Top 20 ‘Power’ Moments (SPOILERS!!)

***SPOILER ALERT!!  THE FOLLOWING POST CONTAINS MAJOR SPOILERS FOR THE ENTIRE POWER SERIES!  IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN POWER IN ITS ENTIRETY YET, YOU MAY WANT TO SKIP THIS POST.  YOU’VE BEEN WARNED.***

The Power series finale aired last month (Feb. 9, 2020), and quite frankly, it was anti-climatic and disappointing.  Not only that, it seemed the sole purpose of the finale was to promote the Power TV Universe, which will feature 50-11 (pronounced “fiftyleven”) spinoffs, including Power:  Book II, which continues to tell Tariq’s story (gross).  On a side note, I don’t know what the hell is up with these series finales for my favorite shows!  They’re either the cherry on top of a horrible season (Game of Thrones, possibly Empire), or they’re hurtful endings to a stellar season and overall show (Power, Mr. Robot).

Nonetheless, Power had a phenomenal run, and for the last 5 1/2 years, I’d be glued to the TV the second I heard Joe belt the “Big Rich Town” themePower earned its way into the pop culture lexicon over the course of the last six seasons with all its memorable scenes.  So much so, that instead of making a top 10 list of the most unforgettable Power moments, I decided to make a top 20 list.  Yes, this list is late as hell—later than usual—and I apologize for that.  I truly meant for this to be finished a lot sooner, but as we’ve all witnessed, 2020 hasn’t been the smoothest year in any respect.  Anyway, let’s do this thang!

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By the way, if you’re one of the people that’s currently binge watching Power to catch up, you definitely don’t wanna read on, because this post has some serious spoilers.

20.  Tommy and Ghost Say Goodbye

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Throughout the series, Ghost and Tommy had a love/hate relationship.  One minute, they’re brothers in every sense of the word.  The next minute, they’re literally ready to kill each other.  After Ghost tricked Tommy into killing his father and Tommy retaliated by putting a bullet in Angela’s chest, it seemed like the once close pair reached the point of no return.  To make matters worse, in Tommy’s eyes, Ghost appeared to be at fault for shutting down Tommy’s operation, killing Keisha and Proctor ratting them out.  However, towards the end of the final season, when Tommy found out that Ghost’s life was in danger (and that Ghost didn’t double cross him after all), he rushed to Truth to save him…but he was too late.

Tommy found Ghost dying on the floor, and the two men exchanged a tearful moment, proving their brotherly bond could never be broken, no matter the circumstances.  The only thing that topped Ghost and Tommy’s final conversation was Tommy’s reaction upon seeing the actual shooter.  More on that later.

19.  Tasha Gives Shawn a Show

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At the beginning of the first season, Tasha and Ghost’s marriage was in a pretty good place, but there were some small signs of discontent.  First of all, Ghost made it clear that he didn’t want to be a drug dealer for the rest of his life, while Tasha was more than happy to be a kingpin’s wife.  Later, Ghost ran into Angela Valdes—his first love—not too long after Truth opened, and he began developing aloof behavior towards Tasha.  What’s worse is that Tasha witnessed Ghost and Angela’s reunion, and correctly deduced that there was unresolved feelings between them.

Tasha’s growing dissatisfaction with Ghost’s new attitude caused her to seek the attention of Shawn, Kanan’s estranged son who Ghost practically raised and hired as his personal chauffeur.  Shawn had a crush on Tasha, and she decided to use that her advantage after spotting Ghost with Angela, giving him an intense peep show in the backseat.  It was at this moment we learned that Tasha wasn’t about to play the innocent wifey waiting for her husband to do right.  She could be just as ratchet and scandalous.

18.  All “Pink Sneakers” Moments

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During the entire first season, anyone and every affiliated with Ghost’s organization was wiped out by an unnamed woman.  Thanks to the woman’s unassuming looks and demeanor, she was able to fly under the radar and take out nearly every dealer she came across with ease.  Her only distinguishable trait was that she always wore pink hi-top platform sneakers.  So much so, she was simply known as “Pink Sneakers” (we learn later that her real name was Mariela).

It’s arguable that the pink sneakers gave her luck, because once she stopped wearing them (Kanan advised her to do so after people began to recognize her shoes), she got sloppy.

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Without her signature footwear, she failed to kill Ruiz, and some time later, Kanan had Dre follow her to Miami and take her out to tie up loose ends.  Ghost ended up finding Pink Sneakers as well and flew to Miami to kill the assassin, but he got to her seconds before Dre.  Ghost tried to make Pink Sneakers name her employer during her last moments, but she only declared Ghost an idiot and let him know Rolla wasn’t behind it.

17.  Raina’s Death

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Raina was one of the first people to notice a negative change in Tariq when he became more and more enticed with a life of crime.  Their once close relationship developed into one that was strained, as Tariq’s behavior towards his twin sister was almost as disrespectful as his demeanor regarding his father.  Everything came to a head when the idiotic boy witnessed a murder during a robbery he partook in.  Ray-Ray, the dirty cop in charge of the operation, had to get rid of everyone involved, including Tariq.

Ray-Ray eventually tracked Tariq down at his school dance.  Tariq, who’s as cowardly as he is moronic, gave chase and Raina intervened just as Ray-Ray closed in her brother.  Once Raina let it be known that she knew exactly who Ray-Ray was and threatened to have her father deal with him, he shot her dead on the spot as Tariq’s punk ass looked on, doing nothing.  Raina’s murder infuriated so many Power fans that the tide turned against Tariq for good.  One particular fan that was pissed off was Charlamagne tha God, who “awarded” Tariq Donkey of the Day the following Monday.  His sorry behind deserved it.

16.  Tony Teresi Is Tommy’s father

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At the start of season four, Ghost was in prison, awaiting trial.  While there, he met an older inmate named Tony Teresi, who was the head of one of the most powerful mafia families in New York.  Once Teresi sensed that Ghost wasn’t an innocent man that got jammed up for no reason, he decided to start making demands, one of which was to have a meeting with Tommy Egan.

It was pretty clear to the audience—and to Ghost—that Teresi had some type of familial connection with Tommy, and Kate later confirmed everyone’s suspicions to Tommy himself.  Tommy’s initial reaction upon seeing Teresi for the first time was hilarious as well.  “You look like an old ass version of me!”

15.  Pink Sneakers Was Employed by Kanan

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Throughout the entire first season, Ghost racked his brain trying to figure out who was taking out the primeras in his organization.  He even contacted Kanan for answers, and Ghost’s former mentor fingered Rolla as the ringleader.  Soon after Ghost and Kanan speak, the latter had a visitor…Pink Sneakers herself.  It turned out Kanan hired Pink Sneakers to get even with Ghost putting him in jail, and he framed Rolla to ensure that Ghost would take him out.  With Rolla and all the other primers dead, Ghost and Tommy would leave themselves vulnerable as far as protection and the operation were concerned.

14.  The Reading of Ghost’s Will

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After Ghost was killed, we learned that he made sure to take care of a lot of people, including Kate, and Angela’s scorned sister Paz.  Naturally, when the St. Patrick family arrived to hear the reading of the will, they figured they’d hit the jackpot, too.  They couldn’t be more wrong.

Tasha’s mother was awarded a year’s worth of rent paid, much to her chagrin.  If someone offered me a year of rent, I wouldn’t turn down nothin’ but my collar.  Tariq and Yazz (Ghost’s youngest daughter that’s hardly ever mentioned) inherited the majority of Ghost’s properties, stocks, and liquid assets (since Raina died, Tariq ended up getting double the share that Yazz received.  I really can’t stand him).  However, Ghost’s will mandated that Tariq had to complete four years of college and graduate with a 3.5 GPA before he could even see a penny of the dough.  Tariq-the-Wannabe-Gangster took the news like he was going to the damn electric chair.  Again, I’d only turn down my collar.  I completed four years of college with a 3.36 GPA and had I nothing to look forward to but debt and unemployment…among other unpleasantries that came with my newfound adulthood.  The biggest blow was reserved for Tasha, as she procured absolutely nothing.  The looks on all their faces was priceless, and it was a trip to see Tariq wig out over being forced to go to college.  Cry me a damn river.

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13.  RIP Bella

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By the end of season two, Tommy and his ratchet girlfriend Holly were living in co-habitual bliss.  Tommy even bought a cute little pup named Bella to add to the family.  However, in true Power fashion, Tommy’s happiness was cut short.  Lobos, Ghost and Tommy’s connect, called Tommy and ordered him to kill Ghost…or else Lobos would kill him, Holly and even Bella.  Tommy didn’t take the threat lightly, but at the same time, he couldn’t bring himself to kill Ghost despite falling out with him (again) in recent weeks and Lobos’s repeated threats.  Tommy paid dearly for stalling.

A few days after Lobos’s last warning, Tommy entered his loft and found Bella lying dead on his kitchen floor.  Judging from the pool of blood the poor puppy was sprawled in, I can only assume her death wasn’t painless.  The saddest thing about this situation was days after Bella was killed, Tommy didn’t have the heart to tell Holly what happened.  Holly posted flyers all around the city, hoping to find her beloved dog again.  After a while, Tommy had no choice but to give Holly the disturbing news.  Tommy even offered to give Holly another dog, but she made it clear Bella couldn’t be replaced.  It was the sole time in the history of the show that Holly had my respect and sympathy.

12. Tasha Teaches Tariq the Game

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Throughout the series, Tariq proved time and time again that although he has book smarts up to wazoo, he comes up lacking when in regards to street smarts (in any sense of the word).  I have no idea how a spinoff with this little fool as the lead character can successfully be executed, but I digress.

Anyway, after this idiot managed to get expelled from Choate for drug dealing and his kidnapping ruse with Vincent went left, Tasha was at her wits end.  She was sick to death of Tariq’s lies and deceit (as were we all), so she made a deal with him:  in exchange for being completely honest with her, Tasha would provide him an education on slinging.  This way, she wouldn’t “lose another child.” Tasha, sweetie pie, this logic is the equivalent of giving an alcoholic a glass of Jack Daniel’s.  The boy must’ve gained his knack of bad judgement from you.  What’s even sadder is that Tasha basically crapped on Ghost’s dream of making sure his children stayed out of the streets as well as the game.  I’ve never seen a child with every advantage be so hard pressed to be a street rat/drop dealer.  SMH.

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11.  Tommy Throws Men Wrapped in Bubble Wrap Off a Building

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At the beginning of season three, Tommy had a run in with a rival gang, ALM, who wanted control of the Soldados’ street corner.  When Tommy refused to relinquish the Soldados’ territory, a fight broke out, which resulted in the cops showing up.  Although Tommy’s crew eluded the police, he wasn’t about to let the ALM’s bad behavior go unpunished.  He and Julio kidnapped two members from the gang, wrapped them in bubble wrap and pushed them off the roof.  Fortunately, both men survived the fall, but Tommy shot the ALM leader for trying to take over the spot and mouthing off.

10.  Angela Learns James St. Patrick is Ghost

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In season two, Holly was arrested and the ASU’s grilled her for information about Tommy, whom they mistakenly fingered as Ghost.  After hours of interrogation, Holly began to see no way out and was all but ready to break.  She excused herself to the bathroom to get her thoughts together, and Angela followed her inside, attempting to convince Holly to flip.

Once Holly recognized Angela as the woman she caught Ghost hooking up with at Truth, she realized the tables had turned, and now she had the upper hand.  Holly smugly revealed to AUSA Valdez that Tommy wasn’t Ghost…James St. Patrick was.  Holly went on to blackmail Angela, threatening to tell the other AUSA’s the truth unless Angela arranged to get both her Tommy and off the hook.  Angela had no choice but to play ball, but that wasn’t even the worst part of this scene.  The most heartwrenching part came when it hit Angela that the man she loved stood for everything she fought against.  The sight of her sobbing in the bathroom stall still haunts me.

9.  Julio Gets Killed

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I had no idea how many people—myself included—loved Julio until his time on Power came to an end.  By season four, Dre (the slimiest character on the show next to Kanan and Tariq) began to have loftier ambitions in the legit world as well as the drug game and decided to move in on Julio’s job as distro.  Of course, the best way to initiate a corporate takeover in the business of drug dealing is to take someone out, and Dre made up his mind to do just that.

Julio was originally part of the Toros Locos gang and Ghost bought his freedom.  In doing so, Ghost established an unwritten contract that the gang could not harm Julio for leaving their set.  Unfortunately, once Ghost decided to be a regular citizen, the contract was broken and Julio had a target on his back again.  Dre informed the head of Toros Locos that Ghost left the game and gave him Julio’s location.  Dre then lured Julio to a warehouse under the ruse that a deal would be going down there.  Sadly, Julio bought into Dre’s lie, and walked right into the trap, finding the gang leader and two other soldados at the warehouse, ready to uphold Julio’s “blood in, blood out” oath.  Julio took out the soldados, but before one of them succumbed to his injuries, he sliced Julio’s Achilles tendon, effectively slowing him down.  This gave the leader the advantage and he stabbed Julio multiple times before delivering a coup de grace by plunging the blade in Julio’s chest.  Power fans were in an uproar when Julio was killed, and Dre was universally hated.  You deserved better, Julio.  Rest in peace, cutie.

8.  Kanan Kills Shawn

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Towards the end of season two, Ghost was onto Kanan’s plot against him, and Kanan was fed up with Ghost always managing to come out clean and/or survive his attacks.  To ensure that Ghost would be done away with once and for all, Kanan enlisted Shawn to kill him.  However, when the time came for Shawn to pull the trigger, he was unable to murder his surrogate father.

Needless to say, Kanan was displeased with Shawn disobeying his orders and after a heated argument, Kanan did the unthinkable and murdered his own son.  Just when you thought Kanan couldn’t be anymore evil, he proved everyone wrong.  And Tariq’s dumb ass thought that Kanan really cared about him?  Please!

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7.  Ghost Kills Williams (Charlie Murphy)

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We all loved Charlie Murphy, right?  Not on Power, we didn’t.  During the last months of his life, Charlie starred in Power as a corrupt US Marshal named Williams.  For some particular reason, Williams developed an extreme dislike towards Ghost, and antagonized him every chance he had.  One day, while Ghost was minding his business and enjoying his rec time, Williams decided to taunt Ghost about the possibility of being locked up for life.  You’d think that’d be enough, but of course, Williams had to take it a step further.  He went on to insult Ghost’s kids, promised to take Ghost’s place in Tasha’s bed, and even went so far as to say he’d have Tariq and Raina call him daddy!  Big mistake.  Ghost finally reached his wits end and whaled on Williams.  Williams got the upper hand at one point in time by beating Ghost with his billy club, but Ghost managed to get his hands on a nearby weight and bash Williams’s face in until it was unrecognizable.  It was hands down one of—if not the—most brutal death scenes in Power history.  Despite being an asshole on the show, we still miss you, Charlie.

6. Ghost Burns Kanan and Leaves Him for Dead

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By the end of season two, Ghost completely made up his mind to live the life of a legitimate businessman, one way or another.  In order to do that, he killed his all the members of Lobos’s organization (except Ruiz) and as recompense for killing Shawn and trying to murder him, Ghost went after Kanan.  Of course, Kanan didn’t go down without a fight, but Ghost got the upper hand by impaling him in the stomach with a shard of glass.  Afterwards, Ghost doused Kanan with gasoline and let him cook till tender.  Light ’em up, burn ’em up, flame on!  Unfortunately, evil is hard to kill.  The next day, the cops investigated the scene and didn’t find a body, but instead, found scratch marks on the door where Kanan clawed his way out.

5.  Tommy Kills Holly

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Midway through season three, Tommy confessed to Holly that Lobos wanted Ghost dead, and if he didn’t carry out the deed, Lobos would make sure he and Holly paid the ultimate price.  Holly—who was never a big fan of Ghost to begin with—tried to persuade Tommy to go ahead and do the hit, but Tommy still couldn’t bring himself to murder his brother.  Frustrated with Tommy’s failure to act, Holly took matters into her own hands and hired a group of Jamaicans to take Ghost out.

