After the intense mission against Abdul Waajid (Sid Lucero), the troopers of the 4th Infantry Division spend lighter moments at the camp while waiting for a new lead and command from the superiors. The men opt for a friendly basketball match to have fun all the while fostering their bond. In the middle of the game, Alex (Gerald Anderson) accidentally hits Lourdes (Sue Ramirez) with the ball. His buddies anticipate the next scene knowing that Alex is in trouble. Lourdes punches Alex as revenge, drawing laughter from their comrades. But Alex is still seen smiling as Lourdes turns her back. His friends tease him, noting that he seems to be craving for more punches from the female trooper and that he appears happier than hurt.
The matchmaking continues until the night over a drinking session. Alex’s group opens up on their romantic histories. Gorio (Angelo Ilagan) boosts his masculinity, claiming that he juggles a lot of girlfriends at the same time. Gorio expresses his belief that females do nothing but leave men broken in the end just like how his own mother abandoned him. Alex begs to disagree, his statement prompting the others to set him up with Lourdes.
Meanwhile, the senior officers bond over bottles of alcohol as well. They share a toast for their late comrade, Noah. A conversation with Jethro (Elmo Magalona) hints at Lourdes’ past romantic involvement with Noah. Seeing that Lourdes is still silently mourning over Noah’s death, Jethro urges his friend to move on and find someone new. He starts to mention his other single male pals including Alex. But Lourdes vows to never fall in love with another soldier.