Robert C. Cooper
BAíALíS PLANET. Baíal walks into the throneroom to face Anubis,
who is sitting on the throne.
You have failed me.
Weíve known for some time that the Jaffa
cannot be trusted any more. The remaining
army of Kull warriors stand an excellent
chance of retaking Dakara but ...
(Anubis holds up a hand to stop him. We see that his face already
has lesions around his mouth.)
Worse than failure, worse than cowardice,
(he stands) you have betrayed me. Did
you not think I wouldnít know what you
had done? How can you still underestimate
Your methods were ultimately unnecessary
- not when there was another way of
defeating the Replicators.
I will spare your life for the moment,
only so that you may witness the fruits
of your labours. First, I will retake
Dakara; then, thanks to the modifications
you have made to the Stargate, I will
destroy every living thing in this galaxy
- including you - all at once.
I do not understand. You could have
modified the Stargate yourself.
You have no way of knowing what is necessary
and what is not in the grand design.
Whose grand design?
SGC. BRIEFING ROOM. Sam comes up the stairs from the Control
Room. She looks into Jackís office and sees him talking with
a woman in her thirties. Sam waits patiently in the Briefing
Room until Jack and the woman have finished their conversation
and he has shown her out of the door into the corridor. He closes
the door and, as he turns to go back to his desk, he sees Sam
outside and beckons her in. She walks into the office.
Sorry, sir. I saw you were with someone
- I didnít want to interrupt.
Who was that?
Um, Kerry Johnson, CIA.
Iíve heard the name. Oh, yeah, she was
heading up the investigation into, uh,
Goaíuld still at large after the incident
with The Trust.
Sir, I wanted to talk to you about ...
We havenít heard from him in a week.
Doesnít mean anything.
Sir, we know he was captured by Replicators.
Chances are he was on board a Replicator
ship when it disintegrated.
All we know for sure is that heís missing.
Sooner or later ...
Forget it! Iím not falliní for it this
ďFalling for itĒ?
Yeah! How many times have you thought
he was gone, and then he shows up -
in one form or another. Iím sorry, but
weíre not having a memorial service
for someone who is not dead. (He turns
his head and calls out to the room.)
You hear that?! Iím not buyiní it! (He
and Sam look around the room for a few
seconds, then Jack turns to look at
Sam again.) What? Heís just waitiní
for us to say a bunch of nice things
about him. Next thing you know, heíll
come waltziní through that door, (he
gestures to the closed door) like, right
now. (He and Sam look hopefully at the
door for several seconds but nothing
happens.) Waltzing ... now.
We see a pair of legs walking towards a door. The owner of the
legs pushes the door open and a bell attached above the door
dings. We then see that itís Daniel and that he has walked into
a diner. Various customers are sitting in the booths and at the
counter. Waiters are clearing tables and serving coffee. A sign
near the door says, ďPlease seat yourselfĒ. Daniel looks around,
puzzled, then walks slowly to one of the empty booths and sits
down. A waitress walks over.
So - what can I get for you?
(Daniel looks up at her. Itís Oma, dressed in a waitressí outfit.
DAKARA. In the temple grounds just outside the weapons chamber,
a large group of Jaffa have assembled. Standing facing them are
Tealíc and Braítac wearing their Jaffa uniforms. Tolok stands
in front of them, facing them and holding a wooden staff.
Brothers Braítac of Chulak, and Tealíc
of the Tauíri. For your enduring courage
and vision, for the strength of will
that has brought us to freedom from
the Goaíuld, a future we have yet to
even comprehend, but one that will be
determined by our own unfettered will,
I hereby bestow upon you the highest
honour any Jaffa can know. (He touches
his staff onto both of Braítacís shoulders,
then onto Tealícís.) From this day forward,
you shall both be known as blood kin
to all Jaffa!
(All the Jaffa cheer, punching their fists into the air. Tolok
holds up his arm for silence, then kneels before Tealíc and Braítac
and bows his head. All the other Jaffa follow suit. Braítac and
Tealíc look at each other, then Braítac steps forward and takes
Tolokís arm, drawing him to his feet.)
Brothers! (He gestures to the other
Jaffa to rise.) From this day forward,
no Jaffa shall bow before anyone - and
never again before a false god.
(Tolok looks at Tealíc, who nods to him. Tolok turns to the Jaffa
and gestures grandly with his staff.)
Hail, brother Braítac! (The Jaffa cheer.)
Hail, brother Tealíc! (Tealíc and Braítac
give the Jaffa salute (right fist on
heart). A Jaffa sounds a large, ornate
horn. The Jaffa continue to cheer. Tealíc
and Braítac, their fists still on their
hearts, turn and begin to walk out of
Be proud, Tealíc. Today we are free.
This day is not yet over, brother.
(As they walk up the steps of the temple, the Jaffa follow, still
cheering and punching the air. Tealíc and Braítac reach the top
of the steps and see the vast amphitheatre outside, which is
filled with hundreds, possibly thousands, of cheering Jaffa.)
Then I shall be proud for you - and
(They smile at each other and walk out to greet the cheering
throng. Death gliders fly over the crowd in salute.)
SGC. Sam is waiting nervously in a corridor by an elevator. The
elevator arrives and the doors open. Inside are Pete Shanahan
and an airman.
Hi! Thank you, Airman.
(As the Airman walks away, Pete kisses Sam on the cheek.)
So, this is exciting! Whatís the surprise?
Youíll see. (They start to walk along
Do I get to go through the Stargate?
I mean, what planet are we going to?!
You donít get to go through the Stargate!
OK - Iím a little disappointed. Still,
full security clearance, an all-access
pass to SGC? This must be big.
Oh, itís big!
(They reach a door to VIP quarters. Sam knocks and then opens
the door. Jacob is sitting inside. He stands as Sam and Pete
Pete Shanahan - Jacob Carter. Dad, this
Not quite yet. You have to actually
marry my daughter before you can call
I was just ... I meant, duh, (he babbles
incoherently for a moment, then laughs,
embarrassed) stammer, stammer! Itís
an honour to meet you, sir, really.
