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                                      STARGATE SG1

                                      Episode 309

                                 "RULES OF ENGAGEMENT"

                                           By

                                    Terry Curtis Fox


                                     Transcribed by 
 
                                    Callie Sullivan



               ALIEN PLANET. SG-1 are walking through woods. Sam is holding 
               a detector of some sort, so the team are clearly searching for 
               something.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         You know, that UAV needs a swift kick 
                         in the CPU.
 
                                     CARTER
                         Aerial camera showed some sort of camp.
 
                         
               (Gunfire can be ahead. SG-1 duck down.)

                                     CARTER
                         That sounded like weapons fire.

               (Thereís a familiar whooshing sound.)

               (The team head in the direction of the noise. They reach the 
               top of an embankment and carefully peer over the edge. Sam looks 
               through her binoculars and sees Jaffa firing on a group of men. 
               A young man in SGC gear runs for cover but is shot in the back 
               with a staff blast.)
 
                                     CARTER
                         Theyíre SG teams, sir. Canít make out 
                         their unit number. Theyíre pinned down. 
                         (She hands her binoculars to Jack, who 
                         focuses on the SG personnel down below 
                         who are sheltering behind some boulders.)
 
                         
                                     TEALíC
                         They are not returning fire.

                                     CARTER
                         Out of ammo?

                                     OíNEILL
                         Maybe. Theyíre not supposed to be here 
                         at all.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         SG-11?

                                     CARTER
                         They were declared MIA eight months 
                         ago, on P89 354. What would they be 
                         doing here?
 
                                     TEALíC
                         Whoever they may be, they are about 
                         to die.
 
               (SG-1 crawl down the embankment and shelter behind some rocks 
               near the other SG team. Jack calls out to the teamís Captain.)
 
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Pull out! Weíll cover your six!

                                     CAPTAIN
                         Identify yourself!

                                     OíNEILL
                         Colonel Jack OíNeill, SG-1!

                                     CAPTAIN
                         Which Quadrant?

               (Another of the SG soldiers is hit by a staff weapon blast.)
 
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Get out of there!

                                     CAPTAIN (TO HIS MEN)
                         Take them out!

               (Two soldiers in SG uniform rise up out of hatches in the ground 
               and fire at SG-1. Although it looks like theyíre firing real 
               Earth weapons, each member of SG-1 is hit by red bolts of energy 
               rather than bullets. They collapse.)
 
               
               TENT. SG-1 are lying on military-looking camp beds. Tealíc regains 
               consciousness, and the other three revive moments later.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         Everybody okay?

                                     DANIEL
                         Headache. Bad headache.

                                     CARTER
                         I thought I got shot.

                                     TEALíC
                         So it would seem.

                                     CARTER
                         Must be some kind of stun weapons.
 
                         
                                     OíNEILL
                         Looked like MP-5s to me. Well, all I 
                         can say is ...
 
               (A young soldier, barely old enough to be in the military, comes 
               into the tent. He is wearing an SG uniform and is carrying a 
               gun.)
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         Hello.

                                     HIBBARD
                         Boy, are you guys gonna get it!

                                     OíNEILL
                         Get what? From whom?

                                     HIBBARD
                         Hey, you canít talk!

                                     OíNEILL
                         Why not?

                                     HIBBARD
                         Because youíre dead!

                                     OíNEILL
                         Dead?

                                     HIBBARD
                         Pretending not to be dead will just 
                         get you into more trouble.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         More trouble than dead?

                                     HIBBARD
                         Come on, Colonel, you know better. Stop 
                         breaking the rules.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         Sorry. Whoís in charge here?

                                     HIBBARD
                         Casualties donít ask questions.

                                     CARTER
                         Uh, what rules are we talking about 
                         exactly?
 
               (Hibbard walks over to her and aims his gun at her.)

                                     HIBBARD
                         I said, stop!

                                     DANIEL
                         Weíre just trying to understand, if 
                         weíre supposed to be dead, how are you 
                         supposed to kill us again?
 
               (Thereís a moment of deadly silence, then ...)

                                     DANIEL (QUIETLY)
                         Four-eyes?

                                     OíNEILL
                         Easy, big fella. Just ... play dead.
 
                         
                                     TEALíC
                         Indeed.

               (Hibbard glares at Daniel for a moment longer, then finally lowers 
               his gun.)
 
                                     HIBBARD
                         Captainís waiting for you. Follow me. 
                         (He leaves the tent. Jack gets up off 
                         the bed.)
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         Anyone notice the patch?

                                     CARTER
                         SG-X.

                                     TEALíC
                         There *is* no SG-X, OíNeill.

                                     OíNEILL
                         Not under Hammondís command, no.

               (Hibbard comes back into the tent.)

                                     HIBBARD
                         Hey! I *said* follow me.

               (He leaves again. Jack shrugs and everyone gets up and follows 
               Hibbard.)
 
               
               TRAINING CAMP. Lieutenant Hibbard leads SG-1 through a military 
               training compound. Young soldiers, all in their late teens or 
               early twenties, are going through various training exercises, 
               climbing ropes etc. One group of soldiers jogs past SG-1.
 
