Ran across this today. Just a change of pace from all the strange and mysterious stuff from the news and other world events on the last day of January 2017.
or for those of you who like to read lengthy posts:
To be obeyed at all times. Consequence is a slap to the back of the head.
The rules should be listed as they are heard on the show.
This page is for Gibbs’ rules only.
See other links below for other Team Member rules and fan rules!
|Rule #||Rule:||Actual Character Quote:||Episode(s) Mentioned In:|
|1||Never let suspects stay together.||Gibbs (to Kate): “Rule number one: Never let suspects stay together.”||1.01 Yankee White|
|1||Never screw (over) your partner.||Gibbs: “Number one supersedes all of the others.”
Jenny: “Never screw your partner?”
Gibbs: “Never screw OVER your partner.”
In 9.17 Need To Know; McGee tells Probie Dorneget about Gibbs Rules.
|2||Always wear gloves at a crime scene.||Gibbs (to Kate): “Rule number two: Always wear gloves at a crime scene.”||1.01 Yankee White|
|3||Don’t believe what you’re told. Double check.||Gibbs: “Rule number three: Don’t believe what you’re told, double check.”
Kate: “Should I write these rules in my Palm Pilot or crochet them on pillows?”
|1.01 Yankee White
9.01 Nature of the Beast
|3||Never be unreachable.||Ziva (after trying to reach McGee): “Rule number three…”
Tony: “Never be unreachable.”
|4||If you have a secret, the best thing is to keep it to yourself. The second-best is to tell one other person if you must. There is no third best.||Jenny: “It’s your fault you know.”
Gibbs: “For what, leaving or coming back?”
Jenny: “For teaching me your rules. Best way to keep a secret, keep it to yourself. Second best, tell one other person if you must. There is no third best. (walking away) That’s rule number four isn’t it?”
|5||You don’t waste good.||8.22 Baltimore
9.01 Nature of the Beast
|6||Never say you’re sorry. It’s a sign of weakness.||Gibbs (to Kate): “Never say you’re sorry. (laughing) You don’t have to crochet that one.”
Tony (to Gibbs): I broke rule #6. Never say you’re sorry.
|1.01 Yankee White
7.12 Flesh & Blood span>
|7||Always be specific when you lie.||Gibbs (to Kate): “Rule number seven: Always be specific when you lie.”||1.23 Reveille|
|8||Never take anything for granted.||Abby (to McGee): “Rule number eight is gonna save you McGee!”
Tony: “Never date a co-worker? “
Ziva (to Tony): “Never go anywhere without your knife. ”
Tony (to Ziva): “Thought that was nine.”
Gibbs: “Never take anything for granted.”
Abby (to Gibbs): “Correct El Jefe. But then again you did make up the rules.”
Ziva: “I assume Gibbs would have checked that out last night.”
McGee: I assume it involved a girl?
|3.10 – Probie
|9||Never go anywhere without a knife.||
Gibbs (while handing his knife to Tony): “Rule number nine:”
Gibbs & Kate (in unison): “Never go anywhere without a knife.”
Tony: “Rule nine.”
Tony: “Ya know those rule they teach you guys in the Marine Corps.”
Atlas: “What rules?”
Tony: “Huh, I always suspected the fact that Gibbs was making that stuff up. Well… rule nine is, ah (undoing his belt), never go anywhere (pulling out his knife) without a knife.”
Abby: Rule #9 ‘always keep a spare’.
Tony: I thought Gibbs said nine was ‘always carry a knife.’
|1.13 – One Shot, One Kill
|10||Never get personally involved in a case.||Gibbs: You okay?
Tony: Not really. I broke rule number ten. Again. Never get personally involved in a case.
Gibbs: Yeah. That’s the rule I’ve always had the most trouble with.
McGee tells Probie Dorneget rule #10 when he gets friendly with the model in custody.
|7.21 Obsession 9.17 Need To Know|
|11||When the job is done, walk away.||Gibbs: “Rule number eleven, DiNozzo.”
Tony: “I would never date a co-worker boss. Trust me. I mean, why would you even—that’s twelve. Eleven… when the job is done, you walk away.”
|6.24 Semper Fidelis|
|12||Never date a coworker.||Kate (to Tony): “Not my style, Tony. I would just shoot you.”
Gibbs (just walking in): “That would be the reason for rule number twelve.”
Kate: “Rule twelve?”
