|“||I'd go home but no one's there. Mom's working a double shift, dad's out of town on a business trip. They don't have much time for me anymore now that I'm older. They want to get back to their lives, but still. You know, I get why Rick's so mad all the time. Losing his parents like that. I can't imagine what I'd do if mine were in some kind of accident.||”|
Beth Chapel is a brilliant student at Blue Valley High whose intellectual nature made her an outcast amongst her peers. She forms an unlikely friendship with Courtney Whitmore, Yolanda Montez, and Rick Tyler as they work together to stop the villains of the past. Aided by the artificial intelligence of Golden Age JSA member Charles McNider, Beth works with her friends to continue the legacy of the Justice Society of America as the superheroine Doctor Mid-Nite.
Beth was born on May 15th, 2004, in Omaha General Hospital to Bridget and James Chapel. She primarily grew up in Blue Valley, Nebraska, with her loving and attentive parents. They were her best friends and very close throughout Beth's childhood. They had ant farms, roach farms, and did almost everything together. Beth grew up and eventually attended Blue Valley High, which is when her parents expressed a desire to get back to their lives. This proved difficult for Beth, so she threw herself into schoolwork and created the BVHS teachers appreciation club - though she is the only member. She quickly became an outcast despite her talkative and outgoing personality, but often participated in school events despite being relatively friendless.
In the crowded cafeteria, Beth is eating lunch at her usual spot with Yolanda Montez and Rick Tyler, when they are suddenly joined by new-girl Courtney Whitmore. Courtney introduces herself and Beth warmly responds. When Courtney tries to converse with the group Beth stays silent along with everyone else. Beth tells her that the people at the table aren't friends with each other or anyone else and they're basically the Loser Table. She hardly reacts to Rick abruptly leaving or Henry King's aggressive behavior with Yolanda and the incident that followed.
The next day, Beth video conferences with her mom at lunch and cues in her father. She excitedly gets her dad to join the "family lunch", only to be informed by him that he's busy. Bridget's colleague, Dr. Henry King Sr., stops by and waves hi to Beth, taking a seat at his desk behind Dr. Chapel. She asks her daughter who the girl sitting next to her, and Beth introduces Courtney to her. Beth tells Bridget she'll see Courtney at the open house, and their video call ends. Beth tells Courtney her parents were the best and Courtney gives her an awkward smile. At the open house that night, Beth excitedly tells her parents about her teachers and is seen socializing alongside her parents.
Beth spends a large amount of time preparing for the annual talent show. She happily greets Courtney when they pass in the hall, a large smile on her face. She is later on the bus with Joey Zarick and other students when they are heading back to BVHS from the talent show. She sits next to Joey and apologizes that he didn't win, but is happy for him when he says that he's okay with third but can feel his magic growing. When the bus suddenly slips on the bridge, Beth can be seen jostling around and is scared by the ordeal.
Beth brings her mother lunch the way she does every night and enthusiastically greets a medical orderly by name. She explains that she made a different dish for her mother to try and can't wait for her mom to eat it. As they talk, she is oblivious to Wildcat, who is hanging on the wall several feet above Beth and the orderly. She heads inside where she has dinner with her mother, who reminds Beth that she doesn't have to bring her dinner every night or worry about her parents. Beth doesn't understand, as her father is often out of town on business so it's just the girls. Bridget reminds Beth that she and James are not her best friends, but her parents. Beth struggles with this fact but ultimately agrees. On her way out of the medical center, she witnesses Wildcat and Stargirl climbing out of a patients window. Courtney is flying on the Cosmic Staff and accidentally calls Wildcat by her real name - Yolanda. Beth, in a state shock holding her food dishes, repeats Yolanda's name unable to believe that the mousy girl at school is the Wildcat scaling a brick wall.
Now knowing the truth about Courtney and Yolanda's superhero identities, Beth begins to follow Courtney and Yolanda through the halls of BVHS. She eavesdrops on their conversation about recruiting new JSA members, all while pretending to listen to music in her AirPods. She smiles to herself after they walk away. When she turns, she almost slips on the water that Janitor Justin is using to mop the floors. He warns her to be careful, as there are dragons in the water. She smiles awkwardly and then continues on her way.
