"SHADES OF GREY"
SG-1 are in the Council Chambers in front of Travell.
Your eminence, our Government has asked
us to return to Tollana to arrange formal
diplomatic relations with your people.
Consider it done. You are, after all,
the people who saved us from the Goa'uld.
Thank you, yes. Well in that spirit,
we'd like to arrange for a trade.
What would you like to trade?
I'm sorry. You know that is the one
thing we cannot give you. Tollan law
strictly forbids it.
Okay, we understand that. However in
our culture, laws can be changed when
it is deemed that the reasons for those
laws are no longer relevant.
The reasons for these laws are still
Okay. Please, if you, if you just allow
me to make our case.
I assume you want weapons technology?
One of those ion cannons would be nice.
I see. And for what will you use such
To defend ourselves against the Goa'uld.
Forgive me Colonel, but our research
shows you are far more likely to use
our technology against enemies on your
What if I gave you my word that would
Are you the commander of your entire
Then in truth, you cannot guarantee
You know what? Forget it.
We knew you wouldn't give us anything.
We're wasting a lot of time here.
No, Daniel. Let's go.
Jack walks out and the others follow him.
Sam, Daniel and Teal'c follow Jack out.
Wwwww what are you doing?
We never should have saved their technological
Jack reaches one of the weapons disablers and stops.
This is that thing that disabled our
weapons, isn't it?
As well as the Goa'uld technology.
Jack prises the cover off the wall.
Sir, isn't this against regulations?
I suppose it is Carter.
Jack takes the weapons disabler and walks off.
Kinda crossing the line...
Shut up, Daniel.
SG-1 are sat round the table except Teal'c who is standing up.
Sam handles the weapons disabler. Hammond walks in.
As you were. Sorry to keep you waiting.
So, what is this device you've brought
It's the thing the Tollan used to disable
our weapons the last time we were there.
And it really works?
Worked on us. And the Goa'uld's.
That should come in handy. Good job.
Thank you sir.
So, what did you have to promise them
in return, Dr Jackson?
Actually General, we didn't have to
promise to give them anything.
They just gave you the device as a reward
for saving them from the Goa'uld?
Actually General, the Tollan refused
to give us any technology.
Offered us a nice fruit basket though.
Well I'm confused. How did you get the
device? Major Carter?
I took it Sir.
You stole it?
I like to think of it as `borrowed',
sir. Major Carter can figure out how
to reproduce it and we'll give it back.
I can't believe what I'm hearing! You
and your team stole an alien device
from an extremely advanced culture.
They won't retaliate if that's what
you're worried about. Not their way.
This command has already been accused
of stealing from several other alien
cultures, Colonel. Until now, we've
denied it. Perhaps that was a bit premature.
Dare I ask how many other items you've
None. This is the first.
Colonel, you don't seem to understand
how serious this matter is. You and
your team have committed a court martiallable
To be fair, General, I did it. Carter
and Daniel protested. And Teal'c, well
he really didn't say anything but I
could tell he was opposed to my actions
by the way he cocked his head and sort
of raised his eyebrow.
Enough Colonel. Dr Jackson, Major Carter
and Teal'c, you will return this device
immediately to the Tollan and, hopefully,
smooth over what must be some very ruffled
Why? Our core mission is to go through
that Gate to find technologies we can
use to defend against Goa'uld incursion.
Am I right?
You are bordering on insubordination.
We do not steal from friendlies.
Well with no due respect, General, that's
just plain stupid.
And since the Pentagon won't approve
our backup programme, we have no choice..
Colonel, do not go there.
We have no choice but to take whatever
steps we need to get what we need!
As long as I am in command of the SGC
we will hold ourself to the highest
And when the Goa'uld wipe us out because
we have nothing with which to defend
ourselves, I'm sure we'll all feel great
about ourselves and our high moral standards.
Colonel O'Neill, you are out of line.
Now stand down. Colonel O'Neill, I am
hereby relieving you of your command.
You are to report to the infirmary and
stay there until I send for you.
No holding cell, sir?
