Heffron, meanwhile, is trapped in his foxhole, a fallen tree blocking the opening. "Help," he calls pathetically. Gonorrhea gets to Toye and, to his credit, doesn't react with alarm or terror; instead, he just tries to help his pal scramble to safety. "I gotta get up," Toye mumbles, panting, anguish contorting his features. He's trying so hard, being so brave, and he can't get any leverage without that leg. "Come on, Joe, come on pal," Gonorrhea tries to reassure him, and they joke tensely that Gonorrhea always kidded about making it back to the U.S.A. first. He starts to drag Toye away. Donnie and Compton dig Heffron out from his tree prison. "Think I overdid it on the cover of my foxhole?" he laughs, sheepishly. Toye is bellowing in pain while also insisting he must return to his foxhole, utterly dedicated to his men and his job and aching for normalcy. Gonorrhea swears he's trying to get Toye to his foxhole, but the going is slow.
"Incoming!" someone shrieks again. More blasts, as terrifying as the last, besiege the area. "Hurry up!" Compton screams at Gonorrhea, petrified. "You're gonna get bombed!" Gonorrhea never loses his cool, clamping down on Toye's arms and dragging him inch by inch toward a foxhole. "Move it, Bill!" Compton begs him. Gonorrhea calmly swears, "Come on, Joe." Compton notices snow volcanoes erupting all across the forest, products of intensifying shellfire. "Hold on, I'll be there!" he yells. "I'm going to help you!" Just then, a shell hits right where Gonorrhea stood, and they disappear from sight. "NO!" screams Buck, darting forward until a blast knocks him backward into his foxhole. God, I'm so tense. I can't believe this. The special effects make that forest look like the freshest hell of all, a perilous pit of shrapnel and fire. It's worse than a Jewel concert.
Cries for a medic rip through the air. Donnie dives into a different hole, trembling. "During the second barrage I wasn't laughing anymore," he narrates. Bodies are everywhere, as is the debris of a decimated wood. Toye and Gonorrhea lie motionless on the snow, both men with mangled right limbs. No! Not Gonorrhea, too! This is awful! God, I kept wishing the other episodes had emotional resonance like this, but when it comes right down to it, I didn't want it this badly. I'm crying. Gonorrhea lost most of his leg because he's brave and loyal and utterly heroic, refusing to run and hide and abandon his legless friend Toye. I want to hug him. Luz peeks out of his hole and screams for Donnie to make sure he's all right. "Stay down!" Donnie orders. Dike runs up, barely in uniform and panting. "You get things organized here. I'm going to go for help," he pants, then takes off again from whence he came. "What the FUCK?" Luz sputters, having overheard the exchange. Donnie looks sad. "Where the fuck's he going?" screams Luz. Donnie waves off the inquiry and orders Luz to get battalion on the line.