Stargate SG-1 (1997–2007): Season 2, Episode 17 - Holiday - full transcript

The next planet visited by SG-1 holds an unusual surprise: the only person by its star-gate is an old, sick man, known to Teal'c as Machello, since decades a famous adversary of the goa'uld, who even developed his own technology to fight them, was captured and tortured but escaped. He joins them to earth, but Daniel, who touched his recording device, wakes up in the dying body of Machello, which is only discovered after the alien walked of, given a clean bill of health by Dr. Fraiser, in Daniel's body, determined to enjoy life as an earthling, teaming up with homeless Fred, which soon turns bad... While Machello is searched, the others travel back to retrieve the device, but in the process Jack and Teal'c get body-switched too, and Sam fails to figure out on her own how to reverse it...

Looks like somebody's closed up
for the winter, hm?


Is this Goa'uld technology?

These devices are unfamiliar to me.

Oh, this is interesting.

- I wonder what's in there.
- I am in there.

I am unarmed.

Who are you?

You are called Machello, are you not?

Do I know you?

You do not.
But I have seen images of you.

Though your face had not seen
as many years, it was you.

Since before I was born, this man has
been a fugitive from the System Lords.

One of my first assignments as first
prime of Apophis was to hunt this man.

What did he do?

He was developing advanced technology
to battle the Goa'uld.

He was captured and tortured.

The System Lords marked him
to become a Goa'uld host,... his knowledge could be retained.

Before the implantation ceremony,
he killed some Jaffa and escaped.

He did that?

I am not this person you speak of.
You are mistaken.

Um, you don't have to be afraid.

We're not Goa'ulds.

We're not?

Of course we are not!

But if we are not Goa'ulds,...

...who are we?

Well, I'm... I'm Daniel Jackson
from the planet Earth.


Yes, that's right!

I am Daniel Jackson
from the planet Earth.

Pleased to meet you.

No, I'm... I'm... I'm Daniel Jackson.

No, I am Daniel Jackson.

Uh, these are very interesting machines.

Are they inventions to fight the Goa'uld?

Yes! Inventions to fight the Goa'uld.

Well, do you... do you... Do you think
you could show us how they work?

Are we sure we are not Goa'uld?



You! Here, quickly!

Inventions to fight the Goa'uld.


I'm fine.

I think.

Are you all right, sir?

He's got a faint pulse.

All right, Carter. Dial us out of here.

Teal'c, grab the gentleman.
Let's take him back to the base.

Yes, sir.

Well, everything seems fine.

Yeah. All your numbers are normal.

Good. I feel fine.

Yeah? You just seem a little out of it,
Daniel. Is something bothering you?


I'm just...


That's not unusual for someone who just
received a high-voltage electric shock.

Any idea what that machine does?

OK. Well, if you are not back to normal
in a couple of days, you let me know.

Uh, wait a minute...

I don't want you driving
for a couple of days.

- All right.
- OK.

How is he?

Not good.

He has severe scar tissue
all over his body.

Looks like he was burned or electrocuted.

My guess is he was tortured.

He's not gonna live much longer, is he?

I don't think so.

Let's continue without Dr. Jackson.
Captain Carter, brief us about the device.

Yes, sir. I believe it's some sort of
database for all of Machello's inventions.

The symbols are like icons
on a computer.

When I press one, a schematic diagram
appears with notes on the side.

- Any idea what any of it is?
- Well, sir, that's the problem.

It's not in any dialect that I understand.

I was hoping Daniel or Teal'c
could shed some light on them.

I do not recognise them.

I apologise.

How are you, Dr. Jackson?


Dr. Fraiser says it'll wear off in a few days.

I'll be fine.

Daniel, do you recognise
any of these symbols?


Keep trying, people.
This could be some valuable technology.

- Dismissed.
- General.

Dr. Fraiser thought
I should go home... get some rest.

- Take a day.
- Thank you.

Thank you. I'll be fine from here.

Yes, sir.

- You called, sir?
- Jack, Sam, Teal'c.


How does this gentleman
know our names?

As I've been trying to tell the General
and the good doctor here,...

...I am not Machello.

I am Daniel Jackson.

Oh, here we go.

I realise what I look like,...

...but I'm telling you...

...that machine somehow switched us.

