In White Space, Niles says that he needed the team to obtain the immortality they have. He apologizes, and Jane says that he lied to all of them. She leaps at Niles, and Nobody freezes the scene except for Niles. Niles asks Nobody to let them go, and Nobody says that it was all about getting Niles. He sends them away and says that Niles is one that destroyed them just like he destroyed Nobody's human life. Niles wonders what's now, and Niles says that the world is an oyster for him but Niles' future will be a little different. He asks Niles how it feels to be a nobody and laughs when Niles has no answer for him. Nobody sends Niles away and laughs.
1961: The Ant Farm
Niles goes through the hallways, talking to Josh as he goes. Josh talks about what they're going to do to Larry, and wonders what it's for. Niles figures that once Forsythe grows bored, they can access Larry forever. Josh tells him that with Rita they already have a test subject that is showing no signs of aging, but Niles figures that now they'll have two. When Josh asks where the line is, Niles tells him to consider the alternative. The psychiatrist says that he only sleeps because Niles doesn't tell him anything, and Niles tells him that he's welcome before leaving.
Present Day: Six Months Later
Larry wakes up and Rita welcomes him as he goes to the kitchen. She says that her students are finally performing, makes herself a lot of food, and reminds Larry that they made a promise not to hide. Larry says that he's trying and Rita leaves for school.
As he goes for a walk in the woods, Larry, comes to a cliff overlooking a flooded quarry and releases the Negative Spirit. It flies off and Larry remains conscious for 20 seconds to watch it.
Rita rehearses the school play and gives them acting instructors. She demonstrates how to connect with their characters, and tells the students that's how they excel. Once student, Esme, tells her that she gets to watch a never-was outact her students.
1976: Doom Manor
Rita, Larry, and Niles celebrate New Year's Eve, and Rita and Niles both laugh at Larry's huge sunglasses. Forsythe arrives and Niles goes to meet him. Niles tells him to leave, and insists that the work they do there is essential. Forsythe says that their investigators have identified Niles' next test subject, and Niles determines from the paperwork that he made the request over a decade ago. They've finally found Jane and fits the profile Niles asked them to find.
Later, Niles drives off from the mental hospital with Jane in the back.
Jane teleports into Josh's office and asks if he knew what Niles was doing. She figures that Niles was going to cage them like the others. Josh admits that he knew but blinded himself to what Niles was doing, and Jane tells him to make it go away. She describes of a wound on her chest growing bigger until there's none of her left, and Josh says that there's an opiate for metahuman powers that Niles created and gave to him for safekeeping. He warns that it quiets everything, good and bad, and they'd have to stick to a strict regimen. Jane grabs the vial and teleports to the bus, and injects herself with the drug.
Jane finds herself in the lakeside in her mind. She lies down in the grass and her other personas join her, lying down as well. Young Kay lies down next to Jane, and Jane apologizes to her. The young girl says that it feels better now and they take each other's hands.
1988: Doom Manor
Niles is in his workshop crying when Elinore Stone comes in response to his invitation. He shows her Cliff's brain in a container and says that he's his last research subject. Niles notes that the crash was supposed to be on the racetrack and nobody else was supposed to get hurt, and says that it's all gone too far. Elinore wonders how Niles knew when Cliff was supposed to crash, and he says that it's gone too far. Niles tells her that he needs to tell her something and wants her to promise that she'll still be his friend.
Cliff goes to a food truck to get an order, and takes it to the bus. He lays it outside of the door and walks away. Inside, Jane lays unconscious.
2014: STAR Labs Medical Wing
Niles and Silas finish operating on Vic, and Niles says that Elinore would have wanted Vic to survive. Silas thanks him for the sentiment, and Niles tells him that Vic is going to need special holistic care. When he talks about compassion, Silas tells him that he's not fooling himself. Elinore told him what Niles did, and Silas tells him that his son isn't an experiment. He says that he did it out of love, and asks why Niles did it to the others. Disgusted, Silas walks off.
Vic dreams of being on the operating table surrounded by the group's body. Nobody, wearing Vic's face, is tearing him apart. Vic wakes up as Silas calls and asks if he's okay. He suggests that Vic go out in the field, but Vic figures that his time is better suited taking down cybercrime. Silas tells his son that he's proud of him and hangs up.
In White Space, Nobody initially parties about his triumph. He soon gets bored and reads a magazine article about how badly Doom Patrol is while sitting on the toilet. Nobody admits that the writer is right. Ezekiel arrives and says that he has waited centuries for The Rapture. It demands to know why Nobody has failed twice to bring it about. Nobody says that he was going for emotional stakes and admits that he's no God, and Ezekiel figures that God has brought him there to put Nobody back on the path of His glory. The villain figures that he's already succeeded in his life's work and turned everyone against Niles, and then remembers asking Niles about his wife. Ezekiel offers to bring Admiral Whiskers to Nobody as a henchman, and Nobody summons the mouse. He names the trio the Brotherhood of Dangerous Animals and figures that he'll have vengeance for real and then they'll destroy the world if there's time.
Larry gets up and wakes Rita, who is passed out drunk at the table. She's less than impressed with Larry's triumph, and says that a 13-year-old girl emotionally assassinated her. Rita figures that there has to be more to life than just getting by. They hear disembodied singing coming from a neighboring house even though the residents moved a week ago, and Rita figures they might as well investigate because they have nothing else to do. Larry suggests that it might lead them back to Niles and reminds Rita that they're the ones who don't get involved. Rita merely says that there'll be no more fighting.
