If Apotheosis will bring the Twelve Worlds under God, that's what she has to do. It's Clarice's destiny to make that happen, so she will. Mar-Beth threatens, in her way, wondering aloud if the next sacrifice one day might be their family. Clarice won't give her the satisfaction. "Well? I pray God that He never asks that of me." They both know the real answer. Not even Mar-Beth, not even Clarice herself, knows how much she's come to care for Amanda. This too is God's will. The world has God's name scrawled across it, in letters only his servants can see.
Sam calls it ballsy, the way they put their logos on everything. Big tall buildings, big tall G, G for Graystone. "They're like taggers, slapping their names up and down walls and buildings, because they own those walls and buildings." So they won't forget it. The world is like a fresh sheet of paper, with their names scrawled across. Stone and wood are just the world; it's possession and territory that float above it. That augment.
At Joe's insistence Sam starts to talk, about his dreams last night. Their parents, dying back on Tauron. The flowers at the roadside. "Idon'twannatalkaboutthat," Yusif says, urgently and pleading. But it's happening again. The orphan boys, they held each other in the storm. All the way to Caprica. And it's happening again. Joe pretends he's Caprican but it's only floating over him; he's fooled them both into thinking fresher tragedies take precedence. That watching his daughter shoot herself, and then him, wasn't just like being orphaned once again.
Larry's not a native Tauron, he doesn't understand about the money. Or the guns. Sam's ashamed to admit it, but he's running guns now. Terrified for his people, for the soil. The dirt we made them eat. Evelyn brings coffee and she stays silent, but Sam knows she understands. Joe begs his brother to reconsider; he's playing with fire, he's playing with losing his husband. Evelyn stands perfectly still, in the anteroom: "It'll pass. It's part of marriage. You should be thankful. You've got somebody who loves you." Sam doesn't hear him, but Evelyn does. A man needs something.