That could very well be you next stop,
if you say another word, Colonel.
Now get down to the infirmary and submit
yourself for a complete examination.
Teal'c, escort him.
And Teal'c, you are no longer under
Colonel O'Neill's command. Is that understood?
Unauthorised incoming traveller. Closing
Great. Now what?
Hammond, Sam and Daniel go to the control room.
The iris closes. Soldiers move into the room.
Sam, Daniel and Hammond watch the Gate.
Travell and another Tollan walk through the iris.
Hold your fire.
They move down to the Gateroom.
Your eminence. Welcome to Earth. High
Chancellor Travell, this is General
Hammond, commander of this facility.
It's an honour to meet you.
I only wish it were under more pleasant
circumstances. We have come to retrieve
our stolen property and to tell you
all diplomatic relations with your people
will be terminated.
Of course we will return your property
to you immediately. But, please, if
you will just sit down with us and at
least talk about it.
Then you admit you have stolen from
Your Eminence, I know that you are wise
enough not to hold the actions of one
man against an entire planet.
You were there, Dr Jackson. As were
you, Major. And Teal'c. Who exactly
are you saying is responsible?
Jack is on a bed and Janet rips something of the side of his
Thanks Doc. As always, a pleasure.
Well I don't see anything immediately
wrong with you. Your blood pressure,
DRE and EEGL seem normal. It will be
a while before I get your hormone levels
and CAT scans back.
Great. Let me know what kind of wacky
alien stuff you find in there.
Jack goes to the door and Teal'c stands in his way.
I am to keep you here until General
Hammond is ready for you.
Get out of my way, Teal'c. That's an
I do not understand your behaviour,
The phone rings in the background.
Get outta my way.
Janet answers the phone.
Fraiser. Yes Sir. Colonel? General Hammond
wants to see you in his office.
Teal'c moves out of Jack's way and follows him down a corridor.
Sam is coming the other way.
Is there anything I can do?
Well Sir, with respect, you aren't exactly
acting like yourself.
No Carter. I haven't been acting like
myself since I met you. Now I'm acting
Jack walks off leaving Sam standing there.
Jack comes up the stairs on his way to Hammond's office.
Well, look who's here. Come to retrieve
your vastly superior stuff?
Travell walks past with Daniel.
You know, it'd be a lot more superior
if it wasn't so easy to steal.
Colonel O'Neill! Get in here and take
a seat. Close the door!
My God, Jack, you've really crossed
the line here.
In terms of my insubordination towards
you, your absolutely right, General.
And for that I'm truly sorry. But I
still think what I did was right.
I just met with two members of the Tollan
High Council who disagree.
So the Tollan are dictating our policies
The victims of a crime are demanding
the perpetrator be dealt with appropriately.
I'm a criminal?
What you've done here is clearly a court
martiallable offence. I have to press
Well, by all means, General, do what
you have to do.
I do have one other option I can offer
Now see, I tried that once before and
you pulled me out of it.
The offer is only on the table while
you're in this room.
All this for one little indiscretion?
Hammond opens a file.
Five counts of direct insubordination
towards superior officers and a United
States Senator. Two counts of refusal
to obey orders. Kidnapping an alien
child. Should I go on?
The proverbial straw, sir.
You got it. I'd accept the offer if
I were you Jack. Beats the hell out
of the prison time you'd get otherwise.
Then I guess I'm retiring.
Jack is sitting down playing chess with himself when the doorbell
rings. Jack gets up to answer it. It's Daniel.
What do you want?
I'm not, uh, I'm not sure, to tell you
the truth. I'm here to talk, I guess.
Jack takes a swig from his beer.
You got another one of those?
Feel like sharing?
Jack walks away leaving Daniel to come in. Daniel walks into
the lounge and Jack approaches from the kitchen.
So? How are you feeling about all this?
Yes to the beer. No to the feelings.
That's too bad because I don't really
Stop your worryin'. I'm fine.
Really? That's...that's funny because
I didn't figure you for the early retirement
type any more.
