The Best Episodes of JAG

Last Updated: Nov 18, 2018

JAG is an adventure drama about an elite wing of officers trained as lawyers who investigate, prosecute and defend those accused of crimes in the military. Navy Cmdr. Harmon "Harm" Rabb, an ace pilot turned lawyer, and Marine Lt. Col. Sarah "Mac" MacKenzie, a beautiful by-the-book officer, are colleagues who hold the same high standards but find themselves clashing when they choose different routes to get to the same place. The unmistakable chemistry between them must be held at bay for professional reasons as they traverse the globe together with a single mission: to search for and discover the truth. Helping them with their mission is Navy Lt. Cmdr. Bud Roberts, a lawyer who proved his grit and determination when, after losing a leg in a land mine field while on a mission, fought back and became even better at his job.

Fair Winds and Following Seas

#1 - Fair Winds and Following Seas

Season 10 - Episode 22

Harm and Mac get separate transfer orders; Harm gets a promotion. Vic investigates and resolves a fraudulent enlistment. Harm and Mac talk, then propose to each other; Bud flips a coin to decide which of them will resign from the service. - This is the Final episode in the series -

star 8.38
93 votes
Directors: Bradford May
Writers: Stephen Zito
Life or Death

#2 - Life or Death

Season 5 - Episode 13

Mac is assigned the personally distasteful task of representing a fellow Marine who is appealing his death sentence for the murder of three other Marines. She believes that the defendant, Kenneth Farmer, should receive the death penalty, but she must argue otherwise in court. Brumby, who doesn't believe in capital punishment, must argue in favor of it. However, in attempting to overturn the original guilty verdict, Mac must argue inadequate counsel by the corporal's previous lawyer: then-Commander A.J. Chegwiggen. The appeals court lets stand the original guilty verdict, but orders a new sentencing hearing. Mic is recalled by the Royal Australian Navy and must leave within 72 hours. As a result, Harm is assigned to replace Brumby at the new sentencing hearing. Despite Mac's arguments to the defense of Corporal Farmer that was not raised by then-Commander Chegwiggen, Corporal Farmer is again sentenced to death. Admiral Chegwiggen throws a goodbye party for Mic at the local bar. Ever

star 8.31
65 votes
Directors: Tony Wharmby
Writers: Catherine Stribling
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Into the Breech

#3 - Into the Breech

Season 5 - Episode 12

Harm and Mac stumble upon a miscarriage of justice in a 10-year-old case when they tutor a group of law students in a mock trial. In the original case, an investigation team headed by Admiral Chegwidden concluded that a disgruntled gun captain caused an explosion that killed 29 sailors, including himself. But when the ""defense attorney,"" helped by Mac, and the ""prosecutor,"" helped by Harm, retry the case, a new witness and new evidence are uncovered, prompting Mac and Harm to request that the original hearing be re-evaluated.

star 8.26
73 votes
Directors: Mark Horowitz
Writers: Paul J. Levine
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Answered Prayers

#4 - Answered Prayers

Season 7 - Episode 11

When a pretty female petty officer is arrested by the MP's for impersonating a Salvation Army 'bell-ringing' Santa & pocketing the cash, Harm is assigned as her attorney. However, since she has a history of unauthorized absences, she is ordered to be held in custody. But with the holidays, the brig & pre-trial detention center are unavailable, she is estranged from her father, so she must spend the holiday with Harm or with Mac. Cmdr. Ted Lindsey (as the SecNav's administrative assistant) notifies Bud's brother Mikey that each year, the SecNav nominates 170 enlisted personnel for admission to the Naval Academy and that Mikey is being considered for one of those nomination spots. Bud & Mikey's father, a retired Master Chief though is not at all thrilled with having another son becoming an officer and insures that everyone knows it. PO Tiner notifies the Admiral of a lawsuit filed against the Navy by Rudolph, Dasher, Dancer, et al. It seems a group of reindeer broke through a runway

star 8.25
74 votes
Writers: Paul J. Levine
Mishap

#5 - Mishap

Season 5 - Episode 10

Lt. Elizabeth ""Skates"" Hawkes, Harm's former RIO (radio intercept officer), comes under fire after the crash landing of a Tomcat aboard the USS Patrick Henry. The ship's captain and Skates' commanding officer both place the entire blame of the crash on her shoulders and press for her court-martial. Barred from the initial investigation because of his relationship with Skates, Harm is finally able to help when he's called upon to defend his friend at her court-martial and employs all of his legal skills to save her military career.

