Thirty Days of Band of Brothers
Day 6: Scene That Makes Me Happy
When it comes to Band of Brothers, if a scene isn’t making you full-body sob, it’s probably making you grin like a loon. My first thought for this prompt was the scene where Liebgott talks about Flash Gordon, Dick Tracy, and Jewish girls with great big soft titties, but I decided to save that for a future day.
Instead I chose this scene, the scene where Dick tells Nixon that he’s going with him to Nixon Nitration, to Nixon, New Jersey, to Nixon’s home after the war. It calls back to Currahee and Nixon’s promise of Chicago, but instead of inviting Dick on a one-off vacation to the Windy City, he’s inviting him to come live with him, by him, share his life with him. He’s inviting him to come heal. They hadn’t been broken when that first invitation was thrown out, and back then, right after OCS, dancing in Chi-town would have been enough. But now they’ve seen bigger cities leveled and ransacked, raped and pillaged. “A civilized place for civilized men,” but they’ve forgotten what civilization is and just want a home to go back to.
And that all sounds so terribly sad, and it is, but this scene makes me grin through my tears because Dick is accepting help, accepting love, accepting the possibility of a future and a world without war. And he’s going to enter that world with his best pal, his brother, his friend, and now they have the chance to build something out of the rubble the war has left behind. They deserve long and happy lives in peace, and now they’re about to start them. Together.
This is a lovely interpretation of the scene.
By that I mean, SHIP IT.