Mr. Robot helps Elliot cope with his current situation while Darlene, Mobley, and Trenton prep Angela for her task in hacking the FBI.
Spoilers for “eps.2.4_m4ster-s1ave.aes”
Last night’s trippy and intense episode was full of set up, but didn’t push the story forward much.
Mobley (and his saint like patience) gave Angela a crash course in coding while Darlene and Cisco get the necessary equipment for them to hack the FBI. Everything goes (for the most part) smoothly, Angela only ran into one creeptastic FBI agent not willing to take a “no” to a drink. As the program is running, the Wi-Fi cuts out. Angela has to get to her terminal to bring it back up. Unfortunately, Dom (who survived the shootout) saw Angela on the restricted floor and is looking to question her.
In the meantime, Phillip is dealing with protesters outside of the E Corp corporate office, being ignored by Whiterose, and fighting for the government to ask China for a loan (to compensate for the bailout not passing) even after the shootout in Beijing. The shooting officially disrupted the FBI’s investigation into the Dark Army in China and Dom was nearly placed on psych leave, but refused to go.
Mr. Robot protected Elliot from experiencing the epic beating Ray’s men gave him (and gave us a huge insight into Elliot’s mind). Eventually, Elliot had to return to reality with Ray waiting for him. The henchmen take Elliot from his bed at the hospital and move him to the basement of Ray’s house. Knowing he needs help, Elliot and Mr. Robot make peace.
What we learn from Mr. Robot’s TGIF fantasy:
Mr. Robot allowed their mother to be abusive to Darlene in the dream because even Mr. Robot can’t silence Darlene’s voice in Elliot’s head.
Elliot and Mr. Robot have mixed feelings about Elliot’s love for Angela. At first, the other personality uses it as a distraction from the beating. But as they are robbing the E Mart Angela works at, Mr. Robot tells Elliot “she’s one of them” and to forget her.
Elliot (or Mr. Robot) is not thrilled with Angela’s job “it almost makes up for them killing my mom!” she exclaims when discussing her position at the E Mart. Even in the fake opening credits, Angela is crying at her mother’s funeral, then stops and tries to smile to look good for the camera.
Mr. Robot saw Gideon as a policing authority, his death is something comical (run over by Alf is pretty funny), and he wishes Elliot would move on for the guilt.
Was Bud Light Edward Alderson’s favorite beer? Is that why we got an old Bud Light commercial amongst the fake E Corp and USA commercials?
I always wondered why the sadistic, one-tracked minded, save the world personality in Elliot’s head took the form of his father. I always assumed it was because he was the one who introduced Elliot to computers and coding, but it started to make a bit more sense in the dream sequence and the flashback car ride at the end of the episode. Edward Alderson was a protector of Elliot. He was the one who comforted the young, troubled Elliot when he got into fights with other kids, even possibly defended him from his mother’s abuse. Mr. Robot safeguarded Elliot from feeling Ray’s beating and the pain for as long as he could, just like a father would. He may have sheltered Elliot from the nastiness with Tyrell.
The big question is, in the dream sequence, was Tyrell confirmed as dead? The “very important businessman” starts off the show tied up in the trunk and is “baggage” Mr. Robot is pretending doesn’t exist. Eventually Tyrell escapes from the trunk, but falls down as he is hopping away. Elliot and Mr. Robot pick him up and place him back in the trunk, minding the shoes, of course (“they’re Ferragamo!”). Safe and snug back in the trunk, Elliot marvels at the lie that is the dream. “Sometimes lies can be useful, Elliot” Mr. Robot assures him, “sometimes they protect you.” Tyrell adds from inside the trunk, “sometimes they help you get away with murder.” Then Mr. Robot bashes Tyrell’s head in with the tire iron and the blood sprays all over his pant leg.
For your singing pleasure, the lyrics to the opening credits:
Used to be you could trust in the story
Vilify the villains and celebrate the heroes
You could believe in the guts and the glory ways
Those were the better days
Where did those times go?
When the shimmering sky turns cold and gray
Searching for that spark of life
Just close your eyes and say the words
“Everything’s gonna be all right”
Imagine a world gone insane
Picture yourself high above
Imagine yourself in a world numb with pain
Where the crazies believe in their twisted love
Deep in your heart hope stays alive
Stand up tall and surely you’ll survive
Imagine a world gone insane
Let your mind just drift away
What did you think of last night’s Mr. Robot? Did you enjoy the trippy dream Mr. Robot gave to Elliot? Do you think Tyrell is dead? How tense was the Angela’s time on the 25th floor? Let me know what you think in the comments section below.