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'Army Wives' Season 5, Episode 6 Recap

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 11th 2011 4:25AM
army_wives_2011_lifetime['Army Wives' - 'Walking Wounded']

Unlike many shows that deal with death as a passage, a dramatic event that's put behind characters as the show progresses and new story lines are presented, 'Army Wives' has taken a more realistic look at loss.

Tonight was a prime example. The death of Jeremy Sherwood has been a catalyst for emotional turmoil on 'Army Wives,' affecting many characters, not just Jeremy's family, in a variety of ways.

For Denise and Frank, losing their son caused a shift in their relationship. Frank thought he'd bury his grief by returning to theater, but new orders from the Army changed that plan.

Meanwhile, Denise pulled a Garbo, going to Oceanvale because she wanted to be alone. But a new location didn't help, nor did the appearance of Claudia Joy to lend a shoulder to cry on.

Even when Denise returned home, she still felt alone in her sorrow. Frank felt just as alienated. He tried to soldier on, but inside he was ripped apart. Polishing shoes and running miles on the track couldn't fill the void he was feeling.

It took Jeremy's letter to force Frank and Denise to address their grief as a family. Yes, it was a bit of a cliché, having his letter speak to them after he was gone, but it was necessary. Maybe they could have chosen a more artful way for Jeremy to reach out to them from beyond the grave, but 'Army Wives' isn't the type of show that leans on gimmicky devices. The straightforward approach worked out fine.



Molly's christening was a good way to bring the story full circle. It was a reminder, too, that the tribe is a family. Everyone gathered for the ceremony, and Molly wore Amanda's gown, which Sarah Elizabeth had also worn. It was Claudia Joy's maternal touch, a way to create a tradition for the tribe.

It's admirable that Claudia Joy puts her friends before herself, but like Michael, I'm worried about her, too. And that was before the previews that suggested she's going to face a health crisis next week.

Seeing visions of Amanda and dreaming about her being back in the house were reminders that Claudia Joy has never truly gotten over the loss of her firstborn. Amanda's life was horribly ended too soon, in a senseless act of violence. Denise was right when she said a parent should never bury their child. Claudia Joy carries that pain each and every day of her life.

Last week, Roland exhibited symptoms of grief that seemed out of proportion for a therapist dealing with a patient's death. Why was Roland crying over Jeremy in particular? The answer came into focus this week: Roland felt responsible for allowing Jeremy to go back into battle.

To avoid further guilt, Roland wasn't going to approve any more releases to active duty -- an unrealistic solution to a complicated problem. For Roland, it was receiving Frank's tribute that made a difference.

Molly's christening wasn't the only celebration. Chase and Pamela celebrated their reconciliation with a lot of teenage sex. They need to get remarried fast, and it's not just for sex -- it's housing, too. Fortunately, Denise gave Pamela the thumbs-up, and a wedding will be on tap really, really soon.

The couple that's perhaps the most at risk in the wake of Jeremy's death is Roxy and Trevor. Roxy has legitimate concerns about her future with Trevor. He could die just as suddenly as Jeremy did. Roxy's compelled to become self-sufficient for her kid's sake; she can't count on Trevor.

At the same time, Trevor's completely lost his touch when it comes to talking to his wife. He's repeatedly said the wrong thing in the wrong way. His lack of support for her truck-stop plans was the equivalent of putting a red flag in front of a bull.

Roxy is delving into dangerous waters by bringing Whit back to Charleston to be the contractor for the truck stop. She's playing with fire, and if she's concerned about Trevor's feelings, she's not showing it at all. There's trouble ahead for the Le Blancs.

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

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I love your recaps of the show. Could you possibly post the Nielsen Ratings for each show every week? I can't seem to find them anywhere. Or I should say I can only find old ones from season 4.

April 13 2011 at 3:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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