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                                      STARGATE SG1

                                      Episode 214

                                      "TOUCHSTONE"

                                           By

                                        Sam Egan




               Briefing Room

               
               
               
                                     SAM
                         In the 5 weeks since our return from 
                         PX7-941
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Known to its indigenous population as 
                         Madrona.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         We've been able to process most of the 
                         data we've collected and as a result 
                         we think we've corroborated some startling 
                         first hand observations.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Which are?

               
                                     SAM
                         Well sir, the inhabitants of this planet 
                         can proactively affect their own climate.
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         That's a bit of an understatement General. 
                         They can call it up just like that.
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         You got a crop that needs some water, 
                         order some rain, you have a crop that 
                         needs sun, and it's literally a matter 
                         of dialing it up.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         You sure you weren't under the local 
                         voodoo?
 
               
                                     SAM
                         Believe me General, no one was more 
                         skeptical than I, but the fact is we 
                         may have stumbled on the most important 
                         piece of technology the SCG missions 
                         has discovered to date.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Even the Goa'uld do not possess such 
                         technology.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         And you think you know how they do it.
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         Well our best theory is the planet was 
                         terra-formed about 900 years ago.
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Now the Madrona's are technologically 
                         primitive so it's likely the planet 
                         was terraformed by another alien race.
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         Weather.... seems to be regulated by this 
                         device
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         The Madronans call it a Touchstone. 
                         It's an ancient artifact probably made 
                         by the other alien race.It's right theret's 
                         in the statue's hand.
 
               
               
               
               The touchstone is in the hand of the statue

               
               
               
                                     SAM
                         And the high priest turns a series of 
                         calibrated rings, which seem to determine 
                         meteorological conditions over the entire 
                         planet's surface.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         We have any idea what makes it tick?
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         That's why we'd like to go back, sir. 
                         Carter wants to get a closer look with 
                         some of her specialized doohickeys.
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Doohickeys?

               
                                     JACK
                         I believe that's a technical term, sir.
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         My instruments will measure the Touchstone's 
                         emissions and hopefully give us a better 
                         idea of how it works.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Any chance we can borrow it for a few 
                         days, do a little backwards engineering?
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         You have to understand General, the 
                         Touchstone maintains the weather on 
                         this planet.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Right then, go see what you can figure 
                         out.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Ok

               
               The team go through the gate. When they get to the other side, 
               there is thunder and lightening. The local people are at the 
               gate to meet them.
 
               
               
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Greetings Roham, Princess La Moor

               
                                     PRINCESS
                         It's the visitor's, Uncle.

               
                                     ROHAM
                         We demand that you return the Touchstone.
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         What! It's missing?

               
                                     ROHAM
                         Do Not play games. You must return it 
                         at once.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         No games. We didn't take it.

               
                                     ROHAM
                         It is gone. Come, see for yourselves.
 
                         
               
               
               
               They go into the temple, and find the touchstone missing from 
               the statue
 
               
               
               
                                     SAM
                         Well I guess this explains the storm 
                         clouds outside.
 
               
                                     ROHAM
                         Without the Touchstone to shield us 
                         we will soon be overtaken by the elements. 
                         It's only a matter of time before we 
                         begin to die because of your theft.
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         Alright, here's a question for you. 
                         If it was so important why wasn't it 
                         guarded?
 
               
                                     ROHAM
                         It was guarded. We let down our guard 
                         because of your people.
 
               
                                     PRINCESS
                         We trusted you.

               
                                     JACK
                         We did not take it.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Had we taken the artifact, there would 
                         have been no need to return to this 
                         place.
 
               
                                     PRINCESS
                         There were witnesses.

               
                                     JACK
                         And what did these witnesses see?

               
                                     PRINCESS
                         A group of people taking the Touchstone 
                         in the dead of night. They were dressed 
                         much as you are and carried weapons 
                         like yours.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Did they see where these people went?
 
                         
               
                                     ROHAM
                         They left by your Stargate.

               
                                     PRINCESS
                         As you know, none of our people know 
                         how to use the portal.
 
               
                                     ROHAM
                         Guards, disarm the wrongdoers.

               
               
               
               Jack points his gun

               
               
               
                                     JACK
                         HOLD IT! Alright.we came here in peace, 
                         we expect to go in one, piece.
 
               
                                     ROHAM
                         Then explain yourself, but be warned. 
                         If your answers are not satisfactory, 
                         then we have no choice but to seek retribution.
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Taking revenge on us will not return 
                         the Touchstone for we are not those 
                         who took it.
 
