Army Wives s01e03 Episode Script

The Art of Separation

Previously on Army Wives - They arrived.
- Boys? Girls? They're dead.
I cannot tell my kids that those babies died.
I'll do it.
I was thinking maybe I could adopt them if that was okay with you.
- Yeah! - Good.
'Cause now all we need is their biological fathers to sign off on it.
' - T.
J.
's dad - Hey.
You don't worry about him.
I'll take care of it.
The military has a code of honor, Jeremy, and it's non-negotiable.
You do not hit women.
I'm Major Frank Sherwood whose son is going to West Point.
West Point is about honor - and discipline.
- Shut up! You are getting it from somewhere else.
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.
I need to be alone.
I look forward to learning more.
A pro-peace rally in downtown Columbia turned ugly today when two students were arrested.
The rally was organized by the teen-led Coalition of Thought, known for their "hate-free" message.
The arrests occurred when two female students from the prep school St.
Alban's crossed through police barricades, violating their permit.
No injuries have been reported.
Back to you, Tom.
Michael, stop looking at me.
- How do you do that? - Super powers.
Now close your eyes.
You need to learn to breathe.
Actually, I've been breathing on my own for quite some time now.
Michael, come on.
You said you'd try.
Be serious.
Focus.
Are you even aware the Army's using yoga and meditation to treat soldiers with post-traumatic stress now? What I am aware of is that your breathing - The Breath of Fire.
is causing a great deal of stress in my body right now.
That's because the Breath of Fire is charging your nervous system, causing sexual fluids to release into the bloodstream, creating a rather indescribable feeling of bliss.
I just want to treat my stress right now.
- Come on.
- Michael.
- I asked you to turn your cell phone off.
- That's yours.
Hi, Amanda.
I'm leaving now.
I'm on my way.
Our daughter was just arrested.
Major Sherwood's residence.
- Mrs.
Sherwood.
Frank.
Hey, baby.
What time is it over there? It's afternoon for me, morning for you.
- Is something wrong? - No.
Why would you say that? Because you only play that piano music when there's something wrong.
Well, there's nothing wrong.
I'm just taking a bath.
Well, damn, I wish I was on the webcam then.
Baby, I hate to rush, but there's a big old line behind me.
So, now, listen.
I spoke to the boy about West Point.
Made it abundantly clear that he is absolutely going in the fall.
- Did he tell you? - Yeah.
Yeah.
He told me.
Good, good.
Then we're back on track? Because you know I rely on you to keep him straight while I'm gone.
Yeah, we're back on track.
Jeremy just had a moment but he's fine.
He's graduating next week.
He's excited about entering West Point.
Well, I am relieved to hear that.
You know, you're doing a great job, honey, and I think you are a wonderful mother.
- I miss you with every ounce of me.
- Oh, Frank.
Look, I gotta go, okay? My time's up, all right? I love you, Frank.
Always.
Always, always, baby.
Yeah.
- Mommy! Mommy! Wake up! - It's T-Shirt Day! Come on.
Come on.
Put your backpacks on.
Come on.
I'll be right there.
Go get your backpacks.
- It's late.
Why didn't you wake me up? - Hey.
I was going to - but I wanted you to sleep.
- Oh, no.
It's late.
I got stuff to do.
Just a minute.
I need to say something.
Thank you, Pamela.
For everything.
Okay.
Kids? Kids! Here are your white T-shirts for school.
I want you to go to T.
J.
's house and I want you to tell his mommy that your mommy is out of scones.
Got it.
- Go.
- Oh, no.
What? What? What? - Mommy's out of scones.
Is she, now? Well, that's a shame.
Why don't you guys come inside? - Scones? - Yeah, it's code.
For "cover me.
" It started with the tea party that ended up on the pool table, but so far, I've been pulling scone duty for Roxy and Trevor, so now it's our turn.
Ten-hut! All right.
Now, changing the oil is one of the most important jobs a tenderfoot can undertake on a prized automobile.
