NCIS: Leroy Jethro Gibb’s Rule Book (Update)

23 05 2011

Gibbs’s rules originated from his first wife, Shannon, who told him at their first meeting, “Everyone needs a code they can live by.”[1] Years later, after their marriage, Gibbs began writing his rules down, keeping them in a small tin inside his home.[2]Though he uses it often we almost never see the tin.

Rule #1: Never let suspects stay together.

Rule #1: Never screw over your partner.

Rule #2: Always wear gloves at a crime scene.

Rule #3: Don’t believe what you’re told. Double check.

Rule #3: Never be unreachable. (*Most likely one of Mike Franks‘ “Golden Rules” (see below) as opposed to Gibbs, because Gibbs has been known to intentionally be unreachable.*)

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.

Rule #5: You don’t waste good.

Rule #6: Never apologize. It’s a sign of weakness.

Rule #7: Always be specific when you lie.

Rule #8: Never take anything for granted.

Rule #9: Never go anywhere without a knife.

 Sometimes listed as “Never leave home without a knife.”

Rule #10: Never get personally involved in a case.

Rule #11: When the job is done, walk away.

Rule #12: Never date a co-worker.

Rule #13: Never, ever involve a lawyer.

Rule #15: Always work as a team.

Rule #16: If someone thinks they have the upper hand, break it.

Rule #18: It’s better to seek forgiveness than ask permission.

Rule #22: Never, ever bother Gibbs in interrogation.

Rule #23: Never mess with a Marine’s coffee… if you want to live.

Rule #27: There are two ways to follow someone. (1) First way, they never notice you. (2) Second way, they only notice you.

Rule #35: Always watch the watchers.

Rule #38: Your case, your lead.

Rule #39: There is no such thing as coincidence.

Rule #40: If it seems someone is out to get you, they are.

Rule #44: First things first, hide the women and children.

Rule #45: Clean up the mess that you make.

Rule #51: Sometimes – you’re wrong.[2]

Rule #69: Never trust a woman who doesn’t trust her man

From http://ncis.wikia.com/wiki/Leroy_Jethro_Gibbs/Rules

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