The Four Percent Solution – 206

[A substantial and significant JAG episode – Cdr. McCool’s words are in italics.]

Christmas eve Mac (M) was driving home from the JAG office in the rain, and was distracted by her personal feelings, triggered by a radio program, causing her to total her car. During the ambulance ride, she had “flashbacks within flashbacks” back to the previous two months. She had gone to see Lt. Cdr. V. McCool for sleeping pills, due to having insomnia. Mac was flippant and evasive. McCool was judgmental, challenging and not above holding the prescription over Ms head in order to extract information. Mac finally told her that Webb (W) had faked his own death, deceived her, had no sense of what he put her through and did it with his mother’s help! Dalton had been stalking her, and had been shot by a cop who was also stalking her. She was saved by Harm (H) but not before being captured and held. She revealed that she had been leaving the lights off at night in her apartment. “Not having to look at choices you’ve made.”
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The Man On The Bridge – 215

[An interesting, but complicated JAG mystery episode with an unexpected ending, although no military action like we’ve come to expect.]

The car belonging to Cdr. Adam Kohler, a top naval bio-defense researcher, was found abandoned on a bridge without a trace of where he went. JAG officers Harm (H) and Mac (M) investigated, along side Rod Benton of the FBI anti-terrorist unit, and all evidence pointed to It having been a suicide. But, there was progressive disclosure of clues such as: H finding a flashlight on the bridge with a partial print on it along with Kohler’s blood; sideswipe damage to Kohler’s car; files of bio-weapons data found erased on his computer’s hard drive; and spy-ware found on his computer along with information about his fathers death. His father, Robert Kohler, had also been a top bio-weapons researcher; but, he had been accused of selling information to the Russians. Before trial, however, he committed “suicide” by jumping out a several story window. H found that Hank Olin, an ex-CIA agent turned private investigator, was the one who had sloppily investigated Robert Kohler’s treason and death.
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There Goes the Neighborhood – 213

[Again, this JAG plot seems to “stretch” and ignores such obvious responses to accusations from characters, that it seems contrived and unbelievable.]

A girl from Coates’ (Co) past, Pia Bonfilio, showed up at Co’s apartment wanting to stay – “just for awhile.” She played on Co’s sympathy and honest nature to manipulate her. She barged into Harm’s (H) apartment without knocking and made small talk; then, asked if he had a gun. Then she began dressing like Co, braiding her hair like Co, “borrowing” Co’s hair comb and trying on Co’s uniform! She made plans to spend the night at the apartment with Co; but, then stood her up, so she would be alone and without anyone to corroborate. Vince Dolan, an old boyfriend, broke into Co’s apartment looking for Pia, rifled her suitcase and took a manila envelope (containing money). H came the next morning and found Co’s door broken. Just after Co told H that Pia was gone, and had stolen her uniform, detective Morris and Jimenez showed up, investigating the killing of Dolan. They found the evidence “set up” by Pia to frame Co for the murder.
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Camp Delta – 214

[When a protagonist just sit’s and takes abuse, not offering defense arguments which are blatantly obvious, it makes the plot line seem arbitrary and “forced” and the JAG characters weak. I didn’t like the arrogant Spinoza when he played on Murphy Brown either!]

An angry, verbally abusive, history teacher started an argument with JAG officer Bud Roberts(B) and Mikey (Mk) while they were shopping for shoes. Flailing his arms in histrionics, the man appeared to be striking Mk with a shoe so B defended his brother by slugging the man. B was then tried for assault. Creswell (Cr) was pissed that B hadn’t told him of the incident and ordered Turner (T) to defend him, saying: “make it go away,” then “you’ll have to answer to me when it’s over.” The prosecuting attorney was shown with smug arrogance and the judge was clearly biased against B in nearly every objection T made. Big Bud (BB) “chatted up” the court reporter, then told T that the judge hated the military for getting her son killed. Mk testified that he never felt in danger (so B had over-reacted), and Harriet testified that when B got angry he got “that pouty face.” When the prosecutor and judge seemed to be colluding to make B out to be an aggressor, with a history of temper outbursts, T asked for a mistrial. The judge angrily denied the request, threatening T with contempt for insulting her. Then, completely out of character with how she had acted the whole trial, the judge “magically” reversed her antagonistic attitude and judged that B had acted reasonably in defense of his brother when he had seen the shoe raised; but, then she called and tattled to Cr, recommending “anger management courses for B.” She told T that her “son had been killed, but her daughter was still serving.” Cr ordered B to attend the classes without even talking to him about it.
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One Big Boat – 212

