Heartwarming: Red vs. Blue
aka: Red Vs Blue The Recollection
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- Church wanting to get O'Malley out of Tex. Even if she is a 'rotten bitch' as he calls her, he still cares enough to help her.
- Simmons asking 'Do you want to talk about it?' to Grif. Especially considering their antagonistic behavior towards each other.
- Lopez's loyalty to the Red Team was actually kind of sweet. It didn't last, but still it was nice.
- They actually buried Church and Tex. Grave markers and everything.
- Church wanting to go after O'Malley to specifically get help for Tucker despite claiming to hate him.
- Donut telling Caboose that even though their on opposing teams, they'll always be friends.
- Sarge helping Grif by donating all of Simmons's organs to him, the guy he hates.
- Donut not leaving Grif's side and stroking his hand the whole time he was out.
- Caboose's perpetual attempts to woo/protect Sheila are kind of sweet in an insane, hilarious way.
- Captain Flowers may have just been intended as another joke, but in a world full to the brim with nothing but endless jerkasses, idiots, or both, seeing such a genuinely nice guy was really refreshing.
- Church 'going into the future' to help the BGC.
- Church: For better or for worse.
- The guys continuing to work together, after the explosion and talking like friends.
- Shelia letting Simmons into blue base and helping him attack the Reds.
- Church saving Simmons from Sarge. Especially since he knew it was Simmons all along.
- Grif talking Simmons down from his anger and getting him to rejoin the team. Sarge ruins it, but it was still really kind.
- Chrunchbite saving Caboose, Tucker, and Andy.
Out of Mind
- A small but noticeable one occurs in Out of Mind:
Delta: York is now unconscious. Alarm—Target Alpha has reloaded!
Tex: How bad is it, D?
Delta: York will not survive.
Tex: Okay, D—hop into me; I'll hold you until we get out of this.
Delta: Thank you, Allison, but I would prefer to stay... with York. He will need me to maintain his pain medication.
Tex: An A.I. can't fall into enemy hands, D; if you're in there when he dies, you know what the armor's protocol will do to you.
Delta: ...I would prefer to stay with York.
Tex: ...That's very kind of you, D.
Delta: It's just part of what makes us human, Tex.
- This little exchange is even more poignant with the reveal that Tex is an AI too.
- York going to help Tex. Especially after what happened the last time he helped her...
- In the finale of BGC, whenever Caboose is killed, Church lets out a surprisingly sincere Big "NO!". Fortunately, it's undone by Wyoming's time loop, but Church never knows that and does think he lost a friend.
- Tucker using his insight to prevent Caboose's death.
- While hilarious, Tucker giving a father-son speech to Junior.
- A bit of a roundabout one, but when Sister has been talking with Tex, she says that Tex said that everyone is stupid and a jerk, but that they're her jerks.
- The lengths Church is willing to go to to make sure Tex is okay.
- Sister saying that she missed Grif and joined the army to be with him, while stupid and dangerous, was still sweet.
- Additionally, Grif's gruff affection for his sister. He immediately tells her to go home because it's too dangerous, threatening to actually put effort into doing something for once. When they find out she's a Blue, he sends her over to their side because he figures if she's the Red's enemy, he can't keep an eye on her but at least he can keep the other Reds from shooting at her. He also shows great concern when he thinks she's dead. Even before her joined the army, Sister mentions that he had taken care of her after their mom left.
- At the end of Reconstruction. After spending six years fighting each other, it certainly is something to see the Red team actually expressing concern for Caboose and urging him to get to safety:
Sarge: Go, go, go!Grif: Get Epsilon out of here, don't worry about us!Caboose: Okay! I'm scared!Simmons: Watch where you're going!Grif: Caboose, no!Caboose: (as he drives over a cliff) Eeeeeeyaaarrrgghhh!
- Church actually shows concern for Caboose when he gets shot.
- Sarge insisting on retrieving Simmons and Grif to complete his 'mission'.
- Church actually staying behind to help Wash. He knows he'll die, but he does it anyway because it's the right thing to do.
- "They say you're never completely dead if someone still remembers you."
- Wash asking Caboose if he was okay. Sure he ends up betraying him but in that moment he was worried something bad had happened to him and the Reds.
- The Reds going after CT to retrieve Church. Especially since he's the 'enemy.'
- Caboose being happy to see Tucker, especially considering he supposedly hates Tucker.
- Caboose offering to share his base with Wash when he hears command didn't give him one.
- In Season 8, Episode 14, Tex needs to know who she is:
Church: I know who you are, you're my girlfriend.
- Mind you, Tex is largely underwhelmed, but the fans loved it.
- Sarge's speech in Episode 18 of Revelation was equal parts this and CMOA.
- The finale of Revelation was full of these moments.
- A small moment, but when Grif is dragged over the cliff by the Meta and apparently killed, Simmons sounds genuinely heartbroken. Sarge promptly ruins the moment, but even so... It's an even sweeter moment when you realize Tucker ran over too. He even suggested Grif might be alive.
- Church telling Caboose to be in charge of remembering him after he's gone.
