Her point is not lost on Ikari. Ritsuko resumes facing forward.
Ikari:“According to the Marduk Institute's report, the 4th Children has yet to be found.”
Ritsuko:“That means we can't get any pilot recruits?”
Reichu: The first hint (aside from the OP) that there's a Children around we haven't met.
thewayneiac: Later in the show, when we find that Marduk is a sham and Nerv is picking the pilots itself, this conversation becomes a little hard to understand. Are they pretending Marduk really picks the pilots because Rei is present?