Army Wives s06e13 Episode Script

General Complications

Previously on Army Wives You and Clarke are competing for a third star.
I don't want anything or anyone getting in your way.
What do you know about Jackie Clarke? Kevin served nine months in Kosovo.
When he came home, Jackie left him.
I know there was talk in certain circles that Kevin had had an affair.
That's not what happened.
I just started drinking too much and-- and taking pills.
So I went to a private clinic in Massachusetts.
When I was little, I used to wonder who my dad was, you know? You want to meet him, don't you? I don't know what to call you.
How about we just make it Marcus? Pleased to meet you, Marcus.
Same here, little man.
Same here.
Leblanc, you're pregnant.
When you were diagnosed, I got tested to see if I could give you one of my kidneys.
- No.
- I just got word this week, I can.
Oh, God.
Denise and I have a little announcement to make.
We passed our final round of tests.
- Oh, congratulations.
- Yes.
Transplant surgery is scheduled for Friday.
How long will you be in the hospital? Less than a week.
And two days for me.
It's laparoscopic surgery.
They remove the kidney through an incision the size of a keyhole.
I know it's only iced tea, but I have a toast.
To Claudia Joy and Denise.
Hear, hear.
To the best of friends.
I don't know.
You know, let's try it back the other way.
Honey, can you just turn it a little? Like a little.
Babe, I am gonna be so late.
- You know what? Let's just return it.
- What? It's too expensive.
It's a couch, all right? Not a Lamborghini.
I know, but we're gonna have another mouth to feed soon.
Everything is gonna be fine.
I don't want you stressing about money.
I'm stressing about everything.
You're gonna feel a whole lot better after your ultrasound.
Babe? I'm okay.
Yeah? Yeah, I'm just a little nervous.
Which is why we're not gonna tell anyone until you're absolutely ready.
I don't want you putting any extra pressure on yourself.
Things are gonna work out this time.
You'll see.
I gotta go.
You're not having breakfast? Got a call from General Fleming.
He's on post.
Really? What for? Oh, Michael, is this about the third star? He didn't say, but why else would he show up unannounced? Oh, I hope you get it.
We'll know soon enough.
I'll see you later.
Call me the minute General Fleming gives you the good news.
Jackie You realize, if I get this third star, it's gonna mean higher visibility, more interaction with the joint chiefs, more travel, more dinners? I can handle it.
I'm not going down that rabbit hole again.
Now go get that third star.
I don't know about this, Roland.
Hey, I already confirmed with Williams.
He's expecting to meet you and David this afternoon.
I just hope we're doing the right thing.
You saw how well their first meeting went.
I think David wants this just as much as Williams does.
It's his biological father, Joan.
We need to be supportive of our son.
I'm trying.
I just wonder where all this is going.
I mean, letting David meet Williams is one thing.
But developing a relationship? The man is a felon, a drug addict.
He says he's clean now.
And you believe him? You, the man who says, "once an addict, always an addict"? Let's just take it one step at a time, okay? Are you gonna be all right this afternoon? I can reschedule my appointments to be there with you.
No, I can handle it.
If there has to be another meeting, at least it'll be on my turf on my terms.
And just remember, we're doing this for David, right? Right.
First off, Michael, the Secretary and the Joint Chiefs appreciate the job you've done as Acting Corps Commander.
You stepped up in a tough situation an rendered outstanding service.
Thank you, sir.
As you know, it has been the army's intention to find a permanent commander as quickly as possible.
Your name was placed on a very short list from the start.
I appreciate that, sir.
After considerable discussion, we've chosen our candidate to present to the commander in chief for submission to congress.
This was not an easy decision.
In the end, however, we selected the general we felt was most deserving at this time.
Congratulations, Michael.
Looks like you're gonna have to make room for another star.
Thank you, sir.
Don't look at this as a setback.
It's more of a bump in the road.
You still have plenty of friends at the Pentagon, Kevin.
I'm one of 'em.
Might I ask, sir, did Africa have anything to do with this? Let me be clear.
General holden earned the position based his merits.
No question, sir.
He's fully deserving.
That said-- That said, while you're not being punished for what happened in Narubu, I'm afraid it can't look like you're being rewarded for it either.
