Caje blows-up a heavy machine gun nest and Sgt. Saunders and his squad find a baby in the barn and his mother dead near the well of a farmhouse in the enemy lines. They have to move back to their lines in less than two hours and forty minutes since the the artillery will fire at the area. Saunders tells to leave the baby protected in the barn, but the squad convinces him to take the baby to a nearby convent. When they arrive, they find that the convent was bombed out. Now they need to bring the baby to their own lines through the enemy territory in a dangerous journey.Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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"One More For The Road" forces poor Saunders to make a terrible and unthinkable decision as to whether or not to take a baby back through German territory to their own lines after it's mother was killed by German mortar fire the night before leaving it all alone. The Squad is upset with the Sarge at first but cool off when he finds a convent on the map and decides to take the kid along.
Finding the convent a non-entity, the real challenge begins. They have only 2 hours before American artillery fire will begin shelling the retreat area, and they've gone a little out of their way. And the baby issues begin to crop up, feeding and keeping the little one from making noise at the wrong times among the main ones.
It's a cute story. It took a lot of courage to address the war orphan issue at the infant level. Screen Writers Kay Lenard & Jess Carneol did a good job as the plot is realistic and very believable with one small exception, Cage's dealing with the German by the post. The scene was meant to increase excitement. Had it been Littlejohn, Clemenza, or a gorilla pulling it off, it would have been believable, but not the scrawny Cage. That aside, obstacles encountered by the squad keep suspense levels up and make for a smoothly flowing story.
Kirby's cow explanation totally busts the Sarge's chops, and I especially enjoyed Caje's initiative in the bicycle scene. Early combat and later artillery scenes keep the episode in line with the essence of the Combat series. Saunders "protective moment" is beautiful and I love what the squad members do to the Sarge upon arrival at another convent. Beautifully done! Whether it was Director McEveety or part of the original screenplay - great job!
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