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TeaserEdit

TEASER

EXT—ATLANTIS, DAY

INT—CONTROL ROOM

[McKay and Zelenka sit at separate laptop stations.]

MCKAY
  Initiating secondary diagnostics…now.

ZELENKA
  No variances.

MCKAY
  Mmm, Are you sure?

ZELENKA
  Positive.

MCKYA
  Well, check again.

ZELENKA
  Rodney, there's nothing here.

MCKAY
  Okay, just get over here and monitor power readings.

[He makes Zelenka switch places with him. Zelenka complies with long-suffering resignation. McKay studies Zelenka's computer's readings.]

MCKAY
  Huh. No variances.

ZELENKA
  (rolling his eyes)
  Hmm.

MCKAY
  Are you catching any discrepancies on your end?

ZELENKA
  Nothing.

MCKAY
  Are you sure?

ZELENKA
  (irked)
  Rodney…

MCKAY
  Okay, just…go back-go back-go back, go back, go back.

[He shoos Zelenka with his hand and makes them switch back. Sheppard enters.]

SHEPPARD
  All right, do we know what the problem is?

MCKAY
  Yeah, the 'gate's not working.

SHEPPARD
  Well, I think we figured that much last week when you broke it.

MCKAY
  (annoyed)
  I did not break the 'gate.

SHEPPARD
  It just happened to stop working around the same time you were screwing around with it.

MCKAY
  I wasn't screwing around with it! I was running a streamlining program designed to boost its operating efficiency.

SHEPPARD
  Yeah, well, good job.

[Zelenka watches the interplay with interest, stifling his expression.]

MCKAY
  It had nothing to do with why the gate malfunctioned. Look, we've been able to eliminate a number of possible reasons, including my streamlining program. And I feel confident that we're making some progress, and that things will be up and running in…

[There is a distant thump that reverberates through the room. An alarm sounds.]

MCKAY
  What is that?

TECHNICIAN
  An unidentified object has struck the city.

MCKAY
  Well, why didn't the sensors pick it up?

TECHNICIAN
  I don't know. It came in so fast.

MCKAY
  I'm getting a low-level energy signature.

ZELENKA
  What could it be?

SHEPPARD
  Let's find out.

[McKay grabs a handheld scanner as he follows Zelenka and Sheppard out of the room.]

INT—READING LIBRARY

[There is a large hole in the ceiling of the room. A security team and a scientist are already there, the scientist scanning the object that struck the room as Sheppard, McKay, and Zelenka enter. The object is about a meter in length and mostly cylindrical.]

SHEPPARD
  Any injuries?

GUARD
  No, sir.

MCKAY
  Thank god it hit the reading library, or someone really could've gotten hurt.

[McKay and Zelenka take over from the scientist.]

ZELENKA
  What is it?

MCKAY
  Well, it's obviously some kind of mobile self-contained unit—a drone, possibly a probe. It's definitely not Wraith design.

ZELENKA
  Perhaps it's Lantian. You know, a de-orbited satellite or a device on a recall directive.

MCKAY
  Yeah, maybe. It's still emanating a trace energy field.

SHEPPARD
  (leaning back)
  Oh, is it dangerous?

MCKAY
  No, it's just interesting.

[Sheppard notices a scrape marking the side.]

SHEPPARD
  Check that out.

ZELENKA
  It was damaged on re-entry, so what?

MCKAY
  (dismissively)
  Re-entry wouldn't have caused that.

[Zelenka looks from McKay to Sheppard.]

SHEPPARD
  It looks like weapons' fire. Maybe it took a hit before it came down.

MCKAY
  And yet it came out in one piece.

SHEPPARD
  Tough little bastard.

INT—CORRIDOR

[Lorne speaks to a guard, noticing Sheppard leaving. They start walking together.]

LORNE
  Colonel, do we know what it is yet?

SHEPPARD
  Looks like a probe of some kind.

LORNE
  Any idea who sent it?

SHEPPARD
  McKay and Zelenka'll figure it out.

LORNE
  Well, in the meantime, who's working on the 'gate?

SHEPPARD
  The 'gate can wait. This is more important.

LORNE
  Well, with all due respect, sir, I think they're equally important. Wouldn't it make more sense to keep Zelenka working on this mystery object and move McKay back to his 'gate diagnostics? It's already been over a week now.

SHEPPARD
  (sternly)
  Major, not being able to use the 'gate is an inconvenience. The possibility that someone may have pinpointed our location is a threat. The threat gets priority.

LORNE
  (chastised)
  Yes, sir.

[Sheppard walks off. Lorne watches him go.]

INT—MCKAY'S LAB

[McKay munches on a sandwich while studying a computer. Zelenka works on another computer. Both are hooked up to the object.]

ZELENKA
  This is pointless. Even though the object survived reentry physically intact, its internal systems are shot. These are just…incomprehensible readings.

MCKAY
  (mouth full)
  By design.

ZELENKA
  (sighing)
  There's no design here, Rodney. It's just meaningless data.

MCKAY
  (mouth full)
  Ah, but my instincts tell me that's because they're running an advanced masking system—to fool us. They're good; I'm better.

ZELENKA
  Who's "they", Rodney?

[McKay swallows, ignoring Zelenka's question.]

MCKAY
  Just, um, do me a favor. Relaunch your decrypt sweep.

[Zelenka gives McKay a look.]

MCKAY
  Humor me.

ZELENKA
  Fine.

[He starts typing. When finished, he looks at McKay.]

ZELENKA
  You realize we don't have to stand around here waiting for the results. It could take hours. Why don't we go back to the 'gate?

[McKay stares at the screen. The gibberish on the screen begins to organize into set patterns.]

MCKAY
  Hang on. It's working. I'm getting something.

[Zelenka starts typing furiously.]

MCKAY
  Hey, n-n-no, no no. Don't touch anything.

[Zelenka abruptly stops typing and looks at McKay.]

[McKay watches as the data finally organizes into set patterns and legible data. An instant later the power shuts down, shorting all the computers.]

MCKAY
  Whoa-whoa-whoa. What happened? What did you do?

ZELENKA
  (innocently)
  Nothing.

MCKAY
  I told you not to touch anything!

ZELENKA
  I didn't touch anything. The diagnostic program must've crashed.

MCKAY
  We lost all the data!

ZELENKA
  What did you see, Rodney?

