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Recap / JAGS 05 E 02 Rules Of Engagement

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This episode picks up where the previous one left off - with the cocky aviator and Harm's wingman Andrew "X-Man" Buxton charged with fratricide and violating the rules of engagement. X-Man makes the not unreasonable point that the Russians didn't notify anyone that they were operating in the area, and their flag looks eerily similar to the Serbian flag. Not to mention, that the Yugoslav Army uses Soviet military surplus equipment. Harm therefore agrees to defend X-Man. Mac is sent from JAG HQ along with Bud to investigate the matter and winds up prosecuting.


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  • Blood Knight: What Mac tries to characterize Buxton as - someone a little too eager for combat, but Harm rolls with that, and says that this is exactly the kind of person that militaries should have. And it works, as Buxton is acquitted of all charges.
  • Fridge Brilliance: Why would Harm, who as X-Man's defense counsel not face an ethical problem, testifying against X-Man in the FNAEB? Because a FNAEB is a Field Naval Aviator Evaluation Board, that only determines an aviator's suitability to keep operating aircraft. It isn't a legal board that can dole out punishments - it can only revoke flight status and ground pilots. By testifying on X-Man's suitability to be a naval aviator, Harm isn't violating any legal code.
  • Grounded Forever: Implied to be X-Man's eventual fate. Harm gets him off on the fratricide charges, but will testify against him in a FNAEB, which will revoke X-Man's aviator status, grounding him forever.
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  • Unfriendly Fire: What X-Man is accused of.

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