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                                      STARGATE SG1

                                      Episode 513

                                    "PROVING GROUND"

                                           By

                                     Ron Wilkerson




               OUTSIDE SOMEWHERE. JACK, TEAL'C AND ANOTHER TEAM IN SG UNIFORMS 
               ARE APPROACHING A BUILDING. THEY ARE ROOKIES, ELLIOT, HALEY, 
               GROGAN AND SATTERFIELD.
 
               
                                     ELLIOT
                         Sir? If you don't mind, I've got a couple 
                         of questions.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Talk fast.

               
                                     ELLIOT
                         Well, do you have any idea how the Goa'uld 
                         escaped from the SGC?
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         None whatsoever.

               
                                     ELLIOT
                         What about weapons? Do we know what 
                         we might be facing in there?
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Not a clue. Anything else?

               
                                     ELLIOT
                         Sorry, Sir. Just trying to assess the 
                         situation.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Two of my team members were chasing 
                         a Goa'uld. They've been missing four 
                         hours. That's the situation.
 
               
               They run alongside a wire fence.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         This building was the last known location 
                         of Major Carter and Daniel Jackson.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         All right, Elliot. Have your team secure 
                         the perimeter. Keep a channel open. 
                         Teal'c, you're with me.
 
               
                                     ELLIOT
                         Sir! We're not going in with you?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Have your team secure the perimeter. 
                         Do you understand the order?
 
               
                                     ELLIOTT
                         Yes, sir.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Then do it, Lieutenant.

               
               Jack and Teal'c move off.

               
                                     ELLIOT
                         Grogan, Satterfield. Swing around and 
                         cover the other side of the building.
 
                         
               
                                     GROGAN
                         Yes sir.

               
                                     ELLIOT
                         Haley, you're with me.

               
               They move towards the building and hear zat fire.

               
                                     ELLIOT
                         Hold position.

               
                                     GROGAN
                         They're taking fire.

               
                                     ELLIOT
                         Grogan, stay where you are. I mean it.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         (Over radio) Backup. Elliot, get off 
                         the channel. I say again, we need backup.
 
                         
               
                                     ELLIOT
                         Okay, move in. Move in.

               
               They move in to the building.

               
               They enter a room and Elliot raises his weapon.

               
                                     ELLIOT
                         Drop your weapon, Major!

               
               We see Sam holding a zat gun on Daniel who has a gun trained 
               on her. Teal'c and Jack are lying on the floor incapacitated.
 
               
               
                                     CARTER
                         Daniel's become a goa'uld. (In Goa'uld 
                         voice)
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         She's the Goa'uld. Listen to her voice.
 
                         
               
                                     ELLIOT
                         Major, drop that weapon!

               
                                     CARTER
                         I'm Tok'ra. Now listen carefully. Daniel 
                         has become a Goa'uld, we need to get 
                         him back to the SGC. (Goa'uld voice)
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Lieutenant, she's already shot me once 
                         with that thing, if she shoots me again....
 
                         
               
                                     ELLIOT
                         Drop it Major!

               
               There's a standoff. Grogan then shoots Sam and we see they are 
               carrying intars.
 
               
                                     ELLIOT
                         Grogan. What the hell was that?

               
                                     GROGAN
                         She was going to shoot Dr Jackson, Lieutenant. 
                         Two shots from a zat kills.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         That's true but you're wrong about one 
                         thing. (Switches to Goa'uld voice) She's 
                         the Tok'ra, I'm the Goa'uld.
 
               
               Daniel then shoots them all and looks around. Everyone starts 
               to get up.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Oookkkay. We're all dead and there's 
                         an armed Goa'uld on the loose. I got 
                         a problem with that. Anybody else got 
                         a problem with that? Think it over. 
                         Report to the ready line in twenty minutes. 
                         Dismissed. Move!
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Aren't you being a little hard on them? 
                         (Still in Goa'uld voice)
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Would you turn that thing off?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Sorry. (Still in Goa'uld voice)

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         And no, I wasn't being too hard on them.
 
                         
               
               Jack walks off.

               
                                     TITLES
                         
               
               WAREHOUSE

               
               The rookies are lined up in front of Jack and Sam.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         You hesitated Lieutenant.

               
                                     ELLIOT
                         I was assessing the situation, sir.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Okay, we all ended up dead. Assess that.
 
                         
               
                                     ELLIOT
                         I stopped to argue with Grogan and lost 
                         control of the situation.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         And that wasn't even your first mistake. 
                         (Jack points at Satterfield) What's 
                         your excuse?
 
               
                                     SATTERFIELD
                         I didn't believe Dr Jackson was a Goa'uld.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Why not, Satterfield?

               
                                     SATTERFIELD
                         I don't know, ma'am. That was just my 
                         instinct.
 
               
                                     HALEY
                         She thinks he's cute.

               
                                     CARTER
                         You let your personal feelings for the 
                         host, in this case Dr Jackson and myself, 
                         get in the way of what needed to be 
                         done.
 
               
                                     SATTERFIELD
                         Yes, ma'am.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Haley?

               
                                     HALEY
                         I was awaiting Lieutenant Elliot's order, 
                         ma'am.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         To do what?

