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                                      STARGATE SG1

                                      Episode 110

                                 "TORMENT OF TANTALUS"

                                           By

                                    Robert C. Cooper




               On a tv screen, some men in white coats, are manually dialling 
               the gate
 
               
                                     DR LANGFORD
                         "Now stop."

               
                                     SCIENTIST
                         "Charge."

               
               
               
               A chevron engages

               
               
               
               "First lock engaged."

               
               
               
               The camera pans back and we see Daniel watching the old film 
               on a monitor. Jack enters the room
 
               
               
               
               
               
                                     JACK
                         "You know we're supposed to be at that 
                         physical assessment thing."
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         "Oh yeah, I'll go, I'll go, it's just, 
                         let me finish this reel."
 
               
                                     JACK
                         "You know you seem a tad obsessed with 
                         this stuff."
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         "This was transferred from film of experiments 
                         done on the gate in 1945, you don't 
                         find that the least bit intriguing?"
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         Oh yeah, nothing piques my interest 
                         more then repeated failure."
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         "Look at them, they're turning the gate 
                         manually, for Gods sake, it's incredible."
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         "How many hours of this stuff have you 
                         looked at?"
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         "There's no conclusion of the file, 
                         no summery, no notes, no reason to explain 
                         why they gave up."
 
               
                                     JACK
                         "Well whole boxes of material could 
                         be missing."
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         "No, the Pentagon said this was everything."
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         "Oh please, the Pentagon's lost entire 
                         countries. Come on! Doctors have two 
                         days of tests planned for us. Wonderful 
                         tests."
 
               
               
               
               
               
               On the screen, a man put's on an old fashioned diving helmet 
               and walks up to the gate, which is open.
 
               
               
               
                                     DANIEL
                         "Oh, Jack!"

               
                                     JACK
                         "That's impossible."

               
                                     DANIEL
                         "Obviously not. This doesn't make any 
                         sense. Why wouldn't someone have told 
                         us this. I mean, why would they stop 
                         their research if they actually managed 
                         to turn it on?"
 
               
               
               
               The man in the helmet has a rope attached to him. He goes through 
               the gate, which shuts off and severs teh rope.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         "Holy cow."

               
               
               
               Titles

               
               
               
               
               
               Catherine Langford gets out of a car and walks up to her house. 
               A main answers the door
 
               
               
               
                                     CATHERINE
                         "Hello, Martha."

               
                                     MARTHA
                         "Mrs. Langford, there is a young man 
                         waiting for you in the kitchen."
 
               
                                     CATHERINE
                         "You let a strange young man in the 
                         house?"
 
               
                                     MARTHA
                         "Yes. I'm sorry, he says he knows you."
 
                         
               
                                     CATHERINE
                         "My God."

               
                                     DANIEL
                         "Hello. I'm sorry, I hope you don't 
                         mind."
 
               
                                     CATHERINE
                         "How long have you been back? Oh, my 
                         God why are you back? Colonel O'Neill 
                         said you stayed on Abydos."
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         "I see you got the amulet."

               
                                     CATHERINE
                         "Yes of course, I never take it off. 
                         Why avoid my question? What's this all 
                         about?"
 
               
               
               
               Briefing Room

               
               
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         "Colonel O'Neill, Doctor Jackson was 
                         supposed to briefing SG4 this morning, 
                         he's not here and he's not answering 
                         our pages. Any idea where he is?"
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         "I haven't seen him in a while, sir."
 
                         
               
               
               
               Back at Catherine's house

               
               
               
                                     DANIEL
                         "Catherine I couldn't tell you."

               
                                     CATHERINE
                         "Why not?"

               
                                     DANIEL
                         "They wouldn't let me! Everything is, 
                         classified, you know."
 
               
                                     CATHERINE
                         "When did you become an upstanding member 
                         of the military?"
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         "I'm not, exactly. And that's why I'm 
                         here."
 
               
                                     CATHERINE
                         " I'll make you some tea, then you can 
                         go back to your Stargate Command." "Thousands 
                         of Stargates, planetary shifts. Didn't 
                         anybody think I might be interested?
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         "That's why I came."

               
                                     CATHERINE
                         "Now, six months later. You could of 
                         told me sooner."
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         "Yes, just like you could have told 
                         me there were experiments done on the 
                         gate in 1945."
 
               
                                     CATHERINE
                         "My father worked on the research team 
                         that worked on the gate during the war. 
                         Actually, they didn't know what it was 
                         then. But President Roosevelt was like 
                         that, curious. The suspected the gate 
                         was a weapon, could be used as one. 
                         Nothing ever came of it, how do you 
                         know?"
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         "The Pentagon has recently been declassifying 
                         old mistrials, they ran across a number 
                         of file boxes that dealt with the old 
                         experiments. They sent them to us."
 
