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Band of Brothers episode 10

Episode:

10

Preceded by:

"Why We Fight"

Focus:

Richard Winters

Subject:

The end of the war

"Points" is the tenth and last episode of Band of Brothers, with the main focus on Richard Winters once again.

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 a replacement 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, the replacement does it.

While going back Liebgott says the man was a coward for running but Webster justifies it is because the war's 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 atuck 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 an American NCO with a shot to the head. The soldier is 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 "You salute the rank, not the man". Sobel finally salutes and quickly leaves with Nixon and Liebgott slightly smiling in the background.

A German general approaches Lipton and asks if he is allowed to speak to his men. Lipton says he can and the general does a speech. Liebgott translates for Winters.

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.

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