- What the Blood Gulch Crew did for Washington was incredibly kind, considering that character's previous actions. When you remember that Church was Tucker's best friend and Wash's goal that entire season was to take his friend away again, it only makes it all the more heartwarming. Tucker has no reason to help Wash... but he does anyway. It's also a Continuity Nod, remember that everyone else Wash ever knew betrayed him. Now he betrayed someone who subsequently forgave him, and further offered him refuge and friendship with open arms instead of casting him aside.
Washington: Why are you guys helping me?
Caboose: You helped us, Wash. It only makes sense.
Tucker: Yeah, plus we need to even the teams. And I couldn't put up with Caboose constantly asking "can we keep him? Can we keep him?"
Washington: For whatever it's worth... thanks.
- This exchange between Sarge, Grif, and Simmons, when things finally go back to normal again.
Sarge: Come on, fellas, let's go home.
Grif: Jeep's busted, Sarge. Are we gonna walking?
Sarge: That depends. You fellas gotten over your fear of flying yet?
Simmons: (enthusiastically) Yes, sir!
- Church's actions in Revelation's ending. Choosing to possibly trap himself forever to save Tex, and telling Caboose to be in charge of remembering him. Then it's shown he's waiting for Tex in a recreation of Blood Gulch. His final speech to go along with it is a perfect way to end the Recollection Trilogy, all while keeping in touch with the theme "Memory is the Key":note
Epsilon-Church: I'd like to say that I found her right away, that I just walked into the Epsilon Unit, and there she was, waiting for me. As you can probably guess, it didn't happen that way, but, I know she's in here somewhere, and I'll find her. We always seem to find each other, for better or for worse. I don't know why the Director did what he did. I don't know if he was trying to revive a memory from his past, or if he was just trying to get it out of his head. But I figured out something that the Director didn't. It took Alpha, Delta, and the rest to help piece it together for me, but what I've learned is that a great love is a lot like a good memory. When it's there, and you know it's there, but it's just out of your reach, it can be all that you think about. You can focus on it, and try to force it, but the more you do, the more you seem to push it away. But if you're patient, and you hold still, then maybe... Just maybe... It will come to you. I just need to make sure I'm somewhere she can find me. I think this place is a little different than it was before. See, out there, everything is based on the Alpha, but in here, I guess I'm the Alpha. And maybe this time through, things will be a little different for me as well. I guess I'll find out. And I mean hell... if you have to live the rest of your life in a memory... you might as well make it a good one.
- Episode 10 of Season 9 shows the incident which took York's eye, what makes it heartwarming is Tex immediately attempts to help him when he's disoriented only to have her armor short out, so instead she shoots him with quick hardening paint to help protect him.
- Some find the scene where York and Carolina are falling to their deaths side by side while soft music plays in the background to be romantic and heartwarming.
- Whoa, did Maine actually take a sniper's bullet for Carolina during the chase scene in 17? Awwwww
- She even expressed genuine concern for him! Aww, Carolina really does care about the other Freelancers!
- And at the end, the way York takes Carolina's hand to help her up after her "defeat" against Tex.
- Did anyone else think Tex and Church's conversation in episode seventeen was kinda "d'awww" worthy? Sure, they traded snark, as usual, but near the end of it the two were getting along really well.
- The end of Episode 19, with Tex and Church basically waiting for the end of the world together, and Church finally killing Tex forever by choosing to forget her, letting her have peace.
- Becomes one hell of a Tear Jerker when he forgets her from existence, seemingly comes to peace with himself and prepares to Face Death with Dignity. And then it turns out the world wasn't decaying, it was the real Blood Gulch Crew hacking the unit to free him! To put this in perspective, he technically killed Tex for nothing.
- The clip in the Season 9 folder showing a live action reenactment between two RvB community members in costume as Tucker and Sister, after which Tucker's actor removes his helmet, gets down on one knee and proposes to Sister's actress. (She accepts, obviously.)
- While the feeling isn't reciprocated on Church's part, that the real Blood Gulch Crew stormed a military base to free him speaks volumes. The teams have become True Companions, through thick and thin, and they'll never leave one of their own behind.
- Grif's reaction to 'Simmons' (actually Lopez in disguise) dying. He was genuinely sad. Sure he knew nothing about him, but at least he was mourning.
- North pushing South out of a spray of bullets. It's sweet the Big Brother Instinct he displays towards her. Especially nice because she was concerned for him and helped him walk to safety.
- After spending time on Blue Team, Wash has begun to make his way back to the attitude he had in Season 9. Considering all the horrible things that had happened to him between then and the present, it's truly amazing how Caboose was able to help heal his psyche.
- Just hearing Caboose's one line about "singing happy birthday to him" is ridiculously heartwarming.
- It's subtle, but Wash remarking how Carolina hasn't really changed since the old days is touching.
- In a weird way, one of the Elite Insurgents has one when he pleads with C.T. to leave the base with him in Episode 3 of Season 10, even calling her "Connie", something she berated Wash for doing to her earlier with no adverse reaction at all. Even Morally Gray Have Loved Ones?
