Lost City, Part 1
Transcript edited by Deanna Moll-Landry
The shot opens with a crossword puzzle. It's on a mirror. Jack is shaving. He wipes the steam off of the mirror with his hand, then a towel. He's looking at the puzzle. He's thinking real hard to find the answers, obviously unsuccessfully. His cell phone rings, he tries to ignore it while finishing shaving. It keeps ringing. He cuts himself by his nose.
O'NEILL: Ow! ( Looks at his finger for blood. Puts his razor in the water as the phone rings again) (Answers phone.) What?!
JACKSON: (In his lab or office) Jack! I've been translating the Ancient writing in the colonnade SG-2 discovered on P3X-439 ...
O'NEILL: (Thru phone) Daniel, I'll be there in half and hour ...
JACKSON: It talks about a library of knowledge Jack. I think the monument contains a repository of the Ancients.
O'NEILL: (Continues shaving with the phone to his ear, touching his face which still have shaving creme.) Repository you say.
JACKSON: Yeah. That thing that grabbed your head, made you talk crazy, nearly killed you.
O'NEILL: It sounds like we should stay away then.
JACKSON:Well, considering what we know now, we should be able to find another way to access the information. I mean, Sam's been able to use Tok'ra crystals to find a way to transfer all kinds of different energy. (Jack hears him babbling along, and looks at the phone. He sees the shaving cream, and puts the phone in the water to wipe the cream off of it. Daniel is heard, still talking, but breaking up as he dips the phone in the water.) We should go there as soon as possible.
O'NEILL: I'll be there in half an hour.
JACKSON: OK, bye ...
O'NEILL: (Continues shaving, he's almost finished) No, no, no, wait. Don't hang up. I need a seven letter word.
JACKSON: I told Sam I wouldn't help you.
O'NEILL: Well, then this will be the one thing she doesn't know. Up, down, charmed, blank.
JACKSON: (With NO hesitation to think about it) Strange.
O'NEILL: (Not getting that Daniel gave him the answer ...) Yeah. Well thanks anyway.
JACKSON: (Thru the phone as Jack takes it away from his ear) No the word you're looking for... (Jack hangs up)
SCENE: Washington, D.C.
WEIR: (A pretty blond woman, (who I thought was Sam at first!) is walking down a street talking thru a headset.) I know, I know. I couldn't get her off the phone. It should be done by noon. Whatever it is, believe me, I'm sure it won't take long to say no, and then I'll be at Georgetown at two for my poli-sci class and I'm speaking at the woman's ... (Hails a cab that's approaching her.)
MAN: (Has an accent) Taxi! TAXI!
WEIR: In Washington ... dinner at seven. (Running up to the passenger side of the cab, the man steps up to the driver's side.) I'm sorry Michelle, I gotta call you back. This guy's trying to steal my cab. I'm sorry this is my cab. I called for a taxi ten minutes ago. (He speaks to her in his native tongue, she responds to him in the language)
MAN: As do I.
WEIR: I cannot be late. I'm going to the White House. I have to be there in fifteen minutes, I'm meeting the President.... (He cocks his head) of the United States. I ... (Laughs) Really I am. ( car is seen pulling up behind her)
TAXI DRIVER: Hey. Is one of you gonna get in or what?
WEIR: (The foreigner moves to get in) Wait! Can I offer you cab fare. (Limo driver is seen getting out of the car, walking up behind her)Wherever you need to go ... Please, (To cab driver) can you call this man another taxi?
LIMO DRIVER: Excuse me, Doctor Weir. (She turn to the driver) Please get in ma'am.
WEIR: (To Foreigner) (Something in his language) Taxi ... (She walks to the taxi, and climbs in. Kinsey is there in the seat) Mr. Vice President.
KINSEY: (He has a file folder on his lap) Doctor Weir.
WEIR: It wasn't necessary for you to pick me up sir.
KINSEY: I was on my way from the athletic club. Besides there are very few people who could properly brief you for this interview.
WEIR: Interview? I agreed to have just a meeting with....
KINSEY: How would you respond if I told you the Air Force is currently conducting top secret operations with an alien transportation device called the Stargate. It was discovered in the early 1900's at Giza, not too far from the Great Pyramids.
WEIR: (Smiles) Is this a joke? (He takes a paper from the file, and hands it to her) What is it?
KINSEY:A note from the President. (She opens it and it says THIS IS NOT A JOKE! (Not is underlined) and signed by President Hayes.) You might wanna read this too. (Hands her the file)
WEIR: (After a moment of reviewing the file) Oh my God.
SCENE: Cheyenne Mountain Complex.
