Battlestar Galactica (2003)/Exodus (2)

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Exodus (2)
Season 3, Episode 4
Airdate October 20, 2006
Production Number
Writer(s) Bradley Thompson &
David Weddle
Director(s) Felix Alcala
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Battlestar Galactica (2003)Season Three

Exodus (2) is the fourth episode of the third season of Battlestar Galactica, and the thirty-seventh episode overall.

Starring: Edward James Olmos (Admiral William Adama), Mary McDonnell (Laura Roslin), Katee Sackhoff (Captain Kara "Starbuck" Thrace), Jamie Bamber (Commander Lee "Apollo" Adama), James Callis (Dr. Gaius Baltar), Tricia Helfer (Number Six), Grace Park (Lt. Sharon Agathon)

Secondary Stars: Michael Hogan (Colonel Saul Tigh), Aaron Douglas (Chief Galen Tyrol), Tahmoh Penikett (Karl "Helo" Agathon), Nicki Clyne (Cally), Alessandro Juliani (Lt. Felix Gaeta), Kandyse McClure (Lieutenant Anastasia "Dee" Dualla)

Special Guest Star: Lucy Lawless (D'Anna Biers)

Guest Stars: Michael Trucco (Samuel Anders), Richard Hatch (Tom Zarek), Rick Worthy (Simon), Callum Keith Rennie (Leoben Conoy), Kate Vernon (Ellen Tigh), Matthew Bennett (Aaron Doral), Rekha Sharma (Tory Foster)

Cast: Erica Cerra (Maya), Luciana Carro (Kat), Leah Cairns (Racetrack), Madeline Parker (Kacey), Dominic Zamprogna (Jammer), Eileen Pedde (Mathias), Ty Olsson (Captain Kelly), Ryan Robbins (Connor), Emilie Ullerup (Julia)

Uncredited: Bodie Olmos (Hotdog)


Plot Overview

The Colonial survivors prepare to leave New Caprica, while Galactica performs a daring rescue attempt.


Arc Advancement


  • Galactica is beaten by four basestars and can't jump away. It's then saved by the arrival of Pegasus, giving Galactica enough time to repair it's FTL drive. Everyone evacuates Pegasus as autofire is engaged and engines are locked, taking out two basetars in its destruction.
  • Galactica successfully launches the rescue mission with every ship getting off. However, Galactica suffers a good deal of damage and there are now a flood of refugees.
  • Maya is found dead, but the baby is alive. Number Six appears to Baltar and assures him that it's Hera. Number Three finds them and takes the child. Roslin later learns that neither Maya nor the baby are accounted for and both are presumed to have died on New Caprica.


  • Knowing full well that someone will kill for her betrayal, Tigh has Ellen drink a poisoned cup. After admitted she would do anything to for him because she loves him, she drinks the cup. As she passes away, he cries over now dead body.
  • Kara is reunited with Anders when the detention centre is opened. However, she goes back to get Kacey and find she's being held by Leoben. As the only way he'll give her over, Kara kisses him and tells him she loves him. She kills him, taking Kacey and escaping. However, upon arriving back on Galactica, she finds Kacey's real mother, leaving Kara devastated that it was a manipulation tactic by Leoben.
  • Gaeta confronts Baltar with a gun, ready to kill him. Baltar is ready to die, but Gaeta spares him to make things right by stopping the D'Anna from launching the nuke.
  • Baltar is offered to leave New Caprica with the Cylons.
  • Roslin takes her seat back aboard Colonial One.
  • Adama is cheered as a hero for his rescue. However, he catches sight of Tigh as he walks off under the weight of having lost his wife.
  • Adama shaves off his moustache.



The Show

  • This episode was nominated for an Emmy award for Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series and Outstanding Special Visual Effects For A Series, winning the latter.

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments

  • Under heavy fire from four bastestar and its FTL down, Adama resigns that Galactica will be destroyed. We then see the sad sight of Galactica getting pummelled as the camera pulls out... only for shots to fire across the screen at the attacking basestars and Pegasus to come into view to the rescue.


