This week on Army Wives we learn that being a part of the military — either directly or by association — is more than a career (no this isn’t a commercial), it’s a way a life. For the soldiers, the Army is their identity. And in “Who We Are” we learn that for many of the spouses, it’s the only life they’ve known.
But for Roxy (Sally Pressman), a new Army wife, the adjustment is still hard. For example, she’s having trouble preparing for Trevor’s (Drew Fuller) upcoming deployment. But Roxy’s prayers might have been answered when Trevor hurts his knee while spending quality time with the boys at the pool. Looks like he did enough serious damage to keep him from deploying and possibly ground him to a desk job. Roxy’s elated. Trevor’s not and she doesn’t understand why.
Pamela (Brigid Brannagh), whose husband left last week on a mission with no notice, explains a soldier’s priorities — Army, unit then family — to Roxy who can’t understand why the husbands are so eager to deploy even when they fear being apart from their loved ones and worry about their children forgetting them while they are gone. It’s their job and they believe they can help.
We get another peek at life on post with the discussion about retreat and Trevor teaching the boys about its importance. Growing up on a military base, I remember retreat time. I don’t actually remember being taught what to do during this time, I just remember knowing. And it never crossed my mind to not follow these procedures, even as a civilian.
The big news this episode was that Frank (Terry Serpico), looking a little worse for wear, came home and received a warm welcome upon his return. But the happy reunion was short lived when he found out how well Jeremy (Richard Bryant) has been taking care of his mother in his absence. The news that Jeremy wants to pursue studies in architechture instead of attending West Point seems to be a moot point now that Frank has disowned his son and is barely speaking to Denise (Catherine Bell) whom he thinks betrayed his trust by not being completely honest.
Yes, I think Frank’s reactions were rash and a little extreme, but knowing a lot of military men, I’d say that Jeremy was lucky his dad didn’t do worse. But I do want to point out that it was awfully kind of Frank to pack a couple bags for Jeremy, something I would’ve expected a mother to do. I think that it shows that Frank still cares about his son and that there is hope for mending the relationship in the future.
In the meantime, Claudia Joy (Kim Delaney) learns about Amanda (Kim Allen) and Jeremy’s relationship and tells Michael (Brian McNamara) who suggests “chaining her to the radiator.” I’m glad my husband didn’t hear that. It’d give him ideas about our daughter.
I’m guessing the Holdens are glad they decided not to talk to the Sherwoods about the relationship just now. But will being kicked out by his father push Jeremy and Amanda even more together? From the previews for next week, I’d say oh yeah. Will Frank’s conversation with the Colonel about his son change Michael’s opinion of Jeremy? Maybe, but if the relationship with Amanda continues . . . well let’s just say it’s a good thing if Jeremy does enlist. But he better hope he’s sent to another post and not under the Colonel’s command.
However, the Sherwood and Holden households aren’t the only one heating up. Roxy gets more that a little aggravated when her newly sober mom, Marda (Gigi Rice) pays a surprise visit in the middle of the night and then proceeds to spoil Roxy’s boys while telling Roxy how to live. However, when Roxy learns that Marda has lost her house and hair salon, she’s a little more sympathetic, at least until she finds the pills in Marda’s purse. Is Marda using? Or is she sick?
Meanwhile Pamela is dealing with the consequences of being a single mother while her husband is deployed including sleeping alone, fixing the kitchen sink and consoling her children about their father’s absence.
Also flying solo is Roland (Sterling K. Brown), whose wife is off post for 30 days for PTSD treatment. All the girls keep checking up on him, but he ignores their efforts. Not sure what’s going on here. Is he just missing his wife or is he upset that she will be staying in the Army after all? Or is it something else?
And finally, Marilyn (Katie Kneeland) accuses Roxy of telling her husband George about the affair. When Roxy tells her that she only told Pamela, Marilyn confronts Pamela only to reveals a little about herself.
Another great episode. I can’t get enough of this series. I was on vacation when this episode aired on Sunday and it’s killed me to wait until I had a chance to watch it. I’m looking forward to next week’s episode.
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