Army Wives Review: Saving The Best For Last

at . Comments

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. 


Editor Rating: 4.5 / 5.0
  • 4.5 / 5.0
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
User Rating:

Rating: 4.4 / 5.0 (402 Votes)

Carissa Pavlica is the managing editor and a staff writer for TV Fanatic. Follow her on Twitter and on Google+.


My husband and I never watch TV because of the violence, immorality, reality shows, and stupid others. We watch the news and some of TCM's old movies. BUT on Sunday nights, our house comes to a standstill so we can watch Army Wives. Except for Hector's bed scene, the show is clean and addresses many issues facing all of us today - not just Army Wives. I do have a son in Afghanistan right now but the show's not about Army Moms. We suffer also. As far as the gay situation, I wasn't too happy with that BUT it's also a way of life now with its many problems. I have several ways this program could continue and I truly hope it does. I miss Kim Delaney, but the other actors/actresses were superb as well. I want it to continue WITH THE SAME CAST. I also like the fact that there were Hispanics included. I really like Gloria and her New York accent. And I would truly miss Roxy. She was ALWAYS THERE for everybody. Please bring this back so we can be happy again.


My family and I have watched Army Wives from the beginning, we love it and do not want to see it end this way!! Please bring it back and let us see where the characters go in their lives!! Don't leave us hanging!! Absolutely one of our favorite shows!!


I've watched AW from the begining. It is the only show that honors our military. I love the show and the characters. I also realize that in the real life ARMY families transfer so we have to have changes at times. But, please don't cancel the whole show. We already have way to many reality shows.


I would really like to see army wives return. New characters would allow for new story lines and keep with true army wives being transferred and having to make new friends regularly. I would like to see this happen.


I'm the wife of a Vietnam Veteran; Marine, NCO. "Army Wives" is one of the few tv shows we watch together; it has become a ritual in our house on Sunday nights. So far, I've cried through every episode. The show is very entertaining for us military spouses and women in service, even if the writers do come across with some things that simply would not "wash" in real life; such as the wives of officers and enlisted being such buddies. Believe me, that just don't happen on a base we were ever at! But then it is fiction and has to be taken in that context. 99 out of 100 points is how I rate the show. But please - either bring Claudia Joy back or get rid of her completely! I'm sure even Michelle Oboma is tired of her by now (supposed to be traveling with the President's wife)!


I have watched this show from the beginning and felt it was getting ready to "jump the shark", so if this is the finale - I'm good with it. I also agree that the show needs, Roxie and Claudia Joy if it is to come back. If it does come back, then maybe the plane has disappeared and it can use the first episode back as this storyline. Honestly, I think it had a good run and it is time to let it live - ending reminded me on how The Sopranos ended.


I love this show!!! I certainly want it to return for another season. Please don't end it now. Best show on the air as far I am concerned.


The season final eposide of Army Wives was a real tear jerker and cliffhanger. It appears that the plane has gone down and everyone in it killed. Friendships ended that day for sure. Pamela left at the beginning of the show and Roxy left at the end. I don't see how another season of Army Wives can be brought back. It would just be too ridiculous of a story line. Let it go! It was the best series on TV and whoever the writer was was absolutely great. Thank you.


Well, I for one was shocked by the ending. I thought I was watching the SERIES finale. I was crying and saying good buy to all of the characters and then...BOOM! Cliffhanger! Once I read that it is still up in the air if the show will return, I think I know what will happen. I think the plane will be fine, but they made us think it crashed. I think The call that Holden got was about his wife Claudia Joy. He never said anything about a plane. I think he got the news that she died. Kim Delaney has been missing from the show and I think they decided to write her off. This is my guess for how it will play out if the show returns. By the way, I love this show and really hope that it does return.


I LOVE LOVE LOVE this show. Please don't take it off the air!! I am the mother of a son in the AIR FORCE and this is pretty near realistic. You just can't end the show like the season finale. I think I'd just stop watching LIFETIME all together.

Tags: ,

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.