Army Wives Season Finale: Goodbye Stranger August 26

Our season finale started out with visitor's day at Fort Benning. This answered my question for last week of how Amanda was able to just go and see Jeremy when she wanted. This time there was an actual event for it. I was quite surprised at the conversation that took place between Amanda and Jeremy, I was quite impressed with Amanda actually. She told Jeremy that she was leaving for UVA and he was going to Fort Dix for training, because of this they would hardly see eachother. Although she never came right out and said it Jeremy knew she was breaking up with him and he asked her not to do it. He told her she was the only thing that got him through basic and he needed her. She told him she loved him but always had a plan for her life. She didn't want to do as her mom did and quit school to get married. She wanted to make something of herself. Jeremy asked if it was what she really wanted and when she said yes he was very mature and understanding about it. He gave her a kiss and held her, knowing it really was her decision and no one elses. It was great to see that although she had doubts and was scared about the future Amanda was sticking to her plan to achieve the goals she had set for herself, going off to college.

Roxy and Trevor were packing their suitcases. They were getting ready for a road trip to Macon to meet Trevor's family. They were reminiscing about their last road trip when the phone rang. It was an official call for Trevor. When he hung up he told Roxy he was on notice, deployment had been moved up and he was leaving in two days. The road trip was cancelled.

At the Holden house Amanda had returned home and was talking to her mom while gathering her things. Claudia Joy asked what was going on with her because there was no excuse for her bahavior and that Amanda had a 7:45 train to catch to school. Amanda told her she wouldn't understand and that she had changed her ticket for the next day. A small smile came over Claudia Joy's face, realizing that her daughter was in deed going to school and not going through with plans to defer a year. Claudia Joy asked Amanda to try to explain since she was once a teenager and the way that Amanda had been treating her lately was wrong, she didn't deserve to be treated with disrespect just because her daughter didn't agree with the choices she had made in her life. Amanda apologized for her bahavior saying she felt overwhelmed, then added she thought she may be pregnant. She asked Claudia Joy to stay with her while she took a home test. Thankfully the test came out negative and Amanda and Claudia Joy sat holding eachother, crying happy tears, talking about college.

A positive pregnancy test was to be had on Fort Marshall that morning. Joan was holding her home pregnancy test stick staring at herself in the bathroom. You could tell a million thoughts were running through her mind as well as fear about this new developmentin hers and Roland's situation. My big question was whether or not she was going to tell Roland!

Denise was getting ready to leave when she went into the kitchen and was surprised by Frank. He was standing there with a huge bouquet of helium balloons. They were a congratulations token for Denise, she had achieved her RN degree. Frank told her that he was really hard on her in the beginning because she was going back to work but now he was so proud of her. It was definitely a nice gesture on Frank's part and something Denise needed to hear from him. While they were talking the phone rang and Frank answered it. When he hung up he told Denise that he was on notice to deploy in two days.

Over at the armory soldiers were getting munitions for training exercises that day when they came across a crate which was obviously tampered with. The lock had been damaged. The next thing we saw was Colonel Holden and several other brass being briefed about the incident which turned out to be a theft of several items. They discussed suspects and decided to bring the suspects in immediately for questioning. Colonel Holden concluded that Fort Marshall was the intended target for this attack. It was also decided that his promotion ceremony needed to be cancelled because of all the brass that would be in one room. Michael needed to be promoted immediately. His last order before everyone left was to put the post on FP Con Alpha Plus status.

Pamela was getting ready for her show at the radio station when Major Casey informed her that he had been getting phone calls regarding the sex talk that was going on. He asked her to tone it down a bit. Pamela said the show was popular so they must be doing something right and got ready to go on the air. Before she could really get into her show Major Casey handed her a news bulletin, with a quick glance at it she realized the seriousness of it and asked if she was supposed to read it. Major Casey told her she needed to and she had to be reassuring about it. Pamela went on the air to inform the post of the terrorist threat and that they were all at FP Con Alpha Plus. She said everything was going to be ok and reminded the listeners that they had all been through it before. She went on to say the big thing about terrorism is the fear of the unknown. No one knew when or where something would happen and that is why terrorism is so effective. She said the only thing anyone could do was to seize the day and live for every moment. The only way to beat terrorism was to beat the fear and live life. While Pamela was sharing words of encouragement we saw Michael being pinned in his office by Claudia Joy, he was now officially General Holden.

