iZombie Season 3 Episode 12 Review: Looking for Mr. Goodbrain, Part 1

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Major's going away party was lit.

Not to mention the music wasn't the only thing banging and booming. It was an explosive hour. OK, that's all I have for now. What's a penultimate hour without an explosion of some sort, right?

iZombie Season 3 Episode 12 brought the heat with the barely twisty last installment before the season finale. There weren't too many shockers, but it was entertaining, to say the least.

Awkward Interrogation

As we expected, Katty Kupps met her maker. But first, she dropped in on Ravi one last time and kickstarted an hour of Liv being in the most awkward position ever. It's a shame that Katty was killed off because, much like Vivian, she was an interesting character who could have used more development.

That's twice now that two female characters were introduced just to end up being an underused plot device. When was the last time we even saw Katty? I can't recall. 

Her connection (ahem) with Ravi was used to provide hilarious Ravioli fodder for viewers to eat up with a spoon. Don't get me wrong, it worked, it's just Katty should have been more than that.

Working Side by Side

She was investigating potential bioterrorism on a flight from Paris to Seattle. Words cannot describe how absolutely hysterical Clive was the second he found out about that. Clive stole every scene.

He was a reaction gif gold mine, more so than usual, throughout the hour. Honestly, Clive is the most relatable character on this show, and he continues to be a gem. Yes, it needs to be said for the umpteenth time; Clive being in the zombie know is the best thing ever.

If you have ever worked in close confines and dealt with a coworker coming into the office sick as a dog and on the brink of infecting everyone, you could empathize with Clive's plight.

Every second spent with him interviewing witnesses from across the interrogation room, refusing to touch anything after they've touched it, and using his sleeve as a mask, was a hoot.

Clive the Hypochondriac

Not to be outdone, Ravi and Liv interrogating the witnesses brought its own kind of funny. Did anyone else nearly laugh so hard they cried over Liv avoiding eye contact with Ravi after having the vision of him having sex with Katty?

There are just some things you don't want to know about your best friend, right? Correct me if I'm wrong, but does this mean Liv and Peyton have both sort of gone to third base with the same guy?

Then, of course, there was the elderly bigoted woman. Her entire exchange with Ravi was one of the highlights. To top it off, the not at all suspicious, clearly not Muslim, brown guy with a bouncing baby strapped to his chest could not have looked less threatening if he tried.

Ravi: Did Ms. Kupps ask you about the passengers. You know, anyone carrying anything odd?
Witness: Yes, and I told her about the man sitting next to me. He was very suspicious.
Clive: How so?
Witness: Well, he was one of those...you know, like you [nods at Ravi]. And he had one of those whositwhatsits on his head.
Ravi: A whoseitwhatsit?
Witness: One of those Muslim thingamabobs like Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard.
Ravi: So, by "whoseithatsit" you mean turban; by "Muslim," you mean Sikh, and by 'like me,' you mean brown?
Witness: Yes.

The laughs were plentiful. It's just unfortunate that Katty wasn't used more or better. She did lead to that Gold reveal and, of course, that smoking hot Liv and Chase hookup.

So, Gold's daughter was the one on the flight that Katty was investigating, and Tatum is staying with Gold. Now, what does this mean? Was Gold behind Vivian's flight blowing up? Is Gold involved in more of this than we thought? 

Baracus may be a red herring, after all. He wasn't the least bit concerned about Peyton being onto zombies, and he didn't hide the fact that he was on the dominatrix tape. He's still not trustworthy, however, it's also possible that he isn't guilty of everything going on.

"According to a source in the medical examiner's office, who saw bodies from the party first hand..." Ravi? It's obviously you. Why would you be a source in this absurd story? This is exactly what got you fired from the CDC.


There's one installment left, and we're not that much closer to figuring out anything. Is it fair to say we're going to have a plot-heavy, jam-packed season finale? Fine, I guess, I just wish the season wasn't so convoluted. 

There's this Gold reveal that's throwing things off. Baracus offering Peyton the job of Chief of Staff is an interesting turn. It pulls Peyton deeper into the zombie affairs while still managing to do her own thing and be properly used. 

