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December 06, 2017 at 11:02 PM EST

Mr. Robot

TV Show
Crime, Drama
Rami Malek, Christian Slater, Portia Doubleday, Carly Chaikin
Current Status
In Season
We gave it a B

Most of “Eps3.8_stage3.torrent” fluctuates between two different times. There’s the current day, with Elliot scrambling to figure out a plan for getting ahold of the keys that Romero built into the 5/9 hack as a failsafe. Then there’s the night before, when Mr. Robot, in his own panic after realizing he’s hasn’t been the revolutionary leader he assumed he was, meets with Tyrell to talk about what they can do now.

Splitting the episode up in this way offers some interesting parallels. We watch as both Elliot and Mr. Robot look for different ways to expose the Dark Army and get back at them. The effect is that it underlines just how much Elliot and Mr. Robot rely on one another. They’ve been at odds plenty of times, and especially throughout this season, but they’re ultimately on the same side (and within the same person, of course). They’ve both been used and discarded, and now they need to find a way back to controlling their destiny.

For Mr. Robot that means approaching Tyrell and making sure he understands just what has happened. It’s no easy sell. When he first shows up at the apartment, Tyrell is hostile, thinking that Elliot/Mr. Robot is the one who’s screwed him over. He believes everything that’s happened is because of Elliot’s sabotaging of the plan, so he attacks him.

Then, Phillip Price shows up at the apartment as well, also to make sure that Tyrell understands what has happened. He tells him that E Corp is bringing him back as CTO, but that it’s simply a title. “Obedience will be your role at my company,” says Price. Tyrell fires back, saying that he’s needed and that clearly Price is just desperate to make a move, to which Price scoffs and walks out of the apartment.

It’s in that moment that Tyrell truly starts to see the big picture, and that he’s not really a part of it. Mr. Robot tells him he’s being added to the Dark Army’s “collection of puppets,” and while Tyrell is initially resistant to that idea, he eventually comes around. He throws back shot after shot of booze while Mr. Robot tries to formulate a plan and find some sort of vulnerability within the Dark Army.

That’s when Tyrell opens up and plays the one card that he still has. He tells Mr. Robot about Santiago and how he’s a Dark Army operative working within the FBI. It’s a bombshell, and Mr. Robot knows it. That’s how Elliot eventually gets the message the next morning, written in soap on his bathroom mirror: “They own the FBI.”

That’s how Elliot’s day begins, but it ends in a much more interesting way. After meeting with Darlene at the arcade to discuss the keys and reversing the hack, which would involve Darlene getting access to the FBI’s evidence storage called “The Sentinel,” he puts the rest of his plan in motion. He tracks down Irving, who’s just trying to go for a pleasant test drive with a client, and demands a meeting with Whiterose. He says it’s time for “Stage 3,” and that’s enough to get Irving’s attention.

So, he sets the meet. Leon shows up at Elliot’s apartment and brings him out in the middle of the night. He’s taken to some sort of secluded park; a table and two chairs sit in the middle of a grassy expanse, barely lit by the night sky and the buildings in the distance. Whiterose isn’t there though. Instead, it’s her right-hand man, Grant, and two masked Dark Army operatives. They take Elliot’s computer and extract all of its files, saying they don’t need Elliot for Stage 3 if they have his plans.

Still, Elliot explains that Stage 3 involves attacking E Coin, the one thing that’s keeping E Corp afloat. He says that if the Dark Army truly wants to destroy the company, this is the only way to do so. The man hears Elliot out, but he has no interest in working with him. Again, Elliot is a pawn and his time as a useful piece is up.

Elliot is cool and collected in the moment though, and that’s because he still has a trick up his sleeve. (Recap continues on next page)

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