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                                      STARGATE SG1

                                      Episode 708

                                      "SPACE RACE"

                                           By

                                     Damian Kindler

               
               
               SGC We see the elevator doors on level 28 open and Sam steps 
               out. She leather pants, a t- shirt and leather jacket and is 
               carrying a motorcycle helmet. She trots through the corridor 
               and up the stairs into the briefing room.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Sorry, I haven't changed, sir. The message 
                         said it was urgent.
 
               
               She stops when she sees the alien visitor in the room. Daniel 
               and General Hammond are also there.
 
               
                                     WARRICK
                         Hello, again, Major Carter.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Warrick...

               
                                     WARRICK
                         It's good to see you again.

               
                                     CARTER
                         You too. What...what brings you here?
 
                         
               
                                     WARRICK
                         When last we spoke, you strongly reiterated 
                         your desire to gain access to Serakkin 
                         technology.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Yes, of course.

               
                                     WARRICK
                         Unfortunately, diplomacy between our 
                         respective leadership has been slow 
                         to develop.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         I'm sure they're just being cautious.
 
                         
               
                                     WARRICK
                         As I was telling General Hammond and 
                         Dr. Jackson, I am here to offer you 
                         full access to the ion propulsion engines 
                         on the Seberus.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Well...that's great. Sir, this could...
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         (cutting her off) I've read your report, 
                         Major. I won't debate the value of the 
                         technology. But there's more...
 
               
                                     WARRICK
                         In return, I would like your help...to 
                         win a race.
 
               
               Sam smiles.

               
               OPENING CREDITS

               
               SGC - Briefing Room The four are now sitting around the conference 
               table.
 
               
                                     WARRICK
                         It is called the Loop of Kon Garat. 
                         Every year the largest corporation on 
                         my planet, known as Tech Con Group, 
                         awards an extremely lucrative contract 
                         to the winner of the loop.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         A contract?

               
                                     WARRICK
                         It is a time-tested method to find the 
                         most qualified pilot with the best ship 
                         for the job. The race is open to anyone. 
                         There are few rules. The winner's ship 
                         must arrive first and intact.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Let me just get this straight. The government 
                         of your planet is allowing you to share 
                         advanced technology with us in exchange 
                         for us helping you to win a race?
 
                         
               
                                     WARRICK
                         Not exactly. I have arranged for a small 
                         group of you to come to Hebridan on 
                         a diplomatic visit. There is no rule 
                         preventing you from helping me in the 
                         race...and what you learn while you're 
                         there...
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         So...unofficially.

               
                                     CARTER
                         (smiling) How can we help?

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Major.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Can't hurt to ask, can it, sir?

               
                                     WARRICK
                         The power system you used to recharge 
                         the Seberus when I was stranded...
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         A naquadah generator...

               
                                     WARRICK
                         As you know, the Seberus has been through 
                         quite a lot. However, my diagnostic 
                         analysis of its systems showed greatly 
                         improved efficiency when supplemented 
                         by the naquadah generator.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         I'd like to participate.

               
               Daniel and Hammond look a bit disturbed. Warrick is stunned.
 
               
               
                                     WARRICK
                         Well, actually, I was not asking you 
                         to join me.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Well, why not? I'll have to interface 
                         the generator.
 
               
                                     WARRICK
                         Could you not just show me?

               
                                     CARTER
                         Well, naquadah generators are very valuable 
                         to us. We're not about to let one out 
                         of our sight. Besides, you never know 
                         what issues could arise on the fly.
 
                         
               
                                     WARRICK
                         Major, I feel compelled to warn you 
                         of the danger. The Loop is not for the 
                         faint-hearted.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Well, we take risks to obtain advanced 
                         technology all the time. For me, there 
                         would be no better way to learn about 
                         your ship than to see it in action.
 
                         
               
                                     WARRICK
                         A victory would mean a great deal to 
                         me. I am not above accepting your offer.
 
                         
               
               Sam smiles and then realizes she should be checking with Hammond.
 
               
               
                                     CARTER
                         With your approval...sir.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         (exhales sharply) Major, I expect you 
                         to evaluate the risk of this mission 
                         on an ongoing basis and act accordingly.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         (smiling and nodding) As always, sir.
 
                         
               
               Later, in Sam's lab, Daniel stops by for a talk. Sam is packing 
               equipment.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Hey...

               
                                     JACKSON
                         Hey, you ready?

               
                                     CARTER
                         Yeah, just about.

               
                                     JACKSON
                         Warrick has set us up some meetings 
                         with the highest-ranking members of 
                         the Hebridian government and business 
                         community.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Bet Colonel O'Neill's really looking 
                         forward to that.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Oh, yeah. You really think this is worth 
                         it?
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Absolutely. Why, don't you?

               
                                     JACKSON
                         No - yeah, I just...you just seem unusually...gung-ho.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         (mockingly - smiling) Gung-ho?

               
                                     JACKSON
                         This is kinda more than about attaining 
                         new technology for you, isn't it?
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         You mean helping Warrick? He did once 
                         risk his life for me.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Yeah, I heard that. I just think that 
                         there's something else.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Look, I know that this could be dangerous. 
                         But this is our job, right? It's what 
                         we signed on to do. We take risks in 
                         the hopes of achieving new levels of 
                         technology. If...and I stress if, participating 
                         in this race happens to be a little 
                         bit...I don't know...
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Fun?

               
                                     CARTER
                         (grinning madly) What's a girl to do?
 
                         
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Nothin'. That's...that's just what I 
                         thought.
 
               
               Sam returns to her packing and in a flash we see a intergalactic 
               news broadcast. The broadcast looks very similar to one we would 
               see on Earth. A reporter seated behind a desk or table. Scrolling 
               text in a foreign script across the bottom of the screen.
 
               
                                     HADRAIG
                         I'm Ardal Hadraig and welcome back to 
                         TCNN's exclusive coverage of the 59th 
                         Loop of Kon Garat. Now, with the loop 
                         set to begin tomorrow morning, we have 
                         a startling new development to report. 
                         Perennial also-ran, Warrick Finn... 
                         (we see a picture of Warrick on the 
                         screen beside the reporter) ...announced 
                         today that his co- pilot will be a human 
                         from the planet we've come to know as 
                         Earth. Major Samantha Carter's participation... 
                         (we see a picture of Sam on the screen 
                         in place of Warrick) ...will mark the 
                         first inclusion of an alien in Loop 
                         history. (The screen cuts to a picture 
                         of the five-man SG-1: Jonas, Sam, Teal'c, 
                         Jack and Daniel.) A band of explorers 
                         happened upon him when his ship, the 
                         Seberus, crashed on an uncharted planet 
                         while transporting convicts to the outlying 
                         prison colonies. Now, the question on 
                         everyone's mind is will these Earthling 
                         bring Warrick luck a second time around? 
                         (Now we see the broadcast from a harbor 
                         area. The holographic screen image is 
                         suspended high over the water and tall, 
                         unusual shaped buildings can be seen 
                         behind it. There are small ships flying 
                         to and fro.) Continuing coverage of 
                         the Loop of Kon Garat is brought to 
                         you by Tech Con Ultra Sport Beverage. 
                         When you've got an ultra big thirst 
                         to quench, only Tech Con Ultra Sport 
                         will do.
 
