inhabits another creature. Your 
                         fear is its greatest power over you.
 
                         
               
                                     SIMON 
                         You do not fear it?

               
                                     TEAL'C 
                         We do not.

               
               SIMON looks over the weapons they carry.

               
                                     SIMON 
                         You say you have killed an Unas once 
                         before?
 
               
                                     TEAL'C 
                         Indeed.

               
                                     SIMON 
                         Then perhaps God has sent you. Perhaps 
                         you are the answer to our prayers. All 
                         my life I have asked God to deliver 
                         us from this evil.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL 
                         So what did the lizard say? That he'd 
                         be back at sunrise?
 
               
                                     TEAL'C 
                         Are you contemplating attack O'NEILL?
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL 
                         Yeah, sure, why not.

               
                                     TEAL'C 
                         An Unas is difficult to destroy.

               
                                     O'NEILL 
                         Couple of shots with a staff, we own 
                         him.
 
               
                                     CARTER 
                         We hope. It took Thor's Hammer to kill 
                         the last one.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL 
                         Alright, a whole bunch of shots with 
                         a staff. DANIEL, how long have these 
                         people been living like this?
 
               
                                     DANIEL 
                         Well, I can't be sure without proper 
                         reference.
 
               
               
                                     DANIEL 
                         At least.

               
                                     O'NEILL 
                         That's long enough. These people are 
                         being terrorised. We have the power 
                         to stop it.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C 
                         SOKAR will seek revenge.

               
                                     O'NEILL 
                         Alright, so we'll have them bury the 
                         Gate after we've gone.
 
               
                                     DANIEL 
                         They could come in ships.

               
                                     O'NEILL 
                         Ships?

               
                                     CARTER 
                         I can't be sure, but the co-ordinates 
                         of this planet are years away from any 
                         known Goa'uld Homeworld, even with their 
                         faster ships.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL 
                         SIMON? Do you want us to do this?

               
                                     SIMON 
                         Are we not in God's hands?

               
               Outside, the church bell is rung.

               
                                     SIMON 
                         The CANON has returned.

               
               EXT - VILLAGE (DAY)

               
               The CANON enters the village, surrounded by guards armed with 
               pitchforks. He is greeted by the villagers as he enters the square.
 
               
               
                                     SIMON (TO O'NEILL) 
                         The CANON will choose those for Sacrifice 
                         tonight.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL 
                         Why does he get to choose?

               
                                     SIMON 
                         He is our spiritual leader. It falls 
                         to him to determine those of us whose 
                         souls are already possessed with evil.
 
                         
               
               The villagers point out SG1 to the CANON, who approaches them
 
               
               
                                     CANON (TO SG1) 
                         You have come down the path, through 
                         the Circle of Darkness?
 
               
                                     O'NEILL 
                         Something like that. My name's Jack 
                         O'NEILL.
 
               
               
                                     SIMON 
                         Yes, but I do not believe they mean 
                         us harm.
 
               
                                     CANON 
                         The tricks of Satan and his minions 
                         are many. And only those weak of faith 
                         are fooled by such deception. By granting 
                         them entrance, you have spilled the 
                         blood of your people!
 
               
               
               The CANON approaches TEAL'C and examines his gold tattoo.

               
                                     CANON 
                         This one! There's the mark of the devil! 
                         (To SG1) If you are human as you say, 
                         then your souls are damned.
 
               
               
               
                                     TEAL'C 
                         It appears they do not desire our assistance 
                         O'NEILL.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL 
                         Yeah, fine, whatever. (To the CANON) 
                         Have a nice day.
 
               
               He starts to walk away.

               
                                     CANON 
                         You shall be struck down!

               
               The CANON touches his ring, activating it.

               
                                     SIMON 
                         No, no CANON.

               
               Storms clouds gather in the sky and thunder can be heard. SIMON 
               cringes away from the CANON, who presses the centre stone on 
               his ring. A bolt of lightning comes out of the sky and strikes 
               the ground where SG1 are standing. They are all knocked unconscious 
               by the blast.
 
