"'A little,'" scoffs Liebgott. "His German's as good as mine." He's implying that Webster deliberately downplayed his skills to try to skirt his assignment to the assault force. The thing is, it's unclear whether he's right or wrong, because Webster's reaction isn't decipherable. He looks guilty, not resentful, but I can't shake the feeling that the show wanted him to come off as wrongly maligned. This is just weird. I want to shake Webster until some emotion falls out of his pocket.
As Webster strides toward Martin, the men lag behind and whisper, "Can you believe that guy?" and "Webster tries to get out of everything." Blinking slowly and tensing his jaw, Webster shoulders his rifle and approaches the conferencing Martin and Winters. "Sir? Liebgott and I, we both speak German," begins Webster. "Yes?" Martin asks, annoyed. "You said fifteen men. There are sixteen, including two translators," points out Webster. Liebgott strolls past. "Hey Liebgott, wanna sit this one out?" Martin asks. "Yes sir," accepts Liebgott, winking at Webster and thanking him. "Thank you, sir," Webster tells Martin, and again, it's all very half-hearted and comes across as though Webster was trying to shirk his duty, when in truth I'm pretty sure they meant for us to think he was intending to ask for a respite for Liebgott. I'm unsure whether to blame it on writing or acting, but I lean toward the latter. I haven't seen anything that stiff since Jay Leno last interviewed Rene Russo.
The men gather in the OP as Martin barks out instructions. "Nothing rattles, nothing shines, no helmets," he says. Malarkey ladles either food or drink into everyone's mugs. He spots Hanks sitting alone, isolated, and makes a gentle stab at reaching out to the young officer. "Set for tonight?" he asks genially. "Those Krauts are gonna catch some hell." Hanks clearly appreciates the conversational gesture, but he's still bumming. "So I hear," he tells Malarkey. "I'm not personally going in." Malarkey wonders whether Martin is leading the patrol. "Martin and McClung," Hanks replies. It is? I thought Grant was leading the perimeter security stuff and Martin was leading the assault team; McClung's first name is Earl, not Grant, so I know they're not the same person. Help. I'm floundering. Hanks sadly says he's supposed to stay in the rear and provide covering fire. "That's the place to be," Malarkey says, trying to sound cheerful and comforting. A semi-distant explosion drops a cloud of dust on their heads.