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TEASER

EXT—PLANET, NIGHT

[Sheppard's team walks into a village. There are some lanterns on, but it seems deserted.]

SHEPPARD
  Another great vacation getaway in the Pegasus galaxy.

TEYLA
  Where is everyone?

RONON
  There's smoke from the chimneys. They're inside.

MCKAY
  Can't say I blame them. There's nothing I hate more than a damp cold.

SHEPPARD
  Let's check this out.

[He leads them to a building.]

INT—TAVERN

[The team enters the crowded tavern. Everyone turns to stare at them.]

SHEPPARD
  Howdy, folks.

BARKEEP
  Who are you?

SHEPPARD
  Sheppard. This is Teyla, Ronon, McKay.

BARKEEP
  You from Ratira?

SHEPPARD
  No.

BARKEEP
  From over the mountains, then?

SHEPPARD
  A little further.

BARKEEP
  Huh. Then you've come a long way. You'll be in need of food and drink. Sit.

[They come in and sit at a table.]

MCKAY
  I take it you don't get many strangers around here.

BARKEEP
  No. Especially not those that travel near dark.

SHEPPARD
  Why is that?

BARKEEP
  You really don't know?

GORAN
  Callum.
  (to Sheppard)
  What's your business here?

SHEPPARD
  No business, really. We're just travelers.

GORAN
  Then you best keep traveling.

MCKAY
  Yeah.

SHEPPARD
  All right, then.

[The team starts to stand up.]

BARKEEP
  Wait. Goran, you can't send them out there.

GORAN
  They look like they can take care of themselves. It may not even start tonight.

BARKEEP
  It's been three months. How much longer do you think it'll wait?

MCKAY
  Hi. What are you talking about?

GORAN
  The Daimos.

SHEPPARD
  Never heard of it.

GORAN
  It lives in the forest. It'll be feeding soon.

MCKAY
  And it is, what, some kind of an animal, or…

GORAN
  It's a creature. It has the appearance of a man, but it can suck the very life from your bones. Leaves only a dead withered husk behind.

[As he speaks, the team realizes what he is talking about.]

SHEPPARD
  Sounds familiar.

END TEASER

OPENING CREDITS

INT—TAVERN

[Goran now sits with the team; the barkeep serves them all drinks.]

SHEPPARD
  Look, we know you're not used to dealing with strangers, but we may be able to help you with this little problem you're having. We're used to dealing with this kind of thing.

TEYLA
  We call them the Wraith.

GORAN
  These are the creatures from the old stories? From the time of the cullings?

MCKAY
  So you have heard of them.

GORAN
  Yes, but the histories of them are incomplete. They tell of the great ships that descended from the sky, but there's no description of the Wraith themselves. Although there were a few among us who guessed that Daimos might be one of them.

TEYLA
  Why?

GORAN
  Because it, too, came from the sky.

FLASHBACK

EXT—VILLAGE, DAY

[Goran describes what happened as scenes from the time are shown.]

GORAN
  (voiceover)
  It was about ten years ago. A bright light appeared above the village…

[Goran and others watch a light streak across the sky and into the ground over the horizon.]

GORAN
  (voiceover)
  …crashed into the hills. We didn't know what it was, but people were terrified.

YOUNGER GORAN
  Hurry, get in the house.

VILLAGER
  Come on!

EXT—FOREST, DAY

[The villagers hunt for the downed ship.]

GORAN
  (voiceover)
  I went with some of the other men to investigate.

MAN
  Over here!

GORAN
  (voiceover)
  We found the wreckage, a few wounded survivors.

[Wounded Wraith lie on the ground amidst the wreckage.]

GORAN
  (voiceover)
  We didn't know what they were. We decided to take no chances.

[The villagers kill the Wraith with primitive wooden weapons and axes.]

EXT—FOREST, NIGHT

[The villagers burn the Wraith bodies in a large bonfire.]

GORAN
  (voiceover)
  We slaughtered them, burned the bodies.

END FLASHBACK

INT—TAVERN

RONON
  Wise decision.

GORAN
  Unfortunately we didn't get them all and although none of us saw it, evidently one of them survived.

FLASHBACK

INT—VILLAGE, NIGHT

[The villagers come back. A woman screams at what she sees — a desiccated body.]

GORAN
  (voiceover)
  It took its first victim that very night. We tried to hunt it down, but we couldn't find it.

