Battlestar Galactica: Transcripts: S03E20: Crossroads Pt. 2
Apollo: Previously on Battlestar Galactica…
(Looking at star charts in CIC)
Adama: This is it?
Helo: That’s it. The Ionian Nebula. So what do you think we’ll find? Beacon? Temple? Sign post to Earth?
Anders: There, go back, you almost had it.
Tigh: Had what?
Anders: That song. You don’t hear that song?
Cassidy: Gaius Baltar chose to side with the Cylons and to actively seek the deaths of his fellow citizens.
Lee: Madam President, are you taking chamalla at this time?
Adama: Don’t answer. I’m putting a stop to this right now.
Lee: Your Honors, if she is on drugs it goes to her credibility as a witness.
Roslin: I am taking chamalla again because my cancer has returned.
Adama: I’m calling you a liar and a coward. For what? Traitorous piece of garbage Gaius Baltar. He doesn’t even deserve a trial.
Lee: I will not serve under a man who questions my integrity.
Adama: And I won’t have an officer under my command who doesn’t have any.
(Galactica: Adama’s Quarters/Colonial one: Roslin’s Quarters)
Adama shaves, cutting himself as the lights flicker: Frak me.
Adama answers the phone: Yes.
Roslin, on the phone: Yell at me. I don’t want to get out of bed.
Adama: Well, you called the wrong number. I was just thinking about going back to bed.
Roslin: You feeling okay?
Adama: Says the cancer patient. Yeah, I’m fine. I just cut myself. How are you doing?
Roslin: I don’t want to face them. I don’t want to face any of them. I just want to stay in bed all day and sleep.
Adama: I think I stopped the bleeding… If you still need to be yelled at, I think I can give you some volume.
Roslin: Okay. All right, give it your best shot.
Adama: Get out of that bed!
Roslin: That’s not your best shot.
Adama: Get your fat, lazy ass out of that rack, Roslin!
Roslin: Yes, sir. Okay, sir. Anything you say, sir. Thank you.
Adama: Don’t let ’em see you sweat, Laura.
(Galactica: Deck Racks)
(Chief hums the mysterious song, and wakes up to the radio buzz in his ear; hears the song playing distantly. He leaves Cally in their bed and takes off into the ship.)
(Galactica: Pilots’ Racks)
(Tory gets dressed after an encounter with Anders.)
Anders: Come here.
Tory: I can’t.
Anders: Come here.
Tory: I gotta go back to the Colonial one.
Anders: You don’t have to go anywhere.
(They make out. )
(Chief walks through the ship.)
(Galactica: Pilot’s Racks)
Tory, breaking away: What is that music? Gods.
Anders: What did you just say?
Anders stands up at a knock on the hatch: Frak. Yeah, coming.
(He dresses and answers the door.)
Seelix, grinning: Hey, why’s the door locked?
Seelix sees Tory and her smile falls.
(Chief puts his head against the metal at the end of a passageway, listening to the song.)
(Galactica: Baltar’s Cell)
Lee: We should go for a mistrial.
Baltar: What? What’s he talking about? What are you talking about? Mistrial? Whatever for?
Lee: Because we’re losing.
Baltar: Not from where I’m standing. We’re actually doing quite well. We’re about to break the prosecution. We’ve blown two of their key witnesses out of the water. What more do we need to do, for God’s sakes?
Lee: Everyone in that courtroom hates you. Everyone. Including the judges. You didn’t hear what my father just called you: A traitorous piece of garbage, a man who doesn’t even deserve a trial.
Romo: He said that? He actually said that?
Lee: Yes, he did. And I don’t think he’s the only one up there.
Romo: I agree. Our tactical victories are pissing them off.
Baltar: Right, so now because we’re winning we’re losing, actually.
Romo: Perverse, isn’t it? one of the reasons why I love what I do.
Lee: “Forcing a mistrial may seem of little benefit to either side, but in fact, it can be a boon to the defense. The prosecution’s shown their hand at retrial, the defense has all the tactical advantages, and the statistical chances of an acquittal rise by twenty-five percent.”
Baltar: Joseph Adama.
Lee: Trial Tactics & Strategies, page 273.