After Tommy learned an attempt on his life failed because Ghost intervened, he tried to warn Ghost about Lobos.  Holly stopped him from going to see Ghost, revealing she took care of the situation herself.  Tommy went straight HAM upon learning that his best friend was about to be murdered.  A heated argument erupted between the couple which soon became physical, and Tommy ended up strangling Holly to death.  Little did Tommy realize he also killed his unborn child.  Later that night, Tommy called Ghost, who survived the Jamaicans’ hit (thanks to Milan), and pleaded for his help to hide Holly’s corpse.  The lost look on Tommy’s face when Ghost arrives nearly made me cry.

 4.  Ghost Gets Shot

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Toward the end of the final season, Ghost was on top of the world:  he was running for Lt. Governor of New York, he was on his way to starting a new relationship, and he finally fulfilled his long time wish of being legit.  Each time he encountered an obstacle or a naysayer tried to tell him he couldn’t run for public office, Ghost would just repeat the phrase, “No one’s gonna stop me.”  Sadly, that wasn’t the case.

After Ghost’s party to celebrate his run for office, someone snuck in Truth and shot him.  Ghost died as a result of his injuries, and after weeks of the showrunners providing us little clues as to who was and wasn’t involved in Ghost’s death, we learned it was none other than that no good brat Tariq St. Patrick (big surprise.  *Sarcasm*).  Little bastard.

3.  Tariq Has Kanan Killed

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Even after Kanan’s supposed “truce” with Tommy and Ghost to take care of Dre, he continued to make moves against them as well as Ghost’s family by corrupting Tariq.  Tasha decided it was time to be rid of Kanan once and for all.  She ordered Tariq to plant the gun he used to kill Ray Ray in Kanan’s trunk, and when Tariq and Kanan went out later that night, Tasha called the cops to report her son missing.  The police soon caught up with them, and Tariq gave them the false story.  The cops proceeded to arrest Kanan, but he wasn’t trying to go out like a punk.

Kanan saw the opportunity to grab the arresting officer’s gun out of his holster and kill all three of the policemen on the scene, but not before taking a bullet in the gut himself.  It appeared he was going to shoot Tariq for betraying him (some of us were even rooting for it), but he let the boy go.  Dammit.  Kanan stole a squad car to get away, but it turned out his bullet to the abdomen was fatal.  He drove a few feet away from the scene before passing away from his injury.  ‘Bout time his evil ass got his.

2.  Tommy Murders Proctor

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Cooper Saxe, one of the most unscrupulous and inept AUSA’s ever, was hellbent on taking down both Ghost and Tommy, Ghost especially.  He was so obsessed with Ghost being thrown in a cage that he constantly harassed Tommy and Ghost’s loyal attorney, Joe Proctor, for vital information.  Proctor held out on Saxe and the other AUSA’s for as long as he could, but Saxe eventually backed him into a corner, forcing Proctor to give up the goods…on Tommy.

Unfortunately, Tommy learned Proctor ratted him while lying in wait to kill Maria, a witness willing to testify against Ghost.  While at Maria’s apartment, Saxe ran his big mouth claiming Ghost and Tommy’s esteemed lawyer flipped on them.  After killing Maria, Tommy immediately called Tariq and ordered him to leave the back door open so he could gain entry to Ghost’s penthouse.  Proctor and his daughter, Elisa Marie, were staying there to lay low, but Tommy still found the attorney’s location.  Once Tommy got inside, he riddled the entire penthouse with bullets (think of the end scene of Scarface).  Proctor fought back, but to no avail.  Tommy cornered him in Raina’s old room, and Proctor called Elisa Marie to give her a tearful goodbye.  After he hung up with his daughter, Tommy made his way in the bedroom and gunned Proctor down.  There is one bright side to all this:  Tariq made sure Elisa Maria wasn’t in the house to prevent her from being hurt when Tommy arrived.  At least we know his spoiled ass has a degree of humanity.

1.  Angela’s Death

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By the end of season five, Tommy learned that Ghost orchestrated his estranged father’s murder by having Vincent tell Tommy that he was an informant.  It wasn’t a complete lie; Teresi was an informant, but he was only going to snitch on Ghost.  After Tommy realized he was duped into killing his own father, he decided to get even with Ghost the best was he knew how:  murdering him.

He tracked Ghost down at their old high school (their temporary rendezvous at the time), but as fate would have it, he wasn’t alone.  Angela was there with him, and after the two of them shared a kiss, Angela noticed Tommy aiming his gun at Ghost from the stairwell landing.  She pushed Ghost away just in time to avoid the bullet and ended up catching it directly in her chest.  Unfortunately, the wound was fatal, and Angela died in the hospital.  I’m not sure which was more chilling:  the scream Ghost made when he realized what Tommy did, or the self-satisfied smirk on Tommy’s face when he saw that he hit Angela instead of Ghost, effectively trading one for the other.

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Honorable Mentions:

—Written by Nadiya

What were some of your favorite Power moments?  Are you sad to see the original show end?  Did you like the finale, or was it disappointing?  Will you watch all, some, or none of the 50-11 spinoffs?  Is Tariq is a damn fool (of course he is)?  Who was your favorite character in the show?  Let me know in the comments section!

In Memoriam: Kobe and Gianna Bryant

Last week was a long one, y’all.

I’m not a huge basketball fan, so my introduction to Kobe Bryant wasn’t on the court.  I first heard of him because circa 1996, Kobe asked Brandy (who ruled the black teen world in the mid to late ’90s) to be his prom date, and the media had a field day.

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I didn’t get what the big deal was at first, but I soon learned that Kobe was a high school basketball phenom and a likely NBA draft pick.  I remember seeing him and thinking he was super cute and seemed like a sweet young man.  Plus, he was just a few years older than me, and he was already about to go to the NBA.  I thought that was really cool.

Soon after the famed prom date, Kobe had a guest spot on Brandy’s hit TV show, Moesha (personally, I’ll never forget his guest spot on In the House.  I loved that show, and that ep was one of my favorites!).  I found myself hoping the two of them would end up being an item—after all, they were so cute together—but it never happened.  At the time, Brandy only had eyes for Wanya of Boyz II Men.  As fate would have it, a few years later, Kobe met and married Vanessa Bryant (neé Laine) and had four daughters, including Gianna, who wanted to follow in her father’s footsteps and be a basketball player.

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Kobe went through some up and downs through the next decade or so:   the back and forth between him and Shaq, the sexual assault case and the issues in his marriage.  Despite all that, his basketball career continued to flourish.  Kobe won five NBA titles and was named MVP in 2009 and 2010, as well as being considered overall MVP in 2008.  He was invited to play in the NBA All-Star Game 11 times and won two gold medals for Team USA at the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics.  Eventually, all the things in his personal life became better as well.  He and his wife repaired their relationship, his sexual assault case was dismissed, and he and Shaq made amends.

Finally, in 2016, Kobe retired.  I watched his last game, hoping to get a peek of O’Shea Jackson, Jr. sitting courtside (I LOVE that man and he’s the biggest Kobe fan ever).  Even though I didn’t see O’Shea—turns out he was sitting in the box—what I witnessed was a lot more stellar.  Kobe scored 60 points during the game, and led the Lakers to victory that night.  His game was amazing, and I found myself cheering.  Again, I’m not the biggest basketball fan, but that game was spectacular; a perfect finish to a stellar career.  For me, the best part was watching Kobe celebrate his final basketball win with his wife and kids.

A few years later, Kobe embarked on a new project.  It was a short animated film entitled Dear Basketball, which was basically Kobe’s personal love letter to the sport he adored.  Kobe found himself making headlines once again when he won an Oscar for his endeavors.   There were some folks on Twitter that wanted to dump on Kobe’s achievements by bringing up the sexual assault allegations—yes, the same case from 2003—but that still did nothing to ruin the achievement Kobe made.

In the last few years, Kobe coached Gianna aka Gigi’s basketball team and would often be seen with her watching pro games courtside.  It’s been said that Gigi wanted to play for the University of Connecticut when she got older and later for the WNBA.  Her and Kobe’s shared love of the game formed an intense father-daughter bond between them that would never be broken.

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Sadly, on the way to Gigi’s basketball game last Sunday afternoon, Kobe and his little girl perished along with 7 other people in a helicopter crash.  When I first heard the news on Twitter, I couldn’t believe it.  Kobe was so young, and had so much life ahead of him.  Then when I learned that poor Gianna was on board and lost her life before even having a chance to really live, it made me even sadder.

Kobe achieved so much in his 41 years, and he lived his life to the fullest.  I’m just so sorry his family has to go through so much hurt and pain of losing a son and a granddaughter, a husband and a daughter…a father and a sister.

I’ve known this for years, but this tragedy really brought it home for me:  never take the people you love for granted.  Tell them you love them.  Spend time with them.  Call them up, or at the very least, send a text.  On top of that, spend each day being the best you you can be and always be appreciative for what you have.  That might sound corny as all hell, but it’s pure truth.

May God bless the Bryant family and all the families that lost their loved ones last Sunday.  🙏🏽

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Kobe Bean Bryant:  August 23, 1978 – January 26, 2020

Gianna Marie-Onore Bryant:  May 1, 2006 – January 26, 2020

—Written by Nadiya

Mastermind Elliot and the Ill-Fitting Tupperware Top

***SPOILER ALERT!!!   IF YOU HAVEN’T WATCHED THE SERIES FINALE OF MR. ROBOT AS OF YET, DO NOT READ THIS POST!  IT CONTAINS MAJOR SPOILERS!  YOU’VE BEEN WARNED.***

So, if you’ve seen the series finale of Mr. Robot, you know that the Elliot we’ve come to know and love for the past four years (or in my case, a little over two) was not the real Elliot Alderson, but “The Mastermind.”  He was another alter, like the titular character, and was basically made to take on Elliot Prime’s rage and change the world to make his host’s life better.

Yeah…this ending doesn’t work for me.

Have y’all ever searched for a piece of Tupperware to store your leftovers, but for the life of you, you can’t find the top?  Then, when you finally do find the top, it doesn’t fit.  There’s one corner that just doesn’t fasten.  You can push on that thing harder than The Mountain pressed Oberyn Martell’s skull, and the lid still won’t close.  Or worse yet, you finally get the corner to fit, but the corner on the opposite end loosens up.  That’s what this whole “Elliot is The Mastermind” ending is to me.  An ill-fitting Tupperware top.

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I know a great deal of y’all (especially my fellow Redditors) LOVED this send off, so before y’all @ me, please allow me a moment to explain why this plot line just doesn’t really work.  Settle in; this may take a while.

If Anybody Was “The Mastermind,” It Was Mr. Robot

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Let’s just get this out of the way right now.  In the pilot episode, our Elliot was none the wiser about fsociety’s existence.  Mr. Robot “recruited” him—so to speak—into the group.  Despite the revelation that our Elliot created fsociety to give Elliot Prime a better future, Mr. Robot was the ringleader.  He even let it be known on numerous occasions.  The titular character was always the one making moves, be they outright or behind Elliot’s back (which we will also touch on).  Whenever Elliot wanted to deviate from Mr. Robot’s plans or if he wanted to just outright stop whatever they were, Mr. Robot would react violently.  For him, their anarchy had to be carried out by any means necessary, like a man leading the charge, not a man following someone else’s lead.  This brings me to my next point…

Mr. Robot Was the Ratchet One, Not Our Elliot

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According to Pretend Krista, our Elliot was created to “carry out Elliot’s rage.”  Uh-huh.  Funny…up until this last season, the only person I saw rage out and show his entire ass was Mr. Robot.  Yes, I realize they showed examples of Elliot’s “rage” during the finale, but they were from the following scenes:

  • Elliot jacking Mr. Robot up after he found out he was his “dad”
  • Elliot smashing the mirror after he remembered Darlene was his sister (after he kissed her…no rhyme intended)
  • Elliot’s “fuck society” soliloquy
  • Elliot backing Darlene in a corner after she went on and on about Angela being alive
  • Elliot smashing the camera after he realized he forgot who his sister was
  • Elliot telling Krista to shut up
  • Elliot screaming after he remembered his father molested him
  • Elliot putting on a hoodie

That last one really gave me chills.  *Eyeroll*  Hell, I’d get mad if half this stuff happened to me, too!  Our Elliot’s so called rage was pretty justified with the exception of going off on Darlene and Krista.  Mr. Robot’s anger and overall ratchetness was a lot more pronounced, and a lot less justified.  If Mr. Robot’s job was that of Elliot’s protector, he sure did do a piss poor job of it for the previous three seasons.  Here’s some examples of Mr. Robot’s rage and overall ratchetness:

  • Pushing Elliot off the boardwalk because he “broke the sacred pact [he formed with his dad].”  Huh?
  • Wanting to blow up a power plant to destroy Steel Mountain (and his response to Elliot mentioning that hundreds of innocent people would die was, “C’est le mort!”)
  • Having a colossal hissy fit when Darlene told him that the Dark Army pulled out of the plan
  • Constantly lying
  • Wanting Elliot to leave Shayla hanging after she got kidnapped
  • Shooting Elliot in the head when he stopped paying attention to him (and at times he would also stab him in the stomach or slice Elliot’s fingers off; read Red Wheelbarrow, y’all)
  • Trying to kill Tyrell
  • Always throwing Elliot around like a rag doll
  • Implementing stage two behind Elliot’s back (blowing up another damn building)
  • Constantly fighting Elliot for control (maybe the alters should have a board meeting with him)
  • Threatening Romero with a gun
  • Beating Elliot’s ass to stop him from preventing the New York building from blowing up (he sure did love to blow shit up, didn’t he?)
  • Wanting Elliot to turn the other cheek while Ray trafficked children
  • Jacking up Tyrell when he wanted to take over the operation
  • Making sure Elliot got his ass whupped in the coffee shop

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I could go on, but we’d be sitting here all damn day.  How is our Elliot the supposed rage monster, when Mr. Robot was the agent of doggone chaos for three seasons?  My mother used to ask me if Elliot’s real dad acted like Mr. Robot (this was before we learned Mr. Alderson was Chester the Child Molester), and I would always tell say to her, “No, Mr. Robot is basically Elliot’s pent up anger and frustration manifesting itself in the form of his late father.”  Funny how that description is reserved for our Elliot now.

It’s true, Elliot started showin’ out this current season himself, but a lot of that was due to his desperation to save himself and Darlene.  Not condoning it, just sayin’.  What was that phrase I kept repeating whenever Elliot did something heinous this season?  Oh, yeah, I remember!  “I want my sweet Elliot back.”  Even folks online commented that Elliot’s behavior this last season was a shift in character.  But hey, you don’t have to take my word for it (dun-dun-dun!)!  A hug and kiss to anyone that knows that referenceHere’s some YouTube comments from the scene where we first learn that Angela and Mr. Robot are working together.  You can click the link and watch the scene if you want; that way, you’ll see even more proof of Mr. Robot’s ratchet behavior.

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And here’s some comments from that same video, basically calling Elliot a cupcake.

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But Elliot is the one with the anger issues.  Right.

The Ending Suggests We Never Met Elliot Prime…But We Did

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Darlene said that she noticed Elliot was different when they started fsociety circa Nov. 2014, and the other alters claimed that Elliot Prime was asleep for about a year (apparently their board meeting was in Dec. 2015), providing the revelation that we as the audience never met the real Elliot.  However, when Elliot had his fever dream after going through morphine withdrawal in late Mar. 2015, Angela told him he was only born a month ago.  If that’s the case, our Elliot began circa Feb. 2015, when the show actually begins.  That means that we’ve seen Elliot Prime.  We’ve had flashbacks from Halloween 2014 when Darlene came to town, from Spring 2014 when Shayla moved in, as well as Shayla and Elliot’s date later that summer (if you haven’t watched the Mr. Robot Virtual Reality Experience on YouTube, please check it out).  Even if you believe it really was Mastermind Elliot that hung out with Darlene on Halloween night, there’s no denying it was Elliot Prime spending time with Shayla earlier that year, which brings me to my next point…

Our Elliot and Elliot Prime Aren’t That Dissimilar

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Mr. Robot, Darlene, and even Pretend Dom claim that our Elliot is nothing like the real Elliot.  Y’all could’ve fooled me.  When we saw Elliot Prime with Shayla and Darlene in 2014, he wore a hoodie, avoided social interaction, took morphine, and hacked people.  Sound familiar?  It’s even verbally confirmed.  When Shayla and Elliot first met, she asked Elliot if he likes to attend concerts.  He answered no, because they’re full of people, and he doesn’t like most people.  When Darlene first showed up at Elliot’s apartment, he lied and said he was going out (once again, avoiding social interaction), but Darlene saw through the lie and told him, “C’mon, you don’t go out.  I don’t mean that in a cunty way you’re just…you.”