                         
               
                                     CATHERINE
                         "Really?"

               
                                     DANIEL
                         "You weren't involved with the research?"
 
                         
               
                                     CATHERINE
                         "The military had little use for a 21 
                         year old girl at that time, neither 
                         did my father. I only know what little 
                         I overheard him and Earnest Talking 
                         about."
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         "I'm sorry, who's Earnest?"

               
               
               
               Flashback to the past. A young Earnest and Catherine are sitting 
               at a fireside
 
               
               
               
                                     EARNEST
                         "We get as far as entering the fifth 
                         symbol and the whole room starts to 
                         shake. Today one of the generators exploded 
                         from the feed back."
 
               
                                     CATHERINE
                         "Are you going to talk to my father?"
 
                         
               
                                     EARNEST
                         "Oh he know, he was there."

               
                                     CATHERINE
                         "I might about us."

               
                                     EARNEST
                         "Oh. Yes I will."

               
                                     CATHERINE
                         "Maybe it's supposed to do that?"

               
                                     EARNEST
                         "What?"

               
                                     CATHERINE
                         "The ring. Maybe it's supposed to shake."
 
                         
               
                                     EARNEST
                         "I don't think so."

               
                                     CATHERINE
                         "Are you using alternate or direct current 
                         to charge it?"
 
               
                                     EARNEST
                         "Alternate, I thing, why?"

               
                                     CATHERINE
                         "Try using direct. It might prevent 
                         the charge from bouncing back to the 
                         generator. And you should talk to my 
                         father."
 
               
                                     EARNEST
                         "I will, I promise."

               
               
               
               Back to the present

               
               
               
                                     DANIEL
                         "So you didn't know the government kept 
                         the files from the original experiment?"
 
                         
               
                                     CATHERINE
                         "I had my fathers notes. He told me 
                         that was everything they had. Do you 
                         know how many administrations I had 
                         to petition to get this program started 
                         up again? Forty years had passed; the 
                         information was classified and buried. 
                         I never asked for the files, because 
                         I thought I had them. General West never 
                         offered, because he probably didn't 
                         even know they existed."
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         "So, you don't know that they turned 
                         the gate on in 1945."
 
               
                                     CATHERINE
                         "What?"

               
               
               
               Flashback

               
               Earnest and Catherine's father are sitting at a table

               
               
               
                                     EARNEST
                         "There must be over a 100 million possible 
                         combinations. If it's merely a combination 
                         lock used to turn it on, why thirty 
                         nine? Why not six?"
 
               
                                     DR LANGFORD
                         "What are you saying?"

               
                                     EARNEST
                         They are not combinations, there destinations, 
                         and we just found one."
 
               
                                     DR LANGFORD
                         Doorway to Heaven could mean any number 
                         of different things. It could simply 
                         mean that anyone who passes through 
                         there will die.
 
               
               
               
               Catherine brings in some tea

               
               
               
                                     DOCTOR LANGFORD
                         For example. Catherine, we have a maid 
                         for a reason."
 
               
                                     CATHERINE
                         "I wanted to do it."

               
               
               
               The present

               
               
               
                                     CATHERINE
                         "No, I never knew they turned it on. 
                         My father never told me. It wasn't in 
                         his notes either."
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         "Then there is something more you should 
                         see. Here, watch this."
 
               
               
               
               He shows her the tape

               
               
               
                                     CATHERINE
                         "Oh, God."

               
               
               
               Back in the past

               
               
               
                                     DR LANGFORD
                         "There was an accident today. An explosion 
                         in the lab."
 
               
                                     CATHERINE
                         "Earnest?"

               
                                     DR LANGFORD
                         "I'm so sorry."

               
               
               
               Present time

               
               
               
                                     DANIEL
                         "So the man who went through the gate 
                         was Earnest."
 
               
                                     CATHERINE
                         "Yes. My father must have lied to me. 
                         He said Ernest died in an accident, 
                         and explosion."
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         "Why would he do that?"

               
                                     CATHERINE
                         "He probably thought he was protecting 
                         me."
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         "From what?"

               
                                     CATHERINE
                         "From knowing that the man I was supposed 
                         to marry chose to risk his life and 
                         go through the Stargate without even 
                         talking to me about it. He choose his 
                         idea, his work, over me."
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         "I'm sure that he believe that he, that 
                         he would come back."
 
