Well, Elliot turned out to be in an institution…of sorts. Why is he jailed? Is Tyrell really dead? What’s with Angela being so mean to her dad?
PCMaggers Chandra Steele, Victoria Song, and Eric Griffith chatted for half an hour (or a Sam Esmail-ish half hour) on Slack today about this week’s Mr. Robot. Read on for our discussion. Matthew Buzzi, Rob Marvin, and Pete Haas will be back next week. Or else.

If you’re behind, see our chat about episode six.
If you’re really behind, watch Mr. Robot season one on Amazon Prime.

Also check out Chandra’s recent conversation with Carly Chaikin, who plays Darlene.

And check out Evan Dashevsky’s chat with Kor Adana, the show’s “technology producer” and a former hacker himself, in the video below.


Steele [10:32 AM]
are you ready to robot?
Song [10:32 AM]
yah, tho buzzi and rob are out
Steele [10:32 AM]
Are they still doing the show?
Song [10:32 AM]
no they just didn’t watch last night
Buzzi [10:33 AM]
I was up til 3 writing the No Man’s Sky review, watching 2 episodes after was…. Not a good idea
Steele [10:33 AM]
Buzzi knew I would not be in the office so he had no fear
No Man’s Sky gets you a pass
Buzzi [10:33 AM]
Otherwise I’d have broken kneecaps, Ray-style
Griffith [10:33 AM]
I watched this morning, dutifully.
Steele [10:33 AM]
Eric made great sacrifices, Buzzi
So the rest of us will commence speaking about the show…now
Griffith [10:34 AM]
I got out of bed at 8am! Exhausting!
Steele [10:34 AM]
Think of how early Elliot gets up in prison!
Griffith [10:34 AM]
Prison? WHA???
Song [10:34 AM]
Which, ding ding ding, not a mental hospital.
Griffith [10:34 AM]
that was the big twist.
not a hospital
Song [10:35 AM]
Also, Ray…was the warden?
Steele [10:35 AM]
Not a mental hospital but still an institution
Song [10:35 AM]
Not an orderly?
Steele [10:35 AM]
I assume the warden or a guard
Griffith [10:35 AM]
No, I think Ray was a fellow inmate running a blackmarket
oh, or maybe a guard, yes.
Steele [10:35 AM]
But he had an office
Griffith [10:35 AM]
that makes more sense.
Steele [10:35 AM]
And thought he’d help Elliot
What kind of help seems questionable
Griffith [10:36 AM]
what matters most is Leon works for Whiterose.
In prison! guarding Elliot!
Song [10:36 AM]
That whole reveal was questionable
Steele [10:36 AM]
And the old “my dead wife was the one running the Silk Road” shtick
Song [10:36 AM]
“I didn’t look at what the site sold”
“until you”
questionable
Steele [10:36 AM]
Everything about Ray is questionable
Including why he’d let himself get caught
And play chess when he’s not that good
Griffith [10:36 AM]
I think anything said, not just seen, in Elliot’s story, is filtered
Song [10:37 AM]
That might be mighty generous
Steele [10:37 AM]
Yeah, even Elliot knows we’re fed up with it
Song [10:37 AM]
Ray was played up to be a Bad Dude, and he turned out to be a Sad Dude.
Steele [10:37 AM]
With his monologue at the end
Griffith [10:37 AM]
But he did great monologue deliveries.
I’ll give him that.
Song [10:37 AM]
Elliot always does monologues well
I just…the reveal that he was in prison was at least better than a mental hospital
because it asks the question–well what did Elliot confess to or do to get there
Steele [10:38 AM]
As far as monologues go, the one I least believe was the Mr. Robot one about Tyrell’s death
Tyrell is not dead
Griffith [10:38 AM]
Tyrell is shot. but not dead.
Steele [10:38 AM]
Though his marriage is
Song [10:38 AM]
He’s not dead but he’s sure getting a divorce
Ha. Yes.
Steele [10:38 AM]
What does Joanna want?
Song [10:38 AM]
Great minds.
Griffith [10:38 AM]
Not sure you can get a divorce without both parties!
Song [10:38 AM]
I’m sure she doesn’t want to get doused with blood
Steele [10:38 AM]
In New York it is now easier to get a divorce
Griffith [10:39 AM]
As I well know! It wasn’t easy when I did it!
I think Tyrell might need to sign something.
Song [10:39 AM]
True–if he’s dead she doesn’t need to file for divorce
Griffith [10:39 AM]
That said… pretty sure everyone’s got to be present/alive.
Steele [10:39 AM]
But being dead might preclude it
Griffith [10:39 AM]
if he’s dead, she’d have to wait 7 years.
(or maybe that’s a thing only in the movies)
Steele [10:39 AM]
I hope Joey Bada$$ remains alive
Ninja Joey Bada$$
Song [10:40 AM]
Also the reveal that Elliot’s mother is his prison guard
Steele [10:40 AM]
Dark Army Joey Bada$$
That woman watches a lot of TV for a prison guard
Griffith [10:40 AM]
They even went for the fake digital blood when Leon kicked the guy he’d stabbed, as if it was Walking Dead.
Song [10:40 AM]
But overall—satisfied or dissatisfied with the prison reveal?
Steele [10:40 AM]
Once the skinheads showed up I realized it was prison and not a mental institution
Song [10:40 AM]
It’s not like it was a twist since most saw it coming.
does that make it better or worse?
Steele [10:41 AM]
I was dissatisfied in a way
Griffith [10:41 AM]
While it was no surprise at all, I was satisfied.

