Army Wives Review: Saving The Best For Last

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Leading up this Season 6 finale, all signs pointed to Army Wives coming to an end.

Last week I not only thought the show was on its last legs, I was looking forward to it. Yet, somehow, "Onward" changed my opinion on both thoughts. Be still your beating hearts, you heard that right. If another season could be done as well as this episode, I would be behind it... let's say, 90%.

So this was a surprising week! I'll give you the full rundown of what changed my views at the end of the review, so let's start with a break down of the basics...

Kevin's Medical Breakthrough

I was shocked that the only thing Charlie thought of as Nicole was getting ready to deploy was "what about adoption?" She then had the nerve to go talk to Denise about asking Frank to change her orders. It seemed to me that she was more interested in having a child than she was in getting married to Nicole.

Luckily, it was also convenient for Penny to need parents to raise a baby she didn't want and for Charlie and Nicole to want a baby. Penny had no problem jumping into bed with a man during a one night stand, but had quite a big problem when it came to her Christian beliefs and allowing her child to be raised by a lesbian couple. Her immediate answer was no.

Enter Hector, who said the first thing I've agreed with since he came onto the show: "You can't judge them. What we did was against the bible!" Of course he had a lot more first hand experience with Nicole Galassini, but he's right. They are good women and would give a baby all the love in the world. It was nice to have a story with a happy ending.

Was it any surprise Kevin was as ornery as ever during his physical therapy? I was happy when he fell on the floor and off of the exercise equipment. I love that he finally got it; what it would take to walk again. He needed to understand it wasn't done with sheer will and anger. It was quite a sight to see the soldiers rally around him when he made his first attempts to stand on his own, especially since I'm sure J.R. Martinez, as Marty, wasn't the only American soldier in that room who had been through it all himself.

Elsewhere, Trevor wanted to deploy with his men rather than report to Fort Lewis, but when the orders came down, they were for him to make the move. That left a lot of others on base who were going to be merging with an air force base, but not until the 1st Brigade deployed to Afghanistan again.

Here is where Army Wives reeled me back in. Its ability to show soldiers deploying, saying goodbye to their families and realistically portraying the pressures and challenges those left behind has always been incredibly keen. The majority of "Onward" was about that future. David was living through the first deployment of his mother, and both he and Joan had to come to terms with it. Charlie watched her wife deploy for the first time as an Army Wife, and one with a child on the way.

The speech Kevin gave, after he successfully stood up in front of the troops to give it, was inspirational. It was beautiful to see everyone standing there, about to leave to serve their country again as their families stood to the side to support their decision to do so. If this were just any series finale, what happened next would not have happened at all.

The plan which held practically half of the cast - including Joan, Frank, Nicole and Hector - experienced some sort of difficulties and we closed out the hour with Michael answering a call to several Oh My Gods. Leaving us forever with a plane going down would be a horrible joke. So maybe this wasn't the end after all. On the other hand, the group hug at the end could have meant it was sort of a Sopranos conclusion.

The lives of soldiers and their families will always be filled with strife, and no matter where Lifetime decides to end the series, that will continue. After all, the hug had all of the main characters past and present. The missing Claudia Joy; Pamela who had moved on; Roxy who was on her way out of town; Denise and Roland. Perhaps the takeaway was to remember those friendships.

What are your thoughts, and would "Onward" work as a series finale or do you demand more? What do you think the odds are for a season seven? For now, thanks for reading along again this season! I've enjoyed your participation in the column very much. 


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did they all die at the end of the season?


i love this show i watched the last episode when they were all deploying . and i cried like a baby. my boyfriend is in the army and watching this show has taught me that u should be more than proud to be an anrmy wife and how much i cant wait to be an army wife and stand beside my soldier for life. love this show:)


Please please please DO NOT take Army Wives off air! Love the show and all of the characters!!! I l


Yes I am a man who watches this show me and my wife always watch.please don't take the show off the air.


Please don't take Army Wives off the air. I look forward to seeing it every Sunday when it did come on. I love the cast everyone was Awesome!!!! Please don't take it away.


What was the song called at the end of the last season? season 6 episode 23. this was one of the lyrics in it but i cant seem to find the song anywhere. "i wont let this go you know ill keep you close it might feel like its over but this is not the end"


So glad there will be a season 7!! Have never liked Clauda Joy so will not miss her. Roxy, Trevor, Denise and Roland are by far my favs.


I have been hearing all season that this was the series finale. If so, the ending sucked. There needs to be a finale for the finale. I love Army Wives, and have never missed an episode, and would love to see another season, but if this is the end, they need to make one more episode. You can't just kill off everybody while Roxy and Travis just drive away! The episode was great, but to leave a series with a cliffhanger is just wrong.


I will miss Roxy and Trevor the most because it began with them moving in. I was watching their lives unfold with the friends that Roxy made. I believe the series should continue with Roxy and Trevor since it began with them. All the other characters could change. I enjoyed watching Roxy mature into someone like CJ. An officer's wife heading the RFG and looking out for Trevor's men's wives as Trevor looked out for his men.


I'm a guy who watches Army Wives with my wife - we're retired military, the show is great. I really can't believe that Kim Delaney might not be in season 7. I suspect personal problems may have impacted her appearances in season 6 but the show is built around her and Catherine Bell - don't mess with success!

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Army Wives Season 6 Episode 23 Quotes

Normally becoming Brigade Commander is occasion for celebration. Under the circumstances, let me just say I'm damn proud of you.


I just don't see how you can be real Christians and be gay.