- Now, are we ready, men? - Yes, sir! All right! Finn, hand me that funnel.
Now, get it right in there.
- There we go.
Oh! - Uh-oh.
Yeah, "uh-oh" is right.
Okay.
Finn, you are on girl watch.
- No girls allowed.
Do you understand? - No girls! Yes, sir! All right.
Nice.
Now check that dipstick.
- I already wiped it, now check it.
- It's half-full.
Okay.
T.
J.
, it's important that you keep this car in the best shape for you and your mom.
Okay? Because I might be going away for a little while.
- To go kill the bad guys? - No.
To go help the good guys.
- Okay? - Okay.
- Okay.
- Here comes girls! Thank you, Finn, for stating the obvious.
Okay, you boys, we're running a little bit late, so let's All right.
Well, thank God for T-shirts in bargain packs.
Okay, you three go inside and change.
Katie, you go supervise.
Go, go, go! Hurry, hurry.
We're late! Are you done playing with that car? 'Cause I need it now.
Almost.
Did you get those adoption papers back yet? Finn's dad sent it right back.
I haven't heard anything from T.
J.
's dad, though.
Well, when was the last time T.
J.
Saw his dad? Never.
Why not? Well, we were 17, each other's firsts, and I got pregnant.
We got married, dropped out of school.
While everyone else was going to prom, we were working.
And then Jesse started drinking and that first-love dizzy head went all to hell.
And he came home one night and punched me in the gut when I was six months pregnant.
- So, how many times did he hit you? - Just the once.
And then I packed all my stuff and left and haven't seen him since.
And T.
J? What does he think happened to his dad? I told him he died.
It was just easier that way.
But I tell you, if I'd had a bottle of whiskey and a shotgun, it would've been true.
- Morning, Joan.
- Morning.
Your timing is impeccable.
There is chocolate on my plate.
Yes, there is.
When you were in Afghanistan, you said the two things you missed most were shrimp and chocolate.
I didn't say together.
- Where's your breakfast? - I already ate.
I have to get dressed and get to the hospital.
I start supervision with some new psychiatric residents today.
What What are you going to do with your day off? I don't know.
Lieutenant colonels aren't used to getting a day off.
You could start painting again, set up an art studio, like we had in Chicago.
Look, I understand the theory of not making any big decisions about our marriage so soon after my return, but, Roland, you're sleeping on the couch.
Don't you think we ought to Wait.
Don't answer it.
Please, Joan.
Finish.
Burton.
Of course, sir.
I'll I'll check it out.
Thank you for calling.
That was Michael Holden.
One of my men is having trouble acclimating.
- I gotta go.
I gotta go.
- Joan.
Belgrad.
Sgt.
Belgrad.
It's Colonel Burton.
Belgrad? Belgrad? It's Colonel Burton.
Ma'am.
Thank God you're here.
I've been waiting for you.
Blankets.
The blankets are ready.
I've been collecting all the medical supplies just like you asked, but it's not enough, ma'am.
We need We need more provisions.
What are you doing, Belgrad? It's good that you came.
It'll be dark soon.
Do you hear that? She's crying.
We have We have to go now.
We have to help them.
We did help them, but we're home now.
Everything's okay.
But they need the blankets tonight, ma'am.
The little girl, she - The little girl will get cold.
No.
- She's fine.
She's not fine.
We had a purpose.
See, we We had a mission.
And then you violated everything that we stand for.
You did this.
Please just understand.
I have to help her.
No.
No.
Please.
Don't.
She's Don't.
She's a little girl.
Please.
Please.
It's okay.
It's Please.
It's okay.
It's okay.
- Thanks for coming with me.
- It'll be nice to get out.
- How far is it to Columbia? - About 90 minutes.
I can't believe Amanda got arrested.
That must've gone over well.
So well that St.
Alban's is considering suspending her because she was wearing her school uniform at the protest.
Which would then be reported to UVA, which could affect her admissions to college in the fall.
Maybe Roxy's right.
We need to kick some ass.
- Did you just say "kick some ass"? - I did.
