JAG (1995–2005)

Ready or Not 

A general stands trial for alleged disobedience and reckless endangerment during a war game. Sturgis prosecutes, Harm defends, and Mac sits on the bench. A piece of evidence turns up at the 11th hour. Bud and Harriet hold a reception.


Philip Sgriccia (as Phil Sgriccia)


Donald P. Bellisario (created by), Don McGill


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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
Chuck Carrington ... Jason Tiner
James Morrison ... Major General Lucas West
Leon Russom ... Lt. General Anthony Manzarek
Tamlyn Tomita ... Lt. Cmdr. Tracy Manetti
David Andriole ... Lt. Col. Thomas Haller
Craig Kirkwood ... Cpl. Sean Stiles
Steve Rankin ... Admiral Mark Tucci
Isabella Hofmann ... Meredith Cavanaugh
Richard Biggs ... Lt. Col. John Swift


A Marine general stands trial in a court-martial - by his own request - for alleged reckless and multiple acts of disobedience - all during a war game. Sturgis prosecutes, Harm defends, and Mac sits on the bench. Internal friction pops up during the trial. An important piece of evidence reaches Harm at the 11th hour. The dispute at issue turns out to be a personal vendetta between two generals. Justice prevails. Meanwhile Bud reaches two more milestones in his rehab, he and Harriet hold a reception in their new home, and Meredith provides a good surprise to the admiral. Written by DocRushing

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Release Date:

12 November 2002 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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This episode and its contents was based around the 2002, US JFCOM-led war game "Millennium Challenge 2002". See more »


During one of the witnesses being questioned on whether he employed a simulated chemical weapons attack during a war game, Commander Turner replies to his contention that it was a legal tactic with the words: "The Geneva Convention prohibits chemical weapons." That is wrong. Contrary to popular opinion, the four Geneva Conventions of 1949 do in fact not cover the topic of means and methods of warfare at all, but focus on protective provisions forbidding attack on certain vulnerable groups, such as wounded and injured, shipwrecked, medical personnel, prisoners of war and civilians. Chemical weapons and their use in warfare are covered by the 1993 Chemical Weapons Convention. There is also the Protocol on the Prohibition of the Use in War of Asphyxiating, Poisonous or other Gases, and of Bacteriological Methods of Warfare of 1925, more commonly called the Geneva Protocol, which Commander Turner might have meant. While the quote thus could be explained as a character error, it is virtually impossible that Commander Turner, a trained military lawyer, did not know either fact, nor learned it at least when preparing his case. What is more, it is virtually impossible that in a courtroom full of senior JAG lawyers and senior officers including generals arguing about whether or not the tactic was legal none would be aware of this point of law. See more »


Cmdr. Harmon 'Harm' Rabb, Jr.: With any other judge, I'd have won this case days ago.
Lt. Col. Sarah MacKenzie: I'm sorry I'm not complying with your schedule.
Cmdr. Harmon 'Harm' Rabb, Jr.: Every time I work in an advantage, you slap me down.
Lt. Col. Sarah MacKenzie: Because you ask for it.
Cmdr. Harmon 'Harm' Rabb, Jr.: You're relentless, you know that?
Lt. Col. Sarah MacKenzie: Hmm. So I've heard. I'm the hanging judge. The source of all your problems, right?
Cmdr. Harmon 'Harm' Rabb, Jr.: That's right. But... though it pains me to admit, you're good. You don't let me get away with the stuff I pull on other judges. You really do know my playbook. Most of all, though, Mac... you know the ...
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