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McKay and Mrs. Miller

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PrologueEdit

INT—LIVING ROOM, MILLER HOME

[Toys and stuffed animals are scattered everywhere. Four year old Madison plays with a train set. Jeanie is crouched near her.]

MADISON
  The princess is going to play.

JEANIE
  Where's the princess? Where's the princess in the tower?

MADISON
  Right there.

JEANIE
  Which one? Oh.

MADISON
  Put this one…

[Jeanie starts moving the train while Madison moves a dragon.]

JEANIE
  This is how they get around, right? Chugga-chugga. Chugga-chugga.

[Madison puts the dragon in a building and starts pushing the train herself.]

MADISON
  Go inside the train. Choo choo. Choo choo. Chugga-chugga-chugga-chugga.

[Jeanie watches the train go over the bridge in the playset. Inspiration hits her. She pulls off a picture of a house from Madison's drawing pad and then starts to write in finger paints.]

INT—FOYER, MILLER HOME

[Miller enters the home and puts down his briefcase.]

MILLER
  Hello?

[He sees Madison standing transfixed at the edge of the living room.]

MILLER
  Madison?

INT—LIVING ROOM, MILLER HOME

[Madison doesn't answer, so he goes over and crouches next to her.]

MILLER
  Honey?

[He turns and looks at what Madison is staring at. The living room is scattered with pages of filled with finger painted physics equations. His wife is in the center of them, still writing, oblivious to all.]

MILLER
  Hi…?

[Jeanie starts.]

JEANIE
  Oh! Hey!

MILLER
  (nonplussed)
  So…how was your day?

[Jeanie looks around the room at all her drawings, seeming to notice them for the first time.]

EXT—

MILLER HOME, VANCOUVER, B.C., CANADA, NIGHT

INT—MASTER BEDROOM, MILLER HOME

[Miller and Jeanie get ready for bed.]

MILLER
  Send it to Graeme Peel.

JEANIE
  Graeme Peel has better things to do than to do than look over my nonsensical scribblings.

MILLER
  Well, they didn't look nonsensical to me.

[Jeanie gives him a look. He grins.]

MILLER
  Okay, fine, they did. But I'm an English major. What the hell do I know? Send it. What have you got to lose.

[She kisses him.]

JEANIE
  Good night.

MILLER
  G'Nite.

[They turn out the lights, but Jeanie lies with her eyes wide open.]

Episode Edit

INT—KITCHEN, MILLER HOME

[Jeanie sits at the table refining the calculations with pen and paper.]

INT—LIVING ROOM, MILLER HOME

[Miller juggles some beverages into the living room, where Jeanie and Madison play by the train table. There is a knock at the door. Jeanie gets up to answer it.]

INT—FOYER, MILLER HOME

[She opens the door to find Carter and two Air Force officers standing outside. All are in Class A uniform.]

CARTER
  (smiling)
  Jean Miller?

JEANIE
  (cautiously)
  Yes?

CARTER
  Hi, I'm Lieutenant Colonel Samantha Carter of the United States Air Force.

JEANIE
  Okay?

CARTER
  Did you send a math proof to Professor Graeme Peel of the California Institute of Technology?

JEANIE
  (nervous)
  Was I not supposed to?

EXT—ATLANTIS, DAY

INT—SCIENCE LAB

[McKay and Zelenka work on their laptops. Sheppard enters.]

SHEPPARD
  Sorry to interrupt, kids, but you need to pack your toothbrush. Head back to Earth.

[He points to McKay.]

MCKAY
  I do? Why?

SHEPPARD
  Carter needs help.

MCKAY
  (preening)
  Ah. With what?

SHEPPARD
  Your sister.

[McKay's expression turns serious.]

OPENING CREDITS

EXT—CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN, DAY

INT—GATE ROOM

[Carter enters to greet McKay coming through the wormhole.]

CARTER
  Welcome back to Earth.

MCKAY
  Yes, yes. What has my sister done?

[The Stargate shuts down.]

CARTER
  (dryly)
  Good to see you too, McKay.

MCKAY
  (impatient)
  Greetings, salutations, pleasantries…what's she done?

[He keeps walking out of the room, taking a quick look at her backside. Glaring, Carter follows.]

INT—CARTER'S LAB

[The remains of a sandwich sit nearby while McKay reads over the proof. Carter paces, snapping her fingers and looking bored. She leans over his shoulder.]

CARTER
  I thought that—

[He holds up a finger to silence her. He finishes reading and sits back.]

MCKAY
  Huh. Well, it's certainly some…uh…very interesting stuff. But uh, huh, it can't be her work. I mean, she's been out of the game for years.

CARTER
  "The game?"

MCKAY
  Mmm, yes. She hasn't published a single theoretical physics paper in, like, four years.

CARTER
  Oh. That game.

MCKAY
  Mmm. She was on the fast track to some, uh, pretty exciting grants, doing some interesting work. I mean, she was no me, of course. But, uh, she was at least a "you."

CARTER
  (unimpressed)
  Uh-huh.

MCKAY
  Mmm. Anyway…she got herself knocked up by some…"English major", and her priorities shifted overnight. Tried to talk some sense into her, but, uh, she's a tad on the stubborn side.

CARTER
  When was the last time you spoke to her?

MCKAY
  Mmm, four years, maybe.

CARTER
  Four years?!

MCKAY
  (defensively)
  Not that I didn't check to see if she'd published!

[Carter huffs in disbelief.]

CARTER
  You realize what this proof means, right?

MCKAY
  (chuckles)
  Yes, well, if the math checks out.

CARTER
  Oh I've been over it. It checks out.

MCKAY
  Ah, well, no offense, blue eyes, but, um, I'd like a little more time with it, myself.

CARTER
  (firmly)
  It checks out.

MCKAY
  (jealous)
  Aw, and she said it just came to her?

CARTER
  Yeah. She was playing with her kid, and she got a notion.

MCKAY
  A notion. That is just beautiful. She's gonna love this…wait, you didn't tell her I've been trying to prove something like this myself, did you?

CARTER
  Not exactly.

MCKAY
  Oh, good. Because she would just…wait a minute. Why not?

CARTER
  See, that's part of the reason I asked you here. She's been cleared by the Pentagon, but she refuses to sign the confidentiality agreement. She says she wants nothing to do with us. To be honest, she's been a bit of a pain in the ass.

MCKAY
  Huh. Well, forget her, then. I mean, she's made her choice, we'll just have to you and I figure out how to implement it on our own. Let's see…Now, upon first glance, there are certainly some…missing pieces that aren't exactly spelled out in the proof, but um…What?

[While he's been speaking, McKay shifts more uncomfortably under Carter's steady gaze.]

CARTER
  You and I both know this would go a lot faster if your sister were on board.

MCKAY
  Well, what do you want me to do? She's not gonna listen to me!

CARTER
  You're her brother!

MCKAY
  Exactly!

INT—FOYER, MILLER HOME

[There is a knock at the door. Jeanie answers to find McKay standing there with a bouquet of flowers.]

MCKAY
  Hi.

JEANIE
  (surprised)
  Hi.

