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Season 1 | Episode 8 | “eps.1.7_wh1ter0se.m4v” | Aired Aug 12, 2015

WARNING: SPOILERS AND MORE SPOILERS for episode eight of Mr. Robot. If you haven’t seen it, best turn back now!

It’s all happening on Mr. Robot. All our theories, conspiracies, and hunches are starting to be revealed. Here’s what we learned:

Mr. Robot is Elliot’s father

For eight episodes I’ve been trying to sort out the reality of Mr. Robot’s existence. Is he a figment of Elliot’s imagination? Is he some composite of Elliot’s psychological issues? Is he a splintered personality, created to help Elliot cope with the real world?

It looks like I was sort of right on all accounts. At least now we know that everybody else can see him too. All along, Mr. Robot/Elliot’s dad has been pushing Elliot, trying to motivate him to carry out the fsociety agenda/ But this whole time, Mr. Robot seemed like an intrinsic invention, conjured up by Elliot to help him cope. I did not see this coming.

Darlene is Elliot’s sister

Looking back, it does seem like Darlene has been particularly protective of Elliot, although there were very few clues to suggest a sibling relationship. Elliot’s nightmare featured a young Darlene on a scooter singing “Frère Jacques” outside their childhood home, but there’s been little else to help us get here. Elliot offers a tiny bit of insight as he slides into his spiral following the kiss that sent him over the edge.

Darlene is also aware of Elliot’s psychological struggles, as evidenced by her extreme reaction to that kiss. She shouts, “Did you forget who I am again?” That suggests this is not the first time she’s lost Elliot to himself.

Darlene and Angela have a relationship

Even though this relationship has Elliot at its center, they have a familiarity that supports a history. I can’t recall them having very many scenes together, which is probably a choice on the part of the writers, because seeing them together would belie a prior relationship and give clues that one existed.

Elliot realizes that he

The relationship between Angela and Darlene cripples my theory that the other characters are all fragments of his multiple personalities, and solidifies their existence … at least anecdotally. There isn’t much else to go on, but I’m having to reassess any conjectures I’ve ever made about this show. Bear with me.

Mr. Robot and Tyrell are working together

It’s unclear what these two have up their sleeve, but it’s clear they have Elliot in common—a running theme in this show. Tyrell claims they “are meant to be allies,” but Mr. Robot doesn’t seem to agree.

Tyrell is in the dark about Mr. Robot’s plans, so it sort of seems like Mr. Robot is running the show. Even when Tyrell gets upset and threatens to tell his “dirty little secret,” Mr. Robot seems undisturbed.

I’d like to assume that Tyrell’s threat of exposure has to do with telling Elliot that his father is alive, but we just don’t have all the evidence yet.

White Rose has an identity

The leader of the Dark Army is a beautifully eyelashed transgender woman who has little time for your foolishness. B.D. Wong plays the leader of the Chinese hacker group, and he is brilliant as the efficient, all-knowing hacker leader.

Aside from the drama of the reveal, White Rose doesn’t have much to do with current plot movement, aside from telling Elliot about the honey pot Gideon created. (A honey pot, by the way, is a trap set up to deflect unauthorized collection of information.) She’s set a time limit, but I can’t sort out what the 50 hours is really for. My yarn wall is failing me.

Tyrell and his wife are bananas

Tyrell is in a panic spiral after he killed Knowles’ wife last week. That’s to be expected, but his major mistake is not letting his wife in on the blunder.

She seems like a pretty capable person, and would be the type to go to if you needed to hide a body. She’s a quick thinker and not afraid to do a little self-harm to keep their secrets: She broke her own water with a pickle fork to evade police questioning, after all.

Gideon and Ollie are suspicious of Elliot

For reasons I can’t sort out, a sweaty Ollie is the one who sent Elliot to the meeting with White Rose. Ollie is the connector between the Dark Army, AllSafe, and Elliot, but he just doesn’t know enough to realize it. He knows a little, however, as evidenced by the continuing side-eye he gives Elliot and his frantic pleading with Elliot to just comply.

Elliot figures out who Mr. Robot is

Gideon, on the other hand, is pretty much on to Elliot; he just doesn’t have enough evidence to prove his suspicions. Unfortunately, Gideon is an honest guy who is just trying to protect his employees, and will most likely get caught in the crossfire of all these parties shooting at each other. At least Elliot feels a little bad for the all the havoc he’s causing Gideon.

With only two episodes left in the season, there are still some giant holes to fill in terms of confirming or disproving our theories. What do you guys think? Any predictions?

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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