After school, Beth goes to Courtney's house where she is greeted by Barbara Whitmore who initially mistakes her for a trick-or-treater. Beth clarifies that she is a friend of Courtney's, happily introducing herself as Beth Chapel. In the kitchen, Beth is rambling to Barbara about what she would be doing if her parents were home for Halloween. She explains that they are working but they used to love all the same things. She speaks on their ant farm and roach farm that she had as a child. Her rambling earns a dirty look from Mike but Beth doesn't notice. Barbara interrupts Beth's rambling by saying she's late for work, telling the girl to wait in the living room.
Beth is sitting in the living room when Max appears chewing on something. She worries about the dog's safety but no one is around to ask. She follows Max up the stairs where she takes the object from him, admiring the goggles in her hands. She cautiously enters Courtney's room admiring it. She tries on the goggles and bonds with the A.I., Dr. Charles McNider, who she nicknames Chuck. When Courtney finds Beth in her room, she tries to get the googles back and Beth reveals that Rick Harris is really Rick Tyler, son of Hourman.
This prompts Courtney to decide that she and Yolanda should recruit Rick to join the team. Beth tags along as the goggles were able to track Rick's location by tracking his cell phone. Yolanda is hesitant to accept Beth into the JSA due to her track record with friends, to which Courtney explains that she didn't require her. Beth found the goggles and got them working. She remarks that Beth hasn't stopped talking since, with Yolanda adding that everyone knowns talking is Beth Chapel's superpower. Beth continues to smile saying that it's true. The goggles trace Rick's phone to Cindy Burman's house. Beth and Courtney venture inside to find Rick. Beth remarks that this is her first party but she finds it loud. Courtney suggests splitting up to cover more ground, so Beth makes her way through the party alone.
After Courtney finds Rick, Beth and Yolanda join her in speaking with Rick. Beth enthusiastically tells Rick about his father's chemist background and how the hourglass is tied to his DNA. He is confused on how to activate it, so she tells him to just turn it over like any other hourglass. She watches in awe as he activates the hourglass but stays quiet when he lashes out about not wanting to be part of the JSA. Courtney and Yolanda plan to follow Rick in their superhero attire, which excites Beth as she wants a suit. Courtney carefully tells her to stay behind as it can get dangerous, and Beth solemnly agrees.
After Courtney and Yolanda leave her to go after Rick, Beth leaves the party and has a heart to heart with Chuck. She opens up about her parents not spending as much time with her, noting that if her parents died in an accident she would be angry like Rick. This prompts Chuck to reveal what really happened to Rick's parents by showing her through the goggles.
Beth flees to where Rick, Stargirl, and Wildcat are, barely making it in time to stop a showdown between Rick and Stargirl. She frantically explains that Rick's parents were murdered and that Chuck can show them what happened. She is surprised when the goggles project a three-dimensional hologram of the accident. She narrates it for the group. When the hologram disappears, she keels over in fear noting that was really scary. Knowing the truth allows Rick to embrace his dad's mantle of Hourman and join the team.
Courtney faces the unhappy wrath of Pat Dugan, and fills him in on the new JSA team she has built that includes Beth Chapel as Dr. Mid-Nite. Pat tells her to get all of the JSA objects back from the team as they aren't ready. Courtney obliges and arrives at Blue Valley High School where Beth is sitting in the library giggling and talking to Chuck, who she has bonded with immensely. They talk about their shared interests in books with him telling her about how he bought the first edition copy of Fahrenheit 451. They share the same quirky humor. Beth looks up and notices Courtney and greets her by her superhero alias, Stargirl. Courtney warns her to be quiet about using the aliases in public, but Beth reassures her that no one ever listens to what she has to say anyway. Except for Chuck. She goes on to praise how she and Chuck have become friends. She thanks Courtney for trusting her with the goggles and bringing her and Chuck together. She then asks Courtney what she's doing at the library, to which Courtney lies about having to study for a test. Beth smiles and wishes her luck before returning to her excited. Courtney admits that she needs the JSA stuff back as Pat found out and wants them back.conversation with Chuck.
