Battlestar Galactica

Season 3 Episode 15

A Day in the Life

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Feb 18, 2007 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

Chief Tyrol and his wife Cally become trapped in a malfunctioning airlock.

Adama remembers his late wife Carolanne as he marks his wedding anniversary. His relationship with President Roslin continues to become more friendly and personal.

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  • A Day in the Life

    A Day in the Life was a perfect episode and side story for Battlestar Galactica and I really enjoyed watching this episode because it had a lot action, drama, and intrigue. I thought it was great to see President Roslin and her Assistant watching Caprica Six in her cell. I also thought Tyrol and Cally's story line was very engaging and intense. Admiral Adama was dealing with his own past and issues which gave him some more recent depth. This may be considered a filler episode but it was full of good stuff! I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Much better than the last few episodes.

    While its hard to maintain the level of intensity of the season premier or even "The Eye Of Jupiter" episodes. The Cylon threat in recent episodes have been rather non existent, almost to the point in which the Humans go on with their daily routines. For Tyrol the everyday routine as being the head mechanic on Galactica seems too boring. While he does use his opportunity to spend some time with Cally. In this instance he not only gets himself into a little trouble but has Cally with him also. While the running out of air scenario has appeared in numerous sci fi shows. I really like how the processes they try to use to rescue them. While there was not any space battles that I look forward to. This episode finally has some heart pounding suspense and action.moreless
  • Some not so happy people, again

    Mm.. we have had Lee-Starbuck-Dee-Sam bad life episode, then Helo-Shannon one and now Chief and Celly have their turn.. so.. oh - in that case - nothing new. And we have a lot of nothing I think, on first sight but there is some adventure and some real danger what spiced it up and I most say I really liked some eye-opening on Adama - we all see him as a commander but this episode really brought little more humane side of him.. that he is a person, just like all others.. And I most say I like the way his storyline his going - with his son and with Roslin..moreless
  • A Tale of two marriages

    Once upon a time Bill Adama was a married man, as distant father as he was as a husband soon his marriage was over and so his sons grew apart. However one single day a year he “brings back” the wife he once left to recreate their life together as anniversary gift. As twisted as this may seem it’s noting compared to the married life chief Tyrol must face ever since he brought his family back from New Caprica; sharing the bathroom with hundreds of other colonial soldiers and his wife with another being, Chief finally takes an extra shift on their day off just so he and Cally could spend some time alone just like they used to before their son was born.

    It is strange to picture Galen Tyrol as a man in love with Cally; he’s mainly the chief, a family man who happened to had a baby and Cally just the convenient choice for the mother of his children. We never saw him woo her, he certainly never pined over her and the most romantic gesture he ever pulled was to jump in front of cylon/human crossfire to save her life before Adama’s troops would attack New Capriva so I would’ve never pictured him as the kind of man who would miss some alone time with his wife even if it’s to bicker why they couldn’t afford a day off and yet, apparently, Galen does miss the undivided attention he used to get from her back when they were simly two especialist working working together. Problem is: Something goes wrong in the room they are working on.

    And so the episode displays the tale of these two marriages; the idealized one Adama has in his mind and the very real one that’s about to end as soon as the room Cally and the chief are breaks apart throwing them both out of space. In Adama’s one the problems fade away even if Lee is the one who screams them out loud. In the Chief’s one the problems are confronted together even if it means to deal with what kind of family they’d wish should raise their son after they die. Both marriages are imperfect and yet while Adama chooses to ignore it because he needs to refuge in the lie Galen and Cally rather face how imperfects their lives are only so at the end of the day they could face that fact once more because, unlike Adama did, they won’t walk away from each other no matter how hard things would get which is the single cause of remorse that prevents Adama to let go of his wife: he has to bring her back, he already walked away when she was alive.moreless
  • Adama: "We've been at war for so long that sometimes we forget what we're fighting for."

    What an appropriate title for this episode, and I don't mean that in a good way. There's a technical malfunction aboard Galactica, Adama reflects back on his life with his ex-wife as their anniversary approaches, and Lee and Adama grow a little bit closer. The end. A marginally good episode, but nothing special.

    I have to say that the moments before the airlock exploded had me riveted to my seat. A huge "Holy **** moment. I didn't care much for Cally and Chief's feud, though. It'd be nice if we'd seen Cally and Chief fighting beforehand (we've only heard about it) so that this episode would then seem like a natural progression.

    I didn’t enjoy Adama's visions with his former wife. They reminded me way too much of Gaius' hallucinations of Six, which had to be intentional on the writers part. There's no way Adama can be a Cylon. I just won't stand for it.

    I figured out that it’s not filler episodes I specifically dislike; it’s when the writers draw storylines out of thin air. We got no mention of Dogtown before last week's episode aired, and this week nobody mentioned it either. (Why was Helo in the ready room with the rest of the viper pilots instead of managing Dogtown?) It's as if last week never happened. Which is what I predict this week’s episode will turn out to be like, too. Hmmm. I still love this show, but if feels like this season is beginning to follow last season's pattern. Start off strong, then begin to dwindle later on in the season when the writers stuff in fillers to save the juicy stuff (it was the election last year; this year it's Baltar's trial) for the finale. Maybe Ron Moore is just better at 13 episode seasons, which is what we're getting next year. Let's wait and see. Maybe I'll get proved wrong.

