Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

by

Ben Fountain

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Billy Lynn Character Analysis

Billy, the novel’s protagonist, is a nineteen-year-old soldier from Stovall, Texas. In the Army, Shroom (one of Billy’s commanding officers) takes him under his wing and becomes his mentor. Though Billy hated school, Shroom impresses upon him the importance of study and curiosity. When Shroom dies during a firefight and Billy tries unsuccessfully to save him, it’s caught on film, which leads their squad to embark on the Victory Tour across America. Billy is often struck by the scale of the world, as represented by airports, shopping malls, and other massive structures in the US. He also desperately wants to understand the global market and how things like wars get paid for. Because he grew up poor, the rich and powerful people he meets at the Texas Stadium seem like a different species to him, and he envies how they treat fear, death, and the war as simple talking points. Billy also struggles through the Victory Tour to come to terms with Shroom's recent death, which haunts and perplexes him. As Billy tries to decide where he fits into the world, he often wonders what Shroom would do or think. At the football game, Billy meets Faison, a young cheerleader, and falls instantly in love with her. His fantasies about a future relationship with Faison make him seriously consider what Kathryn wants him to do: desert the Army with the help of an organization that offers legal help to "heroes" like Billy. Eventually, Billy decides that he cannot let the rest of his squad return to Iraq without him, and he understands that his relationship with Faison is doomed.

Billy Lynn Quotes in Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

The Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk quotes below are all either spoken by Billy Lynn or refer to Billy Lynn. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Ecco edition of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk published in 2012.
Chapter 1 Quotes

Years and years of carefully posed TV shots have imbued the place with intimations of mystery and romance, dollops of state and national pride, hints of pharaonic afterlife such as always inhere in large-scale public architecture, all of which render the stadium of Billy's mind as the conduit or portal, a direct tap-in, to a ready made species of mass transcendence, and so the real-life shabbiness is a nasty comedown.

Related Characters: Billy Lynn, Norm Oglesby
Related Symbols: The Texas Stadium
Page Number: 10
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Chapter 3 Quotes

Billy sensed the true mindfucking potential of it on their first trip outside the wire, when Shroom advised him to place his feet one in front of the other instead of side by side, that way if an IED blew threw the Humvee Billy might only lose one foot instead of two.

Related Characters: Billy Lynn, Shroom
Page Number: 27
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It dawns on him that the Texas Stadium is basically a shithole. It's cold, gritty, drafty, dirty, in general possessed of all the charm of an industrial warehouse where people pee in the corners.

Related Characters: Billy Lynn, Norm Oglesby, Mango
Related Symbols: The Texas Stadium
Page Number: 28
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Chapter 4 Quotes

Their eyes skitz and quiver with the force of the moment, because here, finally, up close and personal, is the war made flesh, an actual point of contact after all the months and years of reading about the war, watching the war on TV, hearing the war flogged and flacked on talk radio.

Related Characters: Billy Lynn, Sergeant Dime, Mango
Page Number: 39
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They say thank you over and over and with growing fervor; they know they're being good when they thank the troops and their eyes shimmer with love for themselves and this tangible proof of their goodness.

Related Characters: Billy Lynn
Page Number: 39
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"It was. I had to keep telling myself this is real, these are real American soldiers fighting for our freedom, this is not a movie. Oh God I was just so happy that day, I was relieved more than anything, like we were finally paying them back for nina leven. Now"—she pauses for a much-needed breath—"which one are you?"

Related Characters: Billy Lynn, Sergeant Dime, Mango
Page Number: 44
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Chapter 5 Quotes

What's happening now isn't nearly as real as that, eating this meal, holding this fork, lifting this glass, the realest things in the world these days are the things in his head.

Page Number: 53
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Chapter 6 Quotes

You can deny him, he thought, watching his father across the table. You can hate him, love him, pity him, never speak to or look him in the eye again, never deign even to be in his crabbed and bitter presence, but you're still stuck with the son of a bitch. One way or another he'll always be your daddy, not even all-powerful death was going to change that.

Related Characters: Billy Lynn, Ray Lynn
Page Number: 79
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So is this what they meant by the sanctity of life? A soft groan escaped Billy when he thought about that, the war revealed in this fresh and gruesome light. Oh. Ugh. Divine spark, image of God, suffer the little children and all that—there's real power when words attach to actual things.

