'Doom Patrol' Season 2 Episode 7: Rita finally achieves her dream through the secret power of beekeeping
Ever since finding out that her mother slept with producers to get her jobs, Rita has been suffering from crippling self-doubt but now she gets some unconventional help from a very surprising source
Spoilers for 'Doom Patrol' Season 2 Episode 7 'Dumb Patrol'
'Doom Patrol' Season 2 is drawing closer to its end and some of the major plotlines that we've been following all season are now almost ready to be tied up. The troubled life of Rita Farr (April Bowlby) is one of them. Ever since finding out that her mother slept with producers to get her jobs, Rita has been suffering from crippling self-doubt and a really bad case of impostor syndrome. Now in Episode 7 'Dumb Patrol', she gets some unconventional help from a very surprising source.
Desperate to ensure that her performance as the Beekeeper in an upcoming community theatre production is absolutely top-notch, Rita reaches out to Martha the Beekeeper (Avis-Marie Barnes) for some tips. And while Martha wasn't much of a help with that, she does bring out Rita's mommy issues and gives her a bizarre but effective tip. The beekeeper suggests that Rita go yell at her bees to vent out her pent-up frustration. As it turns out, DC has a thing for Marthas who are extremely wise because while Rita doesn't find the experience instantly cathartic, it does help her achieve one of her biggest dreams.
Since the start of the season, Rita has wanted to become a superhero like Vic Stone / Cyborg (Joivan Wade). After her talk with the bees, Rita finally finds the strength to finally become that person. Walking past a mugging, Rita chooses to use her powers to punch the mugger and save the guy who was being threatened. And she does it wearing her beekeeper costume so we guess her superhero identity is now "The Bombastic Beekeeper".
The way Rita's journey has been resolved might be ridiculous. Actually, it is definitely ridiculous but this is 'Doom Patrol' so ridiculousness is just par for the course. But despite how funny or weird it might have been, this episode did help Rita achieve something she has wanted for a long time.
Of course, she still has a long way to go when it comes to fixing herself and moving on. But at least now, Rita is a little bit closer to that end goal than she was at the start of the season.
'Doom Patrol' Season 2 streams Thursdays on DC Universe and HBO Max.