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                                      STARGATE SG1

                                      Episode 318

                                   "SHADES OF GREY"

                                           By

                                   Jonathan Glassner




               TOLLANA

               
               SG-1 are in the Council Chambers in front of Travell.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Your eminence, our Government has asked 
                         us to return to Tollana to arrange formal 
                         diplomatic relations with your people.
 
                         
               
                                     TRAVELL
                         Consider it done. You are, after all, 
                         the people who saved us from the Goa'uld.
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Thank you, yes. Well in that spirit, 
                         we'd like to arrange for a trade.
 
                         
               
                                     TRAVELL
                         What would you like to trade?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Technology.

               
                                     TRAVELL
                         I'm sorry. You know that is the one 
                         thing we cannot give you. Tollan law 
                         strictly forbids it.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Okay, we understand that. However in 
                         our culture, laws can be changed when 
                         it is deemed that the reasons for those 
                         laws are no longer relevant.
 
               
                                     TRAVELL
                         The reasons for these laws are still 
                         relevant.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Okay. Please, if you, if you just allow 
                         me to make our case.
 
               
                                     TRAVELL
                         I assume you want weapons technology?
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Yes.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         One of those ion cannons would be nice.
 
                         
               
                                     TRAVELL
                         I see. And for what will you use such 
                         a cannon?
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         To defend ourselves against the Goa'uld.
 
                         
               
                                     TRAVELL
                         Forgive me Colonel, but our research 
                         shows you are far more likely to use 
                         our technology against enemies on your 
                         own planet.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         What if I gave you my word that would 
                         never happen?
 
               
                                     TRAVELL
                         Are you the commander of your entire 
                         nation?
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         No.

               
                                     TRAVELL
                         Then in truth, you cannot guarantee 
                         it.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         You know what? Forget it.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Jack?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         We knew you wouldn't give us anything. 
                         We're wasting a lot of time here.
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Jack.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         No, Daniel. Let's go.

               
               Jack walks out and the others follow him.

               
               Corridor

               
               Sam, Daniel and Teal'c follow Jack out.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Wwwww what are you doing?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         We never should have saved their technological 
                         superior butts.
 
               
               Jack reaches one of the weapons disablers and stops.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         This is that thing that disabled our 
                         weapons, isn't it?
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         As well as the Goa'uld technology.
 
                         
               
               Jack prises the cover off the wall.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Sir, isn't this against regulations?
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         I suppose it is Carter.

               
               Jack takes the weapons disabler and walks off.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Kinda crossing the line...

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Shut up, Daniel.

               
               TITLES

               
               Briefing Room

               
               SG-1 are sat round the table except Teal'c who is standing up. 
               Sam handles the weapons disabler. Hammond walks in.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         As you were. Sorry to keep you waiting. 
                         So, what is this device you've brought 
                         back?
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         It's the thing the Tollan used to disable 
                         our weapons the last time we were there.
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         And it really works?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Worked on us. And the Goa'uld's.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         That should come in handy. Good job.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Thank you sir.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         So, what did you have to promise them 
                         in return, Dr Jackson?
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Actually General, we didn't have to 
                         promise to give them anything.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         They just gave you the device as a reward 
                         for saving them from the Goa'uld?
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Actually General, the Tollan refused 
                         to give us any technology.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Offered us a nice fruit basket though.
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Well I'm confused. How did you get the 
                         device? Major Carter?
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Uh...

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         I took it Sir.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Took it?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Yes.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         You stole it?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         I like to think of it as `borrowed', 
                         sir. Major Carter can figure out how 
                         to reproduce it and we'll give it back.
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         I can't believe what I'm hearing! You 
                         and your team stole an alien device 
                         from an extremely advanced culture.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         They won't retaliate if that's what 
                         you're worried about. Not their way. 
                         Right Daniel?
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         This command has already been accused 
                         of stealing from several other alien 
                         cultures, Colonel. Until now, we've 
                         denied it. Perhaps that was a bit premature. 
                         Dare I ask how many other items you've 
                         stolen?
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         None. This is the first.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Colonel, you don't seem to understand 
                         how serious this matter is. You and 
                         your team have committed a court martiallable 
                         offence.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         To be fair, General, I did it. Carter 
                         and Daniel protested. And Teal'c, well 
                         he really didn't say anything but I 
                         could tell he was opposed to my actions 
                         by the way he cocked his head and sort 
                         of raised his eyebrow.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Enough Colonel. Dr Jackson, Major Carter 
                         and Teal'c, you will return this device 
                         immediately to the Tollan and, hopefully, 
                         smooth over what must be some very ruffled 
                         feathers.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Yes sir.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Why? Our core mission is to go through 
                         that Gate to find technologies we can 
                         use to defend against Goa'uld incursion. 
                         Am I right?
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         You are bordering on insubordination. 
                         We do not steal from friendlies.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Well with no due respect, General, that's 
                         just plain stupid.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Colonel...

