Army Wives s07e07 Episode Script

Brace for Impact

Previously on Army Wives Will you come watch me play? As often as I can.
I promise.
I'm deploying.
When? Tomorrow.
I'm not staying here with her, that's for sure.
What are you talking about? I'm going to live with mom in Georgia.
Your mother isn't coming, honey.
She was arrested for DUI.
She's in jail, and they're not going to allow you to stay with her now.
You came.
I don't know why.
I'm just glad you did.
Gloria? Jackie? Well, you two know each other? Yeah, but how do you guys know each other? Well, she's my mother.
What? - Wait a minute.
But-- but when-- how did-- - Lieutenant Clarke.
- I have to go.
- Oh, my God.
- Patrick.
- Small world, huh? Let's load up.
Jackie-- Why don't we just talk about this tomorrow? Good idea.
I don't get it.
Why is it such a big deal? Gloria? What is the big deal about Pat being Jackie Clarke's son? I really don't want to talk about it.
Yes, you do.
You like him.
He likes you.
Isn't that all that matters? Would you let it go? Not until you tell me what's going on.
Holly-- Come on.
We're roomies.
We don't have any secrets.
I suppose if I don't say something now, you're gonna bug me all day, right? Probably.
Look Pat and me, we're not in the same league, okay? He's the son of a general and went to West Point.
I was married to a private and run a bar.
So? I just don't get why you're giving up so easily.
Because it's completely crazy, that's why.
I slept with him on our first date.
I made a complete fool of myself.
No, you didn't.
Yes, I did.
I got it.
Oh, my God.
Morning, Holly.
Hey, Jackie.
Come on in.
It's lovely out.
I thought maybe we could go for a walk.
Yeah, sure.
So Listen, Jackie.
I-I didn't know he was your son.
I-I'm sorry.
I swear.
You don't have to apologize.
I feel like I do.
Why? Because he's your son.
It's so embarrassing.
He told me his name was Pat.
I never put two and two together.
I didn't want to go out with him a-at first, I mean.
And I wasn't going to till you changed my mind.
Me? You came into the bar and told me I deserved to have a good time, remember? Right.
And apparently, you did.
You know, have a good time, I mean.
Y-y-yeah, but listen, you got nothing to worry about.
I'm gonna end it.
Why? Ah-- don't get me wrong.
Pat's a great guy and everything.
But your friendship's more important to me, and I think this would screw things up, don't you? It was just one date.
Now it's over.
If you think that's for the best.
I do.
Can I have waffles this morning? Feeling better? A lot better.
Ah! Then waffles it is, though they'll have to be the frozen kind.
That's okay.
And can I play in my game today? Oh, I don't know, David.
With your new meds I slept great last night.
I didn't get up once.
Yes, but you're still adjusting.
Mom, please.
My team needs me.
I will send a note to the school.
If the coach sees a problem, you're on the bench.
Understood? Yes, ma'am.
Here, eat your fruit.
I'll get your waffles.
Will you, uh, come watch me play? Oh, I don't think so, honey.
Lot of planes coming in today, and your mom's gotta be there to help supervise.
It's a big part of my job now.
I get it.
I'll tell you what.
I'll try my best.
Okay? Okay.
May I be excused? Sure.
What's with her? She just misses her father.
That's all.
She's not gonna live with her mother, though, right, 'cause her mom's a drunk? Who told you that? I'm not stupid, mom.
That is not something to joke about, okay? It's a sickness, Tanner, a vicious, awful sickness.
And I don't want you teasing Caroline about it, ever.
You need to just take it easy on her right now.
Why? She-- she's so mean all the time.
Why do I have to be nice to her? Because we're family, and when you're family, you look out for each other.
Okay? Okay.
Gloria and Patrick? What a coincidence, huh? Of all the gin joints in all the towns Right.
So she and Patrick They did.
Yeah, but Gloria's calling it off so that's the end of that.
Calling it off, why? It was awkward for her.
Well, okay, I get that.
But I mean, if they like each other Well, they only went on one date, Denise.
