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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This show became tiring several episodes ago.


This has been one of the better shows on tv, for both males and females. I really hope this is not the end. I realize that lives move on, but I think there is still room to grow on the show; and the "ending" so far is not what I would expect to have the show actually cancelled. I think that would be a very poor way to go out.


Though I love this show and am a HUGE fan, a lot of the "cliffhangers" are usually's almost predictable that by the 1st episode of the next season it's always going to be the cliffhanger was something minor and it's business as usual. I think a lot of the fans know that. After watching for so long, it was easily predictable that Gen Holden was talking business with that woman and nothing to get excited about. No surprise there. No surprise that Claudia Joy didn't the first episode she was casually talking about it with her friends and it was no big deal either. Come on writers! Give us a TRUE cliffhanger and needs to be addressed instead of white washed to do the same thing over and over again!


I love Army Wives. I have watched every episode since the beginning. I hope Trevor and his family will still be on. I don't like when they write people off and get new ones. Its never the same. I am grateful that the beginning of the season Susan Lucci was only in a couple of episodes. I don't think I could have continued watching it if she had been a regular. I am so tired of her same old role as the bitchy rich lady. I hope Army wives is renewed, I really do enjoy the show.


I just noticed the picture at the top of the Army Wives. It makes them look sexy and slutty like some of the other shows on TV. The show isn't like that at all. It is a good show about the army and what the wives and their husbands go through in day to day army life. Maybe you should market the show in a different way to let people know what it is REALLY ABOUT. I just loved the show but not the picture promoting it.


I watched every episode this year and LOVED IT! Please don't take it off the air. It is a GREAT show.


Please do not take the how of the air. It is our favorite show!What could you possibly replace it with that willbe 1/2 as good?


For the past 6 years this has been my favorite program on TV. Every Sunday no matter what I had to watch Amry Wives.
Last nights episode left me sobbing. Of course at the end of every season is a cliff hanger, but who knows if this was a cliff hanger or not. If it wasn't I will sob longer as these people became part of my family and I need to know what happened to them.
The thought that this program my not come back next season is very upsetting. I sincerely hope the writers will reconsider and keep this show on the air.


It was definitely time for this show to end. This year, as several have mentioned, has been lame, boring and filled with mostly whining. I wasn't impressed with the "final" show but like many other series endings, it was left to your imagination as to what the phone call was about. None of the "regular," "important" actors were there and it basically was the same type of episode as it's been all year .... LAME and BORING.


I am with Kristi; {I have watched every episode since the very beginning. PPPPLLLLEEEAASSSEEE don't end it this way!!!! I was flabbergasted that they would do that to us!!!! Please bring it back!!!!!!!!!!} You can not end it this way!!! Jim

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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.