Army Wives s06e09 Episode Script

Non-Combatants

Previously on Army Wives Why don't you take a break? I can cover for a half-hour.
Yeah, after these calls.
Jackie, you're exhausted.
I have a soldier over there in Africa.
Well, what's his name? Her name is Nicole, she's a captain in intelligence.
Things are heating up in sector six.
A tribal militia is reportedly heading toward the medical clinic.
So your mission is to immediately extract the medical team.
They've blocked the road with three pickups.
Their leader says they want Dr.
Schulman.
I know the tribe.
I can talk to them.
So what do we know about this negotiator they're sending? She's a captain in intelligence.
She? Oh, yeah.
Good luck with that.
What is it? Candy from Korea.
We're packing school supplies, Min-Ji, not candy.
Wait.
Don't go.
You two suck, you know that? Hey, we're not the ones who brought candy.
No, you just brought your big fat mouths.
Min-Ji, it's Roxy.
Oh, my God.
Did she ever mention she was having suicidal thoughts? Ma'am? Did the deceased ever talk about suicide with you? No, I didn't really know her that well.
Okay.
If you think of anything to add, give us a call.
You can go, ma'am.
We appreciate your cooperation.
Roxy.
I'm so sorry.
I knew she was upset the FRG meeting, and I came here as soon as we finished packing the boxes.
I know.
I couldn't open the garage.
It was too late.
Hey, you did everything you could.
I can't believe this happened.
Nice and easy, Cruz.
Our negotiator will be here any minute.
Walk in the park, right? Roger that, Sergeant.
Bravo 1-6, this is Dagger 2.
Over.
This is Dagger 2.
Over.
Bravo 1-6, this is Dagger 2.
Over.
Dagger 2, this is Bravo 1-6.
What's your eta? I'm less than a click out.
I need a sitrep.
Are they still demanding Dr.
Schulman? Dr.
Schulman? Affirmative.
Do they want him to treat a patient? Negative.
He says they want to kill him.
I'm gonna let him explain.
You're talking to Captain Galassini.
This is Dr.
Schulman.
What's the story, doctor? Well, last week I treated a girl at an Abaranda village who had an advanced case of malaria, and there was nothing that I could do to help her.
She probably died later that night.
So why blame you? That doesn't sound right.
Well, the week before, I treated some Emolo children who had measles, and I was able to help them.
I see.
So the Abarandas think you favor the Emolos.
That-- that's the best I can figure, yeah.
These two tribes have a long history.
Give me back to the officer in charge.
This is 1-6.
We're pulling up now, 1-6.
Let your men know I'm friendly.
Dagger two out.
Listen up! That's our convoy.
Watch your sector, but wait for my order.
- What the hell, Sir? - No idea.
Inside, lieutenant.
Dr.
Schulman, I'm Captain Galassini.
Nice to meet you, Captain.
What the hell just happened out there? - My question exactly, ma'am.
- The Abaranda are a matriarchal tribe.
They revere women.
Hurting one is a huge disgrace.
I was pretty sure they'd let me through.
Impressive.
So here's the deal.
I explained to them that what happened to the girl was not intentional, that you respect the Abaranda, so they're not going to kill you.
Oh.
Well, that's a relief.
But you need to make amends by eating your sin.
I should have gone there right away.
Roxy, it's not your fault.
I got it.
You did everything right, Roxy.
You kept your head and you got the paramedics there.
Just not in time.
How's she doing? Hey, Rox.
- Hey.
- Jackie.
- So - Please don't ask me how I feel.
We've been trying to tell her that it's not her fault.
- Is that what you think, Rox? - Yeah.
I just can't get it out of my head that if I'd been there to stop those girls from hassling her o-or if I'd gotten there just ten minutes earlier-- From what Denise tells me, Min-Ji's problems went a lot deeper than being hassled at an FRG function, listen to me, Rox.
Most suicides have a history of emotional problems.
It sounds to me like Min-Ji was deeply depressed.
She was isolated, getting divorced.
Her husband was deployed.
And he didn't want her visiting him in Germany after he was wounded.
She was on a downward spiral.
