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Cpt. Lee 'Apollo' Adama (Character)
from "Battlestar Galactica" (2004)

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"Battlestar Galactica: Exodus: Part 2 (#3.4)" (2006)
Commander William Adama: I guess you didn't understand my orders, huh?
Captain Lee "Apollo" Adama: Never could read your handwriting.

Commander William Adama: [Adama greets Lee and Dualla who have just stepped off a raptor onto the Galactica hanger after successfully rescueing the people from New Caprica] you didnt understand my orders huh?
[Adama told lee to take the remaining civilians and depart and not follow him to New Caprica]
Captain Lee "Apollo" Adama: I never could read your handwriting.
[Lee and Adama emotionally embrace each other]

Captain Lee "Apollo" Adama: [Lee has just ordered the crew of the Pegasus to abandon ship and has also set the ship on a collision course with the nearest base star. He is walking out of the CIC but stops and turns around and is clearly very emotional, quietly says] Thank you
[the Pegasus is taking fire from all sides while several raptors launch and jump away, the Pegasus continues on and rams a Base Star head on and explose destroying the Base Star while the Pegasus's debris flys off and destroys another]

Commander William Adama: [the Galactica is facing 4 Base Stars alone and is taking salvo after salvo of missles. Adama has just been told that the FTL has been knocked out and the Galactica is taking heavy damage] . Then thats it.
[He looks around at the crew in the CIC]
Commander William Adama: Its been an honor.
Captain Lee "Apollo" Adama: [Camera pulls back to show 4 Base Stars firing on a crippled Galactica. We then see the Pegasus fly in and it start firing on the Base Stars attacking the Galactica, Lee radios Galactica] Galactica, Pegasus. Let us take some of this work off your hands. Get your FTL up and ready and we will take care of he rest.
[Yells to Pegasus crew]
Captain Lee "Apollo" Adama: All right, fire up that main battery!.
Commander William Adama: [Angry that Lee disobeyed his orders to take the remaining civilians and run] Damn you Lee! Start working on those FTL's and get them on line. Cylons will re-deploy as soon as they recover.
[Looks at the DRADIS screen and sees the Base Stars start moving away. whispers quietly]
Commander William Adama: Thank You Lee...
Anastasia "Dee" Dualla: [Looks at the DRADIS and sees the Base Stars changing positions] They are comming about, maneuvaring to bracket us.
Captain Lee "Apollo" Adama: Steady as she goes. Take us right into the center.
Anastasia "Dee" Dualla: [the Pegasus starts taking hits, Dee looks Lee in the eye. Quietly says] We wont last long in there.
Captain Lee "Apollo" Adama: [Looks back at Dee, quietly says] No...


Battlestar Galactica: Razor (2007) (TV)
[from trailer]
Captain Lee 'Apollo' Adama: Where the hell did they come from?

Admiral William Adama: Any ruffled feathers?
Captain Lee 'Apollo' Adama: Well, she and Kara don't exactly get along.
Admiral William Adama: I'd like to sell tickets to that dance.

Captain Lee 'Apollo' Adama: We can't always choose our circumstances, but we can choose how we handle them.


"Battlestar Galactica: Crossroads: Part 2 (#3.20)" (2007)
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: [Flies alongside Lee's Viper] Hey, Lee.
Captain Lee 'Apollo' Adama: [Looks at her in shock] Kara?
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: [Smiles] Don't freak out, it really is me.
[laughs]
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: It's going to be okay. I've been to Earth. I know the way. And I'm gonna take us there.

Doctor Gaius Baltar: I knew right from the very start that if there was a way to demonstrate the sheer - what's the word I'm looking for... hypocrisy. Hypocrisy is the word I'm looking for... Hypocrisy of the prosecution's case then really the judges would have no other option but to find me not guilty.
Romo Lampkin: Well your boundless confidence provided us with great solace throughout the proceedings.
Doctor Gaius Baltar: Look I want to thank you both. Truly. From the bottom of my heart. I am very, very grateful for all you've done. On a personal note, if I could've seen the Admiral squirm just a little bit more, it wouldn't have hurt.
Captain Lee 'Apollo' Adama: Now you listen... Don't push it, Doctor.
Doctor Gaius Baltar: Fine.
[to Lampkin]
Doctor Gaius Baltar: Romo, perhaps we could have a chat. I've thought about maybe doing a book tour around the fleet. And there's the publishing rights. And there's issues about my security, where I'm going to live, what I'm going to do. Since we forged this great relationship during the trial, I thought, you know, who better than...
Romo Lampkin: Actually, now that the fleet's legal system is in place, my not-so-inconsiderable talents are required elsewhere. So I'm afraid this is the end of our journey.
Doctor Gaius Baltar: Wait a minute. What about me? Wait a minute, wait please! Think about this for a second. Where am I going to live? What am I going to do? How am I going to survive?
Romo Lampkin: Much as I hate to use a cat metaphor, Doctor, I think you'll land on your feet.
Romo Lampkin: Close the door on your way out.
[Adama and Lampkin leave]

