NCIS Scoop: Gibbs Reveals Another Two Rules

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As any NCIS viewer worth his or her salt knows, veteran agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs (played by Mark Harmon) lives by a set of rules — some 51 or so in total. And this Tuesday at 8/7c, TVLine has learned, the boss man on TV’s most watched scripted series will share not one but two more of ‘em.

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Rules previously disclosed by the hit CBS drama have included “Never go anywhere without a knife” (No. 9), the particularly vexing “Never date a coworker” (No. 12), and, one of my favorites, “Never mess with a Marine’s coffee if you want to live” (No. 23).

Well, the next ones to be revealed in the Tony-centric flashback-filled episode “Baltimore” — and promptly added to the notebooks of the most fervent of fans — are Rules Nos. 5 and 35. And I’ve got a tiny hint as to which each of them says.

One of the words in Rule No. 5 is “good,” I have been told. Rule No. 35, meanwhile, features the word “watch.”

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My guesses, right off the top of my head: “In a crisis, sometimes good is good enough,” and “Always wear a watch.”

Hit the comments to share your own bold guesses as to what new rules Gibbs is about to drop on us, and/or pass along your favorite of the Great White’s personal commandments!



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Comments (28)

  • It has been too long since we learned a new rule! I cannot wait!

    Comment by Allison – May 2, 2011 07:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Rule 35. Always watch the watchers. Note – Referrring the the watchers at a crime scene.

      Comment by Anderson – May 3, 2011 06:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • New rules!! Good!! Maybe #35 has to do something like “Always watch your back”…

    Comment by Dai – May 2, 2011 07:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • How about “Always have your partner’s back.”

      Comment by Joanie – May 2, 2011 08:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • But that’s basically Rule 1: Never Screw Over Your Partner….

        Comment by John – May 3, 2011 03:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • It’s: “Always watch the watchers” (s8e22)

      Comment by Martijn – May 4, 2011 04:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m hoping it’s

    “And that’s why you always leave a note.”

    Comment by Clarissa – May 2, 2011 07:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Does that sound like it has “good” or “watch” in it?? Jesus, Clarissa.

      Comment by Jason – May 2, 2011 07:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • It was an “Arrested Development” joke obviously.

        Comment by Clarissa – May 2, 2011 07:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • I got the Reference :P <3 Arrested Development.
          So excited for 2 more rules.

          Comment by Mel – May 2, 2011 09:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Or “And that’s why you don’t teach your son lessons”. Doesn’t have the words, I know, but wouldn’t it be great if Gibbs recycled one of those “Arrested Development” gems as a rule?

      Comment by Ashley – May 3, 2011 07:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Does that sound like it has “good” or “watch” in it?? Geez, Clarissa.

    Comment by Jason – May 2, 2011 07:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • JESUS!!!!

      Comment by Jason – May 2, 2011 07:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • CHRIST, Jason. Lighten up will ya. The rules are the least of our worries when it comes to the finale.

        Comment by Clarissa – May 2, 2011 07:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • G0DDAMMIT, Clarissa and Jason. For f-ck’s sake chill the f-ck out! It’s just a show.

          Comment by Alicia – May 2, 2011 08:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • Fine you win.

            JESUS TAPDANCING CHRIST ALICIA

            Comment by Clarissa – May 2, 2011 10:16 PM PDT  
  • YEEES. The rules rule. Bring ‘em on!

    Comment by redreh – May 2, 2011 08:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Personally, I am looking forward to the big stripe of red tape across Usama Bin Laden’s face on the wall of the most wanted. I wonder if they are going to incorporate that in the show, or if it will just appear?

    Comment by Lady K – May 3, 2011 07:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Brian Dietzen just tweeted the TVLine scoop that yes, they will add that digitally in one of the remaining episodes this season. Apparently, even he was surprised and hadn’t heard about it.

      Comment by Casey – May 3, 2011 01:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m just happy to get some NCIS news and a new show tonight. Can’t wait for Baltimore ! Whatever the the rules are will just be icing on the cake.

    Comment by Mel321 – May 3, 2011 08:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love your guess for rule #5. For #35 I would have to say “Always watch your 6.”

    Comment by Garnet_and_Gold47 – May 3, 2011 12:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • #5 – it’s a good thing whenever the leader of a terrorist group is killed

    #35 – make sure you watch CBS every Tuesday evening

    Comment by massive dynamic – May 3, 2011 01:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Watches just don’t seem reliable enough to get a Gibbs Rule.

    Comment by thra – May 3, 2011 03:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • If the rules come up during the flashback section, it would be a younger, harsher Gibbs and would be more like to be something like “Good enough is -never- good enough.”

    Comment by thra – May 3, 2011 03:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I reckon it’s

    #5 – when you screw up- make good
    #35 – always watch your 6 and mine!

    Comment by Meli – May 3, 2011 05:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • #5 – You don’t waste ‘good’

    #35 – Always watch the watchers

    Comment by Patrick K – May 3, 2011 06:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • according to 5-3-11 episode rule #5 you dont waste good rule #35 always watch the watchers

    Comment by don higginbotham – May 3, 2011 07:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • There should be a Rule saying Always Listen to Gibbs, He knows best

    Comment by Rochelle – August 19, 2011 09:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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