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                                      STARGATE SG1

                                      Episode 506

                                   "RITE OF PASSAGE"

                                           By

                                    Heather E. Ash




               We begin with a lovely rectangle shaped cake with white icing, 
               and the words "HAPPY BIRTHDAY CASSANDRA" written on it. A woman is 
               lighting the last of 16 candles. Camera pans out
               ... it's Janet with Sam right next to her.
 
               
                                     JANET
                         (Shouting) Cassandra?! I'm not imagining 
                         it, I mean she WAS here ... was she 
                         not?
 
               
                                     SAM
                         (Sarcastically) Yeah! For almost the 
                         entire time she was opening her presents.
 
                         
               
                                     JANET
                         (Shouting) Cassie!?

               
                                     CASSIE
                         (With attitude) WHAT?! (She comes storming 
                         in brushing her hair.)
 
               
                                     JANET
                         I thought you were wearing the top that 
                         Sam bought you.
 
               
                                     CASSIE
                         (Wearing a tight fitting, yellow tank 
                         top type shirt) Oh! Well, that's for 
                         school.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         Hey! (Clears throat) Make a wish!

               
                                     JANET
                         Yeah.

               
                                     CASSIE
                         Dominique's waiting.

               
                                     JANET
                         Fine! Invite him in ... (Pointed) I'm 
                         sure he'd like to have a piece of Birthday 
                         Cake that Sam went _to_all_the_trouble_to 
                         ... bake.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         (Softly, under her breath to Janet) 
                         Buy.
 
               
                                     JANET
                         (Loudly, pointed) Bring!

               
                                     SAM
                         (Cheerfully) I'd love to meet him.
 
                         
               
                                     CASSIE
                         You said I could *Go*.

               
                                     JANET
                         (Looking lovely with her hair down in 
                         a pretty blue shirt) Yeah, I did ... 
                         after.
 
               
                                     CASSIE
                         We're meeting a bunch of people.

               
                                     JANET
                         (Walking toward her) You know, considering 
                         you haven't been feeling well, I think 
                         you're just lucky I even let you go 
                         out at all.
 
               
               There is tension in the air. Cassie is staring at Janet, who's 
               decided to put on her "I'm a doctor " face. Sam's looking away.
 
               
               
                                     CASSIE
                         FINE!

               
                                     SAM
                         You know, I could just ...

               
                                     JANET
                         (Putting up her hand) Uuuhhh ... *SHE* 
                         is going to *HAVE* a piece of Birthday 
                         Cake, you just stay right where you 
                         are. (Picks up Cassie's brush and throws 
                         it down) (Cheerfully) Coffee?
 
               
                                     SAM
                         Please.

               
                                     CASSIE
                         (Walking outside) They're NOT letting 
                         me leave yet, so, I mean if you want 
                         to meet up with everybody ...
 
               
                                     DOMINIQUE
                         Wait a second ... here.

               
                                     CASSIE
                         (He gave her a prism shaped like a pyramid) 
                         Just like the ones in class.
 
               
                                     DOMINIQUE
                         Yeah, well, you ... you said it was 
                         pretty, so ... This one's for decoration, 
                         so ... I thought you could put it in 
                         your room.
 
               
               Cassie puts it up to the light, and makes a rainbow of colors 
               appear on his face. He smiles, and steps up to her, and kisses 
               her. The porch light flickers as they are kissing, (Janet and 
               Sam are shown inside with the flickering lights) then the light 
               falls down. a Thud is heard while Dominique is shown in the dark.
 
               
               
                                     DOMINIQUE
                         Cassandra?! (Sam and Janet are shown 
                         inside drinking coffee) HELP! (Sam and 
                         Janet run outside)
 
               
                                     SAM
                         (To Dominique) What happened?!

               
                                     DOMINIQUE
                         Nothing! She just fell.

               
                                     JANET
                         She's running a temperature. (To Dominique) 
                         What was she doing when she "Just fell" 
                         ?
 
               
                                     DOMINIQUE
                         I ... I kissed her.

               
                                     SAM
                         (Surprised) (Forcefully turning him 
                         to face her) You KISSED Her?!
 
               
                                     DOMINIQUE
                         It's her birthday all right? (Panicked) 
                         Look, I'm telling you! The light just 
                         exploded, and she just ... passed out! 
                         That's what happened!
 
               
                                     JANET
                         I want to get her to the infirmary. 
                         Get the car keys. Cass? Baby? Cassie? 
                         Cassie?
 
               
               OPENING CREDITS

               
               Cassie's passed out in the bed. Sam's sitting with her.

               
                                     JACK
                         How's she doing?

               
                                     SAM
                         (Faces him) Her fever still hasn't come 
                         down.
 
               
                                     JANET
                         (Walking in) Sam? I need to get a sample 
                         of your blood. Cassandra's bloodwork 
                         shows the presence of a retrovirus.
 
                         
               
                                     JACK 
                         Didn't she just get over the flu?

               
                                     JANET
                         Well, whatever this is ... it isn't 
                         the flu.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         You think there's a causal relationship 
                         between the retrovirus and the EM field?
 
                         
               
                                     JANET
                         Possibly.

               
                                     JACK
                         (To Sam) What?

               
                                     SAM
                         Cassandra's body is somehow generating 
                         a low lever electromagnetic field that's 
                         periodically spiking. That could be 
                         why the light exploded on the porch.
 
                         
               
                                     JANET
                         And why I can't do an MRI to find out 
                         what other effects this retrovirus is 
                         having.
 
               
                                     CASSIE
                         Mom?

               
                                     JANET
                         I'm here.

               
                                     CASSIE
                         I couldn't finish the harvest.

               
                                     JANET
                         (Glances back at Sam) That's OK.

