Early on, I feared this ep was going to be predictable. By the end of the ep, hey, I was right! :) That's not to say I hated it, just that I was underwhelmed. There were some good character moments. And Baltar may have one uped Spike's naked push-ups. ;p
I was thrilled to see Apollo back. Yes, I know, he had appearances in the past few eps, but they were far too brief. I loved the dinner scene and it was the big saving grace for me. To begin with that glance he gave Laura got my shippy thoughts going again. More importantly, I fell a little bit more in love with him when he started cleaning up the dishes. ;-) Sure, he was trying to avoid that hussy probing his prostate, but his first instinct was to extricate himself by volunteering to clean the table.
Laura probably had the best moment though, offering up the bottle to Ellen before she even asked. MM's facial expression was just perfect.
I also enjoyed the interaction between Adama, Lee, and Laura once they were left alone. The reaction to Lee's remark about what if Ellen's not a Cylon was priceless. As was watching the President and the Commander of the military finishing cleaning up the place.
Overall, this episode had more humor than any before it. It was a nice respite from the heavy subject matter they generally deal with. Yet, it seemed an odd juxtiposition with what was going on with Helo and Boomer on Caprica and their fight to survive.
Given Baltar doesn't want to be bothered with the time consuming task of testing everyone it would seem that other than Boomer, we won't know who else might be a Cylon for a very long time. Do I think Ellen is one? No. That doesn't mean I don't think she's possibly a spy of some sort. She seemed to be trying far too hard to gather information and there were too many holes in her story. Working for the Cylons would seem too obvious a choice. Working for someone who may be trying to upset the current hierachy could be the case. The woman is bad news (not to mention annoying as hell). I hope we don't have to put up with her crap for too long.
One other thing I liked is that Starbuck is still recovering from her injuries. Most sci-fi shows invent quick fixes to heal the injuries of their main characters in order to get them right back into the action. But, with Starbuck not being able to participate in missions involving physical skill we have the opportunity to see her mental abilities are equally as strong. Up until tonight I couldn't have imagined her spending hours in command analyzing raw data.