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Battlestar Galactica: The Captain’s Hand

Lee and Kara butt heads with the new commander of Pegasus after a Raptor team goes missing. He is determined to rescue his men, but he may very well be heading his ship into a trap.

Meanwhile, a young girl's desire for an abortion is a political issue that weighs heavier on Roslin as a moral dilemma.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x17
Production Number: 217
Airdate: Friday February 17th, 2006

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky 1) Apr 25, 2006
NL (Sci-Fi) Jul 03, 2009

Guest Stars
Richard Hatch (1)Richard Hatch (1)
As Tom Zarek
Donnelly RhodesDonnelly Rhodes
As Dr. Cottle
John HeardJohn Heard
As Commander Barry Garner

Co-Guest Stars
Michael Hogan (1)Michael Hogan (1)
As Saul Tigh
Aaron DouglasAaron Douglas
As Galen Tyrol
Nicki ClyneNicki Clyne
As Cally
Alessandro JulianiAlessandro Juliani
As Felix Gaeta
Kandyse McClureKandyse McClure
As Anastasia Dualla
Christian TessierChristian Tessier
As Tucker "Duck" Clellan
Stefanie von PfettenStefanie von Pfetten
As Cpt. Marcia "Showboat" Case (credited as Stephanie von Pfetten)
Patricia IdlettePatricia Idlette
As Sarah Porter
Rekha SharmaRekha Sharma
As Tory Foster
Brad DryboroughBrad Dryborough
As Hoshi
Christina SchildChristina Schild
As Playa
James Bell (1)James Bell (1)
As Lt. Steve "Red Devil" Fleer
Kavan SmithKavan Smith
As Lt. Richard "Buster" Baier
Amber RothwellAmber Rothwell
As Rya Kibby
Aaron PearlAaron Pearl
As Ensign Abel Thornton
Tammy HuiTammy Hui
As ECO Lyla "Shark" Ellway
Kimani Ray SmithKimani Ray Smith
As Pegasus Sergeant
Kurt Max RunteKurt Max Runte
As Ensign Charles Bellamy
Main Cast
Edward James OlmosEdward James Olmos
As William Adama
Mary McDonnellMary McDonnell
As Laura Roslin
Katee SackhoffKatee Sackhoff
As Kara "Starbuck" Thrace
Jamie BamberJamie Bamber
As Lee "Apollo" Adama
James CallisJames Callis
As Dr. Gaius Baltar
Tricia HelferTricia Helfer
As Number Six
Grace ParkGrace Park
As Sharon "Boomer" Valerii/Sharon "Athena" Agathon
Episode Notes
Survivor count: 49,584

Sometime before this episode, Lee was promoted to Major. By episode's end he is Commander of the Pegasus.

Barry Garner was originally going to be named Barry Trammel, but had to be changed for legal reasons.

This episode takes place "almost a month" since the events of "Sacrifice".

The recap scenes include pieces of dialogue that were dubbed in, as they were not in aired versions of the episodes from which they were taken. One is Adama's and Tigh's discussion about Commander Garner from "Black Market" and another from "Epiphanies" in which Gina tells Baltar that he must betray Roslin and run for president.

Episode Quotes
Baltar: Why the sudden interest in the fleet's demographic projections?
Roslin: An issue has emerged that may prove divisive to our administration. I would like all the facts in hand before making my decision.
Number Six: So now it's "our" administration. She must be desperate.

Barry Garner: My pilots are dying down there, Major. I'm going in. I'm not waiting on recon.
Lee: Commander, this in direct violation of the Admiral's orders...
Barry Garner: Major, leave combat.
Lee: Making this an illegal action on your part, sir.
Barry Garner: You are relieved, Major. Sergeant of the Guard.
Lee: I am forced to take command of this vessel...
Barry Garner: This man is in direct disobedience of an order.
Lee: Under federal regulations and place you under arrest!
(the Pegasus crew stands in shock)
Barry Garner: Sergeant, take him below.
Lee: Sergeant, the Commander has been properly relieved. Escort him to his quarters.
Barry Garner: This man is not a member of this crew, and you will obey a direct order that you have been given by me, and you will do it now.
(a tense moment passes)
Pegasus Sergeant: Major, if you'll come with me.

Adama: In your opinion, off the record, what was Garner's flaw?
Lee: He was used to working with machines. Command is about people.
Adama: Remember that, as you take command of "The Beast". Garner was my decision. His failures, my responsibility. Don't let me fail a second time. Congratulations, Commander.

Sarah Porter: Madam President, word has it that you do not intend to prosecute the Gemenese girl on Galactica.
Roslin: She has a name, Sarah.

Baltar: It is true, in the light of recent events, the President may have lost support in some quarters. I would ask the people to understand that if this is an extreme decision, we live in extreme times. The decision has been made with good faith. I, however, cannot, with good conscience, support it. I am so sorry, Madame President, but the Cylon have no understanding the meaning of the word "freedom". How could they? They're programmed. Machines. Every time you take away one of our freedoms, every time we restrict or curtail one of our rights, we become one step closer to being like them. As the Vice President, I am bound to follow the administration's lead; as President, I should have no such strictures. Given the current situation, I'm afraid that I have no alternative but to announce that I am, as of now, a candidate for the Presidency.

