The latest episode of Lifetime’s Army Wives surely hit home for more than a few of its many viewers. The episode entitled “After Action Report” aired on Sunday April 30th and explored a variety of sensitive issues, including the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, in a powerful, yet touching way.
Now that the troops are back from Africa life is going back to normal at Fort Marshall, although as we all know nothing ever stays normal for very long with the Army wives.
Frank (Terry Serpico) finds that he can’t shake the memories of leaving behind African orphans and an American aid worker in the highly volatile and violent area in Africa, which is still under fire from numerous tribal armies. It seems as though Denise (Catherine Bell) may be noticing the disturbances in Frank, yet as she has done for the majority of this season she remains very quiet and withdrawn.
Trevor (Drew Fuller) and Roxy (Sally Pressman) have resumed life as usual but their new friends on the block Gloria (Alyssa Diaz) and Hector (Joseph Julian Soria) have gotten themselves into quite the financial pickle. This is one of those times when Army Wives really touches on the issues that many civilians may not realize many service members face. Gloria and Hector have no experience handling money and they overspend to the point of Trevor being informed and being forced to step in and sort out their finances for them.
Tanya (Erin Krakow) is dealing with her feelings for Dr. Hansen (Jason Pendergraft), who kissed her then bolted in Africa, and by episodes end the have jumped in bed together and promise to keep their white hot love affair under wraps so as not to jeopardize his career. We all know how that’s going to end up I’m sure.
Claudia Joy (Kim Delaney) is still MIA and her husband Michael (Brian McNamara) makes an appearance in “After Action Report” that’s so brief is you blink you’re sure to miss it. Who knows when the Holden family will return to their rightful place at the forefront of Fort Marshall life?
Last but certainly not least is the Charlie (Ryan Michelle Bath)/Captain Galassini (Kellie Martin) (who shall henceforth be known as Nicole) storyline which delves deep into the issues surrounding homosexuals in the military. The characters come right out and mention the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell repeal and Galassini calls out General Clarke (Robert John Burke) for making homophobic comments in years past. Despite the awkwardness Joan (Wendy Davis) and Roland (Sterling K Brown) host a dinner with Charlie and Nicole and by the meal’s conclusion Nicole is openly affectionate in with Charlie in front of Joan. This is truly one of the most touching moments in the season so far.
General Clarke seems to hit one high point and one very low right as “After Action Report” draws to a close. When a soldier recommends that Nicole not receive commendations for her work in Africa due to her sexuality the General chews him out citing that he will follow the military’s policies whether he agrees with them or not. However the General’s redemption is not to be found yet – a new report informing the world of the children left behind on Clarke’s orders, and how they have been brutally slaughtered by tribal militants, ends the episode on a heartbreaking note.
What’s next in store for the residents of Fort Marshall? Surely the next episode, slated to air Sunday May 6 on Lifetime, is sure to revolve around the ramifications of General Clarke’s actions, and inactions, in Africa while his wife Jackie struggles privately.