It’s true that Angela and Darlene noticed subtle changes in Elliot’s demeanor, but if Elliot Prime and our Elliot were completely different, the ladies would’ve learned right away that they were dealing with another personality.  Darlene claimed she knew all along, but let’s face it…for a hot minute, she couldn’t even tell Elliot from Mr. Robot, and those two are night and day.  After Angela learned about Mr. Robot’s existence, he once asked how she could tell him from our Elliot, and she said that Elliot always looks away from people.  That’s a trait the original Elliot must’ve had as well.  Judging from the actual events that took place on the show, the only difference between Elliot Prime and our Elliot is that the latter is a vigilante.  Other than that, it’s basically the same doggone dude.

Elliot Prime Woke Up a Few Times Before the Finale

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Another reason the ending doesn’t quite work for me is because the other alters swear down that our Elliot held Elliot Prime prisoner in this dream world and he’s been asleep for nearly a year.  However, past episodes show that Elliot Prime had to have woken up a few times throughout the series.  Here’s some examples:

After Mr. Robot’s ratchet ass pushed him off the boardwalk, our Elliot woke up in the hospital and found out that he apparently spoke with Shayla a few hours prior and requested the staff to bring Krista in.  However, Elliot doesn’t remember any of this.

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During the “Red Wheelbarrow” scene, Mr. Robot took over and met with Tyrell (still being ratchet).  As we already know, before Elliot left, Tyrell implored him to be his partner, and Elliot refused, saying, “You’re only seeing what’s in front of you, not what’s above you.”  However, when Tyrell mentioned the quote to Mr. Robot a day or so later, the latter didn’t know what the former was talking about.  Considering that our Elliot doesn’t remember this entire exchange either, it had to be Elliot Prime making that last statement.

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There’s the infamous three days after the 5/9 hack.  Our Elliot has no idea what happened in those three days, and Mr. Robot never comments on it either, so it’s safe to assume that Elliot Prime woke up during that time period as well.  Were he and our Elliot fighting for control?  Who the hell knows.  On a side note, while taking this screenshot I noticed that when Elliot first wakes up, he asks Kareem (may his scary self rest in peace), “Who am I?” then changes it to “Where am I?”  One thing about Mr. Robot, each rewatch reveals something new.  Still don’t agree with this ending, though.

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If There’s No Black Void of Nothingness, Why Did Elliot Lose Time?

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Before Elliot retreated to the movie theatre of Elliot Prime’s mind, he asked Mr. Robot if it was true that he would be transported to a black void of nothingness.  Mr. Robot said he’d always be a part of the real Elliot, and it turns out he was telling the truth…so why did our Elliot always lose time whenever Mr. Robot (or Elliot Prime) took over before?  Whenever one of the other alters were in control, our Elliot had no thoughts or memories of what transpired over that period.  The only exceptions to that rule occurred this season, and that’s when Elliot and Mr. Robot decided to work together instead of fight each other.  Is it different this time because our Elliot willingly gave up control, or what?  I know very little when it comes to dissociative identity disorder, so if anyone can assist me with this question, please let me know in the comments section.

Why Didn’t the Other Alters Subdue Our Elliot Sooner?

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We learn in the final season that the other alters didn’t like our Elliot assuming constant control of the host and had to find a way to make him relinquish his power.  Mr. Robot did that by showing our Elliot the dream world our he created, and in a way, trapping him in it.  With that being said, why didn’t Mr. Robot or the others try to subdue him when he was going through his morphine withdrawal, seeing as he “accidentally slipped” into that same dream world while he was detoxing?  Not only that, but why didn’t our Elliot see Elliot Prime there?  I also believe they could’ve possibly repressed and/or trapped our Elliot in the sitcom episode if they wanted to.  After all, there was a point in time that our Elliot believed he was “buried” in the sitcom.  Why didn’t the others leave him there and just allow Elliot Prime to wake up and take over?

Darlene Actually Was in the Dream World, Despite What Everyone Else Says

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Another thing Pretend Krista said that I disagree with is that our Elliot made sure not to include Darlene in the dream world he created because her connection with Elliot Prime is too strong.  Here’s the thing, though:  Darlene was in Elliot’s fabricated world before.  When our Elliot had his fever dream while going through withdrawal, he walked to his old neighborhood and is approached by a little girl humming “Frére Jacques” and riding a scooter.  He gave his signature “Hello, friend” greeting, and the girl answered, “But we’re not friends.”   Later, after Elliot kissed Darlene and realized who she was, he has a flood of memories and remembered that Darlene used to sing “Frere Jacques” and ride her scooter outside their house.  This also explains the reply the little girl gave Elliot in the fever dream:  “But we’re not friends.”  They’re not friends, per se.  She’s his sister.

Now I know y’all are going to tell me that when our Elliot went back to the dream world, he was approached by another young girl riding a scooter and singing “Frére Jacques,” only she was older and made it clear that she wasn’t Darlene.  Hell, she didn’t even know who Darlene was.  So it’s possible the first little girl wasn’t Darlene either, right?  No.  The first little girl was definitely Darlene.   Don’t believe me?  In the famed Alderson Polaroid pic, we see Elliot and Darlene as children.  Now, is it me, or is this the same kid?

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There’s other questions and points I could make (i.e.:  How is it possible our Elliot remembers certain events from Elliot Prime’s childhood?  Why is it that both our Elliot and Elliot Prime were in love with Angela?  Why didn’t the other alters intervene when our Elliot wanted to commit suicide?  Why was Mr. Robot constantly doing things to hurt our Elliot knowing they could cause damage to the host?), but if I did, this post would probably never end.

Instead, I’ll conclude with a very brief tale.  When I was a teenager, LL Cool J (one of my favorite rappers—don’t @ me) said something about artistry that I’ll never forget.  He likened writing his songs to an artist going to a mountaintop and painting a landscape, with a vision of how his painting will look in his mind.  However, after he gets to the mountaintop, he sees birds, clouds, and flowers that he didn’t visualize before that he now wants to include.  That quote always stayed with me, because I encounter the same phenomenon (no pun intended) in my own writing, whether it’s a short story or this very blog.

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I say all that to say this:  Sam Esmail initially envisioned Mr. Robot as a film with the beginning, middle and ending mapped out.  However, he realized his material was way too detailed to squeeze it in a two hour movie, so the project evolved into a TV show.  Thanks to the writers’ room, studio influence, notes from the actors and other components, the show continued to evolve…so much so the ending no longer completely fits, much like a piece of Tupperware that was accidentally washed in the dishwasher.

Again, like I said in my recap and review of the series finale, the ending isn’t horrendous.  There’s parts of it I absolutely loved (namely the use of the M83 song “Outro” and the finale montage of all the past events.  That was so beautiful).  To utilize my Tupperware metaphor again, the corners don’t fasten.  It’s not like the top doesn’t fit the Tupperware at all.  However, I still just can’t completely roll with the “Mastermind Elliot” ending, even when I take my personal feelings out of the equation (I’m still a bit heartbroken after learning our Elliot isn’t the real Elliot, so to speak).

Despite all that, Sam didn’t disappoint me this final season.  Mr. Robot will forever remain one of my favorite TV shows, and Elliot will forever be one of my favorite characters, which is why I feel so strongly about this ending.  However, now that I’ve officially given my two cents, I can take my Elliot’s advice and let go and let God.  😀😀

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The end.

—Written by Nadiya

So what did you think about the “Mastermind Elliot” ending?  Does it work with the show or do you think it doesn’t quite fit?  Did you agree with the points I made?  Why or why not?  Regardless of how you feel about the ending, did you enjoy the final season?  Will you rewatch the series again to catch more little tidbits?  Let me know in the comments section!

‘Mr. Robot’ Series Finale Part 1 & 2 – Recap and Overall Review

“This only works if you let go, too.”

First off, let me start by wishing all of you a Merry belated Christmas and a Happy New Year!  🎄🎅🎉🎊

Secondly, those of y’all that’ve been rockin’ with me from jump know that my recaps/reviews are pretty lengthy, and these Mr. Robot reviews are even longer than usual, considering the episodes have so much ground I want to cover.  However, since I’m doing two shows at once and I’m 100% certain the review portion is going to be wordy as all hell, the recap portions will be a tad bit shorter and less detailed than usual.  Sorry for that y’all, but there’s A LOT to unpack with these bad boys.  Let’s get this party started!

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“412 Precondition Failed/whoami” – Part 1

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The episode starts with our Elliot waking up in this new world.  On a good note, he’s talking to us again.  On a bad note, he doesn’t have any idea what the hell’s going on, either.  The power plant is completely gone, and when he walks through town again, it’s no longer the ratchet cesspool he entered.  The hobos are no more, the graffiti is gone from the welcome sign, the cops are nicer, and overall, everything’s more happy and sunshiny (and shown to the tune of “Mr. Roboto,” to nearly everyone’s glee).

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The internet got the Elliot-was-the-mystery-customer theory correct.  Sure enough, while walking through town, Elliot spots the Mr. Robot repair shop.

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He goes inside, and when he lays eyes on his father—alive and well and talking to the other Elliot on the phone (unbeknownst to our Elliot)—he panics and hurries out the store, dropping his dad’s cell phone on the way out, which explains why Mr. Alderson found the phone cracked and lying on the floor.  The internet wins.

What no one suspected though, was that Elliot would follow his father home to get a better grasp on what’s happening.

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Elliot’s dad doesn’t notice him, but his mother does after Mr. Alderson leaves.  In this universe, Mrs. Alderson is a sweet and loving mother that thinks the world of her baby boy.  After she hugs Elliot and invites him in for lunch, Elliot tells us, “This doesn’t sound like my mom.  This sounds like someone that loves her son.”  Ouch.

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Things get even more confusing when Elliot sees that Darlene is non-existent in this world and that Elliot’s room isn’t in the same location of the house that it was when he was a child.  He asks his mother if he ever had an accident where he broke his arm and if she and his father ever hurt him.  Mrs. Alderson says he’s never broken a bone in his body, and they’d never harm him.

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She wonders if all this is all because of his big day with Angela.  It’s natural to have pre-wedding jitters.  Elliot’s shocked.  Not only is Angela still alive, he’s marrying her!  Of course, this is all Elliot needs to hear to literally take the first train smokin’.

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When Elliot gets back to NYC, he makes a beeline for Angela’s apartment.  He doesn’t find his true love there, but the door is answered by none other than the late Mrs. Moss, and Philip Muthafuckin’ Price!

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This freaks Elliot out just a tad.  After all, he did watch Price get gunned down the day before and Mrs. Moss has been gone for almost 20 years.

Apparently Price has been in Angela’s life from jump in this world, despite the fact that Angela’s last name is still Moss and not Price (that’s kind of a giveaway).  Price—who is somewhat intimidating, but kind at heart in this reality—makes everyone a drink while Mrs. Moss makes small talk.  While they’re talking, Elliot accidentally spots his wedding gift from Angela:  a collage of all the photos from their life together.  Awwww…

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Elliot couldn’t be happier.  As he and his future in-laws toast to the future, our Elliot’s smiling, and I’m talking about a smile with teeth.  However, we know the second our Elliot is happy, shit goes sideways.

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Mrs. Moss gets a phone call on her cell, and you guessed it!  It’s the other Elliot, calling to make sure Angela’s not home so he can drop off his present.  Elliot insists on answering the phone and once he hears the other Elliot’s voice, he disconnects the call, the earth shakes and he drops his glass.  Mrs. Moss picks up the broken pieces and she slices her hand open, just like the folks online predicted.  The internet wins again.

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Elliot hurries home, wondering what world he’s in and how the hell there’s two Elliots in this universe.  The second he walks into the posh, well-furnished studio apartment, he knows something’s up.  “This guy is definitely not me…and I am definitely not him,” he says.  That line cracked me up.

Elliot looks around the apartment, but doesn’t find anything.  He decides to get info on the other Elliot the best way he can…he hacks him.

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Turns out that although the other Elliot’s weapon of choice is a Mac, he knows how to encrypt that bad boy and it’s nightfall before our Elliot can even get in the system.

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Once he accesses the desktop, he sees from the other Elliot’s social media pages and saved pics that he’s a complete 180º from our Elliot.  He’s outgoing, fun, and happy.  Elliot keeps looking, while telling us, “Haven’t you been paying attention?  No one is this happy.  Everyone has a secret.  Everyone has a monster.”  My question is, hasn’t Elliot been paying attention?  Each post is dated May 9, and all the timestamps read 11:16.

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I also noticed while editing this blog post that Elliot’s Sam Sepiol pic is in the other Elliot’s photo album.  Another dead giveaway.

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Eventually, our Elliot finds the other Elliot’s secret:  he has a hidden partition of files that can only be accessed with a password.  Of course, Elliot runs a script to locate the password and gains access.  When he opens them, he sees they’re pictures…of him.  All the images are sketches of Elliot, Darlene, fsociety, the arcade, everything.

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And that’s when the other Elliot walks in.

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Elliot #2’s reaction is priceless.  “Who are you?  And why do you look like me?” 😂😂  Long story short, our Elliot gets the other one to calm down and asks him why he has those sketches on his computer.  The other Elliot reveals that he sketches when he’s bored and he created those characters because he fantasizes about being an anarchist hacker that saves the world.  Our Elliot is surprised his other half wants to be him, but the other Elliot says that’s not the case.  The man he sketched is angry, has no life and is overall abnormal.  This hits our Elliot like a punch in the gut.  The other Elliot quickly apologizes, but our Elliot tells us he’s right.  He’s not normal, not in this world or any other—

“Did you hear that?” the other Elliot asks.  “It sounded like you were talking to someone.”

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Yeah…that makes our Elliot panic, and to be honest, I was trippin’ off that myself.  Sure enough, our Elliot internally says, “Shit, he can hear us,” and the other Elliot hears that, too!  Our Elliot can’t stand anymore of this and goes to leave, but the other Elliot stops him.  Once they touch, there’s another earthquake and the other Elliot falls and hits his head on the radiator!

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Our Elliot is about to get help, but Angela calls the other Elliot’s cell phone.  Our Elliot picks up, and once he hears Angela’s voice on the other end, telling him she loves him and that he should make the choice to be happy and share his life with her, that’s all she wrote.

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Once he hangs up the phone, the other Elliot wakes up, pleading for our Elliot to call an ambulance.  Unfortunately, our Elliot has snapped.  He lost Angela once, and he refuses to lose her again.

So with that, our Elliot smothers the other Elliot to death (and has the audacity to tell us to look away!  I actually did when I first watched this)!

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After Elliot commits the most dubious act he’s ever committed on the history of this show, he says it was inevitable as both of them can’t survive in this world, and he had no choice.  Boy, bye.

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“413 Payload Too Large/Hello Elliot” – Part 2

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Okay…so now, here’s when things really go left.  We all know Elliot’s not a killer, not only because we know his true heart, but as it turns out, he sucks at it.  This man actually believes he can get rid of the other Elliot’s body and make it to the wedding at the same time.  Oh yeah, and his idea of getting rid of the body is stuffing it in a cardboard storage box and stashing it somewhere in broad daylight.  Lord…

It’s also worth noting that all the cars in this universe are white…except the other Elliot’s.  When our Elliot retrieves the car to get rid of the body, not only is the vehicle parked in the same lot Elliot left Tyrell’s SUV after the 5/9 hack, it’s the same damn SUV.

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We can see that Elliot finds that strange, but he shakes it off and drives the car back to his apartment.  While he’s getting ready for the wedding, Mr. Robot shows up.  Uh, where you been, bruh?

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Elliot tells Mr. Robot that Whiterose’s machine worked and they’re in a better world.  Mr. Robot tries to talk some sense into Elliot, telling him he can’t just take the other Elliot’s place because he’s not him.  Our Elliot ain’t tryin’ to hear it.  He’s late for his wedding.  And besides, why can’t he take the other Elliot’s place?  He looks exactly like him.

