JAG

Season 4 Episode 14

Webb of Lies

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Aired Friday 9:00 PM Feb 09, 1999 on CBS
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When Harm and Mac set out to find C.I.A. Agent Clayton Webb's killer after his body is found aboard a burning ship, they inadvertently uncover a rogue government spy agency. Retracing Webb's steps, Harm and Mac learn that he was on a top-secret mission to deliver a high-tech weapons project to the proper authorities when he was stopped. Waiting for Harm and Mac when they discover this, though, is none other than Harm's former nemesis, ex-C.I.A. Agent Clark Palmer, now working with the rogue spy agency, who will stop at nothing -- including Harm's murder -- to get his hands on the top-secret project.

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  • A wonderfully complete, exciting, fun, adventure in the minds of some JAG characters.

    9.9
    “Webb of Lies” is an outstanding episode filled with character development, plot twists, psychology, revenge, intrigue, deception, joy, romance, and guilt to name a few of the emotions and devices.



    We learn more about Clayton Webb and his family in this episode than in any other past episode. Giving us background on Webb makes him more human and understandable. While there are no indications of Webb and Mac's future love interest in each other, this episode lays the ground work for those future episodes.



    The return of former agent Palmer allows for flashbacks and a chance to play with Harm's emotions and mind. As Webb tells Harm, “Palmer’s ultimate revenge is leaving you in wilderness of mirrors.”



    Palmer gives yet several more amazing escapes and deceptions. Escaping from custody, by having someone take his place prior to his arriving at Leavenworth, is brilliant. His ability to escape from Harm after being shot two to three times displays his physical fitness and strong mental state.



    Bottom line, though for Palmer is simple. He is a sociopathic serial killer. A just end for Palmer would be to become one of Dexter’s (the character from the Dexter literary and TV series) victims.



    Bud's law school grades give us a chance to experience Harriet's insecurity, joy, and unending optimism. Harriet even has AJ hi-five (from the womb) his Dad, when we hear he finished third in his class.



    Many times I suggest improvements to an episode, but this episode is complete. I congratulate the writers, director, actors, and producers on an extremely well done job! Hip! Hip! Hurray! Hip! Hip! Hurray! Hip! Hip! Hurray!moreless
  • I liked this episode more than I thought I would.

    9.9
    When CIA agent Webb's body is found aboard a burning ship, the Kamiko Maru freighter in the Baltimore shipyard, Harm uncovers a rouge spy agency, and learns an impostor is serving time for an assassin, Clark Palmer, who has tried to kill Harm twice so far.



    I thoroughly enjoyed "Webb of Lies." Webb is not my favorite actor; however he certainly can get into his role and make you hate him for all the low balling he does to you. But, you have to like him when he comes to your aid on something entirely different.



    I thought it was amazing how they used cryptography to communicate. Because Bud looked at Webb's service records we found out that he had gone to the National Cryptographic School and then, we learned that Lt. Abby Cowen was actually Clayton Webb. That is so cool. When I rearranged the letters of my name I got "Lu Ann Wisery" hehehe this is so neat.



    When Rabb shot Palmer I knew they would not catch him. I figured Palmer would jump over the rail before Rabb could shoot him.moreless
Catherine Bell

Catherine Bell

Major Sarah "Mac" Mackenzie

David James Elliott

David James Elliott

Lt Commander 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.

Seth Jaffe

Seth Jaffe

Colonel Warren

Guest Star

Nadine van der Velde

Nadine van der Velde

Agent King

Guest Star

Patrick St. Esprit

Patrick St. Esprit

Markov

Guest Star

Chuck Carrington

Chuck Carrington

PO1 Jason Tiner

Recurring Role

Peter Murnik

Peter Murnik

Clark Palmer

Recurring Role

Susan Haskell

Susan Haskell

Lt. Cmdr. Jordan Parker

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • The anagram used for Clayton Webb's name in this episode is Lt. Abby Cowen.

    • Nitpick: When Harm sees the fake Clark Palmer, he says that he knows what the real Palmer looks like because he's tried to kill Harm twice. But during their first meeting in "Impact" he didn't actually try to kill Harm. He shot at Harm's vehicle to puncture the tires and he pointed a gun at Harm to threaten him into giving up the computer disk that Harm had stolen. Strictly speaking, he did not try to kill Harm. Palmer had numerous opportunities to kill him during this episode, especially when Harm was knocked unconscious and brought to the Bradenhurst Corporation. Although Palmer is definitely a bad guy, at this particular point in the series he has only tried to kill Harm once.

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