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                                      STARGATE SG1

                                      Episode 315

                                       "PRETENSE"

                                           By

                                     Kathryn Powers




               Entering seeing a death glider trying to escape firing from a 
               mother ship. The mother ship explodes and the glider starts coming 
               down to the planet   damaged. Hard landing.
 
               
               People below run over to investigate and to help with weapons 
               in hand. The hood to the glider is open. Person still alive, 
               and inside. Person looks up and we see it to be Skarra/Klorel.
 
               
               
                                     SKARRA
                         Please, help me!

               
               People look confused as to what to do.

               
               
               Gate room to control. Gate is active and the iris is closed. 
               SG-1 come into control room where Hammond is looking at the iris.
 
               
               
                                     TECHNICIAN
                         Still no incoming signal, Sir.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         All units are Earth site.

               
               Iris starts going all weirdish and moving.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Is it my eyes or does the iris look 
                         a little...
 
               
                                     SAM
                         It's loosing integrity.

               
               They wait for a little while longer and a cat comes right through 
               the closed iris.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         Hold fire!

               
               Sam runs into the gate room and picks up the cat. She starts 
               petting it.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         It's Schrodinger. The cat I gave to 
                         the Tollan Narim.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Cat.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         The Tollan possesses technology to walk 
                         through solid matter.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         A technology that if you all recall 
                         they refuse to share... with us.
 
               
               Narim comes through the iris.

               
                                     NARIM
                         General Hammond I am unfamiliar with 
                         Earth protocol in these matters. I sent 
                         Schrodinger so you would know a friend 
                         was coming.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         It's all right, Narim. The Tollan are 
                         welcome here. Units stand down.
 
               
               Hammond, Daniel, Jack, Teal'c head to the gate room.

               
                                     NARIM
                         Samantha. It's good to see you again.
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         It's good to see you too.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         What can we do for you Narim?

               
                                     NARIM
                         I am here to deliver a message from 
                         our highest governing body. Colonel 
                         O'Neill. The Tollan Curia requests the 
                         presence of you and your team for Triad.
 
                         
               
               Narim hands Jack a weird looking device.

               
                                     JACK
                         I feel like I'm being served.

               
               Briefing room...

               
               Jack is looking at the device. Everyone is sitting, except for 
               Narim
 
               
                                     JACK
                         So what exactly is this Triad?

               
                                     NARIM
                         It is an ancient ceremony of justice. 
                         Quite honorable.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         So it's kinda like a tri-al.

               
                                     NARIM
                         I am not familiar with trial.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Trial. It's kinda like a tribunal. A 
                         place where matters of justice and law 
                         are decided.
 
               
                                     NARIM
                         (nodding) Then yes. A Triad is similar 
                         to you trial.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         So, who's on trial?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         ad.

               
                                     JACK
                         Triad...al?

               
                                     NARIM
                         The decision that the triad must decide 
                         is of a great concern to an old friend 
                         of yours. An Abydoian by the name of 
                         Skarra.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         What?

               
                                     NARIM
                         It is he who has requested your presence.
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         He's alive, he's okay?

               
                                     NARIM
                         He is well. But he does need your help 
                         for Triad.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Where's this taking place?

               
                                     NARIM
                         Our destination is the new home world, 
                         Tollana.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         But we sent you to the Now planet. There 
                         wasn't a gate on Tollana.
 
               
                                     NARIM
                         The Nox and the Tollan devised a way 
                         to get us there.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Of course you were.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Way smarter then we are...

               
               Tollana   Just arrived.

               
               They all look at the Stargate.

               
                                     JACK
                         Very nice.

               
                                     SAM
                         So, you built that... Stargate?

               
                                     NARIM
                         Yes.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Way smarter then we are...

               
               They start walking away

               
                                     JACK
                         Our is bigger...

               
               They walk for a while and finally get into a building and pass 
               machines that are on the wall that make noises and flashy stuff. 
               They stop in confusion.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         What just happened?

               
                                     NARIM
                         Your weapons have been disabled.

               
                                     JACK
                         What?

               
               They try to get their weapons to work but fail.

               
                                     NARIM
                         Do not worry. You may continue to carry 
                         them if you wish.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         You didn't think you should've told 
                         us about this before we came?
 
               
                                     NARIM
                         I didn't find it relevant.

               
                                     JACK
                         We don't travel to other planets without 
                         weapons with which to defend ourselves.
 
                         
               
                                     NARIM
                         May I ask what you intend to defend 
                         yourselves against? The Tollan have 
                         never threatened you. In any way.
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         He is correct O'Neill. I do not feel 
                         the need to carry a weapon in this place.
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         And Sir, judging on what I've seen in 
                         the last five minutes, our... weapons 
                         wouldn't be much of a match to their 
                         technology anyway.
 
               
                                     NARIM
                         No harm will come to you. The Tollan 
                         will guarantee it.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Is that a money-back-if-your-not-completely-alive 
                         guarantee?
 