               
                                     HALEY
                         Shoot `em both. If you don't know who's 
                         Goa'uld and who's Tok'ra, disable them 
                         by whatever means necessary and sort 
                         it out later.
 
               
                                     O' NEILL
                         Thank you. That was your mistake. It's 
                         not always one or the other.
 
               
                                     ELLIOT
                         I understand that Sir. May I ask how 
                         you and Teal'c were taken out?
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         It was part of the scenario.

               
                                     ELLIOT
                         I don't buy that, sir.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Excuse me?

               
                                     ELLIOT
                         You're Special Ops trained, Teal'c is 
                         a former First Prime. There's no way 
                         you'd allow yourself to be taken out 
                         in that situation.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         We were taken by surprise.

               
                                     ELLIOT
                         Then you wouldn't have been able to 
                         call for backup.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         And that's why you hesitated?

               
                                     ELLIOT
                         Yes, Sir.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Okay, so one of your team members distracted 
                         you into getting shot by the enemy and 
                         you want to poke holes in the training 
                         scenario?
 
               
                                     ELLIOT
                         It wasn't a fair test.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         There's such a thing as overthinking 
                         a situation, Lieutenant. When you're 
                         dealing with what we deal with, you've 
                         got to think on your feet and think 
                         fast. These and other cliches will be 
                         available to you all for one more day 
                         of training with me. After that, you'll 
                         either be assigned to an SG team or 
                         not. Dismissed.
 
               
               They leave. Sam walks over to Jack.

               
                                     CARTER
                         You realise he's right about the scenario, 
                         sir.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Yeah, we'll have to fix that for next 
                         time. See you at the garage.
 
               
               Jack walks off.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Sir. Good luck with them.

               
               OUTSIDE THE WAREHOUSE.

               
               Jack walks out and Elliot is waiting.

               
                                     ELLIOT
                         Colonel!

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Something on your mind, Lieutenant?
 
                         
               
                                     ELLIOT
                         I wanted to apologise for the attitude 
                         I gave you back there.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         I like people with attitude. In fact, 
                         I much prefer them to people who suck 
                         up.
 
               
                                     ELLIOT
                         That's not what I was doing, Sir.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         You want my approval? You're a fine 
                         officer. The Air Force has already decided 
                         that or you wouldn't be here. But not 
                         everyone is cut out to go off world.
 
                         
               
                                     ELLIOT
                         I am.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         You don't decide that.

               
                                     ELLIOT
                         What I'm trying to say, sir, is that 
                         I feel like I've trained for this program 
                         my whole life. I don't intend to let 
                         it slip by.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         See that you don't.

               
               Jack walks off.

               
               THE ROOKIES ARE SITTING OUTSIDE ON MILITARY LOOKING VEHICLES.
 
               
               
                                     ELLIOT
                         Maybe he's just not on our side.

               
                                     GROGAN
                         Either that or he just doesn't like 
                         you.
 
               
                                     HALEY
                         Oh, but he loves you.

               
                                     GROGAN
                         I don't think he likes anybody.

               
                                     HALEY
                         You're wrong about that. He'd do anything 
                         for his team.
 
               
                                     SATTERFIELD
                         How do you know?

               
                                     HALEY
                         I saw him in action. He put his life 
                         on the line for us.
 
               
                                     GROGAN
                         Yeah, tell us again Haley. Maybe some 
                         detail you left out the last ten times.
 
                         
               
                                     HALEY
                         Hey. Nobody gets assigned to an SG team 
                         without the recommendation of an SG 
                         team commander. It just so happened 
                         to be Colonel O'Neill's turn and I for 
                         one, don't have a problem with that.
 
                         
               
                                     ELLIOT
                         Why not?

               
                                     HALEY
                         It means if we get chosen, we were chosen 
                         by the best.
 
               
                                     ELLIOT
                         What happens if we don't?

               
                                     HALEY
                         Then let's all decide, right here, right 
                         now. We all make it, together.
 
               
                                     ELLIOT
                         Like the man said, it's not up to us.
 
                         
               
                                     HALEY
                         You're wrong about that too. I'm going 
                         for a run. Who's in?
 
               
                                     SATTERFIELD
                         I'm in.

               
                                     GROGAN
                         All right.

               
               They walk off.

               
                                     ELLIOT
                         Later.

               
               COMMISSARY

               
               Jack picks up a banana and red jello and walks to a table carrying 
               reports. He walks past Sam at a table.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Colonel. I thought you'd have gone home 
                         for the night.
 
               
               Jack sits down with Sam.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         I thought about it. But I wanted to 
                         finish up these training reports.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         What do you think of Lieutenant Elliot?
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         He thinks too much which makes him indecisive. 
                         He's trying to figure out what I want 
                         instead of trusting his instincts.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Or, he's very intelligent, recognises 
                         the whole point of this training program 
                         is to introduce non-terrestrial factors 
                         in our approach to a problem and he 
                         respects you more than you know.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         You bought his excuse for hesitating, 
                         didn't you?
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Well, he was right. You would never 
                         had let it happen. I think he was giving 
                         you the benefit of the doubt.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         I think he was tap dancing.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Well, you have to admit he's got leadership 
                         potential.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Do I?