               
               The scene changes to a hangar. Several beings come off the Seberus 
               via a ramp on the under side. Warrick is leading the four-man 
               SG-1 to meet some of those beings.
 
               
                                     WARRICK
                         May I introduce you all to Eamon? He 
                         is responsible for making the Seberus 
                         what it is today. And he is my younger 
                         brother.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Ah, yes...I see the family resemblance. 
                         It's uncanny, boys. It's like... (Jack 
                         stops...not sure he should finish that 
                         thought. He sniffs and then begins introductions.) 
                         Colonel Jack O'Neill...this is...
 
                         
               
                                     EAMON
                         (cutting him off) You just had to do 
                         it, didn't you? There was no stopping 
                         you.
 
               
                                     WARRICK
                         Eamon...

               
                                     EAMON
                         (irritated) You really think the Seberus 
                         is incapable of winning this race without 
                         their help?
 
               
                                     WARRICK
                         Eamon! They saved me from certain death...and 
                         are responsible for my getting back 
                         home to Hebridan. I suggest you show 
                         some respect.
 
               
                                     EAMON
                         My apologies. I am honored to meet my 
                         brother's saviors. And you must be Major 
                         Carter. The one without whom we could 
                         not win the Loop.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         You know, I feel all warm and fuzzy... 
                         (turning to Daniel) How 'bout you?
 
                         
               
                                     WARRICK
                         Major Carter...if you are to be my co-pilot, 
                         you will need to know how the ship works.
 
                         
               
               He hands her a large book.

               
                                     CARTER
                         What is this?

               
                                     WARRICK
                         A complete operations manual for the 
                         Seberus. I had it translated for you.
 
                         
               
               Jack and Daniel come to look over her shoulder.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Thank you.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         That's not our language.

               
                                     CARTER
                         It's mine...sir.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Right. He pats Sam's shoulder as Daniel 
                         walks to take a look at something else.
 
                         
               
               Eamon has come to join them.

               
                                     EAMON
                         Warrick, the long-range scanning control 
                         unit didn't come in again today. When 
                         I called, they said our credit...
 
                         
               
                                     WARRICK
                         (cutting him off) I will go myself and 
                         pick one up...after I get back from 
                         escorting Colonel O'Neill, Dr. Jackson 
                         and Teal'c to the Hebridan capital building.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         T...you comin'?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Major Carter has requested that I remain 
                         so that I may assist her.
 
               
               Both Sam and Jack look surprised. Teal'c smiles. Then simultaneously, 
               they respond.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         She did?

               
                                     CARTER
                         I did?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Indeed.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Right...yes, thank you. Sam smiles.
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I do not wish to disappoint Major Carter.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Yes...I know the feeling.

               
                                     WARRICK
                         Shall we?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         (reluctantly) Stay in touch.

               
               Teal'c walks to stand directly in front of Sam, smiling and looking 
               after the retreating forms of Daniel, Jack and Warrick.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         (quietly) I am in your debt, Major Carter.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Indeed. She grins again and turns her 
                         attention back to the manual.
 
               
               Teal'c bows to her.

               
               Later, on the Seberus, we see Sam taking the naquadah generator 
               out of its case.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         (to Eamon who has just entered this 
                         compartment of the Seberus) With all 
                         your science and engineering, I'm a 
                         little surprised you don't have a power 
                         source that rivals this.
 
               
                                     EAMON
                         Oh, they exist. We just couldn't afford 
                         one.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Ah...

               
                                     EAMON
                         Warrick is desperate, Major.

               
                                     CARTER
                         How do you mean?

               
                                     EAMON
                         He was gone a long time. We all thought 
                         he was dead. His wife, Athea...remarried 
                         and had children of her own now. Since 
                         his return, work has been scarce. He 
                         thinks this race is his chance to get 
                         his life back, Major. And he will do 
                         anything to win it.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         (nodding her understanding) What about 
                         you?
 
               
                                     EAMON
                         Me? Well, I work for Tech Con. I design 
                         garbage disposal units for the food 
                         service division. Need I say more?
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         No.

               
                                     WARRICK
                         (over the intercom) Eamon, I'm back.
 
                         
               
                                     EAMON
                         (into the intercom) Did you get the...
 
                         
               
                                     WARRICK
                         (cutting him off) Not yet. They just 
                         transmitted the race data.
 
               
               Sam stands to let Eamon pass by her and then follows him out 
               of the ship.
 
               
               We see Teal'c, Sam, Eamon and Warrick standing near a monitor 
               as a transmission is about to being.
 
               
                                     ANNOUNCER
                         Tech Con Group - Progress and people, 
                         working in total harmony. The screen 
                         changes from a black background with 
                         spinning logo to a picture of a male 
                         talking head.
 
               
                                     HAGAN
                         I'm Miles Hagan, president of the Tech 
                         Con Group. I wish to welcome you as 
                         an official contestant to the Loop of 
                         Kon Garat. Congratulations on qualifying. 
                         (The screen now shows a map of the course.) 
                         As always, the Loop will run through 
                         a course that consists of four distinct 
                         stages: defense... (Hagan continues 
                         to talk in the background, but Eamon 
                         speaks over him.) ...navigation, maneuverability 
                         and speed.
 
               
                                     EAMON
                         We know the course. Skip to the skip 
                         to the competition.
 
               
               Warrick fast-forwards the transmission.

               
                                     HAGAN
                         Let's meet your fellow pilots, shall 
                         we?
 
               
               The screen now displays eight heads.

               
                                     EAMON
                         (not happy) I don't believe it...Jarlath.
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Jarlath?

               
                                     WARRICK
                         (touches the screen and pulls up a close 
                         up of Jarlath) I know him from my days 
                         of transporting convicts. He was caught 
                         running illegal weapons to the outer 
                         mining colonies. I thought he was in 
                         prison.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Looks like he's been paroled.

               
                                     WARRICK
                         He's not our biggest problem. (He touches 
                         the screen and pulls up a different 
                         pilot.) La'el Montrose, independent 
                         cargo runner from the parallel colonies. 
                         Her ship is very fast. And, worse still... 
                         (He pulls up another pilot on the screen.)
 
                         
               
                                     EAMON
                         Hmph...Muirios.

               
                                     WARRICK
                         His skill as a pilot is legendary.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Can we beat him?

