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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Perhaps the call Michael got was news that Claudio Joy died ... maybe because of her unexplained absence from the last several episodes. Alternatively, the plane crashed and there are no survivors. The other thought was possibly that Roxy and Trevor and the boys were in an accident and didn't make it. Whatever happens, Army Wives is by far a first rate television series, which should NOT be cancelled.


I watched some episodes of Army Wives and if that was indeed the series finale, I think it was a poor ending.Even though its a TV Show when you are an Army wife things sometimes play on your mind.It would have been enough to let them deploy end scene,in other words the life of a soldier and their families continues.I am just glad my husband is not preparing to fly out.


I have a grandson in the military I enjoyed the show looked forward to it hated the ending. What is wrong with you people to take a good show and mess it up like that, It was a show about women of differnet backgrounds coming together for the good of each other, They supported and love their relationships with each other tthrough strife, death and divorce Bring it back and take some of the stupid stuff off like Dance Moms where they are screaming and fighting and not working anything out


Wow- that's all I can say. This program makes me Glad, Sad, and MAD all in one episode! This constant pounding the drum for this "gay" couple is truly maddening to me. To "headline" them, and make them a main part of the final episode is ridiculous, as well basically "bashing" Christians in the process, and making Penny look like a self-righteous hypocrite. She had every right to have issues with that adoption. Not excusing her behavior with Hector, but that doesn't make the adoption right. And of course the BIG question to me is "WHERE IS THE STAR"???? The one who held the program together- KIM DELANEY???? She is MAGIC, and needs to be brought BACK!! Glad to see there may be a 7th Season, although it sounds like they need to re-sign contracts with most of the cast. This can't end like this. Crazy. Even if they don't have a 7th season, they BETTER give a proper conclusion to the plane "going down" or whatever!


I forgot to put my name on my comment before ( it is under NULL) Sharon should have been put for my name. Thank you.


I am thankful that you are having a change of heart. Army Wives is so real with army living. It is the best show on Sunday nights. Please let there be more Army Wives in 2013. A heart felt THANK YOU in advance.


Not telling us that this is the end of the season or the series is just bad production practice. We have come a
long way since "What happened to JR". The show was very good
about having us know and love the characters. Then to
leave us with a very fifth grade ending. Sad.
Is the Network so unorganized and unsure of it self that it
cannot decide on what shows it will continue.
Very disappointed.


I love army wives and it should be brought back on next season. It was in poor taste it ended like that specially a few days before 9-11. We are all on edge as it is with what happen to us in 2001 and we look up to our millatary to have the show end now is wrong shame shame on the writers!!!!!!!


Please have another season of Army Wives - 2013 - Love the show!!


I really hope they bring army wife's back,I looked forward to that show Sunday nights, I love it,we need. To know who suvived that plan crash, I hope everyone ,we need them all.

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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.