You know that great feeling you get when a TV show you love finally returns?

If you’re an NCIS fan, then fortunately this isn’t just a distant memory, but one you’re still feeling the effects of.

That’s right, it’s back!

Created by Donald P. Bellisario and Don McGill, this American police procedural swiftly earned an admirable following when it premiered in 2003. Perhaps that wasn’t surprising though, considering it served as a spin-off from JAG.

Fans of that were quick to check out NCIS and it has nearly run triumphantly for two decades now, earning a tremendous legacy of its very own.

Many were thrilled to learn that it had been renewed for a nineteenth season in April, and yes, most were feeling incredibly impatient for a continuation in the wake of the season 18 climax.

Nevertheless, the wait is over and there is already an important question to address. What is the meaning of Rule 91 in NCIS?


What is the meaning of Rule 91 in NCIS?

Rule 91 is yet another of Gibbs’ unique regulations and means “when you walk away, don’t look back.”

It is the name that Mark Harmon’s character gives to his boat and the meaning was acknowledged in ‘Blood in the Water. The episode was directed by Michael Zinberg and written by Christopher J. Waild.

Why you may ask?

Well, that’s because he was anticipating to sail away and depart from the NCIS team following his suspension. It was suspected that Gibbs was involved in the mistreatment of dogs.

Rule 91 marks the first of Gibb’s rules that we have heard since Season 16, so it’s a pretty big deal.

When it’s revealed to McGee that Gibbs survived the explosion that bookended the previous season, the two discussed this colossal rule. McGee argues that “Rule 91 sucks… because it is in direct violation of Rule No. 1… ‘Never screw over your partner.’”

However, this argument doesn’t really hold water anymore, considering they are no longer partners after Gibbs’ suspension.

“Something to look forward to…”

Mark Harmon was only contracted up until season 18 so a number of fans were worried that it would mark the end of the line for the actor’s NCIS journey.

However, he confirmed that he would return for “a handful of episodes” in the current season, while also explaining to Entertainment Tonight:

“Hopefully, there will be a season beyond this that there’s something to look forward to in the future where we’re not going to be wearing the masks and maybe we’re not going to be doing shortened seasons again. We’ll get back to a full order.”

This makes it sound like Mark is looking forward to working on the show down the line without restrictions imposed in response to the pandemic.

So, there’s every reason to be optimistic that Gibbs is sticking around.

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After that season premiere, it’s already clear that NCIS fans should strap in for another spectacular season.

Next up is episode 2 – ‘Nearly Departed’ – on Monday, September 27th 2021. More is sure to be revealed.

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