               
                                     CASSIE
                         I have to go into the forest.

               
                                     SAM
                         It's OK, Cassie.

               
               Janet begins to prepare a needle as the light flickers. Cassie's 
               out again.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Do I need to put the base under quarantine?
 
                         
               
                                     JANET
                         I don't think it's contagious, Sir. 
                         Major Carter and I show no evidence 
                         of the retrovirus in our blood.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Then where did Cassandra contract it?
 
                         
               
                                     JANET
                         I'm guessing her home planet.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Cassandra has not been to that planet 
                         in several years.
 
               
                                     JANET
                         Retroviruses can exist in the body for 
                         years undetected before the symptoms 
                         first appear. When it does emerge, it 
                         begins to rewrite the individual's DNA 
                         in order to replicate. I've compared 
                         this one with every retrovirus on record, 
                         and it doesn't match any of them.
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         So, there's obviously no vaccine.

               
                                     JANET
                         (Shakes head) I've been giving her antiviral 
                         medications, but new tests show it's 
                         spread to her cerebral spinal fluid. 
                         At this moment, I'm more concerned with 
                         brain damage.
 
               
                                     DANNY
                         (Walking in) I was just going thru the 
                         reports of SG-7 from P8X-987 ...
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Morning.

               
                                     DANNY
                         (Looking up) Morning! In the three months 
                         on Cassandra's planet, SG-7 witnessed 
                         2 instances of high fever and hallucination 
                         in teenagers Cassandra's age. The villagers 
                         called it the mind fire, I found some 
                         digital video footage ...
 
               
                                     MAN
                         (On video) (A child appears to be seizing) 
                         Alright this way! GO! (A child is heard 
                         gasping and coughing) SHe's frothing! 
                         (at the mouth )... what's WRONG with 
                         her?! (More gasping and coughing)
 
                         
               
                                     DANNY
                         (Pauses video) There's more ... you 
                         get the idea.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         How did they treat it?

               
                                     DANNY
                         SG-7 offered medicine, but the villagers 
                         thought that these children were touched 
                         by the gods, and interfering would cause 
                         retribution.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         What happened to them?

               
                                     DANNY
                         There were send alone in the forest 
                         near the village (Janet looks at Sam 
                         when she hears forest), and after several 
                         days they came back ... CURED.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         How?

               
                                     DANNY
                         SG-7 tried to find out, but the elders 
                         insisted the child had to make the journey 
                         alone as some sort of religious rite.
 
                         
               
                                     JANET
                         Cassandra talked about going into the 
                         forest.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         She was delirious.

               
                                     SAM
                         Well, it's worth checking out, Sir.
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Where we were last on P8X-987, the air 
                         was contaminated by the Goa'Uld Nurrti.
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         Well, that ... that was 4 years ago. 
                         The contaminate could be non persistent. 
                         Well, we can send a MALP to be sure.
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         Sir?

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         It's worth a try.

               
               Traveler's view of going thru the gate. Danny has a camera.
 
               
               
                                     DANNY
                         Well, there's something.

               
                                     JACK
                         It's a hand print. (A green hand print 
                         is shown on a tree)
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         A fire burned here.

               
                                     SAM
                         Maybe we should collect some samples 
                         of the local vegetation. I mean it's 
                         possible there might be a natural cure 
                         around here.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Yeah! Let's collect some of that ... 
                         flora.
 
               
               Daniel puts his hand over the print and lightly presses. The 
               fire appears in the spot that previously had just ashes.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         (Sing song) Hello.

               
               Jack walks over to where Teal'C is standing next to the fire. 
               Rings surround them, and they are taken into a ship. They walk 
               around. It appears to be a lab.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         (Into radio) Carter? Daniel?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I believe we are in a Goa'Uld laboratory.
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         *Whose*? Do you think?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Nurrti.

               
                                     JACK
                         Yeah.

               
               The rings activate, Jack and Teal'C put up their weapons. It's 
               Sam and Danny.
 
               
                                     DANNY
                         You guys, it's ... just us.

               
                                     SAM
                         So, where are we?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I believe we are in the laboratory of 
                         Nurrti.
 
               
               Danny looks around, and passes a rock over a stone plate.

               
                                     SAM
                         You know, Sir. This is where the children 
                         ended up and ...
 
               
                                     DANNY
                         (Looking at the notebook) ... You're 
                         right about THAT.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         She didn't finish her sentence.

               
                                     DANNY
                         (Ignoring him) This place is what the 
                         initiation rite was all about. Children 
                         suffering from the mind fever wander 
                         into the forest, it gets dark, they 
                         are drawn to the hand print on the tree, 
                         the warm fire, and the rings sweep them 
                         to this lab ...
 
               
                                     SAM
                         And then they come back cured.

               
                                     JACK
                         Nurrti cured them?

               
                                     SAM
                         Yeah, it makes sense.

               
                                     JACK
                         No, it doesn't.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Indeed. It seems a plausible explanation.
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         NO! She killed everyone on this planet, 
                         except Cassie. Why would she cure a 
                         bunch of kids?
 
               
                                     DANNY
                         Well, if I'm reading this right, it 
                         was part of some sort of experiment 
                         she was conducting.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Now, See? THAT sounds like a Goa'Uld.
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         The last we saw of Nurrti, she was a 
                         prisoner of the System Lords.
 
               
                                     DANNY
                         Which means she's in no position to 
                         ... help us ... even if she ... would. 
                         (He touches something making the table 
                         rise) Oh, boy. I did that.
 
               
               Daniel picks up a slide from the table before him. Jack looks 
               at him with a raised eyebrow, Daniel shakes his head. Jack looks 
               at Sam, she does the same.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Let's take it with us.

