USA’s Mr. Robot
Season 3, Episode 4: “eps3.3_metadata.par2”
Directed by Sam Esmail
Written by Kyle Bradstreet
* For a recap & review of the previous episode, “eps3.2_legacy.so” – click here
* For a recap & review of the next episode, “eps3.4_runtime-error.r00” – click here
Darlene (Carly Chaikin) wakes up after nodding off on the subway. She can’t find her wallet. She spies a girl nearby, believing this is the pickpocket. The girl denies it, but she soon relents and gives it up. Darlene asks her to take a Polaroid photograph out and hand it over, leaving the girl with the wallet: “You stole from me, but I stole from you first.” She talks about the “whole economic fuckshow” that the country’s in being her fault. Then she goes on to admit murdering a woman, to a total stranger. Is Darlene starting to lose it? Or, is she getting a bit cocky because of her seeming invincibility while helping the FBI?
Speaking of, we see Elliot (Rami Malek) lurking around Darlene’s place, where Dom (Grace Gummer) is keeping watch. He picks the lock to the apartment and gets inside, just as Dom and Norm (Rizwan Manji) figure out the latest e-mail was for them, not for Tyrell (Martin Wallström). The hacker’s there when his sister gets back, too; she’s warned by Dom on the sly just before she steps inside.
Brother and sister have a chat. They’re at odds. He recently found a bug planted in his computer. She’s aggressive with him, or Mr. Robot (Christian Slater) – whoever he is at this point in time, for real – and tells him to leave, that she doesn’t trust him anymore. However, that could change.
At the Red Wheelbarrow, Irving (Bobby Cannavale) waxes yummy on good, moist, properly cooked ribs, no matter if it’s breakfast time. Whereas Angela’s (Portia Doubleday) mostly concerned with talking business. They get to it, though she seems apprehensive, or at the very least concerned about what will happen in Stage 2 of the Dark Army’s ultimate plan. “Keep us on schedule, all will be good,” he tells her.
Back at his place, Elliot shows Darlene that she was right, Stage 2 is still ongoing. He’s monitoring the situation. But why do it himself? Why not pass it on to law enforcement? She wonders why, as well. He wants to know where it all goes, he wants to do it on his own. Brother and sister have to come together now, as split apart as they’ve been recently. Elliot wants her to stay with him, because he dissociates at night. She agrees to stay watch, in case Mr. Robot wants to slink off and meet Tyrell. Maybe they can infiltrate the Stage 2 plan this way, using their best lead: Elliot himself.
“There‘s something inside me that can‘t let go of what we started”
Somewhere in the city, a SWAT team beats in an apartment door. The man inside, sweating, eating cereal, hits the floor. When he puts his hands up, surrendering, he’s got an fsociety mask on. At E.Corp, Elliot goes to work like a good boy, but he’s torn between himself and his father, plus he’s got to keep up appearances for Angela, being normal at his desk, attending social functions in the evening.
Norm and Dom have their suspect from the raid in custody, Sasan Nouri (Nuah Ozryel). He’s the one who also posted the most recent fsociety video. They ask him question after question, getting nothing. When the name Whiterose (BD Wong) is mentioned, there’s a slight recognition in Sasan’s eyes. Dom presses harder, getting only one answer for who leads him: “fsociety.”
Brother and sister make a “vengeance pact,” in case anything should happen to her while she follows Mr. Robot. It’s absolutely possible. In the meantime, Elliot apologises for pushing her away, and Darlene accepts, wholehearted. And so she stays up at night, waiting to see if his second personality is up to anything shady. Near 2 AM, she hears Mr. Robot leave. She follows until he meets Angela, heading into the subway. But then they head back up another set of stairs, back to the streets, and into a cab. Gone. Uh oh.
When Angela and Mr. Robot meet up with Tyrell, things aren’t great. The crazy man in hiding isn’t pleased with Elliot’s meddling in their plan, messing with the manifests for the paper deliveries. Tyrell and Angela are reluctantly in agreement that they’ve got to settle things “under the radar,” so the Dark Army don’t kill them all. Meanwhile, she plans on firing Elliot from Evil Corp, to stop him from more meddlesome behaviour. She calls Philip Price (Michael Cristofer) to set it into motion later. That’s not impressing Tyrell much, his ranting sends Mr. Robot into a violent frenzy.
Things, all around, are beginning to break down, and Elliot’s dissociating worse than before. He comes around, dad is no longer running the show. This prompts Angela to shoot him up with drugs and put him unconscious.
“Never appeal to a man‘s better nature. He may not have one.”
Darlene meets Dom at a bar, they drink and talk. The young hacker wants to get to know her better, she doesn’t have any other friends, not anymore. She discovers the FBI agent is a lesbian, only dating right now, nothing serious. “Whatever diddles your Skittle,” Darlene believes. But Dom’s not interested in being friendly, she wants to know more about what happened with Elliot. The hacker sister is mostly concerned with the fact she’ll lose her brother at the end of all this madness.
Elsewhere, Tyrell is pissed, and telling Irving he can’t continue with Elliot as a partner. The news from the Dark Army is get the job finished; that’s all. He stokes the Swede’s ego, telling him this is his fate, that he must continue. He is the god, not the dissociative hacker. This boosts Tyrell’s confidence, for now. Stage 2 is set for the coming Monday. Angela is alerted, keeping Elliot wrapped around her finger with drugs.
And Darlene, she has no idea where her brother’s gone. Oh, that Polaroid from earlier? It’s a family photo of the Aldersons, together on a beach, happy.
Loved this episode. The plot just twists, turning, going all sorts of different places that are each interesting unto themselves. Can’t wait to see more of what Angela’s planning to do re: Elliot. How long can she keep this up?
“eps3.3_metadata.par2” is next week.