Marilyn and Eddie were talking at the park. She had sent her son to her mother's because it was safer for him. I thought she was talking about the situation on post, however, she was not. Marilyn was leaving George and she was going to do it secretly when he was not home. Eddie asked why she didn't just tell George. Marilyn confided that when he had found out about her affair he lost it and she didn't want to risk that again. Eddie then asked her if she was sure she wanted to do this. She said she married a man she doesn't like, who doesn't like her and that she almost lost the only man she ever loved. Yes she was sure. She would meet Eddie later at the Hump Bar.

Meanwhile at the Hump Bar Pamela, Denise, Claudia Joy and Roxy were talking about the upcoming deployment and the FP Con Alpha Plus the post was on alert for. Betty was making some drinks and the ladies asked when her surgery was. Betty gave Roxy "the look" and Roxy said Betty wasn't having the surgery because she was $3000.00 short. Roxy then said she tried to get Betty to sell the bar so she could have the surgery but Betty said no to that idea, she didn't need surgery and that the bar would die with her. Talk about Betty's breast cancer and treatment ended with that. The ladies asked Roland why he had called them all there. He told them that he had been to Chicago and accepted a job at Northwestern, he was leaving the next day. He said it was the right thing to do for the moment. Everyone sat there in shock and sadness that they were losing a friend. Claudia Joy said it best, "The hardest part about army life is seeing friends come and go".

Back on post security was tight. There was 100% ID check and soldiers were inspecting cars inside and out. Taking all precautions for an impending terrorist strike. Roland was back home packing up some things when Joan walked in. She said she wanted to say goodbye. He told her he was leaving the number where he could be reached and that the movers would be there the next day to pick up his boxes. He then told Joan that General Holden and Fort Marshall were lucky to have her for an Ex O. He grabbed his bag and was about to walk out the door when Joan called him. Through her tears she told Roland she was pregnant. Roland in shock asked her what to do. She told him that they needed to do what they were already doing that it didn't change anything, she just needed to do the honorable thing and tell him. He asked her if she was keeping the baby and she said she didn't know but whatever happened they would talk about it and decide together. She then told him he had a plane to catch. As soon as Roland shut the door behind him Joan broke down.

Later that day Michael, Joan and other officers were discussing the division intel they had received about the theft. They were able to discover that there was indeed a terrorist cell in the area and that they had contacted a soldier on post. Most likely someone who needed cash. They could guarantee that the exchange of munitions and cash would be made within 24 hours. Michael upgraded the post to FP Con Bravo. He then said that since it was someone on post they were aware of the deployment schedule. He said all deploying soldiers would leave that evening, alert everyone and get things organized to move the troops immediately.

Roxy and Trevor were discussing the threat when Roxy asked if they should cancel their plans for that evening. Trevor told her no because they did not have to be indoors even at FP Con Bravo. Finn asked what came next and Trevor said that would be FP Con Charlie, that would be when dependants needed to leave post. Just then Pamela walked in and asked if plans were still a go for that night. Roxy told her yes but she was having second thoughts. Pamela told her what she and Trevor were doing was important and to go. So Trevor and Roxy left for their "date".

At the Polarski home Marilyn was packing her suitcases when George walked in. He asked her what she was doing. She told him she was leaving him and grabbed her purse and keys. George was furious, asking if she was leaving him for Eddie. He told her he knew all about her meet ups with Eddie in the last little while that she had been seen. He told her that his men were laughing at him and then in one quick movement he grabbed her by the throat and pushed her up against the wall. He told he he paid for the car and so it was his. She dropped the keys saying he could have it. He released her and Marilyn ran out of the house. She ended up at Roxy's and was surprised when Pamela answered. She asked for Roxy, Pamela explained Roxy wasn't home and invited Marilyn in. Right away Pamela noticed the bruises on Marilyn's neck although she didn't mention them she just asked what was going on. Marilyn said she was scared and was leaving her husband. She said she needed a car because she needed to get to Eddie. She couldn't leave him waiting, thinking she changed her mind. Pamela said nothing but grabbed her keys and gave them to Marilyn. Crying Marilyn took the keys, said thank you and was out the door. Pamela could only stand there in shock.

