Season 3, Episode 4:
Exodus, Part II
Onboard the Pegasus, Lee is still worried for his father's safety, and tells Dualla that he's not sure whether he can lead the rest of the fleet to Earth. She tells him that she believes in him, even if he doesn't believe in his father.
In the settlement, Tigh and Tyrol are making final preparations for the evacuation when the former is confronted by Anders about his wife's betrayal and collaboration with the Cylons. Anders tells Saul to "take care" of Ellen, or else someone less sympathetic will do it for him.
Tigh goes to his wife and offers her a cup of coffee. She tells him that she has always looked out for him, even if it meant betraying the Resistance, then takes a look at her cup before drinking it. As he tells her how much he loves her, she passes out, having been poisoned. Tigh cries over his wife's dead body.
On Colonial One, a fed-up Baltar tells the Cylons that they should just leave, because their occupation and grand experiment with the colonists has failed. A recently-downloaded D'anna counters that the colonists' descendants would come after them again in retaliation for their actions.
The conversation is cut short when a series of deafening explosions appear in the sky, and the Cylons realize that Galactica has returned to save the colonists. Outside, Tyrol, Tory and others fire off bombs to cause confusion while they begin the evacuation. Elsewhere, Anders and a number of resistance fighters retrieve their weapons and go to rescue the imprisoned colonists in the Detention Center.
In orbit above the planet, Galactica launches a squadron of Vipers and Raptors, then sets up false signals to mimic the appearance of two other Battlestars. The Cylons, falling for the trap, dispatch their Basestars away from the planet to intercept the false signals.
At Kara's apartment, Leoben is monitoring Kara and Kacey when he sees fighting break out, and mvoes to leave. Kara tries to beat him and escape, but is knocked unconscious and left behind with Kacey.
In the settlement, fighting continues. Tom Zarek finds a despondent Jammer and orders him to protect Roslin and a skeleton crew as they make their way to Colonial One, while Tigh, Tyrol and other fighters try to break into the nearby shipyard where the grounded vessels are kept. In space, Bill asks if they're ready to make their jump, and Helo replies in the affirmative.
Galactica jumps into the upper atmosphere of New Caprica, where it begins to freefall due to gravity. Bill orders all Vipers to be launched, and Hot Dog, Kat and numerous other pilots fly out. As a stunned Tigh and Tyrol watch below, Galactica jumps out just before impacting on the planet's surface. The Vipers destroy the Centurions defending the shipyard and begin to attack other Cylon targets, allowing the assault team to move in and get the pilots to the grounded ships.
In the Detention Center, Anders, fellow resistance fighter Charlie Connor and others discover the unconscious Kara and begin to carry her out, but Kara wakes up and tells Anders she has to go back for Kacey.
Back in orbit, Bill and the rest of the command crew see that the mission is going well, but their plan to draw off the two Basestars is thwarted when two more jump into range and begin attacking. As the four Cylon ships pound their defenses, the FTL drive fails and the ship's weapons go offline. Bill realizes that they can't survive, and tells the crew that It Has Been an Honor serving with them. The four Basestars surround Galactica and begin pounding it with missile attacks
and then the Pegasus appears, firing off a missile salvo that seriously damages one of the Basestars. Lee calls Galactica and lets them know that he's bought them some time to escape, and that they should get to work repairing their systems. Bill initially lets out a curse at his son for coming back to rescue him, then thanks him under his breath.
As the grounded ships become airborne and FTL-jump out, Vipers and Raptors continue to engage Cylon Raiders. The Cylons realize that the battle is lost and decide to evacuate, but D'anna wants to set off their last-resort optiona nuclear bomb that will annihiliate anyone left on the planet. She also tells Baltar that he can leave with the Cylons if he wishes. Baltar moves to leave, but is confronted by Gaeta, who is holding a gun at his face.
In orbit, Pegasus engages the three operational Basestars, while Galactica's crew repairs its FTL drives. Bill realizes that Lee is using the Pegasus for a one-way trip and doesn't intend to bring it back, as it has no Vipers left onboard. He subsequently recalls Galactica's fighters and jumps away before the ship is attacked by another missile salvo.
