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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4 March 2005 (USA)  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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When Gaius in his laboratory and Six appears to him, we can hear the song "Battlestar Operatica", which is a humorous opera-like song. The lyrics, which are sung in Italian, like most operas, reference Baltar's relationship with the Cylons and specially Number 6, and they say things like "Your Cylon heart is cursed" and "Your girlfriend is a toaster". 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 »


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.
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References Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (1989) See more »


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Written by Richard Gibbs
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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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