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                                      STARGATE SG1

                                      Episode 412

                                       "TANGENT"

                                           By

                                    Michael Cassutt




               We begin at an airport on runway 18. Sam, Jack, Danny, and Major 
               Davis are standing out there .
 
               
                                     SAM
                         Teal'C was ordered to push the envelope. 
                         I'm sure he'll be back soon.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         (Looking thru binoculars) Well, that'd 
                         be nice.
 
               
                                     DANNY
                         Where else would he go?

               
                                     JACK
                         Good point.

               
               A black hummer drives up.

               
                                     JACK
                         Well, here we go.

               
               Shot goes to Sam, who stands up straight, it appears she gets 
               @ attention. Major Davis goes and opens the door for GH. Jack 
               smiles. The car drives away to reveal an African American 3 star 
               general. (GH appears to have 2 stars!) Jack straightens up to 
               attention and salutes him. 3 star General salutes back.
 
               
                                     GH
                         Is there a problem, Colonel?

               
                                     JACK
                         No, Sir. Not at all. I'm sure Teal'C 
                         just felt he'd take her for a spin --- 
                         Around the world.
 
               
                                     GH
                         Well, while we're waiting, I have someone 
                         who'd like to meet your team.
 
               
                                     MAJOR DAVIS
                         Colonel Jack O'Neill, Major Samantha 
                         Carter, Doctor Daniel Jackson, allow 
                         me to introduce Lieutenant General Vidrine. 
                         (GV From now on!)
 
               
                                     GV
                         Colonel.

               
                                     JACK
                         General.

               
                                     GV
                         Major.

               
                                     SAM
                         General.

               
                                     GV
                         Doctor.

               
                                     DANNY
                         General.

               
                                     GV
                         General Hammond has told me nothing 
                         but good things.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Has he, Sir? (Joking) Well, then I'm 
                         sure he's left something out. (Smiling)
 
                         
               
                                     GV
                         Such as?

               
                                     JACK
                         (Loosing the smile very quickly! ) 
                         (Into Radio) Teal'C? Ya there, buddy?
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         (Over radio) Look immediately to the 
                         southwest, O'Neill.
 
               
               Everyone turns, and sees the death glider swooping down @ a very 
               high speed. It passes over them making a MAJOR sonic boom. Everyone 
               ducks. It passes maybe 3 feet above them. Poor Danny's holding 
               his ears.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         WOOO-HOOO-HOOO!

               
               Teal'C's eyes appear to be smiling, as he turns the craft.

               
                                     GV
                         WHAT in God's name is THAT?!

               
                                     DAVIS
                         THAT, General, is the X-301 intercept.
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         Lookin' good, Teal'C. Give us another 
                         fly-by, low and slow.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         As you wish.

               
                                     DAVIS
                         It's a hybrid craft, Sir, made with 
                         a combination of good ol' American know-how, 
                         and 2 Goa'Uld Death Gliders that SG-1 
                         recovered a couple years ago.
 
               
                                     GV
                         It may be the most impressive aircraft 
                         I've ever seen!
 
               
                                     SAM
                         Oh, it's more than that, Sir. Up till 
                         now, we haven't had a platform from 
                         which we could launch an attack on a 
                         Goa'Uld ship --- now we do.
 
               
                                     GV
                         What makes it fly? (Uh-Oh! He asked 
                         SAM something like that! Prepare for 
                         techno-babble mode!)
 
               
                                     SAM
                         (Here we go!) It's difficult to explain, 
                         Sir. The power plant doesn't exert force 
                         against gravity so much as take enertia 
                         out of the equation. Even pilots are 
                         immune to ordinary G forces. We don't 
                         completely understand the physics ---
 
                         
               
                                     GV
                         Major, I'll just accept the fact that 
                         it flies. (Good save, General! )
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         Yes, Sir. (Looks @ someone taller that 
                         her to her left, and smiles. Jack, Danny??)
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         (After watching the craft fly overhead 
                         again) Oh, it flies, yes, Sir!
 
               
               OPENING CREDITS!

               
                                     GV
                         I always like to get a view of the man 
                         in the cockpit. (Teal'C walks up with 
                         helmet in hand ) How does she fly, Son?
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         The vehicle preformed within the expected 
                         paremiters.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         WOO-HOO! (Everyone looks @ Jack.) Sorry 
                         , Sir. (Danny & Sam are seen grinning 
                         in the back of Jack & GV) I couldn't 
                         help getting caught up in Teal'C's enthusiasm.
 
                         
               
                                     DAVIS
                         (Also grinning) Upon completion of a 
                         fight-test program, we hope to deploy 
                         the X-301 as an orbital defense craft 
                         under your command, Sir.
 
               
                                     GV
                         In all seriousness, (Sarcastically just 
                         for Jack) if that's all right with you, 
                         Colonel, (Jack looks at the general, 
                         Sam and Danny are smiling to themselves 
                         in the back. Danny raises his eyebrows!)(LOL!), 
                         (Back to normal voice) How effective 
                         can a single fighter be against a potential 
                         fleet of Goa'Uld warships?
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         That is what these tests endeavor to 
                         determine.
 
