Army Wives

Season 2 Episode 3

The Messenger

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jun 22, 2008 on Lifetime
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Denise's patient has her reminiscing over her younger days before she was married.

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  • Finn goes on his first date

    This episode opens with Claudia Joy struggling to go into church. Chase returns home again. Roxy's youngest boy Finn asks Claudia Joy out for a date. He gets all dressed up and even puts on a tie. We learn that Chase has to leave in three days and wouldn't be there to see his daughter in her school play. Emmalyn talks to Roland about her fears now living on the base, after a soldier killed her sister. We learn that Betty's cancer has progressed. Throughout the episode Claudia Joy sees an elderly man. Finn goes to pick Claudia Joy for their date. He takes her out for a meal. When Finn points out his invisible friend we see that it s the elderly old man who was speaking to Claudia Joy earlier. Denise bonds with a patient. We learn that Betty doesn't like kids as she couldn't have them. Trevor manages to have a webcam conversation with the kids and Roxy, and Betty. Denise's patient leaves and he leaves behind a present for her. A motor bike. At the end of the episode Claudia Joy manages to go back into the church.moreless
  • Adultry, Healing, Crushes

    Okay, first of all this was not my favorite episode. I really thought it was mostly filler. Tying up the loose ends of Amanda's death, and laying out some definate sore points to come into play in Denise's life. I don't really like the way Denise's storyline is going, as if she may commit the faux pas of adultry (I don't think she will but ... you never can tell). I wasn't enamoured with the 'messenger from heaven' aspect of CJ's healing process. I thought it was a bit too far fetched for such a down to earth show. I did however, enjoy the lightheartedness of Finn's crush on Claudia Joy, I think that his boyishness was all to clever a way to get her out of her mopiness and back out into the world. One other thing I thought was sweet was when Claudia Joy took it upon herself to teach Emmalin how do work the pedals on a manual transmission with her hands. I thought that was pretty cool. All in all it wasn't a terrible episode ... It just wasn't my favorite. So ... looking forward to next week.moreless
  • We learn a little bit more about Denise

    Finally, something interesting happens to Denise!

    She's quite boring when all she does is talking to her husband on the phone or only cares about the others.

    For once, she had a real story and not a bad one, like I'm beaten by my son.

    Her short friendship with her patient was very moving. I'm not sure if the beer scene is very realistic but at least she smiled !

    Catherine Bell can be very annoying with her pathetic face. It was also another great linestory with Claudia Joy and her daughter. Finn is so cute. The God story is not new but it was quite good.

    I couldn't help crying when Claudia Joy decided to teach driving to Emelin just like she did with Amanda. I still think too much is said about Betty even though I have to say it's quite funny to see her telling of Roxy's kids. And I finally got what I wanted. A big reunion at the end with a large meal shared between friends.moreless
  • Kids say the darndest things!!

    That old saying is so true! The kids steal the show in this episode! There were several light-hearted moments, a couple touching ones, and a couple that I was not overly thrilled with. The first scene that I wasn't overly thrilled with was the Michael - Emmalin truck scene. He is trying to teach Emmalin to drive a stick. She stalls the truck. Michael gets her to try again. She lets up off the clutch, the truck lurches forward and stalls out, again. I did not like this scene because of all the pedestrians in such close proximity to the truck. Had any of them passed in front of them at that moment, Emmalin would have knocked them all down like bowling pins! This is a big safety issue - especially when teaching a person how to drive a stick shift. Luckily for all this is only television!

    The second one that I was not thrilled with is the Denise - Mac beer in the trunk scene. This entire scene could have been left out or done differently. What Denise did is a GINORMOUS NO-NO in real life. As a fact, Mac giving his motorcycle to Denise is also a no-no. Again, it's a darn good thing this is only television!

    Ok, the negatives have been dispensed. Time for the positives. We learn about the things Emmalin is struggling with. She displays a wise-ness and maturity that belies her age. Emmalin realizes that she needs 'outside' help in order to work through her issues. She turns to Roland because she knows that he is a psychiatrist. However, before she opened up to him, she had to make sure that whatever she said would be kept between the two of them. Emmalin revealed that she no longer feels safe on post because it was an Army soldier that murdered her sister. At one point, when she and Michael were in the truck, a group of soldiers walked by and Emmalin wanted to run them over in retaliation. She wants to talk to her mom, but Claudia Joy is still struggling with her own inner demons. Emmalin says that she no longer feels like part of the family. Little Katie Moran had one of the funniest lines in this episode. Pamela was helping Katie with her costume for the church play she was in. Chase arrives home. After a round of 'hello' kisses, he asks Katie if she knows what she has on. She says no. He tells her a breastplate. Katie says, "But I don't have breasts yet." Poor Chase didn't know what to say to that and turned to Pamela for help. She laughs and says, "You're on your own!"

