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Shooting the Moon

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We kick off with a bang when TJ gets deployed to the Vietnam War only a couple weeks after enlisting. His younger sister, Jamie (our leading lady) is thrilled. Yep, you read that right. She's been around war her whole life. Her dad is a big shot (a.k.a. colonel) on an army base and won a slew of medals back in the day, so she's spent her fair share of time around soldiers. Her parents, on the other hand, aren't so excited about the prospect of their son going off to war—Jamie just doesn't know it yet.

Mail call. The first package arrives from TJ and Jamie can't wait to open it. That is, until she realizes there's no juicy letter for her inside. Instead she gets a roll of film with instructions to develop it. Um, okay. She's never done that before. Luckily, she's a natural, and Sergeant Byrd down at the rec center teaches her in no time. She develops the pics, but all she sees are huts and people, plus a couple shots of the moon. Sigh.

Jamie's friend Cindy loves the moon, so she takes the moon pics over to her house. Cindy puts the pictures on her wall, and it reminds Jamie of how much TJ loved photographing the moon. Something about all the grooves and shadows appealed to him. Whatever, though; Jamie just wants some blood and guts. Is that too much to ask? Meanwhile, she passes the time playing cards with her new army pal Hollister at the rec center. They have a gin rummy tournament going, and it's anybody's game.

While Jamie gets more rolls of film from TJ, she starts to get a picture of what war is actually like. There are amputees and bandaged men who look really young. Sergeant Byrd tells her he still has nightmares about his time over there. Jamie's not so sure she loves the idea of this war thing anymore, but she worries who she is without it since her family is an army family. What do they have without the war?

As it turns out, Jamie's dad isn't stoked about the Vietnam War either. The Colonel thinks it was a good idea to begin with, but it's gone on too long now. More and more people are dying over there. He lets her in on a little secret. Shh… He confesses that he tried to pull some strings to keep TJ out of the front lines, but wasn't able to. Now Jamie just wants her brother to come home.

One day, she finds out that Hollister's unit is about to ship out to Vietnam. His brother already died over there, and Jamie knows it will kill his mom if two of her kids don't come home from the same war. Enter the Colonel. Jamie asks the guy for a favor: Don't sign Hollister's deployment papers. It's that simple. He hesitates at first, since it's against procedure, but sooner or later, the Colonel comes around and agrees to keep Hollister put. Phew.

Just on the tail of that good news, Jamie suffers a blow: TJ has been taken as a POW (prisoner of war). Hollister drops by to see if she's okay—which, duh, she's not—and they, along with Jamie's mom and dad, all play cards together. Seem a bit light for a family that just learned their son was a POW? It's called distraction, people.

The book closes pretty rapidly, but we do get our loose ends tied up: TJ comes home two years later as the war is wrapping up. When he gets home, Jamie shows him the pictures she took while he was gone, and—ready for this?—there's one for every moon that he missed.

  • Chapter 1

    • Jamie might only be twelve years old, but that doesn't mean she doesn't know about war… or so she thinks.
    • She's super excited when her older brother, TJ gets to ship off to Vietnam and fight a real war, gun included. In fact, she wishes she could enlist too. Time for a history snack: It's the 1960s and the Vietnam War is in full swing, but not everybody is happy about it.
    • The day after TJ leaves, Jamie meets Private Hollister at the rec center.
    • You see, Jamie and her family live on a military base since her dad is a big-shot colonel.
    • Since she's volunteering at the rec center for the summer, she figures she better do something to pass the time.
    • What's better than a game of gin rummy?
    • Private Hollister's the one who suggests it, actually, unaware that Jamie knows more than a thing or two about cards.
    • He has a sister about her age and figures she looks younger than she is. Pshaw—Jamie will show him not to mess with her.
    • While he's shooting the breeze and learning about her family, Private Hollister doesn't notice how well Jamie's doing in cards.
    • Knock. (Hint: that's how you win at gin rummy. It's no joke). She's beat Hollister. In your face, army boy.
    • He's surprised—partly because she's a girl, and partly since she's young. They'll have to go head-to-head again soon.
    • Jamie knew she had what it took to win. She knows pretty much everything, even though she's only twelve.
  • Chapter 2