               
                                     ROHAM
                         Perhaps not, but it will lead us to 
                         those who did.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Only if they care what happens to us. 
                         Look, let me give you a little life 
                         lesson on thieves. They're not really 
                         in touch with their feminine side. Caring 
                         would be on a low priority.
 
               
                                     PRINCESS
                         My uncle grows impatient.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         If the thieves took the Touchstone used 
                         the gate to escape then the only hope 
                         to get it back is to let us go back 
                         through the gate.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         And if they did come from Earth, we 
                         have technology to help us find out 
                         who the thieves might have been.
 
               
                                     ROHAM
                         How do we know that you will not use 
                         the gate to escape responsibility?
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         Trust Us?

               
                                     PRINCESS
                         We are a simple people Colonel. We have 
                         no means to protect ourselves from this 
                         disaster. If my uncle decides to trust 
                         you this day, our entire future will 
                         depend on that decision.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Ok, that's a little pressure! But we 
                         can handle that.
 
               
                                     ROHAM
                         Let them go. Please help us.

               
               
               
               Titles

               
               
               
               The team go back through the gate

               
               
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Colonel! Why are you back so early? 
                         You were suppose to be studying that 
                         weather device.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         And we would be , sir. If it were still 
                         there.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         What do you mean?

               
                                     JACK
                         We should talk in your office.

               
               
               
               Hammonds Office

               
               
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         What's this about?

               
               
               
               Jack closes the door and stands in front of Hammonds desk

               
               
               
                                     JACK
                         The Touchstone was stolen, sir. By people 
                         wearing SGC uniforms. Came and went 
                         through the Stargate.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         What? Well who was it?

               
                                     JACK
                         Everyone involved here would like to 
                         know that, sir.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         I don't appreciate your implication 
                         Colonel. Why would I send your team 
                         to study the thing if I knew it wasn't 
                         there?
 
               
                                     JACK
                         No implication intended, sir, but circumstances 
                         do beg the next logical question,which 
                         is...Would any one of the other SG teams 
                         have gone through without your order?
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Not without my knowing about it.

               
                                     JACK
                         Yes, sir. General, mind if I have Carter 
                         recheck the dialing computer? Just to 
                         see if there are any signs anyone sneaking 
                         through the gate,covertly, behind your 
                         back as it were, sir.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Nothing happens regarding the Stargate 
                         without my knowing about it, if a person 
                         sneezes near it I get a report.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         I understand, sir.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Colonel Have Carter check it anyway.
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         Thank you very much, sir.

               
               
               
               Jack leaves the room

               
               
               
                                     JACK
                         Anything yet?

               
                                     SAM
                         Not on the Touchstone, sir.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Possibly it's affects. Have you been 
                         watching the weather channel?
 
               
                                     JACK
                         I'm more of a C-Span guy.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Observe O'Neill

               
               
               
               He put's on a tv

               
                                     REPORTER
                         Chalk it up to the El Nino, but enough 
                         severe storms has struck all over America. 
                         And of all places Phoenix Arizona, causing 
                         widespread damage. Reports of injuries 
                         are still trickling in. We have flooding 
                         in Palm Springs California and Florida
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         That's not all. There's record rainfall 
                         in Alberquerque, golf ball size hail 
                         in the Panhandle and three major rivers 
                         are cresting.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Something is definitely altering this 
                         planets weather.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         And you think it's this Touchstone. 
                         Kind of a reach isn't it.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Well not really if you think about it. 
                         Whoever left that device originally 
                         on Madrona probably keyed it to the 
                         atmospheric conditions of that planet. 
                         Somebody steals it and brings it back 
                         to Earth, starts fiddling around with 
                         it with no idea of what they are doing, 
                         and, who knows?
 
               
                                     JACK
                         We don't know it's on Earth.

               
                                     SAM
                         I'm thinking it is. There was a huge 
                         transitory glitch three days ago when 
                         SG-2 returned from a routine mission 
                         roughly the same hour as the Touchstone 
                         was taken.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         But SG-2's point of origin was galaxies 
                         away from Madrona.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         Yeah, but the energy spike is off the 
                         charts. You remember what happened the 
                         last time the gate's power supply was 
                         overloaded?
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         It jumped to the second gate in the 
                         Antarctic.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Yeah! Thanks for the memory.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Captain Carter, are you suggesting that 
                         SG-2 used the second gate to steal the 
                         Touchstone?
 
