JAG

Season 9 Episode 21

Coming Home

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Aired Friday 9:00 PM May 07, 2004 on CBS
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Harm helps protect a mother of a marine killed in action while serving in Iraq from overzealous reporters. In so doing, he works to prepare her for the upcoming burial of her son.

Mac & Bud are called upon to see why armored vests given to soldiers in the field to protect them, instead are failing to do what they were designed to do.

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  • The Best Season 9

    10
    Episode in my view.
  • Support our troops, bring them home

    1.0
    "Observe good faith and justice towards all Nations; cultivate peace and harmony with all ... The great rule of conduct for us, in regard to foreign nations, is, in extending our commercial relations, to have with them as little political connection as possible ... warn against the mischiefs of foreign intrigue ... guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism."

    -- George Washington, in his Farewell Address, 1795



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  • This episode hits even closer to home now that my brother is getting ready to head out for his second tour of duty overseas.

    10
    This episode definitely brought tears to my eyes. It hits even closer to home now that my brother is getting ready to head out for his second tour of duty overseas. The cast and crew did an excellent job with this episode - it showed the emotions that a family will go through as they find out about the death of their loved one. It also shows exactly what the family of a fallen soldier goes through as they begin the grieving and healing process. One of the best things I liked about this episode is that the soldier's family and friends were able to share happy storys about Smithfield. Definitely a fantastic episode. One I will watch over and over again - with lots of Kleenex of course!moreless
  • This episode dealt with three plots...the death of a Marine and his journey home, the second an investigation into vests worn by soldiers and Marines in Iraq...and the mission by that Marine's platoon to avenge the ambush that killed him.moreless

    10
    As a huge JAG fan and as a veteran, I enjoy the military storylines and how the episodes tie together, but this one got to me. I'm not ashamed to say that tears flowed while watching this. No one, NO ONE, should ever have to receive a visit from Casualty Branch, but death is a part of war... a fact that can't be changed. The personal nature of PFC Joe Smithfield's journey from battlefield to Arlington is heartbreaking and stunningly realistic, and will leave you with a appreciation for those involved in the bereavement cycle. Harm is in fine character as he helps Joe's mother through several difficult tasks, but watch for Mattie...her role in this episode takes on a new light. The plot that investigates the vests is smaller yet just as important, dealing with not only the generic problems with the vest, but why Smithfield's vest failed. The third plot began with the attack that Smithfield died in and ended with those responsible being caught. The scene that is tear inducing is at the end, and that I won't spoil. Bravo to Donald P. Bellisario.moreless
  • Very entertaining.

    10
    After a marine gets killed in Iraq, Harm helps the mother of the marine grieve in privacy protected from the reporters finding ways of making a marine's death sensational. Mac and Budd are assigned to investigate the effective of the vests worn by the marines in Iraq. This episode takes issues from the headlines. This episode was entertaining, I surely enjoyed watching this one. This is what JAG is all about. The political angle of the story is done in a tasteful manner, it's done with relevance to the plot and not a mere statement. The writers did a good episode.moreless
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.

Susan Walters

Susan Walters

Mrs. Smithfield

Guest Star

Alessandra Torresani

Alessandra Torresani

Susan Smithfield

Guest Star

Brian T. Skala

Brian T. Skala

Lance Cpl. Evans

Guest Star

Zoe McLellan

Zoe McLellan

PO2 Jennifer Coates

Recurring Role

Hallee Hirsh

Hallee Hirsh

Mattie Grace

Recurring Role

Karri Turner

Karri Turner

Lt. Harriet Sims-Roberts

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • QUOTES (7)

    • Harm: Mac and my relationship is, uh, complicated.
      Mattie: Do you love her?
      Harm: Yes.

    • (Harm drops Mattie off at school)
      Mattie: Gotta go.
      Harm: (quietly) I love you, too.

    • Mattie: Harm, sometimes you forget that I'm not a part of your Army.
      Harm: Never say Army to a Navy man, it provokes a bad result, okay?

    • Mattie: What happens when you get bored with me?
      Harm: Have you been talking to Mac?

    • Reporter: The Smithfield family's news.
      Harm: You had a crew outside her house at 4 a.m.
      Reporter: You ever hear of a deadline?

    • Mr. Anderson: We're not miracle workers. An RPG hits a man and nothing will save his life. Nothing.
      Bud: That's a little cold, Mr. Anderson.

    • Bud: I was at Bethesda for my annual check-up on the leg; the ward is filled with new arrivals, first thing you see when you get off the elevator on the fifth floor is the Wall of Heroes. The, uh, PTs (physical therapists) put up pictures of the men they're working with, y'know the burn cases, the shrapnel victims... a lotta amputees. I was with the nurse that took care of me when I was there, she said that the average age of the men they treat is twenty-three years old, Sir. That's just too damn young, and there's not a thing that we can do about it.

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  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • When Joseph Smithfield's body is returned to the United States, the Air Force Chaplain quotes a Bible verse about how there is no greater love than to lay down one's life for a friend. This is from John 15:13; this particular verse is often used when referring to fallen military personnel.

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