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PreviouslyEdit

PREVIOUSLY ON STARGATE ATLANTIS

[Excerpts from "The Gift", "Submersion", "The Seer", "This Mortal Coil", and "Be All My Sins Remember'd" are shown.]

Prologue Edit

EXT—SPACE

[The battle above Asuras that took place in 4.11 "Be All My Sins Remembered" continues. The Replicator nanites are swarming to Fran on the planet.]

INT—WRAITH BRIDGE

[The Wraith Commander (Todd) is in charge of the bridge. Another Wraith stands nearby.]

WRAITH TECHNICIAN
  The Replicator ships have ceased firing. The humans' plan worked.

WRAITH COMMANDER
  Give me status on the darts!

WRAITH TECHNICIAN
  Approaching the Replicator city.

EXT—ASURAS, DAY

[Three darts fly through Asuras, one using its beam, as the nanites swarm into a large undulating blob in its center.]

INT—WRAITH BRIDGE

WRAITH TECHNICIAN
  The Replicators' mass is sinking into the planet. We do not have much time.

WRAITH COMMANDER
  We're not leaving without those darts!

EXT—ASURAS, DAY

[The Replicators sink into the planet's core.]

INT—WRAITH BRIDGE

WRAITH TECHNICIAN
  The mass is approaching critical density. An explosion is imminent. Commander, we must jump into hyperspace!

WRAITH COMMANDER
  Not until I get what I came for!

EXT—SPACE

[Hyperspace windows open as the Lantian and Traveler ships begin to evacuate the area.]

INT—WRAITH BRIDGE

WRAITH TECHNICIAN
  The darts are on approach… We have them.

[Todd snarls in triumph.]

EXT—SPACE

[The hive ship leaves just before the planet explodes.]

INT—WRAITH BRIDGE

[The Wraith returns to the bridge, bringing a small case to the commander (Todd).]

WRAITH TECNICIAN
  I have the rematerialized cargo from the darts.

[The commander opens the canvas case and pulls out a ZPM. He smiles.]

WRAITH COMMANDER
  Now we have what we need to complete our mission.

END TEASER

Episode Edit

OPENING CREDITS

INT—ATLANTIS CONTROL ROOM

[Ronon and Sheppard arrive. McKay is already working at a station.]

SHEPPARD
  Rodney, what've you got?

MCKAY
  Well, it's only been a week since the battle, but, uh, a pretty clear pattern is emerging. You can see it on long-range scanners. The Wraith have split up into distinct groups.

RONON
  Now that they're done with the Replicators, they're sizing each other up.

SHEPPARD
  Too many Wraith, not enough humans to feed on. Intel's claiming there are several different factions.

MCKAY
  Yes, well, with any luck, they'll find themselves in the middle of a nice, long, civil war. But, uh, what I find particularly interesting is this…

[He pulls up a section of space where a locator pings steadily.]

SHEPPARD
  What is it?

MCKAY
  Well, that's our old friend, the Wraith that helped me save Jeannie and got us all those hive ships.

SHEPPARD
  How do you know?

MCKAY
  Well, the subspace tracking device he used? It's the same signal.

RONON
  Why would he reactivate it?

MCKAY
  Well, I have no idea. I think it's safe to assume that he'd know we were monitoring that frequency.

SHEPPARD
  You think he's sending us a message?

MCKAY
  Maybe. Look, it's like I said. The hive ships that we've been tracking have formed into distinct groups, but this one's out there by himself. From what we can tell, it's just floating in the middle of empty space, nowhere near a habitable planet, and almost an hour's sub-light from the nearest 'gate.

RONON
  So what does he want?

MCKAY
  Well…that's the question.

EXT—ATLANTIS, DAY

INT—ATLANTIS WORKOUT ROOM

[Teyla rides an exercise bike, exerting herself quite a bit. Ronon enters.]

RONON
  Hey.

TEYLA
  Ronon! Do you wish to use this machine?

RONON
  No. I just didn't expect to find you here.

TEYLA
  Why not?

RONON
  Shouldn't you be taking it easy?

[Teyla shoots him a glare.]

TEYLA
  I am pregnant, Ronon, not ill. In any case, Doctor Keller said it wouldn't hurt to continue exercising. In fact, it's beneficial.

RONON
  Yeah, well, you're hitting it pretty hard.

TEYLA
  Well, I have to remain in top physical condition if I'm to keep up with you and the rest of the team.

RONON
  Who says you have to keep up?

[Teyla shoots him another look, then gives a wry chuckle before concentrating on her workout.]

INT—ATLANTIS CONTROL ROOM

[Sheppard and McKay join Zelenka at a display.]

SHEPPARD
  Any change?

ZELENKA
  No. He's still sitting out there.

SHEPPARD
  It's been almost twenty-four hours.

ZELENKA
  His ship could be disabled.

SHEPPARD
  Hmm, you think it's a distress call?

MCKAY
  Ah, maybe.

SHEPPARD
  Any other hive ships picking up the signal?

ZELENKA
  If they are, they're ignoring it. We're showing no other Wraith activity in the area.

SHEPPARD
  How far did you say the nearest 'gate was?

MCKAY
  Well, it's about an hour by jumper. Oh! Look, I know we worked with this guy before, and he has helped us out in the past, but he's still a Wraith! We don't seriously feel like we owe him anything, do we?

SHEPPARD
  No, no, of course not. But, that doesn't mean it's not worth checking out.

[McKay looks displeased.]

MCKAY
  Hmm.

INT—ATLANTIS GEAR UP ROOM

[Sheppard's and Lorne's teams get ready for the upcoming mission. Teyla arrives.]

SHEPPARD
  Teyla.

TEYLA
  Colonel. I just heard. I would like to accompany you on this mission.

SHEPPARD
  Well, we've got it covered.

