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Episode 5 | “eps1.4_3xpl0its.wmv” | Aired July 22, 2015

What’s the deal with Tyrell?

This week on Mr. Robot, he inexplicably turns up at Steel Mountain on the exact same day and time as Elliot. He calls it fortuitous, but it feels more suspicious, and somewhat threatening.

Perhaps Elliot’s paranoia is rubbing off on me, because I can’t really tell if Tyrell is the bad guy or not. Sure, he’s a creepster for real, but what exactly classifies him as a villain—aside from working for Evil Corp? He hasn’t shoved Elliot off a ledge or held a gun to head. Outside of his slimy suit and dumb hair, why am I getting such an antagonistic vibe from him?

Tyrell hates waiters, and probably himself on

Maybe it’s how he’s simultaneously smarmy and slick, while still being squeaky clean. It’s unsettling. What kind of sociopath suggests suicide to a woman one minute, then stalks into the bathroom when she’s doing her business? While he’s having dinner in her home, while he’s trying to get a job with her husband? She was the one who turned it into a sexual invitation. I think. I’m not really sure what is happening.

Tyrell is yuck. I’m not saying otherwise. His entire situation makes my skin crawl. He hates waiters and sommeliers, and generally thinks he’s above it all. Blech. But his reluctance to turn Elliot in over the Colby situation makes me think he’s lining Elliot up for something, and that makes me really nervous.

It seems like Tyrell might be connected, in some part, to the bigger project linked to the Dark Army. Truthfully, I’m having a hard time sorting out all the moving parts of the conspiracies, and I usually watch each episode twice. All I know is, the Dark Army—and by extension, China—is out of the game, and Darlene feels responsible.

It doesn’t seem like the writers of Mr. Robot would ask us to keep straight two different complex hacker plotlines, so my guess is that Tyrell is pulling the strings somehow. This also means that the gang’s hard work and plotting at Steel Mountain is for nothing.

Elliot handling business at Steel Mountain on

Without the Dark Army doing something somewhere else, they can’t move forward. I’m sure it will become clearer later, but for now it seems like we should focus on Elliot and his growing interactions with the world.

Elliot spoke and interacted with more people in this episode than he has all season. Assessing and utilizing their exploits seems to be his new talent, although Bill takes it hard.

But good for Elliot. He’s proud of himself for doing what needed to be done, and I am as shocked as Shayla is to hear him say, “I’m good” when asked. Elliot’s flashbacks/hallucinations of his mother paint a sad and damaged portrait of his self-image. Elliot’s weakness, contrary to what Tyrell thinks, is not revenge, but feeling small.

His success at Steel Mountain made him feel successful, like he is part of something; that alone is quite an accomplishment for him. After what (it appears) his childhood was like, he needs the win. His mom seems like a real asshole.

Speaking of assholes, Angela finally does the right thing and leaves Ollie, but not after using his computer to trigger the virus. He’s gross too, but her move back home leads her to uncover a lot of Evil Corp invoices in her dad’s house.

This makes me want to scream, just like last week, “WHY DON’T YOU CALL ELLIOT?” What’s the use in having a genius hacker friend if you can’t get him on board with your e-problems?

Although Shayla is finding out that having Elliot for a friend isn’t working out so well for her. Vega, now a jailhouse philosopher, figured out that Elliot snitched on him and kidnapped Shayla for revenge. Poor Shayla. Her life has become increasingly more difficult since she’s taken up with Elliot.

As for our theories about Mr. Robot and the multiple personalities, I’m stumped. It seemed like the folks at the coffee shop could see Mr. Robot, and he did steal that guy’s badge … but it could all be clever tricks.

Can they see Mr. Robot too?

When Elliot was analyzing everyone’s exploits, discussing their vulnerabilities, it sounded like he was talking about versions of himself. Mobley’s exploit is self-control; Romero’s is being a know-it-all; Mr. Robot’s is careless urges. All of this sounds like Elliot.

Tyrell is even in on the mystery now. He tells Elliot in the bathroom at Steel Mountain, “We’re all human—except me, of course.”

What do you make of that?

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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