So we should have done something about it.
I should have done something.
You tried.
Not hard enough, obviously.
For people to be helped, they have to want help.
When I went to see her she was so sad, so lonely.
You're grieving, Roxy.
We all are.
The whole post is in shock, and it's natural to feel responsible, but hard as it is to hear, whatever the trigger was for Min-Ji today, there likely would have been another one tomorrow or next week or next month.
But you don't know that.
No.
And we just have to live with it.
Yeah.
A moment, Sir? Yeah, Joan.
It's about Min-Ji Webster.
Uh, I just got off the phone with her husband in Landstuhl.
How's he doing? Have a seat.
He's still in shock.
He was only notified an hour ago.
I can't even imagine what he's feeling right now.
What's up? I was wondering if I could post an official notification of death Yeah, according to the provost Marshall, you can say, "apparent carbon monoxide poisoning.
No foul play suspected at this time.
" Thank you, Sir.
I was thinking of putting together some sort of, uh, official statement on my website.
A lot of people have been really shaken up by this, don't quite know where to turn.
I think that's a great idea.
Shall we work shall we work on it together? Show him it's gone.
We're good to go, lieutenant.
Roger that.
Ski, let's get out of here.
All right! Load the civilians! We're leaving! We're up, Sir.
Ready to move on your order.
Ski, I want you riding with the Captain monitoring the intel net.
Yes, Sir.
Je vous remercie, votre excellence.
We have vehicles ready.
If you guys can't figure out a way to share the music room, then I'll have to come up with my own solution, and none of you want that, so go talk it out.
Everything okay? Just another day of teenage drama.
You heard about the suicide? Yeah.
The kids? Only a couple of 'em have asked me about it.
Really? Well, the woman didn't have children, so I think that's a big factor.
None of my kids knew her.
- Okay.
Well, I'm around if anyone want to talk.
- I appreciate that.
Yeah.
Roland.
Hmm? You hear anything about what's going on over there? Nothing new.
Why? No reason.
Just worried.
Roger that, Dagger six out.
Sir, we're getting reports of aggressive movement in sector six-- Armed elements trying to seize key roadways.
Where is that convoy now? About halfway home, Sir.
They just passed checkpoint two.
Don't stop.
Drive right through it.
All Bravo elements, this is 1-6.
Drive through the roadblock.
I say again, drive through the roadblock! Return fire! Return fire! All Bravo elements.
I need a sitrep.
Over.
1-2 is up.
1-3 is up.
Dagger two Alpha is up.
1-5, I need that sitrep.
1-5, report in.
What's going on? - 1-5, do you copy? - 1-6, we have one wounded.
- Assessing the situation now.
- Who is it? It's Dagger two.
Captain Galassini.
She's lost a lot of blood.
Pulse is thready.
What happened? Caught a bullet ricochet.
One entry wound-- Left thigh.
No exit.
All right.
I need two units, O negative, stat.
What is what is your first name, Captain? Captain, can you hear me? What is your first name? Nicole.
Okay, Nicole, what I want you to do is count backwards from 20 for me.
Can you do that? - 20 18 - Okay.
You can stop now.
Prep her for sedation.
Let's not waste any time.
Can one of you get that, please? I got it.
Whoa! Oh, hi.
Hello.
I'm Gloria.
I'm TJ.
Who is it? - It's miss - Gloria's fine.
It's miss Gloria.
So let her in, for crying out loud.
Turn off the TV, Finn.
- Oh, um, would you like to come in? - Thank you.
Hey.
So you met TJ, and this is my other one-- Finn.
Hello.
Hi.
I didn't mean to interrupt dinner.
Oh, it's nothing.
It's spaghetti and meatballs.
Do you want to join us? We have plenty.
She's right.
Mom always makes way too much.
Thank you so much, TJ.
No, that's okay.
Boys, why don't you wash up? It'll be ready in a minute.
- Do they know?- No, and I'm not telling them, if I can avoid it.
They don't need to know.
So what's going on? Nothin'.
Just wanted to see how you're doing.
I'm okay, I guess.
What about you? I'd like to punch out Rita and Maryann for teasing Min-Ji like that.
