JAG

Season 5 Episode 11

Ghosts of Christmas Past

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Aired Friday 9:00 PM Dec 14, 1999 on CBS
9.1
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On Christmas Eve, Harm pays his annual visit to the Vietnam Memorial to honor his father who was shot down on Christmas Eve, 1969. At the memorial, Harm meets a beautiful, but mysterious woman, who claims to have known Harm, Sr. She used to be a singer in a traveling USO tour and she met Harm's father shortly before his fateful flight. In an unusual casting twist, Harm stars as his father in this episode, and many familiar faces show up playing different roles.

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  • One of my favorite episodes.

    10
    Interestingly, most of the actors who portray enlisted on the main show portrayed officers on this one. Reminds me of the tradition for holiday meals where officers and senior NCOs serve the troops at the DFACs.



    Karri Turner had an utter blast doing Phillis Diller, you can tell. Catherine Bell shows a vulnerability she never shows as Mac. And the normally completely confident John M. Jackson as a stuttering, geeky chief was hilarious.



    Catherine also did a fantastic job as the older version of Jenny Lake with a voice roughened by decades of cigarette smoke.moreless
  • LOVED IT

    9.5
    I didn't recognized some of the regular cast the first time i saw it, especially with Karri Turner. She was awesome as Phillis Diller.And the talent (other than acting) that some of the cast has.
  • While on his annual visit to the "WALL" on Christmas Eve to honor his father, who disappeared on Christmas Eve 1967, Harm meets a woman who had been with his dad that fateful day. Harm finally gets to know more about what happened to Harmon Rabb senior.moreless

    9.0
    If you like JAG this episode one of the best episodes, as it tells us more about what happened to Harmon Rabb senior. This episode which goes back and forth from 1999 to 1967 also allows the Jag regulars to show their talents in different roles. Kari Turner gives a terrific portrayl of Phyllis Diller, and Catherine Bell looks spectacular as Jenny Lake, in 1967, and in 1999. We also see additional reminders that the show producer Donald Bellasario, was previously a producer and writer of Magnum, as two stars from that show appear in this episode. If you are a JAG regular this Christmas show should leave you misty-eyed.moreless
  • Loved the episode!

    9.6
    This was a awesome episode! I loved it! I loved how they used the characters to portray other people! Harriet (I forgot her real name) was awesome in this episode! She did a great job! Theres really nothing bad to say about it! I gave it a 9.6 just for a selfish reason! I am a huge Bud fan and there wasnt alot of him in this episode (which is understandable seeing what the episode is about) so thats why I made it go down .4 points! lol! (told you is was selfish!) Anyway, this was a wonderful episode that lots of fans would love.....BUT it is not your usual JAG episode, so if you only like the episodes where they are in the court room then you wouldnt like this one!moreless
  • Outstanding episode.

    10
    I've been a fan of JAG for a while now watching re-runs so when i saw this episode i knew i had to write a review.



    The story is mainly a flashback of Harm's who go's to visit the Vietnam Memorial on Christmas eve to pay respect to his father who was shot down on chistmas Eve 1969. There he meets a mysterious woman who reveals she knew his father, she was a singer traveling in a USO tour and met Harm's father shortly before his fateful flight. What got me about this episode was they way all the usual regulars from JAG plus some past guests played characters, it was brilliant to try and pick them out and as follows this is who i saw.



    David James Elliott (Cmdr. Rabb Jr.) - Lt. Rabb Sr.

    Catherine Bell (Lt. Colonel Sarah MacKenzie) - Jenny Lake

    John M. Jackson (R. Adm. Albert Jethro "AJ" Chegwidden) - CPO Burns

    Karri Turner (Lt. Harriet Sims-Roberts) - Phyllis Diller

    Patrick Labyorteaux (Lt. Bud J. Roberts, Jr) - Lt. Gibson

    Jeff MacKay (Master Chief (Big) Bud Roberts) - Jerry Colonna

    Michael Bellisario ("Mikey" Roberts) - Ens. Everett

    Trevor Goddard (Mic Brumby) - Cag

    Randy Vasquez (Gunnery Sgt. Galindez) - Lt. Garcia

    Paul Collins (SecNav. Nelson) - Mort Reese

    Sibel Ergener (Lt. Elizabeth "Skates" Hawkes) - Dixie Anne-Marie Johnson (Rep. Bobbi Latham) - Diana Ross

    Chuck Carrington (PO Tiner) - Lt. Bond

    Peter Murnik (Clark Palmer) - Lt. Boone

    Nanci Chambers (Lt. Loren Singer) - Jo Jo

    Rif Hutton (Lt. Cmdr. Mattoni) - Almoreless
Sibel Ergener

Sibel Ergener

Dixie

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Rif Hutton

Rif Hutton

Al

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Adam Beason

Adam Beason

Mitch

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Catherine Bell

Catherine Bell

Jenny Lake

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Michael Bellisario

Michael Bellisario

Ens. Everett

Recurring Role

Karri Turner

Karri Turner

Phyllis Diller

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Phyllis Diller: Her fiance was a Marine pilot.
      Capt. Nielsen: Killed in action?
      Phyllis Diller: One week ago.
      Capt. Nielsen: She shouldn't be here.
      Phyllis Diller: She's a trooper!

    • Jerry Colonna: I didn't know you were going to have a floor show Skipper.
      Capt. Nielsen: Well it wasn't on the schedule, trust me.
      Jenny Lake: Are they all right?
      Capt. Nielsen: Oh they'll be fine. If they don't shrink when they get wet!

    • Lt. Rabb Sr.: We're losing it! Eject! Eject!

    • Jenny Lake: Nobody played the guitar like Hendrix.

  • NOTES (2)

    • The USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14) as displayed on the ballcaps served the Navy from 8 May 1944, until her decommissioning 1 September 1973. She was later sold for scrap in 1975. The scene of the planes taking off the carrier were actually taking off of hull number "59", which in real-life is the USS Forrestal (CVA-59).

    • THIS SHOW IS DEDICATED TO BOB HOPE AND THE USO WHO HAVE ENTERTAINED OUR SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN IN PEACE AND WAR ALL OVER THE WORLD -- Onscreen dedication at the end of the episode.

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