TEYLA
  (sternly)
  John, I understand what you're trying to do, but I assure you it is not necessary. My skills have not diminished, and I still have much to offer the team.

[Teyla's tone has not been missed by the others gearing up. Sheppard catches Lorne's eye and jerks his head for the others to leave.]

LORNE
  All right, guys, let's head out.
  (to Sheppard)
  We'll wait for you at the jumper bay, sir.

[Lorne's team and Ronon leave. McKay stays seated on the bench. Ronon comes back and drags McKay out.]

MCKAY
  I'm not even…

[Sheppard and Teyla are left alone in the room. He grabs a P-90 and continues getting ready.]

SHEPPARD
  I'm not having this conversation again.

TEYLA
  We have not had it yet! In fact, we've barely spoken since I told you I was pregnant!

SHEPPARD
  It's been a little busy around here.

TEYLA
  I understand why you did not want me to join the attack on the Replicator world, but that was a special circumstance.

SHEPPARD
  Look, even the simplest op can become dangerous.

TEYLA
  And I accept that.

SHEPPARD
  You think it's that simple?!

TEYLA
  Is this about you trying to protect me, or are you still angry because I did not tell you sooner?

SHEPPARD
  This is about your people missing; this is about the father of your child missing. You want to go out, you want to tear it up, you want to kick ass, but you can't! And the sooner you realize that, the better!

[Teyla stares at Sheppard, shocked and furious. He walks past her, looking troubled.]

EXT—SPACE

[The puddle jumper flies through space.]

INT—PUDDLE JUMPER

[Lorne and Sheppard's team are inside.]

SHEPPARD
  Pull up the HUD. I think we're in range.

[McKay does so. The display shows a schematic of the hive ship.]

MCKAY
  I've got it, dead ahead. Looks like it's been shot up pretty bad.

RONON
  From the Replicator battle?

MCKAY
  No, I'm picking up residual radiation from Wraith weapons' fire.

LORNE
  Were they attacked by another hive?

MCKAY
  (impatiently)
  Well, it looks that way.

SHEPPARD
  Any life signs?

MCKAY
  I'm not picking up anything.

SHEPPARD
  Maybe they're hibernating.

MCKAY
  (annoyed)
  Seems like an odd thing to do after being attacked.

[Sheppard shoots him a look.]

MCKAY
  (more meek)
  Plus, they usually land the ship?

SHEPPARD
  All right. Well, we didn't come all this way to turn back. So, we're going in.

INT—HIVE SHIP

[Sheppard's and Lorne's teams have split up, searching the ship.]

SHEPPARD
  (into radio)
  Lorne, you got anything?

LORNE
  (over radio)
  Nothing so far.

[Ronon snaps his fingers and points out two Wraith corpses in the hall.]

SHEPPARD
  (into radio)
  Well, we've got bodies.

LORNE
  (over radio)
  Acknowledged. We'll keep looking.

[They continue forward. Ronon takes a closer look at one of the Wraith. It is skeletal and dehydrated, almost like a mummy.]

RONON
  Looks like they were fed on.

[McKay continues to read his scanner.]

MCKAY
  Still picking up the Wraith tracking device. It's that way.

[They move out.]

INT—WRAITH LAB

[The scanner beeps more insistently.]

MCKAY
  Reading's stronger in here.

SHEPPARD
  I don't see our guy. You?

RONON
  No.

[McKay's scanner focuses on a section of floor.]

MCKAY
  We're not going to find him.

SHEPPARD
  I thought we were tracking the device.

[McKay reaches down and picks up a small object from the floor.]

MCKAY
  We are…but someone cut it out of him.

EXT—SPACE

[The derelict hive ship floats in hyperspace.]

INT—WRAITH BRIDGE

[Lorne's team joins Sheppard's on the bridge.]

LORNE
  No sign of the rest of the crew. Whoever attacked the ship must've taken them prisoner.

MCKAY
  Including our friend.

SHEPPARD
  (making a face)
  Stop calling him that. It's weird.

RONON
  Then what do we call him?

SHEPPARD
  I don't know. Let's go with…Todd.

[McKay shoots him an incredulous look.]

SHEPPARD
  It's a guy I knew in college. He was very pale.

MCKAY
  Todd's a terrible name.

SHEPPARD
  You got a better one?

MCKAY
  As a matter of fact, I do.

SHEPPARD
  You know what? Forget I asked.

LORNE
  Colonel, what do we do now?

SHEPPARD
  Well, that all depends. Uh, is this thing going to fly?

MCKAY
  Well, the hull's severely damaged. I'd say about thirty percent of the ship is sealed off and exposed to space.
  (brightly)
  But, uh, with a bit of work, I think we can get main systems back online.

SHEPPARD
  That settles it. We've got ourselves a new ship.

[They smile as Rodney gets to work.]

EXT—ATLANTIS, DAY

INT—ATLANTIS CORRIDOR

[Zelenka speaks with someone in a corridor. He notices Sheppard passing by.]

ZELENKA
  Okay, if you could bring it back to my, uh,…computer in the lab?

[He leaves the woman to catch up with Sheppard.]

ZELENKA
  Colonel, I didn't expect to see you back so soon.

SHEPPARD
  No engagement. The only Wraith on board were dead.

ZELENKA
  Was the ship badly damaged?

SHEPPARD
  She's definitely taken a few hits. McKay's working on repairs, but that is the easy part.

ZELENKA
  Well, what's the hard part?

[Sheppard shrugs and makes a face.]

SHEPPARD
  Eh…

[Sheppard walks away, leaving Zelenka perplexed.]

INT—ATLANTIS MESS HALL

[Sheppard sits across a table from Teyla.]

SHEPPARD
  The ship's been secured, there's no immediate danger, and you're the only one who can fly it.

TEYLA
  (wryly)
  Even in my condition?