               
               INT - CELL, VILLAGE (DAY)

               
               CARTER, lying on straw, regains consciousness to see O'NEILL 
               chewing on a grass stalk.
 
               
                                     CARTER 
                         Sir, I've been disarmed.

               
                                     O'NEILL 
                         Yeah, I picked up on that too. TEAL'C'S 
                         gone.
 
               
               CARTER looks round as DANIEL wakes up.

               
                                     DANIEL 
                         Did we just get struck by a big bolt 
                         of.lightning?
 
               
                                     CARTER 
                         That's what it looked like. Felt more 
                         like a zat blast to me. He.touched his 
                         ring just before the lightning started.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL 
                         CARTER, if I ever get the urge to help 
                         anybody again, feel free to give me 
                         a swift kick.
 
               
               CARTER sees SIMON approach their cell.

               
                                     SIMON 
                         I do not believe you are demons. I've 
                         said as much to the CANON, but he refuses 
                         to hear me.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL 
                         Where's our friend?

               
                                     SIMON 
                         It has been decided he must endure the 
                         tests.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL 
                         What tests?

               
               They are interrupted by shouts from the villagers. They are calling 
               for TEAL'C to be burned at the stake. TEAL'C is brought into 
               the square by two guards and tied to a post. His face is bloodied 
               and beaten. The villagers gather to watch the trial.
 
               
                                     CANON (TO TEAL'C) 
                         What have you to say for yourself?
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C 
                         That I do not serve those whom you would 
                         call demon.
 
               
               
                                     O'NEILL (QUIETLY) 
                         TEAL'C.

               
                                     SIMON (TO O'NEILL) 
                         Say nothing more, or they will kill 
                         him.
 
               
                                     CANON (CONT'D) 
                         For this reason, we are commanded by 
                         God to seek out those spirits and punish 
                         them!
 
               
               He turns to the blacksmith who is stoking a glowing furnace.
 
               
               
                                     DANIEL 
                         The mark of the devil.

               
                                     O'NEILL 
                         What?

               
                                     DANIEL 
                         Uh, in the Middle Ages one of the proofs 
                         of witchcraft was a mark on the body 
                         supposedly made by the devil himself 
                         that was insensitive to pain.
 
               
               The blacksmith hands the CANON a glowing metal poker, who places 
               it against TEAL'C'S gold tattoo. TEAL'C doesn't react, feeling 
               no pain.
 
               
                                     CANON 
                         The first proof is given!

               
                                     O'NEILL 
                         DANIEL?

               
                                     DANIEL 
                         It's not good.

               
               EXT - LAKE SHORE (DAY)

               
               SG1 are led along the shore of a lake, the villagers following. 
               TEAL'C is led out onto a jetty, where a large rock is chained 
               to his leg.
 
               
                                     CANON 
                         And they went up on the breath of the 
                         Earth. And fire came down from God out 
                         of Heaven and devoured them.
 
               
                                     DANIEL 
                         The water test.

               
                                     O'NEILL 
                         What?

               
                                     DANIEL 
                         Common practice in the Middle Ages. 
                         They weighed a person and threw them 
                         in the water. If he sinks, he's innocent.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER 
                         If he floats, he's guilty of witchcraft 
                         and burned at the stake. It's Catch22.
 
                         
               
               A black hood is placed over TEAL'C'S head.

               
                                     CANON 
                         Archangel, Saint Michael, defend us 
                         in battle. Thrust into hell Satan and 
                         all the evil spirits who prowl upon 
                         the Earth. Amen.
 
               
               The CANON nods and the guards prepare to push TEAL'C into the 
               lake.
 
               
                                     DANIEL 
                         We'll go back where we came from!

               
                                     CARTER 
                         (Verge of tears) He's innocent!