MCKAY
  (looking worried)
  Nanite code. It's the Replicators.

END TEASER

EpisodeEdit

OPENING CREDITS

INT—CORRIDOR

[Sheppard walks down a corridor. McKay bursts out of a side door]

MCKAY
  It's the Replicators. They found us!

SHEPPARD
  Are you sure?

MCKAY
  That drone we recovered contained nanites.

ZELENKA
  You cannot be certain of that, Rodney. The program went down before we had a chance to retrieve any significant data.

MCKAY
  (insistently)
  I know what I saw. It was nanite code a split second before the system crashed.

ZELENKA
  (skeptically)
  I saw nothing.

MCKAY
  That's because you weren't looking.

ZELENKA
  Our laptops were feeding the same data stream. If there had been anything, I would've seen it.

MCKAY
  Well, obviously, you didn't! Otherwise, we wouldn't be having this dis—

[They hear another distant explosion.]

MCKAY
  Another one!

LORNE
  (over radio)
  Colonel Sheppard, Major Lorne here.

SHEPPARD
  (into radio)
  Go ahead, Major.

LORNE
  (over radio)
  There's been an explosion in Doctor McKay's lab. I suggest you get down here.

[The three hurry off.]

INT—MCKAY'S LAB

[They enter McKay's lab. Lorne and a team study the remains. The center table is destroyed, the central section where the object was is completely gone. The table is barely together. Charred items are scattered everywhere.]

MCKAY
  Wha…what happened?

[Sheppard picks up a piece of debris.]

SHEPPARD
  Well, either your sandwich exploded, or that mystery drone had a built in self-destruct protocol.

ZELENKA
  We must've inadvertently initiated it when we ran our analysis.

LORNE
  Sorry, Doc. At least you weren't around when it went off.

MCKAY
  (flatly)
  Lucky us.

[He stares at Zelenka.]

INT—CORRIDOR

[McKay walks with Sheppard, watching that no one in the crowded hallway overhears as he speaks.]

MCKAY
  Something's not right. That diagnostic program should never have crashed. It was perfectly capable of handling any of the data coming from the probe. And then before I get a chance to get it up and running again, what happens? The probe gets destroyed.

SHEPPARD
  What are you talking about?

MCKAY
  (sighing)
  I don't know. I just—it just feels like someone or something is working very hard to get in my way. And yes, I know what that sounds like. Just…do me a favor, keep an eye open, okay?

[Sheppard nods.]

INT—PRACTICE ROOM

[Sheppard and Ronon spar with the short bantu sticks. They come to a standoff and break apart.]

RONON
  You think he's imagining it?

SHEPPARD
  Maybe he needs a vacation.

[Ronon attacks again. He strikes a on Sheppard's back before they break apart. Sheppard grunts in pain.]

SHEPPARD
  I guess you disagree, huh?

RONON
  Eh, I don't know. It just seems like people are acting different lately.

SHEPPARD
  "Different?"

RONON
  I don't know how to explain it. They just, uh…haven't been themselves.

[Sheppard is first to attack this time. They trade several blows before breaking apart.]

RONON
  Teyla's noticed it too.

SHEPPARD
  Well, maybe everyone's getting a little stir-crazy not being able to get off-world, you know, acting a little…weird, getting a little paranoid.

RONON
  I'm not paranoid!

[He attacks, Sheppard counters, finally kicking Ronon back.]

RONON
  People have been acting weird lately.

[He comes at Sheppard again, this time catching Sheppard along the temple with his stick. Sheppard wobbles, dizzy for a moment. His forehead over his eyebrow has a long, deep gash.]

SHEPPARD
  You make a compelling argument.

RONON
  You're gonna need stitches.

[Ronon grabs a towel and hands it to Sheppard.]

RONON
  Here… Sorry.

[He smirks in a completely unapologetic way. Sheppard grunts and nods, holding the towel over the cut.]

INT—INFIRMARY

[Sheppard still holds the towel to his forehead, keeping pressure on the wound as he enters. Keller gets up from her computer.]

KELLER
  What happened?

SHEPPARD
  Well, Ronon decided to know some sense into me.

[He hops up onto a bed.]

KELLER
  Hmm. Let me take a look.

[She grabs some gloves and peers closely at his forehead. There is some dried blood over his eye, but no open wound. She smiles and shakes her head.]

KELLER
  You're fine.

SHEPPARD
  (startled)
  No stitches?

KELLER
  No. Not even a band-aid. There's nothing there.

[She hands him a small mirror for him to look for himself. Sheppard peers closely, wiping away any remaining blood.]

SHEPPARD
  Well, I'm bleeding.

KELLER
  Well, not from any head wound. It was probably Ronon's blood.

[She looks evasive.]

SHEPPARD
  No. He hit me. I was bleeding (alarmed)
  Run a scan on me.

[He heads over the scanner.]

KELLER
  (startled)
  A scan?

SHEPPARD
  If McKay is right and there were nanites in that probe, there's a good chance I got infected.

KELLER
  (nervous)
  Uh, okay. Uh, hold still.

[Sheppard lies unmoving under the scanner as it runs. Keller shifts the monitor slightly so Sheppard cannot see.]

KELLER
  No nanites. You're clean.

[Sheppard sits up, thinking carefully.]

SHEPPARD
  Run a blood test.

KELLER
  John, if you were infected with nanites, I would—

SHEPPARD
  Forget the nanites. Something like this happened to me before. I got infected with a retrovirus, and I was able to heal right away.

KELLER
  I'm sure that's not the case now, since you haven't been exposed—

SHEPPARD
  Maybe it's a relapse. I don't know.

KELLER
  I seriously doubt—

SHEPPARD
  (interrupting sharply)
  Just run…a blood test!

KELLER
  Okay.

[She goes to the cabinet to get the materials. Sheppard watches her go, biting his lip.]

INT—EMPTY ROOM

[Lorne and Keller talk in a small empty room off a quiet corridor.]

LORNE
  I thought the problem was dealt with. I destroyed the drone.

KELLER
  And made them suspicious in the process.

LORNE
  So what do you suggest we do?

KELLER
  They're still a long way from knowing the truth. For now, we just…need to be careful.

INT—CORRIDOR

[Sheppard walks down a corridor. Keller hurries to catch up, holding a folder.]

