A general demands why his daughter dies during surgery, then he stands accused of improperly influencing the testimony of a witness. Harm prosecutes, Mac defends, and Mac finds the real cause of the death. Bud receives a welcome letter.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Gail ...
Lt. Cmdr. John Bartell
Lt. Cmdr. Cheryl Ashley
Mrs. Kubin
Dr. Stoudamire
Lt. Pamela Hamilton


The 16-year-old daughter of a Marine general dies during surgery. The general demands an explanation, and he does so with zeal and forcefulness. Harm and Mac investigate the circumstances. During a hearing it becomes known that the behavior of the general has improperly influenced the testimony of a witness. That in turn requires the general to face a charge of unlawful command influence. Harm prosecutes, and Mac defends. However, Mac finds the real cause of the death, and justice prevails. Bud becomes frustrated with his duties back in the office until he encounters a challenging and interesting claim for disability. Loren changes her mind, Harm confronts her, and Renee sends an announcement. Bud receives a welcome letter. Written by DocRushing

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7 January 2003 (USA)  »

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Bud interviewed an officer aboard a fictional ship, USS Skerrett (EDDG-31). No ship of the US Navy has ever borne the name Skerrett. However, there was a Naval officer, Samuel Salathiel Skerrett, who served 1848-94, and who retired as a rear admiral. The real DDG-31 was USS Decatur, a destroyer of the Forrest Sherman class, which served 1956-83, and which became renumbered from DD-936 to DDG-31 in 1966. In the US Navy the letters EDDG are not used as a type code or hull-classification code. See more »


During an establishment shot when Bud steps aboard a ship, the caption identifies the site as "Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Quantico, Virginia". The Norfolk Naval Shipyard is in Portsmouth, Virginia, across the Elizabeth River from Norfolk, in southeastern Virginia, whereas Quantico, Virginia, is the site of a Marine Corps reservation and in northern Virginia, near Washington, DC. That's a difference of about 168 miles. The dialogue confuses two different types of places of two different military branches in two different locations. See more »


Captain: [at Bud's hearing to determine if he's fit to return to full duty] Does the lieutenant understand that even if he's granted permanent limited duty, his career will be capped. There's no way he'll be promoted to senior rank.
Cmdr. Harmon 'Harm' Rabb, Jr.: The lieutenant has determined he would rather serve his country in a limited capacity than not at all.
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