MCKAY
  Long time no see?

JEANIE
  To say the least.

[There is an awkward silence.]

MCKAY
  Aren't you going to invite me in?

JEANIE
  Why are you here?

MCKAY
  Oh, I can't just stop by, say hi to my little sister?

JEANIE
  Well, we haven't spoken in four years, and you've never done anything like this! So…no, you can't.

MCKAY
  Well, I've been kind of…busy…with work…you know, doing a lot of traveling, and such, and I-I was called back on business, so um…I was in town…and-and I thought I'd um…you know, um…

[He holds out the flowers.]

JEANIE
  (suspicious)
  Wait a second.

MCKAY
  What?

JEANIE
  You're not here because of the physics proof, are you?

MCKAY
  (defensively)
  What? No. No-no I-I mean, I'm sure that's part of the reason why I'm here, but, uh—

JEANIE
  You work for the U.S. government?!

MCKAY
  No! No, I work for a multi-national…er, oversight advisory that, uh…

JEANIE
  You know what? I don't care. I already told that-that colonel person that I don't want anything to do with them.

MCKAY
  Do you have any idea what you've written?

JEANIE
  A math proof. Some-some theoretical physics. I am willing to wager it has no practical application at all.

MCKAY
  I'll take that action.

JEANIE
  What does that mean?

MCKAY
  Just sign the damn agreement!

JEANIE
  No! Getting all proprietary about our research and-and ideas is everything that's wrong with science today.

MCKAY
  Here we go.

JEANIE
  Do you know that one fifth of our genes, the very building blocks of our being, have been patented by major pharmaceutical corporations? One fifth! If there's any benefit at all to what I've written, it's that it'll spark an idea in someone else. I am not going to sign away my rights, least of all to the U.S. military.

MCKAY
  But it has sparked an idea in someone. A big one!

JEANIE
  Like what?

MCKAY
  Ah! Can't tell you. Not until you sign the agreement.

JEANIE
  I'm not signing the agreement until you tell me.

[Miller comes down the hall, carrying Madison.]

MILLER
  Is everything okay?

JEANIE
  Look who showed up?

MCKAY
  (awkwardly)
  Hey!

[Miller looks at McKay without recognition.]

JEANIE
  It's…my brother.

MILLER
  Oh, right! Hey.

[Miller puts down his daughter. Madison comes over and hugs McKay's legs.]

MADISON
  Hi.

MCKAY
  (uncomfortable)
  Uh, hello, little one.

MADISON
  Did you bring me a present?

[Miller and Jeanie laugh. Jeanie pulls Madison away.]

JEANIE
  (scolding)
  Madison!

MCKAY
  What? No. I didn't know that was a rule.

MADISON
  It is!

MCKAY
  Well, I guess I broke that rule.

[Madison giggles.]

MILLER
  Uh, I just made some dinner. Would you care to join us?

[Jeanie turns and glares at Miller.]

MCKAY
  Uh, that would be great, exactly. I'm starving. You have no idea what time zone I just came from.

[Miller leads Madison into the kitchen.]

MILLER
  Well, I, uh, sure hope you like tofu chicken.

[He chuckles, McKay joins in half-heartedly.]

MCKAY
  (low, to Jeanie)
  I sure hope he's kidding.

[He passes off the flowers to Jeanie and enters. Jeanie sighs.]

INT—KITCHEN, MILLER HOME

[McKay and Jeanie clear plates from the dining room and enter the kitchen.]

JEANIE
  Not a fan of vegetarian cuisine, eh?

[McKay carries his mostly full plate in.]

MCKAY
  (pitifully)
  Hmm, yes, well…I suppose I was just in the mood for, um, well…food.

[Miller enters.]

MILLER
  I'll give Maddie her bath. You two catch up.

JEANIE
  Okay, hon.

MILLER
  (to McKay)
  Hey, pop your head in before you leave.

MCKAY
  (nervous)
  What? Uh, why?

MILLER
  Children like to, uh, say goodbye.

MCKAY
  Oh! The, uh…uh…sure. Sure.

[Miller leaves. McKay scrapes his plate into the trash.]

MCKAY
  Boy, uh, Madison's sure grown, huh?

JEANIE
  (caustically)
  Since she was born? Yeah, yeah she has.

MCKAY
  Okay, look I don't want to waste any more of your time. You-you need to come with me right now! Your-your proof could lead to something…groundbreaking!

JEANIE
  How long would I be gone?

MCKAY
  Well it's like, a couple months, tops.

JEANIE
  (laughs in disbelief)
  A couple of months?! Are you joking? I—Madison has her first ballet recital next Tuesday.

MCKAY
  She's four. How good could she possibly be?

JEANIE
  That's not the point!

MCKAY
  Hey, she's not gonna remember you not being there.

JEANIE
  I'll remember me not being there.

MCKAY
  This is bigger than your-your "responsibilities."

JEANIE
  Okay, we've, uh, we've had this conversation before. Uh, you belittle my choices, I get furious at you, and we don't talk for four years. I'm not all that anxious to do that again.

MCKAY
  This is not what dad would've wanted.

[Jeanie gasps in outrage.]

MCKAY
  No, he would've wanted us working together, side by side, toppling problems, and-and sharing credit.

JEANIE
  Oh, uh, you-you share credit now, do you?

MCKAY
  This is important, Jeanie. I mean, it's much more important than you could ever imagine.

JEANIE
  For you, I am sure it is. But this, me being here, this is important for me. Why can't you accept that?!

MCKAY
  You know, you leave me no choice.

[McKay reaches into his pocket and walks over to Jeanie.]

JEANIE
  What?

MCKAY
  Just give me your hand.

[Jeanie clutches both hands to herself.]

JEANIE
  Why?

MCKAY
  Please, just give me your hand.

[She reaches out then pulls her hand back.]

MCKAY
  Will you just…?

[Jeanie finally holds out her hand. McKay grasps it and presses the controller in his other hand.]

INT—HERMIOD'S LAB, DAEDALUS

[McKay and Jeanie beam into the room. Carter is already there, working the Asgard controls.]

JEANIE
  (frightened)
  Uh, okay. Wha-what the hell just happened?

CARTER
  It's okay. You're perfectly safe.

JEANIE
  (still upset)
  Uh, I don't feel perfectly safe.

MCKAY
  Okay, you've just been teleported to an interstellar vessel in orbit above the planet.

JEANIE
  (scoffing)
  Please. Teleportation is about as likely as time travel.

[Carter and McKay exchange awkward looks.]

MCKAY
  Hmm, yes, well…

[McKay turns Jeanie around to have her look out the window. She sees Earth below her.]

JEANIE
  Oh…my.

MCKAY
  Oh, yes.

JEANIE
  Is-is that…? Why aren't we weightless?

CARTER
  Artificial gravity. And yes, that is North America, and you are in geosynchronous orbit.

MCKAY
  We work for something called the Stargate Program.

JEANIE
  Stargate?

MCKAY
  Uh, it's a device that, uh, creates stable artificial wormholes that allows us to travel between other planets, even…other galaxies.