star 8.24
75 votes
Writers: Larry Moskowitz
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To Walk on Wings

#6 - To Walk on Wings

Season 6 - Episode 20

Harm and Mac investigate the Osprey, a controversial Marine Corps helicopter/airplane, after one almost crashes with Congresswoman Bobbi Latham on board.

star 8.21
68 votes
Writers: Paul J. Levine
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Need to Know

#7 - Need to Know

Season 8 - Episode 7

Harm, Mac and Turner go up against the CIA's top counsel when the agency tries to keep a 1968 Navy sub tragedy, in which 129 men died, classified. In so doing, they must find a way around the CIA's classified information rules in order to follow the orders of the new Secretary of the Navy.

star 8.20
73 votes
Directors: Bradford May
Writers: Philip DeGuere
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Critical Condition (3)

#8 - Critical Condition (3)

Season 8 - Episode 1

The episode starts with a short recap of where we left off last season: Bud & PO Coates walking along a dirt road enroute to attend the ground-breaking of the new school, when they spot a small boy playing in a field that had yet to be cleared of mines. As Coates runs for help, there is an explosion behind her. She turns in time to see Bud injured in the explosion and runs to his side. Coates insists that Bud must be transported on the helo that brought them in, that Bud won't be able to wait for the proper medevac chopper. Bud is airlifted to a field hospital, critical, but still alive. As luck would have it, ZNN reporter Stuart Dunston just happens to be at the base camp when Bud is brought it. Dunston reports the arrival of an injured JAG officer that was brought it, but does not report the name. Chegwiggen advises Harriet, but reminds her he is still on the Seahawk. She tries to contact him by instant messaging, but does not receive a reply. Onboard the USS Seahawk, Harm & M

star 8.16
70 votes
Writers: Charles Holland
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Touchdown

#9 - Touchdown

Season 9 - Episode 5

A CIA mission sends Harm & Beth O'Neil to Libya to pull an agent out of that country. But when the agent wants Harm to transport the entire family, Harm has to modify his mission while avoiding contact with the Libyan authorities. When that fails and their plane comes under attack, Harm & Beth must land on the only available landing strip...the U.S.S. Seahawk. At JAG, a Marine is accused of being involved with the Al-Queda terrorist organization and Mac is assigned to defend him against the charge.

star 8.16
72 votes
Directors: Dennis Smith
Writers: Matt Witten
Rules of Engagement (2)

#10 - Rules of Engagement (2)

Season 5 - Episode 2

Unexpectedly, the wily Buxton demands that Harm and Brumby be his lawyers, thereby preventing Harm from testifying against him and forcing the two adversarial lawyers to work together. The contentious trial continues with Mac and Roberts prosecuting, and the pressure is enormous as the U.S. Navy and the Russian government vigilantly follow the trial to ensure that its own agendas are met. Meanwhile, the Navy has its own special plans for the troublesome Buxton.

star 8.15
73 votes
Directors: Jeannot Szwarc
Writers: Ed Zuckerman
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Retreat, Hell

#11 - Retreat, Hell

Season 6 - Episode 16

When Gunny goes to New Mexico to bring back a Korean War hero accused of desertion, he is ambushed by people trying to kill the man.

star 8.15
66 votes
Directors: Jeannot Szwarc
Writers: Stephen Zito
Adrift (1)

#12 - Adrift (1)

Season 6 - Episode 24

Mac becomes upset when Harm tells her at the last minute that he will not be attending her rehearsal duty in order to complete his 6-month required carrier landing qualifications. He assures her that he will be back in time for the wedding. At the church, Chloe is still wary of being friends of Mic. On board the USS Patrick Henry, Harm learns that the LSO who will be grading him thinks of him only as a ""land-based Washington weenie"". His fears that he won't be graded fairly are realized when he is ordered to land after his first attempt is waved off. After convincing the LSO that they were flying they way that the LSO taught them, he allows Harm to try again. After passing, he then completes his required night traps and requests to head back to Andrews AFB. With an approaching storm, all air operations are suspended, but is assured that he & Skates can be on the first Tomcat, once its forecasted to be safe. With a break in the storm, he & Skates are allowed to go. But the storm m

star 8.14
78 votes
Directors: Scott Brazil
Writers: Dana Coen, Stephen Zito
Adrift (2)

