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                                      STARGATE SG1

                                      Episode 907

                                   "EX DEUS MACHINA"

                                           By

                              Joseph Mallozzi & Paul Mullie

               
               
               Opens with a Jaffa running fast through a dark dense forest obviously 
               afraid. He falls but quickly picks himself up glancing back keeps 
               running. He enters a clearing and is hit by a......car? Two men 
               get out looking at each other.
 
               
               CREDITS

               
               Briefing room. Jackson, telling Landry, Mitchell and Teal'c about 
               what happened. Landry looking at pictures of the Jaffa, passing 
               them to Mitchell.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         He was discovered this morning on a 
                         remote road of interstate 77 in Virginia. 
                         He was spotted by a passing motorist... 
                         local authorities said he had been dead 
                         about a day or so...probably the victim 
                         of a hit and run driver.
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         What do we figure? This guy got lost 
                         and he was hitching a ride back to Chulak?
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         His presence on Earth is a mystery to 
                         me.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         He was found literally in the middle 
                         of nowhere...*reading file* about 3 
                         miles north of a little town called 
                         Edison, population 3 thousand and 12. 
                         *passes Landry file*
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         The symbol on his forehead indicates 
                         that he was a servant of Lord Yu. Many 
                         of whom now follow Gerak.
 
               
                                     LANDRY
                         Gerak may be able to shed some light 
                         on this.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I will speak to him.

               
                                     LANDRY
                         Very well...Colonel Mitchell, You're 
                         with Teal'c. Dr Jackson I want you to 
                         dig up all the information you can on 
                         Edison Virginia. Colonel Carter will 
                         join you as soon as she's settled in.
 
                         
               
               SGC Corridor, Carter swerves with her pile of boxes round an 
               Airman.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Whoa Sam hey...come on let me...let 
                         me give you a hand.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         *handing control of the trolley to him* 
                         Thank you. So uh... General Landry briefed 
                         me on the circumstances surrounding 
                         our mystery Jaffa.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Yeah...I think I got something on that. 
                         *hands her newspaper*
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Farrow-Marshall

               
                                     JACKSON
                         yeah...you uh...familiar with them?
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         They're an aeronautics firm headquartered 
                         in Bethesda...the department of defense 
                         is there biggest client.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         yeah it turns out that their plant in 
                         Virginia employed about 800 residents 
                         of Edison until it closed down six months 
                         ago. Now it's located just outside of 
                         town and about a...about a mile and 
                         a half from where our dead Jaffa turned 
                         up...*turns into Carter's lab*
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         really... ah...pardon the mess...I'm 
                         still unpacking. *walks over to laptop, 
                         Jackson following* ah...*types* Farrow-Marshall...lets 
                         see what they've been up to lately...*pulls 
                         up a page* here we go...there chief 
                         financial officer went missing yesterday 
                         morning...
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         interesting timing.

               
                                     CARTER
                         yeah...*reads* according to his wife 
                         he left for a business meeting in Richmond, 
                         Virginia...and never came back.
 
               
               Gerak standing in the centre between two tables addressing the 
               other councilors seated at them.
 
               
                                     GERAK
                         Make no mistake brothers...The Tok'ra 
                         only wish to meet with us because they 
                         fear us. We defeated the Goa'uld, and 
                         took their mother ships...and strong 
                         holds. Now...we are out own masters.
 
                         
               
                                     KA'LEL
                         *stands* I needn't remind the council 
                         that the Tok'ra did battle with the 
                         Goa'uld for just as many years...their 
                         efforts were instrumental in securing 
                         our freedom.
 
               
                                     GERAK
                         let us all be clear...the only motivation...that 
                         the Tok'ra have *we see Mitchell and 
                         Teal'c entering the room behind. Female 
                         high councilor sits* is their own selfish 
                         needs...not to help any of us...
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         then what do you suggest Gerak? That 
                         we use our new found strength to take 
                         what we want... *walks towards the centre...* 
                         that we emulate our former oppressors...*smirks* 
                         brothers and sisters...we finally have 
                         the opportunity to govern with authority...and 
                         respect. Years ago that seemed unthinkable...but 
                         now we are in a position to help others 
                         who are in need of our support and guidance.
 
                         
               
                                     GERAK
                         why should we help them?

               
                                     MITCHELL
                         *before Teal'c can answer* How `bout 
                         because... it is the right thing to 
                         do? *council members look angry, Mitchell 
                         walks down steps towards centre* look...what 
                         ever your differences with the Tok'ra 
                         in the past...its time to move on...Teal'c's 
                         right...you kicked ass, you're sitting 
                         pretty...don't get hung up o-*Teal'c 
                         stops him*
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         *quiet* outsiders are not permitted 
                         to address the council.
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         *glances round, nods, Gerak glaring 
                         at him* never mind.
 
               
                                     GERAK
                         I caution you all. We have fought to 
                         long and to hard to entrust our freedom 
                         to the Tok'ra...or to the Tau'ri for 
                         that matter.
 
               
                                     KA'LEL
                         *stands* Brothers and sisters...I suggest 
                         we bring this assembly to an end...let 
                         us consider what we've discussed and 
                         reconvene in the morning.
 
               
                                     GERAK
                         very well *raises his hand, the council 
                         members rise leaving*
 
               
               Female high councilor nods at Teal'c he returns it. Gerak moves 
               to walk past Teal'c, but Teal'c grabs his arm.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Gerak. A word.

               
                                     GERAK
                         *chuckles* Teal'c...welcome back to 
                         Dakara...your presence is... sorely 
                         missed...what uh... draws you away for 
                         your...Tau'ri home?
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         A Jaffa was discovered on Earth...dead.
 
