Starbuck continues to fiddle with the whale entrails as her oxygen gauge reads "empty." She gasps, "You're part biological, right? Which means that you need oxygen, right?" Maybe the Cylons don't need very much oxygen because they don't talk to themselves out loud, Starbuck. It's not just the issue of conserving air, it's also that I think a lot of these survival scenes might have been scarier if they'd been mostly silent. Or, like, a Kubrick thing where we just heard Starbuck's breathing get faster. I do like that her helmet visor is starting to fog over, though. Starbuck yanks another tube apart, and there's a hissing sound. Uh oh, I think she found the cord that releases the giant snakes. Starbuck pulls out another dipstick, opens it, and aims the end of the tube at the rod. The rod turns green as the escaping gas hits it. Starbuck weakly unfastens her helmet and makes some awful wheezing sounds before she manages to pop the tube into her mouth and breathe.
Dualla tells Adama that the Prez is on the phone. Adama answers, and listens as the Prez offers her condolences on the loss of Starbuck. Adama calmly tells the Prez that she's been misinformed: "We don't know if Starbuck's dead." He explains again that Starbuck could have a reserve supply of oxygen, and says that they'll keep looking "as long as there's a chance she may be alive." The Prez asks how long that will be. Adama says that's a military decision, thanks the Prez for her concern, and hangs up.
Starbuck apparently really would rather talk than breathe, since she's still chattering away with a giant air-tube in her mouth. She explains that she'll have to seal up the hole in the hull, and then figure out how to fly the ship. Well, honestly, I would have guessed that without her narration. Then she takes a hunk of blubber, wraps it up in her flight jacket, and squishes the wad into the hole. The whistling sound of the wind stops. She squirms around a bit, then lets the air-tube pop out of her mouth and just blow toward her face, since the ship is sealed. After a minute she sniffs and announces, "One of us needs a bath."
CIC. Apollo is going over their "mosaic" with Adama, when Dualla reports that the Prez's shuttle is requesting permission to land. Adama asks why nobody told him that the Prez was en route, and Dualla says that nobody knew about it. At a look from his father, Apollo says, "I didn't know she was coming." Adama tells Dualla, "Have Colonel Tigh meet her at the airlock and bring her to my quarters, please." He and Apollo head out.