JAG: Season 8, Episode 21

Meltdown (29 Apr. 2003)

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Harm goes on trial in a court-martial for the murder of Loren. A Marine major from Quantico prosecutes, and a Navy woman lieutenant commander from San Diego defends. However, the NCIS ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Special Agent Vivian Blackadder
W.K. Stratton ...
Major Jack McBurney


Harm goes on trial in a court-martial for the murder of Loren. A Marine major from Quantico prosecutes, and a Navy woman lieutenant commander from San Diego defends. However, the NCIS continues its investigation anyway. The cap proves to be Harm's, but someone planted it. NCIS agents find a pattern, they pursue it, and they find another suspect, who, during questioning, begins to concede that he was the killer. That lets Harm off the hook. Meanwhile Agent Gibbs goes aboard a surface ship of the Navy in the Mediterranean Sea to question a terrorist in custody. He gets an answer, which allows him and his mates to thwart the next imminent attack on a Naval vessel. Written by DocRushing

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Agent Gibbs of the NCIS goes to the fictional USS Chattanooga in the Mediterranean Sea. There is no such ship in the US Navy. However, there have been two vessels by that name: a steam sloop, in service 1866-71, and C-16, a protected cruiser of the Denver class, in service 1904-21. There have been two proposals (in 1944 and -45) to give that name to two other ships, but each one was canceled before commissioning. The establishing shot for that scene shows USS Thomas Gates (CG-51), a guided-missile cruiser of the Ticonderoga class, in service 1987-2005, named for a secretary of defense under President Eisenhower. See more »


Special Agent Jethro Gibbs: You're going back to the FBI.
Special Agent Vivian Blackadder: What?
Special Agent Jethro Gibbs: To get whatever they have on bin Atwa.
Special Agent Vivian Blackadder: Right.
Special Agent Jethro Gibbs: Also want transcripts of all previous Al-Jihad interrogations mentioning his name or Mohommed's.
Special Agent Vivian Blackadder: That'll take weeks!
Special Agent Jethro Gibbs: You got two days. If you can't get it done by then, don't bother coming back.
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A different typeface is used for the episode credits on the two-part episode "Ice Queen" and "Meltdown" as this was the pilot for the later series "Navy NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigation Service" (2003). See more »


Referenced in CSI: Miami: Meltdown (2010) See more »

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