Near the end of a nine-hour patrol over Afghanistan, a US carrier-based pilot, claiming self-defense, drops a 500-pound bomb on a British position, killing three soldiers and injuring others. He stands accused of violating the rules of engagement and disobeying an order to hold his fire (from a controller aboard an AWACS aircraft while seeking clarification about friendly forces). In a court-martial the pilot faces charges of involuntary homicide and dereliction of duty. The officially approved use of go-pills is involved. Mac and Bud prosecute, Sturgis defends, and Harm presides. Bill O'Reilly, a TV commentator, appears as himself. Mac later gets a temporary assignment. Written by
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This episode is based on a true event, the shameful and deeply regrettable Tarnak Farm incident, in which on 17 April 2002 an Air Force pilot dropped a laser-guided bomb on Canadian forces, killing four soldiers and wounding eight others. The pilot was a graduate of the US Naval Academy, a former Naval aviator, a student and (later) an instructor of the TopGun school, and a student and (later) an instructor of the corresponding Air Force school. See more