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                                      STARGATE SG1

                                      Episode 502

                                      "THRESHOLD"

                                           By

                                      Brad Wright




               INT  BRIEFING ROOM, SGC

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Master BRAíTAC, before we proceed...
 
                         
               
                                     BRAíTAC
                         We waste time.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Please explain to me what it is you 
                         hope to achieve by depriving TEALíC 
                         of his symbiote.
 
               
                                     BRAíTAC
                         I hope to save him.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         By killing him.

               
                                     BRAíTAC
                         If necessary.

               
                                     OíNEILL
                         See, I think we disagree on the meaning 
                         of the word Ďsaveí.
 
               
                                     BRAíTAC
                         You would have him remain this way, 
                         loving a false god, spitting and cursing?
 
                         
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         No.

               
                                     CARTER
                         There may be other methods we havenít 
                         considered.
 
               
                                     BRAíTAC
                         I have seen your methods.  You underestimate 
                         the hold APOPHIS has on TEALíCíS heart. 
                          In time, you will have little choice 
                         but to lock him away, for he is far 
                         too dangerous an enemy to have in your 
                         midst.  The Rite of Malsuraan is the 
                         only way.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Last Rite.

               
                                     BRAíTAC
                         To save TEALíCíS soul, first we must 
                         take him to the very threshold of death. 
                          On Chulak, it is said that when a warrior 
                         is dying, the events that forged him 
                         wash over his mind like a great wave.
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         His whole life passes before his eyes, 
                         we have a similar...uh, where does that 
                         get us?
 
               
                                     BRAíTAC
                         Through his fever and hallucination, 
                         he will relive his true path, buried 
                         beneath this lie.
 
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Youíve done this before?

               
                                     BRAíTAC
                         Twice, in my 137 years.

               
                                     CARTER
                         So you know it works.

               
                                     BRAíTAC
                         Neither Jaffa had the strength to turn 
                         back from the precipice.  But I am content 
                         they died free.  TEALíC would ask for 
                         nothing more.  I owe him that.  Do you?
 
                         
               
               INT  INFIRMARY, SGC

               
               TEALíCíS symbiote is being held in a clear container, floating 
               in a fluid, while many lit candles line the room.
 
               
               FRASIER crosses to where TEALíC is strapped to a bed as the others 
               enter.
 
               
                                     FRASIER
                         Heís in and out of consciousness.  His 
                         temperature is rising, his BP is falling, 
                         TEALíCíS immune system is failing.  
                         If we donít return his symbiote within 
                         the next few hours...
 
               
                                     BRAíTAC
                         Do nothing.

               
                                     FRASIER
                         I canít do that.

               
                                     OíNEILL
                         BRAíTAC made his case.  HAMMOND gave 
                         the go ahead.
 
               
                                     FRASIER
                         I see.  Then I will take this up with 
                         him.
 
               
               She starts to leave but is confronted by BRAíTAC.

               
                                     BRAíTAC
                         Do you count yourself among TEALíCíS 
                         friends?
 
               
                                     FRASIER
                         Of course.

               
                                     BRAíTAC
                         Then stay.  When the time comes he may 
                         need your help to fight his way back 
                         to us.
 
               
               FRASIER hesitates, then nods, and they both return to TEALíCíS 
               side.
 
               
                                     BRAíTAC
                         Can you hear me old friend?

               
               TEALíCíS eyes snap open.

               
                                     TEALíC
                         Kelíkek mar sholva.

               
                                     BRAíTAC
                         But where is your god now, TEALíC?
 
                         
               
                                     TEALíC
                         He will come.

               
                                     OíNEILL
                         I donít think so buddy.  I know weíve 
                         been over this a few times, but in case 
                         you werenít listening, I am one hundred 
                         percent s-sure...
 
               
               He stutters to a stop and glances at DANIEL and CARTER.

               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Ninety nine percent sure APOPHIS is 
                         dead.
 
               
                                     TEALíC
                         He has deceived you OíNEILL.  As I have 
                         deceived you all these years in coming 
                         to be in the service to the Tauri.
 
                         
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Right.

               
                                     TEALíC
                         I have never left the service of my 
                         Lord APOPHIS and I never will.
 
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         So all that time you were helping us 
                         out, saving the world, killing Goaíulds...
 
                         
               
                                     TEALíC
                         Subterfuge.

               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Savvy.

               
                                     TEALíC
                         You can take my life but you can never 
                         take away my loyalty to my god.  I die 
                         in his name.  I die for you, My Lord!
 
                         
               
               BRAíTAC grabs him.

               
                                     BRAíTAC
                         Enough!  Do you know me TEALíC?

               
                                     TEALíC
                         You are the sholva BRAíTAC.

               
                                     BRAíTAC
                         There was a time I was once the First 
                         Prime and loyal servant to your lord 
                         APOPHIS.  You were my apprentice.
 
                         
               
                                     TEALíC
                         Kelíkak sholva!

               
                                     BRAíTAC
                         Remember.  Remember TEALíC!

               
               TEALíC has a flashback, of BRAíTAC leading him and another two 
               other Jaffa down a corridor.
 
