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Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_1'); })JAG (an acronym for "Judge Advocate General") is a long-running TV show (1995-2005), about judge advocates (Pentagon-ese for lawyers in military uniform) in the Department of the Navy's Office of the Judge Advocate General, who deals with military justice matters wherever the forces of the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps go in the world.Created by veteran showrunner Donald P. Bellisario for Paramount Network Television and originally pitched to the networks as a Top Gun meets A Few Good Men, the show lasted one season on NBC before being canceled. It was picked up by CBS the following season and turned into one of the most successful shows in their history.The first and, to a lesser extent, second season focused primarily on action-packed pre-trial field investigations, while the third and later seasons joined that formula together with an equal amount of courtroom and office drama in the stylistic vein of L.A. Law. Many episodes have storylines which often were Ripped from the Headlines, e.g. the war in the Balkans, introduction of female combat pilots on aircraft carriers, espionage, racial bigotry, fraternization charges, a U.S. sailor accused of raping Japanese woman in Japan, homosexuality in the Armed Forces in the days of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", crooked contractors, The War on Terror, homeless veterans, senior officers insulting foreign allies, miscarriages of justice, AWOLs and desertions, the Guantanamo Bay detention center, and so on and so forth.Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_2'); })JAG has a number of dramatic episodes, some of which were based loosely on historical events. The main characters are so involved in them that, considering that they're lawyers, it tends to strain your Willing Suspension of Disbelief. Although the show was quite successful ratings-wise, which the longevity alone suggests, it never generated much buzz in the hype machine and it never received any major awards beyond three technical Emmys. Much of that is probably due to the fact that JAG was not, by industry standards, perceived as cutting-edge but rather conventional in its set-up, and that the largest demographic audience share was elder Middle Americanote That U.S. perception bias was probably lost on many foreign audiences, as JAG was, by its fifth season, shown in 90 countries around the world.Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_3'); })In any case, its popularity led to a spinoff launched through a Back Door Pilot in its 8th season, NCIS, which has managed to become more popular (and has remained longer on the air) than its parent series.Character tropes added here, please. The Recap Page needs love as well.Note that the tropes on this page are divided into an overall series section (at the top) and a specific-to-an-episode section (below). Thanks.
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Artistic License – Gun Safety
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Harm fired a loaded MP-5 during a trial in "Heroes". The key piece of evidence in the case was a submachine gun that allegedly failed to fire due to a malfunction. Harm proceeded to pick up the gun, which had evidently never been unloaded, and fired it into the ceiling. This did get him an epic ass-chewing, and the judge would continue to hold this against Harm for at least 7 more seasons. No one else lets him forget about that either. Bud later uses a loophole in the building regulations so that the incident, which has evidently caused a structural weakness in the leaking roof, will not count as a black mark on Harm's record.
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Limited Advancement Opportunities
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Limited Advancement Opportunities: Averted mostly - most of the officers among the regular main cast and some of the recurring characters all get promoted at least once. Harmon Rabb starts the series as a Lieutenant, is promoted to Lieutenant Commander midway through Season One, becomes a Commander in Season Five, and finally reaches Captain in the second-to-last episode of the series. Sarah Mackenzie starts the series as a Major and is promoted to Lieutenant Colonel by the fifth year. Bud Roberts starts off as an Ensign, is promoted to Lieutenant JG (and the opening credits) when he joins JAG in the second year, reaches Lieutenant in the fourth season, and is promoted to Lieutenant Commander in Season Nine. Harriet Sims' career path follows Bud's pretty well, going from Ensign to Lieutenant JG by Season Four to full Lieutenant at the end of Season Six. Even recurring characters such as Thomas Boone (first Commander Air Group- or CAG- aboard aircraft carrier Seahawk, then a Rear Admiral) and Caitlin Pike (first Lt. JG, later a full Commander) get a promotion or three, albeit offscreen. Episode 200, in addition to promoting Petty Officer Jennifer Coates to Petty Officer 1st Class, even showed a what-if scenario where Cmdr. Alison Krennick, unseen since the first year outside of a flashback to a Lost Episode, was Rear Admiral and heading JAG. One example of Truth in Television in relation to promotions comes with the final season - upon Adm. Chegwidden's retirement, a new character, Col. Gordon Cresswell, is promoted to Maj. Gen. to fill his position as JAG. A variation comes earlier when Secretary of the Navy Alexander Nelson is forced to resign and Senator Edward Sheffield is appointed to the position. Several characters went without promotions however, but these were either due to seniority (Chegwidden), being late additions to the series (Turner), being unpopular with their co-workers (Cmdr. Lindsey, Lt. Singer), or being murdered (Lt. Singer, by Cmdr. Lindsey). One episode has Commander Teddy Lindsey up on a promotion list to Captain but Admiral Chegwidden as chair of the promotion board will not recommend him despite Lindsey being a rigged favourite of the then-Secretary of the Navy Alexander Nelson.
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Therapy Is for the Weak
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Lieutenant Commander Vera McCool, counseling, at first reluctant, Sarah Mackenzie twice onscreen in season 9 & 10. Mac is ordered by Admiral Chegwidden to see a psychiatrist in "Take It Like a Man", following changes in behavior after the events in "Persian Gulf". At first the therapy seems to be ineffective, but when seen in the season 10 episode "The Four Percent Solution" it proves to be effective.
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Comforting the Widow
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Comforting the Widow: In "Pilot Error", Harm spends time with the deceased Lt. Luke Pendry's family, having known them when he was still alive.
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Cherry Tapping
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Cherry Tapping: In "Boot", Meg and Johnson are selected to fight each other with pugil sticks, with any blow to the head (and only a blow to the head) being counted as a kill. Johnson manages to disarm Meg and proceeds to repeatedly beat her without going for the headshot. Meg in turn manages to trip Johnson, get her pugil stick, and gently tap her in the faceplate.
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Stereotype Flip
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Stereotype Flip: J.D. in "Sightings", a drunken drawling man living in a trailer near the border, dismisses the possibility that the Mexican man he saw near Cathy could be responsible for her disappearance. In this case, because he could see the man was scared out of his wits.
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Grade System Snark
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Grade System Snark: On Clayton Webb's first appearance in "We the People", he gives a rating of Mac's beauty. When someone asks, You go into fractions? Webb replies, I use the Richter Scale. Mac makes a comment on the coffee made by Petty Officer Tiner to Harm in "Ready or Not".
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Retired Badass
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Retired Badass: General Williams in "Desert Son", former Commandant of the Marine Corps and Medal of Honor recipient. Even as a retiree, he still warrants his own helicopter transport and honor guard. The trio of retired underwater demolition divers (one of them played by Ernest Borgnine), in "Yesterday’s Heroes", whom despite living at a retirement home in Florida decides to take on a drug dealer. Admiral Boone (Terry O'Quinn), the wingman of Harm's dad, is recalled to active duty in season 7.
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Scam Religion
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Scam Religion: The Wicca religion is portrayed as such in "The Witches of Gulfport".
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Pardo Push
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Pardo Push: During Harm's brief return to flying carrier operations, he found himself flying with another Tomcat during the Kosovo War. The other jet was damaged and losing fuel, and would not make it over a mountain range before they could leave Serbian territory note  It is a general rule of thumb in air warfare to try and avoid bailing out over the area you just bombed, for obvious reasons. Harm used his own jet to physically push the other plane to keep it in flight long enough to clear the mountains. This was based on a Real Life incident.note  Of course, an Air Force pilot did it in real life.
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Overranked Soldier
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Overranked Soldier: Averted mostly, even though the investigations and field work done by Harm and Mac are borderline.
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Friendly Sniper
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The episode "High Ground" has an NCO Friendly Sniper with Improbable Aiming Skills becoming a Cold Sniper, due to the fact that his Colonel didn't give a damn about an agreement he had made with the predecessor to not ship him off to a combat zone ever again.
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Walk and Talk
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Walk and Talk: Happens frequently, both at the headquarters building in Falls Church and onboard Navy ships.
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Human Shield
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Human Shield: Done several times. In "War Cries", one of the Marines throws himself over the Ambassador in the car to shield her during the ambush while they make their escape. In "Tribunal", Mac is made a human shield by a suspected Taliban in Afghanistan with a knife aimed at her throat. She manages to get of his grip and beats him up.
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Super Reflexes
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Super Reflexes: In "High Ground", Gunnery Sergeant Crockett, a hardened master sniper, catches a fly by its wings. Harm does the same at the end of the episode.
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Dragon-in-Chief
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Dragon-in-Chief: In "Scimitar", Colonel Ahmad Al-Barzan who obviosly works for Saddam Hussein, but for plot purposes he is the highest ranking official the heroes have to deal with.
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Creepy Mortician
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Creepy Mortician: Averted with recurring character Lt. Commander Teresa Coulter, a Navy pathologist. The only creepy thing about her might be the deep southern accent.
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Scenery Censor
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Scenery Censor: In "Gypsy Eyes", the gypsy woman coming out of the water in a Dream Sequence is topless, but her breasts are obscured by leaves and a grainy picture. In two-part episode "Boomerang" Mac is supposedly sunbathing topless with Mic on Manly Beach in Australia, given the amusing reactions of Harm and Bud from a distance. When Harm and Bud comes closer she has a magazine covering her chest. In "Ice Queen", certain parts of Lauren Singers' naked corpse, while on the slab at the NCIS medical examiner, are covered with stark lights. In "A Tangled Webb (Part 2)", Mac has a Bathtub Scene, but the audience (as opposed to Harm) don't get to see anything because of strategically placed bubbles and camera angle.
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Ensign Newbie
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Ensign Newbie: Both Bud and Harriet literally starts out as this.
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Ripped from the Headlines
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Ripped from the Headlines: Female combat pilots in the Navy? Don't Ask, Don't Tell Policy? The War on Terror? Issues with various aircraft? You pick 'em, this show has 'em.
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Bilingual Backfire
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Bilingual Backfire: In "Iron Coffin" Sarah Mackenzie is on a submarine as part of a fact-finding mission to determine whether women should be allowed to serve on submarines. A sailor looks at Mac and says, in Russian, "Do you think they'd look like her?" Another sailor says, also in Russian, "No, more like sperm whales," and they both laugh. Mac, who is fluent in Russian, says, "Let me know if you see any sperm whales. I thought they were rare in these seas." In "To Russia with Love", where she and Harm travel to Russia, two hotel clerks make some crude remarks about him 'being able to afford' a woman like Mac (they are in civvies). Mac steps forward and rattles off a quick, untranslated, reply, then tells Harm not to bother trying to look up what she said in his phrasebook. In "Nobody's Child", Harm and Mac questions a convicted child molester who had violated the terms of his parole and watched school children from his car and said he listened to Als ich bei meinen Schaffen wacht in his car, which Mac correctly translates from German to As I watch over my sheep and by doing so really gets his attention.
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Genre Savvy
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Genre Savvy: Last season addition Lieutenant Catherine Graves is a fan of crime and mystery novels. Even though she is not a lawyer, being savvy of those genres turns out to be quite useful on several occasions.
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"Well Done, Son!" Guy: Lieutenant Williams in "Desert Son" feels that his father has always considered him a failure. What's worse, is he's right, and his father's low opinion of him is well-founded.
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Title Drop
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"Pilot Error" plays with this: Two aviators are killed when their F-14 crashes during a test of a terrain-following autopilot being considered by the Navy. The company rep believes it had to be pilot error, as the equipment works fine on Air Force jets, and goes so far as to dig up dirt on the pilot to discredit him. When Harm is able to prove the autopilot had been malfunctioning (it wasn't designed to deal with the abuse of carrier landings), the company rep accepts it without argument and promises that the problem will be corrected to prevent further deaths.
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Dressing as the Enemy
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Dressing as the Enemy: From "Brig Break", in addition to the handful of bad guys who actually are Marines, several others use uniforms to infiltrate the base.
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Graceful Loser
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Graceful Loser: In "Pilot Error", once presented with solid evidence that the autopilot system may have in fact malfunctioned due to not being designed with the abuse of Navy carrier landings in mind, the Macroplex executive accepts this and promises to have the newly discovered flaws corrected.
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Tropaholics Anonymous
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Tropaholics Anonymous: Bud Roberts is sent to an Anger Managment class in "Automatic for the People". Hilarity Ensues.
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The Cameo
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The Cameo: For the cameos by Jay Leno in the Pilot Movie and Craig Kilborn in "JAG TV", see Leno Device. Oliver North appears in a few episodes (two in the first season) as himself. Apparently he and Meg's father were old friends, and she calls him "Uncle Ollie". Gloria Allred and Johnnie Cochran in "JAG TV" comments on an in-universe televised court-martial with Mac as trial counsel. Mary Hart as host of Entertainment Tonight, also in "JAG TV". Bill O'Reilly comments on a case in "Firendly Fire" involving friendly fire with British forces.
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Abandoned Area
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Abandoned Area: In "Sightings", the Naval Air Station at Del Rio, which was shut down after the Cold War. Truth in Television for many military installations, which have a history of being shut down and reopened and shut down again depending on the needs of the military. Some get turned into civilian airports or put to other uses if there is any demand for the real estate, but others simply gather dust.
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The Judge
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The Judge: There were several judges as recurring characters. Both Harm and Mac, under various circumstances, gets to serve on the bench in later seasons.
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Poor Communication Kills
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Poor Communication Kills: Harm and Captain Reed in "Desert Son" do not get along, and Reed gives the bare minimum of assistance when Harm and Meg go to investigate the accident site. This plus one knocked-over road sign nearly get Meg and Harm killed when they accidentally enter the Free Fire Zone. In "Scimitar", Meg is not let in on the secret part of their mission and is left to improvise when she discovers that Harm is in danger.
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Dad the Veteran
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Dad the Veteran: Harm's deceased father obviously. Admiral Chegwidden, the Father to His Men also qualifies. Sturgis' father, the Navy chaplain, also qualifies as he served in both Korea and Vietnam as well.
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The Main Characters Do Everything
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The Main Characters Do Everything: Harm and Mac gets to do a lot more while on duty than just litigating UAs and AWOLs...
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Reality Ensues
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Reality Ensues: In "Brig Break", a group of right-wing militiamen armed with automatic rifles encounters a Sea Stallion helicopter equipped with armor protection and machine guns. The fight lasts about two seconds before the militiamen are forced to retreat into the woods.
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P.O.W. Camp
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P.O.W. Camp: In "King of the Fleas", paraplegic Vietnam veteran Roscoe Martin tells Harm about his experiences as a POW and the Despair Event Horizon it was. It all comes down to that he’s seeking legal representation for a fateful stabbing he had committed the same day on a Vietnamese immigrant, who actually turned out to have been the POW camp commander.
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Cool Shades
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Cool Shades: On JAG, all Naval Aviators has at least one pair.
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Drowning Pit
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Drowning Pit: In "Cabin Pressure", Harm along with the ship's sergeant-at-arms and an enlisted sailor accused of murder are trapped below deck on a ship that ran aground. The Dirty Cop left Harm and the sailor to drown when getting rescued and claimed that they were already dead; but in this show The Hero never dies.
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Anti-Air
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A more literal example from the same episode: It is mentioned early on that after Quinn was caught trying to smuggle a Stinger launcher off base, they did a complete inventory and found that another one was missing. Much later in the episode, the gunnery sergeant reveals the missing Stinger and fires it at a pursuing helicopter. The missile bounces off the helicopter's rotor without detonating, revealing it to be a dud.
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Ambiguous Situation
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Ambiguous Situation: In "Boot", someone attacks Austin in the gas chamber, but it's impossible to see who. It's possible that Private Whitley was trying to kill her because she was on her trail, or that Private Johnson was trying to rough her up out of spite.
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Photo Montage
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Photo Montage during the end credits, except for the Pilot Movie which has crawling text on black background.
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Straw Civilian
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Straw Civilian: Occurs often. In fact, the The War on Straw tropes applied heavily in the later seasons. The only exception was Strawman Has a Point, the military was never portrayed as wrong. The corrupt members of the military were always the exception and lectured on their betrayal of The United States.
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Chekhov's Gun
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Chekhov's Gun: In the episode "Brig Break", Lt. Kate Pike and Lt. Meg Austin have a minor disagreement weather the proper title of the visitor's registration form for the brig is -77401 or -77501. At the climax, gunnery sergeant in charge of the brig has activated a nuclear weapon and it can only be deactivated by entering a five digit code. Since the Gunny had perversely tormented Meg by telling her the 5-digit code he picked "has a seven in it", Meg, Harm and Kate desperately try to choose a string of numbers with a seven in it that Gunny might have used on a regular basis. A more literal example from the same episode: It is mentioned early on that after Quinn was caught trying to smuggle a Stinger launcher off base, they did a complete inventory and found that another one was missing. Much later in the episode, the gunnery sergeant reveals the missing Stinger and fires it at a pursuing helicopter. The missile bounces off the helicopter's rotor without detonating, revealing it to be a dud.
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Tampering with Food and Drink
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Tampering with Food and Drink: The murder victims in "Déjà Vu" are drugged before they are murdered, so they can't put up a fight. Harm avoids drinking the champagne when he thinks he's Alone with the Psycho. But he did eat the chocolate she gave him.
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Baseball Episode
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Baseball Episode: At the beginning of "Innocence" in season 4 it's the Navy Judge Advocates versus the Navy Chaplains. Also "The Boast" in season 9 where Harm and the Admiral witness a Navy pitcher hit a Marine batter during a friendly baseball game, leading to the pitcher being charged with assault.
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Aborted Arc
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Aborted Arc: Harm's Russian half-brother Sergey is not heard from anymore post season eight.
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Bolivian Army Cliffhanger
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The third season ended with a Bolivian Army Cliffhanger in "To Russia with Love" where Harm and Mac's plane is hit by a missile behind a cloud, while in Russia looking for Harm's father. Cliffhanger Copout: In the next season resolution, in "Gypsy Eyes", we see that they managed to eject before the plane exploded.
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Dirty Harriet
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Dirty Harriet: Mac goes undercover in season 5 as a Chief Petty Officer trying infiltrate a Wicca group, including getting herself sky-clad.
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Semper Fi
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Semper Fi: Do or Die!
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Genre Blindness
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Genre Blindness: Discussed in "Déjà Vu". Harm is blindsided due to his own emotional baggage.
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Great Escape
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Great Escape: "Brig Break" is about a jailbreak and with Meg in a Hostage Situation. In "Scimitar", Harm and Meg gets the captured marine out of an Iraqi prison. In "The Black Jet", Harm and Mac gets Keeter out of an Iranian prison.
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Lemming Cops
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Lemming Cops: In "Dangerous Game", a Virginia deputy sheriff pursues a speeding car with civilian dressed Navy Seals and accidentally gets himself killed. The Navy Seal who drove the other car stands trial for negligent homicide. While this is obviously not played for fun, the writers were genre-savvy enough to have the sheriff back at the station watching Smokeyandthe Bandit.
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Alliterative Title
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Alliterative Title: Sone episodes: Cowboys & Cossacks Brig Break
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Funny Background Event
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Funny Background Event: Harm gets quick-and-harsh training in "Force Recon" so he can go undercover as a Marine gunnery sergeant. This training takes place in his salty trainer's yard, and in the background throughout you can see the neighbors looking over the fence and reacting incredulously.
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Men Use Violence, Women Use Communication
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Men Use V Iolence Women Use Communication: In "Scimitar", the US military's plan has Harm acting to bust Corporal Anderson out of prison, while keeping Austin entirely out of the loop and believing their primary goal is to get him acquitted at the trial. Meg isn't thrilled when she learns of this. This neatly mirrors the relationship between Lt. Dumai and the male Iraqi officers.
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Literary Allusion Title
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Literary Allusion Title: The second season episode "We the People", taken from the U.S. Constitution, although the story is about the Declaration of Independence.
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Road Sign Reversal
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Road Sign Reversal: A sign marking an entrance into the Free Fire Zone in "Desert Son" has been knocked down, which nearly gets Harm and Meg killed.
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Rogue Agent
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Rogue Agent: Clark Palmer, former DSD agent who has tried to either kill or frame on Harm several occasions.
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Impersonating an Officer
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Impersonating an Officer: In "JAGathon", an enlisted Navy corpsman saves a man's life in a traffic accident, but at the same time he wears the uniform of an officer (with an enlisted SWO pin) and is spotted by a superior who apparently recognizes him. The act of someone in an officer's uniform wearing an enlisted surface warfare specialist (ESWS) pin is not technically an impersonation. Enlisted service members can get commissioned as officers in a number of ways, including being selected for the US Naval Academy, the Seaman to Admiral 21 program, or, if they have been enlisted long enough, as a Limited Duty Officer or a Warrant Officer. The warfare qualifications they earn do not disappear once they get commissioned; if they earn the ESWS pin as an E-3, for example, they can wear it as an officer until they have earned their surface warfare officer (SWO) qualification and get that insignia. The regulation is only that a service member cannot wear two of the same type of qualification (in this case, enlisted and officer surface warfare, where the officer qualification will always take precendence). So, while yes, this character specifically was impersonating an officer, the act of wearing an ESWS pin alone is not enough to say with certainty that someone in general was doing so.
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Promotion to Opening Titles
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Promotion to Opening Titles: Both Bud (Patrick Labyorteuax) and Admiral Chegwidden (John M. Jackson) did this at the start of Season 2. Turner (Scott Lawrence) and Coates (Zoe McLellan) did likewise in the final season.
