Starbuck announces, "It either works or it doesn't." Seems reasonable to me. She strokes the gooey equipment lightly and the engines fire up. She chortles as the ship shudders and lifts up off the ground, hovering shakily. Starbuck peers out through the visor and lets us know that she's found the main controls. Thanks. She giggles, "Take me home!" and fiddles with some more blubber. The ship moves forward, swerves, and begins to climb. Starbuck gasps, "You stink, but you are one hell of a flying machine." The Raider zips straight up through the atmosphere and into space.
As they walk down the corridor, Apollo tells Adama, "I think she's wrong. I think we have come to terms with what happened to Zak." Adama gruffly says, "I haven't." Heh. Apollo, understandably, has no response to that. As Adama enters CIC, Apollo stops and suddenly says, "I need to know something." Adama stops just inside the doorway, and Apollo moves closer and asks, "Why did we do this? Was it for Kara? For Zak? For what?" Adama says, "Kara was family. You do whatever you have to do. Sometimes you break the rules." In retrospect, I think this is supposed to signal that Adama understands why Starbuck passed Zak through Basic Flight. And...okay, kind of, but it seems like the lesson in both cases is that love is not a good justification for doing crazy, stupid things, and I'm not sure if Adama's picking up on that. Apollo nods and then asks what would have happened if Apollo had been the missing pilot. Adama looks like he's been slapped, and frowns as he gasps, "You don't have to ask that." Apollo reminds me of Kermit the Frog sometimes. I don't know why, I just wanted to mention it. Apollo asks, "Are you sure?," which is needier that I care for. Adama steps closer to Apollo and his voice doesn't quite crack but comes close as he says,"If it were you, we'd never leave." Man. Apollo looks gobsmacked, and I'll give him the benefit of the doubt and assume that he's more shocked at seeing the level of emotion. Alternatively, Bamber may just thinking, "My lord, Olmos is good." He exhales shakily, and exits. Aw.