- It's kind of cute how the Blood Gulch guys have the uncanny ability to win over even people who initially can't stand them. First Tex goes from being an aloof badass to defending them as being "her jerks and idiots" to Sister. Then Wash goes from being actively hostile and dismissive of them to defending them to Carolina as "Yeah, they're idiots, but, they're not that bad once you get to know 'em."
- It's also cute how Wash seems to be in Season 10 slowly returning to his Nice Guy personality he had before his incident with his AI, thanks to the influence of the Blood Gulch guys.
- North is really sweet with Theta, who's basically a child (and a shy one at that).
- Theta has a holographic skateboard! With the Roosterteeth logo on it, evenI
- Theta seems like a magnet for these, before North and York have a serious non A.I. discussion, Theta is busy showing off his new firework light show that he worked really hard on. So cute.
- It's a little odd, but the "wingman" conversation between Tucker and Epsilon in Episode 8 really shows that while they might insult each other, they are great friends, and joke around like it to a degree.
- Of all people, Carolina has one is Episode 10. Even after everything that has happened, she still considers C.T as an ally and is enraged at Tex for mortally wounding her.
- Odd as it sounds, this same episode also underscores Tex's relationships with the Blood Gulch Crew. Even after all the crap and general idiocy they put Tex through, in Revelations she's still willing to let them off with just a beating, compared to how Tex treats her fellow Freelancers.
- North stays up to walk the hallways to sooth Theta when he gets scared at night. He mentions his dad having to do something similar for South.
- Along with a bit of Ship Teasing, the scene in Episode 11 where York watched over Carolina as she trained.
North: Y'know you don't have to watch over her [Carolina].York: I could say the same to you about South.
- The entirety of Season 10 Episode 12 is either this or Tear Jerker, including:
Carolina: Not just for what he did to me. But for what he did to York, to Wash, to Maine, the Twins... to all of them. And for what he did to you, Church.
- Epsilon showing Carolina the log entries of York saying how much he cared for her. Also how Epsilon relates to her by saying he knows what it's like chasing ghosts.
- Caboose saying how he trusts Wash even as he's spying on him because they're friends. Wash's response suggests that he's having hearing the word for the first time in years.
- Later, Carolina reveals the motive for her Roaring Rampage of Revenge against the Director.
- Subtle, but no less powerful: Carolina calls Epsilon "Church" for the first time since his rescue.
- The music that kicks in here and lasts to the end of the episode just perfectly enhances the following feel-good moments:
- Carolina laughing for the first time in the series and giving Epsilon a bit of friendly teasing. You can hear the smile in her voice.
- Their return to the desert. Epsilon isn't by the Mongoose, he's next to Carolina. That shows that he's at least installed in her armor, showing that the two trust each other that much.
- Pay close attention during that sequence while Church is talking. Their heads move in sync.
- In Episode 13 when the group returns to Valhalla the Reds ask about the trap that Wash tricked them into believing was there. Carolina sounds...amused when she asks Wash to explain.
- In the same episode we have Carolina deciding to get both of the possible AI's and Tex commenting (sounding almost friendly) with:
- Episode 14 has York and the other Freelancers concernedly hovering over Carolina while she recovers, even Wyoming!
- A meta example relating to the same episode—Shannon McCormick had mentioned a surprise to fans on Tumblr, and come the episode there were pictures of cats inside Wash's locker, a reference to a popular fanon: "Cat Lady Wash."
- Tex's concern for Carolina as she suffered a nervous breakdown from the feedback of... whatever the AI did when the Director shouted Tex's real name.
- Despite all the years of abuse they've taken, Donut and Doc were just overjoyed to see Sarge and Simmons again. Too bad it was completely one-sided.
- In the same episode, Church commenting ont he creative ways the Reds find to screw him over. He doesn't sound upset, he sounds more like he views it as a fact of life at this point, and almost impressed and affectionate.
- Carolina was out cold for days after the Allison incident. York stayed by her side the entire time.
Tex: But it's been days.North: And he is dedicated.
- Tex and North conversing while waiting for Carolina to wake up, complete with Tex requesting to be called when Carolina woke up "or if she doesn't". Suffice to say, this entire conversation was as heartwarming as the situation would allow.
- Donut and Doc decline to come along with the Reds, but they do send them some banana bread.
Grif: That's so nice! I'll have to forget to send them a thank-you card.
- The growing friendship between Church and Carolina over the course of Season 10.
- For the first time since Season 8, Sarge shows genuine concern for his squad in Episode 17 of Season 10, deciding that maybe they shouldn't keep going to try to kill the Director, since there is literally no benefit for them whatsoever, and they could all easily be killed.
- After Carolina pulls a gun on Tucker, Wash does the same to her and tells her that he's "protecting [his] friends." As in that is his word for it, showing the Blood Gulch Crew and Washington have become True Companions.
Caboose: Our team has more kills.Sarge: Team kills don't count, Bluetard!Caboose: You don't make the rules!Wash: Technically, Project Freelancer makes the rules. And I say, Blue Team gets to add my kill count to theirs.Grif: Lame.
- Earlier, we hear him bantering with the guys, like they're old friends. Just another sign of him finding True Companions after all he's been through.