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AndNowForSomethingCompletelyDifferent
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And Now For Something Completely Different: No more than four episodes had stories involving characters other than the main cast, though still played by the main cast. Season 5's Christmas Episode was a Whole Episode Flashback to when Harm's dad was shot down over Vietnam, framed by Harm speaking with a USO performer who'd met his dad shortly before. Season 6's "Mutiny" had a dramatization of the Real Life mutiny attempt on the USS Somers and the investigation that followed, framed by Mac preparing to lecture on those events. Season 8's "Each Of Us Angels" focused on a group of Navy nurses before and during the Battle of Iwo Jima, and is the only episode where the entire cast appears, but where none of them play their usual characters. Season 9's "What If?" is an Elseworld story inspired by a series of identical fortune cookies. Harm and Mac are married and about to divorce, Chegwidden's retired and married to his current girlfriend, Sturgis is working as manager for his girlfriend, Bud and Harriet aren't married, Coates is helping in a sting operation to catch thieves, and the head of JAG is Rear Admiral (formerly Cmdr.) Alison Krennick, unseen outside of flashbacks since the first season.
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Disappeared Dad
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Disappeared Dad: Harm's father was shot down over Vietnam on Christmas Eve 1969 when he was a kid, and Harm's attempts to find him were a recurring subplot for the first three seasons. Admiral Chegwidden, while a part of his daughter Francesca's life, wishes that he was there for her more than he was. His daughter loves him, however.
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Bilingual Bonus
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In "To Russia with Love", where she and Harm travel to Russia, two hotel clerks make some crude remarks about him 'being able to afford' a woman like Mac (they are in civvies). Mac steps forward and rattles off a quick, untranslated, reply, then tells Harm not to bother trying to look up what she said in his phrasebook.
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The Illegal
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The Illegal: In "Sightings", a terrified Mexican man in tattered clothing appears outside J.D.'s trailer just before the bright lights and deafening noise hit (and Cathy's disappearance). It seems he was trying to escape from the Cartel's underground base, where illegal immigrants were being forced to work in the drug running operation.
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Death of the Hypotenuse
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Death of the Hypotenuse: An unusual example in "Pilot Error", in that it was the object of both parties' affection, Harm's friend and Annie's husband, rather than one of the competitors, who dies.
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How Unscientific!
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How Unscientific!: The show usually kept itself grounded in something resembling reality... except for the episodes involving Mac's psychic powers and Bud's near-death experience. And then there was that one time in "Ghost Ship" a villainous plan involving a fake ghostly vision was foiled by the appearance of a real ghost.
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Hollywood Hacking
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Hollywood Hacking: Meg's failed attempts to seize control of Grover's computer, in "Shadow", lead to various responses, ranging from an animation of Grover giving a raspberry, to other concealed bombs being armed.
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Secret Relationship
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Secret Relationship: In the Pilot Movie, Lt. Arutti was secretly married to Painter. They kept it a secret because the Navy would not have allowed them to serve in the same unit. In "Boot", between Sergeant Gonzalez and Major Klein. Harm decides to overlook it on the condition that they will turn themselves in if Sergeant Gonzalez is not accepted into the officer commissioning program, which she was previously mentioned to be a shoe-in for.
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Frame-Up
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Frame-Up: In "Ares", The Mole planted floppy discs with corrupted software code from the eponymous weapons system with an innocent colleague, to steer attention away from his own planned escape.
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Unsettling Gender Reveal
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In "Retrial", a sailor had unbeknownst to him hired a transsexual prostitute. When finding out, the sailor changed his mind and the prostitute threatens him with a knife. The sailor defends himself and accidentally stabs the prostitute and runs away in fear and shame. Not long thereafter, another man comes and viciously stabs the prostitute to death. The sailor is convicted for the murder, but only because the military prosecutor, presumably on purpose didn’t follow up on a lead from the local DA in order to further his own political ambitions as being "tough on crime".
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Recap By Audit
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Recap By Audit: In "Soul Searching", Harm and Bud goes over the budget request for the office in which it appears that Harm's firing of an H&K in the courtroom (two seasons earlier in "Heroes") has caused a structural damage to the roof. Through clever lawyering, Bud makes the outstanding expense go away under a building health plan.
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My Master, Right or Wrong
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My President, Right or Wrong: In "Contemptuous Words" Harm is accused of writing an op-ed article which contains a harsh opinion against then-President Clinton, going well beyond insubordination. To help defend him, a right-wing lobbyist group helps pay for a private lawyer. During a mock-cross, the lawyer forces Harm into a corner when he cannot say he would condone a higher ranking officer to play loose with the truth and having sexual relationships with subordinates as President Clinton did.note It is revealed one of the leaders of said group actually wrote it to try and get Harm to join their cause. When the truth comes out, Harm tells one of the group's leaders while he may have personal issues with President Clinton's actions, he makes it perfectly clear that President Clinton is the Commander-in-Chief and it is a military officer's legal and moral duty to serve and obey the President whoever he may be.
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NewsReel
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News Reel: First 20 seconds of "Port Chicago" begins with an authentic Paramount News Reel.
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Protocol Peril
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Protocol Peril: The main story in "Head to Toe" is about a female Naval Aviator who refuses to wear the abaya and show deference to the locals while stationed at a U.S. Air Force base in Saudi Arabia.
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Theme Music Power-Up
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In "Déjà Vu", Meg and the Instrumental Theme show up just in the nick of time to save Harm's life.
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Insanity Defense
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Insanity Defense: In "The Martin Baker Fan Club", Harm begins to explore the possibility of an insanity defense after his client made an incriminating outburst in the courtroom. In "Act of Terror", a Marine guard is charged for murder after he shot a terrorist suspect during a prisoner transfer. Harm, as defense counsel, begins to explore the option of an insanity defense, but he’s taken off the case by the defendant who has hired a different attorney.
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Scary Black Man
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Scary Black Man: In "Brig Break", Petty Officer Quinn, who turns out to be a Reverse Mole.
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Witness Protection
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Witness Protection: A witness to a crime doesn't want to testify because he's in DOJ witness protection in the season 5 episode "Front And Center".
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Electric Torture
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Electric Torture: Clayton Webb, while on an undercover mission in Paraguay together with Mac, is subjected to this particular kind of torture in the season eight episode "A Tangled Webb". Mac is also about to treated the same, but then Harm arrives and saves them.
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Elevator Failure
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Elevator Failure: Bud takes the elevator not realizing it is malfunctioning in the episode "Yeah Baby".
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Logic Bomb
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Logic Bomb: In "Ares''," the eponymous computerized weapons control system onboard a destroyer in the Sea of Japan goes havoc and starts firing at friendly aircraft, as programmed by the North Korean Mole. However, Harm's partner Meg is en route in a helicopter: the on the spot solution advocated by Harm is for the helicopter to fly low altitude (20 feet) and at low speed (20 knots), thus simulating a ship, which the computer won't target.
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Hollywood Nerd
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Hollywood Nerd: Subverted in places, particularly less than five minutes in the pilot episode, where one of the aviators and air crew of the USS Seahawk (one of the series fictional Aircraft Carriers) banter about what taking out Klingons and Romulans would mean when painting on kill symbols onto the F-14. After getting Harm out of a minefield in Afghanistan (season 7, episode 23 "In Country"), Mac acknowledges that she only learned how to do it by watching movies. Played almost straight in other places, like with Bud and his various "nerdy" interests. And then the straight examples and subversions meet at an intersection when Bud finds common ground with a Taliban prisoner they are trying to interrogate, who turns out to be a huge Trekkie (and who ends up spilling some important details when talking about his experiences related to the show.)
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Hospital Hottie
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Hospital Hottie: Beverly Tromatore (played by Catherine Bell) in the season 8 episode "Each Of Us Angels". Foreshadowing of course the fact Bell would play a nurse in Army Wives.
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Hollywood Healing
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Hollywood Healing: Subverted. If a main character is injured, they will remain so for a few episodes. Then there's Lt. Bud Roberts who never gets his leg back and we see him working with a prosthetic for the rest of the series.
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Shotgun Wedding
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Shotgun Wedding: The trope is mentioned in "Wedding Bell Blues" by Bud’s father.
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Latin Land
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Latin Land: An 1st season episode takes place at the U.S. embassy in Peru. Harm and Mac goes to Useful Notes/Panama in "The Colonel's Wife". In the last two episodes of season 8 and the first of the 9th season, Mac goes undercover as Clayton Webb's wife on mission in Paraguay where they aim to stop terroist Sadik Fahd from establishing a base. But everything does not go according to plans.
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Burial at Sea
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Burial at Sea: At the end of "Need to Know", the families of the crew of a submarine that foundered off the Soviet coast in 1968 on a secret mission gets to see a declassified film of the burial at sea that took place shortly after recovery of the wreckage.
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Government Agency of Fiction
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Government Agency of Fiction: Military Space Agency ("Recovery") & Defense Security Division ("Impact", and mentioned in other episodes.)
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Kick the Dog
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Kick the Dog: In "Desert Son", Lt. Williams shoots Boone when confronted with the proof of what he's done, then shoots the radio so the heroes will have to drive Boone back to the camp to get medical assistance rather than try to chase him.
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Another episode, "Tiger, Tiger" in the third season, was basically Die Hard on A Warship, with Cuban hijackers seizing a frigate while it is taking a group of Navy Brats on a Tiger Cruise. Turns out, they are not supporters of Castro's regime, but instead want to use the ship's weapons to assassinate him.
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Murder by Mistake
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Murder by Mistake: In the Pilot Movie, Lieutenant Carter accidentally threw Lt. Arruti overboard in anger because she wore a jacket with Lt. Cassie Puller's callsign Lobo on the back. Cassie had beaten Carter in weightlifting three times and he couldn't stand being beaten by a woman.
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Stalker Shrine
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Stalker Shrine: DC Detective Frank Coster had one of these with secretly taken photos of Mac in the, rather aptly named, episode "The Stalker".
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Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism
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Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: For the protagonists, pragmatism is usually the best solution to any given problem. This is not surprising given that they're military officers. The show overall is somewhat idealistic regarding the ability of the U.S. military to almost always do the right thing.
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Murder the Hypotenuse
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Murder the Hypotenuse: Mac's stalker kills off her ex-boyfriend.
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OnceAnEpisode
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Once an Episode: Establishing Shot: in season two and onward, the exterior of the in-universe JAG Headquarters in Falls Church, Virginia is shown once or twice in most episodes: in Real Life it's an American Red Cross building in Pasadena, California. Every Episode Ending: Every episode on JAG, except the Pilot Movie, ended with a freeze frame, usually of one or two of the main characters either smiling or showing a concerned look. This carried over to NCIS, which played around with the effect to make it more distinct for each incarnation it took. Instrumental Theme Tune: "Theme from JAG", composed by Bruce Broughton and nominated for an Primetime Emmy. Military Salute. And done well too. Photo Montage during the end credits, except for the Pilot Movie which has crawling text on black background. Title In with the current time (given in military time, e.g. "0451 Zulu") and location in the OCR-A font, and with Stock Sound Effects when the "title in is displayed in capital letters at the bottom of the screen" sound. Title Sequence: For every episode except the for the pilot which has only standard text credits.
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That Was Objectionable
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That Was Objectionable: Kinda hard to avoid in court room scenes... Deconstructed in the second season episode "Rendezvous", when incriminating evidence is presented and the defendant asks defense counsel to object.
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Instrumental Theme Tune
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Instrumental Theme Tune: "Theme from JAG", composed by Bruce Broughton and nominated for an Primetime Emmy.
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Title In
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Title In with the current time (given in military time, e.g. "0451 Zulu") and location in the OCR-A font, and with Stock Sound Effects when the "title in is displayed in capital letters at the bottom of the screen" sound.
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Engineered Public Confession
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Engineered Public Confession and Bluffing the Murderer: In "Killer Instinct" (season 6), the defendant is a petty officer on an Aircraft Carrier suspected of murdering a subordinate (by throwing overboard at night), because they were incompetent at their jobs. One crucial piece of evidence is not admissible in court because the ship's CO did not have probable cause for issuing a search warrant, and this necessitates a different strategy from the prosecution. Harm does the standard Perry Mason Method, knowing beforehand that the defendant will not fall into the trap and make him overconfident. And when Bud later has his turn to question him, he begins by asking the defendant several questions that Harm had asked earlier, then proceeds to make several other basic errors before dropping his notes in mid-question, and finally drives the pedantic defendant into a rage, before revealing that he was Obfuscating Stupidity and it was all part of a plan.
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Batman Gambit
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Batman Gambit: In the climax of "Shadow", the crew informs Grover that they have seized control of the torpedo only to realize it has locked onto the Tigershark as a new target. Grover instructs Meg on how to disable the torpedo, only to find they had never been able to gain control of his laptop or the torpedo to begin with.
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Properly Paranoid
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Properly Paranoid: In "War Cries", Gunnery Sergeant Granger, as the climax reveals.
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Soaperizing
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Soaperizing: This trend began to accelerate in the second and third seasons.
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Noodle Incident
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Noodle Incident: In the episode "Shakedown".
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Flare Gun
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Flare Gun: In the episode "Full Engagement", Harm and Mac crash land his Boeing-Stearman biplane in the woods and fall afoul of a group of poachers who have recently shot and killed a park ranger. The Mac shoots one of the poachers with a flare gun in self-defense (at very close range) because they don't have any real weapons on them.
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Bad Date
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Bad Date: Bud shows up too late at his first date with Harriet in "Washington Holiday" because his car had a flat tire.
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Bulletproof Vest
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Bulletproof Vest: In "War Cries", the vest's lack of protection for the wearer's head is lampshaded.
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Guy in Back
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Guy in Back: Skates, who was Harm's RIO when he went back to flying Tomcats in early season 5. Various other characters fill this role in episodes featuring the Tomcat, including the pilot episode, where one such GIB was murdered.
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Skewed Priorities
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Skewed Priorities: In "Brig Break", the group of right-wing militiamen seeking to overthrow the government learn that one of their co-conspirators is a black man, and their leader proceed to demand that the tall blonde female US military officer (Meg) whose government they are fighting against is protected from him.
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This Just In!
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This Just In! occur a few times.
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Fighter-Launching Sequence
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Fighter-Launching Sequence: Just about every episode taking place on an aircraft carrier will feature this trope in some fashion.
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"Yes"/"No" Answer Interpretation: In "Tribunal", Sturgis is assigned as co-defense counsel for the fictional Al-Qaida No 3 in the military tribunal held aboard a warship, and has an Army Special Forces captain on the stand to answer questions about unconventional warfare by US Forces and that of unlawful combatants. The implication of the final question being that there's not always a distinct difference between them.
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Going Native
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Going Native: In "Gypsy Eyes", after Harm & Mac have had their plane shot down by the Russian Air Force in Russia, they join a gypsy Brother–Sister Team during his quest to find his father. Also a case of Sacred Hospitality.
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Costume Porn
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Costume Porn: As the series features full display of the uniforms from the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps worn by mostly good looking people. It’s ironic, though, that the episode ("Gypsy Eyes") for which the show did in fact win an Emmy for best costuming hardly featured any U.S. military uniforms at all.
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Cold Sniper
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Cold Sniper: In "High Ground"; when a promise by his former CO not be deployed to Bosnia is reversed by the new Colonel; Gunnery Sergeant Ray Crockett shots the rear mirror of the Colonel's car, when moving at 1 000 yards distance, as a warning before he takes off to the hills. But he's also at the same time a Friendly Sniper, because he felt he was unjustly treated and never meant to harm anyone.
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Secret Test of Character
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Secret Test of Character: Harm failed one in "In Thin Air". The Admiral assigned him to defend a mechanic accused of manslaughter in the death of a Navy pilot. Harm did a poor job because he believed the mechanic was responsible, forcing Chegwidden to take him off the case. Afterwards he revealed that the only reason Harm got the case was to see if he could put aside his personal feelings, because the Admiral was looking at assigning him to serve as a judge on a temporary basis.
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The Bermuda Triangle
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The Bermuda Triangle: An F-14 fighter plane disappears in the Bermuda Triangle in third season episode "Vanished".
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Blatant Lies
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Blatant Lies: The 5th season episode "Rogue" begins with a statement that it's not based on any real person or event; but even the episode title is a play on Richard Marcinko and his Red Cell team that would play terrorists to test military security. They apparently really were able to infiltrate nuclear subs (how much of this is fiction is a matter of debate, but the team was real.) Justified as even with his court martial and trial at the beginning of the decade the Navy was still very much trying to keep Marcinko's SEAL Team Six and Red Cell under wraps when the episode aired in 1999. The following episode, "The Colonel's Wife", also starts with the same disclaimer and is clearly inspired by the real-Life story of a military wife stationed abroad who in effect became a drug courier. The 7th season episode "Head to Toe", although its starts with a disclaimer, is clearly inspired by the famed lawsuit (McSally v. Rumsfeld) U.S. Air Force pilot Martha McSally brought against the Secretary of Defense for having to wear the Abaya while stationed in Saudi Arabia.
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Standalone Episode
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Season 8's "Each Of Us Angels" focused on a group of Navy nurses before and during the Battle of Iwo Jima, and is the only episode where the entire cast appears, but where none of them play their usual characters.
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Bedouin Rescue Service
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Bedouin Rescue Service: In "The Black Jet", bedouins have seized the downed jet, but proves to be helpful, and while Harm takes off in the downed jet, Mac and Keeter manage to sneak out of Iran with the aid of the bedouins. This shows a research failure on behalf of the script writers. There are actually no bedouins in Iran.
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Story Arc
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Story Arc: Although JAG is mostly a procedural in the sense of "new episode, new case", there are plenty of arcs too. One major story arc for the first four seasons of JAG was Harm's search for his long lost MIA father, although it was latent in most episodes not directly addressing it. The whole Will They or Won't They? and Unresolved Sexual Tension arc for nine seasons between Harm and Mac. Also Master of the Mixed Message. Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other in the last episode "Farewell and Following Seas": however it ends in the middle of the toss with a coin, is it Harm or Mac who will give up career for love? In the tenth season finale of NCIS: Los Angeles, Mac reveals that Harm lost the coin flip and stayed with her, but after a 10-Minute Retirement, got called back into combat while she found a better opportunity at the State Department. Office Romance: Bud Roberts falls in love with co-worker Harriet Sims, gets married, and are allowed to work in the same office because Harriet is, courtesy of Admiral Chegwidden, "temporarily assigned" to the office for several years... Romantic False Lead: Quite a few. All the romantic false leads for Sarah "Mac" MacKenzie from died one way or another. The Cartwright Curse also affected Harmon "Harm" Rabb, Jr. too, but with the difference that only one of them died. Starting in season 7, The War on Terror and subsequent U.S. military interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq, and fictional al-Qaeda terrorists became the basis for story arcs.
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Final Season Casting
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Final Season Casting: Rear Admiral A.J. Chegwidden (John M. Jackson) retired at the end of season 9 and was replaced in the final 10th season by Major General Gordon Cresswell (David Andrews). Lieutenants Gregory Vukovic (Chris Beteem) and Catherine Graves (Jordana Spiro) were also last season additions.
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Under the Mistletoe
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Under the Mistletoe: Harriet kisses Bud under a mistletoe she holds up out in the bullpen in "Jaggle Bells".
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A Tragedy of Impulsiveness
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A Tragedy of Impulsiveness: In "Father’s Day", Corporal Wetzl runs a tank over his CO’s tent, claiming to be distracted about the divorce from his drug-addicted wife and impending custody hearings on their infant son. Frustrated by the countless lies spun in court and in the media by his wife and her lawyer, he takes action of his own, commandeering a tank with his son inside. He blows up a TV van and gets into a stand-off. Eventually Harm and Mac manages to get him to surrender by bringing his grandmother on the spot.
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LongRunner
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Long Runner: Ran for ten years, on two separate networks.
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Career Versus Man
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Career Versus Man: In "Scimitar", Colonel Al-Barzan is fascinated by the strong-willed Meg Austin, leading to a discussion (and dismissal) of this trope:
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Court-Martialed
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Court-Martialed: As is expected by the title and premise, many episodes involved court-martials for reasons varying from minor mistakes (that in order to up the drama led to (or nearly led to) major disasters or had their cases led by a Hanging Judge or Kangaroo Court) to dereliction of duty to possible espionage.
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Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!
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Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Harmon Rabb invokes this trope several times: In "Brig Break" when Lieutenant Austin is taken hostage. In "Impact" when a UFO-like UAV from the Bradenhurst Corporation kills Marines with impunity in an accident, Harm is determined to bring them to justice.
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Hostage Situation
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Hostage Situation: Happens fairly often. Before 9/11 it was usually part of a "Die Hard" on an X.
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Honor Before Reason
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Honor Before Reason: In "The Colonel's Wife", the eponymous wife has involuntarily become a drug courier in order to protect her husband's anti-drug program in Useful Notes/Panama from blackmail. When the facts are about to be revealed, she gets herself killed in order to save her husband's honor.
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Long-Lost Relative
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Long-Lost Relative: Harm spends a substantial portion of the show (seasons 1-3) searching for his father, who went MIA during the Vietnam War. His father escaped custody, and was later shot and killed, but not before meeting a Russian woman and fathering another son, Sergei.
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Worthy Opponent
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Worthy Opponent: "Cowboys and Cossacks" has Harm and Mack observing a joint war game with the Russian Navy. Harm is assigned to ride along aboard a Russian guided-missile destroyer whose captain has a long history of facing off with the skipper of the US destroyer opposing him in the exercise, both of them being old Cold War hands. The Russian eventually decides to shoot live missiles, provoking retaliation from the American destroyer. He knows his own ship is outclassed, and reveals to Harm that his ship is doomed by budget cuts, and deserves to go out fighting rather than rusting in a breaking yard. The Russian captain chooses to go down with his ship, but asks Harm to give his regards to the American captain, saying "We were never friends, but we were the best of enemies." The US captain shares the sentiment, and has his crew salute the Russian destroyer as she goes down.
