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Major Carter joins an alien pilot for a space race, but the rest of the team discovers that on this world there is more at stake than the finish line.

DVD DISC: Season 7, Disc 2
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Scene: S.G.C.

We see the elevator doors on Level 28 open and Sam steps out. She is wearing leather pants, a t-shirt and leather jacket and is carrying a motorcycle helmet. She trots through the corridor and up the stairs into the briefing room.

CARTER: "Sorry, I haven't changed, sir. The message said it was urgent."

She stops when she sees the alien visitor in the room. Daniel and General Hammond are also there.

WARRICK: "Hello, again, Major Carter."

CARTER: "Warrick ..."

WARRICK: "It's good to see you again."

CARTER: "You too. What ... what brings you here?"

WARRICK: "When last we spoke, you strongly reiterated your desire to gain access to Serrakin technology."

CARTER: "Yes, of course."

WARRICK: "Unfortunately, diplomacy between our respective leadership has been slow to develop."

CARTER: "I'm sure they're just being cautious."

WARRICK: "As I was telling General Hammond and Dr. Jackson, I am here to offer you full access to the ion propulsion engines on the Seberus."

CARTER: "Well ... that's great. Sir, this could ..."

HAMMOND: (cutting her off) "I've read your report, Major. I won't debate the value of the technology. But there's more ..."

WARRICK: "In return, I would like your help ... to win a race."

Sam smiles.

Scene: S.G.C. - Briefing Room

The four are now sitting around the conference table.

WARRICK: "It is called the Loop of Kon Garat. Every year the largest corporation on my planet, known as Tech Con Group, awards an extremely lucrative contract to the winner of the loop."

JACKSON: "A contract?"

WARRICK: "It is a time-tested method to find the most qualified pilot with the best ship for the job. The race is open to anyone. There are few rules. The winner's ship must arrive first and intact."

JACKSON: "Let me just get this straight. The government of your planet is allowing you to share advanced technology with us in exchange for us helping you to win a race?"

WARRICK: "Not exactly. I have arranged for a small group of you to come to Hebridan on a diplomatic visit. There is no rule preventing you from helping me in the race ... and what you learn while you're there ..."

JACKSON: "So ... unofficially."

CARTER: (smiling) "How can we help?"

HAMMOND: "Major."

CARTER: "Can't hurt to ask, can it, sir?"

WARRICK: "The power system you used to recharge the Seberus when I was stranded ..."

CARTER: "A naquadah generator ..."

WARRICK: "As you know, the Seberus has been through quite a lot. However, my diagnostic analysis of its systems showed greatly improved efficiency when supplemented by the naquadah generator."

CARTER: "I'd like to participate."

Daniel and Hammond look a bit disturbed. Warrick is stunned.

WARRICK: "Well, actually, I was not asking you to join me."

CARTER: "Well, why not? I'll have to interface the generator."

WARRICK: "Could you not just show me?"

CARTER: "Well, naquadah generators are very valuable to us. We're not about to let one out of our sight. Besides, you never know what issues could arise on the fly."

WARRICK: "Major, I feel compelled to warn you of the danger. The Loop is not for the faint-hearted."

CARTER: "Well, we take risks to obtain advanced technology all the time. For me, there would be no better way to learn about your ship than to see it in action."

WARRICK: "A victory would mean a great deal to me. I am not above accepting your offer."

Sam smiles and then realizes she should be checking with Hammond.

CARTER: "With your approval ... sir."

HAMMOND: (exhales sharply) "Major, I expect you to evaluate the risk of this mission on an ongoing basis and act accordingly."

CARTER: (smiling and nodding) "As always, sir."

Later, in Sam's lab, Daniel stops by for a talk. Sam is packing equipment.

CARTER: "Hey ..."

JACKSON: "Hey, you ready?"

CARTER: "Yeah, just about."

JACKSON: "Warrick has set us up some meetings with the highest-ranking members of the Hebridian government and business community."

CARTER: "Bet Colonel O'Neill's really looking forward to that."

JACKSON: "Oh, yeah. You really think this is worth it?"

CARTER: "Absolutely. Why, don't you?"

JACKSON: "No - yeah, I just ... you just seem unusually ... gung-ho."

CARTER: (mockingly - smiling) "Gung-ho?"

JACKSON: "This is kinda more than about attaining new technology for you, isn't it?"

CARTER: "You mean helping Warrick? He did once risk his life for me."

JACKSON: "Yeah, I heard that. I just think that there's something else."

CARTER: "Look, I know that this could be dangerous. But this is our job, right? It's what we signed on to do. We take risks in the hopes of achieving new levels of technology. If ... and I stress if, participating in this race happens to be a little bit ... I don't know ..."


CARTER: (grinning madly) "What's a girl to do?"

JACKSON: "Nothin'. That's ... that's just what I thought."

Sam returns to her packing and in a flash we see a intergalactic news broadcast. The broadcast looks very similar to one we would see on Earth. A reporter seated behind a desk or table. Scrolling text in a foreign script across the bottom of the screen.

HADRAIG: "I'm Ardal Hadraig and welcome back to TCNN's exclusive coverage of the 59th Loop of Kon Garat. Now, with the loop set to begin tomorrow morning, we have a startling new development to report. Perennial also-ran, Warrick Finn announced today that his co-pilot will be a human from the planet we've come to know as Earth. Major Samantha Carter's participation will mark the first inclusion of an alien in Loop history."

The screen shows Warrick, then Sam, then cuts to a picture of the five-man SG-1: Jonas, Sam, Teal'c, Jack and Daniel.

