Mr Robot Season 2, Ep 8: Release the Kraken (Recap/Review)

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It is all good fun till the FBI and the Dark Army put you on their hit list.  In Mr. Robot this week, Darlene goes on the offensive. She releases her inner Kraken and takes out one, if not two, people who get in the way.

The episode opens with Mobley and Trent meeting hacker cute in Ron’s Coffee House. Darlene arrives, instead of Elliot, and begins reading the fsociety mission statement to the newest members. The dialogue is muted by jazzy music evocative of a noir detective film or maybe a nod to “Peter Gunn.”

A change of venue and time means a change in music.  As the fsociety survivors monitor the FBI communications Dance Macabre, originally composed by Camille Saint-Saëns plays over the scene. (Known to  a plethora  of fans as the theme to Brit mystery series Jonathan Creek, it  is a brilliant bit of music that sets the scene beautifully.)

Operation Berenstain is alive and well. It also illegally surveilling around three million Americans.  Darlene makes a tape with the assistance of Trent. In a signposting of things to come, the video tape unspools while recording.  This insignificant event is forewarning that  all  is about to come unravelled for fsociety.

The first step in this downward spiral is when Susan Jacobs returns home. She finds it full of fsociety members.  She is tied to the railing in her swimming pool room.  Jacobs will not shut up Trent is told to sort her out.

Susan says she needs the toilet and Trent cuts the ties.  Jacobs tries to attack Trent and knocks herself out cold by slamming her head agains the wall.  The group panic.  They hack her files to find something to use as leverage.

Darlene notices an email referencing pacemakers.  She goes to speak with Susan.  She has a taser and tells the captive to keep it cool. Darlene offers her a cigarette, which Jacobs takes, and they talk.

Elliot’s sister recalls seeing Jacobs when she was four, laughing as E Corp was cleared of any wrong doing in her father’s case.  She lets Susan go and then zaps her with the taser. With her heart stopped, Jacobs falls into the pool.

Fsociety scatter.

Darlene ends up with Cisco and they talk about Susan’s death at her hands. She tells Cisco that she feels nothing.  Darlene admits to having a dark side that she always wanted to let loose.

Mobley is picked up by the FBI and held for 12 hours. Dom finally questions him and he asks for a lawyer.  Agent DiPerro has to let him go. The fsociety tape, released by Darlene and Trent has created a sh*storm for the FBI and the bad press is killing them.

Trent heads home and nervously suggests to her father that they move. Mobley texts her, telling her to meet him at Ron’s. She arrives and waits.

Angela has had an agent from the FBI planted on her.  She dumps him at a bar.  He is not pleased and complains to Dom.  Angela also ranks a plumber friend of her father’s who attacked her verbally. “Who do you think you are,” he asks.  Her reply silences the older man.

At the end the episode, Darlene wakes up in Cisco’s bed and he is in the shower.  His laptop is open and she reads correspondence from the Dark Army and Cisco.  He has sold them out.

When Cisco comes into the bedroom he sees his laptop destroyed.  Darlene  hits him in the head with a baseball bat.  At the same time Mobley has disappeared and Trent sees someone enter the coffee shop. Her eyes widen…

Fsociety are smack in the middle of everything. The feds and the Dark Army want to shut them down. It was obviously Whiterose who ordered the death of Romero and it seems that they are racing to take out the rest of fsociety before the FBI can get to them.

Dom has, quite rightly, zeroed in on Mobley as the weak link in the group.   It is almost a certainty that it was not  he who Trent saw entering the coffee shop.

Darlene has become homicidal.  First Susan Jacobs and now, it seems, Cisco has been taken out.  Both were dispatched by her hand. Release the Kraken indeed.

Mr. Robot airs Wednesdays on USA.


Guest starring  Sandrine Holt as Susan Jacobs and Michael Drayer as Cisco

Mr Robot: _h4ndshake.sme – Esmail’s Mind F**K (Review)

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Season two of Mr. Robot has all been about false realities. The previous episode gave plenty of clues that pointed out none of what we have been watching is the “real” Mr. Robot Universe. (These hints continued this week but with Angela. Two separate times, two different characters allude to her not “being Angela.” Her father and Dom point out that she is not who she thinks she is.) “Handshake.sme,” for all it reveals, was the ultimate Sam Esmail mind f**k.