               
               Cheyenne Mountain, nighttime.

               
                                     JANET
                         (Goes to check on Cassie, removes the 
                         sheet and discovers an empty bed) Cassie?! 
                         (Finds her slowly walking in the halls) 
                         Cassandra?! What are you doing?!
 
               
                                     CASSIE
                         (Weakly) I have to go ...

               
                                     JANET
                         Honey, you're not well enough to go 
                         anywhere!
 
               
                                     CASSIE
                         I HAVE to go into the forest!

               
                                     JANET
                         I NEED you to get back in bed, OK?
 
                         
               
                                     CASSIE
                         You're NOT my mother!

               
                                     JANET
                         O-Kay, then what HAVE I been to you 
                         these last few years?
 
               
                                     CASSIE
                         You don't UNDERSTAND!

               
                                     JANET
                         OK, listen to me ... if nothing else, 
                         I AM your doctor, Cassandra, now let's 
                         go!
 
               
                                     CASSIE
                         (Pushing Janet off her) SO WHAT?!

               
                                     JANET
                         I CARE about what happens to you! Honey, 
                         Don't you know what you mean to me?
 
                         
               
                                     CASSIE
                         Don't you get it? It doesn't matter!
 
                         
               
                                     JANET
                         It's the only thing that matters, please! 
                         Let me try and help you.
 
               
                                     CASSIE
                         You can't! If you wanna help me, then 
                         LET ME GO!
 
               
                                     JANET
                         OK! Just hear me out. Let's get you 
                         back into bed, and then we'll talk. 
                         OK? SG-1'll be back soon ...
 
               
               CASSIE( Pushing her mother) NO!!!! LEAVE ME ALONE!!!!

               
                                     JANET
                         CASSIE!!!!

               
                                     CASSIE
                         (Being caught by two SF's) (Said quickly 
                         in one breath) No,no,no,no,no,no,no,no,no,no,no! 
                         Let me go, let me go, let me go!
 
               
                                     JANET
                         (Tearfully) I can't do that!

               
                                     CASSIE
                         You're (Shaking of the guards) KILLING 
                         ME!!!!!!! (All the lights in the corridor 
                         explodes.)
 
               
               Sam comes thru the gate.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Major?

               
                                     SAM
                         Colonel O'Neill wanted me to report 
                         back, Sir. Daniel and Teal'C wanted 
                         more time to search the lab.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Let's hope they find something.

               
                                     SAM
                         Is she getting worse?

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         (Stops walking, and looks into her eyes) 
                         You should see for yourself. (She walks 
                         away with a worried look on her face)
 
                         
               
                                     JANET
                         (She looking at Cassie from the observation 
                         window) We had to move her in here.
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         She's still running a fever?

               
                                     JANET
                         Seems to have piqued, but her bloodwork 
                         says otherwise. There's no antibodies. 
                         No indication that her body's fighting 
                         this retrovirus.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         Does she know what's happening to her?
 
                         
               
                                     JANET
                         She seems determined to go back to the 
                         planet. I don't know if that is instinctual 
                         or a side effect of this retrovirus.
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         (Sigh) What are we gonna tell her?
 
                         
               
                                     JANET
                         (She and Sam go down to the room) Hey, 
                         how are you feeling? Any better?
 
               
                                     CASSIE
                         (Coldly) Why are you keeping me in here?
 
                         
               
                                     JANET
                         We have to. Your body is generating 
                         something called an EM field, see? (Monitors 
                         blink) You can see the effect it's having 
                         on the monitors here, so, this room 
                         is shielded from the rest of the base.
 
                         
               
                                     CASSIE
                         If you let me go back to the planet 
                         then this won't happen anymore.
 
               
                                     JANET
                         That's not true.

               
                                     CASSIE
                         You don't know that. You don't know 
                         anything. You're just keeping me here 
                         because you're afraid.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         We found the place where the initiation 
                         rite was supposed to happen.
 
               
                                     CASSIE
                         Then let me go there.

               
                                     JANET
                         We think the place in the forest that 
                         you've been drawn to leads to a Goa'Uld 
                         laboratory. One that belonged to Nurrti.
 
                         
               
                                     CASSIE
                         Who killed everyone in my village.
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         Yeah.

               
                                     JANET
                         She also tried to use you to kill all 
                         of us.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         We think she was using your initiation 
                         ritual to conduct experiments on the 
                         children of your planet.
 
               
                                     CASSIE
                         Why?

               
                                     SAM
                         We don't know.

               
                                     JANET
                         It's possible that the retrovirus you're 
                         carrying is part of the experiment.
 
                         
               
                                     CASSIE
                         What ... was the experiment?

               
                                     JANET
                         All we know so far is that this retrovirus 
                         is changing the way your cells generate 
                         electrical fields. So, your body is 
                         generating heat, and your EEG is showing 
                         that your brain activity is increasing.
 
                         
               
                                     CASSIE
                         You ... don't know why, do you?

               
                                     SAM
                         (Janet looks at her , holding back tears) 
                         No.
 
               
                                     CASSIE
                         And now she's gone.

               
                                     SAM
                         Yes, she is.

               
                                     CASSIE
                         So, we won't be able to stop it.

               
                                     JANET
                         We didn't say THAT.

               
               Back in the Lab, Jack opens another door, and finds a hand device 
               of some sort.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         (To Teal'C) What's this for?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         What do YOU think it is for?(Jack throws 
                         it in the bag that Teal'C's holding)
 
                         
               
                                     DANNY
                         Evolution.

               
                                     JACK
                         What?

               
                                     DANNY
                         Of the Ho ... Hok .... Tar ...Hok'Tar 
                         ... Teal'C, what is the Hok'Tar?
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I have not heard that word in many years 
                         .
 
