A Tangled Webb I – Part 3 – 182

[Follow-up to the previous JAG ‘cliff-hanger’ type episode – itself a true cliff-hanger leaving H and Ms fate (and contracts) in a state of limbo – there was no ‘to be continued’ tag at the end of the episode!]

The JAG, Chegwidden (C), notified Harm (H) that Mac (M) and Webb (W) were missing in Paraguay. When C didn’t approve Hs request to be sent to find M, nor his request for leave so he could on his own time, H resigned his commission! Chegwidden said “after you’ve given up your career and risked your life to save M what are you willing to risk to keep her?” Harm said he hadn’t thought it through. Harm obtained contact with the CIA director through Catharine Gale; and although it was he who sent harm to bureau director Edward Hardy, Hardy still wouldn’t help. He told H that “life is cheap, trust no one.” Gunny (G) had escaped M and Ws “rescue” battle with Sadik and eventually found H in the city. He took him to where W and M were being tortured by Sadik Fahd.
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Pas de Deux – Part 2 – 181

[Continued from previous JAG episode]

When Garcia got the drop on them both and asked why he shouldn’t shoot him, Webb (W) said that he could “make him rich” explaining that he had a “line” on Predator B missiles, van and 4 hellfire war heads. Garcia gave him back his gun and said that he and Mac (M), his wife, had “earned his trust.” Garcia sent Gunny (G) with Sadik’s men to test the circuit boards then to bring back the drugs. Gunny asked who would be backup and was told there would be none. Sadik’s men kept using vague references to him like “he would be dealt with.” Webb stopped the car to let M “relieve herself” and shot Alvaro Camacho, his driver, who he realized was a “mole” when he noticed a passing look of recognition between him and Sadik’s men. Edward Hardy, the CIA section chief in Paraguay, told W that he was no longer the youngest under secretary or rising star. He would give W help only if he could take credit for it- “your ticket out of here is going to have my name on it too.” He was then shown going to a night meeting with some “drug lord looking” Spanish men. When it same time to take out Garcia’s hacienda Hardy whined and waffled until M backed him down with full blame for letting a known enemy of the US escape.
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Lawyers Guns and Money – Part 1 – 180

Webb returned from his eight month exile in Tierra De Fuego with a request to the JAG, Chegwidden (C), for the use of Mac (M). His cover has been that he’s a diamond dealer with an absent wife due to her pregnancy. Now he is supposed to make a diamond deal and must produce his “wife.” Mac received training in recognizing diamonds and a “pregnancy suit.” An al Qaeda terrorist named Sadik Fahd purchased 100 stinger missiles from a drug lord, Raul Garcia, for a large amount of coke. The stinger missiles were without circuit boards that made them fly straight which W was supplying for diamonds. Webb was out of his CIA territory and the area station chief told him that the operation was going to belong to both of them so he could get out of Paraguay too. Webb told M that he wanted her along specifically because there was a mole in the agency and he needed someone he could trust who could speak Farsi. He confessed to her that he “didn’t trust himself anymore because he was taking too many chances.”
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Meltdown – Part 2 – 179

[This is a complicated JAG sequel, with the NCIS cast, written by Bellisario. It is a fast paced, complex, detailed, convoluted dual plot with segways and lots of electronics. It didn’t use JAG background music and was very difficult to synthesize into this summary.]

The obsessive compulsive, no people skilled, Lt Cdr. Faith Coleman was assigned as Harm’s (H) JAG defense counsel. She tried to steam roll over H until he backed her down. She resented his “job interview” questions and claimed that she had nine homicide defenses, all wins. He essentially told her to “sit down, I hope your legal arguments are as squared away as your briefcase.” Gibb met Maj McBurney, the prosecuting attorney, who called it a “slam dunk”; and when Gibb told him that “I only got him because he was protecting his brother,” McBurney said not to show “that kind of doubt” on the stand. Gibb said he was in a hurry to get the case over with. McBurney was doing his pistol quals and placed all shots in the head, because “it cuts down on appeals.” McBurney was assigned Hs office by Chegwidden (C), and Coleman, Manetti’s office. Harm told Coleman that he had met with Singer and argued, she left, he followed, argued some more in her car, phoned his brother Sergei using his cell phone so he could see her eyes when she told him it wasn’t his baby, because he rarely believed anything S said.
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Ice Queen – Part 1 – 178

[This is a complicated conjoint JAG show with NCIS. Lots of electronics and fast paced legal posturing.]

