Good Intentions – 195

[An interesting JAG plot, even with more than one internal inconsistencies which weren’t caught in editing. It does set up a substantial argument between Chegwidden and Coates; which, then was merely completely ignored in future episodes, as if it never happened. There were several un-named characters, annoying for a reviewer]

Ensign Monica De La Torre (DLT) was found strangled at the Norfolk Naval Ship yard, and fingernail scrapings matched the DNA of PO Luis Cumpiano (Cmp), who was found passed out on his ship with scratches on his arm and no memory of events since being forced to drink for initiation rites. JAG officer Mac (M) met Chaplain Oliver Stephens, who said he’d been “working closely” with Cmp for 3 years. He started preaching to M and said that he was an alcoholic in recovery for 17 years and Cmp was a leader of one of his groups. Mac shut him off by revealing that she was in recovery for “5 years and 10 months.” Campiano admitted he had been in recovery for 2 1/2 years, until shipmates wouldn’t take no for an answer and forced him into the “Tequila Bowl.” Literally, everyone anyone talked to said that Cmp “couldn’t have done it” because it was completely out of his character.
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The One That Got Away – 186

[An interesting JAG double story, where Harm and Mac do their own thing; but, one story’s credibility breaks down at the end.]

Force Recon Sergeant Christopher A Ambrose was with his squad in Iraq destroying some fiber optic cable when they were attacked by the Iraqi army. During the battle his life was saved from a close explosion by his ruck sack and radio. He tried to retrieve them but shells prevented him from doing so. His squad was captured by the Iraqi’s but he made it across 200 miles of desert into Syria. Two were killed during capture and the remaining three were released after the fall of Bagdad. Maj Gen Kubin pressed an article 32 hearing against Ambrose for dereliction of duty and unrealistically shortened Mac (M) and Turners (T) deadline for investigation and trial. Mac had to remind him that when he was charged with undue command influence for his aggressive pressure and investigation of his daughters death he left no stone unturned for justice; and, he should afford Ambrose the same courtesy. None of the remaining squad were pressing issues in their after action reports; however, Maj Spain “let it slip” to T that Ambrose had disagreed with Spain wanting to call on their radio beacon for an extraction because the Iraqi’s would hear it too. Then Ambrose disappeared in the sandstorm when he was calling. The squad remained at their position for 20 minutes waiting for Ambrose to return but the Iraqi’s captured them. Ambrose told M that he had gotten separated in the storm and tried to back track but ended up in the desert.
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