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Steven Culp on "SEAL Team"

Episode: 4.11 - Limits of Loyalty



JASON IS PUT ON TRIAL IN A CASE THAT COULD POTENTIALLY END HIS CAREER, ON “SEAL TEAM,” WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7, 2021

“Limits of Loyalty” – Jason is put on trial with a potential career-ending outcome, without knowing if his closest friend, Ray, has his back. Also, Stella moves in with Clay, and Sonny visits Hannah to help her prepare for the arrival of their baby, on SEAL TEAM, Wednesday, April 7 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

REGULAR CAST: David Boreanaz (Jason Hayes), Max Thieriot (Clay Spenser), Neil Brown Jr. (Ray Perry), AJ Buckley (Sonny Quinn), Toni Trucks (Lisa Davis)

RECURRING CAST:
Justin Melnick (Brock Reynolds), Tyler Grey (Trent Sawyer), Parisa Fakhri (Naima Perry), Jamie McShane (Captain Lindell), Alona Tal (Stella Baxter)

GUEST CAST:
Rachel Boston (Hannah Oliver), Natasha Hall (LT. CMDR Williams), Kerri Medders (Emma Hayes), Clare Snodgrass (Sergeant at Arms), Steven Culp (Judge Bixby), Eddie Aguirre (Lt. CMDR Flores), Bahram Khosraviani (Omar Khalaf), Aaron D. Alexander (Panel President)

WRITTEN BY: Corinne Marrinan
DIRECTED BY: Allison Liddi-Brown

Source: CBS






Series Description, Courtesy of CBS:

SEAL Team is a military drama that follows the professional and personal lives of the most elite unit of Navy SEALs as they train, plan and execute the most dangerous, high-stakes missions our country can ask of them. Jason Hayes is the respected, intense leader of the Tier One team whose home life has suffered as a result of his extensive warrior’s existence. His team includes his trusted confidant, Ray Perry, the longest-tenured operator with whom Jason shares an ingrained shorthand; Sonny Quinn, an exceptional, loyal soldier with a checkered past who still combats self-destructive tendencies; and Clay Spenser, a young, multilingual, second-generation SEAL with insatiable drive and dedication. Vital to the team’s success is Ensign Lisa Davis, a no-nonsense, take-charge officer.

Deployed on clandestine missions worldwide at a moment’s notice, and knowing the toll it takes on them and their families, this tight-knit SEAL team displays unwavering patriotism and fearless dedication even in the face of overwhelming odds.


(www.tvfanatic.com, by Dale McGarrigle, April 7, 2021)

Review

Jason finally discovered where all his teammates stood.

The court-martial that should never have happened still took place on SEAL Team Season 4 Episode 11.

Because of the no-contact order, Jason was beset with worst-case scenarios, having no idea if his Bravo teammates, especially Ray, would have his back.

It was heartening to see that, unlike during the beginning days of the trial on SEAL Team Season 4 Episode 10, Lt. Commander Williams, Jason's JAG lawyer, finally decided to do her damn job.

Back then, based solely on a grainy cell phone video, she urged Jason to "take the deal," like he was a gangbanger caught with an eight-ball of cocaine instead of a highly decorated special operator.

It wasn't clear what brought on this much-needed change of heart. Likely it was because Jason was facing a murder charge after word got out that the op led to a revenge killing of the man who tortured Ray.

The courtroom was the worst possible place for a man such as Jason. It was finesse and a careful choice of words, which aren't his strong suit.

With only two battle-tested members of the panel, little wonder that Jason was intense. His fate was going to be decided by "cake-eaters," his least favorite people.

Jason had good reason to be concerned. Like him, his teammates were also people who shot off their mouths first, then thought second. That's not ideal in a courtroom setting, where a skilled prosecutor such as Flores could twist their words and use them against Jason.

It was fortunate that Emma came down from college to keep Jason somewhat on an even keel. Somewhat. Since Emma was there, he had to do his best to keep it together for her and follow Williams' instructions so he wouldn't look guiltier than he already did. 

It was inadvertently Davis's fault that Jason found himself facing murder charges since she revealed that Jason knew that the high-value target they were hunting was the same man who had tortured Ray.

Davis certainly redeemed herself when she discovered surveillance proving that man was an armed terrorist.

The judge (played by JAG veteran Steven Culp) was wrong to exclude that footage. Doesn't he know the first rule of criminal defense is to blame the victim?

It was a good thing Davis rallied to find an image that showed the gun Jason described tucked into the man's waistband.

Jason did an admirable job not flinching and reacting to everything that Flores attempted to pin on him.

Flores had a very simple message that he was preaching: Jason killed the guard because he could have ruined Jason's plan to gain revenge against Ray's torturer.

The biggest evidence against Jason was the missing gun, even though it was obvious that an unattended gun would disappear in a war zone.

Despite his worries to the contrary, Jason's co-workers and teammates came through for him, including Lindell, despite their many clashes. Unfortunately, most of them had to offer testimonials instead of any game-changing evidence that could clear him.

Then Ray came through for Jason in the end, destroying Flores' case for premeditated murder by declaring that he was the one who killed the torturer.

What possessed Clay to continue to violate the no-contact order in an attempt to get inside Ray's head? Remember when Clay used to be the smart one? Now he's content just to be back on Bravo and out of the doghouse and makes no waves.

Jason even managed to help himself, getting the panel to see him as a person who has sacrificed everything for his country without losing his cool despite Flores's badgering.

Still, it took a spirited, dare I say, JAG-style closing by Williams to seal the deal for Jason. That should have been a high point for Bravo. But there was just too much turmoil going on in their personal lives for that to happen.

Clay and Stella still feel like a trainwreck about to occur.

She took him up on his offer to move in and took over his apartment. 

Stella has been very understanding and not at all needy when Clay keeps taking off to deal with Bravo issues. But how long can that last?

His taking down the Bravo team flag from over their bed was a much-needed gesture.

Then there was the star-crossed lovers, Sonny and Davis. Although I seriously question her wisdom, you have to feel sorry for them.

Davis came up with a great plan to transfer to Echo so they can bring their relationship out of the shadows.

Then Sonny complicated things by getting Hannah pregnant one drunken night, after which Davis pressured him to do the right thing.

Finally, Davis doesn't even get considered for the Echo job because of all the noise around Bravo, thanks to Jason's court-martial.

No wonder they're ready to give up.

Even Ray and Naima are tiffing after she eavesdropped at Jason's party and discovered much Ray has been keeping from her about the Tunisian mission (for her own good, of course, something any woman wants to hear).


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