Control Room. General Hammond comes down the stairs to be met
by Technician Davis.
It's SG1 sir, they're under fire.
Colonel O'Neill, this is General Hammond.
Your report status?
We're pinned down. Carter was able to
dial the Gate. We're trying to get clear
to come through.
Open the iris.(Shots come through the
Gate) Evacuate the Gate room.Colonel
O'Neill, we're taking fire. Report.
Give them some more time.
SG1 comes through the Gate. Daniel comes through, followed by
Carter, Teal'c and O'Neill. They walk down the ramp straight
Hammond stand by the window. Carter and O'Neill sit by each other
and Daniel and Teal'c sit opposite.
So essentially we were ambushed on the
way back to the gate.
We almost didn't make it out.
If you delayed much longer you wouldn't
have. I was about to close the iris.
Well considering the SGC was taking
fire, kinda glad you waited as long
as you did Sir.
Strictly speaking if I'd followed procedure
you'd all be dead right now.
Well Sir every time we go through the
stargate it's a calculated risk.
I realise that Major. But frankly I'm
getting tired of sending good people
out there never knowing if they're going
to come back. I've had enough.
I'm sorry Sir, what are you saying?
I wanted you all to be the first to
know. Effective immediately I'm stepping
down as commander of the SGC.
Hammond is packing up with a female NCO when Jack comes in.
Come to see me off Colonel?
Nope.Come to talk you out of this.
Thank you. You can finish later.
Yes sir (She leaves)
Jack, weren't you there for my goodbye
Yes I was. Of course. You know that.
And it was lovely General but do you
really think I'd believe you're quitting
because we ran into a little trouble
out there? Hell, we've been presumed
I don't have to explain myself to you
No Sir you don't, you're my commanding
officer. But could you throw me a bone???
Jack this has been a long time coming.
I'm asking you to respect my decision
and accept it. When I took over this
command the stargate was inactive. This
was suppposed to be a quick and easy
assignment on my way to retirement.
General. Need I remind you I was retired.
Somethings are worth changing your plans
I've had enough.
Hammond picks up a box and walks out to the Briefing room where
Carter, Daniel and Teal'c are waiting.
Let me just say it's been a pleasure
serving with all of you.
We'll miss you Sir.
Won't be the same without you Sir
On Chulak, when a great warrior retires
from the field of battle it is custom
to sing a song of lament. Fortunately
we are not on Chulak.
Hammond Take care of yourselves.
Everyone is lined up to meet the new general. SG1 are on the
front row. O'Neill is on the far left, Carter, Daniel then Teal'c.
So what do we know about this new guy?
Let's hope he's not some sort of spit
polish, brass tacks..
I was building up to that.
The new General walks in.
My name is Major General Bauer. I'll
be your new commanding officer. I'd
just like to say I look forward to working
with all of you. Thank you.
He walks out.
Squadron at ease. Looks at Carter. Always
leave 'em wanting more.
Daniel and Carter walk down a corridor towards her lab.
I don't know I guess I was expecting
someone a little more inspiring.
I guess when you spend that much time
at the Pentagon it's easy to become
General Bauer is in Sam's lab.
Or a diplomat. Depends on where your
At ease Major Carter. At ease. I've
been going over your research into naquada
reactors. Very impressive.
Well large scale application is mostly
theoretical right now but the mineral
does show incredible potential as an
alternative power source.
It also demonstrates some interesting
properties when used in conjunction
with nuclear ordinance.
It does tend to increase the explosive
effect, yes Sir.
The Pentagon feels that the Stargate
project, while exposing Earth to considerable
danger has yet to produce any practical
returns. Now we've been working on a
device designed specifically to take
advantage of this Naquada enhancing
effect. I'd like you to take part in
What about my duties on SG1?
You've been reassigned.
As have you Doctor Jackson. An archaeologist
has no place on a front line unit. From
now on you'll work as a consultant going
off world when required.
The decision has been made Major. Now
I suggest you get to work.
General Bauer's Office.
Jack walks up and knocks once, right on the name plate.
Come. Colonel O'Neill.
Thank you Captain. I've just been going
through your mission reports.
They're satisfactory although in the
future you might want to include bullet
point summaries. Makes for an easier
Bullet point summaries.
Is there a problem with that?
General I realise the format of my reports
is of vital importance and if you'd
like, some day we can get together and
talk about fonts and margins but right
now I like to discuss the fact you're
dismantling my team without discussion.
