Back to Cal for a moment. We have another song. It's no Alicia Keyes, but it's apropos. Cal and Julie sitting in the studio… K-I-S-S-I-N-G. They share their first kiss in her art studio.
And now back to World War II.
Tessie, on the home front, watches the newsreels every day, searching for Milton and hoping he is safe.
Michael Antoniou is studying at Holy Cross. He writes Tessie twice a week, and she writes him back. She only writes him lies, though.
At war, Milton gets a veritable death sentence. He's assigned the position of signalman. "Thirty-eight seconds was the life expectancy of a signalman" (2.6.60). He's basically going to be one of the guys in Saving Private Ryan who gets blown up in the first ten minutes.
At the last second, Milton is granted reprieve. Can you say deus ex machina?
Milton passes an admissions test to the Naval Academy at Annapolis and is transferred at the last minute. He returns home.
Desdemona gives thanks to St. Christopher, and says that Milton must return to Greece and fix the church there.
Tessie ditches Mike and marries Milton instead. Mike ends up shifting his focus to the next available pair of XY chromosomes in the room: Milton's sister, Zoë.