Army Wives s05e13 Episode Script

Farewell to Arms

Previously on Army Wives Tanya? Oh, my God, Tanya.
- Denise.
- Hi.
She must have been here for two weeks now.
Why didn't she call? She's still wearing Jeremy's ring.
I'd say she's grieving.
I'm so alone.
I shouldn't have hired Whit as my contractor.
It was wrong.
I got a call from Tommy Valencia, and he offered me a job in California.
Good night, David.
I prepared myself for all sorts of problems we might have with David.
I just didn't think he wouldn't like me.
Evening, Officer.
General Holden.
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.
You are a two-star general driving with an open bottle in your car.
- What were you thinking? - It was Whitaker's beer.
Don't worry, Boone and I will keep it quiet.
Okay? - Bye.
- Bye.
You're killing me.
Did we pass or not? - Not.
- What? - We failed inspection? - Yep.
No, that can't be.
We open in a week.
We bought advertising.
We hired a band.
It's all in there, all 14 violations.
Fourteen? Look, you got a breaker box that needs rewiring.
All right? Your vents are not up to code.
My grandmother does better ductwork.
Well, what if we fix everything before Saturday? - Yeah, good luck with that.
- Hey, come on.
All right, look, you fix everything on that list, I'll give you another shot, all right? Give me a call when you're done.
Every single one of these violations is stuff we did after Whit left.
Look, Shady, I don't want to hear it, okay? We just gotta fix it.
That's all.
- Fix it, in under a week? - Yeah! How are we gonna do that? I mean, Whit's the only contractor that can bail us out of this.
I mean, he knows this job like the back of his hand.
Look, what's done is done.
- Look, Rox.
All I'm saying is - Hire Whit.
It's my money, too.
He's the best man for the job, so call him.
Well, all right then.
And now it is my privilege to introduce General Michael Holden.
Thank you, Colonel Burton.
Thank you, Deputy Mayor and your staff.
I am delighted that Fort Marshall can help refurbish these senior citizen centers in Charleston.
The Army strives to be good neighbors, and this venture is just the latest example of a successful community partnership.
General Holden, was it another example of community partnership when the police let you off for drunk driving the other night? I don't know what you're referring to.
You haven't seen the video? An anonymous source tipped us to the police dash-cam video, which was posted on the Internet this morning.
In it, you can see General Holden appears unsteady, yet he was not given a breathalyzer test.
In fact, he was only cited for a broken taillight.
- Oh, my God.
- Our news team has learned that the female officer involved in the traffic stop is a personal friend of the General's wife.
It's already got 60,000 hits.
I know.
I'm watching it now.
By tonight, every post around the world is gonna be talking about it.
It's not fair.
Have you read some of these comments? Yeah, they're awful.
How can something like this happen? It was Sawyer.
- Who? - Alvin Sawyer, evidence custodian.
Took Internal Affairs about two minutes to break him down.
- But why would he release the - His son, dishonorably discharged from the Army at Fort Marshall last year.
Kid ended up dying of a drug overdose.
Sawyer blamed the Army, saw an opportunity to smear it.
Thought he could blame the leak on a hacker.
You're kidding me.
He's been fired, and he'll be brought up on charges as soon as the City Attorney can figure out what the hell they are.
- Well, that's that.
- Not exactly.
This whole thing's caused quite a firestorm.
To the public, it looks like General Holden was drunk.
But he wasn't.
He had a bad back from a jump accident.
He passed all the other tests without a problem.
You just don't see that on the video because it stops right after Holden walked the line.
I know.
I know.
Yeah, and how can we give him a breathalyzer test when we don't carry breathalyzers in the field? I'm sure the investigation will absolve you of any wrongdoing.
- Investigation? - Internal Affairs.
Shouldn't take more than a couple of days, and you'll be back in the saddle.
Until then, you're both suspended with pay.
What? The public has to have confidence in the department, Officer Moran.
Sometimes, we all have to take one for the team.
I'll need your badges and your service weapons.
You're not to communicate about this with anyone till the matter is resolved.
That includes each other.
Clear? Clear.
He's just doing his job, Moran, protecting the department.
- He's throwing us under the bus.
- Yeah.
- And we're just supposed to take it? - Yep.
Moran, you do not want to screw with IA.
- They can hurt you, seriously.
- Yeah, I get it.
