- Back in Torrance, California, Louie's sister Sylvia slips into depression.
- The family receives a telegram announcing Louie's disappearance, which makes matters worse.
- Phil even has a letter to Louie returned to him marked "Missing at Sea"and "CASUALTY STATUS VERIFIED" (4.21.8). Ugh.
- Louise, Louie's mom, develops a weird rash that won't go away.
- On October 6, Louie's army trunk arrives, but the family never opens it.
- In early 1944, America seizes Kwajalein, and someone finds the splinter of wood with Louie's name on it.
- Joe Deasy, the pilot of the Daisy Mae, realizes that Louie and Phil are still alive, although he has no clue where they might be.
- Cecy, Phil's fiancée, also holds onto hope that Phil is alive. Why? Because a fortune teller tells her so, and also says that Phil will be found by Christmas.
- The mothers of the men of the Green Hornet build a support group and start talking to each other.
- Louie is officially declared dead on May 28, 1944, but no one believes it.