               
                                     DANNY
                         Well, it's in reference to the children 
                         that underwent the initiation rites, 
                         so it obviously had something to do 
                         with the children ...
 
               
               The rings activate, but nothing's there.

               
                                     JACK
                         (Sing song) Hello.

               
                                     DANNY
                         Oh, sorry, guys. I may have just done 
                         that.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Do it again! It's time to go.

               
               The three are seen leaving Via the rings. I guess this is Nurrti's 
               POV.
 
               
               Cheyenne Mountain, Day.

               
                                     SAM
                         (Comes in the room, Cassie's on the 
                         bed.) Hey, Kiddo. (Sits next to Cassie's 
                         bed.) It's Saturday.
 
               
                                     CASSIE
                         (Quietly) So?

               
                                     SAM
                         (Setting up chess game) So, every other 
                         Saturday, at least while I'm on Earth, 
                         we play chess. And since I'm on Earth, 
                         and it's Saturday ...
 
               
                                     CASSIE
                         I know what's happening to me.

               
                                     SAM
                         Oh, OK ... What?

               
                                     CASSIE
                         I'm changing ... into something ... 
                         and there nothing you can do to stop 
                         it.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         Hmn ... you know how me and you mom 
                         feels when someone issues a challenge 
                         like that.
 
               
                                     CASSIE
                         Doctor Frasier isn't my real mother. 
                         She DIED ! When Nurrti poisoned my village.
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         I know that. Janet knows that, too ... 
                         and please! DON'T call her Doctor Frasier.
 
                         
               
                                     CASSIE
                         Why?

               
                                     SAM
                         Because she LOVES you, and she deserves 
                         better. We ALL love you for that matter.
 
                         
               
                                     CASSIE
                         That doesn't ... change ... anything.
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         Well, you're wrong about that.

               
                                     CASSIE
                         It's different. I'm ... different now. 
                         I can do things ... (She holds out her 
                         hand, and the knight piece flies into 
                         her hands)
 
               
                                     SAM
                         (Amazed) How did you do that?

               
                                     CASSIE
                         I just ... thought it. I thought I wanted 
                         a knight, and it just ... flew into 
                         my hand. Jack calls 'em horses.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         (Smiles and looks away) Yeah, well, 
                         that's Colonel O'Neill for you.
 
               
                                     CASSIE
                         He always pretends he's not as smart 
                         as he really is.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         You know, if you take a close look, 
                         they really ARE horses.
 
               
                                     CASSIE
                         What do you see when you look at me 
                         now?
 
               
                                     SAM
                         I see you ... and until your head starts 
                         spinning around, and probably even then, 
                         I will still see ... You.
 
               
               Sam and Cassie in the room is seen on a screen.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         How could she do that?

               
                                     JACK
                         (In the briefing room) Magnets. Magnets. 
                         (Sam is sitting next to him, and as 
                         he rambles on, she's raising her eyebrows 
                         and grinning.) Every one of those pieces 
                         have little tiny magnets at the bottom 
                         to ... hold it on the board like when 
                         you're driving so they don't rattle 
                         off ... anyway ... every one of those 
                         magnets has a little electrical field 
                         around it. That's how she was able to 
                         manipulate it. Magnets. (Off GH's look) 
                         They DO look like ... horses.
 
               
                                     JANET
                         (After a look to Jack) (To Hammond) 
                         I have no idea how she was able to do 
                         it physiologically , Sir.
 
               
                                     DANNY
                         Actually, Teal'C filled me in on something 
                         that might explain that. Hak'Tar is 
                         actually a hybrid of 2 Goa'Uld words 
                         ... Hak, which means advanced, and Tar 
                         which I believe is some sort of slang 
                         ...
 
               
                                     JACK
                         For ... ?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Human.

               
                                     DANNY
                         So, it's an advanced human ... HAk' 
                         Tau'ri. Anyway, Nurrti was studying 
                         the children of Hounka because she believed 
                         they were evolving into ... Hak'Tar.
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         So, you're saying Cassandra is becoming 
                         some kind of advanced human?
 
               
                                     JANET
                         And the retrovirus is the catalyst. 
                         (Danny cocks his head in affirmative)
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Such an advanced human represents a 
                         powerful host for the Goa'Uld.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         Which explains why Nurrti was conducting 
                         the experiments.
 
               
                                     DANNY
                         And it also explains why she exterminated 
                         the entire population when we came on 
                         the scene. She didn't want her ... experiment 
                         exposed.
 
               
                                     JANET
                         Prior to our arrival on P8X-987, and 
                         for as long as SG-7 was there, none 
                         of the elders exhibited advanced intelligence 
                         or the ability to manipulate EM fields.
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         So, Nurrti created the retrovirus in 
                         an attempt to create her own host?
 
                         
               
                                     JANET
                         (Small laugh) Seems inconceivable anyone 
                         could do something like that.
 
               
                                     DANNY
                         Well, it never worked. According to 
                         all the reports, the children went into 
                         the forest sick, and came out well again. 
                         If this were some sort of ... transformation 
                         or evolutionary process, somewhere along 
                         the line, it was stopped.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         By Nurrti.

               
                                     SAM
                         Why would she do that?

               
                                     JANET
                         The retrovirus rewrites DNA. If the 
                         carrier died before they were able to 
                         pass on the altered genes to the next 
                         generation, evolution couldn't take 
                         place.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         So the experiment was long-term?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         With each generation getting closer 
                         to becoming a true Hak'Tar.
 
               
                                     DANNY
                         The question is ... how far along is 
                         Cassandra? I mean, what if she really 
                         is transforming into ... something ... 
                         else?
 
               
                                     JACK
                         She thinks so.

