Figurski asks about his "undies," which made me clichÃ© a little in my mouth, and Seelix does what I'm counting as the third brilliant elision of "frack" so that it sounds mighty like what it means. (The first one was I think Gaeta, and the second one was Gaius when Roslin was about to airlock him a couple weeks ago. I think it should just be like a Rae Dawn Chong Challenge and every script should have at least one mumbled "frack" in it that they can totally just say "fuck" and then point to the script: "Says right here: 'frack'!" That's adorable.) I really like the actress that plays Seelix, but the Cavil thing is...not something I'm going to bore you with right now, because this episode is more about how she's the new Kat and less about how she's the new Cally. Or the old one, because Cally this week is totally lovable and wonderful, weirdly. Figurski asks if they "let officers" talk like that: "Gonna have to change your ways when you get them wings." Again, I'm not saying anything, except for how I agreed with Kara at the time that putting little Decepticon head Raider markers on your fuselage is tacky, and I know that Seelix would love it. But not today: "I'm not getting wings. They rejected my application for flight training... turns out I'm in a critical position, and my leaving would cause 'severe mission degradation'." Cally, sweetly and looking pretty lovely, takes a moment to say, "That sucks." Pollux, who is I guess the new Seelix, cracks that it's not the critical position thing -- Seelix rocked her written and the interview went well -- so much as "they just don't want knuckledraggers stinking up the Pilots' ready room." Seelix's face is sad; everybody laughs. Chief steps in and shuts them up.
Privately, he tells her he's sorry she got bounced from flight training, and agrees with his wife that it sucks. "Truth is, we need you down here. You're the best avionics specialist we've got." Seelix is like, "This lemonade is delicious!" Figurski steps in all, "Plus she can fold a man's undies," and she totally jumps his ass, which takes me about 40% of the way to being where I need to be in order to care about Seelix, because it's awesome, and I hate Figurski both categorically and in particular right now. Chief peels her off his stupid ass and threatens to "pop [him] in the mouth [him]self," which I would dearly love to see, and sends everybody back to work before hauling Seelix back. I liked Kat, and I loved Kat's episode, and it seems weird to be setting Seelix up in the same exact thing Kat spent the last season going through, when Seelix has all this really intense and horrible backstory that we're ignoring, but I trust the process, I suppose. Her voice is mellifluous, so that's one thing that she has on poor Kat. "You do important work down here. Just as important as sitting in a cockpit," Chief Chiefs, and she tries to be nice about it: "Thanks, Chief. I gotta deliver some more important laundry." She's not even really scoring a point, just kind of bummed. (I invite you to imagine how Cally would act in this situation, for example.) She grabs her laundry and her clipboard and takes off; Chief feels bad and looks delicious and is thinky about everything.