Dantana and Jim and their super-seriousness quickly ruin the fun with their insistence on talking about sarin gas. Jim says that the United States didn't use sarin gas in any of the wars it fought in the past (THAT HE KNOWS ABOUT), so why would it do it now to a village? Dantana thinks 9/11 changed everything. "We torture people now," he says. Jim also has a problem with Cyrus West, saying he's not reliable. Dantana protests that West's only crime was "not being good on television." Jim asks about the Marines who were rescued, but MacKenzie and Dantana insist that they weren't really aware of what was going on at the time and also they don't know their names and Dantana doesn't think they ever will.
They do have the names of the other thirty Marines on the rescue team, although only Sweeney would talk to them. Twenty-nine refused and one, Lance Cpl Herman Valenzuela, is dead. Hamni8 is gone – Dantana assumes he's dead while Neal points out that it could be that he couldn't afford cell service anymore. Yes, Neal, who was all about conspiracy theories and the Loch Ness monster once before, is reluctant to jump on board this one now.
Don finally asks if they can get someone to the location to see what's up, but MacKenzie says it's too hostile to Americans for them to try. Oh please. Just have Maggie read a book about Asia and send her! She can be the Asia expert. Anyway, it's very conveniently "too dangerous" to even find a local do some reporting for them. Jim asks what the Magical Mike Tapley, his military analyst, had to say about all of this. MacKenzie says they aren't telling him anything in case he lets on to the government.
"Charlie, be the voice of reason?" Jim asks. Nope! Charlie thinks it's all true, but not yet ready to air. Dantana, of course, begs to differ. Charlie says they reached out to other military people they thought might know something and be willing to talk, and came up with General Stomtonovich, who looks a lot like Stephen Root. Stomtonovich was a Marine general who retired shortly after Operation Genoa didn't happen. Charlie and MacKenzie have an appointment to talk to him about chemical weapons in Libya. They plan to surprise attack him with questions about Genoa.
"Do you understand what we're accusing them of?" Jim asks Dantana. "We do, Jim, yeah," Dantana says, just as condescending as Jim was to him. "And I think we're less concerned with what we're accusing them of than we are with what they did." Jim finally turns to Maggie, who hasn't had anything to say about this to the point that I'm not sure why she's even in the room, and asks if she's known about this for the last seven months and if she believes it's true. "Have we nailed down the number of reindeer?" Maggie asks.