[WATCH] ‘Mr. Robot’ recap: Carly Chaikin & Michael Cristofer are Emmy worthy in ‘h1dden-pr0cess.axx’

USA Network’s “Mr. Robot” continues its march towards the season finale with another strong episode, entitled “eps2.8_h1dden-pr0cess.axx.” Daniel Montgomery and I discuss this latest installment, written by Kor Adana and Randolph Leon and directed by series creator Sam Esmail, and its implications for the rest of the season.

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In it, Joanna Wellick (Stephanie Corneliussen) forces Elliot (Rami Malek) to locate her missing husband, Tyrell (Martin Wallstrom); using the New York Police Department’s fax system, he tracks Wellick to an address located dangerously close to Elliot’s own apartment. Later, Elliot meets with Angela (Portia Doubleday), who is planning to turn herself in to authorities for her role in the hack of E-Corp, and their interaction ends with an unexpected kiss between the longtime friends.

Elsewhere, Darlene (Carly Chaikin) and Cisco (Michael Drayer) tend to a grievously injured member of fsociety, whom Cisco found near death in the home of E-Corp lawyer Susan Holt, which they had been using as a headquarters until their cover was blown. Darlene briefly considers letting him die, but eventually decides to bring him to a hospital. In the hospital waiting room, Darlene recounts a time from her childhood when she was kidnapped during a family visit to Coney Island, and how she felt disappointment at being rescued.

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Meanwhile, Agent DiPierro (Grace Gummer) has been busy tracking Darlene and Cisco and eventually locates them at a nearby restaurant. She confronts them, but then the restaurant is besieged by a gunman, presumably a Dark Army assassin.

Montgomery and I agree that the show continues to impress, especially for the performance by Chaikin, whom Montgomery argues is certainly worthy of an Emmy nomination, even at this early stage of the television season. I also mention the continuing brilliance of Michael Cristofer as E-Corp CEO Phillip Price, who gives a memorably creepy speech in the show’s prologue about his own megalomania. Montgomery agrees, saying that Cristofer’s performance is almost Shakespearean.

We close our discussion with our hopes for the final two episodes of the season. Montgomery wants to see what has driven Joanna to make the murderous choices she has made this season. I look forward to the reveal of “stage two” of the hacking plot, and I also hope we learn the whereabouts of Trenton and Mobley.

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