“SEAL Team” recap: season 5, episode 12 – Full Metal, Alana helps Jason
This week on Paramount + SEAL teamJason was finally faced with a harsh truth about a past mission. How did he react at first, and what path did he take to find greater peace?
Picking up around 16 days where last week left off, times are still tight in Bravo’s makeshift base – and they’re about to get worse, when Jason confronts Clay and Ray about the watch schedule designed to have one of them always look over his shoulder. Disappointed to see Ray succumb to Clay’s theories, Jason suggests it’s still a matter of leaving the mining probe he almost left behind in North Korea. But Ray and Clay explain to him the harsh truth about Mali, and how it was Jason’s forgetting, not an enemy RPG, which caused a building to collapse and land all Bravo in the hospital. Jay rejects the request as a “bulls-t,” dismisses his two brothers as a disgrace to the Trident, then runs away.
Ray and Clay later find Jason sitting on the edge of the roof – with a gun. They also find him to have accepted the truth, and therefore apoplectic that his 20-year career will end in “the worst possible way”, with the loss of his bird. That he’s supposed to lead his brothers, not about to kill them. That he could end up as broken as Swanny.
Clay points out that fellowship is about when to help and when to help each other, that science is changing rapidly in the treatment of TBI. Jason, however, refuses to be a lab rat and is instead determined to “come out on my shield, on my terms.” The next morning, Ray reaches out to Jay again and offers to take them out for a burrito breakfast; Jason accepts, as long as Ray doesn’t say a word to him. After eating, they find themselves in a small, secluded house, where Ray introduces Jason to Marc Lee (hey, that’s Animal Kingdom‘s Shawn Hatosy!), a former Ranger who took care of his own TBI and PTS with the help of psychoactive plants such as haumuchu cactus aka “San Pedro” (a real one!). Jason is skeptical, but hearing Marc talk about achieving “enlightenment” by “dissolving the ego” with psychedelics, says to hit him.
As the cactus juice kicks in, a dazed Jason gazes at a tree inside Marc’s house … which then moves to the bulkhead, where he reunites with Curtis “Cujo” Johnson, Jorge and Full Metal – a.k.a. first death he felt responsible for, the first team member to die under his own watch as Bravo 1, and the last. Jason apologizes for their respective deaths, but they each make it clear that they don’t regret being dead like they did and would rather be remembered for how they lived and fought. Also, they note, none of their own is the death that hangs over Jason’s head the most. And as Jason follows a hooded figure through a light door and into his old apartment, we see that it is… his late wife Alana.
Hearing Jason obsessed with his death, Alana refuses to be described as a “victim” of his decisions. After all, she was just looking for wine, beer and chicken when a truck hit her. She also explains that while he may have witnessed her misfortune, the children Mikey and Emma spent more time with her and thus got to see other sides of her. Alana tells Jason that he needs to stop focusing on how things end and instead remember how they started – that their good days together outnumbered the bad. “Things are bad, but they’re also good,” she said, echoing one of her fallen brothers.
Jason laments that Alana made a “mistake” by spending so much of her life loving her, but she retorts, “You can’t tell me what my, our life was, because we were both there. -low.” And yes it do “fk us up”, but how could he not have, poses Alana, given all the blood and trauma he’s been through? Still, that doesn’t doom him to a life of misery, she says. Alana then realizes that, just like the day they first met, “I have to save you again”, denying her husband any regret and assuring him, “Jason Hayes – you are worthy of love.”
Somewhere else…. When Sonny left AWOL, Clay (with help from Davis) found him in a difficult part of town, where Sonny apparently stole coke and money from gangbangers, then invited a host of locals in a hotel room for a sleepless night. . Clay quickly gets everyone out, then berates Sonny for possibly jeopardizing their Omega mission – and / or worse, causing trouble with a local gang. A coked Sonny brushes off Clay’s worries, but of course, after Sonny sobers up by catching a few winks, two (and then more) gang members come looking for what was stolen. Sonny saves Clay’s life, and vice versa, in a first skirmish inside the hotel room. They then begin to clear the halls of the other thugs, using fists and guns, as they cautiously but quickly exit the hotel without meeting the arriving local police.
Sonny and Clay end up on a dusty roadside, abandoning / cleaning up their ride, where Sonny says he never asked to be “saved”, which Clay nearly orphaned his newborn baby in the NICU earlier was on him. When Sonny jokes that not everyone can have a “perfect, white” family life, Clay retaliates by recalling his grandson’s ordeal and how the toddler’s “reward” for his bravery nearly went to waste. his father because of Sonny’s “pathetic ass.” Clay’s point lands squarely on a repentant Sonny, and they await their return – which turns out to be from Ray and Jason, returning from their own weird day.
Meanwhile, on the front line of the Omega mission, Lisa pored over boxes and boxes of truck GPS logs to deduce that Venezuelans are refining uranium in an underground facility accessible through a series of spitting tunnels. in neighboring businesses.
What did you think of the episode “Keys to Heaven” and its explosions from the past?