Joseph Mallozzi & Paul Mullie
JACK’S HOUSE. Jack has just arrived home. He takes two packs
of beer and a bag of groceries off the back seat and walks towards
the house. As he reaches the front door, he realises that the
door is ajar. He puts down the beer and the groceries, takes
his shades off, reaches under the back of his shirt and takes
out a pistol before pushing the door open and cautiously walking
inside. He checks the hallway, then makes his way down the steps
to the living room. He swings round the corner and aims his pistol
as he sees Robert Kinsey standing by the fireplace with a glass
in one hand and a bottle of Scotch in the other.
Bad news: you’re out of Scotch. (He
pours the last of the whiskey into his
Well, if I’d known you were comin’,
I’d have hidden the good stuff.
(Kinsey chuckles and sits down in a chair.)
If you’d known I was coming, I doubt
I’d have made it through the door.
(Jack goes to the coffee table, picks up the phone handset and
Who are you calling?
Local sheriff’s a friend of mine.
I may be disgraced, but I’m not wanted
for any crimes.
Breaking and entering?
Shh. It’s ringing.
(Kinsey makes an exasperated noise and looks round, noticing
that the phone base which the handset came from is on a small
table at his side. He reaches over and pulls out the phone plug
from its socket.)
Now you can listen to what I have to
(Jack tosses down the handset, reaches into his pocket, pulls
out his cellphone and starts to dial again.)
Oh, for God’s sake! You need to start
trusting me, Jack.
Mmmmmmm, no - I really don’t.
Yes, you really do. The fate of the
planet depends on it.
OPENING TITLES. Resume. Jack still has the phone to his ear.
The sheriff answers at the other end.
Andy. It’s Jack.
Hey, what’s up?
(Kinsey opens his arms to Jack, as if to say, “Do you really
want to do this?” Jack hesitates.)
I was just checking on Friday - making
sure we’re still on for poker.
Yeah, you bet!
I’ll bring the beer.
See ya then.
(Jack hangs up.)
(Still holding his pistol, Jack goes over to the sofa, looks
at his watch, then sits down.)
You’ve got three minutes ... before
I shoot you as an intruder in my home.
Same old Jack O’Neill - although I hear
you’re a general now. Congratulations.
(Jack lifts his pistol and taps it gently
on his watch, indicating that Kinsey
should get on with it.) Alright, then
- straight to the point. You wanna take
down The Trust - I can help you.
I’m sorry - I must have missed an episode.
I thought you guys were working together.
After I was forced to resign as Vice
President, my relationship with the
Meaning you were no longer useful, so
they kicked you out on your ass.
That’s a rather crude way of putting
it but ... yes.
Why didn’t they just shoot you?
Believe me, that was a consideration
- which is why, when they requested
a meeting a few days ago, I suggested
a nice public venue. They made me a
very interesting offer. (He looks at
Jack, who twirls his pistol in a “get
on with it” gesture.) In exchange for
a large cash payment, The Trust wants
me to arrange a meeting with General
Miraslov Kiselev, the Russian Defence
I thought they already had connections
with the Russian military?
This isn’t just a connection. Kiselev
exercises operational authority over
all of Russia’s armed forces, including
their nuclear arsenal.
And he just happens to be a good friend
After the fall of communism, he was
one of a number of officers assigned
to pursue secret talks with the west,
aimed at military co-operation. He was
a hard-liner even then. His country
was falling apart but he came at us
as though we were the ones at a disadvantage!
He and I developed a ... mutual respect.
What does The Trust want with him?
Well, they wouldn’t give me any specifics,
but they know we entered into a deal
with the Russians for control of the
Gate, and they also know that there’s
a growing sentiment in Moscow that we
haven’t been keeping up our end of the
You think they’re trying to turn the
Russians against us?
It’s ambitious, I know, even for The
Trust, but from what I hear, after you
put a crimp in their little plan to
use symbiont poison to wipe out the
Goa’uld, there’s been a change of attitude.
They’re no longer willing to stay in
the shadows and bide their time. They
wanna make a direct grab for power.
That’s why I came to you.
Yes, you always struck me as the hero
You may question my methods, but everything
I did was for God and country. (Jack
rolls his eyes.) For The Trust to ally
themselves with a foreign power against
the United States of America - well,
that’s just something I can’t condone.
Kinsey, please - spare me the diatribe.
They kicked you when you were down and
you want revenge - it’s as simple as
The truth is, my motives are irrelevant.