END FLASHBACK

INT—TAVERN

GORAN
  It's been out there ever since. It feeds three, four times a year. Takes two or three people each time. Two years after the crash, it took my own son.

RONON
  That's it? One Wraith, in the forest?

GORAN
  Yes.

[Ronon loads his weapon and starts to stand.]

RONON
  I'll be done by morning.

SHEPPARD
  Whoa, whoa, whoa. We'll all go together, in the daylight.

BARKEEP
  You're really going to help us?

SHEPPARD
  Well, like the man said, it's just one Wraith. It'd be downright unneighborly if we didn't.

BARKEEP
  In that case, drinks are on me.

[Ronon sits back down.]

MCKAY
  Uh, well, let's not forget the food.

EXT—VILLAGE, DAY

[McKay works on an instrument as villagers walk by. He notices a boy watching him and becomes annoyed.]

MCKAY
  What?

BOY
  (approaching)
  Is it true? You're going to hunt the Daimos?

MCKAY
  It looks that way.

BOY
  I heard it has two heads, and it can turn you to stone just by looking at you.

MCKAY
  Well, you heard wrong.

BOY
  My uncle says it'll come and take me if I don't do my chores.

MCKAY
  He said that, huh? Well, then, if we get rid of it, you've got nothing to worry about, you'll never have to do chores ever again.

BOY
  Really?

MCKAY
  Yes. Look, go away.

[The boy walks away. McKay looks up to see Sheppard, Teyla and Ronon looking at him with chastisement.]

MCKAY
  What?

[Goran joins them.]

GORAN
  As far as we know, no one was taken last night, but it will strike, and soon.

RONON
  (loading his gun)
  We'll kill it before that happens.

SHEPPARD
  You must be great at parties.

EXT—FOREST, DAY

[They search through the forest, Ronon leading the way.]

MCKAY
  We're talking about a hundred square miles of forest here.

SHEPPARD
  Be patient. Ronon's been going up against the Wraith one on one for the last seven years. If anyone can track this thing, it's him.

MCKAY
  And exactly how is he going to do that, huh?

RONON
  (from a distance)
  It helps to have good hearing.

MCKAY
  Right.

[Sheppard slaps McKay on the back of the head as he walks past.]

MCKAY
  Carry on.

[Later, Sheppard and Teyla walk together.]

SHEPPARD
  What about you? You sensing anything?

TEYLA
  I'm not sure.

SHEPPARD
  What do you mean?

TEYLA
  There is a presence here…but it is different. I cannot quite explain it.

[Ronon holds up his hand, then gestures for them to look ahead.]

RONON
  It's in there.

[The see a flash of the Wraith running behind a tree. Ronon runs toward it.]

SHEPPARD
  Ronon! Damn it.

[They all follow, chasing the Wraith through the forest. Ronon arrives outside a cave; the others arrive in a moment.]

RONON
  It's in there.

SHEPPARD
  Was it Wraith?

RONON
  Yeah.

MCKAY
  You see it?

RONON
  No.

MCKAY
  Well, how do you know?

TEYLA
  Ronon is correct. I can definitely sense it now.

[They turn on their gun flashlights and go inside.]

INT—CAVE

[They make their way into the cave. In their flashlights they glimpse a young, female Wraith.]

TEYLA
  A female.

[She runs, and the team chases her. She runs into a laboratory built into the cave, with crossed beams and plants in the ceiling. An older man is there.]

INT—LABORATORY IN CAVE

ZADDIK
  Ellia?

[He hugs her protectively. The team runs in and raises their guns at them.]

SHEPPARD
  Get out of the way.

ZADDIK
  No, please. Don't shoot. She's not what you think… She's my daughter.

[Sheppard and the others stare in shock and disgust.]

ZADDIK
  She means you no harm.

RONON
  She's a Wraith.

ZADDIK
  Maybe so, but she's different. I swear to you.

SHEPPARD
  Let me guess—Wraith with a heart of gold?

ZADDIK
  She doesn't feed. She's never taken a human life.

TEYLA
  How is that possible?

ZADDIK
  Please, lower your weapons, and I'll explain it to you.

[Sheppard does so, and the others follow.]

ZADDIK
  It's all right.

ELLIA
  Father…

ZADDIK
  No, I won't let them hurt you.
  (to the team)
  I raised her as my own.

TEYLA
  You live here, together?

ZADDIK
  This was part of a mine before the last culling. It's not much to look at, I know, but we don't have much choice. The people of the village would not understand.

