Army Wives Review: Explosions Big and Small

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"Hearth and Home" was another Army Wives episode where we split the time between Fort Marshall and Afghanistan.

While Hector and Tim would have given anything to be at home with their loved ones, Joan was angry to be back with her family. Could she chalk it up to a recurrence of her brain injury or is she just human? Let's find out.

A Dangerous Outpost

I always assumed that when Joan gave Roland the okay to go to Johns Hopkins, she was thinking long-term, and would one day be ready leave the Army. She hasn't been happy in her position in a while, and being sent home wasn't her dream career move either, but the way she behaved when she learned Roland was still on board with his assignment surprised me. When it comes to commitments, Joan shouldn't have a problem understanding them.

Roland's honest discussion with Denise at the hospital about his refusal to leave David and Sarah Elizabeth with Joan even through she's back from her tour of duty didn't paint their marriage overall in a positive light.

It was obvious he's been carrying a bit of a grudge with her about raising the children on his own and he doesn't trust her with them. With everything they were arguing over as a couple, Joan should have jumped at the opportunity to take days off when Michael offered them to her. That she didn't spoke volumes of where her family sits on the scale of importance in her world.

Denise's advice to Joan to talk to him as a wife instead of as a soldier finally broke through her crusty demeanor. She asked Roland to please leave the kids with her while he heads of to Johns Hopkins. It turned out she had become afraid to share how she felt and good at hiding it, but being at home without them all would crush her. We'll see how that plays out soon.

The Jackie of today is such a different woman than the one we met in Army Wives Season 6 that it amazes me. The way she handled the situation when Michael couldn't make the community leaders event was so kindhearted and stress free. Try to remember back to the brazen woman who first set foot on Fort Marshall and how angry she would have been to be stood up, even if General Holden just lost his wife. This Jackie is caring and beautiful. Next week we'll meet her son. I wonder how she'll hold up under that stressful reunion as he joins the Army rather than playing at it in West Point.

I mention how much she has changed to give you all your weekly booster shot of enthusiasm for the new cast. Admittedly, I need it too. Holly's artificial sweetener can peel the paint off the walls. She's like a combination of the worst fairy tale character and .... hell. My apologies to all of the Jesse McCartney fans, but Tim Truman as Holly's husband is no better. We can only hope that putting their characters with Gloria and Hector will toughen them up just a bit. Being sweet is one thing, syrupy is another.

At the very least, forcing them all together got Gloria back on base, as she'll be moving in with Holly. Unfortunately, that also guarantees Holly more airtime.

Latasha was dropping hints about Quincy being a chef before joining the Army, but I didn't think much of it. I guess people hear the calling to service at many different times in their lives. I didn't expect to hear they decided to join the armed forces as a family due to their medical care. One of their children, Gabe, has Cystic Fibrosis. That put a new light on the family and her hard-ass stance toward the world. When you're looking after your children, especially one who needs special protection, you don't often have time to use the soft touch.

Despite the fear that they were going to force Latasha and Maggie on us as the new Pamela and Roxy, I feel nothing forced about their friendship. They both have assets they provide to the relationship that make it very natural friendship. They are, by far, the best addition to the series this year.

For the first time this season in a while, I wasn't watching the clock wondering what time it was. The show ended before I wanted it to, and that's a fantastic sign. Things are on the uptick. A couple things that hit me tonight were what ever happened to Nicole Galassini and Charlie? We even met Nicole's mother but they've been wiped off the map without a word. We know Tanya had her happy ending, so she's accounted for. Who else was on last season and hit the road without even a backward glance?

Comment away - and bring some positive this week. Let's get on board, soldiers!


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Just got to episode 7. Brooke Shields just hit the ground hard and running. Loved it. The characters are starting to grow on me...except those teenage Trumans. Still not impressed. But I should have at least given props to Ashanti in my first comment - I liked her right away. So I'll stick it out for the final season. Brooke Shields just saved the day.


