Army Wives s05e12 Episode Script

Firefight

Previously on Army Wives It's like they're already brother and sister.
He comes home to live with us tomorrow.
- Wow! - That's fantastic! Yeah, we're happy.
David will be going to school on post.
Now I think you should consider applying to the OCS.
Officer Candidate School.
You come out as a second lieutenant.
It kind of has a nice ring to it.
You miss it, don't you? Nursing.
I do.
It's about Denise.
She'd like to work at Mercer again, but she's been banned.
I'll look into it.
You're on a roll, Michael, and not a good one.
They jerk you out of theater early, and they give West Point to that suck-up Brady.
Brady's a good man.
He's not fit to shine your brass, and you know that.
I hate school.
I'm dropping out.
Have you talked to your coach? - I'm off the team.
- What? Academic probation.
How am I going to tell Dad? General Holden.
Sir, have you been drinking? Yes, I have.
I'm going to have to ask you to step out of the car.
Michael.
We're in here, honey.
How was General Whitaker? Uh Tell you later.
What's up? Uh Emmalin wants to discuss something with you.
Dad, um, I'm having a really tough time with school.
What do you mean "tough"? Michael.
Let her talk.
I'm failing chemistry and I got a D in economics.
That is unacceptable.
I know, Dad, which is why I want to take some time off.
Time off? No.
No, you don't just quit because you're having trouble.
I didn't say "quit," I said "time off.
" And what about hockey? Your responsibility to your teammates, your coach? - She's off the team, Michael.
- What? Academic probation.
When did this happen? Two weeks ago.
And you're telling us now? Did you know about this? No.
I cannot believe this.
After all of your hard work, coming back from that injury, then you throw it down the drain, and then you lie to us about it.
I told you he wouldn't understand.
Oh, honey.
You shouldn't coddle her, Claudia Joy.
No, better to humiliate her like you did.
- Maybe I came on a bit hard.
- Maybe? Emmalin blew off the semester and she's been lying to us for weeks.
She wasn't lying, Michael.
She was afraid.
From the way you reacted, I can see why.
You want her to quit school? Of course not, but a lot of freshmen have trouble adjusting.
When I was a freshman, I had to be up at 5:00 to shine my shoes and memorize the front page of The New York Times before taking on a full day of classes.
- She's not at West Point, Michael.
- She's an adult.
She's 18.
And between classes, hockey, the sorority Clearly, that was a mistake.
How much time you think the sorority has been taking? I don't know, Michael, but I'm glad she has friends to be around.
Especially after what happened to Jeremy.
I'm sure that's part of this.
Did you even consider that before you jumped down her throat? It doesn't change what she did.
I'll talk to her tomorrow.
Do you have your pencils? Notebook? He's going to school, Joan, not formation.
I just want him to be ready.
Mmm-hmm.
Lunch, peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
Strawberry jelly.
Of course.
Carrot sticks and brownies.
No nuts.
Permission slip for your field trip on Friday? It's in my room.
I'm sorry.
I didn't Hey, no worries, man.
Go grab it.
Come on.
Maybe I should come, too, to sit through his first few classes.
He'll be fine, sweetheart.
It's not exactly his first time starting a new school, you know.
No, but it is mine.
With one of our children, I mean.
I know.
But David is taking his cues from us.
If we're not worried, he won't worry, either.
- I got it! - Good man.
You ready? Uh-huh.
- You ready, baby girl? - Yeah.
All right.
Let's roll.
Bye.
Be a good girl.
See you.
Bye, David.
I want to hear all about it when you get home.
Okay.
See you.
Has Dad gone? At this hour? Yes, he's at work.
Okay, good.
Honey, you can't avoid him forever.
Hey, he doesn't want to see me, either.
That's not true.
Mom, you heard him.
It's like he thinks I screwed up on purpose.
Your father overreacted.
But to be fair, honey, you did blindside us.
We thought you were doing fine.
I told you that I I understand.
I do.
But you need to understand your father's been going through a rough time himself, lately.
Why? The op-ed article? That among other things.
The point is, you need to cut each other some slack.