Elliot has been in prison throughout the entire season. It all makes a sort of twisted sense if one looks at the episode back to front.  Many fans of the show were pretty sure he was in an institution or jail. The former was the most popular theory.  (The big question is why Alderson is in prison.)

Is he there because of Wellick?

But the “why” loses potency when the realization hits that everything dealing with Elliot has been an illusion.  The moment  Krista (Gloria Reuben) says to Elliot that he is not staying at his mother’s house, everything clicks. Even as the short montage  plays where each event or place morphs into a prison setting,  the puzzle pieces fall into place making this information  take precedence over all.

Other reveals, such as Leon working for Whiterose and that  Darlene and fscociety are  not bothered whether Angela gets caught or not, become more than secondary to the data overload of Elliot being behind bars.

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At the start of the episode, the focus is briefly on Joanna Welleck.  She has a flashback that is brought on by a pair of emerald earrings.  It includes the woman that Tyrell murdered in season one.  Then a comes a moment that can only be described as a signpost of what is to come.

Joanna is on the sidewalk with her baby and  pram when a woman comes up carrying a bucket, or pail. Welleck smiles at the woman who says “capitalist pig,” as she hurls the container full  of either red paint or blood all over Joanna.  The spattered woman screams her rage.  This can only be there to tell us, the audience, that we will have something thrown in our faces as well.

And so  Esmail manages to fling a shocking reveal at us that stuns and, in some cases, outrages our sensibilities. Can we trust anything that Elliot has been telling us?

Perhaps not, but in reality, we do not care. The story with its twists and turns and hidden secrets compels us to return  each week.  Esmail’s sucker punch ending of “”  makes sense.  Even the smallest details from earlier episodes of Mr. Robot  point to Elliot’s reality being a lie.

When Darlene and Angela come to visit Alderson at his “mom’s” house they sit in the dining room in straight-back chairs. All the while the mother sits silently watching television. It felt wrong until one envisions the visits taking place in a prison visits room.

The spartan condition of Elliot’s room; a desk, chair and his single bed also points to a prison cell versus a bedroom. All of these things make perfect sense once this huge twist is revealed.

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Looking at other character’s shows Angela getting dangerously overconfident in her dealings with Price.  She made a big mistake in not celebrating the old boy’s birthday with him.  He okays her lateral move but in a fit of pique tells her new boss to treat her as he wishes. (Which in his case, is not very well at all.)

Part of her problem could be that FBI hack that Darlene instigated. Angela helped fsociety pwn the law enforcement agency almost literally under Dom’s nose. This could explain Angela’s added burst of self confidence. Unfortunately it seems like Darlene may throw Elliot’s bestie under the bus if Dom gets too close.

The FBI agent already has Angela in her sights. She tells them to check Angela’s work space computer, and clearly suspects her of something, even if she does not know what, just yet.

Another highlight from last night’s episode (also diminished by that huge reveal) was Leon. Not his association with Whiterose but his samurai attack; complete with swishing blade sound effects, on those thugs who were going to rape Elliot.

Just as the tall bald supremacist was ready to act, rapid footsteps and those blade sounds turn this little party into a bloodbath.  What Leon does with his knife after the rapist moans is poetic justice.

Something else occurs in that alleyway (prison hallway). As Elliot is hit by the thugs to soften him up, he keeps changing into Mr. Robot.  This seems to indicate that the two are now completely interchangeable for better or worse.

Joanna filing for divorce from Tyrell seems like a calculated move. Earlier, after the paint scene, (Wellick looks quite terrifying there, all teeth and silent screams of rage with that blood on her face…) she is looking at a baby scan.

Is this a new one? Can this be why she suddenly decides to ditch Tyrell and go for her S&M boyfriend? Or was this another surprise from Tyrell, a gift from before?

