An Argument Against Foxholes
THREE: Who's In The Temple & Why
Nora prays in the Duck & Nora tent: "If it pleases you, great Aphrodite, grant us a child." Or Artemis, or Hera. Maybe the problem is that Nora doesn't know her own religion. Or maybe the problem is that the Gods don't want her pregnant: "If it pleased her, you'd be pregnant already," Duck smiles, and she says maybe if he'd come to Temple with her they'd be pregnant. None of which makes any sense, theologically, but I bet in a concentration camp there's a lot of confusion about what the Gods are actually up to. "The Gods help those who help themselves," says Duck, which to me at least proves that, religious or not, he's got the high ground on the rest of these people. Nora throws her shirt in his face and tells him to get to work then. They are very cute. Duck tells her that Jammer and Chief tried to recruit him to the Resistance, and she confirms that he turned them down, thank the Gods, and they reiterate for each other that chrome-plated ass-kissing does not hold a candle to Duck's clearly marked for death bride. He jumps into bed with her and they are adorable some more. Get it while you can, Duck.
Chief, Tigh, Jammer, and Jean are hiding weapons in the Temple, and Jammer does indeed pray for forgiveness from the Gods. Tigh gives him that look he gives people, but come on: this is gross. Even if you're not religious, you have to admit that this is gross.
Next morning Nora slaps Duck's ass and screams, "Reveille!" He twitches and wiggles around and complains that he "left all that military crap aboard Galactica." She gives him some coffee and tells him he's already late, and Chief's going to kick his ass. I love this so much, this role that Chief has taken -- even in "Lay Down Your Burdens" it made me happy, because a political system is just another machine, and "Galen" means "Physician."
Nora asks Duck to maybe meet her at Temple after work, and Duck protests: "I don't do Temple. I don't need all the bells and whistles. I talk to the Gods in my own way." She's not happy about it, but he smiles winsomely and says he'll be there "in spirit." They kiss and she tells him to leave, but he begs for just five more minutes in bed. Happy couples are all the same.