Caprica/False Labor

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False Labor
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Season 1, Episode 12
Airdate October 26, 2010
Written by Michael Taylor
Directed by John Dahl
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CapricaSeason One

False Labor is the twelfth episode of the first season of Caprica.

Starring: Eric Stoltz (Dr. Daniel Graystone), Esai Morales (Joseph Adama), Paula Malcomson (Dr. Amanda Graystone), Alessandra Torresani (Zoe Graystone) (credit only), Magda Apanowicz (Lacy Rand) (credit only), Sasha Roiz (Sam Adama), Brian Markinson (Special Agent Jordan Duram)

and Polly Walker (Sister Clarice Willow)

Guest Starring (end credits): Jorge Montesi (The Guatrau), Ben Cotton (Atreus)

Co-Starring: Sina Najafi (William Adama), Hiro Kanagawa (Cyrus Xander), Karen Elizabeth Austin (Ruth), Phil Granger (Tanner), Anita Torrance (Mar-Beth), Panou (Olaf), Teryl Rothery (Evelyn), Julius Chapple (Larry), Vincent Tong (Demos), Camille Atebe (Phoebe), Christopher Rogan (Military Father), Tanya Hubbard (Mother), Taya Clyne (Tessa), Evan Bird (Johnny), Phillip Mitchell (Natty Thug), Michael Nyuis (Kiss-Ass Thug)

Uncredited: Patton Oswalt (Baxter Sarno) (voice)


Plot Overview

Having resumed leadership of Graystone Industries with the partnership of the Ha'la'tha, Daniel aims to hold up his end by trying to recreate the avatar program as he attempts to perfect a digital copy of his wife.

Sam's personal feelings over political turmoil on Tauron leaves him at odds with the Guatrau and even his own husband.

Amanda has difficulty in earning the trust of the Willow family.


Arc Advancement


  • The there is civil unrest on Tauron due to the current government leadership. Recalling the similar unrest that orphaned he and his brother, Sam ships money and guns back to Tauron to help the rebels. The Guatrau finds out and has him put a stop to it and shoots down Sam's proposal to send Cylons, citing the loss of profit should the rebels seize power.
  • Cyrus tells Daniel that the Ha'la'tha has evidently been slipping things out. Daniel has him tap into the surveillance system to find out what.


  • Daniel attempts to create an avatar of Amanda, but can't get it to react appropriately.
  • Sam is concerned over the situation on Tauron due to the similar uprising that orphaned he and Joseph. He urges the Guatrau to help, but he instead chides Sam on being too connected to the old world, calling it a distraction.
  • Ruth seems to approve of Evelyn's relationship with Joseph and asks her to look in on him while she and William will be at her sister's. That night, Evelyn and Joseph have sex.
  • Amanda has problems with earning the Willows trust, telling Duam that Mar-Beth is the main problem. However, she manages to ease her way in by claiming she suffered from postpartum depression and wonders if that's why she and Zoe had such a bad relationship. However, she later admits to Duram that she lied.



The Show

  • Camille Atebe played deckhand Sarah Ryan in the Battlestar Galactica episode "Maelstrom". Ben Cotton played a man (credited as "Terrified Man") a younger William Adama encounters in a Cylon facility on the ice planet he crashes on in the telefilm Razor. Phillip Mitchell performed stunts as Marine 1 in the episode "He That Believeth in Me".

Behind the Scenes

  • The very day after this episode aired, Syfy announced that they would not be renewing Caprica. This could be predicted by the lack of a trailer for the next episode during its original airing as there were with previous episodes.

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments


  • Daniel: It's like every decision I've made since the bombing has been a wrong turn. By now, I've made so many of them I'm not sure I even know how to get back.
Joseph: Get back to where?
Daniel: To who I was. Or who I thought I was.
Joseph: You can't do that alone. You may need somebody. You need someone who can see the man you were inside the man you've become and forgive you.
Daniel: Your wife do that for you?
Joseph: Yeah. Till your daughter blew her up.
  • Cylon: Task completed, by your command.
Sam: How are you with tanks?
  • Daniel: How can you forgive me after everything I've told you?
Amanda: But I thought --
Daniel: Obviously, it was just half-truths. My motives aren't that pure. Nobody's are, no matter what they claim, and you should know that by now. You should know that.
Amanda: But Daniel, I don't understand. I don't understand any of this. And what's more, it doesn't matter! I love you!
Daniel: Stop saying that. Stop saying that, please.
Amanda: But it's true!
Daniel: No, it's not! You can't love me. You can't love anyone because you're not human. You're a thing!
Amanda: Daniel, I'm very confused. I don't know what you want from me.
Daniel: I want you to be real! I want you to be her! And my real wife would never forgive me like that! She would call me on my crap and walk straight out that door and probably never come back! And you know what? I would deserve it. I would deserve it.