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"If someone dumps on me five pounds, I dump back fifty - all right?"
Rose, who is never invited out, was extremely pleased to attend the party. However, she is surprised by how differently Eddie behaves in the company of his friends and she particularly objects to his heavy drinking. With the contest actually fixed, Eddie didn't win first prize but did receive $26 and an honorable mention when Rose was sick in the toilets. She soon learns about the dogfight competition.
All in all, it was an extraordinary night for Rose - it is not only the first time that a boy asks her out but also the first time that she punches someone in the face.
With the party over, the other three marines go off to get their tattoos. In a symbolic gesture of comradeship the Four Bees had all decided to each have a bee tattooed on their arms. However, Eddie spent the rest of the night trying to make up for the way he treated Rose and would miss out on getting his tattoo.
After an intimate evening together, Rose gives Eddie her address, hoping he will write. But back in the influence of his marine friends, both her address and the memories of their enjoyable evening together are quickly discarded. Instead, Eddie boasts that he spent the night with a thirty-two-year-old Officer's wife, much to the delight of his companions.
Eddie Birdlace eventually did get posted to Vietnam. The regiment in which The Four Bee's served was posted to the Chu Lai area of South Vietnam in 1966. They were soon attacked. Of the original Four Bees, Eddie Birdlace was the only one to return to the United States alive.
Eddie returned to Rose's café when he arrived back home for an emotional reunion with her. But his very first port of call when he got home was to visit a tattoo artist. He knew exactly which design he wanted - a bee.
He got four of them.
"Oh, hey - my apologies.... I'm not used to being around ladies."