               
                                     CARTER
                         Grogan. He'll make a fine addition to 
                         an SG team one day.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         He'll make a fine target. He's good 
                         at getting shot.
 
               
               Sam laughs.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Okay, Satterfield's bright.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         I give her high marks for her high marks. 
                         I'd never go into combat with her.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Then there's Haley.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Oh yeah. Four foot nine fightin' machine.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Colonel.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         All right. Fine. They're the future 
                         of the Air Force, the program, the entire 
                         planet. God help us.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Try to remember when you were in their 
                         shoes.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         I wore boots.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Think back to when you were their age.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         I was never their age.

               
               Sam finishes her jello and gets up.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Goodnight, Sir.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         What?

               
               OUTSIDE THE WAREHOUSE

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Inside that building is a valuable piece 
                         of alien technology. Two things stand 
                         in your way. Opposing fire and time. 
                         The Stargate will only be open for another 
                         twelve minutes and it's a half a mile 
                         away. Is that clear?
 
               
                                     ELLIOT
                         Yes, Sir.

               
               Jack hits a button on a laptop and barrels and burnt out cars 
               start to burn.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Conduct yourselves as though this were 
                         the real thing. The clock starts now.
 
                         
               
               Jack hits another button on the laptop and a smoke bomb goes 
               off.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Move `em out Lieutenant.

               
                                     ELLIOT
                         Sir! Team advance! (Little unsure here)
 
                         
               
               The team moves out. Around them barrels explode. They move forward 
               and reach the warehouse. They enter and Jack starts shooting 
               at them.
 
               
                                     ELLIOT
                         Take cover! Second level.

               
               They move forward and Jack continues shooting.

               
                                     GROGAN
                         Yeah, sure he's on our side.

               
                                     ELLIOT
                         Grogan, you're with me. Haley, Satterfield, 
                         cover fire. Now!
 
               
               Elliot and Grogan move forward and Grogan is shot. Elliot pulls 
               him out of the line of fire. Haley and Satterfield join them.
 
               
               
                                     HALEY
                         He broke contact.

               
                                     GROGAN
                         What the hell was that?

               
                                     SATTERFIELD
                         Colonel's got his intar on max.

               
                                     ELLIOT
                         We gotta keep moving. (To Grogan) Can 
                         you get out of here on your own?
 
               
                                     GROGAN
                         Yeah, I think so.

               
                                     ELLIOT
                         We've got seven minutes. We'll need 
                         three to get to the Gate at a dead run. 
                         Let's go.
 
               
               Elliot, Haley and Satterfield go.

               
               They move through the warehouse.

               
                                     HALEY
                         I'm picking up some kind of radiation. 
                         Here.
 
               
               Satterfield finds the controls and lowers a bundle from the ceiling.
 
               
               
                                     ELLIOT
                         All right, what have we got this time?
 
                         
               
               He unwraps it and Haley opens it.

               
                                     SATTERFIELD
                         Could be some sort of Goa'uld power 
                         source.
 
               
                                     ELLIOT
                         Okay, Haley, wrap it up. We don't have 
                         a lot of time.
 
               
                                     HALEY
                         Yes, Sir. Whoa! Dammit.

               
                                     ELLIOT
                         What?

               
                                     HALEY
                         Booby trap.

               
                                     SATTERFIELD
                         It's counting down in Goa'uld.

               
                                     ELLIOT
                         How much time?

               
                                     SATTERFIELD
                         Ninety seconds.

               
                                     HALEY
                         I can try to disarm it.

               
                                     ELLIOT
                         There's not enough time.

               
                                     HALEY
                         Well what do you want me to do?

               
               OUTSIDE THE WAREHOUSE.

               
               Jack is waiting, looking at his watch. The team come out minus 
               Grogan.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Where is it?

               
                                     ELLIOT
                         We couldn't get the device Sir. There 
                         was a booby trap.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Really?

               
                                     HALEY
                         Five seconds.

               
               The object explodes in the background.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Did you try to disarm the device?

               
                                     ELLIOT
                         Negative Sir, we only had ninety seconds.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Ninety seconds? (To Haley) Could you 
                         have disabled the device in ninety seconds?
 
                         
               
                                     HALEY
                         I supported Lieutenant Elliot's decision 
                         to pull out Sir.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         I don't care if you support him or not. 
                         Could you have disarmed the device?
 
                         
               
                                     HALEY
                         Possibly.

               
                                     ELLIOT
                         I put the lives of my team members first 
                         Sir.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Really? Where's Grogan?

               
               They look around.

               
                                     ELLIOT
                         I ordered him to get out.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Did you see him get out?

               
                                     ELLIOT
                         No Sir.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Grogan was just killed in that explosion.
 
                         
               
                                     ELLIOT
                         He should have been out here by now.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         You left one of your team members behind. 
                         That's one thing I will not tolerate, 
                         Lieutenant!
 
               
               Jack's phone starts to ring. He walks away and answers it.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         O'Neill.

               
                                     SATTERFIELD
                         Saved by the cell.