                         
               
                                     GERAK
                         oh...strange...but uh...what has that 
                         got to do with me...
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         he was a servant of lord Yu's and I 
                         assumed a follower of yours...*Mitchell 
                         shows Gerak a photo of the Jaffa*
 
                         
               
                                     GERAK
                         well...that may be...but uh...I don't 
                         seem to recognize him...*grabs photos 
                         off Mitchell* nor do I know what he 
                         is doing on Earth. *a Jaffa comes and 
                         whispers to him* oh...my obligation 
                         to the council requires my presence 
                         elsewhere...I'm sure you understand...*hands 
                         Teal'c photos heads off*
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         he is lying to us.

               
                                     MITCHELL
                         no kidding.

               
               A café. Daniel brings over two coffees and grabs some milk, sitting 
               with a young woman, the missing CFO's Wife
 
               
                                     SHEILA
                         It was about six months ago when he 
                         started to act strangely...
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         What do you mean strangely?

               
                                     SHEILA
                         cold...distant...You've got to understand 
                         Alex has always been incredibly focused 
                         when it comes to his job *Jackson nods* 
                         and at first I had just assumed that 
                         he had a lot on his plate...but after 
                         a couple of weeks it became clear that 
                         it was more than that. I started to 
                         suspect that he might be having an affair 
                         *Jackson, raises eyebrows*...so I hired 
                         a private investigator and I had him 
                         followed.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         ...and...what did the investigator find 
                         out?
 
               
                                     SHEILA
                         *hesitates* I'm not sure exactly...but...a 
                         couple of days after accepting the Job, 
                         he quit, returned all of my money and 
                         strongly suggested that I drop the matter.
 
                         
               
                                     JACKSON
                         He didn't offer you any kind of explanation?
 
                         
               
                                     SHEILA
                         no...but it was obvious...he was scared. 
                         He did some surveillance in his first 
                         two days...*hands Jackson file* these 
                         are the photos that he took...*he pulls 
                         out the photos* he asked for them back 
                         after a couple of days...after he dropped 
                         the case...but *Photos show her husband 
                         meeting a group of me in suits*...I 
                         refused. I offered them to the police 
                         but they didn't think the photos were 
                         pertinent to their investigation. My 
                         husband wasn't having an affair but 
                         he was clearly involved in something 
                         he wanted to keep secret.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         do you mind if we hold on to these?
 
                         
               
                                     SHEILA
                         no...go ahead...

               
               Dakara, A Jaffa (Yat'yir) watches over a prisoner who's in chains 
               blood streaking there hands. Gerak enters.
 
               
                                     GERAK
                         he still refuses to speak?

               
                                     YAT'YIR
                         the prisoner is strong.

               
                                     GERAK
                         then we must be stronger yet... *picks 
                         up stun stick, Yat'yir looks at him*
 
                         
               
                                     YAT'YIR
                         it was through instruments like this...we 
                         were oppressed.
 
               
                                     GERAK
                         then how appropriate would it be then 
                         for it to be used to serve our cause.*He 
                         walks over to the prisoner revealing 
                         the, Badly beaten, Missing CFO, Gerak 
                         leans close to him* you will surrender 
                         your secrets. Of that...*pulls up stun 
                         stick* of that I am sure. *the CFO's 
                         eyes glow.*
 
               
               Carter Paces in a briefing room in the Farrow-Marshall building, 
               waiting.
 
               
                                     MAYFIELD
                         *enters* Colonel Carter?...charlotte 
                         Mayfield. *shakes her head* Bp here 
                         at Farrow-Marshall. How can I help you? 
                         *they both take a seat*
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         I wanted to ask you a few questions 
                         about your plant in Virginia
 
               
                                     MAYFIELD
                         it was shut down...six months ago.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         officially yes...but we went by to check 
                         it out and...it looked like it had been 
                         cleaned out very recently.
 
               
                                     MAYFIELD
                         *shrugs* I'm not sure what you're getting 
                         at.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         *doesn't believe her* some of the residents 
                         at Edison claim they saw trucks traveling 
                         to and from the plant a couple of nights 
                         ago
 
               
                                     MAYFIELD
                         they're mistaken...

               
                                     CARTER
                         so you're saying no ones been in the 
                         area for several months?
 
               
                                     MAYFIELD
                         *fixed smile* well I can't speak for 
                         the locals but certainly no one from 
                         Farrow-Marshall would have any reason 
                         to go there.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         how `bout Richmond? Anyone from Farrow-Marshall 
                         have reason to go there? According to 
                         his wife Alex Jameson was on his way 
                         to Richmond, Virginia when he went missing...
 
                         
               
                                     MAYFIELD
                         we've co-operated with the local authorities 
                         on Mr. Jameson's disappearance. You 
                         may want to consult with them
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         who was Mr. Jameson meeting with that 
                         day?
 
               
                                     MAYFIELD
                         I'm sorry...company policy prevents 
                         me from discussing that with you...
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         *after a beat* your CFO is missing. 
                         Now I would think that you would want 
                         to do everything in your power to help 
                         find him...
 
               
                                     MAYFIELD
                         oh I do...as I said we're co-operating 
                         with the authorities... now if you'll 
                         excuse me I think we're done here *gets 
                         up heads to door, two men come to the 
                         door* these gentlemen will show you 
                         out...if you have any questions feel 
                         free to fax them to the head office.
 
                         
               
               She walks off to a security room watching Carter being escorted 
               to the exit by the two security guards.
 
