Funny: Band of Brothers
Episode 1 - "Currahee"
- Sobel after finding one recruit's huge stash of condoms: "How in the name of god was he going to have enough energy to fight the war?"
- The guy had over 200 condoms. Perhaps Sobel had a point, for once.
- Perconte showing off his bloused trousers to the newly-promoted Martin.
- Perconte: Now, just think. If you had any class or style like me, people might mistake you for somebody.Martin: You mean like your fucking sergeant?Perconte:...I'm just kidding.
- And then, when it looks like Perconte is going to be ripped a new one, Martin winks, laughs and shakes his hand as the two go to get drinks together.
- George Luz's impression of Sobel "how will you slay the Huns with dust on your jump wings?"
- Nixon offers Winters a celebratory sip of whiskey.
- Winters: Since when do I drink?Nixon: If I knew you'd take it, I wouldn't offer it.
- He also slyly reveals that he's hidden a case of VAT-69 in Winters's foot locker, the implication being that no one will look there since Winters is a known non-drinker.
- And when Welsh wakes up, he sees the hip flask and says "this could turn into a real nice trip"
- During training in England, Luz impersonates Major Horton's voice from behind a tree, fooling Sobel into cutting open a barb wire fence:
- Luz: (as Horton) Is there a problem Cpt. Sobel?!Sobel: WHO SAID THAT?! WHO BROKE SILENCE?!Tipper: (trying not to grin) I think it's Major Horton, sir.Sobel: Major Horton? What, is he—? Did he join us?Tipper: I think, maybe he's moving between the platoons, sir?Luz: I said what is the goddamn holdup, Mr. Sobel?!Sobel: A fence, sir, a— God! -A barbed-wire fence.Luz: Oh, that dog just ain't gonna hunt. (to the rest of the men beginning to crack up) Shut up! (as Horton again) Now, you cut that fence and get this goddamn platoon on the move!Sobel: Yes, sir!
- The next scene shows an angry Lt. Colonel Strayer chewing out Sobel for setting loose a herd of cows which are now wandering all over their base. Sobel is made to look even more foolish when he finds out that Major Horton isn't even on the base.
- Even better? When Luz first starts speaking in Major Horton's voice, if you look in the background you see Tipper immediately break into a grin, because he knows what's coming.
- And part of the humour comes from Evans and Sobel looking terrified at the thought of Major Horton busting them for being lost, all the while Tipper knows it's a prank. Likewise the rest of the men can barely conceal their own laughter around Luz while he's doing it.
- Winters moving his platoon out coincides with an old man on a bike cycling down the road. He changes direction three times and the soldiers run in his way each time. He jokingly holds up his hands to Winters and says "You've done it now, Yanks. You've captured me."
- And then he asks "Would that be the enemy?" When Winters realises it's Sobel, he mutters "As a matter of fact, yes."
- Joe Toye dreams of knifing Hitler and the president renaming Thanksgiving to "Joe Toye Day".
- After Luz reads out a Rousing Speech from Col Sink's letter, Guarnere remarks "So that's why they gave us ice cream."
- Winters meeting Private Hall, despite in the middle of a tense situation.
- Winters: Flash.Hall: (struggling with his parachute) Shit!Winters: I don't think that's the correct reply, trooper.
- Guarnere nicknames Hall 'Cowboy' for no real reason. This is lampshaded when Liebgott hears the nickname and asks if he's from Texas.
- Malarkey striking up a casual conversation with a POW from his hometown. Someone else yells in an exasperated voice "Stop fraternising with the enemy!" What's funnier is that he doesnt and when it cuts back, it implies Malarkey has been there for several minutes.
- Guarnere spends most of the episode busting Hall's balls by nicknaming him 'Cowboy'. The one time Hall fires back with Guarnere's own Embarrassing Nickname (Gonorrhaea), Guarnere's reaction? Adorkable grin and saying "he's alright, that kid."
- Malarkey's Skewed Priorities in battle - going out to raid a German soldier for a Luger - in the middle of gunfire. The soldiers don't shoot him at first.
- Lorraine: They must think he's a medic or something.Guarnere: He's gonna need a goddamn medic!
- It turns out Malarkey is a Lethal Chef.
- Malarkey: Sir, if you have a reservation someplace else, I'd be happy to go.
- It turns into a Brick Joke as, after a conversation between Winters and Nixon, we cut to Guarnere throwing the flap of the wagon open to get some fresh air.
