JAG (season 10)

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JAG (final season)
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Starring David James Elliott
Catherine Bell
Patrick Labyorteaux
Scott Lawrence
Zoe McLellan
Karri Turner
Chris Beetem
David Andrews
Meta Golding
Jordana Spiro
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 22
Release
Original network CBS
Original release September 24, 2004 (2004-09-24) – April 29, 2005 (2005-04-29)
Season chronology
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List of JAG episodes

The tenth and final season of JAG premiered on CBS on September 24, 2004, and concluded on April 29, 2005. The season, starring David James Elliott and Catherine Bell, was produced by Belisarius Productions in association with CBS Productions.

JAG Season 10 aired alongside NCIS (season 2).

Plot[edit]

Chief of Staff Lieutenant Colonel Sarah MacKenzie (Catherine Bell), a tenacious, by-the-book marine, and Commander Harmon Rabb, Jr. (David James Elliott), a former aviator, are employed by the Judge Advocate General Corps, the elite legal division of the United States Naval and Marine services. The JAG team prosecute, defend, and preside over the legal cases assigned to them by the Judge Advocate General, Major General Gordon Cresswell (David Andrews). This season, Mac and Harm must investigate the death of a Marine in a friendly-fire incident ("Corporate Raiders"), a 22-year-old murder case ("Retrial"), an Ensign who fired on a fishing boat ("Whole New Ball Game"), and a DOD mishap in Baghdad ("This Just In From Baghdad"). Also this season, Mac suffers a personal loss ("Hail and Farewell"), and travels to San Diego to head a criminal investigation ("JAG: San Diego"), while new officers Lieutenants Gregory Vukovic (Chris Beetem), Tali Mayfield (Meta Golding), and Catherine Graves (Jordana Spiro) are assigned to her staff, Jennifer Coates (Zoe McLellan) is tapped to be a juror ("The Sixth Juror"), Harm must face the loss of Mattie (Hallee Hirsh) ("Death at the Mosque"), Bud (Patrick Labyorteaux) and Harriet (Karri Turner) must decide their future, and Sturgis (Scott Lawrence) is forced to act as Judge Advocate General. Finally, Harm and Mac must confront their feelings for one-another as they are offered promotions that will lead to their separation, Mac is assigned to Joint Legal Forces Southwest, and Harm is offered a Captain's billet in London ("Fair Winds and Following Seas").

Production[edit]

In February 2005, series co-star David James Elliott announced his departure from the series,[1] with Bellisario noting that "his contract was up, and we never expected it to go on. We had to cut costs. [So] we started doing episodes with less of David, and it became obvious to him that we were not going to renegotiate".[2] Both Catherine Bell and Chris Beetem had signed on for a potential eleventh season.[3] "'It was always intended that Catherine would be [on] the show next season but [Elliott] would not,' says Bellisario".[4]

In Spring 2005, despite CBS informing Donald P. Bellisario that the series "may get picked up", JAG was cancelled.[5] Bellisario stated that "the reason 'JAG' is not coming back is purely demographic. Nothing more",[6] adding "it's wrong to say the show was canceled because [series co-star David James Elliott] said he was leaving."[7]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Also starring[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]

