JAG (1995–2005)

Contemptuous Words 

A newspaper prints an op-ed piece, contemptuous of the PotUS (and a violation of the UCMJ), which first appears to have come from Harm's office computer; Harm figures it out. Meanwhile Mac encounters an unusual question about childbearing.


Jeannot Szwarc


Donald P. Bellisario (created by), Ed Zuckerman


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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.
John M. Jackson ... A.J. Chegwidden
Karri Turner ... Lt. Harriet Sims
Anne-Marie Johnson ... Rep. Bobbi Latham
Michelle Stafford ... Suzanne Moore
Kenneth Kimmins ... Daniel Citrone
Harry Lennix ... Agent John Nichols (as Harry J. Lennix)
Kristin Dattilo ... Laurie Westin
Randy Vasquez ... Gunnery Sgt. Victor 'Gunny' Galindez
Molly Hagan ... Melinda Davy
Chuck Carrington ... Jason Tiner
Vasili Bogazianos ... Pappas
Michelle Clunie ... Sally Wexler (as Michelle Renee Clunie)


A newspaper in Washington prints a guest editorial supposedly by an anonymous Naval officer; the op-ed piece represents a violation of the UCMJ, because it contains words contemptuous of President Clinton. Harm, Mac, and Bud investigate. Bud finds evidence indicating the article in question originated from Harm's office computer. The Office of the Inspector General of the Navy begins an official investigation. A conservative outside civilian group offers public relations and legal assistance. Harm figures out who wrote the objectionable item and it is not the Leavenworth inmate you think it is. He holds a press conference, and he gets a promotion to full commander. Mac encounters an unusual question about childbearing vis-a-vis a conflict between the almost wife and almost ex-wife of a dead Marine over the late jarhead's sperm. Written by DocRushing/RM Sieger

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When Harm visits Palmer in prison, the warden assures Harm that Palmer has no connection to the outside on the computer. However, Palmer claims to have downloaded the op-ed from the newspaper (as was confirmed by Agent Nichols). That would only have been possible if he had a connection to the outside to get to the newspaper website. See more »


Harm: Bud, you helped me out of loyalty and friendship. Everybody else has a price.
Lt. Bud Roberts, Jr.: I'm sure you'll do the right thing, sir.
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23 November 1999 (USA) See more »

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