    • Jamie fills us in on a little background. She and her family live on an army base in Texas.
    • It turns out that having a colonel for a dad means that army is a big deal in the family. Surprise, surprise.
    • Just like on the base, the Colonel runs the show at home, too (heck, they even call him "Colonel" instead of dad).
    • TJ and Jamie aren't sick of the army, though. In fact, they love playing army; the more soldiers they can kill in their games, the better.
    • Basically, they use their toys to devise war strategies—think of it as video games for kids of the 1960s. Jamie can't get enough of war.
    • That's why it's so weird to her that her dad isn't jumping up and down when TJ enlists for the army. It's all she's ever dreamed of.
    • But the Colonel would rather TJ go to college, he claims; hit the books. Jamie knows something is up, but she can't figure out what. She guesses that her mom put the Colonel up to this.
    • How else could you explain her dad not getting excited over her brother signing up for the Vietnam War?
    • Jamie knows one of TJ's buddy's was captured in Vietnam recently, and the Colonel wonders aloud whether that's the reason TJ signed up in the first place.
    • Even though TJ claims it has nothing to do with his decision, Jamie knows better. She gets that her bro wants to help find his friend—or at the very least, help bring down the guys who took his buddy in the first place.
    • So what? Jamie doesn't see anything wrong with that.
    • She's been told how important the army is all her life. In her mind, her brother is the lucky one for getting to join it.
  • Chapter 3

    • Who's up for a game of gin rummy? Private Hollister and Jamie keep playing cards, and it's a close match.
    • Jamie lets us in on a secret: If one of them had been way better than the other, it wouldn't have been any fun. Since they are so closely matched, though, it's exciting to play together.
    • Hollister learned how to play so well by ditching school. He didn't like hitting the books much, so he'd fake a cold (cough, cough) and play cards with his mom instead.
    • We're pretty sure his mom was onto him, but she didn't mind—Hollister is her favorite kid, after all. Parents might claim they don't have faves, but we know the truth.
    • As for Jamie's family, TJ is the favorite. She knows her dad loves her, but it's just different between the Colonel and TJ.
    • Hollister points out that there's a special bond between fathers and sons.
    • Hmm… Jamie doesn't like that. She loves football and the army, so why shouldn't it be the same for girls and boys? (Preach, sister.)
    • They decide to keep track of their scores—this way they'll know who the winner is at the end of the summer.
    • Jamie's mom doesn't like her hanging around the rec center very much. People are drinking and cussing, and it doesn't seem like the best place for a young girl.
    • The Colonel, on the other hand, doesn't mind it. He thinks Jamie can learn pool just like a guy can.
    • That settles it: Jamie keeps hanging out at the rec center and playing cards.
    • One day, Hollister asks Jamie if she's interested in learning how to develop film.
    • Um, not really—TJ is the photographer in her family, Jamie thinks.
    • Hollister knows a bunch of guys come in with film to be developed and she could help them out, but Jamie just isn't interested.
    • This all changes when she gets TJ's first package from Vietnam.
  • Chapter 4

    • When TJ's first letter arrives from Vietnam, Jamie is ready to rip the package open.
    • Hold up: Jamie's mom tells her she has to wait until her dad gets home from work that night to open it.
    • Huh? Jamie knows her dad isn't the sentimental type; she doubts he'd even care.
    • It turns out her mom is right, though—the Colonel gets eerily emotional when he sees the letter, even though Jamie thinks it's no big deal. Cue the waterworks.
    • The three of them open it together; inside, there's a roll of film for Jamie and a letter for the 'rents.
    • Jamie's bummed out. No letter for her? Besides, the letter to their folks hardly says anything interesting—it's all boring stuff about the food. Snooze.
    • The Colonel defends TJ. (Surprise, surprise.) He tells Jamie that TJ is just getting used to it over there.
    • He doesn't have time to write a long letter to each of them; they should be thankful they got anything at all. Right.
    • When the Colonel adds that TJ probably hates it over there, Jamie is shocked. How could he say that? Who wouldn't want to go to war?
    • The next day, Jamie meets up with Sgt. Byrd to learn how to develop the film. Hollister doesn't know how to himself, but he promised Jamie that Byrd would help her.
    • Right away, she decides she likes Byrd. It might have something to do with the fact that he says medics are war heroes. (TJ is a medic.)
    • Byrd lets Jamie practice first on a roll of his film. This way, if she messes up, it doesn't destroy her brother's pictures from the war.
    • She's a natural. Byrd walks her through it, but Jamie does a great job on her first try.
    • Now, onto TJ's film. Jamie can't wait to see what's inside.
  • Chapter 5