Because we all knew Elliot was lying. We’ve always known it.
Steele [10:41 AM]
Maybe because we’ve been through this sort of reveal before
Song [10:41 AM]
The other thing is, I don’t get the sense this is the “Twist” of the season
Griffith [10:41 AM]
Also, the way it was shot to reveal all the scenes–maybe Esmail is a better director than he is writer!
Steele [10:41 AM]
For me the reveal that should be satisfying is how the Dark Army ties into things
Griffith [10:42 AM]
And if Tyrell is doing ANYTHING
Like, does Whiterose have him?
Steele [10:42 AM]
I am a strong believer in not directing your own work
I think Whiterose is sending Joanna the gifts
Song [10:42 AM]
oooh.
Steele [10:42 AM]
There is no reason behind my theory, I just feel like Tyrell is too pat an answer
Griffith [10:42 AM]
Hooked up on life support, Tyrell is just barely alive enough to try and keep an eye on f Society for Whiterose.
Like a Bond villian.
Steele [10:43 AM]
And if not him, then Whiterose
Griffith [10:43 AM]
speaking of F Society — finally, there’s a set of balls in Congress!
(thanks, try the veal)
Song [10:43 AM]
That was priceless
Steele [10:43 AM]
Ah, so Tyrell as an agent of Dark Army
Song [10:43 AM]
Boehner’s face.
Very Forrest Gump-ian
Steele [10:43 AM]
How did they manage to drop that in?
Griffith [10:44 AM]
Remember when Darlene sent that obsequious dude to DC? That was his op.
Steele [10:44 AM]
Ohhhh
Griffith [10:44 AM]
dunno how they pulled that off tho. without getting shot by… everyone.
Song [10:44 AM]
Ahhhh
Steele [10:44 AM]
Aw, poor dude
He probably can’t code
Song [10:44 AM]
Well I don’t think that would get you shot
though who knows
Steele [10:44 AM]
He’d certainly get caught
Griffith [10:44 AM]
being on the roof of the Capitol should get you shot.
Song [10:44 AM]
I wanna talk about Angela though.
Steele [10:44 AM]
Like Angela
By Dom
Song [10:44 AM]
great minds.
Steele [10:44 AM]
Angela seems to have no end game or too many end games
Song [10:45 AM]
I thought Dom was gonna do the thing where she’s like, hinting that she knows without saying anything
but then she outright threw it in Angela’s face
Steele [10:45 AM]
Sometimes Dom just says everything
Griffith [10:45 AM]
At least we know she is NOT going to sleep with Pryce.
Steele [10:45 AM]
Name, address, social security number, I think you brought down the economy, whatever
Song [10:45 AM]
That was creepy.
Griffith [10:46 AM]
Dom will take a break for a bad barbecue.