               
                                     JANET
                         Whatever she believes, her fever is 
                         still rising. Admittedly more slowly, 
                         and she seems to be able to handle it 
                         better but ... (Quietly, holding back 
                         tears) I can't control it.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Let's find the answers ... dismissed!
 
                         
               
               Janet walks in Cassie's room, she's watching the knight turning 
               in mid air in front of her face.
 
               
                                     JANET
                         Cassandra? What are you doing?

               
                                     CASSIE
                         It helps ... to do this.

               
                                     JANET
                         How?

               
                                     CASSIE
                         It's like ... the heat is leaving my 
                         body, and going into the chess piece. 
                         You don't got a cure, have you?
 
               
                                     JANET
                         No. We're still trying ...

               
                                     CASSIE
                         It's ALL RIGHT!

               
                                     JANET
                         No, it's not. We may still learn something 
                         from the bio samples SG-1 brought back. 
                         There might be something there that'll 
                         help your body produce antibodies.
 
                         
               
                                     CASSIE
                         I WANT this to happen, Janet.

               
                                     JANET
                         (Eyes tearing up) (Whispers) Don't say 
                         that.
 
               
                                     CASSIE
                         (Continues watching the knight chess 
                         piece) It's going to happen anyways.
 
                         
               
                                     JANET
                         You're ill.

               
                                     CASSIE
                         You KNOW that it's more than that now. 
                         I can feel the power inside me. (The 
                         knight turning in mid air is shown) 
                         It's only the beginning.
 
               
                                     JANET
                         And along with it, your body is undergoing 
                         a tremendous physical strain.
 
               
                                     CASSIE
                         You think it's gonna kill me?

               
                                     JANET
                         I'm ... worried about that possibility, 
                         yes.
 
               
                                     CASSIE
                         (Shouting) I DON'T CARE!

               
                                     JANET
                         Well, you should! (Voice beginning to 
                         shake) I know the limitations to the 
                         human body ...
 
               
                                     CASSIE
                         Maybe I'm not human anymore.

               
                                     JANET
                         (Quietly) Of course you are.

               
                                     CASSIE
                         Maybe dying is part of the transformation.
 
                         
               
                                     JANET
                         (Pointed, raised voice) I don't care 
                         whether it is or NOT!!!!
 
               
               The knight falls when Cassie looses her concentration to look 
               at her mom. Janet reaches over to pick the knight up, sizzling 
               is heard. It burns her hand, and she quickly withdraws her hand 
               with a gasp. Janet's looking at her hand, rubbing it .
 
               
                                     CASSIE
                         (Softly) I'm sorry.

               
                                     JANET
                         Sweetheart, sometimes, when a person 
                         is sick, it's important for him to fight 
                         it. I want you to fight this, OK?
 
                         
               
               She smiles and pushes Cassie's hair back. Cassie goes back to 
               turning the knight.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         That can't be right. The EM field must 
                         be interfering.
 
               
                                     JANET
                         No, she'll be able to control that now. 
                         I ran the test 3 times, the results 
                         are consistent and it corresponds with 
                         the EEG. There's a 25% higher level 
                         of activity.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         How can her body sustain that?

               
                                     JANET
                         Well, she's found a way to channel the 
                         heat from her body. Don't ask me how, 
                         but I don't know how long she'll be 
                         able to keep it up. What I'd like her 
                         to do is sleep. She's been awake for 
                         30 hours straight.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         I was about to go and see her.

               
                                     JANET
                         Thank you.

               
               Sam touches her shoulder and leaves. Janet sighs and leaves as 
               well. The computer screen is shown with brainwaves on it. The 
               computer types CTRL and F4 plus some other keys I couldn't make 
               out. Nurrti's POV is shown looking at the EEG picture of Cassie's 
               brain.
 
               
               Cheyenne Mountain, evening.

               
               The doors to J-3 on Level 21 is opened, and Sam walks in.

               
                                     SAM
                         Hey.

               
               Cassie had been doing the thing with the knight, and she drops 
               it.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         I hear you don't wanna sleep. You want 
                         some company?
 
               
                                     CASSIE
                         (Sounding mad) You wouldn't leave. (Sam 
                         looks confused) (Softer) When the Goa'Uld 
                         planted the bomb inside me ... you wouldn't 
                         leave. (Sam nods affirmative, and lowers 
                         her head) Even though your orders were 
                         to leave me there alone. You stayed 
                         with me.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         Yeah.

               
                                     CASSIE
                         Why?

               
                                     SAM
                         I don't know ... just an instinct.
 
                         
               
                                     CASSIE
                         That I was gonna be OK?

               
                                     SAM
                         Yeah, I think so.

               
                                     CASSIE
                         But you didn't ... know for sure.

               
                                     SAM
                         No.

               
                                     CASSIE
                         Well, that's how I feel about what's 
                         happening to me now. Do you understand?
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         Yeah, I think I do. You want me to stay 
                         with you for a while?
 
               
                                     CASSIE
                         (Looking away) No, it's not time yet.
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         DON'T say that.

               
                                     CASSIE
                         Well, when it is ... time ... will you 
                         be here?
 
               
                                     SAM
                         (Smiles wearily) I promise.

               
                                     CASSIE
                         I think I can sleep now ... for a little 
                         while.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         OK.

               
               Sam stands up, and kisses Cassie's forehead.

               
               Janet is in her lab/office looking thru a microscope. She writes 
               something on the chart, and rubs her head like she has a headache. 
               She puts her pen down on top of the chart on the RIGHT side of 
               the microscope, and gets up, and walks out, rubbing her shoulders.
 
