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House Rules 

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Tis the season to be hacking. In a Christmas letter to his father, McGee describes in detail a case in which he, Gibbs and the rest of the NCIS team investigate the hackers who are responsible for the Internet going down in the D.C. area.


Terrence O'Hara


Donald P. Bellisario (created by), Don McGill (created by) | 2 more credits »





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Harmon ... Leroy Jethro Gibbs
Michael Weatherly ... Anthony DiNozzo
Pauley Perrette ... Abby Sciuto
Sean Murray ... Timothy McGee
Brian Dietzen ... Jimmy Palmer (credit only)
Emily Wickersham ... Ellie Bishop
Rocky Carroll ... Leon Vance (credit only)
David McCallum ... Donald Mallard
Vik Sahay ... Henry Kahn
Iman Nazemzadeh ... Former NCIS systems administrator Kevin Hussein (as Ethan Rains)
Erin Allin O'Reilly ... Heidi Partridge
Indira G. Wilson ... FBI Agent P. Filsk
Kent Shocknek ... Guy Ross
David Bickford ... Priest
Rick Deats ... Navy Admiral John McGee


It's Christmas and when someone hacks the Internet shutting it down, there's concern that it could be an attack. So everyone is called in. Gibbs decides to bring all the hackers they arrested and bring them to NCIS to help them. Gibbs puts McGee in charge and he's not sure if he's the right one. They want to help by going online but Gibbs won't let them. When the Internet goes back on they think the worst has passed but Gibbs thinks there's still more. They eventually learn one of the hackers made contact with the one they are looking for. Written by

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Release Date:

16 December 2014 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA

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Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


All three of the prisoners used to catch the hacker were arrested by the NCIS team within the last 3 years. Ajay Khan was arrested in 10.14 "Canary," Kevin Hussein was arrested in 12.01 "Twenty Klicks," and Stephanie was arrested in 11.20 "Page Not Found." See more »


When Khan and "IT" Kevin are together, the two act as though they have never met, but in Canary (S10Ep14) they clearly have as "IT" Kevin was part of the rouse at "Gitmo" to have Khan confess as "IT" Kevin appears near the end of the episode with him appearing and speaking to everyone there. See more »


Timothy McGee: So Saint Nicholas gives gifts to the good kids and Krampus kidnaps the bad ones and eats them?
Abby Sciuto: America watered it down to coal in a sock. Boring.
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References Serpico (1973) See more »


NCIS Theme
Performed by Numeriklab
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One of my favorite episodes
16 November 2017 | by pcleetullahomaSee all my reviews

Most episodes of NCIS contain at least a bit of humor, usually from the mouth of Tony. But "House Rules" gets its humor from the three guest stars who previously had small roles in earlier episodes. There is Heidi, a former kindergarten teacher turned dark web master. There's Kahn who fell for an NCIS trap which convinced him he had been sent to Gitmo. Then there's IT Kevin, the former NCIS IT guy who truly regrets his turn to the dark side.

All three are brought in from prison to help locate a cyber criminal who hacked into congressional servers. The script is outstanding, giving each of the three great lines with a touch of humor, snark, and just a little bit of humanity (like Kahn complaining he is missing Christmas dinner at prison because they get an extra roll).

Meanwhile, the entire episode is narrated by McGee as he writes a Christmas Eve letter to his father. Overall, a well-written, well- cast, well-acted, and well-directed episode that I love to watch over and over.

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