As would we all.
Steele [10:46 AM]
They cannot do a scene where he does not sidle up to her
Griffith [10:46 AM]
I thought Pryce was going for the kiss.
I really did.
Steele [10:46 AM]
Dom needs to stop eating Dum Dums
Song [10:46 AM]
But it’s her “thing”
Griffith [10:46 AM]
That’s called “character!”
Song [10:46 AM]
*eyeroll*
Steele [10:46 AM]
I don’t know if it’s a character thing or is going to end up as a plot device
Griffith [10:46 AM]
like Kojak had character
Steele [10:46 AM]
Like she chokes to death on one or something
Song [10:46 AM]
Oh I’d love it if her dum dum was a chekhov’s gun
a hack is going on
and she just throws the lollipop
and it lands in elliot’s ear
Griffith [10:47 AM]
that’s how she’ll kill Whiterose. stick a lollipop on one of Whiterose’s nice dresses
Steele [10:47 AM]
I hope Sam Esmail is reading this
Song [10:47 AM]
the ridiculousness of that would kill me
Steele [10:47 AM]
Because this is the twist the season needs to end on
Griffith [10:47 AM]
there is absolutely no way they wouldn’t find the femtocell about 30 minutes after Dom left Angela, right?
Steele [10:47 AM]
So Whiterose wants Dom alive, he wants Elliot alive
Song [10:47 AM]
Gotta say Dom is shaping up to be one of my favorite things about this season.
Steele [10:48 AM]
Will we see Dom and Elliot working together?
Griffith [10:48 AM]
Next year, Whiterose will make Dom, Eliot, and barely alive Tyrell team up
Griffith [10:48 AM]
to FIGHT CRIME
Steele [10:48 AM]
In China
Spinoff
Song [10:48 AM]
I dunno, they seem to be pulling a cat-and-mouse with Dom and Elliot
Griffith [10:48 AM]
speaking of Dom and Elliot… why is Elliot in prison?
for what crime?
Steele [10:48 AM]
It can’t be for killing Tyrell
And not for the hack
Song [10:49 AM]
Remember a few episodes back?
Darlene alludes that he put himself in there?
I got the feeling that maybe Elliot confessed to something, but I don’t know what
Griffith [10:49 AM]
He turned himself in?
Steele [10:49 AM]
Oh yeah
Maybe something with the drug dealer?
Song [10:49 AM]
But if I think about it, I’m not sure if that’s just a feeling I have or if its corroborated
Griffith [10:49 AM]
Can’t be the hack or he wouldn’t get visitors like Darlene and Angela, they’d be under intense investigation
Song [10:49 AM]
Maybe something to do with Shayla
Griffith [10:50 AM]
True. the dead girlfriend.
Steele [10:50 AM]
And it has to be something that would be a pretty short sentence
Whiterose letter or not
Song [10:50 AM]
Well I think his early release was predicated on getting Ray busted
Steele [10:50 AM]
Ah
Griffith [10:50 AM]
he’s a model prisoner for that.
Song [10:51 AM]
But it also outs him as someone who’s unnaturally skilled at hacking
and Dom is so on his tail
Steele [10:51 AM]
Too bad Rob Marvin didn’t watch last night because the whole Ecoin thing came up
Song [10:51 AM]
if she gets to Angela, she gets to Elliot
Yeah I did think of Rob when the Ecoin thing popped up
Griffith [10:51 AM]
That’s another nice thing: more effects in the real world.