Elliot leaves wearing a damn tux with the body in tow, and he’s stopped by none other than Dom.

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Dom, who’s a beat cop in this reality, is about to give Elliot a ticket for being parked in a fire zone and asks for his ID.  When Elliot hands the ID to her, she’s suspicious, saying the Elliot Alderson on the card “is nothing like [him].”  She asks what’s in the box, and once she notices a blood stain on Elliot’s shirt sleeve and blood leaking out of the box (although the other Elliot’s head wound would’ve stopped bleeding long before now.  Plus, Elliot packed the body away before he put on the tux), she has Elliot get down on his knees.

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Another earthquake erupts, and Elliot sees his chance to run.  And we all know that man can run.

Elliot makes it to the subway (which is completely empty), and Mr. Robot pops up again, trying to convince Elliot that this wedding isn’t going to take place, and Angela isn’t really alive.  Again, Elliot’s not trying to hear that.  His happiness is due, and he’s gonna marry Angela.  He demands that Mr. Robot leave him alone and he goes to another subway car.

When Elliot gets to Coney Island, he sees the wedding party at the beach, waiting for him.  However, when he stands at the alter, he sees that all the guests in attendance are wearing fsociety masks.

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Tell me that shit ain’t freaky.

Mr. Robot shows up again, putting Elliot’s hoodie over him.  Elliot asks what the hell is going on, and that’s when Mr. Robot drops the bomb on all of us.  This isn’t Whiterose’s parallel world; Elliot dismantled her machine when he played the game at the power plant.  This world is a prison our Elliot built to occupy the other Elliot…the real Elliot.

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*Sigh*  I was dreading this ending.

Our Elliot insists that he is Elliot Alderson, but Mr. Robot tells him that he’s only a part of Elliot; he’s just had control of him for the last year or so.  Now our Elliot has to relinquish control so the real Elliot can live his life again.  Our Elliot reminds Mr. Robot that he killed the other Elliot, but it turns out the other Elliot can’t be killed no matter how hard he tries.  Just then, Elliot sees Angela in her wedding dress, but the moment she spots him, she runs off.

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Elliot chases her to the fsociety arcade, and in a callback to season one (where Elliot meets Angela before their “wedding” during his fever dream), Angela lets him know that the wedding’s not happening.  Elliot asks why, and Angela answers, “Isn’t it obvious?  You’re not Elliot.  You’re the Mastermind.”

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Elliot is ejected from the arcade, and from that moment on, he has a series of nightmarish images, from seeing everyone on the boardwalk with Mr. Robot’s face, a la Being John Malkovich…

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…to being shot in the stomach by Tyrell, who then proceeds to drag Elliot’s body in an empty grave.

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While lying in the grave, Elliot hears Darlene’s voice, begging him to wake up.

Elliot then shows up in Krista’s office.  He knows it’s not really her, but she tells him the others felt it was necessary for her to try to talk to him, since he listened to the real Krista before.

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She proceeds to break down Elliot’s DID in an attempt to make him understand:  Mr. Robot came first, as the protective personality.  Elliot’s mom came second, as the personality that blames him for his abuse.  Elliot’s younger self came next, as someone who could help Elliot through his trauma.  We’re the voyeurs that watch everything.  Then our Elliot came:  The Mastermind.  He was created to not only help Elliot with his past, but with his future.  That’s the reason why Elliot always went out of his way to take down evil.  He wanted to make the world better for Elliot Prime.

Krista also mentions that our Elliot took Darlene out of this world to make sure the real Elliot stayed in it.  Elliot and Darlene’s connection is so strong that she’s the only person that can cause the real Elliot to wake up.  Now it’s time for our Elliot to let go and let the real Elliot live his life.  Our Elliot refuses and another earthquake erupts.  Krista says that this is his rage, and our Elliot decides to use it, causing the ceiling collapse on him, which subsequently wakes him up.

Our Elliot wakes up in the real world, lying in a hospital bed.  Darlene’s there (thank God), and it turns out the cops found Whiterose’s body in the power plant, which had an explosion (but not a meltdown), but Elliot miraculously survived thanks to the room having some advanced shielding.  I seriously doubt Qwerty lived through that, though.  Rest in peace, poor little fish.

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Darlene tells Elliot that he saved the world, and our Elliot realizes he can’t knowingly take control of the real Elliot again.  He tells Darlene he’s not really Elliot.  Darlene takes his hand and tries to tell him that he’s in the real world and not some dream, but Elliot reiterates…he’s just a part of Elliot, but he’s not really him.  Turns out Darlene knew that.

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She realized that Elliot wasn’t the same when they started fsociety, but when he forgot who she was (y’all know, that time Elliot kissed her), she was certain that he was a different person.  Darlene cries and says that not a day goes by that she doesn’t think about the real Elliot and wants to know if he’s okay.  Elliot tells her that he is, and that he has everything he wanted…except one thing.  He never blatantly says what the one thing is, but we know.  Darlene leaves to get the nurse and Elliot tells her that although he’s only a part of the real Elliot, he loves her.  Darlene walks away without saying anything.  Yeah, I didn’t like that part.

Elliot closes his eyes, the picture fades, and…

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…he’s in the boardroom with the other alters.

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It turns out the other seat in the boardroom of Elliot’s mind was for him.  Our Elliot apologizes for never giving us a name, but he muses on the fact that he himself never had one.  He was just a guy playing God without permission.  Boooooooo.  He asks Mr. Robot if he’ll be stuck in a void of absolute nothingness, but Mr. Robot says that he’ll always be a part of the real Elliot.  As all the alters leave our Elliot to his thoughts, he says to us:

“This whole time, I thought changing the world was something you did.  An act you perform.  Something you fought for.  I don’t know if that’s true anymore.  What if changing the world is just about being here?  By showing up, no matter how many times we get told we don’t belong?  By staying true even when we’re shamed into being false?  By believing in ourselves even when we’re told we’re too different?  And if we all held onto that, if we refuse to budge and fall in line, if we stood our ground for long enough, just maybe…the world can’t help but change around us.  Even though we’ll be gone, it’s like Mr. Robot said, we’ll always be a part of Elliot Alderson.  And we’ll be the best part.  Because we’re the part that always showed up.  We’re the part that stayed.  We’re the part that changed him.  And who wouldn’t be proud of that?”

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Our Elliot then leaves the boardroom and walks down the hallway to the door on the opposite end.  Before he goes in, he says, “Come on.  This only works if you let go, too.”  *Sigh*  He walks through and enters a movie theatre.  Our Elliot sits down with the other alters and cries as he watches the film of Elliot Prime’s life.

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The camera pans up to the projector lens and we move past images of Elliot’s life from the past year.

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The bright light from the projector morphs into Elliot Prime’s eye, which also has a tear falling out of it.

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Darlene stands over him, realizing her brother is back.  “Hello, Elliot,” she says.

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And that my friends, is the end of Mr. Robot.

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Let me just say…I loved this series and I loved this season.  It was phenomenal.  Season four wasn’t my favorite season in the entire show’s run (those awards go to seasons one and three), and it had a few slight missteps, but it was still tremendous.  Why Mr. Robot never achieved the popularity of Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Mad Men or Breaking Bad is beyond me.  At least Mr. Robot and Elliot were the trending topics on Twitter for the third week in a row after the finale aired.

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I’ll start with my critique of the series finale.  I loved the first part, namely seeing all the Elliot and Angela pics (Angelliot fan forever, baby!).

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At first I thought that the use of “Mr. Roboto” for the finale was too on the nose (truthfully, I was glad Sam never used it before.  I saw it as a cliche).  However, one of my fellow Redditors pointed out that the track’s lyrics perfectly outline the show.  It’s almost as if Sam based the series on the song itself.  Now I love that he used it.

One of my other favorite scenes is the one where Elliot hacks himself.  The music and cinematography really brought out the tension.  Plus, as I pointed out on Reddit, Elliot’s social media page mentions his favorite movies are Taxi Driver, Groundhog Day and Temple of Doom (which is my favorite in the Indiana Jones series, too!)  Taxi Driver is centered around a man that’s mentally ill and wants to save humanity, Groundhog Day is self explanatory, and in Temple of Doom, Indy is forced to drink some cursed blood and becomes a different person.  Hmm…  Elliot also mentions on his page that one of his favorite films is The Martian.  Guess it wasn’t shit after all.  😂😂😂

Seeing the two Elliots meet up was a trip as well, especially when Elliot Prime could hear our Elliot speaking to us.  By the way, this scene was another testament to the greatness of Mr. Rami Malek.  As the two of them are talking, you can see that Elliot Prime looks neat and well rested, and our Elliot is slightly disheveled and has bags under his eyes.  The two of them look alike, but they’re different in every way.

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I didn’t like that Elliot killed himself, though.  Y’all know what I mean.  Even when he was trying to get rid of the body and telling Mr. Robot that he was getting ready for his wedding, it screamed insanity.  That villainous turn didn’t sit well with me.  However, it does prove once and for all that Elliot really was in love with Angela, for all those that doubted it.  Elliot loved Angela so doggone much it fueled the capacity for him to kill.  For the umpeenth time this season, Elliot showed his natural ass, and once he committed an act there was no coming back from, I started hoping it was all a dream.  Thankfully it was, but Lord, I had no idea what was in store for me.

The second half of the finale was not my favorite.  Sure, the Being John Malkovich nod was cool, and the ending sequence was absolutely beautiful, but the big reveal about Elliot not being Elliot irked me, and again, I hated Elliot becoming a villain of sorts in his own story.  I mentioned in my recap/review for “409 Conflict” as well as a Reddit post I wrote a few weeks ago that I did not want our Elliot to be just another alter, but the real Elliot Alderson.  Unfortunately, that’s exactly what the second big twist was this season.  For me, even though Darlene and Elliot survived (yay!), our Elliot being another alter and confining himself to Elliot Prime’s boardroom/movie theatre is like a small death.  Yeah, he’ll always be a part of Elliot, but it’s not the same.  This is a character that we’ve come to know and love over the last few years, and to learn that he’s an entity like Mr. Robot is disheartening for me.

It’s true, I’m having trouble letting go, and my opinion on the ending is pretty biased.  However, when I take Price’s advice and remove all emotion, the ending still doesn’t work for me.  It leaves more questions than it answers.  Don’t worry, I’m going to get into this on a separate post.

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Now, does this mean that just because I disliked the way our Elliot’s character arc ended that season four was a complete dumpster fire like Game of Thrones?  No.  Hell, no.  Quite the opposite, actually.  Again, the ending was beautifully done, which makes up (somewhat) for the subject matter that I disagreed with.  Plus, the overall magnificence of season four far overshadows the last thirty minutes of the series finale.

Nearly every episode this season was enthralling and mindboggling.  The majority of them kept me up on Sunday nights, going over what happened, and what could possibly happen next.  That feeling carried over into the next day, and I’d find myself going over the episode over and over again at work.  My favorite episode of season four was “407 Proxy Authentication Required.”  It was executed perfectly, and a month later, I still watch the hell out of it.  That one can easily be considered as one of the top 10 best episodes of the series, period.  My second favorite episode was “405 Method Not Allowed.”  That installment had me glued to the television, and that’s saying a lot, considering that only two lines of dialog were uttered the entire near 50 min. run.  Again, that’s due to everything coming together:  the music, the breathtaking cinematography, the direction, the script and the all the players’ performances.

The only episodes that didn’t move me that much during season four were “404 Not Found” and “410 Gone,” which brings me to the missteps this season had, which were few, but they were still there.  First, the question that’s on everyone’s mind:  What the hell was that blue light Tyrell encountered in the woods (some folks say it’s a blue light of death…I guess that’s acceptable)?  Not only that, but if Tyrell did die (which is what Martin Wallstrom and Sam both claim, according to The Hollywood Reporter), why couldn’t anyone find a body?  And what was that screeching noise?

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Also, if Whiterose’s machine was actually a red herring (and I’m glad it was), what exactly made Angela jump ship to the Dark Army?  What did Whiterose show her?

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Also, if Elliot’s father abused him, why did Mr. Robot push Elliot off the boardwalk for not “honoring the sacred pact [he and his father] formed?”

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When you throw in the ending of Elliot being the Mastermind, there’s even more things that don’t add up.  However, these aren’t plot holes big enough to drive trucks through, they’re inconsistencies small enough to stick a needle in, so I can forgive that.  Again, I’m going to speak more about my thoughts on Elliot being the Mastermind on a different post.

Also, I didn’t like that Angela was killed off, but I can’t really call it a misstep.  If I take my personal feelings out of the equation, her death actually helped the storyline.  It not only heightened Elliot’s rage and desire to take Whiterose down, but the pain of losing Angela and having the chance to have her in his life forever pushed him to kill the main alter.  True, I didn’t like that Elliot killed Elliot Prime, but in all honesty, the insidious act cranked up the intensity to 100.  I still wish we could’ve seen more from Angela and that she could’ve worked with Elliot and Darlene to take Whiterose down.  Not only that, but she never had the opportunity to repair her friendship with Elliot.  Even if the two of them never pursued a romance, it still would’ve been nice to see her redeem herself for betraying her best friend, especially considering the fact that she ended up double crossing him behind a delusion.

I loved Mr. Robot so much, and I will truly miss this show and Elliot (he’ll always be my Elliot).  I know this site has basically become a Mr. Robot blog in the past few weeks, but with all that this season had to offer, doing the recaps and reviews have taken up all my time.  However, I’ve had a blast giving my two cents on these episodes.  They’ve truly been amazing, and Sam Esmail is an inspiration to me.  Thank you Sam, for not disappointing me.

By the way, I made a way for Elliot and Angela to be together forever…Pop Funko dolls.

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—Written by Nadiya

What did you think about the series finale of Mr. Robot?  Will you miss the show?  Did you like the ending?  Does everything fall into place with you now, or are there still some questions that remain unanswered?  Was it hard for you to watch our Elliot kill Elliot Prime?  What did you think about the Elliot that we know being an alter and not the host?  Was there anything about this season that you didn’t like?  Do you agree that we could’ve used more scenes with Angela?  Let me know in the comments section!

“411 eXit” – Recap and Review

Um, okay…what??

Whiterose Prevails

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The show starts with Whiterose calmly applying her makeup as the FBI beats her door down.  The camera stays with Whiterose, who stares at her reflection in the mirror as gunfire can be heard from downstairs.  The fight only last a few seconds before an agent opens her door, signaling her to come out.  It’s not really an FBI agent, though.  It’s a Dark Army operative dressed as an agent.

Whiterose and some other operatives dressed in FBI tactical gear descend the staircase and we get a view of all the carnage.  All the FBI agents that raided Whiterose’s house are dead, except one.

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The sole living agent is barely holding on to life.  Whiterose kneels over him and says, “You were looking for Minister Zhang.  He’s dead.”

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She then rises and walks away, saying, “There is only Whiterose.”  As she leaves, one of the operatives shoot the agent dead, and they all exit the house.

The Never Ending Battle

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We return to Elliot and Darlene at the motel, saying their goodbyes.  After Darlene gets Elliot’s advice on what to do for a road trip (Sour Patch Kids, y’all), she’s about to release her hug, but Elliot holds onto her (aww…).  His voice breaking, he tells her that he’s been through a lot and he thanks her for never giving up on him.

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Just when I think they’re about to have the conversation I’ve been dying for them to have, Darlene lets go of Elliot and tells him that he should get going.  With a small smile, Elliot says, “We really pulled it off, didn’t we?”  Darlene puts on her Lolita shades and tells him fuck yeah, they did.  She walks away and Mr. Robot watches her go.

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She appears to tell Mr. Robot that he grew on her once he stopped being such a dickhead and he laughs.  Of course, we all know she was really saying that to Elliot.

Once she leaves, Mr. Robot approaches Elliot, basically attempting to persuade him not to go to Washington Township.  Elliot ain’t tryin’ to hear that.  He has to destroy Whiterose’s machine.  After all, it’s the root of all this craziness.  Mr. Robot says that if they fail, they could cause a nuclear fallout.  Besides, it’d take ages for Elliot to write that malware.  Elliot makes no response, and Mr. Robot deduces that Elliot already wrote the malware.