                                     TEALíC
                         They are no more than children.

                                     CARTER
                         Playing some kind of war game, by the 
                         looks of things. Who do you think they 
                         are? NID, Colonel Maybourne?
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         I wouldnít put it past him.

               (Hibbard leads them to a tent. Sitting at a table with his back 
               to them is the Captain who ordered SG-1 shot earlier.)
 
                                     HIBBARD (SALUTING)
                         SG-1 reporting as ordered, sir!

                                     OíNEILL
                         Would that be Daylight Savings or Standard?
 
                         
                                     CAPTAIN
                         You may not speak. Except to answer 
                         a direct question by the evaluating 
                         officer. (He stands and confronts Jack.) 
                         Is that *CLEAR*?! (Jack just smiles 
                         at him. The Captain looks irritated.) 
                         Is this the way you behave in your quadrant, 
                         mister?
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         I think ĎColonelí is the proper way 
                         of addressing me, *Captain*.
 
                                     CAPTAIN
                         No rank is above strict adherence to 
                         the Rules of Engagement. Rule 2, Article 
                         4. Unauthorised forces shall be shot 
                         on sight. You were unauthorised. In 
                         fact, you ruined our ambush. Nearly 
                         half the enemy team got away!
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         Carter, Iíve never been real big on 
                         regs. Is this familiar to you?
 
                                     CARTER
                         No, sir.

                                     TEALíC
                         They are familiar to *me*. (To the Captain) 
                         Gelívak, Jaffa.
 
                                     CAPTAIN (STARTLED)
                         Youíre not from D Quadrant.

                                     TEALíC
                         We are not.

                                     CAPTAIN
                         You came through the chappaíai. This 
                         is a challenge!
 
                                     DANIEL
                         The ... chappaíai?

               (The Captain looks aghast, as if he has realised that he said 
               something wrong.)
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         Oy.

                                     CAPTAIN
                         Stargate. Of course. Weíve been so long 
                         without challenges. (To Tealíc) I am 
                         sorry, Master Jaffa. I have revealed 
                         myself and failed. (He takes out his 
                         sidearm and offers it to Tealíc.) You 
                         must execute me for the remainder of 
                         the day.
 
               (Hibbard hands his rifle to Jack.)

                                     HIBBARD
                         You must execute me as well.

               (Jack takes out the clip and looks at it. The bullets are red-tipped. 
               He re-inserts the clip and looks at the base of the weapon and 
               presses a button which makes a bleeping sound as it switches 
               on. Clearly this is not a standard issue weapon. He switches 
               it off again.)
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         Master Tealíc. Might I suggest we ... 
                         spare them this time?
 
                                     TEALíC
                         Very well ... underling. (Jack shoots 
                         him a look.) Captain, your full name 
                         and rank.
 
                                     CARTER
                         Your *Earth* name?

                                     TEALíC (TO ROGERS)
                         Your standing orders given to you by 
                         your previous Jaffa Master.
 
                                     CAPTAIN/ROGERS
                         To practise the exercises of battle 
                         according to the Rules of Engagement, 
                         until the return of our Lord Apophis!
 
                         
                                     DANIEL
                         Really?

                                     ROGERS
                         When we are ready for the final challenge, 
                         he will come.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         Donít hold your breath.

                                     ROGERS
                         We *will* be ready.

                                     CARTER
                         Youíre training to serve Apophis wearing 
                         SG uniforms?
 
                                     ROGERS
                         To know the enemy. Quadrant A is spared 
                         no detail. Weíve studied long and hard 
                         and know much.
 
                                     CARTER
                         About Earth.

                                     ROGERS
                         Oh yes. Corn and cotton are indigenous 
                         to North America.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         And that information could save your 
                         life one day.
 
                                     ROGERS
                         So you see, Master Tealíc, my mistake 
                         will not happen again. I am ready to 
                         infiltrate the Tauri at your command.
 
                         
                                     TEALíC
                         That time has not yet come, Captain 
                         Rogers.
 
                                     DANIEL (TO ROGERS)
                         So, if youíre pretending to be ... who 
                         were those Jaffa attacking you?
 
                                     ROGERS
                         They were led by my second-in-command, 
                         Captain Nelson, as part of the daily 
                         exercise. We have kept the Jaffa encampment 
                         separate so that we may better practise 
                         our Earth behaviour. Shall I have him 
                         sent for?
 
                                     DANIEL
                         No, I donít think thatíll be necessary.
 
                         
                                     TEALíC (TO ROGERS)
                         Send for him.

                                     DANIEL
                         Yes! Send for him.

               (Rogers looks at Hibbard and jerks his head. Hibbard heads out 
               of the tent.)
 
                                     ROGERS
                         How else may I serve?

                                     OíNEILL
                         Weíd like our weapons back. The ones 
                         we came with.
 
                                     ROGERS
                         They were stored in the Armoury Tent, 
                         at the conclusion of this morningís 
                         war game.
 
                                     TEALíC
                         Take us to them.

                                     ROGERS
                         As you wish.

