iZombie Season Finale – Episode 13: Blaine’s World

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Last week, Sebastian killed Kimber – a cheerleader. Then her stoner friend Nate was found dead. Liv ate both their brains in turn, using their memories to figure out what happened. Their goth friend Teresa went to Clive and Liv, and told them what she knows. Clive put a police detail on her for her protection, but she ditched the detail and went to meet her friend Cameron at a hotel. Things were left hanging with Theresa beaten bloody, crawling to the phone and dialing 9-1-1.

This week… jeez, where do I begin? So much mind-blowing stuff! Most of the episode is spent building up to the ending. Rob Thomas is a freaking genius! He wrote this episode and packed the episode so full of OMG moments and a few of really cool explosions. I totally giggled while Major was gearing up with “Der Kommissar” by Falco played in the background.

The episode has a rather abrupt ending, as most cliff-hangers tend to do, and now we all have to just sit here and speculate about what happens. Will Liv give that last dose of the dure to Major? Will she save it, and use it on Evan after donating blood to save his life? Will Major come to terms with being a zombie or will he demand the cure? How will Ravi react when he finds out about all this? And what’s happening with the rat? Did it survive past the 48-hour waiting period? Is it comfy in that hamster ball? Check out the recap, and tell us what you think in the comments!

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iZombie Episode 11: Astroburger


Last week, we lost Lowell when he tried to be the man he thought Liv deserved. He tried to take out Blaine when she couldn’t pull the trigger, and ended up getting himself killed. About a million hearts broke when that happened – I heard them all cracking from here! We now know that Suzuki is in Blaine’s pocket, but how deep? He seems to be more and more reluctant to cooperate with Blaine, but his un-life depends on the brains that Blaine provides. Ravi has been working on a cure for zombie-ism, and has found the compound that induces it. Major checks himself into a psych hospital for treatment when nobody appeared to believe him after Julien attacked him. One of Blaine’s major clients made him a very lucrative deal – a large sum of money for an astronaut’s brain.

This week, there’s even more with the crazy. Literally. Liv’s lunch decides to talk back when she eats the brain of a schizophrenic who was convinced he was talking to the devil. At least we didn’t have to wait a whole season to find out that everything was just a delusion – like with that one season of Dallas where Bobby Ewing came back right where he left two seasons prior, in the shower, just for us to find out that the whole season immediately preceding had been “just a dream.”

There are little devils talking to her, leading her around through all this stuff. Meanwhile, in the “actual reality” of the episode, Peyton and Ravi are having a date and all Liv wants are her dan-dan noodles. SPOILER: She never gets them. I wasn’t happy with the way this episode led me to believe that Liv and Major are getting back together, when they probably aren’t. To the show runners and writers, I say – MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! Thanks, guys.

SHOULD Liv and Major be able to be together? What about Peyton and Ravi? Will Major be able to make good on his threat? Hit the jump for the recap, and tells us what you think in the comments below!

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iZombie Episode 10: Mr. Berserk


Last week, Major was attacked by Julien in his own home. Then Blaine shot Lowell. This event was a pretty big development, and really traumatic for fans of ship Livwell. It put me in a bit of a funk, as well. I didn’t realize how attached to these characters I had become until that point. Well done, show writers! You sucked us all in, and we all bought tickets on that cruise. Now, we’re floundering in the ice cold waters of the realization that Lowell went the way of the Titanic. Hopefully we’ll get a lifeboat soon.

This week, Suzuki covers for Blaine (and by default, Liv) by cutting short the investigation of Lowell’s murder. He tells the investigating detective that it was an obvious suicide, and if the M.E.’s office finds the same, then it’s case closed. Liv attempts to drown her sorrows in the alcohol-soaked brain of the reporter (Rebecca Hinton) that worked with Major on the missing kids issue. Clive digs deeper into the Max Rager problem, and finds some damning evidence that includes the boat party that Liv was at the night she was turned. Clive pulls her off the case due to her alcohol consumption, and Ravi sends her home. She meets someone who identifies himself as Rebecca’s source, and winds up in some deep shit when she figures out who her real source is. Major checks himself into a psychiatric treatment facility, and meets a guy who tells Major that he knows all about zombies. Liv comes clean with Ravi about why Lowell was with Blaine in the first place, and what they had planned. Clive is the voice of reason, talking sense into Major and keeping Liv grounded.

So much “WTF?!” going on with this, and there’s still three more episodes left in the season!

Will Liv tell Major about the zombie thing? Will Ravi get closer to a cure? Will anyone tell Clive about Suzuki? Hit the jump for the recap, and give us your predictions for what’s to come in the remainder of this season of iZombie!


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iZombie Episode 9: Patriot brains

This week’s episode picks up right where last week’s left us hanging – in the elevator. There were a lot of feelz in this one, and I gotta say – I hate just being left hanging when I know something isn’t as simple as it seems. There was a lot more work done on the relationship between Liv and Lowell, and I was just starting to feel like maybe it had a chance – and then BAM. Maybe not.

The whole vibe for the episode this week was depressing, but in a good way. That touched me. I mean, the usual energy between her and Clive was there. It was a little weird between Liv and Ravi, but it was downright sad between her and Lowell. Major makes a mistake that nearly costs him his life, and still might – but he’s closer to the truth than he realizes. The problem is, I don’t think he can handle the truth! Meanwhile, Ravi is so far not a zombie after being bitten by the zombie rat – yet.

There wasn’t a whole lot of focus put on the actual crime this week – a dead soldier, and a murderous computer geek. There was a lot of focus on Liv’s new sniper skills. Passengers on the good ship Livwell are probably wondering what now, especially since something rather permanent seems to have happened with a fan favorite. But I’ve learned that things aren’t always what they seem with this show, so I’m holding out for the hero to come riding back in on his steed later on – perhaps in season two.

Is Lowell gone for good? Will he rise again from the dead? Hit the jump for the recap, and tell us what you think in the comments!

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iZombie Episode 6: Virtual Reality Bites

Hey everybody – sorry I’m late, but life the universe and everything happened, and I wasn’t able to watch this on the night of the actual broadcast. I did pick up a few spoilers along the way before I did get to watch it, and they only made me want to see it even more. Now that I’ve finally watched it, I can say this: Holy shit! Oh – and, uh… ew?

With each episode, we are getting less of the vision-y type stuff and more deductive logic being used to solve the cases. I don’t know if that’s a good thing or not, though. I mean, a big part of the series premise is the whole “eat a brain, see what happened” thing. The characters are becoming much more cohesive as a team, and that’s definitely a good thing. Each of the characters’ skills contributes to a well-balanced group.

I’d really love to see Payton play a bigger part. I love Aly Michalka in this role. Sure, her character isn’t absolutely necessary to the crime-solving part, but an attorney tends to look at the evidence in ways that a cop or medical examiner might not. That could provide some interesting flavor to the whole “whodunnit” angle. Besides – I’m getting attached to all of these characters, and it’s not difficult for me to see them as real people that I would want to hang out with – hell, who am I kidding? I’m actually starting to wish I could be part of that team because they just have too damn much fun!

