Battlestar Galactica

Season 1 Episode 9

Tigh Me Up, Tigh Me Down

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Mar 04, 2005 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

Roslin's suspicions regarding Commander Adama increase when he can't be located during a military operation. Col. Tigh defends his friend despite being mad that he also didn't know where Adama was. But everything is explained when the commander returns to Galactica with Ellen Tigh. It seems that the colonel's estranged wife had been unconscious since the Cylon attack and is now awake and ready to reconcile. Tigh is thrilled to have his wife alive and back in his life; everyone else now turns their suspicions towards her.moreless

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  • If I'm a Cylon, you're really screwed.

    I don't honestly know what to say about this episode. I don't think it was entirely a disaster, but it comes pretty close. Maybe it's the jarring transition from drama to situational comedy, the fact that it makes you want a cold shower, or the utter and complete unlikability of Ellen Tigh, but something about it just makes it not fun to watch.

    There's not really much to say about it, either, since there's essentially no plot development at all. Roslin thinks Adama is a Cylon: see last episode. At the beginning of the episode, Ellen may or may not be a Cylon, and at the end of the episode, Ellen may or may not be a Cylon. There's a sort of pointless subplot about a single Cylon fighter which gives Tigh the chance to save the ship, but it's so underdeveloped that you barely know what happened.

    So that fact that there was no plot movement whatsoever is one problem, but the other is introducing a character like Ellen with literally no redeeming qualities whatsoever. The actress does a really good job of making us hate her, but is a character like that really one we want to see on Galactica on an episode to episode basis? I'm inclined to say no, and I hope that she's outed as a Cylon in the near future.

    There weren't many of them, but the Caprica scenes were good. Even though they also had exactly zero plot development, they still retained the typical tension and drama that we're used to from BSG. We also got to see a little bit into the minds of the Cylons that are watching the life of Helo from afar, and it's pretty much confirmed that Not!Boomer is starting to rebel against them.

    Overall this was pretty much just a not very good episode. The show can mix drama and comedy to great effect when it wants to - see Six Degrees of Separation, but this isn't how to go about it. And pleeease no more Ellen Tigh.moreless
  • This is a very good episode!

    I have to say I don't agree with the naysayers on this episode. Except for a few scenes which were actually funny, I did not find it funny overall or with forced humor. The humor that there was was very well done. The other aspects of the story serve to advance the plot and for example introduce the rogue element of the character of Ellen.
  • Tigh Me Up, Tigh Me Down

    Tigh Me Up, Tigh Me Down was an awesome and perfect episode of Battlestar Galactica and I really enjoyed watching because there was humor, drama, and intrigue with lots of character and plot development. It was funny to see how the characters looked at each other when Tigh, his wife, Commander Adama, Apollo, and the President were having dinner and Adama said "Anyone of us could be a Cylon". There was drama as the President thought Adama was a Cylon, and it was intriguing to see how on Caprica Sharon was still going strong as Helo was worn out from running and Six may be developing jealousy towards Sharon for feeling so strongly. It was great to see so much development for the characters in their scenes. The ending was great and leaves a question, what did the test really say? I certainly look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • The one where: Tigh's other half joins the fleet.

    A slight reprieve from the recent batch of drama-heavy event episodes, the hour's frilly-nillyness is ultimately its own undoing. Bill Adama is acting slightly off, and given Leoben's startling claim during the last episode (that the old man is a toaster), it's only adding fuel to Roslin's fire. It turns out that Adama is off his game because he had received Intel that Tigh's wife, Ellen, was found on The Rising Star ship. Could she be a cylon?

    Any attempt to ring drama from Roslin doubting Bill, and Bill's suspicions that Ellen is a cylon herself, are completely mute by a meandering script and some very forced slapstick comedy. Let this be a lesson for future episodes: BSG is not a comedy, nor should it ever try to purposely be funny. When the humour is subtle, and within the context of a humorous/mad character (ala Baltar), it's fine. But here, the ''funny'' moments gravitate around emotional heavy-weights, Roslin, Tigh, Lee and Adama. Watching Tigh chuckle like a little school kid was bizarre, sure, but there's only so much mileage you can get from two relatively old people acting like teens.

    The ending is also purposely vague. We never find out if Ellen is a cylon or not. For another time, I suppose.

    Spoilerish Title Sequence: 7 mins and 19 secs into the episode.

    Frak-O-Meter: 3 fraks. Ellen and Bill both warn each other with ''Don't frak with me''.

    Cylon Sex: Gaius lets off some steam with a fairly racy sequence that doesn't show any activity whatsoever, but the implications are more than enough, especially the way Six was leaning once Starbuck interrupted his little romp.Spot the six: Head-Six shows up, as well as Cap-Six. The former suspects something is amiss with both Starbuck and Ellen. She's been right about pretty much everything else so far. The latter fights back a few tears of jealousy over Boomer's budding romance with Helo.

