Stargate SG-1 (1997–2007): Season 4, Episode 10 - Beneath the Surface - full transcript

The SG-1 team awake to find they have lost their memories. They believe they are workers in an underground power station. They are told that they are helping to preserve life during an ice ...


Your attention, please.

I'm pleased to report that
thanks to your hard work...

.. we have enough reserve energy to heat
the greenhouses for the next two months.

Special merit to the workers of section 23.

Let us use this, not as an excuse to work
less, but as motivation to work harder.

Our world may be covered in ice,
but one day...

.. we will reclaim our place on the surface.

It is my honour to serve.

- Kegan, how about some bread?
- Sorry, just gave away the last piece.

Oh, here we go. Every time.

- What is your problem?
- I don't have one.

And we don't have bread.

- Is there a problem here?
- Stay outta this.

- Jonah, people are waiting.
- Give her the damn bread!

- The two of you are friends, O'Neill.
- Stay out of it!

We are part of something called SG-1.
I am Teal'c. Do you not remember?

Somebody get this guy off me!

- Get him upstairs.
- We don't belong here!

You must remember! We must escape!

Brenna, it is my honour to serve.

- I don't know that man.
- I know, don't worry. He's nightsick.

Give Therra her bread.

Everyone finish and back to work.

These pumps regulate the overflow.

Sometimes they get clogged
and you have to... Carlin?

Where's he been for five days?

Recovering from nightsickness.
It's a strange thing.

There was this guy
a couple of years ago...

.. tried to smash his way
through one of those skylights.

Did he do it?

You would've known if he had.

This place would've been buried under
ice and you would've frozen to death.


Cover those valves.

What happened?

A stabiliser ruptured. They're too
corroded to take the pressure.

- There's not much we can do.
- I think there is.

An automatic relief valve on each
stabiliser could vent the excess pressure.

I've done some calculations.
If you want, I could show you.

You can come by my office later.

- You all right?
- Fine.

- That explosion...
- No, no, I'm fine, really.


Brenna wants to see me. She wants to
hear my ideas for improving the plant.

You could take a few minutes off.

Please! You work just as hard as I do.

That's different. It's called stamina.

Have a good shift.


There she goes.

Why does Brenna listen to her?

I don't know. She seems pretty smart.

She thinks she's better than the rest of us.

- They both do.
- Teal'c said we were friends.

His name's not Teal'c. It's Tor.


Sir, we're ready with
the video link to P3R- 118.

Very well.

- Administrator Calder.
- General Hammond.

I'm sorry to have to tell you this,
but oursearch has turned up nothing.

Given the hostile conditions
outside the dome,...

.. I don't see how SG-1
could've survived this long.

With respect, Administrator, I'm not
ready to give up on my people just yet.

We have specialised equipment and
teams trained for this kind of operation.

When Major Carter talked ofexploring
the glacier, I explained the danger,...

.. but Colonel O'Neill was overly confiident
that they could handle the conditions.

I appreciate your concern, but
I assure you I'll take full responsibility.

Very well.

Tell Brenna I want to see her tomorrow.

I'd like to know
how our new workers are doing.

- Go ahead.
- Go where?

- The other side.
- Carlin.

Don't listen to him.

Major, what's your status?

We've launched the UAV.
We're getting telemetry now.

But I have to tell you, sir,
it doesn't look good.

This place is pretty nasty.

What happened?

- I was injured.
- When?

Why are you speaking to me?

I just thought, uh... Since apparently we're
friends from way back, I thought that...

What is that, uh, thing on your forehead?

A birthmark.

A birthmark. You'd think
I'd remember something like that.

I don't know you.

You said you did.

- Last week, during morning...
- I wasn't here last week.

You said we were friends and we had
to escape. I want an explanation.

I said no such thing.

I'm obviously completely
wrong about that.


Don't talk to me again.

Yeah, right.

I told you to leave him alone.

He was there. You heard him.
Why would he deny that?

- Nightsickness affects your mind.
- That doesn't explain the dreams I've had.

- Something's wrong here, Kegan...
- Carlin.

It's bad enough he named you
as part of his delusion.

If people hear you talk like this,
they'll think you're nightsick.