               
                                     SAM
                         No. Not SG-2. They're mission went as 
                         planned through our gate, but these 
                         readings suggest that someone might 
                         have been using the second gate a split 
                         second after SG-2 used ours to try to 
                         hide the energy spike in ours.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Kind of like shooting off a gun when 
                         a trains going by . To hide the sound.
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         Yes, sir. Now lets see if I'm right. 
                         SG-2's log should have the same electronic 
                         signature that was present the last 
                         time the wormhole jumped it's tracks. 
                         Bear with me.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Bearing.

               
                                     SAM
                         Damn, it should show up on the primary 
                         meta-log...nothing.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Try the back up log.

               
                                     SAM
                         Yeah possibly Now if someone did systematically 
                         try to erase all the relevant data it 
                         would be easy to overlook a third tear 
                         back up Yes...there it is. The second 
                         gate had to have been used. The energy 
                         signal is identified.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Who would have been authorized to use 
                         the second gate? I thought it had been 
                         officially decommissioned.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         It was officially.

               
               
               
               Jack goes to Hammonds office. Hammond is on the phone

               
               
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Come No, I need to talk to him now. 
                         Son, do you know what color this phone 
                         is? Yes I'll hold. Carter find anything?
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         Yes, sir. Apparently the second gate 
                         is being used.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         What? I was given top-level assurances 
                         that gate was to be sealed.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         A case of the left hand not knowing 
                         what the right foot is doing, sir?
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         That's what I'm trying to find out. 
                         No, It can't wait, son. Well make sure 
                         he gets the message the second he comes 
                         out.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         And suddenly the President isn't available.
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Every time I call. He's tied up. It's 
                         like someone is orchestrating his schedule 
                         to keep us from speaking today.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Got a someone in mind, sir.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         This is gonna sound paranoid, Colonel. 
                         Back when the SG program began, there 
                         was a philosophical skirmish about its 
                         mandate. Some people wanted to make 
                         sure that any and all discoveries were 
                         brought back regardless of considerations 
                         like interplanetary diplomacy.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Do you mind if I ask who these some 
                         people were?
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         The truth is I'm not sure I ever fully 
                         knew who they were. I had a feeling 
                         that someone chose not to surface during 
                         the debate. Not military-politicians 
                         pulling strings behind the scenes. No 
                         one said so exactly. 30 years in the 
                         service you develop an instinct about 
                         these things.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         General, is your gut telling you that 
                         this group, person, whatever is responsible 
                         for stealing the Touchstone?
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         I'm a long way from drawing that conclusion, 
                         but I'll be damned if I'll be blocked 
                         by some sycophant in the White House. 
                         I have other channels I can pursue, 
                         markers I can call in.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         General, I know I don't have to tell 
                         you this, but whoever these dark side 
                         guys are, they can do some pretty nasty 
                         damage if they figure out how to work 
                         this thing.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         I know, Colonel. I know. Let me do some 
                         digging.
 
               
               
               
               Everyone is in the briefing room, when Sam enters

               
               
               
                                     SAM
                         In an effort to determine whether the 
                         Touchstone was being used on Earth, 
                         I figured out a way to measure the Doppler 
                         shift for gravitational and radiation 
                         emissions. I used one of my monitoring 
                         instruments and tied into two NOAA satellites.
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         What did you find?

               
                                     SAM
                         Well, sir, it's somewhere in the Nevada 
                         desert. Now from the crude triangulation 
                         I was able to determine it's....
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Nevada?

               
                                     SAM
                         Yes, sir. Something wrong?

               
                                     JACK
                         The second gate ended up in Nevada didn't 
                         it, sir? Nellis?
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Yes.

               
                                     JACK
                         Well if the gate is there, it makes 
                         sense that the Touchstone has at least 
                         been there.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         You're going to love this, Colonel. 
                         Guess who just got himself reassigned 
                         to Nellis?
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Do tell.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Colonel Maybourne.

               
                                     JACK
                         Oh,well, there's good news!

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Nellis, that's the base we send the 
                         technology we bring back through the 
                         gate, right?
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Yes. The Groom Lake Facility.

               
                                     JACK
                         Area 51

               
               
               
               Hammond goes into the control room

               
               
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         What are we looking at?

