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A Merry Little Christmas 

Harm's petition for a guardianship meets ups and downs; Mac tries hard to help. The admiral has trouble with a gift for Meredith, and Coates lends a hand. Sturgis stews, and he meets a new friend; his father preaches a Christmas sermon.


Bradford May


Donald P. Bellisario (created by), Stephen Zito




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
Kay Lenz ... Judge Smith
Hallee Hirsh ... Mattie Grace Johnson
Erica Gimpel ... Varese Chestnut
Michael Bellisario ... Midshipman Mike 'Mikey' Roberts
John Walcutt ... Tom Johnson
Joan McMurtrey ... Donna LeMoyne
Shashawnee Hall ... Morgan Watley
Bill Cobbs ... Chaplain Matthew Turner


Just before Christmas bad financial news arrives at Mattie's hangar, then Harm and Mattie run into resistance to the petition for a guardianship. Mattie's father reappears; the hearing becomes an emotional contest; Mac makes a surprise appearance on behalf of Harm; the court takes the matter under submission. Later Mac speaks with Mattie's father, and he agrees to take a course of treatment and to withdraw his objection to Harm's petition. The admiral's first gift for Meredith becomes destroyed, but PO Coates tries hard to make everything work out. Sturgis continues to deal with his own thinking, and he meets a new friend. Chaplain Turner preaches a Christmas sermon, then the gang returns to the HQ to watch a video feed of the USO show in Iraq. Mac takes Mattie to the Vietnam wall, and Mac gives some good news and some bad news. Written by DocRushing

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Made me cry!
14 May 2020 | by TheOny13See all my reviews

Maybe you would not entirely agree with me when I say that this is one of the best JAG episodes or one of the best episodes I've seen. But when you're a guy like me watching only garbage on TV for a long time and then an episode like this comes up, it's gold for you trust me! Shame this show is criminaly underrated from the main title on imdb to each episode being no higher than... ahmm... 8,9? Really?

This is my first review of any episode of JAG. And this show until now was a show I'd watch when I wouldn't have anything better to watch. But season 8 and 9 just totally changed that and with some perfect episodes this became one of the finest shows I've ever watched simply of the reasons I'll be mentioning:

Acting: The acting, although this show is very serialized, is always and was always excellent. Not exagerated for Emmy or Globe accolades nor over-acting like the usual main-stream shows in the last years (2018-2020).

The story: This is one aspect that was always in danger because of the serialized manner in which this show is made. But the story here is expertly crafted even from the beginning of the season and some threads and side-plots are payed off in this episode in a dramatic, surprizing manner that literally made me cry at some points.

The music just as always is perfect and suited for the scenes. Not overly expressed but at the same time not hidden to the point it doesn't almost counts.

The message: For a guy who is bombarded in this era with shows about propaganda and political messages instead of moral principles, this show is exactly what I miss about this time's shows. Message about God, moral, responsability and friendship. Where are these values right now in today's shows? No wonder the world is how it is...

I am always curious about an episode in which there isn't a case, because this is the show's core. But this episode floored me. The storytelling the new things that happened and the dramatic twist plus the pay offs were incredible and just elevated this episode to one of the best I've seen in JAG and in any show. God I miss this sort of television today!

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12 December 2003 (USA) See more »

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