Tycho: In my grief, I paid a Mad Scientist twenty million for a cybernetic replica of my dead wife. It was my wish that it look, feel, and behave just as she did.
Gabe: Is that it?
Gabe: That's just a bucket on roller-skates.
Tycho: It really wasn't a good investment.
This is fish number six hundred and forty-one in a lifetime of a goldfish. My parents bought me the first one to teach me about loving and caring for another living breathing creature of God. Six hundred and forty fish later, the only thing I know is everything you love will die. The first time you meet that someone special, you can count on them one day being dead and in the ground.
I loved my chosen. How then to face the day when she left me? So I took from her body a single cell, perhaps to love her again.
— Commissioner Pravin Lal - "Time of Bereavement", Sid Meiers Alpha Centauri
What am I, some sort of Gadolt substitute!?
In a glen beyond the castle wall
There was a tinker
And he was a thinker
The smartest man in all the world
He made a mechanical girl
For you see, his daughter passed away that summer
And though he knew he could not replace her
He missed his family
— Voltaire, "The Mechanical Girl"
Church: Washington?! Why are you wearing Blue armor? ...Why are you wearing my armor?
Wash: Oh. Um...
Caboose: Oh, yeah, yeah.
Wash: They sorta used me to... replace you? On Blue team?
Church: Replace me?
Caboose: I wouldn't really use the word "replace," but there's no word for "take over for you and make everything better almost immediately." So we just say "replace."
Church: When did this happen? [...] Right after I left?!
Caboose: Well, it wasn't right after, but, y'know, but, it was like... five, ten seconds.
Church: You've gotta be kidding me.
Caboose: Life is short. We had to move on.
Church: I think I just got dumped by Caboose. This is un-fucking-believable!
Caboose: Yeah, it's not me. It's you. [...] Oh, um... we sorta call the new guy "Church," y'know, sometimes?
Wash: Caboose just finds it easier. The armor color confuses him. (beat) As do a lot of things.
Wash: It's only in certain circumstances.
Caboose: Like when we talk to him. Or when we fill out paperwork. Or sing Happy Birthday to him.
Church: YOU'VE GOTTA BE FUCKING KIDDING ME!!