JAG (season 5)

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JAG (season 5)
StarringDavid James Elliott
Catherine Bell
Patrick Labyorteaux
John M. Jackson
Karri Turner
Steven Culp
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes25
Original networkCBS
Original releaseSeptember 21, 1999 (1999-09-21) –
May 23, 2000 (2000-05-23)
Season chronology
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List of JAG episodes

The fifth season of JAG premiered on CBS on September 21, 1999, and concluded on May 23, 2000. The season, starring David James Elliott and Catherine Bell, was produced by Belisarius Productions in association with, what was then-known as Paramount Television (its post 2006 successor in interest is CBS Studios).


Lieutenant Commander Harmon Rabb, Jr. (David James Elliott), now a Tomcat pilot aboard the USS Patrick Henry, finds himself forced to defend a young lieutenant who has mistakenly fired upon Russian armored vehicles ("King of the Greenie Board"), while his former partner (and newly promoted) Lieutenant Colonel Sarah MacKenzie (Catherine Bell) continues to enforce, prosecute and defend the laws of the sea from within the Judge Advocate General Corps, the elite legal division of the United States Navy. This season, Mac is pitted against Mic Brumby (Trevor Goddard) in court ("Rules of Engagement"), Harm is forced to push a plane to safety using a tail-hook ("True Calling") before returning to JAG ("The Return"), Mac investigate psy-ops ("Psychic Warrior"), Harm is awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross ("Front and Center"), Bud (Patrick Labyorteaux) is kidnapped ("Rogue"), and, on the orders of Admiral A.J. Chegwidden (John M. Jackson), the team travel to Australia ("Boomerang"). Meanwhile, Gunny (Randy Vasquez) is accused of gay-bashing ("People v. Gunny"), Harm investigates a decade-old murder ("Body Talk"), and Mic resigns his commission ("Surface Warfare").


Prior to the start of JAG's fifth season, the series entered syndication. As a result, at the time season five was first aired in the United States, JAG was seen in over 90 countries worldwide.[1]

From 12 to 14 July 1999, the JAG production team including its three main actors were allowed by the US Navy to film scenes on location aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74), while she sailed off the coast of California. It was the first time the production team were on board an active aircraft carrier at sea and while it was conducting flight operations. The footage obtained from this visit were used for the first three episodes of the season.[2]

The 100th and 101st episodes of JAG were partially shot with the main cast on several locations in and around Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Among the locations were Fleet Base East and Sydney Airport.[3] These were the only episodes of JAG filmed outside the United States.

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No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
US viewers
861"King of the Greenie Board"Alan J. LeviJohn SchulianSeptember 21, 1999 (1999-09-21)08610.60
Part 1 of 2. Harm's back flying a Tomcat with Skates as his RIO, however, Lt. Buxton, a hot-shot pilot, is making things difficult for him. Mac is promoted to lieutenant colonel. Mac's case involving a Marine who drank too much before testing a new weapons system brings a new member to the office. At the end of the episode, Lt. Buxton fires on what he believes are Serbian armoured vehicles. Back on the carrier, Buxton is confronted by the skipper who tells him he in fact blew up a Russian armoured vehicle.
872"Rules of Engagement"Jeannot SzwarcEd ZuckermanSeptember 28, 1999 (1999-09-28)08711.80
Conclusion. Lt. Buxton forces Harm to defend him in the court martial for the Russian truck he destroyed in the previous episode. Mic joins Harm on the defense team, while Mac and Bud prosecute.
883"True Callings"Alan J. LeviStory by : Ed Zuckerman, John Schulian and Rear Admiral Paul T. Gillcrist
Teleplay by : Ed Zuckerman & John Schulian
October 5, 1999 (1999-10-05)08810.70
Harm's career as a pilot is in jeopardy because of his long legal career, while a mission over Serbia turns into a crisis when his wingman's plane is crippled. Harm uses his F-14's windscreen and his wingman's tailhook to push him back to the USS Patrick Henry, saving his wingman's life (this is based on an actual historical event known as Pardo's Push: a title card at the end of the episode explains that "On March 10th, 1967, U.S. Air Force Captain Robert Pardo used his F-4 Phantom to push a fellow American's badly damaged jet from North Vietnam into friendly territory."). Harm also provides encouragement and support to his RIO Skates, who is suffering from panic attacks from flying. Back at the office, Bud, Tiner, and Gunny seek to curry the Admiral's favor by procuring tickets to a Limp Bizkit concert.
894"The Return"Greg BeemanLarry MoskowitzOctober 12, 1999 (1999-10-12)08910.80
Harm's return to JAG is rocky, as his first case is to defend the SECNAV's son for disobeying an order during a refuelling, and he deals with a sympathetic SECNAV and the unyielding ship captain who was being tough on his son.
905"Front and Center"Alan MyersonDana CoenOctober 19, 1999 (1999-10-19)09011.00
When a Marine corporal goes AWOL rather than testify at an attempted rape trial, Harm and Mac must discover his secret while Harm is awarded his second Distinguished Flying Cross for his actions in "True Callings".
916"Psychic Warrior"Greg BeemanPaul LevineNovember 2, 1999 (1999-11-02)09111.70
While Harm and Mac investigate the death of a Navy officer involved in a remote viewing project known as Star Gaze, Mac must also deal with someone close to her going missing.
927"Rogue"Tony WharmbyLarry MoskowitzNovember 9, 1999 (1999-11-09)09211.10
When a security consultant hijacks a Navy submarine and threatens to attack New York, Harm must play cat and mouse with the man to rescue Bud and thwart the attack.
938"The Colonel's Wife"Alan J. LeviJohn SchulianNovember 16, 1999 (1999-11-16)09311.60
A Marine colonel's wife is accused of smuggling drugs, and her weak denials convince Mac that she is guilty.
949"Contemptuous Words"Jeannot SzwarcEd ZuckermanNovember 23, 1999 (1999-11-23)0949.80
Harm's career is on the line when he is accused of writing an editorial highly critical of the President. After Harm is cleared of any wrong doing he receives his promotion to commander from the SECNAV. Mac deals with a squabble between a late Marine's girlfriend, who wants to use his sperm to have children, and the Marine's estranged wife, who is opposed to such usage.
9510"Mishap"Terrence O'HaraLarry MoskowitzNovember 30, 1999 (1999-11-30)09512.40
Harm's former RIO, Lt. Elizabeth Hawkes, is charged with causing a "mishap" that crashed an F-14, and Harm defends her at court-martial while Mac prosecutes.
9611"Ghosts of Christmas Past"Alan J. LeviStory by : Donald P. Bellisario
Teleplay by : Ed Zuckerman & John Schulian
December 14, 1999 (1999-12-14)09611.00