Not that I would ever... Carlin...

No, no, no, of course not.

It's just a dream.

Why didn't the memory stamp
work on Teal'c?

I'm sure it was the creature
his species carries within them.

We've stamped him again.
This time it seems to be holding.

- What about the others?
- They're all proving excellent workers.

In fact, Therra has some very interesting
ideas for improving the plant.


The personality
we stamped Major Carter with.

We've had problems
with pressure overload.

She suggested an automated relief valve
which would relieve excess pressure.

If we didn't have to regulate
the pressure manually,...

.. it would free up workers for other tasks.

Maybe one day she could increase
productivity to the point...

.. where we don't even need workers.

What would be so wrong with that?


I'm sure they'd fit right in.

Of course, they don't even
know the city exists.

- We could tell them.
- That they've been lied to all their lives?

How would the people of the city react
when there was less to go around?

When they had to make
room for... workers?

Right now in our city we have no crime.
No unemployment.

- But...
- They're happy where they are.

That's what the stamp assures.

Do only what is necessary
to guarantee uninterrupted power.

Yes, Administrator.

Did you get a chance
to look over my plans?

- I'd like to get started right away...
- We can't do the improvements.

- But you said...
- No.

The generators would be off line too long.

If any critical systems began to freeze,
we might not get them started again.

- I agree there's some risk...
- Too much risk.

OK, well, what about my other ideas?

I'm sorry. This plant is all that stands
between us and the ice.

Uninterrupted production
is more important than efficiency.

You may return to work.

Brenna, I know you were excited
about this. What's happened?

Well, I've thought it over.

- At least let me come up with a safer...
- Therra,...

.. please leave.

It's my honour to serve.

I'm not making this up
off the top of my head.

I've got a detailed plan,
including safeguards.

- I'm sure she knows that.
- I could make a difference here.

She won't even let me.

Why don't you go back to her in a couple
of days, offer up something small?

Maybe you gotta work in to the big stuff.

How do you stay so calm?

I think in another life I've handled
dangerous explosives. I don't know.

What... What do you mean,
in another life?

I don't mean anything by it.
It's just an expression, isn't it?

- Major.
- I'm sorry, sir, there's no sign of'em.

I understand. You and your team
have been out there a long time.

No, sir. When I say there's no sign,
I mean literally not a trace.

What are you saying, Major?

I can't imagine what scientific reason
Major Carter or Dr Jackson might've had...

.. to want to check out those ice fields,
but even if they wanted to go there,...

.. there's no way
Colonel O'Neill would've let them.

According to Administrator Calder,...

.. Colonel O'Neill believed
the risk was acceptable.

I can't speak to that, sir.
I'm not a diplomat.

Off the record.

They're not out there, sir. No way.

Administrator Calder says they are.

Then I'd say he's a damn liar.

Kegan, I need to ask you something.

- How did I get here?
- You were transferred from the mines.

No. Before that.



You don't remember?

I keep thinking about it, and all
I come up with is a handful of memories.

What is this about anyway?

I'm just wondering if Jonah
and Therra were ever my friends.


- Maybe I don't recognise them because...
- Listen to me.

They are tryin' to get close to Brenna
so they can get special treatment.

- Especially Therra.
- All I'm saying...

And all I am saying: that if you're friends
of those two... you're not mine.

Pressure's too high! Pipes are hot!

This whole section's gonna blow.
Help me get him outta here!

- What's going on?
- Pressure overload.

- We've gotta fix it.
- It's too late. We have to evacuate.

- What's happening?
- If that boiler blows, so will the section.

I can shut off the main boiler here, but
somebody has to open the primary valve.


- Get these people outta here!
- Get outta here! Clear this section!


This way! Let's go!


- I must return to my duties.
- I want you to rest.

You'll stay here until I say
you're well enough to work.

As for you three, we all owe you
a debt of gratitude.

You risked your lives to save the plant.

- It is my honour to serve.
- Right.

But for your quick action,
many lives might've been lost.

- Next time will be different.
- Hopefully there won't be a next time.

- If you'd listened to me in the first place...
- Therra.

You're dismissed.

Hey, next time don't hold back.
Just, you know, speak your mind.