JEANIE
  What have you gotten yourself involved in here, Meredith?

[McKay groans. Carter turns to him, alert.]

CARTER
  Meredith?

MCKAY
  It's a long story.

JEANIE
  It's his name.

CARTER
  (fighting not to laugh)
  Your name is Meredith McKay?

MCKAY
  It's Meredith Rodney McKay, yes. But I prefer to go by "Rodney." Look, can we just stick to the point here? Look out the window—much more interesting than my name.

CARTER
  Your name is Meredith?

[Jeanie finally turns away from the window and walks around, gesturing wildly.]

JEANIE
  So, this-this is like a…like a spaceship?

CARTER
  This is a U.S. Air Force vessel called the Daedalus.

MCKAY
  Your equation has real world applications I'm certain you've never even considered.

CARTER
  You see, there are some…very bad creatures out there that want nothing more but to destroy this planet and everything that you hold dear.

JEANIE
  Uh, did you say "creatures"? Like…like alien creatures?

CARTER
  Yes.

[Jeanie walks back over to the window.]

MCKAY
  Look, the work we could do is important, Jeanie. Not just to you or me, but to every living being down there, and that includes Madison and, um,…uh…

JEANIE
  Kaleb.

MCKAY
  Kaleb, yes.

CARTER
  We can't do this without you.

MCKAY
  Let's not go overboard. I mean, she'd be an asset, but—

CARTER
  (admonishing)
  McKay!
  (to Jeanie)
  So what do you say, Mrs. Miller?

MCKAY
  Jeanie…

JEANIE
  Look, it's just a lot to take in right now, okay? Just give me a second, Mer.

[She stares out the window for a few moments.]

JEANIE
  So, somewhere down there, my husband is giving my daughter a bath.

[Carter and McKay smile.]

INT—MASTER BEDROOM, MILLER HOME

[Miller awakens in bed. He looks over to see Jeanie sitting at the edge of the bed.]

MILLER
  You have to go.

JEANIE
  I know.

[She sighs.]

EXT—SPACE

[Daedalus leaves Earth orbit and jumps into hyperspace.]

INT—CORRIDOR, DAEDALUS

[McKay and Jeanie walk down the corridor, passing other personnel.]

MCKAY
  What did you tell Kaleb?

JEANIE
  The truth?

MCKAY
  What?! Do you have any idea what "non-disclosure" means?

JEANIE
  Just because we don't keep secrets from each other doesn't mean we're incapable of it.

MCKAY
  Well, what did he say?

JEANIE
  (chuckles)
  Um, he's concerned that me telling him will get him assassinated.
  (notices her brother not laughing)
  That-that won't happen, right?

MCKAY
  Mmm. Probably not.

INT—LAB, DAEDALUS

[McKay and Jeanie sit by a large monitor. Carter is on the monitor screen.]

CARTER
  (over vidlink)
  Again, I'm sorry I couldn't come with you, but there's just too much going on here.

MCKAY
  It's fine.

CARTER
  Well, I thought I could at least help you get Jeanie up to speed before you guys are out of comm range. About a year ago, your brother came across an abandoned alien experiment called Project Arcturus. It was an attempt to generate zero point energy.

JEANIE
  That would be virtually limitless power! What happened?

MCKAY
  A slight problem. It was the creation of exotic particles in the containment field.

CARTER
  He destroyed a solar system.

[Jeanie smacks her brother.]

JEANIE
  Meredith!

MCKAY
  It was uninhabited.

CARTER
  Your brother along with many others has been trying to figure out a way to draw zero point energy from a parallel space-time.

MCKAY
  Which would get us around the whole problem of the creation of dangerous exotic particles in our own space-time.

JEANIE
  And my theory is about bridging universes.

CARTER
  Exactly. Yeah, we're hoping to use your proof as a theoretical basis for building a bridge from a parallel space-time to ours.

JEANIE
  Uh, the energy you'd need would be enormous to the point of absurd.

MCKAY
  Absurd we can do. We have something called a zero point module which essentially does what we're attempting on a smaller scale—extract energy from subspace time.

JEANIE
  So…subspace is real?

CARTER
  You're flying in it.

JEANIE
  Oh. Aren't you worried about the exotic particles crossing back over my bridge?

CARTER
  Well, that's the beauty of your theory. It should not only allow us to build a bridge, it should also allow us to manage the flow rate of energy.

JEANIE
  Like…a faucet.

MCKAY
  (chuckling)
  Well, something like that.

CARTER
  (annoyed)
  It's exactly like that.

JEANIE
  What about the parallel universe? Aren't you just shifting the exotic particle problem to their side?

CARTER
  Potentially. But when you consider that the number of possible parallel universes that we could access borders on the infinite, the odds of us choosing at random one that's inhabited are…astronomically slim.

JEANIE
  Huh. Wow.

CARTER
  I know. It's an awful lot to take in at once.

JEANIE
  (smug, to McKay)
  I solved your problem in my spare time…with finger paints.

MCKAY
  Here we go.

[Carter suppresses a grin.]

JEANIE
  I just can't imagine how you're "surviving" the humiliation.

MCKAY
  Look, if it wasn't for my work, your little theory would be useless.

CARTER
  Whoa, whoa! Siblings, please!

MCKAY AND JEANIE
  Sorry.

[Carter is even less successful at hiding her amusement. They both notice.]

MCKAY
  What?

CARTER
  Well, it's just that you both said "sorry" in that cute little Canadian way, and I…

[Jeanie and McKay exchange looks.]

CARTER
  Sorry. Touch base when you get back to Atlantis. Good luck.

[Carter's transmission ends. Jeanie and McKay get up and leave.]

JEANIE
  These alien creatures must be quite the threat for you to even try what you're doing.

MCKAY
  I don't want to scare you, but you need to know the stakes. We're at war.

JEANIE
  Did you start it?

MCKAY
  What?! No! Come on!

JEANIE
  Well…

EXT—SPACE

[Daedalus flies through hyperspace.]

INT—CONFERENCE ROOM, DAEDALUS

[Jeanie stares at the hyperspace flash through the window. McKay sits at the table looking at papers.]

MCKAY
  Okay, you've got a nota bene by the cosmological constant. Why is that? Jeanie?

[She doesn't notice. He gets up and snaps his fingers in front of her face. She turns.]

MCKAY
  Hey. Yeah. Why you're here, remember?

JEANIE
  Yeah.

MCKAY
  Thank you.

INT—CORRIDOR, DAEDALUS

[Jeanie and McKay step out of an elevator. She carries a tablet computer, while he has pages of printouts.]

MCKAY
  (pointing on page)
  So there's your problem, right there.

JEANIE
  (points to tablet)
  What are you talking about? It's here. And you made a mistake.

MCKAY
  No I didn't!

INT—HERMIOD'S LAB, DAEDALUS

[McKay points to a monitor display and looks at Hermiod.]

MCKAY
  Okay, so we need a yea or nay on the equations.

HERMIOD
  (nodding assent)
  Yea.

[Jeanie gapes at the alien.]