Yeah.
Me, too.
My friend Roland-- He's a psychiatrist.
He said there had to have been a lot more going on with Min-Ji.
Still, I should have done something.
I shouldn't have let her leave.
Gloria, it's not your fault.
If anyone should have done something, it's me.
I know exactly how you feel, but it's not gonna change anything.
I miss Hector so bad.
Hey, why don't you stay for dinner? TJ's right.
I always overdo it with the spaghetti, and I'd really love your company, okay? How you doing, Captain? Good, Sir.
- So You're going to Germany.
- Unnecessary, Sir.
I don't have to be mobile to do my job.
The doc says you need a CT scan to make sure they got all the fragments.
It can wait.
I want to finish the mission.
I know you do.
You prevented an international incident today, Captain, likely saved a number of lives.
In my book, you get to rest easy.
That was a hell of a job out there.
- Thank you, Sir.
- And don't worry.
If we're still here when you're cleared for return to duty then I'll make damn sure you're on the first flight back.
Oo-ahh? I'm holding you to that, Sir.
You can count on it.
Hey, Dr.
B.
You and David joining us for movie night tonight? - What's up? - No one's contacted you? No.
Why? Oh, my God.
What happened? Nicole was wounded.
- How? - She was in a convoy that got ambushed.
She was hit in the leg.
They've transferred her to Germany.
But she's okay? I don't have any more information.
Charlie, I'm sorry.
I thought you'd know.
I'm not Nicole's emergency contact.
- Her mother is.
- The army must have notified her by now.
That woman would never call me.
She doesn't know about you? She chooses not to.
Nicole hasn't pushed it, even with the end of "don't ask, don't tell.
" It's a long story.
I-I-I've gotta call her.
I Here's the number at Landstuhl.
- Thank you.
- Yeah.
How did you find out about this anyway? From Joan.
She mentioned there was a female intelligence officer that was wounded.
- So she knows.
- She's cool with it.
Good luck.
I'm around.
Thank you.
- Hey.
- Hey, what's going on? I, uh I just got off the phone with Min-Ji's family.
Yeah the funeral's gonna be in Korea.
And her brother asked if someone could pick out a dress for her to be buried in.
- Would that be me? - I'll do it, Roxy.
No, I-I was her FRG leader.
It's my responsibility.
Why don't we all go? Yeah.
This is so strange.
I was just here two days ago.
Let's go pick a dress.
This way.
What about this one? Um, a little festive, maybe.
Jackie? I think you're right.
This is harder than I thought.
What about this one? I like it.
It's very elegant.
Okay.
Done.
I just don't get it.
I mean, I know she was lonely, but she had her whole life ahead of her.
It's just such a waste.
Yes, it is.
We should go.
Min-Ji was one of us.
This was her FRG, so I told Jackie that Bravo company would take the lead in planning her memorial service.
Does anyone know if Min-Ji belonged to a particular church? Well, I guess none of us knew her that well.
I'll talk to chaplain maris about arranging a general service.
Maryann.
Is there something that you'd like to share with everyone? Not really.
Really? Because obviously you have something on your mind.
So why don't you tell us all what it is? Look, I feel bad, okay? Don't get me wrong.
- But I just don't think we should be going overboard.
- I'm sorry overboard? Min-Ji did this to herself.
I don't know why we should be honoring her exactly.
I can't believe that you'd say that.
What is wrong with you? Min-Ji was part of this group.
Not really.
Maybe that's because certain people wouldn't let her be part of it.
Hey, don't blame us.
Shame on you.
How dare you sit there and judge? Do you know what it takes to marry a soldier and leave your country behind, your family? Do you have any idea what it feels like to be different? I do.
I know how cruel people can be.
I still hear the jokes, the whispers.
I know the difference just one friend can make.
We were too busy, too special to reach out to Min-Ji? We should all feel ashamed.
She needed help, and we weren't there for her.
Tomorrow I could be the one who needs help.
Or maybe it will be you.
Well, we got three more Americans to evacuate.
- Thought we were done, Sir.
- Yeah, so did I.
But we got the intel from another evacuee.