               
               Narim doesn't want to answer.

               
                                     NARIM
                         This way.

               
               Meeting room/Courtroom or something.

               
               Walk up to front where a woman   Travell   is sitting in what 
               appears to be a judge's seat or something to that sort.
 
               
                                     TRAVELL
                         These must be our visitors from Earth. 
                         Welcome.
 
               
                                     NARIM
                         High Chancellor Travell, this is Colonel 
                         Jack O'Neill.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Hi.

               
                                     NARIM
                         Doctor Daniel Jackson, Major Samantha 
                         Carter.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         (smiling) Hello.

               
                                     NARIM
                         And Teal'c. (Notice how everyone says 
                         his name last in intro?)
 
               
                                     TRAVELL
                         We are honored that you have agreed 
                         to participate in Triad. Your seeker 
                         will decide which one of you will be 
                         archon.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Seeker? Archon? (Looks at Daniel) Daniel?
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Uhh... With respect High Chancellor; 
                         Narim didn't really explain the Triad 
                         very well. Could you please define those 
                         terms for us?
 
               
                                     TRAVELL
                         In Triad there are two arguing parties 
                         called Seekers. Triadic law requires 
                         that there be one archon who is sympathetic 
                         for each cause, and one neutral archon. 
                         The archons argue the dispute until 
                         a decision is reached.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         (explaining quietly to Jack) So the 
                         seeker is the defendant and the archon 
                         is the attorney.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         (quietly to Daniel) I got it. (To Travell) 
                         So Skarra is our... (Looks at Daniel)
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         (quietly to Jack) Seeker.

               
                                     JACK
                         Seeker.

               
                                     TRAVELL
                         Narim will take you to him now.

               
                                     NARIM
                         This way. (Gestures out of the room)
 
                         
               
               They all walk into a room. Guards are posted outside. Narim takes 
               down the force field and they walk inside.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         Skarra?

               
               Skarra/Klorel turns around to look at them. His eyes glow.

               
                                     KLOREL
                         You... You will pay for what you did 
                         to my father. (More glowing action)
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         It's good to see you too.

               
               Skarra's head goes down. Device thingie that is on his chest 
               goes from red, to blue.
 
               
                                     SKARRA
                         I am very happy to see you. All of you.
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         (to Narim) What's the deal? What just 
                         happened?
 
               
                                     NARIM
                         The Tollan designed the device worn 
                         about his chest. It suppresses the Goa'uld's 
                         ability to silence his host. The Goa'uld 
                         and host are free to speak at will. 
                         The device cannot be removed as long 
                         as Klorel and Skarra are our guests. 
                         The indicator on the front prevents 
                         one from pretending being the other. 
                         Red indicates it is Klorel who speaks. 
                         Blue, Skarra.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Nice device. We'll take a dozen.

               
                                     NARIM
                         As you may recall from our last encounter, 
                         it is forbidden for the Tollan to give 
                         our technology to any culture less advanced 
                         then our own.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Still got that arrogance bug I see.
 
                         
               
                                     SKARRA
                         It is I O'Neer. Are you not happy to 
                         see me?
 
               
               Jack, Daniel go over to him.

               
                                     JACK
                         Yeah. It's good to see you.

               
                                     SKARRA
                         I knew you would come. With your help, 
                         I will be free of this demon. Every 
                         day I fight him. I listen. I learn.
 
                         
               
                                     NARIM
                         It is time for Skarra to choose his 
                         archon.
 
               
                                     SKARRA
                         O'Neer is strong. Danyer is wise. May 
                         I not choose both?
 
               
                                     NARIM
                         You may. They may both argue. However, 
                         they will have but one vote.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Okay, what is this Triad about? What's 
                         to be decided?
 
               
                                     NARIM
                         Two days ago a small Goa'uld vessel 
                         crashed in a remote area. The occupant 
                         was badly injured. It was Skarra.
 
                         
               
                                     SKARRA
                         We were fleeing a battle group dispatched 
                         by Heru'ur. My demon knew that Tollans 
                         would stop them.
 
               
                                     NARIM
                         Which we did. We warned them. But they 
                         came anyway. Our defense gird was forces 
                         to destroy them.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         So, Heru'ur is dead?

               
                                     SKARRA
                         No, but two of his mother ships were 
                         destroyed.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         (Confused, and amazed) Wait a minute, 
                         you blew away two Goa'uld mother ships?
 
                         
               
                                     NARIM
                         We are not a warring people but our 
                         defense technology is far greater then 
                         that of the Goa'uld.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Yeah, I know that all this weapons chatter 
                         gets my blood pumping but could we get 
                         back to the Triad?
 
               
                                     NARIM
                         Yes, of course. When our sentries reached 
                         the crashed vessel Skarra asked that 
                         we free him of his Goa'uld. But the 
                         Goa'uld refuses. Therefore under Tollan 
                         law we have no choice but to hear both 
                         parties before acting.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         And Klorel's... (Looks at Daniel)

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Archon.

