Transcript:The Enemy Within

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TEASER

INT—SGC BRIEFING ROOM

Hammond, O'Neill, Kawalsky, Daniel and Carter are standing in front of a map of planets.
Hammond Gentlemen, these planets designated P3-575 and P3A-577 have been submitted by Captain Carter's team as possible destinations for your next mission. SG units one and two will operate concurrently.
O'Neill turns to Kawalsky.
O'Neill You know, I'm kind of partial to P3-575 if you don't mind taking P3A-577.
Kawalsky No I'll take 577.
O'Neill I'm not married to it.
Kawalsky No, no it's…
O'Neill I want to be fair about it. How about we flip for it?
Hammond How about you go where I tell you. As far as I'm concerned…
Alarms go off as the Stargate starts to activate.
Harriman Alert! Inbound traveler! Repeat. Inbound traveler!
Kawalsky Damn, those Goa'ulds are persistent.
O'Neill I think we pissed them off.
Harriman Closing the iris.
Soldiers run to stand before the Stargate, weapons ready. The computer screen flashes "Warning. Unrecognized traveler."
Hammond Alert! All defense teams stand by.
(turns to Harriman) Set the base auto destruct countdown at three minutes.
Harriman does so. The seventh chevron locks. There is the sound of a wormhole engaging, but the iris remains in place. There are several thuds. Carter flinches.
Kawalsky We're not going anywhere as long as the Goa'ulds keep up these attacks.
Daniel They can't keep them up forever…Can they?
More thuds are heard, impacting against the iris.
O'Neill Whoa.
Carter Well, once they realize our Gate's impenetrable they should just give up.
Kawalsky Part of me just wants to let 'em through. Give 'em the fight they're looking for.
There's one last thud, and the Stargate shuts down.
Harriman Radiation team, move in.
Two technicians scan the iris with radiation-detecting equipment.
O'Neill Well, there've got to be worse ways to go, I suppose.
Daniel You don't think the Goa'ulds are sending people through, do you?
O'Neill Be like bugs on a windshield.
Harriman Team reports all clear, sir.
Hammond All right, stand down from alert and abort the countdown.
The soldiers relax. Kawalsky rubs the back of his neck and groans. O'Neill notices.
O'Neill Kawalsky. What's the matter?
Kawalsky Headache. Took a fistful of aspirin but nothing helps.
O'Neill Get down to the infirmary. Get it checked out. Go on.
Hammond Yes, sir, I think I'll do that.
(Turns to Hammond) Sir, with your permission?
Kawalsky salutes Hammond, Hammond salutes back.
Hammond By all means, Major. I need you to lead your team to P3-575.
Kawalsky leaves, deliberately brushing against O'Neill as he passes. O'Neill smirks. The Stargate starts to turn again.
Harriman Inbound traveler! Inbound traveler!
Hammond Reset the countdown. Here we go again. All defense teams remain in position.
Once again, the soldiers get ready as the Stargate activates.
Daniel (to Carter) So this iris is going to hold right?
Carter Pure titanium. Less than three micrometers from the event horizon. It won't even allow matter to fully reintegrate.
O'Neill (to Carter) So this iris is going to hold, right?
Carter If it doesn't, the failsafe device will detonate, this whole mountain will vaporize, and there'll be nothing to worry about.
O'Neill Ah. Good, I feel much better.
END TEASER

OPENING CREDITS

EXT—CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN

INT—SGC HAMMOND'S OFFICE
Hammond Come.
O'Neill walks in.
Hammond I can understand how Kawalsky feels. This job gives me a headache too.
O'Neill Uh-huh. What's the bad news, General?
Hammond Not much for small talk are you, Colonel?
O'Neill How was your weekend? Get any fishing in?
Hammond I'm rejecting your request to have Teal'c join SG-1. Wasn't my choice. A Colonel Kennedy is en route from the Pentagon right now. He'll be asking your friend some questions.
O'Neill What kind of questions?
Hammond What we're up against. Troop strength, technology, weaponry.
O'Neill I'd like to know the answers to those questions too, sir. But after they're done asking them…
Hammond There'll be more questions. Possible tests. After all he's carrying the larval form of a hostile and very formidable enemy, inside his body.
O'Neill (suspiciously) What kind of tests are we talking about?
Hammond Maybe you haven't noticed, Colonel. But he's the first alien species we've actually run into. You don't think that qualifies your friend as a subject of scientific interest?
O'Neill A subject?
Hammond He is what he is, Colonel.
O'Neill With all due respect, sir, I don't think he saved the lives of my team or came over to our side so he could become a damn guinea pig for U.S. military intelligence.
Hammond Back up, Colonel. He switched sides once. Are you 100% positive he won't switch back?
O'Neill (firmly) Yes, sir.
Hammond Well you are alone in that assertion. Colonel Kennedy arrives within the hour. I promise Teal'c will be treated with dignity and respect for as long as he remains a guest of this facility. Beyond that, I can't promise a damn thing. Dismissed, Colonel.
O'Neill looks unhappy, but he turns and leaves.