               
                                     EAMON
                         You'll get clobbered in the navigation 
                         phase, without a long range scanner 
                         control unit.
 
               
                                     WARRICK
                         I will get one.

               
               Sam and Teal'c look at each other. Then we see a shot of the 
               harbor again. Next we see Sam looking around some equipment. 
               Warrick is there too.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         What's this?

               
                                     WARRICK
                         Expensive.

               
               They are interrupted when someone come into the area.

               
                                     TAUPEN
                         Hello Warrick. Who's your friend?

               
                                     CARTER
                         Hi. Major Samantha Carter.

               
                                     TAUPEN
                         Ah. One of the Earthlings. I heard about 
                         you.
 
               
                                     WARRICK
                         We are here to pick up the scanner control 
                         unit I ordered.
 
               
                                     TAUPEN
                         Look, Warrick...

               
                                     WARRICK
                         Taupen...

               
                                     TAUPEN
                         I'm running a business here, not a charity. 
                         Your credit's been over the maximum 
                         for months.
 
               
                                     WARRICK
                         The best chance of my paying you back 
                         is for me to win the Loop.
 
               
                                     TAUPEN
                         I'm sorry, Warrick. I can't give you 
                         a new one. But you're in luck...I just 
                         picked up this re-conditioned unit this 
                         morning. It should work fine.
 
               
                                     WARRICK
                         I will take it. Thank you. I promise, 
                         I will settle up things after...
 
               
                                     JARLATH
                         (cutting him off) After you lose. You 
                         don't think he's good for it, do you? 
                         He doesn't stand a chance of winning 
                         the Loop.
 
               
                                     WARRICK
                         Jarlath...still avoiding personal hygiene, 
                         I see.
 
               
                                     JARLATH
                         Who'd your friend, Warrick? She looks 
                         nice. (Sam rolls her eyes.) Golon Jarlath, 
                         Captain of the Oran. Very much at your 
                         service...
 
               
                                     WARRICK
                         Ignore him, Major.

               
               Warrick walks between Jarlath and Sam on his way out. Sam follows 
               him.
 
               
                                     JARLATH
                         Stay out of my way, Warrick, or I'll 
                         blow your pathetic ship to pieces.
 
                         
               
               Warrick turns suddenly, and Sam puts a hand up to restrain him.
 
               
               
                                     CARTER
                         Warrick...

               
                                     WARRICK
                         You're right. He is not worth it.

               
               Back at the hangar, Eamon and Teal'c are working on something.
 
               
               
                                     EAMON
                         That's it. We're done. She's ready.
 
                         
               
               Eamon begins walking. Teal'c follows.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Do you believe the Seberus is capable 
                         of winning this race?
 
               
                                     EAMON
                         I'd like to think we'd have won without 
                         the naquadah reactor. With it, I'd pretty 
                         much guarantee it. Hungry?
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         That depends...

               
                                     EAMON
                         I'm sure we can find something that 
                         will suit you.
 
               
               As they exit the hangar, we see man in a blue suit come out of 
               hiding. Carrying an object, he approaches the Seberus and the 
               screen fades out.
 
               
               COMMERCIAL BREAK

               
               Hebridan Space The race is ready to begin. The newscast is back.
 
               
               
                                     HADRAIG
                         And with the Loop set to being only 
                         minutes from now, I'm joined by race 
                         expert and two-time champion, Coyle 
                         Boron. Coyle, what's going through the 
                         pilot's minds right now?
 
               
                                     BORON
                         Well, Ardal, by the time you're at the 
                         starting bouys, there's nothing else 
                         to do but run your pre-flight check 
                         and hope all your hardware pays off. 
                         It's, uh, it's a tense time.
 
               
                                     HADRAIG
                         Well, there's no question the stakes 
                         are high. This year's winner receives 
                         a lucrative contract with Tech Con's 
                         deep space exploration project. While 
                         anything else means massive debt and 
                         the acrid taste of bitter defeat. It's 
                         an interesting group of pilots this 
                         year, Coyle. Who do you like?
 
               
                                     BORON
                         Well, I think you've gotta like this 
                         kid, Muirios. (A picture of Muirios 
                         appears on the screen between the two 
                         anchors.) He's got the talent, the ship 
                         and the experience to take it all.
 
                         
               
                                     HADRAIG
                         Now, what about Warrick and the Human 
                         woman? Any potential for an upset there?
 
                         
               
                                     BORON
                         They don't stand a chance.

               
               They chuckle.

               
                                     HADRAIG
                         Well, the gaming experts agree. You 
                         can wager on the outcome of the Loop 
                         of Kon Garat at any of Tech Con Group's 
                         friendly gaming kiosks, conveniently 
                         located throughout urban centers near 
                         you. Tech Con Gaming Kiosks - If you 
                         don't play, you definitely won't win.
 
                         
               
               Hebridan Space Sam and Warrick are on the Seberus, awaiting the 
               start of the race.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         I'm getting the feeling that even a 
                         nice long look at an ion drive isn't 
                         enough. We're actually going to need 
                         one of these compression coils if we're 
                         going to have any chance at reproducing 
                         this technology.
 
               
                                     WARRICK
                         If we win, I'll buy you one.

               
                                     CARTER
                         If we win?

               
                                     FLIGHT CONTROL
                         (over intercom) Prepare for race start. 
                         All pilots check in now.
 
               
                                     WARRICK
                         (into the intercom) Flight control...this 
                         is the Seberus. Preparing for race start.
 
                         
               
               Suddenly, Jarlath's face appears on the communication console.
 
               
               
                                     WARRICK
                         What do you want, Jarlath?

               
                                     JARLATH
                         Just to tell you to drop out now and 
                         save that worthless junk barge you call 
                         a ship from being destroyed. Jarlath 
                         chuckles.
 
               
                                     WARRICK
                         Eat greeven, Jarlath.

               
                                     JARLATH
                         You piece of...

               
               Warrick punches a button and cuts him off mid-sentence.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Greeven?

               
                                     WARRICK
                         Don't ask.

               
                                     FLIGHT CONTROL
                         (over intercom) This is Tech Con Flight 
                         Control...stand by for race start.
 
                         
               
                                     WARRICK
                         Ready or not...here...we...go...

               
               The energy barrier between the buoys is turned off and the ships 
               take off on the race course. Back in the hangar, Eamon and Teal'c 
               are monitoring the Seberus progress on computer screens.
 
               
                                     EAMON
                         The first stage is a test of each ship's 
                         defense capabilities.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Against what?

               
               Out in space, we see ships go through a minefield and watch as 
               several mines lock onto passing ships and begin pursuit. On the 
               Seberus, the ride is getting bumpy.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Those things are firing at us.

               
                                     WARRICK
                         Yes.

               
               More shots are fired by the mines and by the Seberus. Several 
               mines are destroyed, but the mines are rocking the Seberus too.
 