I can’t help but wonder if Major is just bluffing about being able to move on. I think he still has it for Liv and he’s just trying not to pressure her. Liv is clearly trying to move on with Lowell, but will she be able to? I hope we’re not going to see her running back and forth from Major to someone else and then back again. Some things make for good drama, yes. But I don’t think that would be one of those things.

I’d also like to see Major play a bigger role with the team, as well – and not just as the rejected love interest. As a social worker, there is so much potential to expand on the character. He could also transition into being a victim/witness advocate, or he could become a private investigator specializing in missing persons/cold cases. Hell, send his ass to the Police Academy and have him be Clive’s new partner. Robert Buckley wears this role well, and the character seems well-suited to become more than just a recurring one.

Each episode has been better than the last, and there’s so much potential for this to have a nice long run – as long as the character development keeps going the way it has been, the possibilities for good storytelling are endless, and y’all know how I love a good story!

What do you think will happen – will Evan actually get a job at the Meat Cute? Do you ship Ravioli, Livwell, or Limaj? How about the possibilities for Bliv? Any thoughts on the bromance ship Rajor? Hit the jump for the recap, and tell us how you ship in the comments!

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iZombie Episode 5: Flight of the Living Dead

This week’s episode gave us a couple of interesting reveals, one which could lead to something interesting or sad – I haven’t decided how I feel about it yet. Liv MET someone… It also seems like a case was left hanging – literally. The victim this week was a skydiver who happened to be a friend of Liv’s. Several people were investigated for that case, but ultimately the suspect got away so the case remains open. Meanwhile, Major is still looking for his missing shelter kids, and nothing is resolved this week. Oh – NEWSFLASH! Lieutenant Abe takes his coffee with hot sauce! DAMMIT! Best. Ep. EVAR! Well… so far, anyway. I said that about the last episode too, and it just keeps getting better!

The new plot developments are starting to give me that familiar buzz at the base of my skull, and I cannot wait to see what’s in store for next week!

Catch up with the recap after the jump, and let us know what you think in the comments!

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iZombie Season 1 Episode 3 – The Exterminator Recap

Things get real on iZombie this week! Liv uncovers new evidence in a case that Peyton was prosecuting that connects to a case that Clive is working on, and what she finds puts Peyton’s career in jeapeordy. It also puts Ravi in danger – but she just doesn’t care, thanks to the brain of a guy who did some bad stuff.

This is developing into something so much better than I had dared to hope for! There were a couple of “Jeez WTF!” moments for me, and a few “AHA! Now it makes sense!” things. And there was a really fun zombie bash scene that had me going “YESSS!” It’s a good thing I was watching this by myself, or I would have really annoyed someone.

There are some scenes and dialogue that aren’t what I would consider suitable for younger viewers, but they definitely add to the context of the story and action. The voice-over narratives are becoming more relevant and less redundant, which is a good thing. There are fewer narrative break-ins, and the ones that do occur now bring more context and detail to the scene and storyline.

Like I said in my recap of the pilot episode, I wasn’t a very big fan of Veronica Mars – but I am absolutely going to give it another go, after seeing the way iZombie is shaping up. I have the feeling I won’t be disappointed.

Our recap starts after the jump!

And now – this week’s episode of iZombie: The Exterminator!

Night time. Brian walks around a building on a pier, taking pictures of some scrap piles and wreckage with his cell phone camera. He stops for a moment, and his friend Karl jumps out of hiding to scare him. Karl wants to know what he’s doing there. Brian starts asking if the scene would make a good shot for video he’s taking. While Brian frames his shot, the boys hear a sound. Karl gets scared and tells Brian that they should maybe leave. Brian goes over to a pile of scrap covering a metal tube, and uncovers part of it. He looks inside, and sees something move. Karl asks what he’s doing, panic creeping into his voice. Brian says, “There’s a hobo in there! We can cut him into the movie!” Karl is not amused. “Maybe it’s a serial killer, and he can cut us into stupid virgin stew! What if this place turned him into a mutant and he’s got hermit crab hands?!” Brian grabs his phone and starts video. “Then I’m about to have 3 million Instagram viewers!”

At the morgue, Liv is doing the autopsy on a hit-and-run victim. “I’m hungry – are you hungry?” she asks Ravi. At the computer, he tells her that he’s set up Google alerts for the search term “zombies.” They’ve already got a couple of hits – one is for a showing of “Night of the Living Dead.” Liv makes a wisecrack and Ravi tells her that there’s a picture on a teenager’s Facebook, supposedly showing a zombie, taken at an abandoned shipyard less than a mile away from where Liv was turned. “Is it me?” Liv asks, amused.

“We should at least go take a look,” he says. Liv says, “wait… There’s already two. Me and Blaine. Now there may be a third? Two’s company, three’s a horde.” “But with great power comes-” “Hey,” Liv cuts him off. “Do not. Seriously.” Taking a breath, she says, “Fine! We’ll go zombie hunting! Solve murders… find zombies… Why don’t you ever suggest something whimsical?” Ravi asks how the autopsy is coming along, and she gives him a  progress report. She gets text alerts on her phone, but is disappointed when she checks them.

“What’s going on?” Ravi asks with a sigh. “You keep getting texts that disappoint you.” “They’re not the texts that I want,” Liv replies. “I hate to pry -” “Said the man who keeps asking for my urine sample,” she responded irritably. “It’s in search of a cure! Liv, don’t cheapen it. And you don’t have to feel compelled to share your personal -” Liv interrupts him again. “I hit on my ex-fiance.” “You have an ex-fiance?” Ravi asks, surprised. “Yes,” she says, “who I broke up with because I’m partially dead and didn’t want to risk giving him the big Z! But then I ate the brain of Seattle’s most sensual painter, and I tried to jump my ex’s bones!” (Wow. I haven’t heard the “jump someone’s bones” in a very long time!)

She goes on about how she couldn’t exactly explain that she’s a zombie, so she just dumped him, and then hit on him. “So I texted him an apology, and he hasn’t responded yet.” “That’s awful! You texted him your apology? That seems to beg for a face-to-face conversation, don’t you think?” Liv turns to face him. “I am too hungry right now to work out if you’re joking or not – your skull just turned into a giant animated ham.” “Alrighty then… Let’s see …  Marvin Webster…” Ravi picks up the file for the deceased, and reads the details of the deceased from the file. Ravi points out that it should be a safe brain to eat. “Said nobody… EVER…” Liv replies, picking up the bone saw.

She eats some of the brain for lunch. In the voice-over, she says that she used to be a lot of things. But now she’s just a stomach – hunger incarnate. When she’s hungry, she forgets that her lunch used to be a person. When it’s bad, she forgets that she used to be one too.