               
                                     GV
                         Let's find out. What's next?

               
                                     JACK
                         I take second seat for an air-to-air 
                         live fire test, Sir.
 
               
                                     GH
                         Our SGC control room will serve as Mission 
                         Control, Sir.
 
               
                                     GV
                         Light that candle, boys.

               
                                     JACK
                         Yes, Sir. (Smiles a VERY BIG smile @ 
                         Teal'C)
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Does General Vidrine wish to perform 
                         some sort of candle burning ritual? 
                         (He takes EVERYTHING so literally!)
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         Yes, that's it, exactly.

               
               Sam and Davis (Major, not Tech.) are sitting @ the control panel.
 
               
               
                                     JACK
                         (Over radio) Request permission to proceed 
                         with weapon's test.
 
               
                                     DAVIS
                         You're a go, Digger 1.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         (in craft) Proceeding to target area.
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         (Over radio) Copy that. You're a go 
                         for phase 2.
 
               
                                     DANNY
                         That's them?

               
                                     DAVIS
                         The X-301 is equipped with stelth technology 
                         which normally wouldn't show up on radar, 
                         so we've installed a special transmitter 
                         for the test.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         These blims represent the target drones. 
                         X-301 is carrying 2 AIM-120A air-to-air 
                         missles.
 
               
                                     GV
                         Major, are you suggesting a slammer 
                         missle would be capeable of taking out 
                         a Goa'Uld mother ship?
 
               
                                     SAM
                         If it's armed with a naquada-enhanced 
                         warhead, and modified with a shield 
                         frequency modulator , Yes, Sir! (GH 
                         Smiles)
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Beginning attack run now.

               
                                     JACK
                         (As the craft is climbing @ a higher 
                         rate of speed) WOO-HOO-HOO!
 
               
                                     SAM
                         Digger 1, you're going to overshoot!
 
                         
               
               On the radar screen it says TRACKING FAILURE . The signal has 
               been lost. Cause unknown.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         (As the craft is STILL shooting upwards) 
                         Uh --- Teal'C ? Target's back that way.
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I am no longer controlling it.

               
                                     JACK
                         Excuse me?!

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         The craft is no longer accepting input 
                         from the controls. The drive is @ full 
                         power.
 
               
               Cool shot of the plane shooting upwards.

               
                                     JACK
                         Flight, I'm declaring an emergency.
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         The ejection system has malfunctioned.
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         We are NO LONGER in control of the vehicle. 
                         I repeat, we have lost control and can 
                         not eject. Please advise.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         Digger 1, Digger1? This is flight. They're 
                         not responding.
 
               
                                     DAVIS
                         We're experiencing atmospheric interference.
 
                         
               
                                     GV
                         Major Carter?

               
                                     SAM
                         The glider was setting up target drones 
                         when it accelerated into a steep vertical 
                         climb. It's off our radar, we're attempting 
                         to reaquire ---
 
               
                                     DANNY
                         Are you saying they've gone into orbit?
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         I'm saying they're headed straight out 
                         into space.
 
               
                                     GV
                         You said the 301 was capable of space 
                         flight.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         Yes, Sir, it is, but that wasn't part 
                         of the test.
 
               
                                     DANNY
                         Teal'C wouldn't do this intentually. 
                         There has to be something wrong.
 
               
                                     GH
                         A malfunction?

               
                                     SAM
                         Must be, Sir.

               
                                     GH
                         Get me the shuttle action officer @ 
                         space command.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         The shuttle won't be able to reach them 
                         , Sir, unless we can find some way to 
                         turn them around.
 
               
                                     GH
                         It's all we've got!

               
                                     DAVIS
                         We're got NASA's deep-space tracking 
                         looking for the glider now. With the 
                         DSP & NORAD data, they should be able 
                         to get a hack on it and hopefully restore 
                         communication.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Uh --- flight, this is Digger 1 --- 
                         Cheyenne, we have a problem!  Nothings 
                         working back here. (Looks to the side, 
                         does a double take, and sees Earth passing 
                         by) Uh --- Teal'C, on our 6, Is that 
                         what I think it is?!
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         If you think it is Earth, yes.

               
                                     JACK
                         It's --- shrinking.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         It's size remains constant, rather, 
                         it is we who are moving away @ extreme 
                         velocity. These instruments indicate 
                         drive shut down. We are no longer accelerating.
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         (Taking off his mask & signing) Well, 
                         that's good.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I WILL Attempt to restart.

               
                                     MY LORD APOPHIS! 
                         Shol'Va! To all those who would turn 
                         against their god, know this!--- For 
                         your insolence, you will DIE in the 
                         cold of space. What is rightfully mine 
                         will return to ME!
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Was that who I think it was? And did 
                         he just say what I think he said?!
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         If you think it was Apophis, and if 
                         you think he said the device from which 
                         this craft is constructed contains a 
                         device to return this glider to his 
                         home world, then,yes.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         He also mentioned something about DYING 
                         ---
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         --- In the cold of space.

