Army Wives s01e02 Episode Script

After Birth

Previously on Army Wives I know I only met you four days ago, but I think you're my soul mate.
Roxy, will you marry me? You spread a rumor.
My husband lost his promotion to yours because of it.
Sweetheart, you've made a mistake.
I've known Trevor, my husband, for all of 17 days now.
- I'm so glad you came, Lenore.
- Oh, I wouldn't miss it.
Not after all I've been learning about you.
I chose West Point because he didn't go there.
I wanted to do one thing by myself.
But, no.
I'm a lieutenant colonel.
I have over 400 men in my command.
What I did over there.
If you knew, you wouldn't love me.
I don't care what you did.
- Your water broke, baby.
- This is not how I imagined this day.
They're not mine.
I'm a surrogate.
Please don't tell anyone.
We all have our secrets.
Oh, no.
I Yeah.
- The Harpers are out of town.
What? What am I going to do? I can't bring them to my house.
You can't stay here.
They won't let three healthy bodies take up space in the ER.
It's okay.
She's protecting her husband, Michael.
Where are the real parents? In Mexico.
The last vacation before parenthood, only to have parenthood come four weeks early.
- Thank you.
- Sure.
This doesn't make any sense.
Being a surrogate is an - It's an honorable thing to do.
- And that's why we're helping her.
By hiding them here and not telling the truth? I just don't like this, Claudia Joy.
It's only for a day.
Twins like to be nice and close.
How are you going to explain these babies just disappearing? We're going to say they died.
Splash! Hey.
- Hi.
- Hi! - We're playing subs.
Chief, you got the con.
Aye, Captain.
I have the con.
- So, how's your friend? - She's fine.
- I'm sorry it took so long.
- Incoming! Incoming! Splash! - Five hundred yards until impact! - Release counter-measures.
- You're so good with them.
- Of course.
Baby, I'm in this for the long haul.
I was wondering how would you feel about the boys taking on my last name.
Now, they don't know their fathers, and I was thinking maybe I could adopt them if that was okay with you.
- Yeah! Yes! - Yeah? Because now all we need is their biological fathers to sign off on it.
- Okay.
Finn's dad is going to be easy.
- Yeah.
But, T.
's dad Trevor, I don't know.
- He's all kinds of unacceptable.
- Hey.
You don't worry about him.
- I'll take care of it.
Okay? - Okay.
Now do you have their numbers? 'Cause I kind of want to do it tonight.
Tonight? Why? What's the rush? It's not like you're going anywhere Um No.
- Rox.
- We just got married.
Where? Iraq.
I know.
It's okay.
We're having a hard time here, D.
But it's okay.
It's okay.
I have you.
I have Jeremy.
Hey, you know I'm not just Major Frank Sherwood around here.
You know, I'm Major Frank Sherwood whose son is going to West Point.
- When are you coming home? - I don't know yet, D.
I don't know.
But, hey, I got to go now, all right? My time is up.
I love you so much, D.
- I love you.
- Take care, baby.
- You, too.
Whose dress is this? You wore that when we baptized you.
- I wore a dress? - I promise not to tell.
I'm taking those to a friend's house who just had a baby.
I'm going to stay there tonight.
Help her with the night feedings.
But I'll be back before breakfast.
Mom? Hmm? I'm not going to West Point.
What? Of course you're going to West Point.
I can't.
I don't want to.
Oh, Jeremy.
We've spent the last two long years getting you in.
I thought that's what you wanted.
It's what Dad wanted.
It's his dream, not mine.
Jeremy, getting into West Point is one of the highest honors anyone can achieve.
You know, your father couldn't even get in, but you surpassed him.
- And you've made him so proud.
- I know, Mom.
But please, - just listen to me.
- Honey.
You chose this life, Dad chose this life.
But not me.
People ask me where I'm from.
I can't say Boston or Chicago.
All I can say is Army.
I'm from the Army and I don't even want to be here.
I can talk to your father.
But maybe you would consider going just for the education.
I knew it.
I knew you wouldn't understand.
- Forget about the military.
- I knew it.
Honey, it's the best education in America.
- No, I knew you would not understand.
- I do understand.
Sweet - Chase, we need to talk.
- You have no idea how those four words strike fear in a man.
What is it? Um I was wondering if you would go screw yourself.
I mean, if you got time.
- You're not pregnant.
