At the end of the previous episode, Elliot had figured out that Darlene indeed bugged his computer setup while he was resting and remote hacked him, but what he didn’t know was that the FBI was also involved with this plan. Through the use of a phishing email, he was able to locate the source of the hack, which leads him to Darlene’s safe house, with Dom and her partner literally right above him. Helpless to do anything and not sure where Darlene even is, all they are able to do is wait for her to arrive so Dom can properly alert her to what she’s about to walk into.
Elsewhere, Darlene is slowly losing her mind with guilt and stress on a subway train. A pickpocket steals her wallet, but all she ends up really caring for is the old polaroid photo of Elliot, herself, and their father. Claiming she’s stolen from everyone in the train, Darlene allows the pickpocket to keep the rest of the contents of her wallet as it’s only fair. Upon Darlene finally arriving home, Dom quickly walks outside to tip her off and demand that she don’t blow their cover. Inside, Elliot awaits and questions why Darlene would hack him and how she is even able to afford this home she’s staying in. It’s hard to tell if this is really Elliot or Mr. Robot, but once Darlene mentions that she won’t let Elliot hurt her again, he realizes that she isn’t sure who she’s talking to and calms down.
Elliot convinces Darlene to come with him to his apartment and that he’ll finally tell her everything he knows about what’s going on with Stage 2. It’s good to see Elliot begin to regret keeping Darlene away from him, but it was understandable when he thought she was the trigger for Mr. Robot to come out. This is a time where he needs as many allies as he can get because most of the ones he thinks are on his side are really on Mr. Robot’s. Anyway, Elliot catches up Darlene to the current events: Stage 2 isn’t dead, Tyrell is probably working with Mr. Robot, and Elliot believes Mr. Robot is taking advantage of the time in which Elliot sleeps in order to come out.
To counter this, Elliot allows Darlene to stay in the abandoned apartment room that once belonged to Shayla, which was never leased out to another person after her death since the 5/9 hack occurred shortly after. Darlene needs to stay up at night and tail Elliot if he ever leaves as he assures her it won’t be him that late. The following night, Elliot returns home from a E Corp social gathering and takes a walk with Darlene before bed. She asks him if they can have a vengeance pact, where the other would avenge the death of the other if something were to happen to them soon. Elliot seems confused at first, but seeing that Darlene is serious about it, he agrees to the plan.
Earlier in the day, Irving met up with Angela for lunch and gushes about how good the ribs are at the BBQ place they’re at. The more important matter to attend to, which Angela has to force out of him, is that Stage 2 needs to be completed by Monday. It is currently Friday, leaving only the weekend to unfuck what Elliot managed during his time working at E Corp. Angela tries to remain confident that this task is possible, so she decides to meet up with Mr. Robot during the night to figure things out. It is during this time that Darlene notices Elliot leave and begins to track Mr. Robot, becoming distressed when she notices that Angela is working with him. Her tailing is cut short when Mr. Robot and Angela cut through a subway station and then take a taxi to their destination.
At this meeting, Tyrell is quickly losing faith in Elliot as the leader of Stage 2, demanding that he take the lead instead as half of Elliot is against them. The setbacks that Elliot had accomplished basically reset Tyrell’s entire plan and most attempts to fix this would seem suspicious by E Corp. A tussle occurs between Mr. Robot and Tyrell, which results in Mr. Robot begin to lose control of Elliot’s body. Angela prepares a tranquilizer and is able to sedate Elliot once he awakens before he can really make out what is happening, though he does end up seeing Tyrell before fully losing consciousness. At Angela’s apartment later, she calls Price and asks for Elliot to be fired from E Corp as a favor. He eventually agrees, despite wanting to know why Angela wants him fired, but she doesn’t grant him that. The less he knows about Elliot trying to save E Corp, the better.
At the hideout, Irving has a talk with Tyrell about what just transpired. Tyrell had the idea that him and Elliot would become Gods of the new world they would make together, but he see that was simply a dream now. Irving comments that Tyrell can still become a God and that he’ll be able to figure out how to advance Stage 2 if he really puts his mind to it. Tyrell agrees to this, but states that after Stage 2 is done, he wants to leave with his wife and baby to the Ukraine as they can’t be extradited to the United States if things go bad. Irving states that he’ll see what he can do, despite knowing full well that Joanna is dead and Tyrell is unlikely to ever see his baby again. With that, Tyrell states he found a solution that will allow Stage 2 to be ready by Monday, but he’ll need the full power of the Dark Army to assist him.
After their near-miss with Elliot, some good comes to the FBI as they are able to find the person responsible for the latest fsociety video. He is detained rather easily and doesn’t speak to either Dom or Norm while they interrogate him, even though they try to convince him prison isn’t a place he wants to be. Dom gets desperate and starts to list off names until the man tells her who he works for, WhiteRose being the one that gets him to turn towards her. He then simply states he works for fsociety and the interrogation is done. Norm questions why Dom would even bother bringing up WhiteRose as he believes that’s nothing but a fairy tale, though Dom has a different idea on it. She also refuses to believe that fsociety and the Dark Army aren’t working together.
Dom meets up with Darlene in hope that she’ll be able to get any type of lead from her. Darlene demands a drink first and then starts to ask personal questions about Dom’s life. While Dom initially refuses to play along with Darlene, she starts to answer once she learns that Darlene just wants someone to consider a friend since all of her are either dead, missing, or the target of the FBI. She then explains that she has a lead, but she doesn’t want a wire or the FBI to get involved with it. They tried to get Tyrell through the FBI’s strategy and it almost got their cover blown, now Dom will have to trust Darlene. After the bar, Darlene heads to Elliot’s and sees that he still hasn’t returned home. She then leaves the polaroid she kept from her wallet and leaves it on a mantle in the apartment before departing.
We’re almost at the halfway point of Mr. Robot Season 3, so it’s good to see some shit begin to go down. Darlene and Elliot rekindled their relationship, but Darlene’s departure at the end of the episode seemed ominous of things to come. Alongside that, Tyrell’s almost cult-like obsession with Elliot has finished and he’ll only become more unstable from here, seeing as he has a rude awakening for him once he realizes the state of his family. The FBI are also almost onto something, but just can’t get that break they need, but I’m sure it’ll be coming soon.
metadata.par2 – 4 out of 5
- The focus on the relationships between our main characters this episode.
- It’s refreshing for Tyrell to lose the almost romantic feelings he had for Elliot, I’m interested to see what will come of that.
- Dom and Irving continue to be my favorite characters, they’re just so interesting to me. Great to get a good amount of both of them this episode.
- I’m starting to wonder if there’s any part of Angela that still cares for Elliot or if she’s all in for Mr. Robot now. Not a fan of her villain turn.
- Also not a fan of Norm. Dom already has a secret Dark Army boss that’ll get in her way, she doesn’t need a dumb partner as well.