Then this very awesome thing happens that should not be so awesome, but because of the way it's edited, is very awesome. I got an IM from a close friend the next morning that he found this all very "tune in next week" cheap, so let me tell you that originally, everything we already talked about was supposed to be HALF of this episode. That's right. This last scene was supposed to be the end of Act Two, and "Pegasus"/"Resurrection Ship" was meant to be a two-parter and not a three-parter. So while I think it works just as well as another cliffhanger, because it is awesome, I'm much more pleased by this result. We would've missed out on the Tyrol/Helo stuff, I'm sure, and some of the more introspective moments with Roslin and Adama, probably, and probably less of the Cain/Starbuck lovefest. So don't look too close at the gift horse, because as I'm writing it's only a couple days anyway until the resolution. Meaning, I'm unspoiled but 90% sure my girl Cain's going to bite the big tin can in the sky before the weekend. Which is tight.
But the problem remains, if this idea is somewhat cluttered on the page and only gorgeous in its execution, I've gotta work double for you now. The action is split between two areas: the War Room, where Adama and Starbuck are now alone, and Cain's office, where she's meeting with XO Fisk. Cain tells Fisk to hand-pick a detachment of Marines and take them to Galactica: "Completely reliable. Completely loyal. Razors."
Adama asks Starbuck, meanwhile, to take on a mission neither of them will like.
Cain tells Fisk that he'll be her "eyes and ears" on Galactica, and Adama will know Fisk is there as a mole but will accept that, so Fisk should stay with Adama throughout the battle.
After the battle, once CAG Starbuck has accounted for her pilots, Adama needs Starbuck to land on the Pegasus and report to Cain, with Apollo alongside, as her CIC.
Fisk will position his marines around Galactica in key positions, with a squad just outside Starbuck's CIC. Cain and Adama then begin to tell the same story: post-battle, victorious, both ships will be wild with joy and adrenaline, meaning they'll get sloppy. Each King will call to his or her Bishop and give an order ("Case Orange," in Cain's case; "Downfall" in Bill's, and yes, those are both references to actual historical things). At this point, Fisk will signal the Marines to "terminate Adama's command -- starting with Adama"...
...and Starbuck will pull out her weapon "and shoot Admiral Cain in the head."