KELLER
  (brightly)
  Colonel! I got your test results back. I'm pleased to tell you you're one hundred percent bug free. No sign of the retrovirus in your system.

[Sheppard looks at the tablet computer, then hands it back, his expression sober. They begin walking again.]

KELLER
  What's the matter? I thought you'd be happy.

SHEPPARD
  All that says is my blood's clean. It doesn't explain the magical head wound.

KELLER
  Well, maybe it doesn't make sense because you're refusing to consider the only possible explanation for what happened…You made a mistake.

[Sheppard stops and turns to face her.]

SHEPPARD
  Ronon wasn't bleeding. I checked.

KELLER
  Well, maybe the blood was already on the towel, and you mistakenly transferred it to your forehead.

SHEPPARD
  (suspicious)
  Ronon saw the cut. He was the one who said I needed stitches. Unless he was wrong too?

[Keller struggles to keep a blank, pleasant demeanor.]

KELLER
  All right. Well, I'll run your blood work again, and if I still can't find anything, we'll do a complete physical.

[Sheppard watches her walk off, unhappy.]

EXT—CITY, NIGHT

INT—MCKAY'S LAB

[McKay enters his lab to find all of his teammates already there.]

MCKAY
  Hey!

RONON
  Hey.

MCKAY
  What are you all doing here? What's going on?

[Sheppard holds up a large combat knife blade and looks at McKay in a casually threatening way.]

MCKAY
  Uh…I'll be right back. I just remembered I forgot to unplug something…or-or plug it in.

[He moves to leave but Ronon pins his arms, holding him in place. Sheppard reaches out.]

MCKAY
  (panicking)
  Whoa-whoa-whoa-whoa. Wh-wh-Wait, hey, what are you doing?

[Sheppard grabs McKay's hand and holds the blade over it.]

SHEPPARD
  This may hurt a little.

MCKAY
  (terrified)
  What are you…No! Wait-wait-wait-wait-wait!

[Sheppard draws the knife across McKay's palm. McKay stifles a cry of pain as his hand begins to bleed. Ronon releases his hold on McKay.]

MCKAY
  What is the matter with you?

SHEPPARD
  Here.

[Sheppard hands McKay a white cloth. McKay obediently holds it to his injury.]

MCKAY
  Well, I'm going to need more than that. I'm gonna need disinfectant, or some stitches—

SHEPPARD
  (sternly)
  Just shut up and hold on a second.

[A frightened McKay looks from Sheppard to Ronon. After another few seconds…]

SHEPPARD
  All right. Let's take a look.

[McKay removes the cloth. His hand has no injury. Ronon rolls his eyes, unsurprised, as Sheppard and Teyla exchange knowing looks.]

MCKAY
  (shocked)
  It's gone. That's impossible. How can-how can it…?

RONON
  That's the reaction we were hoping for.

TEYLA
  If it's any consolation, I can assure you, we all underwent the same test.

MCKAY
  Test? Wh-what test? What the hell is going on here?!

SHEPPARD
  (determined)
  That's what we'd like to find out.

TEYLA
  Rodney, you're not the only one who's noticed the strange behavior of many of the people on this base. They've been acting…unusually withdrawn, even secretive.

MCKAY
  Yeah…I wasn't sure what to make of it. At first, I was ready to dismiss Zelenka's screw-up as just, uh, gross incompetence. But then, the more I thought about it, the more I thought it didn't make sense, even for him. No no. That was no accident. I mean, he crashed that diagnostic system on purpose.

SHEPPARD
  I'm assuming what happened with that drone is no accident either.

MCKAY
  But what does any of this have to do with my super-healing abilities?

SHEPPARD
  Last night, Ronon clubbed me in the head.

RONON
  (shrugging)
  By accident…sort of.

SHEPPARD
  I was cut. I went to the infirmary to have Keller check it out. By the time I got there, it was completely healed.

MCKAY
  Oh, but the last time that happened, it was the, er, the retro-virus.

SHEPPARD
  That's what I thought, so I had her run a blood test.

MCKAY
  And?

SHEPPARD
  (skeptically)
  She said she didn't find anything.

MCKAY
  (taken aback)
  What, you think she's lying?

SHEPPARD
  I don't know, but we gotta find out.

MCKAY
  Well, I can access the infirmary's database from here. I just…

[He gestures to make sure he can move now. Ronon gestures for him to go ahead. McKay goes to his computer and starts accessing files.]

MCKAY
  Okay, I'm in. Now…and…huh.

RONON
  What?

MCKAY
  Well, there's no record of any blood test. If she did one, then she didn't enter the results.

SHEPPARD
  She did a full body scan, too.

MCKAY
  There's nothing here.

TEYLA
  That's impossible. The scanner is wired directly into the computer. Results are recorded automatically.

MCKAY
  Well, that doesn't mean they can't be erased.

SHEPPARD
  All right, we need to run our own tests. Till we figure out what's going on, we can't risk trusting anyone outside this room.

TEYLA
  We have to get to the infirmary without anyone knowing.

MCKAY
  I have an idea.

INT—STAIRWELL

[Sheppard and Teyla pass personnel in the stairwell. When quasi-alone, Sheppard keys his headset.]

SHEPPARD
  (into radio)
  How's it going, Rodney?

MCKAY
  (over radio)
  I've patched into the life signs detector, but there's a problem.

SHEPPARD
  (into radio)
  What problem?

INT—MCKAY'S LAB

[McKay and Ronon sit by a computer.]

MCKAY
  (into radio)
  Just—I'm not sure. Just-just, hold on a minute.

RONON
  Looks like it's working fine to me.

MCKAY
  (caustically)
  Right. Thank you for your input.

INT—CORRIDOR

[Sheppard and Teyla pass more people.]

SHEPPARD
  (into radio)
  Is the infirmary clear?

MCKAY
  Hold on.

INT—CORRIDOR

SHEPPARD
  Rodney!

INT—MCKAY'S LAB

MCKAY
  This is bizarre. I mean, I can't get it to give me a live feed. It's like it's-it's stuck in a loop.

INT—CORRIDOR

SHEPPARD
  Well, fix it!

INT—MCKAY'S LAB

[McKay sighs and types at his computer.]

MCKAY
  Hah! All right, I got it.

[McKay's computer image changes. All the life signs disappear except for four in the central tower, two on one level, two more on a level below. McKay's jaw drops.]

