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BSG Ep 16: Sacrifice

As evidence of how much I liked this episode, I believe this is the first time since ‘Flight of the Phoenix’ that I stayed up to watch the repeat showing at 1am and was up until roughly 3am still discussing it (and talking k_julia out of her self-imposed exile from viewing. ;) The episode still had it’s fair share of flaws, but it’s easier to hand wave them when you have a semblance of continuity, actions growing organically from the story, and characters being relatively true to who they are.


I don’t have a lot to say about the terrorist plot. It was a nice reminder that there still exists dissention in the fleet. Whereas the peace movement’s motivations and demands in ‘Epiphanies’ made me go ‘Huh?’, I could understand from an emotionally charged stand point where Sesha was coming from. There was also some logic behind her demands and concerns. Adama, the man they are all entrusting their lives to, has put a lot of faith in the guidance of an enemy who could be playing him, leading them into a trap. Sharon’s assistance has only been to ensure the preservation of her and her child. She won’t reveal who or where other Cylon models may be that could wreak havoc elsewhere. And her words “They adapt to your every move. Every move triggers a counter move.” is worrisome. Has she been adapting this whole time? Just as Six got to Baltar back on Caprica, thus gaining herself access to the colonies defense system, are their military defenses being infiltrated again, but this time not so blindly? If not for her methods and her desire for revenge, Sesha could have made a very persuasive argument to the fleet that changes need to be made.

I have to wonder how anyone thought they could keep Sharon’s existence a secret. She’s walking around the ship on a regular basis. The Pegasus crew knows all about her. And we’ve seen how easily rumors and gossip are spread amongst the fleet.

The hostage situation was utilized as a means to explore the characters we already know and where they are going to be at emotionally by the end of the episode. Adama is starting to wonder about the choices he’s made since nearly being killed himself. Sharon has become an obsession for him. Instead of being by his son’s bedside, he’s in the morgue looking over a body that has been lifeless for months. But, whereas he was questioning her actions before, he’s not being forced to take a look at his own.

Mary McDonnell conveying Laura’s grief was amazing. It was one of her finest moments of the series. She tried so hard to retain her composure, to play the president, remain emotionless, and distance herself from the harsh reality of decisions they must make every day. But once she forces herself to look down at Billy, she loses it. The needing to brace herself against the wall so she doesn’t fall down and fall apart was an incredible acting choice. As was fixing Billy’s hair, trying to make it better when she can’t.

I didn’t get chocked up when Billy died. The character has had little to do since ‘Resistance’ and because of his lack of screen time; I’ve found myself emotionally distanced from him. But once Laura had to confront the reality that he’s gone and that she’s lost the person closest to her – a young man that was not only a valued political aspect, but family to her – yeah, I got a bit weepy.

While I’m not devastated by the loss of Billy, I am fascinated to see how this affects Laura. Will she replace him? How can she replace him? And will she turn, once again, to Lee for support?

I have mixed emotions on how Billy’s death happened. Yes, he was trying to be the hero and help save lives, but, damn, it was a stupid move on his part. Look at how many trained military personal were either wounded or killed. And the only other time he handled a gun, in VoD, he almost got them all killed. Dee was right, he should have done nothing.

I also didn’t like that the show decided to make Billy Mr. Sympathetic leading up to his death. Had Billy ever just spoken up in a meeting between Laura and Adama before? Did he ever dare question Adama? And then we have his heart ripped out and stomped on by Dee, yet he comforts her over the bleeding body of her new boyfriend (?) who she’s showing more emotion for than she ever did him.

