Mutiny – 133

[A significant episode despite being nearly a complete Role-playing show using the JAG characters (based on true 1842 executions aboard a naval vessel which led to the founding of Annapolis).]

Despite being in the middle of preparing for her wedding to Brumby, Mac (M) was assigned to give a JAG talk at the Naval Academy about its beginnings . She researched the case of the USS Somers where the tyrannical actions of the captain had eventually led to the establishment of a “much more sophisticated method of training officers.” During her preparations, M had “flashes” of the events, as she said “in a very personal nature.” In her flashbacks, Brumby played the captain Alexander Slidell MacKenzie who had believed that Philip Spencer, the son of the Secretary of War (SECNAV), was plotting a mutiny. Then, through his paranoia, he hung Spencer and two of his “accomplices.”
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Salvation – 129

Sgt Maj Krohn had been in prison for beating his wife unconscious with a brick. JAG’s Harmon Rabb (H) had defended him and tried to convince the jury that Krohn’s testimony was true when he said that he had seen “the Padre” in a vision leading him to his injured wife and enabling her rescue. But, him being there had created circumstantial evidence against him.
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Miracles – 122

[A marginally written script for the JAG series which didn’t establish credible rationale for the guilty verdict.]

JAG officer Harmon Rabb (H) defended Sgt Major Jarvis Krohn who was found next to his beaten, unconscious wife after claiming to have been led there by a vision of beatified Chaplain Wiggins, “Padre,” now being considered for sainthood. Krohn described that the “padre” had selflessly ran into enemy fire attempting to save some of his platoon but was cut down. Bud (B) prosecuted flippantly and childishly and derisively stated: “God thinks Krohn’s wife was worth saving but our daughter not?”
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Legacy (Part II) – 112

[The continuation of the JAG season opener, an important episode to Harm’s back-story]

Sergei Zhukov, Harm’s (H) recently found brother, showed H a photo that he carried of Harmon Rabb Sr and Sergei’s mother together in Russia. Meanwhile, Alexi the opportunist cab driver, met Mac (M) and Webb (W) at the airport. Mac asked him if he was still working for the CIA, KGB, FSB or Russian Mafia. Sokol interrupted them with: “no, for me.” Sokol was upset that they were in Russia and was going to deport them until W offered to work for him; because, “who else can you trust?” Sokol took W with him and told them both that H had already gone to investigate Krylof without realizing he was in the middle of the investigation of Rokotof the assassin.
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Legacy (Part I) – 111

[Two part JAG season opener important to Harm’s backstory]

Russian helicopter pilot Sergei Zhukov was shot down over Chechnya by a missile. Before it exploded he went back for his papers which turned out to be a photo of American JAG officer Harmon Rabb (H). Harm was sent to Russia to “advise” on the Russian military’s legal system. Chegwidden (C), told him “just don’t shoot holes in their courtroom ceilings.” He was stuck in an old lavatory with a selection of files 30 years old in Russian. A Russian came in appearing drunk and going to use the toilet before H strongly stopped him. He helped H read some Russian files until H showed insight into Russian soldiers’ problems then dropped his drunk act. Capt Volkonov told him that some “do-gooders” in the Kremlin arranged Hs mission but “these people see no advantage in it.” He enlisted Hs support in going after a corrupt Col Gen, Arkady Krylov. He showed H Krylov’s mansion which he had obtained by selling weapons to Chechens. Krylov was the Dept Commander of Western Forces who were actually fighting the Chechens!
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Surface Warfare – 110

Mikey (Mk) was charged with mis-setting a CIWS gun (6,000 rounds/minute) and nearly hitting a boat of disembarking marines during a politically charged training exercise in Florida – all in the setting of two arrogant and abusive leaders. As fire control man aboard the USS Wake Island he had taken over control of shooting down a drone after the prime control center had a malfunction. According to proceedure, the drone should have gone around again but Capt Lyle ordered Mk to go ahead when Marine Colonel Pergament said he didn’t have time. Mikey told the XO he “didn’t do it,” a “little too loud” so Lyle threw him in the brig on bread and water for 3 days; which is where Bud (B) found him. Bud begged the JAG, Chegwidden (C), to let him go “assist” Mk (and C didn’t send anyone else?) and was allowed to go. He then began asking questions of the crew. Mikey’s apprentice, Harold Schofield, claimed that he had checked the “no-fire” settings and found that they were correct. The landing boatman said the marines had been off course and had corrected. Pergament took issue of Buds questions and sent him too, “unofficially,” to the brig for 24-hours to “question his own brother.”
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Bridge at Kang So Ri – 103

[A JAG episode with more than usual amounts of plot “holes”]