(He steps forward and shakes Jacobís
hand, then turns to Sam.) Why didnít
you tell me?
I didnít want you to be nervous.
D... would I, I wouldnít, I, (he turns
to Jacob) Iíve been dying to meet you.
I think it was Sam that was nervous.
(He smiles at Sam, who grimaces.)
How did not telling me help?
(Thereís a long awkward pause as everyone smiles nervously at
each other. Finally Pete grins.)
This is great! Youíve really got one
of those things in your head?
(Samís smile drops.)
If, by ďone of those thingsĒ, you mean
a two thousand year old TokíRa symbiont,
Seriously?! Go on! (He laughs.) That
has gotta freak you right out sometimes!
(Jacob looks at Sam as if to say, ďAre you sure you want to marry
this?!Ē Sam smiles nervously back at him.)
DINER. Oma is still standing at Danielís booth with her notepad
ready to take his order. A large man in his sixties is sitting
at the counter. He turns and calls out to Oma.
Hey! What do I have to do to get some
more coffee around here?
Find your enlightenment. (She turns
back to Daniel. He stares at her for
a moment, then looks at the table.)
We donít need them here - just order
what youíd like.
OK, Iíll have the truth, with a side
order of clarity, please.
The Replicator version of Sam was in
your head trying to access the knowledge
buried in your subconscious, but you
gained control of her instead. She killed
you to stop you. Thatís where I stepped
in. Howís that?
Well, we aim to please. The customer
comes first, you know!
So Iím ascended again.
Not exactly. Sort of a ... stop along
the way. You have to make that choice
Bacon on the side?
No - I remember this place.
You should - it came from your mind.
My grandfather brought me here after
my parentsí funeral. I had waffles.
Waffles it is. (She turns to walk away.)
Wait. (She stops.) How do I know itís
really you this time? How do I know
this isnít some trick Replicator Samís
playing to stop me from controlling
How deep is the river if you cannot
see the bottom?
Deeper than the coffee in my cup, Iíll
tell you that!
Excuse me. (As she walks away, she calls
out her order to the cook.) Frank, I
need a nose boy in a blanket, two hen
fruit wrecked on a shingle with a mystery
in the alley, a warm mead with a mouldy
lid, and two checkerboards, alright?
(She tears off the order and pins it
over the counter.) Oh yeah, hold the
DAKARA. Tealíc is in the weapons chamber looking at the Ancient
console. Braítac comes in to join him.
We have dreamed of this day for so long,
fought so hard for it, and sacrificed
so much. Now that it is here ...
It is not here, brother.
The balance of power has shifted, Tealíc.
Our victory here at Dakara has turned
the tide. Jaffa everywhere are abandoning
the old ways, coming to see the Goaíuld
for the false gods they are.
We are foolish to rejoice in conquest
over the Goaíuld when they are not all
dead. Anubisí claim to be a god is false,
but his powers most certainly are not.
It is agreed. He must be dealt with.
But for once, there may be greater concerns
than the eradication of all the Goaíuld.
So consumed were we in attaining freedom
that we did not plan nearly enough for
its aftermath. The Jaffa have fought
with each other for so long that uniting
them as one may prove as difficult a
task as convincing them to free themselves
from the Goaíuld. Generations of war
and mistrust will not be healed overnight.
Indeed. If we do not organise quickly,
freedom will become anarchy.
The high priests are proposing a leadership
That is wise.
They wish both of us to sit on the Council.
(Tealíc nods.) You know that will take
you from the Tauíri. (Tealíc lowers
his head, bothered by this realisation.
Braítac puts his hand on Tealícís shoulder.)
Your purpose in joining them was to
one day free the Jaffa. Now that day
is upon us. You must not abandon your
people when we need you most.
Of that I am aware.
(Braítac pats his shoulder and starts to walk away, then turns
The Council will preside from the new
Jaffa homeworld where a great city is
to be erected - a haven for all those
who have chosen freedom ... here, on
the holy ground of Dakara.
DINER. Jim gets up from his seat at the counter, a newspaper
in his hand. He looks at Daniel sitting in the booth and walks
over to him.
Hey - I know you!
Yeah! The guy from the paper! Doctor
Daniel Jackson. (He puts his newspaper
down on Danielís table and points at
it. Daniel picks it up. The newspaper
is ďThe Ascended TimesĒ and the main
headline reads, ďJACKSON STILL UNDECIDED.Ē
A photograph of Daniel is underneath.
Daniel looks up at Jim.)
Itís OK, keep it - Iím done. (He walks
No problem! (He leaves the diner.)
the misspelling is really there!]; ďYoga
not the path to enlightenmentĒ; ďWraith
on way to AtlantisĒ and, at the bottom
of the page, ďAnubis plans to retake
DakaraĒ. The sub-headlines underneath
that heading read, ďExclusive information
on his quest to destroy all life in
the Milky Way galaxyĒ and ďHeís back
again and heís badder than ever.Ē)
SGC. COMMISSARY. Sam and Jacob are eating.
So, you gonna visit Mark and the kids
Is everything OK?
Iím just not very hungry.
Youíve been pretty quiet.
Itís been two hours since Pete left.
You havenít said a word.
I did so.
ďHe seems niceĒ?!
I believe thatís three words.
Iím gonna marry him.
I know. I just met him - what do you
want me to say? I know how happy he
makes you - thatís all that matters
Selmak really liked him.
Yeah - and heís a great judge of character.
Look, Sam, Iím tired. Itís been a long
day. I think Iím gonna turn in early.
Are you sure nothing else is wrong?
Yeah. Iíll see you in the morning. (He
gets up to leave.)
Goodnight. (She watches him walk away,
then looks concerned.)