               
               Grogan walks up behind them.

               
                                     GROGAN
                         Sorry. Colonel shot me again. How we 
                         doing?
 
               
                                     SATTERFIELD
                         You were killed in the explosion.

               
                                     ELLIOT
                         I washed out.

               
                                     SATTERFIELD
                         You don't know that.

               
                                     HALEY
                         Guys, something's going on.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Sierra Golf Niner. Code Foxtrot Alpha 
                         Six.
 
               
                                     GROGAN
                         Maybe he's ordering our execution?
 
                         
               
                                     ELLIOT
                         Shut up.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Confirmed. Foothold Sierra Golf Charlie. 
                         Understood. Out.
 
               
               Jack walks back.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Training's over.

               
                                     ELLIOT
                         What?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         I said training's over. Go home until 
                         someone from the Air Force contacts 
                         you.
 
               
                                     ELLIOT
                         Sir I think we deserve to know...

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Dammit Elliot, what am I going to have 
                         to do...
 
               
               Jack turns around as three vehicles pull up and marines get out. 
               Jack pulls out the intar clip and replaces it with bullets.
 
               
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Wait here.

               
               He walks off to the marines.

               
                                     ELLIOT
                         He said Sierra Golf Charlie.

               
                                     GROGAN
                         Stargate Command.

               
                                     SATTERFIELD
                         He also said the word `foothold'

               
                                     HALEY
                         Alien incursion.

               
                                     GROGAN
                         Lieutenant?

               
                                     ELLIOT
                         Everybody set their intars to maximum.
 
                         
               
                                     GROGAN
                         Those are our guys.

               
                                     ELLIOT
                         Do it Grogan.

               
               As they watch Jack suddenly pulls his gun and shoots three of 
               the men. The fourth gets off a shot at Jack before he is taken 
               out.
 
               
                                     GROGAN
                         We have to help him!

               
                                     ELLIOT
                         Hold your position.

               
               Jack gets up and they run towards him. Jack has been shot in 
               the side.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         You're all dismissed!

               
                                     ELLIOT
                         Colonel, you're injured. Satterfield.
 
                         
               
               Jack waves her off.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Stay together as long as you can. Don't 
                         trust anybody until I contact you.
 
                         
               
                                     ELLIOT
                         You're injured. You're gonna need help.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         This is not an exercise.

               
                                     ELLIOT
                         No Sir. It's a foothold situation, from 
                         what we just saw, it's already reached 
                         outside the SGC. You need our help.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Forgive my bluntness, Lieutenant, but 
                         I was just about to fail you. I'm not 
                         sure I want your help.
 
               
                                     ELLIOT
                         Can't speak to that, Sir, but at the 
                         moment, we're all you've got.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         God help me.

               
               Jack walks off and they follow.

               
               FOREST OUTSIDE THE MOUNTAIN.

               
               Jack and the team reach the same access point Sam used in Foothold 
               to escape the mountain.
 
               
                                     ELLIOT
                         What's our first objective once we make 
                         it down?
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Armoury.

               
                                     ELLIOT
                         Then what?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Then we look for Major Carter, if she's 
                         still alive. She's the one that got 
                         the word out.
 
               
               Jack lights something to get the hatch open.

               
                                     GROGAN
                         What happens if they've changed the 
                         access codes?
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Tear gas.

               
               Jack opens a panel and inputs a code. He then opens the hatch 
               and Elliot checks it.
 
               
                                     ELLIOT
                         Clear.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Lieutenant. Take point. Carter's lab's 
                         on sub-level 19.
 
               
               They climb in.

               
               INSIDE THE SGC.

               
               The team come in the same door Carter went out in Foothold. They 
               move out weapons raised and we see them on the base security 
               camera.
 
               
               ARMOURY

               
               Jack hands out weapons.

               
                                     ELLIOT
                         Sir, I thought we weren't authorised 
                         to use lethal force.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         I want you all to have backup. Just 
                         in case.
 
               
               They hear noises and Jack indicates they should move into the 
               armoury.
 
               
               Teal'c comes into shot with two SF's.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Major Carter has escaped custody. You 
                         will search sublevels 14 through 20 
                         until she is located.
 
               
               The SF's leave. Teal'c talks into his radio.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Daniel Jackson. General Hammond has 
                         been captured by my forces. And he is 
                         the last to be conformed. I have despatched 
                         units to locate Major Carter. She will 
                         be put to death as you have ordered.
 
                         
               
               Teal'c walks off.

               
               CORRIDOR.

               
               The team move down, weapons raised. They come round a corner 
               and shoot the SF on guard with their intars. Elliot takes out 
               his access card and swipes it through the door. They pull him 
               in with them and enter Carter's lab. Jack sits down and Haley 
               goes to the computer.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Gather up any other weapons you can 
                         find and lock `em up somewhere.
 
               
                                     ELLIOT
                         We could use them.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Got enough intar rounds to take out 
                         everybody in the mountain three times 
                         over. Plus your backup weapons.
 
               
                                     HALEY
                         I think I found something.

               
               She brings up the security screens.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         All right. This is a problem.

               
                                     HALEY
                         The Gate's active, Sir.

