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Season 1

iZombie iZombie [Season 1, Episode 1] Pilot
Shown 17 Mar 15

Olivia 'Liv' Moore ( Rose McIver ) is a lady Doctor in Seattle, like Meredith Grey in Grey's Anatomy. Her life is a normal (for TV shows) soap opera. The bad news is, she becomes a zombie. The good news is, she is a type FOUR zombie - a smart one, like in Warm Bodies . When she eats a person's brain, she can relive some of that person's memories.

There is a pseudo-thriller subplot that pads out the relationship drama story. The heroine uses her brain-eating ability to solve crimes. Not unlike the pie-maker in Pushing Daisies she can find out the final memories of a murder victim. She then uses this to help the Token Black Guy - no, not Emmerson Cod, but Det. Clive Babineaux (Malcolm Goodwin - Breakout Kings ).

Her first case turns out to be a high-class prostitute, and the side-effect Liv gains is kleptomania. Elysia Rutaru is a fellow call-girl, while Ty Olssen ( Supernatural: Season 7 ) pops up as a police detective.

iZombie iZombie [Season 1, Episode 2] Brother, Can You Spare a Brain?
Shown 24 Mar 15

The victim of the week is a n artist. Liv's side-affect of the week is sex addiction. Well, the television-friendly version anyway. She gets a slightly heightened libido, but all she really does is flirt with a couple of people in a half-hearted way.

Liv's other skill of the week is sketching. She draws a portrait of zombie drug-dealer Blaine DeBeers (David Anders - Alias ), the one who infected her. He even pays her a visit - and tries to charm her. In all fairness, he is quite a charming chap. However, his pleas of innocence are undermined when a couple of his former associates in the local underworld pay him a visit.

Liv may have made a big mistake by refusing his overtures of friendship. He will still need human brains to feed on, and if he cannot get them from her supply in the morgue then he will have to source them himself - the traditional way.

iZombie iZombie [Season 1, Episode 3] The Exterminator
Shown 31 Mar 15

The victim of the week is a hit-man. Liv's side-affect of the week is sociopathy. She acts as this is a bad thing, although all it means is that she knows a lot of facts and she does not have painful emotional reactions such as fear or grief. To anyone else this would seem like a super-power, although since she is a zombie she should already be a sociopath.

Liv's flat-mate is a District Attorney, which is typical of US TV shows' collusion between Government departments. The flatmate's big case is her first murder case. Unfortunately, the shoddy investigation overlooked the suspect's innocence. Liv's hit-man meal was the real killer. Unfortunately, the visions of a self-proclaimed Medium are not admissable in court. However, the flatmate is ungrateful towards Liv for saving her from being involved in a terrible miscarriage of justice.

Liv discovers that there is another survivor from the boat party. It is a girl that she used to know, but who is now a zombie. The bad news is, she has degraded due to starvation. The good news is, she is trapped in a confined space so she will be unlikely to hurt anyone in the near future. Liv's boss tries to run tests on the new zombie, to see if her condition is reversible.

Blaine DeBeers (David Anders - Alias ) pops up and asks for some brains, but Liv turns him down cold. This is because she thinks he is a shifty low-life, in spite of the fact that he will end up killing people for food sooner or later. On a related note, Liv's ex-BF Major drops by with a request. Teenage homeless kids are going missing, and he wants the cops to investigate.

iZombie iZombie [Season 1, Episode 4] Liv and Let Clive
Shown 07 Apr 15

The victim of the week is a Chinese-American street-gang member. Liv's side-affect of the week is paranoia. She also gets the victim's skill in kung fu, which comes in useful in the climax.

Liv's visions are of the Chinese-American street-gang. They tortured some of their own members because they thought there was a police informant. One of the torturers was Det. Clive Babineaux (Malcolm Goodwin - Breakout Kings ), the token black guy. He is also Liv's helper in the Police Department. However, he warns her to stay away from the case. She assumes he is a corrupt cop, even though he has always been a straight arrow on every case she was involved in. At no point does she give him the benefit of the doubt and consider that he might have been working undercover.

