Battlestar Galactica

Season 3 Episode 16

Dirty Hands

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Feb 25, 2007 on Syfy



  • Trivia

    • 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.

  • Quotes

    • 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.

    • Tyrol: We're leaving people behind, Admiral. People are locked into their jobs. They have no control over their lives. They have no say. We're abandoning them to their fate. It's like we've marooned them on a planet.
      Adama: That is not the issue. The men and women on this ship are not allowed to disobey an order, especially in support of some kind of frakking labor dispute.

    • Adama: Are you aware that your deck gang is participating in a work stoppage?
      Tyrol: It's called a general strike, sir.
      Adama: It's mutiny. And do you know what we do with mutineers? We shoot them, Chief.

    • Chief Tyrol: This plant's offline! We're on strike!

    • Baltar: (to Tyrol) Do you honestly believe the fleet will ever be commanded by somebody whose last name is not Adama?

    • Tyrol: Do you see what's happening? Jobs are starting to be inherited, Madame President. We don't know how long we're gonna be on these ships. What if it's ten years? So I, I train my son to be a deckhand because that's what I am? And that's all he can ever be? Is that the future we want?

    • Cally: We're not part of the ruling class so we're stuck doing the dirty work.
      (quoting Baltar's book)

    • (referring to Baltar's book)
      Roslin: Now I am thinking of having a good old-fashioned book burning.

    • Xeno Fenner: Hmm. Maybe we should just start having more glitches.
      Roslin: Is that a threat?
      Fenner: It's like the book says. "If you hear the people, you'll never have to fear the people." (quoting Baltar's book)

    • Adama: Xeno Fenner.
      Roslin: Fenner. Complaining about working conditions and deliveries and, uh, spare parts and compensation, if you can believe that. We're on the run for our lives and the guy wants to talk about overtime bonuses.

    • Adama: (to Roslin) Well, if the quarters become cramped, you're always welcome in one of my beds.
      (Roslin looks up in surprise)
      In a manner of speaking.

  • Notes

    • 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.

    • Aaron Douglas read the "Previously on Battlestar Galactica" line at the beginning of this episode.

  • Allusions

    • 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."