- The most amazing part of this is that Wash has given up revenge. He's suffered as much, if not more than any Freelancer, spent years digging through his allies' corpses, harboring those feelings about taking down the Project, and he realizes killing the Director won't change anything.
Sarge: (referring to the Director) He's a real dirtbag, all right. But even if he's six feet under, we'll still be in the same damn spot.
- He didn't realize it just on his own, either. Even if he thought the Blood Gulch gang was incompetent, he knew wise words when he heard them.
- Despite being so far gone he doesn't even recognize her, Church still manages to make Tex give up a soft laugh as they converse in the AI storage on The Mother of Invention.
Alpha: See you later, crazy state-name lady...
- "This has to be the worst idea ever... but you can count me in."
- Something that really stands out in that scene is that Tucker is the first one to go to Church's aid. Tucker, the laidback womaniser who's relationship with church has been rocky at best. And yet the second that Caboose mentions that Church is the only one among them that still hasn't found peace, he instantly goes to help his friend, even knowing it'll be suicide. He doesn't even say anything, he just stops, turns on his sword, and starts walking away. Why? Because his friend needs help, and by God he's going to help him. It really goes to show that beneath all the bickering, the two truly are friends.
- There's something else, too: Tucker was the first to walk away after Church's "The Reason You Suck" Speech. And now, when it's clear that Church needs him and the others, he was the first one who was ready to come back.
- Notice that one of the weapons Carolina takes to confront the Director is a shotgun, York's weapon of choice. It's her own way of honoring him.
- Episode 20 in general is mostly just one big ball of heartwarming. Mostly.
- Honestly, I thought it's more the fact that she commandeered one of Sarge's shotguns.
- Episode 21 has Church apologizing to the guys, admitting that he's an asshole, and convincing the Tex copies to rest, a Call Back to Tex's convincing Alpha to do the same in episode 19.
- The moment Washington helps Carolina up counts as this—from the surprise in the latter's voice, it's clear that she wasn't expecting this after the terms they parted on.
- If you also take the time to notice, you'll also see something else. Each of them are covering each other. Even Carolina, when she kicks three Texes away from doing a jump-punch into Grif.
- Here's another little heartwarmer. Of all the guys Church could've jumped into to take part in the fight, he chooses Caboose, triggering his Berserk Button and reminding us that the resident dumbass of Blue Team is a Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass. Caboose, the guy who's team-killed him twice, and generally annoyed him. Goes to show that deep down, Church DOES have a certain fondness for the lovable dope.
- Plus, Caboose needs to get angry, and Church is definitely the expert on getting angry. He got to channel his anger into something useful.
- Washington goes out of his way to rescue Donut, and gives a "OK, we're done here," implying he felt compelled to try to make up for shooting him.
- "You were my greatest creation." Taking into account what Carolina reveals at the end of the episode, it seems like in the last moments of his life, the Director finally realized that he should have focused on his daughter instead of chasing after ghosts.
- During Church's rant against the Director, he takes the forms of his deceased AI siblings one after another, implying that he's doing this in their collective memory...even Gamma, Omega, and Sigma, who had broken his Alpha incarnation so thoroughly. Essentially, he's saying that even THEY'RE worth remembering.
Delta (Logic): He was brilliant...Theta (Innocence): and we trusted him...Gamma (Deceit): but he lied to us. He twisted...Omega (Anger): and tortured us! And used us...Sigma (Creativity): manipulated us for his own purposes! And for what? For this? This... shadow?Alpha/Epsilon (Memory): He needs to pay...
- Should probably be in the Fridge as well, but rewatch that scene and note which AI fragments Epsilon impersonates with each piece of dialogue. He remembers them all:
- For her part, Carolina's choice. After spending most of this season planning to kill the Director, she finally ends up in the same room as him...only to show Sympathy for the Devil when she realizes that all that's left is a broken shell of a man. She even leaves him her service pistol at his request.
- After their big confrontation with the Director, Church and Carolina take a moment to reflect on everything, and Church thanks Carolina for showing him a new side to himself. The feeling is mutual.
- Episode 22's second half shows the guys going home to Blood Gulch. Carolina and Epsilon watch over them from afar, and then leave to redeem themselves. Finally, after all the shit these troopers have been through, Project Freelancer is truly over. They're home and they're happy.
- And Wash is now fully integrated as the group's Only Sane Man, complete with anger issues. He really is Church mk.2.
- With the revelation of Carolina's heritage it kind of puts her relationship and partnership with Church in a touching light. Word of God is that they're basically siblings. Judging by their decision to leave together they've seem to become Platonic Life Partners and it's ADORABLE.
- After credits scenes from the Blu-ray:
- North congratulates South for doing so well in their fight. Their dialogue adds a bit of tear jerker when you see how they turn out, but in that moment...
- Carolina returns to Club Errera.
- At the start of the Series 11 premiere, Washington comments that he's glad he's found a group he can trust... before getting annoyed at them, but it still counts.
- The end of episode 2 ends with the words "in memory of David Dreger".
- To clarify, David Dreger was an RT Community member who had recently been found dead after having been missing for half a month.