JACKíS HOUSE. Jackís phone can be heard ringing. We switch from
an exterior view to Jackís bedroom. Heís asleep in bed, but sleepily
reaches down to the floor and scrabbles around for the phone
which is lying on the floor. He finally finds it, picks it up,
switches it on and holds it to his ear.
Sorry to wake you, sir. Tealícís back,
and it sounds like we have a problem.
I knew it. Alright - Iíll be there as
soon as I can. (He switches the phone
off and drops it onto the floor again.)
Crap! (He stares blearily for a moment,
then sits up in bed. Kerry Johnson is
in the other side of the bed and sleepily
What was that?
Trouble in Jaffaland. (Kerry groans.)
Gotta go. (She nods.) Iím sorry. (He
bends down and kisses her, then gets
out of bed.)
DINER. Daniel is reading the newspaper. Oma brings over a plate
of waffles and puts them on the table. Daniel shows her the paper,
indicating the article about Anubisí plans to take Dakara.
You know about this?
Youíre not gonna do anything about it?
You know I canít.
Well Iím certainly not just gonna sit
here and let this happen. (He stands
up, taking the newspaper with him, and
starts to walk away.)
You canít leave - youíre not ascended
yet. (Daniel stops and turns around
to face her.) You walk through that
door, youíre choosing the alternative.
Youíre saying Iíll be dead.
OK - ascend me.
It doesnít mean youíll be able to help
your friends. You know the rules.
Yes, but once Iím ascended I can choose
to take human form again, just like
Technically, yes, but you canít take
that paper with you. You wonít have
any of the knowledge that youíve gained
here - and good luck ever ascending
again. Iím certainly not going to help
you a third time.
So youíre saying I can know Anubis is
plotting to destroy all life in the
galaxy and all I can do about it is
stay here and contemplate my own enlightenment?
You can eat your waffles. (She walks
away to the kitchen. Daniel sighs, then
calls after her.)
No syrup?! (After a moment he walks
over to the counter and sits down beside
an old lady who is eating pancakes while
reading a book.) Hi, howís it going?
Iím, uh, Daniel Jackson. (He shows her
his photo in the newspaper. She doesnít
even look up from her book.) Sorry to
bother you - I just wanted to know if
I could borrow your syrup. (She turns
over the page of her book and continues
reading.) Although technically I know
itís not gonna be borrowing, because
Iím not actually gonna be giving back
what I use. (He grins at her, but she
still takes no notice. Daniel sighs.)
Enjoy your meal. (He picks up his newspaper,
leaves the counter and walks over to
one of the tables where three elderly
men are eating their meal. He puts his
paper down on the table and leans down
to them.) Hey, guys! Howís it going?
(They ignore him. He beats a tattoo
on his paper but they still take no
notice. He waves his hand in front of
the eyes of one of the men but still
gets no reaction. Oma walks over with
a jug of syrup.)
Theyíre not going to talk to you.
Why not? Who are they?
Others. Youíre not one of them yet.
You mean Ancients.
A couple of them.
What are they doing here?
Me too. I told you before - theyíre
always watching. (She hands him the
jug of syrup.) You wanted some motor
(Daniel takes the jug and she walks away.)
SGC. BRIEFING ROOM. Jack is sitting at the table with Sam, Jacob,
Tealíc and Braítac.
I still wish you guys had blown that
thing up when you had the chance.
We had to at least be sure that all
the Replicators really were eliminated.
And even though we apparently did get
rid of them all in this galaxy, there
may still be more elsewhere that could
be a threat again.
So, we wanted to try to figure out how
the device worked in case we ever needed
something like it again.
Great(!) Well, now the Jaffa have something
that can blow up the entire universe
with the push of a button.
The Jaffa will defend Dakara with their
You wanna explain to me why they donít
wanna wreck it?
The ruins at Dakara have become a symbol
Much more, the Jaffa believe that the
deviceís power helped free them by destroying
the Replicators. They also believe that
controlling this power will help ensure
their freedom in the future.
And get them virtually anything they
The Jaffa would never use it to that
Jack is right. No-one should have that
kind of power at their disposal.
(Samís cellphone rings. She gets it out of her pocket, cringing.)
Sorry - thought Iíd turned it off. (She
opens it and switches it off, then puts
it away, still cringing with embarrassment.)
So - weíre all in agreement? One way
or another, itís gotta go, correct?
If you are suggesting we destroy this
device against the wishes of the High
Council, I must point out that would
not be a good first step in relations
between the Tauíri and the newly formed
free Jaffa nation.
(Jack turns to Jacob.)
Why donít you do it? They already hate
To be honest, a plan may already be
in the works, but as you know, Selmak
and I arenít fully in the loop any longer.
(Walter comes into the room and stands at Jackís side.)
Mmm. (Walter clears his throat. Jack
looks up at him.) Yes?
Sorry to interrupt, sir. (He turns to
Sam.) Colonel, thereís a call for you.
Apparently itís urgent.
(As he leaves the room, Sam looks round at everyone and mouths,
ďSorryĒ before getting up and going over to the table at the
far end of the room. She picks up the phone there.)
(Back at the main table, the conversation continues.)
Tealíc and I have arranged another meeting
of the Jaffa Council.
Our hope is to continue strengthening
the bond between previously warring
Jaffa by focusing on our common enemy.
(Jack looks over to Sam as her phone conversation continues.)
Yeah, I know - itís just that itís not
a good time right now.
There are still many Goaíuld who remain
I know, Iím sorry. ... I donít know
- it could be an hour, it could be all
day. ... Yeah. ... OK. ... Yeah, me
too. Bye. (She hangs up and walks back
to the main table. Tealíc and Braítac
stand respectfully.) Sorry about that,
No, no. Just a, um, misunderstanding.
Hey, werenít you supposed to meet Pete
at the floristsí this morning?
(Sam shakes her head.)
No, Iím sure thatís what you said -
for the wedding.
I know. (She shakes her head minutely
Go ahead, Carter. Itís supposed to be
your day off anyway.
Itís OK, sir.
