Heartwarming / Band of Brothers

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Episode 1 - "Currahee"
  • After Sobel orders Gordon to run up Currahee as a punishment, Talbert, Shifty, and Christensen decide to run up with him.

Episode 2 - "Day of Days"
  • During the beginning of the Brecourt Manor Assault, Popeye gets shot in the ass. His first reaction? Apologizing to everyone for getting hit and not being able to fight anymore. As the real Major Winters wrote in his memoir years later:
    My God, it's beautiful when you think of a guy who was so dedicated to his company that he apologized for getting hit. Now here was a soldier - hit by enemy fire in Normandy on D-Day, behind the German lines, and he is more upset that he had let his buddies down than he was concerned with his own injury. Popeye's actions spoke for all of us.
  • After Winters busts Guarnere's chops with "I'm not a Quaker," Guarnere joins in the laughter and comments with knowledge of Winters that is only really hinted at: "He's from Lancaster County, must be a Mennonite!"

Episode 3 - "Carentan"
  • Harry Welsh lugging his reserve chute around because he wants to send it home for Kitty, to be made into a wedding dress. Yes, he did send it home and he got home to marry her as well.
  • When Guarnere and newly arrived replacement Babe Heffron discover they grew up in the same area of Philadelphia and begin to bond.

Episode 4- "Replacements"
  • When he meets a Dutch man and his son, Webster gives the son a bar of chocolate. His father says that he'd never tasted it before. It's a very sweet scene (pun intended).
  • After Bull gets separated, a squad consisting of Hoobler, Webster, Cobb, and newbies Hashey and Garcia goes off in the middle of the night behind enemy lines to find him.
  • A borderline Tear Jerker has the soldiers coming by a woman and her baby on the side of the road. She has her head shaved, which means she was one of the women punished for sleeping with the Germans. Without a word, the soldiers stop and give her provisions.

Episode 5 - "Crossroads"
  • The flashback scene where Sgt. Alley gets hurt, and Lipton goes into Team Mom mode and immediately starts soothing him and calming him down.
  • After Moose takes over command of Easy, Winters can't stop himself from staying up worrying about the men on their first mission since D-Day without him fighting alongside them.
    • The series doesn't state it outright, but the reason that Winters and Moose were at the checkpoint when Moose got shot was because Winters was wanting to check on his old unit and talked Moose into going out to 'inspect' the sentries. The man had a deep, lifelong attachment to his men.

Episode 6 - "Bastogne"
  • A few of Babe and Doc Roe's interactions in count, but what comes to mind especially is when Babe is consumed with guilt over leaving his friend to die and Roe tries to comfort him with chocolate.
    • At the end, Roe jumps into Babe's foxhole, almost immediately begins fussing over Babe's hand injury, and looks in his bag for a bandage. All he has is the cloth his friend the French nurse wore, and it is all he was able recover from her after the church they were using as a makeshift medical center collapsed in on top of everyone inside during a bombing raid. After almost putting it away again, he abruptly tears it up and begins mending Babe's wound. Babe then notes that Roe has called him 'Babe' for the first time, and teases Roe about his accent.

Episode 7 - "The Breaking Point"
  • Malarkey gets depressed after Muck gets killed. Lipton talks to him and tells him that Major Winters is offering Malarkey the chance to be his runner for a few days and get away from the fighting. Malarkey chooses to stay and fight because he knows he's one of the only NCOs left.
  • Speirs informing Lipton that all of Easy Company has considered him their real leader for some time now, as he was just naturally doing everything a good leader should, without thinking about it.
    • Plus the fact that Lipton was at a complete loss to understand what Speirs was talking about until it was explained to him, point by point. Lipton wasn't concerned about accolades, fame, or reward; all he cared about was his men, and keeping them not only alive, but taken care of.

Episode 8 - "The Last Patrol"
  • The ending when Webster, who had been treated as a pariah throughout the episode because he wasn't present at Bastogne, is about to climb onto the truck and Liebgott offers his hand and lifts him up, showing that he is accepted again.

