JAG: Season 9, Episode 5

Touchdown (24 Oct. 2003)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama
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With foreign civilian passengers Harm and Beth land a damaged C-130 aboard USS Seahawk. A Navy seaman, having converted to the Islamic faith, stands accused of taking part in al-Qaeda activities; Sturgis and Bud prosecute, and Mac defends.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Beth O'Neil
Seaman James Westin
Said Labdouni
Fadil (as Al Faris)
Air Boss
Inspector Kamal


The highest CIA spy in Libya has become uncovered, so the CIA sends in Harm and Beth to pick him up aboard a C-130 Hercules; however, the spy shows up with a large number of his relatives; he demands that they too go, so they take them. However, engine trouble and gunfire raise complications; USS Seahawk, an aircraft carrier, is the only landing site near enough; they land without mishap. Meanwhile a seaman in the Navy has converted to the Islamic faith, and he has become accused of taking part in al-Qaeda activities; the testimony of one witness against him raises legal and moral questions. Sturgis and Bud prosecute, Mac defends, and Sturgis and Mac eventually reach a plea deal. Sturgis continues to wrestle with his feelings about the misconduct case about himself. Written by DocRushing

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All of the dialog between Harm and the Seahawk CO was totally bogus as the ability of a C-130 to land and take off from a carrier had been proven over 30 years earlier. The dialog was only for dramatic effect. See more »


At one point during the hearing Sturgis refers to the defendant, James Westin, as "Mr. Westin"; however, Westin is an enlisted man in paygrade E-3 -- a YNSN -- a seaman striking for the rating of yeoman. The protocol calls for Sturgis to address him as "Seaman Westin" or simply "Westin". It's incorrect to address an enlisted man as "mister". See more »

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