Who knew zombie dating could be so hard, huh? One minute you’re attracted to a girl named Liv, the next minute you’ve chomped down the brains of a recently deceased gay man and are no longer feeling it. While it put a pin in Liv and Lowell’s potential romance, it certainly allowed them a chance to develop a friendship and party on down together. (Does anyone say ‘party on down, anymore? They should.)
Someone else who isn’t as nice as he makes out? Major. Well, sort of. He’s certainly not an enemy (yet) but he’s really not as squeaky clean as the opening episodes would lead us to believe. The big question is how he will view Liv when he discovers she’s a zombie. His unwitting dealings with zombies so far have left him beaten and bruised so it wouldn’t be surprising if he ends up assuming Liv’s just the like rest of them. He’d be wrong of course, but the kneejerk reaction wouldn’t be too unusual. By the end of the episode it certainly looked as though he was in for another round of cuts and bruises, though, and finding those brains is only going to push him closer to the truth. Major doesn’t seem the type to be a real enemy to Liv, but it would be an interesting twist if she lost him as an ally.
Liv’s family remains a weak link in an otherwise stellar first season, and though it appears as if they will eventually begin to take a larger part in the plot it’s been very slow to materialise. However, while the motherhood stereotypes were not the highlight of the episode, they did allow Liv to appreciate her own family, and if they’re about to be endangered by proximity to Blaine we need to believe they love and care about each other. While this episode didn’t quite clinch the deal, it was important that we saw how much they meant to Liv so the motherhood stereotypes were perhaps worth putting up with to achieve that.
It says something about the show that even a weaker episode is ultimately a good episode. Rose McIver once again delivered an impressive performance, dealing with new characteristics each week while keeping the core of Liv visible at all times, and Rahul Kohli continues to charm as Ravi. We’ve six episodes left in the season and if what we’ve seen so far is anything to go by, they’re sure to be a great deal of fun.