The last Army Wives episode before a five-week hiatus gave us a heck of a lot more than "General Complications," as the title would lead you to believe. The question about who got the third star was answered, transplant surgery was started and Marcus was lightly let into the Burton family. Let's get going!
David gets to know his father
No matter how you try to wrap up a broken gift, when you open the package, it's still broken. That's the story of David getting to know his birth father. No matter how much Joan wants to protect David from Marcus and his life, David will always want to know about him; good, bad or indifferent. Marcus isn't the product of the Army life, let alone any structured life at all, so Joan shouldn't have been surprised when he explained his criminal history to David with humor or dismissed Army tradition.
I understand that Joan loves what she does, loves her children and doesn't want them to be faced with the more frightening sides of life. But that's plain unrealistic. The fact that we need an Army to protect us from undesirable aspects of different parts of the world should be enough for her to understand that. Instead she allows herself to be pushed the the very edge by Marcus and they finally kicked him out of their house during dinner. It would seem that is going to be just the beginning of a much uglier story.
Audrey shows up to take credit for Michael's promotion
Maybe it's the years of watching Susan Lucci play Erica Kane on All My Children, but when she turns on the heat, the only thing keeping you from smacking her across the face is that pesky television screen. Audrey's appearance at the beginning of the season was a little too calculated for her to end up anything but bad. With as much as Claudia Joy has gone through in the last months for her to show up and claim credit for Michael's promotion was unforgivable.
Jackie is thankful for her new friends
It was really sweet listening to Jackie express her happiness to Denise about how thankful she was to have found friends in our Army wives. She seems genuinely happy and has lost her need to lean on pills and feel stressed all the time. She was feeling so good she even confided in Claudia Joy about her past with Audrey. A month ago I would have thought it was a ploy of some sort, but once their husbands were no longer fighting for stars, I could feel their friendship blossoming.
Hector makes life difficult for Gloria
Hector is a hot head, isn't he? He's like a nest constantly swarming with bees and Gloria is his queen. Good luck trying to keep all those bees away from her. She's hot, smart and full of attitude. Take solace in the fact that she loves you and let her be. HA! No pun intended. She needs space to be free and enjoy life. She loves learning and to have Roxy take her under her wing has made her feel very special. There is no way Hector will be gone for long, but if he doesn't watch himself, he will lose Gloria, and that would be a huge loss.
We head into hiatus with...
- Denise and Claudia Joy pull trough surgery but CJ flatlines on the table. Were they really bringing Jackie in to take her place? Just as they became friends? I'm hoping it's another fluke, but how many times can they mess with her life?
- Trevor and Roxy are having money problems; and twins! Somehow I think it will all work out for them.
- I have a bad feeling about Marcus after Joan dismissed him. You don't dismiss someone who is already on shaky ground.
- When do you think they will take Pamela off the promos? Since her show wasn't picked up, might she be welcomed back?
- The 32nd Airborne is being deployed again. Are we looking forward to even more death before seasons end?
Come on back on June 24 to see what happens next. Will Claudia Joy still be with us? I, for one, hope she sticks around. She's the glue that keeps our family together.
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