    • Back when TJ was in junior high, the family was stationed in Germany.
    • Jamie remembers being dragged to a lot of tourist sites, so she developed an interest in comic books. She could only take so many long lines and historic masterpieces. Her comic books keep her preoccupied.
    • TJ, on the other hand, picked up a camera. He had a good eye for it, too—he'd notice a weird looking brick or leaf while they were walking and make everyone stop so he could get the right angle and lighting.
    • The Colonel didn't get it. He never liked slowing down.
    • The way he saw it, you can live your life or photograph it—he'd rather be a man of action.
    • Jamie tells us that TJ's pictures changed once he enlisted in the army. They used to be of nature, but now they were of two things: people or the moon.
    • She never saw what the fuss about the moon was. It's round and white. How interesting can it be to snap pics of? Surely that's not Instagram worthy.
    • TJ disagrees, though. He appreciates that it has shadows and craters all over it and notes how the clouds and the sky give it a different appearance every single night. Okay, okay, TJ is in love with the moon.
    • One night at dinner, TJ claims he'll get some really great pics while he's in Vietnam.
    • The Colonel points out that he might not even get sent to Vietnam. Besides, he'll have plenty to worry about over there that doesn't involve a camera.
    • This worries the Colonel. He thinks TJ pictures war as some cool photo op instead of the tough time it really is.
    • Jamie knows her dad is wrong about that. War is way cool.
  • Chapter 6

    • Jamie knows that her friend Cindy would like to see the photos TJ sent since her brother is also serving in Vietnam.
    • First, she fills us in on Cindy. She's very slow and doesn't understand things the way other kids do who are Jamie's age. We know she has a learning disorder, but Jamie doesn't go into the details of which one.
    • Sometimes Jamie watches out for Cindy while her mom goes to the grocery store or runs errands. Since most of Jamie's other friends have moved away, Cindy is one of the only pals she has.
    • Cindy, on the other hand, has a bunch of invisible friends. At one point, Brutus (who is really just a glob Cindy made at art camp) tells Cindy that Jamie doesn't like Africa, so Cindy gets mad at Jamie for lying and saying she does. Um, okay.
    • Eventually, talk turns to the photos, and Jamie shows them to Cindy one by one.
    • Even though she wants Cindy to be impressed, Jamie knows she won't be. Heck, she wasn't even impressed with them herself.
    • Most of what TJ photographed were huts and tents. Who cares?
    • Jamie wants to see war—blood, guts, you name it.
    • Cindy doesn't care much about the photos, until Jamie comes to the one of the moon.
    • Her eyes light up. Cindy loves it and wants to keep it to put on her wall.
    • Jamie gives it to her, and notes that they have something in common: Both of their brothers are in Vietnam. Doesn't seem like something to get excited about, but whatever.
    • The girls finish looking at the photos and decide to go for a walk.
  • Chapter 7

    • Two weeks later, another package from TJ arrives.
    • Fingers crossed it contains a letter with juicy details of people getting blown to bits—or, that's what Jamie hopes.
    • It doesn't.
    • She's bummed when all that comes are two rolls of film.
    • Reluctantly, she goes to the dark room to develop them.
    • When Jamie sees Hollister there, she tells him she's not sure if TJ got the pics she developed for him before.
    • He points out that it's only been a week since she sent them, so he probably hasn't even received them yet.
    • Hollister starts to ask her something, but then stops abruptly; he says it can wait until later.
    • Jamie goes back to developing the photos and finally comes across some blood.
    • It's oozing out of a soldier's stomach, which is all bandaged, and she's so excited she can hardly contain herself.
    • When she runs out to show Hollister, he tells her he's not interested in seeing photos of soldiers dying over there. It's too real.
    • What? Why? Jamie asks him point blank if he's know anyone who died in the war.
    • Yep… his brother.
    • It turns out Hollister's brother died early on in Vietnam, and it really shook his mom up.
    • Jamie is stunned. She can't believe someone actually died over there (even though it is a war). How did this happen? Newsflash: people die in wars, Jamie.
    • Later, Jamie looks at the photo again. She decides not to show it to her mom. She doesn't want to worry her.
  • Chapter 8

