Battlestar Galactica (2004–2009): Season 2, Episode 19 - Lay Down Your Burdens: Part 1 - full transcript

While Dr. Baltar is behind in the polls for the election and tries desperately to turn things around, Starbuck is planning a mission to rescue Anders from Caprica.

The Cylons Were
Created by Man

They Evolved

They Rebelled

There Are Many Copies

And They Have A Plan

I'm going to lose.

Yes, come in, please.

One minute, Madam President.

Thank you, Tory.

No one should be under any illusions
about what we're going to face here.

Our final jump will take us

less than two klicks
above the surface.

We're also expecting
to take heavy fire.

Simulations indicate losses
of up to 20% can be expected.

That's why this mission
has been designated...

as 2-alpha by the command authority.

It's volunteer only.

You want out,...

now's the time.

I know it's hard to believe
right now, but if you have faith,...

everything will
turn out exactly as it should.

I don't like to lose.

Have faith.

I am about to face
public humiliation.

And you are singing
the same old song.

I'm a little tired of the melody.

Sorry about the mess. It's, um...

bit of a ritual... superstition, really.

I used to do this before
testifying at committee hearings.

This is what I do.
I take one,...

memorize a talking
point, then...

tear the card,...

and let the pieces fall
as they may. It helps.

Yeah, my father used to break
pencils before he went into court,...

then borrow one from the clerk.

Break preconceptions,
work with what you have.

You know, I like that.

Let me see.
I like it.

It's good.

Feel better?


But what happens if the, uh,...

moderator doesn't
have a pencil?

Then you're pretty screwed.

Oh, no.

I used to...

get the giggles before
debating in high school.

Oh, yes.

It's time, Madam President.

Thank you, Tory.

What many of you don't know is
that the captured cylon heavy raider

is capable of much longer
jumps than our raptors.

In fact, we realized early on...

that if we could install a
heavy raider navigational system...

aboard one of our raptors,...

a strike team could make the
entire trip back to Caprica...

in less than ten jumps.

Now, the limiting factor up until
now has been our inability...

in install the cylon computer
with our computer.

That obstacle has
now been overcome.

She's here to help us.

She's gonna lay out
our navigational markers...

and update our jump coordinates. Does
anyone have a problem with that?

You've been chosen to
lead these people...

by almighty god.

It will happen.

Like the baby happened?

The one I was
destined to protect?

Don't let your anger drive
you into blasphemy, Gaius.

The election's still
two weeks away.

Get your act together.

You ready?

Yeah, I was just
taking a little nap.


This is our mission.

It's our duty to the
people we left behind.

And if we need to use a cylon to
get them back, then so be it.

This is about trying to get as many
survivors off Caprica as we can.

Even so, it's still 2-alpha.

Anyone want to eject?

Commander on deck.

Don't worry.
I won't be long.

I want to hear it too.

You just have to really try to think
about something serious.

That always helps.

- Right?
- Like what?

Well, like, uh...


No one has ever attempted...

a rescue mission
from this distance,...

much less behind enemy lines.

You'll be making history
just by making the attempt.

But bring these people
back from Caprica...

and you'll be making
part of the future.


If you guys find Earth
before we get back,...

will you save us a few seats?

Earth? Hell, if we find any rock
with food and water,...

I'll build you guys a bar.

All right.

See, I told you
I wouldn't be long.

Mr. Gaeta, turn on the wireless.

Let's give these people a
chance to hear what kind of fun...

they'll be missing
for the next five days.

We are just minutes
from the start of the first...

presidential debate
between President...

- You okay?
- Laura Roslin and her oppenent...

Vice President Gaius Baltar...

Can I go now?

Coporal Masters

submitted by members of
the civilian fleet...

covering a wide range of topics.

So please stay tuned as we
get set for the first of two...

presidential debates.

The atmosphere in the
auditorium is tense...

as we await the arival of the
two candidates and their aides.

The real pressure will be on
vice-president Baltar tonight.


Here comes Vice President...

Gaius Baltar into the room,...

uh, as we, uh, we
await Madam President.

Laura Roslin is very much
ahead in the polls at this point.

We believe that, uh...

she's entering the room shortly,...

but still... still,
of course, waiting for her.

blindsighted her by announcing
his candidacy a month ago.

Dr. Baltar of course is
one of the most admired...

and brilliant scientistific
minds of our generation...

and played a critical
role in saving the human race...

from the cylon threat.

Yes, here comes
the President now.

Laura Roslin, the President,
has entered the room.

I'm going to wipe the floor
with you, Gaius.

You must be losing
your mind again.

If that's the best you
can come up with,...

you're in a lot of trouble.
Good luck.

How you doing?
You okay?


Don't shut me out.

Not now.

Something dark
is coming, Helo.

I can feel it.

I can feel it
lurking out there,...


What do you mean?

Back on Caprica?


Not on the mission.

Not any specific thing.

It's more like a dark time.




Chief Tyrol,...

I am Brother Cavill.

I understand you've
asked for religious counseling.

I never really believed
in psych therapy.

My father was a priest.

I see.

You thought you'd have an easier
time with a priest than a real doctor.


I pray to gods...

every night.

But I don't think
they listen to me.

Do you know how
useless prayer is?

Chanting and singing and...

mucking about with old
half-remembered lines of bad poetry.

And you know
what it gets you?

Exactly nothing.

Are you sure you're a priest?

I've been preaching longer than
you've been sucking down oxygen.

And in that time, I've learned
enough to know that the gods...

don't answer prayers.

We're here on our own.

That's the way they set things up.

