JAG, Catherine Bell,David James Elliott, 1995-
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Why should David James Elliott have all the fun?

Four days after it was announced that Elliott will reprise his JAG role as Navy Capt. Harmon Rabb Jr. for a multi-episode arc on NCIS: Los Angeles, EW has learned that Catherine Bell will also play Lt. Col. Sarah “Mac” MacKenzie once again for the CBS procedural.

Bell will appear in the season finale of NCIS: LA on May 19. Elliott will first appear in the May 12 episode, “The Guardian.”

“Catherine’s Mac was a strong, smart woman who held her own, and then some, in a male-dominated world. Her character paved the way for other strong female leads,” executive producer R. Scott Gemmill said in a statement. “Not only is it great to be working together again as friends, but to be able to write for Catherine and have her same character interact with our NCIS: Los Angeles characters now, that’s wonderfully surreal. It feels like everything has come full circle.”

Here’s the official logline for Bell’s episode: “As the NCIS team tries to uncover a complicated network of ISIS sympathizers who look to be planning an attack on US aircraft carriers and possible worse, Hetty (Linda Hunt) has to call in a favor to an old friend, Lieutenant Colonel Sarah “Mac” MacKenzie, to help get access to an elusive Russian diplomat.”

Bell played Mac from 1996 to 2005 on JAG, which followed uniformed lawyers in the Department of the Navy’s Office of the Judge Advocate General. After JAG, Bell went on to play Denise Sherwood on Army Wives from 2007 to 2013.

NCIS: Los Angeles airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET.

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