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         And since the Pentagon won't approve 
                         our backup programme, we have no choice..
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Colonel, do not go there.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         We have no choice but to take whatever 
                         steps we need to get what we need!
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         As long as I am in command of the SGC 
                         we will hold ourself to the highest 
                         ethical standards.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         And when the Goa'uld wipe us out because 
                         we have nothing with which to defend 
                         ourselves, I'm sure we'll all feel great 
                         about ourselves and our high moral standards.
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Colonel O'Neill, you are out of line. 
                         Now stand down. Colonel O'Neill, I am 
                         hereby relieving you of your command. 
                         You are to report to the infirmary and 
                         stay there until I send for you.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         No holding cell, sir?

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         That could very well be you next stop, 
                         if you say another word, Colonel.
 
                         
               
                                     PA
                         Incoming traveller.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Now get down to the infirmary and submit 
                         yourself for a complete examination. 
                         Teal'c, escort him.
 
               
               Jack leaves.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         And Teal'c, you are no longer under 
                         Colonel O'Neill's command. Is that understood?
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Understood.

               
                                     PA
                         Unauthorised incoming traveller. Closing 
                         the iris.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Great. Now what?

               
               Hammond, Sam and Daniel go to the control room.

               
               Gateroom

               
               The iris closes. Soldiers move into the room.

               
               Control Room

               
               Sam, Daniel and Hammond watch the Gate.

               
               Gateroom

               
               Travell and another Tollan walk through the iris.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Hold your fire.

               
               They move down to the Gateroom.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Your eminence. Welcome to Earth. High 
                         Chancellor Travell, this is General 
                         Hammond, commander of this facility.
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         It's an honour to meet you.

               
                                     TRAVELL
                         I only wish it were under more pleasant 
                         circumstances. We have come to retrieve 
                         our stolen property and to tell you 
                         all diplomatic relations with your people 
                         will be terminated.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Of course we will return your property 
                         to you immediately. But, please, if 
                         you will just sit down with us and at 
                         least talk about it.
 
               
                                     TRAVELL
                         Then you admit you have stolen from 
                         us?
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Your Eminence, I know that you are wise 
                         enough not to hold the actions of one 
                         man against an entire planet.
 
               
                                     TRAVELL
                         You were there, Dr Jackson. As were 
                         you, Major. And Teal'c. Who exactly 
                         are you saying is responsible?
 
               
               Infirmary

               
               Jack is on a bed and Janet rips something of the side of his 
               head.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Thanks Doc. As always, a pleasure.
 
                         
               
                                     FRAISER
                         Well I don't see anything immediately 
                         wrong with you. Your blood pressure, 
                         DRE and EEGL seem normal. It will be 
                         a while before I get your hormone levels 
                         and CAT scans back.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Great. Let me know what kind of wacky 
                         alien stuff you find in there.
 
               
               Jack goes to the door and Teal'c stands in his way.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Excuse me.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I am to keep you here until General 
                         Hammond is ready for you.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Get out of my way, Teal'c. That's an 
                         order.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I do not understand your behaviour, 
                         O'Neill.
 
               
               The phone rings in the background.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Get outta my way.

               
               Janet answers the phone.

               
                                     FRAISER
                         Fraiser. Yes Sir. Colonel? General Hammond 
                         wants to see you in his office.
 
               
               Teal'c moves out of Jack's way and follows him down a corridor.
 
               
               
               Corridor

               
               Sam is coming the other way.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Carter.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Sir?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         What?

               
                                     CARTER
                         Is there anything I can do?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         About?