Jane wakes up and hears Father calling to Kay. Hammerhead goes to get Kay, and the Secretary tells Jane that hiding isn't healing and she has to go out. Jane insists that they're safe and happy there, and wakes up in the real world. She opens the door and finds Cliff there, and realizes that he's the one who has been bringing her cold food for months. They both hear disembodied singing, and they immediately agree to go fuck up whoever is doing it.
Vic hears the music and follows it to Doom Manor. Rita and Larry arrive, and join Cliff and Jane as they go inside. Cliff says that he's grateful that the singer has brought them back together, and the five of them enter the manor.
Niles is sitting in front of the fireplace looking at a painting of Danny. Cliff puts a blanket on the painting, and Niles explains that Nobody has kidnapped Danny. He says that he needs their help to rescue Danny, and tells them that a long time ago he had a daughter. Niles is afraid that she's a danger to all of them, and wanted to live forever to protect her and protect others. That's why he created them to study any means possible of extending his own life. Niles says that they were initially experiments, and says that Danny agreed to be his daughter's caretaker. Somehow Nobody found out about her and has trapped them both inside the painting.
Cliff sarcastically agrees to help him with his daughter as soon as Niles makes a time machine so he can get back the 30+ years he lost with his daughter. Jane says that she'll do it for Danny and the daughter, but not for Niles. Rita tells Niles that she'll go in because the only time she doesn't feel like an asshole is when she deals with superstuff. Cliff says that he'll go in so he doesn't look like an asshole, and Niles warns that getting out will be tricky because he doesn't know how to do it.
They all stare at the painting and find themselves on Danny. None of the residents are in sight, and there's a newspaper saying that Flex brought the Dennyzens to safety. A giant Ezekiel steps out and throws a car, declaring itself a Horseman of the Apocalypse. Nobody runs past them, screaming, into the Perpetual Cabaret.
Inside, Ernest is on stage singing and greets the team as they come in. He admits that he fucked up, and Nobody offers him famous beards for him to tell Nobody everything. Nobody is at the bar drinking, and says that trapping Danny turned him into a husk. He wanted to meet Niles' daughter, and it turned out she was just like Niles. The Cabaret shakes, and Nobody says that she enlarged Ezekiel and Whiskers. Vic figures that they're the only ones who can save Danny, and Rita asks what the plan is.
The team go out on the street and Niles says that his daughter is at the doll hospital. A giant Whiskers arrives and swallows Cliff, and Vic opens fire on it. Niles falls out of his wheelchair and Jane goes to help him, and Vic keeps firing at Whiskers. He's forced to run, and Niles tells Jane to find his daughter. Jane goes down the stairs in the doll hospital.
Nobody sits in the Cabaret drinking and complains to Rita that the girl best him and threw him out of his own criminal organization. Rita bullied her and says that it's the past, and the future is theirs for the making. Nobody wonders what the point is, and Nobody says that she'd rather be nobody than nothing and that's what Nobody will be if he quits feeling sorry for himself. He figures that she's just saying it to save herself, and Rita admits that it's true but if Nobody gives up, his story is a disappointing defeat. If Nobody takes up his narration, he can turn his tale of a comeback into a legendary story. Nobody asks what she wants him to do.
Ezekiel tromps through Danny, singing a hymn. Nobody begins narrating, saying that Ezekiel was God all along because nobody is more powerful than a cockroach. Ezekiel agrees, and Nobody narrates that the cockroach will have to manifest Revelations itself. He directs it to Vic and it eats him, and Nobody narrates that now it wants to eat the world.
In Whisker's intestinal tract, Cliff complains about his life and Whiskers tells him that he's an orphan. Cliff figures that he deserves a second chance and nobody deserves to be eaten by a giant rat, and starts climbing up the tract.
Larry tells the Spirit that it will find a way out of Danny and releases it.
Jane reaches the basement and hears a girl crying inside of a room. She explains why she's there and the girl bangs on the door.
The Spirit weakens the dimensional barrier around Danny and then reenters Larry. Larry figures that everyone has to get inside of Ezekiel and calls to Rita. Rita comes out and recites the lines from the play, telling Ezekiel to eat her. It does.
Jane says that she has a friend, Baby Doll, who also gets scared. She sings the song her father used to sing to her, and Niles arrives and recites the lines with her. He invites his daughter to come out so they can see what the inside of a cockroach looks like. The girl opens the door, and Jane takes her hand.
Larry runs at Ezekiel and then wonders about Cliff. Nobody checks in on Cliff, who is climbing up Whiskers' throat and saying that he doesn't deserve what is happening. The villain then narrates Ezekiel and Whispers falling in love with each other. They tongue-kiss, and Cliff climbs up and crosses Whiskers' tongue to enter Ezekiel mouth. Larry removes his bandages and thrusts his hands into the dimensional barrier.
Nobody narrates the end of the story, and Ernest wonders what happens to them while the team is in Ezekiel's stomach protected from the radiation. As Nobody starts to answer, the radiation explodes.
On the lawn of Doom Manor, Ezekiel flies down onto Danny the Brick and says that radiation doesn't affect him. He insists that he can't die, and then dies as the team climbs out of his rear end. Niles introduces his daughter Dorothy to the others. Larry is full-sized and suggests that they deal with the issue at hand first. He takes them inside and behind them, a white easel shows Nobody and Ernest trapped inside.
Written by Gadfly on May 25, 2019