Hans Gudagast, later to become well known as Eric Braeden plays the title role in this episode. After liberating a small French village, King Company is most warmly greeted by the villagers with wine, young women, song, and good food. Told they would spend several days off duty in the village, the GIs' celebration is quickly cut short when a German sniper shoots one of the Americans. The GIs search for the sniper but cannot find him, and shortly thereafter another GI is killed. The sniper is dressed as a villager and essentially hiding in plain sight most of the time. Saunders finally figures out who the sniper is and also learns he is being aided by his French lover who works in the village café. As the sniper slips between his underground hiding place and the village where he moves freely in the streets and shops, we do not hear him speak to anyone, and we are furnished no reason why he remains to execute his own private war when his comrades have clearly withdrawn. His French lover... Written by
Well directed and well acted, the problem with this episode is that it makes no sense. None.
Saunders and his men are welcomed into a French village by crowds of cheering French citizens, happy to be liberated. But then a sniper claims the lives of a new guy to the squad. The men fan out and search for the sniper, who seems to disappear. Not only do the men not find him but they fail to find the gun he has stashed, despite the fact he didn't hide it very far from where the shots came from (about three feet).
Saunders and his men search the town and question local civilians who might be Germans in disguise. They get nowhere and another new guy to the squad is shot and killed. The Lieutenant puts pressure on Saunders to find the sniper. A convoy is coming through soon and it could really wreck havoc.
All sound pretty good? It is. But then here's the big problem: the sniper is a German who disguises himself as a Frenchman. His girlfriend is a French woman whom the whole town apparently dislikes.
Now the French were happy to be free of the Germans. They welcomed Saunders and his men into town...they hated the woman...so...wouldn't't't maybe at least ONE of them said "Hey, the guy you're looking for is probably that German guy in civilian clothes. He lives under that destroyed old barn." Instead the whole time remains inexplicably silent as Saunders and his men are shot down in the streets. There's a "french surrender" joke in here somewhere, but I won't go there. This just didn't make sense to me.
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