Season 1 Episode 4

Desert Son

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Oct 07, 1995 on CBS
out of 10
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Episode Summary


During a maneuver, transposed digits lead to a fatal bombing of our own men. This causes several seriously wounded and eventually one dead soldier. Lt. Rabb and Lt. Austin are assigned to investigate this case because the responsible man is no one else than Jay Williams, the son of Gen. Williams. But it seems the case is clear since Jay confesses that this mistake was his fault. Locations: MCB Twenty-Nine Palms maneuver


Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Just another episode.

    This episode wasn't bad. My main problem is that it doesn't excel in any way. We do learn a little about Lt Austin when she go's to an old family friend (Ollie) who appears to be involved with some form of secret service. Ollie is a recurring character during the first season. The makers of this episode try valiantly to keep the excitement level high with bombs bursting and a chase scene though a free fire zone. It is hard to keep up the momentum that is built up when your first episode has fighter jets and war zones but at least this episode didn't put me to sleepmoreless
  • Ordinary

    'Desert Son' is definitly not amongst my favourite JAG episodes. Mostly due to the fact that Lt Meg Austin realy really bugs me and I wish that Kate were in it instead.

    Other than that, the story line was solid. A military officer, whilst drunk on duty, relays the wrong co-ordinates to his comrades and in turn, they accidentally fire upon their own soldiers. To make matters worse, the accused is the son of a prominent navy general. I found that to be a little cliched, but they made it work.

    The twist at the end was unexpected I'll admit, but once again it's just another JAG episode where the jerk actually committed the crime, and the good guy gets away clean.moreless
  • An ordinary episode.

    I found the plot of Desert son to be exciting at first, howvever this episode seemed to go past slowly as I watched. The plot was similar later on in the shows history, and so I this is one of the last episodes I have seen. And for me it was nothing special, exciting at first with a major twist at the end with a death, but other than that I found this episode to be rather dull, which is uncommon for this show. However the charecterisation of Harm and Meg was good as always, but the plot line was not.moreless
Roger Aaron Brown

Roger Aaron Brown

Gen.Larry Butler

Guest Star

Oliver North

Oliver North


Guest Star

Charles Hallahan

Charles Hallahan

Gen. Thomas Williams

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • The 1994 top 10 hit C&W song "Kick A Little" by the band Little Texas is playing when Harm first enters the Semper Fi bar.

    • Goof: After passing the coordinates, we hear Williams say, "Do you copy?" The reply he gets is, "Negative." At that point Williams should have re-sent the coordinates, as the coordinates were either not received or not understood.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Captain Reed: (asked why he's so hostile to Lt. Williams) I'm not here because of my Daddy, Lieutenant. (looking at Meg) Or because some recruitment program liked my sex. I came up through the ranks, and it galls me to see a screw-up like Williams as an officer. Good enough for JAG?
      Harm: I don't know about good enough, but it's clear enough.

    • Captain Reed: You know how to get there?
      Meg: I have a map, sir.
      Captain Reed: Desert tracks aren't marked like the Washington Beltway.
      Meg: I was raised in Texas, sir.

    • (After being told that they should interview Captain Reed first)
      Meg: What if we don't wanna start with Captain Reed?
      Harm: Let's not rock the boat yet.

    • Meg: I'll have to plead Article 5 of the officer's code of conduct, Sir.
      Harm: Name, rank, serial number, and date of birth?
      Meg: It's the closest thing to an 'I can't tell you how I'm gonna do it' Article, Sir.

    • Gen. Butler: I know I spoke; my lips were moving.

    • Cpt Reed: What is your intention, Lieutenant?
      Harm: Find the truth.
      Cpt Reed: Well, that seems self evident. But, then again, I don't have a law degree.
      Meg: Sounds like you'd rather have a case of rabies, sir.

  • NOTES (2)