Lieutenant, Junior Grade Megan "Meg" Austin (USN), is a main character in the first season of the television series JAG portrayed by actress Tracey Needham.
Meg Austin was the second partner to Lieutenant Harmon Rabb, replacing Lieutenant JG Caitlin Pike. The character was known to be from Texas, inherited a friendship from her deceased father to an obscure character very well connected in the intelligence community named "Ollie" in clear reference to Oliver North (portrayed by himself on three episodes in 1995, 1996 and 2002), who knew her father and who helped her on some of their investigations.
He also stayed at her bedside when she was shot in the head and comatose in the hospital after a run-in with the (fictionally) infamous assassin known only as Hemlock. She also proved to have superior computer skills to both Rabb and Kate due to a previous stint in weapons and computer R&D.
After her departure from JAG headquarters, she recommended Major Sarah MacKenzie to replace her as Harm's partner, she also recommended that Bud be placed on JAG staff.
- Suffered from extreme claustrophobia (fear of confined spaces).
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation; National Defense Service Medal (given later)
The executives at NBC didn't like Andrea Parker's character (Caitlin Pike) in the pilot, so they had to recast Rabb's partner for the series. Andrea Parker went on to work on The Pretender but came back to guest star on a few episodes later in the season.
When JAG was cancelled by NBC after the first season, Needham left the series. When CBS picked up JAG from the second season onward, she was replaced by Catherine Bell, playing then Major Sarah MacKenzie. Her final (non flashback clip) appearance was in the final and rarely aired season 1 episode Skeleton Crew.