Surface Warfare – 110

Mikey (Mk) was charged with mis-setting a CIWS gun (6,000 rounds/minute) and nearly hitting a boat of disembarking marines during a politically charged training exercise in Florida – all in the setting of two arrogant and abusive leaders. As fire control man aboard the USS Wake Island he had taken over control of shooting down a drone after the prime control center had a malfunction. According to proceedure, the drone should have gone around again but Capt Lyle ordered Mk to go ahead when Marine Colonel Pergament said he didn’t have time. Mikey told the XO he “didn’t do it,” a “little too loud” so Lyle threw him in the brig on bread and water for 3 days; which is where Bud (B) found him. Bud begged the JAG, Chegwidden (C), to let him go “assist” Mk (and C didn’t send anyone else?) and was allowed to go. He then began asking questions of the crew. Mikey’s apprentice, Harold Schofield, claimed that he had checked the “no-fire” settings and found that they were correct. The landing boatman said the marines had been off course and had corrected. Pergament took issue of Buds questions and sent him too, “unofficially,” to the brig for 24-hours to “question his own brother.”
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Body Talk – 109

Lt Commander Teresa Coulter had come to her parents house and found her mother dead in bed. She turned down the thermostat, opened the window, stopped the record player stuck on a depressing song and noticed the dead goldfish. Ten years later she stormed into Harm’s (H) JAG office having discovered that he had just obtained her father a new trial from an appellate court. He was doing time in Leavenworth for murder. Harm told her that the defense attorney was only 26 years old, his first murder trial, had conducted ineffective cross examination, and failed to interview key witnesses. Captain Chaddock, her father, said that he’d written to Teresa many times without response. He was self castigating regarding being abusive to his wife and forcing Teresa to hate him. He wasn’t worried about Hs conflict of interest knowing his daughter, because “H was a principled man.”
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Real Deal Seal – 107

[This JAG episode had such a ridiculously implausible plot line so as to be insulting to regular viewers and damaging to DJ Elliot’s character (Harm) who was shown to lie to Mac, unrealistically put his life in danger, and be derelict in his legal skills.]

Lt Curtis Rivers, using his medal of honor, crashed an election rally for “Wild Bill” Layton running for the senate, and called him an imposter. Layton, who was wearing his navy pin on his lapel, told everyone that he was a “Navy SEAL” and running on the platform of “integrity in government and family values.” Rivers removed the pin and Layton took a swing at him. Rivers held his hands up and stepped back until Layton came at him again so he decked him. The JAG, Chegwidden (C), told Harm (H) that Layton wasn’t a SEAL but had received a Navy Cross. Also that Rivers was in a group of retired SEALS who exposed imposters. Bud (B) observed that there were “more fraudulent SEALS than real ones.” Chegwidden assigned H to try and obtain an apology from Rivers so any charges would “go away.”
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Overdue & Presumed Lost – 108

[A barely believable episode with inconsistencies; but it was dedicated to all USN submariners on the event of the 100th anniversary of the first USN sub.]

On 5 Dec 1941 the USS Dolphin, a submarine on patrol, spotted the “entire Jap fleet,” 45 miles NW of Hawaii. They stayed on the surface, despite being discovered and shelled, until their warning radio message to Pearl Harbor was received. Fifty-nine years later the sound of a sunken ships hull was picked up on sonar listening devices and triangulated to the last known location of the Dolphin. Self claimed archeologist/treasure hunter, Jack Riggins, immeditately ran to the site and “dropped his flag” claiming in court, “finders keepers.” Riggin’s attorney, Stewart Grossman, told Chegwidden (C) that “the judges down here are different” than what he was used to. Admiral Matthew Stanton, an old friend of Cs represented the SECNAV and interests of the submarine community. Chegwidden told Harm (H) that a privilege of rank is the “opportunity to squash parasites like Riggin’s myself.” He assigned H to fill in for him at his budget hearings saying “last time you got the funds to repair your holes in the courtroom ceiling.”
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The Witches of Gulfport – 106

[For some reason this episode has been shown many times. To me, it was less interesting than most other episodes having a weak and often silly plot line and acting.]