MCKAY
  What the hell…?

RONON
  Well, now you broke it.

MCKAY
  (protesting)
  I didn't break it. It's working fine.

INT—CORRIDOR

[Sheppard and Teyla walk through another semi-crowded corridor.]

SHEPPARD
  Is the infirmary clear or not?

INT—MCKAY'S LAB

MCKAY
  Yeah, the infirmary, the corridors, the surrounding towers…I mean, according to this, we're the only people on the base.

INT—CORRIDOR

[Sheppard looks at the people passing them.]

SHEPPARD
  (into radio)
  How is that possible?

MCKAY
  (over radio)
  Well, offhand, I would say it's not, but right now, I am reading four life signs.

[Sheppard looks at another person walk by them and exchanges wary looks with Teyla.]

SHEPPARD
  Let's keep moving.

EXT—BALCONY, NIGHT

[Keller stands on a balcony. Lorne and Zelenka approach.]

LORNE
  We have a problem.

[Keller stares at Lorne.]

INT—INFIRMARY

[Sheppard and Teyla rush in. Teyla heads to the scanner computer as Sheppard hops on the bed.]

SHEPPARD
  All right, let's make this quick.

[Teyla starts the scan.]

INT—MCKAY'S LAB

MCKAY
  I've got something. It's another life sign. It's the outer edge of the city.

RONON
  Let's check it out. Come on.

[He slaps McKay on the shoulder and starts to leave.]

MCKAY
  Well…maybe we should…

RONON
  (calling back)
  Come on…!

[McKay follows Ronon out.]

INT—INFIRMARY

[Teyla looks disturbed by what she sees on the computer as the scan turns off.]

TEYLA
  John…?

[Sheppard joins her and stares at the screen.]

SHEPPARD
  What the hell?

TEYLA
  (in disbelief)
  Nanites.

[The screen shows nanites coursing throughout Sheppard's body. They exchange worried looks.]

INT—CORRIDOR

[Ronon and McKay exit an elevator and follow McKay's handheld scanner. They reach a narrow hallway, and McKay pauses along one wall.]

MCKAY
  There's supposed to be a room here.

[He examines the wall more closely.]

MCKAY
  There is a room here.

[He touches something that makes the doors open. ]

RONON
  Wait.

[Ronon gestures him back while he goes first, gun at ready.]

INT—HOLDING ROOM

[Lights come on in the room. Weir lies motionless on a bed.]

MCKAY
  Elizabeth!

[Ronon and McKay rush to her, pulling her into a seated position. She awakens.]

RONON
  Easy, easy.

[Weir seems as surprised to see them as they are to see her.]

MCKAY
  (stunned)
  How'd you get here?

WEIR
  Uh…I-I don't know.

KELLER
  I can answer that.

[They turn to the door. Keller has entered, smiling. With her are armed guards.]

KELLER
  This is where we made her. This is where we made you all.

[They stare at Keller in horror.]

INT—INFIRMARY

TEYLA
  (aghast)
  This explains why we could heal so rapidly. We get injured, and the nanites effect repairs.

SHEPPARD
  Yeah, we'd better tell the others.

TEYLA
  Yeah.

[They turn to go, only to find Lorne and two guards blocking their path.]

LORNE
  That won't be necessary.

SHEPPARD
  What the hell's going on?

SHEPPARD
  I'm sorry, Colonel. You're goint have to come with us.

SHEPPARD
  I don't think so.

[Sheppard's hand starts to move towards his holster. Lorne licks his lips and takes another step forward.]

LORNE
  That won't do you any good.

SHEPPARD
  I'm warning you, Major, stand down.

[Lorne takes another step.]

LORNE
  Go ahead…shoot.

[Sheppard draws his gun and fires in one swoop. He shoots Lorne in the leg. The bullet is absorbed, disappearing as nanites reform. Lorne is a human form Replicator.]

LORNE
  You see?

INT—HOLDING ROOM

MCKAY
  You're Replicators.

KELLER
  (smiling)
  That's right. Until you began making changes to our base code, we were forbidden from assuming the form of any living human. But now we can take any form we'd like.

[Keller morphs into a black haired female, then morphs back into Keller.]

MCKAY
  You couldn't have replaced everyone on the base—it's impossible!

KELLER
  Only because you believe this is the real Atlantis, and that you're the real Doctor McKay.

[Tehy all turn to McKay, who gasps in shock.]

INT—INFIRMARY

TEYLA
  So, you are saying that we are also Replicators?

LORNE
  No. You are flesh and blood, ordinary humans in every way, except that you were manufactured from the inside out by nanites, some of which remain in your system, effecting repairs as necessary.

SHEPPARD
  I'm not buying it.

LORNE
  All that you are: your thoughts, your memories, everything was taken from the real John Sheppard and his team when their minds were probed over a year ago.

INT—HOLDING ROOM

MCKAY
  Ah ha! See, now I know you're lying! Because, uh, a year ago, Carson Beckett was our chief of medicine, not Doctor Keller. In fact, she hadn't even arrived yet!

KELLER
  This scenario was updated with information obtained from the last member of your expedition to be captured by the Replicators.

[McKay and Ronon cast sidelong glances at Weir.]

KELLER
  (nodding)
  Elizabeth Weir.

EXT—REPLICATOR CITY, DAY

INT—REPLICATOR CITY BRIG

[The team and Weir are locked in a cell.]

SHEPPARD
  You sure about this?

WEIR
  Yeah. I need to see for myself.

[Sheppard unsheathes his knife and hands it to Weir. She draws it across her palm. McKay averts his eyes. The cut is made, and instantly heals.]

WEIR
  Oh my God.

RONON
  All right, we're all infected by nanites.

MCKAY
  Not infected with, constructed by.

RONON
  I don't believe it.

MCKAY
  I know it's tough to swallow, and I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around it myself, but, uh, it would explain a couple of things.

SHEPPARD
  Such as?

MCKAY
  Such as why the 'gate's not working, for one? Look, if none of this is real, this is all just a-a lab rat experiment, then it stands to reason that the 'gate's not real either.

TEYLA
  If this is not the real Atlantis, Rodney, you of all people would've noticed. The stars alone would have—

MCKAY
  (interrupting)
  The whole time the 'gate's been down, it has been solid overcast. That's over a week now. Think about it. When's the last time any of you saw stars?