We have to find our own answers,
our own way out of the wilderness...

without a nice
little sunny path...

all laid out in front
of us in advance.

That's what I'm trying to do.

I'm trying to find my way.

Well, it's not going to get better
until you see what the problem is.

And the problem is,...

you're screwed up,...

heart and mind.

You. Not the... not the gods or
fate or the universe.


Thanks for the pep talk.

- Hey.
- Hey.


I just wanted to say, um...


good hunting.

Thank you, sir.

Yeah, it's a good plan.

It's a good plan.

Sharon should be able to jump you...

into the atmosphere a couple of...

klicks above the surface.

Down below the...

cylon dradis. I know the
plan, Lee. I wrote it.

I- I gotta go.

I hope you find him, Kara.

I really do.

So do I.

From the Colonial Dispatch.

"Last night's debate only
solidified the perception... "

- I'll do that later.
- "That doctor baltar, for all his charm,... "

"is essentially an empty suit... "

"when it comes to matters of
substantial policy. "

It's nice to see the press is
getting it right for a change.

Don't forget, the radical religious
charge is dangerous.

It may be a low blow
from a desperate man, but...

it's the only issue he's
managed to get any traction on.

He will keep exploiting it.

He's gotta come up with something
much, much bigger than that.

If he wants to make it the central
issue of his campaign,...

it's not going to work.

You gotta keep hitting her on
the religious thing.

Every time we go there,...

you score points and we
move the polls in our direction.

I'm not sure if
you're aware, Tom,...

but the mob isn't usually in
the habit of electing...

ungodly apostates who
denigrate people of faith.

Things are going to turn around.
You'll see.

He's right.
Listen to him.

Of course.

Of course, how blind i'm being.
Thank you. Yes.

Things are going to turn around,
you'll see. What is that, advice?

Well, thank you.
Thank for your keen insight,...

your astounding political acumen.

You know, I'm so
assured right now, Tom,...

I'm just going to sit right back
and wait for the hand of god...

to reach down and change
my political fortunes.

How about that?

Galactica, Starbuck.

SAR squadron
confirms readiness check.

And we are spun up out here and
ready for the first jump.

You are go for the jump, Starbuck.

Roger that.

Jump in ten minutes. Mark.

I'd like to speak with actual.


Actual. Go.

Did I ever say "thank you"?


Then again, that would be
a first, wouldn't it?

Thank you.

Just come back
in one piece.

That'll be thank you enough.

Good hunting.

Actual out.

SAR team, Starbuck. Set navcon
inputs to coordinate recheck.

Standby for bounce
back and stabilization routines.

Let's do a final check, people.

I still can't believe you
talked me into this.

It's important.

And I'll be with
you there and back.

It's you and me from
now on, no matter what.

Just like we agreed.

I know. I know.

I really appreciate it,
Helo, I really do.

I just can't get her
out of my head.

Our little girl.

Is there a problem?

Racetrack, check.

Callon Chedk.

Wireless check complete.

Board is green and we are set.

Sharon, you're on.


SAR team, Starbuck.

Standby to jump on my mark.

Here we go.

Four, three, two, one.

Commence the first jump.

This doesn't look right.

No other contacts on dradis.


Oh, man. We're at the wrong
jump coordinates.


Helo, we've lost
someone already.

It's Racetrack.

So do we go back?

Mission rules say we keep going
unless we lose three.

So we keep going.

Racetrack will just
have to find her way back to base.

It's a hell of a way to start, though.

Let's, uh, let's talk
about what happened.

I can't really believe it.


I- I-I don't understand how I
could do that to Cally.

It's like it's a nightmare.

She said you were asleep
when she found you.

Were you having a nightmare
when she woke you up?

I don't remember.


Been having any recurring
dreams lately?



That's what we in the pray
trade call a lie.

And lies aren't going to
get you anywhere, my friend.

So skip over the
denials and the deceptions...

and let's get right
down to it, shall we?

You're having dreams.

What are they?

Tell me about
your dream, Chief.

Every night... every night,
it's the same.

For how long?

Couple weeks.

And you were having the same dream
when Cally woke you up, weren't you?

I don't know.

I don't remember. Maybe.

It doesn't matter, does it?

All I remember is Cally on
the ground and the blood.

She stopped you.

By waking you up,

she prevented you from carrying out
your secret desire to kill yourself.

I don't have a secret
desire to kill myself.

Well, actually, you're right.
It's not a secret.

You obviously want to kill yourself.
Question is why.

I think there was some kind of
glitch in the navcon firmware.

Hey bottom line, we're to hell and gone...

from where we're
supposed to be, skipper.

Okay, um, any chance that we
can still catch up with them?

Not a chance.

Mission rules say we head back.

Frak me! It was the first jump!

Hey, look, you gave me
these coordinates.

Back to the barn.


I am picking up a large
planetary body.

It's frakkin' close.

Where'd that come from?

Hell if I know.

So much dradis interference here,
it didn't even register.

Hey, check this out.

Atmosphere is nitrogen/oxygen.

Organic molecular spectra.

Fresh water?

Hey, you know what this is?

It's habitable.

We may have just found a world
that can support human life.

Maybe we're not just a bunch
of frak-ups after all.

Climate readings overall are within
human norms.

There's some extremes at the
poles that we couldn't withstand...

but that's not unusual.

Well done.

Thank you, sir.

We got a mottled area here at
the river mouth.

So it's probably a delta.

And the chances are, we've got
significant plant and animal life.

So I want a lot of nice,
low passes across here.

Heard the Pegasus survey
mission found wildlife.