INT—SGC TEAL'C'S QUARTERS

O'Neill enters. Teal'c is meditating.
O'Neill Hey. Am I interrupting anything?
Teal'c Yes.
O'Neill Why don't I come back?
Teal'c The people from Chulak?
O'Neill We sent the last of them back through the Gate just before the Goa'uld started knocking at the door.
Teal'c Good.
O'Neill (nods) Thanks to you. So how long do you think they'll keep it up?
Teal'c One, perhaps two more attempts. They will believe their weapons have destroyed you. They will not send warriors through for some time to make sure of your destruction.
O'Neill Well, they'll be in for a surprise, huh?
Teal'c Your iris will be closed. They will be crushed.
O'Neill (shrugs) Surprise.
Teal'c Am I a prisoner?
O'Neill Ahh…, yeah.
Teal'c I understand.
O'Neill We're not exactly living up to your expectations of us, are we?
O'Neill pulls out a chair and sits as he's talking.
O'Neill You see, Teal'c, we've been living alone in our little corner of the galaxy for quite a while and I think…the people I work for just need to get to know you a little better. I mean, your knowledge of the Goa'ulds alone makes them a little curious.
Teal'c I will give that knowledge freely.
O'Neill Yeah, I know you will, and we'll put it to good use.
Teal'c I will pledge my allegiance to this world.
O'Neill I'm just not sure that's ever going to be enough for them to trust you. To be honest with you, I think they're scared of you.
Teal'c (looks away) I understand.
O'Neill (studying Teal'c) You must be used to that by now, huh?
Teal'c I am a Jaffa. I have served as a warrior for your enemy. I have carried your enemy within me.
O'Neill Yeah. Well, it's kind of a human thing. We tend to be afraid of things we don't know.
Teal'c Why is O'Neill not afraid?
O'Neill Teal'c, I saw you stand up to a god. You refused to kill. I saw you make that decision.
Teal'c Yes.
O'Neill In that moment, I learned everything I needed to know to trust you.
Teal'c If I had killed you then, I would not be here now.
O'Neill (stands) Neither would I.
Teal'c I will prove my allegiance, O'Neill.
O'Neill Teal'c, I sure wish you didn't have to.
Teal'c When I do…you will show me this world?
O'Neill Oh, you bet.
(claps Teal'c on the shoulder) Just not all at once, though.
(knocks on door.) It's big.
A guard opens the door. O'Neill leaves. Teal'c looks reflective for a moment, then goes back to meditating.

INT—SGC INFIRMARY

Doctor Nimzicki is shining a light into Kawalsky's eye.
Nimziki And these headaches, Major…they started when you came back from your last mission?
Kawalsky Yeah. And they've been getting worse.
Nimziki Anybody else on the team experience these symptoms?
Kawalsky No. Why?
Nimziki It could be a reaction to Gate travel.
Kawalsky Look, Doc, just give me a horse pill for the pain, or something. It's a damn headache.
Doctor Nimziki touches a lump at the back of Kawalsky's neck. He looks worried as he examines it.
Nimziki What's this? You didn't notice this?
Kawalsky What? Notice what?
The lump suddenly moves and moves up Kawalsky's spine and into his brain. It's a goa'uld.
Kawalsky Ahh…ahh…arrghhhh!
Kawalsky's eyes glow and he grabs Doctor Nimziki by the throat.
Nimziki Major!
Kawalsky twists his wrist and snaps the doctor's neck.

INT—SGC BRIEFING ROOM

Carter and Daniel are leading a briefing about the DHD.
Daniel So the device should be on every planet we find. I studied the one on Abydos for months. It's sort of like a…a…a…
Carter Telephone.
Daniel Telephone.
(smiles at Carter) I like that. In order to get back home all you have to do is…dial Earth. Which is uh…
Daniel is distracted by something.
Daniel Which is what we're here to talk about, so…
As he's talking, he walks to the observation window overlooking the Gate Room.
Daniel What is Major Kawalsky doing in the Embarkation Room?
Carter moves beside Daniel; both look down out of the window and see Kawalsky standing on the ramp with his arms outstretched.
Carter Page Colonel O'Neill and General Hammond to the Embarkation Room, now!
Soldier Yes, Ma'am!
Daniel and Carter leave to go to the Gate room.

INT—SGC GATEROOM

Kawalsky is standing on the ramp. O'Neill and Hammond enter the room. Daniel and Carter are already standing behind Kawalsky.
O'Neill Charlie?
Daniel Major Kawalsky?
Kawalsky (looks around, confused) Jack?
O'Neill walks up to him.
Kawalsky What am I doing here?
Kawalsky and O'Neill stare at each other.

