JAG (1995–2005)

Rules of Engagement 

Mac flies to the carrier to investigate and prosecute in the killing of the Russians in the preceding episode; Bud and Mic soon join at sea, Bud to help Mac, and Mic to help Harm, who defends X-man. Justice prevails in an unexpected way.


Jeannot Szwarc


Donald P. Bellisario (created by), Ed Zuckerman


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Episode cast overview:
David James Elliott ... Harmon Rabb, Jr.
Catherine Bell ... Sarah MacKenzie
John M. Jackson ... A.J. Chegwidden
Patrick Labyorteaux ... Bud Roberts, Jr.
Karri Turner ... Lt. Harriet Sims
Lochlyn Munro ... Lt. Andrew 'X-Man' Buxton
Adam Gregor ... Admiral Arkady Yakushkin
Vaughn Armstrong ... Judge Williams
Benjamin Brown ... Lt. Mirvis
A.J. Tannen ... Lt. Alfred Aldridge
Paul Collins Paul Collins ... SecNav Alexander Nelson
Mark Metcalf ... Captain Pike
Trevor Goddard ... Lt. Cmdr. Mic Brumby
Beau Baxter ... Captain Weston
Steve Matteucci Steve Matteucci ... Captain Wiggins


To investigate the killing of the Russian peacekeepers in the preceding episode, Mac, wearing her new silver oak leaves, arrives aboard the carrier in the Adriatic Sea. X-man, the accused pilot, maneuvers Harm into defending him in the forthcoming court-martial. Bud and Mic also fly to the ship; Bud, to join Mac in the prosecution, and Mic, to join Harm in the defense. Harm further continues with his flying duties. Harm and Mac make some grand fireworks together during the trial. Harm gets one result from the jury, but the CAG interrupts the aftermath and announces the next duty and the next event for the defendant. X-man asks for more help from Harm, but he declines. Written by DocRushing

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Release Date:

28 September 1999 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Buxton realises that he may be "threatened with a Fee-Nab" - this is a FNAEB, standing for Field Naval Aviator Evaluation Board. See more »


In several scenes throughout the episode, Harm is seen wearing a JAG mil rind. As his designator has been changed, he is an active pilot, therefore a line officer, not a JAG staff officer. He should have gold oak leaves on both collars. See more »


Lt. 'X-Man' Buxton: Sir, they're sending me to a FENAB. They want to ground me!
Lt. Cmdr. Harmon 'Harm' Rabb, Jr.: Well what did you expect, Buxton? A promotion?
Lt. 'X-Man' Buxton: You have to help me, sir!
Lt. Cmdr. Harmon 'Harm' Rabb, Jr.: Actually, I'll be testifying against you.
Lt. 'X-Man' Buxton: AGAINST me? I-I just heard you in court, talking about my intelligence, my initiative, how they had to acquit.
Lt. Cmdr. Harmon 'Harm' Rabb, Jr.: I was your lawyer. It's my job to get you off.
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