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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I have not missed an episode of Army Wives since they started. This is one of my all time favorites and I think it has been produced exceptionally well. I am sad if it is going off the air, but please don't leave us hanging. If the show is really ending it needs to have a happy ending.


I have watched Army Wives since day one. This is the Best Show on T.V. Having this show end possibly killing a plane load of soldiers is inhumanly insensitive. With all our soldiers over seas risking their lives every day how could the writers of this show even hint of this chance. I hate the thought of this show ending but I hate the thought of it ending this way more.


I have enjoyed all the seasons of this wonderful show. But I am saddened at the turn it has made in supporting the gay life style.


My daughter and I have been watching Army Wives since the beginning. It is the only show that gives us a brief view of the sacrifices of the faceless, countless men and women and their families. Those that serve our country.
If a one hour show, once a week, on a non-major TV network needs to be cancelled, I don't understand Can't just one of you faceless, nameless decision makers help show what is left of an ounce of American spirit? How unfortunate for a country of Americans who can sit in their recliners, relax and watch some brainless reality shows that teach us NOTHING! When they should be thanking those wonderful men and women serving to keep us safe.


I'd say it's pretty obvious what happened. The writers had no idea if they were coming back at all or which actors would come back if they did. They filmed two endings according to something I read, and the network chose to use the cliffhanger (which I assume is a good sign that they hope to renew it). The ending was actually pretty genius as far as contracts go. Catherine Bell is the only one signed on, and they probably have faith that Michael and Rolan would also return. That phone call serves as a way for anyone else to leave. If someone on the plane crash wanted off the show, the plane crashes and they don't survive. If Roxy or Trevor return but only one of them, the call could be a car accident that leaves one of them dead. Or Claudia Joy died, or really so many options. That phone call could be a lot of things.


A refreshing uplifting patriotic series, unlike so many other raunchy, cynical, immoral, stupid junk which apparently appeals to much of today's society--today's jaded spoiled generation. But the ending, first was uplifting, then implying a possible horrible crash, is insulting and demoralizing.


Cfl - Why is it that people cannot accept others for what/who they are? Always the same stale excuse - being gay is immorral. I heard no Christian bashing only the same thing that all Christian hypocrites say. Why do you feel like you can judge others? Now you are even bashing characters in TV shows. Army Wives touched a lot of people. They brought up issues avoided or side-stepped by other dramas. Gay marriage, parenting, aids, life/death, adoption, drug abuse, mental illness, etc, etc, etc. I say cudos to Army Wives and if you don't like watching real life situations, get basic cable.


This is one series that needs to come back. There is so little patriotism left in this country, even after 9/11, that this show always bolstered the fact that we need to stand for our military. It has nothing to do with the gay couple or David's real father. It has to do with what our troops and their families deal with on a daily basis, and what they go through when the are deployed. I applaud our military and appreciate all their efforts to keep war off our streets, and keep the freedoms that we still have. This show SHOULD NOT be taken off the air!!! This is much better programming than all the ignorant reality shows, that are all staged!! Just like good ole' wrestling, all staged. Please keep Army Wives in the schedule! The majority appreciate the show.


Sorry, can't earlier post said "see" of course I meant "sell".


My thoughts.....Roxi had a chance to see the Hump Bar but didn't like the price. Gloria left....Gloria came back and now she is running the Bar and Roxi still owns it. I didn't like the ending as well.

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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.