               
                                     CARTER
                         Well Sir, with respect, you aren't exactly 
                         acting like yourself.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         No Carter. I haven't been acting like 
                         myself since I met you. Now I'm acting 
                         like myself.
 
               
               Jack walks off leaving Sam standing there.

               
               Briefing room

               
               Jack comes up the stairs on his way to Hammond's office.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Well, look who's here. Come to retrieve 
                         your vastly superior stuff?
 
               
               Travell walks past with Daniel.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         You know, it'd be a lot more superior 
                         if it wasn't so easy to steal.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Colonel O'Neill! Get in here and take 
                         a seat. Close the door!
 
               
               Hammond's office

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         My God, Jack, you've really crossed 
                         the line here.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         In terms of my insubordination towards 
                         you, your absolutely right, General. 
                         And for that I'm truly sorry. But I 
                         still think what I did was right.
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         I just met with two members of the Tollan 
                         High Council who disagree.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         So the Tollan are dictating our policies 
                         now.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         The victims of a crime are demanding 
                         the perpetrator be dealt with appropriately.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         I'm a criminal?

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         What you've done here is clearly a court 
                         martiallable offence. I have to press 
                         charges.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Well, by all means, General, do what 
                         you have to do.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         I do have one other option I can offer 
                         you Jack.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         What's that?

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Early retirement.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Now see, I tried that once before and 
                         you pulled me out of it.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         The offer is only on the table while 
                         you're in this room.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         All this for one little indiscretion?
 
                         
               
               Hammond opens a file.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Five counts of direct insubordination 
                         towards superior officers and a United 
                         States Senator. Two counts of refusal 
                         to obey orders. Kidnapping an alien 
                         child. Should I go on?
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         The proverbial straw, sir.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         You got it. I'd accept the offer if 
                         I were you Jack. Beats the hell out 
                         of the prison time you'd get otherwise.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Then I guess I'm retiring.

               
               Jack's House

               
               Jack is sitting down playing chess with himself when the doorbell 
               rings. Jack gets up to answer it. It's Daniel.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Hi.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         What do you want?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         I'm not, uh, I'm not sure, to tell you 
                         the truth. I'm here to talk, I guess.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         So talk.

               
               Jack takes a swig from his beer.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         You got another one of those?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Yeah.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Feel like sharing?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Beer? Sure.

               
               Jack walks away leaving Daniel to come in. Daniel walks into 
               the lounge and Jack approaches from the kitchen.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         So? How are you feeling about all this?
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Yes to the beer. No to the feelings.
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         That's too bad because I don't really 
                         like beer.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Stop your worryin'. I'm fine.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Really? That's...that's funny because 
                         I didn't figure you for the early retirement 
                         type any more.
 
               
               Jack shrugs.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         There's another reason you're angry, 
                         isn't there?
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Oh here we go. Pop pysch 101, right?
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         No. When we were in the briefing, you 
                         said something about the Pentagon not 
                         giving us the backup we requested. What, 
                         uh, what were you talking about?
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Hammond and I were planning a secondary 
                         SGC base off world. It was gonna serve 
                         as a backup in case ours was attacked. 
                         I was gonna command.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         And the Pentagon pulled the plug? So 
                         you're acting up because you're hurt, 
                         because you didn't get a command?
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Give me a break, Daniel. Their denial 
                         of the programme was just another indication 
                         that they're not serious about attaining 
                         our goals.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Which you think is obtaining new weapons 
                         and technology?
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Protecting ourselves.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         But isn't our mission also about establishing 
                         and maintaining diplomatic relations 
                         with other cultures?
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         What's the point, if we don't gain anything 
                         to help our other interests?
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Well there's a lot we could learn from 
                         people like the Tollan that has nothing 
                         to do with technology and weapons.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Stuff that interests people like you, 
                         Daniel. Not people like me. I want to 
                         see tangible gains from our efforts. 
                         And if people like the Tollan don't 
                         want to share, we should just take.
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         You really believe that?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Being sweet and nice isn't gonna stop 
                         three or four Goa'uld motherships if 
                         they decide to come back again. I'd 
                         rather be a thief and alive than honest 
                         and dead. It's a cliché but there it 
                         is.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         If you really believe that, I guess, 
                         uh, I guess I never really knew you 
                         at all.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Come on. You're a bright guy. You had 
                         to sense some of this.
 
