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Army Wives
Format Drama
Created by Katherine Fugate
Starring Kim Delaney
Sally Pressman
Brigid Brannagh
Catherine Bell
Brian McNamara
Sterling K. Brown
Wendy Davis
Drew Fuller
Katelyn Pippy
Theme music composer Marc Fantini
Steffan Fantini
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 50 (List of episodes)
Production
Running time 60 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel Lifetime
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
720p (HDTV)
Original run June 3, 2007 (2007-06-03) – present
External links
Official website

Army Wives is an American drama series that follows the lives of four army wives, their families, and an army husband whose wife is in the army. The series premiered on Lifetime on June 3, 2007. The show had the largest series premiere in Lifetime's 23-year history, and the largest viewership in the 10:00 pm to 11:00 pm time slot since December for Lifetime.[1]

The second season premiered on Lifetime in the United States on Sunday, June 8, 2008, and had 19 episodes.[2] Season three began airing in June 2009.

In February 2009, Lifetime announced that it ordered a fourth season of the series.[3] Army Wives will kick off its 18-episode fourth season on Sunday, April 11. [4]

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Premise

Based on the non-fiction book originally titled Under the Sabers: The Unwritten Code of Army Wives, by Tanya Biank, the series is set at the fictional Fort Marshall in Charleston, South Carolina, home to the also fictional 23rd Airborne Division. Fort Marshall is presumably based on the actual 82nd Airborne Division based at Fort Bragg.

In the pilot episode of Army Wives, "A Tribe is Born," Roxy impetuously decides to marry PFC Trevor LeBlanc and moves with her two kids to his army post. Floundering in her new life as an Army wife, she takes a job bartending at a local joint known for being a Jody bar (where civilian men go to hit on enlisted men's wives). While on the post, Roxy meets Claudia Joy Holden, who believes that her husband COL Michael Holden's promotion didn't come through because of base politics. Another army wife, Pamela Moran, is heavily pregnant with twins - she's secretly acting as a surrogate to get her family out of debt. Meanwhile, psychiatrist Roland Burton is trying to reconnect with his wife, LTC Joan Burton, who has just returned from Afghanistan. Then there's Denise Sherwood, who is dealing with her son Jeremy's anger-management issues as her strict husband, MAJ Frank Sherwood, is about to be deployed. The unlikely group bonds when Pamela unexpectedly goes into labor at Claudia Joy's wives' tea party and subsequently gives birth on the pool table in the bar where Roxy works. Not wanting everyone to know her family's dire financial situation, Pamela relies on these new friends to keep her surrogacy from being exposed.

As the first season progresses, the four women and Roland all become great friends. They go on to face things such as deployments, abuse, hostage situations, adultery and the vicious rumors that surround them.

It should be noted that though the show is based on the book of the same name, and some of the characters echo their book counterparts, significant differences are in place. This includes such matters as who was killed on the show as compared to who died in the book. For instance, Claudia Joy's oldest daughter Amanda died on the show in the second season opener. The book counterpart of Claudia Joy lost her husband in a plane crash during a mission to find the remains of soldiers in Vietnam.

Another major sub-plot of the third season is the Emmalin Holden character becoming increasingly flippant and (at times) rebellious toward her parents (Claudia Joy and General Michael Holden). When the Holden family sponsors Haneen, a young girl from Iraq, who lost her entire family in a bombing and is in the U.S. for a complicated operation to restore the use of her severely injured right hand, the girl breaks down and wonders aloud why she was spared. It is revealed that Emmalin has been suppressing many of the same feelings, not knowing why she was spared when her older sister, Amanda, was killed near the end of season one.

Episodes

Cast

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Main cast

Recurring cast

  • Jeremy Davidson as Sergeant First Class Chase Moran
  • Richard Bryant as Private First Class Jeremy Sherwood
  • John White, Jr. as Finn LeBlanc
  • Luke Bartelme as Toby Jack "TJ" LeBlanc
  • Jake Johnson as Lucas Moran
  • Chloe J. Taylor as Kathrine Eileen "Katie" Moran
  • Gigi Rice as Marda Brooks
  • Melissa Ponzio as Angie
  • Rhoda Griffis as Lenore Baker
  • Kim Allen as Amanda Joy Holden (Deceased)
  • Caroline Pires as Emmalin Jane Holden (1st season)
  • Patricia French as Betty Camden (Deceased)
  • Kate Kneeland as Marilyn Polarski (Deceased)
  • Seamus Dever as Dr. Chris "Getti" Ferlhingetti (Deceased)
  • Jeff Rose as Major Bryce Ogden

