Bud works with SEAL Commander Raglin, an old friend of Harm's, infiltrating bases and staging mock terrorist attacks. When concern over his methods and success arises Harm attempts to talk Raglin down, only for him to push Bud into working with him to actually steal a nuclear submarine and, it is feared, attack New York.
"Rogue" provides examples of the following tropes:
- Affectionate Pickpocket: Subverted. Raglin lifts Harm's wallet when they meet for drinks, demonstrating that Harm's carelessness could allow someone to swipe his credentials. However, Harm opens the wallet to show that he had replaced his military ID with a piece of paper saying "ARREST THIS MAN".
- False Flag Operation: The whole point of Raglin's team, with Bud serving as legal advisor. When Raglin looks like he will launch a nuclear strike on New York this is also a false flag to draw attention to the need for better security.
- Jurisdiction Friction: Part of Raglin's problem is how he is so good he embarrasses the people he tests the security of, and his CO wants his head because of the heat Raglin throws on him.
- Navy SEALs: The team, as well as Delta and Force Recon, naturally since they are Writing Around Trademarks to Red Cell.
- Off on a Technicality: Raglin escapes court martial due to the embarrassment the theft of a nuclear submarine would cause, and how his orders could be twisted around.
- Only in It for the Money: Subverted: the ransom demand and suggestion of selling the sub to terrorists are a smoke screen to mask their real intentions.
- Our Lawyers Advised This Trope: The episode begins with a note that it is not based on any real person or event, which might have worked were it not for the title or using every single trope from the novels.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: The reason why Raglin launched the terrorist attack, he wanted to scare the Navy enough to treat security seriously.
- Sexy Silhouette: Raglin sneaks into his CO's house to try and kidnap his CO's wife, who is in the shower. Except Harm anticipated this and the woman in the shower is really a Marine NCO being used as bait.
- The General's Daughter: The General's Wife actually, Raglin targets her twice in a bid to scare the bejeasus out of his CO.
- Training from Hell: Bud is put through SEAL training so he can hang with the team he is serving as legal adviser for.
- Whole Plot Reference: The episode is basically a live action, shot by shot, telling of the Rogue Warrior with the only concrete difference being Raglin looks less like Marcinko and more like Dave Tash.
- With All Due Respect: Raglin, with the underlying message to kiss his ass clear.
- Worth It: Court martial, prison, being seen as a disgrace and a terrorist is worth it to Raglin if it means the reaction will help the Navy stop real terrorists.
- Worthy Opponent: Commander Wallace Berg, who is sent to collar Raglin, treats it like a real mission and shows a great amount of respect for him. He also treats Harm as such, making him think he would kill Raglin as a scare due to a previous court case.
- Writing Around Trademarks: To Red Cell, Marcinko's terrorist group.