"I only raped her once."
Description: Sickening admission of WWII American soldier Capt. "Aarfy" Aardvark (Charles Grodin) after he throws an Italian woman to her death from a window in the motion picture Catch-22 (1970).
Capt. "Aarfy" Aardvark is assigned to 256th squadron based on the island of Pianosa, in the Mediterranean Sea west of Italy. He is billeted in US Army Air Force Officer's housing unit on the third floor. One night, he decides to rape the maid assigned to clean his room. After his despicable act, he tosses the woman out of the third floor woman to her death.
Soon after, U.S. Army Capt. John Yosarrian (Alan Arkin) arrives on the scene and observes a crowd of people surrounding the body as it lay in the street. As he looks up, he sees Capt. Aardvark peering down from his apartment. Rushing up two flights of stairs, Yossarian enters Aardvark's room and finds him cowering in a corner bed. "I only raped her once, he tells Yosarrian and then rationalizes his violence by telling his friend that he had to kill her because, “I couldn’t let her say bad things about me.”
|Aarfy:||I only raped her once.|
|Yossarian:||You killed her?|
|Aarfy:||I had to do that after I raped her. I couldn't have her turning around saying bad things about me, could I?|
|Yosarrian:||What the hell did you have to touch her at all for you dumb bastard, why didn't you get some girl on the street?|
|Aarfy:||[laughs] Pardon me, but I never paid for it in my life.|
|Yossarian:||[shakes head] Aarfy, are you insane? They're gonna throw you in jail. You just killed a girl, You threw her out the window. She lying out there in the STREET!|
|Aarfy:||She has no right to be there, you know. It's after curfew.|
|Yossarian:||Don't you realize what you have done? You murdered a human being! They can hang you!|
|Aarfy:||[laughs] I don't think they will do that. Not to good old Aarfy. I don't think they'd make such a fuss over an italian girl. Thousands of lives are being lost every day.|
|Yossarian:||[sounds on the staircase] Aarfy, listen, they coming to arrest you. You can't take the life of an other human being and get away with it. Don't you undertand that? They'e coming to get you!|
|MP:||You're under arrest! You're AWOL!|
U.S. Army Air Forces B-25 bombardier Captain John Yosarrian has desperately been seeking a way to get transferred out of the insanity of warfare as the number of bombing runs increase, his comrades keep dying and his chances of being killed are growing day by day.
He has tried to be declared "insane" but the military bureaucracy and it's "Catch-22" mentality (If you say you are insane, then you can't be insane) has been preventing his escape for all of the horrors of war.
"Ok, let me see if I've got this straight. In order to be grounded, I've got to be crazy. And I must be crazy to keep flying. But if I ask to be grounded, that means I'm not crazy anymore, and I have to keep flying." - Yosarrian [to Doc]
After he is arrested by the MPs, his commanding officers offer Yosarrian a deal. They will send him home, if he promises to play nice and tells the folks back in the states what a wonderful job they are doing.
|Col. Cathcart:||You're a disgrace. I'd like to know how you got to be a Captain, anyway.|
|Yossarian:||You promoted me.|
|Col. Cathcart:||That has got nothing to do with it.|
At first, Yosarrian is reluctant to take the deal because he knows his bosses are stinkers, but he accepts the deal anyway. Ironically, as he walks away, he is stabbed in the back by an angry whore for delivering the message that a man she loved was dead.
After recuperating in the hospital for two weeks, he is visited by Danby (Richard Benjamin) and Tappman (Anthony Perkins), and confesses he is going to refuse the deal. He deserves to sent home for flying 55 missions, not because he decides to suck up to some bureaucrats. But, he knows that if he refuses the deal, he will be court-martialed for being AWOL.
Just then his two friends reveal that Yosarrian's best friend Orr (Bob Balalban) did not die in a plane crash, but instead deserted and rowed a boat all the way to Sweden. Yossarian is thrilled at learning Orr is alive and decides to desert and head north as well.
Jumping from his hospital window into a pile of hay, he begins running, then grabs an inflatable raft and starts paddling out to sea. It's a crazy thing to do, but if Orr could do it, so could he.
Note: The title of the film Catch-22 (1970) is based on the satirical novel written by Joseph Heller. The meaning of the phrase is explained in Chapter 5, Page 56:
"There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one's safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind. Orr was crazy and could be grounded. All he had to do was ask; and as soon as he did, he would no longer be crazy and would have to fly more missions. Orr would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn't, but if he were sane he had to fly them. If he flew them he was crazy and didn't have to; but if he didn't want to he was sane and had to. Yossarian was moved very deeply by the absolute simplicity of this clause of Catch-22 and let out a respectful whistle."
The storyline where Aarfy throws the Italian girl out of the window appears in Chapter 39.