               
                                     TEALíC
                         It was glorious.

               
                                     BRAíTAC
                         For years we fought side by side in 
                         battle, in his name.
 
               
                                     TEALíC
                         My Lord APOPHIS.

               
               In the flashback, BRAíTAC, TEALíC and the accompanying Jaffa 
               go to their knees before APOPHISí throne.
 
               
                                     BRAíTAC
                         My Lord APOPHIS.  Your enemy is defeated. 
                          You have won the day.
 
               
                                     APOPHIS
                         Shalímet BRAíTAC.  Rise.

               
               BRAíTAC and the others obey.  APOPHIS steps down from his throne 
               to place a hand on BRAíTACíS shoulder.
 
               
                                     APOPHIS
                         You have done well and will know my 
                         gratitude.
 
               
                                     BRAíTAC
                         You do me honour.

               
               They both turn to TEALíC and the other Jaffa.

               
                                     BRAíTAC
                         In displaying great skill and cunning, 
                         these three most honoured your name 
                         in battle.
 
               
               APOPHIS approaches TEALíC, who keeps his eyes on the floor.
 
               
               
                                     APOPHIS
                         Tell me of this one.

               
                                     BRAíTAC
                         His name is TEALíC, Mr Lord.  My apprentice 
                         and with your blessing, my successor.
 
                         
               
                                     APOPHIS
                         Who was your father?

               
                                     BRAíTAC
                         He is the son of...

               
                                     APOPHIS
                         Let him speak.  If he is to take your 
                         place as my First Prime I must know 
                         he has a tongue.
 
               
                                     TEALíC
                         My father was ROíNAK, First Prime of 
                         KRONOS, who was murdered for failing 
                         to win an unwinable battle.  My family 
                         was exiled to Chulak.
 
               
                                     APOPHIS
                         He failed his god.

               
                                     TEALíC
                         He did not.

               
                                     BRAíTAC
                         Siíkree TEALíC!

               
                                     TEALíC
                         My lord, I speak only the truth.  The 
                         battle could not have been won.
 
               
                                     APOPHIS
                         Your father should have died trying. 
                          He was a coward.
 
               
               TEALíC looks up at that.

               
                                     TEALíC
                         My lord, my father was not.

               
               APOPHIS raises his ribbon device and uses it on TEALíC, who falls 
               to his knees, crying out in pain.
 
               
               INT  INFIRMARY, SGC

               
               TEALíC is screaming in pain, before falling unconscious.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Uh, what was that?

               
                                     BRAíTAC
                         A conjured memory.  The first of many.
 
                         
               
                                     FRASIER
                         Heís obviously in a lot of pain.  At 
                         least let me give him...
 
               
                                     BRAíTAC
                         Pain is what we seek.  TEALíCíS path 
                         was laid down with suffering.  It is 
                         the path he must take to return to us.
 
                         
               
                                     FRASIER
                         At the moment, heís unconscious.

               
                                     BRAíTAC
                         All the better.

               
                                     OíNEILL
                         All the better?

               
                                     BRAíTAC
                         It is his unconscious mind we must reach. 
                          I know my ways are foreign to you, 
                         but I have known TEALíC longer than 
                         any of you have lived.  I have walked 
                         his path.  You cannot hope to understand 
                         the darkness in his heart as I do.  
                         (He looks around at the others) Trust 
                         in me.  All of you.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         We do.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         What ever you need.

               
                                     BRAíTAC
                         For the moment, I must meditate in Kelínoíreem. 
                          This rite will take most of the night 
                         and I am tired from my long journey 
                         here.  In the meantime stay with him, 
                         speak to him.
 
               
                                     FRASIER
                         He wonít be able to hear us unless...
 
                         
               
                                     BRAíTAC
                         Perhaps not in his mind.  But in his 
                         heart.  Even in silence he will know 
                         of your presence, but your words will 
                         force him to remember.  Challenge him 
                         when he does, question his beliefs. 
                          Without his symbiote he will not resist 
                         reason so readily.
 
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         CARTER?  Maybe you could show BRAíTAC 
                         to the VIP room?
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Yes Sir.

               
               She escorts BRAíTAC from the room.

               
               INT  CORRIDOR, SGC

               
               CARTER is leading BRAíTAC down the corridor.

               
                                     CARTER
                         I hope you understand how difficult 
                         it is for us to just stand by while 
                         TEALíC is in such obvious agony.  Especially 
                         Dr FRASIER.
 
               
                                     BRAíTAC
                         Humans concern themselves too much with 
                         pain.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Yeah, we also donít approve of torture.
 
                         
               
                                     BRAíTAC
                         The greater torture would be to leave 
                         him as he is.  TEALíC is strong, stronger 
                         than I.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Oh I donít, youíre the fittest hundred 
                         and thirty year old I know.
 
               
                                     BRAíTAC
                         Perhaps, but I am nearing the end of 
                         my time.  Kelínoíreem is more and more 
                         difficult.  The symbiote I carry within, 
                         will mature within two years.  It will 
                         be my last.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Why?