HADRAIG: "A band of explorers happened upon him when his ship, the Seberus, crashed on an uncharted planet while transporting convicts to the outlying prison colonies. Now, the question on everyone's mind is will these Earthling bring Warrick luck a second time around?"

Now we see the broadcast from a harbor area. The holographic screen image is suspended high over the water and tall, unusual shaped buildings can be seen behind it. There are small ships flying to and fro.

HADRAIG: "Continuing coverage of the Loop of Kon Garat is brought to you by Tech Con Ultra Sport Beverage. When you've got an ultra big thirst to quench, only Tech Con Ultra Sport will do."

The scene changes to a hangar. Several beings come off the Seberus via a ramp on the under side. Warrick is leading the four-man SG-1 to meet some of those beings.

WARRICK: "May I introduce you all to Eamon? He is responsible for making the Seberus what it is today. And he is my younger brother."

O'NEILL: "Ah, yes ... I see the family resemblance. It's uncanny, boys. It's like ..." (Jack stops ... not sure he should finish that thought. He sniffs and then begins introductions.) "Colonel Jack O'Neill ... this is ..."

EAMON: (cutting him off) "You just had to do it, didn't you? There was no stopping you."

WARRICK: "Eamon ..."

EAMON: (irritated) "You really think the Seberus is incapable of winning this race without their help?"

WARRICK: "Eamon! They saved me from certain death ... and are responsible for my getting back home to Hebridan. I suggest you show some respect."

EAMON: "My apologies. I am honored to meet my brother's saviors. And you must be Major Carter. The one without whom we could not win the Loop."

O'NEILL: "You know, I feel all warm and fuzzy ..." (turning to Daniel) "How 'bout you?"

WARRICK: "Major Carter ... if you are to be my co-pilot, you will need to know how the ship works."

He hands her a large book.

CARTER: "What is this?"

WARRICK: "A complete operations manual for the Seberus. I had it translated for you."

Jack and Daniel come to look over her shoulder.

CARTER: "Thank you."

O'NEILL: "That's not our language."

CARTER: "It's mine ... sir."

O'NEILL: "Right."

He pats Sam's shoulder as Daniel walks to take a look at something else.

Eamon has come to join them.

EAMON: "Warrick, the long-range scanning control unit didn't come in again today. When I called, they said our credit ..."

WARRICK: (cutting him off) "I will go myself and pick one up ... after I get back from escorting Colonel O'Neill, Dr. Jackson and Teal'c to the Hebridan capital building."

O'NEILL: "T ... you comin'?"

TEAL'C: "Major Carter has requested that I remain so that I may assist her."

Both Sam and Jack look surprised. Teal'c smiles. Then simultaneously, they respond.

O'NEILL: "She did?"

CARTER: "I did?"

TEAL'C: "Indeed."

CARTER: "Right ... yes, thank you."

Sam smiles.

TEAL'C: "I do not wish to disappoint Major Carter."

O'NEILL: "Yes ... I know the feeling."

WARRICK: "Shall we?"

O'NEILL: (reluctantly) "Stay in touch."

Teal'c walks to stand directly in front of Sam, smiling and looking after the retreating forms of Daniel, Jack and Warrick.

TEAL'C: (quietly) "I am in your debt, Major Carter."

CARTER: "Indeed."

She grins again and turns her attention back to the manual.

Teal'c bows to her.

Later, on the Seberus, we see Sam taking the naquadah generator out of its case.

CARTER: (to Eamon who has just entered this compartment of the Seberus) "With all your science and engineering, I'm a little surprised you don't have a power source that rivals this."

EAMON: "Oh, they exist. We just couldn't afford one."

CARTER: "Ah ..."

EAMON: "Warrick is desperate, Major."

CARTER: "How do you mean?"

EAMON: "He was gone a long time. We all thought he was dead. His wife, Athea ... remarried and had children of her own now. Since his return, work has been scarce. He thinks this race is his chance to get his life back, Major. And he will do anything to win it."

CARTER: (nodding her understanding) "What about you?"

EAMON: "Me? Well, I work for Tech Con. I design garbage disposal units for the food service division. Need I say more?"


WARRICK: (over the intercom) "Eamon, I'm back."

EAMON: (into the intercom) "Did you get the ..."

WARRICK: (cutting him off) "Not yet. They just transmitted the race data."

Sam stands to let Eamon pass by her and then follows him out of the ship.

We see Teal'c, Sam, Eamon and Warrick standing near a monitor as a transmission is about to being.

ANNOUNCER: "Tech Con Group - Progress and people, working in total harmony."

The screen changes from a black background with spinning logo to a picture of a male talking head.

HAGAN: "I'm Miles Hagan, president of the Tech Con Group. I wish to welcome you as an official contestant to the Loop of Kon Garat. Congratulations on qualifying." (The screen now shows a map of the course.) "As always, the Loop will run through a course that consists of four distinct stages: defense ..." (Hagan continues to talk in the background, but Eamon speaks over him.) "... navigation, maneuverability and speed."

EAMON: "We know the course. Skip to the competition."

Warrick fast-forwards the transmission.

HAGAN: "Let's meet your fellow pilots, shall we?"

The screen now displays eight heads.

EAMON: (not happy) "I don't believe it ... Jarlath."

TEAL'C: "Jarlath?"

WARRICK: (touches the screen and pulls up a close up of Jarlath) "I know him from my days of transporting convicts. He was caught running illegal weapons to the outer mining colonies. I thought he was in prison."

