JAG (1995–2005)
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Harm goes on trial in a court-martial for the murder of Loren. A Marine major from Quantico prosecutes, and a Navy woman lieutenant commander from San Diego defends. However, the NCIS ... See full summary »


Scott Brazil


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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
Mark Harmon ... Leroy Jethro Gibbs
Michael Weatherly ... Anthony DiNozzo
Robyn Lively ... NCIS Special Agent Vivian Blackadder
Pauley Perrette ... Abby Sciuto
Alan Dale ... Tom Morrow
Zoe McLellan ... Jennifer Coates
W.K. Stratton W.K. Stratton ... Cmdr. Ted Lindsey
Alicia Coppola ... Lt. Cmdr. Faith Coleman
Michael Muhney ... Major Jack McBurney
Nanci Chambers ... Lt. Loren Singer
Faran Tahir ... Amad Bin Atwa


Harm goes on trial in a court-martial for the murder of Loren. A Marine major from Quantico prosecutes, and a Navy woman lieutenant commander from San Diego defends. However, the NCIS continues its investigation anyway. The cap proves to be Harm's, but someone planted it. NCIS agents find a pattern, they pursue it, and they find another suspect, who, during questioning, begins to concede that he was the killer. That lets Harm off the hook. Meanwhile Agent Gibbs goes aboard a surface ship of the Navy in the Mediterranean Sea to question a terrorist in custody. He gets an answer, which allows him and his mates to thwart the next imminent attack on a Naval vessel. Written by DocRushing

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29 April 2003 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Actress Zoe McLellan would go on to star in NCIS: New Orleans (2014), a spin-off of the crime drama of the same agency, which in itself originated as a spin-off of this series. See more »


When Major McBurney is on the range in BDU's, his collar insignia is gold. This would make him a target on the battlefield. The proper insignia would be black. See more »


Special Agent Vivian Blackadder: Good morning, Tony. What are you doing? That investigation's wrapped up.
Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo: Is it?
Special Agent Vivian Blackadder: Oh, you're in Gibbs' camp now? "Rabb didn't do it."
Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo: Think outside the FBI box for a sec, Viv. It's too perfect. I'm a cop; it just doesn't sit right.
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Crazy Credits

A different typeface is used for the episode credits on the two-part episode "Ice Queen" and "Meltdown" as this was the pilot for the later series "Navy NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigation Service" (2003). See more »


Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #8.92 (2010) See more »

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Second part of the NCIS introduction, spinning out of JAG
20 January 2019 | by hindsonevansmikeSee all my reviews

With Harm under arrest, Chegwidden had to hand the prosecution and defence caseloads to JAG officers who are not local and have (as fas as possible) no "history" with Harm.

This means that his defence is handed to a Navy LtCdr - Faith Coleman. This was another under-developed character, played with earnest seriousness by Alicia Coppola. The character has been extensively (and accurately) described in Fanfiction as "an anally-retentive with OCD, who cannot start her day without a full box of sharp pencils".

Gibbs and the NCIS team have been pressured to secure a prosecution then get out to the Mediterranean to "crack" a terrorist (this was 2003, remember, with 11/09/2001 fresh in the American memory). With a little time to think, Gibbs tasks Abby Sciuto (who works with the prosecuting Marine Major) and Tony DiNozzo with looking more closely at the evidence which implicated Harm in Loren Singer's alleged murder.

End game; Gibbs cracks the terrorist (in my case, if someone threatened me with wine, I would become a little less accurate during interrogation!) and the terror plot is sunk.

A very youthful-looking Tony DiNozzo uses basic dogged police work and interrogation techniques to uncover (you'll understand the pun if you know Navy terminology!) the real killer (with an effective flashback to Loren Singer's death)

Everyone lives happily ever after - in the case of "JAG", for another two seasons and, in the case of "NCIS" up until today (review written in 2019).

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