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Daniel must once again decide whether to risk death or ascend when Oma Desala gives him a second chance. O'Neill and Carter struggle with their respective personal relationships.

DVD DISC: Season 8, Disc 5
WRITTEN BY: Robert C. Cooper
DIRECTED BY: Andy Mikita
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Below is the transcript for the longer cut of "Threads," which premiered as a 90-minute special in 2005. Scenes and dialog that were subsequently cut out for the standard version of the episode are marked in blue.

Transcript by Callie Sullivan

BAAL'S PLANET. Baal walks into the throne room to face Anubis, who is sitting on the throne.

ANUBIS: You have failed me.

BAAL: We've 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.)

ANUBIS: Worse than failure, worse than cowardice, (he stands) you have betrayed me. Did you not think I wouldn't know what you had done? How can you still underestimate my powers?

BAAL: Your methods were ultimately unnecessary -- not when there was another way of defeating the Replicators.

ANUBIS: 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.

BAAL: I do not understand. You could have modified the Stargate yourself.

ANUBIS: You have no way of knowing what is necessary and what is not in the grand design.

BAAL: Whose grand design?


S.G.C. - BRIEFING ROOM. Sam comes up the stairs from the Control Room. She looks into Jack's 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.

CARTER: Sorry, sir. I saw you were with someone -- I didn't want to interrupt.

O'NEILL: What's up?

CARTER: Who was that?

O'NEILL: Um, Kerry Johnson, CIA.

CARTER: I've heard the name. Oh, yeah, she was heading up the investigation into, uh, Goa'uld still at large after the incident with The Trust.

O'NEILL: Yeah.

CARTER: Sir, I wanted to talk to you about ...

O'NEILL (interrupting): Carter.

CARTER: We haven't heard from him in a week.

O'NEILL: Doesn't mean anything.

CARTER: Sir, we know he was captured by Replicators. Chances are he was on board a Replicator ship when it disintegrated.

O'NEILL: All we know for sure is that he's missing.

CARTER: Sooner or later ...

O'NEILL (interrupting): Forget it! I'm not fallin' for it this time.

CARTER: "Falling for it"?

O'NEILL: Yeah! How many times have you thought he was gone, and then he shows up -- in one form or another. I'm sorry, but we're not having a memorial service for someone who is not dead. (He turns his head and calls out to the room.) You hear that?! I'm not buyin' it! (He and Sam look around the room for a few seconds, then Jack turns to look at Sam again.) What? He's just waitin' for us to say a bunch of nice things about him. Next thing you know, he'll come waltzin' 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.

DINER. 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 it's 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, "Please seat yourself". Daniel looks around, puzzled, then walks slowly to one of the empty booths and sits down. A waitress walks over.

WAITRESS: So -- what can I get for you?

(Daniel looks up at her. It's Oma, dressed in a waitress' outfit. Daniel stares.)

DAKARA. In the temple grounds just outside the weapons chamber, a large group of Jaffa have assembled. Standing facing them are Teal'c and Bra'tac wearing their Jaffa uniforms. Tolok stands in front of them, facing them and holding a wooden staff.

TOLOK: Brothers Bra'tac of Chulak, and Teal'c of the Tau'ri. For your enduring courage and vision, for the strength of will that has brought us to freedom from the Goa'uld, 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 Bra'tac's shoulders, then onto Teal'c's.) 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 Teal'c and Bra'tac and bows his head. All the other Jaffa follow suit. Bra'tac and Teal'c look at each other, then Bra'tac steps forward and takes Tolok's arm, drawing him to his feet.)

BRA'TAC: 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 Teal'c, who nods to him. Tolok turns to the Jaffa and gestures grandly with his staff.)

TOLOK: Hail, brother Bra'tac! (The Jaffa cheer.) Hail, brother Teal'c! (Teal'c and Bra'tac give the Jaffa salute (right fist on heart). A Jaffa sounds a large, ornate horn. The Jaffa continue to cheer. Teal'c and Bra'tac, their fists still on their hearts, turn and begin to walk out of the temple.)

BRA'TAC: Be proud, Teal'c. Today we are free.

TEAL'C: 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. Teal'c and Bra'tac reach the top of the steps and see the vast amphitheater outside, which is filled with hundreds, possibly thousands, of cheering Jaffa.)

BRA'TAC: Then I shall be proud for you -- and of you.

(They smile at each other and walk out to greet the cheering throng. Death gliders fly over the crowd in salute.)

S.G.C. - CORRIDOR. Sam is waiting nervously in a corridor by an elevator. The elevator arrives and the doors open. Inside are Pete Shanahan and an airman.


CARTER: Hi! Thank you, Airman.

(As the Airman walks away, Pete kisses Sam on the cheek.)

SHANAHAN: So, this is exciting! What's the surprise?

CARTER: You'll see. (They start to walk along the corridor.)

SHANAHAN: Do I get to go through the Stargate? I mean, what planet are we going to?!

CARTER: You don't get to go through the Stargate!

SHANAHAN: OK -- I'm a little disappointed. Still, full security clearance, an all-access pass to S.G.C.? This must be big.

CARTER: Oh, it's big!

(They reach a door to V.I.P. quarters. Sam knocks and then opens the door. Jacob is sitting inside. He stands as Sam and Pete walk in.)

CARTER: Pete Shanahan -- Jacob Carter. Dad, this is Pete.

(Pete stares.)


JACOB: Not quite yet. You have to actually marry my daughter before you can call me that.

