"JAG" Above and Beyond (TV Episode 1997) - Plot Summary Poster

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  • A SEAL team rescues a captive US diplomat in Lebanon; the PotUS wants the OiC of the team to receive the Medal of Honor. Harm, Mac, and Bud investigate, but they have trouble in learning anything because nobody talks; Harm figures it out.

  • A SEAL team rescues a captive US diplomat from Hamas terrorists amid a fierce gunfight in Lebanon; the PotUS himself asks the SecNav to nominate a lieutenant, the OiC of the platoon, for the Medal of Honor. In Coronado, California, Harm, Mac, and Bud investigate the circumstances and the background; however, they have much trouble in learning anything -- because of the refusal of the lieutenant to talk about the incident due to his personal views and attitudes, and because of the refusal of his men to talk due to their perception of his behavior during the rescue. Eventually, though, Harm finds the pieces of the story and puts them together.

  • Lieutenant Curtis Rivers (Montel Williams), a Navy SEAL up for the Medal of Honor for rescuing a Washington diplomat from Hezbollah, may not get the award when evidence shows that he may have left one of his men behind on the mission. Rivers refuses to clarify the matter one way or the other. Bud gets drunk and sings the Tom Jones song, Delilah.

  • When Harm, Mac and Bud are ordered to run a routine background check on a Navy SEAL who is a candidate for the Medal of Honor, they uncover unsavory information that may make him unworthy. Lt. Rivers is up for a medal after he single-handedly rescues the undersecretary of state from fundamentalist terrorists. Harm and Mac, in their investigation, find Rivers, an African-American, to be a very tough, complex and uncommunicative individual who is totally devoted to his country and his duty. But his men paint a different picture of him as a gung-ho loner who doesn't care about the safety of his team and, in fact, botched the mission by leaving one of his men behind. Rivers finally agrees to open up to Harm -- but only if Harm can withstand arduous SEAL training for one day -- including the brutal manhandling required of the "hostage interrogation."


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