Romo: Smart man, your grandfather.
Baltar: Yeah, well, I can see why you’d want a mistrial.
Lee: What’s that supposed to mean?
Baltar: That’d be the quickest way for you to absolve all your responsibility. Wash your hands of the whole affair. You get back to your life. You [Romo] get back to … wherever you get back to, and I get back to a cell and I have to go through this all over again. I can’t physically take that. No more games. No mistrials. There will be a verdict.
(Galactica: Viper Deck)
TV: “Yesterday marked a surprising turn of events in the trial of Dr. Gaius Baltar, when Colonel Tigh admitted…”
Racetrack: Before any of you nuggets can even think about flying one of my Raptors, you have to know systems. Electronics, avionics, navigation, engine controls, [Anders hears the buzzing] dradis configuration and calibration, basic FTL functions, [Anders hears the Chief humming the song] autopilot gearing and propulsion systems… The best way to learn that is on a Raptor. And that means getting your hands dirty. [Anders approaches Chief.] Move it. Come on. Come on, come on.
Chief continues to hum: Hey, Sam.
Anders: That song you’re humming. What is that?
Chief: Oh… You know what, I don’t even know. It’s just something I can’t get out of my head. Some… Some way out of here…
Anders: I’ve been hearing that. Everywhere. on a boom box, you know, in the bar?
Chief, ushering him away: Come here. You hear that song?
Anders: Yeah. It’s freaking me out. I hear it everywhere, I mean, but I can’t… but I can’t really hear it, you know what I mean?
Chief: Yeah, it’s like you can grab just a part of the melody and then it goes away. Like it’s something from …
Racetrack: Yo, Anders! Do you need a frakking invitation? Move it!
Anders: All right. No reason to get excited.
(Chief half-recognizes this line from the song.)
Cottle: Well, congratulations. You’ve survived your first doloxan treatment.
Roslin: Talk about the cure being worse than the disease.
Cottle: Next time bring a book or some paperwork. It’ll keep your mind off of it and it’ll also keep your blood pressure down. Now if you excuse me, I do have some other patients.
Roslin, rolling onto her side, in pain: All right, go. Oh, gods.
(Kobol: Opera House)
(Laura and Athena chase Hera through the building, toward the main auditorium.)
(Caprica picks Hera up and joins Baltar in the Great Room.)
Roslin, Athena and Hera are all screaming.
Cottle: What’s going on? You’re both freaking out at the same time?
Roslin: We need a moment. [Indicating her IV] Take this off. Get this off me, please.
Cottle: Will somebody please tell me what the hell is going on?
(Athena and Laura lock eyes.)
(Galactica: Caprica’s Cell)
Roslin, to Marines: Go outside. Thank you, we’ll be fine. Shut the door.
Marine: Yes, ma’am.
(Athena and Caprica nod to each other.)
Roslin: I’m sorry about the shackles. [Caprica looks away] Were you with us a moment ago in the lobby of the Opera House? I’ll take that as a yes, by the look on your face.
Athena: I was there too. And so was Hera.
Caprica: That shouldn’t be possible.
Athena: Add it to the list.
Roslin: Were you trying to reach Hera?
Caprica: I don’t know. I just knew that I had to protect her with my life.
(Galactica: Adama’s Office)
Tigh: I’m telling you, Bill. They put the music in the ship. I can hear it.
Adama, standing: I believe you. I’ll look into it.
Tigh: You’ll look into it? You’ll look into it? I am here telling you there is Cylon sabotage aboard our ship!
Adama: Sabotage. With music.
Tigh: I know, I know. I can’t quite understand it myself, but… There’s too much confusion.
Adama: I promise I’ll look into it. Now I have to get to court.
Tigh: Okay. Go to court.
Tigh, alone: There must be some kind of way out of here…
Cassidy: Do you recognize this document, Lieutenant?
Gaeta: Yes, I do. It’s a death list issued on New Caprica by the office of the President.
Cassidy: Who signed this document?
Gaeta: President Gaius Baltar.
Cassidy: Hmm. Could it be a forgery?
Cassidy: And how do you know that it cannot be a forgery?
