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                                      STARGATE SG1

                                      Episode 904

                                  "THE TIES THAT BIND"

                                           By

                             Joseph Mallozzi & Paul Mullie

               
               
               Open on Stargate which is already dialing out, Jackson stands 
               at the base of the ramp in blue BDUs checking his watch, Vala 
               enters with two SFs.
 
               
                                     VALA
                         Came to see me off. That's sweet.

               
                                     JACKSON
                         Well we've been through a lot together 
                         and I just wanted to come here myself 
                         and make sure you were...thoroughly 
                         searched.
 
               
               Vala grins at Jackson, not taking he eyes off him she hands the 
               SF her bag and coat. Jackson grins back shrugging. The gate Kawooshs 
               and one of the SFs finds a small jewel or sorts?
 
               
                                     VALA
                         *takes it from the SF* This is a little 
                         keepsake. Something to remember you 
                         by.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         *Takes it* this is a priceless artifact
 
                         
               
                                     VALA
                         *tries to take it back* as priceless 
                         as the memories we share *he keeps a 
                         hold of it, puts it in his pocket* well....*clears 
                         throat and turns back to SFs taking 
                         her bag and Jacket* thank you. *turns 
                         back to Jackson* I hate long goodbyes
 
                         
               
                                     JACKSON
                         ok. Good bye *turns to walk away*

               
                                     VALA
                         don't I even get a hug?

               
               He stops walks back over biting lip puts his hands on her shoulders, 
               trying to limit contact, pulls her to him, patting, moves her 
               away, she looks at him for a bit, then turns to walk up the ramp. 
               As she moves by Jackson grabs her arm tugging her back to him
 
               
               
                                     VALA
                         Daniel! Don't make this harder than 
                         it already is. *gripping her hands he 
                         pulls them open taking back the artifact* 
                         Oh. Can't blame a girl for trying.
 
                         
               
                                     JACKSON
                         no...I can. *she runs her fingers down 
                         his right cheek, rubs his stubble*
 
                         
               
               She heads up the ramp Jackson watching her go, she turns back 
               to look at him and then steps through backwards. Gate shuts down.
 
               
               
               Jackson gets off elevator, Mitchell just about to enter.

               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Jackson. Hey! *follows Jackson* where's 
                         the girlfriend?
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         she left about an hour ago.

               
                                     MITCHELL
                         man I missed the going away party? I 
                         hope you saved me a piece of cake.
 
                         
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Now that she's gone I can finally get 
                         some work done around here.
 
               
                                     VALA
                         Yeah...about that....the whole SG-1 
                         thing...? You never gave me a firm answer... 
                         what do you say we make it *Jackson 
                         stops* official? *he faints, Mitchell 
                         grabbing him as he drops* Jackson! *shot 
                         of Mitchell from Jackson POV* Jackson! 
                         I need a med team on level 25!! *image 
                         blurs out*
 
               
               We see Lam and Mitchell very close to Jackson's face as he comes 
               to.
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Good morning sunshine.

               
                                     JACKSON
                         Argggh

               
                                     MITCHELL
                         How are you feeling?

               
                                     JACKSON
                         ...Better. *Mitchell lets Lam move in 
                         front of him* what happened?
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         *Lam about to answer but...* We're not 
                         exactly sure... *she gives him a sharp 
                         look* But Dr Lam here thinks it may 
                         have something to do with those alien 
                         cuffs.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         *sits up immediately, looks between 
                         them then to Lam* why does one assume 
                         that?
 
               
                                     LAM
                         Well...you were completely unresponsive 
                         when we brought you in... but your condition 
                         suddenly improved when "she" came back. 
                         *Jackson turns to look behind him as 
                         Vala sits up from behind the curtain*
 
                         
               
                                     VALA
                         Miss me? *grins, Mitchell turns away 
                         chuckling *
 
               
               Harriman taking files of some airman Landry walks up behind him 
               patting his shoulder
 
               
                                     IN BACKGROUND
                         Gate co-ordinate four and five

               
                                     LANDRY
                         Walter.

               
                                     IN BACKGROUND
                         Copy that

               
                                     LANDRY
                         Just the man I was looking for!

               
                                     HARRIMAN
                         Sir we have to talk about your schedule 
                         *pulls out file* and according to this 
                         you're going to be in meetings all day.
 
                         
               
                                     LANDRY
                         *grabs sheet* hell I am.

               
                                     HARRIMAN
                         Sir?

               
                                     LANDRY
                         After two months on this base I've come 
                         to realize that an alarming portion 
                         of these meetings are a complete waste 
                         of my time. This is all housekeeping 
                         *hands form back to him* you can handle 
                         it.
 
               
                                     HARRIMAN
                         Me? No, I don't think so sir. I'm not 
                         sup--
 
               
                                     LANDRY
                         Walter! Don't make me promote you.
 
                         
               
                                     HARRIMAN
                         no sir...yes... Yes sir I mean what?
 
                         
               
                                     LANDRY
                         Just...just...just *stops* write up 
                         the highlights and leave them on my 
                         desk. *Harriman heads off as the elevator 
                         opens and Dr Lam and Mitchell step out.*
 
                         
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         General

               
                                     LANDRY
                         Dr Lam. What's uh...what's the latest 
                         on doctor Jackson?
 
               
                                     LAM
                         Well as evidence by Vala's departure 
                         and immediate return, they can't be 
                         separated for much more than an hour 
                         before they begin to feel the effects. 
                         If she hadn't come back when she did 
                         I suspect they'd both be dead.
 
               
                                     LANDRY
                         I thought it was suppose to stop when 
                         they took the wristbands off.
 
               
                                     LAM
                         It was. Dr Lee is theorizing that it 
                         might have something to do with the 
                         ancient communications device they found. 
                         It's possible that the two technologies 
                         brought together somehow combined to 
                         create a more permanent bond.
 
               
                                     LANDRY
                         I see. *been looking between them, small 
                         grin, nods. Dr Lam look confuse at his 
                         behavior* colonel. *heads off*
 
               
               Lees Lab, the cuffs are connected to electrodes and Jackson has 
               two on either side of his temple
 
               
                                     VALA
                         This is a waste *puts electrode down*
 
                         
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Do me a favour. Shut up

               
                                     VALA
                         It's not like I wanted this to happen 
                         anyway. I'm being realistic. *Le tries 
                         to put electrode on her temple but she 
                         pushes him away* He has no idea what 
                         he's doing.
 
