But I do know that this calling lies also at the root of Lee, and of Tory, and of Laura. It's the shiny side of Laura's manipulation of Chief in "Dirty Hands," and it's the root of that entire episode: the impossible answers to the impossible questions that a love that fierce forces on you. These are your people. Your people. This terrible beauty is how the election was stolen, and it's why they get so weird and passionate, and why Laura's brief secession was so complex. But I do believe it's a major part of Tory's whole deal, and if so, then I'm right about this scene, and that makes me sad. Anyway. ("That is the secret," Ernest said. "You must get to know the values.") Laura gives her this look like we don't do things like that anymore -- except when we do, except when we justify it somehow, except when we stop demanding more of ourselves and our administration than we do of the people we serve -- and apologizes sincerely to Lee for the delay. She calls him "Major," and thanks him, and sends him on his way.
Caprica's cell, where Athena apparently hasn't brought any new clothes, but did manage to find Caprica's specific shade of lip gloss. As usual, she's a housecat and a shark at once, and so beautiful. Romo and Lee enter; Laura and Tory watch from outside, with Adama. Romo opens with "I understand that you had a romantic relationship with my client," and before you can breathe, she's off. "Gaius Baltar is a brilliant, gifted human being. In the time I've known him, he's made a sport out of mendacity and deception. He was narcissistic, self-centered, feckless, and vain. I'm the one who should have stabbed him." Outside, Laura nearly cracks a smile. "Things are... looking up." Romo considers her, and stop speaking English so he can speak the unspoken instead. Look between the lines. "Love. Precocious evolutionary move, fashioning Cylons to be capable of experiencing it. I don't know if it was engineered as a tactical imperative, but...it's not for the faint-hearted, is it?" No, it's God. And God is not for the faint of heart, and he knows it, and he knows that she knows it, and that's who he's talking to now: the woman who sacrifices herself for God, and for children, only those two, over and over and over. The woman who jumped ship for love a hundred times, who has had her heart broken on every Colony and planet and ship in the Fleet, for love and for the children, and for God. "Maybe you should've been nicer to your mechanic," he says. Oh, Romo. "Well. Perhaps Cylon love is not the same as human love. Perhaps it's designed to hurt a little less." Maybe Bill and Lee loved differently, and that's why they're dealing in such different ways with Kara's death. Because Romo's barely talking to Caprica at all, beyond the pretty simple goals he's set for himself in this interview. He's talking to Lee, and he's talking to Laura, and to Tory, and to Bill. And what he's saying now, to Lee and Bill, is this: there is a difference in the way you love, and your father, or son, is incapable of seeing over the walls of his grief, in order to care for you and help you to heal. It's never going to happen. You're on your own. Get out now: let him go, your son, and let him come unto me. Step away from your father, because I understand your pain.