JAG officer Mac (M) went undercover as CPO Bonnie Johnson inside a Mississippi Wicken coven in order to investigate the claim of PO Plunket that she had been raped after being bewitched by chief Lane Merker the “high priest.” Harm (H) and Bud (B) also investigated the incident with her. None of them were able to obtain much imformation so they decided to “go public” in order to see if M could pick up more inside “talk.”
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Drop Zone – 105

Five brand new jumpers exited the plane 800 meters short of their drop zone, with 75# of gear and 65# of parachute, landing unexpectedly in the water. Senior Chief PO Braken was jump-master and was court-martialed for culpable negligence. He claimed that the “jump light” had been green when he sent the men out, but the pilot claimed that he had realized they had been short and had not flipped it to green. JAG officer’s Bud (B) was assigned to defend, with Singer (S) as second chair, against Mac’s (M) prosecution. Mac had taken a long time drafting the charges and when PO Comstock died she amended the charges to involuntary manslaughter. Harm (H) explained that was what attorneys did when the outcome of a victim was in question. They can delay up to the statute of limitations but couldn’t change it once they had tried a person for a lesser charge. PO Scaline said he jettisoned his gear before hitting the water but that Comstock had not. Comstock had been blue when retrieved from the water.
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Promises – 104

[A weakly written, mostly unbelievable episode; but which “set up” the base for future “back-story” episodes.]

Renee’s recruitment video was unveiled- (not containing any shot of the Washington monument at “magic hour”, and mostly voice over shots of sub’s, jets, and “exciting stuff.”) Chegwidden (C) noticed for Harm (H) that Renee, Leatham (L) and Mac (M) were talking in a group and the only thing they had in common was HIM. Seaman Andrea Granato walked off the USS Hartung after continually being given grunt work by an apparently sexist chief. Then her equally sexist female CO charged her with desertion for missing ships deployment. Harm was assigned defense and M prosecution. Singer (S) volunteered to help H but C denied the request and instead gave her the prosecution of a “joyriding” PO.
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Bridge at Kang So Ri – 103

[A JAG episode with more than usual amounts of plot “holes”]

A US military unit in the Korean war had orders not to let anyone cross the bridge at Kang So Ri. When a whole bunch of what looked like civilians tried to cross, then kept coming even after warning shots were fired, the unit opened fire when one of the people crossing put his hand inside his jacket. Apparently no investigation was done to definitively ascertain whether the killed “civilians” were even carrying weapons. Twenty three years later some of the soldiers gave press interviews claiming they had shot civilians. A general Wolfe had headed the former investigation which had exonerated the men and was believed to be a man of integrity by the South Koreans. The North Koreans, however, didn’t believe it. Wolfe, arrogant and insulting, was accompanying JAG officer’s Harm (H) and Mac (M) on their new investigation. They were surprised to find Renee Peterson on the 747 to Korea with them. She said she was doing a ZNN interview with Charley Hoskins (one of the informers). True to her form, she went careening all around the plane, alienating people, insulting Mac and claimed that she had already talked to the N Koreans. She played the “hurt lady” when H reminded her about confidentiality and had to tell her that she couldn’t say that “was working WITH them” because she wasn’t.
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People vs. Gunny – 102

Gunny (G) and his friend Manny were dropped off by a cab in front of a gay bar. A gay, Ed Proxy bumped into Manny who ridiculed gays. Proxy insulted right back and Manny pressed him against the wall. Gunny broke it up by holding Manny’s arms and the pathetic Proxy took a cheap shot and slugged Manny, kicking him in the groin. Gunny was defending Manny by slugging Proxy, when Tiner (Ti) came out of the bar, took a swing at G and was decked by him before Gunny could recognizing who he was. Mac (M) was all excited about her new ring and tried it on her left hand where it got stuck. She hid her hand from Harm (H) who came in asking her to take some cases for him while he was in Iceland. When she kept the ring hidden he advised her to put “shampoo on her finger” and the ring would come off. Renee called from Valencia California where she was directing a Demented Dead Souls video. She pushed him into saying he missed her, then made a date saying he had stood her up twice and only got one more chance.
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Boomerang – Part 2 – 101

[Continuation of a confusing (on many levels) but somewhat key episode, written by the JAG series creator. See that episode’s synopses for explaination of the characters and plot to date.]