I know a lot of people have/will attack Dee for her choices and behavior. Should she have told Billy sooner about her feelings for Lee or at least that her feelings for him had changed? Absolutely. And I feel she would have, she’d have to considering the environment they are now living in. The proposal was obviously a shock to her. It shocked me. My first reaction was “What the hell are you thinking Billy?” I give her points for immediately telling him no. I also understand why she didn’t go any further in explaining why. One look at his face and you knew this was the worst blow he’s suffered since losing his family in the attacks. Does she rub salt in the wound at that moment by telling him Lee’s changed his mind about pursuing a relationship with her and she’s choosing him instead? I think her choice to avoid that painful talk until sometime later was simply human nature. And like Lee and Dead Caprica Girlfriend, she didn’t get the opportunity to put things right.

Sadly, once again, Dee’s actions (and, in general, the whole Lee/Dee thing) are suffering from some poor editorial decisions courtesy of Ron Moore. There was another Lee/Dee scene in this episode that was cut. I’ve seen the promo pics for it. It would have been prior to their date. Lee’s in his dress blues, reaching in to kiss Dee either in his quarters or hers. It at least would have helped to explain why they were suddenly together on Cloud 9. Ron, if you want us to buy this relationship as something important to one or both, you need to show us.

Is it just me, or does Dee seem way too invested in Lee already? She’s pleading with him not to leave her and they hadn’t even managed to get through one date. My take is (and I am completely filling in the blanks here because we’ve seen so little interaction on screen) that after Kara rebuffed him last week, Lee decided to move on. I honestly don’t feel he’s using Dee, rather, she’s beautiful, and a good person with many fine qualities (if not good with break-ups), who has expressed a genuine interest in being with him. Why not explore the possibility and see what could develop? But, they are portraying Dee as if she’s in love with him and I think she may be setting herself up for a world of hurt. I mean, he didn’t give up his gun to save her; he would have done the same had it been Ellen Tigh. danceswithwords and I were attempting to analyze his reactions in the hospital bed. Granted, he had lost a lot of blood and was doped up on pain meds, but I would have thought he would have shown some emotion to seeing her there if he deeply cared about her. DWW was thinking perhaps he expected Kara to be there; I was wondering if he was expecting Adama. (Btw, nice echo of KLG Pt 2 in the bar, only, this time, it’s Adama over Lee’s bloody body.)

Now that I’ve listed some of my issues/concerns about Lee and Dee, I have to say that I loved seeing Lee Adama on a date - the dress casual clothing, him shaking off his military responsibilities, trying to relax and have fun, even attempting to be nice to Ellen. He was so cute! And then we segued from the cuteness to him asking Ellen to join him in the restroom which, yes, it was Ellen and it was a ploy, but it was still hot. Especially when he continued to let her believe what she wanted to believe until they got to their destination. She got to hold his hand, she should consider herself lucky. ;)

Do you think Lee’s reference to Ellen spending a lot of time on Cloud 9 is significant? Sure, she’s a drunk and a ho and easily bored, but could there be more to her trips there? I’m probably thinking more about this than the writers are. :p

OMG, poor Kara, you just know she is not going to deal with this well. There is always going to be residual guilt over for her role in Zak’s death, now she’s confronted with almost killing Adama’s other son. She must feel she’s a curse to those she loves in general and the Adama men in particular. It was her decision to deviate from the planned recon mission; however, Lee was an idiot for running around while bullets were flying through the air. They were at least equally at fault for his injury, but she won’t see it that way. She’ll shoulder all the blame and guilt and focus on her failure and how she’s no good to anyone. She’s like Lee in that respect. But in a moment that shows she has grown and matured, she immediately confesses to her role in it all.

Of course, the Adama men’s actions will haunt her as well. Lee never lost eye contact with her after being shot. She may see that as an accusation or expression of disappointment, but I’m not certain that was his intent. And Adama only adds to all her fears and self-loathing by not accepting her help in the rescue efforts. I don’t feel this reflected ill will towards her. All he had to do was take one look at her and know she was in no condition physically or mentally to aid in the operation. Hopefully, they’ll deal with the fallout from all this next week and won’t just drop the issues raised. Unlike what they did with 'Black Market'. Seriously, we can just pretend that episode never existed.
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yep, good ep. and thoughtful, intelligent comments, as always. lee was very cute in civilian dress, but i think dee is a lot more attractive in olive drab and no makeup.