Well, Tealíc and Braítac are meeting
with the Jaffa - thereís nothiní to
do around here. Go pick flowers.
(As he walks away, Sam sighs and glares at her father. Jacob
DINER. Oma brings a pot of coffee over to Danielís booth.
Sure. (She pours him another mug of
coffee.) Can you sit a minute?
OK. (She sits down opposite him and
sighs in relief.) Oh - how am I supposed
to put it? Man, are my dogs tired!
How are your waffles?
Best I ever had. Can you tell me why
you stopped me from killing Anubis the
last time I was ascended?
Because if I didnít stop you, the Others
would have, and they wouldnít have been
as nice about it.
You mean they wouldnít have erased my
memory and left me naked on a planet?
That was your choice. (Daniel raises
his eyebrows at her. She smiles.) OK,
maybe not the naked part. But I didnít
totally erase your memory, even though
I was supposed to.
There - OK, why is it OK to break some
rules and not others?
(The bell over the entry door dings. Daniel looks round to see
Jim strolling in, whistling and carrying a newspaper. As he heads
towards the counter, Daniel turns back to Oma.)
Look, if you knew I had a problem following
the rules the last time, why offer me
(Oma watches Jim as he sits down at the counter, still whistling.
Finally she turns to Daniel again.)
Because I didnít wanna see you die without
at least giving you a second chance.
Look, I have trouble following the rules.
Iím not really supposed to help people
ascend. Youíre supposed to do it on
But you do it.
I walk the line. Believe me - I crossed
it a few times and paid for it dearly.
My point is, you just need to be willing
to put your prior human existence into
the proper context. Sorry - I gotta
get back to work. (She gets up, picks
up the coffee pot and walks back to
(Oma ignores him.)
COLORADO SPRINGS (presumably). Sam and Pete are driving along
in Peteís car. Sam is gazing out of the window, apparently lost
Chocolate or vanilla?
Iím sorry - what?
Chocolate or vanilla - the cake, just
in case you canít make the meeting with
Oh! Iím sorry. I really do wanna be
a part of this.
I hope so! Itís your wedding too.
I know! (They both smile.)
I realise this must be weird for you,
worrying about place settings when we
could be destroyed by aliens at any
Weíre not about to be destroyed by aliens,
are we?! (Sam looks at him and mouths,
ďNo.Ē) Cos you seem a bit distracted.
So - did your dad like me?
Of course! Why wouldnít he?
Tough guy to read.
You just have to get to know him.
How Ďbout ... Selmak?
Ah! He thought you were very charming.
For a human.
Well, generally speaking, thatís my
Good! Did I tell you I also have a surprise
No! What is it?
(Pete almost answers, then looks at her.)
Tricky! (She grins at him.) Youíll see.
SGC. JACKíS OFFICE. Jack is talking with Tealíc and Braítac.
The Council remains unwilling to destroy
the weapon for fear it will weaken the
resolve of the Jaffa to stand united
against the remaining Goaíuld.
You realise we have to consider that
thing a threat to our security?
The Council recognises the danger and
has decided to take action by aggressively
seeking out and killing Anubis. Once
that threat has been eliminated, they
will reassess the decision to destroy
Well, we donít even know if Anubis can
be killed yet, do we?
We must not suggest to the Jaffa that
he cannot be. At the very least, we
can eliminate the remainder of the forces
I believe this quest will unite the
remainder of the still-fractured armies
by giving them focus on a common goal.
Got anything to go on?
Many of the Kull warriors were killed
in battle with the Replicators, but
intelligence gathered indicates that
Anubis may be marshalling the remaining
Kull warriors on Tartarus.
A pre-emptive strike is being prepared.
DINER. Daniel, bored, is holding a sugar pourer over his mug
of coffee and pouring loads of sugar into it. He looks round
at the sound of Omaís voice. She is standing at the counter arguing
with Jim. Daniel canít hear what theyíre saying but sheís obviously
angry. Finally she walks away. Daniel picks up his coffee mug
and walks over to the counter where Jim is leaning back in his
seat staring at the ceiling, looking either tired or angry at
the conversation he has just had with Oma.
Hey! Daniel! Howís it going?
Do we know each other? I feel like I
Call me Jim. We ran into each other
last time you were ascended.
Ah. Nice to meet you ... again! (They
shake hands, then Daniel sits down on
the stool next to Jim.)
Still havenít made up your mind, huh?
Death - or everlasting enlightenment.
I donít really see the choice, myself.
Of course I donít wanna be dead - itís
just that, uh ... (He sighs.) Listen,
the reason I came over here was to ask
you - why are you talkiní to me?
(Jim looks puzzled for a moment, then realises what Daniel means
and gestures round the diner.)
Oh, you mean because these other snobs
wonít even look at you? Well, Iím different,
Really? Cos I kinda had the impression
that you two donít quite see eye to
What, that little ...? (He laughs.)
Oh, that was nothing. (He looks around
the diner again, then leans closer to
Daniel and talks quietly.) We both operate
somewhat outside the normal rules and
regulations. Sometimes we disagree on
how far outside we should go, thatís
Yeah. As long as these other guys donít
strike me down, I figure Iím OK.
See, I guess thatís what Iím tryiní
to figure out. I mean, I feel like if
I agree to ascend, Iím signing a contract
that I donít even know what it says.
Now, obviously I had a little trouble
with the fine print the last time.
You sure did!
You know about that?
Well, itís all out there. (He gestures
I just donít see how I can agree to
stand by and let Anubis destroy every
living thing in the entire galaxy.
I know. Thatís a tough one. (He slides
his new newspaper across the counter
to Daniel.) Speaking of which, have
you seen the latest? (Daniel opens the
new copy of The Ascended Times. The
main headline reads: ďSecret Plan Revealed.
Anubisí dastardly plot to regain Ancient
Weapon of DestructionĒ.) Heís a crafty
one. Really knows the ins and outs of
the rules. I give him three to one odds
to succeed. Wanna know the irony of
it all? That device was originally used
by the Ancients to create life in the
Milky Way ... well, recreate it after
the whole plague thing. No kidding.
