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Is Once Upon a Time staging a musical battle between good and evil? Will Bones ride off into the sunset? Will a robbery uncover an NCIS agent’s secret? Read on for answers to those questions plus teases from other shows.
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Since you were first to share the news about Once Upon a Time’s musical episode, do you have more info? Is our Queen going to sing? —Lisa
Aww, flattery will get you everywhere, Lisa. It will also get you this confirmation that Lana Parrilla will »
The Performer | Brian Dietzen
The Show | NCIS
The Episode | “Keep Going” (Jan. 24, 2017)
The Performance | It is as difficult as it is rare to recontextualize a TV character after 200-plus episodes, and yet NCIS this week did just that, by thrusting Dietzen’s mild-mannered Jimmy Palmer out onto a ledge, where the only thing that dropped was a huge truth.
With the camera fixed on him for much of the hour, Dietzen had us rapt, employing any means necessary (beyond firm grips on drainpipe and belt) to keep would-be jumper Ryan (nicely played by Spencer Treat Clark) from ending his life. »
Poor Jimmy Palmer. Usually relegated to brief comic relief moments, it's easy to forget that he's more than just a walking ball of awkward. But NCIS Season 14 Episode 13 placed the spotlight squarely on him this time!
While "Keep Going" may have been a self-contained clip show, it also served as a vehicle for character development and answered one of the oldest questions fans had about Jimmy Palmer: when is he going to finish his medical training?
The answer: he already has!
Logically speaking, the setup for putting Jimmy out on the ledge was downright ludicrous. For my own part, if I ever see someone on a ledge ready to jump, my instinctive reaction would be to point and say loudly, "Look up there!"
Of course, had Jimmy done that, it would've been a pretty short episode and we wouldn't have gotten so many fantastic quotes to work with.
Ryan Smith: What is this, »
- Kathleen Wiedel
This Tuesday on NCIS (CBS, 8/7c), Jimmy Palmer has a ledge-endary adventure, setting the stage for startling insight into Ducky’s mild-mannered assistant.
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As first revealed by TVLine, Jimmy will stumble into the role of hero, from seven stories up, when he rushes to the aide of a would-be jumper.
Halfway through its 14th season, “NCIS” has explored terror plots, assassinations, mistaken identities, and more murders than one can count. Yet there are still new stories waiting to be told, as in the episode airing Jan. 24, titled “Keep Going.” It features Jimmy Palmer (Brian Dietzen), assistant to medical examiner Dr. Donald “Ducky” Mallard, at center stage. In the episode, Palmer breaks rank and, in an out-of-character move, climbs onto a building ledge in an attempt to stop the son of a murder victim from committing suicide. Variety sat down with Dietzen to talk about the episode, changes to the set with the absence of Michael Weatherly and showrunner Gary Glasberg, and some big news Jimmy reveals at episode’s end.
This was one of the first episodes for which showrunner Gary Glasberg wasn’t around, after his death. Has the direction of the show changed without him?
The remainder of this season, after »
- Dani Levy
5 items from 2017
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