JAG

Season 6 Episode 15

Iron Coffin

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Aired Friday 9:00 PM Feb 20, 2001 on CBS
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Harm's friendship with Capt. Volkonov puts him in a precarious position when a Russian submarine blows up and the Russians claim that a U.S. submarine was responsible. It's up to Harm to convince his friend (and the world) that the accident was caused by a faulty new Russian torpedo, without divulging top-secret material.

Meanwhile, Mac is sent onboard the USS Watertown to observe when the Congressional committee headed by Rep. Bobbi Latham investigates why women are not allowed to serve aboard submarines.

Renee and Mic are left behind wondering whether there really is something between Harm and Mac.

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    John M. Jackson

    John M. Jackson

    R. Adm. Albert Jethro "AJ" Chegwidden

    Patrick Labyorteaux

    Patrick Labyorteaux

    Lt. Bud J. Roberts, Jr.

    David James Elliott

    David James Elliott

    Cmdr Harmon Rabb Jr

    Catherine Bell

    Catherine Bell

    Lt Col Sarah "Mac" Mackenzie

    Tom Amandes

    Tom Amandes

    Cmdr. Flagler

    Guest Star

    Tucker Smallwood

    Tucker Smallwood

    Captain Baxter

    Guest Star

    Jeannie Wilson

    Jeannie Wilson

    Mrs. Cochran

    Guest Star

    Chuck Carrington

    Chuck Carrington

    PO1 Jason Tiner

    Recurring Role

    Anne-Marie Johnson

    Anne-Marie Johnson

    Rep. Bobbi Latham

    Recurring Role

    Karri Turner

    Karri Turner

    Lt (j.g.) Harriet Sims-Roberts

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (1)

    • QUOTES (5)

      • GySgt Galindez: (explaining that Harm and Mac are not together) Colonel Mackenzie is on the Watertown, Commander Rabb is on the Minsk.
        Renee: In the same sea.
        GySgt Galindez: Separated by steel bulkheads and several million tons of icy water.

      • (After Harm gets the chance to go on a Russian sub)
        Harm: What is this, some kind of propaganda stunt?
        Captain Volkonov: Please, public relations.

      • Mac: (to Harm) A brother who's a Russian sergeant, a friend who's a Russian captain, it's no wonder Captain Baxter thought you were holding a Russian passport.

      • Admiral Chegwidden: (to Harm) Well, you let the fox into the hen house in this one, WITH my assistance.

      • (Two sailors see Mac and discuss women on submarines)
        Sailor 1: (in Russian) You think they'd look like her?
        Sailor 2: (in Russian) No, more like sperm whales.
        Mac: (also in Russian) Let me know if you see any sperm whales. I thought they were rare in these seas.

    • NOTES (1)

    • ALLUSIONS (3)

      • When Mac first arrives on the Watertown, some of the sailors are playing a naval-themed computer game and one of them says, "Damn your torpedoes." This is a reference to American Civil War Admiral David Farragut, who apparently once said, "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead." A series of American destroyers have been named after him.

      • Alex Volkonov mentions the USS Greeneville sinking a "Japanese fishing boat." On February 9 2001, the Greeneville surfaced rapidly and struck the Japanese vessel Ehime Maru, killing nine people, four of whom were high school students. The Commander had ordered the surfacing maneuver to impress civilian guests on the submarine, two of whom were at the controls when the accident happened. The Commander managed to avoid being court-martialled but he was forced to retire from the Navy.

      • This episode may have been inspired by the Kursk disaster of August 12 2000. The Kursk was a Russian submarine that was reputed to be unsinkable, but there was an explosion on board and it did sink. All 118 crew members died. The Russian government was criticized for not maintaining the Kursk adequately, not having efficient plans for rescue operations, and not asking for foreign aid immediately. They did ask for help from other countries eventually, but it was too late to save anyone.

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