Written by: Larry Moskowitz, Larry Moskowitz; Watch Now: – Sorry, not available on Amazon
JAG officer Harm (H) swore in Bud (B) as a Lieutenant and Bud’s father Big Bud (BB) appeared unexpectedly, in uniform. He had been ordered back to duty to stand court-martial for stealing VCRs and Televisions from the Navy while he had been chief of stores on his base. An owner of Dobie Electronics, Glen Dobie, was caught with stolen electronics that had altered serial numbers. He was given immunity when he offered to give them BBs name. All records had disappeared mysteriously. He asked B to defend him and laid it on thick to Chegwidden (C) about being proud of B and wanting to get closer to his kids. Chegwidden allowed B to defend him and said “God help you both.”
Dobie claimed that BB had done inspections on machines and erroneously claimed that they were faulty. He gave the old machines to Dobie and ordered new ones. When the new ones came in, Dobie switched serial numbers and gave the old machines back to BB, keeping and selling the new machines with the old serial numbers. Big Bud met Dobie in the hall and slugged him. Bud had to drag him off and told BB that he would defend him as a lawyer and NOT his son. He was to call him sir from now on and not son or Bud. Harm prosecuted and offered to accept a plea until midnight. Big Bud had to give B a pep talk because H had said that there were no holds barred and was psyching him out. Big Bud told B to use Hs strengths against him – let him think he is better and then “Pow.” Mikey (Mk) returned from boot camp all stiff and military, looking for his dad. He said that he was switching to combat ops (radar) instead of the art program whcih B had spent so long getting him in to.
Harm found 27 units which had altered serial numbers and B began having doubts that his dad was innocent, so he talked to Mac (M). She said that H “wasn’t invincible” and that she would help him. Harriet (Ht) talked with M and was saying that “Bud soesn’t have an aggressive bone in his whole body” all the while B was shown ripping into Dobie on the stand calling him a parasite. Harm offered to drop the larceny charges for 1 year confinement. Bud turned it down and Mk said “is this where H pulls a rabbit out of his hat.” Big Bud forced himself into Bs wetting down party at McMurphys; then got drunk and started to pick a fight with H. Chegwidden physically took him away and home.
Chegwidden told H not to underestimate B – “remember who his teachers were.” Harm talked to a sailor who had worked for BB who said that she had seen a civilian come by the base who BB agitatedly hustled away. He was in a “Dopey electronics” van. Harm got Dobie to tell him the name of the driver of the van – Jerry Kemp; but, Kemp said that only BB knew where he was. Harm pressured B to help find Kemp and was chastised by M. Harm said “he can handle it,” and M retorted “but can he handle being hurt by a friend.” Bud did find and obtain Kemp for court and H treated him as a “hostile witness” leading him into testifying damning evidence against BB. On cross examination; however, B got Kemp to believe that he was his father. Kemp had Korsakoff’s Syndrome and had no short term memory. He had agreed with H because “he looked honest and figured he must know.” The case was dropped and H congratulated him for a “brilliant diversionary tactic.” Later H confronted BB claiming that he had selected B as his defense so that in case he lost, he could appeal claiming inadequate defense. “He was willing to damage his son’s career to get himself off.” All BB said was “are you going to tell him?”
Jordie had volunteered to be psychiatrist for Dar Lin, the abused girl. Coulter called H to check on Dar Lin and before hanging up told H to “call her sometime when he didn’t want something.” Harriet apologized to H for hitting him when she saw photos of Dar Lin’s twin. Harm told her that “if everyone resigned who wanted to hit me we would loose half the Navy.” NCIS found a match on fingerprints for Charlie Lynch and Dar Lin identified him from photos. He had bee dishonorably discharged 6 months previously. Jordan and Imes teased M about her relationship with H. Mac said that “nothing happened” but they didn’t believe her. Jordan told Mac that “sometimes I think Harm and I will go on forever” and other times “just until you decide that you want him.” Mac told her that “I am not a threat to you Jordan.”