Post-commercials, Starbuck is still being chased by Scar in a very flippy manner. He just keeps coming. She gets ahead of him and then abruptly turns around, going for a game of Chicken. Kat finally gets visual on her, and his grossed out by what she sees, which is Starbuck giving in to depression in a pretty spectacular way: "All right, Scar, let's see how much you like playing Chicken when you can't download, bitch. How's it feel, you bastard? One of us is gonna have to break away first and it isn't gonna be me." Kat begs Starbuck to break, but Scar keeps coming at us.
Three hours ago, Starbuck wakes up, feeling like hell. It's a nice little moment. I wonder what the first thing was that she thought of when she woke up. I hate mornings like those, but at least I've never had to open my eyes and think "incest" as like, my very first thing. Your day's starting so bad it's not getting better, if that happens.
In the Briefing Room, Starbuck looks like hell. She trails in and out of her phrases, rubs her nose, has a crazy hangover. The pilots are varying levels of asleep as she explains that in "two-on-two engagements," the Raiders will isolate one Viper and gang up on it -- she pops more pain pills -- "hoping to kill it before his wingman has a chance to protect him." A crewman brings her a report. Starbuck: "...Which is exactly what happened to Jo Jo, twenty minutes ago." Aw, man, he and BB didn't even die together. That's so sad. Duck wonders if it was Scar, and it was. Starbuck actually looks stronger suddenly, because her rage sustains her: "Bastard smoked Jo Jo and jumped away in less than fifteen seconds, before his wingman could get a shot off." Kat has, apparently, entered a new phase of being disappointed, because she immediately gets up Starbuck's ass about how she was supposed to be leading that patrol, but maybe it was "too early in the morning" for her. Starbuck: "What exactly are you trying to say, lieutenant?" And what she's trying to say, Captain, was that Starbuck stayed up all night drinking, and thus has murdered Jo Jo. Starbuck sends the entire squadron out of the room, presumably so that there will be no witnesses, but actually, because Kat is committing total insubordination on this, and her opinion is additionally wrong, because now she's looking for any excuse. It's stopped being about the squad and pilot safety and started being about taking Kara down, which is stupid and will get you killed. And I'm bothered by Kat's shit-talking in front of the squad, both because it lowers morale and Starbuck's effectiveness as a leader, and thus will kill pilots, but also because: what, because Starbuck flouts authority that makes it right for Kat to do so? Like Starbuck's just getting what she deserves? That's fucked. That's Tigh Logic. And I don't like that the episode basically leads us there, because it's ugly and wrong. Kat doesn't get a pass just because Starbuck's fucking up, any more than Starbuck gets a pass because Tigh is a dick. That's not how life works, for grownups.