The emotional roller coaster continues as Clay has to deal with losing a best friend and Jason has to deal with an old enemy.
SEAL Team 1×06, “The Spinning Wheel”, on CBS had us once again feeling angry one moment and sad the next. Clay (Max Thieriot) had to deal with the sudden death of Brian (Jay Hayden) and be the one to notify the next of kin. If that didn’t have you bawling, the truth about Brian’s family did. But don’t worry, this wasn’t the only heavily emotional part of our week. Jason’s (David Boreanaz) rivalry with Fuller (Sharif Atkins) had us steaming right along with Jason.
Not only did Jason have to deal with Fuller’s ego, but also with Ray (Neil Brown Jr.) accusing him of acting out due to Nate’s (Daniel Gillies) death. Even though Davis (Toni Trucks), Sonny (AJ Buckley) and the rest of the team busted their asses to get a perfect practice time, things still didn’t go exactly to plan. Just when it seemed Jason and Fuller really had things under control, the mission was called off. Usually Mandy (Jessica Pare) is able to handle these types of situations for the men, but not this time.
Before we lose our cool, let’s meet the roundtable of the week!
Verla (@auntieV55) – Worker, reader, writer, and television binge-watcher!
Manuela (@yellowhat3) – Spent four and a half years in the Naval Reserves and watches SEAL Team mostly for David Boreanaz!
Linda (@Linda02100287) – Part time Library clerk living in New York and raising two teenagers with her husband.
Andrea (@Andrea_Colanni) – Lover of all things David Boreanaz and Max Theiriot, so naturally, SEAL Team is the perfect show!
Pam (@CharlesonPamela) – Professor, teacher, and lover of all good television shows!
1. Jason really shows how little sympathy he has for what Clay is going through. Do you think it’s because it’s Clay? Or would Jason say the same about anyone?
Verla (@auntieV55): I didn’t see it as a lack of sympathy for Clay, but more as acknowledging a fact of military life. He would say the same about anyone. I think he showed empathy when he and Clay exchanged glances as he was leaving. It was as if he was saying “I understand man”.
Manuela (@yellowhat3): I think it’s a bit of self reflection regarding the parallels with Nate’s death and the fact that he himself has not been able to face it yet. He’s giving the impression of not caring when in fact he would like to have the strength and the push, maybe from Ray, to finally talk about it. The final scene of the episode was pure gold.
Linda (@Linda02100287): No, Jason would be that way with anyone. He did say you can’t be emotional after everyone you lose in the field. Jason did give Clay a nod like he was saying sorry and I know what you’re going through.
Andrea (@Andrea_Colanni): That’s hard to say with Jason. He can either be really emotional or really stoic depending on the situation. I really can’t wait until we find out what his real problem with Clay is. Even then, I’m not sure if I could come up with an answer to this one. So I will just go with Jason being that way about anyone.
Pam (@CharlesonPamela): Jason is really difficult. When it comes to his job, he does portray that he thinks emotions should be kept out of things for the most part. But he does also have an issue with Clay, so I think that makes it easier for him to be so harsh. I think he does feel sympathy for Clay, but he just knows he can’t show it.
2. Fuller accuses Jason of undermining him, but do you think there’s a deeper issue at play between the two of them?
Verla: Their experiences on Green Team set them against one another competitively. They haven’t moved past that dynamic.
Manuela: I wonder if Jason actually did something, since they have so much history. I really hope skin color is not the reason why Jason made team lead first and that at the end of the day, it’s the most successful plan that determines who will lead and nothing else. I mean come on! Jason’s plan was solid!
Linda: Yes definitely! There is no love lost between those two.
Andrea: There is definitely something happening deeper with Fuller and Jason. There is the issue of how Fuller feels about Jason getting team lead first. But it could just be because they both want to be top dog and are stubborn and hot headed. It’s definitely true that if you put two people with those types of personalities together, you’re going to get fireworks! I guess we’ll see.