Now it all gets undone with the push
of one button, leaving Anubis to recreate
things all over to his own liking. Thereís
a waste of a million-odd years of evolution,
huh? (He turns around to the customers
in the diner and calls out to them.)
I say someone should really do something
to stop him! (The customers take no
notice. Jim waves his hand dismissively
at them and turns back to Daniel.) But
no-one will. (He calls out to the kitchen.)
Can I get a coffee?
COLORADO SPRINGS. Pete pulls up outside a house with a ďFor SaleĒ
sign in the garden. Sam opens the car door and gets out with
her eyes shut.
Can I open them now?
Almost. (He leads her a few steps forward.)
OK. Now. (Sam opens her eyes and gazes
at the house.) What do you think?
Uh ... well ... uh ...
(Pete laughs in delight.)
Yeah! Isnít it great?! (They start to
walk towards the house, Sam gazing at
it in amazement.) Remember our first
night together? You described the house
you always wanted?
I canít believe this.
The kitchen isnít yellow, but we can
paint. Címon - Iíll show you. And youíre
not gonna believe the back yard! The
dogís gonna love it! (He heads towards
Dog? (She sighs to herself, not looking
DINER. Daniel is still sitting at the counter with Jim. Daniel
is reading the paper while Jim eats a piece of pie.
This is bad.
Yeah. And this pie is great, (he holds
up his empty mug) but thereís nothing
to wash it down with.
Is there anything you can do to stop
Anubis? I mean, you did say someone
should do something.
I did, didnít I? (He shrugs helplessly.)
Well, as far as what can be done, itís
Yeah, so Oma tells me.
Yeah, well I donít think sheís told
What does that mean?
Iím sayiní ... (He trails off.) Iíve
already said too much.
No, you havenít - in fact, youíve hardly
said anything at all.
(Jim looks nervously round at the other customers, then turns
You gave up eternal enlightenment -
all the knowledge and power of the universe.
(He looks round for a moment as Oma
takes some plates of food over to a
table, then turns back to Daniel.) Why
do you think you did that?
To fight for humanity any way I could.
Yes, very big of you. You rejected everything
Oma offered you, and now she just gives
you another chance, based on the goodness
of her heart?
Well, that is the point, isnít it? I
mean, she is ascended - she is good.
Sure, best intentions.
Do you know what happened between me
and Oma? Why did I choose to take human
You should ask Oma.
JACKíS HOUSE. Sam is sitting in the driveway in her car, gazing
at the house. She sits there for a while, almost getting out
and then stopping, before finally making a decision and getting
out of the car.
(In the back garden, Jack is burning the heck out of something
on the barbecue. He pours some of his bottle of beer over it
to dispel the smoke. Sam comes around the side of the house.)
Look, I-Iím sorry to bother you at home
like this, but, uh ...
Howíd you know I was here? (He glances
nervously towards the house for a moment.)
I saw the smoke.
Oh, yeah. (He brushes ashes off his
Look, is this, is this OK? I mean, I
could have called first, but ...
No ... yeah ... I mean, itís fine. So,
um, (he glances towards the house again)
what brings you to this neck of the
woods on such a fine day in my back
Well, actually, Iíve, um, (she clears
her throat) Iíve been sitting in your
driveway for the last ten minutes trying
to work up the nerve to come and talk
to you. (Jack raises his eyebrows at
her.) The truth is, Iíve been trying
to work up the nerve for a lot longer
than that. (She smiles nervously.)
Oh? (He gestures for her to continue.)
Pete put a down payment on a house.
Well, thatís great!
Itís a beautiful house.
The-the truth is, Iím having second
thoughts about the wedding.
See, the ... the thing is, the closer
it gets, the more I get the feeling
that ... Iím making a big, huge, mistake.
(Jack looks at her for a moment, then glances towards the house
Look, Carter, the ... I donít know what
Look, Iím sorry to bother you with this,
but, uh ... see, thereís actually a
very good reason that Iím bothering
you with this, and if I donít tell you
now, I might never ...
(At that moment, Kerry comes out of the house with a salad bowl
in one hand and a dish of something in the other.)
Jack, I looked everywhere - I could
not find ... (She stops dead at the
sight of Sam standing there. Sam closes
her eyes in disbelief, then winces before
turning towards Kerry.) Colonel Carter.
(Sam nods to her, then turns towards Jack again.)
Yeah, I didnít - I didnít ...
We were just ... meeting here in my
back yard on this fine day to discuss
the state of affairs.
(Sam nods, not believing a word of it.)
Well, this is awkward!
Jack didnít want anyone at the SGC to
know about us.
(Jack goes over to her to take the bowl and dish off her.)
No, look, I, uh, uh, Iím sorry, this
is my fault, I really, I shouldnít have
come by unannounced like this.
Well, yíknow, now that the catís out
of the bag, youíre here, why donít you
just stay? Iím sure thereís enough charred
meat on the grill for all three of us.
(Jack gestures at her with a piece of the charred meat. Sam laughs.)
No - thank you - I, um ... (At that
moment her cellphone rings. She gets
it out and looks at the Caller ID.)
Itís the SGC. (She answers the phone.)
Colonel Carter. (Kerry smiles at Jack
and walks over to him. He offers her
his bottle of beer.) What? When? ...
OK, Iím on my way. (She hangs up.) I-I
gotta go. Uh, itís my dad. (She hurries
DINER. Daniel is sitting at the counter reading the newspaper.
Jim has gone. Oma comes out of the kitchen.
Well, you canít stay here forever, you
know. Actually, I suppose you could,
I just donít know why youíd really want
to - except for the great service! (She
gets the coffee pot and pours him another
mug of coffee.)
Look, obviously I donít wanna just die.
I donít suppose thereís any other options?
I canít get into it. Whatís stopping
you from ascending?
