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Army Wives: Unchartered Territory

by Allison Waldman, posted Jul 21st 2008 1:30AM
Trevor-Army Wives 08(S02E07) Transition. This whole episode felt like a transition from one place to another. Not really very exciting or interesting, just kind of there.

The big news was Roxie getting The Hump Bar reopened as Betty's Bar and Grill. For Roxie, it was all about the process, which included getting the place fixed up while Trevor is starting to pull away because he's managed to get the General to send him back to his unit in Iraq.

I don't know; Trevor is getting what he wants because he acted inappropriately on the TV show. In real life, he would have been reprimanded. Trevor was really happy about being able to complete his duty, but it's going to be really hard on Roxie. You can see it coming.

Anyway, it was refreshing to see Trevor and Roxie having some fights. They are married, you know.

The heart of the episode was Claudia Joy's realization that the pain over Amanda's death is not how to express her love, that Emmalin has emotional needs, too. So when Claudia Joy pays a condolence call on the father of a soldier who's died in Iraq in a bomb blast -- like Amanda died -- she relates to the man's pain. To me, the scene coupled with the reopening of the bar was ripping all the scabs from the wounds that Claudia Joy's grown since the explosion.

But because Emmalin needs Claudia Joy to go with her to the bar's reopening, they go. It felt kind of perfunctory, kind of expected. You sort of knew that somehow Claudia Joy would make it there. But when the tribe gathered around for a group hug, it felt over the top to me.

The storyline I liked best was Pamela's introduction to the Delta wives. Chase's surprise return home was sweetly presented when the kids jumped into bed with their parents. At the barbecue, the other wives are impressed with Pamela because of her radio show, but something is hinky about the extravagance and wealth of one family, and Pamela's cop instincts kick in. They left this story unfinished, so I'm looking forward to her to "have at it" and continue snooping, even though Chase really doesn't want her to. Either Chase is keeping something secret from Pamela or he's unaware of some corruption in the Delta unit. I'm thinking it's the latter.

Overall, there was not a lot about this episode that cried out to me. It mostly set up future stories and was a bridge from here to there.

Other points of interest

-- Ghetti reading poetry by James Dickey. In addition to poetry, he's best known for writing the novel that became the movie Deliverance.

-- The episode was directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal -- Jake and Maggie's father.

-- Chase points out that Pamela's analysis of the Delta wives is because of her background as a police officer. "Once a cop, always a cop."

-- Joan and Roland found out that they're having a girl. Joan would rather have a boy because, "The only doll I ever wanted to play with was a G.I. Joe." Evan Conner is still overstepping, but thanks to some great advice from Roland about turning Evan's eagerness against him, Joan sticks it to him.

-- Denise's son Jeremy comes home to Fort Marshall with his unit for training. He's cool to Emmalin, and even after Denise gives him advice, he's still a jerk. Jeremy is truly his father's son, and not in a good way.

-- Betty made a brief appearance at the end of the show, calling to say she made it to California.

Will Denise have a fling with Ghetti?
No, never20 (24.1%)
She might37 (44.6%)
Yes she will26 (31.3%)

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I can't believe they took moonlight off the air and left this show on. I know there on different channels but give me a break.

July 21 2008 at 4:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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