Blaine DeBeers (David Anders - Alias ) does not get brains from Liv, but he has found another source. This means getting his hands dirty, although as a member of the criminal underworld he has no problem with that. In fact, he has set up his own network. He turns rich people into zombies, then sells them the brains his mother has cooked. His delivery team decide to go into business for themselves.

iZombie iZombie [Season 1, Episode 5] Flight of the Living Dead
Shown 14 Apr 15

The victim of the week is a sky-diving extreme sports girl. Liv's side-affect of the week is risk-taking. The victim was also a former sorority sister of Liv and her flatmate, the DA.

The sky-diver was part of a group sponsored by Max Rager, a drinks company. The rest of the group are suspects, including Lowell Tracey (Bradley James - Merlin ), Carson McComb (Ryan Hansen - Veronica Mars ) and Eliza Marquet ( Summer Bishill ).

Det. Clive Babineaux (Malcolm Goodwin - Breakout Kings ) helps Liv run an unofficial investigation, and gets chewed out by his boss (Hiro Kanagawa - Lost ). This presents further difficulies when Major drops by. Even more people have been going missing, but the Police Missing Persons unit is too busy to look for the kids from the shelter. Nobody thinks it suspicious that sixty people mysteriously disappeared from the same skate-park over a few weeks. Nobody mentions it to Liv, or she might deduce that there are at least a dozen zombies in town. She is busy, because she actually has a potential zombie love interest this week.

iZombie iZombie [Season 1, Episode 6] Virtual Reality Bites
Shown 21 Apr 15

The victim of the week is a n Internet troll. Liv's side-affect of the week is agoraphobia. He rotted for ten days before anyone found the body, so she has to drink his brain in a milkshake. The good news is, she also gets his skills in computer hacking. This comes in useful when her tame cop, Det. Clive Babineaux (Malcolm Goodwin - Breakout Kings ), cannot get a search warrant.

Liv has agreed to test-date a fellow zombie, Lowell Tracey (Bradley James - Merlin ). However, she has problems such as the agoraphobia. How far will he go out of his way to make nice with her?

When the killer is found, Babineaux states that the sentence will most likely be life imprisonment. Given the circumstances, this seems excessive. The victim was a troll who ruined many innocent lives. The fact that this show takes the typical police procedural stance of the criminal element must always be punished.

Meanwhile, the local criminal element - zombie dealer in drugs and brains Blaine DeBeers (David Anders - Alias ), has problems of his own. His delivery boy is sloppy, and his zombie girlfriend is hungry. This leads to further complications, such as a dead body turning up and a certain cop asking questions at Blaine's shop.

iZombie iZombie [Season 1, Episode 7] Maternity Liv
Shown 28 Apr 15

The victim of the week is a pregnant woman. Liv's side-affect of the week is heightened empathy.

The Homicide Department's Lieutenant (Hiro Kanagawa - Lost ) takes personal charge of the investigation. He even holds a press conference. One journalist is interested in the missing persons case. Unfortunately instead of helping Det. Clive Babineaux (Malcolm Goodwin - Breakout Kings ) she decides to make him look bad in order to improve her ratings.

Liv is dating a fellow zombie, Lowell Tracey (Bradley James - Merlin ). She is willing to move to the next level, and start shagging instead of dating. Unfortunately he recently ate a gay biologist's brain. The good news is that being gay does not stop him from helping the morgue attendant find a cure to zombie-ism.

iZombie iZombie [Season 1, Episode 8] Dead Air
Shown 05 May 15

The victim of the week is Erica Cerra - a relationship therapist who had her own radio show. Liv starts to use her newly borrowed skills to psychotherapise her friends' relationships.

Det. Clive Babineaux (Malcolm Goodwin - Breakout Kings ) follows several leads that Liv gives him, and harrasses suspects on very dubious grounds. Circumstantial evidence will not stand up in court, and the testimony of a brain-eating zombie is hearsay at best. This might be a good soap opera, but it is not a great police procedural.

Liv's co-worker goes to the police station to bail out Major, his flat-mate (and Liv's ex-lover). He also meets the lady DA - Liv's flat-mate, who only dates over-achievers. The good news is that he might be eligible, because he has discovered the cause of zombification - and thus is closer to finding a cure as well.