- I mean, how much could they like each other? - Apparently enough to-- Oh, could we not go there, please? She made the right choice.
Look, don't get me wrong.
I love that girl, but Gloria and Patrick? Why not? Well, they have nothing in common.
Well, they have you.
But in very different contexts.
I don't know, Jackie.
Sometimes opposites attract.
Come on.
Can you really see Gloria as an officer's wife? Well, I wasn't looking that far down the road, but now that you bring it up, I-- don't forget, I started out on the enlisted side.
- Not the same.
- Why not? You went to college.
Roxy didn't.
She turned out pretty well.
I don't know why we're arguing about this.
We're not arguing.
I mean, the point is, Gloria made a decision, and I respect it.
Of course.
Come on, ref! The kid wasn't set! Have a seat and zip it.
This ain't the NBA.
So how are things with you and Caroline? Strange.
I don't know.
It's like she's a different person-- quiet, polite.
Polite? Caroline? Exactly.
I think she's depressed.
I really feel for her.
Well, look who's here.
Over here.
Afternoon, ladies.
This is a pleasant surprise.
I managed to juggle a few things.
How are we doing? Not bad.
The other team's undefeated, but we're hanging tough.
Come on, Colonel.
You made it here.
Don't miss out on the game.
You're right.
Yes! Roger that.
What's the holdup? Why aren't we off-loading? Sorry, ma'am.
I haven't been able to reach the army POC.
You're kidding me.
Who is it? Colonel Burton.
I don't believe it! It's fantastic! Joan, you're our good luck charm.
What's wrong? Can you take David home with you? Of course.
I have to get to the airfield.
Sorry I'm late.
If you can just sign these, ma'am, we can begin the off-load.
Colonel Burton? I'm Colonel Kat Young, Airlift Wing Commander.
Good to meet you, Colonel.
What was the delay? I'm sorry.
I had a conflict.
A conflict? We've been sitting idle for an hour.
Maybe you don't appreciate how a delay like that cascades through the system.
I'm aware, Colonel, and I'm What's General Holden doing here? You were unreachable.
I called my chain of command.
You really think that was necessary? My record reflects I have never been late.
As far as I'm concerned, Colonel, your record's 0-1.
Colonel Young.
Yes, sir.
Sorry to meet under these circumstances.
Why was I called out of my office? I see Colonel Burton's here.
What's the problem? No, problem, sir.
Transfer is proceeding.
Yes, an hour late.
Colonel Burton just arrived.
Is that true? Yes, sir.
General, this aircraft's next stop was Andrews for presidential support.
Because of the hold-up, we had to launch another aircraft to take its place.
I see.
Which means another crew had to be alerted to replace the Bravo that was launched, affecting my crew's schedule.
I understand the protocol, Colonel, and I will investigate to make sure this doesn't happen again.
I appreciate that, sir, but with respect, this delay code's on the army.
No need to worry, Colonel.
I'll make the necessary calls.
Thank you, sir.
While you're here, I was hoping we might discuss an operational issue.
Call my office.
We'll set something up.
I'll do that, sir.
In my office when you're through.
Yes, sir.
_ Lieutenant Clarke.
At ease.
Welcome to MacArthur, gentlemen.
- Sir.
- Thank you, sir.
How was your flight? No complaints, sir.
Sergeant, keep an eye on this butter bar.
You don't, his dad's gonna come down on me, and then I'll be coming down on you.
- Roger that, sir.
- All right, then.
So I'll see you tomorrow.
I'm flying out with you.
I got a briefing with the Company Commander and then I thought maybe we could take the hike up to Firebase Reno together.
Look forward to it, sir.
Well, all right, then.
Carry on.
Nice having friends in high places.
Oh, Colonel Sherwood? I've known him since I was 12.
His son and I were best friends at Fort Stewart.
I gotta find the morale tent.
Gotta write an e-mail.
Roger that, sir.
I should do the same.
It's this way if I remember correctly.
Holly, can you get me a roll of quarters? Coming up.
_ You got an e-mail from Pat.
