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Defensive Action 

A patrolling F-14 malfunctions in a no-fly zone; the crew ejects, and the bird explodes. A Serb helo strafes the crew while they descend with their chutes. The CAG destroys the helo, then he faces a court-martial; Harm and Meg defend him.

Director:

Ray Austin

Writers:

Donald P. Bellisario (created by), Terry Curtis Fox

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Cast

Episode cast overview:
David James Elliott ... Harmon Rabb, Jr.
Tracey Needham ... Meg Austin
Andrea Thompson ... Commander Alison Krennick
W.K. Stratton W.K. Stratton ... Cmdr. Ted Lindsey
Cliff De Young ... Chuck DePalma
Bill Bolender ... Captain Ross
Tim Quill ... Lieutenant Mason Painter
Glenn Morshower ... Chief Petty Officer Ned Bannon
Scott Jaeck ... Commander Dooley
Ned Vaughn ... Lieutenant (jg) Arnoldi
Terry O'Quinn ... Captain Thomas Boone
Jack Shearer ... Captain Underwood
Guy Garner ... Captain Griswald
Matthew Mahaney ... Marine Guard (as Matthew Michael Mahaney)
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Storyline

Harm gets a promotion to lieutenant commander. During a routine patrol of a no-fly zone, an F-14 Tomcat experiences a catastrophic malfunction; the crew ejects, and the bird explodes moments later. A Serb chopper strafes the pilot and the RIO, helpless, while they descend below their parachutes; Capt. Boone, the CAG, engages the helo and destroys it. The pilot dies. Harm and Meg investigate aboard USS Seahawk (CVN-65) in the Adriatic Sea. Higher authority orders the CAG to face a general court-martial in Naples; Harm and Meg defend him. Harm also takes part in a mission to rescue the RIO. The trial ends, then Harm and the RIO return with evidence in hand. The prosecutor learns about carrier flight operations. Written by DocRushing

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 March 1996 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

"Defensive Action" is the only episode in season 1 that featured courtroom scenes where Harm and Meg performed their duties as lawyers. See more »

Goofs

CDR Ted Lindsey's ribbon rack is upside down. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Cmdr. Harmon 'Harm' Rabb, Jr.: Well?
Lt. j.g. Meg Austin: Well what Sir?
Lt. Cmdr. Harmon 'Harm' Rabb, Jr.: What was the Verdict?
Commander Alison Krennick: Amazingly it was 4 to 3... Not Guilty
Lt. Cmdr. Harmon 'Harm' Rabb, Jr.: It should have been unanimous.
[pulls the parachute from his vest. CAG sticks his finger through the hole]
Commander Alison Krennick: Well I'll Be...
Captain Thomas Boone: 20mm Round. Standard Ammunition on a Soviet Hind.
Lt. j.g. Meg Austin: I sure like to see the faces of those who voted guilty right now.
Commander Alison Krennick: No Way of telling who they are.
[...]
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