JAG (1995–2005)

Hero Worship 

A fire aboard a Navy destroyer on a training cruise may be the result of negligence or the ship's advanced age.


Rod Hardy


Donald P. Bellisario (created by), Don McGill (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »


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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
Karri Turner ... Lt. Harriet Sims
Jay Michael Ferguson ... Seaman Vincent Trevino
Blake Shields ... Seaman Tim Hawley
Isabella Hofmann ... Meredith Cavanaugh
Graham Jarvis ... Henry Guernsey
Ernie Hudson Jr. Ernie Hudson Jr. ... Master Chief (as Earnest L. Hudson Jr.)
Chris Johnson ... Seaman Todd Raff
Tom Jourden ... Skipper - USS John Cooper
Murray Rubinstein Murray Rubinstein ... Carl Messing
Marc Vann ... Police Detective
Matt Nolan ... P.O. LoGreco


A fire breaks out in the galley aboard a destroyer at sea; personal injuries and materiel damage result. Harm and Mac investigate. The fire may have resulted from one or more human mistakes or maybe from the age of the ship, which is the second oldest destroyer in the Navy. A hearing takes place; Mac prosecutes a sailor who has confessed to a risky act, and Harm defends him. The admiral feels and shows much interest in an aging Marine who received the Medal of Honor for gallantry during the battle for Guadalcanal in WW2, but who has recently run into some trouble. Bud, Harriet, and the admiral talk more about Bud's next set of orders. Written by DocRushing

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criminal justice | See All (1) »







Release Date:

12 March 2002 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The fictional destroyer in this episode is USS John Cooper (DDG-99). No such ship exists in the US Navy. No ship of the Navy has ever borne the name of John Cooper. However, an enlisted member of the Navy by that name twice received the Medal of Honor, for two distinctly different events during the Civil War. The real DDG-99 is USS Farragut, a guided-missile destroyer of the Arleigh Burke class, commissioned in 2005 and still in service in 2013. See more »


Several characters in this episode repeatedly refer to the decks and bulkheads of the ship as "floors" and "walls". In real life aboard a ship (in the US Navy or elsewhere) such landlubberly mistakes would become loudly hooted down. Even lawyers in the JAG Corps are supposed to know better than that. See more »

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