Harm and Mac return to the aircraft carrier USS Seahawk ("A New Life" & "Crossing the Line", among others) to brief the JAG officers on the new Rules of Engagement, following the escape of Taliban fighters as a result of a JAG officer's hesitation to determine if the target was legitimate.
While Harm is aboard the ship, the captain asks him to fly a bombing mission into Afghanistan. However, Harm's excitement changes to concern when his plane sustains critical damage from enemy fire.
Meanwhile, a jealous Lt. Singer sabotages Bud's case when she hears of his imminent promotion.
During a test flight, Lt. Pendry has a deadly crash with his Tomcat. Harm and Meg are ordered to probe this case and the facts point at a pilot error and not at a system malfunction. Though Pendry was a risky flying pilot, Harm knows him quite well from his flying days and doesn't believe he would be reckless enough to cause a crash, particularly since he has a family. Locations: Miramar Naval Air Station; San Diego/area and off-coast.moreless