SHANAHAN: I was just ... I meant, duh, (he babbles incoherently for a moment, then laughs, embarrassed) stammer, stammer! It's an honour to meet you, sir, really. (He steps forward and shakes Jacob's hand, then turns to Sam.) Why didn't you tell me?

CARTER: I didn't want you to be nervous.

SHANAHAN: D ... would I, I wouldn't, I, (he turns to Jacob) I've been dying to meet you.

JACOB: I think it was Sam that was nervous. (He smiles at Sam, who grimaces.)

SHANAHAN (to Sam): How did not telling me help?

CARTER (ruefully): It didn't.

(There's a long awkward pause as everyone smiles nervously at each other. Finally Pete grins.)

SHANAHAN: This is great! You've really got one of those things in your head?

(Sam's smile drops.)

JACOB: If, by "one of those things", you mean a two thousand year old Tok'ra symbiont, yes.

SHANAHAN: Seriously?! Go on! (He laughs.) That has gotta freak you right out sometimes! It's weird!

(Jacob looks at Sam as if to say, "Are you sure you want to marry this?!" Sam smiles nervously back at him.)

DINER. Oma is still standing at Daniel's 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.

JIM: Hey! What do I have to do to get some more coffee around here?

OMA: Find your enlightenment. (She turns back to Daniel. He stares at her for a moment, then looks at the table.)


OMA: We don't need them here -- just order what you'd like.

JACKSON: OK, I'll have the truth, with a side order of clarity, please.

OMA: 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. That's where I stepped in. How's that?

JACKSON: Pretty clear.

OMA: Well, we aim to please. The customer comes first, you know!

JACKSON: So I'm ascended again.

OMA: Not exactly. Sort of a ... stop along the way. You have to make that choice for yourself.

JACKSON: Waffles.

OMA: Bacon on the side?

JACKSON: No -- I remember this place.

OMA: You should -- it came from your mind.

JACKSON: My grandfather brought me here after my parents' funeral. I had waffles.

OMA: Waffles it is. (She turns to walk away.)

JACKSON: Wait. (She stops.) How do I know it's really you this time? How do I know this isn't some trick Replicator Sam's playing to stop me from controlling her?

OMA: How deep is the river if you cannot see the bottom?

JIM (turning around from the counter and waving his mug): Deeper than the coffee in my cup, I'll tell you that!

OMA (to Daniel): 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 moldy lid, and two checkerboards, alright? (She tears off the order and pins it over the counter.) Oh yeah, hold the pig.

DAKARA. Teal'c is in the weapons chamber looking at the Ancient console. Bra'tac comes in to join him.

BRA'TAC: We have dreamed of this day for so long, fought so hard for it, and sacrificed so much. Now that it is here ...

TEAL'C: It is not here, brother.

BRA'TAC: The balance of power has shifted, Teal'c. Our victory here at Dakara has turned the tide. Jaffa everywhere are abandoning the old ways, coming to see the Goa'uld for the false gods they are.

TEAL'C: We are foolish to rejoice in conquest over the Goa'uld when they are not all dead. Anubis' claim to be a god is false, but his powers most certainly are not.

BRA'TAC: It is agreed. He must be dealt with. But for once, there may be greater concerns than the eradication of all the Goa'uld. 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 Goa'uld. Generations of war and mistrust will not be healed overnight.

TEAL'C: Indeed. If we do not organize quickly, freedom will become anarchy.

BRA'TAC: The high priests are proposing a leadership be assembled.

TEAL'C: That is wise.

BRA'TAC: They wish both of us to sit on the Council. (Teal'c nods.) You know that will take you from the Tau'ri. (Teal'c lowers his head, bothered by this realization. Bra'tac puts his hand on Teal'c's 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.

TEAL'C: Of that I am aware.

(Bra'tac pats his shoulder and starts to walk away, then turns back again.)

BRA'TAC: 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.

JIM: Hey -- I know you!

JACKSON: Really?

JIM: Yeah! The guy from the paper! Doctor Daniel Jackson. (He puts his newspaper down on Daniel's table and points at it. Daniel picks it up. The newspaper is "The Ascended Times" and the main headline reads, "JACKSON STILL UNDECIDED." A photograph of Daniel is underneath. Daniel looks up at Jim.)

JIM: It's OK, keep it -- I'm done. (He walks away.)

JACKSON: Thanks!

JIM: No problem! (He leaves the diner.)

(Daniel unfolds the newspaper and looks at the other headlines on the front page. Some of them read, "Diner to be given infinite status"; "Ethereal Awareness Seminar to be held in Talnak Quadrant" [note: the misspelling is really there!]; "Yoga not the path to enlightenment"; "Wraith on way to Atlantis" and, at the bottom of the page, "Anubis plans to retake Dakara". The sub-headlines underneath that heading read, "Exclusive information on his quest to destroy all life in the Milky Way galaxy" and "He's back again and he's badder than ever.")

S.G.C. - COMMISSARY. Sam and Jacob are eating.

CARTER: So, you gonna visit Mark and the kids this trip?

JACOB: Tomorrow.

CARTER: Is everything OK?

JACOB: I'm just not very hungry.

CARTER: You've been pretty quiet.

JACOB: I'm fine.


JACOB: What?

CARTER: It's been two hours since Pete left. You haven't said a word.

JACOB: I did so.

CARTER: "He seems nice"?!

JACOB: I believe that's three words.

CARTER: I'm gonna marry him.

JACOB: I know. I just met him -- what do you want me to say? I know how happy he makes you -- that's all that matters to me.


