A submarine of the US Navy rescues 10 North Korean crewmembers from the sinking of their midget submarine in South Korean waters in the Sea of Japan; six of them wish to defect. The admiral sends Sturgis to the boat to lend a hand; he deals with medical questions as well as legal ones after a viral illness breaks out among the survivors. Sturgis runs into trouble with a US Naval intelligence officer of Korean descent. Harm returns to the Navy and the JAG Corps; he stays in touch with Mattie, and he meets an underprivileged WW2-era Navy veteran with a legal problem. Harm helps the veteran, and Mac and the admiral join in doing so. Written by
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This episode, which first aired on 07 November 2003, takes a cue from the SARS epidemic of 2002-03 in Hong Kong. See more
In the opening scene three different people - the commanding officer, the officer of the deck, and the diving officer - give, repeat, and acknowledge the order to go to "periscope depth". In contrast, however, in the real world aboard a submarine of the US Navy one does not give an order to "periscope depth" but rather to a specific number of feet (from the surface to the keel) - because the periscope depth varies (even aboard one individual boat) as a function of the sea state at a given moment and as a function of the height of the viewpoint (above the surface) which the conning officer needs or wishes to achieve. See more