Guest cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
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206 1 "Hail and Farewell (Part II)" Terrence O'Hara Stephen Zito September 24, 2004 207
Sturgis is named Acting JAG; Mac is unable to accept that Clayton Webb is dead and investigates the circumstances surrounding his death. Mac and Harm track a still-alive Webb to his family's beachfront house and discover that undercover MI6 agent Simon Tanveer is a deadly assassin known only as "The Hawk". Mac breaks up with Webb, unwilling to live with the lies of their relationship.
207 2 "Corporate Raiders" Bradford May Don McGill October 1, 2004 208
Harm and Mac investigate when a private military contractor is implicated in the death of a Marine in a "friendly fire" accident and are shocked to find out he's the formerly honorable Captain from "Collision Course" (Ep. 6:12).
208 3 "Retrial" Jeannot Szwarc Larry Moskowitz October 15, 2004 210
Harm reopens a 22-year-old murder case after discovering evidence of not only prosecutorial misbehavior but also evidence proving the innocence of the defendant, who was a young seaman at the time of the occurrence; Mac and Bud deal with a chief warrant officer with four wives and families.
209 4 "Whole New Ball Game" Terrence O'Hara Darcy Meyers October 29, 2004 209
A Marine colonel is the SECNAV's pick to be the new JAG, while Harm and Mac deal with a Navy Ensign accused of firing on a Canadian fishing boat.
210 5 "This Just In from Baghdad" Bradford May Philip DeGuere, Jr. November 5, 2004 211
Major General Gordon Cresswell is appointed the new Judge Advocate General and Harm and Mac head to Baghdad to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a Defense Department official.
211 6 "One Big Boat" Kenneth Johnson Dana Coen November 12, 2004 212
A midshipman on the Naval Academy sailing team is swept overboard during a storm and questions arise about whether the team's commander was negligent in making the team sail through the weather.
212 7 "Camp Delta" Oz Scott Larry Moskowitz November 19, 2004 214
Harm defends Army MPs stationed at Guantanamo Bay who have injured a fellow soldier during an exercise involving detainees who resist. Bud has an altercation with an anti-war civilian, and the general orders him to take an anger management course.
213 8 "There Goes the Neighborhood" David James Elliott Darcy Meyers November 26, 2004 213
An old criminal friend of Petty Officer Coates makes her life difficult, while Bud defends a naval aviator who gave her father lessons in an F-18 that he purchased.
214 9 "The Man on the Bridge" Vern Gillum Don McGill December 10, 2004 215
A Navy Commander assigned to the Bio-Weapons Defense Laboratory goes missing and Harm and Mac must work with the FBI to find him. Bud is asked to intervene when a female Marine wants to participate in the Corps boxing competition.
215 10 "The Four Percent Solution" Dennis Smith Dana Coen December 17, 2004 206
Mac is knocked unconscious in an auto accident on Christmas Eve and we see her meetings with her therapist Lt Commander McCool along with flashbacks of her life at JAG.
216 11 "Automatic for the People" Kenneth Johnson Story: Philip DeGuere, Jr. & Darcy Meyers
Teleplay: Philip DeGuere, Jr.
January 7, 2005 216
An F-14 testing a joint U.S.-Israeli anti-missile system crashes near an elementary school in California and Harm must deal with an eager junior officer as well as local tensions. Bud's anger management class doesn't go well when a fight breaks out.
217 12 "The Sixth Juror" Bradford May Paul Levine January 14, 2005 219
When a murder investigation on a small Navy base depletes the jury pool, Petty Officer Coates is forced to serve as the sixth and final juror.
218 13 "Heart of Darkness" Bradford May Paul Levine February 4, 2005 217
Harm and Mac are sent to Afghanistan to retrieve a Marine Captain who has "gone native" to find Osama bin Laden and is accused of murdering civilians. Bud is asked by his father to help him avoid service when he is recalled to duty.
219 14 "Fit for Duty" Randy D. Wiles Don McGill & Darcy Meyers February 11, 2005 218
A Navy psychologist is accused of malpractice by letting a Marine under her care who had severe PTSD return to the front lines, where he died in combat. Bud defends a Navy captain who refused to vacate his command after his ship hit a pier.
220 15 "Bridging the Gulf" Dennis Smith Larry Moskowitz February 18, 2005 220
Harm is back under the microscope when he shoots down a civilian aircraft that had crossed into a "no-fly zone". Lieutenant Gregory Vukovic joins the JAG team and immediately rubs Mac the wrong way.
221 16 "Straits of Malacca" Richard Compton Darcy Meyers February 25, 2005 221
Mac and Vukovic are sent to deal with a confrontation between a Navy vessel and a ship seized by modern-day pirates, while Bud and Harriet hold a party celebrating the birth of their twins.
222 17 "JAG: San Diego" Vern Gillum Story: Larry Moskowitz
Teleplay: Don McGill & Larry Moskowitz
March 11, 2005 222
General Cresswell changes the location of the annual JAG conference to San Diego. Mac and Vukovic investigate an incident involving victims of a hurricane who clashed with Marines delivering relief supplies. Harm must deal with a personal situation when Mattie is critically injured in an accident.
223 18 "Death at the Mosque" Bradford May Stephen Zito April 1, 2005 223
Harm keeps a bedside vigil over Mattie, while Vukovic is sent to Iraq to defend a Marine who killed an allegedly unarmed Iraqi in full view of a reporter. General Cresswell asks Mac to convince his daughter not to abandon a military career.
224 19 "Two Towns" Kenneth Johnson Dana Coen April 8, 2005 224
Mac goes to Iraq to investigate a bombing that killed a squad of Marine reservists, while Harm and Bud go to Oklahoma to help a town cope with the devastating loss. Things are complicated when the unit's sole survivor is accused of firebombing the Marine Reserve Center.
225 20 "Unknown Soldier" Mike Vejar Teleplay: Aurorae Khoo & Stephen Lyons
Story: Joseph C. Wilson
April 15, 2005 225
General Cresswell's brother believes the remains of an unidentified Vietnam soldier are those of a pilot who saved his life, so Vukovic and Lt. Catherine Graves ("Automatic For The People") are sent to find a relative for a DNA test.
226 21 "Dream Team" Vern Gillum Larry Moskowitz & Don McGill April 22, 2005 226
Harm and Vukovic defend a sailor accused of manslaughter because of a shipboard fight. Mac defends a Navy sailor who set several dolphins free. At the end of the episode General Cresswell announces a change that affects the entire staff with Harm being sent to London and Mac to San Diego. At the very end, Harm is promoted to Captain.
227 22 "Fair Winds and Following Seas" Bradford May Stephen Zito April 29, 2005 227
With Harm being sent to London and Mac to San Diego, they must sort out their personal feelings quickly. Bud must decide what he will do with his career when both Harm and Mac want him to come with them to their new stations. Vukovic is told by Mac she doesn't want him on her staff and is asked to intervene when an under age teen enlists in the Marines to avenge his father's death in Afghanistan. The episode ends on a military JAG coin flip tossed by Bud Roberts, to decide whether Mac or Harm will resign their commission to be together. The actual result of the flip is unknown.

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