On Colonial One, Gaeta tells Baltar that he believed in the latter's idealism, but that Baltar has betrayed all of humanity. Gaeta tells him that the only way to make things right is to stop D'anna from setting off the bomb, and leaves.
In orbit, Lee makes the decision to abandon the ship, and plots the ship on a collision course with the nearest Basestar. He turns to take one last look at the bridge before leaving, and the crew evacuate in Raptors. The unmanned Pegasus continues on and rams into the Basestar and explodes. One of the flight pods breaks off in the blast, and slams into a third Basestar, destroying it as well.
tn the Detention Center, Kara goes inside looking for the child, only to discover her with Leoben. As the Cylon once again asks whether Kara loves him, she appears to give in and kiss him. However, she uses a hidden knife to stab him to death, and leaves with Kacey and Anders.
D'anna goes to Selloi's tent and finds it empty, while Baltar heads out with Caprica-Six and they find Hera moving around next to Maya, who was shot and killed during the fighting. D'anna comes to them and asks to take the child, then walks off. Six tells Baltar that D'anna has lost interest in using the nuke, and says that they should leave. Confused and disillusioned, Baltar walks off with her.
Roslin, Jammer and other resistance fighters storm the abandoned Colonial One and survey the area. Roslin orders them to leave the planet, and the ship jumps away.
Back on Galactica, numerous civilians are offloaded and shepherded by Tyrol through the hangar bay. Kara and Kacey are disembarking a Raptor when a woman comes up and thanks Kara for rescuing her daughter. A stunned Kara watches as Kacey plays with her mother, realizing it was yet another of Leoben's tricks. Lee also returns to the ship and is greeted by his father, who thanks him for not following his orders.
Tigh arrives on a Raptor soon afterward and Bill greets him, although Tigh is despondent over having killed his wife and the loss of so many colonists in the fighting. The civilians and crew begin to chant for Bill and he is hoisted in the air to cheers from the crowd, while Kara and Tigh look on in their grief.
As Roslin checks the status of Colonial One, Tory arrives and tells her that Hera and Maya likely didn't escape the planet, but Roslin realizes that it's part of something much bigger than them.
In Bill's quarters, he shaves off his mustache and walks out into the ship's corridors, where Galactica's and Pegasus's crews fill the hallways. Smiling to himself, Bill walks down the hall.
- Abandon Ship: Lee orders the Pegasus crew to evacuate just before it rams into the Basestar. It is shown that he was planning to do so anyway, and only kept a small complement of escape Raptors behind anyway.
- The Atoner: Baltar becomes this after Gaeta threatens him to stop D'anna from setting off the nuke in order to save the colonists still on the planet. Subverted, in that he doesn't stop her so much as she gets distracted by Hera and walks off.
- Beyond the Impossible: In-universe, Bill uses Galactica to conduct a jump into the upper atmosphere of a planet, which Gaeta previously said was "impossible". Galactica subsequently deploys an entire squadron of Vipers before jumping out, to the shock and amazement of the colonists below.
- Big Budget Beef-Up: The majority of the episode revolves around the rescue operation and evacuation of the settlement.
- Big Damn Heroes: Twice in the same episode, no less.
- Galactica executes a jump into New Caprica's atmosphere in order to deploy fighters as the rebels are being pinned down by Centurions.
- Pegasus shows up to rescue Galactica after the latter is besieged by three Basestars.
- Bittersweet Ending: New Caprica is evacuated, Baltar leaves with the Cylons, the Pegasus has been destroyed and not everyone makes it off the planet's surface (including Hera, who has been taken by the Cylons). However, the fleet gains a sense of unity for the first time in a long while.
- Chekhov's Skill: Bill was previously told by Gaeta in "Home, Part II" that jumping into the upper atmosphere of a planet is "impossible". In this episode, he proves that statement to be incorrect by jumping Galactica in, deploying Vipers and jumping out before impacting on the surface.
- Contractual Immortality: The battered Galactica survives and jumps away from New Caprica, while the tactically-superior and more advanced Pegasus gets rammed into a Basestar for no real reason other than a last "frak you" to the Cylons.
- Cradling Your Kill: Saul holds onto Ellen as she passes away.
- Death Seeker: When Gaeta confronts him at gunpoint, Baltar asks the former to shoot him, out of guilt for only being concerned about himself. Gaeta tells him to stop D'anna instead.
