iZombie 4x10 "Yipee Ki Brain, Motherscratcher" Review
On this week’s episode of iZombie, everyone had a chance to reexamine their role in New Seattle. Liv sees a new side to her Renegade gig, Ravi becomes a surrogate dad, and Blaine solidifies an alliance. It begins with a really nice montage that shows how Liv and Ravi have folded Isabel into their lives — we watch as the three of them (including Patch) binge watch “Zombie High,” Ravi getting samples from Isabel, Isabel printing out fake IDs for new smuggled humans, and Liv’s ring of coyotes continuing to grow in number. At this point, they make a serious crime operation look like a sweet little family business.
One night, after Patch and Liv head off to bed, Isabel laments to Ravi about all the things she’s not going to experience because she’s going to die so young — including sex. Ravi tries to convince her that sex isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, but doesn’t succeed. Liv casually name drops that she met the actor who plays Isabel’s favorite “Zombie High” character when she was working on the case that brought them to set, and arranges for Isabel to go on a date with him. Because of their previous conversation, this freaks Ravi the heck out, and he becomes immediately suspicious of their date. It’s like Ravi had some Paranoid Dad Mode activated. He waits up all night, scrolls through the actor’s Instagram, and when Isabel comes back he ushers her quickly back into the apartment.
Ravi is used to using close friends like Liv for his test subjects, but Isabel is bringing out a whole new side of him. Between personally promising Isabel’s mom over the phone that she’d be taken care of (an ironclad contract), and the pressure he feels to find a vaccine before Isabel’s time runs out, Isabel has made a father of a teenager out of Ravi Chakrabarti.
On the other side of New Seattle, Blaine is coming down off of his high of killing the mayor and setting the auction into motion. I loved the small detail that Dale ate the mayor’s brain to solve his murder. She has a vision of Blaine executing him, but since he’s wearing a mask, she can’t make it stick. I hope Dale is the one to bring Blaine down, that would be awesome.
Blaine and his father continue to work on their relationship through their weekly lunches. Angus strokes Blaine’s ego a little bit, claiming that while he’s “Zombie John the Baptist,” Blaine could be “Zombie Jesus.” Personally, I’d say these guys are giving themselves too much credit, but what’s new? During Brother Love’s next service, he acknowledges Blaine in front of the entire congregation. One of the ways he tries to atone for their relationship while they were humans is to let the congregation feed on his former maid, Frau Bader, who was abusive towards Blaine. (Writing that sentence out made me realize how dark iZombie can get sometimes.)
At first it seems to have crossed a line for Blaine, who has tears in his eyes while hungry zombies descend onto a defenseless old lady in a wheelchair. But maybe they were grateful tears because the next time we see Blaine, he is playing Amazing Grace on the organ while his father preaches. Or maybe Angus and Blaine are obviously using each other for their own endgames, but it’s not clear what they are hoping to get from each other just yet.
It’s a good day to die hard...so Liv can eat your brain? This week, Liv eats the brain of a vice detective with some aggressive methods. She doesn’t even bother to cook this one, she eats it fresh off the scale. After years of getting away with erratic behavior, this brain actually gets Liv into real trouble with the police force. She’s caught on a dashboard camera beating up a suspect in the middle of the street and Bozzio suspends her.
This is partially Clive’s fault. Instead of keeping an eye on Liv, he was distracted by a funny dog video that Michelle sent him. (To be fair, it was a pretty funny video.) Poor guy was pouring his heart out to Liv. He tells her he always thought his future involved Bozzio and kids, but after that kiss with Michelle, he feels confused. Unfortunately, Liv’s vice detective brain is not one to engage in a heart to heart. Maybe the next brain will offer some sage advice, but for now, Clive’s relationship with Bozzio is officially up in the air.
Since Liv’s antics have her off the case (except for a scene where she’s involved in interrogating the suspect), Clive solves the murder off screen — complete with amazing dramatic retellings of Clive pursuing Blue Cobra gang members.
This frees Liv up to take care of some coyote business — one of her guys, Curtis, has been captured and interrogated by Chase and his goons. In a really clever move, Curtis tells Chase that Brother Love is Renegade. It throws them off the trail, and buys Curtis some time. Because Liv put a tracker on Major, they are able to find where they were holding Curtis, cause a distraction, and scratch him. Liv was able to save Curtis, but it blows her cover with Major.
Major confronts Liv in her apartment in front of Patch and Isabel, and it dawns on him that Liv is Renegade. He calls Liv out, again, for feeling like she needs to risk her life in heroic ways in order to feel purpose. While that is a pretty good summation of Liv’s entire character journey throughout the series, it seems like a bummer to come out of Major’s mouth, who has no right to be judging anyone’s motivations. He even gets physical with Patch, which prompts Liv to throw him out of the apartment. Now that Major knows the truth, he’s in a pretty serious position.
Finding Renegade has been Chase’s number one priority all season, and he’s burning down New Seattle to find her. It would make Major, who’s already incredibly popular at FG, look even better to Chase if he turned Liv in. iZombie has done so much work trying to convince us that Major is completely loyal to Fillmore Graves, no matter the personal consequences. At this point why wouldn’t he rat Liv out? He’s put way more eggs into his Fillmore Graves basket to turn back now. I’ve been waiting for Major to snap out of it all season, and with three episodes left, I’m hoping it’s sooner rather than later.
- Kill, Eat, Marry is my new favorite game.
- Hopefully Curtis isn’t really under the influence of Brother Love, that wouldn’t bode well for Liv.
- Who was that guy in the crowd at Angus’s last sermon? I felt like I was supposed to recognize him but I couldn’t place it.
- Are the Blue Cobras behind a big brain black market? Russ Roche in cahoots with A.J.? Does this have to do with the scene where they busted up those teenager’s operation? What happened to the Dead Enders? I can’t keep up with all these New Seattle gangs.
- I know that Peyton has more pressing matters than “Zombie High,” but wouldn’t it have been cute if she had made it to at least one or two viewing parties? I would love to see more of Ravi and Peyton trying to parent Isabel together.
- This episode had some insane callbacks to previous seasons — like some deep cuts. They brought back “Zombie High,” A.J the Blue Cobra, Super Max Rager drinks, Frau Bader, etc.
- -Ravi and Liv stress out over not making any progress on the vaccine after running tests on Isabel. They ask how much time is left for her, and I wonder if Isabel will make it past the season finale.
iZombie airs Mondays at 9/8c on The CW.