NCIS

Season 7 Episode 24

Rule Fifty-One

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Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM May 25, 2010 on CBS
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Gibbs has to face his past once again as he goes to Mexico, where he is forced to make a big decision with great consequences.

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  • Totally unbelievable!

    5.0
    Another horrible finale. The plot was just too unbelievable. In reality, the daughter of the man Gibbs killed would have just Killed Gibbs, not kidnap him, release him and have him pick up a package! Plus, there is no way he would have not been at Ziva's citizenship ceremony. She is like a daughter to him and there is just no way he would miss it by talking to Hart! And was it really that important for Vance to send Tony to Mexico immediately rather than after the ceremony? Are we to believe there are no other competent agents on staff that he had to send Tony!? Please, please get rid of GG. He is just not competent for the job!moreless
  • The 7th Season Ends With A Cliffhanger. Gibbs Faces Paloma Reynosa In Mexico, While Ziva Becomes A U.S. Citizen.

    8.0
    Like other reviewers of this episode, I am not a fan of cliffhangers but I have to admit there are a few times where they do work well and this episode is definitely one of those cases. "Rule Fifty-One" was a fitting way to end the season but it could have been better. The high points are gripping suspense and great performances. However, there were a few problems which prevent me from giving it a higher score than other have. How exactly did Gibbs escape from the cartel people? First he is threatened by Paloma and suddenly he is released. The character of Paloma is frightening. And the cliffhanger ending the best part here. See you in season eight!moreless
  • Sometimes you're wrong...(possible spoilers)

    8.0
    I had high expectations for this episode. Like, really high since I always have high expectations for NCIS. But sometimes...you're wrong. What I'm trying to say is that this episode fell short of my expectations. It just seemed like a normal case. A normal episode. Not a finale. I expected something...bigger. And what was Gibbs' shocking descision? There was no shocking descision. At least I didn't see one. There was just way too much hype. The little blurb made it seem so exciting and shocking! But when I saw it, nothing. No GASP (except maybe at the very end).

    So Gibbs goes to Mexico and there's something about the cartel and how the lady was going to kill everyone Gibbs has met. Then there was a bit of secrecy and some *Super-Gibbs!*. We find out that Alejandro is working with the cartel (which I suspected all along for the record). There's more secrecy and a heated argument with Vance. Then Team NCIS sets out to search for Deans (I think that's his name) and he get's away (or was he killed?). We find out Mike's still alive and the episode ends with a cliffhanger.

    To me, this episode was forgettable (I barely remember it now). It was kind of boring and I found myself flipping to American Idol every so often. The one thing that kept this episode from getting a 7 or worse is the very end. With Rule #51. That was phenomenal! That one scene was better than the whole episode! I mean, WOW! Rule #51 was...deep. Moving. Emotional. It was a beautiful portrayal of the different side of Gibbs. The one we all love to see every once in an while! Also, the very last scene was pretty intense. When she goes after Gibbs Sr. That was pretty epic.

    Anyway, I think NCIS could've done a lot better than this season finale. It was boring, forgettable and it really didn't live up to NCIS. I'm still looking forward to next season though, I really hope it'll be a lot better.moreless
  • Very diappointing show for a season finale.

    4.5
    I had really expected someting entirely different than what happened in this show. I expecterd more answers from past episodes instead just got more questions. It started out on a good note then became very confusing and disjointed. Example; Gibbs is staring down the barrell of a gun then next he is behind the opening doors a C130. You are given no idea of how he got away from the cartel people. I feel there are way too many questions from this espisode. One, How ould Colonel Bell be shot with Gibbs gun? Very few things are explained. The flow of the show is off. Gibbs was too humanized in this script. No Super Gibbs or know all personna. He seems unsure in his choices. The show ends with Gibbs in a room looking over past memories, Ziva becoming a citizen, Tony in Mexico with Franks, and Jackson Gibbs possibly being killed by the Cartel woman. I hope with all these unanswered questions and events next season is better than this last episode. It was just an episodes without any ends. Maybe it was meant to be that way but it just seemed to disjointed and confusing to follow. This has been the least favorite episode I have seen.moreless
  • SPOILER ALERT: They better leave Jackson Gibbs alone if they know what is good for them!