Ratings

The series opened its third season with 3.5 million viewers and a 2.4 rating among women 18-49, and a 1.0 rating among men 18-49. That makes Wives the top-rated drama premiere in Lifetime's key demographic so far this year, though the show declined 22% among total viewers compared with last year's premiere.[5]

Soundtrack

DVD releases

Army Wives: The Complete First Season was released on Region 1 DVD on June 10, 2008. The three-disc collection includes all 13 episodes from the First Season.[6] The second season was released on Region 1 DVD on June 2, 2009. The five-disc collection will includes all 19 episodes from the second season.[7]

The third season is scheduled to be released on Region 1 DVD in the United States on February 9, 2010.[8]

International airings

The series began airing in Ireland on Monday, October 15, 2007, on TG4 (in English) and in New Zealand on Thursday, June 19, 2008, on TV2. The series began airing in Australia on December 1, 2008, on Channel Ten. The series also airs in the United Kingdom on Living (UK TV channel), and on the South African network M-Net. The second season ended on M-Net on Monday, January 5, 2009.[9] Historia TV (Canada) will start airing the first season on January 4, 2010.[10]

References

  1. ^ ""Wives" bow scores ratings of a Lifetime". reuters.com. 2007-06-06. http://www.reuters.com/article/televisionNews/idUSN0626629620070606. Retrieved 30 November 2009. 
  2. ^ Dos Santos, Kristin; Jennifer Godwin (April 3, 2008). "Army Wives Boss Dishes on New Season". Watch with Kristin. http://www.eonline.com/gossip/kristin/detail/index.jsp?uuid=e4886ce3-580b-4da5-ad54-319c2d58a59b&utm_campaign=xxltfp&utm_source=xjljqfejb&utm_medium=link. Retrieved 2008-04-03. 
  3. ^ "Lifetime Television Orders a Fourth Season of Cable's Highest-rate Series Among Women 18-49". mylifetime.com. 2009-02-24. http://www.mylifetime.com/about-us/lifetime-television-orders-fourth-season-of-cable%E2%80%99s-highest-rated-series-among-women-18-49. Retrieved 29 November 2009. 
  4. ^ Joyce Eng. "Army Wives Set for April Return". TVGuide.com. http://www.tvguide.com/News/Army-Wives-Set-1013678.aspx. 
  5. ^ "'Kendra' sets E! ratings record; 'Army Wives' drops". thrfeed.com. 2009-06-08. http://www.thrfeed.com/2009/06/lifetime-army-wives-ratings.html. Retrieved 29 November 2009. 
  6. ^ Lambert, David (2008-03-14). "Army Wives - Assemble and Fall In for Season 1 DVD Press Release & Box Art". tvshowsondvd.com. http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Army-Wives-Season-1/9173. Retrieved 29 November 2009. 
  7. ^ Lambert, David (2009-05-26). "Army Wives - Complete 2nd Season DVD Press Release Is Posted". tvshowsondvd.com. http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Army-Wives-Season-2-Press-Release/11964. Retrieved 29 November 2009. 
  8. ^ Lambert, David (2009-11-06). "Army Wives - The Complete 3rd Season Announcned: Date, Extras, Package Art". tvshowsondvd.com. http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Army-Wives-Season-3/12928. Retrieved 29 November 2009. 
  9. ^ Army Wives at mnet.co.za
  10. ^ Army Wives at Historia

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Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Army Wives (2007-) is a dramatic TV series, airing on Lifetime Television, about four women and one man who are brought together by their common bond – they all have enlisted spouses.

Contents

Season 1

A Tribe Is Born [1.1]

Michael: Claudia Joy Holden, after seventeen years of marriage my heart still skips a beat every time I look at you.
Claudia Joy: Michael James Holden, after seventeen years of marriage I can't believe that tired old line of yours still works.

Trevor: Roxy, you work two jobs right? And you got two kids from two different men. Now, I know I only met you four days ago, but I think you're my soulmate!

Pamela: Sit next to the Anti-Christ, going to Hell by association.
Roxy: Oh, I reckon I got you beat on the Hell front.
Pamela: Last week I was a drug dealer. This week I'm carrying the chaplain's kids. You think you can top that?
Roxy: I can try. My kids aren't my husbands. I was married to the first one's daddy till he sucker-punched me. The second one was just a friend who came over to "comfort" me one night. I've known Trevor, my husband, for all of 17 days now. How'd I do.
Pamela: I'm impressed.

