Body of Proof Review: Rabid Body Harvesting

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Just when I thought Body of Proof season 3 couldn't get any better, it proved me wrong with "Skin and Bones."

It seems as though every procedural on TV must deliver a zombie episode, but Body of Proof was one of the few to make it truly fascinating.  

Luke Perry Returns

The episode was equal parts science lesson, horror show and thrilling crime drama wrapped into one and it began with a simple virus.

Of course that virus was rabies, one of the oldest and deadliest viruses known to man. One of the scariest things about rabies is that once you begin to show symptoms, it's too late to start treatment. The other is that the progression of the disease could make one resemble a flesh eating zombie.

Since the virus multiplies most quickly in the brain and is spread through saliva, it literally drives its victims insane with the need to bite so that it can survive in another host when its current on finally succumbs to a gruesome fate. 

What sounds like a horror movie is actually the progression of a horrific disease.

That alone could have made for a frightening hour, yet this episode took it further. As the team struggled to figure out how two victims acquired the disease, it learned it wasn't from an animal bite... but from donor tissue. 

A corneal transplant and a skin graft that had both come from a cadaver quickly highlighted the highly lucrative yet under regulated practice of tissue donation. Apparently modern medicine is so hungry for human tissue that one of the companies used for acquiring it had to contract out to an independent body harvester to keep up with demand.

Can you imagine seeing that listed on a resume? Previous occupation: Body Harvester?!?

Even scarier was learning that the tissue harvested from a body could bring upwards of $100,000. Forget robbing banks for money. I suddenly feel like we're all walking around with giant targets on our backs.

All of that lead us to a twisted serial killer who decided to multitask. Why just work out your childhood abuse issues by torturing and killing college students when you can also make a nice profit by selling them for parts? If it weren't for a stray dog bite that spread the rabies his scheme could have gone on for quite some time.

Not stopping there, the episode also incorporated some great character moments to move its core story along. 

Luke Perry returned as Charlie Stafford, the new city Health Commissioner. It was great to see Charlie back in the lab. As Kate pointed out, he challenges Megan in a way most men don't.

And did that ever get under Tommy's skin. Both men were circling around one another trying to mark their territory in Megan's life.  

Leave it to Megan to hand out mixed signals. She obviously trusts Tommy enough to share her suspicions about her father's suicide with him. Speaking of which, it was good to see that story line moving forward.  

Megan's father definitely wrote the note but the handwriting alludes to it being under some sort of duress. Could that simply be the stress one would feel as they were about to take their own life or the pressure of having someone else hold a gun to their head while they wrote?

With Tommy's help, Megan just might find that answer. 

But where she'll share one of the most personal and troubling aspects of her life with him, she's reluctant to move their relationship forward. What happened between them 20 years ago that's still making her so gun shy?

Megan almost seemed to revel in flirting with Charlie in front of Tommy which was kind of mean. Then again, Megan definitely has a mean streak but I'd really like to know what's driving it this time.

I couldn't blame Tommy for moving on with his gorgeous fellow officer. The woman was smart, beautiful and liked hockey. It's hard to argue with that. 

My only complaint for "Skin and Bones" was that although Ethan's green pants made quite an impression, there wasn't nearly enough Curtis and Ethan to keep me satisfied. That's been bit of a trend lately, one which I hope the show rectifies soon.  

Will we be seeing more of Charlie this season? Will Megan ever give Tommy another chance? And how long will we have to wait to figure out if her father committed suicide or was murdered? All of the above questions are making this the most compelling season of Body of Proof yet.


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C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.


I love, love the addition to Tommy on the show. Mark Valley is a talented actor and adds so much. Loved him in Keen Eddie and Human Target!! Anyone that doesn't like Tommy is hung up on Peter and blames him, which is silly, not his fault....or...they've never seen his other work because if you saw Human Target you'd appreciate him....A LOT!! Megan is nuts for turning him down and Riley, the cop, knows a good thing when she see it. Kates character does nothing for me. Great episode, great season.

Corlando, ABC hasn't issued many renewals yet. We should get the news on most shows by the first week of May. But Body of Proof did win its time slot in the ratings the last two weeks so fingers crossed, we'll get a season 4.


I would prefer tommy and Kate getting together...does anyone know if this show is going to be renewed...I hope so because the new pacier format is working for me..

Sue ann

@ DebB831 That is precisely the same thing I thought when Tommy asked the other officer out! She looks just like Dani. Man, I did NOT like Dani. But then, I don't care for Tommy either, so fine by me. I wanted an answer to Ethan's question about what it was like to get bitten by a "zombie." I'd like to know. Too bad they didn't have Tommy give an answer. I agree with Christine -- we need more Curtis, especially, but also, more Ethan.


Though I really hate horror movies and zombies and all that, I loved the non-cannibalistic/evil/damaged young man parts of the ep, especially all the banter between Tommy and Megan. I will say, though, that I love Ethan and Curtis, and I miss it when they aren't a significant part of the episode. Especially Curtis, who is hilarious, whereas Ethan is just an annoying Geek.
I can't say that I am thrilled with Luke Perry having a returning role on the show, but I would much rather that Megan slept with Tommy than with Luke Perry's character, because he's so boring. I was also glad to learn that they don't have to give the rabies antidote/vaccination in the stomach with half foot large bore needles like they used to, either. I worked as a nurse and I always felt so sorry for people undergoing that treatment, because it HURT like heck, from what they told me.


I love Mark Valley and he and Megan are not a romantic match. It will be better match would be the girl working with Mark Valley.

Ronald simkins

Bones covered a similar story involving cancerous bones a few years ago.


Great episode. I loved the whole zombie thing it was fun and having Ethan make comments and ask tommy about his bite was funny. It was great seeing Charlie again I really hope we see him again. At the end when tommy told Charlie his car was being towed and Megan went with him saying she would give him a ride and he asked her out for dinner and she said yes and joan asking tommy didn't go as you planed and he said no it didn't was pretty funny. Can't wait fr the next episode it looks really good.


The issue of "highly lucrative yet under-regulated practice of tissue donation" [more accurately, "tissue harvesting, stealing and selling"] is really getting a workout this week. NCIS had an episode devoted to the same problem.


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look alike. Ethan comments that she is good looking and Tommy is going out on a date with her. Seems similar to Dani/Peter/Ethan thing from before. Hoping it won't be.

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Body of Proof Season 3 Episode 7 Quotes

Nice guys don't try to eat people.


Tommy: I was just going to call you.
Megan: But you decided to service your weapon instead.
Tommy: Yes, sometimes it's all a guy's got.