iZombie 5x09 "Fresh Princess" Review
This episode’s “case-of-the-week” had one of the most chipper brains with one of the saddest stories. During Miss Future Seattle 1998, a pageant queen named Laurie Beth had her makeup powder spiked, giving her an allergic reaction which left her in a coma for 20 years. When she finally passes, the charges have changed to manslaughter, which means Clive and Liv are on the case and Liv gets to munch on pageant queen brain. She delivers clueless platitudes the entire episode (see what I did there?) and tries some nostalgic, throw-back fashions. What seems like pretty petty pageant drama has left broken lives in its wake — like the suspect Velma, who used to want to be an actress but now craves the simple life after the traumatic events of the pageant. Laurie Beth’s parents provide all the 90’s VHS footage for Liv and Clive to peruse, but it manages to catch Laurie Beth’s mom, Gail, at the scene of the crime at the same time. It turns out that Velma was the intended target, and Gail sobs she was just hoping to give her a rash. Instead, her daughter fell into a coma for 20 years and eventually died. Woof. That is dark, even for this show. Season 5 has waded into the waters of showcasing several estranged parent-child relationships, sometimes in surprising, plot-advancing ways.
Other than our pageant debacle, there’s General Mills and his daughter Sloane. I was confused last week how Sloane could have gone missing in such a short time period between her conversation with Major and the arrival of General Mills to New Seattle, but now I get the kidnapping with the couple being shoved into the van was Sloane and her boyfriend. It happened pretty quickly and I didn’t identify Sloane as the victim, so that was my bad! It turns out Dolly has had her all this time, trapping her in a port-a-pottie and not feeding her brains, bringing her to a nearly “full Romero state” — which in iZombie’s world, means you’ve reached the point of no return. A totally mindless zombie state, focused only on eating brains. Don E and Darcy try to track down their kidnapper, Kristin Cox, but she tries to jump buildings and falls five stories. Even if Kristin’s not around to talk, her brain is. Major and the Fillmore Graves squad each eat a portion, in hopes they would have a vision that would reveal the location of Sloane before it’s too late. Unfortunately, they show up right as Dolly is about to sic Sloane and her boyfriend onto a local bakesale. They run wild, and Major regretfully, fully aware of the ramifications of this action, has to kill Sloane. It was the best thing to do in the moment, but any hopes of winning General Mills over to their cause is absolutely finished.
Peyton and Ravi do their own little sleuthing this episode too, and it’s a fun ride to see these two in action. Still trying to follow the trail of Beanpole Bob, Ravi figures the utopium they need for the cure is actually in the evidence room. The last person to check the evidence box they need was a dirty cop named Mosier, who was in bed with the Cobras, which means a return from Seattle’s hottest gang leader, AJ. Peyton offers him some extra amenities to his prison cell if he talks, and they learn that he did in fact order Mosier to steal the utiopium, but it never arrived. It was intercepted by a one “Barkley Schnexnader,” who’s a dead ringer for Don E. Don E insists that disguise is ridiculous even for him, and it was his twin brother Scott E. Don E tells them Scott E probably hid it in their mom’s basement before Scott E checked into a mental hospital. Peyton and Ravi try to pull of a sneak-around, but as we know, Blaine is camping out in that very basement. He catches them trying to find the utopium, and even though it’s burnt her in the past before, Peyton promises to restore Blaine’s good name if he helps them. He opens a false wall, and Ravi combs desperately through the empty utopium vials. They are back at square one. He’s ready to give up, but Peyton goes a step further and tracks down an address for Beanpole Bob. Ravi commends her for her tenacity, but it turns out there is a reason she has so much free time. She resigned from being the interim mayor, since the council found out she sold the naming rights for the Space Needle in order to fund Hi Zombie. Even though Peyton is probably the best person for the job, I have to admit, I love that she now has a few moments open to help Ravi find a cure, and that she’ll be taking less dangerous trips to DC. It also explains why she was so willing to make AJ and Blaine grandiose promises — she can’t actually grant any of them, but they didn’t know that. They follow up on their Beanpole Bob lead, and they are surprised to see Liv leaving his apartment. Now that Ravi and Peyton know that Beanpole Bob and Martin are the same person (and they only know the tip of the iceberg), will they tell Liv? Will she even have ears to hear?
Liv is fully invested in helping her father heal. She arrives at his apartment to check on his recovery, when she finds him passed out. She invites him over to her apartment so she can keep an eye on him, but I’m worried this was all an elaborate ruse to get inside of Liv’s apartment and get closer to her operations. He even tries to get information out of Peyton, and attains a sympathy brain tube from Major. He and Liv have a conversation that sounds startling similar to the one during that tragic last encounter between Major and Justin. “I worry sometimes that humans might never come around on us,” said Martin. “If the time comes where we have to choose sides, I hope you’ll let me take care of it.” Liv is unsure it’s necessary, but nevertheless, she calls him “Dad” for the first time and they hug. Liv is going to get her heart so smashed.
Liv’s mom and her brother also make an appearance. Evan’s health isn’t doing so well and he didn’t make the cut on Fillmore Grave’s emergency exit program. Liv’s mom asks Liv to smuggle Evan out of New Seattle. Liv is hesitant at first, and tensions rise when Liv’s mom and Martin see each other for the first time. Martin encourages Evan to get scratched by Liv, but Liv points out that he hasn’t quite earned the right to dole out “fatherly advice.” Liv concedes, and promises to smuggle Evan. The sweet way that Evan smiles at Liv absolutely took my breath away, and it makes me sad the show hasn’t taken the time to develop this relationship even more. Now that we know that Liv’s coyote operation is compromised by Martin himself, I’m pretty concerned for every mission that crosses the wall.
“Now he knows he has my heart, it’s like the bromance is gone.” I love Ravi and Major’s friendship
Anyone worried about Peyton when she’s sitting so close to Martin like that?
“I’m not on a side, I’m in the middle, trying to hold everyone together.” All this talk of sides is making me nervous for Liv when the final showdown gets here
Peyton and Liv are the cutest human and zombie roomies ever
Liv and Major are looking more domestic than ever...I’m starting to get impatient, show!
The security guard is a big fan of Hi Zombie, but the jury is still out for me.
The look Don E gives Major when they talk about Sloane reminded me of their odd couple day trip episode, which makes me wish it had been under better circumstances
Team Pavi forever
Haley’s episode rating: 🐝🐝🐝🐝
iZombie airs Thursdays at 9/8c on the CW.