INT—ATLANTIS LAB

[Zelenka wanders the lab and comes to a monitor that beeps. He receives a message downloaded from Dr. McKay from the Daedalus. It is several schematics for the device. Zelenka stares at them in surprise.]

MCKAY
  (voiceover)
  Atlantis already has a containment chamber we can use. I'll forward the necessary modifications to Zelenka. Now, if he doesn't mess it up, he can make the changes we need before we even get there.

INT—ATLANTIS CONTAINMENT LAB

[The modifications appear similar to the schematic. Everyone working in the area, including Zelenka, are wearing white sterile suits and hoods as they move equipment.]

ZELENKA
  (to female technician)
  Ready?

INT—HERMIOD'S LAB, DAEDALUS

[McKay and Jeanie are by Hermiod's station again, speaking to Hermiod.]

MCKAY
  Now we've been through these calculations a number of times, and I think we've settled on a containment field setup that should work for us. We just want to show you these…

INT—ATLANTIS CONTAINMENT LAB

[Zelenka presses some controls, checking the monitors. The monitor shows a steady green wave.]

ZELENKA
  Yes! We have it people! Good work! Good work, everybody.

[Everyone applauds. Zelenka checks his watch.]

ZELENKA
  Just in time.

INT—ATLANTIS GATE ROOM

[Sheppard and Weir walk down the stairwell.]

WEIR
  Has he talked about his sister with you?

SHEPPARD
  You know, once or twice in passing. Usually like, "oh come on, even my sister can do it!" You know, that type of thing.

[Weir laughs. Zelenka meets them at the bottom of the stairs. He is still in his sterile suit.]

WEIR
  How's it coming, Radek?

ZELENKA
  The simulations are all in the green. We're ready to try power-up.

WEIR
  Just in time!

ZELENKA
  (chuckles)
  Heh-heh. That's actually what I just said. Heh.

[McKay and Jeanie beam into the Gate room in front of them. Jeanie is slightly turned away from them, and she stares around, bemused.]

JEANIE
  Holy cow! Tha-that can't be good for you.

SHEPPARD
  Nothing to worry about. I've done it dozens of times. John Sheppard.

[He holds out his hand, and she turns and shakes it.]

MCKAY
  Yeah. She's married, and she's my sister.

SHEPPARD
  I'm just saying hi.

MCKAY
  Yeah, no. I know exactly what you're doing. I've seen that look before…Kirk.

[Sheppard rears back. Weir steps forward and shakes hands with Jeanie.]

WEIR
  Hello, Mrs. Miller. I'm Doctor Elizabeth Weir. Welcome to Atlantis.

JEANIE
  Thank you. Mer's told me so much about you.

SHEPPARD
  All good, I a-…did you just call him "Mer?"

MCKAY
  (quickly)
  It's a…pet name. Where are we?

ZELENKA
  Eh, simulations are all in the green. We're ready to try power up.

[He starts leading them to the labs.]

JEANIE
  Really? So soon? That's amazing. Excellent work, Radek.

ZELENKA
  (pleased and surprised)
  Thank you.

MCKAY
  (annoyed)
  Yes, we try not to encourage him. He's got a bit of an ego.

[Jeanie and Zelenka exchange smiles behind McKay's back.]

INT—CONTAINMENT LAB

[The machine is powered up. McKay is at one console. Jeanie and Zelenka are at the other. Technicians work nearby. Weir paces behind McKay.]

MCKAY
  In-chamber conditions are green. Containment field is in the green. Monitors are green.

JEANIE
  (impatient)
  Everything's green.

ZELENKA
  (low, to Jeanie)
  He likes to do the checklist.

MCKAY
  (pleased)
  ZPM levels are well into the green, and back-up terminals are green. We're ready to initiate power-up.

[He turns to Weir.]

WEIR
  Good luck.

MCKAY
  All right. Here we go.

[Jeanie walks over to his console.]

JEANIE
  Want to, uh, turn it on together?

MCKAY
  Why would we do that?

JEANIE
  Because it's both of our work?

MCKAY
  Well, there's only room on the button for one finger, so…

JEANIE
  Well, then can I do it?

MCKAY
  Yeah, but I-I'm right here. So…

ZELENKA
  He likes to…push the button.

JEANIE
  (annoyed)
  Fine. Go.

MCKAY
  Powering up to five percent.

[The circular machine activates, a golden glow comes from the center.]

MCKAY
  Containment field is holding. Power generation is steady.

JEANIE
  What about exotic particles?

MCKAY
  Jeanie, please! I'm on it. We are holding at…five percent.

WEIR
  Good. Now what?

[McKay opens his mouth to answer.]

JEANIE
  The safe thing to do is to hold at five percent for the next while.

MCKAY
  She wasn't talking to you!

[Jeanie and Zelenka look at McKay.]

WEIR
  Actually, that was an open question to the floor.

JEANIE
  (furious)
  "Shared credit", huh? "We'll do this together?" "Dad'll be so proud."

MCKAY
  This is not the time or the place.

JEANIE
  Fine. I'm going to my quarters.

[She storms off.]

MCKAY
  Yes, well, good night. Thank you!

WEIR
  So?

MCKAY
  (uncomfortably)
  Well, obviously, we…hold at five percent for the next while and see if any problems turn up.

WEIR
  (dryly)
  Right.

MCKAY
  I should probably try to get some rest myself. Could you…?

[He gestures to the female technician to take over his station and rushes away.]

EXT—ATLANTIS, NIGHT

INT—CONTAINMENT CHAMBER

[The female technician sits monitoring the console. There is a sudden surge and bright light. She stands.]

FEMALE TECHNICIAN
  What the…?
  (to other technician)
  Shut it down.

[The generator is shut down. The technician types on her keyboard. A display reads "foreign object in containment chamber".]

FEMALE TECHNICIAN
  "Foreign object?" Go get Doctor Zelenka.

[Another tech rushes out of the room.]

[The doors to the containment chamber open. There is a green glow undulating within the chamber. It shuts off to show Rodney McKay on one knee in the center of the chamber. He looks up to find Zelenka and the other scientists staring at him.]

ROD
  It worked!

[He jumps athletically out of the device and stands, looking pleased.]

ZELENKA
  (nonplussed)
  What are you doing?

ROD
  Radek?

ZELENKA
  Yes.

ROD
  I need to speak to whoever's in charge of this project.

ZELENKA
  But…that's you.

ROD
  Well then, I guess I need to speak to me.

INT—ATLANTIS MESS HALL

[McKay enters the mess hall and immediately hears peals of laughter. He turns to corner to find his team sitting with Jeanie. Sheppard is laughing loudly. McKay approaches with a hesitant smile.]

MCKAY
  What is this?

SHEPPARD
  Hey, Meredith!

MCKAY
  (face falling)
  Oh, wonderful.

JEANIE
  John here was kind enough to show me around, offer me a warm meal, and, uh, introduce me to some of your friends.

MCKAY
  (suspicious)
  What have you told them?

[Jeanie shrugs.]

SHEPPARD
  We weren't talking about you.

MCKAY
  Oh, you weren't?