               
                                     JACK
                         Right! (A few seconds later) Well, the 
                         ol' boy hasn't lost his touch, has he? 
                         (AQ! Has to say: Nope, My lord hasn't!)
 
                         
               
                                     DANNY?
                         (too far to tell who's mouth is moving, 
                         either his or Davis's) Digger 1 come 
                         in. Jack or Teal'C please respond. (That's 
                         why I think It's Danny, Davis wouldn't 
                         have called Jack by his first name, 
                         right?) (Silence) Nothing!
 
               
                                     DAVIS
                         NASA Deep-Space tracking is trying to 
                         boost the signal.
 
               
                                     DANNY
                         General, maybe we should contact our 
                         allies capable of space flight. Tell 
                         em our situation.
 
               
                                     GH
                         Proceed, Doctor. SG-2 will be standing 
                         by to assist.
 
               
                                     GV
                         How fast is the glider going now?

               
                                     DAVIS
                         Roughly a million miles an hour. At 
                         least they're no longer accelerating.
 
                         
               
                                     GV
                         George, maybe it would be best if I 
                         returned to the pentegon. See what our 
                         people can contribute from that end. 
                         YOU bring them home.
 
               
                                     GH
                         Yes, Sir.

               
                                     SAM
                         Sir, I have an idea, but a whole lotta 
                         things have got to go right for it to 
                         work. (She sits down next to Davis)
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         (Over radio) Cheyenne, we have a problem!
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         (After freaking out) Digger 1, this 
                         is flight! Reading you five by !(No 
                         response)
 
               
                                     GH
                         Why haven't they responded?

               
                                     SAM
                         We'll have to wait for it, Sir.

               
                                     DAVIS
                         It's a time lag, Sir. The time it takes 
                         for our signal to travel from earth 
                         to the X-301 and back.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         How are we on consumeables?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         We have sufficient power and life surport 
                         for several days.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Several DAYS --- Well, that's something. 
                         How long will this thing take to get 
                         to where ever it's going?
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Assuming this device is programmed to 
                         return to Apophis's home world, Several 
                         Hundred years.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Several HUNDRED?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         YEARS!

               
                                     JACK
                         Yeah, just uh --- let me do the math 
                         on that --- carry the four ---
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         The instillation of this device was 
                         clearly the result of my betrayel of 
                         Apophis. Before I became SHOL'VA, such 
                         a device would have been un necessary.
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         So ---?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I am indirectly responsible, O'Neill. 
                         ---
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Oh, stop it. We'll be fine. (Sounds 
                         of static)
 
               
                                     DANNY
                         (Over radio) Digger 1 come in.

               
                                     JACK
                         There, see?

               
                                     DANNY
                         Jack or Teal'C , please respond!

               
                                     JACK
                         Yeah, flight. Digger one --- we read 
                         you --- we have lost control of the 
                         craft to some sort of recall device. 
                         Apparently, the scum-sucking, slimey 
                         snake-assed Apophis  intalled in 
                         his death gliders. Over! (Static) Flight, 
                         do you copy?! Uh --- flight. I don't 
                         know whether or not you can hear me, 
                         but --- uh --- controls are NOT responding. 
                         No thrusters, and no reaction control 
                         system. We are --- purely ballistic. 
                         (5 Seconds silence)  Over.
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         Colonel, you're so far out, there's 
                         already a time lapse of a few minutes, 
                         so conversation is gonna be a problem. 
                         We've received some preliminary tracking 
                         data from deep space network. The glider 
                         is going to pass relatively close to 
                         Jupitor. We're hoping if we can somehow 
                         nudge your trajectory just a bit, you 
                         can perform a sling-shot manuver back 
                         toward earth. Message ends (Looks @ 
                         watch) 1430 zulu.
 
               
                                     DAVIS
                         A time lag. Good thinking , Major.
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         It would take a few minutes for our 
                         radio signal to get that far out, even 
                         AT the speed of light.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         (Over radio) --- flight. Digger one 
                         --- we read you --- we have lost control 
                         of the craft to some sort of recall 
                         device. Apparently, (MAJOR static here!)Apophis 
                          intalled in his death gliders. Over! 
                         (Static) Flight, do you copy?! Uh --- 
                         flight. I don't know whether or not 
                         you can hear me, but --- uh --- controls 
                         are NOT responding. (Sam closes her 
                         eyes, and bows her head here. You know 
                         the look, right?!) No thrusters, and 
                         no reaction control system. We are --- 
                         (Static) ballistic.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         Dammit! I was counting on them having 
                         at least SOME ability to maneuver it! 
                         I don't know how to swing them around 
                         Jupiter without reaction control systems! 
                         (Davis looks sadly @ Sam.) (Shot goes 
                         to Digger 1) (Over radio) We're hoping 
                         we can somehow nudge your trajectory 
                         so you can do a sling-shot menuver back 
                         to earth. Message end: 1430 zulu. (Static)
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         Message understood @ 1433 Zulu. (To 
                         Teal'C) OK! How do we do that?!
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Without control of our thrusters, we 
                         are incapeable of nudging.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         (Quietly) Right. Uh, flight, this is 
                         Digger 1. We have NEGATIVE --- nudging 
                         capeabilities. (Looks @ panel) Stand 
                         by, flight. Teal'C, the weapons system 
                         we installed shouldn't be affected, 
                         right?
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         What are you consitering, O'Neill?
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         Our Missles.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         At this velocity a great deal of thrust 
                         would be required to significally alter 
                         our trajectory.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         We JUST need a nudge.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I am unsure of that specific measurement.
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         Uh, flight. Digger 1 . We've got 2 AIM-120 
                         Alpha rocket moders that may, I'll say 
                         again , MAY, be @ our desposal.
 
