Army Wives Review: "Fire Fight"

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"Fire Fight" wasn't an episode I would expect to lead us into next week's finale.

There wasn't a lot going on, and it was more about us watching the every day lives of our cherished friends on Army Wives. Of course, that usually means that something huge and unexpected is headed our way.

The best part of the hour, for me, was Denise being reinstated as a nurse and running into Tanya. It turns out she has been assigned to post to finish out her tour of duty in the hospital and they will be working together.

To put it lightly, Tanya wasn't happy to see Denise. She tried to avoid her like the plague. What she forgot was that as the love of Jeremy's life, Denise wasn't going to give up easily. At one point, Denise asked Tanya to go to a fair with her and Frank - and Tanya said she was on a strict diet. 

That, of course, spun my mind around the possibility that she is indeed pregnant with Jeremy's baby. It would be very unlikely that there wasn't a reason she was back in town, even though she didn't want to talk about it. It could be as simple as coming back to base to be reminded of Jeremy; after all her family didn't know him.

It could be that not speaking about him was more difficult than being surrounded by his memory. In any event, I'm still going with pregnancy. Especially because she showed up at Denises' door and threw herself into her arms saying "I'm so alone." I really look forward to their relationship growing.

Instead of Pamela and Chase being the couple to watch, as I thought the beginning of the season, I now find them completely boring. There is nothing interesting about Pamela's job as a police woman, and now that Chase had a taste of what it is like to worry about her, he suggested they consider moving to California for a job offer he received at a high profile security firm.

Frankly, I won't miss them if they go. I think it's time to get some new blood onto the show. And not just in the way of children.

David has proven to be quite a handful for the Burtons, but that's to be expected when he's never known the warmth and protection of a real home. His presence has given us a better view of TJ LeBlanc, and I'm glad that he has grown since the beginning of the season.

He's turned into a good kid, and it's nice that he has tried to befriend David to take a little of the pressure off. He knows first hand what it's like to be in trouble and to make the wrong move, so sharing that knowledge with David makes for a nice sense of growing friendship.

It appears that Michael has his head on straight again after dealing with the many issues he faced after returning home. It worries me that it will be short lived, as finales rarely end on a happy note. (By the way, didn't the previews for this week make it seem he would be guilty of DUI? I hate previews that intentionally throw you off the scent.)

My wishes for next season would be that Trevor tries for OCS, the Moran's leave town, Denise Joy and Frank get a grandchild from their son's true love, the Burtons settle into a happy life with their children and Michael and Claudia Joy find some happy medium, allowing them to work together for the betterment of the post. He may not get a third star, but that doesn't mean he can't command with honor.

As for next week's finale, bring it on! I'm prepared to be surprised and for our families lives to be hanging in the balance as we await next season. How about you?

Fire Fight Review

Editor Rating: 3.8 / 5.0
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Carissa Pavlica is the managing editor and a staff writer and critic for TV Fanatic. She's a member of the Critic's Choice Association, enjoys mentoring writers, conversing with cats, and passionately discussing the nuances of television and film with anyone who will listen. Follow her on Twitter and email her here at TV Fanatic.

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Army Wives Season 5 Episode 12 Quotes

Joan: Given what we know, do you think we should lighten his punishment?
Roland: No, we gotta stay consistent.
Joan: I know, it just hurts.

Our daughter came home needing love and support, and what she got instead was the back of your hand. From a hypocrite no less. You should be ashamed of yourself.

Claudia Joy