This week's big stunt: a zombie baby! It's a tad more DIY than the CG zombie baby that wrought havoc in the series premiere of Z Nation. But it's still gross.
Tina is responsible for zombifying the baby. She buys a doll, gets out a hammer, and makes it look freaky. (While her daughter Katie cradles her real-life baby granddaughter a few feet away.) "I'm pretty sure that Michael bay and some of the other directors do not put this much thought into a shot and how it's pulled off," Tina says a little later.
But a zombie baby isn't the freakiest thing this episode. Bryan has to do a kiss scene with Katie, and he's very nervous about it. Fortunately, his wife is an "esthetititician" and can give him a calming facial.
On set during kiss day, Terry and Laura try to ease Bryan's nerves by demonstrating how easy it is to make out. But it just scares him even more.
Finally, the moment of smooch has arrived. Bryan's losing it. Katie, who's all strapped into a prosthetic pregnancy belly, just looks annoyed. But Bryan pulls it off: the kiss—which is honestly just a peck—goes off without a slobber. "Rachel McAdams, if you're watching. Come on, I'm ready," Bryan says.
Meanwhile, Gary is at Studio 16, the local TV station, doing volunteer work with Ben Farley, the local nut (who is also John's friend). Apparently the studio has agreed to let Thr33 Days Dead use their space in exchange for volunteer hours. Seems like a simple deal, right? Except Ben keeps interrupting a talk show—while they are shooting—to ask if the host or guest want coffee. And after the shoot, he tries to recruit the "hot" guest to be a sexy zombie.
The TV producer is horrified. Which means they don't get to use the space.
And back on set, they still have to capture Katie's zombie baby birth scene—which goes off more or less smoothly. The baby launches from her stomach into a bloody mess on the couch.
Tina has to act in the next episode, and some prep is in order. Laura gives her a boot camp-esque zombie training session. And since Tina also wants to lose a few pounds for her scene, she goes on a hilariously misguided interpretation of the paleo diet that involves only eating chicken wings.
With Tina tied up with her acting gig/diet, Laura and Chase go to city hall to try to smooth-talk their way into permission to shoot at the cemetery. The priggish City Hall rep is not too keen—but she says if they buy a grave, they can use the land. Only problem, it's $600.
Time for Tina's scene! It's a serious one. She plays a zombie mom who gets shot by her son. (Played by Gary.) "It's gut-wrenching," John says.
Next up: cemetery day. Tina forked over the money for a grave, so they're free to shoot on the premises. But they have to get the scene done quick, because there are mourners around who don't need their reflections disturbed by a bunch of zombie groans. Unfortunately, it's hard to work efficiently when Ben Farley is in the scene. And with only one chance to nail a complicated blood-gun effect, Farley blows it.
So they have to re-shoot the next day in Tina's backyard. This time, they make sure Ben gets drenched. And the shot works! Even if Ben barfs right after. "You suck at taking directions, but you're a good puker," Tina says.
Next week on Town of the Living Dead: Chase's mom gets over-protective and Terry gets set up on an awkward date. And in the meantime, you can follow @Thr33DaysDead on Twitter!
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