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Synopsis: When Liv eats the brains of a despicable dowager, she must determine which one of her disgruntled servants killed her; Clive and Bozzio struggle to maintain a healthy relationship. (TVGuide)
Writer: Dean Lorey
Director: Michael Fields
Running Time: 42mins
This week our beloved Liv eats the brains of a dowager–and things get silly. It is worth mentioning that it is so impressive how Rose McIver channels a different character week after week. She is iZombie’s Tatiana Maslany through and through. She is so underrated as an actress, and her ability to channel a different personality and role is so ridiculously amazing.
The episode starts off with two elderly women playing golf. They seem to be quite the catty couple of friends, being rude and condescending to their caddies. However, this golf game session turns into a homicide when one of the women is struck in the eye with a golf ball and dies. Clive, Liv, and Ravi arrive at the scene to investigate what exactly went down. After rummaging through the nearby lake, it appears the woman met her death from a golf ball gun that shot out the ball from a great distance. In order to get inside the victim’s mind, Liv heads to the lab to come up with what always looks like a delicious concoction, except with brains.
Meanwhile, Blaine’s dad Angus is running full steam ahead with his new church following of zombies. His message to the world? God loves zombies. He is going around town gathering an army of zombies using spiritual means to entice them into joining his cult. And this isn’t the only chaotic going down in New Seattle. Due to the shortage of brains, they have become a hot commodity, so many have taken to the streets to sell brain tubes for profit. Thanks to Angus and his merry gang of the undead, a riot breaks out as he proclaims he wants to rule the world with the undead. Oh, my.
This episode is particularly hilarious as Liv starts to behave like the uppity, wealthy old woman she has eaten the brains of. Clive and Liv visit Mrs. Brink’s home to continue their investigation into her murder. And what better people to begin the questioning than with the staff that dealt with her every day? They interview the gardener, chauffeur, and chef individually to gauge an understanding of their relationship with her. They even meet the chef’s son who seems to be ill with a cold. During their questioning, they find Mrs. Brink’s safe and hire a guy to open it up. Clive becomes suspicious that the entire staff is lying because they are singing her praises, and he knows she couldn’t have been that great, based on Liv’s snobby behavior.
We got to see some more Liv and Major action this episode, which is always a welcome plotline. Their on-again-off-again romance never seems to get annoying and I am always rooting for them to make it as a couple. Get married already!
One of Liv’s visions shows her Mrs. Brink yelling at the staff for goofing around with a golf ball gun, which confirms Clive’s theory of suspecting the staff. While Clive was prospering at work, his sex life with Dale was a hilarious, but a sad topic of the episode. Now that Dale is a zombie, they aren’t able to have intercourse. Out of frustration, he seems Ravi’s help for sex advice. Unable to give him verbal advice, Ravi prescribes him with an SSRI to decrease his libido. Later, Dale learns the lengths to which Clive is going and tells him that they will find another way.
Clive soon learns that Mrs. Brink’s will states that each one of her staff members would receive a million dollars after her death. He realizes that one of the staff must have gotten a hold of the will and decided to kill her to get it. After conducting one-on-one conversations with each of the staff, Clive realizes it was the chef who killed Mrs. Brinks (Ann Walker). She was in desperate need of money for her son’s heart surgery, and Mrs. Brinks refused to give her a loan. Out of desperation, she felt this was the only way. Due to her confession, she is arrested but pleads Liv and Clive to help her son. After the Brinks’ brain wears off, Liv feels guilty about not helping the son and goes with Ravi to smuggle the child across Seattle to Renegade, who will help get the child safely to his father. They come across some trouble at the checkpoint, but thanks to Major, find safe passage through.
Major shows up at Liv’s door upset over the situation she put him in at the checkpoint. She’s upset that he doesn’t think it was the right thing to do, and the argument leads to the both of them parting ways once again. In the final moments of the episode, Agnus is seen hyping up the crowd in the church as they scream out in support of him. Yikes, this won’t end well.
This was a very enjoyable episode of iZombie particularly because of the many interactions between the cast. It feels so refreshing that the zombie secret is out, and watching Liv and Clive’s dynamic is more fun than it ever has been. As she walked around like a snooty old woman, it was so funny to see Clive just adjust to her with minimal problems. I look forward to seeing how Ravi’s character evolves as he grapples with the vaccine and what is in store for Major sans Liv once again. Next week can’t come soon enough!