Battlestar Galactica (2003)/Black Market

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Black Market
Season 2, Episode 14
Airdate January 27, 2006
Production Number 2x14
Writer(s) Mark Verheiden
Director(s) James Head
Nielsen Rating 1.8
Fleet Survivors 49,597
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Battlestar Galactica (2003)Season Two
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Black Market is the fourteenth episode of the second season of Battlestar Galactica, and is the twenty-seventh episode overall.

Secondary Stars: Michael Hogan (Col. Tigh), Paul Campbell (Billy Keikeya), Kandyse McClure (PO Dualla)

Guest Stars: Richard Hatch (Tom Zarek), Graham Beckel (Cmdr. Fisk), Claudette Mink (Shevon), Donnelly Rhodes (Dr. Cottle)
And: Bill Duke (Phelan)

Co-Stars: Leah Cairns (Racetrack), Amy Lalonde (Gianne), Hayley Guiel (Paya), John Mann (Linden), James Ashcroft (Security Officer), Brad Mann (Pegasus Marine), Gustavo Febres (Herbalist)


Plot Summary

Captain Lee Adama is tasked with stopping the burgeoning black market in goods and services in the fleet.


Arc Advancement


Black Market

  • A black market is forming in the fleet. Its hub is the freighter Prometheus which is "off the grid" - nearly totally lawless.
  • Jack Fisk, commander of the battlestar Pegasus, is killed by black marketeers.
  • The black market is a location where you can get pretty much anything you want, from commodities like medicine, alcohol and fresh fruit on to "services" as extreme as child prostitution.



  • Apollo is seeing a "professional escort" in the Fleet. The escort, Shevon, turns out to be working for Phelan, the "boss" of the black market.
  • Before the attack on the Colonies, Apollo was involved with a woman on Caprica. When she became pregnant, he was unwilling to commit to a relationship, and she left him shortly prior to the Cylon attack on the Colonies.
  • Apollo shoots Phelan and tells the black marketeers that they can keep their black market but without the extreme things like the child prostitution ring, and that the military is going to be keeping an eye on them.

William Adama

  • Adama works to repair his relationship with his son, going so far as to take Apollo's side against Laura Roslin regarding the Black Market.


  • Colonel Tigh has been using the black market to get ahold of various commodities such as fresh fruit and real liquor, finally explaining how Tigh keeps himself stocked with bottles of booze.

Laura Roslin

  • Roslin doesn't like the idea of a black market and wants it eliminated. She is opposed to Apollo's eventual solution, which is to leave the black market intact but under scrutiny.

Gaius Baltar

  • President Roslin gives Baltar a chance to resign as vice president. Baltar takes offense and tells her that he never wanted to be vice president before, but he does now.



The Show

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments



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