Army Wives Review: Here We Go Again

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The last Army Wives episode before a five-week hiatus gave us a heck of a lot more than "General Complications," as the title would lead you to believe. The question about who got the third star was answered, transplant surgery was started and Marcus was lightly let into the Burton family. Let's get going!

David gets to know his father
No matter how you try to wrap up a broken gift, when you open the package, it's still broken. That's the story of David getting to know his birth father. No matter how much Joan wants to protect David from Marcus and his life, David will always want to know about him; good, bad or indifferent. Marcus isn't the product of the Army life, let alone any structured life at all, so Joan shouldn't have been surprised when he explained his criminal history to David with humor or dismissed Army tradition.

I understand that Joan loves what she does, loves her children and doesn't want them to be faced with the more frightening sides of life. But that's plain unrealistic. The fact that we need an Army to protect us from undesirable aspects of different parts of the world should be enough for her to understand that. Instead she allows herself to be pushed the the very edge by Marcus and they finally kicked him out of their house during dinner. It would seem that is going to be just the beginning of a much uglier story.

CJ & Michael Celebrate His Promotion

Audrey shows up to take credit for Michael's promotion
Maybe it's the years of watching Susan Lucci play Erica Kane on All My Children, but when she turns on the heat, the only thing keeping you from smacking her across the face is that pesky television screen. Audrey's appearance at the beginning of the season was a little too calculated for her to end up anything but bad. With as much as Claudia Joy has gone through in the last months for her to show up and claim credit for Michael's promotion was unforgivable. 

Jackie is thankful for her new friends
It was really sweet listening to Jackie express her happiness to Denise about how thankful she was to have found friends in our Army wives. She seems genuinely happy and has lost her need to lean on pills and feel stressed all the time. She was feeling so good she even confided in Claudia Joy about her past with Audrey. A month ago I would have thought it was a ploy of some sort, but once their husbands were no longer fighting for stars, I could feel their friendship blossoming. 

Hector makes life difficult for Gloria
Hector is a hot head, isn't he? He's like a nest constantly swarming with bees and Gloria is his queen. Good luck trying to keep all those bees away from her. She's hot, smart and full of attitude. Take solace in the fact that she loves you and let her be. HA! No pun intended. She needs space to be free and enjoy life. She loves learning and to have Roxy take her under her wing has made her feel very special. There is no way Hector will be gone for long, but if he doesn't watch himself, he will lose Gloria, and that would be a huge loss.

We head into hiatus with...

  • Denise and Claudia Joy pull trough surgery but CJ flatlines on the table. Were they really bringing Jackie in to take her place? Just as they became friends? I'm hoping it's another fluke, but how many times can they mess with her life?
  • Trevor and Roxy are having money problems; and twins! Somehow I think it will all work out for them.
  • I have a bad feeling about Marcus after Joan dismissed him. You don't dismiss someone who is already on shaky ground.
  • When do you think they will take Pamela off the promos? Since her show wasn't picked up, might she be welcomed back?
  • The 32nd Airborne is being deployed again. Are we looking forward to even more death before seasons end?

Come on back on June 24 to see what happens next. Will Claudia Joy still be with us? I, for one, hope she sticks around. She's the glue that keeps our family together. 


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last one and i am going to make this short and sweet...Hector and Gloria Cruz...They are realistic over half of the privates and their wives i have met are like them. they are young newly weds and they don't know how a marriage works yet or finances. it is just because of the fact that they are inexperienced. They have not found the groove yet plus being new to the army is always challenging. Over half of my neighbors are colorful as well just like the young couple plus they are the only couple enlisted on the show now. where did they all go?
I know people get promoted but others always come in now the show is pretty much all officers just saying.


As for cj i would hate for her to die she is an asset to the show and i miss Pamela after she moved. but once again that is reality. people die in the military civilian wives at home as well as soldiers.And people in the military move constantly with all my neighbors in all 12 apartments divided in three buildings we all share the back yard and since i moved here 2 yrs ago 11 of the twelve families have pcs or ets. that is huge. And out of all our original friends all married we are the only couple still married since we got to this duty station. its terrible 72% divorce rate in the army something needs to be done about that.But that is reality adoptees meet bio families , people die, and people move especially in the military. you guys say that you appreciate the show being realistic yet when real things happen like an army family moving(shocker). Or someone getting sick you guys want to no longer be supportive.


Ok people....I totally understand the fact that you guys don't appreciate Marcus on the show because of his attitude and disrespect for the army...I agree that his character is not ideal, However I understand the reality of being adopted. I was adopted myself when i was a pre-teen. When your adopted the reality is your always going to wonder about your biological parents, and your always going to want closure no matter how amazing your adoptive parents in my opinion from being there myself it is healthy to meet your biological family to get answers. THE REALITY IS FOLKS their is always a reason why they were put for adoption some for neglect or abuse or even orphaned, but other times it is because they care so much for the child that they want a better life for them than they can provide. As for Marcus he did not even know that he had a son let alone choose so of course he wants to meet him and find out if he is in a good place or not. Marcus is definitely not the best person in the world and his values are torn but they both needed closure and it is reality. The thing i enjoy about this show and from reading the other comments Is the fact that this show is close to reality for military families and this is another subject that does happen some military families adopt and this is a real issue. Sorry for rambling on i just wanted to show another perspective.


PLease keep C.J on the show. I will stop watching and I have been a fan from day 1.


Please keep CJ on the show...her friendship with Denise shows how women can agree to disagree and then work things out. I've watched since day one & have loved Catherine Bell's acting ability since Jag. She should be a military character she was excellent at it on Jag. I think Gloria will grow well on the show, but I agree that Pamela is missed & should return to the show. Come on Claudia Joy...snap out of it...we need you!


I am in agreement with all the other comments. Please don't let Kim Delaney as Claudia Joy, leave the show.


I Just want to add that I've been watching since the begging. WHY????????? CJ. Please not her.


I love army wifes, have been watching since the beginning. I am going to be very disappointmented if Claudia Joy is killed out, she is the glue that holds the wifes together, please let her live. Thank you


You CAN'T kill CJ! She is my favorite character and in my opinion the most important one.


I don'think as a fan and viewer that by taking main characters off the show wheather killing them off or sending them away is healthy for the show,I know as a fan it is disappointing to kill of main characters, we'd rather see where the lives of these indiviuals really go, I myseld having been in the marine corp have known many wives, and your story lines are very near the reeal life in the military, however sometimes you go way over the line...just saying,Please eave the main characters alone!

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Army Wives Season 6 Episode 13 Quotes

Claudia Joy: Audrey is looking for payback.
Michael: What?
Claudia Joy: She dropped a pretty broad hint about you giving Bryce some sort of advisory position.

You know, despite the news, I haven't felt this good in years.