               
               
               Camera goes back to the room after watching Janet leave. The 
               chair is moved away from the desk. A woman with a covered face 
               and head appears, and picks up the chart, and looks thru it. 
               She then peeks thru the microscope, then at a pet ri dish. She 
               then looks very closely at what ever's in the microscope on the 
               slide.
 
               
               Janet, who was walking to the elevator gets to the elevator, 
               and realizes she doesn't have her access pass. She looks thru 
               her pockets, and then realizes she left it in the office. She 
               begins to walk back.
 
               
               Meanwhile, th woman is still looking in the microscope. She must 
               see something she likes, cause she's concentration mighty hard 
               . She quits looking in the microscope, and stands up straight, 
               looking at the chart again. She hears footsteps, and puts the 
               chart down on the LEFT side of the microscope, and disappears 
               again. Janet walks in, and see the chart on the other side of 
               where she put it. She picks it up, and looks around the room. 
               Seeing no one, she shrugs and puts the chart down back where 
               she had left it. Janet, then grabs her pass, and begins to walk 
               out. She stops when she looks up at the chest X-Ray on the wall. 
               A close up goes to the x-ray.
 
               
                                     MAN
                         (In hall) Yes, Lt.

               
                                     JANET
                         (Catching up to Sam) Sam?

               
                                     SAM
                         (Startled) She's asleep.

               
                                     JANET
                         Good. Listen ... the ... the bodies 
                         of the villagers ... what happened to 
                         them?
 
               
                                     SAM
                         They were cremated on 987 ... we sent 
                         a team back.
 
               
                                     JANET
                         Good. So there might still be a bone 
                         fragment. (Sounding desperate, talking 
                         very fast and frantically) If we can 
                         find one from someone who's been thru 
                         the initiation, there still may be antibodies 
                         ...
 
               
                                     SAM
                         (Interrupting) ... JANET! That was 4 
                         years ago. The chances of us even ...
 
                         
               
               Alarms go off, causing the 2 to look up. They run to the infirmary. 
               They get cut off by a soldier tending to another soldier laying 
               on the ground.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         Oh, my God!

               
               Janet checks the lying man, and looks at the other man.

               
                                     JANET
                         Cassandra!?

               
                                     CASSIE
                         (Sitting up) It was a Goa'Uld.

               
                                     SAM
                         WHAT?!

               
                                     CASSIE
                         I was asleep ... I thought it was a 
                         nurse coming in to take my blood ... 
                         but I did ... sense it's presence.
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         I didn't sense anything.

               
                                     CASSIE
                         It was after you left. At first there 
                         was no one there, but then , when it 
                         got closer, I saw someone.
 
               
               Sam runs out of the room.

               
                                     SAM
                         (In to telephone/intercom) This is a 
                         Code 3 alert! We need ZATS and TDR's 
                         in Isolation room 4 NOW!
 
               
                                     JANET
                         Are you all right?

               
                                     CASSIE
                         It ran away when I screamed.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         (Walking in with the guys of SG-1) Major?
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         Apparently, there's a Goa'Uld on base, 
                         Sir.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         What?!

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         How's that possible?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Nerrti possesses the technology to become 
                         invisible.
 
               
                                     DANNY
                         Chronus is dead. (Hammond looks at him) 
                         He's the system lord that was holding 
                         her prisoner.
 
               
               JACK So she's out!

               
                                     DANNY
                         The rings In the lab, that wasn't me, 
                         it was her! She came back thru the Stargate 
                         with us!
 
               
                                     SAM
                         Well, that would mean she was waiting 
                         for us in her lab the whole time.
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         We may have inadvertently triggered 
                         the device alerting her to our presence.
 
                         
               
               Soldiers come in with the equipment.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Go level by level, check EVERYTHING 
                         ... keep in radio contact. If you locate 
                         her, DO NOT shoot to kill. Colonel?
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         Staying here, Sir. (Everyone else but 
                         Janet and Jack leave.) I figured, you 
                         fought her off the first time ... I'm 
                         ... safe here with you. (Grins at her)
 
                         
               
                                     CASSIE
                         She was here the whole time . You brought 
                         her back.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         We'll find her.

               
                                     JANET
                         She's right. Why did she wait until 
                         now to come after Cassandra?
 
               
                                     SAM
                         (Walking thru the halls) Level 22's 
                         clear.
 
               
               Danny swipes his card to close off door G-2 Level 22. Teal'C 
               is shown checking another corridor with a soldier. He swipes 
               his card to close the door. (I didn't catch that one cause the 
               camera went to Jack)
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         (Heard over radio by Jack) Level 21 
                         clear.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         (Into radio) Roger that.

               
                                     CASSIE
                         She wanted to know if her experiment 
                         worked.
 
               
                                     JANET
                         You don't know what she wants.

               
                                     CASSIE
                         No. If ... if the transformation were 
                         to kill me, she would have just let 
                         it happen. Don't you see?
 
               
                                     JANET
                         Honey, not now.

               
                                     CASSIE
                         No! But it DID WORK!

               
                                     JANET
                         (Sternly) Cassandra!

               
                                     CASSIE
                         (Looks away, sensing something) (Quietly) 
                         No ... (Pointing to the Airman in the 
                         room) (Shouts) LOOK OUT!!!!
 
               
               Jack points his ZAT at the observation window, and fires. He 
               breaks the window. (Or it might have been her breaking the window, 
               there's no way to tell) He falls down from the impact. Janet 
               simultaneously covers Cassie's head with her body. The Airman 
               points his Reetou detector thingy at the window, and Nurrti appears 
               to be flying in the air trying to do a flip out of the broken 
               window. Jack shoots her with the ZAT, hitting her this time. 
               She falls to the ground, fully visible. Nurrti's body twitches 
               from the shock of the ZAT. Janet gets off of Cassie as the airman 
               moves over Nurrti, pointing the instrument at her.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Easy! We need her alive. (He takes off 
                         the mask, and sees that it is Nurrti.) 
                         (Into radio) Security to Iso room 4. 
                         All search teams, Stand down.
 
