NCIS: Is Brian Dietzen’s Jimmy Palmer OK? Could a New Cast Member Be Joining Soon?

by Jeremy Spirogis
Brian Dietzen as Jimmy Palmer on NCIS

Things are getting a bit hectic over on the NCIS
headquarters. In a current episode, we see Jimmy
Palmer (Brian Dietzen)
have a little bit of a meltdown over his workload. Is
Palmer OK? Here’s why we’d see a brand new forged member quickly.

Jimmy Palmer simply can’t take it anymore

Brian Dietzen as Jimmy Palmer on NCIS | Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images
Brian Dietzen as Jimmy Palmer on NCIS | Sonja Flemming/CBS through Getty Images

During “NCIS” season 17, episode 13, (titled “Sound Off”), we
can see that Palmer could be very overwhelmed. At the highest of the episode, he comes
into the realm the place Torres, Bishop, and McGee are sitting and begins venting about
how exhausted he’s. “Can I just vent?” asks Palmer. “Dr. Mallard retired. And
ever since he turned the official NCIS historian I’ve been doing the work of
two folks.” Now that Palmer is the one medical expert, the complete workload
falls on him. Ducky retired and is now the NCIS historian, so Palmer should
deal with the instances on his personal.

Jimmy Palmer isn’t as pleased as he appears

Brian Dietzen on NCIS | Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty ImagesBrian Dietzen on NCIS | Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty Images
Brian Dietzen on NCIS | Monty Brinton/CBS through Getty Images

Although Palmer at all times has a smile on his face, he revealed in episode 13 that he’s been faking it these days. Deep down, he’s stressed, anxious, and pissed off. He has been given much more accountability and doesn’t fairly know how you can deal with all of it.

After Palmer says he’s doing the work of two folks, Bishop chimes in to say she observed he at all times does his work with a smile on his face. However, Palmer explains his smile hasn’t been real. “Oh, that? I’ve been faking that for the last four months,” he responds. “I have such a backlog of work to catch up on. I didn’t even go home last night. You guys, I got 14 minutes of sleep on an autopsy table.”

Will Jimmy Palmer depart NCIS?

Brian Dietzen and David McCallum | Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty ImagesBrian Dietzen and David McCallum | Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty Images
Brian Dietzen and David McCallum | Monty Brinton/CBS through Getty Images

Now that we all know Palmer isn’t all that pleased, we now have to
marvel if the producers are organising his exit. As you in all probability know by now,
the bosses don’t introduce new data into the present and not using a good purpose.
(Actress Cote de Pablo even confirms this in her interview with the BUILD
sequence.) Viewers hardly ever get a peek inside Palmer’s head like this. It appears
like some massive modifications may be coming for this character.   

Brian Dietzen says Jimmy Palmer is often a cheerful man

Palmer is often pleased, so it’s disconcerting to see him down
and pissed off. During an interview with “Entertainment Tonight” host Kevin
Frazier, Dietzen stated he tries to painting Jimmy as an optimist. He says in actual
life there’s part of his persona that’s optimistic, similar to Jimmy’s
persona. Dietzen describes Jimmy as somebody who doesn’t get down within the
dumps simply:

The one factor I attempted to undertake early on with Jimmy Palmer was to have him be an everlasting optimist. I wish to play an optimistic character. You get right into a present like this, you don’t understand how lengthy it’s going to go. But you attempt to inject some positivity to it. I’m so glad 16 years later that [Jimmy Palmer] is a glass half overflowing sort of man. Because it’s a pleasure to return to work and have that power on a regular basis. And I’m not saying I’m like that on a regular basis, however there’s some aspect of my persona that’s like that.

Read extra: ‘NCIS’:
The Creepy Story of How David McCallum and Brian Dietzen Bonded Over an Autopsy

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