‘NCIS’: Brian Dietzen’s ‘Last Meal’ is Both Hilarious and Tasty

by Suzanne Halliburton

NCIS star Brian Dietzen revealed some details about the person who play the most upbeat medical examiner on television.

Four years ago, UPROXX interviewed Dietzen, asking quick and punchy kind of questions. Like, if it’s your last meal on earth, what would you eat?

Hint, let’s say Dietzen would shun a bunch of protein (think a perfectly grilled steak) in favor of some fancy pizza followed by dessert and over-the-counter meds.

The NCIS star told UPROXX: “Pepperoni and pineapple pizza, followed by a pint of Chunky Monkey, followed by a little bit of regret, followed by Tums.”

Outsiders, thumbs up or down on this pizza and ice cream combination?

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It’s By Design: Dietzen Wanted NCIS Character to be Optimist

Dietzen, as Dr. Jimmy Palmer, plays the optimist on NCIS, a show about tracking down some awfully bad criminals. That’s by design, he says. In an interview in 2019, he said wanted to make Jimmy the upbeat guy that he is.

We know that Dr. Jimmy Palmer is both brilliant and awkward. And he idolized two NCIS characters — Ducky Mallard and Gibbs.

“It’s interesting,” Dietzen told Starry Mag in 2019. “Once I realized this show might go for a little while, I wanted this guy to be an optimist. I wanted him to look at the glass and say ‘it’s half overflowing.’”

This Monday’s Episode Features Home Improvement Star

And yes, NCIS just keeps going. The show is in its 19th season on CBS. But it’s being redefined this year. NCIS moved from Tuesday’s to Monday nights for season 19. Then last month, the show bid goodbye to Mark Harmon’s Gibbs. The new guy in charge is Alden Parker, played by Gary Cole. This past Monday’s episode was Cole’s first in the full-time lead role. More than 7.2 million viewers checked out the episode. It was the highest-rated show on Monday night, outside the NFL. However, it was the least-watched episode of season 19.

Jimmy Palmer and McGee (Sean Murray) are now the long-termers on the show. Murray has 405 episodes on his NCIS resume, while Dietzen has 321. Rocky Carroll, who plays Leon Vance, is at episode 312. The rest of the characters are far more recent.

This Monday’s episode, called “Docked,” is a new one. And it’ll be a special one, too. Home Improvement star Patricia Richardson is a guest star. She’ll play Judy Price Fielding, McGee’s mother-in-law. Plus, McGee’s wife, Delilah (Margo Harshman) returns.

The NCIS social media account shared some photos to tease the episode. In this episode, Judy discovers a dead body in the sauna. The show always throws in some comedy to offset some of the crime. So stay tuned to Outsider for more details. In the meantime, check out some of the preview photos of the episode.