Cut to the hangar deck, where Apollo is putting on a gray camo jacket that I don't think will help in space. He tells Billy, "They should be here by now."
Back in causeway 'B,' the Prez says, "You can either stand aside, or you can shoot me. You'll have to decide where your duty lies." The soldier ponders that, and the Prez starts to walk past. Then the soldier says, "Madame President." The Prez gives her a look, eases the gun aside with her hand, and goes through the hatchway. Which is fine, but at some point I want the Prez to have to make a nasty decision. Saying, "You can martyr me or let me go," is too easy. I want her to be in a situation where she's got to get someone killed to save her own neck. And the someone who gets killed can't be Zarek; that's cheating.
The Prez and her escorts reach the hangar deck, and Apollo leads her to the Raptor. Billy pulls the Prez aside and says that he's not going. I wait for him to say, "Where you're going, I can't follow; what you've got to do, I can't be any part of." But that doesn't happen. The Prez looks gobsmacked, and Billy explains that he understands her intentions, "But it's going to divide the fleet. At the very best, it'll create an insurgency against Adama. And at the worst, a civil war. Taking part in that is a line that I won't cross." Go Billy. From offscreen, Apollo nags that they don't have much time. The Prez stares at Billy and finally wishes him well, then climbs into the Raptor.
Apollo calls in to CIC, requesting clearance to launch for a medical mission. Meanwhile, the Prez greets Elosha, who's been waiting in the Raptor. Apollo gets cleared to launch, and off they go.
CIC. Gaeta tells Tigh that Venner has reported the Prez missing: "Two men down; cell's empty." Tigh shuts down all transport on or off the ship. The Raptor clears Galactica as a machine emits some octagonal paper. Gaeta shows the paper to Tigh as he says, "Flight log records a Raptor departed the ship two minutes ago with Doc Cottle on a medical emergency." Tigh asks Gaeta to confirm that as Gaeta locates the Raptor on the dradis. Tigh tells Gaeta to send the air patrol after the ship, and to pull Apollo out of the brig. Dualla reports that Cottle is still on board: "He says he was forced to request the raptor at gunpoint by Apollo." Tigh sighs, "Son of a bitch." Tigh asks Dualla to connect him with the Raptor as Gaeta report that they've got a Viper in visual range of it. Tigh picks up the phone and tells Apollo to turn the ship around, or they'll shoot him down. He says, "Don't think I won't just because you're the Old Man's son." Which is funny, since he won't, and that's why. Apollo tells Tigh to do what he has to do, and signs off.