Seriously, one commercial every ten seconds. Why? Jabe's in conflict with her computer on the subject of the Doctor: "Identify species. Please identify species." It whistles at her cantankerously. "Now, stop it. Identify his race. Where's he from?" Her stare gets wider as she stares at the screen, and then whispers: "It's impossible." In a cabinet nearby, one of the Adherents' metal eggs hatches a small robotic spider, which climbs away.
Rose, in another part of the ship, looks out of a window at the raging sun, and is startled when another blue staffer enters, in a techie uniform. Between the stature and the voice and the makeup and the general demeanor, I had to take a second to remember that Ben Browder's wife doesn't randomly show up on every single show. I actually caught myself saying, "Oh look, Ben Browder's wife," because she always played this kind of character on Farscape. She looks just as insane as the Steward with the makeup. Rose apologizes for being in there, and the woman mumbles nervously that she needs permission to talk. Rose uncertainly gives her permission, and the tech thanks her, and reassures her that she's fine where she is. Rose -- this second-classer, this person not in league with the "good and great" that have been weirding her out so bad -- watches, and smiles as the woman opens up a wall panel. "What's your name?" Rose asks. She smiles and says her name is Raffalo: "I won't be long, I've just got to carry out some maintenance." She chatters as she works that there's a "tiny little glitch in the Face of Bo suite," because he's not getting hot water. Rose laughs that there are still plumbers, and Raffalo smiles easily: "I hope so! Else I'm out of a job!" Rose is just like, "Thank God there are still poor people." She asks where Raffalo is from ("Crespallion"), and whether that is a planet. "No, Crespallion's part of the Jaggit Brocade, affiliated to the Scarlet Junction, Convex 56." There's a tapping sound inside the duct as Raffalo asks where Rose is from, and then catches herself: "...If you don't mind me asking." Rose smiles and then stumbles over her answer: "I dunno, a long way away...I just sort of hitched a lift with this...man." She trances out as she tries to word it correctly; Raffalo worries about Rose's stress level. "I didn't even think about it," says Rose. "I don't even know who he is. He's a complete stranger..." She shakes herself out of it and wishes Raffalo luck with the stuff. Raffalo says goodbye and then, haltingly, thanks Rose for the permission to speak: "Not many people are that considerate." They smile at each other -- Rose! Nice to the blue-collar worker! -- and Rose takes off. Raffalo turns to the grate, calls in a problem to Control, and then sticks her head in the duct. A robot spider appears and she chuckles, asking for its ident, as the red spots of death in any language appear on her face, first one and then many as the spider is joined by one and then several friends. Raffalo registers that this is creepy, but before she can get back out, the spiders drag her all the way into the duct. Aw, I liked her. That should've been the first clue.