               
                                     MAYFIELD
                         *turns* you can be sure that's not the 
                         end of it...
 
               
                                     BA'AL
                         *sitting on couch, in a black suit, 
                         speaking in human voice* of course not...we've 
                         only just...begun. *his eyes glow*
 
                         
               
               SGC Corridor, Landry and Jackson walking along to elevator.
 
               
               
                                     JACKSON
                         with Kerry Johnson's of the CIA's investigation 
                         into the NID trust connection...we've 
                         done a little digging and managed to 
                         put names to some of the face from the 
                         photographs Sheila Jameson provided. 
                         *passes Landry a photo* that's David 
                         Ballard, chairman of the start consortium. 
                         *another one* This is Missad O'hero, 
                         CEO far east mercantile. *another* James 
                         Lawry and Tony Tran, president and chief 
                         financial officer allaraf pharmaceuticals. 
                         *passes another, gets in elevator* this 
                         one...is... Michael Northrup founder 
                         of CEO founder of Hamil technologies...all 
                         the individuals we've managed to identify 
                         so far are major players in the areas 
                         of business and finance, very powerful...very 
                         influential and in the case of these 
                         two *looking at another photo*...very 
                         missing.
 
               
                                     LANDRY
                         missing?

               
                                     JACKSON
                         Terrance Evans and William Blaylock 
                         founding partners of Persian media enterprises 
                         they went missing about six months ago 
                         coincidently around the same time we 
                         managed to destroy the Osiris' ship...
 
                         
               
                                     LANDRY
                         *gets out of elevator* you see a possible 
                         Goa'uld connection here?
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         well we already know that sometime last 
                         year the Goa'uld successfully infiltrated 
                         the trust...and we know the trust has 
                         connections to government agencies and 
                         cooperation's world wide. There's a 
                         good chance we didn't get them all...and 
                         if that's the case... the Goa'uld are 
                         still on Earth...and they're gaining 
                         strength.
 
               
               Dakara. Teal'c discussing something with two Jaffa, they bow 
               and head off, Teal'c walks over to Mitchell
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Let me guess...they didn't know anything 
                         either...
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         as Gerak grows strong few Jaffa risk 
                         defying him...for fear of retribution...we 
                         must leave Dakara and seek our answers 
                         elsewhere...
 
               
                                     KA'LEL
                         the answers you seek are on Earth...*they 
                         turn she is hidden in a corner, they 
                         walk over*
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         what do you know of the Jaffa we discovered?
 
                         
               
                                     KA'LEL
                         he lost his life trying to secure Garek's 
                         prize...
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         of what prize do you speak?

               
                                     KA'LEL
                         Ba'al.

               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Ba'al is on Earth?

               
                                     KA'LEL
                         that is where he sought refuge immediately 
                         following his defeat in the battle for 
                         Dakara... he has been there ever since...
 
                         
               
               Landry, Mitchell and Teal'c head up to briefing room. Mitchell 
               and Teal'c obviously just got back.
 
               
                                     LANDRY
                         You're telling me a member of the Jaffa 
                         high council claims that Ba'al has been 
                         here on Earth for the better part of 
                         the last 9 months?
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         yes sir.

               
                                     LANDRY
                         they're any chance she may be right?
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         my information suggests that Ba'al is 
                         hiding in the Archiva system...he has 
                         been sited there as recently as a week 
                         ago...
 
               
                                     LANDRY
                         so the council member is either lying 
                         or she's a victim of bad intelligence
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         well...not all bad sir...they knew enough 
                         to look for Ba'al at a trust related 
                         facility... if he were on Earth that 
                         would be the best place to start.
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         if the Jaffa genuinely believe Ba'al 
                         to be on Earth...they will continue 
                         to search for him.
 
               
                                     LANDRY
                         well that's obviously unacceptable...tell 
                         the council we've begun our own investigation 
                         if he's here... we'll find him.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         it would not be in Gerak's best interest 
                         to allow that to happen.
 
               
                                     LANDRY
                         why?

               
                                     JACKSON
                         Ba'al's capture would be a big moral 
                         victory as well as a huge political 
                         gain for whoever brings him in...
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         should Gerak be successful...he would 
                         win the hearts of many undecided Jaffa...there 
                         by ensuring undisputed influence over 
                         the council
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         so all we have to do is find Ba'al before 
                         they do...
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         yeah but...Gerak has a head start...the 
                         fact that the company CFO went missing 
                         about the same time the Jaffa was killed...
 
                         
               
                                     LANDRY
                         you think Jameson was at the plant when 
                         they came looking for Ba'al.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         in which case he might well have been 
                         captured...
 
               
               Gerak walks over to the Jaffa, Jameson is slopped on the ground 
               lots of blood, a dagger lies to the side with blood.
 
               
                                     YAT'YIR
                         he has revealed Ba'al's location...and 
                         the location of his various shelters 
                         on Earth... *drops stun stick in disgust*
 
                         
               
                                     GERAK
                         you should never have invented such 
                         an affective means of torture...
 
               
               Cargo ship lands on top of a building...The Jaffa go to the roof 
               door and head in. Inside a guy playing a card game on his computer
 
               
               
                                     GUY
                         Come on...come on...*he wins* yes. *Jaffa 
                         opens staff weapon behind him, turns 
                         scared*
 
               
                                     JAFFA
                         where is the false god Ba'al

               
               In the security room

               
                                     MAYFIELD
                         *into radio* we've been compromised.
 
                         
               
               The Jaffa head down one side while the Goa'uld in suits come 
               from the other a battle ensues, Jaffa with staff weapons, Goa'uld 
               with a bunch of semi-automatics.
 
