Bruce Quote #16
Bruce: [to Dean] The army taught me how to kill a man in his sleep without making a sound.
Quote from Lillian
Lillian: There's a new ice cream place over in Cloverdale. You think you can take yourself away from that school work long enough to get yourself a double scoop?
Dean: Is this a test? Like when you ask me if I want sugar in my grits?
Lillian: No, I'm not gonna spank you this time. This is for real.
Quote from Kim
Bruce: Mama, relax, okay? We'll do the dishes.
Lillian: Why, how thoughtful. You have been so helpful lately. Doing laundry, washing the car... I can't even get Dean to make his bed.
Dean: [quietly] Bruce is making us look bad.
Kim: Yeah, we need to have a little talk with him.
Adult Dean: Kim and I were rarely aligned on anything. It was nice to finally have a united front.
Kim: Has anyone ever told you that shirt makes you look like Peppermint Patty?
Adult Dean: Well, it was fun while it lasted.
Quote from Love & War
Adult Dean: After sharing his experience with us, it seemed like Bruce was finally getting back to being himself.
Dean: Is this your friend Brian?
Bruce: Yeah, that's him and his little sister. He always kept it in his pocket, just like I kept a picture of me, you, and Kim. I'm sending these things over to his folks.
Adult Dean: Looking at that picture of Brian and his sister, I felt a connection to them, too.
Dean: She's very pretty. What's her name?
Bruce: Gwendolyn. But he called her Winnie.
Quote from Love & War
Bruce: I did something earlier today, but I realize there's something that I probably should've told you guys before.
Bill: Whatever it is, you can tell us now.
Bruce: It was late, pitch black. We were on patrol, ready to head back, when out of nowhere, we started taking fire. We were pinned down. I called for retreat and started pulling my men off the line. I could see that we had three men down already, so my friend Brian and I went back to get them. And we were able to pull them back to safety, but we were still under fire, and I guess that's when I got hit. I called out to see if Brian was okay, but he didn't respond. I was hurt, and I couldn't stay there... I couldn't stay there and put my men in any more danger. On the battlefield, you only have a second to make a decision.
Bill: Sounds like you really earned that Bronze Star.
Bruce: That's what they, uh, say in the write-up that you asked about. They call me some hero. I can't even finish reading it. I should've been able to save my friend.
Adult Dean: We all wanted to tell him that he did the right thing and he could've died, but none of us could come up with the words that would make him feel better.
Bruce: And I guess, in some way... I was rushing things with Tammy, because after everything that happened over there, I... Brian... he won't get a chance to get married. He won't get a chance to have kids.
Lillian: I'm so sorry about your friend, son.
Bruce: Those medals, they're not for us. They're for everybody else.
Bill: Son... you didn't get that star for what you did over there. You got it for who you were before you went.
Bruce: We always said that if anything ever happened to one of us, we would write to the other one's family. But... I don't know. I felt so guilty, I couldn't even bring myself to do it.
Lillian: Try. If the situation were reversed, I'd want to hear from Brian.