Lt. Elizabeth "Skates" Hawkes, Harm's former RIO (radar intercept officer), comes under fire after the crash landing of a Tomcat aboard theUSS Patrick Henry. The ship's captain and Skates' commanding officer both place the entire blame of the crash on her shoulders and press for her court-martial.
Barred from the initial investigation because of his relationship with Skates, Harm is finally able to help when he's called upon to defend his friend at her court-martial and employs all of his legal skills to save her military career.
Harm's skills as a lawyer are challenged when he defends a female ensign who claims she murdered an officer because her "instincts" told her he meant to hurt her. The ensign claims that when the officer entered her apartment on false pretenses, she felt threatened by him and killed in self-defense. Though the defense is decidedly thin -- no weapon was even found on the man's body -- Mac and Harm decide to stick with the case and are determined to help the ensign remember forgotten details of the event.moreless
Harm meets a member of the Russian mafia to buy information about his father, but they are interrupted by an ex-KGB officer before the sale is complete. The mobster is shot, and Harm is charged with his murder by the FBI. Meanwhile, Mac is having difficulty adjusting to civilian life.moreless
Harm and Bud go to 29 Palms to investigate a mid-air collision, between a Marine helicopter and an unknown craft, that killed the Marine pilot. Upon arrival, they find another government agency claiming jurisdiction. Back in Washington, Mac makes a major career choice.moreless
Harm & Kate continue to investigate the death of Lt. Angela Arutti, all the while the carrier remaining on combat status.