Gibbs: “Never date a co-worker.”
|13||Never, ever involve lawyers.||
Tony: “Which means you’ve been here one day and already bro
ken Gibbs’ rule number thirteen.”
Dwayne: “Rule number thirteen?”
Tony: “Yeah, rule number thirteen: Never, ever involve lawyers. Things are bound to turn nasty.”
|6.07 Collateral Damage|
|14||Bend the line, don’t break it.||11.04 Anonymous was a Woman|
|15||Always work as a team.||Jenny: “I heard your agents are pitted against each other. Wasn’t that Gibbs’ rule number fifteen? Always work as a team.”
Gibbs: “Not on this one.”
|5.05 Leap of Faith|
|16||If someone thinks they have the upper hand, break it.||8.24 Pyramid|
|18||It’s better to ask forgiveness than ask permission.||Jenny (to Gibbs): “Number eighteen: It’s better to seek forgiveness than ask permission.“||3.04 Silver War|
|20||Always look under||Bishop (to Tony + Gibbs) “Rule 20: Always look under”||12.17 The Artful Dodger|
|22||Never, ever interrupt Gibbs in interrogation.||Tony (to Ziva): “Rule number twenty-two: never, EVER bother Gibbs in interrogation.”||4.10 Smoked|
|23||Never mess with a Marine’s coffee if you want to live.||Kate (to Tony): “Maybe next time you should remember rule… twenty-three…”Marine (laughing): “Never mess with a Marine’s coffee if you want to live.”||2.09 Forced Entry|
|27||There are two ways to follow someone.
||7.15 Jack Knife 7.24 – Rule Fifty-One (on a piece of paper in Jethro’s home)|
|28||If you need help, ask!||Ellie (to Gibbs): “You’re asking me to talk about my feelings?”Gibbs (to Ellie): “Rule 28 If you need help, ask!“||13.10 Blood Brothers|
|Always watch the watchers.
If it feels like you’re being played, you probably are.
|McGee (to Gibbs) “Boss he’s a computer tech. That means he could have hacked out servers and got Ducky’s report.”
Abby ( to Gibbs) “How on earth did you…?”
Gibbs (to both Abby and McGee) “Rule 35”
Abby and McGee (together) “Always watch the watchers.”
|38||Your case, your lead.||Gibbs (to Tony): “Your case, your lead. I think it’s a rule.”
|There is no such thing as coincidence.||7.21 Obsession|
|40||If it seems like someone’s out to get you, they are.||Gibbs (to Abby): “Rule forty.”
Abby (to Gibbs): “If you think someone is out to get you, they are.”
|42||Don’t ever accept an apology from someone that just sucker-punched you.||Gibbs (to Dr. Samantha Ryan): “Yeah, well I got some rules of my own, too. Rule number 42. Don’t ever accept an apology from someone that just sucker-punched you.“
Ryan: “I didn’t apologize.”
|9.16 Psych Out|
|44||First things first, hide the women and children||Gibbs (to Camila Charo to tell Mike Franks): “Tell him Rule 44“
Shannon (to Gibbs): “Forty-four. First things first, Hide the women and children. You’re actually writing these down?”
|7.23 Patriot Down
7.24 Rule Fifty-One
|45||Clean up your messes.||Tony (to Gibbs): “Where are you gonna be?”
Gibbs (to Tony): “At the mess I gotta clean up.”
Tony (whispers to Ziva): “That’s 45 … basically.”
Tony(to Gibbs): Rule 45 (and hangs up)
CIA Teague(to Tony): What’s Rule 45?
Tony(to CIA Teague): Clean up your own mess
|7.24 Rule Fifty-One|
|51||Sometimes – you’re wrong||Gibbs (written after reminiscing about his wife and his rules)||7.24 Rule Fifty-One|
|62||Leave room for someone exiting the elevator.||Gibbs: (to Abby) “Abby!”
Abby: (to Gibbs) “Sorry Gibbs, I know rule 62 is to always give people space when they get off an elevator, but this is important I don’t wanna waste anytime.”
|69||Never trust a woman who doesn’t trust her man.||Gibbs (to Fornell about their mutual ex -wife)||9.07 Devil’s Triangle|
|70||Keep digging till you hit bottom||McGee (to Abbey and Bishop) in the team room
Abbey: “McGee! There is no rule 70!”
McGee: “Well, I’m…”
Abbey: “You just made up a rule!”
Gibbs (to McGee in the final scene): “Really? Rule 70, McGee?”
|12.05 The San Dominick|
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