"The Line" is the seventh episode of the first season of Harley Quinn. It is the seventh episode of the series overall. It was released on January 10, 2020 on DC Universe.

Synopsis

Harley breaks the Queen of Fables out of prison to add some evil oomph to her crew – but maybe Fables is a little TOO evil?

Plot

Queen of Fables receives a favorable court decision demanding her release from the U.S. Tax Code, where she was originally imprisoned. Meanwhile, Harley comes up with a plan to steal Kord Industries' weather machine, something a myriad of Legion of Doom members tried and failed to acquire. Protected by a "thousandish" lasers, Harley decides to first steal a personal force field from S.T.A.R. Laboratories to allow easier theft. However, Harley's planning is interrupted when she finds out that Queen of Fables was released by Zatanna Zatara, only to then be put directly into the Arkham Asylum.

Harley argues for breaking Queen of Fables out of prison, and although Ivy advises Harley that Queen of Fables actually belongs in Arkham, Harley simply walks away and ignores her. Later, Harley ambushes the prison transfer vehicle with Queen of Fables inside it, and frees her. However, although Queen of Fables is grateful and offers her assistance with their heist, things seem to go wrong when King Shark asks for her to summon Humpty Dumpty, his favorite character. King Shark is initially delighted until Queen of Fables smashes him apart and begins cooking him, horrifying everyone present.

Poison Ivy urges Harley to not involve herself with Queen of Fables, saying that Queen of Fables is "cable bad", but quickly leaves when Harley questions why Ivy is "dressed like a 40s house wife who's fucking her husband's boss". Ivy then goes off to meet Kite Man for a date, using her outfit to ensure anonymity. She appreciates Kite Man's gift of roses but insists on going to a movie so that she won't be recognized. Meanwhile, Harley's Crew plus Queen of Fables go to steal the personal force field, with Queen of Fables supplying Cinderella's mouse to sneak through air vents for them.

As they prepare to enter the building, a soccer ball hits Harley in the back of the head, and when they turn they see a random man coming to retrieve it. He departs with it to a nearby "Praxis Family Reunion", where he immediately reports the criminals he saw skulking near the entrance to the S.T.A.R. Laboratories. Harley wanted to call off the mission at that point, but Queen of Fables offered to distract them while they moved on, summoning several live fairy tales to delight the children present.

Praxis Family Reunion massacre

Harley's Crew perform the heist without a hitch, but return to discover a bloody massacre where the Praxis Family Reunion was. This horrifies everyone, prompting Clayface to throw away his eyes, saying "I won't be needing these anymore". Queen of Fables justifies herself, saying she killed the man who ratted them out to prevent word getting out, and then killed everyone when they saw her do it to "end the blood line and prevent any revenge killing". She brushes it off as "just Evil 101", although Doctor Psycho claims to have literally taught "Evil 101" in college, and that they never covered anything "this fucked up". At this point Queen of Fables just asks if there's anyone still alive, and although Harley sees someone, she says that everyone was dead, so Queen of Fables dispatches the Three Little Pigs to eat the corpses (including the bones, which Queen of Fables emphasizes).

Back at the Gotham Mall, Ivy now convinces Harley to kick Queen of Fables out, but Queen of Fables has grown to like their group and offers to assist in further heists. Harley tries to talk Queen of Fables down gently, but she bluntly asks Harley to get to the point, to which Harley says she doesn't want Queen of Fables' assistance anymore because killing innocent people is "just a line I won't cross". This outrages Queen of Fables, who mocks Harley and says that "superheroes have a line, Teen Titans have a line, we don't give a fuck", claiming that she will have to cross her lines in order to get into the Legion of Doom. Queen of Fables then angrily departs.

Later, Ivy goes out on a date with Kite Man to a nice restaurant, but his reservation isn't accepted and they are forced to wait 40 minutes. At the same time, Harley carries out her heist on Kord Industries to steal the weather machine, and although they succeed, Queen of Fables arrives and attempts to steal it from them. Harley protests that they are friends and refuses to give up the weather machine, at which point Queen of Fables begins threatening to kill Harley, until they are both interrupted by a bolt of lightning at their feet.

Jason Praxis introduced

After being knocked bodily aside, an Jason Praxis launches another bolt of lightning at Queen of Fables' storybook, destroying her powers. Forced to flee from his continued assault, Harley demands to know who he is, so Jason identifies himself as "Jason Praxis, last surviving member of the 25th Annual Praxis Family Reunion and Jamboree, you murdered all of my family!" At the same time, Ivy's date is going badly due to long wait lines, so Kite Man asks if he can "name drop" Poison Ivy to get in early. At Ivy's reluctance to reveal herself, Kite Man begins to clue in to her anonymous garb indicating that she doesn't want to be seen with him, at which point he breaks down and gets emotional and leaves, making a scene and revealing her identity.

Once again in the Gotham Mall, Jason Praxis continues his electrical assault on Harley's Crew, with her crew lamenting that Queen of Fables was right about ending the bloodline. It turns out that Jason was the "little girl" Harley saw with the pony tail, actually just a long haired man crouching in fear, who became distraught after his family was slaughtered. He tried to kill himself by jumping on an electrical fence at S.T.A.R. Laboratories, only instead of dying he received electrical powers, which surprised none of Harley's crew. Harley tries to reason with Jason, asking for any way to resolve their conflict, and although Jason wants to kill them all, he says that he would allow them all to live if they handed over Queen of Fables. Harley immediately assents and prepares to hand over Queen of Fables.

Jason Praxis killed by Queen of Fables

Ivy goes to apologize to Kite Man, but he is surprisingly forgiving, saying he cares about her, and Ivy says she likes him too, "against all logic and reason". Again back at the Gotham Mall, Jason Praxis launches a powerful bolt at Queen of Fables, only for it to rebound and strike him instead - Harley put her personal force field on Queen of Fables, saving her. Harley then sent Queen of Fables away, although she warned Harley for leaving her alive, at which point Jason began to wake up. When he came to he asked if he "vanquished" Queen of Fables and avenged his family, and when Harley lied that he did, he became overcome with emotion. He cried tears of relief, saying he could finally rebuild his life, only to be interrupted when Queen of Fables' spear erupted from his mouth - she stabbed and killed him from behind, finally "ending the bloodline".

Afterward Harley, King Shark, and the others attempt to guess the weather machine's password, only to fail too many times and trigger a self destruct.

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