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Adult Fear
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Adult Fear: In episode "Nobody's Child", pregnant Harriet Sims accidentally gets to see crime scene photos of the corpse of a brutally murdered girl and freaks out. A few episodes later in "The Adversaries" she sees the dead girls identical twin sister and gets flashbacks of the photos. During the show's last two seasons, Harm became the legal guardian for a teenage girl named Maddie, who was abandoned by her father, who was driving when her mother died in a car accident(it was later revealed that her father was sober behind the wheel at the time). During the show's final season, Maddie was badly injured in a bi-plane crash and faced paralysis. Although Harm was being reassigned to London during the show's finale, he promised that he and Maddie would be together and that he would help her rehabilitate from her injuries.
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Badass in Distress
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Badass in Distress: Happens to Harm in the climax of "Déjà Vu" when he's attacked in his apartment.
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Mission Briefing
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Mission Briefing: Almost a Once per Episode on JAG. Usually it is Admiral Chegwidden who, following the opening title sequence, hands a new case or mission to either Harm, Mac or to them both.
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Screaming Birth
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Screaming Birth: Harm delivers a baby in "Code Blue" on a DC hospital taken over by Hamas terrorists. Admiral Chegwidden delivers two babies in his office: Bud and Harriet's son in "Yeah, Baby", and another baby in "All ye Faithful".
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Magical Native American
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Magical Native American: Directly averted in "The Return of Jimmy Blackhorse" where a Navajo medicine woman refuses to believe that the remains of a WWII code talker are the right ones, despite a conclusive DNA analysis. They end up concluding that it was him, only his spirit had been changed by the experience of war enough to make him seem a different person.
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Military Moonshiner
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Military Moonshiner: In "Cabin Pressure", Harm & Mac are sent out to a ship to investigate the death of a moonshiner.
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DecoyTrial
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Decoy Trial: The episode "Defenseless" has a female Ensign in the U.S. Navy killing the Turkish military attaché in Washington. To convict the perpetrator, murder charges are brought against the Ensign who actually, unbeknownst to everyone involved in the trial, is a fake identity of a an officer with Naval Intelligence and evidence is by purpose stacked against the ensign to maintain US-Turkish relations. In spite of this, the Ensign's defense counsel, Harmon Rabb, manages to get her acquitted.
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Greasy Spoon
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Greasy Spoon: Appears several times throughout the series, often on or close to military installations. Season one cliffhanger "Skeleton Crew" has a typical one.
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Local Hangout
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Local Hangout: McMurphy's, and to a lesser extent Benzinger's.
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Butt-Monkey
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Butt-Monkey: The writers obviously had the recurring character Ted Lindsey to fill this role.
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CIA Evil, FBI Good
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CIA Evil, FBI Good, NCIS Incompetent: The CIA and other espionage agencies are evil or morally gray/grey. The FBI is portrayed as using Jurisdiction Friction to take control of the investigation and refusing to cooperate with others. And with a dash of Early Installment Weirdness for the sequel show, NCIS, NCIS agents, before the in-show pilot "Ice Queen", were prone to Jurisdiction Friction and overlooking evidence that Harm or other lawyers would notice and solve the case. In fact, only the JAG lawyers acts fair and balanced. Everybody else is only concerned with saving their own asses.
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Stock Footage
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Stock Footage: A lot of footage was reused from various military-themed films; particularly Paramount library films like Top Gun, The Hunt for Red October and Clear and Present Danger; before the show itself received full official support from the Department of the Navy in the third season. To the show's credit, however, they were able to do some clever things with that stock footage via computer technology, including have Harm interact with then-President Clinton and Bud do likewise with then-President Bush. Due to the use of such footage, several shots have a flipped over perspective, to keep the action pointed in the right direction. Most obvious when various aircraft are launched or recovered with numbers such as "E01" (103 reversed).
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Glamorous Wartime Singer
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Glamorous Wartime Singer: The season 5 episode "Ghosts of Christmas Past", dedicated to Bob Hope and USO, casts Catherine Bell as one back in 1969.
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Audit Threat
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Audit Threat: Ted Lindsey's investigation in season 8.
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Episode on a Plane
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Episode on a Plane: An Oceanic Airlines (how typical) flight to Seoul gets hijacked by South Korean radicals in season 5's "The Bridge at Kang So Ri". Luckily enough our heroes take care of the situation.
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I Never Said It Was Poison
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I Never Said It Was Poison: Played straight in "Washington Holiday", when the team were witnessing a failed assassination attempt on the Romanian royals. Told that the would-be assassin had named him as being behind the plot, the Evil Chancellor protested that it was ridiculous to accept the word of a woman who had been subjected to lengthy police questioning. Of course, nobody had mentioned that the assassin was female...
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Everyone Knows Morse
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Everyone Knows Morse: Played straight in the season 4 episode "Embassy", when Harm is taken hostage in the Sudanese embassy and the FBI has already decided to cut off the embassy's electric power, Harm signals the word power in Morse code by failing to light a cigar, and this is noticed by Bud at JAG Headquarters through ZNN live coverage and Clayton Webb relays it the FBI.
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Only Law Firm in Town
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Only Law Firm in Town: Often it makes you wonder why Harm, Mac et.al. at JAG Headquarters gets to act as trial and defense counsel from an wide array of cases from all around the Navy & the Marines and why they're not handled by the command staff judge advocates out in the field. In the pilot episode Admiral Brovo makes a suggestion that there wouldn't have been a perceived need to send HQ people out to the USS Seahawk if the missing RIO had been a male for political purposes. It's suggested many times that they're sent out in the field to be impartial whenever there's a concern that the local judge advoctates might not be, or that there are none present on the location at all.
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Land Mine Goes
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Land Mine Goes "Click!": Played with for laughs in "In Country", before taken very seriously in the following episode, "Enemy Below". Harm and Mac end up wrecking their Humvee amidst a minefield, and Harm ends up stepping on the Hollywood click-and-wait variety of mine. Mac takes cover on the other side of the Humvee while Harm prepares to drop a weight on the mine and leap away, barely escaping in the process (along with landing on Mac in quite the Ship Tease arrangement). In the next episode, "Enemy Below", Lieutenant Bud Roberts steps on a mine, and this one goes off immediately, leaving him severely wounded just before the credits roll.
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Temporary Love Interest
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Temporary Love Interest: Harm and Mac had through the years various love interests, none of them lasted more than a season. Also Admiral Chegwidden had several short-lived love interests. Averted, of course, with Bud and Harriet, who remain married from season 3 to the end of the series.
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Snipe Hunt
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Snipe Hunt: In "Iron Coffin" Mac sends the entire Russian Navy and Intelligence on one. To explain, Mac is on a US sub as Harm is on a Russian one. The Russians are about to test fire a new torpedo (a previous test of the same type turned on the sub that fired it and destroyed it. The Americans know it but the Russian captain doesn't know this) and Mac makes the captain break silence to warn about this. To prove she knows what they are about to do, she cites happenings on the Russian sub she couldn't know happened. When asked how the Americans can possibly know all the details happening on a Russian Sub, rather than admit the US sonar tech is so advanced they can clearly hear the Russians conversations, Mac tells them the sub and every other sub since the Cold War has had bugs put on them by American Agents. The US Captain compliments Mac on this as it will cause the ones fooled to waste a lot of manpower and resources.
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Banana Republic
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Banana Republic: Subverted in the ninth season episode "Secret Agent Man". While on a CIA mission in the Philippines, Harm's partner Beth O'Neill has managed to get caught by the local police. Harm goes to the police station and tries to first play the act of an ignorant American tourist. When that doesn't work he changes to a tactic which completely misfires.
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Rated M for Manly
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Rated M for Manly: The first season of JAG on NBC was essentially an Action Series, where the protagonist just happened to be a lawyer. Thus the show was marketed and made according to this trope. When the show moved to CBS, it was retooled to include more legal drama and soap opera elements, partially to appeal more to female audiences.
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Improvised Weapon
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Improvised Weapon: In the episode "Code Blue" (second season), when a terrorist in a hospital demands that he identify himself, Harm claims his callsign is Zapper. And then zaps the guy with a defibrillator.
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Cliffhanger Copout
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Cliffhanger Copout: In the next season resolution, in "Gypsy Eyes", we see that they managed to eject before the plane exploded.
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Workaholic
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Workaholic: All the characters to some extent, but particularly with Admiral Chegwidden who in a season four episode ("War Stories") is forced on leave and we see that he is incredibly bored. Although some of the characters do have meaningful hobbies other than work, like Harm (his Stearman biplane), Mac (Dinosaur bones) and Bud (Star Trek), it's still implied that they work very long hours and have a limited social life.
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Wham Line
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Wham Line: In "Desert Son", after Boone has been found to blame for the mishap, Williams is out spotting for artillery strikes again, and remarks that he never knew how much better he'd be at spotting artillery simply by doing it while sober. The corporal riding in the humvee with him is stricken speechless by the implications of this remark.
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That's an Order!
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That's an Order!
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Making Love in All the Wrong Places
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Making Love in All the Wrong Places: In the pilot episode, Lt. Arutti and Lt. Painter has sex in a transport plane parked on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Seahawk.
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Sensitivity Training
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Sensitivity Training: JAG toyed with this concept, particulary in the early seasons. In "Heroes", Harm and Mac have the following exchange:
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Early Installment Weirdness
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Early Installment Weirdness: The show switched networks after the first season, and experienced a Retool as a result, mostly resulting in much of the supporting cast being replaced. Given that the show centers around the military, the cast switch was remarkably easy to explain as being Truth in Television. Further, the pilot episode has Harm paired with Lieutenant Caitlin Pike who would be replaced by Lieutenant Meg Austin in the first season.
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Passed-Over Promotion
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Passed-Over Promotion: Commander Lindsey spends much of "Baby, It's Cold Outside" trying to avoid this trope. He does have the support of the Secretary of the Navy. However, the Captains Promotion Board felt in the Navy, lacking much field experience, being a pencil pusher only, and Chegwidden admitting to the assembled board that he would accept his people (Mac and Harm) doing questionable actions but considers Lindsey untrustworthy and wouldn't have him back in his command serves to ensure Lindsey is not made Captain.
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Reincarnation
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In "Survivors", Rabb also had to locate a former soldier who apparently kidnapped his son. According to the son, the son was a military brat. It gets a bit convoluted when the ending heavily implies that the son might be the Reincarnation of his father's best friend who was killed in action back in The Vietnam War.
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Almost Famous Name
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Almost Famous Name: Harm once offered to introduce a pair of sailors to Jennifer Lopez in exchange for them helping him out. It wasn't till after they've helped that we find out this Jennifer is his dental hygienist.
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The Cartel
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The Cartel: In the second season episode "The Game of Go", a U.S. Marine is captured by a drug baron in Colombia while on joint operation with the Colombian authorities.
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SpinningPaper
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Spinning Paper: "Contemptuous Words" opens with a printing press spinning, however, the relevant content is read in the following scence.
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Abandon Ship
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Abandon Ship: The Russian destroyer in "Cowboys and Cossacks".
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Drowning My Sorrows
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The only witness to the latest murder in "Déjà Vu" is a retired Navy SEAL who works as a groundskeeper at Arlington National Cemetery, and who spends much of his time drinking.
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Undercover Cop Reveal
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Undercover Cop Reveal: The episode "Brig Break" has Meg Austin discovering that Petty Officer Quinn is an undercover agent for Navy Intelligence trying to infiltrate a group of gun runners. He ends up getting killed by Sergeant Lowell soon after Austin figures it out. Played for Laughs in "Boot". After everything she has put her through, Staff Sergeant Carrington is stunned to discover that Private McEntire, a problem recruit she had been singling out, was in fact Lt. Meg Austin. Austin assures her she knew it wasn't personal.
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Common Nonsense Jury
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Common Nonsense Jury: Basically the plot of the season ten episode "The Sixth Juror" when Petty Officer Jennifer Coates is brought in as juror and starts asking pertinent questions which no one had thought about.
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Flashback
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Flashback: Harm gets one in "Déjà Vu", fleshing out a bit of his Back Story, where he at age 16 went on foot into Vietnam trying to find his father, who went MIA. He met a girl his age who ended up being shot dead while he watched, unable to help.
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Omnidisciplinary Lawyer
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Omnidisciplinary Lawyer: Harm argues before a Navajo Tribunal Court in "The Return of Jimmy Blackhorse" and an Australian Court (New South Wales Supreme Court, dressed in gown and wig attire.) in "Boomerang, Part II". Mac argues before a Sharia court in "The Princess and The Petty Officer". And both Harm and Mac defends Secretary of the Navy Edward Sheffield at the International Criminal Court in "People v. SecNav". Averted in "Innocence" where they hire a Japanese attorney. Also in "Standards of Conduct" where it's clear that neither Harm nor Sturgis has any intimate knowledge nor experience with civil cases (but Bud does).
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Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness: The show kept a balance between the serious and the silly.
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Royal Mess
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Royal Mess: In the world of JAG ("Washington Holiday"), Romania has restored its monarchy but the King and his heir are living under assassination threat from hardliners who don't want their country to join NATO. While Romania once had a monarchy, abolished by the communists, the people in this episode are fictitious. The country did however join NATO in 2004.
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Let's Get Dangerous!
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Many minor characters; particularly senior military officers, intelligence officers and businessmen are often seen chomping cigars: Tom Boone in the Pilot Movie, Captain Reed in "Desert Son" (Bonus points for lighting up his cigar just before ordering his artillery battery to fire), Gunnery Sergeant Granger in "War Cries", the Aryan Nation militia leader in "Brig Break", Percival Bertram in "Act of Terror".
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Recurring Character
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Recurring Character: Quite a few. No surprise with a show that was on the air for 10 years.
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10-Minute Retirement
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10-Minute Retirement: Mac resigns to become a civilian lawyer in "Impact", only to realize she was far happier in the Corps. Turns out, in "People v Rabb", that Admiral Chegwidden had never actually processed her discharge papers, and she was allowed back in. Harm had his vision impairment fixed and went back to flying Tomcats for a short while, before his new commanding officer convinced him that he was too old to be competitive as an aviator against all the younger pilots, despite his skill, and that he would do the most good as a judge advocate. Harm actually did resign his commission at the end of season 8, and went to work for the CIA for a few episodes. After being fired from the CIA for lack of discretion: he was reinstated in the beginning of 9 by the Secretary of the Navy upon the recommendation of Admiral Chegwidden, due to a lack of qualified personnel.
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Post-9/11 Terrorism Movie
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Post-9/11 Terrorism Movie: The first two episodes after September 11 included several references to the terrorist attack and subsequent conflict in Afghanistan. Plot A was Harm trying to work with a retired admiral (to resolve a problem in China, who America needed as an ally in the fight against terrorism), who was going to turn him down but agreed to help resolve a problem after 9/11. Plot B has Mac presiding over two soldiers who were dueling, and she is upset that they were being idiots when their brothers and sisters are fighting and dying in the war on terror. Gunny is recalled to active service and Chegwidden wishes he could go with him. Future promos would place the series during the war on terror. Osama bin Laden made a case a woman facing legal action hard (American bases in the Middle East as cause for Jihad, and the Americans subjecting women to Middle Eastern standards that the defendant had issues with). Harm reunites with his co pilot to fly security over the Superbowl. And a Seebee who supposedly died on 9/11 tries to avoid media attention after he saves his team from a terrorist attack, as when the widow of his business partner, who did not make it out, comes forward.
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Reassigned to Antarctica
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Reassigned to Antarctica: In "Shadow", Commander Ted Lindsey evidently got caught in the crosshairs during the Senate hearings after the events of the pilot episode, so Admiral Brovo reassigned him to serve as Harm's boss. Or as Lindsey puts it, Brovo felt that Lindsey should "get the hell out of Dodge." Admiral Drake also informs Lindsey that if Harm and Meg can't resolve the situation before the US government ends up paying the ransom, Lindsey will be hit with this trope again. Admiral Chegwidden hints at the possibility in "We the People".
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Anchored Ship
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Anchored Ship: This was the case with Harm and Mac for almost nine seasons until it was resolved in the very last episode, "Fair Winds and Following Seas"; due to the fact the they are both career-oriented military officers working at the same place. Plus multiple other vauge excuses were made throughout the series.
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Coincidental Broadcast
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Coincidental Broadcast: This happened several times on JAG, and ZNN was the news network of choice.
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No Honor Among Thieves
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The episode "Brig Break" has Meg Austin discovering that Petty Officer Quinn is an undercover agent for Navy Intelligence trying to infiltrate a group of gun runners. He ends up getting killed by Sergeant Lowell soon after Austin figures it out.
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African Terrorists
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African Terrorists: In the season 4 episode "Embassy", when Harm & Mac are at a reception at the Sudanese embassy in Washington, it's seemingly taken over by a rebel faction supporting an opposition leader. It actually is an elaborate setup by the asshole ambassador to make him look like a hero and discredit the opposition.
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Police Are Useless
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Police Are Useless: The marine provost marshall in "Brig Break" is outwitted by Harm. Sheriff Polk tries to be helpful in "Sightings", but he's a one-man department responsible for patrolling the entire abandoned base and the surrounding area. It doesn't help that J.D. has a reputation for outlandish claims anyways, and that the only explanation he has for Cathy's disappearance sounds like something out of a sci-fi film. He does eventually find Cathy (trying to call for backup for Harm and Meg), but is killed by the drug runners almost immediately after. The deputy sheriff in "Survivors" is outfoxed by Harm. In "Death Watch", we learn that NCIS Special Agent Turque never found the murderer of Diane Schone in "Skeleton Crew". Subverted by Team Gibbs in "Ice Queen" and "Meltdown".
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False Reassurance
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False Reassurance: In "Cowboys and Cossacks", Harm and Bud conspire with the officers of a Russian warship to take command of the ship away from the Captain, who seems intent to go rogue and attack an American warship. Bud asks if they could be charged with mutiny for this, and Harm assures him that legally, they can't. Because it's technically an act of terrorism.
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Air-Vent Passageway
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Air-Vent Passageway: In "Sightings", Harm and Meg escape the oncoming Colombians by climbing through an air vent.
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Turn Out Like His Father
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Turn Out Like His Father: Annie Pendry's biggest fear concerning her son Josh, after his father is killed in a plane crash in "Pilot Error". She points out that Harm became a fighter pilot after his own father went missing in Vietnam, further reinforcing her concern.
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Central Theme
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Central Theme: The military in general, Navy and Marine Corps in particular, represents all that's good about America, and although there are a few rotten apples in the barrel, they are invariably dealt with, and the military as an institution is never at fault. A subversion of Armies Are Evil as far as it gets without being outright propaganda.
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AwesomeMcCoolName
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Awesome McCoolname: In "Déjà Vu", we learn that when Harm at age 16 traveled to Vietnam, through Thailand and Laos, to look for his father, he was aided by a former special ops soldier named Colonel Stryker.
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KangarooCourt
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Kangaroo Court: 1st season episode "Scimitar", set in Useful Notes/Iraq (in 1996 during the reign of Saddam Hussein), has an American Marine convicted for violating their territory. While the first part of the trial seems, if not sympathetic to the prisoner, remotely interested in distributing justice, at one point Harm manages to prove that the Marine was on the Kuwait side of the border. Then, a recess is asked, and when they come back, the witness changes the original distance that would prove the prisoner's innocence, and the records from where he stated the other distance just magically vanish. 4th season episode "The Black Jet", set in Useful Notes/Iran has an American on trial for violating their airspace. While the first part of the trial seems, if not sympathetic to the prisoner, remotely interested in distributing justice, at one point Rabb manages to prove that the planes were miles outside the country's airspace. Then, a recess is asked, and when they come back, the witness changes the original distance that would prove the prisoner's innocence, and the records from where he stated the other distance just magically vanish. Good thing it was a Decoy Trial and the plan was to break out the prisoner anyway. The "trial" held by the South Korean hijackers in "The Bridge at Kang So Ri".
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Femme Fatale Spy
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Femme Fatale Spy: In eight season episode "Dangerous Game", Chegwidden tells Rabb that a new attorney, Lieutenant Commander Tracey Manetti, on the recommendation of the new SecNav will work at JAG, Rabb quips "Mata Hari in our midst". It later turns out (in a later episode) that she actually was assigned there as the Secretary's pair of extra eyes and ears.
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Ace Pilot
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Ace Pilot: Harm was a naval aviator before becoming a lawyer. He still flies whenever he can, and even gets back on flying duty for part of a season.
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Non-Violent Initial Confrontation
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Nonviolent Initial Confrontation: In "Scimitar", Harm and Meg are officially in Iraq (during the time of the Saddam Hussein regime) to act as legal counsel for the captured American Marine, so the Iraqis, including the villain, treat them as welcome guests at first.
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Sonic Stunner
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Sonic Stunner: The other method used by the UFO in "Sightings" to subdue and intimidate people.
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Sub Story
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Sub Story: JAG featured several episodes taking place on submarines, with plots ranging from historica events, espionage to fish-out-of-water stories to the occasional bit of Hot Sub-on-Sub Action. 12 out of 227 episodes featured sub stories. 1x3 "Shadow" 4x16 "Silent Service" 5x7 "Rogue" 5x22 "Overdue & Presumed Lost" 6x15 "Iron Coffin" 7x5 "Mixed Messages" 7x14 "Odd Man Out" 7x23 "In Country" 7x24 "Enemy Below" 8x7 "Need To Know" 8x17 "Empty Quiver" 9x7 "Close Quarters"
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Building of Adventure
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Building of Adventure: JAG Headquarters in Falls Church, Virginia has had its fair share of hostage situations, impostors, screaming births and courtroom antics (including assault of counsel and an automatic weapon fired in the courtroom).
