Brian Dietzen, Larry Miller

Cheers to NCIS for giving fans a holiday gift: a Jimmy Palmer story line!

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The much-beloved morgue underling, endearingly played by Brian Dietzen, figured prominently in the top-rated drama's Christmas episode. In an attempt to impress his future father-in-law, Jimmy brought the Scrooge-like funeral-home owner (bone-dry standup Larry Miller) in for a Christmas Eve tour of the office. They ended up spending the night there, as Jimmy helped the team protect an endangered pregnant Marine — and finally stood up to his dismissive dad-in-law-to-be, telling him to "sit down and shut up!"

Gibbs (Mark Harmon) delivered the baby — during a snowstorm, no less — and a lesson in family values to DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly) in the episode's bittersweet conclusion. "Don't be like me," Papa Bear advised Tony, who'd chickened out from visiting his now-divorced ex-fianceé. But as any NCIS fan knows, nobody on the team will ever truly be without a family as long as they have one another.

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