General Hammond might have allowed you
a certain latitude in his presence but
you'd do well to watch your tone with
You know General Hammond kept us together
for a reason. The fact is if it wasn't
for SG1 you'd be sitting there with
a snake in your head instead of your
head up your ass.
Colonel! No one around here is above
reproach. If it continues your long
history of insorbordination will come
to a swift and completely unspectacular
end under my command, that I can assure
you. Now I suggest you take some time,
think things over, decide if you still
want to be a part of this operation.
General Hammond's house
His grandchildren are playing outside when Jack comes up.They
greet him and inaudible talking along the lines of 'Jack' and
Hello Jack. Come on in.
General. See your keeping busy.
Have a seat. What are you doing here?
Ahh little vacation.
Didn't you just take some time off?
Yeah, but this one wasn't by choice.
Not everyone is going to be as patient
with you as I was.
That's why I'm here sir.
Bit of a rough adjustment?
Oh no no everythings fine. Sg1's been
dismantled. Daniel's got a desk job,
Teal'c with SG3 and Carter's working
on some kind of doomsday machine. You
know, same old same old.
Are you serious?
For once yes.
It's just going to take some time to
get used to the man. I'm sure he's very
Oh come on General. I've never met anyone
who liked doing what they do more than
you. You were good at it. Great. You'll
never convince me you just got fed up.
I'll never buy that.
I'm sorry it's out of my hands Jack.
What's that mean?
I can't discuss it.
You don't understand.
I won't unless you explain it to me.
Two weeks ago I was contacted by a representative
of the NID. He suggested I should become
more aggressive in my policies.
They have no jurisdiction over you.
They wanted me to help them gain access
to off world technology which they're
unable to do since we shut down their
little side operation.
You told them to go to hell
Of course. then he told me if I didn't
co operate there would be consequences.
The next day, two men in plain clothes
in a black un marked car picked up my
grand daughters from school.
I don't believe it.
They took them for a little ride and
brought them home. The girls were fine
but I got the message. We're talking
about an organisation as powerful as
the CIA. These people are above the
law. I can't protect my family 24 hours
a day. I had no choice.
Of course not.
Don't get yourself into trouble over
You know me Sir.
Jack goes to Maybourne's cell. He gets up.
Jack O'Neill. What a pleasant surprise.
Base -Observation room
At ease. How are things progressing
Well the hardware's almost ready. But
the problem is the ratio of Naquada
to lithium hydride. According to my
calculations we don't have enough weapons
grade material to complete the bomb.
Then we'll just have to get some more.
Sir we're talking about refined Naquada.
It's extremely rare.
Not on P3S 452
Sir that planet is a Goa'uld stronghold
I realise that. I'm confident a well
armed strike force can get the job done.
Jack sits opposite Maybourne at a table.
Nice of you to come by. I don't get
a lot of visitors.
I find that hard to believe.
In my line of work people don't exactly
stick by you through thick and thin.
Most of my associates are busy trying
to forget they ever knew me.
Your former associates are why I'm here.
They're causing some problems for a
friend of mine.
What do you know?
Why should I tell you?
I can help you.
I've been convicted of treason. What
can you do?
Air Force One and I go way back.
I suppose I'll have to trust you.
I wasn't gonna say it.
It's really very simple. When you shut
down the off world operation with the
second gate you cut off the NID's access
to off world technology.
That's when they sent you to work for
The Pentagon forced the Russians to
deep six their gate in exchange for
continued sharing of information and
We have the only operational strargate.
Exactly. The NID thinks Hammond and
the policies that govern the SGC are
So this Bauer guy is part of it?
Truth is I don't know. I've been out
of the loop for a while but it's possible
he's just a patsy unwittingly manouevered
into positon because he's got the right
All sounds so cloak and daggery.
You're a special ops Colonel, Jack.
why do you always pretend to smell like
Ehh! I never threatened a 2 star general
by kidnapping his grandkids.
Don't pretend to be so naive either.
How do I get him to back off?
You really want to play in my sandbox
Tell me what I have to do.
Quid pro quo Jack.
You're facing the death penalty. The
best I can do is put in a good word,
recommend they commute your sentence
You'll have to do a lot better than
that. I can get you the information
you need, names, proof of certain influential
persons involvement with the NID.
My word is useless. You want hard evidence
you're gonna have to get me out of here
for a few days.
Are you nuts? Do you know how many strings
I'd have to pull to make that happen?
