Season 1 Episode 14


Aired Friday 9:00 PM Mar 20, 1996 on CBS
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Episode Summary


After a lightning strike, a damaged F-14 Tomcat is forced to ditch in Cuba. Harm and Meg, accompanied by Cdr. Krennick and Undersecretary of State Bair, are dispatched to negotiate the return of the pilot and aircraft. The Navy's goal is to prevent the download of the Tomcat's classified software by Iran, but the Undersecretary isn't telling everything he knows. Locations: Washington,D.C.; Cuba


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    Michael McGrady

    Michael McGrady

    Lt. Cmdr. Jack Keeter

    Guest Star

    Bernard White

    Bernard White

    Carlos Fuente

    Guest Star

    Steven Anderson

    Steven Anderson

    David Bair

    Guest Star

    Andrea Thompson

    Andrea Thompson

    Commander Allison Krennick

    Recurring Role

    John M. Jackson

    John M. Jackson

    Adm. A.J. Chegwidden

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (3)

      • This is the first appearance of John M. Jackson as Admiral A.J. Chegwidden. He will play this role for 188 episodes, the last being the season 9 finale "Hail and Fairwell pt 1".

      • Goof: During the shot of the Learjet's gear dropping while inverted, you can clearly see the treeline at the top of the shot.

      • Goofs: Harm climbs in the F-14's turbine just minutes after it's turned off to prevent it from over heating. He should be burning himself badly on all of that hot metal, yet he slides inside using his bare hands without the slightest sign of discomfort or with any blistering or redness of skin. Later, when the turbine is shut down just before the belt was about to break, the belt is in far better condition in the wide shot than it was in the closeup, in which it's almost completely ripped.

    • QUOTES (5)

      • Cmdr Krennick: I insist upon seeing the pilot that you've detained in violation of international law.
        Capt Fuentes: You are in no position to insist on anything, Commander. However, in deference to your maternal instinct, I will have your piloto join us for dinner. (he gives some orders in Spanish, and they all leave the hangar)
        Harm: (sotto voce) Maternal instincts?!
        Cmdr Krennick: I'll eat his liver!

      • Meg: Five chips. All they have to download is five chips and they'll have what makes the Tomcat so lethal.
        Harm: The pilot?

      • Meg: They probably figure we'll never know Barkov downloaded the data.
        Bair: Yeah, until we're up against Iranian F-14's as good as ours.
        Harm: They'll never be as good as ours unless we're flying them.

      • Bair: How did you sabotage it?
        Harm: With a Navy issue, 34 inch, brass tip cinch.
        Bair: What the hell is that?
        Harm: My belt.

      • Harm: What's the warning, Commander?
        Krennick: The Admiral has an aide that's a killer. You're the rising young star in JAG and that's a threat to her ambitions.
        Harm: Her ambitions...
        Krennick: I'm the Admiral's aide.
        Harm: You have nothing to worry about, Commander, I'm not that good, or ambitious.
        Krennick: The hell you're not. That's one of the reasons why I want to sleep with you.

    • NOTES (1)

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Upon reviewing Rabb's record, the admiral tells Harm it reads like a cross between A Few Good Men and Top Gun. Series creator Donald Bellisario (who wrote the episode) described JAG by referring to the movies in exactly the same way when he pitched his vision for the series to executives at NBC.