               
                                     BRAíTAC
                         Even if I could procure another, the 
                         new symbiote would reject me.  It is 
                         how old warriors die.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Well maybe we can find someway to help 
                         you.
 
               
                                     BRAíTAC
                         Life for the sake of life means nothing. 
                          Neither for me nor for TEALíC.  Do 
                         you understand?
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         I think I do.

               
                                     BRAíTAC
                         Either he will return to us as we know 
                         him, or he will not return.
 
               
               
               
               INT  INFIRMARY, SGC

               
               OíNEILL and DANIEL are staring down at an unconscious TEALíC.
 
               
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         You wanna go first?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Sure.

               
               After a moment, DANIEL grabs a stool and places besides TEALíCíS 
               bed.  He sits down and for a long, awkward moment doesnít speak.
 
               
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Iíll go.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Yep.

               
               They exchange places.

               
                                     OíNEILL
                         So, explain this to me one more time. 
                          You honestly believe that from the 
                         moment you broke us out of that prison 
                         on Chulak, that youíve been serving 
                         APOPHIS?  Because, I gotta tell you, 
                         as your best friend at least in this 
                         whole live world, that makes absolutely 
                         no sense at all.  I mean, that would 
                         make you the most ineffective double 
                         agent in the history of double agenting.
 
                         
               
               TEALíC makes a sound.

               
                                     OíNEILL
                         What?

               
               TEALíC repeats the name as he has another flashback.

               
               INT  BARRACKS, CHULAK

               
               TEALíC is laying on a bunk, surrounded by sleeping Jaffa, as 
               his friend VAíLAR approaches.
 
               
                                     VAíLAR
                         TEALíC?  Are you alright?

               
                                     TEALíC
                         I met him.  I spoke to him.

               
                                     VAíLAR
                         With APOPHIS himself?  You were granted 
                         an audience?
 
               
                                     TEALíC
                         As a reward for my deeds in battle.
 
                         
               
                                     VAíLAR
                         I donít understand, how did he reward 
                         you?  When they brought you here, you 
                         were so weak.
 
               
                                     TEALíC
                         He punished me.

               
                                     VAíLAR
                         Then you must have failed him in some 
                         way.
 
               
                                     TEALíC
                         This day I struck down one hundred of 
                         APOPHISí enemies.
 
               
                                     VAíLAR
                         You fought well TEALíC, none would deny 
                         that.  But he is a god and if you fail 
                         him, by sparing even one enemyís life 
                         that was yours for the taking, he will 
                         know.
 
               
                                     TEALíC
                         This was not for the battle.  What god 
                         would punish a son for loving his father?
 
                         
               
                                     VAíLAR
                         Your god.

               
                                     TEALíC
                         Yes but...

               
                                     VAíLAR
                         Never question that again!

               
                                     JAFFA
                         Quiet!

               
                                     VAíLAR
                         Today you served APOPHIS well in battle. 
                          Serve him well again tomorrow and you 
                         may live to see another day.
 
               
               He leaves and TEALíC appears to be considering his advice.

               
               INT  INFIRMARY, SGC

               
                                     OíNEILL
                         VAíLAR.  Is that what he said?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         I thought he said velour.

               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Velour?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Velour.

               
                                     OíNEILL
                         The fabric?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Thatís what I heard him say.

               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Why would he say that?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         I donít know, why would he say VAíLAR?
 
                         
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         I donít know.

               
                                     TEALíC
                         VAíLAR was my friend.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         What?

               
                                     OíNEILL
                         TEALíC.

               
               TEALíC attempts to rise but is prevented by the straps.

               
                                     TEALíC
                         OíNEILL.  What is happening?  Why am 
                         I restrained?
 
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Well, you were sort of...trying to kill 
                         everyone these past few weeks.
 
               
                                     TEALíC
                         I could never have harmed you.  The 
                         Rite of Malsuraan has been successfully. 
                          Please release me.
 
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Nice try, but...no.

               
                                     TEALíC
                         I am not your enemy.  We are brothers. 
                          DANIEL Jackson...
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Tell us about VAíLAR.

               
                                     TEALíC
                         I have not heard that name in years. 
                          I trained with him under BRAíTAC.  
                         We served in the personal guard of APOPHIS. 
                          If you do not return my symbiote to 
                         me, I will die.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         What happened to him?

               
               There is a pause.

               
                                     TEALíC
                         He failed his god.

               
                                     OíNEILL
                         His god?  You mean that scum-sucking, 
                         over-dressed, boom-box voiced snake 
                         in the head?  Latest on our long list 
                         of dead, bad guys?
 
               
                                     FRASIER
                         Colonel, his heart rate just doubled.
 
                         
               
               TEALíC lunges against the restraints, no longer weak.

               
                                     TEALíC
                         Kaíshak!

               
                                     OíNEILL
                         That I understand.

               
                                     TEALíC
                         You think I donít know what youíre doing 
                         to me.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         We hope you do.

