Gibbs meets Paloma, the head of the Reynosa drug cartel in Mexico; he gets a ride to Washington, where he talks with Vance in code. Tony and Ziva arrest a bad guy, who then dies. Ziva attends a ceremony. Paloma meets Jackson. [Continued.]

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Gibbs has interesting chats with Paloma Reynosa, the head of the Reynosa drug cartel in Mexico, and with others; Tony and Ziva fly to Mexico to return the body of Hernandez and to pick up the bodies of Col. Bell and others and haul them back to Washington, DC; they also meet Gibbs and take him back home. Vance talks with Gibbs, Ducky talks with MAllison, and Gibbs talks with Abby; then Tony, McGee, and Ziva meet an aircraft and arrest a bad guy, who promptly dies in a gunfight. Vance and Gibbs talk in code. Ziva attends an important ceremony, along with the rest of the gang, all except Gibbs and Tony; instead MAllison delays Gibbs, and Tony, on the orders of Vance, goes back to observe and report in Mexico, where he runs into Franks, who says that he can pull a trigger with his right thumb. Gibbs experiences flashbacks and fantasies, and he drafts rule 51. Paloma meets Jackson Gibbs in Stillwater, Pennsylvania. [To be continued next season.] Written by DocRushing

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Gibb's rules: No.13 Never, ever involve a lawyer; No.44 First things first - hide the women and children; No.51 Sometimes, you're wrong. See more »

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Special Agent Jethro Gibbs: [Rivera has a gun pointed at Gibbs] You've never done this before. I have. I've killed men, and women in combat, in the line, and in life. And some of them still haunt me. But I never lost a night's sleep over your father. You want to know what it's like to be the hand of justice?
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Special Agent Jethro Gibbs: Then pull the damn trigger yourself. Go on! DO IT!
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Vendetta
8 March 2011 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

In the third part of the first ever continuous four-episode arc, the truth is revealed. The first part centered on the Gibbs - Abby relationship and the second part on Gibbs' complicated relationship with Ms. Hart. Now the focus shifts again. It's rather neat that each part of the arc examines Gibbs' relationship with a different character. Were this just one loooong plot-arc, it would not stand out, especially as the show is first and foremost about the characters.

The arc plot keeps on twisting and turning. Though Gibbs' loyalties are never in doubt, he is put in a lose - lose situation, which should make most viewers wonder whether the time has come for him to exit the show, one way or other. That. Would. Be. Huge. And should this be the end of Gibbs, Mark Harmon delivers a great performance when, as the pressure increases, Gibbs turns inwards. It is also great that the writers gave Gibbs' opposition not only motivation, but also personality and complex principles.

Season 8 ends on a great sequence of no less than three intercut scenes which leaves the audience waiting for answers to a lot of questions. On top of that, comes the final cliffhanger. As the arc has progressed, the cliffhangers have intensified, and the last one is no exception.

However, when rated as an individual episode, "Rule Fifty-One" doesn't quite equal the best season-enders, which are Season 2's shocking "Twilight" (still the best), Season 5's aptly named "Judgment Day" and Season 6's "Aliyah". It's "only" 8/10, mostly because the plot developments most crucial to the arc are not quite realistic, as has been pointed out in another review. Also, we *still* do not know what really happened in Paris. *That* is just the writers disrespecting the audience. The faithful deserve a reward. Not getting one leaves the audience feeling cheated. Bad writers! Bad writers! They need to be trained.


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