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  • In "Carter Turns Traitor," Hogan has Carter pass for a chemical warfare expert and be taken off to a chemical plant, leading them to dress up in SS garb and masks (even Kinch) to retrieve him. Before going, Hogan reminds the men that it'll be very dangerous (in broad daylight, lots of German troops around) and therefore strictly voluntary. The boys' answers?
    Kinch: Let's go get Carter, Colonel.
    Newkirk: Now, Colonel. Now.
    LeBeau: Why are we standing here?
  • In the very next episode, "Two Nazis for the Price of One", the Heroes learn that a traitor in London has revealed their whole operation to a Gestapo general. The Heroes are immediately ordered to shut down the operation and escape...until the general shows up and wants to question Hogan. Hogan decides to see the general to find out how much he knows about the operation (and the top secret Manhattan Project), and orders the others to go ahead and escape without him while they can. All four of the guys refuse to leave without their C.O.
  • Given the era this is set in, the fact that Kinchloe and Baker are respected by the other prisoners definitely qualifies.
  • In the opening of "The Great Brinskmeyer Robbery," Kinchloe is in the tunnel when an explosion occurs; all the men scramble to get him out.
  • Newkirk may pick on his friends all the time but he definitely cares about them a lot. His reaction to LeBeau and Carter coming back late in "Diamonds in the Rough" says a lot. Interestingly he shows a lack of worry towards Carter's absence in "One Army At a Time" assuring the others that Carter can take care of himself. This, coming from the guy who calls him an idiot more than anyone else.
    • And when the tables are turned and Newkirk is captured, Hogan seems to write off the loss. The men seem on the verge of mutiny until Hogan reveals that he only acted that way to bluff a double agent who was in the room with them, and that he wasn't going to leave one of his own men behind.
  • LeBeau's farewell scene in "Cuisine à la Stalag 13", especially his goodbye to Newkirk. Those two have a lot of heartwarming scenes in general.
    • From the same episode, LeBeau decides to escape following a broadcast from Charles de Gaulle calling all Free Frenchmen to England. Hogan obviously doesn't want him to go because they have an operation in progress that relies on his culinary skills, but he's willing to allow it. Then the Underground agent LeBeau is hiding out with (and possibly developing a relationship with) gets picked up by the Gestapo. Hogan immediately offers to help, and it actually takes LeBeau a minute to figure out that Hogan's already planning a way to spring her.
  • At one point, Newkirk and LeBeau are out on a job and are past due back. Kinchloe asks Hogan for his thoughts on the risk.
    Hogan: Kinch, all that matters is victory. Even if you have to sacrifice two good men.
    Kinch: Right. [Beat] And if they're not back in ten minutes, we're going out to get them, right?
    Hogan: [nods] Right!
  • A very quiet one in Klink's Secret Weapon. A new sergeant that Klink brought in to improve efficiency is running everyone into the ground and quoting regulations to the letter to back himself up to the point that Hogan's men have collapsed into their bunks halfway through the day. Hogan was trying to plan, but upon realizing his men are unconscious, quietly drapes a blanket over them and lets them rest.
  • Another nice scene (which also doubles as a Moment of Awesome) occurs in "The Flames Grow Higher". Hogan orders LeBeau and Newkirk to wait ten minutes while he checks out a potential trap and then run back to camp if he doesn't return. Ten minutes pass, Hogan isn't back. Cue Newkirk and LeBeau coming to his rescue.
    LeBeau: The Colonel gave us a direct order! Return to camp.
    Newkirk: (on Hogan's order to retreat) Monsieur LeBeau. If you start obeying officers, we're gonna lose this bleeding war!
  • General Barton saluting Hogan at the end of "The General Swap". For context, he had called Hogan a traitor earlier in the episode, regarding the lack of escapes from Stalag 13 as Hogan selling out to the enemy. His reason for the change of heart? Newkirk pulled him aside and explained why there hadn't been any escapes, finishing up with "And you can throw me in jail for it, sir, but legally speaking I'm in jail already."
  • The friendship between Hogan and General Walters, who infiltrates the camp disguised as a corporal in one episode and reappears in a later episode. It's clear that a fair portion of the Allied Command is quite fond of the Heroes.
