The LT for Alpha Two, whose name I don't know and who barely matters, calls in to Patterson that he's going to try, one more time, to justify the optical illusion and come up with something. "We're pushing three kliks north to Papa Victor 217598, the nearest hamlet, to question the locals on the armor. Over." Patterson copies, and they stop to talk to dudes with goats. "These people are close enough to have sighted the armor," the LT says, which would be true if it ever existed. They stop -- my God the amount of drama going into this ass-backwards shit -- and Two covers the LT while he takes Meesh to go talk to randoms. So far we've not seen the best side of Burris and Fawcett, who are generally the faces of Alpha giving our guys shit, but this scene goes a long way toward justifying this episode spending so much time on them while Brad's somewhere with no shirt on.
Burris and Fawcett have been the Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, but this scene is how you know that for sure. Watching the LT gabber at Meesh and Meesh pulling his usual shit with the random goatherders, they put on a little show that Carver and Herc would be proud of, here presented without commercial interruption because it is awesome.
Lieutenant: "Excuse me, Meesh. Tell the man that we come in friendship."
Meesh: "Dude, my big American friends are going to fuck you up if you don't show us some blownup tanks."
Hajji: "Habadabada? Daba daba."
Meesh: "Dude, these Iraqis love the fact that we are here. They fucking love freedom and they thought that those fireballs last night were fucking wicked, dude. You Americans have killed a lot of sand. The sand was very evil."
Lieutenant: "Meesh, I just shit my panties. Tell the nice man if he doesn't show me at least one blownup tank, I'll look very stupid and the other officers will laugh at me."
Meesh"Dude, throw me a friggin' bone here. How about a frigging pickup truck with bald tires?"
Hajji: "Habdaba? Dabity daba."
Meesh"Lieutenant, this hajji dude is totally bummed he can't save your career. He's got no tanks, but check it out, you can have his bitchin' daughter."