- Wash's interactions with Caboose in Episode 3. When he interacts with Tucker, he becomes a Drill Sergeant Nasty Deadpan Snarker. But with Caboose, who is lamenting the disappeared Church, he ends up talking tenderly, calling him Buddy, and just being a real Team Dad. Probably because he also misses Carolina, and is going through a similar thing.
- Episode 14. Wash's speech to Tucker.
- Wash: Did you know I was one of the worst Freelancer's in my squad? There was Agent York, our security specialist, Agent North, the sharpshooter, Carolina was an expert in martial arts, and Tex was...well, you know Tex.Tucker: Cool story bro.Wash: I was known for getting a grappling hook stuck to my balls.Tucker: Okay, where are you going with this?Wash: Church was your leader for years. You guys knew each other inside and out.Tucker: Dude, don't phrase it like that.Wash: But I'm new to all of this. I've never really had to lead anybody before, but when Church and Carolina disappeared, I didn't have a choice. I had to try.
- On top of that, there's also Tucker openly calling Church his friend and even praising Church as a leader. In addition, Tucker warms up to Washington a little by suggesting that he's just been trying too hard to be the perfect leader.
- In episode 15, Wash reveals that the thing he's been working on in the ship is... a new helmet, which looks just like one from Caboose's old armor that he missed. He tells Caboose that he's sorry that Church left him, and goes on to explain that the giant robot he's using as a Replacement Goldfish is too dangerous to treat that way. Caboose relents, and hands back leadership of Blue Team to Wash. Afterwards, Tucker compliments Wash on his sneakiness, while the former Freelancer admits that he meant every word.
- Also from episode 15, there's a rather subtle one—when Sarge brings their attempt at a Humongous Mecha of their own online, she declares multiple hostiles. Sarge corrects her by saying that there's only one enemy over at Blue Base, Freckles. Considering that he seemed willing to declare war on the Blues all over again a few episodes ago, it's nice to see that he still remembers the lessons of the previous seasons.
- And later, when the Blues come under attack from Locus' men, he leads the Reds over to find out what happened, sounding a little concerned.
- In Episode 16, as it becomes clear that the situation's getting serious, the Red and Blue teams' Let's Get Dangerous moment—specifically, Wash asking Sarge to assemble their weapons inventory, who agrees to the Blue leader's request without complaint—can count as this.
- Wash's Heroic Sacrifice at the end of Episode 18, as he orders Freckles to collapse the cave so that the Reds and Blues could escape, leaving himself to the mercies of their enemies.
- In Episode 19 of Season 11, Tucker, Grif, Simmons, and Caboose are inspired to help the Resistance when it turns out that their friends are still alive. The kicker is the exact moment where their doubt and sarcasm turn to inspiration, with Vanessa Kimball's unwitting Meaningful Echo:
Kimball: "...You just need to try."
- The close-up on Tucker is what really drives it home. And then "Contact" starts to play...
- In the first episode of season 12, after an Oh Crap! causes a training mission to go awry, Kimball breaks in and yells at Grif, Caboose, and Simmons. She then tells them to just tell their squadron that they'll do better next time.
- Then there was Kimball speech to them during episode 3.
Kimball: When I first heard about you four, I envisioned strong, daring, respectable soldiers.Grif: ...Buuuut...Kimball: But, now that I've come to know you, I found that you're something else entirely. It turns out you're all a bunch of-Simmons: Cowards.Tucker: Losers.Grif: Idiots?Caboose: Spacemen.Kimball: Misfits. You're oddballs that don't exactly fit in. Which is why my men all look up to you and why morale has been at an all time high; because they can relate to you.
- Heck Kimball line of "Whether or not it was the right thing to do is a conclusion you have to come to on your own. I'll leave it at that." This shows that she can understood that it was eating at Tucker to have lost two of his guys like that (He was hanging his head in shame) and doesn't blame him for it, instead taking a neutral route.
- Kimball may have threatened to break Tucker's arm when he tried to hit on her but you can tell from her tone that she was smiling when she said it.
- In Episode 5, Tucker finally snaps at Felix for being so harsh on him and his comrades when he just wants to save his friends. Felix shoots back that the Reds and Blues are just idiots, and that attempting the mission is going to get people killed. After Tucker brings up that Felix previous statement about not caring if they die, Felix mentions that Tucker will. So the reason he's being so harsh on Tucker, is for Tucker's own benefit, in a round about way.
- This is later subverted in episode 10, but at the time it was touching.
- Tucker's speech about how they succeed even though they're screw-ups and they do it without being 'actual' soldiers.
- Grif's response to this is "yes," because—among other reasons—he doesn't want to give orders that get others killed for something that he wants. Simmons even lampshades it as being unusually selfless of him.
- Just the fact that Grif describes getting Sarge, Donut, and the others back as something he wants.
- Grif's response to this is "yes," because—among other reasons—he doesn't want to give orders that get others killed for something that he wants. Simmons even lampshades it as being unusually selfless of him.
- Felix going after the guys, even taking back one of the jeeps he sold to Kimball, out of genuine concern for them.
