Perhaps the most significant bit of dialogue in this episode of “Logic Bomb” came from the soon-to-be-murdered parking garage attendant in the cafe. Kareem (Kareem Savinon) tells Joanna that he cannot keep this up, he lied to the FBI and they know it. He asks if this is just to protect some “scrawny kid in a hoodie.” Kareem just described Elliot, not Tyrell. Mr. Robot just underwent a key change, not only with Elliot but with all the women of the verse.
There is, of course, Elliot’s uncomfortable cease-fire with his dead dad. Elliot is somewhat in control now and his actions seem to be a mix of Mr. Robot and himself. This side of his multi personality now serves, more or less, as a guide.
There is a lot going on in this episode. Despite the end where Ray has his thugs beat Elliott for looking at his website’s wares, “Logic Bomb” deals with the women. Joanna Wellick, Angela, Dom and Darlene are the focus this week.
Darlene is orchestrating some fsociety attack in Washington and she will use Angela to deliver a device to the FBI. Joanna proves that Tyrell is not the only murderer in the Wellick family. Agent Dom DiPerro gets close to Whiterose, in his guise of State Security Minister of China, aka Mr Zhang.
Call Me Dom:
The two talk in his “clock room” and play getting to know you. The Jersey girl gives a little backstory and it is rather mundane, no Clarissa Starling here, and Zhang takes her on a tour. He shows her his sister’s room and talks of alternative realities where 5/9 never happened and the world is acting accordingly.
All this talk of other realties is a big hint to the FBI agent. Zhang, like Elliot has different personalties. When he is doing Dark Army tasks he is the feminine Whiterose. As State Security Minister he is Mr. Zhang. The clear pleasure in his dress collection and his talk of alternate worlds is his confession of duality.
(Just as his statement moments earlier to Dom are a hint. “There’s more,” he says. Zhang then goes on to talk about Dom’s entry into the FBI. But the phrase itself is a hint to his split personalities.)
Later, as the FBI start to leave for their “tour” two gunmen enter and start shooting everyone. Dom moves quickly and hides behind the catering table. She grabs another agent’s gun and wounds one of the gunmen. He then shoots himself in the head.
Gunman number two then pins her down behind the table. (Dom’s ear ringing is testament to how close at least one of those rounds came to hitting her. This was a nice touch.)
It is clear that this assault was orchestrated by Zhang/Whiterose. There was never any intention to share what information they had on the Dark Army. This was a public relations exercise only. Dom’s request for the hacking records generated a death sentence.
Darlene and Angela:
All the women in the series step up. Darlene pushes for Angela to be a part of their secondary attack on E Corp. She is also making a move on Washington.
Angela agrees to help Darlene. Her motives could be linked to Price’s refusing to promote her in the company. This move is not necessarily retaliatory in nature. It could be down to reading things incorrectly. If she has misinterpreted the lay of the land her planting the device at the FBI could be an escape route for her.
There is also the fact that Angela is covering her and Elliot’s tracks. That CD she uploaded may have been covered up by her former douchebag boyfriend but, as they say, it pays be sure.
Joanna Wellick’s Lullaby:
Tyrell’s wife has turned out to be even more cold blooded than he ever dreamed of being. Sure he liked to beat up bums in alleys and murdered Mrs. Knowles but her never ordered the murder of anyone else. Of course it is not just the murder of Kareem that is disturbing but the manner of his death.
Given a paralyzing agent and forced to watch helplessly as first his apartment is ransacked by Joanna’s security man and then shot twice. She says this was necessary to give Kareem closure. Otherwise, she says, we are “ruthless” murderers.”
This is so much store dressing. Given Joanna’s personality, it seems more likely that this was the added twist of the metaphorical knife. It must have been difficult to listen to Kareem’s whining and bitching while paying out money she could ill afford. This was her revenge.
As a final disturbing touch, she sings a Danish lullaby to the baby after her conversation with her “hitman.” Later she gets the insert for the music box and a call. She believes it is Tyrell and clearly the caller is right outside her house.
After getting the previous sys admin to show him the site, Elliot is in a quandary about what to do. His Mr. Robot side tells him to let it go. But the images that RT (Luke Robertson) gave Elliot access to have opened his eyes. He wants to believe that Ray is a good man but has serious doubts.
In the middle of the night, two of Ray’s men grab Elliot out of bed and drag him outside. Elliot asks Ray what he is doing and the man’s answer is, “I told you not to look.” The thugs then beat Elliot to the sidewalk.
Despite a preview that shows Elliot injured and in bed, with Ray visiting, this could all be in his head. As one viewer mentioned on a recap: Why would they take Elliot out into the street to beat him. Where his cries of pain could be heard and neighbors can call the cops…
Sidenote: The whole Ray storyline feels very “Bluebeard” in nature. “Fix my site but do not look at it,” says Ray. Bluebeard tells his last wife that she has the run of the castle except for the one room with no key. He tells his new wife that she will not, of course, want to go in there…Like Elliot however, the curiosity is too great.
At the end of Mr. Robot this week we have no idea if Dom has survived the gun attack or not. Elliot is being beaten to a pulp and Angela has agreed to deliver the device to the FBI. Darlene is still using her “stolen” smart home as a base of operations.
A final thought on the Mr. Zhang/Whiterose issue. Is Whiterose helping the minister of state security through the Dark Army. Is this all part of some plot to put the Chinese in charge of American finances? A type of world domination via the banking world? And is Elliot and his little team of fsociety hackers inadvertently helping?
Mr. Robot airs Wednesdays on USA.
- Rami Malek – Elliot Alderson
- Christian Slater – Mr. Robot
- Carly Chaikin – Darlene
- Portia Doubleday – Angela Moss
- Stephanie Corneliussen – Joanna Wellick
- Martin Wallström – Tyrell Wellick
- Michael Cristofer – Phillip Price
- Grace Gummer – Dominique DiPierro
- Joey Bada$$ – Leon
- BD Wong – Whiterose/Mr. Zhang