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Friendly Fire 

A Navy pilot drops a bomb on a British position, killing three soldiers and injuring others. In a court-martial he faces charges of involuntary homicide and dereliction of duty. Mac and Bud prosecute, Sturgis defends, and Harm presides.

Director:

Kenneth Johnson

Writers:

Donald P. Bellisario (created by), Paul J. Levine

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Cast

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
Dean Stockwell ... SecNav Edward Sheffield
Gabriel Olds ... Lt. Cmdr. David Ridley
Harry Van Gorkum ... Lt. Whitehall
Tony Denison ... CAG USS Coral Sea
Zoe McLellan ... Jennifer Coates
John Furey ... Commander Sachs
Alex Nesic ... Lt. Cmdr. Barry
Jane Longenecker ... Lt. Kaufman
Chip Heller Chip Heller ... Presiding Member
Bill O'Reilly ... Himself
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Storyline

Near the end of a nine-hour patrol over Afghanistan, a US carrier-based pilot, claiming self-defense, drops a 500-pound bomb on a British position, killing three soldiers and injuring others. He stands accused of violating the rules of engagement and disobeying an order to hold his fire (from a controller aboard an AWACS aircraft while seeking clarification about friendly forces). In a court-martial the pilot faces charges of involuntary homicide and dereliction of duty. The officially approved use of go-pills is involved. Mac and Bud prosecute, Sturgis defends, and Harm presides. Bill O'Reilly, a TV commentator, appears as himself. Mac later gets a temporary assignment. Written by DocRushing

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Certificate:

TV-PG
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 February 2003 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

This episode is based on a true event, the shameful and deeply regrettable Tarnak Farm incident, in which on 17 April 2002 an Air Force pilot dropped a laser-guided bomb on Canadian forces, killing four soldiers and wounding eight others. The pilot was a graduate of the US Naval Academy, a former Naval aviator, a student and (later) an instructor of the TopGun school, and a student and (later) an instructor of the corresponding Air Force school. See more »

Goofs

During Rabb's run, he is running in falling snow, yet the Secnav's car's windshield wipers are not on and the car has no fallen snow on it. See more »

Connections

Features The O'Reilly Factor (1996) See more »

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