Gaeta: Because I was there. I saw him sign it.
Baltar: What? What are you talking about? You weren’t there! That’s a lie. That’s a total fabrication.
Franks, among murmuring: Order!
Gaeta: I saw him sign it.
Cassidy: Describe the scene, would you?
Gaeta: The Cylons brought the document into the Presidential office. They had already selected the names. one of them — I believe it was a Three — gave the list to the President and said: “Here are the people that are going to be executed. Please sign this.” He looked at the list, he saw all the names, and then he signed it.
Cassidy: Did he protest? I mean, did he argue? Did he offer any resistance whatsoever?
(New Caprica: Colonial one)
Doral: Sign it!
Baltar: I won’t do it. You’re going to have to salve your consciences some other way.
Doral: Sign it! Sign your name!
Gaeta: No. He never did.
Baltar: Oh, Felix. Oh, Felix, what are you doing? [Tossing the death order in Cassidy’s face] Get that out of my face!
Lee: Gaius, Gaius. We’ll get him in the cross.
Franks: Counselor, please control your client.
Baltar: It’s not a secret…
Franks: — Quiet! —
Baltar: — The Fleet knows this man tried to stab me through the neck! And you missed! Butterfingers!
Romo: Sorry, your Honors. [To Gaius] Shut up.
Cassidy: No further questions.
(Romo stands, and stares him down.)
Franks: Your witness, Counselor.
Romo: No questions.
Adama: Witness is dismissed.
Baltar: Oh, great. What the hell are you doing?
Romo: It’s your word against his right now. If he’s decided to perjure himself, we can’t do anything to change that now. We’re going to have to adjust our strategy.
(Lee and Baltar stare.)
Franks: Is the defense prepared to present their case?
Romo: Your Honors at this time, if it please the court… I would like to offer a motion. The defense would like to move for a mistrial.
Baltar: No, we do not want a mistrial! I do not want a mistrial!
Franks: Gaius Baltar!
Judge #2: Behave, Dr. Baltar. on what grounds, Counselor?
Romo: on the grounds that one of the panel has already prejudged the outcome of this trial and determined the guilt of the defendant.
Adama: That’s a very serious charge, Mr. Lampkin. Which judge?
Romo: That would be you, Admiral. And to prove it, I need to take the unusual step of calling Mr. Lee Adama to the stand.
Apollo: You gotta be frakkin’ kidding me.
Romo: Gaeta has sunk us. This is the only way we’re gonna win.
Lee: I will not testify against my father.
Romo: That is your choice. Either way, I’m putting you on the stand.
Cassidy: Your Honors, this is completely improper. Counsel cannot testify at trial under any circumstances.
Romo: I can cite at least seven precedents off the top of my head.
Franks: Call your witness, Counselor.
Romo: Thank you. Mr. Adama. [Lee takes the stand] Mr. Adama… did you meet with your father, Admiral Adama, four days ago?
Romo: At that meeting, did Admiral Adama express an opinion as to whether the defendant deserved a trial? All I’m looking for is the truth here, Mr. Adama. Let’s have it. I’m waiting. Answer the question. You swore an oath as an officer of the Court. If you don’t answer the question, you halt the entire system of justice.
Lee: What frakking system?
Franks: Mr. Adama!
Romo: I’m sorry, Your Honors. Please excuse my associate. All right, all right. I’ll try something else. Do you believe that the defendant deserves a fair trial?
Lee: As a matter of fact, I do.
Lee: Aside from the fact that everyone deserves a fair trial, I also believe that he is not guilty of the charges before the Court…
Cassidy: Your Honors, I must insist on an exception here. He cannot testify in this manner. It is completely improper.
Lee: I agree.
Cassidy: He can make his arguments in closing statements, not on the stand.
Franks: I’m inclined to agree with the prosecution.
Cassidy: Thank you.
Adama: You can appeal to the President if you feel that this influences the verdict, but I for one would like to hear this witness testify.
Judge #2: I would second that.
Romo: Thank you, your Honors. Mr. Adama? Mr. Adama!
Romo: Why do you believe that the defendant, Gaius Baltar, deserves to be acquitted?
Lee: Well, because the evidence does not support the charges.