JACOB: Selmak really liked him.

CARTER: Selmak?!

JACOB: Yeah -- and he's a great judge of character.


JACOB: Look, Sam, I'm tired. It's been a long day. I think I'm gonna turn in early.

CARTER: Are you sure nothing else is wrong?

JACOB: Yeah. I'll see you in the morning. (He gets up to leave.)

CARTER: Goodnight. (She watches him walk away, then looks concerned.)

JACK'S HOUSE. Jack's phone can be heard ringing. We switch from an exterior view to Jack's bedroom. He's 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.

O'NEILL (drowsily): What?

CARTER (over phone): Sorry to wake you, sir. Teal'c's back, and it sounds like we have a problem.

O'NEILL: I knew it. Alright -- I'll 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 hugs him.)

JOHNSON: What was that?

O'NEILL: Trouble in Jaffaland. (Kerry groans.) Gotta go. (She nods.) I'm 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 Anubis' plans to take Dakara.

JACKSON: You know about this?

OMA: Yes.

JACKSON: You're not gonna do anything about it?

OMA: You know I can't.

JACKSON: Well I'm certainly not just gonna sit here and let this happen. (He stands up, taking the newspaper with him, and starts to walk away.)

OMA: You can't leave -- you're not ascended yet. (Daniel stops and turns around to face her.) You walk through that door, you're choosing the alternative.

JACKSON: You're saying I'll be dead.

OMA (nodding): Pretty much.

JACKSON: OK -- ascend me.

OMA: It doesn't mean you'll be able to help your friends. You know the rules.

JACKSON: Yes, but once I'm ascended I can choose to take human form again, just like last time.

OMA: Technically, yes, but you can't take that paper with you. You won't have any of the knowledge that you've gained here -- and good luck ever ascending again. I'm certainly not going to help you a third time.

JACKSON: So you're 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?

OMA: You can eat your waffles. (She walks away to the kitchen. Daniel sighs, then calls after her.)

JACKSON: 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, how's it going? I'm, uh, Daniel Jackson. (He shows her his photo in the newspaper. She doesn't 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 it's not gonna be borrowing, because I'm 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! How's 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.)

OMA: They're not going to talk to you.

JACKSON (straightening up to face her): Why not? Who are they?

OMA: Others. You're not one of them yet.

JACKSON: You mean Ancients.

OMA: A couple of them.

JACKSON: What are they doing here?

OMA: Watching.


OMA: Me too. I told you before -- they're always watching. (She hands him the jug of syrup.) You wanted some motor oil?

(Daniel takes the jug and she walks away.)

S.G.C. - BRIEFING ROOM. Jack is sitting at the table with Sam, Jacob, Teal'c and Bra'tac.

O'NEILL: I still wish you guys had blown that thing up when you had the chance.

CARTER: We had to at least be sure that all the Replicators really were eliminated.

JACOB: 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.

CARTER: So, we wanted to try to figure out how the device worked in case we ever needed something like it again.

O'NEILL: Great(!) Well, now the Jaffa have something that can blow up the entire universe with the push of a button.

BRA'TAC: The Jaffa will defend Dakara with their lives.

O'NEILL: You wanna explain to me why they don't wanna wreck it?

BRA'TAC: The ruins at Dakara have become a symbol of freedom.

TEAL'C: Much more, the Jaffa believe that the device's power helped free them by destroying the Replicators. They also believe that controlling this power will help ensure their freedom in the future.

O'NEILL: And get them virtually anything they want.

BRA'TAC: The Jaffa would never use it to that end.

JACOB: Jack is right. No-one should have that kind of power at their disposal.

(Sam's cellphone rings. She gets it out of her pocket, cringing.)

CARTER: Sorry -- thought I'd turned it off. (She opens it and switches it off, then puts it away, still cringing with embarrassment.)

O'NEILL: So -- we're all in agreement? One way or another, it's gotta go, correct?

TEAL'C: Indeed.

O'NEILL: Thank you.

BRA'TAC: 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 Tau'ri and the newly formed free Jaffa nation.

(Jack turns to Jacob.)

O'NEILL: Why don't you do it? They already hate the Tok'ra.

JACOB: To be honest, a plan may already be in the works, but as you know, Selmak and I aren't fully in the loop any longer.

(Walter comes into the room and stands at Jack's side.)

O'NEILL: Mmm. (Walter clears his throat. Jack looks up at him.) Yes?

HARRIMAN: Sorry to interrupt, sir. (He turns to Sam.) Colonel, there's a call for you. Apparently it's urgent.

(As he leaves the room, Sam looks round at everyone and mouths, "Sorry" before getting up and going over to the table at the far end of the room. She picks up the phone there.)

CARTER: Carter.

(Back at the main table, the conversation continues.)

BRA'TAC: Teal'c and I have arranged another meeting of the Jaffa Council.

TEAL'C: 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.)

CARTER (into phone): Yeah, I know -- it's just that it's not a good time right now.

TEAL'C (at the main table): There are still many Goa'uld who remain a threat.

CARTER (into phone): I know, I'm sorry. ... I don't 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. Teal'c and Bra'tac stand respectfully.) Sorry about that, sir.

O'NEILL (also standing): Emergency?

CARTER: No, no. Just a, um, misunderstanding.

(Jacob stands.)

JACOB: Hey, weren't you supposed to meet Pete at the florists' this morning?

(Sam shakes her head.)

CARTER: No, Dad.

