Season 8 Episode 15

Friendly Fire

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Feb 11, 2003 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • Goof: The aircraft carrier mentioned here is the USS Coral Sea. The last Coral Sea decommissioned in 1991 while this episode took place in 2003.

    • After finding out Harm will be judging the case, Harm and Mac discuss the time she was a judge. This refers to the episode "Ready Or Not".

  • Quotes

    • Bud: Objection.
      Harm: Sustained.
      Mac (to Bud): From now on, I'll let you be the one who objects.

    • Bill O'Reilly: Now, I don't know Commander Rabb. But he is a hero, a decorated fighter pilot, and he has not bailed out of this case.

    • (In court)
      Harm: Let's roll.
      Mac: Excuse me?
      Harm: Proceed, counselor.

    • Mac: Friendly fire. An innocent-sounding phrase. But there's another term -- fratricide.

    • Bud (reading a law book): A trial lawyer who becomes a judge is like a boxer who becomes a referee.
      Sturgis: I've never had a judge hit me.
      Harm: The day's still young.

    • Mac: It's a catch-22.
      Harm: It's quite a catch, that catch-22. The best there is.
      Mac: This is not a joke.

  • Notes

    • This idea for this episode was taken from the events of April 17, 2002, when an American fighter jet dropped a bomb on a group of Canadian soldiers conducting a training excercise near Kandahar, Afghanistan. In the real event, 4 soldiers were killed, and 8 others were wounded, some severely. The pilot was fined, reprimanded, and although he remains in the service, he is no longer allowed to fly.

  • Allusions

    • When Harm says, "It's quite a catch-22 that catch-22. The best there is," he is quoting from Joseph Heller's book Catch-22.