CARTER: "Looks like he's been paroled."

WARRICK: "He's not our biggest problem." (He touches the screen and pulls up a different pilot.) "La'el Montrose, independent cargo runner from the parallel colonies. Her ship is very fast. And, worse still ..." (He pulls up another pilot on the screen.)

EAMON: "Hmph ... Muirios."

WARRICK: " His skill as a pilot is legendary."

CARTER: "Can we beat him?"

EAMON: "You'll get clobbered in the navigation phase, without a long range scanner control unit."

WARRICK: "I will get one."

Sam and Teal'c look at each other. Then we see a shot of the harbor again. Next we see Sam looking around some equipment. Warrick is there too.

CARTER: "What's this?"

WARRICK: "Expensive."

They are interrupted when someone come into the area.

TAUPEN: "Hello Warrick. Who's your friend?"

CARTER: "Hi. Major Samantha Carter."

TAUPEN: "Ah. One of the Earthlings. I heard about you."

WARRICK: "We are here to pick up the scanner control unit I ordered."

TAUPEN: "Look, Warrick ..."

WARRICK: "Taupen ..."

TAUPEN: "I'm running a business here, not a charity. Your credit's been over the maximum for months."

WARRICK: "The best chance of my paying you back is for me to win the Loop."

TAUPEN: "I'm sorry, Warrick. I can't give you a new one. But you're in luck ... I just picked up this re-conditioned unit this morning. It should work fine."

WARRICK: "I will take it. Thank you. I promise, I will settle up things after ..."

JARLATH: (cutting him off) "After you lose. You don't think he's good for it, do you? He doesn't stand a chance of winning the Loop."

WARRICK: "Jarlath ... still avoiding personal hygiene, I see."

JARLATH: "Who'd your friend, Warrick? She looks nice." (Sam rolls her eyes.) "Golon Jarlath, Captain of the Oran. Very much at your service ..."

WARRICK: "Ignore him, Major."

Warrick walks between Jarlath and Sam on his way out. Sam follows him.

JARLATH: "Stay out of my way, Warrick, or I'll blow your pathetic ship to pieces."

Warrick turns suddenly, and Sam puts a hand up to restrain him.

CARTER: "Warrick ..."

WARRICK: "You're right. He is not worth it."

Back at the hangar, Eamon and Teal'c are working on something.

EAMON: "That's it. We're done. She's ready."

Eamon begins walking. Teal'c follows.

TEAL'C: "Do you believe the Seberus is capable of winning this race?"

EAMON: "I'd like to think we'd have won without the naquadah reactor. With it, I'd pretty much guarantee it. Hungry?"

TEAL'C: "That depends ..."

EAMON: "I'm sure we can find something that will suit you."

As they exit the hangar, we see man in a blue suit come out of hiding. Carrying an object, he approaches the Seberus and the screen fades out.

Scene: Hebridan Space

The race is ready to begin.

The newscast is back.

HADRAIG: "And with the Loop set to being only minutes from now, I'm joined by race expert and two-time champion, Coyle Boron. Coyle, what's going through the pilot's minds right now?"

BORON: "Well, Ardal, by the time you're at the starting bouys, there's nothing else to do but run your pre-flight check and hope all your hardware pays off. It's, uh, it's a tense time."

HADRAIG: "Well, there's no question the stakes are high. This year's winner receives a lucrative contract with Tech Con's deep space exploration project. While anything else means massive debt and the acrid taste of bitter defeat. It's an interesting group of pilots this year, Coyle. Who do you like?"

BORON: "Well, I think you've gotta like this kid, Muirios." (A picture of Muirios appears on the screen between the two anchors.) "He's got the talent, the ship and the experience to take it all."

HADRAIG: "Now, what about Warrick and the Human woman? Any potential for an upset there?"

BORON: "They don't stand a chance."

They chuckle.

HADRAIG: "Well, the gaming experts agree. You can wager on the outcome of the Loop of Kon Garat at any of Tech Con Group's friendly gaming kiosks, conveniently located throughout urban centers near you. Tech Con Gaming Kiosks - If you don't play, you definitely won't win."

Scene: Hebridan Space

Sam and Warrick are on the Seberus, awaiting the start of the race.

CARTER: "I'm getting the feeling that even a nice long look at an ion drive isn't enough. We're actually going to need one of these compression coils if we're going to have any chance at reproducing this technology."

WARRICK: "If we win, I'll buy you one."

CARTER: "If we win?"

FLIGHT CONTROL: (over intercom) "Prepare for race start. All pilots check in now."

WARRICK: (into the intercom) "Flight control ... this is the Seberus. Preparing for race start."

Suddenly, Jarlath's face appears on the communication console.

WARRICK: "What do you want, Jarlath?"

JARLATH: "Just to tell you to drop out now and save that worthless junk barge you call a ship from being destroyed." Jarlath chuckles.

WARRICK: "Eat greeven, Jarlath."

JARLATH: "You piece of ..."

Warrick punches a button and cuts him off mid-sentence.

CARTER: "Greeven?"

WARRICK: "Don't ask."

FLIGHT CONTROL: (over intercom) "This is Tech Con Flight Control ... stand by for race start."

WARRICK: "Ready or not ... here ... we ... go ..."

The energy barrier between the buoys is turned off and the ships take off on the race course. Back in the hangar, Eamon and Teal'c are monitoring the Seberus progress on computer screens.

EAMON: "The first stage is a test of each ship's defense capabilities."

TEAL'C: "Against what?"

