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'Army Wives' Season 5, Episode 2 Recap

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 14th 2011 7:00AM
army_wives_lifetime_2011['Army Wives' - 'Command Presence']

This was quite an event-filled episode of 'Army Wives,' what with Joan's garrison command ceremony and Claudia Joy's law school graduation ... but by the time the show ended, it was the preview for next week that made you catch your breath.

Sometimes the previews are just a big tease, like last week's, which had me thinking that Molly was going to face a life-or-death crisis.

Well, before the first commercial break, the baby (who's so cute) was out of surgery and all was well with the Sherwoods. No drawn-out drama, just a quick procedure and that was it. All that remained was Denise making up with Tanya, which she did.

I know it's probably not appropriate to bring it up, but I can't help but feel that Tanya should know about the skeletons in Jeremy's closet. Of course, exactly how should Denise bring up the fact that Jeremy abused her in Season 1 without sending Tanya into a tailspin? Hmm ...

There was a lot of pomp and circumstance for Joan's garrison command ceremony, but not so much for Claudia Joy's law school graduation. I fully expected Roland to feel marginalized as Joan was getting all this glorification, but in a tender moment, Joan came through.

The way she singled out Roland's love and support for her success was like an Oscars speech ... without the music to play her off the stage. Later on, however, Roland was feeling his balls being squeezed while the commander was doing her commanding.

This is going to be a problem because Joan's extremely rigid, and Roland can only take so much emasculation.

Joan's sweetness didn't last very long. She turned into the Lord of Discipline with T.J. and Roxy. She claimed that she was just following post policy, but since she's only been on the job two minutes, Joan was extra tough.

T.J. deserved it, no doubt, but Joan seemed to be punishing Roxy just as much. Maybe that's the way it should be, but that $500 fine was harsh. It might not put a dent in the Burton family budget, but Roxy's living on a shoestring.

Couldn't Joan have made T.J. work off the fine by washing cars or gathering carts at the PX instead of expecting the family to pay it? He would have learned much more if the money came from his sweat.

Roxy was getting it from all sides. T.J. gave her lip, Roland gave her lip service, and then Trevor chewed her out over the phone. Remember last week, when I was impressed with the up-to-date technology that kept the characters "in theater" involved with the Fort Marshall regulars?

Well, Trevor was so well-informed that he had all the gossip from the neighbors about Roxy's visit with Whit. He knew more about his family's activities now from Afghanistan than he did when he was a recruitment officer in Charleston!

It would have been nice to see Trevor show an emotion other than anger. He blasted Roxy and T.J., but didn't remember to say that he loved them. That's not like Trevor. His time in Afghanistan is changing him ... and not in a good way.

Most of the time on 'Army Wives' is big on celebrations, complete with plenty of friends and family pouring on the attention. That was why Claudia Joy's graduation from law school seemed so sad. There she was with the cap and gown, but nobody to celebrate her accomplishment.

That opened the door for Harry Hamlin's Professor Chandler to step up. Based on their previous working together, Grant offered Claudia a position in his firm. Just like that. Only on TV, right? By the way, it's been a long time since Harry was "The Sexiest Man Alive". He's looking a little weather-beaten these days.

Finally, we had Pamela and her multiple decisions. Would she become an Atlanta police detective ... or take things to the next level with Boone ... or reconcile with Chase? I was ready to put money on Boone, but no.

Pamela bought Chase leaving Delta and she wanted him back. Actually, I think she wants to put her family back together.

But if you were Pamela, wouldn't you have tied down things with Chase before dropping Boone at the taco restaurant and rejecting the Atlanta job? I would have.

The way it stands now, Pamela has put all her eggs in the Chase basket ... and he's off on a Delta mission. He may have planned one last Delta mission or maybe not.

Of course, if the preview is to be believed, somebody is dying. One of the soldiers ... that means Frank, or Trevor, or Michael, or Chase. Or maybe not, we'll just have to wait until next week.

