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NCIS: Rule Fifty-One

In the conclusion of a two-part finale, Gibbs heads to Mexico for a showdown with a drug cartel intent on revenge. Gibbs has to reassess the rules by which he lives when he is forced to make a devastating choice to save the lives of his team.

Episode Info

Episode number: 7x24
Airdate: Tuesday May 25th, 2010

Director: Dennis Smith
Writer: Jesse Stern

Alternate Airdates:

NL (SBS 6) Dec 21, 2010

  • Currently 8.8/10
8.8/10 (36 Votes cast)
Special Guest Stars
Ralph WaiteRalph Waite
As Jackson Gibbs

Starring Roles
Brian DietzenBrian Dietzen
As Jimmy Palmer

Guest Stars
Darby StanchfieldDarby Stanchfield
As Shannon Gibbs
Dylan BrunoDylan Bruno
As Jason Paul Dean
Jacqueline ObradorsJacqueline Obradors
As Paloma Reynosa
Marco SanchezMarco Sanchez
As Alejandro Rivera
Muse WatsonMuse Watson
As Mike Franks
Rena SoferRena Sofer
As Margaret Allison Hart

Co-Guest Stars
Ariel LlinasAriel Llinas
As Federale #1
Main Cast
Mark Harmon
As Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs
Michael Weatherly
As Special Agent Anthony "Tony" DiNozzo
Pauley Perrette
As Forensics Specialist Abby Sciuto
Sean Murray
As Special Agent Timothy "Tim" McGee
Rocky Carroll
As Director Leon Vance
David McCallum
As Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard
Cote de Pablo
As Special Agent/Former Mossad Liaison Officer Ziva David
Episode Notes
Rule Thirteen = "Never ever involve a lawyer"

Rule Forty Four = "First things first, hide the women and children"

Rule Fifty One = "Sometimes You're Wrong"

In this episode Ziva becomes an American Citizen.

We learn that the #40's for Gibbs' rules are 'bad' and that something has gone wrong when the 40's come into play

Despite the loss of his right index finger (which was shot off), Franks is alive and when he sees Tony in Mexico, he tells Tony he can still fire with his thumb.

Gibbs and Tony doesn't make it to Ziva US Citizen ceremony:
Gibbs is held up by Hart;
Tony is send on mission to Mexico by Director Vance.

Rule #3: Never be unreachable

Rule #27: There are two ways to follow someone
- First way, they never notice you
- Second way, they only notice you

Episode Quotes
"Tennessee Williams said 'We are all sentenced to solitary confinement inside our own skins for life.' Surrounded by men with guns, I think of this often, beautiful, sad but frank,"

Other Episode Crew

CreatorDonald P. Bellisario  |  Don McGill
Executive ProducerChas Floyd Johnson
Warning: NCIS season 7 episode 24 guide may contain spoilers
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