Colonial One. Baltar lies in the laps of his lovely ladies. Gaeta comes running in yelling, and Baltar tells him to quiet down. Gaeta calls him "Gaius," and tells him that the Cylons have jumped in, and that the Fleet has jumped out. Baltar puts all of this together, as the Raider fleet overhead shakes the bottles and glasses on his coffee table. The hookers are getting nervous. In his open shirt, Baltar crawls over to a window, looks out at the sky full of Raiders. "Judgment Day," says the voice of Six. He looks over to her, sitting in the chair of the President. She quirks a smile at him. It is pretty awesome.
Ellen and Saul and Laura stare up at the sky, down in New Caprica City; Laura ushers the remaining kids inside and ties the doors of the tent closed. ["Yes, you'll be perfectly safe in your...tent. Don't forget to duck and cover!" -- Wing Chun]
Anders wakes up to Leoben, out of focus, standing over him: "I'm looking for Kara Thrace." Anders coughs and sits up, as Leoben comes into full focus.
Chief and Cally exit the Union tent; Kara joins them. They stare at the Raiders overhead. So many.
Baltar's staff is arranged behind him, across the back wall. He sits at the Presidential desk looking troubling amounts of awful. I heard he pulled a Hoffman and very professionally gave himself a killer hangover for this scene. He looks like he's dying. The forward doors open, and bright light fills the foyer. Doral enters slowly, wearing blue. Hero Sharon enters behind him, her hair soft, wearing black. They're scary again. The Cylons are scary again, and I can't remember the last time I felt that way. Hero Six brings up the rear, in slate with a black jacket, looking very different from any other Six, but still instantly recognizable as Natasi, because Tricia Helfer rules. She is touched by the sight of Gaius. He meets their gaze with tears in his eyes, the booming sound of the Raiders overhead. Gaeta watches him as he stands to greet them. "I'm Gaius Baltar. President of the Colonies." Six nearly smiles: "I know who you are, Gaius." He almost recognizes her as well. She looks away from his stare, and adds, "I know very well." Sharon speaks up: "As long as you offer no resistance, you won't be harmed." Baltar looks at Gaeta, who is disgusted, and looks down, slapped: "How do I know that?" Doral smirks, of course. "You don't. You also don't have any choice." Baltar turns to his right, unable to meet another staffer's eye: "How did you find us?" Doral smiles, almost: "Oh, it was quite by accident, actually." Six watches him speak. "We were over a light-year away from here, when we detected the radiation signature of a nuclear detonation." It's been 380 days, so they jumped back right away. It took just long enough to settle. The dradis interference on New Caprica worked. So did the bomb. I don't blame Gina. I blame Pegasus. Think about it. Baltar looks up, down, everywhere, almost over with, as Sharon and Six watch him. Six seems to sympathize. How can she? Baltar has brought humanity to its knees twice now. Both times, by trying to help. Both times, by trying to be a hero to his people. But because of his weakness and his selfishness, he's been denied again. This time for good. He stares at them, tears in his eyes. Everybody's TiVo stops at this point -- perhaps he catches Six's eye. He makes the call, and the aides all stare at each other: "Very well. On behalf of the people of the Twelve Colonies, I surrender."