Battlestar Galactica (2003)/Unfinished Business

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Unfinished Business
Season 3, Episode 9
Airdate December 1, 2006
Production Number
Writer(s) Michael Taylor
Director(s) Robert Young
Fleet Survivors 41,422
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Battlestar Galactica (2003)Season Three

Unfinished Business is the ninth episode of the third season of Battlestar Galactica, and the forty-second episode overall.

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

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

Guest Stars: Michael Trucco (Samuel Anders), Kate Vernon (Ellen Tigh), Donnelly Rhodes (Dr. Cottle)

Cast: Luciana Carro (Kat), Bodie Olmos (Hotdog), Christian Tessier (Duck), Dominic Zamprogna (Jammer), Don Thompson (Figurski)

Uncredited: Aleks Paunovic (Sgt. Fischer), Paul Lazenby (Fischer's boxing opponent)


Plot Overview

A boxing arena set up to relieve tension among the crew stirs up memories of personal events on New Caprica before the Cylon occupation.


Arc Advancement



  • Adama uses Tyrol as an example of how his closeness to his crew led him to letting them go and being left on New Caprica, as it started with letting he and Cally leave Galactica.
  • Anders has been found to be living off of Galactica, hence putting further strain on he and Kara's marriage.
  • Roslin and Adama are shown to be close and relaxed, enjoying each other's company on New Caprica.
  • It's revealed Lee and Kara slept together and even declared their love for another. However, Lee wakes up the next morning to find she's married Anders.
  • As a result, Lee proposes to Dee. She makes it clear she knows how he feels about Kara. She says yes, until either the Cylons return or Kara comes back into his life.
  • Kara bounded with Tigh the morning after she slept with Lee by confessing it to him as they were the only two awake and share a drink.
  • Dee learns that Lee and Kara slept together and that they still have feelings for each other.



The Show

Behind the Scenes

  • There is an extended version of this episode that runs 70 minutes, so far found only on the Region 1 Season 3 DVD set. Among the additional material included is a scene that shows Kara and Tigh bonding and is more explicit in depicting Adama and Roslin getting high, something the network had forced to tune down for broadcast.
  • Bear McCreary re-scored the episode for the extended version.
  • The flashbacks were filmed earlier in the season during the New Caprica story arc. They were originally to be shown throughout the season, but it was decided to put them into this episode given the premise.

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments


  • When Tyrol gets into the ring, he's wearing his dog tags, but when he hits the mat after Adama's punch they are suddenly gone.
  • In the extended version, Cottle can be heard exclaiming an anachronistic "Christ!" This is noticeably dubbed out in the aired version with a slightly belated "Damn it!" added.
  • At the end of the fight with Adama, Tyrol has a spot of blood on the right side of his neck that comes and goes.


  • Kara: The Old Man's got chops! He knows when to make his moves, when to hold back. I wish I could say the same for his son.
  • Adama: When you stand on this deck, you be ready to fight, or you dishonour the reason why we're here. Now remember this: when you fight a man, he's not your friend. Same goes when you lead men. I forgot that once. I let you get too close, all of you. I dropped my guard. I gave some of you breaks, let some of you go, before the fight was really over. I let this crew and this family disband, and we paid the price in lives. That can't happen again.
  • Kara: (to Lee) So, what, you got the guts to try and frak another man's woman, but not to fight them? I wonder if Dee knew what she was getting. You think she would have settled for sloppy seconds?