'Mr. Robot' Producer Breaks Down Elliot's Adventure in Babysitting
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[Warning: this story contains spoilers for season three, episode eight of USA Network's Mr. Robot, called "eps3.7_dont-delete-me.ko."]
"So do I!"
Three words, five letters, said more about Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek) and his present state of mind than any of his many memorable monologues could have accomplished. Reeling from the events of the past three episodes of Mr. Robot, in which a massive terrorist attack killed thousands of people across America (thanks at least in part to Elliot's own efforts, as much as he tried to sabotage his alter-ego's destructive plans) including scapegoats Trenton (Sunita Mani) and Mobley (Azhar Khan), Elliot spends the first acts of the most recent outing, "Don't Delete Me," prepared to take one final action against the Mr. Robot (Christian Slater) side of his personality: suicide.
Instead, Elliot found salvation in the form of Trenton's younger brother Mohammed (Elisha Henig), a stubborn youth wrestling with his own rage over the death and wrongful accusations toward his sister. Over the course of the episode, Elliot winds up playing the role of reluctant babysitter to Mohammed, first catching a very special viewing of Back to the Future II, later engaging in a soulful exchange with the young boy inside of a mosque. There, Elliot articulated the depths of his own despair in those five short words, responding to Mohammed's taunt: "I wish you were dead!" And in expressing the words, Elliot realized how wrong he was — a good thing, too, as it turns out that Elliot might have another chance at righting some of his own wrongs, the inadvertent ones and otherwise.
Listen to the latest episode of THR and Post Show Recaps' Mr. Robot podcast, in which hosts Josh Wigler and Antonio Mazzaro break down Elliot's adventure in babysitting.
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