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Recap / Doom Patrol 2019 S 1 E 03 Puppet Patrol

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The Doom Patrol journeys to Paraguay to try to find the Chief. There, they find themselves against a Nazi scientist who can give or remove superpowers.


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  • Absurdism: A Nazi puppet show and a Steampunk mad scientist.
  • All Germans Are Nazis: Doctor Von Fuchs is a Nazi and incredibly German with lederhosen-clad minions.
  • The Baroness: More the Rosa Klebb version but not quite. They are Doctor Fuchs' secretaries.
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  • Berserk Button: Cliff has a bunch of these that get pushed.
  • Blatant Lies: In his puppet play, Fuchs claims that he relocated to Paraguay after the war for health reasons (and not because he was persecuted for war crimes). Even the Asian tourist doesn't buy this explanation.
  • Body Horror: The other customer is left part plant, part crystal, part dinosaur, and with two heads (the other being a velociraptor). He thinks this is awesome.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: The Negative Spirit leaves Larry's body in the lab rafters as payback for Larry's rather reasonable request to set some boundaries. It later wrecks the bus when Larry calls it out on that stunt and starts insulting it.
  • Dissonant Serenity: The servants of Doctor Fuchs are dressed like they're at Oktoberfest.
  • Epic Fail: A bus trip meant to take two weeks to get to South America doesn't even get past Kentucky.
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  • Gayngst: Larry's inability to love his wife and love affair with a fellow pilot occupy much of the episode via flashbacks.
  • Heel Realization: The customer of Doctor Fuchs has one of them when he finds out he's a former Nazi scientist.
  • Hive Mind: Fuchs' employees all appear to be mentally linked to him, if not directly controlled by him.
  • Hope Spot: Larry thinks Doctor Fuchs can remove the monster inside him.
  • Keet: The tourist Cliff, Larry, and Jane encounter in Paraguay, who eventually becomes the Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Man.
  • Mook Horror Show: Robotman's gruesome killing spree includes Grievous Harm with a Body.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Cliff says this almost word-for-word after slaughtering a hallway full of Von Fuchs Nazi minions.
  • Oktoberfest: Fuchtopia is full of it. Traditional German music is played when the heroes arrive and the staff is wearing Bavarian outfits.
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  • Product Placement: The MacBook held into the camera by Victor's father.
  • Reality Ensues: A bunch of humans going up against a super strong metal robot will not end well for them.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: Jane and Cliff murder everyone at the facility, leaving them with no clues as to the Chief's location.
    • The entire road trip since Jane can teleport (or at least one of her personalities can).
  • Something We Forgot: The Japanese tourist at the end.
  • Steampunk: Doctor Fuchs' technology seems more at home in the Victorian Era than the 1930s he's from—let alone the 21st century.
  • Tastes Like Friendship: Cliff tries this method towards Jane, delivering her peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. It doesn't go too well.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: Doctor Fuchs' bizarre lair, Fuchtopia, has shades of this. His servants and devices are also quite wacky.
  • Travel Montage: The bus travelling on a map.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Cliff gives into one of these and slaughters a dozen of Doctor Fuchs' minions.
  • Vampire Vords: The Germans at Fuchtopia speak with a thick German accent.
  • We Can Rule Together: Doctor Fuchs suggests this to Jane. She rejects his offer by killing him.
  • White Void Room: Larry has a talk with his energy being in Fuchs' brightly lid transformation chamber.
  • Zeerust: Doctor Fuchs' superscience is very Pulpish and antiquated, even for the 1930s.

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