               
                                     JACK
                         Archon... Is who?

               
               Meeting place/Courtroom.

               
               Four or five Jaffa and a Goa'uld with big headdress and a lot 
               of makeup walk into the room. Jack looks shocked, and somewhat 
               scared.
 
               
                                     TRAVELL
                         My Lord Zipacna, we are honored that 
                         you have agreed to participate in Triad.
 
                         
               
               
                                     KLOREL
                         We would speak in private.

               
                                     TRAVELL
                         As you wish.

               
               Klorel and Zippy leave.

               
                                     JACK
                         So, when you were trying to get us to 
                         come here and `disarm' us, you didn't 
                         feel it appropriate to mention that 
                         a freakin' Goa'uld was going to be here? 
                         Not to mention his associates?
 
               
                                     TRAVELL
                         They are as unarmed as you.

               
                                     JACK
                         You sure of that?

               
                                     NARIM
                         Our technology detects and disables 
                         any form of weaponry.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Uh-huh.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         You said that there was a third neutral 
                         archon... That's a... Tollan?
 
               
                                     TRAVELL
                         No. We have asked our friends to send 
                         someone capable of remaining neutral. 
                         I believe you have met.
 
               
               The door opens and a Nox walks in.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Lya.

               
                                     LYA
                         It is good to see you once again friends.
 
                         
               
               Walking into room for SG-1.

               
                                     JACK
                         Well, this just became a piece of cake, 
                         a walk in the park, a day at the beach.
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         An accident waiting for a place to happen?
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         (looking at Daniel) Mister Negative.
 
                         
               
               Jack, Teal'c, and Sam sit down. Daniel still stands.

               
                                     SAM
                         Sir, what makes you so confident?

               
                                     JACK
                         Because Lya is a fair and insightful 
                         person who will vote our way. Besides, 
                         she likes us.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Lya likes everyone. It's the Nox way.
 
                         
               
               Teal'c The Nox are not at conflict with the Goa'uld. As you may 
               recall they saved Apophis when you attempted to eliminate him.
 
               
               
                                     JACK
                         (changing the subject) So, what do we 
                         have on this fine Goa'uld fella?
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Zipacna was once of Apophis' most loyal 
                         underlords.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Well, I don't believe for one second 
                         he's come to talk Klorel's way out of 
                         here.
 
               
               Chiming sound is heard and Jack looks up, trying to find the 
               source. Narim comes in.
 
               
                                     NARIM
                         They are ready for you.

               
                                     JACK
                         Thank you. (Waits for Narim to leave) 
                         Carter, you and Teal'c keep an eye on 
                         Zippy's kids (Jaffa just so ya know)
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         Yes Sir.

               
                                     JACK
                         See what they're up to.

               
               Jack and Daniel leave the room.

               
               Courtroom/Meeting place.

               
               Zippy is sitting at one `table' by himself, Daniel and Jack sit 
               at another, Lya sits in the `table' between Jack-Daniel and Zippy. 
               Skarra/Klorel sit in middle place while Travell gets the nice 
               `judge's' place.
 
               
                                     TRAVELL
                         This dispute involves two sentient being 
                         who inhabit the same body. Both have 
                         requested sole use of the body, therefore 
                         we must establish the right of priority 
                         over the body to whom does it belong.
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         Ostensibly the one to whom it was born!
 
                         
               
                                     ZIPPY
                         (standing up) Your Eminence, I must 
                         request that the human contingent follow 
                         decorum appropriate to such an auspicious 
                         body as this one.
 
               
                                     TRAVELL
                         I agree. The archons will refrain from 
                         questions or comments until their side 
                         is acknowledge. At this time I recognize 
                         Lord Zipacna and Klorel.
 
               
                                     ZIPPY
                         Until three years ago, the humans on 
                         Abydos live under Goa'uld law. Administrated 
                         by Ra. Now by that law, they were Goa'uld 
                         property. Lord Klorel merely took what 
                         was already his.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         By force!

               
                                     TRAVELL
                         Colonel O'Neill please.

               
                                     JACK
                         (waving hands) Sorry, sorry.

               
                                     TRAVELL
                         I understand your desire to defend your 
                         position Colonel. And I will give you 
                         that opportunity. I would first like 
                         to hear Skarra's prospective.
 
               
               Light on Skarra's chest turns from red to blue. He slowly stands 
               up.
 
               
                                     SKARRA
                         I was born to this body. Free of the 
                         demon Klorel. He stole my body. On Abydos, 
                         I would have married, had children, 
                         grown old, and died. But the Goa'uld 
                         took more then my body. He stole my 
                         life.
 
               
                                     TRAVELL
                         Human archons.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         (stands) Skarra, when you were born, 
                         did your people believe they were slaves?
 
                         
               
                                     SKARRA
                         No.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Just so we can all be clear, who was 
                         Ra?
 
               
                                     SKARRA
                         We believed him to be an evil god.
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         So he enslaved your people through superstition 
                         and fear?
 
