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Broken Bird 

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)
Dr. Jordan Hampton
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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13 January 2009 (USA)  »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


Prior to the attack on Ducky, the knife blade is fully covered with blood. After the attack, when we see the knife in Ducky's hand, it is mostly clean. 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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Perpetual Apparatus
Written by Dominic Kelly
Performed by Dominic Kelly
Courtesy of Screw the Pooch ASCAP
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