Blood thrown on the rich! burning garbage!
Song [10:51 AM]
Also the newscasters!
Endorsing E-Coin
Steele [10:51 AM]
Literal garbage fires
Yeah, that was a breach of ethics, I thought
Why endorse a new currency from a corporation?
Griffith [10:52 AM]
I’m sure the network was owned by E Corp.
It wouldn’t be “synergistic” if they didn’t!
Song [10:52 AM]
I kind of want more interaction between fsociety and the consequences of their actions, but I don’t think it’s going to come from Darlene
Now that Elliot’s out, maybe he’ll see more of what he’s done up close and personal
Griffith [10:52 AM]
Darlene stole a smart house so she could avoid the real world.
Steele [10:52 AM]
We might soon be watching Breitbart TV in our Breitbart cabs and paying with Breitcoin, so yeah
Song [10:53 AM]
nope.
Steele [10:53 AM]
Where is the smart house woman?
She was missing from the meeting
Song [10:53 AM]
OH yeah
Steele [10:53 AM]
Wasn’t that her that they were looking for?
Song [10:53 AM]
You’d think she’d be on customer service everyday
Steele [10:53 AM]
I could not remember her name
Song [10:53 AM]
asking “why is my house not fixed yet”
Griffith [10:53 AM]
Not sure. Will have to look that up.
She’s the corporate lawyer, so likely.
Steele [10:53 AM]
And maybe she’d show up to check on it
That meeting was Angela’s worst
To show her hand like that
Like nobody knows what she’s up to
Song [10:53 AM]
Well, that and her meeting with Dad
Griffith [10:54 AM]
Angela wants to change things from the inside. even if it means not being nice to her only relative.
she kinda is a horrible person.
Song [10:54 AM]
But you can’t do it all on your own
Griffith [10:54 AM]
there, I said it.

Big Disney-eyed Angela SUCKS.
Song [10:54 AM]
I don’t know if she’s horrible or if she’s honestly thinking she’s doing the brave and right thing
aw I like Angela
Steele [10:54 AM]
Maybe she turned bad when Elliot and Darlene made her watch the Careful Massacre of the Bourgeoisie
Griffith [10:55 AM]
That would break any human
Song [10:55 AM]
I don’t think she’s “bad”; I just think she believes she’s doing what’s right
Steele [10:55 AM]
I watched it, so look out
Song [10:55 AM]
and that’s more dangerous
lol
Steele [10:55 AM]
Next week we can look forward to Elliot being in the real world again
Maybe
Song [10:55 AM]
Well physically being in the real world
mentally?
Steele [10:55 AM]
Never mentally
Song [10:55 AM]
What the F Society: PCMag Talks Mr. Robot Season 2, Episode 7
slackbot [10:55 AM]
¯\_(?)_/¯
Steele [10:56 AM]
I think I saw that guy in prison
Song [10:56 AM]
Ha
Griffith [10:56 AM]
BadA$$ gonna cut him.
Song [10:56 AM]
Hope Joey BadA$$ gets out of prison too
Steele [10:56 AM]
I think Joey Bada$$ put himself there and has already gotten himself out
Griffith [10:56 AM]
I’m sure if Elliot gets out, so does Leon.
Song [10:57 AM]
I wanna watch their buddy cop adventure
Steele [10:57 AM]
So next week I assume we watch Dom at a barbecue for an hour
In real time
Griffith [10:57 AM]
I would totally watch that!
Song [10:57 AM]
She’s so delightfully socially awkward
that it would produce at least 5 gold star moments
Griffith [10:57 AM]
I would just sit next to her for an hour, saying nothing. Watching her eat ribs.
Steele [10:57 AM]
That’s why she relies on the lollipop
Griffith [10:58 AM]
I may have a crush.
And I like ribs.
Song [10:58 AM]
What the F Society: PCMag Talks Mr. Robot Season 2, Episode 7
Steele [10:58 AM]
You just got married Eric
Song [10:58 AM]
If you ignore the other two powerpuff girls, Blossom kinda looks like Dom
and Mojo Jojo can be…uh…fsociety?
Griffith [10:59 AM]
As a wise chessplayer probably once said, “Just because you’re on a diet, doesn’t mean you can’t look at the menu.”
Steele [10:59 AM]
Song , go tell Buzzi that Elliot is dead and Tyrell killed him
Song [10:59 AM]
Roger
Steele [10:59 AM]
That is his punishment for not watching for two weeks
Song [10:59 AM]
I’m so curious to see whether or not he’ll come back with
“this season is meh”
or if the last two episodes, with the retro and the reveal, might bring him back into the fold
Steele [10:59 AM]
He’s going to love last week’s episode and hate this one
Griffith [11:00 AM]
This season is a lot of things — hell, it’s like watching 4 different tv shows sometimes–but not “meh”
Song [11:00 AM]
He doesn’t even know we’re taking bets.
Steele [11:00 AM]

We’ll tell him next week
Song [11:00 AM]
It’s like we’re…plotting.

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