He, uh, knows a lot about Daniel.

Ask me anything.

Something only Daniel would know.


Who's Cassandra?

She's a 12-year-old girl...

...we found abandoned on...



...987. Yeah.

All right. Lucky guess.

Where was the Stargate found?

At a dig in Giza.

All right. Describe for me...

...the dress your sister wore last week
when I took her out.

I don't have a sister, Jack.

And if I did I wouldn't let you near her.


Let's assume for a moment
that you are Daniel Jackson.

Then who the hell
did we just send home?

Hello, friend.

I am new to this area. I would like
to learn about your culture and customs.

Will you teach me?

Do you not understand me?

- Spare any change, please?
- Why does no one answer me?

Cos you're strange.

Am I?

Tell me how I am strange.

You can't be just walking up to people
you don't know on the street...

...and talkin' all weird like that,
askin' for stuff.

- Isn't that what you are doing?
- Well, yeah... but...

Then you must be strange as well.

I've been called worse.

Sure. I'm strange, too.

- I am called Machello.
- I'm Fred.

Let us feast together, Fred,...

...and celebrate our strangeness
and... new-found friendship.

- On you?
- If that is the custom.

We will feast... on me.

Dr. Fraiser?

Medically speaking, he is an elderly man
suffering from acute pulmonary damage,..

...with the conscious awareness
and memory of Daniel Jackson.


I can't tell you the method used to do it,...

...but our personality,
our memory, our conscious selves...

...are derived from unique networks
of neurons in the cerebraI cortex.

Somehow Daniel's networks
were remapped on to the old man's... that alien device.

- So this could be a one-way deal, right?
- I'm not following, sir.

We don't know that it went both ways.
Daniel could still be... Daniel.

His doorman said
he never came into the building.

There you go. Let's find him.

What if he isn't Daniel?

We're going to
have to prepare for that possibility.

Dr. Fraiser?

Sir, this problem is beyond my expertise.

Uh, I'm gonna have to consult with
some neurospecialists, sir.

- Do it.
- General!

Wouldn't it be a little easier
if we just went back, got this... machine,...

...tried to slam it into reverse.

All right, Colonel. Retrieve it.

But consider that device
hazardous material. Prepare yourself.

Yes, sir.

I'll check Machello's room.
He may have electronic books I can read.

All right.

Uh, Captain, maybe you shouldn't
touch anything in there.

I'll be careful, sir.

All right.
Let me get mine on first here.

All right. On three.

One... two...



Sorry. Uh, I think I know
how Machello has lived so long.

I think this is some sort of medical device.

There's all sorts of tubes
that look like they're for life support.

But Machello was conscious.

Maybe it's triggered to deactivate
when someone comes through the gate.

So we can place Daniel in the hibernation
chamber so his body can be maintained.

Yeah, possibly. If I can figure out
how to get it to work again.

How long, Captain?

I don't know, sir. I might not be able
to figure it out at all.

Well, then, let's just get this thing
back to Earth. Might be all we need.

On three.

One, two, three.


- How did it go, Colonel?
- It did not go well, General Hammond.

You think

This is indeed uncomfortable.

How d'you think I feel, Teal'c?
I've got a snake in my gut!

You've got a comfortable, normal body.

It is normal to you, O'Neill.

Having a symbiote within is normal to me.

Yeah, well, whatever. It's bad, OK?


- Have they located Dr. Jackson?
- No, they're still looking.

Good news is I found the switching
device on Machello's computer,...

...but the notations
are in that strange dialect.

You know, when you think about it, it's
actually a good thing that this happened.

I can experiment with you two...

...and when we find Daniel - Machello -
we can reverse the process,...

...assuming, of course, it's reversible.

Captain, can we just get on with this?

Right. Well, I couldn't find
any buttons or switches,..., unless I've missed something,
it must be triggered by the handles.

I think that we should try
different ways of grasping the handles.

First, try grasping it normally -
the same way you did before.

Nope. I still got Junior.

All right. Uh...

All right, maybe there's an "in"
and an "out" handle. Switch sides.

We did not make progress.

OK. Um...

Maybe it has something to do with
the order in which you grab... the handles.

I'm not feeling so hot.

What are you feeling, O'Neill?

All of a sudden,
Junior's moving around a lot in there.

