iZombie 4x04 "Brainless in Seattle pt 2"
Even though we don’t have a murder this week, Clive and Liv are on a mission to catch the serial killer coyote. Renegade tells Liv that the best targets for coyotes like Bruce are those that are desperate and lonely, because they are easy to manipulate.
And man, are there a lot of desperate and lonely people in New Seattle this week.
Tucker, the boy that Jordan scratched a few weeks ago, tries to return to his old bar. His friends ask him about his new zombie life, and he admits that he’s miserable. The group rejects him, and his best friend even gives him a gun. Tucker retreats to a bathroom stall and watches the video of him getting turned into a zombie. In a heartbreaking moment, he aims the gun at his head, but doesn’t go through with it. Instead, he winds up at the Church of Angus, where Angus is preaching that Fillmore Graves is stealing brains and how they will pay for the sins of hating their own kind. Tucker’s been a zombie for about two seconds, but that sounds pretty good to him.
After Chase puts the pressure on him to find the camera phone with the video of Tucker, Major and his squad confront Tucker’s friends. The friends provoke the squad a little, and Major fires a few shots to keep the situation in check. He gives Jordan and “Captain Seattle” a reassuring smile that is a little concerning. They follow Tucker’s trail to the church. The congregation surrounds the squad, and I was worried that a riot was about to break out. Angus arrives just in time, and he and Major recognize each other. Angus cryptically speaks on how this is “a reminder that even the best of us can lose their way.” Yeah, no kidding. This isn’t exactly the social work I pictured when Chase Graves asked Major to hang out with troubled zombie youths.
Clive and Liv set Ravi up as a decoy for Bruce, posing as a posh doctor trying to get back to England. Bruce agrees with meet with Ravi, and Clive and his squad take Bruce down. After a mission well done, Liv can’t resist leaving Clive and Michelle, the rookie cop, alone in the elevator. The elevator gets stuck, which Liv didn’t even orchestrate, so maybe it really is fate.
Either way, Clive is super unhappy Liv keeps nudging him to break up with Dale without telling him why. He snaps at her to stay out of his business. After working with his zombie partner for years, he knows Liv well enough to know when things are coming from the brain or coming sincerely from her. Later in the episode, Liv finally confesses to Clive that she saw Dale kiss another guy at The Scratching Post. Clive’s sad face nearly broke my heart, but I was even more devastated when he says that he’s reluctantly trying an open relationship. He’s desperate to try anything to make their relationship work, but he admits that hearing about other guys hurts badly. Poor Clive. Maybe it is just too hard to date a zombie.
Meanwhile, Blaine on loose lips brain is a riot. He’s spilling things left and right, including telling Don E that he has the cures. He ate the brain of a zombie who knew Renegade to learn about her whereabouts, and the brain delivers. He has visions of Renegade and the laundromat that she operates out of. He ambushes her, holds her hostage, and brings her to Chase Graves. I have no idea what this vile man has up his sleeve for Renegade, but I’m so worried for her safety.
Earlier in the episode, Renegade reveals that she’s been following Liv for a long time. She says she doesn’t remember how she became a zombie, just that she “woke up with the hunger.” When she realized that the man providing her brains was killing people, she went to the police. She was laughed out of the office and her husband was murdered, which is how she saw Liv at the morgue. Renegade tells Liv she runs her operation for the same reason that Liv solves murders: so that she can feel useful and needed. Liv doesn’t get thanked very often for her role in solving crimes with her visions, so it was nice to see these two hardcore zombie women give each other some recognition. I hope Renegade sticks around a little longer.
Also under the category of desperate and lonely, this brain has Liv practically flying off the handle. She’s baking cakes she can’t eat and posting Missed Connections for Tim, the Chad Michael Murray clone she met at Humans Vs Zombies night. Ravi and Clive are concerned about this, but it works? Peyton, Ravi, Major, and Liv are out for Humans Vs Zombies night round two, and Tim is actually there. Even though Major is on a wrestler brain that is incapable of speaking in calm tone, he lets Liv know that he’s okay with her dating other people and that he hopes they can be friends. He asks her about Tim, and she realizes she needs to get to know him better. Too bad Tim opens his mouth. It seems like he’s been recruited by Angus’s church and believes that humans are nothing but food in the new world order. Liv realizes that her date is not just a jerk, but a crazy zombie supremacist. We’ve all been there, girl.
Then the episode treats us to a dance off, where all four friends get on the floor and goof off with each other. Every week, iZombie cranks up the tension between zombies and humans. Liv might be on a hopeless romantic brain this week, but don’t be fooled. There’s a lot of trouble in paradise. Like, a lot. But I’m so happy that the show gave us joyful moments like this one and that Liv and her friends can take a second to just dance it out and remember their love for each other. It won’t solve their impending problems, but it gives them something worth fighting for.
- Liv making two destingrating skulls kiss feels like this show in a nutshell
- I loved that we got Renegade’s backstory this weekend, and how she first met Liv. I have to admit that sometimes it takes me a while to warm up to new characters, but I’m so intrigued by Renegade and I think she’s a great addition to the cast.
- What the heck Major, you can’t just bring teenaged zombies to a night club! Where did this boy get his social work degree from?
- I can’t believe iZombie broke out Sixpence None the Richer this week. Whoever is doing the music this season is really outdoing themselves.
- Peyton and Ravi update: Peyton still denies any chance for getting back together, but Liv’s hopeless romantic brain sees it. Plus, Peyton told Ravi he was brave for going undercover. Was that flirting? I’m going to say yes.
- At first I thought pickles was a terrible code word, but Ravi kind of made it work.
- Mug Cute or Meet Cup? Ugh I’m going to miss this hopeless romantic brain.
iZombie airs Mondays at 9/8c on The CW.