               
               
               One of the guards strike him across the face, knocking him to 
               his knees. TEAL'C is pushed into the water. DANIEL, CARTER and 
               O'NEILL can only tearfully watch. Bubbles rise from the water, 
               but there's no sign of TEAL'C. The CANON prays quietly, then 
               holds out his hand over the water.
 
               
                                     CANON 
                         God's will.has been done.

               
               SIMON, standing in the crowd, bows his head. The CANON and his 
               guards walk away.
 
               
               INT - CELL, VILLAGE (NIGHT)

               
               TEAL'C'S body is lying on an altar, while nuns pray silently 
               over him. From their prison cell, O'NEILL, CARTER and DANIEL 
               watch. The CANON approaches their cell.
 
               
                                     CANON 
                         Your friend's soul is clean. If you 
                         wish he'll be given a Christian burial.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL 
                         What?

               
                                     CANON 
                         You're free to go. I insist only that 
                         you remain in chains until your return 
                         through the Circle of Darkness, to whatever 
                         dark place you reside and that you never 
                         return.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL 
                         Because you know if I did return I'd 
                         break your damn neck. But of course 
                         you could just touch that lovely ring 
                         of yours and we'd all be struck down 
                         again.
 
               
                                     CANON 
                         Ah the ring. It has been handed down 
                         through generations of village canons 
                         who came before me.
 
               
                                     DANIEL 
                         And with it you maintain power.

               
                                     CANON 
                         With it I abide by God's will, as best 
                         I can. Sacrifices must be made.
 
               
                                     DANIEL 
                         Why?

               
                                     CANON 
                         Do you deny the demon is real? Do you 
                         deny that it could destroy us if it 
                         so wished?
 
               
               DANIEL has no reply to that and looks away.

               
                                     CANON (CONT'D) 
                         The Sacrifices allowed the people of 
                         this village to survive for generations. 
                         Just as the wheat is separated from 
                         the chaff, the unclean souls among us 
                         must be taken away, through the Circle 
                         of Darkness. Forever.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL 
                         And you decide.

               
                                     CANON 
                         Yes I do. Now go thy way. Trouble me 
                         no more.
 
               
               As he leaves, SIMON approaches their cell.

               
                                     SIMON 
                         I am sorry.

               
                                     O'NEILL 
                         You know SIMON, your village CANON has 
                         an awfully interesting way of tending 
                         the flock.
 
               
                                     SIMON 
                         Speak no more of this.

               
                                     DANIEL 
                         He maintains power by controlling who 
                         gets Sacrificed and who doesn't.
 
               
                                     SIMON 
                         No more! I have asked for this dispensation 
                         and he has granted it.
 
               
               He unlocks their cell and they head over to the altar, still 
               in chains.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL (TO SIMON) 
                         Where's our gear?

               
                                     SIMON 
                         If I were to bring it to you, would 
                         you help us?
 
               
                                     O'NEILL 
                         Help you?

               
                                     CARTER 
                         You can bury the STARGATE after we've 
                         gone through. That should prevent the 
                         Unas and anything else from.
 
               
                                     SIMON 
                         I cannot do that!

               
                                     DANIEL 
                         Well there must be other people who 
                         are willing.
 
               
                                     SIMON 
                         I mean the Circle. We are not allowed 
                         to go near it, or even look upon it.
 
                         
               
               A villager, holding a lantern, calls to SIMON.

               
                                     VILLAGER 
                         SIMON? We are ready.

               
                                     SIMON 
                         I shall be there.

               
                                     DANIEL 
                         Ready? Ready for what?

               
                                     SIMON 
                         The trepanning ritual. MARY'S parents 
                         were taken in a Sacrifice a year ago. 
                         They asked that I care for her. If you're 
                         not willing to help, it falls to me 
                         to try to cleanse her soul before the 
                         CANON chooses.
 
               
                                     DANIEL 
                         You can't do that.

               
                                     SIMON 
                         I have no choice.

               
                                     DANIEL 
                         You'll kill her.