               
                                     SKARRA
                         Until you came, yes.

               
               Outside somewhere.

               
               Sam and Teal'c pretend to be looking at some piece of art. Zippy's 
               kids walk by and Sam and Teal'c follow.
 
               
               Courtroom/Meeting place.

               
                                     ZIPPY
                         (Walking slowly over to Skarra) Tell 
                         me, did the people of Abydos hunt?
 
                         
               
                                     SKARRA
                         Yes.

               
                                     ZIPPY
                         Did you also use animals as beast of 
                         burden for food, for clothing?
 
               
                                     SKARRA
                         Yes...

               
                                     ZIPPY
                         Do you also eat the flesh of humans?
 
                         
               
                                     SKARRA
                         No! Never!

               
                                     ZIPPY
                         (walking back over to his table) Then 
                         you make judgment that animals have 
                         a lesser value then humans.
 
               
                                     SKARRA
                         We care for our animals. We worship 
                         them. We thank them for the gifts they 
                         give us.
 
               
                                     ZIPPY
                         Yes, but you keep them to do your will. 
                         And you kill them to survive.
 
               
                                     SKARRA
                         When we have the need.

               
                                     ZIPPY
                         As we do with humans. When we have the 
                         need. If a human has the right to take 
                         an animal's body as he pleases because 
                         he is a superior being, so does a Goa'uld. 
                         And by that argument alone, the Goa'uld 
                         has priority. And the host belongs to 
                         Klorel. (Sits down)
 
               
                                     TRAVELL
                         Do the human archons wish to respond?
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         Yes ma'am you betcha.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         We do your Eminence.

               
                                     JACK
                         (quietly to Daniel) Can I go first?
 
                         
               
               Daniel nods.

               
                                     JACK
                         (gets up and clears throat) Your argument 
                         is flawed in oh so many ways. Humans 
                         are self-aware. Animals aren't.
 
               
                                     ZIPPY
                         Animals are not, because you deem them 
                         not to be. Just as we deem humans, not 
                         to be.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         (getting up) What my learner colleague 
                         means is that humans have a more advanced 
                         intelligence then that of lower cast 
                         animals.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Exactly. Just like that.

               
                                     ZIPPY
                         Is that not a matter of perspective? 
                         Just as a human would consider itself 
                         more intelligent then a pig. Or a pig 
                         would consider it more intelligent then 
                         a... rat.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         (muttering) Speaking of rats...(for 
                         all to hear) what's your point?
 
               
                                     ZIPPY
                         (getting up) My point is the Goa'uld 
                         considers itself more intelligent then 
                         humans. Our technology is more advanced 
                         then your, our mere knowledge of the 
                         universe is more advanced then yours.
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         You stole that knowledge!

               
                                     DANIEL
                         (walking over to Zippy, Jack sits) You 
                         took human knowledge when you took humans 
                         as hosts. Just as you took knowledge 
                         from other species. The Stargate isn't 
                         your technology. You just, took that. 
                         As far as we known, nothing you have... 
                         came from you. So clearly the evidence 
                         isn't that you more intelligent just... 
                         more parasitic.
 
               
                                     ZIPPY
                         The method of gaining the knowledge 
                         is not the question. We were able to 
                         obtain it. You were not.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         (muttering) Oh, please...

               
                                     TRAVELL
                         Gentlemen. (Zippy sits down) We seem 
                         to have wondered away form that central 
                         topic. Which seeker has priority over 
                         this body?
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         (explaining at 10000 mph to Travell) 
                         If I may you Eminence I don't think 
                         we've wondered away from the central 
                         topic at all. What we're trying to point 
                         out is that the Goa'uld steal all they 
                         possess. As they have in fact stolen 
                         Skarra's body.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Can I ... Sorry. Can I just say something? 
                         (Daniel sits down) Skarra? You once 
                         told me you'd rather die them live another 
                         day as a Goa'uld. Why?
 
               
                                     SKARRA
                         What I suffer each day is worse then 
                         death.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         For example?

               
                                     SKARRA
                         I remember the demon stretching out 
                         my hand to kill Danyer. The husband 
                         of my sister. (He's sad) There was nothing 
                         I could do to stop it! And I have seen, 
                         many more far worse atrocities then 
                         this.
 
               
                                     ZIPPY
                         (quickly standing) I demand that the 
                         humans stay on topic!
 
               
                                     JACK
                         It is on topic! You just want to avoid 
                         talking about all the nasty stuff he's 
                         witness!
 
               
                                     ZIPPY
                         The host witnesses nothing. Since nothing 
                         of the host survives. (Boy did Zippy 
                         screw up there!)
 
               
               Outside by Tollan tech.

               
               Sam and Teal'c watch through binoculars as Zippy's Jaffa futz 
               around with Tollan technology.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         (whispering) What are they doing?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         (whispering back) I am uncertain.

               
               Jaffa leave the weapon. Sam and Teal'c leave.

