The Money Machine

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By Alan S. Godfrey

This story is pure comedy, as silly (or atrocious) as Galactica 1980 can get. The plot has Troy and Dillon, for whatever reason, hiding out in the attic of an orphanage. They have a matter duplicator which they use to make small amounts of currency so they can get by without any trouble. Somehow, the matter duplicator gets left behind, and the kids find the machine and start printing money, making everyone in the orphanage happy. Lots of cute, cuddly kid crap. Then some inept crooks get the machine. Our heroes go to stop them, not because counterfeiting is wrong, but because, back to the basic rule, No One Can Know About Galactica. (No one had any idea, including everyone who worked on the show, why Adama couldn't just call the White House and say, "Uh, I think we better have a talk.") The air force guy, Colonel Sydell, may have been in the story, but there were some Really Bad Guys who were also after the matter duplicator. Anyway, the duplicator is recovered, Really Bad Guys get punished, and inept bad guys sneak away swearing they've learned their lesson. And yet, as we watch them run off, we notice a little wink in their eyes which tells us they really haven't.[1]


  • Galactica 1980 story editors Allan Cole and Chris Bunch: "We thought the script was a stone scream, but (Frank) Lupo read it and Hated it. Don't think it even got as far as Larson."[2]
  • If this script had been produced, it would no doubt have been in the running for the Worst Episode award.


  1. Galactica Sci-Fi Television Series Revisited. Alpha Control Press, 1995.
  2. Galactica Sci-Fi Television Series Revisited. Alpha Control Press, 1995.

Original Series and Galactica 1980 Unproduced Episode List

Original Series: Saga of a Star World (early draft) | The Beta Pirates | Crossfire | Fire in Space (early draft) | Showdown | The Mutiny | I Have Seen Earth | Two For Twilly

Galactica 1980: Galactica Discovers Earth (early draft) | The Day They Kidnapped Cleopatra | The Wheel of Fire | Earthquake | A Flight For Life | Harvest Home | The Money Machine | The Battle of Troy Template:Navigation box end