Pamela: I think what it really comes down to is the fact that both of them want to be the alpha. They also want to stand for their team and show how much of a leader they both are. I’m glad they were able to eventually figure out that it was better to work together than against each other.
3. We get a bit of a shock when we learn that Brian’s mother had died a few years ago. So who had Brian been calling weekly when he told everyone it was his mother?
Verla: Depending on how far back his father was killed, maybe he was calling the prison to talk to his dad. I would like for it to have been Denise, but she presented herself as not having been in touch with him for a while.
Manuela: The whole story line was so important and really allowed us to see Clay evolve quickly and have crucial conversations to help him find his resolve to persevere. It could help him to even complete it in Brian’s honor. Maybe Brian was calling Clay’s father, Ash Spencer, since we had that important scene when Clay finds his father’s book at the foster home? That could be why Brian was close to Clay.
Linda: This was sad to hear that his mom had died so many years ago. Clay’s face said it all too, like why would he lie about his family life. Calling his dad?
Andrea: Okay, honestly, I was crying. I was crying last week when I just knew that Brian wasn’t going to make it. This week wasn’t any different as we had to sit and watch Clay dealing with it. They just had to go and kill his best friend? His only friend?! Things for Clay just don’t seem to be getting any easier. But things for Brian were clearly pretty sucky too! I wish I knew who he had been calling every week.
Pamela: I felt a lot of speculation on this one. Brian could have been calling a lot of different people. Or he could have not been calling anyone. If he was going off to ‘make a phone call’ each week, then does anyone really know if he was making a call in the first place? That aspect of things really has me thinking.
4. Ray thinks the death of Nate is causing Jason to act out. Do you think that’s the problem, or does it really just come down to Fuller’s ego?
Verla: Nate’s death and the secrets surrounding his life definitely play a part in Jason’s emotional health right now. Fuller’s veiled accusation concerning Nate’s death was what really goaded Jason into acting out.
Manuela: Good question! I think that Fuller’s ego is a trigger for Jason, maybe something in their history. Jason always confers with his team to devise a plan. Fuller just gives orders. It seems it’s his style.
Linda: Both Jason and Fuller have big ego’s and that is never going to workout well because they both will think they are always right. Ray is right, Nate’s death is affecting Jason’s decisions.
Andrea: I wasn’t sure how I felt about Ray, Fuller and Jason’s attitudes this week. Ray was kind of coming off as a jerk just as much as Jason in my eyes. Maybe they both needed to take a step back and look at the situation in a different perspective. When it came right down to it, Fuller did have a huge ego. But so does Jason! That’s the fact of the matter to me.
Pamela: Maybe it was a little bit of both. Jason clearly hasn’t moved on from Nate’s death yet. He’s really been struggling with it and the struggle doesn’t seem to be getting any better. But Fuller really did have a pretty big ego that he brought to the team as well. I don’t think it’s possible to blame it on one thing or the other. Not when both things are true.
5. Clay finally opens up a bit about his childhood and even gets a little emotional. Do you think this could be a turning point in Clay’s attitude?
Verla: We had already begun to see a shift in Clay’s attitude because of his friendship with Brian. His tenderness and compassion with Denise showed such maturity and growth in him. He is moving past the “it’s all about me” phase.
Manuela: Yes! He realizes he made the best decision to join the SEALs, Especially when Adam tells him the team is his family. Something changed right there. In the restaurant scene, he took charge and was able to say “the right thing” to the head waitress when she got the news of Brian’s passing. He showed confidence, compassion and maturity. He may not have been able to act this way a few weeks prior.
Linda: I’m not sure if it will change Clay’s attitude. He has a lot of resentment towards his dad. But I think we need to see more episodes to find out.
Andrea: I loved seeing Clay open up! Even if him getting emotional makes me get emotional. I really hope this is a turning point in how Clay is going to act in the future. He really needed a change and I think Brian was helping him do that. So maybe by losing Brian, it will show Clay even more how he needs to change.
