The title is likely a reference to Bang the Drum Slowly, a 1956 baseball novel most remembered for its star-studded 1973 film adaptation.
In the story, hotshot pitcher Henry Wiggen is signed to the New York Mammoths, and his confident ways quickly win over his teammates. He's quite the opposite of Bruce Pearson, the team's simple-minded catcher, who has difficulty connecting with others. But when Henry discovers that Bruce has been hiding that he was recently diagnosed with a fatal form of cancer, the unlikely pair become close. Despite Henry's efforts to look out for Bruce, however, team tensions rise.
(Thanks to Google for that capsule synopsis, which is more concise than most Robert De Niro fans could bring themselves to be.)
In the iZombie episode, Clive’s (Malcolm Goodwin) patience is tested when Liv (Rose McIver) consumes the brain of a murder victim who had the reputation of being the ultimate office gossip. Meanwhile, Blaine (David Anders) and Peyton (Aly Michalka) continue to grow closer as they wait to see if Ravi (Rahul Kohli) is able to reverse the effects of the cure. Lastly, Major (Robert Buckley) is one step away from fulfilling a promise.
Viet Nguyen directed the episode written by Kit Boss.
More iZombie news:
iZombie airs Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW. "Wag the Tongue Slowly" will premiere on April 25.