INT—SGC INFIRMARY

Kawalsky is sitting on a bed while O'Neill goes to find a doctor.
O'Neill Hey, we got a sick man here!
(to himself) Where the hell is he?
(to Kawalsky) Was the doctor here before?
Kawalsky I don't remember.
Doctor Warner enters.
Warner Sorry, Dr. Nimziki was supposed to be on call.
He holds out a hand. Kawalsky shakes it.
Warner Dr. Warner, Chief Surgeon. What's the problem?
Kawalsky Headache.
O'Neill Little more than a headache, Doc. He just had a blackout.
Warner Hmm. We'll do an MRI right away. See what's going on in there.
Warner and O'Neill walk out.
O'Neill Take care of him, Doc. We need him.
INT—HAMMOND'S OFFICE

Hammond, Kennedy and a female officer leave the office and enter the Briefing Room.

Kennedy Thank you.
Teal'c enters, escorted by two guards.
Hammond Welcome, Teal'c. This is Colonel Kennedy.
Kennedy I'm extraordinarily pleased to meet you, sir.
Hammond Colonel Kennedy's job is to gather information…uh, knowledge, about our potential enemies.
Teal'c I offer my knowledge of the Goa'ulds. I offer my skills as a warrior in defeating them. I pledge my honor and my life to this world.
Kennedy Well, thank you.
Hammond This is just an informal meeting, son. Take a seat.
Teal'c sits. The soldiers flanking him remain on guard.
Kennedy I have a lot of questions to ask, so if there are no objections. What can you tell us about the power source the Goa'ulds use to power their weapons? Ships?
Teal'c Nothing.
Kennedy I see. Do you, yourself, have an understanding of the physics behind the Stargate?
Teal'c No.
Kennedy I see.
Teal'c Knowledge of Goa'uld magic is forbidden.
O'Neill walks up the stairs.
O'Neill It's not magic, Teal'c. They just want you to think that. Permission to barge in, sir?
Kennedy Colonel O'Neill. I was hoping to meet you. Your mission report from Chulak made for the most engrossing analysis of my career.
O'Neill Well, thanks. What was your favorite part?
Hammond (frowning) Perhaps now is not the time, Colonel?
O'Neill General, you know what I went and did? I told Teal'c how we all respect a person's rights in this country.
Kennedy I assure you, there is nothing untoward taking place here, Colonel. Please, join us.
O'Neill Thank you.
(waves) Hey, Teal'c.
Teal'c O'Neill.
O'Neill That's Teal'c with an apostrophe. T—E—A—L—apostrophe—C.
Hammond Colonel. (sighs)
O'Neill Yes, sir.
Kennedy Very well, Teal'c. What can you tell me about the Goa'ulds?
Teal'c They rule by force. Their numbers were very few, but they are growing.
Kennedy How many worlds do they control?
Teal'c Many hundreds. Perhaps more.
Kennedy And should we expect to encounter these Goa'ulds everywhere we go?
O'Neill (whispers to Hammond) We?
Teal'c It is possible. But there are many more worlds the Goa'ulds have no use for. On those worlds the people are abandoned and left to fend for themselves.
Kennedy Is there a leadership or government with which we could negotiate a peace?
Teal'c Some, like Apophis, are great kings and rule over many worlds as their gods. But they have no need for peace. If they could kill you, they would.
Kennedy Could they? They have space craft, right?
Teal'c Yes. Without a Stargate, such a journey would take many months; perhaps even years. It would take many vessels; many slave armies.
O'Neill We're not that much of a nuisance, just yet.
Kennedy These slaves, where do they come from?
Teal'c There is a tale of a primitive world the Goa'uld discovered millennia ago. The Tau'ri. First World where forms of this type evolved. It is said the Goa'uld harvested among the primitives, some became Goa'uld hosts, others became Jaffa; the rest were taken as slaves and seeded among the stars to serve them. But that world has been lost for centuries.
Kennedy Teal'c, beings of this form evolved here, on Earth.
Teal'c (looks around surprised) This world?
O'Neill Is the world you're talking about Teal'c. Ra came here. If our ancestors hadn't rebelled and buried the Stargate…
Teal'c You would have not become strong enough to challenge them.
Kennedy Then the galaxy is populated by the ancient people of Earth?
Hammond There could be millions by now.
Teal'c Then you are their greatest hope. And mine.
O'Neill looks reflective.

INT—SGC INFIRMARY

Kawalsky enters the MRI chamber. In the Observation Room, Doctor Warner is typing on a computer.

INT—SGC CORRIDOR

Daniel and Carter come out of an elevator.
Carter I'm going to drop by the Control Room. By the silence around here, it seems like the Goa'ulds have finally given up.
Daniel rubs his eyes. Carter looks at him.
Carter When was the last time you slept?
Daniel I don't know.
Carter Doesn't help when the whole base goes on alert every two hours.
Daniel No, it's not that, it's just that…my mind races and I can't stop thinking about Sha're, where she is, what she's become…
Carter I know. But you can't stay awake forever.
Daniel I can try.
He lifts a cup of coffee and forces a laugh. Off Carter's look.
Daniel No, you're right, I'll meet you at the next briefing.
Carter slaps him on the back and leaves.

