The WORST Episodes of Army Wives

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jun 13, 2020

Network: Lifetime

Army Wives tells the story of four women and one man who are brought together by their common bond – they all have military spouses. The series is based on the book Under the Sabers: The Unwritten Code of Army Wives by Tanya Biank. Army Wives is produced by ABC Television Studio and The Mark… More Gordon Company. Pamela Moran used to be a member of the Boston police department. She is now a homemaker allowing her husband to be the breadwinner of the family. She is, as we learn, earning some money as a surrogate mother. Denise Sherwood tries to maintain the image of perfect military wife and mother, even if it means hiding the occasional bruise. Claudia Joy Holden is the one the others look to for leadership and guidance. She is fully supportive of her husband's career and hoping a secret from her past doesn't come to light. Roxy LeBlanc is newlywed to PFC Trevor LeBlanc after only knowing him four days. She is new to military life and uncertain if she will be able to fit in. Roland Burton is a psychiatrist who is the "army wife" of Joan Burton. Joan has been serving in Afghanistan for two years and now they need to reconnect as a family.

Last Minute Changes

#1 - Last Minute Changes

Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired Nov 2, 2008

The Holdens face major changes; Pamela questions her decision to marry into the Army; Roland must help a former patient; Frank remains overseas leaving Denise more time to question her marriage.

star 5.94
126 votes
Writers: Wendy Gillis
Ashes to Ashes

#2 - Ashes to Ashes

Season 7 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 10, 2013

The people of Fort Marshall mourn the loss of one of their own.

star 6.26
111 votes
Shrapnel & Alibis

#3 - Shrapnel & Alibis

Season 3 - Episode 16 - Aired Sep 27, 2009

Consumed with guilt over the bombing in Iraq, Jeremy returns home. Joan says an emotional goodbye to Roland and Sarah Elizabeth. Pamela and Chase struggle to get along after she catches him in a lie. Trevor's hard work finally pays off as his first recruit is sworn in.

star 6.74
101 votes
Directors: Gloria Muzio
Writers: Dianne Messina Stanley, James Stanley
As Time Goes By...

#4 - As Time Goes By...

Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired Sep 20, 2009

When Roxy and Pamela meet two older army wives, Elise and Virginia, in a nursing home, they get a glimpse into Fort Marshall during WWII. Elise and Virginia share their stories and relive their experiences through flashbacks. Roxy and Pamela discover the parallel challenges that army wives have dealt with throughout the years, while also seeing how society has evolved culturally.

star 6.87
97 votes
Directors: Tom Verica
Writers: Bruce Zimmerman, Katherine Fugate
Dirty Laundry

#5 - Dirty Laundry

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Aug 5, 2007

Claudia Joy gets a visit from an old friend, Hannah. Hannah is going to testify in front of Congress about the death of her husband in Afghanistan, which may have been caused by friendly fire.

star 6.92
171 votes
Directors: Joanna Kerns
Writers: Elisa Zuritsky, Julie Rottenberg

#6 - Fallout

Season 6 - Episode 11 - Aired May 6, 2012

Roland meets a man, Marcus, who claims to be David's biological father. Michael investigates the incident at the orphanage in Africa. Jackie sinks deeper into her prescription pill addiction. The tribe rallies to help Jackie. Kevin reveals that Michael's investigation exonerated the 32nd, but Frank remains haunted by the orphans.

star 6.97
103 votes

#7 - Duplicity

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Aug 10, 2008

Joan is restricted to bed rest with pregnancy complications; Trevor is upset when his injury prevents his return to combat; Frank senses a change in Denise when he returns home from Iraq.

star 7.02
166 votes
Directors: Tim Hunter
Writers: Gil Grant
Perchance to Dream

#8 - Perchance to Dream

Season 6 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 4, 2012

In the aftermath of the hurricane, one Army Wife fights for her life, another searches for a place to live after her apartment building is destroyed and Joan gets overwhelmed trying to manage the aftereffects of the storm.

star 7.02
127 votes

#9 - Transitions

Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired Oct 12, 2008

Emmalin's pen pal could cause trouble. Denise finds a new friend. Roland becomes a stay at home dad.

star 7.02
102 votes
Directors: John Terlesky
Writers: Tim O'Donnell
Over and Out

#10 - Over and Out

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired Jun 6, 2010

Joan is very anxious to return home after rebuilding schools in Iraq she hopes the news she will receive will be orders that she will be allowed to go back with her unit before she got injured. A broken leg could end Emmalin's dreams of being a professional hockey player. Pamela and Chase take the steps to change something in their marriage after their children began to sense that that thing is very bad.

star 7.03
159 votes
Writers: Dianne Messina Stanley, James Stanley
Movement to Contact

#11 - Movement to Contact

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Mar 20, 2011

Claudia Joy begins her first day working an associate to professor chandler in his law firm, but today takes an unexpected turn planned Claudia Joy is yelled at. Roxy feels that Pamela may not want to be friends with her anymore. Roland and Joan have to figure out where their daughter will go for preschool. A wedding shower is planned for Jeremy's fiancée Tonya.

star 7.03
102 votes
Learning Curve

#12 - Learning Curve

Season 6 - Episode 4 - Aired Mar 18, 2012

Denise welcomes someone new to Fort Marshall Claudia Joy feels uncomfortable around her and confides about the uneasiness an old friend. Rowland gets an interesting opportunity at a youth center. Roxy has to adjust to the challenges that come with being an officer's wife.

star 7.04
126 votes
The Best of Friends

#13 - The Best of Friends

Season 6 - Episode 3 - Aired Mar 11, 2012

Trevor has difficulty adjusting to new houseguests; Denise encounters an old friend on the base; Pamela struggles with being so far away from Chase.