I donít know.
Must be something holding you back -
making you doubt yourself.
Maybe itís not me Iím doubting.
Look, whether you choose to accept living
on a higher plane of existence has nothing
to do with me or anything that I can
or canít tell you. Itís all up to you.
But there is something youíre not telling
Is that what Jim said? You shouldnít
be listening to him.
Yes. (She smiles and walks away.)
SGC. ISOLATION ROOM. Sam, still in her casual clothes, comes
in to find Jacob in bed.
Iím sorry, kiddo. We both are.
About what? Whatís going on?
I donít wanna ruin everything like this.
Itís Selmak - heís dying.
Oh my God. Iím sorry.
Itís OK. Heís OK. He led a pretty full
I didnít live with Jolinar that long,
but I think I have some idea what itís
Well, this is a little different, Sam.
As you know, when a TokíRa symbiont
dies, they can prevent their host from
dying as Jolinar did with you. The problem
is, that last selfless act requires
a certain amount of energy and a conscious
What are you saying?
By all rights, Selmak should have been
dead weeks ago. I wouldnít let him go.
I thought we needed him - that I needed
him to help you stop the Replicators.
He hung on as long as he could, then
he slipped into a coma just after we
activated the weapon on Dakara.
Youíve known all this time since then?
I didnít wanna spoil your wedding. Now,
I thought we could make it.
(Sam stares at him, her eyes filling with tears.)
Heís barely alive. Iím gonna die with
(Sam starts to cry.)
DINER. Jim returns to his stool beside Daniel.
Where is she?
I dunno. Off doing whatever it is she
does when sheís not here.
You ask her?
Wouldnít tell you?
Had to find out for yourself last time,
too. Man, were you pissed!
About what? Tell me.
(Jim glances around the diner, then leans close to Daniel.)
What do you know about Anubis?
I know heís half-ascended, whatever
There are many planes of existence between
human existence and ascension. Basically,
the Others use their collective powers
to keep him from affecting anything
on a grand, cosmic level.
But itís OK for him to destroy an entire
Itís OK for him to do anything he could
have done back when he was a regular
OK, I see. What does this have to do
Goaíulds are bad. Anubis is as bad as
And? (He gestures to Daniel to work
it out himself.)
And ascension requires that somebody
be pure of spirit. One must be good
to the very core to achieve enlightenment,
so how did someone like Anubis ascend?
(Jim claps his hands.)
Now heís getting it!
Oma helps people ascend, but sheíd never
help somebody like Anubis!
Maybe not on purpose.
What, youíre saying he tricked her somehow?
Rule Number One! No lone ascended being
shall help a lower ascend. ďLowersĒ
are what we call humans and such. If
you deserve to be here, you should be
able to get here on your own. If thereís
an exception - for whatever reason -
a majority vote by the collective can
get you in, but Oma thinks she knows
better - and sheís taken her licks for
it. Now I admit, for the most part,
sheís brought good people on board but,
as the old saying goes, nobodyís perfect
- not even us higher beings.
(Daniel stares at him.)
Oma helped Anubis ascend.
(Jim clicks his fingers and points at Daniel. At that moment,
Oma walks over.)
Get out. (Jim looks at her.) Get out
(Jim looks at his watch.)
Well, look at the time. Gotta go, kid
- uh, business to attend to. (He pats
Danielís leg.) It was nice talking to
you, though. (He gets up and walks away,
whistling. At the door, he stops and
looks back at Oma and Daniel for a moment,
then leaves the diner.)
SGC. ISOLATION ROOM. Sam, now in her black jumper, is sitting
at Jacobís bedside, holding his hand.
A number of the TokíRa have responded.
They wanna pay their respects.
They can come. (His voice is quiet and
he looks very weak.)
I canít believe thereís nothing they
can do. They can remove a Goaíuld. In
the last few years youíve almost perfected
the process of saving a host.
That process instantly kills the symbiont
before it releases toxins. Itís too
late for that, Sam. Iím sorry. I hate
to do this to you, but I should have
been dead four years ago. Since then,
Iíve been all over the galaxy. Iíve
done things most men never dream of.
Where have I heard that before?
I just wanna know youíre gonna be happy.
Donít let rules stand in your way.
(Sam looks puzzled.)
What are you talking about?
You joined the Air Force because of
I love my job.
Mmm. (He reaches out and strokes her
cheek.) You can still have everything
I do, Dad. (Jacob sighs, frustrated
that she doesnít understand or refuses
to understand what heís talking about.
She takes his hand again.) Really.
JACKíS OFFICE. Jack is sitting at his desk, lost in thought.
Kerry comes to the door and knocks.
Howís Colonel Carterís father?
Doesnít look good.
Sorry to hear that. (She comes into
the office and closes the door.)
Closing the door.
Yeah. Deeply symbolic.
(Kerry smiles at him awkwardly.)
I really like you. Weíre good together.
(Jack stands up.)
Yes. We are. But?
You have issues. Itís OK - we all do.
Thereís just one big one in particular
that I donít think I can love with.
(Jack raises his eyebrows. Kerry flinches
and corrects herself.) Live with. I
need to get out before I get more involved.
We can still work together, canít we?
Iíd hate to have to ask for reassignment.
This is really important to me. We agreed
this would never affect the job.
Good. (She smiles and walks towards
the door, then turns and puts her hands
on her hips.) You know, thereís just
one thing I donít understand.
Is the Air Force the only thing keeping
you two apart? Rules and regulations?
Cos if it is, youíre making a very big
And you know what I should do?
Donít get me wrong - you are considered
invaluable to the programme by the Pentagon,
but the President has appointed a civilian
to run the SGC before. (Jack nods.)
Just a thought. (She leaves the room,
leaving Jack looking pensive and bothered
by what sheís made him think about.)
SPACE. A large fleet of free Jaffa ships is heading towards Tartarus.
Tealíc and Braítac are on the pelítak of one of the motherships.
