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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The C-130 carrier landing pays tribute to the actual test flights conducted in 1963. The postscript is as follows: "On October 30, 1963, Navy pilot Lt. James H. Flatley and co-pilot LCDR. W.W. "Smokey" Stovall landed a C-130 aboard the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal. We salute these two brave pilots along with crew members Al Sieve and Ed Brenna for their incredible demonstration of carrier aviation skill." See more »


The Seahawk's CO is wearing a hat with a double row of scrambled eggs. Commanders and Captains wear a single row. Admirals wear a double row. See more »

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