- Winters slyly letting Guarnere know "I'm not a Quaker." Guarnere guesses he must be a Menonite - and this time he's right.
- Perconte has developed the odd habit of looting watches from German soldiers. Sure enough when they come to a field full of dead soldiers, he kneels down to take a few more watches.
- During the battle to take Carentan, the battalion staff officers are hiding behind a wall, whisper-yelling to Winters asking if it's safe to come out. Winters tells them it is, exchanges incredulous looks with Nixon, and a moment later gets hit by a ricocheted bullet in the foot. The look on his face just screams "Really?!"
- Another gem from George Luz: "Remember boys, flies spread disease. So keep yours closed."
- Welsh and McGrath go to engage a German tank with a Bazooka. They load, take aim, and fire an anti-armor round, which bounces harmlessly off of the tank's armor.
- McGrath: I knew you were gonna get me killed!
- An unpleasant incident between Smith and Talbert has Talbert getting stabbed when Smith thinks he's a German. At the end, Smokey Gordon has made it into a poem called "Night of the Bayonet". Even Smith and Talbert find it funny.
- Winters wakes up a sleeping Nixon by throwing a pitcher of water on him...only for Nixon to splutter:
- Nixon: That was my own piss for Christ sakes!
- What makes this funnier is that Winters is usually serious and composed - and then clearly finds this hilarious.
- Webster gets shot and shouts "they got me!" and the next time we see him, he's grumbling about it.
- Webster: 'They got me'? Can you believe I said that?
- Luz is quoting the movie Seven Sinners, as he's seen it 14 times and thoroughly annoying Toye and Lipton. What makes it especially funny is that he's quoting it like someone these days would quote Mean Girls.
- Welsh and Nixon take full advantage of Winters being the Ex-O and have his PA get them all bacon sandwiches.
- Eugene's complete obliviousness to why Babe Heffron is so annoyed at the Last Name Basis.
- Babe: What is with the 'Heffron'? You know my name, why don't you use it?Eugene: It's Edward right?Babe: Edward!? Are you serious? Only the goddamn nuns call me Edward!
- Later on, Buck and Guarnere are discussing that Eugene never calls anyone by their nicknames and Babe says "he calls me Edward" in a tone that says "oh yeah, I get special treatment". Buck then expresses surprise, saying "you don't look like an Edward."
- Heffron and Spina are nearly shot when they fall into a German's spider hole. The only reason the German hesitated was because he thought it was a comrade, "Hinkel." Later at chow, the platoon keep humorously talking about "Hinkel" as if he's one of the boys in Easy.
- In a reversal of roles, it's now Malarkey who is complaining about the food.
- Domingus: Nothing you won't eat, Malarkey.Skip: I won't eat Malarkey.
- Perconte helps Eugene carry a wounded Sisk and then complains about him getting blood all over his trousers.
- The last scene between Babe and Eugene is both this and Heartwarming. Eugene is bandaging up a wound and Babe notes that Eugene just used his nickname. He playfully imitates Eugene's accent and gets a stern "Heffron" in response. Eugene's tone just goes "oh there really is no pleasing you, is there?"
- Although things turn sour when the German artillery hits them, it's a welcome bit of comic relief when Skip tells a story about how he once swam across the Niagra river and his sister told him he was an idiot. Luz and Penkala agree that she was right.
- This important distinction between 'injured' and 'wounded':
- "It's called 'wounded'. Injured is when you fall out of a tree or something.
- While Muck is telling Webb about the various wounds the platoon has suffered, Buck (who is talking to the other Lieutenants) overhears Muck talking about him getting hit in the ass in Eindhoven. Buck taps the place the bullet hit him for illustration, not even breaking from his own conversation.
- Luz's little Cigarette of Anxiety after a shell falls into his foxhole and doesn't go off. It's a welcome chuckle in the middle of a terrifying scene. Lipton even shares it with him.
- Christenson, Perconte and Webb are in the foxhole talking about the rumours about Speirs offering POWs cigarettes before he shot them. Eventually Speirs pops up, after a short conversation he offers them cigarettes. The looks on their faces are priceless.
- Then, the scene between Speirs and Lipton in the church later implies that he was doing it to deliberately Troll them. It seems Speirs does have a sense of humour after all.
- The boys are all scrambling for a Hershey's Bar. Poor Private Vest is absolutely mobbed.
Liebgott: He gets a Hershey bar?Luz: Well he got shot in the ass.