Fruit trees.

Rivers of milk and honey.

Yeah. You forgot the lakes of ambrosia.

Most of the planet's
actually pretty barren.

Plant and animal
life located in a...

temperate belt around the equator.

But the best part is...

with all the dradis
interference from the nebula...

the cylons will
probably never find it.

Who cares about
this stupid planet anyway?

Song and dance over nothing.

Less than 20% of that place actually
supports human life so...

You're not seeing the big picture.

This is your new home.

The place where you will
lead a new life.

This is the future, Gaius.

Now there's a
difference in thought.

What's that?

Oh, nothing, Tom.

Just, uh...

can you imagine if we actually had
to live on that thing.


are a genius.


Pay attention.

You're about to win the election.

I'm sorry.
What were you saying, Tom?

We needed an issue.

Something to set us
apart from Roslin.

Something to put her clearly on
the wrong side of a major issue...

that people care
passionately about.

This is it.

Permanent settlement on this planet.

Permanent settlement here.

Have you lost your marbles?

It may look dreary,
it may be dreary,...

but it's solid ground under your
feet and a real sky over your head.

You'd be surprised what a
powerful idea that is to...

people cooped up in metal
boxes for nine months.

You should listen to him, Gaius.

He's a smart, sexy
man, just like you.

Oh, give up.


Give up on Earth.


So we'd settle here.


You know, it's starting to look like a
lovely little planet after all.

This is a rest stop.

A place to load up
on food and water.

We're not settling
here, obviously.

You've heard the
captain's reports.

Every ship in the fleet has
people begging, pleading,...

demanding they get time
down on the surface.

Even if it's only for a few hours.

Well, a few hours is one thing.

But permanent settlement's
quite another.

Suddenly Baltar's holding out
hope for breathing real air,...

growing real food, sleeping in
a bed instead of a bunk.

Living in a house
instead of a ship.

It's a fantasy.

Look at the mission reports.

All the data indicate that
life on this planet would be hard.

It would be a struggle to even eke a
living out for a few years.

Today's polls show that he's...

also making headway
with the idea that...

because the planet is
hidden in a nebula,...

it will provide a refuge
from the cylons.

What, are we
now assuming that...

cylon technology is not sufficient
enough to find this planet?

We just found it.

Madam President, in my opinion,
people vote their hopes,...

not their fears.

Baltar is offering them what
they want to hear,...

and you're offering
them a bitter reality.

I'm offering them the truth.

They don't want to hear the truth.
They're tried, exhausted.

The idea of stopping,...

laying down their burdens,...

and starting a new
life right now...

is what is resonating
with the voters.

How well is it resonating?

It could turn the entire
election around.

Why are you running?

I'm not.

How long are you
going to do this?

How long are you going to
refuse to see what's...

right in front of your face?

Forget it.
I'm done.

What, you're... you're leaving?

That's right. I'm done.

I'm done dancing
around the truth with you.

You know what's going on.

But you can't or
you won't face it,...


I'm not a therapist.

I'm not going to hold your
hand and help you along.

I'm just trying to get you right
with yourself and with your gods,...

but you're not willing to do it.

I don't even know what
you're talking about.

Oh for gods' sake, chief!
Come on!

You think you're a Cylon.

I am not a Cylon.

Well, of course you're not.

But that's what you're
afraid of, isn't it?

That you might be a cylon
and not even know it just...

just like Boomer, right?


That's the thought
that's torturing your dreams...

and crippling your soul.

I'm a cylon,...

just like Sharon,
and I deserve to die.

Sharon didn't know...

what she was.

She just kept...

thinking... feeling...

that she was going to
do this terrible thing.

But she knew that she had to
stop herself before she did.

And you think that's what you're
going to do. Some terrible thing.

Well, the truth is, you might.

But not because you're a Cylon.

Because you're a human being,...

and human beings do terrible
things all the time.

But how do you
know I'm human?

Oh, well, maybe because
I'm a Cylon,...

and I've never seen you at
any of the meetings.

There's not much more
I can do for you.

You're going to have
to go back to work...

and try and leave all
of this behind you.

No. I...

I can't.

I can't go back and face
the deck people again.

And Cally?

Well, you'd better.

That's the only family you've got.

Just know that that's your
family and that they love you.

Even Cally.

Especially Cally.

If you doubt your humanity...

and your essential nature
as a human being,...

all you need to do
is look to them...

for the salvation you've been
seeking from the gods.

The gods lift up those...

who lift each other, Chief.

SAR team, Starbuck.
We are set here.

Stand by for final jump to Caprica.

Remember, we are going
very low to the surface.

Be prepared for wind shear,
rain, storms...


Roger that, Starbuck.


Here we go.


SAR team, Starbuck.
Form up on me.

Roger that skipper.

Any cylons, Helo?

Nothing on dradis.

Wait a minute.
Wait a minute.

Missing a raptor.
I'm only reading 17 out there.

We're missing raptor 6-12.

That's toughguy and carousel.

What, they jumped to
the wrong coordinates?


No, no. I'm picking up their
transponder, so they made it.

Bearing 827, carom 443.

About half a klick from here.

That would put them...

oh, my gods.

Where, Helo?
Talk to me.

They jumped
inside the mountain.


SAR team, Starbuck.

We've lost raptor 6-12.

We are proceeding without them.

Follow me.

Roger that Starbuck.

I would think that my position...

and the position of my
campaign is abundantly clear.

Madam President,
you have 30 seconds to respond.

Well, my initial response is
there he goes again.

Once again, ladies and gentlemen,...

Doctor Baltar is distorting
the real issues before us.