- Determinator: Bill and the rest of the Galactica crew, who pull out all manner of tricks to throw off the Cylons during the rescue. The only time he admits defeat is when the ship is being pummeled by four Basestars and they have no immediate escape.
- Do Not Go Gentle: The Battlestar Pegasus goes down swinging, destroying one Basestar with a withering head-on volley, a second by ramming it, and a third with a huge chunk of debris breaking off (namely one of the hangar pods) after a cascade explosion obliterates her.
- The Dreaded: Galactica's presence causes the Cylons on the planet to have a mass freakout, because they realize Bill has returned to rescue the colonists.
- Dynamic Entry: Galactica lets the Cylons know it's back by jumping into the planet's atmosphere and falling straight down while launching its Vipers, before they jump back into space.
- Fighter-Launching Sequence: A variant of this is used when Hot Dog and the other Vipers leave Galactica as it's freefalling through the New Caprica atmosphere.Hot Dog: Well, this ought to be different.
- Heroic BSoD: Both Kara and Tigh get this after the fleet is reunited (the latter for realizing that Kacey is not her daughter, and Tigh for his wife's death and realization of all the people that were lost).
- He's Back: Bill, when he shaves his mustache off and walks out to the fully-staffed Galactica at the end of the episode.
- Homeworld Evacuation: Of New Caprica.
- Hyperspeed Ambush: The Pegasus uses this to surprise the Basestars attacking Galactica, via a well-placed salvo of missiles that completely destroy one of them.
- Important Haircut: Bill shaves his mustache off (and clips part of his haircut) at the end of the episode, signaling that things are (relatively) back to normal.
- Irony: Zarek asking Jammer to protect Roslin as she escapes, as Jammer was leading the police force that arrested Roslin and tried to have her and Zarek executed.
- It Has Been an Honor: Bill says this to the crew just before the Pegasus arrives to save them from the Basestar attack.
- Macross Missile Massacre: The Cylons lob several at Galactica (which damages her armor), and then the Pegasus drops one on a Basestar that severely damages it (if not outright destroys it).
- Mass "Oh, Crap!":
- The Cylons, once they see the explosions outside Colonial One.Boomer: Adama's back.
- The Galactica crew also get this when two more Basestars decided to jump in to fight, in addition to the two they're already trying to hold off.
- The Cylons, once they see the explosions outside Colonial One.
- Mercy Kill: Tigh's justification for poisoning his wife, rather than let another Resistance member do something far worse to her.
- Mythology Gag: To an original series comic book of the same name.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Lee sacrifices the tatically-superior Pegasus to destroy a pair of Basestars.
- No One Gets Left Behind: Referenced; Bill waits until all the grounded ships have escaped New Caprica before finally jumping out of the system.
- Nuke 'em: Subverted. D'anna plans to nuke the colony, but changes her mind when she discovers Hera and leaves the device behind.
- Ramming Always Works: The Pegasus manages to take out two Basestars by doing this.
- Reset Button: The fleet is essentially reset to the way it was prior to the Pegasus arc, with the concession that they now have the crews of both ships as well as the Pegasus's complement of Mark VII Vipers.
- Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Anders forces Tigh to kill Ellen for betraying the resistance.
- Shout-Out: Lee's look back at the Pegasus just before abandoning it is highly reminiscent of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, where Benjamin Sisko does the same thing just before evacuating the Defiant (which is also destroyed immediately afterwards).
- As the fleet is lifting off New Caprica, the corporate logo for Pan American World Airways can be seen on the underside of the rear wings of one of the large passenger liners.
- Tampering with Food and Drink: Tigh poisons his wife's drink after he's learned of her treachery, ostensibly to spare her from a worse death from one of the other resistance members.
- Theme Music Power-Up: Galactica's entry into the atmosphere is backed by triumphant bagpipe music, and Pegasus's arrival at the battle is accompanied by the dramatic drumbeat that was absent for the preceding few minutes leading up it.
- Wham Episode: To the point where it's considered by many fans to be the pinnacle of the show's run.
- Word of God: The actress who plays Ellen Tigh, Kate Vernon, has stated that Ellen knew about the poison in her drink when she consumed it.