Of course he already wrote it, Mr. Robot!  Elliot is a friggin’ genius!

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Mr. Robot warns Elliot that if he goes down this path, it’ll never end.  There will always be another battle to fight or an evil symbol that has to be destroyed.  Elliot sees his (imaginary) mother and his younger self a little ways away and tells Mr. Robot to join them.  Mr. Robot pleads with Elliot not to shut him out, but Elliot says he’s not shutting him out; he just needs to do this alone.  Elliot’s ideal family looks on as he walks off into a fate unknown…

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Who Says You Can’t Go Home?

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Elliot takes the next bus to Washington Township.  When he gets to town, it looks a bit on the ratchet side.  There’s hobos, somewhat overzealous cops, and graffiti all over the welcome sign.

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However, Elliot is a man with a mission, and he calmly walks through town—and past the old spot where the Mr. Robot computer repair shop once stood (which is now a Bank of E location)—with one objective:  go to the power plant and destroy Whiterose’s project.

Elliot Walks Past Old Mr. Robot Shop (Alt)

When Elliot gets to the power plant, he encounters some cars haulin’ ass off the campus.  He sees this as weird, but continues heading into the plant anyway.  He notices some other strange things, too.  For instance, there’s no people there.  The security guards aren’t at their post outside, and the inside of the building’s abandoned.

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Something else out of the ordinary is that some of the items in the building (the Christmas tree, random bits of furniture) have been turned over or are in disarray.

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Elliot ignores this for the most part and heads upstairs.  He enters an office space, finds an open workstation, and inserts his device into the hard drive.  Once the device is in the CPU, the malware activates and starts to run.  Elliot smiles to himself.  That was shit was too easy.

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That’s just the thing.  That shit was TOO easy!

Elliot turns to leave and sees something that makes the smile fade from his face.  He moves closer, and we see that Elliot’s spotted a dead man laying by his cubicle, shot in the head.

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Just then, sirens can be heard from outside the building as well as a helicopter.  Elliot rushes to the window and sees cops pulling up to the facility.  Oh, shit!  Elliot is about to get out of there when he sees…

Hamburger Guy.

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After four seasons, Hamburger Guy finally speaks:  “Hey.  You’re in the wrong place.”

We Meet Again

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Hamburger Guy and the other Dark Army operatives lead Elliot further in the building.  During the walk, Elliot sees more and more dead bodies laying around, all killed with a single gunshot to the head.  And you thought you were having a bad day at work.

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They take Elliot to an area of the power plant that appears to be in a basement and stop at a corridor.  With a nod of his head, Hamburger Guy instructs Elliot to walk on.  Elliot heads down the corridor and notices the pictures of the former plant directors and managers have paint over the men’s faces, much like the photographs Angela saw in that house she was in…

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There’s a door with a keycard lock on the other end of the corridor.  Elliot gathers himself and walks through, entering a room with black walls and an inspirational poster, just like the one Angela was in.  There’s a computer desk that only holds three items:  an Apple computer from 1988 (seriously…I distinctly remember my second grade teacher having an Apple computer just like that in our class), a copy of Leo Tolstoy’s Resurrection and a blue rotary telephone (LOL!  A rotary phone!  I haven’t seen one of them since second grade, either!)

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Also, there’s a window in the room, and guess who’s in it?

Qwerty!

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Whiterose enters the room, still looking fierce in her mother’s dress.  Elliot lets it be known right off the bat that he ain’t here for the foolishness.   Despite the lengths she went to to kidnap Qwerty, bring in the computer he had as a child and the book his father used to read, her brainwashing technique isn’t going to work on him.  Whiterose claims that all this “procedure” is meant to do is make Elliot a believer.  She pulls out a box and Elliot asks what’s in it.  Whiterose deflects, saying she’s sick of this world and all she ever wanted to do was make it a better place.  Elliot finally takes a seat and says that Whiterose never wanted to make the world better; she wants to destroy it because she hates people and can’t get past the wrong the world has done to her.

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Whiterose finds this amusing and starts laughing.  “Don’t make me laugh,” she keeps saying to Elliot.  She’s tickled that Elliot is accusing her of destroying the world when people are hell bent on ruining it without her help.  Besides, how can Elliot accuse her of hating people when he wears his hate for people like a badge of honor?  After all, the name of his group is fsociety.

Elliot responds by giving a speech so riveting that it wouldn’t do justice to paraphrase it.  Check out the video below (courtesy of USA Networks/NBCUniversal):

Just then, Whiterose’s watch goes off and sirens begin to sound off.  Elliot rises from his seat and asks what’s going on.  Whiterose calmly answers that the power plant’s cooling system is failing.  Her machine uses a giant supply of water, so it has to utilize all the plant’s power, including the backup generator.  Elliot’s shocked.  The machine is on!?  Whiterose smiles.  Of course she turned the machine on.  She’s on a tight schedule.

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Elliot tells her that he ran his malware on her machine, but this doesn’t deter Whiterose.  She already knew he was running his exploit; that’s how they found him.  Elliot warns her that the malware already executed, but Whiterose still doesn’t flinch.  The machine was already running when Elliot installed the exploit.  She goes on to say that all the lives that were lost won’t be in vain.  They’ll be born again in a new world.

Elliot keeps trying to reason with Whiterose, telling her that the machine will cause a meltdown that will kill more people.  Whiterose says that’s precisely the reason she kept trying to move the project to the Congo.  The Washington Township power plant wasn’t stable enough to execute the machine, but when Elliot and Darlene stole all her dough, she had no choice but to run it there.

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“Haven’t you killed enough people?” Elliot asks.  Whiterose comments that no one will be killed.  She repeats that everyone will be reborn.  Elliot says that Whiterose claims to love people, but she’s not giving them a choice with this parallel world.  She’s forcing it on them.  Whiterose tells him that she is giving them a choice.  That’s why Elliot’s there.

She stands up and says that she’s going to show Elliot what she showed Angela.  Elliot asks what she means, and Whiterose opens the box, revealing a gun.  She repeats what she told Angela when she was in the black room:  all she wants is his belief.

Whiterose holds the gun on Elliot, saying that their paths were linked.  Elliot is the one that gets to decide.

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Again, Elliot tells Whiterose to stop the machine.  Instead, Whiterose puts the gun to her temple…

Whiterose Commits Suicide (Alt)

AND PULLS THE TRIGGER!!  😮😮😮

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What’s even trippier is that even though Whiterose blew her brains out, she still slays.  That’s the most fierce corpse ever.

Anyway, Elliot tries to get out of the room, but he can’t.  The doors are locked, and no matter how hard he bangs on them, no one answers.  He panics for a moment, not knowing what to do.  As if on cue, Mr. Robot appears, always looking out for his boy.  🙂

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Mr. Robot says they have to figure out the code to unlock the door and instructs Elliot to use the phone to try to get an outside line.  Elliot picks up the phone, but only a recording reciting the numbers 0509 in different languages is heard.  Sure enough, that’s the code to open the door (5/9, anyone?).  After hanging up the phone, Elliot flips through the copy of Resurrection and sees a floppy disc inside that’s labeled “eXit.”

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Mr. Robot tries to get Elliot to leave the building, but Elliot knows a meltdown is inevitable unless they turn off Whiterose’s machine.  He puts the disc in the old school computer and runs it.  Mr. Robot keeps trying to get Elliot to leave, but he refuses.  The disc turns out to be a game, and Elliot starts playing, stating that the computer program isn’t really a game; it’s a way to turn off the machine.

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The game asks Elliot a series of questions about being trapped with a friend, and each answer leads to a different—yet related—situation.  Elliot plays the game to the end, leaves his friend behind and “heads to a new world”…but the sirens are still going off.

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Elliot plays the game again; this time, he stays with his friend.  The program turns off and the noise from the sirens cease, but when Mr. Robot opens the door, the corridor is on fire!  It’s too late to run!  😢😢

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Elliot sits down, resigned.  The walls begin to shake as Mr. Robot sits down across from him.  “I love you,” Elliot says. 😭

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“I love you too,” Mr. Robot replies.  😭

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A tear falls down Elliot’s face and he quotes one of the first things he remembers Mr. Robot saying to him:  “It’s an exciting time in the world.”  😭😭😭

The two of them stay seated as the building continues to shake.  The lights go out, and a red light emits from outside the room, engulfing everything until the screen fades to red!

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???

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The red screen fades, and we see a cell phone that has an alarm going off.  The time reads 11:16.  Someone reaches over and turns off the alarm, and hits a remote to pull up the shades.  Although his face isn’t shown right away, we can see that it’s Elliot.  But things are different…extremely different.

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First off, his apartment has changed.  It’s the same apartment, but it’s a lot more posh, neat and organized…like a really nice bachelor pad.  Even the computer on the desk is now a Mac instead of Elliot’s signature Kali Linux.  That’s right, a Mac.

As Elliot puts on his music and stretches his well toned (but still thin) body, we see that he appears to have a piercing headache.

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He shakes it off and prepares for his workday, making it even clearer that this isn’t the Elliot we know and love.

He dances in the shower.

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He’s well groomed.

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He’s stylish.

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He actually combs his hair and uses products.

Elliot Combs His Hair (Alt)

In short, he’s Rami Malek.

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After he finishes getting ready, an earthquake hits.  The earth only moves for about 10 seconds though, and right after it hits, Elliot gets a Skype call.  He goes over to the computer and…

IT’S ANGELA!!!  😲😲

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Sure enough, Elliot answers the call, and ANGELA’S ON THE OTHER END!!  😀😀

Angela on Skype (Alt)

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Angela briefly asks Elliot about the earthquake, then she inquires if he’s ready for his presentation.  At first Elliot’s not sure what she’s talking about, but she reminds him that he stayed up all night getting ready for it.  Just as he remembers what she’s referring to, an e-mail comes in from his dad, giving him an update on the traffic.  Yes, Elliot’s actual dad.  The same guy…or is it?  Elliot tells Angela he just heard from his father and he has to head off to work.  Angela says, “Don’t tell me he’s still e-mailing you traffic reports.  You are such an only child!”

SUCH AN ONLY CHILD!?  WHERE’S DARLENE!?  😢😢

Before Elliot goes, Angela asks Elliot if he’s keeping anything from her.  He says no and wonders why she asked, but she just muses that he seems a bit different.  Ya think?  They say their I love you’s (aww…) and before Elliot disconnects, Angela tells him, “I can’t wait to marry you tomorrow.”  ❤️❤️

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After hanging up with Angela, Elliot calls his dad (I’m assuming Elliot’s dad isn’t a lecherous pedophile in this universe).  He can’t get him on his cell phone, so he tries his work phone.  We see Edward Alderson at the Mr. Robot computer repair shop, only he’s a bit older and his work jacket’s been modernized.  I couldn’t help but notice he stole the Geek Squad logo, too.

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Elliot asks his dad why he didn’t answer the cell phone, and Mr. Alderson says he can never keep up with it.  Elliot then says that he believe Angela knows, and if she finds out, it could ruin everything.  Mr. Alderson tells Elliot to calm down, there’s no way she could know.  More on this later.  He hears a customer come in, and tells Elliot he has to run.  Elliot thanks him, and his dad tells him that he’s always there for him.  Mr. Alderson gets off the phone and goes to front of the store (which has a major upgrade) to greet the customer, but there’s no one there.

New and Improved Mr. Robot Shop (Alt)

He finds his phone, however.  Not only do we see that the Alderson family photo is on the lock screen (without Darlene), but the time still reads 11:16.

11-16 Again (Alt)

I’m Still Lost…

Elliot at Alternate Allsafe (Alt)

Apparently, Elliot still works at Allsafe, but the logo is different from what we’re used to.  Gideon appears to be missing as well.  As Elliot enters the workspace, there’s a news report on the television stating the earthquake came from Washington Township, NJ.  Hmm…  Also, when Elliot enters the office, I couldn’t help but hear a much happier version of “1.3_5-da3monsneverstop.caf” playing.

Elliot greets Lloyd (Lloyd’s back!) and asks if he has everything ready for the E-Corp meeting later that day.  Lloyd laughs.  Elliot said E-Corp.  He meant F-Corp.  F-Corp!?  Lord…

Elliot Talks to Lloyd (Alt)

Ollie pops up, and even in this parallel universe or whatever the hell it is, he’s still an unlikable douchebag.  Oh yeah, and he’s dating Stella B. now.  He might as well be, ’cause Angela’s off the market, cuz!  He tries to convince Elliot to have lunch with him, just like in the reality we know, but Elliot’s still not interested.

Ollie (Alt)

Before Ollie leaves, he taps Elliot on the shoulder, and Elliot still recoils from Ollie’s touch.  Elliot then looks up at the TV monitor and sees an F-Corp commercial.  After the logo comes up, the TV glitches and the E-Corp logo appears for a quick second before going back to the “F-Corp” trademark.

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After the E-Corp commercial goes off, a news report airs about Minister Zi Zhang.  It’s Whiterose!

Whiterose in Other Universe (Alt)

Whiterose is now the richest woman on earth and is a philanthropist with her own foundation.  Okaaaaayyyy…

Elliot goes to his office, and we see that he’s the CEO of Allsafe.  Elliot’s not just a boss in this universe, he’s the boss.

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We cut to the end of Elliot’s presentation to E-Corp—I mean, F-Corp.  The F-Corp CEO doesn’t seem to moved by it.  As a matter of fact, he just stares out the window.  He appears to have a real techie look about him; he’s dressed in a grey hoodie, an untucked dress shirt and some slacks.  Sounds like somebody else I know.  The F-Corp CEO asks if he and Elliot can have the room.  Everyone leaves, and the CEO says that he’ll have to turn down Elliot’s proposal.  Elliot asks why and that’s when the CEO turns around.

Tyrell!  😮

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Tyrell asks Elliot what the worst thing in his life is, and Elliot jokes that considering he’s passing on becoming Allsafe’s client, it’s the meeting.  Tyrell isn’t amused.  He wants a real answer to the question.  Elliot honestly answers that the worst thing in his life is also the best thing.  He wakes up everyday and has the same monotonous routine:  he plays his records, gets his coffee, and goes to work.  He wishes his life were more interesting, but he knows he’s blessed to have the life he has.  One thing about it, our Elliot’s life was a lot more exciting…but he has to deal with so much hurt and pain.  😢

Tyrell admits that F-Corp is the best and worst thing that’s ever happened to him, too.  It’s the best thing in everyone’s lives, but it could also be people’s undoing.  Elliot says that he’s seen what could happen to F-Corp if they don’t have the right protection.  Tyrell is taken aback.  He’s seen what could happen to it?  Elliot says he outlined all ways the company can be breached in the packet, but Tyrell just wants to know if Elliot’s on his side.  “Always,” Elliot answers.

This Is Weird…Even By Mr. Robot Standards

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Elliot landed the F-Corp account and he and his dad are celebrating.  However, Elliot’s still a bit off (by this universe’s measure).  He asks Mr. Alderson if he has “it,” and Mr. Alderson pulls out a signed first edition copy of From The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, Angela’s favorite book (the one with the Claudia Kincaid character).

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Elliot has to make sure Angela’s not home when he leaves it at her place, so he calls her mother.  Yes, Angela’s mom.  If you haven’t guessed by now, all the people that died are now alive (except Gideon, apparently).

Once Elliot gets Mrs. Moss on the phone, she hangs up.  Elliot finds that weird, but his dad just writes it off as her not wanting to spoil the surprise for Angela.  They prepare to order lunch, but Elliot can’t find his wallet.  Mr. Alderson says that’s not like him, and takes care of lunch himself.  He even gives Elliot some money to buy Angela some flowers.

Later, Elliot shows up at Angela’s apartment with a bouquet of flowers and her gift.  He calls her to make sure she’s not coming home anytime soon, which makes Angela a little bit suspicious.  Elliot inadvertently lets the cat of the bag when he goes to throw away the paper wrapper the flowers came in and sees a broken glass and blood in the trash can, along with a whole damn citrus tree of lime slices.

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“Your dad sure loves to drink,” Elliot mutters.  Thankfully, Angela doesn’t catch on, and Elliot apologizes for acting weird that morning.  He’s just excited about tomorrow.  Angela plays with him, pretending she doesn’t know what he’s talking about, but once she mentions the wedding, a big smile appears on Elliot’s face.  A smile with teeth.