               
               Daniel looks at him.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Then no. I guess you couldn't relate 
                         to me any more than I could to you.
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         So this whole friendship thing we've 
                         been working on the last few years...
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Apparently not much of a foundation 
                         there, huh?
 
               
               Daniel picks up his coat and leaves.

               
               Jack's house

               
               Jack is again playing chess with himself but this is further 
               on in time. The doorbell rings again. And again. Jack gets up 
               to answer it. It's Harry Maybourne.
 
               
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Colonel O'Neill.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         What the hell is this? A joke, Maybourne? 
                         What are you doin' here?
 
               
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Well, in a way, you invited me.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Come to gloat about my retirement, have 
                         you?
 
               
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         May I come in?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         No. I'm in no way obligated to put up 
                         with your crap any more.
 
               
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         I think you're gonna want to hear what 
                         I have to offer you.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Offer?

               
               Jack moves back a step and the two officers that have come with 
               Maybourne move away. Maybourne steps inside the door.
 
               
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         May I sit down?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         No. You won't be here that long. What's 
                         this about?
 
               
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Well, sufficed to say, I heard about 
                         your little altercation with General 
                         Hammond.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Sweet little grapevine we got there, 
                         isn't it?
 
               
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Let's just say I see at lot of paper 
                         that goes through the mountain. I was 
                         most interested in your passionate argument 
                         that we shouldn't be quite so diplomatic 
                         about acquiring the things we need.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Get to the point.

               
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         What if I told you I could offer you 
                         a way to achieve your goals?
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         My goals?

               
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Yes. What if I told you I could arrange 
                         for you to lead a team through the Gate 
                         to acquire whatever you want, whenever 
                         you want? For the good of this country.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         If I believed you could do that, I'd 
                         have to figure whatever you're doing 
                         is very illegal.
 
               
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         What you did yesterday was very illegal, 
                         Colonel.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Get out. Not interested.

               
               Maybourne gets a card out of his wallet and leaves it on the 
               table next to the door.
 
               
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Page me when you miss the action too 
                         much.
 
               
               Jack shuts the door.

               
               Briefing room

               
               Teal'c walks in where Sam and Daniel are already waiting.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         For what purpose were we summoned?
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         My guess is we're getting our fourth.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Who do you think it will be?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         We'll probably get someone like Ferretti 
                         and you'll get command.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         I don't know about that. They'll probably 
                         go with someone higher than Major.
 
                         
               
               Hammond comes down the stairs followed by Makepeace. Last seen 
               in Into the Fire.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         As you were. Since SG-1 is considered 
                         the flagship unit it falls on me to 
                         assure you have the strongest possible 
                         leadership. Therefore I'm reassigning 
                         the most senior officer we have in the 
                         field as your new commanding officer. 
                         Colonel Makepeace will be joining SG-1 
                         immediately. I hope you'll make him 
                         feel welcome.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Uh, sir. I don't want to seem out of 
                         line here, but since I'm a civilian 
                         here, I'm probably the only one who 
                         can say this.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Spit it out Doctor.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Well no offence, but doesn't Major Carter 
                         deserve to take charge of SG-1?
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Major Carter has an exemplary record 
                         on the team as recognised by her recent 
                         promotion to Major. But major is a far 
                         cry from colonel.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         I understand, General.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         I'm sorry, but I don't. What, uh, what 
                         difference does it make what title she 
                         has? The point is..
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         It's all right Daniel. Really.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Dismissed.

               
                                     MAKPEACE
                         I'm proud to join you folks. I hope 
                         you can learn to trust my command as 
                         much as you did Colonel O'Neill's.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         I'm sure we will, sir.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         I never really trusted Jack's command, 
                         but I'm open.
 
               
                                     MAKEPEACE
                         That's good. Then I'll see you at our 
                         first briefing.
 
               
               Teal'c just walks off. Makepeace leaves and Sam and Daniel look 
               at each other before Sam leaves.
 
               
               Jack's house. One week later.

               
               Jack walks to his window and peeks through the blinds to see 
               the car containing the officers still there. He looks down and 
               picks up the card Maybourne left.
 
               
               Jack's Garden

               
               Jack is reading Mad magazine on the deck and listening to Leoncavallo's 
               `I Pagliacci', when a car pulls up. Maybourne gets out of the 
               car and steps up onto the deck.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         What took you so long?