The issue here,
the real question, is...

not allowing the scriptures to
dictate the policy of this government.

The question is...

do the scriptures
contain real world relevance?

Do they contain the
information necessary...

to guide us to a safer home than
some completely unknown planet...

that we've just now discovered?

Obviously, my answer to that
question is yes.

I have always and will
continue to feel...

the scriptures hold
real world relevance.

Mr. Vice President,
the next question is for you.

Uh, how do you
respond to the charges...

that you seized the idea of...

permanent settlement
on this planet...

as an opportunistic
gamble, um,...

some would say as...

to be construed as a desperate
move from a campaign,...

uh, that was falling
behind on every poll?

Well, you know that is, um,...

that is an excellent question,
in fact, Jim. Thank you.

And I'm only too glad to
have the opportunity to respond to it.

You see, I have long been a
proponent in the search for Earth.

The promise of perhaps
finding not only a new home,...

but also the prospect of
discovering our long lost...

brothers and sisters of the 13th
colony is a powerful one...

and one I have believed
in heart and soul.

But the trouble is,...

the cylons continue
to follow us...

as they have done
every step of the way...

since the destruction
of the colonies.

And if we have a chance
to change this dynamic,...

to stop this deadly chase,...

should we take it?

My answer is yes.

Thank you.
Madam President, 30 seconds.

There's no assurance...

none whatsoever...

that the cylons don't already
know about this planet,...

that they don't make regular
stops here looking for us,...

and that in fact...

they aren't simply waiting for
us to settle on the surface...

- so they can...
- I have to respond to that.

I simply have to
respond to that.

I'll give you 15 seconds.

What you've seen right now,
ladies and gentlemen,...

is another example of
the President using fear...

to drive her campaign.


Fear of the gods.

Fear of the cylon.
Fear of fear itself.

Is it not time to
stop being afraid?

I'm asking all of us...

to stop running
from our lives...

and start living them.

Thank you.

Thank you.
That is all we have time for today.

I'd like to thank, uh,...

both the candidates for
their frankness today.

Very exciting debate.

This concludes the cycle of
the debates for the presidency.

The polls will be
open in three days.

Please vote.

Thank you and good night.

Not your night, I guess.

Why don't you go frak yourself.

With me now is campaign
manager for Doctor Baltar,...

Mr. Tom Zarek.

Tom, welcome. Uh,
you were in there with us today.

What was your impression?

Well, I...

thought Doctor
Baltar did exceptionally well.

Laid out his vision of the future...

and offered the people a way
to end the suffering and terror...

that defines so many
of their lives.

On the other hand,
I found myself wondering how...

Roslin's arguments against
settlement could possibly win.


Let's go.

- right there.
- Go it.

Let's figure out
where we are, Karl.

Resistance base camp.
We're still...

another klick ahead.

Movement. Eleven o'clock


You got a Samuel T. Anders there?

Is there a Kara Thrace there?

If there is,...

you tell her she took her
good, sweet time getting here.


What took you so long?

We have marines in raptors.

We're gonna get you and your
people out of here, okay?

As good as your word, huh?

Yeah, good as my frakkin' word.

What, did you think I
was going to leave you here?

Now you feel like a big frakkin'
idiot, don't you?

All right, just shut up
and save us already, okay?

People, this is nice,
but we have toasters on our ass.

Where are the rest
of your people?

This is it.

Toasters hit our base
camp this morning.

I lost half my crew.


Back to the raptors!


Shell trajectories are coming
between us and the raptors.

We're cut off!

They've got us zeroed in.

If we stay here,
they're gonna chew us up.

All right, we gotta fall back.
Position up this hill. Let's go!

All right, let's go, people!

Jaw set nicely.
You're done here.

I'm kicking you out of here and
sending you back to work.

Work like this?

You gotta love a
woman who can complain...

even with her jaw wired shut.

You got a visitor.

I'm sorry.

What I did was...

unforgivable, inexcusable.

I didn't come here to...

I forgive you.

No. Cally. No.

It wasn't you.

I know that.

It wasn't you.

It was me. I...

may have been out of my
mind and not know where I was...

doing or anything,
but it was me.

You're in pain.

You have been in
pain for a really long time.

Don't feel sorry for me.

I care about you.

I always have.

And I always will.

Let's move!

Let's go!

Let's go. Let's go!

Get a medic!

Sharon, take the gun!


They got us blocked
in here really good!


Can't raise the raptors.
The cylons have jammed the freq's.


Still out there?

Watch yourself.


They're holding
back though.

Yeah, but why?

They're holding position.

Sending for nonlethal weapons.

They want some
prisoners for interrogation.

The rest they're gonna
send to the farm.

I'm not going back to
one of those farms.

Yeah, well, you won't
have any choice.

None of us will.

They're gonna lob
some gas in here...

and then we'll all
wake up somewhere else.


So what do you want to do here?

Sit it out.

Wait and see
if she's right.

If she is, then you and me,
we gotta have an agreement.

An agreement?

Not going back to one
of those farms, Sam.

I'm not.

So if she's right...

and they throw gas
in here...

you do me, I do you.

What are you
talking about?

This is what I'm
talking about, okay?

Yeah, okay.


Down two more points.

And this after hearing
his notions of social policy.

Not to mention his wishful
thinking that he is?calling...

"Security policy. "

Are people really
going to be that stupid?

Are they really going to
be that short-sighted?

He's got the only issue
people care about.

Oh, I know. The planet.

That's all anybody wants to talk
about is that frakkin' planet.