               
               Courtroom/Meeting room.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         (is standing) Lord Zipacna. I would 
                         like to ask you a question if I may.
 
                         
               
                                     ZIPPY
                         I hope I'll have the answer.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         I'm sure you will. (Walks over to Zippy) 
                         Is... your host in there, somewhere?
 
                         
               
                                     ZIPPY
                         Nothing of the host survives.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Really? Than how do you explain Skarra?
 
                         
               
                                     ZIPPY
                         What you call `Skarra' is nothing but 
                         a remnant. He can only speak now because 
                         the Tollan use their technology to silence 
                         Klorel.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         But, how could he speak at all if he 
                         hadn't survived?
 
               
                                     LYA
                         (finally speaking) And he spoke well. 
                         His words were not those of a remnant 
                         personality.
 
               
               SG-1 room.

               
               Jack and Daniel walk in to find Sam and Teal'c looking at something.
 
               
               
                                     JACK
                         Carter?

               
                                     SAM
                         Sir, we may have a problem.

               
                                     JACK
                         Do tell.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         We tracked a Serpent guard and two Jaffa 
                         just outside the cities limits. We observed 
                         them locate at least six Tollan weapon 
                         sites.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         We think that they were doing something 
                         to disable them, Sir. Which in my opinion 
                         would mean that Zipacna is using the 
                         Triad to stall for time to disable the 
                         Tollans' defenses. Then take the opportunity 
                         to 
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Wipe out the Tollan.

               
               Outside by some water

               
               Sam is standing, looking at the water, and looking as if she 
               is waiting for someone. Narim walks up to her.
 
               
                                     NARIM
                         Samantha. I hope you've not waited long.
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         No, thank you for coming.

               
                                     NARIM
                         It's my pleasure. In fact I am pleased 
                         that we were able to be alone together.
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         Narim, I asked you to meet me because 
                         I need your help.
 
               
                                     NARIM
                         (smiling) Samantha I... I have missed 
                         you.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         A lot has happened to me since I last 
                         saw you.
 
               
                                     NARIM
                         Oh. There is another.

               
                                     SAM
                         No, not in the way that you mean. You 
                         see... I was blended with a Tok'ra. 
                         And she dies to save my life. And I 
                         still have her memories and her feelings.
 
                         
               
                                     NARIM
                         And she is part of you.

               
                                     SAM
                         Yes. I can't have a relationship with 
                         anyone until I'm absolutely sure of 
                         whose feelings... I'm feeling. Do you 
                         understand?
 
               
                                     NARIM
                         You are very wise Samantha.

               
                                     SAM
                         (muttering) Well...

               
                                     NARIM
                         May I ask then why you have summoned 
                         me?
 
               
                                     SAM
                         Teal'c and I have been following the 
                         Jaffa that came with the Goa'uld contingent.
 
                         
               
                                     NARIM
                         (looking mad) Samantha why would you 
                         do such a thing? I was sure your people 
                         would be more diplomatic then this.
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         We did it out of concern for your people. 
                         We think that the Goa'uld are using 
                         the Triad to by time so they can prepare 
                         for an attack on Tollana.
 
               
                                     NARIM
                         Why do you think that?

               
                                     SAM
                         Because we saw they tampering with your 
                         weapons.
 
               
                                     NARIM
                         That is impossible. The weapons are 
                         made of an impenetrable alloy and protected 
                         by security codes.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         Narim. They were doing something to 
                         them.
 
               
               By one of the Tollan weapons.

               
               Jack, Daniel, Teal'c, Sam, Travell and Narim stand while other 
               Tollan check over the weapon.
 
               
                                     TRAVELL
                         We asked Lord Zipacna about you accusation. 
                         He denied it. And he was quite offended.
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         Well that's a shocker. I hope you didn't 
                         take his word for it.
 
               
                                     TRAVELL
                         Our experts have been unable to find 
                         any form of tampering on any of the 
                         canons.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         (looking at Sam) Carter?

               
                                     SAM
                         (thinking) Maybe they were painting 
                         them, Sir.
 
               
                                     TRAVELL
                         (glances over at the canon) I see no 
                         paint.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         Sorry. It's an old Earth military expression. 
                         It means marking them as targets.
 
                         
               
                                     TRAVELL
                         Nor do I see any markings.

               
                                     SAM
                         Well, there are ways that they could 
                         target the weapons without actually 
                         leaving a mark.
 
               
                                     TRAVELL
                         If so, the instant one of the weapons 
                         is attacked the rest will automatically 
                         locate the attacker and destroy it.
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         Unless they're all taken out simultaneously.
 
                         
               
                                     TRAVELL
                         If that were possible, why then did 
                         the Goa'uld Heru'ur not do so when in 
                         pursued of Klorel?
 
               
                                     SAM
                         Well maybe because he didn't have a 
                         contingent on the planet's surface to 
                         target the weapons in advance.
 