               
               TRAINING CAMP. Captain Rogers leads SG-1 through the camp. The 
               team look at the boys training, some of whom are stripped to 
               the waist.
 
                                     CARTER (TO JACK)
                         Colonel, none of them have symbiont 
                         pouches.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         I noticed that.

                                     TEALíC
                         Before Apophis requested asylum from 
                         the Tauri, there were but a handful 
                         of loyal Jaffa remaining in his service.
 
                         
                                     DANIEL
                         So he drafted ordinary humans?

                                     TEALíC
                         It is common practice among the Goaíuld 
                         to use humans as fodder during battle. 
                         Especially when facing defeat.
 
               
               ARMOURY TENT. Rogers leads the way into the tent. Inside there 
               are racks of what look like various types of SGC weapons.
 
                                     OíNEILL (TO ROGERS)
                         Alright, Captain, we can handle it from 
                         here.
 
                                     ROGERS
                         I can assist you.

                                     TEALíC (TO ROGERS)
                         Shelíkek.

                                     ROGERS
                         Yes, Master. (He leaves.)

                                     TEALíC
                         They are the code of battle during a 
                         young Jaffaís training, spoken by Apophis 
                         himself.
 
                                     TEALíC
                         They are intar.

                                     TEALíC
                         Intar. (Jack shrugs.) They are used 
                         for training and only meant to stun. 
                         They can be identified by this crystal. 
                         (He shows the red crystal in the base 
                         of another gun.) They can take the form 
                         of any weapon.
 
                                     CARTER
                         Well, I got our GDOs, but my MP-5ís 
                         still missing.
 
                                     TEALíC
                         As is my staff weapon.

                                     OíNEILL
                         Alright, Tealíc, I want everyone in 
                         one place, just to make sure. Can you 
                         handle that?
 
                                     TEALíC
                         I can.

               
               TRAINING CAMP. Captain Rogers is waiting for them nearby.

                                     TEALíC
                         Captain Rogers. Where are the weapons 
                         with which we arrived?
 
                                     ROGERS
                         They were returned to the Armoury Tent, 
                         of course.
 
                                     TEALíC
                         Do you possess a vocume?

                                     ROGERS
                         Yes, sir.

                                     TEALíC
                         Use it.

                                     ROGERS
                         Yes, Master Tealíc. (He walks to another 
                         tent and goes into it.)
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         What did you tell him to do?

                                     TEALíC
                         I instructed him to use a training instrument 
                         to assemble his men for inspection. 
                         It may serve to emphasise our authority.
 
                         
               (Rogers comes out with a small grey ball on a stand, puts it 
               on the ground and steps away from it. A beam of light shoots 
               up from it and forms a giant holographic image of Apophis, about 
               thirty feet tall.)
 
                                     APOPHISí IMAGE
                         WARRIORS OF APOPHIS, ASSEMBLE BEFORE 
                         ME AND LISTEN TO HE THAT POSSESSES THE 
                         VOCUME.
 
               (Sam and Daniel come running out of the Armoury Tent, panicked 
               by the sound of Apophisí voice.)
 
                                     CARTER
                         Sir?

                                     OíNEILL
                         Just a huge honkiní Apophis, Major. 
                         Nothing to worry about.
 
               (All the boys in the vicinity gather round the image of Apophis. 
               Some are dressed as SGC personnel, others as Jaffa.)
 
                                     APOPHISí IMAGE
                         THE WARRIOR BEFORE YOU SPEAKS IN MY 
                         NAME. HEED HIS WORDS.
 
               (The image disappears.)

                                     ROGERS (TO TEALíC)
                         I would be honored if you would inspect 
                         my warriors, Master. (Tealíc bows his 
                         head in agreement.)
 
               
               (A short time later, the boys have formed into ranks, ready for 
               inspection.)
 
                                     ROGERS
                         Company!

               (The boys come to attention.)

                                     TEALíC
                         Ready weapons for inspection.

               (The boys display their weapons. Jack and Tealíc walk along the 
               rows looking at the weapons.)
 
                                     TEALíC
                         You do yourself proud, Captain Rogers.
 
                         
               (Jack looks at the clip that one of the boys is holding out for 
               inspection. Again the bullets are red-tipped.)
 
                                     NELSON (TO TEALíC)
                         Most of my warriors are engaged in the 
                         dayís battle, Master. I will relay your 
                         words to them after the battle.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         Master Tealíc ... if I may?

                                     NELSON (CONFUSED)
                         Sir?

                                     OíNEILL
                         Itís over, Nelson. Go tell your buddies 
                         to quit fighting.
 
               (Rogers and Nelson look at each other suspiciously.)

                                     NELSON (TO JACK)
                         You speak more like a Tauri than a warrior 
                         of Apophis.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         Thanks. Youíre not so bad yourself. 
                         Who taught you?
 
                                     NELSON
                         If you are who you say you are, you 
                         already know the answer to that, sir.
 
                         
                                     OíNEILL
                         Nelson, I am *ordering* you to recall 
                         your men from the field.
 
                                     NELSON
                         Article 7, Section 3 clearly states 
                         that once the battle has commenced, 
                         it cannot be stopped.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         Well youíre obviously referring to the 
                         *old* Article 7.
 
