Here are the most complete JAG TV episode summaries (spoilers) found anywhere! Even if you are watching the DVD set, this site can help piece together the interwoven plots, recurring actors, back references, and subtle sub-plots. And, they are still being updated today as fans continue to offer corrections and enhancements.
Hidden Links, Backstories, Scrapbooks and Ribbons
These extensive JAG episode summaries are almost a blow-by-blow description. Much of the time they reveal things that you may have missed, especially if there is more than one plot line. Also, a US Navy consultant helped assure the technical accuracy of the episodes and even the ribbons the characters wore on their uniforms. Knowing which ribbons each character had “earned” helps understand their “back-story.”
Each major character has their own scrapbook to record the events of their lives. Bud and Harriet Roberts’ is basically their “wedding album.” For Harm and Mac, it’s two-fold. Their military career – where they traded saving each others lives back and forth and their many friends, fiance’s AND their odd on-again-off-again courtship. Also check out the scrapbooks for JAG Kids, JAG Friends and Families, and JAG Bad Guys.
“Fair Winds and Following Seas”
The term“Fair Winds and Following Seas” is obvious to sailors as the “blessing” that they bid farewell to close shipmates. To have both the winds and the waves at your back pushing you along is most ideal. And is it a fitting title for the final series episode used by CBS as it cancelled the show after 10 seasons and 227 episodes – SOLELY because of its demographic (seniors). We were too old to be of interest to CBS even though it always won its night in overall ratings.
[Just a note: There were 734,085 unique, individual visitors and millions of page views for this site before we had to change carriers. Now, even in 2012 there are close to 11,000 page views a month as the series is in syndication around the world.]
A JAG Replacement? Try Burn Notice
For several years the millions of senior viewers who searched in vain for something, anything, to replace JAG found nothing! If Bellisario thought his fame would be enough to entice the audience to his other series, he was wrong. It wasn’t until 2006, when the series Burn Notice by Matt Nix aired, that another TV series came even close to competing with JAG. True, Nix doesn’t put in much effort in being accurate about the military. But, there is an ex-Navy SEAL, Sam Axe, who is the moral compass to a “burned” spy, Michael Westen, who goes about righting wrong’s and saving clients. If you haven’t already, you should give it a viewing for a few episodes and see if you don’t get hooked. It is currently in its sixth season (2012) on the USA Network [in the US]. AND, we’ve got just as extensive summaries for it as we do for JAG! Click to visit Burn Notice Secret’s and Stories.