JAG

Season 7 Episode 15

Head to Toe

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Aired Friday 9:00 PM Feb 05, 2002 on CBS
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Harm and Mac are sent to Saudi Arabia to defend a female U.S. Naval pilot who refuses to follow the local laws and wear traditional Saudi dress and veils. Lt. Joanne Donato's outspoken refusal to be escorted by males in public and to wear proper attire causes a strain on relations between a U.S. base commander and a local Muslim cleric. It also causes Mac to feel that the lieutenant is simply being a bad soldier and disobeying orders - that is until Mac is forced to abide by the policies herself. Meanwhile, Commander Turner and Rep. Bobbi Latham have a rocky first date, making the possibility of a second seem remote until Harriet and Bud come to the rescue.

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    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

    Patrick Labyorteaux

    Patrick Labyorteaux

    Lt Bud J. Roberts, Jr.

    Michele Greene

    Michele Greene

    Sarah Coffey

    Guest Star

    Lana Parrilla

    Lana Parrilla

    Lt. Stephanie Donato

    Guest Star

    Bruce Gray

    Bruce Gray

     

    Guest Star

    Chuck Carrington

    Chuck Carrington

    PO1 Jason Tiner

    Recurring Role

    Zoe McLellan

    Zoe McLellan

    PO2 Jennifer Coates

    Recurring Role

    Anne-Marie Johnson

    Anne-Marie Johnson

    Rep. Bobbi Latham

    Recurring Role

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    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (10)

      • (Harm and Mac meet with Lt. Col. Coffey off-base)
        Lt. Col. Sarah Coffey: Sorry you had to come to me. I'm involved in the current Status of Forces discussions with the Saudis. But I wanted to put this on the table before the hearing resumes tomorrow.
        Harm: What is your role in these negotiations, may I ask?
        Lt. Col. Sarah Coffey: I'm assisting the lead negotiator.
        Harm: They let you talk?
        Lt. Col. Sarah Coffey: Can we stay on [the subject], please?

      • Lt. Col. Sarah Coffey: Lieutenant [Donato], did you write letters or file protests regarding Saudi off-base regulations prior to coming here?
        Lt. Stephanie Donato: No, ma'am.
        Lt. Col. Sarah Coffey: Isn't that because they were of absolutely no concern to you until they directly affected your life?
        Lt. Stephanie Donato: And the lives of every woman I've met on and off base. That would include you, ma'am.

      • Lt. Alex Zahar: In the air, Lt. Donato is a fine officer and an exceptional pilot. On the ground, she's faceless and dependent.

      • Lt. Alex Zahar: Lt. Donato saved our lives in a 40 million dollar aircraft. Instead of offering help, the Saudis tried to humiliate her.

      • Sturgis: I don't usually talk shop outside the office.
        Bobbi Latham: That's all I do. You know what they say. If there was no cloakroom, there would have been no Constitution.

      • Harm: What about the other female personnel? They don't seem to mind.
        Lt. Stephanie Donato: They do mind, sir. They just don't feel they have a voice in the matter.

      • Harm: I love this job. Just when you're about to plummet to the earth, your opponent hands you a parachute.

      • Lt. Stephanie Donato: I can't back down in front of somebody who thinks they're bigger than me.
        Mac: Oh good, we'll present that as our defense.

      • Lt. Stephanie Donato: Are you implying that American women are immature?
        Muslim Cleric: By our standards.
        Lt. Stephanie Donato: 12th-century ones.

      • Harm: Why did you ignore the regulations, Lieutenant?
        Lt. Stephanie Donato: Because they're ridiculous, sir.

    • NOTES (3)

      • This isn't the first time actors Tim Dunigan and David James Elliott have appeared on a TV show together. One of David's earliest acting roles came on the live action cartoon Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future. Tim starred in the title role, and in the episode "The Mirror in Darkness", David guest starred as an enemy who pretended to be Captain Power in order to betray the people who he duped to the show's arch villain Lord Dread.

      • The main story content was considered so controversial that a disclaimer was included at the beginning of the program:

        "The following story is fictional and does not depict any actual person or event."

      • Michele Greene, who plays the staff JAG in this episode, has experience portraying a lawyer. She also starred as lawyer Abby Perkins in the hit series LA Law.

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Although this episode is fictional, it is similar to the story of Air Force officer Lt. Col. Martha McSally, one of the few military women allowed to fly combat missions. While stationed in Saudi Arabia, Lt. Col McSally objected to the regulations requiring that she wear an abaya and not drive. She claimed that the regulations discriminated against women and felt that if she could fly a fighter jet alone over enemy territory, she should be allowed to drive a car.