Out in space, we see ships go through a minefield and watch as several mines lock onto passing ships and begin pursuit. On the Seberus, the ride is getting bumpy.

CARTER: "Those things are firing at us."


More shots are fired by the mines and by the Seberus. Several mines are destroyed, but the mines are rocking the Seberus too.

WARRICK: "Bring aft shields to full." (Sam presses a button and looks at him.) "That is auxiliary power."

CARTER: "Right." She pressed that button again and then presses another.

WARRICK: "Shields are holding."

SHIBO: (over the intercom) "This is Captain Shibo of the Tritan. Losing shield power. Key systems are failing."

WARRICK: "Tritan ... this is Warrick on the Seberus. Syphon primary power from your regulator and boost your shield strength."

SHIBO: "I can't. I've lost my interchange unit. I ..."

WARRICK: "Tritan ... hold on. We're on our way to assist."

SHIBO: "Too late. My engines are fried. I'm out, Warrick. Thanks, anyway."

CARTER: "Is he going to be okay?"

WARRICK: "The drones cease firing when a ship has become disabled." (We see the Seberus fly past the drones and toward a sun.) "That's it. We're clear."

CARTER: "Anyone ever die in this race?"

WARRICK: "I told you it was dangerous."

CARTER: "I know."

WARRICK: "Are there no events such as this on Earth? Where Humans risk their lives?"

CARTER: "Yeah, a few."

WARRICK: "Believe me, Major Carter, no matter how much winning may mean to me, I would never intentionally endanger your life ... this ship ..."

Suddenly alarms go off and the ship bucks.

CARTER: "What now? I thought we were clear?"

WARRICK: "Stage two. We're entering the coronasphere of our sun. It causes intermittent disturbances with the communication and navigation equipment. Eamon has designed shielding specifically for this phase."

Abrupt switch to another newscast.

HADRAIG: "And so, after stage one, Muirios has the lead, followed closely by La'el Montrose and Golon Jarlath."

BORON: "The Oran made quick work of those attack drones, let me tell ya."

HADRAIG: "And we've got stage two coming up fast."

BORON: "That would be the coronasphere, Ardal. Because it's made up of ionized gases, you're basically flying through a thick layer of translucent plasma."

HADRAIG: "Wow ... sounds hot."

BORON: "Well, you can say that again. At this stage of the race, it's all about the shields. Does your ship have what it takes to survive that kind of super intense heat?"

HADRAIG: "And if it doesn't?"

BORON: "You'd be instantly vaporized."

HADRAIG: "Interesting ... in a horrifying sense. If you have a loved one who's close to death ..." (A logo appears on the screen next to Ardal as the camera focuses on him alone.) "Don't delay. Contact Tech Con Group Funeral Services today and make your loved one's farewell memorable beyond words. Tech Con Group Funeral Services: Helping you make peace with death."

Back in the sun's coronasphere ...

WARRICK: "Initiating coronaspheric shielding."

CARTER: "Communications systems are ... inoperative."

WARRICK: "They will come back."

We see a chamber on the ship. Suddenly sparks fly out of the chamber. Alarms begin blaring again. The ship is rocked.

CARTER: "What's going on?"

WARRICK: "I do not know. We are losing engine power."

Sam, feeling a little panicked tries the comms anyway.

CARTER: "Teal'c, Eamon ... we are sending a distress signal. Our key systems are inoperative."

Teal'c hears the communication and sees Sam's face on one of the screens. He is immediately concerned and takes a seat in front of the screen.

CARTER: "Engines are failing ..."

TEAL'C: "How does one respond?"

Eamon leaves his console to join Teal'c. He punches a button near the top of the screen.

EAMON: "Here ..."

TEAL'C: "Major Carter, come in."

CARTER: "We can no longer maintain engine ..." static is heard.

Teal'c looks at Eamon.

EAMON: "They've lost all primary power. They're in trouble."

Teal'c looks back at the screen. He can see Sam, but he can't hear her.

Back on the Seberus ...

WARRICK: "Auxiliary power will not engage. We are on emergency storage cells."

Suddenly, the front windows go dark.

CARTER: "What are you doing?"

WARRICK: "The blast shields will help to block the radiation. So much for not risking your life."

They unbuckle and climb out of their seats as the scene fades out.

Scene: Seberus

Sam and Warrick are looking at the console where the sparks flew earlier.

CARTER: "What happened?"

WARRICK: "The power diverter overloaded. This shouldn't have happened."

CARTER: "Can you fix it?"


TEAL'C: (over the comms) "Major Carter, Captain Warrick ... do you read me?"

WARRICK: "We're here. Can you hear us?"

TEAL'C: "Are you all right?"

WARRICK: "The power diverter overloaded."

EAMON: "Impossible. I ran a full diagnostic three hours before the race."

WARRICK: "Unless ..."

EAMON: "Unless what?"

WARRICK: "It's hard to tell with all the damage, but if someone cut the connection to the regulation system ..."

CARTER: "W-w-wait ... somebody did this on purpose?"

EAMON: "They would need detailed knowledge of the ship's systems."

WARRICK: "I think they knew exactly where to hit us. And how to cover their tracks. Eamon, what can we do? We're being pulled towards the sun."

EAMON: "I know." (He looks at a schematic on his screen.) "Bypass the diverter and manually regulate power to the engines with the accelerator."

WARRICK: (to Sam) "It's dangerous."

CARTER: "More dangerous than flying into a sun?"

WARRICK: (rising and removing a panel on the ship) "We have to reconnect the naquadah generator over here, in order to bypass the diverter and supply power directly to the engines."

