Army Wives Review: "Command Presence"

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After a rocky start last week, Army Wives was back on track with an excellent episode. I was genuinely concerned with the odd character reactions to situations on the premiere, and I'm very happy my fears were unrealized.

A New Baby

That doesn't mean everything is coming up roses. Trevor somehow found out about Whit visiting and TJ shoplifting and blamed any and everything on Roxy. Apparently, not a week will go by without me being unhappy with one of our leads.

If there is one thing Trevor cannot do, it's treat Roxy as if she is a bad wife and mother. Roxy works so hard to keep their family afloat, always so strong, but remains compassionate to the needs of her extraordinary family.

It was certainly awkward for one of Joan's first duties as Garrison Commander to reprimand TJ for the shoplifting. I do think she was being unnecessarily harsh in light of her personal relationship with Roxy. She doesn't want to look easy or to play favorites. But as strapped for cash as the LeBlancs always are, a $100 fine for each item stolen, especially when they were returned, seemed a bit steep. If she says it's base policy, though, who am I to question?

I don't know what possessed Roxy to go to Roland to complain about the hearing with Joan and TJ, but it was very awkward and I realized Roxy's strength may be a hindrance to her in the long run. Why did she turn down his offer to talk to TJ? The kid obviously needs help he isn't getting from his parents.

The discussion between Joan and Roland about it afterward was even more distressing. I'm still not sure Joan and Roland's marriage is going to to survive the stress of this new position. Roland is not himself. He seems unhappy, especially when he realizes that supporting a commanding officer requires him to be a "Command Presence." The many functions they have to attend, including interactions with dignitaries like the Governor, will make working on their family situation even more difficult.

As beloved as Claudia Joy is, it was heartbreaking to see her walk out of her law school graduation ceremony completely alone. Professor Chandler, who has been kind of sleazy in the past (meaning, I haven't always believed his motives to be free of feelings for Claudia Joy), was right there, taking her to lunch to celebrate. He also offered her a job. How very convenient. The self-satisfied nod of his head when she accepted didn't give me the warm fuzzies about their future relationship.

Michael forgetting about the graduation? Hello... it's the military! Everything is so regimented that there is absolutely no way he could have forgotten. These deployed men are going to be the bane of my viewing this season! Her extraordinary accomplishment went unnoticed, and it worries me that his distance will only bring her closer to Chandler as they work together.

Something is going to happen. I believe it will either involve Chase or Jeremy. With as much as Denise and Frank have been through over the years with each other and with Jeremy, I really hope it's not him, but I had a feeling of foreboding as Tonya went to sleep with Jeremy's picture on her lap. Other than that, I was just happy that Denise apologized to Tonya and asked her to come visit Molly. Finally, Denise is acting like the woman I know her to be, accepting and loving of Tonya. Even though she knows little to nothing about her, she does know her son, and trusting his judgment is our Denise.

Then there's Chase. Now that we've learned to live without him and Pamela together, she has chosen him over Boone, and called to tell him as he is riding out to what might be his last Delta mission. A lot happened in a very short time, and I have a bad feeling that either he or Jeremy will end up dead.

If it's Jeremy, it means Denise will forge a closer bond with Tonya (who will probably also be pregnant). If it's Chase, it means that the entire life Pamela gave up and chose again will again be thrown into turmoil. Both of these scenarios would lead to incredible story opportunities, as much pain as they might bring. The reality is that army life is dangerous, and to expect all of our characters to come out unscathed every year is a bit too optimistic. Both Jeremy and Chase are expendable at this point in the series.

Are you happy that this episode picked up the pace and brought us back in touch with our beloved characters? Do you have the same feeling of impending doom that I have? I know any tragedy will only bring our friends closer, but it's still difficult to image. After all, they're our family.


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According to wikipedia, lifetime has ordered 13 episodes for season 5. Wonder why, is the economy that bad? According to spoiler sites, Claudia Joy is haunted by the memory of her daughter's death. 1. She is working on a case similar to her own situation. 2. Jeremy will die on tomorrow's episode. 3. Gen. Holden will die on tomorrow's episode & since Emmalyn is in college she will have no one left.


My 1st guess as to who will die is Gen. Holden. He is puts his career first, he forgot his wife's graduation, Emmalin was seen at the funeral in the promo, Claudia Joy has had bad premonitions & the man whom his character is based on died overseas. Second guess is Jeremy. I never liked him & he beat his mom. Don't be surpised if Tanya is pregnant. 3rd guess is Frank. We have seen little of him this season. 4th choice is Trevor. Stress gets you killed in combat. Last choice is Chase. His death is too obvious


As far as the Burtons, I can't stand Joan & she s falling into the power trap. If I were her I would stay long enough to get my retirement benefits. Don't let the army have your whole life. If she does decide to have another child, Roland will be a single parent regardless of whether or not they stay together. I feel really sorry for him & I bet the writers are going to milk this bad situation for all it's worth.


