Pulse Rate – 192

[It looks as though they feel having several intertwined plots in each JAG episode is something that they need to do this year. There are at least four in this episode. It does have a “stinger” ending.]

Seaman Duncan was electrocuted when the radar rig he was attempting to repair on the USS Gillcrist had its power turned on by PO Ferrier when she didn’t see the “work order tag” on her console. During the JAG investigation Lt. Jourgensen, information division officer, told Mac (M) that any repair required three signatures: his, the lead interior comm tech and a “second man.” He saw the tag on the console 10 minutes earlier. PO Demato, Duncan’s partner, told Harm (H) that there was no way they could tell if the power was off, they just had to trust that no one wanted them dead. When M asked PO Atwood, the “second man,” why he just stood there and let Ferrier turn on the console if he knew they were making repairs, Atwood said he didn’t know what she intended. Everyone, she said, had several things going on at once but no one had the job of watching the tagged console! PO Miles Yates, whose job it was to be at the console, gave many excuses of repair to other damaged equipment, and that the test wasn’t supposed to have been started until 10:10 (not 8:30). Harm bent down and found the red tag inside the vent grate to the console (about 4 inches from the floor). They decided to call it accidental and were leaving when Atwood asked them to reconsider and tattled on Yates having done the same thing before, two weeks prior. They decided to stay and interview people again.
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The Boast – 191

The SECNAV asked the JAG, Chegwidden (C), to get to the bottom of an accidental “confession” to a reporter of an Iraqi prisoner. Lance Corporal Pete Kelly told Ginny Serrano about shooting a prisoner in the head when she asked him the “million dollar question” (have you killed anybody) in a bar. Unfortunately, she didn’t accept his retraction after he found she was a reporter; and she dug up an identical incident which happened in the compound to Omar Billah. Also, unfortunately, in Serrano’s “yellow journalism” the only thing she needed to run the story is no-one telling her it couldn’t have happened. Kelly didn’t have an alibi for when the incident occurred, and of course she didn’t either ask or believe anyone in the military because they would just “lie.” Kelly told both Bud (B) and Mac (M) that he just made up the story because he was sick of people asking “the question.” Captain Rappaport confirmed there was an incident in the compound which held 200 – 400 EPWs. He also said that although Kelly’s whereabouts couldn’t be confirmed, the security was in chaos with all the influx of surrendering prisoners. One prisoner had been found to still have a gun, and Billah had to be handcuffed because he was trying to incite a riot two hours before he was killed.
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Posse Comitatus – 190

[A bit of an unrealistic premise and plot line. Not as strong an episode as customary JAG standards.]

Sheriff Brad Driskell and deputy’s, of Yuma Arizona, were pinned down behind their squad cars, next to a barn where bachelor farmer Barclay Cale was shooting at them with an automatic rifle and armor piercing ammunition. A deputy was mortally wounded on the ground and another was tied up as hostage in the loft with Cale. Driskell had called for “backup” but was still hunkering behind the cars when a “super cobra” appeared and hovered just outside the barn. Cale fired again and Maj Tuney “took him out” causing beams to collapse crushing Linda Foyo, the deputy. Driskell flew into a tantrum and Tuney was eventually charged with violating the “Posse Comitatus” act which precludes military from participating in civilian law enforcement (except in very specific cases). JAG officers Harm (H) and Mac (M) went to investigate. Lt. Col Pittman said Tuney had served in Iraq and Afghanistan and was their best trainer. He said that Tuney had noticed the sheriff’s action, a wounded officer on the ground and thought he could “medivac” the wounded. He called for permission to engage but was told to “hold his position” for further orders. When Cale “fired on him” he thought a shell might bring him down on the people below so he “shot back.” To Ms incredulity, he responded that he “would never order a pilot to ‘hold his fire’ when he was being fired upon.”
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Close Quarters – 189

[An odd little JAG episode where Chegwidden acts like a pompous ass, Turner an uncertain patsy and the plot is barely believable. A lot of ‘parallel play’ fragments the storyline making the synopsis difficult]