               
                                     LEE
                         I'm standing right here.

               
                                     VALA
                         He can do all the tests he wants, it's 
                         not going to get us anywhere.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         look I know we're scraping the bottom 
                         of the barrel here, but it's not like 
                         we have a lot of choice, unless you 
                         happen to know someone else who understands 
                         this technology! *she sighs and turns 
                         away, they both look at her* You know 
                         someone? Someone who can help us?
 
                         
               
                                     VALA
                         ...No. *he stands up* and...yes... *he 
                         pulls the electrodes off*
 
               
                                     LEE
                         ut um...wait We're not done here yet.
 
                         
               
                                     JACKSON
                         *walks over in front of her putting 
                         on glasses* Who?
 
               
                                     VALA
                         a Scientist who was studying the bracelets 
                         at one point.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         *He grabs her arm and pulls her to her 
                         feet* Well let's go see them.
 
               
                                     VALA
                         No! Out of the question.

               
                                     JACKSON
                         Why?

               
                                     VALA
                         I'd rather not say.

               
                                     JACKSON
                         He's the guy you stole the bracelets 
                         from, right?
 
               
                                     VALA
                         How dare you assume that I acquired 
                         those bracelets through anything but 
                         honest means. I may have a less than 
                         perfect reputation...
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         *closes eyes* You told me you stole 
                         them! *opens eyes*
 
               
                                     VALA
                         Did I?

               
                                     JACKSON
                         Yes!

               
                                     VALA
                         Oh. Anyway, he won't help us.

               
                                     JACKSON
                         Correction. he won't help you. *small 
                         grin*
 
               
                                     VALA
                         Fine! But if we're going *looks him 
                         up and down* we'll need a change of 
                         clothes.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Fine! *he heads off*

               
                                     VALA
                         Fine *follows*

               
               Mitchell and Jackson are in some sort of lab, off word. They 
               are wearing long cream coats and some ort of leather trousers.
 
               
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Tell you what these outfits make a bold 
                         statement. You don't reckon Landry's 
                         gonna make us work them into the rotation, 
                         do you?
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Well, let's see. that's Camouflage green 
                         and undercover rawhide. It's got a nice 
                         ring to it. *keeps pulling at them, 
                         rotating his hips*
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         *picks up bottle* Well this better be 
                         quick, 45 minutes away from your girlfriend, 
                         you're gonna turn into a pumpkin and 
                         I'm gonna have to haul your ass back 
                         there. *Jackson takes the bottle of 
                         him as a stout old man walks in*
 
               
                                     ARLOS
                         Gentlemen! How can I help you?

               
                                     JACKSON
                         Well, we require your... expertise.
 
                         
               
                                     ARLOS
                         *sits* Expertise!

               
                                     JACKSON
                         Well you are... the foremost expert 
                         on alien technology on this planet.
 
                         
               
                                     ARLOS
                         Foremost? Well, I don't know if I'm 
                         the foremost expert... I might be among 
                         the top five.
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         *takes out the bracelets and places 
                         them on the table. Are you familiar 
                         with these? *he and Jackson sit down*
 
                         
               
                                     ARLOS
                         Yes... yes... I actually owned a pair 
                         myself up until not too long ago.
 
                         
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         So you know how they work?

               
                                     ARLOS
                         Of course! The bracelets create a physiological 
                         bond between the wearers. They were 
                         used by the Goa'uld.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Uh, have you ever heard of the physiological 
                         bond being sustained say, after the 
                         bracelets were removed?
 
               
                                     ARLOS
                         No. No. Barring some freak power surge 
                         in the bracelets themselves... that 
                         might... somehow... transfer their effects 
                         outright, it's highly unlikely.
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         But in the unlikely event this did happen... 
                         would you be able to sever the connection?
 
                         
               
                                     ARLOS
                         I might be able to.

               
                                     JACKSON
                         Great! Could you tell us?

               
               Arlos leans forward as if to tell the big secret, Mitchell and 
               Jackson follow suit
 
               
                                     ARLOS
                         How is she?

               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Who?

               
                                     ARLOS
                         VALA.

               
                                     MITCHELL
                         We don't know any Vala.

               
                                     ARLOS
                         Then I'm afraid I can't help you. *gets 
                         up to leave*
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Ok! Maybe we know a Vala. *Arlos sits 
                         back down*
 
               
                                     ARLOS
                         I need to see her.

               
                                     JACKSON
                         Why?

               
                                     ARLOS
                         It's not what you think. I'm not after 
                         revenge. The truth is, the bracelets 
                         weren't the only thing she took from 
                         me. She also stole... my heart.
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         *Jackson looks...shocked* Excuse me?
 
                         
               
                                     ARLOS
                         I remember it as if it were yesterday. 
                         Some nights...we would steal away from 
                         the city, *moves his hand along the 
                         desk* strip off our clothing and bathe 
                         in the springs of argotten. We would 
                         chase one another *uses both hands to 
                         mimic chasing* across the mossy hills 
                         and then *lays his palms on table* lie 
                         naked under Adora's moons and Vala would 
                         sometimes *moves one hand over the other*....
 
                         
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         *places hands over his* ok! great, thanks. 
                         *looks a little sickened* We got the 
                         picture. *puts hand over mouth muttering 
                         to Jackson* very vivid, very disturbing 
                         picture. *Jackson closes eyes*
 
               
                                     ARLOS
                         Yes. Those were wonderful, carnal times. 
                         But that's in the past. All I ask now 
                         is that I be given the chance to see 
                         her one last time. Bring me Vala and 
                         I'll consider helping you.
 
               
               Harriman enters Landry's office

               
                                     HARRIMAN
                         Sir! Major Gibson's here to see you.
 
                         
               
                                     LANDRY
                         Send her in.

               
               
                                     LANDRY
                         Major! *He stands shaking her hand* 
                         How are things at the Pentagon?
 
               
                                     GIBSON
                         Not so good, I'm afraid. The international 
                         committee has reviewed your budget proposals 
                         and despite your warnings of how it'll 
                         affect the day to day operations of 
                         Stargate Command, they have decided 
                         to throw their full financial backing 
                         behind the Atlantis mission. They now 
                         see this base as serving little more 
                         than a support role.
 
