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'Army Wives' Season 5, Episode 10 Recap

by Allison Waldman, posted May 16th 2011 4:50AM
army_wives_2011_Lifetime_roxy_trevor['Army Wives' - 'Battle Buddies']

Based on last week's episode, it was more than likely that this installment of 'Army Wives' would not be a happy-go-lucky one. It wasn't. In fact, it was a hard slog through some very difficult terrain, not the least of which was the crumbling LeBlanc marriage.

While it was great that Trevor was back from Afghanistan, he wasn't interested in talking to Roxy except to deliver the line that had haunted me since the preview last week: He "hadn't been happy in a long time."

Can anyone say anything worse to their spouse? It cuts to the very heart of a relationship. For military families especially, a soldier should -- presumably -- enjoy life at home with family. Roxy was at a loss about how to cope with Trevor.

His shutting her out wasn't helpful. Fortunately, after initially rejecting Denise's offer of a friend to talk to, Roxy finally had someone to help her navigate through the rough waters.

Of all the members of the tribe, Denise was the only one who could really help Roxy. Drawing on her own experience -- she cheated on Frank and they nearly lost each other -- Denise had sound advice for Roxy: First and foremost, look at the situation from a soldier's point of view.

And while the distaff member of the Sherwood family was helping Roxy, Col. Frank was getting to Trevor from a military angle. Frank chewed him out for being on punishment, but did stand up for Trevor in a disciplinary action. Trevor had proven to himself and others that he's a capable leader, but is he capable of being a husband? That was the dilemma.

Once Roxy was finally able to explain that fear motivated her bringing Whit to Fort Marshall and prompted her decision to invest in the truck stop, Trevor forgave her.



It would have been nice if he'd said that he never believed that she would cheat on him, but at least he was open about his feelings too. That he was afraid he was being replaced.

It was refreshing to see Claudia Joy really come into her own as an attorney, even though she still technically has to pass the bar. But she was kicking ass and taking names in Grant's firm, to the point that he had to rein her in. She was really getting into the pro bono work.

But it seemed fake to me that Claudia Joy handed in her resignation when Grant admitted that he had feelings for her. I didn't believe for a second that he was unable to work with her. And, by the way, why did they never show anybody actually working in the office? There were a few extras after Elena's case was won, but otherwise, it seemed like Grant and Claudia Joy were alone in the office apart from the receptionist.

Claudia Joy's defense of Dana, the homeless vet with post-traumatic stress disorder, was a strong plot point. Considering that the show is generally casting the Army in a positive light, the producers didn't let the military off the hook with this storyline.

Dana's rape by another soldier had been ignored by her commanding officer and Claudia was out for justice. She didn't get it, but at least Dana's life was reclaimed thanks to Pamela, Roland and Claudia's help. The tribe came through.

The Burtons found a child to adopt -- although I guess he'll be a foster child first. You just knew when they met David that he was a positively perfect choice, sweet, smart, anxious to please. Then came the problem: He was HIV positive.

This seemed like a loaded storyline to me because I don't think the administrator was right in withholding that medical issue until after they'd spent time with him. It may have made for a better TV story but, in reality, I think the Burtons would have been told upfront. Still, it was nice to see that they were moving forward with David.

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

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princess

but did roxy tell trevor that whit was fins dad? thats what i wanted to know!!!!!!!

November 17 2011 at 5:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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