Captain Lee 'Apollo' Adama: [at Baltar's Trial] Did the defendant make mistakes? Sure. He did. Serious mistakes. But did he actually commit any crimes? Did he commit treason? No. I mean, it was an impossible situation. When the Cylons arrived, what could he possibly do? What could anyone have done?
[looks at the courtroom audience]
Captain Lee 'Apollo' Adama: Ask yourself, what would you have done?
[looks at the judges]
Captain Lee 'Apollo' Adama: What would you have done? If he had refused to surrender, the Cylons would have probably nuked the planet right then and there. So did he appear to cooperate with the Cylons? Sure. So did hundreds of others. What's the difference between him and them? The President issued a blanket pardon. They were all forgiven, no questions asked. Colonel Tigh. Colonel Tigh used suicide bombers, killed dozens of people. Forgiven. Lieutenant Agathon and Chief Tyrol. They murdered an officer on the Pegasus. Forgiven. The Admiral. The Admiral instigated a military coup d'état against the President. Forgiven. And me? Well, where do I begin? I shot down a civilian passenger ship, the Olympic Carrier. Over a thousand people on board. Forgiven. I raised my weapon to a superior officer, committed an act of mutiny. Forgiven. And then on the very day when Baltar surrendered to those Cylons, I as commander of Pegasus jumped away. I left everybody on that planet, alone, undefended, for months. I even tried to persuade the Admiral never to return, to abandon you all there for good. If I'd had my way nobody would have made it off that planet. I'm the coward. I'm the traitor. I'm forgiven. I'd say we are very forgiving of mistakes. We make our own laws now; our own justice. And we've been pretty creative in finding ways to let people off the hook for everything from theft to murder. And we've had to be, because... because we're not a civilization anymore. We are a gang, and we are on the run, and we have to fight to survive. We have to break rules. We have to bend laws. We have to improvise. But not this time, no. Not this time. Not for Gaius Baltar. No, you... you have to die, because, well, because we don't like you very much. Because you're arrogant. Because you're weak. Because you're a coward, and we, the mob, want to throw you out of the airlock, because you didn't stand up to the Cylons and get yourself killed in the process. That's justice now. You should have been killed back on New Caprica, but since you had the temerity to live, we're going to execute you now. That's justice. This case... this case is built on emotion, on anger, bitterness, vengeance. But most of all, it is built on shame. It's about the shame of what we did to ourselves back on that planet. It's about the guilt of those of us who ran away. Who ran away. And we're trying to dump all that guilt and all that shame on one man and then flush him out the airlock, and hope that just gets rid of it all. So that we could live with ourselves. But that won't work. That won't work. That's not justice; not to me. Not to me.


"Battlestar Galactica: Occupation (#3.1)" (2006)
Commander Lee 'Apollo' Adama: This whole thing is frackin insane, we got two ships at half strength, crews that haven't seen action in a year and a half and you're acting like the only problem is that they're not working hard enough?
Commander William Adama: Have you taken a look at yourself in the mirror lately? You're weak, SOFT, mentally and physically.
Commander Lee 'Apollo' Adama: This isn't about me...
Commander William Adama: You've had four months to get your act together and so far all you have been able to frackin' do is to complain and whine about how hard it is. Well guess what... It's gonna get a lot harder. Do you understand me? Now I want you to turn around and get your fat ass outta here. GET YOUR MEN READY or I'll find someone who can. DISMISSED!

Commander William Adama: Sharon can penetrate the Cylon defenses...
Commander Lee 'Apollo' Adama: It's not about her.
Commander William Adama: Centurions can't distinguish her from the other humanoid models. Did you know that?
Commander Lee 'Apollo' Adama: Admiral...
Commander William Adama: They were deliberately programmed that way. The Cylons didn't want them becoming self-aware, suddenly resisting orders. They didn't want their own robotic rebellion on their hands. I can appreciate the irony.

