Carl: Let's say that you really are Harriette and Rachel's father. Why did they think you were dead?
Jimmy: I was only 18 when I married Darlene, and we had problems from the get go. She thought it would help if we had kids, but in many ways it just made things worse. Now, I stuck it out for five years. But then, when Harriette was three and Rachel was one... I bailed out.
Carl(sickened) You abandoned them.
Jimmy: I sent money, and I called, and one day Darlene told me to stop calling. She said she had told Harriette and Rachel that their father had been shot down over Korea.
Carl: Now why did she do that?
Jimmy: She said she didn't want her little girls growing up thinking that their father had run out on them.