- No.
- I'm not pregnant.
- What happened? Baby, what happened? I went into labor at Claudia Joy Holden's tea party.
- What did you do? - I improvised.
- I gave birth on a pool table.
- Come on.
Come on.
Be serious.
Be serious now.
Do people know about the surrogacy? - Pamela? - Yeah, it's kind of hard to drive while you're crowning, so people know.
Oh, God.
What were you thinking? - I was thinking I'd like an epidural.
- Where are the babies? - Where are the babies? - They're at the Holdens'.
Colonel Holden is the number three guy around here.
All he has to do is say the word and we are out of Delta Force, Pamela.
Pamela! You really screwed up here.
You really put us in a bad spot.
- You know what? - You really I am fine! Thank you for asking.
- I'm a little sore.
No, I'm a lot sore.
- All right.
Kind of like I've been ripped apart because I have.
But I am fine.
Thank you for asking.
Oh, damn it.
Joan? Hey.
You okay? Yeah.
Where've you been? I had an emergency patient.
- You changed the furniture.
- Yeah.
- Like it? - It's different.
No, it's actually the same.
It's the way it was the day I left.
Remember? I even had to haul this furniture up from the basement.
See? It was worth it.
Because that is the chair that we made love in the day that I left.
- Remember? - I do.
- Want to see if that chair still works? - How much have you had to drink? Baby, there's a woman on top of you.
Are you sure that is the question you want to ask? Hey, Tommy, wait up! Morning.
Good morning.
The kids just left.
What happened to us, Chase? - What do you mean? - I mean, we used to be a team.
No matter what happened, we always had each other's backs.
- And now all we do is fight.
- Maybe because - It feels like nothing I ever do is right.
- Okay.
- You're not helping.
- Okay.
- What is it? What do you want? - I want you to stop spending - All the money that we're making.
- The game system was for the kids.
And the plasma TV and the new truck and the Jacuzzi out in the backyard? Okay, okay, okay.
Okay, you made your point.
But, Pamela, I work hard.
I should be able to spend some of that money.
Not when we owe my father fifteen grand and we are maxed out on our credit cards.
We'll cover it when we get the final payment from the Harpers.
Chase, it's more than just the spending.
It's everything.
I feel like I'm doing this marriage alone.
At least nineteen American, British and Iraqi troops killed in action over the past two days in the Iraqi war.
US military command in Baghdad says four American soldiers died in two roadside bomb attacks in the Iraqi capital.
You are so gorgeous.
I think that's more than the half a cup of crazy most folks are allowed.
South of Baghdad, the crash of US military helicopters, nine - Something wrong? - Sorry.
I just have a lot to do.
Gunmen opened fire at a checkpoint set up by Iraqi soldiers near Mosul, killing ten Iraqi troops.
US officials also announced - What's this? - Oh, I got up early and I went to the PX to start on your pre-deployment checklist.
- Oh, yeah? - You know, this is a lot of paperwork.
Sorry, baby.
But these are the wrong color.
- You're Army, right? Army green.
- Yeah, but on deployment, the Marines, they wear green.
Army wears tan.
Well, I have some tan ones in there as well.
- These aren't going to work either.
- Why? Well, they're made out of synthetic fabrics and, just, command won't allow that.
- You know? Okay? - Yes.
I'll take them back.
He's right.
Synthetics melt and fuse onto burnt skin.
Making them burn twice as bad.
He hits an IED, his truck's in flames.
- A shirt like that could kill him.
- Oh.
I know it's a lot, Roxy, but you got to harden yourself.
You got to keep it together for your husband.
I'm trying.
I guess I just thought marrying a soldier would be romantic.
But instead, it's worrying about whether he's coming back.
Well, he can't go to war worrying about you.
He could die from that kind of distraction.
Are you okay? - Yeah.
I'm fine.
- You know, you being out this morning is five shades of stupid.
You should've been home.
I told you.
I need to get out.
I have to get this done and over with - so I can move on.
- Pamela.
- Oh, brother.
Excuse me, Pamela.
- Wow.
So they arrived.
Boys? Girls? - Boy and a girl? - Oh, what did you name them? Girls.
- What are their names? - I can't believe you're here.
I mean, remember I said, "Is that Pamela?" What are their names? They're dead.
- What? - They died.
Any more questions? Wow.
It's okay.
It's okay.
