JAG (season 5)

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JAG (season 5)
Starring David James Elliott
Catherine Bell
Patrick Labyorteaux
John M. Jackson
Karri Turner
Trevor Goddard
Nanci Chambers
Randy Vasquez
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 25
Original network CBS
Original release September 21, 1999 (1999-09-21) – May 23, 2000 (2000-05-23)
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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 CBS Productions.


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]

Cast and characters[edit]

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No. in
No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
86 1 "King of the Greenie Board" Alan J. Levi John Schulian September 21, 1999 (1999-09-21) 086
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.
87 2 "Rules of Engagement" Jeannot Szwarc Ed Zuckerman September 28, 1999 (1999-09-28) 087
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.
88 3 "True Callings" Alan J. Levi Teleplay: Ed Zuckerman & John Schulian
Story: Ed Zuckerman, John Schulian
and Rear Admiral Paul T. Gillcrist
October 5, 1999 (1999-10-05) 088
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.
89 4 "The Return" Greg Beeman Larry Moskowitz October 12, 1999 (1999-10-12) 089
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.
90 5 "Front and Center" Alan Myerson Dana Coen October 19, 1999 (1999-10-19) 090
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".
91 6 "Psychic Warrior" Greg Beeman Paul Levine November 2, 1999 (1999-11-02) 091
While Harm and Mac investigate the death of a Navy officer involved in a "psy-ops" project, Mac must also deal with someone close to her going missing.
92 7 "Rogue" Tony Wharmby Larry Moskowitz November 9, 1999 (1999-11-09) 092
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.
93 8 "The Colonel's Wife" Alan J. Levi John Schulian November 16, 1999 (1999-11-16) 093
A Marine colonel's wife is accused of smuggling drugs, and her weak denials convince Mac that she is guilty.
94 9 "Contemptuous Words" Jeannot Szwarc Ed Zuckerman November 23, 1999 (1999-11-23) 094
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.
95 10 "Mishap" Terrence O'Hara Larry Moskowitz November 30, 1999 (1999-11-30) 095
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.
96 11 "Ghosts of Christmas Past" Alan J. Levi Teleplay: Ed Zuckerman & John Schulian
Story: Donald P. Bellisario
December 14, 1999 (1999-12-14) 096
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 includes Harm Jr as Harm Senior, Sarah MacKenzie as Jenny Lake, Harriet Sims as Phyllis Diller, Congresswoman Bobby Latham as Diana Ross, Sibel Galindez as Dixie, Mic Brumby as the USS Ticonderoga CAG, Bud Roberts as Lt Gibson (Harm Senior's navigator, shot down with him at the end of the episode), Victor Galindez as Lt Garcia, SecNav Nelson as press photographer Morton Steele, Admiral Chegwidden as CPO Burns, Mikey Roberts as Ensign Everett and Jason Tiner as Lt Bond.
97 12 "Into the Breech" Mark Horowitz Paul Levine January 11, 2000 (2000-01-11) 097
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 based on 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).
98 13 "Life or Death" Tony Wharmby Catherine Stribling January 18, 2000 (2000-01-18) 098
An outcast Marine kills three other Marines, and his capital case is up for its final review. Mac doesn't want to defend him but ends up taking the case, while Harm takes on the prosecution and AJ 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.
99 14 "Cabin Pressure" Jeannot Szwarc Dana Coen February 1, 2000 (2000-02-01) 099
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.
100 15 "Boomerang (Part I)" Donald P. Bellisario & Jeannot Szwarc Donald P. Bellisario February 8, 2000 (2000-02-08) 100
In a plot reminiscent of Witness for the Prosecution, Harm, Mac and Bud head Down Under to defend a U.S. Navy deserter accused of killing an Australian sailor and assuming his identity.
101 16 "Boomerang (Part II)" Jeannot Szwarc & Donald P. Bellisario Donald P. Bellisario February 15, 2000 (2000-02-15) 101
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.
102 17 "People v. Gunny" Terrence O'Hara Larry Moskowitz February 22, 2000 (2000-02-22) 102
Admiral Chegwidden takes the case when Gunny Galindez is accused of "gay-bashing", and one of the key witnesses is Petty Officer Tiner.
103 18 "The Bridge at Kang So Ri" Ian Toynton Ed Zuckerman & Paul Levine February 29, 2000 (2000-02-29) 103
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.
104 19 "Promises" Arthur W. Forney John Schulian March 28, 2000 (2000-03-28) 104
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.
105 20 "Drop Zone" Hugo Cortina Larry Moskowitz April 4, 2000 (2000-04-04) 105
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.
106 21 "The Witches of Gulfport" Tony Wharmby Dana Coen April 25, 2000 (2000-04-25) 106
Mac goes undercover 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.
107 22 "Overdue & Presumed Lost" Tony Wharmby John Schulian & Paul Levine May 2, 2000 (2000-05-02) 108
Harm and the Admiral try to prevent a salvage hunter from recovering a submarine that disappeared just before the attack on Pearl Harbor, and find out the sub may have been involved in a long-forgotten conspiracy. Bud defends an overweight sailor who is a computer genius and wants to stay in the Navy.
108 23 "Real Deal Seal" Terrence O'Hara Paul Levine May 9, 2000 (2000-05-09) 107
Lt. Rivers is in trouble again, this time for punching a Congressional candidate and accusing him of pretending to be a SEAL. Rivers complicates things by using Harm as bait in a lethal trap to lure out another phony SEAL. Admiral Chegwidden is the top choice for nomination as a Federal District Judge.
109 24 "Body Talk" Terrence O'Hara Dana Coen May 16, 2000 (2000-05-16) 109
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").
110 25 "Surface Warfare" Jeannot Szwarc Ed Zuckerman May 23, 2000 (2000-05-23) 110
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.


  1. ^ "JAG - About the show". Archived from the original on November 10, 2000. Retrieved 2000-11-10.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help). Official Paramount site from January 2000, retrieved through archive.org. Retrieved on 2013-10-09.