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Dom seems to be “on the prod” after her boss’s “softly, softly” orders. She has homed in on Angela and seems to have guessed quite a lot.  It may well be that Agent DiPierro will be fsociety’s nemesis in the end.

Finally:  It is clear that Ray was a Corrections Officer with the K9 section, or a dog handler in HMPS parlance. (Hence the special connection with his dog.) He appears to be relieved that his business has been closed down and that he will be caught.

Ironically, even as Angela tells her father to take the money and run as E Corp may not last much longer, the corporation has managed to survive the attack by resorting to “E-Coin.” Looks like Elliot’s masterplan hardly slowed them down.

Mr. Robot airs Wednesdays on USA. Tune in and see what Esmail throws at us next. Could the garbage burning have something to do with the upcoming storyline?


Mr Robot: Logic_B0mb.hc – Key Change (Review)

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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 Savinontells 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.)

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Grace Gummer as “Dom”

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.

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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.


Mr Robot Season Finale: Where’s Wellick: Or Who Is Wellick (recap and review)

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It should be noted that the Mr.  Robot season one finale was delayed a week after the WBDJ shootings on air last week. As the last episode ended with Tyrell searching out Alderson to make him reveal what was going on with the Evil Corp database, this installment started with  Elliot in Tyrell’s SUV sans Tyrell, and this suddenly turned the show into “Where’s Wellick.”  As the episode progresses, however, it starts to feel a little bit more like “Who’s Wellick.”

Alderson is frantic about his lost days, what happened to Tyrell and who executed the take down plan. He awakens after a two day slumber to learn that the world has been hit by his planned hack and that debt has apparently been wiped clean for everyone.

The show opens with Krista’s former lover, and love rat Michael/Lenny, asking for her help. (Typically the douche lied to her about his health.) He wants to go after Elliot. Despite the hacker not telling his wife about his infidelity, the Ashley Madison leaks passed his indiscretions on anyway. He now wants payback and his dog. Krista refuses to help, lying to him about what Alderson has  or has not told her.

Standout Moment Number One:  After a pretty hostile reception from the rest of the fsociety team at the arcade, Elliot  goes online to verify what Darlene and the team have said is true. He sees that the Internet is full news about the hack.  Alderson goes to Evil Corp to speak with Wellick. As he walks toward the offices, E Corp’s hallways are full of  panicking employees and television mounted on the  walls are showing news of the hack. Elliot maintains his internal dialogue. All this is set to a lilting electronic version of Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Waltz No. 2.”

At the office of E Corp, Elliot learns that Tyrell is no longer employed there.  He sees the masked spokesman for fsociety on one of the mounted television’s spreading the new message that the world is free of debt and awake for the first time and that Evil Corp have been “owned.”

Angela gets shouted at by John Plouffe as he gets ready to go on air; live, to talk about the hack.

Standout Moment Number Two: The fsociety team, sans Elliot taking the incriminating computer hardware down to the local pound to burn it in the “puppy oven” aka the unwanted pet incinerator. As the group toss the gear in the incinerator and then release all the captive dogs,  the Jim Carroll Band song from the 2004 “Dawn of the Dead” remake, “People Who Died” soundtrack overlays the sequence and continues to play as Elliot knocks on Tyrell’s house door (the footage is sped up to match the quick cadence of the song) which brings us to:

Standout Moment Number Three: Elliot meeting Tyrell’s wife Joanna. We already learned that this Danish housewife and mother was the driving force behind Wellick’s quest for power and money last week.  As a “beaten” Wellick sits by his wife’s bed,  she is holding their new baby and Joanna  hisses, that he will not be with the family till he “fixes this.” Elliot meets the new mother as she returns from walking the baby. “I’m looking for Tyrell Wellick. Is he here? ” Elliot inquires nervously. “No,” answers Joanna, “He is not.” This is the last utterance from Mrs. Wellick that does not make her seem to be a predatory animal waiting to pounce on its next victim. In a word Joanna Wellick is terrifying. (After watching this interaction between Elliot and Joanna, one feels like doing a freaked out “Arthur.” “Have you met Tyrell’s wife?”)

