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Recap / JAGS 03 E 02 The Court Martial Of Sandra Gilbert

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This JAG episode starts off with USMC lieutenant Sandra Gilbert doing well as a Cobra gunship pilot during an exercise. At the end however, her squadron commander grounds her and brings her up on charges of disobedience of a direct order, and conduct unbecoming an officer. She had apparently slept with a flight line gunnery sergeant, who was married. Mac is designated as Prosecutor, while Harm agrees to defend Lt Gilbert. To further complicate matters, Congresswoman Bobbie Latham shows up, believing that Gilbert is being unfairly railroaded out of the Marines.


  • Book-Ends: The episode begins and ends with Sandra Gilbert doing well in a helo gunship training exercise. Both times she exclaims "Not bad for a girl huh!" The first time she says it, she is overjoyed. The second time, she is more melancholic, as she is getting kicked out of the Marine Corps in disgrace.
  • Jackie Robinson Story: Sandra Gilbert was heading in that direction. Until she slept with her flight line chief.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Air Force lieutenant Kelly Flynn is name checked, and Sandra Gilbert is an intentional Expy.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Congresswoman Bobbie Latham becomes one for Straw Feminist character Congresswoman DeLong. Latham however, isn't as much of a Strawman Political.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Being the only woman in the entire squadron, meant that Lt Gilbert got very lonely. And that was what led her to fraternize with an enlisted man.
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  • You Go, Girl!: Marine Lieutenant Sandra Gilbert was first in her class in Advanced Helicopter Training, was the first woman in the Corps, chosen to fly gunships and is the top scorer in pre-deployment exercises in her squadron. Not bad for a girl, huh?
  • Your Cheating Heart: Sandra Gilbert had an affair with her married flight line chief Gunnery Sergeant Max Taylor, who is married with two daughters.

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