Army Wives Review: "Movement To Contact"

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After seeing the previews for this episode, I sat through "Movement To Contact" wondering when that damn SUV was coming and to whom it would bring a message. I felt like I was watching the late news and they were holding the most important story until the end to drive me nuts. The wait was killing me.

Well, the wait will kill me for another seven days. It was, as I expected, the very last scene. There are not enough spoilers for Army Wives, and I'm going to be aching for every character on the show until I know what happened. I expect next week to be a tissue-laden viewing experience.

Movement to Contact Scene

The Burtons are still struggling to keep their lives together. Joan has bitten off more than she can chew as Garrison Commander. A successful family life might take more dedication than she can devote to both job and family. I'm still surprised that Roland hasn't snapped by now. He is such a strong man.

When Joan questioned their decision to send Sarah Elizabeth to Westlake Preschool instead of supporting the Child Development Center on post, I liked that Roland suggested using her position to change things so they might be able to send Sarah Elizabeth elsewhere for kindergarten. I guess this is the love and teamwork I haven't experienced myself that keeps their marriage together.

Claudia Joy's first day at work did not hold the excitement she expected. I felt so badly for her; she was gung ho and basically put in her place as she walked in the door. I never expected Professor Chandler to treat her like dirt.

Given his past appearances, I also would have never guessed he and Claudia Joy would have something so heart-felt in common: the loss of a daughter. I was happy they finally gave him a human side outside of his relationship with Claudia Joy. Hopefully, it will give her career room to flourish, as well as their friendship, and we won't have to worry about the questionable leanings of their past.

Considering how Denise and Tonya's relationship started, I thought it was great that Jeremy felt he could go to his mom when Tonya dropped her bombshell on him. It must have been difficult to learn over the phone that Tonya didn't want to marry him, but he had no better advocate than his mom to go in as backup.

What a great job she did! When Tonya and Jeremy were talking later on the phone, I had chills. I know theirs was a whirlwind romance, but under the circumstances in which they fell in love, being at war, I didn't doubt their love for each other at all. It's a lot easier to believe than an old episode of The Love Boat.

I really don't like the new devil version of TJ. If they ship him to juvie, it would be a blessing for the entire LeBlanc family. When they showed the flag raising the day after TJ broke Lucas' arm, and Roxy looking at her family photos, I had my mind made up that it was Trevor who would be killed in action. 

Her family has the most to lose. Her life is on the edge already. The death of Trevor would send TJ over the edge. I don't know how much farther he could go at this point. At the very least, Roxy is safely planted on the show because she runs the hump bar. It would be easy for her to make a living and remain near base.

I loved the strength of their friendship this week. I am dreading how much they will need that strength next week. My mind is whirling with possibilities. Given the preview scenes, every family is at risk. Tonya wasn't grasping hands with the others, is that an omen? I saw Emmalin at the funeral service. Omen? TJ and Finn both jumping into Roxy's arms in tears. Omen? None of the wives seemed to be in a specific position at the service to come to any conclusions.

Meet back here next week so we can share in our grief. In the meantime, share your thoughts in the comments. I can't be the only one who will be heartbroken all week in anticipation...


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If they follow military protocol then it has to be someone who is at least below the rank of major because if you look at the two men who come to do the notification the officer is a Major - the officer doing the notification has to be of equal or higher rank than the member killed in action. That rules out Frank who is a Lt. Colonel and General Holden. It could be Trevor, Jeremy, Chase or someone vote is unfortnately for Jeremy because that is the only way to keep the integrity of the original army wives together. If it is Chase or Trevor, Roxy or Pamela would be out...but who knows.


I feel that it'll either be Jeremy or Chase. My bet is on Jeremy and then Denise will have Tonya move into their home. Remember they couldn't hold the party at Denise's because of the major water leak. If it wasn't for the leak they would have been at Denise's home and that could have been where the death squad would have gone but they were told that no one would be there and the person they were looking for could be found else where. Only time will tell.


Emmalin would come home from Jeremy. If you look at the preview one of the army wives are holding a flag and are seated right next to someone in uniform, Tonya possibly. I did not see CJ or Emmalin waling in front of the casket, but I will have to look at another preview again. As far as them showing up at the house of the family, Burton knows all of them would be there at CJ's becaus eof the shower, easy detour.


Confusing because 3oxy's son TJ is also in the front row as well! Emmalyn also was friends with Jeremy so it would make sense that she would come back from school for his funeral! If it was jeremy his father would be there holding his wifes hand but all you see is two females holding hands and one with a flag in her lap on the season trailer which leads me to think it could be the Holdens! Very misleading but well done to the makers of the show because I am sure we will all be anxiously waiting for next sunday!


The death notice squad shows up at the family's home, they do not go to someone else's home to deliver that kind of news. So it looks like it will be the general. I know it's not real but my heart is still breaking...


I agree I believe its the Holden family.


If you pause the show as the casket is being walked out during the end of the previews, claudia joy and emmalin are the first two following the casket by themselves. It's definitely their family who suffers the loss. Emmalin is away at school and claudia joy has an actual career for a reason along with professor chandler to help her through.


It has to be Holden because why else would Emelin be there, also they couldn't end Trevor and Roxy like that, but then again she would be the only one without family that needed to sit with the other wives. I just don't know. My money and tears are on Mr. Holden.

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Army Wives Season 5 Episode 3 Quotes

Roland: I'm just that good, woman. Actually, I told them that my wife's commit to the Army was setting an excellent example for our daughter. A strong, self-reliant leader.
Joan: Hmmmm. They bought that?
Roland: They totally bought that.

You hear that baby? Mommy's gonna be there. Burton power. High five!