The episode begins with a recon patrol encountering an advanced Cylon Raider. This new ship is heavily armored, faster and with greater fire power, and with its jamming capabilities it is able to prevent the Viper crew from informing the Galactica. The Colonial fighter flies closer to the advanced Cylon ship so as to get a good scan of it and discovers that some of the crew are humanoid, or at least humanoid shaped.
Not quite a Series Six model.Realizing they don’t have the fire power required to destroy this Cylon Raider they go with their only other option, and ram it. Wait, that is your only option? How is bumping your ship into the enemy better than a laser blast? Well for whatever reason this works, though neither ship is destroyed just crippled. Back on the Galactica they are concerned with their missing recon fighter and when their scanners detect an unpowered ship heading for Earth they assume it's their missing Viper. Commander Adama (Lorne Greene) radios Troy (Kent McCord) and Dillon (Barry Van Dyke) down on Earth to hurry to the East Coast and rescue their comrades before the American military can find them. This means once again ditching the Super Scouts with Jamie (Robyn Douglas).
“Damn it, I’m a reporter not a galactic babysitter!”On the plus side this gives us a little break from the Galactican children, but it doesn’t stop the show from aiming a lot of their humor to younger audiences. Jamie warns Troy and Dillon that they can’t fly a Viper to New York because there is a new Air Force officer looking into them by the name of Colonel Briggs Briggs (Peter Mark Richman) the man replacing Colonel Sydell (Allan Miller) who, since being shot by Xaviar in the episode Spaceball, is apparently in a coma. So Troy and Dillon are forced to get tickets for a commercial jet, and it is never explained to us how this is safer than taking a Viper that can turn invisible. This decision is proven to be even more unsafe when it turns out they just so happen to get seats right across from Cuban hijackers.
In all fairness this is still a better plot than the one we got in Airport ’79: The Concorde.Or heroes don’t have time to take a side trip to Cuba so they use their blasters to stun the hijackers, but these heroics will force them to be interviewed by the FBI when they land. This is of course worse than going to Cuba so they ask to visit the lavatories first, use their wrist computrons to turn themselves invisible, and sneak off the plane. Meanwhile onboard the Galactica Dr. Zee (James Patrick Stuart) and Adama have located the missing Viper and learned that the ship Troy and Dillon are off to meet is in fact a Cylon craft. One with an advanced humanoid Cylons on board.
This is either an advanced Cylon or Eros from Plan 9 From Outer Space.Dr. Zee hopes that Troy and Dillon will be able to intercept it, but Adama notes that they don't even know they're going to rendezvous with the Cylons. Hey guys, do you know why they don’t know that the ship they are about to meet is a Cylon craft? Because you haven’t bloody well told them! Communications between the Galactica and their agents down on Earth have always been plot convenient, but in this episode we clearly see Adama contacting Troy and Dillon to inform them of a ship about to crash land on Earth, so why not call back and say, “FYI it turns out this is a Cylon ship not our missing Viper.” Does the Galactica have a really bad phone plan and they've run out of minutes?
“We could call and warn them now, but if we wait until after 6:00 it will be cheaper.”The Cylon ship crashes a few miles north of New York City, but only one advanced Cylon, Andromus (Roger Davis) and one Cylon Centurion named Centuri, have survived. Andromus sets the damaged crash for self-destruct, and retrieves a distress beacon which he will use to broadcast a message to their Cylon brothers.
Note: No one seems to realize that a radio signal to the Cylons would take years to reach them, giving the Galactica plenty of time to get ready for them.