S.G.C. Elevator. Jack is still doing the crossword. An Airman (Martin Wood's Cameo) is looking over his shoulder at the puzzle. Jack looks the airman in the eyes, and the airman shakes his head, and looks away. The doors open, the airman quickly walks out of the elevator. Jack sees his team standing at the elevator, Sam looks pissed with her hands on her hips, Teal'c is his usual stoic self with his hands behind his back, Daniel is shaking his head, looking at his watch, tapping it to make sure it's still working.
O'NEILL:How long have you been waiting there?
JACKSON: You said half an hour, an hour ago.
CARTER: General Hammond's waiting. (Jack walks up to Sam, and with a grin on his face, hands her the puzzle.)
O'NEILL: Excuse me.
CARTER: The fate of the world is hanging in the balance and you've been sitting in your truck finishing this?
O'NEILL: I believe it was double or nothing.
CARTER: OK. 23 across, the atomic weight of boron. Answer is ten.
CARTER: You wrote the word "fat."
O'NEILL:And your point? (Takes it roughly from her hands)
REYNOLDS: (Looking at his watch, to Harper) They should be getting here ...
HARPER: (Laughs) Yeah!
O'NEILL: Harper, Reynolds.
REYNOLDS: Jack ...
CARTER: (Everyone's standing behind their chairs) SG3 spotted a Goa'uld reconnaissance drone while on the planet where they found the colonnade. Since that obviously means the Goa'uld were aware of it's existence, SG's 3 and 5 will be providing backup, if General Hammond approves the mission.
O'NEILL: What mission?
HAMMOND: (walking in) Good morning SG1. (To Jack) Nice of you to join us.
O'NEILL: Good morning sir.
HAMMOND: (He sits, everyone else sits in their chairs) I've heard Doctor Jackson's report on his translation. Given what happened the last time you encountered something like this, I'm surprised you're so willing to take on this mission.
O'NEILL: So am I, sir.
JACKSON: (Calmly) Jack?
O'NEILL: (Mocking his tone) Daniel?
JACKSON: Why wouldn't we wanna gain access to the greatest repository of knowledge in the known universe. Once and for all finding the Lost City of the Ancients, and use their advanced technology to save the entire galaxy from the evil oppression of the Goa'uld?
O'NEILL: Well, there's that.
REYNOLDS: From the mission file I've read, this is one of those things that whips out from the wall, grabs your head and re-arranges your brain right?
JACKSON: (Puts his finger up) Sort of.
REYNOLDS: (Raised eyebrows) Sort of?
CARTER: It basically downloads the entire library of Ancients knowledge into a persons mind. That massive amount of data then slowly unspools into your brain, eventually taking over your consciousness completely.
JACKSON: Except for it wasn't meant for a physiology as primitive as ours.
O'NEILL: Easy fella ...
HARPER: I thought the report said you almost died last time sir. (Jack just looks at the young man)
TEAL'C: The Asgard were able to remove the information from O'Neill's mind before he was lost to us.
O'NEILL: So why don't we just shoot Thor a call, get him standing by as back up.
CARTER: We tried sir. He's not responding.
HAMMOND: None of our alien allies have been particularly reliable of late. If something happened again....
JACKSON: General, no one's saying that anyone should directly interface with the device. We're suggesting that it be extracted and brought home for study.
HAMMOND:The engineering team that studied the last one of these devices you found, determined nothing after six months of research.
CARTER: We believe that, that device's power source was depleted when Colonel O'Neill activated it.
HAMMOND: (To Jack) Recent intel suggests that Anubis has become a serious threat to dominate the rest of the Goa'uld in a very short time. We have to consider that Earth is at risk now more than ever. If the knowledge contained within this device can lead us to technologies we can use to defend ourselves, we must pursue it.
O'NEILL: (To Daniel) Why didn't you just say that?
HAMMOND:You have a go. And be careful people.
Scene: Washington, DC
Kinsey takes Weir to a room full of boxes and boxes of S.G.C. files.
KINSEY: The file you read in the car is just the beginning. You might want to familiarize yourself with some more of this before you take the job.
WEIR: Take the job? I only just found out that science fiction isn't fiction. (Opens a box, it's full to the top with files) I mean I've known there were secrets, big secrets, but this is. I don't know what is scarier, the fact that this is all true or the fact that you're telling me. I can't imagine what kind of job you're offering me sir, but at this point I really don't care anymore.
KINSEY: I realize you haven't met the President yet. Just try and say no.
