"Where'd I take the hits, Chief?" Chief is sorry to admit that she took them nowhere at all: she heard the crash, felt the impact, sounded the alarm, took it on the chin. It was just the bugs jumping; it's fear that gets you killed. "What? I felt the impact. Damn Viper felt like I hit a brick wall!" He promises to keep checking, but the funny thing about getting shot at is that you can often tell just by looking with your eyeballs. In the "bonus" scene, which are hilarious in how much they piss people off with the whole being-worthless thing, and I swear it's gotta be a SciFi issue, like they think they'll somehow fool people into thinking they're getting some kind of special thing they'd be getting if they had the internet, or something. I don't know who's watching SciFi that doesn't have the internet and/or could possibly feel like they were winning something awesome with this strategy, but I also know that everybody hates the bonus scenes, and that's funny. So in the bonus scene, Kara wigs the frack out on Chief after discovering a little hydraulic fluid leak, because the seals are so old, just like on Daru Mozu, and she bitches at him about drinking "moonshine" in the Tool Room, and how meanwhile she'll be up in her "bird" and that if some gear "buckles" when she "traps," then something impenetrable and very, very masculine-sounding will happen. In a case of bonus scene mimicking art, we cut to footage of Weddle & Thompson as young men, doodling in their notebooks in elementary school, guns and bombs and a robot with guns for arms shooting a plane made out of guns that fires guns, because we get it, we get it, we get it! Wilco or whatever! Words!
Later, in the briefing room, they're watching Starbuck's gun camera, which reveals a whole lot of nothing where a Heavy Raider's supposed to be. Athena's finally like, "We watched it twice already," but since she's classy she doesn't mention her robot eyeballs that are telling her in 1080p that there is no Heavy Raider. Starbuck says it must not be her gun camera film, but Athena points out that nobody else "pulled trigger" all day. And again: she refrains from saying that this was because there were no Cylons around to shoot at. Also the Raptor's dradis and Galactica's match up. Also no robots were around to show up on dradis. Starbuck snits at him that dradis is "wonky" near the planet, Karl, and Hotdog and Sharon are like, "Here we go." Apollo rushes in to say that maybe the Raider jumped away before she opened fire, which I guess is a clue about how the gun cameras work, and Racetrack isn't letting them off that easy: "Or maybe it never existed to begin with." What!? It totally didn't! Imaginary mongoose!
Bill asks his son if he's going to ground Kara, and Lee exposits Cottle's professional opinion that she is both physically fit but an emotional basket case. For fifty episodes running, this has been true. (Fucking FIFTY? Is that for real? Did I just forget how to count or do simple math? That is AWESOME!) "In peacetime, he'd ground us all," Lee says, and you know he's right. Bill gently makes it very damned clear that this is Lee's call, and Lee expresses that this is difficult, because...some dialogue I don't want to deal with. It's like being welcomed to your own home by a guest at your party: they mean well, but they're still behaving foolishly. So I guess now is the point where the show reveals that Kara's identity as a "steely-eyed Viper jock," okay, is like all that's keeping her together. For fifty episodes this has been true. This is the point of her entire fucking character but suddenly we're too stupid? So the show merrily explains the most basic of shit for a minute, and then all of a sudden: ellipsis. If Lee grounds her, then what will happen? We're too dumb to figure it out on our own, and the show's not telling. The Adamas drink and wonder if she's crazy enough to be grounded, even though for at least the fifth time, Kara Thrace's personal craziness has interrupted a major Fleet op at its most vulnerable point, and for at least the billionth time, Bill Adama thinks that's awesome. Also awesome: explaining more basic shit. "The bottom line," he bottom-lines it for us, "is when the bullets start to fly, can she handle it?"