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Guess What's Coming to Dinner 

A shaky alliance between the Colonial Fleet and Cylon rebels is put to the test when the two groups combine efforts to take out a Cylon "Resurrection Hub". Meanwhile, Athena loses control when Hera becomes unnaturally drawn to Natalie.



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The Demetrius and the Basestar return to the colonial fleet - not without some challenges - and the Cylons seek an alliance with the Colonial fleet. Natalie 6 offers to lead them to the Cylon resurrection hub which, if destroyed, would end the possibility of Cylon resurrection. She also tells them the Final 5 are already in the Colonial fleet. When the Quorum of Twelve learns of the deal with the Cylons, they consider a vote of no confidence in the President. The President meanwhile again has her dream of chasing Hera in the Kobol Opera House. She learns that her chief of staff, Tory Foster, has become one of Gaius Baltar's followers. She wants to know who is spreading rumors about her sharing her visions with the Cylons. When Starbuck tells the President what the Hybrid told her, the President takes Baltar with her to speak to the Hybrid. On the Galactica, Athena has a fatal encounter with Natalie. Lt. Gaeta, who was shot by Sam Anders during the attempted mutiny on the Demetrius, ... Written by garykmcd

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16 May 2008 (USA)  »

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Katee Sackhoff reads the "Previously on Battlestar Galactica" line at the beginning of the episode. See more »


[the President is addressing a meeting of the Quorum with Admiral Adama and other members of the military behind her]
President Laura Roslin: I am here because I want to tell you face to face that I believe in this mission and what it means for our future. I'm here to profess my trust in our new allies. I'm here to ask you to listen. I'm here to ask for your support.
President Laura Roslin: [to the marines at the door] Bring her in.
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References Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) See more »


Gaeta's Lament
Music by Bear McCreary
Lyrics by Michael Angeli
Performed by Alessandro Juliani
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"Your Chief of Staff..." (voice1) "Needs to be horsewhipped" (voice2)
28 January 2015 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

The key to a successful series is pacing.

The key to a really successful series is really great pacing.

In the final season of this astonishing show, in the earlier episodes, the writers took their time building and positioning their characters.

For a payoff. Or possibly a series of payoffs.

I will say this -- having seen the entire series and movie spinoffs end to end, the most nail-biting sequence to date was the first 10 minutes of this episode, when there is a problem syncing the two ships that are returning to Fleet at the same time.

That sequence alone makes this episode a 10.

But the fun does not stop there. That is just the teaser. Next up we get the issue of whether "the final five" really want to be found...? More fun.

Then, before the audience can get bored, we have major surgery with the patient awake done in way that viewer can feel each cut.

Then we have the all too human power struggle between the civilian and military governments.(Love that the civilian government was called "12 perpetually unhappy representatives" -- sharp writing here!) Michael Hogan gives his best performance ever even though he is mostly off camera.

Note to reviewers of the future -- there are more closeups in this episode than possibly any other in the series, Consider that.

The strange singing between cuts by Alessandro Juliani as Felix Gata, the unwilling amputee, only adds power to a series already acknowledged for its superb use of music to develop mood.

The episode ends with a half-dozen cliffhangers and mysteries, metaphysics, unexpected violence, and puzzles.

Possibly the busiest episode in the series.

Finally, and I say this for the historical record since, as I have said before, I expect IMDb reviews to still be in circulation literally hundreds of years after this is written and digitized, if any spaceman were to accidentally stumble on a ship chock full of Tricia Helfers and Grace Parks, I suspect the very last thing they would be want to do is blow it out of the sky.

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