               
                                     JANET
                         (Cassie starts seizing) Cassie? (Panicked) 
                         Cassie! Don't do this! We need to get 
                         her out of here. (Wheeling her out) 
                         Come on! Let's Move! Roll her over ... 
                         (A still seizing Cassie is rolled on 
                         her side) easy.
 
               
               The door to a room is swiped by the SF on guard. General Hammond 
               and someone else walks in the room. Nurrti is sitting in a chair. 
               She looks nice, her hair is shorter, all one length brown instead 
               of the red. Dressed all in black. She looks much better than 
               in Fair Game. It's Jack that's with Hammond. The 2 officers just 
               stare at her. She matches the stares.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         What's gonna happen to Cassandra?

               
                                     NURRTI
                         (Goa'Uld voice, hence the CAPS) WHAT 
                         IS HER CONDITION?
 
               
                                     JACK
                         She's just lost consciousness.

               
                                     NURRTI
                         THEN THE END IS VERY NEAR.

               
                                     JACK
                         If she DIES ... so do you.

               
                                     NURRTI
                         AND WHAT DO YOU OFFER ... IN RETURN?
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         I don't think you're in any position 
                         to bargain.
 
               
                                     NURRTI
                         I AM IN A POSITION TO SAVE THE LIFE 
                         OF A CHILD THAT YOU HOLD DEAR. RELEASE 
                         ME.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         We can't do that.

               
                                     JACK
                         (Whispers) General?

               
                                     NURRTI
                         WITH MY INVISIBILITY DEVICE INTACT. 
                         (Hammond and Jack share a look) I ALSO 
                         REQUIRE A SAMPLE OF HER BLOOD.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Absolutely NOT!

               
                                     NURRTI
                         THOSE ARE MY TERMS.

               
               Danny and Janet are walking down the hall.

               
                                     DANNY
                         She says she can help Cassandra.

               
                                     JANET
                         IF we trust her.

               
                                     DANNY
                         No, if we let her go.

               
                                     JANET
                         Do you believe she can actually help?
 
                         
               
                                     DANNY
                         Well, as seeing we don't have a choice 
                         ... I guess it's worth a shot.
 
               
                                     JANET
                         WHat about General Hammond? What's he 
                         gonna do?
 
               
                                     DANNY
                         He hasn't decided yet.

               
                                     JANET
                         (Stops walking and touches his chest, 
                         then moves her hand to his arm) I really 
                         need to get back to see Cassandra.
 
                         
               
                                     DANNY
                         (She begins to walk away, her hand moves 
                         down his arm, her hand reaches his hand, 
                         he holds her hand.) Well, I know how 
                         tough this has been for you, so if you 
                         need anything ...
 
               
                                     JANET
                         (After a few seconds of holding his 
                         hand and looking into his eyes ... ) 
                         Thanks. (Danny watches her as she walks 
                         away.) (Back in the room with Cassie) 
                         All right. (Sighs, and throws the chart 
                         down) Give me 70 Mg of tantromine.
 
                         
               
                                     NURSE
                         Doctor?

               
                                     JANET
                         Now.

               
                                     CASSIE
                         Mom?

               
                                     JANET
                         I'm here. We're just getting ready to 
                         give you medicine to get your fever 
                         down.
 
               
                                     CASSIE
                         It's nothing.

               
                                     JANET
                         Hey, I want you to do what we talked 
                         about, OK? I want you to FIGHT this.
 
                         
               
                                     CASSIE 
                         I don't want to fight it.

               
                                     JANET
                         You HAVE to! Honey, your body is not 
                         going to be able to survive what this 
                         retro virus is going to do.
 
               
                                     CASSIE
                         Where's Sam?

               
                                     JANET
                         Gone to see if she can get you some 
                         help.
 
               
                                     CASSIE
                         NOooo! Let it happen! I have to let 
                         it happen! (Alarms go off)
 
               
                                     JANET
                         Drop 10 of valium. (More seizing ) (Janet 
                         put an oxygen mask over Cassie's face)
 
                         
               
                                     NURSE
                         Valium's in. (More seizing. ) Temperature 
                         is 106!
 
               
                                     JANET
                         Tantroline's not working?! (Janet grabs 
                         something and walks out the room)
 
                         
               
               Briefing room.

               
                                     JACK
                         General, with all due respect, It's 
                         not like we're negotiating with terrorists.
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         It's exactly that, Colonel. You're letting 
                         your emotions get in the way.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Yes, I am. Shouldn't you be?

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         (A seconds hesitation ) Jack ...

               
                                     SAM
                         Sir, up until yesterday, we didn't even 
                         know Nurrti was still alive.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Exactly. (Sits down next to Sam) Now 
                         who cares if we let her go. What difference 
                         does it make? There's just one more 
                         Goa'Uld running around.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         If we were to allow Nurrti to leave 
                         ... with a sample of Cassandra's blood, 
                         She could well succeed in her experiment 
                         to create a genetically advanced host, 
                         and become DANGEROUSLY powerful!
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I am in agreement with GeneralHammond.
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         What?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         The life of a child may be sacrificed, 
                         but Nurrti possesses valuable information 
                         that would be lost if we allowed her 
                         to leave.
 
               
                                     JANET
                         (To the soldier at Nurrti's door) General 
                         Hammond would like me to check in on 
                         her.
 
               
               The soldier swipes the door, and Janet sticks him with the needle 
               in the neck. He falls down, she storms in the room, and cocks 
               the gun, pointing it at Nurrti.
 
