All Ye Faithful – 169

[This was one of the most superbly written episodes of the entire 10-year series, a parody, of the entire JAG saga!]

The story all happened on the way to a Christmas eve party at the Roberts home. Turner (T) assisted “Mary and Joseph” Tenny, who were evicted from their apartment in a misunderstanding over “drumming.” Mary was imminently pregnant and Chegwidden (C) loaned his office to them for comfort while they attempted to resolve the situation. Mary went into labor and C delivered her baby, Jason, in the office secondary to an ambulance failure.
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The Killer – 168

Inspector Pietro Gianinni of Interpol requested JAG assistance investigating four serial killings in Italian cities wherever the destroyer USS Gillcrest was in port. Harm (H) was diverted from the Seahawk to Italy and Manetti (Mt) was sent to meet him because she was the only one in the office who had taken an FBI “profiling” course. She had never actually profiled a case before but was told to follow Hs lead. Harm walked in on her only wearing a towel in his room (while hers was being cleaned). She hit if off with Gianinni because she spoke Italian from her heritage. With Cmdr. Amanda Waller, ships captain, and PO Marshall, they narrowed the suspects down to duty section four, the only one ashore during all four murders. Manetti gave the profile as a young man with female authority figure issues.
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When the Bough Breaks – 167

Bud (B) is preparing to return to JAG. He routinely Emails Coats (Co), still aboard the carrier Seahawk with Singer (S), and was standing up “for practice.” Harriet (Ht), still worried about B “overdoing it,” whined to Meredith (Md) about it when she was visiting Chegwidden (C). So Meredith came up with “sit down” busy work in order to coerce C into coercing B to do: reading 6 major volumes of work by Shakespeare. Chegwidden was very concerned not to make B feel like his own choice of reading (comic books, star trek stuff) wasn’t “good enough” but Meredith persisted. Bud was able to rapidly return the books because he said he “already knew the stories.” Macbeth, he said, was “Dagger of the mind,” Tempest was “Requiem for Methuselah” and Hamlet was “conscience of the King” all Star Trek episodes. He said that he was writing a fan fiction story himself for a web magazine based on Richard the Third called “Picard the Third.”
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Ready or Not – 166

Harm (H), of the JAG office, defended Marine Maj Gen Lucas West (red team) who had been charged with disobeying the orders of Army Lt Genl Anthony Manzarek (joint ops leader) when he won a war game which he claimed was “rigged.” West had used small zodiac boats, his troops had shoulder fired missiles and corporate jets were loaded with fuel and TNT to run directly at the battle group and disable it; none of which set well with Manzarek. Manzarek wanted to put a punitive letter in West’s record, but he refused saying that he “wanting his day in court.” Blue team admiral Tucci whined that he was “killed” unfairly so he had to be “reconstituted” to finish the game. “West,” he said, “had targeted their communications which is what the games had been scripted to test.” Manzarek claimed that West had disobeyed orders to stand down, but West retaliated that they had no communications because they were being jammed. Col Haller, West’s chief of staff, told H that they did have an emergency channel to communicate only “real world” emergencies.
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Need to Know – 165

[Captivating JAG episode about the submarine USS Angel Shark going down with 129 men aboard during a “compartmentalized mission (black-ops)” in 1968.]

Congresswoman “Lillian,” who was the daughter of the former Angel Shark’s captain, told the new SECNAV, Edward, that “she wasn’t asking for favors.” She had helped him become “what he wanted” and now she “expected” him to help her get the classification about and incident on her fathers ship lifted in order to provide “closure” for the families. So he authorized the JAG, Chegwidden (C), to hold a second board of inquiry into the incident (the published results of the first one being a lie.) Chegwidden assigned not only Harm (H) and Mac (M) to be court council, but also Turner (T), because of his extensive submarine experience. Norman Watts, the CIAs Director of Central Intelligence (DCI), got in a power struggle with the SECNAV and assigned Catherine Gale, touted to be “really tough,” to represent the CIA against JAG.
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Offensive Action – 164

