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An episode of the Re-imagined Series
Episode No. Season 3, Episode 2
Writer(s) Ronald D. Moore
Story by
Director Sergio Mimica-Gezzan
Assistant Director
Special guest(s) Lucy Lawless as Number Three
Production No. 302
Nielsen Rating 1.8
US airdate USA 2006-10-06
CAN airdate CAN 2006-10-07
UK airdate UK 2007-01-09
DVD release
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Extended Info {{{extra}}}
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After the suicide bombing, the Cylons institute stricter controls on the human population on New Caprica. Aboard Galactica, plans for the rescue from New Caprica move forward now that communication with the resistance has been established.


  • Gaius Baltar ostensibly has Laura Roslin detained in a cell. He discusses the suicide bombings, after which he releases her.
  • After Duck suicide bombs the New Caprica Police graduation ceremony in an effort to kill Baltar, the Cylons round up random civilians, including Cally Tyrol.
  • The Leoben copy that has imprisoned Kara Thrace introduces her to Kacey, supposedly another Cylon-human hybrid fertilized by this Cylon's consciousness and using Thrace's egg from her stolen ovary. Thrace immediately treats Kacey as an "it."
  • Felix Gaeta continues to give information to the resistance, though Galen Tyrol is unaware that Gaeta is his source. Tyrol believes Gaeta is a collaborator.
  • Tyrol talks to Jammer about the situation with his wife, believing that people such as himself and Jammer will be lauded, while people like Gaeta will be strung up, causing feelings of regret in Jammer for his secret Cylon collaboration as an NCP member.
  • Jammer asks Boomer to release Cally Tyrol from prison. Boomer claims bureaucracy prevents her, but later visits Tyrol. Their history only makes matters worse.
  • Admiral Adama swears in Sharon Agathon as a Colonial officer and sends her to New Caprica as the resistance liaison. Commander Lee Adama objects to the plan, and is generally ignored by the planning team.
  • Later, Commander Adama tries to convince his father that risking what's left of mankind to save those on New Caprica wasn't a call the admiral could make. Admiral Adama tells his son that he can stay with the Fleet with Pegasus on guard, but that he and Galactica must try to rescue the New Capricans.
  • Saul Tigh, Chief Tyrol, and Samuel Anders decide to meet Agathon at Breeders Canyon.
  • Ellen Tigh, threatened with more harm to her husband, tips off the Cylons to the rendezvous.
  • Another damaging suicide bombing moves the Cylons to more drastic actions.
  • The Cylons force Baltar to sign an execution order, at gunpoint, for 200 civilians, including Cally Tyrol, Roslin and Tom Zarek. Caprica-Six is shot by a Five while protesting against the order. The detainees are transported outside the city.
  • Kara Thrace continues to ignore Kacey in the apartment. When Thrace leaves to another room, she returns to find the child motionless in a pool of blood.
  • As Kacey awakens in a hospital, Thrace is overjoyed, and takes Conoy's hand.
  • After the truck of detainees stops and releases the prisoners to "stretch their legs," a masked Jammer cuts Cally Tyrol's bonds and tells her to run. As as she gets away, Cylon Centurions appear to execute the detainees.
  • Zarek pulls Roslin away from the front of the crowd.
  • As Cally Tyrol runs through the forest, the sound of automatic gunfire rings out.
  • After Sharon Agathon and Anders' teams meet and formulate their plans, they are soon ambushed by Centurions.


