As the platoon moves out, a man is shot and drops to the ground. Luz thrusts the radio at Dike again and demands that he speak to Captain Winters. Dike pants. His balls are actually inverted by now. Winters, steaming, paces the sideline in a right snit. A sniper shoots from the Foy church's steeple as Donnie screams for suppressing fire to abet 1st platoon's dangerous mission. Perconte drops down. No! Stop it, Spanks! Stop killing the guys I know! You're annihilating the plucky ones and have reduced me to excessive use of exclamation points! Bah!!!! Luckily, Perconte's ass is the only wounded part of his body, in fine Easy Company tradition. Donnie notes that snipers are in the building with the caved-in roof, and yelps to Dike that they're sitting ducks out there and desperately need to keep moving. Winters is screaming exactly the same thing from the forest line, and starts to charge out there. I'm totally rooting for this, but Col. Sink bellows for Winters to return because battalion commanders don't dart out into battle like that; Winters and I are both chagrined. Finally at the boiling point and feeling justified in his actions, Winters flags down Lt. Speirs and orders him to relieve Lt. Dike of command and lead that attack into Foy. Speirs trots out into the fire without a second thought to his own safety. Near Foy, Martin screams for Webb to fall back and take better cover, but when he taps the young soldier on the shoulder, he realizes Webb is dead.
Speirs charges up to Dike and grabs his chest. "I'm taking over," he seethes. Donnie briefs him: Easy is spread out all over the place, and 1st platoon is stretched across Foy's flank and unable to move because of a deadly sniper. He also points out the caved-in roof under which the worst of the snipers lurks. Speirs needs one second to make a decision. "I want mortars and grenade launchers on that building until it's gone and when it's gone I want 1st platoon to go straight in forget going around everyone else follow me," he rapid-fires, completely eschewing implied punctuation because dammit, we don't have time for pauses where commas would be. Donnie relays these orders to the other platoons, one of which he is leading in Compton's absence. James Alley sets up the mortar gun and shells the fuck out of the building with the caved-in roof. "Come on, Luz, let's get the bastards!" shouts a soldier. Shells pepper the fields as Easy finally scurries toward Foy.
Donnie arrives in town and takes cover behind a wall. Peering out, he recoils when a sniper bullet dings off the wall and scrapes his cheek. Stunned, he looks up and then notices a whole mess of German infantrymen and their weaponry approaching. He frets that Item Company is nowhere to be found, and Easy must link with those men in order to successfully capture Foy. He's also nervous that Item will just pull back and leave Easy alone. Speirs sets his jaw, then makes a rash decision. Bolting away from cover, he sprints across the town in search of Item Company. Donnie gapes at this selfless act. "At first the Germans didn't shoot at him," he narrates. "I think they couldn't quite believe what they were seeing. But that wasn't the really astounding thing." From the smoke, Speirs suddenly emerges again. "The astounding thing was that after he hooked up with I Company, he came back," Donnie informs us. Speirs slow-motion runs toward the camera, and I swear Chariots of Fire should be playing in the background as a beaming smile breaks across Donnie's face. His hairline celebrates by inching forward a few centimeters.