Starbuck walks out with her Quiver of Specialness on her back. I meant to say last week that I really like her hair back in a little ponytail. She turns a corner and sees a small group waiting for her. Apollo strides forward and they embrace. Aw. And then they release each other, and Starbuck is starting to giggle when Apollo plants a kiss on her. It's more of an exuberant kiss than a romantic one. It's also cute. Starbuck blinks and says, "Good to see you, too, Captain." Apollo quietly says, "Remind me to send you to the brig later." If you know what he means, and I think you do. Seems like his time in a cell might have been a formative experience for Apollo. The Prez steps forward, and Starbuck wonders, "Is she gonna kiss me, too?" But no, the Prez just offers Starbuck a hearty handshake. Starbuck turns back to Apollo and says, "There's something I need to tell you..." And then Boomer steps around the corner. And she brought the slo-mo with her! There's another flashback to Boomer shooting Adama, from Adama's point of view, which is slightly bizarre. As Starbuck calls for him to wait, Apollo rushes for Boomer. He throws Boomer against a wall and shoves his sidearm into her face. Starbuck tries to shove Apollo back while screaming, "She's with us!" Some of the other people are pulling out their own guns, and then there's a gun pressed into Apollo's neck. Helo booms, "Drop your weapon, Sir." Gosh, Helo's tall. Well, okay, compared to Apollo, anyway. Starbuck shouts at Helo, because she's already got enough to deal with. Everyone keeps pointing their guns at everyone else while the drums on the soundtrack go crazy.
Credits. 47,858 survivors. Blipverts: Running, shooting, saluting, kaboom-ing.
Commercials. On the next Stargate: Atlantis, you can see pretty much the same scenario you just saw! I wonder if all the executive producers get embarrassed when that happens. In the podcast, David Eick joins Moore, and they explain that this wasn't originally intended as a two-parter, but then they realized there was too much going on for one episode.
We return to a shot that's pretty tight on Apollo, but which manages to include Helo in the background, and Starbuck's hand on Apollo's wrist. The camera circles around toward Helo, and the Prez comes into view in the background. Pretty. The Prez's first attempt at taking control of the situation falls slightly flat when she ask to ask who Helo is. Helo introduces himself, and Apollo adds that Helo was Boomer's ECO. He sniffs, "I thought you were dead, Helo. You a Cylon, too?" Helo grunts, "Don't even." Heh. The Prez tells everyone to lower their weapons. Helo asks what will happen to Boomer. The Prez says, "She will be taken to a holding cell, where she will remain unharmed." Helo asks Apollo if they should do what "the nice lady" says. Apollo says, "She's the President of the Colonies, you moron." Be fair, Apollo; there's no way Helo could know that. Anyway, Apollo agrees, and the Prez tells them again to lower their guns. Helo pulls back, and he and Apollo holster their guns. The Prez soothingly thanks them, and then adds, "Now put that thing out the airlock." Damn, she's great. As Helo protests, the Prez explains, "We don't keep Cylons around here." As Boomer is dragged away, Apollo gets in Helo's face and shouts, "One of those things put two rounds into my father's chest!" As Boomer shouts that she didn't do it, Starbuck gasps, "Adama was shot?" Apollo snits, "You missed a few catastrophes while you were away." He gets around to noting that Adama wasn't killed, and Boomer continues protesting in the distance. Two more soldiers are restraining a struggling Helo, who begs Starbuck to tell everyone that Boomer saved their lives on Caprica. Starbuck looks down guiltily.