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'Army Wives' Ends Season 4 on a High Note, But Was It the Last?

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 24th 2010 5:00PM
army_wives_lifetime_castOn Sunday night, 'Army Wives' fourth season came to a finish and the ratings were superb. The finale of Lifetime's top drama was the most watched episode of the season, drawing 3.9 million viewers, with a 3.0 in household ratings.

It's not surprising that the show did so well in the ratings, since 'Army Wives' is coming off one of its best seasons. But there is one nagging question for fans since Lifetime has yet to announce a fifth season pick-up: was this a series finale?

The question is a legitimate one since for the first time in the show's history, there was no major cliffhanger ending. No explosion at the Hump Bar, no lingering health concerns, no soldiers missing in action for any member of the tribe. In fact, if you look at the couples individually, things look pretty good for the 'Army Wives' families.

army_wives_the_holdens_lifetimeClaudia Joy and Michael
At his daughter's graduation, Michael (Brian McNamara) made a surprise return after a harrowing time as a captive on the Afghan/Pakistani border. Claudia Joy (Kim Delaney) had premonitions of Michael not making it back to Charleston, but the story was wrapped up in a neat little package. Even their daughter Emmalin's (Katelyn Pippy) concerns about getting into college on an ice hockey scholarship were allayed when she rehabilitated her knee after surgery.

Joan and Roland
Here's a case where there could have been a cliffhanger involving Joan's (Wendy Davis) ongoing health issues. After sustaining serious injuries in combat, Joan was fully recovered by the season finale. Roland (Sterling K. Brown) even accepted the fact that Joan might be returning to active duty. There weren't any problems with toddler Sara Elizabeth, so all was well in the Burton household.

roxy_trevor_lifetime_army_wivesRoxy and Trevor
Yes, Trevor (Drew Fuller) is on active duty in Afghanistan, but the Le Blancs are mostly doing fine. Finn has been diagnosed as near-genius and is in the right school, and while the Hump Bar is not as thriving as when Fort Marshall is packed with soldiers, Roxy (Sally Pressman) has been clever about drumming up business. The only fly in the ointment is that new baby Roxy and Trevor hoped for won't be coming for a while.

Frank and Denise

Denise's (Catherine Bell) late-in-life pregnancy might have been a signal for a dramatic nail-biter of an ending for 'Army Wives,' but she gave birth without a hiccup. Frank (Terry Serpico) even attended via video feed, and the tribe was standing by with ice chips and labor coaching. As if the birth of the Sherwoods' baby wasn't a happy enough finish, Jeremy (Richard Bryant) got engaged to the Army nurse he met in Afghanistan.

pamela_chase_lifetime_army_wivesPamela and Chase
OK, here's our one and only true "what will happen next" storyline. Pamela (Brigid Brannagh) has not one, but two, major decisions facing her as the show continues. After divorcing Chase (Jeremy Davidson) because he was more dedicated to Delta Force than to his family, Pamela moved on with her life by joining the Charleston police department.

After a homicide case showcased Pamela's abilities as a detective, she received an offer to join the Atlanta P.D. Before she could make that decision, however, Chase presented his letter of resignation for Delta Force and asked Pamela to take him back and resume their marriage. Wow! What will she do now?

Considering the quality of the drama and the powerhouse ratings, it would make sense for Lifetime to bring 'Army Wives' back for at least one more season. True, there is a case to be made for going out on a high, but -- for me -- I'd like to see the tribe return.

What about you? Share your thoughts about the just completed season and where you think 'Army Wives' is heading.

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karen mulhern

this episode was the season finale??? i saw it but had no idea it was the last one, because it lacked the cliffhanger element i've come to expect from this show!!

September 11 2010 at 8:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jacque Lamoree

I LOVE the show...and don't want another cop show. I like all the characters, following their lives and please don't cancel it.

August 30 2010 at 11:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Jacque Lamoree's comment

Army Wives is the best drama since Lifetime's Any Day Now. It's so real--expressive of genuine love of family and friends, while at the same time giving us all a peep into military life, war and soldiers' dedication to duty. I not only don't want it to go off, but would love to see them bring back previous characters, like the young wife who Pamela let use her home to sell "household items," which turned out to be sex toys. Too funny! Army Wives, please come back!!

September 01 2010 at 4:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I hope it comes back. But I'm not so sure I like the idea of a "Pamela the detective" spin-off. I didn't enjoy her special episode.

August 25 2010 at 3:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

God I hope its the last.

August 25 2010 at 1:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Michael's comment

I do feel that everyone is entitled to their opinion. That being said: if you don't like the show, change the channel. Too many of the loyal fans of this show will whole-heartedly disagree in hoping it was the last season. I for one can't wait for them to return. My only complaint is that the seasons are too short and too far apart!

September 05 2010 at 1:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

First of all cant beleive that was final episode when it did not say series finale only season finale. Second why would Lifetime cancel a show that is such a big hit with be ratings and the people on the show would not quit as regular paycheck and job. Sorry lastly one show with Pamela doing her cop thing was good but I would not care to see it every week.

August 25 2010 at 12:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

There is actually talk of a spin off for Pamela. I hope they renew Army Wives and give Pamela her own show.

August 25 2010 at 9:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Diane D.

I can't wait for Army Wives to return. It is the bomb.

August 25 2010 at 12:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

After reading your round-up, it occurred to me that perhaps Pamela will be given a spin-off that is more of a cop show. Just a thought.

August 24 2010 at 8:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Dani's comment
Diane D.

That would be cool. A spin-off.

August 25 2010 at 12:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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