TEYLA
  No. We were discussing…many things.

SHEPPARD
  Now when the issue of, uh, bedwetting happened to come up, she may have mentioned something about your childhood.

[Jeanie snickers. McKay looks aghast.]

MCKAY
  That is not true!

RONON
  Relax. We all have embarrassing childhood stories.

SHEPPARD
  Of course we do.

RONON
  There was one time the school bullies made me eat lunch with my underwear on my head.

MCKAY
  (hopeful)
  Oh!

RONON
  Oh, wait. That was you.

[Everyone but McKay laughs.]

MCKAY
  Oh, har-de-har-har. And this is revenge for what, exactly?

JEANIE
  You don't even know, do you?

WEIR
  (over intercom)
  Colonel Sheppard and Doctor McKay, to the isolation room immediately!

MCKAY
  Isolation room?
  (to Jeanie)
  Come on!

[McKay, Jeanie, and Sheppard leave.]

INT—ISOLATION OBSERVATION ROOM

[Weir watches the large monitor of the Rodney McKay from the containment chamber, pacing the isolation room below, as McKay, Sheppard, and Jeanie enter.]

MCKAY
  What in the world…?!

JEANIE
  It's you.

WEIR
  No. That is a live closed-circuit feed of a man we have in the isolation room.

[Weir walks over to the window. They follow and all look down at Rod, who looks back up at them. Jeanie keeps looking from him to McKay.]

JEANIE
  What?!

WEIR
  He appeared in the containment chamber in some sort of force field.

SHEPPARD
  What do you mean, he-he appeared?

WEIR
  Out of thin air. I have Zelenka working on it. Obviously, we shut down the project.

SHEPPARD
  Well, how'd he get in there?

WEIR
  He claims to be from a parallel universe.

[Jeanie turns angrily to her brother.]

JEANIE
  You said the odds against this were "astronomical!"

MCKAY
  You saw the math!

JEANIE
  Well, we got it wrong!

MCKAY
  Yeah, well he's here now, so the question is: what does he want?

WEIR
  To talk to you.

MCKAY
  (to Jeanie)
  All right, you want shared credit? You're coming in with me.

[Jeanie shakes her head negatively. McKay leaves.]

JEANIE
  Wait.

[She follows.]

INT—ISOLATION ROOM

[McKay and Jeanie enter.]

ROD
  Wow. Now, I'd figure you'd be here, but, uh, but Jeanie? I'd always hoped we'd work together in Atlantis.

[Jeanie stares in shock at the two Rodney McKays. The alternate McKay wears a leather jacket, has a spiked hairstyle similar to Sheppard's, and carries himself with a cool confidence.]

JEANIE
  Huh. This is a first.

MCKAY
  Huh.

MCKAY AND ROD
  For me, too.

ROD
  (gesturing to a chair)
  Have a seat. Now, I presume you go by…

MCKAY
  Rodney.

ROD
  Ah. Rod.

MCKAY
  (to Jeanie)
  I could never get anyone to call me that.

[Rod sits in the chair across from Rodney. Jeanie stands behind Rodney.]

ROD
  Okay, I'm gonna make some assumptions based on what I've seen here and from readings we've taken in my own space-time. Please stop me if I'm wrong. One: I presume you're running some sort of experiment that's designed to bridge between parallel universes? And two: it has something to do with power generation. Warm? Cold?

JEANIE
  Uh, hot.

ROD
  Well, I'm sure the experiment's been a success on this side, but it's having some rather serious repercussions in my universe.

[Jeanie smacks McKay.]

JEANIE
  I told you!

MCKAY
  Not now!

JEANIE
  Dangerous exotic particles that don't belong in either of our universes are being created on your side of the bridge.

[McKay glares at Jeanie. Rod leans forward, concerned.]

ROD
  (surprised)
  Oh, so…you knew this could happen?

MCKAY
  (uncomfortably)
  Uh, there was a…slight risk, yes?

INT—ISOLATION OBSERVATION ROOM

SHEPPARD
  This is weird.

ROD
  (over intercom)
  Well, you're quite correct, Jeanie. And because these particles don't behave according to any of the laws of physics in our space-time, they are…

INT—ISOLATION ROOM

ROD
  (continuing)
  …creating a tear in the fabric of our universe.

JEANIE
  Huh. First a solar system, now a universe!

MCKAY
  (impatient)
  Yes. How exactly did you get here?

ROD
  Ah. Well, we detected the anomaly about twenty hours ago in space above the planet. We maneuvered one of our jumpers in close and tried to broadcast a signal to whoever was on the other side.

MCKAY
  Yes, but of course, we would be unable to detect that signal from within the containment chamber.

ROD
  So, Sheppard and I came up with a plan to beam a person into the anomaly. They would be protected by an Ancient personal force field we discovered.

MCKAY
  (ruefully)
  I depleted ours.

JEANIE
  Still, it was an incredible risk.

ROD
  (with a self-deprecating chuckle)
  Well, it was Sheppard's idea.

INT—ISOLATION OBSERVATION ROOM

[Weir and Sheppard react to that modest comment.]

ROD
  (over intercom)
  We decided it might allow one of us to cross the bridge you created and bring the problem to your attention…

INT—ISOLATION ROOM

ROD
  There was very little time. And, eh, well, there seemed to be no other way. We drew straws…

MCKAY
  You lost!

ROD
  (smiling)
  No. I won! What, the prospect of saving an entire universe? No brainer!

MCKAY
  Oh. Sure.

JEANIE
  I-I can't begin to say how sorry we are.

ROD
  (hopeful)
  Yes, well, you could, um, start by shutting down the experiment?

MCKAY
  Already done. And after hearing what you've told me, I see no reason why we'd start it back up again.

ROD
  Great! Then my work here is done. Mission accomplished.

[He gives a thumbs up. They all give a small laugh.]

MCKAY
  Ah, well, yes. But how did you plan on getting, you know, back? I mean, to your own universe?

ROD
  The matter bridge you created is unidirectional.

JEANIE
  But that means…

ROD
  Yes. Yes, it does.

[They share awkward looks.]

JEANIE
  Huh.

INT—GUEST QUARTERS

[Rod and Jeanie stand setting up bedding in a room as Sheppard and Rodney stand nearby.]

ROD
  So, Jeanie, you have three kids in this universe?

JEANIE
  (chuckling)
  Uh, no. Just the one.

ROD
  Huh. Well, I'm sure you're as great a mother in this space-time as you are in mine. Oh! This will blow your mind! I have photographs of your alternate life. Wanna see pictures of the kids you haven't had yet?

[He pulls photos out of his jacket pocket.]

JEANIE
  Absolutely!
  (looks at pictures)
  Oh, look at Maddie! Who's that?

ROD
  That's Bradley and Robbie.

JEANIE
  Aw.

[While they've been talking, McKay and Sheppard have had an animated discussion by the doorway. They leave Rod and Jeanie looking at pictures and start walking down the hall.]

INT—ATLANTIS CORRIDOR

MCKAY
  All right, what's the game plan here?

SHEPPARD
  We put him up here in the guest quarters until we can find something more permanent.