               
                                     TEALíC
                         No Jaffa can survive the Rite of Malsuraan. 
                          You are allowing BRAíTAC to kill me! 
                          Where is he?!  Sholva!  Where are you?!
 
                         
               
                                     FRASIER
                         BP is crashing, letís start an IV.
 
                         
               
                                     TEALíC
                         Where are you sholva?! Are you afraid 
                         to face me?!
 
               
               EXT  SNOWY CLEARING, CHULAK (DAY)

               
               TEALíC is blindfolded and shirtless, twirling a staff weapon 
               in the centre of a snow-covered clearing.
 
               
                                     TEALíC
                         Where are you?  Where are you?  Kelípak!
 
                         
               
               The tip of a staff weapon touches his back, shocking him and 
               causing him to fall to one knee in pain.
 
               
                                     BRAíTAC
                         Were I truly your enemy, you would be 
                         dead.
 
               
               TEALíC turns towards the sound of his voice.

               
                                     TEALíC
                         This is pointless, I am not blind.
 
                         
               
               
                                     TEALíC
                         Once again.

               
                                     BRAíTAC
                         You have died enough for one day.  You 
                         begin again in the morning.
 
               
               TEALíC removes the blindfold.

               
                                     TEALíC
                         Without this.

               
                                     BRAíTAC
                         Do you believe you can defeat the First 
                         Prime of APOPHIS in a joust?
 
               
                                     TEALíC
                         I am the stronger.

               
               BRAíTAC returns his staff weapon and they face each other in 
               preparation to do battle.
 
               
               As they bow to each other, BRAíTAC hits TEALíC over the head 
               with his staff weapon.  TEALíC stumbles back and BRAíTAC swings 
               his staff.  TEALíC blocks the blows, but BRAíTAC kicks him in 
               the stomach and sweeps his legs out from under him with his staff 
               weapon.
 
               
               BRAíTAC points his staff at the fallen TEALíC.

               
                                     BRAíTAC
                         Shall I fire and stop this waste of 
                         time?  Or will you learn?
 
               
                                     TEALíC
                         I was not prepared.

               
                                     BRAíTAC
                         There are no second chances in battle. 
                          You have ears to hear and eyes to see, 
                         but you will not learn!  Shall I put 
                         us both out of our misery?
 
               
               He activates the staff weapon pointed at TEALíCíS face.

               
                                     BRAíTAC
                         The choice is mine.  Who can stop me? 
                          APOPHIS?
 
               
                                     TEALíC
                         Yes.

               
                                     BRAíTAC
                         So you believe our Lord APOPHIS is all 
                         seeing?  All powerful?
 
               
                                     TEALíC
                         He is a god.

               
                                     BRAíTAC
                         Is he?  In battle TEALíC, faith will 
                         not save you.  Blind faith least of 
                         all.  (He kneels down and pulls TEALíC 
                         upright) Rely on your own strength, 
                         your own wits, or you are of no use 
                         to me.
 
               
               He rises and walks away.

               
               INT  INFIRMARY, SGC

               
               DANIEL has now taken his place at TEALíCíS bedside.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         I think the point that Jack was trying 
                         to make is that youíre generally a very, 
                         extremely logical person and therefore 
                         your assertion that you never left the 
                         service of APOPHIS is so completely 
                         illogical, almost to the point of making 
                         absolutely no sense whatsoever...
 
                         
               
                                     TEALíC
                         Do you not know the meaning of faith, 
                         DANIEL Jackson?
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         I think I do.

               
                                     TEALíC
                         Then you should know that my faith in 
                         APOPHIS is beyond question.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Still, if you remember me and you remember 
                         Jack, you must remember at some point 
                         questioning your faith.
 
               
                                     TEALíC
                         Never!  APOPHIS is a god.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         False god.  Dead, false god.

               
                                     TEALíC
                         Your words cannot change the truth.
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Theyíre not my words, TEALíC, theyíre 
                         yours.  Of course, you were wrong at 
                         the time because he wasnít...actually 
                         dead.  But thatís neither here not there...
 
                         
               
                                     TEALíC
                         Lies!

               
                                     DANIEL
                         The point is, there was a time in your 
                         life when you realised the Goaíuld canít 
                         all be gods.  Every symbiote a Jaffa 
                         carries will take a human host given 
                         the chance and become a Goaíuld.  How 
                         can they all be gods?
 
               
                                     TEALíC
                         Do not test my temper woman!

               
               He has another flashback.

               
               INT  HOUSE, CHULAK (NIGHT)

               
               TEALíC is sitting at a table as his wife, DREYíAUC speaks.

               
                                     DREYíAUC
                         I know you honour BRAíTAC.

               
                                     TEALíC
                         I said do not test my temper!

               
               He bangs his fist on the table in anger.

               
                                     DREYíAUC
                         But you have no choice but to tell APOPHIS 
                         of his betrayal.
 
               
                                     TEALíC
                         BRAíTAC is my master.

               
                                     DREYíAUC
                         APOPHIS is your god.

               
                                     TEALíC
                         If I am ever to be First Prime of APOPHIS, 
                         I must first honour BRAíTAC.
 