Dang...too many characters in my first comment... Continued... This is the absolute worst couple they've ever brought on the show. Their high pitched voices and "like, OMG!" characters are just completely over the top. The writing this season just sucks. Now I know why it's the last season. Absolutely no maturity or imagination. Thanks for letting me vent. I couldn't keep it bottled up anymore.


I know it's now October and I'm a little late to the party here, but I'm watching Army Wives on Netflix...binge watching for a couple of weeks. I'm just getting into season 7 and Joan is STILL on my every nerve. She is the most grating, entitled, demanding B**** on the show and she has been from season 1. She's won countless NAACP awards? For WHAT? Portraying a woman who cares more about herself than anything else? Who does nothing but whine and complain about not being deployed, pouts about being deployed when she's ordered to and treats Roland like the hired help and acts as if the world to revolve around her? Sorry, not a character I'd think to glorify with an award. Truly the most teeth grinding character...up until now. Holly and Tim Truman. Seriously, how did this kid make it through boot camp and all that and still come out like an annoying cartoon character with no maturity? And Holly's character isn't just over the top saccharine, it's forced and grating. This is the absolute worst couple they've ever brought on the show. Their high pitched voices and "like, OMG!" characters are just completely over the top. The writing this season just sucks. Now I know why it's the last season. Absolutely no maturity or imagination. I've enjoyed every season - I even survived losing Pam and Chase to their California adventure - but this season is completely lost on me. On more than one occasion I wanted to throw something at the TV when Joan was on scene. Now I just want Holly and Tim to disappear. Nothing AT ALL cute about them. If it weren't for my loyalty to Michael, Frank, Denise and especially Roland, I'd be outta here. Season 7 went down the crapper and trying to get younger viewers with the Trumans was the dumbest move ever. So glad this is almost over. Thanks for letting me vent. I couldn't keep it bottled up anymore.


I am really starting to like the new people.


No way I'm buying into any of those newbies ....the Truman's are UNWATCHABLE - 1 reason I DVR everything is to FF all commercials, and characters on screen that ANNOY me ......what demographic are they after with theses people ? Yeah , the one new chick is hot....but this is not Cinemax that's going absolutely nowhere ..
Tick tock , the will i or wont i ....kick it to the curb meter, is running ...


Totally disappointed in the season 7. The writing has changed drastically, the characters are so saccharine ad nauseam. Joan, previously a strong presence is reduced to a wimpy whiny tin soldier. Jackie has turned into a clone of Claudia Joy without the edge. Most of the new army wives, with the exception of Holly (so sickeningly sweet and totally boring. The soldiers, Tim (Holly's husband) and Latasha's Quincy has nothing on Trevor and Chase. The have no real purpose, no edge, and definitely NOT eye candy.


I agree with the author's comments about Holly. Nobody is that backwards and her husband, I am surprised Hector didn't just knock him out. They both get on my nerves. I am glad to see feelings of regrets between Hector and Gloria.
I like the 2 new Army Wives and I too remember how manipulative and hardnosed Jackie's character was when she first came on the show. I think they had to soften her up when Kim Delany started having issues and it became clear that she wouldn't be returning so she could take over all of the things Claudia Joy used to do on the Post. I still miss Claudia Joy and I do hope Kim Delaney is on the road to recovery again. I have liked her since she was on All My Children. Doesn't she have a twin? I was thinking she did. Anyway I think last night was a good show. It's nice that they are giving Michael time to mourn over Claudia Joy. I wonder if Brooke Shields character will be a love interest for Michael when she joins? Just thinking.


Was great to see Frank tonight if only for a few brief seconds. I've always liked the rapport he has with Joan. Have to admit that when the episode guide said, "the men move to a remote and dangerous outpost" I expected Frank to be there, too. I know he's the brigade commander now, but he was always such a strong character in the field. I hope they don't take that away from us.


It is hard to get adjusted to the absence of the main characters. I really miss Roxy, Trevor and Claudia Joy. Tonight was a little better

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Army Wives Season 7 Episode 4 Quotes

Some hero. I was only gone two weeks.


Joan: I need you to believe in me.
Roland: I do.