Galactica. Adama tells the Prez that they have to tell the civilians what's going on, so that they can find out if there are any more Cylons aboard. It seems distinctly odd that there's no scene in which he presses Baltar for the Cylon detector again. Because if they're likely to get it soon, it might be worth taking the chance to wait for it. Although alarming the population remains an unconvincing problem, because it seems just like the water riots -- offscreen and unreal. I haven't watched The West Wing in years because of the suck, but that show somehow made public reaction feel a real force that could affect things, and not just something they paid lip service to. They haven't managed to do that yet on this show. As I recently ranted in an email, the civilian population might as well be the last 40,000 bunny rabbits in the universe for all the impact their feelings have on things. They're just the cargo. The Prez frets about public reaction and adds, "There is a price to be paid." She claims that the people will demand that someone be held accountable. But again, how will they demand that? By grumbling about it? I demand all kinds of things; doesn't mean I get them. Anyway. The Prez says that the Tribunal will have to come up with a scapegoat, although she doesn't call it that. Adama says that there may be nobody to blame. The Prez responds, "A Cylon agent penetrated your security, killing three people. At least one of your men or women screwed up." Eventually, she says that an independent tribunal sounds great, which I'm not so sure about, but adds, "These things have a way of inflicting damage on the people you least expect." She concludes, "I do not want a witch hunt on our hands." Oooo, foreshadowing!
Flight deck. Hadrian asks Cally where she was at the time of the bombing. Cally says, "In my rack, reading some trashy novel." Hadrian asks where Tyrol was. Cally answers that Tyrol was doing paperwork on the hanger deck. I guess it sort of fits with Cally's personality that she'd be an incompetent liar, but good grief. Hadrian, of course, asks how Cally knows where Tyrol was if she was in bed at the time. Cally says she saw Tyrol before she went to bed. When I watched this episode the first time, I thought the whole thing was that the crewmen were going to be covering up for the still, and eventually someone would say something like, "The innocent lie because they don't want to be blamed for something they didn't do, and the guilty lie because they don't have any other choice." Although they should also mention that some people lie because they're just telling you what they think you want to hear. So basically, I thought there was going to be a fairly nuanced examination of why investigations like this are so tricky. See what happens when my expectations are raised? It's sad.