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Battlestar Galactica (2003)/Water

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Season 1, Episode 2
Airdate • October 25, 2004 (UK)
• January 14, 2005 (USA)
Written by Ronald D. Moore
Directed by Marita Grabiak
Fleet Survivors 47,973
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Battlestar Galactica (2003)Season One

Water is the second episode of the first season of Battlestar Galactica.

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

Secondary Stars: Michael Hogan (Colonel Saul Tigh), Aaron Douglas (Chief Tyrol), Tahmoh Penikett (Helo), Kandyse McClure (PO Dualla), Paul Campbell (Billy Keikeya), Alessandro Juliani (Lt. Gaeta), Sam Witwer (Crashdown)

Cast: Nicki Clyne (Cally)

Uncredited: Leo Chiang (Tattooed pilot)


Plot Summary

An act of sabotage leaves Galactica with a 60% loss of its water reserve. The belief that it is an act of a Cylon agent is high among those in the know. Even worse is that Boomer suspects herself to be the saboteur.


Arc Advancement


  • Galactica loses 60% of its water reserve have to scout for it on any planetary body in the system that leads to the discovery of one.
  • Baltar is asked about his Cylon screening process. His stalling for an answer leads Adama to interpret that he needs resources and staff. To Baltar's chagrin, Gaeta is assigned to help him.
  • Tyrol reports the missing detonators from the small arms locker to the master-at-arms who begins an investigation.


  • Boomer wakes up covered in water and discover an explosive in her bag with the rest used to blow up the hull holding Galactica's water. When she scouts with Crashdown to find water, she struggles to read the positive confirmation while her hand reaches for an explosive under her seat that she soon finds later in horror.
  • Lee struggles with the shooting down of the Olympic Carrier.
  • Baltar plays a flirtatious game of cards with Kara.
  • Roslin appoints Lee as her military adviser.
  • Sharon's Raptor is discovered by the Cylons and she and Helo make the move to find another ship to get off world. They later hear a coded transmission that suggests someone is still alive on Caprica. They hug in celebration, but linger a bit afterwards.



The Show

  • As of this episode, the fleet contains 45,265 civilian survivors.
  • According to Dr. Baltar, the rate of consumption for the civilian population is a minimum of 82 tons of grain, 85 tons of meat, 119 tons of fruit, 314 tons of vegetables and 2.5 million "JPs" of water per week.

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments


  • Yet again, Kevin Grazier's last name is incorrectly spelled without an 'i'.


  • Roslin: I don't think I'm gonna get tired of this outfit, seeing as I only have three for the rest of my life.
Billy: It looks fine.
Roslin: "Fine"?
Billy: Uh, i-it looks... great.
Roslin: You don't know anything about women, do you?
  • Billy: How are things?
Dualla: Things are good.
Billy: Good. You look good. I - I really like your hair.
Dualla: My hair?
(Dualla laughs and walks away)
Billy: I don't know anything about women.
  • Adama: There's a reason we separate military and the police: o­ne fights the enemy of the state, the other serves and protects the people. When the military becomes both, then the enemies of the state tend to become the people.