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WTF??

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Elliot’s heading home in a taxi, still smiling, on top of the world.  The cabbie asks if the radio is bothering him, and Elliot asks him to turn the music up.  It’s “Turn Up the Radio” again, the same song Elliot was listening to that morning.  That can’t be a doggone coincidence.

Elliot goes back to his apartment (and it’s noticeable that even the hallway to his apartment is nicer, too) ready to turn in for the day.  However, when he turns on the light, he freezes.

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He sees Elliot sitting at his computer desk.

Our Elliot.

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“Who are you?” Happy CEO Alternate Elliot asks.

That’s Elliot.  Who the hell are you?

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The end.  Or is it the beginning?

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Y’all, I’m gonna be honest with you…I have no idea what’s going on right now.  I’ve been racking my brain over this episode all week.  Is our Elliot dead?  Is our Elliot not the real Elliot?  Is the other Elliot the real Elliot?  Is this a parallel universe?  Is this a simulation?  Is it a dream?  How are there two Elliots?  Will one cancel the other out?  How did our Elliot get there?  If Elliot can come into this world, can Angela come into the other one?  Can our Elliot go back?  Where’s Darlene?  Why doesn’t she exist here?  How does the third personality play into all this?

Ouch.  My brain hurts.

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I have a feeling that this parallel world isn’t real.  Too many things about it are off.  Elliot’s headaches, the earthquake, Elliot still doesn’t care to be touched (at least not by Ollie), Whiterose’s philanthropy, the time always reads 11:16, the whole F-Corp thing (and the glitch), and the fact that the only song that seems to play is “Turn Off the Light” (which I’m lovin’, but after hearing it a million times, it’s perpetually stuck in my head).  Is that the only song that exists here?  Also, I’ve noticed it contains a lyric that says, “Something must be wrong/when every thing is right.”  Hmm…

Plus, Darlene is gone.  Where’s Darlene!?

There’s one other thing that’s off, too (shout out to my friends at Reddit for pointing this out):  When Elliot and his dad have lunch, they’re at a place called The Tip Top Cafe.

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The Tip Top Cafe was also a restaurant on the film Groundhog Day, where Bill Murray’s character relives the same day over and over.  Alternate Elliot mentions that he’s stuck in the same boring routine every day and it feels endless.

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It’s also been revealed that the possible significance of 11:16 is that when a face clock reads that particular time and is turned upside down, the hands of the clock are pointing at the five and the nine positions (shouts out to my Reddit folks for this observation as well).  Trippy…

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Not only that, but when the series finale airs, it’s supposed to end at 11:15, meaning at 11:16, it’s all over.  Damn.  Even I’m not that doggone detailed oriented.

Folks on the internet have speculated that while in the parallel universe, our Elliot walked into the Mr. Robot repair shop—hence, the reason Elliot’s dad thought he had a customer—and got spooked the moment he heard his father’s voice and ran out of the store.  He may have even seen his father’s phone and dropped it on the way out, which is why Mr. Alderson found it on the floor.  Some people also believe he went to Angela’s apartment and saw her mother, which is why she hung up the phone on Alternate Elliot.  Not sure how the broken glass and blood plays into that, though.  Maybe Mrs. Moss got so scared after realizing there were two Elliots that she cut herself?  I definitely believe the first theory.  I’m not so sure about the second one, but it’s possible.  After all, Angela’s apartment is in the same location as before, it just looks totally different, as does Elliot’s.

I just hope Elliot’s not dead in the other reality.  As many people on Reddit have mentioned, when Darlene and Dom had their melodrama at the airport, all that took place long after Elliot headed out to Washington Township, and there were no news reports of a nuclear meltdown, or even the massacre that happened beforehand, for that matter.  Hopefully, Elliot (and Qwerty) is still alive.  Only question is…can he get back and if so, how?

My brain hurts again.

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There’s an ongoing debate online about Sam taking the sci-fi route.  A lot of folks aren’t feeling it, and some are loving it.  The ones that called it from get go feel vindicated at this point.  Personally, I’m not sure how I feel about it.  Despite the surrealistic aspects of the show, what I always liked about Mr. Robot was the realistic approach they used when it comes to hacking, mental illness, and human relationships.  With that being said, I was hoping that Whiterose’s machine really was a McGuffin or a red herring.  It turns out it’s real…or least that’s what we’re being led to believe.  However, I can’t knock it because I really enjoyed this episode (even though it made my brain burn) and I’m hella curious to see what happens in the series finale.  You read that correctly.  I enjoyed this episode.  I wouldn’t be runnin’ my mouth quite this much about it if I didn’t.  A lot of other people must’ve enjoyed it as well, or at the very least, they were intrigued by it.  Mr. Robot was the trending topic on Twitter again after “411 eXit” aired.

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Naturally, when it comes to the alternate universe, I LOVED that Elliot and Angela are tying the knot.  However, Darlene’s MIA and Elliot isn’t really Elliot, so although I was happy, those two details were like flies in the soup.  I’m glad the Angelliot fans are getting a smidgen of satisfaction, but of course, this is Mr. Robot.  I’ve seen some behind the scenes clips as well as some trailers featuring this wedding, and uh…let’s say Elliot’s jumping the broom ceremony is gonna be interesting.  Another thing I liked about the alternative universe was Elliot in that outfit.  OMG, he was so cute with that sweater and those white sneaks.  Yeah, he’s cute with his hoodie too, but something about him in that sweater really did it for me.  I can’t stop watching that scene where he gets dressed.  I’m telling y’all…when that man puts the right ensemble together…dayum!

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Another thing I liked—going back to the reality that we’re used to—was Elliot’s speech to Whiterose.  When I first saw that scene I was mesmerized, and I thought to myself, “Just hand this man the Emmy.”  Not only is Mr. Malek hella cute, but he can act his little ass off.  I also loved his goodbye scene with Darlene.  It already tugged at my heartstrings in “410 Gone,” but seeing it from Elliot’s point of view this time around moved me even more.  What Elliot said to her solidifies the fact that he’s not about to live without his baby sis.  I can’t wait to see the outcome of all of this.

Now on to Whiterose…I was shocked she killed herself.  Whether this machine is real or all a simulation, this child really stands by the courage of her doggone convictions.  I have to wonder, did she blow her brains out in front of Angela too?  Did she somehow bring herself back to life?  Is all of this real, or is Whiterose completely delusional like Price said?

And there goes my head again.

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Y’all, “411 eXit” was great, but I have no idea what the hell is going on.  Hopefully, all our questions will be answered during the 2 hr. series finale, which I’m certain will cause me to lose sleep for about a week.  With that being said, I’m so sad to see this beautiful show come to an end, but I’m happy it’s going out on its own terms and I’m super excited to see the conclusion!  I can’t wait!

#AngelliotForever

—Written by Nadiya

So what did you think happened in “411 eXit”?  Yeah, that’s the only question.  What in the blue hell is going on?  Let me know in the comments section!

“410 Gone” – Recap and Review

Hmm…this is the only episode that didn’t wow me this season.  Let’s talk about it.

Aftermath

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Christmas is finally over.  I know some folks (Elliot and Darlene) couldn’t be happier.  The Deus Group is exposed, as is Whiterose.  Thankfully, Dom is alive and well, laying in a hospital bed watching the news.  She apparently told the FBI everything about how the Dark Army forced her into being a mole, but the FBI agent she’s talking to is saying that she can possibly be brought up on charges for her involvement, and she’s not allowed to have any contact with her family until her name is cleared.  WTF?

What really kills me is when the news report mentions that Whiterose is indeed Minister Zhang, Dom says to herself, “He showed me those dresses to tell me who he really was.”  The dumbass FBI agent is all like, “Who are you referring to?”  Why does the black man have to look stupid?

Before the idiotic FBI agent leaves, he advises Dom to get some rest.  Dom, on the other hand, wants to go home.  The nurse tells her she’s no where near ready to leave, but Dom insists and reminds the nurse that the hospital can’t legally make her stay.  Later, Dom’s being discharged and the not-so-friendly orderly asks who’s picking her up.  Dom doesn’t have anyone available to see about her.  Per hospital policy, the orderly has to arrange someone from social services to take her home, but Dom’s adamant about taking a taxi.  The moment Dom tries to stand up from the wheelchair, the orderly threatens to call security!

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Resigned, Dom sits back down and the orderly goes in the building to call DSS.  Dang, the woman just had surgery!  What were y’all gonna do?  Tackle her for trying to flag a cab?  SMDH.

RIP Alexa

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Dom arrives at her apartment, and after barricading the door with her chest of drawers and popping some pain meds, she proceeds to make a grilled cheese sandwich.  She’s nearly finished making her lunch when she hears a knock at the door.  It’s Darlene.

Darlene is perplexed as to why Dom is opting to stick around and wait for the Dark Army to slaughter her.  The only thing Dom is interested in at the moment is her grilled cheese sandwich.   She’s been wanting to make a good grilled cheese sandwich for years, but she’s always been too tired.

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Darlene tries to convince Dom to leave with her.  She and Elliot have an escape plan, and besides, there’s nothing here for Dom.  She’s being investigated and her family’s being held in a safe house in an undisclosed location.  Darlene adds that Dom needs a good night’s sleep in a safe place.  Dom bitterly laughs that off, saying that she hasn’t slept in five years.  Darlene sees that talking to Dom is getting her nowhere, and she proceeds to pack Dom’s things.

Dom stops her, still insistent on staying.  It’s the only way she can see her family again.  Besides, what plan could Elliot and Darlene possibly have?  How long will they run?  How far?  Darlene tells Dom she can’t just stay there alone and Dom retorts that she’s not alone.  She still has Alexa.  *Sigh*

On a side note, Alexa really does answer all those questions Dom asked her in season two (i.e. Alexa, are you my friend?  Alexa, when will the world end?  Alexa, do you love me?).  I tried it on my Fire Stick.  Freaky.

Darlene’s had enough (and frankly, so have I), and she goes over to Dom’s cherished Amazon Echo and throws it on the ground, smashing it to pieces.  Bye, Alexa!  Dom’s upset, but Darlene reminds her that Alexa isn’t a real person.  She’s a robot that helps her buy paper towels.  Dom finally listens to reason and Darlene asks where the rest of Dom’s stuff is so it can get packed.

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It’s Time For Saying Goodbye

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Elliot’s at a motel, looking at the contents of Price’s flash drive on his laptop.  We get some small glimpses of the document and learn that Whiterose’s project is actually a VLHC—which stands for Very Large Hadron Collider—and it was moved to the Congo as a “step up.”  Don’t ask.  I’ll leave this for the physics majors to figure out.  We later see Elliot chillin’, smoking a cigarette and holding a small device in his hand.

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Just then, Darlene arrives at the motel with Dom in tow.  She asks Dom to wait inside for her as she goes to speak with her brother.  Elliot makes it known that he has to go back to Washington Township, and Darlene can’t go with him.  Darlene’s fine with that.  She’s done.  She hands Elliot her phone to distribute all the money they took from the Deus Group, but Elliot tells her that she should be the one to do it.  Darlene asks again if Elliot can come with them, but she tells her he’s not finished.  He slowly approaches Darlene and pulls her in for a hug.  Awww…

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Still holding onto each other, Darlene asks Elliot if he has any advice for going on a road trip, seeing as she’s never been on one before.  Elliot answers that he never has, either.  Elliot, are you forgetting the road trip you had with Romero and Mobley?  You were sick most of the way, but it was a road trip, nonetheless.  Anyway, Elliot tells her to stock up on Sour Patch Kids.  Another Angela reference

Sadly, this is the last time we see Elliot the entire episode.  😢

Dom watches Elliot and Darlene from a distance, seeming slightly moved by their show of love, and goes inside the motel room.

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Once she gets in, who does she see sitting on the bed watching The Land Before Time?

NONE OTHER THAN LEON, BABY!

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Naturally, the moment Dom lays eyes on Leon, she freaks out.  Last time she saw him, he was a Dark Army foot soldier that assassinated four people.  Leon’s response is, “Have we met?”

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Dom reminds him of the encounter they had in the barn, and Leon remembers.  After he finishes dropping movie references and contemplating whether or not to incorporate his brand, Darlene enters the room and is like, “Oh, shit.  I forgot to tell you he’s working with us now.”  LOL!

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Hitting the Road and Stealing Mirrors

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Our heroes are on the way to the airport.  Darlene’s asleep in the backseat and Dom’s staring out the window, admiring the scenery as Hall and Oates play in the background.  Leon advises that she gets some sleep, but that ain’t happenin’.  Dom muses that she’s never taken this particular way to Boston, and Leon informs he’s taking the scenic route to avoid the RWA’s…rich white assholes (his words, not mine).  It turns out RWA’s are the Dark Army’s biggest clients, and as a result, Connecticut is crawling with operatives.

Dom looks at her fake passport and asks Leon what he thinks about her new identity, “Jackie Doublehorn.”  Leon simply responds that Jackie is anyone Dom wants her to be.  Dom remarks that it’s easy for Leon to say that, considering that he doesn’t have to pretend to be someone that he’s not.  Leon asks her, “Do you think Leon is my real name?”  I shouldn’t have been surprised by his answer, but I was.  Oh yeah, Leon also lets Dom know that they have to stop at a rest stop soon to “steal a mirror.”  Dom gives him a quizzical look, and he tells her it’s an expression for having to go to the bathroom.  He then remarks that no one reads anymore (it’s a Kurt Vonnegut reference.  I’m not gonna lie…I read, but I’ve never read Vonnegut.  Sorry to all my literary enthusiasts).

The New Robin Hood

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At the rest area, Dom’s in the bathroom, looking in the mirror and going over Jackie Doublehorn’s bio.  She goes outside and meets Darlene, who tells her she has something to show her.  They sit on a nearby park bench and watch the people enjoy the post Christmas day.  Dom’s a bit nervous about being out in the open like that, but Darlene says that she wants to check her paranoia at the door for this moment.  Dom can’t help but ask what this moment is, exactly.  Darlene runs a script on her phone and instructs Dom to wait.

Dom starts getting nervous and pesters Darlene to find out what’s going on, but Darlene continues to play coy, telling her to just watch and see.  Dom won’t let it go, and finally Darlene kisses her and says, “Shut the fuck up and just wait!”  Thank you, Darlene!

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Soon, everyone’s phone starts going off, and they start getting extremely happy.  Darlene explains that her script basically took the Deus Group’s money and deposited an undisclosed amount in to everyone’s E-Coin wallet.  As a bonus, since E-Coin is not connected to the American dollar, the transaction cannot be reversed.  Dom checks her phone and sees that she’s hit a payday, too.

Now here’s where Dom did something to irk my nerve.  How ’bout this child starts chastising Darlene about how she committed theft and this isn’t what justice should look like, and blah, blah, blah.

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Seriously, Dom?  Darlene didn’t rob an innocent old lady in an alley or a disabled person sitting in his/her apartment or a kid walking home from school.  Darlene took money from an organization that was responsible for the first Gulf War, the cyberbomings, Tiananmen Square and the El Solado massacre.  Darlene took money from an organization that threatened to kill your family and would’ve murdered them all—including the children—just to keep you in line.  Darlene took money from an organization that stabbed you in your lung and was fine with having you possibly drown in your own blood.  The only reason they hoped you’d pull through is because you were so valuable to them as an FBI mole.  You’re actually sitting on a high horse and judging someone for stealing money from a boys club that profited from keeping their feet on people’s necks?  Girl, bye.

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Darlene gives Dom the real deal by letting her know that the men in the Deus Group wrote laws to benefit themselves and banked on regular people to trust the system—the same system they used to get over on people and make themselves filthy rich.  The best way to hurt them is to take all their money and give it back to the people.  This is the greatest redistribution of wealth in history (which is what Elliot and Mr. Robot were trying to achieve from get go).  What Elliot and Darlene did is exactly what justice is supposed to look like.  Then Darlene says, “We just Robin Hooded those evil motherfuckers!” and starts cheering.

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By the way, it’s worth noting that Darlene’s victory pose is very similar to Elliot’s.