               
                                     LANDRY
                         Can't say I'm surprised. *walks round 
                         desk to her*
 
               
                                     GIBSON
                         They've been going over the report brought 
                         back by Dr Weir and her colleagues. 
                         With the prevalence of Ancient technology 
                         in the Pegasus Galaxy, they feel that's 
                         where we should be focusing our efforts.
 
                         
               
                                     LANDRY
                         And you believe that?

               
                                     GIBSON
                         Sir?

               
                                     LANDRY
                         Atlantis is a civilian operation. They 
                         approved Dr Weir's appointment. The 
                         reason they don't want to support Stargate 
                         Command is because they have no say 
                         in how it's run.
 
               
                                     GIBSON
                         That's what General O'Neill said. He 
                         also said he'd be willing to go to bat 
                         for you with the President. But he thinks 
                         it might help if you take your case 
                         to the chairman of the appropriations 
                         committee yourself.
 
               
                                     LANDRY
                         Does he? *laughs* Oh Jack, Jack, Jack, 
                         Jack, Jack. *walks back to hi side*
 
                         
               
               Off world, in lab this time Jackson and Mitchell have brought 
               Vala. Arlos enters.
 
               
                                     VALA
                         Arlos? *gets up, as if surprised to 
                         see him there, hugs him* I thought I'd 
                         never see you again
 
               
                                     ARLOS
                         *with little emotion* Hello Vala.

               
                                     VALA
                         *pulls back sitting on desk* They overpowered 
                         me. Some five? Six? mercenaries, one 
                         morning on my way to see you and They 
                         demanded that I steal the bracelets 
                         under penalty of death.
 
               
                                     ARLOS
                         *obviously doesn't believe her* I don't 
                         care. *walks away sitting*
 
               
                                     VALA
                         Arlos? *kneels down before him* Are 
                         you going to have me killed?
 
               
                                     ARLOS
                         No... The memories of what she shared, 
                         and you so callously threw away... will 
                         undoubtedly haunt you until the day 
                         you die. That. should be punishment 
                         enough.
 
               
                                     VALA
                         Ommm *hugs him*=h yes, you're right! 
                         That should do it.
 
               
                                     ARLOS
                         *pulls her away* I'm over you. *she 
                         sighs standing, but he grabs her arm, 
                         pulling her back* What I'm not over 
                         however is the theft of my mother's 
                         necklace! *Jackson drops arms disbelieving* 
                         I want it back! Only then am I going 
                         to tell you how to sever the link connecting 
                         you!
 
               
                                     VALA
                         *laughs, sitting on desk* Be realistic. 
                         That necklace is gone. There's no way 
                         I can get that back. *grins*
 
               
                                     ARLOS
                         Well, then our business is done.

               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Whoa! Hang on lover boy! *walks over* 
                         We'll get your Momma's necklace.
 
               
                                     ARLOS
                         Then we have a deal.

               
               Offworld,its night, two kids run through a market square past 
               two men who are walking down the street one if Jaffa. The Jaffa, 
               Enago is holding a large knife.
 
               
                                     ENAGO
                         This once belonged to the first prime 
                         of Bastet. It's completely unique. One 
                         of a kind. And I am going to give it 
                         to you... for three ounces of naquadah. 
                         Huh? *the man walks off shaking head* 
                         no? uh...*pulls out another one* Two 
                         for five! *walks back into his stall*
 
                         
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         So... business not so good, huh?

               
                                     ENAGO
                         Well with no planets to conquer and 
                         no city's to loot... how's a Jaffa expected 
                         to put food on the table.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Listen uh, a mutual friend of ours was 
                         supposed to send word that we were coming.
 
                         
               
                                     ENAGO
                         What mutual friend?

               
                                     JACKSON
                         Vala

               
               ENAGO pulls out a zat gun, Mitchell and Jackson immediately raising 
               their hands
 
               
                                     ENAGO
                         Where is she?

               
                                     JACKSON
                         Ah, we're not sure. She said she had 
                         some business to attend to and she'd 
                         meet us back at the gate. uh? She didn't 
                         call... ahead?
 
               
                                     ENAGO
                         I swore the next time I saw Vala, I'd 
                         kill her where she stood.
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         That's a no.

               
                                     ENAGO
                         Do you take me for a fool? *Jackson 
                         watches as Vala walks up behind Enago, 
                         weapon pointed at him*
 
               
                                     VALA
                         I don't know about them, but I certainly 
                         do. Hello Enago.
 
               
               Enago sighs and drops zat, Mitchell an Jackson dropping hands
 
               
               
                                     VALA
                         Nicely done on the distraction, boys.
 
                         
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Oh... that's what we're doing.

               
                                     JACKSON
                         You...you...you didn't wanna let us 
                         in on your little plan?
 
               
                                     VALA
                         You would have just screwed it up.
 
                         
               
                                     ENAGO
                         Vala! You cowardly, backstabbing, sorry 
                         excuse for a woman. How've you been?
 
                         
               
                                     VALA
                         *grins* Enago. *walks round him* You 
                         filthy, double talking slug. Nice to 
                         see you too.
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Obviously they used to date. *Jackson 
                         nodding not looking too happy about 
                         it*
 
               
                                     ENAGO
                         Do you remember that uh... necklace 
                         you sold me? The priceless. heirloom 
                         from the house of Verenna?
 
               
                                     VALA
                         I may have overstated it's value slightly.
 
                         
               
                                     ENAGO
                         Slightly? It was worthless.

               
                                     VALA
                         Huh, you're one to talk. That Goa'uld 
                         force shield inhibitor, turned out to 
                         be nothing more than a power coil from 
                         an obsolete cargo ship. *Enago shrugs* 
                         Fortunately I'm not here for revenge. 
                         In fact *hands gun to Jackson* I'm here 
                         to set things straight. By buying back 
                         that worthless necklace.
 
               
                                     ENAGO
                         Why? What's your angle?

               
                                     VALA
                         You don't need to know.

               
                                     ENAGO
                         Well then I guess you don't need that 
                         necklace. No deal. However, I am willing 
                         to show you how I want to square things 
                         here. I might consider buying back that 
                         useless power coil.
 
               
                                     VALA
                         Why would you want to buy back a power 
                         coil from an obsolete cargo ship?
 
                         
               
                                     ENAGO
                         *shakes head, trying to come up with 
                         an answer* uh...
 
               
                                     VALA
                         No necklace, no deal.

