There was a mission this week, but it wasn’t a terribly exciting one. But this week wasn’t really about the mission, but more these characters’ lives back home, and the team’s interactions while abroad.
“Can you imagine your life without her.”
I had reservations when I saw the promo, and the scenes of Jason grocery shopping with Alana and the kids. They’re not ready to live together again, they should not even be considering it. Honestly, I’m not even convinced if they should try to get back together at all. Very little I’ve seen has convinced me Jason’s capable of change. But it’s okay, as it turns out the family is simply shopping together.
Mikey, as kids do, asks, “Does this mean dad’s getting out of the navy?”
Jason: “Why would you say something like that?”
Mikey: “Well, mom said you guys couldn’t even consider getting back together till you were out.”
It makes for an awkward, tense moment as Alana has to admit to having spoken those words out loud. And if she really feels that way – which I think deep down she does – it’s sad she vented it in front of the kids. Unless he’s injured and incapable of doing his job, Jason will be with his SEAL Team until retirement. It’s who he is.
I wanted to root for these two – but I’m suddenly feeling like I wouldn’t be angry with Alana if she started to move on.
Speaking of moving on, is Jason still crashing on Ray’s couch? Because if he is, that’s a thing that needs to stop (or he could pay rent….).
We finally get to see Lisa at home – and Danny’s in her bed. Lisa’s preparing for Officer Candidate School, surely there’s a lot of story to be told there. Instead, her love life becomes the focus. Of course, we’re going to see how she navigates relationships, it’s part of this show every week, but there was an opportunity here that, instead of pairing Lisa up, her conflicts and relationship struggles could have come in her officer training, with the people she interacts with during it. I can appreciate that perhaps these conflicts will be more more focused on how she’ll navigate a relationship with someone who’s ex-military and living with the scars, while she works side-by-side with the team Danny could have been a member of, than the usual relationship drama.
At least I still have Mandy, who is… well, she’s there. Every week.
They gave her one episode this season where she had a little more to do. I might have to accept that’s it. But what personal relationships does she struggle with because of this job? Does she have a sister? A brother? Nieces and nephews that she rarely sees? Is her family sick of her missing Christmas? Does she have friends outside of work? What’s her life like? And why did she choose to put such a big wall up? I have a lot of questions about Mandy!
Clay and Stella have the big Deployment talk, now that they’ve both found the courage to bring it up. Stella’s worried, and she’s not hiding it. Making things worse is the fact he’ll likely be gone for three months while on deployment. These two have a lot to talk through, but neither has figured out quite how.
In more exciting news, Ray’s back! Even though he shouldn’t be. And he’s lying through his teeth about his shoulder to Jason. I miss Ray when he isn’t on the team, but I’ll miss him a whole lot more if he’s benched because of an injury. So get that fixed. Now. Please. Because don’t think we all don’t see you using your other arm for basic things instead of your injured one.
I’m not talking about the mission, but while the team’s on route to Iraq, Clay’s still got deployment on his mind. He goes to Jason for advice. He’s building a camaraderie with Jason, but it’s laced with awkwardness. Sitting beside Jason, Clay throws a glance at Brock, who’s settling in to sleep, before quietly bringing up deployment. Jason knows instantly this has to do with Stella.
Jason tells Clay to get some rest – but sleep looks like the last thing Clay will be doing tonight.
I like Sonny, I do. But then he suggests the Iraqi’s are just out of the stone age, and I wish he’d just stay quiet. This isn’t the first time, and I know it won’t be the last. It’s the kind of guy he is. Still, it makes him hard to like. On a related note, I think it’s a shame the show chose to go with a Southern accent for this
character while giving him some of the lines that they do.
Through all this, Mandy listens, and watches, and watches, and listens.
The team’s on the ground in Iraq, with some pretty night vision work lighting our screens up green. Inside a building Clay is navigating around a hole in the floor when the building shakes from an explosion and the ground disappears beneath him. He’s conscious, and awake, but he isn’t moving. He tells Ray he’ll be on his six, but his leg is pinned beneath a slab of concrete, and his radio isn’t working. He attempts to use his weapon as leverage to shift the rock, but he only succeeds in damaging his weapon. With some effort, he manages to slide his leg out.
Ray tries to contact Clay on the radio, but he’s receiving no response. It’s now he sees there are three armed men above Clay’s position.
Jason has a lot of faith in Clay, which was evident back when he chose him for the team, and he trusts him now to be able to hold his own, despite being down a hole that’s about to get a visit from one of the Iraqi’s. He manages to dodge that bullet (almost literally), and then warns the team with a light that can only be seen on night vision that the Iraqi’s have an anti-aircraft gun pointed at them.
“First time the kid saves our asses we might actually owe him a case of beer.”
Damn straight, Sonny.
Mandy gets a few more lines as she and Lisa find a tunnel in for the team so they can go get their injured boy.
On the helicopter, Clay sits with Cerberus sprawled across him, but the weight currently on his mind is a lot heavier than the dog on his lap.
“Nice family we got,” Mandy says as she Jason observe the team and talk. There’s a subtle chemistry swirling around these two. I really hope this isn’t what the writers have planned for her. I need more for this character.
Back home, and Clay’s stuck in a hospital bed when Stella comes to be with him. Okay, fine. I’ll admit I’m less suspicious of her now. She seems to genuinely care for him. I’m rather protective of Clay, so while I’m still not completely sold on her character, I’m not side-eying her the way that I was.
“I don’t want to have a relationship that’s defined by walls and boundaries,” he tells Stella. Like his dad had with him and his mom, and like Jason has with his family. And, if he ever spoke with Mandy, like the big ol’ wall she has up that’s SO big she actually doesn’t have a life beyond her job.
Anyway, then Clay does something REALLY stupid and instead of breaking up with Stella, he proposes.
She doesn’t seem like the kind who would say yes to that kind of a proposal.
I guess we’ll find out in the next episode if he’s engaged, just dating, or single…
In two weeks.