Cougar, who is so covered in sweat he looks like he just got out of the tub, knocks on Stinger's door.
Stinger asks why he isn't in sickbay, and Cougar tells him that he almost orphaned his wife and child, who he has never met yet (the kid, not the wife).
He was more afraid than he has ever been in his life.
"I'm holding on too tight. I've lost the edge," he tells Stinger. After that, he turns in his wings, effectively resigning.
Stinger can't believe it.
Maverick and Goose are waiting outside the office. Goose calls out to Cougar, who turns around and thanks Maverick for helping them.
Maverick and Goose are railroaded about half a second after entering Stinger's office.
While Stinger agrees Maverick did a brave thing, he should have listened to orders and stayed on ship.
"Your ego is writing checks your body can't cash," he scolds Maverick.
Stinger is really irritated, and he just keeps getting angrier.
He lists off a litany of Maverick's recent offenses (tower fly-by's among them).
Goose mouths something to Maverick, Stinger comes up behind them, and brings up Maverick's checkered family history ("Let's not bulls*** Maverick, your family name ain't the best in the Navy") before getting to the heart of the matter.
Stinger has to send two guys to Miramar, to the elite fighter pilot school Top Gun.
Stinger is really annoyed. Cougar was number one, but since he turned in his wings, Maverick and Goose are now the top guns.
Stinger can't stand it that he has to send these two guys, and he gives Maverick one last colorful warning before they leave.
"Danger Zone" plays again in the background.
What danger zone are Maverick and Goose about to enter?
"Danger Zone" plays, and Maverick is hauling on his motorcycle at dusk.
A F-14 is taking off just to his right. Maverick is pumped, and raises his fist, and then accelerates his motorcycle.
The F-14 is his hot rod in the air, the motorcycle is his hot rod on land.