Mom, This is crying.
- How do you know that's This? - That has a mole above his lip.
This and That aren't the best names, you know.
This One and That One became cumbersome.
Have you tried HALT? Yep.
He's not hungry, angry, lonely or tired.
- Well, I'd say he's angry, hon.
- I thought they were leaving tonight? They are.
Emmalin, I know it seems odd to keep this a secret, but sometimes it's necessary when we're protecting someone's family.
I know how it works around here, Mom.
- And it's worse than high school.
- Bye.
Have fun at your game.
No making out with the drummers under the bleachers.
I'm putting you on ignore.
Hey, little one.
So sweet.
We're here.
When you look at them, it's hard not to believe in something greater.
Okay, so, what do you want us to do? Nothing, really.
The formula's already mixed, extra spit-up towels are right there, the diapers are over there and that should hold you for the last three hours before they go home.
- I've got my cell if you need me.
- Okay.
You're bringing the sexy, by the way.
- Where are you going? - FRG meeting.
Fort No.
- That's all I got.
- Family readiness group.
- And what do they do? - Well, the official answer is to empower wives whose husbands have been deployed Hello? to become more self-reliant.
But lately, with the war and the influx of new widows, we've been going to houses and sweeping up after the pain.
That was the Harpers.
They can't get back to Charleston until tomorrow night.
I can't believe this.
I came here to pick them up and deliver them.
- Can they stay here? - Sure.
Mom! Mrs.
Baker's here! What is Lenore Baker doing here? I don't know.
The Brigadier General's wife would like nothing better than to sever my head and dip it in her tea.
- That's not very friendly.
- Okay.
I need to protect my husband here.
She cannot know these babies are here.
Little one.
Little one.
Little one.
Pamela, you've got to keep them quiet.
Mom, the door! And thank you for that lovely introduction, dear.
- I'll just go on up to see her.
- Lenore.
What a surprise.
Well, I just thought I'd drop off these pamphlets for the FRG meeting.
- But Do you have a baby upstairs? - No.
Of course not.
My cat.
He's getting old.
Do something.
There's also the matter of that poor girl from your tea party.
Pamela Moran, isn't it? But I'm sure you've heard.
- Heard? - She lost her twins.
It seems they were born premature and died in childbirth.
Shall we? Oh, my God.
This is too hard.
It's amazing how when they're this small, clean drawers, a little rocking and a nipple can solve all their problems.
Works for most grown men I know, too.
You're just in time to play the "What's the worst thing that can happen?" game.
Deployment checklist.
Sorry to hear about Iraq, Roxy.
May I? Here.
Disposition of bodily remains? I don't even know his shoe size.
How the hell am I supposed to know about a funeral? You just ask.
And then you write it down.
Well, I got to go.
I got to pick up something called a M40 filter.
Yeah, they're for gas masks.
I have extras.
- You can stop by my house tonight.
- Okay.
I'll see you all later.
- You really don't have to do this.
- I've given birth, too, remember? Forget the flowers, the stuffed animals.
The greatest gift anyone ever gave me was folding my laundry and doing my dishes.
Please don't do my dishes, Mrs.
- Claudia Joy, okay? - Yeah.
Pamela, I know I don't know you that well.
Or Roxy, for that matter.
I don't even know Roland that well, except his wife served with my husband.
But we were all there when you gave birth.
- An experience we will never forget.
- Okay.
And those babies.
It's one thing to keep a secret.
It's another to ask us to lie.
I'm sorry.
But please.
You can't say anything.
But it's not just us I'm worried about.
It's you.
I saw how you distanced yourself from those babies.
This lie will start eating at you until you hate yourself.
I'll get it.
You have two kids that need you.
You can't afford that.
Oh, my God.
It's Lenore Baker.
Don't worry.
- Hi.
- Oh.
Oh! - I didn't expect to see you here.
- Hi, Mommy.
Are you proud of me? What's surprising? I'm here for the same reason you are.
Yes, I am.
Thank you for being so good.
Hi! I'm Lenore Baker.
- And this is Annette Barry.
- Hello, dear.
We're here from the FRG to express our deepest sympathy for your loss.
Thank you, Mrs.
And, Annette, thank you.
They brought a cake, too.
It's in the kitchen.
- Is it your birthday? - No, stupid-o.
It's for the babies.
