Warning: Spoiler Alert
Elliot returns home, but before entering, hears commotion coming from Shayla’s apartment. Her door is ajar and a familiar voice is heard. Elliot charges into his apartment to begin his morphine ritual presumably in the hopes of making these visions dissipate. There’s a knock at his door. The voice claims to be bleeding all over the hallway in a life or death situation. He opens his door and stares directly at what looks like a long-haired, unkempt Shayla.
She enters and begins to fill a glass with water. She dumps a dark beta fish into the glass. A beta fish looking eerily like Qwerty. Outside, they speak as if it were the first time they’d met. Elliot tries to alter the direction of the conversation by suggesting this would be less awkward if they were already acquainted. It doesn’t work. This feels like a flashback current Elliot cannot shake. The Cure playing in the background probably didn’t help.
Elliot and Inner Elliot meet with Krista. Inner Elliot is trying to rationalize his mental state about Shayla. Being ashamed that he’s almost accepted that Shayla is gone. Thinking that eventually Shayla will be reduced to, “once I knew a girl who died.” At this moment, Elliot pays enough attention to notice that Krista is getting rid of him. At least as far as the paperwork is considered. She tries again to appeal to that part of him worth saving, but his wall goes up.
Angela and the lawyer who has been covering the Washington Township case from the beginning sit across the table from a trio of Terry Colby’s lawyers. They want a meeting with Colby and Colby only to reveal new evidence that they will find mutually beneficial. The team of lawyers shrug it off but claim they will pass the offer along.
Elliot meets with Gideon in his office. Gideon wants to offer him some time off to deal with whatever he’s dealing with. Before Elliot can leave, Gideon tries to address the Shayla issue, or more aptly, Elliot’s reaction to the Shayla issue. Elliot’s a closed off personality as it is. Gideon wants to prevent this from closing him off further. Gideon suggests Elliot find someone he can be his honest self with. Which allows Elliot to recall the concept of ‘view source’. A way to see a given site’s code.
Mr. Robot feels compelled to get the Dark Army back. Darlene is vastly more pessimistic about the chances of that happening.
At home, Elliot collects and deletes his files on Shayla after copying them to disc. Just as he has done with everyone else he’s ever hacked. The identifying label he writes on the disc is “The Cure – Disintegration”. He chooses now to wipe everything again. He misses a piece and Flipper eats it, or at least takes it.
After an inappropriate conversation about executives sleeping their way to the top, Tyler Wellick loudly fired the three men going over numbers in his office.
Terry Colby has agreed to the meeting with a couple of conditions. 1) Immunity and 2) The lawyer, Angela’s lawyer cannot be in the room either. Angela will have to sit with Colby by herself. A prospect not expected to be improved when the meet considering their last meeting.
Mr. Robot meets unannounced to Romero’s place to try to convince him to return to f_society. Romero is infusing THC into other plants for topical use or something to that effect. Mr. Robot is already annoyed and Romero insinuates that he’s not the only one. Mr. Robot pushes him back at the tip of a revolver. Mr. Robot is crazy and suggests that his kind of crazy won’t accept no.
In the face to face, Colby puts down a blank piece of paper and a pen. He asks Angela to write down the dollar figure she is expecting. Almost as if anything she writes down might be acceptable. Regardless of what she thinks she’s looking for, he believes money will be better. She asks if he was present during the executive meetings in 1993. The answer to that could allow her information to help him. He plays dumb. The deal on the table is for Colby to testify against the executives and Angela will testify that she altered the .dat file that has him in his present situation. He eventually agrees to answer her question, but only if she does a series of things that I will not even paraphrase in this forum. She pauses for a long while and tries to play out his future loss of respect from those he knows and those who he does not. This elicits nothing from Colby. Before she can get too far, her lawyer informs her that Colby wants to talk. Angela heads back.
Elliot takes Flipper to the vet where he discovers she ate something she shouldn’t have. Flipper will have to pass it naturally. Still no indication if Elliot knows exactly what vital piece of tech she ate or not.
Darlene meets Cisco in a park. He quietly demands to know how long Darlene has been trying to use his handle to get in with the Dark Army. It’s a short conversation that ends with him informing her that he is never to see her again, at all. Before he leaves, he tells her that despite her crummy approach, their meeting with “White Rose” is actually going to happen.
Angela is escorted into Colby’s home again, this time he is much more civil. He agrees to participate, then asks her what she’s getting out of this. She wants to know what the meeting was like when they decided to ignore the harmful leak the eventually killed her mother, but she left out the part about killer her mother. So he begins giving her the ‘what it was like’ the day they made the decision.
Angela: So…you were drunk, eating shrimp cocktail and it was raining the day you decided my mother should die? That’s why. So people like you won’t sit in rooms together.
In a downtown room, the President of Evil Corp announces Scott Knowles as their new Chief Technology Officer. The Wellick’s observe from a distance. Tyrell swiftly approaches Mrs. Knowles. She looks down on just how quickly he’s conceded. Tyrell pursues further ordering her to meet him in his office. When she refuses, he changes the location to the roof.
Angela breaks the news to Gideon. Gideon in turn flips the ramifications back in her face. Assuming she did what she claims she did and goes through with it, All Safe will go under and take each and every employee with it.
Tyrell and Mrs. Knowles meet on the roof. Tyrell’s advances seem desperate and she knows it. She tells him that Scott plans on firing him. There is no time to delay. Tyrell forcefully goes in and kisses her. What comes next would seem like a moment of passion. That is until Tyrell Wellick proceeds to choke the life out of Mrs. Knowles. Not as a turn on, but to end her life. As it turns out Tyrell is not as cold as he thinks. His reaction is emotional. He leaves her body there and flees.
Darlene meets with Trenton on campus. Trenton has a different motivation that moves her. Darlene’s fuse is short. Romero is out for momentary fame. Her motivation is larger. Darlene listens and suggests there is a cosmic order to why this group found each other. An angle that might just work for bringing Trenton back into the fold.
Cisco intercepts Ollie. At this moment it isn’t clear that Ollie really knows who Cisco is. Ollie tries to walk away, but Cisco needs him to do something…or else.
Elliot sits waiting for Krista and his appointment. She agrees to see him before her first patient arrives. Elliot asks if he were to tell her the truth, would that truth be protected under doctor-client privilege and she agrees that it would. He begins with the truth. All of it. He starts with tracing back for her some of her movements from earlier today. He continues telling her all of the intimate details he finds by hacking her. Just before he shatters her sense of security, he transitions the conversation over to himself. It’s not just her, he hacks everyone he knows.
Elliot: I sometimes watch you on your webcam. You cry sometimes, just like me. Because you’re lonely. I don’t just hack you Krista, I hack everyone. My friends, co-workers. But I’ve helped a lot of people. (with emotion building in his face) I want—a way out of loneliness, just like you. Is that what you wanted to hear?