SHEPPARD
  Gee, I wonder why.

TEYLA
  The villagers told us there was a Wraith in the forest. It came here in a crashed ship ten years ago.

ZADDIK
  Ten years ago? Ellia was just a child. Do you really think that she could be responsible for the deaths that happened immediately after the crash?

MCKAY
  So you know about that, then?

ZADDIK
  I was there. I helped kill the survivors.

FLASHBACK

EXT—FOREST, DAY

[We see Zaddik's point of view as he finds young Ellia on the ground.]

ZADDIK
  (voiceover)
  But when I found a young female lying unconscious some distance from the crash…I couldn't bring myself to hurt her. I brought her here to this cave to hide her from the others. To this day, the people of the village don't know, and you must promise not to tell them. She's not responsible for what's been happening.

END FLASHBACK

INT—LABORATORY IN CAVE

RONON
  Then who is?

ZADDIK
  I believe another Wraith survived the crash. An adult. That's who you should be looking for.

TEYLA
  If she does not feed, how does she live?

ZADDIK
  At first I fed her as you would any child and that seemed to suffice. But then something began to change.

[As he speaks, McKay looks around at the lab, which has various old-fashioned chemical components.]

ZADDIK
  The food no longer gave her any sustenance. There was a hunger growing in her that would not be satisfied. I heard the stories of the other creature, what it did to survive, and I was afraid that was what Ellia would become. And so I… started to experiment. I have extensive knowledge of the chemical properties of various medicinal plants that grow in this forest. Are you interested in science?

MCKAY
  I'm not sure that's what I would call this, but yes.

ZADDIK
  Ellia's hunger was growing stronger every day, and I wasn't sure that I could do anything for her. But eventually… I came up with this.

[He holds up a flask.]

INT—ATLANTIS INFIRMARY

[Sheppard briefs Weir and Beckett.]

WEIR
  A drug that allows the Wraith to survive without feeding?

SHEPPARD
  That's what he said.

WEIR
  Is such a thing even possible?

BECKETT
  We don't know enough about Wraith physiology to say for certain, although, I must admit, it's intriguing that this Dr. Zaddik claims the Wraith survived on normal food for a time.

SHEPPARD
  Why?

BECKETT
  Well, if he's telling the truth, it might be the answer to a very puzzling question. Right now, our best guess is that the Wraith evolved from the iratus bug.

SHEPPARD
  Like the one that attached itself to my neck a year ago?

BECKETT
  That's right.

SHEPPARD
  I hate those bugs.

BECKETT
  Trust me, I know. We've speculated that they evolved into the Wraith when they began to take on the characteristics of the humans they were feeding on. Now, there are many aspects of human physiology that are quite useful—bipedal motion, opposable thumbs, large brain capacity. But the human digestive system serves no purpose in the adult Wraith. So, why have one at all?

WEIR
  Because they eat normal food when they're young.

BECKETT
  Exactly then at some point, they lose the ability to sustain themselves with that food.

SHEPPARD
  So it's a teenage thing—pimples, rebellion, life-sucking.

BECKETT
  Something like that. The question is, what causes it? If it's due to some chemical deficiency, like a diabetic's inability to process sugar, then it's possible it may be addressed with some kind of drug.

WEIR
  So Zaddik could be telling the truth.

BECKETT
  I'd like to go to the planet and check into it.

WEIR
  Is that really necessary? I'm sure we could get a sample, bring it back here for you to analyze.

BECKETT
  It's not just the drug I'm interested in. This young Wraith could be very important for our research.

SHEPPARD
  What research?

BECKETT
  We're working on a retrovirus that would alter Wraith DNA, essentially stripping out the iratus bug elements of their genetic code and leaving only the human aspects behind.

SHEPPARD
  A drug that turns Wraith into humans?

BECKETT
  Effectively, yes. But so far, we haven't had much success, partly because we lack the living tissue and blood samples we need to test it.

WEIR
  (to Sheppard)
  You think this girl would be willing to provide them?

[Sheppard starts to shrug.]

BECKETT
  Look, I realize we can't bring her back to Atlantis but I could take the retrovirus and the equipment necessary for the analysis with me to the planet. A few days with a cooperative test subject could be worth months of theoretical research. Elizabeth, I don't have to tell you how important this could be for us.

WEIR
  (to Sheppard)
  Is she dangerous?

SHEPPARD
  She's a Wraith.

