JAG

Season 4 Episode 13

War Stories (2)

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Aired Friday 9:00 PM Jan 13, 1999 on CBS
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War Stories (2)
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When three U.N. peacekeepers are taken hostage in Kosovo, a SEAL team is sent in to rescue them before the end of a 24-hour deadline set by the terrorists. But when heavy ground fog delays the SEAL team by 30 minutes, the hostages are found dead and the team is blamed for their deaths. Mac and Bud begin to defend the team only to have Bud removed because of the defendants' lack of confidence in his legal expertise. Meanwhile, Admiral Chegwidden spends his vacation acting as technical advisor on a movie about the Navy and runs afoul of the Hollywood types who hired him.

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  • This episode is a fine example of JAG at the office.

    9.5
    This episode has two main plots and one sub-plot.



    The Admiral is on a forced vacation and leaves Harm in charge. He finds he isn't suited for sitting around the house with nothing to do. Getting to work he discovers a filming crew outside his billet. They offer him a job as a technical consultant. This job fails as the Admiral doesn't want to cut corners in representing the Navy. This results in his offending an actress (who he dated the night before). Returning to JAG he brings his favorite part of the movie set, the food, to JAG.



    The sub-plot concerns Harm being the temporary Navy JAG. He has to deal with the Secretary of the Navy concerning Mac taking a two star Marine General to task. We get to see Harm walk a mile in the Admiral's shoes. Harm learns an important command lesson on balancing those above him and those below him. It is the same lesson Andy Sipowicz learned in the last episode of NYPD Blues.



    The main plot deals with a field commander (Navy Seal) disobeying an order from a Marine two star general. The general ordered the seal team to rescue three hostages at a specific time. The field commander delayed by twenty minutes the departure time because of weather and ground topology. The seal team found the hostages dead and the General charged the commander with murder and disobeying a direct order.



    Bud sat second chair for the first time. The defendant didn't feel good about Bud's ability and lack of experience. Through Mac he asked Bud to leave the defense team. After leaving the team, Bud discovered the hostages died shortly after capture not at the expiration of the deadline (as the General claimed). After talking with Harm, the defendant agrees to let Bud plead his case on this point.



    Up to this point the episode and the characters were the same high quality as one would expect. Mac's closing argument was below standard. The writers may have put this in because of her previous problems and to allow the defendant to apology to Bud.



    Her argument to the members on disobeying an order didn't make sense and resulted in the defendant’s conviction. She failed to give the members a valid military reason to view the defendant’s actions as proper. She asked them to find the defendant innocent because it all worked, which isn't how the military works.



    The Navy is not made of mindless men who aren't supposed to use their judgment. What matters, though, are the reasons behind decisions? In this case, the defendant tried to reach his superiors, but couldn't because of Sun spot activity. This fact left to him by law and tradition to implement the orders to best of his abilities. The decision before the members is, was his actions in the best interest of the Navy?



    Mac failed during her closing to point out Navy history is full of commanders who made decisions against orders for the welfare of their men. All sailors know the weather affects operations and some weather conditions make them impossible. As some say "Regardless of your rank the weather out ranks you." Why do you think General Patton would pray for good weather? He knew while he didn't out rank the weather as God out ranks everything. I'm off the topic, though.



    Mac needed to point out four things. One, the victims were already dead. This point resolves the murder charge. Second, she needed to remind the members of their command service and would they want to be put into a straight jacket of not being able to make battle field decisions. Third, she could bring up the General's attitude and intolerance towards not risking it all regardless of the men under one's command. The fourth point required Mac to introduce evidence during the trial of how dangerous the weather was to the operation. This would allow her to argue the order was not lawful because it didn't take into consideration existing conditions. Otherwise the field commander could be facing chargers of not doing his duty to the men under his command.moreless
  • Another great episode.

    10
    Bud gets his first major case involving Commander Thomas Risnicki, leader of SEAL team eight. He is being charged with disobeying a direct order and manslaughter. They were sent to extract three NATO observers. The Admiral has to take leave, so Commander Harmon Rabb, Jr. is temporarily appointed acting JAG. While trying to beat his boredom, the Admiral wanders onto a movie set and becomes their technical advisor.



    This is a great episode; you get to see Lt. Roberts in action. He has fabulous ears- when he heard that the NATO observers were "cold, and stiff" when SEAL team eight arrived that only confirmed what he knew in his heart- Commander Risnicki was innocent.



    I did not believe that Commander Risnicki did anything wrong. He postponed the launch of his mission due to bad weather- fog they could not see through. He put the lives of his team above all else. If they went in they would have been killed and the observers as well. I found him not guilty long before the jury did.moreless
  • A cool episode!

    9.6
    This episode has a good twin story. The whole trial part is actually boring except for Bud being trusted as a rookie who hasn't passed the bar yet, but what's really cool is the sub plot. I really like the JAG episodes where we find out a little more about the characters in their civilian life. This was true with Admiral A. J. Chegwidden in this one. A.J. is forced to take some time off. In his leave he stumbles upon a movie being filmed about the military, a Steven Segal type of flick. He gets hired on to be a technical advisor. His critiques are accepted at first but then he becomes a pain and is fired. He falls for the hot co-star. She comes over for dinner and Harm stops by and is shocked at the Admiral's date. Later, A. J. critiques her acting and tells her to cut her nails. She tells him to shut up(or some such term)and storms off the set to her trailer. We never see her again. Although this woman is beautiful and way to young for A.J., he doesn't even flinch at her leaving. After all, he's the Navy Seal Admiral in charge of JAG. He's a tough old buzzard and he leads you to believe he'll find another girl when he's ready. This episode also shows how empty his life is w/o his work. While on leave he's at home playing the keyboards, bored out of his mind. He calls JAG to check on things with Harm and asks him to call him at anytime, even to feel free to come over..hint hint. Well, this backfires on him because the time Harm does show up it's in the middle of his hot date! A funny episode if you know JAG.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

Alyson Reed

Alyson Reed

Fran Glass

Guest Star

Alex Carter

Alex Carter

Cmdr. Thomas Risnicki

Guest Star

Diane DiLascio

Diane DiLascio

Tina Leigh

Guest Star

Harrison Page

Harrison Page

Rear Adm. Morris

Recurring Role

Paul Collins

Paul Collins

SecNav. Nelson

Recurring Role

Trevor Goddard

Trevor Goddard

Mic Brumby

Recurring Role

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