Gibbs Rules (NCIS)

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Leroy Jethro Gibbs' rules for life, both simple and profound, have been laid out over 11 seasons of NCIS. He doesn't always follow them and there are plenty he hasn't revealed yet, but here's the complete collection as we know it.

1. Rule #1 (Mike)

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Never let suspects stay together. (Season 1 Episode 1, Mike Franks)

Rule #1
Never let suspects stay together. (Season 1 Episode 1, Mike Franks)

2. Rule #1 (Gibbs)

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Never screw over your partner. (Season 4, Episode 14, Gibbs)

Rule #1
Never screw over your partner. (Season 4, Episode 14, Gibbs)

3. Rule #2

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Always wear gloves at a crime scene. (Season 1, Episode 1, Mike Franks)

Rule #2
Always wear gloves at a crime scene. (Season 1, Episode 1, Mike Franks)

4. Rule #3 (Mike)

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Don't believe what you're told. Double check. (Season 1, Episode 1, Mike Franks)

Rule #3
Don't believe what you're told. Double check. (Season 1, Episode 1, Mike Franks)

5. Rule #3 (Gibbs)

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Never be unreachable. (Season 3, Episode 13, Gibbs)

Rule #3
Never be unreachable. (Season 3, Episode 13, Gibbs)

6. Rule #4

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The best way to keep a secret? Keep it to yourself. Second best? Tell one other person, if you must. There is no third best. (Season 4, Episode 11)

Rule #4
The best way to keep a secret? Keep it to yourself. Second best? Tell one other person, if you must. There is no third best. (Season 4,...

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McGee: All right. Well you should probably know that Abby and I used to date?
Bishop: Ew. Like, each other?
McGee: Yeah.
Bishop: Wait - isn't that a violation of rule 12, never date a....
McGee: It was a long time ago. After we'd broken up, one night I went to her lab. Found a scribbled piece paper; a list. Potential boyfriends had to fulfill certain conditions by a pre-arranged date or else, goodbye.
Bishop: Such as.
McGee: Things started off relatively normal: opening the door for her, flowers, putting the seat down. Then around number 8, it gets uh...
Bishop: What?
McGee: Does she know you have these?
Bishop: Does she know you have these?
McGee: Yeah she wasn't happy when she found out.
Bishop: These are all very specific.
McGee: Yeah.
Bishop: These ideas apply to you?
McGee: No those rules weren't in place when we were together. At least I don't think so.
Bishop: What's with the two month cutoff? Abby's sabotaging herself. I've seen stuff like this before. We have to talk to her.