Commander Lee 'Apollo' Adama: Remember what Roslin said. Our FIRST responsibility is the survival of humanity. We can't lose sight of that. Over the last year, we've lost sight of almost everything... we got soft. But if we go back to New Caprica now... and we lose, it's over. Humanity just stops. Admiral's stars don't give you the right to make that gamble.
Commander William Adama: You're right son. You should make plans to resume the search for Earth with Pegasus and the civilian fleet.
Commander Lee 'Apollo' Adama: with Pegasus... what about Galactica?
Commander William Adama: I know why we left those people behind and I know it was their choice in the first place to be down there and I realize that the survival of the human race outweighs anything else. But THIS time, I can't live with it, can't face it. Maybe I'm a coward, but I am going back.
Commander Lee 'Apollo' Adama: Dad you won't have a chance...
Commander William Adama: I'm going back, son.


"Battlestar Galactica: The Oath (#4.13)" (2009)
Lee Adama: [after Starbuck rescues Lee from being killed by mutineers who were his former comrades] Skulls? Racetrack? Gods, I flew with them!
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: Semper frakkin fi!

Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: [Starbucks shoots the marine who is about to execute Lee] Take it from someone who died once. It's no fun. Let him go.
Lt. Hamish 'Skulls' McCall: Frak you!
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: [Starbuck immediately shoots Skulls in the shoulder] I can do this all day. Who's next? Racetrack? Connor?
Charlie Connor: Let him go.
[Lee is released by another marine who is holding him]
Lee Adama: All right, we need to get the hell out of here. Kara, now!
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: [to the group who were holding Lee] Follow me. Please.


"Battlestar Galactica: Final Cut (#2.8)" (2005)
D'anna Biers: [interviewing] You seem to think that your pilots deserve special consideration.
Captain Lee 'Apollo' Adama: Actually, I do. Like everyone else, my pilots have lost their families, their friends, everyone they ever cared about; but on top of that they're asked to put their lives on the line every single day, for a fleet that seems more interested in what they do wrong than in what they do right. They're not asking for your pity, but they damn well deserve your respect.

Captain Lee 'Apollo' Adama: What the hell happened? Kat's made the trap a hundred times.
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: Yeah, I guess 1-0-1's a real bitch, huh?


"Battlestar Galactica: The Hand of God (#1.10)" (2005)
Captain Lee 'Apollo' Adama: [after the Commander gives his son a good luck charm before a suicide mission] Dad, I'll bring it back.
Commander William Adama: You better, or I'll kick your ass. It's a good lighter.

Commander William Adama: [Adama finds Lee sitting alone in the Viper hangar the night before a big mission. He sits next to him] Can't sleep? I couldn't either before a big op.
[Looks at Viper]
Commander William Adama: Mark II. Good ship. Got me out of a lot of tough scrapes. Got something for you. Belonged to your grandfather.
[Hands Lee a cigarette lighter]
Commander William Adama: My mom bought it for him when he was in law school. See the engraving on it?
Captain Lee 'Apollo' Adama: [the lighter reads 'Joseph Adama'] Yeah I can barely make it out but...
Commander William Adama: He was a better father than I was. Dad used to carry that into court cases. Claimed he never lost unless he left it behind.
Captain Lee 'Apollo' Adama: So you're worried too?
Commander William Adama: About what?
Captain Lee 'Apollo' Adama: You know sometimes it feels like the whole ship thinks uh, Starbuck would do better.
Commander William Adama: I don't.
Captain Lee 'Apollo' Adama: How can you be so sure?
Commander William Adama: Because you're my son.
[the two stare quietly at each other for a moment]
Commander William Adama: Get some rest. You're gonna need it.
[Gets up to walk away]
Captain Lee 'Apollo' Adama: Dad?
[Holds up lighter]
Captain Lee 'Apollo' Adama: I'll bring it back.
Commander William Adama: You better, or I'll kick your ass. That's a good lighter.


