‘NCIS’: Jimmy Palmer Tells a Heartbreaking Story About His Grandmother

by Jeremy Spirogis
Brian Dietzen as Jimmy Palmer on NCIS

During NCIS Season 17, Episode 16, we see a distinct aspect of Jimmy Palmer (Brian Dietzen) than we’re used to. Gibbs and Palmer have a second that reveals a few of the deep struggles he goes by way of that most individuals wouldn’t learn about. Here’s the heartbreaking story Palmer informed about his grandmother.

Brian Dietzen says Jimmy Palmer is often cheerful

Brian Dietzen as Jimmy Palmer on NCIS | Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty Images
Brian Dietzen as Jimmy Palmer on NCIS | Monty Brinton/CBS through Getty Images

During an interview with Entertainment Tonight host
Kevin Frazier about NCIS Season 16, Dietzen says Palmer is often a
completely satisfied man. That’s why seeing the medical expert come near tears in
episode 16 is so startling. We’re used to seeing a smiling, cheerful Jimmy
Palmer, so his downcast expression comes as a shock.

Dietzen informed Frazier he tries to painting Palmer as an
optimist. He says in actual life there’s part of his character that’s
optimistic, identical to Palmer’s character. Dietzen describes the character as
somebody who doesn’t get depressed or discouraged simply:

The one factor I attempted to undertake early on with Jimmy Palmer was to have him be an everlasting optimist. I prefer 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 come back to work and have that vitality on a regular basis. And I’m not saying I’m like that on a regular basis, however there’s some side of my character that’s like that.

Jimmy Palmer goes by way of a tricky time proper now

Brian Dietzen | Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty ImagesBrian Dietzen | Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images
Brian Dietzen | Sonja Flemming/CBS through Getty Images

Palmer is below plenty of stress. During NCIS season 17, episode 13, (titled “Sound Off”), Palmer is clearly overwhelmed. During the opening scene, he spends a couple of minutes telling Torres, Bishop, and McGee how exhausted he’s. He then tells them he’s doing the work of two folks and he has been faking his upbeat angle for a couple of months.

When Bishop says he at all times has a smile on his face, Palmer replies, “Oh, that? I’ve been faking that for the last four months. 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.”

His work schedule has additionally brought on pressure in his marriage.
Palmer was planning a romantic getaway together with his spouse, Breena (season 17, episode
15, titled “Lonely Hearts”), however that modified after he needed to work extra time to assist
with a difficult case. Palmer informed McGee Breena wasn’t pleased with what occurred.

What Jimmy Palmer revealed about his grandmother

Brian Dietzen as Dr. Jimmy Palmer | Michael Yarish/CBS via Getty ImagesBrian Dietzen as Dr. Jimmy Palmer | Michael Yarish/CBS via Getty Images
Brian Dietzen as Dr. Jimmy Palmer | Michael Yarish/CBS through Getty Images

Palmer remains to be grieving over the dying of his grandmother.
His post-mortem of retired Navy Master Chief Arturo Amador hits near residence, and
he has hassle sustaining his composure. After the post-mortem, Gibbs checks in
with Palmer for an replace. Palmer tells Gibbs how Arturo died (suicide by
carbon monoxide poisoning), however then he reveals he possible killed himself
as a result of he had an inoperable mind tumor.

Palmer shares his grandmother had the identical tumor as Arturo and
her final days have been robust. “What you don’t know till I let you know, is it was
most cancers,” says Palmer. “These are Art’s mind scans from the VA. And that may be a
glioblastoma on his temporal lobe. Inoperable. Terminal. This man would have
lower than a 12 months to reside and that 12 months would have been tough.”

Gibbs notices Palmer getting choked up, so he asks which
member of the family of his died from most cancers. “It’s my Nana Palmer,” he responds. “It
was the identical glioblastoma, identical location. She began having hassle talking
and understanding language. And then we simply watched as her recollections pale
till she wasn’t Nana anymore. Art’s manner out could have been the cleaner exit.”

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