'Army Wives' airs Sundays, 9PM ET on Lifetime.

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So, who will die on Army Wives next Sunday? (It was crappy that we thought we would find out and they made us wait another week. After sleeping on it I think it will be Trevor. TJ will act out even more, and Finn may follow suit after losing their dad. Roxy has a business and will have to regroup and figure out how to earn more to support the 3 of them, find an apartment, etc. She was a single mom before and has learned a lot from that (what not to do) and has learned a great deal from being with Trevor and will do a much better job than before. Also, when you have small kids and tragedy strikes most people are able to outwardly pull it together for their kids. They need to be strong much sooner than those without kids. Of course she will be devastated but she will grieve away from her kids, and will probably lash out some when TJ gets worse. Her greatest hurt will be that they were on such bad terms when he died. There will also be guilt that he may have been distracted by family problems, and not being a soldier 100%.

March 22 2011 at 4:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It has to be Frank or Jeremy... Denise would not have to move off base...well it must be Jeremy, she would have to leave if it was Frank.

March 22 2011 at 4:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It is not Chase, that is all I have figured out... an episode next month mentions him:
"Walking Wounded, Original Airdate: 2011-04-10
Synopsis: Claudia Joy is haunted by the memory of Amanda; Pamela and Chase try to set a good example for their children; Roxy considers adding another business; Roland questions his abilities as a psychiatrist. "

March 22 2011 at 2:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

you guys it is Chase cause his wife is not fully divorced from him as of yet, and she is going to move on to the other cope dude!! So this is his way of exiting the show since he is hardly on it anyway!!

March 20 2011 at 11:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Also, it sounds like frank speaking at the ceremony

March 20 2011 at 10:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

My bet is Trevor Or Jeremy. There is a scene in the original preview that shows Roxy talking to the kids and she looking like she was going to cry or had been crying. When the woman holding the flag is shown, that's is Denise's pearl bracelet. We know Joan is safe. Hopefully the first episode was not Jeremy's last! What I wanna know is if it isn't Michael then how do the officers know where that specific lady is? In the book its Michael so I guess we'll find out Sunday!!

March 15 2011 at 3:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Well from the preview of next week's show--we know it is a soldier of the rank E-7 or below they are coming to report about. We know this because the rank of the soldier coming from the driver's side of the vehicle is an E-7. If coming to report an injury or death, soldiers doing so cannot be below the rank of the KIA or injured soldier. HHHMmmmmm.......that takes away some of the choices. Sadly, my bet is Trevor. And YES-from personal experience (my hubby is active duty), Afghanastan does change soldiers. It is alot different than the many other deployments my husband has been on and it is not unusual to see Trevor's response to the home situation. His chain of command is coming down hard on him and T.J.'s actions can affect Trevor's future as a soldier. So...my conclusion would be either (again) Trevor or Jeremy--remember the rank issue! We will see.....

March 14 2011 at 9:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Please let it be Chase. Not that I am happy about our soldiers dying. But I don't like him. Sure he made the big speech about getting out of Delta no matter what her decision because he wants to be around the kids. And granted he did tell Pamela that it would take a month but I don't see him actually leaving Delta. I think this last mission is going to make him want to stay with Delta. I think Boone is better for Pamela. Trevor is going off the deep end. What happened to him in Afghanistan?

March 14 2011 at 10:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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I have looked for spoilers as to who dies... I really can't find any credible ones. IMHO I believe it to be Jeremy. For a couple reasons...

His death would not result in any Army Wife status change. Any of the other men die then the wife and family move off post.

If it were Chase I doubt they would be looking for Pamela on post...as she doesn't live there anymore and hasn't for quite some time. I also don't see her kids in the preview.

People speculate Michael because of Emilin is so upset in the preview. Remember she grew up with Jeremy and had a huge crush on him.

March 14 2011 at 9:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

That new TJ looks like Damien from the Omen. And what happened to Roxy? She used to be so cute, now she's borderline hideous.

March 14 2011 at 9:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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