This Sunday the SEAL team – in CBS’s last airing of the military drama before it went exclusively to Paramount +, and the launch of a three-part arc – Bravo braved a new budding war zone, where they encountered new wary decision-makers .
But first, before the boys and Lisa got the call to shoot, there was a lot of personal drama to deal with. Clay and Stella were having coffee and planning their baby announcement strategy (sorry, Mark Zuckerberg!)). After Clay and Stella share their months-old wedding news, Ash spots the photo of the ultrasound on the cafe table. Ash talks about teaching his grandson how to fish and the like when Clay cuts him off, mocking his sudden interest in family. When Ash walks away (and after Stella calls out her husband about his rudeness), Clay catches up to his father and notices a bloodstain on his shirt, suggesting he is wearing chemo – but Ash won’t say anything about it. her cancer.
Elsewhere, Jason kept Emma’s boyfriend Brad on his toes, and then just as he got the call they shared their plans to live together with him. Jason laughs out loud at the prospect, then says at least a few words – after Emma graduated, and after Brad finds a job. Brad says he just enlisted in the Navy (with the goal of becoming a SEAL!), this Note, Jason ends the conversation until he comes back. Meanwhile, at The Partition, Lisa has a lunch / bats around thesis ideas with the handsome Grant, who is part of the DoD community with her, when Sonny (freshly berated by Hannah for her parenthood in helicopter) spots them from the bar. It was then that news broke of a series of terrorist attacks on tourist sites in West Africa.
On the mission to accomplish…. A group dubbed SGS and described as “Isis of the last days” supplanted Boko Haram as the most powerful terrorist force in the country. West Africa region, report Blackburn and Davis, and they are at the origin of the attacks which killed more than a hundred people. As the Pentagon demands “vigorous action,” Bravo sets off to camp in Burkina Faso – although when they get there, it’s clear that the CIA, at least, has been in town for quite a while before the attacks.
Bravo’s CIA liaison Carl Dryden is low-key and even keeps Lisa on her guard. At first, Bravo is tasked with targeting a total of three HVTs in two neighboring safe houses at night, but by the time they’re about to kick some doors, Dryden tells Davis to order Bravo to withdraw. A perplexed and frustrated Bravo returns to camp, where Dryden finally shares the latest information and a comparison bold plan, to target the HVTs in broad daylight, before they board planes leaving a small airstrip near an oil factory. Although not Without their reservations, Jason and Ray (who acts as OIC, with Soto deployed elsewhere) agree to the plan.
Sure enough, just as they pull up near the airstrip the next morning, Bravo finds himself under fire. They quickly stop and enter the factory on foot, where they shoot down several tangos, including two HVTs. When they are then stuck by a nest of machine guns, Trent takes them out with some sort of grenade. Bravo then breathes more easily and manages to gather / relay information from the terrorist command center they found inside the oil factory. Lisa and her analysts learn that the latest HVT is planning to board a train, to bomb the US Consulate while traveling. But just as Bravo leaves the SGS command center, a photo of several taped to a wall catches Jason’s attention – it’s Mandy, who is / was clearly in SGS custody. Seeing what Jason sees, Ray pushes Bravo 1 to stay on the mission, although Jason obviously wants to do whatever he can to find and save his friend.
What did you think of the “Need to Know” episode? And will you follow the series to Paramount +, to watch the rest of season 5? (Episode 5 is available to stream on November 1, with new episodes then released every Sunday exclusively on Paramount +.)