There's another reason you're angry,
Oh here we go. Pop pysch 101, right?
No. When we were in the briefing, you
said something about the Pentagon not
giving us the backup we requested. What,
uh, what were you talking about?
Hammond and I were planning a secondary
SGC base off world. It was gonna serve
as a backup in case ours was attacked.
I was gonna command.
And the Pentagon pulled the plug? So
you're acting up because you're hurt,
because you didn't get a command?
Give me a break, Daniel. Their denial
of the programme was just another indication
that they're not serious about attaining
Which you think is obtaining new weapons
But isn't our mission also about establishing
and maintaining diplomatic relations
with other cultures?
What's the point, if we don't gain anything
to help our other interests?
Well there's a lot we could learn from
people like the Tollan that has nothing
to do with technology and weapons.
Stuff that interests people like you,
Daniel. Not people like me. I want to
see tangible gains from our efforts.
And if people like the Tollan don't
want to share, we should just take.
You really believe that?
Being sweet and nice isn't gonna stop
three or four Goa'uld motherships if
they decide to come back again. I'd
rather be a thief and alive than honest
and dead. It's a cliché but there it
If you really believe that, I guess,
uh, I guess I never really knew you
Come on. You're a bright guy. You had
to sense some of this.
Daniel looks at him.
Then no. I guess you couldn't relate
to me any more than I could to you.
So this whole friendship thing we've
been working on the last few years...
Apparently not much of a foundation
Daniel picks up his coat and leaves.
Jack is again playing chess with himself but this is further
on in time. The doorbell rings again. And again. Jack gets up
to answer it. It's Harry Maybourne.
What the hell is this? A joke, Maybourne?
What are you doin' here?
Well, in a way, you invited me.
Come to gloat about my retirement, have
May I come in?
No. I'm in no way obligated to put up
with your crap any more.
I think you're gonna want to hear what
I have to offer you.
Jack moves back a step and the two officers that have come with
Maybourne move away. Maybourne steps inside the door.
May I sit down?
No. You won't be here that long. What's
Well, sufficed to say, I heard about
your little altercation with General
Sweet little grapevine we got there,
Let's just say I see at lot of paper
that goes through the mountain. I was
most interested in your passionate argument
that we shouldn't be quite so diplomatic
about acquiring the things we need.
Get to the point.
What if I told you I could offer you
a way to achieve your goals?
Yes. What if I told you I could arrange
for you to lead a team through the Gate
to acquire whatever you want, whenever
you want? For the good of this country.
If I believed you could do that, I'd
have to figure whatever you're doing
is very illegal.
What you did yesterday was very illegal,
Get out. Not interested.
Maybourne gets a card out of his wallet and leaves it on the
table next to the door.
Page me when you miss the action too
Jack shuts the door.
Teal'c walks in where Sam and Daniel are already waiting.
For what purpose were we summoned?
My guess is we're getting our fourth.
Who do you think it will be?
We'll probably get someone like Ferretti
and you'll get command.
I don't know about that. They'll probably
go with someone higher than Major.
Hammond comes down the stairs followed by Makepeace. Last seen
in Into the Fire.
As you were. Since SG-1 is considered
the flagship unit it falls on me to
assure you have the strongest possible
leadership. Therefore I'm reassigning
the most senior officer we have in the
field as your new commanding officer.
Colonel Makepeace will be joining SG-1
immediately. I hope you'll make him
Uh, sir. I don't want to seem out of
line here, but since I'm a civilian
here, I'm probably the only one who
can say this.
Spit it out Doctor.
Well no offence, but doesn't Major Carter
deserve to take charge of SG-1?
Major Carter has an exemplary record
on the team as recognised by her recent
promotion to Major. But major is a far
cry from colonel.
I understand, General.
I'm sorry, but I don't. What, uh, what
difference does it make what title she
has? The point is..
It's all right Daniel. Really.
I'm proud to join you folks. I hope
you can learn to trust my command as
much as you did Colonel O'Neill's.
I'm sure we will, sir.