Excuse my...

my language,
Tory, I'm?sorry.

I know in my gut...

that settling on this planet's
gonna mean disaster for humanity.

And I will not say otherwise
just to win an election.

As you wish, Madam President.

So I guess I should start packing
up my office unless you have...

some super secret backup
plan for victory in your pocket.

There's always a
backup plan for victory.

Just in time for the priest.

Oh, good.
Send him in.

Eighteen hours.

They're taking their
good sweet time out there.

They could've overrun us at
any point during the night.

They're up to something.

What are we up to?

Got any brilliant
ideas in that...

military brain of yours.

Do the same thing
we always do.

Fight 'em till we can't.

What do you think?

Let's get a recon
crew together.

Scout the area.

Figure out what's
going on out there.

They're gone.

They just left.

Thank the gods!

It's a miracle.

Let us pray.

Lords of kobol,...

we trust in your benevolence and
praise your righteousness.

Give the people
of this fleet...

the wisdom to
see the goodness...

and the strength of your
servant, Laura Roslin.



Madam President.

The Admiral's not here.

This is my meeting.

I wanted us to talk privately...

without the press
getting wind of it.

Please have a seat.

Well, you must
have something...

very interesting to say
to resort to such

pedestrian methods
of deception.

The question of
permanent settlement...

may well be the most important
issue we face since the attack.

I agree.


The question should
be carefully studied...

before making
a final decision.

In the middle of
an election campaign...

is hardly the
time for careful study.

Therefore I propose a truce.

You and I...

will issue a joint
statement declaring...

that the?question be tabled
till after this election.

We will both pledge that
regardless of who is elected,...

the decision will be made only
after careful deliberation...

involving all
elements of the public...

and after consultation...

with the military and
the Quorum of Twelve.


I know we've had
our disagreements,...

but this issue...

transcends personal disagreement...

as well as politics.

I am appealing here to your
sense of patriotism.

Let me tell you my sense of
patriotism is doing just fine.

Thank you very
much for asking.

I see it...

as my patriotic duty...

to lead this fleet
to a new world.

That new world is
unquestionably New Caprica.

But thank you,
Madam President,...

for?demonstrating to me...

just how desperate your campaign
for re-election has become.

Were you with a blond woman on
Caprica just prior to the attack?

A what?

She knows.

Were you...

with a tall,...

blond woman in
the river walk section...

of Caprica City just
prior to the attack?

She can see right through you.
Get out of here now.

You'll resort to anything at this
stage, won't you?

I'm afraid my affairs on Caprica
and who I chose to consort with...

are none of your business.

I saved your life.

I won't save your
political career.

We are not moving
down to that planet.

- If Baltar wins the election...
- Baltar won't win the gods-damn...

If he does, then what?

We're going to just sit on this ship
and rot while everyone else...

- Ellen, my job is to protect the fleet...
- gets to start a new life?

from the cylons and that's
exactly what I'll be doing.

If you want to move down
there, go ahead, be my guest.

Go down and cat around with all the
men. Have yourself a good old time.

Saul, I want you.


You gotta be kidding me.

I'll be right down.

Starbuck's back.

I gotta get down there.

We're almost there.

Hey, hey, guys,
take it easy with it. Come on.

Am I good or what?

There's gonna be no living
with her now.

It's good to see you.
Welcome back.

Thank you, sir.

I brought some
friends with me.

I see.

Right. Right. Um...

this is, um...

wow, um,...

this is Samuel T. Anders.

I know who he is.

Damn good to
meet you, sir.

- Caprica Buccaneers.
- That's right.

Hell of a player.

I'm a Picon Panther fan myself.

We enjoyed beating them too.

It's good to
have you aboard.

Thank you.

I have news.

Good news, actually.

The cylon occupation is over.

They left.

They're gone.

What are you talking about?

It's true.

The cylons have
left the colonies.

They're headed for greener pastures.


What the hell?

Don't move!

He's a cylon.

Back off, chief.
We got it.


this is an awkward moment.

Yes, uh, he's right.
I'm a cylon.

And I have a message.


take me to your leader.

Take him to the brig.

Take that to the brig too.


Admiral, she didn't know.

Don't even start, Helo!

Of course she knew.

Welcome to Galactica.

Why the frak didn't
you say anything?

I don't know.

Maybe I didn't want to.

Maybe I wanted him to come
here and blow up the whole ship.

Is that what
you're looking for?

You don't mean that.


we finally got the Admiral
to start trusting us.


And what?

They killed my baby.

You think I care about you...

or us or whether the Admiral
trusts me anymore?



I love you!

And I'm not giving up this frakkin'
easy! Not after everything!

You ready?

All right.


- No, no, no.
- Yes, yes, yes.

Hey, hey, hey. Listen.
You don't have to get me drunk.

I will sleep with you, okay?

I figure I owe you one what with
you? saving me and all.

Little slut.

Shut up.

Come here.

Now you're going to
play hard to get.


My hero.

Gods, I guess they'll let
anybody in here these days.



Welcome back.

Do you want to meet my man?

Your man.

My personal property.

Right, Sammy?

Don't call me Sammy.

How does it feel
to be my personal property?

And before you answer...

he loves it.

I'll bet he does. I'm Lee, by the way.

Hey. Sammy. I'm sorry.

I've heard a lot about you.

Pleasure. Shot?

Sure. Why not?

Lee, when are you gonna
get yourself a girl?

I'm doing fine, thank you.

You're not still
frakkin' Dualla, are you?

Thanks a lot.

I mean, I'm not
one to like, you know,...

lecture or anything...

