Body of Proof “Sympathy for the Devil” Review


“Sympathy for the Devil” might just be my favorite episode of Body of Proof so far, and not just because they based it entirely on the Casey Anthony trial, or even because they spoofed Nancy Grace. It pretty much boils down to Marcia Gay Harden, who is always, always fabulous.

Or it might have been that the story felt real, in particular Ethan’s reaction to the victim. Yes, he messed up, but it hurt to see him raked over the coals. We’ve all been there. And in the end, he was right. I admired Megan for respecting the victim as a person, but I sided with Ethan’s more Biblical sense of justice.

After a young girl was acquitted (by Megan’s mother, in a Hollywood twist) of murdering her son, she was found dead. The entire city wanted her gone, but in the end, it was her own mother who killed her after realizing the girl not only did kill her son, but was trying to get pregnant with another child.

I almost feel like this episode was written as wish-fufillment for every person in America who followed the Casey Anthony trial, in particular Nancy Grace’s unapologetic covering of it. Justice is supposed to be blind, and we are all supposed to be innocent until proven guilty, but the court of public opinion is so much more powerful.

The episode might have even been better if we hadn’t ever found out if the victim killed her son or not. It would have been more realistic. We can guess all we want and swear we know the truth, but we really don’t. We never will.

In the end, Megan’s mother was voted out of her judge’s position for acquitting a baby killer, which leaves her free to meddle even more in her daughter and granddaughter’s lives. Not really looking forward to the fall out from that.

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