MCKAY
  Something more permanent?! Well, we're not keeping him!

SHEPPARD
  He can't go back!

MCKAY
  Well, that just doesn't mean he has to stay here!

SHEPPARD
  He said he'd rather be on Atlantis than Earth.

MCKAY
  Oh, I see. So he gets his way, and I don't?!

SHEPPARD
  How can you not want to be with him? He's you!

MCKAY
  He's not me! I'm me…the…real me.

SHEPPARD
  I suppose it's all relative. To Rod, his reality is every bit as valid as ours. To him, we're the imposters.

MCKAY
  What does Elizabeth have to say about all of this?

SHEPPARD
  (smirking)
  Two McKays are better than one.

MCKAY
  There aren't two McKays! There's one McKay and…him!

[Sheppard gets into an Atlantis transport and turns around.]

SHEPPARD
  Whatever you say…Meredith.

[Sheppard smiles and presses the button to close the doors and activate the transport, leaving McKay rolling his eyes in the corridor.]

EXT—ATLANTIS, DAY

[A golf ball plops into the water.]

EXT—DRIVING RANGE, DAY

[Rod and Sheppard hit from a bucket of golf balls into the ocean. Rod turns around and laughs at the length of his most recent shot.]

SHEPPARD
  (whistling)
  Nice shot! Easily 275. You know, I've been meaning to put up, uh, buoy markers, but who has the time, huh?

ROD
  This is great! We don't have one of these where I'm from. Besides, you'd need to take a cattle prod to the Sheppard I know to get him up this early.

SHEPPARD
  (chuckling)
  Late nights, partying, huh?

ROD
  (nodding, but not quite in agreement)
  If you could call it that. He's, uh, very active with the MENSA club we have there. They have a lot of…um…"functions?"

SHEPPARD
  (uncomfortable)
  Well, you can't blame a man for his intelligence.

MCKAY
  No, but I can blame him for reminding me all the time.

SHEPPARD
  (unnerved)
  He doesn't?

ROD
  Mmm. Trust me, my Sheppard makes your Rodney seem…uh…modest in comparison.

[Sheppard shifts, nonplussed.]

SHEPPARD
  Well, I've got to admit, between you and me, you're a lot different than our Rodney, too.

MCKAY
  How so?

SHEPPARD
  It's the little things. Uh, you like golf. You say "please" and "thank you." You're um…what's the opposite of condescending?

[Rod chuckles. Sheppard takes his shot with the golf club and they both watch it sail to the ocean.]

ROD
  Whoo. Now, I could help you with that hook.

INT—ATLANTIS MESS HALL

[McKay enters and hears laughter. He moves determinedly to his team's table, where all are laughing with Rod and Jeanie.]

MCKAY
  What the hell is this?

SHEPPARD
  Hey, sleepyhead!

MCKAY
  Yeah, hi.

ROD
  I had a breakfast date with Jeanie. I guess it just kind of ballooned into a group affair. Look, sit down. We're tracing back our lives, trying to find the little differences between our pasts.

TEYLA
  Rod is an honorary member of the Athosian Council.

JEANIE
  And is godfather to his niece and nephews.

MCKAY
  Yes, well how wonderful for him.

ROD
  Well, it's easier for me. Our Earth has a ZPM too, so it makes the back and forth a lot simpler.

ZELENKA
  (over intercom)
  Doctors McKay, please report to the containment chamber. Doctors McKay…?

MCKAY AND ROD
  Excuse me.

[Both they and Jeanie start to leave.]

RONON
  Hey, uh, Rod! Are we still on to spar later?

ROD
  Absolutely!

[Rod and Ronon exchange a complicated handshake.]

ROD AND RONON
  Boh!

INT—CONTAINMENT CHAMBER

[The containment chamber is active. McKay rushes past Zelenka to the control panel. Rod and Jeanie are behind.]

MCKAY
  What do you mean you started it up again?

ZELENKA
  Shutting the experiment down only made things worse for us, not better. The matter bridge is still active, but we are not drawing any power, creating pressure, like a—a dam. If we didn't turn it on again, it could have resulted in a catastrophic overloaded.

ROD
  Oh…we should've thought of that.

MCKAY
  (accusingly)
  Mm-hmm.

JEANIE
  Don't look at me.

MCKAY
  Oh, so you're willing to take all of the credit, but none of the blame, huh?

JEANIE
  I never wanted all the credit.

ROD
  (to Jeanie)
  No one is blaming you.

JEANIE
  (with pointed look at McKay)
  Oh really?

ROD
  Look, this is just a temporary solution. The Zelenka in my space-time estimates that there is at least a week and a half before the tear expands as far as the city…my city.

JEANIE
  What will happen when it does?

[McKay and Zelenka each take on stricken looks of realization.]

ROD
  Well, imagine what would happen if you just threw the laws of physics out the window.

JEANIE
  Entropy…chaos.

ROD
  Mmm. Worst case scenario, the entropy expands as far as the subspace layers, underneath our space-time.

MCKAY
  It could travel almost instantaneously. I mean, your universe could just flash out of existence!

[He snaps his fingers.]

ROD
  We need to mend that tear before it become irreparable. Now, I have some thoughts. Is there a place we can go to work?

MCKAY
  Yeah, yes. Of course. Follow me.

ROD
  Oh! Jeanie, we could use your help.

[He taps her on the arm. She smiles and follows.]

JEANIE
  Thank you.

INT—ATLANTIS LAB

[McKay and Rod stand by a work station.]

ROD
  Do you mind running up these power requirements?

[He hands McKay a disk.]

MCKAY
  (annoyed)
  Done.

[McKay walks away with the disk, looking annoyed. A perplexed Rod watches him go. McKay turns back, and Rod turns back to the computer. McKay heads over to where Jeanie's working.]

MCKAY
  What were you doing having breakfast with him?

JEANIE
  I don't often meet people from another universe. I found myself curiously interested.

MCKAY
  Yeah, well, I don't want you hanging around with him any more.

JEANIE
  What?

MCKAY
  Look, I am your real brother.

JEANIE
  In what sense?

MCKAY
  Oh, what is that supposed to mean?

JEANIE
  You haven't been a brother to me since I quit school.

MCKAY
  (scoffs)
  You were making an incredible mistake. I was just trying to—

JEANIE
  (interrupting)
  You were trying to control my life, Mer. I-I disagreed with you. I still do! And wh-what, because of that, you stopped being my brother?

MCKAY
  I never stopped being your brother!

JEANIE
  We haven't talked in four years!

MCKAY
  Don't put all that on me.

JEANIE
  It is all on you! I had no way of getting in touch with you.

MCKAY
  I was doing top secret research in another galaxy!

[Both turn to see if their raised voices have attracted Rod's attention. Rod continues to work on the computer, obviously trying not to listen…and not succeeding. They both lower their voices.]

JEANIE
  You could've sent me a message. You know, called me on my birthday, at-at Christmas. Once a year…that's all I would've needed. Just-just a: "hi, how are you? Are you happy? Are you okay?" That would've been enough, but you didn't even do that. No, no. I was wrong, and you were right, so what? I was not worth talking to?