Romo: Come on…
Lee: Did the defendant make mistakes? Sure, he did. Serious mistakes. But did he actually commit any crimes? Did he commit treason? No. I mean, it was an impossible situation. When the Cylons arrived, what could he possibly do? What could anyone have done? I mean, ask yourself, what would you have done? What would you have done? If he had refused to surrender, the Cylons would’ve probably nuked the planet right then and there. So did he appear to cooperate with the Cylons? Sure. So did hundreds of others. What’s the difference between him and them? The President issued a blanket pardon. They were all forgiven. No questions asked. Colonel Tigh. Colonel Tigh used suicide bombers, killed dozens of people. Forgiven. Lieutenant Agathon and Chief Tyrol. They murdered an officer on the Pegasus. Forgiven. The Admiral? The Admiral instituted a military coup d’etat against the President. Forgiven. And me? Well, where do I begin? I shot down a civilian passenger ship, the Olympic Carrier. Over a thousand people on board. Forgiven. I raised my weapon to a superior officer, committed an act of mutiny. Forgiven. And then on the very day when Baltar surrendered to those Cylons, I, as Commander of Pegasus, jumped away. I left everybody on that planet alone, undefended, for months! I even tried to persuade the Admiral never to return. To abandon you all there for good. If I’d had my way, nobody would’ve made it off that planet. I’m the coward. I’m the traitor. I’m forgiven. I’d say we’re very forgiving of mistakes. We make our own laws now, our own justice. We’ve been pretty creative at finding ways to let people off the hook for everything from theft to murder. And we’ve had to be. Because… Because we’re not a civilization anymore. We are a gang. And we’re on the run. And we have to fight to survive. We have to break rules. We have to bend laws. We have to improvise. But not this time, no. Not this time. Not for Gaius Baltar. No. You, you have to die. You have to die, because… Well, because we don’t like you very much. Because you’re arrogant. Because you’re weak. Because you’re a coward. And we the mob, we want to throw you out the airlock because you didn’t stand up to the Cylons, and get yourself killed in the process. That’s justice now. You should’ve been killed back on New Caprica, but since you had the temerity to live, we’re gonna execute you now. That’s justice!
(Gallery: No, no.)
Franks: Order. Order!
Lee: This case… This case is built on emotion. on anger, bitterness, vengeance. But most of all, it is built on shame. It’s about the shame of what we did to ourselves back on that planet. And it’s about the guilt of those of us who ran away. Who ran away. And we are trying to dump all that guilt and all that shame onto one man, and then flush him out the airlock and hope that that just gets rid of it all. So that we can live with ourselves. But that won’t work. That won’t work. That’s not justice. Not to me. Not to me.
Romo: …No further questions.
Cassidy: Your Honors, I wish to reiterate my strong exception to defense counsel’s testimony.
Franks: Exception noted.
Cassidy: Thank you.
Franks: Did you want to cross-examine the witness?
Cassidy: I have no question for defense counsel.
Franks: Witness is excused. Do you want to call any other witnesses?
Romo: Your Honors, I don’t wish to belabor this any longer. The defense rests.
Franks: Very well. This court will adjourn to consider a verdict.
Baltar: What a glorious moment in jurisprudence.
Roslin to Cassidy: You did a great job.
Bailiff: All rise.
Franks: Before I read the verdict, I’d like to make one thing clear. Like everything human, justice is imperfect. It’s flawed. But it’s those very imperfections that separates [sic] us from the machines. And maybe even makes us a species worth saving. The defendant will rise. Gaius Baltar, after carefully weighing the evidence, this tribunal, in a vote of three to two, finds you not guilty.
(Loud clamoring. Roslin and Tory leave angrily.)
Cassidy: You won.
Romo: Good job.
Baltar, to the press: I always knew that I was going to be acquitted, but the fact I have been found innocent shouldn’t disguise that this trial has been a total pantomime!
Lee: Admiral, you gotta get him out of here!
(Marines hold off the rioters.)
Lee: Get him back. Get him out of here! Get him away!
