Gibbs: Hey! You got something to say?
Bishop: Not in a million years.
Tony: Actually, I just want you to know I understand completely. I do. There's nothing more enticing than forbidden fruit. Especially the kind you can spoon with.
- Permalink: Tony makes a bad joke.
McGee: Boss I did not say anything. I don't know how everyone seems to know.
Gibbs: Know what? There is nothing to know. Got that?
McGee: Got it.
- Permalink: Gibbs has lost his cool
Bishop: These murders are all very personal to you. And occurred when someone else personal showed up.
Tony: Your ex-wife.
Gibbs: Rebecca isn't involved.
McGee: Boss you gotta admit, the timing's kind of interesting.
Gibbs: Look look look: she is totally unstable. Completely disrespectful. Untrustworthy. She's a liar....but she's no killer.
- Permalink: The application of Rule 39.
Oh man. I picked a really bad time to stop drinking coffee.Gibbs
- Permalink: Next up - looks like picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue.
Gibbs: This all started the day you showed up.
Rebecca: Oh. Rule 39 - there's no such thing as coincidence.
Gibbs: That's right.
Rebecca: First of all, I gave you that rule.
Gibbs: No you didn't.
Rebecca: Yes, I did. And second of all, use your head, J. I'm clearly being set up here. Obviously someone knew that I was coming to see you. That's your lead. Not me.
- Permalink: The origin of Rule 39?
Only the beginning, my friendMishnev
- Permalink: Mishnev's promise
Hello Agent Gibbs. You are a hard nut to crack, as you Americans like to say. I left you all the clues. You really should have seen it coming. That has to sting. If you mess with my family, I mess with yours. Check, Agent Gibbs.Mishnev
- Permalink: Mishnev gloats.
Palmer: No. I don't want to.
Ducky: You don't want to what, Mr. Palmer?
Palmer: I don't want to know how much her liver weighs. I don't want to catalogue her scars. Most of all, I don't want to cut open another friend. Think I've had my limit.
- Permalink: Palmer's limit
Sergei wants to hurt you. It's clear he blames you for something. Something that wounded him to the core. And now it's payback time. But killing you is inadequate. He wants to see you suffer. Which means that all bets are off on what might come next, or for whom he might come.Ducky
- Permalink: Ducky's ominous explanation of Mishnev
Suffering the consequences of the rules is like being sent to your room without dinner. You know dad when you did that, mom always brought me a grilled ham and cheese twenty minutes later.McGee
- Permalink: McGee's mom was a pushover.
Heidi: Those are sorry excuses for personal computers. Nice monitors.
McGee: They're government issued.
Heidi: By the First Continental Congress?
- Permalink: Dinosaur monitors are good enough for McGee.
It just occurred to me that rules number 3, 8, 36 and 40 are the same thing. With two rule number 1s and two number 3s I'm starting to question that these are honest mistakes. Is Gibbs making up these rules as he goes? Do all parents?McGee
McGee: All right. Well you should probably know that Abby and I used to date?
Bishop: Ew. Like, each other?
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...
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.
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.
- Permalink: Abby's highly-specific rules for dating
McGee: You know something I don't? Working tonight and tomorrow night?
Tony: No, Tim. It's just that Zoe's parents are in town and they want to have dinner. I'm not ready for that.
Abby: So you deceived her.
Tony: I was put on the spot. I was not prepared.
McGee: Whoa. Hey. What are you afraid of?
Tony: I don't know.
Abby: They're probably really nice.
Tony: I'm sure they are. I've just never had dinner with the parents of a woman I'm seriously involved with.
McGee: That's not true. What about Jon Benois?
Tony: No, technically that wasn't me because I was undercover as Tony DiNardo, professor of film studies. I wasn't myself back then. Meeting the parents for dinner could trigger a whole chain of events.
Abby: It's just dinner, Tony.
Tony: You have dinner yet with Ranger Burt's parents? I didn't think so. Then put down the gavel, take off the robe and stop judging, both of you.
- Permalink: Tony doesn't want to meet Zoe's parents.