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The Adversaries 

After being promoted, Bud's first case as an attorney is defending his father "Big Bud" Roberts (Jeff MacKay) from charges of fraud and larceny, with Harm as the prosecutor.


Tony Wharmby


Donald P. Bellisario (created by), Larry Moskowitz (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David James Elliott ... Harmon Rabb, Jr.
Catherine Bell ... Sarah MacKenzie
John M. Jackson ... A.J. Chegwidden
Patrick Labyorteaux ... Bud Roberts, Jr.
Karri Turner ... Lt. Harriet Sims
Jeff MacKay ... Big Bud Roberts
Larry Brandenburg ... Glen Dobie
Kevin Weisman ... Jerry Kemp
Michael Bellisario ... Mike 'Mikey' Roberts
Carlos Lacamara ... Captain Hernandez
Aysia Polk ... Dar-Lin Lewis
Dana Sparks ... Lt. Cmdr. Carolyn Imes
Catherine Lazo ... Chief Petty Officer Montes
Susan Haskell ... Lt. Cmdr. Jordan 'Jordi' Parker
Adam Beason ... Petty Officer Malaty


Bud receives a promotion from lieutenant (junior grade) to full lieutenant; then Bud Sr. enters in uniform, announces that the Navy has recalled him to active duty to try him at a court-martial (for larceny and wrongful disposition of government property), and he asks Bud to defend him. Harm prosecutes, Bud defends, and Bud Sr. assaults and batters a government witness. Bud proves to be a vigorous and aggressive adversary at trial. Bud and Harriet throw a wetdown party at Murphy's Tavern. Continuing to look after Dar-lin, LCdr. Jordi Parker takes her to the JAG office, and Dar-lin identifies the bad guy from some mug shots; the NCIS people find his fingerprints at Grandma's house. Written by DocRushing

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In the opening scene, after Harm administers an oath to Bud in connection with his promotion to full lieutenant, Bud removes a dress-blue coat with jaygee stripes and dons instead a coat with lieutenant stripes, bud he does so without changing the marks on the shoulder straps on his shirt from jaygee to lieutenant. Technically he's out of uniform -- by wearing jaygee shoulder marks and lieutenant sleeve stripes at the same time. See more »


Admiral Albert Jethro 'A.J.' Chegwidden: [talking to Big Bud regarding Bud] Don't you hurt that boy.
Big Bud Roberts: No, sir.
Admiral Albert Jethro 'A.J.' Chegwidden: 'Cause if you do, you'll answer to me. And Master Chief...
Admiral Albert Jethro 'A.J.' Chegwidden: [beat] you DON'T want that!
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"So, what's Harm like?"
3 March 2021 | by hindsonevansmikeSee all my reviews

The Roberts family comes together with Bud's promotion to Lieutenant. Bud eventually is able to defend his father (who had been brought back into USN service to address accusations of theft around 1995, in this Season four episode from 1999). Mikey Roberts also appears, working his way onto a ship post-bootcamp.

The "Annie Lewis" case moves forward and Harriet discussed the case with Harm.

Also in discussion (at Bud's wet-down) is the topic of Harmon Rabb jr. Carolyn Imes is sharing a table with Jordy Parker and mac. Carolyn's curiosity overspills, so she asks Jordy (who initially mis-reads the question before realising Carolyn's true intent) and also asks Mac, on the principle that Mac and Harm have indulged in passions during their three years together

Mac fends off Carolyn's question (I'm not going to use the brother-sister analogy") only for Jordy to lay it on the line with "I'm happy with him until you want him". Jordy (psychiatrist) has realised what Mac and Harm apparently cannot see (mind you, the UST ran on for another six seasons after this!).

Finally, Harm (courtesy of NCIS) has an ID for the Annie Lewis killer - see later episodes in this series. Bud proves just how good his teacher was, when he wins his case against Harm's prosecution.

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13 April 1999 (USA) See more »

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