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"Charlize" is the third episode of Season 3 and the twenty-third episode of China, IL.

Summary Edit

When a fog leaves Earth almost uninhabited, Pony searches for clues as to what happened.

Plot Edit


A deadly fog spreads.

Pony goes to the campus hospital to become an assistant for Leonard. Leonard reveals he's working on an experiment but refuses to state much about what it is. Pony takes notice of Leonard's test subject, Patient Zero, and a safety chamber with salt surrounding it. Leonard eventually escorts her out of the lab but then runs out afterward, admitting he made a mistake as a fog behind him spreads. The fog spreads, killing everyone with whom it comes into contact. Seeing this, Pony darts to the safety chamber. Meanwhile, Steve is killed in a car crash, and an airplane flies straight toward the Cakes' residence, where Baby Cakes and Frank are. As Frank darts away just before the plane's impact, the fog stretches across the entire world, seemingly leaving Pony as the only human alive.


Information in Patient Zero's file.

As the fog subsides, Pony exits the chamber and stays in the campus library. She inspects the files of Patient Zero, and reads about a trip Leonard took before the deathly fog resulted, information on open and closed circles, and involvement that Patient Zero had with the Cakes' residence. After making her way there—half the house having been destroyed by the falling plane—Pony finds Leonard's computer and watches a video involving an experiment with a live chicken trapped inside an open circle of salt. The video shows Leonard reading from a paper a spell, and he then decapitates kills chicken and spits rum after taking a sip. Near the end, Leonard declares he is testing this cure on an actual patient. Entering Leonard's room—located in the area that remained relatively intact after the plane crash—Pony sees another safety chamber and takes notice of the closed circle of salt, much like the one surrounding the chamber in which she hid.


Pony searches for more clues.

Pony hears an approaching vehicle; in it is Frank. When questioned, Frank reveals he was in Leonard's room, exercising as the fog was spreading, then retreated to the chamber upon seeing the plane. After conversing with Frank, Pony returns to the campus hospital to further investigate Leonard's experiment and its aftermath; she notices a bottle of rum and a dead chicken, much like the items in Leonard's experiment with the chicken. On a tape, Leonard sedates Patient Zero, surrounds him with an open salt circle, kills a chicken, spits rum after sipping it, and finally kills the patient. The result is the deadly fog forming around Patient Zero and escaping through the gap in the salt; a frightened Leonard flees, dropping a paper in the process.


The resurrection spell.

Suspicious, Pony finds the paper from which Leonard read and sees it is a resurrection spell. Comparing its procedure to the one Leonard performed, Pony concludes the deadly fog resulted because Leonard had spit the incorrect flavor of rum. Later, back at the Cakes' home, Pony tells Frank she is certain they can reverse Leonard's mistake; she calls for one of them to be the human sacrifice, but Frank refuses to be killed and is hesitant to kill Pony, leaving Pony to kill Frank. Scared, Frank darts out out of the home, a determined Pony following while carrying the other requirements. In the history office, Frank takes a seat, hoping he evaded Pony. Surrounding him is an open circle of salt, and Pony reveals herself, performing the first steps of the spell in the process. A still-frightened Frank remains hesitant toward either of them dying but eventually relents when coaxed by Pony, leading to Pony completing the spell, which releases another fog, this one negating the earlier one.

Trivia Edit

  • The episode's plot mimics the 2002 film 28 Days Later.
  • During the start of the episode, the Smiths and Baby Cakes form a band. In an attempt to get the attention of Charlize Theron, they name their band Charlize, hence the name of the episode. Despite this, the episode's main topic revolves around the aftermath of Leonard's failed experiment and the events leading up to it.
  • During the first fog:
    • A crane operator dies, causing the crane to topple into a building, killing the Dean and the Mayor.
    • A taxi driver dies; the taxi collides into Steve.
    • A panicked mob tramples Matt and Flip Flop.
    • A pilot and a co-pilot die and their plane crashes into the Cakes' household, killing Baby Cakes while Frank darts to a location unknown at the time.
  • Steve is revealed to have "dibs" on Pony, meaning no one else can have sex with her.
    • Frank assumes that Steve's death lifts these dibs. Later, Pony offers to have sex with Frank if he accepts dying for a short while, which is the only reason he succumbs.
    • Due to Steve's resurrection, Frank realizes he cannot have sex with her after his sacrifice, which is why he accuses her of screwing him over, thinking she deceived him into accepting an ultimately unfair deal.
  • The contacts on Pony's phone are Matt, Crystal, Frank, Steve, and Falgot. The bottom one is cut off but presumably a character named Bo.
  • Cravid receives a paternity test telling him he is not the father.
  • The rate at which the first fog spreads noticeably increases as time progresses.
  • At the start and end of the episode, Steve criticizes Pony for being too dependent on both him and Frank.
    • In the first few minutes, Pony asks that she join the band and requests that Steve teach her to play the guitar. Steve rejects, claiming he has taught Pony a multitude of things, such as Excel and history.
    • After the second fog takes effect, Frank's claim that he helped "do something for [Pony]" only strengthens Steve's belief, Steve remaining unaware of Pony's contribution in everyone's revitalization.
  • When Pony makes her way to Food 4 Thought, a Redbox kiosk can be seen.

Quotes Edit

Pony: ♪You grow a little belly♪
♪When you go through some shit,♪
♪Go through some shit,♪
♪Go through some shit.♪
♪You grow a little belly♪
♪When you go through some shit,♪
♪But the homies just♪
♪Say you thick.♪

Steve's Voicemail: You got Steve. If you're hot, leave a message, and if you're Pony, just figure it out yourself.

Pony: [Applying a bandage to her broken leg] That's all it needs, right? It's good.

Pony: I gotta find a place with no more corpses.

[Pony sees that Frank too has survived the fog.]
Frank: Well I guess it's just you and me!

[Pony stabs Frank.]
Frank: I die now. All right, please please please let there be angels.

[When things are back to normal, Frank realizes Steve has "dibs" on Pony.]
Frank: I can't screw you, so you screwed me!

Characters Appearing Edit

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