INT—BUNK ROOM

Daniel enters one of the bunkrooms. The room is dark. He puts his coffee down and sits on the bottom bunk. An arm falls from the top bunk; blood is dripping off the fingers. Daniel switches on the light and finds Doctor Nimzicki, dead on the upper bunk.

INT—SGC INFIRMARY

Doctor Warner is looking at the MRI and sees a snake-like creature wrapped around Kawalsky's brain stem and spine. He frowns.
Warner All right.
Warner walks over to Kawalsky.
Warner Major Kawalsky? We're all done here, but I'm taking you off active duty as of now.
Kawalsky sits up, but doesn't say anything.
Warner Major?
Kawalsky turns to Warner, his eyes glowing. Warner stumbles backward and hits the alarm. A warning horn sounds.
Loudspeaker Security to the Infirmary. Security to the Infirmary. Set—condition Red. Set—condition red.
Kawalsky walks out through the corridors, past the guards rushing toward the Infirmary. He enters the control room, punching and knocking down three technicians. At the computer, he starts punching in the commands to dial the Stargate.
Carter (walking in) Kawalsky, what the hell are you doing?
Kawalsky pushes her across the room. Carter falls, but gets up and heads for the microphone.
Carter Close the blast doors.
(over the loudspeaker) Emergency in the Control Room! Emergency in the Control Room!
Kawalsky grabs her and pulls her away, one hand over her mouth. Carter fights him.
Kawalsky (in a Goa'uld voice) Help me!
Carter's eyes open wide in fear.
O'Neill Kawalsky!
Kawalsky whirls around to O'Neill. He backs away holding Carter. O'Neill follows them as several airmen rush to the scene.
O'Neill (shouts) Don't shoot!
He moves after the pair, pushing an airman's gun barrel down.
O'Neill Don't shoot, don't shoot.
Kawalsky pulls Carter into an elevator and pushes one of the buttons. O'Neill gets there just as the doors close. He runs for the stairs.

INT—SGC ELEVATOR

Kawalsky pushes Carter away from him.
Carter You know they won't let you out of this mountain alive. When those doors open, they'll shoot on sight; you know that!
Carter eyes the phone and tries to grab it. Kawalsky grabs her and throws her backward. She hits the wall hard, then slides down into a heap. Kawalsky stares at the elevator doors, expressionless.

INT—SGC CORRIDOR OUTSIDE ELEVATOR

Hammond What the…?
Daniel Someone inside the elevator hit the emergency stop.
Hammond Get those doors open!
O'Neill arrives.
O'Neill Get 'em open.
Kawalsky (in a normal voice) Well, it's about time. Gimme a hand here.
O'Neill Charlie, what the hell's going on?
Kawalsky I don't have a clue, Colonel, but she's hurt bad. We have to get her to the infirmary.
O'Neill stares at him.

'INT—SGC INFIRMARY

Warner shows Kawalsky's MRI results on the computer. He points to the image.
Warner The parasite's wrapped around his spine.
O'Neill and Hammond share a worried look. Kawalsky is strapped to a rotating platform on a huge wheel. The platform rotates ninety degrees, so that Kawalsky moves from a flat position to a standing one. O'Neill and Daniel cross from opposite sides of the room to stand in front of him. Only Kawalsky's face shows through the platform.
O'Neill It's a…It's a Goa'uld. Probably an infant.
Daniel They think that the reason it hasn't been able to take you over completely is it's not mature yet.
O'Neill It's what's causing your blackouts.
Kawalsky What are you saying? I got one of those parasites in me? Well, how in the hell does that happen?
O'Neill We were kinda hoping you could tell us. You didn't feel it happening?
Kawalsky (scoffs) No.
Daniel When was the first time you blacked out?
Kawalsky I was here. We'd just come back through from Chulak. I thought it was just from coming back through the Stargate. We were helping that kid, Casey was his name. It was a sharp…Oh, God, Jack. I thought I wrenched my neck.
O'Neill winces and looks down.
Kawalsky Well, anyway, Casey, he was all right, they took him out of there.
He looks at O'Neill, tears in his eyes.
Kawalsky Oh, God, Jack, you got to help me. You got to get this thing out of me.
O'Neill (somberly) That's the plan.
Warner (to Hammond) I've taken Major Kawalsky off all pain medication to increase his alertness. This should increase his ability to resist.
On the other side of the room, Hammond and Doctor Warner confer.
Hammond When can you remove it?
Warner It would be an extremely complex operation. The parasite has literally woven itself around his nervous system.
Hammond (brusquely) Can it be done or not?
Warner Without killing him, possibly. Without making him a quadriplegic, that's a whole different story.
Hammond You just tell me who you need to assist. Anyone in the world. I'll have them here within 24 hours.
Warner Yes, sir.
Kawalsky When I was out, did I hurt anybody?
O'Neill There's one man dead. A few more hurt.
Kawalsky (closes eyes) Oh…God…
Daniel Captain Carter's going to be all right. I was just going to go check on her, actually.
Kawalsky Oh, I didn't mean to…
Daniel (hastily) No, she doesn't blame you.
O'Neill You're not responsible Charlie. It's not your fault. It's that damn thing that's inside you. Look, as soon as they know how to do it, they'll cut it out of you. Right now, you got to fight it.
Kawalsky I don't mind telling you; this is scaring me big time.
O'Neill looks worried.

