Battlestar Galactica

Colonial Day

Season 1, Ep 11, Aired 3/18/05
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  • Episode Description
  • Tom Zarek has himself nominated for the role of Vice President while an assassin is discovered on the Cloud Nine Luxury liner. As tensions flare, the cruel hand of politics leads to murder, and the election of the most unlikely Vice President.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Glen A. Larson

  • Harvey Frand

  • Toni Graphia

  • Ronald D. Moore

  • Carla Robinson

  • Fan Reviews (16)
  • Colonial Day

    By TrueTvWatcher, Jan 14, 2012

  • The One Where: They all enjoy a dance! (Politcally and literally.)

    By MovieMark, Oct 06, 2011

  • Layers of intrigue make for a compelling episode

    By SebastianHaff, Aug 04, 2009

  • "I'm glad that we got to see the return of Tom Zarek." SPOILERS

    By tiewashere, Mar 03, 2011

  • Winds of change.

    By kickdoor, Nov 11, 2010

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (6)

    • Baltar: Politics is the only thing more boring than blood samples.

    • Roslin: Mr. Zarek. Oh, don't worry. I won't be kissing you today. Tom Zarek: That's a shame. I shaved very closely in anticipation of being smacked by you.

    • (Boomer and Helo on Caprica, scouting a spaceport) Helo: Now all we have to do is wait until dark, infiltrate the most heavily fortified military hub on this planet, hope the Cylons have not completely wasted the spaceport, steal a ship, meet Galactica, and fly to her without getting shot to hell. Sharon: Is that all?

    • (talking to reporters about the state of the fleet) Zarek: Look, there’s no economy. There’s no market, no industry, no capital. Money’s worthless. And yet we’re all held hostage by the idea of the way things used to be. Look where we are (on Cloud 9). This man (points to gardener) wakes up every morning, tugs on his boots, and goes to work in this garden. Why? Because it’s his job? What job? He labors, but he gets no benefits. And he’s not the only one. Many of us are still going through the motions of our old lives. The lawyers still act like lawyers, but they have no clients. Businessmen still act like businessmen, but have no business! President Roslin and her policies are all about holding on to a fantasy. We want to survive. We need to completely restructure our lives. We need to think about the community of citizens. The group, not the individual. We need to completely free ourselves of the past and operate as a collective.

    • (in the locker room) Starbuck: Do you have a problem with my hygiene?

      Apollo: You have hygiene?

      Starbuck: I clean up good sometimes, alright?

      Apollo: Well, let me know when it's one of those times.

      (In the following scene at the Quorum meeting, Starbuck lifts her sleeve to her nose and sniffs it, checking if it smells bad.)

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    Notes (3)

    • The building used for the Cloud Nine Ballroom is the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, located at the University of British Columbia, near Vancouver. The building is also used as the 4400 Center for the USA Network series The 4400.

    • This episode first aired in the United Kingdom on January 10, 2005, on Sky One. Sky One co-financed the first season of the show.

    • Alessandro Juliani (Lt. Gaeta) and Robert Wisden (Wallace Gray) also appeared in the Stargate SG-1 episode "Moebius Part I" together. Both that episode and this one originally aired on the Sci Fi Channel on March 18, 2005. They played Katep and Major Samuels respectively.

    Allusions (2)

    • Adama: Politics. As exciting as war. Definitely as dangerous.
      Roslin: Though in war, you only get killed once. In politics it can happen over and over.
      Adama: You're still standing.
      Roslin: So are you.
      Adama: And I can dance.

      An allusion to Winston Churchill's statement, "Politics is almost as exciting as war, and quite as dangerous. In war you can only be killed once, but in politics many times."

    • Zarek: (to Roslin) That's a shame. I shaved very closely in anticipation of being smacked by you.

      An allusion to the movie "Patton" when Field Marshal Montgomery said to General Patton, "Don't smirk Patton. I shan't kiss you." Patton replied, "Pity. I shaved very close this morning in preparation for getting smacked by you." The two men's armies entered into the city of Messina at the same time. Patton was not supposed to steal Montgomery's thunder, but couldn't resist showing him up.

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