               
                                     SAM
                         We sent the MALP back to Madrona. It's 
                         basically a blizzard, sir. Winds gusting 
                         up to 80 miles an hour. It gets any 
                         more intense and their whole planet's 
                         a write-off.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         How much time do they have remaining?
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         Well, if my extrapolations are correct 
                         we're looking at 48 hours maybe 72 before 
                         all the terraforming is kaput.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Permission to take a little trip to 
                         Nevada, sir.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Ok. I'll call the Commander at Nellis 
                         and get you cleared.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Uh General, it's become pretty obvious 
                         that our own people are involved here. 
                         The government types, you know. How 
                         do you know who to trust?
 
               
                                     SAM
                         We already have the necessary clearance 
                         level, sir.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Colonel. I need some documents hand 
                         delivered to the Groom Lake Facility.
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         Are those documents sensitive enough 
                         to warrant a three man team with a Jaffa 
                         escort?
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Absolutely

               
               
               
               The team arrive at area 51

               
               
               
                                     REYNOLDS
                         Colonel O'Neill. Major Reynolds NID. 
                         Welcome to Area 51.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Yeah, nice to meet you.This is Captain 
                         Carter, Dr. Jackson and Teal'c.
 
               
                                     REYNOLDS
                         Gentlemen, Ma'am. I can't tell you what 
                         an honor it is to meet you. You guys 
                         are a bit of a legend around here.
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         Yeah well, thanks. We were hoping to 
                         meet with Colonel Maybourne.
 
               
                                     REYNOLDS
                         He's been paged, sir. I'm sure if you'll 
                         come inside he'll find you there.
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         So you obviously know who we are.

               
                                     REYNOLDS
                         Of course, sir. If it wasn't for you 
                         and the other SG teams, we'd be out 
                         of business here. Follow me please.
 
                         
               
               
               
               They follow Reynolds inside the facility

               
               
               
                                     REYNOLDS
                         To your left is medical research. They're 
                         focusing on the potential cure for Alzheimer's 
                         the SG-5 brought back. The other side 
                         is geology, space metallurgy and artifacts 
                         study. That's where they're pouring 
                         over your notes on that Heliopolis place, 
                         Dr Jackson. The meaning of life stuff. 
                         I love that.
 
               
               
               
               " Dr Dobson to room 483, Dr Dobson."

               
               
               
               
               
               They see people working on a death glider

               
               
               
                                     REYNOLDS
                         That's where we're studying those 2 
                         Goa'uld death gliders you were in after 
                         you guy's did your hero thing. Nice 
                         work by the way.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Yeah, thanks.

               
                                     REYNOLDS
                         This way This is the bio-research lab.
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         This where you're keeping the little 
                         green men?
 
               
                                     REYNOLDS
                         There are no alien life forms at Area 
                         51.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Present company excluded of course.
 
                         
               
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Colonel O'Neill.

               
                                     JACK
                         Hello, Maybourne.

               
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Major, if you'll excuse us.

               
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Teal'c, it's good to see you are well.
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         In my culture, I would be well within 
                         my rights to dismember you.
 
               
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Well, that's interesting. Is there something 
                         I can do for you, Colonel O'Neill?
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         Yeah. We assume the Touchstone was brought 
                         here.
 
               
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Excuse me?

               
                                     SAM
                         Maybe you have a different name for 
                         it. The weather controller from Madrona 
                         PX7-941.
 
               
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         It seems that someone has sent you on 
                         a fool's errand, Colonel. Nothing even 
                         remotely like that here.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         You are however aware of our mission.
 
                         
               
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         I remember a reference to it, but correct 
                         me if I'm wrong, nothing came back from 
                         the survey.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Not by our team.

               
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Another SGC team?

               
                                     JACK
                         You tell me.

               
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         If you're looking for specific answers,I'd 
                         ask that you be a little less cryptic 
                         with your questions.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Fine, where's the damn Touchstone?
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Has the second Stargate been activated?
 
                         
               
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         It's been under complete lock down since 
                         it's arrival here. It hasn't even been 
                         powered up.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         Do you mind if we have a look?

               
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         I guarantee it's been dormant since 
                         you came through it.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Then there's no harm in taking a look. 
                         Is there?
 
               
               
               
               
               
               They go to the hangar where the gate is being kept. It is packed 
               up in a large crate
 
               
               
               
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         There it is. Happy now, Colonel?

               
                                     JACK
                         Carter.

               
               
               
               Jack opens the lid and takes a look

               
               
               
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Satisfied?

