Mr. Robot

Mr. Robot Revisited | Season 1 Episode 9 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 ninth episode of the series, and the major reveal that Elliott… well, it’s such a big spoiler that we won’t even write it out here, but if you’ve seen the episode, you get the picture! Josh and Antonio talk through the massive ramifications of episode nine, play some hits from The Pixies, and pour one out for the spoiler section, making its final appearance here in episode nine.

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

WARNING: The spoiler section of the podcast begins at the 1:21:24 mark.

  • John Davis

    Now that we know that Mr. Robot is Elliot’s dad and that his dad is an illusion or apparition, is it possible that the crucial and central story of Elliot’s damaged psyche being triggered by his dad pushing him out of his second story bedroom window is a fiction? In the scene inside the MR ROBOT store, Elliot’s dad gets Elliot him to admit to stealing $20 from a customer, but the worst punishment he gets is a mild reprimand and then equivocation and finally rationalization all based on the sociability and civility (or lack thereof) of the customer/victim. Mr. Robot then proceeds to shut down the shop and take Elliot and the stolen $20 to see Pulp Fiction, a movie that his dad knows is inappropriate to a 9 year old boy. This is not the action of a vengeful or disciplinary dad but a sympathetic and understanding person.

    I have accepted this flashback to Elliot’s childhood as canon and it makes sense, in light of this, that Elliot jumped from his own window in an act of self punishment for his guilt at betraying his dad’s infirmity to his mom. He re-enacts this attempted suicide later at the house when he “lets it go” by pushing Mr. Robot out the same window.

    I also think that the debate between Josh and Antonio about whether Mr. Robot is either an Evil or Good manifestation of Elliot’s personality disorder, brings up some really interesting points. As a dad myself, and as a dad who started a second family later in life too, I can attest to the existence of two states of being as a father. There is a Parent mode and an Adult mode. My experience is (and it became more evident to me the older I got and the more children I dealt with as I aged) that children listen and respond more positively when an Adult speaks to them rather that when a Parent speaks to them. Kids learn very early to distinguish between Parents and Adults and a parent who can step back and see their child as a human being looking for guidance has a better chance of success when they can take on the mantle of an Adult and shed that of a Parent.

    I think Mr. Robot takes on both roles for Elliot, as both Parent and Adult depending on the situation; whether Elliot needs sound advice, or a kick in the pants. Do you guys think that Mr. Robot acts as a multidimensional character or do you think that he is consistent in his manifestation in Elliot’s mind?
    What a great podcast, once again!

  • Reynaldo Hernandez Aponte

    I think the key that was referenced was meant to represent the key to the trunk where we found poor Shayla, with Vera being Elliott’s monster.