Last night's episode of iZombie saw Liv having a change of heart about her ex-fiancé, Major. While he probably doesn't deserve too much consideration from her (he is, let's remember, hunting down a list of zombies and potential zombies in order to murder them all -- but that's a longer story, and I promise, he feels pretty distraught over it all).
One of my favorite things about this series, besides Rose McIver's hilarious ability to take on the "personalities" of Liv's meals, are the blink-and-you'll-miss-it pop culture references that the series unabashedly uses every episode. There were plenty throughout the latest episode -- 'Love and Basketball' -- but here are five of my favorites.
1. Hot or Not?
As Liv monitors Major out of fear that their previous make out session might have turned him into a zombie (which, unbeknownst to her, wouldn't matter much; he's sorta-kinda-infected anyway) the title card that pops up reads "Hot or Not?", a reference to the early 2000s website where fearless folks uploaded photos of themselves in order to have their looks rated by the Internet.
Apparently, HotorNot.com still exists, but it's now just as ironic a joke as the old days of AIM chat.
2. Hearst College
Another nice little reference for fans of Veronica Mars, where the show's creators got their start. For anyone not in the know, Veronica Mars was set to attend Hearst College in her title show.
3. Star Wars Rodents Return
Continuing Ravi's obsession with Star Wars (which might not be especially challenging to portray for real-life Star Wars superfan and actor Rahul Kohli), the lab rats of the morgue are still being named after Star Wars characters. With any luck, Boba Ratt will mysteriously survive this season.
4. Major Is A Scoundrel
In a second little nod to Star Wars, the roguishly handsome Major quoted an iconic Han Solo line when given the odds against his work. Or, well, non-work. But when your line of work involves being forced to hunt down innocent people and kill them, things can get a little complicated, and numbers need to be fudged. Luckily for this nerf-herder, he seems safe -- for now.
Finally, the biggest reference to both basketball and pop culture (outside of the episode's title, 'Love and Basketball'), Hoosiers just happened to be one of the favorite films of Liv's lunch - the unfortunate, good-hearted coach-clash-security officer who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.