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In Harm's Way
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In Harm's Way: Harmon Harm Rabb, Jr. is a real trouble magnet and almost a trope codifier. Other characters on the show often make the, by now, Incredibly Lame Pun that Harm is in harm's way and the like.
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Public Domain Soundtrack
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Public Domain Soundtrack: "Anchors Aweigh" and "The Marines Hymn" are played several times. In "Boot", "The Marines Hymn" is sung by female Marines during an exercise. In "Heroes", both Harm and Mac get to whistle their respective service song. In "Trojan Horse", a marine who won an American Idol-like competition closes the episode by singing the Marine Hymn.
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Run for the Border
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Run for the Border: The climax of "Desert Son" has Lieutenant Williams try to make a run for Mexico rather than take responsibility for his part in a fatal friendly-fire incident, but he is killed when he gets caught in an air strike while trying to cut across a live-fire range. Discussed in "Brig Break": Sgt Lowell has a brief standoff with a group of white supremacist militiamen over his recruiting a black co-conspirator. He tells them they can just accept the arrangement or else Lowell and his men can head for Canada instead of helping the militamen. In "Scimitar", Harm and Meg along with the freed marine sergeant struggle to get out of Iraq (in 1996) and into Kuwait in an armored limo, chased by an Iraqi gunship helicopter, and assisted by a US Army attack helicopter. It's that kind of show.
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Recruiters Always Lie
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Recruiters Always Lie: Subverted in "Promises" (season 5) where a young female sailor is court-martialed for going AWOL after she simply had enough of swabbing the deck of a destroyer. Back when she signed up at the recruiter she was almost promised education as an air traffic controller, but she didn't Read the Fine Print of the contract which stated "subject upon availability and to the needs of the Navy".
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The Lancer
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In fact, in the pilot movie, Lt. Pike is sent along with Harm to investigate the disappearance and death of a female officer explicitly because of this trope. Mind, the Admiral requesting a female officer be sent along for the investigation also insists that she should be "easy on the eyes", suggesting that the trope is not without merit.
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Dream Sequence
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In "Gypsy Eyes", the gypsy woman coming out of the water in a Dream Sequence is topless, but her breasts are obscured by leaves and a grainy picture.
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Police Brutality Gambit
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Police Brutality Gambit: In "Survivors", a shell-shocked Marine colonel intends to take his son, whom he believes to be the reincarnation of a war buddy from The Vietnam War, to a cabin in the woods. Faced with an arrest warrant, he has a scuffle with an unsympathetic deputy sheriff at a gas station. Having almost reached the cabin, with the help of Harm, the cops also arrive. The incensed deputy sheriff tries to arrest Harm, but Meg claims that she has a tape from a surveillance camera at the gas station, which would show that the deputy sheriff had committed acts of Police Brutality. Although it's later revealed that Meg had no such video, the deputy sheriff had in fact been more brutal than necessary at the gas station and backed off from arresting Harm as a precaution.
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Bunny-Ears Lawyer
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Bunny-Ears Lawyer: The main cast can fall into this at times. General Cresswell lampshades this in season 10 "The Sixth Juror" when he finds Bud having a hobby of code breaking, helping Harm on a case by phone, but still got all the work assigned done, Harm and Mac's usual antics when on a case and Petty Officer Coates being made a juror on said case and pushed the rules by investigating whether another juror was having an improper relationship with a witness in the trial. In summary, the General can abide by these antics, as long as the work done continues being exceptional.
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Pædo Hunt
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Pædo Hunt: In "Nobody's Child" there are initially few clues as to who the killer of an unidentified African-American girl on a naval facility is. Harm's initial hunch is to look after convicted pedophiles. It turns out that the killer wasn't a pedophile: but a pedophile was able to give valuable information that solved the identity puzzle because he had violated terms of his parole by watching children.
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Boot Camp Episode
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Boot Camp Episode: "Boot" has Meg investigating Paris Island's female DI's in the most straightforward way. Harm goes undercover as a Marine Gunnery Sergeant in "Force Recon".
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Obstructive Vigilantism
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Obstructive Vigilantism: In "Dungaree Justice", a female sailor passed out in a bar and at closing time, the owner helped her out to her car. When she woke up, she discovered that she had been raped. Some of her shipmates decide to exact vengeance on the bar owner, who they assumed to be the perpetrator. However the bar owner is proven to be medically impotent. The real perpetrator turns out to be one of the shipmates who didn't like having females serving in the navy.
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Ejection Seat
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Ejection Seat: Played straight, averted, subverted, and discussed in various different episodes. Also part of the backstory for both how Harm became a lawyer and how his dad ended up Missing In Action.
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Death World
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Death World: A non-science fiction example; several episodes in the later half of the 7th season depicts Afghanistan as one.
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Old Soldier
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Old Soldier: Captain Reed in "Desert Son" served in the enlisted ranks before bucking for officer. As a result, he's unusually old and salty for a Marine Captain. And of course there is General Williams.
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Drill Sergeant Nasty
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Drill Sergeant Nasty: The season 1 episode "Boot" presents a pair of female instructors training female Marine recruits at Parris Island. The senior of the two is Staff Sergeant Carrington, (played by Julie Caitlin Brown). While Harm and Meg quickly figure out they are hiding something and suspect that one of them killed a recruit, it is revealed that the junior instructor, Sergeant Gonzales, was carrying on an illegal relationship with the base Provost Marshall, and Carrington was helping cover for her. Another season 1 episode, "The Brotherhood", has a retired Gunnery Sergeant who runs a boot camp for troubled kids.
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The Mutiny
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The Mutiny: "Cowboys and Cossacks" plays with both this trope, and the Barratry gag from The Hunt for Red October, when Harm and Bud, while guests aboard a Russian destroyer, conspire with one of the Russian officers to take the ship from the renegade Captain. Harm explains to Bud that what they are doing can not be legally defined as mutiny, given that they are not members of the crew. Technically, it's an act of terrorism. In the episode named "Mutiny" Mac prepares to give a speech on the infamous mutiny on the USS Somers, which actually happened, and three officers were hung at sea by the Captain Makenzie (no relation to her) with flimsy evidence at best and the subsequent inquiries into whether this was a just response or he murdered three of his own men.
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Heroic Sacrifice
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Heroic Sacrifice: Gunnery Sergeant Granger dies during the street ambush in "War Cries".
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But for Me, It Was Tuesday: In "High Ground," the expert sniper that saved RADM Chegwidden life in Vietnam admits to LCDR Rabb that he's saved so many others that he can't remember Chegwidden. However, the Admiral wants to buy him a drink in repayment. When Rabb leans over to the Gunny and says, "You still don't remember him, do you?" the Gunny wisely responds, "A Gunny Sergeant never tells an Admiral he doesn't remember him."
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Manly Tears
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Manly Tears: At the end of the JAG episode "Critical Condition", Harm breaks into tears of relief after learning that Bud has survived his operation.
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He Knows Too Much
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He Knows Too Much: In the episode "Someone to Watch over Annie", the ten year old son of Harm's Romantic False Lead by accident gets to see a murder at Andrews Air Force Base while slipping away from his school class when on a tour. It turns out the bad guys are weapons smugglers who don't shy away from killing witnesses.
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Starts with a Suicide
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Starts with a Suicide: It turns out to have essentially been this for the Navy SEAL who initially was presumed to have been murdered in "Heroes". "The Martin Baker Fan Club" starts with a former naval aviator jumping out of a window at a VA hospital.
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Hauled Before a Senate Subcommittee
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Hauled Before A Senate Subcommittee: The first Secretary of the Navy in the series, Alexander Nelson, gets called before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence to answer for his unauthorized intelligence activities carried out by JAG lawyers. Ironically enough, the Chairman of the Committee, Edward Sheffield, ends up becoming his successor. In the pilot episode, Admiral Brovo makes the assumption that if the investigation into Lt. Arutti's death is negatively portrayed in the press in the wrong way, as in the Tailhook investigations, he might be made a political scapegoat by the feminists on the hill. In "Mr. Rabb goes to Washington" Harm assists Congresswoman Bobbie Latham in her House subcommittee hearings on the alledged use of sarin nerve gas by U.S. Marines at the time of the Gulf War.
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Insignia Rip-Off Ritual
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Insignia Rip-Off Ritual: Strangely enough for a military-themed show, they never played this trope straight. Inverted at the end of "High Ground", when the hardened old master sniper is told by the colonel to pin his chevrons back on.
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Empty Quiver
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8x17 "Empty Quiver"
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Plot Parallel
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Plot Parallel: Used in just about every single episode post the first season.
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Paid-for Family
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Paid-for Family: One episode has a marine refusing to testify in his own defense, because he believes it will dishonour the memory of a dead friend. Vic, his lawyer, brings in the dead friend's father, who reads a letter his son sent him about how the thing that killed him was an accident waiting to happen, which gives the marine courage to tell the truth about how his friend died. Both the father and the letter were fake; Vic hired an actor to encourage his client to take the stand. Of course, this action being morally suspect at best, the lawyer does get called on it by his superiors.
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The Un-Favourite
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The Un Favourite: Lt. Williams, in "Desert Son", claims that his father elevates his deceased older brother to unreachable heights as a paragon of virtue, making it that much worse.
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Justice by Other Legal Means
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Justice by Other Legal Means: Invoked on at least 2 different occasions when an aviator did something which was clearly the wrong thing to do (e.g. accidentally killing Russian peacekeepers in Serbia, and intervening in civilian law enforcement in the U.S.), but got acquitted of all significant charges all thanks to having Harm as his defense counsel. After the trial, however, the CO informs the aviator that he’s permanently grounded and will undergo extensive evaluation. In any case Uncle Sam always wins. Season 5's "Rules of Engagement": The Aviator acquitted is grounded and reassigned to a stateside post. He later resigns his commission. Season 9's "Posse Comitatus": The Marine helicopter pilot is grounded as well.
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Rebellious Princess
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Rebellious Princess: King Josip and his daughter Princess Alexandra of Romania in the season 2 episode "Washington Holiday".
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Modesty Bedsheet
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Modesty Bedsheet: Seen several times in season nine with Mac and False Romantic Lead Clayton Webb.
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Don't Call Me
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Don't Call Me "Sir": In 1st season episode ("Sightings") a former enlisted service member takes offense being called sir by Harm. Another example is in "Dog Rober: Part 1" when Harm goes to Admiral Boone's place to inform him that the SecNav wants to have him as his troubleshooter.
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Sliding Scale of Gender Inequality
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Sliding Scale of Gender Inequality: While the men are more numerous, the women are no less capable.
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Russian Guy Suffers Most
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Russian Guy Suffers Most: In "Cowboys and Cossacks", the Russian captain of a soon to be scrapped destroyer decides to attacka U.S. destoryer in a final blaze of glory. Meanwhile, the gloomy crew indulge in drinking vodka and smoking cigarettes. In a later season, Harm's Russian half-brother ends up as a POW in Chechnya.
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Jerkass Has a Point
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Jerkass Has a Point: Gunnery Sergeant Granger makes a number of valid observations in "War Cries", about the danger of their security situation when challenged on his unrelenting leadership and training style.
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Paranormal Episode
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Paranormal Episode: In "Ghost Ship", Harm and Mac are saved from a fire by a real ghost. "Psychic Warrior" deals with psychic phenomena.
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The Reveal
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The Reveal: In "Boot", Private Schuler's killer was Private Whitley, who appeared to be the nicest character in the episode.
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Master Computer
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Master Computer: In "Ares", the eponymous computerized weapons control system onboard a destroyer in the Sea of Japan goes havoc and starts firing at friendly aircraft, as programmed by the North Korean Mole. But Harm et al eventually sorts it out.
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The Shrink
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The Shrink: Lieutenant Commander Jordan Parker, first introduced in "Jaggle Bells". Romantic False Lead to Harmon Rabb in season 4. Lieutenant Commander Vera McCool, counseling, at first reluctant, Sarah Mackenzie twice onscreen in season 9 & 10. Mac is ordered by Admiral Chegwidden to see a psychiatrist in "Take It Like a Man", following changes in behavior after the events in "Persian Gulf". At first the therapy seems to be ineffective, but when seen in the season 10 episode "The Four Percent Solution" it proves to be effective.
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Conspicuously Public Assassination
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Conspicuously Public Assassination: The female assassin in "Washington Holiday" tries to do this twice with the Romanian royals, first in Brussels and later in DC.
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Organization with Unlimited Funding
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Organization with Unlimited Funding: Funding, provided by U.S. taxpayers, is never really an issue, and often in court-martials held in Virginia, foreign nationals as witnesses are flown in from across the world. Subverted though in "Father's Day" when Harm, Mac and Bud had a tight budget; due to Harm's tortious interference with the secret business of the Bradenhurst Corporation in a previous episode.
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Invisible President
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Invisible President: This trope is averted at every opportunity in the first season, making it a Running Gag. A first season episode of JAG used stock footage of Bill Clinton jogging through a park, edited to look like Harm, who was jogging the other way, passed him. The second season opener starts with Bill Clinton presenting Harm with the Distinguished Flying Cross. Again stock footage was edited into the show. In one episode, Bud Roberts carried the so-called "football" for George W. Bush, and archived footage of the President was used in the episode. Stock footage of the President of the time were often seen in the background in the bullpen scenes. Later seasons more often featured regular background footage of then-SECDEF Donald Rumsfeld.
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Once Done, Never Forgotten
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Once Done, Never Forgotten: In the second season episode "Heroes", Harm fired off a sub-machine gun in the courtroom to demonstrate a point. This gets referenced two or three times a season for the rest of the show's run, usually in terms of "I can't believe he didn't get brig time for that", or "you should've seen him in the courtroom."
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Leno Device
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Leno Device: Back when the show aired on NBC, Jay Leno comments on the events in the Pilot Movie in his monologue on The Tonight Show. Later when it moved to CBS, in "JAG TV", Mac lands a publicly televized case which all of a sudden receives national attention. On a segment of The Late Late Show the then-host Craig Kilborn has this to say about Mac:
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Artistic License – Military
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Artistic License – Military: JAG was - for a Hollywood-made television series - fairly accurate in terms of military protocol and procedures, however as one may reasonably expect, the Rule of Cool and Rule of Drama always takes precedence above accuracy whenever it benefits the story; it has to be acknowledged that well more than half the episodes featured situations that were completely removed from reality: Even the promo picture above shows a female character with her hair down to her shoulders, which is not allowed in uniform. Retired Rear Admiral Paul T. Gillcrist, hired as a technical consultant had this to say: The premise of the show - a lawyer who is also a naval aviator with full flying privileges, itself takes a lot of artistic license. Normally, when a naval aviator loses his "wings" or flight qualification, it is impossible to regain that qualification. Harm should never have been allowed to get in the cockpit of a Navy fighter ever again.
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Casting Gag
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Casting Gag: In the episode "Ghosts of Christmas Past," David Elliott plays his father, Harm Rabb, Sr. and Peter Murnik plays the young version of Tom Boone, the CAG from past episodes. This has Harm's worst enemy, Clark Palmer, playing Harm's dad's best friend.
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Shut Up, Kirk!
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Shut Up, Kirk!: In "Scimitar", Lt. Dumai tells off Lt. Austin for her attitude towards Iraqi gender attitudes:
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Christmas Episode
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Christmas Episode: JAG had five of these, once per season following the fourth (save the show's sixth season) and with the common sight of Harm visiting the Vietnam Memorial his father was shot down on Christmas Day. One episode aired on Christmas Day 1997, but had nothing to do with Christmas. Season 4: "Jaggle Bells" Season 5: "Ghosts of Christmas Past" Season 7: "Answered Prayers" Season 8: "All Ye Faithful" Season 9: "A Merry Little Christmas" Spin-Off NCIS has been carrying on the tradition with style.
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Oddly Small Organization
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Oddly Small Organization: The Office of the Judge Advocate General of the Navy appears much smaller in the series than in real life, so small that Harm, Mac and Sturgis on occasions are temporarily assigned as Acting Judge Advocate General; despite the fact that in real life there is a flag officer serving as Deputy Judge Advocate General, not to mention all the Captains/Colonels (Assistant Judge Advocate General for X) serving as heads of the various departments; although it's supposed to be the same size as in real life, as Chegwidden in the NCIS backdoor pilot stating he has 750 people under his command, which was the actual real-world case in 2003. Although never stated in-verse, it's quite possible that the Deputy Judge Advocate General, who in real-life is also dual-hatted as Commander of Naval Legal Service Command (NLSC), has his office at the Washington Navy Yard (as in real life), while the fictional Falls Church office mostly houses OJAG staff and the judiciary.
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Unflinching Walk
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Unflinching Walk: In "Boot", Staff Sergeant Carrington and Sergeant Gonzalez slowly pace up and down the length of a gas chamber full of tear gas, singing the Marine Corps Hymn while the recruits are hardly able to breathe.
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Internal Affairs
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Internal Affairs: In the season five episode "Contemptuous Words", Harm is suspected of having written an unsigned op-ed piece in newspaper denigrating the then-president Bill Clinton, and internal affairs are brought in.
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Bar Brawl
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Harm also got into a Bar Brawl with Army Rangers while working undercover as a Marine (It Makes Sense in Context) in "Force Recon".
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Mistaken for an Imposter
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Mistaken for an Imposter: In the episode "Imposter", Clark Palmer had Rabb tied up in his apartment and impersonated Rabb in court to frame an innocent defendant in court with planted evidence. When Rabb eventually gets back to JAG the Marine security guards thinks he's the imposter.
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Idiot Ball
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Idiot Ball: In the season 5 episode "Drop Zone", Mac grabs hold. She is prosecuting a Navy SEAL for causing deaths and injuries of some of his trainees in a jump exercise. When she leaves the office, in her car she found a medical report about the defendent, including his admission he was taking drugs during the time of the mission, and so guilty. She shouldn't have this as it was meant to remain between Doctor and patient. Using her legal knowledge, she doesn't call the police to dust for prints nor the judge to inform him. She kept it and then burned it, but was still found out for merely possessing it by the defense attorney Lt. Singer. As a result, Mac nearly loses her career for her actions. Another example shows them playing with it intentionally. In "Killer Instinct", Rabb and Bud are prosecuting an officer that they believed murdered weak soldiers by throwing them overboard, but the court case wasn't going so well. The murderer grew in confidence seeing that their lawyer tricks weren't working, which Rabb caught on to. So, at one point during questioning, he acted defeated and (in a prearranged move) called Bud to continue the questioning. Bud proceeded to act like an idiot, dropping his papers, asking the same questions over and over again and stumbling around the courtroom, which riled the murderer, eventually leading to his confession on the stand. Also in "Killer Instinct" the skipper of the ship the alleged murderer served on holds it as well by acting without due process and searching the alleged murderer's locker without proper justification. Had he held off for one hour, Harm and Bud would have given him the justification, but his rush for answers made the evidence illegally obtained. Thus making it inadmissible.
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Serial Killer
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Serial Killer: JAG has had several, but Ax-Crazy child-killer Charles "Charlie" Lynch in season 4 is by far the most despicable. In "Déjà Vu", Harm and Meg suspect the murders of multiple Navy Lieutenants around Arlington National Cemetery are related. A local cop points out it could just be statistics: Washington, D.C. has both an unusually high murder rate and an unusually high Navy Lieutenant rate compared to other cities. Obviously, it's a serial killer.
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Suicide by Cop
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Suicide by Cop: In "Deja Vu", this is attempted by Colonel Patano, who opens up a gunfight with Harm with the intent of letting Harm win in order to cover up for the killer.
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New Job Episode
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New Job Episode: When Harm starts working for the CIA in season 9. Also earlier in season 3 when Mac very briefly worked for a civilian law firm, and Harm's 10-Minute Retirement to fly jets in Season 5.
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Out-of-Genre Experience
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Out-of-Genre Experience: The first few acts of "Sightings" play more like an episode of The X-Files. The episode "Each of Us Angels" is about an old man telling stories about his experience on a hospital ship during the storming of Iwo Jima.
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Put on a Bus
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Put on a Bus: Lt. JG Caitlin Pike was reassigned between the pilot and the first regular episode, while Lt. JG Meg Austin was present for most of the first season, but disappeared with little explanation at the start of the second. Mostly averted with other characters, however.
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Straw Loser
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Straw Loser: Kate’s superior in "Ares", Commander Dennis Brockman, fits this trope. Self-centered, mousy, lack of resourcefulness and eventually taken hostage by the bad guy: only to be saved by Harm.
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Played for Laughs
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Played for Laughs in "Boot". After everything she has put her through, Staff Sergeant Carrington is stunned to discover that Private McEntire, a problem recruit she had been singling out, was in fact Lt. Meg Austin. Austin assures her she knew it wasn't personal.
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Political Correctness Gone Mad
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Political Correctness Gone Mad: The very first appearance of Admiral Chegwidden on the show, in "Smoked", has him ranting a lengthy tirade about the state of political correctness imposed on the Navy in the wake of the Tailhook Scandal. The same topic is furthermore alluded to many times by other characters in the first and second seasons, in less explicit terms. In fact, in the pilot movie, Lt. Pike is sent along with Harm to investigate the disappearance and death of a female officer explicitly because of this trope. Mind, the Admiral requesting a female officer be sent along for the investigation also insists that she should be "easy on the eyes", suggesting that the trope is not without merit.
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Married to the Job
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Married to the Job: All the main characters.
