Leroy Jethro Gibbs is in his 40s.
That's not good.
Two weeks ago in "Borderland" Gibbs (Mark Harmon) told Abby Sciuto, 'rule 40'.
"If it seems like someone is out to get you, they are," Abby responded.
Now we know who's out to get him. Paloma Reynosa, head of the Reynosa drug cartel, daughter of Pedro Hernandez. Hernandez was the murderer of Gibbs' family.
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Honestly I already knew 'whom'. I didn't turn off my TV until after the "Rule 51" preview. Determining Paloma was behind the plan to expose Gibbs as Hernandez' killer wasn't much of a stretch. I know I shouldn't watch previews if I want to be surprised but I'm a spoiler kind of gal.
And speaking of being surprised...
Agent Alejandro Rivera is part of the cartel. Let me have a show of hands from all who saw that coming. Everyone? You can put your hands down now.
Who gave Abby the 20-year-old cold case? Who arranged for Abby to have the body flown to NCIS headquarters? Who kept requesting Abby's report? Alejandro Rivera.
Who didn't trust the guy? Well me, also Gibbs and Director Leon Vance. Rivera is the brother of Reynosa. And Director Vance isn't some kind of figurehead who doesn't know what's happening in his own division. He also distrusts Rivera. And he seems to be backing Gibbs play. Maybe I misjudged him.
Gibbs was the guest of Paloma and her brother Alejandro. Director Vance sent Tony DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly) and Ziva David (Cote de Pablo) to Mexico. They were determined to find Gibbs. But Gibbs found them. He came strolling up to the plane as if he had been on vacation.
Some vacation. Reynosa has threatened to kill everyone she knows. She doesn't want Gibbs dead she wants him to suffer. She even produced the index finger of Mike Franks.
These cartel people like to sever things (feet, hands, heads and fingers) from bodies don't they?
Director Vance and Gibbs had a confrontation in Vance's office. He's tired of Gibbs going all rogue on him. Gibbs pushed the director's buttons and Vance 'benched' him. He gave Tony the lead. Tony took Ziva and Tim McGee (Sean Murray) to stop former Bell employee, Army Ranger, Lt. Amos Dean. Dean worked for Reynosa and was killed by the NCIS agents along with his men. It's an acceptable loss in the drug business.
Colonel Bell is dead, shot with Gibbs' weapon. That might have been a problem for Gibbs except the Colonel's head and hands were removed. Dr. 'Ducky' Mallard determined they were severed with Dean's knife. Really sloppy but Dean lacked finesse. Bell was working with Paloma to get to Gibbs. Bad move on his part. Reynosa doesn't keep partners long.
Director Vance didn't trust M. Allison Hart and kept her out of the information stream. She did have one thing she could use against Gibbs, Abby's report. She left it with Gibbs telling him they could beat it in court. Apparently she isn't a (rhymes with witch).
The Director sends Tony to Mexico where Franks surprised him. They were both following Alejandro. Franks shows Tony his gun. He must be able to shoot with his other hand.
Gibbs goes through a box of rules. He remembers his slain wife as he reads them. He stops and turns one over. On the back he wrote #51, 'sometimes you're wrong'.
In Pennsylvania Gibbs' father has a customer in his store. She turns the 'open' sign over to 'closed'. Paloma Reynosa smiles at him.
And now we wait. We have the summer to speculate. Everyone Gibbs knows is in danger from the Reynosa cartel. Will there be any victims?
Okay everyone rule #44. 'First things first, hide the women and children.' Gibbs' is in the 40s now. Be ready for the shock and awe.
courtesy of CBS)