Crossing Jordan

Season 5 Episode 12

Code of Ethics

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jan 22, 2006 on NBC
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Code of Ethics
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Jordan and Woody investigate the death of two soldiers. One was killed in Iraq, the other has been killed in Boston. Dr. Macy confronts his daughter over her choice in boyfriends and a possible addiction to drugs. Jordan discovers a secret J.D. is keeping.

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  • I've never been a fan of military story lines, typically becaus e I think the military is 99% of the time portrayed in a bad light. This episode fell into that category... For more reviews: www.crossingjordanencyclopedia.commoreless

    2.5
    The Cases: Enthralled would NOT be a word I use to describe these two cases. One was predictable from the moment Nigel opened his mouth and the second irritated the hell out of me. I have to admit though, I figured it was going to happen. I have issues with ‘military’ cases. But more on that in a moment. First lets talk about Leo…



    The instant Nigel explained about the kidnapping I knew Leo’s son was the boy kidnapped so long ago. And from that point on everything was rather boring. I had no interests in the case from there out. The talk with the parents, examining the dead boy’s body and then telling the son Leo wasn’t his father…it was like I had to sit through a lecture I already knew everything about, just because the teacher would fail me if I didn’t show up—a waste of time.



    As for Jordan and Woody’s case… The case was a pretty standard story: Newspaper writes story, reporter won’t reveal source and hinders investigation. Nothing particularly special. Needless to say I didn’t care for the case. I have major issues with military cases. Nine times out of ten the military is shown in a ‘bad light’. This irks the HELL out of me. I’m an Army Brat. I grew up moving all over. I loved my life and wouldn’t change it for anything. It also gave me a different view on the military than what most people have. Between my grandfather, father and now brother, they’ve served the United Stated for 43 years…and counting. And for the one rotten apple in a bin you have to remember there are millions of good apples—yet this is rarely portrayed.



    Once again, tonight, the US Army got a bad spin put on it. Yes part of the blame goes to the company making the vest, but what people will remember about this case was “oh it was the Colonel that sold out his country.” The US Army (the whole Military for that matter) is serving this country proudly and I hope you all remember that, and take that away from this episode more than the other message it sent out. Be proud of our men and women serving for us. Garret and Abby: I’m sorry, but I just don’t like Abby. She’s still an immature child. I don’t care how old you are. You don’t go stay at a parent’s house and then invite the boy friend to sleep over too without ever asking the parent’s permission. There’s a certain amount of respect you show for a parent and Abby still hasn’t learned this concept. She’s really spoiled and quite selfish. I wanted to be given a reason to like her this time around, but it didn’t happen. If anything I’m more pissed at her, because she should realize how her actions are coming across by now. At 21 it’s time for her to start taking responsibility for her life.



    That said, Garret pissed me off too. Yes I know he’s an emotional wreck right now. I just expected more out of him. He doesn’t even know Chad and he’s having Woody do a background check on him? That’s paranoid. Don’t you think he should at least sit down and maybe have a conversation with him before he starts trying to destroy his daughter’s life? (Not saying that Abby is perfect.) Garret’s behavior just really bothered me. You think he’d be a bit more level headed.



    A very rocky episode for Garret, but at least he waited to drink until he got home. Oh and that’s another thing I’m ROYALLY pissed at Abby for. It looked (from what I could tell) that the bottle of alcohol was purposely left out on the table for Garret. The fact that Abby would do that, throw the drinking problem back in her father’s face is cruel. I can see how she’s hurt, but so is Garret. And here they are feeding each other’s problem. Garret the drinking. Abby the drugs. And I didn’t approve of the way Garret treated Abby in his office…that wasn’t the way to get through to Abby. I know he’s concern, but that was not the way to show it. All he ended up doing was pushing Abby farther from him.



    Lily and Bug: What the (add expletive here even though I never swear) was up with Bug? I’ve never been more confused than I am at this moment. Nor have I ever seen such a COMPLETE reversal of attitude from a character.



    It sounded like Bug was sincere in his words that he is over Lily. I’m jumping with joy if that’s the case! Let’s bring Seely back into the picture (for Lily that is). But if Bug really is over Lily—it’s the oddest way I’ve ever seen something like this handled. So odd I don’t know what to say.



