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Tigh Me Up, Tigh Me Down 

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 (imdb@tiele.nl)

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This episode was originally called "Secrets and Lies" and was a dark story, but since the previous episode was really dramatic, the producers decide to change it into a comedy. See more »

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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 »

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Doctor Gaius Baltar: [Phone rings in Dr. Baltar's lab] Dr. Gains Baltar, department of Cylon detection, how may I direct your call?
President Laura Roslin: You're in a good mood.
Doctor Gaius Baltar: Madame president. I'm... I'm sorry, I was expecting someone else.I have started and stopped the test twice already now so I'm running a little behind.
President Laura Roslin: Doctor, I would like you to call me the moment Commander Adama's test is complete. Will you do that?
Doctor Gaius Baltar: Commander Adama cancelled his test a short while ago.
President Laura Roslin: [Taken aback] Why?
Doctor Gaius Baltar: I dunno, um... he gave me another sample, ...
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References Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (1989) See more »

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Battlestar Operatica
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'Boo'!
20 September 2015 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

This episode is about 2 things.

The one of lesser importance; the Cylon detector.

The one of greater importance - the return of Ellen Tigh.

What an entrance Ellen makes - saucy, lustful (not just for Saul), and ... possibly more to Ellen than that.

But, I digress,

Writing this several years after this great series finished it's original run, it's been pointed out more than once about one of the major threads of Battlestar Gactoca, is the strength of Saul and Ellen's relationship.

They truly are 'for better, for worse,' they do stick together.

But, in this - the introduction to this most amazing woman, we see her mercurial, and a player of games - towards Saul.

But, there are still many viewers new to this wondrous series, and, it's not fair to take away anything from it.

Kate Vernon's performance is the most singularly important factor in this episode. She's able to give Ellen not just vitality, but, through her, we feel we 'know' Ellen, and, in a way, we do, but, in a way, we know Ellen as much as Ellen knows Ellen.

This episode's lightness detracts from the importance taking place, but, as I've heard before, 'keep coming back,' the story's only beginning to come together.


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