               
                                     CATHERINE
                         "He was so young, so full of passion, 
                         like you. You reminded me of him when 
                         I first saw you. That's why I new you 
                         would solve the mysteries of the gate."
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         "Catherine, I wasn't supposed to show 
                         you this. Actually I wasn't supposed 
                         to show you any of this but now. Computer 
                         enhancements, from the film footage. 
                         I was able to isolate the chevrons that 
                         were locked in before Earnest went through.
 
                         
               
                                     CATHERINE
                         "Not Abydos?"

               
                                     DANIEL
                         "No, another planet, with similar co-ordinates. 
                         And we can go there."
 
               
               
               
               Briefing room

               
               Daniel and Catherine are standing by the table. Hammond enters 
               the room
 
               
               
               
               
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Have you completely lost your mind?!? 
                         Who authorized you to revile classified 
                         information to a civilian?"
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         "If you will just let me explain."
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         "This is a serious breach in protocol. 
                         These rules exist for a reason, Doctor, 
                         do you think that you are above them?"
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         "No, no, I..

               
               
               
               Jack and Teal'c enter

               
               
               
                                     JACK
                         "Catherine!"

               
                                     CATHERINE
                         "Hello Jack."

               
                                     JACK
                         "It's good to see you again. I trust 
                         the General is making you feel right 
                         at home."
 
               
                                     CATHERINE
                         "So far he actually sounds worst then 
                         General West."
 
               
                                     JACK
                         He's a teddy bear."

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         " Colonel O'Neill, did you authorize 
                         Dr. Daniel Jackson to revel classified 
                         information to this civilian?"
 
               
                                     JACK
                         "Absolutely not, sir. In fact I advised 
                         him not to say anything to her. Despite 
                         the fact that she used to run the entire 
                         program, and is responsible for most 
                         of our current knowledge about the gate."
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         "I'm aware of who she is, Colonel."
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         "Catherine, this is Teal'c. Teal'c, 
                         this is Catherine."
 
               
                                     CATHERINE
                         "Daniel, has told me all about you, 
                         such a pleasure."
 
               
               
               
               She shakes his hand

               
               
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         "Colonel, are you aware of the request 
                         Dr. Jackson has most currently tangled?"
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         "You've go to go that one step further 
                         don't you."
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         "The man who entered the gate in 1945, 
                         was Catherine's fiancée. Now I have 
                         the address of the planet he went to 
                         and we can go there."
 
               
                                     CATHERINE
                         "And I'm coming with you."

               
                                     DANIEL
                         "General, we know where Earnest Littlefield 
                         went. He could still be alive. A man 
                         who had the vision to see the Stargate 
                         for what it really was, a half a century 
                         before anyone else."
 
               
                                     JACK
                         "He sounds like a bonafide American 
                         hero, sir."
 
               
               
               
               Sam enters the room

               
               
               
                                     SAM
                         "Sir, there may be another reason to 
                         got to this planet."
 
               
                                     CATHERINE
                         "Samantha!"

               
                                     SAM
                         "Catherine!"

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         "Captain Carter."

               
                                     SAM
                         "Yes sir. It seems the planet in question 
                         is close to Abydos, so it uses many 
                         of the same points in space locators. 
                         Which explains why the team in 45 could 
                         conceivably dial in with out compensating 
                         for planetary shift. But sir the planet 
                         in question is not on the cartouche 
                         we found on Abydos."
 
               
                                     CATHERINE
                         "What's the significance in that?"
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         "The Goa'uld haven't charted it. They 
                         may not even have been there."
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         "If the Goa'ulds haven't been to this 
                         plant, and there is obviously a gate 
                         there. Then we would have unquestionable 
                         proof that they didn't build the Stargates."
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         "The Goa'uld are scavengers, since they 
                         have not traveled to this planet, we 
                         could find technologies to use against 
                         them."
 
               
                                     CATHERINE
                         "You speak."

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         "When it is appropriate."

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         "Thank you. Thank all off you for your 
                         very thorough analysis of the situation. 
                         But I was already convinced by Dr. Jackson's 
                         initial argument. Earnest Littlefield 
                         could still be alive, and we shouldn't 
                         try to find him."
 
               
               
               
               Gateroom. Daniel, Jack and Catherine are at the bottom of the 
               ramp. The two men are on either side of her and have their arms 
               linked with hers. Teal'c and Sam go through the gate. The other 
               three slowly make their way up to the gate.
 
               
               
               
                                     JACK
                         "It's a piece of cake. Ready?"

               
                                     DANIEL
                         "And

               
               
               
               They go through the gate and come out the other side

               
               
               
               
               
                                     DANIEL
                         "You okay?"

