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IZOMBIE 4x05: Goon Struck

The lack of strong salad in this episode was a major disappointment.

IZOMBIE 4x05: Goon Struck

Previously, on iZombie: Liv and Dale track down Bruce the serial killer; Major has a run-in with Brother Love; and human-zombie night at The Scratching Post gave us hope for Seattle.

Grey Matters

As Peyton deals with city issues, she finds out about the brain shortage from a zombie bus driver. Later, the same bus driver passes out at the wheel and crashes the bus, waking up to eat his dead passengers and get shot by one of the survivors.

Major and Don E. take a road trip with someone locked in the trunk of the car. Trunk girl turns out to be Sloane Mills, daughter of the General causing Fillmore-Graves trouble from beyond the wall. Naturally, Don E. can’t keep his rage under control, and their quiet mission gets a whole lot of attention Major has no time for. The two guys fall asleep, and when they wake up, they find that Sloane’s overdosed; Major has to scratch her to bring her back to life. They smuggle themselves back into Seattle in some of Blaine’s brain deliveries, and Chase makes it clear that Sloane’s father’s want to nuke Seattle will be hindered by the fact that she’s now a member of the zombie masses.

The investigation of the week involves four bodies—3 zombies, 1 human—found in the trunk of a car at a wrecking yard. Fillmore-Graves Investigator Enzo Lambert wants to take the zombie bodies back to Fillmore-Graves, as he considers it to be the work of the Dead Enders, but Clive isn’t convinced, and asks Liv to nosh on the brain of the human, a small-time hockey player named Gordie Schultz, to help with the investigation. (The poutine’s a nice touch.) One of her visions leads her to Blaine, who evades and deflects, but slips up and mentions a laundromat. Liv gets another vision of Gordie’s teammate Levon filming someone, and when she visits him to chat, he clues her into the Blaine-Chase connection, and Liv realizes that Blaine took out Gordie and the zombies to get to Mama Leone.

Chase deals with the growing unrest in Seattle while thinking about how he put Mama Leone in zombie jail (i.e., the freezer in the basement). He tries to reassure his minions that keeping her there is the best plan, but eventually comes to terms with the fact that he has to make a public example of her. Liv, Ravi, and Peyton rush to the very public execution, but there’s nothing they can do to stop it. They can, however, pick up where she left off.

Brain Melt

- General Mills? (I just now picked up on this.)

Winners and Chewsers

Winner: Don E. I know, I know, he’s terrible. But he’s really giving Ravi a run for the “Best Quips on iZombie” award these days.

Loser: Chase. I get that he’s trying to keep control of a shitty situation, but dude is really not making the right choices right now.

Words With a Bite

“Oh! Cows on my side!”— Don E.

GIFs via rocktheholygrail

“Coo roo coo coo coo coo coo!”—Clive
"What are you doing? Clive, stop. Stop that.”—Liv
“Take off ya hoser! Fry up that brain like back bacon, get a couple of wobbly pops, and let’s get to the rink, eh?”—Clive
“Oh …”—Ravi

“You need anything? Protein shake? Eyebrow comb?”—Don E.

GIFs via rocktheholygrail

“I think it’s a great look. But if you insist on getting it fixed, there are several mouthfuls of free chiclets in these drawers.”—Ravi

“What happened to us? We used to be the OGZs.”—Blaine

“Oh. G.I. Joe.”—Blaine
“Oh. Destro.”—Major

Picking Your Brain

- Who is Inspector Lambert, and how long are we going to have to deal with his TERRIBLE French accent?

- I’m seriously disappointed by the lack of flow on that hockey team. Where were the mullets? The impressive locks?

- Goon!Liv was a definite improvement over the personalities of the previous episodes in this series—Liv was still herself, for the most part, but with a little extra flair. Let’s hope this trend continues.

- How are Liv & Co. going to continue in Mama Leone’s footsteps? Will Peyton play a part, even with her day job? How long until Major gets his act together and joins the team?

Let’s discuss in the comments!

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