- When Luz gives one to Perconte after refusing to give any to the other men:
- Webster gets welcomed back to the front line with a little mortar attack. He actually falls over from the force of it, prompting Malarkey to quip "nervous in the service?"
- To be fair, a mortar hit is what injured Webster in Holland, and laid him up in the hospital for several months. It probably made him a little more nervous about such attacks.
- Lieutenant Jones asking Malarkey if he is going to introduce him to the men of second platoon. Malarkey wrly points out the men are right here in the same room.
- Martin's Death Glare towards Webster when the former realizes the latter was the one who (inadvertently) got him put onto the patrol.
- A Bilingual Bonus is Webster shouting something to the Germans while they're on the eponymous patrol. It translates as "be good and you'll get a cookie"
- Shockingly enough, this episode has most of the funniest moments in the series. Probably to make the later Mood Whiplash all the more jarring.
- The first scene has Perconte and Luz trying to steal eggs from a German farm, because Perconte desired to make an omlet. Specifically they're holding up the chicken, trying to get her to lay the egg. The fun starts when one of the farm girls walks in.
- Luz: Guttentag, fraulein.Girl: ....guttentag.She flees the barn in terror.
- Luz runs after her and tries to make her feel better by offering cigarettes and chocolate. We cut to Perconte outside carrying the eggs in his helmet and Luz comes out to tell him that the girl slapped him.
- Janovec's first scene is a little R&R with a German girl. The door flies open and in walks CAPTAIN SPEIRS. Janovec jumps up and salutes in the nude. Speirs doesn't bat an eyelid and simply collects some of his stuff. As soon as he's gone, Janovec goes back to his R&R. What makes this funnier is that the miniseries is Tom Hardy's first on-screen credit. So this is his first scene ever.
- Nixon getting divorced from his wife is played for comedy somewhat. He seems most annoyed that she's taking the dog. "It's not even her dog!"
- And when they're about to move out, he's still grumbling about it. "She hates that dog"
- And eventually he joins in with the rest of the men singing "Glory glory, what a hell of a way to die"
- Liebgott is making friendly conversation with Webster. When he hears Webster studied literature in Harvard, he excitedly says that he loves to read too. He names Dick Tracy and Flash Gordon as his favourites note Fortunately Webster realises that Liebgott is trying to be friendly and says "no kidding."
- Luz cracks wise as he and Talbert play cards, as the replacement that shot Grant is being worked over by the Easy Sergeants.
"I don't know who's taking a bigger beating... me or him!"
- Winters sends Lipton to formally accept a German General's formal surrender of his army... because the General felt it was beneath him to surrender to an enlisted man like Heffron.
Behind The Scenes
- Neal McDonough brought a bottle of whiskey to the boot camp with him. Afterwards they all got a talk from Dale Dye about how if they were found with any contraband, they'd be fired and sent home. Neal's solution? Pour the whiskey into his canteen, where he knew they wouldn't search. Of course this is the same canteen that's supposed to be filled with water, for him to drink when he's dehydrated. So for four days he had to do five mile runs etc without being able to take a water break, since there was whiskey in the canteen instead of water. He jokes that the rest of the men just thought he was a Badass who didn't need to hydrate. He finally got rid of the whiskey by sharing it with the privates after a successful exercise - much to the dismay of the actors playing the officers, who didn't get any.
- Another Neal McDonough story is how during an exercise in boot camp, his weapon went off and he suffered damage to his face. He went to Shane Taylor, expecting him to stitch it up since he was playing Doc Roe. As expected, the wound got infected and he had to be taken to a hospital in London at ten in the evening - while still wearing his costume. Not wanting to attract negative attention from the media, he gave his name as 'Buck Compton' to the doctor. He also refused any painkillers while they were stitching up the wound. He was brought back to boot camp at 3 am, just in time for morning exercises.
Neal: I'm Buck Compton baby.
- David Schwimmer suffered a knee injury during training and had to be taken into hospital (later having to film the Currahee run scene with said injury). The others describe him as returning with a bag full of sweets and naughty magazines for everyone (managing to sneak it past Dale Dye). They also apparently used the M&Ms as poker chips. In a weird way this doubles as a Heartwarming Moment, since Schwimmer was kept isolated from them for the sake of Enforced Method Acting - so it was one of the few times he got to bond with the others. It's also Hoist by His Own Petard for Capt Dye - who decided to give Schwimmer preferential treatment and send him out to a hospital to drum up feelings of resentment among the men.