the most interesting thing in the ep, i thought, was the kara / lee thing. that last tortured look kara gave to lee/dee at the end.... dang. you're totally right about her beating herself up over lee's injury--and so much more. and where will she turn? probably the bottle.

otherwise, that scene between adama and laura in the morgue was intense and gorgeous. when this show is on, it's on.

also: did you notice a conspicuous absense of helo? where was the "you can't turn my child over to terrorists" line?
did you notice a conspicuous absense of helo? where was the "you can't turn my child over to terrorists" line?

I noticed Helo was MIA as well as Baltar and Six. They had so much going on in the ep, I can understand how they didn't make it in. To rationalize Helo's absence, I don't think he was made aware of what was going on. The hostage situation seemed to be only known to a select group of people, And while Adama let Sharon know her presence on Galactica was now public knowledge, I don't think he ever mentioned Sesha's demands to her.

Kara could turn to the bottle or she could finally realize that how she chooses to deal with things really isn't working for her. By letting her emotions effect her actions, she cost Zak his life and cost his brother his life as well. Confessing to Adama her role in the shooting right away was a good first step. Now she needs to do some self-evaluation.
In regards to Adama and Sharon:
1. In the context in which it was asked Sharon answer to Adama's question was the right one. Any other answer would have been cause for Adama to trust Sharon less, and for us as the audience to question Sharon's true motivations. Sharon's motivations stem from her love for Helo, her Love for her little girl, and her wish for a life with the., Sharon will do what she has to do to achive these goals . At this point this is unquestionable canon. For Sharon this does not include betraying her people or compromising her beliefs as she sees them. (BTW-Self defense as in FoTP was not betraying her people). Bottom line Sharon is not on the Cylons side, she is not on the Colonials side, she is on Helo's and her daughters side. (I think we can include Kara and Tyrol in this also)

2. Now here is something that people are missing. The question that Adama actually asked was, and I paraphrase, what would you do if I asked you to give up the Cylons in the fleet, he didn't ask her to actually do it. Now you see why this was the right question and Sharon gave the right answer.Hooah! Adama knew the question he wanted to ask and he got the answer he was looking for to prove to himself that Sharon was not playing him.

Bob W
I do believe that Sharon's primary concern is for her child and Helo. Every time she has sided with the Colonials against the Cylons it was to protct herself and her family. However, since she hasn't come to condemn the Cylon way of doing things nor is she willing to eradicate a threat that she knows may exist to the fleet, she still maintains a certain amount of loyalty to the Cylons. But can I fault her for this? Just like a human child raised by parents, she is a product of her environment. She's been ingrained with certain beliefs and, frankly, her experiences living amongst the fleet are only reinorcing some of what the Cylon ideology dictates about humans. And on a more technical level, can she ever totally sever her connection to the Cylon collective? It's interesting to contemplate.
1. I wouldn't call the Cylons a collective, thats mixing Star Trek with BSG ans assuming a lot of stuff that relates to BORG not cylons.

2. Since Sharon has killed other Cylons when they did pose a threat to her family, I don't think she would hesistate to expose the other Cylons in the fleet if she felt that posed a threat. I don't think Sharon would outright betray her people or her beliefs as she sees them, this is consistant with he motivations.

3. In Epip Sharon said she has tried to show them that the Cylons are not all murderers. So at this point I have to believe that Sharon disgrees with alot of the actions the Cylons have taken.

Bob
Another Dee/Lee scene left on the cutting room floor? No wonder I kept having the feeling that I'd missed an episode, even though I knew I hadn't.