Roxy and Trevor were dressed to the nines. Trevor in a suit and Roxy in a beautiful white dress. When Trevor pulled out a piece of paper and began to read it was obvious that they were renewing their vows to eachother before Trevor had to deploy. It was just the two of them sharing words they wrote. Trevor told Roxy that she was what he was fighting for and that she was the love of his life. Roxy pulled out her vows and just began to read when the phone rang, it was notice, Trevor was deploying in one hour. Roxy didn't get to read her vows, hand in hand they ran to get home.

Meanwhile changes in plans for everyone was going on. Chase was leaving work when his phone rang, so did those of the rest of his unit. They were called back into the building. Frank and Denise were just getting ready to sit down to dinner when their phone rang. Frank told Denise he was deploying in an hour. He said it was going to be hard on his soldiers and their families. Not even realizing how hard it was on Denise. She grabbed the car keys, Frank grabbed his gear all ready from the closet and out the door they went. Pamela was reading a story to the kids when her daughter asked where Chase was. Pamela left a voicemail telling Chase to come home. Meanwhile he and the rest of his unit were leaving their building and getting into awaiting vehicles. Chase asked where they were going and was told everyone will find out when they were out of the country. He looked so helpless, realizing he had just told his family he would be home for awhile and now he was leaving without being able to tell Pamela. Trevor was in his uniform gear in hand saying his goodbyes to the boys. He told them to be brave and take care of their mom, when he got back he would share stories of everything he had seen. DJ looked so sad and told Trevor that they had never had a real daddy before. It was so heartbreaking. Trevor could only say I love you and give him a big hug and then he went to the car. Roxy told Pamela Trevor didn't want the boys to be at the plane. Pamela understood saying Chase was the same way and gave Roxy and kiss and a hug. Trevor and Roxy left for the airfield.

Frank and Denise were waiting to load the buses to the plane talking about how weird it was that Jeremy wasn't with them. Frank said he emailed Jeremy saying how proud of him he was. He then said he was worried about leaving this time because Denise had changed so much and had accomplished so much. He was afraid there would be no room for him when he got back. Denise told him she loved him and needed him more now then ever. They exchanged letters and Frank grabbed his gear and went to round up his men to board the bus. Roxy and Trevor were saying the goodbyes nearby. Trevor asked for Roxy to read her vows to him. She told him that she promised to be with him forever and that she hoped forever would be a long time and told him he needed to come back to her. Trevor grabbed his gear and got ready to board the bus. Denise and Roxy stood together, hand in hand watching their men get on the bus and head to the awaiting plane. They watched it take off in silence with the rest of the deployed soldier's families.

At the Holden house Amanda and Claudia Joy were getting ready to leave when Michael walked in. He asked them to wait until the next day because of all the commotion going on. Claudia Joy said in all reality they were probably safer off post. Michael, all choked up, said his goodbyes to Amanda and told the two of them to be careful. Claudia Joy stopped at the Hump Bar. She told Amanda she was dropping off a check to Betty to pay for her surgery and that she wouldn't be too long and to wait in the car. Claudia Joy handed Betty the check. Betty could only stare at it in disbelief. Meanwhile Roxy and Denise walked in. Roxy needed a quick drink to recompose herself before she went home to the boys. Claudia Joy gave both ladies hugs and was ready to leave when Roland walked in. He said he was heading to catch his plane when he saw their cars so he stopped in. He took the opportunity to share with them that Joan was pregnant. Everyone could only look in shock. Nearby Eddie was sitting in a booth when Marilyn came rushing in, they embraced eachother, both smiling. They were together. Outside, Amanda was waiting and she looked over at an arriving car. When the driver got out she looked concerned as he was dressed in full uniform including body armor. The driver was George Polarski. He walked into the Hump Bar and Amanda followed. Everyone looked up as George walked in. He ripped off his vest revealing his torso covered in explosives. Just as Amanda walked in he pulled out a trigger. The scene flashed to everyone in the bar and then we saw a montage of flashbacks before we ended with a close up of Georges finger on the trigger to the explosives.

Wow! What a show and what an ending to the season. It was so emotional the whole way through and then ended with such an intense cliffhanger. It is going to be so hard to wait for season two. I want to know what happens! I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for reading. It has been a pleasure recapping Army Wives for you all. I look forward to next season and sharing the lives of our army wives and their families. I hope that you have enjoyed reading the show recaps as much as I have enjoyed writing them. So to everyone I say goodbye for now and see you back here for season two!

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