'cause I'll do just
about anything to get into...

the pants of
some hot little young thing.


Is that all I am to you?

Yes. But you love it.

That's all right. I don't mind
doing charity work.

Where did he go?

I'm here to deliver a message.

After that, you can
do whatever you want with me.

I don't care.

Would you mind telling
me what's going on?

I'm not a frakking cylon.
I'm not...


okay then.

Sorry to bust up
your day, brother.

But there's been
a change of plans.

It's been decided that the occupation
of the colonies was an error.

I could've told them that.

Bad thinking.

Faulty logic.

Our first major error of judgment.

Live and learn.

But the war heroes have managed to
swing opinion over to their side.

What heroes?

A six and an eight. One of the
eights you know as Sharon Valerii.

Their voices carry
a lot of weight.

So when they started
talking about our mistakes...

and our corruption and
our need for a new beginning,...

the rest of us listened.

You see, we're not like you.

We can admit our mistakes and
we're not afraid of change.

So you abandoned the colonies...

leaving behind a
devastated nuclear wasteland.

And we're supposed
to be grateful.

Our pursuit of this fleet of
yours was another error.

That's two for anyone
who's keeping score.

Both errors led to
the same result.

We became what we beheld.

We became you.


People should be true to
who and what they are.

We're machines.

We should be true to that.

Be the best machines the
universe has ever seen.

But we got it into our
heads that we were the...

children of humanity.

So instead of perusing
our own destiny...

of trying to find our own
path to enlightenment,...

we hijacked yours.

You said it, brother.

My mission here is simple.

I'm to tell you that you've
been given a reprieve.

Cylon and man...

will now go their
separate ways,...

no harm done.

No harm.

You completely annihilated our race
and destroyed our civilization.

Now if you going to start
pointing fingers...

Where did the cylons go?

Back to their home world?

Well, I'd rather not say just now.

Uh, let's just say
we have other plans.

New marching orders by your...

one true god.

There is no god.

Supernatural divinities are
the primitive's answer...

for why the sun goes
down at night.

At least that's what we've been
telling the others for years.

Can't really prove it one way
or the other, of course.

I know a way to prove it.

Throw them both
out the air lock.

Let them see if there
really is a cylon god.


Ballots from the Adriatic.


This way.

It's been an exciting day.

The election has been a real
roller-coaster ride.

The polls now have been
closed for about five hours.

Results have come in...

and it's been a seesaw battle
back and forth between the...

Presidential candidates
all night long as we, of course,...

expected it would be.

Uh, we're still waiting for a
few more numbers to come in now, uh,...

from the counting room
of Galactica, which, uh,

must tell you as
some of you may know,...

was a source of a bit of a

Uh, Councilman Zarek had filed a
formal complaint against the, uh,...

use of military... military involvement
in the election process.

Now it's just reached... a compromise
was just reached...

late yesterday allowing
Galactica to provide...

security for the balloting...

as well as civilians to oversee...

and monitor the situation.

Yes, okay.

We have some more
votes coming in?here.

Still not done.

But what we have so far is 6,282
more votes for Baltar,...

which puts his total now to...

Is that... that correct?

And we also have Roslin.
Her total now is at 17,754.

We've had 2,981 more votes...

come in for Roslin at this time.

So that is how things are looking
at this point.

We'll continue to bring you
up-to-the-minute coverage...

Yeah, it's me.

Is this a secure line?


There are only five
ships left to report in.

We need to move now.

I'll take care of it.


I'll be right back.

Are those the ballots
from the Zephyr?

Yes, sir.

All right, we'll
take it from here.

We were told to take
these to the ballot room, sir.

Counting has already begun.

We'll take it from here.

Last one.

Uh, we have some more results
have come in here now.

It's all been taken care of.

Wow. Okay.

8,593 for Roslin,...

which puts her over the top.

That's 24,265 for Laura Roslin.
Is that correct?

And 22,366 for Gaius Baltar.

We're going to check these again...

because that has put
her over the top.

She... she has done it.

She has retained the presidency...

in an?improbable comeback...

in the final
hours of the campaign.

Uh, again, we...
we would, of course, like...

to check those numbers,
if we could.

But it appears that Laura Roslin
has retained the presidency...

in defiance of the polls, the pundits,...

and the?surveyors of gloom and doom.

I've never seen a political race end
like this, but it has just happened.

I am James McManus.

We'll check those numbers and we'll
be back to you very shortly.

Thank you.

I've seen a lot of elections, Gaius.

Most honest, a few fixed.

And you can always tell the fixed
ones because they don't make sense.

And this doesn't make sense.

Laura Roslin is many things.

But she's not corrupt.

And she's not dishonest.

It's over.

Congratulations, Madam President.

Oh, thank you.

I hope you don't take
this the wrong way, but...

are you as shocked as I am?

I'm relieved.

Well, you don't sound it.

I'm just tired.

It's been a long campaign.


may I speak to
you for a moment?

What's up?

Sir, I'm afraid these ballots
from the Zephyr are wrong.

What the hell are
you talking about?

Doctor Baltar's name is spelled
correctly on these ballots.

But this morning,
the Zephyr called me...

and told me their
ballots had a misprint.

They misspelled
Baltar's first name.

We didn't have
time to print new ballots,...

so I told them on my authority to go
ahead and use them anyway.

Baltar's name is spelled
correctly here,...

so they couldn't have come
from the Zephyr. They're frauds.

Now there's a complete
chain of custody...

from the Zephyr all
the way into this room.

So someone in the chain is either a...

perpetrator or at least
a willing ally.

Thank you for bringing
this to my attention.

