JAG

Season 8 Episode 1

Critical Condition (3)

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Aired Friday 9:00 PM Sep 24, 2002 on CBS
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Critical Condition (3)
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Bud fights for his life after having his leg blown off by a land mine and being operated upon multiple times. Admiral Chegwidden and Lt. Singer testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee about their roles in the search for Kabir Atef.

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  • the cast of jag works so well with each other in this episode it really shows. i love this reallife drama and they do it so well

    10
    this was hard to watch, but hard not to watch. it was also very sad but put a real life touch to the characters in this episode. there are so many points to touch on in this one, when the reporter is on tv and is saying why bud went in to the mind feild in the first place was unnessary is very heartbreaking because in a lot of cases like that its true. at the end when harm is crying it breaks my heart i want to cry with him and give him a hug. i think this cast works so well together and it really shows in this episode i just wish i could have found this web site sooner thxmoreless
  • Very sad!

    10
    Bud fights for his life after loosing his leg! I think even though Patrick only had like one line in this episode that it was still one of his best! He has a awesome acting ability! The special effects were awesome in this episode and when Bud died it looked like Patrick had died cause it looked so real! This was a fasinating episode and a perfect starter for the season!moreless
  • Bud fights for his life after having his leg blown off by a land mine and being operated upon multiple times. Admiral Chegwidden and Lt. Singer testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee about their roles in the search for Kabir Atef.moreless

    10
    This episode is one of the best ever in television history. An absolute tearjerker and very heartbreaking. It is both well-written and well-acted. All the actors were on the top of their game. Very realistic and moving performances all around. I literally held my breathe as Bud clung to life. My heart broke as Harriet's did. Truely a very special episode. A great resolution to the three-parter. I lept for joy when Bud pulled through and the gang was finally reunited with him. The scenes with his wife and son were especially moving. This episode made me really appreciate JAG and has made it one of my favorite shows ever. Great job! YAY JAG!!!!moreless
  • GREAT!!!

    10
    This episode was great, it impacted me in so many ways. I could not believe that Bud had actually lost a leg in Iraq while trying to help a kid. It was incredible, he was not there in a fighting mode and this happens to him. The way his operation was done was so professional and it looked so realistic. The reaction of all the characters were so true and emotional. This is an episode that without doubt will be remembered as one of the best ones of the series and I bet struck reality in a lot of families that had the bad luck of having loved ones far away from them and not knowing if they are safe. Simpy a great 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

Karri Turner

Karri Turner

Lt. Harriet Sims-Roberts (Season 2-10)

Patrick Labyorteaux

Patrick Labyorteaux

Lt Bud J. Roberts, Jr.

Michael Fairman

Michael Fairman

Director - CIA

Guest Star

John Livingston

John Livingston

 

Guest Star

Jamison Yang

Jamison Yang

Anesthesiologist

Guest Star

Chuck Carrington

Chuck Carrington

PO1 Tiner

Recurring Role

Nanci Chambers

Nanci Chambers

Lt. Loren Singer

Recurring Role

Dean Stockwell

Dean Stockwell

Senator Sheffield

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (11)

    • (After Chegwidden tells Tiner to charge both Harm and Mac with disobeying a direct order.)
      Tiner: Admiral, I was just thinking. Legally, only one of them has disobeyed an order.
      Chegwidden: Tiner, you have a point.
      Tiner: Thank you, sir.
      Chegwidden: You graduate law school this year, don't you?
      Tiner: Hopefully, sir.
      Chegwidden: Staying with us?
      Tiner: Yes, sir.
      Chegwidden: Well, then, Tiner, why don't you make your first legal decision. You decide which one to charge.

    • Corpsman: He just kick-started himself, damnedest thing I ever saw.
      Commander Ferraro: Let's go boys and girls, we got a real fighter here.

    • Bud: Sir, tell Harriet that I love her.
      Harm: No, you tell her.

    • Harm: (about PO Coates) She ignored me and listened to you.
      Mac: Marines have a command presence.
      Harm: Just once I'd like for you not to have a comeback.
      Mac: I don't have one for Bud dying.
      Harm: You're not gonna need one.

    • Harriet: (writing e-mail) Bud, are you there? Bud, do you know the JAG officer who got hurt? Bud?

    • PO Coates: (to Bud) Lieutenant, it's Coates. I'm with you.
      Corpsman: Petty Officer, you can't come with us!
      PO Coates: WATCH ME!

    • Mac: Thank you.
      Commander Ferraro: It was the lieutenant that did it. He's one hell of a fighter.

    • Harriet: Little AJ's sleeping so restlessly, it's almost as if he knows.

    • PO Coates: I had my back to him when I heard the explosion. When I turned around he was covered with blood and his right leg was gone. I put a tourniquet on it but it wouldn't stop bleeding. All I could do was get him out to the helo as quickly as possible.
      Mac: It sounds like you saved his life, Petty Officer.
      PO Coates: Not if he doesn't make it.
      Harm: He'll make it.

    • Commander Ferarro: We hope to save the knee. It will facilitate rehabilitation if he survives.
      Harm: WHEN he survives.

    • Harm: Come on, Mac. What are you doing? Open up.
      Mac: Uh, packing.
      Harm: Well, open up. Let me help.
      Mac: I'm also dressing.
      Harm: I can help with that, too.
      Mac: Put you on a carrier and you revert to .... (opens the door and sees him standing there with flight line gear) a truly considerate fellow officer.

  • NOTES (5)

    • While the Director-CIA is testifying, there is a lady sitting to his left. She will appear later on in the season in "Need to Know" & we learn that she is Catherine Gale, Legal Counsel for the CIA. She makes a return appearance in "Pas de Deux". In this episode, however, she appears in an uncredited role.

    • The realism of the scenes showing Bud to be missing his right leg has caused many, many fans to inquire as to whether the actor, Patrick Labyorteaux lost one of his own legs as well. The actor in real-life has both of his legs; the scenes when filmed, either utilize special-effects to show Bud to be "missing" his right leg or, in future episodes, his leg is hidden by his costume and the actor pretends to have a limp.

    • In the 7th season episode, "First Casualty", ZNN Reporter Stuart Dunston advised that he would stay away from reporting for awhile. He obviously didn't stay away as long as he said he would: he was back in Afghanistan reporting for ZNN in less than 2 months as evidenced by his appearance in this episode.

    • If you recognize Dean Stockwell playing Senator Sheffield, it's because he portrayed the same part in last season's short-lived Bellisarius production First Monday.

    • If Christine Elise (Surgeon) looks familiar, it's because she played Emily Valentine in Beverly Hills, 90210; not to mention Chief Gillespie's daughter Lana Farren in the TV version of In The Heat Of The Night, which starred Carroll O'Connor as Gillespie.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Mac is reading a Tom Clancy novel. Clancy is the best-selling author of suspense novels like Clear And Present Danger and The Sum Of All Fears.

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