Doom Patrol Season 3 Episode 6 sees an amnesia ridden Rita arriving in the past, 1917 to be exact, after stealing Laura DeMille’s time machine.
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Warning: Spoilers Ahead for Doom Patrol Season 3 Episode 6
This episode kicks right of with Rita traveling back in time in Laura’s time machine. She sees her life moments flashing before her eyes as she does so and realizes that so much of her life was not chosen by her, and it breaks her heart making her cry. With each tear, her memory was purged, and when she finally landed in 1917 Iowa, she is a blank slate. This is clearly what happened to Laura when she time traveled, and is why she had no clue who she was when she got to the present with the Doom Patrol.
The Bureau of Normalcy shows up at the site of her arrival and are getting very frustrated with her not knowing who she is. She finds a piece of paper in her pocket with Laura DeMille and Sisterhood of Dads written on it so she thinks that is her name, and says so. As her emotions get the better of her, her face starts to melt and they take her away. Looking on is that talking Gorilla, aka Monsieur Mallah, and brain in a jar, aka the Brain. They are drawing the time machine and plan to reverse engineer it.
When she gets to the Bureau Rita is being interrogated by a familiar face — it is Laura DeMille. When she reveals who she is Rita is confused and still has no clue who she is. Laura is testing her and eventually Rita uses her stretch powers to stop a bowl from crashing onto the ground. Laura asks her if that hurt and she says no, then deems her to be “not a weapon.” They put Rita to work in the mail room where she happily uses her powers to stretch her arms and sort mail.
The girl that is there with her decides to give her the name Bendy. Over the next few minutes the rest of the Sisterhood of Dad, which we saw in the previous episode in the future, show up to watch her work. Lloyd, the man with the bicycle attached to him, gets her from the lunch room and brings her to eat with the group in the basement that we know, at least a little bit, from last episode.
Back in the mail room when she sees the name Niles Coulder is sparks something in her. To the point where she smells his sweater and Laura catches her doing so. She asks what is special about him and Rita replies that she is unsure, she just felt a twinge.
Laura asks her if she has remembered anything else about the Sisterhood yet and she tells her no. So that is when Laura feels she is ready and Shelley, AKA the Fog, brings her to a place she has created for her. That is when Rita realizes they are the Sisterhood of Dada. The group drinks, smokes, and parties the night away. When they wake up in the morning Rita is talking about how she feels she never had this kind of happiness in her life, wherever it was before she arrived in 1917.
Even though the ones who are different are not supposed to sit at the tables in the lunchroom with the “normal” people, Rita decides to do so. This sparks a lot of whispers and staring, especially when her emotions get the better of her and she starts to get melty. The Sisterhood is there to help her though and talks her back to her confidence. The members all start chanting “piffle-paffle” and dancing around, using their powers, even changing everyone to be wearing clown costumes. In comes a security guard and demands they come with him immediately.
Once clear though, the guard changes shape and reveals himself to be Laura, there to help get them out of there before the real guards do come. Rita stands in front of the time machine, trying to remember where she came from. She thinks that her purpose might have been to take the Sisterhood away to somewhere safe, but Malcolm points out the ship was very much made for one, and that perhaps she went there to show them there is more out there.
Rita decides to stay in 1917 and Malcolm goes to kiss her but they are interrupted. She shows her that he has made a heart from a peperclip, and she puts it inside his canary box — yeah, he traded his heart for a canary. That’s a thing.
Back in the present, Larry is spending time with his son, hoping to connect and make up for lost time. He learns that he is now a part of the Bureau of Normalcy and Larry tries to explain to him this can’t be the right path for him. His son explains that his mom went crazy, his dad left, and his brother killed himself — this seems like the logical step for him.
Larry explains that he didn’t get to choose his path, and that he doesn’t enjoy what happened to him. But when his son tries to say he can’t claim to be his dad Larry explains how he loved him from the moment he knew he was on the way. But then he tells him to leave, now that he is feeling better, and he does. Once alone, the thing inside Larry starts to move around him again, and Larry falls to the ground in pain.
Jane is giving Kay control of their body. Of course, Cliff didn’t listen to Vic at all and has been clicking a lot of those pop up ads. Vic catches him chatting with a girl on video while playing video games on the computer. Vic was coming to ask for help because he is feeling like he doesn’t deserve to be a hero, something that was clearly planted in his head from his encounter with the Sisterhood of Dada. He is really struggling and goes to find the tree he went to with his mom in the after life, hoping that will give him some clarity. And it seems to.
Laura to ask Cliff about what he saw during his interactions with the Sisterhood of Dada, to which he says they don’t like her because when he mentioned her name is when things went south. He also tells her that they are working on art thing that might be cool, might not be — it was too early to tell. Laura lets Cliff know that Rita stole the time machine and he doesn’t seem to care about that at all, asking why it sucks for him.
His addiction to the online world is getting worse and worse. He is playing games, online poker, and constantly paying the cam girl, Ginger, to hang out with him. She runs his card and tells him that he has insufficient funds. However, she convinces him to take items from the rest of the Doom Patrol and put them up on eBay to make more money to pay her — and to keep his addictions going. Someone offers him $50,000 for blueprints of his body and brain — and he accepts.
Kay is using the body to go buy her new shoes, something she has really been looking forward to. However she finds herself distracted when a little girl leaves a bicycle outside of the shop door. Instead of going inside for shoes, she steals the bike and rides off down the street. In the Underground Pretty Polly confronts Jane about letting the girl go up to the surface, to which Jane replies that she was doing the right thing.
When Kay arrives back in the underground with her new bike, she thanks Jane. However the rest of the personas are unhappy with Jane for letting her go to the surface. Once Jane leaves to go back to the surface they start to plot against her.
At the very end of the episode Laura is struggling to remember details of the Sisterhood of Dada. When she throws something into the fire, the words Piffle Paffle burn onto the wall and seemingly jog her memory.
About Doom Patrol Season 3 Episode 6
Plunged back in time, Rita attempts to navigate the Bureau of Normalcy with help from an oddly familiar group. Meanwhile, Jane gives Kay her first taste of freedom, while Larry finds closure with his son.
About Doom Patrol Season 3
DOOM PATROL reimagines one of DC’s most beloved groups of superheroes:
- Robotman aka Cliff Steele (Brendan Fraser)
- Negative Man aka Larry Trainor (Matt Bomer)
- Elasti-Woman aka Rita Farr (April Bowlby)
- Crazy Jane (Diane Guerrero)
All led by modern-day mad scientist Niles Caulder aka The Chief (Timothy Dalton). Each member of the Doom Patrol suffered a horrible accident that gave them superhuman abilities, but also left them scarred and disfigured.
Part support group, part Super Hero team, the Doom Patrol is a band of superpowered freaks who fight for a world that wants nothing to do with them. Season three opens on the culmination of Dorothy’s (Abi Monterey) confrontation with the Candlemaker that leads to a devastating loss.
The Doom Patrol is at a difficult crossroads and each member struggles to face who they are and who they want to be. And things get a whole lot more complicated when Madame Rouge (Michelle Gomez) arrives in a time machine with a very specific mission, if only she could remember it.
The first three episodes of Doom Patrol season 3 will debut THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
with subsequent episodes launching weekly every Thursday through November 11 on HBO Max.
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