               
               
                                     WARRICK
                         Bring aft shields to full. (Sam presses 
                         a button and looks at him.) That is 
                         auxiliary power.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Right. She pressed that button again 
                         and the presses another.
 
               
                                     WARRICK
                         Shields are holding.

               
                                     SHIBO
                         (over the intercom) This is Captain 
                         Shibo of the Tritan. Losing shield power. 
                         Key systems are failing.
 
               
                                     WARRICK
                         Tritan...this is Warrick on the Seberus. 
                         Syphon primary power from your regulator 
                         and boost your shield strength.
 
               
                                     SHIBO
                         I can't. I've lost my interchange unit. 
                         I...
 
               
                                     WARRICK
                         Tritan...hold on. We're on our way to 
                         assist.
 
               
                                     SHIBO
                         Too late. My engines are fried. I'm 
                         out, Warrick. Thanks, anyway.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Is he going to be okay?

               
                                     WARRICK
                         The drones cease firing when a ship 
                         has become disabled. (We see the Seberus 
                         fly past the drones and toward a sun.) 
                         That's it. We're clear.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Anyone ever die in this race?

               
                                     WARRICK
                         I told you it was dangerous.

               
                                     CARTER
                         I know.

               
                                     WARRICK
                         Are there no events such as this on 
                         Earth? Where Humans risk their lives?
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Yeah, a few.

               
                                     WARRICK
                         Believe me, Major Carter, no matter 
                         how much winning may mean to me, I would 
                         never intentionally endanger your life...this 
                         ship...
 
               
               Suddenly alarms go off and the ship bucks.

               
                                     CARTER
                         What now? I thought we were clear?
 
                         
               
                                     WARRICK
                         Stage two. We're entering the coronasphere 
                         of our sun. It causes intermittent disturbances 
                         with the communication and navigation 
                         equipment. Eamon has designed shielding 
                         specifically for this phase.
 
               
               
                                     HADRAIG
                         And so, after stage one, Muirios has 
                         the lead, followed closely by La'el 
                         Montrose and Golon Jarlath.
 
               
                                     BORON
                         The Oran made quick work of those attack 
                         drones, let me tell ya.
 
               
                                     HADRAIG
                         And we've got stage two coming up fast.
 
                         
               
                                     BORON
                         That would be the coronasphere, Ardal. 
                         Because it's made up of ionized gases, 
                         you're basically flying through a thick 
                         layer of translucent plasma.
 
               
                                     HADRAIG
                         Wow...sounds hot.

               
                                     BORON
                         Well, you can say that again. At this 
                         stage of the race, it's all about the 
                         shields. Does your ship have what it 
                         takes to survive that kind of super 
                         intense heat?
 
               
                                     HADRAIG
                         And if it doesn't?

               
                                     BORON
                         You'd be instantly vaporized.

               
                                     HADRAIG
                         Interesting...in a horrifying sense. 
                         If you have a loved one who's close 
                         to death... (A logo appears on the screen 
                         next to Ardal as the camera focuses 
                         on him alone.) Don't delay. Contact 
                         Tech Con Group Funeral Services today 
                         and make your loved one's farewell memorable 
                         beyond words. Tech Con Group Funeral 
                         Services: Helping you make peace with 
                         death.
 
               
               Back in the sun's coronasphere...

               
                                     WARRICK
                         Initiating coronaspheric shielding.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Communications systems are...inoperative.
 
                         
               
                                     WARRICK
                         They will come back.

               
               We see a chamber on the ship. Suddenly sparks fly out of the 
               chamber. Alarms begin blaring again. The ship is rocked.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         What's going on?

               
                                     WARRICK
                         I do not know. We are losing engine 
                         power.
 
               
               Sam, feeling a little panicked tries the comms anyway.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Teal'c, Eamon...we are sending a distress 
                         signal. Our key systems are inoperative.
 
                         
               
               Teal'c hears the communication and sees Sam's face on one of 
               the screens. He is immediately concerned and takes a seat in 
               front of the screen.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Engines are failing...

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         How does one respond?

               
               Eamon leaves his console to join Teal'c. He punches a button 
               near the top of the screen.
 
               
                                     EAMON
                         Here...

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Major Carter, come in.

               
                                     CARTER
                         We can no longer maintain engine... 
                         static is heard.
 
               
               Teal'c looks at Eamon.

               
                                     EAMON
                         They've lost all primary power. They're 
                         in trouble.
 
               
               Teal'c looks back at the screen. He can see Sam, but he can't 
               hear her.
 
               
               Back on the Seberus...

               
                                     WARRICK
                         Auxiliary power will not engage. We 
                         are on emergency storage cells.
 
               
               Suddenly, the front windows go dark.

               
                                     CARTER
                         What are you doing?

               
                                     WARRICK
                         The blast shields will help to block 
                         the radiation. So much for not risking 
                         your life.
 
               
               They unbuckle and climb out of their seats as the scene fades 
               out.
 
               
               COMMERCIAL BREAK

               
               Seberus Sam and Warrick are looking at the console where the 
               sparks flew earlier.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         What happened?

               
                                     WARRICK
                         The power diverter overloaded. This 
                         shouldn't have happened.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Can you fix it?

               
                                     WARRICK
                         No.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         (over the comms) Major Carter, Captain 
                         Warrick...do you read me?
 
               
                                     WARRICK
                         We're here. Can you hear us?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Are you all right?

               
                                     WARRICK
                         The power diverter overloaded.

               
                                     EAMON
                         Impossible. I ran a full diagnostic 
                         three hours before the race.
 
               
                                     WARRICK
                         Unless...

               
                                     EAMON
                         Unless what?

               
                                     WARRICK
                         It's hard to tell with all the damage, 
                         but if someone cut the connection to 
                         the regulation system...
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         W-w-wait...somebody did this on purpose?
 
                         
               
                                     EAMON
                         They would need detailed knowledge of 
                         the ship's systems.
 
               
                                     WARRICK
                         I think they knew exactly where to hit 
                         us. And how to cover their tracks. Eamon, 
                         what can we do? We're being pulled towards 
                         the sun.
 
               
                                     EAMON
                         I know. (He looks at a schematic on 
                         his screen.) Bypass the diverter and 
                         manually regulate power to the engines 
                         with the accelerator.
 
               
                                     WARRICK
                         (to Sam) It's dangerous.

               
                                     CARTER
                         More dangerous than flying into a sun?
 
                         
               
                                     WARRICK
                         (rising and removing a panel on the 
                         ship) We have to reconnect the naquadah 
                         generator over here, in order to bypass 
                         the diverter and supply power directly 
                         to the engines.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         (going to stand next to him) How much 
                         time do we have?
 
               
                                     WARRICK
                         Not much.

               
               Sam looks into the panel and with another flash, a newscast begins.
 