               
                                     JACKSON
                         I've got an idea. How about a straight 
                         swap. Necklace for power coil.
 
               
                                     ENAGO
                         No!

               
                                     MITCHELL
                         No wait, wait, wait. *waves hand* I 
                         have a better idea. We dig a big old 
                         pit, *walks round into stall* we drop 
                         these two in it *Vala walks closer to 
                         Jackson* and we let them fight it out.
 
                         
               
                                     JACKSON
                         I'll ask again. *Jackson and Mitchell 
                         pull out own zats on Enago, he raises 
                         hands* deal?
 
               
                                     ENAGO
                         Deal.

               
                                     VALA
                         Deal. Of course I don't have the power 
                         coil. We're going to have to go and 
                         get that back.
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Where... would you unload... an obsolete 
                         power coil?
 
               
               Wormhole. Off world. Screen opens on power coil sat on a pedestal, 
               a man in robes turns, spotting Jackson, Mitchell and Vala who's 
               in a black robe.
 
               
                                     KIAS
                         Sister Versina, welcome back.

               
                                     VALA
                         Brother kias. *they bow*

               
                                     KIAS
                         How are the orphans?

               
                                     VALA
                         The orphans are well. *they walk towards 
                         power coil, other monks heading off 
                         in their own directions* Thank Granis. 
                         And you?
 
               
                                     KIAS
                         Well enough. Thank Granis.

               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Who's Granis?

               
                                     JACKSON
                         Minor Celtic God. One of Camulus' former 
                         Lt's.
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Thanks.

               
                                     KIAS
                         Of course all of us continue to be... 
                         grateful for your generous gift. *turns 
                         to power coil* Uh Pilgrims from all 
                         over the system travel to see the legendary 
                         ring of Shen'Mirac. *Jackson tries to 
                         touch it but it is protected by a force 
                         shield* However, it has been a bittersweet 
                         season for us, since coincidentally, 
                         around the same time you made your gracious 
                         donation. *Vala nods and grins* The 
                         shrines most precious relic, the Nirvanna 
                         crystal, mysteriously disappeared.
 
                         
               
                                     JACKSON
                         *over dramatizing* No!

               
                                     VALA
                         Yes *turns to Jackson* it is shocking 
                         the depths some people will plum. *turns 
                         back to Kias* Unfortunately I have some 
                         more bad news. It appears I was deceived 
                         and this ring of Shen'Mirac is apparently 
                         a fake...afraid you'll have to get rid 
                         of it.
 
               
                                     KIAS
                         Out of the question. *smiles*

               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Hey! It's bogus! Your followers are 
                         worshipping a phony relic!
 
               
                                     KIAS
                         Yes, but ultimately it's true worth 
                         can only be judged by the... genuine 
                         faith it instills in the hearts of the 
                         many pilgrims who come to visit the 
                         shrine... and more importantly, in the... 
                         charitable contributions they make while 
                         they are here.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Right.

               
                                     KIAS
                         Of course, if you were willing to make 
                         a substantial... contribution... of 
                         your own?
 
               
                                     VALA
                         *looks at Jackson who gives her a look, 
                         turns to Kias* What do you want?
 
               
                                     KIAS
                         *looks around, talking not some posh* 
                         I have to get outta here! I can't take 
                         it anymore! The fasting. the chanting. 
                         *cringes closing eyes* Bathing of the 
                         poor. If I have to weave one more prayer 
                         basket, I'm gonna kill someone! *Two 
                         monks walk by them, puts on a smile* 
                         Blessed day. Blessed day. Blessed day 
                         *makes face behind their back*
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Oh my. You're not a real monk.

               
                                     VALA
                         He used to be a smuggler. One of the 
                         best I ever knew. Then things got a 
                         little too hot for him and he had to 
                         find religion. KIAS: Well it was a sweet 
                         rap while it lasted. Until great God 
                         Granis went and got himself executed 
                         by his own Jaffa. Since then the number 
                         of pilgrims has been...well, significantly 
                         reduced. That's why you can't have the 
                         ring.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Power coil.

               
                                     KIAS
                         Whatever. The point is that it's the 
                         only thing keeping this place going.
 
                         
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         If you wanna go. Why not just go?

               
                                     KIAS
                         Because all I got right now are the 
                         clothes on my back. *turns to Vala* 
                         I need my cargo ship. The one you borrowed 
                         *said to indicate she didn't ask to 
                         borrow it:P*?
 
               
                                     VALA
                         Ah! Yes, that might be a bit of a problem. 
                         But...*looks at Jackson and Mitchell* 
                         we can get you a replacement.
 
               
                                     KIAS
                         No deal.

               
                                     JACKSON
                         wha-what's so special about this particular 
                         cargo ship?
 
               
                                     KIAS
                         Let's just say I made a few modifications 
                         of my own. You bring it to me and I 
                         give you the ring.
 
               
               
                                     KIAS
                         Look, don't try anything, alright? The 
                         Pilgrims of Granis may be greatly reduced 
                         in numbers, but they are more fanatical 
                         than ever. You'd have to be to be worshipping 
                         a dead God. I give the word and they 
                         will tear you to pieces before you can 
                         get halfway to the gate. Now, if you'll 
                         excuse me? I have morning prayers *Makes 
                         face* to attend to. *he heads off*
 
                         
               
                                     JACKSON
                         So how do we get the ship?

               
                                     VALA
                         We can't!

               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Why not? We've come this far. What's 
                         the problem? *she sighs*
 
               
               Deep in space a cargo ship moves forward meeting an alkesh. Inside 
               are the two aliens we met in PROMETHEUS UNBOUND. There screen 
               lights showing a man, their boss.
 
               
                                     BOSS
                         What news?

               
                                     TENAT
                         We've put the word out, but she has 
                         yet to appear.
 
               
                                     BOSS
                         I needn't remind you that because of 
                         your bungling, we already lost a case 
                         of weapons grade refined naquadah. Now 
                         someone has to pay. And if it's not 
                         Vala, then it might as well be you two.
 
                         
               
                                     TENAT
                         *they look at each other* Rest assured. 
                         Vala can't hide forever... and when 
                         she turns up we'll deliver her... dead 
                         or alive.
 
               
                                     BOSS
                         See that you do and let it be known 
                         that no-one defies the Lucian Alliance. 
                         *Shot moves revealing many Alkesh's*
 
                         
               
               Briefing room.