This whole scene feels like another important reveal.  The odd and knowing looks that Joanna Wellick gives Elliot. The probing and knowing questions that she asks Alderson and…the most important part of the conversation…is in Danish. She and Tyrell speak it to one another all the time, at home and when they plan their strategies. She speaks to Elliot in her “mother tongue” and when he says he does not understand her expression changes…yet again.

In that Sam Esmail has acknowledged the show’s huge Fight Club connection, it stands to reason that Elliot Alderson is not only Mr. Robot, but he might just possibly be  Tyrell Wellick as well.  At the end of the previous episode, Tyrell shows up, just like Alderson’s dad used to. (Although it has to be acknowledged that if Elliot is Wellick why didn’t Tyrell’s former secretary recognize him. Still, there is something there…)

Standout Moment Number Three: John Plouffe provides the Evil Corp statement and answers the questions posed by the reporter on the live transmission. After admitting that the public should be worried and that his life is over, he pulls a gun from his bag, puts the barrel into his mouth and shoots his brains all over the window behind him, seconds after telling the world that the hack will be impossible to fix. This happens scant feet in front of Angela who was pushed to stop Plouffe mid interview. (The FX for this scene shocked and overwhelmed the viewer. The blood pouring from Plouffe’s nose was disturbing and unexpected.)

After the death on air, Angela sits waiting to go home she is, understandably,  in shock. Phillip Price tells Angela to go home and recover and then tells her to attend a PR event later in the day, he gives her some money to buy new shoes, as her’s have Plouffe’s blood on them. He gives her cash since  credit cards have been rendered obsolete by the hack.

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Angela, I’ll try the Prada’s next…

(Later on Price reveals to Angela, by his actions, that she really has sold her soul to the devil by working for E Corp. Telling her that he is glad that Plouffe killed himself and that the world will be a better place as a result. He then goes on to present a “tribute” to the late Evil Corp exec.)

Elliot is desperate to learn what happened to Tyrell Wellick. He wants to ask his father, aka himself, but he needs to get the manifestation of his dad to show up. He forces Mr Robot to appear. What follows is a surreal “out in the open” event where we see that in Elliot’s mind he is talking to his dad. (Comic line of the episode goes to Christian Slater as Mr. Robot. After admonishing Elliot for how weird he looks at the moment, Robot says, “I recommend you get one of those bluetooth headsets. That way people will just think you’re the local douche.”)

Standout Moment Number Four: The music playing at the celebration, being held at the arcade to cover up fingerprints, is Kelis’ “Got Your Money.” Listen to the lyrics…it is self explanatory. Darlene’s final line is “We’re finally awake.”

(Add this line to Elliot/Mr Robot’s upcoming rant and this episode suddenly leaves Fight Club and enters The Matrix territory.)

Outside, in the streets, people are celebrating the elimination of debt and Elliot and his father argue. His younger self shows up along with her mother. He asks his friend (re: episode 1) what to do and Mr Robot tells him to stop. Elliot begins the mantra of “you’re not real.”  His father says, “What. You are?” He looks around at the crowd, ” Is any of this real?” He grabs Elliot’s face, “Look at it.”

“A world built on fantasy. Synthetic emotions in the form of pills, psychological warfare in the form of advertising, mind altering chemicals in the form of food, brainwashing seminars in the form of media, controlled isolated bubbles in the form of social networks. Real? You want to talk about reality? We haven’t lived in anything remotely close to it since the turn of the century.”

Certainly sounds like The Matrix, or something awfully close.

The rant continues and Robot/Elliot wraps it up with “hypnotizing us into the biggest slumber mankind has ever seen,” and his final statement in the tirade, is “We live in a kingdom of bullsh*t.”