This likely means my body contracted
an illness my symbiote must repair.



It is common.
The symbiote will remedy the problem.

OK. When?

It can only accomplish its work if you put
your body into a state of kelno'reem.

Translation, Teal'c?

Similar to a state of hibernation.

- Meditation?
- Perhaps.

But I sense much deeper
than that of any human meditation.

It is imperative that you do this, O'Neill.

Or my body will be as if
it has no immune system.


Tell me what to do.

You don't look so good.

I mean I don't look so good.

You will become increasingly ill,... long as my symbiote
does not have the opportunity... make the necessary repair.

So you're telling me
this is just gonna get worse?

If you do not perform kelno'reem,... could lead to my death.

Rather... your death.

What do I do?

Please... be seated.

- Can I help you?
- Hello. This is Fred. I am Machello.

We wish to feast on me.

In fact, let everyone here feast on me!

You celebrating something?

Indeed we are.



- But I'm going to need a credit card.
- A credit card...?

Where would I find such a card?

Usually in your wallet.

Will one of these cards do?


You are one of the most enchanting
women I have seen in my lifetime.

I would be honoured by a kiss.

Yeah, I bet you would.

Very good, O'Neill.

It is?

I'm not feeling any better.

You have not yet reached kelno'reem.

So how do I do it?



You must imagine
the centre of your mind, and focus.

Allow it to take you into a waking sleep.

There you will dream.

When you do so,
it will be in harmony with the symbiote.

Your subconscious minds will be as one.

At that moment,... will have achieved...

.. kelno'reem.

Here the symbiote
will receive information...

...necessary to repair your sickness.

It's useless.

No, it's not. You've already figured out
it's a mixture of ancient Latin and Greek.

- We're getting closer.
- That's obvious because of the forms.

The alphabets may be the same,
but it's an entirely original language.

There's no sentence structure, no...

Take it easy.

His blood pressure's going up.

He's not responding.

Get a CT and check for haemorrhage,
and get a respirator ready just in case.


He's not responsive.

He's in a coma.

Dig in, Machello, before the hot fudge
melts all the ice cream.

So, uh... I get the feeling
you fought in the Gulf. Am I right?


But I was a soldier.

I fought many battles.

I was captured and tortured.

That explains a lot.

I continued to fight,
and lost all that I loved and cared for.

But I knew I could not surrender.

For you.

If it were not for me,
you would all be conquered by now.

By who? Saddam?

He is not a System Lord
I am familiar with.

But several others
would have wiped you out.

Whatever you say, man.

But I do not wish to fight any longer.

From now on I only want to eat burgers
and French fries and ice-cream sundaes.

And I want to be
with good people like you, Fred.

All good things come to an end, Machello.

Oh, no, my friend.

Only evil things must come to an end.

For good things, such as ourselves,... is possible to go on for ever.





What are you doing?

If I am to remain in this body,
I must shave my head.

You're making a joke, right?

I am not joking.

Teal'c, you will not shave my head!

It is presently my head, O'Neill.

Teal'c, this is temporary.

And if it is not?

Just give 'em a chance to find Daniel, OK?

Teal'c, I'm going to see
General Hammond.

Promise me you won't touch the head
until I get back.

Sir, I feel like I need to be involved
in finding Daniel.

We may have him soon. Daniel's
credit card was just used in a local diner.

- Request permission to go there, sir.
- Denied.

You'll remain here until they bring him in.

Be patient, Colonel.

I can't be patient, sir.

Daniel is dying.

I'd rather we get to Machello than risk
some yahoo civvy officer shooting him.

Much as I'd like to,...'re not exactly yourself.

Request denied.

It has been a lifetime since
I've enjoyed such companionship, Fred.

It has been a lifetime since
I've enjoyed such companionship, Fred.

- I have truly enjoyed it.
- Likewise.

How does one court a wife, Fred?

Usually with lots of time, energy,
and those credit cards.


- Let us begin now.
- Hold it there, buddy.

I will not go back. It is impossible.

Put your hands behind your head.

Do it, Machello.
You don't know these cops like me.

Wait! Wait! Wait! Don't shoot him, man!

He's a hero!

Oh, don't hurt him.

You were right, Fred.
All good things do come to an end.

Come on, Daniel.

They found the guy. They're bringing
him in. You have to wake up.


