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#296 Theatrical Muse "Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes g
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"Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius."
-Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Valley of Fear



Gibbs had never suffered fools lightly. He made a point of surrounding himself with the best and brightest people. Anyone who couldn’t keep up—either at work or in his personal life—was kept at a distance. It had been something he’d learned as a young boy, one of the few life lessons he’d carried on from his father. Jackson had surrounded himself with astute and intelligent people, something that hadn’t always served him well.

Gibbs’ team had no idea how smart and talented they were. DiNozzo was too busy hiding behind his party boy image, even though Gibbs knew it was a cleaver way to deflect attention and keep people at a distance. In his own way, Tony was doing exactly the same thing Gibbs’ father had.

Tim McGee was too wrapped up in what he thought he should be, his confidence and academic genius taking a backseat to the social awkwardness of being a boy who had been thrust into a man’s world too early.

And Kate Todd…Kate thought she was sharper than she was, didn’t quite understand the nuances of human communication yet. She hadn’t figured out Tony, but she was easily able to profile any suspect around. She needed training to bring her brilliance out and Gibbs hoped she’d been with his team for a lot of years.

Gibbs could easily see both Kate and Tony manning their own teams in the next few years.

It took a lot for him to put his life in anyone’s hands and Gibbs was happy he had people he trusted intellectually and for their instincts.

Leroy Jethro Gibbs, NCIS

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