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                                      STARGATE SG1

                                      Episode 703

                                   "FRAGILE BALANCE"

                                           By

                                    Damian Kindler




               SGC Sam gets off the elevator on level 16 and General Hammond 
               is waiting there for her.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         General, what's this all about?

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         At 0920 hours this morning, someone 
                         tried to enter the base using this.
 
                         
               
               He hands her something encased in a plastic sleeve as they walk 
               through the corridors together.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Colonel O'Neill's security ID.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         After the person in question was taken 
                         into custody, he insisted on seeing 
                         you.
 
               
               They arrive at a doorway that is being guarded by two SFs.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Me? Why?

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Well, I was hoping you could figure 
                         that one out, Major. (Then to the SF 
                         at the door) Open it.
 
               
               Sam and the General enter the room and the camera pans to show 
               us a teenage boy resting on a bed. He is wearing clothes that 
               are too large for him...jeans, a t-shirt and a jacket. The boys 
               sits up when he sees Sam.
 
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         Thank you. Now we're gettin' somewhere. 
                         Sergeant, that, uh, coffee I asked for 
                         half an hour ago? You know, any time 
                         you feel like gettin' it...
 
               
               Hammond nods to the Sgt. and he leaves Hammond and Sam alone 
               with the boy in the room.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         He's a boy, Sir.

               
                                     CO
                         As it turns out, Carter...yes, I am...for 
                         the moment.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         (somewhat amused) Do I know you?

               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         Come on...it's me.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         We tried to contact Colonel O'Neill, 
                         even sent someone to his house.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Do you understand how much trouble you're 
                         in right now? Impersonating a military 
                         officer is a federal offense. The boy 
                         bends his head in frustration and rubs 
                         the back of his neck.
 
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         I am not impersonating anyone. I am 
                         Jack O'Neill.
 
               
               OPENING CREDITS

               
               SGC Sam, Hammond and Young O'Neill are a still in the room on 
               the base. Sam is looking at Jack's security ID and for the record, 
               his name is listed as O'Neill, John J. I can't quite make out 
               the birth date on the VCR recording...sorry. The Sergeant who 
               had left earlier, returns and hands the boy a cup.
 
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         Finally. (He stands up to accept the 
                         cup and his pants start falling down. 
                         He hikes them back up. He takes the 
                         cup from the Sergeant and then takes 
                         a sip.) Hot chocolate? Are you kidding?
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         (referring to the ID) Where did you 
                         get this?
 
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         (sets the cup down on the bedside table) 
                         I didn't... (he has to hike his pants 
                         up again) I didn't get it anywhere. 
                         It's mine.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Because you're Colonel O'Neill.

               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         Exactly. (Sam's nods slightly, like 
                         riiightt...) Look, last night, I ate 
                         some dinner, had a beer, went to bed 
                         and woke up like this. Now can we please 
                         just get to the part where you and Fraiser 
                         run some tests, find a cure and make 
                         me big again?
 
               
               Just then, Daniel walks in and stands beside Sam.

               
                                     JACKSON
                         This is the security breach?

               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         Daniel...will you tell them who I am...please?
 
                         
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Okay...love to...who are you?

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         This young man claims he's Colonel O'Neill.
 
                         
               
                                     JACKSON
                         It's a joke, right? (Sam smiles and 
                         nods her head no) What's goin' on?
 
                         
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         (frustrated) Daniel!

               
                                     JACKSON
                         Sounds like him...at least the loud, 
                         grating parts.
 
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         Okay...you want proof? Carter, you once 
                         carried a Tok'ra named Jolinar, who 
                         gave her life to save you. Daniel, until 
                         recently, you were an ascended being. 
                         Ya broke the rules. Ya got yourself 
                         kicked outta the Oma Desala fan club 
                         and had your memory erased. (Teal'c 
                         has now walked past General Hammond 
                         to stand in front of Young O'Neill) 
                         And you and Bra'tac both just lost your 
                         snakes in a Goa'uld ambush. Had your 
                         tretonin yet this morning?
 
               
               Young O'Neill and Teal'c stare at each other for several seconds. 
               Then Teal'c turns to the others.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         How could this child possess such knowledge?
 
                         
               
               Sam shakes her head to say no clue. Daniel frowns for the same 
               reason.
 
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         Because...it's...me. (He has to hike 
                         his pants up again.)
 
               
               Next we see the four heading out of the room where Young O'Neill 
               is being held.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Would anyone care to speculate how a 
                         boy could be aware of our most classified 
                         information?
 
               
               They have stopped in the hall just a short distance away.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Well, Sir...it could be him.

               
                                     JACKSON
                         There is a physical resemblance.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         But he can't be more than 15 years old. 
                         Are you saying Colonel O'Neill has, 
                         somehow, regressed more than 30 years 
                         overnight?
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Stranger things have happened...

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Name but one.

               
                                     JACKSON
                         Well, there was the time he got really 
                         old, the time he became a caveman, the 
                         time we all swapped bodies...
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         (holding up his hand) Why don't we move 
                         on to the testing portion of this exercise?
 
                         
               
               SGC - Briefing Room

               
               Janet, Teal'c, Hammond, Sam and Daniel are seated around the 
               conference table.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Are you certain, Doctor?

               
                                     FRAISER
                         (looking at a report on the table in 
                         front of her) Initial tests show that 
                         within an acceptable margin of error, 
                         the boy's DNA is virtually identical 
                         to Colonel O'Neill's.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         What size margin of error are we talking 
                         about?
 
               
                                     FRAISER
                         Very small. In a court of law, the DNA 
                         sample we took from the boy would be 
                         considered a high-probability match 
                         to the DNA we have on file from Colonel 
                         O'Neill. There is a...tiny abnormality, 
                         but for all intents and purposes...it's 
                         him.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Tiny abnormality? Like the fact that 
                         he's suddenly quite a few years younger 
                         than he's supposed to be?
 
               
                                     FRAISER
                         To be honest, this is out of my league. 
                         We've got some specialists flying in. 
                         We're going to run more tests, see what 
                         we can learn.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         In the meantime, I suggest we try to 
                         make him as comfortable as possible.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         I'll go set up a PlayStation.

               
               SGC - Cafeteria Young O'Neill is sitting down at a table. He 
               pours some milk. Teal'c and Sam join him at the table. Both are 
               smiling.
 