               
                                     CATHERINE
                         "Huh, that was some piece of cake!"
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         "It's hot in here."

               
                                     JACK
                         "Oh yeah. Anybody see away in or out 
                         of this place?"
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         "There appears to be only two doorways."
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         "Oh my."

               
               
               
               A naked man appears. Presumably, Earnest Littlefield

               
               
               
                                     JACK
                         "Aw, for crying' out loud.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         "Dr. Littlefield?" "Earnest?" Hello, 
                         I'm Daniel Jackson, we just came from 
                         the Stargate.Yes, that thing...Star-gate."
 
                         
               
               
               
               Earnest pushes Daniel

               
               
               
               
               
                                     DANIEL
                         We're real'"

               
               
               
               Earnest sniffs back some tears and hugs Daniel

               
               
               
                                     EARNEST
                         "It's about time."

               
               
               
               He walks over and hugs Jack

               
               
               
                                     JACK
                         "Whoa."

               
               
               
               He walks towards Sam and she just manages to jump out of the 
               way
 
               
               
               
                                     CARTER
                         "Oh boy!"

               
               
               
               He hugs Teal'c instead

               
               
               
                                     JACK
                         "Daniel, do something."

               
                                     DANIEL
                         .Dr. Littlefield?"

               
               
               
               Daniel points towards Catherine

               
               
               
                                     CATHERINE
                         "You don't recognize me."

               
                                     EARNEST
                         Catherine?"

               
               
               
               He mumbles something and leaves the room

               
               
               
                                     CATHERINE
                         "Fifty years, that's all he has to say."
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         I'll go see if I can find him."

               
               
               
               Daniel follows him and comes to a room that has a covered dais 
               in the middle
 
               
               
               
                                     EARNEST
                         "Still here."

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Do you have anything to wear?"Clothes?"
 
                         
               
                                     EARNEST
                         "Oh, going home."

               
                                     DANIEL
                         "Yes, we're taking you home.

               
               
               
               Earnest puts on some old rags

               
               
               
                                     EARNEST
                         "So much time. Did no one try again?"
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         "That's along story. Are there other 
                         people here?""No one else lives here? 
                         How about nearby?" E"Are you saying 
                         you have been completely alone here 
                         for 50 years?"
 
               
               
               
               Earnest hands him some fruit

               
               
               
                                     EARNEST
                         "Eat."

               
               
               
               Back with Sam and Catherine

               
               
               
                                     CATHERINE
                         "I don't know what I expected. I mean 
                         I can't believe he's right here. Light 
                         years away but still so close, all this 
                         time. Alive.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         "I think he's probably having a little 
                         trouble dealing with it to."
 
               
                                     CATHERINE
                         "I felt like a school girl. My heart 
                         was beating faster then when I came 
                         through the gate! Ha, you think you're 
                         old and wise."
 
               
                                     SAM
                         "I don't think the heart ever grows 
                         old."
 
               
                                     CATHERINE
                         "I can't even fathom what he's been 
                         through. Such a long time. I don't even 
                         know that man."
 
               
                                     SAM
                         "Why don't you go and talk to him?"
 
                         
               
               
               
               Daniel finds Earnests journal

               
               
               
                                     EARNEST
                         "Last day."

               
                                     DANIEL
                         "It's a calendar, isn't it?"Have you 
                         been able to figure out who built this 
                         place, or who used to live here?"
 
                         
               
                                     EARNEST
                         "Heliopolis."

               
                                     DANIEL
                         "Heliopolis?"

               
                                     EARNEST
                         ""Repository, philosophy, astronomy"
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         "I assume you mean the ancient Egyptian 
                         city. People would could come from everywhere 
                         to gather, scholars, community leaders. 
                         It was also the central place of worship 
                         for Ra. Are there ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs 
                         here? Symbols that indicate Ra? This 
                         could be very important."
 
               
               
               
               Daniel reads the book

               
               
               
                                     DANIEL
                         "'Four distinct languages, writing is 
                         unlike anything I have seen on earth. 
                         Catherine say's there probably alien.' 
                         Catherine says?"
 
               
                                     EARNEST
                         "She found me long ago."

               
                                     DANIEL
                         "'We walked for miles today, but still 
                         found no signs of civilization. Catherine 
                         seems concerned, but I am not. As long 
                         as she is here with me, I will never 
                         feel alone. It seems impossible, but 
                         everyday were here together, I love 
                         her more.'"
 
               
                                     CATHERINE
                         "My father lied to me."

               
                                     EARNEST
                         "Oh!"