Thank you, sir.
It may not be fair, but as a wise man once observed, the race is not to the swift nor the battle to the strong.
Your day will come.
In the meantime, the 32nd still has a vital role to play in our present conflict, perhaps sooner than you think.
Roger that, sir.
We're ready.
I know you are.
We'll be talking.
Carry on, general.
Thank you, sir.
Oh, Michael, I'm so proud of you.
Oh, thank you.
Do you want to call Emmalin? No, I think you should tell her.
No, I gotta get back.
Well, then we'll both tell her tonight.
And I'll get some champagne.
You are not gettin' anything.
I am taking you out tonight, and that's final.
Well, how can I argue with a 3-star? You can't.
See you.
We'll get 'em next time.
There's going to be a next time, Kevin.
I know.
Like I always said, you're a little young for a third star anyway.
Holden's the same age.
But you're more handsome.
And here I was, worried about your reaction.
As long as you're okay, I'm okay.
I'm leading the finest division in the army.
I'm married to the woman I love.
I'm more than okay.
Oh, I'm so happy for you, Claudia Joy, and Michael.
I couldn't wait to tell you.
I'm glad.
Now I have to give Jackie a call.
Right, I was just thinking about that.
I'm sure she's okay.
- What happened is no mar against Kevin.
- No, of course not, but still, I'm sure she'd appreciate hearing from you.
Ah, there's the door.
- Okay, go.
We'll talk later.
- Okay.
Congratulations, dear.
We did it.
Sorry to barge in, but I happened to be in town for a foundation meeting when I heard the news.
Oh, good.
I'm glad you're here.
Do you want some water, tea, anything? I'm fine.
Well, sit down, please.
Thank you.
I couldn't be happier for you, dear.
And Bryce is over the moon.
To think, his protege, a 3-star general, Corps Commander Congress still has to make it official.
Oh, please.
Good as done.
Oh, Michael and I really appreciate all your support.
It was our pleasure.
And I'm delighted I could help seal the deal.
What do you mean? I've told you, these things just don't happen by themselves.
There was a lot of discussion within the Pentagon about who was more deserving, Michael or Kevin.
I thought a little insurance wouldn't hurt.
Insurance? I played the Kosovo card.
Oh, Audrey, you didn't.
Discreetly, judiciously.
I just let a few key players know about Kevin Clarke's affair with his driver, how Jackie left him for a time afterwards.
But it's not true, Audrey.
Yes, Jackie Clarke moved out of the house, but it's not what you think.
How would you know that, dear? I'm not free to say, but believe me, what happened was nothing scandalous.
Well, it worked.
Kevin's more wounded than he's letting on.
But I know him.
No, it'll eat him up for a couple of days, and then he'll move on.
And how about you? Well, I'm-- I'm disappointed, but more for Kevin than anything else.
You know, honestly, I'm a little relieved.
This whole thing has been a-a tremendous strain.
Now that the army has finally made its decision, we can all get on with our lives.
So you haven't been stressed? Kevin's been so supportive, and the pills are gone.
- Ohh.
- And I'm getting help.
I don't know how I would've handled any of this without you and Claudia Joy and Roxy and Gloria.
Quite a team.
Yes, it is.
You know, despite the news, I haven't felt this good in years.
Are you all right, dear? Um well, actually, I'm not, Audrey.
You spread a malicious lie about Jackie Clarke.
All's fair.
Who in politics ever has clean hands? I-I know, but-- Pardon me, but wasn't it Jackie Clarke who was spreading ugly rumors about Michael not so long ago about him wanting to retire? That was an innocent slip.
Oh, says who? - Says Jackie.
- And you believe her? My goodness.
You're more of a pollyanna than I thought.
It's a good thing I'm around to watch your back.
I have to get to my foundation meeting.
Oh, and I was thinking, now that it's official, Michael's gonna need a special advisor to handle private contractors.
Bryce would be perfect, don't you think? I'm sorry? Of course Michael may already have something else in mind for Bryce.
I just thought I'd mention it.
Don't want to reach too high.
Not at first, anyway.
So you like basketball, David? Yeah.