Related Characters: Billy Lynn, Brian
Page Number: 83
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Billy rattled off the cities. Washington, Richmond, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Columbus, Denver, Kansas City, Raleigh-Durham, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Miami, and practically every one, as Sergeant Dime pointed out, happened to lie in an electoral swing state.

Related Characters: Billy Lynn (speaker), Sergeant Dime, Kathryn Lynn, Ray Lynn, Mr. Whaley
Page Number: 88
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The Mr. Whaleys of the world are peons to them, just as Billy is a peon in the world of Mr. Whaley, which in the grand scheme of things means that he, Billy, is somewhere on the level of a one-celled protozoan in a vast river flowing into the untold depths of the sea.

Related Characters: Billy Lynn, Norm Oglesby, Mr. Whaley
Page Number: 91
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Chapter 7 Quotes

He glows, which isn't to say he's a handsome man but rather shimmers with high-wattage celebrity, and therein lies the problem, the brain struggles to match the media version to the actual man who looks taller than the preformed mental image, or maybe broader, older, pinker, younger, the two versions miscongrue in some crucial sense which makes it all a little unreal [...]

Related Characters: Billy Lynn, Sergeant Dime, Norm Oglesby, Mango
Related Symbols: The Texas Stadium
Page Number: 110
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Mortal fear is the ghetto of the human soul, to be free of it something like the psychic equivalent of inheriting a hundred million dollars. This is what he truly envies of these people, the luxury of terror as a talking point [...]

Related Characters: Billy Lynn, Norm Oglesby
Page Number: 114
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It seems the airiest thing there is and yet the realest, but how you enter that world he has no idea except by passage through that other foreign country called college, and that ain't happening.

Related Characters: Billy Lynn, Mr. Bill Jones
Page Number: 121
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The role of cheerleader being secondary by definition, yet cheerleaders themselves exhibitionists by nature [...] Nobody cheers for the cheerleaders! And how that must hurt, the goad for many a deafening scream of crazed enthusiasm.

Related Characters: Billy Lynn, Faison
Page Number: 129
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All the fakeness just rolls right off them, maybe because the nonstop sales job of American life has instilled in them exceptionally high thresholds for sham, puff, spin, bullshit, and outright lies, in other words for advertising in all its forms. Billy himself never noticed how fake it all is until he'd done time in a combat zone.

Related Characters: Billy Lynn, Norm Oglesby
Page Number: 131
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Chapter 9 Quotes

So fuck that, he was done with football after his sophomore year, except the Army is pretty much the same thing, though the violence is, well, what it is, obviously. By factors of thousands.

Page Number: 164
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Chapter 10 Quotes

"So whas it like? You know, like what it feel like?"

Billy swallows. The hard question. That's where he bleeds, exactly. Someday he'll have to build a church there, if he survives the war.

"It doesn't feel like anything. Not while it's happening."

Related Characters: Billy Lynn, Octavian Spurgeon
Page Number: 176
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Chapter 11 Quotes

Here at home everyone is so sure about the war. They talk in certainties, imperatives, absolutes, views that seem quite reasonable in the context. A kind of abyss separates the war over here from the war over there, and the trick, as Billy perceives it, is not to stumble when jumping from one side to the other.

Related Characters: Billy Lynn, March Hawey
Page Number: 197
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Yes ma'am, proud, Bravo has achieved levels of proud that can move mountains and knock the moon out of phase, but why, please, do they play the national anthem before games anyway? The Dallas Cowboys and the Chicago Bears, these are two privately owned, for-profit corporations [...]

Related Characters: Billy Lynn, Norm Oglesby, March Hawey
Page Number: 207
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Chapter 12 Quotes

Somewhere along the way America became a giant mall with a country attached.

Related Characters: Billy Lynn, Faison, Mango
Related Symbols: The Texas Stadium
Page Number: 222
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Chapter 14 Quotes

"Son, try to look at it this way. It's just another normal day in America."

Billy's heart melts a little at that son. The stage is disappearing around them like a mortally wounded ship beneath the waves.

"I don't think I even know what normal is anymore."

Related Characters: Billy Lynn (speaker), Sergeant Dime (speaker), Sykes, The Roadies
Page Number: 242
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Chapter 17 Quotes

Plus the fact that the war's put up some spotty box-office numbers, didn't I say that might be a problem? So we're bucking that too. I know fifty-five hundred sounds pretty lame after the numbers we've been talking about, but for young men like yourselves, young soldiers on Army pay, it's not nothing, right?

