When former AQI strategist Anwar Nadoo escapes from Camp Delta One, better known as Guantanamo Bay, Gunnery Sergeant Miles Wicks is found complicit in the escape. Nadoo somehow gained access to a gas grenade and subsequently set it off to aid in his escape. There was a van waiting to drive Nadoo off base.

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Screen Capture: Luke Mitchell and Adam Chanler-Berat as Captain John ‘Abe’ Abraham and Lt. Glen ‘One-N’ Eick, respectively, in the Sarah Boyd directed The Code episode “Secret Squirrel.”

Even though Guantanamo Bay was on lockdown, a second gas grenade was set off in the control room. When guards broke into the room, they found Wicks wearing a gas mask. He was deleting security footage.

Colonel Glenn Turnbull’s (Dana Delany) assigns Captain John ‘Abe’ Abraham (Luke Mitchell) and Lieutenant Harper Li (Phillipa Soo) to prosecute the case.

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Screen Capture: Ato Essandoh as Major Trey Ferry in the Sarah Boyd directed The Code episode “Secret Squirrel.”

Initially assigned to defend the Marine is Major Trey Ferry (Ato Essandoh) and Captain Maya Dobbins (Anna Wood); however, Major Santiago Acevedo (Armando Riesco) is assigned to defend Wicks by the Commandant of the Marine Corps.

Complications with the Case…

The Commandant assigning defence counsel is highly unusual. Because Wicks is serving under Marine Corps Security Force Regiment, that’s Quantico jurisdiction. Trey is right. It makes absolutely no sense. “Why does the Commandant want his pet Hollywood lawyer on defence?” Try asks Maya. The captain agrees that “it is incredibly weird.”

Even though Wicks deleted the security footage, the NCIS cyber team were able to get some of it back. The footage clearly shows Lt Col Jesse McCoy was involved in Nadoo’s escape. When Turnbull asks as to the whereabouts of McCoy, Harper tells her commanding officer, because “no one’s seen him since that video was shot, … we don’t know” where he is.

The prosecution seemingly has this case in the bag. It’s an open-and-shut case. Without explanation, the prosecuting attorneys are strangely denied access to the key evidence which would secure them a win over the undefeated Acevedo.

Intelligence Acquired…

When Abe is finally able to get a judge to sign off on him obtaining documents from Rapid Range, all the information he needs is redacted. Consequently, the documents are utterly useless.

After Abe speaks with his commanding officer, later in the evening, she eats dinner with her estranged husband. Glenn gets him to provide her with the documentation for Abe’s case. While he cannot use it in court, he does use it to influence the defence attorney.

The documents Glenn receives are 1040 tax forms. Since Wicks and McCoy are Marines, their employee ID numbers should begin with 5399, but that is not what we see here. Their employee ID numbers begin with 5302. If you are an employee of the Central Intelligence Agency, you should recognise 5302 because that is what your employee ID number will begin with. Wicks and McCoy are CIA intelligence assets within the Marine Corps. Consequently, the so-called prison escape the other night was not as much an escape as it was a CIA op.

That’s the Way the Cookie Crumbles…

When Abe goes to Acevedo, the prosecution attorney tells the major he is dropping all charges against his client because it’s just a show trial. In place of the current charges, because they are both CIA assets, Abe plans to bring a charge of fraudulent enlistment against both Wicks and McCoy.

A member of the armed forces who enlists or accepts an appointment without being regularly separated from a prior enlistment or appointment should be charged under Article 83 only if that member has received pay or allowances under the fraudulent enlistment or appointment.

Fraudulent enlistment, appointment, or separation was under Article 83 in the pre-2019 UCMJ. In the 2019 edition, it is Article 104a.

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Warrant Officer Rami Ahmadi…

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Screen Capture: Raffi Barsoumian as Warrant Officer Rami Ahmadi in the Sarah Boyd directed The Code episode “Secret Squirrel.” With her back to the camera, playing Captain Maya Dobbins, is Anna Wood.

Elsewhere, Trey and Maya attempt to get Warrant Officer Rami Ahmadi (Raffi Barsoumian) reassigned back to them. Lt Glen ‘One-N’ Eick (Adam Chanler-Berat) simply is not capable of filling Rami’s shoes. It was in ‘1st Civ Div‘ that Rami got transferred out of Turnbull’s office.

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Screen Capture: Quincy Tyler Bernstine as Lt. Col. Skylar Maddox in the Sarah Boyd directed The Code episode “Secret Squirrel.”

When Trey visits Lt Col Skylar Maddox (Quincy Tyler Bernstine), he lays down an ultimatum. If Maddox does not restore Rami to his previous post, “Trey’s office is prepared to offer special treatment to her staff. Any time one of them comes up for discipline, they will go at them as hard as they possibly can. Maddox will lose time and manpower. Trey’s office will never settle out to non-judicial punishment, not where the Human Resources and Organisational Management Branch is concerned.” While this was a bold move on the major’s part, Trey fails to get the Lt Col’s attention in the manner he was hoping for.

When trying to find ways to get Rami back, it comes to the attention of both Trey and Maya that Maddox might be having an extramarital affair.

While adultery is not listed as an offence in the Uniform Code of Military Justice, Article 134 prohibits conduct which is of a nature to bring discredit upon the armed forces, or conduct which is prejudicial to good order and discipline.

In Jan 2019, an article published in the Military Times addressed significant changes to the UCMJ. In the article, written by Meghann Myers, there is a reference to “new definitions for adultery and intimate partner violence, and a specific law against sexual relationships between instructors and trainees.” The changes to the UCMJ seem to apply to Article 120.

Maya visits Maddox’s office but backs out of confronting her about a possible adultery charge.

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Final Thoughts…

What are your thoughts pertaining to this episode? Do the teleplay writers know there is a recent revision to the UCMJ? Will there be a second season?