"Battlestar Galactica: Scar (#2.15)" (2006)
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: I am hung up on a dead guy, OK? And it is pissing me off.
Captain Lee 'Apollo' Adama: You are fine with the dead guys. It's the living ones you can't deal with.
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: [slaps Lee]

Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: [raising a toast] To Bee-bee. Jo-jo. Riley. Beano. Dipper. Flat Top. Chuckles. Jolly. Crashdown. Shepherd. Dash. Flyboy. Stepchild. Puppet. Fireball.
[pause]
Captain Lee 'Apollo' Adama: To all of 'em.
Commander William Adama: So say we all.
All: [in unison] So say we all.
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: [quietly] So say we all.


"Battlestar Galactica: The Son Also Rises (#3.18)" (2007)
Major Lee 'Apollo' Adama: You know, when I was nine, maybe ten, my grandfather... he would wave me over, and he would do this all the time, and then he'd say "Lee, be a good boy. Just don't be too good."

Romo Lampkin: Everybody has demons. Them, Baltar, you, me. Even the machines. The law is just a way of exorcising them. That's what your father's father told me. You want to know why I hated him? Because he was right.
Major Lee 'Apollo' Adama: So you hated him because he was right, and I hated the law because it was wrong. Because of what... of what it put him through. I mean, he defended the worst of the worst. I remember reading about him. The outrage. Helping murderers go free. What I don't understand is why he put himself through all that abuse.
Romo Lampkin: You think he gave a flying frak? Joe Adama cared about one thing. Understanding why people do what they do. Why we cheat our friends, why we reward our enemies. Why we go to war, sacrificing our lives for lost causes. Why we build machines in the hope of correcting our flaws and our shortcomings. Why we forgive, defying logic and the laws of nature with one stupid little act of compassion. We're flawed. All of us. I wanted to know why, so I did what he did. I spent my life with the fallen. The corrupt. The damaged.


"Battlestar Galactica: A Day in the Life (#3.15)" (2007)
Major Lee 'Apollo' Adama: [notices a box on the table] So what's this?
Lt. Anastasia Dualla: It was here when I got in. It's from your father.
Major Lee 'Apollo' Adama: Is it ticking?

Major Lee 'Apollo' Adama: A kick in the butt is worth a thousand words.


"Battlestar Galactica: Unfinished Business (#3.9)" (2006)
Captain Lee 'Apollo' Adama: [to Kara, as he looks at Anders who is passed out] Wow. You literally drank Anders under the table.

Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: [hugging Lee after boxing match] I missed you.
Captain Lee 'Apollo' Adama: I missed you, too.


"Battlestar Galactica: Colonial Day (#1.11)" (2005)
Captain Lee 'Apollo' Adama: [while they're changing into their uniforms, Starbuck notices that hers isn't clean] Don't you think you should wash that?
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: I did.
Captain Lee 'Apollo' Adama: [scoffs] Like when, a month ago?
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: Do you have a problem with my hygiene?
Captain Lee 'Apollo' Adama: You have hygiene?
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: I clean up good sometimes, all right?
Captain Lee 'Apollo' Adama: Well, let me know when it's one of those times.


"Battlestar Galactica: Bastille Day (#1.3)" (2004)
Tom Zarek: They call you Apollo.
Cpt. Lee 'Apollo' Adama: It's my call sign.
Tom Zarek: Apollo's one of the gods, a lord of Kobol. You must be a very special man to be called the god.
Cpt. Lee 'Apollo' Adama: It's just a stupid nickname.
Tom Zarek: Son of Zeus, good with the bow, god of the hunt. And also a god of healing. Now, a god can reconcile those two opposing forces, but a mortal has to pick one side or the other. Have you picked a side, Apollo?


"Battlestar Galactica: Six of One (#4.2)" (2008)
Lee Adama: Besides, I never really could say no to anything.
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: Except me.
Lee Adama: Especially you.
[Long pause as they look at each other]
Lee Adama: You know, I think I finally understand what you meant about having a destiny.
[Starbuck nods]
Lee Adama: I've got to do this. And the fact that I don't have an explanation why doesn't... Doesn't really seem to matter any more.
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: [beams and smiles] So say we all.
Lee Adama: [quite touched, he pauses and speaks softly] So say we all.
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: [gets up off the brig floor, walks over and offers her hand] Good luck on your journey, Lee Adama.
Lee Adama: [taking and shaking it] You too, Kara Thrace.
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: [both them are barely able to hold their emotions in check] OK.
Lee Adama: All right.
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: [as turns and starts to leave her cell] Lee.
[He hesitates; he almost leaves before turning and rushing to her. They hungrily kiss and embrace each other]
Lee Adama: [hugging her closely] I believe you.