The time has come for this ancient warrior
to fight one final battle.
I think not, old man. This victory will
present us with many new challenges
that will require your wisdom and sound
What our people will require is a youthful,
vital, leadership, and that is something
others are better suited to provide.
You are only as old as you believe yourself
Talk to me in fifty years!
(Tealíc looks round at him.)
Indeed I will.
(Braítac looks at him. Tealíc nods. Braítac looks away and smiles.)
DINER. Daniel and Oma are now sitting facing each other in the
So itís true.
He tricked me.
How? You couldnít tell?!
No. He must have found some old Ancient
research on ascension. When he came
to Kheb, he knew what he was doing.
When I realised the horrible mistake
that I had made, I tried to undo it,
but I couldnít. Thatís when the Others
I donít understand - they only sent
him halfway back. Why not all the way?
Yeah, what isnít around here?
They warned him - he wasnít allowed
to use any knowledge or power unless
he otherwise would have gained it as
I donít understand. They let him wreak
havoc. They donít care if he destroys
all life in the galaxy - life they themselves
They havenít stopped me from continuing
my work. Iíve tried to make up for it
- help when I can.
Itís your punishment. Youíre forced
to watch, powerless to interfere, and
let Anubis do whatever he wants just
to punish you?
I told you before - the galaxy youíre
from, the plane of existence, is so
small and insignificant compared to
the rest of the universe.
I donít care. Itís wrong.
Thatís what you said last time.
(Daniel stands up and calls out to the other customers.)
Excuse me? Isnít it enough already?
I mean, a whole galaxy of innocent people
enslaved and tortured for generations,
now on the verge of being destroyed
for nothing? For what? For one mistake
a good person made trying to do a good
thing. (The customers ignore him.) Címon,
the least you could do is listen to
me. (shouting) That canít be against
the grand high-falutiní cosmic rules!
(He turns to a man sitting in another
booth.) Hey! Iím talkiní to you! (He
tries to grab him by the throat but
the part of the man he grabs morphs
into white light. Daniel steps back,
surprised, and the man becomes solid
again.) OK. OK. Well, I know you can
hear me. Hasnít she suffered enough
already? And certainly enough other
people have suffered to punish her.
Donít you think youíve made your point?
Thatís the thing, Daniel. They donít.
I keep breaking the same rule - helping
people ascend. Thatís why youíre here.
What if you stopped?
Wouldnít undo the problem. Thatís why
I keep doing what I do. Anubis canít
be killed - not by you, not by me.
TARTARUS. Inside Anubisí base, Jaffa are milling around. Tealíc
and Braítac meet up.
He is not here. No-one is here! The
defences we fought through were automated.
We have been deceived.
Anubis fled us, to lure us here. Our
forces defending Dakara are depleted.
We could not have known, brother.
You were right, old friend. The device
at Dakara should have been destroyed
at all costs.
SGC. ISOLATION ROOM. Jacob is being visited by a couple of TokíRa.
Sam sits in the Observation Room watching them talk. Jack comes
in and sits down next to her. He looks down at Jacob for a while,
then speaks to Sam.
(Sam has obviously been crying a lot but for the moment her face
Actually, Iím fine. Good, even, strange
as that sounds. I thought I lost him
four years ago. Since then, weíve been
closer than we ever were in my whole
life. In a way, Selmak gave me the father
I never thought Iíd know.
(Jack looks at her for a moment.)
Címe here. (He puts his arm around her
shoulder. She reaches up and takes his
hand and snuggles into his shoulder,
rubbing her thumb against his hand.
They sit and look at Jacob for a moment.)
Thank you, sir.
For being here for me.
(Jack looks at her for a moment, then speaks quietly.)
(Sam looks at him, then rests her head on his hand as she gazes
at her father.)
(In the Isolation Room, Jacob speaks weakly to the TokíRa by
the side of his bed.)
(The TokíRa puts his hand on Jacobís shoulder, then looks up
at Sam. Sam gets up and hurries down into the Isolation Room.
She goes to Jacobís bedside, takes his hand and kisses him on
the forehead. He opens his eyes one last time and gazes at his
I love you. (He closes his eyes and
dies. Sam shuts her eyes in grief. In
the Observation Room, Jack gazes at
DINER. Daniel and Oma are sitting in the booth. Jim comes in
again, holding another newspaper, and walks over to the booth
to talk to Oma.
Can I get a coffee?
Get it yourself.
Donít mind if I do! (He walks behind
the counter, tossing his newspaper down
onto the counter.) Ooh! Hey, Danny boy,
you see the paper?
No, whatís it say?
The trick worked! (He helps himself
to a mug and a pot of coffee.) Those
stupid Jaffa took half their ships to
hunt down Anubis. Meanwhile, his army
was poised to attack Dakara. The remaining
rebel Jaffa guarding Dakara are being
slaughtered. Itís only a matter of time
before old Anubis gets his hands on
Iím sorry - you sound almost happy about
Yeah. What do you have against Oma?
No - I wanna know. (He turns towards
Jim.) I mean, youíre not just watching
- youíre coming in here to rub it in.
Why are you taking such pleasure in
Me? I donít have anything against Oma.
I think sheís great, donít I? (He looks
at Oma. Daniel turns and looks at her
as well.) Hell, sheís the one that helped
me ascend. (Daniel turns and stares
at Jim. Jim smiles evilly, then points
at Daniel.) You got it, huh?
You are Anubis.
(Jim laughs raucously, then lifts his coffee mug and toasts Daniel.)
Cheers. (He drinks, then continues laughing.)
COLORADO SPRINGS. Pete and Sam are sitting on a bench in the
front garden of the house he has bought. The ďFor SaleĒ sign
now reads ďSoldĒ.
I knew from the beginning. Guess I just
thought when you said yes that ... (He
sighs and trails off, then looks at
Sam.) You were worth the risk. Donít
say I deserve better. Canít get much
better than you.
Thatís not true.