               
                                     DREYíAUC
                         You have seen the power of APOPHIS. 
                          You have seen his chariots rise from 
                         the ground, walk through the wall of 
                         water within the Chappíai.
 
               
                                     TEALíC
                         As I have done.

               
                                     DREYíAUC
                         Explain how a ball of light can leave 
                         his palm and throw a warrior across 
                         the square if he is not a god.
 
               
                                     TEALíC
                         I cannot!  (He rises) Yet neither have 
                         I seen a warrior greater than BRAíTAC.
 
                         
               
                                     DREYíAUC
                         Then you are the servant of two masters.
 
                         
               
                                     TEALíC
                         What am I to do, DREYíAUC?

               
               She strokes his face.

               
                                     DREYíAUC
                         Come to bed.

               
               They kiss.

               
               INT  INFIRMARY, SGC

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Woman?  Did he just call me a woman?
 
                         
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Yes, I believe he did.

               
               CARTER enters.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Still unconscious.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         In and out, obviously delirious.

               
               CARTER crosses to FRASIER.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Howís Junior doing?

               
                                     FRASIER
                         The symbiote is fine for now, although 
                         I donít know what weíre gonna do with 
                         it if we let TEALíC die.  But, it wonít 
                         be my problem.  Iíll have already resigned 
                         if we let this go that far.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Janet, I know how you feel...

               
                                     FRASIER
                         No.  Iím a doctor, Sam.  This goes against 
                         every part of me to just stand by and 
                         do nothing.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         I donít think that weíre doing nothing.
 
                         
               
                                     FRASIER
                         Yeah.

               
               CARTER returns to TEALíCíS bedside.

               
                                     CARTER
                         So, is it working?  Has he said anything?
 
                         
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Talked about fabric, briefly.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         He just called me a woman.

               
                                     OíNEILL
                         So I think itís working.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Well, somethingís happening.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Well, it looks like weíre in for the 
                         whole night.  We should probably take 
                         turns sitting with him.
 
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Yeah, alright.  Iíll come back in a 
                         couple of hours.  DANIEL, you go after 
                         me.  Then I think weíll all wanna be 
                         here.
 
               
               He rises and leaves, followed by DANIEL, leaving CARTER to sit 
               with TEALíC.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Hey TEALíC.  Look, I donít know how 
                         good Iím gonna be at this, but um...I 
                         guess the important thing is just to 
                         be there for you.
 
               
               TEALíC suddenly opens his eyes.

               
                                     TEALíC
                         Major CARTER.  How can you allow them 
                         to do this to me?
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         TEALíC...

               
                                     TEALíC
                         I have no wish to die, Major CARTER. 
                          You and Dr FRASIER could yet save me.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Youíre not gonna die.

               
                                     TEALíC
                         I am being murdered as we speak.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Weíre helping you.

               
                                     TEALíC
                         Help me escape.  Please.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Oh God.  TEALíC, we want you to remember.
 
                         
               
                                     TEALíC
                         Do you believe in a god, Major CARTER?
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         This isnít about me.

               
                                     TEALíC
                         How would it be if you were punished 
                         for loving your god as I love mine?
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Itís not the same.

               
                                     TEALíC
                         I canít but help what I believe.

               
                                     CARTER
                         You believe in freedom, TEALíC.  You 
                         believe in justice, in protecting people 
                         from false gods.  You despise everything 
                         APOPHIS was.
 
               
                                     TEALíC
                         He failed his god...he...failed...his 
                         god...
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         TEALíC?

               
               He doesnít answer.

               
               INT  CORRIDOR, PYRAMID SHIP

               
               The Jaffa, VAíLAR, hurries up to TEALíC.

               
                                     VAíLAR
                         TEALíC!

               
                                     TEALíC
                         Why have you returned from the planet?
 
                         
               
                                     VAíLAR
                         I need to speak with you.

               
                                     TEALíC
                         Speak now, APOPHIS has summoned me.
 
                         
               
                                     VAíLAR
                         Alone.  Please.

               
               They step into an alcove, away from the other Jaffa.

               
                                     VAíLAR
                         The battle did not go well.  RA'S warriors 
                         were in far greater numbers than we 
                         believed.
 
               
                                     TEALíC
                         You were given a battalion.

               
                                     VAíLAR
                         RA sent his gliders down upon us.  We 
                         were flanked and bombarded from the 
                         sky, there was no choice but to retreat.
 
                         
               
                                     TEALíC
                         Shaníkrevílar.

               
                                     VAíLAR
                         It was the only way to save my men.
 
                         
               
                                     TEALíC
                         And yourself.

               
                                     VAíLAR
                         No!  I intend to return and with greater 
                         numbers I will drive RA'S warriors from 
                         their foothold.  Please, tell him I 
                         am no coward and if given the chance 
                         I will yet prevail.  I swear it.
 
               
                                     TEALíC
                         Go to our sleeping quarters.  Wait for 
                         me there.
 
               
                                     VAíLAR
                         TEALíC.  There were no profit to merely 
                         fight and die.
 
               
                                     TEALíC
                         You may yet wish you had.

