iZOMBIE Season 2, Episode 3 "REAL DEAD HOUSEWIFE OF SEATTLE" REVIEW!
By Jarrett Kruse
I am in love with Olivia "Liv" Moore. Top it off that in real life that actress Rose McIver has a British accent and I am smitten. I love that every week she takes on a new personality via some new victim's brain and plays that dead character's traits to perfection. This week is a special treat because the victim is one of those "Real Housewives" types that has somehow permeating society over the past decade. The decadent, label wearing, cat-fighting women that have partaken in these show have gotten their five minutes of fame and have milked every second of it. To say I was excited to see what Medical Examiner/Zombie Liv Moore was going to do with the personality of one of these overprivileged primadonnas.
When a real housewife is complaining on her deck about a recent lunch outing, she is surprised to hear a knock at the door. A seemingly harmless real estate agent claims to have a couple interested in her property for a cool $10 million. However when the dopey broad lets him in, she is attacked, a melee ensues and they both fall off the viewing deck to the base of Mt. Ranier. Dead as a doornail, Ravi, Babineaux and Liv catch the case. The deceased is Taylor Fowler, a zillionaire's wife whose husband is an associate of Max Rager guru Vaughn Du Lac. It just so happens that Du Lac (the always affable Steven Weber, even when he's playing a total douche) was banging the late Taylor. Her husband happens to be on the board of the Max Rager company but more of that later.
Liv has suddenly turned into a totally fabulous Seattle diva with the clothes, shoes and "like OMG" speech patterns to match. She manages to pull it off though simply because she is just so damn adorable. Babineaux is confused as hell at what is going on with his partner but plays along. I have to think that at some point, they have to let Clive in on Liv's big secret for the sake of the narrative and cohesion. Just so everyone is on the same page. You may remember Peyton skipping town after finding out Liv's big secret but according to a press conference in Seattle, she is heading up a new Utopium task force. An email that she is back in town would have been nice I guess, but how often do you find out your bff is a zombie? Also, she left Ravi in the lurch as well when she took off because they were kinda, sorta dating when she bolted.
Major is now Du Lac's number one zombie hitman and it seems that he is getting used to it as his "neck hair detection device" activates next to some guy in the elevator he is sharing. Yeah, so that guy is toast but Major keeps his Basset Hound. Gilda, Du Lac's loyal assistant and mole as Liv's roommate seduces Major at the Max Rager workout facilities where she goes out of her way to give him a while different cardio workout right there on the equipment. Hope they used antibacterial wipes on the equipment afterward.
Liv is still in full on housewife mode and is still acting like an entitled snob when she uncovers that her bff is a prime suspect that Mr. Fowler was diddling on some website called "Daddio-something" where wealthy older men find young babes to spoil with benefits. Once Liv makes her as the perp in high-end boutique, Liv zombie's out and her and Clive bring her in for questioning. Back to normal Liv-wear and back in her environment at the station, the case is pretty open and close. It just happens to be Liv's birthday and buys herself a bottle of boozes to celebrate. When she gets home, there is a mysterious "Happy Birthday Liv" cake in the fridge--obviously Peyton is reaching out to her best friend despite her new appetites. Peyton also made a visit to Ravi and Major where she coldly puts Ravi in the friend zone and Major seems like he is jonesing for a dose of Utopium. That boat party really screwed up Major's life; gotta feel bad for the guy.
In the final scene, Du Lac is approached at his office by Mr. Fowler who is hella-pissed that he was canoodling his posthumous wife. He tells Du Lac that he has the votes to get him out of the company thus ending the bid for the pending Super Max drink. The silver tongued Du Lac talks Fowler down and leads him to a secret sub-basement where he locks the widow in as a zombie doctor eats Fowler in majorly bloody fashion.
Another strong win this week for iZOMBIE, the best show you need to be watching. As far as Liv goes, seeing her as the Seattle elite was hysterical but I was happy for our old Liv return to her Goth ways. I think it is quite the task for the actress to take on all of these different roles every week and think she needs to be recognized come awards season--even if it is a zombie show. One thing that was noticably absent this week: wheres Blaine? I will say that Du Lac is stepping up to be a pretty bad ass villain in his own right. Can't wait till next week!