JAG

Season 9 Episode 14

People v. SecNav

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Aired Friday 9:00 PM Feb 06, 2004 on CBS
7.9
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People v. SecNav
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When civilians are killed in a bombing raid, an International Criminal Court charges the United States with war crimes and the SecNav is the one on trial representing the USA. The SecNav is defended by Harm, Mac & Bud who find they must also defend the United States decision for waging the war. Back in the USA, when Bud has to fly overseas to help defend the SecNav, Mike is asked to babysit little AJ. When little AJ disappears, Bud flies back to the USA in the middle of the trial.

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  • Guilty, as charged

    1.0
    JAG is an enjoyable show.



    But the top officials of several recent administrations are clearly responsible for killing hundreds of thousands of innocent non-combatants.



    These officials may well be guilty of premeditated murder. At the very least they are guilty of negligent homicide.



    As a practical matter it is impossible to prosecute and punish them because they are in positions of overwhelming power.



    But that hardly means they are innocent of wrongdoing.



    The writers of this episode, especially whoever penned the SecNav's speech, really need to engage in some serious soul-searching, instead of spinning these officials' atrocities as selfless altruism.moreless
  • It was ok!

    7.6
    This episode was ok but it was kind of boring! To tell the truth, the only parts that were interesting were the parts about Bud and his family! But the rest of it I spent my time doing my homework as I was watching cause it was boring and predictable! I wouldnt say this was a bad episode because it wasnt, it was just a little boring and very predictable! I think certain people would like it depending on what type of person you are so Im not gonna tell you not to watch just to Watch With Caution! lol! So enjoy (if you can)moreless
  • interesting episode

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    American soldiers causes the death of civilians at a hospital used by enemy soldiers in iraq. The International Criminal Court charges the United States government with war crimes. The SecNav represents the US government in a trial at the Hague. The SecNav chooses Harm, Mac and Budd to represent the US government. But this story also features Budd's little brother Mickey who will babysit Budd's son while his away. During performing his babysitting duties at a game arcade, he loses sight of the boy and ends up getting blamed for it. But mickey eventually finds the boy. Mac and Harm manages to defend the US government at the Hague.moreless
Catherine Bell

Catherine Bell

Lt. Col. Sarah "Mac" Mackenzie

David James Elliott

David James Elliott

Cmdr. Harmon "Harm" Rabb, Jr.

John M. Jackson

John M. Jackson

Rear Admiral Albert Jethro "AJ" Chegwidden

Patrick Labyorteaux

Patrick Labyorteaux

Lt Bud J. Roberts, Jr

Max Weinstein

Max Weinstein

Bobby

Guest Star

Laurence Todd Rosenthal

Laurence Todd Rosenthal

Bearded Man

Guest Star

Aaron Smolinski

Aaron Smolinski

Corp. Gillespie

Guest Star

Karri Turner

Karri Turner

Lt. Harriet Sims-Roberts

Recurring Role

Zoe McLellan

Zoe McLellan

PO2 Jennifer Coates

Recurring Role

Dean Stockwell

Dean Stockwell

SecNav Sheffield

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goof: There are continuity errors with Michael's Navy hooded sweatshirt. During the scenes where Bud calls his brother worthless, the arcade search, and when he brings little A.J home his sweatshirt had holes for the drawstring, but no visible drawstring. During the scenes when Mike searches outside of the arcade and finds little A.J. the Navy sweatshirt does have a drawstring.

    • Nitpick: The SecNav testifies that the international community asked for America to help them in 1941, referring to America's entry into the Second World War. The war actually started on September 1, 1939 with the Nazi invasion of Poland. The United States did not get involved because of an international request for help. They joined the war because they were attacked. The Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 and the United States declared war on Japan the following day.

  • QUOTES (4)

  • NOTES (2)

    • The trial in this episode is held at the International Criminal Court (ICC), in the Hague. Exterior shots of the court building are actually of the Peace Palace (also in the Hague), which is home to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) but not the ICC. The ICJ is the judicial organ of the United Nations and settles disputes among member nations. The ICC is an independment organization, with 105 nations as members, which hears cases against individuals charged with genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. The ICC's headquarters is in a modern skyscraper in the Hague, which is likely why JAG producers chose the more ornate Peace Palace.

    • Another "ripped from the headlines" about a sensitive issue: how the USA is viewed by other countries because it decided to wage the war in Iraq. However, while the issue of bringing charges against the USA in an international court has been discussed, it has not actually occurred by the original airdate for this episode - leaving this episode as a thought-provoking "what if" scenario.

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