Looks like Eithne is being hoisted on Hugo's petard. I do doubt the Heiney folk would have believed that nearly instantaneous translation is possible since they use an Alcubierre-type warp drive for superluminal travel. So you can sort of understand why Hugo tried the dodge.
I can understand why the Heineys would think Eithne is the real boss of the mission. For one thing, she is a human female and in Heiney society females rule. Additionally, she is the only meat person and these folks would have a culltural bias towards natural folks. Unfortunately, they appear have an aversion to being augmented cybernetically and with their history of fighting cyborgs, it makes sense that she would be suspect. Wonder what they would think of me with a honking big surgical staple in one ankle, a titanium bracket in my neck and a pacemaker keeping my heart beating -and me alive in the process (if the pacer stops, I stop about half a minute later).
In any case, I wish Hugo would get the lead out of his ass and rescue our girl. I, for one, am not ready for her to transition to arti-person status. I also hope that that big laser cannon our girl built into the latest rev of the flivver is powerful enough to swat those walking duck calls upside the head a good one!