               
                                     JACK
                         Not really. Just proves it got packed 
                         up real nice after it was used.
 
               
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         I assure you that gate has been in that 
                         crate since it was brought here from 
                         the Antarctic.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Come on, Harry. You and I have been 
                         through this dance before.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         Colonel. This gate is plastic.

               
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         What?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Captain Carter is correct.

               
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         That's ridiculous. That's the gate that 
                         was brought back from the Antarctic. 
                         It's been under lock and key since it 
                         got here.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         This gate's plastic. Where's the real 
                         one?
 
               
                                     JACK
                         So what the HELL happened to the Stargate?
 
                         
               
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         It's obviously been moved.

               
                                     JACK
                         So it can be fired up without raising 
                         any eyebrows?
 
               
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         That's highly speculative.

               
                                     JACK
                         I don't know who's giving you orders 
                         Maybourne, but they better come from 
                         where the air is real thin.
 
               
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Is that a threat, Colonel?

               
                                     JACK
                         You tell me the punishment for losing 
                         a Stargate.
 
               
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         That presumes there was no authorization 
                         to move the Stargate.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         So, who authorized it?

               
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         That's classified.

               
                                     JACK
                         We have the highest clearance.

               
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Within the military, you do.

               
                                     JACK
                         Are you telling me this is a civilian 
                         operation?
 
               
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Gentlemen, Colonel O'Neill and his people 
                         need an escort back to their vehicle.
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         Who's pulling the strings, Maybourne?
 
                         
               
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Take a piece of advice, Jack. Let this 
                         one drop.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Drop it ?

               
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Please. Don't make these gentlemen have 
                         to get disrespectful.
 
               
               
               
               The leave and go back to the mountain

               
               Briefing Room

               
               
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         We're operating under a virtual blackout. 
                         No one will confirm or deny a thing.
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         Well this is too bizarre. The only other 
                         Stargate on the planet gets spirited 
                         away and it's business as usual.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         There's nothing usual about it, Captain. 
                         Someone's clamped down on the communication 
                         channels.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         What of the Touchstone?

               
                                     SAM
                         Well sometime while we were gone, my 
                         instruments readings dropped to zero.
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         So either they've stopped using it or 
                         they've found a way to shield it from 
                         detection.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         Well the weather anomalies have abated 
                         on Earth.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         They probably realized experimenting 
                         with it was causing too many problems 
                         or attracting un-necessary attention.
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         Exactly, Now if we can't track the Touchstone, 
                         there may still be a way to track the 
                         second gate on Earth.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Oh Sure! Let's just put out an APB for 
                         a huge honkin two story metal ring with 
                         39 little pictures all nicely engraved 
                         on it.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         Actually, I had another thought.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Go ahead, Captain.

               
                                     SAM
                         We use our gate to go to Madrona then 
                         do a quick180 and return through the 
                         second gate here on Earth.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Captain Carter, If one were to input 
                         the Earth's co-ordinates on the Madrona 
                         dialing device he would be sent back 
                         to the gate on this facility.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         You would. Unless you intentially overpower 
                         the gate.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Of course, the way the wormhole arced 
                         to send the two of you to the other 
                         gate. We just have to duplicate those 
                         conditions.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         As you may recall, it was a minor miracle 
                         that either of you survived that incident.
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         What if we used the MALP robot?

               
                                     SAM
                         Perfect. The GPS could give us an exact 
                         position as soon as the MALP made it 
                         through.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Someone would have to accompany it to 
                         Madrona then put in the correct address 
                         on the dialing device.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         I would be that person.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         I'll go too.

               
                                     SAM
                         You'll also need to bring the necessary 
                         equipment to modulate the power on the 
                         gate.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Let's do it.

               
               
               
               Jack and Daniel arrive on Madrona during a blizzard

               
               
               
                                     SAM
                         They've arrived through the Madrona 
                         gate, sir.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Here we are transporting our people 
                         across the galaxy to find something 
                         we've lost in our own backyard. Incredible.
 
                         
               
               
               
               The Princess and Roham come out to meet them

               
               
               
                                     PRINCESS
                         They're back uncle Roham.

               
                                     ROHAM
                         Did they bring the Touchstone?

               
                                     JACK
                         Not yet. We're working on it.

               
                                     ROHAM
                         Don't you understand. Look around you. 
                         The rivers have turned to ice. Before 
                         long all our croplands will be disseminated.
 