SHEPPARD
  (sighing)
  All right, I might have been a little tough on you before…

TEYLA
  No, you were right. I'm just trying to understand my position.

SHEPPARD
  You're still a member of my team.

TEYLA
  Am I?

SHEPPARD
  You always were! Look, it's my call whether or not you go on mission. Take it or leave it.

TEYLA
  (after a long pause)
  When do we go?

[Sheppard sits back, relieved.]

INT—WRAITH BRIDGE

[Lorne enters. McKay and Ronon are there.]

LORNE
  Hey. I found these in the jumper.

[He tosses power bars to McKay and Ronon.]

MCKAY
  Aw, thank you. I'm starving!

[McKay studies the label of his and makes a face.]

MCKAY
  "Apricot Jubilee?"

LORNE
  Oh, if you don't want it…

[He holds out his hand to take it back.]

MCKAY
  No, no. It's fine.

[McKay opens his bar. In the background, Ronon leans close to one of the Wraith consoles.]

LORNE
  So, how are we doing in here, anyway?

MCKAY
  Eh, it's coming along. I got the hyperdrive operational, though that's not going to help much if I can't get the neural interface to work.

[Ronon's actions cause a screech. The interface comes to life.]

MCKAY
  What'd you do?

[Ronon stands up straight, furtively trying to look innocent.]

RONON
  Nothing.

MCKAY
  You touched something, didn't you!?

RONON
  No…Maybe just a little.

[They look at the display showing lots of Wraith data, displaying a region in space.]

LORNE
  What is it?

RONON
  Looks like a map.

MCKAY
  Thank you, Captain Obvious. Of course it's a map. The question is, a map to what?

EXT—SPACE

[The jumper flies through space.]

INT—PUDDLE JUMPER

TEYLA
  I wanted to tell you sooner, but I found out shortly after Doctor Keller and I returned from New Athos. It was a difficult time.

SHEPPARD
  It's okay. I get it.

TEYLA
  Now, along with everything else, I'm burdened with the thought that…this child may be the last of my people.

[Her voice breaks as she tries not to cry.]

SHEPPARD
  We don't know that yet!

TEYLA
  But you understand why I cannot just stay in Atlantis and do nothing! My best hope in learning their fate is to be out here with you.

[Sheppard looks away and bites his lip.]

INT—WRAITH BRIDGE

[Sheppard and Teyla join the others on the bridge.]

SHEPPARD
  How's it coming?

MCKAY
  Ah, you're back! Well, I've managed to get the neural interface talking to the main systems, but I've got no way to test it, so it's-it's gonna need some tweaking. Biggest problem I've had so far has been with the weapons array, but I think I've managed to—

SHEPPARD
  Wait…weapons array?

MCKAY
  Well, I-I thought they'd come in handy when we go after the Wraith.

SHEPPARD
  What are you talking about?

MCKAY
  Oh, I figured out where this ship was headed before it was attacked.

RONON
  We figured it out.

[Ronon turns and makes a face at Teyla, who puts down a case and looks at one of the panels.]

MCKAY
  Yeah, right. All you did was activate a screen! I'm the one who searched through the ship's log and found the mention of the top secret Wraith outpost.

SHEPPARD
  What Wraith outpost?

MCKAY
  I'm sorry. I assumed a level of uncertainty was implied by my use of the phrase "top secret."

RONON
  In other words, he doesn't know.

MCKAY
  The log didn't specify. But whatever this thing is, they talk about this thing like it was sacred. From what I can gather, it played a pivotal role in helping the Wraith win their war against the Ancients.

RONON
  Which is why we got to check it out.

SHEPPARD
  All, right, hold on here a second. Let's just slow down. We don't even know if this thing can fly, let alone—

[The engine hums to life as behind them, Teyla activates the controls. They heads over to her.]

MCKAY
  (awed)
  How did you do that?

TEYLA
  I…don't know. My abilities appear to be stronger than before.

MCKAY
  (studying displays)
  Oh, she's not kidding. According to this, navigation, propulsion, and communications are online.

SHEPPARD
  Teyla…?

TEYLA
  I cannot explain it. The moment I connected with the ship, everything became available to me. I can feel the various systems at my disposal.

RONON
  Well, can you fly it?

TEYLA
  I'm not sure.

[Teyla closes her eyes and concentrates.]

EXT—SPACE

[The hive ship's engines power up and it starts moving slowly in sublight speed.]

INT—WRAITH BRIDGE

MCKAY
  She's flying it all right.

SHEPPARD
  Are you okay?

[Teyla opens her eyes.]

TEYLA
  (surprised)
  Yes. I'm fine. It's easier than it was last time. It's almost…effortless.

[Sheppard glares at McKay.]

MCKAY
  Hey, don't look at me. I didn't do anything.

TEYLA
  The coordinates to the outpost are in the computer. I can take us there.

SHEPPARD
  (shaking his head)
  Mmm, that's not why I brought you here. We can wait for the Daedalus.

TEYLA
  The hive that attacked this ship had access to the same information, and by now, it is almost a day ahead of us. Now, if that outpost is as important as the log suggests, do you really think we can afford to wait?

SHEPPARD
  All right. Get us close, but keep us out of sensor range. We'll take a jumper from there.

[Teyla closes her eyes and concentrates while McKay works on his tablet computer.]

EXT—SPACE

[The hive ship jumps into hyperspace.]

INT—WRAITH BRIDGE

[Sheppard and Lorne return to the bridge.]

SHEPPARD
  Well, what's up?

MCKAY
  Hmm. I, uh, decided to go over the remainder of ship's log for any other mention of the outpost.

SHEPPARD
  And…?

MCKAY
  There's nothing, can you believe it? This thing goes back a long way. As far as I can tell, they haven't been to this place in thousands of years.