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Out-of-Character Alert
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Out-of-Character Alert: In season 2's "Secrets", Admiral Chegwidden is being held at gunpoint inside his office, and tells Bud over the phone to get him a specific case file. Harm and Mac realize the file the Admiral asked for is about a sailor who held his CO hostage, tipping them off.
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Balkanize Me
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Balkanize Me: The Yugoslav Wars provided much of the material for the episodes in seasons 1 (Bosnia), 4 and 5 (Kosovo).
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Duel to the Death
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Duel to the Death: In "Dog Robber (Part 1)", Mac deals with two Naval Academy midshipmen (and fictional descendants of Burr & Hamilton) who staged a failed duel.
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No One Gets Left Behind
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No One Gets Left Behind: Brought up several times throughout the series. Deconstructed in the season seven episode "Code of Conduct" where going back was against orders and cost the life of another soldier to rescue the one who was left behind.
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Pocket Protector
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Pocket Protector: In "Déjà Vu", Colonel Patano's life is saved by a metal plate in his chest that stops a bullet. The plate itself was the result of an old war wound.
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Inappropriately Close Comrades
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Inappropriately Close Comrades: In the pilot, a regulation-breaking relationship was being concealed between Lieutenant Arutti (the murder victim) and someone in the same unit. In the first season episode "Boot", Harm and Meg are investigating a marine's murder, and there's more than one person obviously keeping secrets. It turns out that Sergeant Gonzales is in a relationship with the base commander, but that this is independent of the murder. Harm decides, conditionally, not to report it.
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They Call Me Mister Tibbs
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They Call Me Mister Tibbs: In "Shadow", the villain Grover mandates that the naval personnel address him as either "Sir" or "Mr. Grover". He gleefully notices when Meg manages to do exactly that while making it sound as disrespectful as possible.
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Shell-Shocked Veteran
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Shell-Shocked Veteran: The only witness to the latest murder in "Déjà Vu" is a retired Navy SEAL who works as a groundskeeper at Arlington National Cemetery, and who spends much of his time drinking. J.D. in "Sightings", a former Navy SEAL who harbors a very strong distrust of the Government in general. Colonel Matt Anderson in "Survivors" who has many flashbacks to The Vietnam War and believes his young son to be the Reincarnation of a dead war buddy. In the second season episode "The Guardian", Chief Petty Officer Paul Bauwer, a homeless former Navy SEAL, is accused of killing three men while thwarting a convenience store robbery which he did to protect his young son who doesn’t know who he really is.
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Armor-Piercing Question
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Armor-Piercing Question: In "Ice Queen", the NCIS Backdoor Pilot, Harm is arrested as the prime suspect for the murder of Lieutenant Singer and as he's being handcuffed Gibbs ask a question he wasn't prepared for: In "Shifting Sands", Bud asks Rear Admiral La Porte how non-English speaking Bedouin tribe could break American English codes if it wasn't his daughter, who was injured, found by the tribe 12 years previously, and fell in love with the sheik, who did it. The Admiral is stunned and broken as he realizes his daughter was guilty of treason.
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Celebrity Paradox
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Celebrity Paradox: Donald P. Bellisario, the series show runner and creator, exists in the JAG-verse as does his series Quantum Leap. Actor Dean Stockwell who had a major part in Quantum Leap, later plays Secretary of the Navy Edward Sheffield. Rear Admiral Chegwidden tells Harm that his "record here reads like a cross between Top Gun and A Few Good Men". John M. Jackson portrayed JAG Captain West in A Few Good Men.
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Hearing Voices
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Hearing Voices / Cuckoo Nest: In first season episode "The Prisoner", when Harm is taken to a Chinese military prison he begins to talk with, what appears to be, another prisoner in another cell who turns out to be his father. However, we see on the surveillance cameras that Harm is talking to no one, and the Chinese later explain that it's all due to the drugs they've administered.
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Super Cell Reception
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Super Cell Reception: In "Tiger, Tiger", Harm's cell phone starts ringing, despite being onboard a frigate out in the Mexican Gulf somewhere between the Florida Keys and Cuba, and he had tried to use before to no avail. Moments before it started ringing, Harm told the terrorists holding the ship's crew as hostage something to the effect that "It won't work out here." The caller is Mac, but she plays the role of an ignorant tourist. After the non sequitur call is over, Bud explains it away as an atmospheric distortion, which the terrorist buy for lack a better explanation.
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The White House
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The White House: Harm & Mac first met in the Rose Garden in "We The People", following an presidential awards ceremony where Harm recieved his first Disthinguished Flying Cross.
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Let Us Never Speak of This Again
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Let Us Never Speak of This Again: When Admiral Chegwidden receives a mysterious tape with no return address in his office, he has Tiner play it. It is a video of the Admiral's fiance dressed seductively holding the roses he sent her quoting Shakespeare and inviting him to a very special dinner. The Admiral cuts the tape off midway and tells Tiner to never speak of this again. Tiner wisely claimed nothing happened.
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Hollywood Silencer
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Hollywood Silencer: The first season of JAG had these in several episodes, including "Brig Break" and "Hemlock".
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Opening Narration
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Opening Narration: Used for the second and third seasons (and provided by Don LaFontaine for good measure!), but not for the others.
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"The Reason You Suck" Speech: In "People v. Gunny", Admiral Chegwidden tells the Maryland state’s attorney that: An earlier example in "The Good of the Service", after Harm asks the mother of a child killed in a raid by US Marines whether she blames their CO:
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I Coulda Been a Contender!
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I Coulda Been a Contender!: Bud's college roommate Ron Katz who became a dot com millionaire at one point had asked Bud to become his business partner. Bud ponders in "The Colonel's Wife" what could have been if he had taken that path. Ultimately, he realizes that if so, he wouldn't have met his wife and had their kid.
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Miranda Rights
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Constant references are made to the Uniform Code of Military Justice (and upon occasion even the Manual for Courts-Martial) terminology and articles: particularly articles 31 and 32, the first is the equivalent of Miranda Rights for service members, and the latter is about pre-trial investigation and hearing. It Makes Sense in Context.
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Reverse Mole
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Happens in "Scimitar". One complication though is that Harm and Austin do not know who the Reverse Mole with codename scimitar is, and they must find out without revealing themselves. Scimitar's identity is finally revealed when she arrives at Harm's room and turns on the shower so they can talk in private.
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NiceJobBreakingItHero
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Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: In the season four episode "Innocence", Harm first thinks that he’s made a deal with the Japanese prosecutor who smiled and bowed in a friendly manner. It turned out that he had been greatly offended and had contacted the Japanese Prime Minister who told the press that U.S. Authorities were uncooperative and obstructive, and thus forced them to handover the suspect to Japanese authorities.
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Shared Universe
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Shared Universe: JAG is the starting point of seven CBS shows that all link together either through being Spin-Off series or cross-pollinating with one another through Crossover events. In chronological order: JAG First Monday (unofficial) (Senator Edward Sheffield, play by Dean Stockwell appeared and later became the Secretary of the Navy on JAG.) NCIS (spin-off from JAG) NCIS: Los Angeles (1st spin-off from NCIS) Hawaii Five-0 (crossed over with NCIS) Scorpion (crossed over with NCIS: LA) NCIS: New Orleans (2nd spin-off from NCIS) MacGyver (2016) (crossed over with Hawaii Five-0)
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Verbed Title
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Verbed Title: At least the episode, "Smoked".
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Alcoholic Parent
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Alcoholic Parent: Bud Robert's father. Mac's late father was also like this.
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Phony Veteran
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Phony Veteran: Played straight in "Real Deal Seal", Medal of Honor recipient and Navy Seal team leader Lieutenant Curtis Rivers note played by Montel Williams, who did serve in both the Marines and Navy rips off the SEAL-trident of a congressional candidate falsely claiming to have served in Vietnam as a Navy Seal. Subverted in "Take It like a Man" where a former Marine who served in the Invasion of Panama claims to have earned the Silver Star. It turns out that he did deserve it, but had never been awarded it because none of his team members would back up his story.
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Emergency Impersonation
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Emergency Impersonation: In "Sightings", after Meg is captured, she is made to announce over a loudspeaker that Lt. Rabb should hand himself over or she will be killed. Since they don't know J.D. is there as well, and haven't seen Harm yet, J.D. and Harm change clothes, allowing J.D. to serve as a distraction while Harm sneaks in to do his hero thing.
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Night-Vision Goggles
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Night-Vision Goggles: Used by the Colombian drug smugglers in 1st season episode "Sightings", and later used by Harm against them.
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Plea Bargain
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Plea Bargain: they are offered regularly, but often turned down. In "Head to Toe", opposing counsels make a deal, but when the defendant gets into even more trouble, the deal becomes untenable.
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Roaring Rampage of Rescue
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Roaring Rampage of Rescue: In the the episode "Going after Francesca", while in Italy, Chegwidden's daughter has been kidnapped and he essentially does a Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right! with Harm by procuring weapons through Navy channels under the false pretense that they are meant for "target practice".
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Irish Priest
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Irish Priest: Father Harry O'Rourke, Vatican investigator in season six episodes "Miracles" and "Salvation".
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Agent Scully
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In "Sightings", Harm and Meg debate the possibility of this, given the blinding lights in the sky, deafening noises, and strange smells people have been reporting. Harm is dismissive of it and tries to find mundane explanations, while Meg is more open to the possibility. Harm is right, as it is revealed to be drug runners employing an elaborate cover-up.
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Covert Group with Mundane Front
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Covert Group with Mundane Front: In "Impact", The Bradenhurst Corporation officially handles toxic waste near Twenty Nine Palms, CA: but in reality builds UFO-like UAVs for Uncle Sam.
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Misguided Missile
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Misguided Missile: Done more than once on. Commander Rabb put himself in front of a "dirty nuke" missile aimed at a Carrier Group after it closed too close to be shot down to lead it away until it's fuel ran out. A similar trick was done with a torpedo, drawing it into one submarine to save another. The first season episode "Shadow" subverts it: The villain is lead to believe the submarine has managed to draw the torpedo towards it, and gives the code to self-destruct it... only to realize the torpedo had never left its original target.
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Psychic Powers
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Psychic Powers: The fifth season episode "Psychic Warrior", deals with a Navy Intelligence experimental program, STAR GAZE, on remote viewing in which one of the test subjects committed suicide.note This is based/inspired by the now declassified DIA program known as STAR GATE. No, not that bogus one.
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Truth in Television
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One example of Truth in Television in relation to promotions comes with the final season - upon Adm. Chegwidden's retirement, a new character, Col. Gordon Cresswell, is promoted to Maj. Gen. to fill his position as JAG. A variation comes earlier when Secretary of the Navy Alexander Nelson is forced to resign and Senator Edward Sheffield is appointed to the position.
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No Communities Were Harmed
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A common practice on JAG was to use fictionalized names for warships, such as the carriers USS Seahawk and Patrick Henry and the submarine USS Tigershark.
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Bait-and-Switch
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In "Shadow", a crewman aboard a helicopter asks Commander Lindsey if the case he is escorting really contains a hundred million in gold. Lindsey demands to know where he heard that, and the sailor admits he heard it from a Marine. Lindsey jokes that the sailor should never listen to Marines. And it's only forty million.
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Blinded by the Light
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Blinded by the Light: In "Sightings", this is one of two methods the UFO has of rendering people helpless.
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Make the Dog Testify
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Make the Dog Testify: In Season 5 "Front and Center" Mac justifies this tactic as her client is facing drug charges based solely on an old drug-sniffing dog. The client claims he had a rare oregano not marijuana. So, Mac sets up a blind test to have the dog ferret out one duffel bag of marijuana from nine of the oregano her client claims to have had. The old dog fails the test and Mac's client is cleared.
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Vast Bureaucracy
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Vast Bureaucracy: On JAG this tropes comes in two different flavors. If concerning the Navy and Marine Corps, the vast bureaucracy, which it is, will often be portrayed in a positive and/or neutral sense. If concerning any other service or another non-military agency the negatives will be accentuated.
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Quitting to Get Married
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Quitting to Get Married: Zig-zagged on the last episode where Harm and Sarah flip a coin for who will have to do this when they marry. The show ends before the coin lands.
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Cool Car
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Cool Car: Harm owns a '70s Chevy Corvette. It gets stolen and stripped for parts, but he eventually builds a new one. Mac buys herself a more modern Corvette at one point. Something of a Kick the Dog moment, however, as this was in the same episode that Harm's Corvette was stolen and stripped.
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The Government
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The Government: JAG is largely an aversion of this trope; as the protagonists work for Uncle Sam, the creator and show runner is a veteran, and the show was supported by the Pentagon; not surprisingly the portrayal of the government at large (excluding the actions of certain individual characters), and the military justice system is overall very favorable. However the CIA (mostly through the character Clayton Webb) is often portrayed, in contrast to the benign U.S. military, as either (depending on the story) ruthless, inept and/or shortsighted.
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Stalker with a Crush
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DC Detective Frank Coster in "The Stalker", who did not only stalk Mac, but killed her former boyfriend Dalton Lowne and kidnapped her.
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Designated Girl Fight: Meg Austin vs Angelique in "Déjà Vu", after Angelique drugged Harm and tried to murder him.
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Soviet Superscience
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Soviet Superscience: The 6th season epispde "Iron Coffin" features the supercavitating Russian torpedo VA-111 Shkval, which for an uninformed viewer might come across as pure fiction. However, the Shkval in the episode has a serious design flaw as it retargets the submarine which launched it. The Americans have observed it before, but the Russians thinks the Americans are interfering.
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Your Cheating Heart
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Your Cheating Heart: In "Pilot Error", Pendry was very close to his female wingman, Lt. McKee, leading to many rumors that the two had an affair. Harm, McKee, and Pendry's widow all insist that no affair took place, for different reasons (Harm refuses to believe his friend would have done such a thing, McKee admits to having had feelings for him, but knew it wasn't meant to be, and Pendry's wife insists that their relationship was too strong for such a thing to happen.) McKee did have an affair... with her commanding officer, but not with Pendry.
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Sliding Scale of Realistic vs. Fantastic
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Sliding Scale of Realistic vs. Fantastic: Unrealistic or Semirealistic, as opposed to mundane or unusual.
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Identical Grandson
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Identical Grandson: Identical Son: Harmon Rabb Jr. is identical to Harmon Rabb Sr. (save for the latter's mustache).
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Undercover as Lovers
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Undercover as Lovers: Mac and Clayton Webb went undercover as husband and wife on a CIA mission in Paraguay in season 8/9.
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Prison Episode
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Prison Episode: JAG had "The Prisoner" in its first season in which Harm was held by the Chinese.
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Meaningful Funeral
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Meaningful Funeral: In "Pilot Error", Harm and Meg attends the funeral of Lt. Pendry, which is complete with military honors and fighters flying the missing man formation. It is meaningful to Harm because Pendry was his friend and the loss for the son of the deceased mirrors Harm’s own loss of his father at roughly the same age.
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Drama Bomb
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Drama Bomb: The death of Lt. Loren Singer in "Ice Queen". Enter NCIS.
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Cliff Hanger
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Cliffhanger: The first season ended with Harm being arrested for murder, though same episode was a Missing Episode and later adapted, thus bordering on Canon Discontinuity. The third season ended with a Bolivian Army Cliffhanger in "To Russia with Love" where Harm and Mac's plane is hit by a missile behind a cloud, while in Russia looking for Harm's father. Cliffhanger Copout: In the next season resolution, in "Gypsy Eyes", we see that they managed to eject before the plane exploded. The sixth ended with Harm lost at sea, having ejected from his F-14 trying to get back in time to catch Mac's wedding. The seventh ends with Bud stepping on a landmine while trying to prevent an Afghan boy from doing likewise. The eighth ended with Harm leaving JAG to save Mac and Webb against orders. The ninth ends with Webb apparently killed and the Admiral's retirement. The series itself ends with something like a cliffhanger, leaving the audience wondering if either Harm or Mac will retire after they decide to marry and whether they'll end up in London or San Diego afterwards.
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Laser-Guided Karma
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Laser-Guided Karma: Lt. Williams' fate in "Desert Son", accidentally killed by an artillery strike fired by the same battery he was spotting for when the accident happened. In "Boomerang, Part II", Chegwidden and Captain Howell, Mic's superior in the Royal Australian Navy, deliver this onto Mic and Harm for throwing punches and ended up breaking Bud's jaw in two places when he got between the punches. After Bud covers for the two, Chegwidden decides on a "non-judicial punishment" is chosen and Mic and Harm are put in a storage unit until they inflict the same level of harm onto each other as they did to Bud.
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Art Shift
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Art Shift: The two part episode of JAG in season eight which served as a backdoor pilot for NCIS had much faster cuts and a completely different musical score from the usual fare on JAG: whenever the NCIS characters were on screen (except for when they went to JAG HQ).
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Heads or Tails?
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Heads or Tails?: The series finale ends with Harm and Mac (who finally tied the knot) flipping a Challenge Coin to decide which of them will leave the military and live with the other so they don't have to be stationed apart from each other.
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Fallback Marriage Pact: In season four at the end of "Yeah, Baby", Harm and Mac agrees to have a child together in five years if neither have a significant other some time in the future.
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MilitaryBrat
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Military Brat: Harmon Rabb is a Generation Xerox example (right down to his dad looking identical to him in flashbacks, plus a mustache). His dad being shot down during Vietnam and declared MIA forms a central part of Rabb's character arc as he tries to find out what happened to him. Also the case with most of the rest of the cast - Mac's biggest influence was her Marine uncle, Bud's father was a Master Chief (and he himself fathers four kids of his own with Harriet), Sturgis' father is a Navy Chaplain, and Maj. Gen. Cresswell's daughter is attending the Academy by the time the series ends. Of the main cast members, Chegwidden is the only one who isn't stated to be a military brat or the parent of one. In "Survivors", Rabb also had to locate a former soldier who apparently kidnapped his son. According to the son, the son was a military brat. It gets a bit convoluted when the ending heavily implies that the son might be the Reincarnation of his father's best friend who was killed in action back in The Vietnam War.
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Arc Number
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Arc Number: In "Brig Break", the number 7 is repeated throughout the episode in various contexts. The keycode to disable the nuclear bomb has a 7 in it, Austin mentions at one point that they have 7 minutes left, and finally they disable the bomb with 7 seconds left.
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You Have Outlived Your Usefulness
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You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: In "Brig Break", once Gunnery Sergeant Gentry has got the nukes, he kills his accomplices.
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Our Lawyers Advised This Trope
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The 5th season episode "Rogue" begins with a statement that it's not based on any real person or event; but even the episode title is a play on Richard Marcinko and his Red Cell team that would play terrorists to test military security. They apparently really were able to infiltrate nuclear subs (how much of this is fiction is a matter of debate, but the team was real.) Justified as even with his court martial and trial at the beginning of the decade the Navy was still very much trying to keep Marcinko's SEAL Team Six and Red Cell under wraps when the episode aired in 1999.
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Lost Episode / Cut Short: Something of a unique example - the first season was to end with an episode called "Skeleton Crew", which ended with a Cliffhanger of Harm being arrested for murder. It wasn't aired by NBC, but did air in reruns on USA Network and was included in the DVD release. While the original episode was never used, footage from it was later included in the third season's "Death Watch".
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Area 51
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Area51: In the "The One Who Got Away", while flying for the CIA, Harm is detailed to fly the Aurora spy plane from a secret location, which even the usually reliable Title In names as "Diamond Lake, Location classified". However, in a later scene we do see on a flight map that the base is located somewhere around the Nevada Test Site. In "Impact", although the story is set around Twenty-Nine Palms, California, the secretive Bradenhurst Corporation test area exhibits many subtropes commonly associated with Area 51, such as: use of deadly force authorize signs, armed private security guards, mysterious unidentified aircraft originating from that area, and blanket security cover for the whole operation. And Clark Palmer when interrogating Harm also says:
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Never My Fault
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Never My Fault: Lt. Williams in "Desert Son" is incapable of taking responsibility for his own actions. His dying words are "Why me?", unable to accept that everything that has happened to him has been his own doing.
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Be as Unhelpful as Possible
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Be as Unhelpful as Possible: In "Skeleton Crew"
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Orchestral Bombing
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Turns into Orchestral Bombing in the final aerial battle in the Pilot Movie.
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Brand X
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Brand X: "Heroes" introduced a hamburger chain called Beltway Burgers. An Oceanic Airlines flight to Seoul gets hijacked by South Korean radicals in 5th season episode "The Bridge at Kang So Ri". Luckily enough our heroes take care of the situation. The faulty F-14 maintenance contractor in "Flight Risk" is named Froehlke.
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Adventure Towns
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Adventure Towns: Harm's and Mac's line of work (court cases and/or field investigations) takes them all over the world, i.e. wherever the US Navy and Marine Corps forces are stationed. Not to mention the occasional CIA undercover stuff and Harm's private searches for his MIA father.
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555
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555: In "Heart & Soul" Mac says the number to her office phone is 555-0171.
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Sliding Scale of Like Reality Unless Noted
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Sliding Scale of Like Reality Unless Noted: Semirealistic.
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Better to Die than Be Killed
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Better to Die than Be Killed: After Mustafa Atef, the in-universe Al-Qaeda number 3, was sentenced to death by the military tribunal in "Tribunal", he committs suicide in his cell without uttering a sound.
