"Know Thy Enemy"
Patrick Massett and John Zinman and Matthew B. Roberts
Teleplay by Patrick Massett and John Zinman
Directed by Michael Nankin
a rival while Sister Clarice closes in on Zoe’s avatar.
Read the synopsis of this episode at the Battlestar Wiki site.
At 1:54 on the DVD, we see that Tauron has a rather large moon,
with a ring around it. The shot is borrowed (and modified) from
one of a city on Libran in the BSG2000 TV movie The Plan.
The beginning of the episode depicts events of one month
previous, with Tomas Vergis discovering that his company's new
MCP chip has been stolen. The theft occurred between scenes in
"Pilot" Part 2.
"Catch the Art Treasures of Kobol Exhibit" in
The Caprican reveals that the Graystone party takes
place at the Caprica Art Museum and the art piece Vergis is
looking at when he crashes the Graystone party at 4:19 on the
DVD, was made before humanity fled its homeworld of Kobol. It is
a real world objet de art as well, called Raven and
The First Men, made by Canadian artist Bill Reid and on
display at the UBC Museum of Anthropology; the piece depicts an
aspect of the creation myth of the indigenous Haida people of
British Columbia, Canada and southeast Alaska.
At 6:17 on the DVD, the U-87 is shown with its right arm missing.
But it was the left arm that was torn off in the previous
episode, "There is Another
Sky"! And, just seconds later, both arms are back in place!
At 7:41 on the DVD, a scrolling digital advertisement for the
Business Times is seen outside the window. The ad
reports on Daniel Graystone's statement about donating all
future profits from his company's holobands to charity and his
remark, "Hold me to it, Caprica," on Backtalk with Baxter
Sarno in "Gravedancing".
The bag which holds Joseph's purchase of a holoband reads Emptor
Electronics, which must be the name of the store from which he
bought the device. Emptor is Latin for "buyer".
Notice that Joseph attempts to open the plastic packaging for
his new holoband with increasing irritation (as I'm sure most of
us have experienced as well!). At 9:19 on the DVD, we then get a
jump cut to a hammer sitting next to the torn packaging!
At 12:56 on the DVD, Clarice has what looks like a large Russian
nesting doll on her desk.
At 15:09 on the DVD, Clarice pulls down a text book titled
Markowitz's Math. This is a fictional text, but the title
may be a nod to American economist Harry Markowitz, winner of
the 1990 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences. Later, at 22:31, we
see three more books from Clarice's collection, all of which she
claims belonged to Zoe so she'll have an excuse to visit Amanda
at the Graystone residence under the guise of returning them:
Principles of Biology: Level 3, Day by Day,
and Today's Poetry; notice that the titles on bindings
of the last two books appear to have simply been handwritten on
by someone in the props department!
At 15:31 on the DVD, we see a pack of Forge cigarettes smoked by
At 17:40 on the DVD, we see the
dating website used by Philomon
is called Caprica V-Match, with
the slogan "Find your virtual
connection." A click-through ad
for a game called Tauron Stars
is seen on the right-hand side
of the web page, as well as an
ad for something called Alpha
Philo's dating profile reveals he is 27 years old and was born
in Qualai, Caprica (the BSG2000 episode "Hero" reveals that Bill
Adama was also born there). Among his favorite television
viewing are Gemenon monster movies, probably a reference to
Japanese monster movies, well-loved by many geeks here on Earth.
Philo's educational degrees as displayed on his dating profile
use the same terms as used here on Earth: BS (Bachelor of
Science), PHD (Doctor of Philosophy), MA (Master of Arts), and
MSCS (Master of Science, Computer Science). These are terms used
in our world for students who have achieved certain
university-level degrees, though it seems slightly odd that the
same exact terms would be used in the far distant past of the
After meeting Lacy for the first time, Barnabas tells Keon he
has to stop thinking with his tarse. It would seem that "tarse"
is a Caprican slang term for "penis".
At 31:54 on the DVD, a radio or television evangelist speaks of
turning to the Book of the Word. This was one of the religious
books Commander Adama put great faith in as mentioned in the
BSG70 episode "A
Death in the Family".
The dating profile of Zoe's
fictional Rachel persona
mentions that one of her hobbies
is cello, which Zoe herself
apparently played as hinted in "Gravedancing".
The information Evelyn finds on the VR gamer known as Heracles,
who developed something of a friendship with the Tamara avatar,
reveals his real name is Tad Thorean and he attends North Ridge
High School in Caprica City.
Notes from The Caprican
Assistant Defense Minister: "Caprica City May Be Caught in the
Crossfire of an STO Civil War" reveals there is a Caprican
morning news show called Good Morning Caprica City.
"Racism: An Unacceptable Aspect of Caprican Life"
features a description of Joseph and Willie's fishing trip in
the episode, without naming them. How did the in-universe author
of the article learn of the incident? See this article also for
the origin of the racial epithet "dirt-eater" used by many
Capricans against the Taurons.
The Caprica City Visitors Guide mentions the
Pantheon Bridge as the most beautiful bridge in Caprica City and
a popular post-brunch stroll: this is the bridge at which Amanda Graystone will attempt to commit suicide in "End of Line".
The guide also recommends a night club/restaurant called Via Appia
Café. Via Appia is Latin for Appian Way, a major and
militarily strategic road of the old Roman Empire on Earth;
large portions of the original route still exist today and open