JAG (1995–2005)
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Crossing the Line 

A woman Naval aviator accuses the CAG of sexual harassment after he grounds her. Harm, Mac, and Bud investigate; a congresswoman intervenes. The CAG says that the pilot is substandard. The tragic climax shows who's right. Bud meets Harriet.


Tony Wharmby


Donald P. Bellisario (created by), Stephen Zito

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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
Nancy Everhard ... Lieutenant Marilyn Isaacs
Sibel Ergener Sibel Ergener ... Lt. Elizabeth 'Skates' Hawkes
Karri Turner ... Ens. Harriet Sims
Bill Bolender ... Captain 'Skipper' Ross
Steve Eastin ... Master Chief Petty Officer Max Sullivan
Dee Wallace ... Congresswoman Adele DeLong (as Dee Wallace Stone)
Terry O'Quinn ... Captain Thomas Boone
Chuck Carrington ... Petty Officer Second Class Jason Tiner
Steven M. Gagnon ... Landing Signal Officer
Sean Gavigan ... Marine Corporal
Slade Barnett Slade Barnett ... Petty Officer Ned Paderofski


A woman Naval aviator feels displeased while enduring the indignities as a polliwog during a traditional ceremony while crossing the equator; she then files a charge of sexual harassment against the CAG, claiming that her treatment as a polliwog was one part of a series of harassment of her by him. Harm, Mac, and Bud investigate. The CAG denies that he has taken part in any such harassment, and he explains in detail that he grounded the complainant because she's a substandard pilot who does not cut the mustard but does blame everyone and everything except herself. A congresswoman intervenes and visits the ship. The tragic climax makes clear who was right. Bud meets Ens. Harriet Sims. Written by DocRushing

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31 January 1997 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


The plot in this one is just barely possible. What happens when a naval ship crosses the equator is, and has been, well documented in pictures, movies and other media long before JAG went on the air. In addition, every wog has the right to refuse the initiation. See more »


When LCDR Rabb and MAJ MacKenzie question the Command Master Chief (CMC), he is wearing a gold SWO (Surface Warfare Officer) insignia above his left breast pocket. Contrary to popular belief, not everything a Chief wears is gold. He should be wearing a pewter ESWS (Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist) insignia instead. SWO is for officers, not enlisted. A closer study of the insignia also will reveal the cutlasses on the ESWS are curved while the SWO swords are straight. See more »


Congresswoman Adele DeLong: How tall are you?
Lt. Cmdr. Harmon 'Harm' Rabb, Jr.: Excuse me?
Congresswoman Adele DeLong: What if I told you that you looked really cute in that uniform... and you should dye your hair platinum blond?
Lt. Cmdr. Harmon 'Harm' Rabb, Jr.: [smiling] Six-foot-four, I'll give your regards to my tailor, and platinum really isn't my shade, ma'am.
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1 June 2013 | by DocRushingSee all my reviews

The logic and the objections in the other review are no better than its grammar. The dialogue makes clear that the complainant has received even more chances than men similarly situated, that she is a substandard pilot who does not cut the mustard, that she is a menace to others and herself, and that she has failed and refused to use the chain of command by which to press her allegation. Further, the suggestion of racism is absolutely unfounded and inappropriate, for the story does not contain even the slightest hint of a racial question. Carrier-based flight operations take place in a serious and potentially dangerous environment, where the consequences of incompetence can be tragic and irreversible. The US Navy is in the business of national defense; it does not and should not provide a playground, a nursery school, or an amusement park for those who seek personal thrills in a sheltered venue.

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