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Recap / Brother, Can You Spare a Brain?

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Liv meets the zombie who turned her and helps Clive investigate the murder of a promiscuous artist.

  • The Aggressive Drug Dealer: Blaine is one of these, though he doesn't initially appear to be.
  • Bait the Dog: Blaine initially comes off as a nice guy who regrets having turned Liv, but then it turns out that he's just playing up to her so she'll supply him with brains. Really, he's a complete dick who has no issue turning an innocent woman into a zombie just so he can extort money out of her in exchange for brains.
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  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Blaine is very good at acting harmless but is most certainly not.
  • Brain Food: Blaine and Liv complain about the consistency and metallic tastes of brain.
  • Cannibalism Superpower: Liv gains Javier's artistic abilities.
  • The Casanova: The murder victim was a notorious womanizer. Liv inherits a bit of this trait after eating his brain; she attempts to hit on one of his ex-lovers and later, on Major.
  • Dead Artists Are Better: The murder victim's paintings triple in value after he dies. One patron even claims that the best career move an artist can make is to die.
  • Disease Bleach: After Blaine converts a woman into a zombie, she has white streaks in her hair.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Blaine's attempt to get Liv to help him find brains comes off as a man soliciting drugs. Later, his attempt to get another zombie to pay him for brains comes off as the actions of a drug dealer preying on a person coming down from a high.
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  • Death by Sex: Blaine is implied to have killed and re-animated his victim this way.
  • Eat Brain for Memories: Liv has Javier's memories.
  • Facial Composite Failure: Liv gets overly poetic when trying to describe Blaine for the police sketch artist.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: The blood splatters on the car windows when Blaine attacks Hutch and his partner.
  • Hope Spot: Liv attempts to reconnect with Major, only for it to go disastrously wrong.
  • I Hate You, Vampire Dad: Liv does not trust Blaine.
  • Metaphorgotten:
    Ravi: death was likely instantaneous. Like pushing an off button. Well, stabbing an off button that's located behind someone's eye, using the handle of a paintbrush.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Blaine didn't know he could turn other people until Liv told him that he had turned her. Before that, he thought he was the only zombie. Once he finds out, he turns an innocent woman and starts demanding money from her in exchange for providing her with brains.
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  • Poison-and-Cure Gambit: This is Blaine's entire plan for profiting off of zombieism in a nutshell.
  • Pop-Culture Pun Episode Title: Titled After the Song "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?".
  • Purple Prose: Liv starts talking like this after eating Javier's brain. She uses similes and metaphors that the people around her can hardly understand. Her description of Blaine's face to an artist is so complex and senseless, the artist quits. On an extra note, those descriptions extend even to her narration.
  • Rhetorical Question Blunder: When discussing Javier's art style.
    Ravi: Who doesn't love a vibrant, abstract nude?
    Liv: Hint: she eats brains.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: Blaine tells Liv he's cut ties with all the shady characters from his previous life, so when she sees him talking to a pair of shady characters she figures he's full of it and decides not to supply him with brains. Actually, the shady characters are trying to kidnap him, because he has cut ties with them... in order to run a zombification/extortion scheme on his own. Liv is totally right not to trust him.
  • Running Gag: Javier's artistic sensibilities make Liv totally incapable of describing anything in a way anyone else can understand.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Undeathly Pallor: Blaine asks Liv if her hair and complexion being the color of chalk is a style choice.
  • The Virus: We find out that the Zombie virus can be sexually transmitted.


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