In the sea of Japan Cdr Joyner’s sub, USS Cathedral City, rescued North Korean sailors while they were spying on South Korea and their minisub sunk on a reef. The JAG, Chegwidden (C), sent Turner (T) to “see what’s up” and decide if the spies are “combatants or survivors.” Chegwidden also told him to “come back with a new attitude.” Unfortunately an arrogant intel officer, Lt. Ye, was also dispatched to conduct intelligence interviews and interpret. Without provocation, he immediately bristled and tried to put T “in his place” during the plane ride over to the sub. Ye said something to the prisoners and they all began yelling. Turner tried to interview the Korean captain but he refused to leave his men. Turner decided to ask questions right there and Ye tried to back him down, saying, “that’s not the way it’s done.” Carefully considering their options, T calmly replied, “it is now.” Ye began embellishing the questions, provoking an angry outburst. When T calmly challenged it, Ye said that he had asked about surveillance equipment and advised they would salvage the ship when the Korean yelled that the Americans had run them aground. Turner told them they might not be allowed back to their country, and Six sailors were happy because they wanted to defect. They had to split the group (neither of who would talk), so the crew had to give up even more of their birthing space. Ye became more openly smart mouthed to T, so T asked “do I annoy you?” The arrogant creep, turned it back on T as having offended him! Turner said whatever it was, wasn’t intentional – but the toe-rag snotted back: “I think it was.” Turner attempted to know him better and found that he had grown up in Los Angeles, and his father had become reclusive after being shot in a liquor store robbery. Just then Joyner announced that the Koreans were to be picked and taken to Japan.
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Back in the Saddle – 188

[Another ‘life changing episode,’ removing a character, adding another and nobody seems too happy.]

Commander Carolyn Imes was prosecuting Petty Officer Lawson for neglecting his assigned gun mount maintenance and causing injury to three sailors when MPs stormed the court room, ostensibly under Chegwidden’s (C) orders, and arrested her. In line for a new security clearance a background check revealed that she had changed her name to a recently deceased member of the Michigan bar, requested a duplicate certificate, and claimed she had passed the bar on her JAG application – instead of having missed it by one point. Chegwidden ordered all her defended cases to be reversed – needing re-evaluation for re-trial. Mac (M) pointed out that Harm (H) had been the prosecutor in 27 of the cases so he could be helpful. Chegwidden said “expedite all you want, get it done by end of the week.”
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Touchdown – 187

[Very interesting follow-up to a previous JAG episode showing the degradation of the Sturgis Turner character. Harm and Mac still were in parallel stories requiring “flip-flops” which made the plot complicated. Harms story was based upon an actual landing of a C-130 on the USS Forestall by Lt James H Flatley and Lcdr W. W. “Smokey” Stovall on October 30th 1963]

Still flying for the CIA, Harm (H) and Cdr Beth O’Neil were assigned by Blaisdell to “extract” Saed Labdouni, the highest level “asset” in Libya. He had information of government involvement in the Lockerbie plane crash. The only plane available was a C-130 transport and there was no backup or contingency plan. Harm was told he was the “lead” this time, and had to fly down at 200 feet to avoid Russian tracking. He had to turn off his radar to avoid detection and fly “visually” in the dark. At rendezvous one of the nav satellites went out making his GPS inaccurate so he had to turn and make another run before he found the signal. On landing he found that Labdouni had brought his wife, Aziza, mother-in-law, Ismitta and cousin Fadil with his family. Telling him that extra passengers weren’t authorized, they were fired on by machine-gun wielding jeeps so had to board fast. Unfortunately they were shot at during take off and engine #1 began to flame. Instead of “blowing it,” O’Neil insisted on shutting it down, in case they needed it later; H complied and told her that she was “lucky this time.” Just then, they were attacked by a Russian MIG. Not being able to out run it, H had to drop flares to avoid a missile. They didn’t avoid his gun fire however; so, at the last minute, he positioned next to a mountain, and mass fired all his flares at once just at the time of “pull up.” The MIG pilot, using night vision enhancement, was unexpectedly blinded, and crashed into the mountain. Now engine #2 was loosing oil so needed to be shut down or “freeze up.” They then restarted #1 and luckily it didn’t start fire. Harm had to “fight” the plane knowing that they couldn’t abandon because of all the extra passengers, including children, who didn’t have parachutes. Harm asked Blaisdell the coordinates of the Seahawk, and to get help with the captain, from Washington.
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The One That Got Away – 186

[An interesting JAG double story, where Harm and Mac do their own thing; but, one story’s credibility breaks down at the end.]

