In Review: iZombie, Episode 17 “Even Cowgirls Get the Black and Blues”

The solution to Cantrell's murder is contrived, but the characters' stories are good.

iZombie, Episode 17 “Even Cowgirls Get the Black and Blues” Broadcast on October 27, 2015

Written by Deirdre Mangan

Directed by Matt Barber

“Previously on iZombie,” Liv asks Blaine to get some tainted Utopium, Vaughn du Clark blackmails Major to kill zombies for him or Liv will be killed, Ravi and Major try Utopium and Major becomes addicted, Major makes out with Gilda, Peyton has returned and gives Liv a birthday cake and makes a television announcement that “The Utopium train is over.” In the present, three young teens sneaking a beer find a pistol. Cue opening title sequence.

Before heading to the gym, Peyton sees a report on television about the man that held up a convenience store. After her workout she finds Liv waiting for her. The two make up but are interrupted by Liv being called by Ravi. Across town, Major wakes up next to Rita. His phone goes off, telling him he’s missed three calls, now, from Ravi. As he leaves, Rita tells him to go out and kill some zombies on his list. At the house, Ravi says he called Major so he could be driven to work, but since he wasn’t picking up he called Liv who appears. Before they can leave, their phones go off and they go meet Clive at Lacy Cantrell’s apartment. The 32 year old native Texan appears strangled, however there’s no DNA evidence to be found, though Liv finds some things in her guitar case. At the police station, Lt. Devore summons Clive to tell him that the convenience store robber has been found, but not  gun. That aside, he’s going to be partnering with FBI Agent Dale Bozzio to investigate all the missing millionaires, which started with an astronaut a few months ago; he’s been ordered to help her. After brain eating, Clive visits the morgue where he reveals that the letters found at Cantrell’s place were sent to a former boyfriend who was in prison. The man found out that Lacy had a one night stand with a mutual friend. Ex-boyfriend Matt’s now working in pawnshop, and Clive asks if Liv wants to go with him. “Is a pig’s rump pork?” she replies. Cue first commercial break.

Another fun episode with an odd twist with the mystery. Having Peyton back in the show brings a female shoulder for Liv to cry on, and she can involved with other characters. Is good to have her back. Ravi’s reactions to Liv’s sayings and singing are terrific. Blaine continues to be a threat, having found the source of the tainted drug. He really takes a character into new territory in this episode. The addition of Jessica Harmon to the cast as Bozzio is long overdue, as there seems to be some chemistry between her character and Malcolm Goodwin — and he needs another person to talk to, yet alone be with. Once again, though, it’s Robert Buckley who steals his scenes, with Major going even lower than ever before. The scene in the tunnel is brutal! The final scene of the show was awesome, and I and my daughter were waiting for something to happen until the screen went black. The mystery is solved, but everyone’s life is beginning to spiral out of control again.

The good: The script, Rose McIver sings!, Malcolm Goodwin finally has a love interest, Rahul Kohli’s expressions, Robert Buckley, David Anders, the return of Aly Michallka, and the addition of Jessica Harmon.

Fun lines: “That’s the smell of sex and self-loathing,” “Batsignal. Shall we?”, “What about you, Zoltar?”, “God help me, that smells sensational!”, “Just like ringing a bell,” “Love and murder. Country song staples,” “Damn, playa’!”, “And you’re a cowboy,” “Hi, I’m Liv,” “I gotta let you go,” and “I need help.”

The bad: The solution to Cantrell’s murder is contrived, but it can be rolled with due to all the other characters’ wonderful individual stories. Overall grade: B+


Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer's Guide for several years with "It's Bound to Happen!" and he's reviewed comics for TrekWeb and TrekCore. He's taught 8th graders English for 20 years and has taught high school English for five years and counting. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars, or Indiana Jones items online.
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