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I Am What I Am - Team Viking goes out to capture a Soviet chopper but ends up surrounded and captured. Luckily the mission was just practice. Myron discovers that his father -- Gernal Goldman -- is back on the base.
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    S1/EP 0 - Pilot

    Sgt. Anderson is sent to division HQ to report on a battle in which his Bravo Company suffered losses and to meet the platoon's new leader, Lt Goldman. He also uses the trip to recruit some new "Grunts" calling upon his own criteria to call the best from a group of green recruits. Goldman, just arrived from the States, immediately clashes with Anderson over military procedure.

    S1/EP 1 - Notes From The Underground

    Taylor is captured and held in the secret underground tunnels of the North Vietnam Army. Anderson and Goldman, trying to earn the men's respect, go into the tunnel after the NVA. In the end Anderson and Goldman escape the tunnel after a cave-in, as does Taylor when his Doctor is unable to follow orders and shoot him.

    S1/EP 2 - Dislocations

    B Company is ordered to escort a group of villagers from their present village to a new location, which is to be an example of U.S. technology aiding the Vietnamese. Among the villagers is Lang, a beautiful woman to whom Goldman becomes very attached. They are attacked again on the trail and Goldman's life is saved and then spared by a VC who turns out to be Lang's husband.

    S1/EP 3 - War Lover

    Anderson, Goldman, Percell and Horn go on a special mission with combat veteran and "war lover"" Earl Ray Michaels. Anderson's past experience with Michaels as well as Michaels' current

    S1/EP 4 - Sitting Ducks

    B Company is sent to relieve another group guarding a small village which is having an important new irrigation system installed. As they arrive, Goldman discovers that the commanding officer has just been killed out on patrol. After they take over, men get hit every time they patrol the surrounding jungle. It looks like someone from the village/fort is setting them up. Horn becomes fascinated with the local Buddhists and eventually discovers that it is the monks using the temple bell, who are tipping off the NVA.

    S1/EP 5 - Burn Baby Burn

    Racial tension leads to violence when a militant black soldier, Tucker, and a KKK member, Innis, both end up in B Company. Tucker's friend is killed when Innis fails to provide cover. Later, Innis murdered with Johnson's weapon. While Goldman and Anderson don't believe Johnson is guilty, they must follow procedure and place him under arrest. Meanwhile, Tucker has riled up "his"" men. Armed

    S1/EP 6 - Brothers, Fathers, Sons

    Anderson, Baker and Johnson are shot down and must make their way back to base while being hunted by the Viet Cong, led by Trang, whose son was killed by the Americans. The trio come across a woman who dies giving birth. Anderson is adamant about leaving the baby behind, but the other two insist on taking it with them. However, it is Anderson who ends up taking care of the baby and forms the strongest bond with him, risking his life to save the baby. In the end, after many gunfights, Trang and Zeke are left to battle it out. Trang gets the upper hand down when Zeke tries to save the baby, but he is unable to kill a man who twice risked his life for this child.

    S1/EP 7 - Good, The Bad & The Dead, The

    A drunken GI steals a chaplain's jeep and goes on a joy ride with a Vietnamese hooker. They nearly collide with a jeep-load of MPs who chase him down. His arrest is witnessed by Zeke, who recognizes him as Decker, his former drill sergeant and role model. Anderson rescues Decker from a certain court-martial (his second) and drafts him into the squad without checking with Goldman first. Decker is popular with the guys but he almost immediately starts to disobey orders. Decker mans a listening post with Horn to watch for enemy troops movements, but he gets drunk and falls asleep. As a result, Horn is nearly killed.

    S1/EP 8 - Battling Baker Brothers

    Baker insists his fellow squad members follow him to an incoming helicopter. The incoming "VIP"" turns out to be Baker's twin brother

    S1/EP 9 - Nowhere To Run

    Two sappers make their way into Firebase Ladybird without being detected, but Percell sees the third one, killing him. The other two manage to set off their explosives before they can be stopped. The next morning, Capt. Wallace orders Anderson and Goldman to have their men police up the dead bodies.. Anderson complains his men are beat, but Wallace isn't concerned. Percell is upset both over a friend's dying and having received a "Dear John"" letter. Goldman

    S1/EP 10 - Road Runner

    One of a GI's big events is the arrival of his mail. When Zeke opens his mail to find that his ex-wife, it is to find that she is complaining that he is not writing letters home often enough to their 3-year-old daughter. Zeke already has enough responsibilities... this one isn't wanted. However he has little time to worry about it before he finds himself out on patrol. Goldman orders the squad forward when Anderson warns that they are walking into trouble, Anderson scouts out ahead and ends up in a near-lethal mortar barrage. Anderson is nearing his limit when he finds out that the squad's next destination is a valley where Zeke's last outfit was nearly wiped out. Anderson fights going tooth-and-nail and it is obvious to everyone that Zeke is falling apart. There is little time to help him, though, as the men have to consider their mission first. The squad ends up going after a downed flyer... and while Zeke continues to deteroriate.

