Written by Ronald D. Moore
Directed by Marita Grabiak
Original air date: January 14, 2005
Sabotage reveals that there is at
least one Cylon aboard the Galactica.
Read the story summary of this episode at the Battlestar Wiki
Notes from the BSG
This episode opens 3 days after the destruction of the
Olympic Carrier in "33".
This is the first episode to use the "...And they have a
plan" preamble at the beginning of the "Previously on
Battlestar Galactica" intro.
Characters appearing or mentioned in this story
Sherry Bennett (mentioned only, presumably deceased)
Edward Prima (mentioned only, presumably deceased)
(mentioned only, presumably deceased)
Boomer emerges from the tool room on the flight deck after
awakening from her spell and changing out of her soaking wet
clothes. How did she get into the tool room in the first place
without being seen? You'd think people would notice a soaking
wet Boomer walking across the deck in the first place!
Boomer is depicted as having used G-4 plastic explosive to blow
the Galactica's water tanks. It seems to be very
similar to our own C-4 plastic explosive.
When Apollo confesses to his father that he can't stop thinking
Olympic Carrier, Adama remarks that was 3 days
ago. Apollo destroyed the
Olympic Carrier with all hands aboard as it
seemed likely it was compromised by the Cylons and being used as
a nuclear bomb against the fleet in
After the Presidential ceremony, Dee mentions a ship named the
Virgon Express standing by to take on water supplies.
As water is being pumped into the holding tanks of the
Virgon Express at 13:19 on the Blu-ray, notice
that gun emplacements are visible above the pipes on
Gaeta and Baltar use the term "JP" as a unit of liquid
measurement for water, but the term is not defined further. The
Battlestar Wiki does some calculations based on the figures
thrown around in this episode to estimate that 1 JP is very
roughly equal to 1 pint.
At 17:44 on the Blu-ray, notice that there are crewmen examining
the hull ruptures both inside and outside the ship.
Trying to defend her "coming back" to Caprica for him in her
Raptor after they find it swarming with Centurions,
Caprica-Valerii tells him, "I set the jiggers to pulse." A
"jigger" seems to be an electronic countermeasure used by the
Colonial military to help mask a ship from detection.
At 22:49 on the Blu-ray, a boat can be seen jetting across the
bay as Baltar looks out at the view from his dream balcony.
For his Cylon detection process, Baltar claims he needs more
tetrahydrocycline. This appears to be a fictitious chemical
compound (though the root words make it sound like a drug that
incorporates 4 water molecules per unit).
As seen in previous episodes, a number of the books stacked in
Adama's quarters do not have the cut-off corners that Colonial
books traditionally have.
At 26:57 on the Blu-ray, notice that Adama is about to wash his
hands as he re-enters his quarters, but thinks better of it what
with the water rationing he and the President have just ordered
for everyone else in the fleet.
Roslin tells Adama that she only brought one book with her on
the trip to Galactica (before the Cylon attack against
the Colonies), A Murder on Picon. Adama gives her
Dark Day by Edward Prima. These are, of course, fictitious
novels of the Twelve Colonies.
Propworx sold the prop book of Dark Day used in
this episode; the inside text was that of the 2000 novel
Quill by Neal Drinnan.
Also seen in Adama's quarters are the books The Juror (a 1995
novel by George Dawes Green), Sarum (a 1987 novel by Edward
Rutherfurd), The World's Last Mysteries (a Reader's Digest
book), something by Carl Jung (1875-1961), Encyclopedia of
Morals (1956), and volumes of Encyclopedia Britannica.
Crashdown tries to name a small asteroid he and Boomer are
scanning "Kimiko" after an old girlfriend.
At 30:50 on the Blu-ray, we can see from the ones Starbuck wears
on her neck that Colonial dog tags are hexagonal in shape.
Baltar gives Starbuck a cigarette made from "the finest
fumarella leaves on Caprica". The word "fumarella" here is an
homage to "fumarello" on BSG70, the Colonial term for a cigar.
At 39:39 on the Blu-ray, the ship Celestra is seen in
the fleet. The
Celestra was also a ship of the fleet in BSG70.
When Apollo explains his feelings about having destroyed the
Olympic Carrier to President Roslin, notice that he uses
the same words his father said to him to help him get past it.
"A man has to accept responsibility for his actions. He doesn't
second-guess the choices he makes. He lives with them. Every
After asking Apollo to become her personal advisor on the
military, Roslin tells him he can still keep his day job at the
CAG. Of course, CAG is a title (Commander, Air Group), not a
place of work. But this is an intentional gaffe by the writer,
to show that Roslin needs all the help she can get concerning
military interactions; it could possibly also be interpreted as
an intentional gaffe on the part of Roslin to impress upon
Apollo how much she needs his advice.
At 42:00 on the Blu-ray, the President's whiteboard shows the
fleet's population at 47,958. This is down 15 persons from the
end of the previous episode (47,973 in
"33"). It's unexplained how these
additional losses occurred.