Season 3 Episode 6


Aired Friday 9:00 PM Oct 28, 1997 on CBS
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Episode Summary


When a fully armed and piloted Navy F-14 disappears during a storm, the JAG team is called in to investigate all possible scenarios, from pilot suicide and terrorism to the curse of the Bermuda Triangle and UFO interference. When the plane's co-pilot surfaces, bloodied and disoriented, Harm and Mac get some new information that steers them away from Twilight Zone explanations and instead points them in the direction of kidnapping, terrorism and a hard-core militia group's plot to assassinate a PLO delegation heading for Washington by using the pilot -- and his plane -- to do the dirty work.


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  • A pilot serving aboard the USS Coral Sea (CV-43) was involved in stealing his plane for a militia group. It was quite clever the way the story used the mystique surrounding the Bermuda Triangle as a cover story for the "disappearance" of the F-moreless

    I found this episode very entertaining. I especially liked this episode was because it featured the USS Coral Sea which I happened to serve on while in the Navy. However, the errors were:

    (1) the passageways & hatches were too wide. (2) The planes used were never on the Coral Sea. (3) A shot of the island showed the hull number showed to be 65. That's the USS Enterprise. (4) The ship's logo in the wardroom wasn't the Coral Sea's. (5) A shot showing planes taking off revealed the hull number of 68. That's the USS Nimitz.moreless
Catherine Bell

Catherine Bell

Major Sarah "Mac" Mackenzie

David James Elliott

David James Elliott

Lt Cmdr Harmon "Harm" Rabb, Jr.

John M. Jackson

John M. Jackson

Rear Admiral Albert Jethro "AJ" Chegwidden

Patrick Labyorteaux

Patrick Labyorteaux

Lt (jg) Bud J. Roberts, Jr

David Sheinkopf

David Sheinkopf

Lt. Cmdr. 'Monk' Decker

Guest Star

Stephanie Niznik

Stephanie Niznik

Lt. (j.g.) 'Hobo' Green

Guest Star

Darren Gray Ward

Darren Gray Ward

Lt. 'Bubba' Fields

Guest Star

Karri Turner

Karri Turner

Ensign Harriet Sims

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goof: When Bud types his password on the UFO web site, it appears on the screen in big letters. Passwords usually appear in asterisks (****). For a site that is concerned with secrecy, this seems odd.

    • Goof: The aircraft carrier used in this episode, the USS Coral Sea, had the correct hull number on the ballcaps worn by the crew - CV-43, but the hull number displayed on the ship was "65". CVN-65 is in reality, the USS Enterprise.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Mac: (as Bud gives various Internet theories about the missing F-14) He's just trying to help, Harm.
      Harm: Theories are helpful. Old Twilight Zone episodes are not.

    • (Harm walks by Bud, who is reading a "Heat" magazine and eating what appears to be a doughnut.)
      Harm: Doughnut?
      Bud: (through a mouthful of doughnut) Power nut.
      Harm: Excuse me?
      Bud: Oh, not you sir. The doughnut. It's a Power Nut. No fat, one hundred percent pure whole wheat.
      Harm: What about the powdered sugar?
      Bud: It's a sugar substitute. Packed with 20 essential vitamins and minerals, including gingko biloba.
      Harm: Gingko blablabla?
      Bud: Gingko biloba, sir. It's a brain food.
      Harm: Oh yeah? What's...JAG manual chapter 2, section B, subsection 0235?
      Bud: Oh, uh 0235, sir, that's...uh...
      Harm: Accidental or intentional flooding of a ship. Better have another 'Brain Nut' Bud.
      Bud: Power Nut, sir.
      Harm: Power Nut.

    • Bud: Don't you believe in the possibility of life on other planets, sir?
      Harm: Life, maybe. Flying saucers stealing cows and hillbillies, I don't think so, Bud.

    • Harm (about the Freedom Brethren): They call themselves patriots, but they could be homegrown terrorists.

    • Mac: I just hope you realize that even if we find Commander Douglas, it isn't going to give you closure with your father.
      Harm: Only finding my dad will do that.

    • Harm (staring out at the ocean): He may still be out there somewhere, Mac.
      Mac: Commander Douglas, or your father?

    • Bud: Every time someone in the military loses a sock, they blame it on a militia group.

    • Harm: Every time an aircraft goes up, there's a chance it's gonna crash.
      Lt. "Hobo" Green: Crashing is one thing. Disappearing is another.

    • Bud: Do you realize how many ships and planes have mysteriously disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle in the last 50 years?
      Mac: Do you realize how many HAVEN'T?
      Bud: Uh, not off-hand, ma'am.

    • Mac: (about Dalton Lowne) We're just friends, are you jealous?
      Harm: Please.
      Mac: He drives a Porsche.
      Harm: Well, I fly Tomcats.
      Mac: You ARE jealous.

    • Harm: When the Admiral first told me he was partnering me with a Marine major, I had these visions of a tattooed jarhead challenging me to arm-wrestling matches during lunch.
      Mac: Well, I do I have a tattoo, I'm a pretty good arm-wrestler, and although I don't like the term, I am technically a jarhead.
      Harm: Wait a minute. You have a tattoo? How come I've never seen it? Where would one find this tattoo?
      Mac: I'm afraid that's classified information, Commander.

    • Bud: The earliest recorded disappearance of a United States vessel inside the Bermuda Triangle goes way back to March 1918. USS Cyclops. Vanished without a trace.
      Harm: Same thing's been known to happen to superstitious lieutenants.

    • Harm: (Speaking with the kidnapper) Never underestimate the integrity of a Naval Aviator.

  • NOTES (5)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Zmizeni (Disappearance)

    • When Harm and Mac talk about "the list", they are referring to a list of MIAs from Vietnam that were transferred to Russia. Harm found the list in the episode "Ghost Ship".

    • In the exterior shot before Mac interviews Petty Officer Riggs, the ship's mast has St. Elmo's fire around it. St. Elmo's fire is an electrical phenomenon that occurs during stormy weather. St. Elmo is the patron saint of sailors; superstitious crew members would see the lights around the mast as a sign that he was watching over them.

    • The real USS Coral Sea (CV-43) was commissioned on October 1, 1947. It served the Navy until it was decommissioned on April 26, 1990 (over 33 years). It was then sold to be scrapped.

    • Parts of this episode, specifically showing the B747, used footage that was seen in the movie Executive Decision.


    • Harm calls Bud "Ripley" after he spouts a number of strange facts about the Bermuda Triangle. The "Ripley" he's referring him to is Robert Ripley, an American cartoonist, radio personality and writer. In the 1930s he created a set of short films for Warner Bros using the theme "Believe It Or Not", and later built a museum in Chicago using the same theme, which gave strange and little known facts about people and places around the world. This has since expanded into dozens of museums around the world and spawned four different TV shows from 1949 to the most recent in 2000-2003.

    • Bud asks Harm if he's ever heard of the Foo Fighters. He's talking about a World War II slang term for UFOs, but Harm thinks he's referring to the band led by Dave Grohl.

    • Bud's friends from the Internet use Einstein and Oppenheimer as code names. Einstein and Oppenheimer were both scientists who worked on the Manhattan Project in World War II. Of course, Einstein was known for other things too.

    • When Bubba mentions that people are talking about aliens and UFOs, Admiral Chegwidden jokes about him being visited by strangers in black suits and sunglasses. This was a reference to the hit movie Men In Black starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. Smith and Jones played secret government agents that monitored extraterrestrials. They always wore black suits and Ray-Ban sunglasses.