iZombie 4x06 "My Really Fair Lady"
After the heavy note that ended episode five, this week’s episode had a few victories in store for Liv and the gang. We start with a brilliant cold open, with Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex Girlfriend) treating us to a production of Rent where the characters are afflicted with zombieism instead of AIDS. Liv bakes her brains into cinnamon rolls and takes on the role of a charismatic community theater performer.
Actor brains aren’t the only thing on the menu, however. While a dejected Peyton tries to help the surviving family members of the bus crash tragedy, a woman tells her that one of the victims was her ex-husband who stole the family dog. Peyton asks Liv to eat his brain to find the pet, but Ravi shoots the idea down when he tells the them that Liv would be eating the brain of a heroin addict.
When Major slips Ravi a bagel with brain cream cheese, it turns out that Ravi’s brains cravings are back. It was about time this plot point was brought back up. We haven’t seen Ravi eat brains since the premiere, and I was getting worried it would be dropped completely. While he doesn’t have the culinary expertise that Liv does, Ravi is determined to get the job done for Peyton. The brain takes a swift effect, and Liv drops him off on his couch while he goes through severe withdrawals. Major immediately identifies the situation as an “Impress Peyton Thing.” Well jokes on you, Major, because it totally works. Ravi runs to the Scratching Post to beg Don E and Blaine for drugs, but Peyton intercepts and brings him back home. She begs him to eat a brain tube, but he insists on pushing through. They put a dog movie on the TV while Ravi continues to withdrawal. They hold each other while he has a vision and sees the dog. Success! I’m so happy that Ravi could help Peyton in this situation. While Liv has to find new purpose as a zombie post d-day, Peyton feels limitations in being a human and cleaning up after zombie made messes. Ravi was able to use his unique position as a sweet and helpful romantic gesture, even though it was pretty extreme. After Peyton returns the dog to its family, she shows back up at Ravi and Major’s house. He looks fresh and recovered, and they kiss. Another success!
Just like he promised, Patch rounded up all of Mama Leone’s remaining people. Liv tells them that she’s willing to take over the scratching. At first, they are skeptical of Liv and her goals to keep up the Railroad. “Mama WAS the Railroad,” Suki tells her. That may be so, but it turns out Mama has left half-finished jobs in her wake. Five humans were smuggled into Seattle, but are trapped at a halfway point when the scheduled traffickers decided to ditch after Mama’s death. Liv recognizes it as a tipping point for the operation. Even though it seems like a suicide mission, following through would have been the exact thing Mama would have done. Liv’s new personality comes in handy in order to hatch a scheme to get the trapped humans. She assigns the crew roles and pulls energy out of them, getting them comfortable and ready to go for the task at hand. They each play their parts perfectly: Patch is in Major’s Fillmore Graves uniform and finds the trapped humans, Liv distracts the security guard with a flirtatious Kiwi accent, and the rest of the crew drive the truck. It all goes off without a hitch, and Patch films Liv scratching the humans in broad daylight. It’s heartwarming to watch a sick man embrace Liv, and a woman to reunite with their family. Suki refers to Liv as Renegade, and it looks like Mama Leone will live on through the rest of her crew.
If anyone took a loss this week, it was Clive. His love life has truly been struggling this season. After protesting Liv’s attempts to match him up with the rookie Michelle, he actually seemed pretty excited about it when she smoothly asks him out. Things blow up in his face, however, at the office sexual harassment seminar (led by Johnny Frost, of all people) when he’s prompted to talk about filing paperwork to HR for his personal relationship with Dale. When Clive tries to explain to Michelle that he’s not trying to cheat on Dale, but rather try to figure out the boundaries of their open relationship, Michelle is respectful but isn’t interested. Dale sees the whole exchange through the two sided mirror. What are we going to do about these two? Human and zombie relations are so much easier said than done.
The episode ends with Patch giving Liv a flashdrive of 300 candidates of people pleading to come into Seattle. They only have the resources to help three of them, and it’s up to Liv to decide who they take. It’s just the type of challenge that she was looking for, but I’m worried Liv has bitten off more than she can chew. What’s going to happen when she has to go toe to toe with Chase Graves and the starvation problem?
Blaine didn’t have a great episode either. He finally figures out that his father is not only still kicking, but leading the church that everyone has been whispering about. Angus pressures Blaine into feeding his congregation once a week. Blaine promises him the worse meal time of the week, Monday lunches, but Angus accepts and forgives him. Blaine lunges at him but is held back, and he tells Don E to only feed Angus and his people the cheap stuff. Blaine’s going to have to start paying for a real therapist now that he knows there’s nobody at the bottom of the well to listen to his venting sessions.
-Patch is a filmmaker, hockey player, AND a zombie vigilante? Okay, swoon!
-What if Blaine actually converts to his father’s zealous cult? Now that would be a twist.
-Johnny Frost truly met his match in Thespian Liv. Have we ever seen him that truly uncomfortable? iZombie has some of my favorite side recurring characters.
-Another week, another week of gushing over Rose’s accent work. This week she used her natural New Zealand accent for the first time in the series. She continues to up the ante by also doing a Bad Fake American accent in the same scene. Rose McIver is truly so underrated and it’s always a delight to see what she’ll bring to each and every brain.
-I got a good feeling about Ravi and Peyton. The timing feels right for them!
iZombie airs Mondays,at 9/8c on The CW.