As she’s finishing up her meal, Blaine appears in the doorway. He watches her licking the knife. “Now, that’s hot.” She tells him that he shouldn’t be there. He confronts her about standing him up for a promised brain delivery date. She asks him to leave. He asks her to think about what she would have to go through to get a brain if she didn’t work at the morgue. While she has access to a bone saw, Blaine says that he has to use other means. “I find that a rock works best.” Liv tells him that she doesn’t trust him – “You made me this thing…”  She says that she doesn’t think he’s a murderer, but she does think he’s still the same guy who tried to sell her Utopium and then groped her on the boat at the party on the night it all went bad, and refuses to help him. “So I guess it’s every zombie for himself, then?” “I guess so,” Liv says.

When Liv gets home, Peyton is sitting on the couch. A bottle of champagne is on the table. Liv asks about it, and Peyton tells her that she’s celebrating. She says that she won her first case – she successfully prosecuted the killer in the Wally Walker murder case. Wally Walker was a high tech wiz kid who was mugged and murdered in a park. Liv said she hadn’t heard of the case. She sits next to Peyton on the sofa, and they watch a news reporter interviewing two men and the widow of the deceased. One of the men is Walker’s angel investor who put up the reward money for information. The other is the man who collected the reward. In the background Peyton walks into the camera shot. The girls squeal with excitement.

Peyton asks Liv to help her prep for her next cross-examination. “You can play Gus Williams, the murderer!” During the rehearsal, one of Peyton’s pieces of evidence is an autopsy photo of the deceased, with a gunshot to the head. Liv gets a vision of a man getting shot in the head from the shooter’s perspective, and she says “I killed him!” Peyton thinks Liv is flattering her.

Liv goes to the precinct to talk to Clive. She tells him about the Wally Walker case, and says that they have the wrong man – Gus Williams, the drifter that was being prosecuted, isn’t the killer. He reminds her that he’s not working that case, he’s working the hit-and-run – “the poor schmoe that got run over in the parking lot, remember?” “Yeah, well here’s the thing. The drifter didn’t kill Wally Walker. The poor schmoe did,” Liv insisted.

When Clive asks her how she knows, she tells him that she had a vision. “Marvin Walker – our hit and run victim… I had a vision of him murdering Wally Walker.” Clive says, “this is important… When you had your vision, were you holding an apple bong? Or did you just smoke an old school spliff?” Liv gets offended. “I’m not screwing around, Clive -” He says he’s just wondering if this vision had winged unicorns and dancing pizza.
Liv insists again that they have the wrong guy. Clive again expresses skepticism about her visions, and asks how the two deceased men are even connected. Liv tells him it’s something to do with debts. Clive laughs at her. “You want me to go to my boss, and tell him to stop a high-profile murder trial because the morgue medium said so?” 
Liv describes the manner of death as an execution, not a mugging. Clive points out that the drifter had Walker’s DNA all over him and was wearing Walker’s shoes. “A drifter who needs to steal shoes doesn’t normally pack a Glock. That’s what the murderer used… with a suppressor – also called a silencer…” She rambles off a bunch of factoids about the history of the suppressor, and doesn’t understand how the heck she was able to access the knowledge so fast.
She keeps insisting that the drifter is innocent. “What more do you need than I SAW him commit the murder?” Clive tells her that he can’t go to his boss with this unless there’s hard evidence. She tells him that since he won’t do it, she’s going to man up for both of them. In the voice-over, Liv notes that she just asked Clive to commit career suicide, and then questioned his manhood. And she didn’t care at all. She starts analyzing the things that she knows about Marvin Walker. he was a sociopath with no empathy whatsoever. She worries that she will lose what’s left of herself – and her humanity – to this brain. “This brain is gonna suck.”

Liv gets home, and Peyton asks, “How’s it going?” Liv shrugs. “Okay…” So you haven’t seen it,” Peyton says. She loads a Facebook page with a video of Major kissing a girl while they play Jenga. She tells Liv that she only saw the video because the girl tagged him and he liked it – she didn’t realize that it would sound so sexual. When Liv has no real reaction, Petyton asks her if she feels anything at all about it. Liv knows she should feel something – anything. But it doesn’t bother her at all. Peyton worries. When Peyton gets up to take a phone call, Liv notices the Wally Walker file on the table. She goes through it and finds information that will help her convince Clive to investigate further.

The next day, Liv and ravi go out to the pier to check out the zombie sighting. They go to the spot where the pictuyre was taken, and Ravi uncovers the metal tube. Looking down into it, he sees a zombie. Liv realizes that the zombie is her former colleague, Marcy. Ravi asks her how she knows it’s Marcy. Liv comments that she recognized the pearl necklace that the zombie is wearing. “It’s her grandmother’s. She always wore it.” Ravi realizes that it’s been nearly six months that Marcy hasn’t fed. He tells Liv that he thinks if they feed Marcy, her zombification may reverse itself. Liv is not so sure.

He wants to test his theory. Liv disagrees. She starts throwing rocks at Marcy, and Ravi stops her. At first he doesn’t understand her behavior, but then realizes it’s because of the brain she ate. He tells her that this isn’t her – it’s not who she is. He pulls out a cooler with brain matter in it, and slops it down to Marcy. Marcy pounces on it. Liv tells Ravi that feeding her is not going to help, and that they need to kill her. Ravi disagrees. He says that they should come back and check on her at a later time, and covers the tube.

Liv decides to go to the precinct, and use the way her brain s working to her advantage. She tells Clive that she has some new information, and convinces him to investigate further. She tells him that Walker had gambling debts, and owed his bookie money. “You got a name for this bookie?” “Frank Smith.” Clive turns to face her. “Frank Smith? Former Seattle cop? Current owner of Smitty’s Bar and Grill, and bookmaker to half the cops in the city?” Liv grins. “Great! It’s a cop bar! Everyone will have badges – we’ll blend right in!”

They go to the bar, and Liv acts like she’s a regular there. She acts like she knows some of the patrons, but they look at her like she’s crazy. There’s a woman on the stage in a Barbara Eden “I Dream of Jeannie” costume, conducting a trivia contest. Liv and Clive walk up to the bar. live asks to see Smitty. The bartender asks who wants to see Smitty. Clive flashes his badge, and the bartender goes to get Smitty. Liv is writing down her trivia answers on the entry form. She tells Clive, “Are you cool with me naming our trivia team Piggy and the Brain?” 

Clive excuses himself to the restroom. Written on the paper towel dispenser is a threat disguised as a reminder – “Pay Smitty today! You know what happens when a cop has to chase you!” Clive finishes washing up and goes back out to the bar.

Frank Smith, aka “Smitty,” is talking to Liv. “Yeah, Wally Walker owed me money. He died owing me money. Now, you mind explaining why this is your fricken’ business?” Clive breaks into the conversation with an apology. Clive asks if he’s Smitty. “Let me guess – you’re Babineaux?” Clive nods. He asks Smitty if he remembers the last time he saw Wally Walker. “June 8th, the night he died. He came in here asking for more time to pay. Cash flow issues, he said.” The trivia winner is announced – “Piggy and the Brian!” Liv celebrates a little, and Clive stares at her.
Clive asks if it was unusual for Walker to ask for more time . Smitty tells Clive that it had happened a couple of times before, and that he knew Walker was good for it – he was going to sell his company and if Smitty gave him a couple of more months, he would double Smitty’s fee. The girl from the stage comes down and takes her picture with Liv, and goes off.