I never really trusted Jack's command,
but I'm open.
That's good. Then I'll see you at our
Teal'c just walks off. Makepeace leaves and Sam and Daniel look
at each other before Sam leaves.
Jack's house. One week later.
Jack walks to his window and peeks through the blinds to see
the car containing the officers still there. He looks down and
picks up the card Maybourne left.
Jack is reading Mad magazine on the deck and listening to Leoncavallo's
`I Pagliacci', when a car pulls up. Maybourne gets out of the
car and steps up onto the deck.
What took you so long?
Frankly, I didn't think you'd get bored
so fast or I would have stayed in town.
Not quite the student of human behaviour
you thought you were?
Are you ready to go?
I have some questions.
Can't tell you much.
You expect me to jump into this operation
Are you interested in my offer or not?
Jack turns up the volume on the stereo.
Good. I want to be sure you understand
one thing, O'Neill. What I'm about to
show you is not so much `classified'
as it is `secret'. `Dangerous' would
be another word I would use.
I want you to understand that once you
see what I'm about to show you there
is no turning back. You will have the
choice to go along with it.. or disappear.
This is your last chance to back out.
Well, if you promise to cut back on
the melodrama, I'll consider crossin'
Air Force plane
So, where are we going?
Nowhere in particular. I find being
30,000 feet up greatly reduces the chances
of any effective surveillance.
Two men bring in a box. Maybourne opens it and a Goa'uld long
range communication device rises up.
Do you know what this is?
I assume it's one of those Goa'uld communication
We didn't have to negotiate for it either.
Mmm.. more of an offshoot.
Ah. That sort of says it all, doesn't
I want you to command a unit.
There are units?
Oh yes. Would you like to meet the temporary
commander of the unit I want you to
Took us a while to figure out how to
use this thing without a Goa'uld at
the controls. But good old human ingenuity
eventually won out.
An image appears on the communication ball.
Newman. I'd like you to meet Colonel
Jack O'Neill. Retired.
Colonel O'Neill, it is a pleasure Sir.
Read just about all the SG-1 mission
briefings and uh, let's just say your
file is very impressive. It'd be an
honour to serve under your command,
Hello, Newman. You look familiar.
Yes, sir. We have met briefly. In a
hangar at a Utah landing strip.
You're one of those kids we chased through
the other Stargate.
That would be me. I apologise about
having to return fire, sir.
Hm. Where are you?
He's on another planet.
Your mission, Newman?
Use whatever means necessary to acquire
goods and technology that could help
Earth in the battle against the Goa'ulds,
sir, or other unforseen aggressors.
You've seen my file, Newman. It's only
fair I know a little more about you.
Need to know, Colonel.
Well I need to know if I'm gonna command
You agree to go there and take command,
I'll give you detailed files on every
one of your people. Now how about it,
Colonel? You ready for a command where
you can finally achieve what you and
I both agree needs to be achieved to
defend this planet?
I never thought I'd agree with you about
anything, Maybourne. But yeah. I'm ready.
Makepeace is there with Hammond.
Major Carter has accepted my command
with no problem, sir. But I'm afraid
Dr Jackson and the jaffa have not.
Well maybe if you didn't think of him
as `the jaffa' it would be a good start.
There's a knock at the door.
Jack walks in.
Jack, come in. You know Colonel Makepeace.
How's the retirement going?
Uh, great. I retire, I wake up, I retire.
It's, it's a living. I'm bored out of
my skull, sir.
I'm sorry to hear that. Something I
can help you with?
Actually, there is, General.
Would you like me to leave, Jack?
I don't care.
We're not finished, Colonel Makepeace.
I'll make it fast, General. I'm hoping
you could grant me one last favour.
I want to retire offworld.
Jack, I don't know...
You remember that woman I told you about
on Edora? Laira was her name.
I promised her I'd come back some day.
I'm asking you to help me keep that
If I agree to do this, you know I can't
give you a GDO. That means you can never
return to Earth through the Gate.
I understand that, sir.
Hammond, Sam, Teal'c and Janet stand with Jack in the Gateroom.