[They all exchange disturbed looks.]

INT—REPLICATOR CITY CONFERENCE ROOM

[Two guards escort Weir to the conference room, standing outside as she enters. Keller waits inside.]

KELLER
  (smiling)
  Doctor Weir.

WEIR
  (cool)
  That's what you named me.

KELLER
  There's no point in calling you anything else. You're exactly like her, in every way.

WEIR
  Except that I'm not her.

KELLER
  No. The real Elizabeth Weir was killed several months ago. Part of her brain had been replaced by nanites. It was done to save her life, but…it made her dangerous. Whenever she linked with other Replicators, the…"human" part of her exerted an…"unhealthy influence". At least, that's the way Oberoth saw it.

WEIR
  (pressing)
  But you don't agree?

KELLER
  Why do you think we did all this? Your humanity is what we're interested in. Because the Ancients created us with one fatal flaw.

WEIR
  You can't ascend. That's what you're after, isn't it?

INT—REPLICATOR CITY BRIG

[The rest of the team waits in the brig.]

SHEPPARD
  All right, I know this is a lot for everyone to deal with, but we're just going to have to…suck it up and…refocus.

MCKAY
  (caustically)
  Refocus on what?

RONON
  Getting the hell out of here!

MCKAY
  So we can go where? Back to Atlantis to resume our lives? Oh yeah, I forgot. They're not ours.

RONON
  Says them.

MCKAY
  There's no point in denying the facts. They were telling the truth. We're not who we thought we were.

SHEPPARD
  Well, I may not be the original, but you're going to have a hard time convincing me that I'm not pretty damn close.

TEYLA
  Our origins do not make us any less human. Not physically, and certainly not mentally. Now while we can think for ourselves. And in my heart, there is no doubt. We must return to Atlantis.

SHEPPARD
  Okay. We go back. Take things from there.

MCKAY
  (sarcastic)
  Great. We're all in agreement. We're getting out of here. Now, all we have to do is figure out how.

INT—REPLICATOR CITY CONFERENCE ROOM

WEIR
  You're part of Niam's group.

KELLER
  Most were reprogrammed, but…some of us managed to stay hidden within the collective.

WEIR
  You think by studying us, you'll discover the secret ingredient?

KELLER
  You are all fully human. You have the same minds as your original selves—the same thoughts, the same emotions. More importantly, you have something that's always eluded us…something that kept your kind apart from the very beginning and made you special in the eyes of our creators. You would call it a "soul". It is that secret ingredient you referred to—the key to Ascension.

WEIR
  It is not something you can learn to acquire simply by studying us.

KELLER
  Why not? The human brain is just an electro-chemical machine—biologically created, but a machine nonetheless. Everything is quantifiable.

WEIR
  Oh, now you sound like Oberoth.

KELLER
  (sobering)
  The others have given up on ascension. They're destroying human populations throughout the galaxy as a tactic in their war with the Wraith. They're consumed with hatred and revenge. We believe there's another path.

WEIR
  Why are you telling me all this?

KELLER
  (smiling)
  You're open-minded, and it's important that we gauge your reactions.

WEIR
  Why?

KELLER
  So we can avoid the same mistakes next time.

[Weir has a look of shock at the implications.]

INT—REPLICATOR CITY BRIG

[Weir has rejoined the others inside the cell.]

WEIR
  They're going to wipe our memories and then start again on another planet. That probe was sent by Oberoth and the other Replicators. Our friends out there tried to destroy it, but they only managed to disable it.

MCKAY
  If that thing hadn't crashed into the city, who knows how long this could've gone on.

WEIR
  Yeah, the point is, this position's been compromised. Once the other Replicators find the city, they'll destroy it.

SHEPPARD
  Oh yeah, and us too.

TEYLA
  Is that any worse than having our memories erased and starting this whole process again?

RONON
  We've got to find a way out of here.

[Keller arrives.]

KELLER
  I'm sorry it's come to this.

WEIR
  Listen to me. You probed our minds; you know everything there is to know about us. So you should know, we will never accept this. No matter how many times you wipe our memories, we will always figure it out.

SHEPPARD
  She's right. We're genetically predisposed to being…stubborn, and really pesky.

WEIR
  You want to understand what it means to be human, right? You want to know what qualities might eventually lead to Ascension? You can start with compassion.

[Keller looks moved.]

KELLER
  I understand what you're saying. And under different circumstances, I might even agree with you. Unfortunately, it's too late.

SHEPPARD
  What are you talking about?

KELLER
  The other Replicators have found us.

EXT—REPLICATOR CITY PLANET, DAY

[A large Replicator ship flies through the sky, firing below.]

INT—REPLICATOR CITY BRIG

[Everyone can hear the percussions of the blasts.]

KELLER
  They failed to break down our mental defenses and bring us back into the collective, so now they want to destroy us.

MCKAY
  Well, you have to raise the shield.

KELLER
  We can't. Your creation required too much power, and we couldn't get our hands on multiple ZPMs without drawing too much attention.

SHEPPARD
  Let us out.

WEIR
  Your fellow Replicators are targeting human worlds. They are murdering thousands of innocent people! If you are serious about following in the footsteps of your creators, you will let us go so we can stop this!

KELLER
  (upset)
  Oberoth is too powerful.

WEIR
  If this city falls, and we're destroyed with it, this will be nothing more than a wasted opportunity…a failed experiment! You know what that feels like.

KELLER
  (soberly)
  That's what the Ancients considered us…failed experiments.

SHEPPARD
  Well, now's your chance to prove them wrong.

WEIR
  All we are asking is that you give us a chance to make a difference.

[Keller stares at them, looking uncertain.]

EXT—REPLICATOR CITY SHIP, DAY

[The city contines to be bombarded from above. The Replicator Atlantis personnel dodge for cover.]

INT—ATLANTIS CONTROL ROOM

[Keller leads the team to the control room as explosions range all around. She hands Sheppard a small tablet-style computer.]

KELLER
  Take this.

SHEPPARD
  What's this?

KELLER
  It's the core drive of a ship's tracking system. With this, you should be able to pinpoint the locations and movements of every one of Oberoth's Aurora-class vessels in this galaxy. Take this to Atlantis. It will be their best chance of stopping Oberoth. Go up to the bay. Take a jumper!

[They run up the stairs. Weir pauses.]