    • Before TJ left for the army, things were weird at home. The way Jamie describes it is as loud and quiet.
    • On the one hand, her mom would randomly yell about the war, like she didn't even understand the purpose of it.
    • But her dad was super silent all the time.
    • She knows her dad is pro-army all the way, so it was really strange when he didn't get excited about TJ signing up.
    • Jamie always figured her mom was to blame, but then one night her mom called the Colonel out on his sour attitude about TJ's decision.
    • It's not that she was happy about it; she just realized that TJ's mind was already made up, end of story.
    • Looking to get to the bottom of it, Jamie decides to have a little chat with her dad, man to man.
    • Before hand, she knows she has to impress him, so she mows the lawn and babysits Cindy for free. Doing this gets her big brownie points in the Colonel's book.
    • One night, she asks him straight up: Why don't you want TJ to enlist in the army?
    • The Colonel explains that he'd be thrilled if TJ joined the army after college. He's just not ready yet.
    • When Jamie asks if her dad is worried something will happen to TJ, the Colonel abruptly ends the conversation. It doesn't take a genius to figure out that he's worried about TJ going in Vietnam.
    • Every now and again, the Colonel mentions something great about college to try to tempt TJ. He points out the pretty girls and the fancy medical labs there. TJ doesn't bite, though.
    • TJ shows Jamie some photos he took of the family. There's one of their mom reading and another of the Colonel getting home from work.
    • In it, he looks exhausted. It's the first time Jamie realizes that her dad might hate his job.
  • Chapter 9

    • Each day at the rec center, Jamie learns more about Vietnam, courtesy of Byrd.
    • He was over there in the army and tells her all about the different words they use: A "bac-si" is a medic, and a "grunt" is an infantryman.
    • Since Jamie is a pro at developing pictures by now, Byrd suggests she help teach the other soldiers how to do it.
    • Jamie enjoys teaching them, and she's good at it, too.
    • Byrd loves TJ's photos of the moon. When he asks Jamie about them, she lets her anger at her brother show.
    • She's annoyed that she still hasn't gotten a letter from him. All he sends her is film. Who cares about that?
    • But Byrd points out that each picture is like a letter in itself. If all TJ wanted was the pictures developed, he'd send them to her folks.
    • Instead, it's clear these photos are meant for her—he doesn't want his parents to see all of them.
    • Jamie never thought of it like this before, but she knows he's right.
    • With the next roll of film, Jamie realizes she's squinting at one image in particular.
    • In it, a soldier sits in a wheelchair with his leg amputated. At first she thinks it might be TJ, but soon she realizes, it's not. Phew.
    • When the soldiers look at TJ's photos, they get all quiet and squirmy, especially the ones who have never been over there themselves. It's no wonder, too; they show soldiers with their legs amputated and heads' bandaged.
    • Later, Jamie stops by to see Cindy.
    • Cindy tells her that her brother Mark writes long letters to them often.
    • When Jamie asks Cindy if she ever worries about her brother, Cindy tells her no—he's a soldier, so it's his job to fight. This is how Cindy thinks of it.
    • Jamie gets this. She's also starting to feel like it might be a bad thing for TJ to be at war, though.
  • Chapter 10

    • It's neck and neck for the gin rummy tournament. People are starting to take note, too.
    • Sometimes people ask to see the scoreboard to know whether Jamie or Hollister is winning. It goes back and forth.
    • Most people are rooting for Jamie to win—being a lot younger and a girl means people didn't expect her to whoop a soldier's behind in cards. You go, girl.
    • There are only a couple more weeks left before September, when Jamie will have to go back to school.
    • One day, Hollister asks Jamie if her dad knows who he is.
    • Jamie says she supposes he does, though she isn't really sure where he's going with all this.
    • Rumor has it that radio operators from the first signal troop are going to be shipped out to Vietnam soon. That's him.
    • He was wondering whether she could put in a good word with the Colonel for him.
    • Hollister doesn't want special treatment, but then again, his mom wouldn't be able to handle if another one of her sons died in this war.
    • Wait a minute… Her dad controls that? She had no idea.
    • Jamie never realized her dad had the power to send someone off or keep them home.
    • Even though she thinks it would be cruel to send Hollister to war (considering what happened to his brother), she knows her dad is a stickler for rules.
    • Nevertheless, she decides to think about it. She wants to help Hollister out, so she promises to mull it over.
  • Chapter 11