JACOB: No, I'm sure that's what you said -- for the wedding.

CARTER (through gritted teeth): I know. (She shakes her head minutely at him.)

O'NEILL: Go ahead, Carter. It's supposed to be your day off anyway.

CARTER: It's OK, sir.

O'NEILL: Well, Teal'c and Bra'tac are meeting with the Jaffa -- there's nothin' to do around here. Go pick flowers.

(As he walks away, Sam sighs and glares at her father. Jacob shrugs.)

JACOB: What?

DINER. Oma brings a pot of coffee over to Daniel's booth.

OMA: More coffee?

JACKSON: Sure. (She pours him another mug of coffee.) Can you sit a minute?

OMA: OK. (She sits down opposite him and sighs in relief.) Oh -- how am I supposed to put it? Man, are my dogs tired!

JACKSON: That's good!

OMA: How are your waffles?

JACKSON: Best I ever had. Can you tell me why you stopped me from killing Anubis the last time I was ascended?

OMA: Because if I didn't stop you, the Others would have, and they wouldn't have been as nice about it.

JACKSON: You mean they wouldn't have erased my memory and left me naked on a planet?

OMA: That was your choice. (Daniel raises his eyebrows at her. She smiles.) OK, maybe not the naked part. But I didn't totally erase your memory, even though I was supposed to.

JACKSON: 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.)

JACKSON: Look, if you knew I had a problem following the rules the last time, why offer me ascension again?

(Oma watches Jim as he sits down at the counter, still whistling. Finally she turns to Daniel again.)

OMA: Because I didn't wanna see you die without at least giving you a second chance. Look, I have trouble following the rules. I'm not really supposed to help people ascend. You're supposed to do it on your own.

JACKSON: But you do it.

OMA: 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 the counter.)

JIM: Coffee, please.

(Oma ignores him.)

COLORADO SPRINGS (presumably). Sam and Pete are driving along in Pete's car. Sam is gazing out of the window, apparently lost in thought.

SHANAHAN: Chocolate or vanilla?

CARTER: I'm sorry -- what?

SHANAHAN: Chocolate or vanilla -- the cake, just in case you can't make the meeting with the caterer.

CARTER: Oh! I'm sorry. I really do wanna be a part of this.

SHANAHAN: I hope so! It's your wedding too.

CARTER: I know! (They both smile.)

SHANAHAN: I realize this must be weird for you, worrying about place settings when we could be destroyed by aliens at any minute.

CARTER: A little.

SHANAHAN: We're not about to be destroyed by aliens, are we?! (Sam looks at him and mouths, "No.") Cos you seem a bit distracted.

CARTER: I'm sorry.

SHANAHAN: So -- did your dad like me?

CARTER: Of course! Why wouldn't he?

SHANAHAN: Tough guy to read.

CARTER: You just have to get to know him.

SHANAHAN: How 'bout ... Selmak?

CARTER: Ah! He thought you were very charming.

SHANAHAN: For a human.

CARTER: Well, generally speaking, that's my type!

(Pete laughs.)

SHANAHAN: Good! Did I tell you I also have a surprise for you?

CARTER: No! What is it?

(Pete almost answers, then looks at her.)

SHANAHAN: Tricky! (Sam grins at him.) You'll see.

S.G.C. - JACK'S OFFICE. Jack is talking with Teal'c and Bra'tac.

BRA'TAC: The Council remains unwilling to destroy the weapon for fear it will weaken the resolve of the Jaffa to stand united against the remaining Goa'uld.

O'NEILL: You realize we have to consider that thing a threat to our security?

TEAL'C: Indeed.

BRA'TAC: The Council recognizes 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 the device.

O'NEILL: Well, we don't even know if Anubis can be killed yet, do we?

TEAL'C: We must not suggest to the Jaffa that he cannot be. At the very least, we can eliminate the remainder of the forces of Anubis.

BRA'TAC: I believe this quest will unite the remainder of the still-fractured armies by giving them focus on a common goal.

O'NEILL: Got anything to go on?

TEAL'C: Many of the Kull warriors were killed in battle with the Replicators, but intelligence gathered indicates that Anubis may be marshaling the remaining Kull warriors on Tartarus.

BRA'TAC: A preemptive 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 Oma's voice. She is standing at the counter arguing with Jim. Daniel can't hear what they're saying but she's 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.


JIM (looking round at him): Hey! Daniel! How's it going?

JACKSON: Do we know each other? I feel like I know you.

JIM: Call me Jim. We ran into each other last time you were ascended.

JACKSON: Ah. Nice to meet you ... again! (They shake hands, then Daniel sits down on the stool next to Jim.)

JIM: Still haven't made up your mind, huh? Death -- or everlasting enlightenment. I don't really see the choice, myself.

JACKSON: Of course I don't wanna be dead -- it's just that, uh ... (He sighs.) Listen, the reason I came over here was to ask you -- why are you talkin' to me?

(Jim looks puzzled for a moment, then realizes what Daniel means and gestures round the diner.)

JIM: Oh, you mean because these other snobs won't even look at you? Well, I'm different, like Oma.

JACKSON: Really? Cos I kinda had the impression that you two don't quite see eye to eye.

JIM: 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, that's all.

JACKSON: Really?

JIM: Yeah. As long as these other guys don't strike me down, I figure I'm OK.

JACKSON: See, I guess that's what I'm tryin' to figure out. I mean, I feel like if I agree to ascend, I'm signing a contract that I don't even know what it says. Now, obviously I had a little trouble with the fine print the last time.

