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PREVIOUSLY ON STARGATE ATLANTIS

[Scenes from 1.07 "Poisoning the Well", 4.18 "The Kindred Part 1", and 5.08 "The Queen" are shown.]

END EXCERPTS

Prologue Edit

EXT—VILLAGE, DUSK

[A village of wooden and metal buildings sits at the foot of some hills. It appears to be at the level of early industrial development. Work carries on in the blacksmith's shop as Elson monitors progress. Several people go about their business in the village.]

INT—CLINIC

[Beckett uses his stethoscope to check a girl's breathing.]

BECKETT
  Once more.

[The girl inhales and exhales. Beckett lowers the stethoscope and sighs.]

BECKETT
  (deadpan)
  Bad news, I'm afraid. You'll have to go back to school tomorrow.

[The girl giggles and Beckett pretends to snatch her nose, smiling. Beckett stands and moves over to Novo, who is standing nearby with a clipboard. They walk over to another man holding his side.]

BECKETT
  Maintain the amoxicillin for three more days; that should do the trick. Now, what do we have over here? All these bandages need to be changed. Do you mind going back to the store room and getting some more bandages, please?

NOVO
  Yes, Doctor.

BECKETT
  Thank you.

[Nola leaves. Beckett pats the man on the shoulder.]

BECKETT
  Besides that, you're looking good, my friend.

SHEPPARD
  Mail call.

[Beckett spins to find Sheppard and his team entering the home, carrying supplies.]

BECKETT
  Colonel! What are you all doing here?

[Sheppard and Teyla grin.]

SHEPPARD
  Well, we heard you needed supplies, so we thought we'd come by and see how you were doing.

[Ronon and Beckett good-naturedly pretend to spar. McKay is in the rear, carrying a large duffel bag and looking dour.]

MCKAY
  (caustically)
  "A hop, skip, and a jump from the 'gate?" That's what you call that?

BECKETT
  (grinning)
  Nice to see you too, Rodney.

TEYLA
  How are you, Doctor?

BECKETT
  Well. Thanks. I take it these are the antibiotics I ordered?

[He takes a yellow case from Teyla.]

SHEPPARD
  Doctor Keller gave you a whole whack of them. So they should last for a while.

BECKETT
  (sighing)
  Ah, God. I wish that were true.

RONON
  What does that mean?

BECKETT
  Well, I've been dealing with a number of infections from the Hoffan plague survivors. I can barely keep on top of it.

MCKAY
  Survivors of the Hoffan plague? Here?

TEYLA
  This is not one of the planets that Michael targeted.

BECKETT
  No, but many of these people actually come from another planet, Balar. They managed to survive the plague, and just when they started getting the pieces back together, the Wraith showed up; tried to wipe them out.

SHEPPARD
  (grimacing)
  Mm. We heard rumors about that.

MCKAY
  Well, the Wraith aren't too pleased to have whole populations out there that are immune to their feeding.

BECKETT
  Just a handful of the Balarans survived. The locals were kind enough to take them in.

[Novo returns with the bandages.]

NOVO
  Doctor?

BECKETT
  Novo! These are my friends from Atlantis. Colonel Sheppard, Teyla, Ronon, and Doctor Rodney McKay. This is Novo. She's been helping me here in the clinic.

[McKay shoots Novo a winning smile and nods.]

SHEPPARD
  Pleasure to meet you.

NOVO
  You as well. I've heard a lot about you.
  (to Beckett, indicating McKay)
  Is he the one?

MCKAY
  The one what?

NOVO
  From all the funny stories.

[McKay's fixed smile falters. Sheppard and Teyla look amused.]

BECKETT
  (eyes widening)
  Right! Yeah, well, I hope you all can stay here for dinner. I mean, uh, the canteen's not fancy, but they do serve up one heckuva stew, made from a goat-like creature. Delicious!

MCKAY
  "Goat-like?"

SHEPPARD
  I think it's a great idea. Gives us a chance to catch up and relive all those…"funny stories."

BECKETT
  Aye.

EXT—VILLAGE, DUSK

[Beckett and the team walk through the village.]

MCKAY
  So…how's life in the wilds of Pegasus? You got to be missing Atlantis by now.

BECKETT
  Surprisingly, no.

MCKAY
  Oh, come on. The hot baths, Playstation…deodorant?

[McKay wrinkles his nose as they pass close by a villager.]

BECKETT
  I know it seems a wee bit rough, but it's not. Really. I mean, wherever I go, people are kind to me. I never want for a meal or a place to sleep. And to be honest with you, I'm really starting to feel like I'm making a difference.

[McKay shrugs. In the distance, a woman screams. Ronon and Sheppard push Beckett and McKay out of the way as they race towards the noise.]

[A patrol of Wraith come marching into the village. Sheppard turns the corner then immediately dives back into hiding, holding back the others who try and see what he's spotted.]

MCKAY
  (whispering)
  What is it?

SHEPPARD
  (low)
  Wraith.

END TEASER

Episode Edit

OPENING CREDITS

EXT—VILLAGE, DUSK

[The villagers stare as the Wraith arrive in the main square. Sheppard's team remain in hiding, watching and waiting.]

RONON
  (whispering)
  I count nine of them. We can take 'em.

SHEPPARD
  (low, but firm)
  No. There's too many civilians.

TEYLA
  I does not appear to be an ordinary culling.

MCKAY
  How do you figure that?

TEYLA
  Well, for one thing, there are no darts. And they do not seem to be attacking the villagers.

[The soldiers part to reveal a lead Wraith standing in their midst.]

WRAITH
  Who among you speaks for the rest?

[Elson exchanges looks with another villager.]

ELSON
  (calling out)
  I am Elson…leader of this village. What do you want with us?

WRAITH
  You have recently taken in a group of refugees from another planet. They are survivors of a plague. It is important that you turn them over to me immediately.

ELSON
  Why?

WRAITH
  The reasons why do not concern you. Provided you cooperate, you have my word we will leave peacefully.

[Elson looks to Jervis and Renni.]

ELSON
  And if we don't?

WRAITH
  (stepping forward)
  That would be a very unwise decision. Our hive will be here before the night is through. If you have not complied by then, I will give the word, and your entire village will be destroyed.
  (louder)
  Turn over these outsiders, and your lives will be spared. Resist, and you will all die together. The choice is yours.

[The Wraith and his soldiers leave.]