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         You know, uh, I think you two are enjoying 
                         this just...a little too much.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Well...you are kinda cute.

               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         That's Sir to you. (Sam loses the smile 
                         rather quickly) And being trapped inside 
                         a scrawny little body isn't my idea 
                         of cute, Carter.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Does possessing a younger body not have 
                         certain advantages, O'Neill?
 
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         No. Not seein' it. What do you mean?
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Do you not experience increased health 
                         and vitality?
 
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         My vitality was just fine, thank you.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         I think what Teal'c is saying is valid. 
                         How many of us wouldn't trade everything 
                         for the chance to be young again...live 
                         our lives over?
 
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         Yeah, well, I don't plan on staying 
                         like this.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Well, in the meantime, may I make a 
                         suggestion? Try enjoying this as much 
                         as we are...Sir.
 
               
               Jack's House Teal'c, Sam, Daniel and Young O'Neill enter through 
               the front door. Teal'c heads into the kitchen. Sam and Daniel 
               walk to the dining table to find the table a mess with old food 
               containers and beer bottles. Young O'Neill follows them in. Sam 
               picks up a Chinese food box and sniffs lightly. She wrinkles 
               her nose and sets it back down.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Well, it's nice to know some things 
                         don't change.
 
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         I wasn't exactly expecting visitors.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         We'll have this stuff sent back to the 
                         lab for analysis. YOUNG O'NEILL: Well, 
                         if they find MSG, I will never order 
                         from them again. (Sam smiles, slightly) 
                         Come on, what are we doing here, exactly?
 
                         
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Well, this is the last place you remember 
                         being...
 
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         Older?

               
               Teal'c, who has been looking through the refrigerator, pipes 
               up.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Are you conducting some sort of scientific 
                         experiment, O'Neill?
 
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         Hey, come on, that salsa's still good.
 
                         
               
               He heads into the kitchen and takes a container from Teal'c. 
               He puts the container back in the refrigerator. He grabs a beer 
               from the frig and twists the top off. Just as he is tipping it 
               to his mouth, Sam reaches out and takes the bottle away.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         What was the last thing you ate, Sir?
 
                         
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         Four cheese burrito, some guacamole 
                         on the side...
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Anything else?

               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         A beer. Then I hit the sack.

               
                                     CARTER
                         So, whatever happened to you must have 
                         occurred once you were asleep.
 
               
               Jack's House - Bedroom Young O'Neill is standing in the doorway 
               as his teammates are looking throughout the room. Daniel is looking 
               through Jack's chest of drawers. Young O'Neill rushed to him 
               when he starts to take the underwear out of the drawers.
 
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         Hey! Do you mind?

               
               Daniel puts his hands up in concession and walks away. Young 
               O'Neill follows him and then veers off toward Teal'c, who is 
               looking at something on shelves.
 
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         Teal'c...

               
               Suddenly, Teal'c turns on a lamp, which shines right in O'Neill's 
               face. We see a flash of light, some green dots floating around 
               and then an Asgard face come into the picture. Young O'Neill 
               has just had a flashback.
 
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         Whoa...

               
               Teal'c turns his head slightly toward Young O'Neill. Daniel also 
               diverts his attention to the boy.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         O'Neill...

               
                                     JACKSON
                         What is it?

               
               Sam's attention is now drawn to them as well.

               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         Either I'm...remembering a particularly 
                         bad dream...or the Asgard paid me a 
                         little visit last night.
 
               
               COMMERCIAL BREAK

               
               SGC - Briefing Room Hammond and SG-1 are sitting at the conference 
               table. Young O'Neill is tapping his finger on the table and looking 
               quite bored.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         No offense, but what you're saying doesn't 
                         make any sense.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Jack's account sounds like a number 
                         of UFO abduction case files I've read.
 
                         
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         This you remember...my birthday you 
                         forget.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Looks like you'll have a lot more...
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         This encounter is incongruous with all 
                         previous contact we have had with the 
                         Asgard.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Thor has indicated that the Asgard have 
                         been keeping an eye on human development 
                         on Earth in the past.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         But we're allies now. We've cooperated 
                         with them on a number of missions.
 
                         
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         This...I would not have agreed to.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         What could they possibly hope to gain 
                         from secretly making you younger against 
                         your will?
 
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         (thinks for a second, then shakes his 
                         head) I got nothing.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         General, uh, I'd like to cross-reference 
                         some of these old abduction accounts. 
                         See if I can find any connection.
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Please do. Major, I believe you had 
                         a briefing to run at 1300 hours...
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Yes, Sir. I'll be there.

               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         Wait, wait, the F-302 briefing? I though 
                         I was running that.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Given your current situation, I feel 
                         it would be best if Major Carter handled 
                         it. I'm sure you can impart any information 
                         she needs to know to fill in the gap...
 
                         
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         But...I mean, I'm the one...

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         (cutting him off) Good. Dismissed.
 
                         
               
               Hammond gets up and leaves. All but Jack quickly follow.

               
               SGC - Hammond's Office Hammond is looking through some papers 
               when he hears a knock at the door.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Come in. (Young O'Neill opens the door 
                         and steps inside.) Jack, try to understand. 
                         Your situation puts me in a very difficult 
                         position.
 
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         Uh, General, no offense, but you're 
                         not the one who went to bed watching 
                         CNN and woke up as part of the MTV generation.
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Which is exactly why Major Carter's 
                         going to handle that briefing.
 
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         Sir, I've flown the 302 more times than 
                         anyone else.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Be that as it may, the bottom line is 
                         a room full of seasoned pilots aren't 
                         going to respect the opinion of a boy.
 
                         
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         (rubs his hand on his forehead for a 
                         second) Sir, I just look like one...for 
                         the moment...but those men in that room 
                         need my expertise. And plus, you know, 
                         if they're gonna be working here, they're 
                         gonna...have to start gettin' used to...you 
                         know...unusual things happening.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Look, Jack...no one is disputing that 
                         you may continue to be a valuable asset 
                         to the SGC...but under the circumstances, 
                         there's nothing I can do. I'm sorry.
 
                         
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         Yes, Sir. I understand. (He walks to 
                         the door and then turns to look back) 
                         Dumb idea... (he pulls the door shut 
                         as he walks out.)
 