Jack picks up his bag and walks up the ramp and we can see Daniel
in the control room.
All the Air Force personnel salute.
Jack doesn't turn around and walks through the Gate out to Edora.
Cool shot where you can see the Gateroom on one side and Edora
on the other side. Jack drops his bag and runs straight to the
DHD which looks as if it has been rewired.
Jack steps through the Stargate into a base.
Colonel O'Neill. It is an honour, Sir.
We may look a little rag-tag but I assure
you we're very good at what we do.
Which is... stealing stuff.
Well, acquiring what we need to defend
our planet, Colonel.
And you measure how good you are by
the fact that you've never been caught?
Well, and by the spoils of our missions.
Would you care to take a gander at one
of our latest acquisitions?
Sure. I'll take a gander.
This way, Sir.
A woman is in there.
What do you think, Colonel?
Just brought it back. It's an anti-gravitational
Lieutenant Clare Tobias, Sir.
Tobias. Jack O'Neill.
If it's all right, sir, I'll leave you
in the lieutenant's very capable hands.
So... tell me about this thing.
Well, it utilises superconducted gyroscopic
action to generate an anti-gravitational
You remind me of someone in my old command.
How do you know her?
She beat me out of a position in the
Oh. So, what do you do around here?
My job is to examine some of the larger
items we require. The ones that are
too big to be transported back to Earth.
See if we can backwards engineer them
and send the plans home to Colonel Maybourne.
Excuse me, sir. Colonel Maybourne would
like to talk to you.
Jack walks off with Newman.
The communication device rises.
Jack! I see you made it in one peace.
What do you think of our little operation?
It's swell, Harry.
We do what we can to make it comfortable.
I have your first mission, Colonel.
Planet PX3 595.
It's about time we got one of those
SG-9 was unable to negotiate to get
What device are we talking about?
Newman can fill you in on all the details.
Good luck, Colonel.
And Colonel, just a reminder. This isn't
the SGC. So if someone, gets in your
way, do what you have to do.
The sphere lowers and Harry disappears.
Tobias is dialling the Gate and the team is kitted up.
Okay, the mouth of the cave we're gonna
hit is about 50 metres at two o'clock
from the Gate. The primitive locals
are called Tiernods. They use them as
a place to hide from predators.
If a predator follows them into the
cave, the Tiernods use the device we're
after to vanish.
They go through the Gate.
The team enters a cave.
Newman picks it up.
You're gonna love this.
He puts it on himself and disappears. Then reappears right behind
Pretty cool, huh?
That thing looks Asgard.
It is. This is an Asgard protected planet.
Newman, Tobias and Jack are talking.
Can you imagine the ways we could use
this for black ops back on Earth?
Yep. But it's not back on Earth. You
gonna be able to backwards engineer
Don't have to. Items this small we just
send back to Earth.
Got a man on the inside, on one of the
SG teams. Colonel Maybourne tells us
where the mole's team is about to go,
we get there first, make the drop and
come back here. The mole comes in later,
retrieves the item and packs it in his
The communication sphere rises.
It's about time her got back to us.
Newman flicks a switch and Maybourne appears.
Hello, team. You get the device?
Good. I have the time and co ordinates
for the drop. Just drop and go. No contact.
I'm sending the so ordinates and time
info. Record them.
Newman records them and Maybourne disappears.
Alex? Want me to go Sir?
No. I'll go.
Yeah. Best way to understand a command
is to do every job yourself at least
That's your prerogative, Colonel.
Drop off Planet
The Gate engages. Jack comes through and goes to the DHD. He
places the device under some rocks by the DHD. We hear the chevrons
locking and the Gate engages. Jack gets up and moves off to hide.
