Doom Patrol season 3 episode 8 makes each member of the team deal with their most shameful moments.
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In this episode each of the members of the Doom Patrol must deal with their most shameful moments thanks to the fog.
Vic finds himself in a toy store where he is looking at the toys. He doesn’t see what he is looking for, and he is dropping the toys he doesn’t want in the aisle. He says he was looking for a Black superhero toy. The store employee says they don’t carry them because no one buys them. His dad tells him that they can’t make mistakes because one mistake could cost them their lives. His dad gives him a Black toy named General Tony and tells him to be like that. In flies one of the strange birds and he switches likenesses with the toy, becoming General Tony.
Jane is sitting in a Sesame Street like show — Underground Avenue. She is a puppet, along with the other personalities, and Kay is all grown up. She is teaching the puppets about trauma when one of the Dada birds flies in and takes adult Kay away.
Cliff as Robotman walks up to Steele Racing and sees himself in human form. Which is really exciting to see Brandon Fraser and Robotman interacting. Cliff tells himself that he is in a memory in his subconscious. He tell shim that they both know what is inside and it is time to face the music, before the Dada bird of himself lands on the human version of himself and he disappears.
Larry is in a church where he is getting married. He is hiding the fact that he is gay. He walks out of the room, looking human and handsome, not with his wrapped face, and into another room which is in the Doom Patrol mansion.
In chairs sit Cliff, in human form, adult Kay, and General Tony. They are wondering if there is an explanation for what is going on and Rita joins them, saying she has one. These beings are all subconscious ones, so they have not met Rita before. She explains that she was in the past, and has been working with the Sisterhood of Dada to create this event, which is called the Eternal Flatulation. Everyone in the world has swapped place with a subconscious version of themselves.
Where they came from:
- Vic – a memory
- Kay/Jane – a fantasy
- Larry – a buried shame
- Cliff – a deep dark secret
The Sisterhood is doing this so that no one can really hide who they are anymore, hopefully riding the world of evil. The conscious selves are in their place, reliving the shame over and over, until they have a breakthrough.
Rita says that she wants revenge on Laura after she killed her boyfriend. No one wants to help though. They say they are subs and they don’t clean up messes. She says fine, they can just sit there and go through the Eternal Flatulation and all open up about what their most shameful moments are to the rest of the group instead. Of course this gets them to want to help Rita, rather than expose their secrets to all.
Viewers see Rita and Laura having quite the conversation. Rita is clearly very upset about the death of Malcolm, and when Laura says she is taking the time machine to go change things, Rita is furious. Laura’s mission is to go to the time where Niles created the Doom Patrol and instead be the one to create it. Rita takes the machine and ensures that her loop will always happen by pushing herself back into the resort at the Poconos.
Each and every member of the Doom Patrol must deal with their issues, and then the Eternal Flatulation is complete and the fog disperses.
At the end of the episode Cliff must be confronted by his daughter for stealing her credit card, Vic has had all of his tech removed, Larry is holding that slug baby and learning to not hide who he really is, and Kay has gotten rid of all her personalities in the Underground — including Jane.
As for Rita, the episode fades to black moments after she comes face to face with Laura.
About Doom Patrol Season 3 Episode 8
While the fog obscures more than just the air, Vic, Cliff, Jane, and Larry must relive their most shameful moments until a breakthrough occurs, and Rita begins to better understand Madame Rogue.
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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