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Dom—who’s still uptight—tells Darlene that people are looking that them, but Darlene doesn’t care and keeps on cheering.  It’s also notable to mention that as Darlene and the people at the rest area celebrate, they’ve formed a near perfect heart.

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Back in the car, Darlene’s happily eating her Sour Patch Kids and checking the tweets under the #EcoinPayDay hashtag (by the way, some of those tweets were hilarious!).

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When Leon gets them to the airport, he asks Darlene if she kept any of the money.  She pretends not to know what he’s talking about.  Leon digs it, and makes a proposition for her to work with him when she gets back in the country.  After all, she’s a boss!  Darlene considers it.  Now that’s a spinoff I’d check out!

Off the Hook

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While at the airport, Dom walks into a bookstore and sees copies of Beach Towel:  A Novel for sale.  Keep in mind, that was Irving’s book.  On a side note, we were having this discussion on Reddit not too long ago about how there’s no way Irving would’ve been able to get his book completed and published in the span of two months, and that’s so true.  I won’t even get into everything that really goes into finishing a novel, no less publishing one, but trust me, he’d still be working on it.

Anyway, while Dom’s eying the Beach Towel cover, she hears a voice say, “Dom?”  She looks up and it’s none other than…

IRVING!  😮😮

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Dom is inwardly freaking out, and I can’t say I blame her.  Irving on the other hand, is acting like they’re old friends.  “How the hell are you?  I’m here on my book tour!  Did you wanna buy a copy?  Here!  I’ll autograph it for you!”

Dom doesn’t answer and makes the rookie mistake of looking over at Darlene, who’s at a bar across the way.  Irving looks in the same direction and recognizes Darlene off the bat.  “Is that Elliot’s sister?  Are you two a couple now?  I thought there was a thing between you too!”  My mom and I must be the only people alive that never bought these two as an item (in case I haven’t mentioned it before, my mom’s a Mr. Robot fan, too.  She’s the one that turned me on to the show).

Dom pleads with Irving not to hurt her or Darlene, but it turns out that’s the last thing Irving wants to do.  As a matter of fact, the Dark Army isn’t even interested in the two of them anymore.  They’ve moved on to other things.  Say what!?

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Dom makes another rookie mistake and admits to killing Janice.  Thankfully, Irving isn’t interested in that, either.  He says that Janice was a pain in the ass and she did the Dark Army a favor!  Dom asks where the Dark Army has gone, but that’s the one question Irving can’t answer.  She then reminds Irving of what he did to Santiago when he got out of line, and Irving says, “Yeah…that was fun.”  With that, Irving says his goodbyes, but not before making sure Dom pays for the autographed copy of his book that she never asked for.

Run Away With Me…Or Not

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Over at the bar, Dom gives Darlene the good news.  Dom’s relieved; they don’t have to run anymore.  Darlene figures they might as well go to Budapest, considering they’re already at the airport.  Dom asks Darlene what’s so special about Budapest, and Darlene says that it was always Cisco’s wish to go there.  After he was killed, Darlene couldn’t go alone.  They hear their flight being announced over the intercom and head for the gate, but Dom stops mid-stride.  She can’t do it.

The Dark Army is no longer a threat, and Dom figures there’s no need to go to Budapest.  Besides, it was Cisco’s dream to go there, not Darlene’s.  Darlene’s cool with that.  She and Dom can just go somewhere else.  Dom says Darlene doesn’t need her or Elliot, but Darlene disagrees, saying she doesn’t do well on her own.  Dom maintains that she can’t go with Darlene; she has too many responsibilities.  Darlene ain’t tryin’ to hear that.  What responsibilities does Dom possibly have at this point?  Her family is safe and she’s on administrative leave from her job.  It’s no wonder she can’t sleep.  She holds on to too much, and running away might help her let go.  Dom responds by giving Darlene a tearful embrace.

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Before leaving, Dom gives Darlene the number of a friend of hers in US Cyber Command.  When Darlene’s ready to “grow up,” she can give him a call.  Darlene puts on her Lolita shades and says, “They can’t handle me,” and leaves.  Dom watches as she heads to the gate.

Darlene nervously waits to board the plane.  Dom heads to the exit, but turns around and runs back to the gate!  She changed her mind about leaving!

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Darlene’s about to board the plane, but before the ticket handler can take the boarding pass, Darlene takes it from her reach and rushes out of line, having a panic attack.

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However, right when Darlene runs out of the line, Dom arrives to board the plane, just missing her.

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Darlene rushes in the bathroom, hyperventilating.  A lady enters and asks if she’s okay, but Darlene’s unable to respond.

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On the plane, Dom notices that Darlene’s not there.  She rises to leave and the airline attendant asks if there’s anything he can do to help her or if she’s missing anything.  Dom sits back down, looks over at the empty seat beside her and says she’s okay.

Darlene’s still in the bathroom, struggling to breathe, and she takes a long look at herself in the mirror as she tightly grips the sink.  The lady asks if she needs any help.  Darlene’s breathing calms, and she says she’s okay.  The announcer makes a last call to board the Budapest flight and the lady asks if that’s where Darlene was heading.  Darlene says it was, but she’s not going there anymore.  The lady offers to get someone for her, but Darlene refuses.  Her breathing is restored to normal and she releases the death grip she had on the sink.  She looks in the mirror and with a little smile she says, “I can take care of myself.”

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Before the plane takes off, we see Dom with Irving’s book in her lap, still on the first page…but she’s fast asleep.

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The end.

Like I said in the beginning, this is the only episode of this season that didn’t wow me.  The first time I watched it, I was on the edge of my seat for the entire 45 minute run, but after everything was said and done, I was left feeling a bit…meh.  I know what you’re thinking, “How could this episode keep on you on the edge of your seat the entire time, but leave you unfulfilled?”  I’ll tell you.  I kept expecting something horrible to happen to Dom and Darlene!

After ruining Whiterose, I was sure retaliation would be swift and true, jack!  Every time there was a moment of calm, I expected someone to show up with a gun and blow Dom and Darlene’s heads off.  First at the rest area, then when Irving popped up.  I even figured the sweet lady at the airport was a Dark Army operative.  Then, with the whole “Darlene’s gonna die in a plane crash” theory, I was dreading her even mentioning an airport, no less getting on the plane!  Then Darlene missed the flight and Dom decided at the last minute to board the plane.  I couldn’t help but think to myself, “Oh, shit!”  However, everything ended up being okay, and this episode was merely to wrap up Dom—and to an extent—Darlene’s character arcs.  Needless to say, some of the Domlene fans weren’t happy with the outcome.  More on that later.

Much like “404 Not Found,” “410 Gone” was written off by many people as boring filler, but once again, I have to say that it’s filler only in the sense that it slowed the story down.  It wasn’t boring, but it didn’t blow me away.  It was nice to see Dom and Darlene actually survive everything.  Like someone on Twitter mentioned, it may not have been the ending for Dom and Darlene most folks wanted, but it was the one they needed.  Darlene realized she can stand on her own two feet, and Dom finally decided to lighten up and relax for a change.  Speaking of Twitter, Mr. Robot was trending after “410 Gone” aired, but I figure that’s because the Domlene fans were psyched to see the conclusion of their favorite characters.

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On to the Domlene saga itself, as I said, a lot of the fans weren’t happy with the outcome.  For the briefest of moments, I expected Dom and Darlene to get on the plane together and live happily ever after myself, but in the end they didn’t, and that was cool with me.  I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again…Dom and Darlene don’t work as a couple.  I never felt any real chemistry between them.  I felt it between Angela and Elliot right off.  I kind of (emphasis on kind of) understood where the Tyrelliot fans were coming from because you could immediately sense that Tyrell had a thing for Elliot.  The only thing about Tyrell and Elliot is that the attraction was unrequited (Elliot wasn’t feelin’ Tyrell, y’all!).  But Dom and Darlene?  No.  There was zero attraction between them—platonic or romantic—until that night Darlene hooked up with Dom at the bar, and that was to get access to Dom’s badge to log into Sentinel.

After watching this episode, I racked my brain trying to figure why Dom and Darlene being a couple never clicked for me.  I mean, they’re both beautiful, intelligent and determined; they’re badasses in their respective fields.  They’re both from New Jersey and they’re fiercely protective of the ones they love.  Why don’t they work?   And then it hit me…they just don’t mesh well.

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Yeah, they have certain things in common, but aside from that, they’re completely dissimilar.  You know how usually opposites attract?  Not this time.  Dom and Darlene are so opposite they clash as opposed to complimenting each other.  Darlene is wild, free-spirited and doesn’t answer to authority.  Dom is the authority and rigid to the point of losing sleep for years on end and preaching about how it’s wrong to steal from the Deus Group—the same folks that hurt her, her loved ones and millions of other innocent people for decades.  The only time I’ve seen Dom relax is the few times she’s been a bit tipsy.  Someone please get some liquor in this woman.  Not only that, but they don’t really seem that into each other.  When they’re together, do they genuinely laugh, talk and play around?  No, no and no.

Darlene and Cisco made a better couple, in my opinion.  He was far from perfect, and I hated what he did to Angela, but he really loved Darlene.  Not only that, but whenever he saw that she was being reckless or taking on too much, he always knew what to say to keep her from going completely off the ledge and he always looked out for her.

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If anything, I would’ve rather seen more scenes between Darlene and Elliot this episode.  They still need to sit down and discuss everything that happened to them during this hellish holiday, but I have a feeling that discussion will never happen.  Hopefully, we’ll get at one last one scene with the Alderson siblings before the show ends forever.

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It was great seeing Leon and Irving again, especially Leon.  When Irving popped up, I was nervous as hell, but it appears he was actually telling the truth about the Dark Army being disinterested in Dom and Darlene.  Unfortunately, that means all their interest is in Elliot and Whiterose’s machine.  Let’s start a prayer circle for Elliot, y’all. 🙏🏽

Back on subject, I’d love to see Leon and Darlene team up.  That seems to fit Darlene way more than working for US Cyber Command from 9 to 5, donning business attire and coming home to her apartment full of IKEA furniture.  I can hardly see that.  A Leon and Darlene spinoff chock full of wild adventures would be right up my alley, though!  I could kind of (once again, emphasis on kind of) see them hookin’ up, but they’d probably work better as business partners.  I have to be honest…I may be a bit biased on a Leon/Darlene hookup.  Leon’s just such a cutie!

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On the next episode, Elliot and Whiterose meet face to face.  Dun-dun-DUNNNNNNNNN!  I can’t wait!  Let’s get those prayers going!

—Written by Nadiya

So what did you think about “410 Gone?”  Should Dom and Darlene have gone to Budapest together, or is it better that they stayed apart?  Did you like the ending or hate it?  Are you a Domlene fan or do you agree that they don’t make a good couple?  Did you want Elliot to have more screen time in this episode?  Were you glad to see Leon and Irving again?  Do you think Darlene should go on to work for the US Cyber Command or should she take Leon up on his job offer?  Were you glad to see Dom finally relax?  Let me know in the comments section!

“409 Conflict” – Recap and Review

Y’all, I’m lovin’ the hell out of this season.  It just gets juicier and juicier, and we still have four more episodes left!  Let’s do this thing!

The Boardroom of Elliot’s Mind

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The episode opens with Mr. Robot walking down a long hallway and going through a door with a green entrance sign.  The room he enters is the boardroom—the same boardroom that Little Elliot and his mother met in on “402 Payment Required” when we first learned Elliot had a third personality.  Little Elliot and imaginary Mrs. Alderson are still waiting, and Mr. Robot lets them know that “he’s” not coming.  We’re not 100% sure who “he” is:  Elliot or the mystery guest.

Little Elliot suggests that they “tell Elliot everything” and he’ll be okay.  Tell him what?

Mr. Robot rejects that idea.  Instead, he’s going to show Elliot what he did.  What did Elliot do!?  Mrs. Alderson then says, “That poor boy.  He might not ever wake up again.  He hasn’t been awake since—”  Mr. Robot cuts her off and says that “he” woke up for Darlene.  She may be the key to bringing him out.

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What?

Okay…judging from this conversation, my Elliot is not the true Elliot.  That’s not cool.

Back Together Again

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Darlene, who’s washed all the blood out of her hair from being pistol whipped, is waiting for Elliot at the hotel across the street from The Brentano, where the Deus Group meeting is being held.  Mr. Robot shows up, and no one’s shocked, despite his narration saying the contrary.  It’s surprising Elliot can function at all with the day he’s had.  Speaking of which, when Darlene sees “Elliot,” she’s pissed and asks what the hell happened to him, automatically assuming he was just out shootin’ the breeze.  Mr. Robot simply tells her he got held up, but Darlene isn’t satisfied with that answer and snarkily asks him if he wants to know what kind of night she had.  Darlene baby, I know you’ve been through hell and back, but your brother has, too.  Cut him a bit of slack.

Mr. Robot whips around and hisses, “This isn’t a pissing contest, sweetheart.”  The change in demeanor and the very line itself is a dead giveaway.  Darlene asks why Mr. Robot is here, and he says that Elliot needed him.  Darlene continues to ask what happened, as she doesn’t trust Mr. Robot, but he says that Elliot has to be the one to speak to her…when he’s ready.

There’s a knock on the door.  When Mr. Robot answers it, it’s none other than Phillip Muthafuckin’ Price, baby!

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Darlene is shocked to see Price there, but Mr. Robot is a bit agitated.  He starts berating Price for showing up, saying that his presence there could put all of them in jeopardy.  Price says that he’s there to ask a favor, and he hands Mr. Robot a flash drive.  He wants Elliot/Mr. Robot to destroy Whiterose’s machine.  Everything about the project is on the drive.  Mr. Robot asks why it’s so important to Price when Whiterose is going down that very night.  Price replies that it was important to Angela.  This shocks Darlene even further.  That’s all Mr. Robot needs to hear, and he agrees.

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When Price leaves, Darlene asks Mr. Robot what Price has to do with Angela and what the hell is going on.   Mr. Robot tells her that he’ll fill her in later, but right now, they have to get to work.

During Mr. Robot’s narration, he explains how they’re going to rob the Deus Group.  Here’s how I deciphered it.  Please bear with me, because although I’m good at using a computer, I’m an idiot when it comes to all the hacker/tech lingo and mumbo jumbo.

In order for the hack to work, Elliot/Mr. Robot and Darlene have to gain access to the Cypress National Bank accounts by obtaining all the Deus Group’s members phone numbers, since the phone numbers are directly connected to the members’ accounts.  Darlene will then use the phone numbers to initiate a bank transfer.  When the transfer is initiated, a text with a security code will be sent to every member’s phone.  That’s when Darlene will run a script to get the codes and transfer the money before the members even know what hit them.

Yeah, that sounds about right.

Mr. Robot is worried.  He has a feeling that something’s about to go down, but what that something is, he’s not sure.

The Plan Finally Commences…and God’s Laughing

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Mr. Robot watches across the street as Price enters The Brentano.  Offscreen, Mr. Robot spilled the tea to Darlene about Angela’s true parentage, and she’s still surprised.  She wonders aloud why Angela never told her that Price was her father and Mr. Robot correctly assumes that she didn’t know.  Darlene mentions that she misses Angela.  Mr. Robot is about to speak further on the subject, but Darlene stops him, not wanting to talk about it.  I believe she’d rather discuss it with Elliot as opposed to Mr. Robot.

Price walks into The Brentano, but the only ones there are Whiterose and masked Dark Army operatives guarding all the entrances and exits.  Price asks what’s going on, and Whiterose offers him a drink instead.  That’s when Price utters the first of many epic lines this episode, “I’m an old man, Zhang.  I gave up on foreplay long ago.  Let’s just skip ahead to the part where you try to fuck me.”

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Back at the hotel, Mr. Robot knows something’s up.  No one else has entered the building except Price and it’s too heavily guarded.  Whiterose has to be onto him and Elliot.  Mr. Robot starts doing what Elliot would in this situation:  look for anything out of the ordinary.  He hacks into Tyrell’s phone to see if Whiterose left any messages signaling a change in venue.  Darlene takes the laptop when Mr. Robot doesn’t find anything and locates a message in Tyrell’s itinerary stating the meeting’s been changed to Cipriani on Broadway.