And I'm learning how to.
Roxy is teaching me to box.
She's a real survivor, that girl.
I can't lift my arms, but it was fun.
Why are you learning how to box? Jeremy lost his temper again.
He hurt you? Even after Michael warned him? - Yeah.
- Wow.
Roxy walked in and, well, she kicked him in the groin.
I don't know what to say except I'm here for whatever you need.
I know.
- Let's go get Amanda.
- Okay.
So how are things going, Dr.
Miller? Around the clock.
My insomniac had a bad week, so he calls me in the middle of the night to talk.
He might be having some transference issues.
Just be firm with him.
No calls at home unless it's an emergency.
You need your sleep just as much as he does.
Dr.
Burton? - I'll leave you now.
- Something wrong, Dr.
Carter? I was just assigned a patient who pulled a gun on himself in front of his C.
O.
This morning.
- What's his story? - 32-year-old Caucasian male.
Admitted presenting depression, disorganized thinking.
His wife left him last week.
Then this morning, he just cracked.
- Where's the soldier now? - Sedated.
MPs just brought him in.
When we got him a bed, he resisted treatment.
He wanted us to save our medical supplies for the little girl.
- What little girl? - Exactly.
Okay.
Keep me in the loop.
- You're on the news, Amanda.
- What? Michael.
It's all right.
I spoke to the headmaster.
- He's going to let her take her finals.
- This isn't about her finals.
Amanda, you're a colonel's daughter holding up a sign that says, "Honk if you're against the war!" Now my secretary's been fielding phone calls all day asking me for a quote.
- "For peace.
" - What? "Honk for peace.
" That's what the sign said.
Look, Dad.
All I did was step off the curb.
But I believe in what I was doing.
We need to bring our troops home.
It was a peaceful demonstration, Michael.
- Emmalin, come down here! Coming! You need to hear this, too, because I'm only going to say this once.
Ladies, you cannot forget who you are.
Everything you do affects not only this family, but thousands of other soldiers and their families on post.
Think about it, girls.
How can I look a young wife or mother in the eye and tell her to be strong when my own daughter's out there protesting against everything I stand for? Go upstairs.
Nice going.
I care about Amanda's education just as much as you, but you cannot forget the big picture here.
I know.
You're right.
- Hey.
I didn't know you'd be here.
- I thought I'd better.
You never know when you'll get another long day of scones.
- Well, thank you.
- Sure.
- Mommy, look what I did! - Hey.
- Here, your shirt! - Nice! "I'm the big sister"? And I'm the big brother! What the hell? Chase said that he would tell them that the babies died.
He went into the room to tell them.
I saw him.
Pamela.
God.
Don't they know? Know what, Mommy? - Apparently not, Marilyn.
Look, I know we've had our problems in the past, but is there anything I can do? Where do they think the babies are? - Their cubegators.
- In incubators.
Okay, kids.
Go to the car.
All of you.
Yeah.
- I'll go back! - Be there in a minute.
Ladies, I appreciate your concern, but not everybody is on your schedule.
Rest assured, I will handle it.
- I was trying to be nice.
- I know.
What was that about? I don't know.
What's that skirt about? Oh please tell me that's Kama Sutra and not some more paperwork.
It's my will.
You should probably keep this in a safe place.
Okay.
- Well, aren't you going to read it? - No.
I'm sure it's all right.
Hey.
I know this is tough for you.
But I'm coming home.
How can you know that? - How can anyone know that? - I just know.
I do.
Look, I get it, okay? I hit the jackpot here.
I mean, most men put on their skates when they hear I got kids.
But you married me.
And here we are, a blink later, and you want to adopt my boys and you want me to read your will and it's not "just in case," it's because you could die.
Trevor, I mean, it's because you could die.
I got to go.
Roxy.
I was adopted.
But not till I was seven.
Until then, it was just foster care.
I don't want to adopt your boys because I'm afraid I'm going to die.
I want to adopt them because I want them to know what it feels like to have someone really want them.
It's like I said, I'm coming home.
