On deck, Chief's finally acting normal, horrified by Starbuck's blown compressor and even more horrified when Cally confirms that she was so bingo there aren't even fumes in her fuel tank. He wonders how on earth she managed to land, and she retreats even further back into the Starbuck persona that caused her to fuck up in the first place: "Pointed it toward the deck and stopped when I got here." Which would be bad ass, if it weren't at least as fake and hollow as the Starbuck personality always was. Hotdog complains/is amazed with Kat about what a dick Starbuck's being, and Apollo comes running up with the entire TOE sticking out of his ass sideways. "If you want to die, I will open up an airlock, but you are not taking one of my Vipers with you." First of all: ouch. Second of all, ouch, because I hate to see Starbuck acting the fool, but even more than that, I hate to see her acting the way people always said she did, because now they're right, because there's nothing behind it: "The bird's on the deck. I'm on the deck. I don't know what you're bitching about." (Again: would be bad ass, if she hadn't lost her Consequence Pass back on New Caprica, but now she's just being disgusting.) I don't give a frack what you do, Starbuck, you're done flying," Apollo spits, and takes off. Everybody stares. It is ugly. It is an ugly scene!
Metalepsis! Trrrrrrrrransitive property! Tigh's quarters, where he's drinking wildly and imagining strange noises. Voices, meaning Ellen's voice, meaning he's in huge trouble right about now. "I can't believe you did that to me," she murmurs, and he starts. "Don't look at me like that!" she shouts, and he goes looking all over his room for her. His tiny room. He heads out into the corridor calling her name, and the thing about that is that there are like hundreds of people in the corridor, and he's busily going nuts in front of them, screaming for his dead wife. Whom he killed. He spots a blonde in the distance and runs after her, pushing people aside in his hurry; Ellen's voice becomes another woman's voice. "If I've told you once, I've told you a thousand times," she complains. ("I told you and I told you," he said to her once.) Saul grabs the woman and spins her around, breathless: "Ellen, I'm right here." It's not Ellen, it's just another refugee. Another person who left something back there. "What is this? Let go of me," she says, shaken by his weirdness, and he stares as she takes the child she was yelling at and runs away down the hall, into the river of people, leaving him alone, screaming at a ghost, in the middle of the world. He stares down, at nothing. What happened to Gina when she had no purpose left?