Army Wives: The Complete Fourth Season Review
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The four ladies—and one gentleman—of Fort Marshall Army Post in South Carolina are back for a fourth season of laughter, triumph, and tears in Army Wives.

With her daughter, Emmalin (Katelyn Pippy), about to head off to college on a possible hockey scholarship, Claudia Joy Holden (Kim Delaney) looks toward the future, hoping to pursue a dream that she put on hold after she married into the Army. But her choice leads to possible conflict with her husband and the military.

Her marriage finally healed, Denise Sherwood (Catherine Bell) still faces deep worry for her family while she’s faced with unexpected news.

Roxy LeBlanc (Sally Pressman) takes on the challenges of pregnancy once again, all while serving as mommy to two boys, wife to an Army recruiter, and business owner.

  
 
As Pamela Moran’s (Brigid Brannagh) marriage takes a nosedive, she takes on the challenge of a new career and the many changes it brings to her life.

And Roland Burton (Sterling K. Brown) exhausts himself while taking care of his daughter, dealing with the demands of his career, and caring for his wife, who’s been affected by her last deployment to Iraq.

Army Wives is an incredible series—and it’s the only drama I watch. One of its best aspects—which helps to make it such a superb series—is its willingness to cover such issues as spousal abuse and single parent soldiers who have no one to care for their child when they get deployed.

The characters are also warm and loving. Claudia Joy possesses a quiet strength that you can’t help but admire, especially when she’s facing a vindictive adversary. Pamela also shows great strength as her marriage slowly falls apart. Roxy matures beyond her first year as an Army wife. Denise will break your heart as she worries about her son. And Roland is an admirable character as he takes responsibility for the lion’s share of his daughter’s care while essentially taking care of his wife, also.

One of the things I most enjoyed about the show’s fourth season is that, in addition to following the characters’ individual stories, it shows how the Army is working to help the Iraqi people. It illustrates that the Army isn’t all about war and destruction—that the military’s ultimate goal has always been to help the oppressed.

The fourth season of Army Wives once again brings out the emotional depth and inspirational triumphs of those serving across seas, as well as the families they leave behind when duty calls. You would be hard-pressed to find a drama that could come close to equaling the strength of Army Wives.

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