After finding water on a distant moon in the previous episode, Galactica must find a way to pump that water onto the ship, a labor-intensive duty requiring a lot of manpower. Commander Adama's suggestion is to employ some of the men incarcerated on the Astral Queen, a prison ship. But President Roslin is skeptical, only agreeing if the prisoners can earn 'points' toward freedom, an idea that Adama finds dangerous. Finally, Lee steps in and strikes a compromise and agrees to lead a contingent to the Astral Queen to present the offer to the prisoners. Laura and Commander Adama will each send a representative to ensure their respective concerns are addressed. Initially, they expect the confined men will leap at the chance to leave the small confines of their transport cells but Lee’s offer is met with eerie silence. In fact, when the cells are opened, not a single man steps out to accept. Soon, they discover the reason why. That reason is Tom Zarek.
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