NCIS: Season 6, Episode 13

Broken Bird (13 Jan. 2009)
"NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service" Broken Bird (original title)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime
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On a sidewalk a former fiancée fatally stabs a petty officer; while Gibbs and company investigate, a different woman accuses Ducky of a war crime and stabs him through one hand. Ducky surrenders, but Gibbs sorts it out and gets Ducky free.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Leon Vance (credit only)
Afghani Ambassador Qasim Saydia
Mosuma Daoub
Dariush Kashani ...
Ezmaray Daoub
Kym Hoy ...
Cheryl Young


On a sidewalk in Washington, DC, a displeased former fiancée stabs to death a Navy boatswain's mate first-class; Gibbs and company investigate; they quickly find the assailant nearby. While the gang work on-site, a different woman shouts at Ducky in Dari (a.k.a. Farsi), and, grabbing and using the murder weapon, stabs him through one hand and escapes into the crowd of spectators. A translator says that the woman accused Ducky of having killed her brother; Ducky readily agrees that he did so; Abby identifies the woman as an Afghan immigrant, who has now obtained refuge in the Afghan embassy. Ducky surrenders at the Afghan embassy to face charges for an incident while Ducky served in Afghanistan 30 years ago in the Royal Army Medical Corps. Gibbs obtains and uses information obtained from a CIA operative. Conversations at the embassy result in the release of Ducky and the withdrawal of charges. Written by DocRushing

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Did You Know?


Ducky speaks of being in Afghanistan when he was young and innocent. The Soviet-Afghan was actually began when David Mccarthy was already 46. See more »


While Ducky is in his living room his bow tie changes from proper placement to sagging back to proper placement. See more »


Special Agent Jethro Gibbs: Are you going to make me ask again?
Dr. Donald 'Ducky' Mallard: I suppose it's inevitable. When we've reached the tipping point when your curiosity outweighs your courtesy.
Special Agent Jethro Gibbs: What the *hell's* wrong with you Ducky? Your life is in the balance here! Huh? What did you do there?
Dr. Donald 'Ducky' Mallard: Only what was required of me.
Special Agent Jethro Gibbs: Are you *protecting* this guy?
Dr. Donald 'Ducky' Mallard: I am protecting no one, Jethro. Look, if you intend to unravel strings further on this matter, I would prefer you leave them unpulled.
Special Agent Jethro Gibbs: No.
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Remember the Forgotton Ones
Written by Dominic Kelly
Performed by Dominic Kelly
Courtesy of Screw the Pooch ASCAP
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17 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of the first episodes in a long time I did not enjoy. Apparently, according to the storyline, you're allowed to stab people and get away with it - as long as you're an angry Muslim. This sends a message that is so wrong, it's mind boggling. Can you imagine if other groups in this country start adopting that policy? There are plenty of angry people that live here, of every conceivable background (including hate groups like the KKK and the Black Panthers). Should they be allowed to hurt others with impunity also, because they SUSPECT someone did something wrong??

The woman never apologized, never had charges filed against her - nothing. She simply got away with stabbing someone. I hope this series doesn't devolve into one of those pro terrorist, anti American "message shows" - that seems to be a trend right now.

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