That afternoon, Yolanda and Beth sit together at lunch when Courtney approaches them. They are excited at the idea of having their first mission, with Beth admitting that she is nervous but Yolanda instantly gets defensive over her Wildcat suit and leaves, but Beth lingers saying that she doesn't want to lose Chuck. He's her only friend and the only one who listens to her. She begs Courtney to not make her give him up.
Beth and Yolanda leave school and are chased down by Courtney, who offers to talk to Pat with them. Rick arrives behind her explaining that he was just with Pat and calls the man useless. He then asks Courtney what she would do if Pat asks for her staff back, causing Beth to look expectedly at Courtney who can't meet their eyes. Rick hands his father's journal to Beth, explaining that it belonged to his father and he wants to know if the goggles can recognize the coding inside. Beth agrees to try and puts her goggles on. Chuck is unable to identify the formula, and Beth sadly states that Chuck doesn't know and returns the book. She suddenly gasps and the goggles begin to show her that The Gambler, an ISA member, is active once again. He's hacking into Empire Enterprises. Yolanda prompts Beth and asks her what's going on, so Beth fills them in on everything. The team wants to head out and agree to go with or without Courtney, who is more hesitant to go. She eventually concedes, however, they need to conceal their identities. Beth excitedly asks if this means she gets a costume, remarking that she would really like one.
The newly costumed Justice Society of America stands outside the Empire Enterprises building ready for their mission. When prompted by Stargirl, Dr. Mid-Nite admits to being nervous but ready. She later tells Stargirl and Hourman that she can get into the building without tripping the alarms as the goggles can show her the code. This is a better alternative then Hourman's initial plan of punching the door down. She enters the code and the door opens much to her glee. She gestures for the team to go ahead of her and they file inside.
The team navigates the halls with Dr. Mid-Nite staying in the rear of the group, following the lead of Stargirl. The approach a desk where they discover a man who was shot in the head and they are shocked at the sight. Beth has a horrified look on her face and emotionally asks if the man is okay. They are interrupted by voices that Chuck quickly identifies as Tigress and Sportsmaster, Icicle's attack dogs. He apologizes for the mix-up and she relays their names to the rest of the team. Stargirl has a plan to stick together which Beth is all for, but Hourman has other plans and attacks Sportsmaster. The villains split in different directions, with Stargirl following Hourman and Wildcat going after Tigress. Dr. Mid-Nite stands in the hallway nervously trying to figure out who to follow. She then decides to run after Wildcat.
Dr. Mid-Nite runs down a fleet of stairs and witnesses a brutal ending to Wildcat and Tigress's fight. Tigress has the upper-hand as she is shooting arrows at Wildcat who is barely catching them in time. Beth quietly and nervously asks Chuck what she should do, and he identifies a fire extinguisher. She grabs the extinguisher and points it at Tigress, activating it so it covers the villainess and stops her onslaught. Dr. Mid-Nite nervously tells Wildcat to run and fearfully runs after Wildcat, barely escaping before Tigress can recover. They burst out of the door and see Hourman laying on the pavement, badly injured and rush to his side.
A few moments pass before Dr. Mid-Nite appears to Stargirl's right, the rest of the JSA falling into formation around their leader. They assume a fighting position just a giant robotic armor lands behind the group, much to everyone's amazement. Dr. Mid-Nite takes a moment to appreciate S.T.R.I.P.E., before turning back to shell-shocked Tigress and Sportsmaster. The newly assembled JSA assumes fighting positions and she watches as a badminton shuttlecock flies at them then explodes, causing a smokescreen that allows the villains to escape.
Beth and the rest of the JSA return to The Pit Stop. Rick, Beth, and Yolanda are still dressed in the superhero attire as they admire S.T.R.I.P.E., while Courtney sits above with Pat. Rick admires the way Pat managed to build the suit out of cars, initially in disbelief about the feat. Beth is amazed by Pat's ability to build the robot and remarks that he should work for NASA. Rick then smiles lightly as he admits that Court was right and there's more to Pat then they thought. A few moments later, Courtney and Pat watch Rick, Yolanda, and Beth admiring S.T.R.I.P.E.