Related Characters: Albert Ratner (speaker), Billy Lynn, Sergeant Dime, Norm Oglesby
Page Number: 270
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Chapter Quotes

They are his boys, his brothers. Bravos would die for one another. They are the truest friends he will ever have, and he'd expire from grief and guilt at not being there with them.

Page Number: 294
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For the past two weeks he's been feeling so superior and smart because of all the things he knows from the war, but forget it, they are the ones in charge, these saps, their homeland dream is the dominant force. His reality is their reality's bitch; what they don't know is more powerful than all the things he knows [...]

Related Characters: Billy Lynn
Page Number: 306
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Billy Lynn Character Timeline in Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

The timeline below shows where the character Billy Lynn appears in Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
1. The Thing Begins
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...each of them drank in the last forty minutes. Now that he’s in the limo, Billy feels like he needs to drink to recover from the onslaught of grateful citizens thanking... (full context)
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Sergeant Dime, Billy's commanding officer, accuses Billy of checking out. When Billy offers a satisfactory reply, Dime says... (full context)
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Billy remembers a TV reporter asking him what he was thinking during the battle, and Billy... (full context)
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Billy thinks about the civilians who flew with Bravo on the first leg of their flight.... (full context)
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Bravo erupts in cheers as Albert explains that Hilary is interested in playing Billy and Dime as one character. Billy is confused, but Albert insists that it can be... (full context)
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Billy pulls out his phone. He has a text from his sister, Kathryn; one from his... (full context)
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Billy feels too young and like he doesn't know enough—he's never even been to a professional... (full context)
2. A Private in the Infantry
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...seventh row. Sykes and Lodis debate what it would cost to purchase the seats, as Billy chats with Mango. Next to Mango is A-bort, then Holliday, Lodis, Sykes, Crack, Dime, Albert,... (full context)
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...him throw a football suggests otherwise. Among the sergeants, he's known as "Fuckin' Liberal," but Billy eventually realized that Dime wasn't the only one who leaned left—Shroom also shared Dime's beliefs.... (full context)
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Dime calls down to Albert and says that Billy thinks Hilary Swank is weird. Albert says that Hilary is very nice and explains that... (full context)
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When Billy first joined Bravo, Dime and Shroom had taunted him endlessly. Finally, Billy addressed them and... (full context)
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Kathryn threw her ring in pussy boy's face, but Billy took it a step further by destroying the car with a crowbar two weeks before... (full context)
3. It is Mostly in Your Head But We Have Cures for That
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Billy hopes that Josh will bring him some Advil, as Billy is hung over from last... (full context)
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Billy tells Mango that he's going to the restroom, and Mango suggests quietly that they go... (full context)
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Billy thinks that those thoughts sound right, but he wishes that Americans at home thought about... (full context)
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Mango and Billy promptly buy more beers and then walk through the crowd. They wonder where Major Mac... (full context)
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Billy gets a text from Kathryn asking if he's cold. Mango and Billy discuss the hot... (full context)
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...notes that many people remark that it's miraculous that Bravo only lost two members, but Billy thinks that given how random it all seems, they could've all died. He remembers when... (full context)
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Billy knows that Mango is also thinking about the war, and he remembers Kathryn telling him... (full context)
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Billy and Mango wander into a high-end shop selling Cowboys merchandise. They immediately begin laughing as... (full context)
4. The Human Response
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As Billy and Mango retake their seats, Albert is on the phone again negotiating how to get... (full context)
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Billy notices that Albert is sitting next to Dime and seems endlessly fascinated by the sergeant.... (full context)
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...seated behind Albert engages him in conversation about a script he wants to write, and Billy watches a dozen Cowboys take the field to warm up. He soon becomes entranced by... (full context)
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Billy's reverie is interrupted by the fans around him, suddenly drawing his attention to the Jumbotron,... (full context)
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Billy senses the citizens’ passion when they touch him and speak to him. He understands that... (full context)
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...The Bravos ask if they can meet the cheerleaders, and Josh speaks into his walkie-talkie. Billy feels as though the Cowboys didn't make any plans for hosting Bravo, given how little... (full context)
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Billy thinks back to Shroom's last minutes alive. Shroom foretold his death; right before things started... (full context)
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Civilians again mob Bravo Squad with thanks, and a wealthy family tells Billy that watching the footage from the embedded crew was like watching a movie. As the... (full context)