  • "Occupation/Precipice" was awarded the IGN.com Editor's choice award, following a review in which it received a rating of 10/10.
  • "Occupation" and "Precipice" were edited as one 2-hr episode with only one introduction. However, in the podcast, Ronald D. Moore indicates the "beginning" of "Precipice" as the scene with Baltar and Roslin in the detention cell.
  • In the podcast, Ronald D. Moore states that references to "The Twist" and "The Swirl" are a homage to Seinfeld. The episode in question is "The Fusilli Jerry."
  • Felix Gaeta's given name, first revealed in "Final Cut", is spoken out loud for the first time.
  • Caprica-Valerii has married Karl Agathon and taken his last name. She continues to be confined to her cell, but it has been decorated and furnished. Ironically enough, she still calls him "Helo."
  • Sharon Agathon and William Adama have continued to develop the rapport which they established in "Resurrection Ship, Part II".
  • Number Three's claim that Caprica-Six's assault on her was the first case of Cylon-on-Cylon violence in their history is false. Boomer destroyed an entire basestar filled with other Number Eights, and there are several other incidents throughout the series.
  • Ironically, a Five shoots Caprica-Six in the head shortly after Three's statement. Cavil indicates, however, that she won't be "boxed," as Caprica feared in "Downloaded".
  • The same Number Three that is killed in "Downloaded" by Caprica-Six is present as well, referencing the incident; it is this same Three who questions Six regarding her love of Baltar.
  • The apparent shooting of the captives at the end of the episode is a homage to The Great Escape and Battle of the Bulge; especially the latter as it features a survivor's escaping in a similar manner to Cally Tyrol's.
  • Baltar's internal Six appears only after Caprica-Six is shot in the head.
  • This episode has the second highest number of guest stars. Only the Miniseries has more credited stars.
  • Lee Adama states that there are about 2000 civilians on the ships that escaped New Caprica, which would mean that after accounting for an unspecified number of military personnel (and an unspecified number of said personnel that were left on New Caprica), at least 5500 people were killed in the destruction of Cloud 9 as well as the other ships destroyed by the nuclear warhead in "Lay Down Your Burdens, Part II".
  • Another four humans are killed in the suicide bombing at the power substation this episode. It is unknown whether or not this figure includes the bomber. Additionally, 23 Cylons are critically wounded; 14 of them are euthanized. Almost half the city is left without power, with repair estimates standing at a minimum of two weeks.
  • Tom Zarek's role in the Baltar administration is finally revealed: he was indeed Baltar's running mate, and was elected Vice President in "Lay Down Your Burdens, Part II". (This was implied in the last three episodes of season two, but not stated explicitly). He refused to be party to the Cylon occupation and was detained shortly thereafter, until his execution was ordered in this episode.
  • This is the first episode in which all of the "Significant Seven" Cylons appear together. However, Leoben does not appear with his fellow Cylons and only appears in scenes with Starbuck.
  • Also, assuming the last unrevealed Cylon is a member of the already existing cast, this is possibly the fist episode in which all twelve humanoid Cylons appear together in one way or another.
  • This episode was nominated for "Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series" in the 2007 Emmys.


  • Apparently a single humanoid Cylon copy can speak for his or her particular model[1]. Interestingly, Caprica-Six fails to dissuade her "sisters" from voting to execute the dissidents.
    • This consensus within the copies is done invisibly. Similar communication between Cylons of a single model has been witnessed in several prior episodes:
      • In "The Farm", the copy of Simon which Kara Thrace encounters outside the facility shares the memories of the one she has recently killed, although insufficient time has passed for a resurrection of the type witnessed in "Downloaded".
      • In "Home, Part II", Caprica-Valerii reveals to Galen Tyrol that she has some of the Boomer copy's memories.
      • At the start of "Occupation", the Cavil model interrogating with Saul Tigh knows of Ellen's work to free him.
    • This contact is apparently strictly voluntary. According to Caprica-Sharon in "Home, Part I", "I'm not wired in. It doesn't work like that," and her presence on New Caprica is not considered a security hazard.
  • As one of the Cavils notes, adherence to the Cylon creed has become increasingly perfunctory. The Cylons seek the President's signature as a mere formality.
  • If Leoben Conoy's story is true, Kacey can't be older than 16 months[2].
  • As Ellen Tigh's actions seem as reprehensible as ever, her motivations this time around are rather more laudable. These two episodes seem to indicate that she truly does care for her husband.
  • Cavil informs Ellen Tigh that they released Saul Tigh so that he may continue leading the resistance, thereby ensuring attacks against the Cylons, such as the two bombings that followed his release. These bombings and their results reinforce Cavil's argument that instilling fear and exerting total control over the population is the only viable solution.
    • It also might be possible that the release of Tigh might play into the faction of Cylons who continue to hold a strong prejudice towards humans. Caprica-Six and Boomer are clearly shown to be a diminishing voice amongst the Cylon leadership as evidenced when Number Five shot Caprica-Six in the head. This faction of Cylons may very well be attempting to destroy the experiment that Caprica-Six and Boomer convinced the Cylon population to undergo.
  • The Cylons' condemnation to suicide bombings is strikingly hypocritical, in light of the fact that a Number Five used the same tactic after boarding Galactica in "Litmus".
  • Following the bombing of the power station, the Cylon leadership conducts a meeting with Gaius Baltar on Colonial One. The camera makes a full clockwise sweep, revealing in order:
    • An Eight
    • Boomer
    • A Cavil
    • A Five
    • A Three
    • Caprica-Six
    • Another Cavil
    • Another Three (identifies herself as the one killed by Caprica-Six in "Downloaded")
    • A Simon
    • Another Five
    • Two more Sixes
  • Cavil introduces the idea of "stronger measures". Assenting, in order, are the second Three, Simon, the second Five, and the last two Sixes. Caprica-Six dissents. Neither Boomer nor the other Eight are consulted. Not present are any copies of Leoben Conoy nor any of the unrevealed five models.


