JAG (1995–2005)
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A civilian tech rep aboard a submarine seizes control of an experimental torpedo after its launch during an exercise. The rep threatens to sink a cruise ship and demands a ransom. Harm and Ltjg. Meg Austin go to the sub and save the day.




Episode cast overview:
David James Elliott ... Harmon Rabb, Jr.
Tracey Needham ... Meg Austin
Rex Linn ... Submarine Skipper
Ryan Hurst ... Dirk Grover
Travis Fine ... Chief Petty Officer Grisham
W.K. Stratton W.K. Stratton ... Cmdr. Ted Lindsey
Christopher John Fields ... Lieutenant Commander Scott
Jeffrey Dean Morgan ... Weapons Officer
Christopher Darga ... COB
John Roselius ... Admiral Drake
John Mossman ... Crew Chief
Chris Williams ... Helmsman (as Christopher James Williams)
D.V. Caitlyn D.V. Caitlyn ... Secret Service Agent (as Deryl Caitlyn)
Kenneth Dolin ... Lookout
Fred Garcia Fred Garcia ... Planesman


A vendor has placed an experimental torpedo and a civilian technician aboard a nuclear fast-attack submarine of the US Navy. After the boat fires the fish during an authorized exercise, the tech sends it on a mission of his own -- to shadow a cruise ship nearby until the US government pays a ransom. The JAG of the Navy sends Harm and a second lawyer, Ltjg. Meg Austin, to investigate and negotiate aboard the submarine. Mind games ensue. Meg, an expert in weapon and computer systems, eventually gets into the tech's laptop computer and the program by which he has controlled his torpedo. Harm and Meg save the day. Meg continues as Harm's new partner. Written by DocRushing

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Release Date:

30 September 1995 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Most of the action here takes place aboard a fictional submarine, USS Tigershark (SSN-28). No vessel of the US Navy has ever borne the name Tigershark or Tiger Shark. However, four submarines have borne the name of USS Shark (SS-8, SS-174, SS-314, and SSN-591). Likewise SSN-28 does not yet exist. The highest number in the new series of hull numbers for submarines of the US Navy is SSN-23, assigned to USS Jimmy Carter, of the Seawolf class. See more »


When the Tigershark surfaces to pick up the Jag team, a submarine in an Emergency main ballast tank blow surfacing procedure (Emergency Blow) is shown. This is not a standard maneuver, and wouldn't be used in other that an emergency (Ergo it's name). See more »


Lt. j.g. Meg Austin: I can decipher computer codes in as little as 30 seconds, sir.
Harm: And as long as?
Lt. j.g. Meg Austin: Three days, but that was in Chinese.
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The villain is a techno-nerd
30 May 2019 | by ebertipSee all my reviews

The show opens with Harm jogging in DC. So is President Clinton, who actually appears in the opening. A helicopter drops down, but it is for Harm, not Clinton. The problem is that a nerd (Dirk) has taken control of a sub (Tigershark) by threatening to use a torpedo, under his control through technical wizardry, to blow up something (later determined to be a British cruise ship with 600 passengers). It seems Dirk was a government employee who invented an English/Japanese translator but got nothing in return but his paycheck. There is a lot of antilawyer banter between Dirk and the JAG folks. Dirk's real threat seems to be not sinking the ship but rather all the resulting law suits "feeding frenzy of PI lawyers". Yes, there is a line about the (non-existent) Princeton law school. This is not one of the better written JAG scripts. Clinton was wise to jog away

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