Well, what's your favorite team? Me and my dad like the Hornets.
Well, I'm more of a bulls fan, myself.
You can't smoke here.
We're outside.
You have to be in a designated smoking area.
You're joking.
Mom don't joke much, do she? What did you do in Chicago? That's a good question, little man.
I was hoping it didn't come to this till we know each other a little better.
Why? 'Cause I was in prison.
Really? Well, not the whole time, just the last six years.
Why? 'Cause I stole things.
Why? 'Cause I was a crackhead.
You know what that is, David? You took drugs, right? Yeah.
So how'd you get caught? Which time? Look, I'll tell you about the first time.
That was a good one.
So I break into this old lady's house.
And it's on a Sunday, because I knew she was gon' be in church, see? But her place was hot, and it had no AC.
So after I clear out her jewelry and things, I decide, I'm gonna take me a shower.
Really? Yeah.
Now would you know, the woman comes home early, catches me buck naked Grabs a toilet plunger, and chases me out the house.
There I am, running down the street with no clothes on being chased by this woman in heels with a big purple hat And screaming like a banshee.
It's not funny, David.
Aw, come on.
You gotta admit, it's kind of funny.
I mean, it's stupid But it's funny.
What's going on? Retreat.
What's that? Lowering of the flag.
Stand and put your hand over your heart.
Well, where's the flag? In front of headquarters.
And where's that? You can't see it from here.
Nah, you go on, little man.
I, uh I ain't into that.
It was unbelievable, Roland.
He just sat there.
It was beyond disrespectful.
It was downright insulting.
Well, did you ask him why? He said he "wasn't into it.
" And then joked about his criminal activities.
Well, at least he was honest.
Why do you always take his side? I'm not, Joan.
I'm just trying to see all sides.
Well I'm not having him for dinner, I can tell you that.
Who said anything about dinner? David.
He invited him.
What did you say? I told him we'd talk about it.
I didn't want to say no right in front of him.
Roland? Nothing.
I just think dinner might be a good idea.
Look, hear me out.
We build some good will with Williams, then when David goes to bed, we have a Frank conversation, set some ground rules for future visits.
I don't want future visits.
We gotta think about what's best for David.
Look, if we keep him from his biological father, it could backfire.
He could hold it against us for the rest of his life.
There's a risk of taking a stand too early.
That's all I'm saying.
When does it stop being too early? Not yet.
Audrey Whitaker didn't have a thing to do with the Pentagon's decision.
That's what I thought.
The woman has an inflated sense of her own importance, to put it mildly.
So you don't think a rumor like that could influence things? I know it can't.
It's insulting that she would even suggest it.
- Don't get mad, Michael.
- I am mad, and I've got a good mind to call Bryce right now.
- No, no, no, don't do that.
- Why not? Well, for one thing, you always say, never act in anger, and for another You haven't heard everything.
Audrey is looking for payback.
- What? - Mm-hmm.
She dropped a pretty broad hint about you giving Bryce some kind of advisory position, handling private sector contracts, that sort of thing.
That is outrageous.
Not that I was thinking about a job for Bryce, but Audrey just killed any chance he might have had at one.
I don't operate that way.
I know.
And I can't be perceived as operating that way.
To think that Bryce would let his wife do his dirty work for him like this Michael, I realize Bryce was a mentor to you, but I've always had reservations about his judgment.
I don't want you getting sucked into this.
You've got enough on your plate already with the surgery coming up.
Just forget about it.
Not so easy with Audrey in town.
I think it's time we distanced ourselves from the Whitakers.
The gumbo here is off the hook.
Oh, forget about the gumbo.
I come here for the eye candy.
Come on.
Check it out.
Is she hot or what? Hey, jerk off.
That's my wife.
You kidding me? Oh, seriously? Dude, I didn't-- I meant-- yeah, I know what you meant.
In a minute.
Let's grab a table.
Here you go.
One mint chocolate chip milkshake, extra whipped cream.
Get that away from me.
What? Ugh.
The thought of it is turning my stomach.
But you know what I really want is a chicken sandwich from Bull Street? - Really? - Yeah.
Meanwhile, you got our dinner order? Oh, I forgot the dinner.