Pamela: [In labor] Vodka and a hammer. I need vodka and a hammer!

Pamela: [Seeing the look on Roland's face as she gives birth] You having a good time?
Roland: Let's just say childbirth is disgusting as it is miraculous.

After Birth [1.2]

Roxy: Give me everything you've got baby doll or you're gonna be looking at me from the floor.

The Art of Separation [1.3]

[Jeremy knocks at Claudia Joy's door, Amanda opens it]
Amanda: Look everybody, it's Jeremy Sherwood -- How are you?
Jeremy: Great -- Uh -- Amanda, you look great!
Amanda: So do you.
Jeremy: So, when did you get home?
Amanda: About 90 minutes after I got arrested.
Jeremy: Arrested?
Amanda: I take it you haven't been watching the news?
Jeremy: I hate that show, it's too depressing.

[At the donation gathering, at the podium]
Pamela: Hey -- It's me, Pamela Moran. I just want to let you all know, I made fifty grand carrying those kids. That's right, I was a paid surrogate. So, they're not my babies, they're not in the hospital, they're not dead and I lied to everyone. So -- Have at it!

Trevor: Roxy, I was adopted, but not until I was 7. Until then it was just foster care. I don't want to adopt your boys because I'm afraid I'm going to die -- I want to adopt them because I want them to really know what it's like to have someone really want them. It's like I said, I'm coming home.

One of Our Own [1.4]

Independence Day [1.5]

Pamela: Marilyn is having an affair, and you waited until now to tell me?
Roxy: Well, excuse me, but I worked until midnight last night.
Pamela: Well, my phone works twenty-four hours a day! And so does my front door!

Who We Are [1.6]

Roxy: It's hotter than the hinges on the gates of Hell.

Hail and Farewell [1.7]

Only the Lonely [1.8]

Roxy: My favorite designer is the Goodwill.

Nobody's Perfect [1.9]

Trevor: I jump to conclusions. I'm a terrible cook, I forget names and I'm clumsy, hence the knee. I can be impulsive and sometimes a little bit too sensitive.

Roxy: I can be jealous, but I'm working on it. I can be outspoken, but I'm really not working on that. I haven't read many books, not really the best speller. I don't want any more kids, at least not now, but I'm with you. I love to practice.

Dirty Laundry [1.10]

[Roxy has announced that she and Trevor finally went a night without having sex]
Claudia Joy: I'm impressed.
Pamela: I'm jealous.
Denise: I'm speechless.
[all girls turn to Roland]
Roland: I'm not here. Please leave a message.

Pamela: Hey, you guys, Claudia Joy is doing okay, huh? You've gotta admire how she's been handling things, especially with Mrs. Lenore Baker trying to take her down like that.
Roxy: Do you really think she would use what happened against Claudia Joy like that?
Pamela: That's how it works around here sometimes.
Roxy: Well, what do we do?
Denise: We stick together. We support Claudia Joy, no matter what.
Roxy: We deep fry Lenore Baker and serve her up with a side of hush puppies!

Roxy: Fastest way to a man's zipper; tight jeans, new haircut.

Truth and Consequences [1.11]

Pamela: [on the air describing her new call-in show] Ok, uh, so much for announcements. Now for a little call-in segment that I'm calling 'Have At It With Pamela Moran.' Where we talk about us – the Army Wives – and what we go through. Like how it feels to be a single mom even when you're married. Or, better yet, what it's like to be the mistress 'cause the Army is the wife and sometimes that bitch gets all the attention! You know, they say, 'Mission First. People Always.' But that's crap. And what the hell does that mean, anyway? Because the Army comes first - period. And we deal with it or we move on. And it doesn't matter if your spouse wears sergeant's stripes, or, or colonel's eagle. Because worrying about your soldier at wartime feels exactly the same. So, forget rank, 'cause people are just people. And uh, speaking of which - I know we all like to gossip, but come on folks, can we just stop all the lies and innuendos about a certain colonel's wife. I mean, what the hell folks! Did we all lose direction to the high road, or what?

Victoria Grayson: [to Claudia Joy] Getting older is like being punished for a crime you didn't commit.

[After Roxy and Pamela are confronted by Marilyn about Pamela having Scott over for Pizza]
Roxy: So, you still think having your own microphone to tell the world off is a bad thing?