               
               We go back to the control room. Sam and Davis run to control 
               panel.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         (Over radio) Uh, flight. Digger 1 . 
                         We've got 2 AIM-120 Alpha rocket moders 
                         that may, I'll say again , MAY, be @ 
                         our desposal. Can we over ride the release 
                         meconism and keep em attached thru burnout? 
                         If so, we need to calculate where, when, 
                         and duration of burn. Digger 1 @ 1458 
                         ZULU.
 
               
                                     GH
                         Major Davis?

               
                                     DAVIS
                         They want to cook off the missles, Sir.
 
                         
               
                                     GH
                         What for?

               
                                     SAM
                         If we can get enough delta V out of 
                         the missles' rocket motors, our plan 
                         might still work. We'll need an over 
                         ride procendure. Can you do it?
 
               
                                     DAVIS
                         That's the easy part.

               
                                     SAM
                         Talk them thru it. I'll need half an 
                         hour to make the burn calculations,Sir.
 
                         
               
                                     DAVIS
                         Half an hour? Major, don't get me wrong, 
                         but the margin for error for this ---
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         THAT'S the time we've got ---

               
                                     DAVIS
                         I realize that! They thrust in the wrong 
                         direction, they hit Jupiter.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         Wait any longer, and we're too late. 
                         (To GH) Sir?
 
               
                                     GH
                         Do it.

               
                                     DAVIS
                         OK, Missle selection switched to AIM-120A 
                         Air to air mode to 4.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Slow down, for cryin' out loud!(As Davis 
                         continues, Jack gets a dazed over look 
                         on his face! He must be thinking, that 
                         he reminds him of someone.) Teal'C 
                         you getting' all this? (Davis contunes 
                         techno-babble)
 
               
                                     SAM'S TURN! 
                         Fire missle 2 followed by missle 1. 
                         I know this sounds like a lot, guys, 
                         but it's what we have to do. Commence 
                         at any point from 1622 ZULU. This is 
                         flight. 1618 ZULU.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         That's right about now. When ever you're 
                         ready.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Air to air mode bore.

               
                                     JACK
                         Update?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Update.

               
                                     JACK
                         Ready. Flight, this is digger 1, we've 
                         updated and are ready to begin burn. 
                         Selecting--- Missle 2 and --- (Ship 
                         takes off) 4---3---2---1--- (Second 
                         missle ignites)
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Weapons are releasing! (The missle hits 
                         the craft)
 
               
                                     JACK
                         LOOK OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!

               
                                     SAM
                         Preliminarty data coming in. (Screen 
                         shows the failure) (Sam puts her head 
                         down, Davis stares out into space) Digger 
                         1, this is flight. We have no joy on 
                         the burn. I'm sorry, Colonel, but the 
                         missles just didn't have enough thrust. 
                         (GH is looking @ Sam ) Your current 
                         trajectory takes you out of the solar 
                         system and towords the oort cloud, which 
                         you should reach in a --- (She pauses 
                         here) in a few months. (Puts her head 
                         down) We're all still thinking down 
                         here, so, don't give up. 1813 ZULU.( 
                         Davis looks sad. He blows out a breath. 
                         Poor Sam looks like she wants to cry.)
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         (Over radio) (A shot of the craft is 
                         seen passing by Jupitor)We're all still 
                         thinking down here, so, don't give up. 
                         1813 ZULU.
 
               
                                     JACK 
                         Cabin pressure's holding. We didn't 
                         spring a leak --- though I may have 
                         just --- taken one!
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Our situation has indeed worstened.
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         Ya think?!

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Indeed. The impact of the missle has 
                         damaged both power and life surpport.
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         I've always wanted to see the OORD cloud, 
                         so there's that. (Teal'C sends him a 
                         look) Flight, this is Digger 1. Failed 
                         burn caused damage to our power systems, 
                         and life support.
 
               
                                     DAVIS
                         No pupolsion of any kind, and this attempt 
                         to change their course has damaged both 
                         life support and power systems. For 
                         the moment, we'll have complete shutdown 
                         of all nonessential systems.
 
               
                                     DANNY
                         Maybe they could try to disconnect what 
                         ever it is that blocked them out in 
                         the first place.
 
               
                                     GH
                         It's worth considering.

               
                                     SAM
                         No, Sir, I don't think it is.

               
                                     DANNY
                         Why not?

               
                                     SAM
                         We have to assume there's a failsafe 
                         meconism to prevent the pilot from attempting 
                         just that.
 
               
                                     DAVIS
                         We don't know that for a fact.