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Mr. Robot deduces that The Brentano is chock full of Dark Army soldiers not to kill Price, but to protect someone important.  That important person has to be Whiterose.  Mr. Robot opts to stay at the hotel while Darlene goes to Cipriani.  Darlene doesn’t agree with splitting up again, but Mr. Robot lets her know that the plan is useless if they don’t get Whiterose along with the rest of them.

Across the way, Whiterose divulges that she put two and two together about Price and Elliot working together after the former’s impromptu resignation and the latter’s disappearance.  She demands to know what Elliot’s plan is, and announces that once Price gives up the info, the operatives will take him home and inject him with mitotoxin, which will kill him in his sleep, making it look like heart failure.  Either that, or they can take Price out the other way.  Damn.

Price tells Whiterose that cancelling the meeting behind this “half-cocked theory” won’t sit well with the other members.  Whiterose informs that the meeting is taking place that very moment and Tyrell should be there now, accepting his new position as CEO.  Price grins and tells Whiterose that Tyrell ain’t comin’, succeeding in wiping the smirk off her face.  Price then remarks that he and Whiterose never got drunk together and proceeds to pour himself a glass of champagne.

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At that precise moment, Price figures that if he’s going out, he’s going out three sheets to the wind and shady.

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Whiterose’s assistant shows up, informing that Tyrell is no where to be found in the Tri-State area.  Whiterose orders her to tell everyone to stop searching for him and asks Price what happened to Tyrell.  Price continues downing his champagne and makes it known that he has no idea where Tyrell is; he might be dead.  Then Price hollers out, “Now that I think about it, he mentioned something about traveling the great Southwest in a ’65 El Camino convertible…wind in his hair.”   OMG.  😂😂

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By the way, did anyone else get this image in their head when he said that?

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Ms. Thang Jr. tells Whiterose in Mandarin that Price is making a fool out of her, and they need to get to the real Deus Group meeting to warn everyone.  For the umpeenth time, Whiterose refuses to listen to reason.  Ms. Thang Jr. switches to English and says that Elliot has beaten Whiterose today, but they can still fight tomorrow as long as they can get to the meeting.  Whiterose still refuses to budge.   Ms. Thang Jr. has had it.  She slams her tablet in Whiterose’s chest and quits on the spot!

Price’s reaction is, well…priceless!

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Then he rubs salt in the wound by saying, “It’s bad management…when your best employees either walk off the job or blow their brains out.”  BWAHAHAHAHA!  😂😂

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Cipriani

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Darlene makes her way to Cipriani, but the building is guarded like doggone Fort Knox.  The doors are locked, and even the employees can’t use certain entrances and exits.  Inside, the men (one of whom is Donald Trump) are eating hors d’oeuvres (dag gum plastic looking hamburger sliders) and whining because they had to go to this last minute meeting on Christmas Day.  One fool is in his feelings because his wife and his girlfriend are mad at him.  Lord, have mercy.

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Meanwhile, Darlene is trying to figure out how she’s going to obtain all these men’s phone numbers when she can’t even get inside the building.  She sees an ad for the new fsociety based TV show, Shift + Control and that gives her an idea.  Shift control.

She goes to a costume shop (or is it the actual set of Shift + Control?  To be honest, I’m not really sure) and starts grabbing some items, one of which is an fsociety mask.  Hmm…

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Empty Promises

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Back at the hotel, Mr. Robot decides to give Price a phone call to see what’s what.  Little does he know that the Dark Army confiscated Price’s phone when he arrived at The Brentano.  Whiterose answers it, and asks if she can see Elliot in person.  Mr. Robot ain’t interested.  Besides, wasn’t she the one that said Elliot wasn’t “important enough” to meet with twice?  Whiterose insists that she’s changed her mind about that.  Besides, she’s willing to make a deal.  If he stops his plan, she’ll provide valuable information to him…information about Angela.

This gives Mr. Robot pause.  Whiterose goes on to say that Angela isn’t dead!  Now she has Price’s full attention as well.

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Mr. Robot reminds Whiterose that she sent him a picture of Angela with her brains blown out.  Whiterose chids Mr. Robot for blindly believing what was in front of him.  Angela is alive, and she can take him to her.  She then goes on to ask if he’d like to see Angela again…to hear her voice…to hold her hand.

This causes Elliot to come back.

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Whiterose goes on to tell Elliot that she can offer him a new world:  a world without any regrets or pain.  A single tear streams down Elliot’s face as he listens to Whiterose.

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Whiterose pleads with Elliot to show him the world she once showed his closest friend.  Elliot remembers Angela’s state of mind before Whiterose killed her.  She wasn’t the same Angela anymore; Whiterose destroyed her.  Whiterose doesn’t give up trying to convince Elliot.  She damn near begs him to put away all the hatred and anger he has against her so she can help him.

At that moment, Elliot gets a message from Darlene that reads, “Turn on the TV.”  Once Elliot turns it on, he says to Whiterose, “Here’s the thing…I don’t need help right now.  You do,” and hangs up.  I love that man.

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It turns out Darlene made an fsociety video and sent it to the major news stations.  In it, she outs the Deus Group, and even sends a link to download a private file that uncovers all their dirty deeds!  She also makes sure to alert the public that all those no good bastards are at Cipriani wining and dining if anyone wants a peek at them.  The Deus Group members all see the video on their phones, and they’re freaking out.  Whiterose sees the video as well, and she’s none too happy about it.

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Darlene calls Elliot and asks if he saw the video and if he was able to get Whiterose’s phone number.  He says that he saw it, and although he didn’t get Whiterose’s number, he spoke with her.  Darlene freaks out a bit, saying he was supposed to hack her phone, not call it, but Elliot assures her that it was just for a few minutes, and it was actually Price’s phone he dialed.  Darlene pauses and then asks Elliot if he’s okay.  Elliot answers honestly that he’s not sure.

Darlene tells him that she’s glad he’s back.  Elliot doesn’t say anything, but looks out the window and notices a cell tower outside.

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He realizes that he can intercept the info from the tower and try to get Whiterose’s phone number that way.  Darlene continues trying to talk to Elliot to find out what happened with him and if he’s alright, but Elliot’s only focused on business.  He tells Darlene he’ll call her back once he appropriates the traffic from the cell tower.  The plan will only work if they can get all the Deus Group accounts at the same time, including Whiterose’s.  Darlene has to make sure the other members are in her line of sight.  He hangs up and gets to work.

The Dynamic Duo Strikes Again!

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We now see Whiterose doing something out of the ordinary…panicking.  She’s on the phone with Sergey, one of the Deus Group members, practically begging him to have the others stay at Ciprani and wait for her to arrive.  Price continues to pour his champagne and sip slow.  At the hotel, Elliot gets all the traffic from the cell tower.

Sergey hangs up in Whiterose’s face and she angrily asks Price if this was his big plan.  Does he think she can’t afford being doxxed (that’s a new term I learned during this episode, by the way)?  Price answers, “I have no idea.  I’m as curious as you.”  Oh, the shade!

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Darlene is across the street from the Cipriani parking garage, as the Deus Group members’ drivers are chillin’, having some drinky-drinks and playin’ poker. I guess they assumed it’s gonna be a long night.  Darlene notes that a bridge has to be lowered for anyone to enter or exit the garage, and she runs a script on her phone.  In the meantime, the Deus Group members call their drivers and tell them that they’re ready to go, now.  However, when the drivers get in their SUV’s to get their clients, the bridge won’t lower, and they’re all stuck in the garage.

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All the Deus Group Members pile outside and frantically call their drivers, but to no avail.  Darlene starts running her other script and obtains their phone numbers…as well as their bank accounts.  To add insult to injury, the members can’t even find an alternate way to leave the club, because a crowd of people has gathered, trying to see who’s a part of the group.  Of course, they’re taking photos and videos.  Even the news media has shown up.

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Darlene continues to run her script and lets Elliot know she’s getting matches.  He’ll have to get Whiterose’s number soon.  As Elliot’s searching, the parking garage attendant manually fixes the bridge and the drivers come flying out.

Whiterose is panicking even more at this point.  Price is amused.  “All this over a little pipsqueak in a hoodie,” he remarks.

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Price goes on to say that although he never liked Elliot (boo), the skinny guy does bring something to the table.  He’s probably the only person that can actually hurt Whiterose…and she must know it, too.  Whiterose can’t even argue that point.  At the hotel, Elliot sends Darlene all the phone numbers he was able to obtain from the cell tower and asks her to match them to the Deus Group accounts.  The drivers are pulling up to the building, but Darlene’s script is still running!  “Why do we have to cut these things so damn close?” Mr. Robot thinks aloud, echoing Elliot’s same sentiment from season three.

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Execute!

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The Dark Army operatives escort Whiterose and Price outside.  Price stops midway down the stairs and takes a look around, taking in the peace of the night and the cold winter air.

He’s stalling.

Whiterose asks if he really wants her and her men to force him into the car.   Price responds by saying that he almost let himself believe Whiterose when she said Angela was still alive.  Even though he saw the operatives drag her dead body away, he still felt the power of Whiterose’s promise when she spoke to Elliot.  Price assumes that how she conned Angela into doing what she wanted.  Whiterose vowed to take away Angela’s hurt and regret and instead, destroyed her…but it didn’t work.  Angela lives on in the people that love her, and that love gives those people an unwavering resolve to destroy Whiterose.

Now, while Price is giving Whiterose this epic monologue, Darlene matches Whiterose’s number to the Deus Group accounts!

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She sends a message to Elliot, who instructs her to start the bank transfer immediately.  Darlene does, and once the transfer goes through, the members get a code on their phones.  Elliot sends the codes to Darlene, and she completes the transfer.  BOOM!

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By the way, at least $140 billion got transferred.  That’s billion with a doggone B.

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Once the transfer is complete, Price tells Whiterose to remember that she did all this to herself.  Whiterose smiles and tells Price to take his own advice and accept his truth.  It’s over.  Price hears his phone vibrate and smiles himself.  “Yes,” he says, laughing.  “I believe it is.”  Whiterose’s phone also goes off, and she checks it.

“Something wrong, old sport?” Price asks.  Oooh, I love Shady Price!

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Whiterose asks what’s going on, and Price answers, “If it’s what I think it is…we’re all broke!”  Whiterose doesn’t want to accept her truth, but she can’t deny all those notifications popping up stating that the accounts are all overdrawn.

Over at the hotel, Elliot walks up with Mr. Robot, smiling.  They did it; the plan worked.  Mr. Robot doesn’t seem all that happy, though.

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Now we see another side of Whiterose that we haven’t seen before:  the defeated side.  As she tries to make sense of what happened, Price mocks her and lets her know her dream is as good as dead.  He warned her long ago that he was a mercenary, and he would rather see her lose than himself win.  Price decides to throw in one more bit of shade and says, “Think of it this way, Zhang.  You didn’t lose the game.  You just ran out of time.”  BURRRRRRRNNNNNNNNNNN!

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This is the last straw for Whiterose, who grabs a nearby operative’s gun and shoots Price down like a dog in the street!

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This is witnessed by everyone in the doggone area, including Elliot and Mr. Robot, who were leaving the hotel the exact moment Whiterose shot Price.  As the operatives take Whiterose to the car, she sees Elliot walking away.

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I’d like to think what went through her mind at that moment is how that little pipsqueak in a hoodie ever got the best of her.  A hug and kiss to whomever can guess what movie I stole that line from. 😀💋

The Deus Group members leave Ciprani, broke and disgraced, as the crowd of onlookers contunue to snap photos and take videos.  One of the Deus members looks up and sees Darlene in the crowd, smiling.

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We hear Mr. Robot narrating, “And like that, Rome falls.  No more Deus Group.  No more top 1% of the top 1%.  No more controlling every piece of our lives.  No more playing God without permission.  We took them down…all of them.”

Down, but Not Out

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Later that night, the FBI is banging Whiterose’s door down.  We’re not made aware if it’s for murdering Price, her Deus Group involvement, or both.  Either way, Whiterose is upstairs in her bedroom—in her true form—calmly applying her makeup.  It’s worth noting that she’s wearing her mother’s dress—the same dress she declared she’d wear when her project launches.

We hear the FBI break down the door downstairs, and a gun battle ensues.  Whiterose sits at her vanity and looks in the mirror, completely unbothered.

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The gun fight continues as the credits roll, ending our story.

What can I say?  “409 Conflict” was all that and a bag of chips (don’t judge me for still using that phrase).  Our heroes finally had a victory, and not a victory that was followed by an immediate defeat, but a real doggone victory.  Point blank, period.

Needless to say, my favorite scenes were the ones with Phillip Muthafuckin’ Price.  That man threw so much shade at Whiterose, he put the contestants of RuPaul’s Drag Race and the cast of The Real Housewives of Atlanta to shame.

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I’m gonna miss Price.  For the second time this season, a character’s death affected me more than I figured it would.  I always liked Price, but he was on my “neutral” list when it came to the characters I wanted to live, die, or meet either fate.  I hate he was killed, although we all saw it coming, as did he, hence the reason he went out like a certified boss.  Rest in power, Mr. Price.

Not only was Price in charge of the girls this episode, but my homegirl Darlene was, too!  That child’s genius is matched only by her brother’s.  Filming that impromptu fsociety video was quick thinking and it did the trick in scaring those fools out of hiding.  She proved she was the woman once again when she hijacked the bridge in the parking garage.  Darlene truly is invaluable to Elliot.  He needs her and she needs him.

It was nice to see Whiterose sweat for a change, and when she lost all her money, I doggone it cheered.  Unfortunately, that’s where the satisfaction is going to end.  If any of you watched the teaser trailer, you’ve seen Whiterose descending the staircase of her house, still wearing her mother’s dress, walking past a dozen dead FBI agents.

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My sweet Elliot…when he reappeared at the idea of Angela being alive, it made my heart flutter.  He still loves her.  I found myself wishing that what Whiterose was saying was true, but I’m glad Elliot saw through the (possible) bullshit and didn’t back down.  I hope that he and Darlene can eventually take the time to have a conversation about what really happened with his father, and I hope in turn, she can tell him what she’s gone through.  They need to sit down and talk to each other—and I mean really talk.  Once again, they need each other.

Let’s move on to the biggest reveal of the night…the third personality.  It seems that Mr. Robot is still keeping things from Elliot, doggone his time.  He’s going to “show Elliot what he did?”  That makes me nervous.  What did Elliot do?  Kill someone?  Cause a terrorist attack?  What!?  Also, there’s a possibility that Elliot may not be the original host, but the third mystery guest is.  I don’t like that, either.  We’ve come to know and love Elliot over these past few years.  Like he said in “408 Request Timeout,” if things didn’t happen the way they did, he wouldn’t be him.   I love Elliot the way he is, and I don’t want him to be “put to sleep” or have this other personality take over permanently or whatever.   And how will Darlene cause the other personality to come out?

Also, I couldn’t help but notice that the boardroom has four chairs.  Mr. Robot is in one, Little Elliot and Mrs. Alderson are in the others.  Apparently, there’s two Elliots.  One is the one we know, and the other is the “poor boy that hasn’t woken up.”  But there’s only one seat left, not two.  Will the other personality be annihilated? 😶😶😶

Elliot's Boardroom (Alt)

Again, this was a fantastic episode.  “409 Conflict” currently has a 9.9 rating on IMDB.com, and it’s well deserved.  My boy Sam is showing D&D and Lee Daniels how a final season should be done, and I’m lovin’ it.  No shade, but SHADE.

On the next episode, the Christmas from hell is finally over.  Elliot returns to Washington Township and Darlene meets up with Dom again.  A lot of folks believe the two ladies are going to perish in a plane crash, but I rebuke that theory in the name of Jesus.

—Written by Nadiya

So what did you think about “409 Conflict?”  Did you love Price’s epic shade?  Did seeing Whiterose panic put you in the Christmas spirit?  Did you tear up when Elliot came back after hearing that Angela may still be alive?  Do you think there’s a possibility that Whiterose’s machine works?  Were you happy that Darlene and Elliot finally took a W instead of an L?  Do you want Elliot to be the main personality or are you cool with him not being the original host?  Are curious as to who the third personality is or how Darlene will “wake him up?”  Also, what do you think Elliot did?  Let me know in the comments section!