Episode 9 - "Why We Fight
  • When O'Keefe is sitting on the ground lost in the horror of the concentration camp, Perconte (who earlier had been giving him a hard time), comes and checks on him, asking if he's ok.
    • It's also the first time Perconte uses O'Keefe's actual name, a subtle but important gesture as it means he is now accepted, at least by Perconte, as a real soldier instead of merely a replacement.
  • While it straddles the line between this and Tear Jerker, when the soldiers find the Concentration Camp, one prisoner comes up to Janovec and starts hugging him with relief. The man bursts into tears while this is happening. Rather than looking freaked out or trying to push him off, Janovec just comforts the man he doesn't even know.

Episode 10 - "Points"
  • Teetotaler Richard Winters posts a couple of guards in front of a Nazi bunker - specifically Hermann Goering's house - to protect its contents from looters. . . then tells his friend, the hard-drinking Lewis Nixon (who has been complaining recently about not being able to find his favorite whiskey), to grab anything he wants from the massive wine cellar, then tells him that it's VE-Day, and the fighting in Europe is over. The look on Nixon's face is halfway between poleaxed and bursting into tears of joy.
  • The surrender of the German Colonel. After a brief moment of wistful wondering as to what happens to men like him and Winters, now that there are no more battles to fight, he hands over his pistol to Winters as a symbol of surrender (and because he doesn't want to have to surrender it to a clerk, like the rest of his men will their weapons, per Winters' orders). After a moment, Winters tells him he may keep it. For but a small moment, the discipline of a Wehrmacht Officer breaks and you see how truly touched the Colonel is by the gesture of respect between two former adversaries.
    • Even more heartwarming is what actually happened in real life. Winters kept the pistol, only to find out it had never once been fired, and he kept it that way for the duration of his life. He felt it appropriate that for him the war should end with the surrender of a firearm that had never been used for the purpose of killing.
  • Janovec and the German guard at the checkpoint. After months of fighting the Nazi army, it was nice to see two soldiers who until recently had been trying to kill each other exchanging jokes and stories. At least until Janovec dies in a car crash.
  • Shifty Powers, a Toccoa man with fewer points than many of the replacements, laments that he has no chance of going home before the big jump into Japan. His buddies proceed to rig a drawing to ensure that he is chosen 'at random' to go home free and clear. Yes, he was seriously injured, robbed, and got home after most of his buddies due to a vehicle accident, but its the thought that counts.
    • Before Shifty leaves, he stops by to say goodbye to Major Winters. He tells him how hes unsure about how hell be able to go back to Virginia and explain everything to his friends and family. Winters response?
    Winters: You're a hell of a fine soldier, Shifty. What more is there to say?
    • Shifty then salutes Winters, who instead holds out his hand to shake as his friend, not his commanding officer.
  • A morbid example, but the way the men all jump into action to find the man who shot Chuck Grant.
  • At the end of the series; The German generals' speech showing not all Germans were evil.
    "Men, it's been a long war, it's been a tough war. You've fought bravely, proudly for your country. You're a special group. You've found in one another a bond, that exists only in combat, among brothers. You've shared foxholes, held each other in dire moments. You've seen death and suffered together. I'm proud to have served with each and every one of you. You all deserve long and happy lives in peace."
    • Even more heartwarming because it's a Not So Different moment. Here we have a story about the closeness of brothers-in-arms, and that entire theme is summed up perfectly in this speech. By a German soldier.
  • The baseball game at the end, where the futures of each surviving Company member are summarized.
    • The reveal that George Luz had over 1600 people attend his funeral

  • Frank John Hughes got to meet Bill Guarnere during production and said in an interview that Bill's opinion of the series and his performance was the only one he cared about.
  • When Babe Heffron came to visit the set, he gave Robin Laing the scapular medal he wore throughout the war.
  • The fact that for the Ross Owen 10th Anniversary Interviews, they were able to get Michael Fassbender and he enthusiastically talked about his fond memories of working on the series, even though he only played a bit character.
  • During the Emmy Awards when the series won "Best Miniseries" and the cast and crew came on stage:
    Steven Spielberg: The men of Easy company won this in 1944.
    • Then when Spielberg brought Major Winters to the mic.
    Winters: I want to represent myself as a representative of all them men of Company E that are present and accounted for and of all the men that have passed on before us. And we want to thank Stephen Ambrose for listening to our stories and our memories and telling the story of Band of Brothers. I don't want to forget Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg and the entire crew that did a wonderful job of telling our memories. And I also want to thank everyone of you for your support. I salute you. (salutes the audience)