SHEPPARD
  Although… I have to admit she does seem a little different.

INT—LABORATORY IN CAVE

[Ellia is grinding leaves with a mortar and pestel.]

ZADDIK
  Remember, the leaves must be dried and finely ground.

ELLIA
  Like this?

[He starts to walk around. The liquid in the flask is boiling.]

ZADDIK
  A little more. Now…why is distillation an important step?

ELLIA
  To remove the toxins from the Ferassin root?

ZADDIK
  Precisely. We wouldn't want the serum to send you into paralytic shock, now, would we?

ELLIA
  (smiling and rolling her eyes)
  No, Father.

MCKAY
  Seriously, have you seen anything like this before?

TEYLA
  No, I have not. She is unlike any Wraith I've ever encountered.

MCKAY
  What if it's all an act?

TEYLA
  If she were a killer, why would he protect her?

MCKAY
  Well, maybe the act's for his benefit, too.

TEYLA
  They live here together, Rodney. If she were like other Wraith, he would be her first victim.

SHEPPARD
  (over radio)
  Teyla, this is Sheppard.

TEYLA
  (into radio)
  Go ahead.

EXT—FOREST ON PLANET, DAY

[Sheppard, Beckett, and Ronon are walking.]

SHEPPARD
  (into radio)
  We just got back with Beckett. Ronon's going to take him up to the cave. I'm going to check in with the villagers.

TEYLA
  (over radio)
  What are you going to tell them?

SHEPPARD
  (into radio)
  I'm still working on that.

[They stop. Sheppard hands the equipment box he's been carrying to Ronon, then heads away to the village.]

INT—LABORATORY IN CAVE

[Beckett starts to unload his equipment, starting with a laptop.]

ZADDIK
  This equipment's remarkable. Where did you get it?

BECKETT
  Oh, here and there. Let's start by analyzing that drug of yours, shall we?

ZADDIK
  Oh, yes. Of course.

[Ellia arrives, and Beckett sees her for the first time.]

ELLIA
  Would you like some tea?

ZADDIK
  Oh, thank you.

[She hands a cup to McKay, who reluctantly takes it.]

BECKETT
  Oh, no thank you.

ELLIA
  (to Ronon)
  Would you like some?

RONON
  No.

ELLIA
  Are you sure? It's very good.

RONON
  I said no.

[She puts the tray down and brings back a plate of biscuits.]

ELLIA
  Maybe some biscuits? I baked them myself.

[He slams the plate out of her hand, furious.]

RONON
  Stay away from me!

[Ellia screams at him in a Wraith voice. Ronon draws his weapon and aims it at her.]

TEYLA
  (holding up a hand to stop him)
  Ronon!

[Ellia rushes out of the lab. Zaddik follows.]

INT—CAVE

[Ellia is sitting on the ground, crying. Zaddik sits beside her.]

ZADDIK
  It's all right. It's okay.

ELLIA
  They hate me, don't they, Father?

ZADDIK
  No. No, no, no. They just don't know you.

INT—LABORATORY IN CAVE

TEYLA
  Was that really necessary?

RONON
  You can dress her up and teach her table manners, but that's not going to change who she is.

SHEPPARD
  (over radio)
  Teyla, this is Sheppard. Come in.

TEYLA
  (into radio)
  Go ahead, Colonel.

SHEPPARD
  (over radio)
  Is Ellia still in the cave?

TEYLA
  (into radio)
  Yes.

SHEPPARD
  (over radio)
  Has she been there the whole time?

TEYLA
  (into radio)
  Yes. Why?

EXT—VILLAGE, DAY

[Villagers are gathered around a desiccated body.]

SHEPPARD
  (into radio)
  They just found another victim. Apparently he's only been missing for a couple of hours, which means she couldn't have done it. It looks like Zaddik might have been telling the truth after all.

[The dead body is wheeled by on a hay cart.]

VILLAGER
  We must defend ourselves.

FEMALE VILLAGER
  There they are.

GORAN
  Colonel Sheppard. Is there any progress with this hunt?

SHEPPARD
  We're working on it.

GORAN
  Maybe we could help you.

SHEPPARD
  That won't be necessary.

BARKEEP
  We're sick of doing nothing. We're sick of being afraid all the time. That thing is hunting in daylight now. We'll never be safe.

SHEPPARD
  Just be patient. We'll take care of it.

INT—LABORATORY IN CAVE

[Sheppard has joined them.]

