Starbuck meets up with the Prez's fleet near Kobol. Apollo's very happy to see her, and he's got a gun in his pocket. Which he quickly takes out and aims at Boomer. The Prez is ready to have Boomer spaced, until Boomer claims that she can help them find the Tomb of Athena. Meanwhile, Zarek plots to get Apollo killed, so that he can be the man behind the Prez. They all go down to Kobol and find a path that should lead them to the Tomb. Elosha helpfully finds a trap and gets herself blown up real good, and then the Centurions start shooting. During the fire-fight, Boomer seems to make a break for it, and Apollo chases after her. It turns out Boomer's just trying to grab a dead soldier's gun so she can take out the last Centurion. Overachiever. They all have a hearty chuckle over the misunderstanding, wave goodbye to Elosha's corpse, and set out for the Tomb. Back on Galactica, Adama picks out a sucky new CAG, tries to cheer himself up by holding a press conference, and generally mopes around for a while. Eventually he shares his feelings with Dualla. Dualla tells Adama that he's broken his promise to take them all to Earth. In the end, Adama declares that he's putting the band back together. No, wait: fleet. Putting the fleet back together.
Previously: Starbuck gave Anders her heart, and he gave her an arrow. I can't wait Starbuck for when goes back to Caprica with a giant boom box. And supposedly Tigh said, "They're gonna follow Roslin to Kobol. They're dead." Except he didn't.
CIC. Adama stomps out and down the corridor, and the camera stays fixed on him while Tigh and Dualla trail behind and pedeconference. They remind us that a third of the fleet's population has split off to follow the Prez. As Adama marches along, he asks for a breakdown of what they've lost. Dualla starts to elaborate: "9,500 souls from Gemenon. 6,250 from Caprica." Adama cuts her off and says that he's not interested in "people who decide to join up with a religious fanatic and a terrorist." He wants to know about the ships, and Dualla dutifully reports: "Twelve transports, seven freighters, three construction platforms, a private cruiser, and a mining ship, Sir." Adama puts a hand on Tigh's shoulder to steady himself as they climb a few steps. I love that Tigh ignores it instead of being all, "Let me help you," Instead, Tigh chimes in, "Morale is down throughout the fleet. The press is going wild. Families are being split apart." Adama pulls his hand back and snaps, "Don't talk to me about family." Eep. On second thought, maybe Tigh would have better off if he'd been supportive.
We now join the Astral Queen, near Kobol, where the bickering is already in progress. Apollo is loudly insisting that he supports the Prez to a grumbling crowd. A woman who I think was part of the Quorum grumbles, "He's still Adama's son. When push comes to shove, how do we know he'll be willing to stand--" The Prez impatiently points out that Apollo's the one who got her out of the brig, and declares the subject closed. Another guy frets that theGalactica could jump in and arrest them all, or destroy their ships. Zarek bellows that they have some weapons of their own, and need to arm all the ships. Apollo harrumphs, "If Galactica wants to take us down, there is nothing we can do about it -- nothing." That last "nothing" kills me. And the weird emphasis on "down." Really, watch that bit a few times, and try not to giggle. That quiets everybody for a moment, and the Prez adds that she believes Adama is letting them go. She reminds everyone that Starbuck will turn up with the Arrow of Apollo any time now. One of the bickerers suggests that they could go look for the Tomb of Athena while they wait for Starbuck. Apollo points out that there may be Cylons on Kobol. Elosha adds, "And some of us will die down there." Everyone gets quiet again as Elosha says that, according to scripture, "any return to Kobol carries with it a cost in blood." Dun dun dunn! The Prez is like, "Way to bring the mood down, Elosha," and tries to cheer everyone up with some inspirational thoughts about saving humanity. Meanwhile, a smarmy chap named Meier strolls in and hurries over to talk to Zarek. Meier has a goatee, so he's clearly evil. Which is a shame, because I like goatees. The two of them head out while the Prez says that anyone who wants to is welcome to rejoin the main fleet.