    S1/EP 11 - Pushin' To Hard

    Anderson, Goldman, and Captain Wallace are checking out a new weapon that has been added to the platoon's arsenal: a flamethrower. Zeke and Goldman are unhappy that the next mission will also include a beautiful female reporter -- Vicky Adams. Zeke fights against the woman's urges to "get the good stuff"" and his own men's attempts to impress her -- at the risk of their own lives. A prisoner is caught and tells the unit that they are surrounded by an NVA regiment. Wallace refusees to go back to safety

    S1/EP 12 - Uso Down

    A USO band comprised of three female dancers, a sax players, and a singer, completes their performance at an outlying base, and are rushed to a helicopter to be flown to their next destination. None of them get a chance to even change their costumes. The helicopter is shot down and the entire crew is killed. Meanwhile, Bravo company is out on a recon, and Taylor who is on point, thinks he must be going crazy when he sees the girl in hot pants and leather boots. Bravo company takes the girls with them but can't call in for help because the radio's batteries are dead.The USO people make the transition to "soldier"" with various degrees of success."

    S1/EP 13 - Under Siege

    The men of Bravo are certain that Westmoreland has not yet informed the enemy that they are losing, as Firebase Ladybrid continues to come under daily long-range artillery fire. Suddenly a helicopter approaches and lands despite the fact that the base is taking fire. It is the new company commander -- Captain Larry Heath -- a man who initially wins over the favor of his troops with gifts, but he proves to be a complete fanatic. Heath wants to attack despite the fact that it appears that the base is about to be attacked. Zeke and Goldman set them men to putting up a defense and get in trouble because of it. A large attack proves that Anderson was right when the firebase is over-run and Doc Matsuda, with only 15 days left of his tour of duty, is killed when he refuses to abandon his patient.

    S1/EP 14 - Soldiers

    The squad is in heavy contact with a group of enemy soldiers, and after taking several casualties manage to be retrieved by two helicopters. Danny hears that his father is hospitalized after a near-fatal heart-attack and is given emergency medical leave. Danny finds that his father and mother have separated and his father has taken up with a younger woman who is loyal to him. Danny feels left out and alienated from a man who he already wasn't close to. While waiting for his father to get better, Danny meets Rudy Morales, a vet handicapped by wounds -- a bitter, broken man. Danny is seriously upset by this and further upset by an argument with his father. Meanwhile, Taylor and Ruiz decide that they need to be by Danny's side, so they talk Anderson into pulling some strings and getting their R&R in Bangkok changed to Honolulu. Once in Hawaii they are exposed to the "real"" world of mini-skirts and negative attitudes about the war."

    S1/EP 15 - Gray Brown Odyssey

    Goldman, Horn, Calhoun, and Pointer are retruning to the base after spending two days int he rear. Their jeep hits a mine, wounding Calhoun and Pointer. Goldman is blinded when a fire extinguisher blows up in his face. A squad of VC arrive and open fire. Calhoun and Pointer are killed by the attack, Goldman is blinded. In the end Horn chases after the sole surviving VC only to find that she's a woman. He captures her and takes her back to the hut where's he's left the blinded Goldman. Horn then, after much argument, goes after help for Goldman. The woman manages to signal to other villagers for help and so Goldman, blinded, must rig his rifle to her head, marching her off into his "blind landscape"" so that they can escape the VC that she has called on to help her. As they escape they run into a great deal of trouble

    S1/EP 16 - Blood Brothers

    Retired Major General Goldman arrives by helicopter at Firebase Ladybird on a fact finding mission for Washington brass. Seeing another helicopter landing, he goes to greet and question Anderson and his soldiers about the mission they have just returned from. They later learn that the general is Goldman's father but it is clear when they meet that the two don't have a good relationship. They were estranged when Myron's mother died five years before and haven't spoken since. The Major general finds that his son's leadership methods appall him. Ruiz befriends a new man who joins the team, mainly because he is also a hispanic. But the man manages to get himself killed due to his careless attitude. Dalby orders Goldman's men into an impossible attack which Myron refuses to go on. Zeke and Goldman realize that the new man was on dope and set out to cure the problem themselves.