INT—CLINIC DINING ROOM

[Sheppard's team, Novo, and Beckett sit around a table.]

NOVO
  I don't understand. They've already destroyed our homeworld. Why would they hunt the rest of us down as well?

SHEPPARD
  (to Beckett)
  You didn't tell them?

BECKETT
  Not the whole story.

NOVO
  What are you talking about?

BECKETT
  Novo, remember when I told you that, as a plague survivor, you'd be immune to the Wraith feeding?

[Novo nods.]

BECKETT
  Well, there's a bit more to it than that. Any Wraith who tries to feed on you or anyone like you will, as a result, die instantly.

[Novo stares at him in shock.]

RONON
  You're poison to them.

NOVO
  Then we're as good as dead.

SHEPPARD
  Not necessarily.

NOVO
  They won't tolerate our presence anywhere—not if what you say is true!

TEYLA
  Just because they found you on this world does not mean that there is nowhere you can hide.

[Sefaris enters with some others.]

SEFARIS
  Novo? Did you hear?

NOVO
  Yes. This is Sefaris. He's also from Balar.

SEFARIS
  The councillors are meeting to discuss whether or not to heed the Wraith's request.

BECKETT
  (standing)
  What? Where?

SEFARIS
  The mine office. I tried to get in, but they turned me away.

SHEPPARD
  Ronon, Teyla, scope out the 'gate. (to McKay and Beckett)
  You two stay here, watch these people.
  (to Sefaris)
  Can you show me where this mine office is?

SEFARIS
  Yes.

BECKETT
  Colonel, what are you going to say to them?

SHEPPARD
  I'm going to give them another way out.

INT—MINE OFFICE

[Sheppard speaks to Elson and the other councillors.]

ELSON
  You're telling us that, as a result of this plague, the Balarans are now deadly to the Wraith?

SHEPPARD
  Pretty much.

ELSON
  So…the Wraith would never risk culling this village.

SHEPPARD
  Mmm, that's true, but that's also why they'd be willing to wipe you guys out completely. A village that can't be culled's no good to them.

JERVIS
  Did they know?

SHEPPARD
  What?

JERVIS
  Did the Balarans know they were bringing this curse upon us when they came here?

SHEPPARD
  No, they had no idea.

RENNI
  It's not their fault, Jervis!

JERVIS
  Maybe not, but that doesn't matter. The Wraith won't rest until every last plague survivor in this galaxy is dead.

SHEPPARD
  Except the Wraith have no idea who they are unless people like you point them out.

[Jervis bristles.]

ELSON
  I'm not happy about this either, Colonel. But what other choice do we have?

SHEPPARD
  Well…we may be able to move all your people…to a different planet where they'll be safe.

RENNI
  You mean leave our homes?

SHEPPARD
  Look, I know it's not ideal, but the only other choice is to turn in a bunch of innocent people. And I know you guys aren't going to do that, right?

JERVIS
  Well, as the Wraith said, they're outsiders.

ELSON
  (admonishing)
  Jervis, we agreed to let them come here.

JERVIS
  I didn't agree. Besides, they weren't a threat at the time. Now that's changed.

RENNI
  (crying)
  But they've become like family. Novo lives under my roof. She eats at my table. My daughter adores her! What am I supposed to tell her?

JERVIS
  You'd prefer we all be killed?

TEYLA
  (breathless, over radio)
  Colonel Sheppard, come in.

SHEPPARD
  Excuse me.

[He turns away and checks his earpiece is secured.]

SHEPPARD
  (into radio)
  Go ahead.

EXT—FOREST, NIGHT

[Teyla and Ronon are hidden in foliage.]

TEYLA
  Ronon and I are at the 'gate. It does not appear to be heavily guarded.

RONON
  It's the same guys from the village. I recognize the commander.

INT—MINING OFFICE

SHEPPARD
  What are the odds of you two getting by them?

EXT—FOREST, NIGHT

RONON
  Pretty good.

[Teyla shoots a glare at Ronon.]

TEYLA
  Slim, actually. But much better if you and Rodney join us.

INT—MINING OFFICE

SHEPPARD
  Yeah, all right. Hold your position until we can get there.

[He turns off his radio and heads back to the councillors.]

ELDON
  What is it?

SHEPPARD
  How many people are in this village?

ELDON
  Uh, six-seven hundred.

SHEPPARD
  Well, we'll be tight for time, but we can manage.

ELDON
  What are you suggesting?

SHEPPARD
  We take the Wraith out, get everybody through the' gate before the hive ship comes. You should be safe in Atlantis until we can relocate you.

JERVIS
  Unacceptable.

RENNI
  The Balarans don't deserve this. They did nothing but survive a sickness. It could just as easily have happened to us. If we turn these people over, we are no better than the Wraith ourselves.

SHEPPARD
  Look, even if you cooperate with the Wraith, there's no guarantee they're going to keep their word. They may kill all of you for being an inconvenience.

ELDON
  All right. What do you want us to do?

SHEPPARD
  Be ready to move. Take only what you can carry.

INT—CLINIC

[Sheppard enters.]

SHEPPARD
  Let's go, Rodney. We're going to hit the Wraith.

MCKAY
  We are?

BECKETT
  I'll come with you.

SHEPPARD
  Not a chance, Doc.

BECKETT
  Colonel—

SHEPPARD
  Look, I don't have time to argue. Besides, you've gotta get these people ready for transport. Once the 'gate's secure, we're going to have to move fast.

[Sheppard heads out, McKay following.]

BECKETT
  (calling after them)
  Okay, but be careful.

EXT—FOREST, NIGHT

RONON
  All right, if we're going to attack, we gotta do it from over there.

TEYLA
  Agreed.

[They move through the foliage to another position. Before they reach it, Ronon spots something and signals Teyla to get down. They hide in the foliage and watch more Wraith soldiers march by. The Wraith commander with them pauses, Teyla raises her weapon. The Wraith continues on.]

EXT—VILLAGE, NIGHT

[Sheppard and McKay head out of the village.]

MCKAY
  As soon as we take the 'gate, we should call in some jumpers. It'll make evacuating the village a lot faster.

SHEPPARD
  Not to mention we can use the extra firepower in case the hive gets here before we're done.

MCKAY
  Oh, let's hope it doesn't come to that.

TEYLA
  (breathless, over radio)
  Colonel Sheppard, come in.

