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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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My last post was cut off. Continued... Days of Your Lives feel where you have to tune in tomorrow for the next little snippet.

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I have always loved Army Wives but the writing for the last few months has been very week. Okay, so Joan finally revealed her secret but they could have played that up more in prior episodes and made give it more meat for the reveal. It was so week. "As a teenager...pot mostly..." Claudia Joy? What the heck? A few mentions of her and that's it. They could play that one up more with a story of the wives wondering why she's gone so long and that maybe she and her husband are having trouble. The dinner with the mysterious woman would have had more meat that way. I'm not digging Charlie and Nicole's fertility issues. Seems that could be played up more with some drama. I'm glad Gloria came back but no explanation of what she plans to do, where she will live, if she's getting back together with Hector (I hope not!), etc. The Denise/Frank story is okay and is the strongest story line right now. I guess I'm expecting more drama and stonger stories rather than a "Days of Your Lives" feel where you get short snipets and then have to tune in tomorrow for the next little snipet.

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IAm a lifetime watcher of Army Wives. I am very confused. is the show totally going off the air?

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And I agree with Meredith, I love the Holden couple x)

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In two weeks, it's the end of the serie right? Or just the end of the season?
I think it's gonna be strange if CJ come back just to say "I'm not with Mickael anymore", without any new of they daughter. It has been the strong couple until here, why are they gonna broke up at the end... I don't understand.

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IT CUT OFF MY POST. :( Second, Gloria's sudden reappearance. She's been through hell, I would think she needs her family more than ever right now. Maybe I'm just naive, but I didn't really have a problem with how they told Joan's story, but did anyone find it odd that David was totally missing from this episode? Do they plan to tell him anything about what happened? And will Joan tell him anything about her past? If I remember, he's almost a teen himself, so I feel like he's old enough to understand more than they give him credit.

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I get that Kim Delaney has had issues, but Claudia Joy used to be the heart & soul of this show & I just LOVE how the Holdens love each other! I would hate to see her killed off. That said, there are several points of shoddy writing that have left me baffled. Last week, in the opening, they asked if Kevin had shown any improvement. Denise said it had only been a week...but he was already coming home from Germany? Seriously, after being "critically injured" that was too unbelievable. And to look so "healthy" if you will, when he came off the van, didn't help. However, as a lifelong wheelchair user myself, I have watched these last two episodes critically, hoping to see the actor "slip up" in portraying paralysis. So far, my only complaint is that Jackie should have INSISTED Kevin get checked out after his weightlifting accident. If you can't feel your legs, you don't KNOW that they aren't injured from something like that. Then, Gloria's sudden reappearance. She's been through hell, I would think she needs her family more than ever right now. Maybe I'm just naive, but I didn't really have a problem with how they told Joan's story, but did anyone find it odd that David was totally missing from this episode? Do they plan to tell him anything about what happened? And will Joan tell him anything about her past? If I remember, he's almost a teen himself, so I feel like he's old enough to understand more than they give him credit.

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could it be that they killed Claudia Joy off screen I hear the actress who play her has gotten into some trouble and that why she been off screen

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Roxy is in all the rights, she never sign a contract so the deal wasnt real, shaking of hand is not the closing on a deal its the siging of a contract so roxy getting sue wont happen. I didnt like this epiosde it was slow for me. CJ just shouldnt come back its been so long that its going to be strange when she comes back.

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