General Holden dutifully slips back into his routine. Eddie Hall must juggle base duty, his wife and ever-fighting (step-)kids. General Clarke recovers well and returns to the Afghan border earlier then medically advised, only to preside over a suicide bombing which scares the Pentagon into sending colonel Sherwood's brigade home ahead of schedule. The old and new wives club members start bonding over stories how their relationships started. Holly and Tim, deployed on his first overseas tour, long for permission to communicate, but the bomb cuts all non-command-contact off. Denise minds the Burton kids while the doctor is in Boston.