UPDATE: Body of Proof has changed the order in which Season 3 Episodes are to be aired. Hence what I referred to as the “next” episode in this post will be aired sometime in May.
The next episode of BODY OF PROOF, Breakout, (19 March on ABC) sounds pretty good. An accused murderer escapes police custody and goes directly to Megan Hunt, telling her he’s been framed and asking her to prove him innocent. The `12 March episode had a good premise, though, with a mobster interrupting Megan’s autopsy of his son to tell her he plans to kill whomever was responsible. But while the episode had its moments it was filled with some astonishing nonsense.
For instance, Detective Sullivan talks Megan into a “spontaneous” dinner date. Once at the restaurant, the hostess (who is not exactly the soul of discretion) comes to their table and informs Sullivan it’s a good thing he reserved a table in advance, else they would not have been able to seat him. Megan, who is apparently not very hungry, walks out.
Megan actually says she can take care of herself “as well as any man”, in response to Sullivan’s protective attitude toward her. This is something that needs to be demonstrated more than said. I mean, she did need rescuing in the second episode of season 3; she has not demonstrated any self-defense capability on the show; and she always wears high heels, which might be considered a handicap in a fight.
It turns out that Little Cop (Elyes Gabel) is the son of a prominent defense attorney, and probably should not be working a case in which the suspect is a client of his father. He does it anyway, and nobody seems to mind much. (He tries to entrap his dad by leaving his phone where his dad can see it and going to the john. While he is away a cohort texts him secret information. No successful lawyer would ever fall for such a trap and this one doesn’t, but most would immediately tell the owner of the phone that they saw the message. Here, Dad the lawyer keeps quiet, needlessly arousing false suspicions in his son.)
Dana Delany can and does carry the show. She is a pleasure to watch, especially in that leopard print. (They might consider putting that on eBay.) But the writers would do well to stream a few episodes of Quincy, M.E. on Netflix to see how this sort of show ought to be written.
Season 3 Episode 3 (the one with the exorcism) had two cast members who have appeared on RIZZOLI AND ISLES. Margaret Easley (Katherine Holt) was Mrs. Dietrich in R&I episode #30, and Jayme Lynn Evans (Chelsea Banks) was Ann Stephens in R&I episode #37.
Chet Grissom (David Cane in Season 3 Episode 5) was Sgt. Adam O’Hara in episode #53 of CROSSING JORDAN.
Brooke Lynn Howard, who will be Laura Elizabeth Iler in Season 3 Episode 6, has a small role in the upcoming film SNAKE AND MONGOOSE, about the rivalry between two California drag racers, Tom Prudhomme and Tom McEwen. The film is due to be released on 6 September.