Written by Frank Lupo & Jeff Freilich and Glen A. Larson
Directed by Barry Crane
Original air date: March 30, 1980
Troy, Dillon, and Jamie are forced to hide the Galactican
children at a Little League baseball camp.
Read the synopsis of this episode at the Battlestar Wiki site
This episode appears on Disc Two of the Galactica 1980 DVD set
produced in 2007. If you put this disc in the DVD drive of your
computer and look at the disc identification, you'll see
BATTLESTAR mistakenly spelled BALLTESTAR!
At the beginning of the episode, we see Commander Adama is
wearing a wrist computron like the ones worn by Troy and Dillon
on their Earth mission. But why would Adama feel the need for it? No one else aboard the battlestar is seen sporting
At 1:51 on the DVD, a sphinx statue is clearly seen on the shelf
behind Commander Adama's desk. A sphinx is
a mythical creature that is half feline and half human, seen in
the mythologies of many different cultures throughout Earth.
At 6:02 on the DVD, Colonel Sydell receives a newspaper clipping
with the headline "SCIENTIST KIDNAPPED" and features a photo of
Troy, Dillon, and Jamie with Dr. Mortinson. This is a reference
to the events of
"Galactica Discovers Earth" Part 2, where the
three are mistakenly believed to have kidnapped the scientist.
The first paragraph of the newspaper article is just barely
readable in freeze-frame: "LOS ANGELES--Three unidentified
terrorists kidnapped the respected scientist, Professor Donald
Mortinson, of the Pacific Institute of Technology." The
following paragraphs have intermittently readable words, but
seem to have no relation to the headline, just generic sentences
designed to fill up space, a common tactic in Hollywood
At 7:12 on the DVD, we can see that the television camera whose
inner workings are about to be described by Wellington, is a
Norelco brand. In current times, the Norelco brand name is used
only on electronic personal care devices such as electric
razors, but in the 1960s-70s, the parent company,
Phillips, marketed a number of professional video cameras
under the Norelco brand.
UBC station manager Brooks refers to Billy Eheres as a former
National League bonus baby. "National League" refers to one of
the two leagues of professional baseball in the United States
and Canada (the other being the American League). The term
"bonus baby" refers to amateur baseball players who were paid a
signing bonus of $4,000 or more by a professional team and who
were required by Major League Baseball's Bonus Rule of 1947-1965
to play directly for the major league team with which they'd
signed, not one of the team's minor league affiliates where
amateurs are normally trained/tested for entering the big
Brooks refers to Eheres' children's baseball camp as Casey's
Camp, but it's true name is seen later to actually be Casey's
Baseball Park. This is a fictional camp made up for the story.
Most likely, the name "Casey" is derived from the 1888 baseball
poem popularly known as "Casey at the Bat" by Ernest Thayer.
Given what seems to be a simple assignment of covering Billy
Eheres' baseball camp for kids, Jamie is told by her boss and
co-worker to stay out of trouble "you are not to pass Go, you
are not to collect $200." This is a reference to the Parker
Brothers board game Monopoly. In the course of the game, players
move their playing pieces around the board based on a roll of
dice and each time they pass the starting square, "Go", they
receive $200 play money as a salary. Players also draw cards at
intervals that give them instructions that are either positive
or negative towards their gaining economic strength in the game;
a couple of the cards penalize the player by directing them to
go to Jail, another space on the board, where they must pay a
fine or roll doubles to be released: "Go to Jail. Go directly to
Jail. Do not pass Go, do not collect $200."
Wellington's lecture about the workings of a television camera are
basically accurate, as far as they go.
Jamie fibs to Brooks that she met the super scouts while
covering the pollution story in Paradise Valley. This is a
reference to the events of the previous two-part story,
"The Super Scouts".
Wellington informs Starla that General Abner Doubleday invented
the game of baseball. Doubleday (1819-1893) rose to the rank of
general in the U.S. Army and participated in several important
Civil War battles. It was long claimed that he invented the game
of baseball in Cooperstown, New York in 1839, but recent decades
have thrown considerable doubt on that premise, especially since
nothing has ever been found in Doubleday's own words claiming to
be the inventor or have any significant involvement with the
sport. More likely, the game gradually evolved in the U.S. from
the British sport of rounders.
When Hal sees Starla throw the baseball the first time, he tells
Jamie the girl has an arm like Nolan Ryan. Ryan played in the
Major Leagues from 1966-1993 and was an all-star pitcher.
When the super scouts arrive at the baseball camp, Jamie tells
them they must not do anything to give away who they really are,
admonishing them, "Now, go out there and lose." This, of course,
is the exact opposite of the typical sports pep talk which would
normally end with something similar to "Now, go out there and
win!" In fact, Eheres later tells the scouts forming his new
Polecats team, "I want you to go out there and win that game!"
and still later, Jamie also tells them to "go out there and win!"
When "Lt. Nash" (actually Xaviar in disguise) startles Jamie at
the camp, she remarks, "I thought you were Bigfoot or somethin'."
Bigfoot is a cryptozoological hominid some
people believe lives (mostly) in the American northwest.
At 27:30 on the DVD, we get a glimpse of the Galactica
bridge that is obviously a shot from BSG, as both Colonel Tigh
and Omega are visible!
The playoff game in which Eheres'
League team, the
Polecats, participates is said to be the Southern Conference
Regional Playoffs. In the real world, the Little League is not
divided in conferences, but simply regions (in the U.S., East,
Central, South, and West).
The opposing team is said to be the Encino Cougars. Encino is a
district within Los Angeles. It is never stated from what
city/area the Polecats are from.
After the confusion where one of the super scouts takes off with
the umpire's silver dollar for the coin toss, the coin toss
itself is never performed! So how did they decide which team
was to bat first?
At 35:53 on the DVD, the game announcer states that little
Frankie Lupo is up to bat for the Cougars. This is a reference
to Galactica 1980 producer (and co-writer of this episode) Frank
Lupo. Oddly, it's obvious that the kid's jersey does not say
"Lupo" on it, but "Osder" instead!
The shot from 40:40-40:45 on the DVD has been flipped, as
evidenced by the reversed jerseys on the two players.
At 42:16 on the DVD, the cables supporting the spacewalking Troy
are clearly visible, not to mention the landing gear of the
Viper, which should not be extended while it is in space. The
wing of the Viper is also seen to bounce some when Troy puts his
hand on it.
At the bottom of the 6th inning, the Cougars have a 6-0 lead
over the Polecats. But at the top of the 7th inning, with the
Polecats at bat, the scoreboard is somehow at 8 for the Cougars.
The scoreboard also shows 5 for the Polecats when we've only
seen them score 3 runs; then, seconds later, the scorekeeper
changes the score to 5 even though it already said 5 seconds
At 42:38 on the DVD, the brand of catcher's mitt used by the
catcher is seen to be Hutch. This was a real world brand at the
time, no longer in business, though the Hutch name is owned by
How was the outlaw Xaviar able to alter his appearance so
drastically while isolated from the fleet? Does he have contacts
within the fleet who were able to assist him in the epidermal
transformation and voice modification? Could he have used his
Viper's time travelling capabilities to go into Earth's future
and seek advanced plastic surgery there?