               
               ARMOURY TENT. Sam and Daniel are just finishing searching through 
               the weapons. Sam puts a final intar back onto the rack.
 
                                     CARTER
                         Thatís it.

                                     DANIEL
                         That means those kids are out there 
                         playing war games with real weapons.
 
                         
                                     OíNEILL (OVER RADIO)
                         Go ahead, Carter.

                                     CARTER
                         So far, all weíve recovered is one 9 
                         millimeter and one MP-5.
 
               (Outside)

                                     TEALíC (TO ROGERS)
                         I require all of Quadrant A to be assembled, 
                         including those engaged in the games. 
                         (Rogers doesnít move.) Immediately!
 
                         
                                     ROGERS
                         As Captain Nelson stated, Master ...
 
                         
                                     TEALíC (ANGRILY)
                         Do you wish to be punished?

                                     ROGERS
                         Iíll not fail your challenge a second 
                         time, Master Tealíc.
 
               (Tealíc looks at Jack.)

                                     OíNEILL
                         Tell them the truth.

                                     TEALíC (TO THE BOYS)
                         Warriors of Apophis. Hear me. Apophis 
                         has been slain in battle with his enemies.
 
                         
               (The boys donít even twitch. Rogers rolls his eyes a little.)
 
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Hey! Heís telling you the truth. The 
                         battle youíve been preparing for is 
                         never gonna happen. Heís not coming 
                         back.
 
               (The boys still donít react. Nelson smiles, clearly not believing 
               a word of it.)
 
                                     OíNEILL (TO HIMSELF)
                         Hello? Is this mike on? (Raising his 
                         voice) Weíre trying to tell you something 
                         important here!
 
                                     ROGERS
                         Apophis is a god. And gods cannot die. 
                         Therefore, Apophis cannot be dead.
 
                         
                                     NELSON
                         And anyone who says otherwise is either 
                         testing us ... or is a traitor, sir.
 
                         
                                     ROGERS
                         Now weíve passed your challenge. If 
                         thereís nothing else, sirs, weíre scheduled 
                         to join the games in progress. (To the 
                         boys) Company! Dismissed!
 
               (The boys fall out.)

                                     TEALíC (TO JACK)
                         Apophis has lived for thousands of years. 
                         It is as if we have said the sun will 
                         never rise again.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         It just might not for some of those 
                         kids if they donít wise up.
 
               
               ARMOURY TENT. Sam is aiming an intar at Lieutenant Hibbard as 
               Jack and Tealíc walk in.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         Whatís going on?

                                     HIBBARD
                         Iím *trying* to get a weapon, sir. Iím 
                         already late, the games have started.
 
                         
                                     CARTER
                         Colonel, one MP-5, Tealícís staff weapon 
                         and two 9 millimeters are still unaccounted 
                         for.
 
               (Outside, horns blow.)

                                     DANIEL
                         What does that mean?

                                     HIBBARD
                         It means my team needs reinforcements.
 
                         
                                     OíNEILL
                         No, the game is cancelled.

                                     HIBBARD
                         You canít do that!

                                     OíNEILL
                         I believe I can. (He takes the intar 
                         from Carter and shoots Hibbard, who 
                         collapses unconscious.) Everybody grab 
                         an intar. (He tosses one to Tealíc and 
                         picks one up himself before leaving 
                         the tent. Sam and Daniel grab weapons 
                         and follow.)
 
               
               WOODS. SG-1 and Captain Rogers make their way through the woods. 
               In a hollow, they find a boy in an SG uniform lying on the ground 
               with a very large burn in his side which is still smoking. Sam 
               hurries over to the boy and checks him.
 
                                     CARTER
                         Itís a staff weapon wound. Heís dead, 
                         sir.
 
               (A blast from a staff weapon hits the ground nearby.)

                                     OíNEILL
                         Take cover!

               (Everyone dives to the edge of the hollow. The Jaffa boy with 
               the staff weapon fires at them again.)
 
                                     ROGERS
                         Colonel! Iíll draw his fire.

                                     OíNEILL
                         *Negative*! That is a *real* weapon.
 
                         
                                     OíNEILL
                         I said stay down!

               (He makes a grab for Rogers but misses as Rogers jumps up and 
               runs into the open to get a clear shot. He fires several times 
               with his intar but misses. The Jaffa shoots once with his staff 
               and Rogers is hit in the midriff and collapses to the ground. 
               Jack shoots the Jaffa with his own intar.)
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         Secure that weapon!

                                     CARTER
                         Yes, sir! (She runs towards the Jaffa. 
                         Rogers lies on the ground, his clothing 
                         smoking from the staff weapon blast. 
                         Daniel rushes over to him.)
 
                                     ROGERS (IN PAIN)
                         Have I displeased Apophis?

                                     DANIEL
                         No.

                                     TEALíC
                         Apophis would be proud.

               (Rogers nods, then lifts his hand from his wound and sees the 
               blood on his hand.)
 
                                     ROGERS
                         This is the final challenge.

               (Nelson and a group of boys have arrived.)

                                     NELSON
                         What happened?

