Silent Service

Season 4, Ep 16, Aired 2/23/99
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  • Episode Description
  • Harm and Mac find themselves too close for comfort when they are sent to investigate an international incident on a nuclear submarine. When Harm and Mac, who are already getting on each other's nerves, find themselves in the cramped quarters of the submarine, their relationship is stretched to the absolute limit. Their attempts to stay out of each other's way as much as possible are futile since they must work together to find out why the sub surfaced miles off course, sinking a Norwegian boat in the middle of a regatta. Initially, it seems that the incident was the result of reduced staffing due to a breakout of E. coli. However, as more health problems begin to arise aboard the sub, Harm and Mac suspect a more criminal element than disease.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Chuck Carrington

    PO1 Jason Tiner

  • Dana Coen

  • Alan J. Levi

  • Donald P. Bellisario

  • Tina Albanese

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Silent Service is a fun, exciting, and adventurour episode with personality conflicts and defects providing the drama. This is one of my favorite JAG episodes.

    By bmoshier, Oct 10, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (14)

    • Mac: You know, if you're wrong about this, we're going to be the most unpopular guests at the party. Harm: Well, as long as we dance together. Mac: And you lead!

    • Chief Corpsman Hodge: The last thing I wanted was to lose you. I had the same problem with Petty Officer Bluestein. What can I say, if you people work against me, how am I supposed to make you better? You know, it used to be that I'd lose sleep over my patients, but now I know I can't save everyone. It's a hard reality, but I know I'll be the stronger for it.

    • XO Eustis: (explaining why the crew didn't detect the sailboat) We were keying on large undersea targets like reefs. I don't imagine you see many of those at 15,000 feet.
      Harm: Depends on your air supply.

    • Commander Flagler (to Harm and Mac): I suggest you both lighten up on the bug juice. First my boat is cursed, now there's a madman aboard.

    • Harm: Watertown isn't spooked, Mac, and the fatigue factor is irrelevant.
      Mac: Then what is it?
      Harm: Someone aboard this vessel is deliberately trying to hurt the others.

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    Notes (2)

    • During the episode, Cmdr. Flagler mentions that the USS Watertown has "the finest 688 crew in the fleet". He is referring to the USS Los Angeles, the 1st Los Angeles' class sub: SSN-688.

    • Tom Amandes, (Cmdr. Flagler) was the lead in the 1993 syndicated TV show, The Untouchables playing Eliot Ness. Before David James Elliott was hired to play the lead as Harm, he was a supporting star in that show as a federal agent, helping to enforce Prohibition with Ness.

    Trivia (5)

    • Goof: When Harm and Mac leave the Corpsman's room water is running from the sink and is very audible. But when Hodge enters the room there is no sound of running water.

    • Nitpick: Hodge sprays ammonia into Mac's eyes when Harm warns her via the PDA. But she and Hodge are walking down a corridor on their way to the bridge, so where did he get s spray bottle of ammonia small enough to conceal to use on her? Are we supposed to believe that he keeps one on him at all times in case of emergencies?

    • Nitpick: Hodge lies and tells Mac that Harm got hurt tripping over a knee-knocker, but Mac is skeptical because she says Harm "has been negotiating ships all his adult life." But Harm is not used to this class of submarine and Mac has already seen him hit his head on a pipe. Mac is right to be suspicious of Hodge, but her reason doesn't make a whole lot of sense.

    • Admiral Chegwidden mentions that Harm and Lt. Austin investigated a case on the submarine USS Tigershark; this took place during the episode "Shadow".

    • Harm says he's been thinking about the possibility of ghosts, and obliquely mentions being on the USS Hornet. This is a reference to the episode "Ghost Ship".

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