               
               
                                     HADRAIG
                         And so, out of the 10 ships that started 
                         the Loop, only six remain, and that 
                         number may soon dwindle to five. For 
                         those of you just joining us, all I 
                         can say is...where have you been hiding? 
                         (They two anchors chuckle.) Now, Warrick 
                         Finn and his alien co-pilot have slipped 
                         back into last place. Looks like they 
                         ran into a little trouble during stage 
                         two.
 
               
                                     BORON
                         That's right, Ardal. Latest telemetry 
                         updates place them dangerously close 
                         to the sun.
 
               
                                     HADRAIG
                         Now, Warrick must be disappointed to 
                         be facing certain defeat and death, 
                         so early in the race.
 
               
                                     BORON
                         You've got that right, Ardal. This is 
                         the moment where every pilot has to 
                         dig deep in that reservoir of desire 
                         and fortitude if they want to win. It's 
                         all about how badly you want it.
 
               
                                     HADRAIG
                         Well, it sounds like maybe they could 
                         use a couple of bottles of Radon Shield 
                         55 - new from Tech Con Cosmetics. Radon 
                         Shield 55 protects you and your whole 
                         family, from the intense radiation of 
                         the sun. Day in, day out, Radon Shield 
                         55 keeps your fun factor up and your 
                         lesion count down. Available at quality 
                         Tech Con Family Outlets everywhere.
 
                         
               
               Back in the hangar, Eamon and Teal'c are monitoring the situation 
               on the Seberus. Eamon is working at a computer.
 
               
                                     EAMON
                         Someone must have snuck in here. Got 
                         into the ship.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Who would know the ship well enough?
 
                         
               
                                     EAMON
                         No one. The Seberus is a common model, 
                         but I've customized it significantly. 
                         Unless someone accessed the schematics 
                         on my computer at Tech Con.
 
               
               On the Seberus, Warrick is working on the diverter. Sam is working 
               on the naquadah generator.
 
               
                                     WARRICK
                         I'm done.

               
               We hear the engines power up. Then Sam does something that causes 
               the area she is working in to light up.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Me too.

               
               They both go back to the bridge.

               
                                     WARRICK
                         Let's hope this works.

               
                                     CARTER
                         If it doesn't?

               
                                     WARRICK
                         We fall into the sun and burn up...or 
                         worse.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Worse?

               
                                     WARRICK
                         We could explode, right now.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Oh.

               
                                     WARRICK
                         Here goes...

               
               The bridge lights up. Sam smiles.

               
                                     WARRICK
                         Let's get out of here.

               
                                     CARTER
                         (over comms) Teal'c, we got the power 
                         back online.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         That is good to hear, Major Carter.
 
                         
               
                                     EAMON
                         I can't believe it.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         What is it?

               
                                     EAMON
                         Someone did access my computer.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Who?

               
                                     EAMON
                         His name is Del Tynan. He's my supervisor. 
                         I can't tell exactly what he got. If 
                         we're going to prove anything, we need 
                         to go to Tech Con. (He turns to Teal'c.) 
                         They won't let you in without clearance. 
                         You'll need a hat.
 
               
               Eamon gets up and Teal'c follows him. Meanwhile, back on the 
               Seberus...
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Three more ships have pulled out of 
                         the race and we've fallen pretty far 
                         behind the others.
 
               
                                     WARRICK
                         If you wish, we can drop out now and 
                         avoid any further risk.
 
               
               Just then, the communication console activates. Jack is contacting 
               Sam. Daniel can be seen in the background behind Jack.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         (over comms) Carter? You there?

               
                                     CARTER
                         Colonel, sir.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         (turns to look at Daniel) I got it to 
                         work. (turns back to the screen) How's 
                         it going up there?
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         We ran into a little trouble, but we're 
                         fine now.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Sure?

               
                                     CARTER
                         Yeah. How's it going down there?

               
                                     JACKSON
                         Uh...good. We, uhm, we're going to help 
                         them bring a Stargate here and in exchange, 
                         we get an ion drive to study.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Really?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Yes...so, no need to take any chances 
                         up there.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         I made a deal, sir. I'm gonna stick 
                         with it.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Oh, having fun are we, Carter?

               
               She looks over at Warrick. He shrugs.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Uhm...gotta go. We're pretty far behind 
                         at this point.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         All right. Be careful.

               
                                     CARTER
                         We will. Thank you.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         You're welcome.

               
               Jack leans forward and shuts off the communication.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Okay...if we use the gravity of the 
                         sun to slingshot us around back onto 
                         the course, we should be able to pick 
                         up enough speed to get back into the 
                         race.
 
               
                                     WARRICK
                         Brilliant!

               
               Back on Hebridan, at the Tech Con building, Teal'c and Eamon 
               approach the front desk and speak to the receptionist. Teal'c 
               is now wearing an outfit identical to Eamon's. They both have 
               on hats too.
 
               
                                     RECEPTIONIST
                         Hi Eamon.

               
                                     EAMON
                         Hello. (He swipes a card through a device 
                         on the desk.) This is my cousin...
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         (smiling) Murray.

               
                                     EAMON
                         Mm...twice removed. I just forgot a 
                         data unit in my office. Won't be long.
 
                         
               
               They turn to leave, but the receptionist stops them.

               
                                     RECEPTIONIST
                         You have to scan in...company policy.
 
                         
               
               She places a scanning unit on the desk. Teal'c turns and smiles 
               again. Eamon motions for him to put his hand on the device.
 
               
               
                                     RECEPTIONIST
                         Sorry your brother isn't doing very 
                         well.
 
               
                                     EAMON
                         Oh, me too.

               
                                     RECEPTIONIST
                         (as Teal'c withdraws his hand) Nice 
                         to meet you, Murray.
 
               
               Teal'c smiles and bows slightly, then follows Eamon. We see Eamon 
               and Teal'c walking through a hallway in the building. They approach 
               a door.
 
               
                                     EAMON
                         This is Tynan's office.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Does he not keep his office secure?
 
                         
               
                                     EAMON
                         The company philosophy encourages mutual 
                         trust.
 
               
               Eamon opens the door. Teal'c follows him inside. Eamon looks 
               behind them to be sure no one has seen them and then closes the 
               door. Teal'c walks up to a strange looking device. Eamon quickly 
               walks by him and moves to the computer on Tynan's desk.
 
               
                                     EAMON
                         Besides, no one is going to steal his 
                         plants. Everything of value is in here 
                         and the system is protected by a secret 
                         passcode. Fortunately, I put a program 
                         on my system, that records an intruder's 
                         passcode if someone attempts to access 
                         my personal files.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Then it is good you do not subscribe 
                         to the company philosophy.
 
               
                                     EAMON
                         (nodding) Mmm.

               
               Back on the Loop course, the Seberus is gaining ground.

               
                                     DS VOICE
                         (over comms) This is an automated distress 
                         signal. The following pilot...
 