(Galactica: Baltar’s Cell)
Baltar: I knew right from the very start that if there was a way to demonstrate the sheer — What’s the word I’m looking for? Hypocrisy. Hypocrisy is the word I’m looking for — hypocrisy of the prosecution’s case, then really, the judges had no other option but to find me not guilty.
Romo: Well, your boundless confidence provided us with great solace throughout proceedings.
Baltar: Look, I want to thank you both. Truly. From the bottom of my heart, I am very, very grateful for all you’ve done. on a personal note, if I could’ve seen the Admiral squirm just a bit more, it wouldn’t have hurt.
Lee, grabbing him: Now you listen. Don’t push it, Doctor.
Baltar: Fine. Romo, perhaps we can have a chat. I’ve thought about maybe doing a book tour around the Fleet, and there’s the publishing rights, there are issues about my security, where I will live, what I will do. Since we’ve forged this great relationship during the trial, I thought, you know, who better to think about…
Romo: Actually, now that the Fleet’s legal system is in place, my not-so-inconsiderable talents are required elsewhere. So I’m afraid this is the end of our journey.
Baltar: Wait a minute, what… What about me? Wait a minute, wait, please. Think about this for a second. Where will I live? What am I gonna do? How am I going to survive?
Romo: Much as I hate to use a cat metaphor, Doctor, I think you’ll land on your feet. Close the door on your way out.
(Galactica: Shuttle Deck)
Lee: Romo, one thing. When you put me on the stand, did you know what was gonna happen?
Romo: I knew you were an honest man, Mr. Adama. Much unlike your grandfather.
(Romo puts down his cane and walks away without it, causing Lee to shake his head.)
(Galactica: CIC Catwalks)
Roslin: “Gaius Baltar is innocent.” Just the sound of that makes my skin crawl.
Adama: Not guilty is not the same as innocent.
Roslin: It must’ve been particularly difficult for you. What, you just… couldn’t get the other two guys to budge? [He meets her eyes] You voted for his acquittal, didn’t you?
Adama: I hate to say it. Defense made their case, the prosecution didn’t.
Roslin: Gaius Baltar is a traitor. We both know that. Regardless of the outcome of this trial.
Adama: No one’s asking anyone to forget. Or to forgive. But we have to look to the future. [She stalks off.] Mr. Gaeta.
Gaeta: Yes, Sir.
Adama: Commence jump prep. We’re going to the Ionian Nebula.
Gaeta: Yes, Sir.
(Gaius carries his box of stuff through the corridors.)
Pilot, slamming him: Excuse me.
Gaeta: Jump coordinates have been distributed, Sir. All Fleet ships show green for jump formation delta.
Adama: Initiate jump.
Gaeta: Aye, sir. Jumping in three, two, one… jump. [The Fleet jumps.] Jump complete. All Fleet ships reporting in, sir.
Adama: Very well, Mr. Gaeta. Commence dradis scan. Let’s see what’s out there.
(Laura gets woozy and weird, Adama is concerned. There’s a power outage on the deck, and we see that the whole Fleet is dead and floating.)
Gaeta: Our sensors show major power fluctuations! Checking on Fleet…
Marines: Guards! Two feet over!
Tigh, wandering the ship, listens to the song in the walls.
(The Fleet drifts.)
Racetrack: Nuggets on me! Nuggets on me!
Cally: Grab a flashlight and turn it on!
Adama: Check auxiliary power.
Dualla: We have negative auxiliary power. We’re on batteries only.
Gaeta: Get ready for an engine restart.
CIC Crewman: DC6 needs to get down there and muster right away.
(Gaius wanders, alone in the dark, menaced by dark figures. one of them is the woman from his cell, who attended the trial.)
Woman: Gaius. It’s okay. Come with me.
Baltar: Where are you taking me to?
Woman: To your new life. Here. Come on.
(Caprica’s Cell/ Kobol Opera House)
(Caprica lies in bed, weeping. Then she’s standing with Gaius, holding Hera, in front of the six white flags. The Final Five are missing; Caprica and Gaius turn and look up into the balconies, where the Final Five are staring down at them. Caprica wakes.)
Cally: Come on. Let’s get the power back up. Move it around, you know what to do.
(Chief hears the song, watches Cally and Racetrack working.)
