Dolores and Bernard both go on treasure hunts through their pasts in the Nov. 27 episode of ‘Westworld,’ but they don’t necessary like what they find. Meanwhile Maeve makes Hector an offer he can’t refuse and the Man in Black and Teddy get closer to Wyatt.
Since the series premiere of Westworld we’ve been trying to put together a puzzle. A very messed up puzzle whose pieces we sometimes force to fit together so it looks like it makes sense. But, as with most beautiful puzzles, you have to be patient and take your time to make sure that it all comes together into a picture that makes sense. And in the penultimate episode of season 1, we were gifted with the best piece of the puzzle so far. In “The Well-Tempered Clavier,” we learn who Arnold is. I know right??? But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
This week’s episode picks up right where we left off last week, with Maeve (Thandie Newton) now in the lab following a “malfunction” she had in the park when she tried to attack the “new” Clementine. Only we both know that it wasn’t actually a malfunction, as she has totally control over her own system now. Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) is the one drilling her through a diagnostic analysis and this works out perfectly for Maeve, who she remembers to be a Host. But he doesn’t know he’s a Host (again). So, naturally, Maeve takes control of the situation and makes Bernard clear her for return to the park. But she lets him leave with the full knowledge he’s a Host. That’s gonna turn out great.
Back in the mess that is William (Jimmi Simpson), Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) and Logan’s (Ben Barnes) situation, William is trying to convince Logan that Dolores is not like the other Hosts, and begs him to use his connections to get her out of the park. Logan, who has basically kidnapped William and Dolores, is sick of William’s obsession with the Host and decides he’s going to “help” William, but not the way he’d like. He wants William to know he’s gotten lost in the park’s world. He scolds him for forgetting about Logan’s sister, who he’s supposed to be marrying. Then, to really drive home his point, Logan stabs Dolores, and pulls her stomach open to show him her insides. Ya, she’s an android, we get it Logan. But Dolores still responds like a human, slicing his face and running off after William tells her he will find her. She falls on ground, hearing the word “remember” in her mind, and when she stands up the stab wound is gone. Can I get ANOTHER tally mark in the “multiple timelines” theory.
Meanwhile, Bernard has asked Dr. Ford (Anthony Hopkins) to meet him down in that creepy basement where they keep all the Hosts who aren’t in use. He’s there to confront him about the fact he’s a Host, and, uh, he’s not too happy about it. He accuses Ford of killing Arnold and demands access to his own memory, all the way back to the very first day he came online. He threatens Ford by bringing out Clementine (Angela Sarafyan), who since her lobotomy has been rigged to be able to hurt humans. She’s got a gun pointed at him, so he better hook Bernard up stat. So, Ford does it, but it’s pretty much a “be careful what you wish for,” situation, as he starts to remember things he probably would have rather not known. Like it seems like he killed Elsie (Shannon Woodward). Sorry, Elsie!
Now that Maeve has gotten her way and is back in the park, she comes to Hector (Rodrigo Santoro), whose gang finally ran away with the saloon’s safe in the last episode because Maeve let them. She explains, as vaguely as she can so she doesn’t totally blow his mind, what the deal is with the Hosts and asks him asks him to join up with her. He agrees. And they, uh, get intimate.
When we catch up with the Man in Black a.k.a. MIB (Ed Harris) and Teddy (James Marsden) they are still stuck with Wyatt’s crew, and now they are both tied up. The woman who appears to be the head of the group says Wyatt has yet to return, but “you’ll find him where you saw him last.” And so Teddy recalls what happened when they massacred a town in Escalante. But he believes that something came over him to make him do it, but she tries to get him to remember things differently. He’s not having that. But she says they will do it again, though “maybe in the next life,” and she stabs him in the gut. Poor Teddy. His death count is way high. I mean, not as high as Maeve’s. But at least she’s bringing it on herself.
Once Teddy is dead, the woman tells MIB the Maze isn’t for him, and that if he is looking for a game they’ll give him one. She knocks him out, and next thing he knows, they have taken Teddy and he’s waking up strung up with a noose that goes over a tree branch and is attached to a horse. That’s just great. When he manages to cut himself free as the horse is about to race off and strangle him to death, Charlotte (Tessa Thompson) walks right up saying they have a delicate matter to discuss. Listen, MIB doesn’t want to be disturbed while he’s in game mode. But, since Theresa (Sidse Babett Knudsen) was murdered, Charlotte had to come and talk to him, cause apparently he’s a member of the board. Whoa. Blowing our minds here. So, Charlotte wants MIB to join her side in the fight to oust Ford. MIB pretty much says he doesn’t care what she does, but he doesn’t want to be bothered again.
After Logan sends out a group looking for Dolores and they come up empty, he tries to get William to accept the fact the park seduced him. He says he realizes he got a little carried away and this has become a real bonding experience. They hug and make up. Then, when Logan wakes up in the morning he sees that William has killed his entire camp and tells him he’s going to help him find Dolores. Well, that’s one way to get back on track.
Meanwhile, Bernard is still going down the rabbit hole. Literally. He keeps going back to the memory of himself reading Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland to his “son” Charlie. He can’t shake that memory for some reason. And he finally realizes it is because his entire personality was built around that “cornerstone” memory. So he needs to overcome it if he’s going to have the breakthrough he wants.
But, as we see Bernard going through his memories, we also see Dolores going through her own. She reaches the town she remembers from her earliest days in the park and is drawn toward a church. As she goes through her memories she sees Hosts crying in the pews and heads to the confessional which turns into an elevator. She goes down into a lab area, seeing it in both the present and past timelines.
Bernard is demanding to go back to that first memory. He wants to meet Arnold, though Ford insists that isn’t possible because Arnold didn’t build him, Ford did. But Ford sends him back into his memories, where he finally tells his son he’s a “lie” and that he’s the only thing holding him back. Then he recalls his first memory of opening his eyes to see Ford. And that, my friends, is when we realize that Bernard was created as a replacement for Arnold. He looks like Arnold. He is taught by Ford to act like Arnold. The only thing that appears to be different between the two of them (other than the fact Bernard is a Host) is their names.
Ford tells Bernard, in a completely non-creepy way, that he’s the perfect instrument and the ideal partner. And together they’re going to do great things. And as we’re soaking in this memory, Dolores is entering a room in the present that she recalls from the past (stay with me). It’s the room where she had all those one-on-one chats with Bernard. She recalls those talks and we realize that she wasn’t having them with Bernard, but with Arnold. The real life Arnold. And in the past timeline she tells him he told her to follow the Maze and that it would bring her joy, but all she’s found is pain and terror. She asks for his help and says he’s the only one who can help her. He tells her he can’t and she knows why. He tells her to “remember.” And then it clicks for present day Dolores, who’s sitting in the chair she once talked to Arnold from. He can’t help her. “Because you’re just a memory. Because you’re dead. Because I killed you.” Dolores, totally freaked out by her memories, back up the elevator to the church. As she is going to leave the doors open and we see MIB. She is again, totally freaked out. But now, we’re thinking it might be because she knows who he really is. Can I get a “William”?
Bernard, who is now totally up to speed, decides he’s going to finish the work that Arnold started and awaken the Hosts. But Ford, who has just been patronizing Bernard, isn’t about to let that happen. He instructs Bernard to point a gun to his head and “end this nightmare once and for all.” Ford apparently has a celebration to plan and a new story to tell. “I’ve told you Bernard. Never place your trust in us. We’re only human. Inevitably we’ll disappoint you,” Ford tells him as he leaves the room. And with that, Bernard (a.k.a. Arnold 2.0) pulls the trigger. Let’s all really hope he’s got bad aim.
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