“411 eXit” – Recap and Review

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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.

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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.  🙂

Mr. Robot Comes Back (Alt)

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.”

eXit (Alt)

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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???

Wake Up Call (Alt)

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!!!  😲😲

Angela's Skype Call (Alt)

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

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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.

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I’m Still Lost…

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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…

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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.

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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!

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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.

Darlene Talks Some Sense Into Dom (Alt)

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? 😶😶😶

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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!