More “Army Wives” for everyone


When will I ever learn? I’ve gotten suckered in by

subtext yet again. Those deeply meaningful looks

held those few extra seconds, the unusual number of

little touches, the ardently sincere declarations of

undying friendship … sigh.

This time around I’ve got Army Wives toying with my

affections, and you can bet I haven’t missed an

episode. And now comes the news that the show has been renewed for a second season. All the better to parse every excruciating

(excruciatingly ordinary?) moment of warmth between

Claudia Joy (Kim Delaney) and Denise (Catherine Bell).

“I’m here for whatever you need,” avows Claudia in the following promo, but

do I really need these games again?

And darn it all if Catherine Bell isn’t coyly playing

along, if her quote in TV Guide is any


“It’s so nice to have girlfriends on set. We all

hang out together on weekends. There’s a lot of

joking, too. The biggest joke is about having sex with

each other. We’ve done these fake blooper reels where

one of us pops up in the bed of another couple. It’s

Desperate Army Housewives.”

One wonders if that reel will ever see the light of

day, given the show’s unctuous desire to remain

“apolitical.” You thought the war was divisive — try

adulterous lesbian affairs on a military base, carried on

while the menfolk are off making the world safe for

democracy. Actually, imagine the power that story line

would have to unite the Lifetime audience against the war!

One of the strongest dramatic moments so far comes during a

speech by Claudia Joy in episode 5: “I have also had

to put my personal opinions aside to truly understand

that our defenders of freedom are fighting a bigger

battle. Not a political one. Their battle goes beyond

politics, beyond religion, race or gender. They are

the defenders for us all, they are the defenders of

our differences.”

Just how different are you, Claudia Joy?

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