‘NCIS’: One Character Has ‘Set of Rules’ Just Like Mark Harmon’s Gibbs

by Matthew Wilson

“NCIS” leader Leroy Gibbs is a stickler for the rules. In fact, he developed several commandments over his years working with the team. But “NCIS: Los Angeles” may have its own Gibbs in a way as well. One of the characters also has his own set of rules.

That would be LL Cool J’s Sam Hanna. Hanna’s been a part of the show since the very beginning. In many ways, he’s the co-lead of Los Angeles’ NCIS division. Over the years, Hanna has developed his own rule book of commandments as well. One attentive “NCIS: Los Angeles” fan noticed that the character plays by his own rules. And much like Gibbs’ he has a number of them – 52 to be exact.

So what are some of the rules? Well, we’re glad you asked. Here are a few of Hanna’s choice guidelines to live by. Hanna lives by the golden rule of not lying for one. Another rule is returning a phone call within a twelve-hour window. And additionally, another rule revolves around practicing proper traffic safety.

‘NCIS’ And Leroy Gibbs’ Rules

Of course, the flagship “NCIS” show is where the rules get made. Mark Harmon’s Leroy Gibbs has been the frontman of the franchise for almost 20 years now. And over those almost two decades, he’s imparted several words of wisdom to his team.

In fact, Gibbs has over 50 rules himself, and that list keeps growing as the show continues. Some particular rules include: “Sometimes you’re wrong,” “If you feel like you are being played, you probably are,” and “if someone thinks they have the upper hand, break it.”

Over the course of the series, Gibbs hasn’t always kept his hands clean. In fact, he’s made some mistakes along the way, which have usually resulted in new rules to the list. Gibbs is willing to reflect inward and learn from his wrongdoings along the way. “NCIS” Executive Producer Shane Brennan discussed how the show developed a few of Gibbs’ “golden rules.” He also went into detail about what the rules mean for Gibbs as well.

“Gibbs lives his life by a set of rules that took root from the first day he met Shannon,” Brennan said, on the Gibbs’ Rules site. “Over time, Gibbs added to the rules. When he joined ‘NCIS,’ Mike Franks told him he didn’t need dozens of different rules to be an agent… just three ‘golden rules.’ And this is why we have double ups on rules #1 and #3. Three of them are Gibbs’ rules; three of them are Mike Franks’ rules. We are still to reveal the double-up on rule #2. And it’s up to the fans to guess which of the rules were Mike Franks’ three golden rules and which were Gibbs’.”