Where are those quarters? Didn't you hear me? Yeah, I heard you.
Well, aren't you gonna read it? I told you, I'm done with him.
I know, but he probably w-- Holly, this isn't high school, okay? And in the future, I'd appreciate it if you didn't read my e-mails.
I didn't read it.
I just saw who it was from.
_ Come on.
One more.
One more.
Take a break, dude.
Kinda cool, isn't it, having the Division Commander's son as our new LT? What's so cool about it? I don't know.
Maybe now we'll get internet.
Yeah, dream on, Truman.
Well, why not? Guy's got some pull, right? Yeah, I bet he's a real candy-ass.
Got every break in the book.
It's not the new LT you need to worry about.
It's the Platoon Sergeant.
I hear he's a former ranger.
And those guys they eat nails for breakfast.
What's that mean? It means I'd brace for impact if I were you.
Toss those bags over.
So the dude was all, like, "I'm going to the hoop," but then bam! Rejected, son.
Yeah, but who got the rebound? Hey, who put it in at the other end? Pull up.
Nothin' but net.
The only thing better than winning is talking about it after.
Bragging rights.
- Hi, Caroline.
- Hey, Nyah.
Hi, Mrs.
How you doing, Caroline? Good.
Yeah? How was the teen center? Fine.
Oh, I picked up some of that yogurt you like.
Yeah, I see what you you mean.
That girl's definitely got the blues.
So what do I do? Well, I know what I do when I feel like that.
Give myself a "me" day.
You know, treat myself to a little shopping, hit the nail salon, the beauty bar.
Nothing fancy.
It usually does the trick.
Yeah, I can see that working for you, but Caroline? I think if I suggest we go shopping, she'd bite my head off.
That or laugh in my face.
Well, you can't know until you try.
You're the adult, Maggie.
Don't forget that.
You had to remind me? "Gloria, made it here in one piece.
I hope you know how much it meant that you came to see me off.
I know we can make this work.
Pretty weird about my mother, huh? You'll have to tell me how you two know each other.
Got to run.
More later.
Thinking of you.
" _ _ _ Come in, Colonel.
What happened out there today? No excuse, sir.
I know that.
I'm asking for an explanation.
The plane wasn't expected for another hour, sir.
- You're blaming the plane? - No, sir.
Then what? David had a basketball game, and I thought I had time to watch.
Which is why we carry cell phones, Joan.
Yes, sir.
The phone was in my pocket.
I didn't hear the 30-minute-out call.
Your lapse could've resulted in a lack of support for the President.
Yes, sir.
Furthermore, it put me at odds with the new Wing Commander at a time when we are trying to build good relations with our Air Force partners.
Understood, sir.
You let me down, Joan.
You let the army down.
Yes, sir.
Hey, mom.
It's me.
I didn't think I'd hear from you so soon.
How was the flight? Long.
Listen, mom, what'd you say to Gloria? What? When I left, everything was great.
Now she doesn't want to hear from me.
Y-yes, I'm-- I'm sorry, Patrick.
So you did talk? Yes.
She told me that she was ending things.
Why? She didn't tell you? No.
What did you say to her? Nothing, I swear.
How do you know her anyway? Uh, through the FRG.
She was, uh, married to a-a soldier, you know? Um, a private.
Yeah, she told me.
I don't care about that.
All I care about is what happened since I left.
It was Gloria's decision.
And frankly, I don't know why it should be so upsetting.
You just met.
It's my life, mom.
Look, Gloria may not be a debutante, but I like her, okay? Sir.
Bird's ready to go.
Be right there, Sergeant.
Mom, I gotta go.
Do me a favor, will you? Tell Gloria I need to talk to her.
I'm gonna be stuck in the middle of nowhere for a long time, and I want a straight answer.
Uh-- Thanks.
Oh love you.
Love you, too.
Stay safe.
Don't worry about me.
Can I come in? I don't wanna interrupt your homework, but I was thinking, and you only have a half day tomorrow, right? Yeah.
So what do you say I pick you up at noon, we could go shopping? Replace those black flats that got lost in the move.
