This episode of JAG starts with Harm being awarded his second Distinguished Flying Cross for his Pardo Push earlier in the season. At the same time, a female enlisted crewman has enough of being on deck swabbing duty, and just walks off, going AWOL. Harm and Mac track her down to persuade her to return to her ship before Unauthorized Absence (a minor offense usually warranting only non judicial punishment) becomes upgraded to Desertion, which is a felony carrying serious prison time. However, the Seaman claims that the Navy lied to her during her recruitment - by promising her a career in air traffic control, but ultimately sending her to regular electronics technician school. She therefore feels that the Navy owes her a discharge. Her claim is complicated by her destroyer's skipper - a hard nosed female commander, who is being harsher on her because she doesn't want to coddle her female subordinates. Harm's taking part in a Navy recruitment commercial further erodes trust between him and the seaman, as she feels that Harm is complicit in the Navy deceiving her, and therefore cannot objectively defend her.
- Double Standard: The female skipper of Granado's ship apparently gave her female subordinates harsher punishments for the same offenses compared to her male crewmen, because women have to work twice as harder to get by in the male dominated Navy, so they must also be more severely deterred from mistakes, as one mistake has more severe career consequences for women compared to men.
- Join the Navy They Said: Why Seaman Granado walked off her ship. She felt that the recruiter lied to her to get her to enlist.
- It's All About Me: Seaman Granada wasn't sent to Air Traffic Control school as was promised, but the Navy did offer her other schools that would have been interesting and challenging careers, such as Aviation Electronics Technician school, Radarman school etc. But she turned down all of them, because she wanted only air traffic control school. And when she didn't get it, she deserted her ship.