iZombie, Season 2 Episode 13: “The Whopper”

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Robert Buckley. Image courtesy of The CW.

I’m almost guaranteed to like a piece of media that uses the Les Miserables soundtrack to end an episode in triumph. One of my favourite parts in season three of Orange Is the New Black was the prison guards singing ‘Do You Hear the People Sing?’ as they decided to unionise, and I similarly loved iZombie‘s use of ‘One Day More,’ as different groups of characters achieved small victories. For Blaine and Major it’s several days more, as Liv, Major and Ravi uncover the missing stock of tainted utopium. They needed that, now that New Hope has died. It’s lucky that Blaine and Major haven’t gone back to being zombies yet, and I’m wondering how much longer it will be until they do. At least they got some face to face time this week, and I’m really looking forward to the rest of the season.

Blaine and Major’s storylines were always going to converge, due to the fact that Major is disappearing all of Blaine’s customers, which has led the police to believe that Blaine is the Chaos Killer. Just after Blaine attends his father’s will hearing (he gets some bad news), it turns out Don E and the Giant (I can’t remember his name) have found the Chaos Killer, who has been very bad for Blaine’s business. This interaction is great because Blaine has all the power, just until the end. Blaine hasn’t known Major for long (in fact I think they only ever met once previously), but he knows how to push Major’s buttons, and even the suggestion that he could be working with Liv is enough to catch Major off guard. Blaine has all the power in this interaction until Don E lets slip that Blaine has been accused of murdering his own father. Major suddenly has leverage, and he’s able to make a deal with Blaine: bring back daddy dearest, and get the annoying journalist who doesn’t like the new prostitute off his back. The only downside to all of this is that Major peeks out the windows of the funeral parlour, which is being watched by the FBI, so now Clive and Dale suspect that Major’s involved in all this. To be fair to Blaine, he isn’t the Chaos Killer, despite all the terrible things he has done.

Major then goes to visit Liv, to ask about her ‘friendship’ with Blaine. Liv explains that Blaine has a purpose, and that they don’t have to be friends to be allies. As Blaine explained to Liv in the first season finale, he keeps Seattle’s zombies fed, which means that he’s the one person preventing a zombie apocolypse. Meanwhile Drake is in Liv’s bedroom, and Liv makes up some sort of story about Evan being there because she’s on pathological liar brain. While Ravi and Major were searching for the tainted utopium, they found another body, but it didn’t belong to the drug dealers they were looking for. It’s a good thing Ravi was there so he could examine the body in its state of decay. So of course they had to call the police, and they made up a story about geocaching on the fly. The case is never officially solved, as their only lead is presumed to be headed to Mexico. Liv discovers that he’s not the killer however, as she saw Big Fish’s last moments in the presence of Scott E and Drake – that’s how Drake got the bullet wounds that brought him to Liv’s operating table.

After her vision last week, Liv had suspicions that Drake was somehow involved in the drug trade, but now she knows. Big Fish did some work for Boss, but that didn’t turn out so well, so Boss had him killed. What she doesn’t know is that Drake dispatched their lead in the case (before she had her vision), and sent Clive on the wild goose chase to Mexico. At least the brains were useful – the gang figures out that Big Fish was the one who killed the utopium dealers, so she goes to visit the victim’s mother. The scene of Liv, Ravi and Major digging up the body is edited with Blaine playing “One Day More” from Les Miserables to drown out his father’s screams. “One Day More” is an appropriate choice of background music for a number of reasons. First of all, it’s the Act I finale in Les Mis, sung by Les Amis de l’ABC on the dawn of the June rebellion. It’s not the end, it’s just a pause. Things are looking up, but they’re probably going to get worse before they get better.

Other thoughts:

  • The “Fin” title card (I don’t know what they’re called) at the end is because this was originally intended to be the season finale before The CW ordered 6 additional scripts in October. The funny thing about that is that it makes it the end of Act I, and the final 6 will be the Act II of the season, making “One Day More” an even more appropriate choice.
  • It makes sense for Blaine to know that Liv is Major’s weakness, but it’s been a while since I revisited the end of the first season and this season premiere, because I don’t understand quite how Maxx Rager discovered that little tidbit. Or maybe it was just the whole murder thing they were blackmailing him with. I’m a little confused.
  • I really did want a photo of the gang triumphantly lifting a prosthetic leg into the air, but no luck.
  • If this had ended up being the season finale, it would have been an oddly triumphant one compared to last year. Blaine and Major still have a lot to worry about with the police, but they’ve found the utopium. At this stage last year, Ravi was Liv’s only friend and ally, because Major and Peyton were still dealing with her news, and her family weren’t speaking to her because she didn’t want to turn her brother into a zombie.
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