Back aboard their sentient starship, two sergeants try to come to grips with the loss of the grocery money during the beer run.
So... To whom shall we break the news about the pick-pocket?
Technically, I should report to Commander Andreyasn.
Kevyn won't be in favor of a retaliatory strike, though.
Technically, I ought to report to warrant officer thurl, but he'll just want to cut losses... Right out of my next ten paychecks.
You know, Commander Gyo used to be a bounty-hunter. He might see things our way.
Haven't you noticed that there's less and less of 'Doyt Gyo, Violent Idiot' in him lately? Haban, that A.I. in his head, is not likely to see things our way.
Safety starts with 's'
We could try Lieutenant Der Trihs. You know, exploit the fact that the only way he can find his butt is with an enemy boot.
You're arguing a moot point. You've already reported to me.
Just 'cause you can eavesdrop on us, that doesn't make you an officer, Petey. You're just our ship.
I report directly to the captain, though... As an officer should.
That cuts both ways, Petey. You get sent into the line of fire, just like a grunt.
I'm worlds smarter than anyone else on board, though. That says 'officer' right there.
Gee, if he's that smart, and he gets shot at, he might qualify to be a sergeant.
If he's that arrogant, though, he's officer material all the way through.