- In episode 9, Lopez is reactivated, and he identifies Wash, Sarge, and Donut as Idiot, Loud Idiot, and Agent Washington. It's nice to know there's someone he doesn't completely hate.
- Note that before, Washington specifically asked where Lopez and Freckles were.
- When Wash regains a bit of consciousness, the first thing he does is call out to Sarge.
- When Locus comes to talk to the group, Wash steps in front of Sarge, Donut, and Lopez and readies his gun.
- Locus of all people gets one when he reveals he salvaged Freckles' memory unit and gives it to Wash. Although it's subverted when it's later revealed that he also put a tracking device on it to track down the Reds and Blues should they escape.
- The two halves of the Blood Gulch crew reunite. And all is right in the world. One minute and twenty-something-odd seconds in, and it's back to light-hearted banter as usual:
Simmons: Something about this doesn't feel right.Sarge: Is it a false sense of superiority? That's probably a side effect of the false promotion.Grif: Minutes after reuniting, and you're already starting shit.Sarge: What'd you expect? Breakfast in bed?Grif: I hate you.Sarge: I hate you more.
- It's the light-hearted way that Sarge says that last line that sells it.
- Dr. Emily Grey has apparently started referring to Agent Washington as Wash sometime between their first meeting and episode 10. They must have become close.
- Carolina and Church are back. And both of them are thrilled to see the gang again.
- Adding to that is Tucker's reaction to seeing Church again. Showing that he really did miss him. One must ask, was Tucker about to try to attack Church, or hug him?
- Episode 11:
- Church talks with his memories of the other AI fragments while figuring out how to escape a minor firefight. He ignores Sigma, obviously, and declines help from Omega, but he talks with Delta, Theta, Iota, Eta, and even Gamma like they're all family. He even calls Carolina "sis".
- related to that, when Omega freaks Theta out, he comforts him and says Omega can't harm them as long as they stay calm
- Theta even gets excited when Delta sarcastically suggests that Church get a dog to help loneliness.
- Church's reaction to hearing his friends are in danger is to immediately put their mission on hold to rescue them. Something Carolina agrees with wholeheartedly
- For a split second as Carolina is lunging out of the shadows, the lack of light on her armor and the light gleaming off her visor make her look like Tex.
- Church tweaking the numbers a bit on Carolina's accuracy to give her confidence.
- When reviewing the possible outcomes of an impending firefight, Church selects the scenario that will result in zero fatalities... on both sides.
- With all the A.I. fragments in her possession, Carolina has technically become The Meta 2.0. Yet where Agent Maine went insane and began butchering anything that got in his way, Carolina has retained her ethics and sanity, even taking pains to avoid needless casualties. Seeing the contrast between Carolina and The Meta showcases just how much both she and the A.I.s have reformed themselves.
- Even though Church ignores Omega and Sigma, the fact that Omega whispers "I'm here if you need me" is pretty interesting. Combined with Church already relying on Gamma for help despite the latter's past deceptions, it proves that two of the show's greatest villains are now—in their own way—helping out the good guys, now.
- Episode 12:
- Felix lies to Kimball and the lieutenants and tells them the Reds and Blues have been killed. Jensen looks like she's about to collapse in shock. Smith's reaction? Pull her in for a hug. Meanwhile, Palomo covers his visor as though trying to fight back tears, and Bitters shakes his fist and strides away, obviously hurt by the news despite being a lazy slacker.
- Grey's interactions with the guys are not only funny, but show that she's not irrevocably traumatized by what happened in Episode 10.
- Episode 13:
- Caboose doesn't care Freckles is just a flashdrive by this point; he's still overjoyed to get his Robot Buddy back.
- Wash's attempts to break it to him gently are sweet too.
- When Caboose happily welcomes Washington back, the ex-Freelancer admits that it's good to be back. It's nice to know he really feels at home with the Blood Gulch Crew.
- Subtle, but it's telling of how much Carolina tolerates the gang nowadays when Grif accidentally fires his new laser weapon at her—she calmly threatens to break his fingers, but doesn't actually follow through. Bear in mind that two seasons ago, she was ready to threaten the whole team at gunpoint to make them follow her orders.
- While funny, it's sweet that Lopez cares about Doc, considering that he's the only one that seems to remember that the hapless medic has been Put on a Bus thanks to irresponsible use of the teleporter cubes.
- Caboose doesn't care Freckles is just a flashdrive by this point; he's still overjoyed to get his Robot Buddy back.
- Episode 14
- Grif and Simmons talk. No fighting or mocking, just Grif mentioning Simmons being less of a kiss ass and they talk about their old squads.
- Before the guys split up, the interactions are sweet, like Tucker saying 'See you soon?' and Simmons telling them not to get kidnapped.
- Episode 15
- Wash gives Tucker advice on being a leader, assuring him mistakes get made and that Tucker isn't the same soldier he used to be.
- It's kind of sweet when Church says Carolina is like her mother.
- Episode 16
- At the very beginning, Church is able to erase the tracking system data from Freckles' hard drive, as opposed to destroying Freckles completely. Caboose isn't going to lose his Robot Buddy!
- It's revealed that Caboose has gotten over Church and Carolina ditching the rest of the team in season 11 to stop the space pirates from exploiting alien technology. He also encourages Tucker to do the same.
