The third season begins with a desperate search for Emmalin, who has run off to get married just as Claudia Joy and Michael are planning to depart for Brussels. Faced with losing the bar, Roxy does whatever she can to work an equitable deal with Collin (Ivan Sergei). And Denise deals with the aftermath of her affair.
Denise tries to learn Frank's fate after his unit runs into trouble in Iraq. She turns to Claudia Joy for help, but her friend is busy reestablishing a home base after deciding to stay in town with Emmalin.
Claudia Joy house hunts as Emmalin's rebellious ways continue. Pamela is also on the lookout for a new place because her kids no longer want to share a room. Elsewhere, Roland is confronted by an outside therapist about the care available for soldiers and Trevor's career is jeopardized by a bad call he makes during a drill.
Claudia Joy tries to help Michael bridge the gap between him and Emmalin; Pamela and Chase's move brings out Trevor's insecurities about providing for his family; Roland gets a job offer; and Jeremy has a near miss overseas.
Roxy plans a reopening bash for the bar, but things don't go as well as she had hoped; Pamela's football know-how leads to a job offer with her son's team; Chase comes home early, but finds it difficult to readjust; and Joan decides to christen Sarah Elizabeth before she is deployed.
Pamela disagrees with the football coach's methods; Denise and Frank go for counseling; Joan and Evan are on opposing sides during a war-game exercise; and Haneen makes herself at home in the Holdens' house.
The war-games exercise pits Joan and Evan against each other; Claudia Joy and Denise approach the FRG about sponsoring Haneen, who needs further treatment after her surgery; and Pamela advises a young wife on starting her own business.
Michael and Emmalin try to rebuild their relationship by spending some quality time together; Claudia Joy escorts Haneen back home to the Middle East; and Roxy is concerned about Finn's difficulties in school.
Roxy's favorite country singer (Shelby Lynne) stops by the bar seeking employment; Pamela's hunt for her lost wallet puts a damper on Chase's homecoming; and Joan agonizes over the family milestones she'll miss during her deployment.
Claudia Joy and Denise escort a former senator's widow (Kelly Bishop) to a groundbreaking ceremony on base; Roxy tries to make a good impression for Finn at a private school; country singer Jack Ingram performs at Roxy's bar; and Roland comforts Joan about her pending deployment.
Claudia Joy is determined to keep her medical condition a secret; Trevor is challenged by his new role as a recruiter; and Pamela desperately searches for answers about Chase, who was set to return home two weeks ago.
Viola (Tonya Pinkins) makes an impressive turn as a guest singer at the Hump Bar; Michael anxiously awaits a visit from a four-star general (Michael Nouri); and Denise plays to win at an annual golf tournament.
The Holdens ready for Michael's promotion ceremony; Pamela's marital woes escalate; and Roland struggles with his additional responsibilities at home and on the job. Meanwhile, Roxy faces financial difficulties; and a grieving Jeremy deals with the aftermath of the incident at the Hump Bar.