"I of course meant for you to join me, Buck.
But if you'd like to show me what you've learning from my laudable teaching skills, you may lead for a portion of the next mission.
Oh I wasn't really unconscious. I was merely sitting back, to see how you would preform without my expert guidance!
A test, if you will.
Now that we're a team, I say we head to head over to Merc Central.
Considering our (and especially my) skill sets, the work we do there will be as easy for us as it is for me to win the adoration of others!"