ZADDIK
  You see? I told you she wasn't responsible for the killings. The serum makes it unnecessary for her to feed.

SHEPPARD
  Can you confirm that?

BECKETT
  Not yet. It'll be a while before I can complete my analysis.

SHEPPARD
  All right. Well, in the meantime, there's another Wraith out there.

TEYLA
  I believe Ellia may be able to help us find it.

ZADDIK
  How?

TEYLA
  May I speak with her?

ZADDIK
  All right.

INT—ELLIA'S BEDROOM IN CAVE

[Ellia is sitting on her bed. Teyla joins her.]

TEYLA
  May I join you?

[Ellia looks up then away. Teyla enters.]

TEYLA
  Ellia, we need your help. You can sense the other Wraith.

[Ellia looks away.]

TEYLA
  It is all right. It is nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, I have the same ability.

ELLIA
  Really?

TEYLA
  I sensed you in the forest, when you were watching us. And I knew even then that you were different. Your father has raised you well. He has taught you right from wrong. You are not like the other one.

ZADDIK
  I don't let him in. I don't like what he shows me.

TEYLA
  I know but you have to try. Now, we need to find him.

ELLIA
  You don't understand.

TEYLA
  I have tried myself, but I can get nothing. Please.

ELLIA
  All right.

TEYLA
  Good. Now, concentrate.

[Ellia sees scenes of the forest. She comes back, gasping.]

TEYLA
  Try again.

[She sees the forest again, and a river bank.]

ELLIA
  I saw a river.

INT—LABORATORY IN CAVE

[Teyla enters.]

TEYLA
  Zaddik? Is there a river nearby?

ZADDIK
  Yes, just to the east.

SHEPPARD
  All right, let's go. McKay, stay here and help Beckett.

MCKAY
  Uh, medical research is not really my thing.

SHEPPARD
  And hunting Wraith?

MCKAY
  But, I mean, I can stay…and help Beckett.

[Sheppard and the others leave.]

MCKAY
  Never could get into biology. There's just too much information about the human body. One time, I took it as an undergrad, I diagnosed myself with half a dozen separate medical conditions before I had to drop the class.

BECKETT
  Really.

MCKAY
  Yeah, believe it or not, back then, I was a bit of a hypochondriac.

BECKETT
  You know, this does require a certain amount of concentration.

MCKAY
  (teasing)
  What, am I bothering you?… Maybe I'll go get some air.

[McKay leaves.]

EXT—NEAR RIVER ON PLANET, DAY

[Sheppard, Teyla, and Ronon arrive.]

TEYLA
  This must be the river she saw in her vision.

SHEPPARD
  Assuming she's telling the truth. Just because there's another Wraith doesn't necessarily mean you can trust her.

[Ronon finds a print in the sand.]

SHEPPARD
  What do you got?

RONON
  Fresh tracks. It's him.

TEYLA
  Now do you believe?

SHEPPARD
  I still think there's something more to this than she and Zaddik are telling us.

RONON
  He's heading upstream, into the hills.

[They move on.]

INT—LABORATORY IN CAVE

[Beckett continues to test Zaddik's medicine.]

ZADDIK
  (to Beckett)
  Let me ask you something. If you can prove to everyone that I'm telling the truth, that Ellia no longer needs to feed, do you think the villagers would accept her?

[Beckett doesn't look hopeful.]

ZADDIK
  That's what I'm afraid of.

[Ellia is eavesdropping on the conversation.]

ZADDIK
  No matter how hard we try to convince them, they'll always see her as a monster. I'm getting old, doctor.

BECKETT
  Oh, you've got lots of time.

ZADDIK
  Never have as much as we think you have. And when I'm gone, she'll be alone. I…tried to teach her about love and human companionship. But that's exactly what she'll never have.

[Ellia looks down in sadness at what she hears.]

BECKETT
  Zaddik, there's something I want to show you. I didn't say anything at first, because I didn't want to get your hopes up.

[He opens a case and takes out a metal vial.]

BECKETT
  It's a retrovirus…something I've been working on.

ZADDIK
  I don't understand.

BECKETT
  Oh, God. How am I going to explain this? Part of Ellia is human, and part of her comes from a creature we call the iratus bug. It's the part that makes her look the way she does and where her desire to feed comes from. Now, it's possible, by means of this retrovirus, we can strip away those parts, and leave only the human parts behind.

ZADDIK
  (smiling hopefully)
  You mean she'd be like you and me?

