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Body of Proof - S01E04

Crime . Comedy . Drama
 

When a severed hand and foot turn up in a back alley, Megan and her team must literally piece the victim back together. Meanwhile, Megan's daughter, Lacey, gets her mother's reluctant permission to visit her at the office and film her at work as part of a video essay for Social Studies class. What Lacey learns in the process profoundly changes her view of her mother

 
Episode Title: Talking Heads
Airs: 2011-04-12 at 10:00 pm
  • Glenn Garvin

    Watching her construct a self from a handful of jagged fragments is a seductive pleasure.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    Body of Proof would be interesting enough if it were just "Quincy" with better legs. Add the other elements and you have something worth checking out.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Tom Gliatto

    With the second episode, though, the whole tone improves: Delany's performance seems to have caught some of the coppery warmth of her hair, and we spend more time with a good ensemble. [4 Apr 2011, p.49]

    People Weekly Full Review
  • Chuck Barney

    For now, though, Delany is enough to hold our attention. With a deft touch, she blends just enough warmth and vulnerability with the sass and smarts to make it all palatable.

    San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    Body of Proof is, in other words, a mash-up of half the popular mystery series on TV right now: a little bit "Castle," a little bit "Bones" and a whole lot "House." How effective you find it depends almost entirely on how you feel about Delany.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    The show will thus ultimately sink or swim on its protagonist, and while it's a long way back to her TV-medicine internship on "China Beach," Delany can still make scrubs and dialogue about fatal drug combinations and post-mortem wounds sound surprisingly interesting.

    Variety Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    Delany can be both captivating and infuriating as the know-it-all medical examiner, but she always holds the screen.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    While Delany's obviously too good for her show, the later episodes offer at least some evidence it might be able to rise a little closer to her level.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    From the few episodes I've seen so far, Body of Proof is just ordinary enough to be a success. There's nothing in it you haven't seen several hundred times before: a blend of CSI science, Bones banter, Mentalist uncanny acuity, House haughtiness, Rizzoli & Isles eye candy.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Alessandra Stanley

    It's well made and enjoyable enough, but it follows convention so closely that it doesn't give Ms. Delany, an actress with range and great presence, a chance to riff on the genre.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    Body of Proof doesn't break any new ground as a procedural and has more than enough hokey moments to make you look elsewhere. But as a case study of how and why star vehicles get made, this is textbook.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Paige Wiser

    Delany is as likable as possible in an extremely unlikable role. But the writing is a bit too tidy, and Delany's smarty-pants approach gets old in the first 10 minutes.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    The problem with toning her down is that it means diluting the only thing that distinguishes Body of Proof from all the other crime procedurals, and what's left is a generic show with an above-average star.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    Body of Proof feels like a show that has nearly been nibbled to death by network ducks. You can almost see the TV executive Post-it notes on the screen.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    Despite all the show's flaws, she makes some quieter emotional moments work, thanks to her undeniable presence and skills. The by-the-numbers vehicle that has been constructed around her isn't worthy of her talent, however.

    The Huffington Post Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    It's too bad Body of Proof is so unambitious and, at times, clumsy, as it goes through the motions of solving murder mysteries. If the writing were fresher, Delany might have a better chance of finally creating a dynamic and successful drama.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    Murphey and the writers will have to do a lot of heavy lifting for Body of Proof to transcend its immediate predictability. There's only so much Delany can do with a cardboard show.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Cynthia Fuchs

    Yet another medical-mystery-forensics drama set in a large American city.

    PopMatters Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    The always-appreciable Dana Delany does her level best to lift Body of Proof, a paint-by-numbers morgue drama premiering Tuesday night on ABC, from its stale premise and up to the level of a beautifully-flawed-character study, something more akin to Julianna Margulies's legal procedural, "The Good Wife."

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    This particular M.E., who's a bit of a Sherlock Holmes type, tags along with police on their investigations and isn't shy about interrogating suspects. Or even accusing them. Which can be kind of annoying. And not just to the cops she's upstaging (who include Sonja Sojn, of "The Wire").

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    Body of Proof for the most part plays dead within the realm of plausible crime-solving, interesting characters and assumptions that Delany's once-promising career would do more than wither on this vine.

    Uncle Barky Full Review