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Elliot fights himself for control…and loses. To the music of Alabama Shakes’ Sound and Color Christian Slater, as Mr. Robot, aka Elliot’s dad, aka Elliot, “sing/talks” (Think Dr. Doolittle, the Rex Harrison film) directions to Elliot on what he needs to do. Alderson follows the instructions and ends up at his apartment watching the coverage of the “carnage” he’s created. Suddenly there is an insistent knock at the apartment door. Which leads us to the end credits and:

Standout Moment Number Five:  Price is at the PR function “afterparty” (?) and talking to…Whiterose, played by B. D. Wong, gone is the wig, the female clothing, but not that beeping alarm watch. Whiterose talks about Nero watching Rome burn while the fire crackles in the fireplace and the harp plays on.

Sam Esmail has given the world sheer perfection in terms of modern entertainment. Rami Malek, Christian Slater, Portia Doubleday, Carly Chaikin, Martin Wallström and Stephanie Corneliussen have all stood and delivered in the tale of hacking, truth, deception and reality. USA’s Mr Robot finishes strong and leaves its fanbase eagerly anticipating season two. 

Mad props to Mac Quayle for scoring this series with some seriously stand out moments. Look up the definition of brilliant in the dictionary and you will find the definition of that word; brilliant, which Quayle is. (Apologies to Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang for that borrow.)

So what do you think? Is Tyrell yet another personality of Elliot, or is Alderson another facet of Wellick? Answers below, please and thank you.

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Elliot Alderson freaking out on the subway

Mr Robot could be called the ultimate thinking person’s television series. It could even be classified as Geek TV masquerading as thriller/psychological drama. What it is not, however, is facile or shallow. In the latest episode, “whiterose” the theme is twofold, melting down, or freaking out, and discovering who one really is aka, the big reveal(s). Both these things happen to Elliot and to Tyrell.

The big question throughout the series thus far has been all about who Mr Robot really is. The theory was that he was part of Elliot’s schizophrenia, a manifestation of his mind, or a another personality. This last episode proved that particular theory to be wrong…apparently.

By the end of the show, Elliot learns who he really is, or at least who those closest to him are, thereby putting him in a place where Elliot knows he belongs. The big reveal of Mr Robot (Christian Slater) as his dead dad and Darlene (Carly Chaikin) as his heretofore unmentioned sister, most likely unmentioned since he regularly forgets her, “Elliot, have you forgotten who I am again,” Darlene asks before forcing him to tell her who she is.

So the first two reveals are that Elliot and the fsociety are all “fam” and this may be just what the ‘f’ in society stands for; family. Darlene is sis, Mr Robot is pop and all that’s missing is mom…could she be the one who Evil Corp “murdered.” Sorry, thinking out loud here, but Mother Alderson is the only one not mentioned, even if, in an earlier episode, she was mentioned either in past-tense or not, the existence of Daddy walking around and pushing his kid off the pier, means all bets are off.

Leaving Elliot alone for the moment, Tyrell and his story, even without the reveal that he has been working with Alderson’s pop, aka Mr. Robot, was educational to say the least, although not nearly as surprising as Elliot’s. Wellick has been going through major meltdown since choking the life out of Scott Knowles’ wife Sharon.

The reveal that Mrs. Wellick wears the trousers in the family and also provides the real brainwork in his climb to the top of the executive heap is no real surprise. The clues have been there all along.

*Sidenote.* Her character has leapt forward in importance, just look at IMDb, she has gone from being listed as Tyrell’s wife to having her Christian name listed (which is Joanna). A big leap for the little lady who is willing and able to stab herself with an escargot fork to fake a pregnancy emergency.

Those that doubt who really is the boss of whom should look at Wellick’s hesitation to tell his wife what really happened on that roof. After learning that it was Joanna’s plan to have sex with and photograph Sharon in her compromising positions it is clear that Tyrell is worried less about the murder and more about disappointing his wife.

We, as viewers learn where Elliot and Tyrell both fit in and who they really are. Wellick is just as fascinating as Elliot. His rages are obviously less about the stress of his journey to be the next CTO of Evil Corp, but more about his controlling mastermind of a wife and his paranoia about disappointing her. This explains so much, especially the murder of Sharon, was Tyrell killing his wife by proxy?

Looks like.

This information also removes Tyrell from the category of shark and makes him more of a trained Doberman. Wifey is the brains and the strategist behind his move up.