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Billy checks his phone and finds a text from Pastor Rick. He deletes it as Major... (full context)
5. By Virtue of Which the Many Become the One
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As Billy grabs a plate and takes in the sight of the sixty-foot-long buffet, he feels as... (full context)
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Billy muses that dodging bullets in Iraq and the memories in his head feel more real... (full context)
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...run Hollywood these days and promises to secure funding for the film no matter what. Billy and some of the other Bravos go back to the buffet for seconds, and patrons... (full context)
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Billy thinks about what once Shroom said about Dime—that he's a master of the psyche—and again... (full context)
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...his men will stick to theirs. The man shuffles away as the Bravos snicker, and Billy thinks that people shouldn't talk about what they don't know. Albert suggests that Dime look... (full context)
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Dime berates Billy some more, and Billy recalls the day that Lake was injured. Billy had lost all... (full context)
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Dime orders another round of beers, and Billy decides to find the restroom. As he washes his hands, he remembers a childhood classmate... (full context)
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In the hallway, Billy runs into Mango and a waiter. Both look suspicious, and Mango invites Billy to smoke... (full context)
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...everyone meets the cheerleaders and says that they should absolutely get to meet Destiny's Child. Billy wonders if he'd have sex with Beyoncé given the chance but decides he'd rather hang... (full context)
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...provide insurance. He says that the Army is offering a $6,000 enlistment bonus and insurance. Billy is pained to learn that the Army is offering bonuses to others when they got... (full context)
6. Bully of the Heart
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...was given two nights and a day to visit their families several days before Thanksgiving. Billy went home to Stovall, where his father, Ray, drives around the house in his motorized... (full context)
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...to conservative radio, and smoking until the day he suffered a double stroke. Now, only Billy's mother, Denise, and Kathryn understand Ray, though he seldom speaks. The family secret remains unspoken:... (full context)
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Ray is impossible to please, and Billy realizes that he won't even be able to impress Ray with the fact that Billy... (full context)
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...smokes through dinner. He ignores his family as they talk to and about him, and Billy is struck by the realization that even though the rest of the family can hate... (full context)
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After dinner, Billy drops his things in his childhood bedroom and masturbates several times throughout the evening and... (full context)
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When the mess is cleaned up, Billy takes Brian outside. Billy is shocked to find that he doesn't find Brian boring. Rather,... (full context)
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Patty comes outside to hang out with Billy and Brian. She lights a cigarette and answers questions about her husband, and Billy notices... (full context)
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Patty asks Billy if he's heard about the house. She explains that Denise wants to take a loan... (full context)
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Kathryn appears and fetches beers for Patty and Billy, and the three of them sit outside with Brian. During the afternoon, several neighbors stop... (full context)
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Denise and Mr. Whaley join the Lynn children outside, and Mr. Whaley asks Billy about the war and his reception on the Victory Tour. Mr. Whaley struggles to keep... (full context)
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Mr. Whaley offers Billy a job in the oil fields upon his return, and Billy feels as though he... (full context)
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After lunch, Billy returns to the backyard and naps. He dreams that he's riding a parade float, but... (full context)
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Kathryn hands Billy another beer and asks about the tour. Billy deflects, and Kathryn admits she's going crazy... (full context)
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Billy asks Kathryn about Denise's possible home equity loan. Kathryn tells Billy to not worry about... (full context)
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...the afternoon passes as Kathryn asks about life at the front. Finally, she asks how Billy and the other Bravos actually feel about the war. Billy admits that he doesn't think... (full context)
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Kathryn asks what would happen if Billy didn't go back, and Billy insists that he can't not go back. She frantically lists... (full context)
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Billy wakes to the sound of Ray's wheelchair in the yard. It startles Billy, and his... (full context)
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Billy watches, perplexed, as Ray whirrs around the yard, presumably looking at the flowers—something he's never... (full context)
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...Denise, Kathryn, and Patty argue about the home equity loan. When Denise breaks down crying, Billy assures her that everything will be fine. When Billy goes to bed later, he feels... (full context)
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Denise suggests that maybe someone should wake Ray, but Billy shrugs. Brian sleepily pads into the kitchen and climbs into Patty's lap, and his presence... (full context)
7. We Are All Americans Here
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Back at the Texas Stadium, Billy thinks that if he were to add up the wealth of every person he's ever... (full context)
