House Rules

Series 12 - Episode 10 House Rules

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Review

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring… except McGee, typing a letter to his sick father, and the hackers who have brought Washington DC to a standstill.

So begins a thoroughly enjoyable episode in which we get a rundown of many (there appear to be at least 51) of the rules that Gibbs has established over the years for the NCIS team’s wellbeing and safety. This involves several flashbacks – welcome back Ziva, Cait and Director Shepard – and some humour as McGee tries to foist responsibility for catching a cyber-criminal mastermind onto someone else. That’s never going to work.

Summary

McGee deals with his father's recent death by writing him a letter outlining the details of his latest investigation. The case involved tracking down a hactivist collective known as Krampus, who were thought to have been responsible for an incident in which the internet crashed all over Washington, DC. McGee and Abby brought in three known cyber-terrorists for questioning, and discover evidence that links the trio to an attempted breach of the Congress e-mail server and archive. However, when this line of inquiry reaches a dead-end, the team picks up a new lead that suggests an isolated hacker from Wisconsin may be responsible. This `lone wolf' scenario does not seem plausible to McGee, though, as he recalls a lesson his late father taught him. Crime drama, starring Sean Murray.

Cast & Crew

Leroy Jethro Gibbs Mark Harmon
Anthony DiNozzo Michael Weatherly
Abby Sciuto Pauley Perrette
Timothy McGee Sean Murray
Dr Donald `Ducky' Mallard David McCallum
Ellie Bishop Emily Wickersham
FBI Agent Filsk Indira G Wilson
Henry Khan Vik Sahay
Kevin Hussein Ethan Rains
Heidi Partridge Erin Allin O'Reilly
Adam John McGee Rick Deats
Director Terrence O'Hara
Executive Producer Donald P Bellisario
Executive Producer Mark Horowitz
Executive Producer Chas Floyd Johnson
Executive Producer Gary Glasberg
Executive Producer Mark Harmon
Executive Producer Frank Cardea
Executive Producer George Schenck
Executive Producer Steven D Binder
Executive Producer Scott Williams
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