|Introduced||Six Degrees of Separation|
|Death||Blown out an airlock by Galactica Cavil (presumably resurrected)|
|Portrayed by||Tricia Helfer|
|Shelly Godfrey is a Cylon|
|Shelly Godfrey is a Final Five Cylon|
|Shelly Godfrey is a Human/Cylon Hybrid|
|Shelly Godfrey is an Original Series Cylon|
"Shelly Godfrey" is the pseudonym adopted by a copy of Number Six that arrives on Galactica with a mission to apparently expose Gaius Baltar as a traitor. She first appears aboard a transport ship in orbit over Canceron at the outset of the attack.
Upon coming aboard Galactica, she is drawn to a meeting held by Brother John Cavil in the chapel he has set up deep within Galactica. Here, Cavil hatches with her a plan to discredit Gaius Baltar and derail his work on the Cylon Detector (TRS: "The Plan"). She fabricates a disc with surveillance footage that seems to indicate that Baltar was responsible for destroying the defense mainframes at the Colonial Ministry of Defense prior to the Fall of the Twelve Colonies and presents it to Commander Adama.
During her time on Galactica, "Godfrey" reveals her underlying nature to be similar to that of her sisters as she attempts to seduce William Adama. She also claims to have had a romantic relationship with the late Dr. Amorak. Her advances make Adama suspicious, and he assigns marines to trail her discretely. When an angry Baltar confronts her in the public head she professes her ignorance of her Cylon nature and maintains the facade of her mission long enough to force him out of her stall and slam the door shut, at which point she breaks down and begins weeping as he rants and raves outside (TRS: "The Plan").
The evidence she presents is initially determined to be authentic, which results in Baltar's arrest. Lieutenant Gaeta later determines that the footage was doctored, much to Baltar's astonishment. Gaeta comments that once the photo was fully resolved, it was almost too easy to find the markers that pointed to photomanipulation - like Godfrey wanted to be found out. Godfrey mysteriously manages to evade the marines and disappear as she is pulled into a hatch by Cavil while "Tough Six" - another copy of Number Six whose cover was as a prostitute - takes her place and escapes by presumably removing her disguise after getting far enough away. Before Godfrey can be captured, Cavil blows her out an airlock above her protests, telling her to inform the other Cylons of the Fleet's location once she resurrects (TRS: "The Plan").
The humans surmise that Godfrey was part of a Cylon plan to discredit Baltar because of his Cylon detector. This "trial by fire" results in a rise in Baltar's popularity within the fleet and protects him against any further charges of complicity in the downfall of the Twelve Colonies. Baltar asks his Messenger Six, who disappeared during Godfrey's presence on Galactica and reappeared when Godfrey vanished, if this was part of the divine plan all along, but she remains enigmatic (TRS: "Six Degrees of Separation").
A file photo of Godfrey exists in President Roslin's office aboard Colonial One as part of a dossier of identified humanoid Cylons. When, where, and how this photo was acquired is not known (TRS: "Epiphanies").
- Some fans had speculated that Ms. Godfrey was a physical manifestation of Baltar's Messenger Six or possibly even a mass hallucination, given her mysterious disappearance and her apparent goal of covertly helping Baltar, whom the other Cylons have not shown an interest in beyond his help in setting up the sneak attack (e.g. Centurions attacking his party in "Fragged", Ms. Biers's lack of any special interest in him beyond that which she had in any other Galactica resident in "Final Cut", etc.) And thus far none of the Six copies observed afterwards have given any indication that they were Godfrey.
- However, The Plan makes it clear that Godfrey was a flesh-and-blood Cylon that had been in the Fleet before the attacks and is later employed by Number One to discredit Baltar because of his Cylon detector with no connection to the Six that Baltar sees whatsoever. Her mysterious disappearence is due to another Six (with a different hair-style) disguising herself as Godfrey long enough for her to get away. She disappears from the Fleet completely as Cavil blows her out of one of Galactica's airlocks although she is presumably resurrected later in the Cylon fleet.
- The last name Godfrey is a derivative from Old French which in turn derives from the Old High German male proper name Godafrid meaning "the peace of God". It's related to the Old English Godfrith, and is a rarely used name.
- Ms. Godfrey's glasses, present in the CIC after her disappearance, were made by Vision Eye Design Ltd.