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Army Wives: Safe Havens

by Allison Waldman, posted Sep 15th 2008 7:25AM
Sally Pressman(S02E13) There was a lot of action is this penultimate episode of Army Wives. After the ripples created by all these stones in the water, I expect that next week's season finale will be a humdinger, although I don't think the finale can equal the punch of last year's suicide bomber at the Hump Bar.

It's clear that the writers like to keep us on our toes, surprising us, and I don't mind the unexpected. But the twist in tonight's show really came out of left field. I'll be frank; it was bad. I won't talk about it further until after the jump, but suffice to say I felt very manipulated, and not in a good way.

The Trevor/Roxy drug story has been building and it's definitely coming to a realistic boil. I feel for Roxy. She's doing her best to keep it together and Trevor has been like another person since returning from Iraq, guilt ridden and injured.

His problems are understandable and real and not easily solved. Roland's reaction to Roxy confiding in him was also very Roland. He's a worrier, and while I was disappointed that he didn't keep her confidence, I understood why he told Joan about Trevor's pain med dependence. I didn't get at all why Evan still thinks he can challenge Joan. He's such a jerk.

I'm happy that the Burton baby arrived and it was reassuring to see the tribe gather at the hospital to support Roland. After Roxy and Roland's flare up at Betty's, seeing her embrace him underscored the connection between all the spouses. They can fight and get mad, but the friendship remains.

Friendship is supposedly what the Holdens have with their old European pal, Paolo, but quickly he turned out to be something else. He involved Michael in some very sticky politics, blending personal interests with nationalism. Then, in the kitchen scene with Claudia Joy, Paolo set off boundary alarms which she should have acted upon.

But then when Paolo came forward and apologized -- in front of Michael -- at dinner, she thought that was the end of it. Frankly, I was surprised that Michael didn't smack the guy. Still, when it turned out Paolo wasn't just an operator, he was a rapist, I was stunned. Playing this out further, I can see him not being charged with anything because of diplomatic immunity, and if that's where they're heading with this story, I'm going to be very ticked off.

The Pamela stalker story is also ticking me off. I was relieved that she called in MPs to back her up when she arranged to meet Tim, but for a woman who was once a cop, I expect her to attack this guy preemptively and not wait for him to make more moves. Maybe I'm expecting too much. In the previews, it sure looks like she's heading to DEF-CON 5 with the heavy artillery.

The dinner with Denise and Frank was intense, but at least they finally talked it out. For once I was with Frank when he walked out of the house at the end. If Denise wants a separation, she can't cling to Frank when she feels the need. He may be a macho Army guy, but Frank has deep emotions and passions. You could see that in his goodbye to Jeremy.

I'm really concerned about Trevor after this car crash and the fact that Joan, i.e. the Army, is aware of his drug problems. None of this is going to end well for Trevor, because what he wants is to return to Iraq and complete his mission. That's not going to happen now. I see a rehab facility in his future, and Roxy spending more nights sleeping with the boys than her husband.

Other points of interest

-- Interesting that Roland used the term "situational dependency" to characterize Trevor's condition. It sounded too euphemistic, too clinical. But then Roland is a psychiatrist; he'd see it like that. Roxy only sees Trevor becoming like her mother.

-- Talking with Denise, Claudia Joy revealed her near-break up with Michael. Whoa! That was news.

-- Have you noticed that Frank and Denise and Jeremy never bring up his abuse from last year? Do the writers think we've forgotten that a son hit his mother? I haven't.

-- The funeral of Dalton, Trevor's friend and fellow soldier, was a stark reminder that Army Wives takes place at a time when a real war is going on.
What should Trevor do about the car crash?
Turn himself in to the MPs87 (77.7%)
Cover it up himself 11 (9.8%)
Get Roxy to cover it up5 (4.5%)
-delete-9 (8.0%)

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I love this show but it is hard to watch sometimes it is so real. But with brothers and sisters it is just as hard i'm very close to my brother and all this breaks my heart, all i think about is the hell he's going threw.

October 17 2008 at 10:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

First of all, I just want to say, are you sure next week is the season finale? Every episode guide I've seen says there will be nineteen episodes this season, and I don't think the preview for next week says anything about it being the season finale.

Second of all, I was on the edge of my seat for most of the episode - so exciting (and scary!) But I hope Claudia Joy really hurt Paolo with that bottle. I mean, come on, she has lost a daughter already, and who could say what rape in her own home could do to her? And by the way, what happened to CJ's parents? They weren't even mentioned.

Poor Joan. I can't imagine that they would kill her off, would they? I think she'll be fine (I hope she'll be fine!) I loved how even though they were all dealing with their own issues, everybody was there for Roland.

I wasn't surprised Michael didn't freak out at the dinner table. After all, he was leaning on Paolo to make a pretty big decision, and he trusts Claudia Joy. She said it was nothing, so why would he turn it into something?

All in all, this was another great episode, but I am so sick of this season's cliff hangers. It seems like ever sense the season finale of last season, most episodes have ended disappointingly, with loose ends all over the place.

September 17 2008 at 6:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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