  • Given that she was ordered to face execution by the Colonial Government, where would Cally Tyrol be able to run to? (Answer)
  • Why did the Cylons abandon their plan for a public execution?
  • If viewers are to assume that the gunfire at the end of the episode is not from the Centurions, then who is firing? (Answer)
  • Is Gaeta showing rather unusual behavior? If so, how much will his role as "inside man" be affected?
  • What is the role of the five unseen Cylon models in the occupation? Are they present and simply remaining off-camera for the benefit of the audience? Have they attempted to hide themselves from the Colonials? (Answer)
  • Why do none of the Leoben Conoy copies attend the meeting on Colonial One regarding the execution order?
  • Cally Tyrol and Sharon Agathon both took their husbands' names upon marriage, as did Ellen Tigh, Caroline Adama and Sesha Abinell. Are Anastasia Dualla and Kara Thrace now Anastasia Adama, and Kara Anders, respectively? (Answer regarding Kara Thrace)
  • What is the relationship between Caprica-Six's shooting and the reappearance of Baltar's Internal Six?
  • On the topic of internal manifestations, what happened to Caprica-Six's internal Baltar? Will he ever show himself again? Has he disappeared much like his counterpart in Baltar, now that the real-world Baltar is in Caprica-Six's midst? (Answer)
  • Now that the Sharon Agathon has landed on the surface of New Caprica, how can she be distinguished from other Number Eights there? (Answer)
  • How will humans identify Sharon Agathon should she ever leave their sight? How, for example, can she safely return to Galactica? (Answer)
  • How does Jammer identify the particular Eight he talks to as "Boomer?"
  • If the Centurions are incapable of distinguishing between individual copies of a model, why would they fire on Sharon Agathon, who should be just another Eight to them? (Answer)
  • Why didn't Duck tell Tyrol that Jammer had joined the New Caprica Police?
  • Did Kacey fall down the stairs or was she pushed?
  • As Zarek wanted nothing to do with Baltar's puppet administration, who replaced him as Vice President? (Answer)
  • Given Zarek's imprisonment for four months, what has become of Zarek's various supporters? Do they still exist on New Caprica or in the Fleet? If so, what of them?
  • What has become of the Demand Peace movement?
  • Is Kacey all that Leoben Conoy claims her to be? (Answer)
  • Since Felix Gaeta is one of the top people in the Baltar administration (indeed, Baltar's staff seems to consist primarily of Felix Gaeta) and was once a Colonial officer, why doesn't Tyrol consider the possibility that Gaeta may be his inside source?

Noteworthy Dialogue

  • Discussing suicide bombings:
Galen Tyrol: This is crazy. You know, we need to figure out whose side we're on.
Saul Tigh: Which side are we on? We're on the side of the demons, Chief. We are evil men in the gardens of paradise, sent by the forces of death to spread devastation and destruction wherever we go. I'm surprised you didn't know that.
  • After having watched surveillance footage of the suicide bombing at the power plant:
Number Five: Twenty-three Cylons critically wounded. Fourteen had to be euthanised.
Boomer: They had casualties too. Four human dead.
Cavil: Who gives a frak about that part?
  • After being arrested, held without charge and carted to a remote location:
Tom Zarek: Laura.. That election last year. You tried to steal it, didn't you?
Laura Roslin: Yes, Tom. I did.
Tom Zarek: (laughs) Ah... I wish you'd gone through with it.
Laura Roslin: Me too.
  • Talking in a cell:
Cally: ...frak you Sharon, you stupid frakked-up toaster. How many times do I have to shoot you anyway?
  • After being slapped by Roslin for accusing her of working for the Cylons:
Saul Tigh: You see, little things like that, they don't matter anymore. Fact, not too frakking much really matters anymore. I got one job here, lady, and one job only. To disrupt the Cylons, make them worry about the anthill they stirred up down here so they're distracted and out of position when the old man shows up in orbit. The bombings, they got the Cylons' attention, they really got their attention. And I am not giving that up.
Laura Roslin: We are talking about people blowing themselves up.
Tigh: You know, sometimes I think that you've got ice water in those veins. And other times, I think you're just a naive little school teacher. I've sent men on suicide missions in two wars now, and let me tell you something. It don't make a godsdamn bit of difference whether they're riding in a Viper or walking out onto a parade ground. In the end, they're just as dead. (pauses) So, take your piety, and your moralizing, and your high-minded principles, and stick 'em somewhere safe until you're off this rock and you're sitting in your nice, cushy chair on Colonial One again. (stands) I've got a war to fight (leaves).
  • As the Cylons try to force Baltar to sign the execution order, following Number Five's shooting of Caprica-Six in the head:
Baltar: Oh, God.
Cavil: She'll be back...
Cavil: ... but if he pulls that trigger now, you won't.

Guest Stars


  1. The phrase "We agree" is said by several models. A Six adds "most of us do, anyway", indicating that disagreement in the ranks of one model is unusual.
  2. As of this episode, it has been about 27 months since the fall of the Colonies. Kara Thrace's incarceration at the Farm on Caprica took place about two months after the Cylon attack.