One big one. I know you're prepared
to do it Jack, you wouldn't be here
otherwise. (Pause) I won't bother to
say you can trust me.
Base- Control Room
Receiving transmission Sir. It's SG3's
Open the iris.
Bauer goes down to the Gate room to meet the team on the ramp.
There's only Teal'c and two others .
Where's Major Waite.
We encountered heavy resistance. Lieutenant
Morrison was providing cover fire...
What about the Naquada? (Teal'c looks
at him increduously)
I believe I secured a sufficient amount.
Excellent. You can give me your full
We've stopped the bleeding. Let's get
him to the infirmary.
Appartment Block- Empty room with just a table and computer
Have you heard of IKEA???
You wanta feel priviliged Jack. No one,
not even the NID knows about this place.
Jack picks up one the many letters on the floor.
Now you know one of a hundred names
I go by. (He goes to the fridge and
pulls out a disk)
I see you're on that famous beer and
mustard diet. How's that working out
Maybourne offers him a beer.
If anyone tries to boot the computer
up without this disk the whole thing
What are you doing?
Accessing NID files on the internet.
On the internet?
The organisation is made up of cells.
They communicate with each other by
accessing bulletin boards online. Information
is deposited on any number of firewall
protected floating servers and accessed
using decoding software and passwords.
Yadda yadda. Blah blah. Why'd we have
to come here for this?
Because the decoding software happens
to be on this computer. They've deactivated
Now there's a shocker.
I'll try to hack in through the back
The naquada we got from P3S 452 has
been successfully incorporated into
the device Sir.
I'm glad to hear it. Here's the test
He hands Sam a file.
This planet supports plant and animal
Yes. But the aerial survey shows no
sign of habitation within a fifty mile
radius of the Gate.
That may not be good enough. I'll need
some time to run some simulations. Sir,
we've never done anyhting like this
before and I'm not entirely sure how
destructive this device will be.
Major, the whole point of the experiment
is to determine how destructive the
device will be. Request denied.
Proceed with the preparations.
Maybourne is at the computer, Jack is at the window.
Jack? Once you've got the information
that links the key names to the NID
what are you gonna do with it?
What do you think?
I think you're gonna turn it over to
the Pentagon and hope the proper chain
of command leads to justice.
Are you trynna say something to me Harry?
You can't take down the whole NID and
they'll kill you for trying.
That wouldn't be very nice.
But you might be able to hold the incriminating
evidence over them and get Hammond reinstated.
So I should sit on this?
It's your play. (His password is rejected
Jack sees black cars pull up outside.
Thought you said nobody knew about this
They've probably been tracing me since
I went online.
You got a way out of here?
Gimme a second.
What are you doing?
Burning the hard drive.
Several armed men burst in and look round. They find a secret
door. Maybourne walks across the street in front of another of
the men, he gets out of the car and Jack knocks him out.
He tries to pick up the gun.
And a nice try to you.
They steal the car and drive off.
Carter and Siler are preparing the bomb.
We're ready Sir.
First observation MALP is in position.
Prepare to send the bomb through.
Seal it up.
Hot Dog stand
Jack is on the phone while Maybourne gets a hot dog. Daniel is
in his lab.
Yeah Daniel. How are things at camp?
Not good. General Bauer's testing his
naquada bomb. he's taking shortcuts
which Sam thinks could be disastrous.
Well Maybourne claims he doesn't know
if Bauers in with NID or just a gung
Well either way he's dangerous.
Well hang in there, do what you can.
I'll check back. (Puts the phone down)
You want one? (gestures to the hot dog)
No, you know there's still something
about you that puts me off my food.
Maybourne; I know you've got a strong stomach Jack I've read
Now what does that have to do with anything?
You wanna help General Hammond, you're
gonna have to get you're hands dirty.
I need to know you're gonna see this
Under no other circumstances would I
sit here and watch you eat.
Yeah, well things are about to get a
lot more dicey. They're on to us, our
only chance now is a more direct approach.
We have to connect someone with significant
influence to the online websites. The
only way to do that now is straight
through one of the high profile associates.
Who are we talking about here?
An old friend.
Fifteen minutes to target location.
Daniel rushes in.
We have to stop the test.
Why is that Doctor?
The aerial survey shows evidence of
an old goa'uld mining operation, now
even though it's probably been shut
down for several thousand years there
could still be significant amounts of
Naquada present on that planet.
My soil samples indicate only minute
The geological survey I read said there
We're not stopping the test.
