Battlestar Galactica

Season 3 Episode 13

Taking a Break from All Your Worries

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Jan 28, 2007 on Syfy
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Now onboard Galactica, Baltar faces charges of treason. He contemplates suicide with the help of Number Six. Questions remain about his true identity. Is he a Cylon or isn't he?

Apollo shows off the new drinking establishment on Galactica, Joe's Bar, to Tyrol. Apollo thinks about Kara and wonders whether his marriage to Dee is worth saving.


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  • Taking a Break from All Your Worries

    Taking a Break from All Your Worries was another perfect and very entertaining episode of Battlestar Galactica because it really focused on the humanity of the characters and their relationships with each other. Apollo, Dee, Starbuck, and Lee have been through a lot and it was beautiful to watch them open up and be vulnerable with their emotions. On the other side it was interesting to watch Gaius being tortured and Adama's method of obtaining information. They succeeded in learning their are 5 more Cylon models and that Gaius believes himself the victim. The depth and drama were excellent. The scene where Gaius was given drugs and "tripping" while being questioned was great. Tensions are really building up and I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Dee: "It’s not a marriage, Lee. This is a lie."

    Kara loves Lee. Lee loves Kara. So why aren’t they falling into each other’s arms? Why do they continue to struggle holding together marriages they don't truly want? I know writers love to pull out sexual tension between characters for as long as possible, but Kara and Lee’s relationship is becoming more frustrating than romantic for me. I lamented for Dee this episode, because no matter what Lee says, he will never be satisfied with their marriage until he consummates his love for Kara. And the long gazes between Kara and Lee are just driving me nuts. Stop hurting Sam and Dee already, and get it over with you guys.

    There were many powerful scenes this episode. Gaius admitting he wants to be a Cylon; Six manipulating Gaius into suicide; Gaeta stabbing Gaius in the throat. (Obviously Gaius' storyline was the strong point of the episode.) The scene that wowed me the most, though, was Roslin loosing her cool during her interrogation with Gaius. Roslin screaming completely caught me off guard, and I was seriously ready to believe Roslin would toss Gauis out the airlock. Thrusting the pictures of the dead families from New Caprica in Gaius' face was extremely effective. The scene definitely kept my eyes glued to the screen, and both McDonnell and Callis delivered excellent performances.

    The psychological torture stuff was interesting. We learned that Gaius isn't a one of the final five (at least according to his imaginary Six, who it was fun having back again), but Gaius still believes he is "chosen" by God for something special. The hallucinations themselves were particularly attention-grabbing. Especially the one where Gaius woke up in a resurrection ship (good red herring, writers) and then the sixes began tearing at his skin. Shuddery.

    Final Notes and Quotes

    - Survivor Count: 41,403

    - Roslin decided Gaius should have his trial. The woman ceases to surprise me.

    - Did I sense romance vibes between Adama and Roslin there in that ending scene?

    - This was the second time Edward James Olmos directed an episode. The first was season one's "Tigh Me Up, Tight Me Down."

    - The crew built a new bar on Galactica. I guess with Cloud Nine gone, there was a lack of refuges for unhappy spouses to drink away their marital problems.

    - Chief and Cally have been fighting. I hope that's only a temporary thing.

    - I liked the little "bonus scene" Sci Fi added on at the end of the episode (there's more to it if you viewed the complete scene on the web). I was wondering what had happened to the Six Galactica had captured.

    - Roslin: "We tried the stick. It's time to try the carrot. The thing he's most deeply afraid of is that even if he talks, we'll kill him."

    Tigh: "Smart man."

    - Kara: "Kara Thrace and her special destiny? That sounds more like a bad cover band."

    Final Rating: Not exactly what I was hoping for, but I was definitely eager to see it a second time. Let's go with a good 3 out of 4 stars. - Tim Bronx

  • Great Drama not so much action this time.

