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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The DVD for season 6 is now available. There is one problem with it: there are only 13 shows of the 23 shown this may be an explation for the DVDwas available two weeks after the last show..


my wife would like to know the song that played at the end of 9-9-12's seasn finale?


AGAIN! once again the shows that matter go away...I am so sick of reality TV and all the hokey shows. Who tells the networks that people want their best shows to end? What happened to the viewers having a say in when a show ends? But by all means keep shoving shows down our throats where dogs win the best talent in America and mindless, humorless shows dominate the networks. What does that say about what the networks really think of their viewers...


My mom started to watch the show after spending a weekend with me. I am speaking for the both of us when I say - "Bring it back!" IT has been and can continue to be a GREAT show. The actresses and actors have all given outstanding performances and I would love to see all cast members return - even the new ones that were introduced this season!


I love army wives and i really hope that they continue the show. I dont have anyone n the military now but i feel it lets the world know how the military families deal & cope with everyday living. And what the men & women's family do without so that we can have what we have today. It seems like when they come out with a good tv show like "army wives" they take it off, i just wished they wouldn't.


I love armywives, i hope there is another season, I am so sick entire of reality shows, Lets bring back a show that people like. I will miss Roxy, she was great and as for. Kim I have always like the showes she player in, Give her a break. there are lots of people that have personal problem including actress. I am glad she is getting help, As far as the lesibian cuople goes thing like that really happen in the military, For you who do not beleive, so get a life. Everything doesn't always go the way you think it should. Stop being so judgemental, Everyone has to answer, to a high power, and you are not the higher power. so I guess you do not like me who cares, Bring armywives back


I have watched & loved AW since episode 1 season 1. My mom got so sick of hearing me talk about it she started tuning in & now she loves it too. I really hope it does come back & new characters would work as an army base is always got new people coming & going. This being said what the hell is with Claudia Joy? It must be the longest trip with the Presidents wife ever? What really happened to her character? Please come back for a new season but explain her disappearance!


Army Wives is a show I have really enjoyed. My family gives me grief over the fact that I watch re-runs on shows of the 60's & 70's because I want to be entertained and not have to feel bad over what is going on on the screen!
I have just loved the sweet friendships these women (and men) have and the way their lives bounce off each other week to week! I was so sad to lose Pamela and her family and would love to see them next door to Trevor and Roxie and family sometime soon! HA. I feel like this entire cast has excelled in so many ways. They meet the needs of their audience every week -
different needs. The writers have been sensitive to their audiences and have written accordingly. Come on back! My nerves won't take not knowing what happens to Joan and Roland and David! Each couple on the show has something special to offer. The original cast was the best!


I stopped watching AW after season 4. The show was a little corny and 'over the top' but it was a good, decent show that I watched every week with my family. I only read the episode recaps after season 4. I did watch the finale. The show seem to jump the shark when Trevor became an officer. This season was ridiculous. They jumped a whale, how many tragedies can a small group of friends have? Claudie Joy, good gravy, how many medical issues can she have. Thanks for four great seasons. RIP Army Wives.

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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.