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Mr. Robot recap: eps1.6_v1ew-s0urce.flv

Elliot samples coping mechanisms but finds his breaking point instead.

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Mr. Robot

TV Show
Crime, Drama
Rami Malek, Christian Slater, Portia Doubleday, Carly Chaikin
Current Status:
In Season

Coming down from the shock of last week’s ending, the latest episode of Mr. Robot managed to be just as powerful—and possibly more so—in a much quieter way, beginning with a bitter sweet cold open.

Did you ever wonder how Elliot got his betta fish? No, probably not, but Elliot and Shayla’s origin story managed to be an emotional, low-key way of reinforcing the loss from last week. The pain was doubly strong because their initial conversation makes it clear that Shayla wouldn’t have gotten involved with Vera if it hadn’t been for Elliot’s special request. If you’re beginning to get the feeling that Shayla’s death rests at least partially on Elliot’s hands, don’t worry. You’re not the only one.

After the flashback, we rejoin our characters in the present day, which happens to be a month after Shayla’s murder, and the show happily reminds us with lines like, “Come on, it’s been a month” and, “You’re that girl from a month ago” and, “How many days are in a month? Thirty or 31, the same number of days that it’s been since Shayla died.” Fine, I made up that last one, but I have a hard time ignoring the necessary evil of exposition like that.

Anyway, one month after showing up at Terry Colby’s door, Angela has made a little progress toward getting the former Evil Corp exec to go on the record about the Washington Township toxic waste dump. She and her lawyer managed to get into a room with his legal team, so that’s a start. But the next step is going to be big one. The main condition of a meeting with Colby would be that Angela has to speak to him alone, putting her in a vulnerable position where he could potentially tell her to put his balls in her mouth. Actually, that’s exactly what happens. It’s one thing to be a conscienceless exec who doesn’t have any qualms with poisoning and killing innocent people as long as it’s a profitable endeavor. It’s an entirely next level kind of douchebaggery to be that and a misogynist pig on top of it.

Angela did the right thing in the situation though and just reminded Colby how pathetic he is and that it’s only a matter of time before everyone around—whether they know him or not—loses respect for him. (Hey, it worked!) She also mentions that that fate is something they share, but it’s not immediately clear why that’s the case—whether she’s referring to the malicious software she knowingly infected Allsafe with or not. But based on her later conversation with Gideon, it’s clear that her bargain with Colby means exchanging his Washington Township testimony for hers, saying she broke the chain of custody on the incriminating DAT file, something that could ruin the company.

NEXT: A bevvy of problems for Human Resources…