iZombie 5x08 "Death of a Car Salesman" Review
As we descend into the final stretch of iZombie, the show takes things back to the beginning. A lot of things have happened over the past few years, but we’ve never figured out how the virus actually occurred. While the flashbacks that kick off the episode don’t answer every question, it’s headed in a pretty interesting direction. We see Martin Roberts (wearing a shirt with the word ‘beanpole’ on it, so I guess that answers that question) messing around with some recipes of utopium — a drug that we know is linked to zombie rage outs. Martin is dipping into his supply with a friend, when we see him rage out and attack — possibly the first rage out to ever happen.
We are also treated to pre-Zombie Blaine and Don E, who were just nerdy pals back in the day. Talk about a lot of things changing. Now that their business has fallen apart, their relationship has fractured a bit. Blaine is still camping out in Don E’s basement, but his deposit on his new business venture — smuggling Freylich brains — has allowed him to give it a little upgrade. Blaine has assembled a brand new smuggling team, and the only thing they needed in order to be convinced of kidnapping teens was an extra $15,000 a head. Blaine seems to think he’s found a way back on top of his game, but Don E has a few cards that he hasn’t played yet. So has Ravi, for that matter. Charlie has given him a list of kids with Freylich syndrome, so Ravi is right at Blaine’s heels with that information.
Meanwhile, we finally get to meet the love interest that has been hinted at all season! Darcy Bennett, the one Freylich syndrome kid in Seattle, has the skull tattoo, which the murdered matchmaker said Don E’s perfect match would have. Don E has been down because running the bar has been more work than he bargained for, but he and Darcy hit it off. She reminds him they have to “rock out until they clock out” and I love her already. I’m glad the show is paying this off, this kind of love interest for Don E is exactly what I was hoping for. He offers to help her get through her bucket list, like starting a bar fight. I’m not sure we have much time with Darcy, but this looks bad for Blaine. If Darcy dies, Ravi and Don E will both have someone they love pass away from the same disease, and it might be enough to put them on the same side.
Ravi and Liv are on the same brain in this episode, and it was probably the best one they could have chosen for it. A car salesman named Rick Randall is victim to a hacked self-driving car, and it goes over a bridge. This brain has been one of my favorites of the season so far. Rahul and Rose always have wonderful scene chemistry, but the suave energy they bring to this was so much fun to watch. The posturing and the winks and the toothpicks are all just too much. While we don’t actually see it happen, it’s actually Ravi’s vision that helps solve the case. An old rival’s daughter vandalized Rick’s car. Liv and Ravi are busy giving firm handshakes and gripping shoulders, but it’s Clive that closes this case. Liv sees the culprit and his daughter embrace, and she immediately runs back to her own father.
Earlier in the episode, Liv accuses Martin of not being as sober as he said. He tells her she is his reason for finally kicking the habit for good, and she wonders why her birth didn’t make it stick the first time. A bleak conversation with Clive over his time in Vice leads him to admit that he knows people get clean, but he’s never seen it himself. Determined to make it work, Liv arrives with brochures about rehab and addiction recovery. “You’re a good person. And good people can’t help themselves,” Martin tells her. Remember last week when I said that Liv’s identity is going to be important for the rest of the season? Well, from the mouths of dead beat fathers. Liv has a lot going on, she really doesn’t need much more on her plate. Part of me wonders if she wanted to find her dad in hopes she’d find someone who might take care of her, for once. She tells him that she “doesn’t have any more to give,” yet she offers to spend time with Martin and help him get clean. But Martin is not as helpless as he claims. We see him making significant moves this episode, like using his lackeys to infect several key US senators. He ends the episode by watching Patch’s Renegade documentary. Something tells me that he’s not gazing fondly over his daughter’s achievements, but rather, doing research.
Martin’s meddling is going to make it that much more difficult for Peyton and Major to pull off her plan. General Mills is in town to see New Seattle for himself. Peyton and Major present their solution, relocating all zombies to an island, just like Vivian Stoll wanted. General Mills is unimpressed, especially since Major apparently lost his daughter. (She was just in the last episode! Where did she go?) He tells Major that this is basically a hostage situation, and nothing they say or do can change his mind. Major keeps his cool, but things aren’t looking good. I can’t imagine that any goodwill will be extended to zombies after General Mills finds out that a handful of senators have been compromised by Martin and his army.
I guess it’s a good thing that Hi Zombie finally dropped, right? Maybe General Mills will change his mind after watching the sitcom. I’m not sure how “good” this TV show actually is, but I really enjoyed watching Liv, Major, Ravi, and Peyton sit down to enjoy and laugh over something together. I’ll never say no to a sweet moment between these four. I have a feeling that things are going to be ramping up soon, and they will be few and far between. Lately, the show has been doing better about the heavy-handedness of themes and metaphors, and I’m crossing my fingers it continues as some of the overarching plots begin to reach their peak.
I loved that the prize for the annual raffle contest was a mountain bike and, as Ravi points out, “The mountains are on the other side of the wall.”
Ravi’s slicked hair with the skunk stripe. That’s all.
Liv is an “OZ”, an Original Zombie from the Max Rager Boat Party, and I wish they had taken the opportunity to use that hilarious acronym more.
“I’ve had a vision.” “That’s it, you call that a vision?” Poor Clive. He usually can’t handle Liv and Ravi on their best days, the two of them on the same brain probably has him close to the edge.
“Peak TV my ass,” says Blaine, regarding “Hi Zombie.” For once we agree?
“Ralphy Sharkbuddy with a fake British accent”
“Are you and Major in for dinner with me and Peyton tonight?” Why would Liv know if Major is free and feel comfortable making double dates for them? *Shady eye emoji*
Have we seen Scott E before? I can’t remember. What happened to him?
If this zombie island comes to pass, are Peyton and Ravi going to be separated from Liv and Major?
Haley’s episode rating: 🐝🐝🐝🐝
iZombie airs Thursdays at 9/8c on the CW.