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SEAL Team Photos: Jessica Paré Is Back, to Direct Jason's Next Big Fight

SEAL Team Mandy Leaves

As promised back in December, former SEAL Team cast member Jessica Paré recently rejoined the CBS drama — to direct an important upcoming episode. And TVLine has exclusive photos(below) of her calling the shots in her directorial debut.

Update (3/9): TVLine has also learned that in the same March 24 episode, Paré will also put in a brief appearance as Mandy Ellis.

An original cast member, Paré’s run as a series regular came to an end in this season’s two-part premiere, when Mandy — coming out of the latest deployment, during which she tragically lost another asset — told Jason (David Boreanaz) that she has decided she has served her share of time. No longer can she just keep “moving forward,” as he does.

“Losing a CI in Venezuela, and then losing another one in Afghanistan… it has taken a toll on Mandy,” showrunner Spencer Hudnut told TVLine. “The choice she made was a brave one, realizing much like Jason that this job has cost her so much, and she has the opportunity to break away and find a life for herself. It’s a really difficult choice for Mandy…. But in that moment, she found the strength to walk away.”

Hudnut said then that the door was purposely left open for Paré to return — in part for her directorial debut, with the episode airing Wednesday, March 24 (in which “Jason must fight for his career without the support of his brothers”).

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SEAL Team Jessica Pare

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SEAL Team Jessica Pare

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