iZombie: My Really Fair Lady

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Peyton, just get back together with Ravi already, really.

Liv and company are back and dealing with life in New Seattle under zombie/FIllmore-Graves rule. After the usual opening of briefly getting to know our newest victim, this time a theatrical actor (on many levels) played by Rachel Bloom, star of another CW show, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” we go to Peyton going over survivor death benefits with someone from the bus crash. She hears bad news about a missing dog.

Liv meets with the remnants of Mama Leone’s network. One of them is making an ongoing documentary about what they do, which seems like a horrible idea to me. Liv makes a good-hearted but ill-informed offer to replace the late smuggler, and finds out how much she was doing in the group. The others don’t seem sold on her becoming part of the group, especially after they learn what she does for a living.

Clive is bored out of his mind as the city goes through a record lack of murders. He talks to the rookie, Michelle, that Liv kept trying to set him up with. After a reference to LA Confidential, they set up a movie date that Clive doesn’t seem wholly comfortable with.

Liv and Ravi work on the bus crash victims, finding nothing unusual about any of them, just several sad, accidental deaths. Peyton asks for help with the missing dog, but the dog’s owner is a heroin addict so Ravi warns them off. Peyton leaves, disappointed, and Liv gets steered towards the actress from the opening, giving us the title of the week, “My Really Fair Lady,” a play on the classic musical title and Liv’s zombie pallor. Blaine, meanwhile, deals with an unwanted guest caught snooping around out back on his funeral home/brain distribution center.

Ravi and Major have an entertaining scene of domestic banter which also shows that Ravi’s occasional brain craving from his vaccine is kicking in. Ravi decides to do a big favor for Peyton and takes a horrible risk, while Liv starts falling down the overly-dramatic rabbit hole of the actor brain. This leads to another great scene with the recurring clown Johnny Frost, local news celebrity who can’t keep himself under control, or keep up with Liv’s version of their mandatory sexual harassment training. The training also makes Michelle glare at Clive with revelations about his relationship. We also see Ravi suffering the effects of his latest choice. Liv manages to get Ravi home, has Major keep an eye on him, and takes off to “save the world.”

In this case, Liv means linking up with the Underground Railroad group again. They’re in even worse spirits now, because they have learned one of their people didn’t get the word that they were shutting things down, and now five desperate humans are trapped in a shipping container, and will die if they’re not rescued. Liv gives a good inspirational speech, then undercuts it a bit by checking about camera angles. After that, on a somewhat more serious note, Liv learns how the cameraman, Levon, got involved with the Railroad. This, in turn, sparks an idea for Liv about how to rescue the trapped humans.

A confused Peyton goes to Major’s, wondering why she’s been called over at 2 AM. This is when she finds out what Ravi did for her. Her gratitude gets blunted a bit when she has to deal with some of his temporary junkie behavior. Ravi, looking truly HORRIBLE, goes to The Scratching Post in quest of heroin. This has a few amusing scenes with Don E and Blaine, who does a surprising, if minor, good deed.

Clive is still bored, now with the added fun of Michelle being mad at him. He takes her aside into one of interrogation rooms to explain the situation with him and Dale. Michelle appreciates the explanation, but isn’t interested in pursuing anything with him under those conditions, which I can understand. Unknown to Clive, and apparently wholly by accident, Dale sees the whole thing from the other side of the glass in interrogation.

Ravi finally gets the vision he’s been suffering for (sounds a bit like the traditional vision quest some Indians go on), delighting him and Peyton both. Liv runs the Railroad crew through her plan. They’re very dubious at first, but she wins them over. It’s not a bad plan, as such things go, really. With some strategy, manipulation, distraction, and a bit of luck, they pull off their plan and let one of the cast use their native accent, which must be a nice occasional relief. Peyton and Ravi’s subplot ends on a happy note, twice over. Liv takes a whole new risk with the Railroad crew.

The next scene makes no sense at all. Blaine is out at the well he trapped his father in, taunting him as we’ve seen before. But when Angus, Blaine’s evil father, escaped, there was a huge wooden frame and ropes and such to get him out. Where’d all that go? The guy who saved Angus is dead, and Angus himself hasn’t exactly been acting rational of late.

That to one side, Blaine gets called back to his restaurant, Romero’s, to deal with a protest. Blaine gets several shocks in a row, and ends up striking a deal. I’m still not quite sure why he agreed to their terms. The episode ends with Liv getting some news she hoped for, but it comes with some crushing responsibility.

What I liked: The Rachel Bloom cameo was entertaining, as was her play that we briefly saw. Johnny Frost is always an amusing bit of oddness. Liv working so hard with the Railroad crew speaks well of her. Ravi’s good deed was touching and I’m glad for the way that ended with Peyton. Liv’s plan was funny but effective. Michelle’s reaction to Clive’s truth was disappointing, but wholly understandable.

What I didn’t: I mentioned the framework back at the well. I’m not sure why Blaine went along with the protestors. Unless they’re building up to something, I’m not sure I buy a major metropolitan area, even under martial law, going a week with no murders.

Another enjoyable installment of a good series. I’ll give this one a 3.5 out of 5.

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