    While the show's directors and producers have the line "This is a drama show set in space". This episode does have a lot more drama than action. The episode is based around Baltar's trail. While not really a flashback episode it does bring back a lot of events leading to this episodes, the focal point is the occupation of New Caprica. There are some scenes where it does show the anger and resentment towards Baltar. I like the addition of the Bar in one of the Hangers. It reminded me of 10-Forward on Star Trek The Next Generation. A place where officers and crew relax. A good episode but not the ending I was expecting.moreless
  • Oh.. again - relationship problems

    So.. it is very similar to episode we had not long ago - it is again all about Sam,Kara,Lee and Dee and they are all messed up not sure what who wants and what who should do.

    This time add drinking, avoiding and not thinking and you will end up a mess what is not great to watch.

    The other part of this episode went to Baltar who is back and the command trying to get some answers and nothing is working - they use hard way, drug him and they see it won't work and go for other ideas - Gaeta.. and the only exciting moment of this episode was the end - with Gaeta.. he acting on reaction of whatever Baltar said.. and I started really wonder - will Gaeta be one of the Cylons.. or Baltar said it to him.. I hope we will learn that oneday.moreless
  • This is starting to get out of hand...

    He loves her, she loves him, they cheat, the don't cheat, he doesn't love her, she doesn't love him... HAAAAAAA... enough with that!!!!!

    Li loves Starbuck, and Starbuck loves li, okay? Okay.

    So instead of being together they keep crying and being sad. I really can't see this love story anymore, it lost its point. I can't see Li cry to Starbuck, I can't see Starbuck cry to her husband, I can't see Li cry to his wife. So please.... stop this. The only way this episode can have any use is if Li will die soon.

    And the all story with Guys was pointless.

    You know what... you can skip this episode and you wont even notice you missed something.moreless
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

Tom Bower

Tom Bower


Guest Star

Steve Lawlor

Steve Lawlor


Guest Star

Graeme Duffy

Graeme Duffy

Adrien Bauer

Guest Star

Alessandro Juliani

Alessandro Juliani

Felix Gaeta

Recurring Role

Aaron Douglas

Aaron Douglas

Galen Tyrol

Recurring Role

Kerry Norton

Kerry Norton

Layne Ishay

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Roslin: (discussing Baltar with Adama) We tried the stick. It's time to try the carrot. The thing he's most deeply afraid of is that even if he talks, we'll kill him.
      Tigh: Smart man.

    • Doc Cottle: Admiral! We're losing him! That's enough. I'm putting an end to this freak show right now!
      (Roslin nods in agreement)

    • Baltar: She... Caprica Six... she chose me. Chose me over all men. Chosen to be seduced, taken by the hand, guided between the light and the dark. But is she an angel, or is she a demon? Is she imaginary or is she real? Is she my own voice, or the voice of --

    • Roslin: Doctor, did you conspire with [Caprica Six] to subvert our defense system?
      Baltar: Conspiracy requires intent. I never intended -- but then she said deep down, I'd always suspected. But I didn't know. How could I know? Did I conspire? Did I? No! No! I don't know. No. It wasn't my fault. It wasn't my fault! It -- I am not responsible!

    • Baltar: (grabs photo off the wall) This man, his name is Adrian Bauer. He was my lab assistant for three years on Caprica.
      Roslin: (shouting) So what?
      Baltar: He was Gemenese. I got him a visa. I introduced him to his wife. I am godfather to their first child. I wouldn't do anything to harm this man or his family, or anybody's family. I am not a murderer! I am innocent! Why won't you believe me?

    • Kara: You're being awfully accommodating.
      Anders: Is that how it looks to you?
      Kara: Your estranged, two-timing bitch of a wife calls you up for a quickie and you hop on the first shuttle? I'd say, yeah.

    • Anders: Do you love him?
      Kara: What?
      Anders: Lee, Kara. Do you love Lee?
      Kara: Gods, Sam. (pause) Maybe. I don't know.
      Anders: Then you gotta go to him.

