Next morning Nora slaps Duck's ass and screams, "Reveille!" He twitches and wiggles around and complains that he "left all that military crap aboard Galactica." She gives him some coffee and tells him he's already late, and Chief's going to kick his ass. I love this so much, this role that Chief has taken -- even in "Lay Down Your Burdens" it made me happy, because a political system is just another machine, and "Galen" means "Physician."
Nora asks Duck to maybe meet her at Temple after work, and Duck protests: "I don't do Temple. I don't need all the bells and whistles. I talk to the Gods in my own way." She's not happy about it, but he smiles winsomely and says he'll be there "in spirit." They kiss and she tells him to leave, but he begs for just five more minutes in bed. Happy couples are all the same.
So what's developing is a story about who's in the Temple and why: you're either in the Temple for God, or not in the Temple, or you're in the Temple for horrible reasons. But it's a truth about life, and about war, and especially about this show, that the people who do the crimes are rarely the people who pay for the crimes, at first blush. So if Cally and Nora are the only people in the story who go to Temple for pure reasons, then one of them is going to bite it, and we've only just met Nora, and Cally -- apparently -- has still not been put through enough hell, so Nora is, clearly, marked for death. But the corollary to that is that the actual people perverting the temple -- Tigh and Chief -- are going to be fine, and Jammer is going to be fine because he's on the middle ground of that spectrum, and Duck is going to be fine so that his wife can be horribly killed and this will radicalize him and prove the importance of the Resistance. Which, if this is the best behavior the Resistance can scrounge up, is pretty gross, but humanity always has the fractional moral high ground over the Cylons, because that's how the show works.
FOUR: Nora Dies Horribly With Some Celery
In the Temple with Cally, Baby Nick, and Nora. Cally writes her prayer on a piece of paper, lights it on fire, and places it in a metal bowl. What a lovely ritual. Nora holds Baby Nick, because she still has the Baby Crazies. Nora chats about how Galen's from a religious background, so that's lucky for Cally, while Duck's belief is more personal and he won't go to Temple. Cally blows Chief's spot about yes, he's from a religious background, but the whole Brother Cavil thing, how he turned out a Cylon (and an atheist!) was not that awesome for Chief's religious impulses. Nora's like, "At least Baby Nick gets baptized," and Cally calls this a small miracle. "It's the small ones that keep me going," says Nora, and that makes me love her an awful lot. Even though, like all the women that don't constantly kill people on this show, she's just a cipher for her male counterpart with all the depth the actress can bring to the part. And no, I'm not bitching about Cally exactly, because at this point Cally is fine. But, like, it would be fucking splendid if they could, I don't know, spell Kandyse McClure's name properly in the credits. For starters. On the way to giving her personality back. Or ever show a relationship -- or a conversation -- between two women, maybe.
Oh, here's one: They talk about celery. Nora and Cally have a conversation about celery, and Goodwife Duck says she got Goodwife Tyrol some celery, and Goodwife Tyrol says "Thanks!" and then somebody starts shouting at the Cylons outside that they are "infidels," and Doral, outside, tells him to shut it, and then Nora and Cally run out of the Temple, but then Nora has to run back inside for the celery, and then she dies horribly, and then there's just her dead hand, covered in blood, holding a stalk of celery. I don't think it's supposed to be funny.