Turns out they entered through Rwanda last year without going through official channels.
But be that as it may, they're here.
We're gonna go get 'em.
- I'll brief you en route.
- Roger that.
First squad, second squad, mount up.
God bless America, man.
- Who is in charge? - I am.
Matthew Pennings.
Colonel Frank Sherwood.
- We really appreciate this.
- Okay.
All right.
Let's load up.
We have reports of hostile activity in the area.
Lieutenant Leblanc.
You guys got your passports? - Yeah.
- Good, the two of you in the second vehicle.
One of you in the third.
Let's go.
Okay, kids, we're going.
Come on.
Come on.
Come on.
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa.
Hold on.
We are authorized to evacuate American citizens, not children.
What? We talked about that being a possibility, Rachel.
I don't care.
These kids are orphans.
We can't just leave them.
Okay, they come from all over.
Whatever tribe gets here first is going to kill them or turn them into soldiers.
Is that what you want? This isn't about what I want, ma'am.
Our mission is to get you out of here.
Not play politics.
Politics? We're talking about innocent children.
Well, this convoy is leaving.
So, ma'am, please get in the vehicle.
Rachel, we can come back when this is over.
I mean, come on.
Don't be ridiculous.
You're in charge, Jacob.
We'll be back as soon as we can.
Rachel! Ma'am.
Get in the vehicle.
No.
I'm not leaving without them.
She refuses to leave? Affirmative.
Can we compel her to evacuate? Over.
Negative.
We don't have the authority.
If she don't want to go, we can't make her.
Dagger six, are you in contact? Uh, negative, negative.
It's ak-47s.
Couple clicks away maybe.
Get moving, Dagger six.
Roger that.
And what about the noncombatants? - What about 'em? - I believe our directives allow us to intervene if civilians are being harmed.
Are civilians being harmed? Not at this time, but we are advised that these children will be subject to atrocities unless evacuated.
That is outside the mandate.
Are there any children wounded or require medical attention? Not from what I can see.
Acknowledged, Dagger six.
Return to base without further delay.
Liberty six out.
Ma'am, I cannot compel you to leave.
And I am not authorized to evacuate Naruban nationals.
They're children.
How are they supposed to defend themselves? I am asking you for the final time.
Please get in the vehicle.
No.
Someone has to bear witness.
Your call.
Let's go.
Rachel! This is messed up.
Get in the vehicle, Cruz.
Hey.
Do you ever get some rest? Just trying to get organized.
Word is, we're pulling out soon.
So why'd you enlist, Gabriel? The usual-- College benefits, transportable skill, serve my country.
You? Pay off my med school loans.
Oh.
Hey, I'm not that cold.
I wanted to be a pediatrician.
Really? My older brother died of leukemia when I was 12.
I always wanted to do something for him.
Doesn't pay the bills, though.
When I was doing my residency, I realized that I was gonna be in debt into my 40s if I didn't do something.
The army offered me a good deal.
I give 'em ten years, they pay off the loans.
Only catch was, they needed ER physicians at the time, not pediatricians.
Well, you-- you can always make the switch when your contract's up.
Yeah.
That's six years from now.
If it's your dream L-let me help you with that.
Gotta head back.
Oh, no, no, no.
I'm sorry.
It's okay.
No, it's not.
Look, it's not okay.
I'm an officer.
You're enlisted.
This can never happen, Gabriel.
I'm sorry.
Mission accomplished.
All evacuees are homeward bound.
Outstanding, Sir.
Let it go, Frank.
It was her decision to stay.
Yeah, with the children.
Our directives were clear.
You couldn't have done more.
Roger that, Sir.
The army doesn't pay you to daydream, Cruz.
Sorry, Sir.
You squared away? Yes, Sir.
No excuses, Sir.
Speak freely, Cruz.
I'm just thinking about those kids, Sir.
We coulda taken them.
We had room.
That wasn't the mission.
Maybe it shoulda been.
That is way above your pay grade, Cruz.
The army gives us the mission.
Our job is to execute.
Understood? - Yes, Sir.
- We take one convoy of kids, where does it stop? Follow me? Yes, Sir.
