Another caption reads, "Galactica Boarding Party Six." If they were Cylons, that would be a fun boarding party. Then more words appear, in a smaller font so that they can squeeze in, "Lt. Joe 'Hammerhead' Palladino, Commander." I think the writers had a bet about who could come up with the longest caption. Hammerhead is shouting at a bunch of civilians, as other soldiers try to hold the mob back and load the Raptor with supplies. I'm so happy we actually get to see this, and don't just hear about it like with the water riots. Hammerhead shouts that if everyone stays out of the way, nobody will get hurt. People go on trying to shove past the guards. Some dude shoves Hammerhead, and then things start whizzing past the camera and there are little pop-pop sounds. The popping noises turn out to be cans smashing into the deck. Hammerhead cringes as cans are hurled at him. A guard is knocked down, everything gets more frantic, and suddenly a shot rings out. A woman screams. A pirate ship appears on the horizon. Well, it would if Snoopy wrote this episode. We go into slo-mo as another soldier fires his gun one way while looking in another direction, which makes me think that he didn't intend to fire. A studly-looking fellow is hit. More shots, more civilians go down, and then time speeds up again as Hammerhead shouts, "Cease fire!"
Sickbay. Sheet-covered corpses are wheeled in. Tigh walks over to Cottle, who's perched near a wounded soldier. Tigh sighs, "Four civilians dead. How the frack could this have happened?" Cottle croaks, "What'd you expect, genius? You put a pilot in charge of crowd control." Exit Cottle, his work done. I want Tigh and Cottle to be roommates. Tigh turns and spots Hammerhead walking by. He asks whether Hammerhead ordered his troops to fire on the crowd. Hammerhead says no, and defensively explains that the crowd surrounded them. Tigh asks if the civilians were armed. Hammerhead says no again, but adds that the crowd was yelling at them, and started throwing canisters: "Coffee, I think." Again, I am shocked at the lack of respect these people have for coffee. Throw cans of beets, or peas. Nobody's going to miss that stuff. Tigh confirms, "You shot people for throwing coffee?" Hammerhead insists that the mob was pressing in on the soldiers, and then someone fired, but that he doesn't know who. Tigh walks away as Hammerhead is still talking, and goes to Adama's bedside, pulling the curtain closed.
Tigh looks down at Adama and says, "If ever we needed you, Bill, it's right now." Aw.