WEIR
  Come with us!

KELLER
  I can't. Oberoth might be able to track me. I'll only be a liability.

[Weir steps towards her. Keller raises her hand.]

KELLER
  (firmly)
  Go!

[Weir leaves.]

EXT—REPLICATOR CITY SHIP, DAY

[The Ancient city gets bombarded from above by an Aurora-class ship.]

INT—CONTROL ROOM

[Keller stands stoically by.]

EXT—REPLICATOR CITY SHIP, DAY

[The central tower of the city falls. All these events have happened just like Carter's vision with Davros in "The Seer".]

INT—PUDDLE JUMPER

[The team and Weir watch the destruction.]

MCKAY
  That's it. The city's gone.

RONON
  So now what?

SHEPPARD
  Well, we're already cloaked. All we need to do is follow the ship out into the atmosphere, and…catch a ride before it jumps into hyperspace.

TEYLA
  Catch a ride?

SHEPPARD
  Yeah…watch.

EXT—SPACE

[The Aurora-class Replicator ship leaves the ocean-filled planet.]

INT—PUDDLE JUMPER

[The puddle jumper flies close to surface of the ship.]

SHEPPARD
  Okay, redeploying drive pods.

[The HUD appears, showing the drive pods wedging the jumper between two outcroppings of the ship.]

SHEPPARD
  Okay. Nice and snug.

EXT—SPACE

[The vessel enters hyperspace with the puddle jumper on it.]

INT—PUDDLE JUMPER

[McKay snores, sound asleep from the passage of time. Ronon kicks McKay's chair to no effect. Sheppard heads to the rear compartment to join Weir.]

SHEPPARD
  You doing okay?

WEIR
  Sure, all things considered. Not bad for a dead woman.

SHEPPARD
  Everything will be fine. My guess is we're headed back to the Replicator homeworld. Once we get there, we can find a ship with a hyperdrive.

WEIR
  And go where?

SHEPPARD
  Well, obviously, we can't fly straight back to Atlantis. They'd probably take us out before we had a chance to explain, but, uh, maybe New Athos. Or we can contact them once we get there.

WEIR
  And then what? How do you think the real Sheppard's going to react when he sees you? How would you react?

[Sheppard looks disturbed.]

WEIR
  Hmm. In a way, I'm lucky. At least I know I'm the only Elizabeth Weir out there.

EXT—SPACE

[The Replicator Aurora-class ship exits hyperspace over Asuras.]

INT—PUDDLE JUMPER

[McKay is awake and studying the HUD and controls. Sheppard and Weir head to the forward compartment.]

MCKAY
  You were right. It's the Replicator home world. Looks like they've been busy.

WEIR
  What do you mean?

MCKAY
  Remember those shipyards we destroyed? That's one of them.

TEYLA
  They rebuilt it.

MCKAY
  And then some.

SHEPPARD
  Good. Then we should be able to find a ship they won't miss.

EXT—ATLANTIS, DAY

INT—ATLANTIS CONTROL ROOM

[McKay briefs Sheppard.]

MCKAY
  It's a streamlining program designed to boost its operating efficiency. Look, the 'gate will be offline for what, one hour? Two hours tops.

[The Stargate activates.]

SHEPPARD
  We expecting someone?

CHUCK
  No, sir. But, it's Major Jordan reporting in from M34-227.

SHEPPARD
  Do you have video?

CHUCK
  Yes, sir.

[Sheppard moves to the video screen. Jordan appears onscreen.]

SHEPPARD
  (into comm)
  What's the situation, Major?

JORDAN
  (over video)
  Well, sir…there's someone here who would like to have a word with you.

[Jordan steps out of the way. Weir steps into view. McKay and Sheppard stare in shock.]

SHEPPARD
  (shocked)
  Elizabeth.

WEIR
  (over video)
  Hello, John.

MCKAY
  (excited)
  Elizabeth! What happened to you? How'd you get away?

WEIR
  (over video)
  I'm not Elizabeth…well, not the Elizabeth you knew. I have all of her memories and all of her thoughts. Everything that makes her, me. But I'm a duplicate. I was created by a faction of the Replicators as a means to attaining Ascension.

[Sheppard and McKay are in shock at this revelation.]

MCKAY
  (stunned)
  You look and sound just like her.

WEIR
  (over video)
  I'm sorry, Rodney, but it's true. This group managed to isolate themselves from the others in order to pursue their study in secrecy, but they were eventually discovered and destroyed.

SHEPPARD
  (nonplussed)
  I…don't know what to say. This is all…very, uh…

WEIR
  (over video)
  Strange?

[Sheppard licks his lips and nods. Weir nods also.]

WEIR
  (over video)
  Yeah, I know. But we need to meet. We have some information that you can use against the Replicators.

SHEPPARD
  "We?"

WORMHOLE EFFECT

EXT—M34-227 TENT, DAY

[The clone Atlantis team waits. Weir leads Sheppard's team into the tent. They stare at each other.]

WEIR
  Well, I suppose introductions aren't really necessary.

[Weir joins her cloned brethren.]

SHEPPARD
  Great. The last time I came face-to-face with myself, I ended up kicking my own ass.

[Ronon strides over to face down his clone in an intimidation stare down. McKay walks toward his double.]

CLONE MCKAY
  Nice jacket!

MCKAY
  Uh, yeah, it's uh…new. We got, uh, new versions of those uniforms. The, uh, old ones used to, uh…

CLONE MCKAY
  Oh…!

CLONE MCKAY AND MCKAY
  Bunch up under the arms!

MCKAY
  Yeah.

CLONE MCKAY
  Huh.

SHEPPARD
  (to Weir)
  You said you got something for us?

CLONE SHEPPARD
  Yeah. McKay!

MCKAY AND CLONE MCKAY
  Hmm?

[Clone Sheppard glances over, nonplussed.]

CLONE SHEPPARD
  No, my McKay.

[McKay still looks over blankly while his clone gives a start of realization.]

CLONE MCKAY
  Oh! Yeah, right.

[McKay hurries over to grab the Replicator computer. Ronon smiles at his clone in a manner that's more like a snarl. His clone appears unimpressed.]

TEYLA
  What is that?

CLONE MCKAY
  This is the core drive of a Replicator ship tracking system. Once it is up and running, we'll be able to track every "Aurora class" Replicator ship in the Pegasus Galaxy.

