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Army Wives Review: Life Goes On

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"Battle Scars" was one of those Army Wives episodes where we got to see glimpses into the lives of all of our leading ladies, but very little interaction between them.

A lot of times this bring the story to a grinding halt, yet I found the characters and their issues to be interesting enough to hold their own. Let's take a look.

Roxy Is Concerned

Charlie and Nicole: It's been a while since we've seen much of Charlie and most especially Nicole. Their lives have been moving forward, however, as Nicole prepared to receive her Bronze Star for valor. The honor brought to the surface a personal problem she had been unable to face and one Charlie found most ironic, as you can see by the Army Wives quote below:

How is it you're getting a medal for valor but you can't find the courage to tell your mother we're getting married? | permalink

That's right, Kellie Martin's Nicole brought along her long lost mother from Life Goes On, Patti LuPone. But despite her courage on the battlefield, she was scared to death to tell her mother that she was in love with Charlie. Notwithstanding her initial anger and surprise, by the time Nicole received the Bronze Star, mother and the happy couple were posing happily for pictures. Score one for Hollywood!

Kevin and Frank: We lucky viewers will be rid of Kevin for a while. Maybe I'm the only one, but I like Jackie Clark now and she's just a better character when her husband isn't around. While there relationship has mended, I still find him to be unsavory. Frank felt likewise when his brigade was not chosen to deploy. His thoughts were that Kevin was using what happened in Africa as a reason not work with him, and after some probing, Jackie discovered he was right.

The White House was behind it, but Kevin didn't stand up for his long time friend. I wonder how long Kevin and the two unknown brigades will be patrolling the border of Pakistan?

Claudia Joy was practicing law again, sorta: I really enjoyed seeing Claudia Joy help the veteran, Bernie, when the VA declared him dead. It's something they rarely talk about on Army Wives because so much of the show deals with active duty soldiers. Remembering the soldiers that have come before and the trials they can face in the hands of a giant government system was worth telling.

Bernie was so cute with all of the little extra stops he needed her to make, and it was great to see how much enjoyment she was getting in making them with him. I'd like to see more of that in the future. Maybe that could be the basis for her law practice.

Gloria and Hector: Was anyone else as miffed as I was that Hector only seemed to want to go to marriage counseling because Trevor demanded it? I don't know why I can't believe anything that he says, but he seems completely untrustworthy to me. When faced with an Article 15, lower rank and less pay, he suddenly thinks his marriage is worth fighting for. How lovely.   

It was horrible the way Gloria reacted to Cody when she visited Roxy, but their conversation later about marriage and love was great. I just wish it had given Cody a reason to stick around. I liked him, even though he yelled at Lucky and it made me want to cry.

It still seems that the best option for Hector and Gloria is divorce and for Gloria to find another worthy soldier. Although she had no idea what she was getting into as an Army wife, she apppears to have taken to it quite well. Too bad the same can't be said for Hector and the Army.

Overall it was an interesting to see how life just goes on. There wasn't any real drama or life or death situations this week, just some days in the life of the Army Wives. It was good to have a breather before the next storm hits!

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It's wonderful to see that bigotry is still alive in the good ole' USA. This is the 21st Century people. Gay and lesbian soldiers are VERY much a part of the Army, as well as the other factions of the military. Pull your head out of the sand (or your behinds) and look up the definition of tolerance. *Shakes head* Some of you make me ashamed to be an American. Yes, I'm looking at you Linda and Ravie!

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Appreciate the feedback. The shows that show us what service men and women do for us and our country and the hardships that their families endure are much more watchable and appreciated than the political agendas.

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Linda
July 9th, 2012 12:05 PM I really am trying to continue watching this show but the lesbian storyline is a great big turnoff for me and my friends. Please find another storyline more in keeping with military situations and how they affect families. Wow Linda..do you and your friends think that gays and lesbians in the military isn't a "real" military situation? Sorry it's not all straight soldiers humping everything type storylines for you and your friends..although I'm sure you're enjoying the Gloria/Hector "military situation"

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I see a storyline of Gloria pairing up with Cody coming up. Any one else see the same thing?

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Linda, I agree with you. I don't like the lesbian storyline either. Just because they repealed the dont ask dont tell policy, Hollywood seems to want to start jumping for joy and pushing that storyline down people's throats. But I think it's too soon. Leave the military as we know it for now. Seems like Pam is heading back. Maybe her show didnt get picked up. Now it seems Roxy wants to go where Pam is. Roxy, leave well alone and stay with your husband, please. Mel, it was shown in the preview that TV is on some school event, but it was not said before that's why I myself wondered about him.

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While I liked how Claudia Joy helped, I can't think it was a bit syruppy and much. Would anyone be so willing to drive someone around at a moment's notice, without questioning where you're taking them to? I think that was overdone, although it was nice of Claudia Joy to help. I missed Joan and Sterling. They weren't in this episode and I felt a bit cheated. I can't remember seeing them at all.

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Does anyone know where Roxy's other son is?
I may have missed it if it was explained...
Thanks ahead of time...

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(continued)... Not even their reality shows are real, cause that's not the real life. They could have taken a couple of eps of discord first, before letting the mother patch things up, but in Hollywood (and in your world as well I guess), it has to be shown that all is well with the world even if one "comes out" in the army. So false and I hated that part of the show. Hmmm, I wonder if my response will get printed.

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"That's right, Kellie Martin's Nicole brought along her long lost mother from Life Goes On, Patti LuPone. But despite her courage on the battlefield, she was scared to death to tell her mother that she was in love with Charlie. Notwithstanding her initial anger and surprise, by the time Nicole received the Bronze Star, mother and the happy couple were posing happily for pictures. Score one for Hollywood!" Awwwww, how sweet (key in sarcastic music). I never expected you to say any less. Do you honestly think that a mother who had high hopes for her daughter, and was expecting her to walk down the aisles and give her grandchildren, would within a couple of hours of finding out those hopes are dashed, be smiling and taking pictures out with the person who helped dash her dreams? So Hollywood. Not even their reality shows are real, cause that's not the real life. They could have taken a couple of eps of discord first, before letting the mother patch things up, but in Hollywood (and in your world as well I guess), it has to be shown that all is well with the world even if one "comes out" in the army. So false and I hated that part of the show. Hmmm, I wonder if my response will get printed.

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I cannot understand why anyone would accept being called Claudia Joy. I hate that name. Just call her Claudia.

Army Wives Season 6 Episode 16 Quotes

I'm not Nicole's roommate, I'm her fiance! And we're getting married.

Charlie

How is it you're getting a medal for valor but you can't find the courage to tell your mother we're getting married?

Charlie