- She knows I'm right.
- There's something else going on.

- The big nightsick guy with the, uh...
- Tor.

He said we were part
of something called SG-1.

- Yeah, what is that?
- A team?

What kind of a name is that for a team?

I don't know. I just think I'm supposed
to be doing something... more important.

We're helping our people
survive an ice age.

- Yeah, what's more important than that?
- I don't know.

Look, I just have this feeling that all of us
are part of some... bigger, grander thing.

Well, I certainly understand
what you're talkin' about.

- You do?
- No.

Look, I don't know how to explain this,
but I had this... dream. You were in it.


There was this big, glowing puddle.

OK, just stop talking, right now.

Wait a second, Jonah.
I had the same dream.

Will you two stop talkin' like that,
for cryin' out loud?

It's an expression. Right?

Look, we can't talk right now.
Let's meet after lights out.

- So?
- So?

Did you have the same dream?

- About you?
- About the shimmering circle of water.


My dreams are about...

.. other things.

Tor said we had to escape.

He also said we had to remember.
Remember what?

I remember when I was foreman, anyone
caught doing what we're doing now...

.. had their rations cut in half for a month.

- We'll have to risk it.
- What if our memories were altered?

If that's true, then we can't
be sure of anything.

My memory's fine.

- Really?
- Yeah.

What did you do in the mines?

- I mined.
- No, what did you do?

I remember shovelling ore into a cart.


I did that a lot.

I remember a feeling
of cold and darkness.

- And that's where the two of you met?
- Yeah.



What's this important thing
we're supposed to be doing?

I told you, I don't know.

I keep trying to remember, but all
I come up with are images of this place.

But if you're right, everything
we remember about this place is a lie.

It's like a facade.

It only works if we don't dig too deep
beneath the surface, don't question it.

So that's what we have to do. We have
to question every assumption, everything.

We have to keep this to ourselves.

If the others heard us talking this way,
they'd think we were nightsick.

What if we are nightsick?

I don't think so, sir.


- What?
- You just called Jonah "sir".

Well, it's an expression.

Isn't it?

Sir? I have those medical reports
you were waiting for.

Major Griff did suffer some minor
frostbite, but the rest of his team is fine.

Thank you, Doctor.

Any word from the planet?

I spoke to Administrator Calder
about an hour ago.

He regretfully informed me that
a search of the city turned up nothing.

So that's it?

Short of going to war, all we can do
is break off diplomatic relations.

I'm not authorised to do that just yet.

I take it they have something we want.

They're quite advanced in metallurgical
and chemical technologies.

We must have something theywant
for them to propose trade.

Stargate technology. Gate addresses.

I can understand that:
they're surrounded by ice.

As far as I am concerned, they need us
a hell of a lot more than we need them.

Apparently Administrator Calder
doesn't seem to think so.

Frankly, I think he likes things
just the way they are.

Doesn't leave you with many options, sir.

No, it doesn't.

Which is why I've ordered Major Griff to
draw up a covert search- and- rescue plan.

Well, if you're looking for volunteers, sir...

Thank you, Doctor. I'll keep that in mind.

Any more dreams?

I saw the pool of light again.

Except this time we were all there.

Including Tor.

I dreamed about mining.




A lot of numbers and letters
keep popping into my mind.


.. DHD, GDO...

- Sounds like gibberish to me.
- It must mean something.

Excuse me.


That means something.

What is it?

I don't know yet.

Very impressive.

I see you made some new friends.


- Carlin...
- I'm sorry, Kegan.

I don't understand. His condition's
getting worse. Let me check his wound.

Under no circumstances
are you to remove those bandages.

Just make sure
he continues to eat and drink.

I remember something.

There's a man.

He's bald and wears a short- sleeved shirt,
and somehow he's very important to me.

I think his name is... Homer.

Doesn't ring a bell.


Just a lot of vague images.

You know, there are things
about this place that I like.


Would it mean anything if I told you
I remember something else?




I remember feeling feelings.

For me?

No, for Tor.

I don't remember much,
but I do remember that.



I'm just saying.

Well, then I feel better.

For some reason Tor seems to be having
an adverse reaction to the memory stamp.