               
               SGC - Daniel's Lab Teal'c is looking at a computer screen as 
               Daniel looks at some books on a table behind Teal'c.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         It would appear that a great many of 
                         the Tau'ri have encountered beings from 
                         other worlds.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Yep, hmm...little do they know how close 
                         they are to the truth.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         What, exactly, are we looking for, Daniel 
                         Jackson?
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Well, any abduction accounts that...match 
                         Jack's story, and, um, obviously, anyone 
                         claiming to have physically regressed 
                         several decades overnight. We just need 
                         to enter our search parameters into 
                         the database...
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         It has already been done.

               
               Daniel walks up behind Teal'c to see the list on the computer 
               screen.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Wow...that's a lot of people.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Indeed.

               
                                     JACKSON
                         Let's see if any of these match Jack's 
                         story exactly...what he said he saw...four 
                         green lights...
 
               
               Teal'c continues punches in a new parameter and a new list appears 
               onscreen.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         That's a little more reasonable. That's 
                         interesting...of the narrowed down accounts, 
                         the most recent is from...
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         19 year ago.

               
                                     JACKSON
                         Eight are here in the 'States. You know, 
                         if these addresses are still valid, 
                         we should go talk to these people in 
                         person.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         What do you hope to learn?

               
                                     JACKSON
                         I guess we'll know when we learn it. 
                         He pats Teal'c on the shoulder.
 
               
               SGC - a conference/briefing room Sam walks in. There are a group 
               of pilots sitting in rows of chairs facing a podium and computer 
               presentation screen. THe pilots jumpsuits have F-302 patches 
               sown on the right side of the chest.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         As your intel packages show, the F-302 
                         is a space-worthy, fighter-interceptor 
                         aircraft reverse-engineered from Goa'uld 
                         technology. You're upcoming mission 
                         has been dubbed operation blue phoenix. 
                         It'll be a live-fire combat simulation 
                         to test how well the 302 fares against 
                         actual death gliders. (One of the pilots 
                         raises his hand.) Captain?
 
               
                                     CAPTAIN
                         Major, according to our mission reports, 
                         you were second seat on the most recent 
                         mission involving the 302.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Yes, and that one included close combat. 
                         We'll be covering what was learned in 
                         that encounter in this briefing.
 
               
                                     CAPTAIN
                         Didn't Colonel O'Neill pilot that mission?
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Yes, as a matter of fact, he did.

               
                                     MAJOR
                         (seated next to the Captain) The Colonel 
                         also commanded the X-302 during both 
                         previous hyper-space window missions, 
                         didn't he, Major?
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         What's your point, Major?

               
                                     CAPTAIN
                         With all due respect, Ma'am, shouldn't 
                         Colonel O'Neill be running this briefing?
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Colonel O'Neill is unavailable. However, 
                         I've prepared several computers which 
                         should help you understand how the 302 
                         handles in combat situations.
 
               
                                     CAPTAIN
                         Major, no offense, but those aren't 
                         going to help me when I'm pulling 6 
                         Gs in a dogfight against an alien ship.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         As you should know, Captain, the 302 
                         has inertial dampening systems... (she 
                         used a remote mouse to start a computer 
                         presentation on the 302, which is being 
                         projected on the screen behind her) 
                         ...which I am more than qualified to 
                         explain in detail, so, let's just...
 
                         
               
               Suddenly we hear voices from outside the room. Sam and the others 
               are distracted.
 
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         (from outside) I just dropped by to 
                         say...Ow!
 
               
                                     SF ONE
                         (from outside) Sir, please do not resist.
 
                         
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         Hey, ease up, big guy.

               
                                     CARTER
                         ...stay focused.

               
                                     SF ONE
                         (still outside) Relax, sir.

               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         I'm warning you...

               
                                     SF ONE
                         Sir, please, stay there.

               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         Did I just say I'm warning you? Hey! 
                         Oh! All right! That's it! Now, I'm mad!
 
                         
               
               Sam has given up and has walked to open the door to the hall 
               where the ruckus is occurring. She opens the door to find Young 
               O'Neill pinned to the wall by two SFs. One is pulling his arm 
               back and bending his wrist up while the other is holding his 
               head up to the wall.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         You can release him.

               
               They let him go. He pulls his arm back down and puts his hand 
               up to check the cheek that was smashed up against the concrete 
               wall. Then he straightens out his shirts and speaks without turning 
               to look at the two guards.
 
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         I'll forgo the charges for assaulting 
                         a superior officer. Carter... (He walks 
                         toward the door and pauses when he is 
                         even with her. He whispers just loud 
                         enough for them to hear) I could've 
                         taken him.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         (smiles and nods as Young O'Neill continues 
                         on into the room) I'm sure.
 
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         Sorry, I'm late. (He stands before the 
                         group of pilots as Sam follows him in) 
                         What'd I miss?
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         We were just covering the 302's flight 
                         capabilities.
 
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         (putting his hands in his pockets) Well, 
                         then, I'm just in time. Here's what 
                         you need to know...
 
               
                                     CAPTAIN
                         Major, is this a joke?

               
                                     CARTER
                         No...this is... Colonel O'Neill.

               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         (as the pilots look at each other and 
                         smile) I'm only gonna say this once, 
                         so I'd suggest that you listen up.
 
                         
               
                                     CAPTAIN
                         (scoffing) Whatever you say...

               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         Hey! I realize it doesn't actually say 
                         Colonel anywhere on my uniform, but 
                         it should.
 
               
               The Captain begins to realize that Young O'Neill is the real 
               deal. The smile disappears from his face and he looks at Sam 
               again for confirmation. She nods in the affirmative. The entire 
               groups sits up a little straighter.
 
               
                                     CAPTAIN
                         Yes, sir.

               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         (takes a deep breath) Now...velocity 
                         is key during engagement with a glider. 
                         Now, your instincts are gonna tell ya 
                         to floor it, because it's faster and 
                         more maneuverable, but you've got to 
                         stay in control. (He turns his head 
                         to see the screen behind him) Uh...oh, 
                         yeah...and the, uh, inertial dampeners 
                         only compensate 90% when pulling negative 
                         Gs. So the real trick is knowing your 
                         enemy so you can anticipate their next 
                         moves. (The pilots are now taking notes. 
                         Young O'Neill walks behind the podium 
                         and picks up the remote mouse. He starts 
                         the computer presentation rolling again) 
                         Okay...Death Gliders 101...
 
