Meltdown (episode)

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JAG (series) Season 8
First aired
April 29th, 2003
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Meltdown is the twenty first episode in the eight season of the television series JAG and the second part of the pilot for its spin-off NCIS with Ice Queen (episode) being the first part. This episode also marks the final appearances of NCIS Special Agents Vivian Blackadder and Don Dobbs respectively.


The NCIS team continue investigating the death of Lieutenant Loren Singer as Harmon Rabb struggles to come to terms with the fact that he may be facing life imprisonment and it appears to be a simple case but Anthony DiNozzo, the second-in-command and senior agent of the NCIS Major Case Response Team soon discovers that someone else may be responsible. As the case goes on, NCIS also find themselves racing against the clock to stop a terrorist from carrying out another terrorist attack on an unidentified American ship and at a port but one team member's obsession with avenging a dead relative at all costs may jeopardize the operation and end the agent's career all at once...


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Act Five


  • While Abby and Major McBurney are discussing the photos in her lab, "Frozen" by Collide is heard playing in the background.
  • The song playing when both the JAG lawyers come to the lab with Gibbs to get the results from the tag in the hat is "Monochrome" by Collide.
  • This episode also marks the final appearance of Special Agent Vivian Blackadder played by Robyn Lively. Due to overwhelmingly negative feedback from test audiences in regards to her, Blackadder was written out of the show and Lively was also released from her contact. As a result, the character Caitlin Todd was created and she was also Blackadder's replacement in terms of being both an NCIS Special Agent and Tony DiNozzo's partner. When NCIS first aired as a solo series in October 2003, Blackadder was shown to have been removed from the show altogether to this day no reason has been given as to where she ended up although many suspect she could have been fired from NCIS or simply returned to the FBI.
  • On the Region 2 DVD, the recap of the previous episode was removed and as such, the episode cuts to the opening credits instead.


Series Regulars

Season One Cast
Name Portrayed by Role
Leroy Jethro Gibbs Mark Harmon Special Agent in charge of the Major Case Response Team, NCIS.
Anthony DiNozzo Michael Weatherly Senior Special Agent, MCRT, NCIS.
Abigail Sciuto Pauley Perrette Chief Forensic Specialist, NCIS.
Donald Mallard David McCallum Chief Medical Examiner, NCIS.
Vivian Blackadder Robyn Lively Special Agent, MCRT, NCIS who is presumably fired or returns to the FBI after this episode for messing up the anti-terrorist operation.

Recurring Cast

Name Portrayed by Role
Thomas Morrow Alan Dale Director of NCIS.

Guest Cast

Name Portrayed by Role
Commander Harmon Rabb David James Elliot A JAG Officer.
Colonel Sarah MacKenzie Catherine Bell A JAG Officer.
Rear Admiral A.J. Chegwidden John M. Jackson Judge Advocate General of the United States.
Lieutenant Bud Roberts Jr Patrick Labyorteaux A JAG Officer.
Sergei Zhukov Jade Carter Harmon's half-brother.
Lieutenant Loren Singer Nanci Chambers A JAG Officer and the murder victim.
Lieutenant Commander Faith Coleman Alicia Coppola Another JAG Officer tasked with defending Harmon Rabb.
Senior Officer David Haskins A Petty Officer assigned to the Chattanooga.
Merchant Seaman Joseph Hodge An officer presumbly stationed on the Chattanooga.
Petty Officer Jennifer Coates Zoe McLellan A JAG Officer.
Major Jack McBurney Michael Muhney A JAG Officer prosecuting Harmon Rabb.
Judge Paul Norwood An JAG Officer presiding over Harmon Rabb's trial.
Female Petty Officer Krystal Pertsch An officer assigned to the Chattanooga who informs Gibbs he has a teleconference call.
Dawkins Vyto Ruginis A agent with the CIA.
Commander Theodore Lindsey W.K. Stratton A JAG Officer and also the one responsible for murdering Lt. Loren Singer while attempting to frame Rabb for the crime.
Amad Bin Atwad Faran Tahir A terrorist NCIS captured and who the CIA are interrogating.

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