Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

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Ben Fountain

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Though Crack's actual last name is Koch, he's known to Bravo Squad only as Crack. He torments Sykes in the lead up to the halftime show but seems just as shaken by the show as the rest of Bravo. Later, when a group of drunk young men try to ask Crack how he feels about gay men in the military, Crack puts a man named Tyler in a headlock and nearly kills him.
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Crack Character Timeline in Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

The timeline below shows where the character Crack 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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...Returning his attention to the car, Billy listens to Albert talk into his cellphone and Crack read the sports pages of the newspaper so that Holliday and A-bort can bet on... (full context)
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...rescue story. Albert gets back on the phone, and Bravo listens to his foul banter. Crack returns to the sports pages, and Sykes impersonates Beyoncé, wondering aloud if she'd go to... (full context)
2. A Private in the Infantry
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...seats, as Billy chats with Mango. Next to Mango is A-bort, then Holliday, Lodis, Sykes, Crack, Dime, Albert, and finally, Major Mac. Billy looks at the sky through the open dome... (full context)
3. It is Mostly in Your Head But We Have Cures for That
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...a solemn tribute to Shroom's spirituality but instead was a "freak show of Christian wingnuts." Crack asks Albert to make sure that all goes in the movie, but Albert insists that... (full context)
4. The Human Response
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...it is the hard part, as she won't read without an offer from a studio. Crack asks if they have a studio, and Albert says they don't. He confirms that this... (full context)
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...are like innocent children, and he pities them. When Bravo is able to move again, Crack insists that one woman was grinding on him until he suggested they keep in contact... (full context)
5. By Virtue of Which the Many Become the One
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...but Dime calls Billy's attention back to lunch. Albert declares that he'll miss Bravo, and Crack urges Albert to visit them in Iraq. Albert objects and admits that the only reason... (full context)
7. We Are All Americans Here
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A-bort and Crack approach Billy minutes later with crazed looks, insisting that they want to have sex with... (full context)
9. Jamie Lee Curtis Made a Shitty Movie
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...of Bravo, and Norm conducts his own phone call on the other side, Lodis and Crack discuss what they'll buy with their money and who will play them in the movie.... (full context)
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Mango, Lodis, Sykes, Crack, and A-bort join in, and Bravo plays a loose version of tackle football with no... (full context)
13. Raped By Angels
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...when fireworks start going off. Billy tries to calm Lodis, but he sees that even Crack looks clammy. Billy thinks that this is the perfect PTSD trigger, but Bravo has no... (full context)
14. If In the Future You Tell Me This Is Love, I Will Not Disappoint You
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...normal is anymore. The roadie foreman snaps at Bravo again to leave but stops when Crack asks where they're supposed to go. Crack insults the foreman, and all of a sudden,... (full context)
15. Temporary Sanity
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...someone was supposed to bring them to a pre-arranged meeting point. Josh is shocked when Crack mentions the fight, but all of the Bravos assure Josh that they're fine. When Day... (full context)
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As Lodis, Crack, and Mango tend to their injuries in the bathroom, everyone else calls home. Patty answers... (full context)
16. Will Slay Vampires For Food
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...the freezing rain, and she asks the others if the Army even gives soldiers coats. Crack assures her that they're too dumb to care about the weather, and Mango demonstrates how... (full context)
18. The Proud Good-Bye
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...bottles of alcohol. Though the couples try to deter them, one man, Travis, loudly asks Crack how he feels about Don't Ask Don't Tell and gays in the military. Crack says... (full context)
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...declares that he doesn't care whom the Bravos have sex with; they're true American heroes. Crack declines to give Travis a high five, and when Travis sits back down, Crack leans... (full context)