               
                                     SAM
                         Yeah, but it makes sence. At this point, 
                         I recommend we on the life surport.
 
                         
               
                                     DAVIS
                         The engineers who designed the craft 
                         are running senerios now. They can scrub 
                         CO2. Oxygen and power are gonna be a 
                         problem now. It's going to get COLD 
                         up there.
 
               
                                     GH
                         Doctor Jackson?

               
                                     DANNY
                         The Tollen don't have a space crart 
                         fast enough, or close enough to get 
                         there with in a year.
 
               
                                     GH
                         And the Tok'Ra?

               
                                     DANNY
                         (LESS than enthusiastic) Uh --- yeah! 
                         (Normal tone) I spoke with Anise personally. 
                         She said they had a scout ship within 
                         a day or so of earth, (Quietly, sarcastically) 
                         Barely, (Normal tone) but it's on a 
                         covert mission to a Goa'Uld-occupied 
                         world, and the High Council doesn't 
                         want to expose the operative by --- 
                         making --- contact. (GH lowers his head 
                         & appears to roll his eyes.)
 
               
                                     DAVIS
                         Then, why would they bother to tell 
                         you that much?
 
               
                                     DANNY
                         They hope that the operative will complete 
                         the mission and report back in time 
                         to help Jack and Teal'C.
 
               
                                     GH
                         I assume Anise refused to say where 
                         & what this covert mission was.
 
               
                                     DANNY
                         And to understand not wanting to jeopardize 
                         the life of a Tok'Ra important to BOTH 
                         of us. I mean , I sort of lost my temper, 
                         but she said she was doing us a favor, 
                         by telling us as much as she did.
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         Maybe she was! I mean, we know a scout 
                         ship's maximum speed from our mission 
                         to Netu. We also know it's a Goa'Uld-occupied 
                         world relatively close to Earth, so 
                         ---
 
               
                                     DAVIS
                         So --- that narrows it down.

               
                                     SAM
                         Yes, it does. Sir, with your permission 
                         ---
 
               
                                     GH
                         Granted!

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Navigation --- off. Fire control systems 
                         --- off.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Targeting computer --- off.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Illumination to minimum setting. (about 
                         10 seconds of silence)
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Is that all we can shut down?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         The radio, O'Neill.

               
                                     JACK
                         Right --- Flight, this is digger 1 @ 
                         one niner 52 ZULU. We have initiated 
                         power conservation, and will have to 
                         eliminate the downlink. We'll reconfigure 
                         for a comm pass 5 minutes before and 
                         after every hour.
 
               
                                     DANNY
                         (Over radio) This is flight. Hold tight, 
                         guys. We got a new plan. We're trying 
                         to reach you with a Tok'Ra scout ship. 
                         Message ends @ (To someone) What time 
                         is it? Uh --- 1947 ZULU.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Uh --- flight, Digger 1, we would prefer 
                         to do SOMETHING. Tell us how to fix 
                         this thing, we'll fly ourselves home.
 
                         
               
                                     DANNY 
                         OH! If you're thinking of trying to 
                         disconnect the recall device, Sam thinks 
                         that would just make things worse.
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         This is P2C-257. This is the ONLY Goa'Uld-occupied 
                         world which is remotely within a scout 
                         ships range of Earth , at maximum speed. 
                         The Tok'Ra operative MUST be there.
 
                         
               
                                     GH
                         What are the risks?

               
                                     SAM
                         Well, Sir. SG-14 spent several days 
                         there watching the Goa'Uld mining operation. 
                         They managed to get in and out without 
                         being detected.
 
               
                                     GH
                         There's still the matter of identifying 
                         the Tok'Ra operative.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         Anise said it was someone important 
                         to both of us.
 
               
                                     DANNY
                         Someone we know.

               
                                     SAM
                         At least that's what we're hoping.
 
                         
               
                                     DANNY
                         We know what the risks are, Sir, and 
                         we're ready.
 
               
                                     GH
                         I can see that. You have a go.

               
                                     SAM
                         Thank you , Sir. Tell them to hang on, 
                         Sir. We'll get there.
 
               
                                     GH
                         Digger 1, this is Hammond. Doctor Jackson 
                         and Major Carter are procuring a craft 
                         fast enough to rescue you,but you're 
                         going to have to hang on for at least 
                         24 hours. I know that sounds like a 
                         long time, and I know you want to do 
                         some thing to get your selves out of 
                         this, but the best thing you can do 
                         is conserve your energy. Hammong out 
                         @ 2100.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         24 hours.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Our current life surport and power will 
                         not last 12 hours.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Let me do the math ---

               
               Sam and Danny are crawling thru some woods. She's looking @ the 
               Jaffa and pyramids thru a night vision camera.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         We may have to go into the mine.

               
                                     DANNY
                         What about contacting the operative 
                         by radio?
 
               
               They hear a noise. They are transported onto a ship by the ring 
               thingys. Still laying down, they get up, and Sam points her gun 
               at the closed door. The door opens to reveal a very angry looking 
               "Dad." She lowers her weapon.
 