Um, crystal, three cheeseburger specials to go.
- With onions.
- Oh, with onions.
What? What now? Ohh, the onions.
Here you go.
Lookin' good, baby.
- Hector, not here.
- Hey, honey.
I gotta go.
Come on over here, sweetheart.
Hey, how you doin'? Oh, you're lookin' good.
Hands off.
Whoa, Cruz! Whoa.
Whoa, whoa, whoa.
Okay, whoa.
Knock it off! Knock it off! Come on! Valeri, get him outta here.
Now! Come on, man.
Come on.
Here's some ice.
What the hell were you thinking, Cruz? - He was asking for it.
- Shut up.
That's the problem.
You weren't thinking.
If I hadn't talked that soldier out of pressing charges, the cops would be hauling your ass off right now.
Yes, sir.
I thought you had a future in the army, Cruz.
I'm beginning to wonder.
I'm sorry, sir.
I don't want your apologies! I want you to grow up! You'll have plenty of time to think about it while you're pulling extra duty.
Yes, sir.
What the hell was that? I'm so sorry, Roxy.
Sorry? The last time a fight broke out in here, the army declared us off limits.
Do you have any idea what that did to business? I'll make sure he never pulls that crap again.
You're damn right you will.
If Hector can't handle you working here, then he can't come in.
You gotta sort this out.
I know.
'Bout time.
What's wrong with you? That guy had his hand on your ass.
I took care of it.
Really? 'Cause you didn't seem that upset about it.
What are you talking about? He had one too many.
That's all.
It happens.
Yeah? How often? I don't believe you.
You're the one who punches out a guy over nothing, and I'm the one on trial here? I don't like you doing that kind of work.
Why not? Because I don't like it, that's why.
Yeah? You don't seem to mind the extra money I bring home.
I don't want my wife letting herself get groped for tips.
- Is that what you think? - It's true.
No, it's not true! I do more than wait tables, Hector.
I work the register, I help out behind the bar.
Roxy's teaching me everything-- I don't want you working there anymore, and that's all there is to it! Excuse me?! You heard me.
You're my wife, and I want you to quit.
Where you going? Here.
What's this? Your bed! I'm not sleeping on no couch.
Oh, well, you can sleep wherever you want, but you're sure as hell not sleeping with me! It's so exciting, isn't it, dear, the idea of Michael and Bryce working together again? And you and I can spend so much more time together.
Um Audrey, Michael and I were talking, and as much as he appreciates your support, he feels that no one on the outside could influence the selection of the Corps Commander.
Of course he does.
He hasn't spent nearly enough time in Washington to understand how things really work.
Maybe, but he still feels strongly about it.
Trust me, my efforts tipped the scales.
And I expect Michael to properly show his appreciation, no more, no less.
Honestly, he's not comfortable doing that.
Honestly, I don't care about his comfort level.
This is about what's right.
- But Michael believes-- - No buts.
We went to bat for you, Claudia Joy.
Now it's your turn to go to bat for us.
What am I gonna do, Roxy? What do you want to do? I don't wanna quit, that's for sure.
Then don't.
But Hector's gonna go nuts.
So? Let him.
Yeah? Look, I realize you two haven't known each other for that long, but you can't let a man walk all over you, even if you're married to him, especially if you're married to him.
Patterns are hard to break.
Hold on a sec.
Roxy Leblanc.
Oh, hi, Mrs.
When? Okay.
I'll see you in a few.
That was Finn's school.
They need to see me about something.
Are you okay? Yeah, I'm fine.
Claudia Joy.
Jackie, hi.
Was that Audrey Whitaker that I saw you with a little while ago? Yeah, it was.
Are you two friends? It's complicated.
It always is with Audrey.
You know her? Yes.
Friends? How should I put this? She hates my guts.
Okay, I see.
Would you like to know why? I thought Bryce Whitaker retired voluntarily when he was passed over for a third star.
Technically, that's true, but there's a lot more to the story.
It just never came out.
Six years ago, Kevin was in Italy with the 173rd.
Bryce Whitaker was attached to V Corps.
Which oversees that unit.