Teal'c and Makepeace come through the Gate followed by Daniel
All right, let's make this quick. Carter,
Dr Jackson, run your tests. Let's see
if the intel was right about naqahdah
Jack gets his little telescope/binocular thing and watches Sam
walk away from the DHD. Teal'c walks up to the DHD and then walks
Drop off Planet
Some time later. Jack is still hiding and SG-1 walk back towards
the Gate. He focuses on Makepeace this time. Sam starts dialling
and Makepeace bends over to tie his shoelace. Daniel and Teal'c
are nearer the Gate and Sam moves towards them. Makepeace palms
the device when she has moved and then they all go through the
Gate. Jack moves out of his hiding place and goes to the DHD
and dials back to the rogue base. He runs through the Gate. Suddenly
an Asgard beams down and looks at the DHD. It looks like Thor.
Jack walks through the Gate.
How'd it go Sir?
Maybourne had the co ordinates right,
but his timing sucked! I just about
ran into the SG team on my way back
through the Gate.
There is a rumbling noise. Everything starts to shake.
What's goin' on?
Jack moves towards the DHD.
Sir... Sir, we do not open the Gate without
direct orders from Colonel Maybourne!
Colonel, what are you doing?
Jack pushes the centre of the DHD and the Gate engages.
Opening up some options!
He then hits Newman.
Tobias runs in.
There's an Asgard ship descending over
Rogue Base Planet
We see the Asgard ship descending and beaming items up.
What are they doing?
Taking back what's rightfully theirs,
I guess. Listen up all of you. You've
got two choices here. As soon as they
stop takin' stuff, they're gonna start
takin' people. Now you can go with the
Asgard. Or you can follow me. It's your
choice. I'll be holding the door open
so you can't go anywhere else.
Jack runs through the Gate. Tobias follows and so do the others.
Newman is the last one through the Gate.
Teal'c binds Tobias' hands together. Newman comes through last
and Jack takes his hand out of the wormhole. Makepeace moves
Get your hands together. Got you now
Good job, kids. Uh, give me one of those
things. (To Makepeace)
Jack grabs Makepeace and cuffs him.
What the hell..? What are you doing?!
That would be my job.
Jack moves to stand by Hammond.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I am pleased to
announce that you are all under arrest
for high crimes against the United States
and it's allies.
The door opens and Travell walks in.
You really blew it O'Neill.
Oh I think it came off quite nicely.
Don't you General?
Yes, I do.
You have no idea how high up this goes.
You've pissed off the wrong people.
Like the Tollan, Tok'ra, Asgard, Nox.
They refuse to give us the things we
need to defend ourselves against the
We don't need their stuff, Makepeace.
We do need them.
Get them out of here.
The rogue team are shipped out.
So, uh, just to clarify. This whole
week, beginning with the appeal we made
on Tollana, in which, I did a lot of
hard work by the way, I take it that
was all a scam?
Within the last two weeks, the Asgard
and the Tollan approached us independently
of each other with evidence we were
stealing technology from them.
We? The SGC?
Yes. The Asgard, Tollan and the Nox
were going to sever all ties with us.
But we convinced them the theft must
be the action of a rogue group from
outside the SGC.
We insisted that you apprehend them
yourselves. You have now regained our
So you set that whole thing up on Tollana
in the hopes that the mole would think
you were one of them and approach you.
And you didn't think you could trust
us to help?
We wanted to assure your reaction to
the Colonel's behaviour was as it should
be. And the Asgard insisted that Colonel
O'Neill be the only one involved.
They like me.
And now, will you come with me, Your
Travell and Hammond leave, leaving Jack with his team. He holds
his hands out.
It's good to have you back Sir.
Thank you. Um.. Daniel?
They start to walk out into the corridor.
That stuff I was talking about at my
The place was bugged. I had to keep
up the act.
It's.. I understand.
Obviously, the whole friendship thing,
the foundation, it's all solid.
Uh, obviously. You don't..
You don't have to.. No I feel kind of..
I do appreciate that you were the one
that came to see if I was okay. That..
that means something.
Uh, actually, no it doesn't.
Um, We, uh, we drew straws. I lost.
Daniel walks off. Sam shrugs and walks off. Teal'c walks past,
stops, raises his eyebrow and cocks his head. He then walks off.
Jack is left standing in the corridor.