CARTER: (going to stand next to him) "How much time do we have?"

WARRICK: "Not much."

Sam looks into the panel and with another flash, a newscast begins.

HADRAIG: "And so, out of the 10 ships that started the Loop, only six remain, and that number may soon dwindle to five. For those of you just joining us, all I can say is ... where have you been hiding?" (The two anchors chuckle.) "Now, Warrick Finn and his alien co-pilot have slipped back into last place. Looks like they ran into a little trouble during stage two."

BORON: "That's right, Ardal. Latest telemetry updates place them dangerously close to the sun."

HADRAIG: "Now, Warrick must be disappointed to be facing certain defeat and death, so early in the race."

BORON: "You've got that right, Ardal. This is the moment where every pilot has to dig deep in that reservoir of desire and fortitude if they want to win. It's all about how badly you want it."

HADRAIG: "Well, it sounds like maybe they could use a couple of bottles of Radon Shield 55 - new from Tech Con Cosmetics. Radon Shield 55 protects you and your whole family, from the intense radiation of the sun. Day in, day out, Radon Shield 55 keeps your fun factor up and your lesion count down. Available at quality Tech Con Family Outlets everywhere."

Back in the hangar, Eamon and Teal'c are monitoring the situation on the Seberus. Eamon is working at a computer.

EAMON: "Someone must have snuck in here. Got into the ship."

TEAL'C: "Who would know the ship well enough?"

EAMON: "No one. The Seberus is a common model, but I've customized it significantly. Unless someone accessed the schematics on my computer at Tech Con."

On the Seberus, Warrick is working on the diverter. Sam is working on the naquadah generator.

WARRICK: "I'm done."

We hear the engines power up. Then Sam does something that causes the area she is working in to light up.

CARTER: "Me too."

They both go back to the "bridge".

WARRICK: "Let's hope this works."

CARTER: "If it doesn't?"

WARRICK: "We fall into the sun and burn up ... or worse."

CARTER: "Worse?"

WARRICK: "We could explode, right now."


WARRICK: "Here goes ..."

The bridge lights up. Sam smiles.

WARRICK: "Let's get out of here."

CARTER: (over comms) "Teal'c, we got the power back online."

TEAL'C: "That is good to hear, Major Carter."

EAMON: "I can't believe it."

TEAL'C: "What is it?"

EAMON: "Someone did access my computer."

TEAL'C: "Who?"

EAMON: "His name is Del Tynan. He's my supervisor. I can't tell exactly what he got. If we're going to prove anything, we need to go to Tech Con." (He turns to Teal'c.) "They won't let you in without clearance. You'll need a hat."

Eamon gets up and Teal'c follows him.

Meanwhile, back on the Seberus ...

CARTER: "Three more ships have pulled out of the race and we've fallen pretty far behind the others."

WARRICK: "If you wish, we can drop out now and avoid any further risk."

Just then, the communication console activates. Jack is contacting Sam. Daniel can be seen in the background behind Jack.

O'NEILL: (over comms) "Carter? You there?"

CARTER: "Colonel, sir."

O'NEILL: (turns to look at Daniel) "I got it to work." (turns back to the screen) "How's it going up there?"

CARTER: "We ran into a little trouble, but we're fine now."

O'NEILL: "Sure?"

CARTER: "Yeah. How's it going down there?"

JACKSON: "Uh ... good. We, uhm, we're going to help them bring a Stargate here and in exchange, we get an ion drive to study."

CARTER: "Really?"

O'NEILL: "Yes ... so, no need to take any chances up there."

CARTER: "I made a deal, sir. I'm gonna stick with it."

O'NEILL: "Oh, having fun are we, Carter?"

She looks over at Warrick. He shrugs.

CARTER: "Uhm ... gotta go. We're pretty far behind at this point."

O'NEILL: "All right. Be careful."

CARTER: "We will. Thank you."

O'NEILL: "You're welcome."

Jack leans forward and shuts off the communication.

CARTER: "Okay ... if we use the gravity of the sun to slingshot us around back onto the course, we should be able to pick up enough speed to get back into the race."

WARRICK: "Brilliant!"

Back on Hebridan, at the Tech Con building, Teal'c and Eamon approach the front desk and speak to the receptionist. Teal'c is now wearing an outfit identical to Eamon's. They both have on hats too.


EAMON: "Hello." (He swipes a card through a device on the desk.) "This is my cousin ..."

TEAL'C: (smiling) "Murray."

EAMON: "Mm ... twice removed. I just forgot a data unit in my office. Won't be long."

They turn to leave, but the receptionist stops them.

RECEPTIONIST: "You have to scan in ... company policy."

She places a scanning unit on the desk. Teal'c turns and smiles again. Eamon motions for him to put his hand on the device.

RECEPTIONIST: "Sorry your brother isn't doing very well."

EAMON: "Oh, me too."

RECEPTIONIST: (as Teal'c withdraws his hand) "Nice to meet you, Murray."

Teal'c smiles and bows slightly, then follows Eamon. We see Eamon and Teal'c walking through a hallway in the building. They approach a door.

EAMON: "This is Tynan's office."

TEAL'C: "Does he not keep his office secure?"

EAMON: "The company philosophy encourages mutual trust."

Eamon opens the door. Teal'c follows him inside. Eamon looks behind them to be sure no one has seen them and then closes the door. Teal'c walks up to a strange looking device. Eamon quickly walks by him and moves to the computer on Tynan's desk.

