Battlestar Galactica

Dirty Hands

Season 3, Ep 16, Aired 2/25/07
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  • Episode Description
  • Amid a heated labor dispute, Tyrol asks the imprisoned Baltar for advice. Seelix becomes involved after she is turned down for flight training.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Katee Sackhoff

    Kara "Starbuck" Thrace

  • Anne Cofell Saunders

  • Edward James Olmos

    William Adama

  • Wayne Rose

  • Mary McDonnell

    Laura Roslin

  • Fan Reviews (44)
  • Agenda episode

    By wike15, Jun 17, 2014

  • Losing Interest Fast!

    By SciFiGroupie, Feb 28, 2007

  • Dirty Hands

    By TrueTvWatcher, Jan 21, 2012

  • A show about labor relations.

    By imperial3, Mar 26, 2007

  • I would like the so-called fans who toss around the word "Filler" like it's candy to read this one.

    By my1sunshine, Apr 23, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (15)

    • Tyrol: You do important work down here, just as important as sittin' in a cockpit. Seelix: Thanks, Chief. I’m gonna... deliver some more important laundry.

    • Tyrol: (discussing Fenner’s arrest over the telephone) He seemed like a good guy. What'd he do? Adama: Pissed off the president.

    • Tyrol: (to Roslin) There are a lot of dirty jobs that need to be done every day in this fleet. Cleaning, hauling, low-level maintenance, things like that. These are the kind of jobs that I think should be allocated to people... well, people like yourself, no offense.

    • Roslin: Chief, the workers in this fleet, they need someone to represent them in their interests. And if this society is becoming truly polarized between an entrenched political class and a disenfranchised underclass we are doomed. We won’t need the Cylons to destroy us, we’ll destroy ourselves. The fleet that arrives at Earth will not represent Colonial society at all. I am willing to fight for that society until my dying breath. I would love it if you would fight for that society as well.

    • Adama: I'm gonna put her up against a bulkhead and I'm gonna shoot her as a mutineer. Tyrol: Are you out of your frakking mind? Cally was just following my orders. Adama: She's a ringleader, so she goes first. And then the rest of your deck gang. Figurski, Seelix, Pollux. Tyrol: You won't do this. We have a son. Adama: Understand me. The very survival of this ship may depend on someone getting an order that they don't want to do. And if they hesitate, if they feel that orders are sometimes optional, then this ship will perish. And so will your son. The entire human race. I don't want to do this, Chief, but I will put ten Callys up against a wall to make sure that this ship and this fleet are not destroyed.

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    Notes (6)

    • The Colonial Workers Alliance, the union that Chief Tyrol headed on New Caprica, is reborn in this episode. Tyrol resumes his role as the leader of that union.

    • With the exception of the "imaginary" Number Six, no known Cylons appear in this episode.

    • Although credited, Jamie Bamber and Grace Park did not appear in this episode.

    • Baltar reveals in this episode that he was raised on a farm on the agricultural colony of Aerelon. He also reveals his original Aerelon accent for the first time. The accent resembles a working-class British accent. Baltar left Aerelon after his 18th birthday and rejected his Aerelon heritage. He eventually learned to speak with a Caprican accent.

    • As of the beginning of this episode, there are 41,400 survivors in the fleet, two more than at the beginning of the previous episode.

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    Trivia (5)

    • After a Raptor crashes into Colonial One, President Roslin relocates her office to an undamaged part of the ship. She says to Adama that she will have to stay there for "God knows how long" rather than "Gods know how long."

    • According to Ronald Moore, this episode was originally going to focus on Lt. Dualla ("Dee") and the continuation of the Sagittaron story from "The Woman King" episode.

    • When Baltar takes the book notes from his underwear, he's still wearing his pants. But a moment later, he is seen wearing only his underwear.

    • Aerelon seems to have an accent that very closely resembles the dialect of the people of Yorkshire (northern England).

    • Caprica, Tauron and Picon are described as being affluent and desirable colonies before the initial Cylon attack. Aerelon, Sagittaron and Gemenon were considered to be somewhat backward. Their members faced disdain and discrimination from members of other colonies.

    Allusions (1)

    • While in his jail cell on Galactica, Gaius Baltar wrote "My Triumphs, My Mistakes", a semi-autobiographical book that includes his observations about the politics and socioeconomics of the fleet. The book and the nature of its creation have strong parallels to the infamous treatise "Mein Kampf", which is often translated as "My Struggle" from the original German. Like Baltar, Adolf Hitler wrote the book by dictating his thoughts while in prison. Just as with Baltar's treatise, "Mein Kampf" is a mixture of autobiography and socio-political ideology. Despite the clear similarities, Baltar's book is not meant to mimic Hitler's. The greatest difference is the political focus of the two books. Hitler focused on foreign policy and his racial hatred while Baltar was apparently concerned with the rights of the disenfranchised in the fleet. However, Baltar was motivated by anger, just as Hitler was. Baltar's deep-seated shame over his Aerelon background underlies his attack on the "Caprican aristocracy."

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