The Trust has become an imminent threat
to the sovereignty of this nation. Now,
what are you gonna do about it?
SGC. BRIEFING ROOM. Jack is sitting with SG-1.
Well, that would be a problem. Technically
the Gate’s only here on loan - if the
Russians decide they want it back, things
could get sticky.
Is it possible Kinsey is simply lying?
That is always possible.
Has he asked for anything in return
for the information?
Makes sense - if he doesn’t co-operate,
The Trust’ll kill him.
Maybe he should co-operate. This could
be our chance to get somebody on the
inside - infiltrate the organisation.
HOLDING ROOM. Jack has gone to speak to Kinsey.
You want me to wear a wire?!
That’s the deal.
I am not a spy!
Think of it this way: if you don’t do
what they want, they’ll kill you. If
you don’t do what we want ... we’ll
Well, that’s as good as pulling the
trigger yourself! I thought Stargate
Command didn’t do that sort of thing.
Well ... we’re under new management.
Alright, let’s test it. (An image of
Sam appears on several TV screens.)
How’s it looking?
Let’s have your belt.
You should be wearing this one instead.
(Kinsey sighs, stands up and starts
taking off his belt.) The buckle contains
a GPS receiver unit that’ll allow us
to track your movements.
When we’re done, I want that back. (He
starts to put the second one on.)
Now, they’ve arranged to meet you at
a remote location. My guess is they’ll
have you leave your car and then they’ll
drive you to a second location where
the actual meeting will take place.
Now, we’re gonna have to keep back a
fair distance so as not to arouse suspicion
but we will be monitoring your conversations
by means of this listening device that
we fitted into the collar of your shirt.
We’ve got a strike team with us. They
will be ready to move in at the first
sign of trouble. Now, in the event that
something does go wrong, I suggest we
come up with a pre-established signal,
preferably a code word that’ll let us
know you’re in trouble.
How about something simple, like “Help”?!
How about something a little less obvious,
Don’t be too direct fishing for information.
Let them do the talking.
(Irritated, Kinsey stands up and moves to the back to the van.)
Get out of my way. I know what to do.
REMOTE LOCATION. Kinsey is leaning against the front of his car.
From the irritated noises and gestures he’s making, he’s been
waiting a long time. Finally a car pulls up and Jennings (last
seen being kicked in the head by Sam during “Endgame”) gets out.
You’re late. (Jennings holds up a blindfold.)
You’re kidding, right?
Afraid not. (He puts the blindfold onto
Kinsey and helps him into the back of
the car, then gets back into the front
passenger seat and the car drives off.
Some distance away, a grey van moves
He’s on the move.
(Teal’c and the strike team are in a black car.)
Understood. (He starts the car and follows
(In the van, Sam and Daniel are watching the video feed from
Kinsey’s hidden camera and listening in to the conversation.)
So how long’s this sightseeing trip
We’ll let you know.
(The Trust car turns off the main road and heads off down a dirt
road. In the van, Sam watches the movement of the car on the
They’ve turned off the main road.
(After a while, the Trust car reaches a large mansion and pulls
up outside the front door.)
(into radio): They’ve stopped.
(On the video screens, we see Jennings helping Kinsey out of
the car. The SGC van and car pull up some distance away. Sam
and Daniel watch the screens as Kinsey is helped up the steps
to the front door of the house.)
(We switch to the interior of the house as Kinsey is escorted
inside. In the large ornate hallway, which has the stuffed heads
of animals mounted on the walls, sits a man smoking a cigar.
Jennings takes Kinsey’s blindfold off. Another man, holding a
glass, addresses him.)
Bob. Good to see you again. Sorry about
the blindfold. What can we get you to
What are you having?
In that case I’ll have a Scotch - no
(A third man comes down the stairs as Jennings goes to fix Kinsey
We’re glad you finally agreed to a private
meeting. We were afraid you might be,
uh, holding a grudge against us.
You mean because you abandoned me at
the moment I needed you the most?
You were a liability, Bob - an embarrassment.
I think you’ve got that backwards. I
was only forced to resign as Vice President
because they found out about my relationship
Either way, you were no longer useful
to us. You would have done the same.
Maybe. But when I cut someone loose,
I don’t go back to them grovelling for
You say what’s on your mind - I’ll give
Under other circumstances, I might be
worried about winding up like one of
your trophies on the wall but you’ve
already made it clear that you need
me, so I don’t have anything to worry
about, do I?
