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Elliot’s continuing quest to do the right thing hits a snag when he discovers the secret of Ray’s Silk Road-style online bazaar, featuring such wares as child slavery, military-grade heavy weapons, drugs, and probably legendary Pokemon GO accounts (though those weren’t shown, it’s still a good bet). Now that he’s in the loop, Robot is realizing how seriously deep he’s gotten them into personal danger. Unlike Evil Corp, Ray will not hesitate to tear Elliot limb from limb to get what he wants. Be very afraid.
But first things first, Darlene needs help. And she has a delightful scene with Angela to make it happen. Angela didn’t realize that Elliot covered her to protect her from implication in the Allsafe CD hack. Darlene convinces her to go along with the plan, which is to drop a hacked femtocell (basically a miniature cellular-phone tower) off on the FBI’s floor, where Elliot’s exploit will infect the FBI standard-issue cell phones and in turn gain access to their secure network. Angela may have been playing bad-ass with Price, but she’s clearly still vulnerable to her old friend. Who else is she vulnerable to? Ollie, her old boyfriend. She turns the tables on him when she finds him recording their conversation for legal reasons. Angela’s arc this season as she gets deeper into Darlene’s fsociety is becoming more nuanced than “will she go Evil?”.
DiPierro gets to go on a road trip to Beijing, which brings about the biggest reveal of the season. Whiterose is China’s Minister of Security. He (in male day-to-day persona) throws a house party, the sole purpose of which is to do a social engineering hack on a highly suspicious Dom when she starts asking questions about the Dark Army. The next day, the FBI team is attacked by masked gunmen who would rather suicide than be captured.
Joanna Wellick is having staffing problems while she continues to try and track down Tyrell, and she has Kareem killed when he thinks he’s being tailed by the FBI. She gets a call from Tyrell (or does she) who is on her doorstep. Still nothing to prove or disprove the Tyrell = Eliott theory.
Note: “He’s intelligent, but not experienced. His pattern indicates two-dimensional thinking.” said Spock in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. If the FBI is so heavily secured on the 23rd floor, fsociety should be planting their malignant femtocell in a less secured place on the 22nd or 24th floors.
Best Moments of the Episode:
Every second where Whiterose and Dom are in a room together, hands down. These are two master actors who both know a lot more than they’re telling and conveying everything about themselves without saying a word about it.
Elliot’s (and Robot’s, by extension) reaction when he discovers what Ray is doing with his dark web.
Dom’s revelation to her colleagues that Whiterose spent time showing her his sister’s dresses, when she knew damned well that Whiterose doesn’t have a sister. Dom’s every bit the adversary that fsociety and the Dark Army need.
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