Season 9 Episode 5


Aired Friday 9:00 PM Oct 24, 2003 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • "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

    • 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."