'Army Wives' - 'Collateral Damage' Recap (Season Premiere)
by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 12th 2010 12:20AM
(S04E01) After what seemed like more than a year, 'Army Wives' finally returned to Lifetime, picking up pretty much where we left off. That's good news for some, and not such good news for others. With a flash of a gunshot, the season was off and running, with plenty of drama and turmoil. For more on Fort Marshall, the tribe and Roxy's bun in the oven, read on after the jump.
Jeremy's suicide attempt was, fortunately, only an attempt. It would have been horrible if Frank and Denise had walked in to find his brains splattered all over the living room. As it was, he was clearly a mess. The MP took him away in cuffs and he needed a psych evaluation, which was how Roland became his doctor.
Once he was incarcerated, though, it made no sense that as patient he could so easily hide the fact that he wasn't taking the meds. Sure enough, it was discovered, and Roland used the incident to get to the heart of Jeremy's angst -- his guilt because he survived when his friend Mark was killed. Given his history -- remember when he beat Denise? -- he should be required to stay in therapy.
For a change, I found myself agreeing with Frank when Denise wanted to skip the party. They can't hide Jeremy's troubles like they don't exist. They have to deal with them, but it showed how far Frank's come that he gave Denise a pass. The old Frank wouldn't have done that. It was really great, however, to see her show up at the Holden's after all. The Sherwoods, mom and dad at least, have really come together.
Right now, aside from Michael and Claudia Joy, it's Trevor and Roxy who are in sync, both thrilled about her pregnancy. Pamela and Chase, on the other hand, are at loggerheads and likely to stay there. It was wrong for Chase to put Roxy in the middle of his fight with Pamela.
But Chase's one on one with Trevor was a good scene about how a soldier's focus is divided between family and duty. Chase doesn't seem to get it the way Trevor does. He can go to Fort Carson, but it might cost him Pamela forever. She understands the Army life, but not Chase choosing his career over her and the children.
Other points of interest
-- Claudia Joy's a nominee for the Spencer Award for Army Spouse of the Year, a national award. Lenore's another nominee and she plays dirty, so you can expect some of the skeletons from Claudia's closet to be rattled for the media, don't you think?
-- I like the continuity of Roxy's kids still having the dog that Jeremy found in Iraq. It would make sense for the dog to be part of Jeremy's recovery, if you ask me.
-- Joan survived the attack in the field, but she was in bad shape, far worse than she was letting on to Roland. Even after getting the details from Michael, though, it seemed unusual that Roland wasn't more proactive in finding out about her condition. So when he told Claudia Joy that Joan was undergoing surgery and might lose her eyesight, it was a shock. But it was also a reason for the tribe to come together in support. If Joan's career is over because of this, it will be a great tragedy.
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