It’s Colonial Day – a holiday celebrating the establishment of the Twelve Colonies – the first Colonial Day since the Cylon attacks. Laura Roslin insists on celebration because she believes that upholding traditions will inspire people to embrace the future. Also, she has other ambitions for the day. With her own health uncertain, she knows she must choose a successor and Colonial Day will be an ideal time to announce her candidate for Vice President. The celebration is held on the Cloud Nine, a luxury ship which offers all of the amenities of a five star hotel – pools, spas, lush gardens, etc. Surviving representatives from each of the twelve colonies are sent to the ship to help elect a Vice-President, though Laura assumes it won't be much trouble to get her choice, Wallace Gray, pushed through. Dr. Baltar is one of Caprica's delegates while a familiar face represents Sagittarian: Tom Zarek. Zarek, the political prisoner from episode three (Bastille Day), has always proved popular in Sagittarian, even if many see him as a terrorist (even a 'rehabilitated one.') Zarek is of course, ready for the limelight and when he arrives to meet and greet the press, he's all smiles and politically correct sound-bites. Laura immediately knows Zarek could be a big problem.