Liv is dating a fellow zombie, Lowell Tracey (Bradley James - Merlin ). She discovers that he might be linked to zombie brains dealer Blaine DeBeers (David Anders - Alias ). Blaine's cover-up has worked well, however. The Homicide Department's Lieutenant (Hiro Kanagawa - Lost ) has successfully framed last week's villains for killing the skater kids.

iZombie iZombie [Season 1, Episode 9] Patriot Brains
Shown 12 May 15

The victim of the week is a US Military sniper. Liv's side-affect of the week is PTSD. The suspects include Percy Daggs III, former sidekick to another amateur female sleuth - Veronica Mars .

Major the ex-boyfriend thinks that the drug-dealer is selling human brains as a form of steroid for body-builders. He starts being nosy, and this is not a good idea when dealing with dangerous felons.

Our heroine takes it upon herself to arrange the assassination of Blaine DeBeers (David Anders - Alias ), the drug-dealer who is also supplying Smart Zombies with fresh human brains. However, Blaine is also a well-armed career criminal. Not the kind of person a first-time murderer should choose as a victim. Liv gets her not-a-boyfriend fellow zombie, Lowell Tracey (Bradley James - Merlin ), involved.

iZombie iZombie [Season 1, Episode 10] Mr. Berserk
Shown 19 May 15

The victim of the week is a Journalist. Liv's side-affect of the week is Alcoholism.

Liv investigates a conspiracy to cover up the fact that a certain energy drink drives a small proportion of consumers into raging killers. The name of the drink, Max Rager, should be a dead giveaway!

Liv also has to deal with the emotional fallout from her mess-up last week. Her lack of a killer instinct is now a bigger deal than before, because there is a hitman after her. She is more intent on making a kill than she is on retrieving the only piece of evidence she needs.

The ex-boyfriend, Major, cannot explain what he saw in the previous episode, so he signs himself into a mental health facility. Not so long ago he helped the mentally ill, now he thinks he is one.

iZombie iZombie [Season 1, Episode 11] Astroburger
Shown 26 May 15

The victim of the week is a mental patient. Liv's side-affect of the week is halucinations.

The victim was a friend of Major, Liv's ex-BF who institutionalised himself. By incredible coincidence, this was the very same friend who told Major about Zombies. And now Major checks himself out of the Asylum, intent on hunting down and killing all the zombies!

Blaine DeBeers (David Anders - Alias ) is hired by a rich zombie to obtain a specific dish - the brains of a famous astronaut. After all, a zombie cannot pass the fitness tests to go to the moon, but they can enjoy the memories of someone who did by eating his brain!

iZombie iZombie [Season 1, Episode 12] Dead Rat, Live Rat, Brown Rat, White Rat
Shown 02 Jun 15

The hitman that Liv managed to kill in iZombie [Season 1, Episode 10] Mr. Berserk comes back as a zombie. Then he is victim of a hit-and-run by some teenagers, including Bex Taylor-Klaus (Sarah Lance's sidekick from Arrow ). Naturally, he comes back from the shallow grave - and a full-on I Know What You Did Last Summer situation takes place.

The first victim of the week is a cheerleader. Liv's side-affect of the week is she begins to act like a teenage Valley girl. Unfortunately the killer is on a spree, so she has to eat a Stoner's brain and get high as well.

Liv eats the brains as a pizza topping. Naturally, this allows for the cliched accidental food mix-up to occur. It turns out that the Token Black guy may know about Liv's visions, but nobody bothers to tell him never to touch her food!

Can the morgue attendant girl take out a professional killer? The first time she did it by pure luck, but this time he is a zombie too so she has lost that advantage. However, she does have one advantage. She has been snacking on cheerleader brains while he has eaten grandma's brains instead - and you are what you eat.

Blaine DeBeers (David Anders - Alias ) is hunting for the missing brain of the astronaut he killed. Liv's ex-BF Major is the thief, and he is hunting Blaine. He even buys a pump-action shotgun and a .44 magnum revolver. If he runs out of zombies, he can go hunting Grizzly Bears!

iZombie iZombie [Season 1, Episode 13] Blaine's World
Shown 09 Jun 15

The victim of the week is the rocker chick from the previous episode. Liv's side-affect of the week is she becomes a snarky bitch.