[The JAG series has clearly changed direction. Inane, fluffy, “Soapbox drama” issues, with contrived conflict, now outweigh good plot and action in nearly every episode.]

Unannounced, Mattie (Mt) had Harm (H) sign her custody relinquishment papers; then, proceeded to whine the whole show that H had done it. She needed to talk to Mac (M) about “why H didn’t make a fuss!” M told her that H was “at a place in his life that he didn’t need to posses someone to love them.” Harm had to qualify in F-18s and wasn’t there for the custody relinquishment hearing. When he returned, he accidentally caught Mt packed and leaving. He gave her a note to open later, but she opened it in the elevator anyway. It contained Hs wings and a note stating “fair winds and following seas.”
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This Just in From Baghdad – 211

[We have a new JAG – those sneaky writers! Unfortunately, they decided to make him a complete ass. Evidently, Harm and Mac are now going to fight more battles inside JAG instead of on ships.]

Turner (T) had to move his car because Creswell (Cr) was actually appointed JAG by “a last minute miracle.” Cr was arrogantly condescending to Coates’ (Co) annoying behavior quirks which Chegwidden had tolerated. He approved Ts request to switch offices back with Harm (H), trying to “mend fences.” Harm prosecuted, and Mac (M) defended, Staff Sgt. Timothy Mallory, who was charged in the death of Dwight Kanin, a civilian chairman of the military affairs policy board and advisor to the president, during a ride along. A reporter claimed that Kanin had been “fragged” by the soldiers because of his poor attitude. The patrol, with whom Kanin was riding, had been blocked by street protesters; but, he bragged that he wanted to see “real” marines in action, and he himself had requested “lets go forward.” He had been protected by the other soldier’s flack jackets, but panicked and was shot down when he went running, screaming, through gunfire. The soldier protecting him, who didn’t have a flack jacket, was also killed, and another’s arm was blown off while removing a grenade.
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Whole New Ballgame – 209

[Introduction of Chegwidden’s replacement. Unfortunately, the “writer’s” made a big mistake in what character types JAG viewers would tolerate!]

Marine Col. Gordon Creswell (Cr) saved Gen Bixby from a helicopter crash in Iraq and was then made counsel to the joint chiefs of staff. He became the president’s candidate for JAG, now that Chegwidden had retired. The SECNAV claimed that “no one wants to saddle our good JAG lawyers with someone so bereft of people skills that they alienate all of them.” [Too bad he didn’t tell that to the writers] He then appointed his long time friend, Admiral Tom Kly, as president of the selection board, consisting of 2 marine and 2 navy admirals – despite Kly’s warnings of its appearance of impropriety. Bud (B) was appointed clerk of the board by Turner (T), and was asked stupid questions during the very heated debates. Creswell was finally selected.
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Retrial – 210

[Turner is still acting JAG, Mac is still crusty with Harm and Bellisario is still giving them “soft” (non-action) cases. They also seem to have replaced the “love distraction,” which Mac has lost, with one for Harm, preventing them from reconciling their differences.]

