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Shifting Sands 

Webb, Mac, and Harm return from Paraguay. A sailor became MiA in the Gulf War 12 years before, and she reappears as a member of a nomadic tribe. Bud investigates in Iraq, then he prosecutes, and Mac defends. Harm interviews with the CIA.


Jeannot Szwarc


Donald P. Bellisario (created by), Dana Coen


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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
Zoe McLellan ... Jennifer Coates
Chuck Carrington ... Petty Officer First Class Jason Tiner
Steven Culp ... Special Agent Clayton Webb
Denis Arndt ... Rear Admiral Richard La Porte
Greg Collins ... American Soldier
Kim Myers ... Petty Officer Third Class Allison La Porte
Jameson Parker ... CIA Deputy Director Harrison Kershaw
John DeMita ... Col. Clifford Blakely
Laura Putney ... Catherine Gale


Webb, Mac, and Harm return from Paraguay to Washington; Webb goes to a hospital, Mac to the office, and Harm to the job market (because the admiral has forwarded Harm's resignation). Personal feelings abound all around. Harm and Mac visit Webb. PO Allison LaPorte, a Navy hospital corpsman, became MiA in the Gulf War 12 years before; however, she suddenly reappears in the garb of a local woman. She has joined a Bedouin nomadic tribe and married its sheik. PO LaPorte is also the daughter of a two-star admiral who is the Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence. Bud investigates in Iraq. The PO faces charges of desertion and aiding the enemy; in a preliminary hearing Bud prosecutes, and Mac defends. The judge refers the matter to a general court-martial. Harm has an interview with the CIA. Written by DocRushing

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3 October 2003 (USA) See more »

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Harmon 'Harm' Rabb Jr.: Tiner!
P.O. Jason Tiner: [Turns around] Sir!
Harmon 'Harm' Rabb Jr.: [Tosses his cover to Tiner] For when you make Commander. May it bring you better luck than it did me.
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Harm and Mac return to Falls Church - one of them only momentarily
8 October 2018 | by hindsonevansmikeSee all my reviews

Harm and Mac walk into Falls Church on their return, to find a celebration in full swing. Sadly it is not for them; PO Jason Tiner has been selected for Officer Candidate School (thence to Naval Judicial School).

Bud is sent (unaccompanied) to the desert to interview a deserter from an earlier Gulf War, but Sturgis is less than enamoured at the news. Harm is given an hour to clear his desk - the Admiral had processed his resignation the next day, meaning that Harm has been a civilian for 72 hours.

Harm gets a job call from the CIA....

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