               
                                     LANDRY
                         So let me get this straight. You need 
                         to get this ship... to get the power 
                         coil, to get the... necklace, to get 
                         this guy to tell you how to undo whatever 
                         is keeping you two connected?
 
               
               Vala grins at Jackson

               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Yeah, that about sums it up.

               
                                     VALA
                         Unfortunately that ship is now in the 
                         hands of the Lucian alliance.
 
               
                                     LANDRY
                         The who?

               
                                     VALA
                         It's a coalition of former smugglers 
                         and mercenaries who've banded together 
                         to take advantage of the power vacuum 
                         left by the demise of the Goa'uld.
 
                         
               
                                     JACKSON
                         The fact they've managed to form a coherent 
                         group makes them unique, and a particular 
                         threat especially to the newly formed 
                         Jaffa government.
 
               
                                     LANDRY
                         Can we contact them?

               
                                     VALA
                         *Jackson looks at her* They won't deal 
                         with someone they don't know.
 
               
                                     LANDRY
                         *chuckles* I assume they know you.
 
                         
               
                                     VALA
                         Well yes, but our last encounter didn't 
                         exactly go as planned.
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Oh, lemme guess. You screwed them and 
                         now they wanna kill ya.
 
               
                                     VALA
                         Actually it was Daniel *looks at him* 
                         who messed up the deal.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         You tried to sell them a stolen ship.
 
                         
               
                                     VALA
                         You're the one that told them they couldn't 
                         have it. The point is if they see either 
                         of us again, they will kill us.
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Can we take this ship by force?

               
                                     VALA
                         You'd have to go up against a sizeable 
                         armada.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         If the alternative is staying linked 
                         to you, I'm willing to take that risk.
 
                         
               
                                     LANDRY
                         I'm sorry Dr Jackson but I can't allow 
                         it. Dr Lee's continuing his research; 
                         hopefully he'll be able to come up with 
                         something on his own... In the meantime... 
                         you're just going to have to learn to 
                         live with each other. *Jackson look 
                         at Vala* And by the way, in three days, 
                         you're coming to Washington.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         We are?

               
                                     VALA
                         I am?

               
                                     LANDRY
                         I need you to testify in front of the 
                         Chairman of the Appropriations Committee. 
                         Let him see exactly what we're up against. 
                         Your experience with the Ori could go 
                         a long way towards convincing him of 
                         the dangers headed our way.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Right.

               
                                     VALA
                         We will do our best Sir. *Jackson looks 
                         at Mitchell who drops his face in his 
                         hand*
 
               
               Jackson's Lab. He's working on some tablet, while Vala is lying 
               across the table on her stomach, kicking her feet, flipping through 
               a magazine. Jackson takes off glasses putting them aside.
 
               
                                     VALA
                         Daniel... do you happen to have one 
                         of these *flips back*... credit cards?
 
                         
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Yes I do *gasps happily and bites lip* 
                         and no you can't.
 
               
                                     VALA
                         By the way, is a security escort still 
                         necessary?
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Do you really have to ask?

               
                                     VALA
                         *gets up off table* I noticed you've 
                         assigned a woman, were you afraid I 
                         might corrupt one of your impressionable 
                         young men? *slaps his butt with the 
                         magazine, walks over to SF*
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         No, I just thought save someone the 
                         trouble of having to rebuff your advances.
 
                         
               
                                     VALA
                         How do you know you succeeded? *winks 
                         at female SF, who doesn't react* I'm 
                         so bored! *slaps head with Magazine* 
                         What do you do around here, for fun? 
                         *leans down next to him*
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         I'm doing it. I'm translating these 
                         artifacts from P4S-559.
 
               
                                     VALA
                         Oh, *looks at him* are they valuable?
 
                         
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Well their historical value is immense, 
                         but there's no gold or jewels involved 
                         if that's what you mean. *she moves 
                         the tablet to look* Don't. touch that!
 
                         
               
                                     VALA
                         Do you know what? You need to occasionally 
                         *walks round him* get up from under 
                         the dust of dead civilizations and live 
                         a little. *moves his glasses out of 
                         the way* Why don't you take me out to 
                         dinner?
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Look the only way you're getting off 
                         this base is on our little side-trip 
                         to Washington. *walks over to cabinet, 
                         looking through stuff* if we could find 
                         a way around that, we would.
 
               
                                     VALA
                         *walks over to him* Why don't we go 
                         off-world? I've got a great little deal 
                         cooked up with some traders on Katana.
 
                         
               
                                     JACKSON
                         *walks back to desk with sheets* No.
 
                         
               
                                     VALA
                         We could be partners. We can split everything 
                         down the middle, 60/40. *he ignores 
                         her* Hardly seems fair that your life 
                         gets to continue and my affairs are 
                         put on hold.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Excuse me? I-I-I should be on my way 
                         to the Pegasus Galaxy right now.
 
               
                                     VALA
                         Oh don't you blame that on me, it's 
                         your own curiosity in the ancient treasure 
                         that cost you a trip to Atlantis.
 
                         
               
                                     JACKSON
                         You cuffed us together.

               
                                     VALA
                         You weren't paying attention at the 
                         time. Look, we can point fingers all 
                         we want, but the fact is... we're stuck 
                         together. *walks back over to his side* 
                         so Like it or not, we're just going 
                         to have to learn to get along.
 
               
               Vala hops up on to table and there's a loud crunching noise. 
               He looks up; she leans over pulling his glasses out from beneath 
               her bottom.
 
               
                                     VALA
                         Found your glasses. *grins handing them 
                         to him, they are completely broken*
 
                         
               
                                     JACKSON
                         I'm going to see what Dr Lee's doing.
 
                         
               
               Jackson leaves and she pokes his tablet.

               
               In the eve Jackson heads to his room, passing that female SF 
               stood outside one door, head to one across hall. He puts his 
               key card through, turns on light, shuts door and finds Vala lying 
               in his bed.
 
               
                                     VALA
                         Hello.

               
                                     JACKSON
                         What the hell are you doing here?

               
                                     VALA
                         Isn't this my room?

               
                                     JACKSON
                         Noooo... your room is across the hall... 
                         with the... guard in front of it. *looks 
                         back*
 
               
                                     VALA
                         Ah yes, they do all rather look alike 
                         don't they? Anyhow, Since I'm here, 
                         shall we make the best of it? *she kicks 
                         off covers, wearing a pink top with 
                         matching knickers*
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         *shakes head* No. we shalln't.