               
                                     JACOB (YAY! )
                         Are you out of your mind?!?! (VERY Angry) 
                         WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU 2 DOING HERE?!?!?!
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         We were looking for you.

               
                                     JACOB
                         (Still yelling, hence the caps) WELL, 
                         YOU BETTER HAVE A DAMN GOOD REASON! 
                         I WAS 20 MINUTES AWAY FROM DETINATING 
                         A WEAPONS-GRADE SHIPPMENT OF NAQUATA 
                         THAT WOULD HAVE VAPORIZED A SIZABLE 
                         CHUNK OF THIS PLANET!!!!!!!!!! (He's 
                         Pissed!) (Softer, hence NO caps) Now, 
                         if I hadn't spotted you 2 coming thru 
                         the stargate---
 
               
                                     SAM
                         You SAW us?

               
                                     JACOB
                         Yes, The ship was cloaked --- CLOAKED 
                         being the operative word. Now, they 
                         know we're here.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         Colonel O'Neill and Teal'C need your 
                         help.
 
               
                                     JACOB
                         What happened?

               
                                     DANNY
                         They're stranded in a disabled glider 
                         headed into space.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         This was the only ship within range.
 
                         
               
                                     JACOB
                         Good enough. Well, let's go. (Sam and 
                         Danny look @ each other, the follow 
                         him)
 
               
                                     GH
                         What is it, Major?

               
                                     DAVIS
                         General, Sir, Major Carter and Doctor 
                         Jackson are now abord a Tok'Ra Scout 
                         ship being pioleted by her father, Sir. 
                         We're designating it Digger 2.
 
               
                                     GH
                         I call that good news, Major. What's 
                         the problem?
 
               
                                     DAVIS
                         (Sighs) We've only received the one 
                         coaded message, Sir. Before they made 
                         the jump into hyper space. Now, by my 
                         calculations, even @ the ship's top 
                         speed --- Colonel O'Neill and Teal'C 
                         will be dead by the time they arrive. 
                         (Forever the pessimist, 'eh, Major!) 
                         (GH looks worried)
 
               
                                     JACK
                         What do you say we turn up the heat?
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         We must conserve as much power as possible.
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         By the way, I've done the math ---
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         (SMILING!!!!!) As have I.

               
                                     JACK
                         So, what do you say we turn up the heat? 
                         It's cold in here.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I am aware.

               
                                     JACK
                         You know, I've already done that --- 
                         freezing to death thing, and it's just 
                         not as enjoyable as it sounds. So, if 
                         we just consiter there's no chance ---
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         There IS a chance.

               
                                     JACK
                         24 minus 12 ---

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         If I placed myself in an extremely deep 
                         state of Kel'No'Reem, my heart rate 
                         will decrease, and our oxygen requirement 
                         will be lowered considerably.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         (seconds later) Who will I talk to?
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         (Is that a smile --- again?!??!) There 
                         is little to say, O'Neill. We have fought 
                         and won many battles together. It has 
                         been an honor to serve the Tau'Ri by 
                         your side. We are brothers.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Wow, that's uh ---

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Is there anything you wish to say, O,Neill?
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         What could I POSSIBLY say after that? 
                         Back at ya!
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         If we are to die, we die well. (He goes 
                         into Kel'No'Reem)
 
               
                                     JACK
                         We could do better.

               
               We go to Digger 2, which is going thru hyperspace.

               
                                     SAM
                         Vibration.

               
                                     JACOB
                         No kidding. We're at 132% of maximum 
                         speed. (VERY Sarcastically) If we don't 
                         shake apart first, we might just get 
                         there.
 
               
                                     DANNY
                         (With one of his many adorable expressions, 
                         this time raising his eyebrows and looking 
                         over his glasses.) Is that WISE?
 
               
                                     JACOB
                         NO!

               
                                     DANNY
                         OH!

               
               Jacob nods his head. (Hello, Selmack!)

               
                                     SELMACK
                         You did not know about the recall mechonism?
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         Well, apparently, Apophis didn't need 
                         a recall device until Teal'C planted 
                         the seeds of rebellion on Chulack. We 
                         didn't have a clue.
 
               
                                     SELMACK
                         The devices are new, even to the Tok'Ra.
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         You could have told us!

               
                                     SELMACK
                         You could have told us of your intentions.
 
                         
               
               Selmack bows her head, Dad's back! 

               
                                     DANNY
                         Uh, yes, why didn't we?

               
                                     JACOB
                         Same reason we didn't. Politics. So, 
                         how do you intrend to get them out the 
                         glider once we get there? I mean, there's 
                         no chance it'll fit in the cargo bay.
 
                         
               
                                     DANNY
                         We were hoping you could kinda --- like 
                         --- beam them out.
 
               
                                     JACOB
                         (Laughing) Beam them out? What am I 
                         , Scotty? (Excuse me while I laugh my 
                         ass off!)
 
