JAG (1995–2005)
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Brig Break 

A sailor has stolen two Stinger missiles from a base. Harm and Meg investigate. A brig break takes place, with Meg as a hostage. Troops and a helo pursue, and much shooting follows. Harm, Meg, and Lt. Kate Pike prevent a nuclear detonation.


Jim Johnston


Donald P. Bellisario (created by), Reuben Leder (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview:
David James Elliott ... Harmon Rabb, Jr.
Tracey Needham ... Meg Austin
David Gianopoulos ... Major Aspinal
Michael Jai White ... Petty Officer First Class Peter Quinn / Lt. Martin Payne
Lee Tergesen ... Gunnery Sergeant Gentry
Charles Cyphers ... Jesse
James Nardini ... Petty Officer Toby Davis
David Dean Bottrell ... McKissick
Wayne Duvall ... Hobbs
Chris Conrad ... Sergeant Lowell
Andrea Parker ... Lt. Caitlin 'Kate' Pike
Eric Bruskotter ... Shore Patrolman Drum
Charles Carpenter ... Shore Patrolman Tinker


Marine gate sentries catch a first-class petty officer with a Stinger missile in the trunk of his car at a fictional submarine base in the Pacific Northwest; officials later find that a second Stinger also is missing. Harm and Meg investigate; at the base they meet Lt. Kate Pike, who was Harm's first partner. While Meg questions the suspect, a brig break takes place, and Meg becomes a hostage. Troops and a chopper pursue the escapees, much shooting follows, and Meg barely avoids drowning. Harm, Meg, and Kate eventually wind up with an armed small satchel-type nuclear weapon; they take it as far as possible from the base before it detonates, and they eventually disarm it. Written by DocRushing

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Release Date:

2 December 1995 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Big Bear Lake, California, USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Harm, Meg and Kate Pike, while trying frantically to disarm a detonated nuclear bomb, trying every permutation they can think of, including the perp (Gentry)'s date of birth, which is given as 09-27-52, making the perp 43 years old, far older than Gentry would have been and more than a decade older than the actor playing him. See more »


Lt. Caitlin 'Kate' Pike: What are you doing?
Lt. Harmon 'Harm' Rabb, Jr.: Going after my partner.
Lt. Caitlin 'Kate' Pike: Major Aspinal ordered us to start an investigation.
Lt. Harmon 'Harm' Rabb, Jr.: He suggested, Kate. I don't have to follow suggestions.
Lt. Caitlin 'Kate' Pike: To him, a suggestion is as good as an order.
Lt. Harmon 'Harm' Rabb, Jr.: Damn it! They have my partner! I'm sorry, Kate, but if that was you out there, would you want me to start an investigation or come after you?
Lt. Caitlin 'Kate' Pike: [pause] You got another weapon in there?
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Meg works hard as the damsel in distress
4 June 2019 | by hindsonevansmikeSee all my reviews

One-third of the way through the production run of the first season of "JAG", Harm and Meg reunite with Kate Pike (who clearly still has some affinity to Harm - this will be finally enunciated around five years later in Kate Pike's last appearance on the show) who is working in Intelligence.

There are several red herrings and Meg takes a swim (fully clothed) before the action moves onto a "nuclear detonation countdown" story where our heroic threesome emerge triumphant.

The cast act their little hearts out and the stunt team did great work. The world is saved for another day. The goofs listed on IMDB do not detract from the entertainment value.

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