EAMON: "Besides, no one is going to steal his plants. Everything of value is in here and the system is protected by a secret passcode. Fortunately, I put a program on my system, that records an intruder's passcode if someone attempts to access my personal files."

TEAL'C: "Then it is good you do not subscribe to the company philosophy."

EAMON: (nodding) "Mmm."

Back on the Loop course, the Seberus is gaining ground.

DISTRES SIGNAL VOICE: (over comms) "This is an automated distress signal. The following pilot ..."

JARLATH: "Jarlath."

DISTRESS SIGNAL VOICE: "... is in need of assistance. Current status is ..."

JARLATH: "Die, you rotting scrap of jetsam!"

Meanwhile, back in Tynan's office, Eamon has discovered more than he was looking for.

EAMON: "This is worse than I thought. He has schematics for every ship in the race."

TEAL'C: "For the purpose of sabotaging the competition."

We see another schematic on the screen.

EAMON: "But not this one. This ship's been outfitted with boosters from Tech Con's prototype division. There's no way a private-sector pilot could get his hands on these."

TEAL'C: "To whom does that ship belong?"

EAMON: "Muirios. Tynan has set him up to win. We have to warn Warrick."

Just then, Tynan and two others walk around a partition in the room.

TYNAN: "I don't think so."

Scene: Seberus

WARRICK: "Oran ... this is the Seberus responding to your distress call. Jarlath, do you read?"

JARLATH: (over comms) "Warrick?"

WARRICK: "We are closing on your position. What is your status?"

JARLATH: "My status is mind your own business."

WARRICK: "You sent out a distress call."

JARLATH: "No I didn't. My computer did. Everything is fine."

CARTER: "Transmission indicates your life support is failing."

JARLATH: "My oxygen supply vented!"

WARRICK: "That is what you get for not having any shields. The drones must have caused a leak."

JARLATH: "Shut up, Warrick. Go back to losing the race."

CARTER: "You're gonna die if you don't let us help."

JARLATH: "I don't need help, least of all from you."

WARRICK: "What about emergency reserves?"

JARLATH: "I don't have any. I needed the room for additional weapons."

WARRICK: "Imbecile."

JARLATH: "I would rather die kissing space debris than board that barge you call a ship!"

Jarlath cuts communication.

WARRICK: "He does not want to be rescued."

CARTER: (rolls eyes and then speaks into comms) "Jarlath, hold on. We'll be there soon."

We see the Seberus maneuver over the Oran. Then we see an airlock extend from under the Seberus and lock onto the Oran. Next, we see Sam and Warrick open the airlock hatch on the Seberus and look down into the airlock. Jarlath is sitting at the bottom.

JARLATH: "I am not coming up there."

WARRICK: "We tried."

He tries to close the hatch, but Sam stops him.

CARTER: (to Jarlath) "Come on!"

Jarlath sighs and begins climbing the ladder to the Seberus.

WARRICK: "Can you move any slower?"

JARLATH: "You don't think you can still win, do you?"

WARRICK: "We are only this far behind because we were sabotaged."

Jarlath finally makes it onto the Seberus. Sam and Warrick close the hatch.

JARLATH: "A likely excuse. So was I, by the way."

WARRICK: (as he takes his seat again) "How so?"

JARLATH: (finding a place to sit) "The drones didn't cause the leak in my life support. I was never hit."

CARTER: (strapping herself back in) "Somebody fixed the whole race?"

WARRICK: "It is not over, yet."

JARLATH: "Ha ... what planet do you live on?"

WARRICK: "Told you we should have left him to die."

Meanwhile, in Tynan's office, Teal'c's radio comes to life with the voice of Jack.

O'NEILL: (over the radio) "Teal'c? Do you read? Teal'c? You still at Tech Con?"

Tynan who has been tracking the progress of the race on a computer gets up, picks up the radio and turns it off. Teal'c and Eamon are seated, hands bound behind their backs. There are still two other men in the room keeping watch as well.

TYNAN: "This is really unfortunate. You were a good employee, Eamon."

EAMON: "How could you do this?"

TYNAN: "How could I? How could I not?" (then addressing Teal'c) "There's something your new friend, here, doesn't want you to know. The Serrakin are not to be trusted."

TEAL'C: "The Serrakin freed your ancestors from the Goa'uld."

TYNAN: "For what purpose? Hmm? Sharing technology? Living in harmony? All lies. The Serrakin are seizing control or our world, piece by piece. Taking power and opportunity away from pure-blood Humans. Polluting our race by cross breeding. Weakening it by design. Don't you see? The Serrakin are no better than the Goa'uld."

EAMON: "This is insane, Tynan. Our society was built by both races ... for the good of all Hebridians."

TYNAN: "Is that why the Serrakin hold all the highest positions and Humans are treated like second class citizens?"

EAMON: "That's not true ... when Hagan finds out about this ..."

TYNAN: (cutting him off) "Hagan ... is one of the primary architects of Human oppression on this planet. No, the winner of the Loop of Kon Garat will be a pure-blooded Human and that is merely the first step."

EAMON: "You're just mad because ... you've been passed over for advancement three times."

TYNAN: "You think I'm the only one? There are enough of us to make a difference."

EAMON: "Has it occurred to you that ... maybe the reason you've been passed over ... so many times is not because you're a Human, but ... because you're a moron?"

TYNAN: (ticked off now) "I am doing this to save my kind from the likes of you."

Tynan walks back to the computer and sits down to monitor the race.

EAMON: (to Teal'c) "I guess not."

We flash to another newscast.

