Battlestar Galactica: Season 1, Episode 9

Tigh Me Up, Tigh Me Down (4 Mar. 2005)

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After the interrogated Cylon gave Roslin the idea that Adama might be a Cylon, Roslin becomes suspicious of him. Unexpectedly, Colonel Tigh's estranged wife Ellen turns up alive in the fleet, apparently miraculously, raising the possibility that she might be a Cylon.



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Dr. Baltar has finished his Cylon detector and president Laura Roslin tries to convince commander Adama he should be the first to be tested. Since the Conroy copy told her Adama is a Cylon, she is getting more and more suspicious and even sends Billy to ask Dualla about his behavior. When suddenly a Cylon raider pops up behaving strangely, Adama is missing, raising more eyebrows. He returns however with Ellen Tigh, the presumed dead wife of colonel Tigh, who suddenly appeared. She claims she lost consciousness during the Cylon attack and was cared for on the Rising Star. Is she a Cylon? Back on Caprica, Helo notices a change in behavior of the centurions. Sharon tells him they're after her. Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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In the miniseries, Col. Tigh ('Michael Hogan') is seen burning a picture of his wife which, in reality, is a picture of executive producer David Eick's wife. However, this scene had to be re-shot for the series when Kate Vernon was cast as Tigh's wife, who is rescued in episode #1.9 "Tigh Me Up, Tigh Me Down." See more »


When Baltar was talking to Six about all of the samples he had to test with the Cylon detector he says "...47,905 blood samples. Eleven hours to test each one for Cylon indicators. 21,956 days." Yet in the previous episode Baltar puts the slide containing Boomer's blood sample into the Cylon detector and he received results within a few minutes. See more »


Ellen Tigh: You don't wanna frak with me, Bill. Try to remember that.
Commander William Adama: Don't frak with me either, Ellen.
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References Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (1989) See more »


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The Cylon Detector
10 September 2008 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

When Dr. Baltar finishes his Cylon detector, President Roslin that suspects that Commander Adama may be a Cylon suggests the commander to be the first to be tested. Further, she asks Billy to get information about behavior dating Dualla. She finds that Adama has sent classified messages and has flown in a Raptor in secret missions. When a Cylon raider suddenly approaches Galactica with erratic flight and Adama vanishes, President Roslin increases her suspicion. However, Adama return with Colonel Tigh's missing unfaithful wife Ellen Tigh, who was unconscious on board of the Rising Star, raising the suspicion that she could be a Cylon. Meanwhile in occupied Caprica, Boomer is in love with Helo and escaping to save his life.

In this episode, the Machiavellian character of President Laura Roslin uses all the despicable political tricks, inclusive a date of her minion Billy and a secret conversation with Colonel Tigh, to investigate Commander Adama. It is amazing how the despicable Dr. Gaius Baltar gives the information he wants with his detector. I do not understand why his information is not double-checked, since it is dependable on colors only. Kate Vernon is great in her performance of the unfaithful Ellen Tigh. The unexpected romance of the Cylon Sharon and Helo is one of the best moments of this show. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "O Retorno" ("The Return")

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