    S1/EP 17 - Short Timer

    Bravo company is on another S&D mission. A new man is on point, and he stops the patrol when he sees some blood, which he follows to a Vietnam booby trap. He's killed. Taylor takes over point, even though he is a short timer. Later, he manages to survive an encounter with an NVA machine gun nest after he destroys it. Taylor must address his mixed emotions about his near return to home. His fear and distaste for Vietnam is equaled only by the darkness of the life waiting for him at home. Taylor, after a "Dear John"" phone call from home

    S1/EP 18 - Paradise Lost

    The men from Bravo company are patrolling in the jungle when they find a fresh trail, one that leads to a trap by a group of VC soldiers. The Americans are out-numbered and in a very bad position. Suddenly they are rescued by Montagnards. Anderson trusts them, and has the squad follow them back to their village where they meet the translator -- an ex-GI (Kithem). The American is obviously hostile to the presence of Goldman and the rest of the Americans. Against Kithem and Anderson's better judgement, Goldman follows orders to help fortify the native """compound"""" against the VC. Kithem warns that all the American attention will only bring down the ARVN and NVA forces. Which is exactly what happens."

    S1/EP 19 - Angel Of Mercy

    In a small South Vietnamese hamlet, an NVA officer arrives to brief his men that they will soon begin infiltrating towns and villages through-out the country in preparation for the Tet Offensive. Meanwhile, Bravo is in the bush, while Baker is losing a battle with his dysentery. As he """answers the call of nature"""" he sights VC closing on the unit and then

    S1/EP 20 - Hill, The

    Goldman and Nikki have a great time on a brief R&R that they spend together on China Beach. Their reunion is marred by the fact that Nikki refuses to marry him, fearing he will be killed in combat. Goldman returns to Firebase Ladybird to find that his unit has been assigned to help take Hill 1000. They've taken it before and lost it before. And this battle promises to be the worst. Even after the bunker is finally taken, it is found empty. They go back down so that a plane can spray a defoliate. They must go back and take that hill yet again. Horn has, in the meantime, gotten in trouble with a young -- and new -- officer. Sitting at the bottom of the hill and awaiting the court-martial, he sees a wounded Taylor and he decides to go back with his buddies and fight. Horn is seriously wounded and sent home.

    S2/EP 1 - Saigon-part 1

    Having received some warning of the upcoming Tet Offensive, Bravo Co. is still unprepared for what happens to them after they are transferred to Tan Son Nhut Base outside of Saigon.

    S2/EP 2 - Saigon-part 2

    Anderson meets with his wife and sees her off after her announcement that she is remarrying. Goldman begins a relationship with Devlin which almost ends as they are both nearly blown up by a VC bomb.

    S2/EP 3 - For What It's Worth

    While out on a patrol, Anderson and Goldman observe some VC transporting an American prisoner and photograph him before leaving the area.

    S2/EP 4 - True Grit

    Alex goes to see Dr. Seymour to do an article about battle fatigue just as Anderson and his men are prepared to leave for a mission.

    S2/EP 5 - Non-essential Personnel

    Alex sets out to expose a major whose questionable judgment has caused casualties.

    S2/EP 6 - Sleeping Dogs

    Anderson goes into the jungle to find a disturbed friend who refused a transfer home.

    S2/EP 7 - I Wish It Would Rain

    Goldman's platoon leaves on another mission that brings them close to the Cambodian border -- which they are forbidden to cross.

    S2/EP 8 - Popular Forces

    Anderson, Johnson and Ruiz train four Vietnamese recruits whose inexperience poses problems.

    S2/EP 9 - Terms Of Enlistment

    A new man -- Woods -- walking point accidentally steps on a pressure-activated mine. While they are trying to get him off it, they are told a squad of VC are heading straight at them.

    S2/EP 10 - Nightmare

    Bravo is assigned to go recover the bodies of a wiped-out US patrol.

    S2/EP 11 - Promised Land

    Word of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination lowers black soldiers' morale,

    S2/EP 12 - Lonesome Cowboy Blues

    A Vietnamese approaches Alex to ask her to buy something for her at the PX -- which is illegal. As an MP chases the woman off, Alex sees her drop a GI ID card.