(Kent glances across at Wayne. From his expression, Kinsey does
have something to worry about.)
(In the van, the video picture begins to break up.)
We’re losing video.
(The picture disappears altogether, but the sound continues.)
It’s true, we do need you but not for
what you think.
They jamming us?
I don’t know.
(In the house)
What are you talking about?
(In the van, Sam and Daniel are trying to get the picture back
to no avail. In the house, Jennings brings in a metal box, puts
it on the table in the middle of the hall, opens it and turns
it around so that Kinsey can see what’s inside. Kinsey stares
at it in horror.)
This is why we need you, Bob.
(Kinsey is looking terrified as he continues to stare at whatever
is inside the box.)
What the hell is goin’ on here?
(In the van, Sam and Daniel hurriedly snatch off their earphones
as a high-pitched electronic squealing comes through them.)
They are definitely jamming us. (She
picks up a radio and speaks into it.)
Teal’c, we’ve lost audio. Move in.
(Teal’c swings the car around the van and heads off, the van
Can you get the signal back?
I can’t get past the interference.
(Teal’c’s car squeals to a halt outside the house and he and
the strike team jump out. The van pulls up behind and Sam and
Daniel join the rest of the team as they make their way into
the house. There is nobody in the hall. The strike team spread
out, checking the area.)
STRIKE TEAM MEMBER 1
(Daniel walks over to the ashtray where Mr Wayne was sitting
and picks up the cigar sitting in it. It’s still burning.)
STRIKE TEAM MEMBER 2
Clear over here, sir.
They beamed out.
This is starting to become a habit.
SGC. BRIEFING ROOM. SG-1 are reporting back to Jack.
If the al’kesh is in orbit, they must
have fixed the cloak, because SSN hasn’t
picked them up.
What about the locator beacons?
We’re running a search through the NSA
satellite system, but all they’d have
to do to avoid detection is change the
frequency. Odds are we’re not gonna
Well, the Pentagon’s been apprised of
the situation. They’re launching Prometheus
in about four hours. (He points to Teal’c.)
I want you on board. There’s a C-17
waiting for you at Peterson.
Understood. (He stands and leaves the
Sir, I’ve been going over the sensor
logs from the last encounter between
Prometheus and the al’kesh. There were
a few small anomalies emanating from
the ship’s position before it decloaked.
They didn’t register because we didn’t
know to look for them, but I could create
a programme that would key the sensors
to those particular readings.
I was just going to suggest that!
So we’d be able to detect a cloaked
Well, it’s not that simple. These anomalies
are very difficult to detect. It might
have just been a fluke that we picked
them up the first time. The effect is
also mimicked by certain types of cosmic
radiation, but I still think it might
improve our odds.
So instead of a million to one ...
... maybe ten thousand to one?
I’ll need a few hours to create the
(Sam gets up and leaves. Jack starts to write in the file in
front of him. Daniel looks around the room, at a loss for something
I have to pick up my dry cleaning. (He
starts to get up.)
You’re on a flight to Moscow in half
Yes, you are. Colonel Chekov’s people
will meet you there. Will you please
try to find out what the hell’s goin’
on? And if you get a chance, hook up
with this General Kiselev.
Jack, they know we’re on to them - they
may just abort the mission.
No, the way Kinsey was talking, it sounds
like they’re lookin’ for a big score
And what if he won’t co-operate with
Kinsey’ll do what’s best for Kinsey.
Mm! (He gets up and leaves the room.
Jack puts his pen down, leans back in
his chair and puts his hands over his
eyes in frustration.)
EARTH ORBIT. PROMETHEUS. Colonel Pendergast is in the big chair.
Teal’c is wandering around the bridge.
Sir, download is complete. Colonel Carter’s
new sensor programme is online and operational.
Alright, begin search pattern alpha.
MOSCOW. KREMLIN. Daniel, wearing a suit, walks through the halls
and reaches an office. A woman is inside with her back to him.
Daniel taps on the door.
Hi, I’m here to see Captain Voronokov.
There is no Captain Voronokov here.
Oh! That’s strange - the, uh, guy down
the hall said ...
I am Captain Voronokova. Daria Voronokova.
(She shakes his hand.) You must be Daniel
Yeah. I’m sorry - I was told I would
be meeting Colonel Chekov’s right-hand
man, so naturally I ...