SCENE: S.G.C. GATE ROOM
DAVIS: (Chevron 7 is shown being locked) Chevron seven locked. (Gate activates)
HAMMOND: (Standing at the foot of the ramp, addressing the teams) SG teams 1, 3, and 5, good luck. God speed.
O'NEILL: Thank you sir. Let's move out! (The teams go thru the gate, SG-1 taking point) (Alien planet) Reynold's, set up defense perimeters as you see fit. Hold the gate till we get back.
REYNOLDS: You got it, Sir ... (Begins ordering people to different positions)
O'NEILL: SG-1, move out. (Alien mother ship, and her little friends are shown dropping out of hyperspace) (Sitting on the ground, Taking watch as Daniel is seen walking around in the back of him) You know we've searched this place up and down.
JACKSON: (Jack looks at his watch) I know.
O'NEILL:We could have Goa'uld on our collective asses any minute now.
JACKSON: I know ... According to the text on this column, it's inside.
O'NEILL: (Sarcastically) Inside you say. (Stands up, walks toward Daniel.) Well let me tell you my friend. There is no inside. There's just a whole lot of (Hands pointing out for dramatic effect) outside.
JACKSON: I know.
CARTER: (Facing a wall) I'm getting some strange readings coming from here.
JACKSON: If I'm right ... (Presses something on the opposite wall from where Sam's facing. The wall warps, and Sam jumps back when the face thing appears)
O'NEILL: Look out. (Heard thru radio) Reynolds come in.
REYNOLDS: Go ahead.
O'NEILL: (Thru radio) Yeah, we got something here, stand by.
REYNOLDS: All clear for the moment.
Some gliders are seen flying out of the mother ship.
CARTER: We just have to figure out how to get this thing out of the wall. (Daniel walks up to it, it opens, blue light is seen coming out of it) Careful! (Holds Daniel's arm)
O'NEILL: Alright one more time. Why are we doing this? Why?
REYNOLDS: You hear something Harper?
Harper: Sir! We got multiple bogey's coming in fast.
REYNOLDS: Dial the Gate!
Airman: Here we go!
REYNOLDS: Send a constant radio signal, we have to keep that door open. (Thru radio) SG1 we have incoming.
O'NEILL: (Jack and Danny see a death glider shooting two shots at perfect intervals that look like about three feet. The last one's awfully close. Sam looks up, we assume by her reaction, she sees the glider flying up for another round.) Alright let's go.
JACKSON: Jack we can't just leave.
TEAL'C: We must not allow this device to fall into the hands of Anubis.
O'NEILL: Fine. (Goes to rig the device with an explosive.)
CARTER: Sir he's right, if we destroy it we lose our only chance to find the location of the Lost City.
O'NEILL: (Seeing the glider coming down for round 2) Ah crap! Alright then, what? (Daniel makes a run for the device) (Stops him) No, no, no, no, no! (Pushes him HARD against the opposite wall)
JACKSON: Jack somebody has to do it. The answer is in there! (Points to the device) If we don't find the Lost City we're as good as dead. Let me do it.
O'NEILL:And who does the translating , when you go Ancient? (Gliders start shooting. He and Daniel are huddled close together protecting their heads. He looks at Daniel, who's looking away. Hands him his hat) In fact you're the one person who CAN do it. (Jumps on the device before anyone can stop him)
The device keeps his head for a good 30 seconds, then releases him.
REYNOLDS: SG-1, where the hell are you guys. We can't hold out for long.
CARTER: Colonel Reynolds we are heading back to the gate. (She presses a remote, setting the charge that Jack put right next to the device)
REYNOLDS: (In a firefight) Hold positions. Reece, you're with me!
JACKSON: Take cover! (They fall on the ground as a staff blast from a glider hits the ground about 5 ft. behind them) (Turns Jack) Jack, Jack, you OK?
O'NEILL:(Clueless) What's going on?
JACKSON: Come on, let's get him up.
AIRMAN: (Shouting ) Go, go, GO!
REYNOLDS: General Hammond, we're coming through the gate. (To Jack) We're right behind you sir. Go. Go!
HAMMOND: What happened?
O'NEILL: Didn't quite go according to plan Sir.
JACKSON: We have to get him to the infirmary.
O'NEILL: I did it again.
Scene: Evening, White House, Oval Office.
Weir is playing with a statue on the President's desk. He walks in.
HAYES: Doctor Weir. (Startles her) I'm sorry to have kept you so late.
WEIR: Well that's alright, I've been doing a little reading. Mr. President ... I mean, this is truly so outrageous. I feel compelled on behalf of everyone who has no idea, that, that... (He picks up the phone, motioning her to stop)
HAYES: Megan. Could you get a car ready for Doctor Weir. (Goes to hang up. Puts phone back up to his mouth) Five minutes. Thanks. (Hangs up) (Motions toward sofa) Sit down. (Goes to make himself a drink) Would you like something.
