06.04 Episode 114
Airdate: June 28, 2002

A team of scientists has been working at a research station in Antarctica since the discovery of the second stargate there. After four years of study, they make an even more incredible discovery. A young woman, frozen in the Antarctic ice, appears to be perfectly preserved, and SG-1 joins the scientists to investigate. As the body is slowly defrosted, the scientists are stunned to find signs of life, and the woman miraculously revives. They name her Ayiana, and believe that she may be as much as three million years old, perhaps predating the stargate itself. In fact, she may be a living Ancient.

Ayiana cannot offer any answers to the mystery of her origins, but when the scientists on the base begin to fall ill to a mysterious disease, indications are that Ayiana may be unwittingly carrying a virus. When Dr. Woods becomes lost in a blizzard and is rescued, barely alive from severe hypothermia, Ayiana demonstrates an even more incredible ability to cure him completely through touch alone. As SG-1 also contracts the strange illness, Ayiana touches and cures each one, but her body grows weaker with each attempt until she too falls victim to the virus before she is able to heal O'Neill.

The team returns to the SGC where Ayiana grows steadily weaker and finally succumbs to the virus. She dies before she can help O'Neill, who is now critically ill, and his only hope for survival seems to be implantation by a symbiote. The Tok'ra offer the symbiote of a recently fallen comrade who carries vital information which must be passed on. They vow that the blending will be temporary since a symbiote would not remain in an unwilling host. O'Neill is presented with the only alternative that will save his life and preserve the vital information, and reluctantly he agrees to the blending.

Written by: Robert C. Cooper
Directed by: Martin Wood

Guest Starring: Venus Terzo as Dr. Francine Michaels, Bruce Harwood as Dr. Osbourne, Paul Perri as Dr. Woods, Dorian Harewood as Thoran, Ona Grauer as Ayiana, Gary Jones as Technician, Teryl Rothery as Dr. Fraiser

Reference: Ancients, Antarctica, Ayiana, Beta Stargate, Hazmat, Kanan, Francine Michaels, Dr. Osbourne, Thoran, Tok'ra, White Rock Research Station, Norman Woods