A Day in the Life

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A Day in the Life
"A Day in the Life"
An episode of the Re-imagined Series
Episode No. Season 3, Episode 15
Writer(s) Mark Verheiden
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Director Rod Hardy
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US airdate USA 2007-02-18
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Population 41,398 survivors
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Adama faces the memory of his late wife and their marriage as he marks his wedding anniversary. Meanwhile Cally and Galen Tyrol are trapped in a depressurizing airlock with no way to leave it, and President Roslin is pushing ahead with Baltar's trial.



  • Galen Tyrol, looking haggard, is carrying a baby bottle to his small, but private accommodations for his wife, Cally Tyrol and their infant son, Nicholas Tyrol.
  • The Tyrols are beginning their day. While Cally was expecting a day off, Galen tells her of needed maintenance on an airlock that cannot wait. Cally is frustrated by Galen's insistance that she assist him instead of enlisting others from the deck crew.
  • Admiral William Adama dreams of his late wife, Carolanne Adama, at a home on Caprica. When his quarter's intercom awakens him, Adama's grogginess shows him rising from his bunk, and Carolanne's image appears, asleep, in the bunk as well.
  • Colonel Saul Tigh enters with papers to sign for needed maintenance on the ship. The XO notices the empty bunk and is quite aware that today is Adama's wedding anniversary with his wife.
  • Private Jaffee arrives to drop off the admiral's coffee, and Adama, deep in thought with memories of his ex-wife, is unable to remember the crewman's name.
  • Chief Tyrol arrives in a crew head to talk through the work schedules with his deck crew. He tells Seelix to join the Tyrols at airlock 12, an airlock located on the port aft side of Galactica's "alligator head".
  • The Tyrols enter the airlock; equipment and pallets are strewn about, and the observation deck has been unused for over a year. A previous Cylon attack had left this airlock unusable, and minor hull breeches here had been temporarily patched and left for a later repair.
  • The Tyrols were to fix the gearing systems of the airlock's doors. As Cally tries to get Galen to discuss their marital problems, specifically Galen's desire to handle workloads as usual despite their marriage, a klaxon activates and the inner airlock doors quickly close. Seelix is confused; she didn't initiate the airlock close. She notifies the Chief of a pressure differential in the compartment; a leak has developed.
  • Galen Tyrol, despite Cally's surprise, isn't fazed; he knows that the airlock closure is an automatic safety mechanism. He instructs his wife to search for the leak, knowing that the doors will open once the leak is again patched.

Act 1

  • Adama envisions himself at his home on Caprica as Carolanne's image asks him if he is going to continue repeating events to exercise his memory.
  • Carolanne's image accuses him of using his position to exalt himself and President Laura Roslin.
  • Roslin and Adama meet for a quick briefing. She admits that it could have been over wireless but she had to get off of her ship. Adama explains her mood as being "O.B.E." - overcome by events.
  • Roslin suggests that Lee Adama lead the process in organizing the necessary resources for Baltar's trial, noting Lee's past with just causes against the status quo as well as the Adama family history in law. Admiral Adama agrees to ask Lee about the matter.
  • Roslin asks to stay aboard Galactica and tells Adama that she is going to the gym. Adama smiles and mentions something about the smell, to which Roslin laughs heartily.
  • Pilots conduct their CAP briefing in their ready room, chatting between themselves with some satisfaction that the Cylons haven't been seen for 49 days.
  • Helo greets Hot Dog, who complains about a strange rash as he scratches near his genitals. Helo smiles and, implying the questionable worthiness of a probable illicit (and inadvisable) sexual union by Hot Dog, moves a seat away from the scratching pilot. As Major Lee Adama steps up to begin his briefing, one last pilot takes the seat next to Helo.
  • Major Adama begins his pilot briefing, berating the pilots' celebration. He tells the pilots that the number "1" is all they need to remember, reminding them that it takes only 1 slip-up to begin a major disaster for the Fleet. Admiral Adama is outside of the ready room, and stands quietly and out of eyesight to anyone as he listens, with a faint level of pride appearing on his face, to his son's stern lecture.
  • Carolanne's image reminds Adama to remind his son that he loves him, and not through veiled promotions and commendations.
  • Starbuck sticks around for a few seconds after the pilots are dismissed to tease Major Adama about mimicking his father's ultimatum command style. The younger Adama replies that if he has to copy, it should be from the best. Admiral Adama enters the room as Starbuck leaves for her duties.
  • Admiral Adama asks his son to head the legal organization processes for Baltar's trial. Major Adama is flattered and will consider the idea. He tells his father that, as a child looking through his grandfather's office and the various books strewn about, he considered a profession as a lawyer amongst his many other career considerations, something that his father never knew. The major notes that his CAG duties are 24/7 as it is, even with the Cylon down time.
  • The Tyrols' patching of the breach appears to work initially, but when the pressure test is done, the new patches fail. The leak worsens greatly.

