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                                      STARGATE SG1

                                      Episode 818

                                       "THREADS"

                                           By

                                   Robert C. Cooper


                                     Transcribed by 
 
                                    Callie Sullivan



               BAíALíS PLANET. Baíal walks into the throneroom to face Anubis, 
               who is sitting on the throne.
 
                                     ANUBIS
                         You have failed me.

                                     BAíAL
                         Weíve known for some time that the Jaffa 
                         cannot be trusted any more. The remaining 
                         army of Kull warriors stand an excellent 
                         chance of retaking Dakara but ...
 
                         
               (Anubis holds up a hand to stop him. We see that his face already 
               has lesions around his mouth.)
 
                                     ANUBIS
                         Worse than failure, worse than cowardice, 
                         (he stands) you have betrayed me. Did 
                         you not think I wouldnít know what you 
                         had done? How can you still underestimate 
                         my powers?
 
                                     BAíAL
                         Your methods were ultimately unnecessary 
                         - not when there was another way of 
                         defeating the Replicators.
 
                                     ANUBIS
                         I will spare your life for the moment, 
                         only so that you may witness the fruits 
                         of your labours. First, I will retake 
                         Dakara; then, thanks to the modifications 
                         you have made to the Stargate, I will 
                         destroy every living thing in this galaxy 
                         - including you - all at once.
 
                                     BAíAL
                         I do not understand. You could have 
                         modified the Stargate yourself.
 
                                     ANUBIS
                         You have no way of knowing what is necessary 
                         and what is not in the grand design.
 
                         
                                     BAíAL
                         Whose grand design?

                                     ANUBIS
                         Mine.

               
               SGC. BRIEFING ROOM. Sam comes up the stairs from the Control 
               Room. She looks into Jackís office and sees him talking with 
               a woman in her thirties. Sam waits patiently in the Briefing 
               Room until Jack and the woman have finished their conversation 
               and he has shown her out of the door into the corridor. He closes 
               the door and, as he turns to go back to his desk, he sees Sam 
               outside and beckons her in. She walks into the office.
 
                                     CARTER
                         Sorry, sir. I saw you were with someone 
                         - I didnít want to interrupt.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         Whatís up?

                                     CARTER
                         Who was that?

                                     OíNEILL
                         Um, Kerry Johnson, CIA.

                                     CARTER
                         Iíve heard the name. Oh, yeah, she was 
                         heading up the investigation into, uh, 
                         Goaíuld still at large after the incident 
                         with The Trust.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         Yeah.

                                     CARTER
                         Sir, I wanted to talk to you about ...
 
                         
                                     OíNEILL
                         Carter.

                                     CARTER
                         We havenít heard from him in a week.
 
                         
                                     OíNEILL
                         Doesnít mean anything.

                                     CARTER
                         Sir, we know he was captured by Replicators. 
                         Chances are he was on board a Replicator 
                         ship when it disintegrated.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         All we know for sure is that heís missing.
 
                         
                                     CARTER
                         Sooner or later ...

                                     OíNEILL
                         Forget it! Iím not falliní for it this 
                         time.
 
                                     CARTER
                         ďFalling for itĒ?

                                     OíNEILL
                         Yeah! How many times have you thought 
                         he was gone, and then he shows up - 
                         in one form or another. Iím sorry, but 
                         weíre not having a memorial service 
                         for someone who is not dead. (He turns 
                         his head and calls out to the room.) 
                         You hear that?! Iím not buyiní it! (He 
                         and Sam look around the room for a few 
                         seconds, then Jack turns to look at 
                         Sam again.) What? Heís just waitiní 
                         for us to say a bunch of nice things 
                         about him. Next thing you know, heíll 
                         come waltziní through that door, (he 
                         gestures to the closed door) like, right 
                         now. (He and Sam look hopefully at the 
                         door for several seconds but nothing 
                         happens.) Waltzing ... now.
 
               
               We see a pair of legs walking towards a door. The owner of the 
               legs pushes the door open and a bell attached above the door 
               dings. We then see that itís Daniel and that he has walked into 
               a diner. Various customers are sitting in the booths and at the 
               counter. Waiters are clearing tables and serving coffee. A sign 
               near the door says, ďPlease seat yourselfĒ. Daniel looks around, 
               puzzled, then walks slowly to one of the empty booths and sits 
               down. A waitress walks over.
 
                                     WAITRESS
                         So - what can I get for you?

               (Daniel looks up at her. Itís Oma, dressed in a waitressí outfit. 
               Daniel stares.)
 
               
               DAKARA. In the temple grounds just outside the weapons chamber, 
               a large group of Jaffa have assembled. Standing facing them are 
               Tealíc and Braítac wearing their Jaffa uniforms. Tolok stands 
               in front of them, facing them and holding a wooden staff.
 
                                     TOLOK
                         Brothers Braítac of Chulak, and Tealíc 
                         of the Tauíri. For your enduring courage 
                         and vision, for the strength of will 
                         that has brought us to freedom from 
                         the Goaíuld, a future we have yet to 
                         even comprehend, but one that will be 
                         determined by our own unfettered will, 
                         I hereby bestow upon you the highest 
                         honour any Jaffa can know. (He touches 
                         his staff onto both of Braítacís shoulders, 
                         then onto Tealícís.) From this day forward, 
                         you shall both be known as blood kin 
                         to all Jaffa!
 
               (All the Jaffa cheer, punching their fists into the air. Tolok 
               holds up his arm for silence, then kneels before Tealíc and Braítac 
               and bows his head. All the other Jaffa follow suit. Braítac and 
               Tealíc look at each other, then Braítac steps forward and takes 
               Tolokís arm, drawing him to his feet.)
 
                                     BRAíTAC
                         Brothers! (He gestures to the other 
                         Jaffa to rise.) From this day forward, 
                         no Jaffa shall bow before anyone - and 
                         never again before a false god.
 
               (Tolok looks at Tealíc, who nods to him. Tolok turns to the Jaffa 
               and gestures grandly with his staff.)
 
                                     TOLOK
                         Hail, brother Braítac! (The Jaffa cheer.) 
                         Hail, brother Tealíc! (Tealíc and Braítac 
                         give the Jaffa salute (right fist on 
                         heart). A Jaffa sounds a large, ornate 
                         horn. The Jaffa continue to cheer. Tealíc 
                         and Braítac, their fists still on their 
                         hearts, turn and begin to walk out of 
                         the temple.)
 
                                     BRAíTAC
                         Be proud, Tealíc. Today we are free.
 
                         
                                     TEALíC
                         This day is not yet over, brother.
 
                         
               (As they walk up the steps of the temple, the Jaffa follow, still 
               cheering and punching the air. Tealíc and Braítac reach the top 
               of the steps and see the vast amphitheatre outside, which is 
               filled with hundreds, possibly thousands, of cheering Jaffa.)
 
               
                                     BRAíTAC
                         Then I shall be proud for you - and 
                         of you.
 
               (They smile at each other and walk out to greet the cheering 
               throng. Death gliders fly over the crowd in salute.)
 
               
               SGC. Sam is waiting nervously in a corridor by an elevator. The 
               elevator arrives and the doors open. Inside are Pete Shanahan 
               and an airman.
 
                                     PETE
                         Hey!

                                     CARTER
                         Hi! Thank you, Airman.

               (As the Airman walks away, Pete kisses Sam on the cheek.)

                                     PETE
                         So, this is exciting! Whatís the surprise?
 
                         
                                     CARTER
                         Youíll see. (They start to walk along 
                         the corridor.)
 
                                     PETE
                         Do I get to go through the Stargate? 
                         I mean, what planet are we going to?!
 
                         
                                     CARTER
                         You donít get to go through the Stargate!
 
                         
                                     PETE
                         OK - Iím a little disappointed. Still, 
                         full security clearance, an all-access 
                         pass to SGC? This must be big.
 
                                     CARTER
                         Oh, itís big!

               (They reach a door to VIP quarters. Sam knocks and then opens 
               the door. Jacob is sitting inside. He stands as Sam and Pete 
               walk in.)
 
                                     CARTER
                         Pete Shanahan - Jacob Carter. Dad, this 
                         is Pete.
 
               (Pete stares.)

                                     PETE
                         Dad!

                                     JACOB
                         Not quite yet. You have to actually 
                         marry my daughter before you can call 
                         me that.
 
                                     PETE
                         I was just ... I meant, duh, (he babbles 
                         incoherently for a moment, then laughs, 
                         embarrassed) stammer, stammer! Itís 
                         an honour to meet you, sir, really. 
                         (He steps forward and shakes Jacobís 
                         hand, then turns to Sam.) Why didnít 
                         you tell me?
 
                                     CARTER
                         I didnít want you to be nervous.

