Persian Gulf – 198

Written by: Philip DeGuere; Watch Now: – Sorry, not available on Amazon

[One JAG back story comes to an end (sort of) in this episode; but, there’s still plenty left to worry about. At least Mac isn’t left with an albatross around his neck like Harm was with Palmer. One premise, albeit necessary for the plot, was completely unbelievable to anyone but a naïve writer. Overall, however, this was a well written episode.]

The Maravelis case (a naval research tech who stole the synthetic diamonds that he was making) was still on the JAG case docket because Harm (H) and Mac (M) were still trying to close his bank accounts and get into his safe deposit box. While getting into his car, H first discovered that it wouldn’t start then had his battery blew up in his face (making him deaf?) Bud (B) took over the case and found, with Mac, that there was only $100,000.00 in the accounts and that the diamonds were missing! Maravelis admitted that he had been selling the diamonds to CIA agent Van Duyne; who, he said, had told him that if he didn’t cop to the lesser plea he would be tried for treason. CIA director Kershaw stonewalled M (surprise) but eventually told her that Van Duyne had been found tortured to death and that M’s warning about him “hadn’t trickled up to him.”

Mac brainstormed that the 24 missing diamonds were in Van Duyne’s cigar store locker and took B with her. There were only five there, and we saw Sadik Fahd, in disguise, watching them leave the store. When she got back to her apartment, she found Iranian music playing on her stereo and a single diamond on her bed. Sadik called her cell phone and began playing a “cat and mouse” game with her. He told her that Van Duyne had brought his death on himself and that the diamond was a “token of my esteem” for he had “great admiration for you Sarah.” He called her “incredibly brave” and said he “wanted to make it up to her.” Sadik was staying with, Fardad, a gay Iranian and eventually killed him; but, not before telling him that his name, Fahd, meant “lynx” in Iranian. Chegwidden (C) assigned Turner (T) to take over from M because now she had new evidence and was going to be a witness as they amended their charges to aiding the enemy in a time of war.

Harm stayed in the hospital over night, deaf, and Mattie (Mt) came to visit. Coates (Co) had told H, on his writing easel, that “lies = bad parenting.” Mattie thought H was sleeping so prayed and wanted God to “do a better job taking care of him.” When H got home, he wouldn’t let Mt miss school. Mac came to tell him about Fahd having booby trapped his car. Webb was still unaccounted for, and H told her that she “picked a hellava boyfriend.” She told him to “not look so happy about it.” Harm played scrabble with Co and Mt, and had to tell them that “duh” wasn’t a word. Mac came again and he told her that Sadik was “seducing you.” “Sadik wants something from you,” he told her, “and he’s found your weakness. You want to know what he’s up to, and he’s using your intelligence against you.” She told H he couldn’t help, because he was “still a liability.”

Mac found the night club where Sadik had called her with the woman singing Iranian in the background. She sat down and Sadik called again, talking to her as he changed his disguise and walked across the street to where she was. He kidnapped her, at gun point, and took her back to her apartment, where he began his battle of rhetoric with her. He told her that she was out of her place and had no man to protect her. She mocked his fear that he still held “a woman at gun point.” He holstered his gun. Mac continued to mock him in her exchange of words. He explained that this month was the 25th anniversary of the Iranian revolution. He was nine when he saw Buhollah Khomeini in person and had an “enlightenment” about “world justice and peace under Islam.” His father was killed by the Shah’s secret police and within a year he was in the army, which set Tehran in flames, as “the war began.” He told M that America’s downfall was that “everything is for sale… even, permissive action links (triggers for nuclear weapons).” He said: “bought from your arsenal, paid for with your diamonds.” She asked him if there was anything that he would “give up his Jihad for?” He asked “are you making an offer?” and she replied “do I have something you want?” He asked for “tea.” Still trading insults, he told M that she “was pretending to be a woman, no man, no kids, a barren life in a prison of fear.” She said that what attracted him to her “was the same thing that angers you… my independence.”

They were overlooking the nightclub where he said he was going to “blow it up, so you can see that you aren’t safe anywhere… except with me, to protect you.” She told him that “slaughtering a bunch of kids while you watch from a distance is scraping the bottom of the barrel… even for you Sadik.” When he told her it was less than 10 minutes, she began sexually enticing him with “what will it take for you to change your mind?” They heard sirens outside, and the bomb squad evacuating the night club. Mac unbuttoned her blouse and showed him the “wire” that she was wearing. While he was looking, she kicked his gun out of his hand, slammed him into the couch and slugged him to the punctuation of: “I’m not weak… I’m not barren… I’m not a whore.” She got to the fallen gun first, but he drew another from his coat. She shot him in the arm and, while he was down, said: “that one was for Harm… this one’s for Clayton Webb” and shot him through the forehead. The CIA team broke through the door and told her to “stand down.” She told Kershaw that she was sorry she’d killed him, because he “might have told us where he was getting the PAL,” but Kershaw just said “he might have killed you.” As she walked, alone, out of the apartment, she looked at herself in the mirror and said “I’m not sorry.”

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