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Galactica 1980

Season 1 Episode 4

The Super Scouts (1)

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Mar 16, 1980 on ABC
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Episode Summary

When the Cylons launch a surprise attack on the fleet, Adama sends Troy and Dillon to take the children to Earth for their own safety.

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  • Troy and Dillion take a group of Galactican children to Earth and then three are poisoned by industrial waste. Dr. Zee in his magical new ship saves their lives.

    Environmentalism at its worst. That element almost totally ruins this episode. It is preachy, predictable, and more than anyone should have to stomach.

    Bright points include the accidental bank robbery, the over helpful store clerk that assisted Troy in purchasing the scout supplies, the children throwing apples on the sheriff and his men, the singing sequence while they were camping, and stealing yet another police car. One has to wonder if they kept doing that because Kent McCord used to play on Adam 12.

    The introduction of being able to jump higher than Earthers was interesting but inconsistent with the first three part episode. And please, one gets very tired of the flying motorcycles and the constant use of stock footage.

    Also, three of the super scouts are Larsen children.moreless
George DelHoyo

George DelHoyo

Dr. Spencer

Guest Star

Mike Kellin

Mike Kellin


Guest Star

Carlene Watkins

Carlene Watkins

Nurse Valerie

Guest Star

Herbert Jefferson Jr.

Herbert Jefferson Jr.


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Dillon: (pulls up on motorcycle) What's all the excitement?
      Jamie: You....and those....Super Scouts you have with you!

    • (Dillon stumbles out of store)
      Troy: What happened?
      Dillon: (nodding towards the revolving door) I don't know. I went in and threw me back out.
      Troy: Threw you out?
      Dillon: Troy, you don't suppose they have some kind of alien detector, do you?

    • Troy : Children, we won't going back to the fleet. You're about to be the first children from the stars to set foot on the planet Earth.

    • Troy: Attack claxon..!
      Dillon: Must be a mistake... the Cylons haven't attacked in a generation!

    • Adama: So we have tools we cannot use, medicines we cannot offer and knowledge we cannot share....

  • NOTES (5)

    • Patrick Stuart takes over the role of Dr. Zee from Robbie Rist. Also, he no longer wears the glasses the character wore in the pilot. Nor does his voice echo and sound like an elderly woman.

    • This episode returns to the original BSG standard of utilizing similar yet different terminology for time, currency, animals and other everyday items. Dillon refers to gold as "aurics," and there is a reference to "yahrens" instead of years. Use of Earth terms comes only after study with the langutron.

    • The air of Earth is thinner than that of the fleet and, presumably, the 12 colonies. This is reminiscent of the Terran colony planet in the original BSG episode "Greetings from Earth."

    • The title refers to two plot points: First, because the fleet's gravity is set higher than Earth's, it's residents are stronger than Earth humans and have the ability to jump high. Second, they pose as Boy Scouts in attempts to blend in.

    • This two-parter is a rather obvious attempt to address the dangers of pollution, as three of the Galactica children drink contaminated water and fall ill.


    • CHP Officer: How come this never happens to those two guys on TV?
      When Troy and Dillon activate their cycle flight modes to escape the California Highway Patrol motorcycles, one of the officers comments that this never happens to "those two guys on TV." This is a reference to the series "ChiPs," which focuses on a pair of CHP motorcycle officers. The disco-esque version of the Galactica theme is similar to the orchestration of the "ChiPs" theme.