Tommy, A boy scout, missed his target and shot his arrow into the woods, hitting a decomposed body. Agent Gibbs and Blackadder of NCIS investigated. Gibbs told Tommy he could “shut out” any bad dreams, claiming that he had seen something terrible when he was young and done it. He gave Tommy his card and hat and promised a tour of the department. They found a decomposed body with it’s face eaten away by crows; but, not its hands or feet. Blackadder, bantering with agent Dinozzo, revealed that her brother had died in the attack on the USS Cole. The Medical Examiner, called Ducky, estimated the death to be about 3 weeks previous. The body was a blond, pregnant, JAG officer. The first of many odd “flashback” type episodes (shown in posturization effect and apparently representing the view of the corpse) seemed to prompt Gibbs that the body hadn’t been dropped there but had floated into the trees. They were all shown letting themselves through security into MTAC, where they watched as Amad Ben Atwa was captured. He was the terrorist who had given explosives and money to Hasan Mohammed who had then executed the attack on the Cole. Blackadder demanded that she be allowed “in on the kill” and Gibbs faced her down that the agency wasn’t for her personal revenge and she better “get it” or pack up and leave. They had a discussion about obtaining the baby’s DNA to “finger” a suspect at JAG – and Blackadder was the only one who worried that it was illegal to use military DNA for anything but ID’ing military personnel. Gibb’s intended to use it, if he could. They found a metallic sliver embedded in corpse’s skull.
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Second Acts – 177

[The “conclusion” of one part of the JAG “back story,” and setup to another part, which will “cleanse” the show of some worn out bad guys]

Petty Officer 3rd class Steven Wilson single handedly stopped a suicide attack on Marine Corps camp Stronghold Freedom saving his platoon, and Stewart Dunston of ZNN, on national television. He refused to talk to Dunston but Jennifer Bruder saw him on television and recognized him as her husbands partner, thought to be killed in the collapse of the World Trade Center. When she confronted him he also refused to talk to her so she reported him as the imposter, Matthew Divine. JAG officer Harm (H) represented the wife of dead Tom Bruder, identifying with her “need for closure.” Turner (T) defended Divine in his hearing before the board. Harm couldn’t compel Divine to talk to Bruder, even though she wanted it, so he called her to testify at the hearing in front of Divine. Her teary-eyed story prompted Divine to finally reveal that he and Tom were basically shyster investment bankers conning “new money” to cover old losses, and were penniless and considering bankruptcy when the planes hit the building. The ceiling collapsed on Tom and with his dying breath requested a “promise never to let his wife find out.” Divine wanted to start a new life so joined the MC becoming an exemplary soldier. The board found him guilty of fraudulent enlistment but retained him on active duty.
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Fortunate Son – 176

[Part 1 of a pivotal episode in the “back story” plot of JAG]

A Marine Corps aviator, Lt Bao Hien, was caught in an INS raid at a warehouse where a sweatshop found and told the police that he was “looking for something to steal.” Completely out of character for a “hero,” Harm (H) didn’t believe the story but he was not forthcoming with Harm, Turner (T) or Coates (Co) either. After H confronted him with people smuggling he said that he had been rescued from Vietnam by soldiers when Saigon fell and he was merely trying to rescue those inside. His Vietnamese wife of one year also denied people smuggling but didn’t know why he would steal. She had met him through Sunshine Brides a company who arranged mail order brides. Two of the sweatshop girls, Suong Khui, 15 years old, and Ly Truong, 14, refused to speak unless they were granted asylum. INS told T that Hien’s credit card had been used to pay for four shipping containers thich they believed had been used to smuggle people. Turner found that Mrs. Hien had worked in the sweatshop. Coates obtained a computer list from the secretary at “sunshine brides.” When H talked to the sweatshop girls he had flashbacks of the 14 year-old Vietnamese girl, Gym, who he met when he ran away to Vietnam to look for his father with a man named Stryker when he was 16. She had been killed by Laotian border guards.
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Empty Quiver – 175

Chegwidden (C), appointed Mac (M) as interim JAG while he recovered at home with an injured back, hand, foot and his new dog that helped save his life in the mountains. Meredith (Md) tried to help name the dog using Shakespeare names but nothing worked until it got into Cs chair which prompted him to say: “get out dammit.” The dog responded to his name: “dammit.”
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Heart and Soul – 174