                         
               
                                     PRINCESS
                         Why did you return?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         We have to set this machine from here 
                         to track the Touchstone.
 
               
                                     ROHAM
                         You're lying!

               
                                     JACK
                         We're not lying.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Look, we really are trying to help.
 
                         
               
                                     ROHAM
                         Come now

               
               
               
               The machine is attached to the gate and Daniel dials out

               
               
               
                                     SAM
                         They should be inputting the last address 
                         now.
 
               
               
               
               Daniel activates the gate. The chevrons light up in the gateroom 
               on Earth
 
               
               
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Status, Captain.

               
                                     SAM
                         It's through, sir. It's on Earth.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Well, where the hell is it?

               
                                     SAM
                         Switching over to terrestrial video 
                         signal. We have visual, but it's dark.
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Can you make out anything?

               
                                     SAM
                         No, not much. Looks like there's somebody 
                         moving.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Can you ascertain its location?

               
                                     SAM
                         I'm resetting the MALP global positioning 
                         system to Telsat 13. Attempting to triangulate.
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         What the hell happened?

               
                                     SAM
                         They blew it away, sir.

               
               
               
               Control Room

               
               
               
                                     JACK
                         Carter?

               
                                     SAM
                         The link is gone. They destroyed the 
                         MALP.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Did you get the co-ordinates?

               
                                     SAM
                         Didn't have time for a full triangulation, 
                         but we've got it narrowed down.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         How far down?

               
                                     SAM
                         Well as far as we can tell, it's in 
                         Southern Utah.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Oh well, Southern Utah.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Well at least that's a start.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         I have one last marker I can call. Let 
                         me see what I can find out.
 
               
               There is a man sitting on a bench as General Hammond, dressed 
               in casual clothes sits next to him.
 
               
                                     WHITLOW
                         Hello General.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Whitlow.

               
                                     WHITLOW
                         Shall we walk.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         As I told you on the phone. I don't 
                         really have time for all this cloak 
                         and dagger stuff. I need to know.
 
                         
               
                                     WHITLOW
                         Please walk. It makes it harder for 
                         the parabolic.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Glad to see the paranoia quotient is 
                         as high as ever.
 
               
                                     WHITLOW
                         It's dangerous times George. You never 
                         know who's listening. What do you need 
                         to know?
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Two things. Who's got the Stargate? 
                         Who's got the weather device?
 
               
                                     WHITLOW
                         I wish I had that info.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         I don't have time for games, Whitlow.
 
                         
               
                                     WHITLOW
                         George, really, as much as I'd love 
                         to clear our little IOU, I don't know 
                         anything. I don't even know what you're 
                         talking about in regards to a weather 
                         device, but are you telling me the Stargate 
                         is missing?
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         The second one, yes.

               
                                     WHITLOW
                         That doesn't sound like a good thing.
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Come on Whitlow, you've got your fingers 
                         in every agency. You haven't heard anything. 
                         Military intelligence? NSA? CIA?
 
               
                                     WHITLOW
                         George, if it were military, I'd know 
                         about it. It's got to be civilian.
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Anything strange going on at Nellis?
 
                         
               
                                     WHITLOW
                         There's always something going on at 
                         Nellis, and most of the time it's strange. 
                         But nothing about a Stargate or a weather 
                         thingy. Hey! Does this have something 
                         to do with all the weird weather lately?
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         How about Southern Utah? Heard about 
                         anything going on there?
 
               
                                     WHITLOW
                         Southern Utah? Yeah, as a matter of 
                         fact. A requisition just crossed my 
                         desk requesting a C-5 for a classified 
                         pick-up at a NID landing site. It's 
                         in Utah.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         .No idea what it's for?

               
                                     WHITLOW
                         Not officially, but I don't have to 
                         tell you a C-5 is a big airplane. Big 
                         enough to hold a Stargate and transport 
                         it anywhere in the world.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Where's the strip?

               
                                     WHITLOW
                         Just south of the Black Mountains. About 
                         40 clicks west of Parowan.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Thank you, Whitlow

               
                                     WHITLOW
                         George. Does this mean we're even?
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         If it pans out, it does.

               
               
               
               Briefing Room

               
               
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Ok, here's the deal. This NID landing 
                         strip doesn't officially exist therefore 
                         I don't think there's a jurisdictional 
                         issue. But even if there is, that C5 
                         is Air Force property and it is our 
                         jurisdiction.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Can we go now, sir?

