Doom Patrol season two has been totally bringing it — and episode five is titled Finger Patrol. Here is the recap and my review for episode five. Spoilers!
Doom Patrol is one of two DC TV shows I am currently obsessed with (Stargirl is the other). In both of these, every episode seems to get better and better. In Doom Patrol season two, every episode seems to get weirder and weirder. Episode five, titled Finger Patrol, is no different.
There are a lot of different story lines going on in this episode, as the whole team is spread out doing different things. Very rarely an ensemble show works, but this one does. I often get bored with a character, or feel like I don’t get to know them well enough. Not with Doom Patrol! It does a great job of letting them all shine and share the screen.
Warning: Major spoilers for Doom Patrol season two, episode five.
Cyborg is having nightmares that involve Roni, his sort-of love interest. This is how the episode starts and I was immediately wondering what this meant for him. I adore his character, and kind of love him and Roni together… so hopefully that ends up working out.
In other news, sex ghosts are still popping up here and there around the house. So that’s fun. Jane is out of her drugs that were helping her cope, and she realizes now that she is an addict. She admits to thinking about what other drugs she could shoot up or snort.
When Cliff finds out that Niles is planning to give him some upgrades that will help him become more human. Cliff warns him not to give him false hope to which Niles lets him know he will need patience and it could take a long time — decades even.
Cliff thinks about the fact that Niles is dying, and decides to go to Cyborg to see if his father could help. Since Cyborg has the touch sensors already, it shouldn’t be that difficult. Unfortunately for Cliff, Cyborg’s father points out that it would be too difficult to install that tech in Cliff.
Cyborg decides to go see Roni while in town, and Cliff gives him some advice to help him hopefully make up for standing her up. And oh boy does it work. While Cliff waits for Cyborg to come back, he fantasizes about teaming up with him to form the super hero team — Steele and Stone. I mean, that is a pretty sweet name if you ask me.
Well Cliff gets the chance to stop a car break-in and in doing so accidentally takes someone’s finger off. He then pockets it for himself. I guess that is why this episode is called Finger Patrol.
Rita & Larry
Rita tracks down a writer/director who makes her do her audition in front of everyone at the store where she is. Unfortunately for her, she has flashbacks to what she just remembered about her mother in the previous episode, and ruins her audition.
When she rushes home, upset, Larry invites her to go with him to visit his son — and help clean out his dead son’s home. Larry enjoys meeting the family he missed out on. He does get to have a hard conversation with his son, which was a long time coming.
Unfortunately for Larry, his son still harbors a lot of anger. So much so that he called the government to let him know his whereabouts. When they show up he releases the negative spirit to stop them, and Rita uses her powers to protect Larry’s great grandson (which was awesome and gross to see). But his grandson gets shot in the process.
Baby Doll & Dorothy
Then the Baby Doll personality comes out and Niles gets a great idea. He introduces her to Dorothy and they become fast friends. This seems like a great way for the both of them to heal, and not be so lonely all the time. When they play the grass is lava, I couldn’t help but crack up and think of Floor Is Lava on Netflix.
But Dorothy starts hearing the bad voice again, who is trying to convince her that she isn’t a kid and make her mad. Baby Doll asks to meet the friends inside of Dorothy and when Dorothy agrees, she brings forth Manny. However, after warning her to be polite, Baby Doll still scares Manny, and that makes Dorothy angry.
Dorothy explains to Baby Doll that she is too big for some of her games and that makes Baby Doll upset. So Baby Doll tells Dorothy about how bad her father, Niles, is. Dorothy doesn’t react well to this so she tricks Baby Doll into playing a game of hide and seek. When Dorothy jumps out and scares her, and then tells her she is a lying baby, Baby Doll locks Dorothy in the furnace and turns on the fire.
Things escalate and Baby Doll ends up killing Manny. So what does Dorothy do, she goes to that really bad voice and makes a wish. As we have seen previously, making a wish is never a good thing. He infiltrates the underground and takes on all of Jane’s personalities, brutally killing many of them.
A lot Doom Patrol episodes are fillers, but season two episode five contains a lot of things that are important and we are sure to see come back later in the season. Cliff taking the finger for one, but also Dorothy and Baby Doll’s relationship. And of course, the fact that Larry’s son called the government on him.
Doom Patrol Season Two Episode Five: Finger Patrol
Dorothy finally finds a friend in Baby Doll – until playtime goes awry. Cliff discovers that Niles plans to give him human-like upgrades. Vic devises a plan to win Roni back. After Rita has a lousy audition, Larry brings her along to meet his family and learns more about the life he left behind.
About Doom Patrol
A re-imagining of one of DC’s most beloved group of outcast Super Heroes: Robotman, Negative Man, Elasti-Girl and Crazy Jane, led by modern-day mad scientist Dr. Niles Caulder (The Chief). The Doom Patrol’s members each suffered horrible accidents that gave them superhuman abilities–but also left them scarred and disfigured.