Rules of Engagement [1.12]

[In response to a caller on her radio show asking about what to expect when her husband comes home from war]
Pamela: My man just came back and got a heroes welcome, lemme tell ya he knows how to shoot off the fireworks, we're talking 21-gun salute, so stay hydrated.

Trevor: Rox, you are one of the smartest people I know...you could do anything.
Roxy: You know the difference between a lawyer and an accountant? An accountant knows he's boring. [kisses Trevor] I'm happy where I am right now.

Goodbye Stranger [1.13]

Roxy: Do you remember the trek from Tuscaloosa?
Trevor: [glancing at the boys] How could I forget? TJ threw up on me twice, Finn peed on me, and you broke the dial fighting over the radio station.
Roxy: Good times.
Trevor: [smiling] Hmmm...good times.

Finn: [standing beside TJ as Trevor says good bye to the boys] Please stay.
Trevor: [to Ari and Ilan] Well, you know why I have to go. But I'm gonna come back as soon as I can, and when I get home, I'm gonna tell you guys stories about everything I've seen. So, be brave for me, okay? Take care of your Mom, she's gonna need it. Come here. [kneels to hug both boys, and picks up his rucksack to leave, as Roxy tries not to cry]
[TJ stands still, still staring at Trevor]
Trevor: What's the matter, buddy?
TJ: It's just that we've never had a Daddy before.
Trevor: [bending to look TJ straight in the eyes] I love you.

Claudia Joy: [to Betty] When is your surgery?
Roxy: She's not having it.
Claudia Joy: [concerned] Why not?
Roxy: She's short three grand. I keep telling her to sell the Hump Bar, but she won't.
Betty: This place has been truer to me than any man I've ever been with, Roxy. I can't sell it. It's better we just go out together.
Claudia Joy: There has to be something we can do.
Roland: Yeah.
Betty: [shrugging] Forget it. I mean, who needs surgery? It's like putting lipstick on a pig.

Pamela: [over the air on her show, 'Have At It'] Ok, so in case you were wondering why it's been so busy on Fort Marshall today, it's because we've gone to FP Con Alpha Plus, and we know 'Alpha' relates to the global threat of terrorism. But...hell, we've been to Alpha Plus here before. We've bought the gas masks, we've stocked up on bottled water. But, there's one thing we can never be prepared for, and that's the fear. How do we handle the fear? My son Lucas once asked me if the 'bad guys' were going to blow us up. How do you answer that? How do you explain terrorism to your kid? How do you explain that at any time, any place, someone could just decide to take us all out? And that's why terrorism works, because we can't explain it, we can't predict it, it can happen any time, anywhere, by anyone. So, all we can do is trust that the military has our backs, and then we let it go. Because the only way to stop the fear is by living. Just living, being with your family, your friends, your community. Look, there is nothing we can do about it - except to seize the day. We live while we can, laugh while we can, love while we can. And that, my friends, is how we beat terrorism. So, 'Have At It.'

Claudia Joy: UVA doesn't know how lucky they are.
Amanda: [her head on her mother's shoulder] Why?
Claudia Joy: Why? Because they're getting the best Political Science major they'll ever have.
Amanda: Mom, don't exaggerate.
Claudia Joy: I'm not. I'm serious. I can see the woman you're going to be. You haven't caught sight of her yet, but she's just around the corner. And I'm damn glad that test was negative.

Season 2

Would You Know My Name [2.1]

Amanda: Show me the mother, and I'll show you the child.

Roxy: [opening her front door] Weren't you just here awhile ago?
Pamela: I know. But this time I brought a medical professional.
Denise: [sliding a bottle of wine out of a paper bag as she walks through the door] This won't cure anything, but it just might make the waiting easier.
Roxy: I doubt it.
Pamela: Well, it couldn't hurt to try.
Roxy: [laughs as she walks toward the kitchen] Look at the two of you. It feels like I'm on the wrong end of an intervention.

Pamela: [Intro radio voiceover] This is Pamela Moran. I realize that this isn't my normal radio slot, but normal isn't a word that applies much anymore. Not around here. I don't know how to gently lead up to something like this, so I'm just going to say it. I just found out that someone very near to me died. As you all know, four days ago there was a bombing at the Hump Bar, and the city is still not back to normal. People are trying to understand how something so terrible could have happened here. The destruction, debris, both physical and emotional have taken a heavy toll, though the Army was quick to respond. I too was one of those who was glued to my television. It was as if I only listened to the news reports long enough, and watched the images enough times, that somehow it would all change. On that first day that we were hungering for information, my son came up to me and asked me if I could take him to the beach. Our adult world is falling apart, but in my child's world, he just wanted to go to the beach he said he'd found this secret place where the gold starfish are, and he wanted to show it to me. But no I couldn't pull myself away. I just sat there in front of the television hypnotized by it all. People who aren't in the military don't understand the unique bonds that are forged so quickly on an army post. Maybe it's because we move so much. You know when you rarely spend two or three years in one place, it forces you to get to the heart of things. That's why when one of these people who we've come to care about like they're our own family slips away, leaves us forever, the loss is almost unbearable.