star 7.06
95 votes
System Failure

#14 - System Failure

Season 6 - Episode 7 - Aired Apr 8, 2012

Joan will be dealing with controversy involving her newly adopted son, David after he and a classmate get into an accident. The wives gather to support the family. The friendship between Claudia joy and Denise gets into trouble after the animosity between Jackie Clark and Claudia joy continues. Roxie and Trevor help a couple try to straighten them there relationship out.

star 7.11
98 votes

#15 - Viral

Season 6 - Episode 6 - Aired Apr 1, 2012

Joan will be dealing with controversy involving her newly adopted son, David after he and a classmate get into an accident. The wives gather to support the family. The friendship between Claudia joy and Denise gets into trouble after the animosity between Jackie Clark and Claudia joy continues. Roxie and Trevor help a couple try to straighten them there relationship out.

star 7.12
125 votes
Blood Relative

#16 - Blood Relative

Season 6 - Episode 12 - Aired May 13, 2012

Denise offers C.J. her kidney, but Frank thinks it's too risky. Meanwhile, Roland and Joan meet with C.J. to discuss the legal issues surrounding David's biological father; and Hector tells Gloria she should quit work because he doesn't like her flirting with customers.

star 7.12
127 votes
After Action Report

#17 - After Action Report

Season 6 - Episode 10 - Aired Apr 29, 2012

Denise notices a change in Frank after returning home from Africa and it begins to worry about his mood change. Jackie may regret taking over the duties of running the family readiness group duties by herself after wondering if she took on too much. Roxy and Trevor help a new family on the base with their money troubles. Tonya feels uncomfortable after bumping into Dr. Hansen while they were both in Africa and shared a kiss together.

star 7.13
127 votes

#18 - Casualties

Season 6 - Episode 8 - Aired Apr 15, 2012

The 23rd division is called to go to Africa where help is needed urgently. Tanya and another doctor work to save a wounded sergeant. Claudia Joy is back home dealing with her medical crisis, while Denise and Jackie pay a visit to the family of the sergeant and welcome them to Fort Marshall. Roxie convinces a rather reluctant army wife to participate in the family readiness group to make other self feel comfortable at Fort Marshall. Roland learns something about Charlie. Back in Africa the troops defend a medical clinic against a militia.

star 7.16
127 votes
Strategic Alliances

#19 - Strategic Alliances

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired Apr 17, 2011

An Army wife facing deportation gets help from Claudia Joy and Chandler; Roxy makes headway with her plans for a truck stop; and Roland and Joan babysit Molly when Denise gets the flu.

star 7.18
100 votes
New Orders

#20 - New Orders

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Jun 13, 2010

Denise and Frank help babysit Sarah Elizabeth while her parents are going for a bike ride. Frank suddenly remembers what raising a baby can be like. Pamela must adjust to life without the base privileges and realizes that without those privileges things are a lot harder to get. After looking at her grades for the recent exam she took Claudia joy becomes part of the study group that will hopefully help her argue all issues of the law instead of one side. Roxy and Trevor are trying to conceive but aren't having much luck. Roxy finally figure's out what may be the reason behind her inability to conceive, Trevor receives some news that will have an effect on whether Roxy and Trevor can have a baby right away.

star 7.19
156 votes
Directors: Matia Karrell
Writers: Bruce Zimmerman
General Complications

#21 - General Complications

Season 6 - Episode 13 - Aired May 20, 2012

Michael is promoted to Corps Commander, and Audrey tells CJ that she helped get him the promotion and she wants payback. Meanwhile, Frank questions his resolve as a soldier; Roland and Joan struggle with David's desire to spend time with his biological father.

star 7.19
124 votes
Guns & Roses

#22 - Guns & Roses

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired May 9, 2010

As Claudia Joy as begins preparations for the annual mother's day brunch, Michael gets a visit from his aunt Edie and the reason for the unexpected visit comes as a shock to both Michael and Claudia Joy. Roland plans a mother's day party for his wife and gets a surprise he didn't expect. Trevor has an awful time planning the perfect mother's day for Roxy.

star 7.20
129 votes
Directors: Emile Levisetti
Writers: Karen Maser
Independence Day

#23 - Independence Day

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Jul 1, 2007

Marilyn, who constantly seems to be in Pamela's business, seems to have a secret of her own which Roxy learns about. Claudia Joy holds a 4th of July picnic at her home but the celebration is marred by the bad news Pamela receives. Joan considers retiring rather than face a court martial and Roland goes to Col. Holden on her behalf.

star 7.21
151 votes
Writers: Hilly Hicks Jr
Evasive Maneuvers

#24 - Evasive Maneuvers

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired May 16, 2010

Marisol Evans moves to Fort Marshall hiding a dangerous secret, When rumors of suspected domestic violence began to surface and the army wives hope to underscore the importance of getting some help in an abusive relationship . In order to keep her mind off of Chase, Pamela and Claudia Joy help organize a USO concert. While still in Afghanistan Joan does her best to keep morale very high over there while the rebuilding of schools some of continues.

star 7.21
158 votes
Directors: Melanie Mayron
Writers: Rebecca Dameron

#25 - Homefront

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 25, 2010

Claudia Joy hosts a breakfast for the Army Spouse of the Year Award finalists and the catty nature of fellow nominee, Lenore, comes out in full force. Roxy and Trevor tell TJ and Finn about the new baby. Joan finds inspiration with other soldiers at the hospital. Roland returns to work to find an unexpected guest, his former business partner Terrance Price. Emmalin cancels plans with her dad to help a new girl on post meet some of her friends.

star 7.21
129 votes
Directors: Chris Peppe
Writers: Bruce Zimmerman