JAG (1995–2005)

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An F-14 crashes while kids watch from the playground at their school; Harm investigates, and he gets answers. Bud's anger-management course degenerates into a fight. Mac beats the general during an annual requal on a pistol range.


Kenneth Johnson


Donald P. Bellisario (created by), Philip DeGuere Jr. (story by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David James Elliott ... Harmon Rabb, Jr.
Catherine Bell ... Sarah MacKenzie
Patrick Labyorteaux ... Bud Roberts, Jr.
Scott Lawrence ... Sturgis Turner
Zoe McLellan ... Jennifer Coates (credit only)
Indira G. Wilson ... Technician (as Indira Gibson)
Jordana Spiro ... Lt. Catherine Graves
Eric Lange ... Brad Weston
Kristin Bauer van Straten ... Megan Ransford (as Kristin Bauer)
Ivar Brogger ... Commander Brent Tranic
Dave Florek Dave Florek ... Stan Coffie
Christian J. Meoli ... Petty Officer Dave Mooney
Danny Mora ... Javier Hoyas
David Andrews ... Maj. Gen. Gordon 'Biff' Cresswell
Tom Wright ... Commander Simon Harriman


An F-14 Tomcat crashes nearby while students watch from a school playground in California. While Harm investigates, he smells a cover-up; he eventually discovers both a second F-14 (previously undisclosed) and a civilian death on the ground (previously unknown); he finally gets some answers about the strange crash and the strange program. Harm negotiates a good settlement for the daughter of the civilian victim; he impresses both a blonde (his assistant in California) and a redhead (the daughter of the victim). Bud's anger-management course degenerates into a fight. Mac beats the general during an annual requal on a pistol range. Written by DocRushing

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Release Date:

7 January 2005 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Sturgis is having Lt. Commander Harriman (indicated by the stripes on his sleeve) re-enact the anger management class, Sturgis says "Thank you Lieutenant". He should have said "Lieutenant Commander" or simply "Commander". See more »


Cmdr. Sturgis Turner: [discussing an incident in Bud's anger management class] There was a fight, you were there. And I'm not blaming you, but twice in as many months...
Lt. Cmdr. Bud Roberts: It's starting to sound like you're blaming me, Commander.
Cmdr. Sturgis Turner: Bud, I defended you in court. I know better than anyone that you're not a violent man, but... for a mild-mannered guy, you sure do piss a lot of people off. Plus, uh... you've got a father who's a bully.
Lt. Cmdr. Bud Roberts: Ah, I've gone out of my way to be everything that my father isn't and none of the things ...
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