We charge through all the channels once again, looking at all the fallout from Amanda's incredible flameout last week; once again, it catches us up in case we forgot what was going on. I love that device. Baxter Sarno (Patton Oswalt) pops up, playing somebody we heard described as a Jon Stewart but comes off more like a slightly dumber Letterman, or I guess Leno, but maybe if you combine Leno and Jon Stewart you end up with Letterman anyway, and the way they talk about him later in the episode feels more like Letterman than anybody else, and anyhow he's talking about how there are hackers just like Zoë creating a "virtual game version of the bombing," which I don't know if you know what that's in reference to but I've played it and it's boring.
Then a boy chyroned as "Scared Student" is talking about how he didn't have any classes with her, but still is offering his opinion, and then "Plans To Boycott" talks about how yes, he's "into holobanding," but has certain moral issues with supporting Graystone Industries by doing it, and then we hit some clips of a Tea Party-type blowout in the parking lot of the hospital where Amanda works, and their signs are just adorable ("holoBOMBS!" reads one). All in all, a very succinct picture of how stupid everybody can get when one dumb word like "terrorist" suddenly assumes such magic power as to render everyone insane, mixed with the Stephen King-like musings of a dad who looks around his culture and thinks he comprehends it. I love the idea that these people are just as much, or moreso, responsible for the oncoming fall of the Colonies, just by being their usual dumbheaded selves, because nothing makes people act this obnoxious quite as much as tragedy.
So Amanda's coming out of the hospital right this second and everybody's yelling at her and the reporters are up her ass about how the hospital allegedly asked her to leave or fired her, and she quietly explains -- ashamed, today, not because of Zoë but because of her outburst -- that she has resigned. They ask if she thinks the publicity will hurt the hospital, and one of them gets very manipulative about how this is her chance to share her side of the story. Amanda finally hisses through her hair that she knows damn well they don't care about the truth: They just want to destroy her, and the memory of her child. Except she never says that last word, because somebody chunks a bottle at her out of the crowd and it smacks one of the reporters. So then the story becomes -- as Amanda climbs into her car and bounces -- whether or not the reporter is hurt, which is also very timely. I wish we could have a reporter like Anderson Cooper (Who was that BSG reporter I was so taken with?) but A) There's nobody actually like Anderson Cooper and B) He's from some other, better planet anyway.