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  • In the Pilot Movie, when Harm regains his wings, pinned on his chest by the brother of the RIO who died in the accident which had him grounded before he joined JAG.
    • Captain Boone and Harm are portrayed as having a very complicated relationship with each other. Boone will, in the same conversation, be dismissive and nigh-abusive of Harm, implying that Harm's plane crash was due to a judgement error rather than a vision problem, and then warmly ask how Harm's mom is doing. Harm for his part just takes it it stride, having known Boone for most of his life (Boone and Harm's dad being wingmen). After the climax of the film, where Harm has to take control of a damaged F-14 to get Boone back to the carrier alive, Boone refuses to thank Harm for saving his life... Harm is a naval aviator, after all, why should Boone thank him for doing his job?
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    • Following right after that Boone, tells Harm about the mission where Harm's father bailed out, with Boone providing cover until search and rescue could arrive. Boone was low on fuel and decided he needed to bug out to get back to the carrier, and Harm's father was never found. As it happens, Boone ended up catching a tailwind and landed with fuel to spare. Boone refuses to apologize, stating that he made a judgement call based on what he knew, and that he'd live with that for the rest of his life. Harm however, did not make a judgement call the day he crashed his plane. He had an undiagnosed medical problem and the entire situation was beyond his control. Boone insists that Harm should not carry any guilt on his conscience over the crash.
  • Commander Lindsey is about to give Harm and Meg their next assignment, but first, insists they light up, presenting a box of cigars. After a bit of evasiveness, Lindsey tells them that the cigars were sent by the Admiral, with instructions to pass on his congratulations to Harm for being promoted to Lieutenant Commander. Cue Meg planting a Smooch of Victory on a startled Harm's cheek.
  • Two in the same episode.
    • First, Bud steps on a landmine and is evacuated to a hospital in a desperate attempt to save his life. The attempt fails. He dies on the operating table. And then, somehow, and we should perhaps not examine this too closely, his spirit perceives his son calling for him, and he comes back to life on the table, long enough for the doctors to save him.
    • And then, At the very end of the episode, the doctor comes out to say that Bud has survived, not revealing the above situation, to Harm and Mac, who've been waiting anxiously for their friend's fate. Mac is relieved, and turns to look at Harm off camera ... then softly says his name. Harmon Rabb, ace aviator and tough attorney, has broken down in silent tears of relief. She silently sits down beside him, resting her head on his shoulder as they rest from the horrid tension of this awful day.
  • There is one episode in which Harm is surprised to learn that Webb, through his mysterious contacts, has arranged the release of his half-brother Sergei from a Chechyan prison as a Christmas present. Webb tells Harm that a present is coming over the telephone while shells are raining around him in Afghanistan.
    • CMOH's that involve Webb, are enhanced by the normal contrast with his outward personality.
    • Considering he did that in the middle of a firefight, that could count as a simultaneous CMOA and CMOH.
  • Almost any time Admiral Chegwidden and Harriet interact directly it manages to be this, because his gruff exterior always thaws a little around her— he helps her out when she's overwhelmed with wedding plans by telling her to think of it like a battle plan, gets her assigned to JAG even though she and Bud can't serve in the same chain of command, and at the end of the series chooses her to be his Madam Vice at his retirement party.
  • The Season 4 episode "Soul Searching", in which Webb goes against CIA orders and launches a mission on his own to rescue his mentor.
  • At Bud's review board, after losing his leg in Afghanistan, all the senior JAG lawyers, including Chegwidden, are there to support him and speak on his behalf so that the military doesn't just turn its back on him when he wants to continue to serve despite his severe injury.
  • Compared to most crime drama finales, "Fair Winds and Following Seas" is actually a very tame, hopeful, and upbeat episode to close out the show on. It looks toward the future, featuring a young man who is applauded for being so enthusiastic to join the Armed Forces that he tries to get in before he's eighteen, and the romantic resolution between Harm and Mac. The two finally admit they're in love with each other and that this is the true love they've both been seeking after several failed romances, and decide they want to marry one another, followed by a lot of cathartic kissing. However, in order to get married, one of them will have to let go of their career because the military generally frowns upon workplace fraternization because it can cloud one's judgement, and considering their line of work, where judgement is essential, this decision to leave behind what they've both worked for is very big. It means a lot more that they're both equally willing to give up their standing just to be with each other. The series concludes with a coin flip that has an unknown outcome, which will decide who will resign their commission so they can get married.


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