Back at the hangar, Jo Jo barfs and cries, and Kara's gone emotionally dead. Chief tries to comfort her: "Nothing you could do, Captain. You were too far away." She has a huge headache, and then also the headache that is Kat: "Nice work, Starbuck." Kat climbs the stairs to her cockpit and continues bitching. "He did exactly what you told him to do, Captain. Him and Duck had bingo fuel and a head start home, but instead the FNG [Fucking New Guy, as it turns out -- I guess Fracking New Guy, here, which is a nice combination of real-world and fictional world] turned and attacked. And Scar lit him up like a pinwheel." Starbuck gets very Tigh for a sec: "Why'd he try to take Scar on by himself? Stupid idiot." Kat reminds Starbuck of the hardcore foreshadowing that happened moments ago, where Starbuck told the kid over and over the specifically wrong thing, and Starbuck gets right up in Kat's face: "You know what? You and I both know that 99% of the time that is the right move." While this is valid, Kat is more about hurting Starbuck, because her heart is still breaking: "Not this time." She's only angry, now; no love or respect. Starbuck stares, kind of ruined.
GarySeven, again, notes that the following scene references Only Angels Have Wings, a fairly famous Hawks movie with Cary Grant where this young pilot dies, and a few minutes later all the older pilots can't seem to even remember who the kid was. That's harsh and very sad. Playing the role of Jean Arthur will be Apollo, who is getting drunk as hell with Starbuck all alone in the Pilots' Lounge. Apollo: "You know what gets me? I know that in two weeks, I won't remember his face. I can't remember any of their faces after they're killed. No matter how hard I try, they just fade." Starbuck will do him one better: "I don't even remember their names." Apollo lists them: "Flattop." Starbuck spits a mouthful of beer across the space between them, and grins, holding up one finger: "Who bought it on his thousandth landing." Apollo wipes his shirt and ignores the fact that this is not actually true. "There was Chuckles," Apollo says, and gets the spit again, now with two fingers. They laugh and he tells her to stop it, because it's not funny. "It is funny. You know, the President says that we're saving humanity for a bright, shiny future -- on Earth. That you and I are never gonna see." Kara Thrace needs a refresher on the concept of humor, I think. Lee looks at her, broken by this. "We're not. Because we go out, over and over again, until someday, some metal motherfracker is gonna catch us on a bad day and just blow us away." Lee drinks to that, because nihilism is totally what he's all about lately, and refills their glasses. "Bright, shiny futures are overrated anyway," he adds. The sadness becomes coughing. He looks away, and takes another drink. "That is why we gotta get what we can. Right now," Kara says, and he looks into her eyes, and doesn't break contact, and there is electricity. But he's Lee: he's going to bunt. Watch. They clink, and he holds her gaze again, and looks away. "I'll drink to that. To right now." Kara grins impishly, which is hard to do when you're horny without looking really creepy: "So, why don't we?" And yes, Apollo, there is a Santa Claus: "Why don't we...what?" Kara kisses him, and her hand on his chest drifts down. The camera focuses on their feet, where she is dragging him somewhere more private.