Season 8 Episode 5

In Thin Air

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Oct 22, 2002 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • When Harm goes up with Lt. Albrecht as his RIO, they are shown flying 4 different aircraft - Tomcats 103, 104, 114, 242. This is what happens when stock footage is used.

  • Quotes

    • Mac: Next suicide mission, tell me about it after you get back.
      Harm: Do I give you nightmares?

    • Harm: I hope in your diffusion of blame, you're not planning on blaming the victim.
      Sturgis: I've got a client to defend. Whatever it takes.

    • Mac: (about P.O. Moritz) He wanted the Commander to defend him? Does he have a death wish? (to Harm) You know what I mean.

    • Bud: I heard Lt. Singer has been using my office.
      Mac: Yeah, we brought in a witch doctor to cast out the evil spirits.

    • Harm: I'm so far off this case, Sturgis, a Hawkeye aircraft couldn't find me.

    • Harm: I know that look. I've seen that look before. That's not a good look.
      Mac: Is it that obvious?
      Harm: Never play strip poker.

    • Harm: I warned him at the beginning the facts were against him.
      Admiral Chegwidden: According to him, you never moved off that position.

    • Harm: I'm fired, Sir?!
      Admiral Chegwidden: Commander, I believe the word is 'severed'.

    • Harm: Sir, this guy is a screw-up. You want me to defend him? I'd rather take him out and slap him.

    • Mac: (watching Zuzello's family at the hospital) I don't know what's worse, to kiss your husband goodbye in the morning and never see him again, or this.

    • Jeannine Zuzello: When we had the wills drawn up, I never thought I'd have to make the decision ... I know that sounds crazy. He's the one up there in danger.
      Mac: No, it's not crazy.

    • (Bud and little AJ build a model of the USS Seahawk)
      Harriet: Looks like the two of you will be ready to go to sea soon.
      Little AJ: Daddy says we have to christen it.
      Harriet: Not on my floor you don't.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • In Thin Air

      This episode's title is a reference to the Jon Krakauer book Into Thin Air which tells the story of a group of climbers who were killed by a freak storm while they attempted to climb Mt Everest. Krakauer and a few others made it to safety after waiting out the storm in temperatures of -60 deg F. In 1997 the book was adapted into a made for TV movie starring Peter Horton called Into Thin Air: Death on Everest.