A US military unit in the Korean war had orders not to let anyone cross the bridge at Kang So Ri. When a whole bunch of what looked like civilians tried to cross, then kept coming even after warning shots were fired, the unit opened fire when one of the people crossing put his hand inside his jacket. Apparently no investigation was done to definitively ascertain whether the killed “civilians” were even carrying weapons. Twenty three years later some of the soldiers gave press interviews claiming they had shot civilians. A general Wolfe had headed the former investigation which had exonerated the men and was believed to be a man of integrity by the South Koreans. The North Koreans, however, didn’t believe it. Wolfe, arrogant and insulting, was accompanying JAG officer’s Harm (H) and Mac (M) on their new investigation. They were surprised to find Renee Peterson on the 747 to Korea with them. She said she was doing a ZNN interview with Charley Hoskins (one of the informers). True to her form, she went careening all around the plane, alienating people, insulting Mac and claimed that she had already talked to the N Koreans. She played the “hurt lady” when H reminded her about confidentiality and had to tell her that she couldn’t say that “was working WITH them” because she wasn’t.
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Ghosts of Christmas Past – 96

[A well written JAG role playing episode]

JAG officer Harmon Rabb (H) did his annual pilgrimage to the Vietnam Memorial wall in memory of his father and met Jenny Lake there who was a former USO singer, (played by Mac (M), with her voice altered). Lake told H about her experience with Hs father aboard the Ticonderoga back when he was shot down. Mikey played ensign Kyle Everett, PR officer; “Rick” (from Magnum PI) played Harvey Bambini, their road manager; Big Bud was Jerry Colonna; Teddy was Les brown; Harriett was Phyllis Diller; congresswoman Latham Dianna Ross; Harm Rabb Senior; Bud – “Hoot” Rabb’s RIO; SECNAV Mort Reese, reporter; Brumby CAG (voice dubbed); Gunny Joe Garcia, intruder pilot; Palmer – “Tong“, Badman 2 in Rabb’s squad; Chegwidden – a “slow” southern sailor who gave directions to Jenny Lake; Osborn – an old grateful sailor who said thanks to Lake at the wall; Singer – “JoJo” who put down Tong while he was chatting her up; and, Tiner Archie, a sailor who chatted up other troop members by lying to them.
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Contemptuous Words – 94

[A weakly written episode with blatant computer/internet related errors]

A letter was printed in the newspaper critical of President Clinton and claiming to be from a Naval Officer. It said Clinton had “imposed his own bravery-deprived character on the Air Force” citing the air war over Kosovo. It called him “sleazily disgraceful.” While getting a golf lesson from Congresswoman Leatham, Harm (H) was told that he had been selected for promotion to commander. Chegwidden (C) then added him to the “posse” trying to catch the officer who was contemptuous of the president.
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True Callings – 88

[Episode based on the Mar 10th, 1967 incident where USAF Capt Robert Pardo used his F4 Phantom to push a fellow aviator from North Vietnam into friendly territory.]

Gunny Victor Galindez (G) arrived at JAG with everyone but Tiner (Ti) and Bud’s (B) blessings. Chegwidden (C) said he was having trouble obtaining two Limp Bizket tickets for a charity auction and G said he might be able to obtain them. Both B and Ti decided to “one-up” G and get the tickets themselves. Chegwidden enjoyed the competition. Tiner and B bid against each other on EBay until B won at $200. Bud kept telling G that he couldn’t sit at different desks around JAG until G said that he’d sit on the floor thereby shaming him into letting him sit at Harriet’s (Ht) empty desk. Mac (M) told B that “Tiner was a child but you’re not.” Gunny obtained the tickets “comp” from a roady friend – B got the donation receipt. Mac seemed very subdued; especially when C didn’t acknowledge her efforts getting G to come to JAG.
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Rules of Engagement – 87

[Continued from previous JAG episode]

The SECNAV (yet again) slammed on the JAG, Chegwidden (C), demanding the rushed prosecution of Lt Andy Buxton to appease the Russian sensibility over the death of their peacekeepers. He was even more incensed to learn that Harm (H) was on the ship. Mac (M) and Bud (B) were assigned to investigate and, after their welcoming hug, H was surprised to see that M had been promoted. He snapped to attention and became very military. He said he was not with JAG anymore so wouldn’t help her investigation. Buxton complained to H that it “just felt right” to attack the vehicles driving down the road toward some civilians. He said they were just in the wrong place when I was in the right place. The SECNAV forced a charge of manslaughter and Buxton claimed he had spoken with H as a lawyer so he couldn’t be a witness. Chegwidden also sent Brumby (Brum) to “second” Hs defense.
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