For my part, I expected a drab, pasty-faced,
middle-aged academic. I too am pleasantly
surprised. (She turns and walks away
as Daniel lets this compliment sink
Oh! Uh, your English is excellent.
Spaseba . And how is your Russian?
... OK, we stick to English, then. (Daniel’s
smile disappears.) I will be your guide.
Whatever you wish to do while you are
in Moscow, you will ask me first - I
will take care of it. If you desire
to meet with anyone, I will arrange
it for you. If you go out on your own,
I cannot protect you. Lie to me, or
attempt to mislead me, and I will not
Have you eaten a proper lunch?
I had something on the plane.
Then the answer is no. Good. I know
a restaurant around the corner that
serves the best salo in Moscow.
Oh, I’m not a big fan of salo.
Don’t worry - you will acquire taste.
(She leads him from the room.)
SGC. CORRIDORS. An alarm is sounding, but it doesn’t sound like
any alarm we’ve heard before. Jack is hurrying along the corridor.
Sam runs to join him.
Sir, what’s going on?
The Russians have gone to a heightened
state of alert.
We’re tryin’ to find out. The President’s
called a meeting for the Joint Chiefs.
We’re at Defcon 3.
RUSSIA. Daria Voronokova is driving Daniel in a jeep.
So, where exactly are we going?
You wish to meet with General Kiselev,
da? That is where we are going.
You must be pretty well connected to
get in to see him this quickly. (Daria
smiles and shrugs.) What do you know
General Miraslov Kiselev - graduated
with a gold medal from Academy. Received
the Hero of Russia for his distinguished
leadership in Chechnya. He was the
head of the General Staff Academy for
five years before being appointed to
his present position.
So you’ve heard of him(!)
He’s a little suspicious of American
global influence and highly critical
of what he calls “NATO expansion plans”.
You may not receive a very warm welcome.
(She turns a corner to find an Army lorry blocking the way and
soldiers with guns waiting for them. She swears in Russian as
she slams the brakes on. Some of the soldiers run towards the
jeep and hold guns on her and Daniel as they get out. Daria goes
over to the commanding officer and salutes him.)
(Although she says a lot more than
(He calls out to the soldiers.)
(Two soldiers take Daniel by the arms and march him towards the
What’s goin’ on?
I don’t know. (She turns back to the
Colonel and speaks Russian.)
(As Daniel is led to the lorry, Daria calls out to him.)
Don’t worry, Daniel, I’ll find out what’s
(Daniel climbs into the back of the lorry.)
SGC. JACK’S OFFICE. Walter comes to the door and waits, as Jack
is on the phone.
Yeah, alright. ... OK, get back to me
when you know something. ... Yeah. (He
lowers the phone and looks at Walter.)
Sir, Colonel Chekov’s here to see you.
Send him in.
(Walter steps back and gestures to Colonel Chekov, who comes
into the room.)
Colonel! I was hoping you could shed
some light on the situation here. (Chekov
sits down.) We can’t seem to get a straight
answer from your government.
Well, the information coming out of
Moscow is ... guarded at best but my
sources in the Kremlin tell me the Russian
military is increasing its alert status
because they think the American administration
has been compromised.
RUSSIA. Daniel has been taken to what seems to be a house. He
is sitting at the table in a dining room. Colonel Chernovshev
comes in, accompanied by a doctor wearing a white coat.
Doctor Jackson, sorry to keep you waiting.
No problem. You wanna tell me what’s
All in good time. Please, roll up your
sleeve. We need a sample of your blood.
(Daniel looks at the doctor.)
Either you co-operate or we will take
it by force.
(Daniel looks round at the soldiers in the room, then undoes
the cuff of his right sleeve and starts to roll up his sleeve.)
Is this a normal part of your interrogation
Depends what you wish to know. In this
case, it will answer a very specific
What question? (The doctor sticks a
needle in his arm.) Ow.
(The doctor takes the blood sample and puts a small plaster on
Daniel’s arm. Chernovshev speaks to the doctor in Russian.)
(The doctor leaves the room.)
What’s going on?
Why do you wish to see General Kiselev?
Surely you can explain it to me.
I think I’d rather explain it to General
That’s not going to happen. You see,
earlier today we managed to uncover
a plot against the general’s life. Luckily
we captured the assassin before he could
make his move. (He picks up a remote
control and switches on a TV.) I believe
you know him.
(On the screen is a frozen image of Kinsey. He is dressed in
a beige jumpsuit and is chained at the wrists.)