SHEPPARD
  So why now?

TEYLA
  We have reached our coordinates. I'm dropping us out of hyperspace.

[The ship shudders.]

TEYLA
  The planet is…just ahead. I've established an orbit around one of its moons just out of sensor range.

SHEPPARD
  Well, all right, let's get to the jumper.

[They start to leave. As Teyla turns to go, she becomes dizzy. Sheppard and Ronon are quick to her side.]

SHEPPARD
  Whoa!

TEYLA
  It's all right. I'm fine. I'm fine.

[Ronon and McKay leave.]

SHEPPARD
  (low, to Teyla)
  This is exactly the kind of situation I didn't want to put you in.

TEYLA
  I know.

SHEPPARD
  I need somebody to stay behind and fly the ship in case we get into trouble.

TEYLA
  Of course.

SHEPPARD
  So, I'm gonna have Lorne and his men stay here.

TEYLA
  Good luck.

[Sheppard leaves. Teyla sighs.]

EXT—SPACE

[The puddle jumper leaves the hive ship floating by the moon and heads toward the planet.]

INT—PUDDLE JUMPER

[The HUD is up as Sheppard flies towards the surface.]

SHEPPARD
  Anything?

MCKAY
  We should be in sensor range…now.

[He spots something on the HUD. A Stargate.]

MCKAY
  Oh.

RONON
  What?

MCKAY
  Well, there's a space gate.

SHEPPARD
  What, now you're telling me this?

MCKAY
  Well, I didn't know! Look, the log wasn't exactly easy reading.

SHEPPARD
  All right, anything else?

MCKAY
  Yeah. I'm picking up an energy reading on the surface.

SHEPPARD
  Do you have any idea what it is?

MCKAY
  No. But there's something else…a hive ship in orbit.

[They look at it on the HUD.]

SHEPPARD
  At least we didn't miss the party.

EXT—WRAITH OUTPOST, DAY

[The outpost is nestled in a rocky outcropping.]

INT—WRAITH OUTPOST DOORWAY

[The door opens and Sheppard, Ronon, and McKay enter, weapons at ready.]

RONON
  No guards.

SHEPPARD
  They're probably not expecting any visitors.

MCKAY
  Well, what say we keep it that way?

SHEPPARD
  Which way?

[McKay checks his detector.]

MCKAY
  The energy readings are strongest over here.

INT—WRAITH OUTPOST CORRIDOR

SHEPPARD
  How big is this place?

MCKAY
  Don't worry, I've got an excellent sense of direction.

SHEPPARD
  Didn't you say you got lost in a garden maze once?

MCKAY
  I was ten! Plus…I was running from a bee.

[Sheppard spots something and signals for them to pause. Cautiously they move forward.]

INT—QUEEN THRONE CHAMBER

[The trio pause by the door and look in. A Wraith queen sits on the throne. Her eyes are closed, her body encased in a variety of tendrils that wrap around her chair.]

SHEPPARD
  What the hell is this?

MCKAY
  It's a queen.

SHEPPARD
  Nice work, Sherlock. But what's she doing?

MCKAY
  I have no idea.

RONON
  (whispering)
  Sheppard…?

[Ronon nods his head to indicate something else he's spotted. They move away. The queen remains unaware of their presence.]

INT—WRAITH OUTPOST CORRIDOR

[The trio head down another corridor. They spot a pod with something moving inside. McKay and Sheppard look disgusted at the sight.]

MCKAY
  Oh, that is just revolting.

SHEPPARD
  What is it?

[Ronon is looking at something else.]

RONON
  Hey, check this out!

[In another area, another pod is even more active. A human shape seems to be trying to break out of the mucus surrounding it.]

RONON
  (in fierce whisper)
  Hey! We got company! Go, go, move!

[The trio hide behind a corner as a Wraith and two guards arrive at the active pod.]

WRAITH
  This one is ready.

[The Atlantis trio watches as the guards work to free the humanoid figure from the pod. The Wraith reaches in and pulls out a mask, placing it on the groaning being's head. He now looks like the Wraith drones holding him, although with no armor.]

WRAITH
  Put him with the others.

[The Wraith leave.]

MCKAY
  I'm definitely going to have nightmares about that.

INT—WRAITH OUTPOST CORRIDOR

[The trio move down another corridor.]

SHEPPARD
  You think this is some kind of Wraith farm?

MCKAY
  That's what it looks like. The queen secretes genetic material which gets distributed through the structure into those pods. Presto…newborn Wraith.

SHEPPARD
  Nice.

MCKAY
  Yeah, I know, it sounds disgusting, but it actually makes sense. You got to remember, they're descended from insects, right? The thing I don't understand is…why here? We always just assumed that this took place on their hive ships, but, uh, what's so special about this place?

RONON
  I think I have an idea.

[Sheppard and McKay stop and look at where Ronon is looking transfixed. Through the doorway where Ronon stands, they see several stories all filled with pod chambers.]

MCKAY
  Oh my god! Pods! Thousands of pods!

EXT—WRAITH OUTPOST, DAY

INT—WRAITH OUTPOST MULTILEVEL POD CHAMBER

[McKay hooks his computer into a Wraith terminal in the chamber. His computer flashes through a lot of material.]

MCKAY
  I'm patched into the Wraith console. I've got internal schematics….whoa!

SHEPPARD
  What?

MCKAY
  If I'm reading this right, what we saw from the surface is just the tip of the iceberg. I mean, this thing is miles in diameter.

SHEPPARD
  Are there any other chambers like this?

MCKAY
  Over a hundred.

[McKay and Sheppard exchange worried looks.]

INT—WRAITH OUTPOST CORRIDOR

[They head down another corridor.]

MCKAY
  Well, it doesn't make any sense. There's no way a single queen could provide enough genetic material to fertilize all those pods.

