iZombie, “Don’t Hate the Player, Hate the Brain” Review

* Spoiler alert for iZombie season four, episode seven.

iZombie "Don't Hate the Player, Hate the Brain" episode
Rose McIver as Liv Moore and Malcolm Goodwin as Clive Babineaux on iZombie. Photo courtesy of iZombie Wiki – Fandom.

Liv Moore has finally decided to tan and dye (or wig in this case). “I figured all the cool zombies were doing it,” she tells a bemused Clive. More like, Liv needs to blend in better with humans now that she’s running Mama Leone’s smuggling operation. The episode’s hurdle for Liv’s new crew: finding a way to feed their newly turned zombies. Their first stop? A priest. Specifically Blaine’s father, who’s lately been going by the name Brother Love. Hearing that he feeds needy zombies, Liv and Levon (a member of Mama’s crew) go to him to see if he could feed any new zombies they make, but upon realizing that he’s Blaine’s father, Liv decides to look for an alternative.

Meanwhile, Liv’s on a bit of a more cringe-worthy brain this week as she tries to solve the murder of a womanizing playboy. Besides for “negging” (read: insulting to undermine a girl’s confidence) every woman that she and Clive interrogate, she also tries multiple times get with Levon, who actually seems into her, but is put off by her current brain. It’s been a while since we had a love interest for Liv, but being that all of her boyfriends end up dead (besides for Major), I’m not optimistic for his outlook.

iZombie "Don't Hate the Player, Hate the Brain"
Kurt Evans as Mayor Floyd Baracus and Aly Michalka as Peyton Charles on iZombie. Photo courtesy of Spoiler TV.

Speaking of Major, he goes further down the dark path that Filmore Graves builds for him as handles a series of tasks, given to him by Chase Graves, this episode. He’s Chase’s new “VP of getting stuff done” (Chase’s words, not mine, in front of all of Major’s coworkers no less). After being told to find out who the ring-leader is of those in Filmore Graves skimming brain-tubes off the top to sell on the market (all while Chase scans his office for bugs, I’m sure we’ll find out more about that in a future episode), Chase sends him to shutdown the office of a newspaper that criticized them for the Mama Leone scandal. The situation ends in Major and fellow Filmore Graves soldiers shooting up the place to coerce the newspaper into shutting down (no one was hurt). When Peyton and the mayor confront Chase and Major on this matter, Major backs up his boss and his actions. While its unclear just how much Major believes in what he’s doing, Peyton was certainly not impressed. She accuses Chase Graves of running an autocracy, and he confirms that that is exactly what he’s doing.

Meanwhile, at the intersection of enforcing the law and breaking it, Liv steals a device that can print zombie ID cards while she and Clive check out the records of a zombie suspect in their murder case. Good news: she can now print ID cards for their new zombies so that they can get brain tubes. Bad news: Peyton catches her at the end of it. I guess we’ll have to wait to find out what her reaction is next week.

P.S. If you’re a fan of Clive and Dale together, their relationship took a serious hit this episode. Unclear if they’re going to make it through the next one.

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Author: Linda Maleh

Entertainment writer, feminist, and New York City native. Personal blog is tvtotalkabout.com.

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