               
                                     ELLIOT
                         Can we shut it down from here?

               
                                     HALEY
                         Not a chance. The dialling computer's 
                         isolated from the base mainframe.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Then that's our first order of business.
 
                         
               
               Haley then brings up a camera on Hammond's office. Daniel is 
               sitting in the General's chair.
 
               
                                     ELLIOT
                         Looks like their leader is Dr Jackson.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         I always knew he wanted that office.
 
                         
               
               On the camera, Daniel then walks into the briefing room and puts 
               his hands over something on the briefing room table. It glows.
 
               
               
                                     ELLIOT
                         What is that?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         It's not our normal centre piece.

               
                                     SATTERFIELD
                         Okay, so he's just possessed by something. 
                         We gotta save him. Haley, can you get 
                         me a closer view on that?
 
               
                                     HALEY
                         I'll try.

               
               She zooms in and Daniel takes his hands off.

               
                                     SATTERFIELD
                         Can't make out the writing.

               
                                     ELLIOT
                         Maybe Dr Jackson took photos. Check 
                         out his office one level up. Grogan, 
                         make sure she gets there. Report when 
                         you've got something.
 
               
                                     GROGAN
                         Yes, sir.

               
                                     ELLIOT
                         Haley, you and I will shut down the 
                         Gate.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Yep, let's move out.

               
                                     ELLIOT
                         Sir. You're in no shape to do this.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         I've been worse.

               
                                     ELLIOT
                         We can handle this Sir. You're no good 
                         to us if you're dead.
 
               
               Jack pulls out his access card.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Stay on channel 12. This'll get you 
                         anywhere in the base. (Hands it to Haley) 
                         Remember, those are our people out there.
 
                         
               
                                     ELLIOT
                         We'll get `em back Sir.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Yeah.

               
               They leave. Jack looks at his wound.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Damn.

               
               ANOTHER CORRIDOR.

               
               Haley and Elliot move down the corridor. The turn a corner and 
               come across some SF's.
 
               
                                     ELLIOT
                         Wrong turn.

               
               They start firing.

               
               OUTSIDE DANIEL'S OFFICE.

               
               Satterfield and Grogan shoot the SF outside. They take his access 
               card and enter, pulling the SF with them.
 
               
               CORRIDOR.

               
               Haley and Elliot continue firing.

               
               DANIEL'S OFFICE.

               
               Satterfield picks up an artefact and looks round.

               
                                     GROGAN
                         We're not here on the tour, Satterfield.
 
                         
               
                                     SATTERFIELD
                         Right.

               
               She goes to his computer.

               
               CORRIDOR.

               
               Haley and Elliot have taken out some of the SF's and Haley stops 
               to reload. Another SF comes towards her and she has to shoot 
               him with her backup weapon.
 
               
                                     HALEY
                         I didn't have a choice.

               
                                     ELLIOT
                         You did the right thing.

               
                                     HALEY
                         I've.. never..

               
                                     ELLIOT
                         Haley. Let's get `em out of sight.
 
                         
               
               They move him.

               
               DANIEL'S OFFICE.

               
               Satterfield is still at the computer.

               
                                     SATTTERFIELD
                         I've got it. (She thumbs her radio) 
                         Lieutenant, Satterfield.
 
               
                                     ELLIOT
                         What have you got?

               
                                     SATTERFIELD
                         I've found photos of the device that 
                         reveal an obscure dialect SG-1 found 
                         on the planet Argos. P3X8596. Rough 
                         translation. `Gift from on high' I think 
                         we're looking at a Goa'uld trojan horse.
 
                         
               
                                     ELLIOT
                         Colonel, are you reading this?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Yeah, I read you. That's enough chatter, 
                         huh?
 
               
                                     ELLIOT
                         The Goa'uld Pelops used nanotechnology 
                         to rapidly age the people on Argos.
 
                         
               
                                     HALEY
                         Well let's get a blood sample from one 
                         of the SF's.
 
               
                                     ELLIOT
                         First we shut down the Gate.

               
               They leave.

               
               CARTER'S LAB.

               
               The phone rings. Jack answers it.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         O'Neill. Yeah, I got `em.

               
               Jack goes back to the computer screen and sees Elliot and Haley 
               outside the Gateroom.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Elliot, get out of there! (Over his 
                         radio) That's an order.
 
               
                                     ELLIOT
                         Colonel, we're at the Gateroom.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Pull back to my position.

               
                                     ELLIOT
                         Yes, sir.

               
               CARTER'S LAB.

               
               All the team is there.

               
                                     HALEY
                         Oh my god, this blood is teeming with 
                         nanobots. The nanobots must somehow 
                         rewire the brain and make people responsive 
                         to the suggestions from the alien device 
                         that we saw in the briefing room.
 
                         
               
                                     SATTERFIELD
                         So the nanobots work together as some 
                         kind of receiver?
 
               
                                     ELLIOT
                         Well that's how they worked on Argos. 
                         Right, Colonel?
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         I was a hundred years old at the time. 
                         The memory's the first to go.
 
               
                                     SATTERFIELD
                         Maybe we can find out how they communicate 
                         with the master and shut it down.
 