WEIR: No, thank you.
HAYES: Your reaction was very similar to mine when I found out.
WEIR: I'm sorry. Five minutes sir?
HAYES: (Sits on the edge of his desk) The negotiation you mediated in North Africa?
WEIR: (Sits on the sofa) Yes? What does that have to do with this?
HAYES: Well just that, the Stargate, probably makes that seem like child's play.
WEIR: Well frankly sir I have absolutely no idea what you want from me.
HAYES: You brokered a dozen of the most sensitive international treaties in modern times. You speak God knows how many languages.
WEIR: (Modestly) Just ... five.
HAYES: Five. (Nods his head) I suppose your aversion to the military will be an issue.
WEIR: What are we talking about, exactly.
HAYES: You running the Stargate Program.
WEIR: (Dumbfounded) Oh ...
HAYES: How the hell did this happen?
JACKSON: He did it deliberately sir.
TEAL'C: In order to access the knowledge of the Ancients.
JACKSON: He, we, figured we'd never get another shot at it.
CARTER: We know from experience that the Ancients knowledge will essentially overwrite the Colonel's brain. We're hoping that during the transformation process he'll become aware of the information we're looking for.
HAMMOND: And then?
CARTER: And then it will overwhelm his nervous system, and the Colonel (Footsteps are heard coming up the steps) will....
O'NEILL: What? (Very calmly for someone who KNOWS they're gonna die!) Meet my maker? Pay the piper? Reach the pearly gates? Start pushing up daisies here and there? (His team looks stunned)
HAMMOND: You should be in the infirmary.
O'NEILL: Why? We all know exactly what's gonna happen. In a few days I start speaking some strange language. A few days after that I start doing things beyond my control, and a few days after that, it's goodnight my someone, goodnight. (Sam is seen closing her eyes, Daniel's eyes are closed as he nods)So with your permission sir I'd like to take the weekend to get some personal things together.
CARTER: The last time, it did take a couple of days before we noticed any change in the Colonel's behavior.
O'NEILL: I'll be back. Ready to work.
HAMMOND: Permission granted.
O'NEILL: Thank you, sir. Now if you'll excuse me, my favorite television show starts in half an hour. (He's heard walking down the stairs as his team look at each other and Hammond, solemnly)
HAYES: (Walks from his desk to the sofa, sits next to her) We've already done an initial review and we've decided to suspend current operations until a new government division can be established. There's no question the Stargate is a dangerous thing, but from what we know is going on out there. It's something we can't ignore.
WEIR: No obviously not. I don't want this to sound like a terribly self-centered question.
HAYES: Why you?
WEIR: Why me?
HAYES: What do you think?
WEIR: Well, I'm betting other world leaders are pressuring you for control.
HAYES: See, I knew you were a quick study.
WEIR: And I can advise you there, but I am not qualified to negotiate with aliens.
HAYES: Well, no one is Doctor. Not you, not me. But someone has to do it. The fact is, we can't keep this thing a secret forever.
WEIR: And you wanna put a friendly face on this thing when it goes public. Someone a little less threatening than a U.S. Military General.
HAYES: People will panic. It's going to take anything and everything we have (Stands) to keep our civilization from turning upside down. But make no mistake. You're not just a figure head for the publicity. I chose you for a damn good reason. (Walks toward the door, she stands)
WEIR: I take it my five minutes are up.
HAYES: Actually it was seven. (Opens door) Don't worry. This is just the beginning.
WEIR: (Walks toward the door, stops in front of him) What if I say no sir?
HAYES: Never going to happen. (Taps her shoulder) Bonnie! Come on in here. (To Weir) Thank you. (To Bonnie, shakes her hand) Good seeing you again.
KINSEY: (Was sitting on a sofa outside the office waiting for her) So! Things aren't quite as simple as they seem.
WEIR: They've never seemed simple sir.
KINSEY: Be careful who you trust Doctor.
WEIR: Does that include you sir?
KINSEY: He may be the President. But I am the one person on this fair planet you want on your side and the one person you don't want to cross.
Sam knocks on the door, he answers.
CARTER: Hi Sir.
CARTER: Did I wake you?
CARTER: I couldn't sleep at all last night.
O'NEILL: You should have called.
CARTER: I didn't wanna bother you.
O'NEILL: Um, (Motions for her to enter) I was just looking at the sky. Trying to figure out how many stars we'd actually been to.