That's Pamela.
- Hi.
Hey.
Come on in.
So I think the printers did a fantastic job on the ball invitation, huh? I agree.
Yeah.
- Tell them to go ahead.
- Okay.
- You have time for coffee? - No, I got to get to work.
But I hope Michael didn't feel too awkward about last night.
Last night? The ticket.
What ticket? Well, it was nothing really, a broken taillight.
Boone and I pulled him over, but there was an open beer bottle on the passenger side floor.
He said he'd driven a friend home and it was his bottle.
General Whitaker, his former commander.
Yeah.
And Michael said he had a drink or two himself, so, you know, we tested him for a DUI.
- You took him to the station? - No, no.
No, we had him walk the line, and he was a bit unsteady.
Well, you know he hurt his back in that night jump.
Right, you told me.
We just don't carry breathalyzers in the field, so we administered a few other tests, which he passed.
He wasn't drunk, Claudia Joy.
I would never let a drunk driver back on the road, no matter who it was.
Okay? Mmm-hmm.
All right, I've really got to get to work.
Yeah, yeah.
Thanks for telling me.
Of course.
And don't worry, Boone and I will keep it quiet.
Okay? - Bye.
- Bye.
I know it's unusual for me to invite you here, but I understand you've expressed an interest in returning to work at Mercer.
Did Frank say something? Claudia Joy.
Well, she didn't have to do that.
It's fine.
More importantly, is it true? Well, yes, but we both know that's not possible.
I've been banned from Mercer.
Well, that's what I wanted to talk to you about.
There's been a change at the hospital.
I spoke with Colonel Upton, the new commander.
She's reviewed your file and said you're welcome to come in for an interview.
Really? Just give me the word, I'll set it up.
I don't know what to say.
How about "yes"? Yes.
Where do you think you're going? Stop.
Quit it! - Hey! Leave him alone! What do you care? Leave him alone, Greg.
I mean it.
Let's go, guys.
You okay? - I could've handled it.
- I know.
I'm fine.
Dr.
Hendricks to 304 West.
Dr.
Hendricks to 304 West.
Tanya? Oh, my God, Tanya.
- Denise.
- Hi.
How are you? What are you doing here? I'm working.
Really? I meant to give you a call.
When did this happen? I thought you were in Florida.
I was.
But they assigned me here to finish my enlistment, so Whoa, finish your enlistment? What about college and Green to Gold? I dropped Green to Gold.
I'll be getting out of the Army when this is over.
I see.
What are you doing here? Well, as it turns out, I'm going back to nursing, so we'll be working together.
Yeah.
Why don't you stop by for dinner tonight? Frank's in DC, we could catch up, you can see Molly.
I'm afraid I'm busy.
- Okay, well, then - I'd love to talk, Denise, but I really should make my rounds, so Of course.
Yeah.
Call me.
I will.
Principal Minken's office.
You're sure it was him? Yes.
David admitted throwing Greg's book into the toilet.
Well, did he say why? Neither boy would explain.
I was hoping perhaps you could shed some light on David's behavior.
Things were great this morning.
Well, obviously, something happened.
I agree, but boys this age can be very close-mouthed.
In any case, I have to hold him accountable for his actions.
David has detention for a week and I'm afraid you'll have to pay for the book.
Yes, of course.
Why would you do something like that? I don't know.
There has to be a reason, David.
David, did this other boy, Greg, say something to you? Did he tease you? Look at us, David.
David, you do understand it's wrong to destroy someone else's book? Yes.
Well, it's important to realize that your actions have consequences.
You can't misbehave without being punished.
We've talked about it and decided because of what you did, you are not allowed to watch television or play video games for the next two days.
No! That's mine! You can get it back in two days.
Until then, you think about what you did and how you could do things differently the next time.
This isn't fair! I've never heard Michael talk to Emmalin like that before.
- Must be hard on her.
- On me, too.
He has to sit down with her tonight, work it out.
Right.
You still thinking about Tanya? - Sorry.
- No, I understand.
I just don't get it.
She must have been here for two weeks now.