               
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Frankly, I didn't think you'd get bored 
                         so fast or I would have stayed in town.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Not quite the student of human behaviour 
                         you thought you were?
 
               
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Are you ready to go?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         I have some questions.

               
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Can't tell you much.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         You expect me to jump into this operation 
                         blind?
 
               
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Are you interested in my offer or not?
 
                         
               
               Jack turns up the volume on the stereo.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         I'm interested.

               
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Good. I want to be sure you understand 
                         one thing, O'Neill. What I'm about to 
                         show you is not so much `classified' 
                         as it is `secret'. `Dangerous' would 
                         be another word I would use.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Keep talkin'.

               
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         I want you to understand that once you 
                         see what I'm about to show you there 
                         is no turning back. You will have the 
                         choice to go along with it.. or disappear.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Disappear?

               
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         This is your last chance to back out.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Well, if you promise to cut back on 
                         the melodrama, I'll consider crossin' 
                         the line.
 
               
               Air Force plane

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         So, where are we going?

               
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Nowhere in particular. I find being 
                         30,000 feet up greatly reduces the chances 
                         of any effective surveillance.
 
               
               Two men bring in a box. Maybourne opens it and a Goa'uld long 
               range communication device rises up.
 
               
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Do you know what this is?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         I assume it's one of those Goa'uld communication 
                         balls.
 
               
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         We didn't have to negotiate for it either.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Who's we?

               
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         My organisation.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         NID?

               
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Mmm.. more of an offshoot.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Ah. That sort of says it all, doesn't 
                         it?
 
               
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         I want you to command a unit.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         There are units?

               
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Oh yes. Would you like to meet the temporary 
                         commander of the unit I want you to 
                         run?
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         I guess.

               
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Took us a while to figure out how to 
                         use this thing without a Goa'uld at 
                         the controls. But good old human ingenuity 
                         eventually won out.
 
               
               An image appears on the communication ball.

               
                                     NEWMAN
                         Colonel Maybourne.

               
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Newman. I'd like you to meet Colonel 
                         Jack O'Neill. Retired.
 
               
                                     NEWMAN
                         Colonel O'Neill, it is a pleasure Sir. 
                         Read just about all the SG-1 mission 
                         briefings and uh, let's just say your 
                         file is very impressive. It'd be an 
                         honour to serve under your command, 
                         Colonel.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Hello, Newman. You look familiar.

               
                                     NEWMAN
                         Yes, sir. We have met briefly. In a 
                         hangar at a Utah landing strip.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         You're one of those kids we chased through 
                         the other Stargate.
 
               
                                     NEWMAN
                         That would be me. I apologise about 
                         having to return fire, sir.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Hm. Where are you?

               
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         He's on another planet.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Your mission, Newman?

               
                                     NEWMAN
                         Use whatever means necessary to acquire 
                         goods and technology that could help 
                         Earth in the battle against the Goa'ulds, 
                         sir, or other unforseen aggressors.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         You've seen my file, Newman. It's only 
                         fair I know a little more about you.
 
                         
               
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Need to know, Colonel.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Well I need to know if I'm gonna command 
                         this unit.
 
               
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         You agree to go there and take command, 
                         I'll give you detailed files on every 
                         one of your people. Now how about it, 
                         Colonel? You ready for a command where 
                         you can finally achieve what you and 
                         I both agree needs to be achieved to 
                         defend this planet?
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         I never thought I'd agree with you about 
                         anything, Maybourne. But yeah. I'm ready.
 
                         
               
               Hammond's Office

               
               Makepeace is there with Hammond.

               
                                     MAKEPEACE
                         Major Carter has accepted my command 
                         with no problem, sir. But I'm afraid 
                         Dr Jackson and the jaffa have not.
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Well maybe if you didn't think of him 
                         as `the jaffa' it would be a good start.
 
                         
               
               There's a knock at the door.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Come in.

               
               Jack walks in.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Jack, come in. You know Colonel Makepeace.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Yeah.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         How's the retirement going?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Uh, great. I retire, I wake up, I retire. 
                         It's, it's a living. I'm bored out of 
                         my skull, sir.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         I'm sorry to hear that. Something I 
                         can help you with?
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Actually, there is, General.

