SEAL team

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Bravo Team is assigned to protect a delegation of government officials on a publicity tour to give the illusion to the folks back home that the area is more stabilized than it actually is. The detail is complicated as the members insist on taking unnecessary risks, making it more and more difficult for the SEALs to perform their duties, and the fact that suspected terrorist Salim Hakan (Ismail Bashey) has been added to the group without notifying Bravo beforehand. Bravo and the United States officials all manage to get out alive, although Hakan is killed by a sniper shooting at the group. At first the assumption is that he was an unfortunate casualty caught in the crossfire, although Mandy Ellis (Jessica Paré) raises the possibility that perhaps the sniper got exactly who he was shooting at and eliminated someone the CIA had targeted before Hakan could reveal what he knew.

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After a bombing takes out an entire team, Bravo team finds their time at home cut short.and is asked to deploy overseas in only 18 hours. The first two-thirds of “Getaway Day” spends most of its time showcasing the turmoil of family and friends due both to the attack and Bravo team leaving well-before they had planned. After arriving in Afghanistan, Hayes (David Boreanaz) and his men turn their attention to the terrorists responsible for the trap which killed Echo team ending on a cliffhanger heading into a four-week break. Given the entire team is now deployed overseas, rather than the separate strike missions we’ve seen so far, it will be interesting to see how much of the show’s focus moves away from the family drama of the separate soldiers’ home lives (which are often the weaker scenes of the show, but here are a strength with the characters given far more to play against than normal).

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Jason Hayes (David Boreanaz) and his team head to Estonia to grab a Serbian war criminal turned weapon supplier who Mandy’s (Jessica Paré) mentor (Brian Howe) has been after most of his career. The already complicated snatch-and-grab is made even harder when one of the target’s bodyguards turns out to know Jason, his team, and their methods. Things don’t get any easier for Mandy when she discovers her old friend is so invested in the operation he has played fast and loose with the facts to get her team to put themselves in a dangerous position. The CIA intrigue is a nice twist while once again the action in the field, the planning, and necessary improvisation, all play to the show’s strengths.

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