Army Wives Review: Haven't We Been Here Before?

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Coming into Season 6, I was genuinely hoping this would not be the final run for Army Wives. As we are now four episodes from the end of it, though, "Centennial" has proven that wish might have been misplaced.

Did I miss the memo that the entire writing staff was replaced? What the Hell has happened to what was once one of my most anticipated Sunday programs? I barely recognize it anymore.

Honestly, I try. I really do try to find something good in every episode because I know how depressing it can be when you turn up to read about your favorite program and someone is slamming it.

But let's be realistic here. Army Wives has become such a downer it's difficult to sustain life support by the end of the hour each week. Who's with me? Some of you have to be. You've been watching as long as I have. Remember when it was a show built not only on the perilous circumstances of being an Army wife, but on the lasting friendships formed because of those very situations? 

Fort Marshall Celebrates

The Centennial celebration of Fort Marshall was a perfect time to take a break from the downtrodden bad luck everyone has had lately and just let our beloved characters enjoy each other's company. Truly engage in the historical aspect of Fort Marshall and show pride for their accomplishments. Be proud to be an American.

Is that really such a bad thing? As a country, have we gone so far beyond what we stand for that we can't even allow one of the last remaining television shows depicting military life to honor our accomplishments without pointing out that someone might disagree with us?

To say I was disappointed is obviously an understatement. Michael telling Joan to tone down the security was foreboding. Joan knew better. We all knew better. Anyone with a brain knew better. Michael should lose a star for letting it happen. Frank should gain one for jumping in front of the man who let it happen. I'm completely frustrated. I used to watch Army Wives and come away feeling better for having done so. Now I feel embarrassed. Something has gone horribly wrong.

If Claudia Joy isn't back by next week, the story should have been put on hold. I get that Kim Delaney had issues during the filming this season, but to keep her out of episodes that make absolutely no sense makes, well, absolutely no sense. It wouldn't have hurt to put in a filler (God forbid) fun show while she got back on her feet. There comes a point where no matter what crazy pitch flies at you, it just doesn't soar. The Claudia Joy pitches are all going foul.

Who was surprised that one of the LeBlanc babies was in distress? There wasn't a snowball's chance in July that they would have a happy birthing situation. That's a given. If the story could turn toward morose then, by golly, you could guarantee that turn. Was anyone else disappointed that Roxy and Trevor didn't at least have one girl? Kudos for naming one son after the actor, Drew Fuller. As one of the best television dads and husbands on the air, he most certainly deserved to have the little fighter named after him.

Here's the fun part of the night: Penny and Gloria were wearing the same color scheme in their opening scene. Jackie and Denise were both wearing the same royal blue color at the hospital. Denise's outfit looked like a modern version of the outfit I wore for Bi-Centennial day in 1976. Which seems to fit... since this was the centennial episode. Someone on set seemed more concerned with the visual flow of the camera than content. It worked. I noticed the outfits!

We had a five-month time jump and we're supposed to believe that Denise and Frank were still huffing over the fact that Frank was left behind. I don't think they mourned Jeremy that long. Outfit color schemes were more integral than the reasoning of emotional arcs of main characters. Good to know. I wonder what that means for the remaining four episodes. Oh, I bet Roxy will jump out of the hedges and lash out at Jackie for making her change her attire for the FRG meetings. Remember when that was an issue? Yeah, me neither. That was on the other side of this season going terribly wrong.

Finally, let's chat about Hector. Can we please hope he's finally on his way out? Gloria is so good and kind. She reached out to Penny, carrying her husband's bastard, with more warmth and compassion than he did. All he did was call her names and try to place blame everywhere for his actions but on himself. It's not very often that you feel for a girl who got pregnant by sleeping with someone's husband, but I felt that for Penny. She seemed like a good kid, strong like Gloria. It's time to toss Hector out with the trash.

Nowhere to be found were newlyweds Charlie and Nicole. Writing off one couple (Pamela and Chase) and writing on three more (Jackie and Kevin, Gloria and Hector, Charlie and Nicole) was too much for the show to handle. There are so many balls tossed into the air and they're just writing whatever cluster of balls fall into the same spot on the floor. It's not working. I don't have faith that they're going to get it together before the season concludes. I don't know if they're going to have another season.

What do you all think? Am I out of line? I wanted the Centennial episode to breathe life back into the series, but I knew it wouldn't happen. Take to the comments. Debate and prove me wrong!


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I have always enjoyed Army Wives even this year but I do have to admit it has not been quite as good this year. I am very disapointed they appear to of wrote Roxy and Trevor off. Roxy and Pam together were as great as Denise and Claudia Joy. Loosing Pam was bad enough and now Roxy I don't think Gloria can even begin to fill Roxy's shoes. Yes I enjoy Gloria but not enough to have her replace Roxy. Then Roxy and Trevor together the perfect match for a Army family. Jackie I enjoy but writing her and hubby off would of been OK for me. If Kim Delany doesn't return next year as Claudia Joy and a big I wish for them to bring back Roxy and Trevor but don't think they will. Not sure I will be watching the show if it does indeed return for more seasons.


I'd really like the show to come back next year. I have loved the characters. It does have mostly somber story lines; hopefully there will be some uplifting topics next year. They certainly can't leave us with a horrific plane crash. I hope the Leblanc characters are returning though. They are the pleasant aspect of the program.


This show has gotten way too politically correct for me. If it is renewed for another season I won't be watching.


I have watched the show from day one and still like this show. I miss Pamela and hope they bring her back. I also hope Kim Delaney gets her life back on track and can return to the show. It didn't seem the same without her. I love the character of Gloria and I am happy she is sticking around. I am happy that this was just the season finale and that the show will be back next year. I really like this show.


I hope that this is not the final season for Army Wives. As someone commented in an earlier post civilians can't understand what military families go through. My father was a career Marine (35yrs) WWII & Korea; my husband did 20yrs in the Navy ( submariner). I can relate to what is going on~ the good, bad & ugly. Since this is a TV show has to take poetic license.


OK being a real army wife for the past 10 years this show depicts for the most part how life really is for us. We do go through a lot of deployments and some one the drop of a dime.. my hubby is deployed and found out he was deploying 2 weeks before he left. A civilian can never understand what life is like for us. Wake up call the military has serious flaws and bad shit happens to most of us on a daily basis but then again our husbands and wives fight for this country and we stay behind and pick up the pieces and rely on each other. Please don't take this show away, for once there is a chance for civilians to understand what its like to be a soldier or a spouse of a soldier


I can't believe this show is not coming back and that the finale is that the plane went down with all the people on it. This is not a finale, this is a season finale leaving you with a cliffhanger. Someone has got to do something to finish it up this story as it cannot end with everybody dying on a plane.


I think the biggest problem this season was Claudia Joy not being on. As far as the twins, it is very common for one twin to be stronger than the other - that story line was definitely true to life! I agree Hector needs to hit the road, but the rest of the cast is stellar!


I feel the same way you do. The show was "different" - it was kind of silly at times, in a way that a soap opera is. But you love them for it. Then, this past year, it just went down. Not necessarily in a bad way - but it was like it was trying to be something it wasn't. Army Wives was always about a real-life show and always seemed to have it together. I love some of the story-lines this year. The suspense at some parts was great! And then it just flashed away. Whatt??
My theory is that maybe they didn't know the show's status. Like, think about it. When it started, maybe they were close to just letting go. Now, as it seems, the show will be back. Maybe that's the reason?


My understanding is that it is all over this year, yes it was a great show until recently......

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Army Wives Season 6 Episode 19 Quotes

I wanna call him Drew. It means courageous.


General Frank Sherwood. I like the sound of that.