INT—SGC TEAL'C'S QUARTERS

Kennedy, Hammond and O'Neill walk in.
Kennedy Teal'c, stand and face this way, please.
Teal'c (standing) What is the emergency? They would not tell me.
Kennedy That's none of your concern now.
O'Neill (glares at Kennedy) Kawalsky's become infected with a Goa'uld.
Teal'c And you wish to see if I still carry the Goa'uld within me?
Kennedy Yes. Now, please.
Teal'c unzips his flight suit. The larva pokes out of his pouch.
O'Neill God, I hate those things. You've seen enough?
The larva goes back in.
Kennedy You understand we had to look and see?
Teal'c What are its demands?
O'Neill So far it's only managed to rear its butt-ugly head whenever Kawalsky blacks out. But it's already killed a man.
Teal'c Then there will be a struggle for the host body. It must have sought a host in desperation before it was mature.
Hammond We intend to remove it before that happens.
Teal'c It will kill the host if you try. Once it is one with the host, it is capable of killing him.
O'Neill So…what do we do?
INT—SGC INFIRMARY

Kawalsky is struggling on the bed. Hammond, Teal'c and O'Neill walk in.

O'Neill Charlie, we got General Hammond for you.
Kawalsky (painfully) General, please. You got to tell them to do something. The pain is too much.
Hammond We are, Major. You just have to hold on.
Kawalsky (getting pissed) No. Don't you give me that good soldier crap, General. You order them to cut this damn thing out of me!
O'Neill Teal'c says if they do that, you might die.
Kawalsky I don't care!
O'Neill Look, Charlie. They want to talk to it.
Kawalsky What? What the hell is there to talk about?!
Teal'c We must offer it life to save yours.
Kawalsky No. No! I want you to kill it!
Teal'c We must talk to the Goa'uld within you.
Kawalsky Jack, please help me, Jack!
O'Neill Charlie, just let them do their job, will ya?
Kawalsky No! Don't let them do this, Jack! I want you to kill it! Kill it, Jack, kill it.
The monitors start to speed up.
Warner His heart rate just doubled.
Kawalsky Kill it! Kill it! Kill it! Kill it! Kill it!
Kawalsky suddenly collapses. The monitors increase in tempo. There's a beep, then everything evens out on the monitors. Kawalsky rears up, but it's not him talking.
Kawalsky's Goa'uld Nemes Kree! I won't speak to the traitor. You are their leader?
Hammond I am.
Kawalsky's Goa'uld Speak.
Hammond I'm General George Hammond of the United States Air Force. Commander-in-Chief of the SGC. And you are?
Kawalsky's Goa'uld Interested only in returning through the Stargate. Now!
Hammond You are in no position to make demands. I have a proposition.
Kawalsky's Goa'uld Release me now or I will destroy you!
Hammond If you leave this man's body, we will allow you to live and send you back through the Stargate in your natural form.
Kawalsky's Goa'uld This body is mine!
Hammond If you're unwilling to leave, we will be forced to surgically…
Kawalsky pulls back, and rips his arm out of the restraint. He starts trying to get off the bed. Teal'c, O'Neill, and Doctor Warner grab him.
O'Neill Teal'c! Hold him!
Kawalsky's Goa'uld Release me now, or I will destroy you!
Hammond Do not attempt to escape!
Kawalsky's Goa'uld I command you!
Hammond We will open fire! Colonel, stand aside!
Kawalsky's Goa'uld Release me now!
Hammond Take aim!
Kawalsky looks up.
Kawalsky (normal voice) Don't shoot! Don't shoot!
O'Neill Don't shoot!
Hammond Hold your fire!
Kawalsky Oh, oh, God!
Hammond It's all right, son. I won't put you through that again.
Kawalsky (crying) Oh, Jack, what did I do?
O'Neill Uh, nothing, you just got a little mouthy. Nothing serious.
Hammond Dr. Warner? I want to know the minute that godforsaken thing can be taken out of my officer. Is that clear?
Warner Yes, sir.
Hammond This conversation is over.
INT—SGC BRIEFING ROOM

O'Neill, Carter, Teal'c, Daniel, Warner and Kennedy are already seated. Hammond walks in and they rise.