               
                                     SIMON 
                         Better that she die among us than at 
                         the hands of the devil himself.
 
               
               He leaves.

               
                                     DANIEL 
                         Jack.

               
                                     O'NEILL 
                         No.

               
                                     DANIEL 
                         We can't condemn a young girl just because 
                         one man has made a pact with the devil. 
                         TEAL'C will have died for nothing if 
                         nothing good comes from this.
 
               
               INT - SIMON'S HOUSE, VILLAGE (NIGHT)

               
               SIMON enters the house where MARY is still sick, tended by another 
               villager. SIMON crosses (Catholic sign of the cross) himself, 
               then approaches her bedside.
 
               
                                     SIMON (TO MARY) 
                         There shall be a great reward waiting 
                         for you in Heaven and the angels will 
                         welcome you with joyful hearts. And 
                         there will be no more pain.
 
               
                                     MARY 
                         I know.

               
               EXT - VILLAGE SQUARE (NIGHT)

               
                                     DANIEL 
                         Ok, I'll tell you what. You guys start 
                         back without me. I'm just going to go 
                         see if I can stop these people from 
                         a drilling a hole in the head of a young 
                         girl.
 
               
               He heads towards SIMON'S house. O'NEILL glances at CARTER, before 
               following after DANIEL.
 
               
               INT - SIMON'S HOUSE, VILLAGE (NIGHT)

               
               SIMON unwraps the package once more and takes out a hand drill. 
               The villager holds MARY'S head still as he prepares to use it. 
               DANIEL enters the house.
 
               
                                     DANIEL 
                         Wait!

               
               SIMON lowers the drill.

               
                                     DANIEL 
                         We'll take you back with us. MARY too. 
                         Where we come from, there are no demons.
 
                         
               
               SIMON nods gratefully.

               
               O'NEILL and CARTER enter the house. O'NEILL holds out his hand 
               for the drill and SIMON hands it to him.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL 
                         Good choice.

               
               EXT - VILLAGE SQUARE (NIGHT)

               
               The nuns are anointing TEAL'C'S body (With oil) in preparation 
               for burial. A shroud is placed over his face and body and the 
               nuns kneel down to pray.
 
               
               INT - SIMON'S HOUSE, VILLAGE (NIGHT)

               
               CARTER is checking MARY'S temperature once more.

               
                                     CARTER 
                         Fever's down. Feeling any better?

               
                                     MARY 
                         Yes. Have you released that which possessed 
                         me?
 
               
                                     CARTER 
                         You got better all by yourself MARY. 
                         There was never a demon inside you.
 
                         
               
               O'NEILL lifts his chains.

               
                                     O'NEILL 
                         So SIMON. You wouldn't happen to have 
                         the keys to these would you? (To the 
                         villager) Keys?
 
               
               EXT - VILLAGE SQUARE (NIGHT)

               
               One of the nuns praying over TEAL'C glances up as he moves, but 
               resumes praying when none of the other nuns appear to notice. 
               Suddenly, TEAL'C sits up and the nuns scream and run away. TEAL'C 
               opens his eyes and removes the shroud covering his face.
 
               
               INT - SIMON'S HOUSE, VILLAGE (NIGHT)

               
               When they hear the screams, SG1 head outside, along with SIMON.
 
               
               
               EXT - VILLAGE SQUARE (NIGHT)

               
                                     O'NEILL 
                         What's that?

               
                                     SIMON 
                         I don't know.

               
               TEAL'C comes walking towards them, pulling on his jacket.

               
                                     DANIEL 
                         TEAL'C. You're alive.

               
                                     TEAL'C 
                         It is so.

               
               O'NEILL realises what must have happened.

               
               
                                     TEAL'C 
                         My symbiote did sustain me.

               
                                     CARTER 
                         Oxygen in the water. It's the larval 
                         Goa'uld's natural environment. It must 
                         have filtered the oxygen and fed it 
                         into TEAL'C. You were out for a long 
                         time TEAL'C. I thought we'd lost you.
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C 
                         When I realised they planned to immerse 
                         me, I put myself in a deep state of 
                         Kel'no'reem.
 
