Season 3 Episode 4

Cui Bono

Aired Unknown Oct 21, 2002 on Syfy
out of 10
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Cui Bono

Beka's Uncle Sid returns, as a candidate for a leader of the Commonwealth. He plans to use the Andromeda to help his chances, but an assassin has other plans for him.

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  • Beka gets a three year old message from her uncle Sid and decides to go on the mission to find him and offer her help - would she be too late?moreless

    I differ from the previous comment on the review - I'm approaching this episode from a simpler angle. Yes Uncle Sid's not the man I expected Beka to find, and the money she received from him (would have been very useful in helping the crew salvage more parts) served a far more different sort of purpose from her scrupulous, ruthless uncle.

    Meanwhile we do learn bit more about Beka's upbringing which led her to suriving on her own and her history with the drug "flash"!! Her uncle the thug wants something from Beka, some data info which was hidden on the Maru which holds a secret to her father's past. Since she is unaware of the secret, she is tortured with "flash" and locked up in her uncle's fortress so Trance and Beka's only chance of survival was to escape!!

    That whole scene was very tense and rescue didn't seem to be coming any time soon from Andromeda so it was up to the girls to keep their whits and get out of dodge in a flicker of time. Meanwhile, Tyr is not thrilled with Dylan for delaying their departure and is convinced that the girls abandoned ship - but thank heavens the Captain has a mind of his own and delays their departure!! I just love it in the end when the Maru arrived at the docking station and we see Trance's cute smiley face smiling at the camera besides Beka!!! Final happy note, too bad Sid didn't get his just desert but at least he didn't win since Beka holds the winning hand to keep him miles away from her!!!moreless
  • We learn more about Beka's father and her Uncle Sid.

    In this episode Beka's Uncle Sid returns and the Andromeda has to chauffeur him around.

    It seems to me that the commonwealth have low standards when it comes to political candidates and other people they want kept alive.

    In the episode "Mad to be Saved" Dillon was supposed to keep the doctor alive who was torturing his patients. Now in this episode they have to keep Sid alive and he's not much better.

    I like the actor that plays the part, I think that's in part because I liked him when he played Q on Star Trek: TNG. He isn't playing a very nice character in Andromeda, but for some reason I still like him.

    I'm not a big fan of political episodes in any show. Luckily, they didn't go into a lot of political stuff otherwise I would have rated it lower.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Sid: I guess I should have been shot in the head years ago.
      Dylan: That's funny, 'cause that's what Beka says.

    • Dylan: If the Commonwealth we built is worth anything, we have to trust it to do what's right. We have to have faith in somebody other than us.
      Beka: And if that faith is misplaced?
      Dylan: Well, then we have bigger problems than your Uncle Sid.

    • Beka: Dylan, no! Head wounds are so messy – shoot him in the chest.

    • Dylan: We're going to be walking into an ambush.
      Tyr: That's why I always assume I'm walking into an ambush – prevents unpleasant surprises.

    • Dylan: If this is rekindling the light of civilization, I miss the dark ages.

    • Dylan: (after someone tries to kill Sid) I don't suppose I could convince one of you to arrange some good news, for a change?
      Harper: Well, there is one little nugget of happiness- Sid got shot on the planet. Usually foreign dignitaries wait until they're on board to meet their suspicious, violent deaths.

    • Beka: How would you feel if Dylan proposed an alliance with the Drago-Kasov, the people that murdered your family?!
      : Sometimes the situation requires that we hold the hand of our enemy. The difficult part is not letting them see you while you use the other hand to draw the knife.

    • Beka: I used to think that maybe, his ghost lived in these walls. He was watching over me. Protecting me. But it's not true. My father is gone. And no amount of wishing from a little girl with a broken heart can make that untrue.

    • Sid: I know you think of me as being the bad guy, but in my world, I'm the good guy. I'm the white knight.
      Beka: The 'white knight'?! You strapped me down, you poured Flash in my eyes- you tried to kill me!

    • Sid: Your father wasn't a perfect man, but he loved you. And so do I.
      Dylan: How's that for the truth?
      Beka: Truth's a bitch.

    • Beka: And I bet that just breaks your heart.
      Sid: Better mine than yours.
      Beka: Sid, save the crocodile tears for someone who gives a damn.

    • Beka: I want the truth, and if I don't like what I hear, you're gonna know it. Fast.

    • Beka: You designed the bar...Sid installed the weapons locker...and now being here, it's like having a little angel, and a little devil sitting on each shoulder. Give me a sign, Dad. What would you do?

    • Ragatz (talking about the troubles within the Commonwealth worlds): ...And the Perseids, well they're still mad about that Hohne-thing. And don't even get me started on the fish people.

    • Beka: You know, I think somebody should tell these guys that it is rude to ransom other people's mail for cash. (smiling) And I think it should be us.

    • You're never more alive
      than the first time
      someone puts a gun
      to your favorite head
      and asks you to dance.

      Major Korgo Korgar,
      "Last of the Lancers", AFC 32.

  • NOTES (1)

    • International Airdates:

      -This episode aired in Canada on October 11, 2002 on Global.
      -This episode aired in the UK on November 4, 2002 on Sky One.
      -This episode aired in the Australia on December 6, 2003 on Fox 8.


    • Title:

      A maxim of Roman consul Lucius Cassius Longinus Ravilla, literally "good for whom?" or loosely translated as "Who benefits?", quoted by Cicero as a proof of culpability in legal proceedings.