               
                                     VALA
                         Come on Daniel. *gets on her knees* 
                         We're both stuck here on this base and 
                         there's nothing else to do.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Yes there is! There's...there's...there's 
                         sleeping, there's working, there's there's 
                         finding a way out of this mess!
 
               
                                     VALA
                         What if we can't? We might have to spend 
                         the rest of our lives together.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         No! Don't even go there.

               
                                     VALA
                         There's literally a bond between us. 
                         Some people might even find that... 
                         romantic.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         uh... I'm not one of those people.
 
                         
               
                                     VALA
                         *sits on edge of bed* Am I really so 
                         repulsive?
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         No... uh... *thinks* no! *walks over 
                         sitting on other end* No you're not... 
                         repulsive, you're just... uh...ya uuhhh... 
                         it's just that I know what you're doing 
                         with the whole sexual... thing. It's 
                         a defense Mechanism.
 
               
                                     VALA
                         Really?

               
                                     JACKSON
                         Yeah. You live a solitary existence, 
                         you...*Starts counting off on fingers* 
                         move from place to place, you never 
                         form any lasting relationships, you 
                         use sex as a weapon, prevent yourself 
                         from forming any real emotional bonds. 
                         *counts fingers nods*
 
               
                                     VALA
                         Textbook case. *he shrugs* Never realized 
                         I was so transparent. *she stands, obviously 
                         upset*
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Vala...

               
                                     VALA
                         No really it's...that's fine Daniel, 
                         *pulls on robe* you're right. I can 
                         see why you wouldn't want to become 
                         involved with someone so pathetic. *he 
                         sighs* I wasn't always like this, you 
                         should know. There was someone once, 
                         *he drops head down, feeling guilty* 
                         in fact I was engaged - then I was taken 
                         as a host and even though the Tok'ra 
                         eventually freed me, the damage was 
                         already done. And once you have been 
                         spat on, and stoned... by the people 
                         of your own village... well... you try 
                         forming lasting relationships. *she 
                         moves to leave*
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Vala, wait...just wait... please. Stop. 
                         *she stops, tying robe* Alright I'm 
                         sorry. Okay? *gets up* I'm sorry. I 
                         just... sometimes I just...forget what 
                         you've been through. If you've actually 
                         been through any of that.... are you 
                         messing with me?
 
               
                                     VALA
                         *small smile* Is it working?

               
                                     JACKSON
                         Ge--Get out, go. Get out. *she heads 
                         to door, opens turns* Go. *she leaves*
 
                         
               
               Washington. Conference room. Landry, Jackson, Teal'c and Vala 
               are all sitting at a table across from the appropriations committee. 
               Senator Fisher and a woman. Teal'c's in a suit.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Despite the fact that the Jaffa are 
                         free and Anubis has been defeated... 
                         it would be a mistake to assume that 
                         the Goa'uld are no longer a threat.
 
                         
               
                                     FISHER
                         But without the Jaffa to do their bidding, 
                         they're effectively crippled.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Many still have the loyalty of their 
                         human slaves.
 
               
                                     FISHER
                         Slaves are a long way from an effective 
                         army, and besides if the Jaffa saw the 
                         light, it will only a matter of time 
                         before the slaves follow suit.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         The Goa'uld aren't the only threat out 
                         there Sir.
 
               
                                     FISHER
                         So I assume that you're referring to 
                         these people you supposedly met in a 
                         distant galaxy.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Supposedly?

               
                                     FISHER
                         Well... correct me if I'm wrong. But 
                         according to the report I read, you 
                         never actually left Stargate Command. 
                         You went into a coma, had some kind 
                         of vision, for all we know the whole 
                         thing could of been an elaborate hallucination.
 
                         
               
                                     JACKSON
                         One of the Prior's came through the 
                         gate.
 
               
                                     FISHER
                         A simple man who did nothing but spout 
                         a lot of religious nonsense and then 
                         killed himself.
 
               
                                     LANDRY
                         Senator I was there... the man burned 
                         himself to death. Without the aid of 
                         any obvious devices or technology, it 
                         was no parlor trick.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         We're also beginning to get reports 
                         that there are other Prior's showing 
                         up on other planets.
 
               
                                     FISHER
                         Well it's hardly surprising that new 
                         religious groups would arise in the 
                         wake of the Goa'uld's collapse.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         The Ori are very real... senator. As 
                         ascended beings they have all the appearance 
                         of genuine God's.
 
               
                                     FISHER
                         But again, this is according to your 
                         testimony, they cannot act in this galaxy 
                         without incurring interference of these 
                         other ascended beings. *Jackson looks 
                         down* Isn't that correct?
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Technically yes.

               
                                     FISHER
                         well Look at it from our point of view 
                         Dr Jackson. Finally after 8 years and 
                         billions of dollars spent, the Goa'uld 
                         have been neutralized, along with the 
                         Replicators. And now suddenly, out of 
                         nowhere, along come these magical Ori 
                         requiring a redoubling of efforts and 
                         expenditures.
 
               
                                     LANDRY
                         Exactly what are you suggesting Senator?
 
                         
               
                                     FISHER
                         The Stargate program has succeeded in 
                         acquiring alien technology. So now it's 
                         time to devote our resources to exploiting 
                         those technologies for planetary defense, 
                         namely by building more Daedalus class 
                         ships. Now we have no intention of shutting 
                         you down completely, you will continue 
                         to operate at 30% of your current budget, 
                         I think you will find that that is more 
                         then enough money once you deemphasize 
                         your explorations.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         *clears throat* uh If you recall Senator. 
                         It was new exploration that got us those 
                         technologies in the first place. Now 
                         there are still thousands of Stargate 
                         addresses left unexplored in this galaxy. 
                         FISHER: This program doesn't exist to 
                         satisfy your curiosity Doctor. *Vala 
                         about to drink water stops giving fisher 
                         a look* The important thing is that 
                         we have learned enough to defend this 
                         planet against any potential threat.
 
                         
               
                                     VALA
                         *laughs, then drinks, they all look 
                         at her*
 
               
                                     FISHER
                         Do you uh... have something to say.
 