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Norm goes down the line of Bravos, shaking hands, and when he finally gets to Billy, Billy feels as though he's levitating. He can barely concentrate on Norm's words as Norm... (full context)
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...of the guests mob Bravo Squad to thank them for their service. One couple asks Billy about meeting George and Laura Bush, and Billy remembers that he half-expected President Bush to... (full context)
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Billy feels especially poor among the rich people in the room, but he realizes that everyone... (full context)
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Billy drifts in and out of the conversation until a Cowboys executive offers to get Billy... (full context)
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Once Billy gets his drink, he scans the crowd. Noticing how thick the crowd is around Norm,... (full context)
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Suddenly feeling fearless, Billy asks Mr. Jones how a business as large as the Cowboys even works. Specifically, Billy... (full context)
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Billy wonders how he could learn about business but knows he doesn't want to go back... (full context)
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A-bort and Crack approach Billy minutes later with crazed looks, insisting that they want to have sex with Norm's wife.... (full context)
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...Trisha is Norm's daughter. Finally, Norm arrives to lead the Bravos to the press conference. Billy's headache persists, and he wishes Josh could find him some Advil. (full context)
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...praising the soldiers. As Norm urges the reporters to stand and applaud for Bravo Squad, Billy feels as though the war has reached a new level of crazy. Billy feels as... (full context)
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Norm offers a quick rundown of the Bravos' heroic exploits in Iraq while Billy studies the cheerleaders. Most look like college girls, and Billy has to remind himself to... (full context)
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As Billy continues to look down the line of cheerleaders, one, a short strawberry blonde, returns his... (full context)
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...they ask what "inspired" Bravo's heroics at the Al-Ansakar Canal. Dime delegates the question to Billy, who manages to mumble something about knowing he needed to save Shroom and his training... (full context)
8. Dry-Humping for the Lord
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...looks like a prop amongst the cheerleaders. The narrator notes that the photo will make Billy realize that the twenty-two-year-old A-bort is also just a kid like Billy. The narrator says... (full context)
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After the press conference ends, groups of three cheerleaders latch onto each Bravo. Billy doesn't want to touch them, but they get close to him anyway. He finds their... (full context)
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Billy spots "his" cheerleader with Sykes and asks the surrounding cheerleaders if a girl needs to... (full context)
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Deciding he needs a minute to himself, Billy leans up against the wall. Several reporters approach him and ask if he's thought of... (full context)
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Faison compliments Billy's interview and tells him about what it's like being a cheerleader. She claims that most... (full context)
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Slowly, Billy leans in and kisses Faison. They kiss energetically, Faison occasionally coming up for air and... (full context)
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Billy hears the voices from the press conference moving away, signaling the end of his time... (full context)
9. Jamie Lee Curtis Made a Shitty Movie
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Billy spends the next half hour unaware of his surroundings, and finally arrives at the football... (full context)
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Billy desperately wants to ask Dime for advice regarding what happened with Faison, but Dime is... (full context)
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...When Josh returns, he has disappointing news: Norm is talking about football, not the movie. Billy picks up a football, tosses it to Dime, and runs. Billy manages to catch the... (full context)
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...and a fan screams at them during the fourth. The directors call a break, and Billy backs into a huddle of three cheerleaders. They tell him that Faison wasn't included in... (full context)
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...directors call everyone back for a fifth take, but the cameras glitch. While they wait, Billy listens to Dime and Norm discuss Albert and the film. Norm mentions that he thinks... (full context)
10. XXL
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Billy is awed by the sheer size of the football players. He thinks that America is... (full context)
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Billy hangs back, afraid to even look at the football players. He feels small and exposed,... (full context)
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When Billy gets to Octavian Spurgeon—a hulking black man with delicate cheekbones—Octavian greets Billy awkwardly. The player... (full context)
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Billy finds Dime, whose football still sports no autographs. He tells Dime that the players aren't... (full context)
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An equipment manager named Ennis introduces himself and then asks Billy and Dime if they'd like a tour of the equipment room. Ennis asks how the... (full context)
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...it takes two semis to travel for away games. By the end of the tour, Billy's headache is even worse from the plastic and leather fumes of the room. He feels... (full context)
