A sailor dies during a fight aboard a ship at sea; Bud discovers the explanation. A seaman releases two dolphins from their pen; justice prevails. Mattie wakes up and talks. The general announces a reorganization, orders, and a promotion.

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Petty Officer Second Class Ferro
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Two petty officers engage in a fistfight aboard an aircraft carrier at sea, and one of them dies; Bud prosecutes, and Vic and Harm defend; soon friction develops between Harm and Vic; later they work together; however, Bud discovers the explanation for the death. A seaman apprentice has released two dolphins from their pen, and the dolphins returned, but the seaman now faces a pretrial hearing; Sturgis prosecutes, and Mac defends; mitigating factors come up, and justice prevails. Meanwhile Mattie regains consciousness and starts to converse. Finally the general announces not only a reorganization but also transfer orders for both Harm and Mac and a promotion for Harm. Written by DocRushing

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PO Ferro was a 2nd Class Boatswain's Mate (BM2). There are usually 4 divisions of Boatswain's Mates on an aircraft carrier. There is never a lack of work for the men in these divisions. Sometimes a Boatswain's Mate will be assigned TDY to the ship's Master-at-Arms. Never would one be working in one of the ship's stores. Those jobs are done by the Ship's Servicemen (SH). Not only do they run the stores, they run the laundry, barber shop, etc. This is a separate division which is part of the supply department. See more »

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Maj. Gen. Gordon 'Biff' Cresswell: I'd like to table our regular order of business. There's been a new development. With the, uh, CNO and commandant's blessing, SECNAV is standing up a prototype Joint Legal Service Center. Navy and Marine lawyers in the field under one command. Colonel MacKenzie... you've been selected for command of that unit. Your orders.
Lt. Col. Sarah 'Mac' MacKenzie: Sir, I... I don't know what to say.
Maj. Gen. Gordon 'Biff' Cresswell: It's Joint Legal Service Center Southwest. You'll be stationed in San Diego.
Maj. Gen. Gordon 'Biff' Cresswell: San Diego, sir?
Cmdr. Harmon 'Harm' Rabb, Jr.: Well, it's, uh, only five hours ...
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Absolutely amateur writing
11 July 2014 | by See all my reviews

In the plot of this episode, the writers somehow felt that trying to throw in all-too-predictable twists would make for a compelling legal drama. The opening shows two sailors in a fist fight among a supportive crowd, where a far smaller knocks out the other. The latter dies.

Of course, things are not so simple. Obviously, this guy did not just die from being punched. So, Rabb the defender gets a blood report saying that tainted puffer fish was the culprit in the deceased's demise. Of course, the story doesn't end there, as that's far too simple. Instead, the smaller sailor, who was relentlessly bullied by the deceased, tainted his food.

Now, even the writers realized how ridiculous this was. Why would the offender, after having poisoned the bully, get in a fist fight with him that would be so close to his time of death? The rather lame explanation given was that he couldn't resist the opportunity to hit him. Really? Creating totally implausible motivations for characters results in crappy drama. It looks like JAG has only one episode after this. I predict that they made absolutely no plans to tie up the loose ends of the series (particularly the sexual tension between Rabb and Mack) and it will be a rather lame end to a series that was fairly good in the earlier seasons (though never in any of its history plausible) but clearly jumped the shark multiple seasons prior to its last.


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