When they finish talking to Smitty, Liv notices a pillar with polaroids on it – pictures of other contest winners. She sees a picture of Marvin Webster, dated June 8th. Clive can now make a connection between the deceased men. He and Liv go to Marvin Webster’s house. Clive shows her his badge and asks for permission to go through her husband’s persona effects. She allows it. Liv and Clive go down to the basement, where Liv remarks that Mrs. Webster seemed pretty cool to let them go through all her husband’s stuff. Clive tells her that it’s because she thinks her husband had nothing to hide.

They search some more. Liv asks Clive to see if a lamp on the desk has a three-way bulb. It doesn’t and the bulb blows. Clive turns the flashlight on, and shines it in Liv’s eyes for a second, triggering a vision for her.

Liv sees the car, and gets a partial plate number. She tells Clive what she saw. He asks her for a make and model on the car, but she doesn’t know. She says that the car is orange, and that she got a partial plate number.Clive indicates the toolbox and shows her that he’s found the gun. Clive is ready to go to his Lieutenant with the evidence.

They leave the Webster residence. At home, Liv is scouring the internet for the car while she’s on the phone with Clive. She tells him that there are so many similar cars. She describes the tail light, and he tells her to draw it so they can match it that way. Clive runs the partial plate numbers,and gets a hit. They are able to match it to a car that was sold on the local trader website. Clive attempts to locate the previous owner of the car.
Meanwhile, Peyton has come home, and finds Liv trawling the web. Liv comments that she’s home early, and she mentions that Liv’s cop buddy just blew up her case. “They released Gus Williams.” Liv tells her that Williams is innocent, and Peyton argues that she has a pile of evidence that says otherwise. “Someone else had the murder weapon. the gambling angle was never fully investigated.” Peyton gets angry. “You read my files? My CONFIDENTIAL files?” Liv asks, “You want me to feel bad? You would have sent an innocent man to jail.” 
Peyton grows more agitated. “No no no no – you’re a slug for months. Months! And THIS is the thing that gets you off your ass – proving me wrong?” Liv tells Peyton that it has nothing to do with her. Peyton tells her it has everything to do with her. “Look, I get that you had to do what you felt was right, but you could at least feel bad about it! You just massively derailed my career, and you don’t even care, do you?” Peyton goes off to her room while Liv realizes that she still doesn’t feel anything – not a damn thing.
At the morgue that night, Liv is griping about her horrible day and how she’s afraid of the person she’s becoming because of the brain. Ravi encourages her by saying that the fact that she’s cognizant is a good sign. He suggests that she could always eat another brain. An old lady is on the slab, and Liv picks up her file. She considers eating the old lady’s brain, but then she would not be able to see anything more about the Willie Walker and Marvin Webster cases. She decides against eating the old lady’s brain.
Major and one of the kids he works with at the shelter, Jerome, walk in to the morgue. Major says they need help. He explains that they’ve been sitting upstairs in the precinct for two hours, being ignored. He apologizes for not returning Liv’s texts. “It’s fine,” Liv says unemotionally. “Why do you need a cop?” Jerome tells them that his room mate Eddie went out to the skate park four days ago and nobody has seen him since.

Liv takes them upstairs to see Clive. She tells him why they are there. Major says they’ve been staying on top of Missing Persons for three days. They tell him what happened. Clive says that lots of shelter kids run away, there’s nothing he can do. Jerome tells Clive that his room mate left his iPod in the dock. “He never goes anywhere without it.” Major insists that the kid is not a runaway. Clive gets a description of the kid, and promises to take it over to Missing Persons himself, and put it at the top of the pile. As he walks past, he notices Jerome’s shoes. “Nice kicks!”

Clive managed to track down the previous owner of the car involved in the hit-and-run. When they get him to the precinct, he tells them that he sold the car. Clive asks who bouth the car, and the guy tells him that the man that bought the car didn’t want to be identified – he didn’t give a name, paid in cash, and wore darl sunglasses. But the guy says he recognized the buyer anyway. “The guy’s been all over the news lately. He had his picture in the paper, he was on the TV news…” Clive grabs a copy of a recent newspaper.

Clive asks which of the two men in the picture is the one who bought the car, and the guy points to Don Watts – the angel investor who posted the reward for information on Wally Walker’s murder. Clive says that the car is probably at the bottom of the lake by now. The guy tells them that the car still has Lo-Jack on. “Does that help?”

Clive has Don Watts brought in for questioning. Watts brings his attorney with him, and Clive proceeds to question him about the car. Watts denies any knowledge about the car at first, Clive then tells him what they know – that a teenager found the car with the windows down and key in the ignition, so he took it for a joyride. They also know that it’s the car that ran Wally Walker over. Watts asks, “Who’s Wally Walker?” Clive continues, saying that the guy who sold him the car identified Watts, and they found Watts’ DNA all over the car. Liv says, “Hair follicles. Ya gotta watch that, man.” Watts smiles. “Oh! THAT car. Yeah, I bought it as a restoration project.”

Watts’ attorney tries to convince him to leave, since he is not charged with anything yet. But he lingers, saying “I don’t know – I kinda want to hear how this story ends!” Clive says, “Wally Walker was a programming genius. But his gambling debts were gonna sink the company. He wanted fast cash, so he was gonna sell out… rather than wait to go public, like you wanted. You took care of the problem, and made tens of millions of dollars in the process.” Watts replies, “I do remember the tens of millions.” Clive continues. “After Marvin did your dirty work, you decided to tie up the loose ends.”

He goes on to mention cell phone records that show he was called from a disposable phone 45 minutes before Marvin Webster was run over. “What was that call about? Watts shrugs. “How would I know? I’m sorry – did you say you found this disposable phone on this hitman?” Clive looks at Liv, who shakes her head slightly. “No… I guess not. Well, let’s say I did hit someone -” Watt’s lawyer attempts to interrupt him to prevent him from incriminating himself.”

Watts continues. “Maybe I did hit something that night. Maybe I was hoping it was a deer. Maybe I just wasn’t thinking clearly and walked away. But this… Marvin Webster business? I’ve never met the man. Good luck proving that.” Clive places Don Watts under arrest for vehicular manslaughter. Without admitting guilt, Watts tries to rationalize and bluff his way out of it. His attorney finally tells him that he will be out within the hour.

Liv expresses disbelief that they have to let Watts go. Clive comes up with an idea that he thinks might work. “Get your vision cap on!” Clive goes and gets an impound notice and checks the car’s GPS. in Marvin Webster’s car. His widow was not happy about that, and stood outside the car yelling while Clive and Liv got the last address that Webster was at with his car. It was a match for where he was killed. Then they checked previous routes to see where else Webster had been.