My feelings are neutral when it comes to Chase. Pamela will lose it if he dies because she knows she shouldn't w/held her feelings. On the other hand, Chase should have put in for an instructor's position earlier to show Pamela he was serious. I like Boone & I wonder if Chase's deplooyment/death will drive her into his arms.


Denise can still live on base if she is Jeremy's dependant. If Jeremy dies, you can bet his fiancee will join the cast. I wouldn't doubt she is pregnant. Just hope her time in service is up, bad morals is a punishable offense in the military. 3. Trevor's behavior is totally realistic. If he dies, Roxy will lose it. Her friendship w/Pamela is strained. She will still have a place on the show because of The Hump if the writers choose to keep her.


I don't know who will die, so I will give my take on everything. 1. Army Wives is based on a book. According to that book, Claudia Joy's character lost her husband in Vietnam. He was on a mission to find missing soldiers. I read that she will get yelled at during tomorrow's episode. If Gen. Holden dies, Claudia Joy's character will still be on the show due to her work at the law firm. 2. I do not like Denise or Jeremy at all. If Frank dies, Denise may still be able to live on base if she is her son's


I don't know who will die, so I will give my take on everything. 1. Army Wives is based on a book. According to that book, Claudia Joy's character lost her husband in Vietnam. He was on a mission to find missing soldiers. I read that she will get yelled at during tomorrow's episode. If Gen. Holden dies, Claudia Joy's character will still be on the show due to her work at the law firm. 2. I do not like Denise or Jeremy at all. If Frank dies, Denise may still be able to live on base if she is her son's


I also wanted to point out in the episode guide description it says that Claudia Joy is haunted by the memory of Amanda which leads me to believe that someone has lost a child which would point toward Jeremy.


I originally thought it was Chase too because of the rumors about the actor who plays him possibly leaving the show to focus on his family more. Then someone pointed out to me that the episode guide for later shows seems to include Chase. This is what I found on AOL Television:
Walking Wounded
Original Airdate: 2011-04-10
Synopsis: Claudia Joy is haunted by the memory of Amanda; Pamela and Chase try to set a good example for their children; Roxy considers adding another business; Roland questions his abilities as a psychiatrist. This is for the episode on April 10th so obviously after the death and funeral so who knows. If it isn't him, I just don't know.


I wonder how come no one has mentioned that Frank might be the one that "leaves" the show? He too is deployed, and if you look at the top of the screen, he's missing from the picture of them he is also put last in the cast that just made me wonder. However, I think it would be really wrong of lifetime to write Frank off, especially just having a baby, and him saying he wasn't around for Jeremy either before he left. Not to mentioned what it would do to Denise. I really think it will be Jeremy the funeral scene it looks like either Denise is holding Claudia Joy's hand or vice versa...and it looks like Emilin is there standing not sitting in the "family's chairs" I doubt it is Michael. Pamela is also standing next to Emilin, Roxy & TJ. So I don't think it is Chase or Trevor. Now on to the other stuff. Why did they change TJ' far this new one...well...he seems too nice to be bad...hehhee, I mean he is supposed to be a troubled kid and when he was doing something to try to be bad, I almost laughed, just because he doesn't seem like he's really going through anything or whatever, to me, it seemed like he was playing not acting out & having an additude. The old TJ was better at having an additude and letting it be known he was mad or whatever. Also, some people were upset with the way Trevor was to Roxy, but in some ways I can understand, he is deployed and the last thing he wants to hear about is TJ stealing and Roxy with another guy. So I can see why he would be upset...however, yes it was wrong of him to blame her and be so cold to her. To me Roxy did the right thing by letting that guy stay instead of driving home. Although, we all know how rumors go but where do neighbors get of saying far as they might of known it could of been her brother, cousin or something like that...even though it wasn't. And Trevor should trust Roxy, she hasn't ever lied to him or made any hints or nothing that she would cheat on him, so he should of "shown" her a little more respect than he did. It comes to mind that Trevor might have that on his mind and not focussing on his deployment and something happen to Jeremy, then he will blame himself and possibly Denise will too...anyway... About Claudia Joy, it is good about Claudia Joy got a part-time job & I think her boss wants her, but I just don't see Claudia Joy going there, she is way too strong and soo in love with Michael, and reguardless how lonely she is, everyone knows without a doubt who has her heart. I do kind of see her flirting around with the attention though, because it is nice to be noticed, but I seriously doubt she would ever let it go to far. And with Joan, I'm happy for her, but I can see her "Power Tripping" or doing everything by the book, from what she said to Roland. But most people know you can't do absolutely everything by the book and I fear it will not only cause tensions between Roland and her but also between Roland and "the wives". And hopefully if it does, they will all still come together anyway.

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Army Wives Season 5 Episode 2 Quotes

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Army Wives Season 5 Episode 2 Music

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