‘SEAL Team’: One Character Returns to Help Set Jason on His Way

by Lauren Boisvert
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“SEAL Team” has been putting Jason through the ringer lately, but with Sunday’s episode, is he finally on the road to recovery? In the episode, he had a little help from his friend Ray, some psychedelic plants, and a few visits from old teammates.

But, there was one visitor in particular that really set Jason on the straight and narrow; his dead wife, Alana Hayes. When Jason went on his little cactus juice trip, he was confronted by his past; former teammates Curtis Johnson, Jorge, and Full Metal. They told him they don’t blame him for their deaths. He needs to let go of his guilt.

Next on “SEAL Team”, Alana visited him, because he carries the most guilt about her death, even though it was an accident. Alana refuses to be a victim of Jason’s guilt. He forgot that there were times where he and Alana were happy; she tells him that he can’t blame himself for the times that they weren’t, because he experienced so much trauma in his work. She reveals that she doesn’t blame him for that.

Still, Jason thinks she “made a mistake” by loving him for so long. But Alana is quick to dispute that. She says, “You don’t get to tell me what my, our life was, because we were both there.” Just because he’s been through unimaginable horrors, doesn’t mean he should live a life of misery. Alana realizes that, just like she did when they met, she has to save Jason again. She tells him, “Jason Hayes, you are worthy of love.”

Hopefully, seeing his dead wife, and having her reassurance that he’s not all bad, will help Jason reach out for the help he needs. It’s almost as if he got her blessing to move forward and get out of the hole he’s dug for himself.

‘SEAL Team’: Could Jason Be On His Way To Recovery?

On the recent “SEAL Team”, Jason finally got some help, after almost ending everything. He first went up to the roof of their safehouse with his gun; he wanted to go out on his own terms. He’s wracked with guilt, and has finally accepted the truth: that he’s put his brothers in danger for long enough.

But Ray tells Jason about a former Ranger who lives in the area who also experienced a traumatic brain injury. He’s been healing himself using psychoactive plants, specifically the haumuchu cactus, also known as the San Pedro cactus.

They go see Marc Lee, who tells Jason that the key to healing is “dissolving the ego.” That’s something that’s going to be hard for Jason; one of his more recent flaws on “SEAL Team” has been his ego. It was spawned by the feeling of inadequacy and terror that his teammates are going to rat him out. But no one ever did. They just want to help him.