I'll take care of it from here.


We should at least...

notify the civilian observers
and the press that these ballots...

I said I'll take care of it from?here.

Yes, sir.

Madam President,
you should celebrate.

It's a great victory
and you've earned it.

Excuse me.

Admiral, we'll talk later.
Thank you.


Yes, sir. This is Lieutenant Geata.


I don't know how to say this.

Fast and straight, I'd advise.

Yes, sir.

Admiral, I believe that Colonel Tigh
is involved in a conspiracy...

to rig the election
for President Roslin.

When I confronted the colonel,
he admitted his guilt.

He said he acted in
collusion with your...

campaign manager, Tory Foster.

Saul said tory
contacted him a few days ago.

He did it because he felt that...

Baltar as President
would be a disaster.

I said I agreed,...

but that what he
had done was illegal.

A judicial tribunal may
have to be convened.


I gave Tory the go-ahead.

I didn't know exactly
what she was planning.

I certainly did not know about
Colonel Tigh. Oh, my gods.


I did know that she was
planning to fix the vote.

You tried to steal an election?

Yes, I did.

And I got caught.

But Gaius Baltar...

cannot become President of
the Colonies, Bill. It cannot happen.


I don't want him as
President either, but...

He's working with the cylons.

I saw him...

just before the attack in Caprica...

with a copy of the
tall blond cylon woman.

The same model who accused
Baltar of treason...

before disappearing from Galactica.

What the hell are you saying?

Why didn't you say
something before this?

Because I didn't remember
seeing him with that woman...

until I remembered it
when I was dying.

I know how that
sounds, but it's real.

The same way Kobol is real,...

and the Tomb of Athena is real,...

and the map to earth is real.

Baltar is working with the cylons.

Even if that's true,
you have no proof.

No, I don't.

Do we steal the results of a
democratic election or not?

That's the decision.

Because if we do
this, we're criminals.

Unindicted, maybe,...

but criminals just the same.

Yes, we are.

You won't do it.

We've gone this
far, but that's it.

'Scuse me?

You try to steal this election,...

you'll die inside...

likely move your
cancer right to your heart.

The people made their choice.

We're gonna have to live with it.

It's the wrong choice.

Yes, it is.

All right.
All right. All right.

So that's it.

We just give it up,
just like that.

The battle, perhaps.

But not the war.

Well, the important thing is...

the error was
discovered and corrected.

You've been elected President.

Thank you very much, Admiral.

Now about this error.

Exactly what kind of a tabulating
error could have occurred on your ship...

that could've swung several thousand
votes away from me in favor of your...

preferred candidate, Admiral?

As soon as I have the time,
there will be an investigation.

I suggest that you
take your victory...

and you leave it at that, Doctor.

I think you'll find I can be
magnanimous in victory, Admiral.

And I believe the correct honorific
at this time is Mr. President elect.

Set course for New Caprica.

Jump completed.
We are in orbit around New Caprica.

We have all ships...

present and accounted for, sir.

Send word to the Pegasus...

to launch their initial
ground team onto the surface.

Let's get a good
look at our new home.

Gods help us all.



I think my ability to see you?will...

no doubt be...

constrained by the
responsibilities and...

the requirements
of my new position.

Listen to me.

My... my new position. Um...

but obviously, we, um,...

we will have the chance
to connect, to, uh,...

to get together again
on New Caprica once...

I'm not going to New Caprica.


What are you talking about?

I'm not going to New Caprica.

We're all going
to New Caprica.

All of us.

Every last,
single one of us!

It's our chance
to be together.

To be together?again.


I can't do this anymore.


If you'll raise your right
hand and repeat after me.

"I, Gaius Baltar,
do now avow and affirm. "

I, Gaius Baltar,
do now avow and affirm.

"That I take the office of the President
of the Twelve Colonies of Kobol...

without any moral reservation
or mental evasion. "

That I take the office of President
of the Twelve Colonies of Kobol...

without any moral
reservation or mental evasion.

"That I will protect and defend
the articles of colonization. "

That I will protect and defend
the articles of colonization.

"With every fiber of my being. "

With every fiber of my being.

Congratulations, Mr. President.

Thank you.

I accept the role offered
to me by the Colonies...

with humility and gratitude.

Thank you.

Wait, wait. No, no, wait.

And now...

because it was the first
will of the people,...

I'm going to sign my first
executive order...


to immediately
establish settlements...

on the planet we have
come to know...

as New Caprica.

You have your orders.

We suspect the warhead
was stolen from your lab.

Then smuggled aboard
cloud 9 by a cylon agent.

I don't suppose I could? interest
you in a cup of tea, Admiral?

Mr. President.

This may be the first
step in a coordinated cylon attack.

I suggest our first priority would
be to focus in on internal security.


No, I don't think so.

Our first priority
is to the people.

See that they are safely
established on New Caprica.

Once? that's accomplished...

We can put this
tragedy behind us.

You're not listening.

I don't have to listen.

I'm the President.

The settlement
begins and it begins now.

Mr. President.

President Baltar.
Good morning, sir.

Good morning, sir.

Mr. President,
the Union needs their answer.

The union.

If it's not the
union, it's the Quorum.

If it's not the Quorum,
it's the people's council.


We survived a nuclear
holocaust, Mr. Gaeta.

And the people complain
about the weather.

Sir, it's hardly the weather...

Well, whatever it is.

How many cylon attacks have there
been since I took office?

How many?

None, sir.

None. Precisely.
So why do the people complain?