CARTER: Actually, only a few of the stars visible from Earth have Stargates on them, so.....
O'NEILL: I knew that.
O'NEILL: Hammond send you by to check up on me?
CARTER: No! (Sounding nervous) It's funny really, I was out driving, you know ... in my car, and I um, (nervous laugh) I drove here. (Chuckle) Yeah ...
O'NEILL: (Mockingly) "Funny."
O'NEILL: There's coffee around here. (Goes to the kitchen, she looks around his living room)
O'NEILL: Maybe not. How about a beer?
CARTER: Sure, why not. (Clinking glasses is heard as he takes the bottles from the fridge. She walks down the steps to his living room, looking at pictures. He uncaps the beer, and just flicks the cover on the floor, looking where it lands.)
O'NEILL: Want a glass? I can wash one.
CARTER: No, I'm fine. (Takes the beer) Thank you, sir. (Points to a family picture with Jack, Sara, and Charlie.) So do you ever talk to her?
O'NEILL: Can we not talk about that?
CARTER: Sorry. (Trying to sound upbeat) How are you feeling?
O'NEILL: Can we not talk about that either? (Walks around her to the sofa)
CARTER: OK. (Walks to the sofa, jack's sitting down) What do you want to talk about? (He just looks up at her) You wanna be alone. (Puts the beer down) This was a bad -- I ... I ... should go.
O'NEILL: Finish your beer. (She takes a deep breath) And then you have to wait at least an hour before you drive. (Flicks his cap across the room)
CARTER: (Looks at him) Sir? (She sits next to him on the sofa.)
O'NEILL: (After a long pause of her just staring at him) What?
CARTER: I should have done it.
O'NEILL: What? Stuck your head in that thing? Are you nuts? Carter. You're one of this countries natural resources. If not national treasures. It couldn't have gone down any other way. (A car pulling up is faintly heard) I just hope it's worth it. (Takes a sip of his beer)
CARTER: Even if we do find the Lost City. Even if we get there and find exactly what we're looking for to defend the planet ...
O'NEILL: (Interrupting her) THAT ... would be worth it. (Takes another sip, she closes her eyes)
JACKSON: (After knocking "Shave-and-a-hair-cut" on the door) (Sam looks up at Jack, startled, Jack stares at Sam, she closes her eyes again) Opening the door, putting his head in) Hello!? (Teal'c is outside, cocks his head to look in the window. He has a white box in his hands)
O'NEILL: (Sam grins.) In here. (Jack continues to look at Sam)
JACKSON: (He and Teal'c slowly walk in the door. A red vintage car is in the driveway.) (Sees Sam and Jack sitting pretty close) Oh sorry, are we interrupting anything?
O'NEILL & CARTER: (Same time) No ...
O'NEILL: What are you doing here?
JACKSON: Oh we ... well it's ... it's a funny story actually. We, we, ah, were driving by and we, uh ... saw Sam's car in the driveway, and ... and ... uh ...
O'NEILL: (Touches Sam's arm, said sarcastically) Funny.
JACKSON: ... Teal'c said to me. Well he didn't actually say anything. He just kinda looked at me and did that eyebrow raise thing that he kinda does and I said to him, I said 'hey, why don't we stop by and'...
O'NEILL: Is that doughnuts?
TEAL'C: (Holds them up.) Indeed!
O'NEILL: (Doing his BEST Monty Burns imitation) Excellent.
ANUBIS: (Walks in with a super soldier on each side of him) Rise!
FIRST PRIME: My Lord. I believe the humans of the Tau'ri destroyed the device you sought.
ANUBIS:You failed to stop them.
FIRST PRIME: (Anxiously) They anticipated our arrival my Lord. (Anubis holds up his hand to stop him from speaking. He turns away, walking to the back. His super soldiers take out the whole group of Jaffa)
O'NEILL: (Sam hands a red drink in a glass to Teal'c. Daniel already has a beer, and is balancing an orange on the beer bottle)You are so wrong. It's a perfect analogy. Burns as Goa'uld.
TEAL'C: (Daniel's looking at his orange. He looks quite drunk!) They are merely animated characters O'Neill.
O'NEILL: You are so shallow.
JACKSON: (Drops his orange) Oh Please! Teal'c's like one of the deepest people I know. He's so deep. Come on! Tell em how deep you are. You'll be lucky if you understand this. (Smiling and giddy)
TEAL'C:My depth is immaterial to this conversation.
JACKSON: (Excitedly) Oh! See?
O'NEILL: No more beer for you.
CARTER: I'm sorry sir, but I have to agree. I don't see the connection.