I am loving it that you guys are here at the Hump.
Especially a colonel's wife.
It is rather conduct unbecoming of me, I know.
But I have a special attachment to this place.
- Yeah, me, too.
- Oh, I don't know.
This lost some of its charm now that I'm not grunting on the pool table giving birth and all.
Do you know yet when Trevor's being deployed? Next Friday.
- Next Friday? - Yeah.
Hey, lay off.
Come on, guys.
- Back to the cookie farm.
Get off me! Hey, boys! Hey! Break it up! Enough! Enough! Thanks for your help.
Jesse? What the hell are you doing here? I got your letter.
You know, you could've just mailed the papers.
I could've.
But I wouldn't have gotten to see you.
Well, you've seen me, so can I just have them? - When's your break? - Not for another half-hour.
- Look, I got to get back to work.
- Roxanne.
You look even prettier than I remember.
Do you have the adoption papers? - Right here.
- Okay.
Well, give them to me.
See, that's why I'm here.
I'm a changed man.
I've got a job.
And I've got a son out there who needs me.
Jesse.
What are you saying? I want you back, Roxy.
What a beautiful night.
Did you ever see us in a place called "The Hump Bar"? - Not in a million years.
- No.
But there's a certain freedom there I like.
Thank you for driving.
Denise.
I can't imagine how hard this situation with Jeremy has been for you, but I've known you a long time.
You are one of the strongest women I know.
I'm sorry I don't tell you that more often.
Thank you.
Okay.
- Good night.
- Good night.
Jeremy.
I want you to know how much I love you.
But if you ever hurt me again, I will have you arrested and I will change the locks and you will never be welcome in my home again.
Chase? - Where are the kids? - In the bedroom.
Why didn't you tell them? I was going to, Pamela.
I just couldn't.
- Well, then you should have told me.
- I know.
Instead, I had to find out at their school today.
- In front of everyone.
- I was going to tell you this morning, but it had been so long - since we'd been together - I'll do it.
- It's okay.
I'll do it.
- Pamela.
I'm sorry.
I know I said I would do it, but if you could have seen their faces.
I didn't know how.
You're just better at these things than I am.
Okay.
Okay.
Hey.
Come here, you guys.
Come on over here.
I want to talk to you guys about the babies.
Are they coming home? No, sweetheart.
They're not.
You see, a while ago I met this nice lady named Mrs.
Harper, but her stomach was broken, so she couldn't have any kids of her own.
So I helped her.
I put the babies in my tummy, so that they could grow big and strong.
But when they were born, I had to give them back.
And she was so happy because she finally got to be a mommy.
So I'm not the big brother? - No, sweetheart.
- Why did you lie? I don't know, Katie.
But it was a mistake.
Mommy made a mistake.
We both did.
And we're very sorry.
- Hey.
- Hey.
- Did you get my calls today? - Yeah.
Sorry I didn't call you back.
I had to file some paperwork.
It's not a problem.
I was just hoping you could stop by the hospital for some lunch.
- I was at the hospital today.
- Yeah? What for? I had a soldier admitted for a psych evaluation.
The soldier you went to see this morning? What happened? He's having a hard time.
His wife left him.
Sort of lost it.
Lost it? Were you in any danger? Nope.
Is there anything I can do? No.
Thanks.
- I should get to bed.
Good night.
- Good night.
First, I want to thank you all for coming here and giving your time.
As you know, Fort Marshall is gearing up for another big deployment.
These care packages will accompany the planes when they depart for the Middle East.
I know how hard this is getting for all of you.
None of this is easy, but we have to remain strong for our troops.
They count on us.
Thanks for all your help.
I think you should consider finishing the hours for your RN degree at the post hospital.
Are you sure about that? Things have changed so much since I went to nursing school.
Things change, but they stay the same.
I've seen you in action.
You're a good nurse.
You'll be fine.
Let me know if I can help.
- Thanks.
- Sure.
For anyone who doesn't know, this is my daughter, Amanda.
