Dream Team – 226

Petty Officer Ferro caught PO Sanhuinius stealing a candy bar from their ships store; then suffered continual harassment after that because Sanhuinius was twice his size. After shore leave from the USS Carl Vincent in Japan, Sanhuinius picked another fight. Ferro knocked him out and later Sanhuinius died. The captain requested JAG to investigate. Vukovick (V) told Cresswell (Cr) that he didn’t need any help defending; but, Cr said “I think you do” and assigned Harm (H) as the 2nd chair. Vukovic played the same arrogance with H that he had with Mac (M) and H set him in his place; but V spit back. Barnes, the original prosecutor, went to Iraq & Bud (B) was assigned to take his place. V kept showing his arrogance & inexperience, H kept bringing him back on track and B became annoyed about them being “buddies” – the “dream team.”
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Fit For Duty – 218

PFC Jeff Kilpatrick was killed when his unit was ambushed and taking fire from all sides. He had stood up in a daze and walked directly toward insurgents firing on them. His COC blamed navy psychiatrist Cdr Lucy Maron for “incompetence.” Mac (M) was antagonistic from the beginning, even Cresswell (Cr) told her that she looked like she was “on a mission” against psychiatrists. Harm (H) got Dr Elgin (Jordan’s friend) to review the case. However, when H asked her to be a witness she told him that M had already asked her to be a witness for her side. Then, on cross-examination H had to discredit her. Then, Maron’s private diary was found on a navy computer, she used and forgot to erase, which revealed SHE was under “secondary stress” as well. Kilpatrick had “combat addiction” with adrenalin rush and wanted to go back to the fighting and “it was so easy to let him” Maron told H.
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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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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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What If – 200

[The writers/producers were getting a bit nostalgic with this, the 200th, episode. Through Harm’s ‘daydreams’, they conjectured about what the series might have been like if they had directed the characters differently at various ‘choice points.’ It is another ‘role playing’ episode; but, where the major cast play themselves in an alternate universe. Still, however, it’s pretty much another ‘soapbox opera’ and NOT the typical JAG we are looking for. As you read this, just don’t lose the fact that this is “the road less traveled” and a daydream sequence… or you WILL be lost.]

On the occasion of PO Coates’ (Co) promotion to first class, the ‘regulars’ were at a Chinese restaurant for dinner. Chegwidden (C) overruled the argument about who should open their fortune cookie first by saying “we’ll go by height, you first Rabb.” Harm’s (H) was: “Your unspoken desire is the road not taken, take it”; but, he avoided the obligatory “reading aloud.” Instead he lapsed into a reverie in which he was at JAG receiving his wife, Mac (M), who was dressed in silk “civvies,” acting childishly flippant, and wanting their divorce papers signed. They had decided to marry, after the night in Sydney harbor, but now she said she was tired of him not paying attention to her and announced she was quitting the service and marrying John Farrow, a river guide in Colorado.
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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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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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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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Port Chicago – 154

JAG officer Sturgis Turner (T) defended retired Chief Aubrey McBride who was charged, along with 49 others, with mutiny when they refused to go back to loading ammunition during WWII after 320 men were killed in an explosion at Port Chicago. The chief, a black man pensioned after 30 yrs of service, said he “owed his buddy Randall Winston who had just died; so, he demanded “his day in court.” He said that it had been a racial issue. Chegwidden (C) assigned Singer (S) to prosecute; but, when she became hatefully vindictive he assigned Mac (M) to 2nd chair in order to “tone her down.” M said that she’d “rather have the electric chair.”
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Hero Worship – 152

[a well crafted episode]

The SECNAV ordered the JAG,Chegwidden (C), to send Harm (H) and Mac (M) to investigate the captain of the old destroyer, USS John Cooper, for a “lack of leadership” under the guise of investigating a galley fire. Seaman Tim Holley of sick bay, a 4th generation “squid,” was trying to live up to his fathers accomplishments and saved seaman Todd Raff’s life in a fire. Raff admitted to smoking in the galley. Mac recommended an article 32 but the captain wanted to handle it merely with a captain’s mast. Adm Albrecht, of SURFLANT, wanted “to send message to the captain” so took authority himself and ordered the article 32 hearing. Harm eventually showed that a sparking electrical short could have caused the fire. Mac, the prosecutor, said that “Albrecht wanted Raff out to teach the captain a lesson.” Harm then discovered that an Oxygen tank leak from sickbay had acted as an accelerant causing flash over. Raff wouldn’t let H use it however, out of loyalty to Holley’s career. So he was sent to court-martial. Harm told M that it was out of the “price of Loyalty.”
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Head to Toe – 149

Harm (H) and Mac (M) in Saudi Arabia for JAG duties defending a “Condor” pilot, Lt Stephanie Donato, for disobeying DOD and her base commander’s orders; namely: not wearing an abeya with a veil and driving herself (i.e. in front seat) in an automobile with a male escort. She was told that the Abeya and veil rule “would be reconsidered” when she was assigned to fly food drops. It wasn’t, so she complained to her CO and eventually wrote 8 letters and openly petitioned the Secretary of Defense. A security guard caught her in the restaurant and ordered her into an abeya and into the back seat of his vehicle. She disobeyed hence the court-martial.
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