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Recap / JAGS 07 E 02 New Gun In Town

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In this episode of JAG, Mac is still reeling from Mic dumping her for good and going back to Australia. Harm has just recovered from his ordeal in the middle of the ocean and is anxious to resume his duties. When Major Holmes, a marine JAG officer aboard the amphibious ship USS Guadalcanal is reported to have gone overboard and presumed missing, Mac takes the chance to get out of Washington and clear her head. Gunny Galindez is sent with her. Onboard the ship, Mac suspects murder or suicide, and looks into all the people the major had brought up on charges. However, an examination of his hard drive reveals a lot of correspondence with a USO administrator- a woman who wasn't the major's wife. This takes the inquiry in an unexpected direction.

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Back at JAG HQ a replacement has been found for Brumby - and he is ex-submariner and Harm's academy classmate Commander Sturgis Turner. The two end up on opposite sides of a case involving an enlisted airman, who without permission, taxied a trainer aircraft, went too fast, momentarily caused the plane to lift off then landed it hard, causing a damaged undercarriage. Although, Sturgis has an airtight case as prosecutor, Harm may have one trick left up Hu's sleeve.

  • Didn't Think This Through: Did Major Holmes really expect that he could get away with desertion - by shacking up with a woman who still uses her credit card and enjoys other creature comforts Americans take for granted - and not expect the Marine Corps to pursue them?
  • Love Makes You Stupid: Major Holmes deserted his country, the Marine Corps and his wife and child - because he was so much in lu-u-u-ve with a USO admin, and just wanted to somehow be with her always.
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  • Off on a Technicality / Truth in Television : Harm bypassing a guilty verdict to plead his case to COMAIRLANT to assume convening authority and undo the verdict. This is a real quirk in the UCMJ, where a flag officer can completely undo a court martial verdict or even stop proceedings and essentially "pardon" the accused, if he thinks that doing so serves a greater interest to the service than a guilty verdict. In recent years, this particular power of the convening authority has become controversial.
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