BECKETT
  Yes. Now, I must warn you, the retrovirus is still experimental. In fact, it's only been tested on cell cultures in a laboratory, and so far, without much success. I'm hoping that what we can learn from your daughter will help me perfect it.

[McKay rushes in.]

MCKAY
  We've got a problem.

BECKETT
  Why didn't you just radio me?

MCKAY
  Yeah, well, I could've, but…

[McKay, Beckett, and Zaddik rush out. After they are gone, Ellia comes in and opens Beckett's case, the one with the retrovirus.]

EXT—FOREST ON PLANET, DAY

[McKay, Beckett, and Zaddik take up a position where they can see a group of villagers walking on a path in the forest.]

VILLAGER
  This way.

BECKETT
  Looks like they decided to join the hunt.

ZADDIK
  If they find Ellia, they'll kill her.

MCKAY
  (into radio)
  Sheppard, this is McKay.

EXT—FOREST ON PLANET, DAY

[Sheppard answers from where they are hunting the Wraith.]

SHEPPARD
  (into radio)
  What is it, Rodney?

MCKAY
  (into radio)
  The villagers are on the move, and it doesn't look like they're going to a picnic.

SHEPPARD
  (into radio)
  Are they heading for the caves?

MCKAY
  (into radio)
  Not at the moment, no.

SHEPPARD
  (into radio)
  All right. Get back there and sit tight.
  (to Ronon and Teyla)
  We're losing time, guys.

INT—LABORATORY IN CAVE

[Beckett, McKay, and Zaddik return. They look around.]

ZADDIK
  Ellia? Ellia? She's not here.

[Beckett sees a vial has been moved inside his case.]

BECKETT
  Good Lord.

MCKAY
  What?

BECKETT
  She took the retrovirus.

ZADDIK
  You said it wasn't ready.

BECKETT
  It's not, not by a long shot.

ZADDIK
  What'll it do to her?

BECKETT
  To be honest, I have no idea.

EXT—FOREST ON PLANET, DAY

[Sheppard, Ronon, and Teyla continue to search.]

[The conversation switches between the lab and Sheppard's position.]

BECKETT
  (into radio)
  Colonel Sheppard, come in.

SHEPPARD
  (into radio)
  Go ahead.

BECKETT
  (into radio)
  We've got another problem. Ellia's gone, and she's injected herself with the retrovirus.

SHEPPARD
  (into radio)
  Why would she do that?

BECKETT
  (into radio)
  She must've overheard us talking about it. I told Zaddik it might be the key to making her human.

ZADDIK
  Please, you've got to find her before the villagers do.

SHEPPARD
  (into radio)
  Look, Ronon says we're close. If we lose the trail now, we may never catch the Wraith.

BECKETT
  (into radio)
  Rodney and I will find her.

SHEPPARD
  (into radio)
  All right, but be careful.

BECKETT
  (into radio)
  Understood.

INT—LABORATORY IN CAVE

ZADDIK
  I'll come with you.

BECKETT
  No, I think it's best if you stay here.

MCKAY
  Look, is there anywhere that she likes to go—any favorite hiding spots or favorite places?

ZADDIK
  Yes, she often goes off for hours at a time, up into the hills. I don't like it, but she doesn't listen to me.

BECKETT
  It's a start.

[McKay and Beckett leave.]

EXT—FOREST, DAY

[McKay and Beckett search.]

MCKAY
  You know, I thought it was pretty nuts when Ronon was trying to track a Wraith through this forest.

BECKETT
  Now that it's just us, do you feel any better?

MCKAY
  Oh, yeah. Supremely confident.

INT—LABORATORY IN CAVE

ELLIA
  Father.

ZADDIK
  (seeing her)
  Ellia.

[They embrace.]

ZADDIK
  Oh…where did you go?

ELLIA
  I was hiding. I didn't want the others to know…

ZADDIK
  To know what? Ellia, why did you take the retrovirus?

ELLIA
  Because I don't want to be this way anymore. I hate what I am.

ZADDIK
  If you heard what Dr. Beckett said, you know the retrovirus isn't ready.

ELLIA
  I had no choice. When they kill the other Wraith, I won't be able to pretend anymore.

ZADDIK
  Pretend what?

ELLIA
  I've wanted to tell you for a long time… Your serum doesn't work, Father. It never has.

