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Recap / I Zombie S 1 E 5 Flight Of The Living Dead

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Liv investigates the death of a former sorority-mate in what appears to be a skydiving accident.

  • Curbstomp Battle: Major's on the receiving end of one after fighting one of Blaine's goons.
  • Downer Ending: The killer gets away. Though later in the season, "Mr. Berserker" implies she was actually killed by Sebastian to tie up loose ends.
  • Food Porn:
    • At the beginning of the episode, Liv talks to Ravi about how seeing an egg salad sandwich on TV inspired her to try to make a brain salad sandwich. After she calls it a work in progress, the two indulge in some food-themed Grissom-style Gallows Humor about the Victim of the Week.
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    • Clive's boss is on a new diet, and talks about looking at pictures of all the food he can't eat now. He outright calls it porn.
    • And finally, Liv's new zombie paramour gifts her with a bottle of Blazing Inferno Hellfire Sauce in lieu of chocolates, and describes in loving detail the anticipated effects of the condiment.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: The Victim of the Week.
  • Mood Whiplash: Right after the abovementioned Gallows Humor, Liv gets a phone call about someone she used to know dying in a skydiving accident.
  • The Reveal: One of the suspects turns out to be a zombie, as does Clive's boss.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Title is a shout-out to the Romero's movie Night of the Living Dead (1968).
    • Ravi name-drops Keyser Soze.
    • Carson mentions Tony Soprano
    • Warm Bodies is mentioned when Liv is talking with a suspect.
    • There's mention of a homeless man constantly shouting "Are we having fun yet?", the desperate catch phrase of Rob Thomas's other show Party Down.
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    • Seattle PD uses a dry-erase board with open homicide cases in red, just like the Baltimore PD in Homicide: Life on the Street.
  • Wham Episode: Liv encounters a third zombie during her investigation. Even Wham-ier, it's looking like Clive's boss might be one too, as he is seen pouring hot sauce in his coffee (large quantities of hot sauce are needed for zombies to taste their food), and has been complaining about his "new diet" and all the food he can no longer eat (or perhaps taste properly). Earlier he is seen clipping his fingernails; in an earlier scene, Lowell mentions that one of the things that tipped him off about Liv being a zombie was that her nails were clipped short, something that must be done on a regular basis in order to prevent accidentally scratching and infecting someone.

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