SHEPPARD
  (into radio)
  Yeah, go ahead.

INT—FOREST, NIGHT

TEYLA
  We have a problem. More of the Wraith have begun arriving back. They must have been out on patrol.

EXT—VILLAGE, NIGHT

SHEPPARD
  (into radio)
  How many? Can we still get out?

TEYLA
  (over radio)
  No.

EXT—FOREST, NIGHT

TEYLA
  (into radio)
  For the time being, we're stuck here.

EXT—VILLAGE, NIGHT

[Sheppard and McKay exchange worried looks.]

EXT—VILLAGE, NIGHT

INT—MINING OFFICE

[Sheppard and McKay have rejoined the villagers.]

JERVIS
  You said you could get us out.

SHEPPARD
  Well, there are more Wraith than we thought. The 'gate's too heavily guarded.

RENNI
  (frightened)
  So we're trapped?

SHEPPARD
  For the moment. I haven't given up hope. I just need time to develop a new strategy.

JERVIS
  What strategy do you propose we use to defeat an army of Wraith?

SHEPPARD
  (snappish)
  Well, I don't know. I haven't thought of it yet! Look, worst-case scenario, my team and I don't show up, the people back on Atlantis will dial the 'gate and contact us by radio. I can order backup.

ELDON
  Will that happen before the hive ship arrives?

SHEPPARD
  (conceding)
  Probably not.

RENNI
  We can't wait that long.

SHEPPARD
  For all we know, the Wraith could be lying about the ship.

JERVIS
  And why would they do that?

SHEPPARD
  (angrily)
  I'm just saying, we need to stall as long as possible.

JERVIS
  This is madness. Elson, we have to think of the safety of our people.

SHEPPARD
  Oh, I'm thinking about the safety of your people. All your people!

JERVIS
  (ignoring Sheppard)
  We can't rely on their help! We have to make our own decisions.

ELSON
  I need time to think about this.

JERVIS
  The time for that is past, Elson. We have to act! And if you're not prepared to do so, then I will.

[He storms out.]

RENNI
  Jervis!

SHEPPARD
  What's he going to do?

ELSON
  I don't know.

INT—CLINIC

[Sheppard arrives with Elson. Beckett and McKay are the only ones there aside from the seriously illy Balarans.]

SHEPPARD
  Where's Novo and the others?

MCKAY
  We sent them home. Why?

SHEPPARD
  (gesturing to the infirm)
  Can these people walk?

BECKETT
  Well, if need be, but…I thought we couldn't get them through the 'gate?

SHEPPARD
  Well, we can't for the time being. But…I don't think they're safe here either.

EXT—BLACKSMITH SHOP, NIGHT

[Jervis meets some workers at the blacksmith's shop.]

JERVIS
  Grab your weapons! Come with me.

[Someone tosses Jervis a shotgun. Others are armed with flintlocks, scythes, pitchforks, and other weapons. They start storming the village, grabbing Balarans, whether they be men, women, or children, and herding them together. Jervis heads to Renni's house. She blocks their path.]

WOMAN
  No, no! Please, please don't kill me!

JERVIS
  Get out of my way.

RENNI
  She's not here, Jervis.

[Jervis pushes her aside and bursts in. No one is there.]

JERVIS
  Where is she?

EXT—VILLAGE, NIGHT

[Novo and Sefaris hide in the village outskirts as Jervis's men walk past.]

SEFARIS
  What are we going to do, Novo?

NOVO
  We have to get out of the village.

[They start to leave but find their way barred by some of Jervis's men. They turn to run the other way, but are blocked in and surrounded.]

INT—CLINIC

[Teyla and Ronon arrive. The others are packing.]

RONON
  What the hell's going on out there?

SHEPPARD
  Some of the villagers decided to take matters into their own hands.

RONON
  Well, let's go stop them.

SHEPPARD
  First things first. We've got to move these people. Grab some gear.

[Teyla and Ronon start to help. The door bangs open and Jervis and some of his men enter with their guns. Sheppard's team raise their own weapons in a standoff.]

JERVIS
  We don't want any trouble, just hand over the Balarans.

SHEPPARD
  I don't think so.

JERVIS
  Don't make things difficult, Colonel. You had your chance to save the village; now it's my turn.

RONON
  (scornfully)
  Saving the village? That's what you call this?

JERVIS
  This isn't your affair! It's up to us to decide how to deal with the situation.

ELSON
  (calm but stern)
  Yes, it is. But, Jervis, this is not our way.

JERVIS
  Our way?! Our way is what got us into this situation in the first place! We've already given them more than they could have ever asked for.

BECKETT
  All right. Why not just shoot them right now, and get it over with? It's a death sentence anyway.
  (he steps forward, to point blank range of Jervis's gun)
  Shoot them yourself, and spare them the torment of being tortured by the Wraith. You'd be doing them a favor!

TEYLA
  (warning)
  Carson!

BECKETT
  Go on! Kill them all then! If you're that desperate to be done with them!

[The Balarans stare in fear. Jervis finally lowers his gun. Elson takes it. The others also lower their guns.]

JERVIS
  (sullenly)
  You're making a big mistake.

ELSON
  Maybe. But at least we do so with a clear conscience.

JERVIS
  It doesn't matter anyway.

SHEPPARD
  What are you talking about?

JERVIS
  My men are already on the way to the 'gate with the first group we captured. It's too late.

[Sheppard looks murderous.]

EXT—STARGATE AREA, NIGHT

[Wraith patrol the area. The Balarans are gathered in a huddle.]

SEFARIS
  What are they going to do to us?

NOVO
  Be calm, Sefaris, you're scaring the others.

SEFARIS
  Maybe they should be scared. We both know there's no escape from this.

NOVO
  We cannot give up hope.

SEFARIS
  Face it, Novo…we've been betrayed. They don't want us here, they never did. We were doomed the moment we had to leave our homes. And to think, as a survivor, I used to consider myself one of the lucky ones.

EXT—VILLAGE, NIGHT

[Teyla and Ronon meet up with McKay and Sheppard in the village.]

SHEPPARD
  Jervis taken care of?

TEYLA
  He and his men have been locked up. They will not be giving us any more trouble. Though I do not think it was necessary to stun them.

[She shoots Ronon a look.]

RONON
  (unrepentent)
  Felt good, though.

MCKAY
  So what now?