Brumby (Brum) continued to bait JAG officer Harm (H) with his insipid smirk, especially regarding Mac (M) and rubbing oil on her etc. Harm had to dress in a wig for the Austrailian court then right out of the box embarrassed Brum for his lack of providing even proof of death. The judge chastised Brum and gave the custody of Lee to the defense on the desertion charge. Outside the court, Lee was attacked by, Barry Toohey, the former friend of Dunsmore’s who had been keeping watch when Dunsmore had gone to attack Lee. Harm pulled Toohey off Lee, then Lee hit Toohey. Brumby pulled Toohey off then stared at Harm. They both said “let go” and did, then reared back to take a swing at each other. Seeing it, Bud (B) jumped in the middle and was slugged from both directions breaking his jaw in two places.
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Boomerang – Part 1 – 100

[A confusing but somewhat key JAG episode written by the series creator.]

During the Vietnam war PO Kevin Lee of the USS Chicago and Ian Dunsmore of the Australian Navy had a fight over Dunsmore’s old girlfriend, Jenny Brooker, when the Chicago docked in Sydney Australia. Jealous, Dunsmore, with his buddies, started a fight then continued it alone on an amusement park dock. Dunsmore pulled a switchblade then was killed in the tussle when they both fell on his knife. Lee, having been forced to marry a girl who was pregnant in Tennessee decided to switch identities with Dunsmore and married Jenny under the name Tom Kingsley. After living in Woolgoolga, in the bush, they eventually moved to Sydney and opened the Uluru restaurant. When their home was burgled a policeman recognized Jenny then eventually arrested “Dunsmore” aka Lee aka Kingsley. He said that he wouldn’t talk until JAG was called so Brumby (Brum), the prosecutor, called Chegwidden (C) to request that Harm (H) and Bud (B) come down to handle the case. Mac (M) was upset that Brum would “sink so low” because he had been trying to get her to Australia ever since he had left. He offered plane tickets and sent her water temperature Emails daily. Then, knowing she wasn’t requested, she was really upset- Harm said: “he’s one smart dingo.”
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Cabin Pressure – 99

The JAG, Chegwidden (C), assigned Harm (H) and Mac (M) to investigate the murder of PO Chinick aboard the USS Suribache, while Chegwidden flew to the USS Manassas for a retirement party of, Vice Admiral Richard Kern, the last other member of his SEAL team on active duty. PO De Mara (Dm) had been seen leaving the machinery room, where Chinick was found with a rope around his neck, and was put in the brig where H was interrogating him with Chief Master at Arms Sturdevant. The ship hit an uncharted reef and was grounded blocking the brig hatch and trapping them all below. De Mara freaked out and became very angry and loud. Above, M called to the brig and told H that Chinick had been discovered to be a “one man black market for booze, drugs, and porn” and because of the captain’s suspicions, the NCIS was going to have arrested him when they docked.
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Life or Death – 98

[A somewhat dark episode. The actor playing Caleb Farmer will, in later episodes, play Tom, Mattie’s father]

Corporal Caleb Farmer received the death sentence for pre-meditatedly shooting at a marine squad doing calisthenics, killing three and wounding three. Mac (M) voiced personal agreement with capital punishment and Chegwidden (C) assigned her the defense. Brumby (Brum) got the prosecution and was still “on the make” for M. Harm (H) was trying to avoid Renee Peterson who was trying to snare him into “doing looping” for her recruiting commercial. Gunny (G) was a friend of one of the victim’s, Sgt Kryler, who was now a quadriplegic and told M that he hoped she lost her appeal. Farmer told M he had no excuses but said the squad had made his life hell, he’d asked for help but was turned down, was driven to drink and lost his mind. Mac told Bud (B) that farmer was like a broken down one eyed cat, a bird killer – you loathed him but felt sorry for him at the same time.
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