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Gibbs' Rules
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.
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Rule #
Actual Character Quote:
Episode(s) Mentioned In:
Never let suspects stay together.
Gibbs (to Kate): "Rule number one: Never let suspects stay together."1.01 Yankee White
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.
4.14 Blowback

9.17 Need To Know
Always wear gloves at a crime scene.
Gibbs (to Kate): "Rule number two: Always wear gloves at a crime scene."1.01 Yankee White
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
Never be unreachable.
Ziva (after trying to reach McGee): "Rule number three..."
Tony: "Never be unreachable."
3.13 Deception
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?"
4.14 Blowback
You don't waste good.

8.22 Baltimore
9.01 Nature of the Beast
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.
Gibbs: It was covered by rule #18.
1.01 Yankee White

7.12 Flesh & Blood
Always be specific when you lie.
Gibbs (to Kate): "Rule number seven: Always be specific when you lie."1.23 Reveille
Never take anything for granted.
Abby (to McGee): "Rule number eight is gonna save you McGee!"
"Never date a co-worker? "
(to Tony): "Never go anywhere without your knife. "
(to Ziva): "Thought that was nine."
"Never take anything for granted."
(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."
Tony: "Rule number eight: Never assume anything."
Ziva: "To be precise it's, ah, never take anything for granted."

McGee: I assume it involved a girl?
Tony: He was nine years old.
Gibbs: Never assume, McGee.
McGee: Rule number eight. Got it, boss.
3.10 - Probie

3.17 - Ravenous

9.21 Rekindled
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."
Atlas: "What?"
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.'
Abby: Not Gibbs' rules...mine.
1.13 - One Shot, One Kill

1.20 - Missing

3.22 - Jeopardy
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
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
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."
1.15 Enigma
Never, ever involve lawyers.
Tony: "Which means you've been here one day and already broken 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
14Bend the line, don't break it.
11.04 Anonymous was a Woman
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
If someone thinks they have the upper hand, break it.

8.24 Pyramid
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
20Always look underBishop (to Tony + Gibbs) "Rule 20: Always look under"12.17 The Artful Dodger
Never, ever interrupt Gibbs in interrogation.
Tony (to Ziva): "Rule number twenty-two: never, EVER bother Gibbs in interrogation."4.10 Smoked
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
There are two ways to follow someone.
  • 1st way - they never notice you;
  • 2nd way - they only notice you.

7.15 Jack Knife

7.24 - Rule Fifty-One (on a piece of paper in Jethro's home)
28If 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."
8.22 Baltimore

9.01 The Nature of the Beast.

Your case, your lead.
Gibbs (to Tony): "Your case, your lead. I think it's a rule."
6.16 Bounce
There is no such thing as coincidence.

7.21 Obsession
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."
7.22 Borderland
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."
"I didn't apologize."
9.16 Psych Out
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

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

13.01 Stop the Bleeding
Sometimes - you're wrong
Gibbs (written after reminiscing about his wife and his rules)
7.24 Rule Fifty-One
62Leave 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."
11.13 Double Back
Never trust a woman who doesn't trust her man.
Gibbs (to Fornell about their mutual ex -wife)9.07 Devil's Triangle
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

Gibbs' Rules

3.05 Switch Ziva: Just to be clear, are there any more of these rules I should be aware of?
Gibbs: About 50 of them.
Ziva: And I don't suppose they're written down anywhere that I could—
Gibbs: NO.
Ziva: Then how am I supposed to—
Gibbs: My job is to teach them to you.
6.04 HeartlandYoung Gibbs: You’ve got a rule for everything?
Shannon: Working on it. Everyone needs a code they can live by.

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