HADRAIG: "Welcome back to TCNN's continuing exclusive coverage of the Loop of Kon Garat. Now, we have some startling developments to relate. Apparently, Warrick and the Earthling, Samantha Carter, have re-entered the race with a vengeance and are now pulling into a close third position. Coyle, what does this mean for Muirios?"

BORON: "Well, he's had a commanding lead for the bulk of the competition, but he's gotta be wondering what Warrick's got on board that allowed him to make up that kind of distance so fast."

HADRAIG: "Well, Coyle, perhaps he's using Ion Pro, a new engine additive from Tech Con Propulsion Systems."

BORON: "Yes, perhaps."

HADRAIG: "Ion Pro is guaranteed to improve drive performance, no matter what class ship you fly. Whether you're competing in the Loop of Kon Garat or just taking the kids to school, use Ion Pro in your power source. Ion Pro, from Tech Con Propulsion Systems: Your system wide experts in Ion drive technology."

We flash to the Tech Con building where Daniel and Jack have arrived, looking for Teal'c. They are speaking with the receptionist.

RECEPTIONIST: "I'm sorry, I can't let you inside the complex without clearance."

JACKSON: "We're looking for people we think are inside the building."

RECEPTIONIST: "If you give me their names, I can check and see if they're here."

JACKSON: "Okay ... one of them is named ..."

O'NEILL: "Eamon."

JACKSON: "Eamon."

RECEPTIONIST: "And his cousin, Murray?"

O'NEILL: "Murray! Yes ... that's them."

RECEPTIONIST: (smiling) "Yes ... they're here."

JACKSON: "Good, can we go inside now?"

RECEPTIONIST: (still smiling) "No."

O'NEILL: (the smile on his face disappears) "All right ... here's what I'd like you to do. Pick up that phone, call mister ... whoever runs this place ..."

JACKSON: "Hagan."

O'NEILL: "Hagan ..."

RECEPTIONIST: "I'm sorry, but I just can't ..."

O'NEILL: "We're old friends. Tell him Mr. Man-who-has-the-Stargate is here to see him. He'll understand."

JACKSON: (whispering and smiling) "Stargate."

O'NEILL: "Go ahead ... buttons ... phone ..."

RECEPTIONIST: (into her headset) "Mr. Hagan, please."

O'NEILL: (smiling) "Nice."

Back in Tynan's office ...

EAMON: "What are you going to do, Tynan? He's an alien from another planet. His people are going to miss him."

Just as he is contemplating a response, Tynan receives a communication from Muirios.

MUIRIOS: "Tynan, respond."

TYNAN: "What is it, Muirios?"

MUIRIOS: "It's the Seberus. Warrick is still in the race. He's gaining on my position."

Tynan turns to look back at the race screen and suddenly, we are watching ships fly through an icy asteroid field. Two ships fly by and then, not far behind, we see the Seberus.

WARRICK: (at the ship controls) "Hard left!"

The ship jerks to the right and Jarlath, who is standing behind and in between where Sam and Warrick sit, goes falling into the right wall of the ship.

JARLATH: (regaining his position, and angry) "What was that? You said left!"

WARRICK: "Oh, did I? Sorry."

JARLATH: "This is a waste of time! We don't have a chance! You're just gonna get us killed!"

CARTER and WARRICK: (simultaneously) "Shut up!"

Back in Tynan's office ...

MUIRIOS: (over comms) "Well, how did this happen? You said the Seberus would be disabled. That I was guaranteed to win."

We see Teal'c smile and look to Eamon.

TYNAN: "You will win, Muirios. Just focus on what you have to do." (Tynan looks over at Eamon and Teal'c.) "I'll take care of the Seberus." (He punches a few buttons on the communication console.) "This is Tynan calling the Seberus. I know you can hear me."

WARRICK: "What do you want, Tynan?"

TYNAN: "I only intended to disable your ship, but your stubbornness has forced my hand. I have your brother and one of the visitors from Earth. So, drop out of the race ... now."

Sam and Jarlath both react in frustration as Warrick powers back the engines. The scene fades out.

Scene: Hebridan - Tech Con Group Building

Jack is sitting in a chair, cap pulled over his face, sleeping. Daniel is standing next to him, dipping his foot into a pond that is located next to the seating area. The doors open to allow Hagan to walk in. Daniel jumps slightly as he hears the noise and quickly walks to greet Hagan.

HAGAN: "Dr. Jackson ... Colonel O'Neill ..." (We see Jack wake, suddenly and struggle to pull himself out of the chair. His cap is now in his hand and he wipes at his eyes with his hand.) "Sorry to keep you waiting. It's so nice to see you again. What can I do for you?"

JACKSON: Uhm, we think a ... member of our group might, somehow, be lost ... inside your building ... with, uh, with one of your employees."

HAGAN: "Lost? That seems unlikely."

O'NEILL: "Well ... you've gotta know the guy."

HAGAN: "Of course ... come with me."

Back on the Seberus ...

WARRICK: "We were gaining on them. We had a chance."

Sam nods.

JARLATH: (through clenched teeth) "You're going to let a little thing like your brother's life stop you from winning the race?"

CARTER and WARRICK: (again, simultaneously) "Shut up."

In Tynan's office, Tynan is monitoring the race with increasing nervousness. He swings his chair way from the race monitor and back to his desk. He taps the communications console.

TYNAN: "Muirios ... La'el Montrose is gaining on you."

MUIRIOS: "Yes, I know. You were supposed to take care of her."

TYNAN: "I thought I did. She must have overcome the problem. Lose her."

MUIRIOS: "I'm trying."

