We meet Christy, the new woman in Chase’s life. She’s tall, young, and hot. Pam definitely notices this and feels j-j-jealous! Not only is Christy good-looking, but she seems sweet, which makes it hard for us to hate her. In fact, we have no reason to hate her except that she’s charming Pam’s ex, Chase. When Pam asks if they’re dating, he basically tells her to mind her own business. It bugs me that Chase is around so much now. When they were married, he was never home. Now that they aren’t married, he’s around all of the time.
Sean Patrick Thomas guest stars in this episode. His role is boring as hell. He’s some sort of pal for Joan. I thought he was a hallucination at first. I think it would have been more interesting if he existed only as a part of Joan’s imagination. Anyway, they relate to each other because both their brains are screwy as a result of war.
Joan is cracking up. She’s defensive toward Roland for checking up on her all of the time. All he’s doing is being a good, supportive husband, but she lashes out at him. With the exception of his one-night hook up with another woman in season one, Roland is a great husband. He stood by her through her PTSD, and now he’s trying to do what’s best during her current crisis. He’s my favorite of the husbands.
I’m not smart enough to know what’s wrong with Joan. She seems okay, but then she has this thing where her brain is malfunctioning. The lettering of street signs jumbles in front of her and she can’t read the cards in her hand. I don’t know what to think about that. I want her to get better, but there can’t possibly be a quick fix for this shit. Also, why do they keep changing the baby who plays Sarah Elizabeth?
Emmalin goes to see a doctor about her knee. It looks like she won’t be able to play hockey anymore. Bummer. I think we’re supposed to care, but I don’t. I do like Emmalin much better than I did before. She’s not nearly as bratty as she’s been in the past two seasons. The actress who plays her is very pretty, but I’m not sold on her acting ability yet. Hope she doesn’t lose weight. I’m glad that she has a healthy body size, as do all of the women on this show. Anyway, Emmalin goes running with her dad for conditioning. Her storyline is pretty dull. I hope they give her something better to do soon. Watching her run stadiums is not gonna cut it.
Trevor is deploying again. His sons take it hard. I know we’re supposed to like the LeBlanc family, but I don’t. They’re so Leave it to Beaver that it makes me sick. They have some problem, talk about it, and then they seem to feel much better by the end of the episode. Real life isn’t like that. They need more trouble than what they’re experiencing. I want more drama. I want them to be dysfunctional in some way. Happy families don’t interest me. Anyway, their problem for this week is that one of the sons feels to like he should be the man of the house now that Trevor is leaving again. Bor-ing. Another mini-problem solved by a heart-to-heart and a cupcake.
The big shocker at the end of this episode is that everyone is deploying to Afghanistan in a week, even Frank and Michael. Frank says they’ll be gone for probably a year. Cool. Hopefully it’ll give us some good drama.