Over a shot of some televised stock reports, we hear "My country, 'tis of thee/ Sweet land of liberty...." It's Crosby Stills & Nash's version. Is it just me, or does this song have a very similar melody to "God Save the Queen"? The camera drifts over Jed walking into Leo's office, which seems to be facing a burnt-orange sunset. Leo's sitting in a chair, brooding. Jed takes a seat next to Leo and asks, "You okay?" Leo looks at him, his features sharply shadowed, and says, "Kenny did it." Jed: "Josh told me." He pauses, and then tells Leo about rescuing the five Hawkeye crew members and losing one of the SEALs. Leo asks what the music is. Jed tells him that Crosby Stills & Nash came by. Man, why didn't we get to see that? Instead of all these pointless flashbacks. Who doesn't want to see David Crosby in the Oval Office? Good times, man. Anyway, Jed says that they're getting a National Medal for the Arts, and they gave him this tape: "It's beautiful, huh?" Eh, not so much. Bit too heavy-handed a choice for this scene. See, if they'd brought Neil Young along, they could have dusted off "Find the Cost of Freedom." But that's a lot more of a downer than "America the Beautiful." Also: "Tape"? Not a CD?
Leo, in a slightly raspy voice: "We were out in the jungle for three days...Kenny carried me on his back, hid me under piles of leaves while he went to find us water. I was delirious. I lost a lot of blood. He coulda left me...he shoulda left me." Then he does something I wasn't quite ready for: he suddenly squeezes up his face and cries. So of course I lose it somewhat, because what kind of person can sit there dry-eyed while John Spencer is crying? (Even when the storyline's this meh.) He quickly collects himself, sniffling a bit, and continues, "He never did. We, uh...found a clearing where we could send up a flare, and a couple hours later these two Hueys show up taking all kind of AK fire. Men died for us. We had a responsibility to live our lives with integrity and honesty to honour their sacrifice." Jed -- who never met a situation that couldn't be embiggened with a Latin phrase -- says, "Corruptio optimi pessima: 'Corruption of the best is the worst.'" You're telling me, buddy. You're telling me. Leo's face registers no reaction. Jed: "You've done more, much more, all on your own, to honour their memory, Leo. They'd be as proud to know you as I am." Leo looks at Jed, eyes still glistening with tears. Jed gets up and puts his hand on Leo's shoulder briefly as he returns to his office. Leo leans back in his chair again, as the strains of Crosby Stills & Nash blend with the sound of chopper blades: "Let freedom ring...let freedom ring...."