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Investigating the murder of a romance novelist complicates Liv's love life.


  • Above the Influence: Liv and Drake decide to abstain from sex until the effects of romance novelist brain wear off.
  • Answer Cut: Babineaux and Bozzio discuss their plan to find the Chaos Killer by tracking a GPS chip in a victim's dog. Cut to Major and Minor at the dog groomer's.
  • The Cameo: Liv and Clive discover an audiobook version of the dead woman's novel, which is said to be narrated by Kristen Bell. We then get to hear an excerpt from it, read by Bell herself.
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  • Control Freak: The victim's husband, who would even tell her what to wear so as to his friends not look at her.
  • Cut Apart: The show cuts between Babineaux and Bozzio tracking Minor's GPS chip and Major rushing to recover Minor from the groomer and hide him. Then, it cuts to Babineaux and Bozzio on the street near the park where Major abducted Minor's owner, discovering the discarded leash with the chip in it.
  • Double Entendre: When Liv is asking about Ravi and Major wrestling, she ends mentioning "who ends up on top?"
  • Eating the Eye Candy:
    • Liv is thirsty on librarian brain, and targets Clive, Major and Ravi in her looks.
    • Clive can't stop glancing at Liv's chest when she's leaning over his desk wearing a bit less than usual, even though he'd really rather not.
  • Guy-on-Guy Is Hot: Liv spends a while imagining and asking Ravi and Major to wrestle shirtless and oiled up.
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  • Hot Librarian: The victim.
  • Internal Reveal: Peyton finally discovers who "John Deaux" actually is. Unfortunately, this is only after she has slept with him.
  • It's All About Me: The killer murdered his wife because he was afraid that, by publishing the book, everyone would see him as a man who couldn't give it to his wife.
  • It's for a Book: Liv and Clive suspect Grace's co-worker Muriel after they find out she wrote a murder mystery with hemlock poisoning as the cause of death. Inverted since Muriel is not the killer.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Liv listens to the audiobook reading by Kristen Bell and remarks, “I’ve always felt a kind of connection to her.” Kristen Bell starred in Veronica Mars, a show about a snarky blonde woman solving mysteries (frequently utilizing voice over), created by Rob Thomas. Sound familiar?
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  • Male Gaze: Parodied with a camera shot straight at Liv's cleavage, as she's dressing more revealingly than usual after eating erotica novelist brains.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Peyton reacts this way when she slept with Blaine and finds out what Blaine had done.
  • Naughty by Night: The victim.
    Ravi: Liv, did you eat a librarian from a porno?
  • Not This One, That One: Liv and Clive go to the victim's home to interview her husband as a suspect. The man who answers the door is bald, burly, and covered in tattoos. He identifies himself as the husband's home health aide. The husband then enters in his wheelchair.
  • A Rare Sentence: "Wait! I roofied you with horny librarian brain."
  • Shout-Out:
    • The title of the episode is a reference to Fifty Shades of Grey.
    • While telling Clive that the victim was poisoned with hemlock, Ravi fulfills his destiny as "Most likely character from the show to quote Real Genius" ("Well, I believe it was Socrates who said of hemlock, 'I drank what?'") while Liv goes for a Hamlet reference. Clive is unimpressed.
      Clive: Will one of you give me a hand signal or something when you're about to say something useful?
    • Peyton wants to take a Silkwood shower after having slept with Blaine. It's a movie about a woman who, while investigating safety violations at a nuclear plant, is exposed to dangerous levels of radiation. Those plants do serious safety showers.
    • Flirting with Peyton, Blaine remarks that she looks like she was built in a computer by a couple of 14-year-old boys.
  • Shower of Angst: Peyton mentions wanting to take a Silkwood shower after finding out that Blaine is a ruthless killer after she slept with him.
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