TYNAN: "Try harder. Do whatever you have to."

Then turning to his two "goons" and referring to Eamon and Teal'c ...

TYNAN: "Get rid of them. Take them away."

Just as Teal'c and Eamon stand, the door to Tynan's office opens. In walks Hagan, Jack, Daniel and several of Hagan's security personnel.

HAGAN: "Hello, Del."

TYNAN: (standing) "Mr. Hagan ..."

Hagan walks up to the desk, looking to his left at Teal'c and Eamon. Hagan's security personnel quickly secure the room.

JACKSON: (approaching Teal'c) "Nice outfit. You guys okay?"

TEAL'C: "Indeed."

O'NEILL: "How many times have I told you, don't get caught by the bad guys?"

HAGAN: "How could you do this, Del?"

TEAL'C: "He claims he was protecting his people from a Serrakin conspiracy to enslave the Humans of this world."

TYNAN: "I did what I had to. Your kind are a disease."

EAMON: "The only disease here is greed. If he was protecting anything, it's a deal he made with Muirios. Which, I suspect, was quite lucrative."

HAGAN: "The reason you've been passed over for advancement is because you've been under investigation for corruption for over a year. We couldn't prove anything until now."

TYNAN: "I intend to file a protest with the employment council."

HAGAN: (as Tynan is being lead out) "Employment is the least of your worries right now, Del."

Eamon quickly walks over to Tynan's communication console and contacts the Seberus.

EAMON: "Warrick, Major Carter ... It's Eamon. Are you there?"

WARRICK: "Eamon, are you all right?"

EAMON: "Teal'c and I are both safe. Now get back in the race ... and win ... if you can."

Sam and Warrick smile at each other and Warrick powers up the engines again.

JARLATH: "You must be out of your mind!"

WARRICK: (holding up his hand) "Do not say a word. Major, give me all you've got."

CARTER: "Max power ... Warrick, I hate to say it, but Jarlath might be right. Muirios has too big a lead. We'll never catch him. He cheated. I can't believe they'll still let him take first prize."

WARRICK: "Unless we can keep Muirios from crossing the finish line first."

CARTER: "How can we do that?"

JARLATH: "Oh, that's easy." (They both look at him.) "Just ... get me close."

WARRICK: "The closest we will get is when the double back past us after the final turn."

JARLATH: "It'll have to do."

Sam turns to see Jarlath lying on the floor behind them. He has opened a hole in the floor and is fiddling with some luminescent red conduit.

CARTER: "What are you doing?"

JARLATH: "Re-routing the conduit from your fancy power device and doubling it back through the communications array."

CARTER: (sarcastically) "Why? So we can ask him to lose?"

JARLATH: "Humorous. More like tell him. This will allow us to send a blast transmission. If my aim is correct, it'll temporarily freeze the command controls on Muirios' ship."

WARRICK: "You are even crazier than I thought."

JARLATH: "Never was much of a pilot. But weapons?" (he smiles at Sam) "It's an art."

WARRICK: "They're coming around the final turn."

We see the two ships navigating in a tight course marked on either side by drones or buoys. Muirios guides his ship into Montrose's ship, giving the ship a nudge ... more than once.

CARTER: "He's trying to take out La'el's ship."

JARLATH: "I don't think so.

We see the Seberus communication console come to life. Then we see Muirios' ship stall and La'el's ship speed past and through the energy barrier that signifies the finish line. Jarlath pumps his fist and chuckles in triumph.

WARRICK: "Well done."

JARLATH: "Ah ... don't make me sick."

Another newscast comes on the screen.

HADRAIG: "Unbelievable! What a finish! La'el Montrose has won the Loop of Kon Garat! What happened to Muirios?"

BORON: "It was his race to lose and he lost it. It looks like some kind of beam weapon caused his ship's power to fail."

HADRAIG: "Opening the door for La'el Montrose to take it all. You have got to love that there are no rules in this race."

BORON: "It's what makes this competition so special, Ardal. I must say, in all my years, I haven't seen anything like it."

HADRAIG: "Well, you must be particularly surprised, since you picked Muirios to win."

BORON: "Yes, I was wrong about that."

HADRAIG: "And you also said that Warrick wouldn't be in contention, and yet he came very close to finishing this race."

BORON: "Yes, I was wrong about that too."

HADRAIG: "Any predictions for next year?"

BORON: "Well, I'd rather not say ..."

They both chuckle.

HADRAIG: "All right, then. We'll be right back with post-race interviews after a word from our sponsor: Corso's Temporal Eatery - where your whole family can eat what they want, when they want. Part of the Tech Con Group family of restaurants."

Back on the Seberus ...

WARRICK: "Sorry we did not win."

CARTER: (smiling) "It was still worth it."

Warrick nods his agreement.

Scene: S.G.C.

Sam is walking through one of the S.G.C. corridors. She rounds a corner and sees Daniel hanging up a red handset.

CARTER: "Hey ..."


CARTER: "I just heard from Warrick. The winner of the race hired him as co-pilot on her new contract with Tech Con."

JACKSON: "That's great."

CARTER: "Yeah. He sounded really happy."

JACKSON: "You don't."

CARTER: "I'm fine."

JACKSON: "You've still got that ion drive to study."

CARTER: "I know ... very cool."

JACKSON: "You're just sore that you lost."

CARTER: "Well, come on. It wasn't fair ... bunch of cheaters."

Daniel is grinning broadly now.

JACKSON: "So, whatcha gonna do?"

CARTER: "Next year ... I'm gonna kick butt."