               
               Ba'al enters security room,

               
                                     MAYFIELD
                         They're five floors above us.

               
                                     BA'AL
                         I know...we're leaving. *they leave*
 
                         
               
               Guy under his desk Babbling incoherently into phone.

               
                                     GUY
                         uuh ahh uuu ahhh ---There's a whole 
                         lot of shooting here ok!
 
               
               Mitchell leaning against wall waiting for Jackson as he steps 
               out of the elevator.
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         so?

               
                                     JACKSON
                         those offices were a war zone. staff 
                         weapons vs. Semi- automatics.
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         who won?

               
                                     JACKSON
                         hard to say...there were no bodies and 
                         all the security footage was missing.
 
                         
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         witnesses?

               
                                     JACKSON
                         one. Some guy who was working overtime...spent 
                         most of his firefight under his desk, 
                         but was able to provide a description 
                         of three individuals. Big. Tattooed. 
                         Chain-mailed pants.
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         so...it's either our Jaffa or Kiss is 
                         back on tour. *they enter briefing room, 
                         Landry and Harriman setting up TV*
 
                         
               
                                     LANDRY
                         I have something to show you. We've 
                         just received this. *presses play, Ba'al 
                         appears on the screen*
 
               
                                     BA'AL
                         *normal voice* although it's a far cry 
                         from some of the better worlds I've 
                         conquered in my days but this planet 
                         is not without its charm
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         that's uh...

               
                                     BA'AL
                         in retrospect it ma-

               
                                     JACKSON
                         Ba'al

               
                                     BA'AL
                         -kes me glad we never succeeded in destroying 
                         it. That said... Earth is not without 
                         its drawbacks...the foremost being...an 
                         alarming lack of privacy...my ships 
                         have been seized, my armies vanquished... 
                         I no longer present a threat to this 
                         galaxy... all I ask is to be left alone 
                         without having to worry about you...the 
                         Jaffa...or any of my former enemies 
                         coming after me... so...allow me to 
                         live out the rest of my days here...on 
                         Earth in Peace...without interference 
                         in exchange for my...freedom. I will 
                         follow your laws...you will never have 
                         cause to fear me again. *Landry smirks* 
                         I hope we can put the past behind us... 
                         I certainly have no desire to harm you 
                         or anyone else on this world... that 
                         said...you should know I've placed a 
                         Naquadah bomb...somewhere in the United 
                         states...consider it a precautionary 
                         measure...if another attempt is made 
                         to capture me...I promise you the consequences 
                         will be most dire. *Landry shuts off 
                         tape*
 
               
               Sam gets off phone and goes to sit at the briefing table With 
               the others
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         of all the retirement destinations he 
                         could choose...he has to pick our planet.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         we have teams outfitted with Naquadah 
                         detectors in several Major urban centers 
                         but there's no way we can cover the 
                         whole country.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         the Prometheus has instruments that 
                         can detect naquadah from orbit does 
                         it not?
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         yes...but so far the scans have come 
                         up empty.
 
               
                                     LANDRY
                         so it could be a bluff...

               
                                     CARTER
                         or Ba'al may have found away to shield 
                         the bomb from our sensors
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         bluffing or not...he's still a threat. 
                         As to the fact as the head of the trust 
                         operations, he has the resources and 
                         capabilities to do a lot of damage. 
                         Naquadah bomb or not...
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         so...problem number one: how do we find 
                         him? Problem number two: how do we take 
                         him out without inflicting collateral 
                         damage.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         ah good point. Ba'al's probably surrounded 
                         by security, no doubt most of them human 
                         with no knowledge of his true identity...if 
                         we go after him we risk injuring innocent 
                         people.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         not if we use the symbiote poison the 
                         Tok'ra developed. We already know it 
                         won't harm human physiology.
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         and with the right delivery system...nothing 
                         but net. nice
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         I'll contact R&D...See what they can 
                         put together.
 
               
                                     LANDRY
                         Which leaves us with problem number 
                         one?
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         The NID is running surveillance on the 
                         individuals identified in the photographs 
                         with Jameson ...hopefully, eventually 
                         one of them will lead us to Ba'al
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         of equal concern are Gerak's Jaffa. 
                         We have no control over them...if they 
                         decide to move on Ba'al Earth will face 
                         Ba'al's full reprisal.
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         and I'm guessing...those Jaffa aren't 
                         exactly kicking it back at the local 
                         Denny's plus isn't it a long stinky 
                         ride from Dakara in a cargo ship?
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Indeed. It is more likely that Gerak 
                         has a Mothership somewhere in the vicinity 
                         of Earth.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         well if the Prometheus was going to 
                         detect the naquadah from orbit it would 
                         have done it by now.
 
               
                                     LANDRY
                         alright...I'll send them out to look 
                         for the Mothership. Colonel Mitchell 
                         I want you and Teal'c on board. Colonel 
                         Carter, Dr Jackson you co-ordinate with 
                         the NID, in the event they locate Ba'al 
                         I want you there.
 
               
               Landry leaves and they all stand heading for exit, Mitchell reaches 
               into his pocket, pulling out something and hiding it behind his 
               back.
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Hey. Wait up

               
               Walks over to Jackson pulling off the SGC shoulder patch and 
               slapping on an SG-1 one, He then turns to Carter, holding the 
               badge up to her, she smiles and nods. He pulls off her SGC patch 
               slaps on the SG-1 one and turns to Teal'c, holding it up to him, 
               after a minute he takes it...
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Alright...that's better.