"Battlestar Galactica: The Eye of Jupiter (#3.11)" (2006)
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: Can I make a suggestion that you won't like?
Major Lee 'Apollo' Adama: Do you make any other kind?


"Battlestar Galactica: Valley of Darkness (#2.2)" (2005)
Captain Lee 'Apollo' Adama: Sometimes you got to roll a hard six.
Jammer: What does that mean, sir?
Captain Lee 'Apollo' Adama: Uh...I don't know. It's something my dad says...


"Battlestar Galactica: 33 (#1.1)" (2004)
[Lee orders Kara to take stimulants and she refuses]
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: Why are we arguing about this?
Captain Lee 'Apollo' Adama: I have no idea.
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: Neither do I! You're the CAG, act like one.
Captain Lee 'Apollo' Adama: What the hell does that mean?
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: It means that you're still acting like you're everyone's best friend. We're not friends, you're the CAG. "Be careful out there"? Our job isn't to be careful, it's to shoot Cylons out of the frakking sky! "Good Hunting" is what you say. And now one of your idiot pilot is acting like a child and refusing to take her pills. So she either says 'Yes, sir' and obeys a direct order, or you smack her in the mouth, and you drag her sorry ass down to sickbay, and you MAKE her take those pills.
[They both glare at each other for a long moment, then burst into laughter]
Captain Lee 'Apollo' Adama: Well, I'm glad I'm not working for you.
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: You're damn right you're glad...
Captain Lee 'Apollo' Adama: So, do I have to smack you on the mouth, Lieutenant?
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: No sir, I'll take my pills.
[Lee holds out the drugs]
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: Oh. Perfect...
[She takes the pills, crunching loudly]
Captain Lee 'Apollo' Adama: Carry on.
[Kara grins and salutes]
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: Yes, sir!
[the Chief is staring at her, and she glares at him]
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: WHAT?


"Battlestar Galactica: No Exit (#4.15)" (2009)
President Laura Roslin: You are the right one, Lee. You have always been the right one. My only concern about you is that you're so hellbent on doing the *right* thing that you sometimes don't do the *smart* thing.
Lee Adama: Well, I'll try to be smarter, and wronger.


"Battlestar Galactica: He That Believeth in Me (#4.1)" (2008)
Lee Adama: [talking to the Admiral about their concerns about Starbuck] Dad, what if Zak had come back to us in that Viper? If my brother had climbed out of that cockpit? Would it matter if he were a Cylon? If he always had been? When all's said and done, would that change how we really feel about him?


"Battlestar Galactica: The Captain's Hand (#2.17)" (2006)
Major Lee "Apollo" Adama: I know why I was mad at you, Kara.
Captain Kara "Starbuck" Thrace: A simple "thank you" would've been sufficient.
Major Lee "Apollo" Adama: 'Cause you are doing what you always did: Buck authority, and get away with it... I bucked authority once. I almost lost everything... So I guess, when I showed up on Pegasus - there you were, doing it all over again... I don't know... it pissed me off.
[pause]
Major Lee "Apollo" Adama: Doesn't make a lot of sense, does it?
Captain Kara "Starbuck" Thrace: You should hear the way my brain works sometimes.
[pause]
Captain Kara "Starbuck" Thrace: Are we okay?
Major Lee "Apollo" Adama: [hesitating] You have a brain?


"Battlestar Galactica: Tigh Me Up, Tigh Me Down (#1.9)" (2004)
President Laura Roslin: [to Commander Adama, who is concerned about Ellen's identity] You actually think that woman is a Cylon?
Captain Lee 'Apollo' Adama: Well, if she's not, then we're all in a lot of trouble.


"Battlestar Galactica: Daybreak: Part 2 & 3 (#4.20)" (2009)
Lee Adama: [explaining to his father his rationale for humanity forsakeing technology and adopting luddite practises] If there's one thing that we should have learned, it's that... you know, our brains have always outraced our hearts. Our science charges ahead, but our souls lag behind. Let's start anew.


