Body of Proof (season 1)

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Body of Proof (season 1)
Body of Proof (S1).jpg
DVD cover for the first season of Body of Proof, showing main character Megan Hunt (Dana Delany).
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 9
Release
Original channel ABC
Original release March 29, 2011 (2011-03-29) – May 17, 2011 (2011-05-17)
Season chronology
Next →
Season 2
List of Body of Proof episodes

The first season of Body of Proof, an American television series created by Christopher Murphey, commenced airing in the United States on March 29, 2011, concluded May 17, 2011, and consisted of 9 episodes. It follows the life and career of Dr. Megan Hunt, a medical examiner, once a neurosurgeon, who now works in Philadelphia's Medical Examiner's office after a car accident ended her neurosurgery career. Along with Hunt solving homicide cases are her colleagues, Nicholas Bishop as Peter Dunlop, Jeri Ryan as Dr. Kate Murphy, John Carroll Lynch and Sonja Sohn as Detective's Bud Morris and Samantha Baker and fellow medical examiners, Geoffrey Arend as Dr. Ethan Gross and Windell Middlebrooks as Dr. Curtis Brumfield. Mary Mouser plays Megan's daughter Lacey, Jeffrey Nordling plays her ex-husband Todd and Joanna Cassidy plays her mother Joan. All of whom she has a strained relationship with, one of the continuing stories throughout the season.

Body of Proof' first season aired in the United States (U.S.) on Tuesdays at 10:00 pm ET on ABC, a terrestrial television network. In the United Kingdom, the season premiered on July 19, 2011 at 9pm, and subsequently aired Tuesdays at 10 pm on Channel 5. It aired in Canada on Citytv and in Australia on Channel Seven. Body of Proof — The Complete First Season was released on DVD as a two-disc set on September 20, 2011 by Buena Vista Home Entertainment in Region 1, on November 5, 2012 in Region 2 and August 15, 2012 in Region 4.

Cast and characters[edit]

Character Portrayer Appearances as main cast Appearances as recurring cast
Megan Hunt Dana Delany entire season N/A
Peter Dunlop Nicholas Bishop entire season N/A
Kate Murphy Jeri Ryan entire season N/A
Detective Bud Morris John Carroll Lynch 6 episodes N/A
Detective Samantha Baker Sonja Sohn 8 episodes N/A
Ethan Gross Geoffrey Arend entire season N/A
Curtis Brumfield Windell Middlebrooks entire season N/A
Lacey Fleming Mary Mouser N/A 5 episodes
Todd Fleming Jeffrey Nordling N/A 3 episodes
Joan Hunt Joanna Cassidy N/A 2 episodes
Bill Parkson Eric Sheffer Stevens N/A 1 episode

Episodes[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
(million)
1 1 "Pilot" Nelson McCormick Christopher Murphey March 29, 2011 (2011-03-29) 13.94[1]

A female jogger is found floating in the Schuylkill River. Former neurosurgeon and newly-appointed medical examiner Dr. Megan Hunt teams up with her partner, medical investigator and former cop Peter Dunlop, under the watchful eye of their boss, Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Kate Murphy, who is very aware of Megan's gifted but polarizing work style. Megan's colleagues, Deputy Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Curtis Brumfield and Pathology Fellow Dr. Ethan Gross, find they have to tip-toe around the new medical examiner to get work done. Megan's investigation takes her into the field where she meets old-school Detective Bud Morris, who is exasperated by Megan's tenacity and bull-headedness. His partner, Detective Samantha Baker, has a quiet respect for Megan's input, even if Morris doesn't. Meanwhile, Megan has to solve a personal puzzle of her own - what is the perfect present for her estranged daughter's birthday?

First regular appearances: Dana Delany as Megan Hunt, Nicholas Bishop as Peter Dunlop, Jeri Ryan as Dr. Kate Murphy, John Carroll Lynch as Bud Morris, Sonja Sohn as Samantha Baker, Geoffrey Arend as Dr. Ethan Gross and Windell Middlebrooks as Dr. Curtis Brumfield.

First recurring appearances: Mary Mouser as Lacey Fleming and Jeffrey Nordling as Todd Fleming.
2 2 "Letting Go" Nelson McCormick Christopher Murphey & Matthew Gross April 3, 2011 (2011-04-03) 8.49[2]

When a young, interracial couple is found shot and killed inside their car in Fairmount Park, Dr. Hunt promises the grieving parents that their daughter's killer will be found. Detectives Morris and Baker are ready to chalk the case up to a murder-suicide, but Megan and her team find evidence on the bodies that sends the case in an entirely different and shocking direction. Meanwhile, Peter advises Megan not to push too hard when it comes to reconnecting with her daughter, Lacey.

Recurring character: Mary Mouser as Lacey Fleming.
3 3 "Helping Hand" John Terlesky Corey Miller April 5, 2011 (2011-04-05) 11.15[3]
During the autopsy of a young woman murdered in a seedy hotel room, Megan is shocked to discover her own special connection to the victim. Meanwhile, after learning of some personal challenges her colleagues are dealing with, Megan realizes how much goes on around her that she's been missing, and takes a sudden interest, much to her colleagues' amusement.
4 4 "Talking Heads" Christine Moore Diane Ademu-John April 12, 2011 (2011-04-12) 11.06[4]

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

Recurring character: Mary Mouser as Lacey Fleming.