                         
               
                                     HALEY
                         No, there are no analogue or digital 
                         signals being transmitted.
 
               
                                     ELLIOT
                         Then we need to shut down the device 
                         in the briefing room.
 
               
                                     GROGAN
                         That level's heavily guarded.

               
                                     HALEY
                         We still need to get control of the 
                         Stargate.
 
               
                                     ELLIOT
                         If we take out the briefing room at 
                         the same time, you'll have a better 
                         chance to get into the Gateroom and 
                         lock out the dialling computer.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         That's the plan then. Take corridor 
                         C19.
 
               
                                     ELLIOT
                         Sir.

               
               They move out. Jack then gets up, seemingly in no pain and picks 
               up the phone.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         They're on their way.

               
               CORRIDOR

               
               The team moves down the corridor and suddenly Sam walks round 
               the corner.
 
               
                                     ELLIOT
                         Major Carter.

               
                                     CARTER
                         What are you doing here?

               
                                     ELLIOT
                         Just helping out, Ma'am. Satterfield, 
                         check the Major for weapons.
 
               
                                     GROGAN
                         She was captured by the aliens, sir. 
                         We can't trust her.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         I escaped. Where's Colonel O'Neill?
 
                         
               
                                     ELLIOT
                         We'll take you to him.

               
                                     SATTERFIELD
                         She's clear.

               
                                     ELLIOT
                         This way please.

               
               The team follows Sam down the hall.

               
               CARTER'S LAB.

               
               Jack is untying the SF just as the door opens.

               
                                     ELLIOT
                         Colonel.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         I was about to interrogate the prisoner.
 
                         
               
                                     ELLIOT
                         No. You weren't.

               
               Elliot then shoots the SF.

               
                                     ELLIOT
                         Step away from the prisoner please Colonel.
 
                         
               
               Sam then grabs Satterfield's backup weapon and pulls it on Jack.
 
               
               
                                     CARTER
                         Colonel O'Neill's obviously been compromised. 
                         I'll take it from here.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Lieutenant, you've only been gone for 
                         two minutes, there's no way in that 
                         time..
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         You saw what he was doing.

               
                                     ELLIOT
                         Why d'you pull us out of the Gateroom, 
                         sir?
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         It was an ambush, a trap.

               
                                     ELLIOT
                         I don't buy it Sir.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Look, I am your commanding officer...
 
                         
               
               Elliot shoots Jack.

               
                                     ELLIOT
                         Return Satterfield's weapon, please 
                         Major. We've got a job to do.
 
               
               She does so.

               
                                     CARTER
                         How did you know you could trust me?
 
                         
               
                                     ELLIOT
                         Haley figured the Goa'uld markers in 
                         your blood wouldn't allow you to be 
                         influenced by Goa'uld designed nanotechnology.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Lucky me.

               
                                     HALEY
                         Yes, ma'am.

               
                                     CARTER
                         I need to stay here to work on a cure, 
                         can you take out the device on your 
                         own?
 
               
                                     ELLIOT
                         Yes, ma'am.

               
                                     CARTER
                         You'll also need to shut..

               
                                     ELLIOT
                         Shut down the Stargate. Yes ma'am, we're 
                         on it.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Good luck, Lieutenant.

               
               The team moves out. Sam looks down at Jack, who is opening his 
               eyes.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Whoops.

               
               ANOTHER CORRIDOR.

               
                                     ELLIOT
                         Everybody clear on your assignments?
 
                         
               
                                     SATTERFIELD
                         Yeah.

               
                                     GROGAN
                         Yes, sir.

               
                                     ELLIOT
                         Grogan, just make sure you take out 
                         Daniel.
 
               
                                     GROGAN
                         It's done.

               
               Elliot opens another one of those access hatches in the wall 
               and Satterfield checks it. They all get in.
 
               
               CARTER'S LAB.

               
               Jack is still on the floor in pain.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Colonel O'Neill has been compromised?
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         They didn't take corridor C19 like you 
                         told them to.
 
               
               Sam helps Jack to get up.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Crafty little buggers.

               
                                     CARTER
                         At least we pulled it off.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Yeah. Ow. God!

               
                                     CARTER
                         Well, you did order them to set their 
                         training weapons to maximum stun, sir.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Yes, I did. It's only because Daniel's 
                         had it so easy on this one. Everybody 
                         upstairs?
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         General Hammond and the Pentagon staff 
                         are monitoring from the security office 
                         on Level 16. Uh, sir, if you don't mind, 
                         your wound is getting all over my lab.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Hmm. Sorry.

               
               Jack walks out and Sam follows.

               
               SECURITY OFFICE.

               
               Hammond and General Kerrigan from Prodigy are there.

               
                                     KERRIGAN
                         Same wager as last time, George?

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Well that's hardly fair. These people 
                         are against SG-1.
 
               
                                     KERRIGAN
                         I'll give you double or nothing.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Well, in that case, how can I refuse?
 
                         
               
                                     KERRIGAN
                         You never could. So how's the pilot 
                         training program coming along so far? 
                         Latest batch of graduates working out?
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         We believe they're fairing better than 
                         new team members in the past.
 