Liv and her cop buddy investigate the Max Rager Corporation. After all, they were the ones who hired the hitman. However, the Corporation has hired a new Head of Research (Brian Markinson - Caprica ). Worse, they now know that zombification is a side-effect of the drink.

Blaine DeBeers (David Anders - Alias ) has a lead on the astronaut brains he stole to order. This is actually a good thing. If he goes out of business then the zombies will have to get their brains elsewhere. And we saw in the previous episode what happens when a zombie has to find his own dinner.

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iZombie iZombie [Season 3, Episode 1 ]
Shown th October 2016 [Wednesday]

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    Season 2

    iZombie iZombie [Season 2, Episode 1] Grumpy Old Liv
    Shown 06 Oct 15

    iZombie iZombie [Season 2, Episode 2] Zombie Bro
    Shown 13 Oct 15

    iZombie iZombie [Season 2, Episode 3] Real Dead Housewife of Seattle
    Shown 20 Oct 15

    iZombie iZombie [Season 2, Episode 4] Even Cowgirls Get the Black and Blues
    Shown 27 Oct 15

    iZombie iZombie [Season 2, Episode 5] Love & Basketball
    Shown 03 Nov 15

    iZombie iZombie [Season 2, Episode 6] Max Wager
    Shown 10 Nov 15

    iZombie iZombie [Season 2, Episode 7] Abra Cadaver
    Shown 17 Nov 15

    iZombie iZombie [Season 2, Episode 8] The Hurt Stalker
    Shown 01 Dec 15

    iZombie iZombie [Season 2, Episode 9] Cape Town
    Shown 08 Dec 15

    iZombie iZombie [Season 2, Episode 10] Method Head
    Shown 12 Jan 16

    iZombie iZombie [Season 2, Episode 11] Fifty Shades of Grey Matter
    Shown 02 Feb 16

    iZombie iZombie [Season 2, Episode 12] Physician, Heal Thy Selfie
    Shown 09 Feb 16

    iZombie iZombie [Season 2, Episode 13] The Whopper
    Shown 16 Feb 16

    iZombie iZombie [Season 2, Episode 14] Eternal Sunshine of the Caffeinated Mind
    Shown 23 Feb 16

    iZombie iZombie [Season 2, Episode 15] He Blinded Me with Science
    Shown 22 Mar 16

    iZombie iZombie [Season 2, Episode 16] Pour Some Sugar, Zombie
    Shown 29 Mar 16

    iZombie iZombie [Season 2, Episode 17] Reflections of the Way Liv Used to Be
    Shown 05 Apr 16

    iZombie iZombie [Season 2, Episode 18] Dead Beat
    Shown 12 Apr 16

    iZombie iZombie [Season 2, Episode 19] Salivation Army
    Shown 12 Apr 16

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    Season 3

    iZombie iZombie [Season 3, Episode 1] Heaven Just Got A Little Smoother
    Shown 04 Apr 17

    iZombie iZombie [Season 3, Episode 2] Zombie Knows Best
    Shown 11 Apr 17

    iZombie iZombie [Season 3, Episode 3] Eat, Pray, Liv
    Shown 18 Apr 17

    iZombie iZombie [Season 3, Episode 4] Wag the Tongue Slowly
    Shown 25 Apr 17

    iZombie iZombie [Season 3, Episode 5]
    Shown 02 May 17

    iZombie iZombie [Season 3, Episode 6]
    Shown 09 May 17

    iZombie iZombie [Season 3, Episode 7] Dirt Nap Time
    Shown 16 May 17

    iZombie iZombie [Season 3, Episode 8] Eat a Knievel
    Shown 23 May 17

    iZombie iZombie [Season 3, Episode 9]
    Shown th October 2017 [Wednesday]

    iZombie iZombie [Season 3, Episode 10]
    Shown th October 2017 [Wednesday]

    iZombie iZombie [Season 3, Episode 11]
    Shown th October 2017 [Wednesday]

    iZombie iZombie [Season 3, Episode 12]
    Shown th October 2017 [Wednesday]

    iZombie iZombie [Season 3, Episode 13]
    Shown th October 2017 [Wednesday]