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Init 5: ‘Mr. Robot’ Season 2, Episode 9

Our recap and review

September 2, 2016

By Katherine Kozelski

Bonsoir, TEKsavvy blog readers. Before we start our recap, keep in mind that our Mr. Robot posts will be chock full of spoilers, so don’t read ahead unless you’re all caught up!

This week’s episode starts by pulling back the curtain on Elliot’s arrest and time in jail. Remember when Elliot was semi-stalking his therapist? When he found out her boyfriend was leading a double life with a wife and kids at home, Elliot hacked the boyfriend and stole his dog. Well, it turns out the boyfriend was none too pleased and turned Elliot in to the police. Instead of pleading not guilty like his lawyer recommended, Elliot pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 18 months in jail. And as we suspected, all the new characters, including Ray and Leon, were also there.

After Elliot is released, Darlene—and the latest troubles for fsociety—are there to greet him. It appears Mr. Robot has been chomping at the bit to be released and get back to the plan, because he immediately starts taking control without Elliot’s knowledge. The show’s editors do a great job of flashing back and forth between Mr. Robot and Elliot, with Elliot watching Mr. Robot from afar. It gives the sense Elliot isn’t ready to deal with the chaos that happened while he was incarcerated, and Mr. Robot still has the upper hand. Elliot continues to work with Darlene and Cisco to locate Mobley and Trenton but they fear the Dark Army has made them disappear for good.

Whiterose, who is now in the U.S., pays Philip Price a visit to discuss the partnership between the Dark Army and E Corp. Price, struggling for control, tries to convince Whiterose to negotiate a loan from the Chinese government to save E Corp. Price threatens to accept a deal from the U.S government to buy out the Washington Township plant, but Whiterose has another plan in mind. It turns out she owns the plant that poisoned Angela’s mom and Elliot and Darlene’s dad and plans to keep it operating. Checkmate, Mr. Price.

Angela continues to be a pawn for fsociety while working at E Corp. She uses the rubber ducky thumb drive given to her by Mobley to rip confidential Washington Township case files off her new boss’s computer. Sensitive documents and thumb drive in hand, Angela heads to the Nuclear Regulatory Agency to expose E Corp. After waiting for a few hours in an empty office to speak with the agents, Angela is lead down a long hallway to a conference room. Before entering the room, she panics and leaves without her files. Later, she receives a visit from FBI Agent DiPierro, which puts her even more on edge. Will she succumb to the pressure and turn against fsociety and E Corp? We’ll have to wait and see.

The episode concludes with Elliot trying to figure out Phase 2 of Dark Army’s plan. To do so, fsociety hacks into Cisco’s Dark Army contact’s cellphone microphone to see if they can find out any more information. Cisco then sets up a meeting between his contact and Elliot to spark some conversation. In a shocking twist, Whiterose reveals through the hacked phone that Phase 2 is actually Elliot’s plan, not the Dark Army’s. Is Mr. Robot doing more than we think without Elliot’s knowledge?

He’s back, baby

David: All hail the return of Elliot and Mr. Robot! Very interesting to see how Elliot landed in the big house … by stealing a dog (and hacking the guy). What’s most interesting about this week’s episode is the apparent separation between Elliot and his alter ego. Last week I mentioned duels between various cast members; let’s add Elliot and Mr. Robot to the list. Then again, maybe not; this could be the way the two souls join as one to rule the world. Personally, I don’t think that will happen. I believe a major battle is about to take place and in the end there will be plenty of casualties.

Regan: The lines of reality are starting to blur once again for Elliot. But now that he's accepted Mr. Robot as a personality he can talk with him on a different level. "He's meeting Mr. Robot" ... he's becoming Mr. Robot, is he stuck in his own version of augmented reality? But it seems he's the puppet master.

Katherine: I agree with David, I don’t see this ending well for Elliot. He claims he has control as the puppet master like Regan said, but I think Mr. Robot still has all the power and Elliot is helplessly watching it all unfold. The scene when he’s stuck in the other subway car really showed us what it’s like for Elliot—he has an out-of-body experience and doesn’t realize his own strengths.

Whiterose, E Corp, Mr. Robot and Elliot: Who’s in charge here?

Cam: With so many loose ends, I have SO MANY QUESTIONS! I'm glad we have three more episodes left. Holy moly, Whiterose has been playing such a long game with E Corp, killing off the former CEO in the 1990s, it makes me wonder if Elliot's dad was in cahoots with Whiterose from the very beginning. Is Elliot just carrying the torch?

David: The next step is to figure out what Phase 2 is and who’s responsible: Elliot or Mr. Robot. It was kind of funny to hear Elliot speak Mr. Robot’s name when the crew is deciding who would go to meet the Dark Army. Speaking of battles, looks like there’s no love lost between Phillip Price and Whiterose.

Regan: Phase 2?!? Is Elliot part of the Dark Army? How does Joanna's know Elliot's out? Is she part of the Dark Army? Who is the Dark Army??

Katherine: I have so many questions! The Dark Army has already gone after the biggest corporation in the world and fsociety has hacked the FBI—what could possibly be Phase 2? How much bigger can they get? Oooh, and the scene in the former fsociety stake-out house where Cisco is going to retrieve the VHS tape—who’s there? Maybe Mobley and Trenton? Maybe Tyrell? Someone is there and it is not good.

Quite the cliffhanger this episode. So many open doors and so little answers.

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