Pamela: If for nothing else, I hope that Clay changes his attitude as a way to honor Brian’s memory. Brian was trying to hammer the idea of the team being Clay’s family since they met. Clay really did seem as though he was beginning to get it. Then we lost Brian. So hopefully he continues on the path that Brian kind of laid out for him.
6. Jason and Fuller seem as though they are able to bury the hatchet for now. Do you think it’s something that will last? Or will the same problems arise the next time we see Fuller?
Verla: I think it has laid a good foundation for them to work better together in the future. Ray’s talk really influenced Jason to consider Fuller’s perspective.
Manuela: I believe that if Fuller tries to “dictate to Jason” and his Team again, Jason will react the same way. Jason is a natural leader and feels he must always be part of the planning process because he has experience and the sixth sense to come up with the best laid plans.
Linda: Yes. Jason and Fuller seem to have buried the hatchet and I believe it’ll last when and if they see one another again.
Andrea: Did they bury the hatchet? Or did they just realize that they had to work together in order to be successful? That’s kind of a hard one to me. We will have to see how Jason acts the next time he is confronted with working together with Fuller. If there is a next time. Part of me kind of hopes there isn’t one because I think Fuller was a jerk.
Pamela: It really seemed like they were able to bury the hatchet for good. It would have been better if we had seen where all the aggression between them really stemmed from. Or if it was just because they are both alphas. But I think if we see Fuller again, Jason will still be able to work alongside him like he did towards the end of the episode. But we may not see Fuller again, so it may be a moot point anyway.
7. The mission being called off was pretty abrupt and no real reason was given. Why do you think the mission was cancelled?
Verla: It felt like the whole thing was just a test. Maybe a test to see how the two companies work together. Or, a look at how Fuller and Jason would each react to having to share command. There was just a hint of a knowing look between the two of them when they were told it was cancelled. It was as if they had their own idea why it was called off.
Manuela: Yeah, I was a little confused by the first scene when the tracker was placed in the car. Then everything made sense with the mission. When it was called off, I was honestly bummed. Maybe in the end, the threat to relations with Saudi Arabia was high. Or maybe it was only a preemptive exercise after all. The higher ups had to make it seem real to see how both teams would react faced with the actual mission.
Linda: Not really sure why. No reason was given. Maybe they were right, the package wasn’t there. Why go then?
Andrea: This was super weird to me. It seemed like it came out of left field. They had the teams work so hard and for such a long time to perfect how it was going to go down. All that for nothing? I’m wondering if we will hear more about it later. At this point, I have no idea.
Pamela: It did seem pretty abrupt and it was done in a shady type of way. Maybe there isn’t anything suspicious behind it and they just decided the risks were too high. I hope they didn’t let them work that hard on it knowing the whole time it wasn’t going to happen. That would be extremely shady. Isn’t Mandy usually the one who fights for the guys and gets them to go on the missions when others try to stop them? This just seemed strange.
Final Verdict: The deeper we get into this season, the more emotionally invested we become!
The writing on this show just continues to pull us in deeper and deeper. Every week it seems like we go through a wide array of them withing the hour. Roller coaster of emotions is definitely the correct way to describe just about any episode of this show. The writers have done an absolutely fantastic job of pulling us in deeper and deeper. We care about all of these characters and their lives outside of their military affiliations. But the show has also been done in such a way that we care just as much about the characters as a team. We root for their missions and sit on the edge of our seats each week just hoping that all of them will come back safe and sound.
There weren’t a lot of flaws that we could see with this episode, but that could be because our tears were obscuring our view of what was happening. The only thing we want to point out is the mission being called off. That might not even be a flaw, especially if it’s something we are going to delve deeper into in the coming episodes. But it just seemed like they spent so much time working on the drills and perfecting the mission that it was a real let down when it got called off with zero explanation. Then again, maybe that was the point of it all. Build it up and work hard on it, just to have it ripped out from under the team.
SEAL Team returns Wednesday, November 15th at 9/8c on CBS
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