CLONE SHEPPARD
  It's not much, but it's a start.

MCKAY
  Are you kidding? This is huge! We've got to get working on a—

MCKAY AND CLONE MCKAY
  Modification program!

CLONE MCKAY
  Reconfigure the base sequencing…

MCKAY
  Run through one of the Ancient relays so the information is…

MCKAY AND CLONE MCKAY
  Automatically adapted and outputted!

SHEPPARD
  "Outputted?" Is that even a word?

MCKAY
  Of course it is!

CLONE MCKAY
  We can't both be wrong. Look, we need to get started on this now.

CLONE SHEPPARD
  Whoa, whoa! Not so fast! Where do you plan on doing this? We're too big of a security risk to be allowed back on Atlantis.

SHEPPARD
  He's got a…I've got a point. You two are going to have to find another way to do that.

MCKAY
  It's not a problem. I'll just go back to Atlantis, and, uh, get what we need. We can, uh, do all the work right here.

CLONE MCKAY
  (excited)
  Oh, this is great! Finally, someone in whom I can have one hundred percent confidence! I cannot tell you how much I'm looking forward to working with you.

[Sheppard exchanges disturbed looks with his clone. Teyla looks disturbed as well.]

MCKAY
  And this is just the beginning.

CLONE MCKAY
  Humanity's about to benefit from one of the greatest living scientific minds…times two.

MCKAY
  (pleased)
  Can you imagine?

CLONE SHEPPARD
  I'm trying not to.

[Sheppard rolls his eyes and nods in agreement. The two McKays are giddy and oblivious as they head off to start work.]

SHEPPARD
  Oh, We appreciate all this, but the truth is, we came here for another reason. You were with the Replicators. What do you know about our Elizabeth, and are you willing to help us get her back?

[Clone Sheppard exchanges looks with his Weir.]

EXT—M34-227 FOREST, DAY

[Sheppard walks with the clone Weir through the woods.]

SHEPPARD
  You think this other Keller was telling the truth?

WEIR
  I don't know why she'd lie.

SHEPPARD
  It's kind of weird, that's all. I mean, I don't see you for all this time, and then five minutes later, I find out…

WEIR
  …that I'm dead. Hmm. Yeah. Don't worry, the moment I learned the truth, I knew there'd be no going back to the way things were. Not for me, not for any of us.

EXT—ANOTHER PART OF M34-227 FOREST, DAY

[Teyla and Ronon walk through the woods.]

RONON
  I don't like it.

TEYLA
  I know. It's odd.

RONON
  I know I'm me. So who the hell's this other guy?

TEYLA
  He is you as well.

RONON
  No. There's only one me.

TEYLA
  Apparently not.

RONON
  He's nothing but a copy then.

TEYLA
  From what I understand, even though he's not the original, he's as much Ronon Dex as you are.

RONON
  I don't like it.

[Teyla sighs.]

EXT—FIELD M34-227, DAY

[The clone Teyla and clone Ronon walk through a field near the forest.]

CLONE RONON
  I didn't really believe it…not until we got here.

CLONE TEYLA
  (despondent)
  I know. I was holding out hope as well. I thought that the Replicators had captured us, implanted the nanites, and that they were…lying to us to keep us from wanting to return.

CLONE RONON
  Yeah, well it worked. I'm not going back with them.

CLONE TEYLA
  Ronon…

CLONE RONON
  What? I've been on my own before. At least, that's how I remember it. Now I've got these nanites that'll heal me if I get injured.

CLONE TEYLA
  You are not invincible. The nanites can only do so much.

CLONE RONON
  Yeah, well, I'll take my chances.

CLONE TEYLA
  I understand your anger and your disappointment, but it makes no difference who came first. You are as much Ronon as he is.

CLONE RONON
  Oh yeah? Then why does he get my life on Atlantis while I'm treated like an outsider?

CLONE TEYLA
  (uncomfortable)
  Our circumstances are different.

CLONE RONON
  (sneering)
  You mean, we make them feel uncomfortable, so they'd rather not have us around.

CLONE TEYLA
  (bitter)
  Given our origins, they see us as a potential threat. Can you blame them?

CLONE RONON
  I guess not. I'd probably do the same. Still, that doesn't change the—

[The pair run into the original Ronon and Teyla. They stare at each other awkwardly for a few moments.]

CLONE RONON
  (loudly)
  We'll go back to the camp!

RONON
  We'll go find Sheppard and Weir.

[They part ways.]

EXT—M34-227 FOREST, DAY

[Sheppard and Weir continue to walk together.]

SHEPPARD
  Well, it's not like this hasn't happened before. The other Elizabeth got infected by those little nanite things, and we figured out how to stop them…somehow. Maybe we can do the same for you.

WEIR
  (realizing)
  So we wouldn't be a security threat.

SHEPPARD
  (awkwardly)
  You can contribute. Things'll just be…different.

[Weir sighs.]

WEIR
  That's not really the issue, John. I guess what really bothers me is just knowing that you and the others will always consider me "less" than what I really am.

[Sheppard grimaces as he looks at her.]

SHEPPARD
  That's not true.

WEIR
  Of course it is, and I don't blame you.

[Sheppard hears a rumbling sound in the distance.]

SHEPPARD
  Do you hear something?

EXT—M34-227 FOREST, TEYLA AND RONON'S POSITION, DAY

[Teyla and Ronon pause, also hearing the loud, mechanical rumbling noise.]

EXT—M34-227 FOREST, SHEPPARD AND WEIR'S POSITION, DAY

TEYLA
  (over radio)
  Colonel Sheppard, this is Teyla, please respond.

SHEPPARD
  (into radio)
  Go ahead, Teyla. What's wrong?

EXT—M34-227 FOREST, TEYLA AND RONON'S POSITION, DAY

TEYLA
  (into radio)
  The Replicators. They're here!

EXT—M34-227 FOREST, SHEPPARD AND WEIR'S POSITION, DAY

WEIR
  They managed to track the ship.

TEYLA
  (over radio)
  John do you hear me?!

SHEPPARD
  (into radio, sotto voce)
  Oh yeah, I heard you.

[Sheppard and Weir spy an Aurora class ship passing slowly by a gap in the trees.]

WEIR
  Our ship must've had a hidden subspace transponder.

SHEPPARD
  All right. Run.