               
               The villagers have gathered and are looking on.

               
                                     O'NEILL 
                         You think these folks never saw a guy 
                         rise from the dead.
 
               
               
                                     CANON 
                         Yes there is!

               
               The CANON enters the square with his guards.

               
                                     CANON 
                         There can be no doubt now. They are 
                         evil. All of them.
 
               
               
                                     CANON 
                         These four shall be the first chosen 
                         for Sacrifice.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL 
                         Major, next time DANIEL gets the urge 
                         to help someone, shoot him.
 
               
               They are surrounded by the CANON'S guards.

               
                                     CANON 
                         And with them shall be taken the woman 
                         whose soul has been possessed.
 
               
               Two more guards enter SIMON'S house.

               
               
                                     CANON 
                         You challenge my decision?

               
                                     SIMON 
                         No.

               
               MARY is dragged from the house by the guards.

               
                                     MARY 
                         SIMON! SIMON, please help me! SIMON.
 
                         
               
               
               SG1 and MARY are chained to the posts in the Village Square.
 
               
               
                                     SIMON 
                         I am sorry MARY.

               
                                     O'NEILL 
                         Don't apologise to her. Help her!

               
                                     SIMON 
                         The CANON has spoken.

               
                                     O'NEILL 
                         What are you, the village idiot?

               
                                     DANIEL (TO SIMON) 
                         The demon will turn her into a host. 
                         You know what that means. Course you 
                         don't know what that means.
 
               
                                     SIMON 
                         I can hear no more of this.

               
               He returns to his house.

               
               EXT - VILLAGE SQUARE (DAY)

               
               As the sun rises, SG1 are still chained up, waiting for the Unas' 
               return. DANIEL sees SIMON lurking in the doorway to his house, 
               watching them.
 
               
                                     DANIEL 
                         Jack.

               
                                     O'NEILL 
                         SIMON, get out here and do something!
 
                         
               
               SIMON doesn't move.

               
                                     DANIEL (TO O'NEILL) 
                         I don't think anything we say is going 
                         to make a difference, especially not 
                         after TEAL'C'S.resurrection.
 
               
               A horn is sounded and the Unas enters the Village Square.

               
               
               The Unas ignores him and starts to unhook their chains from the 
               posts.
 
               
               
               He is cut off as the Unas grabs him by the throat and lifts him 
               into the air, before letting him drop.
 
               
                                     VILLAGER (TO SIMON) 
                         If they truly are servants of Satan, 
                         why does he resist.
 
               
                                     UNAS (TO O'NEILL) 
                         You are not of this world.

               
               
               The Unas pulls on the chain that links the prisoners together 
               and jerks him to his feet. He leads them out of the village.
 
               
               
               EXT - RIDGE (DAY)

               
               SG1, along with MARY, are led by the Unas along the top of a 
               ridge. O'NEILL glances down the slope and silently signals to 
               the others to be ready to move.
 
               
                                     DANIEL (QUIETLY) 
                         MARY, we're gonna take a little tumble, 
                         so just scrunch up in a ball and roll 
                         with the rest of us.
 
               
               O'NEILL nods to the others and they dive down the slope, rolling 
               all the way to the bottom. The end of the chain is jerked out 
               of the Unas' grasp, who roars in anger and starts after them.
 
               
               
                                     O'NEILL 
                         Go! Go!

               
               MARY, at the front of the chain, leads them through the woods.
 
               
               
               EXT - VILLAGE SQUARE (DAY)

               
               SIMON approaches the CANON.

               
                                     CANON 
                         SIMON! You've always been quick to ask 
                         questions. This weakness shall be your 
                         doom. If you persist, I shall be unable 
                         to defend you when the next Sacrifice 
                         is called.
 
               
               As he wanders off, SIMON leaves.