Beth has become fully bonded with Chuck, with them singing Karaoke together in the bathroom as she brushes her teeth and dances around the bathroom happily. They are interrupted by her parents knocking on the door. She whirls around and hides the goggles behind her back. Her parents enter and ask if Beth made them lunch, as they didn't see it in the fridge and are about to leave. Beth nervously moves around her parents, trying to conceal the goggles behind her back. She admits she got too busy and quickly leaves with a smile telling them to have a great day.
Beth is settled in the halls of BVHS when she notices Courtney and Rick beginning to walk together. She smiles and joins in on the walk, falling to Courtney's right. Rick gives a crooked smile to each of his new teammates. Their moment is interrupted when Cindy Burman shoves into them knocking them apart. She calls them losers before walking off. Courtney asks why Cindy is so mean, to which Beth explains that Cindy wasn't always like this. Cindy was nice in second grade, but lost her mother in third grade and was the meanest person in the fourth. Courtney is sympathetic but Rick snaps that isn't an excuse. He adds that Cindy is just a terrible person but Beth isn't so sure. The group disperses to their classes.
After school, Beth joins the rest of the JSA at The Pit Stop where they meet Mr. Dugan, who Beth is excited to see. Pat expresses that he's been working on something really special all day for their training against the ISA. Beth is very excited when Pat states that they have to start with two things: what they can do and what the bad guys can do. As they walk through the Pit Stop, Rick remarks that they already know what they can do. He can punch things really hard, Yolanda can climb walls and murder toasters, and Beth can talk about anything. Beth chimes in that she'd be happy to. He then comments that Courtney has a glowstick that blows things up. Pat asks the group to be patient and shows them his makeshift ISA group that will serve as their practice dummies. Beth is a little underwhelmed but remains positive as she enters the room.
Once inside, Beth nervously looks at the lo-fi training course, with mop buckets and the like representing members of the ISA. She listens as Pat gives them information on the ISA, but glances at Rick when Pat starts talking about Solomon Grundy. However, impatient for some actual training, Courtney and the Cosmic Staff make quick work of the mop bucket enemies, wrecking the course before any of her frustrated teammates get a crack at it. Beth chimes in that she could have saved one of those for her because she needs the training too. She admits to not being like the others and could have used it. Pat promises that Rick, Yolanda, and Beth will get to try the course tomorrow. Beth tells Courtney that the exercise was supposed to be for the team not just her. Courtney looks guiltily after Beth who leaves.
Rick angrily swipes objects off a table in The Pit Stop as he learns that Courtney's in the emergency room. He wants to act instead of just standing around and tells Yolanda his plan to break down Cindy's door and "take the bitch out". Beth refuses the idea by saying that Cindy has powers, but Rick gestures to himself and Yolanda saying that they have powers too. Beth tries to explain that Cindy's parents might be members of the ISA but Rick hopes that they are and storms past her. He grabs his hourglass and tries to leave. Beth blocks his past and tries to rationalize with him that there is a smarter approach to all of this. Rick merely states that an eye-for-an-eye is how things work. He tries to move past her but she stops him by putting her hand on his chest. He looks down at her in surprise until she tells him that she cares about Courtney and wants to act too, but he has to sit down and cool off. He asks what she'll do if he doesn't, making a snide comment about her just staring at him to make him stop, which she is hurt by. She takes a moment before asking him if he's so hurt that he wants to make everyone else hurt too. He takes a moment before turning and slamming his fist on the table as he sets the hourglass back down. Beth reiterates that they need to be smarter about their next move, to which Yolanda agrees with her. A moment passes before Rick steps forward and asks Beth what she wants to do, at which point, she holds up her goggles saying she has a good plan.
Beth is a smart, kind young girl who only converses with others she's spoken to. She considers herself a loser. Despite this, she is energetic and talkative but lacks the self-awareness to know when to stop talking or not to talk about certain topics. She values the time she shares with her parents, even video chatting them so they can eat lunch together. She spends her lunch with them instead of with other students. She enjoys schooling and cooking. Beth is a perky young teen who is close to her parents. She doesn't have many friends at BVHS despite her sunny disposition towards others. She is often seen cooking new foods for her mother to try and bringing them to the hospital so Bridget can eat them easier. She usually thinks of others before herself and values other people's feelings. Beth is courteous in the way that she refrains from sharing information that would otherwise hurt someone's feelings, such as when she refrained from telling Pat that Chuck had commented on Pat gaining weight since their last encounter. Instead, she merely smiled and lied saying that Chuck didn't have anything to add to the conversation.
