Broken Bird is the thirteenth episode in Season Six and also the 126th episode of the entire NCIS series.
A routine case goes wrong when Ducky is stabbed in the hand by a female bystander who flees the scene. With Ducky out for the time being due to his injuries, Dr. Jordan Hampton becomes his temporary replacement while the team dig into Ducky's past and soon discover some disturbing secrets concerning the time he served in Afghanistan...
Petty Officer Kevin Lim and his girlfriend are leaving at a hotel with the girlfriend stating that she wished she could stay but she has to fly.
Lim remarks that it's terrible and that she actually said it.
As they walk down the street, Lim states that he thought he was gonna ruin the moment by saying the wrong thing.
As they stop, the girlfriend wonders what Lim could possible say?
Lim remarks that he doesn't know, anything involving the word "layover".
The two then kiss.
As they break away, the two bid each other farewell before the girlfriend leaves.
As she heads off, Lim continues to stare, a happy look on his face.
He then turns to walk but stops upon seeing his ex-fiancee, Cheryl Young standing there, Cheryl's hands in her pockets.
As Lim stands there, stunned, Cheryl approaches him, remarking with disbelief that she can't believe that he did this to her, that she loves him and that he stabbed her in the back.
Lim tries to say something but then abruptly stops, grunting.
"At least I looked you in the eye", Cheryl says.
"Cheryl", Lim whispers.
It then pans down to reveal that there's a knife embedded in the left side of Lim's chest, one that his own left hand is grasping.
Cheryl then heads off.
Lim then pulls the knife out of him, breathing rather heavily but soon collapses.
It then cuts to an overhead shot of Lim bleeding out onto the pavement as various people glance at him with a woman even shouting, "Call 911".
- Ducky is left injured after being attacked at a crime scene.
- With Ducky out of action, Medical Examiner Jordan Hampton is called in to assist the NCIS team.
- It's revealed that Ducky served in Afghanistan as a doctor in the Royal Army Medical Corps.
- This is the only NCIS episode that has four actors from the United Kingdom in it: David Dayan Fisher, W. Morgan Sheppard and Mark Sheppard are all from England or Great Britain while series regular David McCallum is from Scotland.
- This episode is one of three productions to date in which W. Morgan Sheppard and his son, Mark Sheppard, have played the same character at different ages, the others being the episode "The Impossible Astronaut" of the British TV series Doctor Who, and Captain Nemo in the 2012 film Jules Verne's Mysterious Island.
|Leroy Jethro Gibbs||Mark Harmon||NCIS Special Agent in charge of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.|
|Anthony DiNozzo||Michael Weatherly||Senior Special Agent and second-in-command of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.|
|Ziva David||Cote de Pablo||Mossad/NCIS Liaison Officer and a member of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.|
|Timothy McGee||Sean Murray (actor)||Junior Special Agent of the NCIS Major Case Response team.|
|Abigail Sciuto||Pauley Perrette||Forensic Specialist associated with the NCIS Major Case Response Team.|
|Leon Vance||Rocky Carroll||Director of NCIS.|
|Donald Mallard||David McCallum||Chief Medical Examiner associated with the NCIS Major Case Response Team.|
|James Palmer||Brian Dietzen||Assistant Medical Examiner, NCIS.|
|Trent Kort||David Dayan Fisher||Official with the Central Intelligence Agency. This episode is his first appearance in season six.|
|Dr. Jordan Hampton||Torri Higginson||Substitute Medical Examiner for Dr. Mallard and friend of Ducky's. She first appeared in Season Five.|
|Marcin Jerek||William Morgan Sheppard||Former CIA Interrogator who is nicknamed "Mr. Pain" who is Trent Kort's mentor.|
|Ambassador Qasim Saydia||Bernard White (actor)||Afghan Ambassador to the United States.|
|Mosuma Daoub||Naz Deravian||Afghan National who stabbed Ducky at a crime scene and later accused him of committing war crimes. Javid's sister.|
|Ezmaray Daoub||Dariush Kashani||Afghan National. Husband of Mosuma Daoub.|
|Cheryl Young||Kym Hoy||Ex-fiancee of Petty Officer Kevin Lim, who stabbed him to death for having an affair.|
|Petty Officer Kevin Lim USN||Tim Chiou||United States Navy. Corpse Ducky is examining when he is stabbed in the hand by Mosuma Daoub.|
|Javid||Nick McDow||Young Afghan Man who Marcin Jerek tortured and eventually killed. He is the brother of Mosuma Daoub.|
|Young Afghani Man||Salman Bokhari||A man who appears in the episode.|
|Young Marcin Jerek||Mark Sheppard||Appears only in photos and archive footage. Mark Sheppard (W. Morgan Sheppard's son) is uncredited.|