MCKAY
  (hurt, defensive)
  It wasn't like that at all.

JEANIE
  You don't like me talking to Rod because it makes you realize how bad a brother you've really been.

[Rod stiffens and turns to the pair, notably interrupting the argument.]

ROD
  (with false brightness)
  Hey! You guys got something over there?

JEANIE
  (upset)
  No. We don't.

INT—SHEPPARD'S QUARTERS

[McKay paces while Sheppard sits on his bed and cleans his golf clubs with a toothbrush.]

MCKAY
  He's slowing me down.

SHEPPARD
  Really? I thought two of you would have sped things up.

MCKAY
  Yeah, he's not me!

SHEPPARD
  I know he's not the same person, trust me. I'm just saying, he's a genius too, isn't he?

MCKAY
  Hmph. Unless he's lying.

SHEPPARD
  (skeptical)
  About what?

MCKAY
  What if the people on his Atlantis were sick of him messing up all the time, huh? So when it came time to send some stooge on a one-way ticket to another universe, there was only one guy they could do without.

SHEPPARD
  Mm, say what you want, I know what this is about.

MCKAY
  Oh, really, Mister Mensa in a parallel universe, what is this all about?

SHEPPARD
  You think Jeanie likes him more than you.

MCKAY
  What?! That's crazy! That's…that's…that's possibly true.

SHEPPARD
  (smiling in agreement)
  Mm-hmm.

MCKAY
  Huh. Jeanie and I drifted apart. I mean, that happens, I mean, it wasn't done maliciously. Do I have regrets? Yes, of course I do. But who doesn't? I mean, you know, I'm not very good at saying I'm sorry, or that-or that I'm wrong, you know, possibly because it happens so rarely.

SHEPPARD
  (groaning in not-quite agreement)
  Mm-hmm.

MCKAY
  So I didn't call, or write, and when I realized that four years had gone by, it was just a…you're right! Of course, you're right. I mean, she has every reason to hate me!

SHEPPARD
  I didn't say she hates you.

MCKAY
  Well, she should!

[Sheppard looks up and shrugs.]

SHEPPARD
  Well, if you insist.

MCKAY
  Yeah, well I do.

SHEPPARD
  Well then, fair enough.

ZELENKA
  (over intercom)
  Doctor McKay to the containment chamber. Doctor McKay…?

MCKAY
  (distractedly to Sheppard)
  Good talk. Thanks.

[He leaves Sheppard swinging his golf club and looking a bit perplexed.]

INT—CONTAINMENT CHAMBER

[McKay joins Jeanie, Zelenka, and Rod in the containment chamber.]

ROD
  Great, he's here.

MCKAY
  What's going on?

ZELENKA
  Well, I set up a way to pick up transmissions inside the containment chamber should Rod's universe try to contact us. We, of course, still have no way of communicating with them, but—

MCKAY
  (impatiently)
  They sent us a message.

JEANIE
  Yeah. Apparently their exotic particle problem is spinning out of control much faster than they'd anticipated.

MCKAY
  Oh, boy.

ROD
  But they have a solution.

MCKAY
  They do? That's great!

ROD
  Well, not really. Their solution would not only destroy Atlantis, but tear a hole in the fabric of…this universe.

MCKAY
  Oh boy.

INT—ATLANTIS CONFERENCE ROOM

[McKay, Jeanie, Rod, Sheppard, and Weir are all in the briefing room. Computer displays show graphics depicting the connection between both universes.]

ROD
  Now, I'm not saying that their attempt would be successful. But…if it was, it would flood the exotic particles that are being created on their side into this space-time all at once.

SHEPPARD
  And that would, uh…

JEANIE
  Be…bad.

SHEPPARD
  Right. I got that, but, uh…

WEIR
  How bad?

MCKAY
  Well, to be honest, the science gets extremely complicated. But, um, "simply put", the tear will eventually swallow up the entire galaxy, possibly the universe.

SHEPPARD
  So…very bad.

MCKAY
  Well I think we can all agree that that would be bad, yes.

ROD
  Their plan will take six hours to implement.

WEIR
  I suggest we do something before that.

ROD
  Well, we have an idea.

MCKAY
  Actually, Jeanie has an idea.

JEANIE
  (surprised)
  Uh, we think we can collapse the bridge with a massive burst of energy from this side.

[She types on her laptop and the graphic display demonstrates her idea.]

ROD
  And stop the creation of exotic particles on the other side by doing so.

SHEPPARD
  How massive a burst are we talking?

MCKAY
  Everything we've got. I mean, enough to severely deplete our ZPM.

WEIR
  (sighing)
  So instead of creating a new powerful energy source, we'll be sacrificing the one we already have.

MCKAY
  Yes. We'd still be able to dial Earth, but, uh, much less frequently, of course. And let's just say, I wouldn't be around here if the Wraith show up.

[Rod gives a rueful chuckle of agreement.]

SHEPPARD
  I don't see that we have a choice.

WEIR
  All right. Do it.

INT—CONTAINMENT CHAMBER

[Zelenka turns from Jeanie to McKay.]

ZELENKA
  (skeptical)
  Doctor Weir gave the okay for this?

MCKAY
  You'd rather the universe was destroyed?

ZELENKA
  (after a pause)
  Not really.

ROD
  Rodney, talk to you for a second?

[Rod and McKay move to a more private area of the lab.]

ROD
  Look, the Daedalus is still in orbit. I thought, uh…

MCKAY
  I know what you're going to say.

ROD
  If I can beam into the…energy stream, protected by my personal force field…

MCKAY
  You'd be transported back to your own universe. I know, I didn't bring it up before because if it doesn't work…

ROD
  Well, I'm willing to take that risk. I've already requested the Daedalus to execute the transport to the coordinates inside the chamber on your mark. That is, if you're willing to do this.

MCKAY
  (protesting)
  Everyone loves you here!

ROD
  (chuckling)
  Yeah, but it's not home! Look, what, my Sheppard is a know-it-all, my Teyla is hard to talk to, and-and my Ronon is…well, actually, those two are pretty similar.

[McKay gives a small laugh.]

ROD
  I guess what I'm trying to say is that, for all their faults, they're my team! My place is with them. Besides, they're not looking for another McKay around here, they already have one!

[He slaps McKay on the arm.]

MCKAY
  It's just a lesser model, hmm?

ROD
  I envy you. You say exactly what's on your mind, no matter how it makes you look. I can only imagine the freedom you must have, not caring if people like you or not.

MCKAY
  Oh. People don't like me?

ROD
  Trust me, you've got it great here. Now, I've made some calculations. When the readings reach the levels I've indicated, you'll know whether or not I made it home.

[He hands McKay his handheld computer.]

MCKAY
  Oh, I guess you just to, um, click your heels together, huh?

ROD
  (smiling)
  Good luck, Rodney.

[He grabs McKay's hand and gives a complicated handshake.]

MCKAY
  (nonplussed)
  You-you too.

[They rejoin the others.]

