Felix: You are charged with treason...
Bill: By who?
Felix: ...desertion, with giving comfort and aid to...
Bill: This is a joke.
Felix: And you will answer for these crimes...
Bill: Aid and comfort? Oh yeah. I did bathe and wash them. Made their meals. I love the enemy.
That was the whole of her sermon. Only connect the prose and the passion, and both will be exalted, and human love will be seen at its height. Live in fragments no longer.
Only connect, and the beast and the monk, robbed of the isolation that is life to either, will die.
Romo asks for a private talk with Bill, since he's doing a really good job of ruining the whole fake tea party, and Felix begs them all with his eyes to pretend it's real. To get from where he is to where Zarek wants him to be, without any more blood on his hands. Without the leg itching more than it does. He begins to weep, but he does leave. Laura continues to fight the wireless, as the Six worries about the Vipers circling and Leoben watches her, putting together a plan. He takes broken things and puts them together in new configurations; he takes visions from the Hybrid and makes them real, conveys you from place to place. Six sees the swarming serpents as a dare, and not what they are, which is ants scattering, rubber bugs jumping; Tory calls a meeting. Chief crowbars a hull open, and crawls inside. He knows her, one machine to another; he has husbanded her through worse, and she will give him succor. He's the only one with the maps. By 1222, Tom Zarek's left the kangaroo court and joined the Quorum on Colonial One, where he gives them his last little speech. It's time to move on; it's time for democracy's final test. It's a sort of pass/fail, and it's not the words that matter but the music behind them: not what he's saying, but what it reveals by their response.
"The world's upside down. And someone has to turn it right side up again. Felix Gaeta said that to me. He believes he's that someone. I believe he's that someone. But he has very big shoes to fill..." Jacob Cantrell is unmoved and unamused; he has every reason to hate Tom Zarek and the devilments he causes; he's the swing vote, the key. Tom knows that too: whither goes Sagittaron, in this new upside down economy, so goes the Quorum, because they've all just joined Sagittaron in the place he's been all along: where nobody has anything to lose, because it's all been taken away. Zarek spent 25 years in jail for a reason, he thinks. "I brought you here because I wanted him to meet people who refuse to give up, people who have the courage to voice their dissent, but at the end of the day, still stand by your President." (Reminiscent more than anything of Laura's patronizing speech to Chief after the first time Hitei Kan wigged out: "Sure, your voice matters. Just keeeep talking. I looooove dissent.")