               
                                     DANIEL
                         I'll leave you two."

               
               
               
               Daniel leaves the room

               
               
               
                                     EARNEST
                         "So, real!"

               
                                     CATHERINE
                         "Yes, your going to have to believe. 
                         This isn't easy for me either."
 
               
                                     EARNEST
                         You look, different."

               
                                     CATHERINE
                         "I'm old Earnest. So are you."

               
                                     EARNEST
                         "We, we had a wonderful life together."
 
                         
               
                                     CATHERINE
                         "I couldn't imagine you Earnest. In 
                         my mind, we didn't have a wonderful 
                         life together. I thought you were dead."
 
                         
               
                                     EARNEST
                         "Forgave me. You forgave me long ago."
 
                         
               
                                     CATHERINE
                         "No. I didn't."

               
                                     EARNEST
                         "Oh."

               
               
               
               Gateroom

               
               
               
                                     JACK
                         "Doesn't seem to be anybody else around. 
                         I tell you this place used to be pretty 
                         sweet, but it's seen better days if 
                         you know what I mean."
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         "I thing Professor Littlefield has been 
                         alone since he got here."
 
               
                                     JACK
                         "Wow."

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         "A storm approaches."

               
                                     JACK
                         "A pretty big one at that."

               
                                     EARNEST
                         "It comes every year."

               
                                     SAM
                         "Every year?"

               
                                     JACK
                         "Now look kids, we're right on the edge 
                         of a cliff here, I don't think this 
                         place can stand another big hit."
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         "We should take our leave."

               
                                     DANIEL
                         "No we can't, not yet. We have only 
                         begun to explore this place. Figure 
                         out what it is, what it used to be."
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         "We'll launch a survey balloon. Now 
                         lets take the professor and Catherine 
                         home, we'll leave the probe here, let 
                         it monitor the situation, until the 
                         storm blows over, then we'll come back. 
                         Alright?"
 
               
                                     EARNEST
                         "I tried for years to make it work."
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         "You never tried to entering different 
                         glyphs in this thing?""We call this 
                         the Dial-Home Device. Basically you 
                         enter the correct address and..."
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         "Daniel, Why don't we just show him."of 
                         SG-1 goes up to the DHD. A look of shock 
                         crosses the faces as the look at it.
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         "My God."

               
                                     JACK
                         "What the hell?"

               
               
               
               The centre crystal is damaged

               
               
               
                                     JACK
                         "I thought the probe was supposed to 
                         detect stuff like this?"
 
               
                                     SAM
                         "We got visual confirmation of its presence, 
                         but the damage was obviously covered." 
                         . "It's not working."
 
               
                                     EARNEST
                         "It was like that when I got here."
 
                         
               
                                     CATHERINE
                         "That's why you never came back.

               
                                     EARNEST
                         "Does this mean we're not going home?"
 
                         
               
                                     EARNEST
                         "Well since we're going to be hear awhile.""I 
                         would like you to see something."
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         "What?"

               
                                     EARNEST
                         "Come on, it's the safest room in there 
                         is. You know? Especially in a storm."
 
                         
               
                                     CATHERINE
                         "Give me a hand.""Thanks"

               
                                     JACK
                         "Keep at it, well be back."

               
               
               
               They go back to Earnests room. He takes the cover off the machine 
               in the centre, which brings up gold writing on the walls. There 
               seems to be four different languages.
 
               
               
               
               
               
                                     DANIEL
                         What is this place?"

               
               
               
               Daniel reads from Earnest's journal

               
               
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Reading; "'I believe this room is some 
                         sort of meeting place, where four alien 
                         races denoted by the symbols, and distinctive 
                         writing on the walls would gather, possible 
                         to share knowledge, or discuss relations, 
                         like a United Nations of the Stars. 
                         Catherine agrees.'"
 
               
                                     CATHERINE
                         "You're right, I would have."

               
               
               
               Offworld Gateroom

               
               Sam and Teal'c are trying to repair the DHD

               
               
               
                                     SAM
                         All roads seem to lead here, which means 
                         this is likely the power source."
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         "I believe you are correct."

               
                                     SAM
                         "It could take years to figure out how 
                         to put these crystals back properly. 
                         I think we can figure out a way to rig 
                         the power source directly to the gate, 
                         and then dial out manually."
 
               
               
               
               The others are still looking at the alien device

               
               
               
                                     JACK
                         "This looks familiar."

               
                                     EARNEST
                         "Touch it."

               
               
               
               He touches it and a bright light shoots out, and turns into a 
               3D hologram of shapes, covering the room
 
               
               
               
                                     JACK
                         "Whoa!"