One weekend, Whitaker hosted a party for his senior officers.
It-- it was a tradition of his.
Michael's told me about Bryce's parties.
Very old-school-- Rent out the floor of some hotel, bring in lots of alcohol.
And women.
Michael always begged off.
Kevin did, too.
And Bryce would leave early so his boys could cut loose.
So what happened? Well, a few days after the party, I get a call from a family friend, the wife of an Italian diplomat.
It turns out that her 16-year-old daughter was at the party.
She'd been sexually assaulted.
Oh, my God.
What was she doing there? Some major invited her.
She drank too much And several officers took advantage.
Several? The Italian police told my friend that it was an army matter.
The army gave her the runaround.
So she called me.
I told Kevin, and he took it all the way up the line to Bryce Whitaker.
And Whitaker stonewalled him.
Really? So Kevin Took it to the Inspector General And they started a proper investigation, and that's when things started to heat up.
Eventually everything Was settled out of the spotlight.
Whitaker was given the opportunity to retire rather than face a public scandal.
That is a vicious lie, and you know it.
It's all true whether you admit it or not.
Oh, please.
There was never any proof of rape.
That girl was there because she wanted to be there.
She knew what she was doing.
She was 16, for God sake.
This was a setup, from start to finish.
What? Claudia Joy, tell me you're smart enough - to see through all this.
- See through what? Jackie and Kevin Clarke orchestrated the entire scandal to torpedo Bryce.
- That's insane.
- Is it? Consider The girl who cried rape was a friend of the Clarkes, the general who replaced Bryce was Kevin's mentor, and as soon as Bryce was out of the way, Kevin's career took off like a rocket.
Isn't it obvious? The Clarkes were pulling the strings all along.
Well, now the tables have turned.
Don't let her confuse you.
You tried to use me? I tried to help you.
And if I helped Bryce in the process, where's the harm in that? Audrey, you don't hear yourself.
Your story doesn't make sense.
She's the one who doesn't make sense.
Don't forget, Claudia Joy, I can be your best friend or I can be your worst enemy.
You have to decide-- Are you with her Or with me? Audrey, I won't play that game.
Then you've made your decision.
Nice to see you again.
Same here.
And everything's okay with Finn? He's not failing English or smuggling frogs into class - or anything like that? - Not at all.
Your son continues to do exemplary work.
And I see congratulations are in order on your husband's promotion to Lieutenant.
Thank you.
And your bar and truck stop are both thriving.
In fact, based on your paperwork, between your husband's pay raise and your business revenues, it appears your family income has nearly doubled.
Well What can I say? It's been a good year.
And we're delighted for you.
Of course to whom much is given, much is required.
I'm sorry.
What? Mrs.
Leblanc, because of your financial standing, Finn no longer qualifies for a full scholarship.
I cannot believe Fordham's gonna cost us $5,000.
Yeah, I know.
It's like we're being punished for getting ahead.
We gotta do it.
It's the right school for Finn.
Yeah, but there's more.
The condenser on the hump's freezer went out, so that's 2 grand more.
Well, can't you get a used one? That is a used one.
We'll get by.
Yeah, but we just lost our safety net.
Well, that's what a safety net's for.
You put away money for a rainy day, and-- And now it's pouring? No, it's not.
Well, then it's drizzling really hard, and it's only gonna get worse.
We need to watch every penny.
If anything else happens-- It won't.
I got a feeling, babe.
Good things-- They're coming our way.
I thought we'd have hors d'ouevres outside before dinner.
Good idea.
I have to cancel plans this weekend.
Why? Pentagon business.
It's okay.
What's going on? You can't share this with anyone yet, but, uh, going back to Afghanistan.
When? Won't be for a while yet, and I don't know in what force.
But it's gonna happen.
I just thought you deserved to know.
Thank you.
We're in this together, Jackie.
More potatoes, Marcus? Mm.
They're good.
My father's recipe.
Your old man cooked? My old man was a chef.
Your dad cook, Marcus? Not really.
What did he do? Well, a lot of things before he died-- Janitor, dishwasher, handyman.
Had a problem holding down jobs, but before that, he was a soldier.
Really? Like in the army? No, he ain't wanna be.