  • Hogan may hook up with almost every girl in this series but it's clear that he really cares about Tiger. Case in point, he disobeys direct orders from London in order to save her.
    • More than that, the entire crew was ready to write her off due to said orders until Hogan stated that if they wouldn't help him, he'd go alone. Carter almost immediately volunteers to help him out. Followed closely by LeBeau, Kinch, and Newkirk.
    • And the previous time she'd been captured (much earlier in the series), he immediately put a high-priority mission on hold and staged a cross-country operation to Paris to bust her out of the Paris Gestapo office. Using a doorman in a Russian café to impersonate Heinrich Himmler. And accomplished the mission anyway.
  • Burkhalter's Pet the Dog moments with his family count. He's not a nice guy, and he is easily one of the more dangerous adversaries the heroes (and Klink) face, but he definitely cares about his family, examples including getting a famous designer to sew a wedding dress for his niece, and attempting to marry off his widowed sister so she wouldn't be lonely anymore.
  • A minor one from "Everybody Loves a Snowman," as a shot-down bomber crew tries to make a break for it from the barracks when Hogan's actions don't make sense to them. Without even hesitating, the other Heroes get in their way, staring them down. They don't have any idea of what Hogan's doing either, but they trust him with their lives.
  • In "The Kommadant Dies at Dawn," Colonel Klink has been imprisoned and sentenced to be shot at dawn. Volunteers were called to be part of the firing squad; every guard at Stalag 13 does so, including two deserters who return for just that reason. Then Schultz goes to the prisoners for help in arranging Klink's escape to Switzerland. While Schultz's aid in helping Klink escape goes just as well as it can be expected, and he was an Unwitting Pawn in Hogan's plan to have Klink cleared of charges, it was heartwarming to see for all their bickering and evident lack of respect for each other, Schultz wasn't about to let Klink die.
  • In "Sticky Wicket Newkirk", Newkirk gets caught in civilian clothing outside of camp and transferred to another Stalag. When he's packing to leave, Hogan tells him that they don't have a way they can keep him there (although they do by the end of the episode) but they don't have to let him rot in some other Stalag after all he's done for the Resistance. Hogan hands him a gun and tells him to take the escape route to London after leaving camp.
    • In the same episode, Newkirk (rather than take the escape route as Hogan instructed) goes to check on the girl he got caught with at the start of the episode. She turns out to be a Gestapo agent, but the sentiment counts.
  • In "Hot Money", there's a surprisingly nice moment where the Gestapo officer in charge of the counterfeiting shows a The Chains of Commanding moment when describing how a breach in security could get him executed. He doesn't try to flatter Klink or threaten him, but simply explains the situation and asks him as an equal to leave that incident out of his report. For his part, Klink seems unusually sincere and understanding when he agrees, for which the officer thanks him.
  • In "LeBeau and the Little Old Lady" the underground agent LeBeau is seeing spends a lot of time refusing to leave after being exposed until she can try to warn her other contacts by radio.
  • Schultz protesting the attempts to rig the boxing match between Kinch and "Battling" Bruno, at least until being threatened by Klink.
  • Carter getting over his "Dear John" Letter and going to see the waitress in town in the season one finale.
  • Almost any time LeBeau gets excitedly greeted by the guard dogs.
  • In "Hogan's Double Life", while Major Pruhst of the Gestapo does browbeat Klink a little, unlike Major Hochsetter he asks for Klink's help in proving that Hogan is a spy rather than just stomping around and making threats. Late in the episode, when Klink doesn't have an invitation to a field marshall's party (because Hogan stole it), Pruhst invites the commandant to come as his guest, to Klink's visible joy.
  • From the album, the setup for A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square. Newkirk finds Carter trying to write a letter to his girl in London, but struggling to find the words to tell her how he feels. Instead of ribbing him for it, Newkirk offers to help him out.
  • Minor, but in one episode, a high ranked officer visits the Stalag. Walking past the guards, he walks past Shultz (who seems to recognize him, yet wants to seem professional), stops, turns around, realizes who the large sergeant is and gives him a warm greeting, complete with a hug, disregarding the rank difference between them, as the two of them had served in the same unit in the prior war, where Shultz had saved his life at least once.
  • On a related not, for all their teasing of the big guy, the group tries to protect Shultz, whenever possible.