Mr Robot airs at 10pm on Wednesday nights on USA. This is the second-to-last episode of Season 1!
This show. Somehow, it’s always a surprise. Last week ended with Elliot realizing that he’s been functioning in a delusion, and this one started with him dealing with that. He’s demanding answers, he’s finally freaking out the way he should, feeling things, trying to make sense of the world, and Mr Robot says he’ll give him answers. He takes him back to the house where they lived when things went down, and Elliot pushes him out a window–like he did to Elliot all those years ago–and then they go on the run to a “safe place”. Angela and Darleen were spending the whole time trying to find them, and when they catch up with him, Mr Robot says “they’re going to make me go away again” and “I will never leave you, I will always be right here”…and then the moment we’ve all been waiting for and had almost stopped believing would happen, happens: the girls catch up, the dead-not-dead dad is disppeared, and everyone realizes that he’s been seeing someone who isn’t there.
And Elliot loses his dad all over again.
Meanwhile, Tyrell’s wife gives birth just fine to a baby that’s several months old like you do on TV, and she reveals that she did this before–with a girl that she gave up for adoption when she was fifteen–and that she thinks it’s the worst thing she ever did. Which is saying a lot, coming from her. She also says that she doesn’t want Tyrell anymore, and if he wants to say in the family, he’s going to have to “fix this”, which means, of course, that when he goes to work to try to do that, it all goes to pot. Phillip says that since he’s a “person of interest” in a murder case, they can’t keep him around, so he not only lost his promotion recently, he’s now lost his job, and possibly lost his family.
He’s totally skating on crazy-ice now.
Gideon is trying to save something of his life. His hubby is super calm and supportive and very sweet, but he finds that the place where he had backups was burned up overnight and there’s nothing left, and Tyrell ordered that the last off-network server left cannot be accessed by anyone but himself. And that’s the one that’ll trigger the Plan when it’s back online, which Gideon doesn’t know. Out of everyone in this show, Gideon is the saddest. He’s tangled up in this and none of it is by choice and he doesn’t even know what’s going on or why. His life is being sacrificed to save whatever is accomplished by the mega-hack, which hasn’t even happened yet.
And, strangest of all, the Evil Corp loon who is supposed to testify in Angela’s case went to her dad and told him what’s going on, so he’s ticked, and then offered her a job. He admires how tenacious she is, and he threw a bunch of numbers at her that basically boiled down to the company will eventually settle, but not before bankrupting her lawyers, and their “rainy day fund” will hardly have been dented–so it won’t even matter.
And then, right at the end of the episode, Tyrell goes to Elliot’s apartment after Darleen leaves to get his meds that he hasn’t been taking, and puts on his hobo-beating gloves, and things look dire–and Elliot takes him to see fSociety. Tells him their whole plan. And Tyrell wants to join. He’s got no vested interests over at Evil Corp anymore, and a whole lot of grudges, so it almost makes sense, but before Elliot can answer, he notices the popcorn. Where Darleen left the gun. Does he remember that? Darleen wants to go along with the plan, but Elliot doesn’t really believe that it was his plan, ever, and doesn’t know if it’s worth it.
Next week is the last episode of the season, and it’s sure to be a Big One; that being said, what’s actually going to happen is anyone’s guess, since almost all guesses up until this point have been cleverly diverted and subverted, and what looks like loud crazy episodes tend to actually be quiet, tense, thriller episodes and vice versa. This has been a wild ride, beginning to end, and as we go into that last ep, it raises the question: how is this going to carry on through a whole second season? Can it hold up to this level of quality, tenseness, strangeness, cinematic scope and artistic design, slick social commentary and punky hacker anarchy?
Next week, we’ll find out!
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