Welcome home Major Frank Sherwood! Yes, this was an episode we've been waiting for. Denise and Frank are reunited after the Black Hawk crash. How were things going to go once he got home? Would Denise tell him what Jeremy had done to her? Would Jeremy be the one to confess? What about the WestPoint issue? So much was going to come to a head tonight!
As everyone was waiting for Frank to come off the bus it was apparent that someone was noticeably absent, Lt. Col. Joan Burton. Roland was there waiting and showing support but Joan was no where to be seen. Claudia Joy cleared the issue up by asking Roland how long Joan would be off post. Roland replied that the inpatient PTSD program was 30 days and so she had 26 more to go. You could tell Roland was missing his wife terribly, it was written all over his face and in his eyes.
After the returning soldiers came off the bus and reunited with their families Colonel Holden gave a small speach and then introduced Major Sherwood to say a few words. Frank took this opportunity to share with everyone exactly what happened after their Black Hawk went down. After the brief ceremony Frank, Denise and Jeremy returned home where Frank saw all the flowers, sign and yellow ribbons that decorated his home and yard. His only comment was that it looked like a memorial. Denise told him that there were many people who were worried about him. For the first time we see Frank cry and show real emotion. He told Denise and Jeremy that there were times when he did not think he would ever see them again and that he would die. Not knowing exactly what to say Denise takes Frank into the house to lie down while Jeremy gathered his bags from the car.
On another part of post Roxy and Pamela were enjoying the hot weather and the sun when Roxy said she needed to leave to pick up Trevor and the boys from the pool. Trevor wanted to get in some one on one time with the boys before he deployed and so Roxy stayed back to let them have bonding time, but it was almost 5 o'clock and she needed to go get them. Meanwhile, at the pool Trevor had his hands full. You could tell he was completely overwhelmed with not having Roxy there to help with the boys. They were running around, not listening and when 5 o'clock retreat sounded it looked like he was going to lose it. Neither of the boys stopped what they were doing to face the flag and Trevor was annoyed and embarassed. In the parking lot he reminded them what 5 o'clock retreat meant and that they needed to show respect. Roxy showed up and reminded Trevor that it is hard to get them to stand still for two seconds at anytime. The boys were still acting up and were throwing their toys around in the chaos of it all Trevor tripped and wrenched his knee. I could only sit there laughing a little because it was not MY chaos but cringing at the same time because I just knew that the knee injury was not going to turn out well at all. My first thought for Trevor was that "Oh no, he's not going to deploy. It's going to be a bad knee." Knowing how much deploying means to Trevor I could tell that he was in denial over the extent of his sprain and swelling. Later that night while Roxy and Trevor were talking in bed their phone rang. Trevor said it couldn't be good and answered it. He leaned over and asked Roxy if she knew a Mrs. Brooks. All the color drained out of Roxy's face and she said that she did know her and Trevor told her that she was waiting down at Gate 4. When Roxy got to Gate 4 Mrs. Brooks was there, she turned out to be Marta, Roxy's mom. Roxy asked why she was there and Marta said she was there to visit her daughter and grand children and that she was invited. Roxy clarified that an invitation at the end of a phone conversation was just her being polite, she didn't really mean it; but off they went back to Roxy's house.
Meanwhile, at the Sherwood home Denise and Frank were also talking about things. Denise offered to listen if Frank needed to share anything. The conversation lead to Jeremy and his decision to not attend WestPoint. Frank said that at first he was really disappointed but after all he had been through and now being home he had a different perspective on things and that Jeremy's decision was ok with him. He would support whatever Jeremy did have planned. His main question to Denise was why she didn't tell him about this, why did she lie. Denise told Frank that she wanted to work it out herself and be sure that he didn't have added pressure while away.
The next morning in the kitchen Frank and Jeremy had their first real talk about what's next since there is no WestPoint in his future. Jeremy shared his plans to attend Jr. College in the fall and take architecture since all their travels gave him a great love of old buildings. Frank was very supportive of this choice and told his son "From one man to another, thank you for taking care of your mom while I was gone." Frank also mentioned that he had two weeks leave and was probably going to deploy shortly thereafter. Jeremy tried to tell Frank about his abusive behavior towards Denise but he just couldn't and left the house.
At the Holden house Claudia Joy went into Amanda's room to find Evelyn using Amanda's make up. She asked Evelyn if her sister knew she was in there. Evelyn shared with Claudia Joy that Amanda is never home and never spends anytime with her or the family and that she would rather make out with Jeremy Sherwood than be at home. This was the first time Claudia Joy had any knowledge that something was going on between her daughter and Jeremy. For the past couple of episodes we have seen the two of them growing closer to the point of having a kiss on the 4th of July but we didn't know it was going anywhere until this moment. Claudia Joy went straight to Michael to share what she had found out and asked for his opinion on what to do about it. Michael wanted to go to the Sherwood home and discuss it with Denise and Frank but Claudia Joy insisted that they do not, the Sherwood's were dealing with too much right now and that she knew Frank hadn't been told about the abuse yet. Claudia Joy suggested that they do nothing for now and see what happened. Since they were not sure how far things had gone between the teenagers that no reaction would be the best reaction. Michael reluctantly agreed to go this route.