#13 - Adrift (2)

Season 7 - Episode 1

*May 19, 2001* Harm's chance of being rescued from the Atlantic Ocean hinges on Mac's psychic ability (first seen in Season Five ""Psychic Warrior""). However, Mac is trying to cope with her conflicting emotions for both Harm & Mic. On the edge of going unconscious from severe hypothermia, Harm's fires several warning shots which attracts the rescue helicopter. Back onboard the USS Patrick Henry, Harm's vital signs start to fade out, but Skates words help him pull through. Transferred to Bethesda Hospital, Renee learns that Harm has partial amnesia and doesn't remember them being a couple over the past year. Mac's indecision about the wedding drives Brumby back to Australia. When Harm tells Mac on the phone to come to his place so that she doesn't have to be alone, she arrives only to learn that Renee has beaten her to Harm's place with the news that her father has died. Mac ends up in the rain with no one around.

star 8.13
77 votes
Directors: Bradford May
Writers: Dana Coen, Stephen Zito
King of the Greenie Board (1)

#14 - King of the Greenie Board (1)

Season 5 - Episode 1

While patrolling the Mediterranean near Yugoslavia and against the orders of Harm, his division commander, Lt. Buxton fires on what he believes is a Serbian armored car about to attack Kosovar refugees. As Buxton and his pals are celebrating his victory back aboard the aircraft carrier, however, the grave news arrives: those ""Serbs"" Buxton attacked and killed were, in fact, Russian peacekeepers, and Buxton made the mistake while under Harm's command. Mac prosecutes what appears to be an open-and-shut case of a Marine weapons expert accused of reckless endangerment.

star 8.12
82 votes
Directors: Alan J. Levi
Writers: John Schulian
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Lifeline

#15 - Lifeline

Season 6 - Episode 22

Harm & Mac square off in court over a charge of illegal fraternization, but when they oral arguments become directed at each other & reflecting their own relationship, Judge Helfman recesses the court for the day with a strong admonishment to the both of them. All the staff shows up at Admiral Chegwidden's house for Mic & Mac's engagement party. Lt. Singer shows up in a knock-out of a dress which stuns the Admiral for a moment, not used to seeing her in civilian clothes. Bud shows up dress properly for once, but Harriet notices after arriving that he has peanut butter on his tie. Bud is mortified trying to get a tie from anyone, without much luck. Later, he is forced to remove his jacket when wine gets spilled all over him. Even more mortified, Bud feels desperately out-dressed. Throughout the evening, Mac reminisces with the Admiral about past events involving the both of them. When Harm & Mac spend time together alone discussing their relationship, flashbacks recall various even

star 8.12
65 votes
Writers: Larry Moskowitz
Code of Conduct

#16 - Code of Conduct

Season 7 - Episode 13

Harm defends a Navy SEAL accused of disobeying orders when his return to a hostile area in Afghanistan to retrieve a wounded comrade results in the death of another officer. Complicating the issue is the dead officer's pregnant widow who is determined to have justice served even though the accused man was her husband's best friend. Meanwhile, Admiral Chegwidden is asked to resign when he's charged with slapping a high school student.

star 8.12
68 votes
Directors: Dennis Smith
Writers: Dana Coen
Surface Warfare

#17 - Surface Warfare

Season 5 - Episode 25

Bud's underachieving brother is accused of making a mistake during a training exercise that nearly killed 15 Marines. But establishing his innocence proves to be a difficult task, thanks to the age-old tension between the Navy and the Marines. Adm. Chegwidden frets over a speech he must give when he is to be given an award. Mic Brumby returns unexpectantly to the States; Mac & everyone are stunned when he announces that he has resigned his Royal Australian Navy commission so that he could move to the USA and be by the ""woman he loves.""

star 8.12
75 votes
Directors: Jeannot Szwarc
Writers: Ed Zuckerman
Capital Crime

#18 - Capital Crime

Season 7 - Episode 12

Mac's psychic vision talents come into play when a female Naval officer is found with her throat slashed in a local park. What originally seems like an open and shut case involving a love triangle that led to murder becomes much more when Mac's ""visions"" show her puzzling images that lead to evidence of an international conspiracy. Together with Sturgis Turner, Mac follows the clues to uncover information that leads them to a possible terrorist plot in Russia to steal nuclear weapons.