               
               EXT - WOODS (DAY)

               
               SG1 and MARY are still running through the woods. They are brought 
               to a halt as the Unas steps on the trailing chain.
 
               
                                     UNAS 
                         You cannot escape me.

               
               SIMON appears, with SG1's gear and TEAL'C'S staff weapon.

               
                                     SIMON (TO THE UNAS) 
                         Leave them!

               
                                     UNAS 
                         You dare to challenge me?

               
                                     O'NEILL (TO SIMON) 
                         Shoot it!

               
                                     UNAS (TO SIMON) 
                         You shall join them in hell.

               
               The Unas drives the end of the chain into the tree, preventing 
               SG1 and MARY from escaping.
 
               
                                     MARY 
                         SIMON!

               
                                     UNAS (TO SG1) 
                         You will remain here until I finish 
                         with this one.
 
               
               He heads towards SIMON.

               
                                     O'NEILL (TO SIMON) 
                         Shoot it!

               
                                     MARY 
                         SIMON!

               
                                     O'NEILL 
                         Shoot!

               
               SIMON fires TEAL'C'S staff weapon and strikes the Unas in the 
               chest. Green blood appears from the wound.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL 
                         Again!

               
               SIMON fires again, but the Unas keeps coming until he is right 
               before SIMON.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL (TO SIMON) 
                         Shoot!

               
               SIMON shoots the Unas at point blank range, but still fails to 
               kill it.
 
               
                                     UNAS 
                         For this you will pay with your life.
 
                         
               
               The Unas knocks away the staff and backhands SIMON, sending him 
               flying across the clearing.
 
               
                                     MARY 
                         SIMON!

               
               SIMON gets to his feet and runs away, the Unas following. O'NEILL 
               sees TEAL'C'S discarded staff weapon.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL 
                         MARY, the staff.

               
               They stretch out the length of chain allowing MARY to reach for 
               the staff. She finally manages to get hold of it and passes it 
               to TEAL'C.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C 
                         O'NEILL.

               
               O'NEILL shields his eyes as TEAL'C shoots the chain holding them 
               to the tree.
 
               
               EXT - WOODS (DAY)

               
               The injured Unas is still tracking SIMON. It pauses and roars 
               in fury. SIMON hears it and continues to run for his life.
 
               
               
               EXT - WOODS (DAY)

               
               TEAL'C shoots the length of chain holding O'NEILL, releasing 
               him. The others have already been freed.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL 
                         CARTER, DANIEL, head toward the Gate. 
                         Take MARY with you.
 
               
                                     CARTER 
                         Yes Sir.

               
               They help MARY away.

               
                                     O'NEILL (TO TEAL'C) 
                         Shall we?

               
               They head off after the Unas.

               
               EXT - CLEARING (DAY)

               
               SIMON pauses to lean against a large rock, attempting to catch 
               his breath. The CANON comes round the rock and grabs him.
 
               
                                     CANON 
                         SIMON! SIMON! What have you done?

               
                                     SIMON 
                         The demon comes. Release me.

               
               They look up in fear as the Unas approaches them. SIMON puts 
               himself in front of the CANON.
 
               
               EXT - WOODS (DAY)

               
               O'NEILL and TEAL'C are hurrying through the woods, attempting 
               to catch up with SIMON and the Unas.
 
               
               EXT - CLEARING (DAY)

               
                                     UNAS (TO SIMON) 
                         Your God has abandoned you.

               
               SIMON faces the Unas.

               
                                     SIMON 
                         My GOD is with me always.

               
               The Unas hits him and knocks him out, then goes after the CANON.
 
               
               
               EXT - CLEARING (DAY)

               
               O'NEILL and TEAL'C enter the clearing to find the Unas apparently 
               dead and the CANON crouched over SIMON'S unconscious body. TEAL'C 
               runs over to make sure that the Unas really is dead, while O'NEILL 
               checks SIMON.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL 
                         He's alright. (To the CANON) What happened?
 