    Someone described Bug’s behavior with a word that I think sums it all up: Surreal.



    Guess I’ll be waiting to see how this all plays out.



    Nigel: I love Nigel. This season he’s played second fiddle to everyone. I think it’s about time he have some prime time space and a case he can shine in.



    And now we come to the only strong point of the episode: Jordan, Woody and JD. I thought the writers did a decent job with this story line.



    Jordan and JD: As I type those two names a feeling of sadness over comes me, because I believe this is the last time I will write about them. I may not have wanted Jordan with JD, but he grew on me as a character. Sometimes I liked him, sometimes I hated him, but he did a wonderful job of adding some tension and drama to the season, and he moved the Jordan and Woody story forward. Without JD, Jordan and Woody would not be where they are today.



    Woody so had that punch coming to him. I’m not saying it was right, but JD had reached his breaking point…I love that Woody understood where JD was coming from and wasn’t mad (Woody is after all on the winning end of it), but it just shows how much Woody has grown this season. Now I thought Nigel would have spilled the beans to Jordan but Woody was given that honor. I have to say the writers handled it well. It wasn’t said in a ‘gloating’ fashion by Woody, but merely an innocent remark. The look of shock on Jordan’s face…Woody’s comment suddenly showed Jordan JUST exactly where JD was in his commitment to their relationship. Jordan telling JD that she didn’t know why she slept with Woody should really been her saying she didn’t know ‘how’ to explain why…because explaining why would have put into words her feelings for Woody and that’s something she hasn’t voiced to anyone. So how, if she couldn’t admit to herself, would she have the courage to admit this to JD? So instead she danced around the situation. JD knew though. He didn’t need Jordan to explain. His comments to Jordan in the jail seem to be said from hurt, but I think he really meant it.



    The ending scene was bittersweet. It was a tribute to both Jill and Charles’s characters. I thought it was handled wonderfully. It’s one of those moments you wait for, but no matter how much you prepare for the moment you never manage to stay detached. Jordan and JD’s talk left an understanding between the two. JD didn’t leave on a bad note, rather one of sadness, but understanding.



    I loved the ending shot of JD kissing Jordan on the forehead, their talk, him wiping a tear from her cheek and the door closing behind him with the soft Irish music playing in the background. “And what’s really pathetic is I actually tried this time. I really tried…” And that my friends, sums up Jordan and JD’s relationship.



    Jordan and Woody: Woody impressed me in this episode. He understood where JD was coming from I believe (that and he knew he was on the winning side.) So it makes it easier to be generous when you have a good feeling that things are going to fall your way.



    I give credit to Woody for staying back. He insisted that she talk with JD and they make decisions. Because until Jordan and JD figured out what was going on between them, Woody understood that he could do nothing but sit and wait. So his continuous encouragement for Jordan to talk to JD…well I see where it was coming from.



    Overall though Woody was very sympathetic to the whole situation, though I think he enjoyed arresting JD. Little bit of payback for that punch. I think Woody’s one line summed up things nicely: “You’re a complicated girl Jordan. Not everybody gets you.” But Woody does.



    Goodbye JD. While I was never a fan of you and Jordan, you did win me over with the spice and drama you added. You’re character was real. You had flaws. You had strong points, and you had your weak points. You were sweet and you were annoying. You were 100% human. And I even came to understand your accent—somewhat—I only had to listen to you two or three times verse four or five. (Yeah I had a hard time with that accent).



    Sweet is the memory of distant friends! Like the mellow rays of the departing dun, it falls tenderly, yet sadly, on the heart. ~Washington Irving



    Gripes:



    - When Woody is interrogating Captain Osborne she starts out by saying she went to Black’s house at ‘eighteen hundred hours’ (1800H). Then she starts talking and reverts to she left at 9:30. Military Brat that I am, she wouldn’t revert. She’d either say one of the other, but because she started by says 1800H (which is six o’clock by the way) she should have finished by saying she left a 2130H.