Why didn't she call? Seeing you probably brings up a lot of emotions.
I know, but we've emailed a few times and she sounded like she was doing okay.
She didn't say anything about quitting school or coming here.
She's still wearing Jeremy's ring, she's getting out of the Army.
I'd say she's grieving.
Tell you the truth, I'm a little worried about her.
Sounds good, hon.
Just take the steaks from the freezer.
I'll grill them up when I get home.
Sure, we can take the kids tonight.
Just you better defrost some hamburgers as well, I don't have enough sirloin.
Okay, see you tonight.
Lisa has a boy from her first marriage, a little girl from the second.
Oh, right.
She hasn't had it easy, Moran.
Hey, who am I to judge? I just get the feeling you don't like her very much.
Boone, I don't even know her.
I met her exactly once, so don't put this on me.
Put what on you? Whatever it is you're feeling.
I'm not feeling anything.
Okay, then what are we talking about? The fact that you don't like Lisa.
Can we just go ahead with the evaluation, please? T.
J.
told me this sixth-grader, Greg Turner, was giving David a hard time.
T.
J.
says Greg's a real creep.
Does T.
J.
know what he was teasing him about? It had to do with your rank.
The boys asked David what you do in the Army and he said you were a general in charge of the whole post.
Oh, man.
I should have been more clear with him.
Joan, it's not your fault.
Bullies will always come up with something to tease about.
And T.
J.
didn't get this from David.
He had to find out from some other kids.
I should be getting to the Hump.
Thanks, Roxy.
And thank T.
J.
for sticking up for David.
I will.
Sorry about this.
I'm sure it's the last thing you guys need, right? We'll figure something out.
- I know.
Night.
- Night.
Why didn't he tell us this? He didn't tell anyone, Joan.
He's used to relying on himself.
It's not a bad trait.
I know, but now I feel bad.
Given what we know, you think we should lighten his punishment? No.
We've got to be consistent.
I know.
It just hurts.
Okay, they've finally settled down, playing some card game Lucas brought over.
Perfect.
There we go.
Good as new.
Maybe I'll just face this side toward the wall.
I told them they don't have to tell their mothers about our game of indoor football.
Roger that.
- You want a beer? - Sure.
So, Pamela tells me you're going OCS.
Well, I'm applying, anyway.
- You sure about that? - Yeah, why not? I don't know.
I never wanted to be an officer.
Too much politics for one thing.
I hear you, man, but listen, I want to be a leader.
You already are, man.
Being a leader isn't about your pay grade.
It's what you do in the field.
And look what you've done.
Leading men under fire, that's what it's about.
Besides, once the steel starts flying, NCOs are in charge anyway and you know it.
Yeah, but how many times do orders come down that screw things up? - Maybe I can change some of that.
- Maybe.
But with each rung of the ladder, you get further away from what matters.
My two cents, anyway.
But, hell, somebody's got to give the orders, right? - Michael.
- I have work.
I'll talk to Em later.
And when are you going to talk to me? About what happened before you came home last night? The traffic stop? Pamela spoke to you.
She assumed you'd told me about the broken taillight, which you did not.
But I'm more interested in the drunk driving part.
I wasn't drunk.
Michael, you are a two-star general driving with an open bottle in your car? - What were you thinking? - It was Whitaker's beer.
- And that makes a difference? - Nothing happened, Claudia Joy.
Aren't you the one always saying we have to hold ourselves to a higher standard? - You're overreacting.
- Am I? You accused Emmalin of lying because she didn't want us to know what was going on with her.
What do you call this? - It's different.
- How? Since you've been home you've been moody and self-absorbed.
I haven't said anything because I know what you're going through, but I will not stand by while my husband jeopardizes his career and mistreats his family.
Just because I was a little hard on her Our daughter came home needing love and support and what she got instead was the back of your hand.
From a hypocrite, no less.
You should be ashamed of yourself.
Em.
It's open.
I know you're not very happy with me right now and I have a few issues with you, too.
Can we talk at least? I don't know.
That's up to you.
I'd like to talk.
I'd like to listen, anyway, okay? Okay.