A legal student, Rachel Hanna, uncovered new DNA evidence which she felt proved that Saul Wainwright hadn’t committed the murder of a transvestite hooker, Tamaray, for which he had been a prisoner in Leavenworth for 22 years. With her professor, Alicia Montez [the new “interest” for Harm], she convinced Harm (H) to review the case at JAG and intervene. But, H felt that Tamaray’s blood on Wainwright’s knife, the knife cut on his face and his prints on the knife, all proved that Wainwright was guilty. Wainwright claimed, however, that when he was in the alley, and had realized that Tamaray was a transvestite, he wouldn’t pay, so Tamaray pulled his knife and cut Wainwright on the face. He said that defending himself, he had wrestled with Tamaray, and the knife accidentally stabbed Tamaray once. He then ran and threw the knife away. Unexplainedly, however, Tamaray had been stabbed 12 times. Hanna found that there had been another murder of a prostitute the following day, by someone named Waldo Sapphire; and, although Sapphire had died in prison, she subpoenaed his shirt and found Tamaray’s DNA on it. H realized that, after this length of time, only the president could order another retrial; but, Turner (T) said he wouldn’t go to the line for H, unless he had more than the DNA evidence – even when H asked him to “trust me.”
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Corporate Raiders – 208

[Mac’s major, worrisome, “illness” (of last season’s finale) seems to have been largely ignored so far, except to reveal that it is endometriosis.]

Acting JAG, Turner (T), showed concern about how he had alienated his old friends. He clearly doesn’t have the same agenda as did Chegwidden, which is frustrating to Mac (M) and Harm(H). T asked Bud (B) if he had any “problem with my style of management.” Diplomatically, B said he didn’t; then, when pressed, said “there’s not a lot of room at the top for friendship.”
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Hail and Farewell (Part II) – 207

[Follow-up sequel to last season’s finale and the first without Chegwidden who has left the series.]

Mac (M) returned to her apartment late and found that it had been trashed. Simon Tanveer (MI6 agent) was there, stabbed, and claiming to be “saving her life.” He told her that he thought Webb (W) was still alive. He stayed in Ms apartment, because “everyone who knew W was in danger” from Peter Tyrook, “the Hawk,” a contract killer who was looking for W. Webb had been planning to do a “sting” on Tyrook; but, now the tables were turned and W was the target. M tried to get Turner (T) to tell her what he had found during his investigation of Ws death; but, instead of just telling her he found nothing, he acted like he just “wouldn’t tell her.” She went to Ws apartment and heard him punching codes, to retrieve his messages from the answering machine, but he wouldn’t answer her. She talked to Laurie June, Ws assistant, and asked her to “think about” telling her where W was. Later, while Tanveer was with her, M got a call from Laurie who merely said W was at “Mandalay.” They went to Laurie’s apartment and found she had been tortured to death.
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Hail and Farewell (Part I) – 205

[Season finale (a real downer!)]

An attempt to rescue three men in a Zodiac life raft, during a severe storm, failed. Three of the men attempting the rescue, drowned as well. Chegwidden (C) sent Turner (T) to the Thomas Lyons to investigate, where he was stonewalled by the captain claiming to have a “classified” mission. Turner found little information, but when he went to fax his report back to C, the communications officer said he would have to “check” the names in T’s report against those on the “list” which were not to be released. Looking over his shoulder, T saw that Webb (W) was one of the classified three, who had been drowned. Webb had told Mac (M) that he was going to Germany, and promised that he would make his absence bearable for her by communicating with her every day. She began receiving German gifts, including a German singing group, and had flashbacks of their last few times together and his promises. Turner returned and bumbled around M which made her suspicious. She went to Ws office and found Laurie June, his assistant, closing out his office. She discovered that Laurie had been sending M the presents, as if they had been sent by W himself, and tricked her into admitting that W was in the Tripler morgue.
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Trojan Horse – 204

[“Navy SEAL’s come under the microscope when a large amount of heroin is intercepted and confiscated, only to have a kilo of it turn up missing. And JAG officer Bud comes to the aid of a Marine singer who is being harassed by the record company that he is under contract to, when they object to him serving in the war.”]
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Coming Home – 202

[“JAG officer Harm helps protects a mother of a marine killed in action while serving in Iraq from overzealous reporters. In so doing, he works to prepare her for the upcoming burial of her son. Mac & Bud are called upon to see why armored vests given to soldiers in the field to protect them, instead are failing to do what they were designed to do.”]
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