The Girl Hanging By One Foot
They walk off down the hall and Adama talks about Lee's relationship to Kendra, now and moving forward, but let's pretend he's talking about Helena and Kendra. It's Michael Taylor, my very favorite writer on the show (and the only one besides Anne Cofell-Saunders that I would trust with Helena), so he might as well be, because this whole thing is really just a poem: "Just remember that an XO is not a blunt instrument. The two of you have to make up a team. That takes trust." Kendra's never been a blunt instrument, but by the same token, razors don't trust. But Lee doesn't know about any of this because he will never understand razors, even as he's becoming one. At this point, Lee can say that they trust each other to do their jobs, and that's a start. "Now that your house is in order, I have a mission for you," Adama says. "Against my better judgment, I let a science team take a Raptor from us, go out to study a supernova remnant. They're overdue." Three civilians, two pilots. Adama tells him it's a search and rescue, but as far as getting into a firefight, he should use his judgment: "This is your command." Adama jumps back and forth across that line so many times in this story, it's unbelievable. Or, I mean, it would be, except this is Adama we're talking about. I'm sure it all makes sense to him. And out on the SAR, Starbuck and Showboat are singing "99 Bottles Of Ambrosia." Showboat is the way Kara made her peace with Pegasus, during Garner's time as Commander. Now they sing.