Note: John Carroll Lynch as Bud Morris did not appear in this episode.
5 5 "Dead Man Walking" Matthew Gross Christopher Murphey April 19, 2011 (2011-04-19) 11.37[5]

Karen Archer is the identical twin of a beautiful corpse, Jessica, whose mysterious death keeps Ethan and Curtis guessing. As Ethan's personal interest in this case deepens, Curtis begins questioning Ethan's motives. Meanwhile, Megan faces old demons when she visits her former boss at the hospital where she used to practice. A patient has died after recent surgery. Was it murder or malpractice? Megan begins to suspect the victim's doctor, but when she starts ruffling feathers, the hospital stonewalls.

Note: John Carroll Lynch as Bud Morris did not appear in this episode.
6 6 "Society Hill" Kate Woods Matthew V. Lewis April 26, 2011 (2011-04-26) 11.86[6]

Megan re-enters the high society world to which she once belonged when a top magazine editor is found dead at her Chestnut Hill mansion. Megan accepts an invitation from her mother, Judge Joan Hunt, to a social event with the ulterior motive of confronting a prime suspect, appalling her mother in the process. When Kate asks Ethan to investigate the only trace evidence found at the murder scene, he's surprised by her uncharacteristically upbeat and supportive attitude.

First recurring appearance: Joanna Cassidy as Joan Hunt.

Note: Sonja Sohn as Samantha Baker did not appear in this episode.
7 7 "All in the Family" John Polson Sam Humphrey May 3, 2011 (2011-05-03) 10.23[7]

A perfect neighborhood in the Philadelphia suburbs is shaken when a stay-at-home dad is found stabbed to death in his home. As Megan unravels the mystery of his death and who killed him, she recalls how she learned of her own father's death. Meanwhile, Peter helps Megan juggle her biggest challenge yet, taking charge of the Saturday carpool with her hard-to-impress daughter, Lacey, and her girlfriends. Also, Kate takes on a consulting role in a pro bono case with Megan's ex-husband, Todd.

Recurring characters: Mary Mouser as Lacey Fleming and Jeffrey Nordling as Todd Fleming.
8 8 "Buried Secrets" David Platt Christopher Murphey & Sunil Nayar May 10, 2011 (2011-05-10) 10.11[8]

When a Philadelphia homicide detective is the victim of a hit-and-run, Megan must seek help with the case from her estranged mother, Judge Joan Hunt. All the while, Megan realizes she misses her own close relationship with her daughter.

Recurring characters: Joanna Cassidy as Joan Hunt.
9 9 "Broken Home" Nelson McCormick Andrew Dettman May 17, 2011 (2011-05-17) 10.33[9]

Megan suspects foul play when a young socialite dies, even though she had a terminal illness. The investigation means the funeral is halted but it doesn't help that the body was embalmed before the autopsy leaving few clues for the team. The investigation is then interrupted by Kate's personal life. Lacey thinks her parents might be getting back together.

First recurring appearance: Eric Sheffer Stevens as Bill Parkson.

Recurring characters: Mary Mouser as Lacey Fleming and Jeffrey Nordling as Todd Fleming.

Note: John Carroll Lynch as Bud Morris did not appear in this episode.

Ratings[edit]

No. in
Series
No. in
Season
Episode Title Air Date Timeslot (EST) Rating/Share (18–49) Viewers (m) Viewership Rank
Out of Top 25
1 1 "Pilot" March 29, 2011 (2011-03-29) Tuesday 10:00pm 3.1/8 13.94 9[10]
2 2 "Letting Go" April 3, 2011 (2011-04-03) Sunday 10:00pm 2.0/5 8.49
3 3 "Helping Hand" April 5, 2011 (2011-04-05) Tuesdays
10:00pm
2.4/6 11.15 16[11]
4 4 "Talking Heads" April 12, 2011 (2011-04-12) 2.5/6 11.06 11[12]
5 5 "Dead Man Walking" April 19, 2011 (2011-04-19) 2.4/6 11.37 7[13]
6 6 "Society Hill" April 26, 2011 (2011-04-26) 2.2/6 11.86 7[14]
7 7 "All in the Family" May 3, 2011 (2011-05-03) 2.0/5 10.20 18 [15]
8 8 "Buried Secrets" May 10, 2011 (2011-05-10) 2.1/5 10.11 24[16]
9 9 "Broken Home" May 17, 2011 (2011-05-17) 2.1/5 10.33 17[17]

DVD release[edit]

Body of Proof — The Complete First Season
Set details Special features
  • 9 episodes
  • 2-disc set
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround)
  • Audio commentaries
  • Spanish & French subtitles
  • Examining the Proof
  • If Looks Could Kill
  • Body of Goofs
Release dates
Region 1 Region 2
September 20, 2011 November 5, 2012

References[edit]

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