I don't think you realise the implications
of this... Or maybe you do.
Are you making an accusation Major?
You knew all along didn't you? You were
hoping for a chain reaction with the
Naquada in the soil. Sir, that entire
planet could be destroyed.
That possibility has been considered.
Most worlds occupied by the goa'uld
have a high incidence of Naquada. This
could be a very effective weapon against
There's only one problem sir. When that
bomb goes off we'll still be connected
to that planet by an active stargate
and we've seen radiation, gravitational
effects even time distortions translated
back through an outgoing wormhole.
According to my intelligence we should
be able to get just enough information
before the stargate is destroyeed and
the wormhole disconected.
Who provided this intelligence?
That is not your concern.
Sir we've seen the Stargate survive
a direct hit from a meteorite. The truth
is we have no way of knowing what will
A risk assessment has been made and
deemed acceptable. End of discussion.
Senator Kinsey's House
How long you known the guy?
We go way back.
Jack and Maybourne walk up to the door.
Looks like a party.
Would you please tell the Senator, Colonel
Maybourne and Colonel O'Neill would
like to see him.
He has guests.
Tell him he has two more.
Kinsey comes to the door.
What the hell are you doing here?
My invitation must have got lost in
This is not a good time.
Who is it dear?
A couple of old friends.
Afternoon ma'am. I'm Mr Starsky and
this is Hutch.
Come in Come in. We're just having a
little get together.
The dog runs over to Jack.(It's RDA's dog)
He seems to like you Mr Starsky?
Birds of feather, ma'am.
Dear, Starsky and Hutch is an old TV
Oh so you're actors then?
Maybourne and Jack exchange looks.
Maybe we'd better go up to my study.
This won't take long.
The weapon is in position.
Bauer detonates the weapon and the bomb explodes coming towards
the Gate. The camera goes off.
We've lost transmission.
The observation MALP was destroyed.
The wormhole did not disconnect.
Sir I'm picking up increasing levels
of radiation in the gateroom.
They're Gamma rays, ultra high frequency.
Shut down the gate.
No response. Radiation levels approaching
Close the iris.
Radiation levels decreasing.
Sir if that iris succumbs to the heat
and loses integrity there will be no
way to stop the radiation from bombarding
the base. We have to evacuate.
We were positive the gate would be destroyed.
Sir we have act now. Bauer nods. Attention
all personnel by order of General Bauer
commence immediate evacuation of the
base. Repeat immediate evacuation This
is not a drill.
We can monitor the gate room from a security station on Level
What's going to happen Major.
I have no way of knowing Sir.
Guess your risk assessment didn't cover
Gentlemen, I have the undersecretary
of State, the governor of Maryland and
half the United States congress waiting
for me in my living room so lets make
this quick. What in god's name could
I possibly do for you.
We need some information on the NID.
Snaky governement agency involved in
all sorts of illegal covert operations
like blackmailing Air Force Generals.
You are making less and less sense to
me as the seconds are passing away,
along with my patience.
Don't tell me you're not aware of all
the money they funneled into your re
If you have a problem with my campaign
finances why don't you take it up with
the Federal Elections Commission
That's just the tip of the iceberg.
And aren't you supposed to be in a federal
Colonel O'Neill graciously asked to
President to help me dig up some information
about my former associates.
And you trust this man?
I'm sorry gentlemen but this conversation
has lost all amusement for me. I have
a party to get back to.
We're not going anywhere.
I'm not leaving until I get what I came
Oh and what are you going to do?
Well I was thinking about shooting you.
Jack, what are you doing?
Getting a litle dirty for you Maybourne?
Bringing the gate room online. The iris
is holding but it's starting to heat
How long before it loses integrity.
I'm not sure. It's possible that we
turned that planet into a giant ball
of super heated plasma. It could power
the gate for months.
We'll have to set the auto destruct.
The gate on the other side survived
the explosion, would not ours aswell?
But at least it would be buried under
a million tonnes of rock.
That wouldn't stop it from pumping out
radiation. Eventually the heat is going
to melt through that iris.
Then what do we do Major?
There is a chance the gate will shut
down on its own.
The 38 minute window.
There's no way to know for sure sir,
these are untested circumstances.
How long has the gate been open?
Coming up on 21 minutes.
Colonel, have you completely taken leave
of your senses?
I've been hanging round Maybourne, what
does that say?
How dare you come into my house waving
Not waving. Pointing. LOL. Sit down.