               
                                     JARLATH
                         Jarlath.

               
                                     DS VOICE
                         ...is in need of assistance. Current 
                         status is...
 
               
                                     JARLATH
                         Die, you rotting scrap of jetsam!

               
               Meanwhile, back in Tynan's office, Eamon has discovered more 
               than he was looking for.
 
               
                                     EAMON
                         This is worse than I thought. He has 
                         schematics for every ship in the race.
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         For the purpose of sabotaging the competition.
 
                         
               
               We see another schematic on the screen.

               
                                     EAMON
                         But not this one. This ship's been outfitted 
                         with boosters from Tech Con's prototype 
                         division. There's no way a private-sector 
                         pilot could get his hands on these.
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         To whom does that ship belong?

               
                                     EAMON
                         Muirios. Tynan has set him up to win. 
                         We have to warn Warrick.
 
               
               Just then, Tynan and two others walk around a partition in the 
               room.
 
               
                                     TYNAN
                         I don't think so.

               
               COMMERCIAL BREAK

               
               Seberus

               
                                     WARRICK
                         Oran...this is the Seberus responding 
                         to your distress call. Jarlath, do you 
                         read?
 
               
                                     JARLATH
                         (over comms) Warrick?

               
                                     WARRICK
                         We are closing on your position. What 
                         is tour status?
 
               
                                     JARLATH
                         My status is mind your own business.
 
                         
               
                                     WARRICK
                         You sent out a distress call.

               
                                     JARLATH
                         No I didn't. My computer did. Everything 
                         is fine.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Transmission indicates your life support 
                         is failing.
 
               
                                     JARLATH
                         My oxygen supply vented!

               
                                     WARRICK
                         That is what you get for not having 
                         any shields. The drones must have caused 
                         a leak.
 
               
                                     JARLATH
                         Shut up, Warrick. Go back to losing 
                         the race.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         You're gonna die if you don't let us 
                         help.
 
               
                                     JARLATH
                         I don't need help, least of all from 
                         you.
 
               
                                     WARRICK
                         What about emergency reserves?

               
                                     JARLATH
                         I don't have any. I needed the room 
                         for additional weapons.
 
               
                                     WARRICK
                         Imbecile.

               
                                     JARLATH
                         I would rather die kissing space debris 
                         than board that barge you call a ship!
 
                         
               
               Jarlath cuts communication.

               
                                     WARRICK
                         He does not want to be rescued.

               
                                     CARTER
                         (rolls eyes and then speaks into comms) 
                         Jarlath, hold on. We'll be there soon.
 
                         
               
               We see the Seberus maneuver over the Oran. Then we see and airlock 
               extend from under the Seberus and lock onto the Oran. Next, we 
               see Sam and Warrick open the airlock hatch on the Seberus and 
               look down into the airlock. Jarlath is sitting at the bottom.
 
               
               
                                     JARLATH
                         I am not coming up there.

               
                                     WARRICK
                         We tried.

               
               He tries to close the hatch, but Sam stops him.

               
                                     CARTER
                         (to Jarlath) Come on!

               
               Jarlath sighs and begins climbing the ladder to the Seberus.
 
               
               
                                     WARRICK
                         Can you move any slower?

               
                                     JARLATH
                         You don't think you can still win, do 
                         you?
 
               
                                     WARRICK
                         We are only this far behind because 
                         we were sabotaged.
 
               
               Jarlath finally makes it onto the Seberus. Sam and Warrick close 
               the hatch.
 
               
                                     JARLATH
                         A likely excuse. So was I, by the way.
 
                         
               
                                     WARRICK
                         (as he takes his seat again) How so?
 
                         
               
                                     JARLATH
                         (finding a place to sit) The drones 
                         didn't cause the leak in my life support. 
                         I was never hit.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         (strapping herself back in) Somebody 
                         fixed the whole race?
 
               
                                     WARRICK
                         It is not over, yet.

               
                                     JARLATH
                         Ha...what planet do you live on?

               
                                     WARRICK
                         Told you we should have left him to 
                         die.
 
               
               Meanwhile, in Tynan's office, Teal'c's radio comes to life with 
               the voice of Jack.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         (over the radio) Teal'c? Do you read? 
                         Teal'c? You still at Tech Con?
 
               
               Tynan who has been tracking the progress of the race on a computer 
               gets up, picks up the radio and turns it off. Teal'c and Eamon 
               are seated, hands bound behind their backs. There are still two 
               other men in the room keeping watch as well.
 
               
                                     TYNAN
                         This is really unfortunate. You were 
                         a good employee, Eamon.
 
               
                                     EAMON
                         How could you do this?

               
                                     TYNAN
                         How could I? How could I not? (then 
                         addressing Teal'c) There's something 
                         your new friend, here, doesn't want 
                         you to know. The Serrakin are not to 
                         be trusted.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         The Serrakin freed your ancestors from 
                         the Goa'uld.
 
               
                                     TYNAN
                         For what purpose? Hmm? Sharing technology? 
                         Living in harmony? All lies. The Serrakin 
                         are seizing control or our world, piece 
                         by piece. Taking power and opportunity 
                         away from pure-blood Humans. Polluting 
                         our race by cross breeding. Weakening 
                         it by design. Don't you see? The Serrakin 
                         are no better than the Goa'uld.
 
               
                                     EAMON
                         This is insane, Tynan. Our society was 
                         built by both races...for the good of 
                         all Hebridians.
 
               
                                     TYNAN
                         Is that why the Serrakin hold all the 
                         highest positions and Humans are treated 
                         like second class citizens?
 
               
                                     EAMON
                         That's not true...when Hagan finds out 
                         about this...
 
               
                                     TYNAN
                         (cutting him off) Hagan...is one of 
                         the primary architects of Human oppression 
                         on this planet. No, the winner of the 
                         Loop of Kon Garat will be a pure- blooded 
                         Human and that is merely the first step.
 
                         
               
                                     EAMON
                         You're just mad because...you've been 
                         passed over for advancement three times.
 
                         
               
                                     TYNAN
                         You think I'm the only one? There are 
                         enough of us to make a difference.
 
                         
               
                                     EAMON
                         Has it occurred to you that...maybe 
                         the reason you've been passed over...so 
                         may times is not because you're a Human, 
                         but...because you're a moron?
 
               
                                     TYNAN
                         (ticked off now) I am doing this to 
                         save my kind from the likes of you.
 
                         
               
               Tynan walks back to the computer and sits down to monitor the 
               race.
 
               
                                     EAMON
                         (to Teal'c) I guess not.

               
               We flash to another newscast.