She's made our soldiers some CDs.
They're mixes of '70s songs.
You know, to keep the soldiers rocking and rolling.
She stayed up all night making them.
- So, I told my kids the truth.
- I'm proud of you.
Really.
Well, the worst of it is over.
Nothing can hurt me now.
You might want to tell your husband about your ex being in town.
It's better if it comes from you.
Hello.
Hi.
- Hey.
I was just encouraging Roxy to tell Trevor about motorcycle boy - showing up at the Hump Bar.
- Honey, you have to tell him.
- Lies like that can ruin a marriage.
- Pot and kettle, Denise.
I know.
That was a beautiful speech, Claudia Joy.
Thanks.
I don't know.
Sometimes it feels like all we're doing is sending a Band-Aid.
There's so much more that needs to be done.
I think you do a great deal already.
- Claudia Joy.
- Lenore.
I was at my husband's office all morning soliciting donations.
- These just came in.
- Thank you.
They're very much appreciated, Lenore.
Great.
There was also a bit of drama while I was there.
It seems your oldest daughter was all over the local news protesting the war.
She wasn't protesting the war, Lenore.
She was supporting the belief that the troops should come home.
Oh, I see.
We call that a semantic argument where I come from, but Maybe they do things differently at Harvard Law, huh? There you are.
You really are a beautiful girl.
Very photogenic.
I prayed for you today.
You prayed for me? I know you think I hate you, but I don't.
I just think you're a little lost right now.
She's right, Pamela.
What you're doing isn't fair.
And you should think about your children.
Everybody knows what happened but them.
Wow.
You two just open your mouths and insert a shoe store.
Hey.
It's me.
Pamela Moran.
I just want to let you all know that I made 50 grand carrying those kids.
That's right.
I was a paid surrogate.
So they're not my babies, they're not in the hospital, they're not dead, and I lied to everyone.
So, have at it.
Come on.
Let's go.
Double time.
Let's get on that.
I have something to tell you.
And you're not going to like it.
Well, then tell me something I'm going to like.
Jesse showed up at the Hump Bar last night.
He doesn't want to sign.
I was expecting that.
You were? My father was in prison when they sent him the papers.
Life sentence and he still didn't want to sign.
I know guys like that.
I'm sorry I brought this into your life.
Look, everybody.
It's Jeremy Sherwood.
- How are you? - Great.
Wow, Amanda.
You look great.
So do you.
So, when did you get home? About 90 minutes after I got arrested.
Arrested? I take it you haven't been watching the news.
I hate that show.
It's too depressing.
But aren't you, like, a straight-A student? You say that like it's a bad thing.
And you're the one going to West Point, mister officer, sir.
Yeah, I don't know about that.
Is your father home? Sir.
I've notified West Point that I won't be attending.
I see.
And why is that? I don't deserve to go.
I'm not officer material.
I hit my mother again, sir.
I should wipe this floor with your ass.
I know, sir.
There's something wrong with me.
Sit down.
Jeremy.
I respect the courage it took to come here and tell me the truth, but frankly, son, you're still a coward in my book.
Listen to me carefully.
I've led soldiers like you.
Men who join the military thinking that if they strap on a gun and kill somebody it's going to release the anger inside of them, only to step into battle and get themselves killed, not to mention other good soldiers.
You know why that is? Because they never got to the root of their own problems.
I respect the hell out of your father, so I'm not going to let that happen to you.
I will get you the help you need.
There's something you got to do for me first.
Anything, sir.
You tell your father what you did.
So, you must be Jesse.
- Who are you? - Trevor LeBlanc.
I'm Roxy's husband.
Yeah.
So what's it going to take for you to leave us alone? Look, I'm sure you're a good guy.
T.
J.
Is my son.
Okay.
I hear you.
You want to be in his life? That's cool.
T.
J.
Is a great kid.
So is his little brother.
You know he had a little brother? No, of course not.