Hammond As you were people. In light of the day's events, Colonel Kennedy has chosen to make certain recommendations to my superiors that I want to share with all of you. Colonel Kennedy?
Kennedy I know that many of you have served with Major Kawalsky, so please forgive me if what I am about to suggest appears in any way…callous. But I believe surgical removal of the parasite may be a mistake.
O'Neill General, this is a waste of time Kawalsky does not have.
Kennedy Dr. Warner, what are Major Kawalsky's chances of surviving the procedure?
Warner Ten…twelve percent at most.
Kennedy And the parasite? It is an intelligent being after all, isn't it, Colonel? I believe I first read that in your report.
Warner The parasite itself would not survive the procedure.
Kennedy So, we're faced with destroying one life in the hopeless attempt to save another. You see the ethical dilemma?
O'Neill No, I don't.
Warner My team and I are completely prepared to perform the procedure, sir. We'll do our best.
Kennedy Of course you will, Doctor. Please don't misunderstand. We all wish the invading parasite in Major Kawalsky's body could be safely removed. But the facts are the facts.
Carter I'm sorry, what was your point?
Kennedy If we proceed with this operation, Major Kawalsky will have died in vain.
Carter And if we don't?
Kennedy Well let's consider that for a moment. These infant Goa'ulds; if they're so young, so fragile in their larval state that they require a, uh…a, uh…I'm sorry what was it you called yourself?
Teal'c Jaffa.
Kennedy For want of a better translation; what? Incubator? How is it that they're so intelligent?
Teal'c A Goa'uld is born with all the knowledge of all Goa'ulds that came before it.
Daniel Genetic memory. That's amazing.
Kennedy Yes, it is. All the knowledge of the Goa'ulds. I just want you all to think on that before we just throw it away.
O'Neill I've thought about it.
(to Carter, who nods) You thought about it? I think we've all thought about it. Yeah.
(looks around the table) Any more thinking to be done?
Hammond Colonel.
Kennedy Imagine if we could convince this Goa'uld to share that knowledge.
Teal'c A Goa'uld would not willingly share.
Daniel Teal'c is right. To them, we're nothing. Less than nothing, I mean…think about it; they've taken on the roles of our ancient gods. What does that tell you?
Kennedy All right. What if we just studied it? How much could we learn from that? What if we just faced up to the fact of Major Kawalsky's slim chances of survival and realize that the greatest enemy mankind may ever face has just been delivered right to our doorstep? Even if we let it return through the Stargate as a gesture of good faith, how much could we…?
Hammond (interrupting, enraged) Just what kind of an officer are you, Colonel?
Kennedy Sir…?
Hammond As long as there is a snowball's chance in hell that my officer will come out of this procedure alive, we'll go ahead with it.
Kennedy With respect, General, I feel I should take this to my superiors.
Hammond (snorts) Well, me, I'll probably just call the President and get approval right from the horse's mouth. But sure, you go right ahead, Colonel. Talk to your superiors. In the meantime, people, let's get the job done.
Hammond leaves the room. Only O'Neill, Carter and Warner rise.

INT—SGC INFIRMARY

Teal'c's larva has been partially pulled from his pouch, and is being held in place for study.
Warner Do you have any sense that the new anaesthetic is working better than the last one we tried?
Teal'c Yes.
Warner But you're not sure? There's no communication at all between you and the symbiote?
Teal'c A Jaffa does not communicate with the Goa'uld it carries.
Warner Well, keep your fingers crossed. Nurse, you can stop this IV and release the patient. We'll go with this one.
Kawalsky is strapped to a regular bed on the other side of the room; O'Neill sitting in a chair beside him.
O'Neill They're getting ready.
Kawalsky It's about time.
O'Neill How's the pain?
Kawalsky Maybe I'm just getting used to it. Listen, Jack, if this doesn't work…
O'Neill Hey, come on. It's…it's a cakewalk.
Kawalsky It hurts to talk; will you shut up for a second? I wanna be cremated. I don't want there to be anything left of that thing inside me. You make sure, all right?
O'Neill Look, can we not talk about this?
Kawalsky When am I going to talk about it, Jack? This could be my last conversation.
O'Neill Aw, for crying out loud. It's not your last conversation.
Kawalsky Hey, I spoke to the doc; he told me the odds. Don't give me any crap.
O'Neill Okay. It's our last conversation.
Kawalsky You're going to be off on some other planet anyway.
O'Neill Yeah, P3A-575.
Kawalsky Whatever. This was going to be my first real command. I was looking forward to it.
O'Neill You still can, Charlie.
Kawalsky They got me all tied up here. Give me your hand.
O'Neill gives Kawalsky his hand; Kawalsky holds it.
Kawalsky I want you to know; no matter what happens…it was an honor to serve with you, sir.
O'Neill Listen, I got to ask you something. It's not easy for me.
Kawalsky We're friends.
O'Neill (seriously) If you don't make it…can I have your stereo?
Kawalsky laughs and starts coughing.
O'Neill What?
Kawalsky (coughing) It hurts to laugh.
O'Neill (pats their joined hands) You all right?
Kawalsky Ahh…Never better.
INT—SGC OPERATING ROOM

Hammond, O'Neill, Daniel, Carter and Teal'c are watching from the Observation Room above.

