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'Mr. Robot' fan recap: A bug-free life

Season 1 | Episode 3 | “Eps1.2d3bug.mkv” | Aired July 8, 2015

The last five minutes of last week’s Mr. Robot were so surreal that I am currently questioning everything I thought I knew about this show. In fact, we need to talk about the actual existence of Mr. Robot. Are we sure everyone else can see him?

It’s possible that the Christian Slater character is merely a figment of Elliot’s imagination, Tyler Durden–style, and that he’s playing out some issues rooted in Elliot’s past. There are a lot of Chuck Palahniuk callbacks in this episode, and I’m beginning to question Elliot’s grip on what’s real—and I feel really guilty about it.

Even Tyrell got in on the Fight Club theme, paying a homeless man $300 to administer a savage beating. Tyrell, upset about being overlooked for chief technology officer, uses this poor guy work out his aggression.

In a very methodical ritual, he takes off his coat and tie, puts on gloves, and proceeds to beat the brakes off this guy. Apparently it’s an ongoing arrangement, as the man negotiates his rate to a higher amount. The man’s capitalism amuses Tyrell (probably another Palahniuk reference), and he gives the man his ask.

Tyrell readies himself for a meeting that doesn

Elliot goes to work and an very awkward exchange happens between him and Gideon, when he invites Gideon to a dinner party. Of course Elliot declines, and when Gideon tries to ask him about his personal life, Elliot cuts him off abruptly. Gideon’s reaction prompts Elliot to explain, “Not trying to be rude. Just honest.”

In a weird turn, Elliot finds Mr. Robot waiting for him at his desk. It’s super-strange that Mr. Robot would show up at AllSafe, and even more dangerous that he threatens to “make a scene.” Unless nobody else can see him—then it’s just Elliot’s subconscious telling him what to do.

Mr. Robot and Elliot wind up at the bar next door, where they both order Appletinis—there’s an even parallelism about the scene that makes it seem that one is mimicking the other. Mr. Robot apologizes for pushing Elliot, and invokes the story Elliot told about his father.

Elliot comes to grip with what Mr. Robot did.

He tells Elliott, “Don’t stay mad at him too long, kiddo,” recalling the story Elliot told about his father pushing him out of a window. The whole interaction feels downright paternal, suggesting Mr. Robot is performing as a surrogate father, real or hallucinated.

From what we know about Elliot’s psychological past, the hallucination is not out of the question. In fact, Elliot hands us what could be a confession. He tells the audience, “Fsociety is finally over—the recent glitch in the otherwise neat reality I’ve created over the years. I’ll never slip up like that again.”

Mr. Robot says goodbye to Elliot

With Mr. Robot gone, now Elliot can live a “bug-free” normal life filled with vanilla lattes, Marvel movies, and Instagram. He instantly seems lighter, freer. This new freedom leads him to accept the dinner invitation and ask Shayla to be his girlfriend and go with him. She responds with, “There is something seriously wrong with you,” but she winds up sorta saying yes to both invitations.

Elliot realizes that hacking into someone’s cyber-existence isn’t the same as understanding their actual existence. This is a poignant reminder that the “warm, messy circle of humanity” is still available to him. His willingness to acknowledge the non-digital existence is an act of hope for this character.

Elliot is wound pretty tight at the dinner party, but he loosens up a little in his interaction with Angela. His interactions with Gideon, on the other hand, fill him (and me) with sheer anxiety. It’s apparent that Gideon is becoming suspicious of Elliot and his involvement in the Evil Corp breach.

Even while Gideon assures Elliot that he believes him, there is something in Elliot’s manner that makes Gideon suspicious. All the hacker wisdom in the world is no match for good ol’ human intuition—something that Elliot can’t seem to muster.

News of a new Evil Corp data dump interrupts the party. All of Elliot’s conflicting feelings are galvanized into revenge. The latest data reveals that Colby was responsible for a coverup at Evil Corp while his dad worked there. Essentially, Colby had a hand in killing his dad—and, we now know, Angela’s mom as well.

Elliot leaves the party and heads straight for Mr. Robot headquarters to get to work. Any sort of moral misgivings that have been holding him back until now are long gone.

Sundry Items

  • Tyrell hooks up with a hunky assistant and has a totally R-rated love scene with him. In the after-moments, he hacks Anwar’s phone to gain access to info about the new CTO.

  • Angela and Ollie’s hacker reaches out to Ollie with demands, which include adding a virus to AllSafe’s software.

  • Ollie is forced to admit the affairs to Angela, but she’s more worried about the identity theft and doesn’t break up with him, unfortunately.

  • Tyrell and his wife have a strange dynamic that entails a little light bondage and possible domestic brutality. More to come about that later, I’m sure.

Mr. Robot airs Wednesdays at 10/9C on USA.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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