    • Dee: I did see this coming, and I was naïve enough to marry you anyway. And you wanna know why, Lee? 'Cause I loved you. I loved you so frakking much. I thought I was lucky. That's right, lucky. That I could have you for just as long as you, or Kara, would let me.
      Lee: Dee, come on.
      Dee: It's not a marriage, Lee. This is a lie. You wanna be with Kara, go ahead. I won't stand in your way. It's over.

    • Baltar: (under interrogation) No! Don't leave me! Don't leave me! I know I'm flawed. I never claimed to be... Yeah, mistakes, mistakes were made, terrible mistakes. Were they mine? Was I solely to blame? I was a player, that's all. I was a player. I was struggling, struggling to find my place in God's plan. God's resolve. I -- , I never intended for some things to happen. Doesn't that matter?

    • Roslin: The Final Five... Cylons?
      Baltar: I thought I might be one of them. I told them I wanted to be one of them.
      Roslin: A Cylon? Why?
      Baltar: All my sins forgiven. A new beginning.
      Roslin: Are you a Cylon, Dr. Baltar?
      Baltar: No.

    • Roslin: (about Baltar) I told him I didn't take any satisfaction in seeing his pain. But the truth is I was willing to see him endure a great deal of suffering in order to get what I wanted. It wasn't some intelligence or some truth. I wanted a genuine admission of guilt.
      Adama: That's something that you're not gonna get from someone like Baltar. He doesn't see himself that way. It's not who he is. In his eyes, he's the victim, not the criminal. (pause) It's not too late for him to just... disappear.
      Roslin: We can't do that. For all his crimes, he's one of us.

    • Number Six: Well, you're not one of the Five. You certainly have the luck of the Gods.
      Baltar: Well, I am the Chosen One.
      Number Six: You didn't go tell them that, did you? Hmm?
      Baltar No. Everybody's gotta have a secret.

    • Kara: Kara Thrace and her special destiny? That sounds more like a bad cover band, Sam.

    • (at Joe's bar)
      Lee: Uh, Chief, you can tell me if I'm out of line here but, um... do you ever think about Sharon?
      Tyrol: (looks at his drink) No.
      Lee: Come on. You never wonder "what if"?
      Tyrol: No. (finishes his drink and walks off)

    • Roslin: (talking about Baltar) He's holding a lot back, Admiral. I'm sure of it.
      Adama: Then maybe we should resort to more direct methods.
      Tigh: Direct methods. Now you have my vote.

    • Tyrol: (proposing a toast to Lee) Ah... to marriage. Why we build bars.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Grace Park was listed in the opening credits but she did not appear in the episode. Recurring guest star Tahmoh Penikett did not appear either.

    • In the extended version of the bonus scene shown online after the show, Caprica Six promises President Roslin that if Gaius is given a fair trial, she will be the chief witness and divulge everything she knows.

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

    • In the beginning of this episode, there are 41,403 survivors, 2 more than in the previous episode. One person died in "Rapture" but Baltar and Hera returned to the Colonial fleet. The survivor count apparently includes Caprica Six, who accompanied Athena back to Galactica.

    • This is Edward James Olmos' second turn as director for an episode of the series. He previously directed "Tigh Me Up, Tigh Me Down" from Season One.


    • In another connection with the 80s TV series Cheers, some of the scenes took place at a new bar on Galactica -- Joe's Bar. Perhaps it's "where everyone knows your name."

    • The episode title appears to refer to the theme song from the hit TV series Cheers (1982-1993):
      Making your way in the world today takes everything you've got
      Takin' a break from all your worries sure would help a lot
      Wouldn't you like to get away?
      Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name
      And they're always glad you came
      You want to be where you can see
      Troubles are all the same
      You want to be where everybody knows your name
      You want to go where people know
      People are all the same You want to go where everybody knows your name