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The 6 big questions the 'Mr. Robot' finale must answer

Season 1 | Episode 9 | “eps1.8_m1rr0r1ng.qt” | Aired Aug 19, 2015

No one can accuse Mr. Robot of dragging out a storyline for too long. If you blink, you’ll miss some major plot developments—most recently, the plot points concerning whom Mr. Robot actually is. This week, Mr. Robot is a figment of Elliot’s imagination or (maybe more precisely ) a function of his mental disease.

Next week is the season finale, and I have it on good authority that it’s going to be pretty badass. In fact, I’ve been advised that it’s in fans’ best interest to watch every single second of next week’s finale … and you should definitely stick around until the credits have rolled. Hint, hint.

This made me think about what I need from the finale, and I’ve come up with a few questions it needs to answer to leave fans whole and feeling okay about parting ways for now.

What’s Elliot’s official diagnosis?

In order for audiences to contextualize this entire season through the lens of Elliot’s hallucination, we need a diagnosis, and we need to know how and when it started. We already know that Elliot has been court-ordered to attend therapy sessions, but we don’t know why or how that came to be. Where’s Christa when we really need her?

Elliot has invented someone whom he speaks to in his head, he’s manifested his dead father, and now he’s starting to get more and more agitated and overwrought. We saw more emotional reactions from Elliot in tonight’s episode than we’ve seen all season.

I need to know what’s up.

Darlene tries to reassure Elliot about his crazy on Mr. Robot

Did Elliot try to commit suicide?

What really happened when Elliot and Mr. Robot were sitting on the pier? We saw his dad push him, but he told Christa, Shayla, and the police that he was mugged.

Now that we know Mr. Robot isn’t really there, is it possible that Elliot did it to himself on purpose?

How did Tyrell see Mr. Robot in the car?

Tyrell kept his side of the conversation oblique enough that it could be applied to Elliot as well, but how does it work if Mr. Robot is only a part of Elliot’s mind? That scene is one of the few (or maybe the only one) in which we’ve seen Mr. Robot without Elliot in sight.

I need answers about what Tyrell was actually seeing in the back of that limo.

Are Shayla and Vera real people? Did any of that really happen?

Shayla’s death was traumatic for Elliot for about five minutes, and the writers didn’t devote much time to it after the fact. It makes me wonder: How much of that was real, and how much of it did Elliot concoct out of paranoia and disillusionment? What about a funeral? Or Shayla’s family? And Vera just waltzed out of prison, never to be heard from again?

These loose ends need some definite resolution.

What’s Joanna’s deal?

At first I thought she was just an eccentric accessory to Tyrell’s weirdness, but she’s transformed into her own special brand of strange. Tonight’s episode told the story of the baby she gave up for adoption, and I started to find her sympathetic.

And then she turned on Tyrell, bared her teeth, and essentially declared their marriage over. She has some sort of power over Tyrell, and I want to know more about her.

I’m okay with USA giving her a spinoff. She’s that interesting.

Gideon worries about his future on Mr. Robot

Why do I need to care about Gideon?

I like Gideon—I really do—but his “company man” shtick is pulling attention away from some of the more interesting and higher-stakes storylines. If his only purpose is to facilitate the honeypot stuff, then he’s done his job. I don’t need to see him eat breakfast with his spouse. That is precious time that could have been spent exploring Elliot’s current state of mind, or Joanna’s backstory.

There are a lot of questions and mysteries the finale must answer, and the suspense is killing me. What questions do you have for the finale?

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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