               
                                     CATHERINE
                         "It's Beautiful!"

               
                                     JACK
                         "Daniel, does the mean anything?"

               
                                     DANIEL
                         "Well, if this was a Mecca of sorts, 
                         an alien united nations, this has to 
                         mean something."
 
               
                                     JACK
                         "I know this."

               
                                     CATHERINE
                         "Of course, high school chemistry."
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         "One proton, one electron, hydrogen."
 
                         
               
                                     CATHERINE
                         "Berylium, sodium."

               
                                     EARNEST
                         "Silver, Iron, barium, xenon."

               
                                     CATHERINE
                         "Oh my God, so many electrons, how can 
                         you tell?"
 
               
                                     EARNEST
                         "I have been here a very long time, 
                         remember?"
 
               
                                     JACK
                         "Excuse me. Are you saying that all 
                         of these are atomic,things?"
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         "These images are graphical representation 
                         of the basic elements, electrons revolving 
                         around a proton. The number of electrons 
                         indicate the element."
 
               
                                     EARNEST
                         "146."

               
                                     CATHERINE
                         "There are only currently 111 elements 
                         on the periodic table."
 
               
                                     EARNEST
                         "Only 90 when I last looked."

               
                                     CATHERINE
                         "This is incredible. I mean we have 
                         only been able to speculate on the actual 
                         appearance and structure of an atom. 
                         The fact that four completely alien 
                         races chose to represent it in an almost 
                         identical way."
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         "The basic elements are what make up 
                         the universe, they are the basic building 
                         block...of course! How do you ensure 
                         universal communication? You reduce 
                         the method of communication to the most 
                         basic element; common to everyone and 
                         everything that exists in the universe! 
                         Jack, this is a true universal language."
 
                         
               
                                     EARNEST
                         "Turn the page."

               
                                     DANIEL
                         "What?"

               
                                     EARNEST
                         "Turn the page!"

               
               
               
               He touches the device and new objects appear

               
               
               
                                     DANIEL
                         "Are you saying, that this, that this 
                         is like a book?" Ernest nods.
 
               
                                     EARNEST
                         "I tried to read it. I tried to understand 
                         it."
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         "A hundred and forty six elements, letters, 
                         or symbols, if they're letters, if they're 
                         pictographic, I mean this could take 
                         a life time."
 
               
                                     EARNEST
                         "More."

               
                                     DANIEL
                         "Oh, sorry."

               
                                     JACK
                         "Daniel, before your head explodes, 
                         may I remind you that we have more important 
                         thing to deal with right now?"
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         "How can you say that, don't you know 
                         what this could mean?"
 
               
                                     JACK
                         "Actually no."

               
                                     DANIEL
                         "This could be the key to understanding 
                         our existence. Everyone, everything's 
                         existence."
 
               
                                     EARNEST
                         "The collaboration of these four alien 
                         species
 
               
                                     JACK
                         "None of which would mean squat, if 
                         we don't get out of here."
 
               
               
               
               Offworld gateroom. Teal'c and Sam are still working. Jack and 
               Catherine enter
 
               
               
               
                                     JACK
                         "How's it going?"

               
                                     SAM
                         "I'm trying to connect the power source 
                         from the dial home device directly to 
                         the gate. I'm about to run a test. Where's 
                         Daniel?"
 
               
                                     JACK
                         "Oh Earnest is showing his a new toy."
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         "Really? What?"

               
                                     JACK
                         A fancy light show that maybe the key 
                         to our existence, or something like 
                         that."
 
               
               
               
               The building is crumbling around them

               
               
               
                                     JACK
                         "Ah, you want to pick up the pace on 
                         this a little bit?"
 
               
               
               
               The gate begins to activate

               
               
               
                                     CATHERINE
                         "You did it!"

               
               
               
               The power dies

               
               
               
                                     JACK
                         "Get back!"

               
               
               
               Jack grabs Sam and pulls her out of the way. When they all get 
               back up, they find that the DHD has fallen through the floor, 
               into the sea
 
               
               
               
               
               
               Daniel and Earnest are looking at the writing on the walls

               
               
               
                                     DANIEL
                         "This is how you knew what this place 
                         was."
 
               
                                     EARNEST
                         "Then you recognize it too."

               
                                     DANIEL
                         "Othala, the Norse rune thought to represent 
                         the collection of numerous power and 
                         knowledge from past generations."
 
                         
               
                                     EARNEST
                         "And the gathering of clans to celebrate 
                         a common interest. You know there's 
                         more then just a coincidence here. That 
                         means that human were here, centuries, 
                         maybe eons ago."
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         "No, not humans, aliens. This is Thor's 
                         race."
 