RONON
  Maybe there's more than one.

MCKAY
  Queens don't work together…at least not as far as we know.

SHEPPARD
  All I know is this place was built to create some kind of a Wraith army, and we can't let that happen.

MCKAY
  You've seen how big it is. I doubt our C-4's going to make much of a dent.

RONON
  So we fire on it from orbit.

MCKAY
  Theoretically, that could work. Problem is, there's another hive ship out there. They'd be on top of us long before we'd finish the job.

SHEPPARD
  What about the power supply, huh?

MCKAY
  Maybe. I guess we can shut them down for a while.

SHEPPARD
  (nodding)
  That's a start.

[McKay pulls out his scanner.]

MCKAY
  The only problem is, these readings are coming from all around us. We're basically in the middle of a giant machine. I'm not sure I can pinpoint the source.

INT—QUEEN THRONE ROOM

[The Wraith and guards enter the chamber. The queen still sleeps.]

WRAITH
  Wake her.

[A guard activates a control. The tendrils retract into the chair and the queen opens her eyes.]

QUEEN
  (weakly)
  What has happened?

WRAITH
  You've done well. The second batch of warriors is flawless. We now have a suitable genetic template with which to proceed to the next phase.

QUEEN
  Where is the commander of the fallen hive?

WRAITH
  He's in a holding cell. He completed the recalibration that was required.

QUEEN
  I must regain my strength. Bring him to me.

WRAITH
  (hesitantly)
  His understanding of this technology is impressive. You may wish to keep him alive.

QUEEN
  (annoyed)
  You said the device was ready!

WRAITH
  It is. We are simply making final adjustments before we bring main power online.

QUEEN
  Then, he has outlived his usefulness. And I must feed…
  (standing)
  …unless you are volunteering yourself!

[The Wraith averts his eyes.]

WRAITH
  (to guard)
  Bring him!

[The queen hisses.]

INT—WRAITH HOLDING CELLS

[Todd paces in a cell as the two guards arrive and open the door.]

TODD
  I believe I'm about to receive my reward.

[The guards raise their weapons. Todd snarls.]

TODD
  So be it.

[The two guards are felled by weapon's fire from Ronon's gun. He, Sheppard, and McKay appear.]

TODD
  Sheppard! How did you find me?

SHEPPARD
  We followed them.

TODD
  You picked up my signal. I wasn't sure you'd come.

SHEPPARD
  What are friends for? Now…

[Ronon points his gun at Todd's head.]

SHEPPARD
  Tell us everything you know, or you're going to join your two friends on the floor.

[Todd looks worriedly from Sheppard to Ronon.]

EXT—SPACE

[The damaged hive ship floats in orbit over the moon.]

INT—WRAITH BRIDGE

[Teyla leans against a panel, cautiously looking at her surroundings. Lorne arrives.]

LORNE
  Hey…any word yet?

TEYLA
  No. They've not been in contact.

LORNE
  Well, I guess there's not much to do but wait, huh?

TEYLA
  Hmm.

[Lorne takes a seat beside Teyla.]

LORNE
  Listen, I never got a chance to congratulate you. That's really great. I didn't even know you were dating anyone… My sister has a couple of kids. Two boys, five and seven. I miss being around them.

TEYLA
  I'm not really sure what to expect.

LORNE
  Nobody ever is. At least, not with the first one. But you get through it. Ah, you're going to make a great mom.

TEYLA
  Thank you. I wish I could be so sure.

INT—WRAITH HOLDING CELL

TODD
  Doctor McKay is quite correct. It would be impossible for a queen to breed so many warriors all at once except by artificial means.

SHEPPARD
  What are you talking about?

TODD
  The queen creates a handful of warriors, each of which is then reproduced thousands of times over. This is a cloning facility.

MCKAY
  That's why it was key to their victory over the Ancients. We always knew they did it with greater numbers, we just never knew where they came from!

[He heads forward. With a snarl, Ronon takes his place watching the corridor.]

SHEPPARD
  Aren't there too many Wraith in the galaxy already? A couple of weeks ago, when you were fighting the Replicators, it might've made sense. But why now?

[Todd hesitates.]

RONON
  Answer the man.

TODD
  We didn't use this facility during the Replicator war because we didn't have the means to power it. The energy requirements are enormous.

MCKAY
  ZPMs. He's talking about ZPMs.

TODD
  I managed to acquire a few before the Replicator planet was destroyed.

SHEPPARD
  And I was set to feel bad about killing you.

TODD
  My intention was to create an army to wipe out the other Wraith, but I was betrayed by one of my crew. He informed another hive of my plans.

MCKAY
  The one that disabled your ship.

TODD
  (nodding)
  Hmm.

MCKAY
  This is good news, right? It means all we have to do to shut this place down is get our hands on those ZPMs.

TODD
  And I know where they are. I'm sure you haven't come all this way just to rescue me, but it would be in your best interest.

[Sheppard considers this.]

SHEPPARD
  Let's go.

[They all leave.]

INT—ATLANTIS CORRIDOR

[Todd leads them down a passageway and pauses at a corner.]

TODD
  Through there.

SHEPPARD
  (to McKay)
  We'll see if it's clear. You stay here.

[He and Ronon scout ahead.]

MCKAY
  There's one thing I don't understand: Back when you defeated the Ancients, how did you get your hands on the ZPM?

TODD
  The Lantians were powerful, but careless. Believing their ships were unbeatable, they sent them deeper and deeper into Wraith-controlled territory, trying to weed us out. It took months, but eventually, we were able to capture three of them, each one powered by a ZPM.

MCKAY
  (fascinated)
  At which point, you brought them back here.

TODD
  Within weeks, our army had grown to hundreds of times its original size. From that point on, the tide of war turned in our favor, and there was nothing the Lantians could do.