The government was taking legal action against a contractor of defective aircraft Heads Up Display (HUD) units so the JAG, Chegwidden (C), wanted Harm (H) to take him up in an F14 in order to “understand” the problem which was making pilots disoriented. Chegwidden loosened his belt before a maneuver, hit his head on the canopy and accidentally pulled the ejection lever blasting him out of the plane and into a snowy forest. His survival gear consisted, in part, of a rubber raft, tent, matches and a condom (no winter clothing). He set up the tent and built a fire on a flat snowy place, chipped a trough in a frozen log, built a fire, heated rocks, melted snow in the trough and caught the water in the condom- both to drink and to mark an arrow in the snow. Unfortunately he had made camp on a lake and the fire melted the ice, dropping both he and his gear in the water. Freezing, he began hallucinating about being by a fire with Meredith (Md) on Valentines day and receiving the large silver heart inscribed with: “A woman would run through fire and water for such a kind heart,” words from Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of Windsor.
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Friendly Fire – 173

The JAG, Chegwidden (C), assigned Mac (M) and Bud (B) to prosecute, and Turner (T) to defend, Lt Cdr David Ridley who killed three and wounded three British Troops in “friendly fire.” Harm (H) was appointed Judge to both M and Ts surprise and questioning of his “objectivity.” Harm told M that he wouldn’t do any “pay back” for when M was on the bench but that didn’t seem to be very assuring to M. He asked for Coates (Co) as his trial clerk who read books about judges being “most effective when they are invisible” and that “asking a lawyer to be a judge was like asking a boxer to be a referee.” When H seemed to take umbrage, T pointed out that there were “hunters who killed saber-toothed tigers with sticks and stones while there were others back at the cave who were not so courageous but wise and fair.” Harm asked if they were afraid that he wouldn’t “divvy up the meat fairly.” Coates told him that he was a “natural born killer.” Harm kept claiming he was going to be impartial and fair; however, he was anything but. During Ms opening statement he stopped her then corrected her then let T editorialize to his hearts content and overruled Ms objection. When the SECNAV came in to observe the proceedings H called them to the front and admonished M regarding favoritism.
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Each of Us Angels – 172

[A well written role playing JAG episode which used Iwo Jima footage for inserts]

Near the JAG headquarters, an old man visited a grave in Arlington and found a young girl sitting on the gravestone. In a role playing episode, he told the story of whose grave she was sitting on. Bud = Dr Rayburn, an arrogant, abusive ships doctor who diagnosed several people dead who weren’t; Mikey = PO Rowe, a wounded corpsman who lost an eye and hit on Connors = Coates; Harriett = Joni, a compassionate nurse at odds with Rayburn over corporal James Tanner, an 80% burn victim who he was just letting die; Turner = seaman Thomas, orderly, who talked to dead soldiers as though they were alive while taking them to the morgue so their buddy’s didn’t feel bad; Chegwidden = Catholic chaplain dispensing advise; Harm = Lt Ron Graham who was declared dead by Rayburn, but stopped his nurse (Mac) from pulling the blanket over his head; Mac = Beverly, a nurse who fell in love with Graham; Coates = Ens Jane Connors, a flustered, “greenie” nurse chased by Rowe; and Meredith = Lt Marianne, an unfeeling, distant, chief nurse.
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Standards of Conduct – 171

On the way to work at JAG, Harm (H) rear-ended an old lady, Mrs. Motley, in heavy traffic when she suddenly slammed on her brakes while he was being distracted by violent honking from the car behind him. When exchanging information he found that his insurance had just elapsed. The next day Raymond Harrick, her attorney, called offering him a $30K settlement for her whiplash injury. Harrick already had doctors letters and had filed in court even before H told them that he didn’t have that kind of money. Harm asked Turner (T) for help as his attorney but was refused. Bud (B) was offended that he was not asked but helped anyway and found that Harrick had used an insurance company accomplice who didn’t send renewal notices; then, he set up an accident with actors and filed fraudulent whiplash lawsuits.
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Complications – 170

Bud (B) went before the readiness board with testimony from the JAG, Chegwidden (C), Harm (H) and Turner (T). Unbelievably, Capt Masters asked if he could run or scramble up a ships ladder; then, said he shouldn’t expect promotion with limited duty and that he would just be dead wood preventing another good officer from having a career. Until the board notified him by letter he was back at JAG Line of Duty determinations, OP NAB instructions and updating case law- i.e. “grunt work.” One claim for disability from Lt Fred Keefer caught Bs eye because it was for eye injury, ostensibly from a North Korean Laser Gun. Bud went to the field to investigate, spoke to Dr Rayburn, ophthalmologist, who said his eyesight seemed to get better then got worse again after B starting delaying the proceedings. Bud did a stake out of Keefer’s home and caught him looking into a laser in his garage. Buds letter finally came which accepted him to permanent limited duty.
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