               
               He walks off.

               
               INT  BRIDGE, PYRAMID SHIP

               
               BRAíTAC enters the bridge.  APOPHIS is looking down at the planet 
               below.
 
               
                                     BRAíTAC
                         My Lord, we are at your service.

               
                                     APOPHIS
                         Who did you entrust with this campaign?
 
                         
               
                                     BRAíTAC
                         VAíLAR of Chulak.  A promising warrior.
 
                         
               
                                     APOPHIS
                         Yet he returned in disgrace.

               
                                     TEALíC
                         Perhaps not in disgrace, my Lord.  But 
                         as part of a cunning strategy.  To withdraw, 
                         only to return in greater numbers to 
                         crush an overconfident enemy. VAíLAR 
                         himself would like to lead the second 
                         wave.
 
               
                                     APOPHIS
                         Does he?

               
                                     BRAíTAC
                         My Lord, allow me to...

               
               APOPHIS holds up his hand, silencing him.

               
                                     APOPHIS
                         You would have done the same in his 
                         place, would you TEALíC?
 
               
                                     TEALíC
                         No my Lord.

               
                                     APOPHIS
                         You would have held your ground in the 
                         name of your god?
 
               
                                     TEALíC
                         Yes, my Lord.

               
                                     APOPHIS
                         Then return with him to his place of 
                         shame, and kill him.
 
               
                                     TEALíC
                         Yes, my Lord.

               
               He rises and leaves.

               
               INT  BARRACKS, PYRAMID SHIP

               
               VAíLAR is contemplating his fate as TEALíC enters the room to 
               carry out APOPHISí orders.
 
               
               INT  CORRIDOR, PYRAMID SHIP

               
               A bound and unarmed VAíLAR precedes TEALíC down the corridor.
 
               
               
               They enter a ring room, surrounded by a dozen Jaffa.

               
                                     TEALíC
                         Jaffa!  Kekíshal kree, sholva.

               
               The other Jaffa bow their heads.

               
               TEALíC shoves VAíLAR into the ring area and steps in beside him. 
                They are transported down to the planet.
 
               
                                     VAíLAR
                         You may take solace for what you are 
                         about to do, TEALíC.  I should have 
                         died on this battlefield.
 
               
               He goes to his knees before TEALíC.

               
                                     VAíLAR
                         Please tell APOPHIS I died well, honouring 
                         his name.
 
               
               TEALíC points his staff weapon at VAíLARíS throat.

               
                                     TEALíC
                         Rise.

               
               VAíLAR exhales heavily, then does so.

               
               TEALíC produces a small knife used for the removal of symbiotes. 
                He uses it to cut VAíLARíS bonds.
 
               
                                     TEALíC
                         There is a small village, two or three 
                         days walk south of the city.  You may 
                         find shelter.  Do not allow yourself 
                         to be captured by either side.
 
               
                                     VAíLAR
                         TEALíC, you cannot do this.  Even for 
                         me, he will know.
 
               
                                     TEALíC
                         We shall see.

               
                                     VAíLAR
                         I am more willing to face my punishment 
                         than to live knowing what APOPHIS would 
                         do to you.  For your sake, you must.
 
                         
               
                                     TEALíC
                         Go now and never show your face again.
 
                         
               
                                     VAíLAR
                         He is a god, TEALíC, he will know that 
                         you have spared me.
 
               
                                     TEALíC
                         We shall see.  Go.

               
               VAíLAR finally leaves, running away.

               
               TEALíC watches him leave, then sees a dead Jaffa lying on the 
               ground.  He goes to the body and starts to pull off the Jaffaís 
               uniform.
 
               
               INT  RING ROOM, PYRAMID SHIP

               
               TEALíC transports back to the ship.  APOPHIS and two serpent 
               guards are awaiting him.  He falls to his knees.
 
               
                                     TEALíC
                         It is done.

               
               He holds up a weakly squirming symbiote, the one he took from 
               the dead Jaffa.
 
               
                                     APOPHIS
                         You have promise TEALíC.

               
               He turns and leaves with his guards.

               
               INT  INFIRMARY, SGC

               
               CARTER dabs at TEALíCíS face with a cloth.

               
               HAMMOND watches from the observation room above.

               
               OíNEILL enters and takes a seat beside the General.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         You didnít stay away long.

               
                                     OíNEILL
                         You should talk.  You can go in there 
                         you know.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         I know.

               
                                     OíNEILL
                         General, if TEALíC were here, heíd say 
                         you made the right decision.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         If he were here.

               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Heíll be back.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         If not, TEALíC will be sent to a high 
                         security facility and placed in solitary 
                         confinement.  When his symbiote matures 
                         in four or fives years...(He pauses) 
                         I wonít do that to him Jack.
 
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         No Sir.  Of course not.

               
               INT  HOUSE, CHULAK (NIGHT)

               
               TEALíC wakes from a nightmare with a gasp and gets out of bed. 
                He splashes water over his face.
 
               
                                     DREYíAUC
                         What is wrong, TEALíC?