Now, I know it's gonna kill you to not talk to me for a couple of days, but you're just gonna have to deal.
- Okay? - Okay.
Pamela, what happened? You promised me this wouldn't get out and now Okay, slow down.
It was an evidence clerk.
What? Yeah, the guy had a grudge against Fort Marshall.
He's been fired.
But you gotta keep this confidential or it's my job.
I'm sorry.
It's just so unbelievable.
I know.
I feel the same way.
- I've been suspended.
- Why? Internal Affairs is looking into allegations of favoritism.
- Pamela, I'm sorry.
- I'm sorry.
Officer Moran.
Are you and Mrs.
Holden discussing the drunk driving incident? Did you let General Holden off the other night? No comment.
Holden, what are you doing at police headquarters? - Excuse me.
- Mrs.
Holden, is it true that you are good friends with Officer Moran? - I have nothing to say.
- Mrs.
Holden? Well, there you have it.
Officer Moran and Claudia Joy Holden, wife of General Holden, meeting outside police headquarters.
What were they talking about? We can only speculate.
Laura Landgraf, Channel 9 News.
That woman will sink to anything.
- She's a reporter.
- With nothing to report about.
You shouldn't have been there.
- How was I to know that woman - It doesn't matter, Claudia Joy.
You just made things worse.
I know you meant well, but we should've discussed it first.
Okay, maybe.
But I still think we should file a lawsuit against the City.
Defamation, invasion of privacy.
Maybe go after the media, too.
We're not suing anyone.
The Army is trying to build bridges, not tear them down.
Any effort to fight this will just make it a bigger story.
So what do you suggest we do, nothing? Exactly.
Ride it out.
I disagree.
I'm not asking you, Claudia Joy, I'm telling you.
Leave this alone.
- Hey, everybody.
- Hey.
- Sorry I'm late.
PTA meeting ran long.
- No worries.
Dinner's keeping warm in the oven.
Hey, baby girl.
Wow! What is that? A castle.
Hey, Joan knows all about castles and forts and stuff.
- You think she could help? - We got it.
Come on, man.
No, it's It's fine.
I'm I'll just go get dinner on the table.
All right.
- It's so unfair.
- I know.
I wish to God I'd never seen that broken taillight.
The truth is, I was looking for a way to stop Boone from talking about his girlfriend, or ex-girlfriend.
- Well, at least you're getting paid.
- Yeah.
So, what's up with the truck stop? You gonna have to push back the opening? Hope not.
- Whit's coming to fix things.
- What? And get this, it was Trevor's idea.
You're kidding.
- He said, if that's what we need - Wow.
I know.
Honestly, I'm a little nervous about it.
Yeah, I can understand that.
When does he get here? Tomorrow.
Good luck.
Honey, you can't take it personally.
Easy for you to say.
He likes you.
His mother abandoned him.
I understand the issues, Roland.
Doesn't make it any easier.
I know.
He's making so much progress in other areas.
There's no trouble at school.
He's making friends.
I don't want to talk about this right now.
Okay? Okay.
Turned out nicely, don't you think? Yes.
They don't understand.
My family, friends.
To them, Jeremy's just a name, a guy I knew for a few weeks.
No big deal, right? Get over it.
You're the only one who does understand.
I'm so sorry for what I said before, about you not being family.
Forget it.
I just didn't want you to feel obligated, like you had to Hey, I was so happy to see you in that hallway, so happy to have you back.
You're part of my life now, and I love you.
I love you, too.
So, what do you think? Well, first of all, I think you replaced me with an idiot who didn't know what he was doing.
Yeah, okay.
We know.
But can you do it? Before Saturday.
- I'm gonna need my old crew back.
- Done.
And we'll be pulling overtime.
But you can do it? Yeah.
Yeah, I can do it.
Thanks for coming, man.
Happy to help.
So what are we waiting on, guys? Let's get to work.
Well, maybe she's not coming.
I wouldn't if I were her.
In fact, I'd step down as chair of the ball.
Why? She wasn't drunk, Jessica.
It was her husband.
Claudia Joy represents the General, and if he goes down, she goes down.
Those are the rules.
This whole thing's become a huge embarrassment.
They didn't charge him with anything.
Did you see the video? He could barely stand up.
Hello, ladies.
Sorry I'm late.
Hi, Claudia Joy.
- Everything okay? - Fine.
