James Palmer
Jimmy Palmer
Gender: Male   Male
Status: Alive.
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 the father of Victoria Elizabeth Palmer, and the husband to Breena Palmer. Jimmy is a Doctor and the current assistant to NCIS Chief Medical Examiner Donald Mallard and also a member of 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 with Palmer holding the role to this day.

After Ducky took a working sabbatical from NCIS to teach students in New York, Palmer became acting Chief Medical Examiner until when Ducky announces that he retires as a Chief Medical Examiner becoming to Palmer as a successor permanently.



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Jimmy is always nervous when Gibbs is around him. But he is an extremly smart man.



As the Assistant to the Chief Medical Examiner for NCIS, Jimmy is often tasked with helping Ducky perform numerous autopsies 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 (the Grandfather to Baby Victoria)

Anthony "Tony" DiNozzo- Friend

Michelle Lee- Love interest

Abigail "Abby" Sciuto- Friend

Leroy Jethro Gibbs - He considered him as a friend