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The end of the war
The war is finally coming to an end, Hitler is dead, the Nazis have surrendered and the government has started returning the men home. However, the men left have too much time, alcohol, and weapons on their hands. With the men slowing turning on each other and accidents and the new points system preventing most of Easy company from returning home, can Major Winters get his men home safe or does the war in the Pacific have other ideas?
It shows the war calming down starting with Winters swimming in a river relaxing. It then shifts to the men arriving in Austria and taking the Eagle's Nest in Berchtesgaden, where all they find are dead German officers and a considerable amount of war loot. Winters, after announcing the war's conclusion in Europe, shows Nixon Hermann Goering's massive private wine cellar, and orders the vintage distributed to the soldiers by the truckload; he gives Nixon the first pick. The men then relax in the Nest until then have to move on.
While the anticipated SS guerilla units never arrive, the men of Easy Company still suffer from fatigue, shaky nerves, and boredom, which produce dangerous results.
Liebgott seeks put revenge for the Jews by killing a German officer who ran one of the camps. Webster and Sisk go with him. They go inside where Liebgott quickly interrogates the man. After confirming it is the right man, Liebgott loses it and starts to shout at the man in German and English. It gets too uncomfortable for Webster, having to leave he room and smoke to calm down. Despite Webster trying to convince him otherwise, Liebgott shoots the officer in the neck. However the gun jams allowing the officer to runaway. Liebgott tries to get Webster to shoot the man by shouting at him but he refuses. Instead, Sisk does it.
While going back Liebgott says the man was a coward for running but Webster justifies it, saying that the war is over and "Anyone would run".
With the war in Europe over, the men prepare to go to the Pacific. Winters tries to be allowed to transfer to go early but is not allowed due to his attachment with Easy Company. Since the men are stuck in Germany they soon let drinking get the better of them.
A replacement in I Company becomes drunk and uses his sidearm to kill a British and German officer and then wounds Staff Sergeant Charles E Grant with a shot to the head. The Grant was taken to a German doctor to have brain surgery while the replacement is hunted down. When found, Easy company beats him until Speirs arrives. He almost kills the soldier but turns him over to the MPs.
The next morning, the local regiment of German soldiers are all in a field for their formal surrender. Captain Sobel walks past Winters but looks away from him as an excuse for not saluting. Winters calls him back and tells him "We salute the rank, not the man". Sobel finally salutes and quickly leaves with Nixon and Liebgott slightly smiling in the background.
As the episode closes, Winters narrates what happened to each of the soldiers who are still alive and himself after the war. The men find out the war is completely over and they celebrate with a game of baseball.
The series then concludes by showing footage of the real life members of Easy Company who provided the interviews that opened many episodes, but for the first time with their names listed, including Major Winters.
- Commander Ronald Speirs assigned Liebgott, along with John C. Lynch, Don Moone and Wayne Sisk, to eliminate the Nazi who had been the head of the labor camp. When they found the man, Liebgott interrogated him for thirty minutes, confirming that the man was guilty. They drove him to the ravine and Liebgott shot him twice. Wounded, the Nazi run up to a hill and Lynch ordered Moone to shoot him. Moone refused, and Sisk end the guilty man's life. In reality, Webster wasn't part of the incident at all.