Commander Beth O’Neil was charged with sexual harassment by Lt. Cursey to whom she had given a poor fitness report. Harm (H) and Manetti (Mn), of JAG, defended her but differed in their assessment of O’Neil. Manetti believed she was innocent, H that she was hiding something. Cursey claimed that O’Neil had called him into her BOQ in the evening, commented on his girlfriend, and paused before she signed his report. He believed she was waiting for him to offer sexual favors and she wouldn’t sign it although she never actually said anything of the kind. He told Mn “I don’t know how to say this with being vain but I’ve been approached by women before, a lot.” He really had never actually confronted or warned O’Neil before going ahead and filing charges. During the case, others testified that O’Neil had seemed inappropriate to them referring to male personnel. Lt. Murtaugh wanted to testify that she “danced with him.” Lt Cdr Nancy Yorkin said O’Neil asked if she had ever fantasized about sleeping with Cursey. She had replied that Manetti pursued the answer until Yorkin admitted “yes, but never acted on it” – then believed that O’Neil was meaning she had done the same thing but probably never acted on it either.
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In Thin Air – 163

The JAG sent Harm (H) to investigate the death by asphyxiation of Cdr Phil Zuzello due to a LOX (liquid oxygen) system failure. Zuzello was the RIO and long time friend of Lt Sam Albrecht. When H said that “things didn’t add up” Albrecht said that Zuzello had “barely passed his O2 demonstration” and it was his last mission. Then a Sr Chief told H to “look at” PO Moritz, the plane captain, who had been fouling up a lot recently. Moritz admitted that he had used graphite to get the LOX bottle to attach to the plane because it always stuck but said that he didn’t get any in the fitting. Apparently H didn’t believe him because he recommended charging Moritz when tests revealed graphite in the LOX system.
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Dangerous Game – 162

Harriet (Ht) and Bud (B) pulled up in front of their new two story house that daddy bought behind Bs back; in their new SUV that Ht pressured B to let daddy help them buy; into the den with a big screen TV that daddy bought and a piano that mommy thought would be good for AJs music lessons. She babied B until he complained to Coats (Co) by Email. Coats told him that Singer (S) had thrown up every day since coming on board. Admiral Chegwidden (C) brought wine, Tiner (Ti) Star Trek DVDs, Turner (T) a submarine book, Harm (H) an Enterprise CD and Mac (M) a Seahawk model.
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Family Business – 161

Singer (S) was shipping out of JAG. Everyone was extremely polite and even had a party, but were gone so fast with excuses she couldn’t even finish her “goodbye and thanks for the party” speech. Mac (M) told Harm (H) that the reason she was happy was because of her dream of “seeing S on television ‘standing on the Seahawk.'” Turner (T) told her that he had two presents: one – he wouldn’t tell about her “being Jewish lie” as long as she acted the part and as far as he was concerned she was Jewish; and two – he gave her a Mezuzah that she was supposed to put up on “the doorway of her quarters.”
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The Promised Land – 160

Bud (B) came home in a wheelchair as was met at the airport by the JAG, Chegwidden (C), Turner (T), Mac (M), Harm (H), Mikey (Mk), Hariett (Ht) and little AJ (aj) but no Big Bud (BB). Chegwidden came to the hospital and tried to give him a purple heart but he wouldn’t receive it. Bud refused rehab while Ht was there, ostensibly because he didn’t want her to see his stump. Harriet wasn’t talking to B about his injury, ostensibly because she “was being supportive.” After C confronted Ht she and B began talking about him loosing his leg. Finally she demanded to pin the Purple Heart on him and he demanded to stand up to receive it. BB made excuses and refused to visit B. Bud finally called him and said “I love you” to which BB didn’t respond.
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Critical Condition – 159

[Continued from last season’s JAG cliff-hanger.]

JAG officer Bud Roberts(B) was in critical condition from an accident with a land mine where he lost his leg. Coats (Co) had saved him with a tourniquet and by forcing immediate transport to a field hospital rather than waiting for paramedics to arrive. Dunston of ZNN reported the incident. Chegwidden (C) notified Harriet (Ht) and sent her home with Tiner (Ti). He also got Mikey (Mk) back from the academy to stay with Ht. Big B (BB) was nowhere to be found. Surgeon Ferarro amputated below the knee but B continued to deteriorate so they had to go back to remove more non-viable tissue. On the table B “crashed” and they discovered that he also had a ruptured spleen as well. They tried resuscitation but failed and pronounced him dead at 21:04. Just at the same time back in Bethesda little AJ (aj) stopped playing with uncle Mike and went to stand in the corner. The camera cut back and forth between a zoom into Bs eye and aj’s. Then aj called out “daddy” and said “daddy come home.” At the same time Ferraro was telling Co that B had died, B “jump started” himself back to life and the resuscitation resumed. They finished his surgery and reported to M and H that he was stable and had a good prognosis. [Highly accurate representation of cardiac arrest management.] Harm was seen with tears in his eyes when notified that B had rallied and would survive; M snuggled with him in the corridor. [Patrick Labyorteaux still has both legs]
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