JAG (1995–2005)

First Casualty 

Harm and Mac prosecute a civilian reporter for disobeying a direct order while accompanying a SEAL team on a mission against a target in Afghanistan, and Sturgis defends. Bud carries out transfer orders to a ship as his next duty station.


Oz Scott


Donald P. Bellisario (created by), Paul J. Levine


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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
Chuck Carrington ... Jason Tiner
John D'Aquino ... Stuart Dunston
Susan Pari ... Ginny Baker
Cade Courtley ... Lt. Laslavic
Nanci Chambers ... Lt. Loren Singer
Harrison Page ... Rear Admiral Stiles Morris
Sasha Mitchell ... Commander Curry
Zoe McLellan ... Jennifer Coates
Russell Richardson ... P.O. Hamilton


A reporter for ZNN, a fictional cable news network, accompanies a SEAL team on a mission against an enemy target in Afghanistan. The SEALs walk into an ambush, during which four civilians die, and three SEALs sustain injuries. Harm and Mac investigate, and they discover that, 51 minutes before the firefight, the reporter had made a satellite phone call which may have allowed the enemy to discover the location of the team. The President of the US issues an order to prosecute the reporter in a court-martial. Harm and Mac do so, and Sturgis defends. Mac, by her knowledge of the Farsi language and the Persian culture, discovers what happened. Meanwhile Bud receives and carries out his transfer orders to serve as the Legal Officer aboard USS Seahawk (CVN-65), where he finds an acquaintance as his legalman. Written by DocRushing

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Release Date:

26 March 2002 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


At approximately 31.30 in a US Marine Corporal standing guard at the entrance of JAG Headquarters salutes using his left hand. See more »


Lt. Loren Singer: [Talking about Lt Roberts] I bust my butt and he baby-sits his kid.
Cmdr. Harmon 'Harm' Rabb, Jr.: Nothing wrong with being a family-man, Lieutenant.
Lt. Loren Singer: Or playing your family for all they're worth, sir.
Lt. Col. Sarah 'Mac' MacKenzie: Bud doesn't play his family, Lieutenant.
Lt. Loren Singer: [sighs in exasperation] Maybe I should get a dog.
[walks away]
Cmdr. Harmon 'Harm' Rabb, Jr.Lt. Col. Sarah 'Mac' MacKenzie: [Mac and Rabb pause a second, then simultaneously] Pit-Bull!
[They share a look of amusement and both chuckle]
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