Well, Jessica, you're in charge of centerpieces.
- Why don't we start with those? - Certainly.
I thought we could go a little more formal this year, maybe a bed of greenery around the hurricanes? I thought red rose accents would be nice.
Let's move 3rd Brigade into red cycle.
That'll put 2nd Brigade into train-up.
Roger that.
- What are you hearing, Frank? - About what, sir? Well, there's been some loose talk.
I mean, not a whole lot, but some.
I shut it down pretty hard.
I'm hearing from all over, Korea, Germany, Afghanistan.
People are sympathetic, but they've all heard about it.
Hell, they've all seen it.
And it's not just the Army, either.
I had to calm Emmalin down over the phone.
All her friends are talking about it.
Well, it's a damn shame if I may say so, sir.
You don't deserve it.
Well, you know the drill, Frank.
As a senior officer, you're always one accusation away from retirement.
Okay, Finn, another ground ball.
You gotta keep your body in front of it, all right? Okay.
Good man.
All right, I'm gonna go check on lunch.
Keep feeding him ground balls.
All right.
That is fantastic.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
You're a lifesaver.
Okay, bye.
Whit's already finished the wiring, and he says the ductwork won't take more than a day, tops.
Babe, it's okay.
It's all good between me and Whit.
I don't want you feeling guilty every time his name comes up.
Whit's a good guy.
And just because he's Finn's dad doesn't mean he can't be a friend.
Whit's my dad? I was saving these for you, for someday.
This is Whit from back when I knew him before.
I met Whit when I was your age, and we were best friends right off.
Not boyfriend-girlfriend.
Just very close.
And we stayed that way through high school.
Why didn't you get married? Because we didn't love each other that way.
Not the way you're supposed to love someone when you get married.
But we were lucky enough to have you.
And I was happy to raise you by myself.
Until I found a person that I did love in the right way.
But Whit is a good man.
And he loves you very much.
He loves you so much that he let Trevor adopt you so that you could have a real daddy.
Do you understand? So do I have to call Whit "Dad" now? No.
Trevor is your dad, same as always.
Whit is just a friend.
What about my father? Will I ever get to meet him? Honey, I don't think that's gonna happen.
Why not? Because there were times when he wasn't so nice to me.
And I didn't want that happening to you.
So I got away to protect you.
I'm so sorry.
But I think you're old enough to know the truth.
And I would never let anyone hurt you.
So why'd you marry him? Because I was young and I didn't know better.
People make mistakes, bud.
That does not mean that you are a mistake.
You are the only thing that brought me happiness during those years.
And I have never, ever regretted having you.
Not for one second.
You understand? I saved this for you so that you could see what he looked like.
You want to talk about it? May I be excused? Sure.
It's not fair.
I know.
Look, I told you before that I was adopted like you and Finn.
But what I didn't tell you is that my natural father wasn't very good to me either.
He wasn't good to anybody.
In fact, he's in jail.
And I haven't seen him since I was Finn's age.
How come you never told me? Because I didn't think it was important.
Till now.
I know how you're feeling, T.
It's hard.
And that just doesn't go away.
But I'll tell you what I figured out.
You get two families in this life, the one you're born with and the one you choose.
Now, the one I was born with didn't measure up.
But I love the family that I chose.
And that means you, bud.
I hope you feel the same way about me.
I do, Dad.
'Cause we're kind of stuck with each other.
So, how come you just started school now? I used to go to another school.
- You moved? - No, I'm adopted.
These aren't my real parents.
What happened to your real parents? I didn't know my dad that well.
- My mom died in a fire.
- Really? I was just a baby, so I don't remember much about her.
But she saved me and then she died.
- Your turn.
- Oh.
After a thorough investigation, the department found no evidence of wrongdoing by Officers Boone and Moran, who have been exonerated and restored to active duty.
This should also close the book on General Holden's condition the other night.
He was legally sober and should not have been subjected to additional scrutiny of any kind.
The department deeply regrets the incident and sincerely apologizes to General Holden for any embarrassment this might have caused him or his family.
Thank you and I will take questions.
Easy for him to say.
He doesn't have to live with the consequences.
You can't unring a bell.
Well, at least it's over.
Or maybe not.
It's the Pentagon.
- Michael? - General Holden.
