An unusual death case leads to speculation in the crime lab that zombies have arrived in Philadelphia when Megan (Dana Delany) and Tommy (Mark Valley) investigate the savage murder of a woman on Tuesday night’s episode of “Body of Proof.”
“I really felt like I was on ‘The Walking Dead’ for a moment,” Valley tells XfinityTV.com, who is a fan of the AMC series.
The evidence leads them next door to the woman’s neighbor, who irrationally bites Tommy. When he winds up in the hospital, diagnosed with rabies, Tommy, who moved to Philly in hopes of rekindling his old romance with Megan, hopes it might soften her up a bit.
“It is really interesting,” Valley says. “Megan softens up when you don’t really expect it. She will surprise you with her moments of tenderness, but it’s not where you expect it.”
Fans of the show will remember that Megan did have a moment when she relented and agreed to have dinner with her ex. But then, at the restaurant, she discovered that he had actually tricked her and it wasn’t the spontaneous gesture he made it out to be, but something he had schemed up. Angry, she left him to dine alone.
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“Tommy is a bit of a liar at times,” Valley admits. “It is part of who he is. I think Megan is helping him realize that.”
Guest starring on the episode as the new health commissioner, Dr. Charles Stafford, is “Beverly Hills, 90210″ alum Luke Perry, who is brought in by Kate (Jeri Ryan) when a second case of rabies turns up — but the victim has no bite marks.
“Luke has this affect on people,” Valley says. “When you meet him, you feel like he’s an old friend. Not necessarily because you know him from television, but he’s a really good guy. He is a really fun actor to work with, as well.”
In addition to the possible zombie apocalypse, “Body of Proof” has a slew of other interesting cases on its slate. Christopher McDonald will guest star as a Donald Trump-type, larger-than-life character who possibly fakes his own death. Craig Bierko will join the cast for an episode in which he plays the manager and chief psychologist of a home for disturbed girls, which Valley labels both “disturbing and hilarious.”
Also upcoming is a good action episode involving a plane crash and the rescue of its passengers, a drug mule episode that gets into some medical angles, and throughout the season, there is the unraveling of the mystery behind the suicide of Megan’s father, which Valley promises will have an interesting resolution.
**SPOILER ALERT**: Valley couldn’t resist sharing the following information with XfinityTV.com, but if you don’t want to know the outcome of Tuesday’s night episode ahead of time, stop reading here.
“I don’t want to ruin it for people, but the guy actually has rabies,” Valley says. “I think that is where the idea for zombies came from. The symptoms of rabies is … that is where the fear of zombies comes from.”
“Body of Proof” airs Tuesday nights at 10/9c on ABC.