- Church and Tucker finally make up.
- It's a little sweet and easy to miss but even before Tucker arrives to try and apologize Church is already locked away with his other selves apparently going through the same thing Tucker did with Caboose. Theta even tells Church to just say he's sorry.
- Episode 17
- Sarge, despite his propensity for violence, self-interest, and conflict, expresses that he is most definitely not fine with letting the New Republic and the Federation kill one another just so that he can save his own skin.
- Dr. Gray telling the Reds and the Blues that she's fine with them leaving Chorus and allowing the civil war to play out, because they did what they promised and it isn't really their fight.
- Episode 18
- Freckles still calls Caboose Captain.
- Episode 19 has a bunch:
- Doyle and Kimball working to settle things, even though they need a bit of help from Washington.
- The banter between Carolina and Church just before the reveal about Charon Industries.
- Church admitted it was time to have faith in their friends.
- Kimball has no problem believing that Tucker came up with the plan.
- From Episode 2, we have Tucker dancing and singing victoriously while Sarge backs him up. It's both funny and pretty sweet how well the two of them get along right there.
- Even better, Carolina, who spent most of the last few seasons annoyed and frustrated, is audibly trying not to laugh when she tells them to get back to work and stop inflicting such cruel and unusual punishment on the captured "Space Pirates".
- Tucker keeps, on his person, apparently at all times, a physical photograph of Junior with his 5th grade basketball team. And regardless of the circumstances of Junior's birth, he's proud to be a dad. "They grow up so fast!"
- On a similar note to the above, considering the fact that the last time we physically saw Junior he was on an exploding space ship, and he only had one brief mention in season 7 to assure the audience that he was alive. Its pretty heartwarming to see that yes, he did make it out okay. And now? He seems to be living a normal and happy life away from the constant crap the Reds and Blues have to face.
- Carolina very nearly steals Tucker's line in jest. Coming from such hard times, she's really loosened up. *
- Episode 13:
- Crossing over with Tear Jerker, Carolina admits that she considers the Blood Gulch crew her family now. It's a Tear Jerker because she saw them die in her vision in Episode 8, and she doesn't want to see it happen in real life.
- Doyle attempting to comfort Carolina with an inspirational quote. He attributes it to Shakespeare by accident, but the sentiment is still there.
- Episode 14:
- Considering that the Blood Gulch Crew more or less forgot about him, Doc has every reason to hold a grudge. But when they ask him for help counseling Doyle and Kimball, he agrees without much of an argument. O'Malley's still grumbling about it, though.
- Doyle admitting that he admires Kimball's courage, and acknowledges his own shortcomings.
- Episode 15:
- Carolina apologizing to Sharkface for what she and the other Freelancers did to his friends (since she knows what it's like to lose family), and offering him the chance to leave now. Cue Sharkface's bewildered response, being rattled for the first time since we've seen him.
- Episode 16:
- When Simmons manages to extract Lopez from the Pelican's engines, Donut worriedly asks if the robot's okay.
- After Washington and Kimball finish off Shark-Face, Carolina thanks them for their help. Considering how competitive she is, it says something that she's willing to thank others for helping her out.
- General Doyle using his final words to encourage Kimball that she's better suited than him to lead the people of Chorus.
- Kimball becoming visibly distraught as she realizes what Doyle's about to do . Yes, Doyle's death will give Felix access to the sword-key that can access the planet-killing superweapon, but she seems just as upset that Doyle's about to die, period. She even tries to offer to make the Heroic Sacrifice herself, so he won't have to. Considering that she had nothing but contempt for him before, it's rather touching.
- Carolina's attentiveness to the distraught Kimball; putting a hand on her shoulder to pull her focus back to their surroundings, tugging her toward the ship when she was rooted to the spot, giving her a hand to help her aboard, and catching her gaze and nodding before letting go.
- Wrapping up the episode, Carolina prepares to use her bubble-shield to protect not just herself, but the entire Blood Gulch Crew's Pelican from the explosion of Armonia. It also counts as one for Church, seeing as such an act is probably incredibly taxing for an old A.I. like him. Unlike last time, when he was trying to talk Carolina out of pushing him so far in her fight with Shark-Face, he just braces himself and overclocks the bubble-shield. It's to protect his friends, after all.
- Episode 17:
Fed Soldier: Well, shit. I'll fight for that!(Cue the assembled Federal and New Republic soldiers opening fire into the air, cheering together.)
- Of all the people on the side of Charon's kill crew, it's Locus, the sociopathic soldier who presents himself to everyone as nothing but a living weapon, who objects to the idea of letting their comrades guarding the communication tower be killed by the planet-wide Purge.
- Kimball's Rousing Speech to the combined Republic and Federal armies, where she admits she was wrong about Doyle and the Feds and encourages everyone to put aside their past grievances to make sure that they can all have a tomorrow. Even more heartwearning is that it actually works!
- Palomo admitting his love for Jensen.