Robert Kinsey, former Vice President
of the United States of America.
That’s insane - why would Kinsey want
to kill General Kiselev?
I’m afraid Mr Kinsey isn’t exactly himself
(He activates the video. Kinsey speaks - in a Goa’uld voice.)
By stopping me you will only delay the
inevitable. (His eyes flash.) Your world
(Chernovshev turns to Daniel.)
Now you begin to appreciate the gravity
of the situation.
SGC. Jack, Sam and Chekov are in a room I don’t think we’ve seen
before. It has a lot of screens around the walls and on tables.
I’ll refer to it as the War Room.
How could Kinsey have become a Goa’uld?
Five bucks says Carter has a theory.
As a matter of fact, I do.
(Jack taps Chekov.)
According to Tok’Ra intelligence, The
Trust launched at least two poison attacks
against Goa’uld-occupied worlds after
we took back the Gate. That means they
had to leave the relatively safe confines
of the solar system and head out into
the galaxy where they ran the risk of
being killed or ... captured.
What are you suggesting?
Any Goa’uld who got his hands on them
would have discovered pretty quickly
that they belong to a top secret organisation
with high level connections to some
of the most powerful governments and
institutions on this planet, including
the SGC, Area 51, and maybe even the
Ancient outpost in the Antarctic.
My God! You think they have been taken
as hosts, then sent back to Earth.
I think it’s possible. They could have
brought dozens, maybe even hundreds,
of symbionts back with them. By now,
the entire Trust could have been taken
But why would the Goa’uld want to assassinate
We don’t know for sure that was the
plan, but if Carter’s right, Kinsey
might have been trying to get a snake
into Kiselev’s head.
It makes sense. From Kiselev, it’s one
step up to the President of Russia.
How do we know he didn’t succeed?
Kinsey never met with the general. He
was arrested before he had the chance.
Well, my government feels that it is
the American administration that has
been infiltrated by the Goa’uld ...
Oh, here we go!
... and they are insisting that everyone
in key positions - including the President
- must submit for testing.
Not gonna happen.
Well, then we have a problem.
RUSSIA. KREMLIN. Daniel and Daria enter her office.
Thank you for getting me out of there.
It wasn’t easy. Even after your blood
test came back negative, they still
wanted to hold you.
Yeah, not a lot of trust and goodwill
to spare right now, I guess. Listen
- I need to talk to the Goa’uld.
You have to get me in to see Kinsey.
If we’re gonna figure out what’s going
on here, we have to question him.
He is being questioned, by Russian military
Yes, and he’s feeding them a pack of
lies. He’s telling them the American
administration has been infiltrated
‘cos he wants to force a confrontation.
To what end?
I don’t know - that’s why I’ll need
to talk to him.
(Daria rolls her eyes.)
(Daniel looks startled.)
Language! (Daria looks at him.) Daria,
I’ll see what I can do. In the meantime,
stay here. (She leaves the room.)
SGC. WAR ROOM. Walter comes in and walks over to Jack.
Sir. Just received another report. As
of 0912, the Chinese military joined
the Russians in an elevated state of
(Walter walks away as Chekov comes over to Jack.)
General. I’ve been talking to my contacts
in the Kremlin. They tell me President
Mikhailov is not happy with the situation
but is under considerable pressure from
his military advisers.
In other words, Kiselev is running the
Any idea how we can keep this from going
to total forces?
Yes, I have many friends in the general’s
staff. If I can convince enough of them
to take a united stand against escalation,
it could give our President sufficient
leverage to consider other options.
And if Kiselev finds out you’re goin’
around him, it could make things ...
At this point, I don’t believe we have
RUSSIA. DETENTION CELL. Kinsey is sitting on a chair in the middle
of the cell. The door opens and Daria and Daniel come in. Daria
speaks to the guards.
(The guards close the door behind them. Daria stands by the door
as Daniel walks forward to face Kinsey.)
So, what should I call you?
You are unworthy to speak my name.
Maybe. So I’m guessing you work for
the System Lords, am I right? I know
you’re not working for Ba’al - he’s
too busy conquering the galaxy to bother
with an unimportant planet like Earth.
Gotta hand it to you, though - your
territories are falling one by one,
your troops are in full retreat, and
yet you still find the time to come
and try and destroy little old us. The
question is, why? (Kinsey doesn’t reply.)
