Vinson watches Billy and Dualla caring for Lee, who seems somewhat stabilized. "He'll be all right," says Vinson. Billy's so grossed out: "Thanks for the concern." Sesha comes around right then, all, "You did not just talk to my goon in that fashion," just as Billy's expanding: "She loses a husband, and suddenly the world owes her an explanation." Vinson clarifies that Ray was a good man, and also Vinson's brother. Billy: "My brother died on Picon. He was a good man, too. They're all good men." That's something Adama was right about, at least: that death is ugly and final and arbitrary and just happens, and even if you survive an attack or an accident, that doesn't up the ante for the next time around. There's no lottery luck with death, and there's no earning your way out of it through your deeds. 50,000 people, left out of twelve planets' worth, and you've got the brass balls to think you earned it? Eventually that kind of denial and bargaining give way to depression and acceptance. And sometimes, good men die for no reason.
Roslin shows up in Galactica CIC, still toting her Exposition Infection. No complaints, though, because she did have that awesome scene at the beginning, with Billy. And we might see her again in a little while, too. "The Abinell woman sent over a manifesto to the press before they took over the bar. It's mostly a collection of rumor and conspiracy theories about Cylons in the military and the government. It's getting a lot of attention. We gotta get our people out of there. You have marines on Cloud 9." (It's not a question; she's now expositing to herself.) Adama tells her there's no getting in through the blast door now without maybe killing everybody, and that "there are no options left except for one." Roslin cuts that dead with a little bit of miracle Cylon sass: "No. We don't strike deals with terrorists. We can't. We give them Sharon Valerii, we're inviting terrorism and we weaken our position permanently; you know that." Me, Roslin and Tigh on the same side? Mark your calendar. Wait, spoke too soon. Tigh's not so sure about that anymore. He and Adama do not want to hear that. Echoing Billy inside, she continues. "Gentlemen, everyone in that room is someone's son, someone's wife, someone's mother. Billy is the closest thing that I have to family left in this world. And if you don't think that that confuses things emotionally for me...Let's not be naïve." Tigh returns to the parallel structure well: "What if they're right? What if Sharon has been playing us all, plotting our destruction with every passing day? What if the terrorists are right?" But Roslin's on another level altogether: "This isn't about Sharon. It's about something much bigger than that. It's about the long-term survival. It's about the way we conduct ourselves in all of this." Yes and yes. I missed Roslin.