Really? Yeah.
Why not? Okay.
It's a deal.
Lights out.
It was so awesome you were at my game today, mom.
I'm glad I was there, too.
You did great.
You're coming to the next one, too, right? We'll see.
Sleep tight.
Love you.
Love you, too.
- Hey, Denise.
- Hi.
What can I get you? Actually, I was looking for Gloria.
Oh, uh, she had to meet with the accountant.
Um, is there something I can help you with? No.
Just wanted to see how she's doing.
That's all.
Oh, so you heard about Pat? Jackie told me.
It's too bad, huh? I don't know.
Is it? Well, I-I think so.
Gloria says she's not upset about it, but she is.
And what about you? Me? Oh, I'm okay.
You're a terrible liar, Holly.
I know.
My mom says I'm an open book.
What's going on? Well, Gloria's kind of mad at me 'cause I've been pestering her about Pat.
But only because I really want it to work out.
I see.
I just-- I don't get it, Denise.
If she really likes him, why can't she just say so? Mm.
Maybe it's not that easy for her.
You didn't see the way they look at each other.
Sometimes you have to let people make their own decisions, Holly, especially people you care about.
I hear it's about a 45-minute hike up to Reno.
"Up" being the operative word, sir.
We're at altitude.
Takes some getting used to.
Stepping off at 1100 hours, gentlemen, yeah? - Roger that, sir.
- Yes, sir.
Question, Sergeant.
Fire away, sir.
Is it normal for a Brigade Commander to escort a Second Lieutenant to his first assignment? No, sir.
I'd-- I'd say that's unusual.
How unusual? Highly, sir.
Excuse me, Colonel Sherwood.
Yes, Lieutenant.
Sir, I greatly appreciate your willingness to accompany me to Firebase Reno.
But? With full respect, sir.
Unless it's a military necessity, I think I'd rather make the trip alone.
As the son of the Division Commander, sir, I'd like the opportunity to stand in front of my men on my own for the first time.
I see.
And you think having the Brigade Commander with you would get in the way.
Is that right? Yes, sir.
It is.
Well, now I have a problem, Lieutenant.
'Cause I promised your father I'd look after you once you got here.
I think I've done that now.
So if I got a message compelling me to return to MacArthur immediately, I think General Clarke would understand, don't you? Yes, sir.
I think he would, sir.
Good luck, son.
Thank you, sir.
Move out, Sergeant.
What about Colonel Sherwood, sir? He's not coming.
Roger that, sir.
Yeah? Colonel Young is here, sir.
Show her in.
Good morning, Colonel.
Why don't we sit over here? How are you settling in? Uh, Charleston's been extremely welcoming, sir.
I'm glad to hear it.
I'm sorry I wasn't able to make it to your change of command ceremony.
I had a personal matter.
I was sorry to hear about your wife, sir.
Thank you.
So I reviewed the material you sent over, but I'm a little unclear as to what you'd like me to do about it.
May I, sir? Please.
These undeveloped acres a mile from runway 3-5 have been in private hands for generations.
Now the family wants to sell.
I get that part.
What I don't get is why that's a problem.
We don't need the land.
No, sir.
What I need is the airspace above it.
We use a straight-in approach for normal air traffic, which is no problem, but we need to train our crews in tactical approaches used downrange.
To do that, we currently train directly over this property.
If someone were to put up an office building and airspace were to be restricted, we'd be forced to use this alternate approach, which as you can see, takes us directly over the base, which would be disruptive.
So you want us to buy the land just in case? Correct, sir.
A preemptive strike.
At what cost? $2 million, more or less.
$2 million? In the long run, sir, I believe it's a small price to pay for mission readiness.
Well, that's easy for you to say, Colonel.
But I've practically got a city to run here with more immediate problems than a lot of "what ifs" regarding airspace.
I understand that, sir, but I'm trying to train my-- If I had $2 million to play with, I'd throw it at our electric grid and sewage system.
Now I know that doesn't sound sexy, but those are the priorities that affect the quality of life for all army and air force families on base.