[Weir runs ahead of Sheppard. Their path is blasted by drone weapons hitting and exploding around them.]

INT—TENT

[The two McKays look up from their work as they hear the distant bombing.]

MCKAY
  What was that?

[His clone goes to the tent entrance to look outside.]

EXT—M34-227 FOREST, TEYLA AND RONON'S POSITION, DAY

RONON
  That way. Come on!

[He runs towards the sounds.]

TEYLA
  Ronon, wait!

EXT—M34-227 FOREST, WEIR AND SHEPPARD'S POSITION, DAY

[Weir and Sheppard continue to run between the field and the forest. Weir is knocked down by the concussion of a blast but Sheppard helps her up. They meet up with Ronon and Teyla.]

SHEPPARD
  Where's McKay?

RONON
  He's still at the compound.

SHEPPARD
  (into radio)
  Rodney, this is Sheppard. I need you to fall back to the 'gate immediately!

JORDAN
  (over radio)
  Colonel, this is Major Jordan. The 'gate is a no-go. I repeat, the 'gate is a no-go. There's a Replicator ship in position ready to take us out the second we show ourselves.

SHEPPARD
  (into radio)
  All right, everybody fall back to the jumper. Rodney, did you hear me?

MCKAY
  (over radio)
  Yeah, I heard you. We're on our way.

[Sheppard begins to move out.]

WEIR
  John..? They're guarding the 'gate. They have us trapped. Even cloaked, if the jumper so much as rustles a bush, they will pinpoint our position and blast us out of the sky. We need a diversion.

EXT—M34-227 FOREST, DAY

[The two McKays run through the forest. They encounter the clone Teyla and clone Ronon.]

CLONE TEYLA
  What happened?

MCKAY
  It's the Replicators. Let's go.

[They all continue to head to the jumper.]

EXT—M34-227 FOREST, WEIR AND COMPANY'S POSITION, DAY

WEIR
  We'll all have a better chance this way.

SHEPPARD
  I don't want you doing this, because you feel any less, uh…

WEIR
  Human?

[Sheppard looks uncomfortable.]

WEIR
  From the beginning, we've been trying to convince ourselves that we're just like you. Not we've got a chance to prove it.

SHEPPARD
  All right. Let's go.

[They head out.]

EXT—M34-227 STARGATE AREA, DAY

[Two Replicator ships hover over the Stargate clearing. A jumper flies by, and the two ships immediately give chase. As they leave, the Stargate activates. The jumper tries to cloak, but a blast knocks out the mechanism. Another blast knocks off their port engine and the jumper spirals into a crash.]

EXT—M34-227 FOREST, DAY

[A group of Replicators walk through the forest, reaching the crashed jumper.]

INT—PUDDLE JUMPER

[They cautiously enter, seeing the bodies of Weir and Ronon. They go up to the pilot chair and pull the pilot upright. It is a Sheppard, who's conscious, the wounds on his face healing via nanites as they stare at him in puzzlement.]

CLONE SHEPPARD
  Yeah, we tricked you. But don't feel so bad. After all, we almost had ourselves convinced.

[The Replicator fires his weapon at Clone Sheppard.]

INT—ATLANTIS GATE ROOM

[Sheppard's and Jordan's teams run through the wormhole.]

SHEPPARD
  (calling out)
  Shut it down!
  (more quietly)
  No one else is coming.

[The others look crestfallen.]

INT—MCKAY'S LAB

[Zelenka and McKay work at different computer stations. The Replicator core is next to McKay's computer. Zelenka rubs his eyes.]

ZELENKA
  (sighing)
  Shall we take a break?

MCKAY
  You go ahead.

ZELENKA
  Oh, Rodney, you've been working for five hours straight. You should take a break.

MCKAY
  (focused on his work)
  Eh, I will…when I'm finished.

ZELENKA
  I know what you're trying to do.

MCKAY
  (distracted)
  And what's that?

ZELENKA
  Lose yourself in your work to avoid thinking about Elizabeth. You must realize it's only a temporary distraction.

[McKay stiffens and crosses his arms.]

MCKAY
  That's one of the perks of the job. If something terrible happens, you don't have time to dwell on it, 'cause you're too busy trying to stop the next…terrible thing from happening. Seriously, if it wasn't for the Replicators, and their…plan to wipe out every human in the galaxy, I'd be in pretty bad shape right now. No, this is Carson all over again, and I'm just not ready to deal. Not yet.

[He starts to type on his keyboard again.]

ZELENKA
  You're not the only one who misses them, Rodney. I don't suppose you want to talk about it?

MCKAY
  Eventually, but not now.

[Zelenka sighs and stands up.]

ZELENKA
  Okay. Oh, shall I get you anything?

MCKAY
  No.

[Zelenka starts to leave.]

MCKAY
  Radek…

[Zelenka pauses.]

MCKAY
  Thank you.

ZELENKA
  You're welcome, Rodney.

[He leaves McKay alone.]

EXT—ATLANTIS, NIGHT

INT—MCKAY'S LAB

[McKay continues to work in his lab alone. Sheppard enters.]

SHEPPARD
  How's it going?

MCKAY
  It's all right.

SHEPPARD
  Why don't you call it a night?

MCKAY
  No, I uh, I want to finish this. What about you? Isn't it past your bedtime?

SHEPPARD
  I approve the removal of her personal items tomorrow. Have everything shipped back to Earth. I would have done it sooner, but I actually thought we were going to…bring her back.

MCKAY
  Yeah. Me, too.

SHEPPARD
  Let me know when you get this thing working.

[He claps him on the shoulder as he starts to leave.]

MCKAY
  Will do. Oh…wait!

[He stares at the computer screen. Sheppard turns back.]

MCKAY
  Huh. If this works, we should be able to track every Aurora-class Replicator ship in the galaxy in real time.

[He types a few commands. A map of the galaxy appears on the monitor. A few red icons appear indicating ships.]

MCKAY
  Well, that's not so bad. I guess the Wraith have really taken a toll.

[Several more ships appear, each dot appearing with a beeping sound.]

MCKAY
  (nervously)
  On the other hand, my duplicate did say they were building more.

[Sheppard and McKay stare at the screen with dawning fear as more ships fill the screen.]

MCKAY
  A lot more.

FADE OUT

[More beeps sound.]

MCKAY
  Oh, crap.

END CREDITS

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