Watching Band of Brothers again so closely to get the chronology and quotes for BoBbook (FaceBoB?) right has got me appreciating the cinematic and narrative techniques so much more - especially the foreshadowing around Muck and Penkala. They both have close calls in Bastogne
and then in The Breaking Point
there's the "don't do anything stupid" and "you're one lucky bastard" exchanges. Their deaths had nothing to do with stupidity and were just sheer bad luck; Skip (with Penk standing by) calls Luz a lucky bastard, only for him to later see Skip's luck run out in the most horrific way possible. And then they twist the knife with the parallelism of the dead shell - Luz is still a lucky bastard, but there's no gallows humour any more. Just the utter randomness and sick absurdity of war. I'm choking up just typing this. It's like survivor's guilt by proxy. I guess that just shows what a great job they did.
Going back to the credits, I see Graham Yost wrote that episode. He is a fucking master.