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Doom Patrol's Season Finale Expands the Broken Family

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WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for the Doom Patrol Season 1, Episode 15 "Ezekiel Patrol," streaming now on DC Universe.

Doom Patrol's Season 1 finale, "Ezekiel Patrol," picks up six months after Mr. Nobody freed the team from the White Space, with the family of misfits split apart by the revelation that Niles Caulder caused their accidents. However, when Nobody kidnaps Danny the Street, Niles begs the Doom Patrol to reunite for one final mission: to rescue his daughter from a painting in which she was trapped by his old enemy.

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What follows is nothing short of a game-changer as the heroes decide to help Niles, if only to save the innocent girl, and end Nobody's threat once and for all.

FINDING DOROTHY SPINNER

Ezekiel in the Doom Patrol finale

The crew enters the painting with the help of Negative Man's electric spirit, only to find Nobody drinking inside one of Danny's bars. Apparently, he's been overthrown by the cockroach Ezekiel and a rat, Admiral Whiskers, whom we saw early in the series. They're now as tall as skyscrapers; Nobody admits Niles' daughter gave them these extraordinary powers.

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Crazy Jane and Niles rescue the girl, Dorothy, and Jane promise to keep her safe in what's clearly a dig at the Chief. Negative Man opens a portal back to the real world, but as he sets off a radiation blast to destroy the painting, Cyborg's initial plan comes to fruition, with all the heroes, plus Niles and Dorothy, hiding out in Ezekiel's stomach.

They escape the explosion, and return to the real world, where Danny has been transformed from a gender-queer asphalt strip into a brick, similar to the 2009 comic book run in which he took that form due to gentrification. The Doom Patrol is on the lawn of Doom Manor, with Dorothy in tow, and everyone wonders whether Niles will actually harness her powers for good. The Chief, however, sees this reunion as a shot at redemption, and to prove doubters wrong.

NOBODY FINALLY BECOMES... NOTHING

Mr. Nobody in the Doom Patrol finale

At the beginning of the episode, Nobody had already won. His main goal was to break apart Niles' family and expose his old foe as a fraud. However, because of his ego, Nobody forgot about Dorothy. After trying to kidnap her, the plan backfired, which left him drunk and confessing to Rita Farr that all he ever wanted to was be somebody.

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Rita tells him being a "nobody" is better than being nothing, and encourages him to help the Doom Patrol fight Ezekiel and Whiskers. But when the explosion detonates, Nobody and the Beard Hunter, who provided him the details about Niles' daughter, aren't within the cockroach's stomach. Without that shield, Nobody and the Beard Hunter are seemingly destroyed in the blast.

However, the final moments show both villains trapped within the painting, only this time it's both of them in the White Space dimension. We don't know whether they're dead or simply frozen there, but the Doom Patrol aren't particularly concerned, indicating Nobody really has become the "nothing" Rita warned him about.

THE TINY PATROL

To exit the White Space, however, the Doom Patrol has to shrink to hide in the roach's body. After Negative Man brings them out the painting, they're the size of ants. DC Universe one-ups Marvel's Ant-Man franchise with a diverse team of insect-sized heroes that now includes Dorothy.

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Upon bursting through Ezekiel's body, they're on Danny the Brick, leaving Negative Man (who came through at normal size using his own portal) wondering how he's going to super-size them again. He takes them to Doom Manor lab, eager to fix the latest problem.

Luckily, they have Dorothy, who may be able to help with her powers; or maybe Larry Trainor will give Flex Mentallo a call. Either way, the Doom Patrol is a tiny patrol for now, and as it stands, they're a family again. How long that lasts remains to be seen, but it's clear it'll hinge on whether they trust Niles with his daughter.

Streaming now on DC Universe, Doom Patrol stars Brendan Fraser as Cliff Steele, Matt Bomer as Larry Trainor, Diana Guerrero as Crazy Jane, Alan Tudyk as Mr. Nobody, April Bowlby as Rita Farr, Joivan Wade as Vic Stone and Timothy Dalton as Niles Caulder.

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