JIM: You sure did!

JACKSON: You know about that?

JIM: Well, it's all out there. (He gestures upwards.)

JACKSON: I just don't see how I can agree to stand by and let Anubis destroy every living thing in the entire galaxy.

JIM: I know. That's 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: "Secret Plan Revealed. Anubis' dastardly plot to regain Ancient Weapon of Destruction".) He's 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. There's 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 "For Sale" sign in the garden. Sam opens the car door and gets out with her eyes shut.

CARTER: Can I open them now?

SHANAHAN (getting out and hurrying round to take her hand and help her): Almost. (He leads her a few steps forward.) OK. Now. (Sam opens her eyes and gazes at the house.) What do you think?

CARTER: Uh ... well ... uh ...

SHANAHAN: Speechless, huh?!


(Pete laughs in delight.)

SHANAHAN: Yeah! Isn't 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?

CARTER: I can't believe this.

SHANAHAN: The kitchen isn't yellow, but we can paint. C'mon -- I'll show you. And you're not gonna believe the back yard! The dog's gonna love it! (He heads towards the house.)

CARTER: Dog? (She sighs to herself, not looking too happy.)

DINER. Daniel is still sitting at the counter with Jim. Daniel is reading the paper while Jim eats a piece of pie.

JACKSON: This is bad.

JIM: Yeah. And this pie is great, (he holds up his empty mug) but there's nothing to wash it down with.

JACKSON: Is there anything you can do to stop Anubis? I mean, you did say someone should do something.

JIM: I did, didn't I? (He shrugs helplessly.) Well, as far as what can be done, it's kinda complicated.

JACKSON: Yeah, so Oma tells me.

JIM: Yeah, well I don't think she's told you everything.

JACKSON: What does that mean?

JIM: I'm sayin' ... (He trails off.) I've already said too much.

JACKSON: No, you haven't -- in fact, you've hardly said anything at all.

(Jim looks nervously round at the other customers, then turns to Daniel.)

JIM: 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?

JACKSON: To fight for humanity any way I could.

JIM: 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?

JACKSON: Well, that is the point, isn't it? I mean, she is ascended -- she is good.

JIM: Sure, best intentions.

JACKSON: Do you know what happened between me and Oma? Why did I choose to take human form again?

JIM: You should ask Oma.

JACK'S 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.)

CARTER: Hi, sir.

O'NEILL: Carter!

CARTER: Look, I-I'm sorry to bother you at home like this, but, uh ...

O'NEILL: How'd you know I was here? (He glances nervously towards the house for a moment.)

CARTER: I saw the smoke.

O'NEILL: Oh, yeah. (He brushes ashes off his jumper.)

CARTER: Look, is this, is this OK? I mean, I could have called first, but ...

O'NEILL: No ... yeah ... I mean, it's 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 yard?

CARTER: Well, actually, I've, um, (she clears her throat) I've 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, I've been trying to work up the nerve for a lot longer than that. (She smiles nervously.)

O'NEILL: Oh? (He gestures for her to continue.)

CARTER: Pete put a down payment on a house.

O'NEILL: Well, that's great!

CARTER: It's a beautiful house.


CARTER: The-the truth is, I'm having second thoughts about the wedding.

O'NEILL (gazing at her, puzzled): Why?

CARTER: See, the ... the thing is, the closer it gets, the more I get the feeling that ... I'm making a big, huge, mistake.

(Jack looks at her for a moment, then glances towards the house again.)

O'NEILL: Look, Carter ... the ... I don't know what ...

CARTER: Look, I'm sorry to bother you with this, but, uh ... see, there's actually a very good reason that I'm bothering you with this, and if I don't 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.)

JOHNSON: 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.)

O'NEILL: Ms Johnson.

CARTER: Yeah, I didn't -- I didn't ...

O'NEILL: 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.)

JOHNSON: Well, this is awkward!

CARTER: Ya think?!

JOHNSON: Jack didn't want anyone at the S.G.C. to know about us.

(Jack goes over to her to take the bowl and dish off her.)

CARTER: No, look, I, uh, uh, I'm sorry, this is my fault, I really, I shouldn't have come by unannounced like this.

JOHNSON: Well, y'know, now that the cat's out of the bag, you're here, why don't you just stay? I'm sure there's enough charred meat on the grill for all three of us.

(Jack gestures at her with a piece of the charred meat. Sam laughs.)

CARTER: No -- thank you -- I, um ... (At that moment her cellphone rings. She gets it out and looks at the Caller ID.) It's the S.G.C. (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, I'm on my way. (She hangs up.) I-I gotta go. Uh, it's my dad. (She hurries away. Jack and Kerry share a worried look.)

DINER. Daniel is sitting at the counter reading the newspaper. Jim has gone. Oma comes out of the kitchen.

OMA: Well, you can't stay here forever, you know. Actually, I suppose you could, I just don't know why you'd really want to -- except for the great service! (She gets the coffee pot and pours him another mug of coffee.)

JACKSON: Look, obviously I don't wanna just die. I don't suppose there's any other options?

OMA: I can't get into it. What's stopping you from ascending?

JACKSON: I don't know.

OMA: Must be something holding you back -- making you doubt yourself.

JACKSON: Maybe it's not me I'm doubting.

OMA: 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 can't tell you. It's all up to you.

JACKSON: But there is something you're not telling me.

OMA: Is that what Jim said? You shouldn't be listening to him.

JACKSON: Why not?

OMA: Because.

JACKSON: Good answer!