SHEPAPRD
  We've got to get the rest of the Balarans out of the village. There's no telling if anybody else might feel the way Jervis does.

TEYLA
  Where should we take them?

RONON
  The forest?

SHEPPARD
  (reluctant)
  It's kind of a long haul at night.

MCKAY
  Wait a minute. What about the mine? These tracks lead right down to it. I mean, we just follow them.

RONON
  No one gets lost.

MCKAY
  Exactly.

SHEPPARD
  (to Ronon and Teyla)
  All right. Go. Get Beckett and his patients. Bring them here. We're round up everyone else.

EXT—SPACE

[A hive ship drops out of hyperspace and heads to the planet.]

EXT—STARGATE AREA, NIGHT

[The commanders begin to whisper to each other.]

NOVO
  What is it?

SEFARIS
  Something's happening.
  (calling to Wraith)
  What's going on?

WRAITH
  You'll be moving shortly.

NOVO
  Where?

WRAITH
  Your new home. The hive ship has just arrived.

[The Wraith starts to walk away.]

SEFARIS
  Wait. I have a proposition for you.

NOVO
  What are you doing, Sefaris?

SEFARIS
  Something we should've done a long time ago.

WRAITH
  There is nothing you have to offer me.

SEFARIS
  Don't be so sure. There's someone hiding in the village. He's of far greater value than all of us put together.

NOVO
  (desperate pleading)
  Sefaris, no!

SEFARIS
  Spare our lives. I'll take you to him.

WRAITH
  (smirking)
  A fair attempt…but the answer's no.

SEFARIS
  My life then.

NOVO
  (disgusted)
  How could you do this?

SEFARIS
  I promise it'll be worth your while.

[The Wraith looks intrigued.]

EXT—VILLAGE MINE PATH BEGINNING, NIGHT

[Teyla guides villagers to join the others walking along the path. She joins Sheppard and Ronon.]

TEYLA
  I believe that is everybody.

RONON
  Where's McKay and Beckett?

SHEPPARD
  (into radio)
  Rodney, what's your status?

INT—CLINIC

[McKay watches Beckett frantically pack more into the full cases.]

MCKAY
  (exasperated)
  Still at the clinic. Carson decided to pick up a few more supplies.

SHEPPARD
  (over radio)
  Tell him to get a move on. We can't stay here forever.

BECKETT
  (into radio)
  Go ahead, Colonel. We'll catch up.

[He throws a duffel over his shoulder.]

SHEPPARD
  (over radio)
  You sure?

BECKETT
  (into radio)
  Absolutely. We'll be right behind you.

EXT—MINE PATH BEGINNING, NIGHT

SHEPPARD
  Let's get going. Stay together. Follow the tracks.

[The group follow the mine cart tracks towards the mine.]

INT—CLINIC

BECKETT
  There. That should do it. Rodney, can you give me a hand here?

MCKAY
  Remind me to bring a sherpa the next time I visit.

[McKay helps Beckett gather up the cases. The door opens. Sefaris enters, followed by Wraith. Sefaris points to Beckett.]

SEFARIS
  Him. He's the one.

[The Wraith stun McKay and Beckett before they can recover from their surprise.]

SEFARIS
  You see? I kept up my end of the bargain.

WRAITH
  So you did. Unfortunately, in light of your…condition, keeping you alive is far too risky.

[He points a dagger blade at Sefaris's throat.]

INT—MINE

[The Balarans are led into the mine by Elson. Sheppard, Teyla, and Ronon are in the rear of the evacuation. They can hear distant engines overhead.]

RONON
  Darts.

TEYLA
  (sighing, concerned)
  Rodney and Carson are still not here.

SHEPPARD
  (into radio)
  Rodney, come in. McKay!
  (to Ronon and Teyla)
  You guys keep moving. I'm going to go get him.

[Sheppard doubles back at a jog while the others continue down the mine.]

EXT—VILLAGE OUTSKIRTS

[Sheppard reaches the village just in time to spot McKay and Beckett sitting back to back unconscious, surrounded by Wraith. A dart flies overhead, catching them all in its culling beam. Sheppard stares at the empty spot in horror.]

INT—MINE

SHEPPARD
  (over radio)
  Ronon? Teyla?

TEYLA
  (keying radio)
  Go ahead.

[The conversation switches from the mine to Sheppard's position in the village.]

SHEPPARD
  The Wraith just got Beckett and McKay.

RONON
  What? How?

SHEPPARD
  Took 'em up in a dart. I think they're on their way up to a hive.

TEYLA
  How did the Wraith know that they were in the village?

SHEPPARD
  I think I got an idea.

EXT—SPACE

[The hive ship floats in orbit above the planet.]

INT—HIVE SHIP BRIG

[Beckett awakens with a groan.]

BECKETT
  Ooh…oh.

[Looking around, he becomes instantly alert—sitting up and shaking the unconscious McKay.]

BECKETT
  Rodney…Rodney, wake up!

MCKAY
  (groaning)
  Oh…God, is it me, or have they juiced up the stun weapons?
  (he looks around)
  Oh, and they brought us to the hive. That's great.

BECKETT
  (panicking)
  What are we going to do?

MCKAY
  All right, uh, just don't—don't panic. Don't panic. I have…got lots of experience escaping from these things.

[He stands, groaning as he speaks, and joins Beckett at the door.]

BECKETT
  You do?

MCKAY
  Oh, yeah. Yeah. I've been in this situation dozens of times. Always figured a way out.

BECKETT
  How exactly?

MCKAY
  Uh, let's see, uh…Last time, uh, Teyla was posing as a queen, so, um…You know, she…had us released.

BECKETT
  Not much chance of that happening.

MCKAY
  No, I guess not.

BECKETT
  How about the time before that?

MCKAY
  Ronon's friend Tyre was pretending to be in league with the Wraith, but really he was on our side, so…he let us out.

BECKETT
  I'm starting to sense a pattern here. You've actually never really escaped from one of these cells on your own, have you?

MCKAY
  (weakly)
  First time for everything, right?

BECKETT
  (huffing)
  Oh, God, Rodney.

MCKAY
  Well, just…give me a minute. I'll think of something.

[McKay starts to pace. Beckett looks down the hall.]

BECKETT
  I hate to pressure you, Rodney, but I don't think we have a minute.

[McKay turns. The Wraith and a patrol of soldiers approach. The door opens.]

WRAITH
  Bring them.