And no doubt stupid Ellen racheted up the tension (and the tragedy) by revealing who she was.
My first reaction to Ellen obviously recognizing Kara was "You idiot!" But, to be fair, isn't that a somewhat natural reaction? Kara should have never put herself in that position. And Dee not taking her eyes off Lee wasn't helping her situation either.
Oh yes, it is a natural reaction, one I'm sure I would have had as well. None of them were particularly discreet, and to be even fairer, Dee as the trained professional could have kept her cool a bit better. Same for Lee, who announced who he was, didn't he?
Lee did announce who he was, but, by that time, Ellen had already screwed up his plans and he may have thought that he could actually negotiate as Adama's son.
Is it just me, or does Dee seem way too invested in Lee already?

Maybe. The other thought I had about their scene at the end was that she was there when he said he didn't want to live, and she was trying to make sure he didn't give up again. But it still seems a little too much, too soon. That said, I definitely don't hold Dee's mistake in not telling Billy sooner that they needed to cool off against her. Others have made worse mistakes, and I think you're right that the proposal really surprised her. It's hard to tell if it really came out of nowhere or if she was just oblivious to Billy's feelings, but she definitely wasn't expecting it either way.

She must feel she’s a curse to those she loves in general and the Adama men in particular.

I'm sure she already felt that way; this just makes it 100 times worse. I think, though, that this will be a time of maturing for Kara. We've already seen it with her immediately owning up to the friendly fire shooting. And I agree Adama kept her out of the final situation because of how badly she was taking it, not because he held it against her.
I understood Dee being there at the end. I agree, after hearing what Lee confessed to Kara in RS Pt2, she must be concerned about him giving up again. I also feel that she wouldn't want him to wake up alone. Adama is off obsessing over Sharon's corpse again (which is really getting annoying) and Kara's guilt and fear of how Lee may react to seeing her right now is presumably keeping her at a distance. It was Dee's pleading with Lee not to leave her as he lay bleeding in the bar that seemed to much at this point.

I am curious to see how Kara deals with the aftermath of the shooting. I really think this may force her to evaluate herself and how she deals with things and could lead to her maturing even more.
Quick Notes on stuff not covered:

From a "Lee emotional" state, it is like they are playing these episodes out of order. Show me eps like this, and Black Market, and I'll begin to believe the ep where he gives up in space to die. But we got him, depressed to die one week, fighting to keep justice for all the next, and the stable level headed thinker this week.

Billy's death caught me off guard, but earlier when he said he was there with friends, I feared he was in on the terrorist group. Hey from this group of writers it could happen!

It was fitting to see Dana Delany's character shoot Galatica Boomer in the head, as it proved what most everyone knew, that regardless of what she said, it was just stupid revenge she was after.

BTW on a technical note, carbon Dioxide is heavier than the air we breathe. So to have a sensor read the gas from the drink, Lee should have placed the berverage above the sensor, so the gas flowed off like an over flowing liquid, not beneath the sensor expecting it to rise. Continuity people!!!

Overall good ep, with a lot happening.
I've really had no problem with Lee's behaviour and emotional state over the last two episodes. I also had no problem if they wanted to make him darker and show him snap under the weight of everything he has been dealing with. And I could rationalize that Adama and Laura's actions in RS Pt2 drove him to just want to be done with this life. What I don't get is the reasoning they threw at us in 'Black Market' and then not following up on it. At this point, I'm feeling it's best to ignore that episode happened and simply deal with what we saw before and after.

I knew Billy was going to be shot, but I didn't know they were actually going to kill him until danceswithwords spoiled me in the middle of the episode. (I said I was going to torture you a bit more DWW. ;)

I don't know how Carbon Dioxide acts, but, even if I did, I can easily hand wave that away. The show has bigger plot holes that they need to be dealing with.
On the Lee thing, I agree that Black Market really throws things off. Seeing him so dark he kills without question and then this week, won't pull the trigger, seems out of sequence. Once people get into a dark spot, they tend to stay there or if not, quickly revert back to the dark place upon similar circumstances.

As for Billy, I'll need to rewatch the sequence, because it looked like his 'hit" was a left shoulder shot, and not life threatening in my mind. But this is a one time pass on a viewing.