ROD
  Radek…(speaks Czech). Jeanie…

[He embraces her.]

JEANIE
  (to McKay)
  You're letting him do this?

MCKAY
  Hey, I tried to talk him out of it, but you know…Rod.

ROD
  (keying intercom)
  Hermiod, ready when you are.
  (to everyone)
  Guess there's nothing left to say but…there's no place like home.

[Rod is beamed away. They all turn back to the control station.]

ZELENKA
  All right, all in the green. Ready for forced power output.

MCKAY
  Right, and…

[He starts towards the master control, then pauses and turns to his sister.]

MCKAY
  Uh…you wanna press the button?

[Zelenka and Jeanie both look shocked.]

JEANIE
  Yeah…yeah…sure.

[She presses the button. The chamber activates.]

ZELENKA
  Power is at full.

[Jeanie and McKay move to different monitoring stations.]

JEANIE
  It's working!

MCKAY
  (into comm)
  Hermiod, this is McKay. Commence transport.

INT—HERMIOD'S LAB, DAEDALUS

HERMIOD
  Transport is complete.

INT—CONTAINMENT CHAMBER

JEANIE
  The bridge is already beginning to destabilize.

ZELENKA
  It's not yet enough!

MCKAY
  ZPM's at fifty percent!

ZELENKA
  It's still not enough, Rodney!

JEANIE
  We have to max it out!

MCKAY
  Thirty percent!

JEANIE
  The bridge is collapsing. We've done it.

ZELENKA
  Okay, we can shut it down now!

MCKAY
  Not yet!

ZELENKA
  What?!

MCKAY
  According to these readings, if we shut it down now, he won't make it!

JEANIE
  Give it a few more seconds.

ZELENKA
  ZPM's at five percent.

MCKAY
  Almost there….Cut power now!

ZELENKA
  How much power did we drain from the ZP…M?

[He stares at a monitor saying "Zero Point Module Depleted".]

MCKAY
  (heartbroken)
  All of it. I drained all of it.

JEANIE
  You did the right thing.

MCKAY
  Hmm. Well, I suppose I would've done the same thing for…me.

[All the power shuts down in the room.]

MCKAY
  I am so fired.

EXT—ATLANTIS, NIGHT

INT—VIP CHAMBER

[A younger McKay appears on a laptop video screen. (It's the video he made from "Letters from Pegasus").]

MCKAY
  (on video)
  Jeanie…this is your brother…Rodney. I want to s-say…um…family is important. I-I've come to realize that because the people here have become a sort of a, kinda, surrogate family to me. Now, I know what you're thinking. I've never really been the…poster child for that kind of sentiment. But, when-when one's contemplating one's own demise, one tends to see things…more clearly. I really do wish you the best, you know? And I'm sorry we weren't closer. Perhaps, um…if by chance I make it out of this, perhaps one day we can be. And I would like that. Now, if there's time, I'd like to…

[Jeanie shuts off the player. She and Sheppard are sitting in the room.]

JEANIE
  When did he record this?

SHEPPARD
  Couple years back, when we thought the bad guys were gonna get us.

JEANIE
  Now I've seen three sides of my brother.

SHEPPARD
  Yeah.

[McKay enters, surprised to see Sheppard there.]

MCKAY
  What are you two up to?

[Jeanie closes the laptop and hands it to Sheppard.]

SHEPPARD
  Nothing. Just, uh, telling stories about you. You know, trying to help her fall asleep.

[He shoots McKay a knowing smile.]

MCKAY
  (unamused)
  Ah-ha-ha-ha.

SHEPPARD
  (rising)
  I'll leave you guys alone.

[McKay watches him leave and then stands around awkwardly. Jeanie looks equally unsure.]

MCKAY
  Hey.

JEANIE
  Hey.

MCKAY
  Hey, you should, be, uh, packing. Daedalus leaves in the morning.

[Jeanie picks up a duffle bag and points to it.]

JEANIE
  I'm done. How'd it go with Weir?

MCKAY
  Oh. Um, well, she wasn't too happy about the whole…"killing-the-ZPM". But, um, you know, in the grand scheme of things, we did prevent the destruction of the universe, so…you know…not fired.

JEANIE
  That's good.

MCKAY
  Yeah.

[There is another awkward silence.]

MCKAY
  Oh, right. Uh…got this for Madison.

[He hands Jeanie a humanoid statute.]

JEANIE
  Ooh…?

[She looks at it, unsure how to respond.]

MCKAY
  Yeah, uh, I swiped it from Weir's desk. It's not like there's a Toys-R-Us nearby. So, uh…

JEANIE
  Well, uh, it's the thought that counts, I guess.

[She packs it.]

JEANIE
  I'd say "see ya around", but, uh…

MCKAY
  Yes…about that…

[Jeanie looks at her brother, confused. McKay looks hopeful.]

MCKAY
  Which is to say…uh…look…what I wanted to…

JEANIE
  (rescuing him)
  Thank you for trying.

[She fiddles with her bag. McKay deflates. He approaches her and hugs her. Moved, she returns the hug. They both fight back tears as they embrace.]

MCKAY
  How are you? You happy? You okay?

JEANIE
  Yeah, Mer. I am. I really am.

[They break away, but still remain standing close to each other.]

MCKAY
  Intergalactic gate network should be complete soon, so um…maybe it won't be four years next time?

JEANIE
  (half-teasing)
  Does this mean I'll, uh, I'll see you at Christmas?

MCKAY
  If you can convince Kaleb…not to make Tofurky.

JEANIE
  (laughing)
  No promises!

[He turns and leaves, smiling as he goes.]

INT—ATLANTIS MESS HALL

[McKay enters a mostly empty mess hall, and hears the laughter of his teammates. He rounds the corner and approaches, looking clearly disgruntled.]

MCKAY
  Am I just not getting the team e-mails anymore?

SHEPPARD
  Take it easy. We're just talking about Rod.

MCKAY
  Oh, yes. Well of course you are.

TEYLA
  Do you think he made it back to his universe?

MCKAY
  Well, it's hard to say, really, but, uh, I doubt he'll be back, though.

SHEPPARD
  That's good. We found him a little, uh, creepy.

MCKAY
  What?

RONON
  Yeah, I can't stand people who are nice all the time. It makes me feel like they're trying to hide something.

MCKAY
  Really?

TEYLA
  He kept trying to correct me on my Athosian history. It grew…tiresome very quickly.

MCKAY
  Well, uh, he wasn't that bad.

SHEPPARD
  Let's be honest, Rod was annoying.

MCKAY
  I'll be honest with you. That's kind of nice to hear. Now…

[The team exchange knowing looks as McKay turns and grabs a chair.]

MCKAY
  What else has been happening?

SHEPPARD
  Well, Teyla's got the hots for one of the new marines.

[Teyla kicks Sheppard.]

SHEPPARD
  Ow!

TEYLA
  That is not true!

RONON
  (amused)
  You know it is.

SHEPPARD
  Whoa-whoa-whoa…

MCKAY
  Hardly new, either.

[All the team, including McKay, begin to laugh.]

FADE OUT

END CREDITS

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