    • Over at Cindy's, Jamie watches her friend practice her ballet.
    • Cindy gets annoyed when Jamie isn't looking at her; she can tell her friend is preoccupied with something.
    • Before long, Cindy declares she's really upset: Mark won't be home for Christmas, and that makes Cindy sad.
    • Jamie knows how she feels—TJ will be in Vietnam over the holidays, too.
    • It turns out Cindy was born on a military base in Germany, just like Jamie.
    • Some kids at school called Cindy a Nazi when they found out, which really bugged her—she's as American as apple pie, thank you very much. Jamie tells her not to worry about what those jerks said.
    • Cindy runs off and grabs Brutus, which she wants to give Jamie as a present.
    • Jamie gave Cindy a present already (the moon pictures) and Cindy wants to give her something in return. Aw.
    • Suddenly, Cindy blurts out that her mom never stops crying—she's going to kill herself if Mark dies at war.
    • Here's the kicker: Cindy's not even supposed to know. She was eavesdropping and overheard her mom say that to her dad.
    • She's decided she wants to become president so she can bring Mark and TJ home from the war. Oh, if only it was that simple…
    • It dawns on Jamie that she's not as gung-ho about the war as she was when TJ enlisted. She feels like she's losing herself a little bit.
  • Chapter 12

    • Jamie remembers back to when TJ came home from basic training: It was like he was a different person.
    • Suddenly he was all serious, like he was a real soldier already. (Hmm… maybe because he was? Just saying…)
    • She thinks about how close they were when TJ was twelve and she was seven.
    • They'd play army every afternoon, sometimes against the Kerner brothers from school. It didn't really matter if they won or lost; they were soldiers together, and that was the important part.
    • TJ was only home for a weekend before he shipped out.
    • One night at dinner, TJ told the Colonel that he needs his dad to be proud of him.
    • The Colonel was stunned. Of course he's proud of his son. No question. Why would he even ask?
    • Okay, okay, TJ knows he's not all warm and fuzzy, but it seems like his dad thinks he's making a mistake by joining the army.
    • That's when the Colonel tells him that TJ reminds him a lot of himself at that age.
    • Bonus: the Colonel was always popular with the ladies. Wink, wink.
    • He tells a familiar story about how he met their mom, and she was smitten with him right away.
    • TJ and Jamie have heard the story a zillion times, but it's still nice to hear.
    • When the whole family takes TJ to the airport to report for duty, Jamie's mom tears up a little.
    • There are a bunch of hugs and kisses.
    • The Colonel tells TJ not to be a hero, to just do his job and keep his head down.
    • TJ salutes them and leaves.
    • Under his breath, the Colonel mutters something about the only way out of the war being "through." Um, okay.
    • Jamie revels in the moment. Her brother is going to war, just like they always dreamed of. She almost jumps up and down with excitement.
  • Chapter 13

    • By the time Jamie gets home from Cindy's house, her dad is in the backyard gardening.
    • She knows she has to find a way to ask the Colonel about Hollister, but she can't just rip off the Band-Aid.
    • Instead she chooses to attack from the side angle.
    • Jamie asks her dad whether it's right to send someone to war whose brother already died in the war.
    • That depends, her dad says, and then asks whether he enlisted or was drafted, explaining that he doesn't think it's fine if the guy is drafted, but if he signed up for the war, well, then he knew what he was getting into.
    • He tells her that sometimes soldiers sign up after their brothers are killed so they can get revenge on the enemy.
    • That's when Jamie blurts out that Hollister isn't out for revenge.
    • Oops… She let the cat out of the bag.
    • Backtracking, Jamie explains the situation: She doesn't want her dad to sign the orders for Hollister to go to war because his brother died.
    • The Colonel gets annoyed—this just means someone else will get killed instead of Hollister.
    • Jamie never thought about it like that.
    • Her dad explains to her that he's in a tough situation; no matter what he does, soldiers die.
    • It turns out, he's not that fussed on the war—he knows they got into it for the right reasons, but it's been too long now.
    • Things have changed, and they should get out before more people die. (For more on what he's talking about, check out our guide to the Vietnam War.)
    • Jamie is surprised to hear her dad say this.
    • But the Colonel doesn't stop there—apparently, before TJ shipped out, he tried to red light it.
    • The guy doesn't want his kid dying over in Vietnam and went so far as to ask an army buddy for a favor to keep TJ out of it.
    • It's too bad no one could do anything. Jamie didn't realize how much this was eating her dad up.
    • She asks if he'll help Hollister out, and the Colonel tells her that he'll think about it.
  • Chapter 14