That can work. Liv was right, Peyton taking the position is a win no matter how you slice it. Either Baracus is on the up and up and Peyton becomes the youngest in her position, advancing her career, or Baracus is dirty, and they can keep tabs on him. 

Peyton is much more interesting when she's actually involved in some of the zombie action, and it ties her in with the other characters instead of just limiting her to Liv. 

Zombie tabloid

No doubt, Discovery Day unofficially being here and Baracus on the brink of facing public pandemonium from the zombie scare will do that for Peyton. 

Rachel's article gained more traction than anticipated. She had the nerve to come back to Ravi hoping for more scoop. Seriously? 

Why would he even consider it? She barely protected his identity as it was. She forced Liv to actually Tan and Dye. 

It was so refreshing to see Rose McIver actually look like herself again. Clive certainly appreciated it. 

Intimate Visions - iZombie

No one appreciated it more than Chase, though. Thanks to the show returning to those voiceovers again (and the presence of Logan Echolls himself) it gave me Veronica Mars flashbacks. 

As a result of a tanned and dyed, pint-sized, witty Liv, and a charming Chase sharing adorable moments together, I was totally into their hookup and great chemistry. But why did she have to cheat on Justin? Ugh! Damn those Veronica Mars feels. 

Katty's healthy sexual libido worked a number on Liv and all those poor guys at the bar. The thing is, she can't blame all of it on Katty, can she? 

Chasing Chase

It's all the more hurtful to Justin that she slept with Chase, his boss and the guy who shot him after she confirmed with him that they are, in fact, a couple. 

Does anyone care to unpack Liv's self-sabotaging down in the comments below? I'm interested. This isn't going to be dismissed with a "mistakes were made" apology. Justin didn't deserve that.

Of course, Liv's going to feel even guiltier when she finds out about that party. Leaving Harley alive was a mistake. I didn't quite understand Clive and Liv's line of thinking with putting him on the ice. All those zombie truthers, anyone could have found him. 

Liv: I wanted to ask you something. What exactly are we?
Justin: I've been meaning to bring that up. We're zombies.

Although did someone else let Harley out and leave him there before the others found him? Now, thanks to a zombie-hating zombie, the zombie virus may spread because he probably didn't kill Billy and the other zombie truther, right? 

They'll go on to infect more people. Just like the survivors of the explosion will expose zombies, too. 

A show of hands, who was annoyed with Natalie popping back up? As if there wasn't enough going on, here comes a cured Natalie.

They say the best way to get over someone is to get under someone else. I have to hand it to Major, he sees more bums than a toilet seat. 

Pretty Woman

His hook-up with Natalie was predictable. Her offering to whisk him away was predictable. Natalie most likely dying in the explosion? Also, predictable. 

When are we going to be done with kicking the golden labrador? Major already got kicked out of the only job he had left. He felt outcasted from his zombie family. On the plus side, everyone responded well to his being human.

Why no friction between him and the zombies over his deceiving them? Well, of course, because they were going to end up blowing up his zombie family in the end. Honestly, how much Major angst can we take?

From Shawna's ramblings it seems you had an intimate relationship with a human, and she did not turn into a zombie. So, either you discovered a revolutionary form of prophylaxis, or you're human.


It made Natalie's reappearance all the more frustrating because she was another bullet point on the list of things that add to Major's man pain. No, thank you.

So, I'll turn it over to you zombie fanatics. What do you hope to see in the finale? Are you tired of the Major angst? Should Peyton work with Baracus? Did that Gold reveal surprise you? Hit the comments below and let us know.

There's  still time to catch up on the season before the season finale. You can watch iZombie online right here at TV Fanatic.

Looking for Mr. Goodbrain, Part 1 Review

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iZombie Season 3 Episode 12 Quotes

From Shawna's ramblings it seems you had an intimate relationship with a human, and she did not turn into a zombie. So, either you discovered a revolutionary form of prophylaxis, or you're human.


"According to a source in the medical examiner's office, who saw bodies from the party first hand..." Ravi? It's obviously you. Why would you be a source in this absurd story? This is exactly what got you fired from the CDC.