               
               Somwhere in the US. Daniel and Teal'c are speaking with an older 
               man who appears to be working on a ranch. He is picking up and 
               stacking wood. Horses can be seen in the background, as can a 
               wooden structure - a house or barn, perhaps.
 
               
                                     MAN
                         May I ask why the United States Air 
                         Force is taking a renewed interest in 
                         my story after 26 years?
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Well, all I can tell you is that we 
                         have some new information.
 
               
                                     MAN
                         Will it prove my story true?

               
                                     JACKSON
                         Eventually...maybe.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Please, tell us what happened to you.
 
                         
               
                                     MAN
                         I was asleep in my bed, and a light 
                         appeared in my room and took me. (We 
                         see a younger man lying on his back, 
                         floating in a white mist. The man is 
                         lit with blue light.)
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         (we hear him while still seeing the 
                         flashback) Took you where?
 
               
                                     MAN
                         Some kind of space craft I suppose. 
                         I was weightless, floating in mid-air. 
                         (We see a bright white light directly 
                         above and illuminating the younger man.) 
                         And yet...
 
               
                                     WOMAN
                         (the man's voice becomes a woman's voice 
                         while we still see the flashback of 
                         the younger man. A blurry, orange object 
                         is now visible above him.) It was dark, 
                         cold... (Now we see Daniel and Teal'c 
                         speaking with a middle-aged woman. They 
                         appear to be sitting at a kitchen table.) 
                         I couldn't move a muscle even though 
                         I was wide awake.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         After the light hit you, then what?
 
                         
               
                                     WOMAN
                         The devices came. (We see another flashback. 
                         A body is floating in a large blue-lit 
                         room. There are spires shooting up all 
                         around and a large circular window, 
                         similar to those we have seen on Thor's 
                         ship, in the background. The body is 
                         hovering under an orange lit device 
                         and four green-lit balls are floating 
                         around the body.) They were these green, 
                         glowing balls that floated around me.
 
                         
               
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Could you ask Professor Wu if he actually 
                         saw who was speaking to him?
 
               
               We see the young Chinese man floating again as we hear the interpreter 
               speaking Cantonese to Professor Wu. Then we see Professor Wu, 
               present day, nod his head once. We see the young Chinese man 
               turn his head and look directly at an Asgard. Then we see a flash 
               of white and then an exterior shot of Cheyenne Mountain.
 
               
               SGC - Hammond's Office Sam and Daniel are speaking with the General.
 
               
               
                                     JACKSON
                         (referring to a book he is holding) 
                         All the accounts were basically identical...they 
                         all matched Jack's version of events 
                         exactly.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Except none of them experienced any 
                         kind of physical changes as a result 
                         of the abduction.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         No, they didn't, but everything else 
                         is bang on. Taken while sleeping, floating 
                         paralysis, out of body experience...now, 
                         admittedly, all of this does sound familiar, 
                         cliché even, if you watch enough TV...but, 
                         um, they all described four green globes 
                         that seemed to defy gravity, buzzing 
                         around them like insects. Now, that's 
                         too specific a detail to be a coincidence.
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         The being that abducted them...I assume 
                         they described an Asgard as well?
 
                         
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Short, big eyes, no hair, weird voice...
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         The Asgard haven't responded to our 
                         attempted communications.
 
               
                                     FRAISER
                         (coming in from behind them) Well...if 
                         help is coming, it better arrive soon.
 
                         
               
               SGC - Guest Quarters Young O'Neill is playing a video game when 
               Sam knocks at the door.
 
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         (without even looking away from the 
                         game) It's open.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         How are you doin'?

               
               Young O'Neill pauses the game and turns around to face Sam.
 
               
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         Well...I think I'm gettin' another zit... 
                         (Sam smiles, slightly) ...and, uh, oh, 
                         yeah...I'm still a kid. Uh, but beyond 
                         that I'm doin' just peachy, thanks. 
                         Why?
 
               
               Sam hesitates. It's obvious she wants to say something, but doesn't 
               exactly know how. She moves to half-sit on the bed. He continues 
               to slouch in the chair.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Well, Janet's just finished going over 
                         the genetic team's analysis of your 
                         test results...
 
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         How bad can it be?

               
                                     CARTER
                         You're probably not feeling the effects 
                         yet...but, something is happening to 
                         your body at the cellular level. Basically, 
                         your genetic structure is growing more 
                         unstable...
 
               
               Young O'Neill cuts her off with a sound and a shake of his head. 
               He holds up his left hand, all four fingers touching his thumb, 
               to indicate that she needs to compact the story to the most important 
               information only.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         (She closes her eyes and looks down 
                         for a second before continuing) Colonel...you're 
                         dying.
 
               
               The camera pans in on Young O'Neill's face and fades out.

               
               COMMERCIAL BREAK

               
               SGC - Infirmary Janet is taking a blood sample from Young O'Neill. 
               Sam is close by, helping as she can.
 
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         Honestly, I feel fine.

               
                                     FRAISER
                         You'll start to notice symptoms as the 
                         condition worsens.
 
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         How long do I have?

               
                                     FRAISER
                         It's hard to say.

               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         Say it anyway...

               
                                     FRAISER
                         Weeks...days...I don't know. You'll 
                         notice fatigue first. In the end, your 
                         bodies vital organs will completely 
                         shut down.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         It's like something inside you is causing 
                         a total system failure.
 
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         I don't get it. We helped save their 
                         skinny asses from the replicators and 
                         as a thanks, they shrink me and leave 
                         me to die.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         We're exploring every option we have, 
                         Colonel. We just need you to hang in 
                         there. Young O'Neill smiles for a second.
 
                         
               
               SGC Sam and Jacob are walking up the back staircase from the 
               control room to the briefing room.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Thanks for coming. I'm sure it'll help 
                         coming directly from you.
 
               
                                     JACOB/SELMAK
                         How are Mark and the kids?

               
                                     CARTER
                         Good, great, the kids are great. I'll 
                         tell them you said hi.
 
               
               Jacob pauses as they reach the top and he sees Young O'Neill.
 
               
               
                                     JACOB/SELMAK
                         I'm sorry...Sam told be what was going 
                         on, but...what could anyone possibly 
                         hope to gain from this?
 
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         Can we just, uh, get on with it? I'm 
                         not gettin' any younger.
 
