iZombie 4x08 "Chivalry is Dead"
Last week, Peyton found out that Liv was the new top coyote in New Seattle, and I was curious to see how she would react. This week’s episode opens with Peyton telling Liv that not only does she understand and respect her, but she wants in on the operation. Liv initially objects, but considers it’s possible that Peyton can help them get the lacking resources that they need. I loved seeing Peyton step up to the plate here; her role at the mayor’s office hasn’t exactly been the most fulfilling. I’m also glad that this is bringing them closer together, because I don’t think I could bear to watch these two fight again. As Liv heads to work, you can see the wheels turning in Peyton’s head just before we see her visit a prisoner named Casper, who used to launder money for Mr. Boss. He’s got a wad of cash that Peyton could really use right about now.
Liv was called in to investigate the murder of a LARPer — or a Live Action Role Player. The poor guy, Garrett, bled to death from a stab wound, in a full suit of armor. Clive and Liv go to talk to his LARPing group, and the case takes a strange twist: all of them thought that Garrett was a zombie. He and another zombie Magnus left to make their own zombie LARP group. We know that it’s not true that Garrett was a zombie, since they examined by body and Liv ate the brain (roasted over a mini spit, enjoyed like a hunk of medieval meat, I might add). Clive and Liv catch up with the other zombie LARPer, Magnus, who has created a strange zombie thunderdome fight club, where spectators can watch the undead stab each other. Clive and Liv stay for a performance. Clive is totally into it, but Liv notices a familiar face from across the crowd — Major is hanging out with his recent target, Russ Roche. She pulls him aside to talk to him, but we don’t see what their conversation was actually about.
Russ notices, though, and later asks Major why he was talking to the cops. Major insists he didn’t know Liv was a medical examiner and was just chatting up a cute girl. Russ looks dubious, but asks Major if they were still on for illegal activities that night. Major assures him that he’s still on board.
Magnus gives Clive and Liv some information about the zombie LARPing group that Garrett has been hanging out with, and they all insist that Garrett, who LARPed as Lancelot, was well loved and no one knew that he was a zombie. Garrett’s death happened so fast, and they all panicked. A LARPer named Kevin that goes by Arthur admits that he was the one who stabbed Garrett. Clive tells them that even though the murder was unintentional, leaving him for dead was a crime. They all needed to come into the station for statements, including his wife Kathy, AKA Guinevere, even though she wasn’t at the incident.
The whole episode, Liv is worried about a young sick girl named Isabel who was supposed to be smuggled into New Seattle by now. She and Peyton are having a conversation about her when Ravi runs into the room dressed as a knight in shining armour. His intentions were for a a weird “roleplay come on” but it helps trigger one of Liv’s visions. She sees Kevin walking in on Kathy and Garrett sleeping together. (Guinevere and Lancelot having an affair behind Arthur’s back...see what iZombie did there?)
At the station, Clive and Liv point out to Kathy that she definitely knew the truth about Garrett because of their sexual relationship. Kathy admits that when Kevin turned into a zombie, the intimacy in their marriage took a severe hit. Kevin confesses that he used a weapon that would pierce through Garrett’s chainmail and kill him, but feels like the jury will let him off. The crime-of-passion murder really does look like an accident. All of this is a really terrible omen for our other inter-zombie couple, Clive and Bozzio. Fully moving forward with the open relationship, Bozzio slept with someone else, but not at the expense of a lot of hand wringing. Bozzio tells Clive that it was “medicinal” but Clive sadly acknowledges that “it doesn’t feel that way.” I wonder how long these two will hold on to each other, they are making each other positively miserable.
Speaking of miserable, Major meets Russ at an unknown location, looking like he’d rather be absolutely anywhere else. Russ tosses him an axe and asks him if he’s “ready to get his hands dirty.” They bust an operation where two young zombies are creating brain tubes. Russ messes with them, telling Major to flip a coin: heads, they get wasted; tails, they’ll let them go. Even though the coin lands on heads, Major lies and says it lands on tails, saving their lives. At least we know that Major hasn’t totally lost his soul.
Mr. Boss’ ears must have been burning, because he conveniently swoops back into town, bursting out of a smuggling crate and into Blaine’s kitchen. He wants Blaine’s help in intercepting a prisoner transport that Casper will be on in order to get his stash back. Blaine first tells him he doesn’t have the manpower for something like that, but quickly realizes he can convince Angus, AKA Brother Love, to sic his congregation on the bus transport. At first Brother Love is hesitant about this request, but Blaine tells him that these prisoners are wicked and their brains deserve to be eaten, and the congregation is hungry, right? The prisoner transport rolls through New Seattle but bumps into the zombie barricade that Brother Love and his congregation made.
The zombies attack the bus, busting out the windows and sinking their teeth into the passengers, while Mr. Boss, Blaine, Don E, and Cry Baby watch from a distance. The scene seems like it’s from a much darker zombie show, but for the deadpan color commentary Blaine and Don E offer. Casper is dragged through the havoc and presented to Mr. Boss. Mr. Boss asks where his money is, and Casper reveals its location in a desperate move to save his life. But Mr. Boss wants insurance. “This is Blaine, he’ll be eating you tonight,” he tells Casper, introducing Blaine with the casualness one might introduce a waiter. This is the second time Blaine has eaten a brain for information for the bad guys. In a weird way, he’s doing the inverse of what Liv does as a medical examiner. Instead of solving murders, he’s aiding crime rings.
Blaine and Mr. Boss rush to the locker. Even though Blaine had a vision that confirmed Casper was telling the truth, the locker is empty. They’re confused but it’s clear to the audience what happened — Peyton got to it first. She dumps a black duffle bag full of money in front of Liv and her coyote crew. Liv asserts that with the help of this money, they are going to be able to help more people than they were initially planning.
During their small celebration, the coyote Curtis comes through the door with Isabel, the sick young girl that Liv had been expecting the entire episode. At first, Isabel mocks Liv’s medieval accent, but then looks genuinely moved when Liv gives her the speech — “Live undead but with a true heart, do not but good.” Liv scratches her, but Isabel says she doesn’t feel anything. Liv scratches deeper and on a different arm, but it would appear that Isabel is immune. Verily. While this has exciting implications for possibly a new cure or some other world building possibilities, all Isabel can see is her death sentence. Can Liv and the gang find some other way to save her life?
I like Ravi’s theory about time travel murder. Can you imagine if the show threw in this aspect?
Get Isabel to Ravi, stat! Maybe she could bring about a new cure. But that might mean bringing Ravi into the human smuggling fold.
Who else was rooting for Liv to give Magnus her number? He seemed really nice for a guy who runs a zombie thunderdome and pulls a blade out of his torso to intimidate his opponents.
My favorite moments on this brain are a toss-up between Clive asking Liv not to call him “m’ilerd” or Liv giving the medical scalpels names like “lightbringer.”
What were Major and Liv talking about? Was she confronting him about the newsroom incident? What else could it be? Why didn’t they show it to us?
iZombie airs Mondays at 9/8c on The CW.