                                     PETE
                         D... would I, I wouldnít, I, (he turns 
                         to Jacob) Iíve been dying to meet you.
 
                         
                                     JACOB
                         I think it was Sam that was nervous. 
                         (He smiles at Sam, who grimaces.)
 
                         
                                     PETE
                         How did not telling me help?

                                     CARTER
                         It didnít.

               (Thereís a long awkward pause as everyone smiles nervously at 
               each other. Finally Pete grins.)
 
                                     PETE
                         This is great! Youíve really got one 
                         of those things in your head?
 
               (Samís smile drops.)

                                     JACOB
                         If, by ďone of those thingsĒ, you mean 
                         a two thousand year old TokíRa symbiont, 
                         yes.
 
                                     PETE
                         Seriously?! Go on! (He laughs.) That 
                         has gotta freak you right out sometimes! 
                         Itís weird!
 
               (Jacob looks at Sam as if to say, ďAre you sure you want to marry 
               this?!Ē Sam smiles nervously back at him.)
 
               
               DINER. Oma is still standing at Danielís booth with her notepad 
               ready to take his order. A large man in his sixties is sitting 
               at the counter. He turns and calls out to Oma.
 
                                     JIM
                         Hey! What do I have to do to get some 
                         more coffee around here?
 
                                     OMA
                         Find your enlightenment. (She turns 
                         back to Daniel. He stares at her for 
                         a moment, then looks at the table.)
 
                         
                                     DANIEL
                         Menus?

                                     OMA
                         We donít need them here - just order 
                         what youíd like.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         OK, Iíll have the truth, with a side 
                         order of clarity, please.
 
                                     OMA
                         The Replicator version of Sam was in 
                         your head trying to access the knowledge 
                         buried in your subconscious, but you 
                         gained control of her instead. She killed 
                         you to stop you. Thatís where I stepped 
                         in. Howís that?
 
                                     DANIEL
                         Pretty clear.

                                     OMA
                         Well, we aim to please. The customer 
                         comes first, you know!
 
                                     DANIEL
                         So Iím ascended again.

                                     OMA
                         Not exactly. Sort of a ... stop along 
                         the way. You have to make that choice 
                         for yourself.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         Waffles.

                                     OMA
                         Bacon on the side?

                                     DANIEL
                         No - I remember this place.

                                     OMA
                         You should - it came from your mind.
 
                         
                                     DANIEL
                         My grandfather brought me here after 
                         my parentsí funeral. I had waffles.
 
                         
                                     OMA
                         Waffles it is. (She turns to walk away.)
 
                         
                                     DANIEL
                         Wait. (She stops.) How do I know itís 
                         really you this time? How do I know 
                         this isnít some trick Replicator Samís 
                         playing to stop me from controlling 
                         her?
 
                                     OMA
                         How deep is the river if you cannot 
                         see the bottom?
 
                                     JIM
                         Deeper than the coffee in my cup, Iíll 
                         tell you that!
 
                                     OMA
                         Excuse me. (As she walks away, she calls 
                         out her order to the cook.) Frank, I 
                         need a nose boy in a blanket, two hen 
                         fruit wrecked on a shingle with a mystery 
                         in the alley, a warm mead with a mouldy 
                         lid, and two checkerboards, alright? 
                         (She tears off the order and pins it 
                         over the counter.) Oh yeah, hold the 
                         pig.
 
               
               DAKARA. Tealíc is in the weapons chamber looking at the Ancient 
               console. Braítac comes in to join him.
 
                                     BRAíTAC
                         We have dreamed of this day for so long, 
                         fought so hard for it, and sacrificed 
                         so much. Now that it is here ...
 
                                     TEALíC
                         It is not here, brother.

                                     BRAíTAC
                         The balance of power has shifted, Tealíc. 
                         Our victory here at Dakara has turned 
                         the tide. Jaffa everywhere are abandoning 
                         the old ways, coming to see the Goaíuld 
                         for the false gods they are.
 
                                     TEALíC
                         We are foolish to rejoice in conquest 
                         over the Goaíuld when they are not all 
                         dead. Anubisí claim to be a god is false, 
                         but his powers most certainly are not.
 
                         
                                     BRAíTAC
                         It is agreed. He must be dealt with. 
                         But for once, there may be greater concerns 
                         than the eradication of all the Goaíuld. 
                         So consumed were we in attaining freedom 
                         that we did not plan nearly enough for 
                         its aftermath. The Jaffa have fought 
                         with each other for so long that uniting 
                         them as one may prove as difficult a 
                         task as convincing them to free themselves 
                         from the Goaíuld. Generations of war 
                         and mistrust will not be healed overnight.
 
                         
                                     TEALíC
                         Indeed. If we do not organise quickly, 
                         freedom will become anarchy.
 
                                     BRAíTAC
                         The high priests are proposing a leadership 
                         be assembled.
 
                                     TEALíC
                         That is wise.

                                     BRAíTAC
                         They wish both of us to sit on the Council. 
                         (Tealíc nods.) You know that will take 
                         you from the Tauíri. (Tealíc lowers 
                         his head, bothered by this realisation. 
                         Braítac puts his hand on Tealícís shoulder.) 
                         Your purpose in joining them was to 
                         one day free the Jaffa. Now that day 
                         is upon us. You must not abandon your 
                         people when we need you most.
 
                                     TEALíC
                         Of that I am aware.

               (Braítac pats his shoulder and starts to walk away, then turns 
               back again.)
 
                                     BRAíTAC
                         The Council will preside from the new 
                         Jaffa homeworld where a great city is 
                         to be erected - a haven for all those 
                         who have chosen freedom ... here, on 
                         the holy ground of Dakara.
 
               
               DINER. Jim gets up from his seat at the counter, a newspaper 
               in his hand. He looks at Daniel sitting in the booth and walks 
               over to him.
 
                                     JIM
                         Hey - I know you!

                                     DANIEL
                         Really?

                                     JIM
                         Yeah! The guy from the paper! Doctor 
                         Daniel Jackson. (He puts his newspaper 
                         down on Danielís table and points at 
                         it. Daniel picks it up. The newspaper 
                         is ďThe Ascended TimesĒ and the main 
                         headline reads, ďJACKSON STILL UNDECIDED.Ē 
                         A photograph of Daniel is underneath. 
                         Daniel looks up at Jim.)
 
                                     JIM
                         Itís OK, keep it - Iím done. (He walks 
                         away.)
 
                                     DANIEL
                         Thanks!

                                     JIM
                         No problem! (He leaves the diner.)
 
                         
                                     
                         the misspelling is really there!]; ďYoga 
                         not the path to enlightenmentĒ; ďWraith 
                         on way to AtlantisĒ and, at the bottom 
                         of the page, ďAnubis plans to retake 
                         DakaraĒ. The sub-headlines underneath 
                         that heading read, ďExclusive information 
                         on his quest to destroy all life in 
                         the Milky Way galaxyĒ and ďHeís back 
                         again and heís badder than ever.Ē)
 
                         
               
               SGC. COMMISSARY. Sam and Jacob are eating.

                                     CARTER
                         So, you gonna visit Mark and the kids 
                         this trip?
 
                                     JACOB
                         Tomorrow.

                                     CARTER
                         Is everything OK?

                                     JACOB
                         Iím just not very hungry.

                                     CARTER
                         Youíve been pretty quiet.

                                     JACOB
                         Iím fine.

                                     CARTER
                         Dad?

                                     JACOB
                         What?

                                     CARTER
                         Itís been two hours since Pete left. 
                         You havenít said a word.
 
                                     JACOB
                         I did so.

                                     CARTER
                         ďHe seems niceĒ?!

                                     JACOB
                         I believe thatís three words.

                                     CARTER
                         Iím gonna marry him.

                                     JACOB
                         I know. I just met him - what do you 
                         want me to say? I know how happy he 
                         makes you - thatís all that matters 
                         to me.
 
                                     CARTER
                         OK.

                                     JACOB
                         Selmak really liked him.

                                     CARTER
                         Selmak?!

                                     JACOB
                         Yeah - and heís a great judge of character.
 
                         
                                     CARTER
                         Well, OK!

                                     JACOB
                         Look, Sam, Iím tired. Itís been a long 
                         day. I think Iím gonna turn in early.
 
                         
                                     CARTER
                         Are you sure nothing else is wrong?
 
                         
                                     JACOB
                         Yeah. Iíll see you in the morning. (He 
                         gets up to leave.)
 
                                     CARTER
                         Goodnight. (She watches him walk away, 
                         then looks concerned.)
 
               
               JACKíS HOUSE. Jackís phone can be heard ringing. We switch from 
               an exterior view to Jackís bedroom. Heís asleep in bed, but sleepily 
               reaches down to the floor and scrabbles around for the phone 
               which is lying on the floor. He finally finds it, picks it up, 
               switches it on and holds it to his ear.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         What?

