JAG (1995–2005)
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Second Sight 

After a call from a priest, Mac sees her dying estranged father and her estranged mother as well. Mac feels and expresses much anger and frustration, yet she reaches some resolution with each of them. Harm gets laser surgery on his eyes.


Terrence O'Hara


Donald P. Bellisario (created by), Dana Coen

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Episode cast overview:
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
Conchata Ferrell ... Deanne MacKenzie
Matthew Faison Matthew Faison ... Dr. Gerald Margady
Chuck Carrington ... Jason Tiner
John Roselius John Roselius ... Admiral Drake
Michael Tucci ... Father Genaro
Alia Shawkat ... Young Sarah MacKenzie


After receiving a call from a priest at a hospice in California, Mac flies to Fresno to deal with the dying of her estranged father; her estranged mother likewise shows up at the hospice. Mac feels and expresses much anger in many directions and frustration about many matters; she has candid conversations with the priest and with her mother, and she reaches some resolution with each of her parents. Meanwhile Bud and the admiral, despite troubles and interruptions, conduct a video conference with the CNO while he's at sea, and Harm gets laser surgery on his eyes, hoping to improve his vision. Power problems continue. Harriet takes a tumble, and Harm catches her. Written by DocRushing

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Release Date:

27 April 1999 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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When Mac opens her fathers wallet and takes out the newspaper clippings, the first one is written by R.U. Kidding. See more »

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Fills an important gap in the back-story of Sarah Mackenzie
16 September 2018 | by hindsonevansmikeSee all my reviews

This episode is crucial (and we learn a significant amount) in understanding the childhood of Sarah Mackenzie - including a big hint as to why she has problems in forming lasting, trusting relationships.

The appearance of Michael Tucci, as Father Gennaro, is in contrast to the bumbling "Norman" from "Diagnosis Murder" (which was being filmed during this time in his career).

Catherine Bell's acting style and range had developed by this episode, late in the 4th series of "JAG". She runs the gamut from confusion to anger and (just a little) compassion.

The background to her childhood (abusive alcoholic father who left when she was 17, mother who abandoned them when Sarah was aged 15) is explored and she utters a memorable line about "the scars on what is left of MY soul" in one of her impassioned scenes.

The reconciliation with her mother is sweetly - yet poignantly - handled. We understand more about Sarah ("Mac") the woman, by learning about Sarah the terrified child. Sarah makes a decision about her parents.

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