OMA: Yes. (She smiles and walks away.)

S.G.C. - ISOLATION ROOM. Sam, still in her casual clothes, comes in to find Jacob in bed.


JACOB: I'm sorry, kiddo. We both are.

CARTER: About what? What's going on?

JACOB: I don't wanna ruin everything like this.


JACOB: It's Selmak -- he's dying.

CARTER: Oh my God. I'm sorry.

JACOB: It's OK. He's OK. He led a pretty full life.

CARTER: I didn't live with Jolinar that long, but I think I have some idea what it's like.

JACOB: Well, this is a little different, Sam. As you know, when a Tok'ra 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 effort.

CARTER: What are you saying?

JACOB: By all rights, Selmak should have been dead weeks ago. I wouldn't let him go. I thought we needed him -- that I needed him to help you stop the Replicators.


JACOB: He hung on as long as he could, then he slipped into a coma just after we activated the weapon on Dakara.

CARTER: You've known all this time since then?

JACOB: I didn't wanna spoil your wedding. Now, I thought we could make it.

(Sam stares at him, her eyes filling with tears.)


JACOB: He's barely alive. I'm gonna die with him, Sam.

(Sam starts to cry.)

DINER. Jim returns to his stool beside Daniel.

JIM: Where is she?

JACKSON: I dunno. Off doing whatever it is she does when she's not here.

JIM: You ask her?


JIM: Wouldn't tell you?


JIM: Had to find out for yourself last time, too. Man, were you pissed!

JACKSON: About what? Tell me.

(Jim glances around the diner, then leans close to Daniel.)

JIM: What do you know about Anubis?

JACKSON: I know he's half-ascended, whatever that means.

JIM: 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.

JACKSON: But it's OK for him to destroy an entire galaxy?

JIM: It's OK for him to do anything he could have done back when he was a regular old Goa'uld.

JACKSON: OK, I see. What does this have to do with Oma?

JIM: Goa'ulds are bad. Anubis is as bad as they come.


JIM: And? (He gestures to Daniel to work it out himself.)

JACKSON: 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.)

JIM: Now he's getting it!

JACKSON: Oma helps people ascend, but she'd never help somebody like Anubis!

JIM: Maybe not on purpose.

JACKSON: What, you're saying he tricked her somehow?

JIM: Rule Number One! No lone ascended being shall help a lower ascend. "Lowers" are what we call humans and such. If you deserve to be here, you should be able to get here on your own. If there's an exception -- for whatever reason -- a majority vote by the collective can get you in, but Oma thinks she knows better -- and she's taken her licks for it. Now I admit, for the most part, she's brought good people on board but, as the old saying goes, nobody's perfect -- not even us higher beings.

(Daniel stares at him.)

JACKSON: Oma helped Anubis ascend.

(Jim clicks his fingers and points at Daniel. At that moment, Oma walks over.)

OMA (to Jim): Get out. (Jim looks at her.) Get out now.

(Jim looks at his watch.)

JIM: Well, look at the time. Gotta go, kid -- uh, business to attend to. (He pats Daniel's 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.)

S.G.C. - ISOLATION ROOM. Sam, now in her black jumper, is sitting at Jacob's bedside, holding his hand.

CARTER: A number of the Tok'ra have responded. They wanna pay their respects.

JACOB: They can come. (His voice is quiet and he looks very weak.)

CARTER: I can't believe there's nothing they can do. They can remove a Goa'uld. In the last few years you've almost perfected the process of saving a host.

JACOB: That process instantly kills the symbiont before it releases toxins. It's too late for that, Sam. I'm sorry. I hate to do this to you, but I should have been dead four years ago. Since then, I've been all over the galaxy. I've done things most men never dream of.

CARTER: Where have I heard that before?

JACOB: I just wanna know you're gonna be happy.


JACOB: Don't let rules stand in your way.

(Sam looks puzzled.)

CARTER: What are you talking about?

JACOB: You joined the Air Force because of me.

CARTER: I love my job.

JACOB: Mmm. (He reaches out and strokes her cheek.) You can still have everything you want.

CARTER: I do, Dad. (Jacob sighs, frustrated that she doesn't understand or refuses to understand what he's talking about. She takes his hand again.) Really.

JACK'S OFFICE. Jack is sitting at his desk, lost in thought. Kerry comes to the door and knocks.

JOHNSON: How's Colonel Carter's father?

O'NEILL: Doesn't look good.

JOHNSON: Sorry to hear that. (She comes into the office and closes the door.)

O'NEILL (suspiciously): Closing the door.

JOHNSON: Yeah. Deeply symbolic.

O'NEILL: Really?

(Kerry smiles at him awkwardly.)

JOHNSON: I really like you. We're good together.

(Jack stands up.)

O'NEILL: Yes. We are. But?

JOHNSON: You have issues. It's OK -- we all do. There's just one big one in particular that I don't 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, can't we? I'd hate to have to ask for reassignment. This is really important to me. We agreed this would never affect the job.

O'NEILL: We did.

JOHNSON: Good. (She smiles and walks towards the door, then turns and puts her hands on her hips.) You know, there's just one thing I don't understand.

O'NEILL: Just one?

JOHNSON: Is the Air Force the only thing keeping you two apart? Rules and regulations? Cos if it is, you're making a very big mistake.

O'NEILL: And you know what I should do?

JOHNSON: Retire.

O'NEILL: Again.

