Malarkey grins up at his German-American pal in the enemy uniform, unable to believe the coincidence that they grew up within miles of each other and ended up in the same job, but on different sides of the battle lines. McDowell moseys over and shouts for Malarkey to hustle to camp; naïvely, Malarkey says, "Gotta run, see you around," and jogs toward the makeshift headquarters. As he does this, the Allied captors distribute candy and smokes to their prisoners before abruptly executing them; suddenly, Malarkey hears the rapid gunfire and whirls around, crushed. "Shit," he breathes, seeing what we don't: the corpse of his new friend. This scene has a weird greenish glow to it; like every shot, it seems like most colors were muted, but it's always a different set of colors. Sometimes red stands out, and other times, green is prominent. Still other scenes had a gold hue. This tiny color palette seems a trademark of war films' "gritty realism," but damned if I know why, because I'm fairly confident that people back then didn't see the world in monochrome.
A Major Strayer sends out word that he needs Easy Company's CO (commanding officer) to report to his area. Compton grins, "That's you, Dick," because Meehan is still missing. Winters resignedly gets up to go over there. At the same time, a depressed Malarkey plops down next to Toye and guzzles from his canteen, still startled that war apparently involves killing people in enemy uniforms, no matter what language they speak.
Winters arrives at Strayer's table, his hair perfect, with nary a strand sullied or knocked out of place. Now that's some serious hair product. Winters learns that Easy Company is needed to disable a well-armed German garrison so that the Utah segment of Normandy's beach will be safe for incoming Allied troops. Two known guns are assaulting Utah beach, so they assume the presence of two more, plus an extensive German-occupied trench extending behind the guns. Cut to Winters explaining the plan, using crude pencil sketches: attack the first gun and then systematically destroy the rest, then run a quarterback draw up the middle to set up a field goal. He names his men: Liebgott and Petty will take the first gun; Plesha and Hendrix will take the other. Donnie's in charge of the TNT, and Winters will hang out with the others and go wherever they're needed. Incidentally, he calls out the names Compton, Malarkey, Toye, and Gonorrhea, but they raise their hands in the wrong order, so apparently everyone in the cast is as fucking puzzled as I am sometimes about who the hell everyone is. Although I've finally gotten that core group figured out, I'm thrown by the addition of Plesha and Hendrix. Sigh. Why can't this show be about my needs? Gonorrhea interrupts to ask how many Germans they estimate are manning the area, and Winters can't answer that, so Gonorrhea snorts scornfully; our newest rivalry is born. Gonorrhea now occupies Ross's old position -- which, when you think about it in an altered context, also sounds like a Very Special Episode of Friends.