"Anything else on your mind?" Winters asks. He and Speirs casually stroll through the encampment. Speirs broaches the subject of Easy. "I know Easy Company's going to need a CO post-war -- somebody to hold their hands, keep them from killing each other," he says, a tinge of humor in his words. "It had better be somebody who knows what they're doing." Winters nods, interested. Amused, even. Speirs adds that it's thoroughly irresponsible to leave Easy in the wrong hands, because the company is a valuable military resource. "I couldn't agree more," Winters grins. He hops inside a Jeep and swivels to face his well-chosen replacement as Easy CO. "So you've decided to stay in the Army?" he asks, obviously delighted but containing the depth of his emotion. Speirs nods. He will stay with Easy. Winters praises the decision and leaves, a grinning and gleeful Speirs standing in the Jeep's wake. Go Speirs! Rock on with your Easy self.
"So, some of us would stay by choice," Winters narrates. "But others were stuck here unless we could find excuses to send them away." The recipient of one such action is Malarkey. We see him walking apace with Major Winters, listening raptly to the description of his new gig working as a technical advisor to an exhibition of equipment and material used by the airborne divisions. Winters drives home the point that it's up to Malarkey to make sure "they" get it right. "Sorry it's not a more hospitable location," Winters teases. Malarkey chuckles. "No, sir, Paris is just fine," he nods. "If you need me to go...." Winters insists that they absolutely do need Malarkey to go. It's a sweet scene. Winters obviously did whatever he could to give his men interesting assignments that got them out of active service. "I don't think we'll see you back here any time soon," Winters says, smiling. Malarkey promises not to let him down, then salutes his superior officer. Ignoring the gesture, Winters holds out his hand to shake his friend's. Clearly touched, Malarkey slowly meets the gesture, and I start to slobber all over the television.