               
                                     HADRAIG
                         Welcome back to TCNN's continuing exclusive 
                         coverage of the Loop of Kon Garat. Now, 
                         we have some startling developments 
                         to relate. Apparently, Warrick and the 
                         Earthling, Samantha Carter, have re-entered 
                         the race with a vengeance and are now 
                         pulling into a close third position. 
                         Coyle, what does this mean for Muirios?
 
                         
               
                                     BORON
                         Well, he's had a commanding lead for 
                         the bulk of the competition, but he's 
                         gotta be wondering what Warrick's got 
                         on board that allowed him to make up 
                         that kind of distance so fast.
 
               
                                     HADRAIG
                         Well, Coyle, perhaps he's using Ion 
                         Pro, a new engine additive from Tech 
                         Con Propulsion Systems.
 
               
                                     BORON
                         Yes, perhaps.

               
                                     HADRAIG
                         Ion Pro is guaranteed to improve drive 
                         performance, no matter what class ship 
                         you fly. Whether you're competing in 
                         the Loop of Kon Garat or just taking 
                         the kids to school, use Ion Pro in your 
                         power source. Ion Pro, from Tech Con 
                         Propulsion Systems: Your system wide 
                         experts in Ion drive technology.
 
               
               We flash to the Tech Con building where Daniel and Jack have 
               arrived, looking for Teal'c. They are speaking with the receptionist.
 
               
               
                                     RECEPTIONIST
                         I'm sorry, I can't let you inside the 
                         complex without clearance.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         We're looking for people we think are 
                         inside the building.
 
               
                                     RECEPTIONIST
                         If you give me their names, I can check 
                         and see if they're here.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Okay...one of them is named...

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Eamon.

               
                                     JACKSON
                         Eamon.

               
                                     RECEPTIONIST
                         And his cousin, Murray?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Murray! Yes...that's them.

               
                                     RECEPTIONIST
                         (smiling) Yes...they're here.

               
                                     JACKSON
                         Good, can we go inside now?

               
                                     RECEPTIONIST
                         (still smiling) No.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         (the smile on his face disappears) All 
                         right...here's what I'd like you to 
                         do. Pick up that phone, call mister...whoever 
                         runs this place...
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Hagan.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Hagan...

               
                                     RECEPTIONIST
                         I'm sorry, but I just can't...

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         We're old friends. Tell him Mr. Man-who-has-the-Stargate 
                         is here to see him. He'll understand.
 
                         
               
                                     JACKSON
                         (whispering and smiling) Stargate.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Go ahead...buttons...phone...

               
                                     RECEPTIONIST
                         (into her headset) Mr. Hagan, please.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         (smiling) Nice.

               
               Back in Tynan's office...

               
                                     EAMON
                         What are you going to do, Tynan? He's 
                         an alien from another planet. His people 
                         are going to miss him.
 
               
               Just as he is contemplating a response, Tynan receives a communication 
               from Muirios.
 
               
                                     MUIRIOS
                         Tynan, respond.

               
                                     TYNAN
                         What is it, Muirios?

               
                                     MUIRIOS
                         It's the Seberus. Warrick is still in 
                         the race. He's gaining on my position.
 
                         
               
               Tynan turns to look back at the race screen and suddenly, we 
               are watching ships fly through an icy asteroid field. Two ships 
               fly by and then, not far behind, we see the Seberus.
 
               
                                     WARRICK
                         (at the ship controls) Hard left!

               
               The ship jerks to the right and Jarlath, who is standing behind 
               and in between where Sam and Warrick sit, goes falling into the 
               right wall of the ship.
 
               
                                     JARLATH
                         (regaining his position, and angry) 
                         What was that? You said left!
 
               
                                     WARRICK
                         Oh, did I? Sorry.

               
                                     JARLATH
                         This is a waste of time! We don't have 
                         a chance! You're just gonna get us killed!
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER AND WARRICK
                         (simultaneously) Shut up!

               
               Back in Tynan's office...

               
                                     MUIRIOS
                         (over comms) Well, how did this happen? 
                         You said the Seberus would be disabled. 
                         That I was guaranteed to win.
 
               
               We see Teal'c smile and look to Eamon.

               
                                     TYNAN
                         You will win, Muirios. Just focus on 
                         what you have to do. (Tynan looks over 
                         at Eamon and Teal'c.) I'll take care 
                         of the Seberus. (He punches a few buttons 
                         on the communication console.) This 
                         is Tynan calling the Seberus. I know 
                         you can hear me.
 
               
                                     WARRICK
                         What do you want, Tynan?

               
                                     TYNAN
                         I only intended to disable your ship, 
                         but your stubbornness as forced my hand. 
                         I have your brother and one of the visitors 
                         from Earth. So, drop out of the race...now.
 
                         
               
               Sam and Jarlath both react in frustration as Warrick powers back 
               the engines. The scene fades out.
 
               
               COMMERCIAL BREAK

               
               Hebridan - Tech Con Group Building Jack is sitting in a chair, 
               cap pulled over his face, sleeping. Daniel is standing next to 
               him, dipping his foot into a pond that is located next to the 
               seating area. The doors open to allow Hagan to walk in. Daniel 
               jumps slightly as he hears the noise and quickly walks to greet 
               Hagan.
 
               
                                     HAGAN
                         Dr. Jackson...Colonel O'Neill... (We 
                         see Jack wake, suddenly and struggle 
                         to pull himself out of the chair. His 
                         cap is now in his hand and he wipes 
                         at his eyes with his hand.) Sorry to 
                         keep you waiting. It's so nice to see 
                         you again. What can I do for you?
 
                         
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Uhm, we think a...member of you group 
                         might, somehow, be lost...inside your 
                         building...with, uh, with one of your 
                         employees.
 
               
                                     HAGAN
                         Lost? That seems unlikely.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Well...you've gotta know the guy.

               
                                     HAGAN
                         Of course...come with me.

               
               Back on the Seberus...

               
                                     WARRICK
                         We were gaining on them. We had a chance.
 
                         
               
               Sam nods.

               
                                     JARLATH
                         (through clenched teeth) You're going 
                         to let a little thing like your brother's 
                         life stop you from winning the race?
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER AND WARRICK
                         (again, simultaneously) Shut up.

               
               In Tynan's office, Tynan is monitoring the race with increasing 
               nervousness. He swings his chair way from the race monitor and 
               back to his desk. He taps the communications console.
 
               
                                     TYNAN
                         Muirios...La'el Montrose is gaining 
                         on you.
 
               
                                     MUIRIOS
                         Yes, I know. You were supposed to take 
                         care of her.
 
               
                                     TYNAN
                         I thought I did. She must have overcome 
                         the problem. Lose her.
 
               
                                     MUIRIOS
                         I'm trying.

               
                                     TYNAN
                         Try harder. Do whatever you have to.
 
                         
               
               Then turning to his two goons and referring to Eamon and Teal'c...
 
               
               
                                     TYNAN
                         Get rid of them. Take them away.