O'NEILL: Alright that does it. You know the entire VHS collection was going to one of you. (Daniel puts his head down sadly) It's going to Siler. He gets it. (Knock on door) Thank God. Pizza. (Gets up to answer door, it's Hammond) Well you're not the usual delivery boy.
HAMMOND: Is this a good time?
O'NEILL: It's always a good time for you sir. Come on in. Let me get you a chair.
CARTER: (Stands at attention) General.
HAMMOND: At ease Major, please.
O'NEILL: There you go sir.
HAMMOND: (Sits in chair) I'm glad to find you all here. (Points to the beer bottle) You wouldn't happen to have another one of those?
O'NEILL: I would. I hope you like guiness Sir. (Grabs a 6 pack, gives Hammond a bottle) I find it a refreshing substitute for ... food.
HAMMOND:I've been relieved of command.
O'NEILL: (Everyone's stunned reaction is shown) What?
HAMMOND:The President has effectively shut down the S.G.C. for a three month review process.
JACKSON: Three months?
HAMMOND: During which time, a newly formed government department will take the place of Stargate Command.
CARTER: But sir, the Colonel. We don't have much time.
TEAL'C: How could this happen?
O'NEILL: Does anyone know anyone who voted for those two shrubs?
HAMMOND: I've known President Hayes for a long time. He's a good man. Despite his tastes in running mates, maybe. Robert Kinsey brought in a lot of campaign financing. For all we know, he may have used his knowledge of the Stargate as leverage to get himself a place on the ticket. It doesn't matter now.
JACKSON: What, we're just going to lie down for this?
O'NEILL: We've been in this situation before.
HAMMOND: No, this time it's different.
CARTER: Who's replacing you, sir?
HAMMOND: Her name is Dr. Elizabeth Weir.
O'NEILL: A civilian?
JACKSON: I've heard of her. She's an expert in international politics. She mediates some high level negotiations for the U.N. I actually referenced some of her work when I drafted the first treaty for the Tok'ra.
HAMMOND: All I know is I've been ordered to Washington to discuss reassignment. I leave tomorrow.
O'NEILL:General, we do have a little unfinished business here.
HAMMOND:As far as I know, you're all to report for work as scheduled on Monday.
TEAL'C: Something must be done.
HAYES: I have my orders. Besides, I have a feeling I may be able to do more about this from Washington than I can here.
CARTER: And in the meantime?
HAMMOND:You'll just have to plead your case to the new administration. I have every confidence in you people.
Weir is walking in the briefing room, toward the viewing window looking at the gate. She has her cell phone headphones on.
JACKSON: Amazing isn't it?
WEIR: I don't really care.
JACKSON: OK ...
WEIR: (Turns toward him.) What? ... (Into headphones) Well there's gonna be a lot of changes and not everybody's going to be happy about them. Yes, I'm about to step into one myself. OK, bye. (To Daniel) Sorry. I walk around with this thing, I look like a crazy person, talking to myself. Elizabeth Weir.
JACKSON: (Shakes her proffered hand) Daniel Jackson.
WEIR: I can't get used to being this far underground. I keep looking around for a window.
JACKSON: I see you found the one with the best view. (They look at the gate) I remember when we were first trying to get the Stargate to work, I would come here and just stare at it for hours.
WEIR: Is that a gentle reminder that you've been an important part of this since the very beginning?
JACKSON: Subtle huh?
WEIR: Mmn-Hmn ...
JACKSON: (After a moment of silence) So, a little bit of light reading.
WEIR: Ah. I've been awake all weekend. The reality of this is....It's an adrenaline rush. (The entire briefing room table is full of files)
JACKSON:Hey. At least I know you have a beating heart.
WEIR: (Sighs) I don't expect the warmest welcome from the Military personnel.
JACKSON:You're replacing a great man. Uniform not withstanding.
WEIR: OK. But I'm hoping you, of all people, won't jump to conclusions.
JACKSON: Like why someone like you is here?
WEIR: Someone like me?
JACKSON: Yeah, someone who started their career as a political activist. Lobbying against the government spending on the military.
WEIR: And how I end up working for those I was criticizing? I know, but I've decided that the best way to stop the proliferation of weapons is to try and end the need for them. So I'm going to be the voice of reason to whoever will listen.
JACKSON: And you think that's why the President chose you to take over the S.G.C.?
WEIR: I don't know why I've been given this job. I really don't, but I'm going to do it to the best of my abilities as long as I'm here. I'm going to start by examining the mandate for this program.
JACKSON: Don't underestimate the immediate threat.