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Not So Different
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Not So Different: In "Scimitar", Commander Lindsey states that in theory, the Iraqi constitution guarantees defendants most of the same rights in a trial that the American constitution does. He goes on to mention that in practice, the courts do pretty much whatever Saddam Hussein tells them to do. Similarly, the way Lt. Austin is kept out of the loop on the secret mission to free Corporal Anderson mirrors the dismissive attitude that the male Iraqi officers have towards Lt. Dumai. In the episode "Baby, It's Cold Outside", Harm uses this trope as a defense tactic. His client is dishonorably discharged black Marine Drill Instructor who pushed his black recruits harder than the whites because he refused to accept their crap and wanted to turn them around into decent young men. When two men died on a force march through a swamp, he plead guilty and faced the consequences of his actions. The prosecutor, intending to put him away for life with the Three Strikes law for a later crime of felony assault, is also a black man who refuses to cut favors for his fellow blacks and sees the parallels between himself and the defendant. The prosecutor agrees to remove the third strike from the mans record in exchange for just two years in jail. In "In Country", Bud bonds with a suspected terrorist in a unusual example of this trope. Both are fans of Star Trek, and Bud uses this to obtain information about an attack. In "When the Bough Breaks", while Bud is recovering from his leg injury, he befriends the Admiral's current girlfriend, a professor of Shakespeare, by noting how several episodes of Star Trek borrow from some of Shakespeare's plays. In "Fighting Words" a Marine general is on trial for giving slanderous speeches equating Islam with terrorism, while in uniform. During the trial, an Islamic expert and practitioner testifies about the misconceptions the general has, such as the true meaning of "jihad". Then he adds a caveat by noting his own confusion on Christianity, specifically the claim of monotheism but they believe in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He could interpreter that as three gods.
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"Ass" in Ambassador: Ambassador Bartlett in "War Cries". Worth noting, she's only an ass to her fellow Americans at the embassy, when she meets with a Peruvian government official, she is the model of composed behavior.
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Dr. Jerk
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Dr. Jerk: The character played by Patrick Labyorteaux in "Each Of Us Angels".
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A Day in the Limelight
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A Day in the Limelight: Just about every supporting character on the show got an episode an season when they were the lead. Or an episode when they were put on trial (the "People v. X" episodes, among others). Harm got two.
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Stay in the Kitchen
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Stay in the Kitchen: In "Scimitar", Lt. Dumai is not terribly well respected by her Iraqi male peers, and does her best to keep her head down rather than draw their ire.
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Toplessness from the Back
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Toplessness from the Back: In the pilot episode, when Harm and Kate searches the deceased female officer’s belongings in her cabin, her bodybuilding roommate Cassie comes to change and as Harm gentlemanly offers to leave, she quips "Why? Never seen a naked sailor before?" before he even gets a chance to, as shown from the back. Both Harm and Kate get noticeably uncomfortable in their facial expressions. When Cassie has left, Kate asks Harm: Also, in the first part of two-parter "Boomerang", Harm and Bud walks on the beach when takes of her bikini top, which makes Bud clearly distracted.
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Public Secret Message
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Public Secret Message: In "The Black Jet", Jack Keeter has downed in Useful Notes/Iran with a secret airplane and is detained by the authorities. When first meeting Harm and Mac, accompanied by an Iranian official in prison, he says No Martin Baker's several times over. Harm later decodes the message: Martin Baker is the manufacturer of ejection seats, and thus Keeter didn't eject but landed the plane and was captured elsewhere.
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Foreshadowing
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Foreshadowing: In the pilot episode when Harm arrives on the USS Seahawk both the Skipper and the CAG notices this from the tower and speaks on the phone where they hint at Harm's backstory. In "Boot", Austin finds a letter mailed to the deceased recruit, which included a newspaper clipping about her. On the backside is a clipping about a female suspected wanted in an armed robbery case, with a partial photo of the suspect (and the episode's villain). Also in "Boot", the swamp around Paris Island is mentioned early on, and the movie the two D.I.s are watching was in fact made in response to an incident where several Marine recruits drowned in the swamp. The climax of the episode takes place in the swamp.
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This Is Reality
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This Is Reality: Clayton Webb says to Mac in a heated argument that this is the real world Sarah in the season nine episode "Take It like a Man".
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This Is Gonna Suck
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This Is Gonna Suck: In "Crossing the Line", this is Lt. Skates' nonverbal reaction to learning that she's going to have to be the RIO for Lt. Isaacs, the worst pilot on the Seahawk, on a night mission with bad weather.
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Good Lawyers, Good Clients
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Good Lawyers, Good Clients: This is generally the case on JAG.
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Dramatic Hour Long
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Dramatic Hour Long: The show's format.
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Japanese Politeness
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Japanese Politeness: Harm and Mac faces this trope in the episode "Innocence", which is set in Japan.
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Evil Virtues
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Evil Virtues: From time to time, the heroes will be dealing with a Well-Intentioned Extremist (or even a relatively heroic character who is simply serving a different nation at cross-purposes to the USA). Other times even the more petty villains will Pet the Dog, such as in "Shadow", where the Hollywood Nerd "Techno Pirate" who had hijacked an experimental torpedo is quick to try and comfort Meg Austin when he realizes she is having a full-blown claustrophobia attack in the confines of a submarine.
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Alien Abduction
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Alien Abduction: In "Sightings", Harm and Meg debate the possibility of this, given the blinding lights in the sky, deafening noises, and strange smells people have been reporting. Harm is dismissive of it and tries to find mundane explanations, while Meg is more open to the possibility. Harm is right, as it is revealed to be drug runners employing an elaborate cover-up. In the episode "Vanished", an F-14 Tomcat has disappeared in The Bermuda Triangle. On a helicopter flight back to shore, skeptical Harm spots that nerdy Bud is reading a book titled "The Abductee's Survival Manual" and starts a conversation on the topic (see quotes.) It eventually turns out that the missing F-14 has nothing to do with aliens, but they do manage to get several vital clues to the puzzle from UFO enthusiasts.
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Training
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Training "Accident": In "Force Recon", Harm is sent undercover as a Gunny to investigate a Marine captain who is suspected of exposing his recon marines to dangerous situations, such training in an area with live artillery shells hitting the ground.
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Grumpy Old Man
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Grumpy Old Men: Basically, every Admiral/General or senior NCO on the show near retirement will exhibit these traits. It goes for those who have already retired too. It's justified, since those characters are almost always involved to some extent in an investigation or trial.
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The General's Daughter
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The General's Daughter: Bud's brother Mikey ends up briefly dating the daughter of the series' last JAG, Maj. Gen. Gordon Cresswell.
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RevealingCoverUp
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Revealing Cover Up: In "Déjà Vu", Colonel Patano, the Thai Embassy chief of security, bribes a witness into telling the cops that he didn't see anything. Which is entirely true, as he really didn't see anything. However, he decides to tell Harm about the bribe.
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Benevolent Boss
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Benevolent Boss: Rear Admiral A.J. Chegwidden, JAGC, USN. And the Admiral's replacement Major General Gordon Cresswell, USMC
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Drinking on Duty
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Drinking on Duty: In "Desert Son", Lt. Williams jokes that he's not hungover, but rather "still drunk" just before the friendly fire incident, and later claims his hangover to have caused his mistake, before changing his story and letting Boone take the blame.
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And There Was Much Rejoicing
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And There Was Much Rejoicing: No one was particularly sad to see Lt. Singer leave for sea duty in the Middle East save Sergei.
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Polyamory
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Polyamory: Mac has to defend a polygamist in "Killer Instinct", then prosecute one in "Retrial". In the latter episode there's even a Continuity Nod to the first, despite taking place several seasons later.
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Stockholm Syndrome
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Stockholm Syndrome: Is explicitly mentioned twice on JAG: 6th season episode "Valor" where it is used in its straight meaning, and in 9th season "A Tangled Web: Part 2" where it’s used jokingly.
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Fingertip Drug Analysis
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Fingertip Drug Analysis: A variation in "Sightings". Harm notices a puddle on the tarmac and touches it before rubbing it between his fingers. It's aircraft engine oil. Which wouldn't be weird to find at an abandoned military airfield except that it should have dried up long ago unless a plane was there very recently. In "The Brotherhood", Captain Overton identifies a stash of drugs this way (specifically, he knows it's Crank (crystal meth) rather than Crack (cocaine). Harm snarks at him, asking how he could know, and Overton explains that he was in a street gang before cleaning up and joining the Marines.
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Ambulance Chaser
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Ambulance Chaser: In the season eight episode "Standards of Conduct", one of these goes after Harm in a traffic accident scam, and apparently this particular Ambulance Chaser is so good that the lawyer has to get himself a lawyer! Actually Harm concedes that he doesn't know enough about civil law/tort to handle it himself. Enter Bud, who see through the scam. Besides that, it's standard procedure for a lawyer to hire another lawyer for his/her own legal troubles. The classic saying goes that "a lawyer who represents himself has a fool for a client," and Harm himself alludes to that when he asks Sturgis to represent him. (Sturgis says no but suggests Bud, who says yes.)
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Status Quo Is God
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Status Quo Is God: Not much changes visibly from episode to episode for the casual viewer. The significant changes that inevitably once in a while occurs are few and far between.
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Parallel Porn Titles
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Parallel Porn Titles: Bud and Harriet are in a hotel in one episode. Bud asks Harriet to watch Free Willy with him. Unfortunately for Bud, the movie is actually "Free the Willy".
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Handicapped Badass
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Harm had his vision impairment fixed and went back to flying Tomcats for a short while, before his new commanding officer convinced him that he was too old to be competitive as an aviator against all the younger pilots, despite his skill, and that he would do the most good as a judge advocate.
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No Woman's Land
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No Woman's Land: The season 7 episode "Head to Toe" centers on this. A female naval aviator serving with the U.S. Air Force in Saudi Arabia is defending herself on not wearing an abaya, and arguments are made for abiding by the culture and appeasing terrorists (Osama bin Laden is even quoted as Americans in the Middle East being cause for Jihads, meaning the abayas will protect women) and against the subjugation of women and treatment of foreigners. When Mac is subjected to this poor treatment she sides with the defendant.
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RealLife
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Season 6's "Mutiny" had a dramatization of the Real Life mutiny attempt on the USS Somers and the investigation that followed, framed by Mac preparing to lecture on those events.
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Alternate History
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Alternate History: In JAG there really was a smoking gun connecting Saddam Hussein to Al-Qaeda, discovered by U.S. troops in one of Saddam's palaces, as seen in "Lawyers, Guns and Money". However this information appear to be classified (for some reason), because a year later Harm, Mac & Bud prepare their defense arguments before the International Criminal Court in "People v. SecNav" and Mac explicitly states that there is no smoking gun connecting Al-Qaeda to Saddam Hussein.
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Commie Land
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Commie Land: Harm goes twice to China and twice to Cuba on the show.
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Like a Son to Me
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Like a Son to Me: Harm's stepfather Frank Burnett tells him this when he visits his mother in "To Russia with Love": From "Desert Son": General Williams to Lt. Boone, the only friend of the careless Lt. Williams that he approves of.
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Bathtub Scene
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In "A Tangled Webb (Part 2)", Mac has a Bathtub Scene, but the audience (as opposed to Harm) don't get to see anything because of strategically placed bubbles and camera angle.
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Bee Afraid
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Bee Afraid: In the first season episode "High Ground", after breaking brig and taking to the hills Gunnery Sergeant Ray Crockett is spotting Marines approaching and instead of shooting at them, he shots at a bee's nest above them.
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Pilot Movie
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Back when the show aired on NBC, Jay Leno comments on the events in the Pilot Movie in his monologue on The Tonight Show.
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Obfuscating Disability
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Obfuscating Disability: In the season 3 episode "Yesterday's Heroes", retired navy diver Artemus Sullivan (played by Ernest Borgnine) is avenging the death of his grandson by a drug dealer. When meeting Harm & Mac at first, Sullivan pretends to be in a senile vegetable state of mind.
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Wedding Episode
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Wedding Episode: Bud and Harriet's wedding in the season 3 episode "Wedding Bell Blues".
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Red Alert
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Red Alert: The trope is seen in several episodes in the contemporary U.S. Navy sense.
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Red China
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Red China: In the two-part episode "Dog Robber", a U.S. reconnaissance plane has to make an emergency landing in mainland China.
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Foot-Dragging Divorcee
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Foot-Dragging Divorcee: Mac had an abusive husband who refused to sign the divorce papers. And then he wound up dead and Mac was tried for murder.
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Save the Villain
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Save the Villain: Chegwidden serves as defense counsel to the captured Al Qaeda third banana in "Tribunal" because he doesn't want anyone of his people to be forced to defend him. However, Sturgis volunteers to sit second chair because he wants to be part of history. Also, from an American point of view, Fidel Castro in "Tiger, Tiger".
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Four-Star Badass
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Four-Star Badass: Two Star Badass: Rear Admiral Chegwidden and his replacement Maj. Gen. Cresswell.
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Alphabet News Network
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Alphabet News Network: ZNN, the fictional counterpart to CNN. Often ZNN is just in the background, but sometimes it becomes the very center of the story. This Just In! occur a few times.
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Sexual Extortion
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Sexual Extortion: In the first season episode "The Prisoner" Harm has been captured by the Chinese while sailing off the coast of Hong Kong (in 1996 before the 1997 transfer). Commander Allison Krennick has through unofficial contacts learned of Harm’s whereabouts and a Chinese traitor is willing to bring him back in exchange for political asylum in the United States. The Assistant Secretary of State is reluctant at first, but when Krennick threatens to call his wife and say that she’s his lover he quickly changes his mind.
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Writers Suck
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Chegwidden tells the producer that he'd like to talk to the writer while we see that he's attached quite a few post-it notes to the script.
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Plagiarism in Fiction
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Plagiarism in Fiction: In the season nine episode "Secret Agent Man", one of Mikey Roberts’ classmates at the U.S. Naval Academy is accused of plagiarism.
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Deadpan Snarker
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Deadpan Snarker: The main characters, with the exceptions of Bud and Harriet, are prone to this. Chegwidden is the king of this trope though.
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Tap on the Head
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Tap on the Head: In "Scimitar", the Reverse Mole refuses to go with them to Kuwait, and intends to stay behind to help fix the problems in Iraq, and insists on this to make it look like the heroes took them prisoner before leaving them behind. Harm balks at this, so Meg does it instead.
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Foreign Language Title
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Foreign Language Title: JAG had only one episode with one: "Pas de Deux".
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Tracking Device
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Tracking Device: Used by Clayton Webb in his first dealing with Harm and Mac, in "We The People", to track their rental car. However, they're Genre Savvy enough to leave it.
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CourtroomAntics
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Courtroom Antics: Frequently. Disregard That Statement and That Was Objectionable in particular occur innumerable times. Harm fired a loaded MP-5 during a trial in "Heroes". The key piece of evidence in the case was a submachine gun that allegedly failed to fire due to a malfunction. Harm proceeded to pick up the gun, which had evidently never been unloaded, and fired it into the ceiling. This did get him an epic ass-chewing, and the judge would continue to hold this against Harm for at least 7 more seasons. No one else lets him forget about that either. Bud later uses a loophole in the building regulations so that the incident, which has evidently caused a structural weakness in the leaking roof, will not count as a black mark on Harm's record. During the military trial of a terrorist Harm uses questioning that violates the spirit of the law. Both the judges and the defense tell him to stop.
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Military Salute
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Military Salute: In "War Stories", Admiral Chegwidden bawls out a sailor who failed to salute him while passing. The "sailor" snaps at him sarcastically, because it turns out he was an actor in a movie being shot next to JAG HQ.
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Military School
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Military School: Harm and Mac visit such a school in "Into the Breech".
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Ghost Extras
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Ghost Extras: There are many people in the bullpen but they rarely ever interact with speaking characters. It gets particularly obvious that every staff meeting only includes lead and recurring characters, and sometimes also the guest star.
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Honesty Is the Best Policy
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Honesty Is the Best Policy: This trope is a recurring theme on the show and is brought up in several episodes. The resolution of the eight season episode "Need to Know" is a good case in point. However, the twist is that there should be honesty among the Americans, but maintaining a false facade towards others is okay.
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There Is No Higher Court
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There Is No Higher Court: Averted in the season 5 episode "Life and Death" where Mac argues before the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. Played straight in the military tribunal episode "Tribunal" in season 8 where the fictional Al-Qaeda top third banana is given the death sentence without chance of appeal.
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Going Down with the Ship
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Going Down with the Ship: The Russian destroyer captain in "Cowboys & Cossacks" invokes this.
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Oceanic Airlines
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An Oceanic Airlines flight to Seoul gets hijacked by South Korean radicals in 5th season episode "The Bridge at Kang So Ri". Luckily enough our heroes take care of the situation.
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If Jesus, Then Aliens
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If Jesus, Then Aliens: Played with in "Psychic Warrior", in which a skeptical mathematician was asked by Rabb on the stand, in a case dealing with a Navy experiment on remote viewing, if he believed in God. He reluctantly admitted it. Rabb then criticized his lack of belief in the possibility of psychic phenomena.
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Chest of Medals
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Chest of Medals: This trope is somewhat surprisingly averted, as the main characters actually have far fewer ribbons (in terms of quantity not quality) than Navy and Marine Corps personnel in real-life similar positions have. Although few judge advocates have ever earned the Navy Cross and Bronze Star with "Combat V" (like Chegwidden), a Silver Star and two Distinguished Flying Crosses (like Rabb), or the Bronze Star (like Turner). Fewer still wear the Special Warfare insignia/SEAL Trident above their medals (Chegwidden).
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Crash Course Landing
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Crash Course Landing: Harmon Rabb lands a 747 airliner belonging to Oceanic Airlines in "The Bridge at Kang So Ri" after having taken out South Korean radical-left hijackers. Considering that he's a pilot, he only gets a reminder of how big a 747 really is. In the pilot episode, he ends up having to land a damaged Tomcat that he was riding in the back seat of. While he was actually trained to fly the Tomcat, he was about five years out of practice and suffered from night blindness. Another Tomcat pilot helped guide him in.
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Metaphorically True
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Metaphorically True: In "Dungaree Justice", the article 32 hearing of Mac's dubious actions in "People v. Mac" takes place and it is discussed to what extent she had lied in the earlier episode.
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Maybe Ever After: Played with in the last episode. During the last ten minutes, Harm and Mac finally admitted their love for each other after nearly a decade and she accepted his marriage proposal. However, as she was being reassigned to San Diego, and he was reassigned to London, the show did end on a question mark, as they literally flipped a coin to determine whether Mac would resign from the Marines or Harm from the Navy so they could be together.
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The climax of "Desert Son" has Lieutenant Williams try to make a run for Mexico rather than take responsibility for his part in a fatal friendly-fire incident, but he is killed when he gets caught in an air strike while trying to cut across a live-fire range.
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Land Down Under: Australia didn’t exactly go unnoticed in this series. One of the recurring characters, Mic Brumby, was an Australian naval officer originally on exchange duty in season 4. In season 5 the production team actually went to Sydney to film the two part episode "Boomerang" on location in Oz. The fact that the creator and executive producer had an Australian wife is probably the chief explanation for all this.
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What If?: JAG's 200th episode revolved around the main characters making different decisions (or events that occurred one way in the "prime" timeline happening the other way). The episode was even titled "What If?".
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Cool Ship & Cool Boat: Various US Navy vessels appear throughout the program, with one of the most prominent being the fictional USS Seahawk. A common practice on JAG was to use fictionalized names for warships, such as the carriers USS Seahawk and Patrick Henry and the submarine USS Tigershark. They also filmed aboard the frigate USS John A. Moore (FFG-19) for the season 3 episode "Tiger, Tiger", aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) off the coast of California for the first episodes of season 5, and aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA-5) for early season 6 episodes.
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Hostage MacGuffin: In the second season episode "Washington Holiday", Harm escorts Princess Alexandra, the daughter of King Josif of Romania, while Josif is preparing to petition for admittance into NATO. A group of hard-line Communist extremists threaten Alexandra's life if he does so. During the climax, King Josif does not publically petition for NATO membership, but Alexandra, knowing that her father wanted this for the benefit of their country, makes the announcement herself, while Harm prevents an attempted assassination.
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Clear My Name: Harmon Rabb in "People v. Rabb" in season 3 most notably. And in season 10, Jennifer Coates in "There Goes The Neighborhood".
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Un-Cancelled: After the first season, the show was canceled by NBC. However, CBS picked it up immediately after NBC canceled it upon discovering that the show was absolutely huge in Australia and was slowly gaining a cult audience in the United States. CBS proceeded to turn it into the biggest hit on the network. NBC did keep a finger in the pie by securing exclusive cable syndication rights for its USA Network. Ironically, JAG would turn out to be the progenitor of a Shared Universe, so by choosing to save it from cancellation, multiple CBS shows now have one universe to call their own.
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Realpolitik
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Realpolitik: This way of reasoning is often used by Clayton Webb and other CIA characters to justify their actions.
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Minor Crime Reveals Major Plot: In "Brig Break", a handful of prisoners busting out of the brig gradually escalates into a plot to destroy the base with a nuclear explosion and selling stolen nuclear weapons to Saddam Hussein.
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Deception Noncompliance: Admiral Chegwidden subtly informs people that he's being held at gunpoint by referring to a file which relates to another hostage-taking case.
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The first season ended with Harm being arrested for murder, though same episode was a Missing Episode and later adapted, thus bordering on Canon Discontinuity.
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Injun Country
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Injun Country: "The Return of Jimmy Blackhorse", in the third season is set in a contemporary version.
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Crazy Homeless People: In "The Guardian", Harm and Mac defend a homeless former Navy SEAL, in civilian court, who is accused of killing three men while thwarting a convenience store robbery.
