JAG (season 4)

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JAG (season 4)
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Starring David James Elliott
Catherine Bell
Patrick Labyorteaux
John M. Jackson
Karri Turner
Trevor Goddard
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 24
Release
Original network CBS
Original release September 22, 1998 (1998-09-22) – May 25, 1999 (1999-05-25)
Season chronology
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List of JAG episodes

The fourth season of JAG premiered on CBS on September 22, 1998, and concluded on May 25, 1999. The season, starring David James Elliott and Catherine Bell, was produced by Belisarius Productions in association with CBS Productions.

Plot[edit]

Marine Major Sarah MacKenzie (Catherine Bell), a Duke graduate, and Lieutenant Commander Harmon Rabb (David James Elliott), a former naval aviator, are employed by the Judge Advocate General Corps, the elite legal division of the United States Navy. This season, Harm and Mac are assumed dead following an altercation with a Russian fighter pilot ("Gypsy Eyes"), however after punching out of their plane before impact, they begin a journey to uncover the truth about Harm's father. Later, Harm and Mac head several investigations including an undercover operation at an embassy ("Embassy"), the suspected rape of a Japanese national ("Innocence"), an escape from a VA hospital ("The Martin Baker Fan Club"), an execution on national television ("Act of Terror"), and a pilot who defied direct orders after hearing the voice of God ("Angels 30"). Meanwhile, Bud (Patrick Labyorteaux) is promoted to Lieutenant ("The Adversaries"), Harriet (Karri Turner) is promoted to Lieutenant J.G. ("Rivers' Run"), Mac's "little sister" Chloe (Mae Whitman) arrives at JAG ("Jaggle Bells"), Admiral Chegwidden (John M. Jackson) rescues his daughter from the Italian Mafia ("Going After Francesca"), and Australian Navy Commander Mic Brumby (Trevor Goddard) arrives in the United States ("Mr. Rabb Goes to Washington"). Also this season, Harm receives combat orders and departs JAG ("Goodbyes"), Mac and Harm make a pact to have children together ("Yeah, Baby"), and Webb (Steven Culp) heads to Italy to rescue his mentor from captivity ("Soul Searching").

Production[edit]

During its fourth season, JAG's ratings were "up 11 percent in households, 8 percent in adults 18-49 and 10 percent in adults 25-54" when compared to season three, positioning the series as the fourteenth most watched show in household ratings in the United States.[1] This season also advertised the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, while the telephone number 1-800-The-Lost was featured in the closing credits of the season finale, "Goodbyes".

Cast and characters[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Also starring[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]

Guest cast[edit]

  • W.K. Stratton as Commander Theodore Lindsey
  • Rex Linn as KGB Agent Mark Falcon
  • Claudette Nevins as NSA Agent Porter Webb

Episodes[edit]