               
                                     TRAVELL
                         He didn't do it because it is impossible. 
                         It would take but on of these devices 
                         to protect this planet from a Goa'uld 
                         mother ship and we have many more then 
                         that. Our technology is much superior 
                         in every way to theirs, and to yours.
 
                         
               
               Teal'c is watching the Tollan press controls on the canon.

               
                                     JACK
                         My aren't we cocky.

               
                                     TRAVELL
                         Colonel, if this is an attempt to influence 
                         the outcome of Triad, it is a feeble 
                         attempt indeed.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         I assure you your Eminence that this 
                         not intended as anything other then 
                         an attempt to help your people.
 
               
                                     TRAVELL
                         I hope so. But understand if you continue 
                         to pursue this matter in any way, I 
                         will disqualify you from Triad and replace 
                         you. Skarra will be represented by someone 
                         else. Is that understood?
 
               
                                     JACK
                         With protest.

               
                                     TRAVELL
                         Now, you will return to Triad in the 
                         morning and you will not mention this 
                         matter any further.
 
               
               Outside.

               
               Jack, Daniel, Sam and Teal'c are walking.

               
                                     JACK
                         Just stay away from Zippy and his gaggle 
                         of Goa'uld. Okay?
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I know the Goa'uld O'Neill. They will 
                         attack.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         But I don't see a choice here. If we 
                         keep pursuing the issue Skarra will 
                         be represented by God knows who and 
                         we won't stand a chance in hell. I'm 
                         not gonna let that happen.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Regrettably I must disagree in this 
                         situation O'Neil. I believe that we 
                         are face with the loss of Skarra   one 
                         individual   verse the deaths of many 
                         Tollan and possibly ourselves.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         And that's assuming the Tollan can't 
                         defend themselves, which personally 
                         I think that's a false assumption.
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         Yeah, they did bring down a couple mother 
                         ships. I think they'll be okay.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         The Tollan have not been at war in many 
                         generations. They do not think strategically. 
                         I believe that to be a fatal flaw.
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         Their naiveté could be their downfall.
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         That is correct. Allow Major Carter 
                         and my self to continue monitoring the 
                         Goa'uld contingent in case of 
 
               
               Narim walks up to them.

               
                                     NARIM
                         Excuse my interruption. The Triad resumes.
 
                         
               
               Narim leaves.

               
                                     JACK
                         You've got your orders. Stand down.
 
                         
               
               Jack and Daniel leave.

               
               Lya's quarters

               
               Teal'c walks into the room. Lya gets up.

               
                                     LYA
                         Teal'c. (Turns to look at him) This 
                         is highly inappropriate for you to come 
                         to me during Triad.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I assure you I would never intend to 
                         influence your decision in any way. 
                         I wish to speak to you concerning another 
                         matter.
 
               
                                     LYA
                         You must not mention Klorel or Skarra. 
                         If you do I will be forced to report 
                         the matter to the Tollan.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Understood.

               
                                     LYA
                         What is it then?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         As you are aware I was formerly in the 
                         service of the Goa'uld.
 
               
                                     LYA
                         If this is deigned to biased me against 
                         the Goa'uld 
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I would never do such a thing nor do 
                         I feel the need. I am here in fact in 
                         direct violation of an order by Colonel 
                         O'Neill.
 
               
                                     LYA
                         Go on.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I have become convinced that the Goa'uld 
                         are planning to destroy all the Tollan 
                         weapon instillations simultaneously 
                         thereby preventing them form ever returning 
                         fire. The Goa'uld will then attack this 
                         world, which will be defenseless.
 
                         
               
                                     LYA
                         Why do you tell me this?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I believe that you and I are the only 
                         ones able of preventing this tragedy 
                         from occurring.
 
               
                                     LYA
                         You and I? Teal'c, you are a strong 
                         warrior, but I am of the Nox. If you 
                         have learned anything of us you have 
                         learned that we defend ourselves through 
                         illusion and mastery of the mind.
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Precisely.

               
               Courtroom/Meeting place.

               
               Jack and Daniel are tapping their fingers and chewing them while 
               waiting for Lya. Zippy is checking his nails. Lya finally shows 
               up. They stand.
 
               
                                     LYA
                         I apologize for my tardiness.

               
               Lya goes over to her seat.

               
                                     TRAVELL
                         We will resume. Lord Zipacna has asked 
                         us to reconvene early because he wishes 
                         to make a challenge.
 
               
                                     ZIPPY
                         (standing up) Tollan law does not provide 
                         for a penalty of death. Is that right?
 
                         
               
                                     TRAVELL
                         It is.

               
                                     ZIPPY
                         Then I wish to point out the futility 
                         to this Triad. A Goa'uld needs a host 
                         to survive. This is a biological fact, 
                         beyond our control. If you allow priority 
                         to Skarra, it is of a death sentence 
                         for Klorel.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Of course, if you flip that around you 
                         got Skarra on death row.
 
               
                                     ZIPPY
                         Yes, but as proved earlier in Triad, 
                         the host survives.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Yeah?

