Murphy's Law
Season 1, Episode 12
Air date November 28, 2014
Written by Michael Cassutt
Directed by Tim Andrew
U.S. Viewers 1.61 million
Episode Guide
"Sisters of Mercy"
"Doctor of the Dead"

"Murphy's Law" is the twelfth episode in Season 1 of Z Nation. It first aired in the United States on November 28, 2014.

Plot SynopsisEdit

As the team drives further west, they come to a roadblock near a golf course. As per usual, they're attacked by zombies, and kill most of them with golf clubs and meet other survivors Janice, Henry and Brett. Also, Murphy golfs and, as per usual, the zombies don't attack him.

Despite Warren trying to keep Murphy quiet, he tells their new "friends" who he is and that he is the cure and that zombies don't attack him.

Henry and Brett discuss the fact that Murphy's abilities could come in handy. The team drinks some booze in the clubhouse, where it turns out they've been drugged by the three, who hit the road east with Murphy as their prisoner. Murphy is frustrated with his new escorts when they say they're not going to California and the fact that they won't reveal their actual destination.

Back at the clubhouse, the team members regain consciousness and find themselves chained to a zombie, which they quickly dispatch with an umbrella. After they free themselves with a golf tee, they call Citizen Z, who locates Murphy after he cleverly looks directly into a traffic camera during a restroom break. It turns out that Murphy's new escorts want his help knocking over a pharmaceutical company, MESA. Murphy reluctantly agrees to help, though when the captors aren't looking, he takes a moment to spit into one of their canteens.

Shortly thereafter, Murphy discovers a new power when he finds he can control Janice's mind after she drinks out of the water canteen he spat in. He gets her to tell him where they are going, and she also tell him that her husband Jason was killed in their last attempt. Murphy uses this information to drive a wedge between Janice and Brett. At the pharmaceutical plant, Janice sees her ex-husband Jason, now part of the undead horde and accuses Brett of getting him killed during their last attempt to raid the place. Murphy uses the procedes to infect Henry by scratching him, and eventually Brett by biting him. Brett lays out an exceptionally convoluted infiltration plan to Murphy, who commences with traversing through the building overrun with tweaked-out Z's in search of the mega-supply of oxycontin. Murphy then enters the area full of zombies.

Meanwhile, the team, in pursuit of Murphy, spots the zombies who have gotten into the Viagra. "You've officially seen it all, kid," Doc says to 10K as they look on in awe.

He distracts the zombies by setting off an alarm and finds a computer, with which he chats with Citizen Z, who's been trying to track down the mysterious Dr. Merch, the zombie-vaccine scientist that injected him with the trial vaccine. Murphy turns off the alarm and the zombies return to their rampaging ways just as Roberta and the team arrive on their rescue mission.

In the ensuing wild zombie attack, Janice ends up face to face with Jason. Unable to kill him, she gets eaten by her husband. Henry is mauled by a bunch of zombies and Brett holds Murphy hostage at gunpoint, until Murphy works his psychological abilities on Brett and gets his captor to turn the gun on himself. Brett pulls the trigger, shooting himself in the head.

Roberta and the team are stunned to learn of Murphy's new power as they hit the road to California in one of the pharmacy vans.


Main CastEdit



Memorable QutesEdit

  • "Damn apocalypse!"


  • First (and last) appearance of Janice.
  • First (and last) appearance of Jason. (Zombified)
  • First (and last) appearance of Brett Zimmerman.
  • First (and last) appearance of Henry Beale.
  • Citizen Z makes a research on Marilyn Merch.
  • Murphy sarcastically makes a reference to Disneyland
  • Brett makes a reference to Fort Knox by referring to a warehouse as the "Fort Knox of The Zombie Apocalypse
  • Brett Zimmerman makes a reference to Match.Com

Image GalleryEdit



Episodes of Z Nation
Season 1 "Puppies and Kittens" • "Fracking Zombies" • "Philly Feast" • "Full Metal Zombie" • "Home Sweet Zombie" • "Resurrection Z" • "Welcome to FU-Bar" • "Zunami" • "Die Zombie Die ... Again" • "Going Nuclear" • "Sisters of Mercy" • "Murphy's Law" • "Doctor of the Dead"
Season 2 "The Murphy" • "White Light" • "Zombie Road" • "Batch 47" • "Zombaby!" • "Zombie Baby Daddy" • "Down the Mississippi" • "The Collector" • "RoZwell" • "We Were Nowhere Near the Grand Canyon" • "Corporate Retreat" • "Party With the Zeros" • "Adiós, Muchachos" • "Day One" • "All Good Things Must Come to an End"
Season 3 "No Mercy" • "A New Mission" • "Murphy's Miracle" • "Escorpion and the Red Hand" • "Little Red and the WolfZ" • "Doc Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" • "Welcome to Murphytown" • "Election Day" • "Heart of Darkness" • "They Grow Up So Quickly" • "Doc's Angels" • "The Siege of Murphytown" • "Duel" • "Everybody Dies in the End"
Season 4 "Warren's Dream" • "Escape from Zona" • "The Vanishing" • "Keep Moving" • "Fear of the Unknown" • "Back from the Undead" • "A Nice Day for a Warren's Wedding" • "Crisis of Faith" • "We Interrupt This Program" • "Frenemies" • "Return to Mercy Labs"• "Mt. Weather"• "The Black Rainbow"
Season 5 "Welcome to the Newpocalypse" • "A New Life" • "Escape from Altura" • "Pacifica" • "Killing All The Books" • "Limbo" • "Doc's Stoned History" • "Heartland" • "Water Keepers" • "State of Mine" • "Hackerville" • "At All Cost" • "The End of Everything"