               
                                     JACOB/SELMAK
                         Well, as I told Sam, our options are 
                         pretty limited.
 
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         You come all this way just to say goodbye?
 
                         
               
                                     JACOB/SELMAK
                         At this point, I'm here to recommend 
                         we put you in stasis until we better 
                         understand your condition.
 
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         You want to freeze me.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Colonel, we're not talking about cryogenics 
                         as we know it here on Earth. The risk 
                         involved is minimal.
 
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         Yeah, well, I've been down this road 
                         with the Tok'ra before. No offense, 
                         Jacob, but the last time you guys helped 
                         me out of a jam... (He uses his fingers 
                         to make quotation marks around jam) 
                         ...I ended up rescuing an old girlfriend 
                         I'd never met before.
 
               
                                     JACOB/SELMAK
                         We would never subject you to another 
                         blending without your express permission.
 
                         
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         Good...because it's never gonna happen.
 
                         
               
                                     JACOB/SELMAK
                         (stepping a little closer) No pressure, 
                         Jack...but you need to make a decision. 
                         We have a team standing by, but if you 
                         wait too long, we may not be able to 
                         reverse the cellular breakdown.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Colonel, please.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         (when Jack doesn't answer right away) 
                         It's your choice, Jack.
 
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         Can I have five minutes to think about 
                         it?
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         You can have 10, Colonel.

               
               Young O'Neill walks down the stairs that Sam and Jacob has ascended 
               moments before.
 
               
               SGC - The corridor outside the guest quarters Sam and Daniel 
               are walking to the quarters to find Young O'Neill.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         You think he'll do it?

               
                                     JACKSON
                         If I have to drag the little tyke, kicking 
                         and screaming, through the 'gate myself. 
                         I didn't come all this way to watch 
                         him die like this...
 
               
               Sam knocks on the door just prior to opening it. We see an unconscious 
               guard on the floor and no sign of Young O'Neill. Daniel takes 
               off running back down the hall. Sam picks up a handset next to 
               the door.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         We have a security breach. Level 25. 
                         Guest quarters.
 
               
               We see Young O'Neill swipe a key card to open the elevator doors. 
               He ducks in the elevator and the doors close just as Daniel runs 
               around the corner. We see nothing so he continues on back toward 
               the briefing room. We hear alarms and see guards running as one 
               of them orders, Go, go, go... Some guards pass by a vent grating 
               in the wall. Seconds later, Young O'Neill emerges from behind 
               the grating and walks a short distance to the door that grants 
               access to the surface via a small ladder. They have used this 
               way into the facility on a couple of other occasions. He closes 
               the door behind him and begins his climb up the rungs.
 
               
               Later, we see Sam, Daniel and General Hammond walking in the 
               SGC corridors.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Security teams have swept the base three 
                         times in the past six hours, inside 
                         and out. They found nothing. I think 
                         it's safe to assume he's no longer here.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Well, Colonel O'Neill knows the SGC 
                         as well as anyone. If he wanted a way 
                         out, I'm sure he'd find one.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Well, I've notified state and local 
                         authorities. With any luck, they'll 
                         find him soon.
 
               
               Just then, Janet walks up from behind.

               
                                     FRAISER
                         Sir...there's something you all need 
                         to see.
 
               
               Colorado Springs (presumably) Young O'Neill is exiting a liquor 
               store. The clerk follows him to the door.
 
               
                                     CLERK
                         Go on home, kid, before I call the cops. 
                         It's a school night, for cryin' out 
                         loud.
 
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         How about light beer?

               
                                     CLERK
                         Give me a break... (he heads back into 
                         the store.)
 
               
               Young O'Neill walks to a post near the sidewalk and parks his 
               rear on it for a minute. Then he notices a guy in an Air Force 
               jacket get out of a pick up and walk by.
 
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         Harley?

               
               The guy turns as he hears his name.

               
                                     HARLEY
                         Excuse me?

               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         Yeah...Harlen Beck. You served in operation 
                         prove force out of Incerlik, right?
 
                         
               
                                     HARLEY
                         Yeah, during the Gulf...how'd you know 
                         that, kid?
 
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         What? Are you kidding? I ran... (He 
                         stops himself as he sees the questioning 
                         look on the Harley's face. He scratches 
                         his cheek and tries another approach.) 
                         I mean, uh...my uncle knew a Lt. Beck 
                         from the war. Yeah, said he was a stand 
                         up guy. Flew an AC-130 gunship over 
                         Baghdad.
 
               
                                     HARLEY
                         Well, then, you're uncle had to be in 
                         the special ops.
 
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         Yeah, he was...Colonel Jack O'Neill?
 
                         
               
                                     HARLEY
                         You're Jack O'Neill's nephew? I didn't 
                         know he had a sibling.
 
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         Uh...used to. Uh, yeah...Uncle Jack's 
                         been like a father to me. You know, 
                         since my folks died.
 
               
                                     HARLEY
                         Ah. So, how's old Jack doin' anyway?
 
                         
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         Uh, he's fine...and he's not that old, 
                         either.
 
               
                                     HARLEY
                         Well, tell him...tell him Harley said 
                         to watch his six. Harley turns to walk 
                         into the liquor store.
 
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         Hey, yeah, uh...speaking of six... (Young 
                         O'Neill jumps forward to catch Harley 
                         before he enters the store. He holds 
                         up a monetary bill of unknown denomination.) 
                         ...Look, uh, seeing as how you know 
                         my uncle and all...you think you could 
                         do me a little favor?
 
               
               Harley shakes his head, smiles and heads inside.

               
               SGC - Infirmary Janet is showing General Hammond, Sam and Daniel 
               some information on the computer. Jacob is sitting at the computer.
 
               
               
                                     FRAISER
                         Selmak has had a chance to digest some 
                         of the DNA test results we've been collecting, 
                         and it seems Colonel O'Neill's condition 
                         isn't what we first thought.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         He isn't dying?

               
                                     FRAISER
                         He is dying, but we think we know the 
                         cause. When we first compared Colonel 
                         O'Neill's DNA samples to the ones we 
                         had on file, the match was almost perfect.
 
                         
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Almost...you said there was a tiny abnormality.
 
                         
               
                                     FRAISER
                         That's right...Selmak thinks he knows 
                         why...
 