    Final Notes and Quotes

    - Survivor Count: 41,398

    - Lee's interest in law seemed like an obvious set up for Baltar's trial. Who wants to beet he'll be involved in it?

    - Galactica hasn't seen the Cylons in 49 days.

    - The hints that Adama/Roslin could develop a relationship are becoming more frequent. Just let it happen already, writers.

    - Roslin: "This is very difficult for me to say, but I'm going to go to the gym."

    Adama: "Prepare yourself. On its best day, it smells like the inside of a shoe." Final Rating: 2 stars.

    - Tim Bronx

Edward James Olmos

Edward James Olmos

William Adama

Katee Sackhoff

Katee Sackhoff

Kara "Starbuck" Thrace

Mary McDonnell

Mary McDonnell

Laura Roslin

James Callis

James Callis

Gaius Baltar

Jamie Bamber

Jamie Bamber

Lee "Apollo" Adama

Grace Park

Grace Park

Sharon Valerii/Sharon "Athena" Agathon

Finn Devit

Finn Devit

Nicholas Tyrol

Guest Star

Lucinda Jenney

Lucinda Jenney

Carolanne Adama

Guest Star

Michael Leisen

Michael Leisen

Pvt. Stewart Jaffee

Guest Star

Nicki Clyne

Nicki Clyne

Cally Henderson Tyrol

Recurring Role

Aaron Douglas

Aaron Douglas

Galen Tyrol

Recurring Role

Kandyse McClure

Kandyse McClure

Anastasia "Dee" Dualla

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Adama: You never change, do you?
      Carolanne Adama: One of the joys of being long dead. I suppose.

    • Adama: (about Lee) He's like both of us. Proud, stubborn and angry. But he's coming into his own, especially in the last few months.
      Carolanne Adama: Don't tell me. Tell him.
      Adama: He knows.
      Carolanne Adama: Knows what? That the Admiral's going to give him a good performance review? Or that his father loves him. Don't tell me the admiral's façade extends to Lee too?

    • Roslin: Bill? The answer is yes. I absolutely would have built the cabin.

    • Roslin: This is very difficult for me to say, but... I'm going to go to the gym.
      Adama: Prepare yourself. On its best days, it smells like the inside of a shoe.
      (Roslin laughs)

    • Adama: (to Roslin) We've been at war for so long, sometimes we forget what we're fighting for. Raise our kids in peace, enjoy one another's company, live life as people again.

    • Roslin: Do you think you would have stayed on Galactica or do you think you would have settled?
      Adama: It's pretty hypothetical, isn't it?
      Roslin: It is, until it isn't. (Roslin laughs)

    • Apollo: So what's this?
      Dee: Oh, it was here when I got in. It's from your father.
      Apollo: Is it ticking?

    • Apollo: One is the only number you need to remember. Because all it takes is for one pilot to let his guard down. One ECO to miss a DRADIS contact and suddenly the Cylons are on top of us. That's when people die.

    • (In the pilot briefing room, Hot Dog rubs his inner thigh)
      Helo: What's the matter with you?
      Hot Dog: Sorry. I've got the weirdest rash.
      Helo: Really? I hope she was worth it, buddy.
      (Helo gets up and moves over one seat, away from Hot Dog; Athena is watching from the row behind and moves over one seat at the same time)

    • Carolanne Adama: But I knew you long before you were the Admiral. Back when you were just Bill. The husband who wasn't there. The father who left. Just Bill. Who is Bill Adama anyway? Still a good question. I wonder if I'll get an answer.

    • Roslin: (to Adama) We can use the lawyers to parse the law but we really need people who actually know the difference between right and wrong.

    • Roslin: (to Adama) I'm ready to set up an organizing committee but frankly, trying to get a roomful of legal scholars to stay on task is like herding cats.

    • Adama: (to Roslin) Baltar again? Hmm. Can't we just give him back to the Cylons?

  • NOTES (5)

    • Although credited, James Callis and Tricia Helfer did not appear in this episode.

    • With the exception of Athena, no known Cylons appear in this episode.

    • Roslin gives Adama a book titled "Blood Runs at Midnight." She says it's a good mystery story despite the title. The corners of the book are cut off like other sheets of paper seen on the series.

      In the Season One episode "Act of Contrition," Sharon (now Athena) searched through and knocked over a bookshelf on Caprica. Unlike the book in this episode, the books seen in that episode were real-life books, from the 1950s through the 1990s. Many of the titles and authors can clearly be seen in that earlier episode.

    • As of the beginning of this episode, there are 41,398 survivors in the fleet, three fewer than at the beginning of the previous episode.

    • Edward James Olmos read the "Previously on Battlestar Galactica" line at the beginning of this episode.