Down in the enlisted quarters, Tyrol has a totally unnecessary voice-over scene where he gets thinky some more. "Frack it. Why not?" He's a good enough actor that we could have just ended the scene there, with the thinky face followed by the frack it face, but whatever. Three seconds total, in a brilliant episode, of a great season, of the best show on TV? I'm not complaining. I'm just sorry for the crew that had to do that pointless setup.
Down in the hangar bay, Tyrol starts putting together some kind of spaceship with his bare hands. And a soldering iron. I guess we're meant to assume that he's been up all night, putting that thing I was just bitching about into perspective, but whatever, it would still have worked because the techs come in rubbing their eyes and yawning. There are lots of fun cuts of Tyrol working really hard, people staring, and lots and lots of plans. Given his opening by Jammer, Tyrol explains that they're going to be building a new fighter. Jammer, the voice of the people, complains that they're already backlogged on repairs, but Tyrol reassures them that it's "strictly off-duty" and that they're meant to continue doing their regular work. Everybody stares at him like he just suggested dumb old Hotdog for the new XO. (Which...hmm.) With some ribbing from that salty dog Figurski, Jammer points out that this is an incredibly daunting project. That's totally what I was thinking. I mean, I know it's their job, basically, but the concept of, say, building someone a car seems about as doable to me personally as the proof for Gödel's Uncertainty Theorem, or understanding the point of football, or explaining the concept of "reality" to Anne Rice. With due respect to Jammer's new role as vox populi, Tyrol tells them all to frack right off, and Cally gets all kicked-dog immediately, like she always does. Tyrol tells her to "forget it" (again), and sends them back to work. It's cool how dirty Tyrol is right now. He looks all demented and unshaven and generally desperation walking, but he's still Chief under all the crazy, so you still want to give him a hug, because you always want to give Chief a hug. ["Finally, something we agree on." -- Strega]