JAG Database
Season 8
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Country of origin: United States
No. of episodes: 25
Original network: CBS
Original release: September 24, 2002 – May 20, 2003
Home video release
DVD release date: March 17, 2009
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The eighth season of JAG premiered on CBS on September 24, 2002 and ended on May 20, 2003, after 25 episodes. It was produced by Belisarius Productions in association with CBS Productions (CBS Television Distribution).

The two episodes in "Ice Queen" and "Meltdown" also introduced the team who would later go on to appear in the first ever spin-off series for the NCIS Database (the first pilot series of NCIS).


Tenacious lawyer Lieutenant Colonel Sarah "Mac" MacKenzie (Catherine Bell), a by-the-book Marine, is tasked with prosecuting, defending, and enforcing the laws of the sea as a member of the Navy's elite Judge Advocate General Corps. Along with her partner Commander Harmon "Harm" Rabb, Jr. (David James Elliott) - a former Tomcat pilot - Mac investigates a plethora of cases including desertion ("The Promised Land"), oxygen deprivation ("In Thin Air"), sexual harassment ("Offensive Action"), a mishap aboard the USS Seahawk ("When the Bough Breaks"), and a death during surgery ("Complications"). Also this season, Bud Roberts (Patrick Labyorteaux) is injured in Afghanistan ("Critical Condition"), Petty Officer Jennifer Coates (Zoe McLellan) joins JAG ("All Ye Faithful"), Commander Theodore Lindsey (W.K. Stratton) returns ("Fortunate Son"), Clayton Webb (Steven Culp) goes missing in Paraguay ("A Tangled Webb"), and Rear Admiral A.J. Chegwidden (John M. Jackson) accidentally ejects from a F-14 Tomcat ("Heart and Soul"). Meanwhile, Lieutenant Loren Singer (Nanci Chambers) is murdered ("Ice Queen"), placing Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and his NCIS team directly in Harm's way ("Meltdown").


In January 2003, CBS president Leslie Moonves announced that JAG executive producer and showrunner Donald P. Bellisario was developing a JAG spin-off, based on the work of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. Tentatively titled Navy CIS, the series premiered during the JAG episodes "Ice Queen" and "Meltdown". Also this season, Dean Stockwell joins the cast as his First Mondaycharacter Senator Edward Sheffield.

Cast and Characters


  • David James Elliott as Harmon Rabb, Jr., Commander
  • Catherine Bell as Sarah MacKenzie, Lieutenant Colonel in the Marine Corps.
  • Patrick Labyorteaux as Bud Roberts, Lieutenant
  • John M. Jackson as A. J. Chegwidden, Rear Admiral

Also Starring

  • Karri Turner as Harriet Sims, Lieutenant
  • Randy Vasquez as Victor Galindez, Gunnery Sergeant in the Marine Corps.
  • Nanci Chambers as Loren Singer, Lieutenant
  • Zoe McLellan as Jennifer Coates, Petty Officer
  • Scott Lawrence as Sturgis Turner, Commander


  • Terry O'Quinn as Thomas Boone, Rear Admiral, "CAG"
  • Paul Collins as Alexander Nelson, departing Secretary of the Navy
  • W.K. Stratton as Theodore Lindsey, Commander
  • Steven Culp as Clayton Webb, CIA Agent
  • Chuck Carrington as Jason Tiner, Petty Officer
  • Harrison Page as Stiles Morris, Rear Admiral
  • Claudette Nevins as Porter Webb, NSA Agent
  • Michael Bellisario as Michael Roberts, Midshipman
  • Dana Sparks as Carolyn Imes, Commander
  • Jennifer Savidge as Amy Helfman, Commander
  • Tamlyn Tomita as Tracy Manetti, Lieutenant Commander
  • Dean Stockwell as Edward Sheffield, new Secretary of the Navy
  • Jameson Parker as Harrison Kershaw, Deputy Director of Central Intelligence
  • Laura Putney as Catherine Gale, CIA Attorney

Guest Appearances (before entering for NCIS)

  • Mark Harmon as Leroy Jethro Gibbs, NCIS Senior Special Agent (SSA) assigned to Washington Navy Yard
  • Robyn Lively as Vivian Blackadder, NCIS Special Agent
  • Michael Weatherly as Anthony DiNozzo, NCIS Special Agent, second in command
  • Tom Jay Jones as Don Dobbs, NCIS Special Agent
  • Pauley Perrette as Abigail Sciuto, Forensic Specialist attached to NCIS
  • David McCallum as Dr. Donald Mallard, Chief Medical Examiner for NCIS
  • Alan Dale as Thomas Morrow, NCIS Director
  • Faran Tahir as Amad Bin Atwa
  • Alicia Coppola as Faith Coleman, JAG Lieutenant Commander
  • Michael Muhney as Jack McBurney, Major in the Marine Corps, NCIS Liaison


JAG Season Eight - Episode List
Episode Number Title Airdate Notes
Series Episode
159 1 Critial Condition September 24, 2002  
160 2 The Promised Land October 1, 2002  
161 3 Family Business October 8, 2002  
162 4 Dangerous Game October 15, 2002  
163 5 In The Air October 22, 2002  
164 6 Offensive Action October 29, 2002  
165 7 Need To Know November 5, 2002  
166 8 Ready or Not November 12, 2002  
167 9 When The Bough Breaks November 19, 2002  
168 10 The Killer November 26, 2002  
169 11 All Ye Faithful December 17, 2002  
170 12 Complications January 7, 2003  
171 13 Standards of Conduct January 21, 2003  
172 14 Each of Us Angels February 4, 2003  
173 15 Friendly Fire February 11, 2003  
174 16 Heart & Soul February 18, 2003  
175 17 Empty Quiver February 25, 2003  
176 18 Fortunate Son March 18, 2003  
177 19 Second Acts April 1, 2003  
178 20 Ice Queen April 22, 2003  
179 21 Meltdown April 29, 2003  
180 22 Lawyers, Guns & Money May 6, 2003  
181 23 Pas de Deux May 13, 2003  
182 24 A Tangled Webb May 20, 2003