- James Madio appears to have gained a reputation as a Memetic Badass:
- Neal McDonough recalls just being in his trailer changing, when Madio out of nowhere jumps on him and bites his chest "like a rotweiller". Neal chases him, with his chest bleeding. He catches him right beside a nest of thistles (but Madio says it was nettles) - and actually picks him up and drags him through them. James Madio's only defence of this? Neal wasn't shirtless.
- On the first day of training, he got pranked by Donnie Wahlberg to go up to Dale Dye and ask for help with his gun. Dye recalls overhearing this and just waiting for it to happen. Madio specifically says "Hey General, I got a problem with my gun here". note . Dye says that his Ex-O thankfully gave him a reason to leave before disciplining Madio. And that as soon as he was out of earshot, he broke down in a fit of hysterical laughter.
- A common prank was to go into people's trailers, put toilet paper in the toilet as a base and then proceed to...well you know on top of it. And then turn up the heating inside the trailer, to allow the smell to spread.
- A story that got passed around during many interviews involved a drunken bar brawl in Soho. Madio's version says that a drink accidentally got spilled on a girl, and that he went downstairs to apologise to her infuriated friends. Neal McDonough however mistakenly assumed a fight was breaking out and called out "Madio's getting attacked" - and rallied everyone else to go downstairs. Police had to be called of course but Madio ran for it and disappeared. He was apparently already in bed by the time they called him to see how he was.
- Damian Lewis apparently took full advantage of the extensive audition process - since he got flown out to California to read for the part. He decided he would go out on a magnificent drinking spree - only to be called at 8 am and being told that Spielberg wanted to meet with him at 10. He describes himself as having three showers and about sixteen cups of coffee to attempt to cure the hangover.
- Matt Hickey (O'Keefe) says that the actors frequently just slept wherever they could find on set. While filming the concentration camp scene, he claims that himself, Ron Livingston and James Madio went to sleep at the top of a lookout tower. When they woke they found out that an AD had been running around frantically looking for them for the last two hours.
- The actors took turns doing impressions of Dale Dye. General opinion seems to be that Michael Cudlitz did the best. According to Dye, he had the remarkable talent of looking convincingly innocent whenever he was caught out.
- Richard Speight Jr (Skip Muck) recalls Dale Dye giving them all a talking to, saying that the production office had been giving him a lot of grief. As this was a military situation, he kept referring to it as "the rear". Dick Speight turns to Scott Grimes and completely obliviously said "man, Capt Dye is really getting it from the rear". The two actually did manage to avoid Corpsing.
- A few of the actors were taking protein shakes during the boot camp. This proved a rather unpleasant experience for those behind them on the five mile runs.
- Damian Lewis says that when he was leading his men on an exercise, he gave a lecture about proper gun safety and the importance of making sure the weapon doesn't accidentally go off. Of course he heard the sound of a weapon going off and looked around for the culprit, only to discover that it was ''his'' weapon. He covered up by saying "As I've just demonstrated for you..." What makes this even better is that this was meant to be a secret attack.
- Also Capt Dye and his officers came over to reprimand them for it. Damian jokes that he was hoping one of the others would take the blame for him. They didn't.
Damian: Every night for ten years I've woken up wondering why did no one come to [take the fall].
- Also Capt Dye and his officers came over to reprimand them for it. Damian jokes that he was hoping one of the others would take the blame for him. They didn't.
- Damian also recalls a funny moment where they had to quickly transport him from one shoot to another to get a shot in. He got into a van covered in mud and had three assistants (all women by the way) rip his clothes off and give him a head-to-toe sponge bath. All the while the driver was flooring it.
- Damian: It wasn't an unpleasant experience...
- Matthew Settle and Ross McCall ended up as roommates for a while. Ross later discovered that Matt owned a VHS with a certain Queen video on itnote but that - once he found out Ross was on it - the tape got frequently brought out to charm the ladies.
- Scott Grimes says that one night for boot camp he and his squad mates were out on an exercise in the woods. He went on a patrol and found an empty cabin full of food, water and hot showers. He took full advantage of this and later found out it had been put there for the officers to relax in. He describes an annoyed Dick Speight Jr asking why he didn't come back to get the rest of them.
- What's more is that he later confessed this to Dale Dye and, instead of the expected reprimand, he was congratulated. Since a soldier would be expected to take advantage of any comforts or luxuries they come across in the field.
