iZombie continues its strong showing this season with “Even Cowgirls Get the Black and Blues.” Several plot points boil over, but not too many. This week’s showcased character is Major. After weeks—if not a month—of hard drug abuse, Major reaches his breaking point. While trying to purchase drugs, Major runs into a teenage boy he tried to get off drugs when he was a social worker. Ouch. Then, he’s so stoned he can’t remember what happened to the dog, Minor, he adopted, and he runs back to Liv. “Even Cowgirls Get the Black and Blues” continued Major’s rollercoaster of a season but Liv isn’t too far behind on this ride.
The weekly mystery took a backseat in “Even Cowgirls Get the Black and Blues,” so Liv could parse her feeling with Major. She’d been so focused on work that she hadn’t been able to deal with Major up to this point and an investigation going nowhere was a good and organic way to address her personal issues. iZombie promised us romance for Liv and we may have seen the first glimpse of it this week. I’m glad iZombie took its time, easing us into a Liv’s romantic life, but I’m not convinced things are settled yet: Major has been sleeping with Liv’s roommate. That can’t go well.
Even though the mystery’s solution played second fiddle, we saw how the case was solved. I wasn’t too happy with how the case got wrapped up in a pretty bow, but someone coming forward with new evidence is usually how things happen and victims can be in the wrong place at the wrong time. “Even Cowgirls Get the Black and Blues” took a break from giving us a police procedural and spent time on character development. I can’t be upset with that. Heck, even detective Babineaux and Peyton may have side story arcs that could have legs. And the season’s slow boil with Blaine and Max Rager provide iZombie with plenty of opportunities.