JOHNSON: Don't get me wrong -- you are considered invaluable to the programme by the Pentagon, but the President has appointed a civilian to run the S.G.C. before. (Jack nods.) Just a thought. (She leaves the room, leaving Jack looking pensive and bothered by what she's made him think about.)

SPACE. A large fleet of free Jaffa ships is heading towards Tartarus. Teal'c and Bra'tac are on the pel'tak of one of the motherships.

BRA'TAC: The time has come for this ancient warrior to fight one final battle.

TEAL'C: I think not, old man. This victory will present us with many new challenges that will require your wisdom and sound judgement.

BRA'TAC: What our people will require is a youthful, vital, leadership, and that is something others are better suited to provide.

TEAL'C: You are only as old as you believe yourself to be.

BRA'TAC: Talk to me in fifty years!

(Teal'c looks round at him.)

TEAL'C: Indeed I will.

(Bra'tac looks at him. Teal'c nods. Bra'tac looks away and smiles.)

DINER. Daniel and Oma are now sitting facing each other in the booth.

JACKSON: So it's true.

OMA: He tricked me.

JACKSON: How? You couldn't tell?!

OMA: No. He must have found some old Ancient research on ascension. When he came to Kheb, he knew what he was doing. When I realized the horrible mistake that I had made, I tried to undo it, but I couldn't. That's when the Others stepped in.

JACKSON: I don't understand -- they only sent him halfway back. Why not all the way?

OMA: It's complicated.

JACKSON: Yeah, what isn't around here?

OMA: They warned him -- he wasn't allowed to use any knowledge or power unless he otherwise would have gained it as a Goa'uld.

JACKSON: I don't understand. They let him wreak havoc. They don't care if he destroys all life in the galaxy -- life they themselves created?

OMA: They haven't stopped me from continuing my work. I've tried to make up for it -- help when I can.

JACKSON: It's your punishment. You're forced to watch, powerless to interfere, and let Anubis do whatever he wants just to punish you?

OMA: I told you before -- the galaxy you're from, the plane of existence, is so small and insignificant compared to the rest of the universe.

JACKSON: I don't care. It's wrong.

OMA: That's what you said last time.

(Daniel stands up and calls out to the other customers.)

JACKSON: Excuse me? Isn't 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.) C'mon, the least you could do is listen to me. (shouting) That can't be against the grand high-falutin' cosmic rules! (He turns to a man sitting in another booth.) Hey! I'm talkin' 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. Hasn't she suffered enough already? And certainly enough other people have suffered to punish her. Don't you think you've made your point?

OMA: That's the thing, Daniel. They don't. I keep breaking the same rule -- helping people ascend. That's why you're here.

JACKSON: What if you stopped?

OMA: Wouldn't undo the problem. That's why I keep doing what I do. Anubis can't be killed -- not by you, not by me.

TARTARUS. Inside Anubis' base, Jaffa are milling around. Teal'c and Bra'tac meet up.

BRA'TAC: He is not here. No-one is here! The defenses we fought through were automated.

TEAL'C: We have been deceived.

BRA'TAC: Anubis fled us, to lure us here. Our forces defending Dakara are depleted.

TEAL'C: We could not have known, brother.

BRA'TAC: You were right, old friend. The device at Dakara should have been destroyed at all costs.

S.G.C. - ISOLATION ROOM. Jacob is being visited by a couple of Tok'ra. 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 is dry.)

CARTER: Actually, I'm fine. Good, even, strange as that sounds. I thought I lost him four years ago. Since then, we've been closer than we ever were in my whole life. In a way, Selmak gave me the father I never thought I'd know.

(Jack looks at her for a moment.)

O'NEILL: C'mere. (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.)

CARTER: Thank you, sir.

O'NEILL (quietly): For what?

CARTER: For being here for me.

(Jack looks at her for a moment, then speaks quietly.)

O'NEILL: Always.

(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 Tok'ra by the side of his bed.)

JACOB: I'm ready.

(The Tok'ra puts his hand on Jacob's shoulder, then looks up at Sam. Sam gets up and hurries down into the Isolation Room. She goes to Jacob's bedside, takes his hand and kisses him on the forehead. He opens his eyes one last time and gazes at his daughter.)

JACOB (weakly): I love you. (He closes his eyes and dies. Sam shuts her eyes in grief. In the Observation Room, Jack gazes at them helplessly.)

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.

JIM: Can I get a coffee?

OMA: Get it yourself.

JIM: Don't mind if I do! (He walks behind the counter, tossing his newspaper down onto the counter.) Ooh! Hey, Danny boy, you see the paper?

JACKSON: No, what's it say?

JIM: 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. It's only a matter of time before old Anubis gets his hands on the weapon.

JACKSON: I'm sorry -- you sound almost happy about that.

JIM: Who, me?

JACKSON: Yeah. What do you have against Oma?

OMA: Daniel.

JACKSON: No -- I wanna know. (He turns towards Jim.) I mean, you're not just watching -- you're coming in here to rub it in. Why are you taking such pleasure in her punishment?

JIM: Me? I don't have anything against Oma. I think she's great, don't I? (He looks at Oma. Daniel turns and looks at her as well.) Hell, she's the one that helped me ascend. (Daniel turns and stares at Jim. Jim smiles evilly, then points at Daniel.) You got it, huh?

JACKSON: You are Anubis.

(Jim laughs raucously, then lifts his coffee mug and toasts Daniel.)

JIM/ANUBIS: 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 "For Sale" sign now reads "Sold".

SHANAHAN: 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. Don't say I deserve better. Can't get much better than you.