               
                                     MAKEPEACE
                         Would you like me to leave, Jack?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         I don't care.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         We're not finished, Colonel Makepeace.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         I'll make it fast, General. I'm hoping 
                         you could grant me one last favour.
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         I'm listening.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         I want to retire offworld.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Jack, I don't know...

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         You remember that woman I told you about 
                         on Edora? Laira was her name.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Yes.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         I promised her I'd come back some day. 
                         I'm asking you to help me keep that 
                         promise. Please.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         If I agree to do this, you know I can't 
                         give you a GDO. That means you can never 
                         return to Earth through the Gate.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         I understand that, sir.

               
               Gateroom

               
               Hammond, Sam, Teal'c and Janet stand with Jack in the Gateroom.
 
               
               
               Jack picks up his bag and walks up the ramp and we can see Daniel 
               in the control room.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Colonel...

               
               All the Air Force personnel salute.

               
               Jack doesn't turn around and walks through the Gate out to Edora. 
               Cool shot where you can see the Gateroom on one side and Edora 
               on the other side. Jack drops his bag and runs straight to the 
               DHD which looks as if it has been rewired.
 
               
               Mountainous planet.

               
               Jack steps through the Stargate into a base.

               
                                     NEWMAN
                         Colonel O'Neill. It is an honour, Sir.
 
                         
               
               He salutes.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Newman.

               
                                     NEWMAN
                         We may look a little rag-tag but I assure 
                         you we're very good at what we do.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Which is... stealing stuff.

               
                                     NEWMAN
                         Well, acquiring what we need to defend 
                         our planet, Colonel.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         And you measure how good you are by 
                         the fact that you've never been caught?
 
                         
               
                                     NEWMAN
                         Well, and by the spoils of our missions. 
                         Would you care to take a gander at one 
                         of our latest acquisitions?
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Sure. I'll take a gander.

               
                                     NEWMAN
                         This way, Sir.

               
               Base room

               
               A woman is in there.

               
                                     NEWMAN
                         What do you think, Colonel?

               
                                     TOBIAS
                         Just brought it back. It's an anti-gravitational 
                         device.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Really?

               
                                     TOBIAS
                         Lieutenant Clare Tobias, Sir.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Tobias. Jack O'Neill.

               
                                     NEWMAN
                         If it's all right, sir, I'll leave you 
                         in the lieutenant's very capable hands.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         So... tell me about this thing.

               
                                     TOBIAS
                         Well, it utilises superconducted gyroscopic 
                         action to generate an anti-gravitational 
                         field..
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Stop. Scientist?

               
                                     TOBIAS
                         Engineer. Why?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         You remind me of someone in my old command.
 
                         
               
                                     TOBIAS
                         Major Carter.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         How do you know her?

               
                                     TOBIAS
                         She beat me out of a position in the 
                         SGC.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Oh. So, what do you do around here?
 
                         
               
                                     TOBIAS
                         My job is to examine some of the larger 
                         items we require. The ones that are 
                         too big to be transported back to Earth. 
                         See if we can backwards engineer them 
                         and send the plans home to Colonel Maybourne.
 
                         
               
                                     NEWMAN
                         Excuse me, sir. Colonel Maybourne would 
                         like to talk to you.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Yeah? Tobias.

               
               Jack walks off with Newman.

               
               Base Gateroom

               
               The communication device rises.

               
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Jack! I see you made it in one peace. 
                         What do you think of our little operation?
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         It's swell, Harry.

               
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         We do what we can to make it comfortable. 
                         I have your first mission, Colonel. 
                         Planet PX3 595.
 
               
                                     NEWMAN
                         It's about time we got one of those 
                         things.
 
               
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         SG-9 was unable to negotiate to get 
                         the device.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         What device are we talking about?

               
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Newman can fill you in on all the details. 
                         Good luck, Colonel.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Thanks.

               
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         And Colonel, just a reminder. This isn't 
                         the SGC. So if someone, gets in your 
                         way, do what you have to do.
 
               
               The sphere lowers and Harry disappears.

               
               Base gateroom

               
               Tobias is dialling the Gate and the team is kitted up.

               
                                     NEWMAN
                         Okay, the mouth of the cave we're gonna 
                         hit is about 50 metres at two o'clock 
                         from the Gate. The primitive locals 
                         are called Tiernods. They use them as 
                         a place to hide from predators.
 