               
                                     TEALíC
                         Three days ago I led a battalion, to 
                         retake a planet that had been occupied 
                         by RA'S army.  APOPHIS ordered me to 
                         burn a village of RA'S followers to 
                         the ground.
 
               
                                     DREYíAUC
                         You did this?

               
                                     TEALíC
                         Yes.

               
                                     DREYíAUC
                         Then sleep well in the knowledge you 
                         have served APOPHIS.
 
               
                                     TEALíC
                         I cannot close my eyes without seeing 
                         the innocent faces of the women and 
                         children who lived there.  A Jaffa lived 
                         there also, a warrior named VAíLAR.
 
                         
               
                                     DREYíAUC
                         No.

               
                                     TEALíC
                         I banished him to that village to save 
                         his life, only to take it away for fear 
                         that APOPHIS would learn my secret. 
                          I put my own life before that of an 
                         entire village and that of a dear friend.
 
                         
               
                                     DREYíAUC
                         No, you had no choice.

               
                                     TEALíC
                         I did have a choice.

               
               DREYíAUC gets out of bed.

               
                                     DREYíAUC
                         A son...will soon be born to us TEALíC. 
                          You must ensure that he has a father. 
                          Our son will be born into a real home, 
                         a gift from APOPHIS himself.  It is 
                         the best life we can hope for.
 
               
                                     TEALíC
                         Then why am I so ashamed?

               
               DREYíAUC comforts him.

               
               EXT  SNOWY CLEARING, CHULAK (DAY)

               
               BRAíTAC is standing in the centre of the clearing, practising 
               his skills with a staff weapon.
 
               
               TEALíC runs up to him, clearly excited.

               
                                     TEALíC
                         Teímaítey!  Master BRAíTAC.  Teíma tey.
 
                         
               
                                     BRAíTAC
                         APOPHIS has made you his First Prime.
 
                         
               
                                     TEALíC
                         You are not pleased.

               
                                     BRAíTAC
                         No.

               
                                     TEALíC
                         There is no greater honour among Jaffa 
                         than to become First Prime to oneís 
                         god...
 
               
                                     BRAíTAC
                         Ahh!  You know as well as I what the 
                         Goaíuld truly are.  We pretend, men 
                         like you and I, so we may advance in 
                         rank and privilege, but do not pretend 
                         to me now.  You know the truth.  Can 
                         you look me in the face and say otherwise?
 
                         
               
                                     TEALíC
                         My entire life you have prepared me 
                         for this day.  Why?
 
               
                                     BRAíTAC
                         I saw the spark of doubt in you and 
                         the wisdom to keep that doubt unto yourself. 
                          I saw you play the game with those 
                         who would play god.
 
               
                                     TEALíC
                         If I do not believe in him, how can 
                         I serve?
 
               
                                     BRAíTAC
                         Because there is no other choice but 
                         to serve.  The Goaíuld are powerful. 
                          Theyíve seen to it that we cannot live 
                         without them and so it may be for all 
                         time.  But neither can they live without 
                         the Jaffa.  We are theyíre true power.
 
                         
               
                                     TEALíC
                         I do not understand.

               
                                     BRAíTAC
                         As First Prime that power will be yours. 
                          When APOPHIS throws his armies into 
                         the fire you will be there to temper 
                         his sword.  And in so doing, you may 
                         save countless lives as I have done 
                         in my time.
 
               
                                     TEALíC
                         And you have done all these things against 
                         his will?
 
               
                                     BRAíTAC
                         His will can be made to bend, but not 
                         always.  I have done deeds for which 
                         I cannot forgive even myself.  As will 
                         you.  Men such as you and I have only 
                         the comfort of those time we make a 
                         difference.  (He places his hand over 
                         TEALíCíS heart) Make a difference.
 
                         
               
               He walks away, leaving TEALíC standing alone in the clearing.
 
               
               
               INT  PRISON, CHULAK (DAY)

               
               TEALíC and BRAíTAC are observing a group of prisoners through 
               the bars.
 
               
               TEALíC points out SG1, who are among the huddled people.

               
                                     TEALíC
                         There.

               
                                     BRAíTAC
                         Those are the humans who came through 
                         the Chappíai.  They do not appear to 
                         be as formidable as I have imagined.
 
                         
               
                                     TEALíC
                         Their weapons are not of Goaíuld design.
 
                         
               
                                     BRAíTAC
                         That may be so, TEALíC, but they are 
                         only three.
 
               
                                     TEALíC
                         There is something more.  A strength. 
                          They know the taste of freedom.
 
               
                                     BRAíTAC
                         Your dreams of freedom will be your 
                         undoing, TEALíC.
 
               
                                     TEALíC
                         Perhaps so.

               
                                     BRAíTAC
                         Pray they are not chosen as hosts.  
                         That is the best fate you can wish for 
                         them.
 
               
               He walks away, but TEALíC remains.

               
               INT  INFIRMARY, SGC

               
               TEALíC is still strapped to the bed, eyes closed.

               
                                     TEALíC
                         What have I done?

               
               The monitor starts to beep erratically, the lines indicating 
               TEALíCíS heart rate going red.
 
