Tonight on CBS their new military drama Seal Team airs with an all-new Wednesday, January 3, , episode and we have your Seal Team recap below. On tonight’s Seal Team season 1 episode 10, “Pattern of Life,” as per the CBS synopsis, “Tensions are high when Jason and the SEAL Team enter a Yemeni house to locate a cell phone linked to a terrorist network, and interrogate the family while the daughter lays in critical condition after being accidentally shot.”
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Its 4 am in Yemen as a teenage girl studies at her desk. A mother sleeps on the floor along with a father and son. A dog barks, waking the father. He looks out the window and doesn’t see anything. He gets his gun and readies it as he grabs his phone and makes his way out of the room. He makes his way down the stairs to the front door. He sees a shadow under the door. The Seal Team breaks in. The daughter comes out into the hallway. They shoot her dead. The father yells her name over and over. The rest of the team makes their way through the house, rounding up the mother and boy. Jason calls into headquarters to inform them, “target secured.” He shuts the front door.
The daughter continues to bleed out on the floor as they take the father away. Clay is upset about shooting the daughter. Jason tells him he made the right call and now he needs to get his head back in the game. They clear off the kitchen table, putting the daughter on there to work on her. He strings up an IV to the kitchen light.
Ray heads to see the father. He tells them they are looking for a phone. Jason thinks he found it. Ray checks. It isn’t it. Jason tells the father he needs the phone and then he can bring the daughter to the hospital. Meanwhile, Sonny looks around. He finds a handful of SIM cards and checks them. They aren’t it either. Jason demands to know where the phone is but the father insists he doesn’t have any other phones.
Jason checks in with Eric, Amanda, and Davis. He informs them of the girl and that he cannot find the phone. They pinged the phone to that address an hour earlier but have since lost the signal. The general gets on the line. He wants them to keep looking. The phone is linked to a terrorist recruiter.
Jason and Ray go to talk to the mother. They need to test her blood to see if she is a match. Her daughter needs a transfusion. The mother cries and screams. They have the wrong house. She finally agrees and heads downstairs. She sees the pool of blood on the floor and begins to cry.
Amanda and Davis talk. They cannot believe the general doesn’t seem to care too much about the girl possibly dying.
Ray questions the mother while Clay draws her blood. Jason talks to the father about a terrorist magazine he found. The father insists he didn’t know he still had it. A friend gave it to him after one of their medical facilities was bombed by a US drone. He does not agree with violence. The wife corroborates the story.
Jason talks with Davis. They notice lights outside the home. Jason locks the doors. They wait. A man tries to come in. They drop him to the floor. He has a gun. They question him. He is the cousin of the wife. He just came back from Morning Prayer. He has a gun because he was robbed last week. They check his phone. It isn’t a match. Jason sends his picture to Amanda. He doesn’t seem to fit their profile.
They question the mother again. They let her see her daughter. After she tells them what she knows about her nephew. Meanwhile, Sonny questions the young son to see if he knows where there is a phone. He explains that they cannot help his sister until they get the phone. The boy brings Sonny to a downstairs sink where there is a cell phone in a sink drain in a plastic zipped bag. He tells Sonny that the phone is his.
Jason asks the mother about the phone. She tells them that the phone is hers. They call it in to Amanda. They try to unlock the phone with the fingerprints of the mother and the father. It does not work. The other tries to take the blame for the phone but Jason isn’t buying it. He realizes after interrogating the young son that the daughter is the one who owns the phone. They check her fingerprint on the id pad. It is a match. The mother tells them that she is just a young girl. Bleeding on the table, she tells them all she is a soldier of God. The mother screams. Jason and the team take her with them on a stretcher.
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This weeks episode was not a favorite of mine. I think this was partially because there was no real tension in the story for me and partially because I had it figured out about 3 minutes in.
The episode was all about the mission. The mission felt very realistic in its simplicity, but does that make for a satisfying some-odd minutes of television?
As the parents protest that the SEALs have the wrong house, Sonny, of all people, works their 8 year-old son for information.
The boy, like his parents, wants to make sure his big sister gets the medical help she needs. So he gives them the well-hidden (in a drain) phone. (Im guessing their search parameters will change in the future.)
The show has slowly expanded its focus on our central SEALs. In doing so, they have made Sonny a favorite of mine. Watching him deal with that 8 year-old boy just made me smile.