                         
               
                                     VALA
                         Well it's just all so amusing, *Jackson 
                         about to grab her arm, but she gets 
                         up* isn't it? I mean only an idiot would 
                         assume that this backwater of a planet 
                         is safe because you have a few ships 
                         with decent shield technology. *she 
                         walks over and sits down on the desk 
                         in front of the senator* You don't look 
                         like an idiot to me.*she winks*
 
               
                                     VALA
                         So I have to assume that the reason 
                         why you would want to build more ships 
                         is... like other men you like big machines 
                         with big engines... that fire big missiles... 
                         because you have a deep-seated need 
                         to overcompensate for your own shortcomings. 
                         *shrugs*
 
               
                                     FISHER
                         *angry* Excuse me. *the woman beside 
                         the senator tries to cover her laughter*
 
                         
               
                                     VALA
                         *points, the senator shifts* See, she 
                         knows what I mean. *Makes a gesture 
                         with her little finger. The senator 
                         looks at the woman beside him, she avoids 
                         eye contact*
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         uh I-I-I think a short recess would 
                         be a good idea.
 
               
                                     VALA
                         I'm done here anyway.

               
                                     FISHER
                         *Stands* This meeting is over. *Landry 
                         is not happy*
 
               
               Mitchell walks up to Landry as they return to the SGC

               
                                     MITCHELL
                         How did it go Sir?

               
                                     LANDRY
                         Let's just put it this way, you're going 
                         after that ship.
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         The cargo ship. what about the Lucian 
                         alliance Sir?
 
               
                                     LANDRY
                         You'll have to figure out a way to deal 
                         with them.
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         *quieter, Vala and Jackson following 
                         behind* Why, what happened?
 
               
                                     LANDRY
                         She accused the Chairman of the Senate 
                         Appropriations committee of having a... 
                         uh... let's just call it, an insufficient 
                         manhood. She's gotta go.
 
               
               Off world, Jackson, Vala, Mitchell and Teal'c walk through a 
               wood.
 
               
                                     VALA
                         Just a word of warning. Tenat and Jut 
                         are notoriously unscrupulous traders. 
                         They're crafty, devious and although 
                         stupid, under no circumstances are they 
                         to be trusted.
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         In other words they're going to try 
                         and screw us before we screw them.
 
                         
               
                                     VALA
                         It should be alright as long as you 
                         keep your guard up and we keep focus 
                         on what needs to be done. Close the 
                         deal, take the ship make sure they don't 
                         kill me. Certainly not in that order.
 
                         
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         I still think we need some more boots 
                         on the ground, just to be safe.
 
               
                                     VALA
                         And they will most certainly run a surface 
                         scan of the planet, any additional life 
                         signs or any ships in orbit will only 
                         raise suspicion and jeopardize everything.
 
                         
               
               On a cargo ship

               
                                     TENAT
                         We're approaching the planet, run a 
                         surface scan.
 
               
                                     JUT
                         Four life signs.

               
                                     TENAT
                         Let's go greet them.

               
               on the planet.

               
                                     VALA
                         This is a good plan, very inspired.
 
                         
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Yes we have you to thank for that. Nothing 
                         motivates like complete and utter desperation.
 
                         
               
                                     VALA
                         You say that now, but you will miss 
                         me when I am gone.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         No I'm pretty sure I won't.

               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Just like old times huh?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I am offering my assistance on this 
                         mission only to aid Daniel Jackson. 
                         My participation should not be construed 
                         as a desire to rejoin SG1.
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Right.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Colonel Mitchell at times you remind 
                         me of O'Neill.
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         *looks at him* Ah, I'll take that as 
                         a compliment.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         *slows* As you wish.

               
               Tenat runs along the path, Jut walking along another way. Tenat 
               walks towards SG-1, Teal'c and Mitchell stand waiting, Vala and 
               Jackson sit together, hands cuffed behind their backs... Mitchell 
               spots Tenat
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Teal'c.

               
               Teal'c raises his Zat gun in the direction Jut is coming. Tenat 
               aims his weapon and Mitchell
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Hey fella's. What's with all the hostility?
 
                         
               
                                     TENAT
                         Vala, how does it feel, knowing your 
                         sorry life is about to end?
 
               
                                     VALA
                         I don't know. How did it feel telling 
                         the alliance that you half-wits lost 
                         their Naquadah. *The alien trains his 
                         weapon on Vala and Mitchell pulls out 
                         his own* MITCHELL: Whoa!...no...no...no 
                         violence. No damaging the goods until 
                         we finished our deal. Besides I think 
                         the alliance wants to hold her up as 
                         an example.
 
               
                                     TENAT
                         *brings weapon back on Mitchell* Yes, 
                         they do. Your name?
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Cam MITCHELL. Bounty hunter.

               
                                     TENAT
                         Never heard of you.

               
                                     MITCHELL
                         That's because I keep a low profile. 
                         I like to let my work speak for itself.
 
                         
               
                                     TENAT
                         You've partnered with a Jaffa I see.
 
                         
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Look. We'd love to sit around and talk 
                         shop, but we're on the clock. Where's 
                         our reward?
 
               
                                     TENAT
                         We have a caseload of weapons grade 
                         refined Naquadah sitting in our cargo 
                         ship.
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Good, let's go get it.

               
                                     TENAT
                         No, I will stay here with you. While 
                         Jut takes Vala and her partner to the 
                         ship. *Jackson makes a face at "Partner", 
                         Vala grins* Once they've been secured 
                         he will return and ring the Naquadah 
                         down to you.
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         And what's to stop old Juck here from 
                         just ringing you away and skid daddling.
 
                         
               
                                     TENAT
                         Our honor. It would not be in our best 
                         interests to cheat you. After all we 
                         have reputations as traders to uphold. 
                         *jut takes Vala and Jackson*
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Right... reputations.

               
               On cargo ship, Jackson and Vala taken to the rear

               
                                     JACKSON
                         I can't help noticing the absence of 
                         the caseload of refined Naquadah you 
                         guys were promising.
 
               
                                     JUT
                         Do you seriously think the alliance 
                         would have entrusted us with another 
                         case, after we lost the last one?
 
                         
               
                                     JACKSON
                         *Vala and Jackson shrug and nod at each 
                         other* So this is a double cross? What 
                         happened to upholding your reputation?
 
                         
               
                                     JUT
                         Let's just say those bounty hunters 
                         won't be in a position to do any complaining. 
                         *He closes the door.*
 
               
                                     VALA
                         Uh...*pulls off the cuffs* ow *turns 
                         to Jackson, trying to undo his*
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Ow!