CARTER: That's not true.

SHANAHAN: 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.

CARTER: That's it?

SHANAHAN: What do you want? You want me to get down on my knees and beg?

CARTER: God, no! Of course not! I just ... I thought you would react differently.

(Pete's eyes fill with tears.)

SHANAHAN: Goodbye, Sam. (He stands and starts to walk away.)

CARTER: Pete ...

(As he walks across the garden, Pete wipes tears from his eyes. He stops at the sign to peel off the "Sold" sign so that it reads "For Sale" again, then walks away.)

S.G.C. - BRIEFING ROOM. Jack and Teal'c are standing near the window to the Gate Room.

TEAL'C: The rebel fleet guarding Dakara has fallen to the forces of Anubis. Bra'tac and the remaining rebel ships will not arrive in time. (Sam comes in and joins them.) Anubis now controls the weapon.

O'NEILL: Well then, we find the biggest damned nuke we can and we shove it right through the Gate now.

TEAL'C: Anubis will certainly have the Gate shielded. The nuke will not arrive in one piece.

(Sam nods in agreement.)

CARTER: 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 ...

O'NEILL (interrupting): Go, go, just go.

CONTROL ROOM. Sam comes down the stairs and walks over to Walter, who is sitting at the control desk.

CARTER: Sergeant, dial the Alpha site now.

(Walter types and the Gate starts to dial. Walter looks at his screens.)

HARRIMAN: Wait a minute -- that's not me.


HARRIMAN: I don't know. (As Jack and Teal'c come to join them, the Gate continues to dial and alarms sound.) Incoming wormhole! (He closes the iris.)

CARTER: That's not gonna stop the energy from the weapon.

O'NEILL: If it is the weapon.

(Behind the iris, the Stargate kawooshes. Walter checks his screens.)

HARRIMAN: No iris codes.

(Sam looks at Jack.)

CARTER: We're too late.

O'NEILL: Self destruct.

CARTER: That's not gonna destroy the Gate, and theoretically there's only a remote chance it would disengage an active incoming wormhole.

O'NEILL: 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.

ANUBIS: 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 to Oma.)

(Daniel looks at Oma and sees that she's 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.)

ANUBIS: There's nothing you can do. You don't have the power.

OMA: 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 "Meridian". For the first time, all the other customers in the diner take notice, turning round to look at her. Anubis chuckles a little nervously.)

ANUBIS: You can't kill me either.

OMA: I can fight you.

ANUBIS: Well, you can't win.

OMA: It won't matter. You won't be able to do anything but fight me back.

ANUBIS: Well, what are you gonna do?

OMA: Something I should have done a long time ago. (She starts to walk towards him.)

ANUBIS: 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.)

S.G.C. - CONTROL ROOM. The self destruct has reached 7 seconds. Everyone is staring around anxiously. As the self destruct reaches 1:30, the countdown starts to slow down. It takes an age to tick from 1:27 to 1:26. A couple of seconds later, the Gate shuts down.

HARRIMAN: Wormhole disengaged.

CARTER: What's going on?

HARRIMAN: I don't know. Must be some kind of ... system malfunction.

CARTER: That's impossible!

O'NEILL: Shut it off.

(Sam reaches down and types.)

CARTER: Aborting self destruct. (She finishes typing and the self destruct shuts down. She looks at Jack, who blows out a relieved breath.)

BRIEFING ROOM. Bra'tac has now arrived and is reporting to Jack, Sam and Teal'c.

BRA'TAC: The Kull warriors became ... disorganized, confused, as though they no longer knew what to do.

TEAL'C: They no longer had a master to serve.

BRA'TAC: After that, they were easily defeated.

TEAL'C: 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.

O'NEILL: Well, that's good.

BRA'TAC: A new memorial will be erected in its place so that our triumph over the Goa'uld will never be forgotten.

CARTER: I still don't quite understand what happened. One minute Anubis is about to push the button that ends all life in the galaxy, and the next minute he's just ... gone.

TEAL'C: Indeed. It is a great mystery.

BRA'TAC: 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.)

CARTER: You think?

O'NEILL: I do.

CARTER: It's the only thing that would explain the self destruct not going off.

BRA'TAC: Of what do you speak?

TEAL'C: O'Neill believes that Daniel Jackson was somehow responsible.

JACKSON (off-screen): No! It wasn't me.

(Everyone looks startled.)

O'NEILL: Anybody else hear that?

(Sam nods.)

JACKSON (off-screen): I'm in here! (Everyone turns towards Jack's office.)

O'NEILL: That's Daniel! (He gets up and walks to the door of his office.)

JACKSON (off-screen): No! Don't come in!

(Jack recoils at what he sees.)

O'NEILL: Ho! Hey there! (He backs out of the room again.)

JACKSON (off-screen, quietly): Can you get me ... something?

(Jack looks around the Briefing Room and spots the S.G.C. 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. Sam's jaw drops, then she looks away. Bra'tac gazes at Daniel, grinning widely.)

JACKSON: It's, 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. Jack's 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.

CARTER: This is great.

O'NEILL: I told ya!

CARTER: I can't believe we didn't do this years ago.

O'NEILL: Yes, well, let's not dwell.

CARTER: There are no fish in this pond, are there?


(Sam giggles as she looks at him. Behind them, Daniel and Teal'c 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.)

O'NEILL: Nice!

(The camera pulls back as Daniel and Teal'c unfold their chairs. Teal'c sits down, and Daniel walks onto the pier to join the other two.)