Tell the union to get off their fat
asses and do some frakking work...

for a?change or I'll start rounding
up their leaders and holding...

them in detention.
I doubt they'll like that very much.

I'll tell them, Mr. President.

Thank you.


Where's my,
where's my pills?


DAY 380

I'm telling you to go, okay?

No, it's not okay.

I feel like I'm
abandoning my post.

It's time to pack it in,
Saul. You know it.

More than half the crew is down
there on the ground already.

We can barely put a squadron
in the air to train,...

much less fly a decent cap.

We're not really doing
too much up here anymore.

You're staying.

Yeah, well, someone has to take
care of the lighthouse.

Then I'll stay and take
care of it with you.

I appreciate that.

But you know there's
only one person per lighthouse.

We both know the cylons
could still show up.

Anything's possible.

We've been orbiting New Caprica
longer than we ran after the attack.

I don't think they're
coming back anymore.


good luck.

If she gives you
too much trouble,...

find yourself a younger one.


Hey, you seen Sam?

I think he's over there
playing pyrimid.


Set her up.

Sam, you idiot!

I've been
looking for you everywhere.

What the hell are you thinking?

Looks like I'm in trouble.

Doc Cottle is here.
You're sick.

You're supposed to be in bed.

I would rather...

work this out of my system right
here than lie in bed all day.


come on.

Come on.

Duty calls.

Hey you gotta be tough.

Let's go, Anders.

Tomorrow, man.
Same time, same score.

Can't believe I married a moron.
Are you okay?

I'm fine.

It's okay.

I'll be right back, okay?

Hey, doc, wait. So?

There's fluid in the lungs.

It's probably pneumonia.

So give him something.

I'd love to.

I've been out of
antibiotics for months.

So what, that's it?

I have a lot of patients to see.
But he's young and he's strong.

So make him rest.
Keep him warm.

And with a little luck,
he'll make it.

Son of a bitch.

Please just calm down.

listen just for a second.


Please. Be quiet!

Hey, shut the frak up!

When you elected
me union President,...

I promised I would keep us working,...

keep benefits flowing. But most of
all, keep this city alive.


I promised we would stay on the job.
And well hey.

- Wow, look at you.
- Hi.

Oh, I'm so glad you guys are here.

Me too.

It's pretty... pretty exciting.

Yeah, that wears off.

So what's going on here?

President Baltar.


Anders is really sick.

But Doc Cottle's giving me the
runaround and says there's no antibiotics.

And that's a load of?crap.

Anything you can do to help me
cut through the red tape.

You should give Apollo a call.

Pegasus is sitting
on the backup meds.

He'd spring some for you.

Yeah. I doubt that.

That was a long time ago.
People change.


But there comes a time
when you realize...

that the engine you've built...

with your blood and your
sweat and your tears...

is being used for something
so foul, so perverted...

that it makes you
sick in your heart.

And it's then that you must
throw your body on the gears...

and on the levers and on the
machine itself and make it stop.

And you have to show
the people who run it,...

the people who control it,
that unless we're free,...

that machine will be prevented
from working at all...

Strike! Strike! Strike! Strike!
Strike! Strike! Strike!

Okay. Everybody have that so far?


Good, you're listening.

Think the President has a bit
of a problem on his hands.

I also want you to look
at chapter ten.

It's the history of the twelve
colonies. It's really interesting.

The President's problems are not
our problems, are they?

That's right.

Our problems are
homework for everyone tonight.

Now some of you are
going to stay...

and help me with the art
project for the presentation.

Everyone else, your parents are here.
Get your stuff, let's go. Go on.

Get out of here. Good job.

Yeah. Okay. Bye,
honey. Thanks. Good job.

Good job.

Thank you, parents.

You know what,...

why don't you and the
baby go on, okay?

I'll finish up here.

- You sure?
- Yes. Yes.

Go ahead.

Bubble head.

A bubble head.
I love this.

Hello. Hello, Isis.



Hey, what's going on?

It's for you.

Who is it?

It's for you.

Who is it?


What do you want?

I need a favor.

Is that right?

I hear that you're, uh,...

hoarding a bunch of
antibiotics for the pilots.

Where did you hear that?

Anders is sick.

He has pneumonia, Lee.

I think that he might die.



Yeah, lieutenant.
What is it?

I'm not sure.

Picking up something on dradis.

Dradis? How can you see
anything in that soup?

There it is.

What is it?

Wait, what is that?

Oh, my gods,...

it's a cylon fleet.

They found us.

We have to get out
of here, sir.

We can't just leave all
those people behind.

There's nothing we can do.

It's taken us forever just to get to
action stations over here.

We're in no shape for a fight,?sir.

They'll be wiped out.

We don't have a choice.

We need to get out
of here right now.

All decks finally report
condition one, sir.

Should we launch
the alert fighters?


Begin jump prep. We're leaving.

But we'll be back.

Start your prep.

Mr. President!
Mr. President!

Don't you knock?

Gaius. Gaius!

Yeah, what is it?

The cylons just
jumped into orbit...

and the fleet's jumped away.

Judgment day.

I'm looking for Kara Thrace.

I'm Gaius Baltar.

President of the Colonies.

I know who you are, Gaius.

I know very well.

As long as you
offer no resistance,...

you won't be harmed.

How do I know that?

You don't.

You also don't
have any choice.

How did you find us?

Oh, it was quite by
accident, actually.

We were over a light-year away
from here when we detected...

the radiation signature
of a nuclear detonation.

Very well.

On behalf of the people
of the Twelve Colonies,...

I surrender.

What do you want to do now Captian.

The same thing we always do,...

fight them until we can't.