I've never watched a serial TV show from beginning to end. I watched "24" for a season and a half along with the whole "Desperate Housewives" for barely a season and then lost interest. However, I've never missed a BSG episode. Okay, enough of that.
I thought this episode was extremely well thought out. This show has always been about the characters, and this showed why some of the characters are who they are. I'm sure the writers set us up for the finale with this episode. This was my favorite episode so far.
I hope the finale doesn't do something dumb like Baltar waking from a dream with a pen and the final plan for the FIRST Cylon under his hand.