Bodies begins as fresh-faced resident Rob Lake starts work in the Ob Gyn unit of a large city hospital. The workload is enormous and the pressure is on. Shortly after his arrival, he comes to suspect that his new boss, Roger Hurley, is incompetent. Accidents happen — in fact Rob is himself responsible for the death of a patient — but with Hurley, accidents happen a lot.
When one of Hurley's blunders results in the permanent disability of a young mother and the death of her newborn, Rob considers blowing the whistle. While he is struggling with his conscience, Dr. Maria Orton, the anesthetist on the case, comes forward to officially complain about Hurley. Rob watches in disbelief as the doctors close ranks against her - even those that agree Hurley is a risk, like rival surgical consultant Tony Whitman. They are clearly working under a different oath. First rule is, do no harm - to your career. He hates to admit it, but Rob realizes that his future at the hospital lies in the hands of Hurley, and to go against the flow will end his career before it begins.
Rob's life is further complicated when he falls for co-worker, nursing supervisor Donna Rix, who also happens to be married. Their white-hot secret meetings in his on-call room lessen his isolation, until he realizes that being with a married woman is almost as bad as the predicament he faces at work.
Bodies portrays the all-too-real dilemmas of those who work in professional healthcare and offers an authentic insight into hospital working life - the furtive comings and goings in the corridors, the gossip, the backstabbing, and the black humor which help to keep them sane. Uncomfortably realistic though it may be, this is undeniably powerful stuff made all the more dramatic by being set in a unit which should be all about new life.
The management make their decision over who will be the new clinical director. Whitman seems convinced the job is his, but could be mistaken. Rob debates whether to leave the hospital with Donna, and Hurley must choose between saving Maya's career or his own marriage. Both medics are brought closer together by a tragic labour.
Recaps1x6: Episode 6 recap
: Hurley is making Rob’s life hell, ironically painting him as the department incompetent. Rob delivers a baby via caesarean section but has to persuade the mother, Nicola Quinn, to agree to a hysterectomy. The baby is born with the likelihood of serious brain damage and Nicola blames Rob for taking away her chances of ever having another baby... read more.1x5: Episode 5 recap
: Rob has an interview for a post at another hospital; he's sticking to the terms of his deal with management and agrees to call a truce with Hurley before he leaves the firm. He's told he has the new job. Then Donna tells him she'll leave her husband for him... read more.1x4: Episode 4 recap
: Rob is suspended and miserable. He goes to see the Taylor’s lawyer, Prentiss. She says the only way she can pursue the Taylor’s case is by having access to Karen’s notes. Rob asks Donna to help. She refuses since Cat has brought a totally unfounded charge of racism against her, and Donna must face the Trust’s management – she cannot afford to get into more trouble. Polly helps and manages to smuggle the notes out for Rob... read more.1x3: Episode 3 recap
: Hurley and Rob are at loggerheads. Hurley ignores Rob and is rude to him... read more.1x2: Episode 2 recap
: When Karen is brought off the ventilator she is seriously disabled, unable to speak properly and suffering from spastic contractions. Her husband, Mark, is distraught. Hurley apologises and tries to explain himself but he must also tell Karen her baby did not survive. Maria Orton once again suggests to Rob that Hurley should be reported for incompetence. He doesn't want to know... read more.