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         There's a chopper waiting up top. It 
                         will take you to Hill Air Force Base. 
                         From there you're on your own.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Thank You

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         One other thing, Colonel. We don't know 
                         if the people who took the gate and 
                         the Touchstone are friend or foe. Therefore 
                         under no condition are you to fire on 
                         them. Understood?
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Under no conditions fire.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         That's right.

               
                                     SAM
                         What if they fire on us, sir?

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Then you are to take cover. Do not return 
                         fire unless it's the only option remaining 
                         in order to defend yourselves.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         General. I don't think that's gonna...
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Those are my orders, Colonel. We're 
                         already going way out on a limb on this 
                         one. I don't want my people mortally 
                         wounding another American who may just 
                         be following orders. Understood?
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Yes, sir.

               
               
               
               The team are outside a hanger. Jack is looking through a miniature 
               periscope type device. They move along to a door. There is a 
               large crate inside and a couple of men. They go in
 
               
               
               
               
               
                                     JACK
                         Stand too, gentlemen. Keep those hands 
                         visible.
 
               
                                     NID MAN
                         Who the hell are you?

               
                                     JACK
                         No one's damn business! Step away from 
                         the crate.
 
               
               
               
               The gate activates, and the men make a run for it. One of them 
               tries to grab the box, which presumably holds the touchstone.
 
               
               
               
               
                                     JACK
                         Stop Don't do it.

               
               
               
               He fires a couple of shots. The man dives through the gate. Daniel 
               rushes to the back of a truck that is holding a DHD
 
               
               
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Aggh!

               
                                     JACK
                         What?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         I missed the address.

               
                                     SAM
                         At least we have this.

               
               
               
               The team go back to Madrona

               
               
               
                                     PRINCESS
                         They've come back uncle Roham! Just 
                         as I told you.
 
               
                                     ROHAM
                         Do they have the Touchstone?

               
                                     PRINCESS
                         They do.

               
               
               
               The touchstone is handed over. Rohan turns it and light is emitted. 
               They go into the temple and the touchstone is placed back in 
               the hand of the statue
 
               
               
               
                                     ROHAM
                         Thank You.

               
                                     JACK
                         You're very welcome.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         We hope the faith and trust between 
                         our two worlds have been restored.
 
                         
               
                                     PRINCESS
                         You have lived up to your promises. 
                         Let there always be peace between our 
                         worlds.
 
               
                                     ROHAM
                         We must remain vigilant, lest those 
                         that trespassed before come back to 
                         violate the sanctity of the Holy Touchstone.
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         Yeah, just make sure your guards are 
                         paying attention this time.
 
               
                                     ROHAM
                         Blessings be upon you.

               
               
               
               Briefing Room

               
               .

               
                                     SAM
                         And everything should be back to normal 
                         within a few weeks both here and Madrona.
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         That's simply why we think they'll be 
                         happy we return through the gate to 
                         do the studies we had hoped to do.
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         Any ideas what happened, sir?

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         To be honest, it's still something of 
                         a shell game. The investigation has 
                         been taken out of my hands.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         By whom?

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         I'm still trying to find that out.
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         So we may never know who those men were 
                         who went through the gate.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Not unless you can tell me where they 
                         went. Well, until then all SG units 
                         are to be on watch for four NID guys 
                         wandering around on other planets.
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         Great! So all this could happen again, 
                         huh?
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         No, Colonel! This time I was able to 
                         ensure that our Stargate will be the 
                         only one in use.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         Sir, The second Stargate is being retired?
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Yes, Only this time there will be a 
                         permanent iris welded over it and it 
                         will be placed under round-the-clock 
                         guard under the command of the SGC, 
                         my command.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         No lying and deceit, smoking mirrors?
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         You'll be there yourself. All of you 
                         will when they put it away for good.
 
                         
               
               
               
               An iris is being welded over the gate.

               
               
               
               
               
                                     JACK
                         This put you out of a job Maybourne?
 
                         
               
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Oh! You'd be surprised. Strange things 
                         happen in high places, Colonel.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Don't I know it.

               
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         People gets reassigned. So does property. 
                         Artifacts gets misplaced, orders change. 
                         Everyday a new day.
 
               
               
               
               Maybourne leaves

               
               THE END
               
               
               

Touchstone



Writers :   Sam Egan
Genres :   Sci-Fi  Action  Adventure


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