                                     CARTER
                         Sorry to wake you, sir. Tealícís back, 
                         and it sounds like we have a problem.
 
                         
                                     OíNEILL
                         I knew it. Alright - Iíll be there as 
                         soon as I can. (He switches the phone 
                         off and drops it onto the floor again.) 
                         Crap! (He stares blearily for a moment, 
                         then sits up in bed. Kerry Johnson is 
                         in the other side of the bed and sleepily 
                         hugs him.)
 
                                     KERRY
                         What was that?

                                     OíNEILL
                         Trouble in Jaffaland. (Kerry groans.) 
                         Gotta go. (She nods.) Iím sorry. (He 
                         bends down and kisses her, then gets 
                         out of bed.)
 
               
               DINER. Daniel is reading the newspaper. Oma brings over a plate 
               of waffles and puts them on the table. Daniel shows her the paper, 
               indicating the article about Anubisí plans to take Dakara.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         You know about this?

                                     OMA
                         Yes.

                                     DANIEL
                         Youíre not gonna do anything about it?
 
                         
                                     OMA
                         You know I canít.

                                     DANIEL
                         Well Iím certainly not just gonna sit 
                         here and let this happen. (He stands 
                         up, taking the newspaper with him, and 
                         starts to walk away.)
 
                                     OMA
                         You canít leave - youíre not ascended 
                         yet. (Daniel stops and turns around 
                         to face her.) You walk through that 
                         door, youíre choosing the alternative.
 
                         
                                     DANIEL
                         Youíre saying Iíll be dead.

                                     OMA
                         Pretty much.

                                     DANIEL
                         OK - ascend me.

                                     OMA
                         It doesnít mean youíll be able to help 
                         your friends. You know the rules.
 
                         
                                     DANIEL
                         Yes, but once Iím ascended I can choose 
                         to take human form again, just like 
                         last time.
 
                                     OMA
                         Technically, yes, but you canít take 
                         that paper with you. You wonít have 
                         any of the knowledge that youíve gained 
                         here - and good luck ever ascending 
                         again. Iím certainly not going to help 
                         you a third time.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         So youíre saying I can know Anubis is 
                         plotting to destroy all life in the 
                         galaxy and all I can do about it is 
                         stay here and contemplate my own enlightenment?
 
                         
                                     OMA
                         You can eat your waffles. (She walks 
                         away to the kitchen. Daniel sighs, then 
                         calls after her.)
 
                                     DANIEL
                         No syrup?! (After a moment he walks 
                         over to the counter and sits down beside 
                         an old lady who is eating pancakes while 
                         reading a book.) Hi, howís it going? 
                         Iím, uh, Daniel Jackson. (He shows her 
                         his photo in the newspaper. She doesnít 
                         even look up from her book.) Sorry to 
                         bother you - I just wanted to know if 
                         I could borrow your syrup. (She turns 
                         over the page of her book and continues 
                         reading.) Although technically I know 
                         itís not gonna be borrowing, because 
                         Iím not actually gonna be giving back 
                         what I use. (He grins at her, but she 
                         still takes no notice. Daniel sighs.) 
                         Enjoy your meal. (He picks up his newspaper, 
                         leaves the counter and walks over to 
                         one of the tables where three elderly 
                         men are eating their meal. He puts his 
                         paper down on the table and leans down 
                         to them.) Hey, guys! Howís it going? 
                         (They ignore him. He beats a tattoo 
                         on his paper but they still take no 
                         notice. He waves his hand in front of 
                         the eyes of one of the men but still 
                         gets no reaction. Oma walks over with 
                         a jug of syrup.)
 
                                     OMA
                         Theyíre not going to talk to you.

                                     DANIEL
                         Why not? Who are they?

                                     OMA
                         Others. Youíre not one of them yet.
 
                         
                                     DANIEL
                         You mean Ancients.

                                     OMA
                         A couple of them.

                                     DANIEL
                         What are they doing here?

                                     OMA
                         Watching.

                                     DANIEL
                         Me.

                                     OMA
                         Me too. I told you before - theyíre 
                         always watching. (She hands him the 
                         jug of syrup.) You wanted some motor 
                         oil?
 
               (Daniel takes the jug and she walks away.)

               
               SGC. BRIEFING ROOM. Jack is sitting at the table with Sam, Jacob, 
               Tealíc and Braítac.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         I still wish you guys had blown that 
                         thing up when you had the chance.
 
                         
                                     CARTER
                         We had to at least be sure that all 
                         the Replicators really were eliminated.
 
                         
                                     JACOB
                         And even though we apparently did get 
                         rid of them all in this galaxy, there 
                         may still be more elsewhere that could 
                         be a threat again.
 
                                     CARTER
                         So, we wanted to try to figure out how 
                         the device worked in case we ever needed 
                         something like it again.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         Great(!) Well, now the Jaffa have something 
                         that can blow up the entire universe 
                         with the push of a button.
 
                                     BRAíTAC
                         The Jaffa will defend Dakara with their 
                         lives.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         You wanna explain to me why they donít 
                         wanna wreck it?
 
                                     BRAíTAC
                         The ruins at Dakara have become a symbol 
                         of freedom.
 
                                     TEALíC
                         Much more, the Jaffa believe that the 
                         deviceís power helped free them by destroying 
                         the Replicators. They also believe that 
                         controlling this power will help ensure 
                         their freedom in the future.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         And get them virtually anything they 
                         want.
 
                                     BRAíTAC
                         The Jaffa would never use it to that 
                         end.
 
                                     JACOB
                         Jack is right. No-one should have that 
                         kind of power at their disposal.
 
               (Samís cellphone rings. She gets it out of her pocket, cringing.)
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Sorry - thought Iíd turned it off. (She 
                         opens it and switches it off, then puts 
                         it away, still cringing with embarrassment.)
 
                         
                                     OíNEILL
                         So - weíre all in agreement? One way 
                         or another, itís gotta go, correct?
 
                         
                                     TEALíC
                         Indeed.

                                     OíNEILL
                         Thank you.

                                     BRAíTAC
                         If you are suggesting we destroy this 
                         device against the wishes of the High 
                         Council, I must point out that would 
                         not be a good first step in relations 
                         between the Tauíri and the newly formed 
                         free Jaffa nation.
 
               (Jack turns to Jacob.)

                                     OíNEILL
                         Why donít you do it? They already hate 
                         the TokíRa.
 
                                     JACOB
                         To be honest, a plan may already be 
                         in the works, but as you know, Selmak 
                         and I arenít fully in the loop any longer.
 
                         
               (Walter comes into the room and stands at Jackís side.)

                                     OíNEILL
                         Mmm. (Walter clears his throat. Jack 
                         looks up at him.) Yes?
 
                                     HARRIMAN
                         Sorry to interrupt, sir. (He turns to 
                         Sam.) Colonel, thereís a call for you. 
                         Apparently itís urgent.
 
               (As he leaves the room, Sam looks round at everyone and mouths, 
               ďSorryĒ before getting up and going over to the table at the 
               far end of the room. She picks up the phone there.)
 
                                     CARTER
                         Carter.

               (Back at the main table, the conversation continues.)

                                     BRAíTAC
                         Tealíc and I have arranged another meeting 
                         of the Jaffa Council.
 
                                     TEALíC
                         Our hope is to continue strengthening 
                         the bond between previously warring 
                         Jaffa by focusing on our common enemy.
 
                         
               (Jack looks over to Sam as her phone conversation continues.)
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Yeah, I know - itís just that itís not 
                         a good time right now.
 
                                     TEALíC
                         There are still many Goaíuld who remain 
                         a threat.
 
                                     CARTER
                         I know, Iím sorry. ... I donít know 
                         - it could be an hour, it could be all 
                         day. ... Yeah. ... OK. ... Yeah, me 
                         too. Bye. (She hangs up and walks back 
                         to the main table. Tealíc and Braítac 
                         stand respectfully.) Sorry about that, 
                         sir.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         Emergency?

                                     CARTER
                         No, no. Just a, um, misunderstanding.
 
                         
               (Jacob stands.)

                                     JACOB
                         Hey, werenít you supposed to meet Pete 
                         at the floristsí this morning?
 
               (Sam shakes her head.)

                                     CARTER
                         No, Dad.

                                     JACOB
                         No, Iím sure thatís what you said - 
                         for the wedding.
 
                                     CARTER
                         I know. (She shakes her head minutely 
                         at him.)
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         Go ahead, Carter. Itís supposed to be 
                         your day off anyway.
 
                                     CARTER
                         Itís OK, sir.

