Army Wives Review: Red Flags, New Love and a Farewell

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No fair! I'm crying foul at "All or Nothing" because of the cheesy montage scenes we received courtesy of Gloria, smack dab in the middle of our finale.

What else happened? Let's check it out...

Preparing To Leave

Army Wives Season 7 was, in essence, solid all around. But the finale, while it tried to tie up loose ends, ended up cliche-ridden in some places and it felt like the episode was longer than an hour. Not, unfortunately, in a good way. It wasn't all bad, so let's start with that and finish on a positive note.

The Gloria business is ridiculous. Unless somebody else remembers a couple moving on base named Gloria and Hector who were madly in love, they're forgotten the story. Sure, Hector cheated on her. But he and Gloria were already having problems before that happened. That was just the straw that broke the camel's back. Poor camel. They got married after weeks of knowing each other and were virtual strangers. They were never depicted as being deeply in love, so the montage didn't cut it. Moving on from him wasn't just her best decision, it was her only decision. 

Gloria didn't let the audience know her choice, but since Jordan has eyes for Patrick, there wasn't any other decision she could have made, right?

Let's chat about Tim finally cracking after realizing he hurt Holly. You know it's never going to end well when someone up and walks out the door without closing it. Do people actually do that in real life? Just like people hang up a phone call on television without saying goodbye, I don't think what Tim did or that Holly stood in the door and just watched him leave knowing his state of mind made a lick of sense. 

Thankfully, his platoon buddies got together and found him, but dude still needs some serious help.

On to the positive points!

Frank fell down the stairs in Germany and broke his ankle. Sure, he might not have liked it much, but it brought him stateside... so yay for us! I think even Denise was happy about that broken ankle. Denise wasn't so happy about catching Michael and Kat in a kiss - and let them know about it.

Picking Brooke Shields for HellKat was just genius. She and Brian McNamara have a natural chemistry on screen that makes it so easy to accept them as a couple and root for them to be together. Even that first episode when she arrived and I wanted to hate Kat, I knew they brought her on board to make me love her and for her to love Michael. It's been an organic pairing and I embrace it.

The writing for the scenes where Kat pleaded her case to Denise and Denise then thanked Michael and Kat for respecting her friendship with Claudia was well thought out and made them best of the episode. 

Also very well done was the goodbye to Joan and Roland. There was pomp and circumstance, due to her retirement, but overall it was understated and without unnecessary dramatics. Joan has decided to retire from a job she excelled at to support and spend time with her family. There wasn't a lot more that needed to be said. I really appreciated the way the story played out because it was pure and not contrived. The heartstrings had already been tugged. 

The only other thing of note were that Quincy got his medical eval back and was remaining in the army. No surprise there. Ashanti (Latasha) wasn't going anywhere even if they gave Quincy a desk job!

Now that this season of acquaintance is over, we can get back to solid and steady story next season. I'd like to see more episodes and less "getting to know you" business. We know everyone pretty well now, let's stop kicking the stones and start building our new family home.

What did you guys think of the finale? Chat about it and we'll see you back next year!


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I loved season 7 and especially Michael-Kat love interest!!! I hope army wives will be renewed for season 8....and 9....and 10 and more!!!! This is the best show EVER!!!!!


Started watching show at its inception and stopped when they killed off Claudia Joy.


Some of the new cast grew on me, but I have to say that I was disappointed with the good bye to Joan and Roland, with each departure of the original cast members we got a "look back" at their time on base. We got this for a character that has been on the show for a blink of an eye who isn't even technically an army wife, but we didn't get a real send off for one of our original couples. I thought it was sad. I HATE that after just a few months they are already giving Michael a love interest. Its disrespectful to Claudia Joy. I hope if they bring the show back for another season they reconsider this.


Mary june10th/13 9:30 pm
All I can say is loved the finale & if they cancell this show I will not watch life time ever again


Loved the show with the original cast. Let it die in peace.


The finale tied things up perfectly. This way if it's not picked up, at least we have endings for just about everyone. If it is picked up, I can't wait to see what they will do with everyone. I know that people don't like change but they have to remember that people come and go on bases all the time. I say give the new bunch a chance and with Denise and Frank at the center, they will come out just fine. My only problem is with Ashante's earrings (pretty petty LOL)


I like the new season. It took time to get use to the new people but they are growing on me. I still think it is too soon for Michael to be in a new romance after 25 years of marriage. How long has it been 3 25 years only means three months of grieving?!? I am not liking Michael and Kat at all. So much for the love of his life!


I ended up loving the new cast of Army Wives even though I didn't think I would. I love that Denise/Frank and Gen. Holden are still around though. The show wouldn't be the same without them. I really hope the show is renewed for many more seasons. I know that Catherine Bell signed on for 2 years so I think we have more Army Wives coming. Yay!!


I really hope the network renews Army Wives!

@ Sue

I wish that they would have done a another season of army wives or a 2 hour special to fine out where Gloria and hector are or in up date with army wives debbie

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Army Wives Season 7 Episode 13 Quotes

Denise: I can't believe this is really happening.
Roland: Change is good Denise.
Denise: That doesn't mean I'm going to miss you any less.
Roland: I'm going to miss you too.

Look, all I want to know is if I'm an idiot for thinking about you.