Ritsuko:“What were you doing, Captain Katsuragi? We are short on both hands and time!”
Shin-seiki: (179~187) Interesting how, in this scene, Ritsuko is all business, and a bit intimidating, while Misato comes across as kind of ditzy. We find out later that they're actually old friends, and also that Ritsuko's authority as head of Project E supersedes that of Misato as head of Operations when necessary. But, then, Ritsuko actually knows what is going on, and besides, she's sleeping with the boss…
HeWhoPostsStuff: Is that confirmed to be happening at this point already, or is there evidence to suggest that this particular instance of hanky-panky didn't start until later on?
Reichu: I don't think there's any evidence either way. But consider that Ritsuko has been working under Gendo for some four years without any real competition. Since we know something does happen, I think it's fairly reasonable to guess that it could be happening by now.