Army Wives Review: Mama Bear

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I'm not sure if "Domestic Maneuvers" went so quickly because so little happened, or because I didn't hate Army Wives this week. I don't know if either of the alternatives is really a win, but let's consider the former and call it one, shall we?

Motherhood was the theme, and the stories were cohesive and gelled nicely.

Let's get this out of first: With the way things have been written on Season 6, I was really hoping that Joan had gone completely off her rocker and given Marcus the syringe he used to OD. Until she told her story to Roland, her reaction of "Is he dead?" really had me fooled. Or hoping to be.

The story she told Roland about her past with the boyfriend who did heroin would have been much more effective if the writing hadn't been so shoddy. I couldn't believe she used a line like 'pot mostly, but he wanted to try the harder stuff.' Oh my.

Joan Is Angry

It did all make sense in the end, and I'm glad she and Marcus have finally come to terms with their future where David is concerned. She definitely had a reason to be concerned. I just wish she had talked about it sooner. Roland is only the most amazing husband of all time, so I can't imagine why she held it back. The ending was appreciated.

My favorite scene of the night was when Jackie finally laid it all on the table for Kevin. How she stood up for Sophie when their relationship is so strained was a great mama bear moment. If it took Kevin getting a career-ending injury for Jackie and Sophie to find their way to each other, it was worth it. Jackie couldn't be the punching bag for every member of the family and it seemed like Sophie finally understood what life has been like for her mother. 

As Trevor and Roxy put the final touches on their move, Gloria came back into town. I thought her leaving was strange, but not as strange as her coming back. I don't know why the dangling stories surprise me any longer, but still I get sucked in and confused. Roxy sold and then unsold The Hump Bar because she couldn't get her employees roles with the new owner. He threatened to sue her, and he'd have a great case. That's something that should come up again, but probably won't see the light of day. Roxy decided to leave the bar in the hands of Gloria. Paying it forward, if you will.

Finally, in the finale next week we're bound to find out what is going on with Michael and Claudia Joy. Denise and Frank spotted Michael eating dinner with an unknown woman and whoever it was, talking about it with Frank was sensitive enough that he asked him to close the door as the credits rolled. The real mystery will be whether Kim Delaney made it back to film anything for the finale. What's your guess? 

This was one of the best episodes we've seen in about a month. It was a little more sedate and far more satisfying than the crazed situations tossed our way lately. I hope next week follows the same style.


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I have been watching this show since season one...i love this show. I really hope they have at least a few more episodes after this finale since it was such a cliff hanger!


I look forward to Army Wives each week. They end each show with us wanting more. I hope this is only the end of the season coming up and not the final show. It would be such a disappointment and loss if the show is cancelled. We don't have enough really good drama series that actually leave us with anticipation for the next show, and especially one that touches so many lives and story lines. It is good to see a show about the lives of our military and the effects that it has on them and their families.


I love Army Wives and hope it is not going off the air. Why is it that all the good shows are cut and we're left with stupid reality shows! Please do not take Army Wives off.


Unfortuantely, I feel this show has become a weak version of itself. I think this last season was one season too much.


I just wish they'd brought in a senior NCO wife this season who could represent real Army wives, who have their own degrees and careers (shockingly enough - we do exist, lol) and are able to support their Soldiers through all the bumps in the road that Army life begins. But I still love this show for where it's taken us and how it makes me feel: proud to live this life, drama and all. ;)


What struck me as odd is that a 2 star is critically wounded and yet no one (Michael, Joan or any of the typical crew to support Jackie) is there to welcome him home? He's potentially paralyzed for life and Denise only checks in on Jackie when she accidentally bumps into her in the hallway at Mercer? Epic fail and betrays how genuinely supportive these women are. Also I think Michael's dinner is to network for civilian jobs because he's ready to retire. Hence the clue about succession planning - which they tried to make us think was tied to Kevin. No way he's cheating on Claudia Joy. Also I think Gloria is pregnant with Hector's baby. Remember the dizziness and having to pee so much? I just don't know why she hasn't come clean to Roxie? Hate it that Roxie didn't get a little girl. I've loved this show from the start and can appreciate how much she's grown. It's nice to finally have an NCO wife who has her stuff together. The hot mess versions were getting a little old. I just wish they'd brought in a senior NCO wife this season who could represent the real life women who have their own college degrees and careers (shockingly enough - we do exist, lol) and manage to love and support their Soldiers through all the bumps in the road that come with the Army life.


I hope the last scene with Michael doesn't mean he has problems in his marriage. It comes totally from nowhere; the last time we saw Claudia Joy they were both fine and in love then she was called in DC and now there are maybe problems? Really?! Please...
I was glad Gloria reappeared but it made no sense; after a divorce you need your family and here she kinda says her friends are more important! Roxy's idea to make Gloria a manager was good, I liked it.
I love seeing Trevor with those babies: so cuuuuuuuute!
I also liked the Sophie/Jackie, nice to see them reconcile :)
As for Joan's story, I'm happy it's now over.


I have been a faithful watcher of Army Wives since season 1. These people seem like friends. I hope that the show isnt coming to an end, Every time the soldiers go overseas, & it seems as though one of them has been killed, I wAit with bated breath praying they havent been killed,( off the show).I hope that Michael is only at a business dinner, would be a terrible shame to make it appear as though he is having an affair,when CJ & him have been the perfect couple. KEEP THIS SHOW ON FOR ANOTHER SEASON!


I HOPE CJ IS GONE----------------------------CAN'T WAIT TO SEE MICHAEL AND THE OTHER WOMAN------------------------------------- NICE TO SEE GLORIA BACK-------------------------


I was very impressed with the way the "Season Finale" was handled, EXCEPT that it appeared to rush some of the events, i.e. General Holden & mystery woman (I hope he and Claudia Joy aren't having problems), and I think David's father needs to "get it" and leave Joan's family alone. I was glad to see that wonderful Gloria back. She really brought something to the show.
I would also have liked the gay couple to finally conceive. I was so proud of Joan showing both her "Mama Bear" side and then her soft side instead of her Army side. I was also very proud of Jackie getting some spunk. Good show. Let's see some more of this.

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