               
               He heads off they all grin at each other, Landry watching happily 
               from his office.
 
               
               Prometheus. Pendergast meets Teal'c and Mitchell at the Elevator.
 
               
               
                                     PENDERGAST
                         Gentlemen welcomes aboard

               
                                     MITCHELL
                         thank you sir. Any word from NORAD?
 
                         
               
                                     PENDERGAST
                         SSN came up empty. Could the ship we're 
                         looking for be cloaked?
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Motherships do not possess cloaking 
                         capabilities
 
               
                                     PENDERGAST
                         well then could we be looking for another 
                         type of craft?
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         it is possible

               
                                     PENDERGAST
                         whatever the target ship is out there 
                         we'll find it.
 
               
               Carter and Jackson get out of a car and enter the back of a van.
 
               
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Agent Barrett. Thanks for the lift.
 
                         
               
                                     BARRETT
                         *shakes his hand* well...I couldn't 
                         exactly have you guys catching a cab 
                         to the stake out now... could I?
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         so what's the latest?

               
                                     BARRETT
                         well...one of our agents following the 
                         Jameson leads spotted an individual 
                         matching Ba'al's description at the 
                         Gilbride hotel on fifth street... Looks 
                         like we got him.
 
               
               Prometheus. On flight deck

               
                                     PENDERGAST
                         you picking up anything at all? Unusual 
                         variances? Anomalous energy readings?
 
                         
               
                                     MARKS
                         no sir.

               
                                     MITCHELL
                         you know it's possible what we're looking 
                         for isn't even out there...
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         it is possible but unlikely. If Gerak 
                         believed Ba'al to be on Earth he would 
                         undoubtedly establish a base of operations 
                         in planetary orbit.
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         great...so where is it?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         *Teal'c staring out the viewer...at 
                         the moon, realizing* right in plain 
                         sight
 
               
                                     PENDERGAST
                         what was that?

               
                                     MITCHELL
                         ...right.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         colonel Pendergast...plot a course for 
                         the far side of the moon.
 
               
                                     PENDERGAST
                         do it.

               
               A man (Williams) runs over to the Van... Carter, Barrett and 
               Jackson are in. Gets in
 
               
                                     BARRENT
                         what's the situation?

               
                                     WILLIAMS
                         they're still inside...since 16:02. 
                         all the exits are covered we're just 
                         waiting for the green light.
 
               
                                     BARRETT
                         Dr Jackson...you go with Williams...
 
                         
               
               Williams and Jackson leave the Van, Carter looks out after them, 
               then fiddles with a few switches...
 
               
                                     BARRETT
                         *Clears throat* uhm...how have you been?
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         pretty good. You?

               
                                     BARRETT
                         yeah... pretty good...can't complain 
                         *smiles, she nods, carries on, he looks 
                         at screen* what's new?
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         uh... lets see...I was leading R&D for 
                         a while there
 
               
                                     BARRETT
                         *he nods, smiles* well...I never figured 
                         you the type to settle for a desk job...
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         I needed something with more flexible 
                         hours. Janet's adopted daughter Cassie 
                         was going through a hard time...
 
               
                                     BARRETT
                         oh I see...

               
                                     CARTER
                         spent some time on the Prometheus...away 
                         on deep space reconnaissance.
 
               
                                     BARRETT
                         mmmhmmm

               
                                     CARTER
                         oooh. *grins* Help stopped a dangerous 
                         new enemy from getting a foothold in 
                         the galaxy
 
               
                                     BARRETT
                         yes *smiles* yeah I heard about that 
                         *she's smiles, putting ear piece* how's 
                         Pete? *doesn't look at her*
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         *looks a little uncomfortable* we broke 
                         up?
 
               
                                     BARRETT
                         really? *smiles, then fades a little 
                         when she looks at him* uh...I...I mean... 
                         I'm sorry to hear that
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         *shrugs* oh it was the best thing for 
                         both of us.
 
               
                                     BARRETT
                         *after a minute* so you're single again?
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         *not sure how to answer* Not exactly 
                         *smiles* *his smile fades, she bites 
                         lip, definitely uncomfortable*
 
               
               Aboard Prometheus

               
                                     MARKS
                         sir I'm picking up a large energy signature...
 
                         
               
                                     PENDERGAST
                         *as they pass the moon they spot the 
                         Mothership* lock on target.
 
               
                                     MARKS
                         target locked... sir we're receiving 
                         a communication from the mother ship.
 
                         
               
                                     PENDERGAST
                         let's see it. *they all turn to screen, 
                         as a Jaffa appears*
 
               
                                     JAFFA
                         withdraw of we will be forced to defend 
                         ourselves...
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         sorry. We're not going anywhere.

               
               Jackson and Williams are watching the building from a car across 
               the street.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         come on... where are they...

               
                                     BARRETT
                         (on radio) abort...all agents abort.
 
                         
               
                                     JACKSON
                         *picks up radio* what's going on?

               
                                     BARRETT
                         he's not inside...if we move now we 
                         risk compromising the operation.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         *pulls up binoculars looking a black 
                         limo pulls up, two guys head for limo 
                         behind them though not to clearly a 
                         man who looks like Ba'al gets in* Barrett 
                         you better be damn sure about this...
 
                         
               
                                     BARRETT
                         we're sure. Let them go and come to 
                         the van...
 
               
               In the Van.

               
                                     JACKSON
                         Sam?

               
                                     CARTER
                         It wasn't him...

               
                                     JACKSON
                         How do you know?

               
                                     CARTER
                         because he can't be in two places at 
                         once. Ba'al is across town right now 
                         doing a live television interview.
 