Act 2

  • Admiral Adama has been alerted about the worsening airlock emergency with the Tyrols in airlock 12 and makes his way there with Colonel Tigh and their marine escort in tow. He assesses the damage personally and later consults with his command staff in CIC. There is approximately 30 minutes of air in the lock, and the temperature is dropping considerably as frost begins to form inside the airlock.
  • Major Adama notes extensive damage in the airlock that has damaged the redundancies that could manually open the door, leaving no way to open it. Tigh suggests blowing the glass in the airlock's observation deck, but Major Adama warns that the reinforced glass is designed to handle a tylium explosion, and that a detonation sufficient to blow the glass would kill the Tyrols as well. Admiral Adama is angered by the lack of options and demands more thought.
  • The pilots prep for an extraordinary rescue attempt; to blow the external door, where the Tyrols, exposed to vacuum, will have to leap into Athena's Raptor. Admiral Adama tells them what is about to happen shortly after the two don emergency breathing gear. After retrieving the Tyrols, it will take seven seconds to close the Raptor's external door and another 10 seconds to re-pressurize the rescue vessel.
  • Admiral Adama, back in the observation deck, briefs the Tyrols on the rescue plan; Cally is visibly upset, and the Chief asks if a docking collar will be used, to which Adama states in the negative; there is not enough time. The Tyrols try to prep the area so that the evacuation of the airlock will not pummel them or their rescue ship with flying pallets or other equipment.
  • Cally Tyrol worries who will take care of their son if things go wrong. The Chief suggests that Anastasia Dualla and her husband would be suitable foster parents, but Cally knows of a reputation throughout the Fleet of how orphaned children fare there. Fearing that pilots (with their hazardous life) would leave Nicky orphaned a second time, she asks Admiral Adama to give their son to Susan Deckler, a civilian mother with one daughter.

Act 3

  • The Raptor is in position, with Athena as pilot and Apollo and Starbuck inside, ready to catch the two. Apollo warns everyone of shrapnel and other turbulence that will affect the mission.
  • Galen Tyrol apologizes to his wife for being selfish in asking her to join him in the repair. The order was his way of wanting to have her companionship. He instructs her to hold tight as they prepare to leave the airlock.
  • Admiral Adama orders the door blown. The Tyrols are flung from the airlock, and the Raptor manages to fend off debris from the door but catches the entwined Tyrols and re-pressurizes. Apollo notes the Tyrols were in rough shape but alive.
  • Later, Admiral and Major Adama talk about Carolanne, who haunts the elder Adama's memory, accusing him of never being there, able to lead men but not his own family.
  • Lee Adama tells his father that, after their divorce, Carolanne made many promises that she didn't keep, particularly once she took to drinking. Over time, she wouldn't apologize for her neglect in fulfilling the promises. The young Adama believes that, despite his love of his mother, he did not believe that she truly loved his father.