When are they coming home, Mommy? Okay, it's not my birthday, sweetheart, and we don't call our brother stupid-o, - all right? - Right.
I need you guys to go play in your room for a bit, okay? Go.
We haven't told them yet.
Oh, goodness.
Well, it only makes it harder the longer you wait.
You know, we're quite skilled in grief counseling at the FRG.
Would you like us to help you explain everything to your children? No.
No, thank you.
I'm just waiting for my husband to get home so that we can tell them together.
Ladies, I hate to do this.
Would you mind if I asked you to leave? I'm just I'm completely exhausted.
- Oh.
Of course.
- Absolutely.
Take care, dear.
People are bringing me cake.
Hirsch, your quote recommending my book means a lot to me.
The publishers are putting it on the back cover.
Oh, you're welcome.
It was an honor to be asked.
So, nineteen-ten.
Looks like you're paying for lunch.
Roland, you've indulged me long enough.
I am the world's worst basketball player.
So, why am I really here? Can we walk? I got it.
Shoot it! Shoot it! Joan's having a tough time.
But it could be a transitional thing, you know.
Once she's settled, back into a routine.
Yeah, but look, Roland, we're both doctors here.
We know that these symptoms point to post-traumatic stress.
I know.
- I know.
It's just - You don't want to admit it? And we've treated several of these cases since Desert Storm.
- It's a downward spiral.
- Yeah.
Look, you're her husband, not her doctor.
You're the closest thing to her.
As your friend, I'm just warning you.
Just be careful.
Why'd you tell Dad about West Point? - He's your father.
- I asked you not to tell him.
- How did you even know? - Because he called me a half hour ago and reamed me about going to West Point.
Sweetheart, let's talk about this tomorrow, okay? Said I'm going.
End of story.
I've been helping a friend all day and I'm tired right now.
I've been You've been helping her, but you're not going to help me, are you? West Point is about honor and discipline.
Your father thinks - Who cares what my father thinks? - Jeremy.
- I'm not him, okay? - You're hurting me.
- I am not my father! - We just want you to think about it.
- Stop telling me what to think! - We just want what's best for you.
Shut up! Shut up! - Jeremy! - I don't want to do this! Don't make me! Hey! Get out of here! Get out of here! Are you okay? Who was that? My son.
Meanwhile, 12 soldiers died in 3 separate incidents.
Four when their Humvee hit a land mine just outside Baghdad.
Ow! The remaining eight were killed in a firefight with insurgents just outside Hi.
Experience an increase in violence in the last month.
And although the fourth of fifth brigades is being deployed I was watching that.
Oh, baby, you don't need to watch that.
Yeah, I do.
Because I don't know nothing about this war.
- Damn it.
- You know you could've just used - the iron-on ones.
- You said they peel off.
Most of these IEDs are remotely detonated using readily available devices like Can you just turn that off, please? No, because I need to know about where you're going.
Well, you know what? I just don't want to hear it right now.
I just can't have it.
- What's that? - It's an Akula class nuclear submarine.
Well, your sub is spitting parts all over our floor.
It's for Finn.
I was hoping I could build it and finish it before I leave.
So Do you think maybe you should meet my mother before you go? I thought you didn't get along with your mother? Well, I don't.
But that doesn't mean you shouldn't meet her.
- I mean, she is my mother.
- Roxy, why are you being like this? - Like what? - God, difficult.
It's like you're trying to pick a fight with me.
You think I'm difficult? Because this is who I am, Trevor.
Okay? I mean, maybe you're realizing that when we got married, you didn't know me from Adam's house cat.
And now that you do, maybe you're realizing that you made a really big mistake.
- Where's the - Plasma TV? I returned it.
Along with everything else.
And I paid my father back.
And you didn't think to ask me? I thought about it and I did it anyway.
Don't look for the Jacuzzi.
- It's not there.
- Where is it? I returned it.
- What, you can return a Jacuzzi? - There are ways.
Don't worry.
You can keep your precious truck.
I'm not worried.
I've always heard it's the hardest job you'll ever love.
I see why.
Makes you want one of your own, huh? I do think about it from time to time.
How's Joan? She's fine.
What we talk about doesn't include my husband.
I'm concerned.
Has Michael ever had any problems after a long deployment? Of course he has.
They all do.
It's the part no one really talks about.
On TV, you see the flags waving, big reunions.
But it's later.
