A retired chief petty officer seeks a new trial about his involvement in an alleged mutiny after a disastrous explosion in 1944. Loren prosecutes, and Sturgis defends. Sturgis's father takes part. Harriet buys a house without telling Bud.



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After a 30-year career in the Navy, an aged retired chief petty officer requests a new trial in a court-martial about his involvement in an alleged mutiny after the disastrous explosion at the US Naval Magazine, Port Chicago, California, in 1944. Loren prosecutes in her usual hard-nosed way, and Sturgis defends. Sturgis's father, a retired captain in the Navy Chaplain Corps, takes part. While Bud continues aboard his new duty station at sea, Harriet searches for a home for her family, and she gets help from Harm. She finds the house she wants, and, using a power of attorney which Bud left with her before he left, she enters into a contract to buy it -- without first discussing it with him and without following Harm's advice to tell him. Written by DocRushing

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9 April 2002 (USA)  »

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This episode is based on a factual explosion on 17 July 1944 at the US Naval Magazine, Port Chicago, California, on the Suisun Bay, near Concord and Pittsburg, which killed 320 people and injured 390 others. Most of the victims were black enlisted men. See more »


Lt. Col. Sarah 'Mac' MacKenzie: I need to ask you both a question. If you murder co-counsel in the courtroom, can you cop an insanity plea?
Lt. Harriet Sims: [simultaneously with Harm] Absolutely.
Cmdr. Harmon 'Harm' Rabb, Jr.: Yes.
Lt. Col. Sarah 'Mac' MacKenzie: I thought so.
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