‘Army Wives’ shows the messy side effects of deployment on the family in ‘After Birth’

The second installment of Lifetime’s new hit drama Army Wives looks at the less “romantic” side of being an Army wife.  In “After Birth,” we saw what happens to the twins born last week as well as the messy side effects of deployment on family life.

Pamela and RoxyGrowing up a Navy brat, I always knew that I didn’t want to marry a military man.  This show reminds me why.  I felt so bad for Roxy (Sally Pressman) when she learned that her husband of 17 days was headed to Iraq.  Instead of a honeymoon, she’s learning about which shirts to buy her husband so he won’t burn as bad if struck by a IED (improvised explosive device) and how the FRG (Family Readiness Group) has moved from encouraging women to be self-reliant while their husbands are gone to comforting those who’ve lost their spouse.  But I have to hand it to Roxy, she made the best of it.  And how sweet was it that Trevor (Drew Fuller) wants to adopt her boys.  They do make a cute couple.

On the other hand, did anyone else think Pamela’s (Brigid Brannagh) husband was a real jerk?  She’s busy giving birth to twins on a pool table — twins that aren’t even hers — to raise money for their family and he’s playing video games on the new game system and plasma TV he bought.  And when she tells him that she went into labor early, he’s not worried about her health.  He’s worried about who found out and what it means for his status on the Delta Force.  While he goes to work, she’s left to deal with the gossips. 

I can’t imagine what it’s like to carry two babies in your womb for eight months and then give them up.  Let alone have to lie about their existence to everyone you know, including your own children.  Thank goodness Chase (Jeremy Davidson) stepped up to the plate and told the kids.  I don’t think he’s a bad guy.  He just needs a kick in the butt from time to time.

Claudia Joy (Kim Delaney) continues to be the guiding force of wisdom.  Despite her husband’s objections (who by the way thought being a surrogate was an admirable thing) let’s the twins stay at her house until the real parents return home from a vacation.   Let’s hope that nosy general’s wife doesn’t find out and cause trouble.  Although Claudia Joy seems like the calming force in the group, I wouldn’t want to cross her.

Denise and JeremyIn addition to her work with the RFG and helping Pamela, Claudia Joy counsels a concerned Roland (Sterling K. Brown).  He came home to find out his wife drunk again.  Joan (Wendy Davis) is having trouble adjusting to life at home.  Roland knows she has Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, but it’s hard to remain objective about the ones you love.  He needs to get her help before it costs them their marriage.

Then there’s Denise (Catherine Bell).  Poor Denise.  It’s hard enough as a parent to watch your children make mistakes, decisions that hurt them.  But what do you do when your child hurts you, intentionally?  A threat from the Colonel didn’t even stop Jeremy (Richard Bryant) from hurting his mom again.  I’ve more from Roxy’s school of thought and was glad to see Roxy coaxing Denise into taking control of the situation herself.

Overall I think it was a solid episode giving us a little more insight into the lives of these Army families.  It looks like we next week get a closer look at some of the kids in the families.

For more articles on Army Wives, click here.

(Photos courtesy of Lifetime)


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