    The ultimate scene-stealer of this episode is Finn. He has a HUGE crush on Claudia Joy Holden. He gets dressed up - in a suit jacket and tie - so he can ask her out on a date. Finn walks up to Claudia Joy, hands her a bouquet of yellow daisies, tells her he tried to find red ones, and then asks her out. Before she can answer, Roxy walks up. Finn tries to shoo her away. Roxy asks if she can 'borrow' Claudia Joy for a minute. While Roxy and Claudia Joy are talking, Finn is in the background with his arms crossed and tapping one of his little feet. It was absolutely adorable!

    Roxy asks Claudia Joy if she has ever met Finn's invisible friend, Harry. Claudia Joy says they were introduced at the PX. Roxy tells Claudia Joy that Finn is 'gob-smacked' over her and asks if she would go along with it. They return to Finn and Claudia Joy accepts. She asks Harry if he would be joining them. Finn tells her that Harry wasn't there and that he left him at home. Roxy laughs and says that she does it all the time. Finn's arms drop down to his sides, hunches his shoulders and gives Roxy the 'ol' stink eye' over the top of his glasses. That look was positively priceless!

    Finn's friend, Harry, makes his first appearance at the post chapel. Claudia Joy was about to go in, but changed her mind. Harry has a red carnation in his lapel. His next appearance is when he is trying to find the owners of a scruffy-looking dog he had found wandering without a collar. The red carnation is in hat this time. Claudia Joy wants to know who he is and what he wants from her. He tells her he wants nothing. She doesn't believe him and says that everyone else does - that they expect her to just go right back to normal. He tells her, "They don't expect it. They need it." The third time we see him, he has a red carnation pinned to his vest. He reminds Claudia Joy that she has a date to get ready for. He says, "Love's an amazing thing. Can't see it. Can't touch it. Can't smell it. Yet, it's right there from the day we're born." The fourth time we see him, he's at the bar of the restaurant where Finn and Claudia Joy went on their 'date'. It's here that we learn that Harry is imaginary friend. The fifth time is when Claudia Joy is watching a movie. He knows she is angry and blames God. He tells her, "It was Amanda's time and nothing would change that. Death is a part of life. You can't have one without the other." He also says, "We all have a time and it always comes. Until then, love is the best thing going. And there seems to be a lot of that around here. You just have to let it in." The last time we see Harry is when Claudia Joy was teaching Emmalin to drive a stick. He's holding the red carnation in his hand. He gets into a car and rides off.

    We learn that Betty had wanted kids, but could never have them. For her, it is easier to pretend she didn't like kids than to be jealous because she does. This episode has spiritual undertones. The episode begins with the Holdens heading off to church. Katie Moran is the lead in the church's Joan of Arc play. Harry is the messenger that delivers some important messages to Claudia Joy. It wasn't about religion. It was about faith, hope and love. Some people did not like the episode because they thought that it was too religious or too out there. For me, Harry the Messenger, is a coping mechanism for Claudia Joy. Her faith and belief in God has been shaken to her core due to the loss of her daughter. The episode ends with the Holden tribe arriving at the post chapel. Once seated in the pew, Claudia Joy picks up the Bible. She opens it and the red carnation makes its final appearance. The Bible opens to 1 Corinthians, Chapter 13, Verse 13: "And now abideth faith, hope, love these three; but the greatest of these is love."moreless
  • Army Wives season 2 episode 3 was so good I love lifetimes Army Wives it is the best show on T. V.

    Lifetimes Army Wives Season 2 episode 3 was so good Ilike that Roxy stand up to Betty about her kides and Roxy little boy Fenn was sweet in tonights episode when K. j. toke fenn out on a date and like the fact that K. J is starting tp open up to her other kid and the video that Roxy got from Trevor was sweet abd funny when Trevor called Betty a old bat that was so funny. I can't wate to see next weeks episode I hope that That Trevor will not change to mush I love the Trevor and Roxy.moreless

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