O.T. Alert!!! On a total tangent, I did have to fight off giggles when he was down and people were yelling 'Billy". Many years ago my brother and I started a home movie about a serial killer and I played the first victim. During filming the other actors were off camera whispering in a very scary raspy voice my characters name, over and over again trying to get me to laugh and screw up the shot. It was very funny, and of course my characters name was Billy...
Seeing him so dark he kills without question and then this week, won't pull the trigger, seems out of sequence.

I have to diagree here. In 'Black Market' Lee executed a murderer and a trafficer of children for sex who made it clear he had no intention of stopping what he was doing. Do I think Phalen's rational had more holes in it than swiss cheese? Yes. But it was clear this man had to be stopped and Lee did what he felt he had to do.

In 'Sacrifice', Lee is dealing with people who, thus far, had not hurt anybody and people who weren't being portrayed as evil to the core. And he was looking at innocent people possibly being gunned down. It was a totally different situation and given that he probably thought negotiation could still workl, it made perfect sense to me that he relinquished the gun.
Mary McDonnell conveying Laura’s grief was amazing.

Oh, definitely. That's when I really lost it; I was shocked when Billy was shot, but the scene in the morgue really got the waterworks going. Good Lord, that woman is a fabulous actress.

If not for her methods and her desire for revenge, Sesha could have made a very persuasive argument to the fleet that changes need to be made.

Unfortunately, people who are grieving don't always think rationally, and Sesha and her brother-in-law took their grief to a whole other level. I hope that Adama thinks long and hard about some of her points, but I think Tigh is right in that Adama still sees the Cylon sitting in his brig as Sharon. She's certainly done all she can to pull everyone's emotional heartstrings, and I really don't trust her.

All in all, I thought it was a great episode. I'm probably going to watch it again tonight so I can have a second look at a few things, but I think it'll go down on my favorite episode list.
I hope that Adama thinks long and hard about some of her points, but I think Tigh is right in that Adama still sees the Cylon sitting in his brig as Sharon. She's certainly done all she can to pull everyone's emotional heartstrings, and I really don't trust her.

Tigh's reasoning and actions here show why he is the XO and can be very good at his job. I agreed with everything Tigh had to say. While I do believe Adama is trying to gain critical military information from Sharon, I think he is also searching for signs of the individual he once knew. He wants to trust her. And not being able to let go of Sharon's corpse - not being ablt to let go of the person/thing he once knew - further proves Tigh's point that he's formed an emotional attachement.

I don't trust Sharon either. But is she consciously plotting against them or is she unable to fully turn her back on her Cylon programming?
After what has happened in the past, one wonders when Adama will tell Lee and Kara to stay away from each other. He only has one son left and Kara is like his daughter or a son he wishes he had. Now Kara feels even more angst and guilt over shooting Lee. It is still a bit of a mystery that hasn't been explained yet about Kara and Lee being attracted to each other. What about poor Zak? Wouldn't going with the older brother feel a bit odd especially since Lee now knows Kara passed Zak in flight school and that may have lead to Zak's eventual death? Or did Kara and Lee have something going on back then?

The last scene with Sharon laying on the cot staring blankly into space seemed a bit creepy. It's almost like she's communicating with somebody or something. She doesn't even blink. Have a feeling something else is going on and Sharon is only doing just enough to gain Adama's trust. Her unwillingness to at least I.D. other Cylon models is telling. Obviously she doesn't feel threatened by their presence in the fleet or that they pose any possible threat to her or the baby.