"Battlestar Galactica: Kobol's Last Gleaming: Part 1 (#1.12)" (2005)
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: I believed you. Believed in Earth.
Commander William Adama: What are you doing, Starbuck?
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: Bringing home the cat, sir.
Commander William Adama: We can talk about this.
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: No, I don't think so.
Commander William Adama: I want you to remember one thing. I do not regret anything that I did. Be sure that whatever you're going to do, you don't regret it later. Do you understand me?
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: I guess we'll find out.
[Thrace uses the FTL computer to jump to Caprica]
Cpt. Lee 'Apollo' Adama: Galactica, Apollo. Starbuck has jumped away. Repeat, Starbuck has jumped away.
Colonel Saul Tigh: She wasn't scheduled for a jump test! Where the hell did she go?
Commander William Adama: Home.


"Battlestar Galactica: Blood on the Scales (#4.14)" (2009)
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: [Lee has fended off attacking mutineers by tricking them with a dud grenade, which both the mutineers and a rattled Starbuck thought was real] Not funny!
Lee Adama: It would have been if you had thought of it.
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: [pauses briefly] No... not funny!


"Battlestar Galactica: Maelstrom (#3.17)" (2007)
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: So you don't think I'm nuts?
Major Lee 'Apollo' Adama: I didn't say that. You're a raving lunatic. As demented and deranged as the first day I met you.


"Battlestar Galactica: Six Degrees of Separation (#1.7)" (2004)
Captain Lee 'Apollo' Adama: [as Kara is attempting to walk for the first time after hurting her hurt knee] Come on Starbuck, you can do it.
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: [Kara winces as she puts her feet down on the ground] Ah, that smarts... that smarts, but I don't care...
Captain Lee 'Apollo' Adama: Ah, that smarts... that smarts, but I don't care...
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: You don't care?
Captain Lee 'Apollo' Adama: I don't care, because your pain is my entertainment.
Captain Lee 'Apollo' Adama: [Apollo hands her her crutches, which he has been playing with] Your crutches of death, sir. Use them wisely.
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: Shut up.
Dr. Cottle: It's gonna hurt like hell, but, it's supposed to.
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: Thanks.
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: No pain, no gain. No cliche left unturned, as Kara Thrace returns to the world of the walking. Can she do it, or will she fall on her ass?
Captain Lee 'Apollo' Adama: I swear to the gods I'm going to beat the crap out of both of you as soon as I get better...


"Battlestar Galactica: Sine Qua Non (#4.8)" (2008)
[Romo told Apollo that he's the only choice for the Presidency and then pulled a pistol on him. He made Apollo open his bag to see his wife's murdered cat. He has just explained his anguish about picking up the cat and heading back to the shuttle when the war broke out instead of going home and trying to save his family]
'Lee' Leland Joseph Adama: Romo. We've all had to make difficult choices. You don't think I know? Your wife's name was Faye. You had two daughters, Jennifer and Katie! There were over 200 passengers on that shuttle, only a handful chose to stay behind. Yeah, that's right, it was in your file when you were handed the job as Baltar's counsel. But no one blamed you, Romo, because at a certain point, we all made decisions that saved our lives at the cost of others. You think you're unique, Romo? Think your sins are so special?
Romo Lampkin: Is that it, Counselor? You're gonna rest your entire case on that *pathetic* little bit of insight?
'Lee' Leland Joseph Adama: No. Unless... The clean slate. The fresh start. Maybe they are illusions like you said. But at a certain point, faith in ourselves, in our right to survive as a species, as a people, that's not a given, that's a choice. Well, I've made mine. And if you can't stomach that, then you had damn well better squeeze that trigger right now. Go on. What are you waiting for?
[Apollo looks at him and cocks an eyebrow]
'Lee' Leland Joseph Adama: Or you can make a choice, put your past behind you, put that gun down and help me, because I'm telling you, I'm gonna make a difference in this Fleet.
Romo Lampkin: [Very menacingly] Is that your final word?
'Lee' Leland Joseph Adama: That's up to you.
Romo Lampkin: Then swear it.
[We hear Apollo's taking the oath before we cut to the scene where he is being sworn into office]
'Lee' Leland Joseph Adama: I, Leland Joseph Adama, do now avow and affirm...


"Battlestar Galactica: Collaborators (#3.5)" (2006)
Major Lee 'Apollo' Adama: Now if you'll excuse me, I have a date with a jump rope.
Admiral William Adama: [gives a skeptical look]
Major Lee 'Apollo' Adama: Hey, I've dropped half a stone.
Admiral William Adama: Keep jumping.