Granted, sir.
But quality of life will also be affected if the air force has to alter its training missions.
If, Colonel.
My job-- our job-- is to be mission ready 24/7.
If this land is developed, our readiness will be compromised.
You've made your point, Colonel.
I'll take it under advisement.
Thank you, sir.
I'll make this short and sweet.
I know you've been through a lot out here.
Sergeant Hall and I both appreciate that.
While it may take a few days to get up to speed, with your help, it'll go fast.
While we didn't deploy with you, be assured, our mission is to come home with you, all of you.
Any questions? Yes, private.
Yes, sir, I was wondering, uh, is it possible to get internet up here? I think that's unlikely.
Even with your pull, sir? If I had any pull, you think I'd be stuck in this rathole with all of you? I guess not, sir.
Anyone else? You should sign for your gear, Lieutenant.
Corporal, escort Lieutenant Clarke to the CP.
Yes, Sergeant.
I'll catch up with you, sir.
Roger that.
This way, Lieutenant.
Hey! You haven't been dismissed.
Stand fast.
Did you forget how to blouse your boots, private? - No, Sergeant.
- No what? No excuse, Sergeant.
You're damn right.
Let me see that weapon.
It's not a ball cap.
Yes, Sergeant.
Do not move until I tell you to.
Yes, Sergeant.
Your leaders go down, and this is how you honor them, by letting discipline go to hell? I am disgusted by what I see.
Poor discipline leads to poor performance.
And I am not going to get my ass shot off because one of you clowns got lazy.
I don't care what you've been through up here.
This crap ends right now.
Do I make myself clear? Yes, Sergeant.
You have got exactly four minutes to go scrape your faces, get in proper uniform, and report back here.
Move! - Here you go.
- Thanks.
It's completely unfair.
Patrick blames me for what Gloria said when I had nothing to do with it.
He's young, Jackie.
Well, that's what worries me.
It's not good for him to be thinking about some girl when he's in the middle of a war zone.
Gloria's not some girl.
You know what I mean.
I do, but my point is, you can't stop soldiers from thinking about home.
Frank tells me that's what keeps him going out there.
I know.
But how'd I get to be the bad guy in all this? Oh, you're not.
But I feel that way.
Patrick made me feel that way.
And frankly, so did you, Denise.
Bringing up Roxy and the fact that you started on the enlisted side.
Well, I didn't mean to judge, Jackie.
I-- all I'm saying is, be honest with yourself.
You think I was wrong? I think by saying nothing to Gloria yesterday when she was confused and embarrassed, you actually said quite a lot.
But what do I do now? I mean, I don't want to get stuck in the middle of this.
Well, I agree.
I think you should do the opposite.
Take yourself out of it.
Let Gloria and Patrick come to their own decision without worrying about you.
How do those feel? Good.
Take a walk.
I like 'em.
We'll take those.
Very good.
Those are cute.
Yeah, but I couldn't wear them, right? Why not? Well, you don't think they're a little young for me? Please.
You're old, but you're not that old.
Well, thank you, Caroline.
Do you have these in a 6 and a half? Let me check.
Hey, John.
I want to throw in some tactical approaches today.
Yes, ma'am.
Don't you want to pull closed to the east, ma'am? No.
But we've never done this approach.
We need to train for all contingencies.
It's an approved approach.
You're the boss, ma'am.
Thanks for remembering.
Walk-around complete.
Before starting engines check When you're ready.
General Holden.
What was that, Colonel? What was what, sir? You know damn well what.
The Garrison Commander received multiple complaints of broken glass and other damage because of your little stunt.
If you're referring to our training mission, sir, it was a fully approved flight path.
Which your predecessor never utilized out of concern for base operations.
My pilots don't just make left-hand turns in a war zone, General.
I am sure my superiors would back me on that.
Yes, I'm sure they would.
But the next time you feel the need to perform an unwarranted exercise over my base, I strongly suggest you have the courtesy to let my office know in advance.
Certainly, sir.
And if you think you helped your cause today, Colonel, you are mistaken.