You're just showing up late to the party, right? So why don't you catch up by paying Roxy the last six years of child support you owe her? And you can sell that bike of yours, because you're going to need a car if you want to drive them to school, especially when you're hauling around an exploding volcano that you spent all night making for the science fair.
And you can forget about getting laid on Saturday nights because weekends are for your kids.
You know, come to think of it, that's weekdays, too.
Listen.
I love Roxy.
And I love T.
J.
You can't say that.
It's for your signature.
I respectfully disagree.
I respectfully disagree.
Drug dealer to chaplain-seducer to lying whore beats ex-husband showing up with a woody, Roxanne.
All right.
All right.
You win.
And anyone who can silence that crowd deserves, I don't know, a whole weekend of scones.
And a wine tasting at Claudia Joy's tonight.
You going? Absolutely.
So, did your ex sign the papers anyway? He signed them.
And they showed up on my kitchen table which is just a little bit of fairy dust, considering that Jesse had no idea - where I lived.
- So some white knight - is missing his horse.
- Yes.
Good.
I'm happy for you.
- Except I haven't mailed them yet.
- Yeah, and why not? I don't know.
I mean, you tell me.
Why is it okay for me to marry Trevor, move our whole lives to another state, practically join the Army myself, and yet I can't let him adopt my kids? I don't understand that.
- Because they're your kids.
- You could elaborate.
You think it's because you don't love your husband enough, right? - Yeah.
- That's not it.
It's about how much you love your kids.
You gave birth to them, so they're always going to come first.
And marriages don't always work out.
So once you sign those papers, you've committed your boys to him for life.
It's a big deal.
You know, I read this quote once.
"Once you become a mother, "you stop being the picture and you start being the frame.
" And that's why you're hesitating.
That's why I told my kids the truth.
Here's the file you requested, Dr.
Burton.
- Thank you.
- Good night.
This beauty, with its robust flavor and lingering finish, seems the ideal complement to Pamela's "have at it" speech.
Hear, hear.
And then there's Amanda.
Without her, what else would Lenore Baker have to talk about - all day? Oh, God.
- Where is Amanda, anyway? - At the movies with Emmalin.
Less chance of bloodshed when she's out of the house.
I envy Amanda going to UVA in the fall.
My entire world-view changed when I went to college.
And then there's all that experimentation.
Wait.
What do you mean by experimentation? Let's just say I lived.
- I didn't experiment in college.
- Okay.
Somehow I knew that.
Well, I didn't go to college, but I certainly experimented.
I'm just not sure if I experimented the way she experimented.
I was a virgin until my wedding night.
Okay, Denise, not how you play this game.
You're supposed to reveal something that no one would guess about you.
Like have you named your lady parts? I'm just keeping the crazy pot stirring here, people.
Yeah.
"China.
" China? As in, "Only the best dine on my fine China.
" Okay, well, mine used to be "A Day at the Beach," but during the pregnancy, it become, "A Trek in the Jungle.
" - What about you, Roxy? - She's had so many names.
Let's see.
"My pink sea.
" "Mound of Venus.
" "Shirley.
" But now, I'm going with "R-Can.
" - R-Can? - Rattlesnake Canyon.
And Denise? - Don't tell me you don't have one.
- I want to have one.
I do.
Okay.
New game.
- Let's all name Denise's vagina.
- No! Let's not do that! Thank you very much.
You know her best.
You go first.
- Ladies.
We'll come up with Claudia Joy, may I speak to you for a moment, please? Sure.
Excuse me.
Turn on the TV.
Let's see what's on.
There's been an accident.
A Black Hawk went down in Iraq.
Of the nine soldiers on board, five were killed on impact and four are now missing.
All nine soldiers were members of the 23 Airborne Division at Fort Marshall in South Carolina.
This has been a special report from WWN.
Thank you, Brian, for that special report.
- No.
I just talked to him.
- Denise.
I'm sorry to tell you Frank was aboard the chopper that went down.
But he's all right.
Based on the condition of the bodies that have been found, we're not able to make an identification at this time.
What does that mean? It means they don't know yet if Frank is one of the missing or one of the dead.