    9.5
    Time to bring the brother & sister duo down!! Let Mike Franks take down the brother and then (HOPEFULLY) Jethro or Tony are there to take out the sister! AFter Tony left Franks he could have rushed over there to guard Jackson! Better yet, ZIVA, after her swearing in ceremony...she makes that her first kill as an American! Saving another Gibbs! That'd be the best ending to that part of the story! They really do need to get those two out of the way and hope for the best with the rest of the cartel in Mexico. Maybe they'd be happy the two were dead and they'd leave Gibbs alone for doing them the "favor" without the cartel getting their hands dirty! Should be a good first episode...as long as Jackson Gibbs is still alive at the end of the episode!moreless
Michael Weatherly

Michael Weatherly

Special Agent Tony DiNozzo

Pauley Perrette

Pauley Perrette

Forensics Specialist Abby Sciuto

David McCallum

David McCallum

Chief M.E. Ducky Mallard

Sean Murray (I)

Sean Murray (I)

Special Agent Tim McGee

Cote de Pablo

Cote de Pablo

Special Agent Ziva David

Rocky Carroll

Rocky Carroll

Director Leon Vance

Dylan Bruno

Dylan Bruno

Jason Paul Dean

Guest Star

Jacqueline Obradors

Jacqueline Obradors

Paloma Reynosa

Guest Star

Ariel Llinas

Ariel Llinas

Federale #1

Guest Star

Muse Watson

Muse Watson

Mike Franks

Recurring Role

Ralph Waite

Ralph Waite

Jackson Gibbs

Recurring Role

Rena Sofer

Rena Sofer

Margaret Allison Hart

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • (Tony and Ziva are about to take the elevator down. Abby slides in right before the door closes.)
      Abby: You guys are going to Mexico. What's the plan?
      Tony: What do you know Abbs?
      (Abby barely hesitates before shutting the elevator off and turning back to Tony)
      Abby: Gibbs mentioned Rule 40.
      Tony: "If you think someone's out to get you, they are"?
      (Abby nods)
      Ziva: I have never heard a rule in the forties.
      Tony: They don't come up very often.
      Abby: And that's a good thing.
      Ziva: How many times have I told Gibbs to write these things down?!
      Tony: You don't have to, they're for daily use- most of them, but the forties--
      Abby: The forties, the forties are for emergency use only.
      Tony: If the forties are in play, something unspeakably bad is going down.
      Ziva: We have to get him back.

    • Gibbs: I've seen enemies with vendettas, Leon. Seen people lose their lives to them. People that matter.
      Director Vance: Worst enemies are the ones that hide in plain sight. The ones we can't arrest.

    • Gibbs: I've killed men and women in combat, in the line, and in life, and some of them still haunt me. (about Pedro Hernandez) But I never lost a night's sleep over your father. You want to know what it feels like to be the hand of justice? Then pull the damn trigger yourself and find out. Go on.

    • Tony: This can't be happening. It cannot be happening. How could they let you in?
      Ziva: I passed the exams. I will officially become a citizen of the United States of America.
      Tony: I've never been more disappointed in my government.
      Ziva: Hey! That is my government now.
      Tony: Not till Friday.

  • NOTES (2)

    • TRIVIA: Season 7 is the first season since Season 4 to not end with anyone leaving the team for an extended time. This is also the first season finale, after two consecutive season finales, to not end with Ziva leaving or gone. Finally, this is the first time no one leaves while NCIS is under Director Vance's leadership.

    • Original International Airdates:
      Canada: May 25, 2010 on Global
      United Kingdom: June 11, 2010 on FX
      Australia: June 15, on Channel Ten
      Germany: October 31, 2010 on SAT 1
      Sweden: November 9, 2010 on TV3
      Norway: November 30, 2010 on TV3
      New Zealand: December 5, 2010 on TV3
      Spain: December 17, 2010 on LaSexta
      Finland: February 22, 2011 on Nelonen
      Czech Republic: May 2, 2011 on TV Nova
      Slovakia: July 21, 2011 on Markiza

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • While the original NCIS has been referenced in NCIS: Los Angeles many times, this is the first time NCIS: Los Angeles has been referenced in NCIS (not counting the pilots, which premiered before NCIS: Los Angeles), in the form of Vance talking about his work with the LA office and specifically mentioning Hetty.

    • Nearly every exchange between Vance and Gibbs references Casablanca. According to Vance, Gibbs is Rick and Vance is Louis (a role he is apparently tired of). At one point, there is a moment between Vance and Gibbs very similar to Rick's nod to the band, giving them the go-ahead to play the Marseille. In fact, Vance even starts to hum this as they walk off camera.

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