iZombie: You’ve Got To Hide Your Liv Away

Liv

Liv, 1950’s edition…

Things are building to a head as iZombie nears the end of their fourth season. They continue their string of punny/pop culture titles with “You’ve Got To Hide Your Liv Away,” riffing on a Beatles song of similar name. Things aren’t looking great for anybody in the crew, and they get worse as this episode goes.

Ravi and Liv put off dealing with Isobel’s body, their grief being too fresh. Ravi’s talk about being close to progress from her tests gets interrupted when Levon comes in with dire news. Fillmore-Graves is going to execute Curtis, the Railroad operative they captured, unless Renegade turns themself in. Since Liv is now Renegade the Second, this is bad news for everyone.

Major is at home when he gets an unexpected visit from Captain Hobbs. Hobbs has a surprising suggestion about the future of Fillmore-Graves. Major is clearly startled, and essentially puts Hobbs off. He then goes upstairs to care for Jordan, his surviving cadet who was shot by Chase Graves recently. There’s no mention of the late “Captain Seattle,” who died protecting/avenging her, which seems harsh to me. While Jordan tells Major about the threat to Renegade, Hobbs shows he’s playing a puzzling double game, but I have a theory on that.

Levon and Liv handle some of the business of running the Railroad and find they share a connection in their past, long before Seattle and zombies. At The Scratching Post, a very annoyed looking Don E is working some kind of celebration for a selfie-obsessed woman who goes by White Girl.

Liv tries to do what everyone expects her to in this situation, but she gets intercepted by Major, who has his own plans and a pretty damn slick way of carrying them out. Ravi gets a panicked phone call from Levon, who has discovered that Liv is missing. Major brings Liv to a secluded old house to save her from herself, and is clearly ducking everyone else involved. Liv is surprised by the lengths Major has gone to, and Ravi gets brought up to speed by Jordan, who was both left behind and is taking longer to heal from her injuries than any other zombie we’ve seen so far.

Clive comes to the morgue expecting Liv’s special help with the murder of White Girl. Instead, he gets blindsided by Ravi revealing a lot of secrets at once. However, since Ravi’s vaccine produced some odd side effects a while back, he can offer Clive some help. You’ve got to say this for Clive, he can roll with surprises amazingly well.

Blaine and Angus have dinner together, and Blaine presses Angus on something that will help his latest scheme. Angus resists, waiting for a sign from the Lord. Major and Liv set up housekeeping under the influence of new brains and it’s like a 50’s sitcom. As always, it’s a treat to watch Rose McIver become someone else, although Robert Buckley (Major) and Rahul Kohli (Ravi) get their chances this week as well.

On that note, Clive might be willing to trade some of Liv’s more extreme personality changes for what’s going with Ravi at this point. It’s fun to watch, though, as Clive and sorta-Ravi go to The Scratching Post and get nothing useful from Don E. They do learn White Girl’s real name, McKenna, from a bemused Blaine as he watches Ravi have a vision. I wonder how they’re managing to keep Ravi’s semi-vaccine a secret, since they’re letting far too many people see him acting as both human and zombie lately. They get a new lead, which leads to another awkward session in the interrogation room, and eventually to Angus/Brother Love. Ravi reveals Angus’ family connection to Blaine, and Clive is interested but not sure what to do about it.

Major and Liv continue their new strange state of affairs until they get a really unpleasant surprise in the house’s basement. It’s tragic and romantic at the same time, as well as showing how much Fillmore-Graves is losing control of things. Chase has no idea how badly his grip is slipping. Angus comes in for interrogation and things get all kinds of complicated between Ravi’s new brain, Angus’ rantings, and the cult staging a protest. We also see one of Angus’ new followers pulling strings for the man under really questionable circumstances.

While the conspiracy deepens, Don E gets a dissatisfied customer at The Scratching Post, but for once handles it competently. What he learns doesn’t bode well for some of the other characters this week. Major and Liv play a sort of cat and mouse game at their hideaway, and Liv is a weird mix of her new romantic self and utterly ruthless to get what she wants.

Chase keeps pressuring Curtis to give up Renegade’s identity. Curtis is desperate, but won’t do it. The execution, in a much more private setting this time, is interrupted when someone comes to turn themself in and confess to being Renegade. As Liv flees into the distance, Major has a run-in with someone bearing a grudge. That whole scene goes oddly and has a very unexpected conclusion to it.

Ravi was as sick of himself as Clive was, and got off that brain as soon as the case was solved, however doubtful the solution. He goes back to work in his lab, fills in Clive about Isobel’s special gift, and gets a result he wasn’t at all expecting. Clive and Michelle make plans for later, and then Detective Cavanaugh springs a surprise on Clive that rocks him.

Liv meets up with the Underground Railroad, and is pleasantly surprised to see Curtis until they all figure out who is missing from the meeting. Ravi continues his experiments, driven by a new hope. Blaine goes to visit Angus at his church and pushes again on his plan. Angus refuses, but then gets a “sign.” Clive acts on his surprising news and does something significant. Chase gets a second confession about Renegade which leaves him a bit confused, but he comes up with a simple solution. The episode ends with Ravi learning something amazing.

What I liked: Liv and Major’s little vacation was fun to watch. Ravi was amazing this week. Cavanaugh did something useful for once, but I have a few lingering questions about what Clive did. Blaine’s approach with Angus was brilliantly sneaky. Ravi’s end scene could change everything.

What I didn’t: As I mentioned above, there are some ramifications to Clive’s decision that are kind of not cool. I don’t see how the good guys are going to get out of where they were left at the end of the episode.

This continues to be one of my favorite comic book-based shows. I’m giving this one a 4 out of 5 for pure entertainment and being willing to change their status quo so thoroughly so often.

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