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Battlestar Galactica: Guess What's Coming to Dinner?

Battlestar Galactica

"Guess What's Coming to Dinner"

TV episode

Written by Michael Angeli

Directed by Wayne Rose

Original air date: May 16, 2008


Bitter enemies must put aside their grudges as the Galactica teams up with Cylon rebels to destroy a vital enemy target.


Read the summary of the episode at the Battlestar Wiki


Didja Know?


The title of this episode is presumably a reference to the 1967 film Guess Who's Coming to Dinner about an interracial marriage in the United States at a time when when such was frowned upon.


The opening titles show the fleet at a population of 39,673, down two from the previous episode "Faith". This accounts for the deaths of Jean Barolay and Emily Kowalski in that episode.


Characters appearing or mentioned in this episode



President Roslin



Number Eight

Natalie Faust


Leoben Conoy

Sam Anders


Lt. Gaeta


Hot Dog


Admiral Adama

Colonel Tigh


Lieutenant Hoshi

Dr. Cottle

Tory Foster



Tom Zarek

Jacob Cantrell

Reza Chronides

Specialist Tyrol

the hybrid


Marine Nowart

Lance Corporal Eduardo Maldonaldo



Didja Notice?


At 7:25 on the Blu-ray, notice the gun turret that swings around towards the baseship on the Galactica has a blister holding what appears to be two people manning the weapon! I had always assumed they were either automated or manned from a more central location on Galactica via computer. But, I like this! It gives a space battle that much more potency to have a living being at the site of the weapon. Galactica gun blister


The song Gaeta sings after losing his leg is an original composition by writer Michael Angeli and musician Bear McCreary called "Gaeta's Lament".


The book President Roslin is seen reading in sickbay is Searider Falcon, a classic of Colonial literature, given to her by Admiral Adama in "Escape Velocity".


Memorable Dialog

so Baltar is telling the truth?.mp3
I don't know if they'll feed you or frak you.mp3
Galactica will blow us out of the sky.mp3
Starbuck and Athena have control of the baseship.mp3
the Final Five have been to Earth.mp3
our ship can heal itself.mp3
shield your eyes.mp3
the Final Five is here.mp3

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