James "Jimmy" Palmer AKA “Autopsy Gremlin” is the father of Victoria Elizabeth Palmer, and the husband to Breena Palmer. Jimmy is a Doctor, the former assistant to NCIS Chief Medical Examiner Donald Mallard, and the current Medical Examiner for the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Originally a temporary replacement for Ducky's original Medical Examiner Assistant, Gerald Jackson who had temporary left NCIS to recover from his own experiences with terrorist Ari Haswari, Palmer subsequently became the permanent replacement after Jackson resigned from NCIS for good after another encounter with Ari.
In March 2019, Palmer became the new NCIS Chief Medical Examiner after Ducky stepped down from his position.
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Although nervous, Jimmy is an extremely smart man. He also is shown to have a foot fetish, as seen in Season 5 Episode 17, when Abby uses aromatherapy to help him identify a suspect.
As the Assistant to the Chief Medical Examiner for NCIS and later the NCIS Chief Medical Examiner, Jimmy is often tasked with helping Ducky perform numerous autopsies or perform an autopsy himself on the many bodies that NCIS often receive in order to determine if the deaths were natural or as a result of murder.
Relationships with NCIS Colleagues
Donald "Ducky" Mallard
Mentor, Grandfather to Baby Victoria. Jimmy and Ducky worked closely together for a number of years, and Jimmy is shown to greatly respect and admire his colleague.
Anthony "Tony" DiNozzo
Jimmy and Tony had a good-natured relationship, with Tony (mostly affectionately) referring to Jimmy as "Autopsy Gremlin". After Ziva's presumed death, it is Jimmy who steps in to aid Tony in his early days as a single father to his and Ziva's daughter Tali. It is revealed in Season 17 that Jimmy has kept in contact with Tony since he left NCIS, referring to weekly online gaming sessions the two of them hold.
Jimmy and Ziva were close friends during her time at NCIS. Their closeness was referred to in Season 16 episode 'She' when Ziva's diaries revealed she saw Jimmy as a trusted confidante. When Ziva returned in the first episodes of Season 17, Jimmy was shown to be desperate to reunite with her after six years apart.
Jimmy and Agent Lee were engaged in a sexual relationship for several seasons, before it was revealed Agent Lee was the mole within the organisation which led to her death in Season 6.
Abigail "Abby" Sciuto
Leroy Jethro Gibbs
Jimmy considered Gibbs a friend, although he often gets nervous around him.
For a more detailed list, see James Palmer/List of Appearances.