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iZombie Season 4 Episode 11: Insane in the Germ Brain Review

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Synopsis: Liv does Clive a solid and agrees to consume germaphobe brain during flu season. Ravi continues his role as surrogate father to Isobel. Major finally gets to the bottom of things, and Chase continues to spiral out of control. Lastly, Peyton struggles with a very important decision. (TVGuide)

Writer: Dean Lorey

Director: Jude Weng

Rating: TV-14

Running Time: 42mins

Airs: Mondays at 9pm on The CW (United States)

This week’s episode of iZombie got us right in the feels from start to finish! In fact, It was one of my favorite ones of the season. It tugged at my heartstrings and reminded me why I love this show and its cast oh so much.

This episode is very Isobel-centric, but ends on an extremely sad note. But more on that later. When the episode begins, we see Isobel talking to her mom about her life in New Seattle and what it’s been like living with Peyton and Liv–who both have very active sex lives. The pain and agony in her mother’s face is so apparent because she desires to be next to her dying daughter.

Ravi meets Peyton’s parents and it results in a bit of an awkward dinner when Peyton’s dad starts to speak poorly about Ravi not being a doctor. Because Ravi is the gentleman he is, he speaks up against her father and asks him to stop trying to attack her by using him. Before the dinner ends, they seem to start getting along and agree on the fact that when Peyton goes to D.C. for her important talk, that she should not return.

Isobel spends a lot of the episode faking her own death every time she gets a nosebleed. This becomes her way of coping with her inevitable death, but makes for some frightening moments every time we see her sprawled out on the floor.

This week’s victim, Vince, is brought into the lab by Clive who we learn was killed after a joke gone wrong at a work event. Vince dressed up in drag to mimic their HR manager and ended up dead by the end of the night. After Liv eats his brains, she learns that he is a germaphobe. Once again Rose McIver shines as she impersonates a person frightened of the world around her because germs are just about everywhere–and she can’t handle it.

Clive deals with heartbreak this week after Dale decides to break up with him. She makes this decision after overhearing a recorded convo between Clive and Liv, where he mentions wanting kids and not being able to have them with Dale. And in his sorrow and heartbreak, he ends up sleeping with Michelle.

At the church, Don E directs a video highlighting one of Angus’ angry sermons which is pushing zombies to rebel against humans. He also calls out Filmore-Graves while Major and Chase watch his video in anger.

Isobel’s mom makes it to New Seattle, but not without some hiccups! She is stopped at the border, so Liv shows up pretending to be Peyton and gets her out. When they return home, Isobel is once again pretending to play dead but gets up when she hears her mother’s voice.

Major tricks Russ into leading him to AJ, and when he is force-fed the brain of a mobster who can’t lie, he comes clean about his intentions. However, he swallowed a tracking device, and moments later Filmore-Grave soldiers come busting in. They hold a celebration at the Scratching Post which is cut short when they learn Russ escaped after stealing Jordan’s weapon. Within moments, chaos ensues as Jordan is shot, followed by Captain Seattle, and Chase.

The episode ends on an extremely devastating note when Ravi shows up at the apartment to Isobel driving. However, he enters to find Liv comforting Isobel’s mom as Levon answers the door. We know exactly what has happened, but we don’t want to accept it. Isobel is dead. When they take her to the morgue, Levon shows them a video he taped of Isobel saying bye to Liv and Ravi and asking them to not be sad after she dies. Sigh.

iZombie pulled the stops this week and had me in tears by the time the episode ended. Although Isobel was a new and temporary character, she really grew onto me and I loved her dynamic with Liv and Ravi. Realizing her character died made me feel the loss as they were, and I can say that I will truly miss her! But the moments of sadness will be short-lived as New Seattle is gearing up for war–and things aren’t looking too great for Liv, aka Renegade.

Score: 8/10

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