  • Dee: There's still a chance he'll come back. Your father has pulled off more than a few miracles in his day.
Lee: I know that... and I haven't given up hope.
Dee: Yes, you have. I saw the look on your face when you came back from Galactica. Like you were never gonna see him again.
  • Lee: He's not coming back from this, none of 'em are.
Dee: All we can do is make plans for the future. We have to survive. We have to find Earth. If we don't, there'll be no-one to remember a man named William Adama. Or a battlestar named Galactica. That is our charge to keep.
Lee: To keep humanity going. No matter what the cost... no matter who we leave behind.
Dee: You can do this. You can get us there. You're commander of this fleet and you will guide us to safety. And you will do it, no matter the cost... because you're an Adama.
Lee: I ever tell you how proud I am to serve with you?
Dee: Not in so many words, no.
Lee: Well, I am proud to serve with you, Lieutenant. And to call you my wife.
  • Sam Anders: You know what has to be done here. If you don't wanna do it, I understand. Believe me, Colonel, someone is gonna do this. Now it would be better for her sake if it was you.
  • Ellen: I had to do it, Saul. I had to. It was all for you, and I want you to know that I would have done anything to save you.
Tigh: I know, I know. It's alright. Everything's gonna be alright.
Ellen: No, you don't understand. I got you out of detention, Saul. It was me. I got you out. I went to see them, the Cylons. Finally got to the one in charge, and I got him to notice me, the way men notice me. I slept with him, and I felt like puking every time he put his filthy hands on me, but I smiled and I faked it to save you, Saul. But you listen to me - I'd do it again. Frak anybody, do anything... even gave him the map. I didn't... want anybody to be killed. (cries)
Tigh: Alright.
Ellen: I could use a drink. (takes a mug from Tigh, drinks) You've always been there for me when I need you. Oh, I'm exhausted. I feel like I could just curl up here.
Tigh: There.
Ellen: Should have listened to you, Saul. We should have stayed on Galactica.
Tigh: Don't worry about any of that, now. Just go to sleep.
Ellen: Sleepy...
(Ellen drops the mug)
Tigh: (voice breaking) I love you. You hear me?
  • Baltar: I mean, I've told you and I've told you, but to what end? Too secure in your smug superiority to listen, too comfortable in your predictions of success to even consider the possibility of defeat. And where are we now? More to the point... where's Laura Roslin? Where's Tom Zarek? At large, whereabouts unknown, free, at any rate. Probably with Colonel Tigh solidifying the insurgency's hold over the public's imagination.
D'Anna: What would you have us do, Gaius?
Baltar: Leave. Pack up your Centurions and go. Please. Go.
D'Anna: And then what? What would you do if we really just left you here? You'd live out your lives in peace and never trouble yourselves with thoughts of us again? Or would you raise your children with stories of the Cylon, the mechanical slaves that once did your bidding only to turn against you, killers who committed genocide against your race, the occupiers of this city until we just ran away. Would you tell them to tell the story to their children, and to their children's children, and nurse a dream of vengeance down through the years so that one day they could just go out into the stars and hunt the Cylon once more?
Baltar: Blood for blood has to stop one day.
  • Roslin: Tom, you got that way, head to the ship yard.
Tom Zarek: You're coming, right?
Roslin: (motioning towards Colonial One) My ship's up there.
Tom Zarek: You sure have a sense of the dramatic.
  • Hot Dog: (as he prepares to launch his Viper whilst Galactica is free falling towards New Caprica) Well, this ought to be different.
  • Adama: Jump drive?
(Helo shakes his head)
Adama: Then that's it. It's been an honour.
  • Number Three: I'll stay behind and set off the nuke. You should go as well, Caprica. And you. I don't think you'll want to be here after we've gone. There's a place for you, too.
Baltar: For me?
Number Three: Well, you were right and we were wrong. There should be some reward for that.
  • Baltar: I just want to sit here and die.
Gaeta: You're gonna get your wish, Gaius!
  • Gaeta: I believed in you.
Caprica-Six: Whoa, whoa. Gaeta...
Gaeta: I believed in the dream of New Caprica.
Caprica-Six: Gaeta, we all did.
Gaeta: No! No, not him. He believed in... the dream of Gaius Baltar. The good life - booze, pills, hot and cold running interns. He led us to the apocalypse and I... I turned out to be...
Baltar: An idealist. There's no sin in that. Everything you say about me is true, every word. But you have to listen to me. The Cylons have a nuke in this complex. Nobody, and I mean nobody, is getting off this planet alive unless I stop D'Anna.
Caprica-Six: Gaius, she'll kill you.
Baltar: Then she'll kill me, or it'll be down to Mr. Gaeta. Either way, the human race dies with me.
Caprica-Six: Gaius!
Baltar: Go ahead, shoot. What are you waiting for? (grabs the gun, shoves it up under his chin) Please. Please. I'm begging you, please?
(Gaeta hands him the gun)
Gaeta: You have one chance to put things right, do you understand me? Get the frak out of here, stop that nuke! Go!
  • (Galactica getting pounded in orbit unable to escape, Pegasus abruptly swoops in firing on the Cylons)
Lee: Galactica, Pegasus. Let us take some of this work off your hands. Get your FTL up and ready and we'll take care of the rest. (hangs up the phone, looks offscreen) Alright, fire up that main battery!
Crewman: Roger that, sir!
Adama: Damn you, Lee! Keep working on those FTL, get 'em online!
Kelly: Yes, sir!
Adama: The Cylons'll redeploy as soon as they recover.
(Adama looks up at the DRADIS monitor)
Adama: Thank you, Lee.
(aboard Pegasus)
Dee: They're coming about, manoeuvring to bracket us.
Lee: Steady as she goes. Take us right into the center.
Dee: Won't last long in there.
Lee: No.
  • Adama: Guess you didn't understand my orders.
Lee: Never could read your handwriting.
  • Tigh: Permission to come aboard, sir.
Adama: Permission granted. You did it. You brought them home, Saul.
Tigh: Not all of them.
  • Tory Foster: I'm so sorry. I let you down, I know that.
Roslin: No, you didn't. It's not your fault. This is bigger than us. This is life.