Of course apart from the themes of “discovery” there was the follow-on of the Whiterose meeting plot thread. Elliot does meet the legendary leader of the Dark Army. BD Wong (who voiced the heroic love interest of Mulan in the Disney film) played the elusive hacker as an apparent transgender character, or considering Whiterose’s paranoia, not just about time, of discovery, it could just be another version of smoke and mirrors.

The beauty of this show is that even if nothing else of consequence had occurred in this episode, the scene of Whiterose and Elliot meeting alone would have been more interesting than anything else out there at the moment. Thankfully there was a lot more going on.

For example:

Tyrell telling Mr. Robot, while they talked collusion between fsociety and Evil Corp (and the viewer picked their jaw up off the floor) that his (Robot’s) dirty little secret is something that Tyrell knows about. “There are people close to you who would not be happy to know what I know,” says Wellick, the implication is that Elliot, will not be happy. Mr. Robot is not fazed, no real surprise there.

Ollie sending Elliot to the Whiterose meeting, Alderson learning that the hack that Gideon learned about during his meeting with Tyrell, is pretty inconsequential and obviously a distraction.

Back to Tyrell and his wife Joanna. How revealing is the coffee stain removal scene? Mrs. Wellick is clearly a hands on person. Her pregnancy has obviously forced her to take the role of backseat driver, so to speak, and her choosing to remove the coffee stains herself rather than to send the shirt out or to toss it in the bin shows a lot about her and the Wellick’s status.

Scott Knowles hit a nerve the last time he and Tyrell verbally sparred. Zeroing in on the fact that the Wellick’s still lived in “that tiny two-bedroomed” place. The mention of the couple’s financial status, or lack thereof, brought Wellick to his metaphorical knees and he lost that match against the new CTO. Joanna opting to remove the stain herself speaks volumes about her, the couples status and their relationship. Most revealing of all? Watch the way she removes the stain, the anger and frustration behind her actions and movements…

Pertinent point, Elliot becomes overly aware of time after his meeting with Whiterose, his fixation, which the Dark Army legend points out, is people, has become the passing of time. As Alderson mentions in the episode, “we are all living in each other’s paranoia.”

Random amusing moment: Elliot asks Darlene to provide a distraction so he can hack Gideon’s phone. She hacks the company’s Smart TV and does an fsociety broadcast. In it, the “mask” calls the company by name as well s takes them to task, and one of the cyber security team, in a tone of wonder that one could associate with a child learning that Santa knows who they are, says “Holy sh*t, fsociety knows us.”

All of Allsafe are transfixed by the message and Elliot hacks his boss’s phone. When the transmission ends, Gordon expresses that he is not pleased that Alderson was not with the rest of the group. His tone and implication make it seem that Elliot’s time at the company may be coming to an end. Elliot himself may circumvent that action. He tells us that looking in Gideon’s files, he found a good man and that he, Alderson, does not belong there.

Later, after remembering who Darlene really is, Elliot goes through a combination of memory surge and meltdown. On the subway he yells at his imaginary friend and when he gets home he smashes a mirror. Heading to the computer he searches for himself online and finds nothing.

Going through the CD-R storage book he finds an unlabeled disc. It has pictures…of Mr. Robot (Dad) and Elliot. Mostly, however, there are photographs of Mr. Robot. Elliot goes over to a shelf and finds a picture with the whole family, Dad, sis, Elliot and his mother, who looks an awful lot like Darlene in a floppy hat.

There is a knock on the door and it is Mr. Robot and he tells Elliot, “I think we should talk.”


This episode is a jaw dropper and game changer. The power of this series, apart from dynamite performances from Malek, Slater, Wallström, Chaikin and newcomer Stephanie Corneliussen, is the writing and the intricate plot threads that all interweave like some giant spider web. The show has a lot going on apart from the hacker baseline.

Mr. Robot is addictive and mind blowing. USA has put one of the best shows on television on its network lineup and that there are only two more episodes left this season is agonizing. The series airs Wednesdays on USA. This is exquisite television that sticks with you long after the end credits roll.

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