WEIR: No I'm not, but this country's history of manifest destiny cannot continue out to the rest of the galaxy, especially when this is all being done behind the back of the entire planet.
JACKSON: Hey I'm not saying that everything that has been going on around here is right, I mean we have no right to play God, but neither do the Goa'uld. Now I know none of this may seem real to you on paper, but trust me, they're pure evil. Now if they had the chance they would either destroy us or enslave us all. You can read as many mission reports as you want but before you decide what should or shouldn't be done around here, why don't you go through that gate and see what's going on for yourself.
WEIR: In good time.
JACKSON: We may not have good time and Jack O'Neill certainly doesn't.
WEIR: I want you to know that Colonel O'Neill's current condition is of serious concern to me.
JACKSON: Then realize that Jack only did what he did, because it was our only way to find the location of the Lost City. (Gate starts turning, Weir looks around confused)
DAVIS: Unscheduled incoming traveler.
WEIR: All the offworld teams are back already.
PIERCE: Dr. Weir, we are receiving Master Bra'tac's personal identification code.
WEIR: I know what an I.D.C. is, thank you Colonel Pierce.
JACKSON: Well he's an ally and if we don't open(Points to the gate) the iris..-
WEIR: I understand, thank you. Go ahead please.
JACKSON: (He and Weir walk down to the Gate Room) (Bra'tac walks thru) Bra'tac. (The Jaffa looks at the lady standing next to Daniel) This is Dr. Elizabeth Weir, she's the new leader of this facility.
WEIR: (Walks up to him, extends her hand) Hello.
BRA'TAC: (Not taking her hand) Has Hammond of Texas fallen in battle?
WEIR: No sir, he's fine.
JACKSON: We've had some recent changes in our political leaders.
BRA'TAC: I see. (He looks bothered)
JACKSON: Bra'tac, what's wrong?
BRA'TAC: I'm afraid I'm not the bearer of good news. We have had word from Jaffa loyal to our cause. Anubis is gathering full force of his fleet. He will be here within three days.
HAYES: (On phone) Bob, can we stop complaining and start figuring out what we're going to do?
SECRETARY: Mr President. General Hammond.
HAYES: Show him in. (Takes off his glasses) We can't ignore a threat of this magnitude, hear the man out! Well whatever he is, and get back to me!
HAYES: (Smiles) General George Hammond.
HAMMOND: (Shakes his hand) Mr President.
HAYES: I think it was Lieutenant last time we spoke wasn't it?
HAMMOND: For both of us, that was a lot of hair ago sir.
HAYES: (Hardy laugh) Sit down. (They sit on sofas facing each other) You know when I took this job, I thought I had the weight of the world on my shoulders. But then I found out what you (Points to him) do for a living.
HAMMOND: Yes, Sir.
HAYES: George this had nothing to do with your record, but if the American people had any idea what your contribution was ...
HAMMOND: Thank you, sir, that's kind of you to say. One day maybe they will.
HAYES: Dr. Weir, she's as smart as they come.
HAMMOND: I hope so.
HAYES: The poor thing, she has no idea what's she gotten herself into. I had no choice George, I had to do something. I want you to know that I'm aware of your history with the Vice President.
HAMMOND: Yes, sir.
HAYES: Hell, We both know why I picked Kinsey, more then the money ... he delivered Florida all by himself. Trust me, if I knew then...
HAMMOND: Of course.
HAYES: So, let's talk about your reassignment.
HAMMOND:I was thinking more along the lines of retirement Sir.
HAYES: I don't think so George, not just yet. I want to keep you around Washington, we're going to need you and your expertise.
O'NEILL: (In briefing room to Bra'tac) Three days from now is a Thursday, (Sarcastically) Thursday's not good for us.
CARTER: Why now?
TEAL'C: Anubis believes that we know the location of the Lost City.
CARTER: We don't.
O'NEILL: Not yet.
JACKSON: Yes, but He doesn't know that we don't know ...
KINSEY: (Walking in with Weir, and a yummy looking secret service man) Oh! Well, some people just don't know when to leave.
WEIR: Colonel O'Neill, Major Carter, Teal'c. (Teal'c nods at her) I know these are strange circumstances to be meeting for the first time.
O'NEILL: And you are ...? (Raises his eyebrows)
WEIR: (Smiles) I am ... Dr. Elizabeth Weir, Colonel.
KINSEY: You can just call her your one hope of ever stepping through the Stargate again.
O'NEILL: Bit of a mouthful.
WEIR: I know I'm playing catch-up, but I understand that time is short.