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Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
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62 1 "Gypsy Eyes" Tony Wharmby Donald P. Bellisario September 22, 1998 064
With a voice-over, Harm updates the viewer on his search for his father up to the previous episode. The Russians claim Harm and Mac died while on a demo ride in a MIG-29. The truth is they punched out before the plane went down. They encounter a Gypsy brother and sister, Vasya and Rusza, who take them by wagon to a train station and dress them up as gypsies. Rusza has a vision in which Russian soldiers rape her and kill Harm before he can save her. Harm is convinced the vision will not come true. At the train station, before Harm and Mac can get on the train to Lubyanka, they are detected by Falcon. After some hesitation, they decide to trust him and let him take them back to Moscow, where they find Chegwidden, Agent Webb and Alexei, who is in reality a double agent most loyal to the CIA, who pay him best. Harm and Mac finally arrive in Svischevo, where they meet a woman who cared for Harm Sr. after he escaped from Vorkuta. The woman tells a story which is the same as Rusza's vision, except with Harm Sr. instead of Harm Jr., and herself instead of Rusza. The woman says Harm Sr. died and was buried in the Taiga.
63 2 "Embassy" Alan J. Levi R. Scott Gemmill September 29, 1998 063
A covert investigation during a party at the Sudanese embassy becomes a life-or-death struggle when a rebel group seizes the building with Harm and Mac trapped inside, along with an influential Sudanese pacifist who has been kidnapped.
64 3 "Innocence" Tony Wharmby Dana Coen October 6, 1998 062
When Ensign Guitry (Sean Murray) is accused of raping a Japanese woman, Harm and Mac must struggle with both the Japanese legal system and reluctant witnesses to clear the young man who has a life imprisonment sentence awaiting him if he's found guilty.
65 4 "Going After Francesca" Alan J. Levi Stephen Zito October 13, 1998 065
Harm and the Admiral must rescue Chegwidden's daughter Francesca ("The Stalker") from the Mafia while preventing the sale of stolen Navy missiles to Iran.
66 5 "The Martin Baker Fan Club" Tony Wharmby Dana Coen October 20, 1998 066
Roscoe Martin ("King Of The Fleas") and three other patients at a V.A. hospital escape and hide out at Harm's apartment. But the reason for Roscoe's actions may lie in the way traumatized patients are treated.
67 6 "Act of Terror" Alan J. Levi Larry Moskowitz October 27, 1998 067
When a Marine guard executes a suspected terrorist on national television, it seems like an easy win for Mac. But when Harm is replaced by a civilian defense attorney and other discrepancies crop up, the case quickly becomes a tangled web involving the CIA and an ultra-conservative American defense contractor.
68 7 "Angels 30" Tony Wharmby R. Scott Gemmill November 3, 1998 068
After a pilot claims that God told him not to shoot down an Iraqi fighter, Mac and a skeptical Harm search for a more earthly explanation.
69 8 "Mr. Rabb Goes to Washington" Jeannot Szwarc Stephen Zito November 10, 1998 069
Harm is asked to assist in a Congressional investigation into whether the U.S. military used Sarin gas during the Gulf War on Americans who were making chemical weapons for Saddam Hussein. At the same time, Mac's ex-husband Chris shows up looking for money and Royal Australian Navy Lt. Commander Mic Brumby joins the office.
70 9 "People v. Mac" Tony Wharmby Larry Moskowitz November 17, 1998 070
Chris is found dead, Harm (representing Mac) and Mic (representing Mac's mentor and lover, Lt. Colonel John Farrow) clash when Mic's defense strategy places the blame on Mac. Farrow claims he deliberately killed Chris, while Mac claims that she killed Chris. Chris' bookie testifies that Mac accidentally killed Chris when he pulled a gun on her. Cmdr. Lindsey leads the military's prosecution and permanently alienates himself from the JAG regulars.
71 10 "The Black Jet" Jeannot Szwarc David Zabel November 24, 1998 071
An investigation into the crash of a Stealth fighter piloted by Harm's friend, Lt. Commander Jack Keeter, in Iran turns into a secret recovery op when Harm and Mac learn the plane is intact and hidden. Webb suggests Harm and Mac break Keeter out of jail and transport him to Turkey. Chegwidden doesn't like that idea, so instead Marines are sent to get them.
72 11 "Jaggle Bells" Greg Beeman R. Scott Gemmill December 15, 1998 072
A sudden appearance by Mac's "little sister", a Navy psychiatrist (Susan Haskell) accused of DUI and a snowstorm in Washington D.C. create a chaotic atmosphere at JAG HQ. Mac's sister turns out to be the daughter of a submariner who'd been presumed dead. Chegwidden tries in vain to get a plane to Italy to see his daughter. After failing to get a commercial plane, Bud gets him a spot on a C-130.
73 12 "Dungaree Justice" Hugo Cortina David Zabel January 12, 1999 073
A civilian bar owner is severely beaten by three sailors, who claim the man raped a female shipmate, Lopez. But it turns out that the man is actually impotent due to an injury he suffered in Vietnam. Harm and Mac eventually discover Lopez was left at the bar by herself, and that all the bar owner did was to take her to the backseat of her car, where she was later raped by one of her shipmates. The episode's last couple of minutes are a preview of the next episode.
74 13 "War Stories" Greg Beeman Dana Coen January 13, 1999 074
