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In the dead of winter, the men of Easy Company fend off frostbite and hunger - in addition to the enemy - while holding the line in a forest outside of Bastogne. Meanwhile, exhausted medic Eugene Roe finds friendship with a Belgian nurse.


David Leland


Stephen Ambrose (based on the book by) (as Stephen E. Ambrose), Bruce C. McKenna




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kirk Acevedo ... Joseph D. Toye
Doug Allen ... Alton M. More
William Armstrong William Armstrong ... Gen. Anthony McAuliffe (as Bill Armstrong)
Philip Barantini ... Wayne A. (Skinny) Sisk
George Calil George Calil ... James H. (Mo) Alley Jr.
Ben Caplan ... Walter S. (Smokey) Gordon Jr.
Doug Cockle ... Father John Maloney
Michael Cudlitz ... Denver (Bull) Randleman
Tim Davenport Tim Davenport ... Wounded Soldier
Marcos D'Cruze Marcos D'Cruze ... Joseph P. Domingus
Tony Devlin Tony Devlin ... Ralph F. (Doc) Spina
Dale Dye ... Col. Robert F. Sink
Freddie Joe Farnsworth ... Medic
Michael Fassbender ... Burton P. (Pat) Christenson
Dexter Fletcher ... John W. Martin


It's a cold, harsh Christmas 1944 for the men of Easy Company as they try to hold the line around Bastogne against attacking German forces. They have no winter clothing, limited rations and little ammunition. For Eugene Rowe, one of the medics, the problem is getting basic medical supplies. He's been scrounging what he can, but it simply isn't enough. He's managed to get supplies from a pretty French nurse in Bastogne, Renee, but as the casualties mount, he finds himself lacking even the most basic supplies. The men of Easy Company are left on their own much of the time as the Company commander, Lt. Dike, spends most of his in his foxhole. Written by garykmcd

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Action | Drama | History | War


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In total, over 2,000 extras worked on Band of Brothers and many got to utter a line or two. Altogether, there were approximately 500 speaking roles. It took five kitchens going full blast to feed all the cast and crew. See more »


Towards the end of the episode, when Harry Welsh gets hit in the leg and Doc Roe patches him up Roe paints an 'M' on Welsh's forehead with his blood, both of Roe's hands are practically soaked with Welsh's blood. However, in the next shot, Roe's hands are perfectly clean again. See more »


Pvt. Edward 'Babe' Heffron: [referring to Doc Roe] Y'know, he did call me Edward.
'Buck' Compton: Edward?
Pvt. Edward 'Babe' Heffron: Yeah. Why are you laughing?
'Buck' Compton: Well, you... you don't look like an Edward.
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Main Theme
Composed by Michael Kamen
Performed by The London Metropolitan Orchestra
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Almost Gut Wrenching 9/10
27 May 2019 | by scottkurschSee all my reviews

For the life of me, can't really comprehend how 600 out of 5000 voters, rated this episode a 1/10. The weighted mean still sits at 8.7 out of 10, but still there are almost 600 viewers out there giving this the WORST possible score. Anyone comprehend this ? Is the story too dramatic ? Too painful to watch ? Too realistic ? Too cinematic ? Are these 600 Europeans that hold a grudge ? Whatever it is, it's somewhat baffling.

My stepfather had this series collection on VHS. He's a retired history teacher who is extremely picky about what he reads and watches. Mostly sports, history/biography, and current events. I knew this was a special production, but I never got around to watching it until now. I served 4 years in the USMC and I feel thankful I never experienced war.

Granted this can be a tough episode to sit through, but not for reasons that support a dreadful RATING. What's the problem ? Anyone know why 12% of the voters despise this episode or movie ?

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