Battlestar Galactica

Season 4 Episode 11

Sometimes a Great Notion

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Jan 16, 2009 on Syfy



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Tyrol: We died in a holocaust.
      Anders: Then why are we still alive? That happened 2,000 years ago. How did we get to the Colonies? Come to think that we were human? 2,000 years is a long time to forget.

    • Helo: Baltar just confirmed it. The planet was nuked about 2,000 years ago.
      D'Anna: Squares with what our teams have been finding all over the planet.
      Roslin: It's perfect. We traded one nuked civilization for another.

    • Kara: (regarding the Viper wreckage) If you've got an explanation for this, now's the time.
      Leoben: I don't have one. I was wrong.

    • Dee: (to Hera) You have no idea what's happened, do you? Today is just another day.

  • Notes

    • This episode began shooting around the time that the Writers Guild of America went on strike in late 2007. The actors had to work without the guidance of Executive Producer Ronald Moore and had no idea if and when further episodes might be written. The assumption was that if the strike continued for several months, then this episode would have served as the (unplanned) finale of the series.

    • The usual opening credits sequence was not shown with this episode. Though the number of survivors in the fleet was not seen at the beginning of the episode, the whiteboard in Roslin's office was shown later on. Lee Adama erased the last digit of the number 39,651 with his finger.

    • Kandyse McClure read the "Previously on Battlestar Galactica" line for this episode.

  • Allusions

    • Sometimes a Great Notion

      The episode title is a reference to Ken Kesey's second novel (1964), which focused on a particularly stubborn Oregon logging family that cuts down trees during a union strike. Episode co-writer David Weddle told Maureen Ryan of The Chicago Tribune that it is his favorite American novel.

      Weddle said that the "swimming fox" story in the episode was based on real-life stories of wounded and distraught animals swimming out to sea to their deaths. He first learned of the phenomenon from Kesey's novel. The novel was adapted into a 1971 movie starring Paul Newman and Henry Fonda.

      The title of Kesey's novel itself referred to the blues song "Goodnight, Irene" (aka "Irene" or "Irene, Goodnight") in which the narrator considers suicide:

      Sometimes I have a great notion
      Jumpin' in into the river and drown

    • The Planet of the Apes
      Kara asks why Leoben is suddenly afraid of the truth. Leoben says to Kara, "I've got a feeling. You might not like what you find." In the famous sci-fi movie The Planet of the Apes, the orangutan scientist Dr. Zaius issues a similar warning to George Taylor (played by Charlton Heston) about searching for the truth. "Don't look for it, Taylor. You may not like what you find."

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