[Sheppard returns just in time to hear the end of Todd's sentence.]

SHEPPARD
  Save the history lesson for later. Let's go.

MCKAY
  Right.

[They all head down the corridor. A klaxon starts to blare.]

TODD
  They've discovered my absence!

SHEPPARD
  Well, we're going to have to move quickly.

[Guards head down a corridor, coming into a firefight with the team.]

TODD
  This way!

[Todd heads down a side corridor.]

SHEPPARD
  (to McKay)
  Go!

[McKay starts off but is struck by a Wraith stunner. Sheppard falls immediately after. Ronon tries to pull Sheppard back, but he too is struck. The Wraith scientist commander looks in shock at the unconscious humans. He snarls.]

INT—WRAITH HOLDING CELL

[McKay awakens in the cell with a wince and a groan. Sheppard and Ronon are sitting up in the same cell.]

MCKAY
  Oh, oh man! I got stunned.

SHEPPARD
  Yeah, we know, Rodney. We all did.

MCKAY
  You did? How come I'm the last one to wake up…? Hey, where's Todd?

SHEPPARD
  He escaped.

MCKAY
  That's good, isn't it? He'll come back for us. I mean, after all, we saved him.

SHEPPARD
  Something tells me we're on our own with this one.

RONON
  (looking into the corridor)
  Something tells me it's not going to matter.

[They all stand as the Wraith scientist and two Wraith guards arrive.]

WRAITH
  Open it.

[A guard opens the cell door.]

SHEPPARD
  You're letting us out, huh? It's very kind of you.

WRAITH
  Bring them.

[He leaves. Ronon is the first to go. Sheppard motions McKay to go next, then he follows.]

INT—QUEEN THRONE ROOM

[The Wraith leads the guards and prisoners into the room. The queen, still awake, sits in her throne.]

WRAITH
  The commander of the other hive escaped, but I brought you these.

[Sheppard and McKay are each held by one guard. Ronon struggles against two; Rodney grimaces as his guard squeezes his neck.]

QUEEN
  Hmm…

[The queen stands and approaches Sheppard. She runs her hand near his face, psychically forcing him to his knees.]

QUEEN
  Inform the hive. Have them begin searching the area for their ship. In the meantime, I have a few questions that need to be answered.

INT—WRAITH BRIDGE

[Lorne enters. Teyla is at the controls.]

LORNE
  What is it?

TEYLA
  I have detected a dart approaching our position.

LORNE
  Could be a scout. Have they spotted us?

TEYLA
  I don't know.

LORNE
  Have you detected any communication between the dart and the other hive?

TEYLA
  No.

LORNE
  Well, then we still have a chance. We should destroy it.

TEYLA
  Colonel Sheppard has flown a dart before.

LORNE
  He would've radioed us by now, and we can't risk sending out a signal of our own.

[Teyla moves to the weapons console.]

TEYLA
  Charging weapons.

[The screen shows a video transmission of Todd.]

TODD
  (over comm)
  Do not fire! You recognize me?

[Teyla and Lorne exchange looks.]

TEYLA
  Yes.

LORNE
  Have you seen our people?

TODD
  I have. I will tell you everything, but you must allow me on board.

EXT—SPACE

[The dart approaches the damaged hive ship for landing.]

INT—HIVE SHIP CORRIDOR

[Todd, Teyla and Lorne walk with the rest of Lorne's team as security escort.]

TEYLA
  They were captured?

TODD
  I saw them get stunned.

LORNE
  Funny how you managed to get away.

TODD
  I was lucky. If I had been captured, they would've killed me instantly.

TEYLA
  So, how do we rescue them?

TODD
  By now, they will have been brought before the queen.

LORNE
  So there's still a chance. If you fly us back down there.

TODD
  You don't understand. The hive in orbit will have detected my dart leaving the planet. They will grow suspicious and begin searching for us. Our only hope is to leave now and come again later undetected.

LORNE
  We're not going anywhere.

TODD
  There is no way to help your friends right now. You must face this.

TEYLA
  Wait. There is a chance. I have an idea.

INT—QUEEN THRONE ROOM

QUEEN
  How were you able to find this place?

[Sheppard struggles, but doesn't answer.]

QUEEN
  I don't believe that I have ever encountered such resistance from a human before.

SHEPPARD
  (struggling)
  I've had a lot of practice.

QUEEN
  Well…there is simpler way. Tell me what I want to know, or I feed on one of your friends!

[Sheppard still says nothing.]

QUEEN
  As you wish.

RONON
  If you're hungry, I'm the one you're looking for.

[One of the guards pulls Ronon's hair, bending him back.]

QUEEN
  (pointing to McKay)
  This one!

MCKAY
  Oh great. My entire life, I've never been chosen first.

[The queen forces him to his knees as she approaches.]

MCKAY
  And now fate decides to restore the balance.

[The queen looks expectantly at Sheppard. He tries to stand and attack her, but is pulled back by his guard. The queen raises her hand to feed, hissing in triumph, then suddenly she rocks on her heels, shaking her head as if dizzy. She lowers her feeding hand.]

WRAITH
  What is it? My queen?

QUEEN
  Take them back to their cell.

WRAITH
  (confused)
  I do not understand…

QUEEN
  (screeching)
  Get out!

[The prisoners are forced to their feet and dragged out of the chamber. The Wraith follows. The queen stands in place, snarling and groaning.]

INT—WRAITH BRIDGE

[Teyla sits on a platform. Lorne's team and Todd stand, watching her.]

TODD
  What did she say?

LORNE
  She's not talking to us. She's taking control of the queen's mind.

TODD
  Impossible!

LORNE
  I wouldn't be so sure about that.

INT—TEYLA/QUEEN'S MIND

QUEEN
  Who is this who dares to enter my mind?

