Dirty Hands (Battlestar Galactica)

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"Dirty Hands"
Battlestar Galactica episode
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Chief Tyrol is locked up for mutiny
Episode no. Season 3
Episode 16
Directed by Wayne Rose
Written by Jane Espenson
Anne Cofell Saunders
Original air date February 25, 2007
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"Dirty Hands" is the sixteenth episode of the third season from the science fiction television series, Battlestar Galactica.


Tyrol's wife Cally admits to Tyrol that she has read Baltar's book, which discusses the unfair labor differences between the people of the Twelve Colonies. Tyrol asks for a reason for the shutdown, but the workers remain silently defiant until a young boy named Milo speaks up and says the pressure seals are broken.

Tyrol returns to Galactica and informs Roslin and Adama of the missing seals and explains the workers are buying time for their pleas to be heard. Tyrol then has the men released and work is resumed aboard the refinery ship.

Tyrol returns to the refinery ship where work halts when the conveyor system becomes jammed.

Admiral Adama angrily confronts Tyrol in the brig and orders him to call off the work stoppage, but Tyrol refuses.

Tyrol suggests setting up a training program to allow the colonists to learn more than one trade, and a work rotation started so that those in dangerous and dirty jobs get an equal chance to work in more comfortable and safer positions in the fleet.


  • The original production title for this episode was "Our Enemies, Ourselves."[1]


  1. ^ Bradley Thompson, writer for the re-imagined series explains the episode name change to the Battlestar Wiki

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