                                     OíNEILL
                         Well, Tealíc and Braítac are meeting 
                         with the Jaffa - thereís nothiní to 
                         do around here. Go pick flowers.
 
               (As he walks away, Sam sighs and glares at her father. Jacob 
               shrugs.)
 
                                     JACOB
                         What?

               
               DINER. Oma brings a pot of coffee over to Danielís booth.

                                     OMA
                         More coffee?

                                     DANIEL
                         Sure. (She pours him another mug of 
                         coffee.) Can you sit a minute?
 
                                     OMA
                         OK. (She sits down opposite him and 
                         sighs in relief.) Oh - how am I supposed 
                         to put it? Man, are my dogs tired!
 
                         
                                     DANIEL
                         Thatís good!

                                     OMA
                         How are your waffles?

                                     DANIEL
                         Best I ever had. Can you tell me why 
                         you stopped me from killing Anubis the 
                         last time I was ascended?
 
                                     OMA
                         Because if I didnít stop you, the Others 
                         would have, and they wouldnít have been 
                         as nice about it.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         You mean they wouldnít have erased my 
                         memory and left me naked on a planet?
 
                         
                                     OMA
                         That was your choice. (Daniel raises 
                         his eyebrows at her. She smiles.) OK, 
                         maybe not the naked part. But I didnít 
                         totally erase your memory, even though 
                         I was supposed to.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         There - OK, why is it OK to break some 
                         rules and not others?
 
               (The bell over the entry door dings. Daniel looks round to see 
               Jim strolling in, whistling and carrying a newspaper. As he heads 
               towards the counter, Daniel turns back to Oma.)
 
                                     DANIEL
                         Look, if you knew I had a problem following 
                         the rules the last time, why offer me 
                         ascension again?
 
               (Oma watches Jim as he sits down at the counter, still whistling. 
               Finally she turns to Daniel again.)
 
                                     OMA
                         Because I didnít wanna see you die without 
                         at least giving you a second chance. 
                         Look, I have trouble following the rules. 
                         Iím not really supposed to help people 
                         ascend. Youíre supposed to do it on 
                         your own.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         But you do it.

                                     OMA
                         I walk the line. Believe me - I crossed 
                         it a few times and paid for it dearly. 
                         My point is, you just need to be willing 
                         to put your prior human existence into 
                         the proper context. Sorry - I gotta 
                         get back to work. (She gets up, picks 
                         up the coffee pot and walks back to 
                         the counter.)
 
                                     JIM
                         Coffee, please.

               (Oma ignores him.)

               
               COLORADO SPRINGS (presumably). Sam and Pete are driving along 
               in Peteís car. Sam is gazing out of the window, apparently lost 
               in thought.
 
                                     PETE
                         Chocolate or vanilla?

                                     CARTER
                         Iím sorry - what?

                                     PETE
                         Chocolate or vanilla - the cake, just 
                         in case you canít make the meeting with 
                         the caterer.
 
                                     CARTER
                         Oh! Iím sorry. I really do wanna be 
                         a part of this.
 
                                     PETE
                         I hope so! Itís your wedding too.

                                     CARTER
                         I know! (They both smile.)

                                     PETE
                         I realise this must be weird for you, 
                         worrying about place settings when we 
                         could be destroyed by aliens at any 
                         minute.
 
                                     CARTER
                         A little.

                                     PETE
                         Weíre not about to be destroyed by aliens, 
                         are we?! (Sam looks at him and mouths, 
                         ďNo.Ē) Cos you seem a bit distracted.
 
                         
                                     CARTER
                         Iím sorry.

                                     PETE
                         So - did your dad like me?

                                     CARTER
                         Of course! Why wouldnít he?

                                     PETE
                         Tough guy to read.

                                     CARTER
                         You just have to get to know him.

                                     PETE
                         How Ďbout ... Selmak?

                                     CARTER
                         Ah! He thought you were very charming.
 
                         
                                     PETE
                         For a human.

                                     CARTER
                         Well, generally speaking, thatís my 
                         type!
 
               (Pete laughs.)

                                     PETE
                         Good! Did I tell you I also have a surprise 
                         for you?
 
                                     CARTER
                         No! What is it?

               (Pete almost answers, then looks at her.)

                                     PETE
                         Tricky! (She grins at him.) Youíll see.
 
                         
               
               SGC. JACKíS OFFICE. Jack is talking with Tealíc and Braítac.
 
               
                                     BRAíTAC
                         The Council remains unwilling to destroy 
                         the weapon for fear it will weaken the 
                         resolve of the Jaffa to stand united 
                         against the remaining Goaíuld.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         You realise we have to consider that 
                         thing a threat to our security?
 
                                     TEALíC
                         Indeed.

                                     BRAíTAC
                         The Council recognises the danger and 
                         has decided to take action by aggressively 
                         seeking out and killing Anubis. Once 
                         that threat has been eliminated, they 
                         will reassess the decision to destroy 
                         the device.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         Well, we donít even know if Anubis can 
                         be killed yet, do we?
 
                                     TEALíC
                         We must not suggest to the Jaffa that 
                         he cannot be. At the very least, we 
                         can eliminate the remainder of the forces 
                         of Anubis.
 
                                     BRAíTAC
                         I believe this quest will unite the 
                         remainder of the still-fractured armies 
                         by giving them focus on a common goal.
 
                         
                                     OíNEILL
                         Got anything to go on?

                                     TEALíC
                         Many of the Kull warriors were killed 
                         in battle with the Replicators, but 
                         intelligence gathered indicates that 
                         Anubis may be marshalling the remaining 
                         Kull warriors on Tartarus.
 
                                     BRAíTAC
                         A pre-emptive strike is being prepared.
 
                         
               
               DINER. Daniel, bored, is holding a sugar pourer over his mug 
               of coffee and pouring loads of sugar into it. He looks round 
               at the sound of Omaís voice. She is standing at the counter arguing 
               with Jim. Daniel canít hear what theyíre saying but sheís obviously 
               angry. Finally she walks away. Daniel picks up his coffee mug 
               and walks over to the counter where Jim is leaning back in his 
               seat staring at the ceiling, looking either tired or angry at 
               the conversation he has just had with Oma.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         Hey.

                                     JIM
                         Hey! Daniel! Howís it going?

                                     DANIEL
                         Do we know each other? I feel like I 
                         know you.
 
                                     JIM
                         Call me Jim. We ran into each other 
                         last time you were ascended.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         Ah. Nice to meet you ... again! (They 
                         shake hands, then Daniel sits down on 
                         the stool next to Jim.)
 
                                     JIM
                         Still havenít made up your mind, huh? 
                         Death - or everlasting enlightenment. 
                         I donít really see the choice, myself.
 
                         
                                     DANIEL
                         Of course I donít wanna be dead - itís 
                         just that, uh ... (He sighs.) Listen, 
                         the reason I came over here was to ask 
                         you - why are you talkiní to me?
 
               (Jim looks puzzled for a moment, then realises what Daniel means 
               and gestures round the diner.)
 
                                     JIM
                         Oh, you mean because these other snobs 
                         wonít even look at you? Well, Iím different, 
                         like Oma.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         Really? Cos I kinda had the impression 
                         that you two donít quite see eye to 
                         eye.
 
                                     JIM
                         What, that little ...? (He laughs.) 
                         Oh, that was nothing. (He looks around 
                         the diner again, then leans closer to 
                         Daniel and talks quietly.) We both operate 
                         somewhat outside the normal rules and 
                         regulations. Sometimes we disagree on 
                         how far outside we should go, thatís 
                         all.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         Really?

                                     JIM
                         Yeah. As long as these other guys donít 
                         strike me down, I figure Iím OK.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         See, I guess thatís what Iím tryiní 
                         to figure out. I mean, I feel like if 
                         I agree to ascend, Iím signing a contract 
                         that I donít even know what it says. 
                         Now, obviously I had a little trouble 
                         with the fine print the last time.
 
                         
                                     JIM
                         You sure did!

                                     DANIEL
                         You know about that?

                                     JIM
                         Well, itís all out there. (He gestures 
                         upwards.)
 
                                     DANIEL
                         I just donít see how I can agree to 
                         stand by and let Anubis destroy every 
                         living thing in the entire galaxy.
 