Got drafted, sent to Vietnam.
You know about Vietnam? Well, my father, your grandfather, was 18 when they shipped him out.
He came back with a shattered leg and a heroin habit.
Can we not talk about this, please? He asked.
He asked about your father.
And I'm telling him.
That war ruined a lot of brothers, David, not just your grandfather.
They forced poor black folks to fight the white man's war.
Okay, I think that's enough.
You need to leave.
I will not have this man insult me and what I do, especially in my house in front of my children.
What'd I say? I think you better go, man.
Look, a brother start talking the truth, and y'all kick him to the curb.
Dinner's over, Marcus.
I'm telling it to you straight, David.
Don't let 'em brainwash you.
Get out! Now.
We'll be talking, little man.
No, you won't.
You can't keep me away from my son.
Why was everybody so mad? When people disagree, they get angry sometimes.
What did Marcus mean by you guys brainwashing me? We just see things differently.
That's all.
Will I see him again? We'll talk about it in the morning, okay? Why don't you get ready for bed? We'll be up soon.
If Marcus Williams sees David again, it will be over my dead body.
Two more beers? Please.
You're not allowed here, Hector.
We need to talk.
I can't.
I'm in charge tonight.
Why? Where's Roxy? She's not feeling well.
You need to come home, Gloria.
What kind of apology is that? Who said anything about apologizing? You acted like a total jerk, you know that? Hey, I see a guy hitting on my wife, I'm gonna defend what's mine.
Yours? What am I, a piece of meat? You're my wife and you need to come home.
I'm not messing around, Gloria.
Neither am I.
Listen to me Listen to me, if you don't come home right now, I may not be there when you get back.
Yeah? I got work.
Frank? Oh, hey.
We're in here.
What's this? Well, this is chicken marsala, steamed asparagus, and, uh, basil-parmesan pasta on the side.
You made dinner? Well, I thought you deserved something special before surgery.
That is so sweet.
And, Molly, look at you Sweet pea, all dressed up for dinner.
- Mwah.
- Yeah, she's working on pureed carrots and bananas.
All right, you got about 47 minutes - before you gotta start fasting, so - Okay.
First course-- Arugula salad with goat cheese and pine nuts.
Is there something wrong? Not a thing.
Come on.
Sit down.
What was that look? Can you believe this, your daddy? Wow.
All right, we need to be at Mercer by 6:30.
Level A parking.
Report directly to the admitting office.
First floor, west tower.
Someone's been doing his homework.
And then there's, uh There's this.
"Advanced directives"? Yeah.
Power of attorney, my living will, that sort of thing.
Michael, you need to know what I want if something goes wrong.
Nothing's gonna go wrong.
But if it does I've been doing this for you every time you've deployed for the last 23 years.
You can do it this once.
I know.
This is different.
Honey Read.
Hector? How you feeling? Good.
You? A little nervous.
We're gonna be fine.
It's time.
I'll see you in recovery.
Just try and relax.
That's easy for you to say.
How's it looking, doctor? Everything looks great.
The fetus is nice and healthy.
Appears to be between Hold on.
What? I thought so.
What is it? A second heartbeat right There.
A second? Congratulations.
You're having twins.
Yes, that's no problem.
Here you are, doctor.
Sats are good.
Heartbeat is steady.
You know, I have been staring at the same page of this magazine for the last half-hour, and for the life of me, I don't know what it's about.
I wonder if this is what it's like for them every time we deploy.
I hope not.
Colonel Sherwood.
- Your wife's surgery went fine.
- Ohh.
She's headed to recovery.
Oh, thank God.
General, Mrs.
holden was just wheeled into the OR.
I'll have more information for you shortly.
Thank you.
Well, that's one down.
All right, that's a wrap, ladies and gentlemen.
Nice job.
Her pressure's dropping.
She's in V-fib.
Push 100 Lidocaine and an amp of epi.
Systolic, 89.
Pulse ox is down.
I need a crash cart.
Crash cart is in.
- Charge to 250.
- Charged.
And clear! - Charge to 300.
- 300.
- And clear.
Start compressions.
CPR started.
Asystole and on leads.
No change.
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