    - The opening scene—I’m sorry, but that was cheesy and totally unnecessary if what the writers were trying to portray was that Jordan had two men on her mind and she couldn’t decide between the two. We already know that. I felt like I was in some BAD fantasy world soap opera. Please don’t ever do that again—we truly crossed over into the bad bad world of Soap Operas with that scene.



    - I have to comment on how Garret says Albany. It's hilarious. Every time I hear him say it I laugh. It's All-bany not Al-bany, at least if we're talking about Albany, New York. I lived there I should know.



    So, while I actually liked the personal interaction between Woody, Jordan and JD (I thought it tied it up in a satisfactory way) Garret, Lily and Bug’s personal problems didn’t quite do it for me. And I really didn’t like the cases. They were mediocre at best. So for J-W-JD they get four dead bodies. The rest gets two dead bodies (and I’m being nice).moreless
  • This episode was good but nothing special.

    8.7
    Due to the fact that my boyfriend & I just recently broke up, I tended to focus more on the B plot w/JD & Jordan than on the A plot about the Army. My former bf is in the Marines & deploying to Iraq in less than 2 weeks & I really didn't need to see something about faulty flak jackets, etc. Thank God we got him a lot of after market gear that he's taking w/him.



    Maybe my judgment has been colored due to recent events in my life, but I'm really unhappy about the prospect of Jordan & Woody hooking up. She's had her chance so many times before but she always punked out. So then they have sex at that creepy B&B even though she's got a boyfriend. I'm sorry, but I've never approved of cheating & her feeble "I tried, I really tried this time..." ramblings at the end of the show just didn't do it for me. She's constantly sabotaging her relationships & she'll do the same thing to Woody so she shouldn't even bother. Does anyone remember when Woody got shot & Jordan then all of a sudden said she was there for him but he cut her down cold? The unspoken attraction & sexual tension was what made the Jordan/Woody deal work & now it's all screwed up. Didn't it bother Woody at all knowing that Jordan had a boyfriend? I'm sorry but I don't approve of cheating of any sort so this plotline is really bothering me & I really hope it gets put on the backburner for a while or hopefully, dropped entirely.moreless
  • mkisor-Mrs.Hurst was Brynn Thayer (Matlock\'s daughter and WAY back in the day Sister Jenny, later Jenny Wolek on ABC\'s One Life To Live)I TIVO or I\'d have not known...no makeup,dark lighting and thinner.BBuckley is a tad bit older.moreless

    8.4
    Good episode. Now what I want to know is what is the name of the actress is who played the red-headed Army officer? I think she\'s blonde on Stargate Atlantis and plays a scientist who is a recurring, but not regular role. No less than 6 non-regular women on this episode of CJ, so hard to follow. I think she\'s Megan Follows??? (bad pun)



    mkisor-Mrs.Hurst was Brynn Thayer (Matlock\'s daughter and WAY back in the day Sister Jenny, later Jenny Wolek on ABC\'s One Life To Live)I TIVO or I\'d have not known...no makeup,dark lighting and thinner.BBuckley is a tad bit older.moreless
  • Question? Who played Mrs. Hearst?

    8.3
    She looked familiar but I did not see who she was And Why is she not listed on the Guest stars? Thanks for any help. I thought it looked a little like the mother on eight is enough Betty Buckley but not sure. I have tried to research but to no avail
  • Jordan, Woody, Bug and JD are dealing with a case involving the US Army and it's faults. Lily, Nigel and Garret are working a case of a man who was never convicted of a very old kidnapping charge and end up reuniting a family.moreless

    10
    Well, once again for the second week, well actually fourth week, in a row, all I have to say is WOW! The storylines are so intense!