                         
                                     JIM
                         I know. Thatís a tough one. (He slides 
                         his new newspaper across the counter 
                         to Daniel.) Speaking of which, have 
                         you seen the latest? (Daniel opens the 
                         new copy of The Ascended Times. The 
                         main headline reads: ďSecret Plan Revealed. 
                         Anubisí dastardly plot to regain Ancient 
                         Weapon of DestructionĒ.) Heís a crafty 
                         one. Really knows the ins and outs of 
                         the rules. I give him three to one odds 
                         to succeed. Wanna know the irony of 
                         it all? That device was originally used 
                         by the Ancients to create life in the 
                         Milky Way ... well, recreate it after 
                         the whole plague thing. No kidding. 
                         Now it all gets undone with the push 
                         of one button, leaving Anubis to recreate 
                         things all over to his own liking. Thereís 
                         a waste of a million-odd years of evolution, 
                         huh? (He turns around to the customers 
                         in the diner and calls out to them.) 
                         I say someone should really do something 
                         to stop him! (The customers take no 
                         notice. Jim waves his hand dismissively 
                         at them and turns back to Daniel.) But 
                         no-one will. (He calls out to the kitchen.) 
                         Can I get a coffee?
 
               
               COLORADO SPRINGS. Pete pulls up outside a house with a ďFor SaleĒ 
               sign in the garden. Sam opens the car door and gets out with 
               her eyes shut.
 
                                     CARTER
                         Can I open them now?

                                     PETE
                         Almost. (He leads her a few steps forward.) 
                         OK. Now. (Sam opens her eyes and gazes 
                         at the house.) What do you think?
 
                         
                                     CARTER
                         Uh ... well ... uh ...

                                     PETE
                         Speechless, huh?!

                                     CARTER
                         Yeah!

               (Pete laughs in delight.)

                                     PETE
                         Yeah! Isnít it great?! (They start to 
                         walk towards the house, Sam gazing at 
                         it in amazement.) Remember our first 
                         night together? You described the house 
                         you always wanted?
 
                                     CARTER
                         I canít believe this.

                                     PETE
                         The kitchen isnít yellow, but we can 
                         paint. Címon - Iíll show you. And youíre 
                         not gonna believe the back yard! The 
                         dogís gonna love it! (He heads towards 
                         the house.)
 
                                     CARTER
                         Dog? (She sighs to herself, not looking 
                         too happy.)
 
               
               DINER. Daniel is still sitting at the counter with Jim. Daniel 
               is reading the paper while Jim eats a piece of pie.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         This is bad.

                                     JIM
                         Yeah. And this pie is great, (he holds 
                         up his empty mug) but thereís nothing 
                         to wash it down with.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         Is there anything you can do to stop 
                         Anubis? I mean, you did say someone 
                         should do something.
 
                                     JIM
                         I did, didnít I? (He shrugs helplessly.) 
                         Well, as far as what can be done, itís 
                         kinda complicated.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         Yeah, so Oma tells me.

                                     JIM
                         Yeah, well I donít think sheís told 
                         you everything.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         What does that mean?

                                     JIM
                         Iím sayiní ... (He trails off.) Iíve 
                         already said too much.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         No, you havenít - in fact, youíve hardly 
                         said anything at all.
 
               (Jim looks nervously round at the other customers, then turns 
               to Daniel.)
 
                                     JIM
                         You gave up eternal enlightenment - 
                         all the knowledge and power of the universe. 
                         (He looks round for a moment as Oma 
                         takes some plates of food over to a 
                         table, then turns back to Daniel.) Why 
                         do you think you did that?
 
                                     DANIEL
                         To fight for humanity any way I could.
 
                         
                                     JIM
                         Yes, very big of you. You rejected everything 
                         Oma offered you, and now she just gives 
                         you another chance, based on the goodness 
                         of her heart?
 
                                     DANIEL
                         Well, that is the point, isnít it? I 
                         mean, she is ascended - she is good.
 
                         
                                     JIM
                         Sure, best intentions.

                                     DANIEL
                         Do you know what happened between me 
                         and Oma? Why did I choose to take human 
                         form again?
 
                                     JIM
                         You should ask Oma.

               
               JACKíS HOUSE. Sam is sitting in the driveway in her car, gazing 
               at the house. She sits there for a while, almost getting out 
               and then stopping, before finally making a decision and getting 
               out of the car.
 
               (In the back garden, Jack is burning the heck out of something 
               on the barbecue. He pours some of his bottle of beer over it 
               to dispel the smoke. Sam comes around the side of the house.)
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Hi, sir.

                                     OíNEILL
                         Carter!

                                     CARTER
                         Look, I-Iím sorry to bother you at home 
                         like this, but, uh ...
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         Howíd you know I was here? (He glances 
                         nervously towards the house for a moment.)
 
                         
                                     CARTER
                         I saw the smoke.

                                     OíNEILL
                         Oh, yeah. (He brushes ashes off his 
                         jumper.)
 
                                     CARTER
                         Look, is this, is this OK? I mean, I 
                         could have called first, but ...
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         No ... yeah ... I mean, itís fine. So, 
                         um, (he glances towards the house again) 
                         what brings you to this neck of the 
                         woods on such a fine day in my back 
                         yard?
 
                                     CARTER
                         Well, actually, Iíve, um, (she clears 
                         her throat) Iíve been sitting in your 
                         driveway for the last ten minutes trying 
                         to work up the nerve to come and talk 
                         to you. (Jack raises his eyebrows at 
                         her.) The truth is, Iíve been trying 
                         to work up the nerve for a lot longer 
                         than that. (She smiles nervously.)
 
                         
                                     OíNEILL
                         Oh? (He gestures for her to continue.)
 
                         
                                     CARTER
                         Pete put a down payment on a house.
 
                         
                                     OíNEILL
                         Well, thatís great!

                                     CARTER
                         Itís a beautiful house.

                                     OíNEILL
                         But?

                                     CARTER
                         The-the truth is, Iím having second 
                         thoughts about the wedding.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         Why?

                                     CARTER
                         See, the ... the thing is, the closer 
                         it gets, the more I get the feeling 
                         that ... Iím making a big, huge, mistake.
 
                         
               (Jack looks at her for a moment, then glances towards the house 
               again.)
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         Look, Carter, the ... I donít know what 
                         ...
 
                                     CARTER
                         Look, Iím sorry to bother you with this, 
                         but, uh ... see, thereís actually a 
                         very good reason that Iím bothering 
                         you with this, and if I donít tell you 
                         now, I might never ...
 
               (At that moment, Kerry comes out of the house with a salad bowl 
               in one hand and a dish of something in the other.)
 
                                     KERRY
                         Jack, I looked everywhere - I could 
                         not find ... (She stops dead at the 
                         sight of Sam standing there. Sam closes 
                         her eyes in disbelief, then winces before 
                         turning towards Kerry.) Colonel Carter.
 
                         
               (Sam nods to her, then turns towards Jack again.)

                                     OíNEILL
                         Ms Johnson.

                                     CARTER
                         Yeah, I didnít - I didnít ...

                                     OíNEILL
                         We were just ... meeting here in my 
                         back yard on this fine day to discuss 
                         the state of affairs.
 
               (Sam nods, not believing a word of it.)

                                     KERRY
                         Well, this is awkward!

                                     CARTER
                         Ya think?!

                                     KERRY
                         Jack didnít want anyone at the SGC to 
                         know about us.
 
               (Jack goes over to her to take the bowl and dish off her.)

                                     CARTER
                         No, look, I, uh, uh, Iím sorry, this 
                         is my fault, I really, I shouldnít have 
                         come by unannounced like this.
 
                                     KERRY
                         Well, yíknow, now that the catís out 
                         of the bag, youíre here, why donít you 
                         just stay? Iím sure thereís enough charred 
                         meat on the grill for all three of us.
 
                         
               (Jack gestures at her with a piece of the charred meat. Sam laughs.)
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         No - thank you - I, um ... (At that 
                         moment her cellphone rings. She gets 
                         it out and looks at the Caller ID.) 
                         Itís the SGC. (She answers the phone.) 
                         Colonel Carter. (Kerry smiles at Jack 
                         and walks over to him. He offers her 
                         his bottle of beer.) What? When? ... 
                         OK, Iím on my way. (She hangs up.) I-I 
                         gotta go. Uh, itís my dad. (She hurries 
                         away.)
 
               
               DINER. Daniel is sitting at the counter reading the newspaper. 
               Jim has gone. Oma comes out of the kitchen.
 
                                     OMA
                         Well, you canít stay here forever, you 
                         know. Actually, I suppose you could, 
                         I just donít know why youíd really want 
                         to - except for the great service! (She 
                         gets the coffee pot and pours him another 
                         mug of coffee.)
 
                                     DANIEL
                         Look, obviously I donít wanna just die. 
                         I donít suppose thereís any other options?
 
                         
                                     OMA
                         I canít get into it. Whatís stopping 
                         you from ascending?
 
                                     DANIEL
                         I donít know.

                                     OMA
                         Must be something holding you back - 
                         making you doubt yourself.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         Maybe itís not me Iím doubting.

                                     OMA
                         Look, whether you choose to accept living 
                         on a higher plane of existence has nothing 
                         to do with me or anything that I can 
                         or canít tell you. Itís all up to you.
 
