For the final scene in McMurphy's, Harm has four stripes on his shoulder boards, the only time we see him with the official rank of Captain. In the other scenes he still has only the three stripes of a Commander.
David James Elliot, Patrick Labyorteaux, and Michael Bellisario were the only actors in both the first and last episodes of JAG. Bellisario didn't play the same character, however. Although he played Mikey Roberts throughout the series, in the pilot episode he played Antonio, the young Italian boy in the fishing boat.
With Harm and Mac marrying Mattie will be the daughter of a Navy Captain and a Marine Lt. Colonel, one of them retired. In real life Hallee Hirsh's mother is an Navy Captain on active duty and her father is a retired Marine Lt. Colonel.
This episode opens with the general's announcement of the new assignments - the same announcement that concluded the previous episode. However, the exact wording of the announcement changed between the two episodes:
End of previous episode:
"There's been a new development - with the.. uh.. CNO and Commandant's blessing..."
Beginning of this episode:
"I have one more order of business - with the CNO and Commandant's blessing..."
The coin that Bud tosses in final scene has Judge Advocate General written on the top. And 1995-2005 on the bottom, the years the show was on the air.
Goof: The buildings of Karbala, including the Martyrs' Mosque, are made principally of wood. But wood is scarce in Iraq, where the main materials for building are mud bricks, or stone. The only common trees used in buildings are palm trees, which are sometimes used in roofs.
Jordana Spiro previously appeared as Lt. Catherine Graves in Season 10 Episode 11 "Automatic for the People".
Mac accuses Vukovic of calling a false witness. He denies it, but he admits to "using an imposter in the Genuzzi case." This refers to the episode "Bridging The Gulf".
This is the first appearance of General Cresswell's family. His wife Dora and daughter Cammie are introduced at a party for Bud and Harriet's twins.
Nitpick: The Hebrew Email show on the screen in this episode was indeed in Hebrew, however the letters were arranged in the wrong direction, and the letter was actually about a new online forum opened in the Israeli Department of Health website regarding preventive medicine in children.
This is the first appearance of Chris Beetem as Lt. Gregory Vukovic, a new lawyer assigned to JAG.
Goof: When Harm is on approach working on his F-18 carrier quals, the hull number for the ship shown on the deck is 74. A few seconds later after he has landed the side of the "island" is shown with the number 72.
Nitpick: When Col. Fadil Najjar grabs the terrorist and curses at him he says, "I should shoot you like a dog you son of a syphilitic whore," according to the subtitles. However he only says as far as, "I should shoot you like a dog," more over the Arabic that he speaks is extremly broken and almost unrecognizable. He also speaks written Arabic, which is quite different from spoken Arabic throughout the episode.
Harm was ordered to report aboard the USS John F. Kennedy (CV-72) to investigate the shooting of an Iraqi fishing vessel. The actual footage was from the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72).
In this episode, Harm is doing his "quals" in an F-18 Hornet rather than his usual plane, the F-14 Tomcat. The F-18 comes in several varieties, with either a crew of one or two. Apparently Harm was flying an F-18 F/A-18C, which does not use a second person as a weapons system officer.
Harm lifts the other aircraft's wing with his own. He's had some practice with this maneuver; he did the same thing in the episode "Angels 30" and saved the lives of an F-14 pilot and his RIO.
Jack Ramsay says that Osama bin Laden has chronic kidney disease. There are quite a few rumors about bin Laden's health but these are usually just speculation based on video appearances in which he has appeared weak or pale.
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