JAG: Season 8, Episode 5

In Thin Air (22 Oct. 2002)

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A RIO dies of hypoxia, traced to contaminated oxygen. Mac prosecutes the PO apparently at fault, Harm makes a poor defense, and Sturgis takes over. Harm runs into more trouble, but he finds the truth. Bud resents Harriet's protectiveness.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Paetty ...
Lt. Sam Albrecht
CAG - USS Patrick Henry
Jeannine Zuzello
Senior Chief Sinclair
PO1 Moritz
Cmdr. Phil Zuzello
Noah Bastian ...
Ermett Brant


A RIO dies of prolonged hypoxia at high altitude, and the hypoxia is traced to contaminated liquid oxygen. At first the evidence implicates a petty officer (the plane captain). Harm investigates, then Mac prosecutes, and Harm defends (by request of the defendant). Harm allows his emotions to cause his defense to be inadequate. The defendant requests a change, so the admiral takes Harm off the case and sends in Sturgis instead. Harm later runs into more trouble when he begins to discover the rest of the story. Tiner also contributes to the defense. Harm takes another ride in a Tomcat. Bud shows displeasure with Harriet's protectiveness toward him. Written by DocRushing

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22 October 2002 (USA)  »

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When Harm and the Lt. take off for the test flight, they are in F14 number 200 when placed on the catapult. Harm identifies the flight as "Boxcar 220", with 220 being the plane number. In the following pre-launch scene, they are in plane number 104. As they are launched, the plane is first number 103 without the pilot/RIO names the fuselage, then it is number 101 with names on the fuselage. When they approach to land, they are back in plane 103. In the next shot as the plane catches an arresting wire, they are in plane 201. As they taxi away, they are in plane 114. When they get out of the aircraft, it is number 242. All of the planes depicted do not have any black paint in front of the cockpit except for number 242. (There are several other discrepancies with ordinance and plane markings.) See more »


Cmdr. Sturgis Turner: Alcohol and carbon monoxide in the blood, even in minute amounts, can hasten hypoxia, correct?
Lt. Sam Albrecht: Yes, sir.
Cmdr. Sturgis Turner: According to the tox screen, Commander Zuzello had a carbon monoxide level of eleven percent per carboxy-hemoglobin and a blood alcohol level of .009. Now, this is fine if you're driving a car, but in an F-14 with a compromised oxygen system...
Lt. Sam Albrecht: Commander Zuzello didn't do anything wrong, sir.
Cmdr. Sturgis Turner: Wrong, no, but for a man who nearly failed his hypoxia demo, smoking and drinking the night before a...
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