From some of his comments over the course of the season, I expected him to be a kid whisperer. But hes not. He was, at some points, painfully awkward and at others on the same page with the kid. Ultimately, he got the information they needed.
It was a little unclear to me whether the guy who gave her the phone was the same age as Aisha or a grown man who worked at the Mosque. Her mother definitely thought they were just friends. Aisha said he was her teacher.
I love hard action, but Ive watched so much TV in my life that 90% of the time I can see which direction a story is going. Because of this, character is really important in my television viewing. It was the character stories that left me with mixed feelings about the ending of this episode.
On the one hand, having the girl be an innocent bystander left Clay, the shooter, very upset. He struggled to maintain operational focus in the wake of having possibly killed an unarmed child.
It might have made for a very interesting story for Clay, new to this particular pressure cooker, to deal with this perceived mistake when he returns home.
It also could have given us some insight on whether Jason will continue to talk to his wife when he returns home. When Jason mentioned that he was disturbed by the shooting because the victim reminded him of his own teenaged daughter, my first thought was whether he would talk to his wife about those feelings.
By making Aisha the person they were hunting, its possible that that both of those character story questions become moot. That revelation took Aisha from unarmed innocent bystander to combatant, and thats something far easier to compartmentalize.
On the other hand, the soldier struggles to deal with killing an innocent in combat story is not a new one, and the direction the show decided to take spared us a, possibly, clichéd story. I really cant say which direction would have been the best for me as an audience member.
Thats not to say that the episode ignored character stories completely.
Ellis isnt worried about at all and I can understand why. To paraphrase my best friend People who are worried about being bad people never are.
The episode ended with a fairly powerful shot of the family as Jason and the team exits. It was an eloquent study of what the family lost.
This episode was my favorite of the season but it wasnt a bad episode at all.
What do you think? Did the conclusion work for you? Did such a simple straight forward mission work for you?
The winter premiere of SEAL Team starts in an unusual place. Rather than getting us situated with the team’s home life before launching us into a briefing, training, and then the mission, we start in the action — we also start with the family in Yemen whose home the Team is invading, which marks a perspective change we haven’t had. It actually makes a huge difference, opening on the family sleeping and doing normal things inside their home, because when these big buff highly trained and armed Americans burst in, it feels like what it is; jarring, violent, scary.
As soon as they enter, they see the father of the family with an AK, and Clay shoots, hitting the teenage daughter. The actual mission unfolds as they search the house and give the girl medical treatment to keep her alive until they’re permitted to get her to a hospital. Clay seems a little dazed by having shot a girl, but ultimately he does his job and is fine. Jason is much more concerned about him, and keeps checking in and telling him to buck-up and so forth.
We find out the mission is extracting a cell phone used to coordinate terrorist activities and the person to whom it belongs. They know (or think they know) it’s in the house, but they don’t know where, or who it belongs to. Because the father went to medical school in Texas and speaks English fluently, they assume its him, and so are mostly focused on interrogating him.
The whole team, though, is perturbed by denying the parents’ constant pleas to take their daughter to the hospital. Because they don’t know who the phone belongs to, they can’t let anybody leave until they figure it out and find it, but it certainly feels inhumane to let a teenage girl almost bleed out. Jason even calls in to find out if they can take the girl to the hospital and retain the other members of the family, but his request is denied.
That’s maybe my favorite takeaway from the episode. Jason and company feel like good guys throughout despite the fact that our sympathy is mostly with the family they’re invading. They’re morally conflicted. They don’t like putting the girl’s life at risk. They don’t like telling the mother she can’t see her potentially dying daughter. They don’t like ransacking the house looking for the phone. But they’re following orders. I’m not trying to say that their actions at all points are okay and justified, but I don’t think the show is either. The main takeaway I got from this episode was sort of anti-military but pro-soldier — as in, the bureaucracy can be bad and cruel and out of touch and outright wrong. The individual soldiers, though they certainly have the capacity to be all of those things as much as anybody, are just trying to do their jobs.
Anyway, they can’t find anything to substantially connect the husband or wife to any terrorist organization, and despite promises that their daughter will be immediately taken to get medical care if they give up the phone, neither of them budge. Sonny spends most of the episode with the son, being friendly with him as he searches his room. His conversations with the kid prove fruitful, because later when they’re trying to get more information on the phone that they’re looking for to connect it to somebody in particular, they find a connection to Germany, and Sonny remembers a German soccer card he found in the kid’s room.
