Band of Brothers: Season 1, Episode 4

Replacements (23 Sep. 2001)

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With the addition of many new men, Easy Company heads to Holland to participate in Operation Market Garden and prepare an Allied route into Germany, but they meet stiff German resistance.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Freerk Bos ...
Dutch Farmer
George Calil ...
Craig Heaney ...
Nolan Hemmings ...


Easy Company's stay in England is far too short when they are ordered to participate in operation Market Garden. This major engagement is to thrust north into Holland seizing the bridges along the way with a view to giving the Allies a clear route into Germany. The men of Easy Company are told that they will be leaving for good and they parachute into near Eindhoven, where they get a huge welcome from the war-weary population. With significant losses in Normandy invasion, Easy also has to welcome new recruits who, in the eyes of the now veteran combat soldiers who have survived, as much a liability as a benefit. The battle is not easy with the Germans putting up fierce resistance. The situation is particularly dire for Sgt. Bull Randelman who is separated from the rest of the Company and is forced to hide out in a local barn overnight as the Germans move in. The battle was not a success and did not shorten the war as had been hoped. Written by garykmcd

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One of the replacements in this episode is named James Miller. In Saving Private Ryan (1998) Tom Hanks character in the movie is named John Miller and Matt Damon's character is named James Ryan. See more »


(at around 30 mins) In the scene where the paratroopers are landing in Holland you see a paratrooper land and roll. Immediately after, Sgt. Denver 'Bull' Randleman runs in from the left and helps a paratrooper out of his chute, telling the trooper "Don't be sorry". During this scene, the shadow of a parachute in the background never moves or changes until the camera pans all the way to the right, when the cables release and the obviously suspended parachute and actor roll into the shot, simulating the landing. See more »


Richard Winters: They're bombing Eindhoven.
Cpt. Nixon: Yea.
Richard Winters: Come on Nix, I'm takin' you in for the night.
Cpt. Nixon: They won't be wavin' so many orange flags at us tomorrow.
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20 October 2015 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Replacements join Easy Company, struggling to be accepted by the veterans who fought at Normandy. The Company parachutes into the Netherlands as part of Operation Market Garden (Operation Market Garden (17–25 September 1944) was an unsuccessful Allied military operation, fought in the Netherlands and Germany in the Second World War. It was the largest airborne operation up to that time), where they liberate Eindhoven. During combat in Nuenen, the replacements integrate themselves with the Company, but all are forced to retreat. The episode follows Sergeant Denver "Bull" Randleman, the replacements' immediate superior, as he evades German soldiers in Nuenen after being cut off from his unit and is forced to wait there until the enemy leaves in the morning.

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