Mr. Robot (2015–2019)
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Elliot can't quit the game; Dom and the FBI head to China to investigate 5/9; Joanna is haunted; and Darlene calls on Angela for help.


Sam Esmail


Sam Esmail (created by), Kyle Bradstreet | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rami Malek ... Elliot Alderson
Carly Chaikin ... Darlene
Portia Doubleday ... Angela Moss
Michael Cristofer ... Phillip Price (credit only)
Stephanie Corneliussen ... Joanna Wellick
Martin Wallström ... Tyrell Wellick (credit only)
Grace Gummer ... Dominique DiPierro
Christian Slater ... Mr. Robot
Azhar Khan ... Mobley
Sunita Mani ... Trenton
Omar Metwally ... Agent Santiago
BD Wong ... Whiterose
Ben Rappaport ... Ollie Parker
Jordan Gelber ... FBI Agent
Vaishnavi Sharma ... Elliot's Mother


Darlene asks Angela for help with a hack on the FBI despite Elliot's disapproval of Angela's involvement; The FBI visits China to further investigate the 5/9 hack and Dom gets to know Minister Zhi Zhang; Elliot meets with RT and finds out what Ray's site really is; Joanna receives a new gift, takes care of Kareem, and notices the phone ring. Written by chingeeflingee

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Crime | Drama | Thriller


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English | Danish | Spanish

Release Date:

3 August 2016 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Deleted Scenes: At the Chinese airport, Dom (Grace Gummer), Santiago (Omar Metwally), and the female agent are waiting in customs. Dom says that she doesn't ever want to fly again considering how sick she got despite being heavily medicated. She laments that this trip may be a waste of time. The female agent gives exposition as to why they are there when Jesse arrives warning them of the air, the water, and data roaming charges. See more »


Mr. Sutherland stages a Breaking and Entering crime to cover the murder, however he doesn't steal anything except for the cash in the wallet. He throws an easily stealable laptop to the ground (mac addresses can be changed, it wouldn't be traceable) and leaves most of the apartment untouched. This is a poorly disguised attempt for someone that apparently had thought the murder through.

He also places the gun in the victim's hand when the presumption is that the victim attempted to protect themselves and was shot by the same gun. This makes zero sense as the perpetrator would have the gun, not the victim. See more »


References The Princess Bride (1987) See more »


Written by Mac Quayle
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Perfectly mixes great character scenes and violent climaxes

This episode contains three abrupt and violent scenes that each serve to tie off or complicate a particular plot. The horror and realism of these scenes are greatly enhanced by the cinematography, which is outstanding.

I've noticed that this season has an odd approach to introducing characters; it doesn't really do anything to introduce them. They just sort of show up. The viewer is supposed to fill in what gaps they can and wait for more information. That's a great tactic in moderation, but when used too much it becomes extremely disorienting and prevents the viewer from investing in the character. Some examples are Kareem, DiPierro, the guy with a reddened eye, and Ray (although I actually appreciated it in his case). The thing that I really like about this episode is that it takes leaps and bounds in both explaining these plots and wrapping them up.

For instance, DiPierro (whose introduction was a strange scene in a convenience store that I still do not fully understand) has grown to be one of my favourite characters on the show, in no small part due to this episode. She and others from the FBI travel to China where they meet Whiterose. The two of them have a really great scene together; the actors have a lot of chemistry, and the writing is on point. The contrast of a masculine woman and an effeminate man plays very well on screen. Some of the dialogue makes me begin to wonder if Whiterose has a split personality. There is a lot of evidence to support it, and yet perhaps it would be too similar to the situation with Elliot.

There were lots of other great character scenes in this one, too many to go over. It looks like episode five (if you count both parts of the premiere as one) is going to be the big hack, which parallels the fact that episode five of season one was also a big hack episode. Perhaps that will be an inter-season tradition. Like how the ninth episode of every other Game of Thrones season is a big battle episode.

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