8.30pm Tuesday July 7
The NCIS team investigates when a Marine thought to have frozen to death wakes up on Ducky’s Autopsy table. With the young Marine on life support, the NCIS team tracks his movements in the days before he was left for dead and discovers a secret trip to Baghdad via a private cargo plane and a link to Gibbs’ past.
TRIVIA; DONALD ‘DUCKY’ MALLARD
Portrayed by David McCallum. Chief Medical Examiner, NCIS. Dr. Donald “Ducky” Mallard, M.D., M.E. is a British (Scottish)-born chief medical examiner, who has been long-time friends with Gibbs. He has a “second talent”, as Gibbs calls it, to be able to read people, which he expands in Season 4 by studying to be a psychologist. In cases without actual bodies, he assists by lending his mind to decipher the clues left by the perpetrators. He can be a bit eccentric, as he often talks to the deceased and rambles to the living with many long personal remembrances or historical accounts, but is a kind man at heart.
Ducky drives a Morgan that he restored himself. In the episode “Hung Out to Dry,” it is revealed that he has a nephew, though no further information follows. He lived with his aging mother and their four corgies until Season 6. In the episode ‘Broken Bird’ , Ducky revealed his mother had moved out and had Alzheimer’s disease. Nina Foch, the actress who played Ducky’s mother, died on December 5, 2008, necessitating the change. When Gibbs was asked, “What did Ducky look like when he was younger?” he replied, “Illya Kuryakin” – the Russian spy played by McCallum in the 1960s television show The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
The ring tone on his cell phone features bagpipes playing Scotland the Brave.