Good.
"For I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat.
I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink.
I was a stranger, and you invited me in.
" This is the duty of care we are obligated to show others with whom we cross paths.
Not merely to our families or friends, but to all whom we encounter.
For as it is written in Matthew, "truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.
" Today in the shadow of Min-Ji Webster's untimely passing, let us all reflect upon the darker recesses of our own souls and remember how much we depend on each other to bring light into our lives.
May we honor Min-Ji's memory by being beacons of hope to the despairing and discouraged among us.
I now call on Roxy Leblanc to come forward and say a few words.
I didn't know Min-Ji very well.
None of us really did.
But what I've learned about her since is that she had a really big heart.
She came here from another country because she fell in love with a soldier.
She became an FRG leader to honor him and to play her part as an army wife.
She was even studying to become an American citizen.
She put her heart into all of this.
And when things came crashing down I believe her heart just broke.
I'm so sorry, Min-Ji.
We didn't know.
We should have.
But we didn't.
I guess the best way at we can honor her now Is to be there for each other whenever we fall.
Good-bye.
"Toad eagerly scrambled into the seat vacated by the driver, took the steering wheel in his hands, listened with affected humility to the instructions given him, and set the car in motion.
" Oh.
Hold on for a sec, baby girl.
Hello.
Hey, Roland.
Got a minute? Charlie, what's up? Nicole's fine.
In fact, she's coming home tonight.
That's great.
I know.
I talked to her, and the army's flying in the walking wounded so they can return with the brigade.
I'm so happy for you.
Thank you.
So what's wrong? I'm just wondering if I should be there when she gets off the bus.
Right.
You've never done that before.
I-I-- We've never done anything like that before.
Nicole hasn't wanted it.
Not where the army's concerned.
Do you want to go? More than anything in the world.
Well, I think you've got your answer.
Mm.
This won't be like the usual homecoming.
Normally, we have a big blowout with music and food and banners and all that stuff.
But we couldn't do that on such short notice.
Hey, as long as they're coming home, I'm happy.
Thanks for giving me a ride to the pick-up spot.
No problem.
- Actually, it's assembly point, not - "Pick-up spot.
" Whatever.
Makes Hector go wild.
Really? Can I smell it? Do you mind? Go for it.
Whoo! Whoo! Frank.
Hey, baby.
Mm.
Mm.
Mwah.
Welcome home.
Oh, thank you.
It's good to be home.
Ohh.
Hey, gorgeous.
Ohh.
You're all right? I'm great.
Hector! Hector! Hector! Gloria! Over here! Hector.
Mm.
Don't you ever leave me like that again.
You hear me? Okay.
Come here.
- There he is.
- Dad! Ohh.
Hey, guys.
Hey, baby.
Mwah.
Ohh.
I know it's only been a week, but it feels like forever.
You smell good.
- Yeah? - Mm-hmm.
Tanya.
Hey.
Hey.
Oh, welcome home.
Thank you.
Would you care to join us for a home-cooked meal? - Oh, thanks.
I'm exhausted.
- Aw.
Well, hell, so am I.
But you gotta eat something, right? Rain check? - All right.
- Of course.
Kevin.
Hey.
Hey.
I'm so glad you're home.
Everything okay? Everything's great.
Good.
Let's go welcome home the wounded.
Welcome home, Captain.
Thank you, Sir.
Good to see you again, Captain.
We couldn't have done it without you.
Thank you, Sir.
This is my wife Jackie.
Nice to meet you.
Same, ma'am.
Sorry we wrapped things up before we could get you back there, Captain.
I'll get over it, Sir.
This is my wife Denise.
Welcome home.
Glad to have you back, Captain.
Thank you, ma'am.
It's good to be back.
Don't be mad.
Come here.
Congratulations on the job well done.
Thank you, Michael.
Now go get some well-deserved rest.
Oh, Roger that, Sir.
A successful mission.
Yes, Sir.
Something on your mind, Joan? I was just thinking, Sir.
We sent a combat brigade halfway around the world on a dangerous mission, and the only fatality we suffered was an army wife here at home.
Yeah.