               
                                     ZIPPY
                         We can see this point. There fore if 
                         you provide priority to Klorel, both 
                         host and symbiote live. (He sits)
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         Yeah, one lives freely, the other lives 
                         as a slave.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         (stands) We would put forth that life 
                         as a slave is not life at all.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         (stand) And if you want to save both 
                         lives... give us Skarra, you take Klorel. 
                         Tok'ra can... put him in another host 
                         for all I care.
 
               
                                     LYA
                         Who Colonel? Perhaps you would volunteer?
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         Uhh... no.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Perhaps you could find someone who would 
                         choose to be a host.
 
               
               The door comes open. Narim, Sam and Teal'c walk in.

               
                                     TRAVELL
                         Narim? What is the meaning of this? 
                         You know Triad is held as a closed session.
 
                         
               
               Narim starts to walk over to Travell.

               
                                     NARIM
                         You Eminence, please adjust your viewer 
                         to the orbital observatory.
 
               
               The viewer comes up and a Goa'uld mother ship is seen on it.
 
               
               
                                     TRAVELL
                         A Goa'uld mother ship...

               
                                     NARIM
                         Yes. It approaches Tollana.

               
               We then get a view of the side of the ship looking on, and moving 
               towards Tollana. Back to the room... Zippy, Daniel and Jack are 
               standing, looking at the viewer.
 
               
                                     TRAVELL
                         (to Zippy) Explain. (Daniel and Jack 
                         look at Zippy)
 
               
                                     ZIPPY
                         My vessel comes in anticipation of our 
                         victory of Triad. It is merely coming 
                         to take us along.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Why don't you just take the Stargate 
                         like the rest of us?
 
               
                                     ZIPPY
                         Not that it is of your concern but there 
                         is no Chapp'ai where we are going.
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         Well then gate to where there is one 
                         and get picked up.
 
               
                                     ZIPPY
                         You Eminence, if our intentions were 
                         hostile, we would have attacked already.
 
                         
               
                                     TRAVELL
                         Even so, your ships arrival is premature 
                         and in violation of Tollan space. I 
                         must warn you, that if you ship moves 
                         any closer before the conclusion of 
                         Triad, our automated defense system 
                         will destroy it.
 
               
                                     ZIPPY
                         The Goa'uld rest our case and we are 
                         prepared to vote. Therefore Triad is 
                         over.
 
               
                                     TRAVELL
                         Triad is over when all parties agree, 
                         Lord Zipacna. Do the human archons have 
                         any further arguments?
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Nope. I think the Goa'uld made our case 
                         for us quite nicely. (He taps the view 
                         screen)
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         No further arguments you Eminence we 
                         are prepared to vote.
 
               
                                     TRAVELL
                         Nox archon?

               
                                     LYA
                         (nods) Yes.

               
                                     TRAVELL
                         Then bring in the seekers.

               
               Everyone sits down, the viewer goes away and Skarra/Klorel comes 
               into the room escorted by two Tollan security guys.
 
               
                                     TRAVELL
                         Klorel and Skarra, you can both hear 
                         the Triads ruling?
 
               
                                     SKARRA
                         Yes, your Eminence.

               
               Klorel takes control and eyes glow. Light turns red.

               
                                     KLOREL
                         I can.

               
                                     TRAVELL
                         Human archons. May we hear your vote?
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         (stands up along with Jack) We find 
                         in favor of Skarra. (sits back down)
 
                         
               
                                     TRAVELL
                         Goa'uld archon?

               
                                     ZIPPY
                         (stands) We're in favor of Klorel. (sits)
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         (mutters) Big surprise there...

               
                                     TRAVELL
                         Nox archon?

               
                                     LYA
                         (stands) After careful consideration, 
                         I believe that both Klorel and Skarra 
                         have the right to live. But, living 
                         as a host with no right of ones own, 
                         is not life. Therefore, only one can 
                         remain in the body. To that end, I award 
                         priority to the original owner of the 
                         body. Skarra.
 
               
               Klorel looks P.O.ed.

               
                                     JACK
                         Yes. Now get that mother ship outta 
                         here. (Points at Zippy.)
 
               
                                     TRAVELL
                         We will summon the Tok'ra to come to 
                         Tollana to assist in the removal of 
                         the Goa'uld Klorel. He will be removed 
                         from that host and if he survives, will 
                         be sent to a Goa'uld world of his choice.
 
                         
               
               Travell presses controller on her arm and the color on the device 
               that is on Skarra changes from red to blue   Skarra.
 
               
                                     TRAVELL
                         I have locked the detachment device. 
                         Skarra, you have priority control until 
                         the Goa'uld is removed. Prepare yourself. 
                         The Tok'ra will arrive as soon as possible. 
                         And congratulations.
 
               
                                     SKARRA
                         Thank you.

               
                                     TRAVELL
                         Lord Zipacna. You are dismissed. With 
                         our thanks.
 
               
               Travell leaves, Zipacna stands and grabs a communication ball 
               from underneath the table.
 
