Army Wives Review: Joan's Choice

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We were treated another huge revelation in "Adjustment Period."

First of all, nobody we know died on the battlefield, but a life was hanging in the balance by the end of this Army Wives hour. And then there was Joan's decision. Her heart-breaking decision, I should say.

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Joan did exactly what I expected she would do. The bigger surprise was that I didn't like the way Michael dismissed her as she attempted to explain her choice to retire. Of all people, with everything he has been through and lost, he should know decisions like hers are not made lightly. He started out with a family of four, and now has two. If someone had told him that a decision to retire from the Army would have given him his family back, would he have made it?

Although the Army wasn't responsible for the loss of his family, Michael should have taken a moment to hear out Joan and think about family, her family and what it would be like for her to lose hers. Instead, he was dismissive and couldn't look her in the eye. That's not the Michael we'd come to love.  Thus, his reconnect with Joan and their conversation had me smiling from ear to ear.

Joan: But, Roland has been there every step of the way, making sacrifices for my career. Now it's time for me to support him and his dreams. I want to do this sir, for Roland, for my marriage and my family.
Michael: And I support that, wholeheartedly. And I would trade all these stars for one more day with Claudia Joy. I will miss you, but I will always be proud of you. Carry on Colonel. | permalink

It would appear we're in for another goodbye. I can only hope that Roland comes back and the Burtons get a fitting sendoff. It's kind of hard to believe the original cast had dwindled down to Denise, Frank and Michael. But I also give kudos to the show for doing that because it's commonly done on British shows with great success, one that stay on the air for decades. Here's to an even longer ride with an ever changing cast.

As the soldiers come home, they all have their crosses to bear and each goes about it in a different way. Patrick wishes for Gloria, as Hector tells her that pushing her away was the biggest mistake of his life. Eddie tries not to think about the friends he lost and makes love to Maggie through his broken ribs. Holly attempts to seduce Tim but he's a changed young man, the once fun-loving boy filled with deep secrets he couldn't possibly share with his wife. Denise picks up the pieces of the lives of those women left behind and pays visits to the grieving, a job once done so well by Claudia Joy.

The soldiers barely have a moment to return to their lives and they are back in training. Apparently DUIs are running rampant in their return, but at least one man is getting his act together. Hector not only immediately paid his son a visit, he was promoted to Corporal. It would appear he's doing all the right things to get his chance at wooing Gloria. If Patrick is going off to Ranger school, we'll have a full fledged love triangle on our hands.

Could it have been more awkward when Patrick showed up at Holly's to see Gloria? Doesn't anyone use the phone to make a simple phone call first? I guess it's easier to just pop over to someone's house in a small place like an Army base, but let that moment be a lesson to us all. Make that call to see if it's a good time. Gloria went to dinner with Hector and dropped her back at The Hump, where she's hanging waiting for her apartment to be ready.

Patrick was unable to sleep and standing in the open doorway. As Gloria slept and The Hump caught on fire, I wondered: was that inability to sleep noted because we were to believe Patrick might take a drive to the bar? But he thinks she's staying at Holly's. Perhaps he will see flames. Certainly either Hector or Patrick is going to go save Gloria. We aren't losing another player before the end of Army Wives Season 7, not with a love triangle hanging in the balance. That's not a question. It's a fact, dammit.

Finally, I hate that we see so little of Frank. He is so wise, and his comment about wondering what history will note about their war was well thought out. I want the adults home. Bring back Frank and Kevin please!


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I actually hoped that Gloria would give Hector another chance. It is clear that he has changed and that they still have feelings for one another. I cant believe Joan is leaving the show. This season is a little dull without Roxy or Claudia Joy. But the new actresses are holding their own.


Love the new characters....makes the show real. Hope to see more of Jackie and Gloria. Like the possibility of Gloria being groomed to be a General's wife. Today's Army reflects the realilty of this. Jackie's past as a general's wife makes her a great teacher for Gloria, but as a mother, she gets to help her son attain a real love for his future.


I must say I struggled through this episode, wanting it to end quickly; unlike when I started watching the show 3-4 years ago, when one hour was not just enough.
Why is Denise taking the lead?! its like saying Frank should take the lead when Kevin is there, Jackie's role has now been reduced to a mere relationship with Gloria, when she there are more important things she should be doing for grieving/struggling army wives, What Nonsense. No its not right and that should be corrected. On the other hand, its about time that Joan left, the writers did not make Joan what she was originally, a totally ass-kicking soldier!! they turned her into an old whinny house-wife, so its better she leaves even though i would have preferred her to have died in action probably saving the day and being remembered as a great hero, that would have been a befitting exit worthy of Colonel Burton and the exit of the Burtons all together, but alas, I don't write the damn stories. The rest of the acting from ashanti, her husband, and the rest of them was lackluster for me, so I am not expecting any great outcome from the show. What a shame... :(


Truman is not a better soldier than Hector. Truman is talking everyone's ear off and was highly distracted. He did some great work in the firefight and killed an attacker with his bare hands, but it left him a changed man - in a bad way. His behavior up until the firefight was immature and lacked discipline at all - kindof like Hector started out - without focus. They are all young soldiers and need to learn a lot.


I hope they don´t put Gloria back together with Hector. Can´t understand how he got the promotion? Truman is much better soldier!
I want Gloria with Patrick and much more Jackie, please!
Kelli Williams is the only reason I started to watch the show and now I am really enjoying it!


PLEASE PLEASE don,t let Joan retire she is the best. If you have to take Jackie off. I have watched this show from the start. We need Joan she is smart, true army, and a great actor. PLEASE KEEP JOAN.


OMG! What will happen to Gloria on Army Wives? Please God don't take the Burton clan away from Army Wives.


I agree it wouldn't be right. Frank and Denise have been through enough. Frank is my favorite person on the entire show. That's why I started by saying bring him and Kevin home now. If Frank wasn't on that would be the end of the show for me. And I said there could be other reasons to keep them there. It keeps a direct focus near the front lines of the war. Or it could be that we are only going to get a limited amount of screen time with Frank and Kevin and this is a way to do that. I don't like any scenario where they are over there and everyone else gets to come home.


now that the hump will burn maybe Roxy will be back to help Gloria clear the mess! i miss Roxy and Trevor


Kimberly! Don't even say that. Especially since one of the writers took note of how important we think Denise and Frank are and he said something to me like - the season isn't over. Denise can't go through any more tragedy. It wouldn't be right.

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Army Wives Season 7 Episode 11 Quotes

Jackie: I'm not going to relax until I see Patrick.
Kevin: Don't baby him, Kevin. He's not the same boy as when he left. Jackie?
Jackie: I heard you.

The thought of going to the War College, the possibility of serving at the highest level has always been my dream. You made me believe in that dream and I will always be grateful, I hope you know that.