                         
               
                                     JACKSON
                         what? *she turns on TV*

               
                                     BA'AL
                         (on TV) Thank you...that is a very good 
                         question...my acquisition of Hammel 
                         technologies and its subsidiaries is 
                         just a first step in a long range venture 
                         that will ultimately see uh...a consolidation 
                         and uh...streamlining...of what is presently 
                         uh...dissolute market. No doubt most 
                         of you have never heard of me before 
                         today. Well I can assure you...that 
                         over the next few months you will all 
                         get to know me very well and...I look 
                         forward to it... *Carter turns of TV*
 
                         
               
               Prometheus

               
                                     PENDERGAST
                         This is colonel Pendergast of the Earth 
                         ship Prometheus... asking you to stand 
                         down.
 
               
                                     JAFFA
                         we have no desire to engage in battle. 
                         But we will not withdraw our forces...
 
                         
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Look we know why you're here...

               
                                     JAFFA
                         then you also know I have no choice 
                         but to maintain my present position
 
                         
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         okay... FYI we're not gonna let you 
                         put anymore men on the planets surface.
 
                         
               
                                     JAFFA
                         if you fire on our ship...we will defend 
                         ourselves.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Yat'yir... Hear me...you and your Jaffa 
                         are at a disadvantage... knowing neither 
                         territory nor its inhabitants...allow 
                         us to assist you in apprehending Ba'al, 
                         we can both lay claim to his capture...then 
                         all Jaffa can declare freedom and celebrate 
                         as one.
 
               
                                     JAFFA
                         I am afraid we are past the point where 
                         are differences can be settled so readily...I 
                         am sorry Teal'c *ends transmission*
 
                         
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         huh...meanwhile they've still got boots 
                         on the ground...
 
               
                                     PENDERGAST
                         nothing we can do about that.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         perhaps we can...

               
                                     MITCHELL
                         can how?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         by forcing Gerak's hand.

               
               in the van. Carter on phone

               
                                     CARTER
                         yes sir. *hangs up* our orders are to 
                         stay out for the time being...
 
               
                                     BARRETT
                         you've got to be kidding me. Come on... 
                         We know where he is... We've got him
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         yes Ba'al's made it easier for us to 
                         pinpoint his location but unfortunately 
                         by going public he's made it more difficult 
                         to take him down quickly and covertly... 
                         we make a move against him now and we 
                         risk a media circus...unless, of course... 
                         you feel like giving the American people 
                         a Stargate primer...
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         there's also the little matter of a 
                         naquadah bomb sitting somewhere in the 
                         continental united states...
 
               
                                     BARRETT
                         yeah...ok...ok...we'll stay...

               
                                     CARTER
                         the generals consulting with the pentagon 
                         to determine what are next move should 
                         be...
 
               
               Dakara, walking down corridor to council chamber

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         if there is one thing a Jaffa values 
                         above all else it is his pride...when 
                         the other council members discover that 
                         Gerak has not been completely forthcoming 
                         they will turn against him and force 
                         his hand... Gerak must be shamed into 
                         removing his forces from Earth... it 
                         is the only way.
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         your turf your rules brother.*they enter 
                         chamber*
 
               
                                     GERAK
                         ...no matter how far we must travel...no 
                         matter how long it will take...our former 
                         enemies must pay for their crimes...this 
                         I promise you. That we will destroy 
                         them. Not only just in memory of those 
                         who have fallen...but in honor of those 
                         who survived to enjoy their freedom.
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         you speak of honor Gerak...yet you disrespect 
                         this council by dishonoring it with 
                         your lies...
 
               
                                     GERAK
                         I have not lied to this council...it 
                         is you that I have purposely misled...for 
                         fear you're commitment to the cause 
                         is suspect...
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         even as we speak Gerak's followers are 
                         hunting Ba'al on Earth...
 
               
                                     KA'LEL
                         of this we are well aware...*Teal'c 
                         stares at her*
 
               
                                     GERAK
                         I had wished to inform the council sooner 
                         but I dared not...for fear that the 
                         elements sympathetic to the Tau'ri would 
                         learn about Ba'al's whereabouts...
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         you dare question my loyalty.

               
                                     KA'LEL
                         you're loyalty is not under question 
                         Teal'c...you have done more than anyone 
                         to help secure our freedom...and for 
                         that we are ever grateful. However...your 
                         allegiance to the Tau'ri presents you 
                         with a difficult dilemma...
 
               
                                     GERAK
                         even as we speak...your Tau'ri ships 
                         prevent us from pursuing the enemy.
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         as you have said Ka'lel... I accomplished 
                         much in our long struggle against our 
                         former oppressors but only because of 
                         the support of the Tau'ri. They're commitment 
                         was unwavering as my own. And now you 
                         would repay them my surreptitiously 
                         stealing upon their world, putting their 
                         people, to say nothing of the Stargate 
                         program, at risk...they are our allies. 
                         Rather than dishonor them by trespassing 
                         on to their world...respect them enough 
                         to tell them the truth. Ask for their 
                         assistance in capturing Ba'al...they 
                         will help us!
 
               
                                     GERAK
                         But...uh...will they?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         They are but as determined to have Ba'al 
                         answer to his crimes as our we...
 
                         
               
                                     GERAK
                         But if they succeed...

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Then he will be brought before this 
                         council, where he will face his proper 
                         punishment! You have my word. *he and 
                         Mitchell leave*
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         what the hell are you thinking, there 
                         ain't no guarantee the US Government 
                         is going to give them Ba'al.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         it was only to give Gerak pause before 
                         his next attack against Ba'al on Earth... 
                         even so we may have only gained a brief 
                         respite.
 