               
                                     SAM
                         I have an idea, Dad. Colonel O'Neill 
                         and Teal'C are gonna have to take a 
                         leap of faith.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         (Weakly) This is Digger 1 --- 1011 --- 
                         ZULU. Teal'C's meditating to conserve 
                         oxygen --- I'm trying to sleep, but 
                         it's hard.--- CO2 levels --- are high.--- 
                         headache --- is bad. --- send asprin. 
                         --- I estimate --- three hours. --- 
                         this is --- Digger --- 1 .
 
               
                                     SAM
                         What's wrong.

               
                                     JACOB
                         Nothing's wrong. Not yet.

               
                                     DANNY
                         But there will be something wrong?
 
                         
               
                                     JACOB
                         Well, let's just say I'd like to stop 
                         for a second and make some repairs, 
                         but this is not a particually safe part 
                         of town to pull over.
 
               
                                     DANNY
                         OH!

               
                                     JACOB
                         And, what were you thinking, anyway? 
                         Retrofitting a death glider? You should 
                         have known better. The technology you're 
                         screwing around with is way over your 
                         head!
 
               
                                     SAM
                         That is the most arrogant --- I can't 
                         believe that that just came out of your 
                         mouth!
 
               
                                     JACOB
                         Well, it's the truth.

               
                                     SAM
                         You of all people should know ---

               
                                     JACOB
                         I am uniquely qualified to know just 
                         how technologically infantile the human 
                         race is.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         INFINTILE?!?!?!

               
                                     JACOB
                         Yes, in comparison with the Goa'Uld 
                         and Tok'Ra, you're very young.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         Yo---you are so---

               
                                     JACOB
                         There's nothing wrong with being young, 
                         but you've gotta learn to take small 
                         steps. You can't just slap a US Air 
                         Force sticker on the side of a DEATH 
                         GLIDER, and call it yours. Advancement 
                         like that has to be earned.
 
               
                                     DANNY
                         Um, aren't the Goa'Uld,and the Tok'Ra,for 
                         that matter, uh --- where they are by 
                         stealing the technology from other races?
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         YES!

               
                                     JACOB
                         Yes, but the Tok'Ra were flying around 
                         in ships like these when most of the 
                         people on earth thought it was flat.
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         (A boom is heard) What's that?

               
                                     JACOB
                         What I was afraid of. We've over taxed 
                         the drives. (The ship gets out of hyperspace)
 
                         
               
                                     DANNY
                         Are we still in a bad part of town?
 
                         
               
                                     JACOB
                         The worst. We can probably get the drives 
                         back online, but it's gonna take a few 
                         minutes.
 
               
                                     DANNY
                         Excuse me? Is THAT what I think it is? 
                         (2 Motherships appear)
 
               
                                     SAM
                         Can we cloak the ship?

               
                                     JACOB
                         Nah. All main power systems are off 
                         line. (To Danny) Can you speak with 
                         the Goa'Uld dialect?
 
               
                                     DANNY
                         The dialect , yes.

               
                                     JACOB
                         That's all you need. When they try to 
                         make contact with you, place your hand 
                         here, and use your imagination. Take 
                         your hand away, and it'll broadcast. 
                         Sam, can you give me a hand. (Danny 
                         watches the Carters leave.)
 
               
                                     JACK
                         (Over radio) Trying to sleep, but it's 
                         hard. CO2 levels are high. (Davis puts 
                         his fingers to his head, and rubs ) 
                         (GH has a stoic look on his face) Headache 
                         is bad. (He's rubbing his eyes, too) 
                         Send asprin. I estimate three hours. 
                         This is Digger 1.
 
               
                                     DAVIS
                         (Taking his hands off his eyes. He WAS 
                         crying) (Voice cracking) Shall I respond, 
                         Sir?
 
               
                                     GH
                         Do we have any information to pass on?
 
                         
               
                                     DAVIS
                         No, Sir. Not since Major Carter reported 
                         they boarded the scout ship.
 
               
                                     GH
                         Let the man try to sleep.

               
                                     DAVIS
                         Yes, Sir.

               
                                     GOA'ULD
                         (Heru'Ur?) Krae tal shal mak! Heru'Ur!
 
                         
               
                                     DANNY
                         Mak tal shree! Lo tak meka satak OZ!
 
                         
               
                                     HERU'UR?
                         Mok Tal OZ?!??!?!?!?!

               
                                     DANNY
                         Mak Tal OZ KREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 
                         (He smiles here!)
 
               
                                     HERU'UR
                         Kal tek shree, tak monak!

               
                                     JACOB
                         Alright, we're almost finished.

               
                                     DANNY
                         That's good, because I don't think they 
                         bought my act.
 
               
                                     JACOB
                         Why? Who'd you say you were?

               
                                     DANNY
                         The great and powerful ---OZ!

               
                                     JACOB
                         (Sighning) (Yelling) SAM!

               
                                     SAM
                         Almost there!

               
                                     JACOB
                         (Seing death gliders leave ship) WE'VE 
                         GOTTA GO!
 
               
                                     SAM
                         Punch it! (She jumps into hyperspace 
                         while being chased by death gliders)
 
                         
               
                                     GH
                         It's been almost 3 hours. I'd like to 
                         send a final message to Colonel O'Neill.
 
                         
               
                                     DAVIS
                         (Nice tears, Davis!) Yes, Sir.