At one of the stops, Liv feels like Webster’s brain is wearing off so he has a snack – more of Webster’s brain. As Clive is questioning some dog owners in the dog park, an ice cream truck passes and triggers a vision for Liv. When she recovers from it, she yells for Clive and tells him that there is a witness. A sanitation worker saw Webster talking to Watts that day, and saw who killed him. Clive gets on the phone, telling Liv that he’s going to try and track sown all the sanitation crews who worked on that street that day.He asks Liv if she’s going with him, but she declines. “I promised Ravi I would help him with a research project.”

They go back to the pier, and check on Marcy. Ravi is disappointed that nothing has changed, but he still has hope. He wants to get a tissue sample for a biopsy. He’s rigged a long pole with a huge syringe on it. Ravi leans over the edge of the hole, trying to get a tissue sample. Marcy grabs the stick and pulls. Ravi falls down in the hole with her and starts screaming for Liv. “Liv! LIV! A Little HELP here?!”  Liv was caught up in the brain’s influence, but snaps out of it in time to save Ravi. She jumps down into the hole and goes after Marcy in full zombie mode. 

Liv puts Marcy out of her misery, and turns on Ravi. He talks to her calmly as she slowly advances on him. “You’re okay… You’re okay…” Liv eventually calms down and returns to her normal state. She tells Ravi weakly, “you can get your biopsy samples now…”

Liv and Ravi got out of their bloody clothes, and packed up the car. Liv is stunned. “I almost killed you…” Ravi tells her that he’s alright, and that with all that psychopath running in her head, he’s surprised that she DIDN’T kill him. He reassures her again that he’s fine, and they go home.

Liv gets a text from Clive. He wants both of them to go to the precinct. So they leave the pier. When they get to the precinct, they find that Clive has a plan. Liv goes into the interrogation room with Clive. He talks to Don Watts and his lawyer for a bit, telling him that they know where he was that night (Liv recites the address), what car he was in when he went to that meeting (Liv recites the color), and can identify the car that he was in when he went to that meeting (Liv recites the make, model and year).

Then Clive tells him that they have a witness. “What witness?” asks Don. “The witness that picked both you and Webster out of a photo line-up. Liv reads. “From the witness statement: You gave me a price, I paid it. We’re all paid up.” Clive tells him he should sign the confession. Peyton comes in as Attorney for the Prosecution, and offers Watts a one-time-only deal. He considers refusing, but she points out that it will be a lot less complicated if he took the plea. He signs the confession, and is led out in handcuffs.

At home, Liv is contemplating having another bite of the hit man’s brain. It means that she wouldn’t feel… anything, and she was okay with that… for a second. She changed her mind and put the rest of it into the garbage disposal.

She writes a note to Marcy’s mother and put the pearls and the note in the mailbox for her. She watched at a distance as Marcy’s mom had a moment.Then she went home and had a moment with Peyton. Now that the hit man’s brain was wearing off, she could empathize with Peyton…

Meanwhile, Jerome went to the skate park to look for his friend. He handed out flyers and asked people to call the police if they see him. Jerome approaches Blaine, and shows him the flyer. Blaine tells Jerome that his friend is at a house party a couple of blocks away. “He’s fine! Hey – you wanna go?” Jerome agrees, and the head off to the house party.

iZombie episode 2 Recap: “Brother, Can You Spare A Brain?”

Last week’s episode brought the funny and a little bit of ass-kicking. This week’s episode worked, but was not as exciting and a little too much of Captain Obvious for me. An artist dies, and the cop figures out who did it right away. Buuuut they have to follow due process anyway and investigate. Along the way, Liv comes face-to-face with her nightmare vision from last week’s episode, and she also goes somewhere she shouldn’t have – and, of course, it ended in tears.

There is one thing that bugs me – the voice-over narratives. In last week’s episode, it seemed like half the story line was recited in a narrative. This week, there isn’t as much of it, but it’s still annoying as hell. It doesn’t do anything really to tie anything together; it just seems to serve as a segue point or unnecessary epilogue. It’s not very useful otherwise. The information divulged in the voice-overs are easily deduced from the scenes preceding, under, or just after it. I hope that it is going away, and not becoming a regular thing.

There are also some things that I am really, really liking a lot. The Chief Medical Examiner Ravi Chakrabarti seems to take extreme pleasure in the fact that there are actual zombies in existence. Rahul Kohli brings a great sense of morbid humor and joy to the role. I wish that he had a bigger part. I also enjoy the dialogue a lot! It’s a bit too much in some spots, but can be very witty and appropriate in others.

There does also appear to be a secondary story developing fairly quickly. There really isn’t a whole lot of time being spent yet on the characters’ back-stories yet. Last week, it was pretty much “Here’s our zombie girl. This is how she got that way. And here’s the good cop, here’s the bad cop who also happens to be the bad guy, and here’s the zombie girl’s NPC’s. Have at it.” This week, it’s “Here’s the crime victim, here are the potential suspects, and here’s the jerkwad from from episode 1 building his own story. Let’s see what happens.”

So… shall we? Hit the jump for the recap, and let us know what you think in the comments!

Lola Abano and her husband Javier’s art dealer and friend Artie Fiss come home from having dinner. Artie is complaining that it would be nice if just once, Javier would call. Lola is defending her husband’s absence – “You know how he gets when he’s working… no sense of time…” She calls for Javier as she walks through their home. She screams, and Artie comes running to see what’s wrong. Javier is lying dead on the floor with a paintbrush through his eye.

Liv and Ravi process the body at the crime scene. They discuss the deceased – Liv doesn’t know who he is. Ravi explains to her that he’s a pretty big deal in the art world, and that people pay lots of money for his artwork. Liv says that it seems like it’s just a way for the guy to “show off how many colors of paint he owned.” She apparently doesn’t like art. She notices that Detective Clive Babineaux is trying to question the widow, who is crying. The art dealer is trying to get Babineaux to back off, telling him that he can’t ask her any more questions right now.

Clive goes over to talk to Ravi and Liv, asking if they have any information for him yet. Ravi babbles about the cause of death being a paintbrush through the orbital cavity – “which is kind of like hitting an ‘off’ switch but not really…” and puts the time of death somewhere between 7 and 8 PM. Clive asks Liv, “What about you? You getting any… psychic vibes about who the killer is?” “Boy, you’re really a flip-to-the-end-of-the-book kind of guy, aren’t you?” she responds. Clive says, “It’s the wife. It’s always the wife. Except when it’s the wife that’s dead – then it’s the husband.”

Eager to get on with it, Ravi tells Clive that they need to remove the paintbrush in order to get the body in the bag, and Clive leaves with a slight look of distaste. Liv tells Ravi, “this fake psychic thing is gonna bite me in the ass when he starts asking me for winning lottery numbers.” Ravi pulls the paintbrush out of the dead artist’s eye, and slides it into the bag that Liv is holding open. “Fresh brains, anyone?”