When it's just the two of you and you're looking at someone you love and you realize years have gone by.
Years you'll never get back.
And during that time, you've both grown, changed, but not together.
Come on.
Let's go.
Hit me like that again, I'm going to deck you.
I don't know why I ever agreed to this.
Because you know, deep down, that you need to kick some ass.
Let's go! Come on.
Let's see what you've got.
- Okay.
- Come on.
Ow! - You almost hit me.
- Lf I wanted to hit you, I would have hit you.
Keep your hands up! Now that I've got your attention, let's see what you've got.
Come on.
Give it to me.
I need a snap.
You got to snap.
Now come on.
Give it to me.
Let's go.
Come on.
Go! - Better! Yes! - How come you're so good at this? Because when my first husband hit me, it broke my heart.
And I swore I'd never let anyone hurt me like that again.
That's why I started to box.
I know what it feels like to lose a part of yourself when someone hits you.
Let's go! Hands up, up, up! I don't want to see that anymore.
- Let's go! - Okay, okay.
Give me everything you got, baby doll, or you're going to be looking at me from the floor.
Come on.
Give it to me here.
Go! Harder! Come on! They divorced last year.
I thought I told you.
You probably did.
It's hard to keep track of it all these days.
So, Joan.
Two years in Afghanistan.
I'm curious.
What was it like? Come on.
No work drama, okay? Just It's date night.
- Right.
- Just Just pure sensuality.
And if you are finished with dinner, how about a little café mocha dessert? I was thinking maybe we could just talk for a minute.
You want to talk, let's talk.
You're coming up on twenty years.
We talked about you retiring.
Moving upstate, starting a family.
We said we would talk about it, not necessarily do it.
And that's what we're doing, Joan.
They called for a troop surge.
- I could be sent back at any time.
- But if you're retired, then You want to go back, don't you? Of course I want to go back.
I'm a soldier.
Now come on.
Okay, welcome back to Go the Limit.
Here is our returning champion, Mary Ellen Cloreman of Mackinaw, Illinois.
Mary Ellen, you are quite the player.
Oh, thank you.
I just love it.
Okay, are you ready to play our vocal round? Yes.
- Yes.
- Okay.
Now, Mary Ellen, so far you have earned ninety-five-hundred dollars playing today's game.
We can't keep putting this off.
I can't.
I cannot tell my kids that those babies died.
I'll do it.
I'll do it now.
Because if you can answer all you'll be driving back to Mackinaw in a - Who wants to go for a ride? - I do, Daddy! - I do! - Come on.
Hop up.
- Say good night to your mom.
Good night, Mommy.
My kids are going to flip.
Okay, Mary Ellen.
Now, your category Hey, Rox? Roxy? Welcome to Morocco.
- Morocco? - It's our honeymoon.
Before you leave.
- And how did you do all this? - Staple gun.
Those words have never got me so hot.
- Kids? - Oh.
Foreign country.
- No passports.
- Oh! Even hotter.
- What did I do to deserve you? - You loved me.
That's so easy to do.
- Even when I'm being difficult? - I wouldn't know.
I've never seen you difficult.
You are getting it from somewhere else.
I was gone for two years, Roland.
Two years.
Leaving you here all alone, on post, with all those lonely wives.
I know men.
I saw them cheat.
And then have them blame it on the loneliness.
But I've never cheated on you, Roland! I never cheated on you! Joan.
Joan, please stop it.
Stop it.
Stop it.
Okay? I don't know what you're talking about.
I don't know what happened to you over there, but it's changed you.
And if you let it control you, it's going to destroy our marriage.
Do you understand? Do you understand? I made some espresso.
I thought we could both use some.
I can't do this anymore.
- What do you mean? - Last night.
I can't keep having those kinds of scenes.
- We can fix it.
- No, you don't understand, Roland.
I don't think I can do this anymore with you.
I need to be alone.
We've been alone for two years now.
That is not the solution, Joan.
I can help you.
I'm trying.
I will keep trying to find ways to make you feel safe.
What do you want me to do? I wake up in the middle of the night sometimes and I reach for my rifle.
And it's not there.
You are.
And I'm pissed.
I'm pissed off.
Because my beautiful husband is there in my bed next to me instead of my M4.
I don't know how to change that.
Michael, they're leaving.
- Ready? - Yeah.
Thank you.
You okay? Yeah.