Strangers in a Strange Land
Army Wives Season 2 Episode 2 (06/15/08)
Claudia Joy (Kim Delaney) trying to keep it together and be strong, which means holding her breath and going about her daily business in an attempt to restore some sense of normalcy. This results in her having a breakdown at the PX.
Following this breakdown, she and Michael (Brian McNamara) have an argument over their grief, with Michael having to remind Claudia Joy that he was with Amanda when she died and he couldn’t do anything about it.
Emmalin came in and broke the fight up. She decides to give her parents some space and goes to stay with Denise for a few days.
Claudia Joy has a talk with Pamela and we learn that Pamela lost her brother when she was a teenager and he was only seven. He was shot and killed during a convenient store robbery.
Everyone who has ever lost someone close to them knows that you don’t ever get over the loss, you just learn to live with it.
Claudia Joy won’t ever fully get over Amanda’s death but life goes on and she’s got people who love her. She’s got a strong support system and it’s good to see she realizes she doesn’t have to go through it alone.
Joan is still on the fence about the pregnancy. On one hand, she’s coming around to the idea, especially after hearing the baby’s heartbeat for the first time. On the other hand, she’s worried about her career.
She feels more pressure when she learns that Roland told his friends about the baby. Fearing that Gen. Holden might find out that she’s pregnant, she confesses to him. He congratulates her and is very receptive, actually.
He also assures her that her job will be waiting for her when she gets back from maternity leave. But Joan’s still undecided and she asks Roland if her choice would affect whether he stays or leaves her.
He gives her the perfect answer, telling her that he loves her and what they have together and regardless of her decision, he’s not going anywhere.
Joan goes to the doctor’s to get the abortion but she inevitably changes her mind. She still has doubts about her own parenting abilities but she tells Roland she knows he’s going to be a great father.
Roxy is still waiting to hear from Trevor but most of the initial worry seems to have passed and she’s keeping busy by visiting Betty.
When Roxy learns that Betty is going to be moved out of the Army hospital and over to the county hospital with the civilians, she decides to do something about it and gets Betty an extra week at the Army hospital.
She later tells Betty that once she was released from the hospital, she could come live with her until she gets back on her feet.Trevor couldn’t send a letter to Roxy all week because of security issues but throughout the episode we see him writing the letter, piece by piece.
At the end of the episode, Roxy receives it (along with some Iraqi sand for the boys) and everyone’s happy.
Chase returns home and Pamela’s less than excited to see him. She’s upset that he’s always coming and going and it causes her to push him away.
The two finally talk it out, with Pamela expressing her frustrations over having to take care of the kids by herself and barely ever seeing him or knowing when he’ll be back. Pamela eventually gets over her annoyance and the two get closer.