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Recap / I Zombie S 5 E 6 The Scratchmaker

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As Blaine deals with his legal issues, Mr. Boss makes a big move and Don E is caught in the middle.


  • Aren't You Going to Ravish Me?: A non-sexual version. While the mother is confessing that she did it, Clyde gets distracted by Bazzio and leaves. After a few minutes, she asks Liv (who is still at the table), "Don't you want to know the rest?" Liv snaps back to reality and passes her a notepad.
  • Bland-Name Product: UFreightEze (run by Ty Griss): a Seattle-based web delivery service named after a famous river that is definitely not the Amazon.
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  • Back for the Dead: Tanner makes his only on-screen appearance this season, so Blaine can murder him for losing the zombie cures.
  • The Bus Came Back: Mr. Boss returns, seeking to hijack control of the brain smuggling business from Blaine.
  • Continuity Nod: One general notes how General Mills was gung-ho on nuking Seattle but backing off. Mills is hiding that his daughter is now a zombie in Seattle as shown last season.
  • Conveniently Unverifiable Cover Story: When Blaine's house catches on fire, the D.A. accuses of him of hiding any evidence of his crimes. Blaine points out how he's "the most hated man in Seattle" and thus anyone could have torched the place.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Rather than focus on Liv and Clive investigating the murder of the matchmaker, the episode instead puts the spotlight on Blaine in jail and Don E handling things.
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  • The Dog Bites Back: Watching Blaine murder a friend for a mistake is the final straw for Don E to turn on him and work with Mr. Boss.
  • Enemy Civil War: Mr. Boss spends the episode undermining Blaine (and we learn that he's been working on it for some time).
  • Eureka Moment: Ravi mentioning how good a delivery service is gets Major to realize it can be a great way to get brains into Seattle quickly.
  • Idiot Ball: Blaine can't believe his underling threw the zombie cure, the thing he was sent to retrieve, out the window of a car into a river when the cops pulled him over.
  • I Have No Son!: Dolly Durkins says this to Murphy, her son, due to him being a zombie. Given how few zombies are that way consensually, her blinding hatred and disownment is both embarrassing and heartbreaking.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: As Liv is about to feast on the victim's brains, Blaine is shown in his cell thinking "you know how it goes, she eats the brains, investigates the murder, blah, blah, blah."
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  • Nuclear Option: Discussed by the Pentagon with it noted how nuking a city that still has hundreds of thousands of American citizens won't go over well with the public.
  • Out-Gambitted: Boss and Don E figured since they were the only source for brains, Major would have no choice but to work with them. They don't expect Major to strike a deal with a delivery service for brains and force them into a lower price for their side deal. Boss has to give credit to Major for pulling this off. Adding to the gambit, we see beforehand that the delivery service can't actually provide the brains, but merely letting everyone think they can is all they need to ruin the monopoly Mr Boss and Don E had.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • The Pentagon formally declares that Filmore-Graves is now considered a terrorist organization and they will no longer negotiate.
    • The Amazon-stand-in delivery service can't provide brains; gathering such would be completely illegal and require smuggling. As a legit delivery service, they have no idea how to do such a thing. Fortunately, Major doesn't need them to, he just needs the world to think they can.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Al gives a wicked one to Blaine, revealing she was playing him all along and how he's nothing but a "daddy's boy" and two-bit thug. She adds in how Peyton told her she considered Blaine "My biggest embarrassment."
  • The Reveal:
    • Al is Mr. Boss' niece who was working to bring Blaine down for Boss to take over the brains operation. In retrospect, the Gender-Blender Name ought to have been a clue that they were connected...
    • Murphy turns out to be Dolly Durkins' son who she cut out of her life when he became a zombie.
  • Theme Naming: Both Ty Griss (Tigris) and UFreightEze (Euphrates) are rivers in Mesopotamia.

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