It was never on my mind, sir.
I'll bet.
That was interesting, ma'am.
I won't be ignored.
Well, ma'am.
I don't think that's a problem now.
Hey, Jackie.
Can we talk? I'm kinda busy.
What's up? Patrick called.
He's upset you won't write to him.
He thinks I had something to do with it.
I-I didn't tell him that.
I swear.
I know.
Just tell him it's not true.
Well, maybe it is true.
At least, a little.
How? Gloria, you said that you didn't want Patrick to get in the way of our friendship.
Well, I don't either.
And I don't think I made that clear before.
If you want to write Patrick, write him.
If you don't, don't.
But I don't want you to worry about me either way.
Really? Really.
It's between the two of you.
Take me out of it.
That's really nice of you, Jackie.
Good luck.
Love the new kicks.
Caroline helped me pick them out.
Really? Yeah.
Well, uh, she said I wasn't too old for them anyway.
So it went okay? Yeah.
Um, things are starting to get better.
Glad to hear it.
Hey, Joan.
Come on in.
David, your mom's here.
Thanks for looking after him.
Oh, don't mention it.
Hey, Maggie.
Hey, Joan.
David, it's your turn.
Well, I'll take his turn.
Do I really have to go now, mom? Oh, I'm sorry.
But Mrs.
Zimmerman is coming to the house in ten minutes.
I have to go back to work.
Why can't I just stay here? Well, for one thing, you haven't been invited.
Never mind that.
David is always welcome here.
You want to stay for dinner? - Yes, ma'am.
- All right.
May I? Well, if Mrs.
Montclair says so.
I'll run him home in time for him to finish his homework.
Thank you.
All right.
I can stay.
Tough day? It goes in cycles.
Mom, we're starting a new game.
Hall is playing.
Are you in? I'm in.
I'm in.
Don't work too hard.
I'll let myself out.
All right.
See ya.
What do you guys want for dinner? Mac and cheese.
- We had that last night.
- I like it.
- So do I.
- Me, too.
Mac and cheese it is.
Hey, Jenna.
What's up, girl? What'd you tell the step-monster? The same thing as yesterday.
I'm at the teen center.
She bought it? Yeah.
Gloria, it's Pat.
Hey, Pat.
I've only got a minute.
I'm not supposed to use this for personal calls.
Look I-I got your e-mail.
I know.
Your mom told me.
You talked to her? Yeah.
I know she can be intimidating, just-- She had nothing to do with it.
I wrote that e-mail on my own, Pat.
It's not gonna work.
Why not? You're a general's son.
My father's a dry cleaner.
So what? I don't-- I don't care about any of that.
Well, I do.
Why? 'Cause I'm scared, that's why.
Well, scared of what? Moving too fast.
Caring about you too much.
And that's a problem? Gloria.
You barely know me.
I know enough to want to get to know you better.
Yeah? Well, what if there isn't much to know? I don't believe that.
And I don't think you do, either.
There isn't much we can do from where I am anyway.
I can't contact you other than snail mail mostly.
All I'm asking is, let's not say good-bye before we've even said hello, okay? How's that sound? Gloria? That sounds good.
Yeah? Yeah.
So shut up and get off the phone before you get in trouble.
Roger that.
I'm sorry.
I shouldn't have snapped at you yesterday.
It's okay.
No, it's not.
I'm sorry.
I just want you to be happy.
I know.
What? This is crazy.
What is? What Holly just wrote me.
You are not gonna believe this.
Truman, will you just shut up and tell me what you're talking about? They're roommates.
Who is? Holly and Gloria.
Gloria moved out of her apartment? Yes, her rent went up, so she moved in with Holly.
Isn't that great? What's so great about it? Well, you know, we're best friends, they're best friends.
No, we are not best friends.
We're on the same fire team.
That's all.
Oh, come on.
We're best friends.
Besides, she's my ex-wife.
Yeah, but you're missing the point.
I guess I am.
Where you going? For a walk.
And, no, you're not invited.
All right.
Afternoon, Cruz.
Afternoon, sir.