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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

While Elliot’s night plays out, so too does Darlene’s part of the plan. She meets up with Dom under the guise of giving her some more information, even though she’s technically not an informant anymore, and then proceeds to flirt with her while they both get drunk, eventually making a move on her back at Dom’s apartment. Once Dom is asleep, Darlene goes for her safe. She opens it up and snags her FBI badge. If only things were that easy though.

Whether she suspected something all along or not, Dom catches Darlene in the moment. She brings her into the FBI headquarters for questioning, assuming she’s doing the right thing. Of course, she’s playing right into the Dark Army’s hands. Darlene, given no other option, tells them all about Romero’s keys and the potential to reverse the 5/9 hack, information that Dom is incredibly excited about. Undoing everything is exactly what the FBI wants, which is why she’s suspicious when Santiago is hesitant to let Darlene do her thing. Despite Dom’s attempts at reason, she’s taken off the case for sleeping with Darlene, and then Santiago immediately calls Irving to report everything.

“Eps3.8_stage3.torrent” isn’t as action packed as some of the other episodes this season, but it’s an atmospheric hour that perfectly sets up next week’s season finale. In essence, it’s an episode that begins to question who’s in control here. Whiterose usually is, but back at her home she’s throwing glasses and screaming about the diplomatic issues that have led to her “project” not being shipped to the Congo. The way BD Wong shifts Whiterose from angry to composed is haunting.

But is Whiterose really in control? Is her ironclad grip on everything starting to weaken? Tyrell and Mr. Robot are ready to expose the Dark Army’s mole in the FBI; they just need to wait for the right time. Then there’s Elliot, who loaded his laptop with an exploit that would, when copied to the Dark Army servers, give him access to their whole system.

At the end of the episode he’s in, but as always, there’s the lingering question: Is this exactly what the Dark Army wants? With Angela in an unknown place, Darlene and Dom unwittingly giving the Dark Army a heads up about the keys, and Tyrell and Mr. Robot biding their time, is this truly the breakthrough Elliot thinks it is? Grant and Whiterose share a kiss. They don’t seem worried.

This season of Mr. Robot has provided more answers than any other. Next week we’ll see if they roll out just a few more.

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