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Liv helps Clive investigate the murder of the star of Show Within a Show Zombie High. Vaughn becomes suspicious of Major's loyalties.

  • Actor Allusion: When investigating the death of an actor, Liv and Clive find out a suspect read for the part of the Blue Ranger in the upcoming Power Rangers remake. Liv remarks “I don’t know if he has the range for Blue.” Rose McIver herself played the Yellow Ranger in Power Rangers RPM.
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  • Asshole Victim: At the time of his death, Jordan Marsh was demanding that the show be moved to Los Angeles, which would put most of the crew out of work. He also made a sex tape without the woman in said tape's permission and was using it to blackmail her, and had previously forced the cast and crew to work so long and late that it caused a member of the crew to die in a car accident and, when the cast gets tattoos to honour them, he apparently goes through treatment to get his removed some time after.
  • Continuity Nod: Blaine's crew alludes to Natalie's disappearance, from the previous episode.
  • Foreshadowing: Jordan's car is vandalized by someone filling it with earth and placing a fake tombstone there. Now, who would have the means of creating such an item? The property master, of course.
  • Glasses Pull: Liv brings a pair of glasses into the interrogation room when Clive is questioning the prop master, for the sole purpose of being able to dramatically put them on and then dramatically take them off a minute later. Clive mocks her for it after it works to get a confession.
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  • Good Cop/Bad Cop: Liv and Clive use this to get the perp to confess.
  • Guilty Pleasures: Ravi starts the episode disdaining Zombie High, but once he starts watching it he describes it as "like mental pork rinds."
  • Hidden Wire: Major plants one in the Fitbit he gives to Vaughn.
  • If You're So Evil, Eat This Kitten: If Major's really on Vaughn's side, he'll stand there and watch while Vaughn feeds a whistleblower to the zombies. Turns out he will. Since it was a fake whistleblower, Vaughn eventually frees the man himself.
  • Not-So-Fake Prop Weapon: Jordan gets shot with what was supposed to be a prop gun.
  • Proscenium Reveal: Blaine comments that they'll "hear soon if all zombie hell breaks loose," and we cut to a scene of zombie hell breaking loose in a high school. Which turns out to be Zombie High filming.
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  • Self-Deprecation: Zombie High acts as a means for the show to make fun of itself and other CW shows in general. Ravi mocks the science of the show, it's mocked for filming in Seattle a show that's set in Portland - iZombie is filmed in Vancouver and set in Seattle) - and the show's apparent focus on romantic drama rather than the zombies is criticized-much like CW's many fantasy shows have been. And then there's the very concept, when one of the zombie extras says there should be a zombie show where a zombie is the main character.
    Clive: That's dumb.
  • Status Quo Is God: A rare example in this highly serialized show: at the end of the previous episode, Clive decided not to let Liv work cases with him anymore, but in this episode he gives in and lets her participate almost immediately.
  • Stylistic Suck: Zombie High is cheesy, melodramatic and full of Bad "Bad Acting".
  • Tactful Translation: When Liv and Clive are interviewing a deaf actor on Zombie High, the actor gives an extended sign-language rant, complete with clearly mouthing the word "jackass." His interpreter translates it as "That figures."
  • Tonight, Someone Dies: Zombie High kills off one of the main characters each season, and keeps their identity a secret until the last minute. The identity of the latest character slated to die turns out to be a substantial Red Herring.

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