Astral Queen. Zarek's in the control room, broadcasting to the other ships. My completely random theory is that he's been doing a lot of these little fireside chats, which is why he's as popular as he seems to be now. I don't think I have any solid basis for that idea, but if he hasn't been doing that, someone should. They could do an episode about it and call it "Pump Up the Galactica." Or not. Zarek says that he's humbled by the honor, and promises, "I will be a voice for those who have gone too long unheard by a government that serves only the privileged and the powerful." Then he goes on about how the "winds of change" will blow everyone into a "new era" led by a "complete mentalist." Okay, he didn't say that last one.
As Zarek gets his revolution on, we cut back to Briefcase Guy, who's still playing around with his gun. He finally slips it into the briefcase, closes it up, and carries it away.
Credits. I like that the last shot of the blipvert episode montage is of Starbuck winking, because it looks so cute and friendly until you know what the context is.
Lab. Baltar fusses with his vials as Starbuck enters and tells him, "Our shuttle leaves for Cloud 9 at 05:12 tomorrow." Baltar is too confused to go for a double-entendre. Or maybe he's confused because he think Starbuck's making a double-entendre. Six peers out of a mirror and sneers, "A surprise getaway, just the two of you?" Starbuck toys with a vial as she explains that she'll be taking care of Baltar's security. Baltar nervously asks her to put the vial down, and then asks why he needs security. They're almost playing verbal tennis. Starbuck chuckles, "You haven't heard? It's all over talk wireless." Rhetorical question! She's not very good at this game. Baltar sniffs that the radio shows are just "low-brow rabble-rousing." Starbuck finally explains that Baltar is the Caprican delegate. As Baltar boggles, Starbuck adds, "Guess you got the super-genius vote. No accounting for taste." Exit Starbuck. Left to himself, Baltar grumbles, "Politics is the only thing more boring than blood samples." He whines about all the speeches and "dreary pomp" he'll be subjected to until Six cheers him up by mentioning the possibility of nubile political groupies. Baltar ponders that and tells Six, "When the people call, you must serve."