               
               Just as Teal'c and Eamon stand, the door to Tynan's office opens. 
               In walks Hagan, Jack, Daniel and several of Hagan's security 
               personnel.
 
               
                                     HAGAN
                         Hello, Del.

               
                                     TYNAN
                         (standing) Mr. Hagan...

               
               Hagan walks up to the desk, looking to his left at Teal'c and 
               Eamon. Hagan's security personnel quickly secure the room.
 
               
               
                                     JACKSON
                         (approaching Teal'c) Nice outfit. You 
                         guys okay?
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Indeed.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         How many times have I told you, don't 
                         get caught by the bad guys?
 
               
                                     HAGAN
                         How could you do this, Del?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         He claims he was protecting his people 
                         from a Serrakin conspiracy to enslave 
                         the Humans of this world.
 
               
                                     TYNAN
                         I did what I had to. You're kind are 
                         a disease.
 
               
                                     EAMON
                         The only disease here is greed. If he 
                         was protecting anything, it's a deal 
                         he made with Muirios. Which, I suspect, 
                         was quite lucrative.
 
               
                                     HAGAN
                         The reason you've been passed over for 
                         advancement is because you've been under 
                         investigation for corruption for over 
                         a year. We couldn't prove anything until 
                         now.
 
               
                                     TYNAN
                         I intend to file a protest with the 
                         employment council.
 
               
                                     HAGAN
                         (as Tynan is being lead out) Employment 
                         is the least of your worries, right 
                         now, Del.
 
               
               Eamon quickly walks over to Tynan's communication console and 
               contacts the Seberus.
 
               
                                     EAMON
                         Warrick, Major Carter...It's Eamon. 
                         Are you there?
 
               
                                     WARRICK
                         Eamon, are you all right?

               
                                     EAMON
                         Teal'c and I are both safe. Now get 
                         back in the race...and win...if you 
                         can.
 
               
               Sam and Warrick smile at each other and Warrick powers up the 
               engines again.
 
               
                                     JARLATH
                         You must be out of your mind!

               
                                     WARRICK
                         (holding up his hand) Do not say a word. 
                         Major, give me all you've got.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Max power...Warrick, I hate to say it, 
                         but Jarlath might be right. Muirios 
                         has too big a lead. We'll never catch 
                         him. He cheated. I can't believe they'll 
                         still let him take first prize.
 
               
                                     WARRICK
                         Unless we can keep Muirios from crossing 
                         the finish line first.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         How can we do that?

               
                                     JARLATH
                         Oh, that's easy. (They both look at 
                         him.) Just...get me close.
 
               
                                     WARRICK
                         The closest we will get is when the 
                         double back past us after the final 
                         turn.
 
               
                                     JARLATH
                         It'll have to do.

               
               Sam turns to see Jarlath lying on the floor behind them. He has 
               opened a hole in the floor and is fiddling with some luminescent 
               red conduit.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         What are you doing?

               
                                     JARLATH
                         Re-routing the conduit from your fancy 
                         power device and doubling it back through 
                         the communications array.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         (sarcastically) Why? So we can ask him 
                         to lose?
 
               
                                     JARLATH
                         Humorous. More like tell him. This will 
                         allow us to send a blast transmission. 
                         If my aim is correct, it'll temporarily 
                         freeze the command controls on Muirios' 
                         ship.
 
               
                                     WARRICK
                         You are even crazier than I thought.
 
                         
               
                                     JARLATH
                         Never was much of a pilot. But weapons? 
                         (he smiles at Sam) It's an art.
 
               
                                     WARRICK
                         They're coming around the final turn.
 
                         
               
               We see the two ships navigating in a tight course marked on either 
               side by drones or buoys. Muirios guides his ship into Montrose's 
               ship, giving the ship a nudge...more than once.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         He's trying to take out La'el's ship.
 
                         
               
                                     JARLATH
                         I don't think so.

               
               We see the Seberus communication console come to life. Then we 
               see Muirios' ship stall and La'el's ship speed past and through 
               the energy barrier that signifies the finish line. Jarlath pumps 
               his fist and chuckles in triumph.
 
               
                                     WARRICK
                         Well done.

               
                                     JARLATH
                         Ah...don't make me sick.

               
               Another newscast comes on the screen.

               
                                     HADRAIG
                         Unbelievable! What a finish! La'el Montrose 
                         has won the Loop of Kon Garat! What 
                         happened to Muirios?
 
               
                                     BORON
                         It was his race to lost and he lost 
                         it. It looks like some kind of beam 
                         weapon caused his ship's power to fail.
 
                         
               
                                     HADRAIG
                         Opening the door for La'el Montrose 
                         to take it all. You have got to love 
                         that there are no rules in this race.
 
                         
               
                                     BORON
                         It's what makes this competition so 
                         special, Ardal. I must say, in all my 
                         years, I haven't seen anything like 
                         it.
 
               
                                     HADRAIG
                         Well, you must be particularly surprised, 
                         since you picked Muirios to win.
 
               
                                     BORON
                         Yes, I was wrong about that.

               
                                     HADRAIG
                         And you also said that Warrick wouldn't 
                         be in contention, and yet he came very 
                         close to finishing this race.
 
               
                                     BORON
                         Yes, I was wrong about that too.

               
                                     HADRAIG
                         Any predictions for next year?

               
                                     BORON
                         Well, I'd rather not say...

               
               They both chuckle.

               
                                     HADRAIG
                         All right, then. We'll be right back 
                         with post-race interviews after a word 
                         from our sponsor: Corso's Temporal Eatery 
                         - where your whole family can eat what 
                         they want, when they want. Part of the 
                         Tech Con Group family of restaurants.
 
                         
               
               Back on the Seberus...

               
                                     WARRICK
                         Sorry we did not win.

               
                                     CARTER
                         (smiling) It was still worth it.

               
               Warrick nods his agreement.

               
               SGC Sam is walking through one of the SGC corridors. She rounds 
               a corner and sees Daniel hanging up a red handset.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Hey...

               
                                     JACKSON
                         Hey.

               
                                     CARTER
                         I just hear from Warrick. The winner 
                         of the race hired him as co-pilot on 
                         her new contract with Tech Con.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         That's great.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Yeah. He sounded really happy.

               
                                     JACKSON
                         You don't.

               
                                     CARTER
                         I'm fine.

               
                                     JACKSON
                         You've still got that ion drive to study.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         I know...very cool.

               
                                     JACKSON
                         You're just sore that you lost.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Well, come on. It wasn't fair...bunch 
                         of cheaters.
 
               
               Daniel is grinning broadly now.

               
                                     JACKSON
                         So, whatcha gonna do?

               
                                     CARTER
                         Next year...I'm gonna kick butt.

               
               THE END

               

Space Race



Writers :   Damian Kindler
Genres :   Sci-Fi  Action  Adventure


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