Liv eats some of the artist’s brain, and picks up some of his traits – she becomes flirty, and develops an appreciation for art and music that she had never exhibited before. Major goes over to drop off some of Liv’s things. She is still trying to maintain her distance from him. He cracks a joke, which falls flat. Liv’s roommate Peyton walks in, griping about a neighbor in another apartment “who is NOT Zooey Deschanel” stealing her parking space yet again.”There’s nothing more annoying than an entitled chick in a skater dress.”
When Peyton sees Major, she asks if she should not be there. Major tells her that he was just leaving. He tells Liv that he has a closet full of engagement gifts, “so let me know if you want anything. Except the panini press… which I’ve already used… and broken… and repurchased…” Peyton says, “We’ll take the juicer!” Major says he’ll bring it over, and leaves. Liv and Peyton have a brief conversation about Major being there. Liv doesn’t want him to come by. Peyton still appears to be frustrated with Liv’s apparent lack of compassion for Major, and her seeming inability to connect with people and move on with her life.
“What’s more meta than a zombie having a bad zombie dream?” When Liv gets to work that night, she runs database searches for anyone who may have survived (or “survived”) the boat party. She had a nightmare, in which the jerky guy who hit on her at the boat party was sitting on her bed. She rambles on to Ravi that she’s searched all the pictures on the Facebook accounts of all the survivors who were at the party, and all the Instagram accounts of survivors, and she can’t find anyone who looks like this guy. Ravi says maybe she needs a break. “Chill out… get your mind off it.” He tosses her an issue of ‘Trendstyle’ magazine. Liv reads from the cover, “Hotter sex tonight… Five easy steps?” Ravi gives a little shrug. “I stole it from the dentist’s office.” Liv explains in a voice-over once again why she and Major can’t be together.

As she holds the magazine, Liv gets a vision of a woman in the middle of an intimate encounter. She tells Ravi that Javier was having an affair. Liv goes to the precinct and tells Clive. They go to Javier’s home to talk with his widow again. When they get there, Artie meets them at the door and takes them through the studio into the gallery. Lola is embracing another woman, in condolence. Artie announces the detective, and the women break their embrace. Liv tells Clive that the other woman is the one from her vision. Clive asks if she is sure. She affirms it, and they enter the room.

Lola introduces the young woman as Tasha, “my husband’s favorite lover.” Liv gets a strange look on her face. Lola invites them into they room, and they all sit while Tasha prepares drinks for everyone. Clive starts to ask Lola questions about her relationship with her husband, and all his lovers. Clive asks if they ever had kids. Lola says that Javier never wanted kids. Tasha serves the drinks, then sits down on the sofa next to Liv. Lola expresses her mild offense that Clive doesn’t take her relationship with Javier seriously. Their relationship is a fairly open one, and Lola was okay with that. Meanwhile, Lola and Tasha make flirty faces at each other.

As they are leaving, Liv is saying that it couldn’t have been Lola. “How can that be incriminating? She said that she didn’t care who he slept with.” Clive explains, “Naw. That’s just something they say. Plus, I might have been paying closer attention than you. You seemed a little distracted.” Clive gets an e-mail on his phone from Ravi that says the angle of the paintbrush is consistent with a likker who is right-handed, and who was 6’2″ or 6’3″ tall.” Liv gets snarky. “Does that mean Javier had two wives? Since Lola’s around my height, wife number two is the tall one?” Clive starts walking away. “Wait… I’m being totally serious now. If you find a pair of foot-high stiletto heels in Lola’s closet, can you ask her where she got them?”

When Liv gets back to the morgue, Ravi is waiting with a police sketch artist named Jimmy to draw the zombie dude she is looking for. Liv describes the guy to the sketch artist, vacillating between flowery adjectives and stronger ones to describe his facial features. “There was something… historic about his chin.” She looks at the drawing in progress. “The nose needs to be more… alert.”  “I thought you said it was soft and gradual, like a sand hill – ” “But with an alertness,” says Liv as she takes the pencil and sketchbook from Jimmy. 
Jimmy gets fed up. He snatches the book and pencil back, tears the drawing out of the sketchbook and throws it on the floor. Ravi watches with a mischievous grin as Liv picks up the sketch from the floor and Jimmy walks out. He gleefully extends a pencil to Liv. “Am I right in assuming this is a new skill?”

Clive has Artie Fiss at the precinct for questioning. Clive asks about where he was and what he was doing that night. “You say you were at the restaurant with Lola from 6 pm until 9:30 pm. Three and a half hours for dinner is kind of a long time,” says Clive. Artie shrugs. “Not really, We spent a big chunk of that time waiting for Javier to show up. I’m more than just his art dealer. We’ve all been close friends for years.” Clive asks, “how close were you and Lola?” The implication of infidelity hangs in the air. Artie responds, “She’s my closest and dearest friend. Nothing more than that. Not ever.” 

Artie tells Clive that Lola was dedicated to Javier. Clive tells him that Lola mentioned that she had “dalliances.” Artie gets a little upset. “Dalliances? With who?” Clive shrugs and says that Lola didn’t mention names. Artie tells him that he’s having trouble processing that because Lola loved Javier unconditionally, and she dedicated her life to Javier while he slept around with every model in Seattle. “You don’t sound like a big fan of his,” remarks Clive. “Oh, I’m a huge fan! Some of the best times I had were with Javier. Great artist! Not a great husband.” Clive asks him how tall he is. Artie says that instead of grilling Javier’s friends, maybe Clive should focus on the various jilted ex-boyfriends of the girls that Javier slept with. Clive asks again how tall he is. “I’m 6 feet 2 inches.”
At home, Liv has a conversation with Peyton about a painting hanging over their couch. Peyton doesn’t understand why Liv is all of a sudden acting like an art critic, but Liv can’t explain. She goes out and buys art supplies and an easel and starts painting.

Back at work, Ravi had made flyers of Liv’s sketch and distributed them. The bait brought in the fish they were looking for….

Blaine gets up off the table. Approaching Liv, he asks if the pale skin and chalky hair are style choices. He asks her what she wants with him. Liv says that she wanted to meet him, because she had a nightmare about him chasing someone through an alley – “you were about to open his skull and eat his brain. He wound up here after being in a DUI accident, and I ate his brain. That’s how I got the vision.” Blaine is impressed. “You get your brains on the job. Well played.” She asks him how he gets his brains. He says he gets them by grave-robbing. “Super fun.” 

