Originally Posted by Veedrock
Nothing magical about it, the Extended Cut had an entire cutscene dedicated to showing the squadmates returning to the Normandy. It happens before you reach the Conduit, so if you reloaded an autosave there then you missed it.
But that only shows the two squadmates that were with shepherd not the rest of them. I'm assuming that James was the one who told Joker to leave shepherd behind when the crucible was firing, and Negative Creep was wondering how he got there as he wasn't one of the two that were extracted. Am I right or at least close?