"It follows," says a Cavil, "that we should employ any means necessary. Fear is a key article of faith, as I understand it," he says, and offers that their primary goal, given the insurgency, should be to put fear into the hearts and minds of the human population. DEMAND LOVE is not feeling this. Cavil turns suddenly and points at Gaius, who's been at his desk this whole time, useless. "Let's execute Gaius Baltar," he says. "WHAT?" screams Gaius; I'm saying let's hear him out.
Everybody looks at Gaius and then stares at each other. "That's not gonna happen," says Caprica, and Cavil smiles at her: "Just because he's your favorite toy," he says, it shouldn't interfere with "the larger issues." Gaius tries to get sassy about how he's been very good at cooperating, and Caprica stares Three down: "Gaius is with me. Anyone who wants to challenge that will have to deal with me." It makes Three sad. Doral speaks up, saying it wouldn't help. "If we'd killed him at the beginning, it might have worked." Another Doral explains that now all the humans hate him, as a traitor, and would cheer his death. I really, really like Doral this season. Not only is he funny and mean, but he got all of Lee's surplus cuteness. Cavil's like, "Okay, not Gaius, but maybe some insurgent leaders? Or random people from the street? We could execute them in public!" Cavil is so fucking scary. "The insurgency stops now, or we start reducing the human population to a more manageable size. Say, less than a thousand." Dang.
Boomer raises her voice, saying that no, what they "need" to do is stop being butchers and creeps, and Caprica reminds everybody that the entire point of coming here was to start a new way of life, again. "To push past the conflict that separated us from the humans for so long!" Cavil laughs and says they're all living in a fantasy world if they think that's possible; he giggles at the irony of "delusional machines." I love how he's the only one that can mention that shit openly. "By the way, bitches? We're totally robots!" They've really done a good job with giving these seven (twelve) factions voices and consistent viewpoints on the occupation. That's, like, impossible, but they pulled it off. Cavils and Dorals take off, and Three pulls Caprica aside to ask her if "the love of that man" is worth losing all this. Instead of laughing and saying "all what, exactly," which is what I said, she just says that if Three had ever experienced love, she wouldn't have to ask. Three makes a sad thinky face, and it occurs to me that she is going to end up going five times as crazy as anybody else on this show. And it is going to be awesome.