Roslin's inner circle is gone and I believe the writers now have a major problem. The civilian government and even religious aspects of the show were a counter balance to the military and without that, those story arcs will be short lived if Roslin is seen as a solitary figure. Roslin needs to interact with individuals other than the military. Who can she confide in, argue with, scheme with, or take advice from? Elosha and Billy did a fine job there. In hindsight, RDM should have kept Elosha alive and dropped Billy. Lorena Gale stated that she didn't mind doing a recurring part while Paul Campbell has many more acting opportunities that he wants to take advantage of. Remember, in the "Home" episodes, Billy was going to be written out of the series. Paul Campbell had a series pilot that was close to being picked up. Now we have to see who becomes Roslin's trusted adviser and aide. Maybe have Roslin interact with the "Council of 12" more often to make up for the loss. Or bring back Wallace Gray. I'm sure that would create a lot of dramatic situations than with Baltar. Wouldn't be surprised if an unknown Cylon agent ended being Roslin's aide. Apollo wouldn't be a bad choice but the fleet may need him more as CAG or whatever the future spoilers say about his future gigs.

Dee is relatively young and probably doesn't know what she really wants or wants. Many of the Galactica's crew are made up of newbies. In the mini-series you hear about 2 years of service from many of the crew and was probably their first assignment. The writers did make Dee seem cold hearted or maybe that was intentional to show a side of Dee nobody expected to see. Dee is probably right for Lee at this moment. Neither of them knows what they want or if they can commit to one person. It may be a growing up together (2 halves make a whole) then apart type of relationship.

If RDM wants to do more stand alone episodes, then he better start using the tried and true methods to properly setup the story or plot in the style viewers have come to expect from the series. Spend a little more time with the guest stars so the viewer can connect with them. Otherwise they are looked at as one-dimensional or who are these people and why do they seemingly just popup out of nowhere? BSG has gotten away from the multiple overall story arcs told in each episode. Oh well, the jury is still out until the rest of the season airs.
It is still a bit of a mystery that hasn't been explained yet about Kara and Lee being attracted to each other. What about poor Zak? Wouldn't going with the older brother feel a bit odd especially since Lee now knows Kara passed Zak in flight school and that may have lead to Zak's eventual death? Or did Kara and Lee have something going on back then?

This amuses me because I am not a Lee/Kara shipper. :) I don't hate the idea of them together, it's just not somethng I've been able to work myself up to supporting. Sure there is some chemistry there, but who doesn't Jamie have chemistry with? Heck, he made Lee look good with Ellen Tigh!

Putting aside chemistry, Zak Adama is a huge issue that must be dealt with if a realtionship is going to happen between the two. I didn't get squicked in the almost sex scene in 'Scar', but I kept thinking "What about Zak?!" Lee and Kara were almost in-laws! Katee had mentioned in an interview that she feelt that Kara had fallen for Lee back when she was with Zak and was going to break up with him, but he died and that's why she feels the guilt she does. That's just her filling in the blanks though and I think the show has shown us that she did, indeed, love Zak.

The civilian government and even religious aspects of the show were a counter balance to the military and without that, those story arcs will be short lived if Roslin is seen as a solitary figure. Roslin needs to interact with individuals other than the military. Who can she confide in, argue with, scheme with, or take advice from?

Maybe I'm being too generous since RM has let us down in some recent episodes, but I have to believe there is a reason that Laura is being increasingly isolated. What does the president do when she's left without advisors? I was sad Elosha died because I liked her and found her much cooler than RL religious leaders. However, I didn't want the show to get bogged down in a Prophet Laura storyline. Now that Billy is gone, my hope is that the show will turn to Lee to fill the void of confidant as much as he possibly can given his other duties and we can get back the Lee/Laura inetraction I loved so much. And I still feel he's being groomed for political office down the road.
I haven't had a chance to rewatch the episode, but I'm not sure I agree with this:

There was another Lee/Dee scene in this episode that was cut. I’ve seen the promo pics for it. It would have been prior to their date. Lee’s in his dress blues, reaching in to kiss Dee either in his quarters or hers. It at least would have helped to explain why they were suddenly together on Cloud 9.

