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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Please tell me they are not cancelling Army wives???????My favoirtie show....


Is the series ending or just the season????


Was Roland really thinking of helping out Charlie? Frank needs to be promoted to Kevin's position and then Kevin and Jackie can leave. Where is Claudia Joy- you never see Michael talking to her either- Hope Hector is gone for good- really bad story line. I think each of the families has their share of bad luck- Certainly Claudia Joy losing a daughter is pretty devasting; I don't think you can compare the bad luck of the families; some is more predictable than others-of course Roxy would have problems with one of her twins; I do think that having some two part shows makes it not quite so soap operay where everything gets wrapped up in an hours.


Wow- I was glad to read what others have written- I thought I was just being too critical- Although the Sherwoods have had their share of tragedy, I believe it shows their ability to persevere; Denise is still my favorite ( except someone should update her clothes as well as Jackies, she could certainly afford better clothes)as she is strong, constantly taking on new challenges work wise and succeeding; compassionate and not overly dramatic; Jackie is so stiff and can't believe she takes all the abuse from her husband- really is that being a good army wife?- he is emotionally and non-verbally abusive. You go Joan- you are right on! Roland should never have lied to you. Seems like treating Marcus is a conflict of professional interest. Rolend tends to be a bit to "high and mighty" thinking he can "help" everyone. Is he going to blame Joan for Marcus's OD- nice going as a therapist! Roland could have referred Marcus to another therapist- easily. Was Roland really thinking of helping out Charlie? Again Roland thinks he is just the answer to everyones problems- when do we see his failings.Hope Hector is gone-Where is Claudia Joy- how long will she be gone; you never see Michael talking to her either-? I hope Frank gets promoted and takes over Kevin
post; he deserves it. Kevin and Jackie can leave. The show needs some reality checks; also Roland and Joan's relationship with their son ( who again is too perfect) is very unrealistic- seems very formal. Roxy and Trevor are still a great team- she looks pretty good for having twins- who didn't know one of the twins would have problems.


I have also watched every episode and am surprised to see it is ending. However, it has gone the way of all great shows, like ER and Greys Anatomy, they eventually become soap operas. Also in this Liberal day and age, why would we want the military to look strong and honorable, heaven forbid. I will miss the great show it used to be..........


I do agree with our appointed Army Wive's TVfanatic writer! And I did read the person that said all of us with negative opinions of this season are "fake AW Fans" and do not agree with her. The reason I"m on the end of season 6 and dissapointed in the writing is because I WAS a fan. A watch every sunday fan. Even my husband snuck in a peek with me before this season. He call B*llsh*t a few episodes ago though. And for once I agree with the man. No need to say what everyone else has said above my post....You guys have it all right! -jc


OMG! I have been a fan of army wives since the very first episode, and have watched every episode since then. but the last 5??!?! WTH is happening?
Why does Denise talk in that light almost-high voice? Where is Claudia-joy?
AND WTF is with the drama in each episode? This is becoming like 90210. RUBBISH, BULLSHIT way to end an AMAZING series! I'm SOOOO IRRITATED. Kim Delaney was smart to leave this crap behind. and apparently Claudia Joy is on tour with the first lady? Excuse me while I go laugh.


I almost quit watching this season. I got real tired of the Claudia Joy jealousy, paranoia bit with Jackie ... It seemed soap opera-ish, and beneath her character. I also do not understand why there is so much drama & unreal situations. They are losing the characters inside these ridiculous plots. I think Trevor should rethink the whole Army thing...take the job with Chase & have a spin-off with these two couples. Could be great...story line could be interesting with Trevor learning to adapt after the Army. Just get a new that can act...poor kid. Work Gloria back in!


I wondered what happened to the show, I must of missed the memo about the writers as well. Haven't missed a show even through all the show schedules and the last break between seasons being the longest. I agree that it is okay to have new characters with the exception of the replacing the base commander. Michael and Claudia Joy were so in tune with their responsibilies on Fort Marshall and Jackie Clark and Hubby are painfully short on meeting any semblance of the level of experience it takes to being good commander. I think this show needs to give the new writers a break to regroup, either go back to the original writers or blend them. Bring back the show for a new season and make it where there are three episodes to the end of the season not the show. Keep the story focused on the original group of army wives interacting with other characters but don't enlarge the group of wives. Don't go from believable stories to adding the worst case scenerio like you did with the second twin. This isn't a medical show. Show the family dynamic, the great dad becoming so exhausted that sleeping on the ground for four hours sounds great. That is real with raising a child and military life. If you are going to have characters like Roxie and Pam stay in touch then keep it coming. Don't let the writers ruin the program by jumping off a tall building, have continuity, make us want to tune in feeling that we will continue to see the development of the story line and not start and start something without finishing it, good bad or indifferent. Keep the show on the air, bring on another season. This show is unique, dont waste the investment and talent that went into the show before the writer switch. Ask your fans to see if changes need to be made don't just change out everything and think it will be as good with no continuity.


I actually laughed when Roxy found out the other baby wasn't well. How to guess the next episode? Just think about something bad and it will probably happen. It's like EVERYTHING bad happens to them. They will only be happy when this is over. Funny (but not really).

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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.