                                     ROGERS
                         The day has come, Nelson. The final 
                         challenge.
 
               (Nelson touches Rogersí wound roughly. Rogers cries out in pain. 
               Nelson lifts his hand to look at the blood.)
 
                                     NELSON
                         Blood has been shed.

                                     ROGERS
                         Prepare the men. The challenge must 
                         begin at first light.
 
                                     NELSON
                         Yes, sir. (He walks away.)

                                     OíNEILL (TO TEALíC)
                         Whatís he talking about? The final challenge?
 
                         
                                     TEALíC
                         It is a day in a warriorís training 
                         when first blood is shed. The games 
                         become real.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         Oy.

               
               TRAINING CAMP. Jack is walking through the camp, which is a hive 
               of activity as the boys rush around preparing for the impending 
               battle.
 
                                     CARTER
                         (over the radio): Colonel? Weíve found 
                         something. Our weapons were all turned 
                         back in after the war games, sir.
 
                         
                                     OíNEILL
                         Roger that. Keep Ďem secure.

               
               MEDICAL TENT. Rogers is lying on a bed while Daniel does his 
               best to treat him. Nelson stands nearby. Jack walks in.
 
                                     OíNEILL (TO DANIEL)
                         Howís he doing?

                                     NELSON
                         Apophis will save him.

                                     DANIEL
                         Well, actually, no. As a matter of fact, 
                         thereís probably nothing more we can 
                         do for him as long as we stay here. 
                         Thereís probably internal injuries.
 
                         
                                     OíNEILL
                         So weíll take him back with us.

                                     NELSON
                         You cannot.

                                     OíNEILL
                         For cryiní out loud...

                                     NELSON
                         You know as well as I do that the rules 
                         forbid entry or exit of the sector before 
                         the final challenge, wounded or not.
 
                         
                                     OíNEILL
                         Right. Right, right.

                                     ROGERS (IN PAIN)
                         Apophis would be disappointed in me 
                         if ... if there were an exception made 
                         for myself.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         Well, what if I told you we were bringing 
                         you to see Apophis personally, to show 
                         him that blood has been shed and that 
                         your Quadrant is truly ready for his 
                         return? (Rogers and Nelson look at each 
                         other.) If we donít bring you back with 
                         us, then Apophis will know youíve failed 
                         our challenge and never return.
 
                                     ROGERS
                         Then I must go.

                                     OíNEILL
                         Good.

               (Nelson offers Rogers his hand.)

                                     NELSON
                         Tell him we will make him proud.

               (Rogers grasps his hand.)

                                     ROGERS
                         I will.

               
               SGC. GATEROOM. The Stargate whooshes and SG-1 come through, Tealíc 
               and Daniel carrying Rogers on a stretcher.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         We need a medical team!

               (Two medics wheel in a gurney and Tealíc and Daniel lay the stretcher 
               on top. Rogers looks around in confusion. Hammond walks in.)
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         What happened, Colonel?

                                     ROGERS (TO HAMMOND)
                         My Lord?

                                     OíNEILL
                         Actually, we just call him ... General 
                         Hammond.
 
                                     ROGERS
                         Where is Apophis?

                                     OíNEILL
                         Heís not here. Sorry.

               (Janet runs into the Gateroom.)

                                     FRAISER
                         What have we got?

               (Rogers realises that he has been fooled and tries to get off 
               the stretcher.)
 
                                     ROGERS
                         Liars! Traitors!

               (The medics restrain him.)

                                     FRAISER
                         Easy, easy!

                                     ROGERS (SHOUTING)
                         You will be punished! He will avenge 
                         me!
 
                                     FRAISER
                         (to Jack): Who *is* this, sir?

                                     OíNEILL
                         His nameís Rogers. Despite appearances, 
                         heís not SGC.
 
               (The medics wheel the gurney out of the room, Rogers shouting 
               and struggling all the time.)
 
                                     HAMMOND (TO JACK)
                         Iíd like to debrief ASAP, Colonel.
 
                         
                                     OíNEILL
                         Yes, my Lord.

               
               SGC. BRIEFING ROOM. Some of the intar weapons are on the table 
               as Hammond debriefs SG-1.
 
                                     HAMMOND
                         Whatís this final challenge all about?
 
                         
                                     TEALíC
                         In my training, it is when we received 
                         our actual staff weapons. The two opposing 
                         camps then engaged in battle until one 
                         side emerged victorious.
 
                                     CARTER
                         You killed each other?!

                                     TEALíC
                         The Goaíuld wish only the strong to 
                         prevail, Major Carter. I was among the 
                         victors. We were then honored by Apophis 
                         and I became a member of his personal 
                         guard.
 
                                     HAMMOND
                         And thatís whatís about to happen to 
                         those boys.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         As long as they donít have real weapons 
                         with which to play, I donít see how.
 
                         
                                     CARTER
                         Well the only lethal weapons I found 
                         in the Armoury belonged to us. The rest 
                         were intars.
 
                                     TEALíC
                         The Jaffa Masters who once supervised 
                         their war games have long ago abandoned 
                         them, yet they have maintained their 
                         games until this day without fail.
 