I hope you realise Colonel you are making
the biggest mistake of your life. When
this is over I promise you'll regret
the day we ever met.
Oh that day has come and gone, Senator.
If you don't care about you're own career
maybe you should think about your friends.
What's that mean?
You mess with me, Dr Jackson will be
out of the SGC permanently, Major Carter
will be scrubbing toilets in some Air
Force weather station in Alaska and
as for the alien Teal'c, well lets just
say I know some bio engineers in the
department of defence who would love
to get their hands on his symbiote.
Okay I'm in. I need the password.
I'll give you a choice, white meat or
You wouldn't dare.
It's usually something familiar, wifes
I have a wife, three children, seven
grandchildren and various nieces and
nephews. Good Luck.
Jack looks at a photo of Kinsey, wife and dog.
That's it we're in. I'm downloading
now. Kinseys online activities connect
him to NID actions over the last year
and a half including the secret operation
I ran out of Area 51, the involvement
with the Russians and the threats to
You're a piece of work Kinsey.Try to
shut down the SGC, you make this big
speech about how much you hate secret
organisations and then you jump in bed
with the NID. What is that?
Oh I still think the gate is a Pandoras
box and I still think it should be buried
forever but as long it's open, and as
long as its a threat to this planet
then I'm damn well gonna make sure its
used the way it should be used. To defend
Oh blow the rhetoric up somebody else's
nose. You're nothing but a power hungry
The only currency in this town is power.
So if I have to shake hands with the
devil to do the Lord's work then so
You self righteous son of a bitch. Where
do you get off
Judge not lest ye be judged. I read
the mission reports that come out of
that mountain, you play with the fate
of this planet on a daily basis.
I'm doing the job I was asked to do.
I doubt very much your constituents
could say the same about you.
Oh please, given the chance half of
all American citizens won't even vote
and the half that do vote are too stupid
to know what they're doing.
Which explains how you got elected.
In order to expose me you're going to
have to compromise the secrecy of the
SGC. Are you really willing to do that
What are you going to do? Take down
the whole NID?
Nope. Here's the deal. Get them to reinstate
Hammond or this disk goes to the press.
It'll never see the light of day.
Well I really don't think you'll see
the light of day if your secret friends
find out you're the weak link.
You learned to play hard ball pretty
fast didn't you Colonel?
I had a good teacher.
Maybourne sees the black cars approaching.
Approaching 38 minutes
Who made the call? Your wife?
Give me the disk and you might just
get out of here alive.
They won't come in here with the group
he's got downstairs.
But we still gotta get out.
The time passes 38 minutes.
It's still open.
Well there's no point staying here.
I'll inform the President from the surface.
Yes Sir, I'm sure it'll be much safer
up there. (Sam gets up to go and Daniel
follows. Teal'c is just about to go
The gate shut itself off.
Bauer; Are you sure?
For what it's worth Major, I'm sorry.
Great party Mrs K Thank you.
Outside are a number of journalists.
Senator Kinsey, we have heard you are
plannng to run for the White House.
Are you declaring your candidacy?
I am but this is really not how I intended
this to come out.
So it's true then Senator?
Well now that you're all here we've
often talked about my goals. Do I think
I would make a good President? You're
damn right I would. You know how I feel
about things, you know how hard I've
worked. The potential I see in the people
of this great nation and the way so
many of it's leaders have let them down.
It's enough to bring tears to your eyes.
The solution to the problems by our
governemt are so simple. Listen to the
Jack come in
General, it's good to have you back.
Thank you. I hear I missed a bit of
excitement while I was gone.
You'll have to ask Carter about that
I'm looking forward to the debriefing.
As am I.
Jack, what I owe you for this.
Continued latitude, patience and understanding.
So just be yourself Sir.
The phone rings.
Hammond. It's for you.
Maybourne. Where are you?
Well not in jail if that's what you
think. I emailed myself a copy of the
incriminating evidence when I saved
it to disk for you.
Kinsey felt obligated to get me transferred
to a nicer facility while I await my
execution. Made things simple after
Why didn't you try to escape when you
were with me?
Oh come on Jack, you trusted me I didn't
want you to look bad for the President.
Besides you're too good to have let
What are you going to do now?
Well short term I think I'll have a
few margeritas, after that who knows?
Thanks for all your help.
Jack puts the phone down.
General, about what you owe me?
Anything I can do.
Well nothing right now but one day I
may ask you to buy back my soul.