'SEAL Team' Season 3 Episode 17 Review: Can Jason mend his bond with Clay after calling him 'son of a b***h'?

'SEAL Team' Season 3 Episode 17 Review: Can Jason mend his bond with Clay after calling him 'son of a b***h'?
David Boreanaz as Jason Hayes, Max Thieriot as Clay Spenser and Neil Brown Jr as Ray Perry (CBS)

Spoilers for 'SEAL Team' Season 3 Episode 17 'Drawdown'

Soak up the shining sun as the Bravo Team sets out on a life-changing mission. A sense of excitement and rapture spills in every scene of 'SEAL Team' as a new chapter begins for the Bravo Team. Led by Jason Hayes (David Boreanaz), the team begins their deployment in Afghanistan during peace negotiations.

The journey marks a fresh start. The team arrives at Camp Larkin, Lisa Davis (Toni Trucks), Mandy Ellis (Jessica Paré) and Eric Blackburn (Judd Lormand) talk about restlessness. For three weeks, they have had nothing to do. 

Sonny Quinn (AJ Buckley) reports to an Air Force base in Texas to serve his disciplinary training action and Clay Spenser (Max Thieriot) accepts Captain Lindell's (Jamie McShane) offer.

Change is painful, but nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong and that's what the Bravo Team will realize. Titled 'Drawdown', the episode introduces new characters as Sonny gets reacquainted with Hannah (Rachel Boston), a childhood friend and his father, Emmet (John Savage).


Moreover, we find out Sonny's name is Percival Quinn. Shocking, isn't it?

Sonny's past: A good or bad change?

AJ Buckley as Sonny Quinn and Rachel Boston as Hannah (CBS)

Sonny walks into a bar and meets Hannah. "You work here?" he asks. Pat comes the reply, "I own here." Sonny tells her he will be working in Laughlin for a while. With a glass of whiskey, the two share old memories and he talks about how things with his father haven't changed. Hannah tells him he frequents the bar alone.


In a heartfelt confession, Sonny apologizes to Hannah for ghosting her. Meanwhile, Hannah tricks Sonny and Emmet to an unplanned dinner at his dad's farm. In a heated argument, Sonny tells him how his dad left him at his grandmother’s house when he was barely eight.

When his dad tries to comfort him saying, "You are still my son," Sonny puts a fork into the table in a fit of rage.


Later, Sonny heads to the barn and looks at his sparkling black car, a Trans Am, looking perfect! Looks like his dad cared for the car in his absence more than he thought he would. It does soften his heart a bit. Only time will tell if Hannah's entry into Sonny's life proves to be a good change or a bad one. 

Jason's clash with Clay

Max Thieriot as Clay Spenser (CBS)

The Bravo Team cleverly gets hold of a target from the tunnel. Meanwhile, Davis hints there is an enemy out there if we thought things have been pretty calm. She tells Mandy that she needs intel to get behind it. 

Just as Team Charlie's members unwind a bit while playing video games, Jason storms inside in a frenzy of anger. He finds out Clay has accepted Lindell's offer and is leaving for STA-21.


He explodes, smashes things onto the ground and calls him a son of a b***h. The fact that Clay has decided to abandon him during a mission hurts him and he bolts out of the room. 

Clay tries to talk it out but Jason is furious. "​Three years being there and this is what I get," Jason says. Clay tells him to read the papers and says he wants to be in a position where he can reshape these decisions. In no mood for any discussion, Jason tells him to "pack his bags."


Lisa Davis and Ray: On a new path

The Bravo Team (CBS)

Mistakenly calling a man a contract worker, Lisa Davis makes a friend at the shooting range. Later, Mandy introduces her to him. Will the new entry become a focal point as more episodes roll out? Are Sonny and Lisa a thing of the past? These questions remain but we are also intrigued about what the future holds for Lisa. 


When Bravo go out to meet the Taliban, there is tension between the two troops. It looks like they could be in the middle of an ambush but Jason takes the lead and tells them to put their weapons down.

In a major twist, when they head into the village and into an ancient house, a pair of hands awaits them with a watch. It is the same watch Jason gave his friend Jack Diaz. Ray supports Jason but he is also worried about his family. 


Jason and Mandy: Can she clear his head?

Jessica Paré as Mandy (CBS)

As the episode comes to a close, Jason and Mandy have a conversation about how his team is a mess. While Ray is worried about home, Clay has already left his side. Mandy asks him about his relationship with Natalie Pierce (Emily Swallow) and he says how Bravo is his priority.


Mandy says, "You are convincing yourself that Bravo is under threat to justify your decisions." He has simply made the team his life and it will not end well for him. When Clay bids goodbye to the team, Jason doesn't say a word. 

Will Jason be able to clear his head and stay sane without Clay and Ray's support? Directed by Max Thieriot and written by Matt Bosack and Mark H Semos, the episode brings an explosive wave to create tension among the Bravo Team. Only time will tell if the team can stick together as Bravo Fam again.


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