During his annual visit to the Vietnam Memorial, Harm meets Jenny Lake, a former singer in Bob Hope's USO band, who was there the Christmas his father (in 1969 a pilot on CVA-14 USS Ticonderoga) was shot down. The 1969 timeline is recreated through Harm's interpretation, with actors of the main cast portraying characters from 1969 and seen by Harm as the characters of the 1999 timeline.

The episode features the main and recurring cast playing different characters: David James Elliott as Harmon Rabb Senior, Catherine Bell as Jenny Lake, Karri Turner as Phyllis Diller, Anne-Marie Johnson as Diana Ross, Sibel Galindez as Dixie, Trevor Goddard as the CAG, Patrick Labyorteaux as Lt Gibson (Harm Senior's RIO, shot down with him at the end of the episode), Randy Vasquez as Lt Garcia, Paul Collins as press photographer Morton Steele, John M. Jackson as CPO Burns, Michael Bellisario as Ensign Everett, and Chuck Carrington as Lt Bond.
9712"Into the Breech"Mark HorowitzPaul LevineJanuary 11, 2000 (2000-01-11)0979.70

During a "mock trial" of a 10-year-old incident where an unpopular sailor blew up a battleship turret and killed 29 sailors, Harm and Mac's students discover that the man may not have done it.

The opening scenes take place aboard the fictional USS Minnesota (BB-65) but the episode is clearly inspired of an actual turret explosion that occurred aboard battleship USS Iowa on April 19, 1989. The actual explosion was surrounded by controversial testimony, including allegations of a gay relationship between two of the sailors involved (who both lost their lives in the explosion).
9813"Life or Death"Tony WharmbyCatherine StriblingJanuary 18, 2000 (2000-01-18)09814.20
An outcast Marine killed three other Marines in the 1980's, and his capital case is now up for its final review before the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. Mac doesn't want to defend him but ends up taking the case, while Harm takes on the prosecution and Admiral Chegwidden is reflective because the convicted killer was formerly his client. Harm has dinner with Renee, while the office wishes Mic well as he heads to an Australian deployment in East Timor.
9914"Cabin Pressure"Jeannot SzwarcDana CoenFebruary 1, 2000 (2000-02-01)0999.90
Harm is trapped below decks with a sailor accused of murder. As the room they're in floods, Harm must find a way for them to escape. The Admiral deals with the slow diminishment of his skills due to age.
10015"Boomerang, Part I"Donald P. Bellisario & Jeannot SzwarcDonald P. BellisarioFebruary 8, 2000 (2000-02-08)10010.40
In a plot reminiscent of Witness for the Prosecution, Harm, Mac and Bud heads down under to Sydney, Australia to defend a U.S. Navy deserter accused of killing an RAN sailor and assuming his identity.
10116"Boomerang, Part II"Jeannot Szwarc & Donald P. BellisarioDonald P. BellisarioFebruary 15, 2000 (2000-02-15)10110.70
The trial takes an unexpected twist when the defendant's wife changes her story while Harm and Mic come to blows over Mac, with Bud being caught in the crossfire and his jaw is broken in the process. Chegwidden is eventually forced to fly to Australia to berate Harm for his involvement. Although Bud's kind enough to let the two men off the hook, Chegwidden isn't and prepares to deliver his own punishment against Harm and Mic.
10217"People v. Gunny"Terrence O'HaraLarry MoskowitzFebruary 22, 2000 (2000-02-22)10211.20