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Cool and Unusual Punishment: In the second part of season 5's "Boomerang", after Harm and Mic get into a fight that inadvertently breaks Bud's jaw (he stepped in between their simultaneous punches), Admiral Chegwidden, with the approval of Mic's superior officer Captain Howell, offers them "non-judicial punishment". He takes them to an empty building, opens the door, and tells them they are not to leave until they inflict damage and pain on each other equal to what they inflicted on Bud. The next day in court, they both look like they went 10 rounds with the heavyweight champ.
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With Due Respect: That phrase occurs many times on the show, which is not surprising given its military theme. In "Gypsy Eyes", when Admiral Chegwidden learns that Harm and Mac are missing in Russia on Harm’s private quest to find his long lost father, the Secretary of the Navy forbids Chegwidden from going over there, to which the old Navy SEAL courteously replies.
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Better Than a Bare Bulb: Chegwidden once spent an episode as the technical advisor on a movie about the US Navy and the sub-plot drew attention to every nitpick real servicemembers had about JAG.
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Against My Religion: In the season nine episode "Posse Comitatus", Bud investigates a Navy reservist physician who suddenly claims conscientious objector status when called on serve in Iraq because he became a Quaker. When Bud informs him that after separation his medical practice would at the same time also lose the military health plan affiliation, he backs down. Played with in "Soul Searching". Webb reveals information to Chegwidden of a soldier they both think highly of, the admiral going as far as saying he saved his soul. During a attempt to rescue him from terrorists Chegwidden explains his friend didn't call out a sniper target, as they were dressed as a nun. Killing nuns was clearly against his friend's religion and Chegwidden leaves it ambiguous whether he would have taken the shot.
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In "Scimitar", Commander Lindsey states that in theory, the Iraqi constitution guarantees defendants most of the same rights in a trial that the American constitution does. He goes on to mention that in practice, the courts do pretty much whatever Saddam Hussein tells them to do. Similarly, the way Lt. Austin is kept out of the loop on the secret mission to free Corporal Anderson mirrors the dismissive attitude that the male Iraqi officers have towards Lt. Dumai.
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Good Cop/Bad Cop: In the season fifth episode "Into the Breech" of JAG, when Bud and Gunny go to the ex-wife of an old sailor they're looking for to testify at a hearing, Gunny says to Bud that they should approach it as good cop and bad cop to obtain a positive result.
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Show Within a Show
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Show Within a Show: In season 4's "War Stories", Admiral Chegwidden while on leave gets persuaded by a Hollywood producer to act as technical advisor on the movie “Fields of Gold” which is a navy-themed action adventure with a court-martial. Chegwidden is a Fish out of Water as the Real Navy differs quite a lot from the Reel Navy, and Hilarity Ensues. Chegwidden tells the producer that he'd like to talk to the writer while we see that he's attached quite a few post-it notes to the script.
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Midair Collision
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Midair Collision: This happens several times on JAG.
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Jurisdiction Friction: Occurs in several episodes. Not only with external parties (i.e. non-military) such as local police and prosecutors, other federal agencies or foreign government entities; but often the local commanding officer does not like the presence of JAG officers from Washington in his/her fiefdom. In "Desert Son", Captain Reed does not like Harm interfering in his unit's training with their investigation, especially as he sees it as open and shut. This leads directly to Poor Communication Kills.
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Surpassed the Teacher. In "JAG TV", Mac as trial counsel (prosecutor) in a televised murder case faces her old law professor Juanita Ressler as defense counsel. Ressler knows how use the media to her advantage, while Mac is utterly dismissive of interview requests and is overwhelmed and distracted by the sudden interest of the media in her as a mysterious sex object. Following words of wisdom from Admiral Chegwidden, Mac begins to spin-doctor the media to her advantage which brings forth new evidence from anonymous sources which helps to convict the defendant for murder.
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Double Agent
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Double Agent: Sina Kazzari in "The Black Jet", who at first is assumed to work for the Americans, but later turns out to be working for the Iranians as well.
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Qurac
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Qurac: Despite having several episodes taking place in the Middle East, JAG subverts this trope by always using real countries, no matter how unfavorable the portrayal may be.
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And Starring
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And Starring: David James Elliott (Harmon Rabb) had the "starring" for all ten seasons, "and John M. Jackson as Admiral Chegwidden" at the end for the eight seasons (2-9) in which he appeared in the opening titles.
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You Look Like You've Seen a Ghost: Used more than once in several ways on JAG, first when Harm meets a Vietnamese woman who reminds him of someone he saw die years before in "Déjà Vu", again when he meets Major Sarah MacKenzie, who is a dead ringer for Lt. Diane Schonke, a murdered Naval officer Harm used to know ("We The People"), and finally when Mac confronts the officer who murdered Schonke, who is so startled by what appears to be the ghost of their murder victim that they stumble backwards off a pier and are crushed to death by the ship moored there, in "Death Watch".
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Cunning Linguist: Mac, as she speaks or reads Russian, Japanese, Spanish, Farsi, German, Arabic (beginning in season 10) and Hebrew. To a lesser degree, you have Meg Austin, who is fluent in Spanish, as befitting an educated woman from Texas.
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America Saves the Day: In season 9's "People v. SecNav", the Secretary of the Navy (with presidential approval) goes before the International Criminal Court in The Hague to stand before charges of war crimes in Iraq and is defended by Harm & Mac. He faces an aggressive prosecutor with a French accent.
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Gunship Rescue
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In "Scimitar", Harm and Meg along with the freed marine sergeant struggle to get out of Iraq (in 1996) and into Kuwait in an armored limo, chased by an Iraqi gunship helicopter, and assisted by a US Army attack helicopter. It's that kind of show.
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Somebody Set Us Up The Bomb: In "War Cries", an old lady leaves a basket in front of the Embassy's front gate. A Marine sentry sees this and immediately sounds the alarm just before the bomb explodes.
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Professional Killer: The eponymous Hemlock in "Hemlock" who’s out to kill Russian President Boris Yeltsin while in Washington, D.C. is not just a professional killer, but also a Master of Disguise.
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Establishing Shot: in season two and onward, the exterior of the in-universe JAG Headquarters in Falls Church, Virginia is shown once or twice in most episodes: in Real Life it's an American Red Cross building in Pasadena, California.
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I Am Spartacus
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I Am Spartacus: Lampshaded in "Desert Son". Harm and Reed get into a fist fight. Later, General Butler demands to know who started it. In unison, both men declare "I did!" General Butler is not impressed, and demands that someone explain to him what happened.
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Self-Destruct Mechanism: In the season eight episode "Need to Know", Harm, Mac and Sturgis is investigating why a submarine on a CIA mission in 1968 foundered off the Russian coast. There are rumors floating that so called spec-boats had self-destruct charges aboard but this is flat out denied, and the cause of the sinking was in fact caused by a collision with a Soviet sub.
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Dropped After the Pilot: The two episodes that comprised the Poorly Disguised Pilot for NCIS had a character named Vivian Blackadder on Team Gibbs. Come the first episode of the spinoff, she's nowhere to be seen, and her slot on the team is quickly filled by new recruit Caitlin Todd.
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Bedlam House
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Bedlam House: In "The Martin Baker Fan Cub", paraplegic Vietnam veteran Roscoe Martin (from "King of the Fleas") has been placed in a secured psychiatric ward in a VA hospital, rather than in prison due to Harm's lawyering skills. Now he's charged with second degree murder for the death of a fellow patient who jumped out of a window. While the hospital isn't bad, it's understaffed. Roscoe, quite obviously, doesn't like being institutionalized there, is described by a doctor as the most disruptive patient, and he makes an escape with a few other patients.
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Shout-Out
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Shout-Out: Many examples are found on a separate subpage.
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Seppuku: An American admiral stationed in Japan commits suicide in the episode "Innocence" for what he perceived to be a failure on his part. The characters can’t help by commenting how Japanese it was.
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Freudian Excuse: Angelique's reason for the killings in "Déjà Vu". Her father was a Navy Lieutenant who left her and her mother behind when Saigon fell. The North Vietnamese raped and murdered her mother when they found out she had an American officer for a lover.
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Vacation Episode
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Vacation Episode: the two-parter "Boomerang", filmed and set in Australia, could be seen as an example of this trope.
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Cigar Chomper: Harmon Rabb occasionally smoked cigars, until third season episode "The Return of Jimmy Blackhorse" when he had decided to quit. In a review panning the series in its first season, TV Guide even characterized it as: Many minor characters; particularly senior military officers, intelligence officers and businessmen are often seen chomping cigars: Tom Boone in the Pilot Movie, Captain Reed in "Desert Son" (Bonus points for lighting up his cigar just before ordering his artillery battery to fire), Gunnery Sergeant Granger in "War Cries", the Aryan Nation militia leader in "Brig Break", Percival Bertram in "Act of Terror".
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Armies Are Evil: Inverted. The U.S. Armed Forces (naval services in particular) is portrayed, save for a few bad apples, as the very finest America has ever offered to the world. The civilian world is commonly portrayed as something lesser than the military with its inherent codes and values. In fact, the military is implied to be the only place in America where the content of a person's character can be fairly judged without any prejudice. An obvious Author Tract as the creator and executive producer did, once upon a time, serve in the Marine Corps and would later make a career in Hollywood. It should be noted though that even with the blatant pro-military stance from the get-go, JAG wasn't Backed by the Pentagon for the first two seasons because the Navy, following the Tailhook incident and the controversy of introducing females on combat ships and fighter planes, were in a hyper-sensitive mode and didn't want to be associated with any TV-show dramatizing crimes committed in the service.
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Last Minute Hookup: After nine freakin' seasons of Will They or Won't They? UST, Mac and Harm get engaged in the last seven minutes of the series finale. And then they break it off because they found better work opportunities, according to Mac in the tenth season of NCIS: Los Angeles.
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Saw It in a Movie Once
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After getting Harm out of a minefield in Afghanistan (season 7, episode 23 "In Country"), Mac acknowledges that she only learned how to do it by watching movies.
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Damned by Faint Praise
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Damned by Faint Praise: When President of the Captains' Promotion Board, Chegwidden could only give a bare minimal compliment to Commander Lindsey. Then the board made further inquiries and Chegwidden's real feelings showed through.
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Corrupt Corporate Executive
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Corrupt Corporate Executive: this trope is often used as defense contractors will sell faulty equipment at premium prices often resulting in deaths of service members. Any military officer who aids them is always portrayed in a very negative light. "Pilot Error" plays with this: Two aviators are killed when their F-14 crashes during a test of a terrain-following autopilot being considered by the Navy. The company rep believes it had to be pilot error, as the equipment works fine on Air Force jets, and goes so far as to dig up dirt on the pilot to discredit him. When Harm is able to prove the autopilot had been malfunctioning (it wasn't designed to deal with the abuse of carrier landings), the company rep accepts it without argument and promises that the problem will be corrected to prevent further deaths. In "Act of Terror", Percival Bertram is a wealthy businessman (looking like a Corrupt Hick) who supports right-wing conservative politicians and brands himself as a super-patriot (i.e. a Warhawk) advocating that the U.S. should take gloves of with respect to terrorists to U.S. interests in the Middle East. However, the alleged super-patriot finances terrorism in the Middle East against U.S. interests (supposedly to create a self-fulfilling prophecy gaining his own business interests.)
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Colonel Badass
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Colonel Badass: Commander Harmon "Harm" Rabb, Jr. and Lieutenant Colonel Sarah "Mac" Mackenzie, obviously. Thai Colonel Patano in "Déjà Vu". It's made clear that the only reason Harm isn't dead is because Patano never had the intention to kill him.
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Sociopathic Soldier
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Sociopathic Soldier: Roscoe Martin, the paraplegic Vietnam veteran in "King of the Fleas" and "The Martin Baker Fan Club", is the broken soldier type who while getting himself in trouble manages to manipulate people around him (including Harm).
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Realistic Diction Is Unrealistic
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Realistic Diction Is Unrealistic: JAG has realistic quantity of 'um's and 'ah's, except for when closing arguments are delivered.
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My Hovercraft Is Full of Eels
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My Hovercraft Is Full of Eels: In the episode "Fighting Words", a Marine tries to say, "Stop or I will shoot," in Arabic during a classroom training session, but according to an Iraqi woman who's helping with the class, he actually said, "Stop or I will release the mice."
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Bomb Disposal
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Bomb Disposal: In "Brig Break", Harm races to get the nuclear bomb far enough from the base before it goes off, while Meg and Pike try to figure out the code to disable it.
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Social Services Does Not Exist
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Social Services Does Not Exist: Subverted in season 9, when Harmon Rabb seeks to be the guardian to Matilda "Mattie" Grace: because social services are very thorough.
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Anti-Villain
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Anti-Villain: Colonel Matthew O'Hara in "We the People" is a Marine Corps legend who earned the Medal of Honor in the Vietnam War, but he's grown tired of American degradation of society with street crimes and corrupted politicians, so he and a few other Marines snatches the Declaration of Independence transported in a mail truck on its back from a restoration job. What no one knows at the outset is that the Colonel is the uncle of Major Sarah Mackenzie.
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Amusement Park
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Amusement Park: In "Boomerang, Part I", an American sailor kills an Australian sailor on the dock outside Luna Park in Sydney during The Vietnam War.
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Every Episode Ending
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Every Episode Ending: Every episode on JAG, except the Pilot Movie, ended with a freeze frame, usually of one or two of the main characters either smiling or showing a concerned look. This carried over to NCIS, which played around with the effect to make it more distinct for each incarnation it took.
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One-Word Title
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One-Word Title: The show's title. Episodes:
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Speak Ill of the Dead
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Speak Ill of the Dead: In "Pilot Error", there are persistent rumors that Lt. Pendry had been having an affair with his female wingman, and that this may have contributed to the crash.
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Cool Old Lady
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Cool Old Lady: Porter Webb, CIA officer Clayton Webb's mother, a former NSA analyst who is perfectly comfortable with her son's fake deaths and other cloak and dagger shenanigans.
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Loads and Loads of Characters
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Loads and Loads of Characters: While only four characters are in the opening credits for 8 seasons, it has a fairly expansive supporting cast.
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Hoist by His Own Petard
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Hoist by His Own Petard: Harm deliberately invokes this on himself in "The Good of the Service", calling in a witness and asking a question that destroys his case, because he's sympathetic to the defendant.
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Canada, Eh?
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Canada, Eh?: Clayton Webb getting assigned to a station in Canada ("Need to Know") was considered punishment for leaking classified information, and Harm expresses sympathy that he was getting assigned there, despite Canada's status as a first world country that's culturally a fair bit like the US, speaks the same language, and is only a short flight from his home in the DC area.
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Refuge in Audacity
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Refuge in Audacity: In "Sightings", the villains' plot: Run an illegal drug refining operation at an abandoned American military base in Texas, knowing that the authorities expect to find any such facilities in Mexico or Central America, and use a flashy attention-getting setup to make locals confuse it for a UFO sighting, in turn making the authorities dismiss it out of hand.
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Western Terrorists
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Western Terrorists: In first season episode "Shadow", a civilian contractor onboard an nuclear attack submarine (SSN) holds the sub ransom, through his lap top computer, with which he supposedly can activate charges or to have them explode automatically unless he stays online. Doubly subverted in "Rogue" where the Rogue Warrior Expy and his men, not only captures a nuclear attack submarine (SSN), as per orders, but also takes it to sea and threatens to attack New York City unless a ransom is paid. Turns at that the end that the intentions were honorable: a wakeup call to make officials aware of the threats posed by terrorists such as Osama bin Laden...
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Interservice Rivalry
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Interservice Rivalry: A very common trope, used quite extensively in this series. Sometimes it could be something as basic as military people v. civilians, or lawyers vs. non-lawyers, or JAG vs. NCIS. Sometimes it's intra-service rivalry (e.g. submariners vs. aviators), or even intra-intra-service rivalry (e.g. naval aviators of plane type X v. naval aviators of plane type Y.) The Navy/Marine rivalry/siblingship is often touched on: as one part of Harm and Mac's constant bickering, the all too short-lived rivalry between Gunnery Sergeant Galindez and Petty Officer Tiner, or in any other permutation as the needs of the story dictates. In "Shadow", a crewman aboard a helicopter asks Commander Lindsey if the case he is escorting really contains a hundred million in gold. Lindsey demands to know where he heard that, and the sailor admits he heard it from a Marine. Lindsey jokes that the sailor should never listen to Marines. And it's only forty million. In "Pilot Error", Lt. McKee, a tomboyish fighter pilot, gets into a one-sided brawl with a Marine officer in a bar (he insulted her wingman who had died in a crash recently, but refused to hit a woman, so she hit him twice.) The next evening, she returns to the bar and runs into the same Marine officer, who politely apologizes for his behavior and invites her to share a drink with him. She declines. After making five carrier landings in a row with Harm, McKee says: The Marine provost marshal at the SeaTac base in "Brig Break" obviously didn't think too highly of Navy lawyers. And who could really blame the poor guy with Rabb outfoxing him several times. Harm occasionally indulges in good-natured smack talk with Air Force pilots in "Recovery": In "Heroes", Harm ridicules the ability of NCIS special agents: Harm also got into a Bar Brawl with Army Rangers while working undercover as a Marine (It Makes Sense in Context) in "Force Recon". Yet "Blind Side" had a far more specific example of intra-intra-service rivalry: Harm (an F-14 Tomcat driver) gets into a game of pool against a pair of F-18 Hornet drivers (in the military, the pilots understandably take a lot of pride in the aircraft they fly). One discretion cut later, and we discover that Harm and his pool partner evidently won their opponents' pants in the game when he holds them up as a trophy to show Mac. In "Code of Conduct", the Army prosecutor lampshades the mere perception of it by opening his remarks with:
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Horrible Hollywood
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Horrible Hollywood: Harm's Romantic False Lead Rene Peterson, in seasons five to seven, is very much a personification of this trope. An up and coming director of commercials and music videos, her neurotic personality traits are very much the anti-thesis of all the main characters. Admiral Chegwidden's brief stint as technical advisor in "War Stories" was brought to an abrupt end because his can-do due-diligence gung-ho attitude was ultimately not very compatible with the nonsensical herd instinct of the Hollywood folks.
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Jury Duty
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Jury Duty: Bud Roberts in "Odd Man Out" (season 7). Jennifer Coates in "The Sixth Juror" (season 10).
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Training from Hell
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Training from Hell: The Marine Boot Camp for women in "Boot".
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Permission to Speak Freely
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Permission to Speak Freely: Used frequently for when a lower ranking officer wants to speak to senior officer. Occasionally denied by the senior officer.
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Obligatory War Crime Scene
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Obligatory War Crime Scene: The promotion of Rear Admiral Thomas Boone to Vice Admiral is called off in "A Separate Peace" because of credible sources claiming he took part in war crimes during The Vietnam War when working closely with CIA officers. He didn't do it, but witnessed such actions under protest.
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Spin-Off
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Spin-Off NCIS has been carrying on the tradition with style.
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One of Our Own
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One of Our Own: Happens a few times; Harm is suspected of murdering a Russian Mafioso in "People v. Rabb". Mac is suspected to have participated in the killing of her husband in "People v. Mac". Harm is suspected to have published an anonymous Anti-Clinton piece in "Contemptuous Words". Gunny is suspected to be a gay basher and Tiner is assumed to be homosexual in "People v. Gunny". Bud Roberts was charged for dereliction of duty in "Exculpatory Evidence". Admiral Chegwidden is Caught on Tape hitting a high school student in "Code of Conduct". Jennifer Coates is a murder suspect in "There Goes the Neighborhood".
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Wealthy Yacht Owner
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Wealthy Yacht Owner: It is mentioned in "Wedding Bell Blues", when the future in-laws meets, that Harriet's wealthy father owns a yacht.
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Elaborate Underground Base
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Elaborate Underground Base: In "Sightings", the abandoned military airfield was built with underground aircraft shelters, being used by drug runners to conceal their operation.
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Red Herring
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Red Herring: In "Pilot Error", A growing body of evidence suggests that Pendry and McKee had an affair, including the two going to visit a doctor for what appeared to be an abortion. McKee had actually suffered a miscarriage, and the child was their commanding officer's, rather than Pendry's. Pendry was simply there for emotional support. In "Brig Break", the Aryan Nation folks pretty much stop being relevant one scene after being introduced. In "Boot", Private Johnson isn't the villain. She's just a Jerkass.
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I Was Never Here
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I Was Never Here: In "Tribunal":
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Ship Tease
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Played with for laughs in "In Country", before taken very seriously in the following episode, "Enemy Below". Harm and Mac end up wrecking their Humvee amidst a minefield, and Harm ends up stepping on the Hollywood click-and-wait variety of mine. Mac takes cover on the other side of the Humvee while Harm prepares to drop a weight on the mine and leap away, barely escaping in the process (along with landing on Mac in quite the Ship Tease arrangement).
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Despair Event Horizon
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Despair Event Horizon: In "King of the Fleas", Roscoe Martin tells the story how had as a POW during the Vietnam War been tricked into revealing the names of the pilot inmates at the POW camp, and was then forced to watch as the Vietcong executed the rest of them, which had plagued him ever since. Subverted in that after he had killed the camp commander in the present-day (1997-98), he regained some hope again, as evidently seen in "The Martin Baker Fan Club".
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Miscarriage of Justice
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Miscarriage of Justice: The episode "Secrets" revolves around an escaped prisoner trying to prove his innocence. In "Retrial", a sailor had unbeknownst to him hired a transsexual prostitute. When finding out, the sailor changed his mind and the prostitute threatens him with a knife. The sailor defends himself and accidentally stabs the prostitute and runs away in fear and shame. Not long thereafter, another man comes and viciously stabs the prostitute to death. The sailor is convicted for the murder, but only because the military prosecutor, presumably on purpose didn’t follow up on a lead from the local DA in order to further his own political ambitions as being "tough on crime".
