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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Keep CJ- she is part of the team of Denise (my favorite), Roxy, Joan. When she recovers (and she must) I hope she takes on Audrey in her own subtle, but strong ways and lets her know that she will not be manipulated by anyone! I really don't like Hector and Gloria- don't think they complement the show at all and think that the writers just added them to fill part of the script; miss Pamela, her depth and honesty is missed. Jackie is ok- but still isn't part of the team and never will be. Don't make it Army Wives vs. Good Wife- please two great shows need to be on at different times.


please bring CJ BACK DON'T LET HER DIE---------------------------------


I know that the actor that plays Claudia Joy was having a battle with alcohol so maybe this is to see if she can get it together. She has had a history with alcoholism since NYPD Blue. I still remember when her character on that show lost her detective husband. It was gut wrenching. To write Claudia Joy off would be a bad move. I think hers and Michael's marriage are such a good example for the other Officers coming in and she up stands for the little guy in the Military as well as the successful. Remember the Concert for only high ranking officials that was for Charity? Even Roxy couldn't go.


I started woorying about CJ as soon as they started changing Jackie to nice. I like her now but I can't see her replacing CJ or her husband ,Michael! I love Gloria! She's Roxie on steroids just when Roxie had to grow up. I think she makes a great fit and the "grown up" Roxie fills Pamela's slot nicely! I expected more joy and excitement about the twins and some humor. Even with money problems I remember when they really wanted to get pregnant. I missed Charlie this week. I hope they aren't going to turn chicken on that storyline just when the rw politics start tackling it.


Claudia Joy is the backbone of this shoe. . .a tease is ok, but she has had enough illness. Make her well and keep her in this show. Foxy needs girls! Marcus needs to move on quickly, it is not a fun segment to watch him expressing his low life, plus he is very disrespectful not only to the Army, but the USA. Seeing as thoug he does respect it he should be written off quickly. Seeing as though he is a dope head, Let's bury him, not CJ. I love this show and I hope Pamela returns real soon. She is greatly missed. Without her the puzzle is missing a piece. New characters are good for a while, but the original group of wives and one husband is enough, to keep this show going for a long time. Please add moe shows to the rotation. It comes and goes too quickly and I have to keep watching my taped shows over and over.
Thank you for this show. It is the best show on Lifetime.


please do not let Claudia die let it be a dream or something she is a part of Army Wives that can not be replaced.


Please do not kill CJ off. She is a main part of this show. I have watched every season since it started.All of the original crew work so well together.


Please bring back Pamela - She is missed -


I love CJ! I know she did some dumb stuff in real life speaking badly on the subject of the Army and if that is why u are killing her off listen to the fan base of the show. NO ONE wants her off the show. Is she sappy? Of course but she is the roots of the army wife tree that hold these women together in this show. Leave this chemistry alone!


Hector was stupid and immature for trying to lay the law down to his wife. She is not the kind of woman that will roll over and let her husband tell her how she must live her live. And if Hector would calm down for a few minutes, he would realize that her strong will is most likely one of the reasons he married her. However, I hope that all the female fans of the show are at least trying to look at this situation without any gender bias. If your husband got a part-time job at night tending bar and you saw a bunch of hot women hitting on him, squeezing his butt, passing him their phone numbers, rubbing his shoulders, how would you react? If he said not to worry and that he could handle it, would you accept that or would you ask him (maybe not demand)to find a different job? Hector's reaction (slugging the guy in the bar) was not smart, especially with the complications it can cause with his being in the military. But I can garantee you that if I was in a bar with my wife and I saw a guy put his hand ob her rear, there would be some serious words exchanged and probably at least a little shoving if not more. Bottom line, Hector may need to control his temper, but Gloria should think about how she would feel if the situation was reversed.

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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.