                         
                                     DANIEL
                         So what are you saying?

                                     TEALíC
                         That they are extremely resourceful 
                         and most determined.
 
                                     CARTER
                         So they might try to fulfill the final 
                         challenge whether theyíre issued lethal 
                         weapons or not.
 
                                     TEALíC
                         It is possible.

                                     DANIEL
                         Well letís face it, if they really wanted 
                         to kill each other they donít need guns 
                         to do it.
 
                                     CARTER
                         (to Jack): We have to go back there, 
                         sir, and try to prevent this from happening.
 
                         
                                     DANIEL
                         General, weíre indirectly responsible 
                         for all this. They think that we were 
                         sent through to start this.
 
                                     HAMMOND
                         I understand that.

                                     OíNEILL
                         What we need to send back there is a 
                         team of shrinks. Those kids are *out* 
                         there.
 
                                     HAMMOND
                         That may be so, Colonel, but before 
                         I send you or anyone else into a battle 
                         zone, I want to know whatís going on 
                         on that planet.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         Why donít I see what I can get out of 
                         Rogers?
 
                                     HAMMOND
                         Very well.

               
               SGC. INFIRMARY. Rogers is lying in bed. Janet talks to Jack nearby.
 
               
                                     FRAISER
                         He wonít eat, he wonít speak ... except 
                         to call me a sholíva.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         You must be doing a good job.

                                     FRAISER
                         Thereís no internal injury. He mustnít 
                         have taken the full force of the blast. 
                         Physically heíll be fine. Emotionally 
                         ... thatís another story. Heís very 
                         angry, Colonel.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         Whereís his tray?

                                     FRAISER
                         Over here. (She hands it to him.) Good 
                         luck.
 
               (Jack takes the tray over to Rogersí bedside and puts it down 
               on the trolley. He picks up a sandwich and takes a bite.)
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         Ole Doc Fraiser says you havenít been 
                         eating.
 
                                     ROGERS
                         Itís poison.

                                     OíNEILL
                         Itís hospital food, of *course* it is. 
                         (He takes another bite of the sandwich.) 
                         Mmm, tuna.
 
                                     ROGERS
                         Go to Sokar.

                                     OíNEILL
                         Itís ĎGo to hellí actually. Which, by 
                         the way, is a very rude thing to say 
                         to a person offering you a sandwich.
 
                         
                                     ROGERS
                         It means the same.

                                     OíNEILL
                         Youíve got a point.

                                     ROGERS
                         I will reveal nothing. You may begin 
                         torturing me.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         Oh, Iíve already begun. This ... (he 
                         gestures with the sandwich) is the infamous 
                         tuna torture. (He picks up the plate 
                         with the other sandwich on it and waves 
                         it under Rogersí nose.) Last chance. 
                         (After a moment, Rogers reluctantly 
                         picks up the sandwich and takes a bite.) 
                         Good. So, you and I should have a little 
                         talk about this final challenge thing.
 
                         
                                     ROGERS
                         We will battle to the death and Apophis 
                         will choose the victors as his personal 
                         guard.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         Alright, Iím going to tell you the absolute 
                         truth right now. Apophis is dead.
 
                         
                                     ROGERS (VEHEMENTLY)
                         Gods cannot die! (The effort makes him 
                         wince in pain.)
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         Why do think heís been gone for so long? 
                         Why have all the Jaffa Masters left? 
                         Apophis was on his way out when you 
                         got drafted.
 
                                     ROGERS
                         You lie.

                                     OíNEILL
                         What if he told you himself?

                                     ROGERS
                         If Apophis can speak, then he cannot 
                         be dead.
 
               
               SGC. INFIRMARY. A television and video player are near Rogersí 
               bed. Daniel puts a tape into the machine.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         When Apophis came to us, heíd already 
                         been tortured.
 
                                     ROGERS
                         Impossible. He is a god.

                                     CARTER
                         The images weíre about to show you are 
                         of Apophis just before he died and his 
                         body was sent to Sokar.
 
                                     ROGERS
                         Gods cannot die.

                                     OíNEILL
                         So you keep saying. Have a look.

               (The tape starts to play and shows Apophis, aged and white-eyed, 
               in his last moments from ďSerpentís SongĒ.)
 
                                     ROGERS (HORRIFIED)
                         What magic is this?

                                     OíNEILL
                         No magic. I was there.

                                     TEALíC
                         As was I.

                                     TEALíC
                         It is.

                                     ROGERS
                         What will you do to us?

                                     CARTER
                         Weíre not going to do anything to you. 
                         We wanna help you.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         You can go home, wherever that is. Warís 
                         over.
 
                                     ROGERS
                         No, itís not. Because tomorrow the final 
                         challenge begins... (his eyes start 
                         to fill with tears) and many of my men 
                         will die. For him. (He nods towards 
                         the image of Apophis on the television 
                         screen.)
 
               
               SGC. BRIEFING ROOM. Rogers sits at the end of the table as SG-1 
               and General Hammond question him.
 
                                     HAMMOND
                         Whatís your real name, son?