INT—WRAITH LAB

[The Wraith and his escort lead Beckett and McKay into a lab with several consoles.]

MCKAY
  What is this place?

WRAITH
  A lab belonging to my top scientist. For the last six months he has been studying the deadly toxin that has infiltrated our food supply.

BECKETT
  Where is he now?

WRAITH
  Dead. He was convinced he had arrived at a foolproof way to detect the poison. To prove it, he decided to feed on one of his test subjects.

MCKAY
  (smugly)
  Guess that didn't work out so well.

WRAITH
  He died in excruciating pain. Needless to say, his research has been stalled ever since. And that's where you come in, Doctor.

[The Wraith shoots Beckett a pointed look.]

BECKETT
  Me? What do you expect me to do?

WRAITH
  The one who identified you said you had considerable expertise in dealing with the toxin.

[Beckett gulps.]

WRAITH
  He even said you had a hand in developing it. If anyone can find a way to detect it, you can.

BECKETT
  If you think I'm going to help you, you're sorely mistaken.

WRAITH
  I anticipated you might say that. Which is why I'm prepared to offer you an incentive. Thus far, I have spared the lives of the people on the planet below. If you cooperate, I will continue to do so. But if you either of you try to cross me in any way…

MCKAY
  Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. We get the picture.

WRAITH
  I knew you'd come to see it my way. Get to work.

[The Wraith leaves them. Beckett and McKay exchange concerned looks.]

EXT—VILLAGE NIGHT

INT—VILLAGE JAIL

[Jervis leans back against the bars of the cell. Sheppard comes up behind him and wraps his arm around Jervis's throat, pinning him to the bars and holding a gun to his head.]

SHEPPARD
  Give me one reason why I shouldn't blow your head off.

JERVIS
  (frightened)
  What for?

SHEPPARD
  How did the Wraith know to grab Beckett?

JERVIS
  (innocently)
  W-what do you mean? The doctor's been captured?

[Sheppard clicks the hammer back.]

JERVIS
  I swear, I had nothing to do with that.

[Sheppard points to the other prisoners with his gun.]

SHEPPARD
  What about your men?

JERVIS
  No. No, there's no way. The d-doctor has been nothing has been nothing but good to us.

SHEPPARD
Well, they didn't just stumble across the clinic. Somebody brought them there.

JERVIS
  (bitterly)
  Well, why don't you ask the Balarans? They're the ones with the most to gain. One of them probably thought he could save himself by turning in the doctor.

[Sheppard resets the safety on the pistol and points it away from Jervis. He still keeps Jervis pinned.]

JERVIS
  I told you they were no good, Colonel.

[Sheppard finally releases Jervis and walks away. Jervis rubs his throat.]

INT—WRAITH LAB

[McKay steps back from one of the consoles. Beckett continues to stare at a console, not paying attention to McKay.]

MCKAY
  Dammit! None of these consoles are hooked into anything. I can't access any of the ship's systems. What about you? You making any progress? Carson? Hey! You okay?

[He heads towards his friend.]

BECKETT
  I can't do this, Rodney.

MCKAY
  What do you mean? You don't…understand it?

BECKETT
  (emotional)
  No, I mean, I can't do it. Do you realize what'll happen if the Wraith find a way to detect the Hoffan drug? They'll hunt down every last person in this galaxy that has it. That's hundreds of thousands of people, Rodney. Not to mention the fact that when they're finished, they can start feeding again, indiscriminately.

MCKAY
  What's the alternative, huh? We know the Wraith aren't going to just let the matter drop. We've seen what they can do. They'll-they'll-they'll wipe out entire villages just to get a few like the Balarans.

BECKETT
  So what am I supposed to do?

MCKAY
  I mean, you just…stall! You know, you make it look like you're working until…we figure out how to get the hell out of here.

BECKETT
  (upset)
  And then what? Go about our business? Pretend this never happened?

MCKAY
  Hey, I never said it was going to be easy, okay? But you can't solve all of the galaxy's problems in one day! Look, I understand. You feel guilty. But this is not your fault. You had no idea that any of this was going to happen.

BECKETT
  One of the first things they taught us in medical school was "do no harm." Now, I'm at a loss right now to figure out how that's even possible in this situation.

[Rodney looks away, distressed.]

INT—MINE

[Teyla walks amongst the Balarans, reassuring them. She meets up with Ronon.]

RONON
  How are they doing?

TEYLA
  They are frightened. I've been trying to reassure them, but it is of little use.

[Sheppard arrives.]

SHEPPARD
  How's it going in here?

TEYLA
  We are getting by. What is happening in the village?

SHEPPARD
  Ah, not much. Everybody's hiding indoors.

RONON
  Why hasn't the hive ship attacked yet?

TEYLA
  Do you think it could have something to do with Rodney and Carson's capture?

SHEPPARD
  I don't know, but…we should use this time to come up with a plan.

RONON
  Have you got anything?

SHEPPARD
  Maybe, but it's going to take some work.

INT—WRAITH LAB

[Beckett stares at a console, gives a start, and gasps. He moves to another console quickly. McKay notices.]

MCKAY
  What is it? You got something?

BECKETT
  No.

MCKAY
  Are you sure? You got one of those… "Beckett" faces.

BECKETT
  (unconvincingly)
  Aye, I'm sure, Rodney. Just go back to work.

MCKAY
  Well, where are you going?

BECKETT
  To talk to the hive commander.

MCKAY
  What? Why?

BECKETT
  There's something I need to tell him.

MCKAY
  Oh, I knew it. You found something. What is it?

[Beckett heads to the sealed door. McKay follows.]

BECKETT
  Hey, open up!

MCKAY
  Seriously, will you just tell me? You know I'm going to go through your stuff as soon as you're gone.

BECKETT
  Just leave me be, Rodney.
  (loudly)
  Open the door!

MCKAY
  Will you just tell me what's going on?

[The door opens and two guards stand there.]

BECKETT
  I need to talk to the commander right away.
  (to McKay)
  Listen to me, Rodney. I need you to stay here. Don't worry, everything will be just fine.
  (turning back to the Wraith)
  Right.

[He steps forward. The door closes, leaving a confused McKay alone in the lab.]

INT—COMMANDER'S QUARTERS

[The soldiers let Beckett into the room and stand outside. The commander stands staring at a monitor.]

