Speaking of Kendals, the missus is at home on the phone to her mom when she answers to the door to two somber-faced Naval officers with their hats in their hands. Everyone knows what that means, right? Mrs. K. certainly seems to, at least.
In the lobby of some government building in D.C., the news of the Colorado's "sinking" is all over the monitors, although the attack is officially being blamed on a Pakistani warship. An admiral played by Bruce Davison (Senator Kelly from X-Men, so his trustworthiness remains in question) enters the lobby with his entourage, only to be almost immediately intercepted by Kylie, who says he'll want to talk to her about the prototype she had on the Colorado. "We've been attacked, we're at DEFCON 2, and you want to talk about your toy?" the Admiral snarls at her. She insists that her equipment goes on the next boat if the admiral wants her to keep quiet about what she knows, but he's not impressed. Nor is she cowed, showing him the "472 Chaplin" text she got five minutes before the missile strike. She knew nobody was going to take a chance with a rogue captain in control of 18 Trident missiles. "So you sank your own boat. You son of a bitch, you sank your daughter's boat." Did I mention that this is the admiral whose kid Lieutenant Shepard is? That's probably relevant. She seems almost as upset about this as he is... which is when she realizes that he didn't know until she just told him. But at least he gets away from her. And considering that so far the two things she's done on this show are blackmail and literal self-pimping to promote her product, he's probably better off that way.
Kendal takes a quiet moment in a companionway to flash back to his emotional farewell with his wife two months ago, and to reach into his pocket to look at her photo again. But of course it's floating somewhere in sickbay. He's still fumbling for it when Shepard finds him, wondering what she's supposed to tell people. He tells her to keep mum, and "show them how to be strong." That should work. Before going, she says, "If you had told me to, I would have turned that key. Thank you for not making me." You're welcome. But the show's not over yet.