- Despite seemingly remaining a True Neutral bystander, Santa seems to be less skeptical of Caboose's worth than he is of Felix's, and greets Tucker when he returns to unlock the alien arsenal by allowing him access without any resistance. Compare that to when he was trying to dissuade Felix from activating the Purge system in the Temple.
- Episode 18:
Felix: Get behind me!
- Felix protecting Locus with his energy shield.
- Subverted next episode when it's revealed that this was actually an example of cowardice, not loyalty.
- Wash and Carolina only had to stall Locus and Felix in order to win, but the real reason why they won was due to the actions of General Doyle.
- Wash, Carolina and Church's faith in the BGC and the people of Chorus to get the job done.
- When Wash and Carolina duck under the floating platform, she has a protective hand on Wash's back.
- After Carolina is struck down by Felix, she shows immediate concern for Wash and warns him. She's come a long way from being the Ice Queen she was in Season 10.
- Episode 19:
Wash: I believe in you. All of you. You can do this.Sarge: No. That time, he meant it.
- Matthews rescues the nameless Fed heavy-gunner from a Charon assassin, with the two exchanging friendly praise afterwards. Considering that they were on opposing sides of a civil war for so long, it's incredible to see how far they've come.
- Kimball sounds genuinely happy to see Wash and Carolina alive and well - a first for a person who's usually reserved and somewhat cold.
- When Church delivers a galaxy-wide broadcast exposing Hargrove, we see Junior and Sister again!
- And they're both genuinely surprised to see Tucker and Grif alive. They were probably told that they went missing along with the spaceship. Imagine how they felt at the news that their relatives are fine and on their way back home.
- And just where do we see Sister? Blood Gulch Outpost Alpha. Old friend, it's been too long.
- Wash can't help the gang against the mercenaries but:
- While not totally redeemed, Locus realizes that he's a "monster" and is going to try to take steps to make amends.
- As the dust settles, Carolina is impressed that the Blood Gulch Crew pulled through. Washington, for his part, never doubted them for a moment.
- Think about this for a moment: whenever there's been a big climax at the end of a season, the BGC have banded together, but begrudgingly, throwing insults to each other as they fight. Here, there is none of that. Sarge doesn't try to kill Grif, Tucker shows caring for Caboose when Felix tries to execute him, and O'Malley puts all his rage towards Felix. There's no wisecracks, no attempts to do a Senseless Sacrifice, nothing. They're acting like a genuine military squad, caring for those in danger, supporting their comrades weaknesses, and more importantly, they act just like the heroes Chorus believed them to be.
- This episode, and the last two seasons overall, have shown a marked change in the behaviour of the BGC - they've gone from being incompetent idiots getting by mainly on dumb luck and their opponents underestimating them to a genuine military squad, still goofy and silly and prone to acts of stupidity, but when the chips are down they're more readily able and willing to put aside their differences and actually do stuff instead of needing to coerced into it with an inspirational speech. They've even started using their main weakness, their general stupidity, to their advantage in what could be considered the military equivalent of Confusion Fu. Tucker especially has gone from a lazy, kinda dumb pervert into a semi-capable leader who is ready and willing to fight for his friends.
- Episode 20:
- F.I.L.S.S.'s reaction to the return of "Director Church". She is overjoyed for the chance to turn on Hargrove.
- Palomo and Jensen holding hands at the ending.
- During the battle with the Mantises, Matthews' Ghost gets blown up. Who's the first person to show concern for him? Bitters.
- Lopez wants his parts recycled if he doesn't make it out alive, to which Donut responds "I love you too, buddy." Lopez doesn't bother to correct him or make any sort of remark about Donut not understanding him.
- Epsilon's Heroic Sacrifice and final speech. Right as the BGC make their Last Stand he makes sure they know that out of all the people he's ever met, he "hates them the least". He then freezes time and prepares a message for them as he fragments, saying that he has faith that they'll succeed and bring Hargrove to justice, and thanks them for helping him create new memories on top of the Alpha's. He then dissolves completely, giving up his life to ensure Tucker can run Maine's suit.
Epsilon: Hey guys. If you're hearing this then it means you did it. You won. You kicked the shit out of Hargrove's forces. I knew you could. But this is my last stop. See, when I came into this world, I was really just a collection of somebody else's memories. But with your help, these memories they, they took form. They became my voice, my personality. And, after a while, I, I began to make brand new memories of my own. All of these things are what make me who I am...but they're also holding me back. I can't run this suit as Epsilon, but if I erase my memories, if I...deconstruct myself, the fragments i'll leave behind will have the strength to get you through this. I believe that.
- The post-episode 20 AfterBuzz interview with Burnie and Miles pointed out something about the final scene in Hargrove's trophy room. It's filled with things from past seasons, even though he really didn't have anything to do with the events surrounding them. He wasn't there when Epsilon went in the monitor. He wasn't there when Epsilon-Tex was contained. He took these things that were special to the BGC from right under their noses. Grif even mentions that the UNSC 'confiscated' the Grifshot, but then it turns out that Hargrove just took it for the trophy room. Then come episode 20, the BGC comes in and not only takes their history back, but uses the very things the Chairman claimed as his own against him. Doubles as a Moment of Awesome.
- Church still loves Tex.