Time, I guess, for a quick Chip Six fugue, since Caprica's being weird again and just tripped Gaius out a little bit, so it's back to the beach. "Right, now I think I understand projection, but it's a bit of a coincidence, isn't it? That I could see such a vivid reality that I've created, and the Cylon projection experience seems to be so similar?" Not really. You're nuts, you're a narcissist, and you want nothing better than to turn back time to when you hadn't destroyed the Twelve Colonies and were getting regular tail. "Is it a coincidence?" asks Six, and he stops there in the sand, with the sun so bright behind him that you can barely see his face. This episode is so beautiful. "Well, what are you saying? There's a connection? What, because of my experiences with you -- am I a Cylon?" Back in the corridor, Caprica whips around to look at him, totally grossed out. "What was that?" Don't you hate it when you hallucinate out loud about the lover whose death you directly caused? In a hallway? "Oh, nothing. Just talking out loud. Silly me." But I mean, give it a sec. It's funny, and he's a dickwad and all, but this is just... really sad, that he would even go there. It's one very messy and sad and intriguing thing to kiss Leoben after four months and mean it, but you don't automatically assume that you're him. You know?
In the Galactica mess, it goes like this: Sharon and Helo are sitting with Racetrack, being completely civil. At another table, Hotdog and Starbuck are playing cards with Kat and being somewhat more rowdy. Sharon asks if Racetrack would honestly want to go back to being an ECO after having piloted a Raptor for at least the last -- what, year and a half? -- and notes that she's gotten good, but Racetrack notes that there are too many pilots for the Raptors they have now. "Anything to keep me flying, at this point. You want me, I'm yours, Boomer." Racetrack's always been classy, but if you take into account her crush on Helo, she's like the anti-Cally for that sentence alone. "Uh, no," Sharon stutters. "Boomer was... she was someone else." I like that not only for obvious reasons, but this is also Sharon's return to piloting, too, which is why this conversation is happening. She was commissioned, did the launch key op on New Caprica, and now she has her bird back too. (Not too bad, especially considering this Sharon has never flown a day in her life, in military terms.) Helo notes her face at this point and realizes it's time for another Helo spell. "Listen up! We need a new call sign for Lieutenant Agathon." The pilots all over the mess -- as Starbuck watches -- call out hilarious names for her. "Chrome Dome! Titania! Lightbulb! Wind-up Toy! Raptor Adapter! Microchip! Digital Dame! Mayflower! Carburetor! Tincan! Toaster Babe! Transistor! Robopilot!" There are like a hundred (none of them as cool as the ones I made up last season, such as Man And His Symbols or Whitechocolatespaceegg, but it's a fun nod to that old game. My favorites are "Titania" -- because of Gaius's term right now away with the fairies -- and "Transistor" for some reason. Also "Raptor Adapter," because that's continuity and humor all in one, and "Toaster Babe," because I want to hear them say that shit on comms.) and Hotdog speaks up: "How 'bout Athena?" (Can't call him "dumb old Hotdog" anymore. I don't know yet.) Helo picks his out of the crowd: "What was that?" Hotdog, not dumb at all, schools their asses. "You know, the Goddess of Wisdom and War. Usually accompanied by the Goddess of Victory." There's silence and a dawning smile on Sharon's beautiful face, and Helo's. One Pilot nearly whispers, "She likes it." Helo smiles back at her, and they kiss. "Athena it is." Which I always thought was Laura, but then, I'm positive Starbuck's going to be the one to rescue Hera, so hopefully I'll get my intuition score back up after last season at some point, and anyway, wasn't that sweet? Such a good day we're having!