               
               BAck to Briefing

               
                                     SAM
                         Teal'C, we're talking about Cassandra.
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Of that I am aware. But her sacrifice 
                         would benefit both our peoples. Nurrti 
                         possesses valuable information that 
                         would help us defeat the Goa'Uld.
 
                         
               
                                     DANNY
                         We'll find another way.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         We may never have A Goa'Uld as our prisoner 
                         again.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         Sir, I don't have to remind you of what 
                         Cassandra has gone thru because of the 
                         Goa'Uld. Now, if we're gonna put what 
                         we MAY learn or what MIGHT happen over 
                         her life ...
 
               
                                     JACK
                         (Interrupting) ... It's time to "Pack 
                         it in".
 
               
                                     DANNY
                         I agree.

               
               Hammond looks at Sam, who stands her ground.

               
                                     INTERCOM
                         General Hammond to the Holding Room.
 
                         
               
               The gang walks into the room. Janet still has a now standing 
               Nurrti at gunpoint.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         (Softly) Doctor Frasier, stand down.
 
                         
               
                                     JANET
                         I can't do that, Sir. I don't have a 
                         choice.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         Janet? Don't do this.

               
                                     JANET
                         I can't ... help Cassandra ... SHE can 
                         ...
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Doctor Frasier, SG-1 has already convinced 
                         me to make a deal for Cassandra's life 
                         ... this isn't necessary.
 
               
                                     NURRTI
                         THEN YOU AGREE TO MY TERMS?

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Just one ... once you've cured Cassandra 
                         of her illness, you will be free to 
                         go.
 
               
                                     NURRTI
                         AND HOW DO I KNOW YOU WILL HONOR THIS?
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         You have only MY word.

               
                                     NURRTI
                         NOT ENOUGH!

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         (Looks at Janet who has the gun still 
                         pointed at the Goa'Uld, a look on her 
                         face that says DO NOT mess with my child!) 
                         Then I shall remind you, that the woman 
                         holding the gun on you is Cassandra's 
                         mother.
 
               
               Cassie's crashing. Nurrti comes in and shares a look with Janet. 
               Nurrti puts the instruments, a hand ribbon device and that thing 
               Jack found at the lab, on Cassie. They light up, briefly.
 
               
                                     NURRTI
                         YOU HAVE WAITED TOO LONG.

               
                                     JANET
                         You TRY AGAIN!!! (Nurrti looks at her, 
                         and sees that Protective mother look 
                         in her eyes.) (She then looks at Jack, 
                         who's face is stoic.)
 
               
               Nurrti tries again, and after a minute or so, Cassie starts coughing.
 
               
               
                                     NURRTI
                         IT IS DONE!

               
                                     NURSE
                         Vital signs are all returning to normal.
 
                         
               
               Cassie gasps for breath, and takes off her mask. I'm assuming 
               she senses the snakehead, cause she looks at Nurrti, who was 
               looking at Janet, Nurrti turns to face her.
 
               
                                     CASSIE
                         (Frightened) Mom?

               
                                     JANET
                         It's OK. (Voice shaking) I'm here.
 
                         
               
                                     NURRTI
                         (To Jack) I HAVE HONOURED MY PART ...
 
                         
               
               Jack looks from Nurrti to Hammond, who nods affirmative.

               
                                     JACK
                         Let's go to the 'gate.

               
               Jack walks out, and turns back to the room. He sees Cassie and 
               Janet hugging, and smiles wearily.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         (In gateroom to Nurrti) We've never 
                         dialed these coordinates before ... 
                         I ... sort of hope you know what you're 
                         doing.
 
               
                                     NURRTI
                         IT IS NOT MY FINAL DESTINATION. WITHOUT 
                         A SAMPLE OF HER BLOOD, I WILL HAVE TO 
                         BEGIN MY EXPERIMENT AGAIN.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         (Rather sarcastically) AW nuts.

               
                                     NURRTI
                         AT LEAST YOU'VE HONOURED THIS PART OF 
                         OUR BARGIN. IN YOUR PLACE, I DOUBT I 
                         WOULD HAVE DONE THE SAME.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         I'll keep that thought alive.

               
               Wormhole is established. They show a really good shot of the 
               gate opening. Jack and Nurrti stare each other down. Nurrti grins 
               at him, then leaves. He kinda rolls his eyes after her back is 
               turned. Hammond watches from the observation/control room. Jack 
               has a stoic , emotionless expression on his face after the gate 
               closes.
 
               
               INFERMARY

               
               Cassie's sitting up in a chair next to her bed reading.

               
                                     SAM
                         Hey, Janet! How's our patient?

               
                                     CASSIE
                         Bored.

               
                                     JANET
                         The uh ... homework's backed up. Other 
                         than that she's just fine. I get to 
                         take her home tonight.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         OOohhh ... Dominique awaits.

               
                                     CASSIE
                         Stop it.

               
                                     SAM
                         (Teasing) Come on, that last kiss was 
                         impressive.
 
               
               Janet laughs.

               
               CASSIE Stop it!

               
                                     SAM
                         Lights exploded overhead!

               
                                     CASSIE
                         (Blushing, and smiling) STOP IT! (Sam 
                         laughs) AWWW! (Laughs)
 
               
                                     SAM
                         It's Saturday.

               
                                     CASSIE
                         OK. But ... I won't be able to move 
                         the pieces around just by thinking about 
                         it ... sorry. (Grins)
 
               
                                     SAM
                         Good. Then we're even. (Smiles)

               
               Last shot is a lovely smile from Janet.

               
               THE END

               

Rite Of Passage



Writers :   Heather E. Ash
Genres :   Sci-Fi  Action  Adventure


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