O'NEILL: Actually it's all relative ma'am. Carter could explain it better if we had more time. (Sam smiles)
WEIR: Shall we have a seat then? (Everyone moves to sit at the table, the SS man moves out of view. I 'm guessing to watch over Kinsey) Obviously this is a situation of great importance.
O'NEILL: She's quick.
KINSEY: Which is why I've taken it upon myself to come down here and see what Mr Bra'tac has to say personally.
O'NEILL: MASTER Bra'tac, Master.
KINSEY: I beg your pardon. (I see the SS man ... he's sitting in a chair in the back watching Kinsey.) So you believe the Goa'uld Anubis is planning to attack?
BRA'TAC: You may be certain of it.
KINSEY: I'll say this, the timing is impeccable. The moment we suspend Stargate operations, (Jack rolls his eyes, and looks at Teal'c) you pull this out of your hat.
O'NEILL: Mr VICE President, if you're suggesting that we'd make something like this up ...
KINSEY: Yes Colonel, that's exactly what I'm suggesting.
O'NEILL: Yes well that is exactly what we do, we sit around on our fat asses and create scenarios that put the planet at risk, that's exactly what we do.
KINSEY: Oh I think you'd do just about anything ...
WEIR: (Interrupting) Gentlemen. For the purposes of this discussion, let's assume that Master Bra'tac is in earnest and that the threat is real.
JACKSON: Do you even know what the threat is? Anubis is a half Goa'uld, half ascended Ancient. With the knowledge and technology at his disposal to wipe us all from the face of the Earth.
WEIR: What about negotiating?
O'NEILL: Oh' for crying out loud, that's derantis. (Everyone looks at him) What?
JACKSON: You just said derantis.
O'NEILL: Did not.
JACKSON: Did to.
O'NEILL: Derantis, what is that?
WEIR: No it's not.
JACKSON: I think what Colonel O'Neill is trying to say is that trying to negotiate based on our past experiences would be insane ... crazy.
WEIR: Yeah, I got that.
CARTER: However we believe that there may be alien technology within our reach that could defeat Anubis.
KINSEY: (Chuckles) So now you're pulling a ray gun out of your hat.
TEAL'C: Weapons capable of defending this planet.
KINSEY: I can't believe we're sitting here listening to this.
WEIR: Mr Vice President, on his last mission ...
KINSEY: Oh, I am aware of the events and that once again compromised Colonel O'Neill's invaluable judgement, (Jack is shown shaking his head, and writing something with a pen) and the fact that on his last official mission, he has incurred the wrath of humanity's worst enemy on behalf of us all.
O'NEILL: Wait a minute, I thought you didn't buy into the whole invasion thing.
WEIR: The fact is, until we know the location of the Lost City ...
O'NEILL: I know where it is. (Sam and Danny look at him)
WEIR: You know where it is now?
O'NEILL: I will, it's in there somewhere. Look, let me make this simple. If I come up with the Lost City, we go find it, yes or no?
O'NEILL: Who are you, really? And why are you here?
WEIR: I will consider it.
O'NEILL: Thank you.
WEIR: You're welcome.
BRA'TAC: (Stands) I must return to Chulak.
TEAL'C: I, too will go, in the hope of procuring ships and warriors in order to defend this world.
WEIR: Good luck. (Everyone else stands and leaves.)
KINSEY: (Follows her into her office, slamming the door closed. He's pissed) What the hell was that?
WEIR: I'm sorry?
KINSEY: You don't know O'Neill like I do.
WEIR: (Sighs) This is my call. Colonel O'Neill ...
KINSEY: Is the one who got us into this mess in the first place!
WEIR: I don't see ...
KINSEY: I want him gone, Doctor. I want them all gone, you haven't figured that out yet?
WEIR: Oh' I figured out quite a bit.
KINSEY: Well hallelujah for that.
WEIR: This is my office, this is my chair. Until someone tells me otherwise, I'm going to make decisions as I see fit. Not as they fit into your agenda.
KINSEY: You have no idea what my agenda is.
WEIR: Whatever your agenda is.
KINSEY: You don't know anything Doctor, and if you think you do, you're not as smart as I thought. (Leaves, she sighs)
O'NEILL: (In Gate Room, gate is open) So T, if I don't see you again ...
TEAL'C: I will see you soon O'Neill.
O'NEILL: You know something I don't?
TEAL'C: In fact it is you who knows something I do not.
O'NEILL: I hope you're right. (Teal'c holds out his hand to do a Jaffa hand shake, Jack pulls him into a hug)
TEAL'C: I wish you all well. (He bows, and he and Bra'tac walk thru the gate.)
TO BE CONTINUED