At the hospital Roland and Roxy ran into eachother in the waiting room while Roxy waited for Trevor to come from his appointment. Roxy shared her concern with Roland about him not returning messages and answering his phone. She asked if he was doing ok and said that she understood his missed Joan and needed to keep busy. Roland didn't talk much and said goodbye. Something is just not right with Roland right now, I am not sure what it is but I am very worried for him. Could all this distancing just be because Joan is in treatment or is something else going on with him? He is usually so open and trying to help others that closing himself off from his friends can only be a sign of trouble. When Trevor emerged from the doctor's office he told Roxy that he had a torn ACL and that meant surgery and 6 months of physical therapy, in short he would not be deploying with his unit. Roxy could not hide her happiness at that but it was obvious Trevor was heartbroken about it. They went home and Roxy got ready for work. When she arrived at the Hump Bar she shared her concerns with her co worker. She admitted that she hoped Trevor would get a medical discharge so he would never have to leave home. Her co worker said she was being selfish and that the army is Trevor's identity, if you take it away what would he have left. This left Roxy thinking hard. She went right to work but was interrupted by a furious Marilyn who accused her of telling Trevor about the affair with Eddie because her husband, George, found out about it. Roxy denied telling Trevor but let it slip that Pamela knew. Marilyn was shocked and said she should never have trusted Roxy at all.
Marilyn went straight to Pamela's house. Pamela was busy fixing the sink when Marilyn arrived. Marilyn accused Pamela next of telling people about her affair. When Pamela denied it Marilyn accused her of lying because she lied about the twins for over 9 months. Pamela had enough and told Marilyn that was a low blow even for her. She said that they had never liked eachother but she wouldn't tell anyone. She then said if Marilyn was so miserable she should do everyone a favor and leave her husband, get a divorce, get off post and get a life. The look on Marilyn's face showed that she knew Pamela was right but all she could say in return was that she couldn't leave, she wished she could but army life was the only life she knew and she couldn't go. With that she left the house and Pamela went to see Roxy. When Pamela asked why she would tell Marilyn that she knew about the affair Roxy could only apologize and share all that had been going on with Trevor, her mother and apologize to Pamela. Now knowing all that had been going on she laughed off the issue and then jokingly offered to have a drink with Roxy. She then said she would be by the next day to meet "the mother". When Roxy returned home that night she found Marta and Trevor playing poker in her bedroom. With a louder than usual tone she then stated that entertaining was to be done in the living room and then went into the kitchen to clean up the mess that had piled up during the day. Marta came in after her to tell her that she loved Trevor and that Roxy had finally made a good choice. Roxy point blank asked Marta why she was there. It took some prodding but finally Marta admitted she had lost her house and her salon and that she had nowhere else to go.
Upon returning home Denise found Frank packing a bad for Jeremy. She told Frank that she was handling it and that Jeremy was their son and he couldn't do this. She told him that she was working on forgiving and that it was for her to do that not Frank. When Jeremy walked into the house Frank through the duffel bag at him and told him to get out. He said that no man was going to hit his wife and that hitting her was like hitting him. He slammed the door on Jeremy. When Denise argued the incident Frank simply stated that Jeremy was dead to him. He then got dressed and headed to the Holden's house. When he arrived he spoke to Colonel Holden. He thanked him for helping Denise out while he was deployed. Michael told Frank that Jeremy asked for his help and that he intended to help him. Frank told him to keep him and Denise out of it, that he no longer considered Jeremy his son. With that he left the Holden home.
The next morning Jeremy went to the Holden house to see Amanda. Colonel Holden told him that he was not allowed to see Amanda. Jeremy told Colonel Holden he had no one else to talk to. Colonel Holden said he would not be allowed to see Amanda until he earned his trust.
The closing scenes of this episode showed a lot that is going to unfold in the upcoming episodes. Roxy found Trevor's oxycodone in Marta's purse. Marta had been claiming she was clean and a changed person and this showed that something was still wrong. Trevor was still waiting to find out the extend of his injury and if it would permanently keep him from deploying. The big thing was that Jeremy headed into an army recruiting office in the final scene. I had a feeling this would be the route he would go. After all military life is the only life that Jeremy knows and without a roof over his head or money he really did not have any other choice. I eagerly await the reaction of Frank and Denise when they find out Jeremy has enlisted. The trailer for next week looked really good. It showed a lot of hide and seek between Jeremy and his parents. Amanda, unfortunately is in the middle of it all. How will this affect the friendship between Denise and Claudia Joy? I really hope they can stand strong together.