               
                                     KERRIGAN
                         Makes sense. Up until this point, we've 
                         only been training our people to defend 
                         this country. Now that we're in the 
                         business of defending the planet.
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         That's exactly right. In fact in next 
                         year's SGC budget, I'm proposing an 
                         off world training facility.
 
               
                                     KERRIGAN
                         Must drive everyone a little crazy tying 
                         up several floors of the SGC every few 
                         months to run these scenarios.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         My people are happy to co- operate. 
                         Elliot certainly seems confident.
 
                         
               
                                     KERRIGAN
                         Top of his class in the Academy. You 
                         should have seen his face when I told 
                         him about the special training he'd 
                         been hand picked for.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         I can imagine. They should be emerging 
                         from the access shaft on sub level 27.
 
                         
               
                                     KERRIGAN
                         Looks like they've split up, George. 
                         Grogan just came out on sub level 26.
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Apparently, Lieutenant Elliot is planning 
                         on assaulting the briefing room from 
                         several points of access.
 
               
               Jack and Sam walk in.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         General. Generals.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         What do you think of their strategy 
                         so far Colonel?
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Oh it's hard to say. But I think he 
                         knows it's a test.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         How's that?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Well I pulled them out of the Gateroom 
                         just as SG3 was coming back. What's 
                         with those Marines anyway? Don't they 
                         know we've got a scenario playing out 
                         here?
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         They were under heavy fire from a Goa'uld, 
                         Colonel.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Well, if he knows it's an exercise, 
                         he won't show it. However he did appear 
                         to enjoy shooting me.
 
               
                                     KERRIGAN
                         In light of SG3's emergency, maybe we 
                         should call off the exercise?
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         I don't think so, General. They all 
                         made it back. Besides, Elliot's team 
                         is almost ready to launch their attack 
                         on Dr Jackson.
 
               
               HAMMOND'S OFFICE

               
               Daniel is sat in Hammond's chair reading a report and Teal'c 
               is sitting opposite him looking in a magnifying glass.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         You know, I have to tell you, I like 
                         this scenario way better than the last 
                         one. Have you ever tried this chair, 
                         this is like, really comfortable.
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Indeed I have not.

               
               The phone rings.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Hello.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Have fun Daniel.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Yeah, you did tell them to take me prisoner 
                         this time and not shoot me, right? Right?
 
                         
               
               Jack just puts the phone down.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Hello?

               
               There is gunfire in the background. Daniel and Teal'c get up 
               and go into the briefing room. Elliot comes up the stairs from 
               the control room and takes out an SF. Grogan comes down the other 
               stairs and takes out another one. Daniel zats Grogan.
 
               
                                     SATTERFIELD
                         Dr Jackson?

               
               Satterfield shoots Daniel. Elliot then shoots Teal'c.

               
                                     SATTERFIELD
                         So sorry.

               
               Elliot throws some C4 to Satterfield.

               
                                     ELLIOT
                         Rig the charge, I'll get Grogan out 
                         of here.
 
               
               She starts to rig the charge.

               
                                     ELLIOT
                         Come on, let's go.

               
               Elliot picks up Grogan.

               
                                     GROGAN
                         Ohhh.

               
                                     ELLIOT
                         Had to hurt a little.

               
                                     GROGAN
                         Did we pull it off?

               
                                     ELLIOT
                         Almost.

               
               Satterfield shuts the door behind them.

               
                                     SATTERFIELD
                         Fifteen seconds.

               
               Satterfield suddenly gets up and runs into Hammond's office.
 
               
               
                                     ELLIOT
                         Satterfield!

               
               She grabs Daniel and moves him away from the door.

               
                                     SATTERFIELD
                         Four.

               
               They cover their ears and the timer hits zero. Nothing happens.
 
               
               
                                     ELLIOT
                         Did you...?

               
                                     SATTERFIELD
                         I set it. Something's wrong.

               
               They get up and go to the door to the briefing room. They enter 
               to see Sam, Jack, Hammond, Teal'c and Daniel waiting for them. 
               Jack is waving the block of C4.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Modelling clay doesn't pack much of 
                         a punch does it?
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         We've been watching your every move 
                         since your arrival, Lieutenant. Welcome 
                         to Stargate Command.
 
               
                                     ELLIOT
                         Yes, Sir.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         You may have noticed I lied a little 
                         bit about the foothold situation.
 
                         
               
                                     SATTERFIELD
                         But you were shot?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         So it appeared.

               
                                     ELLIOT
                         Haley killed an SF.

               
                                     CARTER
                         The SF's you were fighting were using 
                         blank cartridges, same as your back 
                         up weapons.
 
               
                                     GROGAN
                         Then you staged the whole thing when 
                         you shot that General back at the training 
                         complex?
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Yep.

               
                                     CARTER
                         It was important for us to know how 
                         you'd react in a real life situation 
                         before you encountered one like it offworld.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         You weren't a little bit suspicious, 
                         Lieutenant?
 
               
                                     ELLIOT
                         No Sir. How did we do?

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         The entire exercise was recorded Lieutenant 
                         and will be properly reviewed before 
                         making a final assessment. But I'm sure 
                         you did very well.
 