ZADDIK
  (smiling reassuringly)
  That's impossible. It's been two years since you… Since the last time. That wasn't your fault. It was my idea. I needed time to perfect the formula.

ELLIA
  But it wasn't working. The hunger just…got worse.

ZADDIK
  (realizing)
  What did you do?

ELLIA
  I'm sorry, Father.

ZADDIK
  No. No, that was the other one.

ELLIA
  It was both of us. I sensed him out there. I knew when he was feeding, and I would go out at the same time.

ZADDIK
  No. No, it can't be.

[Ellia grunts and bends over in pain.]

ZADDIK
  Ellia?

ELLIA
  Stay away!

ZADDIK
  What is it? What's happening?

[She grimaces in pain. Her hand starts to change color to dark purple, like an iratus bug. The color change moves up to her face. She screeches.]

ZADDIK
  Let me help you.

[She pushes him away.]

ELLIA
  No!

[She runs out. Zaddik stays behind, terrified.]

EXT—FOREST, DAY

[Ronon checks a small cave with strings of cloth hanging outside it.]

RONON
  Sheppard. This is where he's been making camp. He was here less than hour ago.

EXT—FOREST, DAY

[McKay and Beckett hunt elsewhere.]

MCKAY
  You hear anything?

BECKETT
  No.

MCKAY
  Huh. Me neither.

[A Wraith drops down from a tree right beside Beckett. It hits him and knocks him flying. McKay gets off a couple of shots, then the Wraith knocks the gun out of his hand and him to the ground.]

[Nearby, Sheppard and the others hear the shots and go running in that direction.]

[At McKay's location, the Wraith starts to lean over McKay, but Ellia arrives and tackles the Wraith. They fight for a moment, and Ellia breaks the Wraith's neck. Ellia's skin is much darker and her left hand is claw-like. She advances on McKay with a threatening expression.]

MCKAY
  Easy, now. You went through the trouble to save my life. It'd be a shame to kill me.

[Beckett shoots Ellia, wounding her in the shoulder. She screeches at him then runs away.]

BECKETT
  You all right, Rodney?

MCKAY
  (shakily, grasping at his chest)
  Yeah, just peachy. What the hell was that?

BECKETT
  The retrovirus is having the opposite effect than we intended.

MCKAY
  I guess so.

BECKETT
  Oh, God.

MCKAY
  On the…yeah, but…

[Beckett pats him reassuringly. He mumbles and puts his hand up under his tee-shirt to feel for a feeding wound.]

[Elsewhere in the forest, Zaddik finds Ellia.]

ZADDIK
  Ellia? You poor girl. You never deserved this.

[She growls and approaches him.]

ZADDIK
  I know part of you is still there.

[She snarls and grabs him by the neck.]

ZADDIK
  Aah! Ellia, please. This isn't you.

[She throws him hard into the hillside. She stands and screeches loudly. Both Atlantis groups hear her and run toward the sound.]

[McKay and Beckett find Zaddik lying on the forest floor.]

MCKAY
  Zaddik!

BECKETT
  Are you all right?

[He grunts in pain.]

BECKETT
  Don't try to move.

ZADDIK
  It was Ellia…but it wasn't her fault.

VILLAGER
  Over here! Here, come on!

[Goran and other villagers arrive.]

MCKAY
  No, no, no! You people need to go back to the village! It is not safe here.

GORAN
  Who is that?

ZADDIK
  Don't you remember me?

GORAN
  No…it can't be… You were taken by the daimos.

ZADDIK
  No, Father.

MCKAY
  Father? I don't understand. You're…you're his son?

GORAN
  If my son were alive, he'd be 34 years old.

ZADDIK
  Precisely.

[Sheppard's group has arrived.]

BARKEEP
  There's another one of those things out there. Look what it did to Zaddik. I say we go after it, now!

SHEPPARD
  No one's going anywhere. We'll handle this. Stay calm. How is he?

[Beckett stops over to talk to them.]

BECKETT
  I've given him something for the pain, but his injuries are too severe. He's not going to make it.

GORAN
  This can't be happening. It's not possible.

ZADDIK
  I'm sorry. Don't blame Ellia. It was my idea. You…have to have to understand…that when I found her, I'd just lost my own wife and son to a fever.

FLASHBACK

[Zaddik finds Ellia after the crash.]

ZADDIK
  (voiceover)
  She was just lying there, helpless. When I saw her, I knew what I had to do. As I told you, in the beginning, she survived on food and water like any young girl.

