In Italy an F-14D Tomcat has a midair collision with a civilian helo; six locals die. The Italian government wishes to prosecute the Navy pilot for manslaughter. Mac prosecutes; Harm and Bud defend and persist, and the truth becomes known.



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Captain Balducci
Greg Ashburn ...
U.S. Air Controller
Cosimo Canale ...
Roberto San Giocomo
Pietro Gallo
Robert D'Avanzo ...
Italian Flight Controller
Antonia DeNardo ...
Arianna Restivo (as Antonia de Nardo)
Charles Homet ...
James F. Kelly ...
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During a NATO exercise a carrier-based F-14D Tomcat has a midair collision with a civilian Italian helo; six locals die. The Italian government wishes to prosecute the pilot for manslaughter; the populace erupts in anger and indignation. Harm, Mac, and Bud investigate in Italy; Mac prosecutes, and Harm and Bud defend. Rep. Latham goes to Italy to look after the interest of the US and its presence in Italy. The Navy pilot says that a light aircraft unexpectedly appeared, he avoided, and he then struck the chopper. Harm takes Bobbi for a ride, which she greatly enjoys. Harm and Bud persist in their search; Francesca joins them; they find the explanation. Written by DocRushing

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In 2003, Joe Spanx joined the cast of NCIS as FBI Agent Farnell. NCIS was a spin-off of JAG also created and produced by Donald P. Bellasario. See more »


USS Coral Sea (CV-43) was decommissioned 30 Apr 1990, about five years before JAG started and about eight years before this episode aired. See more »

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Not racism -- not pure, impure, or otherwise
23 August 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One reviewer, who describes himself as an Italian, has expressed much displeasure about the portrayal of his fellow Italians in this episode. His allegations are patently false. There is no reference to the mafia, no spaghetti or other pasta, and no mandolin music. The treatment and the portrayals of the Italians here are invariably sensitive and respectful. One Italian, Capt. Balducci, becomes caught in a lie (his false testimony) during cross-examination in a courtroom hearing -- just as both Harm and Mac have repeatedly caught US citizens in similarly compromised situations. Another Italian, Col. Marcello, is portrayed as biased, hard-nosed, and one-sided, just as the series has likewise portrayed many US officers and others. A third Italian, Signor Antinori, is portrayed as sincerely but incorrectly persuaded that previous low-level training flights had affected his daughter's health or pregnancy. Two other Italians, Franco Restivo and his daughter, Arianna, are portrayed as honest, honorable, and respected. Nothing in this episode even remotely presents one or more Italians as foolish, goofy, or stupid. Quite to the contrary, it presents them as real human beings with both desirable and undesirable traits, behavior, and characteristics. Yes, we well recall the unfortunate and regrettable incident at Cermis involving Capt. Ashby of the US Marine Corps. This episode, which first aired on 05 May 1998, clearly was a response to that accident, which had occurred on 03 February 1998. Two interesting points are that the airspeed of each aircraft was 540 knots, and the starboard wing of each aircraft struck something else. The first reviewer refers to the US Army and "USA soldiers". None of them is in the US Army; none of them is a soldier. All the US military people in this episode are members of the US Navy or the US Marine Corps, not the US Army. Further, JAG has never suggested or pretended that all of us US citizens or US military members are always completely good, or that any of us is ever perfect. Again, quite to the contrary, JAG presents a wide variety of imperfect people of various nationalities, both good and bad people, who display both good and bad behavior. No, this episode -- indeed, this entire series -- does not consist of racism or prejudice.

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