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Army Wives Review: Bombs Help People Get Acquainted

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"Blowback" was the Army Wives episode where the old guard started to merge with the new, and it all came together pretty well.

There were two separate incidents that were created as catalysts, one minor and one rather major, although given the early stages of the relationships that were being cultivated, I didn't feel any concern for the people we were getting to know. They, however, felt differently.

A Bombing in Afghanistan

We learned a bit more about each of our new wives and their husbands. Maggie is having a very hard time being a stay at motel mom and there is no way you can blame her for her feelings. I don't think her husband, Eddie, gets the full picture of claustrophobia she must be experiencing being stuck in one room with several kids, even if they are at school for most of the day. She really has nowhere to get away.

When she did have somewhere to go - to Denise's for a school project with her son - Eddie was quite demeaning toward her, as if he expected she would somehow make him look bad. I didn't like it. The only time they seem to get along is when they're having sex. Hopefully, we'll see a bit more to their relationship as time goes on. They met while on tour in Iraq.

Latasha's son needed something to take to school for a show and tell about his dad, Corporal Montclair and she gave him an MRE. It was that MRE that got her son, Maggie's son and David (Joan's son, staying with Denise while Roland is off looking for housing) made into a bomb. They didn't get suspended or expelled, but were required to do a class project together. Latasha and Quincy met at a frat party in college. They seem to be a happy couple.

Finally, Holly talked about meeting Tim. He was the high school mascot and was afraid to talk to her even though she had a crush on her. Since she's only 18 with her entire life ahead of her, their marriage could go either way. They seem madly in love like all teenagers do, and it will be when they are living together in a small space like Maggie and Eddie that they'll be truly tested.

Kevin, now walking pretty well with a cane, went back to Afghanistan. And it was on his first day back, after we met all of the husbands noted above and he touched base with Frank and Joan, that the bomb hit. This wasn't one to burn a teacher's eyes, however, and it brought all the women together back at Fort Marshall for strength as they watched the news and waited for real information to come via Michael.

It was really a great way to get them all together and get past the mam stage and for the new characters to start feeling comfortable mingling with the wives of officers. There is no other way for the show to work unless they become friends. Maggie finally got housing at the end of the episode, right next to Latasha. They're going to be the new Roxie and Pamela. Count on it.

Unfortunately, there was a lot more setup than substance to the episode.

Other thoughts:

  • Brian McNamara was absolutely wonderful as Michael again this week as he struggles to deal with the loss of Claudia Joy. The emotion he shows on his face can be crushing. I'm loving the telephone calls between he and Emmalin and I hope they keep that up.
  • It was good to see the men and women back in action in Afghanistan. I don't want to forget their very difficult jobs.
  • Joan was being sent home. Her commission ended early. I guess the Burton's are going to get a quicker sendoff than I realized. More sadness to come.
  • Gloria got an email from Hector, and she seems confused about her feelings for him; even more so after the bomb scare. But we haven't heard about his baby mama yet this season. That would be enough to sober someone up and rethink returning gooey feelings.

This episode was really necessary to get everyone fully introduced, and I'd expect we'll soon see Maggie, Latasha and Holly joining the FRG and being more fully integrated with Denise and Jackie. Their common bond will be Gloria, because she already had the opportunity to get close to Jackie and Denise. The good news is there's not a bad character in the bunch. Even with my hesitation about Eddie, I have a feeling the story he has about his first wife will curtail it.

How are you feeling now that you have a better view of the new ladies? Are you excited to see where the season takes us? We still have the introduction of Brooke Shields as Kat and Brant Daugherty as Jackie's son, Patrick on the horizon. So far, Army Wives Season 7 feels far more cohesive than it felt at the same time last year. My hopes? High.

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I cannot believe how bad this season is!!! I have watched and loved this show from the beginning, but now I'm about ready to stop watching it. I think with all the off screen issues they are trying to introduce way too many new characters all at once. With the scenes this last week of the new soldiers overseas it was sooo horribly fake looking. This was really the first time week the new husbands were introduced and it seemed like we knew who they were all along, but the depth of writing is not there! I am so disappointed in the show that I once loved and look forward to watching every Sunday!!!

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I don't see a problem if the writers make Ashanti and Torrey the new Roxy and Pam. What's wrong with that? And what do you mean by saying bad acting? Can you act? Some of you are overly critical. I too at first was skeptical about where the show would go but I'm looking forward to what the new characters can bring to the show. People should give it a chance. A lot of us hate change but sometimes change is good.

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Hahaha, I see the hot biker chick came from PLL...kicked that show to the curb 2 seasons ago .....a pretty face on basic cable will always just be a pretty face ......thus, expendable on a moments notice--just keep on annoying us ...with this unwatchable stuff!!!! !!!!

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We pay cable peoplel have plenty to DVR on Sunday nights ....not to mention watching NCAA hoops .....I came a rats hair from hitting the DVR Delete ( FF a few scenes with the pie chick ) on this episode/ series ......and I've seen em all !!!

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OMG- other than the one biker chick being hot , I loathe all those new people, especially the goofy Pie chick and her husband .....This dumbed down show is definitely on week to week "Kick to the Curb" Alert !!

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I'm not going to bash this season like everyone else have because i'm kinda feeling the new wives mostly because torrey devitto & ashanti. Im not feeling that other young wife, I think they should have left her off and just made torrey,ashanti, and gloria the main new wives along with denise and jackie. I dont like that the writers wrote torrey & ashanti to live next door to each other trying make them be the new pam and roxy. It seems like they want ashanti to be roxy and torrey to be pam.

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Army Wives have been getting worse and worse every season... Ever since Pamela left and new characters being added were just detrimental to the story lines... I have to say I found myself watching a few episodes and started laughing at how HORRIBLE the acting was by all the new Army Wives and their Husbands... this show has turned into a complete joke

Army Wives Season 7 Episode 3 Quotes

I share a lot of things with my son, mam. When he asks questions, I give him answers. Simple as that.

Maggie

You give boys enough time, they'll make a weapon outta anything.

Latasha