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The Return of Jimmy Blackhorse 

The Marine Corps returns the remains of a WW2 codetalker to a Navajo cemetery, but a native medicine woman denies that the remains are his. Harm, Mac, Bud, and Harriet investigate. Truth emerges, and Harm proposes an acceptable compromise.


Alan J. Levi


Donald P. Bellisario (created by), Dana Coen




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 ... Ens. Harriet Sims
Trisha Yearwood ... Lt. Cmdr. Teresa Coulter
Gregory Cruz ... Paul Begay (as Gregory Norman Cruz)
Frank Salsedo Frank Salsedo ... Johnny Blackhorse (as Frank S. Salsedo)
Betty Carvalho Betty Carvalho ... Margaret Blackhorse
Nick Tate ... Jimmy Blackhorse
Grace Renn ... Adele Wheeler (as Grace C. Renn)
Steve Reevis ... Sammy Wheeler
Josh Estrada Josh Estrada ... Judge James Nagale (as Joshua Estrada)
Tim Owens Tim Owens ... Marine Lieutenant
Florence Sundstrom Florence Sundstrom ... Frances Roland


The US has received from New Zealand the remains of a Navajo WW2 codetalker who disappeared during R+R; the Marine Corps returns them to a Navajo cemetery, but a native medicine woman denies that the remains are his. Harm, Mac, Bud, and Harriet all investigate in Arizona and New Zealand. The Navy has proposed to name a new ship for the veteran, but the people of the tribe prefer that it not do so. The matter goes before a Navajo tribal court, the medicine woman reconsiders, and Harm proposes a solution. LCdr. Teresa Coulter, a pathologist, makes her first appearance. Bud and Harriet experience more problems, including an explosion in Las Vegas. Written by DocRushing

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Release Date:

28 April 1998 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The songs being played on the boom box during the feast dance are sung by Trisha Yearwood. See more »

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The first appearance of LtCdr Teresa Coulter, MD, USNR
3 March 2018 | by hindsonevansmikeSee all my reviews

This Season 03 episode introduced us to the character of Lt Cdr Teresa Coulter, portrayed by Trisha Yearwood. Her character was to work alongside Harmon Rabb in some six episodes and adventures over around five years in the time arc that was "JAG". She mainly worked with him on "human interest" cases where her forensic skills helped enhance the plot.

Teresa Coulter, a USN reservist forensic pathologist holding the rank of Lieutenant Commander, was first called in to assist in identification of the remains of Jimmy Blackhorse ("The Return of Jimmy Blackhorse - S03Ep21") and was upset over missing her godson's school play. She was apparently smitten with Harm but he was oblivious. She smoked cigars and told him that her father was in the "8th year of a life sentence for killing her mother" and that she "had already judged herself" . She also told Harm she "wished she wasn't so attracted to him." The pressure of her father's trial had destroyed her marriage.

The interplay between her character and Harmon Rabb's character was well-crafted and beautifully acted, portraying her unrequited attraction to Harm. She added to the canvas of JAG side characters, along with her observations of the Navajo people: "these people think differently" and "they don't have a lot, but what they do have is good". And there was a happy ending to the Blackhorse case.

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