    S2/EP 13 - Sins Of The Father

    Zeke and the men are out looking for a sniper, and after entering a village Anderson sees movement -- someone in typical "black pajama"" garb of the VC

    S2/EP 14 - Sealed With A Kiss

    A civilian, Ms Pierson, has set up classes for the soldiers, Zeke wants to drop out of the classes, but she convinces him to stay since attendance has tripled since he signed up.

    S2/EP 15 - Hard Stripe

    While out on patrol, the unit stumbles across CIA recruiter Jim Doyle. He has taken possession of a case of Russian-made sniper rifles, and claims that finding him there was an accident.

    S2/EP 16 - Volunteer

    A young desk clerk seeking to prove himself is assigned to Anderson's platoon.

    S3/EP 1 - Luck, The

    A young desk clerk seeking to prove himself is assigned to Anderson's platoon.

    S3/EP 2 - Doc Hock

    Goldman reveals to Zeke that it may be time for him to move to a desk job. Alex is glad to see Myron back but tells him that she is going to take the Paris job.

    S3/EP 3 - Ties That Bind, The

    Col. Carl Brewster enters the local Vietnamese town to make the "boom-boom"" parlor off-limits because of men catching the clap."

    S3/EP 4 - Lonely At The Top

    While Zeke is back in the States, Brewster sends the men out to locate a missing SOG team. Once in the bush, Team Viking locates the missing soldiers, who all appear to be dead.

    S3/EP 5 - Bodyguard Of Lies, A

    While Zeke is back in the States, Brewster sends the men out to locate a missing SOG team. Once in the bush, Team Viking locates the missing soldiers, who all appear to be dead.

    S3/EP 6 - Necessary End, A

    McKay has a date with a "killer"" blonde but on the way to take her shopping he ends up hitting a child with his jeep and comes in contact

    S3/EP 7 - Cloud Nine

    Taylor, Ruiz and Johnson go in search of Purcell after he goes AWOL. They look for 3 days, finally being taken to a heroin parlor by three drug dealers.

    S3/EP 8 - Thanks For The Memories

    The men of Team Viking are receiving medals in a ceremony in recognition of their heroism. In the midst of the ceremony, General Higgins arrives and reads out Brewster.

    S3/EP 9 - I Am What I Am

    Team Viking goes out to capture a Soviet chopper but ends up surrounded and captured. Luckily the mission was just practice. Myron discovers that his father -- Gernal Goldman -- is back on the base.

    S3/EP 10 - World In Changes

    McKay decides he is personally going to get the sniper who has been taking out helicopters... but with Anderson and Goldman on the ground and him in the air, HE ends up the next target.

    S3/EP 11 - Green Christmas

    Christmas finds Team Viking the bush trying to capture prisoners in Cambodia. Doc tries to show compassion to one of the captured men... who turns out to be able to speak English.

    S3/EP 12 - Odd Man Out

    Taylor is expecting to be promoted at any moment, and opens his mail to find a letter from Johnson talking about how great things are back in the World.

    S3/EP 13 - And Make Death Proud To Take Us

    Newbie replacements arrive, including a young man that gains Anderson's attention as he and Team Viking return from the field, as the boy proves to be 15 years old.

    S3/EP 14 - Dead Man Tales

    Team Viking earns a 3-day pass and then promptly gets itself in trouble because of their brawling.

    S3/EP 15 - Road To Long Binh

    All of the enlisted men of Team Viking end up with food poisoning.

    S3/EP 16 - Acceptable Losses

    Team Viking takes off on another Fontaine mission, where they run into heavy contact. McKay arrives back at the LZ to rescue them, only to end up being fired on by missiles.

    S3/EP 17 - Vietnam Rag

    Taylor and Ruiz are still listed as MIA. At the camp there are still more FNGs, including a peace-loving photographer.

    S3/EP 18 - War Is A Contact Sport

    Out in the field, Percell captures a VC. Doc and another soldier stand guard. A second VC attacks Danny and while Doc and the other soldier watch, the first VC grabs a gun.

    S3/EP 19 - Three Cheers For The Orange, White And Blue

    Anderson & Pop are having a good time at a local bar when a young trooper turns up and gets insulting to Pop -- it turns out to be Robby (Pop's son). The Phu An Board of Inquiry starts.

    S3/EP 20 - Raid, The

    The monsoon seasons starts. Pop goes back to the States for his son's funeral, only to be blamed for the death of his son (by his wife).

    S3/EP 21 - Payback

    Several months later, McKay -- mostly recovered -- is told that he will never fly again. Bitter, he tries to get a civilian job flying but is told that Vietnam vets are too freaky. dying man.