Ted Harbison (Kevin Kaine) is found dead in a park. Dr. Megan Hunt (Dana Delany) investigates into his death and whilst investigating, it is revealed Ted had surgery just before he died, and Megan finds three surgical staples that weren’t closed fully, causing him to bleed out internally, causing Megan to think that Ted was murdered. Megan visits her old hospital, where she was once a neurosurgeon. Ted’s surgeon, Doctor Chandler (Marc Blucas) has a reputation for recklessness whilst performing surgeries and Megan finds out that the video was never turned on, meaning the surgery was never recorded.
Whilst at the hospital, Megan meets her old friend and the hospital administrator Gwen Baldwin (Carolyn McCormick) and whilst there Gwen reveals her son died of an overdose. Meanwhile, in Philadelphia, Ethan (Geoffrey Arend) and Curtis (Windell Middlebrooks) autopsy Jessica Archer (Christina Hendricks), with both Ethan and Curtis unsure how she died. Jessica’s twin sister arrives, Karen (also played by Hendricks), and Ethan and her are attracted to each other.
Meanwhile, Megan discovers that the surgical staple gun was tampered with. The guns come in packs of three but the pack was broken up between three surgeries, one was given to Ted, another to George White (Dan Amboyer) who Megan has to perform emergency surgery in his home to save his life, and the third staple gun was not used. Megan finds traces of fungus found on bonsai trees on the staple guns and Megan realizes that Gwen has bonsai trees. When her son died, he was pledging for the fraternity where George is president.
Gwen tampered with the staple guns to kill George, not realizing that the pack would be broken up. Ethan and Curtis find out that Jessica had a genetic mutation that caused a blood clot, so Ethan finds Karen and warns her that she might also have one. Megan confronts Gwen, who confesses to Megan. Gwen is eventually taken away by the police, after admitting to George’s attempted, and Ted’s accidental murder.
“Dead Man Walking” is the fifth episode of the American medical drama Body of Proof. It was originally broadcast in the United States on ABC on April 19, 2011.
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