With Hot Dog safely aboard a rescue shuttle, the Galactica sets out to search for Starbuck.
Starbuck narrowly escapes death by cutting her parachute as it begins to pull her in the wind. In the struggle with the tangled cords, she smashes her leg on a rock injuring herself. With only 46 hours until her oxygen runs out, her chances of survival are slim. Starbuck locates the Cylon Raider she shot down. After numerous attempts to open it, she discovers the entire ship seems to be a living organism. Crawling inside, she begins her repairs.
Number Six encourages Baltar to have the president abandon Starbuck, but she will not. Back onboard Galactica, tensions are running high as Adama has the entire fleet out looking for Starbuck, weakening the Colonial defenses. Tempers flare as the crew argues over the logic behind spending so much fuel to find Starbuck and the damage being done to the Vipers by the planet's toxic atmosphere. A further disagreement between Colonel Tigh and Commander Adama results in Tigh being relieved of duty.
Back on Caprica, Helo and Boomer are attacked by the Cylons. In the attack, Boomer goes missing.
Apollo questions whether Adama would have spent as many resources searching for him. Adama says that he would never give up searching for Apollo if he were missing.
Starbuck's efforts pay off and she is able to pilot the Raider off of the planet. Apollo, seeing the approaching Raider, tries to head it off, but is unable to score a hit on the wildly moving ship. The Viper finally flies overhead, flipping upside down to reveal Starbuck's name on the topside of the ship. Kara lands and is taken to sickbay where Adama seemingly forgives her for what happened with Zak.