JAG

Season 8 Episode 11

All Ye Faithful

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Aired Friday 9:00 PM Dec 17, 2002 on CBS
9.0
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After an accident aboard the USS Coral Sea it looks like Harm and Boone will be spending Christmas aboard ship, but after an F-14 becomes free Harm and Boone are eventually allowed to leave the Carrier. While flying home however, they end up helping C-130 desperately in need of help.

Meanwhile Mac must deal with 3 Kuwaiti lawyers who have managed to get lost on the way to JAG HQ, and as they arrive, insist on blessing the second child to be delivered in JAG HQ by Admiral Chegwidden.

Bud and Harriet receive a very unexpected gift from Santa.

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  • Christmas Galore!

    9.5
    It seems like the writers got together and figured "how many Christmas tropes can we fit into one episode?" with some pretty fun results. Just from classic movies/stories, I counted Gift of the Magi by O. Henry (Harm and Mac giving each other gifts that basically cancelled each other out), Christmas Story ("You'll put your eye out!"), Dickens' Christmas Carol (CWO Scoggins, Harriet's comment about Marley, Bud's "God bless us, every one,") Santa Claus is Comin' to Town (doctor specifically noted he was checking Harriet's chart twice), Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer (red nav light showing the way for a big load of toys), It's a Wonderful Life (Lieutenant Clarence getting his wings and having a bell ring), and of course the original Christmas story told in Matthew, Mark, and Luke of Joseph and Mary not being able to find lodging and having their baby in an unusual place... and having three men from the (Middle) East give them gifts.



    It was all woven together to show a classic JAG Christmas, with a tight-knit family. Pretty awesome, all in all.moreless
  • Skates was suppose to be in this episode

    8.5
Catherine Bell

Catherine Bell

Lt. Col. Sarah "Mac" Mackenzie

David James Elliott

David James Elliott

Cmdr. Harmon "Harm" Rabb, Jr.

Scott Lawrence

Scott Lawrence

Cmdr. Sturgis Turner

John M. Jackson

John M. Jackson

Rear Admiral Albert Jethro "AJ" Chegwidden

Patrick Labyorteaux

Patrick Labyorteaux

Lt Bud J. Roberts, Jr.

Tony Denison

Tony Denison

 

Guest Star

Tom Virtue

Tom Virtue

Warrant Officer

Guest Star

Careena Melia

Careena Melia

 

Guest Star

Chuck Carrington

Chuck Carrington

PO1 Tiner/PO1 Jason Tiner (Season 2-9)

Recurring Role

Terry O'Quinn

Terry O'Quinn

Admiral Boone

Recurring Role

Zoe McLellan

Zoe McLellan

PO2 Jennifer Coates

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Sibel Ergener/Galindez aka Skates was initially written for this episode, flying with Harm. However, the actresses was married and moved with her husband the the East Coast and declined. Thus, the script was changed to use Tom Boone.

    • More stock footage errors with reversed numerals on the carrier aircrafts; as well as the commonly occurring "switching numbers" on Harm's F-14 as different stock footage was used.

    • When Tom Boone reflects on witnessing Hammer being shot down, his helmet reads, "CAG"; which didn't occur for many years after the fact (Stock footage was used from "Defensive Action"). His helmet should have said "Tong", because that was his call sign when he was in Vietnam.

    • The hull number on the flight deck "74" didn't match the hull number on the sailors caps. "74" is the hull number of the Nimitz class carrier USS John C. Stennis.

  • QUOTES (9)

  • NOTES (4)

    • "TO THE MEN AND WOMEN OF OUR ARMED FORCES DEDICATED TO KEEPING PEACE ON EARTH" --- Onscreen dedication at the end of the episode.

    • The footage of the bombing run in Vietnam was taken from the 1991 Paramount movie, Flight of the Intruder, starring Danny Glover.

    • This episode once again used the USS Coral Sea as the setting for the story. The actual name & associated hull number was able to be used since the actual carrier had been decommissioned in 1990.

    • The sailors caps reflected the actual hull number of the aircraft carrier, USS Coral Sea, CV-43. The carrier was commissioned on October 1, 1947. The Coral Sea served the Navy & the people of the United States until April 26, 1990, almost 43 years! Regretfully, this fine ship met the fate of most ships: It was sold to be scrapped on May 7, 1993.

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • A number of allusions to the Biblical nativity story: Joseph and Mary Tenney have no room (housing) for her to have her baby; 3 wise men from the east (Kuwaiti lawyers) give gifts, two of which are gold and frankincence; they also see the "star" of the light on the tower at JAG, showing them they are at the right place.


      Allusions to Dicken's Christmas Carol: a cold workplace; a grumpy boss; Marley's 'ghost'; Tiny Tim's crutch; "God bless us, everyone."


      Allusion to A Christmas Story: "You'll shoot your eye out."

    • It's A Wonderful Life
      At the Vietnam Memorial, Rabb and Boone meet Lieutenant Clarence, who just graduated flight school. Due to a friend being on suicide watch, Clarence is unable to get his wings at his graduation ceremony. After Rabb gives Clarence his gold wings and Boone pins them on, a bell rings. These are all allusions to It's A Wonderful Life, specifically the Angel Clarence (Angel 2nd Class - i.e., no wings), who is sent to Earth to stop a suicidal George Bailey. Once this is accomplished, Clarence gets his wings, signified by the chiming of a bell on the Bailey family Christmas tree.

    • As Harm and Boone take the lead for the disabled cargo plane (full of toys), a red landing light, in the front of Harm's plane, comes on. Harm and Boone then guide the cargo plane through the fog, which references the act of "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" leading Santa's sleigh through the "foggy Christmas Eve."

    • Harriet's threat involving the ghost of Jacob Marley is a reference to Charles Dickens' novel A Christmas Carol.

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