    Death/Injuries: Everyone gets to keep their limbs.Boomer or Sharon?: Sharon wins here, for no reason other than Boomer doesn't feature.

    Ships Lost: A raider almost crashes into Galactica. Almost.

    Battlestar Bleakness: We briefly deal with more suicide bombers. And it was kinda icky listening to Ellen mourn the loss of Zack while simultaneously groping Lee.The hour slows the entire season down a notch or two. It's mostly forgettable stuff.moreless
  • Funny episode!!

    ***This review details –» this is a "I" perspective, based in what I like and recognize to be good or interesting, this is not a "god" where the guy thinks what he thinks is the true or the "you" perspective where I know what you will like and what you don´t.***

    This time the plot main focus would be the old man » Adama. This strange accusation that he would be a Cylon, I couldn´t buy it, but if some Cylon replaced him? This could be interesting, right? But then, a new character appears and things turned to be interesting.

    There is a funny scene with Gaius and Starbuck. Ellen brought some funnier scenes, all the acting was funny, entertaining and great, a nice and simple story.

    Presentation Phase -» (7/10) interesting, Adama as suppose Cylon,

    Complication Phase -» (9/10) discovering who is a Cylon and pursuing a raider, thanks to Ellen presence we had entertaining moments,

    Climax Phase - » (9/10) rare and entertaining,

    Ending - » (10/10) excellent way of ending the episode,

    Details/Progress (To point A to B) -» (9/10) it seems that we have progression,

    Time and Scene Management - » (9/10) Hard to notice filler, the raider was,

    Plot Details/Holes- » (10/10) fine,

    Storyline -» (9/10) Ellen gave life to a amazing and entertaining dialogues at the dinner,

    Drama - » (8/10) More funny than dramatic,

    Surprises/Shocks/Twists - » (9/10) Didn´t expected Ellen, the ending was nice too

    Funny episode!!moreless
Edward James Olmos

Edward James Olmos

William Adama

Grace Park

Grace Park

Sharon "Boomer" Valerii

James Callis

James Callis

Gaius Baltar

Jamie Bamber

Jamie Bamber

Lee "Apollo" Adama

Katee Sackhoff

Katee Sackhoff

Kara "Starbuck" Thrace

Mary McDonnell

Mary McDonnell

Laura Roslin

Alex Green

Alex Green


Guest Star

Aaron Douglas

Aaron Douglas

Galen Tyrol

Recurring Role

Alessandro Juliani

Alessandro Juliani

Felix Gaeta

Recurring Role

Kandyse McClure

Kandyse McClure

Anastasia "Dee" Dualla

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • The fleet has lost 68 people since "33," and according to Baltar its population is now 47,905.

    • During the scene where Baltar looks at the hundreds of vials and talks to Number Six about how hopeless it is, the music playing in the background is "Battlestar Operatica," which was written for the episode by Bear McCreary rather than using Mozart.

      The lyrics are in Italian and mean the following:

      Woe upon your Cylon heart
      There's a toaster in your head
      And it wears high heels

      Number Six calls to you
      The Cylon Detector beckons
      Your girlfriend is a toaster

      Woe upon your Cylon heart
      Alas, disgrace! Alas, sadness and

      The toaster has a pretty red dress
      Red like its glowing spine
      Number Six whispers
      By Your Command

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Roslin: If you're a Cylon, I'd like to know.
      Adama: If I'm a Cylon, you're really screwed.

    • Apollo: Why did you bring her here?
      Adama: Because she's his wife! I couldn't deny her access to her own husband without causing suspicion. Besides, I wanted her close to me.
      Ellen Tigh: (walks in with Col. Tigh) I told you! I told you he wanted me!
      Baltar: Oh lovely.

  • NOTES (4)

    • This is the first episode of the series to be directed by Edward James Olmos. It is also the first episode to be directed by a member of the cast.

    • The title of this episode refers to the 1990 Pedro Almodovar movie ¡Átame!. It was released in the U.S. under the title Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! It helped spur the MPAA to create the NC-17 rating because of its extensive nudity and graphic sex scenes. The plot of the BSG episode does not follow that of the movie, which involved a kidnapping.

    • This episode first aired in the United Kingdom on December 13, 2004, on Sky One. Sky One co-financed the first season of the show.

    • The UK TiVo EPG has it listed as Secrets and Lies


    • "Delphi" was home to the Delphic Oracle of Apollo in ancient Greece. Helo discovers that the Cylons have been using the city of Delphi as the base of their operations on Caprica.