Why would he tell his friends his mother died in a fire? Well, what's he supposed to say? "My mother's a drug addict who didn't want me"? Well, I wonder what David really knows about his mother, what he remembers.
Children of abandonment use a lot of strategies to deal with their situation.
David's just made up a narrative he can live with.
I guess.
He needs a mother so badly.
And I'm right here.
- Hey, man.
Got a minute? - Sure.
Joan heard you talking to your friend today about your mother.
She died in a fire? That's a sad story.
But it's made-up, isn't it? Maybe it's time to write another chapter.
What do you mean? I mean, your life's like a book, David.
And it's gonna be filled with many chapters.
You don't read the same chapter over and over again in a book, do you? I guess not.
You read on to see what's gonna happen next.
It's the same thing with your life story.
See, you started with one mom in Chapter 1.
Now you got a new mom.
And a sister and a dad as well, right? Right.
And it doesn't stop there, man.
I mean, you got so many more chapters to write.
You got school, friends, new adventures.
What do you think? Okay.
All right.
Good man.
Michael, you still have a job? Yeah.
I just don't have a post.
What? That call had nothing to do with the video.
The 23rd's being disbanded.
They're closing Fort Marshall.
I can't believe it.
The whole post? The whole division.
Yeah, but at least we'll all be transferred together, right? No.
They're not moving the division.
They're disbanding it.
You're kidding me.
So all five of us will end up in five different places? - Roxy - Don't say, "It's the Army," Roland.
I've heard that so many times, I could scream.
But it's true, Roxy.
Sooner or later, everyone gets PCS'd.
You'll get used to it.
I don't want to get used to it.
Hey, look at it as an opportunity.
We'll make new friends.
Well, I don't want to make new friends.
Pamela, say something.
We're moving to California.
What? A Delta buddy of Chase's runs a high-tech security firm in San Jose.
I said no at first but now California? We all have to do what's best for our families, Roxy.
We'll all stay in touch.
It won't be the same.
No, it won't.
We'll keep the training schedule as is.
Stay sharp, keep the troops motivated.
I admit, this is a bit unusual, but we're hardly the first unit to be disbanded.
There's the 24th, the 3rd Armored, The Bayonet Division.
The Army has to evolve to maintain its fighting edge.
Yes, sir.
I just never thought it would happen to us, that's all.
Well, one door shuts, another door opens.
The 173rd is looking for a new Brigade Commander.
I threw your hat in the ring.
Really? Italy, sir? Unless they moved it while I wasn't looking.
No, sir.
You're due, Frank.
And I can't think of a better combat leader.
Well, thank you, sir.
That means a lot coming from you.
Okay, item next.
Hey, babe.
What you doing? Hating life.
Come on.
It can't be that bad.
You can still call Pamela every day.
It's not that.
I mean, yeah, that sucks, too.
But It's the truck stop.
I should've listened to you.
It's gonna be a ghost town around here when the post closes.
We're gonna lose everything.
- No, we're not.
- Yes, we are.
Say we lose everything.
So what? Babe, we started with nothing.
And if we have to do it all over again, we will.
Well, just wait until the bank comes after us.
So we'll go on the run, like Bonnie and Clyde.
Roxy and Trevor? Doesn't really have the same ring to it.
Well, then how about Trevor and Roxy? How about more kissing, less talking? Hey, David.
What's going on? I'm packing.
Well, I can see that.
Why? I'm going back to the group home.
What? The post is closing.
Well, that's true.
But we won't be moving for a while.
And wherever we go next, you're coming with us.
- I am? - Of course you are.
You're part of this family now.
People always give me back.
I know they do.
But not anymore.
You're our son and we love you.
I love you.
And we're not going anywhere without you.
- Hey.
May I come in? - Yeah, of course.
Sorry to drop in like this.
I know you said you weren't going to the ball, but Frank and I have an extra ticket and we would love for you to join us.
We could pick you up, sit together at dinner.
That's very nice, but honestly, I'd rather stay home.
Tanya, may I say something? We all grieve in our own way, in our own time.
But as someone who loves you, I want to make sure you understand that it's okay to move forward, to have fun again, to live your life.
You said yourself that I'm the only one who understands, who knows what it's like to feel guilty every time you stop thinking about Jeremy for a moment.
Please, don't.
After the funeral, I was miserable.
When I finally laughed again, I burst into tears.
Felt I was being disloyal somehow.
