Previously on Battlestar Galactica: Boomer took off with Hera, Kara discovered her dad taught her to play “All Along the Watchtower” and the Galactica continued to fall apart.
It’s time to go back to the Kobol Opera House! Hera, Athena, Roslin and Caprica Six are all having dreams of running around the opera house before Caprica Six and Baltar take Hera away.
Hera is quite important and Ellen, Saul and even Kara all try to convince both the Adama men that they need to go after her because she’s important, especially since she wrote the music to the Cylon song Kara’s dad taught her.
It turns out Ellen (Kate Vernon) knows just where Boomer went: a Cylon colony that was their home after they left at the end of the First Cylon War. The Cylons ask to investigate this colony, but unfortunately Cavil moved it before the Cylon Civil War.
Repairs on the ship take a turn for the worse when a massive quake opens a rift in the hull that starts sucking technicians, humans and Cylons alike, into space. They eventually seal it off and take the survivors to Doc Cottle, though more than 60 (almost half Cylons) were killed.
The Quorum is in session and Lee Adama (Jamie Bamber) tells the newly elected members about the plan to move all military operations to the Cylon basestar as the Galactica fails. They’re all against it, except for when they realize it means they can pillage the remains of the Galactica, so everyone starts calling dibs on various parts of the ship.
Roslin (Mary McDonnell) is back on her cancer treatment and as Bill sits with her, she sparks up a fattie. Don’t worry, it’s medicinal, so they smoke up like they did on New Caprica. Roslin says that even though Bill (Edward James Olmos, who also directed this episode) might love Galactica more than her, he stills needs to let her go because both of his ladies are dying.
After much struggling and an emotional breakdown, Adama calls Tigh (Michael Hogan) into his room to order the Galactica be evacuated as they’re abandoning ship. Sad, wistful music plays as the two men share a drink in memory of their fallen lady.
Gaius Baltar is back on the air, sending his creepy religious message of love to all his listeners. Caprica Six shows up and he’s thrilled to see her again. Later while he’s shaving, he notices Kara sitting on the toilet in the men’s room taking a dump. That’s one classy lady.
She asks if he really believes in angels, after which she tells him the truth about finding herself dead on Earth. She gives him the dog tags (her dog tags) she took from the dead body and asks him to do some science stuff like dusting off his old Cylon detector to find out what the frak is going on.
Later at the funeral for the dead technicians working on the ship, Baltar interrupts to tell everyone about the power and the glory of everlasting life. His proof is that the blood on the dog tags was from a dead body and it matched the DNA of Kara Thrace. Everyone freaks out, Adama threatens to throw Baltar in the brig and Kara slaps Baltar, all of which are appropriate responses.
Kara visits Sam, who the Cylons have hooked up to the Hybrid mainframe to see if they could reboot him. They failed, so Kara asks for some time alone and professes her love for Sam before pulling a gun to put him out of his misery. Just then a program starts and Sam begins talking like the Hybrid, a bunch of incoherent nonsense that ends with, “You are the harbinger of death, Kara Thrace. You will lead them all to their end.” Then he restarts and mumbles random directions.
When Tigh shows up, he’s told Anders is connected to the Cylon goop in the hull and can even access the FTL drive and force a sudden jump. Tigh wants him shut down. Instead, Kara decides that Anders is important and that “All Along the Watchtower” is the key to it all, so they work together to figure it out. When she touches him, he suddenly gets a new command.
Athena is still quite upset that her husband Helo cheated on her with Boomer. It’s an honest mistake since they do share a certain resemblance, but she’s still hurting. Helo begs Adama to let him take a Raptor out to search, but Adama refuses.
On their road trip, Hera whines a lot, calling out for her mommy. Boomer, showing no maternal instinct, tells her to shut up before threatening to inject her with drugs to put her to sleep. However, Boomer slowly warms up to the adorable little kid, especially when she learns Hera has the ability to project into Boomer’s happy home in her Cylon-projected memory.
The two arrive at an imposing structure that looks a lot like Skeletor’s castle. This is the Cylon Colony. Cavil is eager to get his hands on Hera, and he promises the little girl that she’ll soon have plenty of new friends to play with.
Next week on Battlestar Galactica: It’s part one of the two-part, three-hour series finale. So I expect some pretty insane stuff is about to go down.