Season 6 Episode 13

Broken Bird

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Jan 13, 2009 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • TRIVIA: When Gibbs says "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing," Ziva recognizes it as a quote from Endmund Burke. Previously, in "Dead Man Walking," Ziva says that this is her favorite quote.

    • TRIVIA: We learn in this episode that Jimmy was named after famed pitcher Jim Palmer. He prefers to be called Jimmy because he has no interest in baseball.

    • GOOF: The murder knife, when removed from the sailor, has very little blood on the blade. When seen lying at the crime scene, it has more blood on it, and when Mosuma Daoub picks it up to stab Ducky, the entire surface is covered with blood.

    • TRIVIA: Gibbs uses the quote "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." and Ziva recognized it as Edmund Burke. Interestingly, there is no known records of Burke actually using these words, the quote may be based on a paraphrase of some of Burke's ideas, but he is not known to have ever declared them in such a manner in any of his writings. It may have been adapted from these lines of Burke's in his Thoughts on the Cause of Present Discontents (1770): "When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle."

    • GOOF: When Ducky is listing the many different historical rulers of Afghanistan, he omits the Macedonian King Alexander the Great and his successors in the region, the Seleucid Dynasty, who controlled the country from the 320s BCE to 10 CE. For someone with a classical education, this seems a very strange omission.

  • Quotes

    • Ducky: If I kept him alive, he would have continued to suffer. Dying slowly, in excrutiating pain, at your hands.
      Jerek: So you became the 'Bringer of Death'.
      Ducky: What was the point in it all?!
      Jerek: Oh, how can you still not see?!
      Ducky: What did you want from him?!
      Jerek: Nothing. I wanted nothing from him.
      Ducky: (suddenly understanding that he himself was the one being tortured) Javid was not your target. He was your weapon!

    • Palmer: (when Abby arrives at the hospital to see Ducky) You are very, ah... calm.
      Abby: I am. If I keep going to crazy town every time one of you gets hurt, I'm gonna have to have my mail forwarded.

    • McGee: (seeing a large package on his desk) Oh, goody, they're here!
      Tony: Goody? Who says goody?!
      Ziva: What is it?
      McGee: (pulling out an old computer) This is my Mac SE. Got it for my eleventh birthday. (lovingly) She's my first!
      Tony: This is going to get really strange, isn't it?
      Ziva: Going to?

    • Abby: Ducky!
      Ducky: Abby? Ooh, how kind of you to visit.
      Abby: Oh, they gave you morphine.
      Ducky: Well, just a drop.
      Gibbs: Duck, anything you remember about the attack?
      Ducky: Oh, my, my glasses? (Gibbs puts them on Ducky) Oh, sweetie, you held onto them while I went under the knife! It's ironic that the solution to one knife should be... Mr Palmer, would, would you finish that thought for me?
      Palmer: Sure, doctor.
      Ducky: Oh, and you need to send for a substitute M.E.- aah, Jordan...?
      Jimmy Palmer: Dr. Hampton?
      Ducky: Yeah, on my desk you'll find her number, while I myself lay here getting much numb-er. (Ducky laughs) Nurse, more anesthetic. And don't spare the horses!

    • Palmer: The reason there is no J street--- because it looked too much like an I at those times. So they omitted it because they didn't want to create confusion.
      Ducky: Thank you, Palmer.
      (Palmer leaves, Ducky breaks down in Dr. Hampton's arms who cuddles him.)

  • Notes

    • Rocky Carroll is credited but doesn't appear.

    • Featured Music:
      "Promises" by Nitzer Ebb (2nd lab scene with Abby and McGee)

    • The younger Marcin Jerek seen in the old films was played by Mark Sheppard, who is W. Morgan Sheppard's son.

    • Original International Airdates:
      Denmark: February 8, 2009 on TV3
      Australia: March 3, 2009 on Channel 10
      Sweden: May 12, 2009 on TV3
      Germany: May 24, 2009 on SAT 1
      Norway: July 7, 2009 on TV3
      Spain: July 30, 2009 on La Sexta
      The Netherlands: September 1, 2009 on SBS6
      Slovakia: February 18, 2010 on Markiza
      Finland: April 13, 2010 on Nelonen
      Czech Republic: August 16, 2010 on TV Nova

  • Allusions

    • Tony: The alternative is that Ducky was Dr. Mengele.

      Dr. Mengele (1911-1979) was with allegiance with Nazi Germany in WWII as a German SS officer and a physician at the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. He was infamously known as one of the SS physicians who overlooked the arrival of prisoners, deciding which ones would be killed, or a forced laborer. He would commit acts of human experimentation on camp inmates, and between them Mengele was known as the "Angel of Death."

    • Tony: Mr. Mom's story checks out.

      Seeing how Tony is a movie buff, he could be referencing the movie Mr. Mom from 1983, starring Michael Keaton. "Mr. Mom", has become a well known nickname used for men who are stay at home parents, derived from the movie, though the people who use it may not realize that it's a film reference.