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.
(At the Vietnam Memorial)
Harm: Do you regret coming here, Admiral?
Tom Boone: No. I appreciate your asking me. I've just never been here on the actual night your dad went down.
Admiral Chegwidden (to the Kuwaitis): We're not normally a natal unit, but we do okay. The Corporal and his wife had a housing problem and then had a baby.
Tom Boone: How many people you plan to piss off today?
Harm: Everyone except you!
PO Jason Tiner: The Commander and Admiral Boone are bringing in a Tomcat, ma'am.
PO Jennifer Coates: Is that a problem, ma'am?
Mac: It is if we don't have aspirin.
Harm: The last time we were in an F-14 together, Admiral, I was in the back seat.
Tom Boone: Damn it, Harm, I'm a civilian!
Tom Boone: Scrap the formalities, Harm, I'm retired. For good this time.
Harm: I'll believe that when I see it.
Kuwaiti Lawyer: The birth of a child is a great omen - A sign that Peace on Earth rests with us, who rest peacefully.
Harriet: I hope the ghost of Jacob Marley drops chains on your foot!
CAG (To Harm): No soft-focus moments Commander; I will not allow you to undermine a perfectly valid level of resentment.
"TO THE MEN AND WOMEN OF OUR ARMED FORCES DEDICATED TO KEEPING PEACE ON EARTH" --- Onscreen dedication at the end of the episode.
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.
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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