JAG (1995–2005)
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A patrolling F-14 malfunctions in a no-fly zone; the crew ejects, and the bird explodes. A Serb helo strafes the crew while they descend with their chutes. The CAG destroys the helo, then he faces a court-martial; Harm and Meg defend him.



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Episode cast overview:
W.K. Stratton ...
Chuck DePalma
Bill Bolender ...
Lieutenant Mason Painter
Commander Dooley
Lieutenant (jg) Arnoldi
Captain Underwood
Captain Griswald
Marine Guard (as Matthew Michael Mahaney)


Harm gets a promotion to lieutenant commander. During a routine patrol of a no-fly zone, an F-14 Tomcat experiences a catastrophic malfunction; the crew ejects, and the bird explodes moments later. A Serb chopper strafes the pilot and the RIO, helpless, while they descend below their parachutes; Capt. Boone, the CAG, engages the helo and destroys it. The pilot dies. Harm and Meg investigate aboard USS Seahawk (CVN-65) in the Adriatic Sea. Higher authority orders the CAG to face a general court-martial in Naples; Harm and Meg defend him. Harm also takes part in a mission to rescue the RIO. The trial ends, then Harm and the RIO return with evidence in hand. The prosecutor learns about carrier flight operations. Written by DocRushing

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13 March 1996 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


The 'Hind' in the opening scene is quite clearly a Super Puma with weapon stansions on each side & cosmetic fascia over the cockpit. See more »


At the beginning of episode 1.10 (Boot) the acting JAG makes mention of the events in this episode which would be impossible since they would not have happened yet. This is because 'Boot' was intended to follow this episode, not precede it. It's also the reason Rabb's rank alternates between Lieutenant Commander and Lieutenant over four episodes. He is promoted at the beginning of this episode. See more »


Commander Alison Krennick: The violation of a cease fire is an extremely serious matter.
Captain Thomas Boone: They are the violators! They were shooting at my men!
Commander Alison Krennick: If they were, and there's no evidence to support that, who ordered you to shoot back?
Captain Thomas Boone: No one. I did it on my own initiative.
Commander Alison Krennick: And who gave you the right to do that, Captain?
Captain Thomas Boone: The Navy, the day they gave me my command!
Lt. Cmdr. Harmon 'Harm' Rabb, Jr.: CAG, we'll argue this in court. Not here.
Captain Thomas Boone: No lawyer's going to tell me how to exercise my command!
Lt. Cmdr. Harmon 'Harm' Rabb, Jr.: Sir, with all due respect, keep your mouth shut.
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