JAG (1995–2005)

Fortunate Son 

The admiral returns. A Marine pilot and his wife become suspected of taking part in human trafficking. Harm and PO Coates find the truth, and justice prevails. The SecNav sends Cdr. Ted Lindsey to investigate the office; Ted grinds his ax.


Terrence O'Hara


Donald P. Bellisario (created by), Darcy Meyers


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David James Elliott ... Harmon Rabb, Jr.
Catherine Bell ... Sarah MacKenzie
Patrick Labyorteaux ... Bud Roberts, Jr.
John M. Jackson ... A.J. Chegwidden
Scott Lawrence ... Sturgis Turner
Chuck Carrington ... Jason Tiner
Dustin Nguyen ... Lt. Bao Hien
James Denton ... Geoffrey Roizman
Dean Stockwell ... SecNav Edward Sheffield
Kathleen Luong Kathleen Luong ... Suong Khoi
W.K. Stratton W.K. Stratton ... Cmdr. Ted Lindsey
Zoe McLellan ... Jennifer Coates
Long Nguyen ... Translator
Catherine Ai Catherine Ai ... Pham Ta
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The admiral returns to duty. A young Marine pilot, who is also a Vietnamese refugee from the fall of Saigon, comes under suspicion of taking part in human trafficking, along with his wife, who is also from Vietnam. Although the couple and other Vietnamese feel reluctant to reveal the circumstances, Harm and PO Coates persist, they find the truth, and justice prevails, even without going to trial. The SecNav, under political pressure, sends an investigator to look into a number of unusual occurrences. The investigator is Cdr. Ted Lindsey, who tries hard to grind his ax; he says that he'll recommend the transfer of everyone in the office. Written by DocRushing

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Release Date:

18 March 2003 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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During the fifth scene, Petty Officer Coates comes to Harm's office to talk to him and Harm's hat moves between shots. A minute Lindsey comes to talk to Harm. As Coates leaves, Harm's hat is clearly next to the stack of trays but when the camera cuts to Harm and then back to Lindsey it has moved away from the trays and Lindsey puts his down between Harm's and the trays. When Lindsey leaves the office, he picks up the hat furthest from the trays, which theoretically would have been Harm's. See more »


Cmdr. Ted Lindsey: [after going on a tirade, Lindsey grabs Mac roughly, then lets her go] I'm sorry.
Lt. Col. Sarah 'Mac' MacKenzie: You touch me like that again and you WILL be.
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