WRAITH
  Doctor. I didn't expect to hear from you so soon. This must be good news.

BECKETT
  For some people, maybe. I'm here to tell you that I'm off the case.

WRAITH
  (huffing)
  What are you talking about?

BECKETT
  I'm not going to do your dirty work for you. Find someone else.

WRAITH
  There is no one else!

BECKETT
  Then that's too bad for you, isn't it?

WRAITH
  You're trying my patience, Doctor. You forget, I control the fate of the people below.

BECKETT
  People will die no matter what I do, so I'm not going to do anything.

WRAITH
  If you refuse to complete the research, then there is only one other way that you can be of use to me.

[The Wraith holds up his feeding hand.]

WRAITH
  And trust me, you won't like it.

BECKETT
  (challenging)
  You don't scare me anymore. Do you understand? I don't give a damn what you do to me.

WRAITH
  Suit yourself. I'm going to enjoy this…very much.

[The Wraith strikes with his feeding hand. Beckett gasps and shudders.]

[The Wraith suddenly releases his hold, gasping and hyperventilating. He clutches his side. Beckett is unaltered from the feeding process.]

WRAITH
  What is this?

[He collapses to his knees.]

WRAITH
  (wheezing)
  What have you done to me?

[It collapses onto its side.]

BECKETT
  Turns out you were closer to detecting the Hoffan drug than you thought. It didn't take me long to perfect your blood test. And once I confirmed it using samples that you provided, I decided to do one more test just to be certain…on me.

WRAITH
  (struggling to breathe)
  You have the toxin?

BECKETT
  Indeed. And now, so do you.

[The Wraith gasps its last breath and dies.]

INT—HIVE SHIP CORRIDOR

[The door to the commander's quarters opens and Beckett uses the commander's pistol stunner to shoot the two guards at the entrance. He runs through the corridor.]

INT—WRAITH LAB

[McKay hears the sound of stunners outside the door. It opens and Beckett runs inside.]

MCKAY
  Carson!

BECKETT
  Hello, Rodney. Can you delete this data?

MCKAY
  Yeah, of course, but how did you—

BECKETT
  I talked the hive commander into feeding on me.

MCKAY
  What? What?! Why would you do that?

[Beckett starts to pull out memory cystals and smash them under his foot.]

BECKETT
  I have the Hoffan drug, Rodney. Michael must have given it to me as a defense against the Wraith.

MCKAY
  Well, why didn't you tell me?

BECKETT
  Because you would've stopped me from going.

[He moves to another console.]

MCKAY
  Yeah, because it's stupid! What would've happened if you were wrong?

BECKETT
  I had to do something, Rodney! It's the only chance we had to get away. Now, will you help me destroy this research before they find out what I've done?

[He grabs McKay by the shoulder.]

MCKAY
  (shaken)
  Right.

BECKETT
  Okay, great.

[They go back to sabotaging the consoles.]

INT—HIVE SHIP CORRIDOR

[McKay and Beckett sneak through the hallways, each holding a stunner.]

MCKAY
  The coast is clear.

BECKETT
  What are we doing, exactly?

MCKAY
  What do you think? We're looking for a way off the ship.

BECKETT
  By wandering aimlessly through the hallways?

MCKAY
  I'm not wandering aimlessly. I'm exploring. There's a big difference.

[They come to a console at the junction of several corridors. McKay smiles.]

MCKAY
  Bingo!

[Beckett starts to move off, then notices McKay has paused and is typing at the console.]

BECKETT
  What are you doing, Rodney?

MCKAY
  Hacking into the ship's communications.

BECKETT
  Are you sure that's a good idea?

MCKAY
  Look, if we don't get in touch with Sheppard, we don't stand any chance of getting off this ship.

[Beckett stares at McKay. McKay notices his attention and stares pointedly at Beckett's stunner.]

MCKAY
  You're going to have to cover me!

BECKETT
  Oh, right! From which direction?

[Beckett nervously spins watching all the corridors.]

INT—MINE

[Sheppard's team's radios start to squelch some static.]

RONON
  What was that?

MCKAY
  (staticy, over radio)
  Sheppard, do you read me?

SHEPPARD
  McKay? Is that you?

INT—HIVE SHIP CORRIDOR JUNCTION

[The conversation switches between the hive ship and the mine.]

MCKAY
  Oh, thank god! Okay, we are on the hive ship. I've got Beckett with me.

SHEPPARD
  What the hell is going on up there?

MCKAY
  We managed to escape.

[Beckett shoots McKay a look.]

MCKAY
  (conceding)
  Beckett helped.

[Beckett rolls his eyes.]

SHEPPARD
  Oh, that's great 'cause we could really use the help.

MCKAY
  You?! Look, we're the ones stuck on the ship!

SHEPPARD
  That's exactly where you need to be right now because we need someone to take out the hive's main weapons.

MCKAY
  What?!

SHEPPARD
  We got a plan, but it's only going to work if we take the hive out of the picture.

MCKAY
  Look, it is bad enough that I hacked into communications. If I start messing around with other systems, they're gonna—they're gonna track us down in, like, a matter of minutes.

SHEPPARD
  Rodney, it's the only way to get these people to safety. Once that's done, we'll figure out a way to get you guys out of there.

[McKay looks to Beckett, who sighs and shrugs.]

MCKAY
  (sighing)
  All right. I'll see what I can do. Give me a few minutes. That should be enough time.

SHEPPARD
  You're a good man, Rodney.

MCKAY
  Yeah, yeah, yeah. Just don't forget about us, okay?

TEYLA
  We won't. Good luck.

RONON
  Think he's going to be able to pull it off?

SHEPPARD
  Well, he'd better. Otherwise this thing's going to go very badly.

[Sheppard and his team move off, barely sparing a glance at Elson, who has been sitting nearby. Elson looks troubled.]

EXT—VILLAGE, NIGHT

[Elson moves through the village, hidden by a hooded cloak.]

INT—VILLAGE BRIG

[Elson arrives at the brig. Jervis sits on a cot.]

ELSON
  Jervis? Jervis.

JERVIS
  What do you want?

ELSON
  We need to talk.

JERVIS
  (petulant)
  Well, I have nothing to say to you.

ELSON
  You were right all along. I should have listened to you.

[Jervis looks over.]

ELSON
  The Atlanteans have no idea what they're doing. They claim to have a plan, but in reality, they're just putting all our lives at risk.