Chief: “There must be some way out of here…”
Corridor; Tigh‘s head against the wall: “…Said the joker to the thief…”
Anders, with a headache in the pilots’ racks: “…There’s too much confusion….”
Tory, sick in a toilet: “…I can’t get no relief.”
(All four of them walk toward an equipment room as the song gets louder and louder. Chief enters to find Anders already there, then Tory enters after him.)
Tory: This isn’t happening. Please tell me this isn’t happening.
Chief: So that’s it. After all this time. A switch goes off, just like that.
Tigh, entering: Whoa. No way.
Anders: I don’t believe this. I’m not buying this. This is a…This is a trick. Come on! We’re not…
Tory, humming: What is that… song that I…
(They all start humming the song.)
Tigh, interrupting: — All right, that’s enough, Godsdammit! Deadbolt that frakkin’ door! [He locks it himself] Forty years in the service. Forty years. Two wars. Combat. Locked in that dungeon on New Caprica. Ellen. My Gods. What about Ellen?
Anders: No, no, no. Not after all this. Not after the Resistance, and the Occupation… After watching my friends die one after another? For frakking this?
Anders: — You stay the hell away from me. You all just stay the frak away from me.
Chief: Sam, it’s true. We’re Cylons. And we have been from the start.
Roslin: Admiral, what’s going on?
Adama: Some kind of power surge. Give me a damage report immediately.
Dualla: The power outage was Fleetwide, Admiral. [The power is restored] …It was also simultaneously restored to all ships.
Roslin, as the dradis goes crazy: Admiral, Admiral!
Gaeta: Dradis contact! Massive Cylon Fleet on intercept course!
Adama: Mr. Gaeta, sound action stations immediately. I want an emergency jump of the entire Fleet.
Helo: Sir, all Fleet ships were powered down during the outage. It’ll take at least twenty minutes to spool up the FTL drives.
Adama: We just don’t have twenty minutes.
Gaeta: Action stations, action stations. Set Condition one throughout the ship. This is not a drill. All Viper pilots report to Vipers immediately. Inbound Cylon Fleet…
Gaeta on radio: “…I repeat, action stations, action stations. Set Condition one throughout the ship. This is not a drill….”
Tory: Gods. What are we gonna do?
Tigh: The ship is under attack. We do our jobs. Report to your stations!
Chief: Report to stations?
Tigh: My name is Saul Tigh. I am an officer in the Colonial Fleet. Whatever else I am, whatever else it means, that’s the man I want to be. And if I die today, that’s the man I’ll be.
(He leaves; they follow. Anders and Chief go to the Deck, Tory and Tigh head for CIC.)
Pilot: I can’t do my job until I have my Raptor.
Deckhand: Well, get in!
Cally: Where the hell have you been?!
Chief: I’ll tell you later. Get that bird in the tube! Get those steps off, come on! Come on, everybody, we’re under attack!
Chatter: Let’s go, let’s go! Get her in the Viper, hurry!
(Lee listens to the public address and heads toward the pilots’ racks.)
Adama: Arm and load all nuclear weapons.
Gaeta: Yes, sir.
(Tory and Tigh arrive.)
Adama: It’s good to see you, Colonel.
Tigh: Good to be here, Admiral. You can count on me.
Adama: I’ve never doubted it.
Tory: I’m here if you need me, Madam President.
(Tory and Tigh look at each other.)
(Lee heads toward the Deck and the song begins.)
Gaeta: Alert Vipers are away.
Helo: Who’s in Viper 3?
Apollo: Galactica, Apollo. I’m in Viper 3. I have a bogey at my ten. I’m gonna go check it out. [She appears and disappears.] Where’d he go? Where the frak did you go? [She zooms him.] What the frak?!
Starbuck, pulling up alongside: Hi, Lee.
Starbuck: Don’t freak out. It really is me. [Chuckles.] It’s gonna be okay. I’ve been to Earth. I know where it is. And I’m gonna take us there.
(Zoom back from them, through the Battlestar and the four Basestars, out of the nebula altogether, and then back down into the Milky Way, ending on Earth. Credits: KATEE SACKHOFF as STARBUCK.)
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