               
                                     TOBIAS
                         If a predator follows them into the 
                         cave, the Tiernods use the device we're 
                         after to vanish.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Very nice.

               
               They go through the Gate.

               
               PX3 595

               
               The team enters a cave.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Clear.

               
                                     TOBIAS
                         Bingo.

               
               Newman picks it up.

               
                                     NEWMAN
                         You're gonna love this.

               
               He puts it on himself and disappears. Then reappears right behind 
               Jack.
 
               
                                     NEWMAN
                         Pretty cool, huh?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         What the...

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         That thing looks Asgard.

               
                                     TOBIAS
                         It is. This is an Asgard protected planet.
 
                         
               
               Rogue Base

               
               Newman, Tobias and Jack are talking.

               
                                     NEWMAN
                         Can you imagine the ways we could use 
                         this for black ops back on Earth?
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Yep. But it's not back on Earth. You 
                         gonna be able to backwards engineer 
                         this thing?
 
               
                                     TOBIAS
                         Don't have to. Items this small we just 
                         send back to Earth.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         How?

               
                                     NEWMAN
                         Got a man on the inside, on one of the 
                         SG teams. Colonel Maybourne tells us 
                         where the mole's team is about to go, 
                         we get there first, make the drop and 
                         come back here. The mole comes in later, 
                         retrieves the item and packs it in his 
                         gear.
 
               
               The communication sphere rises.

               
                                     NEWMAN
                         It's about time her got back to us.
 
                         
               
               Newman flicks a switch and Maybourne appears.

               
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Hello, team. You get the device?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Yep.

               
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Good. I have the time and co ordinates 
                         for the drop. Just drop and go. No contact.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Okay.

               
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         I'm sending the so ordinates and time 
                         info. Record them.
 
               
               Newman records them and Maybourne disappears.

               
                                     NEWMAN
                         Alex? Want me to go Sir?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         No. I'll go.

               
                                     NEWMAN
                         Really?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Yeah. Best way to understand a command 
                         is to do every job yourself at least 
                         once.
 
               
                                     NEWMAN
                         That's your prerogative, Colonel.

               
               Drop off Planet

               
               The Gate engages. Jack comes through and goes to the DHD. He 
               places the device under some rocks by the DHD. We hear the chevrons 
               locking and the Gate engages. Jack gets up and moves off to hide. 
               Teal'c and Makepeace come through the Gate followed by Daniel 
               and Sam.
 
               
                                     MAKEPEACE
                         All right, let's make this quick. Carter, 
                         Dr Jackson, run your tests. Let's see 
                         if the intel was right about naqahdah 
                         deposits here.
 
               
               Jack gets his little telescope/binocular thing and watches Sam 
               walk away from the DHD. Teal'c walks up to the DHD and then walks 
               away.
 
               
               Drop off Planet

               
               Some time later. Jack is still hiding and SG-1 walk back towards 
               the Gate. He focuses on Makepeace this time. Sam starts dialling 
               and Makepeace bends over to tie his shoelace. Daniel and Teal'c 
               are nearer the Gate and Sam moves towards them. Makepeace palms 
               the device when she has moved and then they all go through the 
               Gate. Jack moves out of his hiding place and goes to the DHD 
               and dials back to the rogue base. He runs through the Gate. Suddenly 
               an Asgard beams down and looks at the DHD. It looks like Thor.
 
               
               
               Rogue Base

               
               Jack walks through the Gate.

               
                                     NEWMAN
                         How'd it go Sir?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Maybourne had the co ordinates right, 
                         but his timing sucked! I just about 
                         ran into the SG team on my way back 
                         through the Gate.
 
               
               There is a rumbling noise. Everything starts to shake.

               
                                     NEWMAN
                         What's goin' on?

               
               Jack moves towards the DHD.

               
                                     NEWMAN
                         Sir... Sir, we do not open the Gate without 
                         direct orders from Colonel Maybourne! 
                         Colonel, what are you doing?
 
               
               Jack pushes the centre of the DHD and the Gate engages.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Opening up some options!

               
               He then hits Newman.

               
               Tobias runs in.

               
                                     TOBIAS
                         There's an Asgard ship descending over 
                         the base!
 