               
                                     EARNEST
                         "Thor was a Alien?"

               
                                     DANIEL
                         "Oh yeah, that's another long story. 
                         But a good one."
 
               
               
               
               Offworld gateroom

               
               
               
                                     JACK
                         All right, basic survival training. 
                         We know what we have. What do we need?"
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         "We have the Stargate, we need the dial 
                         home device."
 
               
                                     JACK
                         "Thank you Teal'c."

               
                                     SAM
                         "The element the gate is made of, absorbs 
                         energy directly, internal functions 
                         will convert and store that energy in 
                         capacitor like reservoirs. But the inside 
                         wheel will only unlock and spin freely 
                         once there is enough reserve power."
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         "So what we need is Energy."

               
               
               
               Daniel is filming the room

               
               
               
               
               
                                     DANIEL
                         "This is useless, it's not allowing 
                         for any relative perspective. I don't 
                         understand, how did you incorporate 
                         the three dimensional nature of the 
                         information?"
 
               
                                     EARNEST
                         "Look down."

               
                                     DANIEL
                         "Of course, you measured the elements 
                         from a central point, degrees from zero 
                         around in a circle, and height above 
                         the floor."
 
               
               
               
               The others walk down the stairs into the room

               
               
               
                                     DANIEL
                         "What's up guys?"

               
                                     JACK
                         "Step away from the pedestal Daniel."
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         "What? Why?"

               
                                     SAM
                         "The dial home device just fell through 
                         the floor into the ocean."
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         "So what are we going to do?"

               
                                     SAM
                         "That thing may have a power source 
                         in it that we can use to get the gate 
                         working."
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         "Ah...No! You don't understand, this 
                         book could contain knowledge of the 
                         universe. I mean this is meaning of 
                         life stuff.I have to get more of it 
                         down on paper before we leave, there 
                         must be something more you can use. 
                         What about using energy from Teal'cs 
                         staff weapon?"
 
               
                                     SAM
                         "It's not powerful enough."

               
                                     CATHERINE
                         "Please there's not much time, we have 
                         to get inside that thing."
 
               
                                     JACK
                         "This whole place could join the DHD 
                         at the bottom of the ocean any minute, 
                         so please."
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         "Great, shoot it!"

               
               
               
               Daniel moves to the side, and Teal'c shoots. It has no effect
 
               
               
               
               
                                     JACK
                         "I'm obviously no scientist but couldn't 
                         we use that Ben Franklin thing?"
 
               
                                     SAM
                         "The element of the gate is made up 
                         of a superconductor. It'll observe energy 
                         in may different things: Heat, Nuclear, 
                         solar, static, if we could channel a 
                         lighting strike into the gate, it might 
                         provide us with enough power to dial 
                         in and make it through."
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         "How do we attract lightning to the 
                         gate?"
 
               
                                     SAM
                         "Not directly, we will have to rig something 
                         up on the roof. And hope that the sudden 
                         and enormous charge doesn't destroy 
                         the gate's mechanisms."
 
               
               
               
               A while later, Jack climbs back in through a window

               
               
               
                                     JACK
                         "We got it Teal'c!" He gives Carter 
                         the wire that is hooked outside. Carter 
                         hooks it to the wire on the Stargate.
 
                         
               
                                     CATHERINE
                         "Daniel won't come up, he's obsessed 
                         with that thing. So much like you used 
                         to be."
 
               
                                     EARNEST
                         The Torment of Tantalus."

               
                                     CATHERINE
                         "What?"

               
                                     EARNEST
                         Tantalus was a king in Greek Mythology, 
                         banish to Hades, forced to stand in 
                         water that receded when he tried to 
                         drink."
 
               
                                     CATHERINE
                         "Everlasting, unending temptation."
 
                         
               
                                     EARNEST
                         "He was reaching for something that 
                         was, out of reach."
 
               
                                     CATHERINE
                         "That sound familar. Some might say 
                         that, that's what makes a man great. 
                         If we all accepted what was with in 
                         our grasp."
 
               
                                     EARNEST
                         "Sometimes what we have is of more value. 
                         It takes a great man to recognize that. 
                         I didn't. I was a fool."
 
               
                                     CATHERINE
                         "Ernest, you have suffered enough. No 
                         since wasting time in the past, right?"
 
                         
               
               
               
               Earnest picks up his helmet

               
               
               
                                     EARNEST
                         "Ah, look, for the peak of the roof, 
                         it will attract the lightning.
 