               
                                     VALA
                         Hold still *gets them off*

               
                                     VALA
                         Told you

               
               Jackson rubs wrist walks over to door panel, pulling it off.
 
               
               
               On surface, Mitchell, Teal'c and tenat have weapons trained on 
               each other
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         So who you like in the NFL this year? 
                         You kinda...strike me as a Raiders fan.
 
                         
               
               Vala walks over to Jackson

               
                                     VALA
                         JACKSON, why won't you let me do it?
 
                         
               
                                     JACKSON
                         I can do it. Just...uh do me a favour, 
                         I need some help.
 
               
                                     VALA
                         Ok, what?

               
                                     JACKSON
                         Go to the panel by the rear exit. *she 
                         goes*
 
               
                                     VALA
                         Ok, now what?

               
                                     JACKSON
                         Stay there, shut up and let me finish.
 
                         
               
               Back on surface

               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Yeah, they got a great secondary in 
                         the league's. The best pass rush. Offence 
                         runs games, defense runs championships, 
                         am I right?
 
               
               The cargo ship appears overhead

               
                                     TENAT
                         Our cargo ship has returned. I suggest 
                         you lower your weapons.
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         *lowers Zat, pushing down Teal'cs arm* 
                         I take it we're not getting our Naquadah.
 
                         
               
                                     TENAT
                         No you're not and so concludes our deal.
 
                         
               
               Mitchell and Teal'c are ringed up, while jut is left instead. 
               Tenat activates a signal to the other ships in orbit.
 
               
               On cargo ship

               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Well! That went better than I expected!
 
                         
               
                                     VALA
                         *piloting* I'm picking up ships. Lot's 
                         of them.
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Correction. That went much worse than 
                         I suspected.
 
               
               The Lucian fleet are waiting ahead of them

               
                                     BOSS
                         Stand down and prepare to be boarded.
 
                         
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Shouldn't we be jumping into hyperspace 
                         or something?
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         They will pursue us

               
               Vala bites lip starts hitting various buttons

               
                                     JACKSON
                         What are you doing?

               
                                     VALA
                         Kias said he customized this ship. Let's 
                         see if there's anything we can use.
 
                         
               
               We see several other cargo ships appear round the cargo ship, 
               holograms
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         What's happening?

               
                                     VALA
                         Multiple energy signatures and phantom 
                         vessels. They're confusing the alliance 
                         ships.
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Fine! Let's go, let's go, let's go!
 
                         
               
               The cargo ship heads off, the holograms stay. Two alkesh break 
               off from alliance
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         There are two vessels pursuing us.
 
                         
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         You got anything else in your bag of 
                         tricks?
 
               
                                     VALA
                         I'll show you.

               
               The cargo ship stops and turns. Vala powers down everything
 
               
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         What are you doing?

               
                                     JACKSON
                         Vala?

               
                                     VALA
                         Wait for it..... Now!

               
               She hits a button, as pulse wave flows through the two ships
 
               
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Wicked.

               
                                     VALA
                         Pulse wave. Their power levels spiked 
                         and overloaded. It should take a couple 
                         of minutes to restore primary systems. 
                         Which should give us enough time to... 
                         *They escape into hyperdrive*
 
               
               In some bar. Kias gives over the coil, Jackson zipping it into 
               a bag.
 
               
                                     KIAS
                         Thanks for getting my ship back... and 
                         for not helping yourselves to the swag 
                         in the ships *they start to head off* 
                         hidden compartments *Vala stops*
 
               
                                     VALA
                         Wait! Did you *Vala and Jackson grab 
                         her arms dragging her out* did you just 
                         say hidden compartments?
 
               
                                     KIAS
                         bye bye

               
                                     VALA
                         No! Wait!

               
               Jackson gives Enago the coil. Vala walks over to him

               
                                     VALA
                         So really. Why would you want to trade 
                         a power coil from an obsolete cargo 
                         ship?
 
               
                                     ENAGO
                         So really. Why would you want to trade 
                         for this worthless necklace?
 
               
                                     BOTH VALA AND ENAGO
                         Never mind. *Vala takes necklace*

               
               Vala hands Arlos the necklace, he looks emotional

               
                                     ARLOS
                         Excellent. *grins* Finally I can get 
                         Mother off my back. *stands, putting 
                         necklace in case*
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         So?

               
                                     ARLOS
                         So?

               
                                     JACKSON
                         So, we had a deal, remember? give you 
                         the necklace and you sever the link. 
                         *waves between him and Vala*
 
               
                                     ARLOS
                         Yes yes of course, I've been doing extensive 
                         research...um...
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         ...And?

               
                                     ARLOS
                         *shrugs* Well there's nothing I can 
                         do. The effect can't be countered. But 
                         you know? My guess is, it'll wear off 
                         eventually on its own. So long everybody 
                         *heads off, Vala grins at Jackson, Who 
                         looks in shock.*
 
               
               Jackson briefing Landry in his office

               
                                     LANDRY
                         That's it? You went through all that 
                         for nothing?
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Pretty much.

               
                                     LANDRY
                         I can't wait till Senator Fisher hears 
                         about this one.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Yeah, have you heard any news?

               
                                     LANDRY
                         I spoke to the President. He gave me 
                         two choices. Accept the budget cuts 
                         or convince the International Committee 
                         to change their minds and contribute 
                         to our funding.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Right. How do we do that?

               
                                     LANDRY
                         Give them what they want. A new civilian 
                         position appointed by the committee. 
                         With full access to this base and a 
                         say in all major decisions concerning 
                         its operation.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Watchdog.

               
                                     LANDRY
                         Exactly

               
               Gate room, Gate kawooshs, Teal'c out of sexy leather into Jaffa 
               robes. Teal'c and Jackson Manly hug.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Thanks for helping out.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Indeed.

               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Good luck on Dakara.

               
               Teal'c nods at Mitchell, turns to go, glances at Vala, who gives 
               him a slight wave, he smiles. Jackson looks at her
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Don't be a stranger!

               
               Teal's steps through the gate.

               
                                     MITCHELL
                         He'll be back

               
               Vala and Jackson look at him. He smiles

               
               THE END

               

The Ties That Bind



Writers :   Joseph Mallozzi  Paul Mullie
Genres :   Sci-Fi  Action  Adventure


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