- When the real Bill Guarnere and Babe Heffron came to visit the set, Babe asked Robin Lang to do his Philadelphia accent. Lang did and Babe replied, "No your Philly accent." Lang didn't know what to say until Babe laughed and revealed he was just trolling him.
Guarnere: (to Frank John Hughes) How the hell you gonna play me going home this early?!
- Apparently the two of them ran up a $25,000 alcohol bill during their stay, during which they berated the actors for not being able to keep up with their drinking.
- Blacksky Radio organised interviews with most of the cast to commemorate the ten year anniversary of the show. Highlights:
- James Madio calls in during Rick Gomez's interview pretending to be a woman called 'Atari' from Rick's hometown of Bayone, New Jersey. Later on Michael Cudlitz also calls in to ask if he's slept with Jenna (one of the interviewers) yet - to which he gets a fantastically indignant "MICHAEL!"
- During Cudlitz's own interview, he gets offended when Jenna calls him "Mr Cudlitz" and she later reveals that she did it just to annoy him.
- A fan also asks Cudlitz if he could fight Neal McDonough shirtless. Cudlitz responds by asking if he'd rather they just hugged it out.
- Dale Dye says that before the interview began, he felt that Nightmare wasn't being civil enough to Jenna:
"Reach out with your right hand, grasp him by the operating rod handle, snatch it smartly to the rear, get him by the stacking swivel and tell him to be polite"
- Ross Owen (organiser of the whole thing) attempts a DeNiro impression for Dye. Note that Ross is very Scottish.
- Ben Caplan (Smokey Gordon) calls in during Eion Bailey's interview, and Eion doesn't know who it is at first (having mostly just heard Caplan as a Fake American). Eion also casually mentions a fiancee, causing everyone to do a Double Take and demand to know "did you drop down?" It's also Heartwarming in Hindsight, as Eion is now Happily Married with the lady in question, with two kids.
- The entirety of Matt Hickey (O'Keefe) for how Adorkable it is. Notably he makes fun of the fact of the...unusual way he was rubbing his weapon in his introduction scene (the Oklahoma one).
- During Scott Grimes's second interview he and Nightmare playfully tease Jenna for her shameless flirting with the actors. She insists she's doing it by proxy for the rest of the female fans.
- During Capt Dye's interview, Cudlitz calls in to do his impression. Dye knows who it is instantly.
- Likewise during James Madio's, someone calls in doing a voice and he easily guesses that it's Ross McCall. Somehow.
- At the airport, Matthew Settle and Eion Bailey get stuck in customs for not having work permits. While they're waiting, Eion is trolling Matt with the camera. The latter is terrified that they'll be sent back.
- After Sgt Farnsworth has explained what the proper procedure is at the start of boot camp, Rick Gomez stares down the camera lens to sum it up quite nicely.
Rick: We are so fucked.
- The night time mission the officers had to find Capt Dale Dye's coffee pot from Vietnam. They spend all night looking for it, Ron explaining they spent at least a half hour arguing about how they were going to find it and after they do, Donnie Wahlberg looks down the camera with a face that says he's lost the will to live.
Donnie: Blind luck is what that is.
- What makes the story funnier is Dale Dye's retelling of the men coming in covered in mud and with their uniforms all torn. Ron comes up with this "shit-eating grin" on his face and saying "here's your coffee pot, ''sir''".
- When the men are doing a caterpillar push-upnote , Donnie Wahlberg can be seen lifting his head up and coughing from the guy in front of him just farting.
- As Ron narrates that everyone is starting to get tired, Frank John Hughes points out James Madio with his arms wrapped around Eion Bailey and resting on his back. All the while Eion has a magnificent Death Glare on his face.
- While polishing boots, Neal McDonough tells a story about how Michael Cudlitz and David Schwimmer were trying to start a jeep. It wouldn't start, so all the officers had to just push it. Along comes Sgt Farnsworth, who gets into the front seat and starts it instantly.
Neal: (at the end of implied to be over three hours) They [the boots] still look like shit.
- Witnessing Michael Cudlitz's Capt Dye impression is fun. What makes it more fun is that he does it while a group picture is being taken. Even the captain himself finds it funny.
- Capt Dye ends everything by giving the men a Rousing Speech that is definitely a Heartwarming Moment, then says "I hope you didn't record that".
- Ron: We did, sir.Capt Dye: Aw shit. I gotta learn to watch you, Mr Nixon.