Picking up right on the heels of last week’s episode (I believe the header said “28 milliseconds later”), Liv manages to sneak out of the elevator without Blaine recognizing her, which can only be a positive. Just in case she wasn’t already sure enough that Blaine is a Bad Guy, Liv flashes on Jerome’s death: an attempt to escape from Julien that ends with a meat hook from Blaine himself.
Later on in the morgue, Liv fills Ravi in on the morning’s happenings. Ravi’s not quite as upset with Lowell as Liv seems to be, but then, Ravi has something else on his mind. So far, it’s been 12 hours since he was bitten by the zombie rat, and so far he isn’t exhibiting any symptoms. We’ll keep our fingers crossed.
Liv’s still a little too upset to listen to what Ravi has to say about her boyfriend, so heads back to his place to confront him with what she knows. Lowell says that he assumed that Blaine was getting the brains from a funeral home, but admits that he was too desperate to look too closely. Mid-argument, he confesses that he’s in love with Liv, but she’s not having any of that right now, thank you very much.
We’re a good 15 minutes into the episode before the Corpse of the Week shows up. This time, it’s a former military sniper named Everett Adams. He was found on a paintball field where he was killed during a game with his “little brother” from the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program. Harris says that Everett was in a nasty custody battle with his ex-wife and her new husband.
Liv noshes on some Everett brain before Clive brings in the couple. Shawn was in a meeting with several witnesses, and Penny was out with her daughter, Anna. Little Anna isn’t exactly willing to back up Mom’s story, but Liv and Clive are okay with letting it slide. While they’re talking to Anna, Liv flashes on an altercation in their home. Everett had Shawn by the collar, while Penny was threatening him with a butcher knife as a crying Anna watched. Not exactly Family of the Year.
Of course, if the visions were all that came with Everett’s brain, this wouldn’t be a very fun episode for Rose McIver. Now Liv is dealing with PTSD and flashing back to her previous brain donors and their deaths. She decides to work out some of her emotions back on the paintball course, where she locates the missing shell casing from Everett’s case. It’s well away from where the CSIs said the shooter would have been hiding.
Liv and Clive keep looking into Penny and Shawn. Shawn is well off, but turned down a fantastic offer to move to Silicon Valley because Everett was kicking up a fuss about custody and visitation. Shawn is the one who created the guidance software for delivery drones for a totally-not-Amazon company called UFreightEze (get it? Because Amazon is a river and so is the Euphrates? We see what you did there, iZombie.) Clive finds tons of YouTube videos showing how it’s possible to mount a working handgun to a drone and fire it remotely, meaning that a tech genius like Shawn could have killed Everett from his tablet during his meeting. Liv and Clive take Shawn down and throw him in the pokey. Another case solved!
Of course, this isn’t even close to the end of the drama that Liv has to deal with this week. Lowell has accepted his culpability for what’s going on with Blaine. He even dug up a grave to get his dinner (but importantly, hasn’t partaken yet). After make-up sex, Lowell tells Liv all about how Blaine’s service works. Everett’s sniper mentality has Liv convinced that Blaine has to die so that he can’t kill anyone else. She has Lowell invite Blaine over while she sets up Everett’s sniper rig on a nearby rooftop. Once everything’s in place, though, Everett’s personality isn’t strong enough to convince Liv to take the shot. She texts Lowell that she can’t do it, and he seems okay with that.
Or at least he does until he flashes on Jerome’s death. He mouths “I love you” to Liv, then turns and stabs Blaine. Blaine, being not so much the forgiving sort, instantly kills him as Liv watches from afar. (Or at least we’re assuming that a bullet to the brain is a killshot in the iZombie ‘verse.)
Meanwhile, Major is still investigating the brains he found in Julien’s car. He’s working off of a crazy internet theory that the human pituitary gland can be used as a new kind of steroid. Of course, because he’s Major, he asks the wrong people about it and word gets back to Julien. The Candyman meets Major back at his place and plans to torture him for information. Major manages to get upstairs to his own gun and shoot Julien a few times, taking him down. The now-shaken Major calls Clive, but by the time he gets there, the body has disappeared, along with any evidence to back up what Major says happened. So the day didn’t end well for anyone this week.
So yeah, I’m still kind of hoping that iZombie has different rules for killshots, because I really, really liked Lowell. Also, is it wrong that I’m a little disappointed that Ravi isn’t going to be looking for hair dye anytime soon?
I’ll be honest, with the exception of the last 5 or so minutes, this episode didn’t really catch me. Liv’s residual PTSD was never really dealt with as the personality traits from other brains have been in previous episodes. This one just seemed far more Murder of the Week, when no one could be overly fussed to care about said murder. Maybe there were just too many stories going on this week to justify the amount of time spent on the episodic framing.
Blaine: “I am a sartorial chameleon.”
Things to Ponder:
- Looks like Blaine is about to start escalating. Will that get him caught faster?
- It looks like the zombie virus can’t jump species (for now). Do you think that will become significant later?