War Cries – 8

Written by: Scott Gemmill; Watch Now: Link to video of episode on Amazon

Ramon Escamilla, a 15 year old high school student, was shot and killed while trying to scale the wall of the Peruvian embassy near the embassador’s quarters. Corporal Parr said he saw a muzzle flash before he shot at the boy but no weapon was found. He didn’t tell anyone that he had been distracted by a girl, Tienna, who had called to him through the gate. JAG officers Harm (H) and Meg (Mg) were assigned to investigate and met at airport by Gunny Granger who didn’t salute Mg and, when challenged, said he didn’t want people to know she was an officer for security reasons.

Ambassador Bartlet shown as an hysterical incompetent who tried on the phone to get the first lady to “get her out of here.” At first H had to reign in Mg telling her to “try it with a little more objectivity.” An old woman in black left a bomb at the embassy gate killing a marine. The Ambassador told H and Mg to solve the problem or they would be in front of her at a dedication function the next day. Meg saw gunny intimidating Parr and loudly backed him down ordering him to leave Parr alone. Harm went to visit Ramon’s mother & found Tienna, his sister, in the house as well. They had scrapbook pictures of her son and when Mrs. Escamilla asked if it was Parr who had killed her son, Tienna got upset and kicked them out but not before they heard that Tienna was pregnant by Parr.

Meg had Parr lift her to the wall and over and found a shell to an assassins weapon. Meg thought Granger was trigger happy and interfered with him several times including ordering him to stand down when Gunny was going to rescue Parr, who he thought had been kidnapped by the Sendero Luminoso (shining path). When they arrived at Escamilla’s house they found Luminoso members there who fled. Mrs. Escamilla told them that the Luminoso came to kill Tienna who was at the church. Harm arrived to the church just as the Luminoso were trying to kill Parr. She told everyone that she had no where to go to be safe and H suggested sanctuary in the embassy. Harm’s skillful questioning got Tienna to admit that her brother Ramon was in the Luminoso and the ambassador could have been the target.

Pres Clinton was shown telephoning the ambassador and she didn’t cancel the dedication. When they left on a secret route, Tienna was shown trying to distract Parr in the communication room. The ambassador’s convoy was ambushed with missile weapons and her Kevlar vest saved her. Gunny jumped into the fray and took out most of the terrorists but withheld firing on a grieving woman in a robe. When he turned away the woman shot him and Mg shot her. The woman was Mrs. Escamilla so they knew Tienna was probably a terrorist as well. They notified Parr that the ambassador was on her way back to the embassy and Tienna was Luminoso. He didn’t answer but when Tienna tried to con him again and pulled a gun on him, he shot her.

Meg finally accepted what a good soldier Gunny was as his coffin was being loaded onto air transport. They had finally discovered that all three “Escamilla’s” were members of the same shining path cell, none of them were even related and Tienna was not pregnant – it was all a ruse.

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