Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Harley Quinn - Being Harley Quinn

In a season that is all about discovering just who Harley Quinn (Kaley Cuoco) is after leaving the Joker, "Being Harley Quinn" gets the most literal as it takes the crew in Harley's mind to find the cause of her inability to make decisions about who she is and what she wants. Unwilling to let the pervy Doctor Psycho (Tony Hale) enter their friend's mind on his own, the entire crew heads inside Harley's brain where they find plenty of Jokers, a young Frankie Muniz (Frankie Muniz), killer child Harleys, and a whole bunch of answers Harley wasn't expecting.

The main takeaway from "Being Harley Quinn" is Harley realizing she chose the life of becoming Joker's sidekick, it wasn't forced upon her. Of course, touching such dangerous memories (ignoring Psycho's "stripper rules"), does produce problems from the crew who spend much of the episode either running from various forms of Harley's subconscious or being shocked with what they find. While lost in their friends mind, there's also the unexpected thread of Sy (Jason Alexander) coming across the bodies all wearing Suicide Squad t-shirts thanks to King Shark (Ron Funches) passing out the tees of a group desperately trying to get Harley to join (offering a fun way to tie in another DC property the character is associated with as well as have Sy shocked with discovering an apparent group suicide in the apartment... again?). Trying to dispose of the bodies brings the episode full circle as Harley and crew reemerge to find their new home.

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