I wish I could believe this had something
to do with your father - you needed
some time to just work things out. I
guess all I can say is: I hope you get
what you want.
What do you want? You want me to get
down on my knees and beg?
God, no! Of course not! I just ... I
thought you would react differently.
(Peteís eyes fill with tears.)
Goodbye, Sam. (He stands and starts
to walk away.)
(As he walks across the garden, Pete wipes tears from his eyes.
He stops at the sign to peel off the ďSoldĒ sign so that it reads
ďFor SaleĒ again, then walks away.)
SGC. BRIEFING ROOM. Jack and Tealíc are standing near the window
to the Gateroom.
The rebel fleet guarding Dakara has
fallen to the forces of Anubis. Braítac
and the remaining rebel ships will not
arrive in time. (Sam comes in and joins
them.) Anubis now controls the weapon.
Well then, we find the biggest damned
nuke we can and we shove it right through
the Gate now.
Anubis will certainly have the Gate
shielded. The nuke will not arrive in
(Sam nods in agreement.)
If we can dial the Alpha site, we may
be able to prevent the weapon from connecting
the wormhole to either planet. It may
only buy us the thirty-eight minutes
that the Gate can ...
Go, go, just go.
CONTROL ROOM. Sam comes down the stairs and walks over to Walter,
who is sitting at the control desk.
Sergeant, dial the Alpha site now.
(Walter types and the Gate starts to dial. Walter looks at his
Wait a minute - thatís not me.
I donít know. (As Jack and Tealíc come
to join them, the Gate continues to
dial and alarms sound.) Incoming wormhole!
(He closes the iris.)
Thatís not gonna stop the energy from
If it is the weapon.
(Behind the iris, the Stargate kawhooshes. Walter checks his
No iris codes.
(Sam looks at Jack.)
Weíre too late.
Thatís not gonna destroy the Gate, and
theoretically thereís only a remote
chance it would disengage an active
Carter! (More quietly) Carter.
(Sam bends to a console and starts to type in her code to activate
the emergency self destruct. Jack does the same at another console.)
DINER. Jim/Anubis is standing at the counter.
Oh, you make a great cup of coffee.
(He puts the coffee pot and mug down
and walks out into the restaurant.)
Well, gotta go. (He waves sarcastically
(Daniel looks at Oma and sees that sheís not going to do anything.
He jumps up and runs at Anubis, but runs straight through him.
He stops and turns around to face him again. Anubis chuckles.)
Thereís nothing you can do. You donít
have the power.
But I do.
(Anubis turns to face her. As she stands up, she briefly morphs
into white light. As the light fades, she is no longer in her
waitress uniform - she is now in the white trouser suit she wore
during ďMeridianĒ. For the first time, all the other customers
in the diner take notice, turning round to look at her. Anubis
chuckles a little nervously.)
You canít kill me either.
I can fight you.
Well, you canít win.
It wonít matter. You wonít be able to
do anything but fight me back.
Well, what are you gonna do?
Something I should have done a long
time ago. (She starts to walk towards
Oh, no. No. No! No!
(He raises his hands to try to stop her. She morphs into white
light. As she reaches him, he too morphs into white light. They
merge, and the light rises up and goes through the ceiling of
the diner. Daniel and all the customers stare up at the ceiling.
Daniel walks to the spot that they disappeared from and looks
around at the customers, bewildered.)
Whatís going on?
I donít know. Must be some kind of ...
Shut it off.
(Sam reaches down and types.)
Aborting self destruct. (She finishes
typing and the self destruct shuts down.
She looks at Jack, who blows out a relieved
BRIEFING ROOM. Braítac has now arrived and is reporting to Jack,
Sam and Tealíc.
The Kull warriors became ... disorganised,
confused, as though they no longer knew
what to do.
They no longer had a master to serve.
After that, they were easily defeated.
Many Jaffa lost their lives at Dakara.
Those that survived are united as never
before, and we are in agreement - the
weapon must be destroyed.
Well, thatís good.
A new memorial will be erected in its
place so that our triumph over the Goaíuld
will never be forgotten.
I still donít quite understand what
happened. One minute Anubis is about
to push the button that ends all life
in the galaxy, and the next minute heís
just ... gone.
Indeed. It is a great mystery.
One can only assume he was vanquished
by some beings. If not, why would he
forfeit the weapon and his army?
(Sam looks at Jack.)
Itís the only thing that would explain
the self destruct not going off.
Of what do you speak?
OíNeill believes that Daniel Jackson
was somehow responsible.
No! It wasnít me.
(Everyone looks startled.)
Anybody else hear that?
Iím in here! (Everyone turns towards
Thatís Daniel! (He gets up and walks
to the door of his office.)
No! Donít come in!
(Jack recoils at what he sees.)
Ho! Hey there! (He backs out of the
Can you get me ... something?
(Jack looks around the Briefing Room and spots the SGC flag on
its pole at the side of his door. He rips it off the pole and
hands it to Daniel. A moment later, Daniel comes out of the office,
wrapping the flag around his waist. He is bare chested. Jack
fiddles awkwardly with the flag pole. Samís jaw drops, then she
looks away. Braítac gazes at Daniel, grinning widely.)
Itís, uh, a long story.
(Sam glances at him and smiles, embarrassed. Behind Daniel, Jack
has turned to look at him. Daniel glances round at him and Jack
looks away again.)
MINNESOTA. Jackís cabin. A fishing line arcs out into the water.
The camera lifts up from the water and we see that Jack and Sam
are sitting side by side on the pier, fishing.
This is great.
I told ya!
I canít believe we didnít do this years
Yes, well, letís not dwell.
There are no fish in this pond, are
(Sam giggles as she looks at him. Behind them, Daniel and Tealíc
arrive, carrying a cooler box between them and each holding a
folding chair in their free hand. Jack launches his line out
into the water again.)
(The camera pulls back as Daniel and Tealíc unfold their chairs.
Tealíc sits down, and Daniel walks onto the pier to join the