A hostage situation on the Balkans gone bad results in the SEAL team being blamed for their deaths. Mac and Bud are assigned to defend their team leader, Commander Risnicki, but Risnicki is wary of Bud's lack of experience. While on mandatory leave, and with Harm at the helm at JAG HQ, Admiral Chegwidden gets roped into the world of being a technical advisor for the film Field of Gold, which is a Navy-themed action adventure with a court-martial.
75 14 "Webb of Lies" Mark Horowitz R. Scott Gemmill February 9, 1999 075
When CIA Agent Clayton Webb is supposedly killed, Harm and Mac must once again face off with Clark Palmer, who is trying to acquire the high-tech Japanese weapons system Webb was carrying.
76 15 "Rivers' Run" Greg Beeman Larry Moskowitz February 16, 1999 076
When Lt. Rivers ("Above And Beyond") seemingly kills a 14-year-old boy during a training exercise, Harm and Mac must defend him before a "kangaroo court" of government separatists. The SEALs were diverted from their normal training ground in an effort by FBI agent Al Grenin to involve them in the hunt for fugitive Warren Toobin. Harriet Sims is promoted to the grade of Lieutenant (junior grade).
77 16 "Silent Service" Alan J. Levi Dana Coen February 23, 1999 077
A series of mishaps aboard a Navy submarine require a squabbling Harm and Mac to share very close quarters. But when the mishaps become fatal, the two put aside their differences and figure out who is trying to injure the crew. Harm figures out that it's the ship's chief medical officer, whose service record includes three incidents in which he cured relatively rare diseases.
78 17 "Nobody's Child" Tony Wharmby Stephen Zito March 2, 1999 078
The unidentified body of a young girl strikes a nerve in Harm, and he pulls out all the stops to find out who she was and why someone killed her, as Harriet deals with her own emotions regarding the case. Bud is given his lawyer insignia. Harm and Lt. Coulter (Trisha Yearwood) go to Maryland where they identify the dead girl and find her sister. The end of the episode gave the phone number for the National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse.
79 18 "Shakedown" Alan J. Levi R. Scott Gemmill March 30, 1999 079
The installation of new systems on the USS Coral Sea causes a blackout during combat operations and Harm and Mac are dispatched to investigate. Harm suspects the civilian hazmat technician Newman, while Mac suspects another civilian technician, the electrician Yarbrough. There is a big power outage and one million dollars are stolen from the ship's disbursing office in a joint plan by both men. Harm has a Navy psychiatrist examine the little girl he and Coulter discovered in the previous episode.
80 19 "The Adversaries" Tony Wharmby Teleplay: Larry Moskowitz
Story: Dana Coen and Larry Moskowitz
April 13, 1999 080
After being promoted, Bud's first case as an attorney is defending his father "Big Bud" Roberts from charges of fraud and larceny, with Harm as the prosecutor. Bud Jr. gets the charges against his father dismissed at the Article 32 hearing, but out of court Harm orders Bud Sr. to never tell his son the truth and he won't either. This episode was dedicated to the memory of Edward S. Vance.
81 20 "Second Sight" Terrence O'Hara Dana Coen April 27, 1999 081
Mac has trouble dealing with her resentment for her father who is about to die, while Harm undergoes laser surgery to correct his vision and possibly return him to flying. At the end, Mac's mother shows up and tells her what she did after leaving her with her father. Harm's civilian doctor tells him that he was misdiagnosed with night blindness and that his actual vision problem can be corrected with laser eye surgery. Chegwidden and Roberts video conference with the CNO, who is at sea.
82 21 "Wilderness of Mirrors" Alan J. Levi Paul Levine May 4, 1999 082
Agent Clark Palmer pretends to be Harm's father and makes him think he's hallucinating. Palmer kidnaps Jordan. The Admiral enlists the help of Bud, Mac, and Mic while preparing to argue a case before the Supreme Court, with Bud as mock Chief Justice.
83 22 "Soul Searching" Jeannot Szwarc Donald P. Bellisario May 11, 1999 083
Admiral Chegwidden and Clayton Webb go to Italy to rescue Webb's mentor (who saved Chegwidden's life in Vietnam) from Italian terrorists who are going to sell him to Serbian extremists if they can't get him free in time. At home, Harm deals with the loss of his Corvette while Bud and Harriet shop for a family vehicle.
84 23 "Yeah, Baby" Alan J. Levi R. Scott Gemmill May 18, 1999 084
Harm puts in his paperwork to return to flight status, and the SECNAV approves because he wants Harm out of Washington. Bud prosecutes a Marine sergeant who got herself pregnant by a subordinate, and she goes into labor at the same time as Harriet. On the steps of JAG, Harm and Mac agree to come together for a child in 5 years if they're both still single.
85 24 "Goodbyes" Jeannot Szwarc Stephen Zito May 25, 1999 085
Charlie Lynch ("Nobody's Child") resurfaces and threatens the twin sister of the girl he killed. Harm tracks Lynch down to a ship he used to serve on and gets him to release Dar-lin before killing him. After saying goodbye to the little girl, Harm returns to JAG where Chegwidden tells him he has orders for Florida and gives him one last chance to cancel those orders and stay at JAG. Harm declines and leaves, especially after receiving F-14 manuals from Skates.

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