Captain Voronokova thinks it’s, uh,
a petty need for revenge for all the
trouble we’ve caused you over the years
- sort of a last-ditch attempt to take
us with you before Ba’al finishes you
off. I told her, the System Lords aren’t
that pathetic - are they?
You are the one who is pathetic. You
will die never knowing our true purpose.
So there is a hidden agenda? (Kinsey
looks away, annoyed at himself for revealing
too much.) Making progress now, aren’t
SGC. JACK’S OFFICE. Chekov comes in. Jack is on the phone.
Yeah. ... Alright, keep me posted. (He
puts the phone down and stands up to
face Chekov.) Well - the Chinese are
refusing to back down and, gosh and
golly go figure, we’re pickin’ up increased
chatter from within Russia.
I’m still waiting to hear back from
my contacts in Moscow.
And I just talked to the Joint Chiefs.
(He starts to walk out of the room.)
We’re goin’ to Defcon 2.
RUSSIAN DETENTION CELL.
Y’know, I’m sure if we put our heads
together we could come up with a dozen
reasons why you’d want to wipe us out
- the most important being the Ancient
weapon that you know we possess. I’m
sure the System Lords think that if
they can get us to wipe ourselves out,
they can just step right in and take
it. They’re probably right, but what
I don’t understand is you. Why are you
so willing to sacrifice yourself?
I assure you, I have no intention of
dying on this miserable planet.
You’re in Russian Defence headquarters
- a primary target. If you do succeed
in starting a nuclear war, you’re gonna
die right along with the rest of us.
(Kinsey smiles smugly.) Unless there’s
something I’m missing.
You should return to your homes and
say farewell to your loved ones. Your
gods have deemed you to be unworthy,
and the hour of reckoning is at hand.
SGC. WAR ROOM. Walter is reading a report to Jack.
Air Force Space Command has put all
its missile wings on alert; the first
B2 left Whiteman at 0940; FL SATCOM
sent out an Emergency Action message;
nine of our missile submarines are at
sea and the rest are preparing for immediate
sortie. (Jack notices Chekov and his
aide talking nearby and starts to wander
over to them as Walter continues reading
his report.) The President and his team
are on their way to Andrews where the
National Airborne Command Post is awaiting
their arrival. (He looks up and realises
that Jack has gone. He looks annoyed.)
General Kiselev found out we were trying
to rally support against him. He’s already
arrested several officers on trumped
up charges. I’m afraid Doctor Jackson
may be in danger.
RUSSIAN DETENTION CELL.
C’mon! Next to slaughtering innocents,
gloating is what you guys are all about!
It must be just killing you just sitting
there not bragging about your brilliant
(Daria’s pager goes off. She looks at it, then looks at Daniel.)
We have to get out of here now.
Why, what is it?
They’re coming for us.
(Outside the cell, a soldier addresses the guards.)
(As the door opens, Kinsey stands.)
You are too late.
(The soldier comes in and he and Daria argue in Russian [no subtitles
are provided]. Standing behind Kinsey, Daniel takes a small device,
about the size of a pager, out of his pocket. He activates it
and it starts beeping. As the soldiers come in and aim their
weapons, Daniel puts his hand on Kinsey’s shoulder.)
Sorry, guys, gotta go.
(As the guards open fire, Daniel and Kinsey are transported out
of the room.)
PROMETHEUS. Daniel and Kinsey reappear on the Bridge. Teal’c
activates a zat gun and aims it at Kinsey.
What is the meaning of this?
Doctor Jackson, welcome aboard the Prometheus.
(They shake hands.)
Any luck finding the al’kesh?
Maybe he can help us.
I think not.
If you do not co-operate, I will kill
Don’t you realise what you have done?
The Russians already suspect that you
have been compromised by the Goa’uld.
As far as they know, you helped me to
escape. You’ve done more to convince
them than I ever could. (He smiles smugly.)
SGC. WAR ROOM. Jack comes in and addresses everybody inside.
Listen up, people. I just got word.
The Russians have gone to a state of
full military preparedness. As of this
moment, we’re at Defcon 1.
(As he leaves the room, the light on the Defcon indicator changes
from 2 to 1. Chekov, sitting at one of the tables, sinks his
head into his hands.)
The Russians will no doubt view my abduction
as an attempt to hide evidence that
your government has been infiltrated
by the Goa’uld. You have no choice but
to return me immediately.
Yeah. See, that’s the part I don’t understand.
