Battlestar Galactica

Season 4 Episode 1

He That Believeth in Me

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Apr 04, 2008 on Syfy



  • Trivia

    • Goof:
      When Starbuck flies alongside Apollo in the Season 3 finale ("Crossroads, Part 2"), the side of her Viper has no nameplate on it. However, in this episode (which is the Season 4 premiere), the nameplate that reads "Kara Thrace 'Starbuck'" is visible once she lands aboard Galactica. The action in this episode takes place immediately after the events of the Season 3 finale.

    • Goof:
      In the Season 3 finale, Anders has a very noticeable limp, which is visible when he's following Chief Tyrol to the flight deck. However, in the Season 4 premiere, he has no limp at all even though the story takes place during the same day.

    • Samuel Anders reveals that he was born on Picon (or so he believes).

  • Quotes

    • Tigh: Those bastards can't program me to help them. No way.
      Tyrol: Boomer thought the same thing. And then she shot the Old Man.
      Tigh: Boomer didn't know what she was. We do. That is not gonna happen.

    • (after Paulla beats down the two attackers with a metal rod)
      Paulla: You see? Gaius, I knew God wouldn't desert you. I mean, I felt his love course through me, giving me the strength to smite them.
      Baltar: A little less smiting next time unless you want to be held up on murder charges.

    • (Tracey puts Baltar's hands on her breasts)
      Tracey: Can you feel God's presence?
      Baltar: (earnestly) You know what? I think I do.
      Tracey: So do I.
      Baltar: Do you? Do you too? We both, we both feel --

    • (Anders is worried about fighting the Cylons)
      Tyrol: Be the man you want to be until they take you down!
      Anders: Lot easier said than done, 'cause I don't know what the frak I am right now!
      Tyrol: You're Samuel T. Anders. That's all you've got to remember. Samuel T. Anders. Now get the frak in your ship!
      Athena: (overhearing Tyrol) Who else would he be?

    • Baltar: Please God, I'm asking you this one last time. Don't let this child die. Has he sinned against you? He can't have sinned against you. He's not even had a life yet. How can you take him and let me live. After all I've done? Really, if you want someone to suffer, take me.

      We both know I deserve it. I'm selfish and weak. I have failed so many people. I have killed. I'm not asking for your forgiveness. I'm just asking that you spare the life of this innocent child. Don't take him. Take me. Take me, take me, please.

    • Lee: (to Adama) Dad, what if Zak had come back to us in that Viper? If my brother had climbed out of that cockpit? Would it matter if he were a Cylon? If he always had been? When all is said and done, would that change how we really feel about him?

    • Anders: Listen to me. If you were a Cylon, then you've been one from the beginning.
      Kara: Like Boomer. I spend my entire life thinking I'm one thing -
      Anders: And then you wake up one day and discover you're another. It still doesn't change who you really are. It still doesn't change the fact that I love you, no matter what.
      Kara: You are a better person than I am, Sam, because if I found out that you were a Cylon, I would put a bullet between your eyes.

    • Caprica Six: The Five are close.
      Roslin: What?
      Caprica Six: I can feel them.

  • Notes

    • The visual effects team won a 2008 Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Special Visual Effects For A Series. The award was granted for this episode in particular.

      Outstanding Special Visual Effects For A Series - "He That Believeth In Me"
      --Gary Hutzel, Visual Effects Supervisor
      --Michael Gibson, Visual Effects Producer
      --David Takemura, Visual Effects Coordinator
      --Doug Drexler, CGI Supervisor
      --Kyle Toucher, CG Artist
      --Sean Jackson, CG Artist
      --Pierre Drolet, CG Modeler
      --Aurore de Blois, Senior Compositor
      --Derek Ledbetter, Compositor

      This episode was responsible for two of the six 2008 Emmy Award nominations that Battlestar Galactica received. In addition to the visual effects award, editor Julius Ramsay earned a nomination in the category of Outstanding Single-camera Picture Editing For A Drama Series - "He That Believeth In Me".

    • For the initial UK broadcast of Season 4 on Sky One (April 15, 2008), this episode aired back-to-back with the second episode, "Six Of One." The final credits of both episodes were shown simultaneously, side by side, in split screen at the end of the broadcast.

    • There are now 39,698 survivors in the fleet, according to the number shown after the teaser. The total includes 1,701 fewer people than the previous count did. There were 41,399 survivors after the teaser in the Season 3 episode "The Son Also Rises." No survivor count was shown during the final two episodes of Season 3.

    • Katee Sackhoff read the "Previously on Battlestar Galactica" line at the beginning of this episode.

    • With this first episode of Season 4, a new intro sequence is added. The onscreen text reads "Twelve Cylon Models, Seven are known, Four live in secret, One will be revealed." As the words "Four live in secret" are shown, the faces of Chief Tyrol, Col. Tigh, Samuel Anders and Tory Foster are displayed, confirming that they are indeed Cylons.

  • Allusions

    • Longshot

      We learn that Samuel Anders has been given the call sign of "Longshot" in this episode. It's possible that the name is an allusion to a Marvel Comics character named Longshot. The character was an artificially created humanoid life-form endowed with the power to defy probability. He was created as a slave by genetic engineers. He participated in an uprising against his masters. Eventually he escaped to Earth where he temporarily became a member of The X-Men.

    • He That Believeth In Me

      The episode title refers to a passage from the Bible (John 11:25-26):

      "Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die."