USA’s Mr. Robot
Season 3, Episode 7: “eps3.6_fredrick&tanya.chk”
Directed by Sam Esmail
Written by Adam Penn
* For a recap & review of the previous episode, “eps3.5_kill-process.inc” – click here
* For a recap & review of the next episode, “eps3.7_dont-delete-me.ko” – click here
The Dark Army has detonated explosives in 71 E.Corp buildings around the world. Mobley (Azhar Khan), Trenton (Sunita Mani), and Leon (Joey Bada$$) sit watching the news together, the latter ruminating on the famous, “iconic and shit” Frasier. He can’t get over the fact Kelsey Grammer gets laid so much on the show. Thus ends Leon’s love for situation comedies. After that he got into Knight Rider, which got a “general lack of respect” from the TV industry.
But Mobley, he’s worried Leon is there to kill them. Seeing as how his roommate is dead. Leon has to “babysit” and make sure they’re… safe, y’know? What we see more than anything is the reach of the Dark Army, which we’ve seen before. Almost thought Trenton and Mobley could get away from it all. Should’ve known better.
Meanwhile, Elliot (Rami Malek) is in a panic over what’s happened. He rushes to Krista Gordon’s (Gloria Reuben) office for an emergency session. He feels wholly responsible for what’s gone on with Evil Corp, he has guilt over not being able to stop it, not being able to see what was going on right under his nose. And this is causing the lines to blur, a breakdown of identity all over again; Mr. Robot (Christian Slater) is back. Krista tries to dig out the truth from Mr. Robot, which as we know is never easy. He sees the greater conspiracy, that the Dark Army is simply another upper class, a larger power with an agenda that means one thing: money. The regular, everyday people are shafted again. “Our revolution” is non-existent.
Now, will Elliot be the Dark Army patsy for this widespread act of terror? Or is Tyrell Wellick (Martin Wallström) taking the fall for real?
As usual, Dom (Grace Gummer) is finding resistance in her work at the FBI. She has no idea that Santiago (Omar Metwally) is working for the Dark Army; surely it’s his sick mother at home who’s got him under their control. There’s a willingness to see Wellick as the perpetrator, his lawyer is already working his magic, and nobody wants to believe what she’s been telling them all along, there’s a much wider picture here. A much more dangerous one.
Angela (Portia Doubleday) has all but separated from reality. Darlene (Carly Chaikin) is trying to help her cope, but the woman is really in a rough place. She didn’t realise the extent to which she was involved, of course. Doesn’t change the fact she helped kill all those people.
In the interrogation room, Wellick still asks to see his wife. Santiago goes in, turns off the cameras, has a quiet little chat with him. The FBI Agent takes out his own frustrations by bluntly telling him his wife is dead, his kid’s in a shitty foster care home. Santiago threatens him making sure he doesn’t talk more than necessary; and in despicable fashion, too. What a rotten prick. Tyrell is no saint, but that’s just fucking terrible.
Trenton and Mobley are out in the desert, where Leon’s burying the latter’s roommate with the cut throat. Trenton slips her binds, getting to the front seat. Although she doesn’t know how to drive and runs the car into a nearby rock. Getaway denied.
At her office, Krista is stressing over what to do about Elliot. She wants to turn him in, believing it’s more than delusion. A colleague advises her that it would ruin her career and reputation, shattering doctor-patient confidentiality. But she’s torn, she can’t let it go. Neither can Angela who, across town, keeps going over and over the footage of the explosions on the news. Torturing herself viciously. Darlene does what she can to help, though I fear Angela might be headed for a mental breakdown, if she isn’t there already. I’m thinking she is, definitely. No replay button on life.
Mr. Robot goes to find Irving (Bobby Cannavale) at his shop, where he’s knocked out cold by a couple of the Dark Army masked creeps. Yikes, this doesn’t look too good.
At the Mar-a-Lago Club, Zhang aka Whiterose (BD Wong) taunts Phillip Price (Michael Cristofer) over his latest triumph, the rise of eCoin. Antagonistic isn’t even the best word to describe the relationship between these two. Price is trying to figure out why Zhang would come after him so deliberately, so hard. It all traces back to a lawsuit against a plant owned by Zhang, one Price didn’t “manipulate” and “control” properly. Even a big time CEO like Price finds himself under a thumb.
Trenton and Mobley are being drawn into another Dark Army plan, another attack. They are explained the suicide pact of working for a higher power. All the good stuff, right? Nah, they’re just expendable. There’s no “no use” for their skill sets. So they’ll be made to look like they’re dead by suicide. The FBI finds them not long afterwards, in a room with computers, an fsociety mask, a video camera, an Iranian flag. All zipped up, nice and neat. Everyone at the FBI figures it’s finished. Except for Dom, she knows better. She knows the fabled Whiterose is out there, but fears they’re going to get away with everything.
Yet another fantastic fucking episode. Sam Esmail and Co are outrageous, they’re great, they’re smart, they’re witty. Mr. Robot is the full package.
“eps3.7_dont-delete-me.ko” is next week.