Contrary to what the cold open’s sneaky fake-out would have you believe, Major did survive his encounter with the Candyman from last week’s episode. He didn’t want the questions at the hospital, so he’s come by the morgue to have Ravi patch him up. Of course, Ravi is better with stitches in skin that can no longer scar, so the needle gets handed off to Liv as soon as she gets there.
Of course, since this is a murder-of-the-week kind of show, Major isn’t the only one on the slab. Liv and Ravi are called to the basement of one Simon Cutler, and the dude has been dead for at least a week. Also in the basement are one major computer setup and a sad-looking birthday card. Heck of a time to go. Though it seems like Simon’s neighbors aren’t particularly sad about his passing. Simon was purportedly a Class A jerk, and no one’s exactly sorry to see him go. Not only was he a jerk, but he was an infamous internet troll, so half the internet is thrilled at his untimely demise, giving Clive more suspects than he can shake a stick at. The team even comes across audio of him screaming at a customer service rep.
Personally, I would have let the cops handle this one on their own, but Liv is a team player and whips herself up a decomposed-brain smoothie (nope, there’s just no way to write those words that doesn’t make me shudder). The first thing she flashes on is Simon having an allergic reaction to a donut from Best All Around Donuts and staving off eminent death with the EpiPen he keeps upstairs. Definitely points to a cause of death, but there are no allergens in Simon’s stomach.
Remember how the birthday card was pointedly mentioned earlier? Turns out Simon’s birthday wasn’t for four more months. Liv takes a second look at the card. It’s the kind of card that shoots confetti when you open it (that’s a thing? Google says yes.), but the killer added peanut powder to the mix. Cutler wasn’t able to make it up the stairs to his EpiPen before he succumbed.
Live and the crew discover that Cutler was a pretty hardcore gamer, as well, and that he’d made more than a few in-game enemies. Liv has inherited his computer skills, but the not-actually-World-of-Warcrack lead turns out to be a red herring, since their prime suspect is a 14-year-old who lives on the other side of the country.
Computer skills aren’t the only thing that Liv got from Cutler’s brain, though. She’s on her way out for a date with Lowell when she realizes that she can’t leave her apartment. Turns out that Simon was agoraphobic, which explains why his donuts were delivery. Lowell is totally understanding and brings over some anti-anxiety meds, saying that he’d eaten a PTSD brain just last week. They have a lovely evening in and almost kiss, but Liv isn’t quite in the right place yet and the date ends awkwardly.
Clive finds out that Best All Around Donuts had to shut down not too long ago after Cutler spammed their Yelp page with awful reviews (yeah, I know. Go with it for the sake of the show). The owners hated him, but aren’t exactly the murdering kind. But now we know that Cutler had to have found another donut delivering place within a three mile radius, and that’s one more lead they didn’t have before. Liv hacks into the employee database of the one shop that fits the criteria. They have a way overqualified delivery boy named Shawn Posey, which matches a flash Liv has of the birthday card playing “Ring Around the Rosie.”
Clive and Liv bring in Posey. His sister was the customer service rep that Cutler ripped into. She’d posted the call audio online, so Cutler launched a full-scale attack against her, destroying her credit, putting her on the no-fly list, and photo-shopping her face onto pornographic images. He kept pushing her until she couldn’t take the harassment anymore and jumped off a bridge. Posey says that life in prison is absolutely worth it.
Posey’s inability to let go of his sister’s death shows Liv that she’s been holding on to something a little too tightly, as well: her life with Major. She goes to see Lowell at his recording studio. Yeah, he’s a musician. Stopped performing live because the adrenaline from being in front of an audience made him go full-on zombie. She tells him that she’s not totally over Major, but she’s a little closer to getting there. Then she kisses him. Y’all, I know a lot of people are all about the Liv/Major, and my editor ships Liv/Ravi, but I’m all aboard the Liv/Lowell train.
Speaking of Major, he’s still investigating what’s happening to his kids. One of the other kids at the house is on YouTube, looking at videos from the skate park that Jerome posted. Major finds an image of the Candyman with his compatriot, Blaine. One step closer to figuring out what’s going on, Major.
All is not precisely well in Blaine’s little empire, though. Jackie’s weekly brain order gets left behind at Meat Cute, and she’s a little too hungry to wait, so she goes zombie on the delivery kid and has his body tossed out into the woods. The case lands on Clive’s desk, and Ravi’s investigation of the kid’s stomach contents leads him to Meat Cute (and several other high-end charcuteries in town). Clive comes thiiiiis close to becoming next week’s special, but is saved by Liv’s timely call.
Blaine figures out pretty quickly what brought the Seattle PD to his door and goes to check in on Jackie. She lies through her teeth, so Blaine puts a drill through her skull. Guess she’s outlived her usefulness.
Of course, Jackie isn’t Meat Cute’s only customer, and brains aren’t the only thing on the menu. Liv’s mom is a frequent, non-gulai-otak-eating customer, and thinks that Meat Cute Delivery Boy would be a great part time job for Liv’s little brother. No way that could go wrong…
So this was a fun, if not particularly ground-breaking episode. Don’t get me wrong, I loved every minute of it, but if you’re going to binge-watch the show later and wonder which episodes you can skip to save time, this is probably going to be one of them.
That being said, I had some serious gray area feels about the death of the practically evil internet troll. This guy had absolutely no redeeming qualities, and you end up almost feeling bad for his killer. Of course, if Posey was going to take justice into his own hands, at least he’s on the right network for it. I’m looking at you, Oliver Queen!
Liv: “Great. I ate Homer Simpson’s brain.”
Things to Ponder:
- Traits acquired: agoraphobia, hacking, gaming skillz
- Brain recipe of the week: gulai otak (rotten brain smoothie does not rate a mention here)
- Why do I think it’s cute that Ravi is a World of Warcrack nut?