The boy takes them to the phone, finally, pulling it out of a plastic back in the drain. Obviously nobody thinks it belongs to the little kid, and the mother of the family immediately claims that it’s hers, but Jason isn’t buying it. For whatever reason, it takes them forever to realize that it must belong to the daughter, and after trying her finger on the scan to open it, it’s confirmed to be her.
Seeing the family’s heartbreak and shock as their daughter reveals herself to be a true believer in the terror she’s help to cause is pretty rough. At the very least she’s finally able to get the medical care she needs, and the team is able to extract her and the phone and get her treatment.
While all of this is playing out, we’re pretty close to the guys on the ground and so don’t get as much of Mandy or Davis as we usually do, but there is a little drama playing out back on the mothership. They’re dealing with a General who the whole time has been callous and careless and quite misinformed. This spurs a conversation between Mandy and Davis about how Davis is applying to Officer Candidacy training, and how she worries that being an officer requires a disregard for personal humanity in service of the bigger picture, and that she doesn’t want to embody that. Mandy assures her that she won’t ever become that. As always, it’s nice to get two women talking in the work place about professional concerns and being friends, especially on a show with such a (sort of understandably) skewed male-female ratio. I really appreciate that they seem to try to squeeze this in every week.
All in all, this felt like a strong premiere, and it was nice to see the show depart from its usual format. It had solid emotional beats and presented us with a nice shift in perspective without sacrificing its recognizable characters and structure — it felt like a natural way to play out this story, rather than a gimmick to change things up. The team consistently strikes a balance between very competent and troubled enough by aspects of the mission that nobody’s really carrying the idiot ball but also, it’s not boring or too easy. Despite everything that I expected, as always, I’m really enjoying SEAL Team. It’s certainly got its problems and it’s not going to change the world or revolutionize your thinking with its hot take on politics and war, but while it might not be the peak of intellectual programming, it’s certainly not vacant. Paired with a continuously likable cast and some decent action or suspense depending on the week, it’s enough to make it something to look forward to.
Season 1, Episode 10 (S01E)
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Tensions run high as the SEAL Team enters a Yemeni house to locate a cell phone linked to a terrorist attack. While at the house, they interrogate the family who lives there as the daughter lies in critical condition after being accidentally shot.
Clay, who accidentally shot the girl, is shaken by the experience and Jason talks to him to calm him down.
The SEALs start to wonder if their intel was wrong, and worry that they may be at the wrong address after not being able to get any information out of the family.
Meanwhile, Mandy, Lisa and Lt. Blackburn have to deal with an impatient general who is more concerned about being proven right than the fate of the wounded girl and her family.
Mandy finds out that Lisa has applied to officer candidate training and congratulates her. Lisa was trying to keep it a secret because she knows the negative feelings many of the SEALs have toward officers, and the general's behavior isn't helping. Mandy assures her that she knows Lisa woulld be a good officer.
Later on, Lt. Blackburn stands up to the obnoxious general and shows Lisa a good example of what an honorable officer looks like.
Sonny talks to the son of the detained family and the boy shows leads him to the hidden phone, which they find out belongs to the wounded daughter. She admits to being part of the terrorist network, and it turns out that she became committed to the cause after her friend was killed by a US drone strike.
The sorrowful family watches as the SEALs leave with the girl, shocked to realize their daughter was a terrorist.
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Jason's SEAL team is on ultra-secret mission in Yemen, where the US is officially not involved in the Saudi coalition's actions against the Houthi, to identify and extract the suspected local link to a Jihadi terrorist network. Telephone surveillance pinpointed at the home of the capital's Texas-schooled hospital chief, Dr. Haddad Bashar. His phone nor those of his wife Reema and daughter Aisha checkout as the criminal one, but the girl got wounded by Clay jumping in front of her father, mistakenly believed to pull a weapon. Pressed for time, with general Cook, breathing down his boss's neck, Jason tries in vain to press the family into delivering the phone by refusing to hospitalize the girl till then. Reema's cousin Naseem is also mistakenly suspected and arrested, the truth eventually comes from Haddad's kid son Junaid (8), shocking even most kin. —KGF Vissers
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