NCIS Star’s Epic Tribute Leaves Fans Speechless! Brian Dietzen Reveals Jaw-Dropping Surprise for David McCallum – You Won’t Believe His Reaction!

David McCallum, cherished for his portrayal of the enigmatic Dr. Donald “Ducky” Mallard on “NCIS” since 2003, was honored with a heartfelt send-off in the latest episode aired on Monday.

The Scottish actor, known for his role in the 1960s series “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,” passed away on September 25 at the age of 90, leaving behind a remarkable legacy.

The tribute to the last original cast member of “NCIS,” delayed due to Hollywood strikes, was co-written by Brian Dietzen, who plays Dr. Jimmy Palmer, Ducky’s protégé for two decades.

“We wanted to pay homage to his incredible life – 60 years in the industry and 20 years on our show,” said Dietzen. “This episode allows fans to mourn alongside us. We’re all feeling this loss deeply.”

Dietzen, who spoke at McCallum’s memorial service in January, emphasized the profound impact of McCallum’s passing on both his TV family and his real-life loved ones.

“The solace we can find is in knowing David lived a full life, seizing every opportunity,” said Dietzen. “He made the most of every moment.”

The episode, titled “The Stories We Leave Behind,” revolves around Ducky’s final case with the NCIS team, even though he passes away during the episode.

“We felt it was fitting for Ducky to solve one last case,” Dietzen explained. “Even after his passing, he remains instrumental in cracking it.”

The storyline also explores themes of loss and legacy, as the team exonerates a wrongly discharged veteran using Ducky’s meticulous notes.

In a poignant moment, Jimmy discovers Ducky’s peaceful passing, setting the stage for heartfelt farewells from the team and a surprise appearance by Michael Weatherly’s Tony DiNozzo.

“Michael’s return as DiNozzo was perfect for the occasion,” said Dietzen. “It added a special touch to the episode.”

As the team gathers for Ducky’s memorial, Jimmy, reflecting on Ducky’s legacy, turns off the lights in the autopsy room with a bittersweet smile.

“The episode concludes with the realization that while stories are important, it’s the people who carry on that truly honor our legacy,” said Dietzen. “Ducky may be gone, but his impact lives on in those he touched.”

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