A recurring theme of the first season of Mr. Robot is paranoia. It’s palpable in every episode, from the paranoia Elliot feels in his everyday life to the paranoia Wellick feels in regards to his position within Evil Corp. It was only a matter of time before the show started to reveal if the paranoia was justified or not, and tonight’s episode does just that.
Before we get to the INSANE closing moments of the episode though, we’re thrust right back into Elliot’s plan to take down Steel Mountain. The episode opens on Darlene, who’s slept at some rich suit’s apartment. When he leaves for his spreadsheet job, she finds his safe and takes the gun that’s in there. The walls are closing in and she can feel it.
After visiting with Angela at a ballet class, Darlene heads home on the subway. She’s visited by the Dark Army, who, very slyly, tell her that the operation can go ahead. It’s a relief for Darlene, but she’s also worried about a potential meeting with White Rose. She knows that the Dark Army is dangerous so she needs to be cautious.
When she realizes that it’ll be Elliot meeting with them, she gives him the gun she took from the safe. She’s attached to Elliot (more on that later!) and wants to keep him safe, not just because of the Steel Mountain plan but because she cares for him.
More than a few things need to be put in motion for Elliot to meet with the Dark Army. The most important item involves actually getting him to the secret meeting. Ollie unwittingly helps with that, giving Elliot drives to deliver to a place called Blank’s Disk.
Elliot soon realizes that the hack going on at Allsafe, and the CD that started it all, has to do with him and not Angela. He confronts her and lambasts her for not telling him about the CD, while she yells back about him being distant from her. They don’t have time to resolve the issue though as Elliot has to be at the meeting by 2 p.m.
When Elliot arrives at Blank’s Disk, he’s escorted into a Faraday cage, a room that kills all radio signals, Wi-Fi, etc. Once inside he gets exactly three minutes with, presumably, White Rose. After asking her why they pulled out of the operation and telling her they’re ready now, she drops a bomb on him. They pulled out because they found a vulnerability, a honeypot that Gideon had installed on the compromised server that would have meant fsociety, or some members, would have been caught.
She tells him that he has exactly 50 hours and 23 minutes to get rid of the honeypot. If done, they’ll go ahead with the takedown of Steel Mountain via fsociety’s climate control hack. All Elliot needs to do then is get access to Gideon’s information so that he can order the honeypot to be removed.
NEXT: All in the family