                         
                                     DANIEL
                         But there is something youíre not telling 
                         me.
 
                                     OMA
                         Is that what Jim said? You shouldnít 
                         be listening to him.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         Why not?

                                     OMA
                         Because.

                                     DANIEL
                         Good answer!

                                     OMA
                         Yes. (She smiles and walks away.)

               
               SGC. ISOLATION ROOM. Sam, still in her casual clothes, comes 
               in to find Jacob in bed.
 
                                     CARTER
                         Dad?

                                     JACOB
                         Iím sorry, kiddo. We both are.

                                     CARTER
                         About what? Whatís going on?

                                     JACOB
                         I donít wanna ruin everything like this.
 
                         
                                     CARTER
                         Dad?

                                     JACOB
                         Itís Selmak - heís dying.

                                     CARTER
                         Oh my God. Iím sorry.

                                     JACOB
                         Itís OK. Heís OK. He led a pretty full 
                         life.
 
                                     CARTER
                         I didnít live with Jolinar that long, 
                         but I think I have some idea what itís 
                         like.
 
                                     JACOB
                         Well, this is a little different, Sam. 
                         As you know, when a TokíRa symbiont 
                         dies, they can prevent their host from 
                         dying as Jolinar did with you. The problem 
                         is, that last selfless act requires 
                         a certain amount of energy and a conscious 
                         effort.
 
                                     CARTER
                         What are you saying?

                                     JACOB
                         By all rights, Selmak should have been 
                         dead weeks ago. I wouldnít let him go. 
                         I thought we needed him - that I needed 
                         him to help you stop the Replicators.
 
                         
                                     CARTER
                         Dad?

                                     JACOB
                         He hung on as long as he could, then 
                         he slipped into a coma just after we 
                         activated the weapon on Dakara.
 
                                     CARTER
                         Youíve known all this time since then?
 
                         
                                     JACOB
                         I didnít wanna spoil your wedding. Now, 
                         I thought we could make it.
 
               (Sam stares at him, her eyes filling with tears.)

                                     CARTER
                         ďWeĒ?

                                     JACOB
                         Heís barely alive. Iím gonna die with 
                         him, Sam.
 
               (Sam starts to cry.)

               
               DINER. Jim returns to his stool beside Daniel.

                                     JIM
                         Where is she?

                                     DANIEL
                         I dunno. Off doing whatever it is she 
                         does when sheís not here.
 
                                     JIM
                         You ask her?

                                     DANIEL
                         Yep.

                                     JIM
                         Wouldnít tell you?

                                     DANIEL
                         Nope.

                                     JIM
                         Had to find out for yourself last time, 
                         too. Man, were you pissed!
 
                                     DANIEL
                         About what? Tell me.

               (Jim glances around the diner, then leans close to Daniel.)
 
               
                                     JIM
                         What do you know about Anubis?

                                     DANIEL
                         I know heís half-ascended, whatever 
                         that means.
 
                                     JIM
                         There are many planes of existence between 
                         human existence and ascension. Basically, 
                         the Others use their collective powers 
                         to keep him from affecting anything 
                         on a grand, cosmic level.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         But itís OK for him to destroy an entire 
                         galaxy?
 
                                     JIM
                         Itís OK for him to do anything he could 
                         have done back when he was a regular 
                         old Goaíuld.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         OK, I see. What does this have to do 
                         with Oma?
 
                                     JIM
                         Goaíulds are bad. Anubis is as bad as 
                         they come.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         And?

                                     JIM
                         And? (He gestures to Daniel to work 
                         it out himself.)
 
                                     DANIEL
                         And ascension requires that somebody 
                         be pure of spirit. One must be good 
                         to the very core to achieve enlightenment, 
                         so how did someone like Anubis ascend?
 
                         
               (Jim claps his hands.)

                                     JIM
                         Now heís getting it!

                                     DANIEL
                         Oma helps people ascend, but sheíd never 
                         help somebody like Anubis!
 
                                     JIM
                         Maybe not on purpose.

                                     DANIEL
                         What, youíre saying he tricked her somehow?
 
                         
                                     JIM
                         Rule Number One! No lone ascended being 
                         shall help a lower ascend. ďLowersĒ 
                         are what we call humans and such. If 
                         you deserve to be here, you should be 
                         able to get here on your own. If thereís 
                         an exception - for whatever reason - 
                         a majority vote by the collective can 
                         get you in, but Oma thinks she knows 
                         better - and sheís taken her licks for 
                         it. Now I admit, for the most part, 
                         sheís brought good people on board but, 
                         as the old saying goes, nobodyís perfect 
                         - not even us higher beings.
 
               (Daniel stares at him.)

                                     DANIEL
                         Oma helped Anubis ascend.

               (Jim clicks his fingers and points at Daniel. At that moment, 
               Oma walks over.)
 
                                     OMA
                         Get out. (Jim looks at her.) Get out 
                         now.
 
               (Jim looks at his watch.)

                                     JIM
                         Well, look at the time. Gotta go, kid 
                         - uh, business to attend to. (He pats 
                         Danielís leg.) It was nice talking to 
                         you, though. (He gets up and walks away, 
                         whistling. At the door, he stops and 
                         looks back at Oma and Daniel for a moment, 
                         then leaves the diner.)
 
               
               SGC. ISOLATION ROOM. Sam, now in her black jumper, is sitting 
               at Jacobís bedside, holding his hand.
 
                                     CARTER
                         A number of the TokíRa have responded. 
                         They wanna pay their respects.
 
                                     JACOB
                         They can come. (His voice is quiet and 
                         he looks very weak.)
 
                                     CARTER
                         I canít believe thereís nothing they 
                         can do. They can remove a Goaíuld. In 
                         the last few years youíve almost perfected 
                         the process of saving a host.
 
                                     JACOB
                         That process instantly kills the symbiont 
                         before it releases toxins. Itís too 
                         late for that, Sam. Iím sorry. I hate 
                         to do this to you, but I should have 
                         been dead four years ago. Since then, 
                         Iíve been all over the galaxy. Iíve 
                         done things most men never dream of.
 
                         
                                     CARTER
                         Where have I heard that before?

                                     JACOB
                         I just wanna know youíre gonna be happy.
 
                         
                                     CARTER
                         I am.

                                     JACOB
                         Donít let rules stand in your way.
 
                         
               (Sam looks puzzled.)

                                     CARTER
                         What are you talking about?

                                     JACOB
                         You joined the Air Force because of 
                         me.
 
                                     CARTER
                         I love my job.

                                     JACOB
                         Mmm. (He reaches out and strokes her 
                         cheek.) You can still have everything 
                         you want.
 
                                     CARTER
                         I do, Dad. (Jacob sighs, frustrated 
                         that she doesnít understand or refuses 
                         to understand what heís talking about. 
                         She takes his hand again.) Really.
 
                         
               
               JACKíS OFFICE. Jack is sitting at his desk, lost in thought. 
               Kerry comes to the door and knocks.
 
                                     KERRY
                         Howís Colonel Carterís father?

                                     OíNEILL
                         Doesnít look good.

                                     KERRY
                         Sorry to hear that. (She comes into 
                         the office and closes the door.)
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         Closing the door.

                                     KERRY
                         Yeah. Deeply symbolic.

                                     OíNEILL
                         Really?

               (Kerry smiles at him awkwardly.)

                                     KERRY
                         I really like you. Weíre good together.
 
                         
               (Jack stands up.)

                                     OíNEILL
                         Yes. We are. But?

                                     KERRY
                         You have issues. Itís OK - we all do. 
                         Thereís just one big one in particular 
                         that I donít think I can love with. 
                         (Jack raises his eyebrows. Kerry flinches 
                         and corrects herself.) Live with. I 
                         need to get out before I get more involved. 
                         We can still work together, canít we? 
                         Iíd hate to have to ask for reassignment. 
                         This is really important to me. We agreed 
                         this would never affect the job.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         We did.

                                     KERRY
                         Good. (She smiles and walks towards 
                         the door, then turns and puts her hands 
                         on her hips.) You know, thereís just 
                         one thing I donít understand.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         Just one?

                                     KERRY
                         Is the Air Force the only thing keeping 
                         you two apart? Rules and regulations? 
                         Cos if it is, youíre making a very big 
                         mistake.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         And you know what I should do?

                                     KERRY
                         Retire.

                                     OíNEILL
                         Again.

                                     KERRY
                         Donít get me wrong - you are considered 
                         invaluable to the programme by the Pentagon, 
                         but the President has appointed a civilian 
                         to run the SGC before. (Jack nods.) 
                         Just a thought. (She leaves the room, 
                         leaving Jack looking pensive and bothered 
                         by what sheís made him think about.)
 
