105 Ruth
Name Ruth
Actor Karen Austin
Debut "Pilot"
Origin Tauron
Profession Homemaker
Ha'la'tha Enforcer
Status Alive
Family Shannon Adama, daughter
Joseph Adama, son-in-law
William Adama, grandson
Tamara Adama, granddaughter
Sister (name unknown)
Ruth, or Tsattie ("Grandma"), is Shannon Adama's mother. She lives with her son-in-law, Joseph Adama, and her grandson, William Adama. She runs the household. Her last name is unknown.

The most important things to her are family and the Tauron heritage. ("Rebirth")

After the deaths of her daughter and granddaughter, she recommends that Joseph take William home to Tauron to experience his roots. Ruth says this is what her daughter would have wanted. Joseph refuses saying that William was born on Caprica and that Caprica is his home. ("Pilot")

She tells Joseph, "The dead don't really die until their death is avenged. My daughter and your daughter are caught between life and death." Joseph says Daniel Graystone will pay for Zoe's complicity in the STO bombing of the MAGLEV train. ("Gravedancing")

She does not tell Joseph that his son is skipping school. She tells Willie, "On Tauron, when you're thirteen, you're a man. You make your own decisions." She asks him what he wants to be, not when he grows up, but right now. He tells her. She tells him his Uncle Sam can look into it because he knows how to make things happen. She also says that you get the best things from enemies because [they are] scared of you. ("Gravedancing")

Ruth likes Evelyn and thinks she would be good for Joseph. She suggests that Evelyn come over one night to go over the next day's work with him. She mentions that she and Willie will be with her sister that evening. ("False Labor")

Ruth's Tattoo

Ruth's tattoos

She is a former hitwoman for the Ha'la'tha. One night, Francis comes to Joseph's home under the pretense of bringing him to see the Guatrau. He strarts strangling Joseph. Ruth stabs Francis in the back with a meat cleaver, killing him.

Joseph realizes that the Guatrau has put a hit out on him and Sam. They have to disappear. He asks Ruth to go pick up Larry and bring him to the spaceport. She comforts a visibly shaken Willie. As the others leave, she loads a shotgun saying, "If the Guatrau comes after me, safe journey." ("Here Be Dragons")

The morning after Willie's death, the family and a few close friends are in mourning at Joseph's apartment. She says, "I understand business, but not the taking of a child's life. That is for animals." When Fidelia Fazekas comes to express the Guatrau's condolences and assurances of safety, Ruth calls her a child murderer.

Five years later, Ruth is still with the family even though her familial connections with the Adamas are no longer living. She gathers with the family on the fifth anniversary of Willie's death (47YR).

The family then dedicates Joseph and Evelyn's son, Bill. Joseph says,

"Bill, you were named after your brother. This is our tradition. You will do the rest. As we are from the soil, so shall we return."

Then they all say, "So say we all!" ("Apotheosis")