               
                                     ZIPPY
                         (talking into ball) Ritak. Reenok ha'tak 
                          (I don't know if that's right. It's 
                         just what it sounds like)
 
               
               Teal'c dives and gets device out of his hands. It goes flying. 
               Jack punches Zippy and he staggers. Teal'c gets Zipacna in a 
               sleeper hold. He slowly goes unconscious.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         (as Zippy falls) Nice. Let's go!

               
               Jack, Daniel, Sam, Teal'c, Skarra, and Narim run outta the room.
 
               
               
               Down in the hallway...

               
                                     JACK
                         Skarra! Wait here! Just trust me!

               
               Points him over to a safe spot. Skarra goes over there and the 
               rest of them continue on running.
 
               
               Outside, running.

               
                                     JACK
                         How's that superior technology looking 
                         now? Security system serving you pretty 
                         good is it?
 
               
               Ship locks onto all the weapons.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         The ion canons.

               
                                     JACK
                         Got a dead lock on all of them. (To 
                         Narim) You know, I hate when people 
                         waste my time like this.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Where's Teal'c?

               
               Mother ship starts destroying canons. Sam looks around in the 
               sky.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         Colonel!

               
               Gliders start swooping in and start firing.

               
                                     JACK
                         Cover!

               
               Naturally, they all run away. They find Lya and Teal'c hiding.
 
               
               
                                     NARIM
                         I must inform Travell!

               
               Narim runs off.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Zipacna has escaped through the Stargate.
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         Well that's the least of our prob... 
                         Where have you been?
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I must inform you O'Neill that I have 
                         disregarded your orders concerning the 
                         Goa'uld.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Please explain.

               
               A nod at Lya from Teal'c and Lya does her little teleporting 
               thing.
 
               
               Nice open clearing surrounded by trees and bushes. They're walking.
 
               
               
                                     JACK
                         So what's going on here?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I have requested Lya's assistance.
 
                         
               
               Lya waves her hand slowly through the air and an ion canon appears.
 
               
               
                                     SAM
                         You hid one of them.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         That is correct. Travell explained that 
                         is would take but one of these to destroy 
                         a Goa'uld mother ship.
 
               
               Gliders slowly come around.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         It should have already fired.

               
                                     JACK
                         Well it hasn't. Let's take cover huh?
 
                         
               
               They go to hide in bushes. Teal'c goes to canon. Gliders start 
               firing. Lya falls, but Daniel helps her. They hide behind the 
               bushes.
 
               
               Gliders come around for another attack. Teal'c presses controls 
               and the canon blows the two gliders out of the sky. He fires 
               the weapon again and two shots go up into space and destroy the 
               mother ship. Everyone else comes out from hiding in the bushes.
 
               
               
                                     JACK
                         Very nice.

               
               Jack pats Teal'c on the arm. We see the ship still exploding.
 
               
               
               Meeting place/Courtroom.

               
               Travell, Sam, Lya, Teal'c, Jack, and Narim are standing. Travell 
               starts walking over to Teal'c.
 
               
                                     TRAVELL
                         You disregarded my warnings.

               
                                     JACK
                         Mine too... Well done.

               
                                     TRAVELL
                         If you were my subject I would be forced 
                         to discipline you. However, you are 
                         not one of my subjects.
 
               
               Travell puts her hand on Teal'c's chest and gives a bow.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         It could not have been done without 
                         the assistance of Lya.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         (to Lya) I thought the Nox were pacifists?
 
                         
               
                                     LYA
                         I only hid the weapon. I did not fire 
                         it.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         Ah... Pretty fine line you didn't cross.
 
                         
               
                                     LYA
                         (nods) Yes it is.

               
                                     JACK
                         So... we basically saved your whole 
                         planet, right?
 
               
                                     TRAVELL
                         Yes.

               
                                     JACK
                         Are you therefore indebted to us is 
                         any modest way?
 
               
                                     TRAVELL
                         I suppose that is the case.

               
                                     JACK
                         So, how about giving us the plans to 
                         build one of those ion canons?
 
               
                                     TRAVELL
                         You have been told our policy. That 
                         has not changed.
 
               
               Daniel walks in, Tok'ra behind him.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         The uhh... the Tok'ra have completed 
                         the procedure.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Yeah...?

               
               Tok'ra walk by with Klorel in a see through container.

               
                                     LYA
                         What will become of Klorel?

               
                                     NARIM
                         He will be sent to a Goa'uld world.
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         The hell with him what about 

               
                                     SKARRA
                         O'Neer!

               
               Skarra runs into the room dressed in Tok'ra attire. Jack looks 
               at his clothes.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Much better.

               
               Skarra laughs and the two hug. Skarra walks over to Teal'c and 
               Teal'c takes his hand. Teal'c bows. He goes over to Sam and they 
               hug each other.
 
               
               THE END

Pretense



Writers :   Kathryn Powers
Genres :   Sci-Fi  Action  Adventure


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