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...autograph. Back in the locker room, Norm stands on a chair and addresses the team. Billy notices that the players are some of the best-cared-for humans and thinks that they should... (full context)
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The Cowboys' pastor leads the players in prayer, and Billy remembers that Shroom said the Bible is just a compilation of Sumerian legends. Billy finds... (full context)
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Octavian Spurgeon summons Billy to his locker, where several other players are gathered. Octavian says that they'd like to... (full context)
11. This Is Everything There Is
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Billy decides to give his ball away as he follows Norm and the other Bravos through... (full context)
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...have heard nothing about halftime, which riles them up. They decide to get drunk, but Billy thinks of Faison and decides to only get buzzed. Norm invites Bravo Squad to watch... (full context)
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An old man waves Billy over and introduces himself as March Hawey. Hawey immediately begins talking about viewing the footage... (full context)
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Hawey asks Billy if he was scared, and Billy says that he was, but he didn't have time... (full context)
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Billy thinks back to how Shroom spoke about Dime as being all-knowing and exceptionally smart. Dime... (full context)
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Back in Norm's private box, Billy listens to Hawey say that he thinks it's bad to keep talking about terror on... (full context)
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Billy listens to the conversations around him until Norm comes up and puts his massive arm... (full context)
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Finally, Billy escapes to the bar for Coke, and Dime joins him. Dime admits that he told... (full context)
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A woman excitedly tells Billy that he's on the Jumbotron and engages him in conversation about the Victory Tour. She... (full context)
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...attention as the Cowboys' color guard brings out the flag and the national anthem begins. Billy thinks about Shroom and Lake, but his mind wanders to Faison. He picks her out... (full context)
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Billy observes that Americans sound like drunks at the end of the anthem. A group of... (full context)
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Billy finally escapes the women and finds A-bort, Holliday, and Mango watching the field from seats... (full context)
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Dime asks Billy to point out Faison, and he compliments Billy on his choice. When Dime leaves, he... (full context)
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Hawey continues that business is like a puzzle with a thousand moving parts and tells Billy that a person needs to be an independent thinker and have inner peace to be... (full context)
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After a moment, Hawey asks Billy to confirm that he was denied a Medal of Honor. Hawey mentions his own brief... (full context)
12. Billy and Mango Are Out For a Walk
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...to their seats in the drizzle, and the men pull out their phones and tobacco. Billy has a text from Kathryn and one from Pastor Rick. Billy remembers meeting Pastor Rick.... (full context)
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Mango struggles to settle as Billy fields well wishes from citizens from his aisle seat. Billy wonders what he believes in... (full context)
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Billy tells Mango to come with him to meet his girlfriend. Mango is confused but happily... (full context)
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Security guards approach Billy and Mango and ask them to leave. Billy gives them a hard time, but the... (full context)
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Billy's phone rings. He picks up A-bort's call and tells A-bort that he and Mango went... (full context)
13. Raped By Angels
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Billy knows halftime isn't going to going to go well when Lodis begins slurring his words... (full context)
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Billy takes in the drum major, the Army Drill Team, and a corps of ROTCs. The... (full context)
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...the field. Lodis is already flinching and begins to howl when fireworks start going off. Billy tries to calm Lodis, but he sees that even Crack looks clammy. Billy thinks that... (full context)
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As he watches Destiny’s Child, Billy remembers being told to assume he's going to die when he deployed. He wonders how... (full context)
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The strobe lights make Billy's headache worse, so he narrows his eyes. He thinks of the spectacle before him as... (full context)
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...the stage, find their Xs, and stand at attention. She teases the tense-looking Bravos, and Billy notices that even Day looks unwell. As fireworks that sounds like bombs continue to go... (full context)
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...the stage backdrop, and suddenly, Beyoncé steps through. She's gorgeous and close enough to touch. Billy watches handlers offer her water and help her change, and he thinks that she's one... (full context)
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Someone pushes Billy out, and as he looks out at the crowd, he wishes he were at war.... (full context)
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Billy notices Sykes weeping, and Billy hopes that they'll make it through. He focuses on the... (full context)
14. If In the Future You Tell Me This Is Love, I Will Not Disappoint You
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...roadies yell at Bravo to leave. Bravo doesn't leave and instead discusses having seen Beyoncé. Billy tells Dime that he feels sick. Dime insists that everyone's fine, and this is “just... (full context)