INT—WRAITH BRIDGE

TEYLA
  Who I am does not matter. What matters is that I am stronger than you.

INT—TEYLA/QUEEN'S MIND

QUEEN
  Really?

TEYLA
  Even now I am gaining control of your body.

[The queen winces and hisses in pain.]

QUEEN
  Yes. You do have strength. I can feel it now. But even you cannot sustain this level of concentration forever.

TEYLA
  (sneering)
  I do not need forever. Now, get up!

INT—QUEEN THRONE ROOM

[The queen stands and stiffly walks out of the room.]

INT—TEYLA/QUEEN'S MIND

TEYLA
  Turn right.

INT—WRAITH CORRIDOR

[The queen turns right.]

INT—TEYLA/QUEEN'S MIND

QUEEN
  You are hiding something from me…I can sense it.

[Teyla struggles.]

QUEEN
  Of course…now I feel it. You are not working alone! There is another life…inside you. Helping you.

INT—WRAITH BRIDGE

[Teyla gasps and bends over before sitting back up. She's gasping for breath in her struggle to stay in control.]

INT—TEYLA/QUEEN'S MIND

TEYLA
  Stay away!

QUEEN
  You cannot resist me for long. Combined, your two minds are very powerful, but all I need to do is distract you for a single moment to get to the other.

[Teyla winces, but holds on, determined.]

QUEEN
  One thought…is all it will take to crush it out of existence.

[Teyla gasps in concentration.]

INT—WRAITH HOLDING CELL

[Sheppard, Ronon, and McKay are back in their cell.]

RONON
  That was just weird.

MCKAY
  "Weird?" Did you see how close I just came to becoming Wraith food? I don't think "weird" quite cuts it—like, maybe "paralyzing," or "sickening," or-or-or "heart-stopping."

RONON
  (to Sheppard)
  What do you think happened to her?

SHEPPARD
  I'm not sure.

[Outside their cell, their guards are downed by Wraith stunner blasts. The queen, still controlled by Teyla, appears, lowering her weapon.]

MCKAY
  Oh great, she's back.

[The cell door opens. The queen tosses their weapons to the floor.]

QUEEN/TEYLA
  Here are your weapons.

[They continue to stare at her in shock.]

QUEEN/TEYLA
  It's me, John.

JOHN
  Teyla?

QUEEN/TEYLA
  (weakly)
  Yes.

INT—TEYLA/QUEEN'S MIND

QUEEN
  You are weakening; I can feel it.

INT—WRAITH BRIDGE

[Teyla doubles over in pain.]

LORNE
  Teyla…? Teyla you okay?

INT—WRAITH HOLDING CELL

[The queen sways on her feet as Sheppard's team rearms themselves.]

QUEEN/TEYLA
  You must go, quickly! I don't know how much longer I can control her.

SHEPPARD
  Go. Move.

[Ronon heads out, weapon raised.]

MCKAY
  Uh, could you get her to tell us which way? 'Cause I kinda got turned around.

SHEPPARD
  (sharply)
  Just go!

[McKay follows Ronon out.]

SHEPPARD
  You can let go of her now, we're leaving.

[He starts to follow the others. Teyla, in the queen's body doubles over with a cry.]

INT—TEYLA/QUEEN'S MIND

[Teyla rocks in pain.]

QUEEN
  (triumphant)
  There it is! The other life inside you.

INT—WRAITH HOLDING CELL

[Teyla, in the queen's body, gasps as she looks over to Sheppard, who's watching her warily.]

SHEPPARD
  Teyla…? Let go.

QUEEN/TEYLA
  John…help me!

[Sheppard raises his pistol and shoots the queen several times. The weakened queen collapses.]

INT—WRAITH BRIDGE

[Teyla falls back, wheezing for breath. Lorne is instantly by her side.]

LORNE
  Teyla!

INT—WRAITH OUTPOST CORRIDOR

[Sheppard runs and joins the others.]

SHEPPARD
  Let's pull up those ZPMs and get the hell out of here.

MCKAY
  The only problem is we have no idea where they are, remember?

SHEPPARD
  We pulled up the schematics in the pod room.

MCKAY
  It didn't have any reference to ZPMs.

SHEPPARD
  Maybe you didn't look hard enough. Let's go.

INT—QUEEN THRONE ROOM

[The Wraith scientist enters and punches up controls on a side console.]

INT—WRAITH OUTPOST POD ROOM

[The team run into a pod room alcove. McKay starts grabbing for his computer.]

SHEPPARD
  Make this quick.

MCKAY
  There's a lot of data; I'm going to need a minute.

INT—QUEEN THRONE ROOM

[The Wraith looks at something on his console as a signal beeps.]

INT—WRAITH OUTPOST POD ROOM

[Machinery begins humming.]

RONON
  What was that?

[The humming grows louder.]

MCKAY
  We're too late.

[All the pods are coming to life.]

MCKAY
  They've started to clone the warriors!

SHEPPARD
  Forget that, just find the ZPMs!

MCKAY
  I'm going to need more time!

SHEPPARD
  (admonishing)
  Rodney!

MCKAY
  Look, there are hundreds of pages of information here, and it's all in Wraith!

[An alarm klaxon blares.]

RONON
  They found the queen.

SHEPPARD
  All right, I got a better idea.

MCKAY
  You do?

SHEPPARD
  Let's get out of here.

[McKay grabs his computer, and they all run out.]

INT—WRAITH BRIDGE

[Teyla rides through the pain.]

LORNE
  Teyla, are you okay?

TEYLA
  (confused)
  Major Lorne?

LORNE
  What happened?

TEYLA
  I saw them! Colonel Sheppard…Ronon…Doctor McKay.

LORNE
  Did they get away?

TEYLA
  (upset)
  The queen was…was going after my child!

LORNE
  It's okay. It's okay. Just take it easy, all right?