                                     ROGERS
                         My true name is Rafiatrey, sir.

                                     OíNEILL
                         Your Earth nameís Kyle, can we call 
                         you Kyle?
 
                                     ROGERS
                         That would be fine, sir, Iím very used 
                         to that.
 
                                     HAMMOND
                         How long have you been on that planet?
 
                         
                                     ROGERS
                         We were brought there through our chappaíai 
                         five cycles ago from a number of different 
                         worlds.
 
                                     CARTER
                         Right after we blew up Apophisí ships.
 
                         
                                     ROGERS
                         He commanded that we worship no other 
                         god but him. He left many Jaffa warriors 
                         with us. They taught us everything.
 
                         
                                     HAMMOND
                         Who taught you all about Earth, our 
                         uniforms, weapons?
 
                                     ROGERS
                         Near the beginning, Apophis captured 
                         one of your SG teams and forced them 
                         to teach us.
 
                                     CARTER
                         SG-11.

                                     ROGERS
                         Yes. At first that was all they would 
                         reveal. Our Jaffa Masters forced them 
                         to say things. We listened to your speech, 
                         observed your ways, but they did not 
                         last long.
 
                                     HAMMOND
                         What happened to them?

                                     ROGERS
                         One day, their bodies were put on display 
                         in the encampment. I ... do not know 
                         how they died, only that they refused 
                         to tell the Jaffa Masters all that was 
                         asked of them. Then our Jaffa Masters 
                         began to leave us, one by one. They 
                         said, to help Apophis win a great battle. 
                         And then we were alone.
 
                                     HAMMOND
                         Thank you for your cooperation, son.
 
                         
                                     ROGERS
                         May I now ask for your cooperation, 
                         sir?
 
                                     HAMMOND
                         Go on.

                                     ROGERS
                         As we speak, my men are preparing for 
                         the final challenge.
 
                                     HAMMOND
                         I was under the impression your weapons 
                         are non-lethal.
 
                                     ROGERS
                         They are. But before Master Gartok left, 
                         he showed Captain Nelson and myself 
                         a cave. Inside were weapons intended 
                         for the final challenge. Real weapons.
 
                         
                                     OíNEILL
                         What are we talking about here ... weapons-wise?
 
                         
                                     ROGERS
                         They are exactly like your own. MP-5s. 
                         He told us it was with those that we 
                         would one day infiltrate the Tauri and 
                         destroy you. (To Hammond) May I request 
                         permission to be returned to my men, 
                         sir, to tell them what Iíve learned 
                         and to try and stop them?
 
                                     DANIEL
                         They wonít believe you, you know that.
 
                         
                                     ROGERS
                         They are under my command.

                                     CARTER
                         Tealíc, is the vocume capable of recording 
                         other images?
 
                                     TEALíC
                         Yes, that is correct.

                                     CARTER
                         Well then Colonel OíNeillís already 
                         thought of the solution. (She looks 
                         at Jack.) I think you know where Iím 
                         going with this, sir.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         Havenít a clue.

                                     CARTER
                         Seeing Apophis die was enough to convince 
                         Kyle. All we have to do is show that 
                         same image to everyone else.
 
                                     HAMMOND
                         With the vocume device?

                                     CARTER
                         Yes.

                                     TEALíC
                         I believe OíNeillís solution could be 
                         successful.
 
                                     HAMMOND
                         In the middle of a battlefield, combining 
                         alien technology with our own?
 
                                     CARTER
                         Sir, the technical part of transferring 
                         the data to the vocume I can figure 
                         out. Weíve already been experimenting 
                         with interfacing Goaíuld technology 
                         with our own. The problem will be getting 
                         there.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         We do have the intars, General.

                                     HAMMOND
                         What good will they do?

                                     OíNEILL
                         We could shoot first and ask questions 
                         later.
 
               (Rogers stands.)

                                     ROGERS (TO HAMMOND)
                         May I request permission to join them? 
                         Sir.
 
               (Hammond looks at Jack.)

                                     OíNEILL
                         They *are* his men, General, and he 
                         might provide the tactical advantage 
                         we need to pull this off.
 
               (Hammond considers, then nods his consent.)

               
               SGC. CORRIDOR. SG-1 and Rogers step out of an elevator and head 
               towards the Gateroom. They are wearing combat gear and camouflage 
               paint.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         Final challenge scenario Ė letís hear 
                         it one more time.
 
                                     ROGERS
                         My elite SG squad is to defend the encampment 
                         from the invading force of other SG 
                         teams, led by Captain Nelson. The attackers 
                         are greater in number, but the defenders 
                         have greater firepower.
 
                                     CARTER
                         But everyone on both sides will be in 
                         SG uniforms.
 
                                     ROGERS
                         As it would have been when we infiltrated 
                         Earth, yes.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         Good. (To Rogers) You, stay with Carter, 
                         who will watch you like a hawk.
 
                                     CARTER
                         Yes, sir.

               (The five of them walk up the ramp and through the Gate.)