                         
               
                                     CANON 
                         SIMON.stood before it like.like David 
                         before Goliath. The demon threw him 
                         aside and then he fell. As you can see.
 
                         
               
               TEAL'C holds his hand over the Unas' mouth, but feels no breath.
 
               
               
                                     CANON 
                         It was a miracle.

               
                                     TEAL'C 
                         The Unas' wounds were too severe. Even 
                         the Goa'uld within him could not save 
                         him.
 
               
               
                                     CANON 
                         As you say. You've opened my eyes. Bless 
                         you.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL 
                         Yeah, well. Let's have the ring.

               
                                     CANON 
                         Yes. Of course.

               
               As he tosses the ring to O'NEILL, SIMON wakes up.

               
                                     SIMON 
                         I'm alive?

               
                                     TEAL'C 
                         SOKAR will be awaiting the return of 
                         the Unas. He will send others.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL (TO SIMON) 
                         Which is why you've got to bury the 
                         Circle of Darkness after we've gone 
                         through. Can you walk?
 
               
               They help SIMON to his feet and leave the clearing.

               
               EXT - STARGATE CLEARING (DAY)

               
               DANIEL, CARTER and MARY are waiting by the STARGATE as O'NEILL, 
               TEAL'C, SIMON and the CANON approach.
 
               
                                     MARY 
                         SIMON!

               
               She runs over to him and they hug.

               
                                     MARY 
                         I knew you would come. Are you hurt?
 
                         
               
                                     SIMON 
                         I will be fine.

               
                                     DANIEL 
                         What happened?

               
                                     CANON 
                         The beast.is dead. Had I not witnessed 
                         it myself, I would not have believed 
                         it. Thank you.all, for showing me the 
                         way.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL 
                         You're welcome. Major, dial us home.
 
                         
               
               CARTER starts to dial Earth, but pauses after the first chevron 
               is lit.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL 
                         CARTER?

               
               She looks at the CANON.

               
                                     CARTER 
                         It went into him.

               
                                     SIMON 
                         What went into him?

               
               The CANON starts to move forward and TEAL'C aims his staff weapon.
 
               
               
                                     TEAL'C 
                         Go no further!

               
                                     CANON 
                         Why? I have done nothing. (To SIMON 
                         and MARY) My children.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL (TO CARTER) 
                         Are you sure?

               
                                     CARTER 
                         Positive, Sir. I can sense it. The Unas 
                         host was dying, it had no where else 
                         to go. It went into him.
 
               
               The CANON'S eyes light up and he lunges at them. O'NEILL shoots 
               him with his sidearm and the CANON falls backwards. SIMON kneels 
               at his side.
 
               
                                     CANON 
                         Forgive me.

               
               After a moment, he dies.

               
                                     SIMON (PRAYING) 
                         By the sorrows he suffered, in your 
                         agony in the garden, they scourged and 
                         crowned him with thorns. (traces a cross 
                         on the canon's forehead)
 
               
                                     DANIEL 
                         The prayer for Suffering Souls.

               
                                     SIMON (CONT'D) 
                         In your crucifixion and death, have 
                         mercy on the souls. Deliver them from 
                         the dire torments they endure and admit 
                         them to your most sweet embrace in Paradise.
 
                         
               
               MARY crosses herself.

               
                                     SIMON 
                         Now the demon is truly gone.

               
                                     O'NEILL 
                         Major?

               
               CARTER nods and heads back to the DHD to dial home.

               
               
                                     MARY 
                         Yes. We will do what you say.

               
                                     SIMON 
                         We will bury the Gate. Immediately. 
                         And there will be no more Sacrifices.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL 
                         Thank God.

               
               CARTER presses the centre stone and STARGATE opens. She sends 
               the GDO signal back to Earth and SG1 step through the STARGATE, 
               leaving SIMON and MARY in the clearing.
 
               
               FADE OUT

               
               THE END

Demons



Writers :   Carl Binder
Genres :   Sci-Fi  Action  Adventure


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