One of Our Own
Army Wives Season 1 Episode 4 (06/24/07)
Jeremy is leaving the movies with Amanda Holden when he sees a the news clip about his father's downed Black Hawk through a store window.
Without hesitation after hearing the news, his only thought was to get home to his mother.
He arrived at the same time as Denise and when he called for her she just looked at him and walked into the house.
Claudia Joy ran to him when he fell and explained that Denise was in shock and that he needed to be there.
When they went into the house, Denise had already packed a bag, determined to hop the next flight to Iraq.
Claudia Joy stood in the doorway and refused to let her leave.
She told her that she was going to stay put and wait at the house.
Claudia Joy also assured Denise that she would wait with her so she wouldn't be alone.
So they sat and began their wait for news about Frank.
Meanwhile, Chase Moran took Pamela to the range for target practice.
He was doing great until the last shot, when he lost concentration, missing the important target.
Pamela asked Chase what all this practice meant and Chase revealed he could not share anything with her and that she shouldn't ask questions.
Yet she asked once more - and asked if his team was going to recover Frank's body along with those of the rest of his unit.
Without confirming that Chase simply said that the army was sending a team and that no matter the mission he could not tell her.
Pamela finally understood the enormity of Chase's new job and with that she took his gun and gave him some tips.
Meanwhile Roxy was at home supervising her boys as they made signs for Denise showing their love and support during this rough time.
As Trevor was leaving for work, he stopped to help the boys finish their signs. Roxy told him that she loved those boys so much it hurt and Trevor replied "I know."
At that moment Roxy truly realized that Trevor did love her boys and that he would be there for them and because he really did KNOW she told Trevor that she would be sending off the adoption papers.
Roland and Joan were not fairing any better in this episode than the last. Roland realized as he left for work that Joan has lost all hope.
She phoned to find out some information on Frank's unit so that Roland could share with Denise any new updates on the search and recovery.
Joan could only say that if Denise is lucky Frank is already dead, that it would be better that way because no one truly understands what "they" do.
All Roland could tell her was that there is always hope and that even if it meant his marriage was over he was very lucky to have his wife come home.
On his way to work Roland stopped by Denise's home to offer support; where many others from the post are doing the same.
While there he told Claudia Joy to stop by his office and he would have a prescription for Denise to keep her calm.
Although very appreciative of the love and support Denise just wants to be alone and asks Roland to tell everyone to go.
Jeremy tries to give his mother hope by telling her that Frank is not dead, her response to this was that she believed Jeremy would prefer if Frank was dead because then all his West Point problems would be solved.
This statement stuns everyone but Jeremy doesn't run.
He holds his ground and says nothing, letting his mother finish her "get out" speech. It really was an awkward moment for everyone and yet Jeremy stood there embarassed, with a bruised ego, by his mother's side.
Later that day, at the hospital Roland Burton recuses himself from the Belgrad case because of "conflict of interest." When the doctor taking over says thank you, Belgrad over hears Roland's last name and utters the word "bingo."
Something terrible was about to happen - Roland returns to his office and Claudia Joy soon stops by to pick up the prescription for Denise.
While they are talking there is a noise outside and some yelling. Belgrad bursts into Roland's office and demands that he get Joan down there.
They phone Joan and tell her the situation. Belgrad tells her she has thirty minutes to get to the office because they need to talk.
Within minutes Roxy and Pamela get a phone call about the hostage situation. Denise and Jeremy get a call as well.
Inside Roland's office he and Belgrad start communicating with each other about why this was happening. He did get answers to Belgrad's motivation as well as some insight into Joan and what happened to make her so hopeless.
Meanwhile, in the parking lot where the "command post" is being set up to handle the situation Colonel Holden is made aware that his wife and Roland are the hostages and Joan confesses everything that lead up to this moment, including the story of the little girl in the village.
For the first time we see a bit of what Joan went through during her deployment and how it has affected her back at home.
With both Belgrad and Joan sharing this tragic story we learn that during a mission Belgrad was injured. Unable to move him safely back for medical care he stayed with a family who took care of him, fed him and tended to his injuries, especially the 10 year old girl in the family.
When Belgrad was rescued by his team he promised the little girl that he would be back and take care of her family by bringing supplies for them.
Shortly afterwards the unit returns with the food, medical and kitchen supplies. When they arrived at what they thought was a pacified village they found them under attack by insurgents.
The village was being punished for helping the Americans and taking care of one of their soldiers. The rules of engagement are clear and so Joan must order her unit to stay hidden and not interfere in the civilian conflict.
Belgrad has a problem with this order and has to be held back until the fighting in the village is done. In the end the little girl was raped and shot and Belgrad feels responsible for this.
Although Col. Holden assures Joan that she was right in her actions she says that she doesn't feel right about them and she feels responsible for Belgrad and the situation that is going on.
Meanwhile, the snipers are set up across from the hospital ready to take Belgrad out if the opportunity arises. The shooter is Chase.
Since Belgrad disabled the phone in the office there is no communication with the ground and they are unaware of the progress that Roland has made in communication with the soldier.
He built a trust with him and asked him what he expected Joan to do about what happened in Afghanistan. All Belgrad wanted was for Joan to say she was sorry.
Roland moved in towards Belgrad to take the gun from him and at the moment there was a pop and Roland had blood on his jacket.
Chase took his shot, the one shot he always failed at in practice, he got it this time. The office door blew open and several soldiers came in to rescue Claudia Joy and Roland.
In the parking lot when the word of an all clear was given you could see the relief on the faces of everyone waiting.
Roland was the first out of the hospital. With tears in her eyes Joan went to him and embraced him tightly.
Now that she's "confessed" to what happened and Roland is more aware of what she went through maybe now she can open up to him and share her pain and her fears instead of pushing him away.
Claudia Joy came out to the waiting arms of her husband and she finally succumbs to her emotions and breaks down.
She is able to hug her daughters and her husband and then he tells her she must go to a debriefing on the situation.
As Claudia is being escorted to an awaiting vehicle Denise bypasses the barricade to run to her friend.
They share a hug and knowing glances and then Claudia gets into the SUV to head to the offices for debriefing.