Warner I've held back on the use of anaesthetic until it can be administered to both patient and creature simultaneously. Major Kawalsky, we're going to begin the operation. Are you ready?
Kawalsky I wanna say something. General Hammond, sir?
Hammond (over speaker) I'm here, son.
Kawalsky If this doesn't work…I want you to give the order. I want to wake up as me or not at all.
O'Neill looks down at his clasped hands.
Hammond (after hesitation) You have my word, son.
Nurse Scalpel.
Warner nods at the anesthesiologist.
Anaesthesiologist Injecting anaesthetic.
Warner All right. Start the clock.
A nurse reaches over and starts the clock at zero. 00:00:02
Warner I'm making the first incision.
01:19:51
Warner I'm separating the primary ganglia attaching the parasite to the spinal cord…now. It's coming away more easily than I'd hoped. Must be the anaesthetic.
INT—SGC OBSERVATION ROOM
Carter At least it's going well.
Daniel That's fantastic. If we can reverse what's happened to the major, then there's still a chance for Sha're.
Carter (looks at Daniel sympathetically) Let's hope.
INT—SGC OPERATING ROOM
Warner The ganglia are still constricting…periodically. Obviously there still seems to be some sign of life in this symbiote. I don't know how. Scissors.
Nurse Scissors.
Warner There are thin filaments extending up and into the brain. I'm going to sever them.
Warner cuts the filaments. Kawalsky starts to seize.
Warner Hold him still!
Hammond What's happening?
Kawalsky falls still.
Warner I don't know, sir, I don't think it was anything I did. I'd like to proceed.
Hammond How much longer?
Warner Almost there. Almost. Large clamp?
Nurse Large clamp.
The monitor shows the goa'uld being cut in half and the bottom half being pulled from Kawalsky.
Warner I'm taking it out…now.
He puts the goa'uld in a basin.
Warner I think we did it. Close for me.
Hammond Well done, everyone.
O'Neill looks down at the dead goa'uld, then at Teal'c, who remains impassive.

INT—SGC INFIRMARY

Kawalsky is waking up.
O'Neill (leaning over Kawalsky) That's right, Dorothy. It was all a dream.
Warner Can you move your fingers?
Kawalsky waves.
Warner Toes?
O'Neill and Warner look down at Kawalsky's feet and grin.
O'Neill Hey.
Warner Congratulations, Major. You've already exceeded my wildest expectations.
Warner leaves.
Kawalsky Thirsty.
O'Neill gets him a drink.
O'Neill Here.
Kawalsky drinks, then coughs.
O'Neill Easy, big fella. You're not drinking for two any more.
Kawalsky I made it.
O'Neill See? I told you. Piece of cake.
INT—SGC HAMMOND'S OFFICE

Kennedy enters. He salutes Hammond.

Kennedy I heard the operation was a complete success, sir. Congratulations. And I have my orders to return to Langley.
Hammond Don't let the door hit your ass on the way out.
Kennedy With Teal'c, sir, I have his travel orders as well.
Hammond You do realize without his cooperation in finding an anaesthetic, the operation might have been a failure? I think we owe him something for that.
Kennedy Unfortunately, Teal'c is now carrying the only living Goa'uld available for study; and we do need to study it, sir, make no mistake on that. These aliens are possibly the greatest threat this country has ever known.
Hammond I'm well aware of the threat, Colonel. This facility is the front line. It's the reason this command exists. We just go about things differently around here.
Kennedy I see. Well, I'll make the transport arrangements in the morning.
Hammond You do that.
He salutes Kennedy. Kennedy returns the salute, then leaves.

INT—SGC INFIRMARY

O'Neill and Daniel are visiting Kawalsky, who's still in bed.
Daniel Anyway. Uh…Colonel Kennedy's probably going to want to take it with him. So, if you wanna see it once before..?
Kawalsky Are you talking about that thing in my head?
O'Neill Daniel thinks it's fascinating.
Daniel No! I just thought you might wanna see it.
Kawalsky Nooo, thanks.
Carter enters.
Carter Hey, I just heard. They're shipping Teal'c out to Langley. Kennedy's taking him with him.
O'Neill What?
Daniel What for?
Carter "Study." That's Kennedy's word.
O'Neill Right.
(angrily) Like a damn lab rat. Apparently Kennedy's ethics are selective.
O'Neill stalks out, Daniel following him. Carter moves to stand beside Kawalsky.
Kawalsky Listen, in case the Colonel can't talk them out of it; I'd like a minute alone with Teal'c before they ship him out. He helped get me through this. I got to thank him.
He grabs Carter's hand.
Carter Okay, I think that can be arranged.
Carter leaves.44

INT—SGC INFIRMARY

Teal'c is brought down to see Kawalsky, escorted by two guards.
Kawalsky Hey, come on over here. I wanna shake hands with the man who helped save my life.
Teal'c looks at the guards, then moves to shake hands with Kawalsky.
Kawalsky (to guards) I'd like a minute alone with my friend.
Teal'c smiles slightly and looks backward. The guards hesitate.
Kawalsky I'll make it an order, does that make you feel better?
The guards exchange a shrug, then leave. Kawalsky looks away and then whips back. His eyes glow as he grabs Teal'c by the throat.
Kawalsky's Goa'uld Jaffa! What they removed was merely a dead husk. I had already become one with the host. I give you this chance: Serve me, and you may live.
Teal'c (chokes out) I will not.
Kawalsky's Goa'uld Then die.
Kawalsky tightens his hold on Teal'c, who collapses. He stalks outside and flattens the two guards at the door.