               
               WORMHOLE

               
               Landry waits for Mitchell and Teal'c at the base of the ramp.
 
               
               
                                     LANDRY
                         satellite tracking has placed Ba'al 
                         at a remote heavily guarded compound 
                         west of the city from the site of the 
                         press conference directly to his present 
                         location he took no evasive maneuvers 
                         made absolutely no attempt to disguise 
                         his movements *they head to control 
                         room*
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         clearly he is infolded by the belief 
                         that you would not dare attack him now 
                         that he has made himself a public figure...
 
                         
               
                                     LANDRY
                         ...I've had Harriman patch in Colonel 
                         Carter and Dr Jackson. *we see Jackson 
                         and Carter on screen* everybody up to 
                         date?
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         we have a cruise missile set a ready 
                         to launch on your command.
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         general I recommend we launch now...it 
                         may be the last chance we get...
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         what if he isn't bluffing about the 
                         naquadah bomb?
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         then we'll have stopped him before he 
                         has the chance to plant anymore...
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         we'll have to come up with a cover story...
 
                         
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         wouldn't be the first time...

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         we must strike now before Ba'al realizes 
                         his strategy has backfired.
 
               
                                     LANDRY
                         and the council?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I merely promised he would be delivered 
                         if captured...if he is killed then there 
                         is no difficulty.
 
               
               Ba'al walks into an operations room on the compound.

               
                                     MAYFIELD
                         *on phone* right good work

               
                                     BA'AL
                         What's the news?

               
                                     MAYFIELD
                         Stargate Command intends to attack
 
                         
               
                                     BA'AL
                         how can you be certain?

               
                                     MAYFIELD
                         the humans who set up the trust were 
                         in a position to infiltrate much of 
                         the secure communications employed by 
                         this government...
 
               
                                     BA'AL
                         *smirks* how clever of them.

               
               Landry, Mitchell and Teal'c in Landry's office, they see Harriman 
               sitting up the TV again.
 
               
                                     LANDRY
                         *walks out* you got something else for 
                         me Harriman?
 
               
                                     HARRIMAN
                         yes sir. We just got this sent to us...
 
                         
               
                                     BA'AL
                         you have chosen not to heed my warning...so 
                         forced my hand... there is a bomb in 
                         the helsian tower in downtown Seattle...it 
                         will detonate at exactly 1:30pm local 
                         time...call off your strike on my location...and 
                         I will diffuse the device...defy me...and 
                         this will be just the first of many...such 
                         demonstrations... *video goes off*
 
                         
               
                                     LANDRY
                         *checks watch* 45 minutes...

               
                                     HARRIMAN
                         the building is being evacuated...mobile 
                         units have been dispatched...
 
               
               in the van, it's en route to Ba'al's compound.

               
                                     CARTER
                         *on phone* yes sir...understood sir. 
                         *turns off phone* agent Barrett have 
                         your men tighten up their perimeter 
                         around the compound, no one in or out. 
                         Daniel once the missile hits you'll 
                         have to go in and make sure we have 
                         a confirmed kill...
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         why where are you gonna be?

               
                                     CARTER
                         Seattle.

               
                                     BARRETT
                         how the hell are you going to get there? 
                         *she grins, before she is beamed up 
                         in a flash of light* Prometheus...
 
                         
               
                                     JACKSON
                         beats flying coach

               
               Seattle...Building is being evacuated teams searching for naquadah. 
               Carter beamed straight for van to their.
 
               
                                     AIRMAN
                         Colonel Carter.

               
                                     CARTER
                         have you located the bomb?

               
                                     AIRMAN
                         we're unable to get a fix on its location.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         multiple signals? Is it possible there's 
                         more than one device?
 
               
                                     AIRMAN
                         well...we're not sure...

               
               a cargo ship moves in on Ba'al's Compound.

               
                                     BA'AL
                         Wipe the Hard drives! And destroy the 
                         equipment. I want nothing left. *sounds 
                         of staff weapons and automatics outside.*
 
                         
               
                                     MAYFIELD
                         the Jaffa...they've found us.

               
                                     BA'AL
                         time to go.

               
               They rush out, others fiddling with computers.

               
               Control room. Harriman walks up, Landry, Mitchell and Teal'c 
               come over to him
 
               
                                     HARRIMAN
                         Colonel Carter and her team are still 
                         searching...no sign of the bomb yet. 
                         *sits down, gets a communication* sir 
                         Dr Jackson reports Jaffa at the target 
                         site...they've engaged the compound 
                         guards...
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         *Landry looks at him* you must not hesitate 
                         General Landry...
 
               
                                     LANDRY
                         Launch the Missile.

               
                                     HARRIMAN
                         yes sir. Launching Alpha two.

               
               Seattle. Teams still searching for bomb

               
                                     AIRMAN
                         doesn't make any sense... it's like 
                         there's naquadah everywhere...
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         how old is this building?

               
                                     AIRMAN
                         its brand new...it just went up last 
                         month...
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         get me a secure line to Stargate command 
                         now. *he runs off*
 
               
               Control room

               
                                     HARRIMAN
                         sir I've got colonel Carter

               
                                     LANDRY
                         Colonel! Did you find the bomb?

               
                                     CARTER
                         sort of

               
                                     LANDRY
                         what's that suppose to mean?

               
                                     CARTER
                         readings indicate the entire superstructure 
                         of the building is laced with Naquadah...it 
                         was built that way...Ba'al's been planning 
                         this for a long time...
 
