Commercials. Moore said this was conceived as their West Wing episode, and admits that the assassination plot doesn't really work as well as they wanted. And yeah, the stories are closely related, but for some reason they feel very separate. Instead of making things more urgent, they seem to cancel each other out a little bit. It's not a bad episode but it didn't quite jell, for some reason.
Cloud 9. McManus is interviewing Baltar in a freaky huge atrium with crazy stairs. McManus asks, " Is President Roslin's political career terminal, or is there hope of resuscitating it?" Baltar says that the Prez is still in the game, and that it would be a mistake to underestimate her. Six laughs and says that Baltar has missed the limelight. Baltar chuckles, "Yes, I have." McManus and the other reporters are slightly confused, but Baltar asks McManus to continue. Heh. I will say that I don't think it's odd that nobody's noticed Baltar's...eccentricities. Well, no one besides Starbuck. I mean, if someone says something that I don't understand, or that seems to have no context, I don't immediately assume that he's talking to his invisible friend. Although now I'm going to start doing that, because my life could use a little more surrealism. Anyway, McManus says, "So you seriously believe that this schoolteacher is able to handle the job of Presidency?"
Cut to the Colonial One. Hey, there's the Whiteboard of Extinction! Current population: 47,898. Baltar's interview continues on the radio as Starbuck tells the Prez that Valance's wrists were slashed with some broken glass in the room. Billy asks if it was suicide. The Prez quietly says that Zarek had Valance killed. Apollo adds that they can't prove that Zarek was involved. Tigh asks how the killer got past the guards. "Through the vent." Let's recall that some of Zarek's men know how to work on air filtration systems. There's a pause, during which we hear Baltar talking about the impact teachers have. We cut back to the Cloud 9 as Baltar tells a growing crowd, "History is full of examples of leaders, um, who have come from the most humble beginnings and have risen to meet the challenge posed by cataclysmic events." Billy asks who knew where Valance was. Starbuck says, "Just the people in this room, plus two marines." Baltar continues to praise the Prez, and dismisses Zarek as someone who "never shouldered any real responsibility in [his] life." He brings up Zarek's extensive prison experience and accuses the pundits of having a short memory. The Prez looks a little cheerier, but Tigh and Apollo are still feeling pretty grumpy. Apollo tells the Prez that Zarek's going to try to kill her. The Prez hms, "Only if he wins the vote." Back to Baltar, who says that they'll survive with the help of their values: "Courage, truth, justice, liberty. With the firm and deep resolve to make tomorrow better." When he starts talking about "our children" the crowd that has formed around him starts to applaud. Apollo frets that the vote is going against the Prez's nominee. She agrees, and then smiles, "But I'm going to win this thing." She switches the radio off and says that Zarek's going back to his prison ship: "But first, I have two very unpleasant duties to perform." She tells Billy that she needs a shuttle to Cloud 9.