In a voice-over, Winters explains that he couldn't focus on job offers when the war hadn't even officially ended. "I was still getting used to hot showers and morning swims," he tells us, gliding through the water in idyllic Austria.
We flash back to a winding mountain road. Winters explains that Easy Company et al entered Bavaria in early May hoping to capture Berchtesgaden, a small Alpine town the Nazis used as its symbolic headquarters because all of the Third Reich's most powerful people owned houses there. It seems that Hitler, prior to plugging himself with a coward's bullet, ordered the SS to hold fast in Berchtesgaden, using all means -- even guerilla warfare -- to keep the Allies out. A few bored Easy men loiter near their trucks, which sit bumper-to-bumper in the usual military caravan. Webster either reads or writes in his journal; Talbert just watches, and Liebgott leans against a wheel. "The first step [for the SS] was blocking the roads," Winters narrates. An explosion rocks the area; Easy is, bit by bit, blasting its way up the hill. Impatiently, Winters wonders aloud when the engineers were supposed to arrive and assist them. "A half-hour ago," groans Nixon. "We're stuck here until they do, Nix," Winters growls. Nixon grins that he can't exactly blame the SS for protecting the house of their fuhrer. "You'd probably throw a few rocks at us yourself," he notes. Speirs marches over and announces that Easy is ready and willing to find another way up the mountain. "Duly noted," Winters smiles. "I've already recommended you to Col. Sink." Speirs is pumped. "Terrific," he practically bubbles. "Let's go find out where Hitler lived." So he can loot the place right down to the shampoo and Charmin. Winters stops him from proceeding, playing the first-name card and telling "Ron" that Sink doesn't want any unnecessary risks this late in the war -- so, they're going to proceed slowly. "So the French are going to beat us to the Eagle's Nest?" Speirs groans, visions of diamond-crusted champagne flutes dancing out of his head.
Sink arrives in a Jeep, gunning straight past Sgt. Talbert's lips and parking next to Winters, Speirs, and Nixon. He smokes. Sink smokes expertly. A few soldiers pile grenades atop a rock pile and bolt away from them, ducking. Sink reveals that he spoke to Gen. LeClerc from the French army; the man whose troops reached Paris first also wants to be the first soldier into Berchtesgaden. A soldier fires his bazooka at the grenade pile, blasting the obstruction. "Told him I understood his point," Sink sighs, then smirks. "Now you fire up 2nd battalion and outflank that French son-of-a-bitch." Winters clearly wants to whoop it up, but contents himself with a demure "yes, sir," while Nixon chuckles gently in the background. Speirs is as delighted as Speirs ever is -- that is to say, his eyes defrost a full degree. Winters tells Speirs that Easy will lead the charge.