Battlestar Galactica (2003)/You Can't Go Home Again

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You Can’t Go Home Again
Season 1, Episode 5
Airdate • November 15, 2004 (UK)
• February 4, 2005 (USA)
Production Number 1x05
Writer(s) Carla Robinson
Director(s) Sergio Mimica-Gezzan
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Act of Contrition
1x06 →
Battlestar Galactica (2003)Season One

You Can’t Go Home Again is the fifth episode of the first season of Battlestar Galactica, and is the fifth episode overall.

Secondary Stars: Michael Hogan (Col. Tigh), Aaron Douglas (Chief Tyrol), Tahmoh Penikett (Helo), Kandyse McClure (PO Dualla), Paul Campbell (Billy Keikeya), Alessandro Juliani (Lt. Gaeta), Sam Witwer (Crashdown)

Guest Stars: Donnelly Rhodes (Dr. Cottle)

Co-Stars: Alonso Oyarzun (Socinus), Bodie Olmos (Constanza/Hot Dog)


Plot Summary

When Kara is hit by enemy fire and goes missing, Lee and Adama stir controversy by conducting a search that uses the fleet’s precious resources. Back on Caprica, Helo encounters Cylon forces and Sharon goes missing.


Arc Advancement


  • Adama and Apollo are determined to find Starbuck, even over the objections of President Roslin about how much of the fleet’s resources they're using in the search. The two present a unified front to Roslin, probably the first time they've done anything together voluntarily in quite some time.





The Show

Allusions and References

  • The chrome toaster in the restaurant was a visual gag referring to Baltar’s comment in the miniseries that the original Cylons looked like "walking chrome toasters".
  • The title of the episode, "You Can't Go Home Again", refers to a 1940 novel by Thomas Wolfe of the same title. In the novel, the adult protagonist returns to the small town where he grew up only to find that everything has changed since his childhood.

Memorable Moments


  • [Apollo and Adama in Adama’s quarters]
    Apollo: I want you to know, I think she’s wrong. I think we have come to terms with what happened to Zak.
    Adama: I haven't.
    [Apollo starts to leave, then stops and turns back]
    Apollo: I need to know something. Why did you do this? Why did we do this? Is it for Kara? For Zak? For what?
    Adama: Kara was family. You do whatever you have to do. Sometimes you break the rules.
    Apollo: And... if it was me down there instead?
    Adama: You don't have to ask that.
    Apollo: Are you sure?
    Adama: If it were you, we'd never leave.