Act 4

  • Seelix arrives in sickbay with baby Tyrol in her arms after retrieving him from day care. Galen Tyrol is in a bunk, resting, but exerts himself to stand and hold his son. He tells Seelix that Cally will be fine, although Dr. Cottle notes it will be some time before she is up to full strength. He slowly walks to Cally, who is recuperating inside a hyperbaric chamber to treat the effects of vacuum exposure.
  • Cally Tyrol awakens to glimpse at her family. Her eyes show distress from the vacuum and she is too weak to smile, but holds her hand to the interior window. Galen presses his son's hand to the glass; Admiral Adama is nearby and has watched the entire event.
  • Major Adama returns to his quarters to find his wife resting. She points to a box that his father had shipped to his quarters; the young Adama facetiously asks if the box is ticking. On inspecting it, he finds a library of Caprican criminal law books, the same ones he looked at from his grandfather's collection. The admiral leaves a note for his son.
  • Admiral Adama completes yet another meeting with Laura Roslin. Adama steers the conversation back to New Caprica, specifically, their time together during then-President Baltar's groundbreaking ceremony and party. Roslin admits to feeling a little silly that evening.
  • Adama fondly recalls her red dress and the good feelings each had that day. When Roslin laughs, Adama tells her how happy it is to see her do so. He asks her, if the Cylons hadn't attacked, if she would have built that cabin in the woods that she wanted.
  • Roslin temporarily evades the question by answering that Baltar's inept leadership and New Caprica's terrain would have prevented such a building, but is pleased by Adama's attention. She asks if he would have stayed on Galactica or eventually settled himself, to which Adama evades an answer by stating that their questions were all hypothetical in any case.
  • Adama, with a smile, states that the two of them have specific duties, apparently attempting to return a professional distance to what was becoming a very intimate conversation. Roslin replies, with another smile, to the affirmative.
  • As she begins to leave, she tells Adama that, in a few days, she'll return to the battlestar, where they can return to their conversation and reminisce of their brief time on New Caprica and its possibilities. As she steps away, she tells Adama that she would have definitely built her cabin if time and circumstance would have allowed.
  • Adama returns to his quarters, holding his wedding picture. He returns it to its storage until next year.

Bonus Scene

  • The complete bonus scene (which was available on the Sci Fi Channel web site for U.S. viewers after the episode) takes place just before Colonel Tigh visits Admiral Adama's quarters at the start of the episode.
  • Lieutenants Felix Gaeta and Anastasia Dualla walk towards Adama's quarters for signatures of maintenance orders as part of their daily briefing. As he makes some notes on the orders, Gaeta volunteers the observation that President Roslin and Adama have had many meetings together recently.
  • When Dualla asks what he's implying, Gaeta suggests that there might be something more intimate going on between the senior Fleet leadership. Dualla grimaces at the possibility, replying that the idea of Roslin and Adama together in her head was not a particularly desirable one to imagine.
  • When the two think deeply and briefly of the two commanders together, both begin to laugh, and continue to do so when Colonel Tigh intercepts them and asks what was so funny.
  • The two formally note their briefing, but Tigh takes the folder to deliver himself and dismisses the two back to CIC. Dualla and Gaeta's composure fails as they turn to CIC and begin laughing uncontrollably as Tigh heads to his friend's quarters, which connects to the original scene of his arrival.


  • Since it is not connected to the larger port flight pod and its hangar deck, what would airlock 12 normally be used for?
  • Given her lack of a back story, could Seelix be a sleeper agent?


  • The argument referenced in "Taking a Break From All Your Worries" between the Tyrols focuses on how Chief Tyrol acts as is nothing has changed since marrying Cally, particularly as he ignores his family's needs over the needs of his job. Cally, on the other hand, is concerned about Nicky, and has apparently gone to great lengths to think about his future, notably when Cally asks Admiral Adama to give Nicky to a civilian family whom she knows.
  • There was much patchwork done to Galactica after the Battle of New Caprica. Colonel Tigh notes that Galactica would need six weeks in dry dock "just for the dents", making it sound likely that Galactica would not survive another battle like New Caprica.
  • The cinematic flashbacks or imaginary melding of Adama's memories of Carolanne, including recollections or imaginings of sitting with her and touching her, and what he believed she would say in the various situations of the day were curiously similar to how Gaius Baltar imagines his virtual Number Six. However, Adama's likelihood of being a Cylon are practically refuted by the existence of his memories (as well as two characters, Lee Adama and Saul Tigh, who also share in the same memories).


  • There are two births that occurred between "The Woman King" and "A Day in the Life", as the population count after "The Woman King" was 41,396.
  • A day care center exists on Galactica.
  • The set used for the airlock - in particular the observation booth - is the same as for the launch tubes.
  • In reality it is possible to survive in a vacuum for 10 to 20 seconds. The biggest danger is damage to the lungs, as the sudden pressure differential can burst the avioli. That is why a person should exhale and not hold their breath.
  • When Apollo uses his watch to time the hatch on Athena's Viper, it makes a beep in the manner of a digital stopwatch. However, the watch in question, inherited from Barry Garner in The Captain's Hand, is an analog device.

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