Story by Michael Angeli and Jane Espenson
Teleplay by Jane Espenson
Directed by Michael Watkins
Graystones attempt damage control; meanwhile, vengeance closes
in on them.
Read the synopsis of this episode at the Battlestar Wiki site
Agent Duram shows Director Singh a court order he obtained from
the Inter-Colonial Court on Libran, last order of the day Themis
Standard Time. The Colony of Libran is known for courthouses and
jurisprudence; on our Earth, Libra is the sign of the Zodiac
represented by the scales of justice. Themis is a city on Libran
as revealed in the BSG2000 TV movie The Plan, so here
it would seem that Themis time is one that is used as a standard
At 3:42 on the DVD, vending machines for both the Courier
and Metro newspapers are seen across the street. The
Courier is a Vancouver semi-weekly newspaper and the
Metro is a free daily newspaper throughout Canada.
Why does Clarice throw away her e-sheet at 3:48 on the DVD?
Isn't it reusable? Was it just to prevent the text message she
sent from being traced back to her?
Ruth tells Willie that on Tauron a boy is considered a man when
he turns 13.
At 6:30 on the DVD, notice that Sam has a wobbling dashboard
figure of a bull in his car. A bull is the Zodiacal symbol of
Philomon tells the U-87 it needs a name, but as far as we know,
he never gives it one.
At 14:26 on the DVD, the logo on Sam's car can just barely be
made out as a Ford Galaxie! Possibly a Galaxie 500.
At 15:09 on the DVD, Joseph enters a store and we
see a refrigerator with a lit plastic header reading "Drink
Refresh Recharge". This is a slogan used by Energy Brands
(aka Glaceau), a company owned by Coca-Cola, which sells
enhanced bottled water.
Some kind of advertisement for the Winter Olympics is also seen
here. In 2010, the 21st Winter Olympics was held in Vancouver
(Caprica was filmed in Vancouver and this episode was shot in
Keon works at a bicycle and motorcycle repair shop called the
Bike Kitchen. On Earth, a bike kitchen is a generally non-profit
cooperative where people can repair their own bikes using tools
provided by the co-op or, alternatively, pay to have an
experienced cycle repairperson fix it for them.
Duram is disappointed and suspicious at not finding any
incriminating STO-related evidence at the Athena Academy after
his men ransack the student lockers; he knows someone tipped off
the guilty parties. He wants to go further and begin electronic
surveillance of the students there, telling Director Singh,
"Now, we find out who it was who warned those kids, we find out
who it was who's running the operation." Ironically, it is
Director Singh who turns out to be Alvo, running the STO's
Caprican operations (as will be seen in "Blowback").
Giving the go-ahead for surveillance of the students, Singh
tells Duram, "You're wrong about this, I own your or-kyahs,"
which Duram describes as Tauron slang and "very street". It's
not revealed exactly what or-kyahs means, but from the
context, probably means "balls"; Duram says, "Fine. If I'm
wrong, I'll serve them to you on a plate."
While testing the limb movements of the U-87, Philomon plays
some music to dance to, flicking through a few pieces before
stopping on a dance tune. The second piece he flicks through is
an orchestral score which will become the Colonial Anthem after
the unification of the Twelve Colonies after the start of the
first Cylon War. It is also better known to viewers as the main
theme of the original Battlestar Galactica TV series
At 20:40 on the DVD, Zoe's dress suddenly has the shoulder strap
on the left shoulder instead of the right. The film must have
been flipped in editing for esthetic reasons.
Notice at 22:45 on the DVD that even old Ruth as a Tauron tattoo
on her arm.
Stopped by a production assistant backstage at the Backtalk
with Baxter Sarno show who tells him backstage visitors
need to show a plastic bracelet, Sam says, in Tauronese, "I
don't need no plastic bracelet..." This may be an homage to a
line from the 1974 comedy classic film Blazing Saddles,
"We don't need no stinking badges," (which itself was an homage
to the 1948 film The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, "We
ain't got no badges. We don't need no badges. I don't have to
show you any stinking badges.").
Cyrus remarks that sales of holobands are 60% of Graystone
Industries profits. (Not after this episode!)
At 34:53 on the DVD, the tattoo
on Sam's right hand middle
finger is the symbol of Tauron.
At 35:38 on the DVD, Joseph appears to have a can of beer on the
table in front of him called Lethe. The side of the can
says "Imported", so it's probably a Tauron brew. In Greek
mythology, Lethe was one of the five rivers of Hades and those
who drank from it were said to experience forgetfulness.
At 40:24 on the DVD, notice that Sam shakes the two beer cans on
the table and takes the partially full one away from Joseph in
just a split second.
After Daniel reveals that he spoke to an avatar of Zoe after her
with Baxter Sarno, Amanda is shocked to learn of it.
Notice at the end of the episode that Daniel continues to lie to
her about it, even as they share a loving moment, in downplaying
the sophistication of the Zoe avatar he encountered. At this
point, it's possible he just wants to spare his wife additional
pain since he believes the avatar was lost when he attempted to
upload it into the U-87 in "Pilot" Part
Notes from The Caprican
"Playing the Field: Lonely Girl from B.C. needs our help &
more!" is a tie-in to Earth's own Valentine's Day and
published shortly after. It speaks of Caprica's equivalent
holiday, Eros Day. The article is from the "Playing the Field"
romance column in the Caprican, which features letters
asking for romantic advice.
The first letter is from Skylark Thibedeau who has come to Caprica
from Brachyura City on Canceron. "Brachyura" is the name of the
infraorder in which decapod crustaceans, i.e. crabs, belong; a
crab is the Zodiacal symbol of Cancer. Additionally, the
Brachyura City as "B.C." in the article's title may be a
reference to the abbreviation of British Columbia, the Canadian
province in which the Caprica series was shot.
The name "Skylark Thibedeau" seems
to come from the name of a player-character in the Star Trek
Online MMORPG; Star Trek Online just happens to
have the abbreviation STO...Soldiers of the One, anyone? In the
Star Trek Online game, the character of Skylark is a
genetically augmented human female from an illegal genetics
project referred to as the Sisters of Kyniska or the Children of
Khan; notice that in Skylark's letter to PTF here, she remarks that she has
a brain and wants someone with an intellect, which could be a
reference to the "superior intellect" of which Khan himself
bragged in Star Trek.
The second letter is from John DeLancy. This is likely a reference
to actor John De Lancie, who played Q in three of the Star
Trek TV series.