I guess it depends on whether it was accompanied by any expositionary dialogue, and when it would have been placed in the episode. I still find the timing of the Billy shutdown->date on Cloud 9 thing strange, and this might actually have made it stranger if it was intended to come before the proposal. In general, I ended up finding the entire Dee/Lee setup very frustrating, because I want to buy into the relationship at this point and the way the show is executing it makes it very hard for me. And it doesn't help that the execution makes Billy's sacrifice of himself for Dee seem that much more foolish, because Dee seems that much less deserving of it. I hope that when I watch it again, it will make more sense.

DWW was thinking perhaps he expected Kara to be there; I was wondering if he was expecting Adama.

In thinking about it, the reason I think it would be nice that he was expecting Kara, thematically, was that she wasn't there--deliberately took herself away from him at that moment, and let Dee be there instead--and I think that makes sense for the directions both Lee and Kara are going at the moment. I think she's going to stay as far away from Lee as possible at this point, and maybe push him away to do so.
I'm not sure where the Lee/Dee cut scene would have been. If it was before or after the proposal. I think I would prefer it to have been after. However, after listening to the podcast, I'm glad the scene was ultimately cut. As much as I hate to agree with Ron, he made a good point as to why they eliminated any suggestion that they were intimate, in any way, before their date. It was protect both characters and to convey that the relationship was a burgeoning one. And I do like that the idea that this was an old fashioned, getting to know each other date as opposed to they had already made out and were likely to hop in bed that night. Dee's already in enough hot water with the fandom. ;p
Word to a lot of this. I really liked someone (not the terrorists -- Tigh) calling Adama on his strange behaviour. While I'm not saying he's wrong, wrong, wrong to even talk to Sharon, it's nice that the show is aware his fixation on her is a bit dodgy.

Overall, even with an added kiss the Lee/Dee stuff, I still would have had lingering doubts from the way the entire plot strand was introduced in earlier eps, and because the romance stuff has been so all over the place. But apart from that, there was a lot here that I liked, not the least of which is that I didn't get the impression the show was trying to sell me the Grand Epic Romance.

Why not explore the possibility and see what could develop?

That's pretty much what I thought. And I didn't read Dee's side of it as much different. She seemed to be honestly wavering, and that seemed very believable to me. On the one hand, she and Billy have been through a lot together; on the other, having some breathing space and time to think things through might make you realise that the good, cute guy you clung to after the apocalypse might still not be your One True Romance forever and ever.

Does Billy have a right to be hurt that she wasn't honest with him? Sure. (Though I loved, loved, loved it that he didn't turn super!jerk upon the break-up. No, really. Trying to comfort Dee after Lee is shot totally works for me.) But people rarely act saintly in those matters, I'd say, and her wavering like that seemed realistic (and honest of the show) to me.

And will she turn, once again, to Lee for support?

I doubt it. I don't think they're in the same sort of getting-each-other space than they used to be; I wouldn't mind seeing them get there again, but I don't think it'll be a matter of days.

Though how she's going to cope is going to be very interesting.

And wow, Kara killed me when she talked to Adama on the phone. She lived her ultimate nightmare there, I guess.
not the least of which is that I didn't get the impression the show was trying to sell me the Grand Epic Romance.

I didn't get that impression either. I think Ron got enamored with the idea of an unexpected coupling and a love triangle, but he doesn't seem to be trying to push this as some big romance in which they are meant to be together.

I don't think they're in the same sort of getting-each-other space than they used to be; I wouldn't mind seeing them get there again, but I don't think it'll be a matter of days.

Oh, I don't think it will be a matter of days either. Perhaps not even this season. But she's lost Elosha, Billy, and the growing closeness with Adama seems to be fading (YAY!, er, but I digress...) so I could see her reaching back out to Lee for advice at some point.

And wow, Kara killed me when she talked to Adama on the phone. She lived her ultimate nightmare there, I guess.

It's the call she avoided making over two and a half years ago. That fact that she makes it now, immediately confessing to her role in the shooting, shows us that she's finally beginning to grow up.
Cool. Thanks! I was looking for a new image of Jamie for my computer at work and the calendar would be useful. :)