Tigh steps down the alert to condition two and issues some orders. He and Fisk agree that it's a good thing they didn't need the Pegasus Marines. He's not sweating bullets, but we manage to understand that he's anxious. Dualla receives a call from Cain, on "the flagship." Cain and Adama congratulate each other, and it's almost a relief for a second, because they do sound fairly cordial and not like people about to signal each other's assassinations. The music gets more and more intense as Adama asks for Starbuck, and Fisk gets even jumpier. "Yes, she is [here]," replies Cain, looking Starbuck right in the eye. Starbuck smiles weakly and answers the phone, not taking her eye off Cain. "I've been thinking," says Adama, "about what we talked about before." She fingers her gun, and she and Cain continue to look at each other. It's quiet behind Cain's eyes, but she's clearly waiting for something. "It's not enough to survive," says Adama. "One has to be worthy of surviving. That's all." The drums stop; Starbuck takes her hand off her gun: "I think that's very wise, sir. Thank you." Her smile becomes more real, and Cain considers her for a moment before taking back the phone. She smiles a little bit, shaking her head slightly. It's almost a smirk, but the kind of smirk you give when you can't believe what somebody just did. Off the hook, Starbuck turns away and kind of mentally leans against a wall like she might faint. Cain asks whether Fisk is "standing close by." Fisk's eyes bug out as Adama hands him the phone. "Congratulations, Jack," says Cain. He thanks her, and we sit still for a million years of silence, as Cain thinks it out. "...That's all." Cain hangs up and nearly gets pissed at herself. Fisk hangs up and nearly pisses himself. Tigh looks at Fisk -- now sweating, but not anything so impressive as Kara -- and says he looks like he could use a drink. Fisk laughs and laughs, that same hyena crazy laugh from before, hysterical and terrified and adrenalized, and Adama just smiles at him, sadly, because Adama knows everything before it happens.
Episode Report CardJacob Clifton: A+ | 1417 USERS: B-
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