In Review: IZombie, Episode 7 “Maternity Liv”

Some humor is forced, but the brain supply is closer to being revealed.

iZombie, Episode 7 “Maternity Liv” Broadcast April 28, 2015

Written by Bob Dearden

Directed by Patrick Norris

“Previously on iZombie“, Liv comes out of Full Zombie Mode, Ravi tells her “You are what you eat” and whomever she eats endows her with some of their personality for a time, Major tells Clive that Eddie and Jerome are both missing, the Candyman beats Major for getting to close to the truth, Clive realizes a lot of street kids are missing, Liv meets romance-zombie-interest Lowell, and is shocked when Ravi says he may be able to find a cure to being a zombie. “Babe in the Woods”: a distressed, emaciated girl wearing a white dress scares four teens when she runs into their camp and collapses. Before she passes out she says, “Help us.” The camera then moves down to her swollen belly. Cue opening title sequence.

“The Mother Lobe”: at the police station, an announcement is being made to the press about Emily Sparrow’s death–the girl from the opening. However, the baby she was carrying was saved. One reporter asks why all the focus is on a middle class white girl, but not on all the teens vanishing from the streets. This prompts an angry glance from Lieutenant Suzuki to Babineaux. The conference is then ended. In the upper morgue, Ravi reveals Emily’s body to her parents. Babineaux appears, stating he’s been assigned to her case. The dead girl’s father vehemently accuses Dylan Munsen, her boyfriend, and he leaves with his weeping wife. Clive reveals homicide has no leads. Back in the basement morgue, Liv’s eating dinner while on the phone, complaining no one has fixed the ID reader down there in over a month. Hanging up, she and Ravi admit they don’t want Blaine walking in again unannounced. They turn their attentions to Sparrow’s corpse. During Dr. Chakrabarti’s pronouncements, Liv states her concerns about the girl’s baby and Ravi’s behavior. She’s obviously got motherly instincts, having eaten Emily’s brain. In the maternity unit at the hospital, Liv’s mom, who works there, sees her daughter looking at the babies. Liv’s motherly concerns for the baby are strong; she’s upset no one has picked up the baby boy. Her mom becomes distressed when she realizes that Liv’s not there to talk to her. Not thrilled with her daughter’s life choices, her mother interjects, “You could, for once, just listen to me.” This causes a flashback to Emily’s past where the girl’s mother tries to restrain her while her father punches Dylan. The vision done, Liv runs off to see Babineaux. Cue first commercial break.

A solid episode that tied into the big arc of the season slyly. The actual kidnapper is a good surprise, as is what occurs at the final location. Liv’s motherly schtick was okay, but didn’t create many laugh out loud moments. In fact, a lot of the humor seemed forced. Though I did chuckle at Liv’s fashion choices as the episode went on. There’s also a really funny and sweet date night with Lowell–though I still don’t trust him. I’m now squirming about the fate of Liv’s job applications. And why do I want to sing the theme to Ben?

The good: A clever mystery from Bob Dearden, the Candyman getting a name, Major taking some initiative, Babineaux feeling betrayed, and everyone getting a step closer to the brain-transporting industry. The highlight is Hiro Kanagawa, who reveals something fans might have forgotten. Plus, an excellent final shot.

Fun lines: “Watch us!”, “I’ve created a monster,” “You’re rocking a rat?”, “Why do I have the sudden urge to dump tea into a harbor?”, “Did I just get ‘Friend-Zoned’?”, “I can’t give you the girlfriend experience,” “Detective Ebony and Ivory,” “Feeling more hetero already,” and ‘Please, Fate, no more surprises.’

The bad: A lot of flat, forced mom jokes and overly sentimental motherly narration.

The final line: Some humor is forced, but the brain supply is closer to being revealed. Overall grade: A-

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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