               
               Rogue Base Planet

               
               We see the Asgard ship descending and beaming items up.

               
               Rogue Base

               
                                     TOBIAS
                         What are they doing?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Taking back what's rightfully theirs, 
                         I guess. Listen up all of you. You've 
                         got two choices here. As soon as they 
                         stop takin' stuff, they're gonna start 
                         takin' people. Now you can go with the 
                         Asgard. Or you can follow me. It's your 
                         choice. I'll be holding the door open 
                         so you can't go anywhere else.
 
               
               Jack runs through the Gate. Tobias follows and so do the others. 
               Newman is the last one through the Gate.
 
               
               Gateroom

               
               Teal'c binds Tobias' hands together. Newman comes through last 
               and Jack takes his hand out of the wormhole. Makepeace moves 
               behind Newman.
 
               
                                     MAKEPEACE
                         Get your hands together. Got you now 
                         Newman.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Good job, kids. Uh, give me one of those 
                         things. (To Makepeace)
 
               
                                     MAKEPEACE
                         Here.

               
               Jack grabs Makepeace and cuffs him.

               
                                     MAKEPEACE
                         What the hell..? What are you doing?!
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         That would be my job.

               
               Jack moves to stand by Hammond.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Ladies and Gentlemen, I am pleased to 
                         announce that you are all under arrest 
                         for high crimes against the United States 
                         and it's allies.
 
               
               The door opens and Travell walks in.

               
                                     MAKEPEACE
                         You really blew it O'Neill.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Oh I think it came off quite nicely. 
                         Don't you General?
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Yes, I do.

               
                                     MAKEPEACE
                         You have no idea how high up this goes. 
                         You've pissed off the wrong people.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Like the Tollan, Tok'ra, Asgard, Nox. 
                         Those folks?
 
               
                                     MAKEPEACE
                         They refuse to give us the things we 
                         need to defend ourselves against the 
                         Goa'uld.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         We don't need their stuff, Makepeace. 
                         We do need them.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Get them out of here.

               
               The rogue team are shipped out.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         So, uh, just to clarify. This whole 
                         week, beginning with the appeal we made 
                         on Tollana, in which, I did a lot of 
                         hard work by the way, I take it that 
                         was all a scam?
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Within the last two weeks, the Asgard 
                         and the Tollan approached us independently 
                         of each other with evidence we were 
                         stealing technology from them.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         We? The SGC?

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Yes. The Asgard, Tollan and the Nox 
                         were going to sever all ties with us. 
                         But we convinced them the theft must 
                         be the action of a rogue group from 
                         outside the SGC.
 
               
                                     TRAVELL
                         We insisted that you apprehend them 
                         yourselves. You have now regained our 
                         trust.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         So you set that whole thing up on Tollana 
                         in the hopes that the mole would think 
                         you were one of them and approach you.
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         And you didn't think you could trust 
                         us to help?
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         We wanted to assure your reaction to 
                         the Colonel's behaviour was as it should 
                         be. And the Asgard insisted that Colonel 
                         O'Neill be the only one involved.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         They like me.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         And now, will you come with me, Your 
                         Eminence?
 
               
               Travell and Hammond leave, leaving Jack with his team. He holds 
               his hands out.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         I'm back.

               
                                     CARTER
                         It's good to have you back Sir.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Indeed.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Thank you. Um.. Daniel?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Mmm.

               
               They start to walk out into the corridor.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         That stuff I was talking about at my 
                         house..
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Um..

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         The place was bugged. I had to keep 
                         up the act.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         It's.. I understand.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Obviously, the whole friendship thing, 
                         the foundation, it's all solid.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Uh, obviously. You don't..

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         You don't have to.. No I feel kind of.. 
                         I do appreciate that you were the one 
                         that came to see if I was okay. That.. 
                         that means something.
 
               
               They stop.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Uh, actually, no it doesn't.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Huh?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Um, We, uh, we drew straws. I lost.
 
                         
               
               Daniel walks off. Sam shrugs and walks off. Teal'c walks past, 
               stops, raises his eyebrow and cocks his head. He then walks off.
 
               
               
               Jack is left standing in the corridor.

               
               THE END

               

Shades Of Grey



Writers :   Jonathan Glassner
Genres :   Sci-Fi  Action  Adventure


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