Back on Galactica, Tigh's stopped by his quarters for a calming moment with his wife. She helps him to change out of his blood-stained clothes and reminds him to provide some exposition. Tigh obligingly explains, "Every watch, we update our emergency jump calculations with new star fixes to compensate for inertial drift, and then we transmit them to the rest of the fleet." Got that? It seems that, with all the ruckus, Gaeta forgot to make the transmission before the last jump, and so the rest of the fleet is god knows where. Ellen summarizes: "So it's Gaeta's fault." Pretty much, yup. Tigh says that he should have checked before ordering a jump, but Ellen insists, "You don't let people slide. You bust their ass. Now, if Bill doesn't make it --" Tigh cuts off that line of speculation, saying, "This is Bill Adama's ship."
And whoosh, we're in CIC, where Tigh continues that thought: "This is his command. His orders are still the word of the gods on this ship. Just so we're clear." He goes on with the pep talk and concludes with the obligatory "So say we all." They do. With that, Tigh moves to the main console, which someone has tidied up in the interim. He asks Kelly and Gaeta how they'll find the fleet. Kelly says, "If we jump back to our original coordinates, our nav computers can use those star fixes to generate a best fit solution, given the fleet's current position." Tigh points out that their last location was hopping with Cylons, and ask how long they'll have to sit there while they calculate the fleet's position. Gaeta guesses it'll take twelve hours. Tigh sighs, "There's no way we can hold off a Cylon base star for twelve hours." Okay, I totally didn't follow this the first time through, but after some pondering and discussion in the forums, this is my understanding of the situation: the fleet and the Galactica were using the same coordinates, but the calculations necessary for FTL travel were updated and the fleet didn't get the update. The fleet is probably relatively near, but since there's no way of knowing in which direction it is, that doesn't help at all. They have to figure out where the old set of calculations would have taken them, determine the coordinates for that location, redo the calculations for those coordinates, and then jump. So I think the problem makes sense. I'm not convinced that the solution does, but that doesn't bother me quite as much, for some reason.