In the tool room, Tyrol tells Boomer that they can't find any clues as to who planted the explosives from the last episode. Boomer gets panicky again, and Tyrol gives her a comforting hug and kiss. And then Tigh enters, asking to speak to Boomer. Tyrol makes himself scarce. Tigh asks whether Boomer think she's fooled anyone, and the room is filled with dramatic irony as Tigh says, "I know. The old man knows. Hell, the whole ship knows about you and the Chief." He orders her to end the relationship with Tyrol. "We're at war, this is a combat unit, and you're his superior officer." Boomer nods, and then Tigh is called to CIC. Which I'm bound to type as "C&C" eventually, so watch for that.
CIC. Zarek is broadcasting his demands. He wants the Prez and her staff to resign, and for the fleet to hold elections. Zarek says, "These demands are made not for me, or for the former slaves held on this ship, but for you, the people, the survivors of the holocaust, and the children of humanity's future. I am Tom Zarek, and this is the first day of the new era." He is the lone locust of the apocalypse! Think of him when you look to the night sky! Oh, come on. You were thinking it. Weren't you?
Commercials. I don't know why the Sci-Fi channel has a bad rep when it brings us quality films like Chupacabra: Dark Seas. I mean, come on. It's a story that needs to be told. Hey, did you see that one about the giant snakehead fish roaming the inaccessible wilderness of Maryland? That was genius.
When we return, Adama tells the Prez that they've jammed any further transmissions from the prison ship. The Prez rightly notes, "A little bit late for that." Adama's all "nobody's gonna listen to the crazy terrorist," and the Prez is all, "we're so screwed," and it's nice, because I believe that's how they'd react. The Prez notes that Zarek spent "twenty years in prison over a matter of principle," and points out that there are already riots over the water shortage. Once again, I feel like that should be a bigger factor in this episode. Are the soldiers suppressing the riots? Is it up to each ship to cope? The Prez asks, "When are you going in?" Adama says he thought the Prez would want to talk to Zarek, but she pffts, "There's nothing to talk about. What he wants, I can't give him." Adama finally says that he's not ready to go in, and asks the Prez to stall for him. The Prez grumps that this is playing into Zarek's hands: "He wants to be recognized. He wants his crimes validated." I just adore Mary McDonnell. Not for anything in particular here, but just in general. The Prez adds that her predecessor offered Zarek a full pardon if he'd renounce violence as a means of political change, and Zarek refused. She says there will be no deals. Adama says, "I'll let you know what happens." Well, duh. He hangs up and turns to listen in as Starbuck details her plan to Tigh.