[Zaddik lifts up the Wraith child and carries it away.]

INT—LABORATORY IN CAVE

[A younger Ellia collapses in pain, the younger Zaddik comforting her.]

ELLIA
  No. No!

YOUNGER ZADDIK
  It's all right. Take what you need.

ELLIA
  I can't.

[He takes her hand and puts it to his chest. She begins to feed off of him.]

YOUNGER ZADDIK
  Yes, you can.

END FLASHBACK

EXT—FOREST, DAY

ZADDIK
  She took what she needed from me to survive…until I perfected the serum.

FLASHBACK

[Zaddik collapses after Ellia finishes feeding.]

ELLIA
  Father? Father? I'm so sorry.

[She holds him, sobbing; he is only slightly more aged than he was.]

END FLASHBACK

SHEPPARD
  She never fed on anyone after that?

ZADDIK
  (after a hesitation)
  No.

SHEPPARD
  All right. Teyla, Ronon, you're with me. The rest of you, stay here.

BECKETT
  Colonel, the retrovirus is acting quickly. The human part of her is almost gone.

SHEPPARD
  You said she killed the other Wraith and saved McKay's life.

BECKETT
  Yes, but I'm not sure she knew what she was doing. She's operating on a purely animal level right now.

TEYLA
  Is there nothing you can do for her?

BECKETT
  I might be able to reverse the effects, if you bring her back alive, but I doubt she'll cooperate. She's also stronger and faster than any Wraith I've ever seen.

SHEPPARD
  (in a high-pitched, sarcastic voice)
  Great.

GORAN
  (to Zaddik, upset)
  All this time… We thought you were dead.

ZADDIK
  There was no other way. They never would have accepted us…And I couldn't abandon her.

GORAN
  Why?

ZADDIK
  She…needed me.

[Goran appears very upset.]

[Elsewhere in the forest, Sheppard and Teyla walk.]

BECKETT
  (over radio)
  Colonel, this is Beckett.

SHEPPARD
  (into radio)
  Go ahead.

BECKETT
  (over radio)
  Zaddik's dead.

SHEPPARD
  (into radio)
  Understood.

[Ronon has stopped.]

RONON
  She knows we're here. She's watching us.

TEYLA
  (sensing Ellia)
  Ellia? We want to help you. Dr. Beckett can make you better, but you have to come with us. We will not hurt you.

[Ellia tackles Teyla to the ground. They struggle, an Teyla throws her off. Sheppard and Ronon hear it and come running.]

RONON
  Die!

[Ronon shoots Ellia, but she runs away. Ronon and Sheppard stop to check Teyla. She is unconscious and has blood on the back of her head.]

RONON
  She took a blow to the head when it hit her.

SHEPPARD
  Stay with her.

[Sheppard takes his jacket off for Ronon to use to pillow Teyla's head.]

RONON
  Sheppard—

SHEPPARD
  That's an order.

[Sheppard runs off.]

EXT—FOREST, DAY

[Sheppard hunts Ellia, but she is watching him.]

[Teyla wakes up.]

RONON
  Teyla?

TEYLA
  What happened? Where's Colonel Sheppard?

RONON
  He went after the creature.

TEYLA
  You let him go alone?

RONON
  Well, he wanted me to stay with you.

TEYLA
  (exasperated)
  I am fine. Go.

RONON
  Aren't we supposed to follow his orders?

TEYLA
  Sometimes we are allowed to make exceptions.

RONON
  Who decides when it's one of those times?

TEYLA
  We do.

RONON
  That's good enough.

[He jumps up and runs off.]

[At Sheppard's position, he turns to see Ellia approaching him along a large downed tree.]

SHEPPARD
  Ellia? Don't make me do this.

[She screeches at him. He shoots her with the machine gun as she attacks him, but she lands on him and tries to attack. He pulls his knife, but she holds that arm away from her. While she does that, her left-hand claw cuts his right arm. Blood flows from the wound. Ronon arrives and shoots Ellia. Sheppard rolls away. Ronon shoots her again. Then Ronon and Sheppard both fire on her, killing her.]

RONON
  You okay?

SHEPPARD
  Yeah. She tried feeding on me.

RONON
  She wasn't going to let us take her back.

SHEPPARD
  Yeah. I know.

[Ronon starts to walk back the way he came. Sheppard looks at his arm, which is bloody from three puncture marks. He looks at Ellia again, then turns to follow Ronon.]

FADE OUT

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