"You think he gave a flying frak? Joe Adama cared about one thing. Understanding why people do what they do. Why we cheat our friends, why we reward our enemies. Why we go to war, sacrificing our lives for lost causes. Why we build machines in the hope of correcting our flaws and our shortcomings. Why we forgive, defying logic and the laws of nature with one stupid little act of compassion." Translation: Michael Angeli wanted a job on the Caprica spinoff before it went belly-up. "We're flawed. All of us." So it's okay to fall down. "I wanted to know why, so I did what he did. I spend my life with the fallen. The corrupt. The damaged." Like Lee. He draws the line himself, in a way that Lee can't look away, can't help but admit that's he fallen, damaged. If "Black Market" existed on the record, and I swear on my life that I will do whatever it takes to keep that from being true, he'd be corrupt too. "Look at you, you were so ready to get on that Raptor with me today. The bad boy, the prodigal son." Lee feints to the usual place, the place he jumps a thousand times a day for justification: "No. I was just doing my job, protecting you." Then why, Lee, was your father acting completely crazy and out of character? If not to make you a "bad boy" and a "prodigal son"? (I really hate it when that term is misused like that, but I feel like at this point it's arguing the millennium, and we should just go with it. "Prodigal" now means "estranged," and not "wasteful," as it has previous to right now. I'm calling it: score one for semantic drift. I'll get you next time!)
What follows is an easy joke, but a good one, and well-acted: "Suddenly I'm handcuffed to a serial contrarian?" And Lee gives the obligatory "NO I AM NOT!" before realizing that things are ironic. I wish Bamber were a better actor, but any worries about his skill after the latest ebb were pretty much washed off by this episode. It just sucks that the two speech events in this episode that depended most on timing (this one and the Starbuck/Racetrack mistake in the briefing room) were his least effective moments in the episode. Both times he seems to anticipate his line right before he says it. The emotions scan, but the actual line readings don't, and it's a shame. But he looks really great this season, like way better than he's ever looked before. I'm working on always saying nice things along with the bad, but since I'm incredibly shallow that mostly ends up "But he's pretty!" or "But I like her shoes!" One day I'll figure out a balance. "My bed is made," says Lampkin, referencing their first conversation, the first time he moved into a little room in Lee's life. "I suggest you toil on your own. Now, if this cross-examination is over, I'd like to take a crap." Nice. He stands to leave, and Lee clears his throat. "Romo, that story that you told about the girl, the woman that you loved. Getting over her. Is it true? Hey! ... Was it true?" Romo admits that it's true, but that's not the question. The question is: who's it true for?