The whole time you were down there,
you were doing your best to start a
nuclear war even though you were right
in the line of fire. Now you wanna go
(Kinsey looks away.)
He has a way out.
He knows someone on the inside - someone
who can protect him.
(Teal’c steps closer to Kinsey and raises his zat.)
Who is it?
I have nothing more to say to you.
We can start this again when he’s had
some time to think about it. Take him
to the Brig.
(Two guards seize Kinsey by the arms and march him off the Bridge.)
SGC. CORRIDOR. Jack and Chekov are walking along.
All our naval forces have been deployed,
and we’ve got some pretty big birds
in the air right now. Radio chatter
suggests that both your people and the
Chinese have alerted their missile regiments.
They’re posturing! Kiselev knows that
even if he launches an effective first
strike against your land-based forces,
your sea-based missiles are already
in a position to exact extreme retribution.
Yeah, that’s only if he doesn’t completely
lose his mind - and I’m not discounting
As acting Commander in Chief of the
Russian armed forces, President Mikhailov
is our only hope of reeling him in.
Well, we can’t get through to him! He’s
not even taking calls from the White
House any more.
He is convinced the Goa’uld now control
the American administration. (He sighs.)
Look, I know a few people on his personal
staff - I may be able to get a direct
line. But, if we do make contact, we
will only have a few minutes to convince
him that General Kiselev has been misled
by the Goa’uld. Now, right now, I don’t
see how we’re going to do that. (He
OSIRIS’ AL’KESH. Out of the front windscreen, Prometheus can
be seen. Jennings is flying the al’kesh towards her.
We are in position.
Have they detected our presence?
Very well. Destroy the ship.
They have superior shields. If we do
not succeed with the first salvo, we
will be at a disadvantage.
So long as he is in their hands, he
remains a liability. We have no choice.
(The al’kesh comes out of its cloak and flies past Prometheus,
firing at her as it goes.)
PROMETHEUS. In the corridors, the ship shakes and panels spark
as the blasts impact hit their target. Kinsey and his guards
are thrown about. On the Bridge, everybody stumbles as the same
What the hell was that?
(In the corridors, Kinsey pins one of the guards against the
wall and grabs his gun. He shoots both of the guards.)
(On the Bridge)
We’re under attack.
(The ship shakes under another volley.)
Shields are down to forty percent; we’ve
lost starboard engines.
Transfer power to port engines; give
me evasive manoeuvres. Bring all weapon
Bridge - this is Sergeant Larson.
I’m sorry, sir, the prisoner escaped.
The ring room. (The two of them hurry
SGC. LAB. Jack and Chekov come in to join Sam.
Please - tell me you have something.
Yes, sir, I think I do. I’ve been going
over everything we have on General Kiselev
and I found this. (She opens a file
and hands it to Jack.) Colonel Ruselin
Chernovshev. (Jack looks at the picture
of the colonel who interrogated Daniel.)
He was Kiselev’s Chief of Staff - his
right-hand man. Three years ago he was
involved in a plot to sell a captured
symbiont to elements of The Trust, then
operating within the NID. That means
The Trust had a direct connection to
Kiselev. They didn’t need Kinsey. He
was just a pretext to justify this confrontation
by making them think that we’d been
So, if The Trust had access to Kiselev,
then he could have been compromised
Exactly. (She picks up another file
and hands a photograph to Jack.) This
is a file photo of General Kiselev taken
three years ago. (Jack looks at the
picture of a man wearing glasses.) And
this (she hands him another photograph)
was taken less than a week ago during
a speech he gave at the General Staff
Academy. (The photograph shows the General
reading from his speech. He is not wearing
glasses.) Notice the difference?
May I see that?
(Jack hands the photographs to him.)
We know that symbionts have healing
power. They can cure a host body of
any number of physical shortcomings,
including bad eyesight.
(Jack raises his eyebrows.)
That’s it? Did it occur to you that
he might be wearing contacts?
Sir, I realise it’s not a lot to go
Have you heard of laser surgery?
No, wait. Colonel Carter is right. General
Kiselev suffered from glaucoma. His
vision was extremely poor. There is
no possibility he could have read from
a prepared statement without his glasses.
Sir, I think Kiselev’s a Goa’uld. I
think he has been all along.
