Mr. Robot (2015– )
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Elliot vows to beat Mr. Robot; Angela gets a glimpse behind the curtain at E Corp; and fsociety stirs up trouble.


Sam Esmail


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rami Malek ... Elliot Alderson
Carly Chaikin ... Darlene
Portia Doubleday ... Angela Moss
Michael Cristofer ... Phillip Price
Stephanie Corneliussen ... Joanna Wellick
Martin Wallström ... Tyrell Wellick
Grace Gummer ... Dominique DiPierro
Christian Slater ... Mr. Robot
Gloria Reuben ... Krista Gordon
Azhar Khan ... Mobley
Sunita Mani ... Trenton
Joey Bada$$ ... Leon
Michael Drayer ... Cisco
Jordan Gelber ... FBI Agent
Omar Metwally ... Agent Santiago


Elliot considers whether or not to play chess with Mr. Robot for existence and Leon advises Elliot to dream for a future to fight for; Angela tries to figure out what Price wants from her; Darlene visits Elliot and is given important updates by Cisco; Joanna confronts Scott for withholding Tyrell's severance package and bribes the man who found Elliot in Tyrell's car; Whiterose demands an update of Price; Elliot agrees to help Ray and devises a new plan for fsociety; The FBI investigates the arcade; Joanna tells Derek why she's with him; In a flashback, Darlene visits Elliot and Elliot's idea to take down E Corp sprouts. Written by chingeeflingee

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hacker | therapist | mask | See All (3) »


Crime | Drama | Thriller


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English | Chinese | Spanish

Release Date:

27 July 2016 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


  • "The Planets, Op. 32: VII. Neptune, the Mystic". Composed by Gustav Holst (1915). Plays as Elliot (Rami Malek) dons his father's jacket and the mask, to become Mr. Robot (Christian Slater).
  • "The Planets, Op. 32: I. Mars, the Bringer of War". Composed by Gustav Holst (1914). Plays as the title card appears, following the scene above.
  • "Rainy Night in Georgia". Recorded by Brook Benton (1970). Plays as Darlene (Carly Chaikin) walks through Chinatown to meet Cisco (Michael Drayer).
  • "Into the Black". Recorded by Chromatics (2012). Plays as Darlene and Cisco meet in the Chinatown bar.
  • "Basket Case". Recorded by Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star (2012).
  • "Concerto-Cantata, Op. 65: IV. Arioso e corale." Composed by Henryk Mikolaj Górecki (1992).
  • "Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K. 467: II. Andante." Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1785).
  • "What Have We Done to Each Other?" from the original soundtrack for Gone Girl (2014). Recorded by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (2014).
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Concerto-Cantata, Op. 65: IV. Arioso e corale. Lento - Tranquillo cantabile - Dolce
Written by Henryk Mikolaj Górecki
Performed by Carol Wincenic, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra & Antoni Wit
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Very much a transitional episode

I couldn't help but feel slightly underwhelmed by this episode. It wasn't badly made, it was just slow and relatively uneventful (particularly when compared to the previous episode). It is the epitome of a transitional episode. I will not go so far as to call it "filler", as I do believe that everything it setup will be important one way or another down the line. It's definitely a necessary episode. The ending got me excited to see the next one. It just isn't a particularly remarkable or memorable episode in and of itself.

Perhaps the most interesting scene in the episode is the flashback in the first ten minutes. I appreciated the way the sequence gradually ramp-ed up the tension from a casual conversation to the big moment at the end of it, accompanied by a score straight of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Some other scenes that I liked in the episode were the surprisingly heart-warming scene between Joanna and her boy-toy, the return of the BD Wong character, and Elliot's chess game with Mr Robot. I was mostly indifferent towards the rest. I am finding it increasingly implausible that Leon would be spending his time hanging out with Elliot, and increasingly irritating that I have literally no idea what is going on with Ray and his black-eyed business partner.

I did not enjoy this episode nearly so much as I had hoped that I would, but I recognize it as a necessary instalment, and still eagerly anticipate the next.

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