You can't die on me now.


...nice to know you don't just
like me for my looks.



Well, it is good to have you back,
Dr. Jackson.

You have impeccable timing.

Sam, they're on their way in.
We should get that machine in here.

Reverse what you've done to my people.

I cannot do what is impossible.

Then you won't cooperate?

On the contrary, I am telling you the truth.

- It is not possible.
- Why not?

In simplest terms, the device retains
a memory of every transference.

For the very reason you are asking me,...

...I designed it so that it encrypts
the transference, blocking any reversaI.

Then reprogramme it so it will unblock it.

You do not have
the necessary technology.

Even if I wanted to change it,...

...I could not.

- Thank you for coming.
- Hope you like the scenery.

It's your only view for the rest of your life.

Yes. That is why I called you.

I thought perhaps I might be able
to negotiate for better accommodations.

We're listening.

First, let me apologise for the unfortunate
transference of the colonel and the Jaffa.

Just get to the point.

The symbols you've no doubt
tried to decipher are unique.

In form, they're similar to my language,
but they're actually a code I devised... case my work
came into enemy hands.

We're not your enemy.
If anything, we're allies.

That is why I will teach
Captain Carter that code.

With my knowledge,...

...not only will you be able to
defend yourselves against the Goa'uld,... will in fact be able to defeat them.

And our cost for this knowledge?

My freedom, of course.

- And Dr. Jackson?
- He is not an issue.

Not an issue?!

We're talking about a friend's life.

Your friend was my solution
to hiding my face permanently.

Consider him a casualty of war.

I am offering you
the salvation of your planet.

Is this not worth more than
the life of one archaeologist?

I don't know about
the customs of your planet,...

...but here on Earth
the value of a life is priceless.

I want you to get to know your casualty.

I believe you two have met.

Well, from what I can see,
you're looking... good.

What would you like me to say?

I am sorry?

That I wish I could undo it?

I do not.



Because I earned it.

That is why.

I earned it because I sacrificed my life
for you and your people.

The least you could do
was compensate me with another.

What right do you have
to judge the value of my life?

I have suffered more than anyone
should suffer in a lifetime.

For 50 years I fought against the Goa'uld.

Then I was betrayed by my wife,...

...whom they secretly turned into a host.

So was mine.

She is still with them.

At least you still have a planet...

...and friends.

Two billion of my people died
rather than surrender me to the Goa'uld.

You have made great sacrifices.

We owe you... gratitude.

But still it does not give you the right
to take another's life.

If you had the technology,
you would do the same.

No, I wouldn't,...

...because then I would become
no better than the Goa'uld.

I am not a Goa'uld!

I hate the Goa'uld.

The Goa'uld use hosts because
they think they are better than humans.

Because they believe they deserve it.

You're a Goa'uld, Machello.

I am nothing but a host to you.

I am not a Goa'uld.

My wife is still alive.

There's a chance I could still save her.

You are stealing that chance.

Even if you still had this body,... will never find her.

I will find her...

I will find...

He's in defib!

Prepare the paddles!

Come on, Daniel.

Wait a minute. I've got a heartbeat,
but I don't know for how long.

Give me one miI epi!

If I could trade places
with him again, I would,...

...but unfortunately
I am the only one who cannot.

Wait a minute.
You're the only one who can't?


Get Colonel O'Neill and Teal'c.

- What's going on, Captain?
- I may have a solution to this mess.


Whatever you're gonna do, do it fast.

All right. It's a little complicated,
so I need you to do exactly as I say.

We're gonna have to play
a little musical chairs with your bodies.

First, Colonel,
you and Machello must switch.

Trust me, Colonel.


I'm here.

How do you feel physically?


The transference was successful.
Physically we are fine.

- Please continue, Captain.
- All right.

Now you and Daniel should switch.


What a dream!

What happened?

I don't have time to explain right now,
Daniel. Just bear with me.


Danny boy?


I wish I had time
to teach you the symbols.

In your hands my inventions
could fight the Goa'uld.

It's all right. I'll figure it out. Please.

I am myself again.

Thank you, Captain Carter.

Any time.

Our turn.

Yes! Yes!

Shave my head?!


I'm back.

He's conscious again.

Thank you...

...for my holiday.

Welcome back, SG-1.