               
               ALIEN PLANET. SG-1 and Captain Rogers make their way through 
               the woods. Gunfire can be heard in the distance. A soldier wearing 
               SG uniform shoots at them and they take cover behind the trees. 
               After a moment and without any warning, Rogers jumps up and runs 
               down the path, drawing the soldierís fire and allowing Sam to 
               take the soldier down with her intar. Jack shoots a second soldier 
               then runs after Rogers, seizing him roughly by the front of his 
               uniform.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         I told you to stay with Carter!

                                     ROGERS
                         I was just trying to draw his fire.
 
                         
                                     ROGERS
                         Yes, sir.

               
               TRAINING CAMP. Soldiers in SG uniform patrol the camp. Using 
               the cover of various tents, SG-1 cautiously make their way towards 
               the centre of the camp. Once theyíre in position, Rogers steps 
               out into the open and calls to one of his men.
 
                                     ROGERS
                         Status report, Sergeant!

                                     SERGEANT
                         Captain Rogers?

                                     ROGERS
                         I have just returned through the chappíai 
                         with a message from Apophis. I have 
                         glorious news.
 
               (Using the distraction, SG-1 shoot the soldiers with their intars. 
               Rogers shoots the sergeant.)
 
                                     OíNEILL (TO ROGERS)
                         Get the vacuum.

                                     ROGERS
                         Vocume.

                                     OíNEILL
                         Whatever. Get it. Carter, set it up. 
                         Tealíc, with Carter; Daniel, with me.
 
                         
               (Rogers runs to fetch the vocume. Sam and Tealíc head into the 
               Armoury Tent to start setting up her laptop computer. Jack and 
               Daniel take cover behind a wall of sandbags. Rogers takes the 
               vocume into the Armoury Tent. Outside, soldiers in SG uniforms 
               start to come out of the trees.)
 
                                     DANIEL
                         Here they come.

                                     OíNEILL
                         I got some at nine oíclock here too.
 
                         
               (They start firing their intars at the approaching soldiers. 
               Rogers runs over to join Jack and Daniel.)
 
               
               ARMOURY TENT. Tealíc finishes setting up the vocume. Sam is busy 
               typing on the laptop.
 
                                     TEALíC
                         It is ready.

                                     CARTER
                         Good. Iím not. Give me a second.

               
               TRAINING CAMP. Jack and the others are under heavy fire.

                                     (IN THE TENT
                         )

                                     CARTER
                         (into her radio): Yes, sir!

                                     TEALíC
                         What is the delay?

               (Tealíc leaves the tent to go and help Jack, Daniel and Rogers 
               who are busy shooting at the attacking soldiers.)
 
                                     TEALíC
                         OíNeill!

               (A high-pitched whistle can suddenly be heard.)

                                     OíNEILL
                         Incoming! (They duck and cover their 
                         heads as thereís an explosion not far 
                         away.) Rogers! What the hell was that?!
 
                         
                                     ROGERS
                         Mortars!

                                     OíNEILL
                         What else is in that cave?

                                     ROGERS
                         Stingers, M60s, M72s ...

                                     OíNEILL
                         Youíre telling me this now?! What the 
                         hell?! Get down! (They duck as another 
                         mortar explodes.) Dammit, Carter!
 
                         
               (The shooting continues. Inside the Armoury Tent, Samís laptop 
               finally shows a match with the vocume.)
 
                                     CARTER
                         Got it! (She shuts her laptop, grabs 
                         the vocume, runs out of the tent and 
                         puts the vocume onto the ground. The 
                         holographic image of the thirty-foot 
                         tall Apophis appears. The firing stops 
                         immediately.)
 
                                     APOPHISí IMAGE
                         WARRIORS OF APOPHIS, ASSEMBLE BEFORE 
                         ME AND LISTEN TO HE THAT POSSESSES THE 
                         VOCUME.
 
               (All the boys who havenít been shot come out of the woods and 
               gather around the image.)
 
                                     APOPHISí IMAGE
                         THE WARRIOR BEFORE YOU SPEAKS IN MY 
                         NAME. HEED HIS WORDS.
 
                                     NELSON
                         Summoning his image during battle is 
                         against the Rules of Engagement.
 
                                     ROGERS
                         Hear his words!

                                     NELSON
                         When the challenge is over!

                                     OíNEILL
                         Now, Nelson! You *will* listen to him 
                         *now*! Before anyone else gets hurt.
 
                         
                                     NELSON
                         The final challenge is to the *death*, 
                         Colonel. (He looks up at Apophis, and 
                         his expression changes to one of amazement 
                         as the image changes to that of the 
                         dying Apophis.)
 
                                     APOPHISí IMAGE
                         A HOST. I AM ... AFRAID. (He lies silently 
                         for a moment, then takes one last loud 
                         juddering breath and dies.)
 
                                     NELSON (SHOCKED)
                         He is a god. It cannot be so.

               (The image disappears.)

                                     ROGERS
                         It is so.

               (The boys start to wander around in confusion.)

                                     NELSON (TO ROGERS)
                         What will become of us? Where will we 
                         go now?
 
                                     ROGERS
                         Home.

               
               THE END

Rules Of Engagement



Writers :   Terry Curtis Fox
Genres :   Sci-Fi  Action  Adventure


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