Mr. Robot

Mr. Robot Revisited | Season 1 Episode 7 Recap

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Hello, friend! Welcome to the Mr. Robot podcast on Post Show Recaps. Josh Wigler (@roundhoward) and Antonio Mazzaro (@acmazzaro) are re-watching and discussing a new episode of Mr. Robot season one every week, leading up to the season two premiere on July 13. The podcast contains two separate spoiler-free and spoiler-filled sections. Please do not post spoilers in the comments section.

This week, Josh and Antonio discuss the seventh episode of the series, which takes place one month after the devastating events of “Brave Traveler.” Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek) leaves therapy, while Mr. Robot (Christian Slater) and Darlene (Carly Chaikin) try to get the f-society band back together. Also, Tyrell Wellick (Martin Wallström) decides to pursue some rooftop romance, and he has a killer interpretation of “star-gazing.”

Send your questions in for the podcast through our feedback form. Next week’s podcast focuses on episode three of the series.

Bonus Reading: The Big Hack, by Reeves Wiedeman

WARNING: The spoiler section of the podcast begins at the 59:45 mark.

  • Thank you so much been waiting on these!!! So good as always. Wish I could review you on Itunes but my Iphone just broke and now I have an older android. I use Podbean for my catcher but if there’s a way I can go and review it please let me know.. I know very little about this new phone, not even if that’s the best podcatcher for this phone. In any case, just wanted to comment (SPOILER… so please stop reading now all those that haven’t seen all the episodes)……………………………………that while I know its far fetched.. is there any chance Elliot has multiple personalities? And, that Tyrell is one of them too besides Mr. Robot? Just that scene at the end of the season when Elliot is looking for him and he talks to his wife is why I started wondering about that… it was very vague, and almost as if she was playing along knowing he’s not himself or something… and the way he looked at the baby. Also, you guys were wondering about why he had court mandated therapy… could it be he burned down his childhood home? Maybe even killed his mom. Well that’s all for now because this show is so complex if I think anymore on it my brain will start smoking.. so again I always appreciate your podcasts and help in sorting it all out!

    • ” is there any chance Elliot has multiple personalities?”

      “Lot” of chance I must say.

  • Daniel

    Love the podcast! Just realized you guys are still an episode behind. Are we getting two episodes next week?

    • Josh Wigler

      Schedule is TBD but we’ll definitely be all finished up in time for the premiere!

  • Reynaldo Hernandez Aponte

    Check out Very Bad Things for more psycho Slater action.

  • John Davis

    This episode was the one that almost made me stop watching Mr Robot last year. I thought the graphic “proposition” by Colby to Angela was gratuitous and an attempt by Sam Esmail to give the show a gritty overtone that would try to push the limits of the network censors. It followed a similar tasteless conversation between Wellick and Knowles in Knowles office when the watch is offered. I realize the importance of these and other similar conversations throughout the show in establishing limits and later motives to the plot but I still wonder if the same things could be accomplished without such unrealistic graphic conversations.
    I don’t think I am particularly prudish in nature but the word choices seemed to be a bit out of character for these conversations. I would expect dialogue like this from a Fernando character but not someone more controlled and able to couch a threat in more ambiguous ways.
    What do you think Antonio or Josh? You had fun playing “ball” with the conversation on the podcast, but do you think the script was being true to the character?

    • Josh Wigler

      Definitely made me uncomfortable. Did not like it. Then again, I buy this from a Colby type, someone very used to getting things his way, no questions asked — and if questions *ARE* asked, they’re met with dehumanizing responses like the one he delivers here. It’s not pleasant, but I think it’s true to Colby. He’s not a good dude, and I’m not sure how controlled he is, ultimately.

  • Spencer Watson

    You missed something. At the beginning when Elliott is looking at his coworkers with the imaginary signs on them we see that he has boiled each of them down to something very simplistic. In each case it is something that they are trying to keep hidden. This tells us more about Elliott than it does about each of them, imo. It tells me that, to him, each person is defined by what they don’t want people to know. What is Elliott trying to keep hidden? Does that define him?

    What about the other characters? Elliott freaked out earlier in the season (might be episiode 1, can’t remember) when it appeared that Wellick had nothing to hide. So we ask, is Wellick defined by what he tries to keep hidden? Elliott seems to like Angela more than other people because she has nothing to hide. Shayla also has very little to hide. Elliott only likes to interact with people when a) they have nothing to hide or b) when he knows what they are trying to hide. He avoids other people. The only character where this isn’t true are the members of F Society starting with Mr Robot.