JAG (1995–2005)

Critical Condition 

Bud has lost his right lower leg due to a mine in Afghanistan; during emergency surgery he faces bad trouble. Sturgis returns to Washington, and Harm and Mac disobey an order from the admiral. Bud encounters an astounding change of course.


Jeannot Szwarc


Donald P. Bellisario (created by), Charles Holland (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David James Elliott ... Harmon Rabb, Jr.
Catherine Bell ... Sarah MacKenzie
Patrick Labyorteaux ... Bud Roberts, Jr.
John M. Jackson ... A.J. Chegwidden
Karri Turner ... Lt. Harriet Sims
Scott Lawrence ... Sturgis Turner
Lesli Margherita ... Lt. Urbanski
Chuck Carrington ... Jason Tiner
Nanci Chambers ... Lt. Loren Singer
Dean Stockwell ... Senator Edward Sheffield
Tanya Memme ... ZNN News Anchorwoman
Michael Bellisario ... Midshipman Mike 'Mikey' Roberts
Michael Fairman ... CIA Director Norman Watts
John Livingston
Christine Elise ... Cmdr. Ferraro


Bud has lost his right lower leg due to a land mine in Afghanistan. A helo takes him to USS Guadalcanal, where the requisite people and facilities are available. Bud's condition becomes critical. Harm, Mac, and Sturgis, aboard USS Seahawk, receive the news about Bud. Sturgis returns to Washington. RAdm. Chegwidden directs Harm and Mac to decide which of them will stay temporarily in Bud's billet aboard USS Seahawk, and which will return also to Washington; however, they both go to USS Guadalcanal, igniting the ire of the JAG. PO Coates gives much help to Bud and shows much concern about him and loyalty to him. The admiral, Loren, and the SecNav appear as witnesses before a congressional committee. The admiral aids and comforts Harriet, as does Midn. Mikey Roberts, on emergency leave from the US Naval Academy. Bud gets into serious trouble during surgery, but he encounters an astounding change of course. Written by DocRushing

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Release Date:

24 September 2002 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The fictional Guadalcanal is actually the USS Tarawa (LHA-1) stationed out of San Diego California. The Tarawa was decommissioned on March 31, 2009. See more »


Kandahar is 8½ hours ahead of Washington, DC. Therefore, as the hours pass, it would be impossible for it to be continuously daylight in both places. See more »


[Bud is being airlifted out of Afghanistan after stepping on a land mine]
Sergeant Manning: Petty Officer, you can't go with them!
P.O. Jennifer Coates: *WATCH ME*!
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