You really want to drop out? No.
So, what do you want? I want straight A's and starting goalie, but that's not happening.
Why not? Well, for one, I told you, classes are hard.
And I don't have time for anything ever.
And Janine White is a second team all-American and she's a junior, so even if I do get back on the team, I'm not starting for at least a year.
You know, when you put it all like that, it really doesn't sound so bad to me.
You just need to organize your time better and be patient.
Cut out a few parties, maybe.
Dad.
Look, now that you know what you're up against, Em, you can beat it.
Movement to contact.
Draw the enemy's fire to determine their position and then develop the situation to your advantage.
Can you stop with the Army lingo, please? What I'm saying is, you learn from experience.
And sometimes that experience is hitting a brick wall.
I'm not used to failing.
Failing is giving up.
Are you giving up? Nope.
Then you're not failing.
You're struggling.
So am I.
So what now? Can you get extensions, retake classes, do extra work, maybe? I don't know.
Well, you might want to find that out.
Concentrate your forces.
- Dad.
- Sorry.
You get the point.
And you know I'm behind you.
Win or tie.
That's my line.
Dad.
Thank you.
I just spoke to Emmalin.
I think it went well.
Good.
You never called me a hypocrite before.
You never deserved it.
You know, since that article came out, not much has gone my way.
I lost my shot at the West Point job, my chance for a third star.
Got pulled back from theater early.
Then I come home and the first thing that happens is a night jump accident.
They can't put that on you.
Perception, Claudia Joy.
My luck has gone bad and nobody wants to be around an unlucky general.
I've never seen so many requests for reassignment come across my desk.
You didn't tell me.
I was letting it get to me, feeling sorry for myself.
No more.
As long as I have a command, I'm gonna command.
To hell with the rest.
Whatever happens, never forget, I didn't fall in love with General Holden.
I fell in love with Michael James Holden.
And I'm still in love with him.
- Would you excuse me for a moment? - Of course.
Tanya.
Hey.
I was just getting my orientation.
They've changed a few things since I worked here last.
I'm sure.
So, Frank comes back on Friday.
I told him you were here.
He'd like to take us out for a big dinner.
Does that sound good? Friday.
I can't.
I've got training.
Well, there's a food fair in town this weekend.
That could be fun.
Um I'm on kind of a strict diet.
Or a concert.
Denise, I really appreciate it, but you don't have to make such an effort.
It's no effort.
You're not my family, okay? You don't have to look after me.
Right.
Excuse me.
Hey.
Want to play some football? No, thanks.
Come on, we need another guy.
I'm okay.
All right.
Wow.
They even took the radiator cap.
It's probably on eBay by now.
Okay.
That's everything.
Tow truck's on the way.
Okay, I want your honest opinion.
About what? - Lisa.
- Boone.
I won't mark you down on your evaluation if that's what you're worried about, Moran.
You know me better than that.
Do I? Moran! Boone, I haven't said a single word about her and you've bitten my head off twice today.
It looks pretty intact to me.
Come on.
Spill.
Okay.
Okay.
I think you could do better.
I think you deserve better.
From what I can see, she treats you like an ATM machine and she's got two kids from two busted marriages and she doesn't have custody of either of them.
So that should tell you something.
Boone? Romeo-Tango-four-niner-Yankee-two.
What? Wasn't that on the hot sheet this morning? Narcotics suspect.
Black El Camino, Romeo-Tango-four-niner-Yankee-two? You're amazing.
Copy, 305.
South Carolina 28 Romeo-Tango-four-nine-Yankee-two.
Black El Camino on Fourth and Iris.
10-4.
Unmarked unit is en route.
We'll keep eyes on until they arrive.
All units in the vicinity of Fourth and Iris, we have a black El Camino, license plate Romeo-Tango Moran.
Hit it! Heading east between Iris and Calvert.
Cops! Move, move, move! - Undercover's here.
We've got the back! All units, be advised, suspect and two associates have entered a house at 2303 Calvert.
Gun! Moran.
it looked like it might've been a bit out of the strike zone anyway.
He's setting up.
