JAG: Season 9, Episode 20

Fighting Words (30 Apr. 2004)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama
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During a guest sermon a Marine general has made remarks about the Islamic faith; this publicly boils into a court-martial; Mac prosecutes, and Harm defends. Bud investigates a complaint of racial bias against Sturgis, and he resolves it.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Maher ...
General Mohammed Jabra
Loryn Locklin ...
Jill Waddington
John Prosky ...
Reverend John Haynes
Josh Blake ...
Cpl. Rashid Hamud, USMC
Investigation Committee Lead General
Reverend Greg Owens


In a local church a Marine general has presented a guest sermon, including certain remarks about the Islamic faith, which some listeners and reporters have interpreted in different ways; that same general has become appointed to a joint position in cooperation with a general of the Iraqi army. A turmoil ensues. A court of inquiry leads to a general court-martial; Mac prosecutes, Harm defends, and a woman TV reporter agitates. Sturgis comes under scrutiny over a complaint of racial bias by a Naval officer of Korean descent about an incident in a previous episode; after discussion between Bud, the investigator, and the complainant, the latter withdraws his gripe. The gang leans hard on Coates, asking whether the admiral will marry Meredith; she gives an encoded answer. Written by DocRushing

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P.O. Jennifer Coates: Well, wwe are a divided country, sir.
Adm. Albert Jethro 'A.J.' Chegwidden: Fortunately, we Americans have one thing in common.
P.O. Jennifer Coates: Bad traffic?
Adm. Albert Jethro 'A.J.' Chegwidden: Baseball.
P.O. Jennifer Coates: Actually, sir, I'm not much of a fan.
Adm. Albert Jethro 'A.J.' Chegwidden: [sighs] I've fired people for less, Coates.
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