Force Recon Sergeant Christopher A Ambrose was with his squad in Iraq destroying some fiber optic cable when they were attacked by the Iraqi army. During the battle his life was saved from a close explosion by his ruck sack and radio. He tried to retrieve them but shells prevented him from doing so. His squad was captured by the Iraqi’s but he made it across 200 miles of desert into Syria. Two were killed during capture and the remaining three were released after the fall of Bagdad. Maj Gen Kubin pressed an article 32 hearing against Ambrose for dereliction of duty and unrealistically shortened Mac (M) and Turners (T) deadline for investigation and trial. Mac had to remind him that when he was charged with undue command influence for his aggressive pressure and investigation of his daughters death he left no stone unturned for justice; and, he should afford Ambrose the same courtesy. None of the remaining squad were pressing issues in their after action reports; however, Maj Spain “let it slip” to T that Ambrose had disagreed with Spain wanting to call on their radio beacon for an extraction because the Iraqi’s would hear it too. Then Ambrose disappeared in the sandstorm when he was calling. The squad remained at their position for 20 minutes waiting for Ambrose to return but the Iraqi’s captured them. Ambrose told M that he had gotten separated in the storm and tried to back track but ended up in the desert.
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Secret Agent Man – 185

Harm (H) was fired from JAG and is now flying for the CIA. Blaisdell (Bl), his new boss, assigned him to fly a “drop” into the Philippines; then, H found that he was “second” to Cdr Beth O’Neil who had been flying for them since H got her cleared of harassment charges. Felix Paraiso was a former colonel in the army who had previously tried two coups against sitting presidents and still had enough support to be elected to the House of Representatives. He “was planning something” and had tortured and killed the CIA’s previous agent Greg Ortega. As Ortega did most of his business in his car, Blaisdell was going to switch cars with one having implanted GPS, Surveillance and chemical sniffing equipment. Harm and O’Neil were only to fly a C130 to a remote, lawless area and drop it but their contacts had also been killed; so, Blaisdell told them to land and make the switch themselves. They almost crashed landing on a short strip. They stole clothes from a farmer for their disguise but H left some money. O’Neil posed as a hooker and enticed Paraiso’s driver, Petto Santos, into the woods while H made the switch. She tried to leave and needed to knee him in order to get away but was arrested and charged with attempted murder. They used the homing device to track Santos to a massage parlor and H confronted him there telling him he was working for Santos’ wife. Santos thought O’Neil had been hired by his wife and made a deal with H so he wouldn’t tell his wife about the massage parlors.
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Shifting Sand – 184

Harm (H), Mac (M) and Webb (W) came back from So America in time to tell Tiner (Ti) goodbye to Officer’s Candidate School then Naval Justice School. Coates (Co) is the JAG’s, Chegwidden’s (C), new administrative assistant. Mac told H that the “earth doesn’t stop spinning just because you leave the room” and B said “that’s not what he tells me.” Mac and H visited W in the hospital, who had nerve damage. Mac got all “lovey dovey” so H walked out. Chegwidden asked Turner (T) to start giving him progress reports because “there have been calls” regarding his “inefficient council.” Then, over Ts objections, C had to shout to get him to take Hs office and “put up pictures.” Bud dogged T to apologize but T told him to “leave him alone” to work it out. Chegwidden welcomed M back but when H asked to come back too, C said he had forwarded his resignation immediately and H had no longer worked at JAG and had been a civilian for 72 hours. He told H that he was “fed up with his lack of dependability; not being a team player; and being ruled by emotions.” Mac argued but H said “he’s just finally accepted that I’m unchangeable, as YOU have.” Turner told H that C took it as a personal insult that “your respect for his authority had a ceiling.” Dept CIA Director Kershaw called H and offered him a job explaining that Catherine Gale was his sponsor. He declined “because your world is too fluid” and he “needed moral consistent environment.” Because the legal department was full, Kershaw asked him “what else do you do?” Mac overheard H telling W that he was going to be a CIA pilot from outside Ws hospital room. Webb welcomed H “to the brotherhood” and M left.
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A Tangled Webb II – (Part 4) – 183

[JAG Season opener – DJEs contract signed – Harm’s back. But, somewhere in this season “Chegwidden” decided to leave the series; and, probably “Harm” as well, but he was talked into staying for ‘just one more season.’ ]

Far from JAG headquarters in South America, Harm (H) was alone and unconscious in the crashed bi-winged airplane that he had “rented” from the Mennonite farmer; but, Mac (M) was gone. He did still have his pistol and found the trail of pregnancy clothing that Mac had left for him to follow. He was dizzy and couldn’t see well so when he got to the road, and was nearly hit by a truck, he fired his gun at a pickup truck who’s tire had blown. Mac called out to stop him then they both began their subtle sniping at each other which lasted through the whole episode. She had gone back to Sadik’s farm and found everyone dead (except Fadik) so she took the truck. A cow stood in the middle of the road and H told M to “make her move.” She delayed, so H took out his gun and said “we can always shoot her,” which made M go “talk” to the cow. The cow listened then just walked away and when H asked “what did you say to it” M retorted “I just told her about you, and like every woman you’ve ever known she went screaming into the night.” They went back to Hardy’s office and found it abandoned.
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