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...their story, and then send them across the field to figure out where to go. Billy is thrilled to see a concerned-looking Faison run out to meet them. She's horrified to... (full context)
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...cheerleaders are incensed on the Bravos' behalf and fetch ice for the injuries. Faison asks Billy about Sykes, who's still crying. Billy explains that he's emotional and misses his wife, and... (full context)
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As Billy puts Faison's number in his phone, he explains that Kathryn is his sister. He points... (full context)
15. Temporary Sanity
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...Day asks to go find Destiny's Child, Josh says that he thinks they're already gone. Billy doesn't even ask again for his Advil. (full context)
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...and Mango tend to their injuries in the bathroom, everyone else calls home. Patty answers Billy's call and asks about Beyoncé. Billy deems her "thick through the hips" and insists that... (full context)
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Kathryn takes the phone and tells Billy about playing with Brian in the snow all morning. She steps outside and lowers her... (full context)
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...this group has a PR firm capable of making the government look terrible for prosecuting Billy and insists that he's too sane to go back. Billy admits that he wants to... (full context)
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Denise harrumphs about how lewd the halftime show was, becoming more and more righteous. Billy asks about Thanksgiving dinner and about Ray, who is watching the game with Patty's husband.... (full context)
16. Will Slay Vampires For Food
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...but not as many as before. Major Mac has been sitting in their row, and Billy once again ends up in the aisle seat. The Bravos begin to feel as though... (full context)
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Billy pulls his phone out and tells Mango he's in love. Mango laughs and agrees, noting... (full context)
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Billy's phone rings, startling him. It's not Faison, so he lets it ring. After the caller... (full context)
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Sykes's singing pulls Billy out of his reverie. The nice boojee lady sitting in front of Bravo notices that... (full context)
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...as she leaves, and Mango comments on how nice she was. Mango tries to convince Billy that he needs to find a way to have sex with Faison before they leave,... (full context)
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Billy's phone rings. It's Kathryn, and he doesn't pick up. She texts him a few minutes... (full context)
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Billy asks Dime if he would go back to Iraq if he had a choice. Dime... (full context)
17. Money Makes Us Real
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Josh delivers Dime and Billy to Albert in a hallway outside of Norm's suite. Albert pointedly encourages Josh to leave... (full context)
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...have to spend several million dollars for a script and a lead actor. Dime tells Billy that this is where they'll get screwed, and Albert insists that he's not going to... (full context)
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Mr. Jones pokes his head out of the suite, interrupting Dime as he asks Billy what he thinks. Albert confirms that Dime still wants to talk to Norm, and though... (full context)
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...suite is dim and smells of burnt coffee and cigarettes. Norm and his sons greet Billy, Dime, and Albert, as Mr. Jones perches on a stool and Josh stands awkwardly. The... (full context)
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...Norm looks dazed but tells Dime to look around and see how serious he is. Billy thinks he'd fold now if he could, but Dime keeps pushing. He asks where the... (full context)
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...Norm liked the Bravos. Norm insists he does like the Bravos, and Dime turns to Billy and says that Norm likes them so much, he's going to screw them. Albert immediately... (full context)
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...restroom while Dime calls the rest of Bravo. They all agree the deal is horrible. Billy receives a text from Kathryn telling him that she sent a car for him, but... (full context)
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Back in the suite, the TVs show the Cowboys losing. Norm tells Dime and Billy how much he loves winning. When a phone rings, Mr. Jones answers it and hands... (full context)
18. The Proud Good-Bye
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Billy muses that it seems silly to make a movie when the original Fox News footage... (full context)
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When Billy takes his seat again, he, Mango, A-bort, and Lodis discuss how rude Norm's attempted deal... (full context)
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Billy asks Albert how he felt about getting deferment from Vietnam and how he feels about... (full context)
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...the United States is losing the war, and Crack calmly suggests that Travis join up. Billy wants Crack to hit Travis and be done with him. He imagines being at the... (full context)
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Dime comes over to Billy and asks about Albert. Billy says that Albert is cool, and Dime insists that even... (full context)
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...Dime declares that it's time to leave. Josh leads them out of the stadium, and Billy texts Faison to meet him outside. Nobody stops the Bravos to thank them or get... (full context)
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Billy looks around for Faison and notices that the crowd is rippling. He shouts as the... (full context)
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Billy gets a text from Faison and leaps out of the limo. The cops try to... (full context)
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Billy hears Dime bellowing for him. Billy and Faison kiss one more time, and she promises... (full context)