               
                                     GROGAN
                         We kicked ass!

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         You got yourself shot again, Grogan. 
                         Don't be so cocky.
 
               
               Daniel nudges Satterfield.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Yeah, thanks for the rescue by the way.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Where's Lieutenant Haley?

               
                                     ELLIOT
                         (over radio) Haley, report. Haley. (to 
                         others) She must still be in the Gateroom.
 
                         
               
                                     TANNOY
                         Unscheduled offworld activation.

               
               Everyone goes to the briefing room window. Sam grabs Grogan's 
               radio.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Haley, evacuate the Gateroom.

               
               The Gate activates. Haley is caught in some sparks from the panel 
               she is working on and collapses. Everyone moves down to the Control 
               Room.
 
               
               CONTROL ROOM

               
               Sam goes to a computer.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Sir, I can't close the iris. There's 
                         radiation coming through the Stargate. 
                         Sir, you have to order an evacuation 
                         of this level.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         This is Hammond. All personnel evacuate 
                         Level 28 immediately. This is not a 
                         drill, I repeat this is not a drill.
 
                         
               
                                     ELLIOT
                         What about Haley?

               
               Jack looks at his watch.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         She's already dead.

               
               GATEROOM

               
               Haley is lying unconscious on the floor.

               
               CONTROL ROOM

               
                                     GROGAN
                         What kind of radiation are we talking 
                         about?
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Gamma. Probably from the Goa'uld SG3 
                         just barely got away from.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         I like to know why in God's name we 
                         were unable to close the iris.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         In the foothold test scenario, Lieutenant 
                         Haley was trying to shut down Gate control. 
                         She must have found a way to take our 
                         controls off line.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         She's very smart, sir.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Apparently.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         We should head up to the security office 
                         on 16.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         We can monitor the Gateroom from there.
 
                         
               
               They leave.

               
               ELEVATOR

               
               Everyone walks out into the corridor.

               
                                     CARTER
                         We never thought she'd get around our 
                         command codes, at the moment she did, 
                         we came under attack. It's a worst case 
                         scenario.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         What are our options?

               
                                     CARTER
                         The only way to stop it is to manually 
                         close the iris but at these radiation 
                         levels it would be suicide.
 
               
               They walk towards the security office and we see Elliot has sneaked 
               off.
 
               
               SECURITY OFFICE

               
               Sam looks for access card.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Major?

               
                                     CARTER
                         My access card, sir.

               
               Elliot goes back down in the elevator.

               
               SECURITY OFFICE

               
               We see Hammond, Sam, Jack, Grogan and Satterfield enter the security 
               office on one of the cameras. Kerrigan is in there. Sam sits 
               down and pulls up a camera.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         There he is.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Lieutenant Elliot, this is General Hammond. 
                         If you enter that Gateroom, you're going 
                         to be killed by radiation poisoning. 
                         Now I'm ordering you..
 
               
               They see Elliot reach the Gateroom and he looks into the camera 
               before entering.
 
               
               GATEROOM.

               
               Elliot goes to the sparking panel.

               
               SECURITY OFFICE

               
               We see Elliot is at the panel.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         He's gonna get it closed.

               
                                     SATTERFIELD
                         That much radiation... he's already dead, 
                         isn't he?
 
               
               GATEROOM

               
               The iris closes. Elliot goes to Haley.

               
                                     ELLIOT
                         (on his radio) Haley's still alive, 
                         we need a medical team down here. I 
                         say again, Haley needs help in here.
 
                         
               
               Elliot picks up Haley. The gate shuts down and the blast door 
               open. Jack, Sam, Daniel, Teal'c, Grogan and Satterfield are all 
               in there applauding.
 
               
                                     ELLIOT
                         You've got to be kidding me.

               
                                     HALEY
                         You can put me down now, hero.

               
                                     ELLIOT
                         You were in on it.

               
                                     HALEY
                         How do you think I was able to show 
                         you nanobots if they don't really exist?
 
                         
               
                                     ELLIOT
                         I'm gonna kill you.

               
                                     HALEY
                         You should have seen what they put me 
                         through.
 
               
               The doors open. Jack and Hammond walk in.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         SG teams require the commitment to go 
                         above and beyond the call of duty. You've 
                         just demonstrated that, Lieutenant.
 
                         
               
                                     ELLIOT
                         Yes, sir.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         After a few days rest, you're to report 
                         back to the SGC, where you will be assigned 
                         to SG17 under Major Mansfield.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         If you think I was tough on you.

               
                                     ELLIOT
                         What about the rest of the team?

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         They will be assigned to SG teams as 
                         positions become available down the 
                         road. But the first assignment is yours.
 
                         
               
                                     ELLIOT
                         Yes, sir.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Congratulations, son.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Good job. Hey, you knew it was a test 
                         when you shot me, right?
 
               
                                     ELLIOT
                         Well maybe, suspected.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         And you really think the test is over 
                         now?
 
               
               The alarms go off as they walk past.

               
               THE END

               

Proving Ground



Writers :   Ron Wilkerson
Genres :   Sci-Fi  Action  Adventure


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