Back home, Cally tuts Chief about how he's not allowed his disgusting algae meatloaf, because he's on a date, and when he complains about how today's his cheat day, she just smiles. "The last three days have been your cheat day." He didn't realize. He acts cute with Nicky and notes that she's moving around, proving the bends wrong, and she says she's wigging about Seelix's whole thing. "They should have just told her right off the bat what the Fleet priorities are, should have said that they needed knuckledraggers more than they need pilots." Cally shakes her head, of course, because God forbid reality get in the way of your dreams or your unearned successes. If there's one thing American Idol has permanently ruined for me, it's being sympathetic to people bitching about the way things are. I mean, I appreciate Cally in this episode and I don't have a problem with what she's saying, because somebody has to say it and she's like perfect for this role, but in addition to my general issue with Cally, I have a problem with anybody who says this stuff while thinking it matters. Yeah, it sucks; saying that doesn't change it. Somebody particularly martyriffic and self-obsessed might become a fulcrum for change, but that's not you, and that's not what this is about. This is about freshman year and learning about the evils of capitalism, and my assumption is that we're all older than that, so read your Orwell and don't email me. If you think that's what's going on here, they got you. It's the abortion fight all over again; it's gay marriage 2.0.
"It isn't about Fleet priorities. We're not part of the ruling class, so we're stuck doing the dirty work." Chief's like, "Bwuh?" Oh, just something she read. By Gaius Baltar. Well, why didn't you say so? Baltar's always been proficient with realities and not superhero fantasies where he's the star and hero of absolutely everybody, I would definitely listen to him. Chief scoffs, and Cally admits that it was a hard sell, but: "Do you ever wonder why all the pilots and the officers come from the rich Colonies, like Caprica, or Virgon, or Tauron, while all the knuckledraggers come from the poor Colonies like Aerelon and Sagittaron? And Geminon?" Chief blows this off as just another rough patch, just "trash talk on the deck," and she challenges him to name an officer left on the Fleet that comes from a poor Colony. He thinks a bit, and of course names Dee, who's the only Sagittaron any of us would deign to know personally. Her triumph is ugly in a particularly Cally way: "Case in point! How did she get promoted? She married an officer...from Caprica!" Um, you just indicted your trashy self from about nine different angles, Little Miss "Who Could Marry A Man Who Doesn't Love Her," but whatever, I actually really like her in this episode. ["Oh, clearly. Hee." -- Joe R]