               
                                     SAM
                         (Over radio) This is digger 2, we are 
                         in the solar system, and preparing for 
                         retrieval. We estimate our time to station 
                         keep with digger 1 is 4 minutes. Stand 
                         by. (Davis and GH look at each other) 
                         We're trying to make contact with Digger 
                         1, Sir, without success. (They pull 
                         up breside the death glider) Digger 
                         1, this is Carter. Do you read?
 
               
                                     JACOB
                         Are we too late?

               
                                     SAM
                         I think they're unconscious.

               
                                     DANNY
                         Well, we have to wake them up somehow.
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         Dammit, Colonel! We haven't come all 
                         this way to take you home in a box, 
                         now WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
               
                                     JACOB
                         Let me give them a nudge. (Jack wakes 
                         up from the bump)
 
               
                                     SAM
                         Colonel O'Neill? (He looks around) (Disorientated) 
                         Carter? (Looks toward them) Carter!
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         (Smiling away) Yes, Sir!

               
                                     JACK
                         (Completely out of it!) HI!

               
                                     SAM
                         Hi, Sir. We're gonna find a way to get 
                         you back home safe and warm. What's 
                         your reserve Oxygen statis?
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Uh --- I don't ---- WHAT?!?!

               
                                     SAM
                         (Said slowly) What's your reserve Oxygen 
                         status?
 
               
                                     JACK
                         (Looking @ her and blinking, still out 
                         of it!) Carter, is that you?
 
               
                                     SAM
                         Sir, we're over here ready to bring 
                         you home. You're gonna have to trust 
                         me. (He look around confused) He's suffering 
                         from anoxia, oxygen deprivation. Do 
                         you trust me , Sir?
 
               
                                     JACK
                         (Snaps his head to look @ her) Sure!
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         Good! Is Teal'C conscious?

               
                                     JACK
                         (Softly) Teal'C? (Throws some thing 
                         at Teal'C) (Louder) Teal'C?! (Teal'C 
                         's eyes snap open)
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         O'Neill?

               
                                     JACK
                         Look, It's Carter! She wants to talk 
                         to you!
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Major Carter! Little Oxygen remains.
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         Cabin pressure?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Also very low.

               
                                     SAM
                         We copy that. So we want you do exactly 
                         as we say. First, remove your restraints. 
                         Then on my mark, blow the canapy of 
                         the glider, then push off.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         We will die!

               
                                     SAM
                         Negative! It'll be alright if it's only 
                         for a few seconds.
 
               
                                     JACOB
                         Teal'C, the only way we can bring you 
                         abord is with the ring transporter. 
                         That means you have to be clear of the 
                         glider. Got it?
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I understand.

               
                                     JACOB
                         Good. I need you at least 5 meters from 
                         the scout ship, close together. Stand 
                         by until I get into position.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Jacob, is that you?!

               
                                     JACOB
                         Yes, it is, Jack. Now do what we tell 
                         you.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Did you know your ship's bigger than 
                         ours?
 
               
                                     SAM
                         Colonel, we need you to consentrate.
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         Blow the canopy.

               
                                     SAM
                         On my mark, not before.

               
                                     JACK
                         (Snaps his head) Right!

               
                                     SAM
                         Make sure your helmets are secure, and 
                         set your oxygen at 100%. You'll need 
                         to prebreath the last breaths in deep 
                         breaths holding each one in. You'll 
                         need to power the system before you 
                         blow the canopy. Then disconnect the 
                         umbilical, and exhale as much as possible. 
                         Stand by!
 
               
                                     JACOB
                         We're in position. Stand by in the hold.
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         Colonel, Teal'C? Are you ready?

               
                                     JACK
                         Ready!

               
                                     SAM
                         Three --- two --- one ---mark!

               
               The canopy opens, and Jack and Teal'C begin to float in to space. 
               The cargo doors open, and the transporter rings catch them. Sam 
               looks back to see them faint. Danny runs to check Jack. Teal'C 
               is smiling, he's fine!
 
               
                                     DANNY
                         They're all right!

               
                                     SAM
                         Flight, this is digger 2 . We have Colonel 
                         O'Neill & Teal'C aboard! THEY'RE BOTH 
                         ALIVE!!!! (She gets up and runs to the 
                         cargo bay) Welcome aboard!
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Jacob --- Thanks for stopping by!

               
                                     JACOB
                         What the hell? I was in the neighborhood! 
                         Ya need a lift home?
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Yes, Sir. Thank you. (Everyone smiles 
                         as Jacob helps Jack up)
 
               
               Back in the gateroom!

               
               Davis appears to be praying as Sam's message is relayed to them. 
               Davis and GH both put up their hands screaming as the whole place 
               erupts in cheers! Davis and GH Shake hands while smiling the 
               biggest smiles I have ever seen on either of them.
 
               
                                     DAVIS
                         YEAH!!!!! Well done, Digger 2, Congratulations! 
                         Now come on home!
 
               
               THE END

               

Tangent



Writers :   Michael Cassutt
Genres :   Sci-Fi  Action  Adventure


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