According to the book, "The Short Life and Happy Times of the Shmoo," by Al Capp (2003), "More than fifty years ago, America was taken by storm when Al Capp introduced the Shmoo in his comic strip Li'l Abner. The adorable squash-shaped character was so popular it immediately spawned the largest merchandising craze in the nation's history." See more »
A young nurse has died in a mine field. It happens shortly after a date with Hawkeye. The sad thing is that he doesn't really know anything about her. She is shy and a bit reclusive. When Potter asks people in the camp to deliver a eulogy, no hands go up. Hawkeye volunteers because they were intimate, though he couldn't tell anyone the first thing about her. He goes about interviewing different people and this is utterly useless, until Father Mulcahy hands over her diary, which was found under her mattress. This is an incredibly touching episode, which gives us all a reason to care about each other because in another time that may not be available to us.
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