Heart of Darkness – 217

Capt Jack Ramsey who went UA (after the battle of Tora Bora & bin Laden was “allowed” to escape) was leading a mujahadeem and trying capture bin Laden. Ramsey was charged with killing 5 Zaran village men after they lied to him about the whereabouts of Fahim Khalili a pharmacist in Moquot who Ramsey believed was tied to bin Laden. After the incident the Afghan people turned against Ramsey so his sources dried up. He offered to clear his name of deaths if he could speak with US legal personnel at JAG first and avoid Afghan trial.
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The Sixth Juror – 219

[Weak (actually, completely stupid) plot with “contrived,” gratuitous tension. Not up to the standard of the previous JAG series.]

the JAG, Cresswell (Cr), sent Harm (H) and Mac (M) to Key West to investigate PO 2nd class Russ Foyle, who was charged with the “love triangle” murder of civilian Ben Hewitt over Lt. Eve Sorrens. Cresswell forced Coates (Co) on M as an assistant and kept Bud (B) in the office to continually bait him (as if it would make B jealous?) and assign him scut work. When H called and asked B for help deciphering a log book of the victims, Cr belittled B even more.
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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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Friendly Fire – 173

The JAG, Chegwidden (C), assigned Mac (M) and Bud (B) to prosecute, and Turner (T) to defend, Lt Cdr David Ridley who killed three and wounded three British Troops in “friendly fire.” Harm (H) was appointed Judge to both M and Ts surprise and questioning of his “objectivity.” Harm told M that he wouldn’t do any “pay back” for when M was on the bench but that didn’t seem to be very assuring to M. He asked for Coates (Co) as his trial clerk who read books about judges being “most effective when they are invisible” and that “asking a lawyer to be a judge was like asking a boxer to be a referee.” When H seemed to take umbrage, T pointed out that there were “hunters who killed saber-toothed tigers with sticks and stones while there were others back at the cave who were not so courageous but wise and fair.” Harm asked if they were afraid that he wouldn’t “divvy up the meat fairly.” Coates told him that he was a “natural born killer.” Harm kept claiming he was going to be impartial and fair; however, he was anything but. During Ms opening statement he stopped her then corrected her then let T editorialize to his hearts content and overruled Ms objection. When the SECNAV came in to observe the proceedings H called them to the front and admonished M regarding favoritism.
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Complications – 170

Bud (B) went before the readiness board with testimony from the JAG, Chegwidden (C), Harm (H) and Turner (T). Unbelievably, Capt Masters asked if he could run or scramble up a ships ladder; then, said he shouldn’t expect promotion with limited duty and that he would just be dead wood preventing another good officer from having a career. Until the board notified him by letter he was back at JAG Line of Duty determinations, OP NAB instructions and updating case law- i.e. “grunt work.” One claim for disability from Lt Fred Keefer caught Bs eye because it was for eye injury, ostensibly from a North Korean Laser Gun. Bud went to the field to investigate, spoke to Dr Rayburn, ophthalmologist, who said his eyesight seemed to get better then got worse again after B starting delaying the proceedings. Bud did a stake out of Keefer’s home and caught him looking into a laser in his garage. Buds letter finally came which accepted him to permanent limited duty.
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First Casualty – 153

Reporter Stuart Dunston was involved in an ambush when he was “tag along” with a SEAL team who were after Mustafa Atef, an Al Qaeda leader, and sustained both military and civilian casualties. Harm (H) was dispatched from JAG to investigate and eventually found that Dunston had had made a satellite phone call (with GPS coordinates) before the ambush, despite being told not to. The SECNAV reamed H and Mac (M) for “harassing” the press. He overturned the field commanders negative decision and allowed Dunston to go on the mission. “Title 10, Article 802” allowed Dunston to be court-martialed with the president (GW Bush) as the convening authority. [The show cited previous cases of the press compromising military efforts and being court martialled; however, neither Lincoln or Gen Andrew Jackson actually had completed the prosecution.)
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Answered Prayers – 145

[A truly amazingly written show! Coats and her worthless preacher father were introduced in this episode.]

Because of Christmas leave’s, the judge ordered JAG attorney, Harmon Rabb (H) to take care of Coates (Co) who was awaiting trial. He was talked out of putting her into jail and tried to leave her with her father. When he saw how demeaning and hateful her father was, he convinced Mac (M) to take her in overnight. Singer (S) prosecuted the case. Coates ended up with H at a pre-sermon party given by the Robert’s and was accused of stealing S’s new jeweled bracelet. She ran from the party and H had to track her down and bring her back only to find that S’s bracelet had been taken by “little AJ.” Singer was eventually stood up by a wealthy “boyfriend” who bought her the jeweled bracelet instead.
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To Walk on Wings – 130

An OSPREY aricraft was hit by an ocean swell during a “ride-along” conducted for representatives Latham (L) and Fetzer. Latham tried to kill the Osprey during her hearings. She blamed the mishap on the Osprey which was “so faulty that the pilot couldn’t handle it” and continually played to the press. Then she claimed there had been a cover-up because “the pilot over-flew the data recorder” and there was no record of the incident. JAG officer Mac (M) was asked to assist Fetzer on the committee and “blew away” Leatham’s hired henchman, William Markey, a civilian weapons analyst.
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Iron Coffin – 125

[A very unusual and skillfully written JAG episode with a totally unexpected twist.]