[Jervis stands and walks over to the bars.]

JERVIS
  Well…it's a little late now, isn't it?

[Elson holds up the keys.]

ELSON
  Is it? If you went to the Wraith at the 'gate right now, do you think you could get them to honor the original deal?

JERVIS
  It's possible. But…I'd have to deliver all of the remaining outsiders at once.

[Elson stiffens and swallows.]

ELSON
  They're in the mine. Hiding in the main chamber.

JERVIS
  (shrewdly)
  Are the other councillors on board with this?

ELSON
  (shaking his head)
  The less they know about it, the better.

JERVIS
  And you? Can you reconcile this with your conscience?

[Elson appears to swallow in distaste.]

ELSON
  Leave that to me. You just make that deal.

[Elson leaves the keys on the bars and heads away. Jervis picks up the keys and considers this information.]

INT—HIVE SHIP CORRIDOR

[The Wraith second in command strides to the commander's quarters.]

WRAITH SECOND
  What is it?

[The guard opens the door to reveal the commander dead inside.]

INT—COMMANDER'S QUARTERS

[The second enters and looks at his dead leader.]

WRAITH SECOND
  Search the ship.

INT—HIVE SHIP CORRIDOR JUNCTION

[Beckett backs up close to McKay's console.]

BECKETT
  How long's this going to take, Rodney?

MCKAY
  Do I rush you while you're performing complicated surgery?

BECKETT
  Aye, it's been known to happen.

[The panel beeps.]

MCKAY
  All right, I'm in. Now, just need a few minutes to disable the—

[Wraith soldiers arrive and start to fire on them. McKay and Beckett duck behind the console for cover.]

MCKAY
  Oh, geez! I think they found us.

BECKETT
  You figure?

MCKAY
  Okay, you're going to have to hold them off.

BECKETT
  (dubious)
  Am I, now?

MCKAY
  Yeah, come on, Carson. You can do this, all right?

BECKETT
  All right…on-on three.

MCKAY
  How about on one?

BECKETT
  All right.

RODNEY
  Right. And…one!

[Beckett rises and starts firing on the soldiers as McKay stands and tries to type at the console.]

BECKETT
  How's it coming?

MCKAY
  Almost there.

[He types frantically. Beckett is able to down a few Wraith, but more arrive all the time.]

BECKETT
  I can't hold them off forever, Rodney. We have to go, now!

MCKAY
  All right, that's it! I got it! Let's go!

[McKay and Beckett run back the way they came, the Wraith in pursuit.]

BECKETT
  Where are we going?

MCKAY
  The dart bay.

BECKETT
  You know how to fly a dart?

MCKAY
  Well, I've flown jumpers before.

BECKETT
  I've been to Tokyo before. It doesn't mean I can speak Japanese.

MCKAY
  Well, how hard can it be?

[McKay pauses at another junction, looking at different choices.]

BECKETT
  Do you even know where you're going?

MCKAY
  Yeah, I pulled up a schematic of the ship on that console.

BECKETT
  What? While we were being fired upon?

INT—HIVE SHIP DART BAY

[They reach the dart bay. McKay seals the door shut from the inside.]

MCKAY
  All right, that's sealed.

BECKETT
  How long do you think it'll hold them?

MCKAY
  Not very.

[They stare, overwhelmed at the scale of the large dart bay, which reaches up out of sight. McKay snaps out of his reverie first and heads to a dart.]

MCKAY
  Well, come on.

[McKay hops into the cockpit. Beckett climbs in after him, trying to squeeze into the one-person unit.]

MCKAY
  (incredulous)
  What are you doing?!

BECKETT
  I'm getting in.

MCKAY
  Well, we can't both fit in here!

BECKETT
  You're damn right, I can. Now, shove over!

[McKay grunts and tries to squeeze himself smaller. He looks very uncomfortable. Beckett is barely in the seat, his knees up against his chest.]

MCKAY
  (sarcastic)
  You comfy?

BECKETT
  (drily)
  Peachy.

MCKAY
  (grunting under his breath)
  All right.

[McKay waits, pressing a button on the joystick to no effect.]

BECKETT
  What are you waiting for?

MCKAY
  Well, it should just start up.

BECKETT
  Well, it didn't.

MCKAY
  (exasperated)
  Yeah, I know that. But it doesn't make any sense. I mean, a canopy should form over our head. Maybe there's some kind of a weight limit.

BECKETT
  (insulted)
  What's that supposed to mean?

MCKAY
  I mean, because there's two of us!

BECKETT
  Well, maybe you need a key or something.

MCKAY
  It's not a Volkswagen, Carson! Okay, look, these are obviously the flight controls. That makes that propulsion, so…

BECKETT
  How did you come up with that brilliant conclusion?

MCKAY
  It was just common sense!
  (he tries to force a control, and growls)
  Oh, come on!

BECKETT
  (rolling his eyes)
  Right. Common sense.

MCKAY
  Look, well what do you want from me? It's not like there's labels!

[They hear blasts outside the sealed door.]

MCKAY
  Oh, not good!

BECKETT
  You're telling me. We need a new plan, Rodney.

MCKAY
  I know. I'm thinking.

BECKETT
  Well, whatever you do, think fast, because if those Wraith come through that door, we're both dead.

INT—HIVE SHIP CORRIDOR

[Wraith continue to try to blast the door open.]

INT—HIVE SHIP DART BAY

BECKETT
  Rodney, we need to go.

MCKAY
  Where? I mean, we're trapped in here!

BECKETT
  Well, then we need to find a place to hide. Come on.

[He grabs McKay's jacket and tries to tug him with him. McKay suddenly looks inspired, and Beckett notices his expression.]

BECKETT
  What?

MCKAY
  I have another idea. It's a long shot, but it might work…but you're going to have to get off me.

[Beckett scrambles to get out of the dart cockpit.]

INT—MINE

[Jervis and his men lead a Wraith patrol through the mine tunnel.]

JERVIS
  Once you've taken these people, you're going to leave the village, right? For good?

WRAITH
  This place is of no concern to us. All we want is the Balarans.

JERVIS
  There's a large chamber up ahead. That's where they're hiding.

[They reach the large chamber of the mine. It is empty except for Jervis's team and the Wraith.]

WRAITH
  Where are they?

JERVIS
  (stammering)
  I don't understand. He said they were here! I…they should be right here!