Blaine explains that the guy he was chasing was trying to rob him. “He came at me, so I.. raged out, or whatever. What do you call it?” Liv says, “Zombie mode…  actually, full-on zombie mode is what I call it when that happens.” They continue to converse casually about how much they miss tasting real food. Ravi comes in and sees Blaine. He tells Liv, “You really nailed the historic chin! Bravo!” He walks over to Blaine and hands him a sample cup. “We are THRILLED to have you here, and if you haven’t used the facilities yet, a urine sample would be lovely!”
“D’ya mind if I just look in your ear?”
They chat about what happened at the paty that night, and Blaine says he had no idea how this happened. He says that he was super high at the party. He asks Liv how she became a zombie. “Did it happen the night at the boat party?” Liv says, “Yes. You tried to sell me Utopium, slapped my ass, went all rage zombie and slashed my forearm.” He looks at her in disbelief. “Oh… wow. How do I even begin to apologize for something like that…” He seemed genuinely contrite. “If I wasn’t like, 95 percent sure I would survive, I would throw myself off a bridge right now…” He gestures, and accidentally knocks a tray of instruments onto the floor. This triggers a vision for Liv.

She sees Tasha and a guy in an argument. The guy is throwing stuff around and breaking things. Tasha is apologizing for hurting him. A man is telling the guy to calm down – “We’re all adults here…” Back in the present, Ravi and Blaine are watching her. Blaine asks, “Did you just… Where’d you go?” Liv tells Blaine that she has to go do something, and that he should go. Ravi starts to protest, but Blaine gets it. “She doesn’t want me here alone with you.” Blaine leaves.

Liv catches up with Clive at the precinct. “It wasn’t Lola who found Tasha and Javier fooling around, it was Tasha’s jealous boyfriend!” Clive points to a line of men in a hall. “Tasha’s jealous boyfriend, huh? Looks like he may already be trying to deflect attention from himself.” Liv looks at the men in the hall and recognizes one of them. She points him out to Clive, describing him with romantically artistic adjectives. “How ’bout you just tell me what color shirt he’s wearing,” says Clive. Liv nods. “Cerulean.”

Clive and Liv are questioning Tasha’s ex about the night of the murder. His name is Tito Rivera. He says he was home alone. With a flirt on her face and in a lilt to her voice, Liv asks, “how did THAT happen?” Clive winces uncomfortably as he takes a swig of his coffee. Clive asks him how tall he is. He says he is 6’3″ and Liv interrupts again as Clive starts to ask another question. “Do you have any Native American in your ancestry… because those cheekbones – ” 

“Ms. Moore!” Clive exclaims, exasperated. Liv apologizes. Tito answers her anyway. “I’m a quarter Cherokee.” Liv has a big mushy grin on her face. “Yeah, you are,” she purrs. Clive has had enough of this crap. looking at Liv pointedly, he says “Do I need to ask you to leave?” She backs away from the table, and Clive resumes questioning. “When did you first find out about your girlfriend – ” Tito corrects him. “Ex-girlfriend.” Clive continues. “- your ex-girlfriend and Javier?” Tito says he doesn’t remember. Clive finds it hard to believe that he would forget about something as important as catching his girlfriend and Javier fooling around. Tito says it was a while ago, and he doesn’t dwell on things. “Besides – she got what was coming to her. Javier dumped her months ago for a younger version. That’s the kind of guy she left me for. Someone who’ll bang his best friend’s 18-year old daughter.” Clive looks for clarification. “Artie? His manager’s daughter?” Tito nods. “Becca. Not a too well-kept secret around the art community, but you didn’t hear it from me.”

Meanwhile, Blaine is at a bar. He finds a woman there alone, and offers to buy her a drink. She tries to put him off, saying that she’s really not into the age difference thing. They make some small talk, and she ends up giving him some attention. Blaine ends up going back to her apartment with her, and seduces her. Apparently he has ulterior motives. Gee.

Major goes over to Liv’s to drop off the juicer, and is surprised that Liv is painting. “Heeey, pod person who’s taken over Liv’s body… Really should have done your homework because nobody’s gonna buy this.” Liv apologizes. “Sorry – I was in a zone…” She tells him it’s a hobby she’s just taken up. Major is confused by that, because Liv had always tried to get him to give up his hobby of building outdoor furniture. He notices that she’s listening to jazz, and is a little frustrated by that. “I tried for years to get you to listen to jazz. I even went through the trouble of picking the perfect music and making you a mixed CD.” She nods. “I think this is that CD.” She flirts with him by putting her hand on his shoulder, and he seems confused by it. He tells her that if she really likes jazz, he’s got some awesome stuff on vinyl that he would be happy to put on CD for her. “I would love that! You’re awesome!” She impulsively kisses his cheek. He gets very uncomfortable with the situation, and leaves.

Blaine shows back up at the morgue. He asks where Ravi is, and Liv says he’s out on a call. “I wasn’t going to eat him,” says Blaine. “You understand why I’m not ready to kiss and make up, right?” says Liv. “Yeah. I get it. I turned you into a zombie. You saw me almost kill a guy…” He explains that he’s not the same guy that he was the night of the boat party. “At least, I’m trying not to be. I mean, it’s not like I’m ladling out soup or saving puppies… but I’m actively not trying to be a sleazebag.” He says that he’s not dealing drugs anymore (“much to the chagrin of my former employer”) and that he’s cut all the poisonous people out of his life. She asks him why he’s telling her all this. “Who the hell else am I gonna tell?”

Then he says that he needs her help. “Look… I get that you work here at the brain auto-mat. But for the rest of us – meaning me, procuring brains is somewhat of a massive undertaking. I was hoping that from time to time, if you would be so inclined as to help a brother out?” She thinks a moment, and agrees. “But I can’t just go handing out brains in the police morgue. I’ll have to meet up with you later.” He tells her that he hangs out a dog friendly internet cafe called the Mutt-Bowl Surfers. (Props to the writers – I nearly missed that reference!) She says she will meet him there.

Later, Blaine is hanging out in front of the internet cafe. A car pulls up, and a punk looking guy calls him over. Blaine approaches the car. “Hutch! Dougie! What brings you to this fair part of the city?” Dougie gets out of the car. He tells Blaine that the boss has been looking for him. “Tell him I’ll be by the club tomorrow night.” Dougie tells him that the boss wants to see him now. “Yeah… Now’s not so good for me,” says Blaine. Dougie threatens Blaine. “Are you really gonna make Hutch get out of the car?”

Blaine tells Dougie that he’s not going with them. They go back and forth about it, and Dougie tells Blaine to get into the car now. Liv happens to be approaching the area, and she sees Blaine hand something to Dougie. Assuming Blaine lied to her about being a changed person, she leaves. Blaine hands Dougie a matchbook with an address to give to the boss, saying he will meet the boss there later. Dougie threatens Blaine again, demanding that he get in the car. Blaine gets into the car, and there is some discussion about the night of the party and how people thought he was dead. Blaine tells them that he won’t make the same mistake when he’s running the town. Dougie laughs. “Yeah? What mistake is that?” Blaine takes a breath. “The mistake of underestimating the little guy.” He eats their brains.

“Yay! No king! No king! La-la-la-la-la-la!”
“Idiots! I will be king!”