INT—SGC HAMMOND'S OFFICE

Hammond Colonel, I'm doing everything I can.
O'Neill So because he wasn't born on this particular planet, he doesn't have any rights any more? Is that it?
INT—SGC CONTROL ROOM

Kawalsky enters.

Kawalsky Get out!
He crosses the room to the dialing computer. Harriman reaches out a hand to stop him.
Harriman Major?
Kawalsky grabs Davis' arm and twists, smacking it down on the desk. Davis falls.
Harriman Arrghh! Arghh!
Kawalsky begins the dialing sequence. Alarms go off. In the corridor, O'Neill and Hammond hear the alarms. Hammond nods to O'Neill, who takes off.

INT—SGC CORRIDOR

Teal'c exits the infirmary and sees the two guards on the floor. Warner runs up.
Warner What happened?
INT—CONTROL ROOM

In the Control Room, Kawalsky looks at the computer screen, which flashes "Destruct Sequence Activated."

INT—SGC CORRIDOR
Teal'c The Goa'uld has won. It has taken control of him.
Warner But, how?
Teal'c It deceived us.
Teal'c runs off. Two airmen pass him, running in the opposite direction.

INT—SGC CONTROL ROOM

Kawalsky keys in one last command and lowers the blast doors. He makes his way to the Gate Room. The wormhole has engaged but Teal'c stands in the center of the ramp, guarding the Stargate.
Kawalsky's Goa'uld Jaffa! Kal Shak!
Teal'c You cannot pass.
INT—SGC CONTROL ROOM

O'Neill and Hammond come down the stairs.

O'Neill What?
Harriman He set the coordinates for Chulak.
INT—SGC GATE ROOM

Kawalsky roars and runs up the ramp at Teal'c. They struggle, each trying to beat the other.

INT—SGC CONTROL ROOM
Hammond He set the auto destruct sequence on the failsafe device.
O'Neill How'd he have the code?
Hammond I don't know but I need two ranking officers to override, and you're it.
O'Neill and Hammond bend over the computer.

INT—SGC GATE ROOM

Teal'c and Kawalsky struggle. Kawalsky is going for the throat, Teal'c seems to just be trying to fend him off. Teal'c gets a grip on Kawalsky's shirt, and pushes him partially into the wormhole. Kawalsky pushes back out. The fight continues in front of the wormhole.

INT—SGC CONTROL ROOM
O'Neill All right, that did it. Open the blast doors.
They doors open and they see Teal'c holding Kawalsky partially in the wormhole.
O'Neill Teal'c! Hold him there!
Teal'c pushes Kawalsky's head back into the event horizon.
O'Neill Shut it down!… Now!
The Stargate shuts down. Teal'c lets Kawalsky go. He falls to the ground; part of his head is missing. O'Neill runs in and up the ramp. A small piece of the Goa'uld drops out of Kawalsky's head and shrivels up, smoking. O'Neill and Teal'c kneel beside Kawalsky's body. O'Neill looks shocked, and covers his mouth.
Teal'c He was your friend.
O'Neill My friend died on the table.
O'Neill gets up and walks away. Teal'c follows.

EXT—CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN

INT—SGC CORRIDOR

Carter and Daniel, in full offworld gear, walk towards the Gate Room.
Carter If anything, the fact that he knew how to set the auto destruct code proves that there's hope for Sha're and Skaara.
Daniel How?
Carter Because only Kawalsky could have known that code.
Daniel So something of the host must survive?
Carter nods and walks away. Daniel stands, looking thoughtful.

INT—SGC HAMMOND'S OFFICE

Hammond (speaking on red phone) Oh, absolutely. That's good to hear. Oh, anytime, sir, you just come on down, we'd be glad to have you.
(chuckling) Well, hell, sir, he's right here; why don't you tell him yourself? I'm sure he'd like to hear it from you.
Hammond hands the red phone to Kennedy. As Kennedy takes it, Hammond smiles at O'Neill and motions him to proceed Hammond out of the room.
Kennedy (nervously) Yes, Mr. President? Yes, sir.
INT—SGC GATE ROOM
Hammond Colonel O'Neill, is SG-1 ready to ship out?
O'Neill We are, sir.
Hammond Then you have a go for a standard recon mission on P3-575.
O'Neill Yes, sir
The doors open and Teal'c walks through.
Teal'c Reporting as ordered.
O'Neill "Sir"…It's "sir".
Teal'c Sir.
Hammond Welcome aboard, son.
O'Neill and Teal'c walk up the ramp to join Daniel and Carter.
Carter The MALP reports conditions on the planet are favorable.
Together, SG-1 walks up the ramp. They stop in front of the Gate. O'Neill looks across at his team.
O'Neill Well?
Together, SG-1 walk into the wormhole.

FADE OUT

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