JAG

Season 9 Episode 5

Touchdown

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Aired Friday 9:00 PM Oct 24, 2003 on CBS
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A CIA mission sends Harm and Beth O'Neill to Libya to pull an agent out of that country. But when the agent wants Harm to transport the entire family, Harm has to modify his mission while avoiding contact with the Libyan authorities. When that fails and their plane comes under attack, Harm and Beth must land on the only available landing strip ... the USS Seahawk. At JAG, a Marine is accused of being involved with the Al Qaeda terrorist organization and Mac is assigned to defend him.

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  • great episode.

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    Harm and Beth O'Neil is sent to Libya by the CIA to extract an operative. They accomplish their mission but not without complications, they are forced to fly civilians out of Libya and their plane gets hit by enemy fire. Harm is forced to land his plane aboard an aircraft carrier. Back at JAG, Mac is assigned to defend a Marine for providing assistance to Al-Qaeda. This is another great episode, it's a very exciting plot. The Marine storyline is obviously something taken from current events, the writers weaved that theme into this episode, and it works really well. This is a great episode.moreless
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.

Mary Page Keller

Mary Page Keller

Beth O'Neil

Guest Star

Faran Tahir

Faran Tahir

CIA Libyan Agent

Guest Star

Khary Payton

Khary Payton

 

Guest Star

Zoe McLellan

Zoe McLellan

PO2 Jennifer Coates

Recurring Role

Dan Lauria

Dan Lauria

Allen Blaisdell

Recurring Role

Scott Paulin

Scott Paulin

Captain Johnson

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Mac accuses Sturgis of wanting to send her client to the electric chair, but this is merely a figure of speech. The electric chair is very rarely used as a method of execution in the United States anymore; lethal injection is much more common.

    • The C-130 landing referred to in the onscreen dedication was done for different reasons than the one Harm performs in this episode. The real landing was done because the Navy was curious about whether it could be done. It was a test that was planned well in advance, as opposed to the emergency situation that Harm and O'Neill found themselves in.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • LSO: When it comes to landing C-130s, I'm still a virgin!
      Captain Johnson: Well, tonight can be your big night!

    • Harm: Lives are at stake here.
      Captain Johnson: I copy that, Rabb, but not just ten lives. If the plane crashes on the deck and starts a fire, we could lose five thousand.

    • (Bud and Sturgis argue about the admissibility of the confession)
      Admiral Chegwidden: When Commander Rabb left, I thought we were done with this bickering!

    • Mac: It may be that Weston is no angel, but if we condone torture, we're stooping to the terrorists' level.

    • Harm: Maybe we should turn back and do another fly-over.
      Beth O'Neill: Great, why don't we set off flares and make sure the Libyan Air Force sees us?

    • Harm: Thanks for the cover fire back there.
      Beth O'Neil: Thanks for waiting for me.
      Harm: My mother always taught me to leave the dance with the girl I came with.
      Beth O'Neil: Funny, my mother taught me the same thing.

    • Admiral Chegwidden: Given that this torture took place in Egypt, is Mr. Sabet's testimony legally admissible?
      Mac: Absolutely not.
      Sturgis: It's a gray area, sir.
      Mac: I was there in Paraguay when they hooked Webb up to a car battery. I can still hear him scream. Torture is not a grey area.

    • Harm: We got backup?
      Allan Blaisdell: What, like a squadron of F-14s? Dream on. You're in the Agency now.

  • NOTES (1)

    • "On October 30, 1963, Navy pilot Lt. James H. Flatley and co-pilot LCDR. W.W. "Smokey" Stovall landed a C-130 aboard the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal.

      We salute these two brave pilots along with crew members Al Sieve and Ed Brenna for their incredible demonstration of carrier aviation skill." -- Onscreen dedication at the end of the episode.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Harm says to Beth, "Keep the home fires burning, I'll be right back." "Keep The Home Fires Burning" is a song that dates back to World War II. It contains the lines, "Keep the home fires burning, while your hearts are yearning, though your lads are far away they dream of home."

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