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James Palmer
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Gender: Male   Male
Born: possibly November 1977 (age 43)
Status: Alive.
Family members: Breena Palmer † (wife)
Victoria Elizabeth Palmer (daughter)
Ed Slater (father-in-law)
Stevie Slater (brother-in-law)
  Occupation Affiliation Rank / Title
 ●   Medical Examiner, NCIS   NCIS   Chief Medical Examiner
            ●     Headquarters
Portrayed by: Brian Dietzen
 First Appearance
  ●   NCIS: Split Decision (episode)
 Last Appearance
  ●   NCIS: n/a- main character.
List of Appearances

James "Jimmy" Palmer (AKA "Autopsy Gremlin") is a Doctor and also the Chief Medical Examiner for the NCIS Major Case Response Team.

Prior to that, Palmer originally served as the Medical Examiner Assistant to Dr. Donald Mallard, having first joined NCIS albeit on a temporary basis back in May 2004 due to Ducky's original assistant, Gerald Jackson taking a leave of absence to recover from the NCIS Hostage Crisis.

Following Jackson's resignation which occurred in September 2005 after his second encounter with terrorist Ari Haswari, Palmer became Ducky's permanent assistant and regularly assisted Ducky with autopsies.

In March 2019, Palmer became the new NCIS Medical Examiner after Ducky stepped down from his position.

Biography

Pre-Series

NCIS Season 1

NCIS Season 2

NCIS Season 3

NCIS Season 4

NCIS Season 5

NCIS Season 6

NCIS Season 7

NCIS Season 8

NCIS Season 9

NCIS Season 10

NCIS Season 11

NCIS Season 12

NCIS Season 13

Personality

Similar to McGee, Palmer is a very geeky person and can ramble about history or stories, and often gets ignored or scolded at by Gibbs or DiNozzo. He is known to joke about rather dark topics and at inappropriate times, and often gets reprimanded for it. He cares very deeply for his fellow colleagues.

Palmer is known to be the center of many running gags in the series, such as always being late to crime scenes due to poor driving or popping in to a conversation while crawling around the autopsy room in search of pipettes. One of these also include his brief affair with Michelle Lee, who turned out to be the mole of the team. The two would run off somewhere in the middle of others talking and would leave them, including Ducky, in confusion. It is revealed that the rest of the team has known about this already.

Palmer seems to idolize Leroy Jethro Gibbs, as it had been revealed in Keep Going (episode) that he admired how he has managed to put his past behind him and continued working despite all that he has faced, unaware that he had been speaking in a microphone and that everyone, including Gibbs, could hear him. Despite this, he is shown to be intimidated by him somewhat, although this has begun to lessen during his time at NCIS

Appearance

Palmer is a man in his late twenties, early thirties with dark brown hair and hazel eyes.

Abilities

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

Palmer is shown to idolize Ducky and his works in Autopsy, and can become extremely ecstatic when Ducky does the smallest thing to him, such as calling him Jimmy instead of Mr. Palmer. Ducky treats him much like a son, but can become irritated when he rambles about something or arrives late to the crime scene, although he has no ill meanings. In Keep Going (episode), after Palmer reveals that he passed his M.E exam after 3 tries, Ducky becomes absolutely overjoyed for him, and begins referring to him as Doctor Palmer.

Anthony "Tony" DiNozzo

Ziva David

Michelle Lee

Palmer had a brief affair with Michelle in Season Six, which causes a running gag where they run off somewhere secluded in the middle of Ducky or others speaking and leading them confused as to where Palmer went. Palmer confesses to having an affair, while also admitting that he felt used and didn't enjoy the relationship.

Abigail "Abby" Sciuto

Leroy Jethro Gibbs

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