It's entirely tense, and then the other CAG, Taylor, walks up with a stick up his ass twice the size of whatever's got Apollo on edge all the time. He summons Apollo for a pedeconference incredibly rudely, and starts bitching about the Galactica's lack of Decepticons: "Encourages morale, gets competition going. Esprit de corps." (Octagon TVs, yeah, but they do speak French.) Apollo, defusing, admits that that's "one philosophy," which is at least as inflammatory as it is passive-aggressive. Taylor gets in Apollo's face, saying that it's Cain's philosophy, and that means it's Apollo's too. They are now centimeters apart as Apollo reminds him, "The name of my Commander is Adama," following up with a pointed but unnecessary and ultimately damaging "...which should be pretty easy to remember, because it's my name." Taylor calls Apollo a total daddy's boy and moves on with his demands. Lee kind of smiles here, angrily, but also like, "Why'd you have to start out acting like a dick?"
Gaius and Cain round a corner in the corridor as he's explaining that as head of Cylonology he's now focusing on "Cylon detection." Yes, and doing a bang-up job of it. Six is waiting around the corner in her red Marilyn number and smiles like a shark as Cain tells Gaius that she wants him to examine Pegasus's POW ASAP. Six whispers dreamily, "I wonder who the Cylon will turn out to be...Stranger? Familiar face? Trusted friend who suddenly turns out to be the enemy?" They make happy wiggly fingers at each other and it's very cute and kind of sexy. Cain snaps Gaius out of it, and he calls her "Commander." Ouch. She corrects him, and he apologizes for that one big-time.
In the Galactica hangar, their deck chief, name of Laird, is looking over the Blackbird Laura. He calls it "one ugly baby," but not in a mean way, and Chief begs his tech-to-tech pardon. Laird introduces himself and asks Chief politely to have a look around. Chief, realizing who he is, thanks him for some parts he's sent over, and invites him to explore. Laird notes the Blackbird's engines (DDG-62s, if you're nothing like me and will care or remember that), and informs Chief and Cally that he designed them himself. Chief and Cally have the same question: why's he on that ship if he's a civilian aeronautics engineer? I found out somewhere that Cally's not career; she was just serving a tour at the time of the massacre, with intent to leave. I don't know if I knew that and forgot it or what, but it puts a radically different spin on her scenes across the whole series, and on the character, than I had going. And her response here -- why it was her and not Chief himself, or some other hand, who wondered about that. Laird says that he was on the Scylla, which was picked up by the Pegasus: "Things happened." Like that's not cagey and Fisky enough, he changes the subject awkwardly: "Mind if I crawl around inside here? I heard you designed this yourself. I'd love to see how you did it." Chief, still digesting, gives him leave. My feeling is that this is a pointer to how the Admiral views Galactica herself: as a scrapyard from which she can take the best weapons, crew, etc. and keep her own self safe. Again, the Fleet could not matter less, because Admiral Cain is the Fleet, now.