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Black Market 

Apollo investigates the murder of one of the crew and falls for a young prostitute, whom he vows to save from the rogue ship dealing with the Black Market. As well as confronting the bad guys, Apollo has to confront some past mistakes.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Edward James Olmos ... Admiral William Adama
Mary McDonnell ... President Laura Roslin
Katee Sackhoff ... Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace (credit only)
Jamie Bamber ... Cpt. Lee 'Apollo' Adama
James Callis ... Dr. Gaius Baltar
Tricia Helfer ... Number Six
Grace Park ... Lt. Sharon 'Boomer' Valerii (credit only)
Michael Hogan ... Colonel Saul Tigh
Paul Campbell ... Billy Keikeya
Kandyse McClure ... Officer Anastasia Dualla
Richard Hatch ... Tom Zarek
Graham Beckel ... Commander Jack Fisk
Claudette Mink ... Shevon
Donnelly Rhodes ... Dr. Cottle
Bill Duke ... Phelan


There's a shortage of supplies on the fleet, the black market is thriving. President Roslin orders that these criminals, asking outrageous prices, must be stopped. Adama agrees and colonel Fisk says Pegasus is ready to help, but he doesn't seem to be sincere. Not long after he is murdered in the presence of someone he seems to know. Apollo, meanwhile, is still struggling with his near-death experience. He seeks comfort with the prostitute Shevon, who reminds him of a woman from his past. Her daughter Paya is in need of rare antibiotics. Apollo is asked to investigate the murder of Fisk. He soon finds out Fisk was heavily involved in black market operations. Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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Did You Know?


When Apollo enters Tigh's quarters, there is a shadow box on the wall. The three lower insignia in the center column are US Air Force chevrons for Airman (1 strip, E2), Sargent (3 strips, E4) and Staff Sargent (4 strips, E5). See more »


The sign above the entrance to the complex in Lee Adama's flashback at about 39 minutes says "Elliott Lewis Gallery". This is located in British Columbia, Canada. Since Earth has not yet been found, this would not be possible. See more »


Phelan: It's hard to find the moral high ground when you're all standing in the mud.
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Black Market
Written and Produced by Bear McCreary
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What happened to Paya?
7 February 2008 | by kbenkoSee all my reviews

This was a pretty interesting episode--we don't often get to see much of the survivors' life outside the most powerful military and political spheres. Still, it left a lot of unanswered questions for me. Who was the woman Lee was remembering? What happened to Paya after the end of the episode? What was Zarek doing on Prometheus at the end of the episode? He appeared to be just there, not doing anything at all. Why show that? Actually I don't want to ask people to post spoilers. If someone who's seen the whole series could just tell me whether or not these questions will be answered in future episodes, I would appreciate it. Thanks!

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