               
                                     LANDRY
                         I'm not sure I understand colonel...
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         The bomb isn't in the building sir...the 
                         bomb is the building.
 
               
               Control room. Time is running out.

               
                                     HARRIMAN
                         Target locked on. Sir...we have a confirmed 
                         hit on the location... agent Barrett 
                         and his team are moving into secure 
                         the area... *Landry looks at Teal'c 
                         and Mitchell, worried*
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         *grabs intercom radioing Carter.* Sam...that 
                         naquadah ain't going to go up on its 
                         own...theirs got to be a detonator somewhere...
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         I agree...but it could be anywhere...inside 
                         a wall...under the floor...we'd never 
                         find it in time.
 
               
                                     LANDRY
                         how much progress have you made on the 
                         evacuation?
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         we've cleared a five block radius...but 
                         when this thing goes off a five mile 
                         radius isn't going to be enough...
 
                         
               
                                     LANDRY
                         there's not much you can do about that 
                         now...I'll contact Prometheus...have 
                         them beam you and your team out of there...
 
                         
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         wait...that's it...Prometheus... *hurries 
                         over to Harriman* Sgt patch me through 
                         to colonel Pendergast *looks at time 
                         1:26:57*
 
               
                                     PENDERGAST
                         *drops into seat* Cam what can I do 
                         for ya?
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Need a little help moving

               
               
               Control room

               
                                     PENDERGAST
                         It worked...the building detonated at 
                         a safe distance
 
               
                                     HARRIMAN
                         Sir...I've got Dr Jackson.

               
                                     JACKSON
                         General...

               
                                     LANDRY
                         what's happening out there doctor?
 
                         
               
                                     JACKSON
                         I'm sorry to report sir...it looks like 
                         Ba'al escaped...
 
               
               Dakara...Teal'c speaking to a large group of Jaffa in the council 
               Chamber
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         the old ways will no longer serve us...Gerak's 
                         ways are not the way of the future *they 
                         all turn as Gerak enters* How dare you! 
                         How dare you set foot in this council 
                         chamber.
 
               
                                     GERAK
                         why shouldn't I promise to return? tell 
                         me Teal'c.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         because you disregarded my warnings... 
                         cause your rash actions not only allowed 
                         Ba'al to escape but caused the lives 
                         of many of our brothers...
 
               
                                     GERAK
                         they did not die in vain. *two Jaffa 
                         drag a beaten Ba'al in, in chains.* 
                         My rash actions were necessary I'm sure 
                         you'll agree...yes you may muse about 
                         what might have been...but the fact 
                         remains that it was my men who captured 
                         Ba'al. *the Jaffa mumble between them*
 
                         
               
                                     BA'AL
                         *in Goa'uld voice* enjoy your short 
                         lived taste of freedom... you were born 
                         slaves...and slaves you will die.
 
                         
               
               Gerak takes a staff weapon and shoots Ba'al in the back.

               
               Teal'c returns to Earth, walks down the ramp...the rest of SG-1 
               waiting at the bottom
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Ba'al did not escape...he was captured 
                         by Gerak's forces
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         *rest of the team look at each other* 
                         well...yes...and no.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         he was dragged into the council chamber 
                         and executed before my very eyes...there 
                         is no doubt.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Teal'c...we secured Ba'al's compound 
                         and searched the premises... in the 
                         basement we discovered a lab containing 
                         equipment and data related to genetic 
                         replication.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         it's very possible the Ba'al you saw 
                         die in Dakara was just a clone...the 
                         real Ba'al could still be out there.
 
                         
               
               Teal'c is silent, walks down ramp past them...

               
                                     MITCHELL
                         hey! Where you going?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         to take a much needed rest.

               
                                     MITCHELL
                         don't you think you should go back to 
                         Dakara...let those Jaffa know the truth?
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         No. to reveal this at this time would 
                         seem little more than an attempt to 
                         tarnish Gerak's hard fought victory.
 
                         
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Teal'c...it's the truth.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         regardless. they will not listen...for 
                         the time being their hearts belong to 
                         Gerak...
 
               
               In an apartment, TV on news. As the Julia Donovan speaks of the 
               buildings destruction.
 
               
                                     DONOVAN
                         at present there are more questions 
                         than answers in the events surrounding 
                         the gas line explosions that claimed 
                         the Hassien tower in downtown Seattle...what 
                         we do know so far is that approximately 
                         12:45 this afternoon local fire and 
                         emergency crews were dispatched *During 
                         news camera shows Ba'al in a black shirt 
                         watching news...* to the scene. An evacuation 
                         order was given and the building and 
                         surrounding areas were evacuated, two 
                         hours later *another Ba'al eating Chinese* 
                         *another pouring drinks, Mayfield watching 
                         him* when reporters were permitted to 
                         return to the area all that remained 
                         was a heap of rumble...surrounded as 
                         it was by taller high rises there were 
                         no eye witnesses to the buildings destruction. 
                         No one saw or heard the explosion and 
                         as a result conspiracy theories amount. 
                         Some have pointed out that the amount 
                         of rumble at the site is significantly 
                         less that you wou--
 
               
                                     BA'AL
                         *turns off TV* Over 600 channels and 
                         nothing to watch. *gets up, walking 
                         off, showing another Ba'al reading the 
                         paper* think I'll turn in...we have 
                         a big day ahead of us tomorrow.... *Mayfield 
                         brings drink to one of them and sits*
 
                         
               
               THE END

               

Ex Deus Machina



Writers :   Joseph Mallozzi  Paul Mullie
Genres :   Sci-Fi  Action  Adventure


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