Russian investigator Capt Alex Volkonov (AV) came to the US and requested JAG assistance (basically Harm) in investigating the demise of the Russian sub Vladivostok, ostensibly believing that the US had rammed and sunk it. At first Capt Baxter stonewalled Harm (H) then Chegwidden (C) called in a favor of Adm. Crawford at SUBLANT then Cmdr Flagler spoke with H and the angry AV. Baxter questioned H’s loyalties so C and H spoke with him. Baxter finally admitted that he knew that one of the Vladivostok’s experimental Russian Shkval 2 torpedo which they had been testing had done a 180 and sunk their own ship. But he said, “How we know is security classified!”
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Family Secrets – 119

Bud (B) and Harriet (Ht) learned that Dr Lawrence Gettis had missed a myoma in Ht, and that he was test driving his new Porsche during her labor when a prolapsed cord occurred. The JAG, Chegwidden (C), talked B out of suing the government; but he instead filed dereliction of duty charges against Gettis. Brumby’s (Brum) new law firm was handling Gettis’ defense and when Sr partner Larry Kaliski tried to order him to take the case Brum quit the firm. Mac (M) prosecuted and C ordered B to “stay out of it.” Instead B tried to interject too much and became emotional. Even M had to dress him down for it. Despite the evidence against Gettis, Kaliski switched Ht’s ultrasound with a nearly identical ultrasound of another woman thus tricking a nervous doctor witness into identifying “the myoma” on the wrong ultrasound. Ht was called to the stand and, although Kaliski tried to trap her into lying, she admitted that she had had a previous abortion as a teen and a former doctor had diagnosed myoma; but, she hadn’t revealed any of that to Gettis. Gettis was acquitted and apologized to B and Ht.
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Real Deal Seal – 107

[This JAG episode had such a ridiculously implausible plot line so as to be insulting to regular viewers and damaging to DJ Elliot’s character (Harm) who was shown to lie to Mac, unrealistically put his life in danger, and be derelict in his legal skills.]

Lt Curtis Rivers, using his medal of honor, crashed an election rally for “Wild Bill” Layton running for the senate, and called him an imposter. Layton, who was wearing his navy pin on his lapel, told everyone that he was a “Navy SEAL” and running on the platform of “integrity in government and family values.” Rivers removed the pin and Layton took a swing at him. Rivers held his hands up and stepped back until Layton came at him again so he decked him. The JAG, Chegwidden (C), told Harm (H) that Layton wasn’t a SEAL but had received a Navy Cross. Also that Rivers was in a group of retired SEALS who exposed imposters. Bud (B) observed that there were “more fraudulent SEALS than real ones.” Chegwidden assigned H to try and obtain an apology from Rivers so any charges would “go away.”
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Overdue & Presumed Lost – 108

[A barely believable episode with inconsistencies; but it was dedicated to all USN submariners on the event of the 100th anniversary of the first USN sub.]

On 5 Dec 1941 the USS Dolphin, a submarine on patrol, spotted the “entire Jap fleet,” 45 miles NW of Hawaii. They stayed on the surface, despite being discovered and shelled, until their warning radio message to Pearl Harbor was received. Fifty-nine years later the sound of a sunken ships hull was picked up on sonar listening devices and triangulated to the last known location of the Dolphin. Self claimed archeologist/treasure hunter, Jack Riggins, immeditately ran to the site and “dropped his flag” claiming in court, “finders keepers.” Riggin’s attorney, Stewart Grossman, told Chegwidden (C) that “the judges down here are different” than what he was used to. Admiral Matthew Stanton, an old friend of Cs represented the SECNAV and interests of the submarine community. Chegwidden told Harm (H) that a privilege of rank is the “opportunity to squash parasites like Riggin’s myself.” He assigned H to fill in for him at his budget hearings saying “last time you got the funds to repair your holes in the courtroom ceiling.”
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Into the Breech – 97

[Renee Peterson was introduced to the series as someone who was going to produce a Navy recruiting commercial]

Renee Peterson was hired to produce a recruiting commercial and was frustrated by being stuck with the legal aspect instead of something “interesting.” She ran around arrogantly abusing everyone at JAG, even Singer (S). Chegwidden (C) tried to give Harm (H) acting advice from his experience on the film “field of gold.” He assigned H and Mac (M) to assist in a mock trial being undertaken by cadets at the Iron Force Naval academy where his friend Commander Haglan worked. They were going to enact the trial of gunners mate Gregory Riordan, posthumously, for 29 counts of 1st degree murder when he blew up a gun turret to get even with his shipmates for hazing him.
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