It's not true, Tanya.
Jeremy wants us to remember him, but he wants us to go on living, too.
How can you know that? Because he told me so.
He wrote this to me and Frank while he was still in Afghanistan, just in case.
He wants you to be happy, Tanya.
And so do I.
Read it when you're ready, okay? Stop.
Wake up.
You were having a bad dream.
Something was chasing me.
It's okay.
You're safe now.
Nobody's coming after you here.
Feel better? Don't worry about a thing.
All right, so you go back to sleep now.
Sweet dreams.
Mom? Will you stay with me until I fall asleep? Of course I will.
Say "formaggio.
" - What? - Let's cut this thing.
Hell of a job, bud.
Can I get one popcorn, please? Go on.
You can't put it off forever.
Are you sure he's okay with it? Ask him yourself.
Hey, bubba.
Hey, Whit.
So, I Guess everything's out in the open about me and you, huh? Yeah.
I know you're my dad.
But you're really more like my friend, right? Yeah, that's right, 'cause you already have a great dad right over there.
Hey, listen.
As your friend, I want you to know how proud I am of you.
And if you ever need anything at all, you just holler, okay? Okay.
Want a hot dog? Yeah, bubba.
I'd love a hot dog.
Lead the way.
Come in.
- Hey.
- Hey.
- Got any extra pantyhose I can borrow? - Sure.
I just ran my last pair.
You are a lifesaver.
We're gonna miss you tonight.
Have a good time.
Ladies and gentlemen, I propose a toast to the Commander-in-Chief, the President of the United States.
To the President.
Ladies and gentlemen, I propose a toast to the United States Army.
To the Army.
Ladies and gentlemen, I propose a toast to our fallen comrades.
To our fallen comrades.
Please be seated.
Tonight was intended to be a celebration of our homecoming.
But as we all know, it has become something more.
A hail and farewell.
After 68 years, nine campaigns and immeasurable sacrifice, the 23rd Airborne Division is being disbanded.
You are the last of a long line of warriors who have called Fort Marshall home.
But the 23rd does not die with you.
Rather, it lives on through you.
You will carry the standard forward, if only in your hearts.
And let it remind us of all that we have accomplished together.
And let us never forget the friends we've made and those we leave behind.
It is our legacy.
Be proud of it.
To the 23rd.
To the 23rd.
All the way! I love you.
Sergeant LeBlanc.
Just wanted to be the one to give you the good news.
You've been accepted to Officer Candidate School.
- Congratulations.
- Thank you, sir.
I knew it.
I knew it.
- Thank you.
It seems like just yesterday we were here talking about Jump School.
And as I recall, your wife saluted me.
Well, I guess we've all come a long way since then.
Well, you two have a good night.
- Thank you, sir.
- Thank you.
I'm so proud of you.
So what happens now? Three months of school at Benning, then I put in for my next assignment.
Where would you like to go now, Mrs.
LeBlanc, Hawaii? How about California? Beautiful job, Colonel Burton.
Well, thank you, sir, but the FRG deserves most of the credit.
I hope you know how grateful I am for everything you've done for me.
Joan, you didn't get anything you didn't deserve.
Any commander would've seen that.
For once, sir, I'd have to disagree with you.
It's been an honor.
The honor has been mine.
So, this is it, huh? Not unless we let it be.
Let's make a pact.
Once a year, no matter what, we get together.
- Agreed.
- Where? We can rotate houses.
We might be in Italy.
Okay, so Denise's house first.
- I'm there.
- Hell, yeah.
Then it's settled.
Thank you all for sharing your lives with me.
For being a light in the dark.
For having my back.
For taking me as I am.
For making this place a home.
- To us.
- To us.
To us.
Hey, let's not get misty-eyed.
It's not like we're packing up tomorrow, right? Right.
Joan said it's gonna take months to shut down.
I heard six months at least.
- So let's make them count.
- Exactly.
Everything we ever wanted to do and haven't done, we're doing it.
- Like mooning the troops at formation.
- Except that.
I'm so glad you're here.
It's so nice to see you again, Tanya.
Thank you.
It's nice to see you all, too.
Enough of this.
Let's get back in there and party.
Works for me.
Okay? I'm ready.
What's on your mind, soldier? Same as everyone else.
Just wondering what the future holds.
What does a division commander do when there's no longer a division to command? Dance?