    • It's Labor Day, and you know what that means (school starts again soon). It's also time for Hollister and Jamie to settle the score, once and for all. Game on.
    • They play from the time she walks into the rec center that morning until 5:00PM that night. Phew.
    • When they break for lunch, Hollister is up by two, but by the time the afternoon rolls around, they are trading off winning every hand.
    • It's a nail biter, for sure.
    • Byrd cheers Jamie on. Finally, in the last hand, she comes out on top. Yippee.
    • Hollister tells her that she's been a worthy opponent. He's had a blast… even if he lost in the end.
    • In fact, he even gives her the scorecard so she has something to remember their games by. Aw.
    • Jamie starts to relax about Hollister going anywhere. He's stuck around this long, so she figures that's a good sign.
    • Later on, Jamie asks Byrd about the photos he's been working on—she's never seen any of his pics, even though he has a bunch of film.
    • Bryd explains that he took three hundred rolls of film over in Vietnam but he's not sure whether he really wants to develop it or not. Why would he want to remember the war?
    • Meanwhile, Jamie starts school. She's not the biggest fan of school, except for her newspaper class.
    • Usually she doesn't like writing very much, but there's a formula with the newspaper; plus she gets to take pictures and use them in her articles. It's win-win.
    • One day, Jamie arrives to the rec center and some random guy is there instead of Hollister.
    • Where'd he go? The new guy has no clue.
    • Jamie knows she'll have to ask her dad about it if she wants any answers.
  • Chapter 15

    • When Jamie gets to her dad's office, his secretary tells her that she can't go in yet—he's on an important phone call and it's a big no-no to interrupt him. Sigh.
    • Finally Jamie is allowed to go in.
    • When she gets inside, she notices all her dad's medals and plaques on the wall.
    • He tells her that he'll take her home, right away; whatever she came to talk to him about can wait.
    • Um, no. Jamie's been waiting for an answer from him, and she's not about to throw that away.
    • Bam—she slams her hand down on the desk.
    • The Colonel is shocked. He's never seen Jamie act like this before.
    • She starts firing off questions at him faster than he can answer them.
    • Is Hollister in Vietnam? Why did he sign the order? Couldn't he stop it?
    • Her dad says something cryptic about one dead son being enough, but won't say any more. They have to get home—now. Scoot.
    • What's the rush? Her brother is missing in Vietnam. No one knows where he is.
    • It takes a while for Jamie to realize what's going on, and then she's not totally sure what this news means; all she knows is that her brother might be dead or in trouble. They go home together.
  • Chapter 16

    • Jamie figures that the last roll of film TJ sent might have some clues in it as to where he is.
    • She develops the film but all she finds are shots of the moon.
    • Come on, TJ… Why didn't you leave more clues for her?
    • Jamie blows a bunch of the pictures up really big so she can see all of the details in the moon. Still, though, there aren't any clues.
    • Jamie takes the photos over to Cindy's house.
    • When she gets there, Cindy tells Jamie that her birthday party is cancelled since TJ is missing.
    • Jamie wouldn't mind if Cindy still had it, but she appreciates the gesture.
    • After a while, Jamie heads home.
    • There, she finds Hollister waiting for her. Byrd told him about TJ so he wanted to stop by and check on Jamie.
    • She's not sure how she's doing, but she's glad he came to find out.
    • Hollister, Jamie, and her mom play a game of cards. It's good to take their minds off of what's going on with TJ.
    • Just then, her dad gets home and Hollister stands to attention.
    • Jamie introduces them, and Hollister seems more official somehow.
    • Her mom heads to the kitchen to put on a casserole, while her dad takes over her hand at cards.
    • Hollister thanks the Colonel for not signing his deployment papers. It would have been too rough on his mom if he left.
    • The Colonel lets Hollister in on a secret: He did it because his daughter asked him to. Turns out the old man has a soft side after all.
    • They play cards and chat.
    • Jamie tells us that later on, they learn that TJ was captured and taken as a POW (read: prisoner of war).
    • While he's gone, she takes a picture of the moon every night. She's not sure why at first, but when he finally comes home, she knows it was worth it: She captured all the moons he missed while he was away.