Gaius briefs Starbuck and Cain on Pegasus: "At the moment, we are too far away from the Cylon home for the normal downloading process to work, which is why they built this ship. It contains the entire apparatus necessary for Cylon resurrection." I think of it like the supply wagons in a war, or The Oregon Trail: they extend how far you can go, and if you lose them, you're just in the middle of nowhere, getting picked off by dysentery and locusts. "Now, this ship has been traveling with the Fleet trailing Galactica for the last several months." Cain and Starbuck exposit/realize that this means that destroying the Resurrection Ship means actual, real, no one-ups death. "Doctor," murmurs Cain, "I think you just identified the most important ship in the galaxy." Baltar looks somewhat less than overjoyed.
Over on Colonial One, Roslin's having a "bad day," cancer-wise. Adama is worried, and apologizes for it after she chastises him. Adama tells her about the Pegasus's civilian Fleet, and how she dropped them like candy wrappers after sucking them dry. "I wish I could say I was surprised, but it's who she is," smiles Laura grimly. "She's playing for keeps. You've got to do the same." Olmos, who's a good actor any day of the week, rips hell out of this scene. It's astounding. He looks at her wonderingly: "What's gotten into you? You've become so bloody-minded!" Laura points out that as long as Cain's around, Adama's own survival is at risk, and then coughs like crazy. Adama gets really antsy, giving her water and patting her shoulder like Koko and All-Ball: "What can I get you?" She grins, and becomes as sexy as a person in the last weeks of life can be, which it turns out is lots: "A new body. Perhaps one of those young Cylon models from the Resurrection Ship." Adama smiles sadly. "I can't see you as a blonde." Laura laughs a little bit, and wiggles. "You'd be surprised." Adama's into it, but, like, the tree doesn't fall far from the apple, and he gets up to leave. I would remind you, Commander, that your ex was about to get remarried when the attack happened: you're allowed. In fact, I require it. "We'll see you tomorrow?" He looks at her more lovingly than he's yet looked at anybody, including his son (but not including either of his two fake daughters who will be dating Lee or already, fakely, are). Laura lets him go, and when he's at the door, she calls to him. Adama turns, wiping away a tear at just such an angle that she won't see it. "She won't hesitate to kill you," says Laura, in her most resolute voice. "Don't let her." He looks at her for a second, then books it out of the room, because: without crying, or screaming, what do you say then?