Starbuck halts the Marines briefly at the scream.
Apollo tells Zarek that this isn't about freedom; it's about Zarek's death wish. Then the guard enters asking for Zarek. We can hear Mason screaming faintly outside, and Zarek gasps, "What the hell?" He and Apollo run out.
Upon hearing a gunshot, Starbuck decides that the prisoners are killing the hostages, and orders the Marines to move in.
A prisoner is nabbed by the Marines, and by "nabbed," I might mean "killed." I guess we'll have to wait for the whiteboard to clear that up.
Cut to Mason in a cell, screaming and clutching his very bloody ear. Though it is, unfortunately, still attached. But still, good on Cally. Zarek rushes up and asks what's going on. Mason moans about his ear, and Cally, on a cot in the cell, with blood all over her chin, sobs, "Frak you!" I adore her. She's also been shot in the gut, although she's still able to spit out some ear-bits onto the floor. Apollo grabs Zarek and says, "You said they weren't animals -- what do you call this?" Although the impact of that is somewhat lessened by the fact that I don't remember Zarek making that a big cornerstone in his arguments, honestly. Mason moans about how it's been twenty years, and waves his gun around as Apollo helpfully orders Zarek to "do something!" Zarek snaps, "You put him in a cage, you made him a monster!" No, and also no.
The Marines take out another prisoner.
Mason shrieks, "You all deserve to die!" Then he aims his gun at a sobbing Cally and adds, "You first."
Starbuck reports that she's in position.
For some reason, Apollo still thinks he can argue his way through this. He was all action-hero-guy when that was hopeless, now he's talky-meat when it's too late for that. Like I said, he's a little slow. Zarek sneers, "You reap what you sow." Mason orders Cally to look at him as he aims, and then Apollo punches the prisoner next to him, grabs a gun, and blasts Mason. Apollo turns and shoves Zarek onto his knees, the better to shoot his squishy brains.
Apollo just so happens to be neatly blocking Starbuck's shot at Zarek, so she restricts herself to whispering, "C'mon, Lee, take out the son of a bitch." Is this really a good time to make dates? Oh. "take out" with the gun. Gotcha.
Apollo aims at Zarek's nose as he asks if Zarek is still ready to leave this world. Zarek says that he is. Apollo says, "Oh." Well, not quite. He tells Zarek, "You're gonna tell your men to help us get that water off the moon. They're gonna earn their points, and they're gonna work for their freedom, and then -- then you're gonna get your elections." Zarek's a little surprised to hear that, and Apollo goes on to say, "You were right about democracy and the consent of the people. I believe in those things, and we're gonna have them. And you can have them, too. Or you can have this bullet."