Her patience and ability to process her emotions make her a valuable asset to the JSA. She counters both Yolanda and Rick's emotion-based decisions and tries to bring logic to the discussion. She is the only person thus far who has talked Rick out of making hasty decisions that would have otherwise ended badly for the entire team. She can concoct brilliant plans in a limited time frame but lacks the experience needed to execute them to their fullest extent or visualize possible complications. She is intelligent and, with the help of Chuck, was able to find information on the ISA's secret passageways virtually by herself due to Rick's refusal to lend a hand. She retains information and does much of the heavy lifting when it comes to research, while Chuck merely helps speed the process along. However, Beth relies heavily on Chuck for help in combat, showing that while she has the mental capacity for leadership, she lacks the skill to execute most of her ideas due to her young age. She is often the one bringing others up and making sure everyone feels appreciated and included in the team. This most likely stems from her feelings of being an outsider for so long that she doesn't want others to feel that way.
Beth is a cute young teenage girl with short curly hair styled in an afro, attentive brown eyes, and a round face. Her facial features are complemented with a warm smile, round nose and define smile wrinkles. She has a shorter stature compared to most, with a slim but curvy body and a smooth dark complexion. She wears circular glasses and light-colored clothing in a casual prep-style, such as polos and sweaters with jeans.
- Abilities via Dr. Mid-Nite's Goggles: When using the goggles, Beth is able to have an enhanced vision, X-Ray vision, night vision, and infrared vision.
- Holographic Projection: Using her goggles, Beth is able to create three-dimensional projections.
- Recognition: The goggles allow Beth to recognize objects and beings and search about them (like real name, relatives, etc.).
- Lie Detection: Beth’s goggles are capable to detect lies.
- Weather Prediction: Beth’s goggles are capable of predicting the weather.
- Twitter: The goggles allow Beth to access her Twitter account.
- Decryption: The goggles allow Beth to decrypt any kind of code, like passwords, allowing her to manually bypass technological security systems.
- Karaoke mode: The Charles McNider A.I has a karaoke mode to sing with Beth.
- High-Level Intellect: Beth has a 4.4 weighted GPA (4.0 unweighted). Beth displayed this level of intelligence in the episodes Shiv Part Two and Stars and STRIPE, where she came up with a clever plan to get more information regarding Cindy, and where she outsmarted the Gambler.
- Skilled Chef: Beth has incredible chef skills that exceed that of a normal high schooler.
- No Combat Training: Unlike the other Justice Society members, Beth has undergone no combat or martial arts training of any kind, thus is unable to defend herself against even low level enemies.
- Lack of Physical Conditioning: In addition to having no combat training, her overall physical abilities are quite poor, due to relying exclusively on her intellect and Dr. Mid-Nite's Goggles.
- Dr. Mid-Nite Suit: Beth wore a suit as her alter-ego, Dr. Mid-Nite. The suit was previously worn by Charles McNider, who died in a battle against the ISA. Her gloves are made of customized leather that holds pouches and pockets for potions and healing salves. Goggles that supply tactical knowledge to the wearer integrate into the rest of the Golden era-inspired updated design.
- Dr. Mid-Nite's Goggles: This pair of goggles is a powerful artifact that was designed by the brilliant scientist and Golden Age Justice Society of America member, Charles McNider. Beth discovers the goggles and manages to activate them, which leads her to befriend Chuck. Her ability to work well with Chuck and convey the knowledge he gives her to the new JSA allows her to inherit the mantle of Dr. Mid-Nite.
- A.I: Equipped inside the goggles, this Artificial Intelligence is tasked with guiding the wearer and also as the goggles main operator. It went with the name 'Dr. Charles McNider' upon its first meeting with Beth, she later nicknamed it Chuck.
Notes and Trivia
- Beth has a 4.0 decided GPA and a 4.1 undecided GPA.
- She is afraid of heights and falling.
- Beth has a tendency to address adults formally whereas her friends don't. The exceptions she has made is Pat during a conversation with her friends and Barbara who was under Brainwave's control.