Gunnery Sergeant Galindez is accused of "gay-bashing" after an altercation outside a gay bar, and one of the key witnesses is Petty Officer Tiner. After Galindez is exhonerated, as far as the military justice system is concerned, after a hearing: the State of Maryland then charges him for the same offence and Admiral Chegwidden acts as his defense attorney in the civilian court. Galindez tries to keep another key witness, Manny, a personal friend from his past out of this, but Manny wants to frame Tiner as a homosexual.
10318"The Bridge at Kang So Ri"Ian ToyntonEd Zuckerman & Paul LevineFebruary 29, 2000 (2000-02-29)10310.50
Harm and Mac have to deal with Korean radicals who hijack an Oceanic Airlines passenger plane carrying an army general whom they accuse of ordering a cover-up of a mass murder at a chaotic bridge crossing during the Korean War.
10419"Promises"Arthur W. ForneyJohn SchulianMarch 28, 2000 (2000-03-28)10410.50
A Navy sailor is charged with desertion, but she claims that her recruiter lied to her about what the service was about. Admiral Chegwidden helps a Naval Aviator friend of his who is facing being grounded for life after he took Viagra before flying. This episode contains the first appearance of Dr. Walden.
10520"Drop Zone"Hugo CortinaLarry MoskowitzApril 4, 2000 (2000-04-04)10510.10
When a file implicating a Navy SEAL in the drowning death of a trainee ends up in the hands of Mac, the prosecutor for the case, she is accused of prosecutorial misconduct by Lt. Singer, who is part of the defence. Admiral Chegwidden tries to decide where to take Dr. Walden for a romantic weekend.
10621"The Witches of Gulfport"Tony WharmbyDana CoenApril 25, 2000 (2000-04-25)1069.00
Mac goes undercover as an NCO in a construction battalion to assist in the investigation of a Chief Petty Officer (and local Wiccan leader) accused of sexual misconduct. Mic has his own undercover operation in Australia, but this leads to long-distance romance between him and Mac.
10722"Overdue & Presumed Lost"Tony WharmbyJohn Schulian & Paul LevineMay 2, 2000 (2000-05-02)1088.80
Admiral Chegwidden try to prevent a salvage hunter from recovering a submarine that disappeared just before the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor in federal court, and after that effort fails he begrudgingly accompanies the salvage hunter who retrieves the intact log book from a safe aboard the sub. The log indicates a message was sent that they had encountered the Japanese fleet. The Admiral seeks to find out if the missing message may have been hidden due to a long-forgotten conspiracy. Bud defends an overweight sailor who is a computer genius and wants to stay in the Navy.
10823"Real Deal Seal"Terrence O'HaraPaul LevineMay 9, 2000 (2000-05-09)1079.10
Lieutenant Curtis Rivers (Montel Williams) is in trouble again, this time for punching a Congressional candidate wearing a SEAL Trident and accusing him of to be an imposter. Rivers complicates things by using his defense counsel, Harm, as bait in a lethal trap to lure out another phony SEAL. A U.S. Senator (James Karen) wants to recommend Admiral Chegwidden for a nomination as a Federal District Judge, but will the Admiral substitute his integrity for political expediency.
10924"Body Talk"Terrence O'HaraDana CoenMay 16, 2000 (2000-05-16)1099.30
When Harm decides to re-investigate a 10-year-old case of murder, he incurs the wrath of the victim's daughter - Lt. Commander Teresa Coulter ("The Return Of Jimmy Blackhorse").
11025"Surface Warfare"Jeannot SzwarcEd ZuckermanMay 23, 2000 (2000-05-23)1109.50
When Bud's brother nearly shoots a Marine craft during a landing exercise in Key West, it leads to a series of events that gets almost everyone at JAG involved in the case. Mic returns, saying he resigned his commission to come back to Mac.


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