    First off, we have this whole Jordan JD Woody dream thing going on which made me laugh my head off, and oh gosh, what an interesting and revelating episode for these three. First off, JD punches Woody in the stomach and yells at him to keep his hands off his girlfriend, then Jordan pushes Pollack and tells him that he doesn't own her, and everyone storms off leaving Woody doubled over in the middle of the crime scene. The case continues, and that female redhead talks to Woody about her relationship with the deceased and asks him if he's ever been in love and how you have to risk everything for it and such perfectly mirroring his relationship with Jordan, I love how this show does that. JD ends up in jail, and isn't very nice to Jordan when she visits him there. He ends up leaving at the end of the episode to go do some story away some where, leaving Jordan and Woody in Boston with no liginament reason not to start a relationship, except maybe guilt on Jordan's part because she did see the engagment ring and tells Woody how weird it is that you think you're on the same page as someone, when you're on completley different pages, and Woody tells her she's a complicated girl, not everyone understands her. And you can just hear the unspoken line of: But you/I do, echoing around the roomm lol! Anyways, can't wait to see where that storyline goes.

    Lily is all confused now because once again, Bug's claiming he's completley over her, and realized once he said it outloud it was nothing more than a faroff fantasy, and he's over it finally. Well, if the point of that was to confuse Lily and make her feel bad, I'd say he did. I don't like this new, bolder Bug as much as the cute, quiet, reserved Bug that was with us up until two episodes ago... but ohwell, see where that goes to, and no Brandeau or Seely appearance in this episode.

    Then of course, Garret, Abby and Chad, and oh Lily's in on that little storyline a bit. So Garret comes downstairs to find his daughter with some boyfriend who he's never seen before and get's pretty mad, which is completley normal for a father, I'd say, and he just leaves and goes to work, but they're asking him for more money, and of course, looking at her boyfriend, as soon as she asked for money and he said he already gave them some and she said about gas, I immideiatly well probably said out loud, supporting his drug habbits. And of course, being the overprotective parent with connections, he gets a background check done and Abby spazzes out at him, completley normal reaction, which is what Lily warned him, but of course, he didn't listen, and now next week she's missing, and especially after Nigel just asked him, if it was Abby who was kidnapped, woudln't you want that chance? That episode looks SOOOOO soooo good! Can Garret survive it? He looked like he was getting pretty beat up, but I guess he's gonna do what he's gotta do hahaa, CANT WAIT amazing episode, overall, I'd say!moreless
Jerry O'Connell

Jerry O'Connell

Woody Hoyt

Jill Hennessy

Jill Hennessy

Dr. Jordan Cavanaugh

Kathryn Hahn

Kathryn Hahn

Lily Lebowski

Miguel Ferrer

Miguel Ferrer

Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Garret Macy

Ravi Kapoor

Ravi Kapoor

Dr. Mahesh "Bug" Vijayaraghavensatyanaryanamurthy

Steve Valentine

Steve Valentine

Dr. Nigel Townsend

J. Karen Thomas

J. Karen Thomas

Mrs. Gurney

Guest Star

Ernie Hudson

Ernie Hudson

Col. Wirth

Guest Star

Megan Follows

Megan Follows

Beth

Guest Star

Alex McKenna

Alex McKenna

Abby Macy

Recurring Role

Charles Mesure

Charles Mesure

J.D. Pollack

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: When Woody starts investigating the murder of Sergeant Richard Black, he leaves to "...talk to his CEO." He should know that the correct abbreviation for commanding officer is "CO". However, this appears to be an actor goof. The closed captioning shows C.O., meaning the script was correct.

  • QUOTES (3)

  • NOTES (4)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Colonel Wirth: You go to war with what you have, not what you want."

      On 7 December 2004, while speaking to troops in Iraq, US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld was asked by a soldier about the lack of adequate body and vehicle armor. The Secretary's reply was that "...not every vehicle has the degree of armor that it would be desirable for it to have," and said the Army was hurrying to provide more armored vehicles, adding 400 per month. He added, "As you know, you go to war with the Army you have, not the Army you might want or wish to have at a later time.".

      The last part of that answer has been widely quoted in the press. Colonel Wirth here paraphrases Secretary Rumsfeld's remark.

    • Woody: Oh great. Here comes Mike Tyson.

      Mike Tyson is a former World Heavyweight Champion of boxing. He is best known for his rivalry with Evander Holyfield, also a former World Heavyweight Champion, which resulted in Tyson biting both of Holyfield's ears during the third round of a fight on 28 June 1997. For this and his subsequent actions in that fight, Tyson was suspended from boxing.

      The implication here is that Pollack is Tyson to Woody's Holyfield.

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