Season 4 Episode 21

Wilderness of Mirrors

Aired Friday 9:00 PM May 04, 1999 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Wilderness of Mirrors

Harm fears he's losing his mind when he begins to see and hear his deceased father. Worried that he may be going insane, Harm finally confers with his Navy psychiatrist girlfriend who tells him she's treating a Marine officer with similar symptoms and suggests that Harm isn't experiencing anything unusual for someone who's lost a loved one under stressful circumstances. But before Harm can come to terms with the visitations, he begins to suspect that there's something more sinister involved that could cost him more than just his sanity. Meanwhile, Admiral Chegwidden has to argue a case before the Supreme Court and enlists other JAG personnel to help him prepare for it.


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  • Psychologically revealing

    JAG is a terrific TV series. Harmon Rabb is an appealing lead character.

    This episode however reveals the Dark Side of Rabb's "Maverick" Top Gun mentality.

    Harm impulsively rushes over to Clark Palmer's place without first taking his girlfriend Jordan Parker someplace safe.

    He was luckier than he had a right to be. No thanks to him, she did not die as a result of his lack of impulse control.

    This "Maverick" Top Gun mentality has larger implications. It is the same mentality that enabled so many of us to be stampeded like cattle into a hunt for non-existent WMDs in Iraq.moreless
  • Perhaps my favorite episode of the series.

    I for one was always a fan of the character of Clark Palmer. And out of all the episodes in which Palmer appeared, I thought this episode featured him at his most evil. It made him, in my opinion, one of the best villains on television. The episode kept me intrigued right up until the end. The identity of Harm's alleged father wasn't a mystery; we see Palmer remove the mask halfway through the episode. But what kept us guessing was how Harm would be able to defeat his archnemesis without sacrificing Jordan's life. I was disappointed when the show ended its 10-year run without Palmer being removed from the picture for good.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 Bud J. Roberts, Jr.

Keith Langsdale

Keith Langsdale

Admitting Officer

Guest Star

Susan Haskell

Susan Haskell

Lt. Cmdr. Jordan Parker

Recurring Role

Peter Murnik

Peter Murnik

Clark Palmer

Recurring Role

Trevor Goddard

Trevor Goddard

Mic Brumby

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Nitpick: Harm is woken up by a phone call and can't get back to sleep. The next morning Jordan isn't even aware that anything happened during the night. She must be a very sound sleeper if the phone didn't wake her up. Harm's apartment isn't that big.

    • The flashback of Clark Palmer talking to Harm about his father (and being very insulting) is from the episode "Imposter".

    • The title "Wilderness of Mirrors" is from an expression Clayton Webb used in the episode "Webb of Lies". It refers to a state of extreme paranoia; Webb said that Clark Palmer wanted to leave Harm trapped in a wilderness of mirrors.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Harm: Clark Palmer is a sociopath. A techno-freak escape artist who thinks he's smarter than everybody else. He has no conscience through which to filter his impulses.

    • Jordan (to Harm): Given your 30-year search for your father, I'd be surprised if you didn't see or hear him.

    • Harm: (on his answering machine) Jordan, it's Harm, pick up the phone. Hello, Jordan! Hello?
      Clark Palmer: She's tied up right now! Sorry. Couldn't resist.

    • Harm: What are you after?
      Clark Palmer: Your attention. I want every second of your life to be about me. When you're awake, when you're asleep, when you're on the can, and when you die.

  • NOTES (3)


    • Admiral Chegwidden tells the SecNav that for a lawyer, arguing in front of the Supreme Court is equivalent to planting the flag on Mount Suribachi. This refers to the American victory on the island of Iwo Jima during World War II. After taking control of the island from the Japanese, the Marines raised the flag on Mount Suribachi. A photograph of this is one of the most famous pictures from World War II.