I’ve seen this go around quite a few times and I’ve always liked it, but I feel like I have to talk about this scene. Because after Ripley says, “They can bill me,” Burke desperately tries to convince them that they can’t nuke the site. When Ripley points out that Hicks is in charge because as corporal he’s the highest ranking officer left, Burke insults him by impugning his authority — “CORPORAL Hicks?” and promptly says “no offense” to Hicks. Hicks has been watching Ripley since they came out of cryosleep, more and more impressed with her every time she shows how incredibly awesome and competent she is. He’s just seen her save their lives after almost their entire squad was wiped out by aliens, and he knows she’s the one with the right ideas. So Hicks just says, “None taken,” and then requests evac from their pilot, commenting, “I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit.” Then he gives her a sly nod and adds, “It’s the only way to be sure.” They smile at each other, and I’m telling you if that isn’t true love right there, I don’t know what is. He is clearly besotted with her by that point, full of admiration and respect, and it’s no surprise that they then flirt over weapons instruction a few minutes later.
In times of trouble
Ellen Ripley comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom
Nuke the entire site from orbit, it’s the only way to be sure.