                         
               
               SPACE. A large fleet of free Jaffa ships is heading towards Tartarus. 
               Tealíc and Braítac are on the pelítak of one of the motherships.
 
               
                                     BRAíTAC
                         The time has come for this ancient warrior 
                         to fight one final battle.
 
                                     TEALíC
                         I think not, old man. This victory will 
                         present us with many new challenges 
                         that will require your wisdom and sound 
                         judgement.
 
                                     BRAíTAC
                         What our people will require is a youthful, 
                         vital, leadership, and that is something 
                         others are better suited to provide.
 
                         
                                     TEALíC
                         You are only as old as you believe yourself 
                         to be.
 
                                     BRAíTAC
                         Talk to me in fifty years!

               (Tealíc looks round at him.)

                                     TEALíC
                         Indeed I will.

               (Braítac looks at him. Tealíc nods. Braítac looks away and smiles.)
 
               
               
               DINER. Daniel and Oma are now sitting facing each other in the 
               booth.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         So itís true.

                                     OMA
                         He tricked me.

                                     DANIEL
                         How? You couldnít tell?!

                                     OMA
                         No. He must have found some old Ancient 
                         research on ascension. When he came 
                         to Kheb, he knew what he was doing. 
                         When I realised the horrible mistake 
                         that I had made, I tried to undo it, 
                         but I couldnít. Thatís when the Others 
                         stepped in.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         I donít understand - they only sent 
                         him halfway back. Why not all the way?
 
                         
                                     OMA
                         Itís complicated.

                                     DANIEL
                         Yeah, what isnít around here?

                                     OMA
                         They warned him - he wasnít allowed 
                         to use any knowledge or power unless 
                         he otherwise would have gained it as 
                         a Goaíuld.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         I donít understand. They let him wreak 
                         havoc. They donít care if he destroys 
                         all life in the galaxy - life they themselves 
                         created?
 
                                     OMA
                         They havenít stopped me from continuing 
                         my work. Iíve tried to make up for it 
                         - help when I can.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         Itís your punishment. Youíre forced 
                         to watch, powerless to interfere, and 
                         let Anubis do whatever he wants just 
                         to punish you?
 
                                     OMA
                         I told you before - the galaxy youíre 
                         from, the plane of existence, is so 
                         small and insignificant compared to 
                         the rest of the universe.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         I donít care. Itís wrong.

                                     OMA
                         Thatís what you said last time.

               (Daniel stands up and calls out to the other customers.)

                                     DANIEL
                         Excuse me? Isnít it enough already? 
                         I mean, a whole galaxy of innocent people 
                         enslaved and tortured for generations, 
                         now on the verge of being destroyed 
                         for nothing? For what? For one mistake 
                         a good person made trying to do a good 
                         thing. (The customers ignore him.) Címon, 
                         the least you could do is listen to 
                         me. (shouting) That canít be against 
                         the grand high-falutiní cosmic rules! 
                         (He turns to a man sitting in another 
                         booth.) Hey! Iím talkiní to you! (He 
                         tries to grab him by the throat but 
                         the part of the man he grabs morphs 
                         into white light. Daniel steps back, 
                         surprised, and the man becomes solid 
                         again.) OK. OK. Well, I know you can 
                         hear me. Hasnít she suffered enough 
                         already? And certainly enough other 
                         people have suffered to punish her. 
                         Donít you think youíve made your point?
 
                         
                                     OMA
                         Thatís the thing, Daniel. They donít. 
                         I keep breaking the same rule - helping 
                         people ascend. Thatís why youíre here.
 
                         
                                     DANIEL
                         What if you stopped?

                                     OMA
                         Wouldnít undo the problem. Thatís why 
                         I keep doing what I do. Anubis canít 
                         be killed - not by you, not by me.
 
                         
               
               TARTARUS. Inside Anubisí base, Jaffa are milling around. Tealíc 
               and Braítac meet up.
 
                                     BRAíTAC
                         He is not here. No-one is here! The 
                         defences we fought through were automated.
 
                         
                                     TEALíC
                         We have been deceived.

                                     BRAíTAC
                         Anubis fled us, to lure us here. Our 
                         forces defending Dakara are depleted.
 
                         
                                     TEALíC
                         We could not have known, brother.

                                     BRAíTAC
                         You were right, old friend. The device 
                         at Dakara should have been destroyed 
                         at all costs.
 
               
               SGC. ISOLATION ROOM. Jacob is being visited by a couple of TokíRa. 
               Sam sits in the Observation Room watching them talk. Jack comes 
               in and sits down next to her. He looks down at Jacob for a while, 
               then speaks to Sam.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         You OK?

               (Sam has obviously been crying a lot but for the moment her face 
               is dry.)
 
                                     CARTER
                         Actually, Iím fine. Good, even, strange 
                         as that sounds. I thought I lost him 
                         four years ago. Since then, weíve been 
                         closer than we ever were in my whole 
                         life. In a way, Selmak gave me the father 
                         I never thought Iíd know.
 
               (Jack looks at her for a moment.)

                                     OíNEILL
                         Címe here. (He puts his arm around her 
                         shoulder. She reaches up and takes his 
                         hand and snuggles into his shoulder, 
                         rubbing her thumb against his hand. 
                         They sit and look at Jacob for a moment.)
 
                         
                                     CARTER
                         Thank you, sir.

                                     OíNEILL
                         For what?

                                     CARTER
                         For being here for me.

               (Jack looks at her for a moment, then speaks quietly.)

                                     OíNEILL
                         Always.

               (Sam looks at him, then rests her head on his hand as she gazes 
               at her father.)
 
               (In the Isolation Room, Jacob speaks weakly to the TokíRa by 
               the side of his bed.)
 
                                     JACOB
                         Iím ready.

               (The TokíRa puts his hand on Jacobís shoulder, then looks up 
               at Sam. Sam gets up and hurries down into the Isolation Room. 
               She goes to Jacobís bedside, takes his hand and kisses him on 
               the forehead. He opens his eyes one last time and gazes at his 
               daughter.)
 
                                     JACOB
                         I love you. (He closes his eyes and 
                         dies. Sam shuts her eyes in grief. In 
                         the Observation Room, Jack gazes at 
                         them helplessly.)
 
               
               DINER. Daniel and Oma are sitting in the booth. Jim comes in 
               again, holding another newspaper, and walks over to the booth 
               to talk to Oma.
 
                                     JIM
                         Can I get a coffee?

                                     OMA
                         Get it yourself.

                                     JIM
                         Donít mind if I do! (He walks behind 
                         the counter, tossing his newspaper down 
                         onto the counter.) Ooh! Hey, Danny boy, 
                         you see the paper?
 
                                     DANIEL
                         No, whatís it say?

                                     JIM
                         The trick worked! (He helps himself 
                         to a mug and a pot of coffee.) Those 
                         stupid Jaffa took half their ships to 
                         hunt down Anubis. Meanwhile, his army 
                         was poised to attack Dakara. The remaining 
                         rebel Jaffa guarding Dakara are being 
                         slaughtered. Itís only a matter of time 
                         before old Anubis gets his hands on 
                         the weapon.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         Iím sorry - you sound almost happy about 
                         that.
 
                                     JIM
                         Who, me?

                                     DANIEL
                         Yeah. What do you have against Oma?
 
                         
                                     OMA
                         Daniel.

                                     DANIEL
                         No - I wanna know. (He turns towards 
                         Jim.) I mean, youíre not just watching 
                         - youíre coming in here to rub it in. 
                         Why are you taking such pleasure in 
                         her punishment?
 
                                     JIM
                         Me? I donít have anything against Oma. 
                         I think sheís great, donít I? (He looks 
                         at Oma. Daniel turns and looks at her 
                         as well.) Hell, sheís the one that helped 
                         me ascend. (Daniel turns and stares 
                         at Jim. Jim smiles evilly, then points 
                         at Daniel.) You got it, huh?
 
                                     DANIEL
                         You are Anubis.

               (Jim laughs raucously, then lifts his coffee mug and toasts Daniel.)
 
               
                                     JIM/ANUBIS
                         Cheers. (He drinks, then continues laughing.)
 
                         
               
               COLORADO SPRINGS. Pete and Sam are sitting on a bench in the 
               front garden of the house he has bought. The ďFor SaleĒ sign 
               now reads ďSoldĒ.
 
                                     PETE
                         I knew from the beginning. Guess I just 
                         thought when you said yes that ... (He 
                         sighs and trails off, then looks at 
                         Sam.) You were worth the risk. Donít 
                         say I deserve better. Canít get much 
                         better than you.
 
                                     CARTER
                         Thatís not true.

                                     PETE
                         I wish I could believe this had something 
                         to do with your father - you needed 
                         some time to just work things out. I 
                         guess all I can say is: I hope you get 
                         what you want.
 