[They look around in confusion. The Wraith spots something lit on the ground. He picks it up and shows it to Jervis. It is a block of C-4 with a detonator activated on it.]

WRAITH
  What is this?

EXT—PASTURE OVER MINE, DAY

[The pasture sinks in the implosion that destroys the mine. Ronon, Teyla Sheppard, and Elson and Balarans watch from a distance the smoke rise, Sheppard closing closing the safety cover on the detonator control for the explosives.]

RONON
  Think we killed enough Wraith to make a difference?

SHEPPARD
  Guess we'll find out.

[Sheppard takes a deep breath and bites his lip, glancing back at Elson.]

SHEPPARD
  Nice work.

[Elson glances at Sheppard, his expression deeply grieved.]

INT—WRAITH BRIDGE

[The second in command arrives on the bridge. A Wraith technician works his console.]

WRAITH TECHNICIAN
  We have received word of an explosion on the planet that's killed several of warriors. The humans continue to attack our troops.

WRAITH SECOND
  They're trying to escape. Target the area around the portal and open fire.

[The technician types some commands.]

WRAITH TECHNICIAN
  Weapons aren't responding.

WRAITH SECOND
  What?!

EXT—STARGATE AREA, DAY

[Sheppard, Teyla, Ronon, and some of the natives are engaged in a firefight with Wraith near the Stargate. Several Wraith have been killed. Finally the last one is downed.]

SHEPPARD
  (to Teyla)
  Dial the 'gate.

[She runs to the DHD. Sheppard runs back to the foliage where Elson and the Balarans wait out the battle; he loads a new magazine into his weapon as he moves.]

ELSON
  This is the first group. There are more coming.

SHEPPARD
  All right, we've got to move fast. They're not going to take this lying down. Let's go!

[Sheppard leads the way. Elson stays put and points the refugees to follow.]

ELSON
  All right. Come on, let's go. Stay low. Stay low.

[Teyla dials the Stargate, then watches warily for more Wraith.]

INT—HIVE SHIP BRIDGE

WRAITH TECHNICIAN
  We've lost contact with the troops at the 'gate.

WRAITH SECOND
  What about the two human prisoners?

WRAITH TECHNICIAN
  (shaking his head)
  They're nowhere to be seen.

WRAITH SECOND
  They couldn't have just disappeared… It doesn't matter. We can't let the villagers escape. Launch the darts.

EXT—STARGATE AREA, DAY

[All the villagers move in a hurried but orderly procession towards the Stargate. Teyla spots darts approaching. She raises her rifle.]

TEYLA
  Colonel!

SHEPPARD
  Go, go, go! Move!

[The villagers run as the darts approach. Teyla and Sheppard open fire. Ronon fires his blaster at the darts while pushing the stragglers towards the Stargate.]

SHEPPARD
  Oh, crap!

[Sheppard dives into a roll, barely missing being caught in a culling beam. Teyla fires as it flies overhead, then spots some women coming from the woods. She hurries towards them. Ronon sees more darts closing in from another position.]

RONON
  Sheppard! We've got more coming!

[Teyla urges the women forward, covering their rear.]

TEYLA
  Go, go, go! You're almost there!

[Sheppard sees a dart nearing Teyla's position.]

SHEPPARD
  Teyla!

[He rushes forward. Teyla pauses to shoot. The culling beam activates, but instead of pulling Teyla up, it dematerializes McKay and Beckett in front of her.]

TEYLA
  (stunned)
  Rodney! Carson!

MCKAY
  Oh my god, it worked!

BECKETT
  Rodney, you're a genius.

TEYLA
  What'd you do?

MCKAY
  (stammering)
  I reprogrammed the culling beam to dematerialize us, then to discharge only from that point on. I mean, once the Wraith lost their weapons, I knew it was just a matter of time before they launched the darts.

[While McKay speaks, Teyla pushes them towards the Stargate. The last of the villagers runs into the Stargate, Teyla, McKay, and Beckett follow. Ronon and Sheppard cover their rear, shooting until everyone's safe. ]

SHEPPARD
  Let's go.

[Beckett and Ronon enter the Stargate just before a culling beam reaches them. The wormhole shuts down.]

EXT—ATLANTIS, DAY

INT—ATLANTIS INFIRMARY

[Beckett works at a computer. McKay enters.]

MCKAY
  There you are! I've been calling you!

BECKETT
  Oh! I'm sorry. What's up?

MCKAY
  Lorne's team just found a suitable planet for the villagers. They're going to move them out this afternoon.

BECKETT
  Aye, I heard. I'm going with them.

MCKAY
  (disappointed)
  Oh. Right. Of course. Um, well…you want to uh…grab some lunch? I mean, we didn't get any chance to socialize this time around, unless you count, you know, running through the halls of the hive ship as…social time.

[He shoots Beckett a wry smile.]

BECKETT
  Aye, you're right. Look, Rodney, I'd love to, but I really need to get through this.

[He gestures to the computer screens. McKay moves around the table to look at them too.]

MCKAY
  Well, what is it?

BECKETT
  Doctor Keller's research on the serum that keeps my cells from deteriorating. I think there might be something in here to help the plague survivors, since I'm not getting the infections that they are.

MCKAY
  Well, you don't have do this now! I'll download the data to a drive. You can just, you know, take it with you.

BECKETT
  Actually, you can't. Mr. Woolsey doesn't want it leaving the base.

MCKAY
  (grimacing)
  Oh.

BECKETT
  Sorry, Rodney.

MCKAY
  (failing not to sound hurt)
  Well, I don't care. No, I was just, you know, trying to stop you from whining about never seeing me. All right.

[He starts to leave. Beckett sighs.]

BECKETT
  Rodney, wait.

[McKay pauses and turns back.]

BECKETT
  Now that I think of it, I am a wee bit peckish. Besides, I can't solve all the galaxy's problems in one day, can I?

[McKay points to himself and shrugs with false humility.]

MCKAY
  Well, I—

BECKETT
  Shut it. Right, let's go.

[Beckett shuts his laptop and grabs his jacket, joining McKay as they walk out of the infirmary.]

BECKETT
  So? Interested in anyone these days?

MCKAY
  (stammering)
  Me? No. I-um, I don't have time for that.

BECKETT
  (grinning, sly)
  You're a terrible liar, Doctor McKay. Tell me, tell me, tell me.

FADE OUT

END CREDITS


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