               
                                     JACOB/SELMAK
                         (Selmak is actually speaking) This is 
                         not Colonel O'Neill.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         But...

               
                                     FRAISER
                         He's a clone.

               
               COMMERCIAL BREAK

               
               SGC - General Hammond's Office SG-1, minus O'Neill, walk in just 
               as the General gets off the phone.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         (into the phone) I see. Keep me informed. 
                         (He hangs up the phone.) No word yet 
                         on...what, exactly, do we call him at 
                         this point?
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         (when it appears no one else has an 
                         answer) Duplicate O'Neill?
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Sir, we think we might have a clearer 
                         idea of what might be going on.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Please, enlighten me.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         We know that the Asgard clone themselves.
 
                         
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Their very existence depends on their 
                         ability to clone their bodies and then 
                         transfer their consciousness from one 
                         to the next.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         But they suffer from grave medical conditions 
                         due to thousands of years of cloning.
 
                         
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Which will ultimately lead to the fall 
                         of their civilization if they can't 
                         solve the problem of diminishing return 
                         in their cloning technology.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         What does this have to do with Colonel 
                         O'Neill?
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         We had the abductees DNA that Teal'c 
                         and I interviewed scanned for the same 
                         abnormalities as...duplicate O'Neill. 
                         As far as we can tell, none of them 
                         are clones.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Which means?

               
                                     CARTER
                         Well, in all likelihood, the Asgard 
                         responsible, took the original people 
                         and replaced them with duplicates so 
                         as not to arouse suspicion.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         They studied the original for a period 
                         of time and then switched them back.
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         You think whoever took the real Colonel 
                         O'Neill is going to return him?
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         It's all we've got, Sir. We're hoping 
                         the fact that Colonel O'Neill's clone 
                         didn't fully mature is a mistake.
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         What makes you think that?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         The previous actions of the Asgard responsible 
                         indicate his desire to remain covert.
 
                         
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Jack's clone's condition is a dead giveaway.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         So it's a good bet the Asgard doesn't 
                         even know there's a problem or else 
                         he would have tried to fix it.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Well, they'll figure it out when they 
                         try to switch him back.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         I they try to switch.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Are you saying if we don't track down 
                         the young duplicate, we may not get 
                         the real Colonel O'Neill back?
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Well, no, we're sure the Asgard would 
                         be able to find him, if he wants. That's 
                         not the real issue.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         We wish to apprehend the Asgard responsible.
 
                         
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Intercepting the next switch may be 
                         our only shot.
 
               
               The phone buzzes. The General pushes a button on the phone.
 
               
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Hammond.

               
                                     VOICE OVER PHONE
                         General Hammond, Sir...I have a Lt. 
                         Colonel Beck from the 10th Air Base 
                         Wing at the Air Force Academy on the 
                         line for you. He says it has to do with 
                         Colonel O'Neill.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Patch him through.

               
                                     VOICE OVER PHONE
                         Yes, Sir.

               
               A wooded area. We see a river and Young O'Neill sitting on a 
               large boulder on the river's edge. He is holding a fishing pole. 
               The rest of SG-1 and two guards start down the bank from the 
               road above.
 
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         Unless you brought beer, that's close 
                         enough.
 
               
               Sam turns to look at the guards and they turn and go back the 
               way they came.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         (yelling to be heard) Colonel, we need 
                         you to come back with us.
 
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         How'd you find me?

               
                                     JACKSON
                         A Lt. Col. Beck called General Hammond 
                         and placed you in the area.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         A man from whom you recently bought 
                         bait said he recommended his river.
 
                         
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         Tell Jacob thanks for trying, but I'm 
                         not interested in the deep-freeze deal.
 
                         
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Look, we're not here to take you to 
                         the Tok'ra. There may not be much time.
 
                         
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         Never is, is there?

               
                                     JACKSON
                         Okay, well... (sighs) There's no easy 
                         way to tell you this so...Sam's just 
                         gonna come right out and say it.
 
               
               Sam gives him a look.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Well, sir...as you know, the Asgard 
                         depend on cloning technology...
 
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         (cutting her off again) Oh, for cryin' 
                         out loud...
 
               
               Sam closes her eyes, dreading the job of telling him more bad 
               news...so Teal'c steps up.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         You have been cloned, O'Neill.

               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         (whipping around) What?!

               
                                     JACKSON
                         We think the Asgard took the real you 
                         and made a copy. An unstable one, at 
                         that.
 
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         The real me?

               
                                     JACKSON
                         (growls) Yeah...the original. That's 
                         not your real anything. I'm...I'm sorry.
 
                         
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         Where's the original?

               
                                     CARTER
                         Well, that's what we hope to find out. 
                         But we need your help.
 
               
               SGC - Briefing Room SG-1 and Hammond are back at the conference 
               table.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         We calculated approximately a seven 
                         day gap between abductions which puts 
                         us at tonight.
 
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         This plan sucks. Look, I know you don't 
                         think I am ...who I am...but, as far 
                         as I'm concerned, I am...who...I am.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         The switch is the only chance we have 
                         of capturing whoever's behind this.
 
                         
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         What about the fact that this body is 
                         dying? I mean, has anyone even thought 
                         about that for a second? (No one speaks 
                         up.) Oh...I see. You don't care as long 
                         as you get the original back.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         We just...we don't know what else to 
                         do for you.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Perhaps the Asgard responsible can correct 
                         his mistake.
 
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         Fine. Give me a 9-mil. I'll get it outta 
                         the sucker.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         We don't know who or what we might be 
                         facing yet.
 
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         Exactly why you can't just use me as 
                         bait and hang me out to dry. You're 
                         never gonna to intercept one of those 
                         Asgard beams. The only chance you have 
                         of capturing this guy is me. (He looks 
                         at Hammond, who has been listening intently 
                         the entire time.) Come on...
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         A zat gun.

               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         (smiling slightly and relaxing a bit) 
                         Thank you, Sir.
 
               
               Jack's Bedroom Young O'Neill is lying on the bed, reading a magazine. 
               He picks up a radio that is on the bed side table.
 
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         (into the radio) Carter, you still got 
                         your ears on?
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         (who is standing a ways outside the 
                         house, but still in visual range) Yes, 
                         Sir.
 
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         Daniel, Teal'c?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         (who is standing with Daniel in another 
                         area with a view of the house) Everything 
                         appears to be normal, O'Neill.
 