Episode References
The Cylons' tactic of luring ships where there is DRADIS inteference and ambushing rather than jumping and attacking is yet another downplay due to the loss of their resurrection ship. Sharon herself even warns Adama of just such a move in "Sacrifice".

Other Episode Crew

DeveloperRonald D. Moore
Executive ProducerRonald D. Moore  |  David Eick
Co-Executive ProducerToni Graphia  |  Mark Verheiden
ProducerHarvey Frand
Co-ProducerBradley Thompson  |  David Weddle  |  Paul M. Leonard
Consulting ProducerGlen A. Larson
Associate ProducerTrisha Brunner
Production DesignerRichard Hudolin
EditorAndrew Seklir
CastingCoreen Mayrs  |  Heike Brandstatter  |  Carol Kritzer  |  Robert J. Ulrich  |  Eric Dawson
Line ProducerRon French
First Assistant DirectorRachel Leiterman
Second Assistant DirectorMichael Shandley
MusicBear McCreary
Music EditorMichael Baber
Costume DesignerGlenne Campbell
HairstylistGerald Gibbons
Key GripCurt Griebel
Set DecoratorJonathan Lancaster
Location ManagerKent Sponagle
Transportation CoordinatorBill Janssen
Property MasterKen Hawryliw
Construction CoordinatorChris Claridge
Production AssistantTim Bennett  |  Anthony Alvaro
Script SupervisorLinda Strathdee
Production CoordinatorJennifer Tanami
Script CoordinatorRyan Mottesheard
Post Production SupervisorGregg Tilson
Supervising Sound EditorJack Levy
Re-Recording MixerKen Kobett  |  Mike Olman
GafferDon Saari
Director of PhotographyStephen McNutt
Stunt CoordinatorMike Mitchell  |  Duane Dickinson
Assistant Production CoordinatorRhiannon Charles
Production ManagerRon French
Sound MixerRick Bal
Based On The Works OfGlen A. Larson
Third Assistant DirectorTroy Scott
ConsultantJerry Hultsch
Costume SupervisorPamela Cameron
Boom OperatorGreg Hewitt
Art Department CoordinatorLynn Snedden
Visual Effects CoordinatorBlaine Lougheed  |  Jonathan MacPherson
Main Title ThemeRichard Gibbs
Visual Effects SupervisorGary Hutzel
Main Title DesignAndrew Seklir
Production AccountantLaurie Boyle
Extras CastingJames Forsyth
Transportation CaptainLawrence Albright  |  Mitch Lafleur
"A" Camera OperatorRyan McMaster
Visual Effects EditorEric Lea
Sound AssistantGraham Timmer
Location ScoutBonny Northcott
Visual Effects ProducerMichael D. Gibson
Post Production AssistantDan Delaney
MedicMike Campbell (2)
Steadicam OperatorTim Spencer
On-set DresserColin Meacham
Set Decoration BuyerFelipe Barragan
Assistant Costume DesignerCali Newcomen  |  Glenna Owen
Props AssistantSacha Moiseiwitsch  |  Michael Love
Rigging GafferGuy Patterson
Special Effects CoordinatorAndrew Chamberlayne
Dolly GripJordan Neifer  |  Trevor Williams (2)
Writing AssistantSeamus Kevin Fahey
Assistant AccountantReva Clavier
Foley ArtistDoug Madick
Assistant Art DirectorKen Rabhel  |  Ivana Vasak
Payroll AccountantDave Hoodless
CompositorMelissa Best  |  Aurore De Blois
Makeup ArtistPatricia Murray
Sound DesignDaniel Colman
Best Boy GripBudd Legree
Dialogue EditorVince Balunas
Supervising Art DirectorDouglas McLean
AssistantJames Halpern  |  Maril Davis
"B" Camera OperatorTim Spencer
Camera TraineeKatie Matheson
Lead PainterNoel Burke Gaffney
Assistant Location ManagerTisha Simpkins
Construction ForemanJim Hayes
Paint CoordinatorSean Lavoie
Assistant Set DecoratorPerry Battista
Second Assistant "B" CameraRob Devitt
Best Boy ElectricianJeff Trebenski
First Assistant "B" CameraRyan S. Gillard
Lead DresserOcea Ringrose
CGI SupervisorDoug Drexler
On Set PainterDave Pirie
Computer/video Playback CoordinatorRoss Framo
Producers AssistantSian McArthur
Genny OperatorMurray Chysyk
2nd Assistant Production CoordinatorQadesh Markowski
Accounting ClerkTony Lort  |  Jennifer Lloyd  |  Rosemarie Martin
Color TimerKim Schneider
"A" Camera First AssistantChris Thompson (2)
Orchestral EngineerSteve Kaplan
"A" Camera Second AssistantColin Mullin
Leadman SetupAndrew Mackie
Location AssistantJonathon Watson  |  Jessica Feskun
Science AdvisorKevin Grazier
Special Effects AssistantStacey Goodman  |  Rob Carter (2)  |  Ron Seida
Visual Effects AssistantRoss Woo
Craft ServicesMike Campbell (2)
Scoring EngineerSteve Kaplan
1st Assistant Hair StylistWayne Russell
Set Decorator CoordinatorPaul Burton (2)
Military Tech AdvisorRon Blecker
1st Assistant Make-upHayley Miller
Hd TechnicianMike Sankey
Special Effects Best BoyBill Ryan
On Set CarpenterMatt Clancy
VFX ConsultantKelly Myers
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