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'Body of Proof' Recap: Proving A Faked Death In 'Disappearing Act'

Brittany Frederick Brittany Frederick
April 17th, 2013 9:45am EDT

Their analysis of Tommy's romantic life comes to an abrupt end when they notice the good samaritan who tried to help save Jennifer in surveillance video shot in the lobby of Roberts' apartment building. The mystery man is forensic pathologist Dr. Colin Olsson (guest star Dennis Boutsikaris), who also comes up as technically deceased. "Clearly he's good at this," Megan deadpans.

With Tommy looking on from across the hall, Megan chats with Olsson's widow Ruth (guest star Robyn Lively, whom you might recognize from her role as Vivian Blackadder in the pilot of NCIS) in hopes of learning information that will help the detectives track down the doctor. The only fact she really gets is that he was addicted to online poker. When Adam takes the website to his new friends at the FBI, they're able to pull account information that ultimately leads to a hotel room...which is where the cops locate Olsson and tackle him to the floor.

In interrogation, they confront him with his true identity (and all of his fake ones). When Tommy brings up his wife, it strikes a nerve with Olsson, who declares that "faking my death was the only way out" of his old life and starts talking how he's now got an enterprise helping others do the same. After a staredown with Tommy, Olsson apparently cracks - as that's the last we see of him and the cops are now on the hunt for Roberts. Tommy, Adam and Megan walk in just as he's preparing to go under the plastic surgery knife. Now not only is he going to finish standing trial for his original charges, and they have a line on the money he stole in the first place, but he's also got the death of Jennifer Sanchez to answer for.

Oh, and Megan informs Olsson's wife that he's not dead - just arrested. Understandably, she explodes, slapping her husband before storming off. "She'll be okay, right?" Tommy comments after the blow-up, adding that he's worried about Megan. The lab results from her father's suicide note are due to come in that night. "You may not get the answer you want," he warns her, and later personally delivers the paperwork to her apartment. There's a partial foreign fingerprint on the note. "I know whose fingerprint it is," she tells him. "It's my father's killer." Ominous blackout. Chew on that for a week.

"Disappearing Act" continues Body of Proof's streak of setups that are a little out there compared to the ones you'd find on other procedurals, and like some of those earlier episodes, parts of it work and parts of it don't. It's perhaps more obvious than it should be that Roberts faked his own death; if he didn't, there's no show. Just like in "Skin and Bones," we knew there weren't really zombies, because we weren't watching The Walking Dead. In that sense, these false pretenses seem like diversions more than anything else.

Having said that, the opening of this episode was still pretty entertaining to watch, even knowing what was coming. The same goes for the conclusion, too. Christopher McDonald has kind of developed a niche playing the smarmy guy who rubs you the wrong way, and he does it again here (although, to be fair, it's worth noting that both he and Mark Valley have voiced Superman in DC animated projects - McDonald in Batman Beyond and Valley in Batman: The Dark Knight Rises, Part 2 - so McDonald can play a hero as well). This episode's intrigue comes not from the "what" but the "how," trying to deduce where Megan and Tommy are going to find enough evidence to peg the bad guys. Throw in some actors who are familiar faces to TV audiences, and it's a good, solid way to spend an hour, even if it's not novel.

It's nice to see the continued development of the partnership between Tommy and Adam, whose banter and timing seems to improve with every installment, like what you'd really expect from a new team. The show has done a fine job of integrating two new characters into the ensemble, and should Body of Proof go to a season four, it will be interesting to see how they further develop with tenure.

There's less certainty when it comes to the recurring storylines, like Kate's political ambitions and even the mystery surrounding Megan's father's death. The true evaluation of those plots is going to come when all is revealed and we know if it makes sense for the characters and what it means for the show. Right now, there's not enough to even generate too much suspense in either category. Who didn't expect evidence corroborating Megan's suspicions to be found? Audiences will have to wait and see if these journeys were worth taking. Yet if nothing else, Body of Proof's third season has been worth it because it's found a new dynamic that's just as entertaining, in its own way, as the one that audiences loved before.

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