Written by: Donald Bellisario; Watch Now: – Sorry, not available on Amazon
[The long awaited follow-up from the JAG last season’s cliffhanger which left Harm and Mac in Russia flying their stolen MIG into a cloud and followed immediately by a missile which exploded. Probably the most pivotal episode in the entire series and includes many of the Russian characters we have met over the past years, unknowingly a prelude to this episode. It has a somewhat complicated plot with difficulties in understanding all the motives; but, provides “closure” to at least one of the sub-plots – or does it?]
Before the missiles hit them Harm (H) and Mac (M) in their stolen russian MIG, they went into a cloud and punched out! A gypsy brother and sister, Vasya and Ruszka, found H hanging in a tree, conconscious and without his helmit and tried to steal his silk parachute. Harm was rescued from a knife fight with Vasya by M who hadn’t gotten hung up in a tree and had a gun and money for a bribe.
Major Mark Sokol (aka Falcon, KGB) was actively trying to find them. He was connected to Parlovski (also KGB and who had sent H the photo of his father in Russia); but, both were trying to keep their affiliations a secret from H and M. The SECNAV was more than willing to accept that H and M were both dead (from hitting a flock of migrating geese during a ‘demonstration ride’) as the Russians were claiming. The JAG, Chegwidden (C), however, wasn’t and had to tell the SECNAV “you DON’T want to try and stop me” from going to Russia to investigate.
Alexei, the cab driver who took H and M around and arranged their MIG ride, picked Chegwidden up at the airport. Chuck DePalma, ZNN reporter, told C that: “it’s September and geese don’t migrate in Russia until November”; the Russian pilot had been taken to prison by the KGB; and, Alexi, it turned out, was really working for Sokol. Actually, through the show, Alexi was shown working for: Sokol, Parlovski, the Russian Mafia AND Webb (W). Webb appeared in Russia and disclosed that ONE of the KGB agents (either Sokol or Parlovski) was procuring six nuclear tipped missiles for the Mafia, which they intended to sell to the highest bidder. Alexei was tracking them all and couldn’t blow his cover. Webb said that he didn’t know which agent was rogue so C realized that H was being used as the bait. So “whoever kills H and M is your man,” he mocked at W!
Meanwhile H and M were traveling with the gypsies who, partly due to the money they were given, befriended the two. Ruszka had a dream where she was bathing in a small pool when four Russian soldiers began attacking her. Harm came to her rescue but had to fight off her brother who was trying to stop him. Harm then shot and killed three of the soldiers but was killed by the fourth. The gypsy, who claimed to have been having these type of predictive dreams since she was 12, thought that it meant H would be killed in Russia. Harm convinced Vasya to take them to the train station; but, they found that Sokol was there waiting for them. He called out for H and M to show themselves and promised that he was trying to protect them and that he would take H to Beloyka to find his father. Mac convinced H to follow her intuition and believe her that Sokol was NOT the one trying to kill them.
Cegwidden, W, Alexi and the Russian CIA office agent were in Alexi’s taxi at the airport, watching what would happen. They had intercepted a call to Parlovski saying that Sokol had found H and M and was bringing them in. Webb revealed that whoever was the rogue agent was the same KGB agent who had arranged for Harm’s father’s train transfer to Russia. Angry, C took Ws gun and said that if W had just gotten H and M killed he would “put him in the ground” as well. Sokol landed in the helicopter with H and M alive, so they realized that the rogue agent had to be Parlovski. Webb continued to want to wait and see who Parlovski led them to, even when Parlovski’s driver was going for his gun! Chegwidden slammed his foot on the gas and commandeered the cab through the fence and came out shooting. He killed Parlovski’s driver. Parlovski shot Sokol and H shot Parlovski several times; but, then before Parlovski died, H begged him to tell where they had taken his father. He whispered… Suischevo.
Harm was surprised to see C and Webb there. He asked W what he “was doing here” and C replied “getting decked” before he slugged W on the chin, knocking him to the ground. Harm and M found a woman in Suischevo, Pitchta, who, many years previously, had found Rabb Senior (R) in her barn after he had escaped from the work gulag train. Rabb had then worked with her family for two years, never told them who he was or where he came from; but, she said, always looked toward the horizon. She showed H where she, her Brother and Tete (the name she called Harm’s father) had gone to picnic one day. Then, she described the details of the same incident that had been in the gypsy’s “vision.” It had been Pitchta who the soldiers were attacking and her brother who had tried to stop “Tete” from intervening. Then she added that her brother, seeing Tete’s bravery, had killed the fourth soldier with his bare hands. He had buried all their bodies in the Taiga forest near their home, never revealing the location to anyone lest they were seen visiting the graves. But, her brother had also died fifteen years previously. The woman became upset reminiscing over her “Tete” and H let her hold him. Harm turned to the forest and said “goodbye dad, I love you.”