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"Being Harley Quinn" is the fifth episode of the first season of Harley Quinn. It is the fifth episode of the series overall. It was released on December 27, 2019 on DC Universe.


When Harley suffers a paralyzing identity crisis, her crew must enter Harley's mind to free her with the help of Dr. Psycho's telepathic powers.


Harley and Ivy search for replacement lairs but can't decide on one due to Harley's identity issues. They try to question her motives, but she comes up with nothing until she freezes. Doctor Psycho then takes everyone into Harley's mind to resolve the issue. They pass through her memories and discover a demented child and hateful high school graduate, eventually finding Harley herself. She's concerned about not making a decision, and examines a glitched memory of her origin story to figure out why - against Psycho's orders, causing a brain lockdown. Meanwhile, Sy Borgman discovers everyone's passed out bodies in his apartment.

Small Harleys begin to attack them from Harley's mind, they end up at the optic nerve to see Sy arranging their murder. They then go to Harley's subconscious and discover the Joker everywhere. Small Harleys continue to pursue them as they search for an emergency exit, and only a young Frankie Muniz managed to save them. Frankie was apparently Harley's crush as a child, who she intended to kidnap, marry, and have a child with without his consent.

At this point, Golda and Sy have nearly gotten the bodies to a furnace for burning, with Sy propositioning Golda. However, before taking the emergency exit, Harley notices a repressed memory island and seeks to find out what the glitch in her mind was. Everyone comes along while Clayface transforms into Frankie Muniz and draws the small Harleys away. Among the repressed memories, they discover that Frankie set a restraining order against Harley, which she broke, ending up in juvie.

Eventually she discovers that she was not pushed by the Joker into chemicals, she jumped of her own volition. Harley then takes back control, saying that neither him, nor her parents, nor Jessica Sarner (who claimed Harley lost her virginity to a horse), nor the police who interrogated her on what happened to Jessica Sarner created who she is today. They then escape Harley's mind and choose to use Sy's old mall as a lair for their crew.

Cast and Characters

Main Cast

Guest Cast



  • This episode's premise and several story elements allude to two films written by Charlie Kaufman, which are known for their exploration of the boundaries between memories and reality.
    • The episode's title and premise are loosely based off the film Being John Malkovich. Clayface even references the film after the crew activate Harley's Occipital lobe, thus allowing them to view outside through her eyes.
    • After Harley decides that her origin was not caused by Joker, thus retroactively changing her memories, he rebuttals by saying that she cannot alter past events in the vain of the film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
  • The family portrait which can be briefly seen in the background when they first enter Harley's mind, can be seen in full during the sitcom-parody sequence of "Bensonhurst"
  • Multiple images from past episodes, in particular from "Til Death Do Us Part", can be seen in Harley's museum of memories.
  • Clayface makes another film reference by asserting that they are adhearing to "Nightmare on Elm Street rules" when Doctor Psycho reveals that by dying inside Harley's mind they will also die in real life.
  • Clayface reveals that before working for Harley he used to fill in for the dog playing Air Bud after Clayface ran him over on the second to last day of shooting.