Automatic for the People – 216

[The “elephant” is still in the room and the new JAG, Creswell’s, attitude has long ago become tiresome. A new character was introduced, as well as yet another new “love option” for Harm.]

Bud (B) went to his mandated anger management meeting and was baited by another participant, Korski. When another participant, PO Mooney, tried to defend B, Korski started a fight. B stood up, but knocked his chair over. As B picked up the chair, Korski rammed the instructor, Lt Harriman, into it, breaking his jaw. Cresswell (Cr) told Turner (T) that “he didn’t like loose cannons in his department”, and T agreed (probably thinking it was Mac (M) and Harm (H) ). When Cr mentioned he was thinking about B, T showed surprise; so, Cr asked him who “you did you think I meant,” but T wouldn’t answer. T was assigned to investigate Bs activities, and assumed that B was at fault. Harriman explained the incident and told T flatly that B “doesn’t need to be in this class!” When T exonerated B to Cr, Cr belittled him saying “you aren’t objective.”[!?] Finally, Cr related to B a story of a disabled veteran that he knew, who was demoralized by being the brunt of a joke. He admitted that “I was small for my age” as a child. He then, condescendingly, told B that he would “cut him some slack” (basically because he was “crippled” on duty, not because he believed him).
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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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Persian Gulf – 198

[One JAG back story comes to an end (sort of) in this episode; but, there’s still plenty left to worry about. At least Mac isn’t left with an albatross around his neck like Harm was with Palmer. One premise, albeit necessary for the plot, was completely unbelievable to anyone but a naïve writer. Overall, however, this was a well written episode.]

The Maravelis case (a naval research tech who stole the synthetic diamonds that he was making) was still on the JAG case docket because Harm (H) and Mac (M) were still trying to close his bank accounts and get into his safe deposit box. While getting into his car, H first discovered that it wouldn’t start then had his battery blew up in his face (making him deaf?) Bud (B) took over the case and found, with Mac, that there was only $100,000.00 in the accounts and that the diamonds were missing! Maravelis admitted that he had been selling the diamonds to CIA agent Van Duyne; who, he said, had told him that if he didn’t cop to the lesser plea he would be tried for treason. CIA director Kershaw stonewalled M (surprise) but eventually told her that Van Duyne had been found tortured to death and that M’s warning about him “hadn’t trickled up to him.”
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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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Empty Quiver – 175

Chegwidden (C), appointed Mac (M) as interim JAG while he recovered at home with an injured back, hand, foot and his new dog that helped save his life in the mountains. Meredith (Md) tried to help name the dog using Shakespeare names but nothing worked until it got into Cs chair which prompted him to say: “get out dammit.” The dog responded to his name: “dammit.”
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Standards of Conduct – 171

On the way to work at JAG, Harm (H) rear-ended an old lady, Mrs. Motley, in heavy traffic when she suddenly slammed on her brakes while he was being distracted by violent honking from the car behind him. When exchanging information he found that his insurance had just elapsed. The next day Raymond Harrick, her attorney, called offering him a $30K settlement for her whiplash injury. Harrick already had doctors letters and had filed in court even before H told them that he didn’t have that kind of money. Harm asked Turner (T) for help as his attorney but was refused. Bud (B) was offended that he was not asked but helped anyway and found that Harrick had used an insurance company accomplice who didn’t send renewal notices; then, he set up an accident with actors and filed fraudulent whiplash lawsuits.
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Need to Know – 165

[Captivating JAG episode about the submarine USS Angel Shark going down with 129 men aboard during a “compartmentalized mission (black-ops)” in 1968.]

Congresswoman “Lillian,” who was the daughter of the former Angel Shark’s captain, told the new SECNAV, Edward, that “she wasn’t asking for favors.” She had helped him become “what he wanted” and now she “expected” him to help her get the classification about and incident on her fathers ship lifted in order to provide “closure” for the families. So he authorized the JAG, Chegwidden (C), to hold a second board of inquiry into the incident (the published results of the first one being a lie.) Chegwidden assigned not only Harm (H) and Mac (M) to be court council, but also Turner (T), because of his extensive submarine experience. Norman Watts, the CIAs Director of Central Intelligence (DCI), got in a power struggle with the SECNAV and assigned Catherine Gale, touted to be “really tough,” to represent the CIA against JAG.
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