There's the throw and he got him looking! And that's going to end the More police units are arriving all the time.
We understand SWA T is on the way in what's become a highly volatile situation with gunfire coming from inside this home.
Let's take a look at some footage shot shortly after we arrived on the scene.
Details are still sketchy, but we've been told that this home is a suspected drug hangout.
It's gas! Here they come! Come out slowly.
Move, move! Let me see your hands! Hands up! On the ground! Face down! We're clear.
Okay.
Now will you get that checked out? - Boone.
- Not an option.
Come on, Moran.
Keep moving.
You're good to go, Officer.
Just keep it clean and covered.
Thank you.
See? I've got a head made of Teflon.
No stitches.
I'll be sure to mention that in your evaluation.
Pamela! Chase, what are you doing here? What am I doing here? Are you okay? Yeah.
I just got hit by some flying glass.
- How did you know - Well, it was all over the local news.
I could see you.
Wow.
Hey, we're TV stars.
Chase, this is Clay Boone.
Boone, Chase.
- Pleasure.
I've heard a lot about you.
- Same here.
Listen, Pamela, I've been looking all over for you.
It took me 10 minutes to get past the police line.
- Oh, I'm sorry.
- I tried your cell.
Yeah, well, I was a little busy.
Oh, my God.
Roxy's called me eight times.
I better call her back.
In a minute.
Listen.
Would it be all right if I brought my wife home now? - No, Chase, I'm still on duty.
- Relax, Moran.
As your supervisor, I'm ordering you home for rest and relaxation.
- We have a lot of - I'll handle the paperwork.
Okay, that's a joke.
You type like a Neanderthal.
You better go before I change my mind.
Listen to the man, Pamela.
Come on.
Thanks.
Where is she? She's going to miss her flight.
- Emmalin! I'm coming! Okay.
So, I just heard back from my chem professor.
He'll let me take an incomplete on the semester and then retake the course this summer.
This summer? Hey, you didn't want me around, anyway, did you? Of course I do.
And my econ professor is going to let me do a term paper for extra credit.
I mean, I still can't get more than a B, but it's better than a D, right? Absolutely.
And I talked to Coach Sullivan.
He said if things work out, I'm back on the team next semester.
That's great, honey.
I'm developing the situation.
Yes, you are.
I'll talk to you soon.
- Okay, bye, Dad.
I love you.
- Love you, too, kiddo.
I finally heard from Pamela.
She's okay.
There's just a little cut on her forehead.
Good.
You know if she was a soldier, she'd get a Purple Heart.
Hey, do officers go into battle? Oh, yeah.
The Lieutenants lead platoons, Captains lead companies, Lieutenant Colonels I get it.
I've been thinking, babe.
Maybe OCS isn't such a hot idea after all.
Why not? I'm just not sure I'm officer material.
Frank thinks you are.
Yeah, but I'm a grunt, not a politician.
Where is this coming from? Well, I was talking with Chase and he was saying that NCOs are the backbone of the Army, and he's right.
So you think you can't handle it? Those guys from West Point, they're a lot smarter than I am.
- I don't want to hear that.
- Babe, it's true.
Maybe they have some advantages that you don't, but remember what Frank said to you.
Leadership like yours can't be taught.
Yeah, but there's more than one way to lead in the Army.
There's Platoon Sergeant, there's First Sergeant, there's Okay, fine.
Look, I do not give two hoots about Officer Candidate School.
All right? I'd be happier if you went to barber school.
But as long as you're in the Army, you should go for what you want.
You're not Chase and you're not Frank.
You have to decide what's best for yourself.
Okay? - Hey.
- Hey.
- How'd it go today? - He said it went fine.
Hey.
Hey, man.
How was school today? Great.
I played football with T.
J.
and some other kids.
You didn't tell me that.
Well, the game was all tied up and then I caught this pass and scored the winning touchdown.
That's what I'm talking about.
And the teacher said I was the best speller in the class.
Comes from all that reading.
So can I please play my video game after dinner tonight? Please? David, we said you couldn't play video games for two days.
It's only been one.
But I was good today.