               
                                     CATHERINE
                         "You get Daniel. (To Teal'c)"Take this 
                         to the roof."
 
               
               
               
               
               
               Earnest goes to Daniel

               
               
               
                                     EARNEST
                         "You have to come, now."

               
                                     DANIEL
                         "Not Yet. Come and get me when they've 
                         got the gate running."
 
               
                                     EARNEST
                         "There's not enough time."

               
                                     DANIEL
                         "I have to finish this."

               
                                     EARNEST
                         "It's not worth it."

               
                                     DANIEL
                         "This is."

               
                                     EARNEST
                         "Nothing is!"

               
                                     DANIEL
                         "Well our history as a people would 
                         be very different if everyone felt that 
                         way.
 
               
               
               
               Offworld gateroom

               
               Lightening hits and the gate is activated

               
               
               
               
               
                                     SAM
                         "Teal'c let's go! Start dialing in. 
                         We only have seconds once the gate is 
                         open.
 
               
               
               
               Back with Daniel and Earnest

               
               
               
                                     DANIEL
                         "What you did was courageous!"

               
                                     EARNEST
                         "What I did was stupid."

               
               
               
               Jack runs down the stairs

               
               
               
                                     JACK
                         "Come on boys we got to go, now!"

               
                                     DANIEL
                         "I'm staying."

               
                                     JACK
                         "What?"

               
                                     DANIEL
                         "Look I will be fine down here.

               
                                     JACK
                         "Go on, go on."Daniel, we can come back."
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         "No, what if the castle crumbles around 
                         the gate, I mean this, this, could all 
                         be lost, if I stay I could unbury the 
                         gate again."
 
               
                                     JACK
                         "What if it falls into the ocean."
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         "I'm willing to take that risk."

               
                                     JACK
                         "I'm not! Let's go!"

               
               
               
               He grabs Daniel and drags him towards the stairs

               
               
               
                                     DANIEL
                         "Jack!" "Please."

               
               
               
               Jack let's him go and Daniel runs over and grabs Earnests journal, 
               taking the chance to have one last quick look around the room
 
               
               
               
               
               Offworld Gateroom

               
               
               
                                     SAM
                         "Let's go!"

               
                                     CATHERINE
                         "It's a piece of cake.

               
                                     EARNEST
                         "Not from what I remember."

               
                                     CATHERINE
                         "Go"

               
                                     SAM
                         "Go Teal'c."

               
               
               
               Daniel and Jack are making their way to the gate. The building 
               is crumbling around them. They enter the gateroom.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         "Go!"

               
               
               
               Sam jumps through the gate. Daniel and Jack run up the steps, 
               but fall.
 
               
               SGC Gateroom

               
                                     AIRMAN
                         "Stargate receiving squad, stand ready!"
 
                         
               
                                     HARRIMAN
                         "Wormhole is destabilizing, still no 
                         travelers."
 
               
                                     SAM
                         "Come on guys."

               
                                     SOLDIER
                         "Stand by people."

               
               
               
               Jack and Daniel jump through the gate and arrive in the SGC gateroom
 
               
               
               
               
                                     DANIEL
                         "Close one."

               
                                     JACK
                         "You think?"

               
                                     SAM
                         "You don't know how close.

               
               
               
               Later, they try to dial up the planet

               
               
               
                                     HARRIMAN
                         "Chevrons 6 encoded." "Chevron seven,will 
                         not engage."
 
               
                                     JACK
                         "Well, I think it is safe to say that, 
                         that place is gone."
 
               
                                     EARNEST
                         "You still have my book."

               
                                     CATHERINE
                         "Captain Carter is working a computer 
                         model right now."
 
               
                                     AIRMAN
                         "Go to reactor seven."

               
                                     JACK
                         "And here's the bright side, you're 
                         alive."
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         "Yes. Thanks to you."

               
                                     EARNEST
                         "Look at it this way, if you ever run 
                         into those aliens, that made up the 
                         language, you can ask them what it means."
 
                         
               
                                     CATHERINE
                         "You better let us know this time."
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         "I will, I promise."

               
               
               
               Earnest hugs Daniel

               
               
               
                                     JACK
                         "Catherine, hug me."

               
               
               
               Jack and Catherine hug

               
                                     CATHERINE
                         Jack." Cat and Ernest look at each other 
                         and there smiles get bigger. they walk 
                         to each other and give
 
               
               
               
               Catherine and Earnest hug each other

               
               THE END
               
               
               
               
               

Torment Of Tantalus



Writers :   Robert C. Cooper
Genres :   Sci-Fi  Action  Adventure


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