[Alerts sound at some of the control panels.]

TODD
  (worried)
  Major? The other hive is on its way. They've found us.

[Lorne stands. Teyla tries to compose herself, but clutches her abdomen, still in pain and looking afraid.]

INT—WRAITH OUTPOST DOOR

[The trio arrive near a guarded door.]

SHEPPARD
  (whispering)
  Isn't there another way out of here?

MCKAY
  (whispering fiercely)
  You want a different exit? It was hard enough to find this one!

[Ronon, watching their rear, looks alarmed.]

RONON
  You better make a decision fast. We've got more of them coming.

[Sheppard looks back and sees a guard patrol heading their way.]

SHEPPARD
  Oh, crap.

[He raises his P-90 and shoots the guards at the door. McKay assists while Ronon takes out the guards behind them.]

SHEPPARD
  Let's get out of here!

[The firefight continues as they rush to the exit and run outside.]

INT—WRAITH BRIDGE

[Todd works the controls.]

TODD
  The hive ship will be here momentarily. We need to leave now!

LORNE
  Not before our people get back.

TODD
  Weapons capabilities are limited at best. The hull is still severely damaged. We can't survive an attack.

TEYLA
  Colonel Sheppard will be here shortly.

TODD
  You don't know that.

TEYLA
  (insistent)
  I have seen them! They are alive, and we will wait for as long as is necessary.

[Todd spins angrily, but an alert beeps insistently before he can speak.]

LORNE
  What's that?

TODD
  The other hive. They've entered weapon's range.

[An explosion rocks the ship.]

EXT—SPACE

[The queen's hive ship fires on the damaged hive ship.]

INT—WRAITH BRIDGE

TODD
  This is foolish. They will target our hyperdrive, making it impossible to escape. We can't wait any longer.

EXT—SPACE

[The puddle jumper flies quickly away from the planet.]

INT—PUDDLE JUMPER

SHEPPARD
  (into radio)
  Teyla, Lorne, come in.

TEYLA
  (over radio)
  Colonel, where are you?

SHEPPARD
  (into radio)
  We're on our way.

INT—WRAITH BRIDGE

TEYLA
  (into radio)
  You must hurry. The other hive has found us.

SHEPPARD
  (over radio)
  Can you hold them off?

[Todd strides over to the weapons console.]

TODD
  (grumbling)
  Not for long.

EXT—SPACE

[The two hive ships engage in a firefight, the damaged one making out the worse of the pair.]

INT—PUDDLE JUMPER

SHEPPARD
  (into radio)
  Approaching dart bay.

INT—WRAITH BRIDGE

TEYLA
  (into radio)
  Acknowledged.

TODD
  They're inside.

LORNE
  (into radio)
  Colonel, request permission to jump to hyperspace immediately.

SHEPPARD
  (over radio)
  Negative. I have another idea.

INT—PUDDLE JUMPER

MCKAY
  Are you crazy?!

SHEPPARD
  We still have to destroy the cloning facility.

MCKAY
  How?! In case you hadn't noticed, we're under attack!

SHEPPARD
  I know!
  (into radio)
  Teyla, I want you to set a new course.

EXT—SPACE

[Still under fire from the other hive ship, the damaged one leaves the moon's orbit and heads towards the planet.]

INT—QUEEN THRONE ROOM

[Another Wraith, the one who served as the technician/second for Todd, enters the room.]

WRAITH TECHNICIAN
  Commander!

WRAITH
  What is it?

WRAITH TECHNICIAN
  We've just received an urgent communication from the hive. The enemy…they're headed straight for us.

[The Wraith scientist turns and stares at the messenger.]

EXT—WRAITH OUTPOST, DAY

[The damaged hive ship crashes directly into the outpost. The explosion is huge.]

INT—PUDDLE JUMPER

[Both Sheppard's and Lorne's teams watch the explosion from inside.]

MCKAY
  (shaken)
  Well, I think that should probably do the trick.

SHEPPARD
  Let's get out of here.

EXT—ATLANTIS, DUSK

INT—ATLANTIS CONTROL ROOM

[Zelenka walks with Sheppard and McKay up the steps from the gate room to the control room.]

ZELENKA
  So, what happened to the other Wraith?

SHEPPARD
  You mean Todd?

[Zelenka looks puzzled.]

MCKAY
  Don't ask.

SHEPPARD
  He took a dart.

MCKAY
  Either he escaped through the 'gate like we did, or he was captured by the other hive ship.

ZELENKA
  I can't imagine they would've given him a very warm welcome.

MCKAY
  No.

[They continue. Sheppard pauses at the top of the steps, noticing Teyla alone on the balcony.]

EXT—ATLANTIS BALCONY, DUSK

[Sheppard joins Teyla.]

SHEPPARD
  Talk to Keller?

TEYLA
  I've just come from the infirmary. Everything is fine…at least…physically.

SHEPPARD
  What does that mean?

[Teyla looks away, taking a deep breath before continuing.]

TEYLA
  I exposed my unborn child to the mind of a killer…even before he's opened his eyes on the world.

SHEPPARD
  He?

TEYLA
  (smiling)
  It's a boy.

SHEPPARD
  Really? I thought you didn't want Keller to tell you anything.

TEYLA
  (disturbed)
  She didn't.

SHEPPARD
  (nonplussed)
  Okay…

TEYLA
  (sighing)
  You were right to question my involvement in this mission. There was a time when I would've laid my life down for you, or Ronon, or Rodney without hesitation. But…I have other considerations now.

SHEPPARD
  That's understandable.

TEYLA
  (frightened)
  You have no idea how close she came to extinguishing his life. If you had hesitated…for even a moment…

[Teyla sniffs back tears. Shaking her head she steps forward and hugs Sheppard. Sheppard hesitantly hugs her back.]

FADE OUT

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