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         (over the radio): Yeah? Not to me.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         You wanna go over the instructions I 
                         gave you again?
 
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         Don't worry, Carter, I'm sure I'll figure 
                         it out... Just then an Asgard beam takes 
                         him off the bed.
 
               
               We see Sam outside still listening on the radio. She sees a flash 
               of light through the bedroom window. She starts running toward 
               the house. We see Jack lying face down on the bed as Sam, Teal'c 
               and Daniel enter the bedroom. Sam rushes to check on Jack.
 
               
               
                                     CARTER
                         (shaking his shoulder lightly) Colonel, 
                         you all right? No movement from Jack.
 
                         
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Jack! Jack! Still no movement.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         O'Neill. Jack stirs.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         (taking a moment to wake up) What are 
                         you all doing in my bedroom?
 
               
               COMMERCIAL BREAK

               
               Space We see what appears to be an Asgard ship in orbit. Then 
               we see Young O'Neill floating in the same room we saw during 
               the flashbacks with the other abductees. Young O'Neill takes 
               the zat out from under the magazine. An Asgard comes into the 
               room.
 
               
                                     ASGARD
                         Hello, do not be afraid.

               
               Young O'Neill zats the Asgard. The Asgard falls. Then Young O'Neill 
               zats the object directly over head. The object turns dark and 
               he immediately drops to the ground. He appears to be knocked 
               out.
 
               
               Meanwhile, back in Jack's bedroom, Jack is now sitting on the 
               edge of his bed, rubbing his eyes. He stands up.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         I assume this is...important?

               
                                     CARTER
                         Just a little, Sir.

               
               Back on the ship, we now see the Asgard strapped to his chair. 
               Young O'Neill is walking to one of the control panels.
 
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         Okay... (he looks at the panel) ...wrong 
                         console.
 
               
               He walks to another nearby console.

               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         (he blows out a breath) Far right jewel 
                         thingy...up. (He picks up one of the 
                         Asgard controllers and puts it on other 
                         spot on the console. He waits, but nothing 
                         happens) ...ah, and 3:00 (He rotates 
                         the controller)
 
               
                                     BACK IN THE BEDROOM
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Yeah, I was having the weirdest dream...
 
                         
               
               Then we see all four of them beamed out of Jack's bedroom and 
               onto the ship.
 
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         There, you see, Carter? Told you it 
                         was no problem.
 
               
               Young O'Neill walks up and stands in front of Jack. They are 
               checking each other out. Young O'Neill is still holding the zat. 
               They are dressed exactly alike.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         (looks at his teammates) What's goin' 
                         on?
 
               
               They all look away.

               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         Wow, uh, you know, I'm really much taller 
                         than I think.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Carter?

               
                                     CARTER
                         Colonel O'Neill, meet...Colonel O'Neill.
 
                         
               
               Jack looks at Young O'Neill again...and then back at Carter.
 
               
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         What's goin' on?

               
                                     JACKSON
                         We're pretty sure this...Asgard over 
                         here... (points in the direction of 
                         the subdued Asgard) ...kidnapped you 
                         and attempted to replace you with a 
                         clone.
 
               
               Jack is looking thoroughly confused now.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         How long was I asleep?

               
                                     CARTER
                         Seven days.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         That's a record. (Then he turns back 
                         to Young O'Neill) So you're... (he points 
                         back and forth between them then Jack 
                         and Young O'Neill speak simultaneously) 
                         ...me.
 
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         you. (Then he continues alone) Yeah, 
                         uh, believe me, if you think it's weird, 
                         imagine how I feel being the copy.
 
                         
               
               Just then, the Asgard stirs.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         He is awakened.

               
               Daniel and Sam walk toward the Asgard. Young O'Neill looks toward 
               the Asgard. Jack is still looking Young O'Neill over.
 
               
                                     ASGARD
                         What's happening?

               
                                     CARTER
                         We were kind of hoping you could tell 
                         us.
 
               
                                     ASGARD
                         No, no, no...this is all wrong.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Hey! (Jack walks over to stand beside 
                         Carter at the Asgard's side) I'll tell 
                         you what's wrong. I just woke up, haven't 
                         had coffee, let alone a pee in seven 
                         days...and I find out you stole my ass 
                         and made a...mini me. (He looks at Young 
                         O'Neill for a second. Then he turns 
                         to Sam) Carter...I should be irked, 
                         currently...yes?
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Yes...I-I would be.

               
                                     JACKSON
                         Why don't you tell us who you are?
 
                         
               
                                     ASGARD
                         Loki.

               
                                     JACKSON
                         According to Norse mythology, that's 
                         the god of mischief.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         What did you want with Colonel O'Neill?
 
                         
               
                                     LOKI
                         I have nothing more to say to any of 
                         you.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Hey! We just saved your flat little 
                         white asses from the replicators. This 
                         is the thanks we get?
 
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         Hey, at least you're gonna live.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         What?

               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         Maybe you're a little put out...but 
                         this guy didn't hit all the right buttons 
                         on the Xerox. (Jack still looks confused) 
                         This body is gonna fall apart if he 
                         doesn't fix me.
 
               
                                     LOKI
                         I cannot. All the clones suffer the 
                         same fate.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Okay...I'm going back to my original 
                         question...what's going on?
 
               
                                     LOKI
                         I am a scientist...a former geneticist 
                         with the Asgard Ruling Council.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Former?

               
                                     LOKI
                         I was stripped of my stature after I 
                         was caught performing unsanctioned experiments 
                         on humans.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         What? You've got sanctioned ones?

               
                                     LOKI
                         I merely had the courage to do what 
                         was necessary to advance our cloning 
                         technology.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Instead of courage, some might call 
                         it a lack of morality.
 
               
                                     LOKI
                         Our population cannot withstand the 
                         duplication process for much longer.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Well, how can experimenting on humans 
                         change that?
 
               
                                     LOKI
                         Your bodies are similar to our original 
                         form thousands of years ago. Using your 
                         physical makeup as a template, I had 
                         hoped to find a way to construct a clone 
                         that could contain our massively superior 
                         intellect. My research was unsuccessful.
 
                         
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         So much for massively superior intellect.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         I was gonna say that.

               
                                     LOKI
                         I was going to say...it was unsuccessful 
                         prior to my being caught and banished. 
                         I would have found what I needed eventually.
 
