Palmer was on for about 20 seconds in the first episode...when Ducky was doing the autopsy on "Tony." But we haven't seen his girlfriend/agent in legal this season.
The second episode was okay, but I never quite got why the Navy guy was shot--for as much effort as the killer took to go up and shoot him, the guy could have gotten away. I guess it's the barely-related-to-the-Navy issue that bugs me the most. On the plus side, it was Jenny-free and mostly Jeanne-free (aside from flashbacks), so that's a huge plus.