                                     CARTER
                         Thatís it?

                                     PETE
                         What do you want? You want me to get 
                         down on my knees and beg?
 
                                     CARTER
                         God, no! Of course not! I just ... I 
                         thought you would react differently.
 
                         
               (Peteís eyes fill with tears.)

                                     PETE
                         Goodbye, Sam. (He stands and starts 
                         to walk away.)
 
                                     CARTER
                         Pete ...

               (As he walks across the garden, Pete wipes tears from his eyes. 
               He stops at the sign to peel off the ďSoldĒ sign so that it reads 
               ďFor SaleĒ again, then walks away.)
 
               
               SGC. BRIEFING ROOM. Jack and Tealíc are standing near the window 
               to the Gateroom.
 
                                     TEALíC
                         The rebel fleet guarding Dakara has 
                         fallen to the forces of Anubis. Braítac 
                         and the remaining rebel ships will not 
                         arrive in time. (Sam comes in and joins 
                         them.) Anubis now controls the weapon.
 
                         
                                     OíNEILL
                         Well then, we find the biggest damned 
                         nuke we can and we shove it right through 
                         the Gate now.
 
                                     TEALíC
                         Anubis will certainly have the Gate 
                         shielded. The nuke will not arrive in 
                         one piece.
 
               (Sam nods in agreement.)

                                     CARTER
                         If we can dial the Alpha site, we may 
                         be able to prevent the weapon from connecting 
                         the wormhole to either planet. It may 
                         only buy us the thirty-eight minutes 
                         that the Gate can ...
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         Go, go, just go.

               
               CONTROL ROOM. Sam comes down the stairs and walks over to Walter, 
               who is sitting at the control desk.
 
                                     CARTER
                         Sergeant, dial the Alpha site now.
 
                         
               (Walter types and the Gate starts to dial. Walter looks at his 
               screens.)
 
                                     HARRIMAN
                         Wait a minute - thatís not me.

                                     CARTER
                         What?

                                     HARRIMAN
                         I donít know. (As Jack and Tealíc come 
                         to join them, the Gate continues to 
                         dial and alarms sound.) Incoming wormhole! 
                         (He closes the iris.)
 
                                     CARTER
                         Thatís not gonna stop the energy from 
                         the weapon.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         If it is the weapon.

               (Behind the iris, the Stargate kawhooshes. Walter checks his 
               screens.)
 
                                     HARRIMAN
                         No iris codes.

               (Sam looks at Jack.)

                                     CARTER
                         Weíre too late.

                                     OíNEILL
                         Self destruct.

                                     CARTER
                         Thatís not gonna destroy the Gate, and 
                         theoretically thereís only a remote 
                         chance it would disengage an active 
                         incoming wormhole.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         Carter! (More quietly) Carter.

               (Sam bends to a console and starts to type in her code to activate 
               the emergency self destruct. Jack does the same at another console.)
 
               
               
               DINER. Jim/Anubis is standing at the counter.

                                     ANUBIS
                         Oh, you make a great cup of coffee. 
                         (He puts the coffee pot and mug down 
                         and walks out into the restaurant.) 
                         Well, gotta go. (He waves sarcastically 
                         to Oma.)
 
               (Daniel looks at Oma and sees that sheís not going to do anything. 
               He jumps up and runs at Anubis, but runs straight through him. 
               He stops and turns around to face him again. Anubis chuckles.)
 
               
                                     ANUBIS
                         Thereís nothing you can do. You donít 
                         have the power.
 
                                     OMA
                         But I do.

               (Anubis turns to face her. As she stands up, she briefly morphs 
               into white light. As the light fades, she is no longer in her 
               waitress uniform - she is now in the white trouser suit she wore 
               during ďMeridianĒ. For the first time, all the other customers 
               in the diner take notice, turning round to look at her. Anubis 
               chuckles a little nervously.)
 
                                     ANUBIS
                         You canít kill me either.

                                     OMA
                         I can fight you.

                                     ANUBIS
                         Well, you canít win.

                                     OMA
                         It wonít matter. You wonít be able to 
                         do anything but fight me back.
 
                                     ANUBIS
                         Well, what are you gonna do?

                                     OMA
                         Something I should have done a long 
                         time ago. (She starts to walk towards 
                         him.)
 
                                     ANUBIS
                         Oh, no. No. No! No!

               (He raises his hands to try to stop her. She morphs into white 
               light. As she reaches him, he too morphs into white light. They 
               merge, and the light rises up and goes through the ceiling of 
               the diner. Daniel and all the customers stare up at the ceiling. 
               Daniel walks to the spot that they disappeared from and looks 
               around at the customers, bewildered.)
 
               
                                     HARRIMAN
                         Wormhole disengaged.

                                     CARTER
                         Whatís going on?

                                     HARRIMAN
                         I donít know. Must be some kind of ... 
                         system malfunction.
 
                                     CARTER
                         Thatís impossible!

                                     OíNEILL
                         Shut it off.

               (Sam reaches down and types.)

                                     CARTER
                         Aborting self destruct. (She finishes 
                         typing and the self destruct shuts down. 
                         She looks at Jack, who blows out a relieved 
                         breath.)
 
               
               BRIEFING ROOM. Braítac has now arrived and is reporting to Jack, 
               Sam and Tealíc.
 
                                     BRAíTAC
                         The Kull warriors became ... disorganised, 
                         confused, as though they no longer knew 
                         what to do.
 
                                     TEALíC
                         They no longer had a master to serve.
 
                         
                                     BRAíTAC
                         After that, they were easily defeated.
 
                         
                                     TEALíC
                         Many Jaffa lost their lives at Dakara. 
                         Those that survived are united as never 
                         before, and we are in agreement - the 
                         weapon must be destroyed.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         Well, thatís good.

                                     BRAíTAC
                         A new memorial will be erected in its 
                         place so that our triumph over the Goaíuld 
                         will never be forgotten.
 
                                     CARTER
                         I still donít quite understand what 
                         happened. One minute Anubis is about 
                         to push the button that ends all life 
                         in the galaxy, and the next minute heís 
                         just ... gone.
 
                                     TEALíC
                         Indeed. It is a great mystery.

                                     BRAíTAC
                         One can only assume he was vanquished 
                         by some beings. If not, why would he 
                         forfeit the weapon and his army?
 
               (Sam looks at Jack.)

                                     CARTER
                         You think?

                                     OíNEILL
                         I do.

                                     CARTER
                         Itís the only thing that would explain 
                         the self destruct not going off.
 
                                     BRAíTAC
                         Of what do you speak?

                                     TEALíC
                         OíNeill believes that Daniel Jackson 
                         was somehow responsible.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         No! It wasnít me.

               (Everyone looks startled.)

                                     OíNEILL
                         Anybody else hear that?

               (Sam nods.)

                                     DANIEL
                         Iím in here! (Everyone turns towards 
                         Jackís office.)
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         Thatís Daniel! (He gets up and walks 
                         to the door of his office.)
 
                                     DANIEL
                         No! Donít come in!

               (Jack recoils at what he sees.)

                                     OíNEILL
                         Ho! Hey there! (He backs out of the 
                         room again.)
 
                                     DANIEL
                         Can you get me ... something?

               (Jack looks around the Briefing Room and spots the SGC flag on 
               its pole at the side of his door. He rips it off the pole and 
               hands it to Daniel. A moment later, Daniel comes out of the office, 
               wrapping the flag around his waist. He is bare chested. Jack 
               fiddles awkwardly with the flag pole. Samís jaw drops, then she 
               looks away. Braítac gazes at Daniel, grinning widely.)
 
                                     DANIEL
                         Itís, uh, a long story.

               (Sam glances at him and smiles, embarrassed. Behind Daniel, Jack 
               has turned to look at him. Daniel glances round at him and Jack 
               looks away again.)
 
               
               MINNESOTA. Jackís cabin. A fishing line arcs out into the water. 
               The camera lifts up from the water and we see that Jack and Sam 
               are sitting side by side on the pier, fishing.
 
                                     CARTER
                         This is great.

                                     OíNEILL
                         I told ya!

                                     CARTER
                         I canít believe we didnít do this years 
                         ago.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         Yes, well, letís not dwell.

                                     CARTER
                         There are no fish in this pond, are 
                         there?
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         No.

               (Sam giggles as she looks at him. Behind them, Daniel and Tealíc 
               arrive, carrying a cooler box between them and each holding a 
               folding chair in their free hand. Jack launches his line out 
               into the water again.)
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         Nice!

               (The camera pulls back as Daniel and Tealíc unfold their chairs. 
               Tealíc sits down, and Daniel walks onto the pier to join the 
               other two.)
 
               
               THE END

               

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