PROMETHEUS. As the ship shakes from the continued attack, Teal’c
and Daniel run along the corridors. Teal’c swings his zat around
a corner, then ducks back as Kinsey fires at him with the gun
he grabbed from the guard. Teal’c swings round again and fires
his zat blindly but misses Kinsey, who fires again, making Teal’c
duck back around the corner again. Kinsey runs off with Teal’c
and Daniel in pursuit. Shortly afterwards, they run into another
corridor but stop at the sound of the transporter rings activating.
They run into the ring room, but Kinsey is gone.
SGC. WAR ROOM. Jack and Chekov are anxiously waiting as Walter
turns around from a console.
We’ve almost got it, sir - stand by.
(Jack turns to Chekov.)
Hey - how do we know Mikhailov hasn’t
been infected too?
We don’t - but at this point we hardly
have anything to lose.
We got it, sir - you’re on.
(Chekov presses the speakerphone button on the phone in front
Mr President, can you hear me?
Colonel Chekov, this is highly irregular.
Uh, yes, sir, but these are highly unusual
Agreed. Is General O’Neill there with
I’m here, Mr President.
It’s good to speak with you again -
although you understand at the moment
I cannot trust anything you say.
Yeah, about that: it’s true there has
been a Goa’uld infiltration - but it’s
not on our side, it’s on yours.
(He grimaces. There’s a long pause before Mikhailov speaks.)
What is it exactly that you are saying?
Let me put it this way, sir: the last
time you saw General Kiselev, did you
happen to notice if he was wearing his
PROMETHEUS. Teal’c and Daniel have returned to the Bridge, which
shakes under another attack from the al’kesh.
Shields are holding, sir - forty percent
Then we’ve got ‘em. Come about and prepare
to fire on my signal.
AL’KESH. Jennings turns as Kinsey walks onto the Bridge.
I’m pleased you were able to use my
diversion to free yourself.
Do you think I’m a fool? You tried to
destroy the ship because you thought
I would reveal information about you.
Of course not. We were merely ...
(Kinsey raises his gun and shoots Jennings several times in the
Open fire - all batteries!
AL’KESH. The ship shakes as Prometheus commences her attack.
Kinsey walks over to Jennings’ body. Jennings is wearing Osiris’
ribbon device, complete with the wrist device, on one hand. Kinsey
reaches down to remove it.
SGC. WAR ROOM. Sam has just finished faxing a document. She looks
at Chekov and nods. He turns back to the phone.
We’re sending you the relevant documents
now, Mr President - proof of Colonel
Chernovshev’s prior relationship with
The Trust, plus a list of generals who
are willing to support you should you
decide to move against General Kiselev.
I must say, I’m not sure what to make
Well, you could start by trusting us.
And if you have been compromised by
the Goa’uld, I would be standing down
my forces with the Americans in position
to launch an immediate attack.
Sir, we both know neither side can win
outright with a first strike. That’s
the whole point. The Goa’uld don’t want
a winner - they want us to destroy each
We believe their ultimate goal is to
get their hands on the Ancient weapon
(Walter turns around from his console.)
Sir, MPIC is reporting the visuals from
Russian missile site 537. Silo doors
are open - evidence of a firefight on
My God - Kiselev is trying to launch
(Jack leans down to the phone again.)
Mr President, you are about to lose
control of your own forces. You have
to do something right now!
I am ... (Whatever he says next is broken
up with static, then the line goes dead.)
We lost the connection - the line is
Sir, the al’kesh is no longer making
evasive manoeuvres or returning fire.
We have a clear shot.
AL’KESH. Jennings is lying on the bridge, presumably dead. Mr
Kent, Mr Parker and Mr Wayne come in.
Why are we not returning fire? (He then
sees Jennings and the three of them
hurry forward. Kent starts activating
They’re powering weapons.
Take them out.
(Prometheus fires two missiles at the al’kesh and it explodes.
Everyone on the Prometheus Bridge flinches from the light of
SGC. WAR ROOM. Everyone is waiting nervously for news. Jack fidgets
for a while, then looks at his watch and makes a decision.
Get me Washington.
(Walter and Sam, who is standing next to him, turn and stare
We’re out of time, Colonel. (He nods
confirmation to Walter.)
(Walter looks at his colleague sitting next to him, then turns
to his console. A few moments later he turns back to Jack.)
Sir - MPIC is reporting new visuals
at 537. (He listens to his earpiece,
then smiles.) Silo doors are closing.
Russian bombers are turning around and
returning to base.
(Chekov blows out a relieved breath.)
They’re standing down.
(Jack nods his acknowledgement.)