I think he may be dying.

Workers die.

What about his friends?

I've received a report they've been
gathering together in secret.

Administrator, I think
they're starting to remember.

Their brain chemistry is different
than ours - that could be why.

- But we can restamp them.
- No.

No, I think it's time they found out
what it was like outside.

All they really did was disapprove
of our treatment of the workers.

No, no.

No, they did much more than disapprove.

They passed judgment on us, Brenna.

I'm simply doing the same.

- Yes, sir.
- Brenna...

If for some reason
you can't comply with my orders...

It's an honour to serve, Administrator.

Yes, it is.

Very impressive.

Too bad it's a lie.

I don't understand.

On the grand tour Carter saw ventilation
shafts coming out of apparently nowhere.

We checked it out.

You should have stayed with your escort.

Yeah. I can see how
you wouldn't want outsiders...

.. to know about the slave- labour force
you keep underground.

- They're merely workers.
- And what made them so worthy of that?

- Colonel...
- Administrator.

I will not recommend trade with a culture
that enslaves its own people.

I don't care what kind
of technology you have to offer.

This system of government has allowed
our culture to survive an ice age.

Tell me... what's the secret?

Starvation? Torture?


Our methods are actually quite... civilised.



In fact,...

.. I'll show you.

I think I know what's goin' on.

Jonah, Therra,
report to Brenna's quarters.

What is it? What are you doing?

I've got orders to take him
up to Brenna's room.

Put him down over there.

You're dismissed.

- What's the matter with him?
- He's dying.



I'm not sure what it means, but I think...

It's a kind of meditation.

He has to do it every day or he gets sick.


So why doesn't he do it?

- Because he can't remember.
- Colonel O'Neill is correct.

As you've begun to suspect, all of you
have had your memories altered.

You are Major Samantha Carter.

Dr Daniel Jackson,
and your friend here is named Teal'c.

Where does Homer fit in?

You were all they sent down.

At first I thought it was necessary,
to protect the city, but...

.. now things have gone too far.

You don't belong here.
You need to return to your own world.

And your memories will come back
more quickly once you get home.

- Home?
- Yes. Through there.

- Administrator Calder.
- Brenna.

I must say I'm disappointed -
but not surprised.

See, I've been watching you
grow weaker for some time now.

I've been coming to my senses.

Either way, you're no longer
of any use to me.


As for the rest of you,...

.. it's time you found out what
the surface of this planet is really like.


- You all right?
- I am.

What happened?

When I removed my bandages and
realised I was unlike the rest of you...

.. I began to remember.

I placed myself
in a deep state of kelno'reem,...

.. and my symbiote restored me to health.

Brenna should be OK
if we get her to the, uh...

- Infirmary.
- Right.

You'll never make it back to the Stargate.

We've got you as a hostage.
I don't see a problem.

- Jonah...
- Jack.

Right. We can't. We have to tell
these people what's happening.

Yep. You're right.


Can I have your attention, please?

I'd like to introduce you to someone.

This man has been keeping you
locked up down here...

.. while he and his friends
live it up up there.

- What?
- Don't listen to them! They shot Brenna!

- It's true!
- Listen to me!

There is a big, domed city up there,
full of people you serve!

They've been hiding it
from you your entire lives!

It's a lie!

He's telling the truth, Kegan.

- You can't let them get away!
- Who are you?

It's a good question.

My name is Calder.

I was a supervisor in the mines.
Before I was transferred.

Yeah, whatever.

You want proof?


No ice.

No snow.

You've accomplished nothing.

These people will never
be accepted in the city.

I think you're right about that.

That's why we're gonna
offer them a better place.

There's this nice little
tropical planet out there,...

.. where the beaches go on for ever.

This I remember clearly.

You and your people
can do your own shovelling.

You're destroying a way of life.

That's a shame.

Teal'c... wanna show these people
how to get outta here?

It hurts.

I know. Try not to move it.
We're gonna take you home with us.

Thank you.

So, Colonel.


- That bald man you remembered?
- General Hammond.


He's from Texas, you know.
It's all coming back.

Yes, sir.

"Sir. "

Let's go home.

Yes, sir.