               
                                     FRASIER
                         Heís in de-fib, get the cart.

               
                                     CARTER
                         This is it.

               
               OíNEILL grabs a phone on the wall.

               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Get BRAíTAC down here.

               
               INT  CORRIDOR, SGC

               
               BRAíTAC runs down the corridor.

               
               INT - INFIRMARY, SGC

               
               A nurse wheels the jar containing the symbiote over to TEALíCíS 
               bed.
 
               
                                     FRASIER
                         Iím returning the symbiote.

               
                                     BRAíTAC
                         Stand aside.

               
                                     FRASIER
                         If I donít return it immediately...
 
                         
               
                                     BRAíTAC
                         Stand aside, or his suffering will be 
                         for nothing.  This is the moment when 
                         he must choose.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Stand aside, Dr FRASIER.

               
               FRASIER reluctantly obeys.

               
               BRAíTAC approaches the bed.

               
                                     BRAíTAC
                         Choose now, TEALíC.  Return to those 
                         who love freedom, or die in the name 
                         of a false god.  Choose!
 
               
               INT  PRISON, CHULAK

               
               APOPHISí serpent guards form a line before the prisoners, including 
               SG1.  TEALíC stands in the centre of the Jaffa.
 
               
                                     TEALíC
                         Kree hoímel, Goaíuld!

               
               The Goaíuld enter the prison in order to select hosts.

               
               INT  INFIRMARY, SGC

               
                                     BRAíTAC
                         Choose to be the warrior we know!  Renounce 
                         APOPHIS and return to us!
 
               
                                     FRASIER
                         Itís now or never.

               
                                     BRAíTAC
                         Choose!

               
               TEALíC fails to respond and BRAíTAC appears shocked.

               
                                     BRAíTAC
                         Very well.

               
               He releases TEALíC.

               
                                     FRASIER
                         Letís move.

               
               INT  PRISON, CHULAK

               
                                     APOPHIS
                         Kill the rest.

               
               The remaining prisoners who have not been chosen start to scream 
               and run towards the back of the prison.
 
               
               The serpent guards advance on them as OíNEILL stands his ground.
 
               
               
               INT  INFIRMARY, SGC

               
                                     FRASIER
                         Symbioteís in.

               
               She throws off her gloves.

               
                                     NURSE
                         No change.

               
                                     FRASIER
                         We waited too long.  Charge to two hundred.
 
                         
               
                                     NURSE
                         Charging.

               
               The nurse hands FRASIER the paddles of the defibrillator.

               
                                     FRASIER
                         Clear.

               
               She presses the paddles to TEALíCíS chest, causing him to arch.
 
               
               
               INT  PRISON, CHULAK

               
               The prisoners are still screaming in fear.

               
               TEALíC walks towards the advancing Serpent Guards as they charge 
               their staff weapons.
 
               
               INT  INFIRMARY, SGC

               
                                     NURSE
                         No pulse.

               
                                     FRASIER
                         Make it three sixty.  Give me five of 
                         eppy.  Charging.  Clear.
 
               
               She uses the paddles once more.

               
               INT  PRISON, CHULAK

               
                                     OíNEILL
                         I can save these people!

               
               TEALíC turns and aims his staff weapon at OíNEILL.

               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Help me.  (More quietly) Help me.

               
                                     TEALíC
                         Many have said that.

               
               He turns and fires on the Serpent Guards, then tosses his weapon 
               to OíNEILL.
 
               
                                     TEALíC
                         But you are the first I believe could 
                         do it.
 
               
               INT  INFIRMARY, SGC

               
               TEALíC experiences a multitude of flashbacks, the sum of all 
               the things he has done since he joined SG1.
 
               
               His eyes snap open

               
                                     TEALíC
                         I choose freedom.

               
               He looks to the others, who all seem shocked.

               
               BRAíTAC bends over him and stares into his eyes for a long moment, 
               before smiling.
 
               
                                     BRAíTAC
                         The right has succeeded.  He has returned 
                         to us.
 
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Uh, just out of curiosity...how do you 
                         feel about...?
 
               
                                     TEALíC
                         APOPHIS is a false god.  A dead, false 
                         god.
 
               
               The others all smile.

               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Itís good enough for me.  Get him out 
                         of those restraints.
 
               
               As FRASIER starts to undo the straps, HAMMOND enters the room.
 
               
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Thank you doctor, well done.

               
                                     FRASIER
                         Yes Sir.  Iím glad it worked out too.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Hey TEALíC.

               
                                     TEALíC
                         Major CARTER, DANIEL Jackson.  (He clasps 
                         BRAíTACíS forearm) Teímaítey.
 
               
                                     BRAíTAC
                         My friend.

               
                                     TEALíC
                         General HAMMOND, I once again pledge 
                         my allegiance to you and the people 
                         of this world.  And I request permission 
                         to return to SG1.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Permission granted.

               
               FADE OUT

               
               THE END

               

Threshold



Writers :   Brad Wright
Genres :   Sci-Fi  Action  Adventure


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