And we're proud of you, but that doesn't mean you get out of your punishment.
This isn't fair.
You'll get it back it tomorrow.
I think you can wait one more day, don't you? You're mean.
Let him go.
Hey.
Someone left this for you.
Thanks, Amy.
"Tanya, I've always hated the standard issue stethoscope.
"Clunky and no sense of style.
"Please accept this as a welcome back present "and know that you are always welcome in our home.
"Love, Denise.
" David! David! - He's not here.
- You sure? I've looked everywhere.
He's gone.
Oh, my God, you're sure? We checked the house inside and out.
Have you called the MPs? Yeah.
They've got cars out.
I checked with the neighbors and no one's seen him.
I'm sure he's okay.
T.
J.
ran away one time and we found him hiding in a tree.
Hey, we're about to check the west side of the post.
You think you could handle the east? Yeah.
Of course.
I'll get in the van right now and we'll keep in touch by phone.
Hey, thanks, Rox.
- What happened? - David ran away.
- Will you watch the kids? - Sure.
- Mom.
- Not now, T.
J.
I've got to go.
Mom, I know where he might be.
Okay.
Come with me.
- Hey.
- Hey.
So what's going on? I ran away.
They were mean to me.
Yeah.
My folks are like that, too, sometimes.
It's just because they want us to act right, you know? It's going to be dark soon.
Can't read in the dark.
Let's go.
David! Are you all right? Come on.
Let's go home.
Thank you.
I'm so proud of you.
Are you mad at me? We were frightened, David.
We thought you might have been lost, dude.
Or even hurt.
You're very important to us.
You're important to Sara Elizabeth, too.
You took my game away.
Because you did something wrong.
Not because we want to be mean.
Punishing you doesn't mean we don't care about you.
No.
It's just the opposite.
It's because we care about you that we want you to know the difference between right and wrong, how to control yourself in tough situations.
Look, David, we know you've had to deal with a lot of changes in your life.
And it's going to take a while for you to get used to being here.
But in this family when we have problems, we don't run from them, we talk about it.
Are you going to punish me again? No.
You didn't know any better.
You were angry and confused and you went someplace where you feel safe.
And we get it.
We just want that place to be here.
In your home.
You understand? Can I go to my room now? I don't know.
Can you? May I go to my room now? Yes, you may.
Boone.
What happened? I broke up with Lisa.
She didn't take it well.
- She hit you? - Flying cell phone.
Come on in.
I'll get you some ice.
No, no, no.
I just stopped by because I wanted to give you a copy of my write-up about today.
I thought maybe you could give it a polish before I turn it in.
Sure.
I also brought you a copy of this, as well.
Your evaluation.
You aced it.
But only because you are teacher's pet.
Boone.
- I Pamela? I got to go.
You know, change the locks before Lisa sets fire to my place.
- I'll see you tomorrow.
- Right.
Who was that? Boone wanted me to go over his report.
You know, what happened today, not being able to reach you, wondering if you were all right, it made me realize how you must have felt all those times I was away on missions.
Sucks, right? Well, I understand why you wanted me to quit.
I just wanted you out of danger.
I want you out of danger, too.
Today was highly unusual, Chase.
Most police officers go through their entire careers without ever firing their weapon.
Police work is mostly routine.
Yeah, until it isn't.
Just like being a soldier.
Look, I got a call from Tommy Valencia last week.
You remember him? Your Delta instructor? One of them, anyway.
He started a security firm in San Jose.
White-collar stuff mostly, protecting computer firms in Silicon Valley.
He's expanding, and he offered me a job.
Here? No.
In California.
Doing what? Wearing a uniform and sitting in a lobby? No, nothing like that.
He wants me on a management level.
And it's more money than both of us make combined.
- Chase - You wouldn't have to work if you didn't want to.
And the kids could play outside all year long.
- Yeah, but - Just think about it, okay? He gave me a couple weeks to get back to him.
I told him it would take that long to wear you down.
Okay.
Okay.
Keep an eye on room 12-B.
His temp's elevated.
Got it.
Cool stethoscope.
Thanks.
I'm so alone.