Pamela: [Continued radio voiceover] The mind plays tricks on us at times like this. It has to. We need it to. It's how we're able to power on and do what needs to be done. Even something as mundane as doing the dishes that are piling up in the sink, or going out, getting up and doing what needs to be done for your loved ones. The future doesn't stop. We all search for strength on that first day or two. I did. But whether what I found was true strength or some part of our DNA that makes us want to reach out and help, I don't know. Times like this we question our own strength, our ability to hang on and not crumble. It's one of the things I admire most about the army wives I've met. Must be a military thing- this capacity to press on despite the obstacles, to see a mission through to its completion. No matter what happens that makes us question the world we live in, life goes on, as cliché as that sounds. One generation passes the baton to the next generation and the cycle of life continues. Regeneration- life renewed. What is it that the poets keep trying to hammer into our heads? Winter becomes spring, night becomes day, as one wave crashes onto the shore and disappears, another one appears behind it, and another and another. I guess we humans just plain want to stick around. The ride must be worth the price of admission. And it's not in us to give up hope, even when any reason for hope has dwindled to almost nothing. This communal spirit, this crazy insistence that we all are connected in each other's caretaker, it keeps us from sinking into despair, or sliding into the abyss. What is it about the human touch- holding a loved one close and feeling their warmth, their heartbeat. I mean this is the Army and frequently our loved ones are far away. But their warmth doesn't have to be. At times it feels totally random. It's roll of the dice on who lives and who dies. At some point words fail us and we're left with silence. Silence and time. I read something once, to live in hears you leave behind, is not to die. I don't know what each of you is going to do today, but now is the time to tell those you love, that you love them. Like we loved Amanda and she lives in our hearts still, and will never be forgotten. Me, I think I'm going to pick up my kids up and take that ride down to the ocean like they wanted. The water's beautiful this time of the year. Besides, they know where the gold starfish are.

Pamela: [to Denise, standing by the comatose Betty] I'm gonna stay. Maybe I'll tell Betty how Roxy dyed her 'netherlands' in a pink heart before Trevor left.

Strangers In A Strange Land [2.2]

Betty: [to TJ and Finn after they had set off an alarm] Hey! Watch it! Pull the wrong plug and I'll die.

[Joan has just vomited into a trash can as Roland arrives home with dinner.]
Roland: Sorry I'm late. I got dinner.
Joan: I already had dinner. It's in the trash can!
Roland: I see.
[Roland walks over and starts to set the food on the desk next to Joan.]
Joan: Oh baby, whatever that is, it's - it's not welcome here!

The Messenger [2.3]

[Chase has just finished telling Katie that she is wearing a breastplate.]
Katie: But I don't have breasts yet.

Harry: [to Claudia Joy] Love's an amazing thing. Can't see it. Can't touch it. Can't smell it. Yet, it's there with us from the day we're born.

Leaving The Tribe [2.4]

Joan: [about to tell her staff that she is pregnant] Some of you have probably noticed a few changes in me lately, and I thank you for not bringing them to my attention.

The Hero Returns [2.5]

Thicker Than Water [2.6]

[Joan notices the large stack of baby books on the coffee table in front of Roland.]
Joan: Whoa! Will there be a quiz?
Roland: Every day until college!

Uncharted Territory [2.7]

[Chase has just told Pamela that one of his team members is having a family cookout this afternoon.]
Chase: Uh, I sort of promised that you'd make potato salad.
Pamela: But what you really meant was 'I'll BUY potato salad.'
Chase: Absolutely! You think I want to wipe out my entire squad!

Loyalties [2.8]

Casting Out the Net [2.9]

Duplicity [2.10]

Mothers & Wives [2.11]

Denise: [Talking to Claudia about her feelings and how mixed up they are] Just being around him makes me feel like I'm lying to him.

Great Expectations [2.12]

Safe Havens [2.13]

Payback [2.14]

Cast

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