star 8.12
68 votes
Writers: Don McGill
Dungaree Justice (1)

#19 - Dungaree Justice (1)

Season 4 - Episode 12

Harm and Mac are assigned to prosecute three sailors charged with the vicious beating of a man they say raped a fellow shipmate. The rape victim, Petty Officer Lopez, tells Mac that, after an evening of drinking with her three male shipmates, she found herself alone at the bar where they ditched her as part of an initiation into their team. The next morning when she awakened in her car, she realized that she had been raped. When the shipmates heard Lopez's story, they exacted revenge on the man they thought attacked her -- the bar owner. But as Harm and Mac wear down the testimony of the three sailors, a very different story about what happened that evening begins to emerge. This episode starts with tying up the loose end of Mac being charged in an Article 32 hearing for perjury (People vs. Mac). She is acquitted, thanks to fancy legal-speak from Harm - although she does not have to face a court-martial, she does end being sent up on an Admiral's Mast, which just might be worse.

star 8.12
70 votes
Writers: David Zabel
Contemptuous Words

#20 - Contemptuous Words

Season 5 - Episode 9

Harm faces a court-martial when a letter critical of the President appears on the Op-Ed page of a newspaper and is traced to his computer. As an investigation threatens Harm's promotion as well as his entire career, a well-known conservative organization offers to represent him and Harm accepts. The key to Harm's defense is to find the actual letter-writer, so Bud digs through Harm's old case files searching for those with an axe to grind.

star 8.12
78 votes
Directors: Jeannot Szwarc
Writers: Ed Zuckerman
Shakedown

#21 - Shakedown

Season 4 - Episode 18

Numerous power outages & a ruptured steam line injuring a sailor sends Mac & Harm to the aircraft carrier USS CORAL SEA. While there, they discover two civilian technical representatives onboard and their plan to steal over a million dollars in cash from the Disbursement Office vault; as well as their plan to smuggle it off the carrier. Adm. Chegwiggen helps a former juvenile delinquent who became a decorated SEAL face his leukemia.

star 8.11
82 votes
Directors: Alan J. Levi
Writers: R. Scott Gemmill
Yesterday's Heroes

#22 - Yesterday's Heroes

Season 3 - Episode 15

When a luxury yacht owned by a reputed South American drug trafficker mysteriously sinks and the Navy is suspect, Harm, Mac and Bud are put on the case. Meanwhile, Artemus Sullivan, a World War II Navy veteran, with the help of his aged cronies, devises plans from a nursing home to make sure the drug dealer responsible for Sullivan's grandson's death is brought to justice. But when Sullivan is kidnapped by the drug dealers, his mettle is tested, as is that of Harm and his team as they race to rescue the war hero.

star 8.11
88 votes
Boomerang (1)

#23 - Boomerang (1)

Season 5 - Episode 15

At the request of Lt. Cmdr. Brumby, Admiral Chegwidden sends Harm and Bud to Australia to represent a U.S. Naval officer, Kevin Lee, who has suddenly surfaced 28 years after being ""murdered"" by an Australian sailor. Lee contends that he accidentally killed his Australian nemesis years ago and, in a panic, exchanged identities with the dead man. Now, charged with both deserting and murder, Lee is to be tried in an Australian court, pitting Harm against Brumby. Harm and Brumby are also about to go head-to-head outside the courtroom when Mac appears in Sydney and Brumby decides it's time to make her choose between him and Harm.

star 8.11
77 votes
Writers: Donald P. Bellisario
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Psychic Warrior

#24 - Psychic Warrior

Season 5 - Episode 6

When a Navy research project involving psychic phenomena goes awry and results in the death of one of its research subjects, Harm defends the admiral in charge of the project. As Mac prosecutes, she steadfastly proves that the admiral's ESP theories are wrong. But when her friend Chloe disappears and Mac experiences a vision that could save her life, she begins to have second thoughts about the paranormal.

star 8.10
70 votes
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A Separate Peace (2)

#25 - A Separate Peace (2)

Season 6 - Episode 8

Harm & Mac defend Adm. Boone in court against the charges that he was responsible for massacrering civilians. Although he is eventually acquitted, he decides that it is probably best to retire from the service, despite Harm's objection that the Navy need men like him.

star 8.10
76 votes
Writers: Stephen Zito
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