Adama's quarters. Adama and Tigh are reviewing personnel files, trying to decide on a new CAG. Adama is also crushing walnuts against each other and making a mess on his desk. Tigh suggests a guy named Mueller, but Adama dismisses him as "a malcontent." Plus, his name's too close to Meier's, and that would get confusing. They're interrupted when a Lieutenant Birch turns up, and Adama greets him by saying, "Thank you for coming on such short notice." As Tigh watches, Adama explains that they need a new CAG. Birch agrees, and asks, "Who's it gonna be?" Birch is sort of a George Reeves-y, 1950s-looking guy. Adama silently picks up a box and opens it to reveal a lovely set of cufflinks. Oh, fine, they're insignia. Whatever. Adama unnecessarily says, "Congratulations, Captain. It's you." At Adama's cue, Tigh offers his own congratulations. Birch tells Adama that he was a supporter of Apollo's, which is maybe not the best way to put things at the moment. Birch adds, "He was a great leader, Sir." Adama recites something from his big book of homilies about how a ship is a family, and claims, "I love everyone on this ship as much as I love my s--" he glances at an octagonal photo of Apollo and Zak as kids, and finally says, "My sons." Exit Birch, dopily.
As soon as Birch has gone, Tigh grumbles about being asked for his opinion when Adama had already made a decision. He also picks up a folder and dumps walnut shells across Adama's desk, heh. Adama explains, "I just wanted to see if you and I were on the same page or not." Tigh notes that they're not. I don't know why Tigh is surprised by this. Back last season, Mugga and I talked about how Adama loves disagreeing with Tigh so much that if Tigh did stop drinking, Adama would promptly urge him to lighten up and have a beer. Adama says that Birch is the best of their remaining options: "He's honest and he's loyal. We need a little bit of that around here right now." It's not often that I'll defend Apollo, but I have to say that Adama definitely prefers loyalty to honesty, as we'll see later on. Tigh says that he'll support Adama's decision. Just not very enthusiastically. Exit Tigh. Adama goes back to cracking nuts.