                         
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Why risk coming back here and breaking 
                         the law after 19 years?
 
               
                                     LOKI
                         Because...I thought he was the one.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         and YOUNG O'NEILL: (simultaneously): 
                         Me?
 
               
                                     LOKI
                         I believed his genetic code contained 
                         the key.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         and YOUNG O'NEILL: (again, simultaneously) 
                         Mine?
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Stop it.

               
                                     LOKI
                         He was physiologically advanced enough 
                         to carry and utilize all the data from 
                         the ancient repository of knowledge. 
                         That would not be possible for any human 
                         one generation ago. He is a significant 
                         step forward on your evolutionary path.
 
                         
               
                                     JACKSON
                         You just found this out recently?

               
                                     LOKI
                         I learned about it when all the Asgard 
                         did. O'Neill is legendary. (There are 
                         looks of amazement from Daniel, Jack 
                         and Sam) Most recently, the Asgard fleet 
                         has been distracted by the war with 
                         the replicators and the subsequent relocation 
                         of our people.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         So, you took the opportunity when no 
                         one was looking to sneak back here.
 
                         
               
                                     LOKI
                         I do not regret my actions. I am trying 
                         to save my people.
 
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         Look, I know this isn't all about me...but 
                         come one, seriously...I'm dying here.
 
                         
               
                                     LOKI
                         I cannot reverse your fate. Nor can 
                         I explain why you did not mature to 
                         the proper age as you should have.
 
                         
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         Well, easy to see why they kicked you 
                         out of the science club.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         All right...I've heard enough. (He walks 
                         back to the control console.) Carter... 
                         (Sam follows him. He picks up one of 
                         the control jewels) Can you call Thor 
                         on this thing?
 
               
               Sam walks to the console Young O'Neill used to beam them up.
 
               
               
                                     LOKI
                         Please...do not.

               
                                     CARTER
                         (as she's moving jewels around) We've 
                         already tried contacting the Asgard 
                         a number of times...
 
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         You know, you'd think if Thor knew about 
                         this...
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Okay...pretty sure that's it.

               
               We see shots of Carter, Loki, Teal'c...as nothing happens. Then 
               Young O'Neill scratches his head.
 
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         All right, how long are we go... (he 
                         stumbles slightly, closing his eyes 
                         like he's fighting dizziness.)
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         You all right?

               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         Actually, no.

               
                                     JACKSON
                         Uh, what do we do if Thor doesn't show 
                         up? (Just then, Thor beams in.) Never 
                         mind.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Well, it's about time...

               
                                     THOR
                         (as he walks to where Loki is restrained) 
                         I apologize for not coming sooner. Loki, 
                         what have you done?
 
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         Yeah, it seems he's been playing Dr. 
                         Moreau behind your back.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Yes...Dr. Moreau.

               
                                     THOR
                         You know why I am here. You should have 
                         known that O'Neill's genetic code was 
                         safeguarded for his own protection.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Excuse me?

               
                                     THOR
                         A marker was placed in your DNA to prevent 
                         any attempts at genetic manipulation.
 
                         
               
                                     JACKSON
                         The abnormality.

               
                                     CARTER
                         That's why the clone didn't mature.
 
                         
               
                                     THOR
                         Yes. Loki will be punished for his actions.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Is it true that Colonel O'Neill is the 
                         key to solving your cloning problems?
 
                         
               
                                     THOR
                         No.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         But I thought I was advanced.

               
                                     THOR
                         Indeed you are O'Neill, but our scientists 
                         have already determined that while you 
                         are an important step forward in the 
                         evolutionary chain, the missing link 
                         we have been searching for still eludes 
                         us.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         I'm sorry.

               
                                     THOR
                         Again, I apologize for any inconvenience 
                         Loki may have caused.
 
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         Yeah, that's what I'd call it.

               
                                     THOR
                         Unfortunately, the eventual genetic 
                         breakdown of the clone is not my doing, 
                         but rather the result of Loki's inept 
                         methods. (Loki seems none to pleased 
                         with that statement.)
 
               
                                     LOKI
                         There was no need for the clones to 
                         survive.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Look, Thor...is there anything you can 
                         do for him? The whining's starting to 
                         grate.
 
               
                                     THOR
                         You wish your clone to live?

               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         You can't just let me die...

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         He's just a kid...

               
                                     THOR
                         Are you certain, O'Neill?

               
               Jack doesn't answer right away and a few seconds later, Young 
               O'Neill slaps his arm.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         I'm thinkin'...yeah.

               
                                     THOR
                         Very well. I will attempt to repair 
                         his DNA. If successful, he should continue 
                         to mature at a normal human rate.
 
                         
               
               All seem relieved to hear that news...

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Thanks.

               
               Thor bows.

               
               A school in Colorado Springs (presumably) Jack is driving his 
               truck up to the curb. Young O'Neill is sitting on the passenger 
               side.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         You're sure about this?

               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         I've thought a lot about it. You know...you...me...I 
                         mean, we...never really did embrace 
                         high school. I don't know. Haven't you 
                         ever just wanted to go back and do it 
                         all over again? I mean, especially with 
                         all you know now?
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         No.

               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         Well, from here on in...you and me are 
                         different. Which is why I'm going to 
                         do this. (He climbs out of the truck 
                         and closes the door. He stops at the 
                         window as Jack yells.)
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Hey, listen, do me a favor, huh?

               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         Don't worry, I wasn't gonna keep in 
                         touch.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Yeah, it'd just be a little...

               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         Weird.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Weird, yeah.

               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         Yeah.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         But look, if you need anything just...you 
                         know...
 
               
                                     YOUNG O'NEILL
                         The Air Force has set me up...I'll be 
                         fine.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         You're sure about this? I mean it's...high 
                         school... He turns and sees three girls 
                         looking at him. They giggle to each 
                         other when they see him noticing them. 
                         He looks at Jack as if to say...Duh!
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Yes...go forth, young man.

               
               Young O'Neill pulls out a pair of hip shades and puts them on. 
               He pats the window of the truck and backs away. Jack drives away. 
               The school bell rings and Young O'Neill begins walking to the 
               school. He shakes hands with a girl on the way into the building. 
               They strike up a conversation.
 
               
               THE END

               

Fragile Balance



Writers :   Damian Kindler
Genres :   Sci-Fi  Action  Adventure


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