Gen. Cresswell informs Harm and Mac that they are being reassigned. Harm to London and Mac to San Diego. They both have the option to take someone from the office with them. They both ask Bud, but Harriet is worried about moving.
With their deadline quickly approaching. Harm and Mac must sort out their lives and resolve their feelings for each other.
Harm and Mac both reminisce about times past. And it all ends with a coin toss.
Vukovic is trying to solve his own case.
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Lt. Col. Sarah "Mac" Mackenzie
Captain Harmon "Harm" Rabb, Jr.
Cmdr. Sturgis Turner
Lt. Cmdr Bud J. Roberts, Jr.
PO1 Jennifer Coates
Maj. Gen. Harold Rossing
Lt. Clarize Boyette
Lt. Harriet Sims-Roberts
Lt. Gregory Vukovic
For the final scene in McMurphy's, Harm has four stripes on his shoulder boards, the only time we see him with the official rank of Captain. In the other scenes he still has only the three stripes of a Commander.
David James Elliot, Patrick Labyorteaux, and Michael Bellisario were the only actors in both the first and last episodes of JAG. Bellisario didn't play the same character, however. Although he played Mikey Roberts throughout the series, in the pilot episode he played Antonio, the young Italian boy in the fishing boat.
With Harm and Mac marrying Mattie will be the daughter of a Navy Captain and a Marine Lt. Colonel, one of them retired. In real life Hallee Hirsh's mother is an Navy Captain on active duty and her father is a retired Marine Lt. Colonel.
This episode opens with the general's announcement of the new assignments - the same announcement that concluded the previous episode. However, the exact wording of the announcement changed between the two episodes:
End of previous episode:
"There's been a new development - with the.. uh.. CNO and Commandant's blessing..."
Beginning of this episode:
"I have one more order of business - with the CNO and Commandant's blessing..."
The coin that Bud tosses in final scene has Judge Advocate General written on the top. And 1995-2005 on the bottom, the years the show was on the air.
Bartender: Figures a guy like him would be with a girl like you.
Mac: Well, we're still working on that.
Bartender: Oh, so that makes you the almost fiancee?
Mac: That's the part we're working on.
Bartender: I don't see a ring.
Mac: We're negotiating that.
Bartender: Lucky you.
Mac: (looking at Harm) Yeah, lucky me.
Harm: I need some advice.
Mac: Good, because I need yours.
Harm: What are you doing about the lease on your apartment?
Mac: That's what you want to talk about, real estate?
Maj. Gen. Cresswell: Do you think Colonel Mackenzie sees this opportunity as the next step, a chance to start over?
Coates: Are you referring to the fact that you just put 6000 miles between the Colonel and Commander Rabb, sir?
Maj. Gen. Cresswell: I am.
Coates: Let's just say that when their offices were 20 feet apart they couldn't communicate. Now there are eight time zones between them. I think a fresh start is their only chance at happiness, sir.
Vukovic: San Diego.
Mac: What about it?
Vukovic: I like it out there.
Vukovic: Ma'am, I don't understand.
Mac: You heard what I said. I do not want you in my command.
Mac: What just happened?
Harm: Your world got turned upside down?
Mac: And yours didn't, Captain?
Harm: Captain, I like the sound of that. Don't worry your turn is coming.
Mac: Don't be condescending.
Harm: I was trying to be supportive. (after a pause) We both knew that this day might happen.
Mac: Your elevation to greatness?
Harm: Our separation. San Diego is what, 6000 miles from London.
Mac: 5,489, 10 1/2 hours flying time.
Harm: A lot of decisions need to be made... and I'm not talking about staffing decisions.
Mac: We have three days, Captain.
Maj. Gen. Cresswell: (to Mac) You'll be stationed in San Diego.
Harm: Well, it's only five hours away.
Maj. Gen. Cresswell: I wouldn't make my vacation plans just yet, commander. Hope you like Yorkshire pudding.
Harm: For this marriage to be successful, one of us has to resign our commission.
Mac: And it's no surprise we couldn't decide which one.
Harm: So we're going to let fate decide. Bud?
Bud: Before he retired Admiral Chegwidden gave me his JAG coin and I thought this would be the perfect moment to use it.
Harm: (referring to Lt. Vukovic) You afraid of him?
Mac: I can bend him like a pretzel.
Harm: He might like that.
Harm: Hey, yourself.
Mac: Something so final about a packed suitcase.
Harm: Yeah, not to mention an entirely packed apartment. How about you, you packed?
Mac: Not completely. Let's talk about you and me.
Harm: Neither one of us...
Mac: Wants to be the first to say goodbye. Yeah, I know the song, we've been singing it for years.
Harm: Mac, I don't think that I will ever feel about anyone else the way that I feel about you.
Mac: That's very flattering. One piece of advice- don't share that with your wife, whoever that might be; she might not understand.
Harm: Do you understand?
Mac: Why we can't make it work? Why we let fate decide our futures? No. I don't.
Harm: Let me ask you a personal question. Of all the men in your life, what was it about them that attracted you?
Mac: Well, they wanted me, and they let me know it.
Harm: I wanted you. You knew that.
Mac: Harm, no woman wants to be a mind reader, and with you there's always complications: another woman, work, searching for your father.
Harm: That's all past.
Mac: Is it?
Harm: Mac, we have 12 hours.
Mac: We've had 9 years.
Harm: I guess maybe I just needed a deadline.
Mac: Well, you got one, sailor.
Mac: What are you proposing- and that's not a Freudian slip.
Harm: I'm proposing. Let's get married.
Mac: In London?
Harm: Yeah, London works for me.
Mac: San Diego works for me.
Harm: This has always been the 500 pound gorilla in the room.
Mac: If we get married, one of us has to give up their Navy careers.
Harm: Well, we could wait until I retire.
Mac: Yeah, what's another decade or so, huh?
Harm: I love you, Mac. But I don't want to give up my Navy career and you don't want to give up the Marine Corps.
Mac: So we're right back where we started.
Harm: Do you believe in fate?
Mac: Well, it put us together, sort of.
Harm: Fate could keep us together forever.
Spain: June 25, 2008 on AXN
The song which plays just before the end of the episode when everyone meets at the bar is "100 Years" by Five For Fighting.
The title of this episode "Fair Winds and Following Seas" is a traditional blessing of the U.S. Navy wished to sailors as they depart. While it is not technically a motto like the Marine Corp's "Semper Fi" at times it is used in similiar ways.
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