Blaine goes to the apartment of the woman he seduced and turned. She opens the door, and stares blankly at him. “Hey – you changed your hair!” The woman continues to stare. “That’s a joke. Can I come in?” He walks in past her. He makes a comment about how well she must be doing for herself financially. She asks him what’s happening to her. “Oh. Yeah. Sorry – buried the lead. You’re a zombie now. Like, for real. I know – shock, confusion… disbelief. Welcome to Team Z!” He calls her Jackie, and starts his sales pitch, telling her that he can help. “For a mere 25k a month, I can give you what you need to keep all your pistons firing!” He holds up a container with a brain in it. “Did I mention this batch is super fresh?” Jackie reaches for it, and he pulls it away. “Uh-uh. First rule of Brain Club – you don’t talk about Brain Club. There are some things worse than death.” Jackie calls for someone named Tina to bring her checkbook.

Back in the morgue, Liv is cleaning up. Ravi comes in, and asks if she has any way to contact Blaine. He wants to do some more tests. Liv tells him that’s not such a good idea. Ravi tells her that he appreciates her efforts to keep him safe. She says, “I think he’s a liar… and a phony, and I think he’s just using me for my brains. Well… THEIR brains,” she adds as she gestures to a cadaver. She tells Ravi that she doesn’t trust him and thinks he’s dangerous.

Clive comes in to the morgue. He asks if Liv is free that night to go with him to a thing at Javier’s loft for his work. He explains that he got some information from the waitress that served Artie and Lola that night. The waitress said that Artie left the restaurant that night. He attempted a withdrawal at an ATM just down the street from Javier’s loft. That puts him in proximity of the crime scene during the window that Liv gave for the time of the murder. Ravi asks what Clive meant by “attempted withdrawal.” Clive explains that Artie wasn’t able to get any cash because he has none – it goes beyond insufficient funds. So now Artie has no alibi for that time frame, and he has possible motive. “Why would Lola cover for him?” asks Liv. Clive says that’s what he plans to find out. Ravi says he should probably come along – “to help with the art… and the open bar. And possibly the models.”

The group arrives at Javier’s loft, and there are a lot of people there. They overhear a conversation between a man and woman discussing the prices of Javier’s work. The man remarks that dying is the best thing an artist can do for their work. Clive tells Liv and Ravi that it’s also the best thing an artist could do for a broke art dealer. Clive goes to look for the waitress that he wanted to talk to. As they walk, Ravi asks Liv what it is exactly that she does to get these visions. “Should I find you some things to touch. or…?” She says, “I kind of just walk around and hope something sets it off… and that sounds kind of lame, now that I actually say it out loud.” Ravi disagrees. “Nope. Not at all. You’re on a quest. A… VisionQuest, of sorts, you could say…” Liv tells him to stop having so much fun. “It’s unseemly.” She leaves his side to search for clues.

Clive runs into Lola, they have a chat. Clive asks her why she didn’t mention before that Artie had left the restaurant. She says she must have forgotten. He asks her how long he was gone. She says maybe 20 minutes. He asks her how long it takes to get from the restaurant to the loft. Meanwhile, a model approaches Ravi, thinking that he is a cop. She asks him for help with her ex-boyfriend, who is in violation of a restraining order by being there. She said if he didn’t leave, she would have to. Ravi tells her to stay put and he’ll get it sorted for her.

Liv finds her way to Javier’s studio. In a voice-over, she comments that Javier left more than his art behind – he left a piece of himself. She wonders what would have happened if she had died at the lake that night. What would be left for her family and loved ones? As she looks around the studio, she hears a door close behind her and turns around to see Tito at the top of the stairs. He has a leer on his face. “I don’t know if it’s ironic or brilliant. Javier would have loved you… but now he’ll never get to lay a hand on you, will he?” Tito advances on Liv, and she sees the painting of an ultrasound that Javier did. She gets a vision of Artie’s niece Becca getting an ultrasound and telling Javier that they are going to have a son. She tells Tito that she is someone he doesn’t want to mess with.

She pushes past Tito, and he grabs her. Liv goes into zombie mode, and punches Tito in the face. She manages to get out of there. Meanwhile, Clive is talking with Artie. Clive mentions that he knows Artie left the restaurant to get cash from the ATM. Clive tells him that he knows Artie is broke, and that’s considered motive for murder. Artie tells Clive that he’s wrong, and attempts to disengage. Liv finds them, and says that maybe Artie killed Javier because Javier knocked up Artie’s 18-year-old daughter. Artie says that Javier was like an uncle to Becca, and that there was never anything else there. He doesn’t believe what he’s hearing.

Ravi notices Liv standing on the dais, and that Artie is standing on the floor. He goes over, and does an impromptu re-enactment of a possible scenario. “The murderer could have been standing here,” he says as he points to Liv. “That would explain the angle of the entry wound and the blood on the stairs over there -” Ravi points to the steps behind Artie. “Javier would have stumbled back four or five steps. The killer would have been this size,” he says as he indicates Liv.

Clive asks Liv if she’s sure about the ultrasound. He confronts Lola. “You told me that Javier never wanted children. You never mentioned whether or not you did. You weren’t covering for Artie, were you?” Clive tells her that the waitress at the restaurant wasn’t sure what time she arrived, only that Artie left to go to the ATM. He accuses Lola of killing Javier. “You murdered Javier before you even got to the restaurant. You found out that he was going to have the baby, and start the family that he never had with you.” Artie says, “you knew about this and never told me?” Clive says that 20 minutes ago, Lola confided in him that Artie left the restaurant long enough to have been able to commit the murder.

Lola gets defensive. Artie is angry now, and says that when he got back from the ATM, there she was. She was 30 minutes late, and hyperventilating. He wiped what he thought was red paint off her cheek. Artie says that when they found Javier’s body, she somehow knew that he would cover for her. “You used me!” Lola tries to rationalize. “He was leaving me to start a family… with an 18-year-old girl.” Clive arrests her for the murder of Javier Abano.

Just as Clive finishes reading Lola her rights, Tito comes charging into the room, looking for Liv. “You little albino tease! Look what you did to me!” Clive clocks him in the face, knocking him cold. “There’s a second pair of cuffs in my car,” he says to Liv. “You mind getting them for me?” Liv tells him, “I guess you were right. It’s always the wife.”

Liv goes home, and eats some more of Javier’s brain. She wants to keep the feelings she got from Javier. She doesn’t want to ever lose that. She paints passionately for a while, then goes over to Major’s house. He invites her in and starts to make small talk. She asks him to sit with her – she wants to hang out. He sits next to her, and she kisses him passionately. Major pushes her off – he is angry and confused. She says that she can’t take another second of not being close to him. He gets upset, telling her that he spent the last six months trying to deal with her behavior and hoping for something that will never happen. He asks her to leave.

Back at home, Liv and Peyton take down the old horrible painting that Liv hated, and put up the one that Liv just painted. In a voice-over, Liv reflects on her life. She remarks that she wasted so much time not really living… she was basically already dead, and didn’t even know it. Javier’s brain gave her a passion that she didn’t know could exist – a passion for life. She hopes that she can hang on to that, and find life even though she’s dead.