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Caught on Tape
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Admiral Chegwidden is Caught on Tape hitting a high school student in "Code of Conduct".
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Interrogation Montage
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Interrogation Montage: The episode "JAG TV" has a scene like this, with Mac interviewing the husband and Harm with the wife suspected of killing her husband's lover.
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Drugs Are Bad
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Drugs Are Bad: In the episode "JAG TV", Harm investigates the death of a sailor onboard an aircraft carrier who apparently committed suicide by jumping in front of an F-14 during landing. Turns out the reason was his drug use plus other personal problems.
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Didn't See That Coming
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Didn't See That Coming: In 1st season episode "Sightings", Colombian drug smugglers use the underground facilities of a supposedly abandoned navy base in Texas where they have a cocaine processing facility without the locals knowing anything about it. The Colombians also used a helicopter equipped with lights and low-frequency emitters, appearing as a UFO, to scare away the locals. Obviously, they didn't foresee that the disappearance of a young local girl would lead the Navy to send two of its most resourceful investigators and foil the whole operation.
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Slave to PR
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Slave to PR: A very common trope for this show. The protagonists work for the Department of the Navy and although they are primarily concerned with the proper functioning of the military justice system, the overall PR ramifications are never far away from their minds or actions. The news media, congressional people or other groups often play up various incidents. PR considerations are often hinted at by superiors (usually the SECNAV) and are often talked about behind closed doors (to avoid the appearance of unlawful command influence). The Pilot Movie features an exchange between the CNO, Admiral Drake, and the JAG, Rear Admiral Brovo, where it's made clear that the mere appearance of things (the ongoing Seahawk murder investigation and an upcoming Navy strike mission) are more important to consider than the actual facts.
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Sergeant Rock
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Sergeant Rock: Most NCO's (particulary Marines) seems to be made of this stuff. Could be case of Author Appeal.
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Sink-or-Swim Mentor
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Sink-or-Swim Mentor: This trope occurs several times on JAG, usually it is part of either an ongoing court case, or a preliminary investigation, where an instructor may have pushed the envelope too far. Captain Coonan in "Force Recon".
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Everything's Louder with Bagpipes
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Everything's Louder with Bagpipes: Scotland The Brave is played at Admiral Chegwidden's dining-out retirement party in the last episode of season nine.
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Corrupt Hick
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In "Act of Terror", Percival Bertram is a wealthy businessman (looking like a Corrupt Hick) who supports right-wing conservative politicians and brands himself as a super-patriot (i.e. a Warhawk) advocating that the U.S. should take gloves of with respect to terrorists to U.S. interests in the Middle East. However, the alleged super-patriot finances terrorism in the Middle East against U.S. interests (supposedly to create a self-fulfilling prophecy gaining his own business interests.)
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No Antagonist
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No Antagonist: In "Mishap''," Harm's former RIO, Lieutenant Elizabeth Skates, acts as LSO when a crash occurs aboard the aircraft carrier USS Patrick Henry. Skates gets court-martialed for alleged culpability in the incident, but it turns out she was not doing anything wrong; but rather that the entire crew was overworked and underfunded (lack of manpower, lack of spare parts etc.). Captain Ingles acts as the Hate Sink, by charging Skates in the first place and impeding Harm’s request for documents: but he didn't act maliciously or with any hidden motives other than to maintain his prerogative of command and unit cohesion.
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Office Romance
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Office Romance: Bud Roberts falls in love with co-worker Harriet Sims, gets married, and are allowed to work in the same office because Harriet is, courtesy of Admiral Chegwidden, "temporarily assigned" to the office for several years...
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Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique
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Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: In "Nobody's Child" when questioning a convicted child molester Harm gets dangerously close to this. "Flight Risk" had Harm investigating a military contractor after a faulty plane crashed killing both pilots. There was evidence of poor work, cannibalized parts, putting military personal at risk, and he takes up a pilot's offer to fly in one of the planes. The plane malfunctions due to Rabb's flying, and he is accused of doing this deliberately, but it is the evidence he needs and the pilot makes a tacit admission that the repair crews are lowest bidder and the contractor is more concerned with profits than safety.
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Standard Female Grab Area
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Standard Female Grab Area: Frequently. One example is used as evidence against Harm in the investigation into Singers murder.
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Fan Convention
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Fan Convention: Harm, Mac and Bud stay at a motel in "Father's Day" where a Quantum Leap convention is held. The special guest of honor is none other than Donald P. Bellisario.
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No Party Given
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No Party Given: The political affiliations of both SECNAVs are unknown. The political affiliation of Congresswoman Bobbie Latham is never explicitly stated, but many of the issues she supports are definitely left-wing (and thus can't be a republican by any stretch of the imagination).
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Manipulative Editing
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Manipulative Editing: In "Desert Son", Lt. Williams has a female DJ (who has a crush on him) edit a tape recording of a radio conversation to make it sound like Lt. Boone transposed a set of numbers, when in fact Boone had perfectly relayed the incorrect coordinates Williams had sent him. Harm picks up on the editing because there's an analog hiss on the edited portion due to the DJ's different equipment.
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We Need a Distraction
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We Need a Distraction: In "War Cries", the Shining Path operatives have a pair of pretty girls wave at the Peruvian soldiers standing guard outside the U.S. Embassy so an old lady can walk past them and leave a bomb.
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Calling the Old Man Out
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Calling the Old Man Out: Bud and Harriet both do this in the season 3 episode "Wedding Bell Blues" with separate parents, Bud with his blowhard, semi-abusive working-class father and Harriet with her meddlesome Southern Belle mom. Mac in season 4 gets one of her own against her mother in "Second Sight" at the deathbed of her father.
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Expy
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Expy: A lot of one off characters especially in early season episodes were based on actual military personnel involved in well known military controversies during the era. Lt Puller in the pilot episode is one for Kara Hultgreen, the first ever woman to qualify to fly the F-14 Tomcat, Lt Isaacs in a second season episode is one for Lt Carey Lohrenz, a female F-14 pilot who sued the Navy alleging sexual harassment and discrimination after losing her "wings", Raglan the SEAL is one for Richard Marcinko and Red Cell, a marine gunship pilot in season three is one for Kelly Flynn the Air Force pilot dishonorably discharged for having an extramarital affair, an ensign in season five is one for a Naval Academy midshipman who murdered her romantic rival, a major general in season seven is one for a marine colonel accused of "cheating" to win an exercise, etc.
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Insistent Terminology
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"Cowboys and Cossacks" plays with both this trope, and the Barratry gag from The Hunt for Red October, when Harm and Bud, while guests aboard a Russian destroyer, conspire with one of the Russian officers to take the ship from the renegade Captain. Harm explains to Bud that what they are doing can not be legally defined as mutiny, given that they are not members of the crew. Technically, it's an act of terrorism.
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Determinator
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Determinator: In "Desert Son", we learn that General Williams made three trips in a damaged helicopter to rescue a special operations team, after having most of his leg blown off and the rest of his crew killed. That's why he got the Medal of Honor.
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Insane Equals Violent
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Insane Equals Violent: Averted in "The Martin Baker Fan Cub", where only one of the four escaped mental patents from a VA hospital exhibits violent behavior (by grabbing a sidearm from a police officer) and two others are completely harmless with the mental acuity of small children.
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Artistic License – Ships
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Artistic License – Ships: Almost all US Navy vessels on the show, other than decommissioned ones or historic references, have fictional names. This may have been intentional. In "Cowboys & Cossacks", the exterior of the Russian destroyer is actually stock footage of a British Type 42 destroyer.
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Drawing Straws
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Drawing Straws: In "Retrial", the wives of the bigamist prosecuted by Mac drew straws on who shouldn't divorce him.
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The Mole
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The Mole: In "War Cries", the boy, his sister who the Marine was dating, and their mom were all sleeper agents for the Shining Path, and weren't even related to each other. In "Brig Break", Gunnery Sergeant Gentry. In "Ares", Lieutenant Commander Gino Campisano is the senior weapons officer running the eponymous computerized weapons system onboard the destroyer: and suddenly, while off the North Korean coast, it starts to go crazy, operating without human input, and allowing no vessels other than ships to approach it. What no one knows is that Campisano is a North Korean mole, planted in the United States many years ago.
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Sniper Rifle
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Sniper Rifle: The episode "High Ground" has an NCO Friendly Sniper with Improbable Aiming Skills becoming a Cold Sniper, due to the fact that his Colonel didn't give a damn about an agreement he had made with the predecessor to not ship him off to a combat zone ever again. The female assassin in "Washington Holiday" carries one of those sniper rifles convertible to components for a stealthy getaway.
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Mildly Military
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Mildly Military: Averted. For a staff corps office they take military protocol very seriously. Take for instance when another admiral walks into the bullpen in "Mixed Messages", the Gunny yells "Admiral on deck!" and everyone stands to attention without the slightest degree of hesitation, as if at boot camp. Acknowledged in an interview with retired Rear Admiral Paul T. Gillcrist, who worked as a technical consultant on the show: This revealing comment was given by the other technical consultant, retired Master Sergeant Matt Sigloch: Meta example: On the Season One Box Art, Harm is shown wearing an officer's cap with a single line of "scrambled eggs" on the brim. Harm would not be authorized to wear such a cap until making Commander (O-5).
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Acronym and Abbreviation Overload
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Acronym and Abbreviation Overload: Lots of military terminology. Often played straight, but sometimes used for laughs.
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Loose Lips
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Loose Lips: In "People v. Rabb", when Admiral Chegwidden says that what he's about to say is sensitive, Bud replies that My loose lips will sink no ships.
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Exact Words
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Exact Words: In season 8 episode "Friendly Fire" acting judge Harmon Rabb and his clerk Jennifer Coates realize that both prosecution and defense have missed evidence which would give the defense a crucial edge in showing reasonable doubt. However, Judicial Conduct rules are strict and interference beyond the scope of his duties in the case is a court martial offense. However when Harm realizes the rules only prohibit from giving advantageous help to the side which would gain the advantage. So he nudges the prosecution to look over where he found the evidence. Upon discovering it, they must give it to the defense. And with that, the case was over.
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Artistic License – Geography
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Artistic License – Geography: In one episode, Harm's partner is kidnapped by a gang in South Central Los Angeles. They tell Harm to drive back to Camp Pendleton, grab one of their members who has joined the Marines, and bring him back in one hour. Camp Pendleton is 90 miles from Los Angeles - even with no traffic it would be extremely difficult to make the drive down there in one hour, let alone back. In several episodes they also drive awfully fast, judging by stated Zulu times, from Washington, D.C. to both Norfolk and Blacksburg in Virginia.
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Dirty Cop
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Dirty Cop: Royal Ulster Constabulary Inspector Vincent Hutchinson in "Trinity" who arranged the kidnapping of the infant child of an American naval officer and an IRA member, only to put the blame entirely on the IRA. DC Detective Frank Coster in "The Stalker", who did not only stalk Mac, but killed her former boyfriend Dalton Lowne and kidnapped her. In Season 6 "Retreat, Hell", Gunny Galindez must protect a Korean War veteran and survivor of the Chosin Reservoir from a dirty sheriff and friends in New Mexico who want him dead so they don't have to give up their land that was illegally taken from the veteran's family years ago.
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Big Damn Heroes
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Big Damn Heroes: In "Déjà Vu", Meg and the Instrumental Theme show up just in the nick of time to save Harm's life. In "Enemy Below", both Harm and Sturgis, in their own ways, prevents Al-Qaida terrorists and a defected Russian submarine captain to unleash a dirty bomb on U.S. Carrier Battle Group in the Indian Ocean.
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Asian Store-Owner
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Asian Store-Owner: In "Wedding Bell Blues", Harm goes to the dry cleaner to get his Dress Whites uniform back in time for Bud's wedding, but is has been mixed up with a police uniform from another customer. The Indian owner will only help Harm locate the other customer if he agrees to take his daughter on a date.
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Simulated Urban Combat Area
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Simulated Urban Combat Area: The season 2 episode "Force Recon", filmed on location at Camp Pendelton.
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Hunting
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Hunting "Accident": 3rd season episode "With Intent to Die" had Admiral Chegwidden's mentor killed in such a manner, and Chegwidden refuses to believe it was either a suicide or an accident. Turns out he was right.
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Deep Cover Agent
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Deep Cover Agent: Harm's new neighbor, Meghan O'Hara, in "Washington Holiday" turned out to be a trained assasin, whose mission was to killDesignatedGirlFight the Romanian king while in DC.
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Mistaken for Terrorist
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Mistaken for Terrorist: JAG has an inverted example predating 9/11. In 6th season episode "Valor", Sergeant Joan Steele was found with terrorists attempting to sabotage a US warship in the vein of the attack on the USS Cole. It is unclear whether Steele was kidnapped and succumbed to Stockholm Syndrome or was a Military Maverick on a mission of her own trying to stop the terrorists. It turns out to be the latter, as she was killed in an explosion stopping them.
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A Dog Named
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A Dog Named "Dog": The dog Admiral Chegwidden adopts in the season nine episode "Empty Quiver" is named Dammit, because that was the only expression to which it would pay attention.
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Distracted by the Sexy
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Also, in the first part of two-parter "Boomerang", Harm and Bud walks on the beach when takes of her bikini top, which makes Bud clearly distracted.
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Dangerous Deserter
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Dangerous Deserter: In the season nine episode "Shifting Sands" a Navy petty officer believed to be lost since the first Gulf War is found in Iraq, married to a Bedouin sheik. It turns out that she's provided intelligence to Saddam's regime through the years.
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Evil Brit
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Royal Ulster Constabulary Inspector Vincent Hutchinson in "Trinity" who arranged the kidnapping of the infant child of an American naval officer and an IRA member, only to put the blame entirely on the IRA.
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SWAT Team
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SWAT Team: Appears a few times on JAG. In the second season episode "The Guardian", Bud is trapped inside a church with a crazy homeless veteran who is a murder suspect and a MPD SWAT team is sent to the church and captures the suspect, but only after Harm has done his usual share of heroics. In "The Martin Baker Fan Club", A MPD SWAT team enter Harm's appartment after on of the crazy fugitive veterans grabbed a side arm from a police officer. The suspect is arrested but another veteran is shot at. The opening of "The Colonel's Wife" is of a San Diego SWAT team, while on a drug bust, discovers the origin of a drug shipment. In "Persian Gulf", an MPD SWAT team enters after Mac killed the terrorist Fadik Sahd.
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Military Academy
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Military Academy: Harm, Sturgis and Admiral Chegwidden are graduates of the United States Naval Academy. Bud's younger brother Mikey attends the United States Naval Academy in the later seasons.
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Everything Is Online
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Everything Is Online: In "Shadow", Grover claims to control the torpedo via his laptop, and is able to set off various bombs he has concealed throughout the ship. It is lampshaded that the only way he is able to do this is because he arranged for extra pieces of equipment to be installed in the submarine while it was still under construction.
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Vigilante Execution
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Vigilante Execution: The season four episode "Act of Terror" has two vigilante executions. First, a suspected terrorist is transported back the United States but a Marine guard shots at him on live TV coverage. The Marine is charged with murder in a court-martial. However, the suspected terrorist survived because he wore a protective vest and the FBI takes the suspect away for interrogation unbeknownst to everyone. Harm discovers this because there was a major discrepancy between the autopsy report and the video footage. The Marine charged with murder receives top civilian counsel provided by a right-wing businessman. But it turns out that the businessman has made money transfers to terrorist suspects in Saudi Arabia, and while he agrees to let the FBI apprehend the next receiver, that one is gunned down in a drive by shooting. The episode ends with the businessman smiling.
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Sea Stories
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Sea Stories: Many episodes.
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Economy Cast
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Economy Cast: Even though the show was on the air for ten seasons and had loads and loads of characters this trope came into play. For instance, if there would be an issue somehow involving the CIA, Clayton Webb would never be far away.
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Downer Beginning
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Downer Beginning: Most of the Cold Openings starts with an accident occurring or a crime being committed.
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Buried Alive
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Buried Alive: Mentioned in the 3rd season episode "Vanished". The villain orders one of his underlings to kill the hostage and bury them in the woods. The underling seems to interpret this literally by asking if they are to be buried alive. The villain replies by saying he's not heartless and he can shoot them first.
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Spy Satellites
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Spy Satellites: In the second season episode "Rendezvous", a murder case is solved by obtaining photos from a Russian spy satellite showing that the defendant's car was present at the scene of the murder.
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Drives Like Crazy: One episode a young ensign from Jersey played by Sarah Silverman, who absolutely tears across base in a Humvee, hardly ever looking at the road, rambling on about whatever comes to mind, and generally terrifying poor Bud and even making Harm nervous. Bud is forced to have her drive him somewhere on the other side of base because he's in a hurry, and finds her driving much less terrifying if he takes his contacts out first.
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Right-Wing Militia Fanatic: In "Brig Break" the Gunnery Sergeant in charge of the brig uses a right wing militia group as a decoy to keep base security busy while he steals nuclear weapons for Saddam Hussein's Iraq. The group known as The Defenders in "We the People" is called this by Clayton Webb. In the "Vanished", a right wing militia group called Freedom Brethren kidnaps the wife and child of a F-14 pilot, and convinces the aviator to bring them the aircraft and to shoot down a certain civilian airliner. If demands are not fulfilled, the wife and child will die. In "Rivers' Run" Harm and Mac defends Navy Seal Lt. Curtis Rivers in a kangaroo court under the common law, as interpreted by anti-government separatists in West Virginia.
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Faking the Dead: Clayton Webb does this, twice, with Harm and Mac unintentionally doing likewise on one occasion.
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Running Gag: Whenever a promotion is announced, there are accusations of the officer being "out of" or in "incorrect" uniform. Admiral Chegwidden retires and promotes Bud beyond his "terminal" rank
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Split-Screen Phone Call: Only used once; in the 8th season episode "Persian Gulf" in a dramatic moment, when Mac speaks to Al-Qaeda terrorist Sadik Fahd.
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Lieutenant Commander Jordan Parker, first introduced in "Jaggle Bells". Romantic False Lead to Harmon Rabb in season 4.
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"Friends" Rent Control: Mac's Georgetown apartment probably costs as much for one month's rent as a JAG lawyer would earn in three months. It can't even be handwaved in any meaningful way, since it's well-established that Mac came from a poor family. (To their credit, they never really even tried.) The same arguably applies to Harm's apartment, but it has the mitigating circumstance of being located "north of Union Station" (a really bad neighborhood in real life, so it's somewhat plausible that even an apartment that big and nice would be relatively cheap).
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Low Clearance: After they first board the submarine in "Shadow", Harm manages to smack his head on low ceiling support twice within five minutes. He ruefully lampshades this.
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Don't Make Me Destroy You
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Don't Make Me Destroy You: From Soul Searching, when Adm. Chegwidden, a former Navy SEAL, gets into a scrape with a Italian mafioso:
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Master of Disguise: JAG had several. The eponymous assassin Hemlock in "Hemlock", rogue DSD agent Clark Palmer in "Imposter", and Al-Qaeda associate Sadik Fahd in "Persian Gulf".
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Lady Drunk: The first season episode "War Cries" gives us Ambassador Bartlett, a snarky career politician who discusses matters of state and embassy security while sipping scotch. As the episode continues, we see that she has quite a bit to drink about.
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The whole Will They or Won't They? and Unresolved Sexual Tension arc for nine seasons between Harm and Mac. Also Master of the Mixed Message. Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other in the last episode "Farewell and Following Seas": however it ends in the middle of the toss with a coin, is it Harm or Mac who will give up career for love? In the tenth season finale of NCIS: Los Angeles, Mac reveals that Harm lost the coin flip and stayed with her, but after a 10-Minute Retirement, got called back into combat while she found a better opportunity at the State Department.
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Sufficiently Advanced Aliens: In "Sightings", Harm discusses this as part of his Agent Scully argument:
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Strawman News Media
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There are also several episodes where members of Congress or White House staffers in concert with Strawman News Media concocts scandals that turns into a politically expedient witch hunts. Also, the evidence behind it is always shown as nothing more than either conjecture or hearsay.
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Pet the Dog
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Pet the Dog: In "Shadow", When Grover first notices Meg suffering a claustrophobia attack, his first reaction is to try and comfort her, before he goes back to taunting her. Meg is able to exploit this by convincing him to let her play games on his computer, giving her a chance to take it away from him.
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Shown Their Work
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Shown Their Work: The research and accuracy became better through the years the show was running, though inaccuracies could always be found. Having a Marine Corps veteran as its creator, executive producer, and show runner probably helped. Being Backed by the Pentagon probably helped a great deal too. They did sometimes even cite real military case law. It should be noted that none of the starring characters who are military lawyers became that without having prior military service: Harm started out as an aviator, Mac was an administrative officer, and Bud was from the beginning a public affairs officer. AJ started out as a Navy SEAL, served in The Vietnam War in that capacity, and was transferred later to surface warfare. Sturgis began his career as a submariner. This makes for interesting characters, as opposed to Mildly Military straight-out-of-law-school-graduates, as they can relate to and interact differently with the various communities in the Naval Services. This is not completely unrealistic as the Department of the Navy has a law degree program which allows officers in the Navy & Marine Corps to earn a law degree at an accredited law school on Uncle Sam's dime, conditioned that they fulfill service obligation following graduation, which must be within three years. Suffice to say, this program is quite sought after and competitive to enter.
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Third Act Stupidity: Harm or Mack confronting the bad guy alone.
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