As NCIS Season 19 was winding down earlier this year, a new romance started blossoming. After previously attending a wedding together, Brian Dietzen’s Jimmy Palmer and Katrina Law’s Jessica Knight eventually acknowledged they shared feelings for one another, and by the Season 19 finale, they were committed to exploring this new dynamic. This certainly isn’t the first workplace romance NCIS has delivered, but showrunner Steven D. Binder has explained how this relationship will differ from what we saw between Tony DiNozzo and Ziva David, and Nick Torres and Ellie Bishop.
Tony and Ziva infamously channeled the “Will they, won’t they” trope during their seasons together on NCIS, which Steven D. Binder acknowledged to TV Line “became a thing that externally was more of a thing than it was in our heads.” Then with Nick and Ellie, the NCIS writers sensed some sparks between the two and “took the football and ran with it.” As for Jimmy and Jessica, Binder made it clear that this romantic relationship will unfold a lot differently, saying:
Steven D. Binder continued by saying that the reason that #Tiva and #Ellick, for the shippers out there, were stretched out across multiple seasons was because the NCIS writers were “in denial,” resulting in them playing around with these respective arrangements, but never really doing anything with them. In contrast, Binder and his team are looking to explore a realistic workplace romance with Jimmy Palmer and Jessica Knight that’s still entertaining. The executive producer continued:
Jimmy Palmer was previously in a loving marriage with Michelle Pierce’s Breena, and in NCIS Season 12, their daughter Victoria was born. Sadly, in the Season 18 episode “The First Day,” it was revealed that Breena died after contracting COVID-19, and Jimmy struggled with this loss for a long time (we later saw him say goodbye to a vision of Breena in “The Helpers”). However, when the Season 19 episode “Thick as Thieves” rolled around, Jessica invited Jimmy to be her date to her cousin’s wedding, and he accepted. Granted, it took a few months for these two to take the official step forward from friends to something more, but with that out of the way, NCIS Season 20 is free to officially show these two off as a couple and see where life takes them in the midst of the crime-solving each week.
NCIS Season 20, which Steven D. Binder called the “season of love,” will kick off on September 20 with an NCIS: Hawai’i crossover event. Scan through our 2022 TV schedule to learn what other shows are premiering in the coming weeks.
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